Martha Jane Baker

Brief Life History of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Baker was born on 17 July 1864, in Saline, Saline, Illinois, United States, her father, James Baker, was 23 and her mother, Margaret Ann Blake, was 17. She married Frank Montjoy Knight on 3 May 1891, in Saline, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois, United States in 1900. She died in 1905, in Galatia Township, Saline, Illinois, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter Yellon Small
1865–1946
Martha Jane Baker
1864–1905
Marriage: about 1896
Eva Small
1889–
Bessie Small
1893–
Arthur Cecil Small
1898–1970
James Cyrus Small
1900–1972
Joyce Small
1905–1993

Sources (13)

  • Martha J Baker in household of James Baker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha Baker, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Martha B Knight, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

World Events (8)

1865

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

1871

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

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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