I am having a little trouble identifying this Bible, because it
is quite a wreck. It is just a pile of pages, you see, starting
with the etchings. Someone removed them for the (unsuccessful)
purpose of selling them separately, I suppose. There is no
trace of the binding. The pages are in pretty good shape
considering everything. The only title page I could locate in
glancing through the stack is only half there. It says: Both
Versions of the New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ Translated Out of the Greek...Revised A.D. 1881.
Something terrible happened to this family in May of 1880 --
some disease? -- where the four youngest children died within
just a few days.
This bible is currently in the possession of Tracy St. Claire
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[Page One -- Marriages]
That on the First day of January
in the Year of our Lord one
thousand and eight hundred and
fifty two that Isaac Lemon
Baker of Lancaster County Pa.
and Catharine Elizabeth McClain
of Huntingdon County Pa. were
united in Marriage at Azariah
McClains in Huntingdon County
Witness Geo Meredith & Lady.
Jos. N. Spangler Minister of the
Gospel M.E. Church
[Page Two -- Births]
Isaac L. Baker born July 10th 1828
Catharine E. McClain " June 30th 1831
Mary J. Baker born April 1st 1853
Lemon C. Baker born May 13th 1855
Eliza A. Baker born Oct. 17th 1858
Jacob H. Baker born April 10th 1861
Jennie E. Baker born Nov. 14th 1862
Nellie A. Baker born April 8th 1864
Judson E. Baker born Sept. 23rd 1866
Isaac O. Baker born March 18th 1872
Alva A. Baker born Feb. 21st 1874
[Page Three -- Deaths]
Catharine E. McClain Wife of Isaac L. Baker Died
Nov. 20th 1888.
Jennie E. Baker Died March 30th 1864
Nellie A. Baker Died May 2d 1880
Judson E. Baker Died May 4th 1880
Isaac O. Baker Died May 12th 1880
Alva A. Baker Died May 3d 1880
[Page Four -- Memoranda]
Isaac L. Baker Married Miss Minnie M. Reed of Eagle
Foundry Pa. January the fourth 1890
Minnie M. Reed Baker borne January 14th 1873.
Laverna R. Baker borne Aug. 3rd 1892.
Mrs. Catharine Baker, wife of I. L. Baker, residing near
Baldwin, died November 20th in Los Angeles, California.
The remains arrived in the city this morning, and were
taken to Baldwin where they will be interred. Mr. and Mrs.
Baker were among the earliest settlers in Douglas County.
They selected a pleasant home about two miles west of
Baldwin where they lived very happily. A little over a year
ago Mrs. Baker's health began to fail and they at once went
to California in hopes that the change of climate would prove
beneficial. Notwithstanding the skill of her physicians she
gradually failed until at last the summons of death came. The
deceased was a member of the Methodist church at Baldwin,
and a sincere and consistant christian. The grief stricken
husband accompanied the remains.
DIED -- November 20th, 1888, at Los Angeles, California,
in piece [sic] with God, Mrs. Catharine E., consort of Mr.
She was converted and joined the M.E. Church, when sixteen
years of age. She was a Pennsylvanian by birth, and moved to
Kansas in 1857 and settled three miles west of Baldwin, where
they built a beautiful home and raised an interesting family. She
was a gentle, un-obtrusive and excellent Christian lady, dearly
deloved [sic] by her family, and highly esteemed by all who knew
her. After forty-one years devotion to Christ, she died in the Lord,
away from home in persuit [sic] of health, testifying to the
preciousness and presence of the Saviour -- to the last. Her
husband had her body embalmed and brought to her home to be
buried with her children in their beautiful lot in the Baldwin cemetary.
The large attendance at the funeral evinced the esteem in which
was held by the community and the heartfelt sympathy of the people
for the family. The funeral sermon was preached from Rom:8:18 at
Centenary Hall, Baker University by Rev. Dr. W.R. Davis.