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Austinburg [Pioneer] Cemetery, Brookfield Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
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.
Wellsboro Agitator – July 28, 1920
—Jackson Bush died July 20, at 1 o'clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. A. Wakley, with whom he made his home, in Knoxville. He had been in declining health for some time. He was 81 years old the 10th of October last. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. E. E. Holmes, of Austinburg; Mrs. R. A. Wakley, of Knoxville; Mrs. J. B. Lewis and Mrs. J. Y. Chambers, both of Georgia. He is also survived by one brother, Henry Bush, of Frost, Texas, and one sister, Mrs. Depatie, of Vermont. Mr. Bush was a farmer all his life until several years since the death of his wife. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wakley; interment in the Pioneer cemetery at Austinburg.
FOOTE Helen –HELEN M. OWENS, relict of the late John G. Owens died at the home of her son-in-law, David Eddy at Austinburg, Aug. 14 and was buried Friday last in the old Pioneer Cemetery at that place beside the grave of her husband. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. W. Hunt of Knoxville. Mrs. Owens was the daughter of the late Alvinza and Phoebe Foote. She was born March 3, 1889 in Woodhull, Steuben County, N.Y., being at her death a little over 56 years old. She married John G. Owens Jan. 2,1859, who died March 1st, 1894. She leaves two children, one the wife of David Eddy of Austinburg and a son, Burt, 16 years old, also a step-daughter, the wife of John H. Bush of Brookfield. Two brothers and three sisters survive her. She was converted at about 12 years of age under the labors of Rev. Richard Chambers at Borden, N.Y., and lived a consistent Christian life until her death. Besides the relatives above mentioned she leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances that mourn her death. –Griffin Scrapbook (handwritten on article 1894)
FRAZIER Sarah "Sally"
Wellsboro Agitator - April 29, 1896
--Mrs. Sarah Fisk, wife of Lester Fisk, died at Austinburg last week Tuesday at the age of 67 years. She was a native of Brookfield, and she spent her life in the Cowanesque valley.
Wellsboro Agitator - July 13, 1921
Amanda Frazier Rood, aged 72 years, was born in Brookfield, Pa., February 16, 1849, and died June 21, 1921. She was the ninth of a family of ten children, all deceased, born to Horace Frazier and Permelia Seely Frazier. She spent her entire life near Austinburg. In 1874 she was married to Ethan Rood, of Brookfield, Pa., who died March 31, 1907. To them were born three children, two daughters, Mrs. Fred Bailey and Mrs. Robert Cook, of Troupsburg, N.Y., surviving. Interment in the Pioneer cemetery at Austinburg.
GILKEY Sarah "Sally"
Wellsboro Agitator – September 15, 1909
Death of Mrs. Sarah G. Williams - Mrs. Sarah Gilkey Williams died at the home of Giles Thomas in Brookfield on Sunday, aged 93 years, a months and 23 days. She was the widow of the late John Williams, who died at Woodhull, N. Y. 41 years ago. She was born in Vermont, March 19, 1816 and when 13 years old moved to Troy, Bradford county with her parents, and later came on to Tioga County, locating in Charleston. She spent the last of her useful life in Brookfield, being a great aunt of Mrs. Lurinda Thomas, who resides with her son, Giles, and where “Aunt Sally”, as she was familiarly known, was visiting at the time she was taken ill three months ago. The funeral services were held at the Austinburg Baptist church on Tuesday at 2 p. m., Rev. William Stuart Holland preaching an eloquent sermon. Interment was made in the Pioneer cemetery. Mrs. Williams leaves a large circle of friends and numerous relatives but no children, who deeply mourn her death. She was a lovable woman and up to the time of her last illness was remarkably active for one of her years.
HUNT John B
Wellsboro Gazette – November 4, 1931
John B. Hunt, of Knoxville, died Oct. 24, at Elmira. He was the son of Rev. Daniel and Sally Ann Wakely Hunt and was born Jan. 29, 1857, at Brookfield, Pa. At the age of nine he removed with his parents to Troupsburg, N. Y. In April, 1894, he married Florence Card, of Waverly, N. Y., who died in October, 1894. In 1901 he married Elizabeth Roxie Matteson, of Knoxville. To them were born three children. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. E. C. Palmer, of Elkland, and Viola Hunt, at home; one grandchild, Virginia Palmer, and two sisters, Mrs. Juliaette Seeley, of Painted Post and Mrs. George Seeley, of Knoxville. Funeral services were held last Tuesday, Rev E. E. Moon and Rev. L. J. Engler officiating; interment in the Pioneer cemetery at Austinburg. Pall bearers were: J. B. Adams, Alden Murdock, Ed Wainwright, Charles Lawrence, Herman Colegrove and W. H. Emmons.
