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Baker, Isaac (of Bloomington, IL)

Born: 1783-09-13 Fairfield County, Connecticut

Died: 1872-04-28 LeRoy, Illinois

Baker studied medicine for seven years, which was quite uncommon for the time. In 1803 in Ohio, he married Susannah M. Dodge with whom he had eleven children. Around 1810, the couple moved to Marietta, Ohio. During his early married life, Isaac learned surveying and built a steam mill with his brother-in-law in New York. In July 1827, he settled in McLean County, Illinois, where he did some surveying and where for a brief time, Dr. Baker was a county clerk. After his first wife died, he married Ruth Greenman in August 1833. He and Ruth, a widow, had two daughters. In 1850, Baker was a doctor in Bloomington, Illinois. After Ruth's death, Isaac married Nancy Miller in August 1852, and a year later they moved to LeRoy, Illinois.

Gravestone, Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), McLean County, IL, 6; E. Duis, The Good Old Times in McLean County, Illinois (Bloomington, IL: Leader, 1874), 206-208; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, McLean County, 8 August 1833; 1 August 1852, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.