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Caleb Baker Jr. (b. 1734, d. Mar 10, 1824)Caleb Baker Jr. (son of Caleb Baker Sr.) was born 1734 in Chester, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, and died Mar 10, 1824 in Prince Edward, Virginia, USA.
Notes for Caleb Baker Jr.:
Grandson of original Robert Baker, Sr.
Son of original Caleb Baker.
!BIRTH: Eggleston, 1941b.
Birth year in Eggleston probably should be 1732-33 [Jerrold Haldiman].
!MARRIAGE 1: Eggleston, 1941b.
!MARRIAGE 2: Marriage Bonds of Prince Edward Co, VA 1754-1866.
!DEATH: Eggleston, 1941b.
1754 Apr 29. Prince Edward Co, VA Will Bk 1, pg 3. Will of Caleb Baker dated 24 Nov 1750 with codicil dated 06 Feb 1754 filed.
In the Name of God, Amen the twenty forth 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 Redemer 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 Chattles and Debt as it has Pleased God to bestow upon me I Doe order give and Dispose The Same in manner and form following that is to Say
Imprimus I give and bequeath Unto my Son Samuel Beaker 463 acres of land Which is Laid of [off] for him in Amelia County on Spring Creek to him his heirs Executors administrators or assigns for Ever. Likewise I give and bequeath unto my Son Henry Beaker 400 acres of Land joining the foregoing peace 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 going [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 acres 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 Doe with it During her lifetime The next Legacy is I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ruth Johnston twenty pound 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 & 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 [raised] out of it and if Martha Beaker Wife of The Deceases Caleb Beaker is marrieth 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 fore 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 making this my Last Will and Testament hereby making & revoking Disannulling and making Void all former Wills and Bequests by me Made and Declaring 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 ye year 1750 And I Leave three Hundred and five acars of Land joining Patrick Galaspas [Gillespies] Land on Buffelow 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 Airs for Ever. S/ Caleb Beaker
[transcription by Jerrold Haldiman from a photocopy of a microfilm of the Prince Edward Co., VA Will Book]
1759 May 09. Prince Edward Co, VA Deed Bk 1, pg 166. Samuel Baker sells to CALEB BAKER, brother, land father Caleb Baker, deceased, lived on.
1762 Aug 10. Prince Edward Co, VA Deed Bk 2, pg 107. CALEB BAKER of Prince Edward Co to Peter LeGrand of Prince Edward Co for 235 £, a certain tract of land in Prince Edward Co on both sides of Spring Creek, about 170 acres bounded by Bibb. S/ Caleb Baker. Wit: none.
1822 Mar 15. Prince Edward Co, VA Will Bk 6, pg 60. Will of CALEB BAKER, Sr made 7 Nov 1822 proved.
I Caleb Baker, Senr of the County of Prince Edward do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made. In the first place, I wish all my just debts to be punctually paid, and in order to provide a fund for that purpose, and for paying any cash Legacy herein after given, I do hereby authorize my Executors to make sale of any crop which may be on hand or growing at my death, and my stock of various kinds, my still & tubs, and to hire out any and all of my negroes for one or more years.--
I give to my daughters Susanna Greenwood, Patsy Greenwood, Salley Jones, Catharine Hendrick to my son Abner Baker, and to the children of my deceased daughter Lucy Hudson or their descendants, and to the children of my deceased son Wm Baker, or their descendants, the whole of my negroes, with the exception herein after mentioned, to them and their heirs forever, giving to the children of Lucy Hudson & the children of Wm Baker, that portion to which their father & mother would be entitled if they were Living.-- I give to my grand daughter Mildred Eldridge the sum of one hundred dollars to be raised out of my Estate by my Executors & paid to her, to her and her heirs forever.-- I direct that after my death my old servants Sampson & Elsie select such of my children or grand children as they may choose to live with and that they have the privilege of living with them, and that my Executors pay to said child or grand child with whom they may live, the sum of ten dollars annually for each of said negroes, so long as they may live.
I have heretofore given to my son Brooks Baker a Tract of land and other property to the amount of a full portion or share of my estate, which gift is now hereby confirmed to him and his heirs forever.--
I have heretofore given to each of my other children a portion of my estate which is also hereby confirmed, to them & their heirs forever.--
After the payment of my debts & cash legacies, I direct my Executors to pay over to each of my children which may be living at the time of my death, and to the child or children of such of them as may be dead, any money which may be in their hands arising from the sale of crops, stock, plantation utensils & stills & also from the hire of negroes, Together with any other funds from any other source, which I give in equal proportion to the said children or to the children of them as may be dead, to them and their heirs forever. I constitute and appoint Richard N. Venable and Branch Worsham Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & affix my seal this 7th day of November 1822.