Wellsboro Agitator - October 28, 1931
John B. Hunt, of Knoxville, died Saturday morning at 5:20 o'clock in Elmira, after a short illness. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Emmet Palmer, of Elkland, Miss Viola Hunt, of Knoxville. The funeral was held at Knoxville yesterday.
MOON Sarah - Mrs. Sally Seeley
In Brookfield, Dec. 5th, of palsy, Mrs. Sally Seeley, a Revolutionary pensioner, widow of the late Benjamin Seeley, aged 94 years. (Thursday, December 8, 1859, The Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)
PHOENIX Calvin Lavern
Wellsboro Gazette – May 4, 1939
Knoxville—The funeral of Calvin L. Phoenix, 80, who died at the home of his son Lavern Phoenix, near Austinburg on Monday, was held at 2 p.m. yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Phoenix, with Rev M.P. Wheeler of the Baptist church, of Austinburg and Rev. Bradford G Webster of the Methodist Episcopal church cf Knoxville officiating. Burial in the Pioneer cemetery at Austinburg. Mr. Phoenix was born in Brookfield township, September 19, 1858, the son of Anson and Elizabeth Jordan Phoenix. He was united in marriage to Miss Esther Viola Ives, who died 15 years ago. Survivors besides the son with whom he lived, are two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Carlin of Penn Yan, Mrs. Grace Baker of Westfield, three grandchildren and one greatgrandchild, and several nieces and nephews.
SEELY, Justus B. - J.B. Seely died on Friday, the 19th instant. His funeral was held at the M.E. church on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. G.S. Spencer. Mr. Seely was nearly 74 years of age and had been a resident of Brookfield for sixty-five years. He lived and died on the farm that his father moved to when he came into the township. He had been a member of the Methodist Church over forty years, and I think he had no enemies unless they were political ones. He was always a warm Democrat. - Wellsboro Agitator, September 30, 1884, p.3
Permelia Seely Frazier - Widow of the late Horace A. Frazier, was born in Deerfield township, this county, February l, 1810, and died June 15, 1895, aged (85 years 4 months and 15 days). She died at the home of her son -in-law, LESTER FISK, in this boro. She was married to Horace A. Frazier in December 1825. To their union were born 10 children; 7 sons and 3 daughters of whom 2 daughter and 5 sons are still living. She leaves 35 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Frazier, experienced religion under the preaching of Rev. Charles Weeks about 21 years ago and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Austinburg, Pa and has lived a consistent Christian life ever since, always expressing her willingness to do God's will. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon of this week in the Free Will Baptist Church as Austinburg, Rev. S.C. Farnham, pastor of the Knoxville and Austinburg M.E. churches officiating. Her remains were interred in the Old Pioneer Cemetery at Austinburg beside the grave of her husband. Obit provide by Joyce Erway
WAKLEY John Brown
Wellsboro Agitator – January 30, 1901
Mr. John. Brown Wakley, aged nearly 75 years, died suddenly January 22d of heart disease at his home in Austinburg, Brookfield township. He was a son of the late Mr. John Wakley, who in 1837 was elected Sheriff of this county and who afterwards represented the county in the State Legislature. He is survived by his wife, by one daughter, Mrs. Jonas G. Kilburn, of Austinburg, and by three sons, Augustus, of Austinburg, and Stephen and Robert, of Westfield township. Mr. Wakley's funeral was held at Austinburg on Friday forenoon, followed by burial in the Pioneer cemetery in that village.
WOODARD, Mary Wakley
Mrs. Mary Woodard Wakley, widow of the late John Brown Wakley, died Nov. 8 at her home in Austinburg, Pa. She was nearly 87 years old. She was born December 23, 1832. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Kilburn, of Austinburg, and three sons, Stephen Wakley of Galeton, Henry Augustus Wakley of Austinburg, and Robert A. Wakley of Knoxville. Funeral services were held last Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Baptist church at Austinburg, Rev. L.D. Adams of Knoxville officiating; interment in the Pioneer cemetery at Austinburg. Wellsboro Agitator, 26 November 1919
?. –MRS. MARY ANN DAUGHERTY, wife of D. S. Daugherty, died last Thursday
afternoon after a brief illness of only a few days. She was born on the
California Road in this township in September 1848. Mrs. Daugherty had
many warm friends but no enemies. She leaves a husband, who has the
heartfelt sympathy of his neighbors and friends. The funeral was held at
the Austinburg Free Will Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon and the interment
was in the cemetery in front of the church. The burial services were
according to the Grange ritual, the deceased having been a member of the
Austinburg Grange. There was a very large attendance at the funeral, 59
carriages being in the procession from the house to the church. –Griffin
Scrapbook (Handwritten on article 1895)