William Baker the Emigrant was born 1626 in England and died 1677 Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Mary Eddington (1633-1655) 23 September 1651 in Massachusetts. He married Pilgrim Eddy (1634-) 22 April 1656 in Massachusetts.

William Baker was a early New England Settler living in Watertown, Boston and Plymouth Colony.


He was early at the colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was a sawyer by trade, and there is on record at Plymouth a contract he made January 7, 1632-33, with Richard Church to perform certain work. (If so he must have been born much earlier than 1629!)

He must have had property, for he was given formal leave to reside there November 5, 1638. He removed later to Boston, where he worked as a carpenter. He was admitted a freeman there July 28, 1651.

On 5 November 1638 a William Baker of Watertown was licensed to dwell in Plymouth Colony "provided he bring good testimony of his good conversation" (PCR 1:102)

On 5 April 1641 John Barnes leased a house and lands to William Baker, an inhabitant of Boston.

William Baker, Sr., died at Concord, Massachusetts, August 2, 1679. (Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County)

Marriage & Family

1st Marriage: Mary Eddington

He married, September 23, 1651, Mary Eddington, daughter of Edmund Eddington.

His children as recorded were:

  1. Mary, born and died 1652;
  2. John, born December 14, 1653;
  3. William Baker (1655-1702) - born October 19, 1655; md Susannah Dutton

2nd Marriage: Pilgrim Eddy

He married (second), April 22, 1656, Pilgrim Eddy, daughter of John Eddy, of Watertown (and brother of Samuel Eddy of Plymouth Colony), where Baker probably lived about that time.

  1. Nathaniel, born May 13, 1661.


Offspring of William Baker the Emigrant and Mary Eddington (1633-1655)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Baker (1652-1652)
John Baker (1653-)
William Baker (1655-1702) 19 October 1655 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 8 June 1702 Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Dutton (1659-1698)

Offspring of William Baker the Emigrant and Pilgrim Eddy (1634-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Nathaniel Baker (1661-)



  1. Plymouth Colony - Its History and Peoples 1620-1691 - pp 236-237.
  2. The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 - Author: Robert Charles Anderson - pg 612.


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