Born: 1807 Kentucky
Flourished: 1834-1836 New Salem, Illinois
By 1834, Baxter lived in a part of Sangamon County, Illinois, that would later become Menard County. Soon after 1840, he had moved to nearby Mason County, where he was a farmer. Baxter also served as a county commissioner for Mason County from 1843 to 1846.
Election Returns for the New Salem Precinct in Sangamon County, Illinois; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Menard County, IL, 311; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Mason County, IL, 175; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 433, 629, 663.