James Baker

Male12 July 1807–1 January 1875

Brief Life History of James

When James Baker was born on 12 July 1807, in Dutchess, New York, United States, his father, James Baker, was 33 and his mother, Phebe Haight or Hoyt, was 29. He married Phebe Mitchell on 30 June 1831. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Damascus Township, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1840 and Damascus, Damascus Township, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. He died on 1 January 1875, in Abrahamsville, Damascus Township, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Baker Family Cemetery, Fayette, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Baker
Phebe Mitchell
Marriage: 30 June 1831
Nathan Mitchell Baker
Infant Baker
Emily Kellam Baker
Lydia Louise Baker
James Alonzo Baker
Lucas E Baker

Sources (5)

  • James Buker, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Baker, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Baker Cemetery, Wayne Cty, PA

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 June 1831
  • Children (6)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

    Age 5

    Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 18

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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