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William Baker was born c1660, the son of William & Mary Baker of Concord MA.[i] We have no record that acts as an age identifier for William. Our best guess is to take the ages of his wives and first born child to make an estimate. Given these dates, discussed in more detail below, we arrive at c1660.
William, at about age 24, married Elizabeth Dutton, daughter of Thomas Dutton Sr[ii] and Susannah Palmer of Reading & Woburn on 5 May 1681 in Concord, MA.[iii] Elizabeth was born on 28 Jan 1658-9 in Woburn, MA.[iv] William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton married on the same day William’s widowed mother Mary Baker, married Henry Jefts.[v] Elizabeth died on 7 Apr 1698 in Concord, MA,[vi] leaving 5 children under 17 years old.
Concord Birth Marriages & Deaths p. 58 says "Sarah wife of William Baker dyed September ye 1st day of 1699". This makes me highly suspect William, in an effort to get married swiftly given his motherless children, was married 2nd,, from 17 Oct 1698-1 Sep 1699, to Sarah Crackbone of Cambridge who was his former wife’s 1st cousin. There is a marriage recorded in Cambridge records to 1850 pg 22 for a William Baker and Sarah Crackbone Oct 17, 1698.[vii] Sarah was born Aug 24, 1659, daughter of Benjamin Crackbone[viii], and Elizabeth Dutton (1620-1659),[ix] making Sarah Crackbone & William’s first wife, both granddaughters of John & Mary Dutton.[x] Sarah Crackbone would have been 39 when she married William who was about the same age. She died 1 Sep 1699 after being married less than a year. William’s oldest child, Mary, at this point was 17 and a half.
William married 3rd Abigail Ballard (b. c1659-60), daughter of William & Grace Ballard of Andover MA, although no birth or marriage record can be found. Records of Littleton states William was 2nd married to Abigail Waite,[xi] but my guess is they got the notes confused, and meant Wheat, not Waite because William’s widow, Abigail, married Samuel Wheat. William Baker, “the Husband of Elizabeth his wife” died on 8 Jun 1702 in Concord, MA, no age on record.[xii] Although his probate, discussed later, will prove his widow was actually Abigail.
More information on William2 will be found on the blog titled Baker Homestead – when it is published.
William’s Probate & Beyond
William2’s Probate, Middlesex County MA Probate Court #774, 6 Jul 1702 names Abigail Baker widow of William Baker late of Concord dec’d and John Merriam Jr of Concord & John Ballard of Andover. The file indicates that by 13 Mar 1703-4 she was married to Wheat, and in the records of Concord we find they married 11 months earlier on 7 Apr 1703.[xiii] Lands as a whole deemed undividable without loss. Therefore 2/3 of estate was given to Joseph Baker, & 1/3 to Abigail in her life. However, Joseph or his grdn must pay Mary Baker, Elizabeth Baker, Susanna Baker & Sarah Baker, the value of 5 pounds 15 shillings 9 pence each. Samuel Wheat takes on responsibility for the girls getting paid. Together Abigail & Samuel Wheat raised William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton’s two youngest children, Sarah a10 & Joseph Baker a8. It does not appear Abigail ever had children of her own.
Samuel Wheat’s will, Middlesex County MA Probate File #24205, was dated in 1705, & probated May 1714. He left Abigail everything. Abigail also got everything from Samuel’s brother John, Middlesex County MA Probate File #24197. His will was written 22 Jan 1714, names my sister Abigail Wheat, & was witnessed by Sarah Meriam, Joseph Baker, & John Meriam Jr, probated 7 Jun 1715.
Abigail married 3rd Boaz Brown b. c1644 on 10 Sep 1716 in Concord, MA. Boaz died 7 Apr 1724 in his 83rd year. Abigail died 20 Jul 1726 at Concord MA. This is all proven in NEGHR vol. 140 pg 317-320, “The Wives of Boaz Brown”. He was buried & is marked in South Burying Place, Concord MA.
