William Penn Baker
William Penn Baker was born January 14, 1839, on a farm south of the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH, and died July 1, 1907, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH, at age 67. Buried in Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH. He is the son of Isaac Baker of Chester Co., PA, and Eliza Graham of Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH.
Helen Margaret "Marie" Gebauer was born October 7, 1845, in Olan, Silesia (Slazen), Prussia, Germany, and died July 31, 1925, in Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, at age 79. Buried in Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH. She is the daughter of Albert Gebauer of Silesia (Slazen), Prussia, and Dorothea Wiehle of Silesia (Slazen), Prussia.
William Penn Baker and Helen Margaret "Marie" Gebauer were married May 20, 1874, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH.
William Penn Baker and Helen Margaret "Marie" (Gebauer) Baker had four children:
William Penn Baker was born January 14, 1839, on a farm south of the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH.
The 1840 U. S. Census shows Isaac Baker (age 30-39) is Head of Household and is living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. There are also 2 males under age 5; 1 male age 5-9; 1 female age 30-39; and 1 female age 5-9. Polly Grahm is the next farm Head of Household.
Helen Margaret Gebauer was born October 7, 1845, in Olan, Silesia (Slazen), Prussia, Germany.
The 1850 U. S. Census taken on July 27, 1850, shows Isaac Baker (age 43) born in Pennsylvania with Real Estate of $1,500 is a Farmer and is living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is Eliza Baker (age 41) born in Ohio. Also living there are seven children, all born in Ohio: George Baker (age 18), a Farmer; Louisa L. Baker (age 16); John H. Baker (age 13); William Baker (age 11); Brinton Baker (age 8); Joseph Baker (age 6); and Hesther Baker (age 9/12).
On August 6, 1856, Gottlieb Gerhardt, of German Nationality (age 28) immigrated to the United States.
The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1860, shows Isaac Baker (age 52) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $2,550 and personal estate of $400 is a Farmer living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is Eliza Baker (age 51) born in Ohio. Also there are five children, all born in Ohio: George Baker (age 28) with real estate of $500, a Blacksmith; Joseph Baker (age 17); Hester Baker (age 10); Sarah Baker (age 8); and Charles Baker (age 4).
The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 8, 1870, shows Brinton Baker (age 18) born in Ohio is living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. He is living in the household of a Farmer and his wife, Wm. and Mary Jeane Caufer.
The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 1, 1860, shows Gotleib Gerhart (age 34) born in Prussia with personal estate of $300 is a Furnace Laborer and is living in Vernon Twp., Scioto Co., OH. Living with him are the following, all born in Prussia: Dorothea Gerhart (age 41); Helen Gabauer (age 15); and Anna Gabauer (age 12).
William Penn Baker (age 22) enlisted for a period of three years on September 5, 1861, as a Private in Co. D, 44th Ohio Infantry, and mustered out on January 4, 1864. He was then transferred as a veteran to Co. M, 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He was take prisoner and was held at the notorious Andersonville Prison, near Andersonville, Sumpter Co., GA.
Gottlieb Gerhardt and Doretha Weiler were married about 1863 in Lawrence Co., OH.
Gottleib Gerhardt of Germany was naturalized about March 12, 1868.
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 8, 1870, shows William P. Baker (age 30) born in Ohio with real estate of $500 is an unmarried Painter and is living in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. He is living in the household of a Retired Merchant, Nathaniel Benedict.
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 5, 1870, shows Isaac Baker (age 62) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $7,000 and personal estate of $870 is a Farmer and is living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is Eliza Baker (age 61) born in Ohio, who is Keeping House. Also there are three children, all born in Ohio: Joseph Baker (age 26), a Journeyman Plasterer; Esther Baker (age 20), who is Helping Mother; and Charles Baker (age 15), who Works on the Farm.
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 23, 1870, shows Gottlieb Garhart (age 44) born in Silesia (Slazen), Prussia, and with real estate of $2,500 and personal estate of $400 is a Farmer, and is living in Elizabeth Twp., Lawrence Co., OH. Living with him are: Dora Garhart (age 31) born in Silesia (Slazen), Prussia, who Keeps Up House; Helen Garhart (age 24) born in Silesia (Slazen), Prussia; Anna Garhart (age 21) born in Silesia (Slazen), Prussia; Rasa Garhart (age 9) born in Silesia (Slazen), Prussia; and Charles Garhart (age 6) born in Ohio.
