Baldridge
   Baldridge is an English surname, after a Welsh name meaning "king," derived from an altered spelling of the cognate German personal name Baldrich, composed of the elements bald (‘bold’, or ‘brave’) + ric (‘power’). The family was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The Baldridge Coat of Arms is a silver and blue shield, superimposed by a saltire.
   Our lineage to this family can be traced back to RICHARD BALDRIDGE, who was born about 1654 in Cardiff, Glamorgan County, Wales, but moved to Ireland prior to 1689 (he was married in Ireland in 1688). Family tradition holds that he was a tailor. We don't know the surname of his spouse, but her first name was SARAH, and we know they had a son together, named WILLIAM ALBERT BALDRIDGE, who was born in 1689 in Tyrone (Ulster), Ireland.
   William married JANETTE HOLMES (b: 24 Jun 1694 in Down, Ireland) the daughter of SIR JAMES HOLMES and MARGARET JANE JENNINGS on 16 Jun 1714, in the Parish of St. Andrew, County of Tyrone, Ireland, Established Church of England. A story has been handed down through the family that, "a daughter of Sir James Holmes, Governor of Belfast, Ireland married William Baldridge, a Welsh merchant tailor, against the wishes of her parents. Finding them obdurate, the your couple came to America and settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania." (Beers, HISTORY OF ARMSTRONG COUNTY, PA., 513.) "According to court evidence.....Janette married against her parents' desire and wish, a Mr. William Baldridge, who owned a large notion store. He was born the son of Richard Baldridge of Wales, a merchant tailor who carried on his business in four of the large cities of Ireland."
   We do know that William and Janette were married in County Londonderry, Ulster Province, Ireland, on 16 June 1714, and very likely made their living in or around the city of Coleraine as "yeomen"—a class of small, independent, freeholding farmers. By the mid-1720's, they were the parents of six children. At a time variously reported as 1726 and 1745, this Ulster-Irish (Scotch-Irish) Baldridge family, except for their eldest son, John, emigrated onboard the "Queen Margaret" to Little Britain Township in souther Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they raised the following children:

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM BALDRIDGE AND JANETTE HOLMES

  • JOHN BALDRIDGE was born in 1715 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland. He married REBECCA CLARK (b: 1720 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland) in 1733 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland. Family listed below. He died on 15 Jul 1766 in Martic Twp, Lancaster County, PA. She reportedly lived to be 103 and died on 1 Jul 1823 in Belwood, Cleveland County, North Carolina.
  • ALEXANDER HOLMES BALDRIDGE was born in October of 1717 in (Ulster) Coleraine, Ireland. He married JANE RAMSEY and they had the following children: John, b: 28 Sep 1754 in Lancaster County, PA; William, b: 1761 in Lancaster County; and Alexander Jr,. b: 1766 in Lancaster County, PA.
  • MARGARET BALDRIDGE was born in 1719 in Ulster, Coleraine, Ireland. She married John Poston, Sr., in 1737 in Chester County, PA. They had the following children: Mary, and Rebecca. She died on 8 Feb 1765 in Chester County, PA.
  • JANETTE BALDRIDGE was born in 1721 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland. She married MATTHEW ATCHISON. No further information
  • ELIZABETH BALDRIDGE was born in 1723 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland. She married JOHN BROWNLEE. No further information.
  • MICHAEL BALDRIDGE was born on 19 May 1726 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland; Emigration Abt. 1745 on the ship Queen Margaret ship from Ireland. He married MARGARET McCONNELL (b: 1730 in Coleraine, Ulster, Ireland). Then he married MABEL WILSON (b: 1743 in Chester, PA) on 15 May 1763, in Chester County, PA. They had the following children: Mary b: ABT. 1765; Jane b: ABT. 1768; Michael b: 1771; Ann b: 11 Feb 1774 in Brandywine, Chester County, PA; Alexander b: 4 Aug 1777 in Brandywine, Chester County, PA; John b: 1779 in Lancaster County, PA; William Wilson b: 24 May 1782 in Lancaster County, PA. Michael married a third time, to MARGARET RUSH (b: 1763 in Lancaster County, PA) in 1784 in Lancaster County, PA. They had the following children: Elizabeth b: ABT. 1785; David b: 16 Feb 1787; and Eli b: 1789. The original "plantation" of patriarch William Baldridge was inherited by Michael Baldridge in 1772. He named the property "St. Michael's" and abtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a new land patent in his own name dated 4/15/1789. The original homestead in Lancaster County was sold on 5/27/1802. Around 1811, he left Lancaster County, PA and moved the family to Belmont County, OH. Michael died on 12 May 1812 in St Clairsville, Belmont, Ohio.
  •    When William and Janette left for the Colonies, they left behind their son, JOHN BALDRIDGE, who was born in 1715, in Coleraine, Londonberry County, Ulster Province, England. He married REBECCA CLARK in 1733, in St. Anns Cathrederal-Ulster Coleraine, Londonderry County, Ireland. Family tradition states: "John, the oldest son of Wm. and Janette, was left with his grandfather, Lord Holmes, and lived with him until the old gentleman's death."
       John and Rebecca and their three children came to America in 1737 along with the families of her father and grandfather, arriving in Pennsylvania aboard the ship "The Village Belle." John brought with him a copy of the Will of his grandfather, James Holmes. (Note: that this was ten years after the Will is said to have been probated. There is a legend that the Baldridges should all be rich because of this will.)
       Over the years, various Baldridge descendants have pursued what they felt was their rightful inheritance, but the connection was never proven. So William and Janette Baldridge lived the remainder of their lives as farmers/weavers on land they colonized just north of the present-day Mason-Dixon Line, between Octoraro Creek and the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River. It is believed they were members of the Muddy Run Society, Little Britain Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Lancaster County, where they were very likely buried, although there are no known tombstones there bearing their names. William died on 25 Nov 1772, and Janette died on 28 Jul 1768.
       Their first son, John, and his wife Rebecca arrived in the American Colonies between 1737 and 1741, with three children, then had another ten after settling in Pennsylvania. They were:

