Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
Nathan Bennett Baldwin. Nathan B. (Bennett) Baldwin

  • Born 1812 Augusta, Upper Canada
  • Baptized 1833
  • Zions Camp 1834
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Trekked west with saints
  • Died 1891

     Nathan Bennett Baldwin, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, was born Jan. 27, 1812, at Augusta, Granville county, Upper Canada, the third child of eleven born to Aaron Muson Baldwin and Julia Bishop.

    Becoming a convert to the restored gospel, he was baptized April 28, 1833, by John Gould, and ordained a Priest Oct. 24, 1833. Soon afterwards he went to Kirtland, Ohio, and in 1834, as a member of Zion's Camp, traveled from Kirtland to Missouri, on which journey he became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith.

    Early in 1835 he was ordained a Seventy by Sidney Rigdon and became a member of the first quorum of Seventy. Later, at Nauvoo, Illinois, he was set apart as a president of the 21st quorum and he afterwards became senior president of that quorum.

    On January 5, 1839, Elder Baldwin married Sarah Ann Pine. Later he would practice plural marriage, also taking Margaret Ohler, Oler, or Cler as wives.

    After his arrival in Utah, he was advised by Pres. Brigham Young to locate in Fillmore, Millard county, where he resided until his death. When the 21st quorum of Seventy was located in Millard county, Brother Baldwin was continued as senior president of the same, which position he held until the time of his death, which ensued from general debility Nov. 1, 1891, at Fillmore.

    Brother Baldwin was a faithful, humble man, possessing the love and respect of all who knew him, and died in full faith of the gospel. Only a few days after his death, his aged wife, Sarah, the partner of his youth, followed him to the other side.

    Grampa Bill is indebted to Brother Spencer Kendall for providing the picture of Elder Baldwin.

   The LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 3, p.593
   Ancestral File

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