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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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Oak Hill Cemetery Listing

 

 

Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

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" or business. 

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) 


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SRGP ID Added in parentheses by Joyce M .Tice if included in her Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are researching or descended from any of those so designated, it is requested that you share your research with Joycs's SRGP if you have not already done so. That is the price I ask for making this site available. It is your opportunity to share in the cost of creating this site and reward Joyce just a tad for making this enormous body of resource available to you. It is a way to pay your dues in a small way for use of this site. Please reference the SRGP ID and the page you found this on the site, when you write to me. For women listed under a married alias, I have provided her real name, if I know it. 

ALLEN –AILEENE A. MURRAY, 82, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., died at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1995.  She was born June 8, 1912, in Bellona, N.Y., the daughter of Glenn and Edith Haines Allen.  She raised her family on a family farm and took great satisfaction and comfort in her church and many friends.  She was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Columbia Cross Roads Women, Columbia Cross Roads Birthday Club, the Ridgerunners Travel Club, the Troy and Gillett senior citizens and was formerly employed at Murray’s store, Edgewood Dairy and Troy Super Duper.  She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Irene Murray of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa; Thomas and Beatrice Murray of Columbia Cross Roads RR3: son Robert Murray of Columbia Cross Roads; daughter, Gayle Kershner of 317 Poplar St., Towanda; grandchildren, Troy Murray, Doug Murray, Susan Murray, Jason Murray, Christopher Murray, Steven Murray, Dale Kershner and Ryan Kershner; a niece, Linda Everts; and nephew, Sam Manley; and all her special friends.  She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Murray, in 1978; sister, Lizzie Manley in 1973; and son-in-law, George (Hoppi) Kershner in 1994.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home on Monday from 7-9 p.m.  The funeral will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. James Barrett officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.  Memorials may be directed to the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church or Guthrie Hospice, RR4, Towanda, Pa., or the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.

ALLEN - THE DAILY REVIEW, handwritten date states, "October 23, 1959"
Mrs. Maude Kershner of Towanda Passes Away at Age of 90
Mrs. Maude A. Kershner of 317 Poplar Street, who was associated with the theater business here for 37 years, died Friday morning at the Jennings Convalescent Home after being a patient there for the past year and one-half. Mrs. Kershner was 90 years of age, having been born April 1, 1869, in Washington. D. C., the daughter of Charles and Antoinette Corwin Allen. Her father was a printer and at the time of his service with the Towanda Printing Co. years ago was known as the oldest active printer in the United States. Maude Kershner's affiliation with the theatrical business here started in the days of the silent movies, when she was the plano player. She possessed the knackof having just the correct music to interpret the various scenes in the films that were shown and her playing could bring tears, jeers or cheers from the audience at just the right moment She first started as a piano player for Kirk Betts in the old Lyric Theater here; then for Charles McCracken at the Family Theater, then for William L. Woodin in the Majestic Theater on Bridge St. When Mr. Woodin, who was her brother-in-law at the time, took over operation of the Keystone Theater here, Mrs. Kershner played for him and when sound movies came in she served as cashier in the ticket office. Mrs. Kershner was a very talented pianist She taught piano lessons here for years and at one time was a member of the Mili-Jazz orchestra. She was a lifelong and devoted member of the Universalist Church here, serving constantly in its affairs until her health failed She was also active in the V. F. W. Auxiliary here during its formative years. She was an avid reader, kept constantly in touch with friends through cards and letters, and often composed pootry, much of which was quite acceptable. Surviving are a son, W. Allen Kershner of Towanda; a daughter, Mrs. Marian E. Kershner of Towanda; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and three nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Maryott Funeral Home here with Rev. Harry K. Means officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 o'clock and Sunday evening from 7 to 9 o'clock. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky

 

ALVORD Louise A. -Mrs. R. W. Leonard.

 Louise A. Alvord was born in Benton, Yates county, N. Y., May 26, 1840.     She came with her parents to Troy when a girl and was educated at the old academy.  She was married at the age of nineteen to Mr. Renssalear W. Leonard, living with him here till his death in November, 1877.  Two children survive her:  Mrs. William Goodell of Minninocket, Maine, and Miss Louise Leonard of Boston, Mass.     Mrs. Leonard left Troy in 1884 and since then has lived in Athens, Pa.; the west and south with her daughter, Mrs. Goodell at whose home she died on Monday last, May 17.  Her remains were brought to Troy for interment beside her husband in Oak Hill Cemetery on Wednesday after an impressive service in St. Paul’s church, by the Rev. W. R. Holloway. TGR  1915 

 

ASPINWALL, Edward P-aged 81, former resident of Troy, died Sunday, Sept 8, 1946, in Sherman Oaks, Cal. Home of his daughter, Mrs. William J Flynn. He is survived by Mrs. Flynn, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The body will be cremated in California and the ashes brought here for burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

ASPINWALL – Miss Mary Frances ASPINWALL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. ASPINWALL, and granddaughter of the late Robert REDINGTON, of Troy, died Friday, August 1. The funeral services were held from her late home, 135 Summit Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday August 3d. Burial in Oak Hill cemetery, Troy, August 4.  Miss Aspinwall’s death was the result of a fall sustained the previous Monday, when her leg was broken, and despite every effort of attending physicians septic poisoning developed. Miss Mary was in her twenty-second year, a most lovable girl, with a sweet, sunny disposition, and a large circle of friends. She was a member of the First Unitarian church of Buffalo, and was active and efficient in both church and Sunday School work.  A former pastor, Rev. John Applebee, now of the May Memorial church of Syracuse, N.Y., conducted the services in Buffalo and Troy.  Those in attendance from Buffalo were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aspinwall, a brother, Robert, and sister Laura. Accompaning them were Mr. and Mrs. Walter ASPINWALL, of Buffalo, Mr. and Mrs. John APPLEBEE of Syracuse, Mrs. Charles WILSON, Grand Rapids, Mich., J.J. Ray of Norwich, N.Y., and Miss Jeanette Adams, of Elmira. TGR 1913

BAGEN -  Josie Bagen (Mrs. Charles) Case- (1919) whose health has been precarious or some time, expired suddenly at the family home in Elmira Street between 1 and 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. A physician was called for her during the morning. He saw her again after 1 and there was nothing alarming in her condition. She was even joking with the women in attendance. Within a short half hour she expired from acute dilation of the heart. Mrs. Case was 64 years old and came to Troy a bride from Olean, NY about 40 years ago.  She was a member of St John’s Roman Catholic Church. Her husband survives. The funeral will be held at 3 Sunday afternoon and interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery-Troy.

 

BAILEY Norman Taylor

(Local) Norman Taylor Bailey, a native of Granville township died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred L. VanHorn, North Main Street, Towanda, Friday, in his eighty-second year.  Besides Mrs. VanHorn, he is survived by three other daughters:  Mrs. Catherine DeGrass and Miss Helen Bailey of Panama, and Mrs. Emma Barrett of Campbell, N.Y.  The funeral was held at the VanHorn home on North Main Street Sunday afternoon and the body was brought to Troy on the early train Monday for interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.  TGR 1916

 

Emmett BAKER (SRGP 25202)
Emmett Baker died at his home on Porter road Sunday afternoon, after a long illness, aged 68 years. Mr. Baker was born in Rutland, Tioga Co. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Hariln (as is) Baker, who first settled in Wells, afterward moving to Rutland and later to Troy township, and was one of six children, John, George, Sarah, Wilmot, and William F. Deceased was a well-to-do farmer, highly respected by his many friends who sincerely mourn him. He is survived by his wife. One child a son, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Baker, which died in early manhood in 1883. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. E. P. Morse officiating. Burial in Oak Hill cemetery.   TGR 1902

BAKER - Melene Smith, 83, [SRGP 14797] of Horseheads, NY, formerly of Mansfield died Friday, Sept. 20, 1963. She was born in Columbia Cross Roads and married Wayne Smith of Mainesburg, They lived for many years in Richmond Township. Mrs. Smith attended the Presbyterian Church at Horseheads, NY. Survived by sons, Donald Smith of Castile, NY, Reed Smith of Philadelphia; sister, Mrs. Charles Martwick; grandchildren, Gary Smith of Great Falls, Montana, Dianne and Ronald Smith of Castile, NY; three great grandchildren and several nieces. Funeral services were held in Horseheads on Tuesday with Rev. William Harvey officiating. Burial was held at the family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy. - Mansfield Advertiser, September 1963

