BAKER FAMILY HISTORY
Washington County & St. Francois County, Missouri

ANDREW BAKER ~ b:            d:               m:   Margaret Vendle

Andrew came from Pennsylvania to Upper Louisianna (Missouri) in 1794 & settled on Big River.  One of the first American settlements in Ste. Genevieve District was made in the vicinity of Big River Mills, in what is now St. Francois County, by John Alley, Andrew Baker, Francis Starnater & John Andrews.  They located their claims in 1794, but did not bring their families until two years later.  For a time they all lived in camps with the exception of Andrew Baker, who had erected a house along the north bank of Big River.  At one time Andrew reportedly owned 200 slaves & was one of the wealthiest men in the area. Eventually all his children married & left the farm which consisted of 740 acres. The farm was sold for taxes & later sold for $30 per acre. Several families settled that same year on Big River; among them were Elisha Baker, his son Elijah and Joseph Reed from Bois Brule Bottom. During the same year, 1796, other families joined them, & a considerable settlement was made along Big River. 

Children of Margaret Vendle & Andrew Baker:

Rebecca Elizabeth - b:  1775            d:           m: 1797, Henry Padget (a.k.a. Henry Fry) - In March of 1797 when Rebecca Baker & her fiance & others went to Ste. Genevieve to get married they were accosted & robbed by Indians.  For more on this incident go to Robbed Naked

Abraham - b:  1776, Ky.       d:  WashCoMo        m: 17 Sept. 1801, Elizabeth Maybray Doggett

Catherine - b: 1777     d:            m: Mr. Miller

John - b: 1785

Isaac - b: 1786   d: 18 Feb. 1862  Obituary  m:

Sarah E. - b: 1788       d: 1832  buried: McKee - Highley Cemetery, Desloge, St.FranCoMo.  -   m: John McKee

Mary - b:            d:           m:

William -

Artimissa -

Anna -

 

 

 

REBECCA BAKER - b:        parents: ??           d: ?1822/23?       m: Philip Jackson

Children:  All were baptized on the same day, April 8, 1822
(St. Ferdinand Baptism Register) St. Ferdinand Catholic Church (St. Louis)
Parents named in church records: Rebecca Baker & Philip Jackson

Nancy
b: 1811

John
9 Feb. 1813

Rebecca
19 May 1815

Marise Joanna
Oct. 1817

Lucy
Feb. 1820

23 June 1813 - Know all men by these presents that I Henry Padget of the Territory of Missouri this day granted bargained & sold unto Philip Jackson of the territory above written & by these presents do grant bargain & sell unto the said Jackson in & for the consideration of $500 to me in hand paid a certain tract or parcel of land lying & being in the county of Ste. Genevieve & bounded as follows (viz) bounded on Andrew Baker, Ezekiel Eastus, John Sta???, & Wm. Patterson & confirmed by the board of commissions ??? Henry Padget sd. land I warrant & defend with all its appurtenances from me & my heirs or any person claiming under me forever to the said Philip Jackson his heirs & assigns in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 23 June 1813.  Teste: Robert A. Logan, James Logan, David Logan.  Henry X Pagdet (his mark) This is to certify that the within witness James Logan & David Logan came personally before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace in & for the township of St. Michael & county of Ste. Genevieve & made oath that Henry Padget acknowledged the within to be his voluntary act & deed for the purposes therein contained given under my hand in the aforesaid 17th day of July 1813.  Wm. Dillon J.P. Received & recorded under date 19 December 1813

18 June 1814 - Philip Jackson & Rebecca his wife of Washington Co., Big River T. to James Bryan.  Deed for sale of property on which they now live.  300 arpents  bounded on NW by land of James Bryan, S by Ezekial Estes, E by Isaac Baker, granted & confirmed to Henry Padgett by board of Commissions for Territory of Mo.

26 August, 1823 -  (St. Louis Deeds L:416), Philip Jackson sold his lot(s) in Florissant to Philip Munday for $200.  Both Jackson & Munday were cited as residents of Washington County, Missouri, where the deed itself was executed.  B. Green & James Thoburn witnessed the transaction, which was attested to by Washington County Justice of the Peace Henry Shurlds.  St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Archibald Gamble entered it in his books about a month later, September 27, 1823.  No wife's relinquishment of dower indicating his wife, Rebecca, was most likely deceased.

