Joseph Baldwin1

#2508, (say 1613 - 2 November 1684)
Relationship8th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*Richard Baldwin III1,2 (s 1578 - b 1633)
Mother*Isabel Harding1 ( - c 1633)
[lital:]History of Hadley by Sylvester Judd. Springfield: H. R. Hunting (1905)

Family 1

Hannah Whitlock b. c 1616, d. b 1670
Children 1.Joseph Baldwin Jr+3 (c 1640 - )
 2.Benjamin Baldwin+3 (c 1642 - a 1726)
 3.Hannah Baldwin+3 (1643 - )
 4.Mary Baldwin+3 (c 1644 - 1704)
 5.Elizabeth Baldwin+3 (c 1645 - 1687)
 6.Martha Baldwin+22 (1645 - 1675/76)
 7.Jonathan Baldwin+3 (1649 - 1739)
 8.David Baldwin3 (1651 - )
 9.Sarah Baldwin+3 (1653 - 1716/17)

Family 2

Isabella Ward b. c 1620, d. 1676

Family 3

Elizabeth Gibbons b. c 1619, d. 1696
"BALDWIN, Joseph; emigrant; prob. s. of Richard of Cholesbury, County Bucks, Eng; of Milford, Ct., 1639; rem. to Had. 1662-3; d. Nov. 2, 1684. He m. Hannah; she joined the chh. of Milford 1644; (2) Isabella [Ward?] wid. of John Catlin of Newark, N. J., and James Northam of Dfd. and Colchester; she d. Dec. 8, 1676; (3) Elizabeth (Hitchcock) wid. of Wm. Warriner of Spfd; she d. Apr. 25, 1696."3 
Birth*say 1613He was born say 1613 at Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, EnglandG, (not of age at the time of his father's will in 1630.)4,3 
23 December 1630In Richard Baldwin III's will dated 23 December 1630, Joseph Baldwin was named as an heir; Names wife Isabel and six children: sons Nathaniel, Joseph and Timothy (eldest son and executor; daughters Mary Pratt (and her three daughters, two unnamed), Hannah, Christian and Sarah.5,6 
Marriage*10 November 1636He married Hannah Whitlock on 10 November 1636 at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, EnglandG; 1st, poss. England.7,8,9 
between 1637 and 1639He and Hannah Whitlock migrated to New Haven Colony, Connecticut, between 1637 and 1639.10 
20 November 1639He participated in First General Court (Town Meeting) of the Milford, Connecticut, settlement on 20 November 1639; First General Court (Town Meeting) of the Milford, Connecticut, settlement.11 
1639He lived in 1639 at West Farm Street, Milford, Connecticut.3,12 
23 June 1644He was (an unknown value.)13 
1654He lived in 1654 at Lot 52, West Farm Street, Milford, Connecticut.14 
before March 1663He removed before March 1663 Hadley, Mass., poss. with Hannah.15,3 
1666He was admitted as a Freeman in 1666 at Hadley, Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG.16 
Marriage*before 1676He married Isabella Ward, daughter of ____ Ward, before 1676; 2nd for Joseph, 3rd for Isabella.3 
Marriage*17 September 1678He married Elizabeth Gibbons, daughter of ____ Gibbons and ____ _____, on 17 September 1678.17 
20 December 1680He left a will on 20 December 1680.18,19 
Death*2 November 1684He died on 2 November 1684 at Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG; The stone on the bridge over the Wepawaug River in Milford honoring him as a founder gives his death date as 1690 ( Families of Early Guilford, Conn. gives his death date as November 2, 1684 in Hadley.3,20 
Burial*5 November 1684He was buried on 5 November 1684 at Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG.21 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S324] Col. Joseph L. Chester, "Report of Investigations concerning the Family of Baldwin, of Aston Clinton, Co. Bucks", New England Historic Genealogical Register 38 (1884): 164-165. Will of Richard Baldwin II (1630), q.v. Also Charles Candee Baldwin's Baldwin Genealogy Supplement, pp. 990-991.
  2. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, from 1500 to 1881 (Cleveland, O.: The Leader Printing Company, 1881), p. 480: "It seems to be clear that Joseph was the brother of Timothy, and, if so, of Nathaniel, as these last two were brothers, as appears by page 118 of the same volume, in Milford Records. Joseph was probably the youngest, as he is named last in his father's will. There can be no practical doubt that Timothy, Nathaniel and Joseph were the three of that name, sons of Richard, of Cholesbury, County Bucks, England, whose will was proved in 1633, and whose children disappeared from Bucks."
  3. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield, Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Deerfield: E.A. Hall and Co., 1896), p. 55.
  4. [S520] VWH.
  5. [S325] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy Supplement of 1889 (Cleveland, O.: The Leader Printing Company, 1889), pp. 990-1, giving a date for the will as 23 Dec 1630.
  6. [S324] Col. Joseph L. Chester, "Family of Baldwin": 164-165. Richard II is identified as the son of Richard I, as he is in the father's will. Then, "I find nothing positive about him beyond the facts in his father's Will, viz., that he was not 23 in 1552-3, and was to have the tithes and lands in Cholsbury."
    The article gives an abstract of the will of a Richard Baldwin, of Cholsbury, 'weaver,' dated 23 May 1630, "which must not be overlooked."
    To Isabell my wife one third of my goods & chattels-to Nathaniel my son £10-to Joseph my son half an acre of land called Hunt's Wick, when 21-to my daughter Mary Pratt 6s. 8d. & to her daughter Mary 2 sheep, & her other 2 children each a sheep -to my daughter Hannah £13. 6. 8, and my 2 other daughters Christian & Sarah each £10, when 21 or married-all residue to Timothy my eldest son, and he to be my executor.
    The conclusion is that "this Richard [father of seven children] evidently could not have been the one who had the Cholsbury lands in 1552-3, unless he had these children in his extreme old age, yet it seems not unlikely that he was his son, and, as I can find no traces of the three sons Timothy, Nathaniel and Joseph named in the will, after the probate in 1633, I think there can be little if any doubt that they were the three of those names who emigrated to New England, appearing at Milford in 1639. The Registers of Cholsbury begin in 1583, and perhaps might clear up this matter."
    The full text of the will can be found in Charles Candee Baldwin's Baldwin Genealogy Supplement, pp. 990-1. This source gives the date of the will as 23 Dec 1630 and date of probate as 16 May 1633.
  7. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield II, p. 55 "He m. Hannah", no surname.
  8. [S309] Our Family Museum: A Collection of Family Notes, online, mar. 10 Nov 1636 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.
  9. [S760] The American Genealogist.
  10. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield II, II Genealogies:55, "of Milford, Ct., 1639."
  11. [S936] Federal Writers' Project, History of Milford Connecticut 1639–1939 (Bridgeport, Conn.: Braunworth & Co., 1939), 2–7. "The Milford Colony was thus a settlement of Mr. [Peter] Prudden's followers, recruited from towns in England and New England where he had preached, and held together by personal devotion to their leader." Prudden's followers had first established, in 1638, their own colony as a part of the New Haven Colony (the "Hertfordshire" section). They soon determined to found a new settlement, along with some settlers from the Wethersfield colony. A tract of land, ten miles west of New Haven, was purchased from the native Indians.
    At the first meeting of the settlers, fourty-four church members became the first "free planters":