BALDWIN –ALMEDA B. MIX, 88, of Villa Serene, East 14th St., Elmira Heights, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Friday, July 12, 1991.  She was born in Elmira, N.Y., on May 6, 1903, to Manuel and Nellie Ballard Baldwin.  She was a member of the Home Bureau and AARP.  She was predeceased by her husband, William A. Mix, and son, Robert L. Mix.  She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Delores Mix, of Horseheads, N.Y.; her four grandchildren, Mary Lou Havens of Florida, JoAnne Wainwright of Horseheads, Barbara Mix of Seneca Castle, N.Y., Kathy Mix of Horseheads; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Calling hours are being held at Ballard & Lindgren Funeral Home in Elmira Heights, N.Y., Monday from 2-4 and from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m., the Rev. David Watkins officiating.  Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, Pa.  Those wishing ma make memorial gifts to the American Heart Association.
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BALLARD – Dix A. Ballard - whose death on November 30, 1910 was briefly noted last week was descended from New England stock, his great-grandparents, Thomas and Kate Ballard, emigrating from Massachusetts and settling in the Sugar Creek valley in 1796. His forbearers were all respected and influential citizens, Thomas Ballard being wont to say as he looked at his hands ‘These never did harm to man, woman or child,” and this was in a day when physical force was often the only arbiter of human differences. Shepard and Lucinda Ballard made their home in West Burlington Township, and here on the farm now occupied by his son. Mr. Ballard was born in July 1860. He was one of three children of whom only one survives, Mrs. Albert Parke. In less than two years mother and two brothers have been taken from this family circle. September 28, 1882, he married Miss Helen Blackwell, of West Burlington, who survives him with two sons. Their only other child, a daughter, died in childhood. He united with the West Burlington M E Church twenty-six years ago and served on its official board. Two years ago when he moved to Troy he transferred his membership to the church here. The funeral was held at his late home in Elmira Street at 2 Friday afternoon, the Rev. H B Allen officiating.

BALLARD -Edward Parke Ballard
92, Sept. 1, 2008 -  Edward Parke Ballard of Gillett, Pa., born April 4, 1916 in Troy, Pa., the beloved son of the late Harry Shepard and Jennie (Parke) Ballard, died on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at his home at the age of 92.  On May 19, 1951, Edward was united in Holy Matrimony to Grace Bell. This past May marked their 57th anniversary.  Survivors include: his loving wife, Grace; daughters, Marjorie (Thomas) Burkert of Howell, Mich.; Christine Ballard of Lockhaven, Pa.; sons, Lynn (Barbara) Congdon of Gillett, Pa.; Tom (Jeanette) Congdon of Pine City, N.Y.; step-son, Lynn Lewis of Tampa, Fla.; along with 13 adored grandchildren and several much-loved great grandchildren. Edward has been a member of the Free and Accepted Masons for over 60 years. He was the past Thrice Potent Master of the Scottish Rite Consistory, 32nd Degree Mason, past Noble Grand & District Deputy of the International order of Odd Fellows and also served as President of the Troy and Gillett Senior Citizen Organizations. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Area Agency on Aging. In 1995, he was the White House Conference on Aging representative. For over 12 years, he was the South Creek Township supervisor, a school board director, township assessor and a Republican State Committee man. For 70+ years, Edward consistently voted in elections and received Presidential Recognition for that accomplishment. As a State Representative, he attended four Republican Conventions. He was a charter member of the South Creek Lions Club and was a member of the Gillett Baptist Church. Edward was very involved with the Bradford County history and was a great genealogist and outstanding historian. Family and friends are invited to gather at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at the Gillett Baptist Church (Route 14 South) to honor Edward’s memory. The Reverend Allen H. Goss and Reverend Charles Root will celebrate Ed’s Memorial Service. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of his family in the Oak Hill Cemetery Troy, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Gillett Baptist Church Route 14 South, Gillett, PA 16936, in his memory.  Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2008

GUY S. BALLARD.  With the passing of Guy S. Ballard at Springfield Township, May 28th 1931, at the ripe old age of ninety-two years, Western Bradford loses one of its most useful and respected citizens.  He was a son of John V. Ballard and descendant of a sturdy pioneer family which came in early days to the then Burlington wilderness.  He was the last survivor of an organization known as “The Pisgah Praying Band,” which for years was a potent influence for good not only in Bradford County, but in widely extended fields of labor.  Mr. Ballard was a man of sterling integrity, high ideals and noble Christian character.  He was by nature warm hearted and solicitous for the happiness and welfare of others.  His words of counsel and good cheer will long be pleasant and helpful memories.  He is survived by seven children; Nellie Baldwin, Fannie Sadler, Emma Hooker, Solomon, Er, Denton and Frederick Ballard, upon whom falls the mantle of a Christian father.  He also leaves seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one brother, Job Ballard.  Two sons, Lert and Lynn Ballard, predeceased their father,  Mr. Ballard was laid at rest in Oak Hill cemetery, Troy, on Memorial Day.  –Troy Gazette Register.

LERT BALLARD of Jersey Shore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ballard of Leona, died this (Friday) morning in Williamsport hospital.  He was injured by jumping out of a wagon.  The immediate cause of his death is understood to have been gangrene.  Deceased was 30 years old.  He leaves a wife, who was Miss Gladys Grace, and a daughter 18 months old.  The remains will be brought to troy this afternoon and taken to Leona for the funeral and burial. (Born 1876, died July 1916, Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.)

BALLARD Minnie May
Local News)  Mrs. Lert Ballard of Big Pond, mourns the death of her little daughter, Minnie May, age 2 years, who died April 26th, from meningitis.  Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery, this boro. TGR 1912

BALLARD  Ray S-Dies Suddenly in Washington, Pa. Ray S Ballard, who, when here two months ago to attend the funeral of his mother was the embodiment of health and vigor, died last Sunday evening at Washington, Pa., from typhoid fever, aged 40 years. He had been ailing for some time but did not give up until compelled to do so by the delirium     of his disease two weeks ago.  He was taken at once to a private hospital where the very best medicine advice and nursing were available. He was lucid toward the last and recognized his wife and brother, Dix A Ballard, who arrived Sunday morning. Mr. Ballard was born in West Burlington, January 26, 1869, and learned the jeweler’s trade in Troy with Edward J Hill, now of South Haven, Mich. Following a few years business for himself in Ulster, he returned to Troy and for two years worked for F L Ballard. About 1899 he went to Charleroi, Pa, where he remained seven years, and thence to Washington where in the Archibald Thistle store as elsewhere he made hosts of friend. He married Miss Clara Gamble of East Troy, who survives him. Other survivors include brother, Dix A Ballard and sister, Mra. A T Parke, of Troy. The funeral will be held from the home of the former at 2:30 this afternoon, the Rev. Morse and Allen officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery-Troy by the side of his father and mother, the late Mr. and Mrs. Shepard H Ballard. (also known as Horace Shepard)
 

Shepard H BALLARD- Who was so long been ill, died at his farm home,  “The Evergreens” on Pisgah, Monday morning, February 28th (1898) Mr. Ballard was born near West Burlington sixty-four years ago.(1833) A large part of his life had been spent in the neighborhood where he died. Fifteen years ago he left the farm and removed to Troy. A genial companion and an upright citizen, Mr. Ballard commanded universal respect. Late in life he came very clearly in to the Christian life; last September, he was baptized and received into the Methodist church of this place. April 23, 1857, he was united in marriage to Lucena E Bailey, who survives him, together with their three children: Mrs. Albert Parke and Ray of Troy, and Dix, who lives on the farm at Pisgah.. The deceased is also survived by his aged father, Jno V Ballard, of East Troy, and by four brothers: Guy of Leona, Job of Pisgah, Sevellon of East Troy and Laertes of Troy. His funeral was conducted at the place of his death on Thursday by his pastor, Rev. Geo E Hutchings, after which the remains were laid at rest at Oak Hill. 

