Biography of Asa Baldwin
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Baldwin, Asa, one of the pioneers of Groton, was a native of Connecticut. His father's family consisted of four:sonsand two daughters, the former being: Daniel, William, Cyrus and Heman. The latter married Lucinda Brown, and had eight children: Helen, Benjamin, Carlos, Newton, Chauncey, Charles, William and Mary. Heman died in April, 1845, his widow surviving him. He was a successful farmer, leaving a good property, was a Republican, and a man of influence in the town. Newton was born August 5, 1842, and was reared on the farm. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. C, 76th N. Y. Vols., veteranized, and served three years and eleven months. At South Mountain he was wounded in the eye; was captured atthe Wilderness, and confined for ten months and eleven days in the prison pens of Andersonville, Dansville, Salisbury, Charleston and Florence. He was finally paroled and exchanged, and rejoined his regiment, the 147th New York, he having been transferred to that command during his imprisonment. Returning at length to Groton, Mr. Baldwin became a carpenter and farmer, and has ever since been a resident of the town. In 1886 he was elected justice of the peace and reelected in 1887 and 1891. In 1886 he was appointed postmaster at McLean, which office he held till the latter part of 1893. He was also constable of the town eight or nine years. In 1884 he married Mary, daughter of Vincent Hanchett, and they have two children.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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