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William Henry BAKER, II

Male Abt 1827 - Bef 1863  (~ 36 years)


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  • Name William Henry BAKER 
    Suffix II 
    Born Abt 1827  , , , Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation farmer 
    1830 U.S. Census 1 Jun 1830  , , Knox County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age: > 5y 
    • Members of this household:

      Henry Baker, age 20 thru 29
      1 male under 5 (William Henry II)
      1 male age 5-9
      2 females under 5
      1 female age 20-29 (Rhoda Heavin Baker, his wife)
    1830 U.S. census, Tennessee, Knox County [BAKER, Henry I]
    1830 U.S. census, Tennessee, Knox County [BAKER, Henry I]
    1860 U.S. Census 1 Jun 1860  , Watkins Twp., Dent County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 33y 
    • He was recorded as the head of household, and was 33 years old at the time of this census. His occupation was recorded as "farmer", and Tennessee was his reported birthplace.
    1860 U.S. census, Missouri, Dent County, Watkins [BAKER]
    1860 U.S. census, Missouri, Dent County, Watkins [BAKER]
    Military Service 20 Jun 1861  , , , Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • served under "McBride"
    Military Service 19 May 1862  on the road to Houston, Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William was captured on 19 May 1862 while serving with Coleman's team of guerillas.
    Confession of William Baker
    Confession of William Baker
    Letter-Correspondence 26 May 1862 
    Confession of William Baker - cover page
    Confession of William Baker - cover page
    Confession of William Baker - page one
    Confession of William Baker - page one
    Confession of William Baker - page two
    Confession of William Baker - page two
    Confession of William Baker - page three
    Confession of William Baker - page three
    Letter-Correspondence 20 Jul 1862  , Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Transcription:
      Alton, Illinois July 20th 1862
      My Dear Loving companion I take
      pleasure in addressing you a few lines
      to inform you that I am yet alive and well
      I have had good health the most of the time
      since I left home I was unwell awhile
      but I am all right again I was taken
      prisoner on the 20th of may as you have
      probably heard I am now in Alton Ill
      I have been here three weeks I have wrote
      one letter since I left home but have
      received no answer MW Province landed at
      this place last night and had a letter he got
      from home it stated you was all well that
      is the only word I have heard from you
      any way since I left now I want you
      to write to me soon and often don't neglect
      it write all about the children and how you
      are getting along with the farming business do
      the best you can give you self no trouble
      about me I am doing very well I don't
      know how long I shall remain here I
      hope it will not be long direct you letter
      to the Alton prison Ill I am limited
      I can write no more at present
      Wm Baker
    Letter from William Baker II to his wife, Keziah (Arthur) Baker, 20 July 1862
    Letter from William Baker II to his wife, Keziah (Arthur) Baker, 20 July 1862
    Letter-Correspondence 10 Aug 1862  , Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Transcription:
      Military prison Alton Ill Aug 10th 1862
      Dear loving wife and children I again take my pen in
      hand to inform you that I am still alive and well I
      am in as good health at this time as ever I was in my
      life for which blessing I feel thankful to the great donor
      of all good I have nothing more to write that would interest you I received your letter yesterday which gave me much
      delight to hear that you and the children was all well as
      I can't see you I would like to hear from you oftener you
      write that you will come to see me in 6 weeks I would
      be glad to see you of course but at the same time I advise
      you not to come from the fact that I have no idea of
      being here at that time I expect to be in dixie before
      then and if I was here when you came you would not get
      to see me you said you would bring me clothing I have
      plenty of good clothing I am well treated and
      well furnished here as a prisoner you want to know about
      the wheat sowing I advise you to sow all you can on
      the old place and not trouble Haises? corn I have heard
      bad news from your country but not from your letter stay
      at home keep in good spirits do the best you can write often to me when
      you know where I am
      MW Province is not well today I am
      your affectionate husband until death
      Wm Baker to Kezia Baker
    Letter from William Baker II to his wife, Keziah (Arthur) Baker, 10 August 1862
    Letter from William Baker II to his wife, Keziah (Arthur) Baker, 10 August 1862
    Occupation 1863 
    U.S. Military Civil War Veteran (Confederate) 
    Death (Alternate) 1 May 1863  , Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: "fever" during the Civil War 
    • It is now felt that this death date and place are for a different William Baker.
    Died Bef 22 Aug 1863 
    • There is a question as to the date and place of William's death, as extensive research done by John Harris (email of 3 Oct 2009 to author) indicates that a different William Henry Baker died on 1 May 1863 of "fever" in Arkansas.

