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Elijah C. Vought
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July 12, 1902 Attained his Eighty-Ninth Birthday TodayBrief Biographical Sketch of The Oldest Living Citizen Highland FallsEighty-Nine years ago today our venerable townsman Elijah Vought first saw the light of day , In a humble cottage ? sheltered by towering and widespreading chestnut trees, within the shadow of "Bald Oaks." on what was then a farm, but which is now owned by the Hon. John Bigelow, he made his first appearance in this world. The old cattage now occupied by the Pascoe brothers, still remains.????????????????????????? the long career of our esteemed townsman , although attended by the ups and downsof pioneer life, fraught with toil and hardships, has been uneventful and simple. ???? The only surviving child of the long since desceased Joseph C and Amelia Conklin Vought. His grandfather Henry Vought was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. When our subject was eight years of age his parents moved to the Lamareaux place where his father became boss of the mines. By an overtax of his strength the father died at the age of ? years. Elijah was then but 15 years of age and left upon his own resources he hired out t o his uncle and began work on the farm at Butter Hill in the town of Cornwall. In the first four years he worked for board and clothes, but the fifth year his uncle was ???? enoughto allow him $ 10.00 a monthand board. Out of a years salary of $ 120.00 he saved $ 75.00. Completeing the five year contract with his uncle he engaged with Nathaniel Adams in the manufacture of brick. Five years later he began working in Dutchess County for Richard Gillis, on the opposite side of the river, with whom he remained five years. Here he was united in marriage with Mary Haight, a sister of Mrs. Jeremiah Drew, with whom he lived happily until her death 21 years ago. Of that union ? sons are still living. Joseph of the state of Delaware, Theodore and Eugene who ? live? in this village. There are 2 more lines that don't seem to belong and some of the story is missing ? See Don Squires version below. Don Squire's notes: An old map from Highland Falls shows an N Vought and an E. Vought. Don Squire Biographical sketch of oldest citizen in Highland Falls- Elijah Vought born July 12, 1813 in a cottage on his father's farm in the shadow of Bald Oaks. Only surviving child of Joseph C & Amelia Conklin Vought. Grandfather Henry Vought was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. When Elijah was eight years of age his parents moved to the Lamareaux place where his father was boss of mines. Father Joseph died at age 45 when Elijah was fifteen. Elijah hired out to his uncle at Butterhill (farm) in Cornwall, New York. The first four years he worked for his board and clothes. The fifth year he was given $ 10.00 and board. Out of a years salary of $ 120.00 he saved $ 75.00. After the fifth year he worked for Nathaniel Adams making brick, Five years later he was working for Richard Gillis in Dutchess County for five years. Elijah married Mary Haight, sister of Mrs. Jerimiah Drew. They had Joseph (Delaware) Theodore, and Eugene of Highland Falls. After marriage Elijah returned to Highland Falls and purchased a store keeper from John Dewitt at West Point, the farm at Long Pond, consisting of 500acres, paid $ 2500 in 1842. Sold to John Goro Pavek. Elijah cultivated the farm, cut whoop poles and made charcoal. Was a Methodist, Democrat-first voted for Jackson. Sold the farm and lived with Theodore. Stricken with paraylisis on his left side. Merry received Elijah's biograpial sketch from several other descendants of Elijah. Also her great grandmother Hattie Vought met Elijah in 1879 Source: Tom Martin's walk through for me of the cemetery where Elijah is buried. Tom wrote: this cemetery is in Philipstown, Putnam Co., on Rte 9, corner with Horton Rd., about three miles south of Rte 84 (Dutchess county line). Never saw it for the 25 years I commuted up and down Rte 9 but someone has cleaned it up and cleared the bushes blocking its view from Rte 9. Considering the in-law names, this cemetery needs further investigation for other cousins and Mary and Pheobe parents. Also interesting is the name Haight that is also prominent in the Town of Monroe area just west of Ft. Montgomery toward Smith's clove.
- Merry
 Added: Feb. 12, 2010

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