Orlando Gage was the eldest child of Gilbert Gage and Phoebe Ann Allen. He was born on 2 Apr 1850 in Knox, Albany Co., NY. His family had lived in the New York area for several generations and while they were not wealthy, they must have been well known.
|Orlando Gage as a young man - probably when he married Charity Hotaling.|
|Charity Ellen Hotaling Gage|
Orlando married Charity Ellen Hotaling on 12 Jan 1875 at the United Methodist Church in Delmar, Albany Co., NY. She was the daughter of Michael Hotaling and Ellen Robertson. The young couple had three sons and a daughter before Charity’s death just a month after her daughter was born of quick consumption. Orlando was left with three boys and baby daughter all under the age of 10 years old when their mother died. Several months later, Orlando married a spinster schoolteacher in May 1886. (See My Gallup Branch – Edith - http://genheirlooms.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-gallup-branch-edith.html) According to my Aunt Phebe, the boys were taken care of by Orlando’s sisters for a short time – but they were too much too handle along with their own families. After Orlando and Edith married, Orlando began working for Pullman Car Shops helping to build train cars and doing the carpentry work. A few years later, Edith worried about the rambunctious boys getting into trouble in the city, and so Orlando and Edith moved into the farm that she had been born at and left the city. Edith farmed the place for a few years until Orlando left his job at the Pullman Car Shops and worked on the farm and did carpentry work on the side. By this time, their family had grown by four additional living children. Their oldest died in a tragic accident when he was a few years old. Granddad Gage (Ora Silas) was the oldest living boy in the second family and then the twins Pete & Phebe and their youngest, Alice. The farm proved to be too small and in 1900, they moved to a larger farm and then bought their own farm in 1905.
|Edith holding the twins (Pete & Phoebe with Alice on her lap) Ora standing next to her and Orlando on the right.|
Their life on their small farm was short lived. Edith hurt her back and became sick with pneumonia. Orlando took care of his wife and at her death; he took care of the funeral arrangements and then went home to his bed and died himself eight days after her death. A Rev. N. McLeod wrote the following obituary:
After a brief illness of pneumonia and within a week after the death of his wife from pneumonia, elder Orlando Gage passed to his reward Jan 16, 1908. His death caused deep sorrow in the community and especially in the Church and where he was a member and regular attendant.
He was born in Knox, NY Apr 2, 1850. In early life he learned and followed the trade of carpenter. He lived for some time in Albany and was an attendant at the West End Presbyterian Church.
He married Miss Charity Ellen Hotlaling of Clarkesville, NY from where four children were born viz. Burton L., Edwin W., Leroy J. and Nellie Mable now Mrs. Harry Lewis. Mrs. Gage died Oct 9, 1885 while residing in Knox.
Soon after, Mr Gage married Miss Edith Gallup of Duanesburg, NY from whom were born four children viz, Allen, who died when 22 months old, Ora Silas, Peter Z. and Phoebe Margaret, twins, and Alice Irene. Mr. Gage (with his wife) united with the church at Esperance, Mar 26, 1891 and was ordained an Elder May 8, 1898, which office he filled till his death.
He was a brother beloved in the church and in the community.