|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1847|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 1927|
JOHN BAKER, farmer, P. O. Arcadia, was born in Cass Township, this county, in 1847; son of Alexander and Catharine (Eckert) Baker, natives of Ohio. The original Baker stock came to America from England in an early day and settled near Baltimore, Md. Grafton Baker, grandfather of our subject, moved from Virginia to Carroll County, Ohio, and from there to this county about the year 1830. He had a family of five sons and one daughter. Mrs. Catharine (Eckert) Baker's people came to Cass Township, this county, from Fairfield County, Ohio, in an early day, and here settled. In 1844, after their marriage, our subject's parents came to Cass Township. The father died in 1849, leaving a family of three children-two daughters and one son, John. The eldest daughter died in 1866; the youngest married G. W. Norris (they have a family of two sons and one daughter). The subject of this sketch was married in 1868 to Sarah C. Binger, whose parents came to this county from Carroll County, Ohio, in an early day, and to this union have been born three children: Alexander, Lemuel and Amanda. Mr. Baker was elected to the office of justice of the peace for Cass Town ship in the fall of 1883, which he still holds. He resides on the old homestead, his mother, who is still living, being with him.
A Centennial Biographical History of Hancock County, Ohio, 1903
A pioneer family whose descendants have done much to sustain the reputation of Hancock county in the great state of Oho, is here presented for the consideration of our readers. Crafton Baker, the paternal grandfather of the gentleman named above, was the original pioneer, he with his wife Mary and four sons and a daughter removing to the county in 1835. They located in Washington township and entered one whole section, three-fourths of which was in Cass township, which he afterward divided into equal parts, giving one to each son. Grafton and his wife were strong advocates of the tenets of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in that early day did much to establish it in the county. Politically he was a Whig. After a life of toil and care for the welfare of his family, a life uneventful but useful, he passed to his rest in 1849. He was born in the year 1767, so that he lived to a ripe old age. The wife of his bosom died at an advanced age. Alexander Baker, one of the four sons of this pioneer couple, was born in Carroll county, Ohio, in 1816, and was a youth of nineteen years when the family located in Hancock county, Ohio, in 1824, and whose pioneer parents are noticed elsewhere in this volume. These parents reared three children: Lucinda, deceased; Amanda, now Mrs. G. W. Norris; and John, the subject of this sketch.
The father of the family, Alexander Baker, was a practical farmer residing on the quarter section given to him by his father. He had been given more than the average education, and had taught school during the early part of his life, but after his marriage he confined himself to farming. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a man of good judgement as well as sound morals. His useful career was cut short by premature death in 1849 at the age of thirty-three years, but his wife, who survives to honor his name and memory, lives with her son John on one of the original quarter sections. John Baker, the youngest child, was born in Cass township in 1847 and educated in the usual way in the district schools. He has been a continuous resident of this immediate section of the county during his entire lifetime, and his character has been such that he wields influence for good throughout all the county. After he reached his majority he set up an establishment of his own, and was joined in marriage to Miss Sara, daughter of Michael and Ann Binger, the event occurring in 1868. Of the six children resulting from this union, only three are living: Alexander, Lemuel and Amanda. The mother, who died in 1887, is remembered as a woman of good heart and gentle disposition. Mr. Baker, like his ancestors, has confined himself to agricultural pursuits in a practical way. He enjoys the full confidence of his fellow citizens, who have honored him with several of the offices of the township, and at different times he has been trustee and justice of the peace. The last mentioned office he has held for twenty years, a fact which speaks eloquently of the manner in which he has administered its duties. Mr. Baker has a place of one hundred and sixty acres which he devotes to general farming.
Alexander Baker (1815 - 1849)
Catharine Eckert Baker (1824 - 1909)
Sarah C. Binger Baker (1847 - 1887)
Alexander Baker (1868 - 1919)*
Debba J Baker (1870 - 1877)*
Sarah C Baker (1870 - 1870)*
Allen Baker (1872 - 1874)*
Infant Son Baker (1874 - 1874)*
Lemuel Baker (1874 - 1957)*
Infant Daughter Baker (1876 - 1876)*
Amanda Baker Huffman (1880 - 1950)*
Lucinda Baker (1844 - 1865)*
John Baker (1847 - 1927)
Sarah Amanda Baker Norris (1849 - 1917)*
Created by: K. Clinard
Record added: Nov 04, 2010
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