John L. Baker and Emily Lawrence

John Leonard Baker
1.28.1851 - 1.26.1926

Spouse: Emily Annis Lawrence
2.4.1857 St. Lawrence County, NY - 2.28.1926

Marriage: 1870, Madrid NY

Grave: Maple Ridge Cemetery, Winchester

John: Martin Baker and Elizabeth "Betsy" Fawcett
Emily: Alfred Lawrence and Sarah Roberts

Charles (1871-1871)
William Clinton (1872-1918)
Alfred Hosea (1875-1951)
Mary Irene, (1878- )
Florence (1881-1964)
Andrew Broder (1883-1918)
Nora Mae (1890-1982)
Morris Grant (1893-1958)

Emily was of Welsh-English ancestry but born in Lisbon (near Ogdensburg), New York. There were three Lawrence boys: Will, Miner, and Lewis. There were three sisters to Emily: Ann (Sullivan), Libby (Golden), and Mary (Merril).

John Leonard's Death Registration shows his birthplace as Winchester, but we know that he lived in the Williamsburg area, and then on to Winchester area (both Martin and John appear in the 1871 census in Winchester). The family homesteaded near Creelman Saskatchewan in c.1902, and then John Leonard and Emily bought a 50 acre farm in Huntley Twp. around 1906, near Carp Ontario, were they appear on the 1911 census. They later moved to the Winchester area, where they lived until the year before their deaths in 1926.

A John L Baker's farm appears on the 1879 map of Dundas County, Williamsburg Twp. at Lot 5, Con 6, just east of where Upper Canada Village now stands. He seems freely to have crossed the St. Lawrence River, eventually meeting Emily in New York State. [Need to confirm that this is the same JL Baker. Probably not, as we have JL in Winchester for both the 1871 and 1881 census.]

Emily Lawrence and John Leonard Baker c.1915

There is, of course, lots of confusion over dates and details. The following chart identifies the sources of some of the dates that are floating around.

Detail Fact Source
John's birth Jan. 28, 1841 John's Death Registration # 020738 26
John's birth c.1847 1851 Winchester Twp. census
John's birth c.1847 1871 Dundas census
John's birth c.1847 1881 Dundas census
John's death Jan 25, 1926 John's Death Registration # 020738 26
Emily's birth Feb. 4, 1847 Emily's Death Registration #020741 26
Emily's birth c.1852 1881 Dundas census
Emily's death Feb. 28, 1926 Emily's Death Registration #020741 26

1851 Winchester Census

ID First Name Sir Name Family Place Occupation Age Next Birthday Place of Birth Religion Sex Census Page
2419 Martin Baker Head Farmer 44 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist M 97
2420 Elizabeth Baker Wife   34 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist F 97
2421 Gordon Baker Son Labourer 10 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist M 97
2422 William Baker Son Labourer 8 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist M 97
2423 Alonzo Baker Son Labourer 6 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist M 97
2424 John Baker Son Labourer 4 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist M 97
2425 Simon Baker Son   2 Winchester Wesleyan Methodist M 97

1871 Winchester Census
Martin and John appear in the 1871 census for Dundas as:
Martin Baker, Farmer, Winchester, age 62, origin German
John Baker, Farmer, Winchester, age 24, origin - German

1881 Census Winchester, Dundas, Ontario
District 102, Sub-district F Division 2, Page 39, Household 157 BAKER, John L, Married, Male, German Origin, Age 34, Born Ontario, Farmer, E. Methodist
BAKER, Emely, Married, Wife, English Origin, Age 29, Born USA, E. Methodist
BAKER, William L., Son, German Origin, Age 8, Born Ontario, E. Methodist (Probably William Clinton Baker)
BAKER, Alfred, Son, German Origin, Age 5, Born Ontario, E. Methodist
BAKER, Mary, Daughter, German Origin, Age 2, Born Ontario, E. Methodist.

John and Emily, with Nora and Grant Morris

John Leonard Baker, Morris Grant, Ruby and Emily (Clinton's daughters), Emily Lawrence, and unknown?

"Uncle Morris Grant Baker's family & Grandma and Grandpa Baker" at uncle Grant's.

John obituary

Emily obituary