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From: "Debbie Jennings" <>
Subject: [INOWEN] Disappearances--BALDWIN/BALDON
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 10:47:12 -0500

What became of James Baldwin? When did he leave Owen county and where did he

James BALDWIN (s/o Thomas) was born in 1791 in MD.He was brought to Nelson
county KY by his father sometime between 1797 and 1801. The family resided
there until about 1821 when the property was sold and land entry was filed
in the Owen county area.
James is known to have used various spellings of his surname and is found
that way in various records: BALDWIN/BALDON/BALDAN/BALDIN/BAULDIN
James m. Hannah TRUAX (d/o Wm Truax & Ailcy Combs) in 1814 in Nelson co. KY.
They were the parents of at least one known child and there were others
reffered to in Hannah's father Will. Those are unfound at the current time.
Hannah died shortly before 1834 in Owen county, IN.
In 1823 James met to help organize the Little Mount Church. In 1824 along
with John Asher he donated land for a school and meeting house to be built
for the later Little Mount Baptist Church. In 1826 he is appointed a trustee
for the Church.
In 1829 another 82.19 acres of land were entered in James name in the Wayne
twp area.
James is shown in the 1830 census with his wife, 1 daughter and a female in
the 60-70 year age range. This would have to be James mother as Hannah's
mother would have been residing with Hannah's father as William Truax would
not have need any assistance in caring for his family with his financial
In 1831 another 80 acres of land is entered in James name.
In 1833 James serves as executor of the estate of Samuel Truax his brother
in law.
James served as Justice of the Peace in 1834 as well as his position in the
In December of 1836 a total of 147.5 acres of land are entered in James name
in Wayne/Montgomery township.
After Hannah's death, James remarries to Matilda Nutterfield (d/o George &
Nancy) in May of 1834. They are found in the 1840 census residing in the
Montgomery twp area of Owen county (this is around the time of the twp line
shifting, his property was in both twps.)
In 1843 James paid taxes in Montgomery, Wayne and Harrison twps of Owen
September 12, 1846 is the last mention in the Little Mount Church records of
James Baldwin and at that time he was still serving as messenger for the
James and his family is listed in the 1850 Owen county census in Montgomery
twp in household 236 living in between Anderson Craft and James Bartlett.
No mention is made of him at the time of his brother's death in March of
1856, or the later estate sale in 1857.
The next mention made of James Baldwin is in a book called HISTORY OF
HANCOCK COUNTY, ILLINOIS written in 1920. A son of James and Matilda is
mentioned in there:
John was born in Owen county Indiana and migrated to Missouri with his
parents sometime prior to the Civil War. John enlisted in a Missouri
regiment and fought for the Union Army, he was discharged due to disability
eighteen months later.
John then moved to Hancock county, Illinois and married in 1868.

This above mention implies that James and Matilda migrated to MO sometime
just prior to the outbreak of the CW. Where in MO is uncertain. The entry
later only mentions that the parents of John have been deceased for several
years (this is in 1920).
Some of James children show up again in Morgan county IN around the time of
1867 giving reason to think that perhaps this was around the time of their

Wouldn't a man who was so active in the Church and had at least 309 acres of
land in 3 different twps and acted as Justice of the Peace and as an
administrator for others estates, be the type of man who would have been
precise in his own business dealings?
Wouldn't there at least be some mention of land sales of this large amount
prior to them migrating elsewhere??

The children of James first marriage to Hannah are thought to be:
1.William Asher Baldwin b. 9-2-1815 d.10-11-1857 m. Emeline Pittman
migrated to Hardin Co. Iowa in 1853 and is buried there.They had 11
2.Thomas Baldon b. 1816 d. 1832 buried in Little Mount Cemetery
3. Elizabeth Baldwin b. 11-7-1823 d. 7-19-1896 m. Samuel Pickens. They had
at least 3 known children.
Children of second marriage to Matilda:
1.Lucinda Baldon b. 1836
2.Thomas R. Baldon b. 1838 d. 1926 m. Fannie Baldwin(d/o Wm)Both are buried
at Combs Cemetery
3. Nancy J. Baldon b. 1840 m. James Morrison??
4.Margaret E. Baldon b. about 1842 m. possibly John T. Gash
5. John Campbell Baldon b. 1844 d. 1887 m. Mary Elizabeth Caldwell
Resided and died in Hancock co. Illinois
6.James M. Baldon b. 1848
7. Amanda E. Baldon b. about 1849
8. Cresa Baldon (she is shown as age 6 in 1850, however, a brother is listed
as the same age in another reliable source).

Nancy, Thomas R., Margaret and James M. all returned to IN and the girls
were married around 1882-1883, Thomas married in 1869.

Any information will be most appreciated.

Debbie Jennings

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