James W. Baldridge was born October 14, 1833, at the old Baldridge homestead. He is a son of James W. and Margaret (McVey) Baldridge. His father was born in 1807, and died in 1800. His mother was horn in 1811 and died about 1881. She was a daughter of Col. William McVey. His grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania, but came to Adams County in 1807. and settled first at Killenstown, where our subject was born. They lived at Killenstown for about fifteen years and then removed to Cherry Fork. His maternal grandfather (McVey) came from Virginia. The mother of our subject was born in Virginia. Col. McVey settled on the land on which North Liberty is built.

Our subject received a common school education,and such instruction as he could obtain from the North Liberty Academy. He was brought up a farmer. He enlisted in Company G, 129th O. V. I., in July, 1863, and served until the following March. He was married to Mary Stewart, October 12, 1861. The children of this marriage are as follows; R. S Baldridge, of Butte City, Montana; Finsher Wilson, in the Klondike gold region: Anna Jane, wife of Wylie McKee, of Milroy. Ohio; John Isaac, of Milroy. Ohio: Eva Leore; James Roscoe, who lives at Butte City, Montana, and Margaret. Mr. Baldridge was married to Miss Margaret Jane Crawford, daughter of Robert Crawford, December 28, 1887.

He has always been a Republican, and was elected Land Appraiser of Wayne Township in 1890. He is a member of the U. P. Church at Cherry Fork. He owns a farm on the Youngsville turnpike, but lives in the village of North Liberty.

He is an active, energetic, industrious citizen, fully alive to all the questions of the day. Socially, he is a pleasant and agreeable companion and is the soul and life of any circle in which he is present. Men like he make life tolerable and agreeable.

From History of Adams County, Ohio from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time - by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers - West Union, Ohio - Published by E. B. Stivers - 1900