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I've started a page with my previous introductions to this site, it's kind of a way to record my journey into our family tree.
If you are interested in reading them, visit Baker Family Roots Diary

Updated 9-7-2011

Our summer trip started June 1st with our 1st destination Salt Lake City, Utah. We traveled with my mom who was planing to visit my brother at his new home in Park City for a couple weeks and then she was heading home to Colorado Springs after spending the winter with us in California. We were heading on to Michigan for a headstone dedication for James Emery, Tony's 4th great grandfather, he served in the War of 1812, but had no headstone for his grave. Thanks to Ron Bellinger dedication in researching military members in Allegan County Michigan we were going to be able to see that James' service was properly recognized. One little problem, my mom had fallen the week before we left and injured her knee, what we didn't know was that she had fractured the tibia plateau around her knee replacement, she would need surgery and a several month recovery. Thank goodness my brother and his wife were up to the job of getting her to the doctor's and hospital along with several months of recovery. I'm so blessed to have a great family that pulls together when the need arises.

Tony and I needed to be in Allegan County, Michigan by June 12th for the ceremony, we headed out on June 6. Of course nothing goes as planned, just past the Utah/Wyoming border, the alternator gauge started dropping, we made it to Rawlins and into a freightliner repair shop. Yup, the alternator was dying, but they could get us a new one, Air Freighted from Reno overnight (ouch on the cost of that) and get it installed the next day. Okay with no choice we found an RV park nearby and headed over to spend the night. Oh did I mention the wind was gusting at 60 miles per hour? So on the way to the RV park, I head this horrible banging coming from the roof, I thought maybe one of our vent covers on the the roof was loose or something. Yeah something was loose alright, a big section of our roof had come up and was banging and tearing. We got settled and called a mobile repair guy looking for roof tape, he sent us to a shop that supplied us with what looked like 6 inch wide electrical tape, they use it on oil wells, the hotter it gets the better it sticks. At this point we had no choice but to try it, so here we are, on the roof in 60 mph wind gusts trying to get the tear repaired. Which I'm proud to say we did, and this winter we are getting a new roof put on.

Next it was on to Allegan County, Michigan, where we attended a headstone dedication for Tony's 4th great grandfather James Emery who served in the War of 1812. Below is a link to a page about James and pictures of the ceremony. We had a lovely time visiting with Ron Bellinger who made all the arrangements for the headstone. We spent the remainder of June exploring Michigan, visiting Lansing, Frankenmuth, Detroit and of course we had to stop in Bear Lake to see our good friends Don and Doreen. We even had time to taken a wonderful kayak trip on the Manistee River. Our next stop was Mackinac City and a trip to Mackinac Island, were there are no car, only bicycles and horses to get around, it's a great place to relax and enjoy a slower pace. We had one more stop to make before we left Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie, we stayed Aune Osborn Campground on the banks of the river separating the US and Canada. We spent a week watching the huge freighters heading for the locks, some of freighter are over 1000 feet long. We also had time to visit White Fish Point Light House (remember the Edmund Fitzgerald?) and took an amazing boat tour of Pictured Rocks National Seashore. Overall our time in Michigan was very nice and we're glad we got to explore the state.

After leaving Michigan we headed for New York State, taking a short cut across Canada and entering back into the US at Niagara Falls, our destination was Lockport, NY on the Erie Canal. More genealogy research, several of our family members were in this area, James Emery, Benjamin Starkey and Edward Howe. I was able to track down some land records and a few other things, more pieces to the puzzle. We had one more stop in New York, Massena on what they refer to as the 4th coast, Massena sits on the St. Lawrence Seaway right across from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. We were researching Tony' s loyalist ancestors along with James Emery who settled in Williamsburg after he was released as a prisoner of war at the end of the War of 1812. It was fun exploring this section of Ontario and seeing where our ancestors lived. We even drove up to Ottawa for the day to visit the Capitol. We met some very nice Canadian Rv's and stayed in the area for about 2 weeks.

We were undecided about were to go next, my mom was going to be back in Colorado around the 24th of August, we thought about making a trip over into Vermont and then down to Washington DC but decided to head back to Colorado so we could be there when my mother arrived back home. Good thing we didn't go to Vermont and DC, as Hurricane Irene made a huge mess there with rain and flooding, Everything happens for a reason, and we are grateful that we weren't there for the disaster. We arrived back in Colorado Springs, the day before my mom and were able to open up her house and stock up the fridge. My sister-in-law drove with her from Utah and we had a nice visit over the weekend before she had to fly back. My mom is doing great her leg has healed and she starting a walking program to build her strength.

We are still in Colorado staying at Peregrine Pines the RV park at the United States Air Forces Academy, a lovely park. We did have one more major problem with the RV, on the way into Colorado Springs, we cracked our windshield, road debris. Thank goodness for insurance, a new windshield had to be ordered from Washington State and took about 4 hours yesterday to put in! We plan on staying here until next week and then we are heading to Salt Lake City to do a be of research and visit my brother. We'll head back to Hemet by the end of September, hope the weather cools down by then.

