Sarah Baldwin1

#2825, (say 1617 - )
Relationship7th great-grandmother of William David Lewis
Father*Richard Baldwin III1 (s 1578 - b 1633)
Mother*Isabel Harding1 ( - c 1633)

Family 1

John Searle b. c 1609, d. c 1641
Child 1.John Searle Jr10 (1641 - 1718)

Family 2

Alexander Edwards
Children 1.Samuel Edwards11 (1643 - )
 2.Nathaniel Edwards11 (bt 1644 - 1664 - )
 3.Elizabeth Edwards11 (bt 1644 - 1664 - )
 4.Hannah Edwards11 (1644/45 - )
 5.Joseph Edwards11 (1647 - )
 6.Mary Edwards+11,12 (1649 - 1717)
 7.Benjamin Edwards11 (1652 - )
 8.Sarah Edwards11 (1654 - )
Her married name was Edwards.2 
Her married name was Searle. 
Birth*say 1617She was born say 1617 at Buckinghamshire, EnglandG; (not of age at the time of her father's will in 1630.)3 
23 December 1630She witnessed the will of Richard Baldwin III on 23 December 1630 at Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, EnglandG; 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.4,5 
between 1634 and 1639She migrated to New EnglandG (prob. with her three brothers) between 1634 and 1639.3 
Marriage*19 March 1638/39She married John Searle, son of ? Searle and ____ _____, on 19 March 1638/39 at MassachusettsG.6,7 
Marriage*28 April 1642She married Alexander Edwards on 28 April 1642 at Springfield, Massachusetts.2,8 
1656She and Alexander Edwards removed to Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1656.9 
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. [S331] Cuyler Reynolds, editor, Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1911), pp. 740-742: "The branch of the Edwards family to which the Albany family belong was founded in America by Alexander Edwards, a native of Wales, who settled in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1640. He removed to Northampton about 1655 and died there September 4, 1690. His wife, whom he married April 28, 1642, in Springfield, was Mrs. Sarah Baldwin Searle, widow of John Searle. They had children: Samuel, see forward, Hannah, Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, Sarah, Nathaniel and Elizabeth. All the sons married and reared families; the descendants are very numerous in the east, west and south."
  3. [S520] VWH.
  4. [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.
  5. [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.
  6. [S183] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (GPC) (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), p. 659. John Searle (–1641) & Sarah Baldwin, marr. 19 Mar 1638/9, Springfield MA; she marr. 2nd Alexander Edwards, 1642. Online
  7. [S186] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, compiler, online, John Searle. b. England 1610, marr. Sarah Baldwin, b. 1621, in 1639, MA.
  8. [S760] The American Genealogist.
  9. [S1207] Henry M. Burt, The First Century of the History of Springfield (Springfield, Mass.: Henry M. Burt, 1898, 1899), p. 42, citing research of Thomas B. Warren: "1643. Alexander Edwards [settled in Springfield]. Went to Northampton in 1656 and died there in 1690."
  10. [S326] Rev. William H. Searles, Searle Genealogy, typed manuscript (n.p.:, unknown publish date). Hereinafter cited as Searle Genealogy.
  11. [S331] Cuyler Reynolds, Hudson-Mohawk Memoirs, pp. 740-742: "...Alexander Edwardsand [h]is wife...Mrs. Sarah Baldwin Searle, widow of John Searle...had children: Samuel..., Hannah, Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, Sarah, Nathaniel and Elizabeth."
  12. [S761] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Field Genealogy (Volume I) (Chicago: Hammond Press, 1901), I:115-116; see also Hudson-Mohawk Memoirs.