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 Elijah Baker

Elijah Baker

Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 4 May 1888 (aged 76)
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Division B Lot 54 Quarter 1&2
Memorial ID 6627218 · View Source
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Elijah was the son of George & Martha Baker, and the brother of Jackson Baker. He married Mary Ann Mettert on Apr. 11, 1838, and they had eight known children: Dabney Baker, Nancy Baker Wood, Charlotte Baker Friend, Georgetta Baker, Mattie Baker, Mary Baker, Pinninnah Baker & Rosa Baker McDowell.

From the Richmond Dispatch, May 5, 1888:

"Death of this Venerable and Well-Known Citizen"

Mr. Elijah Baker, whose name has been identified with the business interests of Richmond for a very long time, died at his residence, 2239 Venable street, at 10:15 last night. For quite a long time he had been in poor health, but it was not until Thursday that he became alarmingly ill. Death, it is believed, resulted from congestion of the lungs.

Mr. Baker was about seventy-five years of age, and was born in the lower part of Henrico, and was for a lengthy period a merchant on Venable street, but his name is best known to the general public as the originator and manufacturer of "Baker's Premium Bitters," from the sale of which he had accumulated a snug fortune. He was a man of very considerable general information, was little disposed to public life (though he had served the county and city in several useful capacities), and was a kind and good husband, father, and friend.

Deceased's only surviving children are daughters, all of whom are married, and are as follows: Mrs. Dr. Friend, of Hanover; Mrs. James P. Wood and Mrs. John G. McDowell, of Richmond. His only son, Mr. Dabney G. Baker, died a few years ago.

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In memory of our devoted father
Elijah Baker
Born Feb. 29th 1812,
Died May 4th 1888,
in the 77th year of his age.