John Baker owned, by grant, a large lot on the north side of East St. between North Main and County St. To his son Thomas, he conveyed the house where he lived and the remainder of his land, June 14, 1698 (35: 44). John Baker the settler was apparently a man of property, his name being one of the 44 highest subscriptions to the compensation of Major General Daniel Denison, the military leader.
John Baker’s sons included Thomas, born Sept. 13, 1636, who settled in Topsfield, and married Priscilla, daughter of the Honorable Deputy Governor Samuel Symonds, Nov. 26, 1672, and died March 18, 1718. In 1661 John Baker of Ipswich conveyed to his son Thomas a 150-acre farm and buildings there, “bounded on Baker’s (now Hood’s) pond” upon condition of the payment of ten pounds yearly to him and his wife during their lives, and also to his daughter Elizabeth.
Thomas Baker’s farmhouse was located at the end of a long lane off Ipswich Rd. in Topsfield abutting Pye Brook and the Mill Pond. The first Thomas Baker (1636-1717) in Topsfield was by occupation a farmer. His appears to have also been at some point in charge of the Saugus Iron works through family connections with the Appletons. His son, Thomas Baker (1687-1725) was listed as a husbandman (farmer) and married Mary Capen in 1709, daughter of Parson Capen whose house is owned by the Topsfield Historical Society. The wealthy Baker and Gould families joined forces when Sarah Baker married Capt. John Gould in 1660. As the only son of Zaccheus Gould, John inherited the large Topsfield (and now Boxford) landholdings. They had 5 sons.
In the 18th Century, the western portion of the original Argilla farm came into the possession of Col. John Baker, who died Aug. 1, 1734, aged forty-four, and left the farm to his son John, who was Town Clerk for many years, a member of the Committee of Correspondence and Inspection during the Revolution, Colonel of a regiment, feoffee of the Grammar School, and Justice of the Sessions Court. His house on the South Green still stands.
Resources and further reading:
- Early Inhabitants of Ipswich by Abraham Hammatt
- Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Thomas Franklin Waters
- Ancestry of Priscilla Baker : who lived 1674-1731, and was wife of Isaac Appleton, of Ipswich
- The plantations at New Meadows, now Topsfield
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Any relationship of the Baker line to Conrad Baker, governor of Indiana, c. 1900? Or of Baker to the Chute family? I can research that myself given some time.
Holly Pulsifer 11 Waldingfield Road Ipswich, MA 01938 978-356-3655 978-500-6750 (cell)
https://archive.org/details/ancestryofprisci00inappl/page/108/mode/1up (through Symonds, possibly). View on a large enough screen to read the page.
Was John Baker the son of Nathaniel Baker who lived on the Isles of Shoals? I am related to Andrew Diamond, who along with Nathanial Baker refused to house British Soldiers on their property on the Isles of Shoals.
Andrew Diamond came from the Isles of Shoals with Henry Maine. I don’t see an ancestral relation to John Baker. https://archive.org/details/ancestryofprisci00inappl/page/2/mode/2up
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What is the history of the house supposedly built in around 1740 on 130 topsfield road. How can I find out more about this property and the surrounding properties on this site.