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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.

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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

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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, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2010.

Isaiah and Mary Golden – 1870 US Federal Census

By 1870, the family was still living in Williamsburgh, in the 15th Ward.  Isaiah, still working as a cooper, had amassed a personal estate of $700.[1]  Isaiah was listed as 46 years old and Mary as 38 years old, both of which do not align to a 10 year increase in their ages in the 1860 Census (as a result, both censuses only give a general ballpark for their age and derived year of birth).  Emma and Isaiah were no longer in the home, as both either reach their majority and moved out, or were then deceased.[2]  However, there were still children in the house.  Son Eugene was listed as age 12; however, since he was not in the 1860 Census, Mary was most likely pregnant with him in 1860, and his age on the 1870 Census is off by 1-2 years.  He was born in New York and attended school.  Daughter Mary was listed as age 11, and in her case, her age is most likely overstated by 1-2 years.  She was also born in New York and attended school.  Georgiana, age 9 (also overstated by 1-2 years), was born in New York and attended school.  Harriet, age 7 (also likely overstated by 1-2 years), was born in New York, attended school, but could not read or write English.  The youngest, Alfred, was age 2 and born in New York.[3]

Isaiah Golden - 1870 Federal Census

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1870 US Federal Census, New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, 15th Ward, 1 Aug 1870, Page 217, Dwelling No. 900, Family 1876:

GOLDEN, ISIAH [ISAIAH], Age 46, Male, White, Occupation: Cooper, Value of Personal Estate: $700, Born New York, Male citizen over age of 21;

GOLDEN, MARY, Age 38, Female, White, Occupation: Keeping house, Born New York;

GOLDEN, EUGENE, Age 12, Male, White, Born New York, Attended school;

GOLDEN, MARY E., Age 11, Female, White, Born New York, Attended school;

GOLDEN, GEORGIANA, Age 9, Female, White, Born New York, Attended school;

GOLDEN, HARRIET, Age 7, Female, White, Born New York, Attended school, Cannot read, Cannot write;

GOLDEN, ALFRED H., Age 2, Male, White, Born New York.

[1] $700 in 1870 is the equivalent of $206,000 in income value in 2017.  https://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/relativevalue.php

[2] Further research into their whereabouts in 1870 is required to confirm which option is accurate.

[3] 1870 US Census: New York, Kings, Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, Ward 15, Roll: M593_956, Page 476A, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2009.