    CHILDREN OF JOHN BALDRIDGE AND REBECCA CLARK

  • WILLIAM BALDRIDGE was born in 1734, in Ireland. He married MARY, and then a woman named BETSY WILSON in about 1780. They had a son named John in 1784 . William died in 1828 in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
  • MALCOLM BALDRIDGE was born in 1736 in Coleraine, Londonberry County, Ulster Province. He married ELIZABETH WALKER in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and had a son, named James. Malcolm died before 1781 in Orange County, North Carolina.
  • ROBERT BALDRIDGE was born in 1737 in in Coleraine, Londonberry County, Ulster Province. Robert immigrated around 1737 on the ship "Village Belle" which arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married HANNAH FRUIT (b: ABT. 1754 in St. Charles County, Missouri) in around 1772 in Orange County, North Carolina (location is also listed as being in Kentucky), and had the following children: Elizabeth; James Sr. b: 1770 in Kentucky; Daniel b: 1776 in Orange County, North Carolina; John b: ABT. 1777 in North Carolina; Alexander b: ABT. 1779 in North Carolina; Melchiah K. b: 1782 in Kentucky; Grace b: 20 Mar 1787 in Virginia; Catherine b: ABT. 1790 in Lincoln County, Kentucky; Robert Jr. b: 1790 in Kentucky; Nancy b: 1790 in Lincoln County, Kentucky; and Margaret b: ABT. 1792 in Kentucky. Military Service: Robert was a private North Carolina Patriot of the American Revolution. ("Cousins", Vol. I; Patriots in North Carolina; "Patriots Index"; In Capt. John McConnels 1st Co., 4 Btn. Pa. Militia 1780-1781.) After the war he went back to farming, and was in Lincoln County in 1790. He received a spanish land grant in Missouri - later called Pond Fort - before 1795. Robert and Hannah settled in Spanish Territory of Upper Louisiana (now St. Louis, Missouri) in 1797. In 1803, they resided in the French Territory of Upper Louisiana (St. Charles County, Missouri.) Sources: Tax lists: 1779 Orange Co., N.C., 1789, 1790 Lincoln Co., Ky.; 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795 Clark Co., Ky.; 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802 Montgomery Co., Ky. Aslo, Census: 1817 & 1819 Missouri Territory, St. Charles Co., Dardenne Twp. Census: BET. 1817 - 1819 Missouri Territory, St. Charles Co., Dardenne Twp. He was one of the first settlers of St. Charles County, Missouri. Robert died on 5 Sep 1822 in St. Charles County, Missouri, and is buried in Dardenne Twp., St. Charles County, Missouri. Probate: 5 Sep 1822 St. Charles County Missouri Probate Court, Box 5, #101, Est. of Robert Baldridge, Sr.
  • FRANCIS BALDRIDGE b: 1741 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. He married Elizabeth Turrentine (Birth: 29 Jan 1759 Orange, North Carolina, United States; Death: 1830 Mississippi, United States) in 1775. Francis died in 1835 in Orange, North Carolina.
  • DANIEL BALDRIDGE b: 1744 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. He married F. N. Walker or Wilson, and died in 1828, in Weakley, Tennessee, United States.
  • JAMES BALDRIDGE b: 1746 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. Family listed below.
  • MARGARET BALDRIDGE b: 1751 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. She married Moses Henry in 1772 in Transylvania, North Carolina, and they had a daughter, Rebecca Henry (Birth: 1777 Crowders Creek, Transylvania, North Carolina, United States; Death: 22 Mar 1855 Gaston, Nash, North Carolina). Margaret died on 11 Dec 1843 in Lincoln, North Carolina, United States .
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE b: 1752 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. He married Margaret Poston on 29 Jul 1782 in Rowan, North Carolina, United States. They had three children: Elizabeth Baldridge (b. 1787 - 1821); Dornton Baldridge (23 Dec 1788 - 14 Jun 1832); William Baldridge (29 Nov 1792 - 2 Apr 1854). John died in 1834 in Rutherford, North Carolina, United States.
  • ALEXANDER BALDRIDGE b: 1756 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. He married Sarah McMurray and they had a daughter, Rebekah Mary Bauldridge, in 1786. Alexander died in 1837 in Rutherford, North Carolina, United States.
  • THOMAS BALDRIDGE b: 1759 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. He had a son, Samuel Baldridge (1790 - 6 Mar 1845). Thomas died in 1800 in Green, Kentucky, United States
  • ANN BALDRIDGE b: 1760 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. She married John Mears (b. 1756) in 1794 in Pennsylvania, and they had Joseph Mears (17 Oct 1794 - 20 Sep 1854). Ann died on 22 Aug 1838 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • JOSEPH BALDRIDGE, SR. was born on 14 Dec 1762 in 1in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Joseph married MARY TODD (b: 14 Sep 1767) and they had he following children: William; Rebecca b: Dec 1764 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; and Joseph Jr. b: 1 Jan 1802. He married again, to JANE GIBBS, in 1788. They had the following children: John and Samuel. Joseph Sr. died in 1839 in Westmoreland County, Pennslyvania. When Josephs' mother remarried after his father's death in 1766, Joseph and his sister Ann did not go to North Carolina with her. Instead he, his wife, Jane, and sister, Ann, crossed the mountains on horseback and located on Loyal Hanna in the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania about the year 1790. (Source: History of the Holmes Branch of the Baldridge Family in America - per Prof. Henry Earl Riggs).
  • REBECCA BALDRIDGE was born in December of 1764 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia. In the book JOHN HAMILL POSTON (1786-1848) His Ancestors and Descendants A POSTON FAMILY GENEALOGY by Colin James, 1959 Colin has this John as the son of John2, son of John1. "JOHN HAMILL POSTON (1786-1848) His Ancestors and Descendants A POSTON FAMILY GENEALOGY "John (3) fought in the Revolution in 1779-1780, serving from Rowan County, North Carolina. He m. Rebecca Baldridge, 1782, Lincoln County, North Carolina; d. 1819, with Rebecca dying 1851. They had 11 ch., bo. 1782-1807, only 3 of which were sons: Robert, John, and William." Rebecca died in 1851.
  •    John died on 31 Jul 1766 in Martic Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is buried there at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church. He was in the process of buying land in North Carolina: The deed records in old Mecklenburg County, NC, and in Rutherford County, NC, indicate that John Sr. did obtained considerable acreage from John Armstrong and Alexander McAllister. In one of these deeds, William and John sold their father's land on the south side of the Catawba River on Indian Camp Creek to John Hill. Rebecca remarried, to Aaron Boggs, with most of the family following her to North Carolina. She died in 1822 in Lincoln County, North Carolina.
       Their son, JAMES BALDRIDGE, was born in 1746, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvannia. His wife is unknown (possibly BETSY WILSON,
    born 1737 in Tennessee; Died 1805 in Rutherford, North Carolina), but he probably met her after following his mother to North Carolina, as their first children were born in that state. They had the following children:

