Sunday, July 11, 2010

Meet the family for July 11th

WOODEN/COTTON-FAMILY LINE

GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Daniel Gold
is 293 years old today, born in 1717. Daniel is the boys' 7th great-granduncle and the brother of Abel Gold.  Daniel was born in Fairfield, CT and died in Redding CT in 1775 at age 58.  His parents are Samuel Gold and Esther Bradley, the boys' 8th great-grandparents.  His brother Abel married Ellen Burr and are the parents of Talcott Gold.

GOULD/GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
John Gould
died 360 years ago today in 1650 at age 66 in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, England where he was born in 1584. John is the boys' 11th great-grandfather.  He married Judith in 1603 in Bovingdon, Harts, , England and begot the Major, Nathan Gold, Sr. in 1623. 

One of the subjects of today's post was Nathan Gold.  This is a little info I've uncovered on their family:

Rev. Hezekiah Gold, 1694-1761, married Mary Ruggles of Guiolford, Conn.  He was the fifth child of Nathan, Jr. and ther son Rev. Hezekiah Gold had a son Thomas Gold, 1760-1827 (the boys' 2nd cousin 8 times removed), who acquired great wealth and married Martha Marsh.  They had a large and imposing residence in East Street, Pittsfield, Mass.  In this fine residence stood the "Old Clock on the Stairs" the subject of an immortal poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Old Clock on the Stairs

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Somewhat back from the village street
Stands the old-fashioned country-seat.
Across its antique portico
Tall poplar-trees their shadows throw;
And from its station in the hall
An ancient timepiece says to all, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

Half-way up the stairs it stands,
And points and beckons with its hands
From its case of massive oak,
Like a monk, who, under his cloak,
Crosses himself, and sighs, alas!
With sorrowful voice to all who pass, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

By day its voice is low and light;
But in the silent dead of night,
Distinct as a passing footstep's fall,
It echoes along the vacant hall,
Along the ceiling, along the floor,
And seems to say, at each chamber-door, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

Through days of sorrow and of mirth,
Through days of death and days of birth,
Through every swift vicissitude
Of changeful time, unchanged it has stood,
And as if, like God, it all things saw,
It calmly repeats those words of awe, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

In that mansion used to be
Free-hearted Hospitality;
His great fires up the chimney roared;
The stranger feasted at his board;
But, like the skeleton at the feast,
That warning timepiece never ceased, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

There groups of merry children played,
There youths and maidens dreaming strayed;
O precious hours! O golden prime,
And affluence of love and time!
Even as a miser counts his gold,
Those hours the ancient timepiece told, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

From that chamber, clothed in white,
The bride came forth on her wedding night;
There, in that silent room below,
The dead lay in his shroud of snow;
And in the hush that followed the prayer,
Was heard the old clock on the stair, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

All are scattered now and fled,
Some are married, some are dead;
And when I ask, with throbs of pain,
"Ah! when shall they all meet again?"
As in the days long since gone by,
The ancient timepiece makes reply, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"

Never here, forever there,
Where all parting, pain, and care,
And death, and time shall disappear, —
Forever there, but never here!
The horologe of Eternity
Sayeth this incessantly, —
      "Forever — never!
      Never — forever!"


NAUGHER-FAMILY LINE

SAVAGE/NAUGHER
Lott Walker Savage
died 52 years ago today in 1958 at age 85 in California.  He was born in 1872 in Alabama. Lott is Tara and Calum's 2nd great-granduncle and the brother of Sallie E. Savage.  Lott was number 8 of the 17 boys and girls born to Frances Marion Savage and Frances Matilda Stewart.

STEIBLE/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

WALKER/EVERHART/STEIBLE/WOODEN
Frances Parlee "Pearl" Walker
is 126 years old today, born in 1884.  Pearl is the wife of Steve's 2nd great-granduncle, James Noel "Smokey" Everhart, the brother of Steve's 2nd great-grandfather, Elmer Elsworth Everhart.

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