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Multiple Obituaries Submitted by Delaware County Researchers

"for death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity" ~William Penn

Collection of Ruth VanAlstine

Maywood Historical Collection - Index to approx. 2600 obits

Large Collection of Linda Ogborn

Tacoma area of Town of Masonville

Youngs Family Collection

Collection of Antoinette H Cannon Dimmick

Collection of Hannah Henderson Thomson

Ruteshouser Wakeman's Scrapbook

Collection of Michael Cornell

Collection by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell

Collection of Laura Seward

Collection of Wendy Bovee Wall

Collection of Carol McCune McCraw

Collection of Lucille Mead

Collection of Shelia Dent

Collection of Jane Flannery

Collection of Sandy Goodspeed

Collection of Don Michel

Collection of Judy Morgan

Collection of Kitty R. Oman

Collection of Shirley Birling

Bush, McGibbon and Parsons

Hattie Dibble Johnson's Scrapbook

Christopher and Jonathan Ballard - Irma Griffin

jump down to collection of Robin Palmatier Gornell

Collection of Pat Gray

Single Obits - Index of Links to Obituaries Listed Below
BALLARD, Orville
BELL, Calvin Howard
BISHOP, Stanley
BLISH, Calvin F.
BOUTON, Henry and Hannah
BRINKMAN, Diedrick
BRINKMAN, Mrs. Lewis
BROWN - several

CEAS, Mary Coan
CHACE, Hiram G.
CLEAVER, Eliphalet
CLEAVER, Mrs. Eliphalet
COAN, Mrs. Charles
COAN, Julia Grant
COLVIN, Albert
COOK, Mrs. Willis
COOK, Willis

DAVIDSON, Howard Fletcher


ERKSON, Hon. Wm.

FEAK, Marian Hillar
FENTON, Walden and Sarah Penfield
FITCH, Floran LaVelle
FORD, Mrs. C. A.

GOVERN, Mrs. Helen
GRANSBURY, John & wife Naomi PUFFER

HANFORD, Mrs. Angeline (Mallory) St. John
HARKNESS, Ed and J. E.
HARKNESS, Rev. George
HARKNESS, Mrs. Norman
HENDERSON, Mrs. Lizzie
HENDERSON, Mrs. Robert
HOLCOMB, Hamilton D.
HOUCK, Andrew


KELLY, Zebedee Asa

LAUNT, Mrs. Ada
LAUX, John P.

MCMURDY, Mrs. Jane W.
MAINS, William R.
MCNAUGHT, Henrietta Monroe
MICHAEL, Dr. Mary Mills & son George

OLMSTEAD, Mrs. Carrie
ORR, Mrs. Fannie

PATTENGILL, Eliza J. and Lucinda

ROACH, Mrs. Mildred E.
ROBERTS, Merritt S.
ROGERS, George
ROWE, Ezra D.

SHAND, Helen Bolles
SHERMAN, Alton H. "Bud"
SIMMONS, Charles
SIMMONS, Charles Ray
SMITH, Mrs. Chloe
SMITH, Harold

TAYLOR, Lafayette
TWEEDIE, William A.

VAN DUSEN, Mrs. Henry
WALKER, Ephrain
WARING, Charles
WHEAT Family
WHITE, Robert H.
WINTER, William T.
WOODEN, Ebenezer B.

submitted by Cheryl Harding; posted to this website October 19, 2017
Friday Evening, December 3, 1915

Joel Metcalf died in Franklin, November 28, aged 85 years. Mr. Metcalf was the son of George and Eliza Wells Metcalf of Masonville. He was twice married, his first wife having been Betsey Malby of Franklin. His second wife was Mary Kiff of Bloomville, whom he married 45 years ago. Mr. Megcalf is survived by his wife and several nephews and nieces; one nephew, Nathan Metcalf, and wife of Kingston, having been with him the past month. Mr. Metcalf was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Franklin, and for several years was one of the directors of the First National Bank. (see obit clip)

submitted by Cindy Simmons; posted to this website August 9, 2017
Source: BROOKLYN EAGLE, THUR., NOV. 6, 1947

C.R. Simmons, 97, Former Builder

Funeral, services for Charles Ray Simmons, 97, retired carpenter and building contractor, will be held at 7:30 o’clock tonight at his home, 860 E. 17th St., where he died Tuesday.

The Rev. Eugene L. Smith, pastor of St. Mark's Methodist Church, Ocean Ave. and Beverly Road, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley, Conn.

Mr. Simmons was born Walton, NY (Sept. 13, 1850) and for a number of years lived in Pleasant Valley, Conn. He was also a former resident of Richmond Hill, where he built a number of one-family houses.

His wife, Mrs. Harriet (Heath) Simmons, died in 1928. Surviving are a son, Earl R. Simmons; a daughter, Carol B. Simmons; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Another daughter Pearl Sieglinger died in 1928.)

(Charles is the eldest son of Andrew Simmons and Catherine Rosa who lived in Walton, and was survived by one sibling Julia (Simmons) Rivenburg of Hamden.)


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell; posted to this website August 6, 2015
source: Oneonta Star, Oneonta, New York, December 1937

Mrs. Lizzie Henderson Widow of Late James Henderson Died Christmas Morning
From Harpersfield Cor.

Mrs. Lizzie Henderson, a resident of Harpersfield, passed away at the Bathgate Hospital in Stamford early Christmas morning, following a few days' illness. She had suffered a stroke on the Sunday morning previous.

Deceased was born at Harpersfield, May 5, 1881, the daughter of Catherine (Strain) and Barnum Grinnell. On June 20, 1899, she was united in marriage with James Henderson, also of Harpersfield, and their entire married life was spent in the vicinity with the exception of a few years spent in White Lake, South Dakota.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Albert Sherman of Stamford, Mrs. Gordon Wilson of Delhi, Mrs. Jay Vroman of Hobart, and Mrs. Renford Grow of Grand Gorge, and one son, Alton, of Harpersfield; also one half-brother, Charles Buckingham of Harpersfield, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Harpersfield of which deceased was a member and each detail was carried out as nearly as possible like those of her late husband's funeral which was held in the same church last March. It will be recalled that Mr. Henderson met a tragic death when struck by an automobile as he was walking along the highway toward his home in a blinding snowstorm on the evening of March 16, 1937. Mrs. Henderson's death is indirectly attributed to grief over the tragedy of her husband's untimely death, as she never fully recovered from the shock.......seems the holiday time and much sympathy has been expressed by neighbors and friends for the stricken family, yet God in his infinite wisdom knows best and we must be submissive to His will.

Services were conducted by Rev. M. H. Ryan, pastor of the Harpersfield church, with the Rev. H. A. Armitage of the North Kortright U. P. Church preaching the sermon. There were several beautiful floral pieces, including one from Col. Harper Grange and the Ladies' Aid Society. Mrs. Henderson being a member of both organizations. The members of the Ladies' Aid Society attended in a body. Mrs. O. S. Peters and Mrs. Theresa Gaylord sang "Sometime We'll Understand". Interment was in the Harpersfield [Center] cemetery beside her late husband.


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell; posted to this website August 3, 2015
Source: Walton Reporter, November 29, 1902 edition

HARPERSFIELD - Mrs. Henry Van Dusen Drowns Herself in a Small Creek.
Left a Note Giving Directions as to Funeral and Another Saying She was In Her Right Mind. Mrs. Henry Van Dusen wife of the postmaster of Harpersfield committed suicide Saturday evening by drowning in a little creek near her home.

Her husband was about the post office during the evening attending to his work and on returning home missed his wife but, thinking that she had gone to a neighbors to call, laid down on the couch for a brief time. On her failing to come in he commenced to search about the house, in the bedroom he found her best dress and a full suit of underclothing spread out with care. Upon them lay a note addressed to himself, indicating that she had decided to end her life. He made a hasty search and soon found her lifeless body in a small creek as stated. Mr. Van Dusen is unable to give the least explanation of her conduct.

She left, with the clothing, a note requesting that the funeral be private and consist of prayer at the house and usual commitment services at the grave. She requested that Rev. Mr. Flint officiate, and selected the bearers. She also left a note addressed to the family physician, Dr. Dart, stating that she was in her right mind when she committed the deed. The funeral was conducted in accordance with her requests. It was largely attended.

Coroner Craig of Davenport was called, but decided an inquest was unnecessary. There is, so far as known, not the least explanation for her conduct.

Mrs. Van Dusen was 51 years of age, and is survived by her husbands, two sons, Frank and Arthur, and one sister, Mrs. Joseph Henderson of Harpersfield.


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell (James "Jim" Henderson was my grandfather. He died before I was born.); posted to this website August 3, 2015
source: Oneonta Star - March 1937
Injuries Fatal to J. Henderson
Harpersfield Man Died in Hospital at Stamford


Former Harpersfield Farmer 58, Was Employed by Franklin Motor Sales Co. of Oneonta
Fatal Accident Occurred Last Week Near Harpersfield
Auto was Driven by Nicholas Vlaco of Stamford

From Harpersfield Cor.
During the blinding snowstorm of Tuesday evening, March 16th, a serious accident happened near the residence of F. G. Wickham when a car driven by Nicholas Vlaco of Stamford, going west, struck James Henderson as he was walking along the highway toward his home in Harpersfield. After striking Mr. Henderson the car swerved, striking a telephone pole nearby, breaking it off, thus putting the line out of commission.

Mr. Henderson, who was thrown several feet into the Wickham yard, was carried into the house while Jay Wickham took his car and hastened to Stamford for a physician. Dr. Kogan was summoned who found that Mr. Henderson had sustained a badly fractured leg, a broken wrist, broken nose and jaw bone, also a fractured skull and a long gash over one eye. After making the patient as comfortable as possible, he was taken in Hall's ambulance to the Bathgate Hospital in Stamford where he passed away on Friday morning, March 19, without ever regaining consciousness.

James Henderson was born in Harpersfield, December 1, 1879, the youngest child of William and Sarah (Tate) Henderson, and with the exception of a few years spent in White Lake, South Dakota, his entire life had been spent in Harpersfield and vicinity.

On June 27, 1899, he was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie Mae Grinnell, also of Harpersfield. For many years he engaged in farming and at one time held the office of superintendent of highways of the town of Harpersfield. At the time of his death he was a valued salesman for the Franklin Motor Sales Company of Oneonta.

He is survived by the widow; four daughters, Mrs. Albert Sherman of Stamford, Mrs. Gordon Wilson of Delhi, Mrs. Jay Vroman of Hobart, Mrs. Renford Grow of Grand Gorge; one son, Alton of Harpersfield; one sister, Mrs. Frances Van Dusen of North Kortright, and one brother, Joseph R Henderson of West Harpersfield: besides several grandchildren.

Deceased was a member of the Harpersfield M. E. Church, the Men's Club and Col. Harper Grange. He was also a member of the dart ball league and took a keen interest in the affairs of the church and community. In politics he was a staunch Democrat, and had served as county committeeman for the past several years.

"Jim" Henderson will be greatly missed by a host of friends. His kindly, congenial nature won him the esteem of friends from every walk in life and his untimely death has cast a gloom over the whole community. He was a devoted husband and father and his family will have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.

Funeral services were held from the the Harpersfield Church on Monday afternoon, March 22. Rev. S. S. Robbins, his pastor, and Rev. H. A. Armitage of North Kortright officiated. A duet "Some Time We'll Understand," was sung by Mrs. O. S. Peters and Mrs. Theresa Gaylord. There was a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends to pay tribute and the beautiful flowers attested to the esteem in which the deceased was held. Among them were pieces from The Franklin Motor Sales Company, Col Harper Grange, Ladies' Aid of the Harpersfield Church, Men's Club of Harpersfield-North Kortright churches, Mt Jefferson Club, employees of Taylor farm, Harpersfield Dart Ball Club and the Delaware Dart Ball League, besides several

from relatives and friends. Pall bearers were O. S. Peters, Day Rogers, F. G. Wickham, L. J. Davenport, G. R. Davis and D. L. Gaffey. Interment was in Harpersfield [Center] Cemetery.


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell; posted to this website August 3, 2015
Oneonta Star - August 24, 1996 edition
SOUTH CAIRO - Alton H. "Bud" Sherman, 67, of Ross Ruland Road, South Cairo, died unexpectedly Thursday, Aug 22, 1996 at his residence.
He was born Sept. 22, 1928, in Hobart, the son of Albert and Gladys (Henderson) Sherman.
He was married to Marjorie M. Martin on Sept. 2, 1950 in Hobart.
Mr. Sherman lived in the Cairo area for the past 15 years. He formerly lived in Richmondville for 22 years.
He was a tractor trailer driver all his life and worked for the ADM Milling Co., Hudson, for 14 years until he retired in 1993. H was a member of the Producers United Federated of Flour.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of South Cairo; a daughter in[sic] son-in-law, Colleen and Philip Lynch of Leeds; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas M. and Pam Sherman of Esperance and Joseph E. and Bonnie Sherman of Warnerville, eight grandchildren, Thomas Jr., Sanya, Dawn, Jeremy, Yvonne, Barbara, Amanda and Philip Jr,; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Dorothy Sherman of Ruskin Fla., and Carl and Audrey Sherman of Barnerville; other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Gladys.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday Aug 26 at the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford , with the Rev Carl Orlando of Harpersfield, pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Harpersfield Center Cemetery in Harpersfield.


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell; posted to this website November 1, 2011
Newspaper is not identified.; Hand-written: Jan 22 [1909]
Barnum Grinnell
From Harpersfield cor.
Barnum Grinnell died at his home about one mile north of this village Thursday night at about 12 o'clock, aged 78 years. Mr. Grinnell was one of the oldest residents in the town and was well-liked by all who knew him. He was a kind neighbor and a loving father and husband. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. James Henderson, and one stepson, Charles Buckingham. The funeral was held at the M.E. church Sunday at 1:30, Rev. T. H. E. Richards officiating. Interment in Harpersfield cemetery.


These news clippings were pasted into the scrapbook of Mary Ann Grant Dann, of Walton, New York. The newspapers are not identified. --Carolee Innskeep; posted to this website May 16, 2011

"Oct 1906" [written in pencil]
Intelligence of the death at Waterloo, Iowa, of Dr. Mary Michael, which occurred the latter part of last week has been received by Oneonta friends. Deceased at one time lived in that village and is a sister of William Mills of North Franklin and Mrs. Marilla Young at Emmons.

"killed May 4, 1900" [written in pen]
Dr. A. H. St. John received Monday a letter from Hastings, Neb., stating that George Michael was killed on the Friday previous by falling from a building in Colorado Springs. He was the oldest son of Dr. Mary M. Michael, for a number of years practicing physician in Walton, and will be remembered by many in this village. He was a painter by trade.



LINK to Mary Davis Obit From The Elmira Star Gazette
Note: Her Mothers Name is incorrect.
It should read Caroline Stokes Myers. (Stokes is Her Maiden Name. She was divorced from Mary's Father, Archie Treat
Her Second Husband was George Myers.)
submitted by Bob & Caroline; posted to this website October 3, 2010



James A. Harkness, 84 or 2383 Lawrence Road, Marcellus, died March 6, 1996 at his home after a long illness.

A native of South Kortright, Mr. Harkness had lived many years in Marcellus. He was owner and operator since 1941 of a farm in Marcellus. A noted breeder and exhibitor of purebred brown Swiss cattle, Mr. Harkness was a member of Brown Swiss Breeders Association. He had attended Cornell University.

Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Martin; two sons, James Jr. of Brewerton and Jerry of Marcellus; a daughter Dawn Harkness of Poughkeepsie; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were March 9 at Norris Fneral Home, the Rev. Beth Benham officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Marcellus.

Contributions may be made to Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund.

from the The Press/Observer 13 Mar 1996, page 11; Marcellus, NY
submitted by John Hutchins; posted to this website September 27, 2010


submitted by Alison Martín
obit for Mary Rogers

1935 Obituary from Linda Ogborn Collection (Things in ( ) are my additions for clarification, Alison):

Miss Mary Rogers died at her apartment on Maple Street on Monday at 10:30 a.m. She had been in failing health for a long period of time, but failed very much in the last six months and was confined to her bed since last Wednesday. Miss Rogers was born in Franklin on August 16, 1863, the daughter of James and Hannah Fitch Rogers. She was a teacher for many years until she ceased those duties to care for her borther, Charles Rogers, and his wife (Julia R. Johnson), and later her aged mother, to all of whom she gave most loving care and attention. She was a devoted Christian, a member of the Congregational church, Washington (Reading) club, and also was Evangelistic superintendent of the local W.C.T.U. (Woman's Christian Temperance Union). She had held nearly every office in the church, was faithful in her attendance and devoted to her Master, whom she delighted to serve.

Funeral services were held in the church a 2 p.m. on Thursday, where the body lay in state from 10 a.m. Her pastor, Rev. M.H. Dallman, officiated with burial in the Ouleout Valley cemetery. Surviving are several cousins and a host of friends. Her mother passed away in 1924, since which time Miss Rogers has lived alone in her apartment. In the passing of Miss Mary Rogers, the community, church, and neighborhood have suffered a severe loss. She was loyal to her friends and faithful to her church. She was a good citizen, keenly interested in the affairs of the village and all benevolent movements.


submitted by Alison Martín
obit for George Rogers

From Local Chronicles Thursday Nov. 11, 1875: "Sad Casualty at North Walton Last Wednesday, George, a son of Erastus Rogers, aged 20 years, accompanied by E. Haskins, went into the woods, gunning, where they started a rabbit. Mr. Haskins hearing the discharge of Roger's gun, went to see if he had shot the rabbit, and found that he had fallen over a log and acidntally shot himself, the ball having entered the eye and passed through the brain and skull."

"The young man was carried home, and died that night. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church in this village on Saturday, and the remains buried in the Walton Cemetery."

AND, in typical Rogers fashion--there was some comic relief of sorts at the funeral. From the same paper:

"Runaway During the burial of young Rogers on Saturday, the teams of Mr. D.W. Benedict of Sidney Center, and Rev. Mr. Jones, of North Walton, ran away from the cemetery. Mr. Jones' team was stopped near the village, while Mr. B.'s ran some three miles up the river road, leaving the wagon near Mr. James Doig's. No great damage was done to either the teams or the wagons."


