Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Baker Family [Gen. 5 - Sources]


 
 
Fifth Generation
 
6.  Mary Baker (Samuel-4, Timothy-3, Timothy-2, Edward-1) was born in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She was also known as Mary Wolverton.5
 
Mary Baker and Morris Wolverton were married.5 Morris Wolverton was born (date unknown).
 
7.  Elizabeth Baker (Samuel-4, Timothy-3, Timothy-2, Edward-1) was born in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She was also known as Elizabeth Ketcham.5
 
Elizabeth Baker and Levy Ketcham were married.5 Levy Ketcham was born (date unknown).
 
8.  Abigail Baker (Samuel-4, Timothy-3, Timothy-2, Edward-1) was born in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She was also known as Abigail Barns.5
 
Abigail Baker and _______ Barns were married.5 _______ Barns was born (date unknown).
 
9.  Rachel Baker (Samuel-4, Timothy-3, Timothy-2, Edward-1) was born in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She was also known as Rachel Stevenson.5
 
Rachel Baker and Thomas Stevenson were married.5 Thomas Stevenson was born (date unknown).
  
10.  Susannah Baker8 (Samuel-4, Timothy-3, Timothy-2, Edward-1) was born in 1733 in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She died on 4 Jun 1824 at the age of 91 in Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.9 She was buried after 4 Jun 1824 in Rosemont Cemetery, Delaware Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.9 Susannah was also known as Susannah Rittenhouse.10 Susannah [Baker] Rittenhouse wrote her will on 21 October 1818. Son Samuel was to receive a large Bible "containing our family record" and $50. Daughter Elizabeth Prall [wife of Cornelius] was to receive the bed and bedding willed to her by her father. Daughters Sarah Rittenhouse and Susannah Reading [wife of Samuel] were bequeathed all household goods bought at their late father's vendue, "share, and share alike." The remaining residue and monies were to be divided among her four youngest daughters, Elizabeth Prall, Sarah Rittenhouse, Amy Free [wife of Benjamin], and Susannah Reading - whose share was to be put at interest for her children. Executors: Samuel Woolverton of Amwell Twp.and John Waterhouse of Kingwood Twp. Witnesses: James Scott and Carson Smith.

Inventory was taken on the estate of Susannah Rittenhouse, widow, dec'd by James Scott and William Reading, Sr. on 14 June 1824. It included a bond of Samuel Reading and notes of Samuel Rittenhouse, Ezekiel Everitt, Sr., and Cornelius Prall as well as a bond drawn by Wm. Rittenhouse for dower payable annually and cash leant to Samuel Reading. Total: $148. Proved: 21 June 1824 by Samuel Woolverton and John Waterhouse, ex'ts.
Susannah Baker and Isaac Rittenhouse were married about 1757 in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.10 Isaac Rittenhouse1112, son of William Rittenhouse and Catherine Howell, was born on 13 Jul 1726 in Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.10 He died on 23 Feb 1809 at the age of 82 in Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.10 Isaac Rittenhouse was said to have built the older part of the tavern in Rosemont in 1754. While he was putting up the rafters, news arrived of Braddock's defeat during the French and Indian War.

During the Revolution, the Rittenhouse family did their best to thwart the efforts of the British and Tories. In one case, Tory marauders were on a horse raid and as they approached the farmstead, Mrs. Rittenhouse signaled her son Samuel and the family's slave, Cato. While she chatted with the Tories, Samuel and Cato went to the barn and drove the horses into the woods until the Tories gave up the hunt. Another time Samuel and Cato were ordered to cart for the British Army. They took two horses and hid out in the Forests of Kingwood Twp. until it was safe to return home.

According to the Hunterdon Co. Tax Ratables, Isaac owned 120 acres in Amwell Twp. from 1780-1802.
Jan./Feb. 1780: 120 acres, 4 horses, 1pig, 1 slave
June 1780: same as above, with single man named Elijah residing in home who paid 14 pounds
June 1784: 120 acres, 5 horses, 5 cows, 1 slave
July/Aug. 1786: 120 acres, 4 horses, 4 cows, 1 slave
no month given 1789: 120 acres, 4 horses, 8 cows
no month given 1802: 120 acres, single man with horse living here - no name
no month given 1803: 60 acres, 2 horses, 5 cows, 1 dog, 1 wagon

