Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Meet the family for January 18, 2011

COTTON/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

GOLD/SILLIMAN/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Abel Gold and Amelia Silliman's
233nd anniversary is today, married in 1778 when he was 50 and she was 41 years old. the boys' 7th great-grandfather and his second wife.  They were married on this day in 1778, in Fairfield, Connecticut.  Their union produced 1 child, Sally Gold born in 1779.  Abel lived until November 11, 1789 and Amelia lived until 1794.  Both died and are buried in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut.  Abel's first wife was Ellen Burr who he married in 1754.  They produced 11 children and she died in 1777 at the age of 40.  Talcott Gold was their 3rd child and the boys' 6th great-grandfather.

WOODEN/DAY/BRIDGFORTH
Charlotte Marjorie Wooden
is 94 years old today, born in 1917.  Aunt Charlotte was born on this day in 1917 in Kansas City, MO.  Charlotte is the boys' Grandaunt and the oldest of the 3 Wooden children begot by Walter William Wooden Sr. and Marie Antoinette Cotton.  Charlotte died on Aug 16th 1987 in Brentwood, Contra Costa, California.  She was planing to come visit us in Atlanta two weeks later.  Charlotte had one child, Raymond W. Day III, with her first husband Raymond W. Day Jr.  Ray Sr. died of cancer when Trip (Ray III) was young. Trip still lives in California with his wife.  We get a Christmas card from him every year.  He is responsible for getting me interested in genealogy, when he sent the family bible to Jerry Sr.  Charlotte had done quite a bit of the research for our family before the internet was any help.  I believe that she is the one that gave me the Revolutionary War claim for Talcott Gold, many years ago. Charlotte was 10 years older than Jerry Wooden Sr. and 7 years older than their bother Walter Wooden Jr. (Bud).

GOLD/COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Rev., Hezekiah Gold
is 280 years old today, born in 1731  Hezekiah is the boys' 1st cousin 9 times removed.  He married Sarah Sedgwick in Cornwall, CT November 22, 1758 and they begot 3 children Thomas 1759, Capt. Benjamin Gold 1762 and Thomas Ruggles Gold in 1764.  The following is about Thomas Ruggles Gold, the boys' 2nd cousin 8 times removed, who served in the House of Representatives for New York and Connecticut:
Thomas Ruggles Gold
Date of Birth:     4 Nov 1764
Date of Death:     24 Oct 1827
Elected Office(s):     Representative
Elected Date(s):     4 Mar 1809
[4 Mar 1815]
State:     New York, Connecticut
Country:     USA
Biography:     a Representative from New York; born in Cornwall, Conn., November 4, 1764; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Goshen, Conn.; settled in Whitesboro, Oneida County, N.Y., in 1792; assistant attorney general of New York 1797-1801; member of the State senate 1796-1802; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1804 to the Ninth Congress; served in the State assembly in 1808; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh and Twelfth Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1813); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; elected to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); was not a candidate for renomination in 1816; resumed the practice of law in Whitesboro, N.Y., where he died October 24, 1827; interment in Grand View Cemetery.
Thomas R. Gold, Families of Olde Whitesborough 1784-1824
Added by bright93 on 10 Jun 2009
Source:  Sperry, Claire C. and Sperry, Charles B. Families of Old Whitesborough 1784-1824.  Whitesboro, NY 1984, pgs. 83-85, 167.
        Thomas Ruggles Gold was born in Cornwall, Connecticut on November 4, 1764, the son of Hezekiah and Sarah (Sedgwick) Gold.  Thomas was fifth in the line of descent from his immigrant ancestor, Major Nathan Gold.
Thomas Ruggles - 5;  Hezekiah - 4; Hezekiah - 3; Nathan - 2; Nathan - 1 (Major, Nathan Gold, Sr. is the boys' 10th great-grandfather)

