Thursday, October 5, 2023

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1747 Death Record of Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith (1657-1747) of Woodbridge, New Jersey

I looked in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings for Treasure Chest Thursday.

The treasure today is the 1747 death record of Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith in the Rahway and Plainfield  Quaker Records:

The death record is the first record at the top of  the right-hand page:

The transcription of this death record is:

"Name of the Deceased:  Elizabeth Griffith
Connection of the Deceased:  Widow of Vail Gach & Benjamin Griffith & Mother of John Vail
Place and Time of Death:  9 Mo 3 1747 Aged 90 Years and 6 Months
Place and Time of Burial:  
Age:  90"

The source citation for this  death record is:

"U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994, Rahway and Plainfield [N.J.] Monthly Meeting," New Jersey > Union > Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meetings, Births 1705-1901, Deaths 1705-1908, page 189, Elizabeth Griffith entry, age 90 years 6 months; indexed database and digital image, (

This record is a Derivative Source, with Secondary Information and Direct Evidence of the death of Elizabeth Griffith in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  The original records are Quaker Meeting Records held at Swarthmore NY, Guilford NC, Earlham IN, and Haverford, PA universities.

Elizabeth Hunt was born about February 1657, in Westchester County, New York.  She married, first, Samuel Vail (1654-1695) in about 1677 in Southampton, New York.  They had 7 children.  
She married, second, Thomas Gage/Gach (c1660-1703) in about 1698 probably in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  They had two children.  She married, third, Benjamin Griffith (c1653-1713), in Woodbridge.  They had no children together.

The death date in the records is "9 Mo 3 1747" which indicates 3 November 1747 in the current calendar.

Thomas and Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) Gage/Gach are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their son, Thomas Gach (c1702-1770), who married Elizabeth Bloetgoet/Bloodgood (1702-1770) in 1721.  married 


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