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Posted by: Lynne Secrest (ID *****9080) Date: June 24, 2008 at 09:38:40
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I have researched the first Tower book. I am looking for a repository for Vol II and III (or lookup with copy of pertinent pages and reference). I am making a whirlwind trip July 9-16 that will take me from Raleigh NC through Wash DC, Trenton NJ, Binghamton NY, the Catskills, and whatever library someone can suggest has these two volumes. I have been searching for Aurelia Tower, daughter of Samuel Tower and Betsey Thomas. And then searching for parents of Betsey Thomas. There should be some corrections to their children. Can anyone tell me where I can find these two volumes and tell me where the Tower Genealogy Society is located?

Samuel Tower Jr, s of Samuel Tower Sr and Hannah Collemore
ch 22 Dec 1761 Hingham, Plymouth MA
m 26 Nov 1789 Worthington, Hampshire, MA to Betsey Thomas
d 31 Mar 1807 Worthington, Hampshire, MA

Betsey Thomas
b 1767/1777 MA
d aft 1860

Notes: A Betsey Thomas m 1) Samuel Tower Jr, 2) Thomas Hall who d 1814, 3) Mr Wright (?John b 1776 Ireland, living 1850) of Catskill.

1790 census Worthington, Hampshire, MA shows Samuel Jr (male over 16), 1 male under 16, 1 female.

1800 census Worthington, Hampshire, MA shows Samuel Jr (male 26-44), 2 males under 10, 1 male 10-15, 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-44.

1810 census Worthington, Hampshire, MA shows Betsey Tower, Wd (female 26-44), 1 male 16-25, 2 females under 10 (Orril/Aurelia, Caroline), one female 10-15 (Betsey). None of the males listed appear to be the male children listed in 1800 census unless they are living with another family member such as uncle. Not living with grandfather Samuel.

1820 census Worthington, Hampshire, MA shows Ezekiel, Joseph, Peter and Peter Tower - no Betsey or Elizabeth.
1820 census Greene County, NY shows no Towers.
1820 census Greene County, NY shows Ambron (Ambrose), Anson, Asael, Benjamin, Cristofotue, Dennis, Elisha, George, Jacob, James, James, Joel, John, John, Joseph, Thomas, Thomas S, William, William, William, Wise Wright. Only George and Joel are in Catskill. It could be that Mr. Wright was from the Catskills (mountains). In any event, none of these appear right.

1830 census - not found

1840 census - not found

1850 census Windham, Greene, NY Betsey Wright 77 (1773) b NY living with Frederick Brisack 49 b NY.
1850 census Durham, Greene, NY Betsey Wright 86 b CT living with Joseph Purington family. Joseph's wife Ann is 43 making her b ca 1807.
1850 census Lewiston, Lincoln, ME Joel Wright 74 b ME and Betsey Wright 73 b MA living with Sylvanus Wright family.

1860 census Conesville, Schoharie, NY Betsey Wright 86 b MA living with Peter Snyder 54 b NY, Carolina 54 b MA and George 14 b NY.

daughter Betsey m Jeremiah O'Bryon
dauther Caroline m Peter Snyder
daughter Aurelia (Orilla, Ovilla, etc.) m Abram Bloodgood

Abram Bloodgood b 2 Sep 1794-14 Jul 1799, ch 7 Nov 1798, s of William Bloodgood and Mary Bingle
m 17 Oct 1877 Aurelia Tower Gilboa, Schoharie, NY
d 17 Oct 1877

Aurelia Tower
b 4 Sep 1802/3 Worthington, Hampshire, MA
ch 27 Oct 1802/3 Worthington, Hampshire, MA
d 15 Feb 1881 probably in Hensonville, Greene, NY

Ch: Louisa M, Samuel T, Caroline F, Betsey Ann, Nelson ?F, Eunice Ellen (my g-g-grandmother), Julia I.

Notes: Family record states Abram Bloodgood born Sept 2" 1799, Aurelia Tower born Sept 4" 1803. Marriage and dates of death not listed.

Bio of Page Hoagland states that she "was a representative of the Tower family of New England. It is said that some of her ancestors came over in the "Mayflower.""

"Catskill Recorder" (newspaper) for 19 Nov 1823 gives name as Aurelia Tower, sister of Elizabeth Tower. p 168 of 1462-1966 Ancestors and Descendants of Captain Frans Janse Bloetgoet Volume II Descendants of John Bloodgood the Youngest Son of Captain Frans Janse Bloetgoet.

Marriage record RDC (Dyse's Manor, etc) say Aurelia James.

DAR. papers of Mrs John Safford gives name as Aurelia Wright, b 4 Sep 1803, d 15 Feb 1881.

196325 (?film, ?DAR papers) states Abram m Aurelia Wright 6 Mar 1823. Aurelia b 4 Sep 1803 d 15 Feb 1881. Dates for Abram difficult to read. Look like b 2 Sep 1777 d 17 Oct 1877.

The Tower Genealogy (book I by Charlemagne Tower) shows Samuel Tower, son of Samuel Tower and Hannah (Collamore) Tower married Betsey Thomas in Worthington, MA 26 Nov 1789 by Rev J Spaulding. Children of Samuel and Betsey listed as
Joshua (bp 10 Nov 1799 and married Elizabeth Stone),
Lyman (bp 10 Nov 1799, born 13 Aug 1791),
Obadiah (bp 10 Nov 1799),
Betsey (bp 13 Jul 1800 married Mr Bloodgood),
Orvil (bp 27 Oct 1802 married Peter Snyder),
Caroline (bp 31 Aug 1806).
States that Samuel died in Worthingon 1807 and Betsey (Thomas) Tower married 2nd Thomas Hall in Worthington 24 Aug 1813 and 3rd a Mr Wright of Catskill (Greene), NY.

Worthington Vital Records to 1850 show Joshua (bp 1799) to be a son of James. There is also a Joshua, child of Samuel, bp 21 May 1780 (nine years prior to Samuel and Betsey's marriage). Lyman and Obadiah are also sons of James, not Samuel. Orvil's name is actually Orril and bp 7 Nov 1802. Her sisters' baptismal dates agree with Tower Genealogy. Samuel Jr died 31 Mar 31, 1807. Betsey remarried Thomas Hall as stated. Thomas Hall died 30 Sep 1814. Probably his first wife was Hannah who died 20 Feb 1813. Betsey's marriage to Mr. Wright not listed. Samuel Tower Sr died 7 Oct 1811.

1850 census Prattsville, Greene, NY shows Abram 50, farmer, Aurelia 41, Louise 21, Samuel 25, Caroline 24, Betsey 22, Nelson 20, Eunice 18, Julia 16. Aurelia b Mass.
1850 census Windham, Greene, NY shows Betsey Wright 77 b NY living with farmer Frederick ?Brisack 49.
1850 census Durham, Greene, NY Betsey Wright 86 b CT living with Joseph B Purington family.

1855 census Roxbury, Delaware, NY shows Abram 55, farmer, Auerlia 51, Julia 16.

8/6/1860 census Jewett, Greene, NY - Abram Bloodgood 59 farmer b NY, Aurelia 56 b NY.

6/27/1870 census Jewett, Greene, NY - Abram ( shows Bloodfood) 70 farmer b NY, Aurelia 67 keeping house b MA.

1880 census Windham, Greene, NY shows Auralia 78 living with Frederick Makean 60 and Caroline 54. Aurelia is listed as mother-in-law of Frederick. Aurelia b CT, Louisa lists mother as being b CT, Caroline lists mother as being b CT, Nelson lists mother as being b NY.

I am pasting in my e-mail to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society 2/14/07. The response comes 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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