This is a document found in family papers which details what my family knew about Joseph Baker. The document does continue for four pages, but includes information about living individuals and is, therefore, not posted in its entirety here. My family's records are quite certain that Horace Baker was Joseph Baker's son.
Notes on the Baker Family
Joseph Baker, our great great grandfather was born 1754. He married Elizabeth Sadler Nov. 4, 1777 at Ashfield, Mass. He died Sept. 5th, 1826 at Phelps, NY.
Elizabeth Sadler was born July 4th, 1760 and died Feb, 29, 1858 at Clymer NY. Their children were: Roswell, Elizabeth born in 1800, Horace our great grandfather born Nov. 27, 1802, died Feb. 10, 1892.
Joseph Baker served in the American Revolution from April 1775 to Jan. 6, 1777. He enlisted at Montague, Mass. under Captain Samuel Barllett and Col. Jonathan Ward. He was captured in 1776 at Tappan, NY, was imprisoned at Fort Lee and on the prison ship Jersey at New York until Jan. 6, 1777 when he was paroled. He applied for a pension April 27, 1818. The claim was allowed. At that time he was living in Phelps, NY in Ontario County. These items were gathered from old letters written 1808-1817.
Horace Baker, out great grandfather had tuberculosis when a young man, He was taken into the family of a minister; recovered from his illness and was sent to Hobart College at Geneva, NY.
In addition to proving parentage, I can find no evidence that Horace had TB and lived with a minister. Also, I contacted Hobart College and requested that they check enrollment records for Horace. They did not locate records to indicate that he attended school there.