Eliza Ward Pickett Baker

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General Moseley Baker

Commanded Co. D
First Regiment of
Texas Volunteers
at San Jacinto
A member of the 1st and 3rd
Congresses of the Republic
and later a
Brigadier General of Militia

Born in Virginia
Sept. 29, 1802
Died in Houston, Texas
Nov. 4, 1848

His Wife

Eliza Ward Baker
Died in Houston, Texas
Feb. 4, 1849

Erected by the State of Texas
1936

Flat Marker

In Memory of
Our Father
Mosley Baker
and
Our Mother
Eliza Ward Baker
(Died Feb. 4, 1849)

Who Sleeps Here

Mosley Baker
Captain Co. D., Texas Volunteers Battle
of San Jacinto
Member of Congress Republic of Texas
1836 & 1838
Died Nov. 4, 1848

Repaired by the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas 1899
Full Name: Eliza Ward Pickett Baker
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:M  Number:21
Reason for Eligibility: Wife of Moseley Baker 
Birth Date:  
Died: February 4, 1849 
Buried: Reinterred September 17, 1929 
 
BAKER, ELIZA WARD PICKETT (D. 1849) Eliza Baker was the daughter of Frances Dickson and Col. William R. Pickett of Autauga County, Alabama. The family had moved to Alabama in the spring of 1818. She grew up on the frontier. One brother, Albert Pickett, was a historian and author of The History of Alabama. Her other brother, William Dickson Pickett, was a lawyer.

Eliza and Moseley Baker were married in Autauga County, Alabama on September 22, 1928. Sometime after the birth of a daughter, Eliza, the Bakers moved to Texas. Wisehart, M.K. in Sam Houston, American Giant relates that on January 20, 1837 the Bakers, along with Francis Lubbock and his wife, accompanied Sam Houston on his first trip to the site of the future city of Houston. He explains, “on the 21st of April at the San Jacinto Ball denoting the anniversary of the battle, Sam Houston, the President of the Republic of Texas, led the Grand March with Mrs. Moseley Baker. He had tactfully chosen the wife of one of his most ardent antagonists, but told her truthfully that he had done so because she was the most beautiful woman there.”

The Bakers had two daughters, Eliza and Fanny. Eliza Ward Pickett Baker died in Houston, Texas February 4, 1849.

Biographical information compiled by Nita Munoz.
Notes:

#8989) Texas State Cemetery records indicate a discrepency with the Handbook of Texas Biography. According to the above biography, Eliza Baker passed away prior to Mosely Baker. However, according to their headstone, she died after him on February 4, 1849.
Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:39 PM

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