NameSolomon Emery Baker
Birth7 Feb 1856, Letcher Co., Kentucky
Death19 Jan 1923, Letcher Co., Kentucky
Marriageabt 1880 (?), Letcher Co., Kentucky
Divorceabt 1891, Letcher Co., Kentucky
Birth26 May 1861, Roanoke Co., Virginia
Death27 Oct 1943, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky
Birth12 May 1884, Washington, District of Columbia
Death12 Aug 1957, Oman
BirthJan 1887, Letcher Co., Kentucky
Birth16 Jun 1890, Letcher Co., Kentucky
Death28 Jul 1922, Jefferson Co., Kentucky
Notes for Solomon Emery Baker
Letcher Co., Ky birth records list Solomon Baker, born 7 Feb 1856, father Elijah Baker, mother’s maiden name Polly Yonts.
His death certificate records S. E. Baker, age 66, birthdate blank, born in Letcher Co., Ky, died 19 Jan 1923 in Letcher Co., Ky, father E. W. Baker, born in Tenn, mother’s maiden name Mary Yontz, born in N.C., married, occupation lawyer, cause of death lobular pneumonia, informant Irvin W. Baker, Whitesburg, Ky, burial in Whitesburg, Ky.
1900 census of Letcher Co., Ky, Millstone precinct, enumerated 13 June, lists on p. 10A as family #173/174:
Baker, Solomon E., 44, b. Feb 1856, Ky Ky Ky, attorney at law; Helen C., wife, 44, b. July 1855, Va Va Va, married 6 years, mother of 0 children; Luther, son, 18, b. Jan 1882; Elijah, son, 16, b. May 1884; Clarence, son, 13, b. Jan 1887; Millard, son, 9, b. June 1890. Luther is listed as born Ky Va Va, with the father’s birthplace then scratched out and not replaced with anything. The younger sons are entered as born Ky Ky Ky.
All the sons are children of Solomon’s first wife, Hortense Lee.
1910 census of Letcher Co., Ky, East Whitesburg precinct, enumerated 18 April, lists on p. 2B as family #40:
Baker, Solomon E., 54, b. Ky Tenn Ky, attorney at law; Helen C., wife, 54, b. Va Va Va, second marriage for both, married 17 years, mother of 0 children; Henry M., son, 20, b. Ky Ky Va, clerk at attorney’s office.
Notes for Hortense Lee
Her death certificate records Mrs. Hortense Reynolds, age 82 years 5 months 0 days, born 27 May 1861 in Roanoke, Va, died 27 Oct 1943 in rural Fayette Co., Ky, widow of Jos. Coleman Reynolds, father Isaac Friley, mother’s maiden name Rachel Lee, both born in Virgnia, cause of death cerebral hemorrhage, informant Mrs. G. O. Rogers, Spurr Road, Lexington, Ky, burial in Lexington Cemetery.
1880 census of Letcher Co., Ky, Whitesburg district, enumerated 16 June, lists on p. 10 as a servant with the family of Henry C. Bates:
Lee, Hortence, 19, servant, b. Va Va Va; Irven, 6/12, b. Dec, Ky Ky Va, boarder.
Two households above is the family of Joseph Reynolds, whom Hortense would later marry after she separated from Solomon Baker.
Notes for Solomon Emery & Hortense (Family)
It is uncertain whether Solomon and Hortense ever married. I have not found a marriage record, and certainly they were both single in June 1880, when Irvin was listed with the surname Lee. And Hortense still carried the surname Lee in 1900, when she was listed in the census as widowed and living with Joseph Reynolds. But all five of their sons took the surname Baker as adults, and were raised by Solomon, so most likely they did marry sometime between late 1880 and 1882, and divorce shortly after the birth of Henry Millard.
(My only connection to this family is very peripheral, that Solomon late in life was briefly married to Clemmie Tolliver, whose first husband was my great-great uncle, Ben Franklin Hall. But if I put someone in the tree who was married multiple times, I like to include all of their spouses even if I only have ties to one of them, so that other people encountering the tree online, whose connection may be through one of the other marriages, will be able to see all them all.)