17 October 2013

The Baldwin Brothers - Watch for Tiny Clues and Spellings in the Census Records

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Francis B Baldwin and his brother, Ambrose, both joined Co C 111th OVI - Francis returned home and lived a long life in Williams Co, OH, but Ambrose died in battle.  Finding the Baldwin brothers was a bit difficult as the 1850 and 1860 Brady Twp federal census records listed the family name as Boldwin so it took a few different searches to find them.  Then I encountered two different locations for Francis' marriage - one in Huron Co and the other in Fulton Co, OH (contiguous county with Williams).  My advice - keep plugging away; don't give up!!  Also look for clues to give you a sense of what life was like for the people - 1874 was a significant year for the Baldwins.

Here's what I found:
First of all this is the pension record where Ambrose and Francis' mother, Annie E Baldwin, applied for pension based on Ambrose's CW service.  Note the date as 1874.

Francis Burr Baldwin
25 Sept 1843 OH- 6 June 1917 West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH; son of Lewis/Louis J Baldwin and Hannah or Annis Elizabeth Smith
Buried Floral Grove Cem, West Unity, Brady Twp, Wms Co, OH
Married 1 Jan 1866, Fulton Co, OH(V3 p63), Miss Harriet F Leach; familysearch has same date but two different locations – when you look at record it’s definitely Fulton Co, OH

Harriet Fidelia Leach (July 1847 MI or OH - 13 May 1937, Williams Co, OH)
Buried Floral Grove Cem, West Unity, Brady Twp, Wms Co, OH

1860 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 155; Image: 315; Family History Library Film: 805052.
Harriet Leach 14 OH living with GW and Mary Finch family

1. Rosann Amelia 1866-1928; mar Hiram L Gifford, 28 Sept 1884, Waldron, Hillsdale Co, MI
2. Margret A 1871  could she be EA Baldwin b 14 Nov 1870 Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH with Francis and Harriet listed as parents (Births V1 p22); married George W Cook, 1 Jan 1891, Williams Co, OH (Marriage V6 p119)

1850 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M432_741; Page: 3B; Image: 12.
h/h 47/48 Boldwin, Lewis 32 mason PA
Hannah 29 OH
James 9 OH
Francis 6 OH
Ambrocs  5 OH

1860 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 152; Image: 310; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h 407 Boldwin, LJ 51 PA farmer
Annis 39 OH
Francis 17 OH farm laborer
Ambrose 14 OH
Hannah 10 OH

Francis B Baldwin
Age at enlistment:            19
Enlistment Date:            14 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment:            Private
State Served:            Ohio
Survived the War?:            Yes
Service Record:            Enlisted in Company C, Ohio 111th Infantry Regiment on 14 Aug 1862.Mustered out on 27 Jun 1865 at Salisbury, NC.
Birth Date:            abt 1843
Sources:            Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio

1870 Madison, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 116A; Image: 235; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 214/215 Baldwin, Francis 27 OH farmer $400
Harriet 21 OH
Rosan 3 OH

Next here's the pension record for Francis - first as an invalid in 1874 and later for Harriet as his widow in 1917; 1874 was the year for both Francis's mother to apply for brother Ambrose's CW pension and for Francis to apply for his own CW service.

1880 Wright, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: 581; Family History Film: 1254581; Page: 345C; Enumeration District: 097; Image: 0000.
h/h 243/245 Baldwin, Francis B 37 farmer OH-PA-PA
Harriett wife 32 MI-PA-PA
Rosanna dau 13 OH-OH-MI
Margret dau 9 OH-OH-MI

1890 Veteran Schedule, Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH
Baldwin, Francis B Private Co C 111th OVI with dates 1862-1865

1900 Madison, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0107; FHL microfilm: 1241332
h/h 238/240 Baldwin, Francis B 56 (Sept 1843) mar 34Y OH-PA-OH farmer; owns farm
Harriet F wife 52 (July 1847) 2/2 ch OH-MI-MI

1910 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0117; FHL microfilm: 1375254.
h/h 164/168 Baldwin, Francis B 66 mar 44Y only marriage OH-OH-OH; owner of farm
Harriett F wife  62 2/2ch only marriage OH-OH-OH
Gifford, Leroy grandson 19 OH-OH-OH farm laborer

Co C 11th OVI
17 Aug 1874 invalid pension application
15 June 1917 widow pension application

1920 Toledo Ward 9, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: T625_1410; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 102; Image: 577.
Harriet F Baldwin 73 MI-US-US widow living with Rosie A Keckler (dau) 53 and Roy L Gifford 29

1924 and 1929 widow Harriett living in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH via City Directories

1930 West Unity, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1891; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 13.0; FHL microfilm: 2341625.
Harriet Baldwin widow 82 MI-NJ-NJ living alone on E Johnson St  owns home $600