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Ann LEECH married 9/1615 Leigh Co. Lancaster  per Torreys

Spouse: Henry WITHINGTON born circa 1587 Eng, died 2/2/1666-7 age 79 in Dorchester, in Capt. Johnson's company, came from England 1636 with Rev. Richard Mather; he married (2) Margaret/Margerie Turner widow of Richard Paul, married 1662, died 5/20/1676

Children: Ann married James Bate before 1648; Richard born circa 1618 married Elizabeth Eliot/Sybtorphe?; Faith born 1620 died 2/3/1689 married Richard Baker circa 1639; Mary born 1622 died 3/26/1697 married Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth;

 

Faith WITHINGTON born 1620 died 2/3/1688-9, married about 1639

Spouse: Richard BAKER, of co. Kent ENG, born circa 1614, died Dorchester 10/25/1689, member of A & H Artillery Co. 1658

Children: Sarah, baptized 6/22/1645 Dorchester, married James White 2/22/1664-5, died 10/13/1688; John baptized 4/30/1643, died 8/26/1690, married Preserve Trott; Mary born 2/27/1643, died 8/27/1714, married Samuel Robinson; Thankful baptized 3/19/1646-7 married William Griggs; Elizabeth baptized 10/27/1650 died young; James baptized 4/30/1654 died 3/30/1721; Elizabeth baptized 7/20/1656 married William Pratt; Hannah baptized 1/9/1662 died 9/18/1690 married John Wiswell


History of the Town of Dorchester MA: Edward White came from Branbrook in Kent to Dorchester with his wife Martha and two daughters in the Abigail Hopewell from London  1635. Mr White was born in 1593, his wife in 1596, his daughter Martha in 1625 and Mary in 1627. His son James joined the church in 1662. He married Sarah Baker a daughter of Richard 22 ( 12) 1664; died Nov 11 1713

The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 75:  Withington, England i FAITH 2 bapt 13 Oct 1616 came with her father and stepmother to New England d at Dorchester 3 Feb 1688-9 m about 1639. RICHARD BAKER said to have been born in co Kent Eng about 1614, d at Dorchester 25 Oct 1689. He came first to Boston as first mate of the ship Bachelor leaving England 18 Aug 1635 and lived in Dorchester after his marriage. He was a brother of Thomas Baker of Roxbury and an uncle of John Baker of Boston. He was admitted freeman in 1642 was a selectman in 1653, a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1658, and in 1668 was elected ruling elder of the church in Dorchester but declined to serve. He was an ancestor of Walter7 Baker the chocolate manufacturer of Dorchester whose grandfather James Baker bought the original chocolate mill of Henry Stone 6 ii (4 REGISTER vol 43 pp 279 et seq). Children 1 Mary bapt 14 Feb 1641, d 27 Aug 1714, m in 1664 Samuel2 Robinson, bapt 14 June 1640, d 16 Sept 1718 s of William 1.  2 John bapt 30 Apr 1643, d 26 Aug 1690, m 11 July 1667 Preserved Trott. 3 Sarah bapt 22 June 1645. d 13 Oct 1688. m 22 Feb 1664-5 James White s of Edward1 vide infra 3. 4 Thankful bapt 19 Mar 1646 7, m William Griggs. 5 Elizabeth bapt 27 Oct 1650 d young. 6 James bapt 30 Apr 1654 d unm 30 Mar 1721. 7 Elizabeth bapt 20 July 1656 m William Pratt of Weymouth they set out for South Carolina 22 Oct 1695. 8 Hannah b 9 Jan 1662, d 18 Sept 1690, m 5 May 1685 John2 Wiswell (Enoch1).

 A history of the Dorchester Pope family. 1634-1888: Richard Baker was a member of the Dorchester church in 1639 and a freeman of the colony in 1642, a man of good standing in the community. He married Faith daughter of Henry Withington who bore him a good number of children,one of whom Sarah mentioned above became the wife of James White. Faith died Feb 3 and Richard followed her Oct 25 1689. His will is in Suffolk files. A descendant of his Dr James Baker made himself his family and his town famous by the manufacture of chocolate from 1780 onward. The following jottings in England may not come amiss to the future historian of this family. The index to wills at Taunton Somersetshire gives Richard Baker Wayford 1609. Among Totness wills at Exeter Devon indexed but missing Richard Baker Dartmouth 1559, Richard Baker Broadwood Kelly 1595, Parish register of Winwick Lancashire chronicles Richard Baker buried Aug 23 1630. Richard Baker buried Oct 2 1633.

