About Eva Baker
Eva Baker worked for Adelicia Acklen, of Nashville, Tenn, builder of Belmont Mansion. The Baker and Snowden families were slaves of Isaac Franklin and Adelicia (Franklin, Hayes, Cheatham) Acklen . Before his death, Isaac Franklin was one of the largest slave traders in the US.
Born ca. 1856, died 1939. Family tradition is that she was Adelicia’s maid or personal dresser. She lived at Fairview Plantation. It appears that she was married three times. One of her marriages was to Mark Baker (b. ? d. 1940. He was one of nine children of Betsy Baker who was born in 1825 at Mount Vernon in Virginia and died in Sumner County.) The 1900 Census listed her as Eva Snowden, having eight children and head of the house whole. At least five of the children were by Mark Baker By 1900 she was living in the Peach Valley area of Summer County with a number of other former slaves from Fairview.
Portrait may have been done from a photograph. This portrait was commissioned by Ellen Wemyss to hang at Fairvue.
Eva Baker worked for Adelicia. The Baker and Snowden families were slaves of Isaac Franklin and Adelicia Acklen.