This county, created by Act of the Legislature Dec. 12 & 24, 1825, is named for Col. John Baker of Revolutionary fame. The original County site was at Byron but an Act of Dec. 26, 1831, established a new Site which was named Newton for Sgt. John Newton, a Revolutionary soldier. One of the hardest battles of the Creek Indian War was fought in Baker County at Chickasawhachee Creek in 1836. Among the first County officers were: Sheriff Stafford Long, Clerk of Superior & Inferior Courts Thomas F. Whittington, Coroner John Gillion and Surveyor Jno. C. Neil.
004-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1954