Martin Van Buren Baker

October 1839–3 December 1916 (Age 77)
Cumberland, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Martin Van Buren

When Martin Van Buren Baker was born in October 1839, in Cumberland, Kentucky, United States, his father, David Baker, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Binns, was 24. He married Julia Margaret Thompson in 1873, in Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 6, Bell, Texas, United States in 1880 and Justice Precinct 2, Hardeman, Texas, United States in 1900. He died on 3 December 1916, in Hardeman, Texas, United States, at the age of 77.

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Martin Van Buren Baker
Julia Margaret Thompson
Marriage: 1873
David Wylie Baker
Wesley B Baker
Arney Durward Baker
Zilpha Baker
Margie M Baker
Shelby S Baker

Spouse and Children

Texas, United States


    David Wylie Baker


    Wesley B Baker


    Arney Durward Baker



    Margie M Baker


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+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Age 5

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · Texas Secedes from the United States

Age 22

On February 1, 1861, Texas seceded from the United States. On March 2, 1861, they had joined with the Confederate States of America.

Name Meaning

1 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.2 Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges ( 1988 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martin U Baker, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Martin Baker, "United States Census, 1900"
  • M D Baker in household of David Baker, "United States Census, 1850"

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