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Witter Johnston Baxter, Sr.

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Sidney, NY
Death: February 6, 1888 (71)
Jonesville, MI
Place of Burial: Jonesville, MI, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Judge Levi Baxter, Jr. and Lois Baxter
Husband of Alice Baxter
Father of Walton M. Baxter; Levi B. Baxter; Witter J. Baxter, Jr.; Benjamin "Bennie" Baxter and Ellen Beaumont Peabody
Brother of Benjamin L. Baxter, poetaster; Nancy Ann Baxter; Brig. General Henry Baxter (USA); Frances Baxter; Narcissa Baxter and 5 others
Half brother of John F. Baxter; Antoinette Brockway; Elizabeth M. Baxter; Clara E. Case; Charles E. K. Baxter and 1 other

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About Witter J. Baxter Sr.

The 1888 book Early History of Michigan, by Stephen D. Bingham, has a paragraph on its page 80 about Witter J. Baxter, Sr.:

"Was born at Sidney Plains, Delaware county, N.Y., June 18, 1816, and was the son of Levi and Lois (Johnston) Baxter. His grandfather, Levi Baxter, was a Captain in the Revolution, and his maternal grandfather was Colonel Witter Johnston, a Colonel in the Revolution. Mr. Baxter came with his father to Tecumseh in 1831, remaining there until 1836, then removing to White Pigeon until 1848, when he came to Jonesville. He received a common school and academical education at the State University branches at Techumseh, White Pigeon and Detroit, and received the honorary degree of A.M. from the University. In 1836 he commenced teaching and continued in that profession until 1841, when he studied law in Detroit, was admitted in 1844 and practiced until 1848, in partnership with Andrew Hervie, of Detroit, when he removed to Jonesville and became a partner of W. W. Murphy, of the firm Murphy & Baxter, which continued until 1874. After that time he practiced alone. While in Detroit he was director and president of the Young Men's Society. He was also a member of the firm of Grosvenor & Co., bankers, and a member of the Jonesville school board for twenty-six years; supervisor and president of the board; a member of the state board of education for over a quarter of a century; president of the state agricultural society and member of the executive board; an active Odd Fellow and Mason, in the first holding high offices. He always took an active interest in the state pioneer society, was its president and a member of the historical committee for many years. He was also president of the county pioneer society. He was state senator in 1877. For several years prior to 1886 he was secretary of the state board of charities, and an efficient officer. From the age of fifteen he was a member of the Presbyterian church and the greater part of the time Sunday-school superintendent. He was first a Whig, but a Republican after 1854. He died suddenly February 6, 1888."

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Witter Johnson Baxter

Birth: Jun. 18, 1816

Death: Feb. 6, 1888

Family links:


Levi Baxter (1788 - 1862)

Children: Bennie Baxter

Levi Baxter (1853 - 1854)

Walton M Baxter (1857 - 1885)

Spouse: Alice B Beaumont Baxter (1832 - 1872)

Burial: Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Hillsdale County, Michigan, USA

Created by: Carol Chambers Record added: Jan 15, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 46720638 Downloaded May 2011 from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46720638

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Biographical information regarding several members of the Baxter family, along with portraits of Levi Baxter and Witter J. Baxter.

Source: Downloaded June 2011 from History of Hillsdale County, Michigan, with illustrations and biographical ..., by Crisfield Johnson, Everts & Abbott, Philadelphia, pp 128, 130, 132, 136, 138, 139, 142, 146, 147, 148, 309, at http://books.google.com/

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Witter J. Baxter Sr.'s Timeline

June 18, 1816
Sidney, NY
September 5, 1853
Age 37
August 2, 1855
Age 39
Jonesville, MI, USA
January 28, 1857
Age 40
Hillsdale, MI, USA
February 6, 1888
Age 71
Jonesville, MI
Jonesville, MI, USA