An American Family History

Eliza Branstiter Baker


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Other spellings--Brandstatter, Brandstetter, Brandsteter, Brandstaetter, Bransletter, Branstatter, Bransteeter, Branstetter, Branstiter, Branstitter, Branstitre, Branstudder, Broadtsteddler, Bronstetter, Brunstetter, Brunsteter, Brunstautton


Shelby County, Ohio is in western Ohio and was formed in 1819 from Miami County.

In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.

Logan County is in central Illinois and was established in 1839.

Eliza Branstiter Baker was born April 27, 1848 in Dinsmore Township, Shelby County, Ohio. She was the daughter of  Daniel Branstiter and Elizabeth Baker. She was age three at the time of the 1850 census.

When she was 22, she married her cousin, Daniel Baker, on July 8, 1866 in Logan County, Illinois. Daniel was born at Fort Jefferson, Ohio on January 31, 1836 and was the son of Elizabeth Baker's brother, George B. Baker and Susannah Sayler.

Daniel was a private in Company C of the 106 Illinois Infantry during the American Civil War. He served with her brother, Jacob Branstitre.

Eliza and Daniel's children included:
Sarah Jane Baker Kelley (1869, married James Henry Kelley),
Olio Baker Ferris (1872, married Frank Ferris),
Oscar Baker (1875), and
Emma O. Baker Rouse (August 29, 1877, married Herbert Rouse).

At the time of the 1870 census they were living in Vesta, Johnson County, Nebraska. The household consisted of Daniel age 33, Eliza age 20, and Sarah age 1.

The family appeared in the 1880 census of Chester, Logan County, Illinois. The family consisted of Daniel age 42 who was a farmer, Eliza age 30, Sarah J. age 11, Alio who was 8, Oscar who was 5, and Emma who was 2. Daniel was working as a stage coach operator.

In 1900 they were in Leroy, Barton, Missouri next to their daughter Emma Rouse.

Eliza when she was 55 years old on May 31, 1902 in Washington, Iowa.

In 1910 Daniel was in Ozark, Barton County, Missouri.

Daniel died when he was 81 years old on June 3, 1917 in Liberal, Barton Missouri. They are buried together in Union Cemetery in Logan County, Illinois

Children of Daniel Branstiter and
Elizabeth Baker
  • Henry Branstiter
  • Sarah Branstiter Taylor
  • Philip Branstiter
  • Emery Branstiter
  • Mahala Branstiter Swartz
  • James Branstiter
  • Jacob Branstitre
  • Mary E. Branstiter Miller
  • Synthia Branstiter
  • Luticha Branstiter Mallory
  • Eliza Branstiter Baker
  • Daniel Branstiter
  • Company C of the 106 Illinois Infantry. The Regiment was mustered into service on September 18, 1862 and deployed to Jackson, Tennessee. They served as provost guards in Jackson and along the railroad. Part of Company C was sent eight miles north of Jackson to Carroll station. On December 17th Jackson was attacked and the part of Company C surrendered on the morning of December 20th. That night the remainder of Company C was attacked in the block house and after a severe fight drove the enemy off.

    After that the Regiment was sent farther north to guard railroad stations. Some paroled prisoners were exchanged late in the summer of 1863. The Regiment was ordered to Bolivar in March, and about May 31st it moved to Vicksburg. While en route their boats were fired on.

    After serving in the trenches of Vicksburg the Regiment was sent forty miles up the Yazoo River to repel a Rebel force. Returning by forced marches, they were harassed by the enemy and suffered from the extreme heat. The Regiment lost more on that trip than from any other cause during its term of service. The Regiment served in the lines at Vicksburg until after the surrender.

    Immediately after Vicksburg, it was ordered to Helena and took part in the capture of Little Rock. They took a prominent part in the battle of Clarendon, and performed service at Duvall's Bluff, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Lewisburg, St. Charles, Dardanelle and Brownsville. The Regiment was mustered out of service July 12th, 1865, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.

    Johnson County is in southeast Nebraska.
    Nebraska was not settled by many European-Americans until 1848. In the 1860s, the government took Native American land and opened it for homesteaders. Nebraska became the 37th state on March 1, 1867,

    In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.



    Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.

    Mrs. Eliza Baker for Many Years a Resident of Logan County Died in Iowa

    The remains of the late Eliza Baker arrived in Lincoln Monday June 3, and were met at the train by many relatives of the deceased and her mourning husband and extended whatever aid and sympathy they could. In the throng were numerous former friends, who remember the deceased very kindly and well.

    The funeral services were celebrated during the afternoon shortly following the arrival of the body via the Illinois Central railway. Rev. A. C. Byerly, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church, conducted the service and aided his old comrade in arms all he could. Present at the services was a large audience, considering the brief notice given and the difficulty in telling when the body would arrive.

    Mrs. Baker died Saturday, May 31, near Washington, Ia. The deceased was born in Shelby county, Ohio, April 27, 1847 and was therefore at the time of her death 54 years, 1 month and 4 days of age. She was married July 6, 1866. She was the mother of five children, three of whom survive her, Mrs. James H. Kelley, Mrs. Frank Farris and Mrs. Herbert Rouse, all of Washington, Ia. The lady had a host of friends and admirers, who will miss her.

    The family are very grateful to Rev. A. C. Byerly, who preached the funeral sermon, and the following friends who served as pall-bearers:  J. L. Yates, John Woefel, S. R. Smith, John Young, M. D. Tucker and George Hickman.

    The first U.S. railroad opened in the 1830s. In 1869 the first transcontinental railway was completed.


    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

    Daniel Baker
    The remains of the late Daniel Baker who died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Emma Rouse at Liberal, Mo. On Friday, June 3, will arrive vis the C. & A. at 12:35 Sunday and be taken to Union cemetery where short services will be held at the grave before the remains are laid to rest in the family lot.

    Daniel Baker was a former old resident of Logan county, and was born January 31, 1836 at Fort Jefferson, Ohio and was one of a family of 12 children of whom six, Philip, Benjamin, Peter, Daniel, Jefferson, and James are deceased, surviving are Sarah, Samuel, Jane, John, Emery and George.

    Daniel married Eliza Branstiter  (illegible) . . . Of Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Olio Farris of Boxley, Miss.; and Mrs. Emma Rouse of Liberal, Mo.  One son Oscar, died in infancy.

    His wife passed way in June 1902 since which time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Emma Rouse.
    Deceased was a member of the G. A. R. 196th Ill. Infantry.

    The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the Civil War.

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