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Bakers in Caldwell County 1860's Near Crab Apple Creek - also Ritchey, McClelland, Cheshire

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Bakers in Caldwell County 1860's Near Crab Apple Creek - also Ritchey, McClelland, Cheshire

Posted: 5 Apr 2004 10:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
A fellow Baker researcher passed this on to me as possible connections to my Baker line... Can anyone identify any of the Baker's here. I know Daniel Baker married Mary Jane Ritchie but they only had one adopted daughter. Daniel's father is the elder William Baker who was murdered in militia fighting at the end of the Civil War. I am looking for addtional information on the rest of this family. Thanks!

The Tragedies on Crab Apple Creek in 1862
Along Crab Apple Creek in Lincoln Township near the Ray County line in
the Confederate Community above mentioned, lived the large Baker family. Five of the sons had served in the Southern Army. Two sons had returned home and had not reported to the federal authorities of the county as the military law
required. The militia was sent down to arrest them. In the series of events
which followed , three of the Bakers and Alex Richey (a relative of the Bakers
and son of "Mother" Richey) were killed, the Baker homes were burnt to the
ground and Cap't. Langford of the militia was killed.

THE McCLELLAND KIN IN CALDWELL COUNTY Narrator: Joseph
Dennison McClelland, 72, of Hamilton

Mr. Joe McClelland says he is related to most everyone in the
north part of Caldwell County and all his kin belong to the older
families, so he undertook to prove it. Besides the family of his
brothers and sisters, he is related more or less to the Richey, Baker,
Jones, McBride, Snider, Rymal, Doddridge, Tospon families in this
county. First in time comes the Richey family who came in 1833.
His mother was Aramintha Richey, who was the child of Sam Richey and a
McBride who became a local character as Mother Richey who ran the
Richey Mill after the death of her husband. She was so capable and
strong that she could stand in a bushel basket measure and lift two
bushels of wheat (120 pounds) in her hand. She had seven children,
Sam, Robt. R., Alex (killed in the Civil War), Aramintha McClelland,
Joe (for whom Mr. McClelland was named), also killed in the war,
Thos., Mary Baker. The Richeys had their own graveyard on their farm
on the Salem townsite; The McClelland grandparents are buried in the
McClelland cemetery, where the present owner years ago forbad any more
burials. Grandfather Wm. McClelland died 1854, aged, 64, while his
wife Elizabeth died fifty years ago, July 4, 1884 and was up in her
80's. Her father from Virginia was Major Dennison of the
Revolutionary Army and from him, Mr. McClelland gets his middle name.
Thus at the desolate McClelland cemetery near Kingston lies a Daughter
of a Revolutionary Soldier, with grave stone down and covered by dirt
and bushes. The McClellands came here about 1845 from Virginia.
Mr. McClelland's great grandfather McClelland was in the 1812 war.
After his return to Virginia, he went on a trip with considerable
money on him. He never returned and was probably killed by
road-robbers for the money. The Baker family into which his Aunt
Mary Richey married was an early southern family down on Crabapple
Creek in the southern part of the county. Many of that family were
killed in the fall of 1864 in the militia warfare on southern
sympathizers. Geo., Wm. Sr., and James were killed but Dan Baker, Mr.
McClelland's uncle by marriage, managed to escape. The rest of the
Baker family sold their farm to Mr. Cheshire and moved away.

THE CHESHIRES, EARLY PIONEERS IN CALDWELL COUNTY Narrator:
J.R. Cheshire, 88, of Hamilton

James Riley Cheshire was born Jan. 3rd, 1847 in Jefferson County,
East Tennessee. He came with his family to Caldwell County on the
17th day of Oct. 1857, locating in the Cottonwood District, one and
one-half miles northwest of what is now Polo. He started to school
there in that district. After living there three or four years,
the family moved about ten miles east. They rented a farm on
Crabapple Creek owned by Wm. Baker. Most of Mr. Baker's boys had gone
to Ray County to join the Rebel forces, for these were Civil War days,
and Mr. Baker had moved from his farm to an adjoining farm belonging
to his son-in-law. So, the Cheshires moved to the Baker place which
had a big log house. Mr. Cheshire, although only 14 years old,
can remember very vividly the tragedies occurring in their
neighborhood. He saw one of the Baker boys and Mr. Ritchie, a
brother-in-law, soon after they had been shot by the Union soldiers.
This happened just a half mile from his home. These men were moved to
the Cheshire home and prepared for burial. Just as the men were being
placed in their coffins for burial, the militia came but they did not
molest the bodies. The Cheshires, taking no part in the war, but
living in that particular section, were suspected and their house was
searched several times for fire arms and Rebel soldiers. Mr. Cheshire
saw the old man Baker (owner of their home) marched into the timber
and heard the three shots which were fired into him. Soon as the
militia had ridden on, he and his sister, five years old, ran to the
old man and spent several hours guarding him, (for in those days the
hogs had free range, there were no fences) until word could be sent to
the coffin maker and they could get help to move him. It took a half
day to make a coffin and it was not started until after the death
occurred. The hatred against the Bakers was so great that the
Kingston militia decided to burn all their property, so the Cheshires
were ordered to remove their goods from the house, and it was set on
fire. Having only one wagon and team, Mr. Cheshire's father borrowed
a yoke of oxen and wagon from a neighbor and moved the family back to
Cottonwood. Because an older man would be suspected of carrying news
into the Baker boy's community, Mr. Cheshire, then 15, was sent to
return the wagon and oxen. He had no trouble making the trip over to
the old home but on the return trip, as he walked up on the top of a
hill, he was spied by a troop of soldiers. They rode up to him and
although he explained to them why he was there, they did not believe
him and cursed him.

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