Benjamin Baldwin1

#2665, (circa 1642 - after 1726)
Relationship7th great-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Joseph Baldwin1 (s 1613 - 1684)
Mother*Hannah Whitlock1 (c 1616 - b 1670)


Hannah Sargent b. s 1648
Children 1.Jonathan Baldwin+16 (c 1670 - 1726)
 2.Sarah Baldwin16 (c 1672 - )
 3.Joseph Baldwin16 (c 1672 - )
 4.Benjamin Baldwin Jr.16 (s 1674 - )
He was a weaver.2,3 
Birth*circa 1642He was born circa 1642 at Milford, Connecticut.1 
Baptism23 June 1644He was baptized on 23 June 1644 at ConnecticutG.4 
1666He removed to Newark (now South Orange), New Jersey, in 1666 (one of the Founders.)5,6,7 
Marriage*say 1668He married Hannah Sargent, daughter of Jonathan Sargent and ____ _____, say 1668.1 
1679He was chosen for fence Viewer in 1679 at Newark, East Jersey.8 
20 December 1680In Joseph Baldwin's will dated 20 December 1680, Benjamin Baldwin was named as an heir, receiving, with two brothers, property in Milford (already given).9,10 
1685He was chosen for Warner of Town Meetings in 1685 at East Jersey.11 
24 January 1686/87 On 24 January 1686/87 at East Jersey, at the Town Meeting, "Joseph Walters and John Brown, Jun'r, are chosen, to Seal Measures and Weights. Item — it is agreed, that Benjamin Baldwin's or Stephen Davis's half Bushel, shall be the Standard which shall be thought most suitable, and all Measures shall be sealed with an N and all Weights shall be tried by brass Weights if they can be had, and if not, by Stephen Davis's Weights which have been Sealed at New York."12 
1692He was one of four men chosen " to collect the Money that is gathered by the Subscriptions in Newark, for the Maintainence of the Ministry in the year 1692." in 1692 at East Jersey.13 
1693/94He was chosen Constable, with Jonathan Baldwin his son for Deputy in 1693/94 at East Jersey.13 
Death*after 1726He died after 1726. 
17 May 1726He left a will on 17 May 1726 at Essex Co., East JerseyG.14,15 


  1. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Deerfield: E.A. Hall and Co., 1896), p. 55.
  2. [S1333] Joseph Atkinson, The History of Newark, New Jersey (Newark, N. J.: William B. Guild, 1878), p. 82.
  3. [S1334] Samuel H. Congar, "Records of the Town of Newark, New Jersey", Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society VI (1864): p. 55. Town Meeting, 19 Mar 1674/75. "it is also agreed that the Weavers Thomas Pierson and Benjamin Baldwin, shall be considered by the Surveyors, (Mr. Crane, Capt. Swain, and Robert Dalglesh being joined with them) to make their out lotts on the Hill shorter."
  4. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, from 1500 to 1881 (Cleveland, O.: The Leader Printing Company, 1881), p. 480.
  5. [S928] William H Shaw, compiler, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1884), II:717 "probably the one that settled in Newark, or what is now South Orange."
  6. [S929] Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, online, Remarks by Patricia Wright Blakely, Governor General, Descendants of Founders of New Jersey: "Captain Robert Treat, Benjamin Baldwin, Jasper Crane, Azariah Crane, Captain Samuel Swain, Edward Riggs, Sergeant John Ward, Daniel Dod, Thomas Hayes, Roger Alling, Joseph Peck, Matthew Williams, Samuel Alling. I am so proud to claim them as my ancestors, not only for what they did but also for what they were: men of strength, men of character, men of integrity. On such a day as this—when really nasty weather is trying its best to take control—we are facing only a minor inconvenience. Our ancestors faced many such hazards in their coming to America and in founding Newark."
  7. [S1332] Joseph Fulford Folsom, editor, Bloomfield Old and New (Bloomfield, N. J.: Centennial Historical Committee, 1912), pp. 15-16. "Benjamin Baldwin, the weaver, was the founder ancestor of most of the Baldwins of Bloomfield. He came from Milford, Connecticut, and was in Newark in the fall of 1666, a young man aged twenty-six years. There was given him a home lot in Newark, located west of the present Washington Avenue, near Warren Street."
  8. [S1334] Samuel H. Congar, "Records of the Town of Newark, New Jersey", p. 77.
  9. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, p. 480, "His will (in Northampton, Mass.), is dated Dec. 20, 1680. His property in Milford was given to his three sons, Benjamin, Jonathan and Joseph, to whom he had formerly given it. His other property is distributed to his wife, and to his other children."
  10. [S323] William Richard Cutter, compiler, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, Volume IV (1914) (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914), p. 1770.
  11. [S1334] Samuel H. Congar, "Records of the Town of Newark, New Jersey", p. 96.
  12. [S1334] Samuel H. Congar, "Records of the Town of Newark, New Jersey", p. 100.
  13. [S1334] Samuel H. Congar, "Records of the Town of Newark, New Jersey", p. 107.
  14. [S1075] A. van Doren Honeyman, William Whitehead and others, editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey (Newark, NJ: Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1880–1949), p. 24. Will of Benjamin Baldwin/Bauldwin of Newark, Essex Co., weaver, 17 May 1726. Children: Susanah, wid. of son John, who had Bethya, Hannah, Susanah and Sarah; Sarah Young; Joseph; Benjamin. Included real and personal estate. Executors Robert Young, son-in-law, and Benjamin Baauldwin, son. Witn. John Cooper, Thomas Huntington and Eliphelet Johnson. Proved 19 Jun 1729, Lib. B, p. 143. Hereinafter cited as Documents Relating to the History of the New Jersey.
  15. [S1154] Samuel H. Congar, "Genealogical Notices of the First Settlers of Newark", Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society VI: Supplement (1866): 108 "his w[ill]. 1726, n[amed]. ch. Benjamin youngest, Joseph, Jonathan, dec[eased], and Sarah Young; s. in l. [son-in-law] Robert Young."
  16. [S928] William H Shaw, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, II:717.