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BALLARD - SYBIL B. B. AUMICK
Wife of Elijah Aumick, died in her Exchange Street home here last Friday morning, October 16th at 10 o’clock after several months of ill health. She was 57 years old. Before her marriage, Mrs. Aumick was Miss Sybil Booth Ballard, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Ballard, Pisgah residents. She was a fine woman, devoted to her family and her church. She is survived by Mr. Aumick and two daughters, Miss Gertrude Aumick and Miss Marion Aumick, at home; a sister, Mrs. Charles Close, Horseheads; and a brother Howells Ballard, East Troy. Prayer services were held at her late home Monday morning at 10:30 and the funeral was held from the East Troy Baptist Church at 11 o’clock. The Rev. James H. Carter officiated and burial was in the family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery here. (handwritten on article 1936)

BARRETT - MARJORIE N. PERRY
 Marjorie N. Perry 62, a long time resident of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died peacefully January 20, 2001 at her home. She was born in Sayre, PA on March 16, 1938, the only daughter of the late Rueben W. and Myrtle V. (Johns) Barrett. In earlier years Marjorie attended Troy schools.  Throughout life Marge was employed by various businesses, including the former Eureka plant and Bono's Restaurant.  Most recently she worked as a nurses' aide at the Bradford County Manor until failing health caused her retirement. She was a member of the Austinville Union Church. She is survived by sons and their spouses, Charles Jr. and Barbara Perry, Ralph Perry and Stephanie Austin, all of Columbia Cross Roads PA and Harold and Lenda Perry of Mansfield, PA; daughters and their spouses, Bonnie and David Kinner of Alba, PA, Karen and Lewis Route of Mainesburg, PA, Teresa Malik and Ray Perry of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Janet Perry and Scott Lee of Troy, PA; Diane and Joseph Arthur of Franklindale, PA; special grandson, Jamie Perry of Columbia Cross Roads; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Rueben Jr. and Beverly Barrett of Troy, PA; sister-in-law, Cora Barrett of Austinville, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 38 years, Charles G. Perry, in 1992; a brother, Oliver "Boots" Barrett. Funeral services were held January 24 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Robert Stradling, pastor of the East Smithfield Federated Church, officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy. (TGR, Thursday, January 25, 2001)

BEARDSLEY – George C. Beardsley - (1923) For nearly half a century one of Troy’s best known business men, died suddenly at his home about 8:30 Sunday evening. He had been as well as usual; called in his physician for a little disturbance of the heart, dropped dead before the doctor reached the street. He was the son of Eden and Miranda Beardsley, pioneers of Sullivan Township, Tioga County, where he was born January 11, 1849. He learned the tinner’s trade at Tioga, worked for a time at Horseheads, and came to Troy in 1874 to enter the employ of L W Eighmey. Four years later, he bought the hardware business of Mr. Eighmey and continued it with partners until his retirement form active business. His first associate was the late H M Spalding, then A B McKean was taken in and the firm name became Beardsley, Spalding & McKean. When Mr. Spalding dropped out and later Mr. McKean sold his interest to Thomas Colony the style became Beardsley & Colony which continued for more than twenty-five years. In 1920 he retired, selling his interest in the business to Mr. Colony who in a few months himself retired, selling to the present firm of Percy S King and B. B .Mitchell. Mr. Beardsley was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Toward the end of his active career he indulged himself in travel, going to South America with the late Stephen Heywood, to different parts of the United States and Canada and finally around the world. He was twice married, to Alice E, daughter of Lewis H. and L. Susan Tears in 1882 and in 1912 to Effie, daughter of Joseph and Melissa Joralemon who survives him. He leaves also a sister, Mrs. Henry Makley at Campbell, NY.

BEARDSLEY, Mary A. -   Mrs. Fred Reynolds died at her home in Sullivan, Sunday, April 3, 1904, after a long illness of consumption, age 27 years. Besides her husband, she leaves one daughter Mildred, and her father Geo. Beardsley and one brother Oscar Beardsley of Alba. The funeral in charge of undertaker Bloom, was conducted from the Universalist church in Troy on Tuesday afternoon, last week and was largely attended, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. B. Brunning of Mansfield. Interment on Oak Hill cemetery. TGR 1904 (Mary A. Beardsley)

Oscar BEARDSLEY Suddenly Called.
Oscar K. Beardsley passed out of life very suddenly last Friday morning.  He was in Canton on business Wednesday and while writing a check was seized with a severe pain in the back of his head.  A physician was consulted who told him to go home and go to bed.  Thursday morning he became unconscious and Friday morning he died.  Mr. Beardsley was 47 years old last April.  He was a son of George N. Beardsley deceased.  He leaves a wife, a daughter of O. P. Ward. Deceased.  The funeral at the home on Sunday was largely attended, notwithstanding the severity of the weather.  The Canton Odd Fellows lodge, to which he belonged, attended in a body.  Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, this boro. TGR 1918

BEERS - Mrs. Eliza Beers Oliver.(SRGP 77244)  Death of Another Prominent Resident Largely Identified With the Interests of Troy. The sickle of the Grim Reaper has been active in our midst during the past year among the older class of citizens, cutting one here and another there with no respect of persons. The last to answer the call was that of Mrs. Eliza M. Beers Oliver, on Saturday last at her home on West Main street at the advanced age of 85 years, of disease incident to old age. She was the oldest daughter of Jabez Beers and wife and was born in Wells township, Bradford county, January 13th, 1819, and married to Edward C. Oliver in Elmira, September 5th, 1838 coming to Troy as a bride, where she has since resided. During her long residence she has made many friends, for not only the inmates of the home, but neighbors and associates were drown to her by her true nobility of character, enjoyed her society, loved and revered and ever ready to do any act of kindness for "grandma Oliver," as she was tenderly called. Her funeral was conducted from her late home on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. E. P. Morse officiating. The death of her daughter Ellen about eleven years ago, left an aching void that time did not efface. She is survived by two sons, Perry of Bridgeport, Conn., and Lyman of Troy, and four brothers, General E. A. Bears, of Washington, D.C., Jacob Beers of Trenton, N.J., Thomas Beers of Monmouth, Illinois, Joseph of Elmira and three sisters, Mrs. J. T. Davidson, Mrs. O. N. Smith and Mrs. E. C. Terry of Elmira. The remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery.      TGR 1904

 

BELL Grace R. Ballard

88, of Lock Haven, formerly of Gillett, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.  She was born Nov. 14, 1922, Reading Center, N.Y., the daughter of the late Clarence John and Irene Carrie Wallenbeck Bell. On May 19, 1951 in Elmira, N.Y., she married Edward P. Ballard, who died Sept. 1, 2008.  She was a 1940 graduate of Watkins Glen High School. She retired from the Troy Area School District as the Cafeteria Manager for the Gillett Elementary School. She had previously worked for the Seneca Lodge, Watkins Glen, the Eclipse Factory in Elmira, N.Y., and the Orange Blossom Cafe in Clearwater, Fla.   She was a member of the Gillett Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Bereans, Rebecca Lodge, and was a Republican Committee Woman.  She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Burkert (Thomas) of Howell, Mich. and Christine Ballard of Lock Haven; seven grandchildren, Rachel Wacek (Bill), Ryan Burkert (Maija), Justin Burkert (Jodie), Erin Burkert (Jay McCubbins), Tim Lewis (Lisa), Patrick Lewis and Chris Lewis; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Lynn R. Lewis.  Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Gillett Baptist Church in Gillett, Pa., with the Rev. Allen Goss officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy. Memorials may be made to the Susquehanna Health Home Health & Hospice, or the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit Facility.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, PA 17745.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – January 26, 2011

 

