A Melissa Foutz first posted a note on Genealogy. com back in 2000 regarding the fact that my 3rd great-grandfather, Glover Baker of Bedford County, VA and her Samuel Baker of Bedford County, Va could be brothers. I have now come to the same conclusion. This Samuel Baker Jr. was married to Mary Hodnett Baker.
In my own research, I found the lawsuit Pate vs Baker- in Bedford County which dragged on until 1837. In it, Phillip Hodnett from Buckingham County Va sent one of his young slaves Amy, to help out his youngest sister, Mary Baker in Bedford County in the early 1800s. It was in this lawsuit that I realized Mary Baker was a Hodnett (yes, the younger sister of Catherine Hodnett who married Caleb Baker Jr.) and that one of their sons, Absalom Baker, died fairly young in February of 1809 leaving a widow and four young children.
It would be nice to have one of the descendants of this Samuel Baker Jr. tested for a Baker DNA match in our "Gunsmith" Baker line, group 4, on the Baker DNA site!
On Sun, 3/20/11, Jan Swart wrote:
Posted by: Melissa Foutz Date: October 01, 2000 at 20:07:25
In Reply to: Re: Glover Baker of Liberty Co., Ga by James R Hancock of 20918
See my posting #6882 on the Baker genforum --from the research I have done, I think that your Glover Baker and my Samuel Baker (abt 1745-abt 1827) were possibly brothers. My Samuel possibly being the oldest son of Samuel Baker and his first wife, Elizabeth. (Glover)
--- On Sun, 3/20/11, Jan Swart wrote:
Re: Bakers and McCoys
Posted by: Jan Swart (ID *****3109) Date: March 20, 2011 at 04:11:58
In Reply to: Bakers and McCoys by M. Foutz of 20918
Hi Melissa, I know your posting was almost eleven years ago but I am answering it now.
Samuel Baker Sr. from Chester County Pa and who d 1782 in Prince Edward County, VA is my direct ancester as well as his son Glover Baker m to Mary Ferrell Baker, who lived in Bedford County, VA.
You also asked the relationship of Samuel Baker Sr's brother, Caleb Baker Jr. who m Catherine Hodnett to the Samuel Baker Jr. who married Mary Hodnett and lived in Bedford County. Caleb would be his uncle, so I would guess that sister Mary Hodnett was somewhat younger than her sister Catherine Hodnett.
Here is the line:
Children of CALEB BAKER SR. and MARTHA BROOKS of Prince Edward County, VA are:
i. ESTHER BAKER, b. Abt. 1723, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. Bet. 1754 - 1759, Cub Creek, Charlotte County, Virginia.—m-SAMUEL WALLACE
ii. ****SAMUEL BAKER, SR., (my next direct ancestor) b. Bet. 1720 - 1724, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. 16 March 1782, Prince Edward County, Virginia. He married 1)-ELIZABETH GLOVER 2) CHRISTIAN RITCHEY
iii. HENRY BAKER, b. Abt. 1724 Chester County, Pennsylvania. w Sarah S.C. or N.C.
iv. ABRAHAM BAKER, b. 24 jUN 1734, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. Bef. 1779, South Carolina; m. SARAH.
v. MARTHA BAKER, b. Abt. 1728, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1790.M-CHARLES EWING
vi. MARY ANN BAKER, b. Bet. 1726 - 1730, Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. 25 June 1790, Bedford County,
Virginia. M- ROBERT EWING b 1713 Londonberry, Ireland d Jun 1787
vii. CALEB BAKER JR. b. Abt. 1734, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; d. 10 March 1824, Prince Edward County,
Virginia. M- CATHERINE HODNETT***********
viii. RUTH BAKER, b. Bet. 1733 - 1736, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; m. SAMUEL JOHNSTON; b. Abt. 1733.
b. Abt. 1747.