The Western antiquary, Volume 4: 715 RICHARD BAKER AND DORCHESTER MASS In the History of the Town of Dorehester Massachusetts by a Committee of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Boston 1859 8vo is the following pp 105 6 which I transcribe as there may be no copy of the book in England. Richard Baker joined the Church in 1639, made freeman May l8th 1642, was one of the early grantees of lands, one of the raters ie assessors in 1647 50 and 60, a Selectman in 1653, constable in 1663, was once chosen a ruling elder but it does not appear that he accepted ,was a member of the Artillery Company in 1658. He married Faith the daughter of Elder Henry Withington probably after his arrival in this country. He died Oct 25th 1689. His wife died Feb 3rd 1689. He lived in the part of the town known as Savin Hill and was owner of a large real estate in Dorchester a piece of which is now in possession of his descendants near his homestead at the place mentioned. His son John married Preserved Trott il 5 1667; James died a bachelor March 30th 1721 aged 69. Mary born 27 2 1643 marred Samuel Robinson. Thankful married William Griggs. Hannah born 9 Jan 1662 married John Wiswell May 6th 1685. Sarah born 12 5 1668 married James White. Elizabeth married Pratt of Weymouth. A facsimile of the signature of Richard Baker to a town document dated 7 12 1641 is given in Annals of the Town of Dorchester Boston 1846 Being being No 2 of the Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society. In the Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston which was printed in 1880 and is devoted to the Town Records of Dorchester are numerous references to Richard Baker but I will only notice two. In 1674 he lent the Selectmen for the use of the town three pounds ten shillings repayment of which i acknowledged in 1 191 by James Baker. In 1680 the Elder and Deacons and the rest of the Selectmen and Richard Baker were appointed a Committee to look out for the supply of the Ministry until a man could be found to take the office of Minister. The will of Richard Baker dated October 7th 1689 was proved February 19th 1689-90 and is recorded in Book XL p 122 of the Suffolk Probate Registry at Boston. Baker seems to have been possessed of considerable property but as no record remains of his inventory the amount cannot be staled. He was interested in certain ironworks at Taunton Mass and gave his right in them to his grandchild John Baker. No mention is made of his wife so that probably she pro deceased him and the date of her death should read February 3rd 1688 9. In the old burying ground of Dorchester are the memorials of various members of the Baker family he earliest which I noticed bearing the date of 1745 One inscribed with the name of John Baker who died October 9th 1746 in his twenty fifth year may possibly commemorate the grand child already mentioned of the emigrant .

