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.