Thankful Baker

28 December 1816–12 January 1901 (Age 84)
Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Thankful

When Thankful Baker was born on 28 December 1816, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Sylvanus Baker, was 28 and her mother, Sally Phillips, was 22. She married Joshua Godfrey Chase on 27 December 1836, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States for about 15 years. She died on 12 January 1901, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

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Joshua Godfrey Chase
Thankful Baker
Marriage: 27 December 1836
Thankful Ann Chase
Joshua G. Chase
Samuel Chase
Sarah P. Chase
Marietta "May" Chase
James Chase
Edna F. Chase
Edna Frances Chase

Spouse and Children

    Joshua Godfrey Chase



27 December 1836
Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States


    Thankful Ann Chase


    Joshua G. Chase


    Samuel Chase


    Sarah P. Chase


    Marietta "May" Chase


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World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 4

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

Age 30

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 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.2 Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges ( 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thankful Chase in household of Joshua Chase, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Thankful Chase, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"
  • Thankful Chase, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"

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