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Ancestors of David Keith Baker

Generation No. 8


      128. James Baker, Esquire, born Aft. 1705 in Pa.336; died 1800. He was the son of 256. Robert Baker Jr. and 257. Mary Thompson. He married 129. Blount.

      129. Blount

Notes for James Baker, Esquire:
I have included all notes on my file with permission of originators of the following noted information. The notes are from years of sharing information from other researchers. Without this method of sharing information, must of the records would be lost. I thank them for their foresight to save such valuable records and for sharing them with myself and others to further aid our research. David K Baker

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[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Died in North Carolina.Lived in Grandville, then Ashe Co, NC. " Was the first white person to own land in Ashe Co, NC. The Heritage of Ashe County North Carolina, Article 24."

In publication: Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, Bicentennial History of Lee County, Virginia 1792-1992 we find the following about James Baker, Esquire: His children were 1. Rev. Andrew Baker, b. 1749 VA and d. April 23, 1815 Lee County, VA. He married Elizabeth Avant/Avent, the daughter of Amy Massey and Peter Avant.

Editors note: This is the same Rev. Andrew Baker found as son of Andrew Baker and Mary Mollie Bowling. However, my file also shows Andrew Baker, born 1749, died 1815 Lee County, VA., on list of children of James Baker, Esquire & Blount.

WHY DID YOU MOVE MORRIS TO JAMES?
> BYRON
Date: 11/21/00 10:33:49 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: pgreer@rectec.net (Patty Greer)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com

Because back in 1955 my grandmother wrote a poem, for the 3rd Baker Reunion
in Lamar, Mo. and in it she had that Morris Father we hear was Jas. Now
don't Jas. stand for James. Then in the Ashe co., N.C. Heritage book on
page 123 Item 24. Tells about James and his son Morris. that married Patsy
Smith' says at the beginning." It has been written that one James Baker was
the first white man to hold title land in what was to become Ashe Co., N.C.
in the year of 1773. It is not known who his wife was. but several
offsprings are attributed to them among them are Nellie Ellender; Andrew;,
married Marhta Patsy, m. 8 Jan 1782 ;Justice Bowlin; Samuel; John ; George
and Morris. Morris Baker was born 1750 in Wilkes Co., N.C. married Jane
Smith daughter of "Carolina Planter" Hugh Smith and his wife Jane." This
book was a reprint of the book written in 1984.

From: Gary Dahlgren
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 10:09 AM
To: ByronBrown

James Baker's son, Robert III, was the ancestor of the Hancock Co. Bakers. Robert was born in 1735 and fought at King's Mountain and is believed to be the brother of the famous Rev. Andrew Baker, a chaplain during the Rev. War. History and family tradition tell of Robert III rescuing William Blount from the British who held him captive during the heat of battle. This same William Blount was to become Governor of TN. He took Robert III home with him and he made the statement, "This fine young man, I would be proud to give my daughter." Robert III took the Oath of Allegiance to the Colonies Oct. 6, 1777.
Robert III had two sons and a daughter. Son William was born January 31, 1789 in Rutherford Co., NC and married Elizabeth Wallen, daughter of Elisha Wallen, the famed Longhunter.
William Baker was one of the trustees of Greasy Rock Academy, the first educational institute of Hancock Co.
William Baker was a veteran of the War of 1812 and fought in the Battle of New Orleans. He was later a surveyor into Missouri and Arkansas with Elisha Wallen for the government.
He had twelve children: John Wesley, Andrew C., Mary, James, Emely, Susan, Joseph, William, Elizabeth, Anna, Claiborne, Jesse.
Son John Wesley Baker, as an official of Hancock Co., gave state funds to Thomas T. Livesay to build the pike road from Rogersville by way of War Gap to Kyles Ford to the VA line now route 70 for the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
The son of John W. Baker was Simpson (died at age 25) who married Nancy Jane Testerman. Their son was Henry Tyler Baker, a successful merchant, who married Mattie Livesay, daughter of Sargent Milem Davis Livesay, a veteran of the Civil War. He fought at the battle of Cumberland Gap.
Henry Tyler Baker's sons were Rufus Henry, Howard Simpson, and John Wesley, artist craftsmen who cut the stone for the National Art Gallery in Washington, D.C........
The son of Rufus Henry Baker is Bobby Earl Baker, a Millright of International Card and Label Company, Rogersville, TN. He married Doris Jean Poteet and they have one son, Robert W. Baker IV who is currently employed by the U.S. Navy Civil Service.........
He is married to the former Linda Downer and has two children, Robert V. and Allen."
- Submitted by: Bobby Baker and R.H. Baker, Blackwater, VA.
Sincerely,
Linda

Subj: P.S. Rev. Andrew's father
Date: 1/16/01 6:24:08 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: GLDahlgren@msn.com (Gary Dahlgren)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com (ByronBrown)

I received a nice letter from Doris Baker of Blackwater, VA and she said that although they had been researching the family for 20 years, they could not determine Rev. Andrew's father. He is definitely part of the pack, but are James Esq./Blount or Andrew/Mary Mollie his parents? We need a breakthrough!!! This is very frustrating for me because I don't know which line to trace back. You are lucky to know for sure John "Renta's" parentage :)

From THE HERITAGE OF WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, VOLUME II, 1990, page 133, EDITOR MRS. NANCY W. SIMPSON: JAMES BAKER OF ASHE COUNTY - Records show that one James Baker entered land in the future Ashe County area in 1773. Of course this was more than a century before a lot of the Bakers were born. The deed was recorded about 1803 by an attachment, which could be an indication that he had died.
When he witnessed Hugh Smith's will he signed James Baker, Esquire, which would lead one to believe that he was an older man as his son Andrew signed only as Andrew Baker. In 1790 James Baker shows himself and wife and four boys under sixteen, but these could have been orphaned grandsons. The significant thing is that James also shows two slaves. Such rare and valuable possessions at that time that there is implication that he ought to be a middle-aged or elderly man. Moreover, this James does not appear in any census after 1790, suggesting that he died before 1800.
We know that Capt. Thomas Calloway of French and Indian War fame, married Mary Baker, aunt of Rev. Andrew Baker and John Baker. For these reasons James Baker was the father of the following: Morris Baker who married Patsy Smith, daughter of Hugh and Jane Smith; Robert Baker probably lived in Grayson Co., VA; Rev. Andrew Baker, Chaplin in American Revolution, married Susannah Vanoy and possibly Elizabeth Avant second; George Baker who married Susannah Morris; Bolling baker who married Martha (Patsy) Morris; Eleanor Baker married Jesse Ray of American Revolution; Martha (Patsy) Baker married Justice Bowling: and five sons and two sons-in-laws were active in the American Revolution.
Morris and Patsy Smith Baker were the parents of the following: Zachariah and James who married daughters of Captain John Cox. Jonathan Baker who married Mary Koontz. Jeremiah Baker whose son Morris may have married a daughter of John Koontz. Robert who married Jane Reeves. Mary (Polly) Baker who married Meredith Ballou. Jane Baker who married John Williams. Nancy Baker who married Edward hart. Susannah Baker who married John Stringer. Baker who married William Caldwell, and Esther Baker who married Enoch Baldwin, Jr.
Court records reveal that Morris Baker died in 1810-1811 and his sons Zachariah and Johnathan were in charge of settling the estate. There were two children under age and they jointly asked that their mother Patsy Baker be named guardian. Ester was soon married to Enoch Baldwin, Jr., and they went to Ohio to live for awhile. When her name was called out she did not have any representation so the court record "called and failed" was given.
The Baldwins must have returned to North Carolina before too long. Records show there were only three sons born of the marriage: Noah Calton Baldwin, William Madison Baldwin, and Wiley Gordon Baldwin.
Esther Baker Baldwin is said to have been buried in the Glade Springs, Virginia Cemetery.

Subj: [BakerAncestors] Baker's in Ashe Co., NC--land records
Date: 7/7/01 7:27:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: darlenbaker@cs.com
Reply-to: BakerAncestors@yahoogroups.com
To: BakerAncestors@yahoogroups.com
The land situation was quite different south of 36ø30' than in Virginia.
North Carolina was a proprietary colony, with the Earl of Granville holding
title to much of the land. Residents of the Old North State before the
Revolution paid a quit rent to the Earl for some years then perhaps could
acquire title to the land they lived on. In 1777 the North Carolina
legislature passed a confiscation act which took the Earl of Granville's
holdings and transferred title to the State. The state in turn issued land
grants to its citizens for a nominal fee, for which the inhabitants or land
speculators could acquire the land fee simple. The problem of claim jumping
was not as bad as it was in Virginia for reasons which are not entirely
clear. One reason may be the fees required to for land grants made the land
more affordable than in Virginia.Grant in what is now Ashe County, North
Carolina

General Area Grant # Name

Naked Creek 476 Andrew Baker
Beaver Creek 492 Nathaniel Vannoy

616 Morris Baker
Peak Creek 937 Morris Baker

Roan's Creek 886 John Baker
Peak Creek 1458 John Baker
1700 John Baker
Naked Creek 936 James Baker
Peak Creek 1283 James Baker
Cranberry 1366 James Baker

Sugar Tree Br. 1019 Francis Vannoy
Beaver Creek 1020 Francis Vannoy
Naked Creek 1059 Christopher Shoun
Beaver Creek 1085 John Vickers
1155 Thomas Calloway
Beaver Creek 1248 Daniel Vannoy


Naked Creek 1702 Andrew Baker
Naked Creek 1701 Andrew Baker
Naked Creek 1707 Andrew Baker
Roan's Creek 1068 Andrew Baker

Horse Creek 1410 Solomon Baker


Hope this helps some of us.

Darlene Baker

Subj: Re: Dave Baker's work
Date: 7/20/01 2:25:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: pgreer@rectec.net (Patty Greerr)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com

I believe strong that Morris Baker father was James, along With Nellie Ellender that married Jesse Ray. Andrew that married Avent. Martha that married Justice Bowlin, Samuel, John ,George. I think the story in the Appalachian wil help us a lot. James was the first to get white to get land in N.C.



Subj: Morris' Father
Date: 7/23/01 5:58:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: dave245@frontiernet.net (David Baker)
To: bbrown7152@aol.com (Byron Brown)

Hi Byron,

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your questions. I have been very busy lately and have not had an opportunity to look at my Baker Family history file until this weekend.

I am looking forward to seeing your info once I receive my copy of FTM.

Concerning the father of Morris Baker, that will be an interesting question to have answered. When I initially researched the Bakers I listed James as the father of Morris. But later changed my opinion to Andrew.

The Wade Eller collection, which I have found to be extensive and accurate listed Morris as Morris Baker, the son of …, in other words he couldn’t determine the father of Morris. His information is available on microfilm at the Ashe County Library.

Eleanor Baker Reeves listed James Baker as the father of Morris Baker but gave no proof for the relationship, simply stating that "James Baker was the first white man to hold title to land in what was to become Ashe county in the year 1773."