BENSON –FRANCES L. B. BOTTCHER, 87, formerly of Elmira, NY died November 199, 1999 at her daughter’s house in Hopewell Junction, NY.  Born in Troy, PA, June 18, 1912, she was the daughter of Lewis H. and Fannie M. Benson.  She was a 1930 graduate of Troy High School and of Arnot-Ogden School of Nursing in 1933.  She retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira; was a former member of Lake St. Presbyterian Church and was currently a member of the Hopewell Junction Reform Church.  Mrs. Bottcher was a visiting nurse for Chemung County at one time and also belonged to many clubs including; past president of the Lake St. Presbyterian Women’s Association, past president of the Rotary Anna International, Elmira, NY and North Star Grandmothers National Club #964.  Survivors include; brother, Wesley O. Benson, Springhill, FL; daughter, Barbara B. Argyle, Hopewell Junction, NY; son, James F. Botcher, Jr., Elmira, NY; sister-in-law, Edna Haven, Columbia Cross Roads, PA; grandchildren: Jeanne Mack, Fishkill, NY; James F. Bottcher, III, Elmira, NY; Capt. David W. Bottcher, U.S. Army; Kathryn B. Bottcher, Tucson, AZ; Rev. Laurie Preisendanz, Yaphank, NY; Margaret Bottcher, Owing Mills, MD; Patricia Fisher, Stormville, NY; Keith B. Argyle, Hopewell Junction, NY; Alexander M. Bottcher, Elmira, NY; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, James F. Bottcher, Sr. in 1987; sisters, Berdena B. Strong and Florence Peet; brother, Sterling Hayden (Should read Sterling Haven).  Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira November 13 with her granddaughter, the Rev. Laurie Preisendanz officiating.  Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery, Troy. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

BENSON Frances L.B. BOTTCHER, formerly of Elmira, NY died Thursday, November 11, 1999 at  her daughter’s house in Hopewell Junction, NY.  Frances was born in Troy, PA on June 18, 1912, the daughter of Lewis H. and Fannie M. Benson.  Frances was a 1930 graduate of Troy High School and of Arnot-Ogden School of Nursing in 1933.  She retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira.  Frances was a former member of Lake St. Presbyterian Church and was currently a member of the Hopewell Junction Reform Church.  She was a visiting nurse for Chemung County at one time.  She also belonged to many clubs including; past president of the Lake St. Presbyterian Women’s Association, past president of the Rotary Anns International of Elmira, NY and North Star Grandmothers National Club #964.  Survivors include a brother, Wesley O. Benson, Springhill, FL; daughter, Barbara B. Argyle and son-in-law, Bernell E. Argyle of Hopewell Junction; son, James F. Bottcher Jr. of Elmira; sister-in-law, Edna Haven of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; grandchildren: Jeanne Mack, Fishkill, NY, James F. Bottcher III of Elmira; Capt. David W. Bottcher, US Army, Kathryn B. Bottcher, Tucson, AZ, Rev. Laurie Preisendanz, Yaphank, LI NY, Margaret Bottcher, Owings Mills, MD, Patricia Fisher, Stormville, NY; Keith B. Argyle, Hopewell Junction, Alexander M. Bottcher, Elmira; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, James F. Bottcher Sr. in 1987; sister, Berdena B. Strong and Florence Peet; brother, sterling Hayden.  Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira on November 13 with Frances’s granddaughter, the Rev. Laurie Preisendanz officiating and interment to be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, PA.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY  November 18, 1999

BERRY, Jessie (SRGP 30318) - Robinson, Mrs. Stephen F-died at her home in Athens last Saturday evening. On Sunday she had an apoplectic shock. She rallied to the point of recognizing friends on Tuesday, but on Wednesday sank into a coma which continued to the end. She was a native of Springfield; 59 years old last June 20, and is survived by her mother, Mrs. A W Berry of Berrytown and one brother, Edgar of South Creek. An only son, Stuart and her husband, former Sheriff Stephen Robinson, died some years ago. She was an active member of the Methodist church and of the Red Cross. The funeral was held at the home at 2 Tuesday afternoon and the remains were brought to Troy on Wednesday for interment in the family plot in Oak Hill cemetery.

BESLEY -  Frank Besley - (Dec 1918) Because he was so well known the news was received with special regret and sorrow of the death of Frank Besley of Columbia township on Monday morning. He was a victim of influenza. Mr. Besley was of the firm of Besley Brothers, livestock dealers. He was survived by his wife, a young daughter, his mother, Mrs. William Besley and one brother, Roy Besley. The funeral was held on Wednesday with interment in Oak Hill cemetery-Troy.

BIGGS - SNEDEKER, Margaret Alice
88 , died 11/08/09 in her residence in Port Murray, NJ. Margaret lived in Port Murray, NJ for 5 years and was born in Elmira, NY on 02/17/21. Wife of Eugene Cleaver Snedeker, beloved husband of 64 years; daughter of late John Leo and Margaret (Forman) Ransom Biggs. Survived by husband, Eugene Snedeker at home; three sons, Peter Snedeker, Port Murray, NJ, John Snedeker, Gilbert, AZ, Paul Snedeker, Savannah, GA; four daughters, Cornelia Whitefleet, Ferrum, VA, Katherine Snedeker, Dallas, TX, Anne Guadalupe, Neptune, NJ, Margaret Snedeker, San Diego, CA; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. She was a teacher specializing in Physical Education for the Elmira Board of Education, Elmira, NY. She graduated from Cortland College, NY and was a dedicated mother and homemaker. Visitation: none scheduled. A Memorial Mass was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Washington, NJ for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 Carlton St., Washington, NJ 07882 or the charity of your choice. Interment: Cremains will be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, PA. Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, (908) 852-3361.  Published in Star-Gazette on November 17, 2009

BLACKWELL  Willis D-Troy, Pa. March 19- For many years a well known resident of Elmira, died this morning at 6:45 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Dix Ballard in Troy. His age was sixty-six years. He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Lucy Blackwell of Troy and these brothers and sisters; George Blackwell of Syracuse; Alfred C Blackwell of Towanda, Pa; J Delos Blackwell of West Burlington; Mrs. Dix Ballard and Mrs. Delos Rockwell of Troy. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Ballard. The Rev George Whiting of the Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery-Troy.  Willis D Blackwell was born in West Burlington, Pa 62 years ago, one of six children of John and Lucy Blackwell. His father died several years ago at a venerable age, but his mother survives. Forty-four years ago, when a young man, Mr. Blackwell was married to Jennie Farnsworth of west Burlington. No children. In early life they went to Elmira and resided on Baldwin Street.

Troy Gazette Register (?)
March 1, 1912
Sturdy Pioneer Expires at Ripe Age
Jacob J. BOHLAYER, in former years, one of the most active lumbermen of this section, died yesterday afternoon about 1 0’clock at his boarding place in Bohlayertown.  Deceased was 77 years old last July. He was born in Germany and came to America when he was 20. He was a man of force and integrity and had many friends in the community.  His health had been failing for a number of years.  He was a brother of Fred Bohlayer at whose home the funeral will be held at 2 Saturday afternoon.

BOHLAYER William F-65, died at the family home on Washington Street, Canton, Sunday July 11 (1948). Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Albert Clark, Canton, Miss Laura at home, Mrs. Raymond VanNoy and Mrs. Gordon Smith of Mansfield; four sons, Frederick of Elmira, NY, Ralph of Sanford, Fla, Franklin and Duane of Canton; three brothers Weller of Sanford, Fla, Ernest and Harold of Troy; two sisters, Mrs.. Freda Bohlayer of Troy and Mrs. Fannie McGlome of Sanford, Fla.; six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at the family home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. William Woodman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Troy.

