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Johann Nicolaus (Becker) Baker (1701 - 1762)

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Johann Nicolaus (Nicholas) Baker formerly Becker
Born in Framersheim, Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 19 Jan 1723 in Framersheim, Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germanymap
Husband of — married 25 Nov 1738 in Framersheim, Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in North Mountain area. Frederick County, Virginia (now Shenandoah County).map
Profile last modified 17 Feb 2020 | Created 28 Oct 2016 | Last significant change: 17 Feb 2020
19:52: Daniel Bly edited the Biography for Johann Nicolaus (Becker) Baker (1701-1762). [Thank Daniel for this]
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Johann Nicolaus Becker, son of Johann Peter and Anna Petronella, was born January 19 and baptized at Framersheim, January 23, 1701. He married Anna Maria Schworm in 1723 and they had six children born at Framersheim, but Anna Maria died in May, 1738. Johann Nicolaus married Maria Apollonia Bayer in November, 1738. They had seven children before leaving Framersheim for America, 1752-1753. Johann Nicolaus's oldest son by Anna Maria, Philip Peter, left for America in the summer of 1749 and by 1751 was well established with a land grant in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and had probably gotten word of that back to his father. The exact date for the arrival of Johann Nicolaus and his family in America is not known, but they probably left in the summer of 1752 and would have arrived in Philadelphia about September of that year. Johann NIcolaus and Maria Apollonia had a son born and baptized at Framersheim in September 1751, Johann Nicolaus's mother died in February, 1752 and it would be reasonable to assume that after that there was nothing to keep them from joining his son, Philip Peter, in Virginia.

Johann Nicolaus was in Virginia by the spring of 1754, when he received a patent for 400 acres, adjoining the land of his son, Philip Peter, near Little North Mountain, in what is now Shenandoah County, but at that time was still part of Frederick County, Virginia. Johann Nicolaus Becker (John Nicholas Baker) wrote an elaborate will in German in October 1762. He mentioned his two wives "who have already entered Eternity" and provided for all his children. He mentioned that his older sons had already received an inheritance from their mother in Germany and had received land here. His plantation of 400 acres was to be divided among his three sons by his second wife. The daughters were to be allowed to live on the home farm until they married and were allotted certain fields and gardens for their support. His daughters "Anmargaret" and "Katrinlisbet" were to be given a choice of a cow each. His youngest daughter, "Katherina," was to get a small chest and a calf. He appointed his cousins, Christopher, Valentine and Augustine Wendel as his executors. The will was probated in Frederick County Court, March 3, 1763. Birth, marriage and death dates from John Nicholas's Family Bible are cited in Robert H. Baker's Genealogy of the Baker Family, (1955), but no one seems to know what has happened to the Bible.


  • Transcript of Framersheim Church Records in Familienbuch der Gemeinde Framersheim, [1]
  • Robert Helsley Baker, Genealogy of the Baker Family: Descendants of John Nicholas Baker, 1701-1763...with Some Connecting Lines, Strasburg, VA (1955).
  • Peggy S. Joyner, ed. Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys, Frederick County, 1747-1780, Portsmouth, VA (1985), Volume II, p. 7.
  • Frederick County, Virginia Will Book "3," p. 109. The original German will is filed with Court Papers for the year, 1763.
  • Baker Chapter in Bly, Daniel, From the Rhine to the Shenandoah. Vol I. (1996. Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, MD), pp. 6-21.
  • Source: S355162009 Repository: #R350306782 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Tree
  • Repository: R350306782

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Baker-24539 and Becker-4643 appear to represent the same person because: Potential duplicate
posted by Manuela Thiele
Last Will and Testament of John Nicholas Baker Sr.

