William and Mary Baker, the immigrant ancestors, arriving in 1660
Much research has been done to show that William Baker arrived at Concord MA from England in 1660. In truth, we know litttle about them. They arrived after the “great migratation” (1620-1641) when the large influx of Puritan English emigrated to Massachusetts. A three generation tree is shown below. Since one male survived for the next two generations, all known Bakers can trace their ancestry to Joseph & Alice (Jefts) Baker. This has reduced the overall number of descendants somewhat. Nevertheless, we are left with several branches.
The Baker Challenge
I am throwing down the gauntlet, and will buy a CUP OF COFFEE to anyone who can show me a male Baker born before 1940 that belongs on this list. Email the name and your proof, and I will email you back a certificate for coffee, courtesy of Starbucks.
The Mayflower Connection
One Branch of the Baker family (descendents of James Baker who married Mary Palmer) can trace their lineage back the Mayflower Pilgrim Howland. Here are few articles about acceptance into the society, and about the Palmer line
Joseph and Eunice Palmer of Northumberland NY
The story of Joseph and Eunice Palmer who moved from Stonington CT to the wild frontier of Saratoga County, NY.
The application documents to show that this line of the Palmer/Baker family is descended from the Mayflower Pilgrim John Howland. It was approved 26 Oct 2015
Surviving Family Accounts
1. Ethel (Baker) Neff
2. Wilma (Baker) Richard (1909-1991) was an avid genealogy and supplied great information about the descendant of James Baker (link here)