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  1. Samuel Baker: Birth: 1715 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Death: 1782 in Prince Edward Co., Virginia

  2. Henry Baker: Birth: 1717 in Pennsylvania.

  3. Abraham Baker: Birth: 1719 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

  4. Ruth Baker: Birth: 1723.

  5. Mary Baker: Birth: 1725 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Death: 25 JUN 1787 in Bedford Co., Virginia

  6. Esther Baker: Birth: 1727 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

  7. Martha Baker: Birth: 1732 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania.

  8. Caleb Baker: Birth: 1734 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Death: 10 MAR 1824 in Prince Edward Co., Virginia


Sources
1. Title:   Milly McGrane [email protected]@ihug.co.nz

Notes
a. Note:   {A number of Baker researchers have noted that Robert Baker and his sons were gunsmiths in Pennsylvania. I found the following info. in: Whisker, James B. Arms Makers of Pennsylvania. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1990. See pages 37-38. ________. Gunsmiths of Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania. Lampeter; Edwin Mellen Press, Ltd., 1990. See pages 6-8. Grove, Charles. "List of Gunsmiths of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, Period 1728-1863." Journal of the Lancaster Historical Society. Vol. 72, no. 1, 1968, pages 50-60. (Ran Raider)} Ran Raider: [email protected]@discover.wright.edu Baker, Caleb, 1719-41, Gunsmith, worked with his father, Robert Baker, on the confluence of Pequa [Pequea] Creek and the Susquehanna River, Lancaster Co. Baker, Robert (d. 1728), 1717-28, gunsmith at the confluenc of Pequa Creek and the Susquehanna River, Lancaster Co. Baker, Samuel. 1717-19, worked with his brother, Robert Baker, Lancaster Co. In 1719 Robert bought out Samuel's interests. More About CALEB BAKER and MARTHA BROOKS: marr.: November 13, 1722 Children of CALEB BAKER and MARTHA BROOKS are: 10. i. MARTHA5 BAKER, b. Abt. 1715, Lancaster, England. 11. ii. ESTHER BAKER, b. Abt. 1716, Prince Edward, Virginia; d. Cub Creek, Charlotte Co., Virginia. 12. iii. SAMUEL BAKER, b. 1723, Penn.; d. 1782, Prince Edward Co., Virginia. iv. HENRY BAKER, b. Abt. 1725. 13. v. MARY BAKER, b. Abt. 1730, Bedford Co., Virginia; d. June 25, 1787, Bedford Co., Virginia. vi. RUTH BAKER, b. Abt. 1733; m. SAMUEL JOHNSON; b. Abt. 1733. 14. vii. CALEB BAKER, b. 1734, England; d. March 10, 1824, (DAR) Tenn Film 858670, Prince Edward Co., Virginia. viii. ABRAHAM BAKER, b. June 24, 1734. **Milly McGrane [email protected]@ihug.co.nz** ************* Caleb Baker was the grandfather of Abner Baker, first Clerk of Clay Co.,. Although Abner Baker is the one of the most interesting of people, he is not the subject of our story. I only used his statements and those of Mr Dyke to establish the fact that some of the Bakers now living in Clay and Owsley Counties can trace their ancestor's back to these early Pennsylvania Bakers. Abner Baker, in his "Life Book", stated that his grandfather Caleb, had two brothers, Andrew and Samuel Baker. These two brothers would prove the most adventurous of this Baker Family. In the early 1750s Andrew Baker, John Cox, Enoch Osborn and several other neighboring families in Pennsylvania set out on a westward journey. This journey eventually led them into the Yadkin River Valley, in present day Wilkes Co., North Carolina. This small group of Pennsylvanians would be among the first to settle in the area. **Milly McGrane [email protected]@ihug.co.nz** ************ CALEB BAKER SR. Of Prince Edward County Virginia Dr. Abner Baker of Garrard County, Kentucky in his life book, "written for the perusal and encouragement of his children and relatives, "states that his grandfather Caleb Baker (Beaker) and two brothers, Samuel and Andrew came from England in the early part of the eighteenth century; Samuel and Andrew held commissions from the King of England to manufacture fire-arms for the use of the colonies. Caleb was a farmer." They settled within what was then Chester County, Pennsylvania. References to these and others of the Baker name are found among the early archives of Pennsylvania. The first reference found of Caleb Baker was where his name, along with other early settlers of Chester County, was attached to a petition, dated February 6, 1728-29, which reads in part: "To the Honorable Patric Gordon, Esq. Governor of the province of Pennsylvania, New Castle, Kent