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Myla BAKER in the Census Records


Based on the census records below, Myla BAKER was probably named Elmira Myla BAKER. She was certainly not born on 17 Sep 1879 as stated on her U.S. Passport. According to her Texas Death Certificate (and her brother T. B. BAKER who supplied the information,) she was born on 17 Sep 1873. The oldest census records (below) indicate that she was born in 17 Sep 1872. She was born in Washington, Washington County, Iowa, USA.


At the time of the 1880 U.S. Federal Census (1 Jun 1880), "Elmira M. BAKER" lived Delhi, Osborne County, Kansas, USA. The census records show that she was living with her parents William A. BAKER and Luranah GRAYSON Baker, and four brothers: Benjamin BAKER, Martin Calvin BAKER, William R. BAKER and T. B. BAKER:

  • 28. William A. BAKER; Self; Married; Male; White; 53 (~1827); Virginia; Farmer; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania;
  • 29. Luranah Baker; Wife; Married; Female; White; 45 (~1835); Virginia; Keeping House; Virginia; Virginia;
  • 30. Benjamin BAKER; Son; Single; Male; White; 14 (~1866); Iowa; At Home; Virginia; Virginia;
  • 31. Martin BAKER; Son; Single; Male; White; 12 (~1868); Iowa; At Home; Virginia; Virginia;
  • 32. William R. BAKER; Son; Single; Male; White; 9 (~1871); Iowa; At Home; Virginia; Virginia;
  • 33. Elmira M. BAKER; Dau; Single; Female; White; 7 (~1873); Iowa; Virginia; Virginia;
  • 34. Theodore BAKER; Son; Single; Male; White; 4 (~1876); Iowa; Virginia; Virginia.

Note: If Elmira M. BAKER and Myla BAKER are one and the same, then Elmira M. BAKER's date of birth would have to be 17 Sep 1872 to make her 7 years old as of 1 Jun 1880. Since this is the oldest record and closest to her birth, I am going to assume that this is actually her correct name and correct date.


At the time of 1885 Kansas State Census (1 Mar 1885), "Elmier BAKER" lived in Cawker, Mitchell County, Kansas, USA. The census records show that she was living with her parents William A. BAKER and Luranah GRAYSON Baker, and four brothers: Benjamin BAKER, Martin Calvin BAKER, William R. BAKER and T. B. BAKER:

  • 21. W. A. BAKER; 56 (~1829); Male; White; Married; Landlord; Born in: Virginia; Moved from: Iowa;
  • 22. L. Baker; 50 (~1835); Female; White; Married; Born in: Virginia; Moved from: Iowa;
  • 23. Ben BAKER; 19 (~1866); Male; White; Single; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa;
  • 24. M. BAKER; 17 (~1868); Female; White; Single; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa;
  • 25. R. BAKER; 15 (~1870); Male; White; Single; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa;
  • 26. Elmier BAKER; 12 (~1873); Female; White; Single; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa;
  • 27. Theodre BAKER; 9 (~1876); Male; White; Single; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa.

Note: If Elmier BAKER and Myla BAKER are one and the same, then Elmier BAKER's date of birth would have to be 17 Sep 1872 to maker her 12 years old as of 1 Mar 1885.


At the time of the 1895 Kansas State Census (1 Mar 1895), "M. M. BAKER" lived in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas, USA. The census records show that she was living with her parents, William A. BAKER and Luranah GRAYSON Baker, and her brother T. B. BAKER:

  • 18. W. A. BAKER; 63 (~1832); Male; White; Born in: Virginia; Moved from: Iowa; Hotel;
  • 19. L. BAKER; 58 (~1837); Female; White; Born in: Virginia; Moved from: Iowa; Housekeeper;
  • 20. M. M. BAKER; 21 (~1874); Female; White; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa; 
  • 21. Theo BAKER; 18 (~1877); Male; White; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa.

