13 February 2016

Henry Baker

Engraving of Henry Baker, a nineteenth century farmer in Delaware County, Iowa, whose image is a sort of avatar on this web site.

The History of Delaware County, Iowa.... (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878); p. 661.

Henry Baker
Delaware County, Iowa

BAKER HENRY, Farmer; Sec. 22; P. O. Manchester; born near Albany, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1814; he moved with his father, at the age of 3 years, to Oneida Co., N. Y., where they remained until he was 9 years old, then coming to Oakland Co., Mich.; there he remained until the age of 20 years, when he moved to Lenawee Co., Mich. He married Elizabeth W. Coffin June 10, 1840; she was born in Manchester in 1816. Mr. B. came to this county in June, 1841, and settled where he now lives; at that time there was but four families living in the township; they have one child living - Susan, born June 6, 1849; three children deceased - Susan, died April 1, 1849; Edwin, died Aug. 29, 1846, at the age of 4 years and 7 months, and John, died Oct. 1, 1846, at the age of 2 years and 4 months. Mr. Boker's [sic] wife died Dec. 15, 1849, leaving him and his infant daughter, Susan, alone; she is now married and living in Kansas. Mr. Boker [sic] owns 572 acres of land, well improved, worth $50 per acre; principal product, stock raising. Mr. Boker [sic] is the very oldest settler that is still living in Coffin's Grove Tp.; he has been Justice of the Peace ten years; Democrat.

Source: The History of Delaware County, Iowa; Containing a History of the County, its Cities, Towns, etc., a Biographical Directory of its Citizens, War Record of its Volunteers in the Late Rebellion, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest, History of Iowa, Map of Delaware County, Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, etc (Chicago, Illinois: Western Historical Company, 1878); page 661.

This biographical sketch appeared in the section on Coffin's Grove Township, Delaware County, Iowa.