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 Alexander Baker, Jr

Alexander Baker, Jr

Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA
Death 27 Feb 1897 (aged 61)
Stanley, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Burial Leawood, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 9023991 · View Source
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Alexander was born 6 March 1835 in Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois and died 27 February 1897 of a heart attack in Stanley, Johnson County, Kansas. He was buried in Linwood Pioneer Cemetery at 95th and Mission Road in Leawood, Kansas.
Alexander Baker II was son of Alexander Baker I and Lydia Hoover.

On November 8, 1858, Alexander married in Carlinville, Illinois to ELIZABETH ANN STUTEVILLE, his first wife in a double ring ceremony with her sister Mary Ann Stuteville who married Alexander Molen. Elizabeth Stuteville was born 1838 in Carrolton, Greene County, Illinois and died Apr 17, 1869, age 31 years, 2 months and 8 days old from complications of childbirth in Macoupin County and was buried there in the Bacon Cemetery. Lizzie was the daughter of Thomas Stuteville and his first wife, Mrs. Sarah Tunnell Smith.

Children of Alexander Baker and Elizabeth Stuteville were all born in Macoupin County. Of their seven children, only three grew to maturity and of those three, only one, Robert survived to old age.

1) Elizabeth Ann Baker, born 14 Mar 1859 Cummington Twp., Macoupin Co, IL; living at home in 1860; died bef. 1870.
2) Emma Baker, born -- Jun 1860; died before 1870.

3) William Edward "Ed" Baker, born 14 Mar 1861 in Cumminton Twp, Macoupin Co, IL; pre-deceased his father, 17 May 1885 of measles in KS; buried Linwood Pioneer Cemetery, Leawood Johnson Co, KS. Ed married 1/ 18 Jan 1880 to LILLIAN TONGATE; they were divorced and he married 2/ 1884 to MARTHA LEE CUMMINGS

4) Robert "Rob" Baker, born 25 Jan 1862 Hoover's Point, Macoupin Co, IL; died 24 Jan 1946; never married. He was a probate judge in the Olathe Kansas Court House.

5) George Henry Baker, born 6 Sep 1865 Hoover's Point, Macoupin Co, IL; died 8 Apr 1887; buried Pratt, KS; died shortly after his marriage to Ewena Cook; she married 2/ Mr. Fitzsimmons by 1897.

6) Charles Stuteville Baker, name-sake of his grandfather, Charles Stuteville, Born 1864; died 1868; buried Old Bacon Cemetery.
7) John M. Baker, born 16 Mar 1869; died 16 Mar 1869, age 1 yr, 6 mo, 21 days

In 1869, Elizabeth Stuteville Baker became ill. Her single one-half sister Martha came to care for the children and stayed after Lizzie's death. On 1 October 1870, the father Alexander (I) died. The following year, Alexander Baker (II) and MARTHA STUTEVILLE were married February 13, 1871 in Carlinville. She was the daughter of THOMAS STUTEVILLE and his third wife MARY ELIZABETH WALTON. Martha was the aunt of Elizabeth's children and also their step-mother. Alexander Baker II and Martha Stuteville were the grandparents of Edith Baker Baldwin.

MARTHA STUTEVILLE was born 28 June 1846 at Whitehall, Jersey County, Illinois and died 3 July 1916 at Kenneth, near Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas in the home of her son Walter Baker, age 70 years, 5 days old. She was a large woman like her mother Mary, weighing about 250 pounds.

In November of 1880, Alexander Baker (II) of Carlinville began buying land in Johnson County, Kansas in preparation of homesteading. They sold things not needed and packed the balance on their wagons and moved in 1881. They left at least five of their children buried in the old Bacon Cemetery in Macoupin County and brought Ed, Rob and George, children of Elizabeth and two of Martha's children, Mary Elizabeth and Walter.
William Edward 'Ed' Baker died five years after their arrival in Johnson County, Kansas and George Henry Baker two years after Ed's death, leaving Rob Baker and his one-half sister and brother, Mary Elizabeth and WALTER BAKER. Baby Laura was born and died after their arrival in Kansas. Infant deaths were common in those days because of the unsanitary conditions, especially living near the rivers and the danger of typhoid and cholera.

