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Family of Nathan and Susan Baker and son Fielden (Felix)


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In 1878, Fielden N. Baker married Laura A. Smith in Newton, Catawba Co. Their daughter, Laura, was Bette Clarno's grandmother. This page traces what we know of Fielden (also known as Felix) and his parents and siblings.

There are many trees on ancestry.com and other places which, I believe, show the wrong parents for Felix. Further down on this page, I discuss that.

1840 : Nathan and Susan Baker first appear in the 1840 census for Lower Regiment, Lincoln, Co., NC. Nathan was 30-39y, Susan was 20-29y and their son Harvey was 0-5y.

1842 : In 1842, Catawba County was formed from the northern part of Lincoln County.

1850 : By 1850, they were still in what was left of Lincoln Co and had a few more children. Nathan was 44y (b 1805) and Susan was 35y (b 1815). Their children:
Henry, 11y
William S., 9y
Nancy M., 7y
David, 5y
James, 2y
Isabella, 6m

1860 : By 1860, they were in Taylorsville, Alexander Co, NC. That county is just north of Catawba Co. Nathan was 56y (b 1804) and Susan was 46y (b 1814). Their children were:
H.M, 20y  <-- Henry
W.S.M, 18y <-- William
N.E., 16y <-- Nancy
J.C.W.M, 11y <-- James
Isabella, 8y
F.N. 6y <-- Fielden N. (b 1854)
R.F. 3y <-- Robert

David was not listed and must have died.

1870 : By 1870, they were back in Lincoln Co, in Catawba Springs Township.  Nathan was 61y and Susan was 54y. Henry and William no longer lived at home. The children still at home are:
Nancy, 24y
James, 21y
Isabella, 18y
Fielden, 16y (b 1854)
Robert 13y
Two grandchildren also lived with them. Later information indicates that their family name was Stevenson but I've not been able to find out who the parents were:
Darcus, 6y
Mary, 4y

1878 : Laura A. Smith married Felix Baker on 7 Feb 1878 in Newton, Catawba County. Felix was listed as "Fielden N. Baker". Laura was 19 years old and Felix was 23 years old (b 1805). Felix was from Lincoln County. Witnesses were E.M. Bollinger and Robert (or Rob) Baker.

[Aside: E.M. Bollinger is probably Elbirt M Bollinger (27 May 1848 - 10 Dec 1897), the son of Polly Bollinger's nephew, Michael. Robert Baker was most likely Felix's younger brother.]

1880 : By 1880, Nathan and family had moved to Lemley Township, Mecklenburg Co, NC. Nathan was 75y (b 1805) and Susan (listed as Susanna) was 65y (b 1815). Living with them were their granddaughter, Darkus E. Stevenson, 16y and their daughter, Isabella and her family. Isabella was 24y and had married James Crenshaw, 26y. They had a daughter Nora, 5y.

Next door to them was Robert F. Baker, 22y and his wife Dora, 19y. They didn't have any children. This is Felix's younger brother.

By 1880, Fielden (Felix), 23y, and Laura Smith, 20y, (married in 1878) lived in Hickory, Catawba Co, NC and had one son Harvey O., 1y. Living with Felix were Laura's mother, Eliza Smith, 47y, Laura's sister, Lon/Lori, 9y, and Polly Bollinger, 88y.


1895 Catawba County
Towns of Hickory and Newton

Felix Baker and Laura Smith were Bette Baker's grandparents.

In 1880, a person who I believe to be William Baker is married with 3 children, living in Gwaltney Township, Alexander Co, NC. A person who I believe to be Nancy Baker is married to a Womack and is living in Catawba Springs Township, Lincoln Co, NC.

Now there is a 20 year gap in information about the family. The 1890 census was almost completely lost in a 10 Jan 1921 fire in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington, DC. I've filled in here what I could deduce from later information.

Felix and Laura had 8 children:
Harvey, born 1879
Robert, born Nov 1881
Fannie Alice, Mar 1884
Lestor, born July 1886
Lela, born April 1890
Thomas Lloyd, born 1892
Charlie, born Aug 1893 - Charles Baker is Bette's father
Cornelius, born Nov 1897

Felix died of cancer about 7 Sep 1897 in Loweville, Lincoln, NC.

Laura and Felix's story continues in 1900 on this Page.

Here are a few more details of Felix's siblings.

1910 : By 1910, Robert F. Baker, still married to Dora, has 4 children and is living in Coddle Creek Township, Iredell Co, NC. This is the same Robert who was a witness at the marriage of Felix and Laura in 1878.