BOTTCHER, JAMES F.   James Frederick Bottcher, 74, of North Myers Myers, FL, died July 30, 1987 at Southwest Regional Medical Center in Florida following an extended illness.  James was a former Elmira Rotarian and former member of Union Lodge 95 F. And A. M. and the Corning Consistory, retired owner of F. M. Bottcher & Son Painting & Decorating, Painter Union 324 and the Construction Industry Exchange.  He is survived by his wife, Frances Louise Benson Bottcher; children, James Frederick and Patricia Bottcher of Elmira, Barbara Ann and Bernell Argyle of Putnam Valley, NY;  eight grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; two brothers and a sister; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held August 4 at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira with Rev. Robert Edmunds officiating and interment to be held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, PA.  (TGR Aug. 6, 1987)

Louise BOTTCHER French
Facing the end with that calm, confident courage that, since the beginning of her illness on May 1st, 1922, has been a constant source of admiration among the ones nearest to her, Louise Bottcher French died at 8:30 on Saturday morning, March 14th, in the Clairmont Sanitarium at White Haven.  Her sister, Mrs. George F. Case, and her brother, George E. Bottcher, were with her. Born on May 30th, 1883, in Troy to Mr. and Mrs. George F. Bottcher, she was graduated from Troy High School in 1900 and on August 30th, 1904, was united in marriage to the late Mark J. French, who was proprietor of the Troy Hotel until their removal to Towanda on January 11th, 1909.  Following Mr. French’s death on May 22, 1920, she made her home with her sister, Mrs. Andrew J. Strong, and Mr. Strong in Elmira and was identified with the American-LaFrance Company, until her health broke.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. George F. Bottcher, a brother, George E. Bottcher, a sister, Mrs. George F. Case of Troy and a sister, Mrs. Andrew J. Strong of Elmira.  The funeral was held from Mrs. Case’s home on Monday at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. William Jacques officiating and interment was in the family plot in Oak Hill cemetery.

MARGUERITE BOURNE
 Marguerite Bourne, 73, of Troy, PA died Monday, December 24, 1990 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born September 18, 1917 in Burlington, the daughter of D.A. and Sara Wrisley Bourne. She was a graduate of East Smithfield High School and Mansfield State College and taught at East Smithfield High School and Sayre High School.  She worked at the Bradford County Board of Assistance for many years. She is survived by aunts, Elizabeth Bourne of Ulster, Dorothy Bourne of Athens, Helen Wrisley of Troy and Ruth Wrisley of Granville Summit; an uncle and aunt, Allen and Katherine Bourne of Troy; several cousins; special friends, Susan Gee of Troy and Velma Bailey of East Troy. She was predeceased by special friends, Fred Colony in 1973 and Alice Colony Burk in 1980. Funeral services were held December 27 at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Ruth Urban officiating and burial to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy. Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Troy, or the Troy Ambulance Association, PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947. (TGR, Thursday, January 3, 1991)
 

Daniel BRADFORD (SRGP 9524)
The citizens of Troy were again called upon to mourn the loss of a valued citizen last Saturday in the death of Mr. Daniel Bradford.  While the deceased had been a resident of Troy only since the middle of winter, he was so well known to the townspeople that his moving here only brought him nearer to his friends, that they might more often enjoy his companionship.  For some time Mr. Bradford had been unable to withstand the work incident to farm life, his health having gradually failed him.  It was for this reason that he decided last fall to leave the farm and enjoy the harvest of his early struggles in his home on Elmira street.  His removal here did not seem to improve his health, however, he becoming weaker and weaker and at last giving up to his bed, where the angel of death extinguished the vital spark, closed his eyes to earthly surroundings and carried his spirit to a home he so fondly cherished and was so ably prepared to honor.
Mr. Bradford was born in Columbia township, March 16, 1831, and was a son of the late Joseph R. Bradford, who settled in Columbia in 1829.  When he (3 or 4 lines missing) time of his removal to Troy.  Mr. Bradford was an industrious and honorable citizen, always taking a deep interest in the welfare of his surroundings. In March, 1853, Mr. Bradford was married to Miss Melinda Card, a daughter of Robert Card, deceased, at that time a resident of Tioga county.  To this happy union one son was born, Mr. Fred D., who with his mother, survive to mourn the loss of a father and husband.  Besides his wife and son Mr. Bradford leaves two brothers, Dr. L. J. Bradford, of Voltus, and William H. Bradford, of South Souix City, Neb.  They are the only surviving members of the Joseph R. Bradford family.

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The deceased held the office of County Commissioner for Bradford county from 1878 to 1884.  He was a member of the Sylvania Presbyterian church, from which the funeral services were held on Tuesday by his pastor, the Rev. A. G. Cameron, assisted by the Rev. E. P. Morse, pastor of the Troy Presbyterian church.  His remains were laid to rest in the Card cemetery on the county road. [Note from Joyce - Tombstone is in Oak Hill Cemetery - none at Card Cemetery]. At his late home in this boro a large number of friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed.  A touching prayer was offered by the Rev. E. P. Morse, after which the remains were taken to Sylvania for the final services.

BRADFORD - Atwood, Edna F Bradford- (SRGP 11136)Following an illness of two weeks with pneumonia, Edna F, wife of Leon Atwood, died at her home at Altus, Columbia Township, Monday evening, November 15, 1909, aged 31 years. Mrs. Atwood was a daughter of Fred D and Annetta Bradford and she was born on the ancestral farm a mile and a half from Sylvania. She had long been a consistent member of the M E Church and her untimely death is a loss to the entire community. With her husband and two children, aged 6 and 8, are left her father, stepmother, who is a sister of her own mother, deceased, two brothers, George D of Columbia Township, Burton P of Boise, Idaho; one sister, Mrs. Arthur Crittenden of Oswayo, Pa. and a half sister, Miss Helena Bradford at home. Mrs. Daniel Bradford, her paternal grandmother, also survives at the old homestead. The funeral was held at 2 Wednesday afternoon from the First Methodist Church of this Boro, the Rev. H B Allen officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

BRADFORD, Edna Frances (SRGP 11136)
Mrs. Leon Atwood: An Appreciation - 1909
We shed tears of sorrow when the aged who have filled out life’s span are taken from us.  How much greater the sorrow when the young, the beautiful, the fair are taken from the midst of life!  Seldom has the sorrow in our community been deeper than when it was learned that Mrs. Atwood had died from us.  Her girlhood and young womanhood were spent in our midst.  She grew up, one of a family of five children, in a home of rare loveliness.  It was of such a home filled with children that Mrs. Hemans wrote:
“They grew in beauty side by side
They filled one home with glee.”
It was one of the inspiring sights in the community to see the father, mother and five children at the preaching service and the Sunday school, Sabbath after Sabbath, year in and year out, until the boys and girls grown to men and women went out into the wider world to make homes for themselves.  In this home Mrs. Atwood grew up into a splendid womanhood.  To a strikingly beautiful face she added the greater beauty of a pure, sweet and gentle spirit.  The calm of the inner peace was ever on that fair brow and though a sufferer by times for years past, the suffering did not ruffle the peace of her life. She was a true helpmeet to her husband, wide in counsel, strong in courage, full of cheer, a homemaker in its truest sense. She united with the Presbyterian church in Sylvania in girlhood and through the years of her womanhood sought to live a faithful life.  When her husband bought the Rockwell farm near Troy and they went there to live, her husband and herself identified themselves with the M. E. Church in Troy and continued to be faithful members of it. The large attendance at the funeral service________________ November 17th (?) conducted by her pastor, the Rev. H. B. Allen, assisted by her former pastor, the Rev. A. G. Cameron and Rev. E. P. Morse of Troy, testified to the esteem in which she was held. A wealth of floral offerings of rare beauty adorned a form as beautiful as the flowers themselves and were the expression of the love of many friends.  Some were from the Troy Grange of which she had been a member for years.  Some were from her girlhood friends and companions, some from relatives and other friends all expressing a depth of love and tenderness. She has gone from our sight but she is still ours to love and cherish, ours free from the burdens of the body, ours in another room of the Father’s house, ours never to grow old, never to be bowed with the burdens of the years or to feel their sorrows, ours to cherish in the bloom of youth. The tender sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved husband and the two children in their great sorrow as well as to the parents and brothers and sisters and other near ones.  The interment was in beautiful Oakwood where the body lies beside that of her kindred. Sylvania, Pa., Nov. 20, 1909

BRADFORD -  George Bradford -(1929) For many years a prominent resident of the Farmer’s Valley section of the Troy Community, died very suddenly Monday July 15th, while on his way to his home from Troy in his automobile. A heart attack is thought to have caused his death. He was 67 years old, and with the exception of some years in Owego, NY he had spent his life in the Troy Community. He was a member of the Owego Lodge of Masons and I O O F and of the First Baptist Church of Troy. He is survived by a widow, Estella Mosher Bradford and one daughter, Mrs. Pauline Carlson, of Olean, NY. The funeral will be held from his late home at 1:30 this Thursday afternoon. Rev. James H Carter officiating, and interment will be in the family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery –Troy.