Executed in presence of S/ Caleb Baker Sr
M M Gallion
At Court held for Prince Edward County March the 15th 1824. This last will and Testament of Caleb Baker dec'd was presented in Court and proved by the oath of M. M. Gallion and Abraham Venable two witnesses thereto, ordered that the same be recorded and at the same Court continued and held for said County March the 16th 1824. Richard N. Venable one of the Executors herein named, in open Court relinquished his right to qualify, and on the motion of Branch J. Worsham, the other Executor, he with John M. Price, Samuel C. Anderson, Edward Booker and James Foster his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond for the purpose in the the penalty of fifteen thousand dollars, conditioned according to law, and took the oath required by law, Certificate for obtaining a probate thereof in due form is granted them.
Teste B. J. Worsham D.C.
[transcription by Jerrold Haldiman from a photocopy of a microfilm of the Prince Edward Co., VA Will Book]
Wurts, John S., 1942. Magna Carta I. The Romance of the Great Charter. Part II. Pedigrees of the Barons. Chap. 221, pg 1733
Caleb Baker Jr., born 1734 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, married Catherine Hodnett, daughter of John Hodnett, and granddaughter of John Hodnett Sr., of Ireland.
Caleb and Catherine Baker spent their days on the old Baker plantation on Buffalo Creek Prince Edward County, Va., where they reared a family of ten children.
Caleb Baker and wife Catherine were members of the "Old Buffalo Creek Church", where Caleb's father and mother were among the founders, their home was on Buffalo Creek. Caleb Jr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, serving in the 1st Virginia Regiment (Encherrode). His name, along with his brothers, Samuel and Henry, was attached to a petition of sundry inhabitants of Prince Edward County, Virginia, adopted September 23, 1776, in which they express their approval of the form of government adopted at the last session of the House of Delegates of Virginia, which met in Williamsburg and earnestly requested that they would complete what they had so nobly begun, "raise religion as well as civil liberty to the zenith of glory, and blot out every vestige of British tyranny and bondage".
In 1804, when Caleb was about seventy years of age his wife Catherine Hodnett died.
In 1810 he married Catherine Baker, the widow of his cousin Andrew Baker. (Marriage records of Prince Edward County, Virginia).
This marriage was for companionship; their being no money settlement, Caleb and Catherine lived in his home half of the year, the other half they spent in the home of Catherine. Catherine lived only about four years. After her death, Caleb employed a housekeeper, a niece of his first wife, Nancy Davis, daughter of Ayes Hodnett.
A newspaper notice of Caleb Baker, Jr., reads: "Died 1824, 10th of March at his residence in Price Edward County, Virginia, Caleb B Baker, Esq., in the ninetieth year of age. His illness lasted about three months and last expired with a perfect confidence in the great object of Christian Faith".
The Children of Caleb Baker Jr., and wife Catherine Hodnett were:
(1) William, who removed after the Revolutionary War to Kentucky,
where he spent the rest of his life, having died in Lincoln County,
where his will was probated in 1806.
(2) Lucy, married Capt. John Hudson
(3) Susannah married a Mr. Greenwood
(4) A daughter married a Mr. Eldridge
(5) Patsy Married a Mr. Greenwood
(6) Sally (Sarah) married Jan. 8th, 1795, Arthur Jones of Buckingham County, Virginia
(7) Catherine married a Mr. Hendrix
(9) ?? living in Prince Edward County at the time of his father's death.
(10) Abner, removed to Kentucky after his brother William, and married there the daughter of William E. Buford and Mary Welch, daughter of Nicholas and Mary Welch of Bedford County, Virginia.
W I L L
Caleb Baker Jr. (Esquire)
Of Prince Edward County, Virginia
I, Caleb Baker, Sen'r, of Price Edward County, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others by me hereunto made.
In the first place, I will all my just debts to be punctually paid: and in order to provide a fund for that purpose, and for paying any cash legacy hereinafter given, I do hereby authorize my Exor. To make sale of any crop which may be on hand or growing at my death, and my stock of various kinds, my still and tubs, and to hire out any and all of my Negroes for one year or more.
