Charlotte (Jones) Seymour Baker

Charlotte (Jones) Seymour Baker (1814-1888) was born to Jacob and Hannah (Caws) Jones on February 17, 1814 in Hampshire, England. She was one of approx. 12 children. In 1820, the family immigrated to the US aboard the “Henry Clay.” On October 29, 1829, Charlotte married George Seymour, an English immigrant, in Louisville. Together the couple had eight children: twins Hannah and Elizabeth, Jeanette, George Washington, Samuel, Francis Asbury, Charles Bond, and Mary Elizabeth. According to the 1850 census, George was a pilot, which was a boat captain. His real estate was listed at $10,000, approx. $337,000 today. In 1851, George died and was buried in Section A, Row 7, Lot 17 of Eastern Cemetery.

On August 31, 1857 Charlotte married Carroll Baker, a brick layer. Carroll was a widower with three children: John, Mary Louise, and James. The 1860 census shows the blended family with Carroll’s children Mary Louise and James along with Charlotte’s children Elizabeth, Charles, Mary Elizabeth, and Francis. The household also had domestic servant Margret Lighton, 22 years old. The family was living on W. Green Street between 7th and 10th Streets. By 1870, Mary Louise and James were still living with the couple as was Charlotte’s widowed daughter Hannah. The household also had domestic servant Alice Kelley, a 32-year-old Irish immigrant. According to the 1880 census, Mary Louise was living with the couple as was James, a Justice of the Peace, and Hannah, a school teacher.

On June 19, 1882, Carroll died at the age of 72. He was buried in Section A, Row 7, Lot 17 of Eastern Cemetery. His will left property to his son James and heirs of his deceased son John. He also set aside funds to “keep Mary comfortable” for the remainder of her life. She continued living with Charlotte to whom he left the family home. On August 7, 1888, Charlotte died at the age of 74. She was buried with her husbands. Also in the plot are George Washington Seymour, Hannah Seymour, her husband George Riley, Jeanette Seymour, her husband Dr. Joseph Maxwell, and their daughter Harriett. Photo of Charlotte from Find a Grave user L Seymour.