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Nicholas Fry Baker
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1820
Death: Feb. 15, 1846
Ocean County
New Jersey, USA

The youngest son of Benjamin Baker (1780 1855) & Ruth Sherman (1781 1864). He married Susan Allen Aylesworth on 15 May 1843 in Wickford Village, R.I. She is the daughter of Samuel Rhodes Aylesworth and Alice Chadsey.

Lost in the wreck of the ship John Minturn, under the command of Captain Starke. The ship ran aground in the surf off the Squam Beach, Mantoloking, New Jersey at 8:00 AM during a fierce gale on 15 Feb 1856.

Contributor Gregory Chapman provided the additional information above. Contributor BMC adds more below.

Nicholas Fry Baker (b. 1820) and Capt. Joseph B. Babcock (b. 1812) both died Feb. 15, 1846 off Mantoloking, NJ. They were embarked on the John Minturn, a packet ship under the command of Captain Starke. On Jan. 24. 1846, the five year old ship embarked from New Orleans to New York. A fierce winter storm came upon the barque, and the captain tried to go ashore to safety. The John Minturn hit a sandbar 300 yards off the shore of Squam Beach in NJ, and many of the people aboard perished. The storm was categorized as the worst in two decades.

The ship was insured for $30,000 in New York. The John Minturn was carrying a cargo of beef, bristles, corn, cotton, feathers, ham, hair, hemp, hides, lard, lead, merchandise, molasses, pork, sugar, tallow, wax, and wheat.

Below are two NY Newspaper accounts about the John Minturn.

Providence Daily Journal, 19 Feb 1846:

"...the John Minturn had five cabin passengers, besides the captain's wife, son, and daughter with....five seamen from the ship Cherokee, of Boston, (burnt at New Orleans) who were returning home. The ship struck at 3 A.M. sheered broadside to the beach and heeled off shore. The Captain, his wife, children, five cabin passengers and other of the two crews, amounting in number to twenty-eight persons perished.... The cabin passengers were Mr. Kohler and his wife, Mrs. Stark, Mr. J. Leeds, Captain Babcock, Messrs Levy and Baker." (1)

Providence Daily Journal, 20 Feb 1846:

"It appears the statements of some of the crew of this vessel [the Minturn] who have come up to this city, that she went ashore at about 10 o'clock on Sunday morning, head on and beat up so far on the beach, that if the jib boom had been rigged out, one could almost have swung ashore from it; but after the tide rose, she heeled off, with her head towards the sea, and gradually broke in pieces... Thirteen persons were saved in all, six by [the ship's] boat and seven on planks etc.... The bodies of the captain's wife and children have been recovered, and will be brought to this city. (2)

Nicholas Fry Baker, a crewman and Capt. Joseph B. Babcock were lost in the wreck of the John Minturn. Nicholas Fry Baker was only 25 years old, and Capt. Joseph B. Babcock died in his 35th year. Both men are buried in Lot-44 at Elm Grove Cemetery in North Kingstown, RI. There is no mention of Captain Babcock's family within the burial records at Elm Grove Cemetery.

Many reports differ about the time that the ship struck. There were roughly 20 to 30 people who perished in the wreck and approximately 10 people survived. there are varying accounts of the numbers of casualties and survivors.

1. Providence Daily Journal 19 February 1846.
2. Providence Daily Journal 20 February 1846.
3. McAleer, Althea H. Elm Grove Cemetery Inscriptions, North Kingstown, RI. RI Genealogical Society, 2000.

RIP, Capt. Joseph B. Babcok, Nichols Fry Baker, & all those who perished in the wreck of the John Minturn. --- BMC
Family links: 
  Benjamin Baker (1780 - 1855)
  Ruth Sherman Baker (1782 - 1864)
  Susan Allen Aylesworth Bower (1823 - 1911)*
  Ruth Sherman Baker Baker (1805 - 1861)*
  Hannah Sherman Baker Gardiner (1806 - 1879)*
  Mary Baker (1810 - 1826)*
  David Sherman Baker (1812 - 1894)*
  Thomas Sherman Baker (1817 - 1894)*
  Nicholas Fry Baker (1820 - 1846)
  Abby F. Baker Cotter (1822 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Elm Grove Cemetery
North Kingstown
Washington County
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Charles Baker
Record added: Sep 13, 2012
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Nicholas Fry Baker
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Nicholas Fry Baker
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