I give to my daughters Susanna Greenwood, Patsy Greenwood, Sally Jones, Catherine Hendrick, to my son Abner Baker, and to the children of my deceased daughter Lucy Hudson, or their descendants and the children of my deceased son Wm. Baker or their descendants, the whole of my Negroes, with the exception hereinafter mentioned, to them and their heirs forever, giving to the children of Lucy Hudson and the children of Wm. Baker that portion to which their father and their mother would be entitled if they were living.
I give to my grand daughter, Mildred Eldridge, the sum of one hundred dollars, to be raised out of my estate by my Executors and paid to her, to her and her heirs forever.
I direct that after my death my old Servants Thompson & Elsie select such of my children or grand children as they may choose to live with, and that they have the privilege of living with them, and that my Exor's pay to said child or grand child with whom they may live, the sum of ten dollars annually for each of said Negroes, so long as they may live.
I have herefore given to my son Brooks Baker, a tract of land and other property to the amount of a full portion or share of my estate, which gift is now confirmed, to him and heirs forever.
After the payment of my debts and cash legacies, I direct my Executors to pay over to each of my children which may be living at the time of my death, and to the child or children of such of them as may be dead, any money which may be in their hands, arising from the sale of crops, stock, plantation, utensils, and still, Etc., and also from the hire of Negroes, together with any other funds from any other sources, which I give in equal proportion to the said children, or to the heirs of such of them as may be dead, to them and their heirs forever.
I constitute and appoint Richard N. Venerable and Branch J. Worsham, executors of this my last will and Testament.
In witness where of I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 7th day of November 1822.
(Signed) Caleb Baker (seal)
Executed in Presence of
M M Gallion
Wm. H. Venable
At a court held for Prince Edward County March the 15, 1824 this last will and testament of Caleb Baker was presented in court and proven by the oaths of M. M. Gallion and Abraham Venable, and the same ordered recorded.
(Signed) Horace Adams, Clerk
Other Baker records in Pr. Edward Co., VA
Caleb Baker 1754
Martha Baker 1759
Robert Baker 1759
Samuel Baker 1771
Robert Baker 1773
Douglas Baker 1765
Christian Baker 1795 Wife of Samuel 1771 will
Samuel Baker of Salesbury Rowan County, N. C. Son of Robert of Lancaster County Penn. Will probated 1759. Children, John, Mary, Robert, Margaret. (All of under age)
Among the early settlers of Prince Edward County Virginia, were Abraham Baker, Caleb Baker, Douglas Baker, George Ewing, and Samuel Ewing.
Va., Mag., Vol. 22 page 94
A warrant (8c223) for use of Samuel Baker for five pounds ten shillings, for a rifle for Joshua Baker four pounds and one shilling. Also use for Douglas Baker five pounds and ten shillings.
Capt. Brents Co., 4th. Reg.
Callender of state capers Vol. 3, Page 216
(Re-typed document had $th, Reg., Assume Cap 4, MJB)
Grant 522 )) Abner Baker Sr.
5000 Acres )
In the County of Knox and Blount
Entered June 18th, 1860
Partial Copy of the Records submitted by Katherine Baker Johnson 1940
Included was a sworn statement of authenticity and notarized January 22, 1940.
Note: As retyped documents, some spelling errors were corrected. As the original documents were not in my possession, it was unknown whether mis-spellings were from original typo-s or authentic. Mike Baker NL7G@aol.com
DIED - "On the 10th March 1824 at his residence in Prince Edwards County, VA, Caleb Baker, Esq., in the 90th year of his age.
He faithfully served his country through the mighty maze of her struggle for Independence and continued through life firmly devoted to the cause of Liberty, and to the happiness and prosperity of his Country. He possessed an ample share of public spirit and merited and enjoyed the esteem of geed men. His whole life was moral and exemplary; he was a professor of Christian religion and a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than sixty years. His illness lasted about three months during which he had clear views of his approaching dissolution of which he spoke with Christian fortitude and Christain resignation and at last expired with a perfect confidence in the great object of Christian faith."
Source: Katherine Baker Johnson, 1940.
***Contact: David K Baker ***
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Record Change: Jun 28, 2005
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Marriage: Mar 1762
Children of Caleb Baker Jr. are:
- William Baker, b. 1773, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, d. 1808.
- Lucy Baker, b. 1777, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.
- Sarah Or Sally Baker, b. Jan 04, 1779, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.
- Susannah Baker, b. 1781, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.
- Martha Baker, b. Abt. 1783, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.
- Patsy Baker, b. Abt. 1785, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.
- Catherine Baker, b. Abt. 1787, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.
- Brocks Baker, b. Abt. 1789, Buffalo Creek, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA, d. date unknown.