Saturday, June 15, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 9 to 15 June 2019

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 15 June 2019, there were 2,505 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 8 from last week):

The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   ---

North Dakota, Red River Valley Genealogical Society, Pioneer Files, 1880-1953   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155904); 5,520 indexed records with 5,520 record images, ADDED 11 Jun 2019

*  Kansas, Swedish Church Records, 1861-1918       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3042282); 18,381 indexed records with 18,381 record images, ADDED 14 Jun 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2860782); 22 indexed records with 22 record images, ADDED 12 Jun 2019

*  United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3029266); 1,125,332 indexed records with 1,125,332 record images, ADDED 11 Jun 2019

*  American Samoa, Census Records, 1900-1945       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2362048); 53,680 indexed records with 53,680 record images, ADDED 12 Jun 2019

*  Ohio, Athens County, Deceased Veteran Grave Registration Card File Index, 1819-1936     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3315268); 323 indexed records with 323 record images, ADDED 13 Jun 2019

*  Kansas State Census, 1905       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2659394); 1,514,837 indexed records with 1,514,837 record images, ADDED 13 Jun 2019

*  New York, Cemetery Abstracts, 1800-1965 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2552111); 175,959 indexed records with 175,959 record images, ADDED 13 Jun 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138481); 292,567 indexed records with 3,208,805 record images (was 277,809 records with 3,208,809 images), Updated 12 Jun 2019

*  Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138511); 229,908 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 209,958 records with 372,768 images), Updated 12 Jun 2019

*  England and Wales Census, 1911  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1921547); 36,354,828 indexed records with 36,354,828 record images (was 36,354,828 records with 36,354,828 images), Updated 14 Jun 2019

*  Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3163400); 38,171 indexed records with 1,725 record images (was 35,457 records with 1,595 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1828544); 58,538 indexed records with 38,892 record images (was 55,538 records with 38,892 images), Updated 14 Jun 2019

*  California, Santa Clara County, San Jose, Oak Hill Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions, 1838-1985   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3161103); 31,517 indexed records with 29,809 record images (was 0 records with 235 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2061540); 70,501 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 61,718 records with 707,724 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,153,320 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,320 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 14 Jun 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Berks County, Reading, Charles Evans Cemetery and Crematory Burial Records, 1887-1979     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3241365); 100,939 indexed records with 87,400 record images (was 76,721 records with 76,003 images), Updated 14 Jun 2019

*  Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2243378); 167,469 indexed records with 35,026 record images (was 136,370 records with 35,026 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  Australia, New South Wales, Index to Bounty Immigrants, 1828-1842       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1542665); 50,981 indexed records with 41,805 record images (was 50,981 records with 41,805 images), Updated 13 Jun 2019

*  Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852584); 535,953 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 576,339 records with 20,274,621 images), Updated 13 Jun 2019

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1614804); 5,089,894 indexed records with 1,549,413 record images (was 5,090,217 records with 1,549,413 images), Updated 11 Jun 2019

*  Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138507); 70,980 indexed records with 842,559 record images (was 65,837 records with 842,559 images), Updated 12 Jun 2019

*  Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138500); 321,664 indexed records with 3,858,982 record images (was 311,376 records with 3,858,982 images), Updated 12 Jun 2019

*  Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1935-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999173); 146,177 indexed records with 254,406 record images (was 126,164 records with 254,406 images), Updated 12 Jun 2019

*  Germany, Baden, Stebbach, Church Book Extracts, 1675-1951       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2422968); Browse 194 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 194 images), Updated 13 Jun 2019

*  Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2242886); 12,893 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 7,708 records with 21,950 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 550,198 indexed records with 40,341 record images (was 493,133 records with 35,984 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3246416); 10,564 indexed records with 8,415 record images (was 5,841 records with 4,947 images), Updated 15 Jun 2019

*  Georgia, Confederate Pension Rolls, 1879-1920   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3038333); 118,610 indexed records with 117,805 record images (was 113,365 records with 113,057 images), Updated 11 Jun 2019

*  South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1779109); 1,490,931 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 1,058,839 records with 2,216,270 images), Updated 10 Jun 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2556014); 2,324,728 indexed records with 165,592 record images (was 2,324,728 records with 164,579 images),  21 May 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

