I am hoping that one of you out there can help me solve a geneological mystery: the path by which I came to possess an heirloom silver cup that was originally given to Timothy Alden Jr in the year 1809.This cup, like me, now resides on the remote shores of New Zealand, but the lineal mystery is clearly one that is tied into the Alden’s family tree.I have searched the Alden database, but the trail has now run cold.
This small silver cup includes the following inscription:
"Nathaniel Goddard, Esq. to Timothy Alden Jr., 1809"
I know (from the database) that Rev Timothy Alden, Jr, was a 6'th generation descendant of John Alden.He was a well known man of letters who founded Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
Below the above inscription are a series of inscribed initials, presumably those of previous holders of the cup, and the last are those of my own father.
The first initials are " RWA"
I infer from the Alden database that these correspond to Timothy Alden Jr's (youngest) son: Robert Wormsted Alden (b. Jan, 1804 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, N.H.).
The Alden database, alas, includes no further information regarding RWA or any of his descendants I infer that he did marry and have children, however, as the next set of initials on the cup are:
"TEFA" (Timothy E. Fox(?) Alden)
Subsequent to TEFA, the cup seems to have passed somewhere into the hands of an Alden daughter, as the next inscription is:
My father's mother's maiden name was Baggaley, so perhaps this could refer to a Alden Wormsted(?) Baggaley(?)
The last inscription is AEH, my late father, Alden Eaton Hine.
I remember in my youth being told that I descended from an illustrious fellow with the wonderful name "Timothy John Fox Alden" ....yet where does this fellow fit in to the story?
The mystery unfolds a bit further:
The cup is accompanied by a silver spoon:
It is inscribed: "E.D. to TJFA"
The only information that I have found about Timothy John Fox Alden is that he was an "able lawyer of the Pittsburgh bar" and the friend of an Allegheny College graduate of 1846 (Judge Samuel Woods).
Thanks for your patience in reading all this, and any help that you may be able to provide.