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 Louisa <I>Woodward</I> Gorton

Louisa Woodward Gorton

New York, USA
Death 19 Jan 1861 (aged 67)
Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Burial Williamston, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 55686393 · View Source
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See bio info under her second husband Rufus Gorton and under her daughter Mahala Collier. She married first in NY Elijah Chadwick and had numerous children. She married second Rufus Gorton. They had one child, George Lafayette Gorton.

Louisa Wood(w)ard Chadwick Gorton is buried in Meech/Cabot cemetery in Wheatfield Twp, Ingham County, MI. She died January 19, 1861 at age 67 years, 1 month, 17 days.

Found a 20 year old family group sheet with her parents given as Joseph Woodard and Rachel Towner. This parental assignment is comfortable with the 1830 census in which Louisa Chadwick is next door to Joseph Woodard. A couple of her descendants have Ancestry DNA matches with Woodard & Towner families.

Found notes on the web where someone ~1945 listed the children including Eunice, born 20 Jul 1810. Other records give her husband as Samuel G. Smith, with two sons Lorenzo and Clinton who married Copeland sisters in Philadelphia. Emily Lowell's probate packet online at Ancestry also gives that there was a sister Eunice Smith and she left off-spring.
Clinton Smith (1833-1903) Find-a-Grave #107863171
Lorenzo Smith (1832-1892) Find-a-Grave #89636855

The other children identified in the notes were Aaron (20 Feb 1815 – 21 May 1818 in NY) and Elijah Murry (14 Sep 1822, NY). I have not found Elijah Murry Chadwick and he is not mentioned in the probate papers of Emily Lowell. This brings the number of known children to 12 if George Lafayette Gorton is included. Mahala’s obituary says there was a family of 13 children.

Daughter Emily Lowell left a will. The associated probate papers on Ancestry give lots of offspring.

Daughter Rachel Chadwick Simons and son John Chadwick witnessed Mahala Chadwick and Henry Collier's marriage.

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Wife of Rufus Gorton




  • Maintained by: B. Garrison
  • Originally Created by: bgraustark
  • Added: 31 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55686393
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louisa Woodward Gorton (2 Dec 1793–19 Jan 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55686393, citing Cabot Cemetery, Williamston, Ingham County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by B. Garrison (contributor 47250960) .