The past few weeks I have ben trying to find out about one of my grandmother’s whose name was Charity Baker. She was married to Josiah Eley but the marriage said she was a Denby soooooo without checking it years ago when I found her listed as Denby married to Josiah here I went looking for the Denby’s. Then lo and behold I found out last week she was a Baker and not a Denby and James Denby was NOT a grandfather lol. He was only appointed as her guardian to protect her interests because the wife of William Baker had contested the will. I couldn’t understand why wasn’t her husband appointed her guardian instead of Denby, then things started coming to light and now I believe the reason was more than likely Josiah was somehow related to this Mary Baker, Charity’s step-mother. For some time during that period of trying to settle William Baker’s estate and all, Mary was appointed guardian over several children and their last names were Eley, the same as Josiah. Could it be that Denby, being the executor of William’s will, that he did not trust Josiah because of family relations or was it because of something else? Will I ever find out? In the process of finding this out, I also found out that the county these people were in, no longer exists. I went to Florence Lauderdale Public Library in Alabama, who has a great genealogy section and found a book about the counties of North Carolina. Below you will find an excerpt from this book, Formation of North Carolina Counties 1663-1943by David Leroy Corbitt, on Bute County, North Carolina.
Bute County was formed in 1764 from Granville. The act was to become effective June 10, 1764. It was named in honor of John Stewart, Earl of Bute, one of the principal secretaries of state, and first Lord of the Treasury under George III, over whom he exerted a dominant influence. The Earl of Bute became very unpopular with the Americans, and in 1779 the General Assembly abolished Bute dividing its territory into the counties of Warren and Franklin which were named for the Revolutionary patriots, Joseph Warren and Benjamin Franklin. It was in the northeastern section of the colony. The act ordered the court to be held on Jethro Sumner’s land at a place called Buffalo Race Path.”
William Baker died just three years before this county was abolished in 1776.