From the Family Search Website:
Children of Wilhelmine Fuchs and Joseph Peter Baker (1)
Mary Elizabeth Baker 1855–1939 • LCC1-B6R (1st wife)
Children of Mary Redmond and Joseph Peter Baker (7)
Ella V. Baker 1857–1937 • LDV4-JHD
Katherine Agnes Baker 1860–1945 • LD5F-972
HENRY WALTER Baker 1861–1941 • KHH2-RSZ
Frank Baker 1863–1931 • LD5F-9Z8
Margaret Baker 1866–1952 • LD5F-9F2
William Valentine Baker 1868–1949 • K8ND-9XF
Michael Jacob Baker 1870–1937 • LD5F-9V1
Johann and two of his brothers immigrated to the USA in different years 1845-1855. When he arrived in the USA Johann changed his name (Americanized) to Joseph Peter Baker.
Joseph P. Baker was married twice in the USA. He married Wilhelmine Fuchs in 1850, she died in 1855. She appears as "Minna Fox" in her marriage record with Joseph in 1850.
The following information is from his "Life Sketch" Section on the Family Search Website: 1850, Mary Rodmon was living at home with her parents and siblings in Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts. Mary was 19 years old. Mary married Joseph Peter Baker June 12, 1856 in Cumberland, Maryland. Joseph Baker was widowed (1855) with a small daughter when he and Mary Redmond married. Joseph's daughter was only a little over a year old at the time. Her birth name was Julianna Becker, but was this was changed to Mary Baker by the 1860 census.
Children Margaret, Frank and Michael Baker were deaf. In early years, children who suffered from simple deafness were referred to being "deaf & dumb". There is family lore passed down that says the children were stricken with Scarlet Fever and deafness was the result. However, there is a 1880 Minnesota State Census for the Deaf-Mutes that shows Frank, Margaret, and Michael Baker to be on that census and that they were born deaf.
By 1900, only Frank and Margaret were living in Minn. Ella had married Patrick Redmond, Henry had moved to Ramsey County, North Dakota and married Mary Regan, along with William Baker who moved to Ramsey County and married Mary Regan's sister, Ann Regan. Katherine "Katie" Baker eventually relocated to Ramsey County, North Dakota.
Joseph & Mary Baker moved to Dakota Territory from Wabasha County, Minnesota around 1901 to be nearer to their children and their families as Joseph and Mary were getting on in years. Sons, Henry and William and daughter Ella Baker and her husband Patrick Redmond had already moved to the Dakota Territory when the land was opened to homesteading. When Joseph arrived, he filed on a homestead in what later became Sullivan Township. Margaret and Kate also moved to the Dakota Territory with their parents.
Joseph Peter Baker's gravestone recognes his service in the Union 'Grand Army of the Republic' during the Civil War.
"United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD45-CCL : 22 May 2019), Joseph Baker, 1870.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZ9T-DJ7 : 26 August 2017), Joseph Baker, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 178, sheet 451A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0636; FHL microfilm 1,254,636.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9Q3-5RX : accessed 28 August 2019), Joseph Backer, Wabasha Township Wabasha city Ward 1, Wabasha, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 156, sheet 25A, family 517, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,795.
Starkweather, Ramsey County, North Dakota. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/99429244.
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