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The GOKEY Family and their Shoe and Boot Co , Jamestown NY

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The GOKEY Family and their Shoe and Boot Co , Jamestown NY

Posted: 26 Nov 2002 3:46PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 6 Apr 2003 12:57AM GMT
Surnames: GOKEY, MARVIN, CONE, ANDERSON, BARLOW, BATES, JEWETT, DEROSIA, MONROE, TUBBS, MERRITT, MORSE, MEYER,
DAVID ROYCE MARVIN ,8 son of Dan7 and Amanda (Royce) Marvin, born 16 July, 1821, in Lyme, Ct.; died 20 Feb., 1888, in Jamestown, Chautauqua co., N. Y.; married 29 January, 1853, Caroline Elizabeth CONE, adopted daughter of her uncle, Reed ANDERSON, born 21 Feb., 1826, in East Haddam, Ct.
Children, born in Ellicott, (Jamestown, Chautauqua Co) NY.:
i. Henry Cone MARVIN , b. 1 Aug., 1855; m. 27 June, 1883, Belle
F., dau. of Byron A. BARLOW, b. 5 Sept., 1862, in Madison,
Wis.; s. p.


ii. Harriet Adelaide MARVIN , b. 7 January, 1859; m. 15 Jan'y, 1880,
William N. GOKEY b. 6 Oct., 1855; in Rathboneville, N. Y. Children (Gokey), b. in Jamestown:
1. William Noah GOKEY ,10 b. 4 Feb., 1884:
2. Marvin Cone GOKEY , b. 26 Sept., 1890.
(Others see below GOKEY)

iii. Frederic Nelson MARVIN , b. 25 Oct., 1860; m. 16 June, 1886, Berenice E. BATES, b. 4 March, 1864, in Ellington, N. Y.
Children, b. in Jamestown: 1. Berenice Elizabeth,10 b. 8 June, 1887: 2. Sarah Allene, b. 20 Dec., 1891: 3. Harriet Adelaide, b. 30 Aug., 1894.

iv. Newton Royce MARVIN b. 25 June, 1864; m. 5 June, 1888, Edith JEWETT , b. 25 April, 1865, in Jersey City, N. J.

Source;
Descendants of Reinold and Matthew Marvin



William N. GOKEY b. 6 Oct., 1855; in Rathboneville, N. Y Son of NOAH W. GOKEY Who was the son of Joseph 3 and Rosetta, (DEROSIA) GOKEY, Noah was born in Massena NY March 10, 1833 and died at Jamestown, Chautauqua Co NY June 16, 1897. When he was 5 his parents came to Oswego NY where he was educated in the public schools. At the age of 16, was an apprentice in the shops of Horace STONE & Co, of Oswego, where he remained 1 year. He eventually removed to Rathbonville NY where he remained for 14 years and conducted a custom shoe shop on his own account. In 1865 he removed to Steuben Co NY where he purchased a retail boot and shoe establishment belonging to Thomas PAXTON, in partnership with James CURTIS, carried on a successful shoe, boot and harness co., under the name of CURTIS & GOKEY. After 2 and a half years he sold his interest to Mr. CURTIS and for 1 year remained as a foreman in the employ of Mr. Curtis, in 1872 he associated with George W FARNHAM, and for 5 years was engaged in the wholesale manufacture of boots and shoes at Addison NY. In 1877 Mr. GOKEY purchased his partners interest and brought his entire establishment (Including employees) to Jamestown NY. He then admitted his son, William N GOKEY, and under the firm name of N W GOKEY & SON, carried on the extensive shoe manufacturing business until his death. The firm erected a large plant, and extended the business until it was the largest shoe manufacturing plant in Western NY, They not only supplied the local trade but transacted a large business in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. They erected the large 6 story building at 3rd and Cherry St, known as the GOKEY BLOCK in Jamestown, , Noah built a beautiful mansion on Lake View ave where he lived until his death,
Mr GOKEY’S career is rendered more striking and wonderful when it is known he was a lifelong cripple, having been deprived the use of his legs when but 3 years old, it is supposed from the injudicious use of calomel. He was compelled to use crutches his entire life, He often recalled a remark made by his mother, who,, pointing at her boy, said, “ THERE, is NOAH, who will always be dependant on me.”
Noah GOKEY married June 9, 1853 to ANNA l MONROE , DAU OF Nehemiah and Elmira (TUBBS) MONROE of Rathboneville NY,
Children of Mr nd Mrs GOKEY;
1. Charles R. died at the age of 13
2. William N. GOKEY, born October 6, 1855 Married Harriet A MARVIN, He was a partner in the business with his father and brother George, children of William N GOKEY and Harriet were,
a Mabel Elizabeth, b July 3, 1881, married Nelson W. MERRITT,
b. William N GOKEY JUNIOR b 2/14/1884 married Floss DUFFEE
c. Marvin Cone GOKEY b 9/26/1890
d. Clara Ruth Gokey b May 31, 1894
e. Helen Royce GOKEY b Jan 29, 1903

