Sabinsville Cemetery, Clymer Township,
Tioga County PA
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.
ACKLEY Roswell “Ross” L
Wellsboro Agitator - Feb. 28,
Roswell "Ross" L. Ackley, aged 42,died on the 19th instant at the home of Mr. Clarence Hancock in Westfield, of consumption, with which he had suffered ten years. Most of his life was spent in Sabinsville and in 1888 he .was married to Miss Minnie Douglass, of that village, who survives him. Funeral and burial in Sabinsville. The deceased was a brother of Mr. W. R. Ackley,of the Wellsboro laundry.
BAIR Dr. Thomas A.
Wellsboro Agitator – June 26, 1918
Well Known Physician of Sabinsville Died Friday, June 14. Dr. Thomas A. Bair, who for the past 37 years had practiced his profession as a physician in Sabinsville, died at his home in that place June 14, as the result of a paralytic stroke which he suffered as he was about to retire on June 7. For several months Dr. Bair had been in poor health, having had light strokes on two previous occasions. His genial smile, ready sympathy and sterling character, as well as his ability as a physician, won for him a host of friends and his death is a loss which cannot easily be forgotten, says the Free Press. Dr. Bair was born in Westmoreland county. May 21, 1848. In his early life he was engaged in the mercantile business, after which at the age of 27 he took up the study of medicine, graduating from Jefferson College in 1874. For several years he practiced his profession in Kansas City, Kansas, removing to Sabinsville about 37 years ago. He married Ellen Rexford on August 7, 1883 and to them was born one son, Rexford R. Bair. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Sabinsville, and was held from his late home June 16th, at two o'clock, Rev. L. E. Catlin officiating; interment was made in the family plot in the Sabinsville cemetery. The following members of the medical fraternity acted as a guard of honor; Drs D. A. Patterson. H. M. Farwell, A M. Greenfield and J. E. Hayes, of Westfield. and Dr. Hurd, of Galeton. The bearers were C B. Gee, Fred Wetherbee, Ed Dimon. Mvron Barber, Ed Swimelar and Mark Chamberlain. The following from out-of-town were present to pay their last respects. Mrs. J L Snyder and son, Charles, and Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro.
BALCH Dight Vernon
Wellsboro Gazette – Wednesday, January 24, 1979
Dight V. Balch, age 86 of Little Marsh died on Thursday, January 18, 1979 at home. He was a long time member of the Clymer Baptist Church and a 50 year honorary member of the Sabinsville Grange. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Esther) Rexford of Addison, NY., Mrs. Donald (Aileen) Leach of Westfield, Mrs. Homer (Eileen) Peters of Sylvania, Ohio; a son, Lynn E Balch of Coral Springs, Florida; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Clymer Baptist Church on Sunday with the Rev. Lloyd W. Cobb officiating. Burial in the Sabinsville Cemetery at Sabinsville. Donations may be made in his memory to the Clymer Baptist Church.
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA-- Wednesday, December 12, 1900
Mr Jerome Bates, aged 62, of Clymer, a Civil War veteran, died on the 2d instant. He was, on November 24th, struck by a Buffalo and Susquehanna locomotive while walking on the track. Although he was not at first considered to be injured dangerously, he soon became seriously ill. Funeral services were held from the house last Wednesday. Burial at Sabinsville. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and one son. Civil War Military source from Osceola Twp history:
Jerome Bates, Dec. 17 '61, Co. L 2nd Pa. cav.; captured Nov. '62, paroled and exchanged; wounded at St. Mary's Church, Va., June 24 ' 64; discharged at expiration of term.
BEACH James D
Wellsboro Gazette, Tioga, PA -- Wednesday, January 21, 1998
James D. Beach, 46, of Sabinsville RR 1 died Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born June 27, 1951, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Jay and Grace Baker Beach. He worked for almost 10 years for Consolidated Natural Gas Company as a compression station operator. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Surviving are his wife, Donna one son, Daniel James Beach, at home; two daughters, De Etta Carol Beach, at home, and Debra Ann Kibbe of Westfield; one sister, Marylee Beach of Sabinsville; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours were held Sunday, Jan. 18, and Monday, Jan. 19, at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, where the services were held with the Rev. Joseph Kutch officiating. Burial was made at Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville. Memorial donations may be made to the Sabinsville Volunteer Ambulance Association or the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
BEACH JUSTUS C. “JUDD” and CHISOM
ADA ROSELLA “AZELLA”
Wellsboro Gazette – June 14, 1928
Sunday Tragedy Shocks County - Justin C. Beach Kills Self and Wife at Sabinsville Home. Neighbors Powerless.
