Spaulding Family of Buffalo, NY

Spaulding Veterans of the Battle of Bunker Hill Cenotaph

Elbridge Gerry Spaulding

Charlotte Spaulding Sidway 1843-1934

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The three marriages of Elbridge Gerry Spaulding 1809-1897:

(1) September 5, 1837, probably at Attica, New York, to Jane Antoinette Rich, who was born September 28, 1818, probably at Attica, New York, daughter of Gaius Basset (or Barrett?) Rich and Aphia Salisbury, and who died August 6, 1841, at Buffalo;

(2) September 5, 1842, at Buffalo, to Nancy Selden Strong, who was born February 25, 1824, probably at Windsor, Connecticut, daughter of Samuel Strong and Delia Selden, and who died May 4, 1852, at Buffalo

(3) May 2 or 3 or 6, 1854, at Buffalo, to Delia Strong, who was born August 3, 1812, probably at Windsor, Connecticut, daughter of Samuel Strong and Delia Selden, and widow of Clark Robinson, and who died August 11, 1895, at Buffalo

Children, all born at Buffalo, by Nancy Selden Strong:

1. Charlotte Spaulding (1843-1934). Married Franklin Sidway in 1866

2. Edward Rich Spaulding. Born November 7, 1845. Married Mary Tenney Blanchard:

  • Bertha (b. 1875)
  • Edward Blanchard (1879-1880)
  • Harry Blanchard (b. 1881)
  • Samuel Strong (b. 1884)
  • Albert Tenny (b. 1886)
  • Ruth Tenny (b. 1887)
  • Edward Selden (b. 1891)

3. Samuel Strong Spaulding. Born June 26, 1849. Married Annie Margaret Watson (1852-1939) in 1875:

  • Marion (b. 1876). Married William G. Meadows (b. 1870) in 1899
  • Charlotte (b. 1879). Married Langdon Albright (1880-1962) in in 1908
  • Elbridge Gerry (b. 1881). Married Marion Ely in 1909
  • Stephen Van Rensselaer (b. 1884) . Married Marion Perkins in 1906.

-- Source: Geneological and Family History of Western New York, ed. by William Richard Cutter, 1912, Vol. II, p. 525

Charlotte Spaulding (b. 1879)
Married Langdon Albright (1880-1962) in in 1908

Randy Kennedy, A Splash of Photo History Comes to Light
May 21, 2007 New York Times article about two photos of Charlotte taken by Edward Steichen in 1908.  (online Oct 2012)

Charlotte Spaulding Albright, Mother and Child in the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Langdon Albright

Excerpt from
Oakland Place: Gracious Living in Buffalo
By Martin Wachadlo

Pub. by the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier in 2006, p. 101

During the 1920s, Langdon Albright (1880-1962) moved into the house [120 Oakland Place] with his family and lived here until his death. The second son of industrialist John J. Albright, Langdon had previously lived at 33 Oakland. In 1914, he moved into a large new house adjacent to his father's mansion on West Ferry Street. (Both ofthose mansions are now gone.) The senior Albright's reversal of fortune during the early1920s evidently affected Langdon as well: he left his West Ferry Street home and returned to Oakland Place. His sister, Ruth Albright Hollister, lived across the street at 115.

Langdon, who was trained as an electrical engineer, served as vice president of the Niagara, Lockport & Ontario Power Company. He also served as a longtime trustee of the Albright Art Gallery. Like architect Edward B. Green, he was opposed to the gallery's acquisition of avant garde art, spearheaded by A. Conger Goodyear, who lived around the corner at 160 Bryant Street.

Albright, Green, and other conservative gallery members were especially scandalized by the acquisition of Picasso's La Toilette in 1926, and they ensured that Goodyear was not reelected to the board three years later. By then, Goodyear had moved to New York City where he soon became the first president of the Museum of Modern Art. Prior to leaving Buffalo, though, he kindled an interest in modern art in Seymour Knox.

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