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John Baker Sr. (1681 - 1750)

John Baker Sr.
Born in New London, Connecticut Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married before 1703 in Woodbury, Fairfield, Connecticutmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 68 in Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut Colonymap
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John Baker was the grandfather of Ethan Allen, an American Revolutionary War leader who fought for Vermont's independence, leading his Green Mountain Boys to a stunning capture of Fort Ticonderoga in the early days of the war.



John was born on December 24, 1681, in New London Connecticut[1][2]. He is the son of Joshua Baker Sr. and Hannah Tongue. He passed away in 1750 or 1749, in Roxbury, Connecticut[1].

John Sarah Hurlbut/Hurlburt, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Brown by 1702, as their first child John was baptized 11 April 1703.

The children of John and Sarah Baker, baptized in Woodbury, were:[3]. Births of all but John & Ephraim were also recorded the town records.[4]

  • John, bp. 11 Apr 1703
  • Comfort, b. 11 Oct 1704, bp. 15 Oct 1704 "d. Job"
  • Ephraim, bp. 9 Feb 1706, m. Sarah Blakeslee, Jan 1733
  • Mary, b. 7 Mar, bp. 13 Mar 1709
  • Remember, b. 22 Feb, bp. 2 Mar 1712, m. Tamer, bef 1737
  • Sarah, b. 23 Oct 1715
  • Elijah, b. 16 May, bp. 29 June 1718
  • Jesse, bp. 6 Nov 1720, m. Joanna Pitcher, 15 Apr 1742
  • Elisha, bp. 13 Nov 1724, m. Phebe Nichols, 28 Oct 1746

Errors to avoid

Some sources (such as the History of New London) conflate several John Bakers of that time in Connecticut. Two John Bakers in New London, Connecticut and two in Woodbury. Please note that John Baker who married Phebe Douglas, is a distinct person. His mother was Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Baker. John and Phebe had no known children. For more detail please read the article Two John Baker Families of Woodbury, Conn. by Donald Lines Jacobus. Also, please note that Jacobus makes a point that John is possibly the son of Joshua Baker of New London, however there isn't conclusive evidence to that fact.


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Baker Find a Grave
  2. Alexander Baker 1607 Colonial Families
  3. Barbour Collection, Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920,] Vol. 131, Woodbury, pp. 7-8 in typescript, citing Vol. 1, pp. 28,32,34,37,41,45,48 & 54 in original, viewed on$)
  4. Barbour Collection, Connecticut Town Vital Records pre-1870, Woodbury, p. 126 in printed book, citing LR2, pp. 199, 193,194,190,203, & LR 3, p. 122,123;LR4, p. 1D; LR5, p.282, LR7, p.3


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I've been searching for a while for my ancestor Jonathan Baker's parents. Is it possible that this John Baker is his grandfather?

Jonathan Baker (1753-1848)

I know the name John Baker is almost as common as John Smith. However, I have evidence that my ancestor is associated with Remember Baker (cousin or 2nd cousin) .

posted by Charles Behre
Baker-40210 and Baker-2 are not ready to be merged because: There's some confusion around John Baker's. I think one of these may be the son of Elizabeth (Waterhouse) lets hold off on the merge until they're better sourced.
posted by M Cole
Baker-40210 and Baker-2 appear to represent the same person because: exact duplicate except for only 1 spouse and no sources on new one
posted by Tim Prince
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posted by M Cole
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A bit of generational confusion here, or so it appears. Based on Elizabeth Waterhouse's bio and the sources cited, John Baker-2, born 24 Dec 1681, is Elizabeth's son, not her first husband. And Mary Baker-1 Allen is his daughter, not his half-sister. Her bio says that Elizabeth's first husband was named Baker, but his first name is not known.

It seems to follow that Joshua Baker and Hannah Tongue are his paternal grandparents, not his parents.

posted by Halsey Bullen
Okay, I think its all fixed now. Mary Baker doesn't descend from Elizabeth Waterhouse...that's a different Baker line (Elizabeth possibly married Joshua Baker's brother but its speculative. Jacobus outlines it pretty well in Two John Baker Families of Woodbury, Conn.
posted by M Cole

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