Six crashing shots which rent the silence of Sabinsville's Sunday morning sleep sounded the knell of Justin C. Beach, aged 60 years, and his wife, Azella Chisom Beach, aged 52 years, and overshadowed one of the bloodiest tragedies in the history of Tioga county. Afflicted with softening of the brain, and possessed of a groundless antipathy for his wife, who had recently left him, Beach shot her through the body with a high powered rifle, while she slept, turning the gun on himself a half hour later, when he had wandered through the house and about the premises, calling his wife's name and discharging the gun. Interference on the part of neighbors would have been dangerous and probably unavailing, since Beach was heavily armed and desperate. Information came to Coroner Wm White and Sheriff John Wilcox soon after daybreak Sunday morning when the tragedy had been discovered and reported by a Sabinsville milk man. Their investigation revealed that Beach had been a drinking man, of ugly disposition and that recently he had betrayed symptoms of a disordered mentality. Mrs. Beach, fearing bodily harm from threats of murder and mistreatment by her husband had been spending some time with relatives in Buffalo. Her visit to the home at Sabinsville was to have been for the purpose of collecting her goods before returning to Buffalo. Before Mrs. Beach's arrival, Saturday afternoon, Justin Beach was seen in Westfield, where he drew a large sum of money from the bank, and after experiencing difficulty in counting the bills, stated that if his wife returned that day “there would be a wedding.” The early part of the evening seems to have been spent in peace, Beach seeming to be in excellent spirits and of more friendly disposition than usual. It appears that he had but lately regained possession of his firearms, his wife having hid them in self protection. Evidence of the mute, jagged bullet holes in the bedroom and about the house indicates that Beach stood over the bed, shot at his wife and missed. As she arose, horrified, he fired again and she fell back, dead upon the bed. William VanDusen, a neighbor, states that he heard the first shot about 1:30. The murderer seems then to have come to the realization of his crime, attempted first aid and in crazed despair wandered the premises until he turned the rifle upon himself and fell prostrate in the living room. The shot entered bleeding. The shot entered Beach's body. The gaunt, barren old house at the edge of the village is empty. Justin Beach's vicious eccentricities are at an end, and his considerable wealth will be distributed among those outside his family, since no close relatives survive. Mrs. Azella Chisom Beach was born 52 years ago at Little Marsh. In 1892 she was married to Justin C. Beach, a native of Sunderlinville. Mrs. Beach leaves two brothers, John Chisom and Frank Chisom, of Sabinsville. According to a request of Mr. Beach, the Elks' Lodge, of Hornell had charge of the rites at his burial on Tuesday. Perhaps no man was better known throughout Tioga and Potter counties than “Judd" Beach. He covered this territory, selling cigars for 18 years. The first automobile in Tioga county, a Cadillac was his proud possession. For a number of years he was Buick dealer in his community. Upright and honest, Mr. Beach was esteemed by his business associates. All who knew Mrs. Azella Beach loved her for her fine womanly qualities. Until the worry over money seemed to affect her husband's mind, they were a devoted couple. It is believed that she went to Buffalo, fearing to stay in the home with him longer.
BENN NANCY D
Wellsboro Agitator - January 9, 1935
Mrs. Nancy D. Dimon, aged 82 years, died at her home in Beechwoods Dec. 31. Her husband, Edward C. Dimon, died Dec. 17, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Libbie Rice, in Wellsboro. Mrs. Dimon's maiden name was Nancy D. Benn, daughter of William and Maria Benn. Her first husband, William A. Griffin, died about 18 years ago. She leaves two brothers, George, of Coolport, and James Benn, of Akron, Ohio, and a sister, Emma Smith, of Altoona. The funeral was held Thursday; burial in the Sabinsville Cemetery.
