An American Family History


Susannah Baker Ryman

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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.

Susannah (Susan) Baker Ryman and her twin, James Baker, were born on July 4 1819 in German Township, Clark County, Ohio. Their parents were Philip Baker and Mary Elizabeth Kessler.

Susannah married Samuel Ryman on April 14, 1842 in Clark County. Samuel was born on January 12, 1819 in Virginia.

Susannah and Samuel's children included:
Elizabeth Ryman Ryan (1842, married Henry Ryan),
John Andrew Ryman (1845, married Mary Thackery),
William Ryman (1848, married Alice Lorton),
George Washington Ryman (1850),
Samuel H. Ryman (1854, died age 18), and
Harrison Ryman (1861, married Alice Ann Baker daughter of Silas Baker).

The family appeared in the 1850 census in Tremont Station, German Township, Clark County, Ohio. The household consisted of Samuel age 30 who was a laborer, Susanna also age 30, Elizabeth age 8, Andrew age 6, William age 3 and George W. who was three months. All of their children were born in Ohio.

The family was still in German Township in 1880. Samuel was 60 and a farmer and Susan was 59 and a weaver. The only child remaining at home was Harison age 19.

Samuel died in 1889. Susannah died on October 28, 1903 and is buried  with her husband in Lawrenceville Cemetery in Clark County. 

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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.

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
  • Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.

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



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

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    Henry Ryan, was born in Southern Ohio in 1844 and spent his active life on a farm near Springfield, where he died in 1916. In politics he was a democrat, and was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows from the time he reached his majority until his death.

    He married Elizabeth Ryman, who was born in Clark County, Ohio, in 1844 and died at Springfield in 1015. William C, is the oldest of their children. The second, Mary, is the wife of Wilbur Trout, a farmer, flour moulder and successful business man of Springfield, Ohio. Oscar is superintendent of the annealing department of the Springfield Malleable Iron Works, while Charles, the youngest, is also an educator, being superintendent of schools of several townships of Clark County, Ohio, and a resident of Springfield.

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


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