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(1) Thomas Gage,
born about 1620 in England, died before 17 July 1695 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co.,
Massachusetts; married before 1648 in Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts, Johanna,
born about 1727 of Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of William
(2) Thomas Gage,
born 1656 in Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died in Port Royal, Annapolis,
Nova Scotia, Canada, when he was struck by a cannonball fired through his tent;
married in 1677 in Rowley, Sarah,
born December 1654, died 7 December 1694 in Beverly, Essex co., Massachusetts.
(3) Thomas Gage,
born 2 November 1678 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died after 1742;
married 10 December 1697 in Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts, Mary
6 October 1678, daughter of Samuel Smith
and Mary Elithorpe.
(4) Moses Gage,
born 26 March 1705 in Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died 2 October 1774
in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; married 13 January 1730/1731 in Mendon,
Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Sarah Nelson,
born 27 February 1706/1707, died 18 September 1791. Moses was one of the
signers of the peptition to the General Court on 25 November 1741 seeking creation
of a new precinct from part of Mendon Township, called Easterly Precinct.
The new area became the present-day Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
They were both buried in the Old Burying Ground of Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
When that cemetery was closed, they were reburied in Vernon
Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Moses Gage and Sarah Nelson's graves
Vernon Grove Cemetery, Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
Sary wife of
Mr. Moses Gage
whoe died Sept.
1791 in 84th year
of her age
this clay must be your bed,
In spite of all
The tall, the
wife, the revrend,
Must lie as low
is buryd the
who died Oct.
the 2nd 1774 in
69th year of his
from the tombs a doleful sound,
My ears attend
Ye living men
come view ye ground,
Where you must
- Moses, born 1732
in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 24 June 1802 in Milford, Worcester
Co., Massachusetts; married 17 February 1758 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts;
Mary Boynton., buried in Vernon
Grove Cemetery next to Moses' parents Their marriage was performed
by Rev. Amariah Frost. Moses inherited the homestead of his father,
afterwards known as the Amasa Leland place. Mary became a member of
the Congregational Church of Milford on 30 March 1760 and had all their children
baptized there, but Moses did not join unitl he was on his death-bed on 11
- Molly, born 18 november
1737 in Mendon, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 20 May 1819 in Milford,
Worcester Co., Massachusetts; married 23 August 1764 in Mendon, Worcester
Co., Massachusetts, Phineas Davis. They are both buried in Vernon
Grove Cemetery, Milford, behind her parents.
(5) Daniel Gage,
born 1 June 1734 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 18 April 1810
in Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; married 1 January 1756 in Milford,
Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Priscilla Jones,
born 21 July 1738 in Hull, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, died 18 May 1809 in
Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. They were married by the Rev.
Amariah Frost. Daniel and Priscilla were recieved as members of the Congregational
Church of Milford on 3 April 1768, and probably had their residence on the North
Purchase. The family emigrated to Hubbardstown, Worcester Co., soon after
the birth of son Moses, where they were noted as still living on 8 April 1784.
Daniel served as a private from Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War.
- Daniel, born 15
December 1756 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 18 April 1810;
married 6 May 1781 in Spencer, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Sarah Newton.
They were residents of Hubbardston.
- Asa, born 22 July
1758 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 26 January 1837 in Hanover,
Chautauqua Co., New York; married 6 march 1781 in Westminster, Worcester Co.,
Massachusetts, Mary "Polly" Bolton. Asa enlisted at age 16 and served
throughout the Revolutionary War. Enlistment papers for Col. Grout's
Regt. when he was 21 years old describe him as 5ft. 9in. and of dark complexion.
He applied for a war pension 10 April 1818 in Windham Co., Vermont.
- Melatiah "Millie",
born 7 March 1761 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; married 4 February
1789 in Spencer, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Ezra Livermore.
- Lydia, born 15 August
1763 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 17 may 1810; married first
Andrew Jackson; married second Zebor Simonds; married third Abel Harrington.
