Hi Bill,nice to hear from you. Thank you for the wonderful information on Douglas Baker and his daughter Martha and her family with Wm Davidson! I am impressed with all the great things his descendants accomplished!
My Caleb Baker Sr. was the brother of Douglas Baker. My Caleb moved to Amelia/Prince Edward County in 1742 from Chester/Lancaster, buying land from William Kennon that year, and more from his son, William Kennon Jr the following year.
I think I have seen your research before. I guess I would like to know more about the Thompson sister not marrying the Baker brothers? It is pretty well establed that Douglas married Jane Thompson I think with all current researchers. This is what I originally had from a Thompson family book called Some Of the Descendants of the Thompson family:
“MARY THOMSON (c. 1715—1761; daughter of John Thomson) married in Lancaster County, Penna., Robert Baker, Jr. (-------- 1759). In addition to the children of this couple named in Dr. Eggleston’s “The Buffaloe Settlement and Its Makers (XLIX “Virginia Magazine, 317-318) there was a daughter Eliza (Baker) who married William Baldwin, of Prince Edward County.
JANE THOMSON (C. 1726 ------) DAUGHTER OF John Thomson) was born in Sussex County, Delaware. There one of her father’s relatives of friends, named Archibald Smith, left to her a small bequest in his will, dated 27 November 1729, and probated 4 December 1729. (Abstracts of Sussex Count, Del., Wills, Vol. 1, p. 321, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Library.) Other information concerning her, her husband Douglas Baker and their children is contained in Dr. Eggleston’s article mentioned above. She married secondly 10 April 1767, William Watson in Prince Edward County, as his second wife. They had no children. William Watson had first married in Amelia County 23 September 1793, Mary Jones. He was one of the trustees of the “Presbyterian congregation in Buffalo settlement… under ye Immediate Care and Inspection of the Rever’d Mr. Richard Sankey, minister of the Gospel in said Congregation.” (2 Prince Edward Deeds 77) It was also adjacent to his property that the Rev. John Thomson purchased land in 1745 (2 Amelia Deeds, 317)
ELIZABETH THOMSON (c. 1732-1776; daughter of John Thomson) married Samuel Baker ( -------- 1758) and secondly in North Carolina Charles Harris (--------- 1776). Samuel Baker was brother of Robert and Douglas; had joined with them in the suit against John Thomson, Jr., in Prince Edward in 1755; was a beneficiary under his father-in-law’s will, as will be shown later; and it was at his home within the former limits of Rowan County, NC, that the Reverend John Thomson died. Elizabeth and Samuel had five children, four of whom are named in the will of their father: Robert, John, Mary and Margaret. The fifth one was probably posthumous. (2 Rowan Court Minutes for 1758, p. 222) Elizabeth’s second husband, Charles Harris, who had early lived in Prince Edward County, was of Carabbus County, NC, when they married. They had two sons. The elder was Samuel Harris who graduated at Princeton in 1787; taught school the next year; and died in 1789 while employed as a tutor at Princeton. The younger was Charles Harris, born in 1762, who had sons named Charles J. (Harris) and William Shakespeare Harris. Elizabeth (Thomson) Harris survived her husband only a few weeks. He died on the Fourth of July, 1776. (E. F. Rockwell’s “A Gospel Pioneer in Western North Carolina).” (Source: SOME OF THE DESCENDANTS OF THE REVEREND JOHN THOMSON (c. 1690 -1753) by John Goodwin Herndon From Genealogies of Virginia Families – from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)
I know that your research has indicated the sister who married Samuel, married the Samuel who was the son of Robert Baker Jr? And that the other sister married a Mr Graham and not a Baker.
Would like your feedback on this. Do you have marriage records on the Thompson sisters? Or other court records that prove the Thompson sisters did not marry the Bakers?
I sure would like to get this situation right for my own family history. I do have the will of Robert Bakers Mary, where she refers to him as Robert Baker, "gunsmith". It is true that will doesn't mention any Thompson relatives, only Anderson grandchildren and Baker grandchildren and a few other people.
I am a descendent of Caleb Baker and Martha Brooks and their son Samuel Baker, and his son, Glover Baker, then Caleb C. Baker, proven by DNA.
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