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 5, 1870, shows George Baker (age 38) born in Ohio with personal estate of $580 is a Farmer and is living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is Eliza Baker (age 30) born in Ireland, who is Keeping House. Also there are three children, all born in Ohio: Mary Baker (age 3); William Baker (age 2); and Elizabeth Baker (age 2). Mary Scarlett (age 12) born in Ireland, also lives in the household.
William Penn Baker and Helen Margaret "Marie" Gebauer were married May 20, 1874, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH.
William G. "Willie" Baker was born May 24, 1875, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH.
William G. "Willie" Baker died June 11, 1876, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH, at age 1.
Albert Means Baker was born December 2, 1877, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH.
Gotlieb Gerhardt died about 1878 in Elizabeth Twp., Lawrence Co., OH, at about age 53.
The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 28, 1880, shows William P. Baker (age 40) born in Ohio to Pennsylvania and Ohio-born parents is a married House Painter, and is living in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him are: his wife, Helen M. Baker (age 34) born in Silesia to Silesia-born parents; his son, Albert M. Baker (age 2), born in Ohio to Ohio and Silesia-born parents; his daughter, Gertrude P. Baker (age 4/12) born in Ohio to Ohio and Silesia-born parents; and his brother-in-law, Charles Gerhardt (age 15) born in Ohio to Silesia-born parents.
The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1880, shows Geo. Baker (age 48) born in Ohio to Pennsylvania and Ohio-born parents is a Farmer living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is his wife Lizzie Baker (age 40) born in Ireland to Irish-born parents who is Keeping House. Also there are his four children, all born in Ohio to Ohio and Irish-born parents: Marietta Baker (age 13); Lizzie Baker (age 12); Wm. Baker (twin) age 12); and Geo. W. Baker (age 9). The Isaac Baker family lived next door.
The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1880, shows Isaac Baker (age 72) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Farmer living in Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is his wife Eliza Baker (age 71) born in Ohio to Virginia-born parents who is Keeping House. Also there are: Joseph Baker (age 36) born in Ohio to Pennsylvania and Ohio-born parents, who is a Plasterer.
The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 7, 1900, shows William P. Baker (age 61) born May 1839 in Ohio to Unknown and Ohio-born parents is a House Painter owning his own home on North College Street, Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with him is his wife of 26 years, Helen Baker (age 55) born October 1844 in Prussia to Prussian-born parents and having emigrated in 1857. Also living there are their two unmarried children, born in Ohio to Ohio and Prussian-born parents: Albert M. Baker (age 22) born December 1878 a College Student; and Gertrude P. P. Baker (age 20) born February 1880 a College Student. Also there is William's unmarried brother-in-law, Charles G. Gerhardt (age 36) born January 1864 in Ohio to Prussian-born parents who is a Carpenter.
William Penn Baker died July 1, 1907, in the Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH, at age 67. Buried in Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH.
The 1910 U.S. Census taken on April 29, 1910, shows Marie H. Baker (age 64) born in Germany to German-born parents and emigrating in 1865 with 2 of her 4 children still alive is a widowed head of household owning her home on North College Street, Village of Yellow Springs, Miami Twp., Greene Co., OH. Living with her is her unmarried daughter, Gertrude P. Baker (age 30) born in Ohio to Ohio and German-born parents, who is a School Teacher.
The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 15, 1920, shows LeRoy M. Bickett (age 36) born in Ohio to Ohio-born parents is a superintendent at a rubber factory who his renting his home at 604 Farwell Street, 18th Ward, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Gertrude Bickett (age 39) born in Ohio to Ohio and Prussian-born parents. Also living there are his two daughters, both born in Ohio to Ohio-born parents: Helen Bickett (age 7); and Ruth Bickett (age 3). Also living there is Le Roy's widowed mother-in-law, Helen Baker (age 75) born in Prussia to Prussian-born parents.
Helen Margaret (Gebauer) Baker died July 31, 1925, in Watertown, Jefferson Co., WI, at age 79.
