Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Shubael Baker b. 1741 and Rebecca Chase b. 1747, of Yarmouth (now Dennis), Mass.




Shubael Baker was born 11 November 1741 in Yarmouth, Mass., the son of Shubael and Lydia (Stewart/Stuart) Baker. Shubael is my fifth great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family.

I am always intrigued by the names of my ancestors. Shubael is a Biblical name meaning “captive of God” and is pronounced sheb-oo-ale. He must have always had to spell his first name throughout his life and the spellings are quite varied. I guess he was lucky his last name was Baker!

On 15 November 1764 Shubael married Rebecca Chase in Harwich. Their marriage was the first performed by Rev. Nathan Stone.

Rebecca was born 24 August 1747, the daughter of Richard and Thankful (Berry) Chase. I wrote about Richard and Thankful here. I also descend from Richard and Thankful’s son Samuel Chase who married Zilpha Burgess.

Shubael and Rebecca had ten children:

  1. Hepsibah born 15 October 1765, m. Zenas Chase
  2. Archelaus born 26 Nov 1767, m. Mehitable Chase
  3. Rebecca/Rebecah  b. 18 Dec 1770, m. David Howes
  4. Shubael born 10 July 1772, m. Mercy Smalley
  5. Ezra born 5 Sept 1775, m. Susanna Gage
  6. Michael, born 6 Nov 1776, d. 7 April 1796
  7. Ensign, born 3 July 1779, married Sally Nickerson  
  8. Temperance, b. 15 Oct 1781, m. Henry Kelly
  9. Abigail b. 22 Nov 1783 m. Edward Sears
  10. Silvanus, b. 24 August 1786, m. Bethia Crowell

I descend from Rebecca/Rebecah. I wrote about her here. I originally had Rebecca as the daughter of a different Baker couple until Marge Howes Perry steered me in the right direction. Six of Shubael and Rebecca’s sons settled at South Dartmouth in Bristol County, where the family were mariners. They were so prevalent, the area they lived in was called Bakersville.

I at first though Rev. Nathan Stone’s diary entry about the death of Shubael Baker’s wife on 5 March 1786 at age 77 meant Rebecca, but I believe it was Shubael senior’s wife Lydia.    

Shubael also had a son Halsa/Halsey, born 27 Feb 1790, who married Mercy Allen. Some people give this son as Shubael’s with a second wife Elizabeth (Chase), daughter of Abner and Deborah (Baker) Chase), but the transcribed Dennis Vital Records has him as son of Shubael and Rebecca.

There are also researchers who say that Shubael married second on 5 July 1787 at Yarmouth, Elizabeth Chase. I have read that she was the daughter of Abner and Deborah (Baker) Chase, but I have also seen that this Elizabeth married David Bassett with whom she was still having children when the marriage to Shubael took place. Elizabeth and David had children named Abner and Deborah. So, I am not certain which Elizabeth Chase married Shubael as his second wife, or if he even had a second wife, and need to do more research. There is a Yarmouth marriage record of Shubael Baker marrying Elizabeth Chase on 5 July 1787, but if this was Elizabeth who first married David Bassett her name would be Bassett at the time of her marriage. Maybe Shubael Senior remarried as his wife had died the year prior.

I believe it is this Shubael who served in the Revolutionary War. If anyone can confirm this, I would love to hear from you! Shubael Baker was a lieutenant in 1777 from Barnstable. Oct . 21 [1777], Regimental Orders: Lt. Baker to take command of Capt. Lewis' company, he being dismissed unfit for service; ..."

Oct. 25 [1777], Capt. Higgins, who had command of Capt. Lewis' company, being also sick, Lt. Baker was directed to take command of the company from Barnstable; and Capt. Higgins' company, consisting of men from Chatham, Wellfleet and Eastham were joined to Capt. Bang's company."

I have not found death information on Shubael and Rebecca.

Sources Not Listed Above:

Nancy Thacher Reid, Dennis, Cape Cod from Firstcomers to Newcomers, 1639 – 1993, 1996

CW Swift, Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, "The Baker Family of Yarmouth, Descendants of Francis," No. 73, 1912

Burton N. Derick, Dennis Source Records, Volume 1: Church Records, 2004, Diaries of Rev. Nathan Stone



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