Eleanor did a Genealogy of the Cox Family but the Bakers listed in this book only go back to James Baker and Annie Cox.

The individual that pointed me in the direction of Andrew Baker as the father of Morris Baker was Frieda Sims Nelson, c/o Koleen Hasseey, 4010 Inspiration Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Frieda died 2/14/94. Her daughter Koleen Hassey wrote to me…"I’m sorry to say her research died with her."

I will send a copy of one of her letters showing some of her conclusions.

Consider the following possibility…

From The Land of Wilkes by Johnson J. Hayes, pages 29-31

The author is referring to the convening of the court in June 1778… (page 29)

"On Tuesday, June 2, 1778, court met a the Mulberry Fields Meeting House according to adjournment, wit Benjamin Cleveland, Charles, Gordon, John Brown, and Joseph Herndon present. A commission from the Governor was presented appointing as additional justices of the peace, John Barton, John Witherspoon, Andrew Baker, James Tomkins, Micajah Pennington, and Abner Smalley, Esq."

(pages 30-31)

"The taxation system appears to be a sane and fair method to equalize the usually unpleasant tax burden, for we find no record of complaint or dissatisfaction in its operation. Each district had a Constable to summons the taxable persons and a Justice of the Peace to take the list and three men appraise it. The persons to whom these duties were assigned were reliable and substantial citizens who have left descendents, some of whom still remain among us. We are unable to find any record which defines the boundaries of any districts but the names may suggest to the reader the general area involved. The first official list follows:…

(Beaver Creek in Ashe County)

(South Fork of New River)

1st part

(8) Captain Baker’s District Daniel Richardson

William Colvard, Esq. Andrew Baker, Jr.

William Ray, Constable William Clay



(Northern part of Ashe)

(North Fork of New River)

2nd part

Micajah Pennington, Esq. Beverly Watkins

Benjamin Pennington, Constable James Ward

Abijah Pennington

The locations were determined by a study of the Land Entry book which indicates the location of the land where these men lived."

The book refers to Andrew Baker, Jr. Rev. Andrew Baker had a son named Andrew born in 1777. His son would have been too young to be appointed to this taxation committee. Was Andrew Baker, Jr. the Rev. Andrew Baker?

It would be great to have some hard evidence concerning Morris’ father. I hope we can find it.

Warmest regards,

Dave




     
Children of James Baker and Blount are:
  64 i.   Robert Rev. Baker, born January 17, 1754 in Augusta Co. Va.; died August 06, 1834 in Montgomery Co. Missouri; married Elizabeth Blount Abt. 1778.
  ii.   Andrew Baker, born 1749 in Grayson Co., Virginia now Augusta Co.; died September 24, 1815 in Lee Co. Va; married Elizabeth Avent; born September 12, 1753 in Brunswick Co, VA336; died 1844 in Lee Co, VA336.
  Notes for Elizabeth Avent:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Information from Davis and Allied Families page 624:
Biography of Elizabeth Avent Baker
This truly amiable pattern of piety of the undefiled religion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for many years actual experience, was born in Brunswick county, Virginia, on the 2nd of September, AD 1753. Her father, John Avent emigrated in an early part of her life into Chatham county, North Carolina. At some period of time after this She was married to a man by the name of Andrew Baker, and some time after their marriage they settled in Wilkes county, North Carolina, in the part thereof which is called Ashe county. In the fall of 1775, she joined the Baptist church in the Osborne's Settlement on New River. In a short time after her joining the church, her husband also joined the same church, and they were both baptized (as She thought) by William Hammond.
As respects her husband, his life is too remarkable to be forgotten, for sometime after his admission into the church, he became on of the brightest ministers of the Gospel, in which he labored many years in the cordial acceptance of many precious souls into the holy church. In Wilkes county, North Carolina at St. Clair's Bottom Chruch, Washington county Virginia's Fox's Creek Church, Grayson county Virginia where they lived sixteen or twenty years; in the last of which he died in the fall of A.D. 1815.
As an impartial testimony of the brilliant talents of this Apostle, I will relate that I heard two lay-elders of the Presbyterian Chruch say that they thought that they heard as great a sermons delivered by old Father Baker as any other minister, and had it not been that they could not have had admittance to his church upon Baptist principles, they would have been members of his church.
The last year of his life he baptized two persons, one male and one female. The man whom he baptized was James Gilbert, who is now on of the most talented preachers laboring in Mulberry Gap Association of the United Baptists. Thus our old father in the Gospel closed his labors, and few months after which he yielded up the ghost, and his remains now lie buried in the graveyard of Brother Robert Clarks, Sr. on Wallings Creek, Lee county, Virginia, nearly eight miles southwest of Jonesville.
After his death, his consort, who is the principal subject of this narrative, lived in several churches, making her home most of the time with her children, who were very kind to her in every respect in administering the comforts which were necessary for her support, though the many years of her affliction of bereavement, and among the calamities that befall the human family. She had a inflammation of one of her eyes which carried away the sight of it, and very much injured the other. Indeed, so much so that in a few years after the death of her husband, she was destitute of any eyesight at all. She patiently endured all her afflictions, with a devout and holy fortitude, without a murmuring word to last of her existence.
She survived her husband over twenty-nine years; and I think that more than twenty years of this time, she was deprived of all her eyesight. Notwithstanding all this, she retained her reason and recollection in an astonishing manner, for she never became the least childish or fretful in her deportment. Cleanliness and decency she retained in her mind to the last moments of her life.
About a week before her death, she and one of her sons, with whom she made her home, were sitting by their fireside. In their conversation she said that, if she could know that that was the last night she had to live, She would feel like praising the Lord with every breath; but professed a willingness to wait the appointed time of the Lord, and also gave at different times the most satisfactory evidence of her acceptance with the Lord. Religious Herald, Jan. 21, 1847
Family of Elizabeth Avant. The will of Peter Avent recorded in Northampton County, North Carolina, Book I, p. 216, proved September Court 1779, shows Elizabeth Baker daughter of Peter Avent. Peter m. 1st Any Massie; Ch: William, Isham, Joseph, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth (Baker), Lucy (Truelove), Rebecca, Mourning (dau.), Peter m. 2nd. Mary Tomlinson. No CH.
(I have not found, where Elizabeth Avant Baker is buried )
(Have heard some were talking about, getting a fund raised for the restoration
of Rev. Andrew Baker's grave and grave site)
Information provided by Dorothy Alexander, from Hancock County, Tennessee Historical Book
Andrew baker was a Baptist preacher in Virginia, he was a great usefulness but a little eccentric habits. For instance, he would consistently walk and would never ride to the worship on Sundays, in "imitation" of Christ and His apostles. On any day of the week he felt at liberty to ride. So the story goes, that the venerable old preacher was seen riding on a fine horse and approaching a crowd of worldlings. One of the crowd, a smart fellow, who had just the day before been elected Esquire, said to the others: "Now, let's have some fun out of the old man." and so he accosted the preacher: Well, Mr. Baker, you seem to be prouder than your Master: I believe He never rode on as fine an animal as you are on." "No", was the quick retort, "they have made 'squires of the asses, leaving me nothing in that line to ride." The tables were turned and the joke was on the other fellow.

A book on the AVANTS (AVENTS) and their ancestors has been written by Mamie Lee Avent Parker and Claude Hunter Moore. "The AVENTS and Their Kin of Avent Perry".

     
Children of James Baker and Blount are:
  i.   William Baker336, born in Virginia336
  Notes for William Baker:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Long Hunter - Revolutionary Soldier.

  ii.   Jeremiah Baker336
  iii.   Hiram Baker336
  iv.   James Baker, Jr336
  v.   Rev. Rev.Andrew C. Baker, Jr.336, born 1749 in Grayson, Augusta Co, VA336; died September 24, 1815 in Lee County, VA336; married (1) Susannah Vannoy; married (2) Elizabeth Avent 1768 in Lee County, VA336; born September 12, 1753 in Brunswick Co, VA336; died 1844 in Lee Co, VA336.
  Notes for Rev. Rev.Andrew C. Baker, Jr.:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Notes for ANDREW BAKER:

Information for this page by Clyde N. Bunch KD4VQD@juno.com and Carol Wyatt ewyatt@wsnet.com.

Andrew Baker Jr., born 1749 in Grayson Co, VA

He was a Chaplain in the Revolutionary War. His place of residence during the
Revolutionary War was Montgomery County, Virginia

Andrew first married Susannah Vannoy, in 1768 when he was 19 years old, he 2nd married Elizabeth Avant. (this line from Darlene Baker).

Settled at Osborn's Station on New River, in what was Wilkes County, now Ashe County, NC
It was here he probably met and married Elizabeth Avant.

Both Andrew and his wife, Elizabeth, were baptized in the settlement by the Rev. William
Hammond.
Several of their children were born while living at Osborne's Station.

After leaving Osborne's Settlement, he and his family moved to Grayson Co., VA.

It was there that he became the pastor of the "Fox Creek Baptist Church".

It appears that Andrew pastored this church off and on for about sixteen or eighteen
years, rotating between this church and the Brier Creek Baptist Church, in Wilkes Co, NC.
Records show that the Rev. Andrew Baker was a pastor at the Brier Creek Church, in
Wilkes Co, from June 25, 1790 to February 22, 1794. He then left this church and was
gone about six years. He returned and became pastor of Brier Creek Church once again
and was there from 1800 to May of 1802. He then returned to the Fox Creek Church in
Grayson County.

Editors Note: Deed Book B-1, p. 164-165 - 11 Sept, 1790, Wilkes County, NC - John Combs sold ISAAC BAKER OF GREENE COUNTY, NC, for 50 Pds. 125 ac on Caley's Creek adj Edward Harris (this was a water of Hunting Creek.) This location was near the Brier Creek Baptist Church. Isaac Baker was Andrew Baker, Jr's nephew, son of John "Renta" Baker. Byron Brown, January 16, 2000.

It was there that his daughter Martha married Eli Davis, on April 3, 1806.
They were married by her father the Rev. Andrew Baker.

Andrew Baker, after leaving the Fox Creek Church, moved to Lee Co, VA. Here he became
the pastor of the "Thompson's settlement Baptist Church". This is the oldest Babtist church in
Lee County. The minutes of which show that Rev. Baker & wife Elizabeth, Joined the church by
letter on October 3rd, Saturday, A.D. 1811. This church was located about
7 miles southeast of Jonesville. This was just a few miles from the "Blackwater Settlement",
the popular stopping off place for the Bakers, Bolins, and Osborns on their way to Kentucky.
It was there that Andrew Baker died in 1815, and was buried in Robert Clark Cemetery, on
Wallings Creek, in Lee Co., VA.

MORE ON REV. ANDREW BAKER - Submitted by Carol Wyatt - ewyatt@wsnet.com
More on the Rev. Andrew Baker b. 1749 age stated in the bible record belonging to Grace
Witt Brockman, of Houston, TX a descendant of Martha Baker Davis, dau. of Rev. Andrew
Baker.