    CHILDREN OF JAMES BALDRIDGE

  • WILLIAM BALDRIDGE was born in 1770, in Orange County, North Carolina. Family listed below.
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE was born on 23 Jun 1775 in Orange County, North Carolina. He married Sarah Sally Clark (1782 - 27 Aug 1866) on 24 Dec 1801 in Orange, North Carolina, and they had Daniel (1814 - 11 Apr 1889) and James Alexander (1 May 1825 - 12 Feb 1904). John died on 13 Apr 1886 in Sullivan, Missouri.
  • HANNAH BALDRIDGE was born in 1778, in Orange County, North Carolina. She married William McCanless (1769 - 1851) on 19 Jul 1798 in Orange, North Carolina, and they had James (1794 - 1886), John (b. 1794), Catherine (b. 1798), Fnu (sic) (b. 1799), Carroll (1803 - 1894), Thomas (b. 1803), Boy (b. 1805), Nathan (1805 - 31 Jan 1891), William (1809 - 28 Dec 1888), Hiram (b. 1812), Joseph M. (1817 - 1888), Amanda and Elizabeth. Hannah died on 19 Jul 1798 in Russell, Virginia.
  • JAMES BALDRIDGE was born in 1785, in Orange County, North Carolina. He married Anna Bowls (1792 - 1860) in Weakley, Tennessee, and they had William Henderson (1815 - 1884), Andrew J. (b. 1820), Sarah (b. 1821), Hillery P. (b. 1822), Bashanan (b. 1825), Martha J. (1829 - 1867), Louisa E. (b. 1832), Arminta J. (b. 1836), and C.W. (b. 1837). James died in Aug 1803 in Weakley, Tennessee.
  •    James died sometime after 1785. His son, WILLIAM BALDRIDGE, was born in 1770, in Orange County, North Carolina. He died between 1825-1826 in Russell County, Virginia. He married MARY ARNETT (b: Abt. 1774) in 1794, in Russell County, and they had the following children:

    CHILDREN OF WILLIAM BALDRIDGE AND MARY ARNETT

  • WILLIAM BALDRIDGE, JR., b: Abt. 1795 in Russell County, Virginia. Family listed below.
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE b: 1796 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Meade (1802 - 1870) on 24 Sep 1818 in Scott, Virginia. They had the following children: Elizabeth Baldridge-Martin (Oct 1826 - 1900), John Jr. (b. @ 1846), Mary (b. @ 1850), and Robert Baldridge (b. @ 1852). John died in 1870 in Johnson, Kentucky, United States.
  • ARNETT BALDRIDGE b: 1798 in Russell Co., VA. He married a woman named Ellen (b. 1805) in Russell, Virginia, and they moved to Floyd, Kentucky, where they had a daughter named Elizabeth Baldridge (Jun 1830 - 5 Nov 1903). Arnett died in Kentucky.
  • JAMES BALDRIDGE b: 1802 in Russell Co., VA. He married Ann Bowls(1792 - 1838) and they had a daughter, Araminta Jane Baldridge (b. 1837 in Weakley, Tennessee). James died in 1870, in Weakley, Tennessee.
  • NANCY BALDRIDGE b: 1804 in Russell Co., VA. She married John Owens on 22 Jul 1827, and they lived in Kentucky.
  • ELIZABETH POLLY BALDRIDGE b: 1810 in Russell Co., VA. She married Thomas Blackburn Akers (1805 - Apr 1888) on 24 Oct 1843 in Floyd, Kentucky, and they had Emely Catherine (b. 1845), James (12 Apr 1847 - 10 Feb 1914) and Reuben B. (1851 - 28 Dec 1922). Elizabeth died in 1905, in Kentucky.
  • ROBERT BALDRIDGE b: 1811 in Russell Co., VA. He married Eleanor Hicks (1815 - 1862) in 1835 in Russell, Virginia, and they had Charles (27 Aug 1836 - 20 Jan 1914), William (Jul 1837 - 1900), Sarah Jane (8 Nov 1838 - 13 Jul 1915), Mary O (b. 1841), Nancy (18 Apr 1845 - 17 Jun 1923), Seatta (May 1846 - Nov 1930), Rebecca (b. 1848), Louisa Ellen (b. May 1850 - 1908), Amy Katherine (May 1854 - 22 Feb 1929), Amanda (Oct 1855 - 1935), Robert (2 Feb 1865 - 9 Mar 1952), Elbert (Oct 1866 - Jun 1934), Margaret (22 Mar 1869 - 11 Feb 1938), and Andrew Jackson Baldridge (1 Feb 1874 - 5 Jan 1939). Robert died on 9 Dec 1878 in Floyd, Kentucky.
  • JANE BALDRIDGE b: 1813 in Russell Co., VA. She married Isaace Hicks (14 Nov 1819 - 13 Jun 1876) in Russell, Virginia, and they had Sarah (Jul 1844 - 11 Apr 1902), and Mary Hicks (1850 - Nov 1880). Jane died in 1895 in Johnson, Kentucky.
  • ANDREW JACKSON BALDRIDGE b: 1814 in Russell Co., VA. He married Martha Dawson(1815 - 1893) on 8 Jan 1835 in Floyd, Kentucky, and they had Andrew Jr. (b. 1818), Minerva J. (b. 25 Feb 1833), William M. (10 Oct 1838 - 1913), Nancy Ann (20 Dec 1840 - 22 Feb 1928), Clarinda (b. Apr 1842), Benjamin Baldridge (b. 1846), Martin VanBuren (b. 29 Jan 1849), Henry Logan (b. 1850), Margaret (b. Jan 1855), Zachariah (b. 15 Nov 1856), and Andrew Jackson Baldridge, Jr. (b. 24 Oct 1860). Andrew Sr. died in 1893 in Floyd, Kentucky.
  • MARY BALDRIDGE b: Abt. 1815 in Russell Co., VA. She married John Sanders on 6 Apr 1844 in Pike, Kentucky. In the 1860 census, she was living with brothers Francis and Zachariah in Kentucky.
  • JOSEPH BALDRIDGE b: 1818 in Russell Co., VA. He married Nancy Hale and they moved to Johnson Co., Kentucky, and had a daughter, Martha (b. @ 1849) according to the 1850 census.
  • ZACHARIAH BALDRIDGE b: 1820 in Russell Co., VA. In the 1870 census he was living with his younger brother, Francis, as a farm hand.
  • FRANCIS BALDRIDGE was born in 1822 in Russell, Virginia. he married Cynthia McCoy (Mar 1847 - 29 Jun 1909) in 1865, and they had Mary (1866 - Jun 1875), Andrew (b. Oct 1868), Dicy (b. 1869), Hulda (b. 1872), John (b. 1873), Elizabeth (b. 1875), Benjamin F. (b. 1876), and Samuel J. (b. 1878). Francis died on 25 Jan 1895 in Coal Grove, Lawrence, Ohio, United States
  •    WILLIAM BALDRIDGE, JR., was born around 1795 in Orange County, North Carolina. He married HANNAH ESTEP on 12 Mar 1818 in Scott Co., Virginia. They had the following children:

    CHILDREN OF WILLIAM BALDRIDGE, JR. AND HANNAH ESTEP

  • MARY BALDRIDGE was born in 1820 in Russell Co., VA. She married Jefferson Cross (b. 1820 in Virginia) on Jul 1840. They had a daughter, Eliza Cross (b. 1862).
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE b: 6 Dec 1822 in Russell, VA. He married Lavisa Brown (May 1824 - 1 Apr 1917) in 1842, and they had William (b. 1842), Andrew (b. 1845), Elizabeth (1846 - 1934), Sarah (b. 1848), John (b. 1851), Mary Jane (b. 8 Aug 1859), Arminta (b. 1864), Minerva (b. 28 Jul 1867), and Robert Sherman Baldridge (11 Mar 1868 - 5 Aug 1917). John died in 1901 in Floyd, Kentucky, United States.
  • THOMAS BALDRIDGE b: May 1825. Family listed below.
  • NANCY BALDRIDGE b: 1828. No further record.
  • ROBERT BALDRIDGE b: 1830 in Lee Co., VA. He married Sarah Morris (1832 - 1863) and they had Morgan (1 Jun 1861 - 1936), Omay (b. 1864), Andrew (b. 1865), Sherman (9 Jun 1867 - 12 Feb 1935). Robert died in 1886 in Floyd, Kentucky, United States.
  • HANNAH BALDRIDGE b: 1833 in Lee Co., VA. She married William Hamilton (1841 - 1923) on 18 Jun 1855 in Johnson, Kentucky. They had Ira (1855 - 5 Nov 1930), John (28 Aug 1859 - 20 Jun 1900), America (14 Apr 1864 - 17 Jan 1908), and Mary. Hannah died before 1892, when William married Eliza Jane Sexton (Oct 1874 - 7 Apr 1955).
  • CYNTHIA BALDRIDGE b: 1836. She married Benjamin Hamilton on 20 Oct 1852 in Floyd, Kentucky, United States .
  • RHODA BALDRIDGE b: 1837 in Claiborne, Tennessee. She married Robert Hite (b. 1834) in 1857 in Mingo, Virginia, and they had Nancy M. (b. 1857), Cynthia Ann (b. 1861), Robert (b. 1864), William S. (b. 1866), Benjamin G. (b. 1869), and James Andrew Garfield (7 Sep 1873 - 1958). Rhoda died in 1916.
  • JAMES BALDRIDGE b: Abt. 1840 in Floyd, Kentucky. He died in 1860.
  •    William Jr. then married NANCY EMELENE GILLISPIE, 29 years younger than him, on 23 Mar 1843 in Pike County, Kentucky, and had the following children:

    CHILDREN OF WILLIAM BALDRIDGE, JR. AND NANCY GILLESPIE

  • JANE BALDRIDGE b: 1843. She possibly married William Meeks and lived in Greasey, Johnson, Kentucky, United States.
  • LUCINDA BALDRIDGE b: 1846. She possibly married Commdore Gobble and lived in Johns Creek, Johnson, Kentucky, eventually moving to Ohio.
  • LOUISA "VICEY" BALDRIDGE b: 1851.
  • WILLIAM BALDRIDGE b: 1854 in Floyd, Kentucky, United States. he married Julia Green (b. 1863) and they had a daughter, Flora B Baldridge (b. 1879) in Prestonburg, Abbott and Hager Shoal, Floyd, Kentucky.
  • MARGARET BALDRIDGE b: 1857. She possibly married Thomas Spring and/or Charles Ward.
  • EMELENE BALDRIDGE b: Feb 1861 in Johnson Co., KY. No further records.
  • ANDREW JACKSON BALDRIDGE b: 1865. He married Zilaina Daniels (b. 10 Jul 1864 - 12 Jan 1938) of Martin, Kentucky, and they had William J. (b. 1888) and Francis M. Baldridge (17 Mar 1903 - 5 Feb 1981).
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    Name: Thomas Baldridge
    Age: 19
    Birthplace: Virginia
    Home in 1850:

    Subdivision 7, Claiborne, Tennessee

    Estimated Birth Year: 1831
    Read/Write No
    Occupation: Farm Hand
    Property Value: --
    Roll: M432_874
    Page: 316
    Image: 164
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: 1850 United States Federal Census. M432, 1009 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.
       William Jr. died in 1880, in Floyd County, Kentucky, where his descendants would remain for the last half of the Century. His son, THOMAS BALDRIDGE, was born between May of 1825 and 1830 in Russell County, Virginia. He moved to Tennessee after 1840, and married MARTHA WILBURN (born in 1824 in Tennessee), on the 17th of August in Claiborne, Tennessee (see wedding license). He worked in that county as a farm hand for William Carroll, according to the 1850 census (at right).
       Then some time between 1853 and 1856, Thomas and Martha moved to Johnson County, Kentucky, where by the 1860 census, Thomas had a whopping $15 dollars to his name. But it was in Kentucky that they started a family. They would live in that state for the next forty years.
       But then Martha died before the turn of the century, as the 1900 Federal Census lists Thomas as a 75-year-old widower living on the farm of his daughter, Mary, and son-in-law Thomas Sparks, in Johnson County, Kentucky.
       Thomas and Martha had Mary and the following children:

    CHILDREN OF THOMAS BALDRIDGE AND MARTHA WILBURN

  • MARY ELIZABETH BALDRIDGE was born in Virginia, between 1851 and 1853. She married Thomas Sparks (b. 23 Aug 1850 in Lawrence, Kentucky) on 15 Aug 1872 in Kentucky, and had the following children: William Sparks, b. 1874 in Whitehouse, Johnson, Kentucky; Daniel David "d.o." Sparks, b. 12 Mar 1875; Martha Sparks, b. 1877; Richard Sparks, b. 1879; John Sparks, b. 1 Mar 1883; Venia Sparks, b. 9 Jul 1887 in Johnson, Kentucky. They also raised Mary's nephew, JOHN (b. 1902), after the death of her brother. She died in 1913, in Johnson County, Kentucky. Thomas died on 10 Mar 1932 in Johnson County, Kentucky.
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE was born in 1856. He married Martha J. Bowe (Born: Dec 1857 in Floyd, Kentucky) on 27 Feb 1870 in Floyd, Kentucky. They had the following children: Walter Baldridge, b. 4 Mar 1880; Millard Fillmore Baldridge, b. 17 Apr 1882; James T Baldridge, b. 1 May 1884; Millie Lee Baldridge, b. 4 Feb 1886. John died in 1889. Martha died on 2 Jun 1936 in Floyd, Kentucky.
  • JEFFERSON BALDRIDGE was born in 1859, according to the 1860 census. He was not listed in the 1870 census.
  • HENRY SHERMAN BALDRIDGE was born in 1866 in Floyd, Kentucky. In 1900, the Federal Census lists him with wife Elizabeth and three children. In 1910, the Kentucky Miracode Index lists him with wife Bettie Whitaker, age 34; Son Ashley, 16; Son Irland, 14; Daughter Ida, 12; Daughter Alka, 09; and son Willie, 06. Henry died on 19 Mar 1938 in Princeton, Mercer, West Virginia.
  • JAMES BALDRIDGE was born between 1869 and 1871. Family listed below.
  • ALICE BALDRIDGE was born in 1875, according to the 1880 census.
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    1902 Enrollment Card
    Name: James B. Baldridge
    Enrollment Date: 1 Sep 1902
    Birth Year: abt 1867
    Tribal Affiliation:

