|Birth: ||Jul. 25, 1797|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1887|
Caldwell County History
Compiled by Major Molly Chapter, D.A.R., 1933-1934
ANDREW BAKER - PIONEER PREACHER OF NEW YORK TOWNSHIP 1860
Narrator: Mrs. Caroline Williamson, 84, Breckenridge, Missouri
Mrs. Williamson is a grand daughter of Elder Andrew Baker and
Nancy Bryant. Rev. Baker was born in Washington County Virginia 1797
and died about forty years ago. He was an outstanding character in
the church history of Caldwell county. His grandfather Andrew Baker
was a farmer-preacher in Virginia and was a chaplain in the
Revolutionary war. He himself followed in his grandfather's steps and
was ordained a Baptist Elder at Versailles Indiana in which State he
and his young wife had moved as pioneers in 1828. In 1860 he moved to
Caldwell county in what is now New York Township and acquired a farm
of 400 acres. While a splendid farmer in reducing the unimproved
lands to fertility, he never forgot his church and the ministry.
He busied himself in arousing an interest in the Missionary Baptist
church in his community. For some years they had held occasional
services in homes before he came on the scene. Finally he organized
the Hopewell Church; its organization dates from November 10 1866; and
he and his wife Diana, his son Thomas and wife, his grand daughter
Caroline (later Williamson), Sarah Cox, and Elizabeth Puckett were
some of the constituent members. He preached there till he died. He
gave liberally to the church building erected 1867 and besides gave
$1000 to be loaned at 6% to be used in paying a preacher's salary.
This fund still is being used for this purpose. When the Hamilton
Baptist church was being organized in May 1868 at the home of Elder
Bennett Whitely we find Elder Andrew Baker there to help in the
organization as a messenger from the "Baptist church on Shoal near the
mouth of Crab apple Creek" which was an early designation for his
church. By his first wife, Elder Baker had ten children. After
her death 1861 he married Diana Bateman and had two daughters Mrs.
Hattie Young and Mrs. Grace --- who was a milliner here in Hamilton in
the nineties. Grace Baker his youngest child was much younger than
his grand daughter, Mrs. Caroline Williamson the narrator aged 84.
Rev. Baker is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery.
Interviewed September 1933.
Willfree Jackson Baker (1829 - 1865)*
Created by: Chuck Perry
Record added: May 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19551045
MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER. RESTING IN HEAVEN.|
Added: Feb. 10, 2012