Born: 1787-XX-XX Bourbon County, Kentucky
Died: 1869-02-14 Christian County, Illinois
Flourished: Christian County, Illinois
Baker married Nancy Squires in Kentucky, and they had seven children born there before they moved with Baker's family to Illinois in 1828. James settled his family in a part of Sangamon County that would later become Christian County, where he established a farm, in addition to constructing a saw and gristmill on the North Fork of the Sangamon River. Baker also served as a constable, and in 1839 Christian County voters elected him as a justice of the peace. Politically, Baker was a Whig.
History of Christian County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1880), 235, 238-39.