Thomas Baker

1748–1819 (Age 70)
Bow, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Baker was born on 30 March 1748, in Bow, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Captain Joseph Baker, was 34 and his mother, Hannah Lovewell, was 26. He married Ruth Peabody on 3 February 1776, in Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He died on 6 February 1819, in Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

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Thomas Baker
Ruth Peabody
Marriage: 3 February 1776
Ruth Baker
Seth Baker
Ruth Baker
Esther Baker
Doritha Baker

Spouse & Children

3 February 1776
Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America


  • Ruth Baker


  • Seth Baker


  • Ruth Baker


  • Esther Baker


  • Doritha Baker


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World Events (6)


Age 28

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

Age 28

New Hampshire is 9th state.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 38

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Thos. Baker in entry for Seth Baker, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924"
  • Thomas Baker in entry for Esther Baker, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
  • Thomas Baker in entry for Seth Baker, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"

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