An American Family History


John Baker


In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

In 1831 Page County, Virginia was created from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Originally it was part of Frederick County.

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

John Baker was born about 1790 in what is now Page County, Virginia. He was the son of Jacob Baker and Magdalene Kibler.

John, with his brothers, Philip and Samuel, he was a soldier in the War of 1812.

When he was 25, he married Barbara Friermood on January 6, 1825 (or Jan. 20) in Clark County, Ohio.

John and Barbara's children included:
Silas Baker (1825, married Celinda J. Morris),
Huldah Baker (1828, married William Brown Baker),
Jane Baker (1830),
Obadiah Baker (1833, married Elizabeth Bowers),
Harriet Baker Lorton (1836, married Jonathan Lorton),
Lewis Baker (1833, married Elizabeth Baldwin),
Minerva Baker (1838), and
David Baker (1844, married Rachael Elizabeth Buckles).

The family helped organize and worshiped at Mt. Pisgah Church in Lawrenceville.

When his father died he inherited one fifth of his land which was ninety-six acres, more or less.

At the time of the 1850 census the family consisted of John age 50, Barbara age 45, Silas age 25, Huldah age 23, Jane age 21, Obadiah age 17, Harriet age 14, Lewis age 12, and Minerva age 9. John and Silas were farmers. (p. 67)

Barbara died on October 10, 1876. John died at age 95 on September 27, 1885 in Clark County and is buried with his wife in Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Barbara Friermood Baker's Tombstone
Children of Jacob Baker
and Magdalene Kibler
  • Philip Baker
  • Samuel Baker
  • Jacob Baker
  • Martin Baker
  • Magdaline Baker Xander
  • Henry Baker
  • John Baker
  • Lawrenceville Cemetery is in the village of Lawrenceville, German Township, Clark County, Ohio.


    Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.

    1850's Family
    from Godey's Lady's Book

    Buildings in Clark County, Ohio ranged from simple log cabins to sophisticated Italianate and Gothic Revival structures.

    The Miami Valley is in southwest Ohio. It includes parts of Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Clark, Miami, Darke, Champaign, Shelby, Logan, Butler, and Warren counties.



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