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George Davey Baker

George Davey Baker

Male 1864 - Abt 1942  (77 years)

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  • Name George Davey Baker  [1, 2, 3
    Born 16 Apr 1864  College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1942  Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I6430  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2010 

    Father Joseph Wesley Baker,   b. 15 Feb 1834, Dayton, Montgomery Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1909, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Davey,   b. 4 Mar 1835, Honesdale, Wayne Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1926, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1854  Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Family ID F507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mae Smith,   b. Abt 1876, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1961, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married Abt 1896  [3, 7
    Children 
     1. Harold E. Baker,   b. 1 Feb 1899, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1978, Portland, Multnomah Cnty, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Child Baker,   b. Abt 1905,   d. Abt 1905  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F3133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Regarding his parents and siblings, «i»THE HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY«/i», p. 790 (Western Historical Co., Chicago; 1878) provides:
      «tab»"BAKER, JOSEPH W., farmer and stock raiser ... born in Dayton, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1834; moved to Linn Co., Iowa, 1851. Married Mary Jane Davey, March 2, 1854; she was born in Wayne Co., Penn., 1835; they had nine children, seven are living -- James Milton, born in College, Iowa, Nov. 16, 1854; Eugene Jerome, born in Buchanan Co., Mo., Oct. 5, 1859; John Wellington, born in College, Iowa, July 14, 1862; George Davey, born in College, Iowa, April 16, 1864; William Augustus, born in College, Iowa, July 20, 1866; Sarah Albina, born in College, Iowa, February 17, 1868; Ransom Esdras, born in College, Iowa, June 11, 1875; Harriet Ellen, born April 2, 1856, and William Alford, born in 1858, died in infancy. Mr. Baker moved to Missouri Sept. 28, 1857, and returned to Linn Co., Iowa, Aug. 5, 1861...."

      The 1880 census lists "Jos. W. Baker," 46, a farmer, living with his wife "Mary J," 44; and children "John W," 18; "Geo. D," 16; "Wm. A," 13; "Sarah A," 12; and "Esdras," 4. «i»1880 U.S. Census, «/i»College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA (T 9, Roll 351, stamped p. 162B).

      «i»PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF LINN COUNTY, IOWA«/i», pp. 902-903 (Chapman Bros., Chicago: 1887), records:
      «tab»"Joseph W. Baker *** [married] Miss Mary Davey, at the home of the bride's parents in College Township. ***
      «tab»"Mrs. Baker ... became the mother of nine children... [including] George D. [who] is engaged with the Cedar Rapids Oil Company...."

      The 1910 census shows "Baker, Geo D," 41, his wife of 13 years, Mae, 34, and son "Harold A," 12. All were born in Iowa. Mae was listed as the mother of 2 children, 1 of whom was still living. George was employed as a "Commercial Traveler." Living next to them in the same establishment on Third Street in Shaniko were George's sister Albina (Sarah), her husband Henry Otterbein, and their daughter Gladys. «i»1910 U.S. Census,«/i» Shaniko Prct, Wasco Cnty, OR (T 624, Roll 1290, stamped p. 75).

      The 1920 census lists "Baker, George Davey," 55, born in Iowa, living with his wife Mae, 44, and a son Harold E, 21, both born in Iowa. George was employed with a "Fraternal Order." «i»1920 U.S. Census, «/i»Portland, Multnomah Cnty, OR (T 625, Roll 1498, stamped p. 216B).

      At the time of his mother's death in 1926, and according to her obituary, George Baker was living in Portland, OR.

      In 1930 the census shows George, 65, a life insurance agent, living with his wife Mae S., 53. The census indicates that they were married when she was 21 and he, 33. Son Harold was no longer in the family home. «i»1930 U.S. Census,«/i» Portland, Multnomah Cnty, OR (T 626, Roll 1949, stamped p. 209 B).

      As of 28 Mar 1931 George was a "special agent" for The Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co. in Portland, OR. Janet Olson Swart, «i»The Family History of Samuel Baker, son of Gunsmith Caleb Baker Sr.«/i», p. 337 (published to CD by Janet Olson Swart, 214 First Ave, Two Harbors, MN 55616: 2010), contains a letter by George to his niece Maude Baker -- Mrs. Herbert Bolks, which was handwritten on Northwestern Mutual stationary. (The letter dealt with what he called "Great Baker Estate in the East," which turned out to be a nation-wide hoax that swindled thousands of Baker families who had tried to prove they were heirs to a vastly wealthy estate which owned major historical portions of the City of Philadelphia, PA. Nearly 30 people were convicted of various fraud crimes in the Spring of 1937.)

      Jan O. Swart's book «i»Family History of Samuel Baker...., supra,«/i» p. 476, summaries this family as follows:

      "GEORGE DAVEY BAKER ... was born 16 April 1864 in College Township,Linn County, Iowa, and died Abt. 1942 in Oregon. He married MAE SMITH. She was born Abt. 1876 in Iowa, and died 19September 1961 in Oregon.
      "Children of GEORGE BAKER and MAE SMITH are:
      i. HAROLD E. BAKER, b. 01 February 1899, Iowa; d. September 1978, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon; m. GLADYS N. ROBERTSON, Abt. 1928.
      ii. CHILD BAKER, b. Bet. 1900 - 1910, As per the 1910 United States Federal Census: Shaniko, Wasco, Oregon; d. Bet. 1900 - 1910, As per the 1910 United States Federal Census: Shaniko, Wasco, Oregon."

  • Sources 
    1. [S165] Linn County History|, Anonymous, THE HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY, IOWA, (Western Historical Co.; Chicago, IL : 1878), p. 790 (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S676] Swart, Jan|, Janet Olson Swart, "The Family History of Samuel Baker, son of Gunsmith Caleb Baker Sr"; CD-ROM database (2010), (Janet O. Swart; janswart2000@yahoo.com), p. 472 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S677] OR Census 1920, Multnomah, Oregon, Multnomah Cnty, 1920 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T625, Roll 1498, p. 216B) (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S165] Linn County History|, Anonymous, THE HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY, IOWA, (Western Historical Co.; Chicago, IL : 1878), p. 790.

    5. [S77] Linn County Portraits|, Anonymous, Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa, (Chicago, IL; Chapman Bros.: 1887), pp. 902-903.

    6. [S676] Swart, Jan|, Janet Olson Swart, "The Family History of Samuel Baker, son of Gunsmith Caleb Baker Sr"; CD-ROM database (2010), (Janet O. Swart; janswart2000@yahoo.com), p. 472.

    7. [S678] OR Census 1930, Multnomah, Oregon, Multnomah Cnty, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 1949, p. 209B) (Reliability: 2).