Betsey Stevens Baldwin (1792 - c.1874)

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Nicknames: "Elizabeth S. Johnston"
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Birthplace: Freehold Township, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
Death: Died in Bibb, Georgia, United States
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About Betsey Stevens Baldwin

'NOTE: Altho she is recorded in baptism records,marriage, and census' as BETSEY STEVENS BALDWIN, she is also written as Elizabeth S. Johnston in her father Woolsey Baldwin's Will.'

Betsey Stevens Baldwin, dau. of Woolsey Baldwin and Rachel Miller, was b. Feb. 9, 1972; bapt. Apr. 8,1792 at the First Presby Church, Cranbury, NJ; she m. on Oct. 5,1820, in Monmouth Co., New Jersey, with MICHAEL JOHNSTON.

This is part of a transcript from the "Old Red Notebook of Edna Zuber Swanson" that my aunt, Mary Helen Johnston Passow, copied when she visited Edna, probably back in the 1960s or 1970s. Mary Helen had boxes and boxes of notes (now in the hands of her son, John Passow) that she collected over many years of travel and research for our family history. I copied these notes because, at that time (early 1980s), a copy machine was not that easy to find.

"Elizabeth Stevens Baldwin was a woman of unusual intellect, culture, refinement; old school, Presbyterian, VERY devout! She was close friends with her aunt, Lucinda McMichael Sanders, oldest sister of her daughter-in-law*. Lucinda, Betsy, and a neighbor, Mrs. Howard, all died within a year of each other. She had six children: three sons lost in the Civil War and one lived to 1886, no children. John W was taken prisoner in the war and never seen again. Baldwin was in the Cavalry and was wounded."

Lucinda was the older sister of Louisiana Elizabeth McMichael who married Baldwin Johnston, son of Betsy Stevens Baldwin and Michael Johnston (1789-1870). Lucinda passed away in 1874, so ESB Johnston must have passed away within a year of that. She was living (widowed) in Bibb Co., GA, as of the 1870 census, and her husband is listed on the Mortality Schedule for 1870, in Bibb Co., GA, but I cannot find information on where either one might be buried.

  • 1792 baptism & birth record: Betsey Stevens Baldwin, d/o Woolsey & Rachel Baldwin, b. 2/19/1792; bapt. 4/8/1792 at 1st Presby Church., Cranbury, NJ.
  • 1820 marriage record: Betsey S. Baldwin (see Notes) m. Michael Johnston in Monmouth Co., NJ on 10/5/1820.'I believe that the old script was mis-read in regard to her middle initial, which was cited as 'L' but which I read as 'S'.'
  • Michael's Death: http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=usmortality&h=398125&ti=0&indiv=try&gs s=pt&ssrc=pt_t32776277_p18865713630_kpidz0q3d18865713630z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgPLz0q3dpid
  • http://dunhamwilcox.net/nj/cranbury_nj_presb_bapt.htm. Birth and bapt. of Betsey Stevens, d/o Woolsey and Rachel Baldwin.
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Betsey Stevens Baldwin's Timeline

1792
February 9, 1792
Freehold Township, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
April 8, 1792
Cranbury Township, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
1820
October 5, 1820
Age 28

Per family Bible, in possession of John Passow

1823
December 28, 1823
Age 31
Bibb, Georgia, United States
1850
September 11, 1850
Age 58

Mis-recorded under "W Johnson", this is Micael & Elizabeth Stevens Johnston and their children.

1860
August 13, 1860
Age 68

Michael Johnston died in May of this year, according to the U.S. Federal Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, image 3, line 6. Why he is listed as part of the household in August is beyond me.

1870
July 19, 1870
Age 78

Elizabeth (Betsey) Stevens Baldwin Johnston, age 79, living with her son.

1874
1874
Age 81
Bibb, Georgia, United States
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