Zachariah Baker (1770-1841) & Susanna Washburn (1771-1849)

Zachariah Baker & Susanna Washburn are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. We know we are tracking the right line because Todd’s dad Lanny’s DNA puts him in the Zachariah Baker DNA Circle at Ancestry.com.

Zachariah Baker was born November 12, 1770 in Maryland. His parents are Zebediah Baker & Cassandra Evans. Their Find A Grave memorials are here and here.

Susanna Washburn was born December 17, 1771 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are Nathaniel Washburn & Christine Shafer. It is said that Nathaniel served in the Revolutionary War and also in the War of 1812, when he was over 70 years old. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Zachariah served as a Private in Ford’s Regiment of Militia, Territory South of the Ohio, commanded by William Miles, for the month of May, 1794.

Zachariah and Susanna married in about 1794 according to the birth of their first child. They bought 50 acres of land in Brooke County, Virginia and they sold that land in 1806 to move to Jefferson County, Ohio. Zachariah was named on the first grand jury in Harrison County, Ohio (which was created from Jefferson County) in 1811.

Zachariah served in the War of 1812 as a Lieutenant in Bevier’s Battalion, New York Militia. Zachariah and Susanna had 12 children at the time of his service, and would eventually have 2 more.

On the 1820 US Census, Zachariah was head of a household in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. There were 13 in the household: 4 males under age 10; 2 males aged 10-14; 2 males aged 45 and over; 2 females under age 10; 1 female aged 10-14; 2 females aged 45 and over.

On the 1830 US Census, Zachariah was still head of a household in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. There were 8 in the household: 1 male aged 10-14; 2 males aged 15-19; 2 males aged 20-29; 1 male aged 50-59; 1 female aged 15-19; 1 female aged 50-59.

On the 1840 US Census, Zachariah was head of a household in Perry, Carroll County, Ohio. There were 3 in the household: 1 male aged 70-79; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 60-69.

Zachariah Baker died on December 19, 1841 in Carroll County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here. His probate records are available at Ancestry.com. His will, written a month before his death, lists his wife Susan and his children Otho William Baker, Cassa Muckelroy, Elizabeth English, Christina Endley, Zachariah Baker, Eli Baker, Evan Baker, Samuel Baker, Abraham Baker, James Harvey Baker, John Baker, and Zabe Baker, grandson Zachariah Baker (son of Nathaniel), and granddaughter Peggy Smith.

Susanna died March 21, 1849 in Carroll County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 14 children of Zachariah Baker & Susanna Washburn, as listed in his will:

Cassandra Baker – Cassandra was born about 1795 in Virginia. She married James Samuel McIlroy on November 21, 1816, and they had 11 children. She died January 27, 1852 in Union County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial here.

Nathaniel Baker – Nathaniel was born in 1796 in West Virginia. He married Belinda Busby on November 11, 1819 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 6 children. He died in August of 1883 in Richland, Ohio. His probate records are available at Ancestry.com.

Zachariah Baker – Zachariah was Todd’s 3x great grandfather. Read about him here.

Susanna Baker – Susanna was born between 1797 and 1801 in Virginia. She married George Smith on February 12, 1818 in Harrison County, Ohio. Their daughter Peggy Smith was mentioned in Susanna’s father’s will in 1841 so Susanna died prior to that.

Evan/Iven Baker – Iven was born August 2, 1800 according to his tombstone. (I’m skeptical because his brother Zebedee was born in July 1800 according to his tombstone. Census records have Evan/Iven’s birth year as 1796 and 1797. Census records have Zebedee born consistently in 1800.) He married Malinda/Belinda Cox on January 23, 1823 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had at least 7 children. He died December 27, 1886 in Carroll County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Zebedee Baker – Zebedee was born in July of 1800 according to his tombstone. He married Martha Shriver. They had at least 7 children. He died April 2, 1880 in Marion County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Baker – John was born in 1801 in Virginia. He is mentioned in his father’s will, but I’ve been unable to find records of him.

Eli Baker – Eli was born in 1802 in Virginia. He married Polly Easlick on December 16, 1823 in Harrison County, Ohio. I can’t find any other record of him.

James Harvey Baker – James was born February 17, 1804 in Virginia. He married Margaret Caves on October 12, 1842 in Harrison County, Ohio. He died November 30, 1879 in Harrison County, Ohio.