The will of John Nicolas Baker, found in the court records, Frederick County, Winchester, Virginia, Will book #3, beginningpage 109-115. Year 1762. Copied as written, 23 October 1957 by Robert H Baker As it was please God and was his will that I john Baker of Frederick County did live in this world to a considerable old age and it hath also please Him to take from me to the Eternity two wives to whom I was marry’d and as it hath pleased God that I have got my perfect mind and memory to this present time although I am in great weakness in my body and in a lonely…Sickness and whereas it is the duty of every Christian who is a father of a family to bring them up in the fear of God and that they may get their living in this World by the helping of God and knowing that it is appointed to die do make and ordain this last Will and Testament. First, I recommend my soul to God and my body to the earth, not doubting at the day of Resurrection I shall receive, I shall receive the same again and as it hath please God to give me a blessing of some worldly estate. It is my will and desire that it may be divided and disposed of in the following manner and form among my heirs and that in all peace and quietness. “And, I do give unto my three sons, sons born of my 2nd wife, Melchior Baker, John Nicolas Jr., Philip and to their heirs assigns my plantation and the land belonging to the same which according to the deed four hundred acreas (accept a small piece of about 10 or 12 acres which I have given son Hieronymus Bakerand his heirs assigns forever for which he paid me 18 pounds which land and plantation is to be divided into three parts according as I did mark the divisions. First, I give unto my son Melchoir Baker and to his eirs and assings forever that part of my plantation and land where my dwelling house, barn and stables stands on with the lower and upper field and orchards according as it is laid and marked off. Secondly, I give unto my son John Nicolas Baker and to his heirs and assings forever, that part of plantation and land which lies above the lands I have given unto Melchoir Baker where the new field is on joining the land of Philip Peter Baker according as it is mark’d and laid off. I give him also the use of the great spring let in fall in which part she will. Thirdly, I give unto my son Melchoir Baker and to his heirs and assigns forever the remaining part the said land which is lying toward the North Mountain, according as it is laid and marked off joining the land of Blackburns, also I give to him the entry of the land joining the said land and the afore said land and plantation divided, shall every part there of be valued and appraised by my Executers and such other man as they shall think proper and as soon as possible after my death. If it is not done in my lifetime and out of the said and out of the said valuation all of my just debts be paid, and satisfied and the remainder of the said valuation money to be equally divided between my sons and daughters by my second wife. And my three sons Melchoir, John Nicolas and Philip shall pay their sisters their part in three payments after my death. Each of them to be made the seventhday of November will be next ensueing after my death yearly until the last of the three payments made. Further, it is my will the horses, mares, cattle and sheep, also other goods are to be sold and the money arising of them to be divided equally among my sons and daughters born of me by my second wife, except to my youngest daughter Katherine, I do give five pounds current money of Virginia, besides her equal share. I also give to my said daughter Katherine during her hatural life the liberty to live in the dwelling house where lately Hinry March did live, also to have use of the small piece of ground laid off for the said house I have given to Melchoir Baker, but if my said daughter marry’s then she has lost her right to the said house and land it falls to my son Melchoir again, as it also does after her death if she doesn’t marry. I have ordained and named my friends, Vatertine Wandler, Augustin Wardte, Christopher Wandle and my oldest sons Philip Peter, Herionymus Baker for my (only and sole) Executers of this, my lst will and testament. B-and wheras I have given unto my children born to my first wife, their legacy part in Germany and part in this country while they have testified to me, the four witnesses present, he was Henry Pifer, Philip Mayer, that they are duly satisfied and have also, acknowledge by these present that they have quitted all claims and demands of both my legal and personal estate and that the same shall all belong to the children born of my second wife. In whitness therof they have set here unto their own hands this 10 day of October 1762 (signed by) Philip Peter Baker, Heironymus Baker, Anthony Baker, MB. Further, I have taken notice of sundrys I have forgot in this, my last will and testament, (Vin) of my daughter Katherine goes to live in the afore said house, then it is my will, and I do ordain that my son Melchoir to winter one cow for her; my son John Nicholas one heifer, during her life if she denotes money and that without any pay for her, and. Whereas my daughters Ann Margaret and Katherine Elizabeth hath been very tender to me in my old age and late sickness, I therefore give unto Ann Margaret my close (clothes?) press, and one cow of which she is to have her choice, besides her equal share, and to Katherine Elizabeth, I do give my Cest (chest?) and one cow of which she is to have her choice, besided her equal part, and to my youngest daughter Katherine I do give my flquer cest (flower? Flour? Chest?) and the long small cest (chest?) and the red white spotter heifer, which shall be raised on my said plantation. Further, it is my will that my children born of my second wife with their sister Aptoon shall all have an equal share of all the winter grain that is sowed on my said plantation, and it is also my will that all my children that are not marry’d may live together on my said plantation til my daughters marry, if they can live in peace and quietness and shall all have share of what they make on the said plantation. Further, I have valued the place of my afore said three sons, their lands and plantation and it is posted and marked out as before mention in this, my last will and testament. Melchoir Baker land and part of the plantaion, buildings have valued Sixty pounds. John Nocholas Baker part of the land and plantaion I have valued for Forty pounds and Philips Baker’s land valued for twenty –five pounds, did all for current money of Virginia. When two sons Melchoir and John Nicolas have both clear land of my plantation and my son Philip not. Therefore, it is my will that they both help my son Philip to clear eight acres of land without charging him anything for the same, to conclude. I wish all my children may live in God and in peace. They may expect His blessing. John Nicholas Baker, Your Father

posted on Baker-24539 (merged) by Doug Lockwood
Becker-3016 and Baker-12905 appear to represent the same person because: I intended on completing the merge between your entry for Johann Nicholas and my entry, but mistakenly removed the merge instead.

...bob nielsen

posted by Bob Nielsen
Baker-12905 and Becker-3016 are not ready to be merged because: I am still learning how to do things in WikiTree and need to better understand the Merge process before I decide to approve the Merge.
posted by Bob Nielsen
Baker-12905 and Becker-3016 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents, same vitals
posted by Debra (Downs) Allison

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