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Elizabeth Tait[1]

Female 1843 - after 1930  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Tait 
    Gender Female 
    Born January 1843  Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Alias/AKA Lizzie Tait 
    Occupation 1900: Housekeeper; 1910-1920: dressmaker  [2, 6, 7
    Residence 1900: Richland, Clinton, Ohio; 1910: 18 W Corydon St., Bradford, Mckean, PA; 1920: Ellicott, Chautauqua, NY; 1930: Bradford, McKean, PA  [2, 6, 7, 8
    Died after 1930 
    Person ID I70899  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 April 2007 

    Father Thomas Tait,   b. 25 June 1815, Kirkpatrick Durham, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 September 1891, Foster Twp., McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Moffat,   b. 1813, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 January 1885, Bradford, McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Family ID F49479  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Thompson Gallaher,   b. about 1840, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 November 1898, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 31 January 1867  Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Lived in Ohio
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Ann Gallaher,   b. 3 November 1867, Sabina, Clinton Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1931  (Age > 65 years)
    +2. Agnes M. Gallaher,   b. August 1871, Oregon, Holt Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Gallaher,   b. 1876, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1879, Bradford, McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    Family ID F49481  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Aunt Lizzie Tait Gallaher was remembered by Lois Appleton (Faulkner) when she visited Bradford, Pa. when she (Lois) was 14 (1924).
      -Alaric Faulkner-

      [Majer Colegrove Family.FTW]

      Information provided by Agnes Margaret Colegrove Fraser in 1989

      Parents: Thomas Tait and Elizabeth Moffatt

      Was 86 years old in 1930

      [Adapted by Alaric Faulkner from reminiscences of Lizzie Tait Gallaher, Notes of Stella Fox Beam]

      Elizabeth [Lizzie] was born in Enterkinfoot, Dumfriesshire Scotland, and emigrated with her family to America when she was about 8 years old.

      Lizzie had charge of the younger children. To keep them busy she had them all sew carpet rags for a penny a ball. She put the pennies on the clock and gave the same ones for each ball. Her father, Thomas Tait, made her give them as many pennies as balls.

      Elizabeth was married January 31st, 1867, at home to Thompson Gallaher [Gallagher]. She had been in Ohio and at Uncle David Tait's when Tommy was born (about one year) and there met Thompson. Elizabeth came home and her former soldier beau followed her later to be married (no licenses then in Pennsylvania--but had in Ohio). They were married at home [Bradford, PA] and then went to James Maxwell’s [Lyndon, Cattaraugus, NY] for a visit--also to Uncle David at Black Creek [just N of Cuba, NY]--back home for a few days and then to Thompson's house in Ohio--visit.

      Thompson had enlisted in the war 1861 (September) as a private. He was promoted three times--corporal, sergeant, lieutenant. He re-enlisted and served till end of war. Went with Sherman to the sea. Exchanged as prisoner. Kept a diary all the time.

      They settled on his Uncle Thompson Douglas's farm near Sabina [OH]--adjoining his father's homestead. Elizabeth Ann (Annie) was born there. She weighed 3 lbs. 2 ounces. Had to make all new clothes--his Aunt Lizzie came up to help--weighed only 12 pounds at one year--born in November 1867.

      Stayed there till September following Annie's birth when they got the western fever with a lot of young couples--had to almost give away their new furniture and tools and implements. Started with a large team, covered wagon along with several other young soldier boys and their wives. The relatives cooked chickens etc. to last for several days. Starting for Nebraska.

      [After attempts at farming mear Falls City, Nebraska, Oregon, Missouri and Sabina Ohio in the 1870s they returned to Lizzies home in Bradford, PA and opened a grocery store]

      They lived in Sabina, Ohio for several years. In the meantime oil was struck in Bradford, PA, so they returned to live with Lizzie's father Thomas Tait. They left in 1880 to go into the grocery business in Bradford.

      They sold the grocery store in Bradford and went south to Tennessee in 1891 to take up farming again. It was a delightful place and climate and nice people. They stayed for eight years. Annie learned to ride horseback. Her father hired [taught ?] her to. They had not been in Tennessee a week when Grandfather [Thomas] Tait died and Uncle Thompson came north. Elizabeth was not well, and so stayed in Tennessee.

      Thompson Gallaher, (James's brother) had chronic bowel trouble contracted during the Civil War. He was sick for three months and died in Tennessee November 30, 1898. He was buried there and His widow Elizabeth and daughter Anna stayed there on farm a year. Then then rented it out and went to Sabina, Ohio taking the remains of Thompson with them, reburying him in the family burying ground. There they kept house for Thompson's brother, James Gallaher, whose wife Maria had died.

      Then Elizabeth and Anna came to keep house for Harry Fox, Jane having died in September 30, 1899. Anna went to Jersey City [NJ] with here sister Agnes [Agnes Gallaher Massey] for six months or more and learned the milliner trade--Elizabeth and stayed a year and a half.

