William Baker (c.1743 - c.1805)

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From "The Baker Family as Remembered" written 4 Feb 1847 by Dr. Simmons Jones Baker:

 "My uncle William was a large man as most of the Bakers were. He was sprightly and full of humor, loved good eating and enjoyed a glass of Medaira or old Jaimaica toddy as well as any man and paid the penalty by many severe attacks of gout unless he inherited it. . . .   My uncle William always a facetious man and fond of good anecdotes at his own expense told me with great merriment that on one occasion there was to be a quarter race at Brady's Path about a mile from Buckland, that grandfather [still liking the sport although he could not have run a race with anything but a terrapin and that in his wheel chair] was going and he [my uncle] and my father were very anxious to go also. After much entreaty the old man consented they might go after dropping and covering some two or three bushels of peas. At it they went dropping and covering with all their might. When they had dropped all but a peck or a little more they became so impatient, fearing the race would be over before they could get there they concluded to make a hole by the side of the stump and bury the residue in a lump. This done they were off for the race. Unfortunately for them there was a good shower of rain a day or two after and the old man mounted on his white pony, went into the field to see how his peas had come up. Unluckily he passed the fatal stump and no sooner saw the mass of peas breaking the surface from some distance around than he unraveled the mystery and on getting home gave both the young gentlemen a good thrashing. . . .
  He married Judith Norfleet, a daughter of the first Marmaduke. She was a most amiable woman, of excellent understanding and truly pious. A kind wife and charitable to all around her. After the death of my mother, when my father was in the army, and at other times when he was absent, I  was placed under the care of this most excellent lady. On one occasion while there a cat was crossing the entry [a place already described in my grandfather's house, then my uncle's] I jumped at her and said scat you. One of the servants overheard me and reported what I had said with the awful addition "bitch" for which I got an awful beating.... My uncle left two daughters, [he had three sons who died when nearly grown] one married Capt. B Wynn, the other W H Harvey. They both inherited a very large estate but alas!"

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