3, George P GOKEY youngest of Noah born April 11, 1871 educated in Jamestown and Eastman Business college , He was in the family business until the fire of March 12, 1910, which destroyed their plant, the brothers then dissolved the partnership, William continuing in the shoe business, George retiring and devoting his time to the Real estate business. He rebuilt the Gokey block into a modern store and office building.
He married April 26, 1893 to Louisa C MORSE, born in Jamestown, April 27, 1870, dau of Benedict and Rosina MORSE, Benedict MORSE was born in Germany, MAR 20, 1830 and died in Jamestown, Nov 2, 1904, his wife was Rosina MEYER who survived him, born in Germany August 3, 1833.
Children of George GOKEY
1. Noah Webster Gokey, May 26, 1895
2. George Junior born Jamestown Sept 16, 1897,

NOAH GOKEY was son of Joseph and Rosetta BARNEY Gokey born Joseph 3 was born in Montreal Canada, 1797 died in Cornwall NY 1843, Rosetta DEROSIA his wife, of French descent, dau of Louis and Rosetta DeROSIA born 1799 a few miles south of Montreal, at Pomatown CA

Joseph GOKEY son of Joseph, came to Montreal age 11 months from France son of Joseph the emigrant from France to Montreal,

data source GOKEY
Family History of NY Families / Central NY


Added notes;
Still being made GOKEY Shoes and boots;
William Noah Gokey was the first to combine the Native American moccasin style of construction with the European hard sole. His shoes cradles the foot with a piece of leather that was stitched at the toe of the shoe. In the early 1900s his factory was located in Jamestown, N.Y., but in 1971 it employed nine shoemakers and had both a store and a mail order company located in St. Paul

Gokey Fire
located at 20 West Third Street
The Gokey Fire broke out Saturday, March 12, 1910, burning the interior of the seven-story brick Gokey Shoe Company on the east side of Cherry Street between Third and Fourth Streets. Embers blazing anew and fanned by strong winds the next morning caused a second fire, completely destroying the shoe factory, the adjacent Gokey Building of stores and offices on Third Street and the Shearman House across Third Street.
A huge water tank on top of the shoe factory fell through to the basement. Tons of heavy machinery, used by firms housed in the building, were torn loose and plunged through the funnel-shaped hole. Fireman Joel Oberg fell with the tank, but was rescued from beneath the pile of wreckage. Two firemen were killed – Alfred F. Shoesmith of the Deluge Engine Company from injuries in a two-story fall; Captain Jonathan Hanson of the Fire Police, killed when a roof fell on him.
Jamestown volunteer firemen, with help from Celoron, Lakewood, and Falconer volunteers, battled the blaze valiantly, but the odds were against them. During the heavy winds, a call was made to the Buffalo Fire Department, which was just loading equipment on a train for Jamestown when the wind changed and they were notified their help was not needed. Flaming boards were carried as far as a mile and a half by the wind. Sixty places of business, offices, and stores and a hotel were destroyed and many persons thrown out of work. Among those reporting losses were Jamestown Business College, Duffees Dry Goods Store, Saxe Fur Company, Postal Telegraph,

Wright Specialty Shop, Chamber of Commerce, and Gurney Ball Bearing Company.
The fire led to the decision by the city to establish a paid Fire Department which became effective March 1, 1911.



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