Sometimes, being human & all, you look at a document and you unknowingly miss a detail for decades. Not only do you miss it, but other experts do too & then one day...you think to yourself...maybe I should reexamine all the evidence really close...? That is never a bad choice.
I recently ventured down to Boston to see the original paper in William Baker's Probate # 773 to make sure I was now seeing things accurately. The area in question is so faint it definitely made me wish the same pen had been used throughout the document. That said, I have no doubt after seeing it in person, & in these darkened & inverted images it states "sonn John Baker" and is not the abbreviated version of Joseph that seems to have been assumed for the last 150 years.
From here we might wonder if John was the oldest of the two sons as he is the one specifically mentioned on the probate paper? How was this John & where did he go? It also makes me wonder if William Sr, had a brother John &/or was he the son of a John? My mind races at the possibilities! Could we be the descendants of the John Baker banished from New England & eventually hung for plotting to kill King in 1660? It is clear that John's wife & children were left behind...and it doesn't seem anyone knows who they were..? Just sayin'...lol
Looks like Maine is on the list of places to go next....I guess I'll have to blog about that John Baker, if for no other reason than his antics are interesting and it might help someone else...
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Amylynne (Baker) Murphy