*  Spain, Arag√≥n, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2304578); 4,972,408 indexed records with 42,873 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images),  4 Jun 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2998108); 557,525 indexed records with 556,579 record images (was 557,525 records with 556,981 images),  4 Jun 2019

*  Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417491); 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,689 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,692 images),  16 Mar 2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949334); Index only (4,267,592 records), no images (was 4,267,593 records with 0 images),  6 May 2014

*  United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,713 records), no images (was 875,610,717 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

*  United States Census, 1870      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1438024); 40,350,432 indexed records with 1,049,047 record images (was 40,350,669 records with 1,049,047 images),  20 Jun 2014

New York State Census, 1855     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1937366); 2,817,765 indexed records with 49,719 record images (was 2,818,214 records with 49,719 images),  6 Jun 2019

*  North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726957); 7,565,212 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,565,213 records with 1,509,652 images),  28 Nov 2018

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Favorite Photo of Your Father

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) It's Father's Day in the USA on Sunday, so let's talk about our fathers.  


2)  Show us your favorite photograph of your father - the one that shows him in the best light possible.  Describe the occasion, the setting, and the people in the photograph.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.


Here's mine:

Frederick Walton Seaver Jr. (1911-1983) married Betty Virginia Carringer on 12 July 1942 in San Diego, California, and they had three sons, Randy, Stanley and Scott.

The photograph above shows the entire family - the last "good" photograph of the five of us - on the occasion of brother Scott's first marriage to Susie on 29 August 1976.  The setting was in San Diego on the grounds of the University of San Diego.

On this occasion, life for Fred was pretty good:  he was 64 years old, all three sons had moved out and were married, grandchildren had started to arrive (two by this date, a third on the way), he was retired from work, he still had outside interests (TV sports, a handyman's workshop, gardening), and they were relatively healthy.

Life for my father went downhill after that - my mother's parents died and he had to deal with that, they moved to Point Loma in 1978 to my grandparents home, sold the 30th Street properties, and they both were diagnosed with cancer in 1982 - their first real health crisis.  My father died on 26 May 1983 at age 71 of complications from prostate cancer that resulted in a heart attack in the hospital. 

You never know when the last conversation, the last kiss, the last "good" photograph of your family will occur.  Practice loving your family often!

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Surname Saturday - GAWKROGER (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.

I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2313 who is Mary GAWKROGER (1613-1674). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this GAWKROGER family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

18.  Edward Hildreth (1831-1899)

19.  Sophia Newton (1834-1923)
36.  Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857)

37.  Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)
72.  Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829)
73.  Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793)

144.  Zachariah Hildreth (1724-1784)
145.  Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)

288.  James Hildreth (1698-1761)

289.  Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774)

578.  Samuel Prescott (1674-1758)
579.  Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)

1156.  Jonathan Prescott (1646-1721)
1157.  Dorothy Heald (1649-1674)


2312.  John Prescott, born about 1604 in probably Lancashire, England; died before 20 December 1681 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 11 April 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
2313.  Mary Gawkroger, born before 07 February 1613 in Sowerby, Yorkshire, England; died 1674 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Prescott and Mary Gawkroger are:
*  Mary Prescott (1630-1716), married 1648 Thomas Sawyer (1616-1706).
*  child Prescott (1631-1631).
*  Martha Prescott (1632-1656), married 1654 John Rugg (1632-1697).
*  child Prescott (1634-1634).
*  John Prescott (1635-1635)
*  Sarah Prescott (1637-1727), married (1) 1658 Richard Wheeler (1614-1675); (2) 1678 Joseph rice (1638-1711).
*  Hannah Prescott (1639-1697), married 1660 John Rugg (1632-1697).
*  Lydia Prescott (1641-1712), married (1) 1658 Jonas Fairbanks (1625-1676); (2) 1677 Ellis Barron (1633-1712).
*  John Prescott (1643-1718), married (1) 1668 Sarah Hayward (1645-1709); (2) 1710 Mary Haynes (1647-1718).
Jonathan Prescott (1646-1721), married (1) 1670 Dorothy Heald (1649-1674); (2) 1675 Elizabeth Hoar (1650-1687); (3) 1689 Rebecca Wheeler (1645-1718); (4) 1718 Ruth Wheeler (1651-1740).
*  Jonas Prescott (1648-1723), married 1672 Mary Loker (1653-1735).