In November of 1873 - Macoupin Co., Illinois Probate:
Final distribution of the Estate of ALEXANDER BAKER (I). Recorded 5 Nov 1873, Son Alexander (II) now called SR received $28.20 after all debts and legatees were paid.

Children of Alexander Baker (II) and 2/ Martha Stuteville Baker:

8) Edgar Baker, born 2 Jan 1872 Carlinville, IL; died 31 Jul 1873, age 1 year, 6 months and 29 days old.
9) Mary Elizabeth Baker, born 10 Jul 1873 South Otter Township, Macoupin Co., IL.; died 22 Oct 1908, age 35 of a miscarriage. Elizabeth married Jacob Smith "Hop" Levi (1863-1936),

*10) WALTER FRANKLIN BAKER, born 4 Dec 1877 Carlinville, IL; died 4 Dec 1937 Miami, OK; m. 1905 in Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas to *BERTHA MAY JOHNSON BAKER (1886-1971).

11) Laura May Baker, 1883-1884

The 1880 census was taken in June, showing the Bakers were still in South Palmyra, Illinois, suburb of Carlinville. They moved to Johnson County, Kansas

[NOTE: After son Walter Baker died in 1937, he left an old metal lock box that contained many of the families original Deeds, Wills, many photos, etc. Widow Bertha Baker gave them all to her granddaughter. They are now owned by a member of the Baker family.

Alexander Baker (II) disliked the wives of his two sons; therefore he omitted his own children as legatees and willed the land to his grandchildren in fee simple. It is said at that time, that his will was the most complicated that Johnson County had ever seen. He was 64 when he died of a heart attack. Dr. Sloan of Stanley, Kansas reported that Alexander died of "Arheumatism of the heart."

Last Will and Testament of ALEXANDER BAKER of Johnson Co, Kansas:
Written: 17 Jul 1894
Died: 27 Feb 1897[age 62].
Recorded: 26 Mar 1897
I, ALEXANDER BAKER being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last will and Testament.
1) After all my just debts are paid I bequeath all my personal property to my wife, MARTHA BAKER.
2) I give and devise to my son ROBERT BAKER the NW 1/4 of Section 21 and all that part of the SW 1/4 of said section 21, all in township 13, Range 25 in Johnson County which I own lying North of the creek containing 200 acres to have and to hold during the term of his natural life [in fee simple; He was the only son left of his first marriage].
3) I give and devise to my wife MARTHA BAKER the East 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 19, Township 13, Range 25 in Johnson County absolutely to be by her held in fee simple.
4) I give to my wife MARTHA BAKER for the term of her natural life all my real property not otherwise disposed of above and at her death the real property disposed of in this clause of this will shall go to my CHILDREN as follows:
To ROBERT BAKER, an undivided 1/13th part thereof
To my SON, WALTER FRANKLIN BAKER, 6/13th according to value, to be by them divided and in which division
My daughter MARY ELIZABETH LEVI is to have the NE 1/4 of Section 5, Township 15, Range 24 in Johnson County, Kansas and when so divided to be had and held by them respectively during the terms of their natural lives [not in fee simple].
5) Upon the death of ROBERT BAKER, WALTER F. BAKER or MARY ELIZABETH LEVI, the land devised to them respectively shall go to and be the property of THEIR RESPECTIVE CHILDREN in FEE SIMPLE and in the event of the death of any of my said three children without leaving any living issue, then the share of the one so dying shall go to the ones surviving to be by them held the same and to be disposed of the same, as the land devised to them herein.
6) It is my will that LILLIE HANSHAW and MATTIE BAKER, formerly the wives of my son. *WILLIAM EDWARD BAKER, now deceased, and their sons WILLIAM EDWARD BAKER and DARWIN BAKER and EMMA BAKER FITZSIMMONS, formerly the wife of my son GEORGE HENRY BAKER, take nothing by this will.
7) I hereby appoint my wife, MARTHA BAKER sole executrix of this will desire that she be allowed to serve without bond. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this July 17th, 1894. /s/ ALEXANDER BAKER

