Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Baker-Marshall Papers, 1806-1926

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Baker-Marshall papers
Creator: Baker family and Marshall, Ichabod, 1769-1849
Inclusive dates: 1806-1926
Bulk dates: 1806-1853
Extent: 125 items
The Baker-Marshall papers contain personal correspondence, financial documents, and other items related to Timothy Baker and Ichabod Marshall, two early settlers of Norwalk, Ohio, who became prominent local merchants.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3186.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Baker-Marshall Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Financial papers and documents
  • Series III: Writings
  • Series IV: Photograph
  • Series V: Maps and diagrams
  • Series VI: Printed items

The correspondence and financial papers and documents series are arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Timothy Baker was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1787. Baker established a tannery in New York and moved to Norwalk, Ohio, in 1819. There, he became prominent as associate justice of the peace and leader of a local Masonic lodge. Baker married Eliza Remington, and the couple had six children, including William and Timothy, Jr. Baker died on January 27, 1878.

Ichabod Marshall was born in 1769 in Hanover, New Hampshire, and became a prosperous merchant in Norwalk, Ohio, in the early 1800s. Marshall graduated from Dartmouth College in 1790, and moved to Ohio around 1817, where he established the Norwalk Manufacturing Company and served as county surveyor and recorder. A lifelong bachelor, Marshall died on March 4, 1849.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Baker-Marshall papers contain 19 personal letters, 100 financial papers and documents, 3 maps and diagrams, 8 printed items, 1 photograph, 3 additional manuscripts related to Timothy Baker and Ichabod Marshall, two early settlers of, and prominent merchants in, Norwalk, Ohio.

The Correspondence series contains personal letters written between members of the Baker family, including letters written by William Baker and Timothy Baker, Jr., to their parents during their time at college. The series also includes letters written between the siblings, providing news of their families, and a memorial poem written upon the death of Timothy Baker, Jr., in 1845. The collection also includes a 1926 letter inviting Willard H. Bennett, of Norwalk, Ohio, to purchase tickets for the University of Wisconsin's football games, along with two order forms.

The Financial papers and documents series regards Ichabod Marshall's land and business interests in Norwalk, Ohio, in the early 19th century. The series is comprised of 100 receipts, indentures, and accounts, including deeds and tax receipts for land in Trumbull and Huron counties. Several of the items are signed by Moses Kimball, an auditor in Huron County.

Three undated manuscript Writings include a draft of a petition "To the Mayor and Village Council of Fredericktown Ohio," requesting the removal of a local saloon; a 1-page religious essay; and instructions for making bricks.

The collection's single Photograph is a carte-de-visite of an unidentified man.

The three undated manuscript Maps and diagrams include a surveyor's map of Norwalk, Ohio; a floor plan for a house; and a seating arrangement for a Masonic lodge.

The Printed items series consists of 2 items related to Baldwin University; Mrs. Lewis C. Laylin's calling card; and newspaper clippings. The Baldwin University items are a program for the annual exhibition of the junior class, March 25, 1874, and a printed version of the "Alumni Song," June 7, 1876. The newspaper clippings include one regarding a lawsuit between Ichabod Marshall and several owners of the Norwalk Manufacturing Company.

Subject Terms

    • Baldwin-Wallace College--History--19th century.
    • Education--United States.
    • Merchants--Ohio.
    • Norwalk (Ohio)
    • Ohio--History--1787-1865.
    • Real property--Ohio.
    • University of Wisconsin--Football.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Norwalk (Ohio)
    • Baker, Timothy, 1787-1878.
    • Kimball, Moses, 1741-1835.
    Genre Terms:
    • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Deeds.
    • Legal documents.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Manuscript maps.
    • Photographs.
    • Poems.
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-2
     December 1840-December 1888
    Financial papers and documents [series]
    Folders   3-9  
     December 1806-April 1848
    Folder   1: Oversize Manuscripts  
    Oversize financial papers and documents,  1824-1827
    Folder   2: Oversize Manuscripts  
    Oversize financial papers and documents,  1829-1830
    Writings [series]
    Box   1 Folder   10
    Photograph [series]
    Folder   10  
    Maps and diagrams [series]
    Folder   11  
    Folder   2: Oversize Manuscripts  
    Oversize maps and diagrams,  [1820s] and  undated
    Printed items [series]
    Box   1 Folder   12
     1874-1876 and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Chapman, George T. Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College, from the First Graduation in 1771 to the Present Time, with a Brief History of the Institution. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1867.

    The Grand Lodge of Ohio. "1833 - Timothy Baker." The Grand Lodge of Ohio: Past Grand Masters. 2011.