"I now come to write about the branch of the stock from which I myself more immediately descended," S.J. Baker
Descendants of Henry Baker I are sometimes referred to as “the line of the Isle of Wight and Nansemond Virginia Bakers.” (Read more here)
Based upon the records in “College of Arms’, Visitation of Kent 1634, the line of the Isle of Wight and Nansemond Virginia Bakers is assumed to descend from John Baker of Groombridge (2nd son of Robert Baker of Gilderidge House in Withyham).
The Baker family continues to search for further evidence of this English connection.
A castle with three keys on the shield is associated with the Bakers of Battel Coat of Arms. Although the castle and three keys remains consistent, the Crest varies among the descendants of the Bakers of Battel. (NOTE: the “Crest” is the group of images across the top, above or coming out of the top of the shield.).
The family tree on page 353 clearly identifies John Baker of Groombridge (2nd son of Robert Baker of Gilderidge House in Withyham) as sharing a Coat of Arms with the same description or the Crest as the one Dr. Simmons Jones Baker describes in his narrative.
Specifically: “With the Pedigree of this John Baker, entered at the Visitation in 1634, the crest appears to be three roses or, each stalked and leaved vert.” John Baker is marked with an asterisk on page 353, and his genealogy is noted on page 355.
“When I was about to start to London in 1793, an old seal said to have been brought from England by one of the brothers, from whom I am a descendant, was put in my possession by my father. It has on it a coat of arms, a castle and three keys, surmounted by three white roses as a crest. ”
– Dr. Simmons Jones Baker, Narrative written Feb 4, 1847.
Sketch of the Seal:
|This is a sketch of the original seal that S.J.Baker describes in his text. Compare the sketch to the painted Coat of Arms, and you will notice that the helmet and keys are reversed. This is expected. This is a seal, and once the seal is applied to hot wax, the mirror image presents itself in the wax.|
the Coat of Arms:
|Painted in 2014 by Susan Baker Wooldridge, 4th Great Granddaughter of Dr. Simmons Jones Baker.|
A special thank you to Karen Baker for researching and sharing this information.