An American Family History


George B. Baker

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

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George B. Baker was born on October 4, 1808 in Rockingham (now Page) County, Virginia. His parents were Philip Baker and Mary Elizabeth Kessler. He was a farmer.

When George was 21, he married Susanna Sayler (Susannah Sailer, Sailor) on August 23, 1829 in Clark County, Ohio. Susanna was born about 1798 in Virginia.

George and Susannah's children included:
Philip Baker (1830, married Melinda Jane Cane),
Benjamin F. Baker (1831, married Mary J. Greenslate),
Sarah Baker Staley (1833, married Valentine Staley),
Peter Baker (1834),
Daniel Baker (1836, married Eliza Branstiter),
Samuel Baker (1838, married Lucinda J. Simpson),
Jane Baker Stone (1841, married George Stone),
John W. Baker (1843),
James Jefferson Baker (1846, married Barbara Harbaugh),
Emery Baker (1848), and
George W. Baker (1852).

In 1830, George Baker was in German Township, Clark County, Ohio. There were only 2 members of the household.

Ohio 1840
From an Ohio newspaper in 1840.

In 1840 a George Baker household was in Shelby County, Ohio. There were 5 boys and one girl.

At the time of the 1850 census they were living in Jackson, Shelby County, Ohio. The household consisted of George, Susannah, Philip, Benjamin, Sarah, Peter, Daniel, Samuel, Jane, John, Jefferson and Emery.

In 1860 they were in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. The household was made up of George, Susan, Phillip, Benjamin, Benjamin, Daniel, Samuel, Jane, John, Jefferson, Emery, and G.W.

The family remained in Logan County during the Civil War. Their son Peter enlisted in 1862 as a private in the Illinois Company C, 106th Infantry Regiment. In December, 1862, Company C attacked Jackson which surrendered without resistance. On the night of December 20, part of Company C was attacked at Carroll Station, and after a severe fight of several hours they drove the enemy off. The regiment also took part in the siege of Vicksburg, the battle of Clarendon, and performed service at Devall's Bluff, Pine Bluff. Benton, Hot Springs, Lewisburg, St. Charles, Dardanelle and Brownsville. Peter died on January 24, 1864 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in the regimental hospital of scurvy.

By 1870 they were in Broadwell, Logan County, Illinois. The household consisted of George, Susannah, John, James J. Emery and George W.

Susanna died on December 11, 1874.

At the time of the 1880 census, George was living with his son Benjamin F. and Benjamin’s family in Chester, Logan County, Illinois. George died on September 19, 1881 in Logan County, Illinois and is buried there with his wife in Baker Cemetery, Chester Township.

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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.

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

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
  • Logan County is in central Illinois and was established in 1839.
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    Daniel Baker.
    The remains of the late Daniel Baker who died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Emma Rouse at Liberal, Mo. On Friday, June 3, will arrive vis the C. & A. at 12:35 Sunday and be taken to Union cemetery where short services will be held at the grave before the remains are laid to rest in the family lot.

    Daniel Baker was a former old resident of Logan county, and was born January 31, 1836 at Fort Jefferson, Ohio and was one of a family of 12 children of whom six, Philip, Benjamin, Peter, Daniel, Jefferson, and James are deceased, surviving are Sarah, Samuel, Jane, John, Emery and George.


    Daniel married Eliza Branstiter (illegible) . . . of Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Olio Farris of Boxley, Miss.; and Mrs. Emma Rouse of Liberal, Mo. One son Oscar, died in infancy.

    His wife passed way in June 1902 since which time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Emma Rouse. Deceased was a member of the G.A.R 196th Ill. Infantry.

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