XENIA TOWNSHIP. - 471
Brinton Baker, dealer in saddles and harness, Xenia, Ohio, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1807. Thomas and Sarah, his parents, were both born in Pennsylvania, and immigrated to Ohio in 1812, and have since made this county their home. It is said the first saw mill in the county was built by them. Brinton, the subject of this sketch, was married, in 1831, to Miss Eliza Hivling, of Xenia, Ohio. Six children were born to them, Abraham H., Sarah, John A., Joshua S., Eliza J., and an infant. Abraham, the only one living, is in partnership with his father, was educated in Xenia, and has spent his life here. Mr. Baker was reared by Quaker parents, and is a very moral man. He served as county treasurer from 1852 to 1857, and has been a county infirmary director for fifteen years. He has always been, and is to-day, one of the energetic business men of Xenia. Abraham is now living on the same lot on which he was born. In 1865 he was married to Miss Sallie A. J. Miller, of Frederick City, Maryland, and is the father of three children, Mary E., John A., and Rachel J., all of whom are living with their parents. When the war broke out, he was one of the first to respond, and after its close came home with an honorable discharge, and resumed his labors at his trade. He and his father today are in the foremost rank in their business.
RECORD OF THE DEAN FAMILY OF IRELAND
Not unlike many other families, we trace the record of the Deans through trials, vicissitudes and poverty back across the sea to the Province of Ulster, Ireland and to the wilds of the Highlands of Scotland, a country rich in the production of liberty loving men and women. Many such dared to leave their native country, crossed the story Atlantic and cast their lot in the wilds of America, infested by hostile enemies and accompanied by privation and discouragements of almost every description. Only the bold spirits, like Daniel Dean, who had the courage to fight for their rights, as a rule survived the ordeal.
To such we owe the credit of having made America a safe place in which to live. Amid the pioneer work of conquering and surmounting difficulties of seeming impossibilities, Daniel Dean began his career in this country.
The ancestors of the Dean family were strictly of the Coventer faith. Daniel Dean, one with whose history we are familiar and who resided and died not more than a mile from this place, was born in the village of Tubermore in the Province of Ulster, Ireland, October 20, 1766. He immigrated to America in the year 1784 at the age of 18 years. His father, G. R. Dean and his two uncles, James and David, were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. He sent back to Ireland for his mother in the year 1790. He was a weaver by trade, prospering well in his trade. He resided for a time in Pennsylvania, then immigrated to Virginia where he was married to Miss Jannett Steele, a Scotch-Irish girl, of Augusta County, Virginia. The young couple immigrated to Kentucky near Mount Sterling where he was engaged in milling for many years, becoming quite well off in that business. He had a family of eleven children, but falling out with the institution of slavery, he determined to immigrate to Ohio, locating in Greene County in the year 1812 on Caesar's Creek where he purchased 2,000 acres of land -- this farm being a part of the same tract.
The names of his eleven children are as follows: Robert Dean, who was a soldier in the war of 1812 and who married Elizabeth Campbell; Mary C. married James Moore; Jannett S. married Hugh Campbell; Elizabeth married James Campbell; Margaret married John Bickett; William married Catherine Shook and was a soldier in the Mexican War; James married Elizabeth Pendray; Joseph married Hannah Boggs; Anna married Walter Parry; Daniel married Jane Campbell; and Julia married James Hopping. All settled down and lived in Greene County, except two -- James and Elizabeth -- who immigrated to Indiana and resided near Muncie, that state. Of these eleven children, they averaged eleven children each. They have since grown into a great multitude.
During the Civil War, 36 enlisted in the Union Army, most of them serving three years and over and out of the 36 who enlisted, 35 returned alive. Dean Perry lost a leg at the battle of Perrysville, Ky. Three of the others were slightly wounded, and James Moore died with disease at Wartrall, Tennessee and of the 36, ten are yet alive.
Of this large family of near 500, more than three-fourths are members of the Christian Church, and 90 percent are total abstainers from the use of intoxicating drink.
This reunion is the centennial anniversary of the immigration of the ancestor Daniel Dean and his family from Kentucky to Ohio. They landed in this county in September, 1812, and camped on the banks of a small stream near the site which afterward became the Dean Cemetery. Eating their first breakfast on a large flat rock, about 20 feet in circumference and perhaps two feet in thickness, which served very well for a table. This rock still remains as a relic and a monument to the memory of our ancestors.
The early history of the immigration of Daniel Dean to Ohio is so intimately associated with his brother-in-law Henry Barnes, who also immigrated from Kentucky near the same time, that we thought it would be well to give a part of his history which is so closely connected with Daniel as to make this sketch more interesting when taken together.
