Author: Larisa Thomas

Isaiah Golden – Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Membership

Isaiah and Susanah Golden were members of the Old Bushwick Reformed Church, a congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church.  They were received into the congregation on April 10, 1898 by method of confession.  According to the church record, they eventually left the church, but the date and circumstances of their departure was not noted.[1]

Isaiah Golden - Old Bushwick Reformed Church

Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church

The Church was located on the corner of Conselyea and Humboldt Streets in Brooklyn, with Old Woodpoint Road and Skillman Avenue bounding the church on the other sides of the building.  This was just two blocks from the family home and business. Originally founded in 1654 in the Dutch settlement of Bushwick (“Boswyck”), the church was remodeled and added on to in both 1711 and 1829.  The church was disbanded in 1919, with the building demolished. [2]  The land was eventually sold the Roman Catholic Church, and S. Francis of Paola Roman Catholic Church now stands on the site.  The records from the church were lost in part, when a city janitor used the papers to start fires in the furnace at Brooklyn City Hall.[3]

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As early as 1909, citizens of Brooklyn were trying to save the church, stating “…we should remember that this church building is the only connecting link in the Eastern District between the dim past and the present.  Other cities carefully guard old landmarks, and try to preserve them for the benefit of later generations.  Why not spare this venerable structure and extend Bushwick Avenue through Woodpoint Road in a trifling curve around the church?”[4]  The church has been struggling in the years before it disbanded because the neighborhood had changed significantly, as mainly Italian Catholics had moved into the area.[5]

The first church built on the property was octagonal in shape with a high roof, characterized as “resembling a haystack”.  When initially built, it was an open enclosure, without pews for the congregation, who would bring their own seats to church.  In 1795, pews and a gallery were added.  Eventually the original church was replaced with a more modern building in 1829, and then further remodeled in 1876.  In 1878, a school building was added to the property.  At first the church has a squatter’s claim to the property, until a bill passed in Albany in 1800 gave them ten acres in the village of Bushwick.  The school building was the first to be sold off to the Polish Catholic Church.[6]

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Old Bushwick Reformed Church: 1 July 1909, Page 56

GOLDEN, ISAIAH, Received 10 April 1898 by Confession, Remarks Left

GOLDEN, SUSANAH S., Wife, Received 10 April 1898 by Confession, Remarks Left

 

[1] The Archives of the Reformed Church in America; New Brunswick, New Jersey, Bushwick Church, Church Register, 1789-1914, US Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995, Provo, UT, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2016.

[2] “Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1713-1817,” http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/bushwick-dutch-reformed-church-records-1713-1817/.

“Brooklyn Reformed Dutch Church Records,” http://bklyn-genealogy-info.stevemorse.org/Worship/BklynReformedDutchRecords.html.

“Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Remembered,” http://www.whowalkinbrooklyn.com/?p=1139.

[3] “Dutch Records of Old Bushwick Used to Light Fires in Brooklyn City Hall,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 21 April 1918, Page 9, Newspapers.com.

Google Map view of Conselya & Humbolt, Brooklyn, https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7154099,-73.9426813,3a,90y,1.24h,88.25t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdChenISveKNuGko8yOgXQA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

[4] Letter from Eugene Armbruster to the Editor of the Brooklyn Times, September 11, 1909, reprinted in “Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church Remembered,” http://www.whowalkinbrooklyn.com/?p=1139

[5] “Old Bushwick Church: Dutch Reformed Society There Will Soon Be 250 Years Old,” New York Tribune, 31 January 1904, Page 10, Newspapers.com.

[6] “Dutch Records of Old Bushwick Used to Light Fires in Brooklyn City Hall,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 21 April 1918, Page 9, Newspapers.com.

“Old Bushwick Church: Dutch Reformed Society There Will Soon Be 250 Years Old,” New York Tribune, 31 January 1904, Page 10, Newspapers.com.

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Isaiah Golden Civil War Draft Registration

In June 1863, Isaiah Golden registered for the US Civil War draft.  He is listed as 42 years old, worked as a cooper, and as having been born in New York.  The record indicates that he had no previous military service experience.

Isaiah James Golden - U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 - edited

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Third Congressional District: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, June 1863, 8 S. 6th Street:

GOLDEN, ISAIAH, Age 42, White, Occupation: Cooper, Born New York, No Former Military Service, No remarks.

