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Frederick Baker

My great uncle Alexander Earle Baker UE. self published a history of Frederick Baker U.E.L. and some of his descendants. He spent nearly twenty years gathering information through research, inquiry and correspondence.

The OGS directory of surnames lists Frederick Baker as born in Claverack N.Y. U.S.A. in 1756, d: 1835 at Ernestown Tp. Ontario. Emigrated from N.Y. He resided in Millhaven, Lennox & Addington County from 1783 to 1835. It lists his wife as Elizabeth Davy and children. Frederick Baker’s name is contained on “The Executive Council List” and lists his residence as Ernestown.

Lt. Henry Simmons of Claverack N.Y. led the party of Loyal Rangers who first settled in the Township of Ernestown. His notebook states: ” the sixteenth day of August 1777, I left my house in Claverack with a company of 27 men and officers to join General Burgoyne’s army at the Batten Kill and joined Col. Jessup’s corps that same day.” Forty men joined Col. Jessup Corps: Frederick Baker’s name appears on a roll of King’s Loyal Americans.

The muster rolls of all Loyalists and discharged soldiers who settled in Ernestown Township. Dated 7th of October, 1784 lists Frederick Baker, no family, drawing one ration, has two acres cleared. The above items prove that Frederick Baker came from Claverack N.Y. and served as a loyalist soldier and that he settled in Ernestown Tp. in 1874 and was indeed a United Empire Loyalist in all sense of the title.

Frederick married Elizabeth Davy, who was also from a loyalist family, between 1784 and 1788; they had a family of eight children. Frederick also received several government land grants due to his military record of fighting for and supporting the British.

submitted by Barry Baker

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