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Joseph Baker

Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Baker, of Lynn and Joan Baker
Husband of Ruth Lyman
Father of Joseph Baker, II; Ruth Alvord; Mary Fowler; Zephaniah Baker; Thacher Baker and 5 others
Brother of Mary Sumner; Hannah Lewis (Baker); John Baker; Timothy Baker; Thomas Baker and 1 other

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About Joseph Baker


  • 'The Burke and Alvord memorial. A genealogical account of the descendants of Richard Burke of Sudbury, Mass (1864)
  • Ruth Baker,
  • Born Northampton, May 6, 1668 ; died Northampton, March 4, 1706. She was the daughter of 'Joseph and Ruth (Holton) Baker, who was killed by the Indians, Oct. 29, 1675, with her brother, Joseph Baker'.
  • Edward Baker, her grandfather, was of Lynn, Mass., in 1630, moved to Northampton, where he lived many years, and returned to Lynn, where he died, March, 1687. Mrs. Alvord's mother was the daughter of William Holton, who came in the Francis, from Ipswich, England, in 1634, aged 23, and was an original proprietor of Hartford, Conn., moved to Northampton, where he was ordained the first deacon, May 13, 1663, and was representative in 1664, '67, '69-71, and once for the town of
  • Hadley. Mrs. Alvord's uncle, Thomas Holton, was killed by the Indians, March 14, 1676.
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  • 'Genealogy of the Lyman family in Great Britain and America; the ancestors & descendants of Richard Lyman, from High Ongar in England, 1631 (1872)
  • 1 Thomas Lyman3 , Richard2 , Richard1 , 1649-1725 ; the 2d son of the 2d Richard; b. in Windsor, Conn., about 1649; moved with his parents to Northampton about 1656, where he m. 1678, 'Ruth, widow of Joseph Baker and daughter of William Holton. By her marriage with Mr. Baker, in 1663, she had had six children, the eldest of whom, Joseph, b. Jan. 20, 1665, was, with his father, killed by the Indians, Oct. 29, 1675'. Dea. Thomas3 , had, according to Savage, six children, two of whom — Elizabeth and Enoch — are mentioned by him alone, and do not appear in the Durham records. He moved, in 1708 or '9, to Durham, Conn., which, for three or four generations thereafter, was the headquarters of this branch of the Lyman family. His wife Ruth and a part of his children came with him ; he was one of the early settlers ; one of the first deacons ; a representative of the town several sessions ; and d. there July 15, 1725, aged 75. The date of Mrs. Ruth Lyman's death is unknown. .....
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  • 'Genealogical record Rev. Nicholas Baker (1610-1678) and his descendents (1917)
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  • Ebenezer Alvord, born Northampton, Mass., Dec. 23, 1665, son of Alexander; married 1691, Ruth Baker, born May 6, 1668, daughter of 'Joseph and Ruth Holton Baker'.
  • Ebenezer Alvord, died Nov. 29, 1738; Ruth, died Mar. 6, 1706.
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  • 'Genealogies of the Lymans of Middlefield, of the Dickinsons of Montreal, and of the Partridges ... (1865)
  • .... It thus appears that the three brothers, Thomas4, Ebenezer4 and Noah4, sons of Thomas3, of Northampton, all
  • lived near each other. Thomas3 Lyman, of Northampton, and afterwards of Durham, born probably about 1649, married in 1678, according to Savage, 'Ruth, widow of Joseph Baker and daughter of William Holten'. .....
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  • 'History of Northampton, Massachusetts, from its settlement in 1654; (1898)
  • Three Persons killed in a Meadow. The Indians, embolden by their success in burning houses and barns, appeared again the next day, October 29th, when they killed three persons. These people, Thomas Salmon, 'Jo-
  • 'seph Baker, and Joseph Baker Jr., were at work in the meadow, and that is all that is positively known concerning the place or manner of their deaths. After the attack on the men in Pynchon's Meadow, it is not probable that two men and a boy would have ventured very far into the meadows unprotected. In the same paragraph1 which notes the killing of these persons, it is stated that the Indians attempted to burn the mill, but it was so well defended that they were unable to effect their purpose. This mill was probably the one built in 1671, at Red Rocks. If this was the mill attacked, it is quite probable that the meadow in which the men were killed was the small one at the upper or western end of "Paradise." They were probably not very far from the mill, which it seems was well guarded, and undoubtedly considered themselves within hailing distance of succor, should the enemy appear. From the fact that the Indians at once assaulted the mill, it may be inferred that the men were killed very near it, being discovered by the enemy while on their way to the attack.
  • The Persons Killed. Two of these last victims were men prominent in the settlement, and could not readily be spared. 'Joseph Baker was the son of Edward Baker, and lived on Elm Street. His home lot was on the opposite side of the street from the lot originally granted to his father, and comprised the property on both sides of what is now Henshaw Avenue. Joseph Baker Jr., his son, was a lad but ten years of age'. Thomas Salmon was an original settler, and had a home lot on Meeting House Hill, which he sold in 1668.
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Joseph Baker's Timeline

Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 24
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
May 6, 1668
Age 28
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
September 5, 1670
Age 30
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 29, 1675
Age 35
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 35
Age 35