Sarah (Baldwin) Searle Edwards

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Sarah Edwards (Baldwin)

Birthplace: Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Northampton,Hampshire,Massachusetts,USA
Place of Burial: Northampton, Hampshire county, Ma, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Baldwin, III and Isabel Harding
Wife of Alexander Edwards; John Searle of Warwick and Springfield and Alexander Edwards
Mother of Mary Field; John Searle; Samuel Edwards, I; Hannah Davis; Joseph Edwards and 4 others
Sister of Richard Baldwin; Timothy Baldwin, Sr.; Joseph Baldwin; Mary "Ann" Christian Gunn; Nathaniel Baldwin, Sr and 6 others

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About Sarah (Baldwin) Searle Edwards


"John Searle was born in Warwick, England, and baptised in 1610. The names of his parents are not yet known, but he had a sister, Joanna, who accompanied him to Massachusetts. They are said to have landed in Boston in 1634.

The earliest New World record of John Searle is in the Town Records of Springfield, Mass., but the date of his arrival there is not certain He was not one of the eight signatories to the agreement to found the settlement in May 1636, nor did he sign the agreement with the Indians for the purchase of the land. John Searle was, however, the small town's first constable.

On March 20th 1637 John Searle and Richard Everitt were ordered to measure out 54 acres of ground for Mr William Pymcheon, and on September 3rd 1638 the inhabitants granted a house lot to John Searle himself. This lot was where the Union Depot is now.

On March 19th 1639, John Searle married Sarah Baldwin. She had come from Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, with her brothers to settle in Milford, Connecticut. This was the first marriage entry in the Springfield Records. The couple had one child, John, born May 3rd 1641, who was only a few months old when his father died on August 11th 1641.

In his Will, written after the birth of his son, John Searle mentions being "very sicke in body" - many of the early settlers died of unspecified illnesses aggravated by the hardships. He bequeathed all his estate to be divided equally between his wife and his infant son, except for his "beste coate and my cullord hatt" which he left to "my brother in law William Warrener" (who had married John's sister, Joanna, in Springfield July 31st 1639). Warrener also owed "betwixt three and fower poundes", which John Searle was content to remit to £2. An inventory was taken and showed property worth £l0l-14s-Od, including the house lot.

There was in this Will a clause to allow John's widow, Sarah, to have use of his son's portion until the latter reached the age of 20. However, she was required to give security if she married again, which she did in April 1642. In the marriage agreement, drawn up by Sarah and her new husband, Alexander Edwards, she gave security of £50 and he of £100 in the event of her early death."


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Sarah (Baldwin) Searle Edwards's Timeline

May 9, 1619
London Saint Dionis Backchurch, London, England, United Kingdom
April 22, 1621
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England
June 25, 1621
Chesham, Buckingham, England
June 25, 1621
Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
May 3, 1641
Age 20
Springfield, Hampdon County, Massachusetts
March 7, 1643
Age 22
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
February 18, 1645
Age 24
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA