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Jacob Baker

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Posted: 13 Jul 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Baker, Hower, Hoffman, Fix, Not, Bilbee, Hudson, Honeycutt, Hartley, Hupp, Hunnicutt, Roberts, Hurld, Murry, Kingan, Ware, Powless, Green, Lieurance, Perry, Love
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, p. 705-706

This gentleman is too well known to the residents of Huntington county, Indiana, to need an introduction to them, but this work would fall short of its object were he not included in its list of representative men. He was born January 18, 1844, in Champaign county, Ohio, and is a son of John and Susan (Hower) Baker, who were well-known residents of Wells county, Indiana. The father was born in the state of Pennsylvania, April 2, 1819, and died in Wells county, Indiana, July 19, 1853. The mother was also a native of the Keystone state, and died December 1, 1882. Her father, John Hower, died in January, 1866, at the age of seventy-six years, and her mother died November 12, 1854, aged sixty-two years, eleven months. John Baker was married in his native state and moved to Champaign county, Ohio, farming there for a few years before finally locating in Indiana. He purchased forty acres of wild land in Jackson township, Wells county, put up a log cabin and made it his home during the remainder of his life. They reared a large family of children who grew to adult years and became honored citizens of Wells and Huntington counties, viz: Sarah, who was born May 16, 1838, married Jacob Hoffman, a farmer of Salamonie township; Lydia, born September 9, 1839, was twice married, her first husband being Henry Fix and her present husband John Not, of Wells county; Mary Ann, born February 11, 1842, married Andrew P. Bilbee, now resides in Marion; Jacob, our subject; John, born October 11, 1845, married Polly Hudson and lives in Wells county; Elizabeth Catherine, born November 8, 1848, married N. Honeycutt, both deceased; and Martin B., born June 4, 1852, was twice married, Margaret Hartley being his first wife, the second Mary Hupp, and they now live in Wells county.

Jacob Baker did not have the advantage of a thorough schooling, his education being limited, but this has been largely atoned for by his reading and keen observation, as he is a shrewd business man and possesses judgment which is conceded by his neighbors to be seldom at fault. He remained at home until he was of age, farming and working at whatever came to hand. After marriage he settled in Chester township, Wells county, where he rented for five years, and the following seven years were spent on a rented farm in Jackson township. He then bought the Underwood property, consisting of eight acres of partially improved land, and has since made it his home. This farm is situated in Salamonie township, Huntingon county, and has been greatly improved and beautified by Mr. Baker, who is undaunted by hard work and usually accomplishes the task he has laid out to perform. He is one of the successful farmers of the community and may well be classed with the leading farmers of Huntington county. His farm is cleared and well tiled, making every foot available for cultivation. In 1896 he erected a beautiful residence, which commands a magnificent view of the surrounding country, and is finished with modern improvements with a view to comfort and convenience. This property represents many years of hard toil on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Baker, and is a splendid showing of what can be accomplished by industry and perseverance when well applied. The value of the land is still further increased by the oil which is found there, three wells having been sunk and found to yield a handsome output, adding a comfortable sum to the general income.

In January, 1870, Jacob Baker led to the altar Miss Pheraby Hunnicutt, the ceremony being performed in Liberty township, Wells county, Indiana, the home of the bride. She was born November 3, 1851, in Clinton county, Ohio, her parents being Chaple and Elizabeth Jane (Roberts) Hunnicutt. The father was a native of Virginia and the mother of Clinton county, Ohio. They came to Wells county, this state, about 1853, and remained there until their deaths, the father dying April 15, 1879, and the mother in 1884, at the advanced age of seventy-two years. Mrs. Baker is one of five living children, viz: Sarah, who married William Hurld, of Warren, Indiana; Pheraby, wife of our subject; Linley, a farmer of Wells county; Ulysses, who is engaged in the oil industry in Wells county; and Mary, whose first husband was Adam Murry and whose present husband is John Kingan. The children who have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Baker are as follows: Jacob Edward, who is a prosperous farmer of Wells county, married Miss Sallie Ware, by whom he has three children, Ira, Ware and Edith; John C., who resides in Blackford county, Indiana, a pumper in the oil field, took for his wife Miss Clara Powless, by whom he has two children, Ray and Gaynes; Jennie, the wife of John Green, has two children, Nova and Ward, lives in Wells county, her husband being interested in the oil industry; William Vincent married Miss Bertha Lieurance, and they have one child, Roy C., who was born February 13, 1897. He lives at home and is employed in the oil fields. Ora Elza also resides at home; and Alfred and Albert, twins, also live at home. Albert married Miss Lota Roberts. The family are honored members of the United Brethren church and take an active part in church work, contributing liberally of time and money to the cause. Mr. Baker is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have taken a little girl, Goldie Augusta Perry, to raise; in fact, she was given to Mrs. Baker by her father Newton Perry. Her mother, now deceased, was a Miss Ella Love.

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