In the Matter of the Estate of ALEXANDER BAKER, late of County deceased in the Probate Court... on the 26th of March 1897 personally appeared before me Judge of Probate Court, MARTHA BAKER who being by me duly sworn according to law, doth upon her depose and say that ALEXANDER BAKER died on the 27th February 1897 testate, a resident of said County and presents an instrument of writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Alexander Baker, deceased.. /s/ Martha Baker.

Alexander Baker was laid to rest in Linwood Pioneer Cemetery. His tombstone is very large, standing about 5 feet tall. The other members of the family have smaller stones surrounding his. Laura May, Will and George's grave is at the corner of his stone. While standing on the Stuteville lot, looking east and north, the Baker lot can be seen. Linwood Pioneer Cemetery is located in Leawood, Shawnee Township, Johnson County, Kansas at 3600 West 95th Street. It is fenced in with black wrought iron facing 95th Street. Lot 18 has the Baker graves and Lot 7 has the graves of Thomas Stuteville and his wife Mary Walton Stuteville [Martha's parents]...

1907 Sep 23 - Johnson Co. KS - Recorded: 30 Dec 1907 - DB 95:546 Indenture: MARTHA BAKER, a widow, ROBERT BAKER, a single man and MARY ELIZABETH LEVI, and J.S. LEVI her husband all of Johnson County, Kansas to WALTER F. BAKER... $1 and exchange of property...
The W 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 19
The NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 20
The W 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 20
The NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 20 - EXCEPT a strip 3 rods wide off of the South side of the last named tract. All in Township 13 Range 25.

MARTHA BAKER hereby reserves to herself a life use in the above premises. /s/ MARTHA BAKER, MARY ELIZABETH LEVI, ROBERT BAKER, J.S. LEVI. [This land was set aside for Walter Baker to use in his lifetime. It was willed to his children, EDITH and DALE BAKER by their grandfather, Alexander Baker (II)].

Grandma Martha Baker bought a home in Springhill, Johnson County, Kansas about 1900-1905 and moved to Stanley, Kansas shortly after her daughter "Lizzie" Mary Elizabeth Levi died of a miscarriage on 22 October 1908.

On 22 October 1908, a terrible tragedy struck the Baker family. Martha's daughter Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Baker Levi died of a miscarriage at age 35. Lizzie left to mourn her husband Jacob Levi and three children: Laura May Levi, Ada Levi and Dale Baker Levi. Martha was living in Springhill, Johnson County, Kansas but moved shortly after Lizzie's death to Stanley, Kansas. She never stopped grieving for her daughter.

Soon after Lizzie's death, Martha purchased a lot in the Olathe City Cemetery for $20.00. Deed to East 1/2, Lot 50, Block 1. This is where Martha was buried and when her son Walter died in 1937, he was buried beside her. To locate the grave of Martha and Walter Baker, look for a large stone with the name of "Patterson."

1911 August 12 - Ocheltree Kans. - from David Wilson Stuteville to sister Martha Baker
"Dear Sister your letter came to hand some time ago but I have neglected to answer the question you ask - the best that I can - your birth Day is in June - you were borne June the 28, 1846 - I think it was in January 1864 when we joined the church (Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church) of Medora, Illinois But the meeting was held at Summerville s/ David W. Stuteville (1849-1931).

On 14 June 1914, Martha was visiting her son Walter and Bertha Baker and their children Edith and Dale on their farm near Kenneth, Kansas. Edith was then, age five and Dale, age one. Grandma Martha was playing and chasing Edith on the back porch of the farmhouse and tripped over a broom handle, fell backwards onto a box which collapsed and broke her hip. Dr. Brainard the old family doctor was called. He came right over and treated her and returned the next day and made an adjustment to the brace.

