SARAH SEDGWICK GOLD
Sarah Sedgwick, oldest child of Deacon Benjamin Sedgwick
(B) and Ann Thompson Sedgwick, was born at West Hartford and
baptized there March 25, 1739, and died August 18, 1766, aged 27,
at Cornwall, Conn., 17 days after the birth of the youngest of five
sons. She married November 23, 1758, Rev. Hezekiah Gold, Jr.,
son of Hezekiah Gold of Stratford, Conn., and Mary, daughter of
Rev. Thomas Ruggles of Guilford, Conn. He was born January 18,
1731, and died May 30, 1790, according to his tombstone in the
old cemetery at Cornwall. He graduated at Yale in 1751 and was
settled over the Congregational Church in Cornwall in 1755. He
continued his ministry thirty-two years, inherited a patrimony
and in addition to his ministerial duties was a good farmer. He
could lay more green rail fence in a day than any of his parishioners.
Two of his sons went to college. He married, 2d, Elizabeth,
daughter of Joseph Wakeman of Fairfield, Conn., and, 3d,
Abigail Sherwood, widow of Jeremiah Sherwood of that town.
Henry W. Longfellow, who married Fanny Appleton, the granddaughter
of Rev. and Mrs. Gold, wrote "The Old Clock on the
Stairs" of her old home at Pittsfield, Mass. The children of Sarah
(Sedgwick) Gold and Rev. Hezekiah Gold, all born at Cornwall,
1. Thomas, b. Nov. 23, 1759. (B11)
2. Hezekiah, b. May 7, 1761; d. April 6, 1766.
3. Benjamin, b. June 25, 1762. (B13)
4. Thomas Ruggles, b. Nov. 4, 1764. (B14)
5. Hezekiah, b. August 1, 1766. (B15)
Thomas Gold, 1st child of Sarah (Sedgwick) Gold (B1) and Rev.
Hezekiah Gold, was born November 23, 1759, at Cornwall, Conn.,
and died February 13, 1872, at Pittsfield, Mass., in his 68th year.
He graduated at Yale in 1778 and in 1782 removed to Pittsfield,
Mass., where he practiced law and acquired wealth and honor. He
married about 1785 Martha Marsh of Dalton, Mass., daughter of
Dr. Perez and Sarah (William[s]) Marsh. He had four sons and