1. ANDREW BAKER was born circa 1720 in Pennsylvania.1 He died by 1779, probably in Rowan County, North Carolina.
Although Andrew Baker is often seen with a wife named Molly Bolling, it seems unlikely. Neither the Baker nor Bolling families have found any proof of such a relationship. Given that Andrew apparently named a son Bolling, it is not impossible there is some connection. However, in the only records which suggest a wife - she is Susannah.
Find A Grave Memorial# 94568112, has Mary Agnes "Molly" Bolling, b. 1702 Prince George Co, VA, d. 1776, Culpeper Co, burial unknown. I would further suggest that she is unknown. There is a deed in 1768 when Susannah, wife of Andrew Baker released her dower rights.
The following are records of Andrew, found by other Baker researchers, entered in a WorldConnect file. References to source data were included.
The Granville District of North Carolina, Hofmann
North Carolina Surviving Land Warrants & Surveys 1735-1749 and Survivin Land Entries 1743-1761
Rowan Co Deed Abstracts, Vol II, 1762-1772
This record suggests that Andrew has passed, the widow living on her dower; the son John Baker surveying land next to Susanna, perhaps his inheritance.
Not everyone agrees on the parentage of the Rev. Andrew Baker - many show his father as a James Baker. What is significant is that several proposed descendants of the Rev. Andrew Baker, John Renta Baker, Bolling Baker, and Morris Baker all have matching Y-DNA.
ANDREW BAKER and Susannah [BAKER] were married.1 Susannah [BAKER] was born (date unknown).
Records in North Carolina suggest that Andrew Baker's wife was Susannah - not Mary. Susannah could have been a second wife, but there are no records to prove that.
Mary "Molly" was not the daughter of Col. Robert Bolling and Anne Stith - despite the many websites that claim she was. Even Wikipedia carries this error. There isn't proof of this lady's surname as Bolling. The daughter of Robert and Anne, sometimes seen as Mary Agnes, b. 30 Nov 1700, married Richard Kennon. It's likely this daughter wasn't even Mary, just simply Agnes - no proof of a daughter name Mary, called Molly, is known.
"On a flyleaf of Collection of Laws of Virginia by Purvis (1682) written in handwriting of Colonel Robert Bolling: Robert Bolling, son of John and Mary Bolling of All Hollows Barking Parish, Tower Street, London, was born 26 December 1646 and came to Virginia 2 October 1660: and in the year 1675 married Jane, daughter of Thomas Rolfe, gent. by whom he had one son John Bolling, 27 January 1676. She dying, he married Anne daughter of Major. John Stith in 1681, by whom he hath Robert Bolling, born 28 March 1686, Edward Bolling, born 1 October 1687, Anne Bolling, born 22 July 1690, Drury Bolling, 21 June 1695, Thomas Bolling, born 20 March 1697, Agnes Bolling, born 30 November 1700, and that Almighty God Bless these blessings shall be the continued prayer of their father. Robert Bolling."
Other parents for Molly are seen as John Bolling Jr. and Elizabeth Blair. From a message board post:
Also John Bolling who married Elizabeth Lewis is suggested. Also from a message board post: "little is known about John Bolling and Elizabeth Lewis . I have an old genealogy that has no author on it that says John and Eliz Lewis had 5 girls names unknown. Mary would fit in this family just fine." [As would dozens of ladies]
The most improbable justification I found for Mary Bolling was a very elaborate proof stating Mary was expunged from the Bolling family and subsequently used the spelling "Bowling" because she was part Indian and many states would not have allowed her to marry a white man. Even had she been a descendant of Pocahontas by this time she would have been far enough removed that it would not have been an issue. And why would she be expunged from her family - since they would have been "Indian" as well? This person then claimed her to be a daughter of a still different John Bolling and Mary Kennon.
Why so many John Bollings are suggested, I have no idea. If there's no real proof of her surname, and I have yet to see any document of even her given name as Mary or Molly, how could her father's name even be guessed? I suspect there is a desire to prove that Andrew Baker's wife descended from Pocahontas. If she had Indian heritage, some of the descendants of Andrew Baker would likely show traces in the autosomal DNA and they do not.
ANDREW BAKER and Susannah [BAKER] had the following children: