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1. ANDREW BAKER was born in 1692 in Pennsylvania.1

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.

The following are records of Andrew, found by other Baker researchers, entered in a WorldConnect file. References to source data were included.
Andrew is thought to have been in the North Carolina back country before 1763 when time many of the settlers moved into the Moravian settlement at Salem, NC because of Indian activity. Most of the settlers returned to their lands on the New River.

The Granville District of North Carolina, Hofmann
14 Jun 1751 Andrew Baker was one of the Chain Carriers for a survey of the plat of Marmaduke Kimbrough, 600 acres, Orange Co NC. Granted 2 Nov 1752. The plat names a line in Bladen Co.
19 Jun 1751 Andrew again served as a Chain Carrier to survey 632 acres in Rowan Co for James Carter. Granted 1 May 1753. The Plat mentions land in Bladen Co, surveyed for Andrew Baker.

North Carolina Surviving Land Warrants & Surveys 1735-1749 and Survivin Land Entries 1743-1761
Entries in Earl of Granville's District. #1282, David Straham, 7 Nov 1751, 640 acres on the south side of S. Alamance above a mile above Andrew Bakers upper line
#6446 Andrew Baker Warrant dated 1 May 1757 to William Churton to survey 640 acres, Orange Co. Assigned to Timothy Shaw, living on the land survey'd 31 Jan 1761
#6043 Andrew Baker Warrant dated 16 May 1757 to Wm Churton to survey 640 acres in Orange Co, south side Nuese River ...including Baker's own plantation. Assigned to Nathaniel Kimbrough, grant 25 Jul 1760

Rowan Co Deed Abstracts, Vol II, 1762-1772
4 Mar 1763 Rowan Co NC Deed. Elisha Lawrence late of Rowan Co to Andrew Baker, 450 acres on Grassy Bottom Creek granted by Granville, 25 Dec 1761
11 Mar 1768. Andrew Baker and wife Susannah sell to James Sheppard for 140#'s, 450 acres on Grassy Bottom Creek.

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.
Dec 1779 Entry for Claims, Wilkes Co. Survey for John Baker a tract containing 200 acres lying and being in the county lying on the South Fork of the New River, beginning at the mouth of Rones Creek, running down the river to Bakers Line. Running up the creek including the imprt. that Susanna Baker now lives on.

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.
Rowan Co Deed Abstracts, Vol II, 1762-1772
4 Mar 1763 Rowan Co NC Deed. Elisha Lawrence late of Rowan Co to Andrew Baker, 450 acres on Grassy Bottom Creek granted by Granville, 25 Dec 1761
11 Mar 1768. Andrew Baker and wife Susannah sell to James Sheppard for 140#'s, 450 acres on Grassy Bottom Creek.
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.
Dec 1779 Entry for Claims, Wilkes Co. Survey for John Baker a tract containing 200 acres lying and being in the county lying on the South Fork of the New River, beginning at the mouth of Rones Creek, running down the river to Bakers Line. Running up the creek including the imprt. that Susanna Baker now lives on.


The suggestion of his wife as Mary "Molly" Bolling may well be part of the old claims that this family was part of the Baker family, famous gunsmiths of Pennsylvania which Y-DNA has proved they certainly were not.

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:
"In one of the old records, and I can't remember if it was the Battle of Kings Mountain or Draper papers? Benjamin Bolling says that his sister married Old Andrew Baker. None of the children of John Bolling and Elizabeth Blair fit the age group and all are accounted for."

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]

I even found 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. This person claimed her to be a daughter of 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, 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, some of the descendants of Andrew Baker would likely show traces in the autosomal DNA.

ANDREW BAKER and Susannah [BAKER] had the following children:

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i.

JOHN "Renta" BAKER.

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ii.

James BAKER was born circa 1746. He died in March 1801 at the age of 55 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

James' wife was Mary, surname unknown; they were married before 1770, Rowan Co NC

Jefferson Co TN Will Book 1:24
I, James Baker of Jefferson Co, Tenn.
wife Mary; my six sons: William, Morriss, John, Robert, James and Larkin
my two daus: Nancy and Mary
All an equal share of all my estate what shall be left at the marriage
or
death of their mother, Mary Baker, Executrix, Son William Baker and
Friend Richard Bailey, Executors.
Signed by mark of James Baker 11 March 1801
Wit: Elihu Macy, James Hodges

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iii.

Rev. Andrew BAKER.

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iv.

Morris BAKER.

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v.

Robert BAKER was born in 1754. He died after 1819 at the age of 65 in Hawkins County, Tennessee.

Robert's spouse is unknown.
He had the following children [there were likely others]:

William Baker, b. 31 Jan 1789
Elender "Nellie" Baker, b. ca 1800
John Simpson Baker, b. 23 Jan 1804

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vi.

George BAKER.

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vii.

Martha "Patsy" BAKER was born circa 1761.

Married Justice Bolling, Jan 1782, Wilkes Co, NC

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viii.

Bolling BAKER.

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Eleanor "Nellie" BAKER was born on 9 December 1765. She died on 22 December 1842 at the age of 77 in Ashe County, North Carolina.

Eleanor married Jessie Ray, bond dated 8 Jan 1782, Wilkes Co. Bondsman: Justius Bolling [husband of Eleanor's sister Martha]