|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1809|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1904|
Captain Baker's birth place was near Blue Springs, Tn. which has been replaced by Mosheim in Greene County. His grave includes a plaque from the Texas Historical Survey Committee. He was married to Avis Emmory Brown. Their children were Kate, Samuel Carroll, Mary Haws, John Morgan, and Allen Louis Baker.
BAKER, JOHN REAGAN (1809-1904). John Reagan Baker, Republic of Texasqv soldier, son of Peter and Margaret Laura (Reagan) Baker, was born near Blue Springs, Green County, Tennessee, on August 6, 1809. He made a trip to Texas in 1836. In 1839 he returned to Texas and became a member of the Texan auxiliary corps of the Federalista army encamped at Fort Lipantitlán. He followed Ewen Cameronqv through the campaign, was in the battle of October 23, 1840, at Ojo de Agua, near Saltillo, and cut his way back to Texas with his comrades. When the corps was disbanded, he went to Refugio County and settled in Aransas City. He was elected sheriff of Refugio County on February 1, 1841, and organized a company of minutemen, of which he was captain, although he retained membership and became a first lieutenant in Cameron's Rangers.
In March 1842 he went with Cameron's company to San Antonio on the occasion of the Rafael Vásquezqv raid, served with the company on the Nueces when Antonio Canalesqv was repulsed on June 6, 1842, and distinguished himself in hand-to-hand fighting at the battle of Salado Creekqv on September 18, 1842. As a member of the Somervell and Mier expeditionsqv he commanded a spy company and was one of the leaders of the break at Salado on February 11, 1843, when he was wounded. Unable to escape, he was put in the hospital, and there avoided the Black Bean Episode,qv but he was held in Perote Prison until September 16, 1844.
Baker returned to Refugio County and established a mercantile business at Saluria, on Matagorda Island. At the outbreak of the Civil War,qv he organized a home-guard company and was elected its captain. After the war he lived in Goliad County for a while, then moved to Indianola and again entered the mercantile business. In 1876 he moved to Wilson County, to a ranch near Stockdale, where he died on January 19, 1904.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Thomas J. Green, Journal of the Texian Expedition Against Mier (New York: Harper, 1845; rpt., Austin: Steck, 1935). Hobart Huson, Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953 (2 vols., Woodsboro, Texas: Rooke Foundation, 1953, 1955). William P. Stapp, The Prisoners of Perote: A Journal (Philadelphia: Zieber, 1845).
--Handbook of Texas Online
With permission from Texas State Historical Association
Avis Emmory Brown Baker (1830 - 1904)
Samuel Carroll Baker (1852 - 1934)*
Kate Baker Wheeler (1861 - 1908)*
John Morgan Baker (1864 - 1939)*
Allen Louis Baker (1873 - 1954)*
"Adventurer - Soldier of early Texas. Fought in Mexico to win freedom for the unsuccessful "Republic of Rio Grande" in 1840. Was elected sheriff of Refugio County and organized a company of minute men. In 1842 he fought against three Mexican raids into Texas. He later participated in the disastrous Somervell and Mier Expeditions into Mexico, during which he was wounded. Returned to Texas and entered mercantile business. Wife was Avis (Brown)."
Recorded - 1969
Created by: James Carroll Wheeler
Record added: Jun 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14532621