and Sussex, on Delaware, and Council; - The benefit of many good and wholesome laws almost if not entirely lost and ye person who has occasion to apply to them, out to great and burdensome expense ------to be ye charges of a journey of eighty or a hundred miles, to the County town; and as we are mostly new settlers far from a market, and trade and commerce, among ourselves mostly by way of barter, money cannot supposed plentiful, --- we humbly pray you would be pleased to order a division line to be made between the upper and lower part of Chester County" (Penn. Archives, sixth series, Vol XIV. Page 268. That part which was cut off Chester County, was named Lancaster County: where on May 18th 1748, Caleb Baker received a grant for two hundred acres of land. (Penn. Archives, Third series, Vol. XXIV, page 356) Dr. Abner Baker also states that his Grandfather, Caleb Baker and family, removed from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, bought land and settled in what was then called, "The Backwoods" in Amelia County, Virginia, on Buffalo Creek, where his plantation was located, part of which was purchased July 20, 1748. (Va. His. Mag. Vol. XXII, P-94.) ************** Name: Caleb BAKER 1 2 3 Sex: M Title: Rev. Birth: ABT. 1696 in N. Ireland 4 5 3 Death: APR 1754 in Prince Edward Co, VA 6 7 3 Note: [baker22.FTW] !BIRTH DATE: He was of age in 1719 (Eggleston 1941c, Ray 1946). I agree since he had to be of age to be appointed as administer of his father's estate by the PA court. [Jerrold Haldiman 1997] !RECORDS: 1719 Conestoga section of PA Tax Assessment List. CALEB BAKER listed as of age, no land, and not married (Eggleston 1941b). Birth therefore before 1699. Brother Samuel listed likewise and therefore also born before 1799. Action of Orphan Court in 1728 when father Robert, Sr died intestate appointing Caleb as Executor shows that he was the oldest. Assuming Samuel to be born at least by 1698, Caleb is assumed to have been born about 1696 or earlier. [Jerrold Haldiman] !MARRIAGE DATE: Jerrold Haldiman estimate based on known and estimated birth dates of children. Location based on statements in French and Armstrong 1928, Eggleston 1941b, 1941c, and Herndon 1943 about residence of the Rev. John Thomson and the Bakers. 1728/9 Feb 06. Pennsylvania Archive, sixth series, Vol 14, pg 266. CALEB BAKER's name is on petition to divide Chester Co, PA into upper & lower parts. Lancaster Co was formed shortly thereafter from the lower part of Chester Co. (Eggleston 1941b, Rineer 1984b) ca 1732. Lancaster Co, PA Deed Bk D, pg 89. Land sold to CALEB BAKER called son of Robert Baker dec'd. (Book: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed Abstracts & Revolutionary War Oaths of Allegiance. Deed Bks A through M-1729 through ca 1770) 1734 May 18. Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd series, Vol 24, pg 356. CALEB BAKER receives grant of 200 acres of land in Lancaster Co. (Eggleston 1941c) 1741 Jul 04. Lancaster Co, PA Record Bk B, pg 577. Deed. CALEB BAKER and wife Martha sold land to Jacob Good. Stated part of land originally belonged to Robert Baker, father of Caleb. (Eggleston 1941c) 1742 Nov 13. Amelia Co, VA Deed Bk 1, pg 442. CALEB BAKER buys 970 acres on both sides of the Buffalo River for 150 � from William Kennon, Sr and William Kennon, Jr of Dale Parish, Henrico Co, bounded according to the patent for 970 acres to William Kennon deeded 2 Jan 1737. Wits: Henry Randolph, John Jones, Thomas Hall, Wood Jones. Possession obtained by Caleb Baker in presence of Henry Randolph, John Jones, Thomas Hall & Wood Jones on 13 Nov 1742. Deed acknowledged by William Kennon, Jr, proved by oaths of John Jones, Thomas Hall & Wood Jones, three of the witnesses, at Court held 19 Nov 1742. 1742 Nov 19. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 222B. Deed of William Kennon, Jr. to CALEB BAKER. Execution of deed by William Kennon, Sr, proved by oath of John Jones & Thomas Hall. 1742 Dec 18. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 224A. Deed William Kennon, Sr & William Kennon, Jr to CALEB BAKER proved by oath of Wood Jones, Gent. 1743 Jan 21. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 227B. Action of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER continued. 1743 Feb 18. Amelia Co, VA Court order Bk 1, pg 228B. CALEB BAKER a jury member in action of Robert Bolling vs. Henry Dawson. 1743 Feb 18. Amelia Co, VA Court order Bk 1, pg 229B. Suit of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER continued. 