An American Family History


Philip 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.

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.



Philip Baker was born in Dunmore County, Virginia which is now Page County in the year the Americans declared their independence. He was the oldest son of Jacob Baker and Magdalene Kibler. He was named for his grandfather, Philip Baker.

He married Mary Elizabeth Kessler in 1803 when he was 27 years old. Their life together and children are described in the section on Philip and Elizabeth Baker.

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

He died when he was 52 years old on March 5, 1828 in German Township, Clark County, Ohio when his still exploded. He is buried in Lawrenceville Cemetery with his parents.

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.


    Children of Philip Baker
    and Mary Elizabeth Kessler
  • Elizabeth Baker Branstiter
  • George B. Baker
  • Mary M. Baker Rockel
  • Sarah A. Baker Hunt Bilger
  • William Baker
  • James Baker
  • Susannah Baker Ryman
  • Jacob Baker
  • Daniel Baker
  • Jefferson Baker
  • Philip Baker's Tombstone
    March. 5, 1828
    In the 52 years
    of his age

    photo courtesy of Darlene Kennedy

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

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

    The first Europeans settled in the Northwest Territory in 1788. Migrants came from New York and New England. Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803.



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