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Baker family

Richard Baker:  He homesteaded the 80 acres west of Freestone and north of Edwin Sawyer (#23 on the 1958 Highland map).

His 16.5 x 24 adobe home of two rooms was built and he moved in on January 2, 1877 and continued to live there in February, 1883.  In the spring of 1879 the grasshoppers ate all the crops as they came out of the ground so he moved to Salt Lake for employment for six months.  His witnesses were Jesse Savill who lived in Salt Lake-formerly in American Fork and Nephi Preece who lived ½ mile from Baker.

In June 1884, as a witness to Albert Preece’s homestead proof, Richard identified himself as a “Builder-PO address Salt Lake City, working there, residence Utah Co Utah.”  The 1880, 1900 and 1910 censuses all listed him as a brickmason, builder and contractor, living in Salt Lake City.  Thus identified, but not with 100% certainty, Richard was born Jan 15, 1846 in England, married Emma in 1869 and migrated to America in 1870.  His parents are unknown but his wife was Emma Smith Neal Baker and they had at least nine children: Emma J, Sarah A, Phoebe H, Clara E, Richard E, John C, Lilly B, Ethel K and Bertha.  His wife was born October 10, 1847 in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England to Job and Harriet Robina Smith Neal.

In 1879 he was listed as living on the SW corner of West Temple and North Temple in Salt Lake City.  He died December 14, 1917 and Emma died November 24, 1932 and they are buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. 


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