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Sarah (Baker) Symmes (bef. 1604 - abt. 1673)

Sarah "Sara" Symmes formerly Baker
Born before in Southwark, Surrey, Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 13 Aug 1622 in St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about after about age 69 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2010
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Sarah (Baker) Symmes migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640).
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[ Note: Sarah's parents were Humphrey and Alice (___) Baker, per GM]



Sarah Baker, daughter of Humphrey and Alice (Hickman) Baker of Southwark, was baptized on April 22, 1604 at St. Gregory's London. [1] [2] [3]

Sarah Baker married at St. Saviour, Southwark, Surrey, England, Zechariah Symmes on August 13, 1622. [4][5][6]

Zechariah Symmes was born April 5, 1599, at Cantebury, Kent, England son of William Symmes.[7] [8]

Zechariah and Sarah came to New England with their children, William, Mary, Elizabeth, Huldah, Hannah and Rebecca, on the ship Griffin in 1634, arriving at Boston [9], but soon settling in Charlestown. [7] [8]

On October 5, 1634, Zachariah and Sarah were admitted to the Boston Church. On December 6, 1634, they were admitted to the church at Charlestown. [7] and on December 22, Zachariah was ordained and elected preacher. [8]

Zechariah Symmes died at Charlestown, Massachusetts on February 4, 1670. [7] [8] [10]

In his will, proved March 31, 1671, he names wife Sarah as the sole executrix. He indicates he has already provided in some way 'by reason of marriage' for his son William, and six daughters, Sarah, Mary Elizabeth, Huldah, Rebecca and Deborah. He leaves provisions for daughter Ruth, and sons Zechariah and Timothy, and his 'dear brother' William Symmes. [7] [8]

Sarah Symmes died on June 10, 1673, at Charlestown, Massachusetts. [11]

Widow Sarah died prior to December 28, 1676 when her will was probated. She left bequests to her sons Zachariah, William and Timothy and wives, son (in-law) Timothy Prout and wife Deborah, and grandchildren Margaret Prout and Margaret and Hannah Davis, daughter Ruth Willice (sic) and her husband Edward, sons (in-law) and their wives being, John and Sarah Broke (sic), Thomas and Mary Savage and Humprhey and Rebecca Booth. Thomas Savage and Edward Willice, executors. She also mentions a debt of Timothy Prout to be paid to Hezekiah Usher. [7] [8]


  1. Zachariah, baptized St. Antholin, London on July 22, 1623; buried there on Aug. 8, 1623. [7] [8]
  2. Sarah baptized St. Antholin, London on Jan. 24, 1634/5; married by 1650, Samuel Hough of Reading; married second John Brock at Reading on November 13, 1662. [7] [8] Sarah died at Reading on April 15, 1681.[12]
  3. William baptized at Dunstable, Bradfordshire, January 10, 1626/7; married first about 1652, Mary Sparahawk; married second Mary Chickering about 1675. [7][8]
  4. Mary baptized at Dunstable, on April 6, 1628; married first on September 15, 1652 at Boston, Thomas Savage [13]; married second in late 1683 to early 1684, Anthony Stoddard. [7] [8]
  5. Elizabeth baptized January 1, 1629/30 at Dunstable; married Hezekiah Usher on November 2, 1652 at Boston. [7] [13] [8]
  6. Huldah baptized at Dunstable on March 18, 1630/1; married by 1654, William Davis. [7] [8]
  7. Hannah baptized August 22, 1632 at Dunstable. (? died young) [7] [8]
  8. Rebecca baptized at Dunstable on February 12, 1633/4; married Humphrey Booth by 1656.[7] [8]
  9. Ruth born in Charlestown on October 18, 1635 [14]; married Edward Willis at Charlestown on June 15, 1688. [10][7] [8]
  10. Zachariah born in Charlestown on January 9, 1637/8 [14]; married first, Susannah Graves at Charlestown on November 18, 1669ref name=CharlestownVR />; married second on November 26, 1683, widow Mehitable (Palmer) Dalton at Bradford. He died at Bradford on March 22, 1707/8. [15][7] [8]
  11. Timothy born at Charlestown on May 7, 1640; died there on September 25, 1640. [14][7] [8]
  12. Deborah born at Charlestown on August 28, 1642 [14]; married Timothy Prout at Charlestown on December 13, 1664. [10] [7] [8] Deborah died at Boston on March 13, 1716. [16]
  13. Timothy born at Charlestown about 1644; married first Mary Nichols on December 10, 1668; married second at Charlestown on September 21, 1671, Elizabeth Norton. [10] [7] [8]

Source notes

Passengers on the Griffin: Arrived at Boston September 18, 1634

Rev. Zachariah Symmes of Canterbury, Co. Kent
Mrs. Sarah Symmes
William Symmes
Mary Symmes
Elizabeth Symmes
Huldah Symmes
Hannah Symmes
Rebecca Symmes [9]

Charlestown Births/Deaths

Ruth the daughtr of Zacharias Symms & Sarah his wife, was borne 18 (8) 1635. (V. 4:p. 70)
Zacharias the sonne of Zacharias Symms & Sarah his wife, was borne 9 (11) 1637. (V. 4:p. 70)
Tymonthie the sonne of Zacharias Symms & Sarah his wife, was borne 7 (3) 1640 and dyed 25 (7) 1640. (V. 4:p. 70)
Deborah the daughter of Zacharias Symms & Sarah his wife, was borne 28 (6) 1642. (V. 4:p. 70) [14]

