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Davis Louis Baker

Male 1814 - 1894  (79 years)


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  • Name Davis Louis Baker  [1, 2
    Born 26 Dec 1814  Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Dec 1894  Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried Cedar Grove Cemetery, Patchogue Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Davis Baker (Capt.) "for many years one of the prominent residents of Patchogue, departed this life 12/4/1894 when in his eightieth year. He was born near the bay in this village, 12/26/1814, to Jonathan and Rebecca (Davis) Baker. His father was a son of Deacon Jacob Baker, whose father removed from East Hampton to Patchogue prior to the Revolutionary War. So that the family is one of the oldest on the Island. In that early day he purchased a large tract of land, extending from the village proper to the bay and known as Baker's Neck. At the time that the road (now Ocean Avenue) was extended through the Baker property, the east side remained in possession of the Baker family while the west side was given to the daughter, who married a Mulford. The father of our subject departed this life at the age of sixty years, leaving a family of two sons and four daughters. The eldest of the household Jacob, was a seafaring man and was lost in the noted December 1, 1827 gale, at the time Capt. Phineas Rose and his son were drowned." (Record of Suffolk, County, LI, NY, pp. 731-733). Captain Baker was a devoted member of the Congregational Church. According to Church records. Davis and Jerusha D. Baker became members of the church in 1827.)

      James M. and C. L. Bayles of East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY (town of Brookhaven) built the schooner, "Frances A. Baker" of 80 tons for Capt. Davis Baker during 1849. See Charles Mauer materials at NYG&B (Baker file).

      He was just nineteen years of age when his sailor-like qualities found recognition in his appointment to the command of a vessel engaged in the coasting trade, in which he was continuously engaged for a period of thirty years, during nearly all this time as master. He also became an owner, and held interest in the "Observer," "Woodman" and "Phantom," and built a fine craft at Port Jefferson, which he named the "Francis A. Baker," for his daughter. No one knew the coast better than he and during his long career he never lost a vessel or even suffered a serious disaster. he retired from sea life when he was fifty years old, introduced the oyster industry in Great South Bay and became one of the most extensive oyster shippers in that region, frequently having as many as fifteen vessels engaged in the carving trade to Boston and other ports. His industry and sagacious conduct brought its reward, and he accumulated an ample competence, which he applied to excellent use in improving his property affording aid to public improvements, and in works of beneficence. He erected the substantial dwelling which has been the family abode for sixty years, and opened up one of the finest streets in the village, which bears the name of Baker Avenue in his honor. He was an exemplary member of the Congregational Church and active in advancing its influence and interests. His sympathies were always with the Republican party, but he held aloof from participation in political affairs. He was a charter member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows, of which he was treasurer for many years.

      In 1836, the Reverend Ezra Tuttle, a devoted pioneer minister, performed a double wedding ceremony, the two couples being Captain Davis Baker and Miss Jerusha Hedges Swezey and Benjamin Chichister and Miss Lydia Maria Smith, and it is a notable fact that the parents of both couples had been united in marriage by the same clergyman, who was the grandfather of Miss Smith.

      He is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Sect. F. #11. He is mentioned in his father's Will.

      In the Records of the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY (1655-1885, Vol. 1), there is an entry recorded June 2, 1869, Dated Patchogue December 31st 1852 (p. 148) listing a number of people living on Patchogue Lane agreeing to give up five feet of land in order to widen the lane from thirty feet to forty feet. Some of the names included are Lewis Baker, Davis Baker, Charles W. Baker, Daniel Baker, Daniel Brown, William C. Smith, John Miller, S. C. Horton, Gilbert G. Horton, William Horton, Edward Horton, and more. A Release of Land on Patchogue Lane (p. 258) is dated October 1, 1863 and lists George Jennings, Charles W. Baker, Lewis B. Baker, Daniel T. Raynor, Charity Mulford, Richard C. Howell, and Daniel Brown among the forty-five names. Davis Baker's name is not in the Release of Land on Patchogue Lane, but is listed in the former list agreeing to give five feet of land to
    Person ID I2541  Ackerly
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2017 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Rebecca Davis,   b. 30 Apr 1775, Coram, LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1845, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1812  Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Ezra Tuttle of Coram. See Charles Mauer data at NYG&B (Baker file).

      Rev. Dr. Tuttle was born 1764 and died 3 September 1854. He was interred in Waverly Avenue Cemetery, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY. He lived near Samuel Brown, Coram (Portrait and Bio. Records, Suffolk County 1896, p. 731).
    Family ID F2731  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jerusha Hedges Sweezey,   b. 10 Sep 1813, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1901, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 11 Dec 1836  Brookhaven, LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Amelia Baker,   b. 2 Nov 1837, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1908, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     2. Henry Davis Baker,   b. 18 Sep 1841, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1879  (Age 37 years)  [natural]
     3. Florence J Baker,   b. 14 Sep 1846, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1875, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)  [natural]
     4. George Everett Baker,   b. 9 Apr 1853, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1914, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S004840] Portrait and Biographical Record of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, (New York, NY: Chapman Publishing Co., 1896).
      p.731

    2. [S004840] Portrait and Biographical Record of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, (New York, NY: Chapman Publishing Co., 1896).

    3. [S027420] Age Based or Confirmed by 1850 Federal Census.
      Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY; Roll:M432_601; Pg:223. 1860 Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY; Roll:M653_865; Pg:128. 1870 Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY; Roll:M593_1100; Pg:357. 1880 Brookhave, Suffolk, NY, pg. 139C

    4. [S104049] Age Based or Confirmed by 1850 Federal Census.

    5. [S004450] Records of Cedar Grove Cemetery, Patchogue.

    6. [S004510] The Port Jefferson Echo, (Suffolk County Library On-line Historic Newspaper Collection).
      Saturday, December 15, 1894
      Page: 2


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