      In "Special Order 66", it states that "Sr. 2nd Lieut. F. Y. Doke Co. 'B' is promoted to the rank of 1st Lieut. vice Lt. Baker deceased." This document is dated 22 Aug 1863, so William had to have died before this date.
    Veterans Schedule 1890  , Watkins Twp., Dent County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William was a 1st Lieutenant in the Missouri Infantry and served from 1 Jun 1861 to 8 Sep 1863 for 2 yrs, 3 mos, and 8 days. Even though this is supposed to be a "Union" veterans census, William served in the Confederate Missouri Infantry.
    1890 U.S. Veterans Schedule, Missouri, Dent County, Watkins Twp. [BAKER, William H.]
    1890 U.S. Veterans Schedule, Missouri, Dent County, Watkins Twp. [BAKER, William H.]
    FamilySearch ID
    Biography
    • http://hbbfamily.weebly.com/william-henry-baker.html

      William Henry Baker
      William is believed to have been born around 1827 in Tennessee. At some point before 1853 he moved to Dent County, Missouri; where he married Keziah Arthur. He lived in Dent County until the summer of 1861 at which point he enlisted in the Confederate Army, along with his brother John and neighbor Moses Provence.

      William joined the 1st Infantry Regiment, 7th Division of the Missouri State Guard. He served with them until December 1861, at which point he was hospitalized for Typhoid. After a two month stay in the hospital he re-enlisted with the 4th Cavalry Regiment, 7th Division of the Missouri State Guard. He served with them until he was captured during battle on May 20th, 1862.

      William was sent to Alton Prison in Illinois where he penned two letters home to his wife Keziah. Who thank goodness, kept the letters and passed them down. He was then part of a prisoner exchange in Mississippi on September 23rd, 1862. Then on November 17th, 1862, at Camp Horsehead Arkansas, he re-enlisted with the 8th Battalion, Missouri Infantry, Company B.

      While in Little Rock in the summer of 1863, something happened to William, exactly what is unknown, but there are a few clues. With his war records is a document listing a S.O. No 66-3 as possibly containing information about his death. [this document states "Sr. 2nd Lieut. F. Y. Doke Co. "B" is promoted to the rank of 1st Lieut. vice Lt. Baker deceased." this document is dated 22 Aug 1863].

      **NEW DISCOVERY**
      While searching for S.O. No 66, I found a whole new document in William's own hand. His confession to the Union Army after his capture in Phelps County.
    Notes 
    • William Henry Baker fought as a Confederate in the Civil War. Believe to have been exchanged for Federal prisoner. Supposedly wrote wife Keziah that he was going back South. Belonged to same unit as Great-Grandfather Joseph Warren Case and during probate of William Henry Baker estate, Joseph Warren Case listed as Administrator and took inventory.