At this time, Martha weighed about 250 pounds. Walter and his cousin, WILLIAM "Willie" BOND carried her into bed. They hired nurse after nurse to take care of her, but because of her weight, they did not stay too long. Soon, Walter fixed a net to stretch across her bed and built a hoist for the nurses to lift her up to change the bed or to use the bed pan, etc.

She died on this bed some two years later with Diabetes and Brights Disease. At that time, very little was known about diabetes. An old medical book dated 1906 said: "It is an inherited disease of unknown cause and is hopeless and all treatment is useless. The patient will not live more than about three months. Treatment is first the diet and then the use of drugs being codeine, salicylate of soda and bromide of arsenic. The disease may be further attended in later life by degenerative changes, such as arteriosclerosis, cataracts and neuritis." Insulin was not used until 1921 and not perfected until 1937 along with proper diet. "Brights Disease was a form of renal disease: Nephritis, etc" [kidneys]. (see BOND Family)

1915 Jan 12 - Received of Walter Baker for nursing his mother /s/ Margaret Ciegler = $108.00

The Obituary of Martha Stuteville Baker
Written by her stepson Judge Robert "Rob" Baker

"MARTHA STUTEVILLE was born 28 June 1846 near White Hall in Green County, Illinois and died 5 days after her 70th birthday on 3 July 1916 at the home of her son, Walter in the Belleview neighborhood (Belleview was in Kenneth, Johnson County, Kansas).
"In 1864, she in company with her brother, David Stuteville at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at Medora, Illinois was baptized and received into the church with a large number of converts at that time. She has always led a faithful and consistent Christian life. Something like a year ago, she united by letter with the Belleview M.E. Church under the pastorate of Rev. W.A. Smith.
"Martha married 13 February 1871 in Macoupin County, Illinois to ALEXANDER BAKER (II) (1835-1897), at Carlinville by Justice McClure.
"To this union was born four children: Elizabeth, WALTER, Laura and Edgar. Edgar and Laura died in infancy. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Levi, departed this life in 1908.
"In 1881, she with her husband and Family which not only included her own children, but the three step-sons, William, Robert and George to share the great mother's heart and love all growing to manhood under her watchful care, came to Kansas and settled on the farm near Belleview where she has since resided with the exception of a few years after the death of her husband, who preceded her to the Great Beyond on 27 February 1897. The past four years she has made her home with her son Walter, where she has had the loving care of both sons and while the last two years of her life have been spent in the invalid chair and bed, she has borne it all with great Christian fortitude without a complaint, patiently waiting God's own time to hear Him say, "It is enough, come up higher."

"Aunt Martha was known and loved by many relatives and friends. Her home was always open to all relatives and friends. She was a good neighbor, always ready to help in sickness and as expressed by the step-son, Judge Baker, was a devoted stepmother as well as mother. Truly a good woman has gone from us, and while the last few months were spent in pain and suffering, she lived in constant prayer. Her desire was to get better if not well, yet if God willed otherwise she was willing and ready to go, looking forward to the happy meeting with the beloved daughter, Elizabeth and other loved ones gone on before.
"The funeral was held from the Belleview Church which friends and old neighbors had made beautiful with potted plants and cut flowers.
"The service was read by Rev. H.D. Hogan of Rosedale and the song selections were: "Nearer My God To Thee," "My Father Knows," and "Abide With Me," rendered by: Mrs. Andy James, The pall bearers were: Wes Williams, J.H. Holmes, Watt Flanner, Barsh Kennedy, John May and John Hash.
"Those left to mourn are: Two sons, Judge Robert Baker and WALTER BAKER of this vicinity; one brother, DAVID STUTEVILLE of Ocheltree, Kansas; Two sisters, MRS. CAROLINE BOND of Ocheltree, Kansas and MRS. LORA SHANE of Greenfield, Illinois. A number of grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends, who expressed to the bereaved family their sympathy."

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