Charlestown Marriages

Timothie Prout & Deborah Sims, m. by Mr. Richard Russell, Magist., Dec. 13, 1664. (V. 1: p. 50)
Edward Willis & Ruth Simes, m. by Mr. Richard Russell, June 15, 1668. (V. 1: p. 25)
Timothie Sims & Marie Nicholes, m. by Mr. Rich. Russell, Magist., 10 10 mo. 1668. (V. 1: p. 70)
Mr. Zacharie Sims, Junir & Susana Graves, m. by Mr. Rich. Russell, Magist., Nov. 18, 1669. (V. 1: p. 71)
Timothy Sims & Elizabeth Norton, m. by Mr. Thomas Danforth, Magist., Sept. 21, 1671. (v. 1: p. 77)

Charlestown Deaths

Mr. Zhachary Sims, our Pastor, of Charlstown Church, d. Feb. 4, 1670, Aged full 72 years the 6th of April ensuing. (V. 1: p. 77) [10]

Boston Marriages

1652: Capt. Thomas Savage was married to Mary Simmes the daughter of Zechariah Simmes Pastor of the Church of Christ in Charlestown by Increase Nowell, 15 - 7th month. (p. 38)
1652: Hezekiah Vsher was married to Elizabeth Simes daughter of Zechariah Simes Pastor of the Church of Christ at Charlestown 2nd -- 9th month by Increase Nowell. (p. 38) [13]

Bradford Marriages

Symmes, Zechariah, and Mrs. Mehitabel Dolton, Nov. 26, 1683. CTR (p. 276)

Bradford Deaths

Symmes, Zechariah, Rev., "First Minister of the Gospel in Bradfod," Mar. 22, 1707-8. (p. 363)
Symmes, Susannah, w. Zechariah, July 23, 1681. (p. 363) [15]

Reading Marriages

Brock, John and (wid. MR) Sarah Haugh, Nov. 13, 1662. (p. 292)

Reading Deaths

Haugh, Samuell, minister of Reading, at Boston, Mar. 29, 1662. (p. 530)
Brock, Sarah, w. John, Apr. 15, 1681. (p. 500)
Broock, John, June 18, 1688. Pastor of the church in Reading. (p. 500) [12]
Husband: Zechariah Symmes
Wife: Sarah Baker
Child: Sarah Symmes
Child: William Symmes
Child: Mary Symmes
Child: Elizabeth Symmes
Child: Huldah Symmes
Child: Rebecca Symmes
Child: Ruth Symmes
Child: Zechariah Symmes
Child: Timothy Symmes
Child: Deborah Symmes
Child: Timothy Symmes

Research Notes

Born either Southwark or London. Assumed to be Southwark, Surrey and marked as uncertain in lin with WIkitree standards.


  1. Threlfall, John Brooks, Twenty-six Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins, , Published by the author, Madison, Wisconsin, 1993
  2. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch ( : 10 April 2021), Vmphry Baker in entry for Sara Baker, 1604.
  3. St Gregory by St Paul, City of London, London, England London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P69/GRE/A/001/MS10231 by subscription Image 43 at
  4. Ancestry sharing link
  5. By subscription Saint Saviour, Southwark, Southwark, England
  6. Pruyn, John V.L., "Weddings at St. Saviour's Southwark," The Genealogist (London, England : George Bell & Sons, 1893), New Series, Vol. 9(1893):173. Link on
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 Anderson, Robert C., Zachariah Symmes in: Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 Vinton, John Adams, The Symmes Memorial: A Biographical Sketch of Rev. Zechariah Symmes, Minister of Charlestown, 1634-1671, with a Genealogy and Brief Memoirs of Some of His Descendants, David Clapp & Son, Boston, Massachusetts, 1873
  9. 9.0 9.1 Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild Vol. 2
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Charlestown Volume 1: Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010).
  11. Hart, Craig, A Genealogy of the Wives of the American Presidents and Their First Two Generations of Descent, McFarland & Co., , Jefferson, NC, 2004
  12. 12.0 12.1 Baldwin, Thomas, compiler, Vital Records of Reading Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1912
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Appleton, William S., Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths 1630-1699, Registry Dept. City of Boston, Rockwell & Churchill, Boston, Massachusetts, 1883
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Early Records of Boston: Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Vital Records of Bradford Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachsuetts, 1907
  16. Boston, MA: Deaths, 1700-1799, (Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007), (Dunkle, Robert J. and Lainhart, Ann S. Boston Deaths, 1700-1799, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1999.)

See also

  • The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) Vol. 12 (1935) p. 67 ff.subscribers $
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) Vol. 13, p. 125 ff.subscribers $

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There is a free source for the wedding date:
posted by Rick Pierpont
Thanks Rick, added!
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Extract of father's will:

SW/10_544 Humphrey Baker of St Saviour Southwark, innholder two days before he died [nuncupative] to my brother John Baker a suit of clothes which he wore on Sundays; to my son in law (Mr) Syms my best cloak and residue to my wife Alice Baker if she marries again she is to give to my daughter Sarah Syms wife of Zachary Syms £100 above her marriage portion Witnesses: Margery Johnson wife of Robert Johnson, clothworker; Alice Baker Proved: 21 May 1623 to relict [DW/PA/7/10 f.286r; DW/PA/5/1623/6]

posted by Ann Browning
Nice find. The suspected marriage of Humphry to Alice ?Hickman is here, as well as Sarah's christening.

There are several other children christened to a Humphrey Baker at the same location and time period, are any more children mentioned in the will?

posted by Chris Hoyt
I’d need to look at the actual Will, Will try tomorrow, late here in the uk


posted by Ann Browning
Just looked, really short Will no other children mentioned.


posted by Ann Browning
The parents on this profile are apparently incorrect and should be removed. The Great Migration series indicates her father is Humphrey Baker as do other sources. Mother Alice Hickman needs confirmation.
posted by Chris Hoyt
Please merge some of these children's profiles.

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