JOHN A BAKER

 

 

John Armstrong Baker and his wife Jane moved to the southwest part of Dickson County in

1806 from Franklin County Georgia. The land had been purchased by John Baker in 1793.

Benjamin Baker, his brother, and two cousins John Armstrong and Absalom Baker and their

families were part of the group. They located next to John Tatum, a revolutionary war veteran.

John Tatum was a farmer as were all his neighbors; however, John Tatum also ran a whiskey still.


 

John is believed to have been born in 1769, and is first mentioned in Elbert Co. GA with his

wife 'Jane.' Legend has it that John A. eloped to Georgia with Jane, who was the daughter

of Col. Martin Armstrong.


 

John A. Baker lived in Elbert Co. GA from 1790 until 1795 when he sold his land and moved to

Franklin Co. GA. There he was an Ensign in the militia commanded by Col. Larkin Cleveland,

and with Col. Niel Cleveland represented Franklin County at the Constitutional Assembly where

Georgia ratified the constitution. He and Jane lived there until they moved to Dickson Co. TN

in 1806.


 

Benjamin Baker was Justice of the Peace and Overseer of the Roads in the area until his death

in 1815, when John A. Baker was appointed in his place to both positions. He held those until

his death in 1820. Benjamin Baker was survived by his wife Mary, and his children: Richmond,

John, Sally, Armstrong, Mary(Polly), Absalom and Lucinda. Richmond was born in NC about 1794

and in 1850 lived in Cocke County, TN. Armstrong was born about 1798 in GA and in 1850 lived

in Dickson County, TN


 

John Armstrong Baker was survived by his wife Jane, and his children: John, Absolom, Jane, Ann,

Benjamin, Sally, Patsy, Nelly, Nancy and Mary (Polly). Absolom is believed to have moved to

northern Arkansas. Patsy was born in GA in 1800, married Anderson England and lived in Dickson

Co., TN in 1860. Jane was born about 1805 in GA, and married George Evans and lived in Dickson

Co. TN in 1870. Ann was born in GA about 1799 and married Stephen Tatum, son of John Tatum. In

1870, she lived with her daughter Amanda Pipkin in Lafayette Co. AR.


 

Deed dated 12/2/1805.Dickson County, Tennessee, Book A, Page 260.From: Howel Tatum, Morgan Brown,

Doctor and John Baker, Sen.

To: William Outlaw.

640 Acres for $449.00


 

Tennessee Records of Dickson County, Minute Book, Volume I. Copied by Mrs. Alma Loggins, Work's

Progress Administration, Nashville, 1936.


 

John Baker was serving jury duty the December Term of 1805, so the Bakers were established in

Dickson County by this time. (Minute Book, Page 78). p. 35.


 

Deed dated 12/30/1808.Dickson County, Tennessee, Book A, Page 290From: Lewis Russell.To: John

Baker Description: 153 acres o要 Pine River for $300. "This indenture made this Thurtyeth day

of December in the year of our Lord o要e thousand Eight hundred and Eight between Lewis Russell

... and John Baker ... in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred Dollars ... paid by the said

John Baker ... hath given bargained sold ... parcel of Land Situated Lying and being in the Said

County of Dickson o要 the West fork of Pine River of Duck River ... Containing o要e hundred and

fifty three acres ... Lewis Russell (Seal) Sealed signed and Delivered in presents of John Scott

John A Baker Registered by Francis S. Elliss, deputy for James Walker, registrar, May 25th, 1809."


 

Land Grant dated 6/17/1811.Montgomery County, Tennessee, Book F, Page 514, Number 4415200 acres

Granted to: John Baker "By virtue of Certificate No. 163 dated July 2nd 1810 issued by the Register

of West Tennessee to John Baker and entered o要 the 17th day of June 1811 by No. 6412. "200 acres in

Montgomery County 1st District o要 North side of Red River. "Beginning ... John G. Blounts southeast

corner ... to Henry Bates line ... "Surveyed 7/28/1811 by T. Sharklin, D.S. "Willie Blount, Governor,

Nashville, November 26, 1812 "Recorded 5/8/1813.


 

Land Grant dated 8/5/1811Montgomery County, Tennessee Book F, Page 515, Number 4416200 acres Granted

to: John Baker"By virtue of Certificate No. 158 dated the 2nd of July 1810 issued by the Register of

West Tennessee to John Baker and entered o要 the 5th day of August 1811 by No. 6628. "200 acres,

Montgomery County, 1st District "Between the Pondy(?) woods and Red River "Beginning ... South West

Corner ... John G. Blounts "Surveyed July 28, 1811 by T. Sharklin, D.S. "Willie Blount, Governor,

Nashville, November 26, 1812 "Recorded 5/8/1813."


