My 4th great grandfather and grandmother, Joseph Baker and Catherine Barrier were married on April 1, 1820 in Wayne County, Kentucky, according to records located in Wayne County, Kentucky.
Joseph Baker, born around 1798 in Virginia, appears to have arrived in Kentucky, sometime prior to 1820, at which time he is recorded as a head of household in the Wayne County, Kentucky 1820 Federal Census. The household is comprised of two free white persons, one male and one female, both between the ages of 16 and 25 years. Catherine Barrier, whom he wed prior to the census taking, was 17 or 18 years old at that time; Joseph was about 22 years old.
Joseph and Catherine raised a large family in Wayne County, Kentucky. By the time of the 1850 Federal Census, Joseph (52) was a Justice of the Peace and his estate was valued at $500. In 1850, Catherine’s parents, Richard Barrier (81) and Catherine Massey Barrier (82) lived in the adjoining household. Richard Barrier is identified as a Baptist Preacher; he was indeed one of the earliest ministers in the area and established a large number of churches in the area, according to family history.
By 1860, Joseph (62) and Catherine (58) still reside in Wayne County, Kentucky with their youngest child, Isaac and are raising their granddaughter, Perlitha (also known as Telitha) Baker, the daughter of their son Silas and his wife Minerva Coffey, who died in December 1854 of Flux. Perlitha/Telitha would have been an infant at the time of her mother’s death. In 1870, Joseph (72) and Catherine (68) remain at home in Wayne County, Kentucky, still living with their granddaughter now recorded as Telitha Baker; she is 16 years old.
In 1880, Joseph (82) and Catherine Baker (77) are living with their son, his second wife Susan and their two children in Wayne County, Kentucky.
On April 1, 1892, Joseph Baker died on his 72nd anniversary at age 94. Catherine preceded him in death in 1890, at age 87-88. They are both buried in the Corder Cemetery in Wayne County, Kentucky.