An American Family History

Philip Baker


"[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported.
We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us,
at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."

-- John Adams, 1765


Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

Philip Baker (Becker) was born in Rheindürkheim, Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. According to th microfilmed records of the Evangelical-Reformed church of Rheindürkheim he was the son of Jacob Becker of ?Haurin.

He married Anna Catherine Gramm on May 22, 1752 in Rheindürkheim. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Philip and Catherine Baker.In 1755 Philip appeared as a member of the Frederick County, Virginia militia. He was "by virtue of a warrant" assigned 400 acres on Pass Run in what is now Page County, Virginia. He was given the Northern Neck land grant for the property in 1762.

Philip died on March 29, 1781 in Virginia.
Rheindürkheim is a borough of Worms. Worms is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on the Rhine River.
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
  • In 1831 Page County, Virginia was created from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Originally it was part of Frederick County.

    A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.