    Cherokee by blood

    Census Card #10266
    Dawes' Roll: #29312
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: Original data: Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1186, 93 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
       Unfortunately, the census pages for 1890 have been lost, but by 1900, Martha had died, and Thomas was living with his daughter, Mary. Family records show that one of Thomas' sons, John Baldridge, had died in 1889. Another son, Jefferson Baldridge, was never listed after the 1860 census, so we can assume he died young, as well. That left two sons, Henry Sherman, born in 1866, and James, born between 1869 and 1871. Henry went on to marry a woman named Elizabeth, and they had three children by the time of the 1900 census. By 1910, the family had grown to five kids. But JAMES BALDRIDGE, our ancestor, is harder to trace.
       According to his granddaughter, MARGARET BALDRIDGE, James married a person that family records call an "Indian woman," named VASHTI. A Census of the "Five Civilized Tribes" from 1902 lists a James B. Baldridge as affiliated to the Cherokee Tribe by blood (see image at right). That year, James and Vashti had a son, JOHN BALDRIDGE (probably named after his uncle), who was born on the 22nd of June, 1902, in Kentucky.

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    Name:   Thomas Baldridge
    Age:   75
    Birthplace:   Kentucky
    Home in 1910:   Magisterial District 2, Johnson, Kentucky
    Relation:   Father-In'Law
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    Name:   John Baldridge
    Age:   9
    Birthplace:   Kentucky
    Home in 1910:   Whitehouse, Johnson, Kentucky
    Relation to head of house:   Nephew
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: US Census Records. Index created from United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1900 US Federal Census Place: Whitehouse, Johnson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_480; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 69; Image: 920. 1910: Census Place: Whitehouse, Johnson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_480; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 69; Image: 920.


    John and Thelma Ward-Baldridge
       Unfortunately, Vashti died after giving birth to John, and James had to send his new son to live with his sister, Mary Baldridge-Sparks. In the 1910 census, John's recorded as a "nephew" in the household, where his grandfather Thomas had stayed ten years before. (James disappears from the record in the early 1900's.)
       John grew up with his aunt and uncle, and then married THELMA WARD (11 Jul 1908 - 29 Apr 1982) of Offutt, Kentucky. Thelma's family was well-established in America from Colonial times, with many frontiersmen and explorers in their past. That adventurous heritage would suit her well with John, as they would move quite a bit over the course of their lives.
       In the 1930 census, John and Thelma paid $11 rent per month on a place in Floyd County, Kentucky, with four children, and John worked as a loader in the coal mines.
       More coal is produced in Pike County than anywhere in the state; generally producing about 20% of all Kentucky coal. Coal mining in Kentucky mines in the early days was a dangerous way to make a living, and the pay was horrible. Most coal miners and their families lived paycheck to paycheck, and many times owed more to the "company store" than they made each payday. It was a constant struggle, and death came all to often. Over 7,000 miners have lost their lives in the coal mines of Kentucky since 1890. Until the 1960's, when mining deaths began declining, coal mining was the most dangerous job in Kentucky.
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    Name:   John Baldridge
    Age:   27
    Birth year:   1903
    Birthplace:   Kentucky
    Home in 1930:   District 7, Floyd, Kentucky
    Occupation:   Manager
    Owns radio:   No
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    Census Place: District 7, Floyd, Kentucky; Roll: 745; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 496.0.
    Ward
       Life in the mines was dangerous and unhealthy, and it that wasn't bad enough, the pay was lousy, too. So John finally gave up his work in the mines, and they worked as itinerate farmers, ending up in Western New York state in the mid-1940s.
       John's last recorded address was at 14769 Portland, Chautauqua, New York, where he died in January of 1970. Thelma remained in New York on Pecor Street, Portland, until the age of 73, when on Thursday, April 29, 1982, she died unexpectedly at Westfield Memorial Hospital.
       She had been a resident of Portland since 1946 and was a member of the Ark of the Safety Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name of Mill Street, in Brocton.
       John and Thelma had the following children:

    CHILDREN OF JOHN BALDRIDGE AND THELMA WARD

  • GRACE D. BALDRIDGE was born on 11 Jul 1924 in Johnson, Kentucky. She married BUSTER FIELDS and lived in Phelps, Kentucky.
  • JACQULENE BALDRIDGE was born 13 Mar 1926 in Offutt, Kentucky. She married GREEN JR. DOTSON. Jacqulene Dotson, 77, of Pecor St., formerly of Phelps, Ky., died Tuesday in Westfield Memorial Hospital. She was born March 13, 1926, in Offuct, Ky., the daughter of John and Thelma Ward Baldbridge Sr. She is survived by four sons: Ronnie Dotson of Portland, Green Jr. and Michael Dotson, both of Westfield, and Terry Dotson of Bullhead City, Ariz.; three daughters: Sandra Bentley of Phelps, Nancy Reamy of Zephryhills, Fla., and Gracie Bane of Fredonia; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Green Dotson Sr., whom she married in 1943, and who died in 1957; a great-granddaughter; a brother, John Baldridge; and a sister, Garnet Honaker. She died 09 Dec 2003 at Westfield Memorial Hospital in New York.
  • GARNET BALDRIDGE was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Offutt, Ky., the daughter of John and Thelma Ward Baldridge. She married ROBERT HONAKER and they had six daughters: Mary Louise Kennedy of West Palm Beach, Fla., Kay Gnadzinski of Fredonia, Brenda Johnson of Jamestown, Patricia Lynch of Texas, Carol Sue Meyers of Utica, N.Y., and Elizabeth ''Libby'' Jessie of Dunkirk; a son, Robert Honaker of Dunkirk; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. She lived on West Main Street, formerly of Pecor Street, Portland. Robert Honaker died in 1981 (1983 here), and she followed him on Thursday (Dec. 5, 2002) in Westfield Memorial Hospital. She is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, New York, ae 73 lot D 26.
  • PARIS BALDRIDGE was born on 17 May 1932 in Offutt, Kentucky; He died on 20 Aug 2009 in Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York.
  • MARGARET A. BALDRIDGE was born on 10 Feb 1938 in Pike Co., Kentucky. She married DONALD R. YARBER and lives in Brocton, NY.
  • CAN MARTIN BALDRIDGE was born on 26 May 1944 in Pike Co., Kentucky. He married EILEEN KELLEY.
  • JOHN BALDRIDGE, JR. was born March 9, 1947 in Dunkirk. He attended Brocton schools and graduated from Cassadaga Valley Central School. He was self-employed and owned and operated John Baldridge contracting for 20 years. He married Cindy Briggs Baldridge on June 9, 1985, and they had the following children: John Baldridge III of West Palm, Fla.; three daughters: Dawn Greenlee and Andrea Carlson, both of Jamestown, and Amy Smith of Bensalem, Pa.; four grandchildren: Andrew and Luke Greenlee and Adrianna Carlson, all of Jamestown and Ryanne Smith of Bensalem. He lived on Hall Road, Cassadaga, and died May 14, 2000 at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was buried in Charlotte Center Cemetery.

  • Dotson
       Their daughter JACQULENE BALDRIDGE married GREEN JR. DOTSON. They were poor, as mining wasn't a very profitable business, especially with the labor wars going on in the area. The country was coming out of a depression, but you could hardly tell the difference in Pike County. The house was cramped, and the kids slept beside the adults—the oldest sleeping by dad's head, the next at his feet, the youngest over with mom.
       Jacqulene was a member of the Holiness Movement which believes that the carnal nature of man can be cleansed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the confession of sin, repentance and faith. This belief is also called, "entire sanctification" or a "second work of grace" that enables one to live a life set apart from the world. An offshoot that Jacqulene practiced teaches that speaking in tongues, or "glossolalia," is the evidence one has received the second work of grace. However, to achieve and then remain in this blessed state requires intense, sustained effort, and one's life must be marked by constant self renunciation, careful observance of the divine ordinances, a humble, steadfast reliance on God's forgiving grace in the atonement, the intention to look for God's glory in all things, and an increasing exercise of the love which itself fulfills the whole law and is the end of the commandments. Jacqulene would prove herself to be up to that task throughout her life.
       
    After Green died in a car accident, Jacqulene moved the Dotson family to the state of New York.

    PORTLAND -- Jacqulene Dotson, 77, of Pecor Street, Portland, died unexpectedly Tuesday (Dec 9, 2003) at the Westfield Memorial Hospital. She was born at Offuct, Ky. on March 13, 1926, the daughter of the late John and Thelma (Ward) Baldridge Sr. She had been a Portland area resident since 1961 and was formerly of Phelps, Ky. Her religion was well founded and she maintained her membership and support of the Corner Stone Apostolic Church of Phelps. Her hobbies were crocheting, quilting and cooking. She is survived by four sons, Ronnie Dotson of Portland, Green Dotson Jr. of Westfield, Terry Dotson of Bullhead City, Az., and Michael Dotson of Westfield; three daughters, Sandra Bentley of Phelps, Nancy Reamy of Zephryhills, Fla., and Gracie Bane of Fredonia; two brothers, Paris Baldridgeand Can Baldridge, both of Brocton; two sisters, Gracie Fields of Freeburn, Ky., and Margaret Yarber of Brocton; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great, great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Green Dotson Sr., whom she married in 1943 and preceded her in death in 1957; a great granddaughter, Misty Montgomery; one brother, John Baldridge; and one sister Garnet Honaker. Arrangements are by the Morse Funeral home in Brocton.