Alexander Baker Boston 1635

I've created a page dedicated to our direct Baker Ancestors beginning with Alexander Baker the 1st Baker in our line in America. On this page linked above, I begin with Alexander who came from London in 1635 with his wife and 2 daughters. I'm outlining each generation and including as much source information as possible. I'm also working to correct a long standing error, for years it had been believed that Alexander's wife was Elizabeth Farrar, Flourney or Flurnoy. This has been proven to be false and you can read more about why on Alexander Baker and Elizabeth Farrar

While searching into the Baker origins I found a DNA group of Baker descendants who are researching their male Y DNA back to their oldest identifiable ancestor. Tony had his Y DNA tested and we have identified several cousins and have linked back to Alexander Baker who came to Boston in 1635. You can find out more about this group at Baker Ancestors. We are a yahoo group and you can read messages on the website or join the group and have messages sent directly to your email account. If you are male Baker who would like to join our DNA group please visit Baker DNA Website, we'd love to have you join us.

Trimbath / Buksar / Hruby / Medleck

Tower Hill #1

My trip to Republic several years ago turned up several new clues into my search for my father's family. I made lots of new memories, visited churches, cemeteries and came home with copies of pictures and documents dating back into the 1930's. I've put together a special page about the families who left their homelands in Austria/Hungary to settle in the coal mining "patches". Life was hard but promised a future to those who survived to come to America for a better life. Please take a minute to visit Patches of Fayette County and learn a little about these hardworking people.

On my grandmothers side, I was able to find out more about her Slovak roots. Then shortly after we returned home I received a letter in the mail from one of the churches my great grandparents attended. We visited them while we were there and spoke with the parish secretaries. Enclosed were four baptism records. Three for my grandmother's brother and his wife's children and 1 for my great grandparents following the birth of their youngest child. This one piece of paper contained the clue I had been waiting for, the birth villages of my great grandparents. They were from Markusovce and Lieskovany, Spis, Slovakia. I've learned a lot about the area and checked out the church records. Please take a look at my web page all about the area, you can reach it at: Markusovce, Spis, Slovakia.

James Emery War of 1812

James Emery is the fourth great grandfather of my husband Tony. He was 20 years old when he enlisted 18 Jun 1812 at Centerville, Queen Anne County, Maryland under Lt. Clinton Wright. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, I have put together a page about his service and life following the war. James died in 1881 at the age of 89 years, this summer Tony and I will be taking a trip to Allegan County, Michigan to visit the area he spent the last years of his life.

English Roots

My husband's lines are just loaded with English ancestors. Lucky dog, he has tons of colonial roots, me I'm a third generation American on both my mother and fathers lines, makes it a little harder to trace. Check out this new page to find more about how the English settled the United States and perhaps find a English ancestor or two of your own. I have included information on Ridgeway.

Bukovina to America

Click the link above to view my page dedicated to the Bukovina-Germans who left their German homelands to emigrate to Bukovina and then on to America, settling in Ellis, Kansas.
It is an honor for me to say that I can claim such a rich heritage.

Bionaz Valle D'Aosta Italy


Did I say the web is a great way to have cousins find you? It sure is and recently I have received mail from both Eugene Boggiatto and Michael Boggiatto, cousins of my husband Tony. Eugene is the son of Antonio Pasquale Boggiatto and Mary Gasperine Boche. Mary is the sister of Tony's Great Grandmother Orpheline Boche Bionaz. It is so much fun renewing old family relationships and making new one. Just recently I have been talking with a new cousin and exploring the Ducley/Ducly lines, she descends from the brother of our Charlotte Ducley who married Peter Boche. Click on the link above to learn more about Bionaz and the Valle D'Aosta, Italy.

Netherlands to New York "Our Dutch Connection"

Do you have a Dutch Uncle?, check out this page for information on our Dutch family lines. My husbands line include several very Dutch names such as Huyck, Van Valkenburg, Ouderkirk, Van den Burg, Clauw, Scharp. You'll find links to several Dutch web sites and information on the Roots Mailing list, Dutch Colonies.

The Bodine Family Tree

I think I was on the wrong track with this Bodine family so I've pulled the webpage about them and I'm directing everyone to Dave Bodine's wonderful website. Just click the link above. Mary Ann Bodine Martin is still from New Jersey, but I'm not sure about her parents. This is one puzzle that needs more work.

Our Mayflower Family Lines


Francis Cooke and his son John came to America with the first group of Separatists on the Mayflower in 1620. Previously he had arrived in Holland as early as 1603, and he was or became a member of the congregation of Clyfton/Robinson Separatists who came from Scrooby, England to Leyden, Holland. His daughter Jane came to America with her mother on the Anne in 1623. Jane Cooke married Experience Mitchell and their daughter Elizabeth married John Washburn. My husband Tony is Francis Cooke and Hester Mahieu 11th great grandson.


Mary Chilton came on the Mayflower at the young age of 13, and popular legend gives her the distinction of being the first female to step ashore at Plymouth. Her father James Chilton died 18 Dec 1620 aboard the Mayflower in Cape Cod Harbor. This line descends down to Hannah Latham who married Joseph Washburn a descendant of Francis Cooke. My husband Tony is Mary Chilton and John Winslow's 10th great grandson.

This summer our trip focused on members of our family that served in the military so I thought I'd pay honor to several more recent family members who have served. Pictures from top left to right, Paul Edward Trimbath USAF, James Edward Baker USN, Tony Baker Sr. USA, Kristin Baker USAF.

Paul Edward Trimbath USAF James Edward Baker Jr USN
Tony Lee Baker Sr USA Kristin Lee Baker USAF

Baker Family Surnames

Updated Family Files as of 3-12-2012

Link to my surname webpages, here you will find over 600 years of our family tree. Tree currently contains 12782 individuals, in 4416 family groups. If you find a connection or a correction, please contact me, I'd love to hear from you


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Roots Mailing Lists

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