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William and Hance Baker 1700s
Posted by: Judith Winston (ID *****3019) Date: March 11, 2008 at 18:42:04
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I've recently discovered that a family I believed to be from Virginia actually spent much time in Pennsylvania, specifically Bucks and Cumberland Counties. William Baker (who was born 1714 in London, England), and his family moved to Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1756 due to Indian raids after Major-General Braddock's defeat at Fort Duquesne in the previous year. (Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry for William's son Charles Baker, who moved to Nova Scotia in the 1760s). William was employed by an army victualer (supplier??). He had numerous children, the first born in New Kent Co., Virginia in 1737 and the last in 1772. His first wife was Susannah Rice of Hanover County, Virginia. She apparently died in the 1750s (in North Carolina, according to one website) and he remarried, other wife's (or wives') name unknown. I found info on the Internet that he died in Trenton, New Jersey, on 9 April, 1788, but I have not substantiated this.

I am particularly interested in his son Hance Baker, born about 1760, presumably in Pennsylvania. He was in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania militia in 1783 when he was given a pass to travel to New York and then to Nova Scotia, where his older brother Charles Baker was living. Due to the info about the Canadian brother, I believe this is the same Hance Baker who married Rebecca Moseley in Norfolk Co., Virginia in the 1790s, with children born in Norfolk late 1790s-early 1800s, and later immigrated to North Carolina and Alabama, where he died in 1831. But "Hance" was a common name in the family.

I'm looking for any info about this family or any of William's other children: Ann b. 1737, Elizabeth b. 1741, Charles b. 1743 (pretty well documented in Canada), Mary b. 1744/45, Norris, b. 1747, William, b. 1749/50, Iasiah, b. 1753, John b. 1757, Susannah, b. 1758, Catherine, b. 1762, Thomas, b. 1763, Joseph, b. 1765, Sarah, b. 1767, Edward b. 1770, Margaret b. 1772.

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