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Samuel Hodgdon Baker
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1817
Bridgewater Township
Susquehanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1901
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Samuel Hodgdon Baker was born on March 7th, 1817 at Bridgewater Township, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania to John (1795-1854) and Maria [Rodgers] (1796-1867) Baker. Upon reaching adulthood, he relocated to Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky and began to build and trim carriages. He married Mary Ann Howell in about 1855 and they started their family which would eventually total eight children, three boys and five girls. By 1860, Samuel and Mary Ann were the proud parents of William Thomas, b. April, 1844, Annie M., b. Nov. 1845, James E., b. Feb. 1848, M.Ella, b. Dec. 1850, twin daughters Laura and Cora, b. June 1858, and Addie C., b. May, 1859. His eldest son, William, was 16, and apprenticing as a carriage trimmer under his father's guidance. Their home was valued at $3,000 and Samuel had $1500 cash on hand. Their last child, a son they named Herbert C., was born Aug 1862. So when the 1870 US Census was taken, the Baker family had 8 children in the home (which was now valued at $4000), Samuel stated he had $1000 cash on hand, William was now working full time at the carriage factory as a carriage trimmer, and James, now 22, was a clerk. Within the next two years, William had married a woman named Isis (b.1848) and they had a son of their own they named Samuel N. Baker, b.1872. Annie married in 1872 to William Olvey, a native of Indiana. Laura would marry in 1881 to Henry Foster Embry; they would have 5 sons and 2 daughters. By 1880, William and Isis were living with their son in a new home on Washington Street and he still worked for his father, trimming the coaches. Also, by 1880, Mary E., now 29, Addie, now 25, and Cora, now 22, remained in the family home with Herbert, who, at 18, was a carriage trimmer. Also, Maggie Connor, a dry goods clerk, was renting a room from them. She was 28 yrs. old. James had also married, in 1876, to Nannie, b. March 1858, and had two children, one of whom was George G., b. Jan 1879. Many changes occurred in the Baker family between 1880 and 1900. While Samuel continued with his successful carriage business during these years, he and his children had suffered many losses. His daughter, Ella, had died July 16, 1899. His eldest son, William Thomas, had relocated to Oregon to begin a carriage business there. He had met and married a widow, Nellie Olivia (Burkhart) Royce on July 21, 1891, and they had settled into their home in Albany, Linn County, Oregon. They had been blessed with a daughter, Pearl Laura, on March 2, 1895, but, tragically, William had contracted "Consumption" [Tuberculosis] and died on March 14th, 1900, in Albany. Samuel had sent James and Herbert to retrieve William's remains so he could be interred at Cave Hill Cemetery. Also during this time, his son Herbert had married Magdalena Agnes (b.1872) who had suffered from Eclampsia during her pregnancy; it had proved to be fatal, killing her during or immediately after childbirth on Oct 18th, 1898. Her baby daughter's lungs never inflated after she was born, so she, too, died that same day. They were buried together at Cave Hill Cemetery. Herbert had moved back to the family home following their deaths. On a much happier note, daughter Laura had married Henry Foster Embry in 1881 and they would go on to have seven children of their own during their marriage. Samuel H. Baker passed away on Aug 2nd, 1901 at the age of 84 yrs. He was buried with his children, their spouses and their children at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. His beloved wife, Mary Ann, followed him in death on Dec 14th, 1906 at the age of 74 yrs. and is buried nearby. May they all Rest In Peace.
{Written Mar 30, 2014 by Kathie L. Webb Blair, great granddaughter of William Thomas Baker.} 
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  Mary Ann Howell Baker (1822 - 1906)
  William Thomas Baker (1844 - 1900)*
  Anna M Baker Olvey (1845 - 1928)*
  James E. Baker (1848 - 1906)*
  Mary Ella Baker (1850 - 1899)*
  Laura Caspari Baker Embry (1858 - 1942)*
  Cora Belle Baker Scheffer (1858 - 1940)*
  Addie C. Baker (1859 - 1943)*
  Herbert C. Baker (1862 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Cave Hill Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section P, Lot 97
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: babs
Record added: Jan 20, 2011
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Samuel Hodgdon Baker
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Samuel Hodgdon Baker
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Honoring my dear grandmother's grandfather, whom she never met. I hope that she was able to meet him in Heaven after she passed from this life in 1975 and that he was able to see what a great grandchild she was. Rest in Peace with your other Loved Ones in...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
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Remembering my great, great grandfather who was born 200 years ago today. Wishing the best for him in Heaven. With respect from Oregon,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
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