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell
obit for Mrs. Robert Henderson
From: The Oneonta Star, Wednesday

Mrs. Robert (Marie E.) Henderson, 91, of Southside, Oneonta RD 2, died Monday, Aug. 6, 1990, in Cooperstown. She was born Dec. 16, 1898, in the Sharon area of Morning Sun, Iowa, the daughter of Hugh Irvin and Maggie (Marshall) Henderson. She was married to Robert L. Henderson on June 20, 1936, in Davenport. He died Oct. 28, 1974. A graduate of Morning Sun (Iowa) High School, she received her B.A. degree from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa., and her M.A. from the Teachers College of Columbia University, New York City. She taught in Oneonta High School from 1923-36, and was later a substitute teacher in area schools.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta, and its Women Association, and was a past president of the Otsego Presbyterial. She was also a delegate to the national meeting of the United Presbyterian Women in 1958. She was a Gray Lady and a charter member of the Fox Hospital Auxiliary, for which she was a volunteer for many years, and had been honored for 30 years of service at a special presentation.
She was a life member of the National Education Association. She was a member of the A.A.R.P. serving as secretary and membership chairman, and was a member of the Otsego County Republican Women's Club. She was also at one time vice president and acting president of Church Women United. A former member of A.A.U.W. of which she had been a charter member. She was also a member of Martha Chapter 116, O.E.S.
Surviving are two sons, Robert L. Henderson, Jr. and Hugh I. Henderson Sr., both of Southside, RD2, Oneonta: seven grandchildren, James S. Henderson of New Holland, Pa., Hugh I. Henderson Jr of Rockledge, Fla., David A. Henderson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Deborah Henderson Raymond of Santa Rosa, Calif., Roberta Henderson Thomas of Byron,and Jane and Susan Henderson, both of Washington, D.C., two great grandchildren, and several cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, 1990, in the First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Raymond Thomas, pastor of the Byron (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church officiating, assisted by the Rev. Walter Hillis of Bridgewater. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta.
There will be no calling hours. The family will be receiving friends in the Social Hall of the church immediately following services.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to either the First Presbyterian Church or the Fox Hospital Women's Guild in memory of Marie E. Henderson


submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell
obit for Mrs. Helen Govern
From: Jefferson Courier, May 24 1917

Died: Mrs. Helen Govern, wife of James R Govern, died at her home in Canon City, Colorado, May 15, aged 64 years. She leaves a husband, and four daughters four of whom are married. She was born in Jefferson April 22, 1853, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Margaret Reed Tuttle. She was married at her parental home here in 1878 to James R. Govern, son of the late Hugh Govern and formerly of So. Gilboa, and soon after removed with her husband to Reno County, Kansas. About five years later they removed to Canon City.

Mrs. Govern was a most estimable woman, a sister of Edwin Tuttle of Jefferson. Funeral May 18, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, and burial in Greenwood Cemetery there.


submitted by
1903 Obit for Mrs. Marian Hilliar Feak of Delaware Co. N.Y.
The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, Oregon
February 27, 1903

Marian Hilliar was born in Delaware County, New York, July 23, 1823, and departed this life February 15, 1903, in Hood River, Oregon. Of her early life and parentage little is known. She grew to womanhood under the parental roof and was married to Capt. Edward Feak in her 23rd year. With her huysband she migrated to LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Here in wht was a new country, she bore her part well until prosperity dawned and plenty came.

In 1870 they moved again into a new country and settled on a homestead in Wright Co., Iowa. Here the writer first met her and her estemable family and has since counted them amongst his best friends. May times has he enjoyed the hospitality of her home, always open to the itinerary.

There were eight children, Mrs. Martin Rand of University Park, Mrs. Mattie Davis of Vienna, Maine, William Edward, deceased in early life, Mrs. Mae Harwood of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Ida Cox, deceased, Jacob H. Feak of Hood River, Mrs. Dora Waid of Niles, Michigan, James Feak of Portland -- a family of which any mother might be proud.

Mrs. Feak always maintained in her home that beautiful Christian atmosphere that should hallow the early life of her children.

Her husband, Edward Feak, was laid to rest in our midst some seven years ago. Mrs. Feak's faith was simple and trusting. Her life exemplifying the religion she professed. Her last illness was of short duration and with loves sweetest ministries about her when the end came, she fell peacefully asleep. Her funeral took place from the Methodist - Episcopal Church, conducted by her pastor and the writer, and the presence of a large number of friends. February 16, 1903

Both Edward and Marian Feak are buried in Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, Oregon


Submitted by Rita Wolf Pierce, February 21, 2006
The Deposit Courier, Deposit, NY, Thursday February 19, 1942
Mrs. Emily L. Thomas Passes Away

Mrs. Emily L. Thomas passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 17th after a lingering illness.

She was born in Hancock, Delaware Co., July 18, 1855 of pioneer stock. She was the daughter of Hannah Lewis and John J. Lakin one of the early settlers of the Town of Hancock.

On May 29, 1882 she was married to John E. Thomas of Hale Eddy. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Hale Eddy, Koo Koose Chapter, D.A.R. and Delaware Chapter , Order of the Eastern Star. For many years she was active in all church and community projects. Since she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur J. Pierce, Wheeler Street.

Here she lived a quiet life beloved by everyone who knew he. Her own life was an inspiration to her children and grandchildren. She was always ready to help with a word of council from her own abundant Christian life.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Arthur J. Pierce, of this village, and four sons, Roy L.. Thomas, L.P. Thomas of Wenatchee, Wash., J.H. Thomas of Tonasket, Wash., Attorney Frank E. Thomas of Binghamton; 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter, Sandra Thomas, of Antioch, Calif.

Services will be held from her late residence Friday, Feb. 20, at 1:30 P.M. The Rev. George R.J. Coombs will officiate. Burial will be in the Hale Eddy Cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of Kays and Guy.


submitted by John Hutchins
CHACE, Hiram G., of Springfield, died Saturday, January 7, 1905. The deceased was born in Hamden, Delaware County, NY, Jan. 4, 1829. He was the son of William R. Chace and came to this country with his parents when 10 years of age and soon after they settled on a part of the farm which he owned at the time of his death. His wife, who survives him was Helen M. Sherman and to them was born ten children, three dying in infancy, and Wm. H. and Belinda (wife of Edgar Gernert) dying some years ago. Harry E. of Troy H. Bird of Virtus, Mrs. Jas. McClelland of Dallas, Pa, Mrs. Frank Swain of Sylvania, and Mrs. Elmer Harkness who lives at home, survive him. He led a peaceful, industrious and unselfish life, ever anxious for the care of his sadly afflicted and crippled wife. He some years ago deeded to her the house they had earned together, retaining only that part of the farm which came to him from his father and in his last will left this, together with all his personal property, to her. He was buried Tuesday, January 10th in the cemetery near his home, Rev. A. E. Hall of Troy, officiating.

from the: Creston News Advertiser, Creston, IA, Thursday, 18 April 1940
submitted by John Hutchins
Ed Harkness Passes Away
(James Edwin (Ed) s/o James Bell Harkness & Margaret Flemming h/w & Margaret (Roberts) Harkness)

Ed Harkness Passes Away - Ed Harkness, an old resident of Union county and one of the best known farmers in this section of the country, breathed his last at four o'clock, Monday afternoon at the family home in Lincoln township about 9 miles northeast of Creston. He has been afflicted with heart trouble for several years and a few days ago his condition became so bad that it was known that the end was not far away. The death of this good man has caused deep sorrow among all who knew him. He was a man well liked by all who knew him and his friends were many. J. E. Harkness was born in New York, December 8, 1844, and died at his home in Lincoln township, Union county, Iowa, January 5, 1914, at the age of 69 years. He came with his parents to Henry county in 1855. He was married to Maggie Roberts in 1874, at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He and his wife continued to reside on a farm near Mt. Pleasant until 1877, when he came to Union county and located on a farm in Lincoln township. His wife and four children survive. The children are Walter, Frank, Mrs. Stella Pfeiffer and Edwin. He also leaves one brother, Geo. T. Harkness, of Creston and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Beam, of Iola, Kas., and Mrs. Margaret A. Burdette [sic], of Winfield, Iowa. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. of Afton, and a lifelong member of the Methodist church. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Jeruselum church in Lincoln township, and interment made in the cemetery adjoining. [Afton Star-Enterprise, Tuesday, 8 Jan 1914] ----------------

Mrs. J. E. Harkness, 90, Pioneer County Resident, Dies in Lincoln Township Mrs. J. E. Harkness, 90, pioneer resident of Union county who came here in 1877, died at 10:30 a.m. today at the old home place in Lincoln township which is the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Stella Pfeiffer. Mrs. Margaret Harkness was born March 1, 1850 in Des Moines county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Roberts. She was married to J. E. Harkness, who died in 1913 [sic]. She was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are three sons, Walter of Golden, Colo. and Frank and Ed of Creston and a daughter, Mrs. Pfeiffer. Funeral services will be held at the Jerusalem church at 2 p.m. Saturday in charge, of the Rev. Riepe of Kent. Burial will be in Jerusalem Cemetery.


Wheat Family, Deposit, N. Y.
Submitted by: Joan (Wheat) Field, Marcellus, NY

The Deposit Courier-Journal, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1923
Luther G. Wheat
Luther G. Wheat died at his home on Boulevard last night at 11 o'clock, aged eighty-one years, seven months and twelve days, of Bright's disease and heart trouble, after an extended illness. Mr. Wheat was born at Callicoon, N.Y. He served in the Civil War three years, having enlisted in Co. I, 71st Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. He married Alice Mary Holbert, eldest daughter of John and Catherine Holbert of Starlight, Pa., at Hancock, March 1, 1877. Five children were born to them - George H., Naomi A., Kenneth M., Leslie E. and Tina Evelyn. Deceased is survived by one daughter, Naomi at home and one son, Kenneth of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; also three grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. O.F. Bishop officiating. Burial in the Laurel Hill cemetery in the Spring.
from the Deposit Courier-Journal - Wednesday, October 16, 1918
Leslie Wheat
Leslie Wheat, son of L.G. Wheat, of this village, died in the City Hospital in Binghamton Monday night from pneumonia, following influenza. His two sisters are also ill in the City Hospital with the same disease. The body has been brought to the home of his parents here and the funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Interment in Laurel Hill cemetery.
from the Deposit Courier-Journal - Wednesday, October 23, 1918
Mrs. Evelyn Farthing
Mrs. Evelyn Farthing, who died in the City Hospital, Binghamton, on Friday morning, Oct. 18, of pneumonia, was buried in Laurel Hill cemetery last Saturday afternoon. The funeral was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Wheat, Boulevard. At the same time the funeral of her brother, Leslie Wheat, whose death was published in our last issue, was held, Rev. O.E. Bishop officiating. Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, George, of this village, and Kenneth of Canada, and a sister, Naomi, of Binghamton, who have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of two members of their family in less than a week.
from the Deposit Courier-Journal - Wednesday, February 18, 1920
George H. Wheat
George Holbert, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Wheat, Boulevard, died at his home last night, Feb. 17th, after a week's illness of influenza and pneumonia, aged forty-one years. Mr. Wheat was a glass cutter and employed by Kelly & Steinman. Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Naomi, at home, and one brother, Kenneth, of Saskatoon, Canada. The funeral will be held at the house Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. O.E. Bishop officiating. The remains will be placed in the vault at Laurel Hill cemetery, with burial later.
from the Deposit Courier-Journal - Wednesday, June 9, 1920
Mrs. Alice M., wife of L.G. Wheat, died at her home on Boulevard last night at 7:45 o'clock, aged sixty-five years. Mrs. Wheat was stricken with apoplexy yesterday morning while in the garden, and never fully rallied. Mrs. Wheat has been a resident of Deposit and vicinity for many years. She was a woman possessed of many friends and one who was always ready to do an act of kindness whenever opportunity presented. Her sudden demise will not only be keenly felt by her immediate family, but by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Naomi, at home, and one son, Kenneth, of Saskatoon, Canada; also one brother and two sisters. The funeral will be held at the home on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. O.E. Bishop officiating. Burial in Laurel Hill cemetery.
from the Deposit Courier-Journal - June 10, 1943
Miss Naomi Wheat
Miss Naomi Wheat, 67, for many years a resident of the village of Deposit, died at an invalids' home in Binghamton Sunday morning after a lingering illness. The body was brought to Deposit and services were held at the Cecil H. Lee Funeral Home yesterday afternoon at 2:30, the Rev. John C. Eason, pastor of the local Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. The only survivor is a nephew, Richard Wheat, of Binghamton, and formerly of Deposit.

Submitted by Linda Ogborn, May 1, 2004

Obituary for Waldon Fenton
Waldon Fenton passed away at Taber, Alberta, Canada, July 15, 1964, aged 78 years. He was born at Deposit, Nov. 30, 1885. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Smith Fenton of Shavertown and migrated to Taber from that town, with his father and mother, grandfather, uncle and brother in February, 1909. They were a part of a group of Delaware County people who moved to Alberta when the prairies of that province were opened for settlement. On Oct. 16, 1912, he married Sarah B. Penfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Penfield, formerly of Franklin, who were also members of the Delaware County group. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, one son, Howard, of Taber, two daughters, Mrs. James Urban of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Mrs. Owen Goodfellow of Kitimat, C. C., twelve grandchildren and 16 great grand children. Funeral services were conducted from Knox United Church Saturday, July 18, with burial in Taber Memorial Gardens.

Obituary for Sarah Penfield Fenton
Mrs. Sarah Penfield Fenton, 82, of Lothbridge, Alberta, Canada, a native of Franklin, died Friday, January 11 (1974), after an extended illness. She was born April 14, 1891, at Franklin, a daughter of Orrin and Carrie (Hotchkiss) Penfield. In 1910 she moved with her parents to Taber, Alberta, Canada. She was married to Walton Fenton, a former resident of Shavertown, Delaware County. Mr. and Mrs. Fenton operated a large wheat ranch near Taber, Alberta, for many years. Surviving are a son, Hoard Fenton, Alberta, Canada; two daughters, Mrs. James Urban of Lothbridge, and Mrs. Owen Goodfellow, Fenwick, Ontario; a sisters, Mrs. George O. Burgin, Franklin, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, all residing in Canada. Funeral services were held in Canada and Mrs. Fenton was buried in Tabor, Alberta.

From the Stamford Mirror Recorder September 1928 --Don Michel

John P. Laux Funeral Held Friday for Respected Stamford Resident Another of Stamford's oldest citizens was taken from our midst last Tuesday evening, September 4th, when John P. Laux passed away at his home near this village, following a cerebral hemorrage which he suffered late Sunday afternoon. Mr. Laux was born in Luxemburg, Germany, August 27, 1855 and came to America when he was 18 years of age. In 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss Ella O'Brien and to this union fourteen children were born, 13 of whom are living. Mr. Laux was a kindly and industrious man and was liked by all who knew him, and his many friends were shocked and saddened to hear of his sudden demise. He is survived by his wife and children, Mrs. Katherine L. Walker, Elton, Helen, Fred, Edward, John, and Mrs. Henry Sterk of Stamford, Mrs. Ralph Hoyt and George Laux of Hobart, Mrs. Earl Hillis and Charles Laux of Oneonta, Mrs. J. S. Navarro of Havana, Cuba, and Miss Julia Laux of New York City besides several grandchildren. Private funeral services were held Friday at the home with Rev. Fr H. H. R. Thompson of Grace Episcopal Church and Rev. Fr. H. Boardman Jones of St. Margaret's Church, Menands, officiating. Interment was made in the family plot is Stamford Cemetery There was a great profusion of flowers showing the esteem in which the deceased was held.

Obituary of my great-uncle from January 9 1947 newspaper (Sidney Record ?) -- Wayne Simmons

Charles B. Simmons, 82, died at 2:10 a.m. Saturday at the home of his son Maurice Simmons, Sidney Township . Funeral services were held Tuesday at - p.m. at the Joyce funeral parlors Rev. Clayton W. Hoag pastor of the Methodist church officiated . Burial was in Prospect Hill cemetery, Sidney . Mr Simmons was born May 12 1864 at West Davenport, the son of Nelson Simmons and Adeline Collier . He married May Albrecht . Surviving are his wife, two sons, Maurice, Sidney-Unadilla road, and Leo, Ithaca, a daughter, Mrs R. M. Snyder, Ithaca .

Clipping from an un-named and un-dated newspaper (probably in Mound City, Linn Co., KS)
Submitted by John Hutchins

R. H. White Dead Robert H. White, prominent retired farmer of northeast of Mapleton, passed away last night at 7:15 o'clock following a lingering illness of 3 ½ years, from cancer of the stomach. He has been serious for seven months. He was born in [(Kortright) Delaware Co.],New York state April 12, 1853, making him 76 years, 7 months and two days of age. He came to Kansas with his parents [Hugh Alexander White & Sarah Harkness] when a small boy in the spring of 1858, and settled near Mound City, Kans., and has lived since in Linn county. He has lived for 13 years on his present farm. He was married to Miss Sarah [Jane] Coon at Mound City, Kan., in 1891, who died 22 years ago. He leaves the following children: Charles L. White, Mapleton; Ernest E. White, Mound City, Kans.; Mrs. Bertha Wilson, Fulton, Kans.; and eight grandchildren. He leaves the following brothers and sisters: William White, Washington, James White, Dalles, Ord.; Mrs. Alice Wilcox, Garden City, Kans.; Mrs. Myrtle DeBolt, Galva, Ill.; Clark White, Boyers, Colo.; Mrs. Sadie Gibbons, Pleasanton, Kans.; Mrs. Mattie Campbell, Pleasanton, Kansas; Mrs. Rosa Williams, Pittsburg, Kans. A brother, Richard F. White of Mantey, died four years ago. His sisters paid him a visit recently. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Mantey M.E. church. The Rev. Earl Bingham of Mapleton will conduct services. Burial will be in the Battlefield cemetery, northeast of Prescott. The Pallbearers will be L. J. Higgins, P. J. Higgins, B. F. Lomax, Charles Saunders, Charles Cosens and Alf Smith. Mr. White was a member of the Modern Woodman of America. His last home was with his son, Ernest on the home place, for the past seven years. He shared his time with his devoted children. He was a man of high integrity, a good neighbor, devoted to home and family - Fort Scott.

