About Samuel Baker
From descendant Sally Thomas:
- son of Daniel and Mary Sherman
- lived in Swansea.
On 9 Apr. 1728 his father deeded to him for love 40 acres in Swansea with housing, fencing, etc. — land that had been laid out on the right of John Butterworth. This may easily mark the appropriate time of Samuel’s marriage. He had a wife named Alice, but she was probably not his first wife.
When he wrote his will on 1 Feb 1767, he mentioned sons Joseph and Daniel, daughter Sarah and grandson Samuel. The will was proved 27 July 1772.
When the widow Alice wrote her will 1 June 1780 (proved 21 July 1783) she mentioned none of the sons, but only the daughter Sarah’s family—Sarah herself, her husband, and their children. So it may be that only Sarah was Alice;s child. The witnesses to Alice’s will were Benjamin Chub, Ezra Chub, and Moses Buffington.
Samuel was probably alive as late as 22 Feb 1770. When Benjamin Baker of New Bedford (he with the wife Martha-- see page 30) [page 30 refers to Martha’s parents and various locations and her marriage to Benjamin] sold land in Swansea on that date, the land was described as adjoining land of Samuel Baker—not of “Samuel Baker. Dec’d,” as would have been the usual phrase if Samuel were not alive. The fact that this Benjamin’s land bordered Samuel’s makes one wonder if they were not very near of kin.
Benjamin Baker with wife Martha and William Baker with wife Ruth who appeared at Scituate, RI about 1771 would seem to be of right age to be sons of Samuel, but are not named in his will.
The footnotes at the bottom of the page with the description of Samuel Baker son of Daniel are:
- 1 Bristol Co. deeds at Fall River 5:144
- 2 Bristol Co Prob. 22:232
- 3 Do 27:502
- 4 Bristol Co deeds at Fall River 10:473
- 5 Named as his child in the father’s will
- 6 Arnold 7:278
- 7 Shove Gen. 1944 mimeograph
- 8 CC 73
- 9 Barnstable Co Prob 6:357
- 10 MD 4
- 11 GTEF in B.tr. of 9 Jan and 2 Feb 1924 #1259