Laurence Baker (1745 - 1805)

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Birthplace: Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Gates County, North Carolina, United States
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Laurence Baker

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of MAJOR. DAR Ancestor # A005021

Gen. Laurence Baker served on the patriot side during the American Revolution. At the rank of Colonel, he fought in the Battle of Stono Ferry in South Carolina on 20 June 1779.

Link for info on Battle of Stono Ferry, South Carolina: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Stono_Ferry

A description of Gen. Laurence Baker written 4 Feb 1847 by his son, Dr. Simmons Jones Baker, in "The Baker Family as Remembered" :

"My father was a large man six feet high and weighing two hundred and fifty pounds. He was cheerful but generally grave, a kind husband, father and master, prudent and discreet in the management of his affairs and was universally liked. As a candidate of the convention to decide the Federal Constitution [of which he was a warm advocate] he secured every vote in the county but five. He was the clerk of court of Gates, NC  from the time it was separated from Hertford [1779] until his death [1807].
 He married Ann Jones daughter of Capt. Abridgton Jones, of Southampton County VA [whose father was a Welshman] His wife was a sister of Col. Charley Simmons of an English family. My mother had several children, twins twice, of which I am one. My twin brother Albridgton Jones with one or two others died at the time my mother did [1778]. The disease was dysentery and there is reason to believe badly treated. There were four children left. Henry, who died when nearly grown. Elizabeth, Agatha, and myself. 
   Soon after the death of my mother, my father went into the army. He was Colonel of a regiment, Col. Jonas Johnston of Edgecombe being in command. He was in the battle on Stono in South Carolina under the command of Gen. Lincoln. It was a hard fought battle and I have been told by some who were present that my father acquitted himself like a brave man.  
He did not attend the convention at Hillsborough to which as before mentioned he was elected because of the death of my brother Henry about that time. 
  Soon after the return of my father from the army he married Ann Burgess who made an excellent wife and very kind step-mother. She was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Burgess of Halifax, an Englishman of the Episcopal faith."
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General Laurence Baker (Continental Army)'s Timeline

1745
1745
Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
1770
1770
Age 25
1770
Age 25
1770
Age 25
1775
February 15, 1775
Age 30
Gates County, NC, USA
1805
1805
Age 60
Gates County, North Carolina, United States
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