4626.  Abram Gawkroger alias Platts, born before 21 November 1574 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 25 May 1625 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.  He was the son of 9252. James Gawkroger alias Platts and 9253. Jennet Fairbanks.  He married  10 May 1605 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
4627.  Martha Riley, born before 27 March 1580 in Sowerby, Yorkshire, England.  She was the daughter of 9254. Thomas Riley and 9255. Margaret Lume.

Children of Abram Platts and Martha Riley are:
*  Martha Gawkroger (1608-????).
*  Mary Gawkroger (1613-1674), married 1629 John Prescott (1604-1681).
*  Anne Gawkroger (1615-????).
*  Sarah Gawkroger (1616-1622).
*  Abram Gawroger (1618-????).
*  Martha Gawkroger (1622-????).

Information about the Gawkroger family was obtained from:

*  Joan S. Guilford, 
The Ancestry of Dr. J.P. Guilford (Sheridan Psychological Services, Inc., 1990), Volume 1, page 645.

I have done no original research for this Gawkroger family.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 14 June 2019


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last three days include:

1)  News Articles:


The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Genetics Goes to Trial


2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 14 June 2019



*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Tuesday, 18 June, 5 p.m. PDT:  Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section, by Patricia Stamm

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Wednesday, 19 June, 11 a.m. PDT:  Researching in New Mexico, by Henrietta Martinez Christmas

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar - Wednesday, 19 June, 6 pm. PDT:  Heirloom, Documentation or Junk:  What to Keep and What To Toss, by Janet Hovorka

*  Archived Legacy Tree Genealogists Webinar:  Tracking Your Digital Bread Crumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications, by Cyndi Ingle

*  Archived Legacy Tree Genealogists Webinar:  Sharecropping Contracts, Chattel Mortgages and Trust Deeds, by J. Mark Lowe


4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #79:  Wiki Trees

*  Genealogy Gems Podcast:  Episode 230

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 43: Wedding Day Photo Clues


5)  Genealogy Videos:




6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains Friday, June 14,  2019

7)  DNA Success Stories




8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 11 June 2019?

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 14 June 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are more than nine million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday.
Just under 20,000 new records covering two new parishes, Fawkham St Mary and Northfleet St Botolph, have been added to our collection of Kent parish baptisms. These new transcripts will reveal your ancestor's birth date, baptism date, parent's names, residence and father's occupation. Some records may also provide you with further details such as the mother's maiden name or additional notes.
Nearly 10,000 records from the parish of Northfleet St Botolph have been added to the collection. These transcripts can provide you with the names of both the bride and groom, the date of their marriage, the location, their birth years, residences, occupations, fathers' names and fathers' occupations.
Over 14,000 new records from the parishes of Fawkham, St Mary and Northfleet, St Botolph are now available to search. Consisting of transcripts of original burial registers, these records will enable you to discover your ancestor's age at death, burial date, burial place, dedication, residence and occupation.
Explore this comprehensive history of the Scottish peerage between 1716 and 1914. The collection includes nine volumes of The Scots Peerage along with six other titles including a single-volume Jacobite peerage. These PDF images will reveal the Peers name, their year of Peerage, death date, the name of their spouse or spouses and the names of their children.
Discover your English ancestors in our new, fully searchable collection of Phillimore Marriage Registers. The registers contain approximately 2.3 million names and record marriages in more than 1,500 parishes across 29 English counties. Each register is organised by parish, which is usually listed at the top of the page.
Celebrate St Valdemar's day by discovering your Danish ancestors with more than 6.9 million baptisms, marriages and burials. Three new Danish indexes spanning the years 1635 to 1917 are now available to search and will generate hints against your Findmypast family tree.
This week we have added 48,988 pages to The Archive, with new pages covering both England and Scotland. We're delighted to have updated four of our Scottish titles, with additions spanning the years between 1879 and 1981. We've also updated the Newcastle Journal, the Manchester Evening News, the Lichfield Mercury, the Wells Journal, and finally the Reading Evening Post. One of our Scottish titles to be updated this week is the Aberdeen Evening Express, to which we have added the years 1939-1945 and 1980-1981.
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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.
Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

