M.J. Baker

Michael Jefferson Baker

Full Name: Michael Jefferson "Mike" Baker
Date of birth: December 7, 1839
Date of death: June 12, 1904

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 82 Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895 23rd   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   DeWitt, Goliad
H 87 Jan 13, 1891 - Jan 10, 1893 22nd   Democrat Cuero / DeWitt   Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, Victoria

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House District 82
Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 8, 1895
Legislatures: 23rd  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: Cuero / DeWitt
Counties in district: DeWitt, Goliad
House District 87
Jan 13, 1891 - Jan 10, 1893
Legislatures: 22nd  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: Cuero / DeWitt
Counties in district: Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, Victoria

Biographical Information top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Not listed in 22nd Legislature, opening day 1/13/1891, p. 1; M.J. Baker, postoffice Cuero, nativity Mississippi, age 48, merchant, in member roster, p. 1088. M.J. Baker in 23rd Legislature. House Journal. 22nd R.S. 22nd R.S. List of Representatives

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Texas State Troops, Private, Company H (also given as K), Rangers or TMV, Frontier Regiment, Col. J.M. Norris commanding; commanding officer Captain John J. Dix. Michael J. Baker, enlisted and mustered 3/8/1862 in DeWitt County, discharged 2/14/1863 at Camp Dix.
    Texas State Troops, 24th Militia Brigade, Private, Company D of the 24th Battalion, transfer to Confederate States Army; commanding officer Captain John R. Borden. Mike J. Baker, age 23, enlisted 10/2/1863 at Camp Terry for 6 months. Texas, U.S., Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900. Ancestry.com.
  • Confederate States Army, entered as "volunteer on the frontier as a soldier in Norris' regiment. His term of enlistment having expired, he, upon being mustered out, joined General Magruder's army, was elected lieutenant of Borden's company, served in that capacity for six months, and was then placed in charge of a line of couriers extending from Brownsville to Houston, and from Victoria to Gonzales, with headquarters at Victoria." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.

Other Resources

  • Michael Jefferson Baker, born in Madison County, Mississippi, death date 6/12/1904 in Kenedy, Karnes County. Passport application of son James Wallace Baker, born in Cuero, DeWitt County, 12/11/1876. U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925; Walt Family Tree. Ancestry.com.
  • Michael J. Baker, marriage to Lizzie H. Wallace 1/8/1867 in DeWitt County.
    Census of 1870 - M.J. Baker, Precinct 2, DeWitt County, age 30, born circa 1840 in Mississippi, merchant, spouse L.H. Baker, children Nettie and Otis.
    Census of 1880 - Mike Baker, Cuero, DeWitt County, age 40, merchant dry goods, spouse Lizzzie, daughter Nettie, son Otis.
    Census of 1900 - Mike Baker, Cuero, DeWitt County, age 62, born December 1837 in Mississippi, cattle raiser, spouse Elizabeth, daughter Susie, sons James W. (born December 1876) and John B. FamilySearch. 1870 1880 1900 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • M. Baker, burial in Hillside Cemetery, Cuero, DeWitt County. No grave marker photo, reprint of obituary in Gonzales Inquirer, 6/14/1904. Find a Grave.
  • Death notice, Mike Baker of Cuero, "Col. Mike Baker, one of the human landmarks of this part of Texas, a well known resident of Cuero, died suddenly of heart failure at his ranch near Kenedy Monday and the remains were taken to Cuero for burial Tuesday." The Yoakum Weekly Times, 6/18/1904, p. 3, crediting Carl and Mary Welhausen Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


  • Photograph. M.J. Baker, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. M.J. Baker, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

23rd R.S. - 1893
Counties and County Boundaries  
State Affairs  
Stock and Stockraising  
22nd R.S. - 1891
Representation and Apportionment on Senatorial and Representative Districts  
State Affairs  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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