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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JUDGE WILLIAM BAKER, No. 9, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Columbus, was born in New York State in 1837. He received a common school education and began farming in Illinois in 1859. He enlisted in the army in 1861, and was mustered out in 1864. He re-enlisted as veteran in 1864, and served until 1865, when he returned to New York State and lived on a farm until 1867. He was then in Illinois six months, and came to Kansas in 1867, locating on his present farm of 160 acres, which he improved, and is now running as grain and stock farm, and has also a fine line of all kinds of fruits and berries. He is now serving as Justice of the Peace for the third term. Is District Treasurer and also member of Presbyterian Church, of which he is Elder, and was the first ordained in the church. Judge Baker organized a Sabbath school in School District 85, and was superintendent of same. He was married to Miss E. A. Ward, of New York State, in 1865, and has two children—Cornelia C. and Ida May. Willie, deceased.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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