The Sapony Creek NC Bakers lived on or near the part of Sapony Creek just northwest of what is now Tar River Reservoir and they included the Bakers who lived near Holland’s Branch on Sapony Creek; they lived at the place where the interstate crosses Sapony Creek and this area was in Edgecombe Co NC until 1777.
John Baker, born in or before 1723, died after 15 Nov 1766 (he was not the only John Baker in Edgecombe Co NC at the time); his wife was probably Nancy (---) Baker who died after 14 Dec 1784.
1_William Baker, born in or before 1740, died before 9 Feb 1824 in Nash Co NC, owned land less than one mile west of the John Baker land, 1761-1766;
2_Thomas Baker was born in or before 1742 (he was NOT the Thomas Baker recorded in Sep 1762 with Michael Baker and Moses Baker on the road from the Fork of Town Creek to Tyancoca Bridge);
3_James Baker, born in or before 1748, who owned land very near the land of William Baker, 1779-1782, was recorded with a William Baker in Nash Co NC in April 1780.
The following is not comprehensive as it is only from records found so far. The records show a very close relationship between John Baker and Thomas Baker and an apparently close relationship between James Baker and William Baker. James Baker was also recorded with Thomas Baker. All the records below were in Edgecombe Co NC until 1777 and in Nash Co NC after 1776.
In 1744 John Baker patented 180 acres on the north side of Marshy Branch, paying the yearly rent or sum of 7 shillings and 2.5 pence. It was surveyed on 21 Jan 1748 (witnesses Samuel Canady and Joseph Seally) and recorded in 1752; this land was less than one mile east of the part of Sapony Creek which enters Tar River. John Baker was at least 21 in 1744, born in or before 1723.
In the early 1750s the following Edgecombe Co NC Militia list (unit unknown) had names of Sapony Creek men recorded with Bakers: “44 Adkings, Moses (Moses Atkinson); 49 Hartgrove, Howell (Howell Hargrove); 54 Baker, William (William Baker); 56 Seally, Joseph (Joseph Sealy).”
On 6 Aug 1761 William Baker purchased 307 acres from the Moses Atkinson grant on Sapony Creek which was less than one mile due west of the John Baker land. William Baker was at least 21 in 1761, born in or before 1740.
In Jun 1762, Edgecombe Co NC Court: “Benjamin Smith appointed Overseer of the Road . . . begins near Lamon’s Landing to Saml. Kennadays on Sapponey and that the following hands work on the same: Barrachiah Harper, Arthur Allen, Thomas Baker, Jams. Baker, Saml. Eason, Saml. Kennaday, Saml. Kennaday Junr., Howel Hargrove” (Haun 336/p 106). James Baker was at least 14 in 1762, born in or before 1748.
On 9 Mar 1763 William Baker sold 100 acres of his 307 acres to Howell Hargrove.
On 27 Jul 1763, Edgecombe Co NC: “A Deed of Sale from Wm. Baker to Howell Hare Grove (Hargrove) was proved by Duncan Lamon” (Haun 28/p 10).
On 25 Oct 1763, Edgecombe Co NC Court, deed of sale from John Baker to Thomas Baker, proved by Duncan Lamon (Haun 36/p 12).
On 15 Nov 1766 John Baker sold Joseph Harwood 180 acres on north side of Tar River on Sapony Swamp, north side of Marshy Branch.
In Jan 1767, Edgecombe Co NC Court: a deed of sale from Thomas Baker to Joseph Harrod, proved by Micajah Thomas; and, a deed of sale from John Baker to Joseph H____, proved by Micajah Thomas (Haun 142/p 50). These were sales to Joseph Harwood.
The 30 May 1769 will of Joseph Harwood, Edgecombe Co NC, said: “to my Son Absalom the plantation whereon I Now live & the Tract of Land thereto Belonging Being the two Tracts of Land I Bought from John & Thomas Baker containing one hundred & Eighty Acres . . .” (devising the 180-acre John Baker grant).
This 13 Aug 1771 sale of land showed the owners of the lands between John Baker and William Baker: “Samuel Eason of Edgecombe Co., planter, to Dempsey Eason of same, for 10 pds Proc. Money a tract of 100 acres on the east side of Sapony Swamp and on the Marsh Branch adjoining William Eason, Arthur Allin, and Baker. Wit: Dun Lamon, Thomas Vibartt.”
In May 1771, Edgecombe Co Court: “Deed of Dale from Absalom Harwood to Arthur Allen proved by Duncan Lamon Esqr. . . . Deed of Sale from Samuel Kennaday to James Baker proved by Dun. Lamon Esqr” (Haun 304/p 100). The first record shows the sale of the former John Baker land to Arthur Allen. The second record was for a James Baker land deed that I have not seen.
In Feb 1772, Edgecombe Co NC Court: “Deed of Sale from James Baker to Thomas Atkins proved by Duncan Lamon” (Haun 335/p110). I have not seen this deed.
(There is a gap here for Nash Co Court Minutes from 1778 to 1798 and other records -- except for some grants, deeds and wills -- as I have not looked at the Nash Co Court Minutes, 1778-1798, and other records).
After 30 Jul 1778, James Baker issued a caveat against a claim by Samuel LongBottom (sic) for 100 acres which Samuel Longbottom had registered on 30 Jul 1778.
On 2 Feb 1779, 250 acres were granted to James Baker; on 20 Feb 1779 the land was surveyed as 200 acres; and, on 2 Apr 1782 James Baker sold it as 223 acres. Adjoining neighbors were Benjn Smith, Sam Longbottoms (sic), Barlow, John Joyner, and Thomas Kiersey (Kersey). This James Baker land adjoined Samuel Longbottom’s land on the east side; the Longbottom land adjoined that of Thomas Kersey on the south; the Kersey land adjoined that of William Baker, purchased in 1761, south of that.
In Nov 1779 James Baker signed the petition to divide Edgecombe Co NC (which resulted in the formation of Nash Co NC).
In Apr 1780, Nash Co NC Court, “Wm and James Baker” were security for an illegitimate child of Rebecca Sealy.
On 14 Dec 1784, Nancy Baker witnessed the will of Arthur Allen in which he devised the land (180 acres) which had been granted to John Baker 1740 (John Baker and the grant were not mentioned in the will). It appears to me that Nancy Baker witnessed the will of Arthur Allen to acknowledge her relinquishment of dower for the land (and that therefore she was his widow).
Weynette Parks Haun, Edgecombe County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1744 thru 1762 Book I, Durham NC, 1985.
Weynette Parks Haun, Edgecombe County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1763 thru 1774 Book II, Durham NC, 1989.
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