Jedediah M Baker

11 July 1830–9 October 1915 (Age 85)
Canisteo, Canisteo, Steuben, New York, United States

The Life of Jedediah M

When Jedediah M Baker was born on 11 July 1830, in Canisteo, Canisteo, Steuben, New York, United States, his father, Jeremiah Baker Jr., was 39 and his mother, Hila Stephens, was 34. He married Ann Vernetta Olin on 25 May 1853. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Oakland, Franklin, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 9 October 1915, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Mount View Cemetery, Riverside, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jedediah M Baker
Ann Vernetta Olin
Marriage: 25 May 1853
Wilfred O Baker
Helen Allie Baker
Mae Vernetta Baker
Jennie V Baker

Spouse and Children


    Ann Vernetta Olin


25 May 1853


    Wilfred O Baker


    Helen Allie Baker



    Jennie V Baker


Parents and Siblings

    Jeremiah Baker Jr.





World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 18

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 27

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

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)

  • P M Baker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • J M Baker, "South Dakota State Census, 1905"
  • Jedediah M Baker, "United States Census, 1860"

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