Two lovely children, posed perfectly, look out from this photograph postcard. In addition to the ink script “Evelyn Baker, Oliver Prescott Baker,” there is penciled on the back, “202 North Weare NH.”
The postcard is dated September 1, 1910, is addressed to “Mrs. Alfred Osborne, Local,” and the hand-written words: “Dear Mrs. Osborne. Never mind the peaches for canning, I got some yesterday and have them put up. If you should have any left over for eating, we will have a few. Hartily, [sic] M.P.B.” along with a PS “Perhaps your children would like this card if you do not care for it!”
After a bit of research it becomes evident that the postcard sender was Maude (Prescott) Baker, wife of Rev. Ernest L. Baker. He was a Congregational minister who was installed at North Weare New Hampshire’s Congregational Church on June 18, 1902 where he remained until after 1910.
It is now obvious that Rev. Ernest & Mrs. Maude (Prescott) Baker were the parents of the two good-looking children pictured. There was a third child, Sylvanus, who would have been 3 years old at the time who was not shown in the photograph. By 1920 the entire family had moved as Rev. Baker was now serving at the Congregational Church in Anson, Maine. The Genealogy of this family, through the BAKER line is detailed below. Those with corrections and photographs are welcome to contact me by commenting.
—–PROBABLE BAKER GENEALOGY—-
Joseph Baker, b. abt 1715 Ireland/England, d — possibly Nottingham NH; m. Elizabeth. The Gazetteer of Grafton County, NH 1709-1886-Ashland, Compiled and published by Hamilton Child 1886. “Joseph Baker, when a lad of 12 to 14 years, ran away from his home in England, came to America and settled in New England. His children were born in Nottingham, NH. He was one of the grantees of Holderness, and his right was improved by his son Andrew.”
Children of Joseph & Elizabeth Baker:
1. James Baker (killed by the Indians)
2. Samuel Hazen Baker, b abt 1730; Dea. Joseph Judkins of Newmarket bought land of Samuel Baker at Nottingham NH, 1768. Possibly m. Newmarket NH to Mary Green.
3. +Andrew Baker 1740-1803; m. Anna Knowlton of Northwood NH
4. Mary Baker, b 1744 Greenland NH; m. Levi Drew, had several children
Andrew Baker, son of Joseph & Elizabeth Baker, was b. 27 March 1740 in Northwood NH, baptized 16 January 1744 in Portsmouth, Rockingham Co. NH; died 6 Dec 1803. In January of 1766 he signed a petition regarding the town of Nottingham’s boundaries; he settled in Holderness in 1772. He m. abt 1770 to Anna “Ann” Knowlton of Northwood NH, dau of Thomas & Anna/Amy (Chase) Knowlton. She was b 13 July 1753 in Kensington, Rockingham Co. NH and d. 30 Sep 1840 in Ashland, Grafton Co. NH. An Andrew Baker is listed in the 1813 NH State Calendar as being a representative to the General Court from Holderness. In September 1775 Andrew Baker & Bryan Sweetney, two of the selectmen of the Town of New Holderness made an oath to the “fidelity of this List” (the census of that year).
Annals of Meredith NH
Children of Andrew & Anna (Knowlton) Baker:
1. James Baker, b. 1771, d. 1843; m. Jane Smith, daughter of Samuel and Peggy Smith, died age 72. Had children: Thomas, Andrew, Samuel, James, Charlotte, Mary Mooney
2. Betty Baker, b. 1773, d. 1872
3. Thomas Baker, b. 1775, d. 1777
4. Anna Baker, b. 1777, d. 1783
5. Sarah Baker, b. 1779, d. 1854.
6. Kezia/Kozza Baker, b.1781 New Holderness NH, d. 1841; m. 29 March 1804 in NH to John Shaw
7. Nancy Baker, b. 30 Nov 1781 Holderness NH, d. 9 May 1817
8. Major Stephen C. Baker, b. 17 Sep 1783 Holderness NH, d. 1815; eldest son, farmer, taught school.
9. Andrew Knowlton Baker, b. 1786, d. October 1869 in Lowell MA ; ?m. Sarah Mudgett; ?m. Mary –. In 1840 living in Newmarket NH; In 1860 living in Holderness NH.
10. +Ebenezer Baker, b. 1788 Holderness or Ashland NH, d. 1871
11. Col. Nathan Baker, b. 1791, d. 1834
12. Joseph Baker, b. abt 1790; inherited his father’s farm; m. Hannah Piper and had 5 sons and 4 daughters; drum major in the old militia company. He had a son Stephen Chase Baker, b. 1821 in Holderness NH, who m. Abby E. Harriman and in 1854 partner with Joseph W. Calley in the manufacture of straw-board
Ebenezer Baker, son of Andrew & Anna (Knowlton) Baker, b. 1788 Holderness or Ashland NH, d 1871 prob Ashland NH; m. Mary Cate. She b. abt 1788 Meredith NH. d prob before 1870. Farmer. In 1870 he is living alone in Ashland NH. He served in the War of 1812, and is listed on the Holderness NH Honor Roll.
1850 US Census > NH > Grafton > Holderness
Ebenezer Baker 62
Mary Baker 62
Parismas Baker 26
Children of Ebenezer & Mary (Cate) Baker:
1. David B. Baker, b. abt 1810 Holderness, NH; He m1) by 1842 to Almira/Elmira V. Varney. He m2) 27 Sep 1879 in Ashland NH to Elvira F. Willey-Lougee, daughter of Greenleaf & Matilda (Bunker) Willey. She was b. abt 1826 in Barnstead NH. Occupation carpenter. [2nd marr for both]. Children by 1st wife include: Hiram S., Ellenette J., Osmon(d) F., and Horace W.
