Elijah Baker was born in the county of Lunenburg, Virginia, in 1742, and born again in 1769. In 1773, in conjunction with one or two others, he organized the Boar Swamp Baptist Church in Henrico County, Virginia. Baker was the chief agent in forming churches in James City, Charles City, and York, Virginia. He established churches in Gloucester, at a place called Guinea, and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and in Maryland, where he planted the first ten Baptist churches. Elder Baker was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, and attended by extraordinary usefulness. He was imprisoned in Accomac jail for a considerable period. Afterwards, he was put on board a vessel as a disturber of the peace to be carried beyond the seas, and he was to pay for his passage by performing the duties of a seaman, but the Lord opened the captain’s eyes to see his character, and he sent him ashore. He died on November 6, 1798, full of faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
William Cathcart, The Baptist Encyclopedia