Josiah Baker (1814-before 1880) was born in Kentucky and was in Gibson Co., Tenn. by 1850. He was married to Mary Jane Forrester (1815-after 1880), daughter of Mark and Talitha Cantrell Forrester, on Dec. 2, 1834 in Gibson Co., Tennessee. Their known children were Mary, Sarah, Samuel, Telitha, John William, Jonah, Thomas Josiah, Robert M., and William M. Baker. In 1870 Josiah was in Greene County, Ark., in Bradshaw Township with his wife, Jane, and sons, Robert, William M., and (Thomas) Josiah. Living with them was Susan Baker, 25, and John A. Baker, 1, identity unknocn. Josiah died sometime between 1870-1880 leaving Mary Jane a widow on the 1880 Clay Co., Census. John William Baker, son of Josiah, was married and living on an adjoining farm in 1870. The older children were probably married and stayed in Tennessee. The family attended the New Hope Baptist Church and their names are on the membership roll. Josiah and Mary Jane are probably buried in New Hope Cemetery
John William Baker (1841-1880), son of Josiah and Mary Jane, was on the 1870 Clay County Census with his wife, Frances Adeline (Pollard) Baker (1850-1879), the daughter of William T. Pollard and Amy Pinchney Throgmorton Pollard, whom he married Jul. 14, 1868 in Greene Co., Ark. Their children were: (1) Dorah June Baker (1870-1944) who married Francis (Frank)Freeman in 1891 and had Rev. William Luther Freeman, George A. Freeman, Rev. Otto Freeman, Anna A. Freeman, and Ruth Freeman. (2) Mary Belle Baker married John Alexander Morrisett. (3) America Emeline (Macky) Baker married Samuel Alonzo Pillow. (4) John A. Baker. (5) William Washington Baker married Dora Ellen Montgomery in 1895, and had Amanda Eva May Welker in 1942. Children by Dora were Ethel Mae who married Zollie W. Boswell; Melissa B. Baker; Nancy Adaline married Thomas Clay PErminter; Jewell married Hollen Ellis; Norma Ora married Ralph Owen Reed; and Virgil Oscar married Birdie Ellen Johnson. John William and Dora reared a nephew, Lewis Morrisett. Eva May Welker Baker had two children by another marriage, Monroe Cook and Minnie McDowell. John William’s second marriage was to Missouri Belle Jabley, daughter of William P. Baker, on Feb. 18, 1880 in Dunklin Co., Mo., and he died in June.
Thomas Josiah Baker (1850-1909), son of Josiah and Mary Jane, is shown with his parents on the 1870 Greene County Census. In 1880 he is married to Elizabeth and has (1) Thomas who was married by 1900 to Rose Ann Grider and had Edward, Myrtle Menty who married Gentry M. Dunlap, Ambrose R., John F., William Homer, Alma, and Eva Baker; (2) Martha; (3) William J.; (4) Joan; and (5) Robert.
Robert William Baker (1857-1911), son of Josiah and Mary Jane, was born in Tennessee and died in Clay County. He and his wife are buried in New Hope Cemetery. In 1880 he and his wife, Angeline Pitts, daughter of Ezekiel and Mary A. Pitts, were living with his mother, Mary Jane, a widow, and his brother, William M. Baker. On Feb. 23, 1894 he obtained a Homestead of 40 acres from the Little Rock Land Office. (Document 7000 and 15662: SESW, Sec. 23, Twp. 21 N, 57 E). Their children were Ora Baker and Lindzee Baker who are buried in New Hope Cemetery with no dates. The 1900 Census has Robert as a widower and Ora, born 1898. Daughter, Lula May, and her husband, William Washington Mallard, and daughter, Tessie, are living with Robert. Lula and her husband ahd (1) Tessia Ann Mallard who married William Jackson Johnson. (2) William Robert died young. (3) Alma Mae died young. (4) Arvel (Orville) Albert married Audie Lamb. (5) Oda Mallard died young. (6) William Lewie married Violet M. Conners. (7) Johnnie died young. (8) James Nolin married Evelyn Rose Masters and died in Florida. (9) Alvin Mallard.
William B Baker (1862-1909), son of Josiah and Mary Jane, married Nancy Louella (Ella) Crockett (1872-1959), daughter of Zachery Taylor and Nancy H. Ellis Crockett, in 1899. They received 40 acres of Homestead Land from the Little Rock Land Office Jan. 23, 1901. (Document 9476 and 20667: NE SW, Sec. 23, Twp. 21 N, R 7 E). William and Nancy’s five children were: (1) Grover Cleaveland married Tennie B. Toombs and had William Howard, Alma Conley, Francis Kelley, Tennie Pruitt, Joel Taylor, Henry Dallas, and two children died at birth. Grover married Lula Watson in 1925 and had Ruth Singleton, Leah Fox, Katherine Dixon, Ethel, Billy George, Daniel, Grover Cleve, Elbert, and two died as infants. (2) Kittie Belle Baker married Elmer Dunlap and William (Bill) B. Toombs and had infant Toombs, Hoyt, Delmar R., Mrs. Fred Allen, and Mrs. Fred Woefel. (3) Hida Jane Baker married Elbert O. Robbins and had two daughters: one preceded the mother and Gladys Robbins Irwin who had a daughter Gwin. (4) Thelma Lee Baker married Julius E. Wegil and had Mrs. Charles Bare, Mrs. Don Neeley, Earl, Charles, and Roger. (5) Robert E. Lee Baker married Geneva and had David R., Roberta Watson, Glenda Jean Wilkie and a steph-daughter, Betty Hollis.
After William M. Baker died, Nancy Louella married John B. Baker in 1910 and had George Earl Baker who married Cora Nettles and had Jerry, Paul, Micky, Wilma and Carolyn.