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Nicholas Baker, of Scituate

Birthplace: Perhaps, Hingham, Norfolk , England
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Baker, Il and Mary Frances Baker
Husband of Elizabeth Baker and Grace Baker
Father of Samuel Baker; Samuel Baker; Mary Vinal; John Baker; Elizabeth Vinal and 3 others
Brother of Alexander Baker; Nathaniel Baker, of Hingham; William Baker and Samuel Baker

Occupation: Reverend
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About Rev. Nicholas Baker

From Find-a-Grave:

Nicholas Baker was educated at St. John's College in Cambridge, England where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1632 and a Master of Arts degree in 1635. Soon thereafter, he left for the colonies in the new world and settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. It was 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.

In 1637, Nicholas married (possibly Elizabeth Richards). Their children were Samuel, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Sarah, and Deborah.

He became a large landholder in Hull, where he resided before 1660. Rev. Baker, of the First Parish Church of Scituate, was ordained 1660 and became the third minister of that church. On April 23, 1661, Rev. Baker's first wife passed away. On April 29, 1662, he remarried to Grace Dipple.

By the consent of the First Church of Scituate, he signed ‘an instrument of reconciliation with the Second Church of Scituate,' on April 1, 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.' Rev. Baker is, then, credited with reconciling the First Church of Scituate with the Second Church of Scituate, who had been quarrelling over this practice for thirty years.

from Find A Grave member Charles Frith (#47893357):

Rev Nicholas Baker (3rd) was born in 1610 the son of Nicholas Baker Jr. and his wife Frances Baker-Baker, daughter of Thomas Baker Jr./Frances Ingram Frances Baker-Baker is also the sister of Francis Baker who married Isabel Twining.

Rev Baker married three times. 1. Elzabeth Richards (1603-1636) in 1633. Daughter Margaret Madistard "Margery" Baker in 1635.

2nd marriage to Mary Hodges (1616-1661) on 27 Jan 1637. Children: Samuel, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Sarah, Deborah and Nathaniel.

3rd marriage to Grace Dipple (1615-1697) on 29 Apr 1662. No Children.