Abigail outlived Boaz Brown by a couple years. Her will was dated 12 Jan 1724-5 & probated 20 Jul 1726.[xiv] She states she is formerly the wife of Samuel Wheat, late of Concord, dec’d, now relict widow to Boaz Brown. She names her sisters as: Sarah Holt, Lydia Butterfield, Mary Butterfield, Hannah Spaulding, Elizabeth Blunt and brother as John Ballard. Further connection to William Ballard is in the settlement agreement of the estate of William Ballard of Andover signed 23 Oct 1689 which includes William Blunt, Henry Holt, Samuel & Joseph Butterfield, and John Spaulden, Also signing were Abigail, William, & John Ballard. The original papers are referenced in Charles Henry Pope’s, Ballard Genealogy, page 65-68.
Given Abigail seems so closely tied to John Meriam Jr. & Sarah Meriam having them witness nearly every court document she ever had, and selling her land to the Merriam family, I decided to check if there might be some kind of connection other than close friendship. John Merriam Jr was b. 3 Sept 1666. son of John & Mary[xv] & m. Sarah Wheeler on 22 July 1691 Concord MA.[xvi] Sarah (Wheeler) Meriam died 2 Aug 1692, a few short days after the birth of their only child, John. He married 2nd on 16 Feb 1692-3[xvii] Sarah Spaulding. I cannot seem to connect the relationship between Sarah (Spaulding) Meriam, but I’m certain if nothing else, they were good friends. Other Spaulding connections were made though.
Abigail’s sister was Hannah/Anna Ballard b. 14 Aug 1655 who m: 20 Jul 1681 John Spaulding. John Spaulding died 3 Oct 1721.[xviii] Abigail’s nephew was Samuel Spaulding who married William Baker’s dau Susanna. He is mentioned in Abigail’s will although she called him “cousin Samuel Spaulding, son of my sister Hannah Spaulding”
William & Elizabeth had the following children:[xix]
1. Mary Baker was born on 28 Mar 1682 in Concord, MA.[xx] Mary married Thomas Whitney (III, Whittny of Stow b. 17 Sep 1681 in Stow) on 26 Jul 1704.[xxi] Lived in Stow MA? Descendants of John Whitney, by Frederick C. Pierce; Vital Records of Stow Whitney births start p. 101-106
i. Samuel Whitney b. 22 Jul 1714 p. 105 VRS
ii. David Whitney b. 4 Oct 1722 p. 105 VRS
iii. Joseph Whitney b. 1716
2. *Elisabeth Baker was born on 15 Sep 1684 in Concord, MA.[xxii] 3 Sep 1684.[xxiii] Elizabeth married John Wooley [xxiv]on 29 Nov 1711.[xxv] John died 4 Aug 1718 [xxvi] His will leaves everything to wife & daughter Elisabeth b. 1712. Elisabeth married 2nd Joseph Stow 16 Jul 1719.[xxvii] Mrs Elizabeth Stow died d. 23 Jan 1757 a73* p. 433, buried Concord Hill Burial Ground (*photo on find a grave) – see deeds for right of way for her –Joseph & Eliz Stow Probates not found?
Elisabeth Baker & John Woolley had:
i. Elisabeth Woolly b. 11 Oct 1712 p. 81 – Only child named in her father’s will, everything goes to her; m. Ephraim Stow 29 May 1759 in Concord (possibly his 3rd marriage Deb 1; grace2?) She is referred to as “Widow Stow” in several deeds. She died d. 8 Apr 1790* Old Hill Burial Ground. His grave is not found in Old Hill. Ephraim Stow Probate 21757 1776 yeoman of Concord, m. Elizabeth Stow via will-he leaves everything to Elizabeth 29 Apr 1776, Elizabeth (Wooley) Stow Probate 21756, 1790 – She leaves everything to a Mr Ebenezer Stow, cordwainer of Concord, no indications of relationship-guessing stepson. Ephraim Stow & Elizabeth Wooley had no children? Several Deeds
Elisabeth Baker & Joseph Stow:
ii. Joseph Stow b. 14 Apr 1720 p. 100 d. 4 May 1724 p. 110 His grave is not found in Old Hill.
