John Thompson Baker

20 February 1847–March 1853 (Age 6)
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Thompson

When John Thompson Baker was born on 20 February 1847, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, his father, George Baker, was 32 and his mother, Rhoda Ann Thompson, was 28. He died in March 1853, in Utah Territory, United States, at the age of 6, and was buried in Tooele's First Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States.

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George Baker
Rhoda Ann Thompson
Ezra Thompson Baker
Amanda Thompson Baker
John Thompson Baker
George Thompson Baker
Roxie Ann Baker
Orange Thompson Baker
Rhoda Ann Baker
Parthenia Eleanor Baker
Lois May Baker
Joseph Thompson Baker
Sarah Persinda Baker
Stephen Thompson Baker

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Age 3

The state known as Utah began when Brigham Young led a group of LDS pilgrims seeking freedom from religious persecution into the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they established a settlement in 1847. The golden spike completing the first transcontinental railroad line was driven at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, leading to a further influx of settlers.

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 (2)

  • John Baker in household of James Mcbride, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Thompson Baker, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

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