    PORTLAND - Jacqulene Dotson, 77, of Pecor St., formerly of Phelps, Ky., died Tuesday in Westfield Memorial Hospital. She was born March 13, 1926, in Offuct, Ky., the daughter of John and Thelma Ward Baldbridge Sr. A Portland-area resident since 1961, her religion was founded, and she maintained her membership and support of the Corner Stone Apostolic Church of Phelps, Ky. Her hobbies were crocheting, quilting and cooking. She is survived by four sons: Ronnie Dotson of Portland, Green Jr. and Michael Dotson, both of Westfield, and Terry Dotson of Bullhead City, Ariz.; three daughters: Sandra Bentley of Phelps, Nancy Reamy of Zephryhills, Fla., and Gracie Bane of Fredonia; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Green Dotson Sr., whom she married in 1943, and who died in 1957; a great-granddaughter; a brother, John Baldridge; and a sister, Garnet Honaker. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Morse Funeral Home, Brocton. Interment will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

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    SOURCES:

  • Last Will & Testament of William Baldridge dated January 9, 1767, probated on January 14, 1773, recorded in Will Book "C", Vol. 1, Pg. 124, Official records of Lancaster County.
  • "History of the Holmes Branch of the Baldridge Family in America" - by Prof. Henry Earl Riggs, a descendant of Rev. Wm. Baldridge, the son of Alexander Baldridge who was the second son of Wm. and Janette Holmes Baldridge.
  • Sources: Genforum - A private North Carolina Patriot of the American Revolution, November 1981, p. 902, DAR;
  • St. Charles County Missouri Probate Court, Box 5, #101 Estate of Robert Baldridge, Sr. filed September 5, 1822; LDS Files - Robert Baldridge - AFN:NWNO-6M.
  • NOTES:

    —"JOHN HAMILL POSTON (1786-1848) His Ancestors and Descendants: A POSTON FAMILY GENEALOGY" by Colin James, 1959 (Pg. 14 Chapter 3)
       "THE SIR JAMES HOLMES-BALDRIDGE-POSTON FANTASY: The Holmes-Poston tradition ever recurs to plague anyone who seeks out the earliest Poston generations in this country. It is nurtured and repeated by successive generations because it carries entwined in it the aura of a vast unclaimed English fortune, elopement, and South Sea Island investment. Every branch of the Poston family reports the traditional story. The details in each version conflict. Through it all, however, it remains solely a family tradition, unsupported by the confirmation requisite before any tradition may be considered fact.
       This much is known. A Sir James Holmes was a well known merchant and trader of Belfast, Ireland about 1700. His fleet of ships traded extensively with Maryland and the other colonies. His will (and reams have been written questioning its validity), probated in 1727 in Belfast, mentions four children: Thomas, Charles, William, and Jeanette.
       The eye- opener in the Holmes will (1727) is: "Impremis: To my daughter Jeanette Two Hundred thousand pounds ($560,000.00) from the funds in trust for herself, and bodily heirs; also all interest in the dividend of the South Sea Island Company, capital Two Hundred Million pounds; also her beloved Mother's legacy in full and without deduction." .... Sir James' bequest to Jeanette "and bodily heirs" accordingly assumed highly interesting possibilities. Had her American descendants been deprived of their rightful inheritance? Temperatures rose. But entitlement to the fortune was dependent upon proof of lineage. A portion of the lineage appears to be:
       William Baldridge b. 1689, Ulster, Ireland (son of Richard Baldridge of County Tyrone) d. November 22, 1772, Little Britain Twp. Lancaster County, Pa. (will dated January 9, 1767, probated January 4, 1773) m. Janette (Janet) Holmes, June 16, 1714, County Tyrone, Ireland (dau. of James Holmes [d. 1727] who m. Margaret Jennings "and through her the Baldridges and Postons in America claim a portion of the celebrated Jennings Estate.") bapt. July 2, 1694, County Down, Ireland; d. July 28, 1768, Lancaster, Pa. Occupation: "...a daughter of Sir James Holmes, Governor of Belfast, Ireland married William Baldridge, a Welsh merchant tailor, against the wishes of her parents. Finding them obdurate, the your couple came to America and settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania." (Beers, HISTORY OF ARMSTRONG COUNTY, PA., 513.) Emigration: "William Baldridge and Janette and family came to America in the ship 'Queen Margaret' in or about the year 1745 (1726 in Henry Earle Riggs, OUR PIONEER ANCESTORS [1942], PP. 73-76) and landed at Philadelphia. Their family consisted of 3 sons and 3 daughters, some of whom were married and had families." (Wm. Henry Egle, NOTES AND QUERIES, Fourth Series, Vol II, 1895, pp. 49-52)
       ....Any tradition, if it is to assume genealogical verity, must have some truth in it, when tested. None of the variant versions of the Holmes-Baldridge legend has been found to have any truth in it, when tested.... The lure of the Holmes fortune, awaiting only proof of lineage from "the bodily heirs" of Jeanette Holmes, was great. The Baldridge Investigating Co. was organized about 1890; counsel was employed; several trips to England were made. But the tradition remained just a tradition. The lineage was too tenuous to support any claim to the Holmes fortune. The hunting expedition failed. One result was the injection of a new tradition, by Judge John Poston of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, that the immigrant's ancestors, "The London Postons, came from a Venetian count who dropped the 'i' from his name 'Postoni" in order to anglicize it," and that "John Poston emigrated to St. Mar's County, Maryland early in the 18th century from London, of which City or the vicinity he was a native. His wife was Annette, daughter of Sir David Holmes."
       The final disappointment is that Sir James Holmes failed to mention in his will, due probably to embarrassment over his lack of investment acumen, that the South Sea Company, that fabulous bubble formed to exploit the Pacific and South America, failed in 1721, six years before his 1727 will. His investment in that fiasco was worthless at the time he drew his will!"