1743 May 20. Amelia Co, VA Court order Bk 1, pg 233A. Case of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER continued. 1743 Jun 17. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 235A. Case of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER continued for deposition of William Wright & Roger Thompson. 1743 Jul 15. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 239A. Case of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER. Jury sworn. 1743 Jul 16. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 239B. Case of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER. Jury sent out previous day returned for Plaintiff for 93 �, 6 shilling, 8 pence & costs. . . . Francis Baldwin, witness for Wallace, to be paid for 2 days; Dougless Baker, witness for same, to be paid for 3 days; Samuel Baker, witness for same, to be paid for 2 days, . . . 1743 Jul 16. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 241B. Case of Samuel Wallace vs. CALEB BAKER dismissed. 1743 Sep 10. Amelia Co, VA Deed Bk 1, pg 520. Samuel Cobbs . . . to William Kennon, Jr . . . 30 acres bounded in part by the south side of the North Fork of Buffalo River joining land CALEB BAKER bought of William Kennon, Jr. 1743 Oct 01. Amelia Co, VA Deed Bk 1, pg 521. William Kennon, Jr of Dale Parish, Henrico Co to CALEB BAKER of Raleigh Parish. 5 shillings. Two tracts: (1) 400 acres in Raleigh parish on North Fork of Buffalo River, bounded in part by Randolph's corner in Caleb Baker's line & bounded by patent to William Kennon, Jr. dated 12 Feb 1742. (2) 30 acres joining Caleb Baker's land which he now lives on, the 30 acres being land said William Kennon, Jr bought from Samuel Cobbs. Possession obtained by Caleb Baker on 1 Oct 1743. Deed acknowledged by William Kennon, Jr & ordered recorded at Court held 19 Nov 1743. 1743 Nov 18. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 249A. Deed of William Kennon, Jr to CALEB BAKER ordered recorded. 1743 Nov 18. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 250A. Judgement of Moses Raney vs. CALEB BAKER to plaintiff for 2 �, 15 shillings, 2 pence and costs. 1744 Jul 20. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 273A. Case of William Kennon, Jr, Gent. vs. CALEB BAKER; imparlance and oyer granted defendant. 1744 Aug 17. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 279A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER continued. 1744 Nov 17. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 286A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER continued. 1745 Jan 18. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 296A. Action of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER, by mutual agreement, to refer case to Edward Booker & John Nash, Gent., and abide by their judgement. 1745 Feb 16. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 307A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER continued. 1745 May 18. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 318A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER continued for auditor's report. 1745 Jun 22. Amelia Co, VA Court order Bk 1, pg 323A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER continued for auditor's report. 1745 Jul 19. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 330B. CALEB BAKER made oath that John Houchen owes him 3 �, 10 shillings. 1745 Jul 20. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 331A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER continued for auditor's report. 1745 Aug 16. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 334A. Debt action of CALEB BAKER vs. John Bird and Richard Harris dismissed, being agreed. 1745 Aug 17. Amelia Co, VA Court Order Bk 1, pg 336A. Case of William Kennon, Jr vs. CALEB BAKER; Plaintiff failed to prosecute and defendant non-suited & to recover 5 shillings with costs & lawyer's fee. 1746 Aug 15. Amelia Co, VA Deed Bk 2, pg 489. CALEB BAKER of Reighleif Parish to Henry Baker of Raleigh parish. 100 pounds for 400 acres in Raleigh parish, bounded in part by lines of Samuel Baker, Robert Gillaspie & Col. Cobbs, being part of land Caleb Baker purchased of Col. Cannon. Henry Baker paid 100 pounds . . . for the land on 14 Aug 1747 & obtained possession. Deed acknowledged by Caleb Baker on 15 May 1747 & ordered recorded. 