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William H. Childs
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1807
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 1885
Niagara County
New York, USA


[Seventh Generation.]

Second son of Deacon Aaron Childs and Lucy Ward.
Childs history per Elias Childs:

Mr. Wm. H. Childs has been for nearly half a
century an active business man. The first ten years he was a
merchant, and since that period engaged as a General Insurance
Agent. Genial, hospitable, of large and warm heart, he is an
honorable representative of his race, of which he is justly proud.
Some few years since he gathered beneath his own roof a most
goodly assemblage of kindred, from eight different states вЂ" one
coming to the meeting of that portion of the tribe from sunny
Florida ; and it was asked on the occason, "if they knew one
of the Childs family who would be a discredit to the name?"
The universal response was, No ! Mr. Childs attested his pat-
riotism in giving up one of his noble sons on the altar of free-
dom, and finds "no cause to blush as he looks upon his other
children and grandchildren. ,, He writes, " We are proud of
every one of them ; there is not a black or speckled one in the
whole flock, in fact I believe there is Royal blood in the Childs
family." We hope the future chronicler may be able to report
as honorable a character in the possession of the descendants
of these cherished grandchildren. Mrs. Laura Amsden Childs
d. at Niagara Falls, N. Y., May 3, 1865.

First wife Laura Amsden whom he married on April 1828:

16 April 1828

MARRIED - In Phelps, on the 15th inst., by Rev. Dr. Axtell, Mr. William H. Childs, merchant of Niagara Falls, to Miss Laura Amsden of Phelps.

2nd wife Elizabeth Blake whom he married on Sept 13 1865.

William and his first wife's son was William H. Childs who married Elizabeth Blake's daughter Emma on Feb 14 1855.

He was the Grandfather of Frank Blake Childs and Great Grandfather of Herbert Blake Childs.

He was involved in the underground railroad.
He appears on Wilbur Siebert's 1898 list of Underground Railroad agents working with philanthropist Gerrit Smith to distribute land to African Americans in 1846-47, consistently supporting the Liberty Party, and helping to establish the Congregational Church at Suspension Bridge

His will (have in my possesion)mentions daughter's:
Augusta Fowler, Gertrude Ives, Laura Andrews, daughter in law Emma C. Bangs.
Mentions brother Rev. Ward Childs and fondly mentions his daughter Emma S. Childs whom helped care for him.
Mentions grandchildren Frank B. Childs, Joel Childs, William M, John Andrews, Daisy Andrews, Eddie Andrews, Herbert B. Andrews.

In his will he left:
$5,000 to Lincoln University PA, for the education of colored men.
$5,000 to North Carolina University for the education of colored woman.
$5,000 to the American Missionary Assoc. of Southern States.

First wife Laura died. Niagara Falls NY May 3 1865

1850 United States Federal Census
about Wm H Childs
Name: Wm H Childs
Age: 43
Estimated birth year: abt 1807
Birth Place: New York
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Niagara, Niagara, New York
Family Number: 154
Household Members: Name Age
Wm H Childs 43
Larry A Childs 46
Julia A Childs 21
Joel G Childs 19
Larry Childs 15
Guy A Childs 13
Edward P Childs 11
Gertrude Childs 8
Sarah Christman 18
John Bell 25

1860 United States Federal Census
about William H Childs
Name: William H Childs
Age in 1860: 53
Birth Year: abt 1807
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1860: Niagara, Niagara, New York
Gender: Male
Post Office: Niagara Falls
Value of real estate:
Household Members: Name Age
William H Childs 53
Laura Childs 56
Edward Childs 20
Augusta Childs 23
Gertrude Childs 18
Lucy Childs 82
Elizabeth Grant 39

1870 United States Federal Census
about W H Childs
Name: W H Childs
Birth Year: abt 1807
Age in 1870: 63
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate:
Post Office: Suspension Bridge
Household Members: Name Age
W H Childs 63
Elizabeth Childs 63 (Mrs. Elizabeth Blake, mother of Emma Blake Childs-Bangs)
Sophia Holbrook 76
Percy Hugill 19
Frank Ross 22
Ellen Braharing 24
Caroline Hopkins 23

1880 United States Federal Census
about William H. Childs
Name: William H. Childs
Home in 1880: Niagara, Niagara, New York
Age: 73
Estimated birth year: abt 1807
Birthplace: New York
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Elizabeth
Father's birthplace: New Hampshire
Mother's birthplace: New Hampshire
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
William H. Childs 73
Elizabeth Childs 75 (Blake, mother of Emma Blake Childs-Bangs)
John Mcginniss 35
John Curtin 52

William H and Laura Amsden Childs daughter Laura who married Dr. Timothy Langdon Andrews died in January, 1871, at Orient, Adair county, Iowa

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Family links: 
  Aaron Childs (1774 - 1845)
  Laura Amsden Childs (1809 - 1865)
  Elizabeth A Childs (____ - 1881)
  Edward B Childs (____ - 1860)*
  Joel Goodell Childs (1831 - 1862)*
  William H Childs (1833 - 1863)*
  Laura Amsden Childs Andrews (1835 - 1871)*
  Augusta Childs Fowler (1837 - 1908)*
  Gertrude Childs Ives (1841 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Niagara Falls
Niagara County
New York, USA
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