Bakers of Buckland Society

"I now come to write about the branch of the stock from which I myself more immediately descended," S.J. Baker

Bakers of Buckland Society, Inc.

501(c)(3) non-profit historic preservation society, incorporated in the state of North Carolina.
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Dedicated to restoring, preserving and protecting
Baker history, lands, artifacts, and heritage.

The Bakers of Buckland Society, Inc.  was founded by a core group of people primarily concerned with restoring, preserving and protecting the historical lands, artifacts and history related to Henry Baker I of Isle of Wight, VA (1645-1712) and the many people and families that make up his descendants

We Can Make a Difference!

Bakers of Buckland Society began with a passion to restore and perpetually preserve  our cemeteries.  Once we decided that not another generation will pass without addressing this situation, founding a nonprofit organization became a natural next step.  Before we knew it, we progressed to the Federal tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporate status because we realized that cemeteries are only one portion of what can be made possible with passionate people like you and me.

Together we can build a network of people, connected together and intent upon sharing and preserving heirlooms and relics from our past. We also hope to help preserve historic landmarks and buildings, as the opportunities present themselves. In this way, we can bless the communities that occupy our historic lands. Historic preservation has a demonstrated positive impact on economic development efforts at the state and local levels. It is not simply a matter of aesthetics or quality of life, but also a tool for neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization that is connected to broader strategies of land use, smart growth and job creation.

We anticipate that the Bakers of Buckland Society will one day fortify preservation efforts in the communities situated in northeastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, and other areas of our nation where our Society may be led to make a difference for many years to come.


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10 comments on “Bakers of Buckland Society, Inc.

  1. Lauren Odermatt
    August 25, 2017

    Hello my name is Lauren and , Robert Marmaduke Baker is henery baker descendent who is my grandfather I would love to be apart of this society and member.please let me know what information you need from me.

    Sincerely, lauren Odermatt

    • Susan Wooldridge
      September 4, 2017

      Hi Lauren! Thank you for contacting us. Robert Marmaduke Baker is my great-great grandfather too 🙂 My great granddad was Robert. He was a brother of Henry Hyer Baker who had a son also named Henry. I am guessing that this must be your Baker line? So we are family. I have shared your information with our secretary and scribe. One of them (or me) will get back to you soon! Thank you, Susan

    • Susan Wooldridge
      November 28, 2017

      Hi again Lauren, I am sorry for the mix up. Turns out that the Officers did not know how to contact you. My fault. I am sorry. Have you tried our link on this website? The FAQ? The membership applications are posted there. If you have any trouble, please send an email to the secretary at this address: I hope to hear from you! ~ Susan

  2. Linda Conway
    May 30, 2019

    Don’t know if you can help me but I am related to Henry Baker and his son Henry Wynn Baker. Do you know if these Bakers are connected to the Bakers of Buckland? We have a copy of Henry’s will written in 1737 or 1757. Would love to read the Buckland book but only if I can find my relatives in it. Thanks for your help.

    • Karen Baker
      October 6, 2020

      Hello Linda,
      First of all, I am very sorry for such a slow reply. Yes, your Henry Wynn Baker is related to the Bakers of Buckland. The Buckland book mostly covers the first few generations of the Baker family in NC and the early days in Gates County and the house, including maps showing who owned the land around the Buckland house and a floor plan. I look after the Bakers of Buckland Society tree on Ancestry. You can find what we know about your branch of the family there. I would like to see a copy of Henry’s will. My apologies again for not getting back to you sooner.

      • Linda Conway
        October 6, 2020

        Karen, I can send you a copy of 2 different Baker wills. Do you have an address and also an email address. Henry Baker was Henry Wynn Baker’s father, from what I can tell. Before Covid, we visited the area around Winfall (where my father was born, orphaned at age 5 and taken to the Masonic home in Oxford. I also had some geneology of the Bakers but it is sketchy. There is mention of a St Ledger Noel back to either 1100 or later in England, but piecemeal. From what I can see, my Baker branch did not live in Bucklands because there were 2 daughters of the owner and they produced no offspring. Enjoyed hearing from you. I would love to see Bucklands sometime but I understand that it and esp the cemetary is in a snake infested area plus the owners might not like anyone prowling around. Wish I could find where my branch of the Bakers lived on that large Baker property.

      • karenbbs
        October 8, 2020

        Hello Linda,
        Which one of Henry Wynn Baker’s children do you descend from?
        Your line of descent is from Zadock Baker, the son who was left only 20 shillings in his father’s will. Without receiving land like his older brothers, I imagine life could have been quite hard.
        You are correct about Buckland being on private land but you can see the outside of the house from the road. The Smith cemetery next to the house is reasonably well maintained.
        I think the snake infested cemetery you are referring to is the one near Scotland Neck, NC, where Dr Simmons Jones Baker and many of his children are buried.
        Yes I would like a copies of the wills (thank you). The best way to contact me is via email (

      • Linda Conway
        October 8, 2020

        Simon and Zadock don’t sound familiar but I will check. Right now we are swamped with medical stuff so I can’t do it immediately. A side note: When we went back to Winfall to find my grandparents graves, bad people had stolen the grave stones and that grave yard and we couldn’t find the house. So sad is this and the story of my grandparents.

  3. Adam Baker
    July 15, 2019

    My name is Adam Baker. My grandfather, Woodrow had a couple of pieces with your coat of arms on it. I am curious if you know where he might have acquired these pieces in the tidewater area between 1920-1940? I wonder if this a legitimate coat of arms for my family, or if he stopped into a gift shop, and thought it was neat 🙂 I have an ash tray, and a cuff link with this coat of arms.

  4. karenbbs
    October 6, 2020

    Hello Adam,
    First of all, I am very sorry for such a slow reply.
    I look after the Bakers of Buckland Society tree on Ancestry. I am not familiar with the name Woodrow Baker. Who were his parents?
    The Baker of Coat of Arms that you see at the top of this page is on a seal brought to Virginia by one of the original Baker brothers who came from England sometime in the 1600s. It can be traced back to the Bakers in Sussex and Kent in England and has been documented by the College of Arms in London.
    As far as saying where your grandfather got the items you mentioned, I really don’t know.
    My apologies again for not getting back to you sooner.

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