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John Baldwin

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  • Name  John Baldwin 
    Born  1675  York, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Jan 1757  New Garden MM, Guilford, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3928  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  14 Dec 2010 

    Family 1  Ann Scott,   b. 25 Aug 1688, Lancaster, Lancastershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1741, Falls MM, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Dec 1707  Falls MM, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From records of the Falls Monthly Meeting, on Family History Library film number 20459

      Whereas John Boldwin of the Township [of] Makefield in the County of bucks and Province of Pensilvania weaver & ann Sco of the tow county and Province aforesaid Spinster having intentions of marriage With each other before several Monthly <[M]eetings> of the People of god Called Quakers in the County of Bucks aforesaid according to the Good order used among them Whose Proseedings there in after a deliberate considera and having concent of Ralations and par Concerned nothing appearing to obstruct was approved of by the Said meetings Now these are to Certifie all whom it concern that afore the full accomplishment of there said intentions this eighth day of the twelfth month in the Year of our Lord one Thousan[d] Seven hundred and Seven the said John Boldwin & ann Scott appeared in a Publick Meeting of the aforesaid People at there usual Meetting house in the falls Township and County aforesaid and the Said John Boldwin taking the said Ann Scott by the hand did in a Solemn Manner openly declare that he took her to be his Wife promising to be unto her a true and Loving husband untill death Should Seperate them and then and their in the said assembly She the Said did in Like manner openly Declare that Shee took the Said John Boldwin to be her husband P[r]omising to be unto him a faithfull Wife untill death Should Saperate them (and Moreover the said John Boldwin an[d] Ann Scott (She according to the Custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband as further Confirmation theirof) did then and there to to these Presents Sett there hands) [1] & we whose names are hereunder Subscribed being amongst others at the Solemnization of the Said marriage & Sub have allso Like these p[re]sants sett our hands the day and year above written
      John Boldwin, Ann Boldwin
     1. Rebecca Baldwin
     2. Joseph Baldwin
     3. Rachel Baldwin
     4. John Baldwin,   b. 7 May 1716, Falls MM, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1762
     5. William Baldwin,   b. 20 Apr 1720, Falls MM, Bucks, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1802, Guilford, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Sarah Baldwin,   b. 1734,   d. 1780
    Last Modified  14 Dec 2010 
    Family ID  F1212  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Jennet Hartley,   b. 30 Jan 1668,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  13 Sep 1698 
    Last Modified  2 Jul 2006 
    Family ID  F4854  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • compiled by Stewart Baldwin

      The large wave of Quaker immigrants which moved from England to Pennsylvania in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries included two brothers, John Baldwin and William Baldwin, both of whom settled in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, moving there from the Pendle Forest, in Lancashire. During the same period, other Quaker immigrants named Baldwin, probably unrelated, came from other parts of England, with the result that some accounts of the genealogy of John and William Baldwin are confused or incorrect. Although direct proof of the parentage of the two brothers is still not available, their father can be identified with near certainty as John Baldwin of Wheatley in Pendle Forest, an English Quaker who died in 1719. These web pages will set out, with documentation, what is known of the two immigrant brothers and their relatives in England.
      Of the two brothers, John Baldwin of Makefield township, Bucks co., PA, made his first known appearance in the records at his first marriage in England, in 1697, to Jennet Hartley. [1] The couple received a certificate to move to America in 1698, and the fact that Jennet (Hartley) Baldwin was still alive after the trip to America is proven by her presence as a witness to the 1700 marriage, in America, of Robert Heaton to Jennet’s cousin Grace Pearson, who had in turn witnessed the Baldwin-Hartley marriage in England a few years earlier (and would also witness John Baldwin’s second marriage a few years later). It would seem that Jennet (Hartley) Baldwin did not survive for long after that, and a few years later, John Baldwin married for a second time to Ann Scott, by whom he was ancestor to a large percentage of Quaker Baldwins in the midwest.
      Although he had visited America earlier, William Baldwin did not come to America to stay until 1714. The fact that he had a brother named John is clear from his will, which named his brother John “Baldwen” (as the name is often spelled in the early records) as one of his executors. Since John Baldwin of Makefield township came from the same small area of Lancashire as William, and the other known Pennsylvania Quakers named John Baldwin do not make feasible candidates as brothers of William Baldwin, the identity of John Baldwin of Makefield township with William’s brother of the same name is secure.
      The parentage of the brothers is more difficult to document, and direct proof of the relationship has not yet been found. However, it is almost certain that they were the sons of John Baldwin of Wheatley, in Pendle Forest, who will be called “John Baldwin Sr.”, to distinguish him from the immigrant, and whose death on 25 twelfth month [February] [2] 1718/9 was recorded by the Marsden Monthly Meeting. It is probable that their mother’s name was Bridget. The evidence for that is as follows:
      The birthdates of the three daughters of John Baldwin Sr. match well with the probable birthdates of the immigrants John and William Baldwin.
      John Baldwin Sr. was said to be “of Gisborn” (i.e., the parish of Gisburn, co. York), and the 1855 biography of the immigrant William which appeared in The Friend (see below) gives his birthplace as “Gisbourn”.
      The same biography of William Baldwin states that he was born “of parents professing the truth” (i.e., Quakers), thus verifying that his parents were members of the Society of Friends.
      The records of the Marsden Monthly Meeting show only three Baldwins in a generation older than the two immigrant brothers, of whom two, Anthony and Margaret, brother and sister, both left wills which suggest that they had no children. This leaves John Baldwin Sr. as the only reasonable candidate for the father who appears in the Marsden records.
      The residence of “Wheatley” given for John Baldwin Jr. at his first marriage is the same as the residence given for John Baldwin Sr. in his death record.
      The immigrant William Baldwin and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Topper were prominent signers of each other’s marriage certificates.
      The removal certificate of William “Balwin” to America refers to his parents as being living (“... his aged parents whom he leaves alone, ...”), and the two most prominent signers of that certificate were John “Balwin” and Briget “Balwin”. (William’s brother John was already in America, and was therefore certainly not the man of that name who signed the certificate.)
      While none of these pieces of evidence gives direct proof of the relationship, together they make an extremely strong case that John Baldwin Sr. was the father of the two immigrant brothers. Indeed, the words “whom he leaves alone” in William Baldwin’s removal certificate indicate that his parents lived near him (i.e., in Pendle Forest), and we would then expect them to have been members of the Marsden Monthly Meeting. Thus, the lack of any other reasonable candidates for the parents of John and William Baldwin in the Marsden records has strong weight. The parentage of John Baldwin Sr. remains unknown, and the name is too common to identify him among possible baptisms in the area without additional information. One possible clue is presented by two other Baldwin members of the Marsden Monthly Meeting who have no proven connection to John Baldwin Sr., Anthony and Margaret Baldwin, both of whom left wills. Although the possibility remains that they represent a red herring, they still need to be investigated. For an account of Anthony Baldwin and Margaret Baldwin, and transcripts of their wills