"To the Honorable Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace of the County of Hunterdon" May Term 1789, 1790, 1791, 1792, 1794, 1795, 1797, and 1798: [p. 293-301]

Recommendations from neighbors in the community that Isaac Rittenhouse be granted a licence to operate a "public house." The documents state that Isaac Rettinghaus lived on the "crossroad leading from Wm.[?]Reading's and Wm. McClane's[?] ferrys to Flemington and no Public House near it to entertain travelers, and said Rettinghaus having good conveniences for the entertainment of travelers... [1789-91] The wording changed to "from Ringoes old tavern to Wm. Reading's ferry" in 1795. On page 301, [type written in form] it states that "Isaac Ruttenhouse is of good Repute for Honesty and Temperance, that he has two spare feather beds, more than are necessary for his Family's Use, and that he is well provided with House-room, Stabling and Provender."

Isaac was then both a farmer and innkeeper in Hunterdon Co. He married Susannah Baker about 1757.They had nine children. Daughter Elizabeth [b. 1771] married Cornelius Prall, Jr. in 1791. Cornelius Sr. was a farmer and miller in Amwell Twp. The family resided on farms throughout Hunterdon and neighboring counties before moving to Salem Co. and then on to Pennsylvania and Harford Co., Maryland, where Elizabeth died in 1826. Following Elizabeth's death the family settled in York Co., Pennsylvania. Isaac's namesake, Isaac Rittenhouse Prall, married Ann Bethiah Rhodes in 1828. Many of Elizabeth's and Cornelius's grandchildren migrated west from Pennsylvania. Isaac R. Prall's youngest son, Hugh McDonald Prall made his way to Indiana in the late 1870s. Isaac and Susannah were buried in the old family graveyard on an acre of ground northwest of Maurice Wolverton's residence near Prallsville.

Isaac's will of 10 April 1805 [signed by mark] left the following:

Wife, Susannah to have the west room and be supported by her sons out of the plantation; also one cow, one equal dividend with daughters. Three sons, Samuel, John, and William, the plantation where I now live; also a meadow lot in Kingwood Twp., as tennants in common, or divided as they can best agree; also my share in a fishery on the Delaware River known as Snap Fishery on Quinby's Island; also my share in the fish pond in Howell's Falls in the Delaware River, they paying to my six grandchildren [children of son Elijah, dec'd] five pounds each, as the girls reach 18 and the boys reach 21. Son Samuel, plantation in Hopewell Twp., whereupon he now lives; and he is to pay my daughter, Sarah, 30 pounds for her outset, 30 pounds to daughter, Susannah, for her outset. Daughters, Sarah and Susannah, also to have the beds and furniature now owned by them. Heirs of my daughter Mary Hoagland, dec'd, 80 pounds when they come of age. Daughter Elizabeth Prall [wife of Cornelius Prall], bond for 15 pounds, also 75 pounds. Residue of my movable estate to my wife and four daughters: Rachel Bray [wife of John Bray], Sarah, single woman, Amy, [wife of Benjamin Free], and Susannah, single woman.

Executors: Samuel Rittinghuysen, John Bray; Witnesses: Isaac Blue, James Reed, James Reed, and Joseph Chapman.
 
Isaac Rittenhouse and Susannah Baker had the following children:
 
12 i. Elijah Rittenhouse, born 28 Jun 1758, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Piety Runyon, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; died 9 Mar 1796, Kingwood Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
13 ii. Rachel Rittenhouse, born 25 Oct 1760, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married John Bray, 8 Apr 1799, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; died bet 10 Apr 1805 and 21, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
14 iii. Mary Rittenhouse, born 5 Dec 1762, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married ________ Hoagland; died 8 Jun 1802, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
15 iv. Samuel Rittenhouse, born 5 Feb 1765, Sandy Ridge, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Martha Smith, 4 May 1794, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Hannah Emans, 30 Dec 1809, Amwell Twp.., Hunterdon, New Jersey; died 24 Apr 1850, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
v. John B. "Boston John" Rittenhouse was born on 7 Jan 1767 in Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.13 He died on 14 Jan 1817 at the age of 50 in Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.13
16 vi. William Rittenhouse, born 6 Apr 1769, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Catherine Ely; died 14 May 1834, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
17 vii. Elizabeth Rittenhouse, born 21 Feb 1771, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Cornelius Prall Jr, 2 Jan 1791, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; died 21 Dec 1826, Harford Co., Maryland.
18 viii. Theodosia Rittenhouse, born bet 1772 and 1773, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married George Kels, 3 Jan 1805, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; died bef Feb 1809, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
ix. Sarah Rittenhouse was born on 26 Apr 1774 in Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.14 She died on 17 Apr 1841 at the age of 66 in Kingwood Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.14
19 x. Amy Rittenhouse, born 29 Jun 1776, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Benjamin Free; died 25 Jan 1857, Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
20 xi. Susannah Rittenhouse, born 15 Aug 1778, Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; married Samuel Reading, 24 Jun 1809, Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey; died 2 Jun 1849, Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.
 
