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Thomas Baker of Edge/Nash Cos NC, 96 Dist SC, 1762-1785
Posted by: Guy (ID *****2524) Date: April 18, 2012 at 01:39:57
In Reply to: Earliest Sapony Creek NC Bakers, 1748-1784 by Guy of 960

Here are some Moses Baker genealogies showing Thomas Baker:
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/f/o/l/Nicky-Foley/GENE8-0003.html
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/f/o/l/Nicky-Foley/GENE8-0004.html

For 1744-1762 (in W. Parks Haun): a Thomas Baker was in Edge Co NC crown docket entries, 1745-1746 (142, 144, 146), and one was recorded with James Baker, of Sapony Creek, in Jun 1762 (336). I am not sure who the earlier Thomas Baker might have been. The Sapony Creek Thomas Baker was probably 16 years old by Jun 1762, born by 1746 (he was a hand working on a road in Jun 1762). Sapony Creek was in Nash Co after Nov 1777.

In Sep 1762 (349), Thos Baker with Mosas (sic) Baker as hands with reference to Tyanacoca Bridge and Brasswells Mill creek (in Edge Co NC today, Tyan Cokey Swamp empties into Town Creek on the north side).

Thomas Baker married Penelope Williams on 12 Jan 1763 in Edge Co NC. The above webpage said that Thomas Baker, son of Moses, moved to Rowan Co NC in (or by?) 1763 with his brother, Michael Baker. Which Thomas Baker married Penelope Williams if her land was later in Nash Co NC? How do we know that the Thomas Baker in Rowan Co NC in 1763 was the one who married Penelope Williams in 1763? Was there a record in Rowan Co NC that showed Penelope Baker, wife of Thomas?

There were two Thomas Baker entries in Edge Co NC court minutes 1763-1774 (36, 142, by Parks Haun), Oct 1763 and Jan 1767, both definitely for Thomas Baker of Sapony Creek (based on land deed and wills research).

There is a space of 18 years here.

These are the only two entries for a Thomas Baker in Edgecombe Co NC court minutes 1775-1785 by W. Parks Haun (noting that Nash Co NC was created from part of Edgecombe Co in Nov 1777):
Feb 1785 (303-33, p 115), A Deed of Sale from Thomas Baker & Wife to John Battle proved by Christopher Pritchett
Aug 1785 (340-70, p 130), Penelope Bakers relinquishment of dower in a Tract of land sold by her husband Thomas Baker to John Battle (there was also a similar entry in Nash Co NC court minutes)

Those minutes refer to this Nash Co NC deed: DB3-282 Thomas Baker and wife Penelope Baker of Ninety-Six District in South Carolina to John Battle of Edgecombe Co., Feb 1, 1785, for 13 pds., 6 sh., 8 p., in gold and silver 100 acres of land, it being part of a tract of land granted to Thomas Williams on Nov 10, 1779 and lying in the South part of this tract which remained unsold Wit: Jacob Battle, Christopher Prichett and D. Battle (Abstracts of Early Deeds of Nash Co NC by Watson, p 111). In the abstract of that 1779 Thomas Williams Nash Co grant, Edge Co NC was not mentioned.

It was a confusing situation as it was Nash Co land sold to someone from Edgecombe Co, but the Edgecombe Co court got involved (perhaps because the buyer was from Edge Co). Penelope Williams seems to have been later from Nash Co NC although married in Edge Co before Nash Co was formed (the index to abstracts of Nash Co NC wills showed a Thomas Williams and Penelope Williams in the same entry, but I do not have a copy of that particular page).

I am just not sure who the Thomas Baker who married Penelope Williams was (but it looks like he was the earlier Sapony Creek Thomas Baker). Remember, part of Edge Co NC in 1763 became Nash Co NC in 1777.


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