- Nathaniel, born
10 September 1765 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 2 December
1854; married first Lydia Boynton; married second
- Elisabeth, born
4 May 1768 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 5 October 1803;
married 21 January 1789 in Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
- Nathan, born 1 April
1770 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 28 May 1849; married first
about 1799 Persis Boynton; married second Betsey
- Nabby, born 1 April
1770 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 5 May 1770
- Abraham, born 2
May 1775 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 5 March 1844; married
27 December 1798 in Sudbury, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, Mary Boynton.
Their first children were born in Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts,
and later they had children in Vermont. Thier last child was born in
New York. their migration trail suggests they moved along with his brother
Richard Gage. Abraham went on to French Creek Township, Mercer Co.,
Pennsylvania, and then on to LaGrange County, Indiana, where his will, dated
11 May 1843, was witnessed by William Eastlic and Leonard Hall.
- Moses, born 15 April
in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 30 November 1851; married 3
August 1800 in Westminster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Nancy Bard.
(6) Richard Gage,
born 23 December 1772 in Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 15 June
1850. He married 20 January 1794, Sarah
born 2 July 1770, Milford, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 15 June 1815.
Upon his death, a short biographical death notice was published in the Ontario,
Canada, newspaper "Christian Guardian" in the December 14 issue:
Gage was born in 1772 at Mendon, Mass., and moved with his family to Templeton
with his family during the Revolution. On 20 January 1794 he married
Sarah Boynton, and they settled at Hubbardston, Mass. In 1799, they
moved to Shelbourn, [Franklin Co., Vermont], and then in 1805 to Canada.
Richard was licensed to preach on the Dunham Circuit in 1810. He lost
his wife in 1815, and in 1817, he married Catherine Johnson of St. Armand,
a Baptist. His death occurred 15 June 1850; predeceased by 8 children,
one of whom, his eldest son, was drowned in 1808; survived by his wife and
-- Dec. 4, 1850 p.32, O.
The obituary shows that Richard was an ordained minister, since it was common
for their clergy to ride "circuits," travelling by horseback to preach to several
communities in a region, his his burial record shows
that he served the Methodist Church. The place they lived in Canada was
Stanbridge, in the "Eastern Townships," (a.k.a. "Cantons d'l'Est")
in Mississquoi Co., Quebec, where his descendants also lived. It is said
that he eventually died in Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., New York, where some
of his children settled, but his burial was in Stanton Cemetery, Stanbridge
East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec.
The farm that
RIchard established in Stanbridge East was in the continuous possession of his
descendats until the mid-1990s.
If the tally of his children is correct as noted in the obituary, then two more
children remain to be discovered. In the Stanton Cemetery in Missisquoi
Co., there is a small tombstone near those of Richard and his second wife Catherine
for an unnamed infant who died 16 July 1818. She may be one of the missing
Richard made two will's; the first will made in 1844 was
not final, but said essentially the same thing as the last one, and bears his
signature. He was buried 15 June 1850 in Stanton Cemetery, Stanbridge
East, Missisquoi County. In 1808, his son Abel drowned in Furnace Creek, which
runs alongside the cemetery, and Abel's was the first burial in that yard. Both
of Richard's wives and several of his children are buried with him.
eastern entrance to Stanbridge East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, showing a bridge
over Furnace Creek
in the foreground, Stanton Cemetery in the background, and the road to Dunham
to the right.
of Richard Gage and Sarah Boynton:
Children of Richard Gage
and Catherine Johnson (all born in Stanbridge East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada):
- Abel, born 24 August
1794 in Hubbardstown, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, drowned in Furnace Creek
in 1808 and was the first person buried
in Stanton Cemetery, Stanbridge East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada..
- Sarah "Sally",
born 30 June 1796, Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, died 22 June
1852, town of Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., New York; married 14 November 1813
in Frelighsburg, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada, Elias
born 10 May 1791 in Bradford, Orange Co., Vermont. They are both buried
in Jenkins Neighborhood Cemetery, Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., New York.
- Rhoda, born 11 May
1798 in Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; married John Holden.
- Roxey "Roxa", born
11 May 1798 in Hubbardston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
- Abigail, born 7
September 1800; married Artemus/Arkmas Holden.
