Solomon Baker, William Baker, John Baker, Hugh Baker, John Baker
Solomon Baker appeared before Ralph Justice in 1739 being charged and fined with being the father of a bastard child born to Leah White, a single woman. In the same hearing, he and brother William Baker were charged as being indebted to the churchwardens in the sum of £50. There is some chance that he married, perhaps Leah White, before he married Mary Dale.
Solomon Baker did not receive any inheritance of land from his father. Perhaps he knew this in advance, or the "heat" was too much because of his escapades near Gargatha. In any event, Solomon headed into Somerset County or Worcester County sometime in the 1740's. In September 1748, Solomon Baker patented GARGATHA just two miles north of where AYERS Branch intercepts the Pocomoke. It was just adjacent to James Bratten's TURKEY RIDGE, and just below Nicholas Gray's BEECH RIDGE. This would locate it less than a mile northwest of the cemetery in New Hope. And although on the west side of the Pocomoke, it was less than a mile from WHALEYS VENTURE. Today, this ruins of this location lie in the Pocomoke River near New Hope on a small island where the river divides in the upper reaches of the Pocomoke.
On March 16, 1747, Solomon Baker was deeded fifty acres of BUCK RIDGE by William Jones of North Carolina for £10 , and this property was located adjacent to BLACK SOYL. [The reader may remember that a William Jones had on several previous occasions been connected with Bakers of this family beginning with the very first Eastern Shore settlement, and then Hacks Neck.] Jones also assigned land to James Bratten at the same time, which confirms again that they were neighbors. In the Worcester Land patent records, BLACK SOYL is located off the western side of the Pocomoke River in an area then known as Rewastico Hundred.
Solomon Baker was very active in the St. Marten's Church, and it is from these records that we find so much about him and his family. In the period 1757-1765, he was a churchwarden, and a Vestryman. There are records of his purchasing materials to mend the windows, and records of his laying out the new pews. In 1757, Solomon and George Baker were both members of the St. Marten's Parish Church near Berlin, Maryland. Solomon sat in Pew #8, and brother George Baker in Pew #18. James Dale and Eli Dale were also active members and connected to various members of the Baker family.
In 1762, Solomon was paid 30 shillings to be the Sexton of St. Marten's. It even appears that Solomon was given the responsibility of tracking down a person who apparently owed money to the church, or a contractor with still to be completed work on the Prince George's Chapel, a Chapel of Ease for St. Marten's.
In 1767, as a Vestryman of Worcester Parish, Solomon Baker and other Vestry men, purchased some land from Jesse Gray, a portion of the 50 acre GRAY'S INVENTION. Solomon and the other Vestrymen, along with John Dagsworthy, purchased 100 acres of PATNEY'S INVENTION from Jesse and Ann Gray.
Solomon Baker married Mary Dale on June 4, 1741 and they were active in the St. Martens Parish Church. Mary was dead by 1752, but they had several children; Anne Baker (born February 3, 1741), Betty Mills Baker (born October 21,1746), Jonathan Baker (born September 11, 1749) , and Elisha Baker (born December 7, 1752). Perhaps Mary Dale died in childbirth with Elisha.
Solomon served with the Worcester County militia in 1748 under Captain John Evans along with Gamage Evans , Thomas Gray, John Bowen, William Bowen, Elias Evans, Archibald Evans, William Bowen Sr., William White, John Smith, Joseph Gray, Harrison Ayers, William Smith, Whittington Bowen, Charles Ratcliff Jr., John Mumford, Elisha Evans, and James Murray.
In 1753, both Solomon Baker and James Bratten received an inheritance from William Jones who had also assigned land to brother William Baker in 1748. Were they married to sisters? The inheritance was most likely a portion of the BLACK SOYL land patent which perhaps was broken into two parts at that time.
Solomon married Rachel Evans on December 12, 1754. She was the widow of Gamage Evans (D1754) and mother of Nelah Evans, wife of Salathiel Baker. In December of 1756, Solomon Baker and Rachel Baker administered the estate of Gamage Evans paying off the following debtors £202/15/6: Powell Paty, Alexander Mills, Caleb Tingle, Nath. Bradford, Andrew Gray, Joseph Jones, Samuel Powell, and Major John Purnell.
Gamage Evans was the son of Walter Evans who had Northampton, Virginia roots. Gamage's other daughter married Joseph Waters, descendant of the William Waters who had sold the property in Northampton to William Baker, constable, son of Hugh Baker. Solomon and Rachael's children were Levin Baker (August 25,1755) Ester Baker (Whaley) (December 31, 1758), and Solomon Baker (February 12,1761).
In the Worcester County Census of 1783, Solomon Baker was registered as owning GARGATHA and BLACK SOYL, both registered in Acquango Hundred (west side of the Pocomoke River). His sons, Solomon Baker and Levin Baker were both registered as living with him in Acquango Hundred. His immediate neighbors were Benjamin Davis (130 acres) and James Dale (130 acres.)
