My husband’s great-great grandfather was Jacob Baker (family name originally Becker). Jacob Baker was born May 30, 1865 in Ohio. His parents Johann George Becker and Elisabeth Kline were born in Germany. They married in Germany in 1853 and their first child, Wilhelmina, was born in Illinois or Ohio in 1854. Eight more children followed after Wilhelmina, including Jacob.
In the 1870 U.S. census, the family (listed as Baker) was living in Richfield, Lucas County, Ohio. George was 43 and a farmer. His real estate was valued at $2500 and his personal estate at $500. Elisabeth was 38 and kept house. Their birthplace is listed as Prussia. Wilhelmina (Mena) was 15 and listed as being born in Ohio. As was Elizabeth, aged 14. The next two children Mary (11) and Conrad (9) were listed as being born in Illinois. The rest of the children, Katherine (7), Jacob (5), and Emma (1) were listed as being born in Ohio.
In the 1880 census, the family was still living in Richfield Township. Their last name was listed as Baker. The children at home were Conrad (19), Catherine (17), Jacob (15), Emma (11), George (8) and Margrett (5).
Jacob married Bertha Knisel on June 28, 1900 in Lucas County, Ohio when he was 35 and she was 25. They were both living in Toledo at the time. Jacob was a carpenter and Bertha was a domestic. Click the image below to enlarge their marriage registration.
Jacob and Bertha had a daughter, Emma Maud, on April 6, 1901 in Toledo, Ohio. Their son, Milton Jacob, was born November 14, 1904, also in Toledo. In the 1910 census, the family was living at 1504 Norwood Avenue in Toledo. Jacob was a carpenter in building construction. It says he was out of work 9 weeks during 1909. Emma was 9 and Milton was 5 and both attended school.
In 1920, the family was living at 1450 Prospect Avenue. Sometime between 1910 and 1920, Jacob became the proprietor of his own grocery store. In the census, Bertha was listed as his partner in the grocery. Emma, aged 18, was a stenographer at a real estate office, while Milton (15) was still in school.
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In the 1923 Toledo City Directory, the family was still living at 1450 Prospect Avenue. Milton was a driver and Emma was a stenographer at Palmer-Blair Company. Jacob’s wife Bertha died on July 22, 1923 of breast cancer. She was buried in Toledo Memorial Park. In about 1925, their daughter Emma married Donald G. Miehls. Donald was a Catholic and Jacob disowned Emma because of her marriage.
On October 29, 1924, Jacob married Amanda Tursan, the widow of Peter Dethlefsen. He was 58 and she was 51.
Jacob died December 6, 1929 of stomach cancer and involutional melancholia (depression). When he died, Jacob left everything to his son Milton and nothing to Emma. Milton gave Emma and her husband the grocery story, while he kept the house. Amanda, Jacob’s widow, died in 1948 and was buried with her husband Peter.
Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio
“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZLR-Q2Q : accessed 15 January 2016), Jacob Baker and Bertha Knisel, 28 Jun 1900; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference 597; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 909,007.
“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDGX-GD9 : accessed 15 January 2016), Bertha Baker in household of Jacob Baker, Toledo Ward 8, Lucas, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 22A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,409.
“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q35-PRQ : accessed 19 January 2016), Jacob Baker and Amanda Turson Dethlefsen, 29 Oct 1924; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 2,167,511.