David was born in 1749. He is the son of Thomas Baker and Dorothy Davenport. He passed away in 1838. Many files on the Internet show Hollis as a middle name for David, however no evidence has been given to show that he was born with or used this name.
In an Affidavit he signed on 26 September 1832 when applying for a pension, David said he was currently living in Burke County, North Carolina and was 83 years old on the 3rd of last June. He stated that he enlisted for two years in February 1776 in Culpeper, Virgina, in the company of Capt. John Thorn's (or Thornton), third regiment of the Virginia line commanded by Maj. Thomas Marshal and Col. Joseph Weeking of Fredericksburg in the 3rd Regiment, Virginia Line, and was appointed a corporal immediately after his enlistment. David was present at the Battle of Trenton and participated in the Battles of White Plains, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown. His brother Richard was killed during the cannonading at Trenton. He was discharged at Valley Forge in February, 1778. He stated that he did not have his discharge papers because they were burned when his dwelling burned in about 1790. He moved to Burke County the summer after his discharge to be with his mother, his father having died while he was in service.
David was granted a pension on September 26, 1832. In her application for a widow's pension, wife Dorothy stated that she and David were married on August 9, 1793, in Burke County, North Carolina, but the office in which the license bond was kept has burned, and David died on September 15, 1838. (She said that previously, the marriage date has been erroneously given as 1795, and her pension had been denied on that basis.) One affidavit gives Dorothy's maiden name as Dorothy Wiseman and her birth date as February 5, 1765. William Wiseman was mentioned in the record, but it does not tell how he is was related to Dorothy. Dorothy was granted her widow's pension of $88 per annum from March 4, 1848, and received it until she died on August 23, 1855. She also received a grant for 160 acres of bounty land on Warrant #1870-160-55. The Warrant was for 160 acres in Nebraska, the NW 1/4 Sec:10T16N, Rg: 9E. This Warrant was assigned by David D. Baker, administrator of the estate of Dorothy Baker, to Solomon Tifft. 
David was the founder of Bakersville, North Carolina.
Date Signed: 26 January 1838
Place: Yancey County, North Carolina
Mentioned in Will:
"Last Will of David Baker, senr., 1838
"In the Name of God Amen
"I David Baker Senr. of the County of Yancey and State of N. Carolina (farmer). Being weak in Body but Perfect in Mind and Memory. Thanks be given unto God.
"Calling to Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is Appointed for all Men once to die, do make and ordain this My Last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the Hand of Almighty God that gave it and My Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors. Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God.
"And as touches such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of in the following manner & form.
"viz First I give and Bequeath to Dorothy My Dearly Beloved Wife all my Estate Both Real and Personal by her freely to be possessed of and Enjoyed during her Natural life and at her decease to be equally Divided between my Beloved Children (viz) Susannah, Martin, David, Dorothy, Josiah, Sophia and Charles.
"To the rest of my children (viz) Elizabeth Baley, Thomas, William, Nancy Davenport, Critenden and Mary McKinney I give Nothing in consequence of having given them a Reasonable Portion of my Estate heretofore.
"I likewise constitute make and ordain David D. Baker and Josiah Baker the sole Executors of this my last will & Testament and I hereby disallow revoke and disannul every other former Testaments, wills, Legacies, Bequeaths and Executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed.
"Ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
"In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 26th Day of January AD 1838
The Pamunkey Baker Association has a well-documented biography of David, his ancestors and descendants on their website at Pamunkeybakers.
1820 - David Baker Esq.
David Baker is buried at the Bakersville Historical Cemetery, Bakersville Mitchell County, North Carolina, USA. You can see a picture of his gravestone at Find A Grave.
Find-A-Grave: Memorial #15401697
Find-A-Grave: Memorial #180385502
<History of Bakersville, North Carolina>
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On 21 May 2014 at 04:33 GMT Judy (Geissler) Russell wrote:
(b) The youngest two children often assigned to David (William and Louisa) are children of David's son Martin. David's youngest child was Charles.
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