***Children of SAMUEL BAKER SR. AND ELIZABETH GLOVER are:
i. ELIZABETH BAKER, b. Amelia County, Virginia; d. Knox County or Jefferson County, TN m-ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL
ii. SAMUEL BAKER, JR., b. Abt. 1752. d bef 1826 M MARY HODNETT BAKER; Lived in Bedford County, VA; Mary d after 1826 in Buckingham County, Va.
iii. GLOVER BAKER (my next direct ancestor) b. Abt. 1755; d. 28 February 1827, Old Soldiers Home, Liberty (Later known as Bedford), Bedford County, Virginia .M- MARY FERRELL-1779 Bedford County, Va
iv. ROBERT BAKER, b. Abt. 1757; m. HANNAH FERRELL, 07 April 1781 Bedford County, Va.Bedford County, Virginia;. Both Robert and Hannah dec’d by 1813.
v. CALEB BAKER, b. Abt. 1760; d. Abt. 1792 in Prince Edward County, VA; m. JANE THOMPSON, 27 March 1782, Prince Edward County,Virginia.
vi. MARTHA BAKER, b. Abt. 1762; m. JOHN EWING, Abt. 1780 Lived in Logan County, KY by 1795.
vii. JOHN BAKER, b. Abt. 1766; P.E.C. in 1798 his family was living in Tennessee. He spent some time at John Ewing's place in Logan County, Kentucky but went back to Tennessee. Source: Ewing vs Clark Logan C., Ky. 1812
***Children of SAMUEL BAKER JR.and MARY HODNETT are:
i. ABSALOM BAKER, m. ELLINOR (NELLIE) MCCOY, 1803, d February of 1809 Bedford County, VA. (Our Glover Baker was surety for this marriage.) Their children were: Caleb, Elisha, Delilah, and Joshua.
ii. HENRY BAKER, m. REBECCA PREAS, 1799, Bedford County, VA. d before 1844
iii. ELIZABETH (BETSY) BAKER, m. JOSEPH JACKSON JARRED, b 1773 Bedford County, VA.m-1805; d 14 Dec 1836 Joseph d 1835 Jackson, Tennessee
iv. ABRAHAM (ABRAM) BAKER m. LEVICY JANE MCCOY BURNETT, 1808, Bedford County, VA.
v. SAMUEL BAKER,., m. BETSY TRENT, 1796, Bedford County, VA.
vi. POLLY BAKER, m. JAMES WILLIAMS.
vii. NANCY BAKER, m. JAMES F.MELTON AMYX, m - 24 Apr1804, Bedford County, VA. James d 1816; Nancy d 18 Jul 1852; Morgan County, KY
viii. JOHN BAKER, m. ELIZABETH UNKNOWN
This means that brothers Glover, Samuel and Robert Baker were all living in the same general area of Bedford County, Virginia with their families in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
I first came across the fact that Glover's brother Samuel and his wife Mary Hodnett Baker were also living in Bedford County, VA when I saw the records when the Baker brothers sold their deceased father's land ( Samuel Baker Sr. who m-1 Elizabeth Glover and m-2 Christian Ritchey) in Prince Edward County VA to a William Bibb and that the dower releases were both done in Bedford County.
Samuel, Glover, Caleb and Robert sold their father Samuel Baker Sr's estate land in Prince Edward County in Oct of 1782 to William Bibb:
9:61 Samuel Baker, Glover Baker @ Caleb Baker etc 25 Oct 1782 sold to Wm Bibb Gentlemen 391 aces and wheras Mary Baker wife of Samuel cannot travel to court to relq dower....two to examine Wit. Francis Watkins Clk 18 Nov 1783
9.62 29 Nov 1794 James Buford and Henry Buford Magestrates for Bedford County examines Mary Baker, wife of Samuel Baker and Mary Baker, wife of Glover Baker for relq of dower land 391c sold by their husbands Samuel and Glover Baker and others 25 Oct 1782
I have recently discovered too that in 1794, Samuel Baker Jun and Absalom Baker buy land in Bedford County from a "John Ewing." It turns out that John Ewing was Glover and Samuel Baker's brother-in-law, married to their sister Martha Baker. This sale of their land would be right around the time John and Martha Ewing left Bedford County VA and moved to Logan County, Kentucky. John Ewing was her first cousin, son of Mary Ann Baker and Robert Ewing. Source: Ewing vs Clark Logan C., Ky.- 1812.