HENRY WITHINGTON 8-11-1664. I Henry Withington of Dorchester in New England being about the Age of 76 yeares or vpon 77 being in perfect memory doe make my last will. My will is That my sonn Richard Withington one of my Executors shall well & truly performe vnto my wife Margerie all such Agreements as are Expressed in a writting made & sealed before our marriage bearing date 25-4-1662 witnessed by Mr John Eliott & Mr Samuell Danforth. And then soe doing I give vnto him all the rest of my Houses & Orchard & Lands that I have in Dorchester Except Tenn Acres in the Twenty Acres Lotts which Tenn Acres I Giue to my dau Batte & I Except also my devision of Land which is about 30 Acres lying neere Deham mill which if it bee not sold before my death my will is that it shall bee sould & come in as part of my Estate. And also I Except all my Land that is mine about Sensions House which Land I Give to my dau Batte to bee hers forever. And her Husband shall haue noe power to dispose of it without her free Consent. But all my Land Except these parcells Excepted I Giue to my sonn Richard to bee his forever. And for my goods my debts & buriall being discharged out of the whole. I Give as followeth namly to my Beloved wife Margerie 10 over & besides that 10 I promised her before our marriage which is sett downe in a writting aforesayd. And to my sonn Richard 10 & to his foure sonns John, Ebenezer, Henry, & Phillip each 5 to Mr Mather 5, Mr Tampion 5. And towards the maintenance of an able ministrie in Dorchester which they have or may chuse I Give 20 to bee improved by the Deacons then in being. And the bennifitt thereof shall bee brought in yearely to the Select men then in being to bee given to the use aforesaid. And 10 more I Give vnto the poorest inhabitants in Dorchester. And the said 10 shall bee disposed at & by the discresion of the Deacons then in being. I Give vnto John Baker 5, Samuel Batte 5, Samudl Paull 5, Samuel Danforth 5. To all the Childeren I am Grandfather vnto Except Mary Robinton & such Children as I haue herein given legacies vnto I give each of them 40s. For therest of my goods legacies being discharged shall bee Equally divided among my 3 daus namly Faith Baker, Mary Danforth and Anna Batte. And for that Five Acres of Land that I latly bought of James Batte at the south End of his Lott next the High way which Cost mee 16 it is my will that she I meane my dau Batte shall have that Fiue Acres & shee shall dispose of it for her good & for her Children but her Husband shall have no power to sell it away without her Consent nor any Land that I have given her. Else where And further it is my meaninge that this 16 which the Land Cost mee though the Land Returue her as aforesayd yet it shall bee reconed as part of that Portion which I leave with hir other Sisters. For my Executer I Appoint my sonn Richard Withington & my sonn Richard Baker, for my Overseers my sonn Mr Thomas Danforth & my sonn James Batte. The legacies to be paid one halfe within a yeare after my death & the other halfe the next yeare after if it may bee well had & done. HENRY WITHINGTON Wittnes hereof Enoch Wiswall, Samuel Paull. In a codicil Mr Withington states that he has given to his son Richard the 10 expressed in his will also delivered to him the 5 for John Withington his Eldest son. For the Tenn Acres of Land I gave to my daughter Batte lying in the Twenty Acre Lott I have sold that since to Samuel Clap & have delivered & given to her & her Husband all my Land at Sensions house. All which is acknowledged by Richard Withington, Samuel Paid acknowledges that I haue received from my Father Withington that Five pounds which is Expressed in his will to bee Given me 23 9 1666. 15 Feb 1666 Enoch Wiswdl & Samuel Paule deposed. An Inventory of the Estate of Elder Henry Withington of Dorchesterchester who deceased this life Feb 2 1666 taken & apprised by John Capen ser & William Sumner March 6 1666 7. Amt 850.17 3 Due from the Estate 14.4 6 Mentions T 7 pt of three Ketcftes of a warehouse at Boston two shares in the iron works at Tanton. Richard Baker & Richard Withington deposed to this inventory May 2 1667.

Winchester notes: Henry Withington will 8-11-1664 died Feb 2 1666 aged 79 therefore born 1587 having been Ruling Elder 29 years. Estate valued Mar 6 16667 850 17s 3d. Wife Margaret daughters Faith Baker, Mary Danforth, Ann Bate, son Richard's four sons John, Ebenezer, Henry, and Philip. A Mrs Elizabeth Withington died 16-12-1660-1. She was his first wife. He married 2d in 1662 Margaret widow of Richard Paul. She was formerly Margaret Turner of Taunton (Pope's Mass Pioneers). She died May 20 1676 (Genealogical Register 1851 p 468) and other sources. In Rev S Danforth's Records of the First Church in Roxbury Mass is the following "2d 12 1666 Mr Henry Withington Ruling Elder in ye Church of Dorchester. A man that excelled in Wisdom, meekness and goodness being aged 79 departed this life and was buryed on ye 5 of 12m (NE Register 1880 p 166). His daughter Mary married Feb 2 1644 President Thomas Danforth (NE Register 1853 p 316). His son Richard married Elizabeth Sybthorpe baptized at Naring April 8 1627 daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Sybthorpe. Henry Withington Dorchester came in 1635 6. Among first list of names published in Dorchester is that of Henry Withington (Blake's Annals)

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial by Cutter: I Richard Baker immigrant ancestor came to Boston November 28 1635 from London England in the Bachelor as master's mate. He was a man of superior mould and capacity. He settled in Dorchester and became influential in town and church affairs: freeman 1642, member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1658, town officer nearly every year from 1642 to 1685, selectman in 1653. He married Faith daughter of Henry Withington immigrant in 1636 and a prominent citizen of Dorchester, he signed the church covenant with Rev Richard Mather in 1636 and was soon after chosen ruling elder which office he held twenty nine years, his first wife was Elizabeth and his second wife Mrs Marjorie Turner Paul, he died February 2 1666 67 aged seventy nine years.

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