Samuel Baker – Samuel was born December 19, 1804 in Virginia. He married Mary McCombs on October 28, 1830 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 5 children. He died November 1, 1879 in Harrison County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Christina Baker – Christina was born January 9, 1807 in Ohio. She married James Endsley on October 29, 1829, and they had 6 children. She died on her birthday, January 9, 1844, in Coshocton County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Abraham Baker – Abraham was born September 8, 1808 in Ohio. He married Edna Brock on June 18, 1836 in Tasacawasa County, Ohio. They had 7 children. He died April 3, 1886 in Carroll County, Ohio. Find A Grave memorial here.

Otho William Baker – Otho was born April 22, 1816 in Ohio. He married Nancy Buchanan on September 7, 1837 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had at least 6 children. He died April 19, 1886 in Carroll County, Ohio. Find A Grave memorial here.

Elizabeth Baker – Elizabeth was born in 1818. She married John English on May 28, 1835 in Harrison County, Ohio. She died September 17, 1863. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Zachariah Baker (1800-1863) & Edee Busby (1802-1882)

Zachariah Baker & Edee Busby are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents. We know we are on the right track with this line because Todd’s dad Lanny’s DNA puts him into the “DNA Circles” at Ancestry.com for Edee Busby and for Zachariah’s father, Zachariah Baker.

Zachariah Baker was born around 1800 in Virginia. His parents are Zachariah Baker & Susanna Washburn. Read about them here.

Edee Busby was born December 18, 1802 in Maryland. Her parents are John Busby and Agnes Wisner. Read about them here.

Zachariah and Edee were married February 3, 1825 by Rev. Elijah Stone in Harrison County, Ohio.

On the 1840 US Census, Zachariah Baker is head of a household of 15 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. The household was: 1 male under age 5 (David was 2); 3 males aged 5-9 (Nathaniel was 8, Abraham was 6, Zachariah was 9); 2 males aged 10-14 (Samuel was 13 and John was 14); 1 male aged 40-49 (Zachariah was 40); 4 females under age 5 (Agnes was 4, Rachel was 3, Sarah was a baby); 1 female aged 5-9 (Mary Jane was 11); 1 female aged 10-14 (Susanna was 13); 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 30-39 (Edee was 38).

On the 1850 US Census, the family was still farming in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. Zachariah was 50, Edee was 46. They had 11 children at home: Mary Jane, age 21; Zachariah, age 20; Nathaniel, age 18; Abraham, age 16; Agnes, age 14; Rachel, age 12; David, age 10; Anna, age 8; Belinda, age 6; Henry, age 4; Edee, age 1.

On the 1860 US Census, the family is in Vermillion, now in Ashland County, Ohio. Zachariah was 60 and Edee was 56. Children at home: Rachel, age 22; David, age 21; Anna, age 20; Henry, age 13; Edith, age 11.

Zachariah died in 1863. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, widowed Edee was 69 and lived with daughter Edee, age 20. Oldest son John lived next door with his family.

On the 1880 US Census, Edee was 78 and lived with widowed daughter Sarah, age 39, and her son John, age 10. It is noted on the census that Edee had a broken arm.

Edee died on October 3, 1882 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 15 children of Zachariah Baker & Edith Busby, all born in Ohio:

John W. Baker – John was born October 21, 1825. He married Elizabeth Bault. They had 5 children. John was a wagon maker (1860, 1880) and a farmer (1870). He died September 9, 1880 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Samuel B. Baker – Samuel was born October 29, 1826 He married Ruth Bault on February 22, 1848 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 5 children and farmed in Ashland County, Ohio and then in Noble, Indiana. He died March 12, 1886. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susanna Baker – Susanna was born January 23, 1827. She married John Bault and they had a daughter. Susanna died in 1855. She is buried in Union County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Jane Baker – Mary Jane was born June 1, 1829. She married McClure Davis on March 10, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio. They farmed in Ashland County, Ohio and had 5 children. She died November 22, 1895. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Zachariah Curtis Baker – Zachariah was born October 27, 1830 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Harlan on August 12, 1850 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 11 children. By 1880 the family moved to Atchison County, Missouri. He died on April 22, 1905. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nathaniel L. Baker – Nathaniel was born April 7, 1832. He married Margaret Neely. They farmed in Ashland County, Ohio and had 5 children. He died June 24, 1893 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Abraham H. Baker – Abraham was born December 29, 1834. He married a woman named Sallie and they had at least 1 child. He died on February 15, 1881, and probate records for his estate indicate he left no widow or children. The records list the names of his living brothers and sisters. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Agnes Baker – Agnes was born July 14, 1836. She married James Harlan and they had 5 children. She died January 28, 1872 in Noble County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rachel Baker – Rachel was born August 28, 1837. She married Fredrick Wagner, who had served in the Civil War, on November 19, 1865 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 4 children. She died in 1910 and is buried in Richland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Baker – David was born on October 7, 1838. He married Catherine Shelly on October 10, 1861 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 8 children. He died November 8, 1886 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Ann Baker – Sarah was born January 27, 1840. She married a Mr. Gray. On the 1880 US Census she was a widow, living with her mother as Sarah Gray, with a 10-year-old son John Gray. On the 1900 US Census, Sarah lived with adopted daughter Ivy Pearl McCormick in Ashland County, Ohio. I have no record of her after that.

