Nellah Blaize Golden

Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia – 

Nellah Blaize Golden and Jedidiah (Jeddah) Golden are first cousins. They are born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Their mothers are the Blaize sisters, whose line is Algerian. They are what is called “free blacks.” Their fathers are brothers. White. From Scandinavia. The brothers’ surname is originally Gullgård. They anglicize it to Golden. In Appalachia, Nellah is not safe from poverty or enslavement. In 1825, she decides to invoke her loyalist great-grandpappy’s British credentials to flee the United States of America for British North America. Jeddah accompanies her. In Upper Canada, Jeddah marries Eudora (Dorie) Gourlay and has two children Miss Hattie and Miss Hedy. Missus Dorie Golden passes away from consumption. Nellah moves to Brantford. She opens a tavern and inn on Vinegar Hill. She is a seamstress of much note.


Algerian woman c 1870

Called “Teacher.” Nellah is co-owner (with Octavius Millburn) of the Cave Tavern and owner/proprietor of the Cyclops Inn on Vinegar Hill in the village of Brantford. Featured image shows an early brewery and tavern in Brantford, similar construction as Nellah’s Cyclops Inn and the Cave.

Below, see the Market Square. The photo depicts a time later than 1845 but for many years the market retains its essential characteristics.

Market Square

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