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  • ID: I4374
  • Name: Bolin (Andrew W. Sr. And Mary Agnes Bolling) BAKER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 MAY 1738 in Ashe County,North Carolina
  • MARC: 1762
  • Death: 26 AUG 1840 in North Salem,Linn County,Missouri
  • MARC: 1762
  • Note:
    After the Revolutionary War, Bolin lived with the Cherokee Indians. Was know as a renegade white man and renowned horse thief. Bolin Baker may have been captured by the Shawnee in 1756 and held captive by them for a period of time. He was located at Ingles Ferry in 1763 where he participated in the rescue of Thomas Ingles.

    When England assembled and transported across the broad breast of the
    Atlantic ocean an army of soldiers to give battle to the French and
    Indians on the North American continent, there was not a soldier under the command of General Braddock who stood higher in the love and esteem of his comrades than did Boling Baker. The army fared very hard in their campaign in western Pennsylvania, and the soldiers underwent many privations. They were far from home and their loved ones, and many times the day looked dark and the spark of hope grew faint in every manly breast.

    Finally, it began to look as if the strong would only survive the weak, as the army met disaster after disaster. Baker was a shrewd man and possessed an intuitive brain. His willpower gave way under the strain, and rather than remain with the fast dwindling troops to suffer a fate which seemed destined to overtake them, he deserted his comrades on one dark night in 1756, went west until he reached the bank of the beautiful Ohio, drifted down that placid stream in a self made raft, and was taken captive by a band of Shawnee Indians at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers. His captors took him to Chief Cornstalk, the mighty sachem of the Shawnee tribe, and the chief ruler of the Indian confederacy of tribes. A council was held to determine the measure of punishment to meet out the paleface.
    Very similar to the fate of John Smith, was that handed down to Boling Baker, for when the council of Shawnees had decided to make the white man run the gauntlet, his erect carriage, cool composure, and handsome features, so excited the admiration of Aracoma, Chief Cornstalk's comely daughter, that she persuaded her kindly old father to spare his life and permit him to become a member of the tribe.
    Tradition has it that Aracoma, at this time, was a maiden of about
    sixteen summers in whose face was the bloom of youth, and whose
    countenance was good to look upon. Grateful to his benefactress and desiring to express his gratitude for her act of mercy, Baker used every known method in his artful calendar to win her favor and make himself understood. His chance meetings with her become more frequent, and meantime, that sly little god of love was doing his undercover work. Boling Baker became madly infatuated with the Indian maiden and paid her ardent court. Meantime, the tribe had migrated to the eastern side of the Ohio River and pitched their wigwams on the promitory that jutted out into the Ohio, thereby forming a triangular point of land between the right bank of the Kanawha and the left bank of the Ohio.
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    West Virginia and in particular, Logan County, can lay claim to one of America's most romantic legends, the story of Aracoma, which has grown in Logan County around the authentic details of an incident in the history of the region more than 200 years ago.

    The tradition of Logan County asserts that Aracoma and Baker moved into the valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island in todays city of Logan until 1780.

    Aracoma blends tales of the Shawnee with the story of young love as
    Boling Baker, a scout from General Braddock's Army, is captured by the Indians led by Cornstalk, rescued from death by Cornstalk's daughter Aracoma and adopted into the tribe that moved to the island in the Guyandotte. The drama tells how Baker and Aracoma's people were weakened by disease and how a raid led by Baker to steal horses ended in the destruction of his adopted tribe. They had six children, but unfortunately all of them died from a plague in 1776.
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  • Change Date: 6 DEC 2006 at 09:44:16



    Father: Andrew W. Sr. Squire (Robert And Susan Packer) BAKER b: 1692 in Conestaga,Lancaster County,Pennsylvania
    Mother: Mary Agnes "Mollie" (Col. Robert And Anne Stith) BOLLING b: 30 NOV 1700 in Kippax,Charles City,Virginia

    Marriage 1 Princess Aracoma Sky (Keigh-tugh-quah And Heliziknopo) CORNSTALK b: 1740 in Shawnee Nation,Ohio
    • Married: 1762 1
    Children
    1. Has No Children Bolin Jr. (Bolin Sr. And Aracoma Cornstalk) BAKER b: 1763 in Wilkes County,North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Running Deer (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: in Logan County,(West) Virginia
    3. Has No Children Waulalapa "Laughing Water" (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: 1761
    4. Has No Children Snow Lily (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: in Logan County,(West) Virginia
    5. Has No Children Princess Raindrop (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: in Logan County,(West) Virginia
    6. Has No Children Blue Feather (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: in Logan County,(West) Virginia
    7. Has No Children Pattie (Bolin And Aracoma Cornstalk) BAKER b: 1759 in Logan County,(West) Virginia
    8. Has No Children Conee "Snow Lily" (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: 1763 in Logan County,(West) Virginia
    9. Has No Children Gimewane "Princess Raindrop" (Bolin And Princess Aracoma) BAKER b: 1765 in Logan County,(West) Virginia

    Sources:
    1. Title: GEDCOM File : woltzbowers.ged
      Abbrev: GEDCOM File : woltzbowers.ged
      Date: 31 MAR 2006

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