Richard Baker

21 August 1765–14 April 1814 (Age 48)
Chester, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America

The Life of Richard

When Richard Baker was born on 21 August 1765, in Chester, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, Richard Baker, was 44 and his mother, Rachel Marshall, was 35. He married Rebecca Webb on 19 June 1794, in Kennett MM, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 14 April 1814, in West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Richard Baker
Rebecca Webb
Marriage: 19 June 1794
Dr William Webb Baker
Hannah Baker
Rachel Baker
Ann Baker
Elizabeth Baker
Richard Baker
Rebecca Baker
Elizabeth Baker
Stephen Baker
George R. Baker

Spouse and Children

19 June 1794
Kennett MM, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States


    Dr William Webb Baker


    Hannah Baker


    Rachel Baker


    Ann Baker


    Elizabeth Baker


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Rachel Marshall




World Events (8)


Age 11

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 11

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.

Age 15

Pennsylvania was always against slavery, even though the first settlers, including Penn, came with slaves. Slavery was not prominent in the area.

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)

  • Richard Baker in entry for Rebecca Baker, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • Richard Baker in entry for Rebecca Baker, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"
  • Richard Baker in entry for Elizabeth Baker, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"

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