An American Family History


Rudolph Baker

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

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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

Rudolph “Rooty" Baker was born in 1772 in Shenandoah (now Page) County, Virginia. His parents were Philip Baker and Anna Catherine Gramm

He married Eve (Eva) Kiblinger on March 16, 1789 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. She was born in 1772 and was the daughter of Johann Daniel Küblinger.

In 1792 and 1811 they bought some of the Pence family's land in Virginia.

Their children included:
Catherine Baker (1790, married Charles Taylor and David Loudenback),
Susannah Baker (1791, married Peter Metz),
Daniel Baker (1794),
Elizabeth Baker (1796, married Abraham Rust),
Eve Baker (1798, married Joseph Loudenback),
Mary Baker(1800, married Henry Venis),
Veronica Baker (1802, married Henry Baker son of Henry Baker and Magdalene Miller),
Adam Baker (1804, married Susan Klinefelter),
Barbara Baker (1805, married John Jenkins),
John R. Baker (1807),
Isaac Baker (1807, married Ann Showalter and Ann West),
Anna Baker (1812, married Andrew Seitz),
and Rebecca Baker (1814-1825).

At they time of the 1810 census, they were in Shenandoah County, Virginia. The household consisted of a man and a woman over 45, three girls and one boy between 10 and 15, and three girls and threee boys under ten.

The moved to Clark County Ohio in 1812 where they were among the early pioneers.

His will was filed on July 20, 1825 in Clark County. Rudolph died in 1831 in Clark County, Ohio. Eve died in 1842. They are buried together at Mt. Zion Cemetery, 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.

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

Children of Philip Baker
and Anna Catherine Gramm
  • Jacob Baker
  • John (Johannes) Baker
  • Philip Baker
  • Henry Baker
  • Conrad Baker
  • Samuel Baker
  • Daniel Baker
  • Martin Baker
  • Rudolph Baker
  • Anna Elizabeth Baker Ransbarger
  • Springfield
    Springfield, Ohio - 1846 - Henry Howe
    Many settlers in the Shenandoah Valley were Germans from Pennsylvania called the "Shenandoah Deitsch."

    Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore 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.




    from Volume 2, 161 Deed Book H, Page 373

    March 16, 1792.
    Between John Pence and Elizabeth his wife of County of  Shanandoah
    [to] Rudolph Baker of same County ...
    Consideration of sum of twelve Pounds ...
    Tract of Land lying and being on the branch of the Hawksbill Creek in aforesaid County ...


    from Volume 6, 198, Deed Book T, Page 392 May 14, 1811

    Between Rudolph Baker and Eve his wife of County of Shenandoah [to] Peter Metz Sen.of the same County ...
    for and in consideration of ten pounds ...
    one small tract of land lying and being on the branches of the Hawksbill Creek ... it being part of a tract of four hundred and forty acres which was formerly granted by deed from the proprietors office the 7th Nov. 1757 to Lewis Pence dec'd.
    and after his decease the same devised to John Pence being his eldest son and heir at law... and part thereof conveyed to Rudolph Baker by said John Pence and Elizabeth his wife ...


    May 14,  1811. Between Abraham Pence and Elizabeth [Mauck] his wife of the County of Shenandoah [to] Rudy Baker of the County aforesaid ...consideration of two hundred and Fifty Pounds ... Volume 7, 13] Deed Book U, Page 74

    Lutherans are Protestants who follow Martin Luther's religious teachings, especially the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

    St Paris News Dispatch
    April 12, 1900
    Isaac Baker, son of Rundolph and Eve Baker, was born in Page Co, Virginia, on September 15, 1809, and died near Thackery, April 7, 1900, aged 90 years, 6 months, 23 days.

    He moved to Ohio, near Springfield, in 1817 where his parents both died. After several trips back to Virginia, he married Ann Showalter of Virginia, which to this union was born ten children, six of whom are still living.

    He moved to Indiana in 1852, then to Allen Co, Ohio in 1854, where his wife died in 1864.

    On the 6th of March, 1866, he was again united in marriage, the bride being Ann West. To this union, two was born and died in infancy.

