Baker Estate in PA
I wanted to update this post, and add that Ralph Shipp was an editor for the Baker Family News Int with me for many years. We worked together on many Baker Hoax leads, trying to locate the "lost" records of the Baker Heirs Association. He was in the process of updating this book, since much has now been proven false re: the W.H. Baker charts.
This was the largest fraud case in the USA to date. It fleeced many Baker/Becker family members, claiming they had a vast estate in PA, and to claim it, all they had to do was prove lineage to one Rev War soldier, Jacob Baker/Becker.
Many Linn Co Mo, and several 1,000 other Baker/Becker family groups in the USA/Canada/Europe tried to file to claim this phony estate. To those here looking for this chart/info? If you use it, be sure to understand the info may be false to lure Bakers to file for this claim.
W.H. Baker was the genealogist for this PHONY association. Many Bakers are trying to use this data for leads only, since it was never proven.
Convictions in this case, or charges made:
Convicted Philadelphia, Pa, from Baker Hoax Trial during April 1- April 16, 1937
Emory Liken Biddle, Altoona, PA
Roy L. Biddle, Harrisburg, PA
John A. Biddle, Altoona PA
Warren H. Biddle Altoona PA
Lewis C. Walkinshaw Greenburg, PA
C.A. McCullom Mendon, MO
Convicted during May and June 1937
William Morrow Cameron Smith, Washington D.C.
William S. Miller (Sollie Miller) Indiana, PA
David J. Anderson (aka D.L. Anderson) Johnstown PA
W.H.G. Sprengel Johnstown, PA
Fred F. Sprengel, Johnstown PA
Rev. Norman H. Blough, Davidsville, PA
Henry H. Wolford Johnstown, PA
Milton E. Best Greenburg, PA
Mary Baker Kelly Best Greenburg, PA
Margaret Lighthill, Pittsburgh, PA
Bertha Ross Dodson, Pittsburgh, PA
Leroy Eschrich, Pittsboutgh, PA
Lilian A. Ryan Portland, Oregon
Albert P. Baker Pana, ILL
Mrs. Albert Baker, Pana, IL
E.E. Baker, Springfield, MO
O.S. Baker DeSoto, Kansas
R.H. Baker, Middletown, VA
I have full research from a 20 year time posted on the Baker Hoax site. Just put Baker Hoax in the google.com search engine to find the URL.
One last note? W.H. Baker was the genealogist for the phony Bakers' Heirs Association (and other names) and he was living in Independence, MO during part of the trial. Some of his records will be in Linn Co, MO or in Independence, Mo. There is a copy of the 3'x4' chart he made, used at the trial. The chart may be 100% false, due to people wanting to claim the phony estate. So use caution with ANY of W.H. Bakers records/charts/info.
I am getting the trial info online now, to add with the Baker Hoax info I have had online since 1997. To locate the info put "Baker Hoax" in the google.com search engine.