BENN NANCY D
Wellsboro Gazette - January 10, 1935
Mrs. Nancy Dimon Dies
Sabinsville, Jan. 9th - Mrs. Nancy Dimon, widow of the late Ed Dimon died recently at her home in East Beech Woods, after being an invalid for three years. She was twice married, first to Albert Griffin, who died a number of years ago and in 1927 to Ed. Dimon, who was buried Dec. 19th, a brother, George Benn, and a sister, Mrs. Anna Smith of Clearfield and a foster daughter, Lulu Terwilliger survive.
BENN WILLIAM J
Westfield Free Press Volume nO XXVII - Thursday, July 29, 1905
William J. Benn, of Sabinsville, aged eighty-eight years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Griffin on Friday, July 14th. The funeral was held from the Sabinsville church on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock Rev. J. G. Macklin officiating, interment being made in the Sabinsville Cemetery. Mr. Benn was born on Pine Creek in 1817. In 1841 he was united in marriage with Miss Charity Head and to them were born seven children, five of whom still survive. His wife died about six years ago and since that time he has resided with his children.
BEISER Lillian B. "Bette" (Beiser) Cole
87, of Renovo, Pa., died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Bucktail Medical Center, Renovo. She was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Little Marsh, and was the daughter of the late Walter Beiser. Lillian graduated from Westfield High School in 1944. She was married to the late Clifford D. Cole on Oct. 5, 1946, in which they celebrated 52 years of marriage until his death May 18, 1998. Lillian worked as a U.S. Postmaster in Cross Fork for ten years. She was a founding member of Sunset Memorial Church in Tamarack, and was an active member of the woman's Bible study group in the church, a member of the Tamarack Grange #1388, Pennsylvania State Grange, National Grange, as well as an active supporter of the Volunteer Cross Fork Fire and Ambulance Company, in which she participated in numerous fund-raising activities including bake sales and craft sales. Lillian also enjoyed writing the Hammersly Fork News Column that was published in the Renovo Record and the Lock Haven Express. She also enjoyed keeping up with the many citizens of the community. Bette loved life, loved her friends and family, but above all, she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lillian is survived by one son, Brian L. Cole, and fiancé, Dianne Laub, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandsons, Craig C. Cole and Anthony W. Cole, both of Norman, Okla.; one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth M. Cole, Lawton, Okla.; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Along with her parents, and husband, Lillian was preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters. A public viewing was held at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 02, at Sunset Memorial Church, Tamarack, followed by the funeral service at 12 p.m., with Pastor Mahlon Nevel officiating. Burial followed at 3:30 p.m., in Sabinsville Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Maxwell Funeral Home, 205 Fifth Street, Renovo. Wellsboro Gazette – January 4, 2013
Wellsboro Agitator - November 1, 1905
--Daniel Brown, aged 37, formerly of Sabinsville, committed suicide near Arkport, N.Y., on the 23rd instant, by throwing himself beneath the wheels of a freight train. His wife and two children reside at Sabinsville.
BRUCE Charles F.
Wellsboro Agitator Jan. 23, 1901
Mr. Charles Bruce, of Sabinsville, aged 70, died in Knoxville on the 15th instant at the home of his son, Mr. A. M. Bruce. He is survived by three sons and four daughters. The funeral and burial took place at Sabinsville last Thursday.
BRUCE - CARL MRS. IDA M.
Wellsboro Agitator – January 13, 1926
--The funeral of Mrs. Ida M. Carl was held Sunday. The remains were removed Monday to Sabinsville, Pa., where services were held in the church at 12:30 p.m.; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery.
More About Ida Mae BRUCE:
Broken Back: About 14 yrs. when she fell out of hayloft
Burial: Sabinsville, Pa. Cemetery
Cause of Death: Heart Disease, Nephritis
Hunch Back: all her life from the fall
Medical Information: Information from Death Certificate Elmira, N.Y. Reg. #6
Daughter of Charles Frank Bruce and Clarissa Ellis.
