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BIOGRAPHY OF RICHARD WALKER MIDDAUGH

Photograph of Richard Walker MiddaughRichard was born on November 19, 1805 in Wantage, Sussex County, New Jersey, the youngest son of Solomon Middaugh and Catherine Walker. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Caroline Township, which was located at that time in Cayuga County, New York. On June 13, 1830, he married Angeline Smith, daughter of Peter and Abigail Archer Smith, at her home in neighboring Ulysses Township, which was now in newly formed Tompkins County. In Tompkins County, Richard was a farmer and a member of the medical profession. Richard and Angeline had eight children, all born in Tompkins County. 

In 1854, they moved to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, where they had a farm on Willow Creek, about 5 miles northeast of Waupin. In 1862, they moved to Steele County, Minnesota, where they had a large farm in Meridan Township, which they named “Farmer’s Home”. Around 1875, Richard began to lose his sight and his health began to fail. They moved to the county seat, Owatonna, for a time, because the 1880 census places them there. In 1884, they moved back to Waupun, where Richard died at the home of his son John on May 9. He was buried at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun. Angeline, know in Waupin as “Grandma Middaugh”, lived until 1902.

Information for this biography was gathered from the records of the Clove Dutch Reformed Church in Wantage; the obituaries of Richard and Angeline; the probate record of Peter Smith; an article from the History of Schuyler County, New York; the 1850, 1860 and 1870 U. S. Census and various holdings of the Dewitt Historical Society in Ithica, N. Y.

Waupin, Wisconsin, newspaper, May, 1884
Obituary of Dr. R. W. Middaugh.
MIDDAUGH- At the residence of his son, J. A. Middaugh, in this city, Friday, May 9, 1884, Dr. R. W. Middaugh, aged 78 years, 5 months, 20 days.
The Doctor was an old settler of Fond du Lac County, coming in 1854 and settling on Willow Creek, 5 miles northeast of this city. In 1862 he removed to Minnesota where he engaged in farming quite extensively. Some ten years ago he lost his eyesight, becoming almost totally blind; he then sold his farm and moved to Owatonna, where he lived until some seven weeks ago, when he was moved back on account of his failing health to where his son and daughter, J. A. Middaugh and Mrs. Ira Wilcox, could care for him. Good care only kept him a few weeks. He was a man of untainted reputation, and was highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from his late residence, Rev. T. Clithero conducting the services.

The Peoples Press, Owatonna, Minn., May 23, 1884
Obituary of Dr. R. W. Middaugh.
Dr. R. W. Middaugh died of dropsy among his relatives at Waupin, Wis., May 9, aged 78 years, 5 months, 20 days. His remains were interred there, that being his former home. Mr. Middaugh has been sick since last October and kept gradually failing in strength. The numerous friends of the family will be very sorry to hear of his death. Mr. Middaugh was universally esteemed and respected by all who knew him.

1830 US Census, New York, Cayuga County, Caroline
MIDDAUGH, Richard W
1 male 20/30 (Richard, 25)
1 female 20/30 (Angeline, 20)

1840 US Census, New York, Tompkins County, Caroline
MIDDAUGH, Richard W
1 male under 5 (John A, 3)
1 male 5/10 (Valentine V, 7)
1 male 30/40 (Richard, 34)
1 female under 5 (Katherine, 1)
1 female 5/10, (Adaline Jane, 5)
1 female20/30 (Angeline, 30)

1850 US Census, New York, Tompkins County, Caroline
MIDDAUGH, Richard W, Head, M, 45, Physician, b. New Jersey
Angeline, Wife, F, 40, b. New York
Valentine, Son, M, 17, b. New York
Jane A, Dtr, F, 15, b. New York
John, Son, M, 12, b. New York
Catherine, Dtr, F, 10, b. New York
Soloman, Son, M, 8, b. New York
Angeline, Dtr, F, 6, b. New York
Richard M, Son, M, 5, b. New York
DELAWATER, Elias, Boarder, M, 24, Laborer

1860 US Census, Wisconsin, Fond du Lac, Waupun, page 229
MIDDAUGH, R W, Head, M, 54, Farmer, b. New York
Angelina B, Wife, F, 51, b. New York
Solomon, Son, M, 21, b. New York
Angie (Anyce), Dau, F, 18, b. New York
Richard W Jr, Son, M, 14, b. New York
Elmer (Elmore), Son, M, 9, b. New York
PAGE, Gerusha E, Lodger, F, 21, Teacher, b. New York 

1870 US Census, Minnesota, Steele County, Meridan, page 8
MIDDAUGH, Richard W, Head, M, 64, Farmer, b. New Jersey
Angeline, Wife, F, 60, Keep house, b. New York
Richard M, Son, M, 25, Farm labor, b. New York
Orry, DIL, F, 18, Servant, b. Wisconsin
SPARLEY, George, Lodger, M, 45, Farm labor, b. New York

1880 US Census, Minnesota, Steele County, Owatonna, page 72A 
MIDDAUGH, Richard W, Head, 74, Ret physician, b. New Jersey
Angeline A, Wife, 71, b. New York 

Information from US census, 1850, Tompkins County, New York, 1860, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, 1870, Steele County, Minnesota; Cemeterys of Tompkins County; Schuyler County, New York Historian; obit of R. M. Middaugh; probate record of Peter Smith; Wood Genealogy by Holmes; DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County

Thanks to Kenneth Smith for sending us this biography. If you have questions, please contact him.

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