BRADFORD - Lena Bradford Strong - (Dec 1918) Because she was so well known the news was received with special regret and sorrow of the death of Mrs. Lena Bradford Strong at Columbia X Roads on Friday She was a victim of influenza. Ms. Strong was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bradford who with the husband, William Strong, a sister, Mrs. Crittenden of Oswego, and two brothers have the sympathy of all. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday and interment was in Oak Hill cemetery-Troy.

LEON R. ‘DICK’ BRADFORD, 76, (SRGP 77786)  died May 29, 2004 at his residence.  He was born on September 15, 1927 in Sullivan Township to the late Mr. Richard C. and Hazel E. (Rockwell) Bradford.  He was a self-employed farmer and logger.  On June 17, 1950 he married the former Joyce Chapman and together they shared 53 years of wonderful marriage.  In addition to his wife, Joyce, he is survived by two sons: Robert C. (Gayle) Bradford, Mainesburg and Boyd (Diane) Bradford, Mainesburg: granddaughter Robin Bradford; grandsons, Darren, Nicholas, and Matthew Bradford; brothers-in-law, Kenneth (Jane) Chapman, Dean (Beverly) Chapman, John (Mary Jane) Chapman, Victor (Patsy) Chapman and Walter Furman; mother-in-law, Lavina Chapman, Springfield, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a sister Irene Carnwirght, brother, Leonard Bradford, grandson, Nathan Bradford.  The funeral was held on June 2 from the Vickery funeral home, Troy, with the Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating.  A private burial service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to Robert Packard Hospital Hospice Corporate Communications, Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA. –Troy Gazette-Register.

L.J. BRADFORD (SRGP 09525)
 Dr. Leonard J. Bradford died Dec. 17, after an illness of one week, at his home near Sylvania. [ Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA - NOT Sylvania although had Sylvania PO address]  He was born in Rutland, son of Joseph R. and Mary Monroe Bradford, moving to Sylvania with his parents when he was two years of age.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in medicine and attended Hahnemann College.  He married Alice I. Dartt, of East Charleston, September 1, 1875, who died twenty years ago. Dr. Bradford was a civil war veteran.  He enlisted in January, 1862, as a private joining Co. A, 171st Pa, V.I., and in January, 1863, was detailed to Little Washington, NC, as an attendant in the general hospital, remaining about six months.  He was employed during his entire enlistment, except when on detailed service, on scouting, skirmishing and general guard and garrison duty, receiving his honorable discharge at Harrisburg in August, 1863. He was a direct descendant of William Bradford, who came to this country in the ship “Mayflower,” says the Mansfield Advertiser.  His maternal grandfather, Thomas Monroe, served as surgeon in the Revolutionary war; he was captured by the British and held as a prisoner in England.  His wife’s maternal grandfather, Lent Mott, served in the War of 1812.  Her great-grandfather, Colonel Justis Dartt, served in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary war as a colonel, and was the original settler of “Dartt Settlement” in Charleston. Dr. Bradford was a member of Troy Lodge of Masons and of the Knights Templar in Canton.  He had been a practicing physician for the past fifty years. He is survived by four sons: Bayard G. and Richard C., of Sylvania; Joseph G., of Barnesbore, Pa., and Carl M., of Forksville, Pa.; also by one brother, William H. Bradford, of South Sioux City, Neb.  The funeral was held Dec. 20, with Masonic rites.  Rev. A.G. Cameron officiated; burial was in Oak Hill cemetery. (The Agitator:  Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, December 29, 1920)

LEONARD R. BRADFORD
 Leonard R. Bradford, 75, of Mainesburg RD 1, died January 13, 1990 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA. He was born June 26, 1914 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, son of Richard and Hazel Rockwell Bradford. He was a retired farmer and former logger. He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Leon (Dick) and Joyce Bradford of Mainesburg RD 1; very close friends, Tom and Jeanne Monroe of Mainesburg RD 1 and Alice Sawyer of Lindley, NY; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held January 17 (11 am) at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Kenneth Marple and Pastor Bill Pepper officiating and burial to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy. (TGR, Thursday, January 18, 1989)

BRADFORD – Leonard R. Bradford, 75, of RD 1, Mainesburg, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 1990. Mr. Bradford was a retired farmer and former logger. He is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Leon (Dick) and Joyce Bradford of Mainesburg; very close friends, Tom and Jeanne Monroe of Mainesburg, and Alice Sawyer of Lindley, NY; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Funeral services were held at the funeral home today, Jan. 17 at 11 AM with Rev. Kenneth Marple and Pastor Bill Pepper officiating. Burial is at Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.

RICHARD C. BRADFORD
 Richard C. Bradford, age 71, of Mainesburg, died Tuesday.  Aug. 11, 1964.  He was a member of the Elk Run Methodist Church and East Sullivan Grange.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Hazel Bradford; daughter, Mrs. Irene Carnright of Mainesburg; sons, Leonard and Leon, both of Mainesburg; brother, J.D. Bradford of Troy; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral will be held at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy on Thursday at 2 pm.  The Rev. Glenn Dewey will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.

BRADFORD - Susan Bradford (Mrs. B H) Hobart - expired suddenly from heart failure at 2 o’clock last Friday afternoon, Sept 25, 1914, at the home in Elmira of her daughter, Mrs. W H Qua. Mrs. Hobart had been a sufferer for many years from asthma. She was born in Providence, R I in 1837, and was descended from the distinguished Governor Bradford of Plymouth. Following the death of her mother in her infancy she was brought to Troy. She attended the old academy and in young womanhood accompanied her father to Cortland, NY, which was her home at her marriage to the late B H Hobart. Since 1867 her home had been the house on Canton Street now occupied by her grandson, Harry H Cosper. Her only surviving child is Mrs. Qua. Mrs. Hobart was one of the oldest members of St. Paul’s Episcopal church. She had a very large circle of friends. The remains were brought to this boro Monday morning and funeral services were held at the church at 2 Monday afternoon, the Rev. W R Holloway officiating. Interment was by the side of her husband, who died last February, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.

BRENCHLEY –MRS. MARY ELIZABETH BULLOCK, 78 of 1305 N. Main St., Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18, 1951.  Survived by son, Graydon C. Bullock of Elmira; daughters, Mrs. Shirley E. Bates, Mrs. Marian B. McCarty, both of Elmira, Mrs. Lillian E. Wells of Cohocton; sister; Mrs. Lillian Strong of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The body is at the home of daughter, Mrs. Bates of 340 Larchmont Rd., where funeral will be held Friday, 1 p.m.  The Rev. William H. Willits.  Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/19/1951

A RICHARD “OTTIE” BROWN, 44, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., died at Troy Community Hospital on May 5, 1999.  He was born May 8, 1954, in Blossburg, Pa., a son of Merle E. Brown, Sr., and Iris (Vail) Brown.  Ottie was employed as a roofer for B&BB Construction.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife; Deborah L. (Pifer) Brown of Columbia Cross Roads; sons: Aaron C. KaGier of Canton, Pa., Randy L. Brown of Troy, Pa., Neil R. Brown of Troy, brother: Merle E. (Linda) Brown, Jr., of troy, Merton E. Brown of Troy, Pa.; sisters: Marceil L. Cole of Troy, Pauline H. (Bryce) Shedden of Troy, Tracy V. (Craig) Seeley of East Troy, and Helen M. Brown of Troy; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to call at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa., on Tuesday, May 11, 1999, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  A memorial service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Troy, Pa., at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the Western Alliance Emergency Services, Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.

