Friday, March 15, 2013

Benjamin Baker and Ruth True

Benjamin was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts on January 17, 1714.  He married Ruth True on January 22, 1735.  Ruth was the daughter of John and Martha Merrill True. Like Benjamin, Ruth was born and raised in Salisbury and that was where they married and started their family. By the time of their marriage in 1735, Salisbury was nearing its 100 year mark. It's boundaries had shrunk from it's initial size and new towns spun off.  There was no new land to be had.  Men, like Benjamin, began to look to the elsewhere for new opportunities and  open land. 

Move to New Hampshire
That land was was to be found in New Hampshire. The Baker's first seem to have moved only slightly north into South Hampton, NH. At least that is what I thought, but then on further research I found that instead of moving to New Hampshire, New Hampshire moved to them. South Hampton New Hampshire was incorporated in 1742 from land that was originally part of Salisbury and Amesbury, MA. This was the result of a long term border dispute between the two colonies that was finally settled in 1741 and the border dipped south into what had been Massachusetts. 

The family seems to have left South Hampton sometime after the death of their son Benjamin in 1746.  Their next child, another Benjamin, was born in Epping, Rockingham, NH in 1753. In 1750 Benjamin Baker, yeoman of Epping, conveyed land to Samuel Baker of Salisbury.

Epping was formed in 1741 from land that was originally part of Exeter. It was named for Epping Forest in England, and at one time the area was heavily forested with lumber being a major industry. 

Children of Benjamin and Ruth:
William b. 8 Nov. 1736 in Salisbury d. 14 Nov 1814 Campton, NH
Mary b. 1737
Moses 8 April 1738
Daniel b. 10 November 1740
Martha b. 22 Feb. 1743/4
Martha b. 31 July 1746 in South Hampton, NH
Benjamin b. 5 March 1745 d. 18 August 1746 in South Hampton, NH
Benjamin Jr.  b. 17 March 1753 in Epping, NH d. 1790 Campton, NH

From the Records of the Second Church of Salisbury West Parish
April 10 1737 Benjamin and Ruth are confirmed in the church, Mary baptized
May 7 1738 Moses Baker Baptized
November 23 1740 Daniel Baptized 
April 1 1744 Martha Baptized
May 18 1746 Benjamin Baptized

There is no date of death recorded for Ruth or Benjamin.  In the Rockingham probate records for the year 1788 there is this entry.

I believe this is the source of the date of death attributed to Benjamin.  

*************NEW INFORMATION*****************
I found a probate record for Benjamin Baker of Epping.  It was first filed in April of 1776.   Benjamin probably died in March or April.  At the time of his death his wife's name was Hannah, not Ruth.  Below is one of the entries in the probate records.  The date is 24 April 1776.

My Baker Family with links:

"Did Your Ancestors Really Remove to New Hampshire in the 1700's", Sherry L. Gould,
Rockingham County, NH Probate Records 

No comments:

Roles of Men, Women and Children in 17th Century Puritan Massachusetts

In 17 th century pur itan Massachusetts , the roles of men , women and children were very clearly defined . Men were the ...