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Forgotten History

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This old town is going through some major hurt- the news isn’t good again today- more people losing their livihood- another plant closing. I thought it was time to remember her past and know there is hope for a future- so to that end I am reprising some of her past:

Charleston Pioneer Cemetery

The small cemetery on 6th street was an important part of the little community of Charleston Village for it was here that grieving widows, fathers, mothers and children said goodbyes to their lost loved ones. Such was the day in January 1848. One hundred and fifty eight years ago friends and family braved the icy winds and frozen ground to say goodbye to Daniel Tousey Baldwin. Baldwin Headstone

This former member of the Legislature, Judge and prominent businessman journeyed through the little village of Charleston one last time to his last resting place, here he has lain for 158 years . Time has taken its toll on the cemetery, forgotten for many years , headstones knocked flat, bodies moved until a young girl, Diane Wargo Medina on her way to school happened across a corner of a buried headstone. A head stone lovingly placed so loved ones could be remembered by future generations now broken all but destroyed by those generations.

The small village grew, the hardships and perseverance of it’s founders long forgotten along with the decaying bodies and deteriorating headstones memories of lives, hopes and dreams for this place they called home forgotten by those that made up the generations of the future. Yet even as life went on the struggles and hopes that are now Lorain, Ohio have remained

From Daniels obituary

“he was a believer in Black River Harbor and active in the city lot speculation in the place from1839-18??”

Is it not ironic that 158 years later the speculation the same speculation grips this City of Lorain in the same exact area? We should not forget Lorain’s history and the their last resting place or their struggles it may be that even after centuries we can still learn from them.

History of Lorain County:

“Charleston” under which name the village was subsequently incorporated, is now chiefly remembered as on a happy illustration of the glorious uncertainty of land speculation…”

Daniel T Baldwin was part of that community , part of the birthing process of a nation, of a state and of this city of Lorain.

The first election for township officers was held at the house of John S Reid April 17th,1817 and at the election in Black River for state and county officers we find Daniel T Baldwin.- 1836 found an association of businessmen of the Black River called the Black River Steamboat Association Daniel T Baldwin was president of the association . Daniel’s obituaries give us a glimpse into the man who lies gone and all but forgotten in a little cemetery of Charleston Village.

Daniel T. Baldwin Born on or about February 18th 1792. Lived and died in Charleston which is now Lorain, Lorain County Ohio. He was married to Sophia Reid sister to Conrad Reid of that place. He was a zealous Presbyterian, and a strict disciplinarian, who whipped his children, and attended the church with them with great regularity. He was a member of the Legislature more than once. He was a believer in Black River Harbor, and active in the city lot speculation in that place, from 1839-18??., his wife inheriting an ample property there. The speculation were unfortunate. Some of his property, levied on by an odd mode of collecting debts, after his death, He died it is said on January 25th 1848

Elyria Courier 1848

The Hon. D. T. Baldwin who died at Black River, January 25th was born of highly respectable parents, in Newton, Fairfield County Conn, February 18th 1792. His parents having removed from Newton to Stockbridge Mass., their son emigrated from that place to this state, and settled at Black River in 1816, where he resided till his death.

His death succeeded an illness of only three days, occasioned by a cold, which settled upon his lungs. No apprehensions of danger were entertained, either by himself, or others, til the day of his decease. The county Court, of which the deceased was an Associate Judge, had commenced its sessions, on the day of his death. On the announcement of the melancholy intelligence, the courts adjourned till the next day. The funeral solemnities were numerously attended at 2 o’clock P. M. of Thursday, and a discourse delivered by the Rev A. H. Betts.

Judge Baldwin was an honest man, a kind, affectionate husband and parent, a good neighbor, a well informed, and valuable citizen and public officer. He has been frequently honored with official stations, and called to preside at various meetings of benevolent Societies, since the organization of the county. In the fall of 1834, he was elected a member of the Legislature of the State, and served one term, with ability, and to the almost entire satisfaction of his constituency.

In 1844, he was elected Associate Judge of the County Court, which office he held at the time of his death, and filled with acceptance. Judge Baldwin made a public profession of religion, and united with the Presbyterian Church in the place of his residence in 1839, and was subsequently chosen an officer in the church.

Since the profession of his faith, he has never been a consistent Christian, showing to the world that he walked by faith, and not by sight. He has been a efficient supporter of the infant church and society, of which he was a member, and since the dismission of the late pastor, the Rev. Mr. Cockran, he was sustained, mostly by his own efforts, the public meetings of the Sanctuary: by reading and devotional exercises.

For the discharge of his various duties in private, social and public life, Judge Baldwin possessed many estimable qualities. His natural talents, his reading and reflection, his mature judgement, his acquaintance with business, and with mankind; in a word, the style of his abilities qualified him for usefulness in this Western Country, where promptness, energy, and aptitude, rather than delicate refinement, are indispensable. His benevolence was always commensurate with his ability. He gave, with a liberal hand, to all enterprises, for improvements, in his own neighborhood, and for objects of general utility. His counsel and cooperation, at home and abroad, in civil, political, and ecclesiastical concerns, was highly valued, and much sought. But alas, he has fallen suddenly, by the wisdom of a mysterious providence, and left a vacancy not easily filled. In his sudden exit, there is a touching voice more impressive than the living utter,

“Be ye also ready.” Many fall as suddenly, a few as safe!

Research and photos Diane Medina and Renee Dore CVSI/BRHS

April 16, 2008 at 2:20 am 2 comments


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