John Baker house, South Green in Ipswichgenealogy

Homes of the descendants of John Baker of Ipswich

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.

ombstone of Priscilla Symonds Baker at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich
Tombstone of Priscilla Symonds Baker at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich

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.

Tombstone of Col. John Baker, 1734, at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich
Tombstone of Col. John Baker, 1734, at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich

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:

7 South Village Green, the Rev. John Rogers – Col. John Baker House (c 1700-1761) - Daniel Rogers sold the old Rogers homestead to John Baker in 1761 and Baker greatly altered or built this house, which has much original material, including Georgian paneling and original fireplaces. This house is protected by a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
Baker house, 48 High St., Ipswich MA 48 High Street, Samuel W. Baker house (1852) - The straw-roofed Baker house that stood on the corner of High St. and Mineral St was razed in 1849 and replaced with the current structure.
37 South Main St., Ipswich MA 37 South Main Street, Baker’s Store (b. 1828) - The former Baker's Clothing Store at 37 South Main Street was built in 1828. Properties along the river side of South Main St. were granted in the late 17th Century to establish businesses along the corridor where people entered the Ipswich.
37 High Street, Lord – Baker House (1720) - The house is believed to have been built by Robert Lord III in 1720. The property continued in the Lord family until 1775, when Samuel Baker, felt-maker and hatter, purchased it. This early 2nd period house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.
37 East Street, the Stephen Baker house (1834) - The small two story three bay colonial at 37 East Street was built in 1834 by Stephen Baker Jr. as a storehouse for his grocery. The lot was also used a lumber yard and Baker opened a way to the river, constructing a wharf at the end of the lane.
3 Mineral Street, Ipswich 3 Mineral Street, the Charles H. Baker house (c 1870) - The house at 3 Mineral Street was constructed between publications of the 1856 and 1872 Ipswich maps. The earliest owner to be identified is Charles H. Baker who owned the house by 1884. Baker is listed is town directories as a "flagman", possibly for the local branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad. 
18 East Street, the Baker-Dodge house (1727) - This house was built by John Baker III, and was purchased by Mary Dennis Dodge in 1818. The house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the town of Ipswich.
16 Elm Street, the Baker – Tozer house (1835) 16 Elm Street, the Baker – Tozer house (1835) - Samuel S. Baker, active in real estate, bought the lot at 16 Elm Street and built this house in 1835. He sold it to shoemaker William S. Tozer (1804-1860) in 1841. The house is said to be three combined structures, one having been moved from a different location.
Baker Newman house, East St. Ipswich MA 14 East Street, the Baker – Newman house (1725) - John Baker obtained a section of the land extending down East Street to Spring Street, originally granted to Rev. Cobbet. John Baker Jr. sold eight acres with buildings including land on the hillside to Nathaniel Jones Jr. in 1742. Jones sold the house and lot to George Newman Jr., a weaver.
115 High Street, the Baker – Sutton house (1725) 115 High Street, the Baker – Sutton house (1725) - The widow of cowherd Haniel Bosworth sold this lot with a dwelling in 1702 to William Baker, who built this fine early Georgian house. The pilastered chimney and elaborate Connecticut Valley door frame were added in the 20th Century.
110 Central Street 110 Central Street, the Samuel Baker house (before 1884) - Three identical houses with mansard roofs appear in the 1893 Ipswich Birdseye map and are still standing. The 1884 Ipswich map shows this house owned by “S. H. Baker” and the one next door owned by “G. H. Baker.” Samuel Baker and other parties conveyed “a certain parcel […]
The Gables, South Green, Ipswich 11 South Village Green, the Gables (1838), David Baker - This house was designed by mathematician David Baker as an upscale lodging for lawyers in town for the Ipswich court. He was unable to repay the money he borrowed from Augustine Heard, who took possession. In the 1920's Nellie Huckins purchased the house and ran the Gables Tea Room.
108 Central Street, Ipswich MA 108 Central Street, the George W. Baker house (1872) - 108 Central Street is one of three identical houses along this stretch of Central Street. George W. Baker, who served in the Civil War from February, 1962 until August, 1865 occupied the house after its construction.
Argilla Farm 107 Argilla Road, Argilla Farm (c. 1805) - In 1637, John Winthrop Jr. conveyed his farm to Samuel Symonds, who became Deputy-Governor of the Colony. It came into possession of Thomas Baker, who married one of Symonds' daughters. Allen Baker built the hip-roofed farm house in 1785. It was purchased by Ephraim Brown and inherited by his son Thomas.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

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