m. 28 Sep 1590
Facts and Events
Sylvester Baldwin came from St. Bernards Parish of Aston Clinton, Buckingham, England. He is first mentioned in the will of his uncle Richard in 1632/1663 as executor and residuary legatee -- a high complement on his nephew from a man of the property and apparent good sense of Richard -- especially as the next heir of Richard was a prosperous lawyer. The Baldwin genealogy says Sylvester married in England Sarah Bryan, called "no doubt a relative of Alexander Bryan." He emigrated with his family on the "Martin" bound for Boston in 1638 and died on board ship. His nuncupative will was made on shipboard 21 June 1638, and it was proved at Boston on 13 July following. It named his wife and six children: Richard, Sarah, Mary, Martha, Ruth and John. According to Baldwin, the Massachusetts Record 1:234 gives the probate of Sylvester's nuncupative will: "A courte of assistents held at Boston the 4th of the 7th month 1638." "4 Sept. the will of Silvester Bauldwin was presented unto the court, and his wife Sarah and sonne Richird were alowed executors according to the will." Baldwin was unable to find the terms of the will itself.
The line of Silvester, the emigrant plainly appears. He was son of Silvester, deceased, and nephew, not son, of Richard of Dundridge. Silvester, the emigrant, married Sarah Bryan, probably sister or other near relative of Alexander Bryan (son of Thomas Bryan of Aylesbury), the first of Milford, whose wife Ann is mentioned in the will. Silvester and Sarah had children baptized in Aston Clinton as follows: Sarah, April 22, 1621; Richard, Aug. 25, 1622; Mary, Feb. 28 1623; Mary again, Feb. 19, 1625; Martha, April 20, 1628; Samuel, Jan. 1, 1632, buried next 4th of June; Elizabeth, Jan. 25, 1633, buried Jan. 31, 1633. They also had John and Ruth, no doubt younger; all living children seem to have come hither and settled in Milford, Conn. John was afterward of Stonington, and was probably born 1634 or 1635.
Notes on the Ancestry of Sylvester Baldwin by Charles C. Baldwin, A.M.