Nathaniel Baldwin1

#2704, (say 1607 - 1658)
Relationship7th great-granduncle of William David Lewis
Father*Richard Baldwin III1,2 (s 1578 - b 1633)
Mother*Isabel Harding1 ( - c 1633)

Family 1

Abigail Camp b. s 1616, d. 1648
Children 1.John Baldwin9 (b 1640 - c 1688)
 2.Daniel Baldwin12 (1644 - )
 3.Nathaniel Baldwin Jr.+9 (1645 - )

Family 2

Joanna _____ b. s 1620, d. 1682
Children 1.Samuel Baldwin9 (c 1654 - )
 2.Sarah Baldwin9 (s 1656 - )
 3.Deborah Baldwin9 (s 1658 - )
He was a cooper.3 
Birth*say 1607He was born say 1607 at Buckinghamshire, EnglandG, (of age and named as the eldest son at the time of father's will in 1630.)4 
23 December 1630In Richard Baldwin III's will dated 23 December 1630, Nathaniel Baldwin was named as an heir; 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.5,6 
between 1634 and 1639He migrated to New EnglandG between 1634 and 1639.2 
Marriage*between 1636 and 1639He married Abigail Camp between 1636 and 1639.7 
20 November 1639He participated in First General Court (Town Meeting) of the Milford, Connecticut, settlement on 20 November 1639; First General Court (Town Meeting) of the Milford, Connecticut, settlement.8 
Marriage*after 1648He married Joanna _____ after 1648 at Fairfield, Connecticut.9 
Death*1658He died in 1658 at Connecticut; (but Baldwin Genealogy has 1650.)10,11 


  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. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, from 1500 to 1881 (Cleveland, O.: The Leader Printing Company, 1881), p. 480: "It seems to be clear that Joseph was the brother of Timothy, and, if so, of Nathaniel, as these last two were brothers, as appears by page 118 of the same volume, in Milford Records. Joseph was probably the youngest, as he is named last in his father's will. There can be no practical doubt that Timothy, Nathaniel and Joseph were the three of that name, sons of Richard, of Cholesbury, County Bucks, England, whose will was proved in 1633, and whose children disappeared from Bucks."
  3. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, p. 406 (Milford records).
  4. [S520] VWH.
  5. [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.
  6. [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.
  7. [S1342] Byron A. Baldwin, "Nathaniel Baldwin and One Line of His Descendants", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 25 (1871): p. 153, without a place or date for the marriage.
  8. [S936] Federal Writers' Project, History of Milford Connecticut 1639–1939 (Bridgeport, Conn.: Braunworth & Co., 1939), 2–7. "The Milford Colony was thus a settlement of Mr. [Peter] Prudden's followers, recruited from towns in England and New England where he had preached, and held together by personal devotion to their leader." Prudden's followers had first established, in 1638, their own colony as a part of the New Haven Colony (the "Hertfordshire" section). They soon determined to found a new settlement, along with some settlers from the Wethersfield colony. A tract of land, ten miles west of New Haven, was purchased from the native Indians.
    At the first meeting of the settlers, fourty-four church members became the first "free planters":

    Zachariah Whitman
    Thomas Welsh
    Thomas Wheeler
    Edmond Tappe
    Thomas Buckingham
    Richard Miles
    Richard Piatt
    Thomas Topping
    Mr. Peter Prudden
    William Fowler
    John Astwood
    Richard Baldwin
    Benjamin Fen
    Samuel Coley
    John Peacocke
    Henry Stonhill
    Nathaniel Baldwin
    James Prudden
    Thomas Baker
    George Clarke, Senr.
    George Hubburt
    Jasper Gunn
    John Fletcher
    Alex. Bryan
    Frances Bolt
    Micah Tomkins
    John Birdsey
    Edmond Harvy
    John Lane
    William East
    Thomas Lawrance
    Thomas Samford
    Timothy Baldwin
    George Clarke, Jr.
    John Burwell
    Henry Botsford
    Joseph Baldwin
    Philip Hatly
    Nicholas Camp
    John Rogers
    Thomas Uffott
    Nathaniell Briscoe
    Thomas Tibballs
    John Sharman.
  9. [S1342] Byron A. Baldwin, "Nathaniel Baldwin and One Line of His Descendants", p. 153.
  10. [S1343] The Editors, "Notice of Death of John C. Baldwin", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1870): John C. Baldwin of Orange, N. J., 1800–1870. His paternal ancestors included Nathaniel Baldwin of Milford, died in Fairfield in 1658, who married (1) Abigail Camp, and (2) Joanna Westcoat, widow of Richard Westcoat, who died in 1682; and Nathaniel's son, John Baldwin, spouse of Hannah Osborn, died in Newark in 1688; their son, John Baldwin, born in Newark ca. 1685, married Lydia Hanison, with whom he had five children, and died 21 Dec 1732; their son Moses, born in Newark 5 Nov 1732, married Rebecca Lee, with whom he had nine children, and died at Palmer, Mass., 2 Nov 1813.
  11. [S311] Charles Candee Baldwin, Baldwin Genealogy, p. 407, "He died in 1650, and the Probate of his estate appears in Fairtield."
  12. [S1085] Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbell Schenck, The History of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut (New York: self-published, 1889, 1905), p. 401.