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Baker, John

Born: 1798-XX-XX Tennessee

Flourished: Schuyler County, Illinois

John Baker was a War of 1812 veteran, farmer, and early settler of Schuyler County, Illinois. During the War of 1812, Baker was as a private in Captain Thomas Stuart's company of the Thirty-Ninth U.S. Infantry, serving from his enlistment in September 1814 until his discharge in October 1816. In 1818, Baker married Elenor Clark in White County, Tennessee. Baker moved his family from his native Tennessee to Illinois in the 1830s, settling in Schuyler County. In 1835, he purchased 120 acres of public land northwest of Rushville near Erwin. Baker acquired another forty acres in 1837. Baker later moved his family to Browning Township east of Rushville. In 1850, Baker was farming and owned real property valued at $3,000. In July 1852, he married his second wife, Margaret Green. By 1860, Baker owned real property valued at $6,000 and had a personal estate of $1,100. Baker later moved to Morgan County, Illinois.

U.S., War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815 (Lehi, UT: Operations, 2010); Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois (Astoria, IL: Stevens, 1882), 65, 309; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Schuyler County, 696:7, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Schuyler County, 4 July 1852, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Schuyler County, IL, 428; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Schuyler County, IL, 45.