This Day in Dayton, 3 March

The family of Richard Baker arrived at the Wyandot Indian village in 1823, about the same time as the Paiges. One account says that they came together. Richard Baker is in Franklin County in the 1820 census. At the time Franklin County included Fayette County, where John Connor had his trading post at present-day Connorsville. Baker may have come from that area. This suggests that they came separately, but arrived at the same time. The Baker family stayed a few years (until about 1836) and then moved on, leaving the Paiges with the claim to be the first permanent white settlers in the township (Sesqui 77; county histories; deed from R. Baker and wife Catherine to Wm. Murphy 1836).

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