      Lizzie became interested in Seventh Day Adventist in Jersey City at Agnes's. A delicatessen proprietor invited her and Agnes to go to a meeting. Went, and he kept sending her literature in Faulkner [Falconer, NY]. Attended in Faulkner tent meetings and joined the church in Jamestown [NY].

      Then Elizabeth came uptown and lived in Joe's [Joseph Moffat Tait] old house on Corydon St. Annie and she dressmaked. Annie married in 1907 to Francis Johnson--near Faulkner, New York. In 1911 Elizabeth sold out her furnishings and lived with Annie and her husband for about a year or so. Later she went to a separate house in Faulkner 1922. Both Elizabeth and Annie eventually came to Bradford, PA to live--visiting at Agnes’s [in New Hersey] at times. Annie did practical nursing till Lizzie needed her at home. Elizabeth Gallaher now 86 [in 1930].

      For more on Lizzie’s interesting life, see Reminiscences of Lizzie Tait Gallaher, Notes of Stella Fox Beam.

      1851 Scotland Census
      Name: Elizabeth Tait
      Age: 8
      Estimated birth year: abt 1843
      Relationship: Daughter
      Father's name: Thomas
      Mother's name: Elizabeth
      Gender: Female
      Where born: Durrisdeer, Dumfrieshire
      Parish Number: 823
      Civil parish: Durisdeer
      County: Dumfriesshire
      Address: Enterkinfoot
      Occupation: Scholar
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      John Brown 25
      Agness Tait 6
      Elizabeth Tait 35
      Elizabeth Tait 8
      Jannet Tait 1
      Joseph Tait 9
      Marrion Tait 4
      Thomas Tait 35

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Elizabeth Gallher
      Home in 1900: Richland, Clinton, Ohio
      Age: 57
      Estimated birth year: 1843
      Birthplace: Scotland
      Race: White
      Relationship to head-of-house: Son-in-law [S-in-Law = sister-in-law!]
      On June 11, 1900, James Gallaher (72, Land Lord) widower, b. Dec 1827 in Ohio of Ohio parents, was living on Jackson Street, Richland, Clinton Co, Ohio. With him was his sister-in -law Elizabeth Gallaher (57, House Keeper) widow, b. Jan 1843 in Scotland of Scottish parents. She has born 3 children, of whom two survive. Also Anna E Gallaher, niece (32, housekeeper) single, b. Nov. 1867 in Ohio.

      1910 United States Federal Census
      Name: Elizabeth Gallagher
      Age in 1910: 65
      Estimated birth year: abt 1845
      Home in 1910: 1-Wd Bradford, Mckean, Pennsylvania
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      In April 1910 Elizabeth Gallagher [sic] (65, Dressmaker, at home) widow, b. in Scotland of Scottish parents, was living at 18 West Corydon Street in Bradford, PA. In the same household are two other Widows: Sarah Phoenix (66, seamstress, at home) b. in NY of NY parents, and Betsey Snyder (68, own income) b. in NY of NY parents.

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Elizabeth Gullaker [Elizabeth Gallaher]
      Age: 75 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1845
      Birthplace: Scotland
      Race: White
      Home in 1920: Ellicott, Chautauqua, New York
      Home owned: Rent
      Sex: Female
      Marital status: Widow
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Year of immigration: 1852
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Mother's Birth Place: Scotland
      Father's Birth Place: Scotland
      On March 1, 1920 Elizabeth Gallaher (75, widow, dressmaker) b. in Scotland of Scottish parents was alone renting an apartment at 12 Harrison Street, Falconer Village, (Ellicott) Chautauqua County, New York. She immigrated in 1852, and was naturalized in 1857.

      1930 United States Federal Census
      Name: Elizabeth Gallaher
      Age: 86
      Estimated birth year: abt 1844
      Birthplace: Scotland
      Relation to head-of-house: Mother
      Race: White
      Home in 1930: Bradford, McKean, Pennsylvania
      On April 7, 1930 Annie Johnson (62, widow, none) b in Ohio was renting in an apartment at 88 East Main Street in Bradford, PA for $18 per month. With her was her mother, Elizabeth Gallaher (86, widow, none) b. in Scotland. They had no radio., , , , , , [2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1398] GEDCOM file from file “AdamMoffatDesends”, submitted by Alaric Faulkner.

    2. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1900: Richland, Clinton, Ohio.

    3. [S1370] Scotland Census, 1851.

    4. [S1362] Reminiscences of Elizabeth Tait Gallaher -- Notes of Estella Fox Beam, 20 mos after Joseph.

    5. [S1368] Family Member - Michelle Ann Robinson [Fox].

    6. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1910: 1-Wd Bradford, Mckean, PA.

    7. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1920: Ellicott, Chautauqua, NY.

    8. [S1330] US Federal Census, 1930: Bradford, McKean, PA.

    9. [S1362] Reminiscences of Elizabeth Tait Gallaher -- Notes of Estella Fox Beam.

    10. [S1354] Family Member - Carole Alley Sims - Majer Colegrove Genealogy.


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