On March 8, 1786, Solomon Baker, James Waters, and Samuel Johnson were all listed as next of kin in the will of Levi Fall. There had been a relationship between the Bakers and Waters families since 1620s. Samuel Johnson descended from a Kent, England family that had relationships with the Bakers there, and had settled in Accomack, Virginia before migrating into Someret County.
In the census of 1790, Solomon Baker was living near Isaac Whaley, Thomas Blizzard, John Blizzard, Benjamin Davis, and Bolitha Truitt. He lived with three females and seven slaves. Son Solomon Baker Jr. also lived very near him, and next to Bolitha Bratten and the Blizzards.
When Solomon's will was probated first in 1796 by Ann Baker , then again on August 1, 1797; his wife at that time may have been Anna Baker, but perhaps this was his unmarried daughter. His son Levin received GARGATHA and BLACK SOYL . Solomon's will was executed by his son Levin , and witnessed by Seth Whaley , John Dale , John Mitchell , and J. Ayers. Campbell Dale was a friend and possibly a relative and neighbor mentioned in one of the wills.
Solomon Baker had children by his several wives, but only mentioned Levin Baker, Ann Baker Williams, Ester Baker Whaley and her husband and son, John Baker, and Mary Betsy Baker of William. This could have been of William his brother, or possibly of a deceased son named William Baker.
A bond was made against the estate in 1797 by Levin Baker and Seth Whaley, and again in 1797. J. Ayers was a witness. This was probably James Ayers, son of Isaac Ayers and grandson of Laban Hill.
Jonathan Baker wrote his will in 1803, and it was presented on May 12, 1807, a bond on his estate was filed by Mary Baker. On May 12, 1807, Mary (Polly) Baker was the administrator of her husband's estate. She was his second wife and brought his estate into a bond in 1807. Witnesses to Jonathan's will in 1803 were William Kenneth and Mathias Warren. William Kenneth, Carpenter, lived in west Berlin on CROOKED LANE; the Kenneth name being connected to the same geographic area in Accomack, Virginia as early as 1680. Witnesses to the 1807 bond were Joshua Hickman and Joseph Truitt. Joshua Hickman lived at BEACHSYLVANIA with Laban Johnson, William Bratten, and John Postley. Joseph Truitt lived at the 90 acre BELFAST given to him by father William Truitt and located near BEACHSYLVANIA.
In the Census of 1850, Levin Baker (B1834) was living in the house of James Dale, and very near Hiram Duncan mentioned in Jesse Baker's will, as well as Joshua Baker (B1804), and Levin Baker. Levin Baker is probably a son sent out to live with another family. Perhaps his father worked at sea. William Baker (B1828) could be a brother to Levin. William Baker was living with Samuel Warrington (farmer) and next door to Hiram Duncan.
This most likely is the same person recorded as "Mary Dale (B1779)" living in the household of Solomon Baker, (B1805), Farmer living in Berlin Maryland as registered in the Worcester Census of 1850. However, Mary Dale may have been a daughter or widow of Josiah Dale and Tabitha Campbell.
The children by this marriage were: Captain James Whaley , Thomas Whaley , Seth M. Whaley, Peter Whaley , Catherine Whaley , and Mary Whaley who married a Mr. Timmons. Later we find two Timmons brothers as securities of the great grandchildren of George Baker, brother of Solomon Baker.
Levin was living next to Henry Bell and Solomon Baker, his father, in the tax records of 1783. He was most likely named after his uncle, Levin Baker of Gargatha. He was the only Baker to take the Oath of Fidelity in Worcester County in 1777, and Levin Baker most likely served in the Sinepuxent Battalion under Captain Dale in the Revolutionary War. Levin Baker was deeded BLACK SOYL, and GARGATHA by his father Solomon Baker in 1796 as well as Negroes Jacob, Sigh, and Hannah. In the census of 1790, Levin had and one older son born before 1774, and two females also resided with him. His wife was Elizabeth Hancock , daughter of John Hancock and granddaughter of William Hancock.
Son Hancock Baker lived a few houses away, so we assume that son Jonathon Baker was living with his father, wife Elizabeth, and daughter Nancy Baker. Levin purchased 100 acres of FREEMANS CONTENTMENT from Joseph Waters of Virginia in 1790. This was located at the head of Herring Branch, and established by William Freeman in 1713. Eli Collins was here in 1779, and sold it to Joseph Waters. In 1795, John Schoolfield sold this property to John Tubbs, and Abisha Davis was here in 1815. Abisha Davis was the son of Benjamin Davis, a neighbor to nephew Levin Baker in the 1790 census.
