Arthur Cornelius “A. C.” Baker

Arthur Cornelius “A. C.” Baker

South Carolina, USA
Death 26 Apr 1936 (aged 87–88)
Valliant, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Millerton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 121530333 · View Source
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(abt 1848 - April 26, 1936)

Arthur Cornelius Baker was born about 1848 in South Carolina. He passed away April 26, 1936, at the age of 87 or 88.

He (A. C.) married Susan (Dickerson) Baker around 1866. (In either South Carolina or North Carolina.)

Of their seven (7) children, I believe that most of the children were born in Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, but a couple of the younger children might have been born in Texas. All of them were Mary (Baker) Plyler-1867-1944, DANIEL ARTHUR BAKER-1869-1952, Naomi Abigail "Oma" (Baker) Lucus-1872-1903, Henrietta Baker-born in 1874, George Baker-1876-1953, John Baker-born in 1880 and Eva Baker-born in 1887 - All of them married and had children except for Henrietta and Eva who both died at a very young age with Typhoid Fever.

Arthur Cornelius Baker and Susan (Dickerson) Baker's daughter Naomi Abigail (Oma)(Baker) Lucus died in 1903, several years before her mother and dad. Her long dress caught on fire by the fireplace, and she died a few days later from the bad burns. She was about 31 years old, and had already married and had several children.

Sometime after 1880, Arthur Cornelius and Susan (Dickerson) Baker moved with their children to Wills Point, Van Zandt County, Texas. Their son Daniel Arthur was just a young boy. Mary (Baker) Plyler, the oldest girl, had already married when they moved to Wills Point, so she was the only one who stayed in Monroe, North Carolina, and she raised her family there.

In about 1906 or 1907, Arthur Cornelius & Susan (Dickerson) Baker, Daniel Arthur & Sallie (Pettit) Baker and the family, George & Letha Baker and family, a Whitaker Family and a few other families left Wills Point and started the move to Oklahoma. They had to ford the Red River with their animals and covered wagons.

Once they got across Red River, they set up camp on the Oklahoma side. It was right in the middle of winter, and both father and son, Arthur Cornelius and Daniel Arthur had icicles hanging from their mustaches and beards. They built a big bonfire for warmth, and put logs around the fire on which to lay their bridles to dry. Some of the logs caught fire during the night and burned up some of their bridles.

A mare that was pulling one of the covered wagons had a colt during the night, and that held them up for a while. They had the mare tied to a tree, and the rope had frozen around the tree. Arthur Cornelius' family and Daniel Arthur's family were headed to Ardmore, OK, but it must have taken them a long time to get there.

Some of the families with this same wagon train moved to other places in Southern Oklahoma.

The Bakers didn't live in Ardmore very long, and Arthur Cornelius and Susan Baker moved down to McCurtain County from Ardmore in about 1910. Daniel Arthur and Sallie Baker followed them there in 1911. I believe that the reason they didn't leave Ardmore earlier was because their two youngest children, Etheldred (Sis) (Baker) Donaldson and Essie (Baker) Wilds were born in Ardmore in 1908 and 1910, respectively. They probably needed to wait a while after those two last births. All of Daniel A. and Sallie's other children, Oscar, Myrtle, Tina, Emmitt, Luther and Homer were born in Wills Point, Texas.

Arthur Cornelius, Susan, Daniel Arthur, Sallie and family settled in Mt. Zion Community, which is just southeast of Valliant, Oklahoma in McCurtain County. All of Daniel Arthur and Sallie (Pettit) Baker's children attended school at Mt. Zion Grade School. At that time, the school was located on Pritchett's Corner.

A long-time teacher at Mt. Zion School told me that if there was something of which Arthur Cornelius was particularly fond, he would say, "I wouldn't take a Gold Guinea for it." Clyde Skelton said that he had seen Arthur Cornelius drink down an entire jar of hot home-made pepper sauce. Some of the older people thought that hot pepper sauce would cure the chills. I guess they were grasping at straws for medical care back then. There weren't any hospitals around the area at that time.

Arthur Cornelius Baker passed away on April 26, 1936. He and his wife Susan (Dickerson) Baker were both buried at Wheelock Cemetery, Millerton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Their final resting place is just inside the first drive-through gate on the Right side. Arthur Cornelius has a headstone, which was purchased in 1986 by his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

There is a photo of his gravestone on here.

(Contributed by Helen Baker Foglesong, a great granddaughter of Arthur Cornelius Baker)

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  • Created by: Helen Baker Foglesong
  • Added: 10 Dec 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 121530333
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Cornelius “A. C.” Baker (1848–26 Apr 1936), Find a Grave Memorial no. 121530333, citing Wheelock Cemetery, Millerton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Helen Baker Foglesong (contributor 47837310) .