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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday's Photo: Amelia Regan Baker - She kept in touch with family.

Amelia Regan Baker

I saw this picture while perusing the photos and genealogy papers of the late Marguerite Cook Clark in April of this year. The photo was unlabeled and in a very old album, but I knew immediately that it was Amelia "Millie" Regan Baker, the sister to my great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Spann Regan Bryan.  I had seen the same photo on Randy Regan's Cousin Web Page several years ago. On the back of Randy's copy is written, Millie Baker (sister to grandmother of Miss Dollie Singletary.) She was a Regan - Miss Dollie's grandmother was a Regan. Sallie Regan.

Elizabeth Spann Regan Bryan
I love to find evidence that families kept in touch. Millie left her home and much family in North Carolina by 1830 to live in Alabama and, around 1868, moved to Texas. The above photo was sent to Bryan family in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Randy Regan's photo was probably sent to North Carolina as Dollie Singletary's grandmother, Sarah P. Regan Smith, was born and died in North Carolina. 

Millie, born in 1806, was one of eleven children named in Joseph Regan, Sr.'s will dated April 10, 1843. In one sentence he named his beloved daughters Elizabeth S. Bryant, Nancy Evans, Amelia Baker, Sarah Smith and Dorothy Thompson.  

Millie married John W. Baker in Robeson County, North Carolina in 1828. They had eight children born after 1830 in Alabama. By 1850, John Baker had passed away and Millie was living with her children in Coffee County, Alabama. Ten years later, the family was living in Dallas County, Alabama. Some of her children moved to Texas after the Civil War and by 1870, Millie was living in Hays County, Texas with her son Daniel and lived very near her daughter, Delcina, and sons, Weston and Eli. 

In 1877, Milie wrote to Georgia Ann Frances, daughter of Elizabeth Regan Bryan in Bienville Parish. She was living with her son Eli, his wife, and her son Daniel in Kimbel County, Texas. 

By 1880, Millie was back in Hayes County, living with her daughter, Delcina, and family. Millie died on August 19, 1896 and is buried at San Marcos Cemetery in Hays County.


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"Amelia Regan 'Millie'." Randy's Cousin Web Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2014. <>.

Baker, Amelia. "Letter to Georgia Ann Frances "Fannie" Bryan Pittman Wimberly from Amelia Regan Baker." Bienville Parish, Louisiana. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2014. <>.

County Court Records Lumberton, NC and FHL # 0418149 item 2.

"Joseph Regan , Sr.." Randy's Cousin Web Page -. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 July 2014. <>.

Photograph of Amelia Baker used with permission. From the Marguerite Cook Clark collection.

Year: 1850; Census Place:  , Coffee, Alabama; Roll: M432_3; Page: 281B; Image: 560.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Summerfield, Dallas, Alabama; Roll: M653_8; Page: 865; Image: 369; Family History Library Film: 803008.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 1, Hays, Texas; Roll: M593_1590; Page: 195B; Image: 398; Family History Library Film: 553089.

Year: 1880; Census Place: San Marcos, Hays, Texas; Roll: 1310; Family History Film: 1255310; Page: 34B; Enumeration District: 076.

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