*VICTIM OF THE 1857 MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE*
Abel Baker was the third son of John Twitty Baker and Mary A. Ashby, born abt. 1838 in Jackson County, Alabama. He lived with his parents in Crooked Creek Township, in Carroll County, Arkansas and departed for California in April 1857 with "The Baker Train, which was under the leadership of his father, Captain John T. Baker. His father was taking a large herd of cattle to California to sell for profit, and Abel may have acted as a drover on the trip.
Identified by Mormon Scout Ira Hatch as "young Baker", Abel Baker is thought to be one of the three young men who escaped from the wagon corral sometime during the siege, and were killed before they could reach help. The men were supposed to have been carrying a letter from the besieged camp that pleaded for assistance. The accounts of the men's fates vary. One man appears to have died before Abel Baker, and the other man, reached the Virgin Hills area in present day northeastern Nevada. There, according to one account, Baker's companion was burned at the stake by Paiutes, while Baker escaped. Wounded in the arm by an Indian arrow, Baker managed to travel fifty more miles westward to Cottonwood Spring. Pursued by Ira Hatch and search party of Paiute Indians, Hatch's group caught up with Abel Baker there, and murdered him. Abel Baker was 19 years old, and single, when he died in Nevada. He is considered to be one of the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, although he did not actually die in the Massacre that took place in Utah.
Abel Baker's father, Captain John Twitty Baker, his sister Sarah C. (Baker) Mitchell, his brother-in-law, Charles Roark Mitchell, his nephew John Mitchell, and his older brother, George Washington Baker, his sister-in-law Minerva Ann (Beller) Baker, and his niece Mary Lovina Baker, died in the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah.
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IN THE VALLEY BELOW BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND 11, 1857, A COMPANY OF MORE THAN 120 ARKANSAS EMIGRANTS LED BY CAPT. JOHN T. BAKER AND CAPT. ALEXANDER FANCHER WAS ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA. THIS EVENT IS KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE
ABEL BAKER, 19
*Please note that the names of the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre that appear here are those who we have personally researched and verified as actual victims. In some cases this list will differ from the names that were inscribed on the 1990 Monument on Dan Sill Hill.