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The log walls are revealed after the brick was removed.

The log walls are revealed after the brick was removed.

Recently, the former owner of the property, Glen Sarvis, shared with us some photos of renovations to the main house back in the 1980s.  Underneath the brick on the southwestern wall of the house, a two-story log structure was discovered.  This building appears to be very similar to the Frankenberger Tavern in downtown Mechanicsburg. Research at the Cumberland Valley Historical Society revealed that a two-story log house was on the property during the 1790 census, predating the purchase of the farm by Daniel Baker in the early 1800s.  More research is necessary to ascertain an approximate date for the initial settlement on the property, but it is very likely between 1775 and 1790.  Regardless, it is fascinating to imagine how the farm looked when George Washington was president!

According to the 1810 Census:

Name: Daniel Baker
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Allen, Cumberland, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 8
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 11

 

According to the 1820 Census:

Name: John Baker
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Allen, Cumberland, Pennsylvania
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons – Under 16: 4
Free White Persons – Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 6

According to the 1850 Census:

Name Age
Christian Baker 35
John Baker 6
Susannah Baker 4
John S Baker 60
Susan Baker 58
Mary Baker 27

 

Close up of the log - mortar still evident

Close up of the log – mortar still evident

 

 

 

 

 

According to the 1870 Census:

Name Age
Christian Baker 54
John Baker 25
Susan Baker 23
Isaac Eichelberger 23
Leah Kline 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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