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||BAKER, John |
||20 Aug 1598
||Norwich, Norfolk, England
||28 Jan 1682
||Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
||Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
||11 May 1928 
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||Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith
||19 Aug 2021 |
||BAKER, Sir John, b. 14 Jan 1570, Norwich, Norfolk, England d. Mar 1632, Kent, England (Age 62 years) |
||Elizabeth, b. 1573, Mancroft, Norfolk, England d. 23 Apr 1661, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States (Age 88 years) |
||Mancroft, Norfolk, England
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||FOSTER, Elizabeth, b. 1599, Mancroft, Norfolk, England d. 13 May 1669, Surry, Virginia, United States (Age 70 years) |
||Mancroft, Norfolk, England 
| ||1. BAKER, Elizabeth, b. 18 Aug 1632, Mancroft, Norfolk, England d. 10 Dec 1708, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States (Age 76 years)|
| ||2. BAKER, John, b. 30 Nov 1634, Norwich, Norfolk, England d. 1718 (Age 83 years)|
| ||3. BAKER, Thomas, b. 13 Sep 1636, Norwich, Norfolk, England d. 18 Mar 1717, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts (Age 80 years)|
| ||4. BAKER, Mary, b. 1638, Mancroft, Norfolk, England d. Aft 1681 (Age > 44 years)|
|+||5. BAKER, Sarah, b. 9 Mar 1641, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 20 Jan 1709, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States (Age 67 years)|
| ||6. BAKER, Martha, b. 1643, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. Aft 1670, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States (Age > 28 years)|
| ||7. BAKER, Elizabeth, b. 18 Aug 1632, Mancroft, Norfolk, England d. 10 Dec 1708, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States (Age 76 years)|
||24 Jan 2022 |
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BIOGRAPHY: John BAKER
Our immigrant in this family is John BAKER born 1598 in Norwich, Norfolk County, England, where the name is quite common. It is thought he was a grandson of Richard Baker, alderman, who died in 1589, leaving four sons.. On 9 April 1616, John Baker was apprenticed to a grocer in Norwich for a term of twelve years, to learn that business. At the expiration of this time, viz, in 1628, he was listed as a citizen of Norwich, engaged as grocer. 
In April, 1637, he with his family took passage in the Rose of Yarmouth from the port of London. The entry, found in one of the early volumes containing the names of many of the early emigrants to this country: "Aprill 8, 1637. The examination of John Baker, borne in Norwich in Norffolkke, Grocar, aged 39 yrs, and Elizabeth he wife aged 31 yrs, with three children, Elizabeth, John and Thomas, and four servants, Marcy Alxasrson aged 24 yrs, Anne Alxarson aged 20 yrs, and Bridgett Boulle aged 32 yrs, and Samuell Arres aged 14 yrs, as all desiroues to goe for Charles Towne in New England ther to inhabitt and remaine."
John Baker did not settle permanently in Charlestown, however, for in 1638 he is found on record at Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he possessed a house lot on High Street. According to Pope, he was a proprietor at Watertown, and at Newberry in 1638, prior to his removal to Ipswich, and later bought land in Reading, adjoining Andover.
On 2 June 1641 he was made freeman at Ipswich, and was there licensed in 1644 and 1647 to sell wine, and, in 1652 to sell beer, being recorded as inn holder in 1664, 1665, and 1666.  "He appears to have been a man of property, his name standing one of the forty four highest of one hundred and fifty seven subscribers to the compensation of Major Denison, the military leader, in 1648."
On 19 December 1648 "Mr. Baker" makes a "subsrciption to the town." This title, together with the number of domestics he brought with him to this country, would indicate a rather superior social stand in, although it is to be remembered that in those days people were frequently listed as the "servants" of others simply in order to obtain a cheaper passage across the ocean. Just when John Baker bought his extensive tract of land in Topsfield is not clear. In 1661 he conveyed a 150 acre farm and buildings there, "bounded on Baker's (now Hood's) pond" to his son Thomas.   says this conveyance was made upon condition of the payment of the ten pounds annually to him and his wife during their lives, and to his daughter Elizabeth also, according to Pope of Massachusetts.
He removed to Topsfield between 1670 and 1678, being of that place in 1680. In the will of John Davis, 16 May 1672, he is called "Old Mr. Baker of Ipswich."
It is recorded that John Baker served in Kings Philip's War at Mount Hope, under Captain Moseley , but this more likely to have been his son that this man then nearing eighty years of age.
The christening of the first three children of this family is of record on the parish register at Saint Peter's, Mancroft, Norwich, England. The younger ones were born at Ipswich, Massachusetts.
1. Elizabeth, baptized 18 August 1633.
2. John, baptized 30 November 1634. He was a husbandman of Topsfield. Married 13 May 1667, Katherine, daughter of Reverend William Perkins of that place, who was granted administration on his estate 14 April 1718.  They had two sons and one daughter, the latter, Elizabeth, becoming the wife of Benjamin Dutch on 30 June 1690, and his widow eight years later 
3. Thomas, baptized 18 September 1636, died 18 March 1717/8, at Topsfield. He married there, 26 March 1672, "Mrs." Priscilla Symonds, born 1648; died 2 January 1733/4. She was the daughter of Deputy Governor Samuel Symonds, immigrant from Yieldham, Essex, England, and his first wife, Dorothea Harlackenden. Thomas was captain in the military organization of Topsfield; freeman in 1665; interested in the iron works of Rowley Village. They owned Argilla Farm in Ipswich. After his death his widow removed to Ipswich. They had two sons and four daughters, of whom Elizabeth married Michael Farley, and Rebecca married 30 April 1712, Jacob Peabody, and died 12 March 1780. Thomas Baker was often on "jury of trials," and was deputy for many years from 1683 to 1700. His son Thomas and grandson Thomas were also captains in the militia.    
4. Mary, born about 1638; married 6 March 1660, Joseph Safford .
5. SARAH, born 9 March 1640/1; married JOHN GOULD.
6. Martha, born about 1643; married (1) Obadiah Antrim, of Salem, a mariner who was lost at sea on a voyage to Nevis in 1664 or 1665. She married (2) at Topsfield, 22 June 1670, Thomas Andrews of Boxford. Topsfield records show the birth of at least two daughters.
II. Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker, born at Ipswich, Massachusetts, 9 March 1641, married 12 October 1660, Captain John Gould of Topsfield.  
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- [S989] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index(R), citing microfilm 1396259 for batch 8684201, sheet 29, downloaded 27 Aug 2009 (Reliability: 3).
- [S989] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index(R), downloaded 27 Aug 2009 (Reliability: 3).