Ancestral Anecdotes: Judah Baker





Simeon Deyo tells this story about Judah Baker, although he doesn't mention that he was a Captain in the War of 1812:

"Captain Judah was an important character in his time, and was educated beyond the average of his day. He taught others the art of navigation, and was himself a successful master mariner. On land he was a practical surveyor, and in a day when the average seaman was not so well educated as now, he was often useful in the community in adjusting the accounts of their voyages. He was drowned in Vineyard sound June 10, 1830."

Deyo goes on to say Judah's oldest son (Howes Baker) married Persis Allen, great-granddaughter of a Scottish pastor ("Rev. Allen") who was once a pastor in Salem, and who was lost at sea on a trip to Edinburgh.

He says Mercy Howes, the wife of Judah Baker, was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins. He also has Judah descending from Francis Baker's son Daniel, but it has been established that he descends from the son Nathaniel.


Judah Baker was born 20 October 1771, Dennis, MA. He married Mercy Howes 6 March 1798, Dennis, MA. He died 10 June 1830 in Vineyard Sound.


His children:


Deyo, Simon L. History Of Barnstable County, Massachusetts 1620-1890. New York: H. W. Blake & Co., 1890. Pg. 536 538 More Information

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