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Descendants of William Baker

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 BAKER was born 1742 in North Carolina, and died 23 June 1824 in Town Creek, Pendleton District, South Carolina. He married ELIZABETH BROWN Abt. 1796 in North Carolina. She was born 1777 in North Carolina, and died 10 June 1831 in Pickens District, South Carolina.

Notes for W
He served as the Church Clerk in 1811/12 in Second Baptist. Ch., Pickens, Pickens County, SC

He served for 33 days in the militia in 1782 for which he received 90 cents pay. More data can be found in the Archives at Columbia, SC.

More About W
Burial: Unknown, Baker Family Cemetery, Pickens County, South Carolina
War Veteran: Revolutionary War

Notes for E
Taken from a book titled 'GENEALOGY and HISTORY - BOWEN-FIELD-NIMMONS and KINDRED FAMILIES' by Nora Deniza Nimmons Field, Seneca, South Carolina.

At Pickensville lived a noted woman brewer-maker of the wines, and brandy. She was a window, Elizabeth (Brown) Baker. "Son like father" William M. Nimmons was attracted to her place and in so doing, Mrs. Baker informed him that she needed his help, in the ever increasing sale of her products. Nimmons accept her offer and began the trade of wine and brandy making. A large iron vessel was used in the brewing of brandy and great care was necessary for the making. Nimmons was a tall, blue-eyed, fair complexioned, jovial lad, about the age of seventeen. Mrs. Baker soon became very fond of Nimmons and soon assigned a most important task to him-putting the different concoctions in the vessel. One day as he was stirring the contents in the "Big Pot," he accidentally splashed some out, which angered Mrs. Baker very much and brought forth these words: "Nimmons, I have a half-way notion to marry you for that!"

Mrs. Baker was a very wealthy woman. She had much gold and silver gained from her sales of her fine wines and brandies.

After a time, young Nimmons and Mrs. Baker were married. The old saying: "son like father" was true with him as much as with his father. He liked good wine and brandy. It was or has also been said that young "Nimmons married her for her gold."

Mrs. Baker's sons vowed that they would kill Nimmons on the day he came to marry their mother, and on that day the neighbors gathered at the Baker home, and got the boys out into the fields to look at the crops and kept them there long enough for Mrs. Baker and Nimmons to get married and far away, leaving a locked truck full of gold. Mrs. (Baker) Nimmons was a wise woman, and when she died she left her gold coins to her daughters by a former marriage. As the story goes: "She had many fine silk dresses, fullskirts, with inside pockets (both fashionable in those days), and when she knew that her days were growing short she divided her gold and placed it in the pockets of the silk dresses, sewing up the pockets. These dresses were willed to her daughters. In this way she cut Nimmons short of any gold. As one of his daughters, Harriett (Nimmons) Bowie expressed it, "If he did get any of it, it surely didn't do him any good."

However, one heirloom remains in one of his granddaughter's possession. Annie May (Nimmons) Allgood, wife of Barnett A. Allgood, Central, South Carolina, is the proud possessor of a large walnut corner cupboard, a rare, durable piece of solid walnut, hand-make and beautifully polished. The cupboard happens to be double heirloom to Annie's children through the family of Baker. Elizabeth (Brown) Baker, Barnett's great-grandmother.


Transcribed from Elizabeth Baker Guardian Package No. 15 Bundle No. 1 No. 2461 Photocopies from S.C. archives


Rebecca Baker
Nancy Baker
Mahala Baker

Rebecca and Nancy over age 14

12 June 1826 requested Elizabeth Baker be their guardian.

12 June 1826 Elizabeth Baker - guardian for Mahala Baker who is under the age of 14 and is intitled to a share of the estate of William Baker.

12 June 1826 Elizabeth Baker, Rueben Baker and John ______ posted bond $2,500 - Elizabeth Baker to be guardian of Rebecca Baker, Nancy Baker and Mahala Baker.

3 June 1828 - Elizabeth Baker filed expenses as guardian of Nancy Baker, Rebecca Baker and Mahala Baker.

12 Jan 1830 Elizabeth Baker filed expenses for daughter Mahala Baker.

June 1831 - Elizabeth Baker filed expenses for daughter Mahala Baker. Elizabeth __________ (formerly Elizabeth Baker)


Rueben Baker and other hairs and children of William Baker deceased.


Elizabeth Baker late admin and James Gaines late admin of William Baker deceased

In the court of ordinary Pendleton District 5 June 1825. This was a citation calling the late admix and admor to account to him for the amount of Estate which came unto their hand by sale or collected from debtors to the Estate. Mrs. Elizabeth Baker. Mrs. Eliz Baker acknowledged she had bought the amount of four hundred and eleven dollars 22 cts for which she agreed to give her note with security.

James Gaines Esq. Produced his account by which it appears that he has accounted for all in his hand. And there appeared a balance due to the said James Gaines of Eleven Dollars eighty seven and a half cents on a settlement of his administration.

The plaintiff then produced Col. John McClure to prove that Mrs. Eliz Baker had not fully fairly and truly administered the Estate of the said William Baker deceased as the same had come into her hand and possession.

