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Deacon Henry Baldwin, I

Birthplace: Devonshire, England
Death: February 14, 1698 (76)
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Baldwin and Phillippa Baldwin
Husband of Phoebe Baldwin
Father of Susanna Baldwin; Susanna Walker (Baldwin); Phoebe Richardson; John Baldwin; Daniel Baldwin and 6 others
Brother of Alice Baldwin; John Baldwin, of Woburn and Billerica; Jane Baldwin; Rebecca Baldwin; Sarah Lawrence and 2 others

Occupation: deacon
Managed by: Private User
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About Deacon Henry Baldwin, I

Born: 1624 at: England

Married: 1 NOV 1649 at: Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA

  Died: 14 FEB 1698      at: Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA  


Henry1 (of Woburn)

"Henry Baldwin, the BALDWIN immigrant ancestor, probably from Devonshire, in England, was one of the first settlers of the new town of Woburn, and of that part of it which is now known as North Woburn. Here in 1661 he built the "palatial house which is still one of the most imposing in the town, and which, though with some changes and occasional improvement," has been owned and occupied by his descendants for six generations. The house is the oldest dwelling in Woburn. The estate connected with it and its owner, Colonel Loammi Baldwin, contained in 1801 the large number of 212 acres, valued at $9,000 by the town assessors at that time. A late owner, George R. Baldwin, son of Colonel Baldwin, is succeeded by his daughter, Mrs. Griffith. In 1820 the house was in looks much the same as now. The north chimney, put up by George R. Baldwin, was reputed to be the first "single flue" chimney made in the country. He designed the chimney caps and built a small addition to the rear of the house. On the south, between the house and the canal, was formerly a beautiful garden, with walks and trees, superior to anything of the kind then in this section. All traces of its appointments having long since disappeared, "neither fountain, nor arbor, nor walk, nor boat, is there now to hint at the story of the past." In 1832 George R. Baldwin occupied the mansion house. Attached to the estate in 1820 was a farm house which, doubled in size, still exists as an attachment to the larger place.

Henry Baldwin was a sergeant of the Woburn militia from 1672-85, and deacon of the First Church, Woburn, from 1686 until his death.

Henry Baldwin died February 14, 1697-98; married November 1, 1649, Phebe, baptized in Boston, June 3, 1632, died September 13, 1716, eldest daughter of Ezekiel and Susanna Richardson.


Susanna, born August 30, 1650; died September 28, 1651.

Susanna, born July 25, 1652, died March 7, 1694; married Israel Walker, as his second wife.

Phebe, born September 7, 1654, died October 20, 1679, aged twenty-five; married November 7, 1676, Samuel Richardson, as his third wife.

John, born October 28, 1656.

Daniel, born March 15, 1658-59; see forward.

Timothy, born May 27, 1661; see forward.

Mary, born July 19, 1663; died January 8, 1663-64.

Henry, born November 15, 1664; see forward.

Abigail, born August 20, 1667, died December 25, 1769;* married December 4, 1705, John Reed (Ralph 2, William 1), as his second wife.

Ruth, born July 31, 1670; unmarried and alive at the date of her father's will. n. Benjamin, born January 20, 1672- 73; see forward. . Henry Baldwin the father, in will allowed April 4, 1698, names his wife Phebe; sons Henry, Daniel, Timothy and Benjamin; his son Israel Walker, husband of his daughter Susanna, and his grandson Israel Walker; his son Samuel Richardson, husband of his daughter Phebe, and his grandson, Zachariah Richardson, son of Phebe; also his two daughters then single, Abigail and Ruth Baldwin."

- Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts

By William Richard Cutter


, BALDWIN, Henry, said to be from Devonshire, England; a subscriber in Charlestown to the "Town Orders" for Woburn, in 1640, and after that, a distinguished citizen of the latter town, and freeman of the Colony, 1652. His place of residence was at "New Bridge," or North Woburn, where some of his descendants in each succeeding generation have had their abode, and been large proprietors of land. He was of the Board of Selectmen for Woburn, 1681; and a deacon of the Church from 1686 to his death. He md. 1 Nov. 1649, Phebe, eldest daughter of Ezekiel Richardson, born probably on the other side of the Atlantic. By her, he had eleven children: (1) Susanna, born 30 Aug. 1650, and died soon. (2) Susanna, b. 25 July, 1652. (3) Phebe, b. 7 Sept. 1654, md. to Samuel Richardson, 7 Nov. 1676, and died 80 Oct. 1679. (4) John, b. 28 Oct. 1656. (5) Daniel, 15 March, 1669; md. to Hannah, probably daughter of Joseph Richardson, 6 Jan. 1684-5. (6) Timothy, b. 27 May, 1661. (7) Mary, b. 19 July, 1663, and died soon. (8) Henry, b. 15 Nov. 1664. (9) Abigail, b. 20 Aug. 1667; md. to John Reed, 1705? (10) Ruth, b. 31 July, 1670. (11) Benjamin, b. 20 Jan. 1672-3.

[Wob. Rec. of Births, etc., Savage's Geneal. Diet.]


"Early Puritan Immigrants

to the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Charlestown, then Woburn"

"We descendants of Henry Baldwin of Woburn find ourselves in the Richardson Family from the marriage of Henry to Phebe Richardson in 1649. All descendants of Henry Baldwin, the immigrant to Woburn, are also Richardsons. Ezekiel and Susannah (Bradford) were in Winthrop's Fleet, which was the first migration of settlers (besides the earlier exploratory migrants) in 1630."

- The Richardson Brothers of Woburn, Mass

Copyright 1998 Norris Taylor


"Baldwin Mansion in North Woburn was built by Henry Baldwin in 1661.

"Baldwin Mansion was moved to its present location in 1972"

- A Chronological History of Woburn, Massachusetts,_Massachusetts%29

Children: Henry Baldwin, Jr., Daniel Baldwin, Benjamin Baldwin, Sr, Ruth Baldwin, Abigail Baldwin, Mary Baldwin, Timothy Baldwin, John Baldwin, Phebe Baldwin, Susanna Baldwin, Benjamin Baldwin, Susanna Baldwin, Benjamin Baldwin

~• The first documentation of Henry Baldwin in the colonies is with his name appearing on the signers of the original papers forming Woburn, Mass in 1640. He married the oldest daughter of Ezekiel Richardson, who was among the earliest births in America. She was baptized on June 3, 1632. Find A Grave#34380707

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Deacon Henry Baldwin, I's Timeline

February 8, 1622
Devonshire, England
February 3, 1624
Age 1
August 30, 1650
July 25, 1652
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 7, 1654
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
October 28, 1656
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
March 15, 1659
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
May 27, 1661
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts