12.30.2012

MARGARET L. NOXON

UNKNOWN LINK TO THE KNOWLTON FAMILY

In October of 2012, I received an email from Knowlton descendant, Robert Burnham, who had a collection of photographs he wished to share.  Among them was a photo of one year-old Margaret Louise Noxon who was born in Halfmoon, Saratoga Co., New York on 04 Sep 1871, and was the daughter of Smith Mitchell Noxon and his wife, Elizabeth Jane (Morse).

My research indicated that Smith, who was also known as "Mitchell" in the records, was born to Alfred C. Noxon and Nancy (Mitchell) on 12 Oct 1839.  According to the 1850 census, he attended Jonesville Academy in the Town of Halfmoon, and appears to have continued to reside in Halfmoon where his father was a banker and later a stock broker.

No marriage record for Margaret's parents has yet been located, however, it appears from the 1870 census that the couple was married sometime between late 1870 and early 1871, and that Margaret was their first-born child and only daughter.  Two sons followed: Alfred B. Noxon, who was born on 16 Jun 1873, and Lewis M. Noxon, who was born 05 Nov 1875, only a few months before the mother, Elizabeth Jane, died on 04 Feb 1876.

The 1875 New York State Census shows Alford G., Elizabeth, and their two children (Margaret L. and Alford B.) residing in the household of his parents where both father and grandfather were listed as well-to-do paint manufacturers.  In 1880 Margaret was enumerated in the household of her maternal grandparents, Hiram and Margaret (Vandercar) Morse, but sadly her grandmother died on the 23rd of November that year, and her grandfather (who had once been a M.E. Clergyman) died a few years later on the 2nd of September, 1883.

Margaret's father Smith died on 29 Mar 1885, and she was next located in the 1892 New York State Census residing  with her younger brother, Lewis, in the household of their paternal grandmother, Nancy (Mitchell) Noxon where they were residents of the town of Milton in Saratoga County.

Headstone photo by Dan Beicke
What became of Margaret after 1892 is not yet known.  Her footstone in Union Cemetery at Crescent, Saratoga Co., New York is as indistinct as her life.  It simply reads "Margaret," but her date of birth is inscribed upon the same headstone as her grandparents, Hiram and Margaret, whereas another stone in the same cemetery is inscribed with the names of her parents and her brothers.

These little facts surely can not acquaint us with who Margaret Noxon was, but her child's gaze almost hints at the difficulties that would befall her - as if she knew already the misfortunes and deaths that would change her course in life.  It's probable that she was bounced around, but I am also hopeful she grew into an elderly woman whose journey in life had made her a woman of strength and warm constitution, and a cherished relation of the Knowlton family.




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