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Cyrus Baldwin (1773 - 1834)

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Cyrus Baldwin
Born in Woburn, Middlesex County, Province of Mass. Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Dracut, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Biography

Cyrus Baldwin, son of Loammi and Mary, born at Woburn, June 22, 1773, died at Chelmsford, June 23, 1854; married April 28, 1799, Elizabeth, born September 5, 1782, died December 7, 1853, daughter of Bradley and Rachel (Butterfield) Varnum, of Dracut. He was for many years the agent of the Middlesex Canal Company, and resided at the head of the canal in Chelmsford. He was appointed inspector and sealer of gunpowder at the factory which was first Hale's and afterwards Whipple's, at Lowell. One child, died May 28, 1815.[1]

The Varnum genealogy suggests that Cyrus Baldwin's wife Elizabeth was the daughter of Abraham Varnum (1710-1760) and his wife Rachel who was born in 1741. That seems unlikely, since Cyrus Baldwin's wife Elizabeth had children in 1808 & 1813 in Chelmsford, far too late for a daughter of Abraham.

A Baldwin genealogy states that he married Elizabeth Sumner, but a marriage recorded in both Dracut and Woburn clearly gives her name as Varnum, and no Sumner/Varnum marriage is found to provide her with a previous marriage. It also states they had no children, but there was one child, Elizabeth, who was born in Woburn May 14, 1813 and died in Chelmsford on 27 May 1815 at age 2 years.[2][3][4]

The estate of Cyrus Baldwin of Chelmsford, who died intestate, entered probate in 1834, his wife Elizabeth declining administration, and the papers specify there were no children. Administration of the estate was then assigned to his brother James F. Baldwin of Boston. The estate was inventoried on 27 Aug 1834 and included nearly 250 acres of land, and totaled over $16,000 in value. Interestingly, there were shares held in several companies which were valued at about $1600. There were quite a few luxury goods: an organ and a harpsicord, lots of silver ware, mahogany furniture, a chandelier, carpets and rugs, etc., which suggest this was a very comfortable household. The additions made to the inventory, which were mainly notes due the estate, were signed by the widow Elizabeth's possible brother, Joseph Butterfield Varnum.[5] Joseph B. Varnum was the son of Bradley & Rachel Varnum.[6] Inventory of Cyrus' estate mentions his date and age at death: 23 Jun 1834 at age 61 years 21 days.[7]


Birth

"Baldwin, Cyrus, s. of Loammi and Mary, June 22, 1773."[8]

Marriage

Dracut VRs:
"Varnum, Elezebeth and Cyrus Bauldin of Chelmsford, int. Mar 28, 1799 [Elizabeth and Lt. Cyrus Baldwin, m. Apr 28, CR1]" [9]

Chelmsford VRs:
"Baldwin, Cyrus, Lt, and Elizabeth Varnum of Dracut, at Dracut, Apr. 28, 1799."[10]

Death

At Chelmsford:
"BALDWIN, Cyrus, Dea., June __, 1834, a. 61 y. C.R.3."[11]

Inventory of his estate mentions his date and age at death: 23 Jun 1834 at age 61 years 21 days.[12]

"Baldwin, Cyrus, Col., (brother of Loami), d. in Middlesex Village, June 24, 1834. [13]

Sources

  1. Woburnites: The Family of Baldwin
  2. Baldwin, Charles Candee, [https://archive.org/stream/baldwingenealogy00bald#page/628/mode/2up The Baldwin genealogy from 1500 to 1881 (Cleveland, OH: Leader Printing Co., 1881) p. 628
  3. Edwin Johnason, Woburn, MA, Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages From 1640 to 1873, 3 Vols. (Woburn, MA: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1891), Vol. 1:16
  4. Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Chelmsford, MA, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1914), p. 360
  5. Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871, Case #803 (Cyrus Baldwin, 1834)
  6. Death Record of Joseph Butterfield Varnum, Dracut, MA, 1857, Mass. Vital Records, Vol. 112:97
  7. Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871, Case #803 (Cyrus Baldwin, 1834)
  8. Edwin Johnason, Woburn, MA, Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages From 1640 to 1873, 3 Vols. (Woburn, MA: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1891), Vol. 1:15
  9. Henry Ernest Woods, editor, Vital Records of Dracut, MA, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1907), p. 247
  10. Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Chelmsford, MA, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1914), p. 178
  11. Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Chelmsford, MA, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1914), p. 360
  12. Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871, Case #803 (Cyrus Baldwin, 1834)
  13. Boston, MA: Dexter's Memoranda of the Town of Boston. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: John Haven Dexter's Memoranda of the Town of Boston in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Boston: New England Historic Genealogial Society, 1997.
  • Source: S758 John Marshall Varnum, The Varnums of Dracutt (in Massachusetts) (Boston, MA: David Clapp & Son, Printers, 1907)

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