Ancestor Research for Weaver Family Branches
Sarah Jane Gifford of New York






According to Cutter's Genealogical and Family History of Western New York, Sarah Jane Gifford was born on July 26, 1820. [William Richard Cutter, comp., Genealogical and Family History of Western New York (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912), III:1418.] She was probably born in Northampton, Montgomery County, New York, as her father, Ananias Gifford, is listed on the 1820 United States Federal Census for that location. Sarah Jane's mother was Sally Proper Gifford. According to a National Archives and Records Administration copy of Sarah Jane's 1884 pension application file, Sarah Jane married Daniel Baker on December 19, 1843. Her pension declaration, dated June 13, 1884, reveals that she and Daniel were married by Charles A. Baker, Justice of the Peace, at Mayfield, Fulton County. [Sarah Jane Baker's Declaration for an Original Pension, Case of Sarah J. Baker (United States Pension Bureau Claim No. 316828, filed on June 19, 1884).] The file pertains to the Civil War death of Charles S. Baker, Sarah Jane's oldest son. Sarah Jane died on July 05, 1892, and was buried in Caroline Grove Cemetery, Caroline, New York.

Names in Sarah Jane Baker's Pension Application File

[The information below was obtained from a copy of the following National Archives and Records Administration pension application file, which is based upon the Civil War death of Charles S. Baker: Case of Sarah J. Baker (United States Pension Bureau Claim No. 316828, filed on June 19, 1884). Please keep in mind that some of the handwriting has been difficult to read.]
  • Ambrose C. Atwater (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Dryden; mechanic, 49 years old in 1889; son-in-law of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker)

  • Charles A. Baker (married Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker, December 19, 1843; Justice of the Peace, Fulton County); Charles S. Baker (Civil War soldier, subject of the claim; son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker); Daniel Baker (deposed on February 11, 1889, at Ithaca; almost 75 years old in 1889; had signed two statements in 1887; husband of Sarah Jane Baker); Emma Baker (daughter of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker); Eugene Baker (deposed on February 13, 1889, at Ithaca; physician and surgeon, 35 years old in 1889; son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker); George W. Baker (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Dryden; farmer, 31 years and 10 months old in 1889, Speedsville residence; son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker); John Baker (son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker); Oscar C. Baker (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Dryden; farmer, 42 years old in 1889; had purchased from Daniel Baker twenty-five acres in Dryden, September 23, 1884; son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Baker); Dalbert Baldwin (former owner of twenty-five acres of Baker land); Frank Bates (loaned money to Daniel Baker); Fred Bates (administrator for the Estate of Frank Bates); John C. Black (Hon.) (Commissioner of Pensions); D. Boardman (Exr.) (sold to Daniel Baker twenty-five acres in Dryden, October 18, 1881); Bowen (Capt.) (Civil War captain)

  • O. P. G. Clarke (U. S. Pension Office Commissioner); Compton (signature unclear) (reviewer); John R. Cooper (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Slaterville; lumberman, 62 years old in 1889, Caroline residence; had written letter, November 21, probably 1887)

  • H. T. (or F.) Dana (surgeon who performed physical examination of Daniel Baker and certified condition, February 11, 1885); Moses Davenport (signature unclear) (connected to Adjutant-General's Office, War Department); Davis (signature unclear) (Tompkins County notary public); Wm. H. H. Dewhurst (wrote letter concerning the death of Charles S. Baker; master of a ward, McDougall General Hospital, Fort Schuyler); Mary E. Doolittle (wrote letter, September 04 or 14, 1864, from Pony Hollow; wife of a soldier)

  • A. Erdman (probably an attorney)

  • D. D. P. Gardner (wrote letter, December 22, 1884); Gleason (Mr.) (Baker hired hand in 1864); C. Green (surgeon who performed physical examination of Daniel Baker and certified condition, February 11, 1885)

  • Polly Halliday (deposed on February 11, 1889, at Ithaca; widow, 77 years old in 1889; mother of S. D. Halliday, attorney); S. F. Hampton (U. S. Pension Bureau Special Examiner); Stephen Hand (Baker attesting witness); H. A. Harmon (auditor); H. C. Hendrick (surgeon who performed physical examination of Daniel Baker and certified condition, February 11, 1885); Horace Hollister (deposed on February 11, 1889, at Ithaca; farmer, 77 years old in 1889; had signed statements in 1887 and 1888; Baker neighbor in 1864); Sarah Ann Hollister (deposed on February 11, 1889, at Ithaca; 76 years old in 1889; had signed statement in 1887; wife of Horace Hollister); F. A. Hood (U. S. Pension Office Examiner); Nancy L. Hungerford (witnessed Sarah Jane Baker's signature, June 13, 1884); William Hungerford (witnessed Sarah Jane Baker's signature, June 13, 1884; signed statement, October 18, 1887; 64 years old in 1887; had employed Charles S. Baker at the time of his enlistment); Hunt (Mrs.) (Baker landlord in 1864)

  • Nelson Joiner (Baker neighbor in 1884)

  • Kerkendall (Dr.) (absent from physical examination of Daniel Baker, February 13, 1889)

  • H. J. Lewis (deposed on February 12, 1889, near Dryden; farmer, 36 years old in 1889); Shepherd Lewis (Baker neighbor in 1884, Slaterville); Edward Lounsbery (Lieut.) (wrote to Daniel Baker to inform him of Charles S. Baker's death in the Civil War; letter dated November 06, 1864, Fort Welch)

  • J. L. Mandeville (party to Deed, April 10, 1868); T. J. McElheny (searched land records of Tompkins County Clerk's Office and provided certificate, February 12, 1889); Wm. E. McLean (U. S. Pension Office Acting Commissioner, 1887); Edward Merian (Baker neighbor in 1864); Gilbert Merian (Baker neighbor and hired hand in 1864); James Merian (deposed on February 11, 1889, at Ithaca; farmer, 46 years old in 1889; had signed statement in 1888; Baker neighbor in 1864); E. J. Morgan (surgeon who performed physical examination of Daniel Baker and certified condition, February 13, 1889)

  • Geo. H. Northrup (searched Dryden assessments and signed affidavit, July 29, 1887; Treasurer of Tompkins County and citizen of Ithaca)

  • P. J. Partenheimer (certified Sarah Jane Baker's Declaration for an Original Pension, June 13, 1884; Clerk of Tompkins County Supreme Court); Anson L. Potter (Baker attesting witness); Andrew W. Purvis (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Dryden; farmer, 40 years old in 1889; had made 1887 statement)

  • M. S. Roberli (possibly Roberti or Roberts) (legal reviewer); F. P. Rowe (Ithaca attorney for Sarah Jane Baker)

  • Raymond L. Smith (Tompkins County notary public); Star (or Starr) M. Stanton (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Dryden; farmer and Baker neighbor, 38 years old in 1889; had written letter, November 19, 1887)

  • C. P. Toby (sold to Daniel Baker one hundred acres in Dryden, December 14, 1863)

  • John J. Vansickle (deposed on February 12, 1889, at Dryden; farmer, almost 40 years old in 1889)

  • D. White (surgeon who performed physical examination of Daniel Baker and certified condition, February 13, 1889)







Gifford Family of New York State


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