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Nathaniel Baldwin, Sr

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: March 22, 1658 (48)
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Fairfield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Baldwin, III and Isabel Harding
Husband of Abigail Baldwin and Joanna Westcott Baldwin Abbott
Father of John Baldwin, Twin; Daniel Baldwin, Twin; Nathaniel Baldwin, Jr.; Abigail Barlow; Sarah Barlow and 2 others
Brother of Richard Baldwin; Samuel Baldwin; Benjamin Baldwin; Timothy Baldwin, Sr.; Joseph Baldwin and 10 others

Occupation: Cooper
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About Nathaniel Baldwin, Sr

NATHANIEL1 (of Milford)

'THE MEMORIAL STONE on the Memorial Bridge over the Wepawaug River in Milford, Connectitcut honors settlers of Milford.' It does NOT constitute date of death of the person mentioned on it.

Nathaniel Baldwin of Cholesbury, Co. Bucks Milford, CT and Fairfield, CT

Probably the second son of Richard and lsabell Baldwin, of Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. Supposed to have been the great-grandson of Richard of Dundridge, of Aston-Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England. The date of the will of Richard of Dundridge is January, VI Edward (1552). The will of Richard of Cholesbury is May 23, 1630.

Brother of Timothy and Joseph. Nathaniel came to Milford, Connecticut, in 1639, in the New Haven Company. His name appears in the Milford records as a "Free Planter." He was a cooper by trade, and in 1641 a resident of Fairfield, where he died in 1650, and where the probate of his estate appears.

'I believe his will was filed in 1650, but all sources and logic reflect his death as 1658.'

He married (1) Abigail Camp, who joined the church at Milford on June 9, 1644, and died there March 22, 1648. He married (2) Joanna Westcoat, widow of Richard, of Fairfield, Connecticut, and moved there for perhaps the second time.

After the death of Nathaniel his widow married George Abbott, of Fairfield, and died in 1682. She is mentioned in records as "Goodwife Baldwin," and was a witness in a trial for witchcraft in 1654.

Children with Abigail Camp:

  1. John, bpt June 1644, m. Hannah Osbourne; rem. to Newark.
  2. Daniel, baptised June, 1644 in Milford, CT. Died 1711. Married Elizabeth Botsford.
  3. Nathaniel,b. Jan. 2,1645, bpt 1646, m.1st Hannah Botsford (sister to his brother Daniel's wife), and 2nd Martha Mitchell
  4. Abigail, bpt 3/19/1648

Children with Joanna (Adams) Westcott:

  1. Sarah, b. 1650
  2. Deborah, b. 1652
  3. Samuel, b. 1655, m. Abigail Baldwin (dau. John Baldwin Sr. of Milford).

From CC Baldwin, the most authoritative source on Baldwin descendants (out of copyright)

  • CC Baldwin has, on page 406...

Married Abigail Camp: Children were John (bpt 1644), Daniel (bpt 1644), Nathaniel (bpt 1645), and Abigail (bpt. 3/19/1648; d. in 1668 per Dr. Talcott.)

Married 2nd Joanna Westcoat, wifow of Richard Westcoat of Fairfiield, Conn. Children by her were: Sarah (b 1650), Deborah (b 1652), and Samuel (b 1655).

Thus had I written before the report of Mr. Chester, from England, which leaves no reasonable doubt that Nathaniel was the 2nd son of Richard, of Parish Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England and brother of Timothy and Joseph.

Mr. Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary, makes his widow Joanna marry Thomas Skidmore;m but Mr. Byron A. Baldwin, a careful genealogist, descended of this line, states that she made a contract with Skidmore in regard to marriage, which was recorded, but DID NOT MARRY HIM. She married 3rd. George Abbott, of Fairfield, and died in 1682. She was a witness in a 'witch's' trial which is recounted on pg 407.

There is further reference to a Byron A. Baldwin, Esq. of Chicago, who printed in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" for April 1873, a partial Genealogy entitled: "Nathaniel Baldwin and one line of his Descendants."


  • Find a grave: I believe that the birth date was 1610 and place Cholesbury, not as listed on this source.

Genealogical and family history of the state of New Hampshire: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation, Volume 1 (Google eBook) Lewis publishing company, Chicago, 1908

Source: A catalogue of the names of the early Puritan settlers of the colony of Connecticut: with the time of their arrival in the country and colony, their standing in society, place of residence, condition in life, where from, business, &c., as far as is found on record, Royal Ralph Hinman. Case, Tiffany, 1852 - (Google eBook)

BALDWIN, (Baldin, Balden,) RICHARD, NATHANIEL, TIMOTHY and JOSEPH, were early settlers at Milford, in the New Haven Colony, and were free planters there, Nov. 29, 1639, with power to act, in the election of their officers in the plantation.

JOHN is also recorded at Milford, immediately after, in the list of those who were not in church fellowship, and therefore deprived of voting for their public officers, (membership being a requisite qualification for a free planter.)

JOHN, Sen., d. at Milford, in 1681.

RICHARD d. in 1665, and the inventory of his estate was presented at Court in Hartford, by Robert Treat, Sept. 28, 1665; and his eldest son, Richard, was then 19 years old; Sarah, 17; Temperance, about 15; Mary, 12; a daughter, 8; Zecheriah, 5; and Barnabas, 3 years old; Martha, b. April 1, 1663. Perhaps he was the RICHARD, of Braintree, in 1637.

