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Dear Ms. Secrest,
I have not been able to find the whereabouts for the records of that time period, but a notation in our copy of the transcription confirms your suspicion. Inserted in the binding with the page saying Abraham Bloodgood married Aurelia James is a hand-written note reading:
"Catskill Recorder Mch 19, 1823 at Broome on the 7th inst. By the Rev. Mr. Paige, Mr. Abraham Bloodgood to Miss Aurelia Tower" "Abraham Bloodgood mar Aurelia Tower and not Aurelia James. She was a sister to my grand-mother, Elizabeth Tower" "Mrs. Mary J. Sibley, Syracuse, N.Y."
Rather than skipping a line I think it more likely the transcriber may have simply misread "Tower" as "James"; in early 19th century handwriting the two could look very similar.
The marriage actually would have occurred in the Reformed Church of Dye's Manor, Town of Broome, NY- it did not become the Reformed Church of Gilboa until about 1836. The original copy of the church records from 1838 onwards are at the archives of the Reformed Church in America, located at the Sage Library of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ. See their list of holdings at Unfortunately they do not seem to have records for the earlier history under either Dye's Manor or Broome. The archivist there, however, may be able to give you more information about where they may be. There is an information on the archives at
Thank you for your inquiry. I hope this response is helpful. Sincerely, Edward H.L. Smith Director of the Library and Research New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
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Message: Can anyone tell me where the original manuscript (not transcript) for the Gilboa Reformed Church is kept and if it is available for viewing?I had read years ago that a line had been skipped in transcription.I believe this happened with the marriage of my Abraham (Abram) Bloodgood and Aurellia James on 6 Mar 1823.The family records passed down say that her name was Aurelia Tower.All of my searches on the Tower family support this but I do not have the proof to repudiate the transcription.