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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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T. P. Baldwin, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Benton County, Mo., February 20, 1849, his parents being John A. and Sarah (Duren) Baldwin, who came to Missouri about 1840, and were here married. T. P. Baldwin is the fourth of nine children, seven sons and two daughters, five of whom reached maturity and four are now living. He remained with his parents until nineteen years of age, when he was married to Miss Mary E. Kennedy, by whom he has five children. Their names are as follows: Charles E., born November 8, 1869; John W., born December 23, 1872; Sarah C., born June 17, 1875; Maude A., born October 5, 1880, and Thomas P., born September 21, 1887. Sixty-five of the 254 acres of land owned by Mr. Baldwin are under cultivation, but 100 acres are in a condition to be tilled. The rest of the land is heavily covered with timber. He is president of the Good Hope Wheelers, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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