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Benjamin Moberly BAKER

Father: Hon. Benjamin H. BAKER
Mother: Eliza GREER

Family 1: Emily Ann HULL

(1) Texas, Marriage Collection via Ancestry.com

  1. Annie Eliza BAKER
  2. DeBerry BAKER
  3. Maude B. BAKER
  4. Nellie BAKER

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 _Benjamin H. BAKER_|
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|--Benjamin Moberly BAKER
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|_Eliza GREER_______|
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Updated February 22, 2013. Compiled by Howder (www.howderfamily.com) from the following source(s):

(1) 1850 United States Census for Alabama, Russell Co.,: June 28, 1850, page 185.

Benjamin BAKER is the son of B. H. BAKER (age 39, born in Georgia, a lawyer) and Eliza (age 29, born in Georgia) BAKER. He is 1 year old and born in Alabama. His siblings are May, James, Hanson, Frances, Albert and Elisha.

(2) 1860 United States Census for Alabama, Russell Co., the Town of Crawford (Crawford Post Office): Page 1, July 1, 1860.

B. M. BAKER is the son of B. H. BAKER (age 49, born in Georgia, and Attorney at Law with real estate valued at $3,000 and personal estate valued at $16,000) Eliza BAKER (age 44, born in Georgia). He is 10 years old and attending school. His siblings are J. M., W. H., C. C., Elisha, Misse, Sidney and Lulu BAKER.

(3) 1870 United States Census for Texas, Panola Co., Beat #1, Carthage Post Office: Page 60; August 1, 1870.

Ben. M. BAKER resides in the E. S. HULL household, which is the household of his future wife, Emma HULL. He is 22 years old, born in Alabama and is a clerk in a store.

(4) Texas, Marriage Collection via Ancestry.com

- Name: Benjamin M. BAKER
- Gender: Male
- Marriage Date: 5 Dec 1872
- Marriage Place: Panola, Texas, USA
- Spouse: Emily A. HULL
- Spouse Gender: Female
- Source: Texas Marriages, 1851-1900

(5) LDS FamilySearch 1880 United States Census database for E. D. 60, Precinct 1, Panola Co., TX. Family History Library Film 1255322, NA Film Number T9-1322, Page 186C.

Benjamin M. BAKER is 30 years old and born in Alabama. His parents were both born in Georgia. He is head of household, an attorney at law, and married to Emily A. [HULL] BAKER. The children listed in the household are: Annie E. and Maude B.

(6) 1900 United States Census for Texas, Hemphill Co., Justice No. 1 - Canadian: Supervisor's District 3; Enumeration District 33; Sheet 6A; June 12, 1900.

Benjamin BAKER is head of household, married to Emily (listed as "Emile") A. [HULL] BAKER. Children in the household are Maude B. and Nelle Baker, and Annie E. [BAKER] DANIELS with her husband Charles C. DANIELS.

- Birth month: January 1851; age 49.
- Marital Status: Married for 27 years.
- Birthplace: Alabama, with his parents from Georgia.
- Occupation: Lawyer.
- Home: Owns his house free of mortgage.

(7) U.S. Passport Applications via Ancestry.com

- Name: B. M. BAKER
- Birth: 20 June 1850; Girard, Ala.
- Residence: Canadian, Texas
- Occupation: Lawyer
- Physical Characteristics: stature - 5' 6-1/2"; forehead - receding; eyes - brown; nose - medium; mouth - regular; chin - square; hair - grey; complexion - fair; face - oval.
- Date: May 2, 1908

(8) 1910 United States Census for Texas, Hemphill Co., Canadian Town, Canadian Justice Precinct: Ward Three; Supervisor's District 13; Enumeration District 138; Sheet 19B; April 28, 1910.

Benjamin (listed as "Benjamon") M. BAKER is head of household, married to Emily H. [HULL] BAKER. There is also a servant in the residence.

- Age: 60; married for 37 years.
- Birthplace: Alabama, with his parents from Georgia.
- Occupation: Lawyer, working on his own accord (i.e., self-employed).
- Home: Owned, free of mortgage, a house (i.e., not a farm).

His daughter Annie [BAKER] DANIELS is just a few households away (sheet 20A).