NATHANIEL, of Milford, d. in 1692. There was a NATHANIEL in Fairfield, as early as 1641 and '9, perhaps the same who was at Milford in 1639.

TIMOTHY, of Milford, d. in 1664. He left children: Mary, who m. Benjamin Smith; Sarah, who m. Buckingham; Hannah; Timothy, Jr., b. June 12, 1658; perhaps others.

NATHANIEL, a brother of OBADIAH and RICHARD, of Milford, removed to " Cohansee," about 1702. (Mtif. Rec, Vol. I., p. 140.)

Three of the Baldwins, of Milford, viz., JOSEPH, JOHN and BENJAMIN, went to and settled at Newark, N. J., where their names are now found recorded as early settlers. BENJAMIN was quite young, and a son of JOSEPH. He was baptized at Milford, in 1644. Their descendants are numerous now, at Newark, Orange, and other parts of New Jersey. There was a MICHAEL at New Haven, who came there from Branford, at a later period. His daughter, Ruth, m. Hon. Joel Barlow. Clarissa, her sister, accompanied Mr. Barlow and his lady to France. The latter m. Col. Bomford, of the U. S. Army. There was a JOHN BALDWIN, from Milford, who settled at New London, on the Groton side of the river; freeman there, 1669; at New London or Groton, 1672.

There was also a JOHN at Milford, and another JOHN at Norwich, freeman in 1666, townsman in 1669. John, of New London, (or Groton,) m. Rebecca Cheesbrough, (widow,) July 24, 1672. He d. Aug. 19, 1683, and left issue. Rebecca, his wife, was the daughter of Walter Palmer, of Stonington. She m. first, Elisha Cheesbrough, (son of William,) April 20, 1665. Elisha d. Sept., 1670. {Trumbull and Record.) John is found noted as a proprietor, at Stonington, but probably never resided there.

JOHN, who settled at Norwich, Conn., about 1662, m. Hannah Burchard, or Burchett, of Guilford, in 1653. Where he came from to Guilford, I find no evidence. He left Guilford, soon after the birth of his second child, and nothing more is known of him, until he is found at Norwich, in 1662. That he was the son of Richard, or either of the Baldwins of Milford, no record at Milford proves.

John, who settled at Groton, was from Milford, as was JOHN, who m. Marie Bruen, of New London. The family tradition, as to JOHN, Sen., of Norwich, is relied upon, and is probably as correct as any record yet found, to show who he was, and where from, viz., "That John, the father of the Norwich family, had no brother; that he came to New England when quite young, and afterwards returned to England, where he learned the trade of a cabinet maker, and then returned and settled at Norwich, about 1662." This may account, in some measure, for his whereabouts from 1656 to 1662, when he is found in Norwich.

There were many persons in Massachusetts and Connecticut and New Haven Colonies, by the name of John Baldwin.

John, Sen., of Milford, who the record says m. Marie Bruen, of Pequot, daughter of John, (no date,) but their first child, Mary, was b. Sept. 7, 1654; John, b. April 13, 1657; Abigail, b. Nov. 15, 1658; Obadiah, b. Oct. 29, 1660; Sarah b. 20, 1663; a son, b. 2d week in June, 1665. {Mil/. Record.) (Query. Did he marry a daughter of John Bruen, or was it a daughter of Obadiah Bruen, of New London? He calls one of his sons Obadiah, and no John Bruen is found at New London, as early as 1654, except John, the son of Obadiah, who at that time could not have had daughters as old as this Marie must have been, when she married. Not only so, the Milford record says, JOHN, the son of JOHN, Sen., m. Hannah, daughter of Obadiah Bruen, of New London, Oct. 30, 1663. This JOHN removed to Newark, N. J., with his wife's father, Bruen, (perhaps m. 2 daughters of Obadiah.) There was also JOHN, son of Nathaniel, of Milford, m. Hannah, a daughter of Richard Osbom, Nov. 19, 1663, and others of the name at Milford. JOHN, Sen., of Norwich, who m. at Guilford, had a son, John, b. 1654, and Hannah, b. 1656. He, soon after this birth, disappeared at Guilford. No positive evidence is found, that JOHN, Sen., of Norwich, was the son of Richard, of Milford, or Richard, of Saybrook. If he was, Richard, of Saybrook, must have been aged. Miss Calkins remarks, that "John must have been of transatlantic birth, as John, Jr., was of man's age, previous to 1678." "JOHN, the proprietor of Norwich, had two sons: 1st, John, d. in 1700, and left no sons j 2d, Thomas, who m., in 1684, Sarah, daughter of John Calkins, she d.," by whom he had no sons. He m. Abigail Lay, for his 2d wife, and had sons: Thomas, b. 1701; John, b. 1704, and Ebenezer, b. 1710. Hon. Simeon Baldwin, late deceased, of New Haven, was of this family. He was b. at Norwich, in 1761, and son of Ebenezer, who was son of Thomas, by his 2d wife, who was son of John, Sen., of Norwich. CHRISTOPHER C, of Worcester, Mass., was born at Norwich, and a.descendant of JOHN, Sen., of Norwich.

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Nathaniel Baldwin, Sr's Timeline

Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
June 1644
Age 34
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Age 34
Milford, New Haven Co, Connecticut,
January 2, 1645
Age 35
Milford, New Haven, CT, USA
Age 38
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Age 40
Fairfield, Fairfield Co, Connecticut,
Age 42
Fairfield, New Haven Colony (Present Fairfield County), (Present Connecticut)
Age 45
Fairfield, Fairfield Co, Connecticut,