From: The Baldwin Genealogy – From 1500 to 1881, Charles Candee
Baldwin, Cleveland, Ohio, 1881, Henry Baldwin, of Woburn, Massachusetts,
and His Descendants, Pg. 616:
He lived at “New Bridge,” or North Woburn, where in each succeeding generation some of his descendants have lived and been large owners of land. He was Selectman in 1681, and a Deacon from 1686 to his death.
There is a tradition in later days that he came from Devonshire, in England, as there is also among the descendants of John, of Billerica. The latter married Mary Richardson, cousin of wife of Henry. I think it not unlikely that they are related. It will be seen in my account of John, that the older tradition was that he was from Hertfordshire. The name Henry was one very common in the family of Bucks and Herts. The suggestion that they came from Devonshire, has arisen apparently in later times, and probably from the fact that the name Baldwin was there an old one – the first Earl of Devonshire, under William the Conqueror, having that name. This tradition is found in the “Vinton Memorial” and other places. The arms to be found in this branch of Baldwins do not belong to the Devonshire Baldwins.
Henry married November 1, 1649 (Sewell says Nov 1, and Savage says Sept 1) Phebe, eldest daughter of Ezekiel Richardson, of Woburn, and born perhaps in England; baptized in Boston, June 3, 1632, and perhaps born there (Charlestown), where her parents, Ezekiel and Susanna, appeared in 1630. He died February 14, 1697/98; his widow, Phebe, Sept 13, 1716. His original will was admitted to Probate April 4, 1698, where he is called Deacon Henry, and is to be found in East Cambridge, Mass. His children were: Susanna (died young), Susanna, Phoebe, John, Daniel, Timothy, Mary, Henry, Abigail, Ruth, Benjamin."
The Chronological History of Woburn, Massachusetts relates that the Baldwin Mansion in North Woburn was built by Henry Baldwin in 1661. This mansion is still standing and currently houses a restaurant called Baldwin's Restaurant. It no longer stands on the original ground, however. It has moved to 2 Alfred Street, Woburn, MA 01801. If you are in the neighborhood, call (617) 932-9812 for reservations!
Florence Baldwin, in "Heritage", edited by Douglas J. Geist (1986),
relates the following about what she imagines life may have been like for
I can imagine the Indians coming to beg food from their scanty store. Again, I see the family in terror, lest a warring tribe attack them. They must often have suffered from the rigorous New England winters, and sometimes needed medical care which could not be obtained, except from a civilized nation. But between them and that nation rolled the broad expanse of the Atlantic. Evidently, they enjoyed some religious privileges and took an active part in the betterment of their community. They had their simple joys and friendships with those who were passing trough the same experiences as they. Their blood must have tingled with the freedom of the new world. And can't we almost feel it ourselves as we fancy the liberty which they enjoyed? "
Henry and Phebe had 11 children at least 49 grandchildren
from which there are many tens of thousands of descendants out there!
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