iii. Hannah Stow b. 10 Jul 1722 p. 105 d. 20 Oct 1727* p. 121
iv. Joseph Stow b. 12 Sep 1724 p. 112 d. 21 Oct 1727* p. 121
v. John Stow b. 14 Mar 1726-7 p. 117 d. 2 Sep 1730* p. 127
3. Susannah Baker was born on 25 Aug 1686 in Concord, MA. [xxviii] Susannah married Sam Spaulding (b. 5 Aug 1686 in Chelmsford son John Spaulding & Hannah/Anna Ballard[xxix] (nephew of Abigail (Bullard) Baker Wheat Brown, on 22-33 Oct 1705.[xxx] They removed to Plainfield CT. She d. 15 Jun 1748 in Plainfield CT. He d. 9 Jun 1749 in Plainfield CT – Connecticut Church Abstracts, Ancestry.com Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut
Children via Plainfield Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Ancestry.com
i. John Spaulding b. 2 Apr 1707
ii. Jedediah Spaulding b. 1 Apr 1709 p. 246
iii. Abigail Spaulding b 7 May 1711 p. 241
iv. Susannah Spaulding b. 19 Oct 1723 p. 252
v. Elisabeth Spaulding b. 16 Jul 1714 p. 252
4. Thomas Baker was born on 25 Jun 1689 in Concord, MA[xxxi], also says died young. He died Dec 9 1690.[xxxii]
5. John Baker was born on 6 May 1692 in Concord, MA[xxxiii], also says died young. He died on 3 Aug 1692.[xxxiv]
6. *Sarah Baker was born on 15 Aug 1693 in Concord, MA.[xxxv] 13 Aug 1698. [xxxvi] Sarah married Nathaniel Ball Jr. (son of Nath’l Bakl & Mary [? Brookes p. 27] b. 1 Apr 1692 Concord MA p. 36) on 3 May 1711[xxxvii]; 31 May 1711.[xxxviii] She d. 16 Feb 1743 in Concord MA. p. 159 He married 2nd another Sarah & had another Elezer & child not born yet in 1748. He died 3 Jun 1749/50 in Concord –p 415 Downloaded his will dated 13 Oct 1748, Nathaniel Ball of Concord, my now wife Sarah Ball, sev pcs of land for her support. Their Son Elizer & the child not born yet. orders son Nathaniel Ball to see that his now wife get 2 cows, & my horse. dau Abigail Stearns m/Elias Stears; Dau Sarah Stratton m.Thomas; son Ebenezer [remaining] 2/3 North at Connecticut River together with what already given him; Dau Elizabeth Ball [unmarried]; Dau Mary; Dau Elenor; Dau Hannah Goss, also children Rebekah, Lois, Luke[Lucy?], Elezer, & also my child yet unborn. ;
& ch gdn-incorprate – Nathaniell Whittemore grdn to Lois & Lucy both under 14, ; Rebecca a16 yrs old, gdn also Nathaniel Whittmore
Several Deeds. Sarah Baker died first & he m 2nd Sarah Merriam of Lexington 10 Sep 1746 pg 165 CBMD.
