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Henry Needham Bake

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Bollington, Prestbury, Cheshire, England
Death: March 9, 1901 (75)
Elkhorn, Oneida, Idaho, USA (Cause of Death Unknown. He was Christened on July 9, 1826 in Chelmorton, Derbyshire, England. )
Place of Burial: St. Johns, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bake and Elizabeth "Eliza" Bake
Husband of Rosina Bake and Sarah Mathias
Father of Rosa Bake; David Henry Bake; Elizabeth Needham Bake; John Alfred Bake, Sr.; Hannah Rebecca Madsen and 3 others
Brother of Mary Ann Needham Bake; John Bake; Thomas Bake; Martha Bake and Elizabeth Bake

Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Henry Needham Bake

Henry Bake was born to John and Elizabeth Needham Bake, 7 Mar 1826 at Bollington, Cheshire, England. He came to America in 1849 when he was 23 years old. His granddaughter, Mrs. Hazel Piggott stated Henry came to New York. "He was a stowaway and used the name of Needham which was his middle name. They discovered him too late to send him back." He settled in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and worked in the Bethlehem steel mills.

In 1851, he married Sarah Mathias Evans in Pennsylvania, the widow of David Evans, who had three children. David and one child died of Cholera. He was about 25 and she was about 27. Henry and Sarah’s first child, Elizabeth Needham Bake, was born 30 Nov 1852 in Pittsburgh, Allegeny County, Pennsylvania, and then they made a trek to New Port, Campbell, Kentucky, where John Alfred Bake Sr. was born 21 Feb 1854.

It is believed Henry and Sarah joined the Mormon church about 1856. The next child Rebecca Hannah was born 25 Jan 1857 in Temperanceville, which is now part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The reason for the move to Kentucky and then back to Pennsylvania will probably never be known. Oliver Cowdry was also born 14 Apr 1859 in Temperanceville, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1860, this family was listed in the Allegheny County Census (Henry listed as a "railer"), but in 1861 they had the wanderlust fever to go west and began their trek west. The family traveled with the Captain Ira Eldridge's Company leaving the 1st of July 1861. Sarah walked nearly all the way across the plains, bare-footed, but a cow stepped on her foot and broke it so she had to ride the rest of the way, arriving in Salt Lake Sept. 13.

Orson Henry was born 8 Jan 1862 at Goshen, Utah, Utah, on the south shore of Utah Lake. (He died when he was 11 years old 24 Nov 1873.) They lived in Goshen nearly 2 years. By 7 Sep 1864, they were living Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, because this is where David Dillie was born. (Henry Bake had a ward teaching companion of whom he had great affection, whose name was David Dillie. This child was named after him.) David died 2 months after his birth.

The story is told in her daughter's history that while living in Bloomington, Henry left his family for a load of flour in Hyde Park. On his way back he became stuck and had to leave his load of flour in Immigration Canyon and come home without any. The family was forced to eat boiled wheat all winter. Sarah was in poor health and their home consisted only of some willows put up to form a shelter. It was here with a three inch cover of snow on her bed that she gave birth to David Dillie who lived less than 2 weeks.

In the spring the family soon joined the daughter Sarah Hymas in Hyde Park. Henry Bake taught school in Hyde Park soon after this and Sarah became very ill. Sarah died 2 Mar 1868 and was buried in Hyde Park Cemetery. She was 44 years old and Henry was 42 years old. Her daughter Sarah cared for the young children.

Family tradition says Brigham Young gave Henry Bake an assignment to go to Southern Utah and settle. At this time his wife Sarah was bed fast and unable to be moved. She died at this time and Henry became bitter and apostatized. Henry then affiliated with the Reorganized Latter-Day Saint Church, being baptized Nov 1869 in Malad, Idaho. He became a presiding elder.

Henry married Rosina Bigler about 1868 or 1869. She was 25 years old. They lived in St. John, Idaho. Oliver and Orson went with them. The rest of the family stayed in Hyde Park. They had a daughter Rose born 1873 who married a minister named Ward. Orson died the same year. They also had one son named David Henry born 11 Sept. 1875 at Elkhorn, Oneida, Idaho. Henry was Naturalized 15 Mar 1879 in Oneida County, Idaho.

Henry and Rosina separated before his death. Henry was expelled from the RLDS Church Jan 1889. In 1898 Henry sold his property in St John, Idaho to his son Oliver for the amount of one dollar, transfer to take place at his death. He died 2 March 1901 at Malad (Elkhorn) Oneida, Idaho and was buried at the St. John Cemetery, just outside of Malad. His son was the mortician.

SOURCE: History of Bear Lake Pioneers, p. 293-4 (History of James Hymas who married Sarah C. Evans Hymas daughter of Sarah Mathia & David Evans.)

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Henry Needham Bake's Timeline

March 7, 1826
Bollington, Prestbury, Cheshire, England
November 30, 1851
Age 25
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
February 21, 1854
Age 27
Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, United States
January 25, 1857
Age 30
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
April 14, 1859
Age 33
January 9, 1862
Age 35
Goshen, UT, USA
September 7, 1864
Age 38
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
Age 46
September 11, 1875
Age 49
Hyde Park, UT, USA