Cullen Baker

Born Jun 23, 1835

Cullen Montgomery Baker, was a Tennessee-born Texas and Arkansas desperado whose gang is alleged to have killed hundreds of people including former slaves during the early days of the American Old West, in the years following the Civil War, although these numbers are likely inaccurate, and the actual number is likely closer to fifty or sixty. He was notorious for fighting in saloon brawls, and for his fiery temper.… Read More

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1835 Birth Born in 1835.


1854 19 Years Old On January 11, 1854 in Cass County, Texas Baker married Martha Jane Petty, and for a time he settled. … Read More


1857 22 Years Old On May 24, 1857, Martha Jane Baker gave birth to a baby girl, Louisa Jane.
1860 25 Years Old On June 2, 1860, Martha Jane Baker died. … Read More
1862 27 Years Old Baker fled back to Texas, and in July, 1862, he married his second wife Martha Foster, who was unaware that he was wanted for murder. … Read More
By 1864 he had either been discharged or deserted, and he joined a group called the "Independent Rangers", loosely associated with the Confederate Home Guard. … Read More


1866 31 Years Old In March, 1866 he traveled back to Texas, Baker, now on the run from Union authorities, went on a killing spree, during which he killed two men, W.G. Kirkman and John Salmons. … Read More
On June 1, 1867, having returned to Cass County, Baker entered the Rowden general store where he found the store kept by Mrs. Rowden, after which he simply helped himself to whatever he wanted and left without paying. … Read More
1868 33 Years Old On October 24, 1868 Baker and his gang were reported to have been involved in the killings of Major P.J. Andrews, Lt. H.F. Willis, an unnamed negro and wounding of Sheriff Standel of Little Rock Arkansas. … Read More
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Baker and Kirby rode to Bloomburg, Texas and the house of Baker's in-laws in January 1869. … Read More
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