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Thomas Baldwin

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Death: September 16, 1741 (75-83)
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Baldwin of Norwich and Hannah Baldwin
Husband of Sarah Baldwin and Abigail Baldwin
Father of Abigail Baldwin; Mary Baldwin; Hannah Backus; Thomas Baldwin; John Thomas Baldwin and 3 others
Brother of Deacon John Baldwin; Hannah Abell; Sarah Baldwin and Ebenezer Baldwin

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About Thomas Baldwin

THOMAS2, John1 (of Norwich)

"Thomas Baldwin, Husbandman," the second son of John the proprietor, was b. in 1662.He was of Norwich, Conn; married SARAH CAULKINS (Calkins), daughter of John Calkins. He died Sept. 16, 1741, in the 80th year of his age. His farm was three miles distant from the town-plot, and now forms a part of the large domain of Asa Fitch, Esq., of Fitchville, Bozrab. His wife Sarah d. 1685 and he m. 2nd with ABIGAIL LAY, of Lyme, in 1692, who was one of the first persons who joined the Church in Norwich in 1700, after Mr. Woodward was installed.

Children were: Abigail (1693), Mary (1695), Hannah (1699), Thomas (1701), John (1701), Phebe (1707), Ebenezer (1710) and Jabez (1713-1737,unm.).

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It is interesting to note that when signed his name when conveying his estate to his son Thomas in 1723 he writes his name, but later, perhaps as a result of old age, made only the sign of the cross for his signature.

In the course of three or four generations we find among his descendants, divines, lawyers, physicians, scholars, and statesmen. He had four daughters, who passed in due time into other families,—Baldwin of Lebanon, Birchard, Backus, and Post; and four sons, viz., John, who married Lucy Metcalf of Lebanon, and his family removing to the Cohos country, assisted in peopling the New Hampshire grants; Thomas, Ebenezer, and Jabez.

The second Thomas, son of Thomas, baptized by Rev. Mr. Woodward, July 22,1701, married Ann Bingham, 1730. They had eight children. Their oldest son, the third Thomas Baldwin, born in 1734, studied medicine, and after a short term of practice, entered the army as surgeon, and served in that capacity on the frontier, in the wars against the French. He died in the prime of life, and probably while in the service, before he had attained his 30th year.

He had married at a very early age, and left a widow, and an only son, who continued the paternal name, and gave to it a distinguished reputation. This fourth Thomas Baldwin, in regular succession, was born int the Bozrah district of Norwich, Dec. 23, 1753, and considered in the light of a self-taught man, deriving but little aid from schools or books, and "gathering mental treasures slowly, in the intervals of a laborious farming life," was one of the most noted characters that the Nine-miles-square has produced.

His mother married a second husband of the name of Eannes (or Eames), and when he was about sixteen years of age the family removed to Canaan, N. H., where they breasted the hardships of a frontier life. In that mountainous, half-opened, sparsely-inhabited district, the ministerial labors of Thomas Baldwin commenced. He married, in September, 1775, Ruth Huntington of Norwich, (one of the Ruth Huntington's, it might be said, for that has been a name often duplicated in Norwich,) and spent several years, forming and studying, traveling and preaching,—a pains-taking, hardworking, unpaid evangelist of the Baptist denomination.

From these useful but obscure scenes, he was suddenly transferred, in the year 1790, to the pastorate of a large, intelligent and wealthy society in Boston. Yet he rose naturally to the requisite standard, and filled this new sphere as successfully as the former. The native vigor of his intellect was equal to all demands made upon it. He became known as an author, editor, and theologian, and exerted a powerful influence in favor of the denomination to which he belonged, concentrating its energies and greatly enlarging the sphere of its operations.

He died suddenly, at Waterville, Maine, while on a visit to that place, Aug. 29, 1825, aged 71.

Capt. Ebenezer Baldwin, the third son of Thomas and Sarah, was born May 7, 1710, and married Bethiah Barker, the nuptial contract being made sure "per Jacob Elliot."

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Thomas Baldwin's Timeline

Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
July 5, 1693
Age 31
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
June 5, 1695
Age 33
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
January 22, 1699
Age 37
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
June 15, 1701
Age 39
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
March 8, 1704
Age 42
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
April 10, 1707
Age 45
Norwich, New London, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
April 20, 1710
Age 48
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
November 2, 1713
Age 51
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America