Bedford County VA Deed Book 9 pgs 342-343
This Indenture made this day of one thousand seven hundred and ninety four between John Ewing and Martha, his wife of the one part and Absalom Baker and Samuel Baker Jun of the other part. Witnesseth that the said John Ewing and Martha his wife for and in consideration of the sum of ninety pounds current money of Virginia to them in hand paid the receipt whereof they do have by acknowledge, have bargained and sold and by these present, do bargain, sell, claim and confirm and deliver unto the said Absalom Baker and Samuel Baker Jun. and their heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county of Bedford on the Headbranches of Boreauger Creek containing two hundred and fifty-two acres......
Years later, as a widow, Mary Hodnett Baker filed a power of attorney in 1826 in Buckingham County, Va, where she now lived, perhaps with her Hodett relatives. Phillip Hodnett, her brother died in 1822 in Buckingham County, Va at the old Hodnett homestead. Mary is making her son, Abraham Baker of Bedford County, Va, her power of attorney for her dower interest (as the widow of Samuel Baker Jun.) in the above-named land on Boreauger Creek in Bedford County.
Deed Book 19 pg 357-358 Bedford County, VA
Know all men by these present that I, Mary Baker, widow and relict of Samuel Baker dec'd., of the county of Buckingham and state of Virginia, have constituted and appointed and by these present, do ordain, do constitute, and appoint my trusty and faithful son, Abraham Baker of the County of Bedford, my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name to lease out or finally dispose of my dower interest in a certain tract of land lying in the said County of Bedford on the head branches of Boreauger creek and joining the lands of Burkett Gray, the heirs of Absalom Baker and others. To collect all rents which may become due me for the same, or which may arise this sale and final disposition thereof. And to grant full and sufficient recipts and acquisittances in my name for the same. And in case it may be rendered necessary to take all lawful means which may be necessary to cause the resolving of the same. And in case any part of portion of the said lands should be withheld from the possession of my attorney I do hereby vest authoritize and empower my said attorney to take all lawful ways and means that may be necessary for the recovery of the same,hereby ratifying and confirming whatsoever my said attorney may do in the business as fully and effectively as I myself might or could do. More I personally present In Witness whereof I hereonto set my hand and affix my seal this 24 day of January, 1826
Mary (her mark) Baker
Let the William Evans and John Gannoway Justices of the Peace in the County of Buckingham in the State of Virginia do hereby certify that Mary Baker, the above assigner for the conveyance of her interest as expressed in the foregoing power of attorney to Abraham Baker, bearing date the 24 day of January 1826 and being examined by us, and having the deed aforesaid, fully explained to her, she the said Mary Baker acknowledged the same to be her act and deed and declared that she had willingly signed and sealed and delivered the sameand that she wished not to retract it.Given under our hands and seals this 24th day of January 1826(eighteen hundred and twenty six).
The Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 27th day of February 1826.
This Power of Attorney from Mary Baker to Abraham Baker was certified by two Justices Of The Peace for the County of Buckingham and ordered to be recorded.
Pertinent and interesting notes taken from Hodnett Family History on Rootsweb:
The first generation of the Hodnett family in Virginia began with the arrival of John and Lucy Brooks Hodnet from London, England. The first record of them was published in the Virginia Gazette of October 22-29, 1736,
John and Lucy Hodnet built their first home in Virginia on a larger tract of land purchased, which was near the property of Peter and Catherine Brooke, parents of Lucy Brooke Hodnet. The Brookes also came from England, and probably influenced the younger couple in going to Virginia.
The entire list of the children of John and Lucy Hodnet was not found in one place but, but were located in various legal documents. All of them were married except Philip. Due to destruction of the Buckingham Court House by fire, the dates of birth and death of most of the children are not known. Also, the exact age of most of them is unknown.
The following is a list made from available information:
Philip . Born May 2, 1737; died March 17, 1822 (Unmarried)
Ayres . Born (?); died 1779; married Mary McGehee, April 8, 1760 . 7 children?
Catherine . Born Died 1804; married Caleb Baker,Jr. They lived in Prince Edward County, VA. Caleb died March 10, 1824 . 90 years.
Jane . married Daniel McGehee; had six children and lived in GA.
Lucy . married a Stewart.
Mary . married a Baker.