Arrived in Boston on the ship "Planter" April 2, 1635. He was described as a tailor (Hotten Ship Li…
Arrived in Boston on the ship "Planter" April 2, 1635. He was described as a tailor (Hotten Ship List par. 45) and brought a certificate from the minister at Great St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, his last place of residence.
His parents may have been either John and Margery Madestard Baker of Herfordshire, England or Thomas Baker (chr. 7 july 1612 at St. James Clerkenwell, London) and Francis Ingram who married at St. James Clerkenwell 24 Aug 1592.
June 1, 1641, Francis Baker, cooper, was "admitted to dwell at Yarmouth, but not to have lands that are assigned formerly to others without their consent." (Plymouth Colony Records, 2:17). He settled near Follens Pond, at the head of Bass River in Nobesussett Territory, now Dennis. At that time the first white man's house at Nobesussett was less than two years old (Deyo's History of Barnstable County, p. 536)
June 7, 1648 he was appointed surveyor of highways in Yarmouth (Plymouth Colony Records 2:124)
1656 he was member of the jury (Jud. Ct. rec. 79)
1658 he had a grant of land in Eastham near to William Twining (Eastham Town Record 1:97)
His will was dated Mar. 4, 1692-93 was probated Dec. 8, 1696 (Barnstable Probate Record 2:30) All children except Samuel were neamed in the will.
Extracts from the Plymouth Colony RecordsMay 3, 1653 - "Wee Present Francis Baker, of Yarmouth, for retailing of wine contrary to order of Court"March 6, 1665 - "abusiue carriage to Francis Baker att the same time, they, the said Starr and Barnes, were sentanced by the Court to pay unto the said Baker, each of them, the sume of twenty shillings.And in reference unto the said Francis Baker and John Casley theire breache of the peace att the same time, they were fined by the Court, each of them, the summe of three shillings and four pence to the use of the collonie. And whereas Elisha Hedge hath given testimony that the said Baker and Casley were drunke att the same time, incase any concurrant testimony shall appeer to cleare up the truth thereof, they shalbe lyable to suffer the penaltie of the law for the same.June 8, 1655 - "Concerning complaint made by John Hall, of Yarmouth, against Francis Baker, of the same towne, for abusing Samuell Hall, his son, and seruant to the said Baker, by kicking of him and otherwise unreasonably stricking of him, the court haue ordered, that the said Samuell Hall shall bee and continew with his said father untill the next Court of Asistants; and then incase the said Baker shall come and complaine to the said Court, hee is to acquaint the said Hall wherwith, that soe hee may come with him, and they shalbee heard."August 7, 1655 - "In the difference betwixt John Hall and Francis Baker about Samuell Hall, late seruant to the said Francis Baker, the Court ordered that John Hall shall pay unto the said Francis Baker the summe of eight pounds for the remainder of his seruants time unexpired, and the said Samuell Hall is to continuw with his father, and soe the contouersye is ended."October 30, 1672 - "Francis Baker, of Yarmouth, complained against William Nacarson, of Mannamoicett, in an action of the case, to the damage of ten pounds, for that the said Nicarson neglecteth to pay him for six meat barrells, and for labour done seuerall times about pining of tarr barrells, and triming them, in yeare one thousand six hundred and seauenty. The jury find for the plaintiffe five shillinges damage, and the cost of the suite."
Text of the Will of Francis Baker - (Barnstable Probate Records, Book 2, Page 30)In ye Name of God Amen, I Francis Baker of Yarmouth in the county of Barnstable in New England being of disposing mind and memeory at this time Blessed be God. I do new meke and ordaine this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following: I bequeath my soul to God that gave it to me and my body to ye dust from whence it was in decent burial, and for that outward estate which God of his goodness hath given me: my will is and I do will and give to my Loving wife Iesball all my housing and Lands in ye Bounds of sd yarmouth both up lands and meadow Lands during her Natural Life, Also I do will & give unto my sd wife Iesball all my cattle and all my other movable estate for ye comfort of her Life, she my sd wife paying all my just debits and legases to my children here after mentioned I do will and give unto my Grandson Samuel Baker ye eldest son of my son Nathaniel two shillings ...... unto my son John Baker five shillings ...... unto my son Daniel Baker five shillings ......unto my son William Baker five shillings ..... unto my daughter Elizabeth Chase five shillings ...... unto my daughter Hannah Pearse five shillings These aforesaid legases to be paid unto all and every of my children above named within one year after my decease: further my will is that what so ever of my mouvable estate and cattel shall remaine and not be expended neither by myself nor wife that after our decease ye remainder there of I do will and five unto my son Thomas Baker, and to my sd son Thomas Baker after my decease and ye decease of my wife Isball I do will and give all my housing orchards and lands and meadows what so ever unto him and his heirs forever I say to my son Thomas Baker his heirs and assigns forever, further I do ordaine nominate and appoint my loving wife isball and my son Thomas Baker executrix and executor to this my last will and testament where unto I have set my hand and seal this fourth day of march Anno Dom one thousand six hundred ninety two three. The mark of FB Francis Baker (Seal) Signed sealed and declared in presence of usJohn MillerJohn OkeliaI Francis Baker do desire that my friends John miller and Thomas Bills boath of sd yarmouth woold be helpful with my executors for ye setling of this my last will as above expressed. John miller whose name stands as witness to this will made oath before Barnabas Lothrop esqr. Judg of Probate for ye county of Barnstable that he did see ye above named Francis Baker new deceased sign & seal & declare this to be his last will and testament and saw John okelia set his hand as witness to this will December ye 8th 1696: Examined and duly compared with ye original & entered December ye 10:1696: Attest Joseph Lothrop Regr.