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Isaiah and Susan Golden – 1880 US Federal Census

Ten years later, in 1880, the family was still in Williamsburg, but Mary was no longer in the home, presumably having died in the intervening years.  James remarried a woman named Susan Grow.  He was still working as a Cooper, and was 56 years old.  Susan, age 34, was born in Philadelphia, as were both of her parents.  They had no children from their union, but three of James’s children with Mary still lived in the home.  Hattie was 16 years old, and neither had an occupation nor apparently went to school.  Henry (also known as Alfred Henry) was 12 years old and attended school.  Edward was 10 year old and also attended school.  Edward was not yet born in the previous census, and since Mary died sometime after, it is not unreasonable to consider that she might have died while giving birth to Edward.[1]  All three children have Susan’s birthplace listed as their mother’s birthplace, but this is erroneous, and likely because the relationships were not explained to the census taker and/or he presumed that she was their mother.[2]

Isaiah Golden - 1880 Federal Census


1880 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, 15th Ward, 3 June 1880, Page 11, ED No. 134, 109 Conselyea, Dwelling No. 55, Family No. 106:

GOLDEN, JAMES, White, Male, Age 56, married, Occupation: Cooper, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born New York;

GOLDEN, SUSAN, White, Female, Age 34, Wife, married, Born Philadelphia, Father born Philadelphia, Mother born Philadelphia;

GOLDEN, HATTIE, White, Female, Age 16, Daughter, single, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born Philadelphia;

GOLDEN, HENRY [ALFRED], White, Male, Age 12, Son, single, Attended school, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born Philadelphia;

GOLDEN, EDWARD, White, Male, Age 10, Son, single, Attended school, Born New York, Father born New York, Mother born Philadelphia.

[1] Mary’s date and manner of death are unknown, but the narrow timeframe (3 years) provided by the information in the 1870 and the 1880 US Federal Censuses

[2] 1880 Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, E.D. 134, Roll 848, Page 685C, Operations Inc., 2010.

1850 US Federal Census: Isaac Golden – Is this Isaiah?

In the 1850 US Federal Census, Isaiah Golden is not listed in the New York area. However, an Isaac Golden is listed in Ohio.  In other census records, Isaiah had been erroneously noted or transcribed as Issac.  The age is correct to match the Isaiah Golden from New York, and the occupation was as a Cooper.  It is also noted that his birthplace was New York.  Living in close proximity (next residence) was a John Golden, age 31, appropriately aged to be a brother or cousin.  He worked as a farmer, and was also noted as having been born in New York.  I currently have not other record of a brother named John, and I don’t have any details about the children of his uncle, Ephraham Golden.

According to the census, Issac [Isaiah] Golden was living in the home of John and Catherine Haylan in Green Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.  John was also a Cooper, age 21, and had been born in Ohio.  Catherine was age 22 and had been born in Ohio.  They had been married within the year, and had an infant daughter, named Sarah.


1850 US Federal Census: Ohio, Hamilton, Green Township, 7 August 1850, Dwelling No. 375, Family No. 377,
HAYLAN, JOHN, Age 21, Male, Occupation: Cooper, Born Ohio, Married in the Year;
HAYLAN, CATHERINE, Age 22, Female, Born Ohio, Married in the Year;
HAYLAN, SARAH, Age 1, Female, Born Ohio;
GOLDEN, ISAAC, Age 26, Male, Occupation: Cooper, Born New York.

Isaiah Golden and Mary Code – 1860 US Federal Census

In the 1860 US Census, Isaiah and Mary were living in Williamsburgh, New York.  Isaiah’s worked as a cooper and his personal estate was valued at $200.[1]  In the house, there were two children.  Emma was the older daughter, age 13, and had attended school.  The younger of the children was the son Isaiah, age 9, who had also attended school.[2]   Given the age difference between Emma and Mary, it’s highly unlikely that Mary was Emma’s mother, as that Mary would have given birth to Emma at age 11.  So it is presumed that based on this record, Isaiah had a first wife, whose identity remains unknown at this time, and that both Emma and Isaiah are children of that first wife.

Isaiah Golden 1860 Census


1860 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, 1st District, 14th Ward, 10 July 1860, Dwelling No. 489, Family No. 1152:

GOLDEN, ISAAH [ISAIAH], Age 33, Male, Cooper, Personal Estate Value: $200, Born New York;

GOLDEN, MARY A., Age 24, Female, Born New York;

GOLDEN, EMMA, Age 13, Female, Born New York;

GOLDEN, ISAAH [ISAIAH], Age 9, Male, Born New York.

[1] $200 in 1860 is the equivalent of $82,700 in income value in 2017.

[2] 1860 US Federal Census: New York, Kings, Williamsburgh, Roll M653_773, Page: 129, Image 129, ( Operations, Inc. 2009.

Isaiah James Golden – Obituary

Isaiah James Golden - Obituary

Transcript from Isaiah James Golden’s Obituary

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, NY, 24 July 1911, Page 3 (Retrieved via on 3 November 2017)


Isaiah Golden

Isaiah Golden, a retired cooper, for many years in business on old Ewen street, and a resident of the Eastern District for sixty years, died on Friday at his residence, 79 Somers street, of a complication of diseases.  He was born at West Farms, Westchester County, N.Y., March 4, 1824, and was one of the oldest members of the Old Bushwick Dutch Reformed Church on Humboldt street.  He is survived by a widow, Susanna Grow; three daughters, Mrs. George Alden, Mrs. Cornelius Travis, and Mrs. Peter l. Dunn; three sons, Eugene, Alfred and Edward; fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Birthplace Pedigree Chart

I saw several of these charts posted on blogs and Facebook, which come from an original post by J. Paul Hawthorne.  So I decided to follow suit and have created birthplace charts for both myself and my husband.

I went to seven generations (including myself and my husband).  It was really interesting to me to look at the data in this way because it really confirmed for me some key things…

  1. My family has been in the United States for many generations, pretty consistently across the various branches of the family.
  2. My husband’s family has much more recent immigrant roots on his mother’s side of the family.
  3. I have more research to do to find the roots of my mother’s family.
  4. I have more research to do on my husband’s father’s side of the family – there are a lot of missing information about that branch of the family.
  5. My father’s family is pretty much Irish and German immigrants to the New York area (mostly Brooklyn).  Very strong roots in that region.
  6. My mother’s family is primarily from Georgia and Mississippi, with a little migration from Virginia and South Carolina.
  7. My husband’s mother’s family were all Polish immigrants (even though the birthplaces are variously Poland, Prussia and Germany).  I find it an intriguing example of how much the history of Poland has been dictated by the political history of Europe as a whole.
  8. My husband’s father’s family moved around a lot and their roots are largely unknown… They were primarily in the midwest (Missouri/Oklahoma), but it looks like if we go back a little farther, there may be more roots in the area of Illinois/Ohio/Pennsylvania.  They were definitely the more migratory of all the branches of our families.

My chart:

My Birthplace Pedigree Chart

My Birthplace Pedigree Chart


My husband’s chart:

His Birthplace Pedigree

His Birthplace Pedigree