William W. Baldridge

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William W. Baldridge, son of Michael Baldridge and Mabel Wilson, was born at Pennsylvania, May 1782.1,2,3,4,5 He died at Varick, Seneca Co., New York, 14 April 1866,6 and was buried at Romulus, Seneca Co., New York.5

William married (1) Mable McMath, daughter of (…) McMath, at Romulus, 1 July 1806;7 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Percy Leach, daughter of Reverend Richard Leach and Mary Strong, at Lyons, Wayne Co., New York, 7 February 1822.8,7

William W. Baldridge left a will dated at Varick, 28 July 1864, with a codicil dated 30 May 1865, and proved 14 May 1866:
In the name of God, Amen. I William W. Baldridge of the town of Varick in the County of Seneca State of New York aged Eighty two years being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do hereby make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament that is to say:

First All my legal debts are paid and discharged I give and bequeath to Helen Baldridge Martha and George Baldridge children of my son Samuel Baldridge now deceased residing in the state of Illinois each one hundred dollars.

2nd It is my will and desire that my executor divide the remaining portion of my Estate both real and personal of every discription into three equal parts and distribute it as follows viz:

1st To Charles, Mary, James, Mahlon, Milton, Sarah and Martha Baldrige children of my son John Baldridge now deceased one part to each, share and share alike.

2nd To give to Clara Pearce wife of Lewis Pearce now residing in Calhoun County in the State of Michigan one part and

3rd To give to Malina Mosher wife of James Mosher at present residing in Niagra County State of New York, one part.

Lastly It is my wish and desire that my executor do set off and allow to my daughter Clara Pearce above mentioned a certain parcel of land in the State of Michigan in the County of Calhoun. Said land is a part of section 32 in township No. 4 and South of Range No. 4 West it being about thirty acres of land the same more or less lying on the East side of said Section No.32 and is to be estimated at two hundred and seventy five dollars and twenty cents by my Executor as a part of the said Clara's share of my Estate and for a more particular description of said land see deed on record in the office of the Clerk of the County of Calhoun in the said State of Michigan, and should any Executor find any memorandum, notes, bonds, mortgages, ____ account or such other evidence of debt belonging to my Estate after my decease against the Estate of my son John Baldridge and [others aforesaid] or not Satisfied it is my will and desire that he calculate ______ ______ interest and add the same to the principle yearly and estimate the same as a part of what is to be the share of the above mentioned heirs of my son John now deceased and I wish him to do this even if said claims were void by limitation of Statue and in like manner should there be any evidence of debt against James Mosher or his wife Melina as a part of said Melina's share also if any evidence of debt against Lewis Pearce or Clara his wife to be counted in like manner as a part of said Clara's share and I hereby authorize my executor and give him full power to sue for and collect all debts that may be due and owing my estate after my decease to give all necessary deeds of conveyance, to discharge and satisfy all judgements and mortgages as fully as I might could or would do if living.

Likewise, I make institute and appoint Henry Baldridge of the town of Varick in the County of Seneca and State of New York to be executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name affixed my seal the twenty third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.

William Baldridge

Witnessed by Alexander and Sarah E. Baldridge, both of Romulus, Seneca Co. New York.
His Codicil:

I William W. Baldrige of the town of Varick in the County of Seneca and State of New York do make this Codicil to my last Will in words as follows: Whereas in and by my last Will and Testament dated on or about the 23rd day of July 1864 I did by the first item in the second provision make provision for Charles Baldridge, Mary, James, Mahlon, Milton, Sarah and Martha Baldridge children of my son John Baldridge now deceased each share and share alike of one third part of my estate after my legal debts were discharged and whereas I loaned to my son
John Baldridge in his lifetime a sum of money and whereas the Estate of son John has been settled and tis ascertained that said estate has become insolvent and therefore the said heirs of my son John as above mentioned have obtained through their father in his lifetime more than their full share of my estate I now therefore in view of the conditions of the above mentioned facts do direct that the children of my son John above named have no part of my estate but that my executor do divide between Clara Pearse and Melina Mosher after prying off the legacies named in the first provision of my said will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of May 1865.

William Baldridge

Same Witnesses.9

Family 1

Mable McMath b. 6 Oct 1786, d. 7 Jul 1821
  • John Baldridge9,7 b. 2 May 1807, d. 2 Jul 1862
  • Nancy Baldridge10 b. 21 Feb 1809, d. 7 Jun 1837
  • Samuel Baldridge9,10 b. 13 Jun 1811, d. Oct 1851
  • Wilson Baldridge11 b. 27 Jun 1813
  • William Baldridge11 b. 4 Jul 1817, d. aft. 1866
  • Charles Baldridge5,12 b. 27 Jun 1819, d. 3 Sep 1819
  • Clarissa Baldridge5,12 b. 9 Mar 1821, d. 30 Mar 1821

Family 2

Percy Leach b. 3 Sep 1782, d. 2 Sep 1847
This person was last edited on30 Dec 2019


  1. [S222] Seneca County Courthouse, Seneca Falls, New York, Probate records, 1804-1923, I:1-3, FHL microfilm 843632, further cited as Seneca Probate. Stated he was "aged 82 years" in his will in 1864.
  2. [S457] Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Somerset, Niagara Co., New York, population schedule, sheet 351, dwelling 99, family 102, James Mosher household, age 67, born in Pennsylvania; original data: NARA micropublication M432, Seventh Census of the United States, , 1009 rolls, roll #561.
  3. [S458] Ancestry.com, 1860 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Town of Shelby, Orleans Co., New York, population schedule, sheet 80, dwelling 672, family 661, Lewis Pierce household, age 78, born in Pennsylvania; original data: NARA micropublication M653, Eighth Census of the United States, , 1438 rolls, roll #836.
  4. [S235] Kent Co., Michigan, Kent County, Michigan census, 1884, 1894, Lewis Pierce Household, Dwelling/Family 50, Paris Township (1884), FHL microfilm 984656, further cited as State Census. Clarysa's father was born in Pennsylvania.
  5. [S227] Frank Mortimer McMath, Collections for a History of the Ancient Family of McMath (Memphis, Tennessee: C. A. Davis Printing, 1937), 242, further cited as McMath, McMath Family Notes.
  6. [S222] Seneca Probate, Index; FHL #843627.
  7. [S226] Frank M. McMath, Memorials of the McMath Family: Including a Genealogical Account of the Descendants of Archibald McMath Who Was Born in Scotland About the Year 1700 (Detroit, Michigan: Speaker Printing, 1898), 178-179, further cited as McMath, McMath Family.
  8. [S252] Harriett M. Wiles, "Marriages and Deaths From the Lyons Republican and Inscriptions From the Lyons Rural Cemetery: Nelson, N.Y. and Aurora, N.Y.", Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1990, Lyons, Ontario Co., New York: typescript, 1900, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #6081207, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10. From The Lyons Republican of 22 Feb 1822. "Married in Lyons, Thur. the 7th inst. Mr. William Baldrdge of Romulus, Seneca Co. to Miss Persay Keith of Lyons.", further cited as "Lyons Marriages."
  9. [S222] Seneca Probate, I:1-3; FHL #843632.
  10. [S226] McMath, McMath Family, 183.
  11. [S226] McMath, McMath Family, 184.
  12. [S226] McMath, McMath Family, 179.