Andrew Baker was a Private under Capt. Isaac Ruddles during the Revolution-------From
Collins History of KY. (what is this History of KY. doing with Andrew Baker Wilkes NC VA.d. VA.? Why was this there?)

Andrew Baker took oath of allegiance in Christiansburg, VA in 1777. He served in Capt. Ruddles Company in 1779-80 at Ruddles and Martins Station near now Cythiana ..... genealogy Magazine.

Andrew Baker was a Baptist Minister and served as Chaplain of his Company in the Rev. War.
He was a great preacher of the Frontier Settlers. He was one of the very first settlers of
New river in the new County of Ashe, N.C. abt. 1769 (called Wilkes County NC Ashe Co.\
made 1799)

Rev. Andrew Baker was was a Chaplain, a good whig, a great influence, eminence for morality,
of the Baptist religion------Drapers MSS. 12DD 51 (8)-52 (1)

He moved around among this area starting Churches and Pastoring Churches. Rev. Baker was
one of the ablest, wisest and most successful ministers in Wilkes County, N.C. and adjacent
parts of Virginia. ----History of N.C. Baptist A.G. W. Paschal

Some of the Churches in which he preached and pastored were:

Eaton's Church constituted Dec. 16, 1790 by Ministers who assisted Rev. Petty and
Rev. Andrew Baker. Eaton's Church was a continuation of Dutchman's Creek Church
which was broken up during the Revolution period. It was started on the same site
in the former Surry County, now Yadkin County, North Carolina.

Brier Creek Church, Wilkes CO. 1781-1794; 1800 to 1802; in Wilkes Co, NC near Hunting Creek.

Lewis Fork Church, Wilkes Co., 1792-*1794; on a stream of Lewis Fork in Wilkes Co., NC, was organized as an arm of Brier Creek Church on May 19, 1792.

Cedar Island later Ausburn, still later, Fox Creek Church in Grayson CO. VA;

Sinclair's Bottom Church in Washington Co. Va.;

Providence Church, 1805 in Yadkin CO., N.C. are among Churches in which
Rev. Andrew Baker served. Sampler's History Book of Baptists in VA states, "Elder Baker, one of the most consecrated and efficient ministers of the Yadkin Assoc. in its early years saved both of these churches from demoralization into which they had fallen". (Cedar Island & Sinclair's Botton Church).

The last church that Rev. Andrew Baker was in was the Thompson Settlement Baptist Church,
Lee County, VA. near Jonesville, VA. This church is still in existence today.

THOMPSON SETTLEMENT BAPTIST CHURCH MINUTES
Oct. (3rd) Third, Saturday A. D. 1811 - received Rev.Andrew Baker and his wife sister
Elizabeth Baker by letter

Oct. (3rd) Saturday, A. D. 1814----secondly appoint Rev. Andrew Baker the delegate to the Association.

June 12, 1812 --Rev. Andrew Baker became Pastor of the Church---Church Records,

On the Sabbath, the 23rd. day of April. A.D. 1815 a remarkable occurrence was transacted
by Elder Andrew Baker who baptized James Gilbert and Matilda Randolph, the wife of William
Randolph, in the Loan Branch, a tributary stream of Walling's Creek, James Gilbert was the
last male he baptized in his life.

The Sabath, the 24th day of Sept., A. D. 1815 - Was a remarkable day in the memory of several
persons, for on this day old father Andrew Baker expired after some days of sickness, aged 66
years. He lived 22 weeks after he had baptized James Gilbert and Matilda Randolph. His remains
were buried in Robert Clark's Cemetery South West of Jonesville, Lee Co. Va.

Elder James Gilbert was born in Giles Co. VA. A.D. 1787. He was baptized by Elder Andrew
Baker 23rd. day of April, A. D. 1815. He deceased at Sneedville, on Oct. 3rd. Sat. A.D. 1815.

NOTES ON ANDREW BAKER=Research by Mrs. H. L. Brockman Told us on Aug. 25, 1938 by cousin
Newt Click and Cousin Ellen Click, near Sneedville, TN.:

Elizabeth Avant (or Avent) was of French Huguenot descent, from an aristocratic family, and
when she married our great-great grandfather, Rev. Andrew Baker, her people disinherited her
and told her never to return home; she said that she never would until they sent for them
both. After many years, the Avants sent for Elizabeth and her husband to come and see them in
their old age. Rev. Baker told his wife if she would not cry when she went home that he would
send to a big seaport town (Wilmington?) and buy for her the nicest dress they could find.
She promised and got the dress, but when she came in sight of the old home of her parents
she burst into tears.

When Rev. Baker was first married, he was a fiddler for dances (before he became a preacher).
One night he and his wife left their children at home and went off to a dance and stayed all
night; when they returned they found their house burned up, along with their children. He
never went to another dance and became converted and a preacher. There are several versions
of this story--one is that he left his wife and children at home. The mother laid down with
a headache and the little girl playing by the fire caught her dress afire and burned to death,
before they could put it out.

A descendant, Mrs. Meorle, (Lewis) Ramsey says that she has a letter in her possession telling
of Andrew and his wife going to a party and three of their children burning up in their house,
while they were gone. She also has the old Andrew's bible. (1975). Her address is Mrs. Lewis
Ramsey, Rt. 1, Sneedville, TN. 37869

In 1765 or 1768 Andrew Baker settled and made improvements on land under the Loyal CO., now
in Grayson CO. VA. Several years afterwards he sold to Jeremiah Harrison who also removed to
and lived on the land for some time and then sold to James Mulkey, who also settled and lived
on the land and then sold to James Blevins, father of Orator John B. Blevins, 1772, James
Blevins, then moved to the land where he resided until his death in 1801. In 1790 James Newell
made an entry on the lands. Geo Reeves deposes that Andrew Baker was the first settler on the
land in 1768. Copy of survey of 100 (4400) acres (known as the Peach Bottom) surveyed for
Peter Jefferson, Thomas and David Meriwether and Thos. Walker, 16th March 1753
[SOURCE - From Chackley's records of Augusta CO., VA. Col. IX. P. 143. "Blevens" (Blevins)
v. Newell, O.S. 174. N.S. 62 Bill, Sept. 27, 1805.]

Editors Note: Believe the above paragraph in regard to the "Peach Bottom" tract, etc., is about Andrew Baker, father of the Rev. Andrew Baker. BB

They have that Andrew Baker married Elizabeth Avant who was born Sep. 12, 1753 at Burnswick
Co. VA.

Family of Elizabeth Avant
The will of Peter Avent recorded in Northampton Co, NC Book I, p. 216, proved Sept. Court 1779,
shows Elizabeth Baker daughter of Peter Avent. Peter m. 1st Any Massie; Ch: William, Isham,
Joseph, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth (Baker), Lucy (Truelove), Rebecca, Mourning (dau.),
Peter m. 2nd. Mary Tomlinson. No CH.

What about Peach Bottom? And could it be that Rev. Andrew Baker is in the Collins book of KY,
since Solomon s/o Rev. Andrew lived in Harlan CO. KY, as did Johannah his dau.?


They have that Andrew Baker married Elizabeth Avant who was born Sep. 12, 1753 at Burnswick
Co. VA.

Family of Elizabeth Avant
The will of Peter Avent recorded in Northampton Co, NC Book I, p. 216, proved Sept. Court 1779,
shows Elizabeth Baker daughter of Peter Avent. Peter m. 1st Any Massie; Ch: William, Isham,
Joseph, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth (Baker), Lucy (Truelove), Rebecca, Mourning (dau.),
Peter m. 2nd. Mary Tomlinson. No CH.

More About ANDREW BAKER:
Burial: September 24, 1815, Robert Clark Cemetery, SW Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia

More About ANDREW BAKER and ELIZABETH AVENT:
Marriage: 1769, Lee County, Virginia

Children of ANDREW BAKER and ELIZABETH AVENT are:
125. i. SOLOMON7 BAKER, b. March 13, 1770, Ashe County, (Wilkes), North Carolina.
126. ii. HENRY BAKER, b. August 14, 1774.
127. iii. ANDREW BAKER, b. February 18, 1777.
iv. JOSEPH BAKER, b. April 08, 1779.
128. v. JAMES WALTER BAKER, b. January 27, 1782, Va.
vi. JOHN BAKER, b. August 15, 1784.
vii. NANCY BAKER, b. January 01, 1787.
129. viii. ELIJAH BAKER, b. May 08, 1789.
130. ix. MARTHA "PATSEY" BAKER, b. October 27, 1791, Wilkes County, North Carolina; d. November 21, 1869, Clairborne County, Tennessee.

Subj: Rev. Andrew Baker "Bicentennial History of Lee County, Virginia 1792-1992
Date: 04/17/2000 9:42:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: ran.raider@wright.edu (Ran Raider)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com (Byron Brown), NL7G@aol.com (Mike Baker)

I finally got my hands on a copy of the "Bicentennial History" and below
is the entry for the Rev. Andrew Baker. What is interesting here is the
idenification of James Baker, Esq. as Rev. Andrew Baker's father. Ran.

Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society. Bicentennial History of
Lee County Virginia 1792-1992
Waynesville: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1992

Pg. 159-160 [includes pictures of the Rev. Andrew Baker's Bible]

The family name of Baker was probably originally Beaker, but pronounced
Baker. "Beaker" refers to
a vessel for drinking wine. The earlier ancestors may have been
cup-bearers at some court of high
or low degree. The earliest known ancestor of this Baker family is
Andrew "Andy" Baker, B.C. 1604
at Buckingham, England. He came to Boston, MA about 1624. This
Andrew's son, John Baker, was born
in MA. John Baker emigrated to PA or VA. John Baker was the father of
Robert Baker, B.C. 1655 in
VA and d. 1728 Lancaster County, PA.

Robert Baker settled in Conestoga Township, Chester County, PA (later
Lancaster County, PA). He
bought 500 acres of land on the Susquehanna River from Col. John
French. Robert and his sons were
gunsmiths and were commissioned by the King of England to make fire arms
for the Colonies. Later
the Bakers would join the Colonies against England in the Revolutionary
War. Children of Robert
Baker are believed to be the following.

1. Caleb Baker, d. 1754 Amelia/Prince Edward County, VA. He m. Martha
Brooks Thomson. Robert (Jr.)
and Mary Thomson Baker are believed to have been the parents of James
Baker, Esquire. James Baker,
Esq. was the first white man to hold title to land in the part of Wilkes
County, which became Ashe
County, NC. His children were: 1. Rev. Andrew Baker, b. 1749 VA and d.
4/23/1815 Lee County, VA.
He m. Elizabeth Avant/Avent, the daughter of Amy Massey and Peter
Avant. 2. Morris Baker, b. 1750 NC.
He m. Patsy Smith, daughter of Hugh and Jane Smith. 3. Robert Baker, m.
a Miss Blount. He eventually settled in Hawkins County, TN. 4. George Baker, b.
10/14/1759 NC. He m. Susan Morris. 5.
Bolling Baker, b. 1763 NC. He m. Martha "Patsy" Morris. 6.
Eleanor/Ellender Baker, B.C. 1765. She
m. Col. Jesse Ray. 7 Martha "Patsy" Baker, b. 1761 NC. She married
Justice Bowlin.

