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Letters from Larry – 24 July 1946

24 July 1946 – Washington, D.C.

My Darling,

Didn’t receive that letter you wrote last week.

Well I tried to get a stand-by for the week-end but its no soap.  These guys down here won’t stand-by for a man no way.  Well at least the weekend after next you won’t have your sister with you, then will we have fun.

To-night is the Gunner’s Mates dance and I have the duty, in fact I have the watch again 4 to 8 in the morning.  The fellows that have the duty tonight will be able to go Fri. night though.

How is your eye hon?  I hope it gets better.  If it isn’t though please get it fixed.  It worries me honestly.

I applied for your transportation to-day.  The yeoman had to fix the date of your departure though. Being that I only arrived here the 8th he put down that you left Seattle on the 10th of July at 8 p.m. and arrived in Wash. D.C the 14 July at 9:00 a.m.  Keep this handy in case they should send anything to you wanting to know when you left.  The check more than likely won’t come thru for 6 months or more.

I also checked on changing the allotments.  They are not allowed to change any allotments until further notice.  That’s all throughout the Navy.  The bureau is too busy they claim.

Well darling its about 9:30 now so I think I’ll turn in and get some sleep.  Good night honey.  I love you.

Your loving,

Larry

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.

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 and Susan Golden – 1900 US Federal Census

In 1900, Isaiah and Susan were living on their own.  Isaiah was 76 years old, with his birthdate listed as March 1824.  Susan was 52 years old, with a birthdate of October 1848. They have been married for 27 years, which means they were married in 1873, meaning Mary died within less than three years of the 1870 census in which she last appeared.  The 1900 census confirms that Susan had no children of her own.  Their residence was at 105 Conselysea, in Brooklyn’s 15th Ward.  Isaiah was still working as a Cooper, though the full occupation entry on the census is partially illegible due to overwriting by the census administrator.[1]

Isaiah Golden - 1900 Federal Census

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1900 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Ward 15, 7 June 1900, Sheet 13, ED No. 215, 105 Conselysea, Dwelling No. 100, Family No. 279:

GOLDEN, ISAIAH, Head, White, Male, Born March 1824, Age 76, Married 27 years, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born New York, Occupation: Cooper [illegible], Can read, Can write, Can speak English, Owns home;

GOLDEN, SUSAN, Wife, White, Female, Born October 1848, Age 52, Married 27 years, No Children born, No Children living, Born Pennsylvania, Father born Pennsylvania, Mother born Pennsylvania, Can read, Can write, Can speak English.

[1] 1900 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Ward 15, Roll 1052, Page 13A, ED 215, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2004.