      Taken prisoner by the Union Army, 5/20/1863. Held in Military Prison, Alton, IL.
    Person ID I4163  Kult-Lawhorn-Case-Collier Family Tree | Collier Branch
    Last Modified 12 May 2018 

    Father William Henry BAKER, I,   b. Cal 1804, , , , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Rhoda HEAVIN,   b. Cal 1801, , , Montgomery County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Bond 24 Jan 1823  , , Knox County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • The Bond was betwwen Henry Baker, Richard Havin, and the William Carroll, the Governor of Tennessee. Richard Havin was Rhoda's father.
    Marriage Bond for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 1
    Marriage Bond for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 1
    Marriage Bond for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 2
    Marriage Bond for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 2
    Marriage License 24 Jan 1823  , Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Marriage License for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 1
    Marriage License for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 1
    Marriage License for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 2
    Marriage License for William Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin, pg. 2
    Married 6 Feb 1823  [7
    • married by John Goss, J.P.
    Marriage Record for Henry BAKER and Rhoda HEAVIN
    Marriage Record for Henry BAKER and Rhoda HEAVIN
    Family ID F1391  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kezia ARTHUR,   b. 29 Nov 1831, , , Crawford [later Pulaski then Phelps] County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1900, , , Dent County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Est 1853  [8
    Children 
    +1. Rhoda Catherine BAKER,   b. 25 Nov 1854, , Corn Creek, Pulaski [later Phelps] County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1932, , Yancy Mills, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Sarah Jane BAKER,   b. 1855, , , , Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1862  (Age 5 years)
    +3. Marshall Custus BAKER,   b. 30 Nov 1856, On Corn Creek, Newburg, Pulaski [later Phelps] County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1939, , Anutt, Dent County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +4. William Henry BAKER, III,   b. 21 Mar 1858, , Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1926  (Age 68 years)
    +5. Mary Elizabeth BAKER,   b. 29 Sep 1860, , , , Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1931  (Age 70 years)
    Photos
    Home of BAKER in Yancy Mills, Missouri
    Home of BAKER in Yancy Mills, Missouri
    SOURCE: Phelps County Missouri Heritage, Volume 1, page 14
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1827 - , , , Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1830 U.S. Census - Age: > 5y - 1 Jun 1830 - , , Knox County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 U.S. Census - Age: 33y - 1 Jun 1860 - , Watkins Twp., Dent County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 20 Jun 1861 - , , , Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 19 May 1862 - on the road to Houston, Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLetter-Correspondence - 20 Jul 1862 - , Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLetter-Correspondence - 10 Aug 1862 - , Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath (Alternate) - Cause: "fever" during the Civil War - 1 May 1863 - , Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsVeterans Schedule - 1890 - , Watkins Twp., Dent County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • CiteRef for this page  Kathy Kult, KKs Family History (http://www.kks-fam.net/getperson.php?personID=I4163&tree=1: accessed 22 September 2018), "William Henry BAKER, II".

  • Sources 
    1. [S1185] 1830 U.S. census, Knox County, Tennessee, p. 367 (penned), line 6, Henry Baker household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M19, roll 178, (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S183] 1860 U.S. census, Dent County, Missouri, population schedule, Watkins Township, p. 17 (penned), dwelling 115, family 116, William Baker household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 June 2005); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 618, (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S207] Phelps County Genealogical Society (Mo.), Phelps County Missouri Heritage, Vol. I, (Rolla, Missouri : Phelps County Genealogical Society, 1992), p. 39 (Baker-Mace article) and p. 40 (William Henry Baker article). (Reliability: 1).

    4. [S1186] 1890 U.S. census, Dent County, Missouri, "Special Schedule: Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, etc.," Watkins Township, enumeration district (ED) 82, page 3, Keziah widow of Baker, William; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M123, roll 29, (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1173] "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database and digital images, Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com : accessed 2016), Knox County, 1823, January, image 1 and 2 of 49. (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1173] "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database and digital images, Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com : accessed 2016), Knox County, 1823, January, image 3 and 4 of 49. (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1181] Knox County, Tennessee, marriage record, “Henry Baker and Rhoda Heavin”, 24 Jan 1823 (filed); p. 71, digital image; image downloaded from Ancestry.com, "Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002," image 23 of 25, (http://ancestry.com/ : accessed 2 July 2016), citing Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm., (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S787] Primary Source unavailable, Phelps County started recording marriages in 1857, therefore no marriage record is available from Phelps County records..