20 July, 1830 - (St. Francois County Deeds A: 403), Philip Jackson "of the County of Cole," sold his "right, title, interest & claim" to 184 acres in Perry Township, St. Francois County , "it being a part of the original claim of Isaac Doggett, dec'd" for $184 to John, William & Thomas Doggett, also heirs of Isaac Doggett.  Perry T., bounded on N & E by Big River lands of James Morrison, S & W by public land.  184 acres more or less.  Witnesses: Isaac Baker & Geo. McGahan [Geo. McGahan was husband of Rachel Doggett.  Rachel was sister to Rhoda Doggett Jackson - both were daughters of George Doggett]

 

 

Place name: Alley's Mines
Description: The mines were discovered in 1797 by Abraham Baker and Thomas Alley, in the neighborhood of Big River. (Houck (1908) I, 373)
Source: Zimmer, Gertrude M. "Place Names Of Five Southeast Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1944.

http://whmc.umsystem.edu/exhibits/ramsay/ramsay_saint_francois.html

Place name: Desloge Mines
Description:

On Flat River, fourteen miles southeast of Mine a Burton. Discovered by Baker and Ally, American settlers, in September, 1801, it was taken from them in 1802 by the government. The mine was on a tract granted to Joseph Bogy, who carried on the mining on the old plan for a number of years. Early names were Mine a Joe and Bogy Mine, both doubtless of Joseph Bogy. Its present name was derived from Firmin Desloge, who later developed it. (Austin (1804) 14; Schoolcraft (1819) 66; HIST. S.E. MISSOURI (1888) 204)

Source:

Zimmer, Gertrude M. "Place Names Of Five Southeast Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1944.

 

Several families settled that same year [1796] on Big River; among them were Elisha Baker, his son Elijah and Joseph Reed from Bois Brule Bottom. http://wapedia.mobi/en/Farmington,_MO_%C2%B5SA



Petition by Inhabitants of St. Genevieve District, Louisiana-Missouri, 25 Jun 1805 - District 1 http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/state/history/terr/pet2.txt
68  Andrew Backar
      Note: Baker ?
 74  Abraham Baker
146  Elijah Baker
144  Elisha Baker
 69  John Baker
145  Thomas Baker

 

Petition by Inhabitants of St. Genevieve District, Louisiana-Missouri, 26 Jun 1805 - District 2
http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/state/history/terr/pet3.txt
5  Abraham Baker
125  Elijah Baker
 61  Elisha Baker
 93  Thomas Baker


Memorial to the President by Citizens of the Louisiana-Missouri Territory, 27 Dec 1805, Names A-K
http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/state/history/terr/mem1.txt
6  Andraw Backar            Section 13 None Noted
 13  Abraham Baker            Section 13 None Noted
 14  John Baker               Section 13 None Noted
 14  Josaph Baker             Section 5  None Noted
 23  Thomas Baker             Section 16 St Louis District
 28  Henry Baker (X)          Section 5  None Noted

1806 Memorial to the President suggesting the appointment of J Meigs Jr, or Col. Samuel Hammond, to replace Gov. Wilkinson as Governor - Names A-E
http://files.usgwarchives.net/ar/state/history/terr/18061.txt
28,Harry Bakar               Section  2  None Noted
 20 Abraham Baker             Section 13  St Genevieve district
  3 Elijah Baker              Section 26  None Noted
  1 Elisha Baker              Section 26  None Noted
 72 John Baker                Section 16  None Noted
 28 Joseph Baker              Section  4  None Noted
 52 Reuben Baker              Section 16  None Noted
  4 Thomas Baker              Section 26  None Noted
 

 

Militia appointments for the Territory of Louisiana - District of Saint Genevieve - Lieutenants 14 July 1806
Abraham Baker


 

Early Settlers of Missouri as taken from Land Claims in the Missouri Territory:
Baker
:  Abraham, Andrew, Elijah, Elisha, Jesse, John Jr., John Sr., John, Joseph, Rueben, Thomas

Isaac Jackson & Stephen Evans, assignees of Samuel J. Withero - a claim for eight hundred & forty arpents of land situate on the waters of Grand River, district of Ste. Genevieve.  Produces to the board a certificate of survey of said land, dated January 10, 1806; an assignment of said land from the above Samuel J. Withero to one Abraham Baker, dated Nov. 26, 1803; an assignment from the above Abraham Baker to one Jacob Mosteller, dated Feb. 10, 1804; and an assignment from the said Jacob Mosteller to the said claimants, dated May 8, 1804.  Testimony taken - Feb. 18, 1806.  Robert Eastus, being duly sworn, says that the above named Samuel J. Withero settled the tract of land in the year 1803; that he raised a crop thereon, & moved out of it in October of that year; that he afterwards conveyed his right to the said land & crop to one Abraham Baker, who gathered the same; and, lastly, the said claimants moved on said land in the spring of 1804, & have actually inhabited & cultivated it to this day.  Opinions & Remarks of the Board - Feb. 18, 1806 - Full Board.  The Board reject this claim, & think it is a case of equity.  April 18, 1810 - Present, John B.C. Lucas & Clement B. Penrose, commissioners.  It is the opinion of the Board that this claim ought not to be granted.