 
 
11.  Sophia Baker (Samuel-4, Timothy-3, Timothy-2, Edward-1) was born in 1740 in Hopewell Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She died on 3 Nov 1843 at the age of 103 in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey.5 She was also known as Sophia Opdycke.5 Sophia was also known as Sophia Stewart.5
 
Sophia Baker and George Opdycke were married.5 George Opdycke was born about 1743. He died in 1795 at the age of 52.
 
 

 
 
Sources:
        1. Jack Mount, "My Baker Family Ancestral Line," database, Jack Mount, Jack Mount's Genealogy (nostalgial.esmartkid.com/bakerhtml: accessed 5 June 2017), Baker family.

        2. C.A. Baker Jr., "Baker Family Tree: Chapter 26 - My Baker Ancestors Part 1," C.A. bAKER, jR., Baker Family Tree, 30 July 2010 (bakerfamilytree.blogspot.com : accessed 1 June 2017), Edward Baker, Timothy Baker Sr..

        3. Mount, Jack Mount's Genealogy, Baker Family.

        4. C.A. Baker Jr., "Chapter 27 - My Baker Ancestors Part II," C.A. Baker, Jr., Baker Family Tree, 7 September 2010 (bakerfamilytree.blogspot.com : accessed 7 June 2017), Timothy Baker, Jr. family.

        5. My Baker Family Ancestral Line, Url: http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/users/mount/baker.html.

        6. Fred Lathrop, Compiler: Fred Lathrop, Hunterdon Co., NJ Inhabitants 1700-1800, Location: Ancestry.com, Url: http://awt.ancestry.com (20 December 2005).

        7. "Jack Mount's Genealogy", database, Jack Mount, Jack Mount's Genealogy (nostalgia.esmartkid.com/matthews.html : accessed 5 June 2017), "My Matthews Family Ancestral Line," Matthews Family; submitted by Jack Mount, [contact information for private use].

        8. Phyllis B. D'Antrechy, compiler, More Records of Old Hunterdon Co., Volume III (Flemington, NJ: Hunterdon County Historical Society, 2000), Absracts of Wills: p. 159; Volume 6 of Inventories [1823-1825]: p. 50.

        9. Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Hunterdon County Gravestones: Rosemont Cemetery, Delaware Township (Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ, 1966 - 1967).

        10. Olivia Barrick Rowland, An Ancestral Chart and Handbook: genealogical notes of the Sutton and Rittenhouse families of Hunterdon County, New Jersey: with Mattison, Bonham, Fuller, and Fox connections, and some record of the Barrick and Shepherdfamilies (Garrett & Massey, Richmond, VA, 1935), p. 47.

        11. Daniel K. Cassel, A Genea-biographical History of the Rittenhouse Family, Volume 1 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Rittenhouse Memorial Association, 1893).

        12. Olivia Barrick Rowland, An Ancestral Chart and Handbook: genealogical notes of the Sutton and Rittenhouse families of Hunterdon County, New Jersey: with Mattison, Bonham, Fuller, and Fox connections, and some record of the Barrick and Shepherdfamilies.

        13. Olivia Barrick Rowland, An Ancestral Chart and Handbook: genealogical notes of the Sutton and Rittenhouse families of Hunterdon County, New Jersey: with Mattison, Bonham, Fuller, and Fox connections, and some record of the Barrick and Shepherdfamilies, p. 49.

        14. Olivia Barrick Rowland, An Ancestral Chart and Handbook: genealogical notes of the Sutton and Rittenhouse families of Hunterdon County, New Jersey: with Mattison, Bonham, Fuller, and Fox connections, and some record of the Barrick and Shepherdfamilies, p. 50.

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