By Richard W. Baker
This is an updated genealogy of Nicholas Baker of Harford County, Maryland, with documented events. The records from England are recent additions to the genealogy and have yet to be challenged. I continue to search for supportive evidence relating to the identity of Nicholas Baker. (Items #8 & #9)
1. Nicholas Baker was christened
2. Old Bailey Sessions records: In the index to indictments [CLRO Ref.
Index to London Indictments, Dec 1714- Dec 1755] it is stated that Nicholas
Baker was transported, followed by the date
3. Information from the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild: On board the Pretty Patsy (Patsie) were prisoners from Newgate to Maryland. The ship sailed 2 September 1737 to the Port of Maryland. A true list of all the prisoners taken from Newgate for the City of London County of Middlesex & ship't aboard the Pretty Patsie, Francis Lux Com'r for Maryland which were ship't by Mr. Jonathan Forward of London, merch't Sept 2, 1737. Included in the list of 128 passengers was the above-mentioned Nicholas Baker.
4. Nicholas Baker married Martha Wood, daughter of Joshua and Martha Wood, 4 January 1741 as recorded in the register of St. George’s Parish, Baltimore/Harford Co. (became Harford Co. in 1774), Maryland.
5. Nicholas Baker married Mary Gilbert abt. 1764 in Baltimore/Harford Co., Maryland. According to Jon Harlan Livezey - "Nicholas' second wife appears to have been Mary Gilbert."
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7. Nicholas Baker died by 6 May 1774. From “Heirs and Legatees of Harford County, Maryland, 1774-1802”, by Henry C. Peden Jr., M.A.
Nicholas Baker, Estate File 12, May 6, 1774, Adm: Nicholas Baker
No distribution in file.
Nearest of kin: John Wood and Isaac Wood.
(Note that Nicholas Baker’s nearest of kin are members of his wife Martha Wood’s family rather than a Baker family)
8. It is worth noting that other individuals who were transported from
Newgate Prison along with Nicholas
Baker settled in the same area as Nicholas. One was Jonathan Ady (Adey) who
married Rebecca York in 1743 in
Other names from the Pretty Patsy ship’s passenger list that show up in the records of St. John’s or St. George’s Parish Registers, and who’s first parish record is a marriage soon after 1737 are:
John Bourn who married Barbara Burke in 1744.
John Morris who married Sarah Gilbert in 1743.
Samuel Thornhill who married Mary Clybourn in 1747.
Rebecca Pasmore who married Thomas Wodgworth in 1741.
There are other’s whose names are more common to the area but match men and women on the ship’s passenger list. They are Thomas and William Jones, Henry Hall, and John Pike (Pyke) .
9. It is quite possible that the Pretty Patsy actually docked at Joppa.
Historically the whole area was called Joppa (Lower Harford during colonial
times) and was a center of international trade. The Joppa port on the Gunpowder
was a thriving city, based on the trade of agricultural products, particularly
tobacco. It could be truthfully said that "all roads lead to Joppa."
It became a booming seaport, a port of entry, where ships from
Joppa was the county seat of Baltimore County until 1768.
Comments are welcomed.
16 September 2003