by Joyce M. Tice
|Reading a series of obituaries from a single
cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational
history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular
time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives
and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade"
All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com)
BENSON - Eva O. BESLEY
Mrs. Eva O. Besley died Wednesday morning at the home of her son Walter Besley, 428 West Fifth street, Elmira, aged fifty-eight years. She is survived by her husband. G. B. Besley, and six children: Edward of Horseheads, Leda of Springfield, Pa; Charles, Herbert and Lena of Wells, Pa., and Walter of Elmira. The remains were removed to Wells, Pa., where the funeral will be held.
Edson Brewer died during the night of Dec. 16th at his home above Mosherville, after a long and painful illness of many weeks. Funeral to be held at Mosherville Thursday, Dec. 29th. He leaves a young widow and an infant child, besides many other near friends and relatives to mourn his untimely death. His demise causes much sorrow to a host of friends. (I believe this to be in 1910)
JOSEPH W. BREWER
Mosherville, March 27—Joseph W. Brewer died at the family near Mosherville Thursday morning at 4:30 o’clock, aged 72 years. Mr. Brewer had been in poor health for some months. His death came as a shock to his family. Mr. Brewer had been a life-long resident of the vicinity in which he lived and died. He was a successful farmer of the community. He is survived by his widow and five children, four sons and one daughter; Walter and Ray at home; Lyman at Mosherville; Fred of Gillett; Mrs. Charles Besley also of Mosherville; one brother Jerome of Mosherville and one sister Mrs. Clarence J. French of Buffalo; fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. The funeral will be held at the late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. George Burroughs, pastor of the Mosherville Baptist Church of which Mr. Brewer was a member will officiate. Interment in the Mosherville Cemetery. (handwritten on article March 25, 1926)
The death of this well known resident of Wells, Pa., occurred at his home near Mosherville on Thursday of last week at about four p.m. He had been in feeble health for several years, but nevertheless the news of his decease was received with a distinct shock by his numerous friends here, who esteemed and honor him highly. His age was about eighty-three years. Deceased was a member of a large family, and his long and useful life was spent in the community where it ended, and where since early manhood he occupied a prominent position with distinguished credit. Two of his brothers died only recently, and but one of the family survives, Hendrick Brewer, of Wells, the youngest brothers. These Brewers were noted as hard workers, whose integrity was beyond question and whose many good qualities attracted and retained friendship and high regard. Deceased had witnessed great changes and improvements in his community and its surrounding, in the accomplishment of which he bore a prominent part. Mr. Brewer was a member of Wells Lodge, I.O.O.F., and in his daily life had exemplified the principles of that noble order for about fifty years. He was wise in council, fraternal in spirit and loyal to his friends and associates. His death will create a void that it will be hard to fill. Deceased leaves a widow, four sons and two daughters. Joseph, Alice and Lena were the fruits of a first marriage; by the second are William, Jerome and Bert. The two last named are twins and reside at home. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in Mosherville. It was held on Sunday last, the time being one o’clock at the home and two at the church. Burial in Mosherville cemetery, George Miller Officiating. (I believe this to be in 1912)
BUCKLEY - MRS. SARAH BENSON (SRGP 65873)
Mrs. Sarah Benson, 77, late of Mosherville, Pa. died Tuesday at 7:10 a.m.She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George H. Corey of Bayside, L.I., a brother, Lewis Soper, 93, of Austinville, Pa.; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Benson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and Ladies’ Aid Society of Mosherville. The body reposes in the Hagerman funeral home until Thursday noon when it will be removed to the Mosherville M. E. Church. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. L. S. Basford of Troy, Pa. will officiate. Burial in the Mosherville Cemetery. (handwritten on article Apr. 25, 1933)
ALBERT S. CANFIELD, 59, late of 174 Tuttle Avenue died this morning (Apr. 21, 1932) at 12:30 o’colck. He is survived by his widow; a step-daughter, Mrs. Sarah Patterson; two stepsons, Archie and Jesse Carman, all of Elmira; a sister, Mrs. Martha Freeman of Mosherville, Pa.; a niece, Mrs. Bernice Clark of Elmira. The remains repose in the Davis Funeral Home, where the funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. Burial in the Mosherville Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/21/1932
The funeral of George Canfield late of 713 Casey Street was held today with a prayer service at 12:45 p.m. in the Wilson undertaking rooms. The funeral was held in ……. Burial was in the Mosherville cemetery.
