Descendants of Philemon Baldwin
Generation No. 1
1. PHILEMON5 BALDWIN (CALEB4, SAMUEL3, SAMUEL2, NATHANIEL1) was born 07 Feb 1758 in Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, and died Abt. 1857 in Yates County, New York. He married ESTHER 29 Oct 1778 in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. She was born Abt. 1760 in Catskill, New York, and died Abt. 1815 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Notes for PHILEMON BALDWIN:
He was a Miller and Farmer. Lived on Flat Street and later known as Weed Farm in Penn Yan, Yates County, N.Y. He originated the name Penn Yan(conbination of Pennsylvania and Yankees). He lived at the foot of Cayuga Lake, he killed 25 bears. He appears in the 1800 Census. About 1810, he and his sons settled on farms at Newburgh, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
More About PHILEMON BALDWIN:
#519: 1830, Death Date given according to "The Pioneer Families of Cleveland", p. 117
Fact 2 (2): Feb 1997, E-mail #97 & Baldwin Bi-Lines, William Ray Baldwin
Fact 3 (2): 781 E. William Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
Children of PHILEMON BALDWIN and ESTHER are:
i. AMOS6 BALDWIN, b. Abt. 1779, Orange, Essex County, New Jersey; m. SARAH CRANE.
ii. PHILEMON H. BALDWIN, b. 1785; d. 1834, Newburgh, Ohio; m. POLLY ROSE; b. Norris Landing, Vt..
Notes for PHILEMON H. BALDWIN:
Was a steamboat captain on Cayuga Lake, N.Y. He moved from Niagara Falls to Cleveland, Ohio in 1810/11.
FHL Film #0879240 Cuyahoga County, Ohio dated March, 1834 Com Pleas Docket's as follows:
Philemon, page 375, March 5, 1811--Aug 28, 1851. Granted to Martha and Starr Baldwin. Hiram W. Grady and Issac Clark bail $400.00. Gains Beck, Noble Bates, Samuel Brooks Appraisers, Aug 21, 1834 inv. & list of debts filed page 375.
iii. RUNE R. BALDWIN, b. Abt. 1789, Penn Yan, Yates County, New York; d. 04 Jan 1834, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; m. CALISTA KINGSBURY, 07 Dec 1814.
Notes for RUNE R. BALDWIN:
Lived in Cleveland, Ohio near the corner of Wilson and Woodland Aves.
FHL Film #0879240 Cuyahoga County, Ohio dated March, 1834 Com Pleas Docket's as follows:
Rune R. Baldwin, page 374, 5 March 1811-28 Aug 1851 granted to James Kingsbury. Richard Willard & Edmund Clark bail $600.00. Morley and Richard Hussey Appraisers. Inventory filed June 10, 1834.
iv. CALEB BALDWIN, b. 02 Sep 1793, Nobletown, Orange County, New York; d. 11 Jun 1849, Salt Lake City, Utah; m. NANCY KINGSBURY, 07 Dec 1814, Cleveland, Ohio; b. 14 Sep 1798, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; d. 12 Sep 1888, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Notes for CALEB BALDWIN:
WALLACE R BALDWIN
Many times I have wondered why someone would take on such a project as one like this. It is an all
consuming and very frustrating project. There are many dates in dispute and many family connections that are questionable that have to be solved to the best ability of the compiler. I have had help ftom many,many people but still there will be questions. I can only say I have done the best I could do.
Many times in doing research on the Baldwin family line I have wondered just how many descendants
Caleb Baldwin might have. I know there are many more than those in this research project but at least I
have confirmed these as the descendants of Caleb and Nancy Kingsbury.
I find several dates of birth for Caleb Baldwin but the one I have used was the one he gave at the time of
his sealing in the Nauvoo temple. He indicated his birth date was 02 Sep 1793 and he was born in
Nobletown,Orange,New York. I have been unsuccessful in finding a town in New York by that name.