Howard A Taft
38 Howland Hill Road, Westfield, Pa. 16950
BRUCE Lockwood C.
Westfield Free Press - Thursday, March 6, 1913
Lockwood C. Bruce - Died on February 28th at his home in Sabinsville, PA. He was the eldest son of Charles and Clarissa Bruce having been born on May 14, 1853 in Westfield, PA. He married Mattie Harter, of Dundee, NY. on April 12, 1879 who survives. Six children: Mrs. Lillian Bush, of Sabinsville, PA; Mrs. Cassie Roberts, of Galeton, PA; Earl, deceased on March 14, 1903; Delos and Fred, of Sabinsville, PA; and Clifford, of Hornell, NY. Also a step-son, Samuel Harter, of Clymer, PA. Five sisters: Mrs. William Rushmore, of Elmira, NY.; Mrs. Orton Mack, of Jordon, NY; Mrs. Eli Carl, of Sabinsville, PA; Mrs. E. M. Bennett, of Passaic, NJ.; and Mrs. William Bennett of Sabinsville, PA. He was a member of the K.O.T.M. (Knights of the Macabees) Tent #166 and the Grange. Funeral in church at Sabinsville, PA.
BUMP Clara B. Hess
82, of Westfield, died on her birthday, March 7, 2013, at the home of her daughter. Born in Sabinsville, she was a daughter of the late Maynard and Crystal (Carlin) Bump. On June 27, 1948, she married Robert (Bud) Hess, who preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 2000. Clara attended the Assembly of God Church in Knoxville, for many years. A lady that was strong in her faith, she loved her children and grandchildren. Clara also enjoyed gardening, canning and was an amazing cook. Surviving are a son, Michael (Janice) Hess of Westfield; daughters, Maxine (Phillip) Clark of Corning, N.Y., Sharon (Lee) Carl, Amy (Charles) Mead, Sr., both of Westfield; sisters, Caroline (Bernard) Johnson of Westfield, Marion Kababick of Florida; 12 grandchildren, Janelle (Brandon) Neal, Julie (Sean) Ulrich, Michael L. Hess, Quentin W. Clark, Gwen (Brian Button) Plank, Samantha (Travis Moore) Carl, Curtis Calaman, Aaron (Marlo) Carl, Charles J. Mead Jr., Cale L. (Theresa) Mead, Michaleia Mead, Ethan R. Mead; 10 great-grandchildren, Conner and Owen Neal, Brandon Button, Makenna Moore, Conner, Blake, and Lee Calaman, Kayli Cook, Emma Carl and Owen Mead; and the many members of the Bump and Hess families. In addition to her parents and husband, Clara was predeceased by a son, Robert Quentin Hess; sisters, Donna McNeil, Orpha Zona, Amber Snay; a granddaughter, Clara "JoJo" Calaman; and grandsons, Ryan L. and Robert L. Clark. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clymer Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Sabinsville, Pa. 16943. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton. Wellsboro Gazette – March 18, 2013
BERNARD L. BUTLER age 95, of Sabinsville, PA, passed away June 30, 2014 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, PA, Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11:00 a.m. Edward Heyler officiating. Burial will be in Sabinsville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Butler Scholarship Fund, c/o Northwest Bank, Westfield, PA. Please visit kenyonfuneralhome.com to post an online condolence or view a complete obituary. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/2/2014 (Obit not posted)
CADY Kenneth M. Age 59, of Main Street, Sabinsville, PA, died Friday, December 9, 2005, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born March 29, 1946 in Mills, PA, the son of Arthur and Ruth Sherwood Cady. He retired after working for over 30 years as a heavy equipment operator for Consolidated Gas Co. He also worked part-time at Ackley & Son Sporting Goods for many years. He graduated from Nothern Potter High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting and bowling. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Joan Yale Cady; son, Michael Cady, Sabinsville, PA; stepson, Donald Pennell, Montgomery, TX; daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and Michael Shepley-Zinck, Enola, PA, Milissa and Brennan Wood, Elmira, NY; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Donna and John Dandrea, Sabinsville, PA; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; father, Arthur Cady, Sabinsville, PA; mother, Ruth Cady, Mills, PA; brothers, Paul Cady, Cato, NY, Ronald Cady, Wellsville, NY, Marlin Cady, Ulysses, PA; sisters, Virginia Waite, Woodstock, VA, Joyce Tubbs, Wake Forest, NC; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold Cady, in 1969. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., #222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Westfield, PA, Rev. Joseph Gilbert offc. Burial in Sabinsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sabinsville Ambulance Assn. and your local chapter of the American Heart Assn. in Ken's memory.
WILLIAM CAVANAUGH SR.
William Cavanaugh Sr., 80, of Gillett RR 1, PA died Monday, October 14, 1996 at his home. He was born in Corning, NY, the son of George and Rose Batley Cavanaugh. He lived in the Wellsboro area for many years until moving to Gillett in 1955. Mr. Cavanaugh was a member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the 3rd Infantry Division. He was a retired employee of Hardinge, Inc. of Elmira, NY. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia Spencer Cavanaugh; daughter and son-in-law, Marlane and Michael Campbell of Gillett RR 3, sons and their wives, Gary and Janice Cavanaugh and William Jr. and Frances Cavanaugh, both of Gillett RR 1; and aunt, Rose Seigel of Wilkes-Barre and brother-in-law, Robert Smith of Columbia Cross Roads; eight grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends. Funeral and committal services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on October 17 with the Rev. David Powell officiating and interment to be in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. (TGR October 24, 1996)
CHAPPELL Richard V. Chappell
age 87 of Old Mill Lane, Troy, PA died Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years Carolyn Chappell of Troy; daughter, Linda (Alson) Nickerson of Troy; sons, Thomas (Jeanne) Chappell of Coudersport, Steven (Jody) Chappell of Mansfield; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jill, Sarah Jo, Terra Lynn, Zachary, Desirae; great-grandchildren, Madison, Allison, Izabella, Elna; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis (Marcia) Chappell of Tioga, PA; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call from 9 AM to 11 AM on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Troy, 579 Canton Street, Troy, PA. A Masonic Service will begin at 11:00 AM at Church followed by his funeral service with Reverend Garry Zuber officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr., Funeral Home, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA 16947. Richard was retired from Penelec following 40 years of dedicated service where he worked as a general line supervisor. His many memberships included the Troy Baptist Church, Troy American Legion Post #49, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Canton Moose Lodge, Bradford County Heritage Association, Troy Masonic Lodge, Coudersport Consistory, Wheel Inn, Cory Creek Golf Club, past president of the Northern Tioga School District and was a founding member of the Clymer Township Fire Department. Richard was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who gave so much to his family and community. He will be missed very much by his family and many friends. Survivors include his loving wife Carolyn Chappell of Troy; daughter, Linda (Alson) Nickerson of Troy; sons, Thomas (Jeanne) Chappell of Coudersport, Steven (Jody) Chappell of Mansfield; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jill, Sarah Jo, Terra Lynn, Zachary, Desirae; great-grandchildren, Madison, Allison, Izabella, Elena; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis (Marcia) Chappell of Tioga; sister-in-law, Joann Chappell of Troy, Pa.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Sister and brother-in-law, Arthur and Alice Brown and brother, Gerald Chappell, predeceased him. Memorials in Richard's name may be made to the American Cancer Association, Troy Food Bank, First Baptist Church of Troy or to a charity of one's choice . Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr, Funeral Home,, Inc. 1093 W. Main St., Troy, PA 16947. Towanda Daily Review– June 15, 2013
CHAPPELL Richard V. Chappell
87, of, Troy, died Thursday, June 13, 2013. Richard was born in Crooked Creek, on April 6, 1926, son of the late Milford and Edith (Rumsey) Chappell. Family and friends were invited to call from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at the First Baptist Church of Troy, 579 Canton St., Troy. A Masonic service began at 11 a.m. at church followed by his funeral service with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville. Memorials in Richard's name may be made to the American Cancer Association, Troy Food Bank, First Baptist Church of Troy or to a charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr, Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 W. Main St., Troy. Wellsboro Gazette – July 4, 2013
CHRISTIAN Pearl L
Pearl L. Cooper, 93, of Galeton, died Monday, April 29,2002, in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born Oct. 17, 1908, in Woodhull, N.Y., she was a daughter of Lyman and Lizzie Myers Christian. Surviving among others are a niece, Louise Alexander of Sabinsville, and a nephew, Melvin Lowrey of Gaines. Burial was made in the SabinsvilleCemetery. Arrangements were made by Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton.
Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, February 22, 1928
—-Charles Churchill, of Knoxville aged 68 years, died recently at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Smith, at Sabinsville. He is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Clair Mead, of Sunderlinville, and Mrs. Henry Smith, of Sabinsville; three sons, Vern and Jason, of Elmira, and Arthur Churchill of Sabinsville; two brothers, Clark Churchill, of Sabinsville, and William Churchill, of Breesport, and several grandchildren.
Wellsboro Agitator - April 6, 1938
The funeral of Jason Churchill, of Westfield, who was
killed in an accident March 26, was held March 29; burial at Sabinsville. Mr.
Churchill, Jacob and Nelson Hurler were discussing a horse trade. One of the
horses was, harnessed with one belonging to Mr. Churchill and the team ran
away. The wagon, on which all three men were riding, went over a bank and
turned over. Jacob Hurler was thrown and suffered minor injuries while Nelson
jumped before the wagon overturned. Mr. Churchill, who had the reins, was
unable to free himself and fell with the wagon. In turning over the wagon box
pinned him to the ground. Medical aid was summoned immediately but it was found
that he had died instantly. In 1906 he married Alice Mack, of Williamsport. To
them three children were born, who, with the widow, survive. The children
are: Mrs. Miles German and Christine and Lewis Churchill. He is also survived
by one grandson, James. Mr. Churchill was a member of the Methodist church and
COLBATH W. J.
Wellsboro Agitator - February 6, 1929
--W. J. Colbath, of Sabinsville, died January 29, aged 72 years. He is survived by three daughters, Mildred, of Buffalo; Gettie, of Hornell; Mrs. Lula French, of Sabinsville; two sons, Fred, of Sabinsville and Fred, of Elmira. The funeral was held Thursday, Rev. Mr. Stevens officiating; interment in the Sabinsville cemetery.
Cole, Raymond R. of Westfield, Penna., Monday, Sept. 4, 1972. Friends may call at the Watkins Funeral Home Westfield, Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Marie Cowher officiating. Sabinsville Cemetery. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Frances Jones of Gaines, Pa. four grandchildren. He was a veteran of World War II.
COLE Willard E. "Fat" Age 89, of #1091 Locust Street, Sabinsville, PA, Saturday, October 8, 2005, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. He was born May 2, 1916 in Harrison Valley, PA, the son of George W. and Angie Townsend Cole. He was retired from Consolidated Gas Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Africa and Italy during WW II. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elnora Bump Cole; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Dorothy Cole, Alden, NY; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Michael and Lori Cole, Alden, NY, Daniel and Amy Cole, Depew, NY, Dennis and Jennifer Cole, Lancaster, NY; seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., #222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Monday from 12-2:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Rev. Dr. Roy L. Seiders will officiate. Burial in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sabinsville Vol. Ambulance Assn. and the Clymer Twp. Vol. Hose Co. in Willard's memory.
COOPER Betsey Jane
Mrs. Jane Cooper Learn
Mrs. Betsy Jane Cooper Churchill Learn was born in Chatham July 12, 1863, the daughter of Winchester and Urania Mack Cooper and died at her home in Sabinsville March 4th from an attack of grip. Mrs. Learn was twice married, her first husband Charles Churchill died Feb. 12, 1928. In July 1931 she was married to Mr. Dana Learn of Nelson who is left to mourn her loss. She leaves the following children: Mrs. Mildred Smith of Azelta, Mrs. Alma Mead of Sunderlinville, Mr. Arthur Churchill of Azelta, Mr. Jason Churchill of Westfield and Mr. Vernon Churchill at home; one brother Lorenzo Cooper of Knoxville, also a number of grandchildren. She was a member of the Clymer Baptist Church. The funeral was held from the Church Saturday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Paul de Meurers officiating. Mr. J. T. Van Dusen had charge, burial in Sabinsville cemetery. Handwritten on obituary Mar 4, 1936.
