52 Ancestors – #9: William Golden

William Golden was born sometime in 1740 and baptized on November 7, 1740 in Seal, Kent, England.[1]  Seal is a small village in the district of Kent in England, located about 30 miles southwest of London.  Seal is an ancient village, having been recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book, a survey of England completed by William the Conqueror.[2]  At some point, William Golden came to the colonies and settled in New York.  William presumably died sometime between 1810 and 1820.  He last appears in the 1810 US Census, with his family, in Westchester, Westchester County, New York.  Living in his home at the time are; one man over the age of 45 (William); one woman over the age for 45 years (Annie); one boy between the age of 10 and 15; three girls under the age of 10; one girl between the age of 10 and 15; one girl between the age of 16 and 25.  Also listed within a few entries of William Golden are other Golden families (presumably sons): Isiah Golden, notated as 26-45 years old and Simmonds Golden, notated as 16-26 years old.[3] Listed as neighbors in the few pages of the 1820 U.S. Census covering the town of Westchester were some well-known founding New York families, including the Leggett, Hunt, Bathgate and Drake families.

Excerpt of Map of Westchester County

Excerpt from: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Map of the county of Westchester” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 22, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-f277-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99


[1] England and Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906, Seal, Kent, England, 1740-1741, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2008)

[2] “Seal, Kent,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal,_Kent, Accessed: 3 January 2016.

“Domesday Book,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesday_Book, Accessed: 3 January, 2016.

[3] 1810 US Census: New York, Westchester, Westchester, Roll 37, Page 1152, Image 0181391, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2010).

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