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Baker [Bacher] Estate Claim
Posted by: bea kingdon (ID *****2774) Date: March 09, 2005 at 09:36:13
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In 1916 - 1920's There was a Baker Heirs Association. Many of the decendants of Christian Almas & Magdaline Baker had attestations of heritage noterized by lawyers to prove their claim to the estate, perported to be in the neighborhood of $300,000,000. They pooled their money with other claiments, sometimes only $2.00, all they could afford, to hire an attorney to plead their cause. I have not found the exact end result, but heresay says that the case was lost because the long term lease signed by Henry Baker to Philadelphia, for 100 years, which constituted a sale. A legal long term lease is only for 99 years. ???
These lands are alleged to include the site of the Centennial Exposition held at Philadelphia in 1876, together with 92,000 acres in North & South Carolina, several Valuable coal mines in Pennsylvania, and a few other odds and ends located in various parts of the American republic. All of this land is alleged to have belonged to one Jacob Baker, who died without a will. The leases leases expired and now the decendants want to know where they come in. The last record I found was in Hamilton Spectator May 8, 1922. I think this was a scam in the end, because this was the rage in the late 1800's and early 1900's to get people to buy into claims for "Lawyers" to persue on their behalf. I have read of several of these in differant familys.
BUT!! it might be a place to start to discover Magdalina's heritage.

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