Biography of James M. Baldwin, M. D.

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Dr. Baldwin was a native of Portage Co., Ohio, where he was born Dec. 4, 1810. He early acquired the trade of a blacksmith, and devoted to it the energy which was characteristic of his nature. Having been unfortunate in losing the use of one wrist, he was induced to abandon his trade for the profession of medicine. He graduated from the Cleveland Medical College, and began practice in Solon, Cuyahoga Co., in 1851. Two years later he removed with his family to the township of Hopkins, where he had previously located two hundred and eighty acres of land. In January, 1833, Dr. Baldwin was married to Miss Jane Bissell, of Portage Co., Ohio. Two sons were born, James H., whose birth occurred July 13, 1835, and G. M. born Dec. 15, 1836. An adopted daughter, Miss Ellen D. Patterson, was also a member of the family circle. On his arrival in Michigan the doctor at once began the arduous duties of his profession, which were supplemented by his farming interests, in which he was greatly aided by the younger son. The country was then in an almost primitive condition, which rendered the practice of medicine one of' much hardship. in 1865 he relinquished these active duties as a result of failing health, and his death occurred some years later, superinduced, no doubt, by excessive toil. His son, G. M., succeeded to the possession of the homestead. He was married Nov. 7, 1858, to Miss Mary E. Ingerson, and has a family of three children,- Martha J., born Sept. 20 1859, now Mrs. Buck, of Allegan; Lotta A., whose birth occurred June 1, 1868; and Blanch A., born Aug. 31, 1875. James H. Baldwin is a prominent citizen of Indianapolis, Ind. The venerable mother still resides upon the homestead.


From:
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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