Abraham Parker - a claim for one thousand arpents of land, situate on Big River, district of Ste. Genevieve.  Produces to the Board a survey of the same, dated the 6th of Feb. 1806, & certified the 29th of the same month & year.  Testimony taken - Dec. 3, 1807.  Abraham Baker, being duly sworn, says that he did, about five years ago, hear the claimant say that he had obtained permission to settle on vacant land, & the witness saw that he built a house on the same tract in 1801; that he moved into the house in 1802, raised a crop the same year, & has continued to inhabit & cultivate the same ever since;  & had a wife & eight children in the year 1803.  Opinion of the Board - April 19, 1810 - Full Board.   It is the opinion of the Board that this claim ought not to be granted.

John Baker - A claim for four hundred arpents of land, situate on Big River, District of Ste. Genevieve.  Produces to the Board a survey of the same, dated Feb. 26, 1806, & certified the 28th of the same month & year.  Testimony taken - June 25, 1806 - William Alley, being duly sworn, says that he was informed that the Lieutenant Governor had promised to grant the above quantity of land to such persons who went with him as militiamen on an expedition to New Madrid, where some Indians were to be executed.  The above person was one of those who went on that expedition; that he settled the said tract of land in the year 1798, & has actually cultivated the same to this day; was, on the 1st of October, of the age of twenty-one years & upwards, & claims no other land in his own name in the Territory.  Opinion of the Board - April 19, 1810 - Full Board - It is the opinion of a majority of the Board that this claim ought not to be granted - Frederick Bates commissioner, voting for the granting of one hundred arpents.

John Corder claiming 473 arpents & ninety five perches, situate on Bellevue, district of Ste. Genevieve;  produces to the Board a survey of the same, taken 13th & certified27 Feb 1806.Testimony taken 25 June 1806 Elisha Baker sworn says that he saw said claimant on said tract of land between the 10 & 15 days of November 1803;  that he had moved on the same in 1804 & raised a crop;  was 20 December 1803 of age & a single man.  Aug. 28 1810 Present, Lucus & Penrose& Bates Commissioners.   It is the opinion of this board that this claim ought not to be granted.

John Cooper claiming 748 arpents & 68 perches of land, situate in Bellevue District of Ste. Genevieve produces a plat of survey certified 28 Feb.1806.  Testimony taken 27 June 1806 Elisha Baker duly sworn says claimant settled tract of land in in 1804, raised a cabin & cultivated a small spot  had on the 20th December1803 a wife & child.  April 24 1810 : Present Lucas & Penrose& Bates Commissioners it is the opinion of the board that this claim ought not to be granted.

Elisha Baker claiming one thousand four hundred twenty six arpents eighty nine perches of land, situate on Bellevue Settlement, district of Ste. Genevieve;  produces to the board a survey of the same, dated 15 February, & certified to be received for record by Antoine Soulard the 27 Feb. 1806; a written permission to settle on said land by Joseph Decelle, ancient syndic at the Mine A Breton, district aforesaid, dated 7th November 1803.  Testimony taken June 26, 1806.  Walter Crow, sworn, says that he did, go with claimant to examine a spot whereon claimant might form a settlement;  that having found the above, he began the settlement of the same in the fall of that year;  built a cabin on the same; that he hired that fall a man, who went on said land, cleared a spot, & planted fruit trees, such as peach, & further, that his two sons did actually inhabit it on the 20th of December, 1803, for the use of the claimant; that in January, 1804, he moved the rest of his family on the same; raised a crop that year, & has actually inhabited & cultivated to this day; had, on the 20th of December a wife, & eleven children & a slave; was present when claimant obtained permission to settle on vacant lands. 6 June 1810 - Present Lucas & Penrose& Bates Commissioners it is the opinion of the board that this claim ought not to be granted.

