Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Philetus Baker - update 4/26/2008

Philetus Baker was born 1830 in Onondaga, New York, possibly the son of Simon and Roxanna.

By 1850 Philetus was probably working as a blacksmith and living with the family of a butcher named Joseph Landen (?) in Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York. Philetus left New York sometime before the war and settled in Michigan.

He stood 5’8” with blue eyes, light hair and a dark complexion, and was 31 years old and possibly living in Ionia County when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Company D was composed in large part of men who came from western Ionia County and Eaton County.) He was discharged for consumption on December 27, 1861, at either Camp Michigan, Virginia, or Annapolis, Maryland.

It is not known if Philetus returned to Ionia County after his discharge.

In fact, it appears that Philetus returned to his home in Onondaga County, New York. He is buried in Amber cemetery, Otisco, Onondaga County.

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