There was however a small area of 4 or 5 miles in the town of Hillsdale, New York that was known in the
early days as Nobletown. It was just a local name and the gazetteer says it was not used as a town name because of its moderate size.
Caleb was the son of Philemon Baldwin and his wife Esther. Philemon was said to have been an
interesting man. He was shrewd, witty and full of fun and a genial companion.
Philemon Baldwin was from Yates Co.,New York. He was a pioneer of that county, and to him is given
the credit for naming Penn Yan, Yates, New York.
There was much strife among the residents of the place concerning the naming of the newly settled town.
Settlers from Pennsylvania wished it called one way, and the New England seffiers another. It was
Philemon Baldwin who satisfied all parties by suggesting Penn for one party, and fmishing with the first
syllable of Yankee for the other.
There were several families of Baldwin who came to Cleveland, Doan's Corners, and Newburgh at a very
early day. As near as can be ascertained, Philemon Baldwin and his sons were amoung the first to arrive before the year 18 1 0. They settled on farms near Newbury.
Caleb served during the war of 1812 as an Ensign under Captain Charles Parker. He enflisted on
September I st, 1812 as an Ensign in the company of Ohio volunteers commanded by Captain Parker. His term was for six months. He continued in service, chiefly in the vicinity of the Heron River valley and was discharged about March Ist, 1813.
On December 7th 1814 there was a double wedding in the home of Judge James Kingsbury. There was a
great merry making and it is reported that the affair was a great social success. Nearly all the people of
Cleveland and Newburg as well, participated and we can imagine that the jovial father of the bridegrooms did his full share in making everyone feel happy on the occasion. Also that certain young neighbors and
friends of the couples made right merry, and that Samuel Jones and his violin bequiled their footsteps.
The residence of Judge Kingsbury was so much larger than the usual pioneer home that there was no
necessity for setting the, furniture of the house outside during the party, as was the custom in the
log-cabins of that day in order to make room for the company. Horace Perry, Cleveland's Justice of the
peace, performed the ceremonies.
The two daughters of Judge Kingsbury were Nancy and Calista, who married the two Baldwin brothers
Caleb and Rune.
Rune and Calista Baldwin began housekeeping in a home belonging to them on the north west comer of
Woodland and Wilson-E. 55th Street. Here they lived in health and prosperity for 20 years, when, in the
summer of 1834, Rune Baldwin Was stricken with cholera, an epidemic that year, and died.
-Caleb and Nancy settled in Cleveland and their first child was born there. Nancy Maria Baldwin born 24
Somewhere between 1815 and 18 1 7 Caleb and Nancy must have moved to Warrensvifle,Ohio. Their
second child, Caleb Clark Baldwin was bom there 03 Jun 1817. Warrensviile was a township situated
southeast from Cleveland and was designated in the survey of the Western Reserve as township seven in
range eleven. In 1817 and 1818 Caleb is listed as the treasurer in the township of Warrensville. In 1825
and 1826 he is listed as a trustee of the township. We still find in 1829 Caleb Baldwin is listed as a
householder in the township of Warrensville.
When the Mormon excitement was at its height, and its teachings were being discussed pro and con at
every fireside, Caleb and Nancy became converts of the new faith. There was an element of Mysticism in
it at that time, sufficient to be an attraction to people of intense religious emotion. Caleb met often with a
former Baptist minister Parley P. Pratt, who lived in the county. Brother Pratt had enough influence to
help them decide to leave their comfortable home and its environment of kinship and life-long neighbors,
to face what proved to be danger and many hardships.
Caleb Baldwin was baptized into the Mormon church November 14th 1830 by Parley P. Pratt. He and
John Murdock were some of the first converts to the church in the state of Ohio. These were to be some of
the most trying and also some of the most spiritual times in Caleb's life.
Sometime near the year 1830 Caleb Baldwin left the Cleveland area and migrated with the Mormons to
Jackson County Missouri. In 1833 the saints were driven out of Jackson County and Caleb settled in
In 1835,thanks to the Journal of Levi Jackman, we find Caleb on a mission to Kirtland, Ohio. I enter parts
of the journal here to give us an idea of some of his hardships.