Levin Baker's will was made on January 16, 1791 but not proven until April 25, 1794. Levin willed this property to his two sons, Jonathon and Hancock Baker. Witnesses were John Baker, John Schoolfield , John Kennett , and Ephraim Powell. Schoolfield was the father of Henry Schoolfield who had married cousin Cathy Williams.
The will was executed by his wife Elizabeth. He willed 100 acres of FREEMANS CONTENT to his wife, with 50 acres to son Hancock Baker upon the death of his wife Elizabeth. This property was located on what today is known as Ocean Pines near Ocean City, Maryland. The sons also received furniture and livestock.
In 1792, a Solomon Baker Jr. patented the 133 acre SOLOMON'S FORTUNE. Solomon Baker, son of Solomon Baker, was most likely the father of a major Baker Clan which developed in Sussex County. Mariner Solomon Baker of Broadkilll petitioned the state of Delaware in 1785, and died in 1799, and his estate was opened for administrative reasons in 1801. His son, William Baker was his executor, and he mentioned; John, Eunice, Noah, Elias, and Mary Baker.
His wife and Aaron Bloxom executed his will. Witnesses were Samuel Hurt and Heavelo Lofland. He mentioned children Joseph Baker, John Baker, Salathiel Baker, James Baker, Edy Baker, Nancy Baker, Polly Baker, and Betsy Baker Clifton. Administrative action on his estate was taken again on May 5, 1818 by Rev. Edward Revell. The Bloxom and Revell names appeared among the Bakers in the 1690's.
Eunice Baker (D1848) remarried Charles Fowler and perhaps had a child named Nancy Fowler by him. She remained in the Broadkilll area of Sussex. Her estate was executed by her son Salathiel Baker. Witnesses were C.G. Baker, George R. Abbott, and James Wilkins. Heirs were Salathiel Baker, Mary Fisher, (daughter), Mary Davis Clifton (friend).
Wife Naomi executed his will. Witnesses were Elizabeth Williams and George Bloxom . His wife Naomi Baker died on June 28, 1837. Joshua G. Baker executed her estate. She must have been the wife of Elias Baker. Their children were George, William, Joshua G. Baker, Leah, and Rebekah.
We have no information on this Elisha Baker, but another Elisha Baker's will was administered in Worcester County in 1873 by James Baker. We think he was the grandson of Elisha Baker (B1752).
John Donaway Sr.|
v John Donaway Jr. = Charlotte Baker (D/O William Baker (D1836)
v Isaac Donaway (B1800) = Nancy Baker (B1803) (probably daughter of Archibald Baker (D1811)
v Thomas Donaway (B1803) = Mary Baker (B1812) (probably daughter of Archibald Baker)
v Joseph Donaway (1806-1874) = Mary Baker (B1810) (daughter of Salathiel Baker (D1822)
vv Elizabeth Donaway = Nathaniel Baker
vv Louisa Donaway = Joseph Baker
v Harriett Donaway (Dec. by 1857) = Jonathon Baker (Dec. by 1850) (S/O Samuel Baker)
vv Alexander Baker
vv Elizabeth Baker
vv Albert T Baker
vv Peter Baker
vv Parker Baker
Eliz Williams born at St George's Parish in 1776 to John and Sarah Williams.
George Bloxom in Accomac inherited A135 from his father Stephen and Nanna Bloxom in 1795.
George Fisher married Elizabeth Waller in 1762. Another George Fisher lived in Accomac at A140 on the same property as Geo. Hack in 1793.
It was located on the northside of TURKEY RIDGE, which was on the west side of the Pocomoke and had been sold to Henry Massey Today, it is an island in the swamps. A local native told me that he hunted on this land in the 1930s and the ruins of the farm were then visable.
James Bratten served in the Somerset Militia under Captain Joseph Bratten in 1749. Other members of his unit were Daniel Selby, Issac Brittingham, Parker Selby, William Brittingham, John Richardson, and John Johnson. James was the son of William Bratten, and also served with Nath. Bratten, Wilson Bratten, and John Bratten (Son of William Bratten).
James Wilkins lived in Lewes and married Ruth Dukes in 1770. Lived in the forest.
John Clark married Martha Cureton in 1743 per the Quaker records.
John Read purchased A125 from John Townsend.
Order Book 1737-1739, page 170, 7/31/1739
Solomon Baker's brother "Jon" was married to the daughter of Ralph Justice, and had been a neighbor to the Bakers of Gargatha.
Solomon Baker's will was witnessed by John Dale, son of James Dale. Was he the brother of Mary Dale?
This could possibly be Annie M. Taylor (1878-1923) buried in Evergreen Cem. in Berlin.
William Jones was the son of Joseph and Temperance Jones, and most likely his wife's name was Elizabeth. He was a Captain in the 1749 Worcester County Militia. John Adams was his sergeant. The name William Jones continues to appear with the Bakers from William Jones who came to Virginia with John Baker in 1623 on the ship ANNE.
Worcester County formed in 1742.