Born: about 1610 in Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 1658 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Wife: Joanna (4)
Nathaniel Baldwin, most likely the 2nd son* born to Richard Baldwin and Isabell Harding ; his birth probably occurred between 1605 and 1610, the birth years shown for Timothy (1605) and Joseph (1610 or later).
*Note: Based on the will of Richard Baldwin, of Cholesbury, dated May 23, 1630; proved May 16, 1633 in the court of the Archdeaconry of Bucks; Richard mentions his sons with the following bequests:
Son Nathaniel, 10 pounds
Son Joseph, when he is 21 years old, one-half acre of land called "Hunt's Wick"
His son Timothy is named executor.
Based on Richards bequests, it would seem Timothy is the oldest son, 2nd would be Nathaniel, and 3rd, Joseph, not yet 21 years old in 1630.
The three brothers, Timothy, Nathaniel, and Joseph are believed to have emigrated to New England, Connecticut approx. 1639.
Nathaniel Baldwin was one of the first settlers of Milford, Connecticut, where he was a free planter, November 29, 1639 (p 406).
In 1650, he conveys land in Milford to his brother Timothy (p 406).
The 3 brothers settled in Milford together; Nathaniel, was a cooper, and removed to Fairfield, as he was there in 1641 (p 406).
Nathaniel married twice.
He married, before June 9, of 1644 (the date she joined the church at Milford and the month in which 2 of her children were baptized) to Abigail Camp] (p 406). She died there March 22, 1648 (p 406).
He married after March of 1648, and before 1650 (first child Sarah was born), as his 2nd, and as her 2nd, to Joanna (Unknown) Westcoat, widow of Richard Westcoat, of Fairfield, Conn (p 406). After Nathaniel died, she married 3rd to Thomas Skidmore.
Nathaniel owned land in Fairfield, March 6, 1649; in which he acquired by virtue of marriage with Joan (Joanna) Westcoat, from her father; he built a house on several parcels of land.
Note: Baldwin originally believed that Joanna made a marriage contract with Thomas Skidmore, but did not marry him (p 407). He was following Mr. Byron A Baldwin, "a careful genealogist." In Charles Baldwin's ...Supplement, he corrects this statement by saying "the Skidmore marriage came off after all" and cites the Judd Papers, which state that in 1677, Nathaniel's son Samuel had of his father-n-law (step-father), two pieces of land.
Children of Nathaniel Baldwin and Abigail (Camp) Baldwin (p 406):
John, bapt. June 1644
Daniel, bapt. June 1644
Nathaniel, bapt. January, 1645
Abigail, bapt. March 19, 1648; and died in 1668
Children of Nathaniel Baldwin and Joanna (Unknown) Westcoat (p 406):
Sarah, b. 1650
Deborah, b. 1652
Samuel, b. 1655
Death and Legacy
He died in 1658,
Charles Candee Baldwin, states "Mr. Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary, makes his widow, marry Thomas Skidmore; but Mr. Byron A Baldwin, a careful genealogist, descended of this line, states that she made a contract with Skidmore in regard to marriage, which was recorded, but did not marry him (p 407).
In Charles Baldwin's Supplement, pg 1082, to his original publication, pg 407, he corrects this statement by saying "the Skidmore marriage came off after all". He cites the Judd Papers, which states that in 1677, Nathaniel's son Samuel. had of his father-n-law (interpreted as step-father, common use of the term at that time) two pieces of land, "She married 3rd, Thomas Skidmore, not George Abbott, of Fairfield, and died in 1682" (p 408).
Mr Charles Candee Baldwin, also makes a statement that "Numbers of Nathaniel's descendants have had substantial progress in tracing this family" and names: Lewis M. Norton, of Goshen, Conn.; Dr. Talcott, of Guilford Conn.; and Byron A Baldwin, Esq., of Chicago, who printed in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for April of 1871, a partial genealogy, entitled "Nathaniel Baldwin and one Line of his Descendants; and Hon. Ralph D. Smith, of Gulford, "all of which are notable and respected experts in their research" (p 408)."
Joanna Skidmore formerly [surname unknown] aka Westcott, Baldwin, Westcoat, Westcote
Born about 1620 in England
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
Wife of Richard Westcott — married before 1641 (to before 11 Mar 1650) in Wethersfield, Connecticutmap
Wife of Nathaniel Baldwin — married before 1650 in Fairfield, Connecticut [uncertain]
Wife of Thomas Skidmore — married 14 Feb 1664 in Fairfield, Connecticut
Wife of Thomas Skidmore — married 14 Feb 1664 in Fairfield, Connecticut, British Colonies
Mother of John Westcott, Joanna (Westcott) Weed, Abigail Westcott, Sarah (Baldwin) Barlow, Deborah (Baldwin) Reed and Samuel Baldwin
Died before 1672 in Huntington, Long Island, New York
Nathaniel Baldwin aka Of Milford
Born 1607 in Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Son of Richard Baldwin III and Isabell (Harding) Baldwin
Brother of Christian Baldwin, Mary (Baldwin) Prat, Timothy Baldwin, Joseph Baldwin, Hannah (Baldwin) Woodruff and Sarah (Baldwin) Edwards
Husband of Abigail (Camp) Baldwin — married before 9 Jun 1644 (to 22 Mar 1648) in Milford Plantation, New Haven Colony, Connecticut
Husband of Joanna (Unknown) Skidmore — married before 1650 in Fairfield, Connecticut [uncertain]
Father of John Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Nathaniel Baldwin II, Abigail Baldwin, Sarah (Baldwin) Barlow, Deborah (Baldwin) Reed and Samuel Baldwin
Died about 22 Mar 1658 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Revised: February 19, 2018