There is a lot of missing persons/generations, meaning I need to do more research, or others have to contribute to understand the early Baldwin’s of Eastern North Carolina.I am sending what I feel maybe in the future, the possible direction of a correct lineage to this early ancestry.
"From Aubrey H. Baldwin, "Descendants of Francis Baldwin of Chester County, Pa.", Mormon Church, microfiche # 6093213, pages 11,12.
William was obliged to assist his widowed mother in the family mill operations on Naaman's Creek.In 1717, William passed up ownership of the mill in favor of his mother and younger brother John. He probably continued as miller a while longer, as he is listed as miller who passed his indentured servant lad Jonathan Williams to Thomas Hill, of Salem, New Jersey, shortly before 26 Nov 1724.(See "American Weekly Mercury" for Nov 26--Dec 3, 1724)The apprentice was probably his nephew or at least a relative of his sister Martha Williams.
William, probably with a monetary assist from his uncle John Baldwin, went to North Carolina with other Quakers from Chester County.On 1 Dec. 1724, he took out a patent for 400 acres in Northampton County, North Carolina.His removal to the Southern Colony can be timed by two advertisements appearing in the "Mercury".His own for his runaway servant William Potter, under date of 21 Jan. 1724, and the aforementioned ad of Thomas Hill seeking his apprentice who he took over from William Baldwin now in North Carolina.
On 1 Dec. 1727, William had a land grant for 250 acres at the head of Little Cypress Swamp in Northampton County.That same year his name appears as witness to Wills of Daniel Regan and Joseph Riggons of Bertie County.He soon became a large landholder in the region.He married Elizabeth Smith and settled in or near Northwest Parish in Bertie County, where he became a planter and seems to have had extensive fishing rights.On 10 Nov. 1730, he was one of the men chosen to evaluate John Kelly's 200 acres on Occaneche Neck in Bertie County.
Although William and his family do not appear in existing Quaker records, he probably kept in touch with the Coplands, Smiths, Worrells and Turners, all members of Chester Monthly Meeting (Pa.) who settled in the Albermarle area of Northeastern North Carolina.And it is this community that drew a tart entry in the Journal of the Rev. Hugh McAden, first ordained Presbyterian minister to several settlement in North Carolina, under date of Monday, 9th Nov. 1755:"Crossed the swamp and came to Baldwin's on the Whitemarsh, about five miles, where I tarried all night, and preached the next day to a very few irregular sort of people who, I believe, know but little about the principles of any religion."(See "Colonial and State Records of North Carolina" by Saunders, Vol. VI, p. 342)
Baldwin left his name on the swamp which rises in central Pitt County and flows southeast into Moyes Run.
William left no Will, but his father-in-law George Smith, of Northampton County, in his Will dated 21 Jan. 1745/6 and proved in February Court 1746 mentions his daughter Elizabeth Baldwin.William had a son, referred to in Northampton County records as William Jr.; and unless he lived to a very ripe old age, William Jr. had a son William as well.The following children can be assigned him:
14. William Jr. married Ann
15. George, who was witness to brother William's Northampton County deed from Spencer Dew.
15 1/4. John, who sold his 428 acre tract on the Porticora River in Amelia County, Virginia, 1756
15 1/2. Probably a daughter, wife of Charles Thompson
Probably others.(see Charles C. Baldwin's Genealogy, pg. 803 for William Baldwin, b. ca. 1756, who fits the role of a grandson.I give great weight to the three brother tradition in our family.)
You may have noticed Aubrey Baldwin’s statement: “14. William Jr. married Ann”.
Trough’s another question mark into the possible ancestry.A similar statement to your post is found in the following:“North Carolina Journal of Genealogy and History, 1959-1961, Vol. 6, pg. 710, it state William Jr. was executor in Will of Walter Dixon of Pitt County, died Aug, 1767”.This William Baldwin Jr. is a possible connection to your Elizabeth Baldwin, I believe Aubrey Baldwin’s listing of children is probably suspect, incorrect for the most part.Then again maybe William Baldwin Jr. was married 2 times 1/ Ann and 2/ Elizabeth?What I realize from reading Aubrey Baldwin’s statement is that if it is true about William Baldwin Sr. movement along the Eastern North Carolina Counties, starting with Northampton, then Bertie, Pitt, even New Hanover, Bladen.Aubrey may have written into his statement the life of another William Baldwin.Because there is a Warren (William possible) that was born also in the 1690’s (same time frame) that settled in the 1730’s in New Hanover/Bladden County, NC, that had many descendants that moved south to Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.To through another disruptive statement published by one of the original masters.Genealogist Charles Candee Baldwin, in his “Genealogy Book” published 1881, he states the following on page 803.“William Baldwin, said to be from Virginia somewhere on the upper sources of the Roanoke, moved to Pitt County, on the Tar River, NC.He had eight daughters and three sons by his wife, a Miss Craven or Crary. (There is a Craven County in Eastern NC).They were in North Carolina before the Revolution.George, son moved from NC to Alabama; John, went from NC to Georgia about 1800; Moses H. married Miss E. Miller of Randolph County, Georgia, whose father was from Lewis Co., NC..I have researched the Baldwin’s of Virginia (since my ancestry runs through Virginia)I do not believe that the origin of this William Baldwin isfrom the upper sources of the Roanoke, Va..