CUMMINGS Mary Jane
Wellsboro Agitator - October 21, 1925
Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Niles, Mrs. Henry Wedge and Mrs. Harry Sutton attended the funeral of Mrs. Dana Glazier who died at her home in Elmira, N.Y., Saturday and was buried in the Ackley cemetery near Sabinsville Tuesday.
DIBBLE Robert E. Bob”
Age 95, of 220 Maple St., Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. He was born January 25, 1916 in Westfield, PA, the son of Fred and Angie Miller Dibble. Bob taught special education and was the librarian for many years in the Warren County School District. He received his undergraduate degree from Mansfield University and his master's degrees from Edinboro University. Bob also worked for Eberle Tanning Company. He was a member of the Westfield First Baptist Church, Westfield Lodge #477 F. & A.M., Westfield Lions Club, the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Assn. and Westfield Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Erma L. Dibble; son, Lowell (Sandy) Watkins of Westfield, PA; daughters, Linda (Gaylon) Goolsby of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Ellen (David) Guriel of Waterford, PA; daughter-in-law, Cathy (Bruce) Watkins Atwood of Warren, PA; brother, Dale (Marilyn) Dibble of Gainesboro, TN; sister, Irma Horton of Lawman, NY; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; dear friend, Gail (Michael) Bollinger of Westfield, PA. He was preceded in death by a son, Lyle James Watkins; granddaughter, Stephanie Goolsby; brothers, Reid and Joseph Dibble; and sisters, Freda McNamara and Loraine Kroeck. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home Inc., 222 West Main St., Westfield, PA, Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Westfield Baptist Church, Reverends Lewis Young, Lowell Watkins and Michael Hale officiating. Burial in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sabinsville Cemetery Association and the Westfield Historical Society. Star Gazette – March 11, 2011
Wellsboro Agitator - August 5, 1936
Clifford Doran, of Sabinsville, died at the Arnot-Ogden hospital in Elmira Wednesday, of tetanus. On June 15 he received a severe injury on his left hand while working at the Eberle tannery and went to the hospital for treatment. He was born in Niles Valley, August 6, 1901, son or Mr. and Mrs. James Doran. The Doran family moved to Westfield a number of years ago. In 1924 he married Miss Iva Schoonover, of Sabinsville, who survives, with an infant son, Stuart Marvin, who was born June 22; his father, James Doran, and a brother, Clarence Doran, of Westfield. Funeral services were held Friday; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery.
Wellsboro Gazette – March 31, 1960
Mrs. Blanche D. Reynolds of Sabinsville RD, secretary to Hector Township school board, died Thursday, March 17, I960 in Potter County Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, at the age of 52. Wife of Robert Reynolds, she was born in Sabinsville March 2, 1908, the daughter of Clare Redner Doty and the late George Doty. Mrs. Reynolds was a member of Westfield Methodist Church. Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by a step-son. Richard Reynolds of Rochester, Pa.; one sister, Mrs. Beatrice Wilson of Washington, Pa., and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, the Rev. C. Lacy VanNorman officiating, with burial in Sabinsville Cemetery.
Wellsboro Agitator - December 1, 1937
The funeral of Clyde Doty, aged 51 years, who died November 25, at the Veterans Hospital at Bronx, N.Y., was held Saturday at the Sabinsville church; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery.
DOTY George W
Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, November 11, 1931
The funeral of George Doty, aged 54 years, of Sabinsville, who died Saturday in Hector, was held in Sabinsville Monday. Rev. W. H. Stevens officiated. The Masonic Lodge of Westfield of which he was a member conducted the rites of the lodge at the cemetery. Mr. Doty was born in Sabinsville, son of Romain and Mary Doty. He had been ill the past two years. Mr. Doty worked at his trade as a blacksmith both in Sabinsville and Westfield for many years, later moving to Hector, where he was engaged in farming. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Blanche and Beatrice at home, two sons, Louis of Elmira and Clyde of Sabinsville. (Sons should read brothers, Louis of Elmira and Clyde of Sabinsville)
DOTY Lewis R.
