From the 1885 History of Steuben County, IN page 811
John S. Baker was born in Loudoun County, VA., January 27, 1831, and came
to Steuben County with his parents in 1850. His education was received
in the common schools. He has made agriculture the work of his life,
and in the winters of 1854 and 1855 taught school, the first term at Richland
Center and the last at No. 6, this township. He was married March 4,
1855, to Selinda E. Keyes, a native of Knox County, OH, born May 1, 1837,
daughter of Tolman and Mary Keyes. Three children were born to them
-- Samuel E. died in infancy; Sarah E., wife of G. W. Goudy; William H. died
in infancy. Mrs. Baker died June 11, 1863. December 20, 1863,
Mr. Baker married Catherine B. Sanxter, a native of England, born March 3,
1846, daughter of Christopher and Rebecca Sanxter. To them have been
born three children -- Charles E., Mary P. and Cora R. Mr. and Mrs. Baker
are members of the Methodist-Episcopal church, and for the past twenty years
he has been an official member; for the past eight years Recording Steward.
In politics Mr. Baker is a prominent member of the Democratic party in Steuben
County and has several times been the party's candidate for township and
county offices. He has twice been a candidate for County Commissioner.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker are among the most respected and influential citizens
of Steuben County.