Daniel Dean first came to Ohio in 1808 with Henry Barnes, as did Joshua and Caleb, spying out the land. It was upon this visit that Daniel purchased this 2,000 acres of land, but soon became involved in a suit over the title which cost him $1,500 to perfect his title, which he did not succeed in doing for about three years thereafter, which delayed his removal to this County.
Henry Barnes, being an excellent mechanic, and so became a useful associate and friend of Daniel and their mutual friendship was never betrayed by either, but continued a strong support to each other during life. Barnes came to this County in 1808 with Daniel and located in Xenia, which then had only a few houses. He owned about one-fourth of the present site of the City. He built many houses in Xenia assisted by Daniel Dean, Dean furnishing the timber while Barnes did the work. Parts of some of the buildings yet remain that they built. Barnes was a strong man in other respects - he was a man of some education - was a surveyor. He was a man of General Jackson's type. He was a member of a company of Indian Hunters in Kentucky, and had been engaged in many Indian hunts in Kentucky. On his immigrating to Ohio his military character was soon recognized, and he was placed as Captain over a company of militia at his new home, and this State being full of treacherous Indians one can well see that such a man as Captain Barnes would be considered a very valuable citizen. Barnes continued to reside in Xenia until his death. He was a member of the M. E. Church, and a Christian man. He had seven children. Henry, who was during the Civil War Sheriff of Greene County and also the Treasurer of Greene County two terms; Dean, John, Andrew, Mrs. Hannah Buckles and Mrs. Eliza J. Clemans and Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, all of which families married and had large families -- valuable members of society.
To show the determination of the mother, wife of Captain Barnes, there was an emergency which required her presence back in Kentucky. She mounted her horse with her little child less than a year old, and rode back to Kentucky alone, a distance of 150 miles, back to her old home.
When Daniel Dean came to Ohio he brought with him four wagons - two four-horse teams and two two-horse teams. One of these teams belonged to Captain Barnes. On their way to Cincinnati a stray dog came to them, and as they had no dog he was encouraged to remain, which turned out to be a very valuable asset to the family. Many interesting stories were told of the value of this dog and one of Daniel's horses whose name was Jolly. They gave the name of Range to the dog. A story was told of the dog that after they had passed through Cincinnati, which was a very small village, and took the trail or road toward Greene County, and after they had gone about 15 miles, night came on and they were compelled to camp in the wood. Much fear was entertained of the Indians. At about midnight Range began to raise the alarm of the approach of an enemy. There were four men who had guns. All arose and remained up until daylight. It was supposed that the dog had in fact discovered Indians approaching attempting to steal their horses. After the arrival of the family, and for two or three days thereafter, Range was heard baying something a few hundred yards from camp not far from what is now the family cemetery. James and William took their rifles and went to see what Range had found. On reaching the point, they saw Range baying a bear. It was up on its hind feet challenging Range to a fisticuff which Range declined to accept and while in this posture, William shot him and this bear meat was relished by the family much to the credit of Range.
Another story is told of Captain Barnes and Daniel. A month or so after reaching Ohio they started out to find some friends who settled near the present site of Clifton, both riding horseback; Daniel riding Jolly a noble horse, and the dog Range following after them. On finding this settlement they were cordially received, and their company being genial and entertaining they were induced to remain with them a little too long. On starting home they had not gone far when a cloud came up and they were enveloped in darkness, and soon became bewildered and lost. Not knowing what direction to take, they finally decided to let Jolly have the reins, trusting to his instinct to take them to the camp, Range still following behind. As soon as Jolly was given the reins, he turned about and Captain Barnes objected saying he knew Jolly was going in the wrong direction. But Daniel insisted that Jolly's judgment had been good on other occasions and he could trust him. Jolly set out in a fast walk. It began to storm and thunder furiously. After they had gone quite a distance at about midnight they missed Range, and after a while they heard him barking. He did not like a storm, and during such times he would come to the door of the camp and bark until he was admitted. As soon as Jolly heard the dog bark he started out in a lope and soon reached camp. Grandma, fearing that they were lost, would not let Range in so that he would continue to bark and thereby assist the lost men to find the camp. Jolly went direct to camp and did not betray the trust placed in him.
Daniel Dean was a member of the Associate Presbyterian Church from early life. His wife Mrs. Jannett Dean was a member of the first Missionary Society organized in Greene County. Daniel Dean was an ardent abolitionist; he hated the institution of slavery and enjoyed the distinction of being the first member of that church who was ever arraigned before the session of the church for denouncing his minister for praying for the institution of slavery in which he gained a signal victory, and that same church still exists and prospers and is to be congratulated on being the first church in Greene County to hold a temperance meeting, all members attending, which resulted in a resolution that all members of that church thereafter refrain from the use of intoxicating liquor except in sheep washing and harvest time. This is amusing now, but the great benefit to the temperance cause as a result of that meeting cannot be estimated.
