|Birth: ||Jul. 29, 1818|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1908|
George Washington Baker was born, according to his military pension records, in Campbell County, Tennessee, on July 29, 1818. We are told that he and his parents moved from Tennessee to Kentucky, when he was a young child.
George Washington Baker was married to Lucy Anne Bryant, the daughter of Jesse Bryant (b. 1805 in Kentucky) and Jane Smith (b. Oct. 7, 1804, in Pulaski County, Kentucky). They were married on June 9, 1844, in what was at that time known as Point Isabel, Pulaski County, Kentucky. The name of the town was later changed to Burnside, Kentucky.
Together George and Lucy produced nine children. The eldest being William S. Baker, born April 1, 1845 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He died during the Civil War on January 30, 1863 at Pacific City, Missouri, at the age of 17.
Their second child was a daughter named Polly Jane Baker, born January 16, 1847, in Pulaski County, Kentucky. She was later married to Samuel Henry Hedrix, and they had seven known children.
The third child was named Mary Ann Baker, born May 29, 1851, in Martin County, Indiana. She was married to Isaac A. Tillery on April 15, 1869 in Grundy County, Missouri, and she died in 1872 after giving birth to their only child (Louis Newton Tillery b. 1872).
Their fourth child was John Perry Baker, born May 29, 1853, in Martin County, Indiana. He died at the age of 20 on October 18, 1873, in Grundy County, Missouri. He was buried in the Barnes Cemetery near Half Rock, Mercer County, Missouri.
The fifth child was named Andrew Jackson Baker, born January 5, 1856, in Martin County, Indiana. He died very young on December 23, 1861, in Mercer County, Missouri. He was also buried in the Barnes Cemetery near Half Rock, Mercer County, Missouri.
The sixth child, Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" Baker, was born May 6, 1859, in Medicine Township, Mercer County, Missouri. She was married to Joshua L. King and they had four known children together.
Their seventh child was my direct ancestor, i.e. Serilda Ellen Baker. Her first name has also been recorded as Sirilda and Surilda. She was born on May 14, 1863, in Spickard, Grundy County, Missouri. She was married to William Sherman Roberts in Spickard on Oct. 21, 1886, and they had four children. She was one of my two maternal great grandmother. She passed away on Feb. 20, 1941, in Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri.
The eighth child born to George Washington Baker and Lucy Anne Bryant was named James Harvey Baker. He married Sarah A. Ricketts in 1887 and Ada Moore in 1929. By his first wife he had four known children.
We known that there were nine children born to them due to Lucy's 1900 census record. Who this ninth child was tho is not known. Apparently this ninth child died as an infant and was not recorded on any census record.
George Washington Baker enlisted to fight during the Civil War, at the age of 44 mind you, as a Private in Company H of the 72nd Regiment of the Enrolled Missouri Militia on August 12, 1862, in Ozark, MO., under the command of Captain Cummins. He was first ordered into active service on August 12, 1862, at Ozark, MO., by General Brown and he was relieved from duty on Feb. 1, 1863, by General Holland, having served a total of 173 days.
George was later ordered back into active service, for a second tour of duty, approximately four months after the death of his eldest son (William S. Roberts), on May 18, 1863, at Princeton, MO., by General Hall. During his second tour of duty he served as a Private under Captain (later Major) Hunter, in Company H of the 4th Provisional Regiment of the Enrolled Missouri Militia. He was Honorably Discharged from his second tour of duty on Sep. 20, 1863, by Colonel Williams.
Exactly sixteen days later, on October 6, 1863, George W. Baker was ordered back into duty for a 3rd tour of duty. He served this time as a Private in Company H of the 72nd Regiment of the Enrolled Missouri Militia, again under the command of Captain Cummins. He enrolled for the third time on Oct. 6, 1863, at Springfield, MO. He served only 47 days on this tour of duty and was relieved from duty on November 29, 1863.
His obituary mentioned that he served in the 23rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry but that appears to be incorrect.
George Washington Baker passed away on Feb. 7, 1908, in Spickard, Grundy County, Missouri. He was nearly 90 years old at the time of his death. His wife lived a little more than four more years and she passed away on March 26, 1912, also in Gruncy County, Missouri. They were both buried in the Spickard Masonic Cemetery in Grundy County, MO.
Lucy Anne Bryant Baker (1827 - 1912)
He giveth his beloved sleep
Spickard Masonic Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Larry G. Flesher
Record added: Sep 21, 2004
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