i. Abigail Ball b. 26 Jul 1712 in Concord MA p. 79 Elias Stears
ii. Sarah Ball b. 29 Apr 1714 p. 85 Thos Stratton
iii. Nathaniel Ball b. 3 Jun 1717 p. 92
iv. William Ball 12 Aug 1719 p. 97 d. 23 Jul 1732 p. 127
v. Ebenezer Ball b. 30 Dec 1721 p. 104 – land near Connecticut River
vi. Elisabeth Ball b. 9 Dec 1724 p. 112[unmarried]
vii. Elener b. 2 Jul 1727 p. 117[unmarried]
viii. Mary Ball b. 30 Apr 1729 p. 121[unmarried]
ix. Hannah Ball b. 12 Jun 1731 p. 126 m: Phillip Goss; int. 16 April 1748 at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA;[xxxix] Relocated to Winchester NH, Hannah (Ball) Goss died on 18 August 1811 at Winchester, Cheshire Co., NH, at age 80[xl]
x. Rebekah Ball b. 29 Nov 1733 p. 136[unmarried age 16]
xi. Lois Ball b. 10 Mar 1735-6 p. 140[unmarried under 14]
xii. Lucy Ball 31 Aug 1739 p. 149[unmarried under 14]
Children with his 2nd wife Sarah Merriam are:
Elezer Ball b. 31 May 1747 p. 170
Submit Ball – b. 26 Mar 1749 p. 175 unborn at father’s death
7. [Capt] Joseph Baker was born on 8 Jan 1695/1696 in Concord, MA. [xli] See his family sketch here
Copyright Amylynne Murphy, NewEnglandGenealogist.com 2017
[i] Administration William Baker 1679; Administration William Baker 1702; Will of Henry Jefts
[ii] Elizab. Dutton, 28 Nov 1658; citing Birth, Woburne, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
[iii] (recorded as 5.3.81 in CBMD, p. 24 - 3 being the month when the year start in Mar, & 5 being the day; same in LTR p. 424 5- 1681 - also the same day his mother married Henry Jefts) (Billerica V1 pg 219 ;Torrey’s Vol 2)
[iv] (Woburn V1 p. 82) (LTR 520)
[v] VR Billerica p. 219 & 276
[vi] (CBMD 57) (LTR 424)
[vii] Cambridge Marriages V2 p. 95
[viii] "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCMY-T8K : 13 July 2016), Sarah Crackbone, 24 Aug 1659; citing Birth, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
[ix] Benjamin Crackbone and Elizabeth Dutton, 06 Nov 1657; citing Marriage, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249
[x] Cambridge - V2, p. 95, (see Crackbon), Benjamin and Elizabeth Dutton, Nov. 6, 1657.*
[xi] LTR p. 520?
[xii] (CBMD 58) (LTR 424)
[xiii] CBMD p. 60
[xiv] Middlesex County MA Probate File #2931
[xv] Merriam Family Genealogy p. 11
[xvi] Merriam Family Genealogy p. 12
[xvii] Chelmsford MA Vital Records p.319
[xviii] Births 1673-1775 Deaths, marriages, intentions 1707-1775 [Chelmsford, Massachusetts]
“Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22587-14199-37?cc=2061550 : 13 July 2016), Middlesex > Chelmsford > Births, marriages, deaths 1673-1770 vol E > image 70 of 146; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
[xix] (Also see LTR 424)
[xx] LTR 520; CBMD 25-recorded as 28.1.82
[xxi] CBMD 62; LTR 520)
[xxii] (CBMD 31)
[xxiii] LTR 424
[xxiv] (LTR 520)
[xxv] (CBMD 79
[xxvi] (CBMD 94)LTR 520
[xxvii] (CBMD 98)
[xxviii] (CBMD 31) (LTR 424)
[xxix] "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29L-YB3N : 13 July 2016), Samuel Spaulding, 05 Aug 1686; citing Birth, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 868,435.
[xxx] (CBMD 64) LTR 520
[xxxi] (CBMD 31) (LTR 424
[xxxii] (CBMD 56)
[xxxiii] (CBMD 38) (LTR 424
[xxxiv] (CBMD 56) (LTR 520)
[xxxv] (CBMD 38)
[xxxvi] (LTR 424, 520)
[xxxvii] (LTR 520)
[xxxviii] (CBMD 78)
[xxxix] Henry S. Nourse, compiler, The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: Town of Lancaster, 1890), Book 1, p. 31.
[xl] New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, made available by FamilySearch.org; Evergreen Cemetery Winchester NH
[xli] (CBMD 41)
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Amylynne (Baker) Murphy