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The Reputed Ancestry of Simon Baxter of Hebron, CT

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The accuracy of the data contained herein has been seriously questioned by Mr. Timothy Baxter in an e-mail message to several Baxter researchers dated 16 April 1997.

QUOTE This business with Francis Baxter really needs to halt. The fact is we donít know the parentage of Simon (b. 1698). One of Americaís leading genealogists, Gary Boyd Roberts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (the "NEHGS"), wrote about the ancestry of past presidents of the NEHGS, including James Phinney Baxter, the longest serving NEHGS President (1878-1921), and a descendant of Simon through his son William. He did not believe that Simonís parentage could be traced, though he had access to the same genealogy (J. P. Baxterís unpublished manuscript "The Baxters of New Englandí) which provided the original basis for the "Francis" theory. The evidence is just too thin.

The article in question is "Notable Kin - Eight NEHGS 'Flowers of New England' Pre-1950: The Ancestry of Three Founders, Four Presidents, Three Editors. Two Librarians" by Gary Boyd Roberts in NEHGS "NEXUS", Vol. XI, No. 6, p. 200-207 (December 1994). [ I have a copy if you are interested.]

J.P. Baxter was a great man (as was his son, Governor Percival Baxter of Maine), but J.P. wanted just a bit too much to trace his ancestry to a relative of Richard Baxter, the famous Puritan divine.

Some NEHGS folks think it possible that Simon was a bastard son of Joseph Bradford, the grandson of the founder of Plymouth Colony, because of the large land grant in Lebanon, CT given Simon in 1721. An interesting theory, but no proof. END QUOTE

Knowing that I may offend someone, I publish J. P. Baxter's "story" here to both stimulate possible additional investigations with better data and to present it with the caveat of it is not reliable until proven otherwise. Alternatively, some of this data MAY be accurate. The problem is knowing which is and which is not.

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The Reputed Ancestors of

Simon Baxter (c. 1697 - 1778) of Hebron, Connecticut

Generation One

1. Simon1 Baxter (Francis, #2) was born either 1697 or 1698 at Martha's Vineyard Island, Dukes County, Mass. He married Abigail Mann, daughter of Richard Mann and Elizabeth Sutton, on 6 Apr 1721 at Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut. After his divorce he then married on 25 Oct 1741 at Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut Rebecca Tarbox Birge, daughter of Jonathan Tarbox and Eleanor (--?--) and widow of Richard Birge. He died on 26 Dec 1778 at Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut and is buried at Hebron Cemetery, Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut.

Generation Two

2. Francis C.2 Baxter (Thomas, #4) was born in 1681. He married an unknown person in 1697. He died on 10 Oct 1723 at Brimfield, Hampden County, Mass. He was killed by a gun in the hands of a person named Johnson. He is possibly the brother of Rev. Richard Baxter of England. He is said to have come from England in the latter part of the 17th century and purchased a farm at Enfield, CT.

Children of Francis C.2 Baxter and an unknown spouse were as follows:

Generation Three

4. Thomas3 Baxter (Richard, #8) was born at Rowton, Shropshire, England. He married Isabella Benson (see #5) at Rowton, Shropshire, England.

Thomas Baxter, son of Richard Baxter, Senior, of Eaton Constantine, Shropshire, England, was a half brother of the famous Rev. Richard Baxter, Jr.

Children of Thomas3 Baxter and Isabella Benson (see #5) were as follows:

5. Isabella3 Benson married Thomas Baxter (see #4), son of Richard Baxter and Mary Hunks, at Rowton, Shropshire, England.

Generation Four

8. Richard4 Baxter (Rodger, #16) was born circa 1580. He married Beatrice Aldeney, daughter of Richard Aldeney, on 29 Jan 1614 at High Ercall, England. He married Mary Hunks (see #9), daughter of Sir Thomas Hunks, circa 1635. He died in 1685.

Children of Richard4 Baxter and Mary Hunks (see #9) were:

9. Mary4 Hunks (Thomas, #18). A birth year of 1585 is derived from year of death at the age of 96. She married Richard Baxter (see #8), son of Rodger Baxter and Jane (--?--), circa 1635. She died in 1681.

Generation Five

16. Rodger5 Baxter (Richard, #32) married Jane (--?--) (see #17), daughter of William (--?--).

Children of Rodger5 Baxter and Jane (--?--) (see #17) were as follows:

17. Jane5 (--?--) (William, #34) married Rodger Baxter (see #16), son of Richard Baxter and Anna Forester.

18. Sir Thomas5 Hunks.

Children of Sir Thomas5 Hunks and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Six

32. Richard6 Baxter (William, #64) married Anna Forester (see #33), daughter of Richard Forester.

Children of Richard6 Baxter and Anna Forester (see #33) were:

33. Anna6 Forester (Richard, #66) married Richard Baxter (see #32), son of William Baxter and Elizabeth Biest.

34. William6 (--?--).

Children of William6 (--?--) and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Seven

64. William7 Baxter (Roger, #128) married Elizabeth Biest (see #65), daughter of Rodgera Biest.

Children of William7 Baxter and Elizabeth Biest (see #65) were:

65. Elizabeth7 Biest (Rodgera, #130) married William Baxter (see #64), son of Roger Baxter and Elizabeth Pagan.

66. Richard7 Forester.

Children of Richard7 Forester and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Eight

128. Roger8 Baxter (John Popidius, #256) married Elizabeth Pagan (see #129), daughter of Richard Pagan.

Children of Roger8 Baxter and Elizabeth Pagan (see #129) were:

129. Elizabeth8 Pagan (Richard, #258) married Roger Baxter (see #128), son of John Popidius.

130. Rodgera8 Biest.

Children of Rodgera8 Biest and an unknown spouse were:

Generation Nine

256. John9 Popidius. There was in "Aestivis Canganis" in Cornwall, England, a noble and very ancient family called Popidius. There were several branches of this clan but the most illustrious was settled for many generations in "Castellum" called Castellum Episcopi.

In the reign of Henry VI (1436-61), John Popidius moved to Shrewsbury, Shropshire. There John, called Popidius or The Baxter, three times held the highest office in the city "Duumvir" under Edward IV (1461-83) and once under Henry VII (1485-1509).

Children of John9 Popidius and an unknown spouse were as follows:

258. Richard9 Pagan.

Children of Richard9 Pagan and an unknown spouse were:

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Data Sources:

"A Collection of Genealogies" compiled by James Phinney Baxter, undated and unpublished manuscript at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library.

"The Baxters of New England, A Family History" by James Phinney Baxter, 1921, unpublished manuscript at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library.

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