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Miss Janet Clark. To them were born six
children — Walter and Chester, who died in
infancy; Mary, who wedded James Wood;



George, who married Eniil\- Tripp: Mina, who
married Lewis Waldron: and Harry, who died
in infancy. (2i Betsy married William Smith,
a farmer of Dover Plains. Dutchess county,
and they had two children— Frances, who
married Charles Cooper: and Jane, who mar-
ried James Deacon. (3) Charles, subject of
this sketch, was the next in order of birth.
(4) Silas, a hat manufacturer, enlisted in a
Connecticut regiment, and served all through
the war of the Rebellion. He married Miss
Margaret Abbott, but no children were born
to them. (5) Sarah was never married. (6
Theron was engaged in the foundry business.
and married Miss Anna Hart, by whom he had
three children — Mary. John and Albert. (7)
Henr}- carried on farming in the West. He
married Miss Margaret O'Conners. but they
had no children. All of the above-named
family were born in the town of Dover, Dutch-
ess county, and were there educated.

The subject proper of this sketch was born
in the town of Dover. Dutchess county, in
1824. and like the other members of the fam-
ily attended the common schools near his
home. He earh- became familiar with the
work that falls to the lot of the agriculturist,
and made farming his life work. He was a
highly-respected citizen, having the confidence
and esteem of all who knew him. and man\"
friends mourned his death.

Mr. Davis was united in marriage with
Miss Elizabeth Benson, a daughter of Jeffer-
son and Fannie (Glenn) Benson, of Amenia.
Dutchess county, and they became the par-
ents of eight children, namely: George, bom
in 1S49. has for several j-ears been a conductor
on the Harlem railroad: he married Ellen
Duncan, and has one child — Ed J.: John.
born in 185 1. was for years conductor on the
Harlem railroad, and had his arm crushed in
1891: William, bom in 1853. was on the same
road for years, and is now on the Brooklyn
bridge: he married Eliza Benson, and has
eight children — Charles. Albert, Nellie. Anna,
Emma. Sophia. Arthur and Lula. Edward,
born in 1855. died at the age of nineteen years.
Frank, born in 1857. was a conductor on the
Staten Island road, and was killed in a colli-
sion in 1893: he married Katie E. Spencer.
Walter, born in 1859, is a fireman on the
Harlem road: he married Jennie Proper, and
has two children — Ida and Ethel. Jefferson,
bom in i860, is an engineer on the Brooklyn
bridge: he married Emilv Duncan, and has

three children — Edith. Harry and Mabel.
Arthur, born in 1862. was a policeman at the
time of his death in 1888: he married Georgia
Schamerhorn, and had one child — Katie E..
who died in infancv.

BENJAMIN N. BAKER. M. D., one of the
ablest and most successful medical practi-
tioners of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county, was
bom October 2. 1833. in Montgomery county,

His family is of English origin, and has
long been established in Nottingham, England.,
where his grandfather. John Baker, was a well-
known resident in his day. Rev. John J. Baker,
our subjects father, was the first of the family
to come to America, and fifty years of his life
were spent as a devoted minister of the Baptist
Church in Philadelphia and in different towns
in New Jersey. He married Miss Elizabeth
Nicholson, daughter of Benjamin Nicholson, a
Revolutionan,' soldier, who was at one time
imprisoned in a man-of-war in New York har-
bor. Thirteen children were bom of this union,
of whom the following seven lived to adult age:
Benjamin N.. William. Lansing B.. John J.,
Catherine. Margaret and Allie. The father
died in 1890. and the mother in 1S91.

Dr. Baker received a good education in his
youth, graduating in 184S from the Central
High School in Philadelphia, to attend which
he walked three miles each day. Soon after
leaving school he engaged in the drug business
in the same city, and later took the general
course in medicine in the Pennsylvania Med-
ical College, and was graduated in 1S57. He
then began the practice of his profession at
Lawrenceville. N. J., and remained there twelve
years, with the exception of one year in the
army, in 1862-63. He entered as second as-
sistant surgeon of the ist N. J. C and later
became first assistant of the 28th N. J. I., and
then first surgeon of the Third Division, Second
Corps. Hospital in the field, and was mustered
out while holding this rank. He returned to
LawTenceville. but in 1S68 moved to Rhine-
beck, and has been in general practice there
ever since, winning an enviable reputation
throughout the surrounding countr\' for the
successful and scientific treatment of difficult
cases. In his professional work he is naturally
a diligent reader, and he keeps well informed
also on the topics of the day. Political work
he has left entirely alone. He votes the Dem-


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