Rev. Andrew Baker was a Baptist minister and served as chaplain of his
company in the Revolutionary
War. He was a private soldier under Capt. Isaac Ruddles. Rev. Baker
moved around the area of North
Carolina and Southwest Virginia starting and Pastoring churches. He is
referred to as "one of the
ablest, wisest, and most successful ministers in Wilkes County, NC and
adjacent parts of VA."
Another quote about the mission of Rev. Baker and others "...they
literally took their lives in their
hands ' by going about doing good'..." Many churches could be named
which were pastored by
Rev. Andrew Baker, but the important one in our story is the Thompson
Settlement Baptist Church in
Lee County, VA near Jonesville. Rev. Andrew Baker and his wife,
Elizabeth Baker, were received by letter
into the Thompson Settlement Baptist Church on the 3rd Saturday of
October, 1811. Rev. Baker became
the pastor of the church on the 23rd of April, 1815. The last two
persons baptized were Matilda Randolph
(wife of William) and James Gilbert (founder and pastor of the Mulberry
Gap Baptist Church in
Hancock County, TN).

Rev. Andrew Baker married Elizabeth Avant/Avent, daughter of Amy Masset
and Peter Avant.
The Avants were an aristocratic family of French Huguenot descent.
Elizabeth Avant Baker also
descends from William Claiborne and the Gooch family. When Elizabeth
married Andrew Baker,
her family disinherited her and told her never to return home. She said
she never would until they
sent for both of them. After many years, the Avants did send for
Elizabeth and her husband to
come see them. A very sentimental and touching reunion occurred.

Rev. Andrew Baker and his wife Elizabeth Avant Baker, are buried in a
cemetery on the old Robert Clark
place in Lee County, VA.

The children of Elizabeth and Rev. Andrew Baker include: 1. Solomon
Baker, b. 4/13/1770 Wilkes
County (later Ashe), NC. He appears on land records of Claiborne
County, TN about 1816. From
there he moved to Harlan County, KY, his last known whereabouts. 2.
Henry Baker, b. 8/14/1774
Washington County, VA and d. 6/1811 near Chilhowee, VA. He m. 9/6/1794
Mary (Mercy) Marcia
Tilson, b. 1772 on S. Fork of Holston River, St. Clairs Bottom, VA.
Mercy (Tilson) Baker d. 8/6/1838
Knightstown, IN. They had 8 children. 3. Andrew Baker, b. 2/18/1777.
4. Joseph Baker, b. 4/8/1779 VA.
Joseph was the grandfather of the Rev. Jesse Baker, who became president
of Mossy Creek College
(now Carson-Newman). James Baker, b. 1/27/1787. 8. Elijah Baker, b.
5/8/1789. 9. Martha Baker,
b. 10/27/1791 Wilkes County (later Ashe), NC. Martha m. Eli Davis Sr.

The records of the children of Elizabeth Avant and Rev. Andrew Baker
came from Rev. Baker's personal
Bible (see photo). Copies are filed with the Daughters of the American
Revolution (DAR).

This sketch is dedicated to Freda Sims Nelson, Pueblo, Colorado, who
researched many sources and
references for information on the Baker family. Frieda also authored
the book, Andrew Baker and
His Descendants, 1975. Additional information was furnished by Mr. O.C.
Helton, Beaver creek, OH.
Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, 2940 Quitter Road, Williamsburg,
OH 45176. Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Dick, 2935 Quitter Road, Williamsburg, OH 45176

Editors Note: Freda Sims Nelson Book referred to above on page #2, "John Baker, Andrew Baker's brother was with Benjamin Cutbirth in his tour to the West of the Miss. River about 1765. He removed to Kentucky and settled there. John Baker joined Calloway & McQueen to lead advance as spies (Scouts) in a Revolutionary War Battle . . . Draper MSS. 12DD 51 (8) - 52 (1). Freida Sims Nelson did extensive research on Rev. Andrew Baker & clearly shows him as brother of John "Renta" Baker, and sons of Andrew/Mary Mollie Bowling Baker. Other researchers show Rev. Andrew Baker as son of James Baker, Esq. son of Robert Baker, Jr., who was brother of Andrew Baker, father of John "Renta" Baker. BB 1-10-2001.

Subj: Rev. Andrew Baker
Date: 6/26/00 9:52:47 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: ran.raider@wright.edu (Ran Raider)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com (Byron Brown), NL7G@aol.com (Mike Baker)

Odd where I run across Baker info. I found this statement in the book,
"Saints and Sinners at Jersey Settlement" by Garland Hendricks (1964)
Jersey Baptist Church, while looking for Todd and Cornelison mentions. Pg 44

"The Yadkin Baptist Association met at Holloway's meeting house in
1799. Elder Andrew Baker preached the introductory sermon."

This could only be the Rev. Andrew Baker. The information is based on
the Church minutes. The Jersey Settlement was located in near the
Yadkin River in North Carolina. This is the only reference I found for
Andrew Baker in the book. Andrew did not found this church though, it
was founded in the 1750's by a guy named John Gano. Ran

Records of children & their birth taken from a Bible belonging to grace Witt Brockman, (Mrs. H. L. Brockman, Apt. 907, 4010 Linkwood, Houston, TX 77025. She was formerly of Greer, SC and descends from Martha "Patsey" Baker Davis.

From Southern Baptist History - "The zeal of those early baptist Ministers, McNeill, Baker and others, has scarcely been equaled in the annals of our Church. The world has seen no such religious crusaders since the saints of the early day 'went everywhere, preaching the word'. These men did not wait until a 'living' was assured to them. they did not wait until they found out if there were good roads and a good church building with a comfortable parsonage, and good school for the children. They did not even stop to inquire if the people among whom they were going could house them comfortably, give them a featherbed to sleep on and provide ham, eggs and chicken for breakfast. Believing in the promises of the MASTER, they took no thought of the morrow, but responded to God's will going where-so-ever there was a human need.
It is difficult for us to picture in our minds the conditions faced by these heroic men of God. Accustomed as we are to good roads and easy communications, we think nothing of a journey of a hundred miles or more in three hours and it is difficult for us to realize that in those days the preacher reached his scattered congregations by traveling on foot or horseback, over devious trails made by Indians & hunters. He found his people living in a one room log hut, subsisting on rye bread, potato soup and bacon, varied occasionally by wild game from the forest.
From: Sirjmbaker@cs.com
To: BBrown7152

In a message dated 09/23/2000 8:49:41 AM Central Daylight Time, BBrown7152@aol.com writes:
< http://www.gizwebs.com/brown-baker/ >>
Byron; my list of Grandfathers comes from my cousin I acquired them at
a family reunion from him he had said he met Rev Andrew 's great
great grand Daughter who had inherited the Rev 's bible in the bible
was the list including the story of him losing his first family to a fire ,I
done a little math Mary would have ben 47yrs old when she gave birth
to him ?????? I dont know witch line is right but until some one
can find the facts ill stick with what i got .
Jack M.Baker
Editors Note: Jack M. Baker has Rev Andrew Baker as son of Henry Baker, son of Robert Baker, Jr., son of Robert the gunsmith. 9-23-2000 BB

Subj: P.S. Rev. Andrew's father
Date: 1/16/01 6:24:08 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: GLDahlgren@msn.com (Gary Dahlgren)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com (ByronBrown)
I received a nice letter from Doris Baker of Blackwater, VA and she said that although they had been researching the family for 20 years, they could not determine Rev. Andrew's father. He is definitely part of the pack, but are James Esq./Blount or Andrew/Mary Mollie his parents? We need a breakthrough!!! This is very frustrating for me because I don't know which line to trace back. You are lucky to know for sure John "Renta's" parentage :)

Date: 1/18/01 8:27:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: MaggieCal
To: BBrown7152
Hi Byron
I also still have Rev Andrew Baker born 1749, as son of Andrew Baker and Mary Mollie Bolling.. Did put James there as a second parent.. just in case.. HOWEVER, I did count over 36 genealogiest that have him as the son of Andrew Baker and Mary Mollie Bolling

Maggie

Date: 3/5/01 5:38:21 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: ndkelly@sahuaro.net (Nora N. Kelly)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com
I have him (Rev. Andrew) as a son of Andrew & Mary Bolling. My line is Rev. Andrew Baker/ Elizabeth Avent; Martha Patsy Baker/Eli Daivs; Elijah Davis/Rebakah Fletcher; Andrew Baker Davis/ Lucinda Evelyn Hawk Cleopatra Annie Bolene Davis/Marion Franklin Haning; Annie Marie Haning/Luther Ralph Garner. Did you want the file of all the Bakers, it is the same as you have on your site. I think.

  More About Rev. Rev.Andrew C. Baker, Jr.:
Burial: September 24, 1815, Robert Clark Cemetery, SW Jonesville, Lee Co, VA336