From The Great Migration Begins: Sketches - PRESERVED PURITAN

In his will, dated 15 June 1678 and proved 29 October 1678, "Mr. Nicholas Baker, pastor of a Church of Christ at Scittuate," bequeathed "unto Grace my beloved wife, in the consideration of her singular and extraordinary love & faithfulness in the discharge of her duty unto me and my children, ... all that which was her own before marriage with me, everything only the Great Cyprus Chest which I give to her during her natural life only," also household goods and livestock for her maintenance, also "the one half of that my dwelling house which is in Hull ... with the full half of the orchard," stock, and gardens, and "all my homelot in Hull aforesaid, which lies upon the hill southwestward next adjoining to Thomas Jones his lot, together with that lot of salt meadow which lies in White Head meadows, and so much of the swamp at Allerton Hill as is or may be mowable, together with one lot upon Strawberry Hill, and one lot upon Sagamore Hill, one lot upon White Head, one lot upon Peducke's Island, and the one half of all my land upon any island belonging to Hull on which I have any land, together with one half of all common rights" during her natural life, also "all my estate of upland and meadow land ... in Hingham ... together with all the common rights ... during her natural life only," with provisions for the cutting of timber by the children; "also it is my will that my son Samuel shall pay unto my wife forty shillings in money per annum during her natural life in consideration of such lands as I shall put into his hands"; to "my eldest son Samuel I give the other part of my dwelling house ... and all my other lands ... before mentioned as given unto my wife during her natural life ... together with all the common rights both for wood and pasture belonging to one lot," also "after my wife her decease the other part of my said dwelling house ... before given unto my wife during her natural life, together with the other part of my land at Allerton Hill, and half all land and meadow, whether upon the main or upon the islands, and half the common right both for wood and pasture in the township of Hull," also "my first division of Conahasset lands in Hingham ... the half of my home lot next to Thomas Jones his lot excepted from these gifts," also "my home lot entirely which lies next to Thomas Jones his lot before given unto my wife ... together with the other half of all the land or meadow either on the islands or on the main, with the other half also of the common rights both of pasture and wood ... of my lands in Hull ... only," also "provided that my son Samuel pay ... unto my daughter Mary and my daughter Elizabeth ten pounds to each of them in silver money within one year after my wife's decease, or his entrance upon the above-given estate"; to "my son Nicholas ... all my estate in land and meadows, common right and whole estate in Hingham ... after my wife's decease ... excepting only the first division of Conihasset land before given unto my son Samuel, provided my son Nicholas pay ... unto my daughter Sarah ten pounds in silver money, and to my daughter Deborah ten pounds in silver money ... within one year after my wife's decease or his entrance upon the above given estate; but in case my son Nicholas should not live to come again then my mind and will is that all my estate in Hingham settled upon Nicholas ... do rest and settle upon my four daughters ... Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah and Deborah," and if this should come to pass then Samuel would be discharged from paying the legacies above mentioned to the daughters Mary and Elizabeth; "the land given me by a town vote in Scittuate ... unto my four daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah and Deborah to be equally divided betwixt them"; to "my wife's grandchild Mary Webb after my wife's decease the Cyprus Chest"; to "my children sons and daughters by an equal division" "the brass andirons and the rest of my books not before disposed of"; to "my four daughters abovenamed by an equal division" "the rest of my moveables not before given"; "my wife" to pay "unto my grandchild Mercye Baker ten pounds"; "my beloved wife Grace executrix and my eldest son Samuell Baker as joint executor"; "my beloved brother Nathaniel Baker and my loving kinsman John Loren to be the overseers." In a nuncupative codicil Thomas Nicolls, aged about forty years, deposed on 29 October 1678 that "a little before Mr. Nicholas Baker of Scittuate died I was at his house and watched with him, and he called his son Samuell, and his wife, and said that it was his mind that his sons, Samuell and Nicholas, should have his wearing apparel, ... for he said that he had forgot to set it down in the will, but he said it was my real mind" [PCPR 3:2:133-35].

   The inventory of the estate of "Mr. Nicholas Baker," taken 28 August 1678, totalled £84 10s. 6d.; one part listed "[t]he goods in the parlor that were his wife's before she married him," and another part itemized "the estate of Mr. Nicholas Baker which was his proper goods before he married her." The wife's possessions included "one Ciprus Chest" worth £5 [PCPR 3:2:136-37].

The inventory of "the estate of Mr. Nicholas Baker of Scittuate ... deceased the 22cond of August 1678 lying in Hull in the County of Sussex [ MDITsic] in New England," taken 8 October 1678, totalled £203 18s., of which £200 was real estate: "the home lot lying on the northeast hill ... with all the privileges," £115; and "the home lot lying on the southwest hill ... with all the privileges," £85 [PCPR 3:2:137]. On 11 October 1678, "all the lands and privileges of the late deceased Mr. Nicholas Baker, in Hingham are appraised at" £140 [PCPR 3:2:135]. The first of these three inventories was only for the property in Scituate, and, in typical Plymouth Colony style, did not list any real estate. The total for these three inventories was £428 8s. 6d., of which £340 was real estate.


  • Seventeenth Century Hull, Massachusetts, and Her People, Ethel Farrington Smith.
  • L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).
  • Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,).
  • Joseph Savage, (Originally published 1860).


  1. Genealogical record Rev. Nicholas Baker (1610-1678) and his descendents by Fred A. Baker.Published 1917 by The author in Detroit, Mich . Page 6 etc
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Rev. Nicholas Baker's Timeline

Hingham, Norfolk , England
October 2, 1638
Age 28
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 28
December 1640
Age 30
Hingham, Plymouth , Massachusetts
November 6, 1642
Age 32
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts
November 10, 1644
Age 34
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 35
Age 36
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
June 6, 1652
Age 42
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States