William R. Baldwin


Personal and Family Information

William was born in 1832 in Alabama, the son of John James Baldwin and Nancy Allen.

He died before 1900. The place is not known.

His wife was Jenetta Penelope Woodruff, who he married on 8 JAN 1858 in Monore County, Mississippi. Their two known children were Indianna (1866-<1900) and William (1876-1886).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


William R. Baldwin


John James Baldwin


Nancy Allen



Place: Alabama
DeathBEF 1900
Census19 NOV 1850
Place: Monroe County, Mississippi
Age: 17 to 18
Address: eastern Division, Monroe County family 697 Nancy Smith 55 Georgia, Mordecai Baldwin 28 ditto, John 26 dito, William 18 Alabama, Rachel 14 ditto, Minerva 13ditto
Place: Monroe County, Mississippi
Age: 25 to 26
Address: family 274, Eastern Divison, Monroe County, Aberdeen PO WR Baldwin 26 born Alabama, Anlaut Baldwin 16 born Alabama
Census2 AUG 1870
Place: Yalobusha County, Mississippi
Age: 35 to 36
Address: Coffeeville PO,dwelling 132 family 134 Baldwin, Wm 34 mw farmer born Mississippi, _ Antonette 27 fw keping house Miss —, Mediana, 3 f w miss
Place: Choctaw County, Mississippi
Age: 48
Address: William Baldwin 48 b Alabama father and mother born Ga, Nettie Baldwin 36 born Mississippi father and mother born Alabama, Indianna Baldwin 14 f daughter, widow, William Baldwin 4 born Miss Franklin Byrd wm age 19, son in law, widowed
Other Event
Place: Desoto County, Mississippi
Type: Military Service
Address: Co F, 19th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Private


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Note 1

MEMORIAL ID 13380236 transcribed as “W Baldwin BIRTH unknown DEATH 16 Jan 1881

BURIAL Concord Cemetery Lonoke, Lonoke County, Arkansas,”

But photo of grave stone W? son of M.R. and Antonett Baldwin, born June 28 1876, died Aug 16, 1886

seems to son of William R Baldwin 1832- bef 1900 and Jenetta Penelope Woodruff 1847-1925 who later married William J Bain.

this child is shown with them 1880 census Choctaw County Miss.

Note 2

I have assumed that listing in 1880 census for Caroline errors in age and uses nickname or middle name. Every reference found in family indicates Caroline was mother of the seven children with her in that census. 1855 marriage seems right for birth of children with first same 1855. If Caroline was about age 16 when first child born, then assume Caroline born about 1839.

Also consider evidence that Baldwin brothers married Woodruff sisters, Morg & Caroline 1855, then William R and Jenetta/Nettie/Penelope in 1858.

1850 Census of Lawrence County Alabama has Dennis and Francis Woodruff with 4 daughters and 1 son. Jenetta is 2nd youngest born 1842, Only the oldest daughter, Mary A was born Alabama and age is as I’ve assumed for Caroline. Therefore, for working purpose I’ll assume at Caroline and Mary A are the SAME PERSON, and I will use name Carolina Mary Woodruff until confilct is found.

Note 1840 census Dennis Woodruff has two daughters under age 5; supposely Caroline/Mary and Elizabeth.

As of Dec 2020, I have DNA matches with 3 descendants of Thomas J Woodruff, son of Dennis and Francis. jdiano1 15cM in 3 segs, unweighted 24cM, longest 11cM. Cathy Shellenberger, 40 cM in 5 segmetns, unweighted 50cM, longest 18 cM and cy2u71 has 21cM in 2 segments, unweighted 24cM, longest 16 cM.