1746 Aug 15. Amelia Co, VA Deed Bk 2, pg 491. CALEB BAKER of Raleigh Parish to Samuel Baker, his son, of Raleigh Parish. �100 for 463 acres in Raleigh Parish, bounded in part by Col. Samuel Cobb's line, being part of land Caleb Baker purchased from Col. Cannon (Kennon). Samuel Baker paid �100 on 14 Aug 1746 & obtained possession. Deed acknowledged by Caleb Baker on 15 May 1747 & ordered recorded. 1748 Jun 09. Amelia Co, VA Deed Bk 3, pg 105. Edward Briswae of Raleigh Parish to Hugh Challes of Raleigh parish. 100 acres on upper side of Buffalo River, adjacent CALEB BAKER's line. 1750. Prince Edward Co, VA Deed Bk 1, pg 23. Henry Baker sells to Robert Hannah. Henry got land by will from CALEB BAKER, father, in 1747. 1754 Apr 29. Prince Edward Co, VA Will Bk 1, pg 3. Will of CALEB BAKER dated 24 Nov 1750 with codicil dated 6 Feb 1754 filed. In the Name of God, Amen, the twenty fourth Day of November Anno dominis 1750. I Caleb Baker of Amelia County being sick in body but of good and perfect memory thanks to God for it and Calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this Transitory Life and that all flesh must yield unto Death When it Shall please God to call, Do make and Declare this my Last Will & Testament in Manner and form following. First being penitent and Sorry for all my Sins most Humbley Desiring forgiveness for the Same, I Commend my Soul unto almighty God my Savior and Redeemer in __ and by Whose merits I trust and believe assuredly to be Saved and to have full Remission and forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inherit the Kingdom of heaven and my Body I commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors Hereafter Named Martha Beaker Wife of the deceased, Caleb Beaker and Samuel Beaker, Son of Caleb and Martha Beaker and Henry Beaker, Son of the Same and for the Settling of my temporal Estate and Such goods Chattels and Debt as it has Pleased God to bestow upon me I Do order, give and Dispose The Same in manner and form folowing, that is to Say Imprimus. I give and bequeath Unto my Son Samuel Beaker 463 acres of land Which is Laid off for him in Amelia County on Spring Creek to him, his heirs, Executors administrators, or assigns for Ever. Likewise I giv, and bequeath unto my Son Henry Beaker 400 acres of Land joining the foregoing piece of land to him, his heirs, Executors, Administrators, or assigns for Ever. Likewise I give and bequeath Unto my Son Abraham Beaker 200 acres of Land joining the foregoing pieces of Land to him, his heirs, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns for Ever. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my Son Caleb Beaker 307 acars of Land joining the forgoing tracts of Land to him, his heirs, Executors, Administrators, or assigns for Ever with the Dwelling place Where on I, the Deceased Caleb Beaker lived, only the Wife of the Said Caleb Beaker to act and Do with it During her lifetime. The next Legacy is I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ruth Johnston twenty pounds Current Money of Virginia to her and her heirs. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha Ewing twenty pounds of like money to her and her heirs. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Ewing twenty pounds of like money to her and her heirs. To Whom I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Easter Walles [Wallace] one shilling Sterling and No more and I hereby make And appoint my Loving Wife, Martha Beaker, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament as Well as my two Sons Samuel Beaker and Henry Beaker, During her Widowhood to keep the Estate together Wholey, the Negroes and all Things belonging to the Estate of the Deceased Caleb Beaker, only to Raise the aforementioned Sum of money out of it as soon as possible it can be Raised out of it and if Martha Beaker, Wife of The Deceased Caleb Beaker, is married, I leave my two Sons Samuel Beaker and Henry Beaker, Full and Sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament for to Divide my estate Equally among my four Sons and three Daughters here Mentioned, Samuel Beaker, Henry Beaker, Abraham Beaker, Caleb Beaker, Ruth Johnston, Martha Ewing, Mary Ewing. But if Martha Beaker Wife of the Deceased Caleb Beaker Liveth a Widow til her Decease, I Leave my Estate to her Disposal to Dispose of among my Children as She Shall think proper and I make this my Last Will and Testament hereby making & revoking, Disannulling and making Void all former Wills and Bequests by me Made and Declare this only to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness Whereof I have Set my hand and Seal unto this 24 Day of November in the year 1750. And I