  Notes for Elizabeth Avent:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Information from Davis and Allied Families page 624:
Biography of Elizabeth Avent Baker
This truly amiable pattern of piety of the undefiled religion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for many years actual experience, was born in Brunswick county, Virginia, on the 2nd of September, AD 1753. Her father, John Avent emigrated in an early part of her life into Chatham county, North Carolina. At some period of time after this She was married to a man by the name of Andrew Baker, and some time after their marriage they settled in Wilkes county, North Carolina, in the part thereof which is called Ashe county. In the fall of 1775, she joined the Baptist church in the Osborne's Settlement on New River. In a short time after her joining the church, her husband also joined the same church, and they were both baptized (as She thought) by William Hammond.
As respects her husband, his life is too remarkable to be forgotten, for sometime after his admission into the church, he became on of the brightest ministers of the Gospel, in which he labored many years in the cordial acceptance of many precious souls into the holy church. In Wilkes county, North Carolina at St. Clair's Bottom Chruch, Washington county Virginia's Fox's Creek Church, Grayson county Virginia where they lived sixteen or twenty years; in the last of which he died in the fall of A.D. 1815.
As an impartial testimony of the brilliant talents of this Apostle, I will relate that I heard two lay-elders of the Presbyterian Chruch say that they thought that they heard as great a sermons delivered by old Father Baker as any other minister, and had it not been that they could not have had admittance to his church upon Baptist principles, they would have been members of his church.
The last year of his life he baptized two persons, one male and one female. The man whom he baptized was James Gilbert, who is now on of the most talented preachers laboring in Mulberry Gap Association of the United Baptists. Thus our old father in the Gospel closed his labors, and few months after which he yielded up the ghost, and his remains now lie buried in the graveyard of Brother Robert Clarks, Sr. on Wallings Creek, Lee county, Virginia, nearly eight miles southwest of Jonesville.
After his death, his consort, who is the principal subject of this narrative, lived in several churches, making her home most of the time with her children, who were very kind to her in every respect in administering the comforts which were necessary for her support, though the many years of her affliction of bereavement, and among the calamities that befall the human family. She had a inflammation of one of her eyes which carried away the sight of it, and very much injured the other. Indeed, so much so that in a few years after the death of her husband, she was destitute of any eyesight at all. She patiently endured all her afflictions, with a devout and holy fortitude, without a murmuring word to last of her existence.
She survived her husband over twenty-nine years; and I think that more than twenty years of this time, she was deprived of all her eyesight. Notwithstanding all this, she retained her reason and recollection in an astonishing manner, for she never became the least childish or fretful in her deportment. Cleanliness and decency she retained in her mind to the last moments of her life.
About a week before her death, she and one of her sons, with whom she made her home, were sitting by their fireside. In their conversation she said that, if she could know that that was the last night she had to live, She would feel like praising the Lord with every breath; but professed a willingness to wait the appointed time of the Lord, and also gave at different times the most satisfactory evidence of her acceptance with the Lord. Religious Herald, Jan. 21, 1847
Family of Elizabeth Avant. The will of Peter Avent recorded in Northampton County, North Carolina, Book I, p. 216, proved September Court 1779, shows Elizabeth Baker daughter of Peter Avent. Peter m. 1st Any Massie; Ch: William, Isham, Joseph, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth (Baker), Lucy (Truelove), Rebecca, Mourning (dau.), Peter m. 2nd. Mary Tomlinson. No CH.
(I have not found, where Elizabeth Avant Baker is buried )
(Have heard some were talking about, getting a fund raised for the restoration
of Rev. Andrew Baker's grave and grave site)
Information provided by Dorothy Alexander, from Hancock County, Tennessee Historical Book
Andrew baker was a Baptist preacher in Virginia, he was a great usefulness but a little eccentric habits. For instance, he would consistently walk and would never ride to the worship on Sundays, in "imitation" of Christ and His apostles. On any day of the week he felt at liberty to ride. So the story goes, that the venerable old preacher was seen riding on a fine horse and approaching a crowd of worldlings. One of the crowd, a smart fellow, who had just the day before been elected Esquire, said to the others: "Now, let's have some fun out of the old man." and so he accosted the preacher: Well, Mr. Baker, you seem to be prouder than your Master: I believe He never rode on as fine an animal as you are on." "No", was the quick retort, "they have made 'squires of the asses, leaving me nothing in that line to ride." The tables were turned and the joke was on the other fellow.

A book on the AVANTS (AVENTS) and their ancestors has been written by Mamie Lee Avent Parker and Claude Hunter Moore. "The AVENTS and Their Kin of Avent Perry".

  vi.   Morris Baker336, born Abt. 1750 in Wilkes Co, NC336; died Bef. September 10, 1810 in Grayson Co, VA336; married (1) Jane "Patsey" Smith; married (2) Peggar Smith.
  Notes for Morris Baker:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]


Descendants of Morris Baker


Generation No. 1

1. MORRIS1 BAKER1 was born 1750 in Wilkes County, NC1, and died 1812 in Grayson Co, Va1. He married JANE "PATSY" SMITH1. She died Unknown.

Notes for MORRIS BAKER:
Listed in the 1790 North Carolina Census, directly under the listing for his father, John Baker, Esq.:
Baker, Morry
free white males of 16 years and upwards; 1
free white males under 16; 4
free white females including heads of families; 5
slaves; 0
(from Deb Dixon)[Family Tree 2.FTW]

Child of MORRIS BAKER and JANE SMITH is:
2. i. JONATHAN2 BAKER, d. Unknown.


Generation No. 2

2. JONATHAN2 BAKER (MORRIS1)1 died Unknown. He married MARY KOONTZ1. She died Unknown.

Notes for MARY KOONTZ:
STEPHEN A. WILHITE
Microfilm:
8552 BRIARWOOD LANE
Submission:
AF92-108204
DUBLIN CA
USA 94568[Family Tree 2.FTW]

STEPHEN A. WILHITE
Microfilm:
8552 BRIARWOOD LANE
Submission:
AF92-108204
DUBLIN CA
USA 94568

Children of JONATHAN BAKER and MARY KOONTZ are:
3. i. JESSE3 BAKER, d. Unknown.
ii. SARAH BAKER1, d. Unknown; m. (1) JAMES DAVIS1; d. Unknown; m. (2) ISAAC JONES1; d. Unknown.
iii. GEORGE BAKER1, d. Unknown.
iv. JONATHAN BAKER1, d. Unknown.
v. BELINDA BAKER1, d. Unknown; m. JAMES RICHARDSON1; d. Unknown.
vi. JANE BAKER1, b. Abt. 1798, NC1; d. 1865, Grayson Co, Va1; m. WILLIAM YOUNG1; d. Abt. 17981.
vii. JOHN BAKER1, b. Abt. 1801, NC1; d. Unknown; m. ELIZABETH YOUNG1; b. Abt. 18071; d. Unknown.
viii. WILLIAM BAKER1, b. Abt. 18081; d. Unknown.
ix. NATHANIEL BAKER1, b. Abt. 1814, Lawrence Co Kentucky1; d. Abt. 1852, Scott County, Virginia1; m. ELIZABETH PORTER1, Abt. 1836; b. Abt. 1817, Scott County, Virginia1; d. August 10, 1897, Wayne Co., W. Virginia1.
x. SUSANNAH BAKER1, b. Abt. 1815, virginia1; d. Unknown; m. JOHN B COOPER1; b. Abt. 18041; d. Unknown.
xi. JAMES BAKER1, b. Abt. 18201; d. Unknown; m. NANCY TRIPLET1; b. Abt. 1820, Indiana1; d. Unknown.
xii. IRA N BAKER1, b. October 04, 1822, Lee County, Virginia1; d. October 11, 1902, Clackamas Co, Oregon1; m. THURSA RAMSEY1; b. May 1830, Russell Co., Virginia1; d. Unknown.


Generation No. 3

3. JESSE3 BAKER (JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)1 died Unknown. He married SADALIA ANN TATE1. She died Unknown.

Children of JESSE BAKER and SADALIA TATE are:
i. THOMAS JEFFERSON4 BAKER1, d. Unknown; m. JULIA ANN HUFF1; d. Unknown.
ii. VIRGINIA JANE BAKER1, d. Unknown.
iii. JAMES BAKER1, d. Unknown.
iv. MARTHA BAKER1, d. Unknown.
v. SARAH BAKER1, d. Unknown.
vi. HELEN M BAKER1, b. Bef. 18501; d. Unknown; m. SOLOMON WELLS1; d. Unknown.
vii. JOHN BAKER1, b. Bef. 18511; d. Unknown.
4. viii. IRA BAKER, b. July 04, 1851; d. February 16, 1923, Lee County, Virginia.


Generation No. 4

4. IRA4 BAKER (JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)1 was born July 04, 18511, and died February 16, 1923 in Lee County, Virginia1. He married (1) ROSANNA HUFF1 September 03, 1872. She was born 1856 in Scott County, Virginia1, and died September 25, 1886 in Wise County, Virginia1. He married (2) JULIA ANN WELLS1 December 20, 1886. She was born March 24, 18561, and died April 08, 1936 in Lee County, Virginia1.

Children of IRA BAKER and ROSANNA HUFF are:
i. MADISON MONROE5 BAKER1, b. December 27, 1874, Wise County, Virginia1; d. March 08, 1936, Wise County, Virginia1; m. IONA SWAN1, July 30, 1910; d. Unknown.
ii. NATHANIEL BARTON BAKER1, b. January 06, 1876, Wise County, Virginia1; d. August 23, 1922, Lee County, Virginia1; m. MATTIE ELLEN PAGE1, December 04, 1912; d. Unknown.
iii. JAMES FRANKLIN BAKER1, b. May 14, 1878, Wise County, Virginia1; d. September 29, 1886, Wise County, Virginia1.
iv. EURA ELIZABETH BAKER1, b. February 09, 1879, Wise County, Virginia1; d. October 03, 1886, Wise County, Virginia1.
v. WILLIAM LETCHER BAKER1, b. September 27, 1880, Wise County, Virginia1; d. January 30, 1909, Lee County, Virginia1.
5. vi. LULA PEARL BAKER, b. July 07, 1882, Wise County, Virginia; d. October 14, 1949, Lee County, Virginia.
vii. SUSANNAH S BAKER1, b. June 27, 1885, Wise County, Virginia1; d. September 22, 18861.


Children of IRA BAKER and JULIA WELLS are:
6. viii. EDWARD5 BAKER, b. January 21, 1888; d. January 03, 1968, Flint, Michigan.
7. ix. EDDIE BAKER, b. March 05, 1889, Wise County, Virginia; d. January 11, 1969, Lee County, Virginia.
8. x. ROSE ALICE BAKER, b. June 01, 1890, Cemetery records show January 1; d. December 05, 1966, Lee County, Virginia.
9. xi. JEANETTE BAKER, b. February 29, 1892, Wise County, Virginia; d. April 13, 1983, Flint, Michigan.
xii. ALBERT JESSE BAKER1, b. February 28, 18941; d. December 16, 19411; m. RUBY CECIL, Private; b. Private.
10. xiii. MILLARD FILMORE BAKER, b. January 08, 1896; d. May 21, 1981.
11. xiv. DANIEL RAY BAKER, b. June 03, 1897; d. Unknown.


Generation No. 5

5. LULA PEARL5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)1 was born July 07, 1882 in Wise County, Virginia1, and died October 14, 1949 in Lee County, Virginia1. She married MARTIN SAILOR REASOR1 June 07, 1908. He died Unknown.

Children of LULA BAKER and MARTIN REASOR are:
12. i. LUCY6 REASOR, b. Private.
ii. CHARLES EVERETTE REASOR, b. Private.
iii. JENNINGS MARTIN REASOR, b. Private.
iv. ESTELLE MARIA REASOR, b. Private.
v. WILLARD REASOR, b. Private.
vi. RAY CLINTON REASOR1, d. Unknown, Three days old1.


6. EDWARD5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)1 was born January 21, 18881, and died January 03, 1968 in Flint, Michigan1. He married (1) BERTHA RUTH SHUFFLEBARGER1 December 07, 1912. She was born March 10, 18941, and died February 13, 19251. He married (2) STELLA ANN ALLISON1 April 10, 1948 in Angola, Indiana. She was born February 07, 1892 in Yorkshire, Ohio1, and died October 04, 1964 in Flint, Michigan1.

