From Europe to Mid-America

Mary Jane Davey

Mary Jane Davey

Female 1835 - 1926  (91 years)

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Mary Jane Davey  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 4 Mar 1835  Honesdale, Wayne Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Nov 1926  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried Baker Cemetery, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I1490  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2011 

    Father William Davey,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary J. Mitchell,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1835, Wayne Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2523  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joseph Wesley Baker,   b. 15 Feb 1834, Dayton, Montgomery Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1909, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1854  Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Children 
     1. James Milton Baker,   b. 16 Nov 1854, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1931, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Harriet Ellen Baker,   b. 2 Apr 1856, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1869, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     3. William Alford Baker,   b. 1858, Buchanan Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860, Buchanan Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. Eugene Jerome Baker,   b. 5 Oct 1859, Buchanan Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1919, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     5. John Wellington Baker,   b. 14 Jul 1862, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1896, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     6. George Davey Baker,   b. 16 Apr 1864, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1942, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. William Augustus Baker,   b. 20 Jul 1866, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1936, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     8. Sarah Albina Baker,   b. 17 Feb 1868, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1936, Kansas City, Jackson Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     9. Ransom Esdras Baker,   b. 11 Jun 1875, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1933, Two Harbors, Lake Cnty, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • THE HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY, p. 790 (Western Historical Co., Chicago: 1878), with respect to Mary and her husband, provides:
      "BAKER, JOSEPH W. *** Married Mary Jane Davey, March 2, 1854; she was born in Wayne Co., Penn., 1835; they had nine children, seven are living -- James Milton, ... Eugene Jerome, ... John Wellington, ... George Davey, ... William Augustus, ... Sarah Albina, ... Ransom Esdras, ... [deceased are] Harriet Ellen, ... and William Alford, ...."

      The 1860 census shows that Mary J, 25, and her husband Joseph, 26, had moved to Missouri, where they lived with two sons, James M, 4, and Eugene J, 9 months old. (Neither Harriet Ellen nor William Alford is listed.) 1860 U.S. Census, DeKalb P.O., Bloomington, Buchanan Cnty, MO (M 653, Roll 609, written page 63).

      The 1880 census lists "Jos. W. Baker," 46, a farmer, living with his wife "Mary J," 44; and children "John W," 18; "Geo. D," 16; "Wm. A," 13; "Sarah A," 12; and "Esdras," 4. Also boarding with the family was Mary Card, a 21-yr old school teacher. 1880 U.S. Census, College Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA (T 9, Roll 351, stamped p. 162B).

      The 1885 Iowa State Census lists her husband Joseph Baker, 50, born in Ohio, living with Mary J, 49, born in Pennsylvania, and 3 children, all born in Linn Cnty, IA: William A, 18; "Sallie A," 16; and Esdras, 9. 1856 Iowa State Census, Putnam Twsp, Linn Cnty, IA (Roll 219, stamped p. 201), original data from State Historical Society of Iowa, E. 12th & Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319 (accessed via www.Ancestry.com, May 2008).

      Obituary, The Republican [Cedar Rapids, IA] (8 Nov 1926):
      "Mrs. Mary Jane Baker, 91-year-old pioneer resident of Linn county, died at 11:50 p.m., yesterday [Sun., 7 Nov] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. Otterbein.... She had been confined to her bed since suffering a stroke of paralysis last month. Funeral services will be held ... and burial will be in Baker cemetery, south of town.
      "Mrs. Baker, daughter of William Davey, was born in Wayne county, Pa., in 1835. Three years later the family came to Iowa and after a brief residence in Davenport, came to this city and settled on a half section of land three miles south of here.
      "In the eighty-eight years in which Mrs. Baker lived in Iowa, all but about a year of that time in Linn county, she saw a vast change in the mode of living.... Her father ... moved in a covered wagon, drawn by a yoke of oxen; they built a log cabin on a government grant of land south of here.
      " *** She milked the cows and tended the sheep, did the churning and spun the wool from which cloth for their clothes was woven. She lived much in the outdoors, worked hard and used to attribute her long life and good health to those factors.
      "During the war, Mrs. Baker set a record in knitting for a woman of her age. Out of the yarn furnished her, she knitted a total of seventy-five pairs of socks, two scarfs and two jackets. She could knit a pair of sox [sic] a day.
      "She became the wife of Joseph W. Baker on March 3 [sic], 1854. Since the death of her husband in 1909, Mrs. Baker has made her home with her children in this city.
      "Besides fourteen grandchildren, Mrs. Baker leaves five children: Mrs. H. Otterbein, J. M. Baker and W. A. Baker of this city, George B. [sic] Baker of Portland, Ore., and R. E. Baker of Two Harbors, Minn.
      "The cemetery in which her body will rest is one dedicated to the people of College township by her father, William Davey, to which land has since been added. Mr. Baker is buried there."

      Janet Olson Swart, The Family History of Samuel Baker, son of Gunsmith Caleb Baker Sr., ch. XII, pp. 313 - 340 (published to CD by Janet Olson Swart, 214 First Ave, Two Harbors, MN 55616: 2010), discusses the Joseph W. Baker - Mary Jane Davey family in detail. Mary Jane has her own chapter: Ch. XIII, pp. 341-375. And at p. 472, Ibid, Ms. Swart summarizes the family thus:
      "JOSEPH WESLEY BAKER ... married MARY JANE DAVEY 02 March 1854 in College Twp., Linn County, Iowa. She was born 04 March 1835 in Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and died 07 November 1926 in Cedar Rapids, College Township, Linn County, Iowa.
      "Children of JOSEPH BAKER and MARY JANE DAVEY are:
      i. JAMES MILTON BAKER,...
      ii. HARRIET ELLEN BAKER,...
      iii. WILLIAM ALFORD BAKER,...
      iv. EUGENE JEROME BAKER,...
      v. JOHN WELLINGTON BAKER,...
      vi. GEORGE DAVEY BAKER,...
      vii. WILLIAM AUGUSTUS BAKER,...
      viii.ALBINA SARAH BAKER,...
      ix. RANSOM ESDRAS BAKER,...."

  • Sources 
    1. [S69] Cedar Rapids Lutheran|, "Church Records", (First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403).

    2. [S165] Linn County History|, Anonymous, THE HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY, IOWA, (Western Historical Co.; Chicago, IL : 1878), p. 790.

    3. [S77] Linn County Portraits|, Anonymous, Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa, (Chicago, IL; Chapman Bros.: 1887), pp. 902-903.

    4. [S676] Swart, Jan|, Janet Olson Swart, "The Family History of Samuel Baker, son of Gunsmith Caleb Baker Sr"; CD-ROM database (2010), (Janet O. Swart; janswart2000@yahoo.com), p. 472.

    5. [S459] IA Gravestones|, Iowa GenWeb, "Iowa Gravestone Photo Project", (Iowa GenWeb, http://www.iowagravestones.org).