Leave three Hundred and five acres of Land joining Patrick Galaspas [Gillespies] Land on Buffalo Creek to Help to Raise the three Legacies out of being so Low placed to be Sold By my Executors. Wit: John Breazeale, John (his + mark) Harrison, Saml Hancock. S/ Caleb Beaker February 6th 1754. I Caleb Baker hath taken a consideration and Desire that this may be ____ will that my Executors may Settle it to them Selves with out any trouble or going to law And that three hundred acres of Land on Buffalo Which I Desired to be sold to help the Legacies, my mind is altered. I give it all to my Son Henry Beaker and his Heirs for Ever. S/ Caleb Beaker [transcription by Jerrold T. Haldiman from a photocopy of a microfilm of the Prince Edward Co, VA Will Book] !REFERENCES: Eggleston, Joseph D., 1941b. The Buffaloe Settlement and Its Makers. The Baker Family. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography XLIX(3):311-325. McConnaughey, Gibson J., 1985. Court Order Book 1, Amelia County, Virginia 1735-1746. Amelia, VA. Mid-South Publishing Co. 297 pgs. Ray, Worth S. 1946. The Mecklenburg Signers and Their Neighbors. Reprinted: 1982. Baltimore. Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. pg 443 ff. Rineer, A. Hunter. 1984b. Appendix IV. The Petition to Create Lancaster County. Lancaster County Heritage 1(1):16-19. Sources: Title: The Buffaloe Settlement and Its Makers. The Baker Family Author: Eggleston, Joseph D., 1941c Publication: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography XLIX:311-325 Note: Photocopy in Jerrold Haldiman files Call Number: Bluebonnet Media: Magazine Page: pg 313 Title: The Mecklenburg Signers and Their Neighbors Author: Ray, Worth S. 1946 Publication: Reprinted: 1982. Baltimore. Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc.Note: Photocopy of selected pages in Jerrold Haldiman files Call Number: 975.676, R263m Bluebonnet Media: Book Page: pgs 429, 442, 443, 446 Title: baker22.FTW Media: Other Text: Date of Import: Sep 17, 2000 Title: Deduction, Jerrold Haldiman Media: Other Page: He was of age in 1719 (Eggleston 1941c, Ray 1946). I agree based on the tax lists. He was the oldest since he was appointed as administer of his father's estate by the PA court in 1728 Title: Baker1.txt Author: O'Connor, William Publication: Received from Dave E. Williams 07 Mar 1997 Note: Printed copy in Jerrold Haldiman files Media: Other Page: has abt 1690 Title: Prince Edward Co, VA Will Bk A Media: Official Document Page: pg 3 month & year Title: Estimate, Jerrold Haldiman Page: based on known and estimated birth dates of children. Location based on statements in French and Armstrong, 1928, Eggleston 1941b, 1941c, and Herndon 1943 about residence of the Rev. John Thomson and Bakers ****************************** The deed of Caleb baker and wife Martha to Jacob Good contains many interesting facts, part of which is given here:DeedTHIS INDENTURE made the fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty one. BETWEEN CALEB BAKER of CONESTOGA in the County of Lancaster, Gunsmith and Martha his wife of the one pt. and Jacob Good of the same place yeoman of the other part. WHEREAS John Penn, Thomas Penn and Richard Penn Esq. The proprietaries and Governors in Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania by their Patent of Grant of the Twenty third day of October in the year 1739 did for them and their heirs grant and release and confirm unto the said Caleb Baker a certain tract of land situate on Pequea Creek on Susquehanna River then in the County of Lancaster by metes and bounds in the same Patent specified containing five hundred acres and the allowance of six pr. Cent for roads et. Together with the appurtenances Under the yearly rent of one English Silver Shilling for each hundred acres or value thereof in coin current et. As in and by the said recited Patent Recorded at Philadelphia in Patent Book A. Vol. 10 page 26 et. appears. NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSED that the said Caleb Baker and Martha his wife for and in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred and Twenty Five pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania unto them well and truly paid by the said Jacob Good at or before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt where of they the said Caleb Baker and wife Martha do hereby acknowledge and there of do acquit and for ever discharge the said Jacob Good his heirs and assigns (forever) by the presents HAVE granted bargainer sold