James Leroy Sanford Baker

Brief Life History of James Leroy Sanford

When James Leroy Sanford Baker was born on 1 December 1830, in Georgia, United States, his father, Silas Baker, was 26 and his mother, Sarah "Sally" Baker, was 26. He married Rebecca Ann McDougal on 15 August 1852, in Smith, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Starrville, Smith, Texas, United States in 1870 and Justice Precinct 7, Medina, Texas, United States in 1880. He died on 3 February 1901, in Smith, Texas, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Sand Flat Cemetery, Tyler, Smith, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Leroy Sanford Baker
Rebecca Ann McDougal
Marriage: 15 August 1852
John Wesley Baker
William Baker
Thomas A. Baker
about 1871–about 1872
Zachariah Holland Baker
Joseph Fisk Baker
William James Baker
Sarah or Sallie A. Baker
Jane Quincy Ann "Anna" Baker
Dollie Baker
Dollie BAKER
Henry Carter “Bud” Baker
Miss Baker

Sources (28)

  • James Baker, "United States Census, 1860"
  • J L S Baker, "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965"
  • James Leroy Sandford Baker, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.


Historical Boundaries: 1849: Smith, Texas, United States

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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