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Re: Elizabeth Towers of Worthington Ma
Posted by: Lynne Secrest (ID *****9080) Date: February 15, 2007 at 04:26:53
In Reply to: Re: Elizabeth Towers of Worthington Ma by Lynne Secrest of 973

I am pasting in a message received from Edward Smith (

Dear Ms. Secrest,

I have not been able to find the whereabouts for the records of that
time period, but a notation in our copy of the transcription confirms
your suspicion. Inserted in the binding with the page saying Abraham
Bloodgood married Aurelia James is a hand-written note reading:

"Catskill Recorder Mch 19, 1823 at Broome on the 7th inst. By the Rev.
Mr. Paige, Mr. Abraham Bloodgood to Miss Aurelia Tower"
"Abraham Bloodgood mar Aurelia Tower and not Aurelia James. She was a
sister to my grand-mother, Elizabeth Tower"
       "Mrs. Mary J. Sibley, Syracuse, N.Y."

Rather than skipping a line I think it more likely the transcriber may
have simply misread "Tower" as "James"; in early 19th century
handwriting the two could look very similar.

The marriage actually would have occurred in the Reformed Church of
Dye's Manor, Town of Broome, NY- it did not become the Reformed Church
of Gilboa until about 1836. The original copy of the church records from
1838 onwards are at the archives of the Reformed Church in America,
located at the Sage Library of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New
Brunswick, NJ. See their list of holdings at
<> Unfortunately
they do not seem to have records for the earlier history under either
Dye's Manor or Broome. The archivist there, however, may be able to give
you more information about where they may be. There is an information on
the archives at

Thank you for your inquiry. I hope this response is helpful.
Edward H.L. Smith
Director of the Library and Research
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Davoli
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:33 AM
To: Edward Smith
Subject: FW: General Questions

-----Original Message-----
From:       Lynne H Secrest []
Sent:       Wed 2/14/2007 9:14 AM
To:       Mark Davoli
Subject:       General Questions

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Sender's Name: Lynne H Secrest
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Subject: General Questions

Message: Can anyone tell me where the original manuscript (not
transcript) for the Gilboa Reformed Church is kept and if it is
available for viewing? I had read years ago that a line had been
skipped in transcription. I believe this happened with the marriage of
my Abraham (Abram) Bloodgood and Aurellia James on 6 Mar 1823. The
family records passed down say that her name was Aurelia Tower. All of
my searches on the Tower family support this but I do not have the proof
to repudiate the transcription.

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