Of course his father may have been any one of the other men named Baker living in the colony as well. There is no reason to believe that his father's forename had to be William. Some have suggested that his father was John Baker.
The Runaway Apprentice
William was a glove maker by trade. He had at least one apprentice named Charles Atwood. The apprenticeship was for thirteen years beginning on March 11, 1687 and last until 1699. William was to teach Charles the art of making gloves and something called white leather dresser. He was also to teach him to read and write English and the rule of the three also called the rule of proportion, aka basic math. On completion of his apprenticeship William was to provide him with two sets of clothing.
Charles did not complete his apprenticeship however. In the original writing of the indenture the writer did not put a nine behind the 169 in the date on which it was to end. In 1696, after the death of his father, Charles was shown the letter by his mother. He apparently had had enough of the apprenticeship and high tailed it off to Rhode Island. William pursued him and hauled him into court. The court agreed with Charles and the unspecified date of ending.
Of course life was not all work, work, work. There was also church. William and his wife and children would have attended worship services at the meeting house on Sundays. William must have been a full member as he served as a tythingman in 1695. The tythingman's job was to ensure that everyone was awake and paying attention to the minister, no sleeping, gossiping or other carrying on in church. In a seating chart for the meetinghouse in 1719-1720 William is seated up front in a row for the elderly and ancient. He presumably held that seat until his death some years later. Likewise his wife was seated in the front with the older women.
death and remarriage
Sarah Fitts Baker died July 1, 1722 at the age of 6o. William remarried less than a year later. He married widow Anne Ordway Buswell, widow on Feb. 21, 1722/3. He was then about 66 years old. He felt the need to write his will on 14 June 1731, but did not die until sometime in 1743. His will was proved on 19 Sept. of that year. In his will he named his widow Anne, Children William, John, Sarah, Mary, Thomasin, and Margaret.
My Baker Family line with links:
William Baker and Sarah Fitts
William Baker and Elizabeth Heard
Benjamin Baker and Ruth True
Benjamin Baker and Sarah Norris
Katherine Baker and Samuel Thornton
Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society, Vol. 8-12, p. 11
Lawrence Towner, A Good Master Well Served, Masters and Servants in Colonial Massachusetts. p. 217
Abraham Hammatt, Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, 1633-1700. 1880