BROWN GERTRUDE I. (BROWN) DEPEW, 87, Troy died June 6, 2004 at the home of her daughter Dawn Rathbun.  Born on July 8, 1916 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Emma Dowse Brown.  She attended Jefferson High School in Lackawanna County; was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.  Mrs. DePew was a kind-hearted woman and took all the neighbors in and made sure they had a home cooked meal.  Surviving are her loving children: John DePew, Jr. and Greald DePew, Troy; daughters, Pam High and Dawn Rathbun, Troy, Gayle (Robert) Bradford, Mainesburg and Wendy Green (Gary) Clark, Columbia Cross Roads; sister, Dorothy Cooke, Troy; step-brother, Franklin Morgan, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Hila Walcheski, Troy; grandchildren: Darwin (Patty) High, Duane (Kim) Rathbun, Becky (Dave) Jones, Brion (Melissa) Rathbun, Darren and Robin Bradford, Jennifer (Mike) Gormley, Dave, Jessica, Nolan, and Megan Green; great-grandchildren, Rachael and Rebecca High; Leigh, RaeAnn and Micki Rathbun; Tarah, Amanda, Dynah, and Levi Jones; Sarah, Emily and Megan Rathbun; Alexa and Halli Green; and Austin Gormley; great-great-grandson, Brennan Rathbun; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Rick and Sandy Benson.   She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, John DePew in October 2003, parents; brothers Harold and Weldon Brown; sisters Alta Hollister and Caroline Brown; sons-in-law, LaVerne High and Leon Rathbun; grandson, Nathan Bradford; and stepmother Ada Hurlburt.  The funeral and committal service was held June 8 from the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc., Troy.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Oak Hill cemetery, Troy.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MERLE E. ‘BROWNIE’  BROWN, SR., 69, East Troy, PA, died July 21, 2001 at home.  Born on August 7, 1931, in troy, he was the son of the late Richard and Pauline (Warner) Brown.  He was a self-employed carpenter, a former member of the Morris Run American Legion Post #167, the Canton Moose Lodge #429, and the Troy Fire Department; Mr. Brown was also a former Troy Twp. Constable.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed bowling.  Surviving are his sons, Merle E. "Butch" (Linda) Brown, Jr. and Merton E. (Peggy) Brown, all of Troy; daughters, Marceil L. Cole and fiancee Brian Mitchell, Somerset, OH, Pauline (Bryce) Shedden, Troy, Tracy V. (Craig) Seeley, East Troy, and Helen M. Brown, Troy; stepson David (Deborah) Smith, Horseheads, NY; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Willette Brown, Sebago Lake, ME; several nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his wife, Marie A. Brown; son, A. Richard “Ottie” Brown; several aunts and uncles, including special aunt, Achsah May.    The funeral was held from the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., July 24 with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Brownie’s name may be made to the Western Alliance Ambulance Association, Troy, PA –Canton Independent Sentinel.

Merle E. “Brownie” BROWN, Sr., age 69, of East Troy, PA died on Saturday, July 21, 2001 at home.  He was born on August 7, 1931, in Troy, PA, the son of the late Richard and Pauline (Warner) Brown.  Merle was a self-employed carpenter.  He was a former member of the Morris Run American Legion Post #167, the Canton Moose Lodge #429, and the Troy Fire Department.  Merle was also a former Troy Twp. Constable.  Merle is survived by his sons, Merle E. “Butch” (Linda) Brown, Jr. of Troy, PA and Merton E. (Peggy) Brown of Troy, PA; daughters, Marceil L. Cole and finance, Brian Mitchell of Somerset, OH, Pauline (Bryce) Shedden of Troy, PA, Tracy V. (Craig) Seeley of east Troy, PA and Helen M. Brown of Troy, PA; stepson, David (Deborah) Smith of Horseheads, NY; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Willette Brown of Sebago Lake, ME; several nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his wife, Marie A. Brown; son, A. Richard “Ottie” Brown; several aunts and uncles, including special aunt, Achsah May.  Friends may call at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main  Street, Troy, PA on Tuesday, July 24, 201 from 10 to 2 pm.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 2 pm at the funeral home with the Reverend Garry Zuber officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Brownie’s name may be made to the Western Alliance Ambulance Association, PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  (Note:  No date on page)

BUCHANAN – Elizabeth Buchanan Silliman, wife of B. J. Silliman, died Thursday, September 26th after a long period of ill health. She was born in Honey Brook, Chester County, Pa., December 30, 1843. In early womanhood she taught in the public schools. In December 1865, she was married to B. J. Silliman. The early years of their married life were spent in West Chester, Chester Co, but in 1878 they moved to a farm near Troy, Bradford Co, and in 1883 to their home on the Canton Road. Mrs. Silliman was one whose interests in life were large and varied. In the home she was a faithful wife and devoted mother. Her friends and neighbors found her sympathetic and helpful.  In early life she joined the Methodist church and maintained her relations with it until life ended. She was an active member of Troy Grange and creditably filled every office to her sex. She leaves besides her husband and two children, A. B. Silliman of Boone, IA and Mrs. Charles N. Greene of this boro, two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. I. C. Reel, Supplee, Pa; Mrs. E. G. Cloud of Kennett Square, Pa. D. H. and William T. Buchanan, both of Honey Brook, Pa. The funeral services were held from her late home on Sunday at 2 p.m. Her pastor, The Rev. R. C. Hebblethwaite officiating. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.   [Note- 30 Dec. 1843 – 26 Sep. 1907]

BUDD Albion- One of Troy’s best known men, died in the Troy Community Hospital Saturday, December 16, 1944 at 3:15 o’clock. He suffered a stroke on Dec 14 and failed to rally from it. Mr. Budd was for many years in the cattle business in Troy and was regarded as one of the best judges of livestock in this section. He became Chief Game Protector of Pennsylvania some years ago and gained a state-wide reputation as an expert on the business of the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. On his retirement thirteen years ago he returned to Troy and latterly had been manager of the Band Box Theatre. Mr. Budd was born on the Budd farm near Austinville on November 27, 1866. He was an expert shot and angler and one of the organizers of the Troy Rod and Gun Club and the Bradford County Sportsman Federation. His wife, the former Anna Cooley, died fourteen years ago. There was no children. The only near survivor is a brother, Leon W Budd, Chicago. The funeral was held on Tuesday at 2 pm from the Soper Funeral Home, Rev. P W Furst officiating with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

BUDD - Mrs. Hannah McKean for years a resident of the Porter road, later of this boro, died last Monday at her home with her granddaughter, Mrs. Leo C. Tyler
at Cortland, N. Y., aged 83 years, 7 months and 6 days. Mrs. McKean’s only child, Mrs. C. F. Thompson, died after she went to live with her some months ago. Deceased was the widow of Charles McKean and she had a wide circle of friends. The remains were brought to Troy on the midnight train Tuesday and funeral services were held at her former home in Elmira street at 10 Wednesday morning, the Rev. Morse officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery. TGR 1911

 BULLOCK -- Charles E. Bullock, until April 1st a New York Central freight conductor running out of Corning, committed suicide last Saturday morning by hanging in the barn of a farm he had recently purchased and moved upon, a mile from Big Flats. Despondency over the change from railroading to farming is given as the cause. He was39 years old and leaves a widow and three children, three brothers and one sister—Walter BULLOCK, of Elmira, Allen and Glenn BULLOCK of Rochester, and Mrs. Edna COOPER of Elmira. Mrs. Bullock made the shocking discovery of her husband’s death when she went to call him to breakfast. The remains were brought to the home of James Strong at Columbia X Roads, where funeral services were held on Monday. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery.