        One of the Grantees named in the Charter Oak was Nathan Gold who had emigrated to Connecticut from Edmundsbury, England.
       Thomas Ruggles Gold did not serve in the Revolutionary War, but his father, Hezekiah Gold did serve as a Private.
       Thomas Ruggles Gold pursed classical studies and was graduated from Yale College in 1786.  He then studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced his law practice in Goshen, Connecticut.  It was there he met and married Sarah Sill, sister of Theodore Sill who later became his law partner in Whitesboro.  She was the daughter of Dr. Elisha and Mary (Heaton) Sill.  Dr. Elisha Sill was a Surgeon in the Revolutinary War.
       When Thomas was 28 years old, he with his wife, and daughter, Harriett Lavina, moved to Whitesboro, New York where he set up his law practice.  He like so many others of Connecticut succumbed to the call to the Whitestown Country.  He lost but little time in becoming involved in the politics of this adopted state. 
     In 1796, four years after Thomas R. Gold's arrival in Whitesboro, he was elected to his first political office, that of New York State Senator.  He served from 1796 to 1802 under President, John Adams and Vice-President, Thomas Jefferson.   Thomas was a Federalist.  From 1797 to 1801, he served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York (at this time it was legal for a man to hold two state offices at the same time).  Peggy's Note: In George Washington Irving's book the Life of George Washington, a letter to Washington is signed by John Jay and Thomas Ruggles Gold. Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
       On March 23, 1799, he was a member of the Aqueduct Association which had been formed to provide water to the future Village of Whitesboro.
       In 1800, he was made a member of the Council of Appointments.  Also, in 1800, he entered into law practice with his brother-in-law, Theodore Sill in the law firm of Gold and Sill.  They operated a law school for many years (many men who late became famous attorneys receiving their training in this school.
       He was unsuccessful in his run for Congress in 1804.  He was elected to the State Assembly in 1808.  He ran in the Federalist thich to the 11th and 12th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1809 to March 3, 1813.  He was defeated for re-election in 1812 as a member of the 13th Congress, although he was again re-elected in 1814 to the 14th Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); he was not a candidate in 1816.  He then resumed his law practice in Whitesboro.
       In 1804, Thomas R. Gold sold the land on which the Presbyterian Church built to the United Presbyterian Societies of Whitesboro and Old Fort Schuyler, Presbyterian Church.  An interesting note is:  that after the erection of the Presbyterian Church in 1803, in leveling the ground around the church, Mr Gold drove the oxen that were attached to the plow and Jonas Platt use a spade and shovel.
       During Mr. Carnahan's pastorate over the United Societies of Whitestown and Old Fort Schuyler, he preached a portion of the time on the Lord's Day in the morning at Whitesboro and in the afternoon at Fort Schuyler (Utica).  Deacon Thurston, a grand man, rich in faith, and poor in this world's goods, would walk from Whitesboro to Fort Schuyler during the intermission.  Mr. Gold purchased and presented him with a good horse, saddle, and bridle.
       In 1807/8, Thomas Ruggles Gold was one of the founders if a joint stock company under the name of The Oneida Manufacturing Society with a capital of $200,000.00.  On February 2, 1808, they purchased land and water rights from Amos Wetmore, and in 1809, they erected a 3 1/2 story brick building which was known as the Oneida Factory.
      In 1807, he was the defense attorney in the famous Hitchcock Trail in which a Mr. Hitchcock, a teacher of Madison, NY, who was married became enamoured with one, Lois Andrus.  He purchased arsenic from the local druggist, went home and managed to mix some on his wife's plate of food for the evening meal in a vain attempt to solve his dilemma.  The trail took place in Cazenovia, NY, and Mr. Gold lost his case.  Mr. Hichcock was hung in Cazenovia on September 11, 1807, and reports say that thousands came to the spectacle.
      In 1811, he became associated with many prominent local men in the establishment of the Oriskany Manufacturing Company which was organized to manufacture woolen goods when a shortage was feared with the prospect of the coming war with Britain.
     Thomas Ruggles Gold was one of twenty-four founding trustees at Hamilton College when the college received it's charter on May 26, 1812.  According to land records at the Onieda County office.  He made two donations of land for the college as his support of the $ 50,000 given.
      Upon his retirement from Congress, he resumed his practice of law with Theodore Sill with whom he had formed a partnership in 1800.  He died October 24, 1827, and was interred in Grand View Cemetery, Whitesboro, his grave being marked by a red stone monument enclosed by an iron fence at the top of the hill overlooking Whitesboro.  His wife died on July 18, 1854, at the age of 87 years.
Copy of the letter was found in the Rare and Manuscript Collections,

COTTON/WOODEN/BRIDGFORTH-DAY
Thomas Cotton
is 354 years old today born in 1657.  One of our older confirmed relatives, Thomas Cotton, was born on this day in 1657 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom.  Thomas is the boys' 9th great-granduncle.  His parents are William Serg Cotton and Ann Graves, who were married interestingly enough on July 10 1637 in , Accomack, Virgina.  All of their children except their first, Mary, that I know of were born in Gloucester, England after they were married.  They must have come back to the America after their children were born and settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where they are buried.

BRIDGFORTH/WOODEN-FAMILY LINE

GARDEN/BAGLEY/BRIDGFORTH
Clare Hethorn Garden
is 67 years old today, born in 1944.  Clare is Andrew and Bryan's 1st cousin once removed.  Clare married Laurence Beckley Maddison April 30, 1966 and begot 2 children, Sallie Purrington Maddison in 1967 and Laurence Beckley Maddison in 1969.  They are the boys' 2nd cousins. Clare's mother is Sallie Mildred Bagley, the boys' grandaunt and sister of their grandmother Sudie Seay Bagley who married Edward McPhail Bridgforth June 16, 1931.

NAUGHER-FAMILY LINE

NAUGHER
Joseph Naugher
is 221 years old today, born in 1790  Joseph is Tara and Calum's 4th great-grandfather.  Joseph was born in Ireland in 1790 and died in Cherokee, AL on Nov 28, 1879 at the age of 89.  It appears that Joseph was the one in the family that brought them to Alabama from Union, South Carolina.  Joseph's parents, Daniel Naugher and Mary Jane Stinson were both born in Ireland and married in Ireland in 1774.  They had their first 2 children in Ireland and seemed to have moved to South Carolina sometime between 1775 and 1779 and had 2 more children then in 1790 Joseph was born in Ireland.  But Daniel and Mary are both buried in Union, SC.  Daniel in 1799 and Mary in 1830.  Joseph, the youngest, married Jane Ingram in 1815 and they begot Robert Marion Naugher in 1821 in Union, SC.  Robert married Mary Ann Reedy whom he met in SC, on Nov 4, 1847 in Benton, Lowndes, Alabama.  The family was then firmly planted in Alabama.  Robert and Mary had 6 children all of which were born and died in Cherokee, AlabamaMoses Service Naugher the second child born March 21, 1851 in AL, married Sallie E. Savage in Cherokee, AL on August 3, 1883.  They had 7 children, the 6th of which was Horace Savage Naugher, Tara and Calum's Great-grandfather, born in 1897.  Horace married Maxie Ruth Smith and begot 9 children of their own.  Moses S. Naugher born in 1920 was the first.  This Moses is Tara and Calum's Grandfather.  He married Haney Fortenberry March 16th 1946 and begot Brent Stewart Naugher in 1952

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