    Zachariah Whitman
    Thomas Welsh
    Thomas Wheeler
    Edmond Tappe
    Thomas Buckingham
    Richard Miles
    Richard Piatt
    Thomas Topping
    Mr. Peter Prudden
    William Fowler
    John Astwood
    Richard Baldwin
    Benjamin Fen
    Samuel Coley
    John Peacocke
    Henry Stonhill
    Nathaniel Baldwin
    James Prudden
    Thomas Baker
    George Clarke, Senr.
    George Hubburt
    Jasper Gunn
    John Fletcher
    Alex. Bryan
    Frances Bolt
    Micah Tomkins
    John Birdsey
    Edmond Harvy
    John Lane
    William East
    Thomas Lawrance
    Thomas Samford
    Timothy Baldwin
    George Clarke, Jr.
    John Burwell
    Henry Botsford
    Joseph Baldwin
    Philip Hatly
    Nicholas Camp
    John Rogers
    Thomas Uffott
    Nathaniell Briscoe
    Thomas Tibballs
    John Sharman.
  12. [S323] William Richard Cutter, compiler, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, Volume IV (1914) (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914), for street and lot data, p. 1770.
  13. [S2512] Donald Linus Jacobus, "Milford Church Records: Admissions, First Church, 1639-1687", The American Genealogist Vol. 16:28-31 (1939): p. 31. Joseph Baldwin admitted, 23 Jun 1644; Hannah his wife admitted at the church meeing, 25 Jul 1644. Hereinafter cited as Milford Church Records 1639-1687.
  14. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, p. 480: "The homestead of Joseph was on lot 52, ou "West Farm streetopposite, joining rears or nearly so, with the homestead of Timothy. The present New York and New Haven Railroad is very nearly on the line of the two."
  15. [S290] Sylvester Judd and Lucius Boltwood, History of Hadley, including the Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby Masssachusetts (Springfield, Mass.: H.R. Hunting and Company, 1905), 27, naming new proprietors before Mar 1663.
  16. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, p. 480.
  17. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), II:428, entry for Luke Hitchcock: "His wid. m. 2 Oct. 1661, William Warriner of Springfield; and next, Joseph Baldwin of Hadley."
  18. [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."
  19. [S323] William Richard Cutter, New England Families IV (1914) (Cutter), p. 1770.
  20. [S310] Alvin Talcott, compiler, Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut, Volume I (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., c. 1891, 1997), p. 21.
  21. [S1628], online, image of memorial stone placed on bridge over the Wepawaug River, Milford. Joseph Baldwin, obit 1690, Hannah his wife. Narrative: bur. Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire Co. MA. Memorial 29507032, created by Nareen, et al, maintained by Kevin Avery, photo added by Nareen, e al.
  22. [S289] George Sheldon, History of Deerfield II, pp. 188-199.