Back in the early days of my genealogy digging into the Baker side of my family, I quickly found a person who had been filling up all the usual genealogy sites with questions about the same people I was looking for. I think we exchanged one email and then she disappeared. Since she is two generations ahead of me, I thought the worst had happened and that the separation would be permanent. However, about three months ago, contact was again established and we have been exchanging information. As far as research goes, I've progressed past where she is thanks to new technology, namely the Internet. Since I've exhaustively written about this progress many times before on John Henry, siblings and parents, I will just post a bunch of links to them at the bottom of this post. She did however, have some pictures of my second great grandfather John Henry Baker and his second wife Katie Byrel Stevens. The picture of them above is one taken later in life. He died at age 61 so I'm guessing that picture wasn't too much ahead of his death.
The pictures below though only bring up more questions for me. The next two oval ones were labeled John Henry Baker and Katie Byrel Stevens Baker. I'm not yet sure at this point who did the labeling. It appears to be a wedding picture of the two but here's the rub. When John and Katie married, they were 45 and 35 years of age respectively. Those two certainly aren't that old. When John was married to my 2nd great grandmother Blanch Jessie McKee, they were 26 and 19 years old. That seems about the ages of the two in the oval pictures. Another thing that stands out, is that all the pictures of Katie, including the one above, show her with what appears to be olive skin or a healthy tan. There are half a dozen of them in all and they all look like that. The bottom photo below is the youngest one I have of her with a baby that I'm guessing is from her first marriage since she doesn't look 35 years old. Compare that picture with the oval picture above it. They don't look like the same person. The nose is different. The eye structure is different. The skin tone is different. If I had to guess, I would say the second picture below is one of my 2nd great grandmother Blanch Jessie McKee. Another mystery from a family that has been full of mysteries.
John Henry Baker and the Search for His Father
Who Are You John Henry Baker
John Henry Baker's Parents: Part One
John Henry Baker's Parents: Part Two
France E. Bolton
Joseph Baker: Part One
Joseph Baker: Part Two
The Bakers Chicken
Across Oceans and Continents: Part One
Across Oceans and Continents: Part Two