An American Family History


Samuel Baker


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

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.

Elias Baker's Tombstone
Lawrenceville Cemetery
photo by Scott Baker

Samuel Baker was born on January 26, 1787 in Dunmore County Virginia which is now Page County. He was the son of Jacob Baker and Magdalene Kibler.

He was one of the early pioneers in Clark County, Ohio. He settled there in 1811. Samuel, with his brothers, Philip and John, was a soldier in the War of 1812.

He may have married Mary Nawman on July 4, 1815 in Clark/Champaign County, Ohio. There were two Samuel Bakers who were born about the same time. One was the son of Henry Baker and the other the son of Jacob. It isn't clear which Samuel married Mary. . Mary's siblings married children of Henry.

Samuel and Mary's children included:
Elizabeth Baker Dingledine (1816, married Jacob Dingledine),
Katherine Baker (1820).
Silas Baker
(1824, married Elizabeth Friermood), and
Elias Baker (1833, married Esther Rust, daughter of Abraham Rust).

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

Samuel inherited one fifth of his father's land.

The family appeared in the 1830 census of German Township. The household consisted of a man and a woman between 20 and 30 and one boy under five and two girls under five.

They remained in German Township in 1840 and 1850. In 1850 the family consisted of Samuel age 62, Mary age 53, Elias age 17, and Mary J. age three.

Samuel died on May 1, 1858 and was is buried at Lawrenceville Cemetery.

In 1860 the household consisted of Elias age 27, Mary age 62 and Mary J. age 13. In 1870 Mary was living with Elias and his family. Elias was 36 and classified as a retired farmer.

Mary died in 1876.

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.

Children of Jacob Baker
and Magdalene Kibler
  • Philip Baker
  • Samuel Baker
  • Jacob Baker
  • Martin Baker
  • Magdaline Baker Xander
  • Henry Baker
  • John Baker
  • Springfield
    Springfield, Ohio - 1846 - Henry Howe

    Samuel Baker's Tombstone
    Lawrenceville Cemetery
    photo by Scott Baker

    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.




    Silas and Elizabeth Baker's Tombstone
    Lawrenceville Cemetery
    photo by Scott Baker
    Buildings in Clark County, Ohio ranged from simple log cabins to sophisticated Italianate and Gothic Revival structures.

    John Adams, Jr. (1735-1826) was the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797).

    Silas Baker Aged 87 Years, Dies at His Home, East of Lawrenceville. By the death of Silas Baker, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alice Ryman, just east of Lawrenceville, O., Sunday morning, German township loses one of her old pioneers, who has been a resident of the township for nearly ninety years.

    Mr. Baker, was born February 6th, 1824, on the same premises where his father landed when he came to the neighborhood, and what is now known as the Elias Baker farm situated but a short distance from the village of Lawrenceville. He was the oldest son of Samuel and Mary (Nawman) Baker of Virginia, coming to Springfield in 1811, about one hundred years ago. They lived there for several years prior to moving to the Elias Baker farm, which was purchased by them in an early day for probably not to exceed two or three dollars per acre.

    Mr. Baker is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Patterson, Portland, Ind., and the following children:
    Dr. W. W. Baker, of Casstown, O.;
    Emery Baker and
    Mrs. Thomas Ream, of Springfield, O., and
    Mrs. Alice Ryman [wife of Harrison Ryman], of near Lawrenceville, O. J
    erry and Joanna Baker, preceded their father. Mrs. Elizabeth [Friermood, daughter of Reuben Friermood] Baker, his wife, died about two years ago, and his brother Elias Baker, died several years ago.

    Held Offices of Trust
    The decedent served as township clerk of his township for fourteen consecutive years. He also was township trustee for at least six years or more. He was in former years a member of Tremont City Grange, and held office in this order which was discharged with honor to himself and the community. He lived upon his farm near Lawrenceville until about seven years ago when he retired and purchased a beautiful home in the village, where they lived until the death of Mrs. Baker. After her death he made his home with the daughter, Mrs. Ryman. Mr. Baker grew up with the township affairs, he having excellent judgment and was consulted about the many affairs of the running of the township. The decedent was one of the promoters of the Lawrenceville high school, for years he being a member of the board of education, and was a strong advocator of education of the young men and women of the neighborhood.

    He was prominent in church work at Lawrenceville, being a life-long member of the of the Reformed church at his native town, holding many positions in the church and was regarded as one of the peers of the church society at that place. His last birthday, which was but a few weeks ago was celebrated by his friends and acquaintances giving him a postcard shower with greetings to the number of near 150 cards. They were greatly appreciated by him and many hours were spent in reading these greetings and tokens of love and respect which they bore. Notwithstanding his age and the many infirmities that he had to battle against, it was pleasant for him to mingle with his friends and have pleasant talks together, but his work was done. He was called to his reward. Uncle Silas Baker, as he was every where known and called, will be missed, not only at Lawrenceville, but in the entire neighborhood and wherever he was known.

    The funeral of Mr. Silas Baker will be held at the Reformed church in Lawrenceville, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment at the Lawrenceville cemetery.

    Lawrenceville Cemetery is in the village of Lawrenceville, German Township, Clark County, Ohio.


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