Submitted by John Hutchins
Obituary of Sarah (Harkness) White [Daughter of Robert H. and Lydia (Leal) Harkness]
(newspaper clipping from the collection of Alice Jane (White) Wilcox - undated and paper not identified)
Sarah Hawkins *(sic Harkness) was born July 2, 1829, at Catskill, N. Y. [Baptised at Gilchrist Memorial Church in Kortright, Delaware Co., NY Sep 18, 1831; that record shows her birth as 2 July 1831] departed this life Nov. 20, 1917, age 88 years, 4 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage to Hugh A. White Dec. 25, 1852. To this union thirteen children were born, three dying in infancy. On April 4, 1896, Uncle Hugh died, leaving her alone in the old home, as all their children were in homes of their own. So with many a heart ache, but a brave undaunted courage, she broke up housekeeping and went to live with her children. The last ten years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mattie Campbell, except when visiting with the other children. At the age of thirteen she was converted "in the good old fashioned way" and united with the Presbyterian church. When she with her husband came to Kansas in the year 1857 they united with the United Brethren church. The home and family of Uncle Hugh and good wife will be remembered by a host of friends, especially the preachers and county church workers. Every one was treated with a hospitality that counted for much in pioneer days and we are loath to say seldom found in these days of hurry and flurry. When Sunday came the ox team was hitched to the wagon, and with wife and children they drove six and ten miles to church. By their faith ye shall know them. They had tasted the true water of life and did hunger and thirst after righteousness. They believed in the word "ye cannot serve God and mammon." Their lives showed which they served, as out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Aunt Sarah proved she was a true child of the King. She was always cheerful and pleasant. Many have been the remarks of her abundant wealth of courage and ever smiling face. It made no difference how dark the day, she had a light within - the spiritual light that illumined her countenance, and made her refined and lovely. Kind to those about her she was a general favorite. Had she never don an outside act of love the fact that she reared ten children to man and womanhood with no blot to mar the name, would be a crown any woman should be proud to wear. She lived the beautiful unselfish life that proves the reality of the christian religion untarnished by worldly pleasures, such as sets the church and the world on a level. Her life was on of service and her reward eternal life. She leaves ten children as follows: Robert White, Mapleton, Kan.; Jim and Will White, The Dalls, Or.; Alice Wilcox, Garden City, Kan.; Richard White, Prescott, Kan.; Clark White, Colorado; Sadie Gibson and Mattie Campbell, of Pleasanton, Kan.; Rosa Williams, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Myrtle Debolt, Salvia, Ill. and forty-five grand children, eighteen great grand children, with a large circle of friends to miss her. After so long a life of usefulness and the evidence of such blissful rest, none should mourn, but rejoice that she has went to inherit the mansion her Savior has gone to prepare. There she beckons her dear ones to come, and though her chair is vacant, her cheerful voice still, her place in your hearts "mother" lives. On Thursday, Nov. 22, funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Mattie Campbell, conducted by Rev. Ocheltree, of the Methodist church, of which she was a member, having united with the same after moving to near Prescott, there being no U. B. church at that place. The body was tenderly laid to rest beside her companion in Battlefield cemetery. The many floral offerings speak volumes of the high esteem in which she was held, as were the words of tribute and honor spoken by the Rev. Ocheltree. The relatives extend thanks for the kindness shown, the tribute paid and the lovely flowers.

*NOTE:The use of the name Hawkins is either a mis-understanding, a typo, or there is some chance she was adopted, I suppose. Her place of birth is given as Catskill, Greene Co., though the Harknesses and Whites lived around Kortright, Delaware Co., where she was baptized. There is room in the births of siblings for either 2 July 1829 or 1831. Curiouser and curiouser. -- John Hutchins, January 24, 2004

Submitted by John Hutchins
from clipping file of Linda Ogborn, though no newspaper is named; death was 12Jun1945:

Mrs. Norman Harkness
Mrs. Mildred H. Harkness, wife of Norman Harkness, died suddenly Tuesday morning at 4:30 at the Delhi Hospital. Sshe had submitted to appendectomy on June 7th and apparently was recovering nicely. Mrs. Harkness was born December 9, 1913, in Davenport, daughter of Mrs. Marion (Hayner) and the late Willard C. Riddell. She was married at Meredith to Norman Harkness on November 18, 1933. She had resided in Delhi for the past 12 years and graduated from Delaware Academy in 1932. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and a willing and interested worker in the Cub Scouts and was also den mother. Surviving are her husband, a 10-year-old son, Lawrence; her mother; six brothers, Clare Riddell of Oneonta, Neil Riddell of Bloomville, Lt Leslie Riddell in San Marco, Texas, Cpl. Hugh Riddell in Burma, S/Sgt. Leonard Riddell at Keesler Field, La., and Lawrence Riddell of Franklin and three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Hoag, Mrs. Dorothy Burns, and Mrs. Edwin Grant all of Delhi. Funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Baptist Church. Rev. Ralph Randall, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Schenevus Cemetery.

Submitted by Evelyn Henderson O'Connell

Euphemia Buckingham
Laurens - Mrs. Euphemia T. Buckingham, 101, formerly of Laurens, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1986 Oneonta Nursing Home. She was born April 27, 1885, in Hobart, the daughter of James and Lois (Harkness) Thomson. She was married to Charles D. Buckingham, who died in 1949, [married?] on October 26, 1910, in Hobart. She and her husband operated a dairy farm in Harpersfield for many years, moving to Laurens in 1946. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Laurens and a charter member of the Col. Harper Grange, Harpersfield. Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Frank (Virginia) Jamba of Binghamton and Mrs. Lois Evenden of Delhi. Graveside services will be a 11a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Harpersfield Center Rural Cemetery, with the Rev. Frank Reding, pastor of the Laurens Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Submitted by Wayne Simmons
This is the obituary of my gg-grandfather from the August 18 1900 edition of the SIDNEY RECORD .

The death of Mr Nelson Simmons last Monday morning caused a wave of sorrow in our community, where for the last thirty years he has been well known and highly respected . Mr. Simmons' health had been failing since last winter . He suffered little pain but got weaker every day, dying in the 75th year of his age . Mr Simmons was a remarkably quiet man , yet very pleasant and genial in his relations with all . He leaves a widow, three sons, Charles, Frank and Chauncey Simmons and four stepchildren, Mrs Jane Coliar, Will, Dewitt, and Daniel Burdick, to mourn his sad loss . The funeral, held at the house at 2 P.M. Wednesday and the internment in Prospect Hill cemetery, were attended by a large and mournful concourse of friends . The family have the sympathy of all in their deep sorrow .

Evening Kansan-Republican, Wednesday, 10 March 1915. Newton, Harvey Co., KS. Page 1
Submitted by John Hutchins

Mrs. Henry Turner received the sad news this morning of the death of her uncle, Dr. Harkness, which occurred at his home in Wichita. His body will be brought to Newton for burial. An announcement of the funeral will be made later. Dr. Harkness had visited in Newton frequently and many residents here will remember him.

Evening Kansan-Republican, Thursday, 11 March 1915. Newton, Harvey Co., KS. Page 4
Dr. George Harkness who died in Wichita yesterday, is a brother of Mrs. Henry Turner of this city and an uncle of J. I. Harkness, an instructor of the High school, who with his family have been residents of the city for the past seven months. The deceased has filled pulpits in Newton churches several times and has visited at the home of his relatives here. No definite arrangements had been made for the hour of the funeral services which will be held in Wichita, but it is known that interment will be made in the Newton cemetery. Of his death the Eagle says: "Dr. George Harkness, a former Presbyterian minister, dropped dead in the back yard of his home, 703 North Market street, yesterday morning. Dr. Harkness was 77 years old, having been born in New York. He came to Wichita six years ago from Sterling, where he was pastor of the Presbyterian church of that city. He has never had a pastorate in Wichita. "Dr. Harkness is survived by a widow and one son, George Howard, of Jacksonville, Fla. No funeral arrangements will be made until the son is heard from, except that the body will be taken to Newton for burial."

Evening Kansan-Republican, Thursday, 12 March 1915. Newton, Harvey Co., KS. Page 1 THE FUNERAL OF DR. HARKNESS Miss Anna Turner and Hoyt Turner went to Wichita yesterday morning and will remain for the funeral of Dr. Harkness. The services will be held at the residence, 703 North Market street, Saturday at 12:00 o'clock. The service will be in charge of Dr. Brodie. After the services, the relatives and friends will accompany the remains to Newton for burial. The pall bearers will be members of the Bible class of the Presbyterian church, of which Dr. Harkness was a member.

Evening Kansan-Republican, Thursday, 20 March 1918. Newton, Harvey Co., KS. Page 3 DEATH OF MRS. GEORGE HARKNESS Mrs. Henry Turner has received word of the death of her aunt, Mrs. [Isabelle (Douglass)] George Harkness, which occurred at Paris, Ill., Monday, following an apoplectic stroke on the previous Friday. The body will be accompanied to Newton arriving Friday afternoon, and the funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at the Sprinker chapel at 2 o'clock. Rev. A. H. Morrison will officiate. Mrs. Harkness, after the death of her husband, Rev. George Harkness, March 10, 1915, and with her son George came to Newton from Wichita and resided at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Turner at 400 Allison street. Last fall they went to Paris to make their home. Mrs. Harkness is well known here, also in El Dorado and Sterling where Rev. Harkness had pastorates, and in Wichita, where they resided after he had retired from the ministry.

The Monticello Express, 17 June 1915
Death of Robert Henderson
Submitted by John Hutchins

Robert Henderson, for 50 years a resident of Monticello, died at his home on the afternoon of Friday June 11. He had reached the age of 83 years. Mr. Henderson had been in feeble health for the period of two years before death came to him as a welcomed caller. The funeral services were conducted at the family homestead, last Monday afternoon by Rev. Charles B. Cushman, the pastor of the Congregational church. Interment was had in Oakwood cemetery. Robert Henderson was a native of North Harpersfield, Delaware county, New York, where he was born June 30, 1832. At the age of seventeen, he removed to Ohio where he learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner. In the spring of 1855, he came to Iowa, and settled in Jackson county, but after a short stay there, he removed to Castle Grove township in Jones county where he worked at his trade. It was while he was living there that he returned to Ohio and married Polly L. Palmer, at Bassetta, Trumbull county, March 3, 1861. Mr. Henderson had lived longer in the same residence than any other person in Monticello. He built the house in which he always lived, and where he died, in 1866. Mr. And Mrs. Henderson celebrated their golden wedding, March 3, 1911. Mrs. Henderson's father was the son of B. Palmer, a revolutionary soldier, and her mother was the granddaughter of Timothy Johnson, also a revolutionary soldier, whose ancestors were Colonial soldiers and civil officers. John Johnson, the original emigrant from whom these others descended, came to America with the Winthrop fleet in 1669. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and was "the surveyor of all ye armies." Mr. and Mrs. Henderson were the parents of five children, namely: Charles P. Henderson, who died, November 20, 1889; Jennie R., the wife of J. F. Porter, of Davenport, who is president of the Tri-City Electric Railway Co.; Jessie M., who died, August 27, 1867; Ella L., the wife of Charles L. Bartholomew, of Minneapolis, the well known cartoonist whose frequently copied pictures bear the signature of "Bart;" Robert Henderson, of Monticello, who has assumed and follows his father's business as a builder and contractor. Mr. Henderson was an honest and faithful contractor. On any piece of work, no matter how extensive, his oral agreements were as good as his written bond. He therefore never lacked for work. In industry he was a pattern that young men could well follow. Also he was a good citizen who heartily supported every movement for the betterment of the community.

Walton Reporter, Saturday Aug 14, 1915
(from Cannonsville correspondent)
submitted by Dave Stott

Albert Colvin and old and respected resident of the town of Masonville, died Tuesday morning, August 3rd after an illness of four weeks, although for the past few years he had been failing gradually from the result of a shock of paralysis and the infirmities of old age. He was aged 80 years and 6 months. The funeral was held at his late home saturday, Rev. Mckenzie of Masonville conducted the services. Interment in the Masonville Cemetery. Mrs. Colvin was born in Coeymans, Albany County. His father David Colvin came to Delaware county and reside on the Colvin homestead, when the deceased was a lad. With the exception of two years, his entire life was lived on the farm which he pruchased after the death of his father. A man honest and upright in all his dealings, alwasy ready and willing to do a favor, a kind neighbor and loyal friend. His Wife, an only daughter, Mrs. Gordon Winters of Cannonsville, two brothers, George of Burnside, Orange County, Franklin of Coeymans, one sister, Mrs. Rachel Head of Unadilla and many other relaitves are left to mourn his loss. Members of the family from Coeymans, Unadilla, Sidney, Sanford, Cannonsville and Barboursville were all in attendance at the funeral.

The following 'BROWN' newsclippings submitted by Matt Brown
Farifax Seminary Hostpital (Virginia)
From the Delhi Gazette — Apr. 29, 1863

March 28 at the same place, of fever and diarrhea, David Brown Jr., of Walton, aged about 30 years, of Co. B, 144th N.Y. Vols.

From the Delhi Gazette — March 18, 1868

February 28th, 1868, at the residence of this son, Mr. James H. Browne, at Janesville, Wisconsin, of disease of the liver, Mr. David S. Browne, formerly of Delhi, N.Y., in the 71st year of age.

Delaware Gazette — February 24th, 1858

Emily, daughter of David S. and Orpha Brown, of this village, died February 3d, 1858, aged nearly 19 years
Farewell, sister! Gone before us
To the unforeseen spirit land;
Gone to learn the angelic chorus,
Of the immortal, heavenly band.

Late the rose of health was blooming,
And thine eye with joy was bright;
But a message sent was dooming
Health and joy to darkest night.

Now the household band is broken;
Parents, sisters, brothers weep;
Now they last farewell is spoken-
Thou dost lie in dreamless sleep.

May we heed the solemn warning,
That the young may fade and die:
At the resurrection morning,
May we meet in realms on high.

Mrs. Thompson Died Sunday
Submitted by Matt Brown
The Fremont County News, St. Anthony, ID Wed, Sept. 21, 1921 P5-C3

Mrs. Maria J. Thompson, widow of the late Charles Thompson, passed quietly from earth life to the life beyond, Sunday morning, Sept. 18. Death was due to the infirmities of age, deceased having reached the advanced age of 92 years. She as been confined to her bed since Sept. 1st.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the home of her son, C.W. Thompson, with archdeacon Stoy of the Episcopal church officiating. The interment was at the Riverside Cemetery.

Deceased, whose maiden name was Maria Jane Brown, was born in Columbia N.Y. Aug. 1, 1829, and was wedded to Charles Thompson in New York City in August, 1856. After a residence in Wisconsin and Nebraska, Mr., and Mrs. Thompson came to St, Anthony in 1897, where Mr. Thompson died June 5, 1907. Six children survive: Chas. Thompson of St. Anthony; Geo. E. Thompson of Lincoln Nebr., Mrs. Harry King, of Salmon City, Idaho; Mrs C.R. Lucas of Ashton, Idaho; Miss Lou Thompson of St. Anthony; and Mrs. L.S. Burrows, of Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Thompson was a bright and attractive woman, whose loveable character endeared her to her family and a constantly widening circle of friends. Until a short time before her death she continued to take a keen interest in the affairs of the world and life generally, her mind remaining undimmed until her last illness.

Submitted by George Rodrigues, Westport, Mass.
Walton, New York obituary dated 2 Mar 1895 from an unidentified newspaper.

By the death of Mrs. Angeline (Mallory) St. John on Monday last, at the advanced age of 84 years and 3 months, the home, the church and society suffer a loss of a most worthy and valued member. She was the oldest daughter of the late Stephen Hanford, of the Mountain, and the oldest of nine children, four sons and five daughters, of whom but three now survive - Mary Basset of Steuben County, Eliza (Gould) Wakeman of Michigan, and James Hanford of California. Only Eliza was with her sister in her last sickness to be a special comfort to the dying and sorrowing friends. Mrs. St. John's first husband was Adna Mallory, by whom she had five children, three sons and two daughters, only the sons survive. The oldest daughter, Mary, was married to Jared Chace and died the second year of her marriage. The youngest died at the age of fifteen in 1867. Mr. Mallory died in 1862, and the widow was married to Deacon Ephraim St. John in December 1868. Mrs. St. John has filled every position in life with more than common fidelity and usefulness as a daughter, wife and mother. The three sons, Marcus, George and John Mallory, were at her funeral, also a large number of distant relatives and friends, were present to testify their sense of loss now, and faith in her future gain, "for she hath done what she could." The funeral services were conducted at the house by Revs. Nims and Pattengill, Mr. Nims conducting the service and was aided by a quartet choir, whose songs added interest to the occasion.

Submitted by Theodora Mereness Haines, granddaughter of Alice A. Haslett Mereness
From a photocopy of the obituary from Linda Ogborn
From the Oneonta Star, Oneonta, NY; undated.
Caroline's sister, Alice A. Haslett Mereness, d. in 1922, therefore the date of this obituary is abt 1924.
[Notes in square brackets are those of Theodora Mereness Haines, Alice's granddaughter.]

Mrs. Charles A. Abbott.
Caroline Haslett, wife of Charles A. Abbott, notice of whose tragic death appeared in The Star of yesterday, was born at West Kortright on December 3, 1883, and was the daughter of William A. and Caroline (Rowland) Haslett. Her early life was spent there and her preliminary education was received in the district schools of that section. She later graduated from the Oneonta High school and 16 years ago received her diploma from the Oneonta Normal school.

The family moved to Oneonta when she was 18 years old and she had spent nearly her entire life since that time in this city. Following her graduation from the Normal she taught for several years, most of the time in Haverstraw. While there she met Charles A. Abbott and they were united in marriage, in Oneonta, in October of 1914. The first two years of their married life were spent in Haverstraw and seven years ago abt 1917 they moved to Oneonta, where they had since resided, Mr. Abbott being the manager of the S. & S. Shoe store.

Surviving her are her husband, her mother, Mrs. Caroline Haslett of 27 Linden avenue, and one sister, Mrs. Edith H. Tipple of 27 Linden avenue. Another sister, Mrs. Harry A. Mereness, died about two years ago in 1922. There are also three nephews and two nieces, Paul, Archie, Dorothy and Ruth Tipple of Oneonta and Harry Mereness, Jr., of New Bedford, Mass.

