An American Family History

Philip Baker and Anna Catherine Gramm

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
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Rheindürkheim, Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Luray, Shenandoah (now Page) County, Virginia
Rheindürkheim is a borough of Worms. Worms is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on the Rhine River.
The Palatinate is a region in south-western Germany. Many thousands of Palatine immigrants were driven out of Germany by war, famine, despotic rule and disease. They were attracted to Pennsylvania by the first settlers who sent back favorable reports.
Many settlers in the Shenandoah Valley were Germans from Pennsylvania called the "Shenandoah Deitsch."

Philip Baker and Anna Catherine Gramm were married on May 22, 1752 in Rheindürkheim, Germany.

Very shortly after they were married, they immigrated to America from Germany. They came to America on the ship St. Andrew with Captain James Abercrombie and arrived at the Port of Philadelphia. Anna’s brother-in-law and sister, Jacob and Veronica Gramm Kiblinger, paved the way for them by coming two years earlier on the St. Andrew. Philip and Anna Baker were accompanied on their voyage by Jacob Kiblinger’s brother Philip.

According to Pennsylvania German Pioneers, on September 23, 1752, at the Statehouse in Philadelphia, Philip took the "Oaths to the Government" to King George. They were in Colonial Philadelphia at the time when Ben Franklin lived and was in his prime.

The Baker children’s names are listed in Early Clark County, Ohio Families. At first they lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where their oldest son, Jacob Baker, was born on May 20 1753. They had him christened at the First Reformed Church in Lancaster. Catherine's sister, Veronica Küblinger's daughter was christened in March of 1753 and Philip and Catherine were sponsors.

Johannes (John) Baker was born on September 16, 1754 and Philip Baker, Jr. was probably born in Pennsylvania.

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.

On September 3, 1762 Thomas, Lord Fairfax granted Philip 400 acres on Pass Run near Luray, which is now in Page County, Virginia. This land was just east of the Lee Highway near the Shenandoah National Park. It was sold to Pierson Judd by Jacob Baker in 1804.

The younger Baker children were all born in Virginia. Henry Baker was born about 1760, Samuel Baker and Conrad Baker‘s dates of birth are not known. Daniel Baker was born in the 1760s. Martin Baker was born on June 15, 1770, Rudolph Baker about 1772 and Anna Elizabeth Baker Ransbarger was born about 1776.

Philip and Anna Catherine both died in Virginia. Philip died on March 29, 1781 and Anna followed him on October 27, 1782. After their parents died, at least four of the Baker children, (Jacob, Henry, Martin and Rudolph)  moved to Clark County, Ohio with Henry and Barbara Kessler. Johannes and Daniel remained in Virginia.

First printed in Boston 1745

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

Choosing a Godparent sponsor was not just a formality in 17th century Germany. Each child had one Godparent of the same gender. It established ties between families that were near kinship. The Godparent was expected to provide spiritual support and material support in times of need.
King George II ruled Great Britain from June 11, 1727 to October 25, 1760.
Buildings in Clark County, Ohio ranged from simple log cabins to sophisticated Italianate and Gothic Revival structures.

Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693 – 1781) inherited a vast area granted by Charles II in colonial Virginia. This Northern Neck Proprietary was bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.



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©Roberta Tuller 2020
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