Leni Leoti Lett Nalley Baker
Leni was the daughter of Walter Goodhue Lett and Rebecca Ellen (Wolfe) Lett. She was the 6th born of 14 children.
Leni married William Thomas Nalley November 28, 1889 at the home of her parents, in Neosho township of Newton County, Missouri. They had four children: Clyde (1890-1899), Nola (1891-1899), Virnie (1894-1899), and Vera Leon (Nalley) Eyman (1901-1946). The first three children died in a tragic fire at their home, in 1899).
Leni divorced in August 1915, and she married Charles H. Baker on September 16, 1916 in Neosho, MO. She lived in Neosho all of her married life.
The following obituary is from The Neosho Times, June 23, 1927:
Mrs. Leni Leoti Baker, wife of Charles Baker of 907 Randolph street, died Thursday evening at her home after an illness of several months.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. J. H. Houston, pastor of the Second Baptist church of Neosho were held at the family residence and burial—was in the Cedar Creek cemetery.
Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband and one daughter, Miss Vera Nalley who for several years has been a teacher in the Neosho public schools.
Miss Leni Leoti Lett was born In Camden county. Missouri, June 24, 1871. She was converted and joined the Baptist church at an early age. In 1891 she was married to W. T. Nalley. To this union was born four children, three of whom met a tragic death in 1898 when they were burned in an accidental fire. In 1915 Mrs. Nalley was married to C. H. Baker, who survives her. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Neosho.
Also from the newspaper:
DEATH OF MRS. CHARLES BAKER
Mrs. Charles Baker died at her home, 907 Randolph street, Thursday evening, following a long illness.
Mrs. Baker was the mother of Vera Nalley, one of the teachers at Field school.
Funeral services are to be held this afternoon, with burial in Cedar Creek cemetery. Rev. Huston, pastor of the Second Baptist church, will be in charge of the services.
The Neosho Times Saturday, June 18, 1927
Note: The death of the children did occur in 1899, as evidenced by newspaper articles. The story was picked up nationally. It is believed that the three children are also buried at Cedar Creek cemetery, although, as with Leni, there is no stone. Edna Lett Stauffer wrote in a 1964 narrative about the Lett family, that "Lena" was buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery by the side of her 3 children, who had been burned and were buried there years before.
Missouri Death Certificate
Note: Leni's death certificate states her year of birth as 1870. The death certificate was informed by her second husband, Charles Baker.
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