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  • Born: 1 Jul 1844, Decatur County, Indiana 4
  • Marriage: Ruth Etta Sharp on 25 Jan 1867 in Decatur County, Indiana 1
  • Died: 7 Sep 1912, Hays, Kansas at age 68 5
  • Buried: Ellis, Ellis County, Kansas (Mount Hope Cemetery)

bullet   Other names for Jacob were Falcombery and Falkenberry.



There is a problem with the birthdates for Jacob Baker and his sister Sarah Ann. Jacob's birthday, as listed in the family Bible of Jacob Baker's family shows his birthday as July 1, 1844. My source for Sarah lists her date of birth as April 7, 1844. At this point, there is no official government record of birth for either one. If additional information is found, the dates will be corrected.

Jacob "Falkenberry" is listed in the household of Terry and Hannah Owens in the 1850 federal census of Westport, Decatur County, Indiana. His age appears to be written as nine years but he would have only been around six.

Jacob and Ruth moved to Ellis, Kansas, around 1878, from Indiana where they homesteaded. They are in the 1880 and 1900 census listings of Ellis, Kansas and are found in the Hamilton Township of Ellis County, Kansas, in the 1910 census. Jacob is listed as a farmer at the age of 66 with his wife Ruth, age 64, and they have a boarder, Mary Purdy, aged 14. The 1910 record indicates that Jacob and Ruth had been married for 43 years and had seven children, five of whom were still alive in 1910.

Jacob was the director of the local Cedarvale school according to a 1908 school card which appears to have been issued near the end of the school year. Of the twelve students listed on the card, six where grandchildren of Jacob's and Ruth's: Marie and Mary Falconbery, Orville and Helen Wickham and Dorothy and Orpha Hinkle. One of the other students, Wesley Vine, eventually joined the family when he later married Orpha.



Jacob married Ruth Etta Sharp, daughter of John Sharp and Mary Armstrong, on 25 Jan 1867 in Decatur County, Indiana.1 (Ruth Etta Sharp was born on 7 Apr 1846 in Westport, Decatur County, Indiana, died on 26 Feb 1921 in Zurich, Rooks County, Kansas 7 and was buried on 28 Feb 1921 in Ellis, Ellis County, Kansas (Mount Hope Cemetery) 8.)



1 Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original Data: Works Progress Administration. Indiana, 1938-1940), Marriage Records 1852-1878 [Books H thru K] Decatur County, Indiana. compiled by Ruth M. Slevin Part I - Grooms Part II Book J page 107. [source found and donated by Denis Vine].

2 United States Federal Census, 1910, [online database] www.ancestry.com, Kansas, Ellis County, Hamilton Township, Enumeration District 24, Page 5-A (May 5).

3 United States Federal Census, 1850, [online database] www.ancestry.com, Indiana, Decatur County, Westport, Sandcreek Township; Page 284.

4 Information provided by Denis Vine, Falconbury Family Bible, Births.

5 Ibid, Deaths.

6 Denis Vine, E-mail received from Denis Vine, February 7, 2006.

7 Obituary,Plainville Times 1888-1976, Obituary, Plainville Times, March 3, 1921.

Following is the text of Ruth's obituary:

Grandma Falconberry who has lived the past eight years with her daughter, Mrs. Albert Martin, passed away Saturday morning, February 26, 1921, at 7:10 o'clock.
  The funeral was held Monday morning, February 28. A short service was held at the house conducted by Rev. Kiemel. The body was then taken to Ellis. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by the pastor there, after which the body was placed to rest in the Ellis cemetery beside that of her husband, who preceded her about eight years ago. Her maiden name was Ruth Sharp. She was born in Westport, Indiana, April 7, 1846.
  She came to Kansas in pioneer days. At the time of her death she was 74 years, 10 months and 19 days old. She was married to J. B. Falconberry in 1867. To this union were born seven children, two having preceeded her to the great beyond in infancy. The children living are: Leonard Falconberry of Idaho; Wilbert of Zurich; Mrs. M. L. Hinkle of Ellis; Mrs. Bert Wickham of Zurich; and Mrs. Albert Martin of Zurich.
  Mrs. Falconberry had been an invalid for the past four years and suffered a great deal from muscular rheumatism. When 19 years of age she was converted and joined the Baptist church. Twenty eight years later she united with the Free Methodist church of Plainville, Kansas. She continued a consistent member of this church until death.
  Her dying testimony was "I am prepared to go."


8 Ibid, Obituary, Plainville Times, March 3, 1921.

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