On May 4th 1835, Levi Jackman left Missouri with Caleb BALDWIN,"on foot and with no money," for
Kirtland, Ohio, where they were being sent by the Church authorities to work on the temple, and they
were instructed to preach the gospel as they traveled.
I took an affectionate farewell of my family and started in company with Brother Caleb Baldwin.
They traveled for several days and arrived at Quincy, Illinois on the 25th of April 1839. Caleb found his
family had located in Calhoun County along with his eldest son Caleb Clark Baldwin. They left Calhoun
County and traveled to Commerce,Hancock Illinois, which was rebuilt and named Nauvoo.
On the 17th of January, 1840 Caleb Baldwin was ordained a Seventy in Nauvoo.
We find from a jounal entry in the journal of Mary Ann Weston Maughan that Caleb Baldwin was still in
Nauvoo in October of 184 1, She says:
On arriving at the Mississippi River, there was no station, so we camped on the bank until a steamer came
down and took us on board. They landed us at the upper stone house on the 1Oth of October 184 1. This
was the landing place in Nauvoo. While unloading our luggage, the men let one of my feather beds fall
overboard, and it was soon out of sight. I did not know what to think, till I saw some sailors go after it
with a boat. My bed was not much the worse for its ride down the river.
The house was empty, so the company staid in it till they found their friends or rented houses to live in.
Sister Simmonds and myself went to find our company that left us at Kirtland, as we had some of their
, luggage with us. It was Sunday afternoon, and as we passed by the grove, we saw Joseph Smith standing
on a flour barrel. Brother Caleb Baldwin stood before him, and Joseph would put his hand on his shoulder
for a desk. He was preaching to a small company standing around him.
Caleb Baldwin and Nancy Kingsbury received their own endowments and had their marriage solemnized
before they left Nauvoo for Utah. They were endowed on the 18th of December 1845, their marriage was
solemnized by Heber C. Kimball on the 20th of January 1846 and was witnessed by Willard Richards and
a Brother Simmons.
Caleb was in the second division to leave Nauvoo. It was under the direction of Heber C. Kimball. Caleb
was a captain of tens in the fourth or K company of the second division. There were 662 people and 226
wagons in the group.
Caleb and their group arrived in Salt Lake City on the 24th of September 1848. It is said at that time he
was 57 and his wife 50 and that also adds confusion as to his actual birth date. He did not have long to
enjoy the city that he had suffered so long to obtain. He died on the I I th of June 1849 in Salt Lake City.
He had suffered much at the hands of the mob and the hardships endured at Liberty and the beatings
surely shortened his life. He died, however, strong in the faith and an example for his descendants, never
denying the faith that he knew to be inspired of God.
Caleb was the 13th person to be binied in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
He left behind a courageous wife and a rich heritage, in his children. Nancy Kingsbury Baldwin lived for
at 2nd South Street in the old 15th Ward until her death.
More About CALEB BALDWIN:
#519: UA Record #13-227 Source, Automated Archives, Inc. CD #100
Fact 2 (2): E-mail #959, Tori B. Kline, Http://www.Familytreemaker.com/users/
Fact 3 (2): k/l/i/Tori-B-Kline/GENE4-0006.html
Notes for NANCY KINGSBURY:
She migrated with the Mormons in the early days. 1887 living in Utah, and has children with her.
v. ASA BALDWIN, b. 1795, Claremont, New Hampshire.
Notes for ASA BALDWIN:
One of his dauhters married a Chissom.
vi. GEORGE BALDWIN.
vii. MARY BALDWIN, m. MOSES CHISSOM, 1800, Benton, Yates County, New YorK.
Notes for MARY BALDWIN:
Has one child living in 1872 in the County of Yates.
viii. SALLEY ANN BALDWIN.
ix. ELIZABETH BALDWIN.
x. ESTHER BALDWIN.
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