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BAKER Families

The Baker family, in North Marion, will next be noticed. Squire Neil Baker, the first known in that section, was a sturdy Scotchman and an excellent citizen of the northern section of the county: he married Polly McArthur, and left many descendants in his section. [Sons mentioned by Mr. Sellers are: Edmund married Miss McGist, James married a Miss Bracy, and John D. married Miss Lovedy McPriest. Daughters of Neil Baker mentioned are Jeannette married Captain Gibert W McKay and another unnamed married William McKay.]
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)

This old and respectable family had its origin, so far as Marion County is concerned, as stated by Bishop Gregg (p.75): "Soon after (1735), a family of Bakers came from Newbern, N. C. to Pee Dee. One of this name married a daughter of Nathan Evans. William Baker was prominent in the Revolution, and marked for his devotion to the cause of liberty." From the above extract, it seems they came here as a family - the head of it not being named. One of the name married a daughter of Nathan Evans. Whether it was William, that became "prominent in the Revolution" or another does not appear, but from tradition we glean the fact that the grandfather of Long Billy Baker and the late William J. Baker, was named William...

--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpts transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.


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