An American Family History


Daniel Baker


Childbirth was was perilous. Around 1.5 percent of births ended in the mother's death. Since women gave birth to many children, chances of dying in childbirth were quite high.

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Daniel Baker was born in the 1760s near Luray, Virginia which is now in Page County. His parents were Philip Baker and Anna Catherine Gramm.

When Daniel was 30 he married Magdalena (Molly) Printz. They married on June 19, 1790. The Reverend Paul Henkle officiated. Molly was born in 1770 and was the daughter of Captain George Printz and Elizabeth Crum. 

Daniel and Molly's children inluded:
David Baker (1792, married Elizabeth Christina Bloss) and
Christina Baker (1795).

Molly probably died due to complications of childbirth in 1795.

Daniel married Molly's sister, Mary Ann Printz, on October 11, 1796 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Daniel and Mary's children included:
Ann Baker (1800),
Magdalena Baker (1802),
Barbara Ann Baker Griffith (1802, married Joseph Griffith),
Samuel Baker (1805), and
and John Baker (1814, married Sophia Houser).

Daniel died when he was 76 in 1846 in Page County, Virginia. His will was written on June 27, 1836 and recorded on August 24, 1846. His wife received a third of his estate for her natural life. His sons, Samuel and John received a set of blacksmith tools and his land was divided between them and David. His daughter, Anna, received a weaving loom. His daughters, Christina, Magdalena, Anna and Barbara divided nine hundred dollars. The witnesses were John Printz, senior and junior.

In 1850 Mary was living in Page County, Virginia with Samuel, John and Anna.

By 1860 the household included John's wife, Sophia, and son, Nicholas. The post office was Valleysburg. They remained in Page County during the Civil War.

In 1870 John and his family were in Luray, Page County, Virginia and Mary and Samuel were gone. Mary Ann had died in 1866.

Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

In 1831 Page County, Virginia was created from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Originally it was part of Frederick County.

Children of Philip Baker
and Anna Catherine Gramm
  • Jacob Baker
  • John (Johannes) Baker
  • Philip Baker
  • Henry Baker
  • Conrad Baker
  • Samuel Baker
  • Daniel Baker
  • Martin Baker
  • Rudolph Baker
  • Anna Elizabeth Baker Ransbarger
  • Early American Colonists and pioneers had to make everything necessary for daily life and skilled craftsmen were essential.

    In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.




    Will of DANIEL BAKER
    Extract from Will Book C-112 W
    written - 27 Jun 1836 - Page Co.
    Recorded - 24 Aug 1846
    Sons, Samuel & John - whole set of black smith tools.
    Wife, third part of all my Estate both real & personal during her natural life.
    Daughter, Anna - weaving loom.
    Sons, David, Samuel & John - all my land equally divided.
    Daughters, Christina, Magdalan, Anna & Barbara - Nine hundred dollars in mony - equally divided.
    Witnesses - John Prince Senr.; John Prince Jnr.