CARR, Harrison - (SRGP 67367) Harrison Carr died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home of his nephew, Charles Beers near Mosherville. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the home of Charles Beers of Mosherville. The Rev. Charles Garrett of Daggett, PA will officate. Burial in the Mosherville Cemetery.
WILLIAM J. HUNGERFORD of North Chemung. The body is at the Page-Jamieson Funeral Home, Wellsburg, where friends may call today from2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Tuesday (Aug. 2, 1955) at 2 p.m., the Rev. Kenneth McElwain. Mosherville (Pa.) Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/1/1955
LITTLE, Grace G. Little Hungerford
Mrs. Grace G. Little-Hungerford of Jackson Summit died Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock after an extended illness, aged thirty-eight years. She is survived by her husband, William Hungerford; two daughters, Vivian and Myrtle; four sons, Ralph Carlton, Jasper, William and Raymond; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Little of Mosherville. She was a member of the Union Church at Mosherville and was highly respected. The funeral was held at Mosherville Thursday at 2 o’clock and burial was in the Mosherville cemetery.
OLDROYD, Harriet Oldroyd Brewer
Mrs. Harriet Oldroyd Brewer, wife of Johnson Brewer, died at her home at Mosherville, on Saturday morning, March 26th, aged sixty-two years, with inflammatory rheumatism and other complications for several years. She bore her sufferings with true Christian fortitude and as the end drew near was ready and willing and even anxious to go and be forever with the Lord and her loved ones. Mrs. Brewer’s maiden name was Harriet Oldroyd; her parents came from England and settled in Rutland, Tioga Co., Pa., when they accumulated much wealth and raised a large, respectable family of children. Her father was widely known as “Colonel” Oldroyd. Mrs. Brewer is survived by her husband, Johnson, one son, William Henry, who resides with his family near Williamsport, N.Y., four brothers, Judson Oldroyd, of Rutland, Ed. Oldroyd, of Elmira, Mason Oldroyd and Terrence Oldroyd of this place, two sisters, Mr. Hendrick Brewer, of this place, and Mrs. Menzo E. Avery, of Gillett. The deceased was an estimable Christian woman, beloved by a large acquaintance. The funeral and burial were at Mosherville on Monday and the remains tenderly laid at rest in Hillside cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.
OSBORN - (Updyke) - Mrs. Sarah M. Updyke - On Saturday, Dec. 19,  the many friends of Mrs. Sarah. M. Updyke gathered at the Wells Church to pay the last tribute of respect possible to their departed friend. The decesased was born in Fleming Township, Cayuga Co., N. Y. in 1827. She was the mother of six children - Alice Bogardus, Elmira; William Updyke, Southport; Clark Updyke, Rutland; Mrs. Lyman Brewer, Wells; Melvin Updyke, Rutland, and Henry Updyke, Jackson - all of whom survive to mourn her loss. She was the kindest and most indulgent of mothers. Her life was one of self sacrifice to her children. When in want or trouble they would to go her and he was ever ready to lend a helping hand. She has been faithful to friends and relatives here and has gone to reap her reward. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dewitt Myers in a very impressive manner. The interment was in Wells Cemetery.
COE S. OWEN Coe S. Owen died Monday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Delos E. Eaton at Webb. He is survived by three grandchildren, Francis Eaton of Elmira, John Eaton of Montana, Walter Eaton of Wells, Pa. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Mosherville Church, the Rev. Seymour Barrett to officiate. Burial in the Mosherville cemetery. (handwritten on article Dec. 26 1921)
JOHN A. PELLETT John A. Pellett, a resident of Webb Mills over a half century, died at the family home in that place yesterday morning, aged sixty-seven years. He had been an officer in the Pine City Baptist Church many years and was a respected citizen. The decedent is survived by his widow, and three daughters, Mrs. E. M. Knapp of Webb Mills, Mrs. F. L. Whitney of Austin, Texas, and Mrs. W. G. Snyder of Southport Corners. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the family home, the Rev. Mr. Ripley of Pine City to officiate. Burial at Mosherville, Pa. (handwritten on article June 26, 1912)
SEELEY - The death of Mrs. Martha J. Daggett occurred last night at her home, No. 410 Herrick street, at 9 o’clock. She was sixty-seven years of age, and death was caused by peritonitis. Deceased is survived by her husband, C. C. Daggett and eight children, Edward of West Superior, Wis., Merritt W., of Wellsville, Pa., Willis C., George and Leman, of Elmira, Fred of Potter Brook, Pa., Mrs. Charles Updike, of Jackson Summit, Pa., and Mrs. Judson Buell, of this city. The funeral will be held at the residence at 1:15 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The remains will be taken to Mosherville, Pa., for interment. The deceased was a member of the Wells Presbyterian church. She was a devout Christian. In her home life she displayed the qualities of a true mother, bringing up her children in a manner worthy of her character. The reciprocated the feeling of love and to them the loss of the mother is a sad blow (Elmira, New York newspaper, Friday, June 25, 1897).