The deceased was a member, while a student at the Normal school, of the Alpha Delta sorority. While a young girl she affiliated with the United Presbyterian church and during her residence in Oneonta had been a member of the First Presbyterian church. She was a woman of many lovable qualities, cultured and refined to a high degree and possessed of a rare charm of manner. A devoted wife, daughter and sister and a genial and kind neighbor, her loss will be keenly felt in the family circle and in the wider circle of friends and acquaintances.

She had not been in good health for some time and had feared the existence of a serious malady, facts which undoubtedly had preyed upon her mind. The family and friends can assign no other reason for her rash act than it was committed in a moment of mental unbalance.

The funeral services, which will be private, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Tipple home at 27 Linden avenue, with Rev. Dr. James C. Russell, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be made beside her father in the Milford cemetery."

Submitted by Theodora Mereness Haines, granddaughter of Alice A. Haslett Mereness
undated photocopy of obituary from The Star, Oneonta, NY
Obtained from Linda Ogborn.
[notes in square brackets are those of Theodora Mereness Haines, Alice's granddaughter.]

Alice A. Haslett, Wife of Harry A. Mereness, Woman Held in High Esteem in Oneonta and Graduate of High and State Normal School.

Oneonta relatives received on Saturday morning intelligence of the death of Mrs. Harry A. Mereness, which occurred at New Bedford, Mass., the previous night. While it was known that Mrs. Mereness had been suffering from valvular heart trouble, the first intimation that her condition was considered critical was received late on Friday when a telegram came that she was seriously ill. Her mother, Mrs. Caroline A. [Augusta] Haslett, and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Seth A. [Adelbert] Mereness, made arrangements to leave early Saturday morning for her bedside and had departed when the message came that she had passed away. No particulars were given, but it is assumed here that her ailment assumed a critical form suddenly and caused her demise in a short time.

The funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church at Milford on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the cemetery in that village. [TMH note: on 15 sept 2002 I could not find anything online for a Milford cemetery with the Haslett name in it.]

Mrs. Mereness' maiden name was Alice A. Haslett and she was the daughter of the late William A. Haslett and of Mrs. Caroline A. Haslett, residing on Linden avenue. Born at West Kortright, February 24, 1889, she [Alice] resided many years and during schooldays in this city, graduating first from the Oneonta High school and later from the Oneonta State Normal school in 1909. After teaching at Schenectady and on Long Island she was united in marriage with Harry A. Mereness, son of Dr. and Mrs. S.A. Mereness, [Harry A. Mereness Sr. is] now employed as a chemist at New Bedford.

Mrs. Mereness was a member of the Alpa [sic: Alpha?] Delta sorority at the State Normal and of the United Presbyterian church of this city. She was not only a bright and intelligent young woman but possessed a winsome personality and her large circle of friends will join with the family in mourning her early demise and will extend sympathy to them.

Surviving are her husband, who is also well known in the city; one son, Harry A. jr., her mother, Mrs. Caroline A. Haslett, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles A. Abbott and Mrs. Edith H. Tipple, both residing with the mother on Linden avenue, this city."

[notes in square brackets are those of Theodora Mereness Haines]
A Verified Transcript from the Register of Marriages, in the City of Oneonta County of Ostego, State of New York:
Date of marriage October 7, 1912
Full name of husband HARRY A. [Albert] MERENESS
His residence Milford, New York
Age 24
Race or Color if other than White n/a
Occupation chemist
Husband's Birthplace Carlisle, New York
His Father's Name S. [Seth] A. [Adelbert] Mereness
His Mother's Maiden Name Charlotte Roscoe
Number of Husband's marriage 1
Full name of Wife

Her Residence at Marriage Oneonta, New York
Age 23
Race or Color if other than White n/a
Wife's Birthplace West Kortright, New York
Her Father's Name William Haslett
Her Mother's Name Caroline Rowland
Number of Wife's Marriage 1
Name and Official Position of Person Solemnizing the Marriage J.C. Russell
When Registered October 11, 1912
Registered Number 344
I Solemnly Attest, That this a true Transcript from the Public Register of Marriages as kept in the City Clerk's Office, County of Ostego and in the State Bureau of Vital Statistics of New York.
Dated at Oneonta, the 10th day of September 2002.
Signed Bonnie Sue Molinari [signature and typed]
Official Title: Deputy City Clerk/Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics
"For Genealogical Research Purposes Only was stamped on the transcript"

(from Oneonta, NY "Daily star" 19 nov 1919, p. 6
Transcribed from a photocopy supplied by Clarence Putnam)
[notes in square brackets []by Theodora Mereness Haines, great granddaughter of William A.]
William A. Haslett.
William A. Haslett, formerly a well-known and much respected resident of this city, died early Tuesday morning at his home in Milford. He had been in failing health for the past two years and his demise was not unexpected. The immediate cause of death was rheumatism and stomach truble [sic]. The funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at his late home. Rev. Dr. Russell will officiate and burial will be in the Milford cemetery. Mr. Haslett was born in the town of Davenport in 1850 and was a son of William and Sarah Jane [McNeilly] Haslett. In his early youth the family removed to East Meredith, where he resided until manhood. He was married September 9, 1879 to Caroline A.[Augusta] Rowland of West Kortright, where they resided for a number of years, coming later to Oneonta, where he resided for some time before moving to Milford. While in this city and after moving to Milford so long as health permitted he was a traveling representative of Dauley & Wright. The deceased is survived by his wife, above named, three daughters--Mrs. Charles A. Abbott [Caroline J.] and Mrs. Edith Tipple [Edith M. or H.] of Milford, and Mrs. H.[Harry] A.[Albert] Mereness [Alice A.] of New Bedford, Mass.; and by the following brothers and sisters: Robert Haslett of Walton, Andrew of Treadwell, Mrs. A.D. Pinder [Eliza Ann] of Harrisburgh, Pa., Mrs. G.W. Gilchrist [Esther Jane] of Schenevus and Mrs. Merton Forman [Agnes M.]of West Davenport. He was for many years an elder of the United Presbyterian church at West Kortright, but on removal to Oneonta united with the First Presbyterian church, in which he retained his membership until his death. He was a worthy citizen, a good husband and father and a kind neighbor. General regret will be felt at his demise."

from the Oneonta, NY "Daily Star," 8 Nov 1929, p. 6
From a photocopy supplied by Clarence Putnam:
[notes in square [ ] brackets by Theodora Mereness Haines, great granddaughter of Caroline A.]
[Material in rounded brackets ( ) is as it appeared in the article.]
"Native of North Kortright But Long a Beloved Resident of Oneonta--Funeral Sunday--Interment at Milford
Many friends in Oneonta will learn this morning with profound regret of the death of Mrs. Caroline A. [Augusta] Haslett, which occurred at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday at her home at 27 Linden avenue, this city. [Oneonta, NY]. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage, and she had been ill only since Monday morning. The funeral services, which will be conducted by her pastor, Rev. Dr. James C. Russell, wil [sic] be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at her late home, and burial will be in the family plot in the Milford cemetery. Mrs. Haslett, whose maiden name was Caroline Augusta Rowland, was born May 17, 1859, in North Kortright and was a daughter of William and Caroline (Grant) [note rounded brackets] Rowland. She was married 50 years ago, last September, to William A. Haslett, and for about 20 years the family resided on the Rowland homestead in North Kortright. Later they came to Oneonta, and subsequently for six years lived at Milford. Mr. Haslett dying there in 1919. Two years after she returned to Oneonta, and ever since her home as been at 27 Linden avenue, where she died. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian church in Oneonta and so long as health permitted a regular attendant at the services. The only surviving child of Mrs. Haslett is Mrs. Edith Haslett Tipple, who resided with her and was the last of three daughters of the deceased [Caroline J. 1883-abt 1924 and Alice A. 1889-1922]. She leaves also five grandchildren, Paul Tipple of Buffalo, Archie Tipple of Syracuse, Mrs. Albert Pindar [Dorothy] of Harrisburgh, Pa., Miss Ruth Tipple, a student of the Oneonta High School, and Harry Mereness, Jr., of Long Beach, Cal., also two great-grandchildren [probably Allen Pinder and Percy Pinder/Pindar] and several other relatives, among them Mrs. Carr W. Peck of Oneonta, who is a cousin. The deceased was a woman of fine attainments, serene in spirit, unassuming in manner, devoted to home and family and withal a perfect type of gentle, kindly womanhood."

Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, January l3, l92l

HARVEY HENDERSON was born in Kortright, Delaware County, New York, Oct. 30, l84l. He departed this life Monday morning, Jan. l0, l92l, aged 79 years, 2 months and l0 days. He with a twin sister, were the youngest of a family of twelve children, 7 boys and 5 girls, all of whom with his parents, have preceded him to the spirit world.

He was united in marriage to MISS [Lydia] ELLEN HARKNESS [Dau Robert and Lydia (Leal) Harkness; born 1 September, 1844 in Kortright, Delaware Co., NY, died 1 May 1934 in Leon IA ] at Kortright, New York, and with his wife came to Iowa in April, l88l. After living in Garden Grove for two years, and in Humeston four years, they moved to Kansas, where they lived for fifteen years. They returned to Garden Grove in l902, and eleven years later they came to Leon, where they have made their home ever since.

MR. HENDERSON has been an Ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church for thirty-five years, having been a life long member of the church. He was a Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Atlantic City, in May, l9l0. He was a faithful attendant at all the services of the church and was a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. With unfaltering faith he bore witness to the truth of his Gospel. He loved the Sabbath School, where his place was never vacant when he was able to attend, and had often said that if he had a million dollars to give, he would give it all to the Sabbath School cause, that more children might have an opportunity to be taught the Holy Scriptures. The greatest affliction to him in his illness was that he was unable to attend the services of the church. His great love for it might well be expressed in the words of the old hymn:

I love Thy Church, O Lord,
Her walls before me stand,
Dear as the apple of Thine eye,
And graven on Thy hand.

He will be sadly missed in the leadership and service of our church and in the community, but he has left behind him a rich heritage of precept and example. "He that doeth the will of the Lord abideth forever."

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church, where he had been a constant attendant. T.F. Campbell, officiating. Interment in the Leon Cemetery.

Copied by Nancee (McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
May 2l, 2002
Posted on by Deborah Brownfield Stanley
[addenda by John Hutchins]

Submitted by Eunice Harmon
OBITUARY: John Gransbury, familiarly known in Walton and vicinity, as "Uncle John," died Thursday, Feb. 26 at the home of his daughter in Unadilla. He had gone up there on a visit, some weeks ago, and being stricken with illness, was unable to return to his home at Pinesville. He was 84 years of age. His wife died a few years ago, but eleven children and numerous other relatives survive him. Mr. Gransbury was a native of the town of Walton, and most of his life was spent near here. He served in the Civil War, enlisting in the 144th Regt. in '62 and continuing until the close of the war. He was a man well known in this vicinity, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all. No better tribute to his memory could be given briefly than to quote the words of one of his fellow soldiers who said of him "Uncle John was a thoroughly good man." His body was brought to Walton for burial, Rev. Robert Knapp, preaching the funeral sermon at the ME church Saturday. The Ben Marvin post of which the deceased had been a member attended in a body.

OBITUARY: 1899: Naomi Puffer, wife of John Gransbury, died at her home at Pinesville, Friday, July 22, aged 77 years. She suffered a shock of paralysis six years ago and has never been well since, though she has been able to be about the house most of the time until six weeks ago when she had an epileptic fit. She continued to grow worse and passed away peacefully at 6 o'clock. She is survived by her husband and thirteen sons and daughters. Two sons have died, William killed in the civil war, and Herbert, who died at home. The living are Henry, who resides in Calif., Benjamin in Colorado, Wesley in Kansas (my note: this is my great grandfather, John Wesley, who later came to Idaho), Edward, residence unknown, Charles lives at Loomis, New York, Herman at Accord, New York, Mrs. Levi Foote, Roxbury, New York, Mrs. Neils Larson in British Columbia, Mrs. Charles Vandusen in Unadilla, New York, Mrs. John Nicholsen at Boulder, Colorado, Mrs. Henry Vandusen at Unadilla, New York, Mrs Timothy O'Connor at Cooperstown, New York, Mrs. A. Bradley in Walton, New York. Mrs. Gransbury was a member of the Episcopal Church of Walton. Her funeral was held Monday at her late home at Pinesville and was largely attended.

Submitted by Donna Gigliotti
Hancock Herald, Thursday, October 27, 1938

Our community was greatly saddened to learn of the death of one our former boys, Fred Snyder, of Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Snyder had been ill for some time. His death occurred on Friday evening of last week. He was a son of Mrs. Sophia Snyder, and brother of Mrs. John Biffar of this place. Mrs. Snyder was with him at the time of his death. Mrs. Biffar and family motored to Philadelphia on Monday. The funeral was held on Tuesday. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family. Rock Valley Cor.

Submitted by Donna Gigliotti
OBIT and News article Hancock Herald, Oct 25, 1928- John W. Snyder
Auto Struck by Way Freight After Plunge Over embankment

Men Homeward Bound with Truck Load of Grain-Accident at Hanging Rocks. Plunging over a precipice, 120 feet high, from the log road at Hanging Rocks, east of Long eddy, in a light truck laden with grain as the Erie way freight, west bound, swung around the curve along the Delaware river below, John Snyder, 61, of Rock Valley was killed instantly late Monday afternoon, when his body was severed by the engine. Baldwin Raiford, 35, a neighbor, believed to have been driving the truck, leaped from it just before it crashed in the gorge and escaped with a broken arm. Snyder was hurled from the truck when it landed. The man, six feet tall, weighing 250 pounds, and said to be the largest man in the local country, struck the railroad tracks a few seconds before the engine thundered over him. Before the train came to stop, eight cars passed over Snyder's body. Rushing to the aid of Raiford, the train crew improvised a stretcher and carried him into the caboose and made a record run to the Long Eddy station. His injuries first were believed fatal, but a later examination at a hospital in Port Jervis revealed suffered more from shock than he did from the pain of his broken arm. Snyder and Raiford, who had worked together for a few years, returning from Hankins with a load of grain, and were driving slowly, it was said, around the treacherous curve at Hanging Rocks when the truck veered and pointed its nose over the bank. The cause of the accident could not be explained by Raiford. He said after he regained consciousness, that he only remembered being paralyzed with fright as the truck shot out into space. The truck was a heap of twisted metal. Grain was scattered around the scene for a radius of 150 feet. The Sullivan County coroner arrived at 6:25 o'clock from Monticello and ordered the body removed. He stated that death was of accidental nature. Snyder's body was taken to his home in Rock Valley Tuesday. Both Snyder and Raiford were prominent in the Rock Valley Farming community. Snyder, some years ago, was known for his great strength, and had been highway superintendent in the town of Hancock several terms, elected on the Democratic ticket. For sevel years he acted as deputy commissioner for that section of the town of Hancock under Supt. of Highways, F. W. Lakin. Raiford settled in Rock Valley three years ago, going there from New York City. Raiford's condition was reported serious from Port Jervis but physicians stated that he had a good chance of surviving. The point in the log road where the truck began its fatal plunge is wide enough for only one vehicle. Mud and undergrowth make it slippery. The distance from the side of the road to the edge of the precipice is less than twelve feet. Mr. Snyder is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Sophia Pfeiffer, three sons, Fred an Carl of Philadelphia and Irving of Long Eddy; two daughters, Mrs. Lewis Korb of Honesdale and Mrs. John Biffar of Rock Valley; eight grandchildren, one sister and two brothers. He was born at Girdland, Wayne County, PA., Sept. 2, 1867, and had been a resident of Rock Valley for about forty years, his principal occupation being that of farming. He also engaged in job lumbering. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:00 p. m. at Rock Valley, Rev. Floyd G. Ellis officiating. Interment in Rock Valley Cemetery. Mr. Snyder was a member of the Lutheran church, a man of good character, always ready to help friends and neighbors in anyway possible. He will be greatly missed in his community.

Submitted by Sam Ferguson, April 6, 2001
(From The Times Herald-Record, 5 April 2001)
HELEN BOLLES SHAND New Paltz, N.Y. Helen Bolles Shand of New Paltz, a former elementary teacher who once taught in a one-room school house in Delaware County and a longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at home. She was 93. The daughter of the late Robert and Martha Inez Cassidy Bolles, she was born Feb. 2, 1908, in Delhi. Mrs. Shand was a longtime member of the Reformed Church of New Paltz, serving as deacon and organizing and participating in fund-raising activities for the church. She also served on the Ulster County Elections Board for 25 years; was a member and served as matron in the Order of the Eastern Star #385, Highland; and was a member of the Homemakers of New Paltz for 35 years; and the New Paltz-Gardiner Senior Citizens. Survivors include her husband John Telford Shand, at home; three sons, John Bruce Shand of Pennsylvania, Warren Alan Shand of Virginia and Perry Shand of Hilton Head, N.C.; two daughters, Janet Elizabeth Boudreaux of Rensselaerville and Janis Eileen Witz of Tillson; two sisters, Alice Zimmerman of Delhi and Kathleen Pondolfino of Oneonta; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Sally Wickham and two brothers, Alan Willard Bolles and Warren Bolles. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, April 5, at Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the funeral home with the Rev. Howard Major III officiating. Burial will be in New Paltz Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Reformed Church of New Paltz, Huguenot Street, New Paltz. Funeral arrangements were made by Copeland Funeral Home.

Here are two obits to start with. (I am still trying to locate where the cemetaries mentioned are) The persons in the obits are 2 of my 2nd gr grandfathers sons. Renee Kelley Wright, March 16, 2001
Nelson P. Kelly passed away Wednesday morning, July 18 at his home in Hardenburg, aged 88 years. The funeral service was held Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Methodist Church in Lew Beach. Rev. A. Brazlin of Arena officiated. Burial was made in the Beaverkill cemetary. Besides his wife, he is survived by six children; Vivian W. Kelly of Arington, NJ; Mrs. Rufus Conklin of Turnwood;Mrs. George C. Johnson, Mrs. A.F. Hasbrouck and Mrs. Ina M. Rampe of Binghamton, and Mrs. Frank Faulkner of Lexington, NY; and three sisters, Mrs. Owen Hawver of Treadwell, Mrs. Susie Alton of Arkville, and Jemimah Redmond of Olean; also two brothers, John of Iowa and Zebelon (Zebedee) of Lew Beach.

