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 Nathan F. Baker (aka Morrisette)
Ella Simpson Baker

Nathan Franklin Baker was born to Nathan Morrisette (aka Baker) & Sarah "Sallie" Gilden Morrisette on June 25, 1865. He died on February 22, 1933 and is buried in the Aydlett cemetery between Poplar Branch & Grandy, N.C.  He married Ella Simpson, daughter of Thomas & Nancy Lane Simpson, in Poplar Branch Twp. of Currituck County on August 14, 1887.  In 1900 Nathan was listed as a lumberman.  By 1910 the family had moved to Elizabeth City, NC where Nathan worked in a basket factory and Ella is said to have 8 children born to her but only 7 are currently alive.  In 1920 Nathan was a lumber inspector and in 1930 he was a cook for a boat line.  When Nathan Franklin married Ella in 1887 he went by the name of Nathan "Morrisette" but in subsequent census records and the tombstone inscription, he is listed as Nathan F. Baker.  Nathan F. & Ella had the following known children:
     1. Mattie Baker was born April 1888 according to the 1900 Currituck Co. census.
     2. Lewis Baker was born April 1891 according to the 1900 Currituck Co. census.
     3. Hollis Baker was born August 1895 according to the 1900 Currituck Co. census.
     4. Pearl Baker was born February 1898 according to the 1900 Currituck Co. census.
     5. Lucille Baker was born September 1900 according to a delayed birth certificate.
     6. Nathan Thomas Baker was born c.1903 according to the 1920 census.
     7. James E. Baker was born c.1906 according to the 1930 Pasquotank Co. census.

Nathan Franklin's father is listed in the 1850 Coinjock area living with 75-year old Christopher Baker.  He was age 20 and his name then was  Nathan "Morriss".  In 1860 he was age 29 and living in the Narrow Shore area with a family of his own and was listed as Nathan "Morrisett" but by 1870 he had changed his name to Nathan Baker and there are 8 children in the household (including Nathan Franklin who is age 6).  By 1880 he was a widower and had changed his last name back to "Morrisette".  All children in that census are listed as Morrisette's instead of Baker.

Photo and information kindly submitted by Mary Hurst, great-granddaughter of Nathan & Ella Baker (aka Morrisette). No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.