Mary J. (Miller) (Baker) Merris, 6 North 52 West

In 1880 Butler County, Kansas, John M. Miller is farming, 39, with Rachel 32. James W. is 12, Mary J. 8, Rosy J. 6, Henry O. 4, and Robert aS. 2.

John Martin Miller 1841-1926 is buried in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma # 30941983, with Rachel C. (Carter) Miller 1848-1910 # 41466747.

James M. Baker married Mary J. Miller on February 23, 1894 in Franklin County, Kansas. Both were 22, residents of Centropolis, Kansas.
In 1900 Chase County, Kansas, James and Mary have Loyal A., 3.

In 1910 Franklin County, Kansas, James M. Baker is farming, 38, born in Kansas, married 16 years to Mary J. 38 Kansas. Loyal A. 12 was born in Missouri, John J. 5 in Kansas.

Mary, widow of James M. Baker, claimed 320 acres in sections 25 and 30, 6N 52W in 1920.

The 1920 census of Logan County, Atwood precinct has Mary teaching and farming, 48, widowed, born in Kansas. Her son John J. Baker 15 also born in Kansas is with her. Next to them is Loyal A. Baker 22 born in Missouri, married to Zula M. 18 born in Virginia.

Mrs. Mary J. Baker of Atwood, Colorado, married William S. Merris of Sterling, on September 21, 1921 in Sterling.

Mary J. Merris had an inheritance tax case in Logan County in 1929.

If anyone knows where Mary is buried, please let us know.


William S. Merris 1851-1928 # 113763785 buried in Canon City, with Nora Merris 1856-1920.

William W. Merris, 26, married Grace Joan Gerdis McElwee, 19 on September 6, 1905 in Canon City.

William Worn Merris - his son - registered for WWI in Atwood, born March 29, 1879, farming, with Grace G. Merris.

William Merris and Grace McEwee had Vesta Merris on March 4, 1917 in Sterling, who died as Boltz on October 10, 2003.
Vesta Merris and Edwin Boltz, both of Casper, Wyoming, married in Sterling on May 21, 1935. Witnesses were Mrs. Grace Merris and Mrs. Middred Carlson.

In 1920 Atwood, William is farming, 40, born in Missouri, with Grace G. 35 Nebraska. Mildred 13, Opal M. 12, Pamela F. 6, and Vesta 3 were born in COlorado. His grothero-inlaw George H. Gerdis 35 born in Nebraska is with them.

Mrs. Grace Merris of Atwood was teaching in that district in 1922-1923.

Will W. Merris married Pearl Olga Williams on February 14, 1929 in Fremont County, Colorado.

William is buried in Henry County Ohio, 1879-1973 # 96536190, "second husband of Florence E. (Garrard) Elarton.

Grace is divorced in 1930 Casper, Wyoming, 45, with Pamela 16 and Vesta 13.

Mildred Lenore (Merris) Carlson passed away on March 27, 2005 in Haxtun, at the age of 98. She was born September 11, 1906 to Grace and William Merris in Canon City. The oldest of four daughters, Mildred spent her early years in Canon City, Sterling, and Atwood. At the age of 16 she moved to Gernsey, Wyoming, where she met her husband, Albin Carlson, through her father. They were married on January 16, 1924 in Wyoming but moved to their new home in Haxtun during a snowstorm. Mildred lived in various locations throughout her life. Early in Albin and Mildred's marriage, they lived in Haxtun. They also lived in Gernsey so that Albin could work on the railroad, and Holgate, Ohio to help run the Merris family cleaners. They later moved back to Haxtun where they farmed south of town for a number of years before turning the family farm over to son Marvin and his wife Helen.


Loyal Alexander Baker, 22, married Zula May Worley on August 6, 1919 in Sterling.
1917 " Loyal Baker of Hillrose was a Brush visitor Sunday"

In 1920 they're next to mother Mary.

In 1930 he's a truck driver in Rock Springs, Wyoming, 30, with Zula M. 28, Stella M. 9, William J. 8, Mary E. 5, and Ruthh E. 2.

Loyal proved up two quarters in 12N 103W - Moffat County, Colorado in 1931.

1934 Craig "O. W Haughey's had so much company. Misses Lora and Bertha Worley and brother, Lige Worley of Cold Spring Mountain, who brought in Loyal Baker whose foot was hurt by a grader, were callers there"

May 23, 1934

July 1937 Craig "Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Baker and family are visiting at Mrs. Worley's this week. "

In 1940 Rock Springs (in Moffat County in 1935) L.A. is 42, Zula 38, Wm. Joseph 18, Mary Ellen 15, Elizabeth 13, Ruby 9, James 4, and niece Luella Worley 9.

Loyal, born June 17, 1897 at Macon, Missouri, dying February 25, 1983, is buried in Craig, Colorado # 28476402.
" Services for Loyal A. Baker, 85, Craig, Colo. were conducted Monday, Feb. 28, 1983 in Craig.
Burial was in Craig.
Mr. Baker died Feb. 25 in Craig.
He was born June 17, 1897 in Macon, Mo., the son of James M. and Mary Jane Miller Baker. He was a retired railroad worker, truck driver and farmer.
He is survived by one son, Bill of Maybell, Colo.; four daughters, Stella Shepard, Mary Shelly, Ruth Davis and Ruby Davis, 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Zula Mae Worley; his parents; one son, James and one brother.

Zula May (Worley) Baker 1901-1974 is buried with him # 28476404.
Their daughter Stella Shepard 1920-2008 is buried in Palisade Colorado # 49270845.

