SAMUEL R. BALDWIN, general farmer, residing on a well cultivated tract of land which he owns in Shenango Township,
was born October 6, 1853, in Shenango Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Joseph and Sarah
Samuel and Mary Baldwin were the grandparents of Samuel R. Baldwin, and they came among the early settlers to this
township. They were good people and passed out of life with the respect of all who knew them. They had eight children
and the names of six have been preserved, as follows: Nathaniel, Samuel, Joseph, Sarah, Susan and Huldah.
Joseph Baldwin, father of Samuel R., was born December 14, 1813, in Shenango. Township, where he passed his whole
life. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and took a mild interest in public affairs. For a protracted period he
was township assessor. He married Sarah Warnock, who was born in 1815, in Shenango Township, where both died. Mrs.
Baldwin was formerly married to Henry Hazen and was the mother of tha editor of this history, Judge Aaron L. Hazen.
They had six children, namely: Lafayette, Mary Jane, John W., Lucy A., Samuel R. and James H. Lafayette was born
July 2, 1846, married Rebecca Dinsniore and they have four children: J. Ross, Nellie M., Charles H. and Frank G.
Mary J. was born November 19, 1848, and died in 1896. She married D. C. Mayne and they had one son, Wilbur. John
W. was born September 2, 1850, and died July 7, 1851. Lucy A. was born August 22, 1857, and died July 20, 1892.
She married Uriah C. McClaren and they had the following children: Minnie, William, Joseph, Edna, Frances and Roy.
James R. was born February 5, 1856, and died September 15, 1857.
Samuel R. Baldwin was educated in the district schools, the public schools at New Castle, the Edinhurg State Normal
College and at what is known as the One Study School at New Castle. In the meanwhile he engaged in teaching, usually
passing his summers in study and his winters as a pedagogue, and for thirty one years Mr. Baldwin continued to
teach, in later years all the year. In operating his farm he pays especial attention to producing milk, believing
this to be a remunerative branch of farming. He owns sixty three acres of land.
In 1877, by Rev. R. N. Moore, Mr. Baldwin was married to Martha J. Dinsmore, who is a daughter of Ross and Sarah
Dinsmore. Mrs. Baldwin was born October 7, 1853, her age exceeding that of her husband by one day. They have had
seven children, namely: Harry D., Fred L., Joseph C., Carl R., James Lynn;. Clare M. and a babe that died. Harry
D. was born June 26, 1876. He married Eva Rapp and they have two sons, Chester R. and Arthur L. They live in Shenango
Township. Fred L. was born February 10, 1879, and resides in this township. He married Susan Ramsey and they have
one child, Helen. Joseph C. was born September 20, 1881, and lives in Shenango Township. He married Mary Aiken
and they have three children, Margaret, Martha and Paul J. Carl R. was born December 16, 1884, and is a graduate
of Grove City College. He has made a success of teaching and is principal of the Eau Claire schools of Butler County.
James Lynn was born January 30, 1887. He attended the Slippery Rock State Normal School and has taught school for
two years. Clare M. was born April 29, 1889, has special talent and has been studying architectural drawing since
completing her attendance at the New Castle High School. Politically Mr. Baldwin is a Republican and served fifteen
years as township auditor. He is a member of the Red Men, Tribe of Ben Hur, at New Castle. Both he and his wife
belong to the United Presbyterian Church, in which he is an official. He is a representative man of this section.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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