Title: Information provided by Patti Cobble
Title: 1850 United States Federal Census
Publication: Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005
Title: Cemetery Records, Fentress County, Tennessee
Author: Mable Rushton Wheeler
Publication: Copyright 1988
Title: 1860 United States Federal Census
Publication: Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004
Note: 1870 1880 1900 Martha Baldwin 36 TN 65 TN May 1835 VA/VA; widow William A. Baldwin 10 TN 20 TN 1859-1860 Columbus Calvin Baldwin 7 TN 18 TN 1862-1863 Louis Wesley Baldwin 6 TN 1863-1864 Lewis Adkinson 72 VA 1807-1808 Arsena Adkinson 62 TN 1817-1818 Elizabeth Adkinson 34 TN 1845-1846 Rebecca Adkinson 29 TN 1850-1851 William P. Adkinson 17 TN 1862-1863 James Hicks 32 TN 1847-1848 Francis Hicks 2 TN 1877-1878 Robert Baldwin 25 TN 1874 Oct m
Richard A. (Rick) Abbott provided information about his ancestor, Private Jesse Baldwin of the Tennessee Cavalry, CSA. John Wesley and Elizabeth Baldwin moved from North Carolina to Tennessee in the 1830’s. Their names first appear on the Tennessee census records of 1840. Jesse Baldwin was born to John and Elizabeth on 7 February, 1838. Not much is known of his early life, but Jesse did marry Martha Atkinson on 17 March, 1859. Jesse and Martha had three boys, William, Calvin and Lewis Wesley, with Lewis Wesley Baldwin being born 1 March, 1863. Jesse and Martha lived on the land owned by Jesse’s father and Jesse was listed on census records as a tenant farmer. In August, 1861, Scott Bledsoe raised a company of cavalry in Fentress County. It was mustered into service as Company “F”, 4th TN Cavalry Regiment (Murphy’s), CSA. Jesse and his two brothers (John Calvin and William) are listed on muster rolls. This unit is later (1863) listed as Company “I”, 8th TN Cavalry Regiment (Baxter Smith’s), CSA. The names of John Calvin and William appear on the muster rolls of the 8th, but Jesse’s name is not listed there. There was a skirmish in Fentress County in late 1862 or early 1863. A CSA cavalry detail was escorting a medical supply train. They were ambushed by Tinker Dave Beaty’s Union irregulars. A man named Baldwin was wounded. This is believed to have been Jesse Baldwin and he is thought to have been furloughed to home to recover from his wounds. Family lore tells us that while at home recovering, Jesse heard rustlers stealing horses from the family farm. He went out to investigate and did not come home. The next morning, family members found Jesse, dead. The family felt that Jesse had confronted the rustlers, who were Union irregulars, and that the rustlers killed him. Jesse was buried at Norris Cemetery in Banner Springs, Tennessee and according to County records, he was the first person buried there. Family lore is that the two surviving Baldwin brothers came home and found out who had killed Jesse. They then hunted down and killed at least some of those responsible. Fentress County was run by former Union Army officers for a while after the war. The two surviving Baldwin brothers moved to west Tennessee. Jesse’s widow, Martha, remarried. Secret memorial services for the Confederate dead were held in Fentress County during the years of reconstruction. Jesse’s youngest son was Lewis Wesley Baldwin (1863-1948). Richard A. (Rick) Abbott of Dillard-Judd Camp 1828 is the grandson of Lewis and great-grandson of Confederate soldier Jesse Baldwin. Rick plans to dedicate an official Confederate head stone at the grave of Jesse Baldwin in the late spring or early summer, 2006 and would appreciate the support of the men of the Highland Brigade.
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