Monday, October 24, 2011

Meet the family for October 24, 2011


Abraham Bradley
is 361 years old today, born in 1650.  Abe is the boys' 9th great-grandfather.  He married Hannah Thompson and begot Esther Bradley in 1695.  Esther married Samuel Gold December 7, 1716 in Fairfield, Connecticut and they begot 5 children with Abel Gold, the boys' 7th great-grandfather, being the 4th born.  Abel's first wife was Ellen Burr and they are the parents of 12 children, Talcott Gold being the 3rd born and the boys' 6th great-grandfather.

Hannah Bradley
died 262 years ago today in 1749 at age 23 in Fairfield, Connecticut.  Hannah is the boys' 1st cousin 9 times removed.  She became the 2nd of Gershom Banks' 3 wives.  They had three children, Marianna Banks (1745-1770). Thomas Banks, (1747-1819) and Jane Banks (1749-1749).  Hannah died 2 days before her baby Jane did.  Lots of women died in child birth in the old days.  Hannah's father is John Bradley the boys' 8th great-granduncle, the brother of 8th great-grandfather, Gershom Bradley.  To complete a circle, Gershom married Sarah Sherwood and begot Sarah Bradley in 1744.  Sarah Bradley married David Barlow II August 9, 1764 in Greenfield Connecticut and they begot Anna Barlow in 1763.  Anna married the aforementioned Talcott Gold March 18, 1782 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Thomas Ruggles Gold
died 184 years ago today in 1827 at age 62 in Whitesborn, New York.  He is the boys' 2nd cousin 8 times removed. The following is his bio;
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.
And here is another;
 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
        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.  Copy of the letter was found in the Rare and Manuscript Collections, 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 in 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.

William Hall
is 313 years old today, born in 1698.  Bill is the boys' 8th great-granduncle and their 1st cousin 10 times removed.  William Hall is the brother of my favorite Hall, Experience Hall, born 14 years before William.


Tonas White
is 85 years old today, born in 1926.  Tony is the husband of the kids' great-grandaunt, Lelia Jane Myer, Aunt Jane to everyone.  Jane is the sister of Roland Max Myer the 7th born of 11 to Dedrich Homer Myer and Cora Augusta Edge.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONY!!


Washington Columbus Chambers
died 67 years ago today in 1944 at age 70 in Cherokee county, Georgia.  Washington is Ella and Mason's 2nd great-granduncle, the brother of 2nd great-grandfather, Noah Benjamin Chambers.


Wihelmina Flora
is 154 years old today, born in 1857  Willy is the wife of Steve's 4th great-granduncle, Henry Wilford Conrad, the brother of 4th great-grandmother, Mary Ann Conrad who married Daniel G. Everhart and are the parents of 3rd great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Everhart.


Robert Cleveland Hawkins
is 121 years old today, born in 1890.  Robert is Caitlyn's 2nd great-granduncle, the brother of James Atley "At" Hawkins Caitlyn's 2nd great-grandfather, the father of Troy Hawkins.

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