Children of EDWARD BAKER and BERTHA SHUFFLEBARGER are:
i. HAROLD6 BAKER, b. Private.
ii. IRA RALPH BAKER, b. Private.
13. iii. MARTIN LETCHER BAKER, b. July 07, 1918, Dryden, Virginia; d. November 14, 1984, Flint, Michigan.
iv. JEANETTE BAKER, b. Private.
v. NELLIE BAKER, b. Private.


7. EDDIE5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)1 was born March 05, 1889 in Wise County, Virginia1, and died January 11, 1969 in Lee County, Virginia1. He married MARY HELEN PALMER1. She died Unknown.

Children of EDDIE BAKER and MARY PALMER are:
i. ROSA EVELYN6 BAKER1, b. February 06, 19211; d. October 24, 19851.
ii. ROBERT E BAKER1, b. August 28, 19221; d. December 28, 19571.
iii. JAMES ALLEN BAKER1, b. July 12, 19261; d. January 05, 19271.


8. ROSE ALICE5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)1 was born June 01, 1890 in Cemetery records show January 11, and died December 05, 1966 in Lee County, Virginia1. She married (1) CHARLES HOPKINS SLEMP April 22, 1916. He was born April 22, 1886, and died October 02, 1973. She married (2) CHARLES SLEMP1 April 22, 19161. He was born April 22, 18862,2,3, and died September 19734,4,5.

Child of ROSE BAKER and CHARLES SLEMP is:
i. JULIA6 SLEMP, b. Private.


9. JEANETTE5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)5 was born February 29, 1892 in Wise County, Virginia5, and died April 13, 1983 in Flint, Michigan5. She married HENRY KYLE MEADE5 June 19, 1918. He died Unknown.

Children of JEANETTE BAKER and HENRY MEADE are:
i. HENRY KYLE MEADE6 JR.5, b. September 30, 19235; d. September 30, 19235.
ii. EURA MAY MEADE, b. Private.
iii. JESSE MEADE, b. Private.


10. MILLARD FILMORE5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)5 was born January 08, 18965, and died May 21, 19815. He married ROSALIE ROBERTS Private. She was born Private.

Children of MILLARD BAKER and ROSALIE ROBERTS are:
i. JACK VINCENT6 BAKER, b. Private.
ii. RANDALL BAKER, b. Private.
iii. LOWELL BAKER, b. Private.


11. DANIEL RAY5 BAKER (IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)5 was born June 03, 18975, and died Unknown. He married HAZEL MAURINE PARSONS Private. She was born Private.

Children of DANIEL BAKER and HAZEL PARSONS are:
i. BILLY MORRIS6 BAKER, b. Private.
ii. BRUCE WAYNE BAKER, b. Private.


Generation No. 6

12. LUCY6 REASOR (LULA PEARL5 BAKER, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1) was born Private. She married RALPH ZUBKE Private. He was born Private.

Children of LUCY REASOR and RALPH ZUBKE are:
14. i. NORMA JEAN7 ZUBKE, b. Private.
15. ii. BARRY ZUBKE, b. Private.


13. MARTIN LETCHER6 BAKER (EDWARD5, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1)5 was born July 07, 1918 in Dryden, Virginia5, and died November 14, 1984 in Flint, Michigan5. He married RUTH JEANETTE TAPPEN5 January 26, 1940. She was born September 02, 1917 in Pinconning, Michigan5, and died September 29, 1996 in Flint, Michigan5.

Children of MARTIN BAKER and RUTH TAPPEN are:
16. i. DOUGLAS MARTIN7 BAKER, b. Private.
ii. PAMELA BAKER, b. Private; m. ROY PICKLER, Private; b. Private.
iii. NORMAN BAKER, b. Private; m. JANET HEWETT, Private; b. Private.


Generation No. 7

14. NORMA JEAN7 ZUBKE (LUCY6 REASOR, LULA PEARL5 BAKER, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1) was born Private. She married DOUG SOMERS Private. He was born Private.

Children of NORMA ZUBKE and DOUG SOMERS are:
i. BRIAN8 SOMERS, b. Private.
ii. LAURA SOMERS, b. Private.


15. BARRY7 ZUBKE (LUCY6 REASOR, LULA PEARL5 BAKER, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1) was born Private. He married MARGARET SANFORD Private. She was born Private.

Children of BARRY ZUBKE and MARGARET SANFORD are:
i. HEIDI8 ZUBKE, b. Private.
ii. HEATHER ZUBKE, b. Private.
iii. KIMBERLY ZUBKE, b. Private.


16. DOUGLAS MARTIN7 BAKER (MARTIN LETCHER6, EDWARD5, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1) was born Private. He married ELLEN VONDRAN Private. She was born Private.

Children of DOUGLAS BAKER and ELLEN VONDRAN are:
17. i. MARY ELLEN8 BAKER, b. Private.
18. ii. MARTIN DOUGLAS BAKER, b. Private.


Generation No. 8

17. MARY ELLEN8 BAKER (DOUGLAS MARTIN7, MARTIN LETCHER6, EDWARD5, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1) was born Private. She married JEFFREY MICHAEL MCSWEENEY Private. He was born Private.

Children of MARY BAKER and JEFFREY MCSWEENEY are:
i. CAMERON MULDOON9 MCSWEENEY, b. Private.
ii. QUINCY ELIZABETH MCSWEENEY, b. Private.


18. MARTIN DOUGLAS8 BAKER (DOUGLAS MARTIN7, MARTIN LETCHER6, EDWARD5, IRA4, JESSE3, JONATHAN2, MORRIS1) was born Private. He married CHRISTINE KEOGH Private. She was born Private.

Child of MARTIN BAKER and CHRISTINE KEOGH is:
i. JAROD DOUGLAS9 BAKER, b. Private.



Endnotes

1. Family Tree 2.FTW, Date of Import: Dec 3, 1999.
2. Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 6, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Jul 7, 1999, Internal Ref. #1.112.6.80577.70
3. Family Tree 2.FTW, Date of Import: Dec 3, 1999.
4. Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 6, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Jul 7, 1999, Internal Ref. #1.112.6.80577.70
5. Family Tree 2.FTW, Date of Import: Dec 3, 1999.


Descendants of Morris Baker, from Darlene Baker 6/28/2000, Darlenbaker@cs.com
Four Generations:
Generation No. 1

1. MORRIS1 BAKER was born 1750, and died 1818. He married JANE SMITH Unknown. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

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Children of MORRIS BAKER and JANE SMITH are:
2. i. ZACHARIAH2 BAKER, b. 1772; d. Unknown.
ii. MARY POLLY BAKER, b. May 03, 1780; d. June 12, 1831; m. MEREDITH BALLOU, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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iii. JANE BAKER, b. 1781; d. April 30, 1862; m. JOHN B. WILLIAMS, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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iv. NANCY BAKER, b. 1783; d. Unknown; m. EDWARD HUNT, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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v. SUSANNAH BAKER, b. 1786; d. Unknown; m. JOHN STINGER, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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vi. ROBERT BAKER, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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vii. JAMES BAKER, b. Unknown; d. Unknown; m. ANN COX, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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viii. JONATHAN BAKER, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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ix. JEREMIAH BAKER, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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Generation No. 2

2. ZACHARIAH2 BAKER (MORRIS1) was born 1772, and died Unknown. He married SARAH COX Unknown. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

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Children of ZACHARIAH BAKER and SARAH COX are:
i. JAMES3 BAKER, b. 1805; d. Unknown.

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3. ii. HIRAM BAKER, b. 1807, Ashe Co., North Carolina; d. Unknown.
iii. ROBERT BAKER, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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iv. THAS BAKER, b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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Generation No. 3

3. HIRAM3 BAKER (ZACHARIAH2, MORRIS1) was born 1807 in Ashe Co., North Carolina, and died Unknown. He married NANCY Abt. 1829. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

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Children of HIRAM BAKER and NANCY are:
4. i. THOMAS WINFIELD4 BAKER, b. 1829, Ashe Co., North Carolina; d. Cheocotah, Creek Nation, Oklahoma.
ii. ELIZABETH BAKER, b. 1830, Ashe Co., North Carolina; d. Unknown; m. JOSEPH HAMPTON, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

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5. iii. WILLIAM M. BAKER, b. July 08, 1838, North Carolina or Tennessee; d. April 27, 1927, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas.
iv. HENRY M. BAKER, b. 1840; d. Unknown.

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v. MARY BAKER, b. 1843; d. Unknown.

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vi. NANCY BAKER, b. 1847; d. Unknown.

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Generation No. 4

4. THOMAS WINFIELD4 BAKER (HIRAM3, ZACHARIAH2, MORRIS1)1 was born 1829 in Ashe Co., North Carolina1, and died in Cheocotah, Creek Nation, Oklahoma1. He married MARY ANN LONG11. She was born 1833 in North Carolina, and died in Cheocotah, Creek Nation, Oklahoma.

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Burial: Old Checotah Indian Cemetery, Checotah, Oklahoma1
Occupation: miller1
Record Change: June 27, 2000
Residence: 1851, Union Co., Georgia1

Notes for MARY ANN LONG:
She was of the Cherokee Nation.

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Child of THOMAS BAKER and MARY LONG is:
i. SAM5 BAKER1, d. October 07, 1911, Cheocotah, Creek Nation, Oklahoma1; m. (1) FANNIE BROOKS11; d. Y; m. (2) BLANCHE FREEMAN11.

Notes for SAM BAKER:
The major book on Checotah, CHECOTAH HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS- 1890-1990, says this about Sam Baker on Page One:
"Sam Baker, a lawless feudist, who came to Checotah from Te xas, was linked with some of the most desperate character s of the times. His home was a hangout for many of the gang s while they plundered the surrounding area. It is said that t he extended his hospitality to the Jennings, the Brooks ( his brother-in-laws), and O'Malley; he was also instrumental l in their apprehension. He prearranged with U. S. Marshal l Bud Ledbetter for their capture. In return Baker was to r receive a small token of reward money. Sam was fatally wound ed on the crowded streets of Checotah about three o'clock , October 7, 1911. Sam, along with....the Brooks is buried d in the old Checotah Indian Territory cemetery on the Wes t end of town."

More About SAM BAKER:
Burial: Old Checotah Indian Cemetery, Checotah, Oklahoma1
Cause of Death: shot and fatally wounded on the streets of Checotah, Oklahoma1
Occupation: Cheocotah, Creek Nation, Oklahoma; Occupation: City Marshall1
Record Change: June 27, 2000

Notes for FANNIE BROOKS:
She was of the Cherokee Nation.

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Notes for BLANCHE FREEMAN:
She was of the Creek Nation.

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5. WILLIAM M.4 BAKER (HIRAM3, ZACHARIAH2, MORRIS1) was born July 08, 1838 in North Carolina or Tennessee, and died April 27, 1927 in Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas. He married HANNAH HELENA SHIPMAN September 04, 1862 in Winston Co., Alabama. She was born December 28, 1841 in Winston Co., Alabama, and died February 09, 1912 in Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas.

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Marriage Notes for WILLIAM BAKER and HANNAH SHIPMAN:
Came from Alabama to Arkansas in 1879.