Daniel Dean died in 1842 at the age of 77 years. He was a man of worth, a respected citizen of his community and an upright Christian gentleman. His remains rest in the Dean Cemetery, by the side of his wife Jannett. A suitable monument marks the spot. He was a very liberal man in his dealings with his neighbors, exacting but what was right and just. In his will, which is on record in the Probate Court of this county, he requested that no suit should ever be brought against any person indebted to his estate, and this was fully carried out by his executors, John Bickett and Walter Parry, his two sons-in-law.
Name: Joseph Newton Dean
Jerry Dean's great-grandfather, Joseph Newton Dean, was a son of Joseph and Hannah Boggs Dean on August 22, 1844, near Xenia (Greene County), Ohio. As a teenager, he enlisted in Co. B of the 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regm't. at Camp Chase (Franklin County) Ohio in December 1861. He fought with Gen. Garfield at the Battle of Prestonburg, KY, and participated in many other engagements including Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, the siege of Atlanta, Kennesaw, Franklin, Tenn., Jonesborough and Lovejoy Station. Of Irish Presbyterian stock (Tobermore, Ireland), his ancestor Daniel Dean (b. 10-20-1766) had migrated to Pennsylvania from Ulster in 1784. After 1790, he and his mother relocated to the Virginia Tideater, where Daniel wed Jannett Steele, and they ultimately settled near Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Fierce Covenanter Presbyterian abolitionists, the Deans 'voted with their feet' and relocated north, across the Ohio in 1812 into Greene County, Ohio. There, the Deans operated 2,000 acres of farmland on Cesar's Creek near Xenia. After son Joseph's unit mustered out at Nashville in 1864, he graduated first from Iron City Commercial College in Pittsburgh, then from Cincinnati Law School. He wed Lydia Cleaver, became a prominent attorney and probate judge, and the couple had a son, my grandfather, Walter Parry Dean, who became a lawyer. W. P. Dean, in turn, had two sons Walt and Joseph Edward, and two daughters, later Mrs. Dorothy Webb and Mrs. Katherine Stewart. J.W. and his Arkansas-born wife, nee Nola Beard, lived briefly in Concinnati, then in North Little Rock, Ark. where they had a daughter, Joana Jo Dean, and me, Walter Jeryl (Jerry) Dean. I now have two grown sons, David, 32, of Bloomington, Ind., and Daniel Wm., an architect with the former E. Fay Jones firm in Fayetteville, Ark. My wife Regina and I also have daughters Megan Katherine, 3-3-1992, and Amanda Elizabeth, 5-12-1994
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MIAMI TOWNSHIP Dills
J. D. Hawkins, merchant, Yellow Springs, was born in Maryland, April 25, 1832, and is a son of Abram and Anna (Kuhn) Hawkins, both natives of Maryland. They had a family of eight children, five of whom are living. The subject of this sketch came to Ohio in 1852, walking nearly all the way from Cumberland, Maryland, and after landing in Ohio, commenced working for Hon. Aaron Harlan, and cut and put up about three hundred cords of wood, the first winter in Ohio; he then worked in the warehouse of Stewart Brothers for one year, and on December 8, 1853, was married to Miss Louisa Baker, daughter of Isaac Baker, and niece of Brinton Baker, of Xenia, who bore him four children, all dying in 1863, within one week; their names were, Albert M., Anna E., Eddie W., and Harry. He enlisted in Company D, Captain Tully's Forty-Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Colonel U. S. Gilbert, for three years, and was honorably discharged. Is a member of the Masonic order, and also of the Independent Order Odd Fellows. Voted the Democratic ticket in 1853-4-5; after that, when the Republican party was born, he has voted that ticket solid. Through his unswerving energy, faithfulness to business, and honest, square dealing, he has gained a reputation worthy the confidence and support of all good, honest people. He is now engaged in the dry goods business at Yellow Springs, and is doing his full share of the business of the place. Has filled the office of corporation treasurer for twelve years, and that of township treasurer for three years, and, in the writer's judgment, is today well qualified and worthy to fill any office in the county within the gift of the people.