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Henry Baker, III

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Gates, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Henry Baker II and Angelica Baker
Husband of Catherine "Caty" Baker (Booth) and <private>
Father of Catherine Wynn (Baker); Henry Baker; William Baker; Bray Baker; Elizabeth Maney (Baker) and 9 others
Brother of Catherine "Caty" Wiggins
Half brother of Mary Scott de Graffenreid; John Baker, Sr.; Blake Baker; David Baker; Zadock Baker and 2 others

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About Henry Baker, III

Henry Baker III was one of the representives of Chowan Co, NC in the Colonial Assemble in 1744/45. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in Chowan Co in 1746.

In 1740, Henry married Catherine "Caty" Booth of Southampton Co VA.

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

". . my grandfather, Henry Baker . . . was large in stature and judging from the miniature picture given by Lawrence Baker to my father there must have been an extraordinary resemblance between him and my father. He was in his youth an active man, was a surveyor and agent in receipt of quit-rents for Earl Granville. He was not averse to a little sport, horse racing for example. Old Col. Thomas Pugh of the Indian's Woods told me he had many races with him, my grandfather lived at the time at the Apple Tree near to him. The old Colonel asked after Ned, who was my grandfather's race rider [quarter race of course] it so happened that old Ned was living near the Colonel's age [86] and what is remarkable about old Ned, he was several years completely blind. After an absence of a year or two, being in Gates, I called out of respect to the old servant to see him and began condoling him about the loss of his vision. He says, the old man, I can see as well as you can, which was true. At what time my grandfather went to the "Apple Tree" or at what time he left it I do not know, but he must have been still a young man when he left and it is presumed that it might have been immediately after he became crippled which was at his thirty-fourth or fifth year. After this he could no longer act as surveyor. When he left "the Apple Tree" he returned to Buckland. What was the nature of the disease that deprived him of his lower limbs is not well known, there being few doctors in those days who could perform that important part of the profession, giving names to diseases. From circumstances however it is presumed to have been the gout, for his son William and his grandson, my humble self,  have got is somewhere. At what period of his life the old man married is unknown, but conjecture to might have been after losing the use of his limbs for it said that my grandmother was of an obscure family, and not much to the liking of her husband's relations. Her name Caty Booth, of the Isle of Wight, VA. She is nevertheless represented to have been an excellent woman. Some twenty years past I saw a young gentleman in Gates from the Isle of Wight of the same name who claimed to be a relation whose appearance is quite genteel and was evidently intelligent. Notwithstanding my grandfather had lost the use of his legs and feet he was energetic and when put on his white pony he could ride as well as anyone. Constantly attending to his business at the plantation and took care that no one ate idle bread there. . . .
 The old man was a good church man bringing his children and servants up in the fear of the Lord and a good broomstick and the parson whenever he came still occupied the parson's room from which good aunt Caty eloped through the window. Poor Aunt Caty. Her remains are resting side by side with Mr. Wiggins under a pear tree, in Wiggins old field, Wiggins swamp." 

Laurence Baker, Revolutionary War patriot, was born at Buckland, the estate of his parents, Henry Baker and Catherine Booth. The first of his family in America was Henry Baker, who settled Buckland in what was then Nansemond County, Va., in the seventeenth century. When the line was surveyed between Virginia and North Carolina in 1728, Buckland fell in Chowan County in the latter colony. Henry Baker II, realizing that his plantation would be in North Carolina, made a present to William Byrd, chief of the Virginia Line Commissioners, in the hope that Byrd would help him retain the surveyorship of Nansemond County. Later county divisions placed Buckland in Hertford County in 1759 and finally in Gates County in 1779. An old armorial seal given to Laurence Baker by his kinsman, Laurence Baker of "Shoal Bay," Isle of Wight County, Va., bears the arms of the Bakers of County Kent. The seal was brought to America by the immigrant ancestor of the Bakers, and, as Buckland is the name of a parish in Kent near Dover, it is plausible that Henry named his new home after his old parish in England.

http://www.ncpedia.org/biography/baker-laurence

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Henry Baker (or his son Henry Baker IV) was mentioned in the will of his maternal aunt, Elizabeth (Bray) Allen Smith Stith:

Item. I give to my Three God children, Henry Baker, Charlotte Mackie, & Elizabeth Browne five pounds Current money each to buy them a silver cup with the two first letters of their Names on them. Also I give unto my God Daughter Martha Taylor Daughter of James and Rebecca Taylor Five pounds Current Money to give her four years schooling.

(Will of Mrs. Elizabeth Stith, dated 1664, codicil dated 1669)

https://www.jstor.org/stable/1914909?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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Henry Baker, III's Timeline

1715
1715
Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
1741
1741
Age 26
1742
1742
Age 27
1743
1743
Age 28
1743
Age 28
Chowan County, North Carolina, United States
1743
Age 28
1744
1744
Age 29
1745
1745
Age 30
Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
1747
1747
Age 32
1770
1770
Age 55
Gates, North Carolina, United States