Submitted by Leroy Haas
Was born in 1810 in Unknown. He died in 1861 in Mud Creek, Floyd Co., Kentucky. He was buried in 1861 in Tinker Fork, Mitchel Branch, Floyd Co., Kentucky.
Solomon’s birthplace is unknown. He was a lay Preacher and a Constable in Floyd Co., Kentucky in 1861 when he was killed by Miles Sturgill with a pick axe in May of that year. He is buried in the HAMILTON CEMETERY at Mitchell Branch of Tinker Fork of Mud Creek in Floyd Co., Kentucky.
I spent a day with a Hamilton descendant at his home in 1989. He told me that Solomon was the first to be entered into the Hamilton Cemetery and he showed me the grave. The head stone says ” S. BALDWIN DEC 1861 ” and is merely a rough cut rock. I traveled to the Kentucky State archives in Frankfort to review the trial transcript but could find only the record of arrangement of Sturgill.
Who were obviously there to support Miles Sturgill and post bail of $4000.00. Also in the courtroom were:
The Baldwin men were Solomon’s sons. Each posted $100.00 bond as material witnesses. This activity occurred during the June court term on the 3rd of June and was to continue in the next term. However, the following term records were missing. It appears that these records were lost during the confederate occupation of Frankfort (the only northern capitol captured during the war) but the records continued exactly four years later. The court books ended with “book L” and continued with book M, but four years had passed. I do not know if the trial was held or what transpired. The next move would be to locate a newspaper of the time or find a prison record of Miles Sturgill if in fact he was convicted. Others present at the initial hearing and also posted bond were:
All of these people lived near the Baldwins and many of their descendants are still in the area.
In 1866 Solomon’s wife, Sarah, distributed a great deal of land to her children. I suppose that she did this to prepare for her second marriage. She married Solomon Hubbard on 9 July 1866. Shortly there-after they moved to Lawrence County Ohio where many of her children moved to start a new life.
He was married to Sarah Elliott in 1830.
Sarah’s death is not recorded in Lawrence Co. Perhaps she returned to Mud Creek or maybe she lived and died in Boyd Co. where one of her grandsons lived. Solomon Baldwin and Sarah Elliott had the following children: