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John Baldwin

Birthplace: Milford, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut, (Present USA)
Death: before August 31, 1706
Newark, Essex County, Province of East Jersey, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Baldwin "Immigrant" of Milford, the first John Baldwin and Mary Baldwin
Husband of Hannah Baldwin (Bruen) and Ruth Baldwin (Botsford)
Father of Sarah Baldwin; Richard Baldwin; Hannah Baldwin; John Baldwin of Newark, the third John Baldwin; Elizabeth Tichenor and 8 others
Brother of Samuel Baldwin; Josiah Baldwin; Nathaniel Baldwin; Elizabeth Porter and Joseph Baldwin
Half brother of Mary Baldwin; Sarah Baldwin; Abigail Baldwin; Obadiah Baldwin; Hannah Fiske and 2 others

Occupation: shoemaker, dealer in leather
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About John Baldwin of Milford

JOHN2, John1 (of Milford; the Immigrant)

John Baldwin, son of John Baldwin and Mary Camp, was bpt. in Milford, Conn., on Mar. 20, 1848, eldest of four, and no doubt born some years before; Savage says 1640, which I think is a guess. The first few pages of the Milford record of births is gone. He was accepted to full communion, in Milford, on Oct. 8, 1662. He married HANNAH BREWEN, or Bruen, dau. of Obadiah, of New London, niece of his stepmother (see appendix), on Oct. 3rd or 30th, 1663. She died and he married 2nd before 1786, but I cannot tell when, RUTH BOTSFORD, dau. of Henry Botsford, of Milford. He was John SR. of Newark, NJ. Many descendants of the various lines in this volume are in New Jersey, whose ancestors were among the first settlers.

The settlement was first broached, in 1661, by the Deputy Governor of New Haven Colony, Matthew Gilbert, a Milford man, who wrote to Governor Stuyvesant that "a Companie of considerable that came into N.E. that they might serve God with a pure conscience, and enjoy such liberties and privileges, both Civill and Ecclesiasticall, as might best advantage unto" * * *"and they, being desirous to provide for their posterities, so as their outward comfortable subsistence and their soules' welfare might, in the use of suitable means through the blessing of the Almighty, be obtained." A committee of Milford men had been appointed to treat and select land. This ended in the settlement of Newark, which was expected to be under the jurisdiction of the Dutch. They were to enjoy many freedoms, being specially desirous " for the enlargement of the Kingdom of Christ Jesus in a congregational way."

Their local laws "being found to concur with the Holy Scriptures," were to be confirmed; "but in dark and dubious matters, especially in witchcraft," people were not to be put to death without approval of the Director General and his Council.

John Baldwin was of the Milford people who first settled Newark in 1666, when the fundamental laws were shown to be in accordance with Scripture by the marginal references.

See as to this interesting Colony, Vol. 6, N.J. Hist.Soc.(Town Record of Newark), and Supplement containing W.W. Whitehall's oration.

John Baldwin was one of four who bought "The Neck," in 1674, for which they were to pay the town L310. He was a shoemaker. He was, in 1679, a "sealer of leather." Jan. 1, 1682-83 he was chose at town meeting "to look that the Young People carry themselves orderly in times of Divine Worship." In 1678, "after lecture," it was voted to send letters about the expenses of the Neck. .

His [John Baldwin's] will, dated 1702, names his children Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth and John, by his 1st wife, and Samuel, Daniel, Joseph, Timothy, Elnathan, Nathaniel and Jonathan. Mr. Conger infers from their ages not all children of Ruth. Likely Samuel was son of 1st wife.

'Source: Families of Early Milford, Connecticut by Susan Emma Woodruff Abbott 2004, page 21.

Son of John Baldwin and Mary Camp. Baptized 26 March 1648. Married (1) on 13 Oct 1663 Hannah Bruen daughter of Obadiah of New London, (2) before 1686 Ruth Botsford, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth.

He was a shoemaker and a sealer of leathers.

Children by first marriage (w/Hannah Bruen):

  1. Richard born 24 Dec 1666, probably died young
  2. Sarah
  3. Hannah
  4. Elizabeth
  5. John

Children by second marriage (Ruth Botsford):

  1. Samuel born about 1674. Died 1734. Lived in NJ.
  2. Ruth married as his second wife Eleazar Bruen.
  3. Joseph born Newark NJ about 1680. Died 1724.
  4. Elnathan born Newark, NJ about 1687 . Married Keziah Prudden, daughter of Rev James Prudden.
  5. Timothy born about 1687.
  6. Daniel baptized 11 April 1689. Died young.
  7. Nathaniel b about 1690. Lived in NJ.
  8. Jonathan b about 1691. Lived in NJ.

JOHN BALDWIN ... Birth: unknown Milford New Haven County Connecticut, USA Death: 1706 Newark Essex County New Jersey, USA

John was born about 1640 or 1641, the son of John Baldwin and Mary Camp. It could be that he was born in the first three months of the year, thus the discrepancy.

He was baptized on Mar. 20, 1648, and he accepted full communion in Milford on Oct. 8, 1662.

John was a shoemaker and a sealer of leather.

He had two wives. He wed Hannah Bruen in 1663 in Milford, (now New Haven Co.), Connecticut. They had Sarah, Richard, Hannah, John and Elisabeth.

His second wife was Ruth Botsford, whom he married in Milford. They were the parents of Elnathan, Ruth, Daniel, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Timothy. Some sources also list a son Obadiah here. (no evidence found for Obadiah)

John also had sons Samuel and Joseph, but researchers disagree about who their mother was.

John was one of the founding fathers of Newark (now Essex Co.), New Jersey, having bought part of the neck in 1674. He was living there by the time his second family was coming along.

In 1682 he was chosen at town meeting " look that the young people carry themselves orderly in times of divine worship".

John's will was dated Sep. 23, 1702 and proved Aug. 31, 1706.

Family links:

 John Baldwin (1619 - 1681)
 Mary Camp Baldwin (1623 - ____)

 Ruth Botsford Baldwin (____ - 1717)
 Hannah Bruen Baldwin (1644 - 1685)*

 Elnathan Baldwin (____ - 1738)*
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Burial: Old Burying Ground (Defunct) Newark Essex County New Jersey, USA

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Created by: Mary Jo C. Martin Record added: Mar 03, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 49051933

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Milford, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut, (Present USA)
March 26, 1643
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