BAKER, Rev. Leroy Franklin, rector of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal church, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Mount Pleasant, Wayne county, Pa., November 26, 1848. His father was a native of Orange county, N. Y., a descendant of one of the early settlers of Rhode Island. His mother was the daughter of Col. Harry Mumford, an officer in the militia, and a descendant of Thomas Mumford, who settled in Rhode Island, and married Sarah Sherman, about the year 1650. From this family sprang Hannah Mumford, who became the mother of Bishop Seabury, the first bishop of the Anglican communion in America; Paul Mumford, successively chief justice and lieutenant governor of Rhode Island, and Augustus Mumford, adjutant, who was killed during the siege of Boston, Mass., by a cannon shot, August 29, 1775; being the first Rhode Island officer who fell in the war of the Revolution: also many prominent citizens of Rhode Island and Connecticut. There is evidence that the Mumford family descended from Hugh de Montfort; the line can be traced to Arnulph, bishop of Metz, who died A. D. 631.
Mr. Baker was graduated from the Ithaca Academy, Ithaca, N. Y., June 25, 1869, and spent two years in Cornell University, being president of his class during the sophomore year. He spent two years in teaching in his native place, and three years in study in the Divinity School, Philadelphia, Pa., graduating therefrom June 31, 1876. He was ordained to the diaconate, in Reading, Pa., June 11, 1875, by the Rt. Rev. ~M. A. De Wolfe Howe, bishop of Central Pennsylvania and to the priesthood in Scranton, Pa., December 20, 1876, by the same bishop. Immediately after graduation from the Divinity School, Mr. Baker was sent to Great Bend, Susquehanna county, Pa., to take charge of Grace church in that place. He remained there three years, serving also St. Mark's church, New Milford, during the same time. He was called to St. Paul's church, Harrisburg, and took charge of that parish on July 13, 1879. From that time to the present writing (1896), he has remained in charge of St. Paul's parish. With a single exception he is the oldest resident minister in the city of Harrisburg, and with the same exception he is the oldest resident in the Archdeaconry of Harrisburg. He has been for several years examining chaplain in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and a member of the committee on canons. He was a deputy to the General Convention in Baltimore in 1892, the convention that completed the revision of the Book of Common Prayer; he was also deputy to the General Convention in Minneapolis in 1895, the convention that inaugurated the revision of the constitution and canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
On June 4, 1877, he was married to Sarah E. Wortman, of Ithaca, N. Y. On her fahterís side Mrs. Baker is descended from German stock, having Hesse Cassel as its ancestral home. Some of her nearer paternal ancestors in this country are named among the Jerseymen in the Revolution; some were among the survivors of the Wyoming massacre. On her mother's side Mrs. Baker is a descendant of Dr. Comfort Starr, who was born in Ashford, England, and died in Boston, in 1659. Rev. and Mrs. Baker have one child, Anna May, born February 12, 1882.
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