Children of WILLIAM BAKER and HANNAH SHIPMAN are:
i. CALDONA5 BAKER, b. December 27, 1863, North Carolina; d. March 20, 1920; m. JAMES SILVESTER PATRICK, Abt. 1877; b. January 01, 1857; d. January 01, 1905.

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Burial: Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas
Record Change: June 07, 2000

ii. GEORGE HIRAM BAKER, b. January 27, 1866, Alabama; d. April 03, 1956, Arkansas; m. JULIA CAROLYN SHIPMAN, Abt. 1891; b. November 09, 1872; d. October 30, 1946.

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iii. MISSOURI JANE BAKER, b. December 24, 1869, Winston Co., Alabama; d. September 10, 1936, Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma; m. (1) ROBERT THOMAS SHIPMAN, January 28, 1883, Delaney, Madison Co., Arkansas; b. July 12, 1857, Carroll Co., Arkansas; d. August 1895, Washington Co., Arkansas; m. (2) CHARLES HENRY BRANNON, September 03, 1899, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas; b. March 17, 1861, Washington Co., Arkansas; d. 1942.

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Burial: September 13, 1936, IOOF Cemetery, Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma
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Burial: 1895, Winslow, Washington Co., Arkansas
Record Change: June 07, 2000

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Burial: 1942, 100F Cemetery, Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma
Record Change: June 07, 2000

iv. JOHN MARTIN BAKER, b. February 15, 1871, Montgomery, Alabama; d. March 20, 1959, Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas; m. MARY JANE CALHOUN, Bef. June 25, 1906; b. March 30, 1889; d. December 13, 1919.

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Burial: Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas
Record Change: June 07, 2000

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Burial: Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas
Record Change: June 07, 2000

v. ALVA MARGARET BAKER, b. 1874, Alabama; d. 1961; m. GRANVIL L. DAVIS, Bef. July 1892; b. 1865; d. 1942.

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vi. SARAH REBEKAH BAKER, b. June 08, 1876, Double Springs, Alabama; d. October 04, 1961, Jenks, Oklahoma; m. JOHN WILLIAM BRANNON, October 26, 1893; b. September 11, 1871, Health, Madison Co., Arkansas; d. January 28, 1959, Jenks, Oklahoma.

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Marriage Notes for SARAH BAKER and JOHN BRANNON:
The Brannon's moved to Oklahoma in 1908 and settled on a fa rm near Tahlequah. They remained there until moving to th e Kelleyville area in 1924 where they continued to farm. I n 1935 the Brannons sold their farm and retired for the next t two years, however, they operated a dairy cream station a t Jenks and then returned to Kelleyville where they owned a another ice-cream stand. They moved to Jenks permanently i n 1946. Years before Will and Sarah passed away, there was s a newspaper article stating they had 54 grandchildren, 6 6 great grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter.

vii. HENRY WILSON BAKER, b. March 07, 1879, Alabama; d. February 17, 1966, Huntsville, Madison Co., Arkansas; m. MARY MELISSA EASLEY, August 06, 1902; b. January 31, 1884, Madison Co., Arkansas; d. November 10, 1971, Huntsville, Madison Co., Arkansas.

More About HENRY WILSON BAKER:
Burial: Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas
Record Change: June 07, 2000

More About MARY MELISSA EASLEY:
Burial: Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Crosses, Madison Co., Arkansas
Record Change: June 07, 2000



Endnotes

1. Email from George Windes.

Date: 11/21/00 10:33:49 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: pgreer@rectec.net (Patty Greer)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com

> In a message dated 11/19/00 8:56:59 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> pgreer@rectec.net writes:
>
> << Oh in my PAF I can move family. I moved my
> Morris once again back to James that married the Blount. I sure wish
them
> Blount's had a first name. In the Avent/Avant they have Baker? Barker?.
So
> that family has us two ways they have found that name. Pat.
> ----- Original Message ----- >>
> WHY DID YOU MOVE MORRIS TO JAMES?
> BYRON
>
Because back in 1955 my grandmother wrote a poem, for the 3rd Baker Reunion
in Lamar, Mo. and in it she had that Morris Father we hear was Jas. Now
don't Jas. stand for James. Then in the Ashe co., N.C. Heritage book on
page 123 Item 24. Tells about James and his son Morris. that married Patsy
Smith' says at the beginning." It has been written that one James Baker was
the first white man to hold title land in what was to become Ashe Co., N.C.
in the year of 1773. It is not known who his wife was. but several
offsprings are attributed to them among them are Nellie Ellender; Andrew;,
married Marhta Patsy, m. 8 Jan 1782 ;Justice Bowlin; Samuel; John ; George
and Morris. Morris Baker was born 1750 in Wilkes Co., N.C. married Jane
Smith daughter of "Carolina Planter" Hugh Smith and his wife Jane." This
book was a reprint of the book written in 1984.


Date: 6/17/01 11:39:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: lebaker@ctlnet.com (Larry Baker)
To: BBrown7152@aol.com

Bryon, what proof do we have that names Morris as the son of James BAKER, instead of the son of Andrew BAKER, Esquire of Peach Bottom fame ? Many researchers in this part of the country with ties to eastern KY, show Morris as a brother the Rev. Andrew BAKER and a brother of John "Renta" BAKER, the Long Hunter. They in turn show Rev Andy as a son of Andrew BAKER Esquire. Is a will or any court or miltary papers showing proff either way ? I first had it as James, but then was "shown the errors of my ways" and changed it back to Andrew BAKER, Esquire. I most certainly would be proud to claim either, as they do tie back into the same stock. Your enlightenment on this matter would be appreciated. Larry and Brandan Brackenridge BAKER My son and I have made several trip to Ashe and Grayson Counties on that beauitiful NEW RIVER area. Truly this is a most wonderful place to reflect on our past family history. lebaker@ctlnet.com
Subj: Morris' Father
Date: 7/23/01 5:58:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    dave245@frontiernet.net (David Baker)
To:    bbrown7152@aol.com (Byron Brown)

Hi Byron,
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your questions. I have been very busy lately and have not had an opportunity to look at my Baker Family history file until this weekend.
I am looking forward to seeing your info once I receive my copy of FTM.
Concerning the father of Morris Baker, that will be an interesting question to have answered. When I initially researched the Bakers I listed James as the father of Morris. But later changed my opinion to Andrew.
The Wade Eller collection, which I have found to be extensive and accurate listed Morris as Morris Baker, the son of …, in other words he couldn’t determine the father of Morris. His information is available on microfilm at the Ashe County Library.
Eleanor Baker Reeves listed James Baker as the father of Morris Baker but gave no proof for the relationship, simply stating that "James Baker was the first white man to hold title to land in what was to become Ashe county in the year 1773."
Eleanor did a Genealogy of the Cox Family but the Bakers listed in this book only go back to James Baker and Annie Cox.
The individual that pointed me in the direction of Andrew Baker as the father of Morris Baker was Frieda Sims Nelson, c/o Koleen Hasseey, 4010 Inspiration Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Frieda died 2/14/94. Her daughter Koleen Hassey wrote to me…"I’m sorry to say her research died with her."
I will send a copy of one of her letters showing some of her conclusions.
Consider the following possibility…
From The Land of Wilkes by Johnson J. Hayes, pages 29-31
The author is referring to the convening of the court in June 1778… (page 29)
"On Tuesday, June 2, 1778, court met a the Mulberry Fields Meeting House according to adjournment, wit Benjamin Cleveland, Charles, Gordon, John Brown, and Joseph Herndon present. A commission from the Governor was presented appointing as additional justices of the peace, John Barton, John Witherspoon, Andrew Baker, James Tomkins, Micajah Pennington, and Abner Smalley, Esq."
(pages 30-31)
"The taxation system appears to be a sane and fair method to equalize the usually unpleasant tax burden, for we find no record of complaint or dissatisfaction in its operation. Each district had a Constable to summons the taxable persons and a Justice of the Peace to take the list and three men appraise it. The persons to whom these duties were assigned were reliable and substantial citizens who have left descendents, some of whom still remain among us. We are unable to find any record which defines the boundaries of any districts but the names may suggest to the reader the general area involved. The first official list follows:…
(Beaver Creek in Ashe County)
(South Fork of New River)
1st part
(8) Captain Baker’s District                                     Daniel Richardson
William Colvard, Esq.                                             Andrew Baker, Jr.
William Ray, Constable                                          William Clay
 
(Northern part of Ashe)
(North Fork of New River)
2nd part
Micajah Pennington, Esq.                                     Beverly Watkins
Benjamin Pennington, Constable                           James Ward
                                                                           Abijah Pennington
The locations were determined by a study of the Land Entry book which indicates the location of the land where these men lived."
The book refers to Andrew Baker, Jr. Rev. Andrew Baker had a son named Andrew born in 1777. His son would have been too young to be appointed to this taxation committee. Was Andrew Baker, Jr. the Rev. Andrew Baker?
It would be great to have some hard evidence concerning Morris’ father. I hope we can find it.
Warmest regards,
Dave

Below from Pattie Greer, 7-23-01
I want to say that Morris is buried on the old home plantation. His will may have been made out in 1810 and then he died in 1818. That wasn't the way they done it back there. We do today for they won't except one made on your death bed. Rays sister tried it and it could not be recorded.

  Notes for Jane "Patsey" Smith:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Following received from Davis Lawrence Baker, descendant of Morris Baker, July 13, 2001 & is placed in his wife's note section because of lack of space in his.

Morris Baker
born approximately 1750
died prior to 2/2/1813, possibly 1810-1811
probably in Grayson County, Virginia

son of Andrew Baker

married Patsy Smith the daughter of Hugh and Jane Smith

Children

1. James married Annie Cox

2. Jonathan (1776 - 1849) married Mary Koontz

3. Robert married Jane Reeves

4. Zachariah married Sarah Cox, sister to Annie

5. Jane (1781? - 4/30/1862) married John B. Williams

6. Mary (Polly) (5/3/1780 - 6/12/1831) married Meredith Ballou

7. Nancy (1783) married Edward Hart

8. Susanna (1786) married John Stringer

9. ? married William Caldwell

10. Esther married Enoch Baldwin, Jr.

? Jeremiah


Miss Virginia Catherine Harwood read a paper at a meeting of the Washington County Historical Society at Martha Washington Inn in Abington, VA on July 17, 1945 on the life of Rev. Noah Calton Baldwin. In the paper she states... Noah Calton Baldwin was born at Piney Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina, September 30, 1817. He was the son of Enoch W. Baldwin and Esther Baker. He was the grandson fo Rev. Elizha Baldwin of the same county and state. His mother was the daughter of Morris Baker, and a niece of the Rev. Andrew Baker, all of the same place of residence... This would indicate that Morris and Rev. Andrew were brothers.