Zebedee Asa Kelly - OBITUARY
Buriel services were held at St. Aloysius Church saturday morning for Zebedee Asa Kelly, 99 year old Lew Beach resident, who died in Maimonides Hospital on October 26th. He had been a patient in the hospital four days., following a stroke some weeks ago. Mr. Kelly was born on June 13, 1850 at Dry Brook, Delaware County, son of William J. and Susan Bellas Kelly. He had spent much of his life at Lew Beach, where he had a small farm. His wife Euphemia Lane, died several years ago. Two sons, Zebedee Jr. of Lew Beach and Randall, address unknown, survive. Interment was made in the Lew Beach Cemetary.

Death notice of Ebenezer B. Wooden, from Stockton, KS newspaper, Nov. 12, 1903.
submitted by Sandra Townsend, February 21, 2001
Death of E.B. Wooden
E.B. Wooden, father of E.C. Wooden of this city, died Sunday at the home of his son after an illness of two weeks, heart failure being the cause of his death. He was born February 3, 1827, in Andes, Delaware County, New York. In 1862 he went to Minnesota, where he remained until 1885, when he came to Kansas. Mrs. Wooden died 39 years ago. Five children were born to this union, three of whom are living, one son in Colorado, a daughter in St. Louis, and E. C. Wooden of this place, with whom he had been living for some time. He also leaves three sisters and one brother to mourn his loss. He died at the age of 76 years, 9 months and six days. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Talmadge officiating. Interment took place at Stockton cemetery.

Submitted by Larry Houck, February 3, 2001
Andrew Houck
Andrew Houck died in Middletown sanitarium, Middletown, Tuesday, Feb. 3 [1948]. He was 79 years of age and had been in poor health during the past ten years. The son of George W. and Maria Houck, he was born in Shinhopple, Sept. 13, 1868. He was married to Georgiana Signor. After leaving Shinhopple Mr. Houck made his home in Walton. He spent his last five years of life in Middletown.

The funeral service will be held this afternoon, Friday, at 2 in Lyon Brothers' chapel, Rev. Henry Lincoln officiating. The body will be placed in the vault in Walton cemetary. Prayer services were held Wednesday at Hasbrouk Funeral home in Middletown.

Mr. Houck is survived by three sons, Herbert L., Middletown; Glen, Sidney; and Burn, Port Jervis; by two daughters, Mrs. Nadina Belkknapp and Mrs. Hazel Jones, both of Oneonta; and by two brothers, Berton A. Houck and Jerry Houck, of Walton.

Submitted by Harley L. Miller, November 8, 2000
from The Pioneer, published San Jose, California, Saturday, January 28, 1882
Born in Delaware county, New York, June 25, 1829, where he was educated. At a tender age he was left an orphan, and the shaping of his own career left to himself, but he was prepared to meet the "whips and scorns of time" single-handed. His first employment was teaching school at the age of sixteen, and afterwards was, for three years, in a merchantile establishment in Schenectady, New York; he afterwards moved to Paris, Edgar county, Illinois, where he taught school for two years; thence crossed he crossed the plains to the Pacifica coast, leaving St. Joseph, Missouri, May 22, 1852, and arriving in Sacramento, September 13th, to the mines he went for a short time; and in the Winter of that year came to Alviso township, Santa Clara county, where he settled on a farm, with his uncle, A.C. Erkson, near the Lick Mill, now owned by Mrs. Fenton. Here he remained until he purchased two hundred acres of the Alviso Ranch, in 1857, where he made the first improvements attempted on it, and which he occupied until his removal to the city of San Jose, in July, 1874, whither he came to take charge of the store of the Farmers' Union, of which corporation he had been elected President. This position Mr. Erkson held for four years, when he resigned, and, in the month of August 1878, entered into partnership with F.J. Brandon and E.C. Smith, in the grocery and provision trade, their place of business being then, as it is now, Nos. 352-4 Pfister's Block, Santa Clara street. Married, June 4, 1859, Laura A. Derby a native of Massachusetts, and has: William Lewis, and Charles Willard. In the Winter of 1854, Mr. Erkson served in the Assembly, Fifteenth session, and has ever been a staunch Republican, and taken an active part in the Party, having been on several occasions Chairman of the County Committee, and a member of the State Central Committee.

Miscellaneous Obits Submitted by Arretta Early, August 8, 2000
Handwritten date on article: April 23, 1976, newspaper not noted.
Civil leader at Walton William Tweedie dies at 74
WALTON - William A. Tweedie, 74, of 112 Townsend Street, Walton, long active in civic affairs in Delaware County and the Walton area died Thursday, April 22, at his home. He was born November 29, 1901 at Hamden, a son of William and Sabrina (Miller) Tweedie. He married Pearl Hadsell on November 12, 1927 at Cobleskill. He had owned and operated a farm at Crystal Creek, Mundale, for 48 years prior to his retirement. He was a past member and elder of the Mundale United Church; a member of the Plymouth Church; Mundale Grange and past New York State Grange Deputy. He was a former member of Walton Board of Education, having served when the district became centralized; a past treasurer of the Delaware Electric Co-op, and had served as chairman of the Building Committee for O'Neill High School when it was built. He had served as a director of the Walton Fair for many years and had been superintendent of the Grange building at the Walton Fairgrounds for many years. He was past president of the Otsego County Cooperative Insurance Company and had been a member of Company F, New York State National Guard, Walton, during World War I. Surviving are his wife; a son, William C. Tweedie, Walton; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph Kilpatrick, Mrs. Merton Scott, and Mrs. Evan Segar, all of Walton; ten grandchildren and a brother, Horton Tweedie, Walton. The funeral will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at the Walton United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. John B. Hawes, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Wilmer C. Simmons, pastor of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Walton, officiating. Burial will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery. Friends may call Friday at their convenience and until service time at Lyon Brothers Chapel. Grange memorial services will be at 8 p.m., Friday.

From "The Hancock Herald" Thursday, October 28, 1937:
Hamilton R. Holcomb
Hamilton Renwick Holcomb, aged 78, died at his home, 142 Murray street, Binghamton, Oct. 12. He was born near Cedarville, Herkimer county, in 1859. The early part of his life was spent at Trout Brook, Town of Hancock, where he and other members of the family were engaged in the lumber and acid business. He was a brother of the late Albert Holcomb, once supervisor of the Town of Fremont. In 1897 "Ren", as he was familiarly known, went to Binghamton and entered the insurance business which he carried on for many years. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of Christ Church in Binghamton. He is survived by his widow, Anna M. Holcomb; three daughters, Mrs. Charles E. Allen of Baldwinsville; Miss Grace F. Holcomb of Binghamton and Mrs. C. S. Luitwieler, Jr. of Westchester, Mass.; a son, Charles A. of Reading, Mass.; a sister, Mrs. William H. Snyder of Mileses.

Grant Begeal
Grant Begeal, 67, died Wednesday at the home of his brother, Henry Begeal, on Pine Street, Deposit, after a long illness. Mr. Begeal was born at Rood's Creek and resided there for many years, later going to Walton. He was engaged in the quarrying and handling of blue stone, with docks at Rood's Creek and Tyler's Switch in the Town of Hancock. In 1912 he also embarked in the lumber business and operated two large mills up to the time his health failed in 1929. He was well known throughout the Deposit (a section of the newspaper missing here). The Masonic Fraternity, of which Mr. Begeal was a member, held services Friday night at the Lee Funeral Home. Burial was in the cemetery at Hale Eddy. Surviving besides his wife is a foster son, Quentin Begeal, three sisters, Mrs. Fred Lee and Mrs. William Kelly of Deposit, ad Mrs. Olive Burnside, Sidney; four brothers, Elmer of Sidney, Edgar of Rood's Creek and Henry and McKinley of Deposit.

Mrs. Frank Fuller
Ill for many months, Mrs. Frank D. Fuller passed on at the family residence, Preston Park, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 24th, in her 59th year. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Charles Figger, born in North Kortright, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1885. She was united in marriage with Frank D. Fuller Oct. 6, 1905, and for the past twenty-six years the family has resided at Preston Park, going to Pennsylvania from Hamden. Surviving beside her husband are six children, James Fuller of Endicott; Mrs. Hilda Oliver, Johnson City; William, Robert, Florence and Margaret, at home. Services were held Tuesday at Henderson's Funeral Home, Rev. E. E. Brewster of Lake Como officiating. Interment at Hamden. The casket bearers were: Ray, Everet, Floyd, George, Clarence and Ralph Fuller.

Submitted by Brad Lilley, September 21, 2000
Miss Carrie Olmstead
In the neighborhood on "the mountain" by an old tradition oddly named "Dunk Hill" there lived, a generation ago, a community of families whose integrity, loyalty and cultured vision will long be felt in Walton and in boundless and still widening places. From one of these families this past week has gone the last of the older generation who still lived in Walton. With her passing, something strong and fine and eternal is no longer centered in a valiant but increasingly feeble figure painfully plodding the streets on errands of love and friendly kindness. But in the thoughts and hearts of her fellow townsmen what Carrie Olmstead was lives on, rejoicing in her release from infirmities that were heavy burdens, many are saying affectionately and in deepest sincerity, "She went about doing what most of us leave undone". And many smile as they think that at last the protest of her humility is of no avail against the tributes her multitudes of friends are bringing with full hearts. Her father and mother, Hiram Olmstead and Sarah Hanford, were married in the Congregational church of Walton at the close of Sunday morning service the 25th of June, 1848. After two years near the village, they moved to the mountain farm of Mrs. Olmstead's father, Levi Hanford, who lived to be 96 years old, dying in 1888. In this home seven children were born. Of these, Mary, a graduate of Vasser, was a missionary to India, who gave her life through caring for an Indian girl whose illness was passed on to her. Charles, still living, has held pastorates in New York and Massachusetts and is now pastor emeritus of the Congregational church in Fulton. John's absolute honor and wisdom were built into the Walton church which he served in many capacities. Hiram lived long in Walton and later in Worchester and Oneonta where he was a lay preacher of the Methodist church. Henry, the last to leave the home farm, lives now in Gilbertsville, and Julian served as minister of Congregational churches in New York and California. Children and grandchildren of these sons live in many widely scattered parts of the country. Only Edith, daughter of John, is still a resident of Walton. Younger than Hiram and older than Henry, Carrie was born on the 8th of August, 1862. Except for a season of study at Elmira College, she was the home daughter. After the father's death in 1896, she with her mother moved to the home on Townsend Street and the next year came news of Mary's death in India. The serenity and courage with which the mother and sister received the news from so far away made a lasting impression on many who were still to learn to bear such losses. Twenty years later, having lived to almost ninety, Mother Olmstead, to many and many an ideal radiant old age, died after tenderest care by the daughter with whom she lived. Then the brave life of Carrie Olmstead went on alone in the home, still a center of Christian hospitality and from which so much service has always gone to all sorts and conditions of men. It is impossible to name the forms of all her ministrations. Outstanding was her work as a teacher in the church, especially in the home department which she organized and which she cherished as long as she lived. Another near interest was any work done for temperance. But perhaps the truest picture of her was that of a friend quick to help whenever any form of need was seen by her. No distance was to great, no person to obscure or to well known, no occasion was to humble or too significant to know the outpouring of a great heart which gave all and wanted nothing for itself. In 1934, for the first time in years, death broke the circle of brothers and sisters. Three times in close succession the tender heart of the one remaining sister bore the loss of a brother, whose close companionship through the years had strengthened. Each time there shone out faith, cheer, rejoicing for the one who had found new freedom. But physically the strain told heavily. In these last days of weakness, the deep well-hidden scars showed in spite of a will indomitable while strength lasted. Saturday, the 19th of September, she most peacefully fell asleep, watched by the niece who had cared for her last months, and by her brother, Charles, and his wife. Services were held Tuesday at the Congregational church in which her whole life was centered. In the beauty of afternoon sunlight, words often on her own lips and written in her heart. Were read by her pastor, Rev. William N. Tuttle, while hymns she loved were played as her friends gathered. In her church and in her community her works follow her. A greater gift, however, is left to those who were best at knowing her. A share in her triumphant faith that larger life is close at hand and that death is swallowed up in victory.

Submitted by Michelle Gagner
Unknown paper, the year is 1975..I have a funeral card as well..
Harold Smith,78,of Margaretville, died Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Albany Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 26, 1896, at Dunraven, a son of Olney and Margaret (Burger) Smith. He married Rhoda Benedict Dec 24, 1932, in New York City. Mr. Smith owned the Smith Plumbing and Electrical Co., Margaretville, which he started in 1943. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of Margaretville Masonic Lodge No. 389 and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and was a past commander of American Legion Post 216,Margaretville. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Arthur N. Smith,Andes.and Irving B. Smith, El Paso, Texas; six grandchildren;three sisters, Miss Florence M. Smith, Margaretville, Mrs. Dorothy S. Giehn, Manhasset, and Mrs. Elizabeth Parker, Margaretville, two brothers, Morgan G. Smith, Margaretville, and Lloyd Smith, New Palz, and two nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 am, Thursday, November 20, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Margaretville., with the Rev. R. L. Donohue, rector, officiating. Burial will be in Sanford Cemetery, Dunraven. Friends may call at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, from 7 to 9 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, when the family will be in attendance. The Margaretville Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 7;30 pm, Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Submitted by Linda Ogborn from her Obit Collection

Merritt Seeley Roberts died Sunday, March 25 (1923), at his home at East Meredith, age 93 years. He was born November 7, 1829, on the original Roberts' homestead in the Town of Kortright about half way between East Meredith and Bloomville. He was the son of Joseph Worden Roberts and Mary Seeley, both descendants of Revoluntary stock, the latter being an original Daughter of the American Revolution. When Mr. Roberts was about a year old the family moved to the present Roberts' homestead near East Meredith, which has been in the possession of the family for over 100 years. On October 20, 1852, he was united in marriage to Adelia Brownell, who died on February 27, 1919. To them were born four children, two of whom, James A. Roberts and Clary M. Roberts, died in infancy. The surviving children are Joseph I. Roberts, proprietor of the homestead farm, and Mrs. George E. Moore, of Oneonta. Mr. Roberts was the oldest member of Oneonta Lodge, F. & A. M. having joined the lodge in 1864. He was also a member of Delhi chapter No. 249, R.A.M. Mr. Roberts was a farmer throughout his life. The homestead was little more than a wilderness when it came into possession of the family and he helped cut the timber and convert the land into one of the most productive farms in the county. In his active days he dealt considerably in real estate. During the Civil War he was recruiting officer for the 144th New York Volunteer Infantry. The funeral services were held on Wednesday. There was a prayer service at the home at 12 o'clock and services were conducted by Rev. Willis Kilpatrick at the East Meredith Presbyterian church at 1 o'clock. Burial was made in the family plot in the East Meredith cemetery, the Oneonta Masonic lodge being in charge of the services at the grave.

Submitted by "Linda Ogborn
Edgar W. Stimpson, a former Walton business man, passed away Friday, Mar. 23 (1923), at his home in Middletown, age 74 years. Mr. Stimpson was born in Canada in 1849 and came to the states in 1868, his father Omar Stimpson, and older brother, Dr. Alfred O. Stimpson, locating in Long Eddy, Sullivan county, E.W. going to Hancock; being a moulder by trade he engaged with Mr. Walker in foundry work. In 1869 his older brother, Theodore F. came to Hancock and both brothers worked for Mr. Walker for a time; then Mr. Walker took Theodore F. in as a partner, the firm name being then Walker & Stimpson; later the business was purhcased by T. F. Stimpson, who continued the business for many years, E.W. Stimpson working with him. E. W. Stimpson and Edward Beers started the first wagon hub facotry in Delaware County, the firm then being Stimpson & Beers, later changes making it Eells & Stimpson, J. B. Eells being the new partner. Later E.W. Stimpson went to Deposit and managed a hub facotry for J.Q. Clark; a few years later the plant moved to Walton and E.W. Stimson was the manager there. It was located at West End where the L. E. Hoyt and company machine shop later was established. In 1887 E. W. Stimpson and his brother, W.R. Stimpson, started the lumber business at West End in the Lucky brothers mill. The firm name was then Stimpson Bros., which was conducted for a number of years. Later E. W. Stimpson and family removed to Middletown where he has been a faithful employee of the O & W Railroad in their shops up to the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and daughter, Mrs. E. F. Roote, and son-in-law, E. F. Roote, of Middletown, also five brothers, Theodore F. and William F. of Hancock, Walter R. of Pittsburgh, PA, George H. of Walton, Norman M. of Brooklyn and two sisters, Mrs. I. T. Watson of Roscoe and Mrs. M. W.DeKay of Hancock.

Submitted by Brad Lilley
HIRAM B. OLMSTEAD, native of the town of Walton and a resident here for over fifty years, died at his home in Oneonta, Feb. 13, at midnight, of a cerebral hemorrhage, which he had suffered twelve day earlier. In December he was very ill with heart trouble and his daughter, the wife of Rev. VICTOR RAPHAEL of Greencastle Indiana, spent two weeks with him and his wife. He rallied but last week the daughter was again summoned. He was the forth of seven children and the third of five sons of HIRAM and SARAH E. HANFORD OLMSTEAD and was born Sept. 10, 1859, in the house in the mountain neighborhood, which was also his mothers birthplace. After a period of study and of district school teaching he married in 1883 Miss MARY HODGE, a fellow rural teacher and also a neighbor and former pupil. They went to live on the FRANK McCALL farm, near East Brook, for five years, and occupied the JOHN McDONALD farm on the mountain for nine years, where they built a house. Their eldest daughter LOUISE, died in 1897 and he being incapacitated by an accident for a time they left the farm and made their home in Walton for twelve years, until their younger daughter had completed her course in school and was ready for Mt. Holyoke. While here he was a coal dealer for several years and as justice of the peace was a member of the town board. In 1909 they removed to the MERRICK farm at Merrickville and remained until the death of his wife in 1914. He worked as a carpenter for a time and having married Miss IDA WILEY in 1916 they spent the winter in the south. He secured employment there and they made a long season and a leisurely return. In 1920 they removed to Worcester, N.Y. Mr. Olmstead was interested in mechanical pursuits and in building. In Worcester he had just completed a house which they were occupying last October when he found his health giving way, so he thought best to sell the house a remove to Oneonta, nearer his relatives in Walton. He united with the First Congregational church of Walton when a lad of fourteen and served the church at different times as trustee, deacon, teacher and Sunday school superintendent and its foreign board for a number of years as a corporate member. In Worcester he enjoyed his part in choir and Bible school and weekday services of the Methodist Episcopal Church, where he may have been reminded of the rural neighborhood prayer meetings of his boyhood with its one hundred year record. He was asked to assist the Worcester pastor as lay preacher in his out of town appointments and occasionally supplied the home church in the pastor's absence. He is survived by his wife, his daughter Mrs. ANNA RAPHAEL; by his brothers, Rev. CHARLES of Fulton, JOHN of Walton, HENRY of Gilbertsville, Rev. Julian H. of Perris, California; and by his sister CARRIE of Walton. His oldest sister, MARY, died in India in 1897. Funeral services will be at the Lyon's chapel at two o'clock Friday, conducted by Dr. PHILLIPS of Oneonta and rev. MARTIN of Worcester.