Charles Edward BULLOCK was born at Columbia X Roads June 21, 1873, the eldest son of Frank and Esther Bullock. From a child he crept into the hearts of all who knew him, and his cherry smile, and honest dealing won him a host of friends. As he came into manhood he went to Corning, N.Y., (this was in Aug. 1895) and soon began working for the New York Central Railroad. His good judgment and faithfulness soon promoted him to the position of conductor and it has been truthfully said he was never censured by the Railroad company during all of his service with them. In 1896 he was married to Elizabeth Brenchley of Columbia X Roads. Three children were born to them. Shirley, aged 14, Lillian, aged 11 and Graydon, seven. A model family in every respect, not a shadow lingered at their threshold, kindness being the keynote of their lives. Success crowned their every effort. During the month of March, Mr. Bullock fell on the ice injuring his spine and from that time he suffered more or less pain until his death. Feeling he would like to be more with his family, he purchased a farm at Big Flats and moved there March 31, renting their home on Bridge street in Corning. His health did not improve and on April 18th he died, leaving not only a loving wife and three children to mourn for him, but also three brothers, Allen and Glenn of Rochester, Walter of Elmira, and one sister Mrs. Guy Cooper, of Elmira and host of relatives and friends. TGR 1913

BULLOCK Harriet Angeline Young
(1925 penciled on article)
A native of Columbia township, where she was born on the 15th day of February 1845, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bullock, pioneer settlers in that section, died in the Friendly Home, Rochester, on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.  Mrs. Young has not been in good health for some time but her condition became serious two months ago and she failed gradually until the end came.  A daughter, Belle, died in young girlhood and there was one son, the late Edward J. Young, who also lived in Rochester.  She is survived by two brothers, Furman Bullock of Troy and Alton Bullock of Columbia township.  The remains arrived in Troy on Tuesday morning and the funeral was held from the Furman Bullock home on High Street in the afternoon at two o’clock with the Rev. J. D. Herrick of Towanda officiating.  Burial was in the family plot in Oak Hill cemetery.   [Written below the clipping: “Aunt Hattie lived in the home directly in back of our old home.” - Mary Orcutt Jones Stanton]

BURGAN, PAUL,    Paul L. Burgan, 75, of Elmira, NY and formerly of Troy died December 1, 1986 at High Gate Manor, Cortland, NY.  He was born February 4, 1911, the son of Rev. Thomas and Emily Bissett Burgan.  He was a veteran of World War II and was involved in the African and European campaigns.  Mr. Burgan was a former organist for the Troy Episcopal Church.  He is survived by a nephew, Lee. R. Cleveland of Troy RD1; niece, Mrs. Bruce (Joyce) Dimmick of Harrisburg; several great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great grandnieces and nephews.  Funeral services were scheduled for December 5 (8 p.m.) at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with Rev. Herbert Punchard officiating and burial to be in Oak Hill Cemetery. (TGR Dec. 4, 1986)

ANDREW J. BURNETT
 Andrew J. Burnett, 79, of King Street in Troy, died August 3, 1990 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Mr. Burnett was born August 18, 1910 in Hamden, NY, the son of Thomas and Sarah Jackson Burnett. He was a former employee of Westinghouse in Horseheads, NY.  He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Troy American Legion Post No. 49 and the Troy VFW Post No. 8675.  Mr. Burnett was an avid bowler and baseball fan. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anna Mae Burnett; shildren, Robert Burnett, Troy, Mrs. Eugene (Carol) Palermo, Wilmington, DE, Thomas and Connie Burnett, Hixson, TN and Dale Burnett, Elmira, NY; 11 grandchildren; sister, Catherine Burnett, Troy. Funeral services were held August 6 at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with full military honors being accorded by the Troy VFW and Troy American Legion.  The Rev. Garry Zuber officiated and burial is to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy. Memorials may be directed to the Troy Fire Department of the Troy Ambulance Association.(TGR, Thursday, August 9, 1990)

J. WALLACE BURNHAM age 66 of Troy RD 2 Sunday, August 19, 1973 at the Troy Community Hospital.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Walker.  Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Troy.  Those wishing may make contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Troy First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.  Survived by wife, Millicent Kittle Burnham; son, John W. Burnham Jr. of Troy; daughter, Mrs. Ellis (Claire) Young of Troy; sister, Mrs. Margaret B. Whitlock of Troy; brother, Clyde Burnham of New Haven, Conn., five grandchildren, all of Troy; eight nieces and nephews.  He was a retired farmer and rural letter carrier.  He was a member and past president of Bradford and Sullivan County Farmers Assoc.  He was a member and past Master of Trojan Lodge F&AM No. 306, Williamsport Consistory, Bradford County Shrine.  The Irem Temple of Wilkes-Barre, Troy Grange and First United Methodist Church of Troy.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/20/1973

JOHN W. ‘JACK’ BURNHAM, JR., 77 of Troy, PA died on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at home. He was the husband of Frances M. (Sargent) Burnham who died in 1980.  Family and friends are welcome to call from 2-3:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA.  A Masonic service will be held at 3:45 p.m. The memorial service to honor Jack's life will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Kenneth Marple of the Olde Covert Church.  Jack was born June 29, 1929 in Troy Township, Bradford County, Pa.  He was the son of the late J. Wallace and Millicent (Kittle) Burnham. Jack was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1946. He was Protestant by faith. Jack was a retired farmer, postal rural route carrier, hauled hay and straw to and from New York state farms for several years, and delivered gasoline for Van Dyne Oil before finally retiring in 1998. He was a 55-year member of the Free & Accepted Masons Trojan Lodge #306 and was a Past Master of the lodge, and was an over 50-year member of the Troy Grange. Jack made many friends and acquaintances over the years on the delivery routes, restaurants, and coffee shop stops. He loved to have a conversation with anyone along his journey to hash over old times, places, family, friends, neighbors, relatives, farming, tractors and machinery, snowmobiles, hunting or just anything you could think of.  Jack is survived by his two daughters, Brenda (Jeff) Brewer and Linda Burnham, both of Troy, Pa., three grandchildren, Tracy (Jim) Jenkins, Ryan Brewer, and Stephen Burnham, one great granddaughter, Kendal Jenkins; three aunts, Jean Kennedy, Doris K. McClure, and Fannie Ingerick, along with several nieces and nephews.  Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances, and his sister Claire B. Young.  Contributions may be made in Jack's memory to the Olde Covert Church, RD 1 Box 368 Troy, Pa. or to the charity of your choice.  –Towanda Daily Review 1/4/2007   (Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, PA)

 

BURNETT Catherine Ellen Burnett

105, Formerly of Elmira Street Troy, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home, Granville Summit.  Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy. Catherine's funeral and committal service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 5 p.m. with Reverend Rich Noggle officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.  Catherine was born July 10, 1907 in Delhi, N.Y. daughter of the late Thomas and Sarah (Jackson) Burnett.   She graduated from Troy High School in 1925, Mansfield Normal School in 1927 and after several summer sessions from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1943.   Catherine's dedication to education spanned 39 years. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse on Fallbrook Road in Troy, East Troy Elementary School and in the Troy Elementary Schools.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Troy, National Education Association, Troy.  Grange and was a life member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.  Survivors include her sister-in-law, Anna Mae Burnett of Troy; a niece, Carol Palermo of Wilmington, Del.; three nephews, Robert Burnett of Troy, Thomas Burnett of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Dale Burnett of Troy; and great nieces and nephews.  Her parents and her brother Andrew Burnett predeceased her.  Memorials in her memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Troy, 205 Reddington Avenue, Troy PA 16947, and the Troy Alan F. Pierce Library or to the Scholarship Fund at Mansfield University.   Towanda Daily Review – February 16, 2013

 

BURT – Randolph BURT died Tuesday morning at his home in this boro following a protracted illness, aged about 53 years. Mr. Burt was a native of Springfield. He was a telegraph operator for a number of years and a druggist. Latterly he had been employed in the Troy Engine & Machine shop. He had many friends. He leaves a wife who is a daughter of Lyman PORTER of Springfield, a brother and a sister, Judd BURT and Miss Agnes BURT of Springfield. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the home. The Odd Fellows of Priam Lodge attending in a body. Interment was in Oak Hill. TGR 1913

 

BURTON Adaline Holcomb – Mrs. K.O. Holcomb died Dec. 22 at 1:20 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Robinson, in Elmira.  She is survived by her husband; three sons, G.A. of Superior, Wis.; L.B. of Mainesburg, and O.L. of Sayre; a daughter, Mrs. John Robinson, of Elmira; a sister, Mrs. Nettie Repard, of Mansfield.  A prayer service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. and the funeral was held at the family home in Troy, Wednesday at 2 p.m.; burial in the Troy, Pa., cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator, 31 Dec. 1919.


 

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