According to the Wade Eller Collection, Morris Baker acquired much land in Ashe County on the New River in and after 1778 by original entry and purchase. His sister Eleanor married local Jessie Ray. (See Hugh Smith Will, Book J Wilkes County)

According to Wade Eller Collection, Hugh Smith sold 428 acres of land to William Cox, Orange County, North Carolina in 1759.

Morris enlisted in the Revolutionary War on 4/18/1776 as a private for 2½ years and for his services received a large grant of land in Ashe County. He served in Captain Benjamin Coleman's Company 2nd North Carolina Battalion of Colonel John Patton, White Plains, September 9, 1778. Page 605, Volume 13, pages 505-5 Pension's Office. He had land warrants CL No. 3814 page 308 for 640 acres. Later this land was deeded to Archibald Hempbell. He was listed on Roster of North Carolina Soldiers, NSDAR page 103. (Baker Family Genealogy by Ralph D. Shipp)

Court records reveal that Morris died in 1810-1811 and his sons Zachariah and Jonathan were in charge of settling the estate. There were two children under age and they jointly asked that their mother Patsy Baker be named guardian. Esther was soon married to Enoch Baldwin, Jr. and they went to Ohio to live. When her name was called out she did not have any representation so the court record "called and failed" was given. (A Factual History of Early Ashe Co. by Eleanor Baker Reeves, page 133)

In December 1778 writs were issued against Morris Baker and others to show cause why they failed to attend as jurors at the last court.

By 1798 efforts were being perfected for the formation of Ashe County from Wilkes County. It had been twenty years since Morris Baker a son of the first man to hold title to land here, was served with a writ to show why he failed to attend as a juror at Wilkes County court. Morris Baker lived on fine bottom land on the South Fork of the New River and he intended to stay on the New River. His absence was excused since a very heavy rain had fallen, the New River was out of its banks - therefore his absence was caused by an act of God. The New River was so high he could not ford the high water and he was excused, but Morris Baker resented the writ. He had worked for twenty years to get Ashe County with Jefferson as the county seat established. (A Factual History of Early Ashe Co. by Eleanor Baker Reeves, page 13)

It is worth recording that the first Superior Court grand jury for Ashe County, so far as the records go, was summoned for the March term, 1807. It was composed of the following: Nathan Horton, foreman; James Bumgard, David Earnest,, John Brown, Eli Cleveland, Joseph Couch, John Koontz, Jonathan Baker, Elijah Pope, Jesse Ray, Samuel C. Cox, John Holman, Joshua Cox, Elijah Calloway, John Judd, Alexander Johnson, Morris Baker, and William Weaver. (Ashe County: A History by Arthur Fletcher page 82)

Abstracts from the Wilkes County Deed Book 1778 - 1783

Morris Baker Grant # 936 Peak Creek
Grant # 616 Beaver Creek ....where he now lives.

James Baker Grant # 936 Naked Creek
Grant # 1283 Peak Creek
Grant # 1366 Cranberry

1778 Wilkes County Tax List - Southern Section

Morris Baker 257 pounds 14 shillings 0 pence

James Baker 152 pounds 3 shillings 0 pence


At the close of the Revolutionary War only 34 families can be documented as living in the Ashe County area.

Morris Baker was accounted for in the census of 1782, 1787, 1790, 1800

James Baker was accounted for in census of 1782, 1787, 1790, 1800

Andrew Baker was accounted for in the census of 1782, 1787


Morris Baker witnessed the deed to the Town of Jefferson......


Deed to the Town of Jefferson

Book A 80

Adam Bower to George Koons and commitioners a deed 50 acres. this indenture made this 19th Day of our Lord one thousand eight hundred between Adam Bowers of the County of -- and State of North Carolina of the one part and George Koons and John Cox and Nathan Horton commitioners for the County of Ashe and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that he the said Adam for and in consideration of one hundred dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge himself therewith fully satisfied and hath granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and confessed and those presents doth fully freely clearly and absolutely bargain, sell, and confirm unto them the said commitioners their heirs and assignes a certain tract of land containing fifty acres, situated in the county of Ashe aforesaid on -- Creek beginning at a Spanish Oak corner of a three hundred and twenty acre tract Running west one hundred and eleven poles to a White Oak then North seventy two poles to a stake then East one hundred and Eleven poles to a stake and then seventy two poles to first station. Together with every right title priviledge and to the said land below going or in any wise appertaining and the said Koons doth hereby ban himself his heirs, executors administrators each and truly to warrant and forever Defend the aforesaid premises with all there appertainances to them the aforesaid commitioners and their heirs and assignes forever clear from all claims and incumbernaces whatsoever in witness whereof he the said Adam hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and date above written. Signed sealed and delivered in presents of Adam Bower (seal), Robert Nall, Toferman Barnuntt, Morris Baker

North Carolina
Ashe County
Wrote on the back thus - May term 1801 the within Deed was duly proven in open Court by the oath of Robert Neil and ordered to be registered.
Test Jno McMillan C.C.C.
Ashe County Court Records



Will of Hugh Smith
December Term 1781

In the name of God, Amen. I Hugh Smith of the county of Wilkes, North Carolina, Carolina Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God. Calling unto mind and mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed to man once to die. Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. That is to say principally and first off: I give and recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but that at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate where it has pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan Smith a sorrel mare I had of George Morris --four head of sheep if Mr. Dixon brings them according to agreement and the book (Ambrije?); also give to my son David Smith one English mare now in his possession and the Book Basket together with all the small books but one. Also I give to my son Alexander Smith one large bay horse that I had Dixon. The book Merve. And the Big Bible after my wife's decease. Also I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Morris Baker, one brown horse that I call Tony; all the rest of my estate, personal and real I give demise and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife, Jane during her natural life to give demise and dispose of the same or any part there of to each or either of the two boys, David and Alexander in case they should marry before her decease and after her death, each and every part of my Estate above rated to her equally divided between the two boys David and Alexander by James Baker and Andrew whom I constitute make and ordain the sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby disallow, revoke and disannul all and every part Testaments, wills, legasies, bequests and Executors by me made before named Will and bequests thus ratifying, confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal. This twenty-fourth day of February one thousand seven hundred eighty one. Signed, sealed in presence of Hugh Smith (seal) James Baker, Andrew Baker, December Term 1781

The above Will produced in Court and proved by James Baker, Andrew Baker

Inventories of Hugh Smith, Deceased
June Term 1782

To 9 head of horses and 11 head of cattle 12 head of sheep and 30 head of hogs and two beds and all the household furniture and the working tools of the plantation. This inventory was returned to James Baker, Esqr., June Term

Below part of a report by Shirley Wilson, Certified Genealogist, March 11, 1987:
MORRIS BAKER was born before 1755, reportedly in Wilkes Co., North Carolina. He reportedly married Jane Smith. The will of Hugh Smith dated 24 February 1781 and probated in December of 1781 in Wilkes County, North Carolina [Book 1:70] named a wife Jane and a son-in-law Morris Baker among others. James Baker and Andrew Baker were named as executors. He died by November 10, 1810 when letters of administration on his estate were issued to Zachariah Baker and Alex Smith. The court was ordered to allot one year's provisions to the widow (unnamed) [SLC MFM #18167 Ashe County Court Minutes, no pagination]. The court later ordered that the administrators of Morris Baker's estate should sell the estate after giving due notice. In May of 1818 a deed was recorded in Ashe County establishing his heirs [Book C:360]. In November of 1818 Estar Baker and Robert Baker were in court to select "Peggar Baker our mother our guardians" [SLC MFM 18167 Ashe County, NC court minutes, no pagination]. This record would appear to cast doubt on the theory that Morris Baker's only wife was Jane Smith. It would seem to indicate that Morris married a second time to Peggar and that he had two minor children at his death. It may also be that Morris' wife was Peggar Smith. At the age of fourteen, children can name their guardian which precisely pinpoints the ages of Ester and Robert.
Although Jeremiah was not mentioned in the deed which named the heirs of Morris Baker, on 2 February 1813 he executed a quit claim deed to his brother James Baker for his interest in the lands and tenements which Morris Baker his father died possessed of [Ashe Co., NC Deed Book F:181J. Children of Morris and Jane Smith or Peggar Baker:
+ i. Zachariah, b. 1772.
ii. Jonathan, b. 1770-80; m. Mary Koontz.
+ iii. James, b. 1775-1794.
iv. Jeremiah
v. Jane, m. John B. Williams.
vi. Mary, m. Meredith Ballou
vii. Nancy, m. Edward Hart.
viii. Susanna, m. John Stonger.
ix. Esther, b. ca 1803; m. William Calwell.
x. Robert, b. 1804; m. Jane Reeves.

  vii.   Eleanor Baker336, born December 24, 1765 in Wilkes Co, NC336; died December 22, 1842 in Ashe Co, NC336; married Col. Jesse Ray January 08, 1782 in Wilkes Co, NC336; born 1760 in Amherst County, Virginia336.
  Notes for Eleanor Baker:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Name: R. Mimi Lathan
Email: tarbaby67@cs.com
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Date: Saturday, July 07, 2001
Time: 07:25 PM
Comments
I am supposed to be a descendant of Andrew Baker and Mary Bolling who had one child named Ellender/Ellendor. She maried my gg-grandfather, Col Jesse Ray of Wilkes County, NC, now Ashe County. I don't understand why in some instances she is not listed as a child. Do you have any information on this? Thanks

Date: 7/23/01 5:21:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Tarbaby67@cs.com
To: BBrown7152
Thanks, Byron. You are welcome to post it. Since all my papers have been in a storage house that is packed tightly so than I can't get them for about three years I can't remember all the names and dates, naturally. I do recall reading a copy of John Bolling's will in which Mary Mollie was mentioned. It seems that all my older ancestors talked about Eleanor being a daughter of Andrew and Mary Bolling. I know there is much controversy on the subject. Do you know where the records that Eleanor was the daughter of James are. I appreciate any reasonable clue or lead.
Keep up your wonderful work.
Yours,
Mimi Lathan





  Notes for Col. Jesse Ray:
[Andrew (Andy) Baker 9-27-01.FTW]

Tradition has it that the Bakers, Calloways and Rays came to Wilkes Co (Ashe Co) NC together. Jesse Ray stated in his pension application that he was born in 1760, that he had seen his father's bible and that he came to this area when 12 years old. That marks the time the Calloways and Bakers came as well, although some of the first ones may have hunted here earlier than that. Source: a Factual History of Early Ashe County, North Carolina: Its People, Places and Events, page 183.

Jesse Ray's Pension application, found in A Factual History of Early Ashe County, North Carolina, Its People, Places, and Events, page 184: "I have no record of my age but have seen my father's bible which states me to be born in 1760. I was born in Amherst County, Virginia but moved to North Carolina when twelve years old."

James "Jesse" Ray received in 1826, a land grant of 5,799 acres in Ashe County in consideration for establishing and operating an Iron Ore refinery to produce much need iron in the area. The grant was awarded by Governor James Iredell of North Carolina.



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