Submitted by Wayne F. Baldwin
(Walton Report of June 23, 1933) (Cooks Falls Correspondent)
Willis Cook, veteran of the Civil War and grandson of a veteran of the Revolution, decendant of the pioneer founders of the village of Cooks Falls, died at the home of his daughter in Middletown Tuesday at the age of 96 years. He had lived in Cooks Falls, where he was born until seven years ago, when he removed to Middletown, two years after the death of his wife. His grandfather was Robert Cook, who with his brother, John Cook, migrated to the site of the present Cooks Falls soon after being mustered out of the Revolutionary Army. The latter established themselves there because of the water power in the falls and the settlement which they there established was in a few years known as Cooks Falls. Mr. Cook served in Company B of the 68th New York Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Methodist church at Cooks Falls, with burial following in the cemetery at that place. Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Myrtle Stratton of Livingston Manor, Mrs. Emil Ernie of Cooks Falls and Mrs. J. F. Kitchen of Middletown; also five grandchildren, William Ernie and Miss Myrtle Ernie of Cooks Falls, Mrs. Claude Sprague of Livingston Manor, Clifford Kitchen of Lancaster, Pa., and Millard Kitchen of Middletown.

Submitted by Rhonda
Mrs. Fannie Orr - (Date of death: Oct. 23,1955, Lawrence,Kansas)
Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Orr, 85, died about midnight at her home, 1315 W. 4th St. She was born Jan. 26, 1870, at Walton, N.Y., and had been a resident of Lawrence about 60 years. She was the widow of Oscar Orr, who died a number of years ago. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She is survived by a daughter Miss Hazel Orr, of the home; two granddaughters, Mrs. Willard Muzzey, Salina, and Mrs. Herman Fairbanks, Camp Gordon, GA.; a great grandson, Forrest Muzzey, Salina; Two sisters, Mrs. Nora Hammond, Norwich, N.Y., and Mrs. Cora Tripp, Walton, N.Y., and a brother Charles Bowker, Chadwick, N.Y. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rumsey Funeral Home, with Rev. Rudolph C. Tatsch officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Submitted by Jane Flannery
I found the following obituaries in Downsville News of Dec. 2, 1890.
Calvin Howard Bell died at his home in Delhi on Saturday of last week. Deceased was born in the town of Harpersfield, Del. Co., on the 7th of May, 1835; being the sixth son in a family of seven sons and four daughters, children of Joseph W. Bell and Candace Gaylord, who were married at Harpersfield in 1809. His father was born at Litchfield, Conn., and came to Delaware County at an early age and when it was comparatively a wilderness filled with wolves, deer and Indians. The funeral was held today.

Died in Shavertown November 29th, 1890 Mrs. John E. Gladstone.

Submitted by Ann Hopkins
Woman, for 60 years Resident of Town of new Lisbon (Otsego Co) Siccumbs at Home of Daughter, Mrs. Henry Hove, 1916. Mrs. Eliza J. Pattengill of Mt. Vision died yesterday morning about 8 0'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Shove, 31 Valley View Street (Oneonta) where she was spending the winter. She suffered a stroke of apoplexy December 9th from which she could not rally and finally passed away. Funeral seravices wil be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at the Baptist church of Mt. Vision, conducted by Rev. Walter Gilbride. Mrs Pattengill was born December 24, 1847, (daughter of George W. & Jane (Phillips) Hanford ) at Walton and as a young woman taught school in and about that village where she will be remembered by many. She was the widow of Edward E. Pattengill and for the 60 years since their marriage she has been a resident of the town of New Lisbon. There Mr. and Mrs. Pattengill reared a family of four sons and two daughters, but four of them died during her life-time: Grover Pattengill, Imogene Gregory, Charles F Pattengill and then Dr. Hanford C. Pattengill. The latter two were former students of the Oneonta State Normal school. Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Shove at whose home she passed away and where she was tenderly cared for; a son, Julius E. Pattengill of 10 West End Avenue, this city, (Oneonta); nine grandchildren: George and Harold pattengill, Mis Ruth Shove and J Sumner Shove, all of this city: Stewart and Miss Pauline Gregory of Mt. Vision, Robert Pattengill of Hartwick and Miss Helen Pattengill and William Pattengill of Corning; four sisters: Miss Julia Hanford and Mrs. Lulie Burrows of Tacoma, Wash, Mrs, Mary Miles of Seattle, Wash and Mrs. Woodward of Wausau, Wis.; a brother, George Hanford of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and many nephews and nieces. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Pattengill moved to the village of Mt. Vision which had since been her home. She was a consistent and influential member of the Baptist church of that village. She will be greatly missed from the family fireside, by hosts of friends and in church activities. It was said of her yesterday, "No more consistent Christian soul ever passed from this earth."

Submitted by Cathy Walker
Obit of Ancestor (John Hunter) Born Delaware Co., NY - Here's an obit of my ggg grandfather through his daughter, Mrs. Dan Scott. It appeared in one of the early Sioux Falls, D.T. (now South Dakota) newspapers. I can't say for sure which one since it is pasted in a scrapbook. I live in Sioux Falls, SD and our newapapers for this time period are gone.

DIED - HUNTER--At his residence one mile south of Sioux Falls, D.T., Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 1881, of paralysis, John Hunter, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. Deceased was born in Colchester, Delaware County, N.Y., June 6th, 1807, and united in marriage Nov. 21st 1830, to Miss Lucinda Terry, of the same county. Lived and spent most of his early days in that vicinity, first, as a farmer, also being quite an extensive lumberman, sharing in the perils and hardships with some of the earlier settlers of that romantic and mountainous country in converting the vast forests into lumber, and transferring it to Philadelphia by way of the Delaware River. About the year 1859 he purchased hotel property at Hancock, N.Y., on the line of the Erie railroad and followed that business for six years. Mr. Hunter was one of the earliest settlers of Sioux Falls; has the honor of being the first justice of the peace; built the second house here, and has the finest and most improved farm in Minnehaha County. A little over two years ago he had an attack of paralysis, but partially recovered, and has been in a feeble condition ever since. His greatest desire seemed to be to visit his old home, his friends and his brothers of which he has several living, so last summer he made the trip all alone, returning after a four months visit, looking even better than when he went away, but lived only seven weeks after his return. He belonged to the order of Free Masons, and was buried with Masonic honors. Was plain and outspoken in his conversation. Was a Republican from choice and principle, and commanded the profound respect of all who knew him. The 21st of Nov. 1880, was the golden wedding, the fiftieth anniversary of their married life. In his earlier days he was a member of the Methodist church, and has always maintained a christian like spirit up to his death. Was conscious the number of his days were few, and frequently made the remark that he was ready to go any time. Deceased leaves a widow and 4 children to mourn his loss; two sons and two daughters, as follows: W. T. Hunter, of Carbondale, Pa; Mrs. A. C. Peckham, of Sioux City, Ia; Mrs. Dan Scott, of Deadwood, D.T.; and Henry R. Hunter, of Sioux Falls.
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Here's the two obits I have from the scrapbook (Sioux Falls, S.D. newspapers) for Lucinda (Terry) Hunter, my ggg grandmother.

Died - HUNTER--In Sioux Falls, S.D., Saturday, October 22 (? 2nd digit hard to read), 1892 at 7 o'clock p.m., Mrs. Lucinda Hunter, in the 85th year of her age. The sweet-faced old lady, who has known Sioux Falls nearly as long as anybody, has finally passed away. In the afternoon she drowsed into a sleep, and as evening fell she slept into death. The infirmities of age have for some time been telling on her, and since about a week ago she was compelled to keep to her bed most of the day--and then nature succumbed--or, rather, nature triumphed, and the things of time knew her no more. Mrs. Hunter was born in Delhi, N.Y., December 2, 1807, and was married in 1830, living subsequently also in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1870, and shortly afterwards took a farm, which is now within the city limits and on which the old homestead is still situated. Mr. Hunter died some ten years ago. A son and two daughters survive them--Henry R. Hunter and Mrs. Daniel Scott of this city, and Mrs. A. C. Peckham of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Hunter has during all her womanhood been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. The funeral will take place from the church at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.
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PASSES AWAY - Mrs. Lucinda Hunter, One of the Oldest Settlers in Sioux Falls, Is Dead.
At 7 o'clock Saturday evening Mrs. Lucinda Hunter, who came to Sioux Falls when there was scarcely a hamlet here, died in the 85th year of her age. A week ago she took to her bed, weary rather than sick. Saturday afternoon she fell into a deep and quiet sleep and her beautiful life went out with the beautiful day. The end was painless and the loving watchers by the bedside could scarcely mark the point where the sleep of nature ended and the solumn sleep of death began. Mrs. Hunter was born in Delhi, N.Y., December 2, 1807, and in 1830 was married to the husband with whom she lived fifty-two years, his death occurring ten year ago. The family moved to Sioux Falls in 1870, and Mrs. Hunter has lived here ever since. She leaves three children--Henry Hunter and Mrs. Daniel Scott of this city, and Mrs. A. C. Peckham of Dallas, Tex. The funeral took place from the Methodist church at 3 o'clock this afternoon. The attendance of old settlers was very large.

Submitted by Linda Ballard, June 28, 1999
Orville Ballard, a former bus driver and retired employee of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, died last week Wednesday night at his home in Fleischmanns. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Clovesville Bible Baptist Church. Rev. Richard Prue, pastor of the church, officiated. Burieal is in the Clovesville Cemetery. Mr. Ballard is survived by four sons, Mike Ballard of California, Arthur Ballard of Maine, Thomas and Jonathan Ballard of Grand Gorge, a daughter, Miss Faye Ballard of Arkville, and six grandchildren. He was a native and lifelong resident of Fleischmanns, born Sept. 4, 1908 to Orville and Dora Beatle Ballard. He drove a bus for the Pine Hill Kingston Bus Corp. for 24 years and later worked at the ski center.

Submitted by Linda Ogborn, June 7, 1999
EZRA D. ROWE, Oldest Resdient of Unadilla Township and One of the Oldest Veterans Passes Away - Native of Davenport and Long Resided Near Wells Bridge. Unadilla, March 26 - Died on March 24 (1921), at the residence of his granddaughter, Mrs. George Powers, at East Guilford, Ezra D. Roe, aged 95 years, 11 months, 18 days. The above notice calls the attention to the close of a wonderful life. He was not only the oldest resident of the town of Unadilla, where he spent most of his life near the hamlet of Wells Bridge, but he was also the oldest soldier in the fast-thinning ranks of the verterans of the Civil War. He was born in the town of Davenport on April 6, 1825. He served three years in the Civil War as a member of the 144th regiment. His wife, Eliza Hotaling, died March 10, 1909. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Rose Dean of Masonville, and one granddaughter, Mrs. George Powers, of East Guilford, at whose home he has been so tenderly cared for during the last year. His funeral was held at the Sand Hill Methodist Espiscopal church on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. March 26, the Rev. H. L.Snyder officiating. The interment was in the Sand Hill Cemetery by the side of his wife.

New York Times Obituary - 1939. Abel J. Barlow was a distant cousin of mine and one of the last surviving Civil War veterans in Delaware County. John F. Barlow
Civil War Veteran, 98, Editor of Unadilla Times 50 Years
Special to The New York Times.
BINBHAMTON, N.Y., March 6 - 1939
Abel J. Barlow, for more than fifty years editor of The Unadilla (N.Y.) Times, died today at Cannonsville, Delaware County, in his ninety-ninth year. Mr. Barlow served with Company C, Twenty-seventh Division, New York Volunteers, during the Civil War and was wounded at Chattanooga. Born in a log cabin on his father's farm at Cannonsville in 1840, he was one of three surviving Civil War veterans in Delaware County. Several nieces and nephews survive. Burial will take place Thursday at Deposit, N.Y.

Submitted by Louise Johns Neu , May 26, 1999
Since I'm so thankful for the help in locating Andrew Munro/Monroe's naturalization records I thought I'd send this obituary. I have the whole paper it is in. Source: The Delaware Express, Delhi, (Delaware County), New York, Saturday, May 30, 1896 Vol LVIII, No. 26, Page 8.
Obituary of Mrs Henrietta Monroe McNaught
Early Monday morning, May 25th, Mrs Henrietta McNaught died at her home at Cabin Hill, NY, aged 81 years. The deceased was a native of Scotland, having been born near Loch Lomond. About 1820 her father, Andrew Monroe, emigrated to the more fertile field of America and settled in the town of Andes, where she had ever since resided. In 1836 the deceased was married to Andrew McNaught, also a native of Scotland and who resided on the old McNaught homestead on Cabin Hill. Three children were the fruit of this union, Archibald and Cathaine, like the father having preceded the deceased. For over 60 years Mrs. McNaught had continued to reside on the same farm. Her last illness was of a lingering nature but cheerfully and courageously she bore all, calmly awaiting the inevitable result. On the morning of May 25th at 7:20 the end came peacefully. Like a child falling asleep she passed from those who loved her to that "bourne whence no traveler returns," and in the full possession of all her faculties to the very last. She leaves one son, A.(Andrew) J. McNaught, and family to mourn her loss, and also four brothers, Duncan Monroe of Rhinebeck, NY, John Monroe of Delhi, NY, Gilbert Monroe of Dysart, Iowa, C.B. Monroe of Andes, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Lawrence of Lenox, Mass., and Mrs H.P. Reynolds of New Kingston, NY, besides a large circle of friends. The funeral services, held at the house on Wednesday at 10 A.M. were conducted by Rev. James Bruce, D.D., of Andes, who preached from the text, 2 Tim 10:22. Interment was at the Flats Cemetery, Delhi, NY.

Submitted by Don Elliott
Obituary - Friday, November 27, 1925

Frank Elliott, formerly of Delhi, died in Waterbury, Conn., Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22 after a long and painful illness due to a malignant growth on the spine. He was in the New Haven Hospital six weeks and for eighteen or twenty weeks just passed he has been in St. Mary's Hospital. A prayer service was held at his home in Cheshire, Conn., Monday, and the funeral was held Wednesday at 2 P.M. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.W. Dreyfus, on Elm Street in this village. The interment was in Woodland Cemetery beside his first wife, who was Mary Burgin of Bovina and who died ten years ago. Mr. Elliott was born in Scotland and came to America at the age of five years, the family locating in the town of Delhi. He has been a resident of the town ever since until he removed to Cheshire, Conn., five years ago. He is survived by his second wife, nee Ina O'Brien of Livingston Manor, three daughters, Jennie, wife of A.D. Knapp of Lynbrook, L.I.; Laura, wife of Leslie Thomson of Oneonta, and Ina, wife of A.W. Dreyfus of Delhi; one son, Homer Elliott of Hartford, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Grant Harkness of Cato, N.Y.; one brother, George Elliott of Los Angeles, Cal., and several grandchildren. Mr. Elliott was a member of the Methodist Church of Cheshire. He was a kind husband and good father, devoted always to his family, possesed of the faculty of making friends easily and of the more rare gift of retaining friendships. He had a multitude of friends in Delhi, who sincerely regret his passing.

Submitted by Wayne F. Baldwin, March 13, 1999
Obituary from The Walton Reporter, June 1924 - Here's an obit I found a few years ago while in Walton at the Ogden Free Library:

Aged Cooks Falls Resident Overcome by Heat
Husband Warned Mrs. Cook of Danger but she tried to enter kitchen and was overcome.
(From Cooks Falls Correspondent.)

Mrs. Willis Cook was burned to death in a fire that destroyed her home at Cooks Falls early Tuesday morning. Her husband and his brother, William, who made his home with the elderly couple, were asleep upstairs. Willis Cook was awakened by unusual heat and smoke and went downstairs to investigate the cause and found the kitchen in flames. He hurried to the bedroom adjoining the kitchen where his wife slept and woke her and after telling her the danger thought she would go out the door leading outdooors. He returned upstairs to wake his brother, William, who was still asleep and to save $500 in cash he had there. The two elderly men made their way outdoors but could not find Mrs. Cook, who, they later found, evidently had opened the door from the bedroom into the kitchen and was overcome immediately by the heat and fumes and was unable to rise from the doorway. It is thought that Mrs. Cook, who was quite deaf, did not understand the seriousness of the situation and went to the kitchen with the idea of procuring some money she had placed there from selling butter and eggs. No one knows exactly how the fire started, possibly from the chimney. The brother-in-law, William, smelled smoke as he was about to retire but nothing was thought of it. No doubt the fire smouldered along for hours and finally broke out into flames between three and four o'clock in the morning. Both brothers are crippled from rheumatism and are forced to use canes in walking. Willis Cook, who recently celebrated his eighty-seventh birthday, in his excitement tripped and fell downstairs after waking his brother and brusied his right eye and body but was unaware of his injuries until later when he was resting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Hornung and Peter Bowers told him of them. The house, which though one of the oldest in the vicinity, was very comfortable, had been the home of the Cooks for fifty-three years. The Cook brothers are undecided where to make their home now but as they do not wish to leave the old place may convert one of the buildings remaining into a temporary home for themselves. The house and contents were insured for $500 with H. S. Ogden of Walton. Phoebe Steenrod Cook was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anson Steenrod and was born August 1, 1850, in the town of Hancock near Hawk's Mountain. She was married to Willis Cook March 11, 1871, who survives her. Four daughters were born to this couple: Ella, who married James Ledwith, and who died two years ago; Eliza, who is the wife of Floyd Kitchen of Livingston Manor; Lina, who married Emile Ernie of Cooks Falls; and Myrtle, who is the wife of Moses C. Stratton of New York. Mrs. Cook is survived by two sisters, Jane, Mrs. Horace Woodhouse, of Letonia, Pa.; Ida, Mrs. George Crandall, of Oneonta; and two brothers, Burton Steenrod, of Johnson City; and Levi Collins Steenrod of Cooks Falls. The funeral was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church, the Rev. E. G. Wahl officiating. The sympathy of the community is given to the bereaved husband in the tragic death of his wife.