STEWART Mary - Mrs. George TILLINGHAST, of Christian Hollow, died quite suddenly on Monday last, although she had been an invalid for many years. The husband of deaceased is a brother of Charles, John and William TILLINGHAST, of this place, and many friends from this vicinity attended the funeral at Mosherville on Wednesday.
TILLINGHAST EMMA - Mrs. Ed Norton, formerly Emma Tillinghast, of this place, died at the home of her brother, Melvin Tillinghast,at Mitchell's Mills, on Tuesday of last week. She had a severe attack of measles a few weeks ago which culminated in a fatal attack of quick consumption. Deceased was a kind and affectionate wife and devoted mother, Her age was twenty-one years. She leaves a father, George Tillinghast, of Steuben County, N. Y.; one brother, who resides at Mitchell's Mills, and one sister, Mrs. Della Down, of Elmira; a husband and three children, the youngest being only a few months old. The funeral occurred Thursday and was largely attended. The remains were brought to Mosherville for burial and were tenderly laid beside her mother who preceded her a few years ago. Services were conducted in the Wells Union Church; Rev. Walter St.John, of Pine City, officiated. The afflicted relatives have the sympathy of all.
WARD, Lucy - Mrs. Lucy Barrett - Death at an Advanced Age. Died, In Wells township, Bradford Co., Pa., Feb. 13th, at the residence of her son, A. C. Barrett, Mrs. Lucy Barrett, aged 94 years. The funeral and interment were held at Mosherville on Sunday, the 15th, and was largely attended. Rev. Dewitt, of Austinville, officiating. Deceased was the last person in the town here in the last century, and the last one drawing a pension for the war of 1812. The following clipping is from the Wells correspondence of the Towanda Reporter- Journal of Jan. 22,1891. The Wm. Barrett and Mrs. Aurilla Robinson spoken of live in Jackson, near the Summit. The "Rev." used as a prefex to David Griswold's name is incorrect. One day last week your correspondent had the pleasure of an "interview" with Mrs. Lucy Barrett, who on Sunday, the 11th instant celebrated her ninety-fourth birthday. The following are a few facts gleaned from her life: Mrs. Barrett, whose maiden name was Lucy Ward, was born in Sanders Township, Bershire County, Mass. on Jan 11, 1797, and is of a family of eleven children. Her parents were of English descent. They moved from Mass. to Smithfield township, this county, 1811, where shortly afterwards Lucy was married to Samuel Nichols, by whom she had four children, two of whom are still living, namely, Mrs. Aurilla Robinson of Tioga, Pa. and Mrs. Abraham Post of Erie County, Pa. After six years of married life she was left a widow with the care of two small children. Her parents having moved to Illinois. She shortly afterwards moved to this town where she was married to Sarlis Barrett by Rev. David Griswold in 1832, by whom she had five children, three of whom are living, namely, George Barrett of Saginaw County, Mich.; William Barrett of Tioga, Pa., and Arvine, who is one of our most respected citizens." Mrs. Barrett's last husband died in 1864 and she has since lived with her youngest son, Arvine, where she enjoys one of the pleasentest of homes and draws a pension from the war of 1812. She had upwards of thirty grandchildren, the youngest one being less than three years old and her and her great grandchildren are few. Her marvellous mental powes are still unimpaired. She has never worn glasses, and is still very vigorous for one of her age. Her life has been an eventful one. She has lived under the administration of every President from Washington to Harrison. She has seen the country rise from thirteen weak struggling colonies on the Atlantic coast to an ocean bound Republic, the most powerful Nation on earth. She was born before there was a locomotive, a mile of railroad, a cable, a telephone, a sewing machine, a mowing machine or any of the great improvements that surpass the tales of the "1,001 nights in Bagdad." When she was born, Bradford County was "out west" and she has lived to see a woman go around the earth in seventy-two days - less time than it took her father to move his family from Eastern Mass. to this county nearly eighty years ago. Her sturdy virtues and Christian fortitude carried her uncomplainingly through the privations and hard ships of frontier life. She has been a resident of Wells for the last sixty years, with the exception of two years, when she and her husband resided on Mt. Zoar, Chemung Co., N.Y. She is a great favorite in the neighborhood where she resides and it is a most enjoyable pasttime to hear her relate many interesting incidents which transpired years ago when this country abounded with nearly all kinds of "wild animals of the forest". That she may enjoy a very long and pleasant life here, eternal happiness hereafter is the wish of all.