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of William Boydston - 27 June 1808

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of Abraham Rickman - 26 June 1808

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of John Rickman - 27 June 1808

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of John Janes,Jr. - 26 June 1806

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of John Janes,Sr.  - 25 June 1806

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of John Janes,Jr. - 26 June 1806

Elisha Baker testifies on behalf of William Janes - 27 June 1808

 

 

 

 

St Francois County Missouri Marriages 1819-1836 (Sorted by Groom)
http://files.usgwarchives.net/mo/stfrancois/vitals/marriages/sfmale.txt  

1/22/35    BAKER, ISAAC                McKEE, RACHEL          
3/2/43      BAKER, ISAAC                RAY, EMILY              
11/3/31    BAKER, MOSES              WALKER, POLLY W.       
11/30/36  BAKER, MOSES W.         KINKEAD, LYDIA R.        
 

 

Andrew H. Baker - early, prominent resident of Hoisington, Kansas..........born 21 March 1841 St. Francois Co., Mo., was the son of Moses W. Baker who was born 9 Nov. 1809 & whose parents were natives of Germany............Moses W. was married to Lydia R. Kincaid & they became the parents of ten children:  John J. (1835), Mary E., Samuel A., Andrew H., Isaac W., Julia A., Clara J., Lettie Fanny, Eva, Gilbert N................http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/b3/baker_andrew_h.html

 

 

Index to Deed Book "B" - 1824 - 1847 - St.FranCoMo.
John Baker & son to Oliver McCoy - 1834
Jacob Mosteller to Isaac Baker,Jr. - 1835
James Herod to William Baker - 1835
William Doggett to Isaac Baker,Jr. - 1836
Isaac Baker to George Mosteller & others - 1836
Moses W. Baker to Isaac Baker - 1838
Isaac Baker to Henry Armon - 1838
James H. Relfe (Marshall) to Isaac Baker - 1838
James H. Relfe (U.S.Marshall) to Isaac Baker - 1839

 

1830 Missouri Census Index (There were a lot of Bakers - I am only listing for WashCoMo & St.FranCoMo here)

Baker, David - WashCoMo
Baker, Isaac -
St. FranCoMo
Baker, John -
St. FranCoMo
Baker, Nat -
WashCoMo

David Baker & Nathan Baker:  Go to Descendants of Moses Baker

 

1840 Census - St.FranCoMo
Baker: Andrew,  Isaac Sr.,  Isaac Jr.,  John,  Moses W.

 

Missouri State Archives
Coroner's Inquest Database


 
Name of the Deceased County Date of death Cause of death  
Baker, Elmer St. Francois 1907 Shot By Harrison Canter view details
Baker, James E. St. Francois 1930 Mine Accident/crushed By Cars view details
Baker, Joe St. Francois 1910 Hit By Train view details
Baker, John St. Francois 1863 Shot By James Penley/argument Over Blanket view details
Baker, John H. St. Francois 1935 Drowning view details
Baker, Rufus, C. St. Francois 1924 Disease/heart view details
Baker, Simon St. Francois 1909 Exposure/froze To Death view details

http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/coroners/results.asp?hSearch=basic&sRecGroup=6&tName=Baker,%20&tCOD=&tYear1=&tYear2=

 

Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri:
Pleasant G. Keith came to St. Francois Co., Mo., from Tennessee in 1825 & settled near Bonne Terre.  He married Clarinda Baker, a daughter of John Baker, a prominent citizen of the county & a son of Andrew Baker, one of two brothers that were among the earliest pioneers of Missouri & who had received grants from the Spanish government.  Pleasant & Clarinda were the parents of twelve children, of whom Abraham W. Keith was the third eldest..........About 1870 Dr. [Abraham W.] Keith, with James Evans, published a book on the life of the noted Sam Hildebrand, an autobiographical work.  Hildebrand of whose family Dr. Keith was a physician, related to the doctor all the events of his life, & in the preparation of the work Dr. Keith & Mr. Evans were collaborated.

 

Early Polk Co., Ark. Settlers  -  Other pioneers of the thirties [1830's] ............... and Elisha BAKER, who settled near Baker's Springs in the southern part of the county [Polk Co., Ark].  http://argenweb.net/polk/arsett.htm

 

 

 

SOURCES:

Goodspeed's History of St. Francois CoMo.;  Wikipedia;  Western Historical Manuscripts Collection;  St. FranCoMo GenWeb;  Ancestry.com;  Marriage Records; (St. Ferdinand Baptism Register) St. Ferdinand Catholic Church (St. Louis, Mo.);  Mackley Genealogy;  Robert E. Parkin; Genealogy Trails; Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri;