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Laura Wait Baker
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1839
Death: Dec. 24, 1925

Laura's life was certainly filled with challenges and losses; her mother died sometime between 1855, after the birth of her last child, Amanda, and the 1860 census where her father, Nathan, is listed as a widower. In 1878, Her husband, Abijah, dies at the age of 45, leaving her with 10 children, age 22 down to one. She has lost two sons to death at young ages. One year later her father, Nathan Wait, passes, [his grave is located at the Walnut Lake Cemetery, Walnut Lake Twp, Faribault Co., MN]. He died 6 May 1877, age 82 yrs, 10 mo., & 12 days.
NOTES: Abijah Baker and Laura Wait were married 12 Nov 1854 at Cottage Grove, Dane Co., WI, on the same date/place that her sister Phylinda married John Van Arnam. On the 1850 census we find Abijah with ihis parents in WI, age 17. [1850 Census, WI, Jefferson CO, Town of Concord, 18, Sep 1850, Lists Isaac M, age 36, Abigail, 37, Abiga 17, Lewis 13, Lydia M. 9, John 7, and Lucinda A, 3, all born in NY except Lucinda, who was born in MI in 1847]; Abram Charles who died at age 10 in Faribault Co. was born in Sheboygan WI, Ezekiah was born in Sun Prarie, WI in 1852 . The trip from the east for the Bakers was 5-6 years in duration.
Laura, born in Warren, Waitsfied, Vt., and her family, the Waites, were still in Vermont in 1848 when Oren was born, Phylinda married in Dane Co. WI in 1854, and Amanda, the last Waite child was born in 1856 in WI.
The marriage of Abijah & Laura more likely took place in about 1855, possibly Dane Co, WI; their first child, Emma, was born in 1856. In 1855, Abijah was age 22, Laura, age 16. They appear on the 1860 MN Census, Fillmore Co, Jordan, Abijah, 31, farmer, Laura, 30, Emily, 5, Albert, 3, John, 2, children all born in MN.
On the 1910 Census, MN, Clark Twp, Faribault Co., MN, she is living with the family of her daughter Nellie's widower, Ernest W. Bates, and their 9 children; on the 1920 census she was living with daughter Jessie and son in law Harmon Youngs in Renville County, later she went to live with her son Henry Willis Baker in Montivdeo where she died in 1925.

1875 MN State Census, Faribault Co., Walnut Lake Twp. Nathan Waite, age 75 years, (1800) born VT,
Eli Waite, age 30 years, (1845), Orin Waite, age 24 years, (1851) all born VT, w/both parents born VT.

1880 Census, MN, Faribault Co., Walnut Lake, lists Laura, 40, widow, Albert 22, Perry 19, Olive 16, Effie R. 14, Ella 12, Nellie M. 10, Jessie 7, Henry 5, George 3, all born in MN. parents born in NY.

1910 Census, MN, Clark Twp, Faribault Co., MN, Ernest W. Bates, born in IA, parents in Vermont, Widowed, Hail carrier [?], Laura A., 22, Jessie, 13, Edward, 12, Theodore, 8, Marie, 5, Mildred, 3, Charles, 15, Laura Baker, 71, mother in law, born in NY, parents born in NY, mother of 11 children, 8 living.

1920 Census, MN, Renville, Crooks Twp., Renville, Co., Herman Youngs age 63, farmer, born in MO, father born in OH, mother in IL, Jessie, wife 47, born MN, father born NY, mother on VT, children, all born in MN, Lona, age 20, Lawrence, 15, Florence 12, George (?), 14, John 13, Gladys 9, Elnore, 7, Alice, 5, and Mrs. Laura Baker, mother in law, age 75, born VT, parents born in NY.

OBITUARY-MRS. LAURA BAKER PASSES AWAY HERE; Dies at Home of Son HW Baker at age 86.
Mrs. Laura Baker, mother of Dr. HW Baker of Montivideo, died at her son's home, 215 N 5th St., Friday Morning. She was 86 years old.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, at 2 o'clock, Rev. David Haupt, pastor of Grace Episcopal Church, officiating.
Mrs. Baker leaves 6 children, Henry of Montivideo, Perry & Bert of Wells, MN, Olive Holbrook, ND, Mrs. Jessie Jung [Youngs] of Renville, Minn., and Mrs. Essie [Effie] Herring of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Perry Baker of Wells attended the funeral services here Sunday. 
Family links: 
  Nathan Wait (1795 - 1877)
  Abijah Baker (1833 - 1878)*
  Albert Baker (1860 - 1936)*
  Olive Meyra Baker Holbrook (1862 - 1947)*
  Nelly Manon Baker Bates (1870 - 1907)*
  Jessie Lestina Baker Youngs (1872 - 1957)*
  Henry Willis Baker (1875 - 1957)*
  Phylinda Wait Van Arnam (1837 - 1925)*
  Laura Wait Baker (1839 - 1925)
  Eli Wait (1841 - 1919)*
  Myra Wait Fauver (1844 - 1907)*
  Oren S Waite (1848 - 1936)*
  Amanda V Wait Loomis (1856 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Memorial Cemetery
Chippewa County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 133, Lot 4
Created by: Lori
Record added: Oct 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22022334
Laura <i>Wait</i> Baker
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Laura <i>Wait</i> Baker
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May you rest in eternal peace GG Grandma.
- Lori
 Added: Oct. 5, 2008

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