WILCOX Wilda B. Retired principal and teacher Age 95 of Tioga, PA, died Monday, August 6, 2001 at her home in Tioga. Wilda was born in Lawrenceville, PA on June 26, 1906, the daughter of the late William and Anna Bristol Wilcox. Wilda was a 1924 graduate of the Lawrenceville High School, she attended Mansfield State Normal School and received her B.S. from Mansfield State College in 1932. In 1932, Wilda began her teaching at the RB Walter Elementary School and also served as the school principal from 1966 until her retirement in 1970. She was A member of the N.E.A. and P.S.E.A. and Delta Kappa Gamma. Wilda was also an active member of Tioga Presbyterian Church. In her own words she sums up her life, "My life may not have been very colorful, but it has been a life-full of pleasant experiences with my administrators; full of love and undertanding of my co-workers, full of parents, generally cooperative and understanding and fullest of all of children - children with dirty faces, clean faces, smiles, frowns, tears and laughters; children abounding in eagerness and enthusiasm, and those not so abounding; children eager for attention, a smile, love and understanding-children-the World of Tomorrow." She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Hughes of Tioga, PA; nephew, Elwin Wood of Tioga, PA; two great nieces. Wilda was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Urell and a brother, William Wilcox. Friends are invited to call at the Scureman Funeral Home, Inc., 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Thursday, August 9, 2001 from Noon to 1 PM. Funeral services will be held at Scureman's at 1:00 PM Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in Mosherville Cemetery.
WILSON - MRS. ETHLYN SHEPARD (SRGP 40500)
Mrs. Ethlyn Shepard, died this morning at 3:40 o’clock at the family home in Mosherville, Pa. She was seventy-six years old and her death was due to pneumonia. The decedent is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Harry Fairbanks of Elmira; and Mrs. Fred Smith, of Seeley Creek; a son Louis Shepard of Mosherville, Pa.; a granddaughter, Miss Ethlyn M. Fairbanks of Elmira. The funeral will be held at the family home at Mosherville, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Burial in the Mosherville cemetery. (handwritten on article Apr. 6, 1925)
WOLFE - Mrs. Rhoda Wolfe Youmans died at the home of Irvine Barrett in Wells, April 15, age 63, after an illness of seven weeks, Mrs. Youmans leaves one daughter, Mrs. Irvine Barrett and two grand children and two sisters, Mrs. Jefferson Warner and Mrs. Susan Besley, one brother Mr. Dell Wolfe. Mrs. Youmans was a devoted chirstian woman and a member of Columbia Wells Baptist church for a good many years. She was loved and cherished by all, always ready to lend a helping hand to everyone. The funeral services were conducted on Sunday at the Mosherville church by Rev. B. A. Gates. Interment in Mosherville Cemetery. Funeral was in charge of J. B. Lewis. TGR 1904
Mr. and Mrs. U. P. Wylie [Charlotte Lucretia French]
Mansfield, Dec. 31.--On the night of December 25th, at 11 o’clock, occurred the death of Mr. U. P. Wylie, and 11 hours later his wife also passed away. He had been ill for a long time; but Mrs. Wylie was around the house as usual all the time. It rarely happens that a man and wife live together for over 60 years and then depart this life almost hand in hand. Mr. Wylie was born at Boonville, NY, April 4, 1809, and Mrs. Wylie, whose maiden name was Charlotte Lucretia French, was born at Hampton, NY, January 4, 1813. They were united in marriage October 12, 1831, and settled in Wells, Bradford county, and there their 11 children were born, of whom five are still living. They are Mrs. Norton, Larned, Kansas; Mrs. Shearer, Wellsboro; Frank P. Wylie, Boone, Iowa; Mrs. Soper Rutland, and Mrs. Webb, Kansas City. The aged couple also had 11 grandchildren. Their second son was killed in battle in the late war. Mr. Wylie was made a member of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge in Troy in 1847, and when they moved to Boone, Iowa, 24 years ago, he was made chaplain of the Lodge in that place. This office he held for a number of years. After residing there for 14 years, they came back to Pennsylvania and in 1887 came to Mansfield where they had resided ever since. They became members of the Universalist Church here. The funeral was held in that church on Saturday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Mosherville, for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Wylie had both been teachers, as had also five of their children. They were much liked and respected in this community and will be greatly missed. (Tuesday, January 2, 1895, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)