Belinda Baker – Belinda was born June 23, 1841. She married Amasa Jones on December 16, 1858 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 11 children. She died July 4, 1901 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emanuel Baker – Emanuel was born April 17, 1843, He died as a child.

Henry J. Baker – Henry was born October 16, 1845. He married Almira in 1875, probably in Iowa, and they had 6 children. He died July 9, 1919 and he is buried in Lancaster County, Nebraska. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edee May Baker – Edee is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about her here.

David Showalter (1850-1927) & Edee May Baker (1849-1899)

David & Edee are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of Todd’s great grandmother Minnie Showalter.

I have family history titled “The Pennsylvania Ditesch Family of Showalter” written by Floyd Howes. It was given to us by a neighbor of ours in St. Joseph, Missouri, Fay Haught Murray, who was a Showalter cousin. I’ve relied on this document along with Ancestry.com and other internet sources for this article.

David Showalter was born May 17, 1850 in Ashland County, Ohio. His obituary and his Missouri Death Certificate list his parents as Joseph Showalter & Christina Elwood. However, his father’s name was David. David Showalter married Margaret Likes and had 6 children. After Margaret died, Joseph married her sister Christina Likes, and David was the 2nd of their 5 children. After Joseph died, Christina married Hezekiah Elwood and they had 2 children. Read more about them here.

Edee May Baker was born August 21, 1849 in Ashland, Ohio. Her parents are Zachariah Baker & Edith Edee Busby. You can see Zachariah’s Find A Grave memorial here and Edith’s here. Read more about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, David was 4 months old. His father Joseph was 46 and farming in Ashland County, Ohio. His mother Christine was 28, and his brother William was 2. Half-siblings in the home were John, age 23; Margaret, age 16; Hannah, age 13; Ann, age 11; Sarah, age 9.

On the 1860 US Census, David’s father had died, and the family was divided. David, age 10, lived with his cousin Jacob & Elizabeth Weltmer and their children in Ashland Ohio. The family story, as related in the family history written by Floyd Howes, is that David told his grandson that he was “bound out” for 5 years for $20 a year, and was very badly treated. His brother William Henry Showalter, age 11,  lived with another Weltmer family. His mother Christina lived with her brother Abram Likes, a day laborer; two of his children; her mother Eve; and her children Joseph, 7, Martha, 5, and Abram, 4.

On the 1870 US Census, David was 20 and lived with his future brother-in-law David McClure and family, farming in Ashland County, Ohio.

David & Edee were married on November 26, 1871 in Ohio. They moved to Holt County, Missouri in 1875 and bought a 40 acre farm in Lincoln Township. They lived the rest of their lives on that farm.

On the 1880 US Census, David and Edee were 30 years old, and they were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Son Abraham was 7, and son Ezra was 5.

Edee died on May 13, 1899 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edee’s obituary as transcribed in the family history by Floyd Howes, reads in part:

Sudden Summons But Well Prepared
Mrs. Edee Showalter, wife of Mr. David Showalter, died very unexpectedly about eleven o’clock Saturday night, May 13, 1899. The family had retired for the night, and about eleven o’clock Mrs. Showalter got up to get more bed covers, but before returning to bed she became violently affected with heart trouble. One of the sons was at once sent to town for a physician, but it was only a few minutes until life became extinct and long before the physician arrived and before any of the neighbors could arrive. The summons was quick, but the good lady had so lived her life that she was fully prepared for the final end. For a number of years she had been in poor health, but during the past two months she had been feeling much better and before she retired for the night she was in the best of spirits. . . . At the time of her death she was aged 49 years, eight months and twelve days. . . Mrs. Showalter was a noble Christian woman, a strong Methodist in her belief, having united with that church when only 14 years old. She had always lived an exemplary life and was much devoted to her family and their religious welfare.