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52 Ancestors - Week 282: #478 Thomas Gach (1702-1770) of Woodbridge, New Jersey

Thomas Gach (1702-1770) is #478 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married  #479 Elizabeth Bloodgood (about 1702- before 1770) in 1721 in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #239 Martha Gach (1730-????) married #239 Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????)  in about 1750.
*  their daughter, #119 Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841) married #118 Stephen Cutter (1745-1823), in about 1769.
*  their daughter #59 Sarah Cutter (1785-1878), married #58 William Knapp (1775-1856) in about 1804.
*  their daughter, #29 Sarah Knapp (1818-1904), married #28 David Auble (1817-1894)  in 1844.
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), 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 Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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

*  Name:                   Thomas Gach[1–5]    

*  Sex:                       Male    

*  Father:                  Thomas Gage (1660-1703)    
*  Mother:                Elizabeth Hunt (1657-1747)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                    1702, Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:         after 3 November 1747 (after about age 45), Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[3]    

*  Will:                     12 April 1763 (about age 61), will written and signed; Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[4-5]    

*  Death:                   before 9 March 1770 (before about age 68), will proved, Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[4]    

*  Probate:                9 March 1770 (about age 68), will proved, Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[4-5]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Elizabeth Bloodgood (1702-1770)    
*  Marriage 1:            after 17 August 1721 (after about age 19), permission to marry granted; Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                Elizabeth Gach (1722-1724)    
*  Child 2:                Mary Gach (1724-1789)    
*  Child 3:                Elizabeth Gach (1726-1778)    
*  Child 4:                John Gach (1727-1770)    
*  Child 5:                Sarah Gach (1727-    )    
*  Child 6:                Martha Gach (1729-    )    
*  Child 7:                Anna Gach (1732-    )    
*  Child 8:                Thomas Gach (1734-    )    
*  Child 9:                Esther Gach (1736-1757)    
*  Child 10:              Phillip Gach (1744-1780)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
The most published information about this family is in the book Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey by William C. Armstrong which describes the life of the mother of Thomas Gach, Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith (1657-1747)[1].

Thomas Gach was born in about 1702, probably in Woodbridge, New Jersey, the second child of Thomas Gach (1660-1703) and Elizabeth (Hunt) Vail (1657-1747)[1].  His father died before 23 April 1703 when his will was proved in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

Thomas married Elizabeth Bloodgood, daughter of Jan and Mary (Morgan) Bloodgood, after 17 August 1721 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, which is recorded in the Quaker book for Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting, noting[2]:

"Thomas Gach & Elizabeth Bloodgood Marriage permitted by Wood. Mtg. 6 mo 17 1721"

They had ten children, all born in Woodbridge and six of them were recorded in the Quaker church records:

*  Elizabeth Gach (1722-1724)
*  Mary Gach (1724-1789), married James Eddy (1710-1792) in 1743.
*  Elizabeth Gach (1726-1778), married Elisha Inslee (1722-1750) in 1744.
*  John Gach (1727-after 1770), married Sarah Dunham (1729-????) in about 1752.
*  Sarah Gach (1727-????), married Nathaniel Pike (1727-1766) in 1747.
*  Martha Gach (1730-????), married Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????) in 1750.
*  Anna Gach (1732-????), married Isaac Dunham (1737-1802) in 1759.
*  Thomas Gach (1734-????), married Keturah Clawson (1739-????) in 1759.
*  Esther Gach (1736-1757), married Jacob Shotwell (1729-????) in 1754.
*  Philip Gach (1744-1780), married Jennet Pike (1747-1821) in about 1768.

Thomas Gach  was a Quaker, and was an active member of the Woodbridge Monthly Meeting until he was disowned for quarreling with his brother.  He was clerk of the Town of Woodbridge for many years[1].

He is mentioned in his mother's will, dated 21 June 1739, and proved after her death on 3 November 1747[3]:

"Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Gach all that remains in his hands (at the time of my decease) of those goods that I have left with him when I came to live with my son in law, William Bloodgood."

Thomas Gach wrote a will dated 12 April 1763 and it was proved 9 March 1770 in Middlesex County, New Jersey[4-5].  The will reads:

"In the Name of God, Amen. I Thomas Gach, of the Township of Woodbridge, in the County of Middlesex and Province of New Jersey, Esq'r, considering the Frailty of this Life, and that it is appointed for all Men once to die, and being at this Time of Sound Memory and Mind, blessed be God, do make this my Last Will and Testament, in Manner and form following, viz.

