recently started back with my research after a few years away from it and I am still trying to connect my Absalom Baker to his family, meaning his parents. Much of my research was given to a distant relative whom I had no contact with after giving the information to her. No worries ..much of what I had ... I could remember but not all, this is what I have on Ab Baker He was born in North Carolina where exactly I don't know, his birthdate is taken from his death notice from the 1850 Madison County mortailty schedule, with his age given as 81, so that would make his birthdate as abt 1762 and his death date is abt Aug 1849 Madison County but his burial is unknown. I know from that mortailty schedule that he made his living at one time as a tailor which at that time was a respectable trade. By looking at a deed of gift to his grandchildren of his son, John Webster Baker I know that he would of been considered while not affluent but middleclass. He made this deed of gift to his grandchildren but not to his son which I feels means that perhaps he was not happy with his son in some way, while he did not mention his grandchildren by his daughter, Sarah, Sally Baker Glover, he did sell land to her and her husband, Jonathan Glover about the same time as the deed of gift. There is no record of a deed of gift or land sale to his daughter, Rebecca Baker Ellett and I do not know why unless perhaps he felt that she was well taken care of at this time. I know that at some time before 1842 his wife, Ellender had died. Her place of burial is not known nor are her parents known tho it thought that perhaps her father was John Webster as one of their sons was named John Webster Baker. However around the time of his birth, 1801 there was a person named John Webster that was widely known and it could simply be that reason how John Webster Baker got his name. Why did Ab wait til the age of 50 to move and settle in Alabama, one thing this might tell me is that he was not the eldest son and that perhaps he either had family already here(who?) or had heard the glowing reports of the Mississippi Territory? Until recently it was thought that the family did not moved to Alabama til 1820 this was because of the marriage of Jonathan Glover and Sarah Baker in 1820,however it is now believed that the family was in the area as early as 1812. It is thought that they traveled from Kentucky where three of the known children were born, Rebecca 1791, John W. 1801 and Sarah 1804. These three children plus one other unknown son came with Ab and Ellender to Alabama which I think meant going through first- part of Georgia and then Jackson County, Alabama before settling in Madison County, Alabama. Tho they could of also came by way of barge down the river as many of the new settlers did at the time. Ellender's name is spelled several ways, Eleanor, Elender,Ellender and Elinder, I used Ellender as it appears most often ... the different spellings are simply how each person filling out a paper thought the name should be spelt hence the various spelling for Ab as well, Absolom,Absalom,Absalum,Absolem,Absalem and even Bbsalom which was used on the 1850 Madison County, Alabama mortality schedule. For Ab I used Absalom as it is the one I have seen most often. As an update to my previous posting, I do know that my Ab was not married to Rebecca Ames ... tho I do feel that he was married twice. So what I do have is:
BAKER, Absalom born abt 1762 NC died Aug 1849 Madison County,Alabama-Owens Cross Roads places lived- N.C.,KY,AL married date unknown ...place? KY most likely
Ellender (Webster-unproven) born VA died bef 1842 parents-unknown
1)Rebecca married Joesph Fletcher Ellett born abt 1791KY 2) John Webster married Mahala Glover born abt 1801KY 3)Sarah "Sallie" married Jonathan Glover born abt 1804KY 4)unknown son
I know that there is a relation between Mahala Glover and Jonathan Glover but unsure just what it is. In later censuses Sally's birthplace is listed as Georgia? Several of Sally and Jonathan's children moved on to Texas as did a few of John's and Rebecca's. Four of John's children moved and settled in Jackson County, Alabama this would be William"Billy" Glover Baker, named for his maternal grandfather, William Glover, Andrew Jackson"Jack" Baker, James "Jim" Harvia Baker and Eleanor "Nelly" W. Baker Coulson. One of John's sons, Adget M. Baker was a puzzle to me..not so much him as his name, for years I thought it was Indian but two weeks ago I came upon the name while doing some research and found that the name Adget is actually a surname!!!! So ..what does that mean??? A son of Rebecca's Jeremiah Vardeman Ellett was shot and killed during the Civil War but not as a result of being a soldier. I got started in all this as a result of listening to my parents and grandparents talk about the "old" days... and they would speak of Ham Baker, Nate Baker and Sis Baker but could not tell me much more about them, and neither could tell me their grandparents!And this started my search... Ham is James Hamilton Richard Baker,Nate is William Nathaniel Baker who settled in Texas and Sis is Samantha Elizabeth Baker Byrd Mordah. They are half siblings to my great grandfather, George Washington Baker. I have photos of George and Julia Maria Lyon Baker when they are older and would love to find some when they are younger, my mother who married into the family used to speak of Julia's beautiful violet blue eyes.. I would also love to have a photo of Absalom Perry and Francis Carpenter Baker, who are the parents of George.. I have a photo of John Webster Baker- now some may have this photo and say that it is Absalom Perry Baker but I have the photo and it plainly states that it is John Webster Baker and the photo is here only because my father as a teen with a Kodak brownie camera took a picture of the orginial and is now the only one left no one appears to know what happened to the orginial I did try to trace it. My Dad always said it was one of a pair. The misleading caption for some most likely came about when a lady who kindly helped me when I began, suggested that the photo wasn't John but Absalom ... in my ignorance I agree but to date every single thing that my grandparents had told me or shown me I have been able to prove as fact so I am certain that the picture is indeed that of John Webster Baker 1801-1890. This has been long winded but I am hoping that someone will see this and something will click and perhaps I can "fit" in another piece of my puzzle.