released and confirmed and by these present DO grant bargain sell release and confirm unto the said Jacob Good and to his heirs and assignees. A CERTAIN piece or tract of land (part of the said first mentioned tract) BEGINNING at a white oak at a corner of the land of David Jones thence south by the same land sixteen perches to a hickory by Pequea Creek thence down the same creek sixty perches to a white oak thence by Vacant Land south seventy degrees west two hundred and eighty perches to a white oak and west by south twenty perches to a post thence north by west by the land of the late Robert Baker deced one hundred sixty four perches to a post thence east north east one hundred and sixteen perches to a post oak thence east south east by the land of the said David Jones two hundred and ninety perches to the place of beginning. CONTAINING two hundred and fifty acres and the customary allowance for Roads (which said whole tract was first surveyed to John French of Newcastle on Delaware Gent. Who with Avex his wife by Indre of the Fifteenth day of June in the Year 1720 did grant and confirm the same unto Joseph Rodman of the City of Philadelphia in the said Province Merchant and his heirs who having by his last will and testament devised it unto Sarah his wife and her heirs, she the said Sarah Rodman by indenture of the 14th day of April in the year 1724 did grant release and confirm the same unto Robert Baker the father of the said Caleb Baker and his heirs who dying intestate and administration of his goods and his Chattels being committed unto the said Caleb Baker it was ordered by the Orphans Court at Lancaster upon a representation that the intestate personal estate could not answer to satisfy his debts that pursuant to an Act of Assembly of this Province in that behalf made and provided the said land should be sold to make good the differences in paying the debts aforesaid. And the said administrator by indenture of the sixth day of February 1738/9 did in pursuance and by virtue of certain orders of the said Orphans Court grant and confirm the premes unto John Cunningham of the said County of Lancaster yeoman and his heirs who by indet. Of the seventh day of February in the year 1738 did grant release and confirm the same unto the said Caleb Baker and his heirs. TOGETHER also, with all and singular the ways, woods, waters, water-courses-rights liberties privileges improvements hereditarian and appurtenances whosoever unto the said first described piece of land hereby granted belonging and the reversions and remainders thereof and true copies to be taken at the charge of the said Jacob Good of all deeds papers writings and evidences whosoever concerning the premes to have and to hold the said first described piece of land hereditarian and premes hereby granted or mentioned to be granted with the appurtenances unto the said Jacob Good his heirs and assigns to the only use and behoof of the said Jacob Good his heirs assigns forever, UNDER the proportionable part of the yearly quit rent aforesaid as hereafter accruing for the hereby granted premises to the Chief Lord and the fee thereof. AND THE SAID Caleb Baker doth covenant for him and his heirs that he and his heirs, the said first described piece of land hereditarian and premes hereby granted or mentioned, to be granted with the appurtenances under the said Jacob Good his heirs and assigns against him the said Caleb Baker and his heirs and against the said John Franck and his heirs and against the said Sarah Rodman and her heirs and against all and every other person and persons whatsoever lawfully claiming or to claim by from or under him her them or any of them shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. AND the said Caleb Baker for himself and his heirs executors and administrators doth covenant promise and grant to and with the said Jacob Good his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the said Caleb Baker now at thetime of sealing and delivery of these presents Indre. Is the true sole and lawful owner and proprietor and the said first described piece of land hereditarian and premes hereby granted or mentioned to be granted with the appurtes and is solely lawfully rightfully and absolutely seized thereof and of every part and parcel thereof as of a good pure absolute and indefeasible estate of inheritance in fee simple. AND that he the said Caleb Baker shall continue so seized there of and of every part and parcel thereof until a like good estate in fee simple shall