John Baker – 14


Her mother’s side of the family is a mystery, but the Hutchinsons (sometimes spelled Hutchison, and sometimes Hucherson) had been in Montgomery County since 1796.  John and Margaret Hutchison, along with their son, James, and his wife Sarah emigrated there from Virginia.  Clarksville was already a tobacco trading center by then, and it seem as if the family was looking to grow tobacco there.

James and Sarah are mentioned in an early history of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which James is quoted about his attempts to obtain a minister for his area:

There are two periods in my life which I never can forget while I remember anything. 

One is when I found the Lord precious; the other is when, in answer to all our prayers, he sent his faithful servant to minister to our spiritual necessities. I often call to mind, as if it were but yesterday, the evening when a traveler, an entire stranger, as I supposed, rode up to my log-cabin. This house, built of stone, was not here then.  His eyes were red with weeping, and the tears were scarcely dried on his cheeks. He inquired for James Hutchinson.  

On being informed that I was the man he seemed overjoyed. He said, “I have so long traveled this Indian path without seeing a house that I seriously feared it would be my lot to lie out this night and take my chances with the wolves. I have cried and prayed the Lord, my helper, and he has brought me to this hospitable home.”

Callie’s parents were lifelong Sango residents and prominent farmers.  She was one of 11 siblings and was still living with her folks and six siblings in 1910. (Four older siblings were out of the house by then.).  Before her marriage to John, she was a school teacher. John met her while accompanying a friend out to Sango to a school social.