Caroline was born in 1839 in Alabama, the daughter of Dennis Woodruff and Francis Banks.
Her husband was Mordecai Maud Baldwin, who she married on 27 JUN 1855 in Monroe County, Mississippi. Their eight known children were Margia (1855-?), Frannie (1859-1939), William D. (1863-1927), Marion Francis (1864-1937), Henry (1867-?), Jessie (1868-?), Mandie (1876-?) and Ellie M. (1878-1977).
|Census||9 SEP 1850||
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|Census||17 JUN 1880||
Census 1880, Mississippi, Panola County
Census 1880 Miss, Panola Cty
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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.
Baldwin M WM 68, married farmer b GA, FB GA, MB GA
Baldwin, Caroline WF 30, wife, married, keeping house, b Ala, F&M b Ala
-Margia WF 20, daughter, widowed, at home b Miss
- William WM 16, son, single, laborer, b Miss, FB GA, MB Ala
- Marion WM 15, son, single, laborer, b Miss, FB GA, MB Ala
- Henry WM 13, son, single, laborer, b Miss, FB GA, MB Ala
-Jesse WM 12, son, single, laborer, b Miss, FB GA, MB Ala
- Fandia? WM, 4, son, single, laborer, b Miss, FB GA, MB Ala
- Ellie WM 6/12, son, single, laborer, b Miss, FB GA, MB Ala
Carolina (30?) is only 5 years older than Margia.(25?) per 1880 census?? Error?? Marriage 1855, so assume first child at age 16, then assume her birth 1839
|Source:||Census 1880, Mississippi, Panola County|
|Authors:||US Federal Census|
|Date:||17 JUN 1880|