    He moved on the farm which he died in 1866.

    Interment was in Hills Cemetery. Funeral preached by Rev. F. A. Fromme. 

    St Paris News Dispatch
    January 20, 1916
    Mrs Anna Baker died Wednesday at the home of her stepson, J.O. Baker with whom she had made her home for the past six years, while she was totally blind. Mrs Baker was born in Clark County in 1835 and lived most of her life in Champaign County. Her maiden name was West. In 1866, she was married to Isaac Baker and one son and one daughter, both of whom are dead, were born unto them. For the first year of their married life, they lived in Allen County and moved from there to this vicinity. Mr Baker died in 1900. One brother, Bazil West of this place, survives her together with nieces and nephews. Rev FW Hoffman of the Springfield Reformed Church conducted the funeral service. Interment will take place at the Hills Cemetery south of town.


    John Metz, farmer; P.O. Springfield; was born in Virginia Aug. 28,1814; he is a son of Peter and Susannah (Baker) Metz, he a native of Pennsylvania and she of Virginia. Peter Metz, the grandfather, was a native of Germany. Rudolph Baker, the maternal grandfather, was a native of Virginia, and became a resident of Clark Co. and died here, but the grandfather Peter Metz died in Virginia. Peter the father, and family, became residents of Clark Co., locating in German Township in 1827; here he lived and died; he died in the spring of 1861. His wife died in the fall of 1857; they were parents of eight children, five now living-Isaac, John, William, Thomas and Peter.

    Our subject remained with his father till 31 years of age. He was married, Oct. 12, 1845, to Margaret [Miller], daughter of William and Mary M. Miller, natives of Pennsylvania, and became residents of Clark Co., in 1818. They were parents of thirteen children; five now survive - William, Isaac, Sarah, Catharine and Margaret. Mr. Metz and wife have had two children - Mary S. and William C. Mr. Metz, after his marriage, located on Mr. Nawman's farm, where they lived one year; thence located upon the farm where they now live and have since resided. The farm consists of 75 acres of good land, most of it in good cultivation, with good buildings and improve-ments, constituting a fine farm and residence. Mr. Metz has been a member of the German Reformed Church forty-six years. His wife has been a member of the Lutheran Church forty-four years.  The History of Clark County, p. 1006

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    In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.

    John R. Baker, farmer; P.O. Springfield. John R. Baker, son of Rudolph and Eve (Kiblinger) Baker was born Aug. 27. 1807 in Shenandoah Co., Va; in 1818, came with his parents from Virginia to Ohio, and to Clark County, and settled in German Township, where they lived the remainder of their lives; the father died in 1825 and the mother in 1845.

    John R. Baker was married, Nov. 1, 1832 to Sarah Miller, daughter of William C. and Mary M. Miller. Sarah was born in Lebanon Co., Penn., March 31, 1814, and came to Clark Co., Ohio, with her parents, in 1818, and settled near the Bakers in German Township; her father departed this life in 1840, and her mother in 1860.

    Mr.and Mrs. John R. Baker are two worthy pioneers of this county; of their six children, but three are now living—Ezra K., James T. and Mary M.; William C., in 1862 (at the end of his third year in Wittenberg College), enlisted in the 94th O.V.I., and was taken prisoner in the battle of Chickamauga; after suffering the horrors and privations of Libby, Danville and Andersonville Prisons, he died in Andersonville Prison Sept. 22, 1864, one year from the time he was taken prisoner. Ezra graduated at Wittenberg College in 1870, and is now a Lutheran minister; Mary was married, November 22, 1855 to David Cutshaw; in 1866, she was left a widow by the death of her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Baker remember well when they first settled in this country; they had to “blaze" the trees when they went to a neighbor’s house, in order to find their way home again.

    The Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia was September 19 - 20, 1863. Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga. It ended the Union offensive in south-central Tennessee and northwestern Georgia. It was the last significant Confederate victory.Espy Dill, Ann Taylor Dill's husband, William C. Baker, Rudolph Baker's grandson was taken prisoner by the south. Josiah Smith was taken prisoner by the north.
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