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Baker Family Records

THE Baker Family is among the forty-nine "best families" selected by the American Historical-Genealogical Society for whom the Society has published family histories during the past few years. The Baker family has been prominent in the British Empire and in the United States, its members having played important roles in war and in peace. Family pride is a commendable trait and should be cultivated. All Bakers have just cause to be proud of their family history and traditions.

In references No. 3, No. 10 and No. 7 we find the following regarding the origin and meaning of the name Baker:

The surname Baker came from the occupation of the men who bore it. The feminine form has become almost equally well established among us,Bagster, Baxter or Backster (the latter spelling found in Foxe's Roll of Marian martyrs) being among forms of the old female "bakester".

The name of Baker in England is almost completely supplanted by that of Baxter in Scotland, and all Bakers may be considered of English origin. Such folks as "Elias le Baxter" and "Ralph le Bakster" are very plentifully represented in the olden registers. The ordinances of the Guild of the Purification, 1367, are signed by "Johannes Austyn, Baxter." The name of Robert le Baker appears in Calendarium Inquisitionum Post Mortem; Walter le Bakare, in Writs of Parliament; and other names of Baker can be found in many documents of ancient origin.

We find recorded at St. Peter, Cornhill, the baptism of Jane Baker, 1555. This is perhaps the first time the name was taken as a genuine surname without the usual "le" preceding it.

The various forms of the name are as follows: German, Becher; Dutch, Becker, Beeke; and Anglo-Saxon, Becca.

The data in this volume is gathered from reliable sources. We have selected what we consider the most important material. Many of the daughters, and sons for whom no issue was shown, have been omitted from the pedigrees. A missing symbol indicates that a name has been omitted. Those desiring further information are advised to consult the volumes mentioned in the list of References.

The compiler hopes that, in producing this volume he is bringing to the Baker Family information which will be of interest and value to them, and that he is rendering an important service to the public. He and his asso ciates will be glad to give their cooperation to members of the family who are interested in having a complete genealogy of the family published.

Unless otherwise plainly shown, the persons in this volume whose names are accompanied by three figures are children of the immediately preceding persons bearing immediately preceding numbers. All persons in each group bearing the same letter as a part of their numbers, are directly related. The generations of the descendants of those bearing numbers of three figures are represented as follows. However, some of our material is published as copied from various records without rearrangement according to this system.

Generations .........1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Symbols............ (1), etc. (A), etc. (a), etc. 1, etc. A, etc.

Generations .........6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

Symbols ............ a, etc. (1), etc. (i), etc. 1, etc. i, etc.

Abbreviations: add., address; b., born; ch., children; coll., college; d., died; d.y., died young; d.w.i., died without issue; dau., daughter; grad., graduated; l., lives, lived; m., married, moved; s., son, succeeded; d.s.p., died without issue; d.v.p., died before father; univ., university.


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