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for many years one of the foremost stock men and farmers of Moultrie county died Saturday afternoon at his home on the (west) Whitley and Windsor township line. Elder A.J. Nance of Hammond, pastor and old friend, conducted funeral and burial services at Liberty Church of Christ on Monday afternoon, the services being largely attended. Mr. Baker was rated as one of the wealthy men of the county but no one was ever heard to say that it was tainted wealth. It was all made by honest toil and good management. He was born in Gallatin county Oct. 27, 1826, coming to this section when but a year or two old. He was married when but 16 years they lived contentedly and happily together. Mrs. Baker died in 1895. Starting with noting but good health and a resolution to succeed, they pushed onward and upward and their home became noted for its hospitality. Nine children were born to them, two of whom died when young; two, Mrs. Mary J. Clarke and J. Colbert, died in recent years, and the others, Mrs. Hannah W_____ of Decatur, Mrs. Clarinda (JKP) Rose, Mrs. Lydia (Thomas) Banks, John Harve and Fred survive. Mr. Baker also leaves 31 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grand children and other relatives and friends. Early in life Mr. Baker united with the Church of Christ and was a faithful member thereof. He was a Democrat in politics but never sought office. His honesty was proverbial and not only was he called upon frequently in the settlement of estates but frequently by younger men for advice and counsel, which was given freely. Of late years, Mr. Baker had not been quite as active in business as usual, but by no means could he be classed with the retired. He was stricken with apoplexy the day before his death and the end came peacefully....Submitted by Raylene Lamb   

The Sigel Advocate Sigel, Illinois
1836 - 1923 -- Martha I. Rentfrow Baker daughter of Levi and Elizabeth Pickard Rentfrow was born near Nashville, Tenn., July 28th 1836.  When a small child came with her parents to Illinois, locating near Effingham, where she grew to womanhood. On Nov. 14, 1858, she was united in marriage to Jesse Baker and come to his home near Sigel, where she and her dear companion spent almost half a century tenderly caring for their family and sharing the joys and sorrows of life that always come into a home as the years go by. In the bgeginning of this new life for her, she not only had the responsibility of being the head of the household, but became a mother to Mr. Baker's seven motherless children, left to him by a former marriage, which she helped rear to manhood and womanhood, except the youngest, which died in childhood. To Mr. and Mrs. Baker were born nine children, three dying in infancy, two dying in later years; Henry M. dying June 26th 1879 and George P. May 28th, 1888. The four living children are : Levi L., Mary C. Bigler, Edmund L. all of Sigel, and Jesse I. of near Stewardson. Having become unable to perform the tasks of farm life, she and her husband retired about the year of 1901, and left eh old home and moved to Sigel, where they spent a few short years of rest together, until Mr. Baker's death which occured Oct. 20th, 1905. After his death she still made that her home until impared by ill health, and old age, when she was taken into the home of her children where she was tenderly cared for, (the last three months, being at the home of her son, Jesse), where he spirit peacefully took its flight to the God, who gave it just as the night spread its mantle of darkness over the earth, Friday, Feb. 9th, 1923, aged 86 years, 6 mos., and 11 days. In early life, she united with the Church of Christ, in which faith, she lived until death. She wand her husband being among the first members of the Green Creek Christian church, where she and her husband worshipped so many years and where they brought up their children in the Christian faith. Her's was the quiet home life; her thoughts were always of others, especially of her children, where her kind influence and christian example will always live in sacred memory, and be more precious tham gold, to those who called her "Mother".  The funeral was held from the Community church in Sigel, Sunday, at one o'clock p.m., by Rev. Detrick of Shelbyville. The Casket Bearers were six of her grandsons and included Earle, Ralph, LeRoy and Kenneth Baker, Lloyd and Keith Bigler. The flower girls were her granddaughters, and great granddaughters and included Evelyn and Phillis Baker, Grace Fearday and Ruth Sterr at the church and Dott Sterr, Irma Kraft, Evelyn Baker and Ruth Sterr at the Cemetery.  Interment was made in Coons cemetery, beside her husband....Submitted by Raylene Lamb  

The Sigel Advocate, Sigel, Illinois
JESSE BAKER- Resting In Peace Is Uncle Jesse Baker One Of Our Pioneer Citizens ---Through these columns we this week again must chronicle the death of one of our oldest citizens, not only of Sigel, Sigel Township, but of Shelby County, this time it being Uncle Jesse Baker, one who was known far and wide as an honest, honorable, highly respected and Christian citizen. "Uncle Jesse" as he was known by both young and old was born near Shawneetown, Galliton County, Ill, on the 8th day of November 1823 and died at his home in this city October 20th 1905 at the age of 81 years 11 months and 12 days; when but 5 years of age he, with his parents moved to this (Shelby County) were they located on Sand Creek, near Windsor, when he grew into manhood and at the age of 22 he took unto himself Mis Tamer Walker as a bride to this union were born seven children, but two of them still survive, they being, Chas. H. of Beecher City and Marion, of north east of town; Mrs. Baker the mother of the two survivors died in January of 1858; Uncle Jesse on October 14th of the year 1858 was married to Martha I. Rentfrow, to this union were born nine children, 4 of whom still survive -- Mrs. Alonzo Bigler, Levi, Edward and Jesse I. and besides these he leaves to mourn his loss 29 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends, all the children being at his bedisde at the time of his death. Uncle Jesse was a citizen of this township since 1848, living about 1 mile due north of town up to near 3 years ago when on account of his age and not being able to attend affairs of the old home place he moved to this city to spend his declining years; he had been in feeble health for several years but never bed fast until about one wee before his death. Uncle Jesse has for many years been known far and wide, as he for many years dealt extensively in live stock and during the time gained the confidence and made friends of all he dealt with, he was a law abiding citizen; always ready to help the poor, loyal to his church and more that all a kind, loving and affectionate, husband, father and neighbor.  The funeral services were conducted atht e M. E. Church in this city Sunday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. A.H. Harrell, of Tuscola, in the presence of a large assembly of sympathizing relatives and friends; the remains were laid to rest in the Coons Cemetery near the Green Creek Church.  Peace be to thy Rest and Love to Thy Memory. The Advocate extends a hand of sympathy to the many sorrowing relatives and friends.....
Submited by Raylene Lamb

Westfield, Illinois
MRS. W.M. NOAKESMary Cleste Linn, daughter of Levi and Melinda Linn was born in morrow County, Ohio, June 9, 1855, and passed from this life at her home in Westfield, August 18, 1923. At the age of 9 years she with the rest of the family, moved to Clark County, Illinois, and remained in this section of the state for the rest of her life. She was united in marriage to W.M. Noakes, and these two remained inseparable companions until the reaper stepped in. Three children were born to this union, two of whom died in early infancy and a son, Levi C., of Akron, O., is the only immediate member of the family left to mourn with his father. On the second Sunday in July, 1899, Mrs. Noakes united with the Primitive Baptist Church at the Rich Woods, and remained a loyal and steadfast believer in this faith until the end. For the last thirty years she has lived in pain, and the last few years was practically as invalid, but in spite of all she never murmured or complained, and was known for her cheerfulness and patience, and the end came as she always wished, suddenly and without pain, butshe was ready, and has often been heard to say,"Be ye always prepared". Funeral services were held from the Concord Baptist church in the Rich Woods Monday, Aug. 20, with Rev, F. M. Pope of Vandalia, a former pastor, in charge, and were attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and neighbors. Burial was made in the Concord Cemetery.....Submitted by Craig A.  





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