Henry Clay Baker, a farmer in Waverly Precinct, is the son
of Henry and Elizabeth (Walker) Baker, of Boyle County, Kentucky. The old
gentleman, a bright, interesting farmer, was born in 1780, married in Boyle
County in 1802, after which he moved to Washington County, and died there in
1864. His wife was born in 1785 and died in 1856. William Baker, subject's
paternal grandfather, was a farmer, born in England, his wife being from
Belgium. Philip Walker and his wife, subject's maternal grandparents, were
native Kentuckians, born in Boyle County.
Henry Clay, subject of this sketch, was born in Washington
County, Kentucky, August 27, 1819. For a time he sold goods at a place called
It was there, in September, 1852, he married Mary Ann Franey,
and moved to Union in 1853. Mrs. Baker, born in Washington County in 1827, is
the daughter of William E. and Lucy E. (Hamilton) Franey, of the same county.
Mr. and Mrs Baker never had but one child, Lucy Elizabeth, who died in her
thirtieth year. Subject was educated in the common schools of his day. Was a
Whig, but now a Democrat. He owns 126 acres of good land, one mile from
Waverly, on which is a good, substantial log house, built in 1828. Twice in his
life he was completely burned out, losing everything. Subject has been a member
of the Catholic Church for twenty-five years.