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Baker, Jeremiah

JEREMIAH BAKER, farmer, P.O. Spartansburg, was born in Canisteo, Steuben County, N.Y., November 12, 1809, son of William and Polly (Stevens) Baker, the former a native of Massachusetts, the latter of New York State. William Baker was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his father of the Revolutionary struggle, both being unharmed. He and his wife left Steuben County when our subject was a child, locating until about 1845 in Clarence, Erie Co., N.Y., when they came to Sparta Township, but after living about two years with their son, they purchased a farm in Union Township, Erie County, Penn. where they passed the balance of their lives. William Baker was twice married, his first wife dying in 1818, leaving six children, our subject being the only survivor. His second wife, who died in 1879, also left six children, three now living. Jeremiah Baker received a common school education, and in 1830 came from Erie County, N.Y., to this county, and purchased thirty acres of land in Sparta Township, to which he has added, until he has now a fine improved farm of 105 acres with suitable buildings thereon. He has been twice married, on first occasion, January 24, 1833, to Harriet Akin, a native of New York State, and whose parents settled in Concord, Erie Co., Penn., in an early day. She died August 26, 1834. Had one child who died in infancy. Mr. Baker then married, February 1, 1837, Esther Stowell, born in Vermont, March 12, 1815. Her parents were early settlers of Erie County, Penn. By this union were six children, four now living: Emily S., wife of L.E. Pearce, in mercantile business at Morris, Minn.; Polly, wife of M.G. Godfrey, Worcester, Mass.; Louis L., married and residing in this township, and Edwin A., married and living on the old homestead. One daughter, Hattie May, married Frank Segar; she died September 22, 1881, and he followed her in 1882, leaving one child. Mr. and Mrs. Baker are adherents of the Universalist Church, and are much respected in the community. Our subject is an A.F. & A.M.; was a member of the I.O.O.F. and P. of H. He has filled most of the township offices; was one of the County Commissioners when the court house was built, and is a stockholder and Director of the People’s Savings Bank, in Meadville. In politics he is a Republican.


 

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