White, Baker, & Moses Families
African-American

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Kathy Lander

Kathy Lander is studying these families who were mainly from St. Simons Island.  Her earliest proven ancestors are her great grandparents William and Annie (White) Baker.  According to family lore and the census, Annie White may have been the daughter of Lymus and Eva (Wiggs) White.

From knowing local history, Lymus may have been a slave on the Kelvin Grove Plantation, this is unfounded though.  The assumption came from Margaret Davis-Cate's book "Early Days of Coastal Georgia", where she interviewed a Floyd White who stated that his mother Victoria was from Retreat Plantation, and his father, Jupiter, was from Kelvin Grove.  In the 1870 Glynn County census, Jupiter is 23 years old, a possible Lymus is 24 years old, and there is also a Saunders White who was 21 years old.  In the 1870 Glynn census, Jupiter's wife may have been an Eliza.  But in 1880 he has a wife named Estoria.  There is a 10 year old Victoria to be found in Anna Matilda Page King's slave inventory

From Benjamin F. Cater's slave inventory, we learn that there is a Jupiter who is 4 years old, too old to be the Jupiter in the 1870 census, however, census and slave inventories are never accurate in regards to ages and spellings of names.  Unfortunately, no Lymus was found amongst the listings, which means he either changed his name, his age is inaccurate, or he was part of another plantation.

Finding his origins has proven to be very hard, the family lore states that he was from St. Simons, and that he had run away at one time and survived off of acorns.  An account of a slave named Lymus bought by Thomas Butler King, was found in the book "Runaway Slaves; Rebels on the Plantation" by John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger on pg. 54.  This man named Lymus was 28 years old and bought in Charles, South Carolina.  When he was brought to St. Simons, he found that he had a hard time adjusting to "country" folks, and could not understand the language of the island slaves, nor their customs, therefore he ran away.  He was last seen on the road from Darien to Savannah, probably heading back to Charleston.

The only Lymus found by me, to be of the right age, was found in the slave inventory of James M. Troup.  The original inventory made in 1849 only lists one Lymus, however, the division of estate, which was made a few years later, shows two men named Lymus, suggesting that one was just born or purchased.  This second Lymus was listed in the family of Abram, Fanny, Charlotte, Anthony, and Elsy.  The 1870 Glynn census shows a Lymus White age 24 years with a Charlotte age 19 years and a John age 2 years.  This suggests that Lymus and Charlotte may be married and if they are the ones from the Troup slave inventory, then maybe this Lymus was purchased onto the Hofwyl estate.

Unfortunately we can not confirm that this is the same man.  However, the story of the runaway Lymus from the book mentioned above, we know can not be the same man because that man was 28 years old in 1831, when this event happened.  The Lymus White of this family was born sometime in around 1850.

Lymus and Eva may have had 8 children, six have been confirmed through the 1880 Glynn Census.  The children are as follows:

Affey born about 1875       Annie 1879       Lucy Oct. 1885       Mary Jane Nov. 1889       Andrew J. Feb. 1894
Rosie L. Nov. 1895           Rebecca?         Essie?  no information has been found to confirm these two.

Rebecca married John W. Wilkerson and lived her adult life in Jacksonville, Duval Co., Florida. The census records, however, do not show Rebecca in the household of Lymus and Eva. From family lore there was an Essie but the census records do not confirm. Could it be that "Affey" from the census is the same as "Essie" from family lore?

Eva (Wiggs) White was born in Sterling, Glynn Co., Georgia, she was the daughter of John & Rebecca Wiggs of Pennick.  Most of her family are buried at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church on Pennick Road in Glynn County.

William Baker was the son of Charles and Rina (Pyles) Baker of Camden County, Georgia, Rina was from Georgia or South Carolina, depending on the census.  The 1870 Camden census, and the 1880 Glynn census shows this family, however they contrast greatly concerning the children and ages of the family members.  On 3 November 1896 William Baker and Annie White were married in Glynn County.  To this union 9 children were born:

Patsy 1895                        Annie Louise 1896       Henry J. 1897       Johnny B. 1901       Essie Mae 1904 Maybelle/Mabel 1905       Gertrude 1910              Willie 1913           Geneva 1913

On 20 November 1920, William Frederick Moses married Mabel Baker, and from viewing the census, you can almost ascertain how they met.  They were both laborers in the Prawn Factory.  According to immigration papers, William arrived in America from Annapolis, Canada and his mother was a Georgianna Owens.  Together William & Mabel had 15 children:

William 1921        Ernest H. 1923         John H. 1925           Robert J. 1927       Arthur L. 1929     
Annie L.
1931       Andrew C. 1934       Margie M. 1936       Anthony 1939        Barbara J. 1939
Ernestine
1939     Gerome 1939           William F. 1939       Mary 1943             Richard 1947

If you have any information, i.e. dates, names, etc., please contact Kathy Lander at the above email address.

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