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Samuel Baker
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Birth: Oct. 21, 1638
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: unknown

Samuel Baker, eldest known child of Rev. Nicholas and Elizabeth Baker, bapt. Oct. 21, 1638 at Hingham, Mass. by Rev. Peter Hobart. When Samuel d. is unknown, but he was alive on Mar. 24, 1714/15 at Barnstable, Mass.

By Dec. 1664, Samuel m. Fear Robinson, eldest surviving dau. of Isaac Robinson and Margaret Hanford, bapt. Jan. 26, 1644/5 at Barnstable, Mass. When Fear d. is not of record and where Samuel and wife Fear are presently interred is not of record.

Between the date of their marriage and early 1687, Samuel and Fear resided at Hull, Mass. They then relocated to Barnstable, Mass. and were admitted to the Barnstable church May 12, 1687 by letter of dismission from the church at Hull. They had five known children, all b. at Hull albeit no vital or church records exist for the first 50 years of that town's existence.

John Baker, the first acknowledged child of Samuel and Fear (Robinson) Baker, was b. Oct. 15, 1672, almost eight years after the marriage of his parents. It is the writer's belief that circumstantial evidence indicates a namesake son Samuel and dau. Fear, b. before son John, have been overlooked and not considered by researchers of either the Baker or Robinson family.

The current recognized children of the family are:

i. Deac. John Baker, b. Oct. 15, 1672 at Hull, Mass., d. Jan. 27, 1763 at Windham, Conn., 91 (g.s.); m. Oct. 14, 1696 at Barnstable, Mass., Anna Annable, dau. of Samuel Annable and Mehitabel Allen, b. Mar. 4, 1675/6 at Barnstable, Mass. She d. Mar. 21, 1732/3 at Barnstable, 57 (g.s.). Ten children of the family.

ii. Mercy Baker, b. before June 1678 at Hull, Mass.; was given a 10 legacy in the Oct. 30, 1678 will of her paternal grandfather, but there is no subsequent record of her unless she is one and the same as iv. Mary Baker below.

iii. Nathaniel Baker, b. circa 1679/80, d. May 7, 1750 at Barnstable, Mass., 71 (g.s.); m. 1) before 1705, prob. at Hull, Mass., Mercy Binney, dau. of John and Marcy Binney of Hull, b. Dec. 15, 1682 at Hull. She d. Mar. 9, 1718 at Barnstable, Mass. He m. 2) Jan. 5, 1718/9 at Barnstable, Mercy Lumbert, widow of Shubael Lewis, who d. at Barnstable, Mass. after Aug. 22, 1725. Nine children of the family, all by first wife Mercy Binney.

iv. Mary Baker, b. circa 1682 at Hull, Mass.; m. Oct. 26, 1699 at Barnstable, Mass., Adam Jones, her surname entered as "Baker" in the printed marriage record in the 1912 issue of the Mayflower Descendant, but as "Barker" in the NEHG Society's 2001 Barnstable Town Records CD. Three known children of the family.

v. Grace Baker, b. circa 1684 at Hull, Mass., d. May 18, 1730 at Windham, Conn.; m. Dec. 16, 1701 at Barnstable, Mass., Israel Luce of Tisbury, Mass., s. of Henry Luce and Remember Litchfield. He d. May 20, 1727 at Windham, Conn. Nine children of the family. Grace and her husband are largely the progenitors of the Luce family of Windham, Conn.

Several items concerning Samuel Baker must be noted.

First. In Swift's revision of Amos Otis's original 1860-1861 "Barnstable Families" series, Swift added to the Isaac Robinson outline that Isaac's daughter Fear married "Rev. S. Baker of Barnstable." Swift apparently interpreted the singular "Mr." in a 1691 Barnstable town record for Samuel to mean "Rev." At the time "Mr." also meant a person who had an honored social, political or economic status in a town. This revisionary notation by Swift is repeated in subsequent writings on the related family, including by Fred A. Baker in 1917 in his "Rev. Nicholas Baker..." genealogy. However, there is no record that Samuel was formally trained for, ever ordained, or acted in the capacity of a minister in any church in New England. In Frederick Lewis Weis: "The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England" (1936), the only Baker who was a recognized clergyman in early New England was Samuel's father Nicholas.

Second. According to the 1925 "Robinson Genealogy," Samuel Baker, husband of Fear Robinson, relocated from Barnstable to Conn. in 1704 where he m. as his 2nd wife the widow Abigail (Lothrop) Huntington, and then d. at Windham, Conn. shortly before June 7, 1715. This is repeated in numerous modern texts including in a volume of the "Great Migration Begins." Unfortunately, this claim is based on an error by Charles Manwaring in Vol. 2 of his "Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District," in which Manwaring misstated the place that Samuel Baker, husband of Abigail Lothrop, died. Barnstable town records prove that Samuel Baker, husband of Fear Robinson, was alive and residing at Barnstable on Mar. 24, 1714/5. For a complete explanation of this error see "Abigail (Lothrop) Huntington's Second Husband, Samuel Baker, of Windsor, Connecticut," in the NEHGS Register (Vol. 161, April 2007, pp. 123-126).
Family links: 
  Nicholas Baker (1610 - 1678)
  Fear Robinson Baker (1645 - ____)
  John Baker (1672 - 1763)*
  Samuel Baker (1638 - ____)
  Mary Baker Vinall (1640 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Baker Vinal (1644 - ____)*
  Sarah Baker Litchfield (1645 - 1695)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Don Blauvelt
Record added: Sep 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59439709

Rest in Peace Uncle Samuel
- Don Blauvelt
 Added: May. 27, 2016

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