When Joseph Leroy Baker was born in 1841, in Clinton, New York, United States, his father, Gideon Baker, was 38 and his mother, Sally Reynolds, was 30. He married Ellen Shutts about 4 July 1872, in Schuyler, Herkimer, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Schuyler Falls, Clinton, New York, United States for about 20 years and Saranac Lake, Franklin, New York, United States in 1900. He died in 1921, in Harrietstown, Harrietstown, Franklin, New York, United States, at the age of 80.
English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller . Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.
Americanized form (translation into English) of surnames meaning ‘baker’, for example Dutch Bakker , German Becker and Beck , French Boulanger and Bélanger (see Belanger ), Czech Pekař, Slovak Pekár, and Croatian Pekar .
History: Baker was established as an early immigrant surname in Puritan New England. Among others, two men called Remember Baker (father and son) lived at Woodbury, CT, in the early 17th century, and an Alexander Baker arrived in Boston, MA, in 1635.
The following story comes from the Clinton County, NY, Civil War Records 1861-1865 Facebook Page: 9 MONTHS AND 4 DAYS IN THE MILITARY - In 1863, Joseph Leroy Baker found himself on the Draft Registr …