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Deborah Brown

Female 1751 -


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  • Name Deborah Brown 
    Born 23 Dec 1751 
    Gender Female 
    Buried Cedar Grove Cemetery, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY, Section 9, #11 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Deborah Brown is thought to be the first wife of Jacob Baker (born 1752) as reported in East Hampton History Including Genealogies of Early Families by Jeannette Edwards, 1953, p. 209. L974.725R.

      The earliest mention we have found for Deborah's name and these dates was a record copy of a 1921 application (No. 168527) for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution by Henrietta B. Newman, who lived near by the Patchogue area in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. The dates are repeated in the Rattray History, p. 209. It is likely they are based on this same family information since Rattray's book was published in 1953.

      That Deborah Brown and Jacob Baker were married in 1775 and that she died 5 November 1819 is in a listing of Bakers in Patchogue microfilmed in 1972 according to Jimmy Baker's notes.

      That Jacob married Deborah Brown in 1775 is recorded in Family Tree Maker, CD506 Lineages of Hereditary Society Members, 1600s-1900s, Founders and Patriots of America Index, Index Content, copyrighted by the Learning Company, Inc., printed April 22, 2000.

      Data from Charles Mauer records at NYG&B (Baker file) indicates that Jacob's wife was Deborah Brown. He cites a Will of Sarah Hudson of Southold, NY, who died 27 January 1789; proved 7 April 1789: property left to "my cousin, Richard Brown and his daughter Deborah Brown." Surrogates Court, Riverhead, NY.

      Jacob had a wife was in the 1810 census but not in 1820.

      There is a Deborah buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Sect. L #9. Town of Brookhaven Cemetery Book compiled during 1939-1940, from Information Contained on headstones in the Cemeteries and Graveyards in the Town of Brookhaven. Family Records, Church Records, Assessor's Records, Town Clerk's Records, and Other Documents, for Deaths Prior to 1881 by Osborn Shaw lists Deborah Baker as having died 5 November 1849 at the age of 67-0-13, wife of Jacob. (A Town of Brookhaven Historian's Cemetery List dates Deborah's death as 5 January 1849 and states that she died at the age of 67 years, no months, and 13 days. 1849 may be an error because of the age at death provided: 1819 makes more sense as a death date.) The dates can not be right for this would make Deborah 98 years old if her birth date of 1757 is correct. The more likely death date is 1819. This, in fact, is the date (1819) seen by the Kirwins June 2001 at Cedar Grove Cemetery. There is further writing on Deborah's deteriorating stone, "farewell my partner and our friend. see our days how soon they end. Our children dear with pilly (sic) And fed what cure from you is Him." (At least this is what we thought we were reading! Cedar Grove was dedicated 24 October 1875. Therefore, Deborah's grave site had been moved to this location.

      In Henrietta Baker Newtons' accepted application for membership to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (National Number 168527) Col. Josiah Smith Chapter, Patchogue, it is stated that Deborah Brown was born in 1757 (not 1751!), married in 1775 to Jacob Baker, died in 1819, and that she was Jacob's only wife. The only child listed is Jonathan; however, we know the census indicates Jacob had daughters. (In a letter from Fred Hart, C.G. dated 28 January 2001: "I have not yet found any evidence that any of our Jonathan Bakers served under Col. Josiah Smith in 1776. I think this reference may result from something in Mather's Refugees, or from some misreading of the Calendar of Hist Mss., but again have not taken the time to try to sort it out.")

      This is a stretch, however, A-92, p. 15 (The Wills of Suffolk, County, LI [NY], Liber A, 1787-1798 Abstracted by George M. Easter Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2001): "SARAH HUDSON, of Southold, 27 January 1789..gives cousin Richard Brown lands and etc...remembers Richard Brown's daughter Deborah...remembers Desire, wife of Richard Brown...executors: Reubin Brown, cousin Richard Brown...witnesses: Francois Fournier, Deborah Fournier, Matthew Beale. Proved 7 April 1789 by Deborah Fournier "spinster" of Southold. Administration granted 7 April 1789 to Richard Brown." Deborah Brown, at least Jacob's first wife, was deceased by 1782 when he married Deborah Jeans/Jayne, unless she was Deborah Brown before her marriage to Jeans/Jayne and Jacob's first wife had another name now lost to us.

      The records of the Smithtown Presbyterian Church show that in 1782 Jacob Baker married Deborah Jean (possibly the surname Jayne, belonging to a large Brookhaven family, which was often spelled Jean). The Will of Elias Scribner, Brookhaven 7 July 1775 was witnessed by "Shadrick Jennis" who is most likely Shadrack Jeanes. son of James and Deborah Jeanes. After James died, Deborah married Jacob Baker.

      Jacob Baker and Deborah his wife, "late Deborah Jeans, executrix of the Will of James Jeans, deceased," were defendants in a 1790 lawsuit. Suffolk, County Clerk's Office, Historic Documents File 90:18-22. The Will of James "Jeanes" of Brookhaven south was dated 5 September and proved 8 October, both 1781. It named his wife Deborah (to be executrix with Samuel Tobey), and 3 older sons Jinkinson, Shadrak & Meshak, and younger children Abednego, James and Ohne (Joseph H. Petty, Abstracts of Brookhaven [LI] Wills, on Record in the Surrogate's Office at NY," NYG&B Record, 24 [1983] p. 90.

