Sarah F. Baldwin was born 17 April 1850 in Allen, Alleghany County, New York. She was the daughter of Daniel W. Baldwin born 1808 in Connecticut and Evalinda Cooper Baldwin born in 1823 in New York. She first appeared at the age of one month in the 1850 New York census record with Daniel W . Baldwin 42 a carpenter and joiner with $780 worth of property, Evalinda 27, Charlotte E. 10, Miron 8, and sister Demeris 4.
The family later moved to Michigan. Her older brother Myron Baldwin was granted a homestead certificate on 20 May 1862 in Wexford County. The Wexford Co. MI census revealed Myron was 37, born in New York, who resided in Wexford Twp. with wife Rose 30 of Pennsylvania and their children Lulu 5 and Maude 1 born in MI. They continued living in Wexford County until the 1900 census where they had moved to Brant Twp, Grand Traverse County. Daniel and Evalinda appeared in the 1870 and 1880 Wexford County census and Evalinda continued living there after Daniel's death 17 November 1890 in Wexford County with her adopted son William.
Sarah married Irvin Waterman Benson, who was born in 1839 in Orwell, Vermont, on 11 April 1868 in Manistee County, Michigan. She was 17 and he was 29 at the time of the marriage. At the age of 22, Irvin had enlisted 17 September 1861 in Warren, Macomb Co. in Michigan Company H, second Reg't Volunteer Calavary during the Civil War. He was described as 5'9" tall with light hair and complexion and blue eyes. He was mustered 2 October 1861 and he reenlisted 5 January 1864 at Mossy Creek, TN. He was mustered 29 March 1864. He was promoted a corporal 5 January 1864 and to sergeant on 1 November 1864. He was wounded at Columbia, Tennessee in the fall of 1862 and suffered another injury in January of 1863. He was honorably discharged 17 August, 1865 in Macon, Georgia.
Sarah and Irvin Benson had 8 children: a male child not named born 5 February 1870 who died 10 February 1870; Edgar Daniel born 3 April 1871 who later became a blacksmith in Harlan, MI; Elvira Winogene born 18 April 1873 who married Nelson H. Richmond 4 May 1890 and who died 21 May 1948; Rose born 14 August 1877; Fred born 30 June 1879 who died in an avalanche; Marcus born 10 April 1881 who married Maud E. Crawford 15 November 1908 in Wexford Co.; Nellie Marie born 26 April 1883; and Charlotte (Lottie) born 26 August 1885 who married Edward M. Farnsworth 14 October 1902 in Sherman, Wexford Co.,MI.
Sarah's sister Demarious C. Dean, the wife of William E. Dean, sold land to Sarah on 8 July 1879, Sarah also sold land between 1881 and 1891 to William B. Brown and her son Edgar D. Benson in Wexford County.
After Irvin's death of Bright's disease on 15 August 1891 in Wexford Co. at the age of 52, Sarah married Joseph McDaniel on 24 March 1896. On 7 September 1889, she applied for a widow's pension. She was then 46 years old and listed her children Mark, Nellie, and Lottie in the application.
On 14 July, 1896, Sarah requested guardianship of the minor children to be granted to both her and her new husband Joseph McDaniel. Listed were the minor children Mark Benson 15, Nellie 13, and Lottie 11. This was granted in the Wexford County courthouse. They were listed in the 1900 Wexford Co. MI census as Joseph McDaniels 67 born March 1834 in WV, Sarah F. 50 born April 1850 in NY, Mark Benson 18 born April 1882 in MI, and Nellie Benson 17 born April 1883 in MI. They had been married 4 years and owned a farm free of mortgage. She was the mother of 8 children who were living. Joseph McDaniel died 29 June 1901.
Sarah's daughter Nellie Mingus stated in an affidavit dated 22 June 1918 that Sarah "... resided in Bagnall, MI until Sept. 22, 1907, when she sent to Rose Lake, Idaho, and that she moved from there to Chewelan (Stevens County) Washington, on April 3rd, 1909, where she has resided ever since..."
She did visit her family several times in Michigan and Idaho after that time. Sarah F. Baldwin Benson McDaniel died at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 19 days on 6 March 1935 at 928 Key Street in Bellingham, Whatcom Co., Washington of myocarditis and old age.
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