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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HENRY BAKER is one of the early settlers and the oldest man in Sheridan township, being born in Washington county, Md., Dec. 26, 1807, and moved with his parents to Fairfield county, Ohio, in 1817, and settled in the timber. Mr. Baker has chopped many a cord of wood and many rails; has chopped from three to four cords of wood a day, and thinks he can yet chop his two cords a day. His schooling is very limited. When he was of age he went to work by the month, and did job work, and worked some on the Ohio and Erie Canal. In 1837 he was married to Miss Dina Parlett. By this union they have six children, two of whom are living, William and Catharine. His son Joshua enlisted in the army and went south, was soon after taken prisoner and died in Salisbury prison from starvation and exposure. Mrs. Baker died in Auglaize county, Ohio, in 1846. Mr. Baker again married in 1847, for his second wife, Miss Mary Morris, and had four children, named James, Henry, John, and Margaret. Mrs. Baker died in 1859. For his third wife he married Mary Redenbo, in 1861, and moved to Jasper county in 1870. He has one child by his last marriage. Mr. Baker has a fine farm of 120 acres, well improved, fair buildings, and has five acres of timber. Mr. and Mrs. Baker are members of the Christian Church, and are old settlers that Jasper county may well feel proud of.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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