Baker, James H. (1800–1854)

By: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

James H. Baker, early settler, was born in Virginia on June 10, 1800. He married Frances Hancock, also of Virginia, and they became the parents of eight children. A James H. Baker received 1,280 acres in San Saba County for seventeen months service in the Texas army, from October 1836 to May 1838; this may or may not have been the same person. Baker brought his family to Texas from Tennessee in 1837, settled temporarily in Washington County, and moved to Bastrop County in 1838. In 1840 he established a farm on Onion Creek, eight miles from Austin. He raised horses and cattle and owned several slaves. Baker died at his home on February 15, 1854. His sons James and George took a herd of 6,000 cattle from Travis County to holdings in San Saba County in 1856.

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  • Agriculture
  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Ranchers and Cattlemen

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, “Baker, James H.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994