Isaiah Golden – US Tax Assessments

 

State
Date
Name
Location/ Post Office
Occupation
Class
No. in Abstract
Licenses
Total Amount of Tax Due
New York
May 1864
Golden, Isaiah & Bro.
2nd b/n N.  3rd and N. 4th
Manufacturers
B
42
$10
$10
New York
May 1864
Isaiah Golden
25 S. Third
New York
May 1864
Valentine Golden
212 Second Street
State
Date
Name
Location/ Post Office
Occupation
No. in Abstract
 
Quantity or Valuation
Rate of Tax
Amount of Tax Upon Particular Article
Total
Date of Payment
New York
March 1865
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Kegs
44
 
$540
5%
$27
$27
New York
May 1865
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Kegs, Buckets, etc.
44
 
$198
6%
$11.88
$11.88
New York
May 1865
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Manufacturer
 
$10
$10
New York
October 1865
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Buckets, Tubs, etc.
44
 
621
6%
$37.26
$37.26
New York
November 1865
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Casks
44
 
767
6%
$46.02
$46.02
New York
December 1865
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Kegs, etc.
116
 
888
6%
$53.21
$53.21
New York
January 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Kegs
44
 
685
6%
$41.10
$41.10
New York
February 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Shot Kegs
44
 
501
6%
$30.06
$30.06
New York
March 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Buckets Kegs
44
 
670
6%
$40.26
$40.26
New York
April 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Buckets and Pails
44
 
459
6%
$27.54
$27.54
New York
May 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Manufacturer
219
 
$10
$10
$10
New York
May 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Buckets Kegs
44
 
360
6%
$21.60
$21.60
New York
June 1866
Golden, Isaiah
209 Second
Kegs & Buckets
44
 
373
6%
$22.38
$22.38
New York
August 1866
Golden Isaiah
209 Second
Shot Kegs
44
 
304
6%
$18.24
$18.24

From 1864 to 1866 a number of IRS Tax Assessments can be fund for Isaiah Golden and his business.  The majority of the assessments list his location as 209 Second Street.  He is variably listed as the manufacturer of Kegs, Buckets, Tubs, Shot Kegs and Pails.  The valuation of his taxable income varies from $198 and $888.  The tax rate was most frequently a percentage but on a couple of assessments he was taxed a flat $10.  For the percentage based assessments, he was taxed between $11.88 and $53.21.[1]

[1] Records of the Internal Revenue Service, Group 58, The National Archives at Washington, DC, US IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, Provo, UT, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2008.

Isaiah Golden in City Directories

Year
Directory
City
State
Name
Location 1
Location 2
Occupation
1853[1]
Charles R. Rode
New York
NY
Isaiah Golden
340 Sixth Street
221 Fifth Street (h)
Cooper
1853[2]
Charles R. Rode
New York & Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden[3]
340 Sixth Street
Cooper
1854[4]
Charles R. Rode
New York & Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
70 Avenue D
221 Fifth Street (h)
Cooper
1854[5]
Charles R. Rode
New York & Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden[6]
70 Avenue D
Cooper
1859[7]
unk
New York
NY
Isaiah Golden Brothers[8]
209 Second E D[9]
Cooper
1862[10]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden Bro.
209 Second
126 N. First (h)
Cooper
1864[11]
Trow Directory
New York
NY
Isaiah Golden
278 Water
B’klyn (h)
Cooper
1866[12]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaih [Isaiah] Golden
189 Myrtle Av (h)
Cooper
1872[13]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
237 Leonard
Cooper
1873[14]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
Hicks, corner of Nelson
839 Madison (h)
Cooper
1875[15]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
839 Madison (h)
Cooper
1876[16]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
839 Madison
Cooper
1876[17]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
839 Madison (h)
Cooper
1877[18]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
839 Madison
Cooper
1878[19]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah S. Golden
333 Ewen
Devoe, corner of Ewen (h)
Cooper
1879[20]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1880[21]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
303 Ewen[22]
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1881[23]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
109 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1882[24]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
109 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1883[25]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
109 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1884[26]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
109 Conselyea (r)
Cooper
1886[27]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
109 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1887[28]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
109 Conselyea
Cooper
1888[29]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1888/1889[30]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
333 Ewen
167 Conselyea
Cooper
1889/1890[31]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
346 Ewen
107 Conselyea
Cooper
1890[32]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
346 Ewen
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1891[33]
Lain & Co.
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
340 Ewen
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1892[34]
Lain & Healy
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden[35]
340 Ewen
Cooper
1895[36]
Lain & Healy
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
107a Conselyea
Cooper
1897[37]
Lain & Healy
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
391 Leonard
107 Conselyea
Tube
1898[38]
Lain & Healy
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1904[39]
Upington’s Directory
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
Leonard, on the corner of Richardson
107 Conselyea (h)
Cooper
1906[40]
Trow Directory
Brooklyn
NY
Isaiah Golden
107 Conselyea
Cooper

 

Isaiah can be found in a variety of directories from 1853 to 1906 in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The directories frequently list both his business and residential addresses, as well as confirm his occupation as a cooper.  He starts both living and working in Manhattan, mostly in and around the East Village near the new Tompkins Square Park, which was established in 1850[41].  Briefly his work was located down on Water Street, near where the footings for the Brooklyn Bridge would eventually be built on the Manhattan side.[42]  By 1862, he had moved to Brooklyn, first to Williamsburg, then briefly near Fort Greene Park (then known as Washington Park[43]), then out to the area west of The Evergreens Cemetery, before returning to Williamsburg to settle on Conselyea Street in 1878.  He continued to live there until his death in 1911.  Sometime by 1873, his business had also moved to Brooklyn, first to a location on Hicks at the corner of Nelson, in between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, before settling from 1874 to about 1894 at a location around the corner from his residence on what was then called Ewen Street (eventually renamed to Manhattan Avenue as it is called today).  By 1897, he had moved the business north of his residence to Leonard Street, just two blocks south of what would become McCarren Park.[44]  The business remained there until his retirement.