The witness was on of the persons appointed to appraise the Estate of the intestate. He was at the intestates late residence on 26 July 1824 with others to appraise the estate and was detained until night and remained there all night. Mrs. Baker while in the night _____ witness that Intestate had borrowed of John Castles about a hundred dollars ______________________ upward of ninety dollars in silver that she had hid the money in a Negro house that no person knew of it except one Negro woman. Mrs. Baker stated the money was missing. Witness saw Negro woman named Sarah tied who knew of the money being hid and whom they suspected had removed it. It was said one of her sons went for the other of her sons who had went away that evening. The Negro was kept confined till William Baker one of the sons sent for came when he arrived he said the money could not come if the Negro was kept tied but if they would loose her he would be security for the Negro or the money in the morning. The next morning early Mrs. Baker came into the house with a rag in her hand saying she had got part of the money. There it was and she said she would soon get the balance. Witness does not know how much money she had in the rag but it had the appearance of silver dollars witness thinks she said she had five dollars in her hand.

Alexander Baker was then introduced as a witness for Col. Hagood - Admor. This witness says he was present and saw the Negro tied at the time mentioned by Col. McClure. But before the Negro was tied this witness found a purse of leather or cloth containing as he supposed about ninety dollars which he supposed was the same his mother Eliz Baker said had been borrowed of John Castle. He also found a few dollars wrapped up in a rag perhaps four or five dollars all of which money he gave to his brother William Baker the same evening of the __________ and told his brother William he wanted Mr. Castle to have his money and that the Estate should not have to pay. William Baker said would fix it. This witness found the money in the Negro house as before mentioned. Wits & says he heard his mother say if she had not gotten the money she would have hung the old Negro.

William Baker was introduced as a witness for the plaintiff. This witness says on the 26 June 1824 in the evening his brother Alexander Baker came to him and said he had found some money and handed him a purse and a rag which he believed contained silver dollars he thinks about ninety dollars which he put by the side of a log about 20 steps from where it way handed to him. When he was sent for he came and saw the Negro tied and told them to loose her and he would be security for the Negro or the money in the morning. He then told the Negro where he had put the money. Witness never went to examine where the money was put nor does he know that the Negro got the money or that his mother ever got any of the money except about five dollars, which he presumes was that which was in the rag. As she said she had about five dollars and would make the Negro get the balance - He says he never heard any thing afterward from his mother concerning it until lately.

Benjamin Barton was produced as a witness for the plaintiff. He states that on Tuesday after the death of William Baker. Wits was at intestates late residence. Mrs. Baker brought some goods home and she said she bought them from a Lawhon, that she paid the money for them (or as he recollects) the amount was about eighteen dollars. Plaintiff says he has examined Mr. Lawhon books and finds Mrs. Baker bought the goods on a credit.

13 June 1826 Dennis Batson said Polly Batson his wife was pregnant and was unable to attend court.

B. J. Earb makes oath that from the communication of Dennis Batson of what his wife will prove he of opinion that her testimony is very material in favor of the defend and B. J. Earb and also that he has only this morning come to the knowledge of his testimony.

Zelpha Barton was introduced as a witness for plaintiff say at her fathers death there was six feather beds belonging to intestate she understood only five was sold.

Alex Baker being called says there was six beds before the sale and there was only five sold and that there was one more in the room than was sold.

Moses Hendricks was introduced as a witness for the plaintiff. He says that in November 1824 Mrs. Baker called on witness to go and examine and measure a crib of corn. He went with Mr. John Smith at her request they measured the crib it was 17 feet 1 inches long 7 feet wide 6 feet high also a crib of bubbins or short corn very inferior 10 feet 6 inches long 5 feet wide 3 feet 10 inches deep also some that had been injured by high water worth abut as much as good corn which was put in a loft about 20 bushels as he supposed.

More About E
Burial: Unknown, Baker Family Cemetery, Pickens County, South Carolina
Nickname: Lizzie

More About W
Marriage: Abt. 1796, North Carolina
Children of W
2. i.   REUBEN PATRICK2 BAKER, b. 27 February 1797, North Carolina; d. 28 September 1837, Pickens District, South Carolina.
3. ii.   RICHARD BROWN BAKER, b. Abt. 1798, Georgia; d. 1862, Twelve Mile, Pickens District, South Carolina.
4. iii.   WILLIAM P. BAKER, b. Abt. 1799, North Carolina; d. 31 May 1854, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
5. iv.   ZILPHA BAKER, b. 12 December 1802, North Carolina; d. 14 November 1890, Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas.
6. v.   MARY BAKER, b. Abt. 1803, Pendelton District, South Carolina; d. 09 March 1891, Pickens County, South Carolina.
7. vi.   ALEXANDER BAKER, b. 1806, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. 1865, Blount County, Alabama.
  vii.   REBECCA BAKER, b. 1810, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. Unknown.
  viii.   NANCY BAKER, b. 1812, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. Unknown.
8. ix.   MAHALA BAKER, b. 09 February 1814, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. 06 December 1882, Pickens County, South Carolina.

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