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Re: Seeking family of Caleb Baker/Lucinda Cooper
Posted by: Bill Davidson (ID *****1886) Date: April 23, 2009 at 11:00:12
In Reply to: Re: Seeking family of Caleb Baker/Lucinda Cooper by Jan Swart of 1300

When William and Martha (Baker) Davidson sold their home in what had become Rockbridge Co., VA, they bought land from a Charles (I believe it was) Greenlee over in Botetourt County. In addition, William and Martha's son Reverend Andrew Baker Davidson married Susan Dorman, and the Reverend's son named James Dorman Davidson (the attorney) married a Hannah Greenlee (hence their son who was named Greenlee Davidson).

By the way, William and Martha also had a son who was named "just" Baker Davidson (not to be confused with his brother Rev. Andrew Baker Davidson). Baker Davidson (born circa-1775) married Elizabeth "Betsy" Womack of Prince Edward Co., VA in the 1790s. Baker Davidson died rather young by 1805 (so he was already dead when his father William Davidson died in Botetourt in 1812....Baker Davidson had been a Captain in the militia in Botetourt).

One of Baker and Elizabeth (Womack) Davidson's sons was named Baker W. Davidson, and this son married Ann Hamner Cobbs in Bedford Co., VA in 1827. Ann's mother, Susannah Hamner, was from the same overall Hamner family as the later Earl Hamner (who wrote "The Waltons"), and Ann's father, John L. Cobbs, was from a branch of the same overall Cobb/Cobbs family after which Cobb Co., GA was named. Baker W. Davidson moved to Buckingham Co., VA by about 1830, and he died there in 1869 (and because of the infamous Buckingham Courthouse fire earlier in 1869, Baker W. Davidson's will is one of the first/oldest surviving wills that are available at the Buckingham courthouse).

My brother and I grew-up in Richmond, VA close to a female descendant of Baker W. Davidson (her mother was a Mrs. Frances (Davidson) Brown), but until I "started genealogy" a few years ago, I never dreamed that we were almost certainly related. Also, some of the dorms at Longwood University in Farmville, VA (Prince Edward Co., VA) are on land that once belonged to a descendant of Baker W. Davidson. Finally, Farmville once had "Davidson's Department Store" (now defunct)...and that was also owned and run by a descendant of Baker W. Davidson. Bill


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