January 25, 1939 Craig "Stella Baker, granddaughter of Mrs. Worley, was married in Rock Springs to Donald Shepard "

"Stella May Baker Shepard June 8, 1920 - March 16, 2008 Stella was born 14 miles northwest of Akron, CO in a two room sod house to Loyal A. Baker and Zula M. Worley Baker, the first of six children. Her family moved to Rock Springs, WY in 1922 and to a homestead on Cold Springs Mountain in extreme northwest Colorado in 1923. She grew up in Rock Springs and on Cold Spring Mountain. On January 3, 1939 she eloped with Donald E. Shepard of Rock Springs. Don and Stella lived many different places in the "three-corners" area. World War II interrupted their family life with Don going into the Navy, leaving Stella in Craig with four preschoolers. He returned after the war and they eventually added four more children, settling in Clifton, CO. Since 1952 Stella lived with her family at 3244 D Road. In Stella's words: "We were so richly blessed. We didn't have any material things but our home was filled with love. We were so proud of our family and had so many wonderful times together I wouldn't trade places with anyone in the world. Our house is filled to overflowing but we loved it". Don and Stella spent 38 wonderful years together. Don preceded her in death on April 15, 1977. Stella and her daughter, Virginia continued to live at the same address until Virginia's passing in January 2008. Stella worked for several of the greenhouses in Grand Valley over the years, until she was in her 80's. Employers not only got the benefit of her green thumb, but she trained many younger workers; shared lots of baked goods and was "Grandma" to many. Her smile and love will be missed by all so many friends, including members of Trinity Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons Gary of Craig; Marvin of Fruita; Dennis of Clovis, CA; and Dean of Clifton; three daughters Gloria Collins of San Diego and Linda Gillespie and Sonya Kearl, both of Grand Junction; one sister Elizabeh Davis of Salt Lake City; 23 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren"

William J. Baker 1921-2001 is buried in Maybell, Moffat County # 137819073, on a stone with Mary E. born June 20, 1926.

Mary Ellen Baker was born Sept 10, 1924 in Rock Springs, name Shelly in 1943, dying in Potter County, Texas on July 18, 1995.
She was in Amarillo in 1951, with Charles E. SHelly at 2304 Spruce.

Jim L. Baker 1935-1953 is buried in Craig # 28476396.

Ruby M. Baker, 17, married Charles Vernon Davis in Moffat COunty on September 23, 1947.

1930 Steamboat Springs "Mrs. Lawrence Wren received a call Thursday night that her sister, Mrs. Loyal Baker of Fort Morgan, was seriously ill. Mr. and Mrs. Wren left tbat night and arrived in Fort Morgan at 9:50 Friday morning to find the sister much improved. Mrs. Baker will be remembered by Steamboat people as Miss Mollie Greenwald."
In 1935 Mrs. Loyal Baker of Fort Morgan, Colorado, sister of Marie Wren, attended a picnic at the Homer Ranch near Steamboat Springs.


Possibly John J. Baker in 1930 Lynn, Massachusetts, a vacuum cleaner salesman, born in Kansas, first married at 19. Florence E. is 38, born in Massachusetts, first arried at 24, so this is not her first marriage.
Sacramento California in 1940, 35, born in Kansas, married to Florence E. Baker 49 Massachusetts.
He works in the state highway shops, she works in a cannery.
The other John J. Baker is in the Stockton hospital for the insane, 35, married, born in Kansas.

John J. Baker, born December 18, 1904 in Kansas, mother Miller, died December 28, 1961 in San Francisco.

Florence Emily Baker, born June 25, 1890 in Massachusetts, father Higgins, died March 18, 1947 in Sonoma County.
She was in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1920, a checker in a shoe factory, 29, with Mildred E. Jepson 3. They're living with Everrett J. Higgins 53 and Carrie E. 50.
Mildred is living with her Higgins grandparents in 1930 Lynn, Massachusetts.



Lydia C. Miller 1890-1919 and Robert Allen Miller 1878-1940 are buried there, too.
John Samuel "Jack" Miller 1882-1957 died in Los Angeles # 125130021.

Mary's brother James Miller is buried in Hasty, Colorado # 89850035.
James Wm. was the son of John Martin Miller and Rachel (Carter) Miller. James married Nora Charlottie Baker Oct. 07, 1887. They had 6 children:

1. Maude Lenora Miller b. 07-31-1888 @ ElDorado, KS. d. 08-17-1971 @ Denver, CO
2. Frank Wesley Miller b. 07-26-1890; d 87r. 10 mos. 11 days in Jones, Oklahoma
3. Viola Hazel Miller b. 02-28-1892 A Augusta, Butler Co., KS d. 09-24-1980 in Greenville, OH
4. Martin Alexander Miller b. 11-28-1896 Smith Center, Smith County, KS; d. 08-18-1968 @ Lewistown, MT
5. Rachel Ruth Miller b. 02-28-1902 @ El Dorado, Butler Co, KS d. 07-25-1904
6. Guy Lincoln Miller b. 02-12-1909 @ El Dorado, Butler Co, KS d. 03-05-1982 Denver, CO

Ralph R. Miller 1888-1968 is also buried in Hasty, Colorado # 32779526.

Annie Miller married Imman Chessmore on June 5, 1907 in Oklahoma County.
They're in Oklahoma in the 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 census, and are buried in Noble County, Oklahoma - Annie Rhea (Miller) CHessmore # 8903289.

Mable Kepner 1880-1942 is buried in Bartlesville, Oklahoma # 109869390.
She was born in Kansas to Robert Miller - mother Carter- and was widowed, living at 1546 W. Adams, Phoenix, Arizona when she died March 13, 1942. The informant was Florence McNeil of the same address.

Rose I. Miller, 30, married Robert Wolf in Oklahoma County on December 21, 1904.

Rose I. Wolf 1874-1958 buried in Elgin Utah # 40044931 might be a sister of Mary.

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