THE BAXTER FAMILY
Roseanne Baxter was the daughter of George and Elinor Beatty Baxter. These 2 were married by the Rev. Robert Cathcart in his Hopewell congregation, in Hopewell Twp, York Co. However, their children were baptized in his York congregation. Rev. Cathcart ministered to both congretaions;
After 1804 I could find nothing further on George. I felt he might have died, but there was no will of record. However, I sent to York County for a copy of the administration papers of a George Baxter who had died intestate in 1805.........and there, on the last page, was the signature of Elliner Baxter. So, my hunch had paid off and this was our George. He must have died accidentally, or at least very quickly, without time to make a will. Thus, Eleanor was left a widow with 7 children under the age of 11, a pretty difficult situation for any woman. His administration papers didn't indicate a great amount of worth, so we don't know how Eleanor managed until 1805, when her Uncle, Andrew Finley, left her 200 lbs and the use of his home for 5 years, including the livestock. He also left 400 lbs to Eleanor's daughter Roseanne, with her to draw 6 lb. yearly interest. Andrew Finley was a wealthy man, with much written of him in the York Co area, and he died childless, so his nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews are his heirs. (I always wondered why, of all "Elliner"s children, only Roseanne was left a specific bequeath.) So, thanks to Eleanor's uncle, she had money and a home not long after the death of her husband, George Baxter.
I have never been able to find anything about George before his marriage to Eleanor in 1794, and nothing of his parents or where he was from.......hopefully I will be able to "do better' after a trip to the area. I know so little of Eleanor and her life, not even where she is buried. But she certainly was remembered by her eldest child, Roseanne, for she has a namesake, Eleanor Beatty Smith.
Eleanor was the daughter of Finlay McEwen (McOwen, McCown) and I have included a page of this line.