|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1812|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1887|
Rhoda Bunch was born 4 Mar 1812 in Warren County, KY. She is the daughter of Simeon Bunch and Celia (Boon) Bunch. Land data showed the family owned property along Drake's Creek, near Bowling Green, so she may have been born there. She at some point moved to Indiana's Warwick County, probably with her grandparents, Jesse Boon and Keziah Biven Boon. There she married J.G. (Gurley) Baker in 1837. They had three children, sons John J. and Hiram T., and a daughter, Anne, who married Mr. James A. Hammond.
Rhoda's obituary in the Ottumwa Courier is brief (though it does give her maiden name), but her husband's is more detailed, giving an idea of their lives together. When the family arrived in Wapello County in 1844, they located just north of the cemetery (which is on North Court Street), and waited the opening of the land granted by the government. J.G. Baker entered a piece of land seven miles from Ottumwa, and remained there until 1856, when the family moved to Ottumwa because of the educational opportunitites for their children.
In 1862, the Bakers purchased the home farm in section 31, township 72, range 13, Center township. They continued to live in Ottumwa. During the Civil War, J.G. Baker was proprietor and manager of the old Ottumwa House.
Rhoda (Bunch) Baker's obituary noted the family was "well known and have a large circle of acquaintances. Mrs. Baker was a most estimable woman and her demise will be regretted by many relatives and friends."
Ottumwa Weekly Courier, 16 Feb 1887. (Rhoda's obit) The Democrat, 22 Jan 1890. (J.G. "Gurley" Baker's obit)
History of Wapello County, by Samuel B. Evans, Vol 2, 1901. Contains detailed bio of son Hiram T., which includes information on his father and grandfather.
Created by: Elaine Orr
Record added: Apr 24, 2009
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