Mary Ann "Polly" Baker

Brief Life History of Mary Ann "Polly"

When Mary Ann "Polly" Baker was born on 13 April 1805, in Kentucky, United States, her father, William Reuban Baker III, was 29 and her mother, Hannah Caroline Edwards, was 36. She married Andrew Jacob or Jackson Couch on 28 March 1819, in Madison, Madison, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States in 1820 and Mountain Township, Crawford, Arkansas, United States for about 30 years. She died on 13 February 1886, in Alma, Crawford, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Byers Cemetery, Crawford, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Andrew Jacob or Jackson Couch
Mary Ann "Polly" Baker
Marriage: 28 March 1819
Peter S Couch
Elizabeth Ann "Eliza" Couch
Delilah Couch
William H Couch
Mary Ann "Polly" Couch
Mahala Jane Couch
Nicholas Couch
Peter Matthew Couch
Henry Mattson "Matt" Couch
John Couch
Emily Couch
Melissa Almyra Couch
Louisa Couch
Lavinia Newtoy Couch
Andrew M Couch

Sources (8)

  • Mary Couch, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Polly Baher, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Mary Ann Baker Couch, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.


Historical Boundaries - 1821: Crawford, Arkansas Territory, United States; 1836: Crawford, Arkansas, United States

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller . Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.

Americanized form (translation into English) of surnames meaning ‘baker’, for example Dutch Bakker , German Becker and Beck , French Boulanger and Bélanger (see Belanger ), Czech Pekař, Slovak Pekár, and Croatian Pekar .

History: Baker was established as an early immigrant surname in Puritan New England. Among others, two men called Remember Baker (father and son) lived at Woodbury, CT, in the early 17th century, and an Alexander Baker arrived in Boston, MA, in 1635.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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