 

Land Grant dated 6/17/1811Robertson County, Tennessee Book F, Page 513, Number 4414300 acres Granted

to: John Baker "Know Ye, That by virtue of Certificate No. 151 dated the 2nd day of July 1810 issued

by Register of West Tennessee to John Baker and entered o要 the 17th day of June 1811 by No. 6410.

"300 acres in Robertson County, 1st District o要 north side of Red River o要 the West of the Elk fork.

"Beginning ... Tesse Shanklins North east corner in Andrew Shanklins South boundary line ... "

Surveyed 7/30/1811 by T. Shanklin, D.S. "Willie Blount, Governor at Nashville 11/26/1812 "Recorded

5/8/1813."


 

Excerpts from PIONEERS OF DICKSON COUNTY TENNESSEE

by Carol Wells
Ericson Books
Nacogdoches, TX1988


 

1812, January John Baker among a list of men appointed "to lay off a road for wheel carriages from

Charlotte to Dover as far as the Stewart County line and make return." p. 70 1812, July "Ordered

that John Baker be allowed twenty five dollars for keeping Alexander Campbell for the year 1811."

p. 86


 

1813, October "John Baker allowed $25 for keeping a poor person named Alexander Campbell for the year

1812." p. 120 1813, October 4 John A. Baker appointed to Grand Jury Duty. p. 119


 

1816, July "William Miller appointed overseer of the road leading from sd Millers to the Dickson

County line o要 to where the marked way intersects the old road between Barton Scroggins and John

A. Bakers authorizing said overseer to go around James McClellands field so as to do the field as

little injury as possible, also John Baker appointed overseer of said road from where the new way

intersects the old road o要 to the county line. William Miller is to have all the hands o要 the

waters of Jones Creek belonging to Easons road and the residue of the hands o要 Penney and the

waters of Piney to be attached to John Baker." p. 135


 

Page 180, 7 October 1817]
"Samuel Sparks appointed overseer of road leading from Charlotte to Vernon and that he work from

William Millers to the nine mile tree and that he have the following hands William Miller, William

McClelland, Nelson McClelland, John McClelland, Thomas Bullion, John West, Thomas Hutson, William

Roy, Isaac Roy, John Walker, Willis Walker, William Wright, Jeremiah Word, Pryor Scroggins, Adeson

Meek. John Tatom appointed overseer of the road leading from Charlotte to Vernon, and that he work

from the nine mile tree to the county line at William Lovels and that he have the following hands

Stephen Tatom, Richard Tatom, James Tatom, William Tatom, William Hudson, John Scott, David McClanehan,

John Baker, John A. Baker, James Baker, Richmond Baker, Armstrong Baker, Absolam Baker, Samuel Tubb,

Pleasant Hart, Anderson England, Rosamon P. Scott."


 

Deed dated 2/18/1814Dickson County, Tennessee Book B, Page 367From: Edward WattsTo: John Baker 12 acres

of land on Yellow Creek for $50.


 

John A. Baker died before October 1, 1820. His wife, Jane, was appointed administratrix of his will,

and it was recorded in October.


 

Will dated 5/3/1820Dickson County, Tennessee Book 1803-1856, Page 37Will Number 23

 

"In the name of God Amen. I, JOHN A. BAKER of the County of Dickson and State of Tennessee being very

sick and (word missing) but in perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of man and

knowing that it is appointed o要ce for all men to die I do make and ordain this to be my last Will

and Testament in manner and form following that is to say. I give and bequeath my soul to God who

gave it and my body to be decently buried. And touching what worldly goods I possess as follows:

 

"First - I lend to my beloved wife Jane Baker all my estate both real and personal during her natural

life or widowhood for the purpose of supporting herself and my youngest children. And at the death or

marriage of my wife Jane it is my desire that whatever remains of my estate should be sold and divided

amongst the six Children by name, Nelly Baker, Sally Baker, John Baker, Patsey Baker, Benjamine Baker

and Nancy Baker to them and their heirs forever.

"2nd - My Daughter Margaret Evans five dollars to her and her (heirs) forever.

"3rd - I give to my Daughter, Polly Hedges, five dollars to her and (her) heirs forever.

"4th - I give to my Daughter Betsy England five dollars to her and her heirs forever.

"5th - I give to my Daughter Jane Evans five dollars to her and her heirs forever.

"6th - I give to my Daughter Ann Tatom five dollars to her and her heirs forever.

"7th - I give to my son Absolom Baker, five dollars to him and his heirs forever.

"Signed, sealed and published in presence of us 3rd. May 1820.

John A Baker(seal) John WrightGeorge BrozzellJames McKee

"State of Tennessee, Dickson County, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, October Term 1820. There was

the last Will and Testament of John A. Baker produced in open court and proved to be the same by the

oaths of John Wright, George Brozzell and James McKee and ordered recorded.

"State of Tennessee, Dickson County, April 17th 1821. Then was the last Will and Testament of John A.

Baker, Recorded in Book A page 49-50. "Field Farrar, Clerk."


 

 





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