Note: The birth date is starting to slip. If M. M. BAKER and Myla BAKER are one and the same, then M. M. BAKER's date of birth would have to be 17 Sep 1873 to make her 21 as of 1 Mar 1895.


At the time of the 1900  U.S. Federal Census (1 Jun 1900), "Myla BAKER" lived in Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, USA. The records show that she was living with her parents William A. BAKER and Luranah GRAYSON Baker, and one brother, T. B. BAKER:

  • Mr. W. BAKER; Head; White; Male; ___ 1828; 72; Married; 50 (~1850); Virginia; ____; ____; Proprietor/Hotel;
  • Mrs. Lorena Baker; Wife; White; Female; ___ 1835; 65; Married; 50 (~1850); 9 children; 6 alive; Virginia;  ____; ____;
  • Myla BAKER; Daughter; White; Female; ___ 1874; 26; Single; Iowa; Virginia; Virginia;
  • T. B. BAKER; Son; White; Male; Jul 1875; 25; Single; Iowa; Virginia; Virginia; Manager/Hotel.

Note: Myla BAKER's month of birth is blank, but the year of birth is clearly 1874 and the age is clearly 26. But if she was born in Sep 1874, then she would only be 25 as of 1 Jun 1900. If she was born in Sep 1873, then she would be 26. So now her birth month has changed? To be 26 years old as of 1 Jun 1900 and born in 1874, she had to have been born between 1 Jan 1874 and 1 Jun 1874, not in September. Nothing but confusion here.


At the time of the 1905 Kansas State Census (1 Mar 1905), "Myla BAKER" is living in Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, USA. The records show that she is living with one of her brothers T. B. BAKER, his wife, May Baker, along with Myla's parents William A. BAKER and Luranah GRAYSON Baker, and a nephew, Earl BAKER.

  •  9. T. B. BAKER; 29 (~1876); Male; White; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa; Hotel Proprietor;
  • 10. May Baker; 29 (~1876); Female; White; Born in: Tennessee; Moved from: Tennessee; Housewife;
  • 11. W. A. BAKER; 76 (~1829); Male; White; Born in: West Virginia; Moved from: Iowa; Hotel Proprietor;
  • 12. Lorena Baker; 70 (~1835); Female; White; Born in: West Virginia; Moved from: Iowa; Housewife;
  • 13. Myla BAKER; 26 (~1879); Female; White; Born in: Iowa; Moved from: Iowa; Clerk;
  • 14. Earl BAKER; 11 (~1894); Male; White; Born in: Kansas; Moved from: Kansas

Note: Myla BAKER is living with T. B. and their parents. She was 26 in 1900 and she is still 26 in 1905. Clearly someone is fudging about her age. Myla BAKER's date of birth would have to be 17 Sep 1878 to make her 26 as of 1 Mar 1905.


1910 U.S. Federal Census for Myla BAKER - Not found.

1920 U.S. Federal Census for Myla BAKER - Not found.

1930 U.S. Federal Census for Myla BAKER - Not found.

If anyone can find her in these census records, please Contact me.


At the time of the 1940 U.S Federal Census (1 Apr 1940), Myla Baker is living in Mineral Well, Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA. 
 

  • 77. Baker; J B; Head; Male; White; 38 (~1902); Single; College, 4th year; Born in Texas; Living in the same house in 1935; Rentals Trading, Rancher, Hotels, Oil leases;
  • 78. Baker; Myla; Head; Female; White; 32 (~1908); Single; College, 4th year; Born in Texas; Living in the same house in 1935 

Note: Myla BAKER is living next door to T. B. Now, they both state that they were born in Texas. They were both living in Mineral Wells in 1935. She is now only 32. Myla BAKER's date of birth would have to be 17 Sep 1907 to make her only 32 as of 1 Apr 1940.


Please Note: I am not related to the Baker family. I simply bought Myla BAKER's passport in an antique store then created a web page about it.

Last updated: July 19, 2016

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