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Baker, John

Posted by ceddleman 
Baker, John
March 07, 2007 08:59PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885,
Butler Co.

JOHN BAKER, Butler County, was born April 12, 1833, in Smith County, Tenn.,
where he grew to manhood. In 1861 he removed to the southern part of this
county, where he has since resided. His father John Baker, Sr., was a
native of Tennessee, and died in 1833, of cholera, on the Mississippi
River; his father was George Baker. John Baker, Sr., married Sarah Enoch,
of Smith County, Tenn.; their union was blessed with the following
children, Mary M. (Neel), Louisa (Bell), and John (subject). The last
having been left an orphan in early childhood, he was brought up by his
maternal grandmother, and received but limited advantages for an education;
until twenty-two years old he attended a five months' school. He has
continued to improve his mind by constant reading, until at present he is a
man of considerable information. He has been twice married; first
September 15, 1856, to Minerva J., daughter of Philip and Phoebe (Dice [or
Dico]) Fisher, of Wilson County, Tenn., and second on October 4, 1866, to
Mrs. Mary A. Philips, widow of Stephen R. Philips, and daughter of Josiah
and Eliza (Hams) Wood, of Smith County, Tenn. His first wife died June 26,
1866 without issue; his present wife has one son, Ezra F. Baker. Mrs.
Baker's children by her first husband are Elizabeth (Helm), Ida F. (Gray),
Elmira L. (Mayhugh), and James P. Mr. Baker is a practical farmer, and
owns 252 acres of well improved and productive land. He is a member of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a Prohibitionist in politics.
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