(9) Texas, Death Certificates via Ancestry.com

- Full Name: Benjamin Marbry BAKER
- Place of Death: Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas
- Date of Death: May 21, 1918; 12:20 am
- Cause of Death: Carcinoma of the esophagus; contributory - tuberculosis of right lung
- Age: 68 years, 4 months, 1 day
- Occupation: Lawyer
- Date of Birth: January 20, 1850; Girard, Alabama
- Name of Father: Benjamin H. BAKER; born in Georgia
- Name of Mother: Eliza GREER; born in Georgia
- Place of Burial: Carthage, Texas; May 25, 1918

(10) Find a Grave via Ancestry.com

- Name: Benjamin Moberly BAKER
- Birth: Jan. 20, 1850; Russell County, Alabama, USA
- Death: May 21, 1918; Hemphill County, Texas, USA
- Father: Benjamin Hurt BAKER (1811 - 1864)
- Mother: Eliza GRIER BAKER (1816 - 1899)
- Spouse: Emily Ann HULL BAKER (1853 - 1935)
- Burial: Carthage City Cemetery; Carthage, Panola County, Texas, USA

(11) A History of Texas and Texans, by Frank W. Johnson (The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1914). Page 1413.

(12) LaGrone, Leila B., editor, "A History of Panola County, Texas 1819-1978" (Panola County Historical Commission: Carthage, TX, 1979), page 327 (entry 362) and page 363 (entry 426).

- Listed as "Hon. B. M. BAKER."
- Provides middle name ("Moberly").
- Represented the 9th District in the Texas State Legislature (1876-1882)
- Appointed by Gov. John IRELAND as Sate Superintendent of Public Instruction, May 1884, serving 3 years.
- Judge of 31st Judicial District, Canadian, Texas, for sixteen years.

(13) Paddock, B. B.. History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, Vol I. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906, pp. 289-290. As reprinted in genealogymagazine.com.

- Born at Girard, Alabama in 1851.
- Son of Hon. Benjamin H. and Eliza [GREER] BAKER.
- Came to Texas in 1869 and became a student in a law office in Carthage, Panola Co.
- Moved to Austin in 1882 to lead the state education department.
- Moved to the Texas panhandle in 1887; settled in Hemphill County and helped establish the county seat of Canadian.
- District judge of the thirty-first judicial district (Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Hansford, Hemphill, Roberts, Hutchinson, Wheeler, Gray and Carson Counties, Texas) and a resident of Canadian, TX.
- Married to Emily HULL; three daughters: Mrs. Anna DANIELS, Mrs. Maud JOHNSON, and Mrs. Nellie WILLIS.

(14) Obituaries Recorded in Panola County, Texas 1873-1920. Researched and compiled by Carthage High School teacher Ann Morris and United States History students (East Texas Genealogical Society, Tyler, TX, 1991), page 175).

- Synopsis from Panola Watchman (a weekly newspaper), May 22, 1918 and May 29, 1918. - Died May 21, 1918 at his home in Canadian, TX of a protracted illness. Buried at the City Cemetery, Carthage, TX.

(15) Smith Family Records, January 28, 2001.

- Provides date of birth.
- Provides date of passing (but lists it as May 27). Also...
"He came from Georgia in a covered wagon in 1868. Lived at Canadian,TX in the Pan Handle. He was a member of the State Legislature in 1873. He studied law under Col. DeBECCY [sp?] who was later Secretary of the State. Benjamin BAKER was appointed first State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Texas. His picture hung in the State Capital at Austin, TX. He was District Judge 31st Judicial District of Texas in 1890- served 16 years."

(16) Albert C. Baker via Wikipedia

Benjamin BAKER's brother, Albert C. BAKER, was also a jurist and politician although in a different state (Arizona). Wikipedia says, "Albert Cornelius BAKER (February 15, 1845 – August 31, 1921) was an American jurist and politician who was the only person to serve on both the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court and the Arizona Supreme Court. As a judge he served four years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona Territory and two-and-a-half years as an Associate Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Politically he was a member of the Arizona Territorial Legislature and a delegate to Arizona's constitutional convention… BAKER was born on February 15, 1845 in Girard, Alabama to Benjamin H. and Eliza (GREER) BAKER. His father was a prominent attorney and he was educated in private schools"