- Richard, born about
1802, probably in Shelbourn, Franklin Co., Vermont, died 15 April 1814 in
Quebec, Canada, buried in
Stanton Cemetery, Stanbridge East, Missisquoi Co., New York.
- Luman, born 13 June
1805 in Shelbourn, Franklin Co., Vermont, died 8 February 1856 in Pearceton,
Quebec, Canada; married 21 March 1830 Sarah Fordyce, born 14 November 1807
in Quebec, died 20 November 1877. Parents of:
- Moses Minor Gage,
born 3 October 1831
- Lydia Gage, born
- Sarah Gage, born
- Azubah Gage, born
6 April 1837 in Stanbridge, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada, died in Brome
Co., Quebec; married 5 March 1870 in Frelighsburg, Missisquoi Co., Quebec,
Anson Bird Vernal, born 28 May 1836 in Swanton, Franklin Co., Vermont, died
in Brome Co., Quebec. He was a farmer who came in to Canada about
1859. He was baptized on 8 August 1880 by the Methodist minister at
- Allen B. Gage,
born about 1838
- Mary J. Gage,
born about 1840
- Lucy Gage, born
- Abel E. Gage,
born about 1845
- Prudence A. Gage,
born about 1849 in Stanbridge, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada.
- Lydia, born 3 December
1807; married Jason H. Jennison.
- Elizabeth "Betsey",
born 10 February 1810 in Stanbridge East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada;
married 26 October 1826 in St. Armand East, Mississiquoi Co., Quebec, Canada,
- John, born about
January 1812 in Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada, died 12 April 1812, buried
in Stanton Cemetery, Stanbridge East, Missisquoi Co., New York.
- Abel, born 27 August
1813 in Mississquoi Co., Quebec, Canada, died 13 December 1878 in St. Lawrence
Co, New York; his first wife died sometime before 16 December 1849; he married
second on 31 January 1850 Harriet J. Chittenden. Abel lived in Fort
Jackson, and in Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. He was enumerated
as a resident of Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., in 1860. A letter
he wrote in 1849 to his father in Canada was published the 1991 newsletter
"Across the Border."
infant, died 16 July 1818, buried
in Stanton Cemetery, Stanbrdige East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec.
- Hannah, born 10 July
- Richard, born 14
April 1821; married Mary Ann Bradford. They lived in Plymouth, DePere,
and Shawano, Wisconsin.
- John, born 1 May
1823; married Hannah Boomhower. He was sole executor of his father's
will. Parents of:
- John, born 1863
in Stanbridge East; married Mary. Parents of:
- Arthur J., born
1891 in Stanbridge East, died May 1983 in Stanbridge East; married 1917
Lena Beck, died August 1983. They are memorialized by a stained-glass
window in the Stanbridge East United Church dedicated to their memory.
- Wesley Gage,
born 1919, died 1998; married Louise Howland. Parents of:
- Floyd Gage,
owner of Richard's original farm in Stanbridge East.
- Catherine, born
2 March 1825.
- Daniel, born 13
- Priscilla, born
about December 1829, died 6 May 1855, age 25 years and six months, buried
with her siblings and parents in Stanton
Cemetery, Stanbrdige East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec.
- Ruby, born about
November 1833, died 16 August 1839, age 5 years, nine months, 24 days, is
tentatively identified as a daughter of Richard and Catherine,
since she is buried with them and
their other children in Stanton Cemetery,
Stanbrdige East, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, though she was not mentioned in Richard's
Gage Family Plot in 2005
Richard & Sarah Gage
above by P. Tarassoff, 1998; Courtesy of Ann Tarassoff, 1999.
Sarah "Sally" Boynton, 1770-1815
Richard Gage, 1772-1850
Last updated 1 September 2005
Abel Gage to father Richard Gage:
December 16th, 1849
Dear Father and Friends:
Feeling anxious to hear from you, and presuming a few lines from me
might be interesting, I venture to write a little. I took the
stage at Franklin Monday morning (as I intended when at your house)
reached Burlington at 7 o'clock evening. Could not find my mode
of conveyance to Uncle Gage's that night so started on foot. There
had just been a heavy rain, the night was dark, the roads a regular
mortar bed, so I made but slow progress as you might well suppose.
