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Sylvester Baldwin

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: June 21, 1638 (39-47)
North Atlantic Ocean (Died aboard ship "Martin" sailing to New England)
Place of Burial: North Atlantic Ocean
Immediate Family:

Son of Sylvester Milton Baldwin and Jane Baldwin
Husband of Sarah Baldwin
Father of Sarah Fenn; Mary East; Sgt. Richard Baldwin; Martha Baldwin; Ruth Baldwin and 3 others
Brother of George Baldwin; Henry Baldwin; Richard Baldwin; John Baldwin; Jane Baldwin and 4 others

Occupation: died aboard ship "Martin" sailing to New England
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About Sylvester Baldwin

A MEMORIAL GRAVE was erected at St Michael And All Saints Churchyard, Aston-Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England in remembrance.

Biographical Summary #1:

Sylvester Baldwin (1595-1638). Before coming to America, lived at St. Leonards in Aston-Clinton, near Dundridge, where he owned the "Chapel Farm." He married Sarah Bryan, early in 1620. In 1638, Sylvester and his wife Sarah and six living children, sailed for America in the ship Martin. They belonged to the "New Haven Company." Sylvester died on the passage, "in mid ocean." July 21, 1638. His will was admitted to probate, in Boston, where the ship Martin arrived. He left a large estate. His widow and six children settled with the rest of the emigrating company in New Haven. In 1643, "the Widow Baldwin" was recorded in New Haven as one of the wealthiest proprietors. In 1643 she married Capt. John Astwood/ they settled in Milford, Connecticut. Capt. Astwood died in London in 1654. She died in Milford in 1669.


  1. SARAH BALDWIN, b. 22 Apr 1621. m. Benjamin Fenn
  2. RICHARD BALDWIN, b. 25 Aug 1622. Afterward known as Richard,of Milford
  3. MARY BALDWIN, b. 28 Feb 1624; d. 1624.
  4. MARY BALDWIN, b. 19 Feb 1625.m. 1)Robert Plum and 2) William East
  5. MARTHA BALDWIN, b. 20 Apr 1628.,died unmarried
  6. SAMUEL BALDWIN, b. July 1, 1632; buried Jan 1633.
  7. ELIZABETH BALDWIN, b. 28 Jan 1633; d. 3 days later
  8. JOHN BALDWIN, b. 1635; d. 19 Aug 1683.


  1. The New England historical & genealogical register and antiquarian journal, Volume 26 (1872), page 295 "Notes on the Ancestry of Sylvester Baldwin," Charles C. Baldwin, A.M., of Cleveland, Ohio.
  2. Families of Early Milford, Susan Emma Woodruff Abbot. Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004. p. 57.
  3. Investigations concerning the family of Baldwin, of Aston Clinton (Google eBook) Joseph Lemuel Chester, 1884.
  4. REPORT OF INVESTIGATIONS CONCERNING THE FAMILY OF BALDWIN, OF ASTON CLINTON, CO. BUCKS By the late Col. Joseph L. Chester, D.C.L., LL.D., of London, Eng. in The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 38 (Google eBook) Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1884.

5.) The Baldwin Genealogy 1500-1881, by C.C. Baldwin, pg. 41-44

Despite reservations voiced by the Find a grave researcher regarding a grave found in England for Sylvester, I believe that a 'memorial grave' would have been erected by his family. It is almost impossible that his remains were returned to England after his death on board the 'Martin' on June 21, 1738. The ship did not reach Boston until July 13, 1638; there was no way to store a body, and there was at that time a widespread belief that carrying a body on a ship would spell death for all aboard (the odor alone would have been prohibative and dangerous and there was no refrigeration). It is probable that a letter was sent back to England to inform the family of his death and they erected a memorial monument in his memory; much as has occurred in many instances before and after in history.

Birth: 1600 Aston, England Death: Jun. 21, 1638

~MY ANCESTOR~ SYLVESTER and SARAH (possibly BRYAN) BALDWIN, and their five children who were all baptized in Aston, Clinton, Bucks, England, left England on the good ship, "Martin". He made a nuncupative (oral will at sea on June 21, 1638, and he died aboard the ship on the same day. I assume that he was buried at sea since the ship arrived in Boston three weeks later on July 13, 1638. It was proved July 4, 1638 before Dep. Gov. Dudley in Boston making Sarah, his wife, and Richard, his son, executors of his estate. The widow, Sarah, married (2) John Astwood.

He was the son of SYLVESTER, SR. & JANE (WELLS) BALDWIN.

Family links:

 Sylvester Baldwin (1560 - 1632)

 Sarah Bryan Baldwin Astwood (1606 - 1669)

 John Baldwin (1619 - 1681)*
 Sarah Baldwin Fenn (1621 - 1663)*
 Richard Baldwin (1622 - 1665)*
 Mary Baldwin Plumb (1626 - 1708)*
 John Baldwin (1635 - 1683)*
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Burial: Body buried at sea

Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Jul 12, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 28224393

NOTES ON THE ANCESTRY OF SYLVESTER BALDWIN BY CHARLES C. BALDWIN, A.M., CLEVELAND, OHIO. Reprinted from the New-England Historical and Genealogical Register for July, 1872. BOSTON: DAVID CLAPP & SON 1 8 7 2 .= Sylvester Baldwin, of Aston Clinton, co. Bucks, from whom most of Baldwins whose ancestors are found upon the early records of CT claim descent or kinship, took passage with his family for New-England on the ship "Martin," in 1638. He died at sea, and devised by his nuncupative will certain estates in England to his wife Sarah. One of these she subsequently conveyed by deed to Edward Baldwin, of Guilford, co. Surrey, E describing it as having been "indentured" to Richard Baldwin, of St. Leonard's, in the parish of Aston Clinton, for 1000 years, and by the said Richard bequeathed to Sylvester, and by him to her. An examination of the will of the Richard Baldwin (uncle of Sylvester, the emigrant, referred to in this deed, and other investigations made by the writer in England, establishes by a chain of testimony which seems to be conclusive. ..

“ … The line of Sylvester, the emigrant, plainly appears. He was son of Silvester, deceased, and nephew, and not son, of Richard, of Dundridge. Silvester, the emigrant, married Sarah Bryan, probably sister or other near relative of Alexander Bryan, the first, of Milford, whose wife Ann is mentioned in the will. Sylvester and Sarah Baldwin had children baptized in Aston Clinton as follows:Sarah, April 22 1621; Richard, Aug. 25 1622 ; Mary, Feb. 28, 1623 ; Mary again, Feb. 19, 1625 ; Martha, April 20, 1628; Samuel, Jan. 1, 1632, buried next 4th of June; Elizabeth, Jan. 25, 1633, buried Jan. 31, 1633. They also had children John and Ruth, no doubt younger ; all the living children seem to have come hither and settled in Milford, Conn. John was afterward of Stonington, and was probably born in 1634 or 1635.”

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Sylvester Baldwin's Timeline

Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, , England
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, , England
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, , England
April 22, 1621
Age 26
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England
April 22, 1621
Age 26
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England
August 22, 1622
Age 27
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England
April 20, 1628
Age 33
Clinton, Buckinghamshire, , England
Age 35
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, England