Biography of Lorenzo Baker
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Baker, Lorenzo, was born in the village of Schaghticoke, August 28, 1826 He was educated in the public schools, at Greenwich Seminary and at Manchester Seminary. Vermont. He was employed in Troy for six years, and afterwards was a merchant tailor and clothier in the village for forty four years up to 1896. and is still carrying on the business. October 20, 1859, he married Matilda H., daughter of the Rev. Hiram Dunn, then of Saratoga county. They had one son, Alfred C., who is a student at Mechanicville, Saratoga county, N. Y. Mr. Baker's father, Ezekiel, was born in the town of Pittstown in 1795, was educated in and graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts. He was an eminent physician by profession. He married Harriet Bryan of this place. They had six sons: David B., Charles, Robert P., Lorenzo, William H., and John E. Ezekiel Baker organized the first Sunday school in connection with the First Presbyterian church in this place, and was elder and truustee of that church and clerk of the board of sessions until he died. He practiced medicine here for fifty one years and died in 1866; his wife died in 1872. He was a thorough abolitionist, and, his house was a station on the underground railway to Canada. Mr. Baker's mother's great grandfather, Ezra Bryan, had a brother, Alexander, who was a Scout and spy under General Gates in the Revolutionary war. Ezra Bryan was born in 1740; his son David was born in 1767. Alexander, son of David. was born in 1791, by second wife, so we find that his mother. Harriet Bryan, was the daughter of the fifth generation of Ezra Bryan. Ezekiel Baker enlisted in the 1st New York Mounted Rifles, served during the war, and was honorably discharged. The ancestry of the family was New England stock on both sides.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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