"Imprimis: My Soul I commit to the Hands of a merciful God who gave it, Strongly hoping for a gracious Reception thro' the prevailing Death and Merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and my Body I resign to the Dust from whence it Sprang, to be interred in a decent manner, at the Discretion of those who may have the Direction thereof.

"Item: Touching the Worldly Estate whereof the Divine Providence hath made me Steward, I give and bequeath to my eldest Son John Gach, his Heirs and Assigns forever, one Half of the Plantation whereon he now liveth, except the Ten Acre Lott at the West End thereof that was Surveyed in my own Right with four Acres of Salt Meadow lying at the South End of my Meadow below Strawberry hill, as also three Acres and a half lying in Rariton Meadows; together with one Half of my Freehold right in the Commons.

"Item: I give and bequeath to my Grandson Thomas Gach the other Half of the above Plantation to him, his Heirs and Assigns forever; but that it remain to the sole Use and Benefit of his Father John Gach, during his the Said John Gach's natural Life.

"Item: I give and bequeath to my son Philip Gach, his Heirs and Assigns forever all my home Plantation whereon I now reside, with the remaining Part of my Salt Meadows and Land on Strawberry Hill.  Also the Lot of Land lying adjoining to Jonathan Harned and John Harned, and the above mentioned Ten Acres of Land lying at the Westerly End of the Plantation whereon my Son John Gach now liveth as likewise the other half of my Freehold Right in the Commons of Woodbridge; But in Case my said Son Philip should depart this Life before he attain to the full Age of Twenty one years or have no legal Issue before that Time, that then the Bequests to him, I will to be divided between all my other Children, Share and Share alike, and to their Heirs or Assigns.

"Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Martha and Anna all the several Lots and Parcels of Land, lying on the South East side of the Road that leads to Amboy, to be sold by my Executors herein after named, as soon after my Decease as shall be convenient, and the Monies arising by the Sale thereof to be equally divided between my said Daughters, and Thomas Shotwell, Son of my deceased Daughter Esther; But if said Thomas Shotwell should die before he attain to full age, then his Share to be equally divided among my said Daughters, their Heirs or Assigns.

"Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Elizabeth the Use of all the above mentioned Lands and Premises, or so much thereof, as She shall be fit to demand, during her natural Life or Widowhood; Also I give and bequeath to my said Wife all my Moveables and Personal Estate whatsoever, and wheresoever, to be at her own proper Use and Disposal, she paying there out all my just Debts and Funeral Charges.

"Lastly, I constitute and appoint my said Wife Elizabeth and James Eddy of Woodbridge aforesaid the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, the Twelfth Day of April, Anno Domini, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three.
                                                                  Thomas Gach    

"Signed, Sealed and Delivered, by the said Thomas Gach, as his Last Will and Testament in the Presence of us                                                                            
Samuel F. Parker              
Samuel Inslee              
James Parker"

Thomas Gach died before 9 March 1770 in Woodbridge, New Jersey[4].  There is no known burial location.

5.  SOURCES

1. William C. Armstrong, Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey (Lambertville, N.J. :  Hunterdon House, 1979), page 295-299, Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith sketch.

2. U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994, Rahway and Plainfield [N.J.] Monthly Meeting, Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1687-1871, Marriages, page 3 (image 41 of 129), Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood entry; indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 July 2014).

3. William C. Armstrong, Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey (Lambertville, N.J. :  Hunterdon House, 1979), pages 296-7, Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith will transcription.

4. New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1656-1999, indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com (no longer available) :, accessed 2 September 2015), All Counties, Wills, Vol. I-K, 1766-1774, pages 183-185 (images 324-5 of 521),Thomas Gach will papers, 1770; citing original data from New Jersey County, District and Probate Courts.

5. New Jersey Surrogate's Court, Middlesex County, Wills, 4575L-5330L, No. 4713 (image 98 of 532) Thomas Gach will, 1763; "New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1656-1999," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com (no longer available) : accessed 2 September 2015); citing original data from New Jersey County, District and Probate Courts.


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