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Papers, 1815-1920, of the Baker and Copeland families of Nansemond County and Suffolk, Virginia. Includes accounts and receipts, cancelled checks and promissory notes, correspondence, estate papers, and miscellaneous items. The correspondence consists mainly of letters to Richard H. Baker (1788-1871) and John R. Copeland (1811-1892). Topics include marriages and deaths in the area, including the death of Dr. Robert H. Fisher (1765-1815) of Suffolk. Other subjects include social events and visits, and legal and financial matters. Also included in the collection are papers relating to the settlement of the estate of John Copeland (d. 1861). His son, John R. Copeland, served as executor
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  • The Baker and Copeland families were residents of Nansemond County and Suffolk, Virginia. Benjamin Baker (d. ca. 1785) married 1) a Miss Hardy and 2) Elizabeth Harvey. His sons were Richard, Benjamin Blake, and William Henry. His daughters were Mary, Julianna, Elizabeth, Emily, and Martha. Richard Baker married Judith Bridger. After his death, she was remarried to John Dorlon (1751-1824). Benjamin Blake Baker married Catherine "Kitty" Bridger, the sister of Judith (Bridger) Baker. William Henry was married, and after his death his widow remarried James Riddick. Mary Baker was married to John Dorlon who, after her death, remarried Judith (Bridger) Baker, Mary's brother's widow. Julianna Baker never married. Elizabeth Baker married Dr. John Leigh. Emily Baker married Henry Briggs.
  • Richard Baker and Judith Bridger had two sons, Richard Henry and Benjamin Beverly, as well as a daughter Mary. Richard Henry Baker (1788-1871) married Lelia Anne Barraud (1805-1893) in Norfolk on 19 April 1825. He was a lawyer, and later a circuit court judge. After the death of Richard Baker, Judith (Bridger) Baker was remarried to John Dorlon (1751-1824), the widow of Richard Baker's sister Mary. John and Judith Dorlon had a son Joseph Bridger Dorlon, and two daughters Susan Elizabeth Dorlon and Catherine Ann Dorlon. Catherine married Dr. Edward R. Hunter (1786-1861). Their daughter Judith Ann Hunter (1819-1880) married John R. Copeland on 11 October 1836. He was born on 11 November 1811 in Nansemond County, and was the son of John Copeland (d. 1861) and Mary Saunders. John R. Copeland was a justice of the peace, served as a colonel in the 59th Virginia militia during the Civil War, and later became president of the Farmers Bank of Suffolk. He died on 26 October 1892 and is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Woolard, Joe
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