Friday, March 10, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 166: #239 Martha (Gach) Randolph (1730-????) of Woodbridge, New Jersey

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #166:

 Martha (Gach) Randolph (1730-????)   is #239 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married #238 Samuel Fitz Randolph  (1730-????) in 1750 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, 
#119 Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841) who married #118 Stephen Cutter (1745-1823),  before 1769.
*  their daughter, #59 Sarah Cutter (1785-1878), who married #58 William Knapp (1775-1856) in about 1804.
*  their daughter, #29 Sarah Knapp (1818-????), who married #28 David Auble (1817-1894) in 1844.
*  their son, #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), who married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1858-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         Martha Gach[1–3]
* Alternate Name:         Martha Randolph[4]       
*  Sex:                             Female   

*  Father:                        Thomas Gach (1702-1770)   
*  Mother:                      Elizabeth Bloodgood (1703-1770)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                         29 January 1729/30, Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1,3]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730- ???? )   
*  Marriage 1:              20 October 1750 (age 20), Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[2-3]   

*  Child 1:                   Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841)   
*  Child 2:                   Mary Fitz Randolph (1754-????)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Martha Gach was the 6th child of 10 of Thomas and Elizabeth (Bloodgood) Gach of Woodbridge, New Jersey, born 29 January 1729/30.  The Quaker Meeting record for the birth of Martha Gach includes[1]:

*  Name of child:  Martha Gach
*  Parents:  Daughter of Thomas & Mary
*  Place of birth:  Woodbridge
*  Time of birth:  11 Mo 29 1729
*  Sex:    F

Note that the mother's name is Mary, perhaps by mistake.

Martha Gach married Samuel Randolph in Woodbridge on 20 October 1750, according to a record that says[3]:

 "Samuel Fitz Randolph who married Mary Gach, Oct. 20 1750, and said he was the son of Jacob, and Thomas Gach, Martha's father, certified he had his permission".

In this record, Martha's name is listed as Mary.

The New Jersey Marriages record says[2]:

"Gach, Martha, Woodbridge and Samuel Randol, Woodbridge; 1750 Oct 20"

The two known daughters of Samuel F. Randolph and Martha Gach are Tabitha and Mary, who were probably born in the 1752 to 1760 time frame. They were baptized at St. John's Episcopal Church in Elizabeth, NJ on 6 September 1761[4].  That these are the children of Martha Gach (daughter of Thomas Gach) and Samuel Randolph (son of Jacob Fitz Randolph) is indicated by the identities of most of the other people baptized that day in that church.  They include:  

*  Elizabeth and Sarah Eddy, adults.  
*  Mary, Esther and Jane, daughters of James Eddy (and of Mary (Gach) Eddy);  
*  Elisha, John and Gage, sons of Elisha Insly (and of Elizabeth (Gach) Inslee);  
*  Thomas, Martha and Abraham, children of Samuel Grow;  
*  Susannah and Elizabeth, daughters of Nathaniel Pike (and of Sarah (Gach) Pike);  
*  Thomas, son of Jacob Shotwell (and of Esther (Gach) Shotwell);  
*  Elizabeth, Phebe and Thomas, children of John Gage; 
*  Tabitha and Mary, daughters of Samuel Randolph (and of Martha (Gach) Randolph).  

Mary, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Martha and Esther Gach were all children of Thomas and Elizabeth [Bloodgood) Gach who lived in Woodbridge NJ. 

There are no known records for the death, estate or burial of Samuel and Martha (Gach) Randolph.  

1. "U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994, Rahway and Plainfield [N.J.] Monthly Meeting, Births 1705-1901, Deaths 1705-1908, Marriages 1712-1885,"  indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed 3 July 2014), Births, page 8, Martha Gach entry.

2. "New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965," online indexed database, ( , Volume XXII, Marriage Records, 1665-1800, page 161, Marriage License for Martha Gach and Samuel Randol, both of Woodbridge.

3. Louise Aymar Christian and Howard Stelle Fitz Randolph, The Descendants of Edward Fitz Randolph and Elizabeth Blossom, 1630-1950 (n.l.: n.p.,1950), page 19, Jacob Fitz Randolph sketch, Samuel Fitz Randolph and Martha Gach marriage and birth entry.

4. Florence Evelyn Pratt Youngs, "Records of St. John's Episcopal Church, Elizabeth, N.J. 1750-1873", no page number, Tabitha Randolph baptism entry, 1761; FHL microfilm US/CAN 1019522, Item 2.

NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.


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