biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Portrait&BiographicalAlbumOfMahaskaCo.,Ia(Thompson Baldwin) - Thompson Baldwin, deceased, was a pioneer of this county of 1846, and was born in Champaign County, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1816. July 22, 1837, he was married to Sophronia Phelps, who was born in Ohio, March 28, 1821, and is a daughter of Sylvester and Maria Phelps, (See their biograhy elsewhere in this volume.) Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin came to Iowa in 1846, locating on section 13, of Richland Township, and here he followed the occupation of farming until his death, which took place Jan. 15, 1880. Mrs. Baldwin yet survives, and resides on the homestead. The family consisted of eight children; only two are now living: Rosaltha, wife of James R. Grace, died Aug. 6, 1862, at the age of twenty-three years; Sylvester resides in this township; Elizabeth Imogene died March 20, 1860; Nancy M. is the wife of Ohtavius Hull and lives at Stockton, Cal.; Caroline died Nov. 24, 1874; Edna, July 20, 1872; Marley, Aug. 10, 1880, and Hannah J., July 24, 1873. Mr. Baldwin was a very ardent supporter of the Republican party, but refused all offers of preferment and devoted his time entirely to his private business. At the time of his death he owned about 400 acres of land. It is one of the best farms in that township, is in a high state of cultivation and splendidly improved in every way. His life was a success in all respects, and he ranked as a leader among the strong men of that locality. His ability was more than ordinary, and he possessed many noble qualities of a manly manhood. These endeared him greatly to his friends and neighbors and to a large circle of acquaintances in all parts of the county. By his uniform courtesy he acquired many strong and lasting friendships, and had few. if any, enemies.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy