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BIOGRAPHY OF RICHARD WALKER MIDDAUGH
Richard 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
The Peoples Press, Owatonna, Minn., May 23, 1884
1830 US Census, New York, Cayuga County, Caroline
1840 US Census, New York, Tompkins County, Caroline
1850 US Census, New York, Tompkins County, Caroline
1860 US Census, Wisconsin, Fond du Lac, Waupun, page 229
1870 US Census, Minnesota, Steele County, Meridan, page 8
1880 US Census, Minnesota, Steele County, Owatonna, page 72A
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
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