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|
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.