James Campbell Baxter


JAMES CAMPBELL BAXTER, one of the large land-owners of Merced county, was born in Nova Scotia, March 19, 1841, and is a son of David and Eleanor (Waugh) Baxter. These parents reared a family of eleven children; the father died in 1848, and the mother in 1880. Our subject carried on farming in his native country until 1868, when he came to California via Panama, landing in San Francisco May 16. Determined to succeed, he embraced the first opportunity offered him, and for a year worked by the day in San Joaquin county. He then rented land, which he cultivated on his own account until 1874, when he came to Merced county.

He has been very prosperous in all his undertakings, and is now the owner of 2,500 acres of choice land, ten miles east of Athlone. We are thus furnished with another example of what may be accomplished when ambition and energy are the powers that move.

Mr. Baxter was united in marriage, in 1862, to Miss Agnes Miller, a daughter of Andrew Miller. To them were born nine children: David, deceased; George W.; Maggie E., wife of E. D. Kahl; James R.; David A.; Mary, deceased; Jerdine, and Harrison, deceased. The mother died November 13, 1891, aged forty-nine years. She was an active member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Plainsburg, and a woman of much force of character. Mr. Baxter is a member of the same church, and enjoys the respect and confidence of a wide circle of acquaintances.

Facsimile Reproduction
Memorial and Biographical History
Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras,
Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties

The Guild McHenry Museum of Art and History
Modesto, California - 1980

Contributed by; Carol Lackey