Compiled by Martha Baker Yaussy
source: TRACKING IN CRAWFORD COUNTY, Vol. 28, Issue 10
THE GENEALOGY OF THE CHRISTOPHER BAKER FAMILY
Christopher Baker was born in Baden Baden, Germany and remained there. He had three sons: Hezekiah Baker, Jacob Baker, and name sake, Christopher. Nothing is known about Hezekiah. Jacob b. abt 1750 came to America and was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War and served on the staff of George Washington. Christopher, Martha’s genealogical ancestor, came to America about 1774-1775. He left Germany because of the rigid laws requiring all men to serve in the Army when they became of age. As he was about to ship to America, his trunk was stolen. When he arrived in America a man paid his passage for 3 years of service. After working for him for one year, his master enlisted him and others (possible his brothers Hezekiah and John??) into the British Army. The British officers treated them so cruelly that Christopher and the others who were loyal to the American cause deserted the British army and joined the American army, where he served until the close of the Revolutionary War. His first wife’s name was Kate Staley and they had four children, John, Kate, Christopher, and Polly. He also had a second wife Sally, and to them was born four sons.
Christopher purchased four pieces of property along the Buffalo Creek in Rockbridge County, VA in 1798, thereby starting the generations of the Baker Family on American soil. Because of space limitations we will only report on Martha’s direct line. From the Wyandot County History of 1881, “Christopher Baker, son of Christopher Baker and Kate Staley, came to this locality (Ross County) in 1804. He built a grist mill, and in 1811, went back to Virginia to get his bride and he and Rachel Berry were married 3 Sept. 1812. In reaching his land he came via Harrison’s army trail through Delaware, Marion, and Upper Sandusky to the Tymochtee, and then cut a path from Lish’s Ferry. The Wyandot trail, running from Big Springs to the twelve-mile reservation, passed near Mr. Baker’s cabin. He was compelled to cut a road for miles through the woods in order to reach his own land with the ox teams, which he used to freight goods.”
John Baker, son of Christopher and Rachael Berry Baker, bought 40 acres and built a sawmill which he operated for 12 years. Here he made small stands, chairs, etc., for his descendants. A curly maple stand is in Martha Baker Yaussy’s possession. She stores disks for her computer in the drawer. John’s wife was Susannah Hare. Among their many children was Wellington J. Baker b. 14 Sept. 1859, occupation, farmer, m. Sarah Kitty Greer 2 Feb. 1882. She was born 17 Aug. 1860. Wellington was known for his beautiful voice. He sang with a quartette that performed regularly at events around the county. He served as a Notary Public and Justice of the Peace. His wife, Sarah, was active in the Womens’ Suffrage movement, also the neighborhood “Rip, Tear and Stitch Club”.
After Welly died she opened her home to roomers. Their son, Clinton Hugh Baker, b. 21 Dec. 1888, occupation Farmer/factory worker. m. 17 Oct. 1912 to Mary M. Wirth b. l Mar. 1894. Attended Poverty Run one room school, two years of HS. Participated in baseball and community musicals. Broke horses for other farmers. Always active in church wherever he lived. Learned to play tennis at age 58. Daughter, Martha Baker Yaussy, is a bookkeeper, retired. She married Howard A. Yaussy 18 Mar. 1951. A retired supervisor, at Timken, he d. 10 Sept. 1996. They had three children, David, b.30 Apr 1952. m 28 May 1983 to Kathleen Keller, he d. 22 Aug. 2000; Daniel,b.17 Apr 1954 m 29 Aug. 1976 to Leslie Jacobs and Drew, b. 11 Feb. 1959, m 8 Jan 1858 to Amelia Black. Martha has packed this 31 page booklet with thousands of names that are chronicled in color coded pages, making it easy to follow the different generations. Well done. (typed by Marty Keller for Tracking)