Grant, thanks very much for the helpful information!
I'm slowly trying to work my way backwards through the very confusing and conflicting history in this Hiram Baldwin line and I would welcome any input from other serious researchers.I am fairly well convinced that Hiram's wife, Mary Lewis, was daughter of David Lewis and Mary Marchant, based on Merchant/Marchant genealogies which provide dob and marriage information for their children.
There is speculation out there that Mary was the daughter of Fielding Lewis who was m. to George Washington's sister. Hiram and Mary had a son named Fielding Baldwin, and Mary had a brother named Fielding Lewis, so there is undoubtedly a connection to the Fielding Lewis who married Betty Washington. I just haven't found the link yet.
Hiram Baldwin's mother was Rhoda Jennings and there are a lot of conflicting claims as to who she was. I tend to agree with the conclusions of Frank Baldwin and Judge C. C. Baldwin that she was the daughter of a David Jennings.
Here is some of what I've discovered in my search for Rhoda's identity.
1. Rhoda Jennings was the daughter of David Jennings of Berkeley County VA (now WVA), and she was born ca 1756 in Somerset Co NJ (see pg. 15 of "The Baldwins from Virginia Westward" by Frank C. Baldwin; self-published in Oak Park IL 1985; WRHS Cleveland OH.Also see "Revised Baldwin Genealogy, Vol. V. . ., as first compiled by Charles Candee Baldwin", Prepared by Aubrey H. Baldwin, Jr., Philadelphia, PA 1989.)These works give dates of birth for all of Rhoda's children, the oldest Hiram said to be born 26 Feb 1776, not at the later date of "about 1781" as stated in other genealogies.However, the only source given in the works for the dates of birth is "Fee Family and Connections" by Robert Arthur, NEHGS.
The facts and migration patterns of these families tend to support Baldwin's conclusions, but my question is: which David was Rhoda's father? Was it the one killed by Indians, or could it have been his son? There was a David Jennings who did have a daughter Rhoda, but it appears she was m 1) to Jacob Houk on 5 Jan 1803, and 2) to Jacob Whitestone.She is called Rhoda Whitestone in a land deed signed by the surviving heirs of her parents, she signed at the Clermont Co OH courthouse on 20 Aug 1827 (source: "Descendants of David Jennings, Columbiana County, OH (1740-1790), by Norma Jennings. However, it might be that Rhoda is the granddaughter of this David Jennings, by a son of his also named David.
2. Another source states that Francis Baldwin's wife Rhoda was born 1767 in Fairfield County CT (see life of John Wyatt Moody, contributed by Ted Moody to USGenWeb archives).Moody m. Mary Baldwin, daughter of Francis and Rhoda (Jennings) Baldwin 13 Mar 1806, in Warren County OH.Mary was born in Georgia.
Moody states that this Rhoda was the dau of Gershom and Rhoda (Sanford) Jennings, of Fairfield.It's not likely she was the Rhoda who m. Francis Baldwin in 1775 (children began to be born in 1776) as she would only have been 8 years old! I'm wondering about why this theory has received so much support, even referred to in DAR memberships.
3.A third theory (no proof offered) states that Rhoda Jennings was the daughter of John Jennings of Berkeley Co VA, with date of birth alternately 1761(in Fairfield CT) and 1767 (in Berkeley Co VA).
I found an obituary notice from a Warren Co OH newspaper giving a date of death for Rhoda Baldwin as 11 Nov 1836.
I'm also trying to find out more about the connection between my Hiram Baldwin of Warren Co OH and the Hiram Baldwin of Jefferson Co MS (migrated from Chester Co PA), whose attempt to give his slaves freedom, according to the terms of his will, were undermined by notorious slave traders. For the most part it appears that the Baldwins who were associated with the Quakers were opposed to slavery, but I find indications in some of my family line from VA that they did own slaves for some period of time. Hiram Baldwin's daughter Rhoda was m. to John Sparks and I have a copy of a deed of sale for one of his slaves, a woman named Rhoda, and her son.
I noticed in an earlier posting that you provided an address for the family historian, Frank Baldwin - I'm going to request a copy of his book, if it's still available. Do you know whether the larger work by Aubrey Baldwin is available for sale?
I wonder if anybody is currently working on sorting through all this. If so, I would appreciate hearing from them. Thanks again.