Nonna Wilson Baker

13 July 1926–8 May 2010 (Age 83)
Wayne, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Nonna Wilson

When Nonna Wilson Baker was born on 13 July 1926, in Wayne, Kentucky, United States, her father, Obie Baker, was 36 and her mother, Sally Elizabeth May Abbott, was 35. She married Sylvester Peter Massoth on 15 January 1945, in Rensselaer, Marion Township, Jasper, Indiana, United States. She lived in Gilboa Township, Benton, Indiana, United States in 1940. She died on 8 May 2010, in Rensselaer, Marion Township, Jasper, Indiana, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Remington Cemetery, Remington, Carpenter Township, Jasper, Indiana, United States.

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Sylvester Peter Massoth
Nonna Wilson Baker
Marriage: 15 January 1945

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15 January 1945
Rensselaer, Marion Township, Jasper, Indiana, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 10

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14,1936, in Owensboro, Kentucky was the last pubic hanging in the state and the United States. Anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people showed up for this event. The media was all over the hanging since the Sheriff of Davies county was a female, even though she did not pull levers. Because of the media coverage and the circus it caused, this was the last hanging.
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 22

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

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)

  • Nonnow Baker in household of Obbie Baker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nonna Baker in household of Obie Baker, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Nonna Baker, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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