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Helen M. Gorham Baldwin
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1839
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1861, At Sea

Helen M. "Nellie" (Gorham) Baldwin was the daughter of Rev. B. Weld and Nellie M. (Davenport) Gorham. She was the 1st wife of Rev. Dr. Stephen Livingstone Baldwin, They were married September 8, 1858. He was a minister in the Newark Conference and New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Death Notice
The Daily Dispatch
March 25, 1861
BALDWIN.--Death Of A Missionary's Wife
--The Nabob, from Foochow, China, brought the following intelligence:--Mrs. Nellie Baldwin, wife of S. L. Baldwin, of the Methodist Episcopal Mission at Fah Chang, China, and daughter of Rev. B. W. Gorham, of Binghamton, New York, died on board the ship Nabob, latitude 34 degrees, 11 min. N., longitude 70 degrees, 53 min., on Saturday evening, March 16th.

Methodist Episcopal Church - Missionary Society
The Gospel In All Lands, Volume 21, 1900. Page 33
Memoir - Mrs. Nellie M. Baldwin -
Nellie M. Gorham, daughter of Rev. B. W. Gorham of the Wyoming Conference, was born in Guilford, Chenango Co., New York July 30, 1839. She was converted and joined the church at ten years of age, when her father was stationed at Carbondale, Pennsylvania. In 1858 her father was stationed at Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at that place on September 8, 1858, she was united in marriage to Rev. S. L. Baldwin, of the Newark Conference, who was under appointment as a missionary to China. On October 4, 1858, she sailed with her husband for China, and arrived in Foochow March 19, 1859. She entered with diligence upon the study of the Chinese language and made rapid progress. In the Spring of 1860 she opened a school for Chinese girls in her house, and spent an hour each day with them, always opening the school with prayer. About the middle of July 1860, she was taken ill, and continued in such poor health that it was found necessary for her to leave China. With her husband and little daughter, one year old, she sailed December 22, 1860, for the United States, where she hoped to recover her health and be able to return to her beloved work in China. She however, became weaker and weaker during the voyage, and DIED AT SEA near midnight March 16, 1861, her last words being: "I am happy. I feel strange, but very happy." She was taken to Binghamton, New York and after a funeral sermon preached by Rev. O. Paddock in the Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, she was buried in the cemetery on the west bank of the Chenango. One who knew her well wrote: "Her prominent characteristic was energy. Her whole soul was thrown into her work; and in the midst of trials and disappointments she possessed the same steady aim and unfaltering devotion as in brighter moments and amid visible successes. With this remarkable energy, gentleness was combined in an unusual degree, and the happy combination of the two constituted the great charm of her character. The China Methodist Episcopal Mission in Foochow on May 31, 1861, adopted the following: "We have heard with exceeding pain of the death of our beloved sister, Mrs. S. L. Baldwin, and while we deplore our own loss, we deeply sympathize with Brother Baldwin and Brother Gorham and the Mission Board in New York in the afflicted dispensation which has removed an estimable and devoted wife, an amiable daughter, and an ardent and efficient laborer in the mission field."

 (bio by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert) 
Family links: 
  B. W. Gorham (1814 - 1889)
  Olivia H. Gorham (1809 - 1878)
  Stephen Livingstone Baldwin (1835 - 1902)
Spring Forest Cemetery
Broome County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jan 27, 2012
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Helen M. <i>Gorham</i> Baldwin
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