William D. BAKER, born between 1790-95, was the son of John T. BAKER of Natchez and Patience COBB of Wilkinson County, MS, widow of Josephus SMITH of Natchez. The family moved to West Feliciana Parish and acquired significant land holdings. William married (1) Martha BINGAMAN in Wilkinson County on July 11, 1815, and (2) Elizabeth TEAL in W. Feliciana on January 20, 1827. Son John married Charlotte WIMBISH in 1839 in W. Feliciana and lived at Wilderness Plantation east of Baton Rouge. A second son Josephus married Louisiana BOATNER and lived at Baker Plantation, where present-day Baker is. These lands may have been owned by earlier generations of Bakers.
In the succession of William D. BAKER filed January 1854, among the land descriptions is the following: 500 arpents in West Feliciana known as the "Arthur COBB" tract bound on the north by lands of Mrs. Mulford and deceased, east by lands of deceased, South by lands of Daniel Turnbull and west by Little Bayou Sara Creek. "The heirs of William D. BAKER, deceased, particularly reserve one acre of the COBB tract--now the family burial ground--and the right of way to the same."
Does anyone know whether this cemetery still exists? I will be in West Feliciana July 26 and would like to visit it since Patience COBB was my gggg-grandmother. I would also appreciate any information about the SMITH, BAKER, COBB, BINGAMAN, TEAL, WIMBISH families. Thank you. E. W. Prichard