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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LEVI BALDWIN was a prominent man in the town of Arkwright, Chautauqua county. He was a son of Isaac and Parthena Baldwin, and was born in Pawlet, Vermont, January 26, 1802. When ten years of age he accompanied his father to this county and they at first made their home in the town of Sheridan, where he remained until after his marriage with Eliza Ann Putnam, which occurred October 23, 1831, and he then moved into this town and made himself a home. His first wife died November 10, 1863, having borne him three sons: Oliver T., who went to California about the time he reached manhood, married Nancy Wright; L. Courtney, who married Amoret Saunders and settled in this town, and Orville D., who married Eglantine Dawley, and for many years conducted a drug-store in Fredonia. For his second wife Levi Baldwin married Eleanor B. Phelps on March 26, 1866.

Levi Baldwin was quite active in political matters and for eight years held the office of supervisor, was justice of the peace for several terms, and town superintendent of schools. The duties of all of which he discharged with fidelity and to the satisfaction of his fellow-citizens.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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