      Since the maiden surname of the wife of James Jean(s) is not yet known, it is possible that she was the Deborah "Brown" of the family tradition. If so, then Jacob's first wife could possibly have been an entirely different person, perhaps not named Deborah at all, who would have died sometime prior to 1782. We do know that Jacob's wife Deborah who died in 1819 is buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Patchogue, and that there was no female of appropriate age in the census entry for Jacob's family in 1820. Reports that Jacob's wife died in 1849 are probably due to a misreading of Deborah's gravestone.

      The name of Jacob Baker appears as a signer of the 1775 census of Brookhaven. Jacob Baker was enumerated, however, in the adjacent town of Islip in 1776, both he and his wife age 16-50, and only one child--a female under 16 years (1776 census, p. 32). His first wife may have been from an Islip family.

      Jacob Baker, age 26 years, was also (with his brother William) among those Brookhaven residents who made an oath of loyalty to the King of England in 1778. All other records continue to place him in Brookhaven. The family's entry in the 1790 census of Brookhaven lists 2 male children under 16 years, and 3 females other than the presumed wife. Except for his son Jonathan, the other persons have not yet been identified.

      Jacob Baker and Deborah Baker were two of the seven charter members of the Patchogue Congregational Church in 1793 (Roll of Members from a Patchogue Congregational Church publication of June 1887). They were active church members and he was called "Deacon Jacob Baker" in an 1896 biography of his grandson, Davis Baker (Portrait and Biographical Record of Suffolk, County {LI} NY (NY and Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co., 1896), pp. 731-3. This article concerned Capt. Davis Baker of Patchogue (1814-1894), son of Jonathan and Rebecca.)

      In later years, Jacob Baker was closely associated with a younger William Baker, born 1767 (They were always listed nearby in the censuses, and the list of "Former Members" of the Patchogue Congregational Church by surname includes (in this order and followed by other younger Bakers) Jacob Baker, Deborah Baker, Cloe Baker, and William Baker.) At least one published article on the family states that Jacob was William's father ("Fillmore A. Baker" section in William S. Pelletreau, A History of LI, Vol. 3 {NY: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903}, Vol. 3, p. 120. However, it is extremely doubtful that he was the William's (1767) father. Jacob Baker would have been only 15 years old when that William was born. While women were sometimes mothers at age 15 in colonial times, the cases of fathers this age are almost non-existent. More importantly, no male child under 16 years was in Jacob's household in 1776. But both candidates for William's father (certainly one of Jacob's brothers) had died before William reached maturity and started his own family, and it is quite reasonable to assume that Jacob might have become William's guardian, whether or not designated by law.

      Secondary sources state that the Jonathan Baker who was the son of Deacon Jacob Baker and who married Rebecca Davis was an only son (Suffolk, County Biographies, p. 731 and Pelletreau History, Vol. 3, p. 319) and this appears to have been the case. However, Jacob also appears to have had at least three daughters by 1790, none of which have been positively identified. One of them may have been the Chloe Baker (born 1788) who married William on 8 January 1811, and if so, then the close relationship between William and Jacob would be even easier to understand.

      Two William Bakers were indeed nearby to Jacob in the 1820 census of Brookhaven (1820 US Census, Brookhaven, Suffolk, County, NY, NARA microfilm M33:74, sh. 173a). One of them (age 45+) was William Baker born in 1767, almost certainly Jacob's nephew, and possibly also his son-in-law. The other William (age 26-45) was enumerated as William Baker Jr. in this census, and based on his younger age was probably the one later known as Capt. William Baker, born in 1788, son of Jonathan Terry Baker, and therefore Jacob's grandnephew.

      "A church building was erected on the newly acquired site in 1793. It has been described by capt. Daniel Brown, who worshipped in it and in its three successors, and who was a contributor to the church buildings which were erected in later years. capt. Brown lived on the east side of Ocean Avenue about half way between Main Street and the railroad. He was born on 4 November 1808 and died 15 September 1901. White monuments in the north end of the old churchyard on Waverly Avenue mark his grave and those of his wife, Hannah Hawkins, and two daughters, Ellen and Frances, who were school teachers." (p. 12 in The Congregational Church of Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY, A History by Frank Overton, M.D., Clerk of the Church prepared for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the church on 14 January 1793 as published by the LI Forum, Amityville, NY, 1943) Page 14 states "Jacob Baker and his wife, Deborah, who lived on the east side of Ocean Avenue, halfway to the shore." This (p. 14) is in reference to the fact that Jacob was among the eight members of record who founded the church in 1793. He died in 1794. There was also a Jacob and Deborah Bell, a married couple, in the same listing.

      Monetta Baker also claimed Jacob Baker married Deborah Brown. Monetta was the daughter of James Syms Baker and granddaughter of James Prior Baker. Her knowledge would be hearsay.
    Person ID I1783  Baker
    Last Modified 16 May 2017 

    Father Richard Brown 
    Relationship natural 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F0401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jacob Baker,   b. 1 Apr 1752, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1823, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years) 
    Married 1775 
    Children 
     1. Jonathan Baker,   b. 5 Aug 1777, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1837, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]  [unknown]
    Last Modified 16 May 2017 
    Family ID F0400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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