Saturday, November 8, 2014


AUGUSTUS BAKER, Ohio County, is a native of Tennessee, born in Wilson County, January 1, 1839; his father was also a native of Tennessee, born in 1812. The latter, when a young man, went to North Carolina, where he married Cynthia Robinson in 1838, and removed to Wilson County, Tenn., where he resided until 1852, then removed to Muhlenburgh County, Ky., where his wife, Cynthia, died, leaving six children. He subsequently married Elizabeth, daughter of James Hall, and in 1872 removed to Henderson County, where he resided until his death, which occurred October 3, 1879. Augustus Baker remained with his parents until the age of seventeen, at which time he began to make his own way in the world; worked by the month for about three years; then mined coal, farmed and ran a flat-boat on Green River for several years. In 1882 he bought 140 acres of land, where he now lives, and gives all his attention to farming. March 27, 1859, he was united in marriage with Paulina M., daughter of John E. Steele. Twelve children are the result of this union: Caledonia (deceased), Sophia, Edward, George, Robert, William, Nancy (deceased), Lina, Martha, John (deceased), Richard and an infant son unnamed. In September, 1861, Mr. Baker joined the Federal army; was a member of Company F, Eleventh Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and served in the command of Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden until September 18, 1862, when he received an honorable discharge. Mrs. Baker is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Baker takes no active part in politics, but in principle is a Republican. His religious views are founded on the principle of charity to all and the fulfillment of personal obligations.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

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