Submitted by Mary Gillett, January 21, 1999
From the "Ingham County News," Mason, Michigan
September 30, 1886, page 8

DANSVILLE (Mich.) Died, Friday, Sept. 24, at the residence of his son, Ephraim WALKER aged 83 years, after an illness of more than six months. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church of which he was a member. Rev. L.S. Tedman officiating. Mr. Walker was born at Deposit, Delaware county, N.Y. (Nov. 1802). After a short residence in Ohio he moved to Washtenaw county in this state (Mich.). In 1841 he settled in this township, where he has since resided. A wife (Phoebe), two sons (Rufus P. Walker and Urial B. Walker) and three daughters (Sarah Jane DeBar, Annis. M. Stuard and Mary Jane Worden) survive him.

Submitted by Norma Clark, January 15, 1999
This is from the Oneonta Star dated December 25, 1920
Fred Stronigan of West Kortright shot while doing his Barn Chores - Arrest Soon Likely: Sheriff Vordemark, Coroner Silliman and Districk Attorney O'Connor all at scene at a late hour last night. Victim highly esteemed with no known enemies-Officials will spare no efforts or expense to apprehend and convict the murderer. Fred Stronigan, a highly respected farmer residing at West Kortright on the hill road between East Meredith and West Kortright, was undoubtedly brutally murdered while at work doing his chores in his barn between 6 & 7 o'clock last evening, his body being found in the stable when his wife, hearing some noise in the barn, went to investigate. Some suspicions were entertained but at a late hour last night no arrests had been made so far as The Star could learn, although Sheriff Vordemark and Coroner Silliman of Delhi and District Attorney A.L. O'Connor of Hobart were at the scene investigating. According to the information, The Star's Davenport correspondent secured from Dr. T. L. Craig of that village who was called, Mrs. Stronigan went to the barn with a lantern after she heard the rather unusual noise there. When she opened the horse stable door, the lifeless body of her husband fell backwards out of the doorway. Her first impression was that a horse which was known to bm notional had kicked him. With the assistance of others the body was carried to the house and Dr. Craig summoned. At first it was thought that Mr. Stronigan's neck was broken. Dr. Craig on his arrival at once took off the clothes and he found that a charge of shot had taken effect in the right side of the man's body and had all centered in a radius of six or seven inches, indicating that the firearm had been discharged in close range, undoubtedly by someone who had secreted himself in the barn. While Mr. Stronigan was considered of the most peaceful men in the community and was not known to have an enemy in the world, the suspicions of the neighbors turned in one direction-not farther away than to a nearby farm. It is believed from their convictions that an arrest on suspcion at least will be made before morning. Mr. Stronigan was 38 years of age and his whole life has been spent in the neighborhood. He is is son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stronigan, who live near his home. He is a brother of Mrs. Robert A. McMorris, bot of this city, to whom news of the shocking death of their brother came as a great blow. Beside the parents and the two sisters residing here, he leaves two brothers, Samuel and and Frank Stronigan and two sisters, Mrs. Henry Utter and Mrs. Clark Shearer, all of West Kortright. Mr. Stronigan married Margaret Simmons, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Simmons of Davenport Center. and she with three littled childre, the youngest of which is only about two months of age survive. The circumstances thus far unearthed leaves no other conclusion than that someone secreted himself in the barn to await the arrival of his victim to do his chores and then brutally murdered him. The unfortunate man was preminently one against whom none could justly have any grievance. He was known to members of The Star staff who are amazed that anyone could have been inspired with any desire to end his life. The officers of Delaware county owe it to every citizen of the county to spare no effort to unearth the offender and see that he is speedily punished. The expense, no matter what it is, the county will meet cheerfully, we are certain. When it comes to pass that a peaceful and respected farmer cannot go about his chores without danger that some scoundrel under cover of darkness is hovering about to end his life, the county's wealth should be at the disposal of the officers without stint. A telephone call to the sheriff's office at Delhi at 1:00 o'clock this morning brought word that the sheriff had not yet returned from the scene of the murder, and no word had been received from him concerning the preogress of the investigation.

This 1897 (handwritten date August 10, 1897) newspaper clipping sent to us by Laurie Kyle
Drowned in the Flood, Mrs. Launt carried away by the raging flood waters.

Mrs. Ada Launt, wife of Walter Launt, of Launt Hallow, about one and one half miles from Hamden village was drowned in the flood caused by a cloudburst Tuesday night, while fleeing from her home which she believed to be in danger of being washed away. Walter Launt, his wife and two daughters, Carrie and Eva, retired Tuesday night at about 9'oclock. It was raining very hard when they went to bed, but they were not in the least alarmed and were soon asleep. Shortly before 10 o'clock they were awakened by a terrible roar and rush of waters. The crash and din was simply indescribable. Rocks, trees, timber, and tons of debris were swept down the stream, which runs about two rods back of the house. The rain had ceased somewhat, but the water was rapidly rising, which could be told by the ominous swash against the bank. The brook had overflowed its banks at the bridge a few rods above, and a stream was pouring down the road in front of the house. Mrs. Launt was terribly frightened, and urged her husband to go to the barn, which stands on the opposite side of the road from the house on higher ground. Mr. Launt tried to reassure her by telling her they were safe where they were, but she finally prevailed, and taking hold of hands the four started. The gate to the road would not open wide enough to allow but one to pass through at a time. Mr. Launt held it open while the younger girl Eva, passed through. She had no sooner stepped into the road, when the current struck her and she was swept off her feet, and carried from their sight in an instant. Telling his wife and his other daughter to remain where they were Mr. Launt leaped after her but the water caught him and swept him from his feet. He was carried down the flood for several rods but striking a shallow place managed to get a footing. He had hardly gained his feet when his daughter Carrie whom he had left with his wife was carried along in the flood. As she went past he seized her and drew her from the water, but what to do he did not know. His first thought was to carry her to the bank and continue the search for his other daughter, but in her dazed, half drowned condition he was afraid to leave her. He carried her back to the house and to his horror discovered that his wife was gone. The man was nearly frantic; he did not know what to do. George Grant lives about half a mile below the Launt place. He was looking at the flood when he was attracted by cries for help. Hurrying up the road and through the fields he reached a point opposite where the cries seemed to come from but the water was so deep he could not reach the place. He went above and came back wading in water up to his neck. He reached the spot with much difficulty and risk, but found Eva Launt clinging to a great bunch of millet which was yet uncut. She faced the flood and half the time her head was covered by the water. She was nearly exhausted and just about to give up. When the family started for the barn the mother gave Eva a tin box containing forty dollars in money two gold watches and papers to the value of about five hundred dollars. She hung on to the box as long as she could but was finally obliged to drop it and it was lost. Mr. Grant got the girl to the house as best he could and the two girls were cared for while the men continued to look for Mrs. Launt. She was not found until six o'clock the next morning. The body was found by Jas. Wilson and Jno. McFarlane lying on a pile of drift on Donald Crawford's place and was almost entirely nude, the clothing having been torn off by the descent down the stream. It was about a mile from the Launt place. Coroner Gates was notified and visited the place Thursday but did not summon a jury as he deemed it unnecessary. She leaves beside her husband, five children, John, Phillip, Mrs. Frank Mallory, Carrie, and Eva, the last two aged eighteen and twelve respectively. The funeral was held Friday at one o'clock, Rev. Mr. Brown pastor of the M. E. church officiating. Mrs. Launt was fifty-two years of age. Her maiden name was Ada Taylor, she was a native of Wayne county, Pa. She removed to Hamden thirty years ago. She was a woman highly esteemed in the community and a leading member of the Methodist church of Hamden.

From the Sept 17, 1880 edition of the Franklin Register. Submitted by Jim Bartz
"Mr Diedrick Brinkman met death suddenlyand tragically last Monday morning (13 Sep 1880) while on the road to Otego with a load of butter by being run over. As he passed through the village his son Wiliam, knowing the feeble condition of his father and the danger of being on the road alone and with his mettled team took his own team, overtook his father and persuaded him to let him take part of the load and then drove ahead of him the more readily to guard against danger. "But how vain is the help of man!" was shown when going down the mountain on the Otego side by a jolt or sudden start of the horses Mr Brinkman was thrown from the seat and under the wagon so that the hind wheels passed over his chest diagonally crushing and killing him almost instantly. The son heard him speak to the horses and saw him fall and though he was close by could not reach him in time to render any assistance and saw only two expiring gasps of his father as the wagon passed over him. The horses ran by the head team overturing that load in the collision and were stopped by the lines cathching in the fence. Mr Brinkman had been injured by the running of his team a few weeks ago and had not fully recovered his health and strength but persisted in driving his horses contrary to the wishes of his friends. He was one of the most industrious, substantial farmers; his industry and perseverance had won him a competency, a good citizen and a neighbor, a member of the Congregational Church. He was 73 years old, a native of Prussia, coming to Catskill, Greene County to Roxbury 36 years ago and moving to this town (Franklin) in 1868." (End item.)

Diedrick Brinkman was born 1806 and was living in Roxbury, NY when he took the oath of allegiance. He emmigrated from Bremen, Germany in 1836. Three of his sons fought in the Civil War as part of the 144th NYS Infantry: William, b. 8 Jul 1840; Henry, b. 1842 and died on 20 Jun 1862 at White House Landing, VA; Lewis, b. 1844. Other children were: Edward, b 1844; Mary E, b 1847; Eliza A, b 1849; Otis, b. 1858 and Dr. George Henry, b. 1864.

I have much more information on this family and will be glad to share. E-Mail me at or

From Walton Reporter, June 24, 1932 - Submitted by Robin Palmatier Gornell.
Mrs. Mary J. Palmatier passed peacefully away Friday at 12:30 a.m., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Jacobs in Sidney Center, where she had been cared for during the past six weeks. Mrs. Palmatier has been badly crippled from rheumatism for several years but had been able to walk about the ho}se and go out occasionally until about two weeks before her death. Late in the afternoon she went upstairs and upon reaching the top heard the door bell ring. In turning around to descend the stairs she lost her balance and fell the entire length of the stairs. No bones were broken but the shock of the fall and the bruises received confined her to her bed. Mrs. Palmatier was was born November 18, 1847, in this vicinity, where she has spent nearly all of her life. She was a daughter of Orville L. and Caroline Foot Benton. She was united in marriage July 15, 1864, to Harmon Palmatier, who was killed by the Utica flyer on August 15, 1917, while walking the track in search of a neighbor, Jay Fitch, who had gone that way early in the morning to a berry patch. She was a faithful member of the local W.C.T.U, and of the Sidney Center Methodist church, where funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m., Rev. Grant Robinson, pastor of the Walton M. E. church, officiating, assisted by Rev. S. E. Hunt, pastor of the local Methodist church. Three selections were sung by a male trio, composed of John E. Price, Jacob Bartz and C. L. Hartley. Interment was made beside her husband in Highland cemetery. Mrs. Palmatier is survived by one son, George N. Palmatier, of Walton; four grandsons, Orland Palmatier of Walton, Earl Palmatier of Buffalo, Dudley and Paul Chamberlin of Sidney, and three great-grandchildren, Inez and Bernice Palmatier of Morstein, Pa., and Joan Palmatier of Buffalo.

Obituary - Miss Lena Chamberlain.
Lena died May 8, 1925. Don't know the date of the article. Submitted by Robin Palmatier Gornell.
Lena Chamberlain
(Sidney Center correspondent.)
Sidney Center friends of Miss Lena Chamberlain were deeply grieved to learn of her death last week at Unadilla on Friday. She was born in Sidney Center 16 years ago in April and lived here till she was about ten years old, when she moved to Unadilla. She was a girl of unusually sweet disposition and manner and very much loved by everyone. About two years ago she had infantile paralysis, which left her in a helpless condition. Her death was caused by pneumonia. She is survived by her father, Lemuel Chamberlain, and two brothers, Dudley and Paul; also her grandmother, Mrs. Mary J. Palmatier, and her grandfather, John Chamberlain, of Sidney Center. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from Joyce undertaking parlors. The Rev. Cace officiated. Burial in Unadilla cemetery.

These are 2 separate clippings of obituaries of my Grandmother and another relative? I don't know what paper they came out of and only one is dated. The year on these is 1930. Ruth Willson
Young Bloomville Woman Dies After Long Illness
Mrs. Charles Coan Had Suffered With Abscesses for Several Months -- Funeral Services Wednesday - Bloomville, Oct. 19--Mrs. Julia Coan, wife of Charles Coan, died at the Parshall hospital in Oneonta this morning following an extended illness with abscesses. The fatal one lodged on her lung. She underwent an operation at the Stamford hospital last August for an abscessed appendix, and had since had abscesses of various parts of the body. She was taken to the Parshall hospital Thursday when the Stamford hospital closed for the season, and her condition was critical at that time. Surviving Mrs. Coan, who was only 36 years of age, are her father, Powell Grant, Bloomville; her husband; two daughters, Nella, 11 years old, and an infant daughter, Naomi, six and a half months old; three brothers, Lee Grant of Endwell, Harris of North Franklin and Robert, living on the homestead farm here; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Gerowe, who is a member of the Coan home, and Mrs. Fred Dayton of Bloomville. To them the sincere sympathy of wide circles of friends will be extended.
Mrs. Coan had been a resident of this community for the past 25 years, and on March 10, 1915, married Mr. Coan here. She was well known here and held in high regard, and a member of the Ome-me Rebekah lodge and the Methodist church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church. Rev. George Weber will officiate and burial will be made in Riverside cemetery, this village.

Two Bloomville Deaths
Mrs. Mary Coan Ceas and Julia Grant Coan, Both Well Known.
Mrs. Mary Coan Ceas, widow of the late Stephen Ceas, died Friday night at the home of her son, Marshall Ceas, on Brook Street, where she has lived since the death of her husband several years ago. She has been helpless, requiring constant care for a number of years. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. George Weber; interment in Riverside Cemetery. Her only near living relative is the son mentioned above. Mrs. Julia Grant Coan, wife of Charles Coan, died Sunday last in the Oneonta Hospital, to which she was taken on Thursday last when the Stamford hospital was closed for the season. She was taken to the Stamford hospital August 7th and operated on for abscessed appendix. She has since had abscesses in various parts of her body, the last one being on the lung and causing death. Surviving Mrs. Coan, who was only 36 years of age, are her father, Powell Grant, Bloomville; her husband, two daughters, Nella, 11 years old, and an infant daughter, Naomi, six and a half months old; three brothers, Lee Grant of Endwell, Harris of North Franklin and Robert, living on the homestead farm here; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Gerowe, who is a member of the Coan home, and Mrs. Fred Dayton of Bloomville. To them the sympathy of the community is extended. She had been a resident of this community for the past 25 years, and on March 10, 1915 she married Mr. Coan. Mrs. Coan was a member of the Methodist Church, the Ladies' Aid and the Rebekah Lodge.---Bloomville Cor.

These obits have "...Reporter, Walton, N.Y., Friday, November" and on the other side of the articles is one with the date 1944. As the deaths were Sunday, Oct. 29 and then Wed., I am assuming that the date is Friday, November 3, 1944. Submitted by Robin Palmatier Gornell.
William R. Mains of Walton passed away in Binghamton Sunday, Oct. 29. The funeral was held at Lyon Brothers' funeral chapel in Walton Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. H. S. Hawk officiating and burial was made in Walton cemetery. Mr. Mains was born in Walton March 25, 1868. Practically all his life was spent in Walton and he was a farmer during his working years. He was a man devoted to his family and willing to help others at any time. He had been ill for five years. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Beulah Fitch of Walton and Mrs. Nettie Teter; one son, Roy Mains of Sidney Center; five brothers, Robert Mains of Masonville, Daniel Mains of Slaterville, David Mains of Burdett, Davis Mains of Lake Delaware and Martin Mains of New York city; one sister, Miss Catherine Mains of Middletown.

Obituary submitted by Robin Palmatier Gornell.
Earl A. Friend
(From Delhi correspondent)
Earl A. Friend, 52, local florist and rural mail carrier of the past 27 years, died suddenly at his Elm street residence Wednesday morning at 7 following a four-day illness caused by a heart ailment. Private services will be conducted today (Friday) at 2 at the Hall funeral home by Rev. Thomas J. Carlisle, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Delhi. Burial will be in Woodland cemetery. Mr. Friend was born at Davenport Oct. 11, 1891, a son of the late M. Jay and Lena Cargil Friend. He came to Delhi in 1906 and on Oct. 27, 1927, married Miss Ceclia Zsic?] Gabriel. Mr. Friend had operated a florist business in Delhi for 27 years and had been a rural mail carrier since 1918. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian church, the local Odd Fellows and Delhi grange. Surviving are his wife, three sisters, Mrs. J. W. DeWitt, Miss Ethel Friend and Mrs. John H. Griffin, and a brother, Raymond J. Friend, all of Delhi. The greenhouse will be closed until Monday and orders may be left with Leonard P. Hall.

OBIT from April 1931 submitted by Robin Palmatier Gornell.
Herman Henderson, a well known resident of Walton, died at his home on Liberty street Tuesday, April 21st, after an illness of several years' duration. Mr. Henderson, who was 79 years of age was brought up as a farmer on the place on the top of Henderson Hill, near Loomis, owned by his father James Henderson. After the father's death Herman Henderson bought the interests of his brothers, Lafayette and Henry, in the homestead. He purchased a small place at Loomis for his mother, to whom he gave devoted care during her lifetime. He later bought the farm on the river road now owned by George Pierce. Mr. Henderson worked this farm for many years, later selling it to George Pierce, and came to the village to live, where he has since made his home. He served for a time as street commissioner of the village. He was a man who held the confidence of those who knew him. It was in a large part due to his efforts that the Walton Farmers Dairy Company, of which he served as treasurer for years, was put upon its feet financially. In other positions of trust he merited the confidence reposed in him. Mr. Henderson is survived by his wife and one niece, Amber, the daughter of the deceased brother, Lafayette Henderson. The funeral will be held at the residence Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Grant Robinson officiating. Burial will be made in the Walton cemetery.