I got to Jason's about ten o'clock mud to my knees
and really exhausted with fatigue, found the Friends much as I had expected,
from what I had heard, Lydia sit up near half the time, she said her
cough was not so bad as it had been, her strength wasted slowly but
constantly, the rest of the Friends were about the same as when Catherine
Tuesday afternoon made three visits and got back to Jason's at night.
Wednesday closed my visit there (it was a pleasant and ___ visit) and
after dinner stared for Burlington made two visits on the way, got there
in time for the evening boat, reached Plattsburg at 12 o'clock, paid
25 cents for lodgeing and a bed as soft as a board, the stage left before
day which brought relief to my poor bones. The stage was an open
wagon, the morning cold, the ground froze hard, yet it (was?) a change
of position and wa sbetter than no way. Getting along, got to
Malone in the evening; Paid 25 cents for lodgeing againstarted at precisely
3 o'clcok, reached Stockholm at ten o'clcok (Friday), I was ___ home
to dinner, and was not a little tired but a good deal, was gone from
home 11 days, had a short but good visit, found things at home as well
as could be expected. I think the journey was no injury to me
in the long run, since I got home my appetite has been good, and my
health is somewhat improved. I still live alone and a___ my own
work, week before that was butchering week with me I got a woman to
help me a few days. I killed but two hogs this year, sold one
and salted one. The one I sold weighed 416 pounds, the other was
not weighed, but I think if I eat alone in one year I shan't do much
Br. Elias and Sally Jenkins
health is rather better than it was in the fall, it is a general time
of health here at present. We have had very interesting meetings
here for a few weeks several have professed to experience religion.
Noah Jenkins is one _ong in number he seems to be very faithful and
substantial for boy. I pray the Lord to carry on the good work
untill all shall be brought into the fold of Christ. The work
progresses slow but steady without special excitement or extra mean
of Grace. We have from two to three prayer meetings a week.
Preaching once in two weeks. The Lord seems to hear the prayers
of his Children for the revival of his work. Pray that it may
I must soon close my letter. I trust you will remember me in my
lonely dwelling. Language cannot express nor pen paint the sorrows
I feel for a single day; my earthly comfort is gone. I am lonely
beyond description, I can say in the language of the poet I would not
live always, I ask not to stay, Where storm after storm rises dark oer
Please write to me on reseving this, you may direct your letters to
Stockholm East, as I have more or less letters that come to theat Office
I am under the necessity of going there for them, it will be better
for me to have all come to one office even if I do have to go further
for them. Give all my love to all enquiring friends,
remain your affectionate son,
probably refers to Abel's sister Lydia's husband, Jason H. Jennison.
Abel's sister. She marriedElias
was the brother of their sister Elizabeth's husband, Lyman Jenkins.
ACROSS THE BORDER Vol. III no. 4, Summer 1991]
of St. Lawrence County, NY
who were likely related to
the Richard Gage Family
died after 17 October 1853 when he made his will and before 19 April 1854
when it was proved in Norfolk, St. Lawrence Co., New York; married Mary
B. Sackrider, relative of Christian Sackrider who was witness to Elijah's
The will named Elijah and Mary's children, a Mr. Sylvanus Gage who was
made guardian to the couple's minor children, and Elijah's sister Lucy
She was either unmarried or a widow when her brother made his will, since
he granted her "a home in my family as long
as the family reside on my now home farm in Norfolk, and is to have suitable
board, lodging and firewood for one year and a half after my decease."
Elijah ordered his executors to sell his "Stockholm farm" and his
"home farm in Norfolk".
Considering Elijah's age (based on the date of death), and the proximity
of his residences to Abel and Sally Gage, both children of Richard and
Sarah Gage who moved to Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., New York, Elijah
and his sister Lucy may tentatively be identified as close relatives,
pending further evidence.
- Delia S.