[1] New York City Directory, Charles R. Rode, 1853, City Directories for New York, New York, Fold3.com.

[2] New York City Directory, Charles R. Rode, 1853, City Directories for New York, New York, Fold3.com.

[3] This is a business directory, with Isaiah Golden listed under the heading “Coopers”.

[4] New York City Directory, Charles R. Rode, 1854, City Directories for New York, New York, Fold3.com.

[5] New York City Directory, John F. Trow, 1854, City Directories for New York, New York, Fold3.com.

[6] This is a business directory, with Isaiah Golden listed under the heading “Coopers”.

[7] Brooklyn City Directory, 1859, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[8] This is a business directory, with Isaiah Golden Brothers listed under the heading “Coopers”.

[9] Abbreviation meaning of “ED” unknown.

[10] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1862, City Directories for Brooklyn, New York, Fold3.com.

[11] Brooklyn City Directory, John F. Trow, 1864, City Directories for Brooklyn, New York, Fold3.com.

[12] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1866, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[13] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1872, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[14] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1873, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[15] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1875, City Directories for Brooklyn, New York, Fold3.com.

[16] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1876, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[17] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1876, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[18] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1877, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[19] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1878, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[20] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1879, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[21] B­­­­rooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1880, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[22] Ewen Street is now known as Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Avenue_(Brooklyn)

[23] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1881, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[24] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1882, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[25] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1883, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[26] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1884, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[27] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1886, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[28] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1887, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[29] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1888, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[30] Brooklyn, New York Directories, 1888-1890, Lain & Co. 1889, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2000.

[31] Brooklyn, New York Directories, 1888-1890, Lain & Co. 1889, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2000.

[32] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1890, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[33] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Co., 1891, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[34] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Healy, 1892, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[35] This is a business directory, with Isaiah listed under the heading “Coopers”.

[36] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Healy, 1895, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[37] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Healy, 1897, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[38] Brooklyn City Directory, Lain & Healy, 1898, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[39] Brooklyn City Directory, Upington’s Directory, 1873, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[40] Brooklyn City Directory, Trow Directory, 1906, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[41] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tompkins_Square_Park

[42] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Bridge

[43] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Greene_Park

[44] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarren_Park

Isaiah and Susan Golden – 1910 US Federal Census

By 1910, Isaiah and Susan Golden have moved from the home on Conselyea to 1083 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn’s 28th Ward.  Isaiah was 86 years old, Susana was 64 years old, and they had been married for 37 years.  According to the census, this was the second marriage for both of them.  Living in the home with them was Harriet (Hattie), now widowed, along with three boarders: Charles and Emily Gonrig, and Cornelia Raborg.  Isaiah was no longer working, living on his own income, and he rents the home.  Susana was listed as having four children, none of whom are living.  Harriet was 45 years old, widowed and only had one of her three children still living.[1]

Isaiah Golden - 1910 Federal Census

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1910 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, 28th Ward, 27 April 1910, Page 9A, ED No. 889, 1083 Bushwick Avenue, Dwelling No. 98, Family No. 229:

GOLDEN, ISAIAH, Head, Male, White, Age 86, Married (2nd), Married 37 years, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born New York, Occupation: Own Income, Can read, Can write, Rents house;

GOLDEN, SUSANA S., Wife, Female, White, Age 64, Married (2nd), Married 37 years, Four children born, 0 children living, Born Pennsylvania, Father born Pennsylvania, Mother born Pennsylvania, Speaks English, No occupation, Can read, Can write;

TRAVIS, HARRIET E., Daughter, Female, White, Age 45, Widowed, 3 children born, 1 child living, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born Ireland-English, Speaks English, No Occupation, Can read, Can write;

GONRIG, CHARLES C., Boarder, Male, White, Age 45, Divorced, Born Germany-German, Father born Germany-German, Mother born Germany-German, Immigrated in 1882, Naturalized Citizen, Speaks English, Occupation: Pharmacist at a Drugstore, Employer, Can read, Can write;

GONRIG, EMILY T., Boarder, Female, White, Age 21, Single, Born New York, Father born Germany-German, Mother born Germany-German, Speaks English, Occupation: Stenographer at Insurance Company, Wage Earner, Not out of work, 0 weeks out of work, Can read, Can write, did not attend school;

RABORG, CORNELIA C., Boarder, Female, White, Age 18, Single, Born New York, Father born Pennsylvania, Mother born Germany-German, Speaks English, No occupation, Can read, Can write, Did not attend school.

 

[1] 1910 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Ward 28, Roll T624_981, Page 9A, E.D. 889, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2006.