Mary Ann “Annie” <I>Selman</I> Baldwin

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Mary Ann “Annie” Selman Baldwin

  • Birth 1845 Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 1885 Alton, Osborne County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Alton, Osborne County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 77493090

She was born Mary Ann Selman, daughter of Richard and Lydia Henricks Selman of Warren, Jefferson County, Ohio.

Annie's father Richard Selman died in 1864 in the Civil War, serving the Union cause. It is not yet clear where he is buried. Her husband's father, Perry Baldwin, and husband's uncle, Daniel Paynter, also did, as did Thomas' Ohio uncle Henry J. Patterson.

In family records, she was called "Annie."

"Little Joe" was her son, born in Kansas.

Presumably, the "I.R.B." footstone by these two was another child, who either does not show in the 1885 or 1900 censuses or might be the reported child "Ruth" with a first given name starting with I.

Annie's birth and death dates are still just estimates from censuses, until more documentation can be found. She died sometime between the 1885 Kansas state census (two years after the birth of her youngest child) and the 1900 federal census in which her husband was alone.

After the deaths of his wife and child(ren), her husband, Thomas Sylvester Baldwin, and some or all of their surviving seven children moved to Bellevue, Blaine Co., Idaho, where he died in 1918 at age 77. Bellevue Cemetery is the only cemetery in that town. A son, Albert, is confirmed as buried there, too.

Thomas was son of Perry and Elizabeth Patterson Baldwin from southeast Ohio, where Monroe and Washington counties join, along the Ohio River. He and Annie married in April 1870, two years after Thomas' widowed father had just married Annie's widowed mother.

Both new couples lived in Marietta Township, Washington County, Ohio, south of the rest of their families and then both lived across the river in Wood County WV. (Perry died before 1874 and his widow later remarried to Pastors and is buried in the same cemetery as her children by her first husband.)

Thomas and Annie's travels at that point are reflected in their children: Their first child, Theodore, was born 1872 in Ohio. The next three children -- Stephen, Albert and Orah were reportedly born in "Virginia" but West Virginia (founded in 1863) has Stephen's birth record and does not have the other two. Plus, when Thomas sold his parents' Ohio property, a Wood County WV justice of the peace verified their signatures. His sister Mary Baldwin Miller and her husband lived in Wood County and signed the same deed transfer. So, likely, all three of Thomas and Annie's "Virginia" children were born in Wood County WV, not far from their grandparents in Ohio. Then their next children Eliza and Joe were born in Iowa, and the last two -- Ruth and then Arvile, in 1883 -- were born in Kansas. Joe died the year Ruth was born.

Two years after Thomas Baldwin arrived at Alton in 1877, just before Little Joe's birth, he was joined at Alton by his mother's sister, Hellen Marr Patterson Paynter, and her husband Daniel, and their children, from Ohio. These relative families lived together at Alton while the Paynters' sod house was being made.

So, this couple's children would have known Daniel and Hellen Paynter of this cemetery plus the Paynter children in nearby Sumner Cemetery. One young Paynter daughter is buried back in the shared ancestral home area of Washington County, Ohio. That Church of Christ church cemetery contains many related Pattersons and allied families.

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  • Maintained by: Sue Patterson Miller Smith
  • Originally Created by: SR
  • Added: 2 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77493090
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ann “Annie” Selman Baldwin (1845–1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77493090, citing Grant Center Cemetery, Alton, Osborne County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Sue Patterson Miller Smith (contributor 47878260) .