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Baker family


Biographical History

The Baker family (1810-present) is a pioneer family of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who originally hailed from London, England but eventually migrated to the Utah and California. They were best known for their musical abilities - skills which helped in building the morale for those moving to the Utah region.

Jean Rio Griffiths Baker was born in London, England on July 8, 1810 to John Walter Griffiths and Susanna Ann Burgess. After marrying her first husband Henry Baker, the two had seven children. While they were together, she garnered some success as a musician - where she traveled all across Europe to share her voice. However, after meeting missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including future Presidents John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff, she and the remainder of her family (everyone except Henry Baker, who passed away in 1849) moved to Utah, where they settled in Utah.

While initially her family lived in the Ogden, UT region, eventually the family split up all over UT. While Jean, who was widowed and not satisfied with the crop conditions in Ogden, eventually moved to California with her second husband Edward Pearce, other members of the family including her son William George Baker moved to Richfield, UT initially to help fight against the Native Americans in wars including the Black Hawk War.

In spite of their move, the Baker family continued to contribute their talents while in the Utah region. While Jean, who also had skills in dressmaking, used her dressmaking skills in providing a supplementary income while dealing with crop shortages in Ogden, William used his skills in Music to establish the first choir in the Richfield, UT region.

Ancestry, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2015 (Jane Rio Baker; Jean Baker; Jane Griffiths Griffiths; b. July 8, 1810 in London, England; parents: John Walter Griffiths and Susanna Ann Burgess; m. Henry Baker (1811-1849), Sep. 24, 1832, had seven children; departed England in Jan. 1851; departed for Salt Lake from Council Bluffs Iowa on July 6, 1851 in the Capt. John Brown company; arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley on Sep. 28, 1851; lived in Salt Lake, Ogden, and California; d. July 21, 1883 in Antioch, California; concert singer, musician, and dress maker; birth name: Jane Rio Griffiths)

Pioneer overland travel, via WWW, Oct. 15, 2015 (Jane Rio Griffiths Baker; b. May 8, 1810; d. July 21, 1883; member of the John Brown company; a widow; given name was Jean according to her diary)

FamilySearch, via WWW, May 31, 2017 (William Baker George; b. June 10, 1835; d. Oct. 1, 1901), via WWW, May 31, 2017 (Married his second wife, Nicolena Marie Bertelsen, on June 1, 1867)

FamilySearch, via WWW, May 31, 2017 (Jean Rio Griffiths Baker, struggled to settle in Ogden; later moved to California after marrying her second husband Edward Pearce)

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Crystal and Glen Baker papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1596
Scope and Contents

Financial records, correspondence, miscellaneous items, and histories of the Baker family. Also included are three volumes of Peterson family genealogy and history by Ruby Brown Bradfield.

Dates: 1883-1988

Baker family family histories

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230238823]
Identifier: MSS SC 332
Scope and Contents

Typewritten biographies, letters, diaries and genealogy sheets relating to the Baker family, converts to Mormonism and settlers of Southern Utah.

Dates: 1850-1950

Glen Baker photographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233617023]
Identifier: MSS P 708
Scope and Contents

Glen Baker photographs, 1880-1988 collection contains 521 photographs, 202 postcards, 17 slides, and 200 negatives of the Glen Baker family.

Dates: 1880-1988

Horace Benjamin Baker letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6736
Scope and Contents

Contains letters and envelopes. The letters and envelopes are addressed to Henry Baker and Mary Hollister Baker, and are from their son Horace Benjamin Baker. The letters describe life in the West, looking for work, thoughts on Mormonism, and other family news. The collection also contains one letter from Sarah Baker to her parents, in which she describes life in Michigan and her recent illness, and other family news.

Dates: 1881-1887

William George Baker: family life stories

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309764]
Identifier: MSS SC 1140
Scope and Contents

Typewritten book including genealogical worksheets and family photographs. The item is a biography of William George Baker (1835-1901) and his descendants. William Baker was a convert to the Mormon Church from England and lived in Nephi and Richfield, Utah.He has a large posterity living mostly in Utah and in other Western states. Also included are genealogies of the Baker family.

Dates: 1980

Histories of Baker, Clark, and Stubbs families

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197227630818]
Identifier: MSS 2426
Scope and Contents

Histories of Baker, Clark, and Stubbs families, 1940-1963. The collection includes genealogy, family history, and biographical sketches for the Clark, Stubbs, Baker, Higby, and Peay families.

Dates: 1940-1963

Jean Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce letters and photographs

Identifier: MSS 9000
Scope and Contents

Collection comprises a series of letters written by Jane Rio Baker to her children (including William George Baker); a photocopy of Jane's obituary; William George Baker's letter to his son Josiah Elliot Baker; and a scrapbook containing family photos, pedigree charts, and other family history-related materials on Jane Rio Baker's family. Materials dated 1843-1960.

Dates: 1843-1960

Gina T. Sopins letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230339951]
Identifier: MSS 78

The folder contains a handwritten letter responding to a request by a person named Franklin to tell about the Ford, Black, and Baker families dated 1925. The author of the letter writes about such families in the gold fields in the Black Hills area and in the state of Colorado. The signature on the item appears to be that of Gina T. Sopins, but that is uncertain.

Dates: 1925

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2184
Scope and Contents

Handwritten correspondence, notes, poems, drafts of speeches, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to family matters, questions on Mormon polygamy, Mormon doctrine, and Baker family history.

Dates: 1818-1880

Additional filters:

Letters 5
Home and Family 4
Social Life and Customs 4
Genealogies 3
Agriculture and Natural Resources 2