As many of you know I am a genealogist though the past two years I haven't done much due to work on fixer upper house. But I get a few moments here and there and poke around still. The Baker side of my family is holding a reunion this summer and I've been invited to attend. This branch has always fascinated me since it had one of the hardest brick walls I've had to knock down while doing research but eventually I discovered that my third great grandfather Joseph Baker was actually Joseph Chicken and changed his name after the Civil War. All the pieces of my puzzle fit together but I've never had that concrete proof. I needed something to tie the Baker family to the Chicken family in document form.
I recently had a few minutes waiting for paint to dry and decided to do a Google search to see what turned up on Joseph Chicken. After a long while of scrolling through thousands of results for chicken dinners at various churches named after St. Joseph, I finally hit pay dirt after all this time. In some records labeled 'Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934', I found a record that was the smoking gun. It was the record of Joseph Chicken/Baker's son Robert and his marriage to Viola. In the details it lists his father as Joseph Chicken and his mother as Fanny Brocton whom with I have many ties to the Baker side of the family. At long last, I can say with 100% certainty, that I have Chicken's in my bloodline. Now if I could only figure out why he changed his name from Chicken to Baker.