2. Asenath B. Baker, b abt 1818 NH, d. 7 Dec 1802 in Lowell MA; m. George Thatcher
3. Prismas/Parismas Baker, b. abt 1825 Holderness NH; d. 11 July 1859 Holderness NH, aged 34; single
4. Placentia Baker, b. abt 1826 Ashland NH, d. 14 Nov 1893 Lowell MA; single
5. Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Baker, b. 24 Feb 1828 Holderness NH, died 4 August 1916 in Lakeport/Laconia NH ; m1) — Elliott; She m2d) 13 Oct 1887 in Lake Village NH to Isaac Culver, son of Lyman & Fanny Culver. Buried Green Grove, Ashland NH.
6. +Sylvanus P. Baker, b. 17 Jan 1830 in Holderness NH.
Sylvanus P. Baker, son of Ebenezer & Mary (Cate) Baker, b. 17 Jan 1830 in Holderness, Grafton Co. NH, d. 13 April 1909 in Enfield, Grafton Co. NH. He m. 27 Aug 1859 in Lowell MA to Isabelle “Belle” Sutherland, dau of Alexander & Martha (Phinney) Sutherland. She b. 19 Sep 1832 in Topsham, Lincoln, Maine and d. 20 April 1914 in Weare, Hillsborough Co. NH. In 1880 living in Enfield NH, he was working in a “bedstead shop.” Occupation: mechanic and carpenter. Buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Enfield NH.
1900 US Census > NH > Grafton Co. > Enfield
Sylvanus P. Baker M W 70 b. Jan 1830 NH m abt 1860
Belle S. Baker, wife F 66 b. Sept 1834 Maine 3 children, 1 living
Children of Sylvanus & Isabelle (Sutherland) Baker:
1. unknown child, died young
2. unknown child, died young
3. +Ernest Lester Baker, b. 17 May 1868 Enfield, Grafton Co. NH [his birth record states 3rd child.]
Ernest Lester Baker, son of Sylvanus & Isabelle (Sutherland) Baker, b. 17 May 1868 in Enfield, Grafton Co. NH, d 25 Feb 1965 in Bradford, Essex Co. MA; m. 4 December 1894 in Lawrence MA to Maude A. Prescott, daughter of George Henry & Sophia P. (Carter) Prescott. She b. 7 Aug 1866 in Westford MA, d. Feb 1967 in Haverhill, Essex Co. MA. They are buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence MA. The obituary posted on find-a-grave [originally found in the 26 Feb 1965 issue of The Boston Herald] states that he was a graduate of Bates College and Andover Newton Theological School. He was pastor of the Union Congregational Church in Amesbury MA for 15 yrs and had served Congregational Churches in Dracut, Center Harbor NH, and North Anson ME. He had also lived in Haverhill MA. In addition he served as pastor of the Congregational Church in North Weare NH, installed June 18, 1902 where he remained until after 1910. By 1920 he was serving in Anson, Maine.
Photograph: Evelyn Baker, Oliver Prescott Baker
202 North Weare NH
1910 US Census > NH > Hillsborough Co. > Weare
Ernest S. Baker Head M 41 m1x 15 yrs NH NH Maine Minister, Congregational
Maude A. Baker wife F 43 wife married 15 yrs 4 children, 3 living MA MA MA
Evelyn F. Baker dau F 11 daughter single MA NH MA
Oliver P. Baker son M 7 son single NH NH MA
Sylvanne P. Baker son M 2 son NH NH MA
1920 US Census > Maine, Somerset County, Anson
Ernest L. Baker Head M 51 NH clergyman
Maude A. Baker Wife F 53 MA
Evelyn A. Baker daughter F 21 MA
Oliver P. Baker son M 17 NH
S. Prescott Baker son M 12 NH
Children of Ernest S. & Maude A. (Prescott) Baker:
1. Dorothy F. “Evelyn” Baker, b 10 July 1898 Lowell MA, d. 10 Dec 1988 in Haverhill, Essex Co. MA. She is buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence MA with her parents. Her cemetery marker indicates R.N. that she was a registered nurse.
2. Oliver Prescott Baker, b 25 April 1902 NH, d. 25 Feb 1998 in Beaumont, Jefferson Co. TX [Texas Death Index]. He m. Ethel Helen Curtis. She was b. 28 Jan 1908 in Utica NY, and d. 11 April 1999 in Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas. They had 2 children.
3. Sylvanus Prescott “S.P.” Baker, b 26 July 1907 in NH; d. 2 May 1996 in Warren, Macomb, Michigan.
=====OTHER BAKER FAMILIES======
Genealogy and history of the Baker, Andrus, Clark and Adams Families by Albert Clark Baker; 1920
Other Butlers from The History of Nottingham, Deerfield and Northwood, [NH] by Elliott C. Cogswell, 1878, page 170
The Butler Family by Albert W. Rook, 1901
The PS makes you wonder how many of these wonderful cards got burned with the trash or ended up in the kid’s toy chest.
I am curious — are these people related to you? Or were you just intrigued by the photograph?
Amy, I buy photographs of New Hampshire people that I find interesting, research them and blog about them. I do have ancestors who lived in Weare, but I do not have any known Baker ancestors. I have a New Hampshire CATE ancestor, so it is possible that I am distantly related through that line.
Hi Janice, I live in Weare NH and am part of a new historical research group called the Friends of Weare History. Do you have any more old photos relating to Weare?
Tara, I do have some Weare photographs. What in particular are you looking for?