be thereof vested in the said Jacob Good and his heirs Aus-ding to the purport and true meaning of these presents. AND that the first described piece of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned to be granted with the appurtenances now are and at all times hereafter forever shall remain continue and be unto the said Jacob Good his heirs and assignees forever. And clear and holly and clearly acquitted and discharged of and from all and all manner of former and other bargains sales gifts grants leases mortgages indentures dowers wills intails annuities rents arranges of rent judgments, executions, extents claims and demands burthens and encumbrances whatsoever the proportionable part of the proprietary guit rent afd as hereinafter to grow due and payable only excepted and foreseized. AND that he the said Caleb Baker and his heirs shall and will upon the reasonable request of the said Jacob Good his heirs and assigns produce and show forth all and singular the deeds and writings aforesaid in any court or elsewhere for the support and defame of the title to the premes and permit him or them the said Jacob his heirs or assignees at his and their proper costs and charges to transcribe and take true copies of all such deeds and writings and as aforesaid. IN WITNESS WHEREOF the said parties to these presents have interchangeably set their hands and seals hereunto dated the day and year first above written. Sealed and delivered in the presence of us, by the Caleb Baker (Seal above named Caleb Baker C. Brodkden Jno. Oed. Sealed and delivered by the Her above named Martha Baker Martha M Baker (Seal) in the presence of us Mark Mathw. Gutt John Jones Recorded the 10th Decr. 1748. P. (should be on the same page) The Fifteenth day of July Anno Dom 1741 before me David Jones Esqr. One of the Justices et. came the above named Caleb Baker and Martha his wife and acknowledged the above written Indre. To be their deed and desired the same maybe recorded as their deed the said Martha hereunto voluntarily consenting she being of full age secretly and apart examined and the contents of the sd. writing distinctly read to her. Witness my hand and seal the day and year above sd. Witness my hand and seal. David Jones (Seal) Received the day of the date of the within written Indre. Of the within named Jacob Good the sum of Two hundred and seventy-five pounds it being the consideration money within mentioned we say recd, per. WITNESS: Owen Lyands Caleb Baker Martha Baker I, Benj. Longenecker do certify that the foregoing deed was duly recorded in record book B. at page 376 during the official term of Thomas Cocksen my predecessor in office which said instrument was left for record on Decr. 10th, 1748 and having been undertified is now certified as required by law. Benj. Longenecker, Recorder Recorded at Lancaster County Recorder's Office, Court House, in Record book B, page 577. CALEB BAKER, SR. Family tradition states that Caleb Baker married Martha Brooks in England, and as she had a grandson by the name of Brooks Baker; this would seem likely to be true. Caleb and Martha Baker reared a family of eight children, Samuel, Henry, Abraham, Caleb Jr., Ruth, Mary, Martha and Ester. It is not known by the writer to whom the three older sons, 1. Samuel, 2 Henry and 3 Abraham married, but Samuel's will probated in Prince Edward County, Virginia, March 16, 1782 mentions his wife Christian and Children: "Samuel, John, Glover, Robert, Caleb, Martha Ewing, Elizabeth Campbell and Sarah Crockett." 4. Martha married Charles Ewing, 5. Ruth married Samuel Johnston, 6. Mary married Robert Ewing, 7. Ester married Samuel Wallace of Amelia County, Virginia., 8. Caleb Jr., married Catherine Hodnett of Buckingham County, Virginia. William H. Whitsitt, of Richmond College, Virginia writing (1888) of the Baker family, states that Caleb Baker's will probated in Prince Edward County, Virginia April 9, 1755. "Is a clear and informing document, and is worthy of careful study, in every instance in the will and sometimes in the deeds recorded in Amelia County. He spells his name, not Baker, but Beaker; that appears to have been in his view an important consideration. His wife and children, and neighbors had no scruples about recording the name Baker; but the father could never be reconciled to that usage. The circumstances appears to indicate that the name was originally the German ***Contact: David K Baker <[email protected]@aol.com> ***


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