Jason Baker (1814-1864)
Brick Co. Agent, Brighton Supervisor, Monroe County Treasurer
Jason Baker & Alvin Brton Connection
Leo found @ the Rochester Public Library an account of the life of “Jason Baker: Monroe County Treasurer” written by Carol B. Bickel. Jason was Carol's great, great grandfather. Her account gave information to document the background history of the Baker family.
found that Jason's brother was a Brick maker in 1850 US Census: Coxsakie,
New York, Green County
second fact was that Jason's sister Harriet was married to Alvin Burton.
These facts describe a man who had an understanding of brick making,
traveling with his brother in law to Brighton, the center of up-state
New York brick making industry and invest and grow a new barick making
factory. They came from the Hudson River area which was to become the
center of the brick industry in support of New York City. This data
allows us to connect Burton & Baker with greater understanding to
the facts presented below.
arrived in Brighton in 1842........1855 NYS Census said "in town"...
I had located three references to Jason Baker, (before I read Carol's notes), in his relationship to the Brighton Brick Industry but I have never seen or read that he was an operator of a Brick Yard. The references I found are as follows:
The first is an 1847 reference to Baker & Burton. This story seems to indicate that Jason Baker was a partner with the Alvin Burton in the Burton Brick Business.
"Rochester Daily Democrat" (RDD) May 18, 1847 page 2, Column 7
& Burton Brick Manufactures in City show successful"
I wish I had access to the above article which may have added some details as to depth of the involvement of Burton and Baker. This was before I foubd Carol's story.
The second is a remembrance of the Court House construction in 1850 . This story seems to indicate that Jason Baker was a partner with the Gideon Cobb in the Burton Brick Business.
The third is an article that appeared in the "Rochester Daily Advertiser" Wednesday Evening - Feb. 16, 1853......page 2, Column 6 under "Home Matters." This story seems to indicate that Jason Baker was a leader in the formation of the Rochester Brick & Tile Co.
above leads Leo to the speculation that Jason Baker was an investor
in the Brick Yards of Brighton or the contracting officer. He seems
to be one who obtained business and not a Brick Yard operator as one
who fired the kilns. His associations indicate that he was a strong
leader in the Brighton Brick Industry. He was associated with brickmakers
Gideon Cobb, Alvin Burton, Edwin Wilson, Isaac Moore and William Otis
and had political ambitions, Brighton Town Supervisor 1849, and Treasurer
of the City of Rochester (1860-1864). Jason Baker was a very active
man within Town and City. His political contacts set him a logical
person to conduct business and be aware of new building ventures and
thus secure contracts. Also you could possibly read into these notes
that there was a very close association with this community of brickmakers
in Brighton. The three Yards of Cobb, Wilson & Burton may have
worked as a team prior to the purchase by William Otis.
Note map location of t he Jason Baker House on Highland Avenue.
This very impressive home on Highland Avenue is called
the "Manor House" was built by Jason Baker, and
most assuredly, using Brighton Brick