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Minerva Graham Haywood Baker
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1837
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1866
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Minerva Graham Haywood was born 1837 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC, the 3rd of 9 known surviving children (3 boys/6 girls) born to the Hon. William Henry Haywood, III and his wife Jane Graham.

On September 30, 1856, 19-year old Minerva married 26-year old John Algernon Algernon Baker, an attorney from Wilmington NC. (His middle name also found as Alpheus.) The couple removed to Wilmington where their only known child was born -- Jennie Jane Graham Baker.

When the War Between The States broke out, her husband joined the ranks of the 3rd Calvary in Wilmington where he rose to the rank of Colonel. Col. Baker was captured in June 1864 and held by Federal Authorities on Morris Island, SC until the end of the war. Col. Baker took the Oath of Allegiance in Mar 1865, and returned to Wilmington where he once again opened a law office on Front Street, opposite the Bank of Cape Fear.

Minerva Baker survived the war but died shortly thereafter, passing in 1866 at the young age of 29. Whether by choice or coercion, her husband turned over the care of their only daughter to Minerva's family.

John A. Baker, whose military record is less than complimentary, was a notorious rake, reportedly being devastatingly handsome. Records indicate he married multiple times after Minvera died, with some reports saying he wed as many as 5 women. This researcher found evidence of 2 wives -- Letitia C. Hargin, whom he married in 1868 and then abandoned (without benefit of divorce), to marry NY socialite Susan A. Lawrence, whom he married in 1873. Susan died in childbirth in Charleston in 1874, and the infant did not survive. John reportedly died in Galveston, Texas in 1903 just a few days shy of his 73rd birthday.

As for Minerva's daughter, Jane Jennie Graham Baker, she grew up in Raleigh after her mother died. Following her mother's death, she went to live with her maternal grandmother in Raleigh, and was last known to be a living with her maternal aunt, Annie Haywood Ruffin in Raleigh in 1910. She was unmarried.
Family links: 
  William Henry Haywood (1801 - 1852)
  John Algernon Baker (1830 - 1903)
  Jennie Graham Baker (1859 - 1919)*
  Annie Haywood Ruffin (1829 - 1917)*
  Edward Graham Haywood (1830 - 1887)*
  Jane Frances Haywood Rogers (1833 - 1870)*
  Minerva Graham Haywood Baker (1837 - 1866)
  Duncan Cameron Haywood (1840 - 1862)*
  William Henry Haywood (1841 - 1864)*
  Gertrude Haywood Trapier (1848 - 1931)*
  Margaret Nelson Haywood Cameron (1848 - 1879)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Spouse of Col. John A. Baker; Daughter of Hon. William Henry Haywood & Jane Graham
City Cemetery
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Jul 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28250404
Minerva Graham <i>Haywood</i> Baker
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Minerva Graham Haywood-Baker,....sister-in-law of brother-in-law of my 3rd cousin 3x removed
- Charlotte Ann Price
 Added: Nov. 9, 2014

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