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Rev. Nicholas Baker

Male about 1610 - 1678  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name Rev. Nicholas Baker 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born about 1610  Hingham, Norfolk, Eng. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 August 1678  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried First Parish Cemetery, Scituate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Nicholas Baker settled in Hingham where he received a share in the first division of house lots in 1635. He was a Deputy to the May session of the Massachusetts Colony Court in 1636, and the first court in which Hingham was represented, and again in 1638. He became a large landholder in Hull, wehre he resided before 1660. Rev. Baker, of the First Parish Church of Scituate, was ordained 1660. By the consent of the First Church, he signed ‘an instrument of reconciliation with the Second Church,’ 1 Apr 1675. At this time the First Church had returned to the practice of infant sprinkling from which ‘they had been lead away by President Chauncey.’

      Nicholas was in Hingham in 1635, removed to Hull about 1644, then Scituate in 1660. Mather said Baker ‘had but a private education,’ but there was a Nicholas Baker who graduated St John’s College, Cambridge, with a B.A. in 1631/2, and an M.A. in 1635.

      (It has been suggested that Nicholas Baker also had a son, Thomas, who married Christian Beal, daughter of Nathaniel Beal, but that’s probably Nicholas Bacor.)

      NICHOLAS, Hingham 1635, br. of the first Nathaniel, freem. 3 Mar. 1636, rep. 1636 and 8, rem. to Scituate, there was ord. 1660, third min. of the first ch. and was of such good temper as to reconcile the two chs. wh. had quarrel. for thirty yrs. He had Samuel, bapt. 7 Oct. 1638; John, 6 Nov. 1642; Elizabeth Nov. 1644; and Deborah, 6 June 1652. Mather, with his habitual carelessness, cays, in the Magn. III. 219, "he had but a private educat." taking occasion to utter one of his brilliant clauses; yet I found at St. John's Coll. Cambr. that he had his A. B. 1631-2, and A. M. 1635. A short time he stopped at Roxbury. His w. that prob. was mo. of all his ch. d. 4 Apr. 1661, and he next yr. took ano. of wh. the bapt. name Grace only is kn. and d. 22 Aug. 1678, aged 67. Her he made Extrix. of his will, in wh. he names six ch. Samuel, Nicholas, Elizabeth Sarah, Deborah, and Mary. The wid. Grace d. 22 Jan. 1697. All the ds. were m. Mary, 26 Feb. 1662, to Stephen Vinal; Elizabeth m. 1664 to John Vinal; Sarah m. 1671, Josiah Litchfield; and Deborah m. 1678, Israel Chittenden. Deane, 181-3. [2, 3, 4]
    Person ID I3114  Schirado
    Last Modified 23 July 2011 

    Father [____] Baker 
    Family ID F19879  Family Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 1 [Baker],   d. 23 April 1661, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Baker,   b. about 1638, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Mary Baker,   b. about 1640, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Baker,   b. about 1642, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 April 1678, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
    +4. Elizabeth Baker,   b. about 1644, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Nicholas Baker,   b. about 1647, prob. Hull, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1695  (Age ~ 48 years)
    +6. Sarah Baker,   b. about 1650,   d. 1718, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    +7. Deborah Baker,   b. about 1652, Hull, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F2226  Family Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 2 Grace [Dipple],   d. 22 January 1696/7, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 29 April 1662  Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F10426  Family Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] Seventeenth Century Hull, Massachusetts, and Her People, Ethel Farrington Smith.

    2. [S3] L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).

    3. [S37] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,).

    4. [S9] Joseph Savage, (Little Brown, Boston, 1860).


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