On the 1900 US Census, David was 50 and widowed. He was farming in Holt County, Missouri. Joseph was 19, Edee was 15, Minnie was 8. A servant, Harvey Barrickman, age 22, lived with them.

David married Tena Lawrence, a spinster, on March 28, 1910 in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1910 US Census, David, age 59, and Tena, age 51, were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Tena died on May 22, 1912.

On the 1920 US Census, David was 69 and widowed again. He lived with daughter Edee, her husband Herman Wright, and their 5 children.

The family history written by Floyd Howes includes this memory from Todd’s grandmother Edna, who was David’s granddaughter:

I remember going to visit Uncle Joe, Grandfather David’s brother, when I was young. Uncle Joe was a tall and large man, quick moving, very jolly, one of those back thumping kind of person. I preferred my grandfather who was also tall and slender and on the quiet side.

David died on October 20, 1927 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

His obituary, which appeared in The Craig Leader on Friday, October 28, 1927, and as transcribed in the family history by Floyd Howes read in part:

Death of David Showalter Sr.
David … passed from this life on October 20, 1927 having attained the age of 77 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was the last to survive of a family of six children, namely, William Henry, David, Martha and Joseph Showalter and two half brothers, Frank and Thomas Elwood. Mr. Showalter’s father died when the children were at a tender age, and the widowed mother then moved to Ashland County, Ohio, where the deceased grew to manhood. . . He leaves to mourn his loss 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. . . He and his faithful wife toiled together and reared their family, bearing bravely the trials and struggles (of) pioneer life, ever ready to lend a helping hand to a suffering neighbor, or extend hospitality to the many weary travelers who passed their door, and by many tokens of kindness, the weary road was made brighter and shorter. By tireless industry and thrift, a comfortable home was established for the growing family. Mr. Showalter professed Christ in his young manhood and always lived a consistent Christian life, remaining steadfast in his faith to the end. His illness extended over a period of some years and at times his sufferings were very severe, but bourne patiently and without complaint, with a Christian fortitude. During the last few years of his life he had been tenderly cared for in his home, by his devoted daugther Mrs. Wright, with the assistance of the sons, and grandchildren who lived near enough to lend a helping hand. Impressive funeral services were held at the Sharp’s Grove Church Sunday, October 23, 1927 at 2:30 pm. . . . A very large crowd of neighbors and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed. In the passing of “Uncle Dave,” as he was affectionately and familiarly called by the community, in which he lived for so long, it loses one of its most sterling citizens. As a loyal supporter of church and school, his loss will be keenly felt. He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor.

The children of David Showalter & Edee May Baker are:

Abraham H. Showalter – Abraham was born September 15, 1872 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Lydia Catherine Judy on June 21, 1893 in Holt County, Missouri and they had 5 children. She died in 1920.  He married Muriel Maude Adams/Atkins on October 29, 1921 in Troy, Kansas, and they had 2 children. He farmed in Holt County, Missouri, at one time living next door to Alexander Gray. See postcards Abraham sent to Alexander Gray here, here, and here. (Eventually, his niece Edna, Todd’s grandmother, would marry Alexander’s grandson Ralph.) Abraham died July 30, 1944 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ezra Kindig Showalter – Ezra was born July 12, 1874 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Cora Ellen Strough and they had 3 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. He died on August 11, 1933 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William David Showalter – William was born May 19, 1877 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Lucinda Chrisman on June 23, 1897 and they had 3 children. William worked as a farmer, and as a teamster at the water company. He died on November 27, 1957 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SHOWALTER Joseph Minnies brotherJoseph Ira Showalter – Joseph was born on December 23, 1880 in Craig, Missouri. He married Hattie Ruth Foster on December 23, 1907 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri and Richardson County, Nebraska. He died of malaria on October 22, 1922 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: Joseph Ira Showalter)

Nannie Jane Showalter – Nannie was born on May 27, 1883 in Craig, Missouri. She died on April 1, 1884 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

WRIGHT Wilma Ruth WRIGHT Pauline WRIGHT Herman Jr WRIGHT Lorrine black and whiteEdee May Showalter – May was born on May 15, 1885 in Craig, Missouri. She married Herman Wright on December 4, 1907 in Holt County, Missouri and they had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. She died on March 3, 1964 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: the children of Edee May Showalter & Herman Wright, left to right: Wilma Ruth Wright, Pauline Wright, Herman Wright Jr., Lorrine Wright.)

Minnie Alice Showalter – Minnie is Todd’s great grandmother. You can read more about her here.

They had 2 more sons according to her obituary, but they aren’t named.