Family of Nathan and Susan Baker


  1840
Census
1850
Census
1 Jun
1860
Census
1 Jun
1870
Census
1 Jun
1880
Census
1 Jun
1900
Census
1 Jun
1910
Census
15 Apr
1920
Census
1 Jan
1930
Census
1 Apr
Spouse &
Children
Death Notes
Nathan Baker
1806
30-39y
Lower Regiment
Lincoln
NC
44y
Lincoln
NC
56y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
61y
Catawba Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
75y
Lemley Twp
Mecklenburg
NC
Probably dead


Susan unknown DC of son James Baker lists father's birthplace as Alexander County. NC.
Susan Baker
1815
20-29y
Lower Regiment
Lincoln
NC
35y
Lincoln
NC
46y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
54y
Catawba
Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
65y
Lemley Twp
Mecklenburg
NC
Probably dead


Nathan Baker unknown DC of son James Baker lists mother's birthplace as Alexander County. NC.
        Two females listed as daughter lived with them
but they must be granddaughters
- Darcus 6y
- Mary I  4y
Must be children of daughter Nancy.
Darcus Stevenson, granddaughter, 16y,
lived with them,
Must be daughter of daughter Nancy.
             
Henry M.
1839
0-5y
Lower Regiment
Lincoln
NC
11y
Lincoln
NC
20y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
not found
not found not
found
 ??  ??  ??   unknown  
William S. M.
1841
not born yet 9y
Lincoln
NC
18y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
not
found
39y
Gwaltney Twp
Alexander
NC
wife + 3
not
found
 ??  ??  ?? Ermira (?) 1832
- James H 1868
- Lehigh S 1870
- Robert L 1873
unknown  
Nancy E.
1843
not born yet 7y
Lincoln
NC
16y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
24y
Catawba
Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
 ??
 ??  ??  ??  ?? Stevenson?
- Darcus 1864

- Mary 1866
unknown Must have married a Stevenson
David
1845
not born yet 5y
Lincoln
NC
not
found
not
found
 ??  ??  ??  ??  ??   unknown  
James C.W.M.
4 Mar 1848
not born yet 2y
Lincoln
NC
11y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
21y
Catawba
Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
Probable:
31y,
Catawba Springs
Lincoln
NC
Wife + 3
Living with wife's parents
 ??  ??  ??  ?? Darcas Sherrill 1850
- Avery H. 1870
- Walter 1877
- Suler 1878
28 Oct 1915
Mt. Holly, River Bend, Gaston, NC
NC Death Certificate, married, listed as "J. W. Baker" DOB, birthplace as Lincoln County, reported by A. H. Baker (son, Avery), buried at Mt Holly, parents born in Alexander County.

Son Avery H. Baker appears in 1900 census from Mountain Island Town, Gaston, NC. Wife Carrie and 4 children.

Son Avery H. Baker appears in 1920 census from River Bend, Gaston, NC. Wife Carrie and 7 children.
Isabella
1850
not born yet 6m
Lincoln
NC
8y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
18y
Catawba
Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
24y
Lemley Twp
Mecklenburg
NC
Husband + 1
not
found
59y
Gastonia
Gaston
NC
husband + 2
married for 31y
not
found
not
found
James Crenshaw 1854
- Nora 1875
- others?
- Charles 1893
- Patty 1894
unknown Married
abt 1879
Fielden N. (Felix)
1854
not born yet
6y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
16y
Catawba
Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
For 1880 and later, look at
Family of Felix Baker and Laura Smith
 
Robert F.
1858
not born yet
3y
Taylorsville
Alexander
NC
13y
Catawba
Springs Twp
Lincoln
NC
22y
Lemley Twp
Mecklenburg
NC
Wife
Lived next door to
Nathan and Susan
Baker.
not
found
52y,
Coddle
Creek Twp

Iredell Co.
NC
wife + 4
not
found
not
found
Dora  1861
- Am?? 1888
- Kittie H 1893
- Lulu L. 1895
- Zinnie 1898
unknown  


Parents of Felix Baker

NOTE: there appears to be two Nathan N. Bakers. The other one was born in 1803, married a Susanna in 1844 and died in 1872 in Macon, IL.

For example, this tree shows Felix' mother as Elizabeth. Definitely wrong as we seen Susan in the census.
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https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/2337779/person/-1219739892/story  --  birth year 1771, need 1806.

Nathan Baker was born in 1771 in North Carolina, the son of Margaret and Michael. He married Elizabeth Aston in 1792. They had two children during their marriage. He died in 1824 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the age of 53.

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/2337779/person/-1219739129/story

When Elizabeth Aston was born in 1768 in North Carolina, her father, James, was 58, and her mother, Mary, was 48. She married Nathan Baker in 1792. They had two children during their marriage. She died in 1844 in Illinois having lived a long life of 76 years.

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https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/108839509/person/110072864525/story -- birth year 1771, need 1806.

When Nathan Baker was born on June 20, 1771, in Lincoln, North Carolina, his father, Michael, was 21 and his mother, Margaret, was 8. He married Elizabeth Elder "Betsy" Aston in 1792. They had eight children in 24 years. He died on September 22, 1824, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the age of 53.

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/108839509/person/110072864524/story

When Elizabeth Elder "Betsy" Aston was born on January 25, 1768, her father, James, was 58, and her mother, Mary, was 48. She married Nathan Baker in 1792. They had eight children in 24 years. She died on September 26, 1844, in Macon, Illinois, having lived a long life of 76 years.



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