From 1931 submitted by Robin Palmatier Gornell.
DIED - SWEET - At Shinhople, April 22, Robert Sweet, aged about 50 years.
DANN - In Walton, Apr. 18, Edson S. Dann, aged 82 years.
PALMATIER - In Walton, Apr. 22, Mrs. George N. Palmatier, aged 59 years.
McCLELLAND - In Walton, Apr. 19, Samuel L. McClelland, aged 69 years.
SALTON - In Walton, Apr. 17, Thomas Salton, aged 72 years.
SINES - At Walton, Apr. 22, Leroy E. Sines, aged 57 years.
OWEN - At Margaretville, Thomas Owen, eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Owen of Andes.
MORRISON - At West Delhi, Apr. 16, Mrs. H. A. Morrison, aged 61 years.
SHAVER - At Andes, April 19, Mrs. Harland Shaver, aged 59 years.
TODD - At Dry brook, Apr. 18, O.A. Todd
JAGGER - In Binghamton, Apr. 17, Edwin Stanley Jagger of Cooks Falls.
HENDERSON - At Walton, April 21, Herman Henderson, aged 79 years.
BORST - At Hobart, April 18, Mrs. Mary Borst, aged 79 years.
MITCHELL - In Cohoes, Apr. 19, Dr. James H. Mitchell, formerly of East Meredith,aged 74 years.
SHAW - In Kingston, Apr. 19, Mrs. Herbert Shaw, formerly of Walton.
STOTHARD - In Walton, Apr. 20, John Henry Stothard, aged 72 years.

From June 1932
MUNN - At Mundale, June 18, Mrs. Alexander Munn, aged 72 years.
BROWN - In Undalla, June 16, Miss Sarah Brown, aged 82 years.
PALMATIER - At Sidney Center, June 17, Mrs. Mary J. Palmatier, aged 84 years.
FRISBEE - At Yonkers, June 21, Willard Frisbee of Andes, aged 38 years.
PALMATEER - In Walton, June 20, Mrs. Anna G. Simmons Palmateer, aged 73 years.

From May 1925
GRIFFIN - At Halcottville, May 11, William M. Griffin, aged 79 years.
MICKEL - At West Davenport, May 10, Mrs. Mary Mickel.
BURROWS - In Unadilla, May 7, Mrs. T. Duane Burrows, aged about 80 years.
GLADSTONE - In Andes, May 6, Dr. James A. Gladstone, aged 79 years.
EARL - Near Wellsbridge, May 10, Laverne T. Earl, aged 40 years.
KNAPP - At Masonville, May 8, Abram Knapp.
YOUNG - In Delhi, May 9, Miss Anna Young.
CHAMBERLAIN - At Unadilla, May 8, Miss Lena Chamberlain, aged 16 years.

MARRIAGE notices above these obits:
WHITAKER-deGRAW - In Hancock, May 7, Arlu Vernon Whitaker and Miss Ruth Elizabeth deGraw.
BUSH-VITT - At Forest Hills, L. I., May 9, Dr. E. Ogden Bush of Walton and Miss Ella Vitt of Kew Gardens, L.I.

From 1963 Delhi Newspaper - submitted by Daniel Roach.
Mrs. Mildred E. Roach, 60, Delhi, N.Y., died Tuesday while visiting her son, Clyde D. Roach, Bloomingdale. Other survivors include her husband, Raymond G. Roach Sr. one other son, Raymond G. Roach Jr., Delhi; two brothers Rexford Waring, Delhi, and Donald Waring, Washington; two sisters, Mrs Shirley Kuther & Mrs Margaret Porter, Delhi, and 5 grandchildren.

Items from the Franklin Register - submitted by Maxine Bartz
I had heard about a fatal fire nearly all my life but no one ever filled me in on who or what until we researched in the Franklin library a couple summers ago. I remember living with my family in this new house then occupied by my grandfather and the son of Lewis Brinkman, Charles Lewis Brinkman. -- Maxine Bartz

February 8, 1889 - Mrs Lewis Brinkman came near being a victim to the flames in the burning of their home. She undertook to go upstairs to save something when the flames and smoke rushed from the opening door and suffocated her so that she fell unconscious. A neighbor came in time to rescue her but the mother must have returned in an attempt to reach the stairs passing her unconscious daughter and perished. (The event was January 31, 1889.)

Another item - The funeral of Mrs Jackson wife of the late Erastus Jackson who lost her life in the flames at the burning of the Lewis Brinkman house was attended at the Methodist Church on Sabbath afternoon last. She was the mother of Mrs Brinkman, Mrs George Johnson and W H Wilso of Oneonta all of whom were present.A son George and his daughter live in the West. Mrs Jackson was 78 years old. Friday, February 15, 1889 - On Friday last while sympathy for Mr Brinkman's family who lost their entire household effects by fire was taking practical shape with contributions for their benefit, Mr A C Sidman who was still in town volunteered to repeat "Uncle Rube" and turn the entire proceeds into a relief fund for this good cause. His associates were more than willing to unite with him. Mr Rutherford gave the use of the hall and all other expenses were contributed and the play was advertised for Saturday night. The result was a crowded house with probably the largest receipts ever obtained from a single audience here -- $170. Every seat was taken and some were sold two or three times. Mr Sidman also gave a cash subscription of $5. Subscription papers circulated by Messrs Henry Grant and N K Jackson were receiving liberal subscriptions at last reports. We learned that collections were also taken for this object on the last Sabbath at the Croton (Treadwell) churches. Mrs Sands of Unadilla sent his check for $50 to Mr Brinkman. In the trying ordeal through which they have passed this worthy family have found that friends are not wanton. Friday, February 22, 1889 - We learned that Lewis Brinkman is preparing to build another house on the side of the recently burned.

Addendum: On the death records at the Franklin Town Clerk's office it is revealed that on January 31, 1889, Sarah E Jackson died. She was born in Sidney, NY. Age 78. Her father was Samuel Smith, mother's name unknown.

Items from the Hobart Independent, dated Thursday, November 8, 1888 - submitted by Laura Perkins
Married. At Grand Gorge, Oct. 30th, by Rev. Albrecht, L.P. Ellis of Gilboa and Miss Belle Crary.

Died In Kortright, Nov 4th, Mrs. Jane W. McMurdy, aged 77 years.
In Middletown, N.Y., Nov 2d, Lafayette Taylor, aged 64 years, brother of J.W. Taylor, of this village.
At Irvington-on-the-Hudson, Oct 29th, Mrs. C.A. Ford, aged 74 years.

Obituary: Will A. Lawton, one of Oxford's well-known and popular young men, died very suddenly, Oct 30th. He was supposed to have recovered from a recent attack of diphtheria and went out hunting in the woods. He seems to have taken a sudden cold and died almost instantly from suffocation, while at the breakfast table of a farmer relative a few miles distant in the country.

Submitted by Dan Touse
James Waring died at his home at West Brook on Tuesday [7Sept1897.] He had been in declining health for several years and his death was not unexpected. He was a son of Hiram Waring and was born in the town of Tompkins, 71 years ago. He was one of the pioneers in the vicinity of his home, having cleared the homestead where he spent the greater portion of his life. He leaves a widow [Maria Huxford Waring,] one son Charles, and a daughter Mrs C.E. Babcock of this village. He is also survived by three brothers - Charles, Kansas; Edwin, California; and George of Northfield. He was a descendant of Lieut. James Weed, formerly of Walton. The funeral will be held to-day at Plymouth Church.

[Note: Lt James Weed was father of Elizabeth, who m Linus Waring and had Hiram. James Weed d at Walton 1818. James Waring's grave has not been located. Dt] ------------
Mon, 6 Jan 1913 - p1 Col 4 - The Daily Mercury, Manhattan, Kansas


Charles Waring died Saturday at 10:45p.m. of apoplexy, aged 85 years. He was stricken last Tuesday and had been unconscious since that time. He was born in Walton, NY, Nov 15, 1827. He early learned the carpenter's trade and went into business for himself as contractor and builder. In 1852 he bought a farm and made his home thereon until 1857. He came to Kansas in 1857 and settled in Manhattan. During his first year's residence here, Mr Waring made a claim to a tract of land across the Kansas [river] which he finally preempted. He worked as a carpenter here until 1862, when he enlisted in Co G, 11th Kans Inf. The princial battles in which he took part were fought at Ft Wayne, Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, Van Buren, Lexinton, Mo, and the Little Blue [river.] he and his comrades were engaged much of the time in driving bush-whackers out of Arkansas and Missouri and in June 1863, he was transferred to the headquarters band and with his regiment was sent to the frontier, where they took part in the battle of Platte Ridge, Wyoming Territory, which was waged against 3,000 Indians, the contest lasting three days. He was honorably discharged at Ft Leavenworth, Sept 20, 1865, having done his duty as a true soldier in all times and at all places. After the war Mr Waring came back to Manhattan and resumed his business as a carpenter, at which he continued until advancing age forced him to retire. He was a member of A.F. & A.M., belonging to the LaFayette Lodge, No 16, and was also a prominent member of the G.A.R. Lew Gove Post, No 100. These organizations conducted the funeral services, which were held from the Methodist Church at 2o'clock this afternoon, Dr Kimball officiating. His old officer, whom he served under in the army, Capt Pearce of Junction City, came to be one of the pall bearers. Mr Waring is survived by a wife and five children. Three sons, who are on the Pacific coast could not be here to attend the funeral. His daughters, Mrs Follette of Chanutte, and Mrs Mear of Eskridge, came with their husbands. Mr Waring was a man of wide acquaintance and leaves numberless friends, especially among the old soldiers, who will miss him.

OBITUARY - as it appeared in the Hancock Herald on November 11, 1948. Submitted by Mark S. Barnes
Lewis G. Carpenter
Dies at Age of 79
Funeral Monday
----------- Practiced Law Here Nearly Half a Century
Active in Legal, Political and Fraternal Affairs
Attorney Lewis G. Carpenter of Hancock died on Friday evening, November 5, 1948, at his home following an illness of 18 months. He would have been 80 years old next February and had spent nearly a half century in the practice of law. Mr. Carpenter was born February 21, 1869 at Kelsey, son of John and Mary Wood Carpenter. He was married January 15, 1898, to Albert Seibert and on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary this year they held open house which was attended by a host of friends, eloquent testimony of the esteem in which both are held by the community and surrounding country. At the time of their marriage, Mr. Carpenter was teaching school at Apex and reading law. Later he attended Albany Law School and was admitted to the bar on March, 1899. Since then, except for a short period when he returned to teaching, he had practiced law in the village of Hancock. Early in his career he was associated with Lawyer Gould, but soon started his own practice. For 32 years he occupied offices in the Wheelock Building, moving them to his home about six years ago. Mr. Carpenter was well known in legal, political and fraternal circles in Delaware County. He represented the Town of Hancock for two terms as supervisor, was elected Justice of the Peace numerous times, and served as Town Clerk and Police Justice for many years. He was past master of Hancock Lodge, F. & A. M. and a past high priest of Shehawken Chapter, R. A. M. He was also a member of Chehocton Lodge, I. O. O. F., and recently served a term as district deputy grand master. At the time of his death he was an honorary member of Hancock Rotary Club, having been one of its most faithful workers and a director. He was a member for many years of Hancock Board of Trade. In his religious life, Mr. Carpenter was a faithful member of Emory Methodist Church, served on its official board and took an active part in Sunday School affairs. Besides his wife, Mr. Carpenter is survived by a son, L. Seibert Carpenter of Syracuse; a daughter, Mrs. Fred Campbell of Hancock; a sister, Mrs. Byron Crisman of Cannonsville; a brother Adelbert Carpenter of Minneapolis; and three grandchildren, Grant, Sally and Karen Carpenter of Syracuse. A Masonic funeral service was held at the Tyler Funeral Home on Sunday evening with R. W. Vincent N. Elwood officiating. Church services were held at Emory Methodist Church on Monday at 2 o'clock with Rev. Herbert C. Greenland, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, committal services being in charge of the I. O. O. F. Bearers were three brother Masons, F. W. Sherwood, A. E. Kerr and Leon Linkroom, and three brother Odd Fellows, James Bolles, Frank Moore, and Howard Roloson. The following paragraph was contributed by the secretary of Chehocton Lodge No. 584, I. O. O. F. Lewis G. Carpenter joined Chehocton Lodge Oct. 28, 1905. He filled the office of Right Scene Supporter from June, 1907 to Dec. 31, 1907. During 1908 he was chaplain and on June 30, 1909, was elected Vice Grand and in December, 1909, was elected Noble Grand. He was secretary for a number of years and was one of the trustees during the building and finishing of the present Odd Fellows building. He was very prominent in all of the activities of the Lodge and three years ago served as District Deputy Grand Master and installed all the officers in the district except Maywood, where he was unable to attend because of the condition of the roads. He belonged to the Encampment and was an honored member of the Uniform Rank. His last attendance in Lodge was on the evening of Sept. 7, 1948, when a number of the brothers of the lodge carried him up the stairs. In response to the invitation of the Noble Grand he said in part that he was very thankful to the Lodge for all the attention they had given him and lived in hopes of being able to take his place on the active list. Fourteen members were present to greet him. In the death of Brother Carpenter, Chehocton Lodge has lost a valued member whose place it will be hard to fill.

While searching the Smith/Bullock line, I ran across this article from the "Roundout" paper published in March, 1885. - Linda Ogborn, September 1998
"Mrs. Chloe Smith, the oldest person in Delaware County, died in the Town of Middletown, on February 28, 1885. Her grandson furnished us with the following sketch of her life. Chloe Smith was born in 1779 in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of Daniel Bullock. She early married Christopher Smith. Her two older sisters also married elder brothers of Smith. About 1800, she and her husband went to Delaware County, when it was a wilderness, and settled in the Town of Middletown and cleared a farm. Eleven children were born to them of all whom are living except Edward, the oldest. Her husband died in 1855. Prior to her death she had been living with her son William in the same town that she settled in with her husband and near her old home. She had 59 grand children, 121 great grand children and 38 great-great grand children. For weeks prior to her death she ate regularly, slept well, walked about her home with the aid of a cane but had entirely lost the power of speech. She could see but little and had no memory, she even failed to know her own children and was simply a child of 106."

Orpha Mae Woolheater - submitted by Lodema Jenkins
Mrs. Orpha Mae Woolheater, 91, of Kelly Corners, a long-time resident of the area, died Oct 17 at Margaretville Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Woolheater was born June 14, 1885 in the Redkill Valley of the town of Middletown, Delaware county, a daughter of James and Anna (Lawrence) Kelly. She was married to Leon Woolheater in 1905. He died in January of 1957. She had lived in Kelly Corners for the past 70 years. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Harold (Sadie) Raeder, Kelly Corners; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and a nephew. The funeral was a 2pm Tuesday at Miller funeral home, Roxbury, with the Rev Russell E Sargent, pastor of the Margaretville United Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in Bedell cemetery.

Article from Grandmother Grace (Davis) Fitch's Diary from unknown newspaper. Floran was uncle to grandfather Milton L. Fitch b 1894 in Sidney Center. Submitted by Sandee
Jan.8, 1938
Floran LaVelle Fitch died at the home of his son, Clifford Fitch, on Pines Brook, Jan 7, 1938 at 11:45 p.m. He had been in failing health since June. LaVelle Fitch was born at Sidney Center, Feb. 19, 1868. He was a decendant of William Fitch whose ancestors came from England. He came to Pines Brook to spend a weekend with his teacher, Paul Nichols, and later was employed by Nathan Jenkins on his farm. In 1888 he married Alice Bartlett, daughter of Erastus Bartlett. They operated farms in Northfield and Sidney Center. In 1899, the family came to Pines Brook purchasing the Sherman Henderson farm which they operated in conjunction with the Erastus Bartlett homestead farm. After the marriage of the older son to Lydia Jenkins in June of 1910, they turned the management of the farm over to him. Mr. Fitch taught his grandchildren to respect the traditions of the Sherman Herderson farm. For instance, he explained the painstaking care with which Mr. Henderson, a Civil War Veteran, had taken in making the wooden sap buckets, a number of which are still in good condition. He taught them the process of making maple syrup from the virgin maple trees still on the farm. In the community he was beloved and respected by all. He possessed an unusual memory and natural leadership qualities and was an example of unselfish and faithful devotion to his daily tasks and to his family. Mr. Fitch is survived lby his widow, Alice Bartlett Fitch, a son Clifford Fitch and twelve grandchildren. A son George Fitch, was killed in a buzz saw accident in 1936. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Baptist Church in Walton. Rev. Frank Lathom officiating. Burial was made in the Walton Cemetery. Mr Fitch was a member of the Baptist Church in Sidney Center.

Emil Ernie Obit submitted by Wayne F. Baldwin, December 6, 1998
I've been researching the C00K-ERNI(E)-ROBERTS family for friends of mine for over nine years now. In this searching the family tradition that their grandfather, Emil ERNIE, was born in Switzerland was disproved on my trip on Saturday, November 27, 1998 to the William T. Ogden Free Library in Walton. From the Walton Reporter of 30 November 1945, page 9 column 4 we find the obituary of Emil Ernie, which reads as follows:

(Livingston Manor correspondent)
Emil Ernie passed away suddenly Nov. 15. He was born in New York city Mar. 21, 1873. When he was a very young child his family moved to Switzerland. When he was 15 years old he returned to the United States, and the remainder of his life was spent in Cooks Falls. Surviving are his wife, Angeline; two daughters, Marion Sprague of Livingston Manor; and Mrs. Myrtle Roberts, Cooks Falls; a son, William of Hancock; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18, at the Methodist church with the Rev. A. C. Potter officiating. Burial was made in the family plot beside a daughter who died in infancy. Mr. Ernie will be greatly missed in the community. He was never too busy to help those who needed it.

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