Wellsboro Gazette – Thursday, January 28, 1943
Lewis R. Doty, of Elmira, died last Friday after a several months' illness at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. He was born March 30, 1886 at Westfield, the son of Romaine and Mary Doty. He is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Robert Reynolds, of Hector, Pa. and Mrs. Robert Wilson of Wellsboro. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Sabinsville church, the Rev. Gordon Vaughn officiating; burial was made at Sabinsville.
Wellsboro Agitator – October 20, 1926
Miss Viola Doty, a teacher of many years' experience in Tioga county schools, departed this life in July of this year. Miss Doty spent several years teaching primary work in Sabinsville, taught in New York state for some time, and was engaged as first grade teacher in the Westfield schools when serious illness caused her to retire from the profession. She will be long remembered as one of the most efficient and conscientious teachers of this county.
Wellsboro Gazette – Thursday, July 29, 1926
Westfield, July 28 - A number of people from here attended the funeral services of the late Viola Doty, which were held on Sunday afternoon. Miss Doty had been a teacher of the local schools for a number of years and through her work as well as her charming personality, had made many warm friends who mourn her early death.
Westfield Free Press - Thursday, January 18, 1900
Death – Front Page
Charles Douglass died Tuesday at his home near Sabinsville. He was unmarried. Survived by 6 brothers and sisters. Buried Sabinsville Cemetery.
DRAKE Arthur A.
Age 85 of RD, Galeton, PA, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at Corning Hospital, Corning, New York. He was born September 30, 1915 in Elmira, NY, the son of Ernest and Katherine (Fahs) Drake. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII. He was a member of the Cowanesque Valley Saddle Club, former owner of Drake's Propane and former employee of Warren's Propane Service and Alleghany Mountain Construction and Conn-E Construction. Survived by Wife, Elsie; Sons and daughter-in-law, Larry and Jackie Drake of Galeton, PA, Paul Drake of Redlands, CA, Mike Drake of Watkins Glen, NY; Daughters and Sons-in-law, Judy Beach and Lynn Stage of Painted Post, NY, Gail and Ronald Short of Little Marsh, PA; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; Brother, Karl Drake of Sabinsville, PA; Step Brothers, James Drake of Elmria, NY, Clifford Drake of Lawrenceville, PA, Glen Drake, Lawrenceville, PA; Step Sister, Hazel Drake of Lawrenceville, PA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Preceded in death by a son, Arthur Drake, Jr in 1969. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA, Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM where funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11:00 AM. Burial in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Galeton Vol. Ambulance Association. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kenyon Funeral Home. (Westfield, PA)
EARL - WATKINS
Hazel L. Age 90, of #127 Strang Lane, Westfield, PA, died Thursday, November 25, 2004 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA. She was born August 24, 1914 in Gurnee, PA, the daughter of Pearl and Lucy Rice Earl. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Westfield United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her son and his fiancee, Roger Watkins and Sonja Wade, Westfield, PA; two grandsons, Seth Watkins, Mansfield, PA and Will Watkins, Westfield, PA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence "Skinny" Watkins, in 1996. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., #222 West Main St., Westfield, PA, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. Burial in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the Sabinsville Volunteer Ambulance Assn. and the Westfield United Methodist Church in Hazel's memory.
Wellsboro Agitator - July 21, 1960
A certificate of death by a heart attack has been issued in the case of David Eldridge, 32, of Sabinsville, who was found dead in his Steuben Telephone Company service truck Thursday morning, July 14, 1960. Born February 11, 1928 in Galeton, Mr. Eldridge was the son of Earl and Areta Churchill Eldridge, who now reside in Potter Brook. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his widow, Marcia Dibble; two children, Vonda and Jack, at home and six brothers, Churchill of Trumansburg, N.Y.; Ervin and Richard of Sabinsville, Merle of Rochester, NY., Adelbert of Mansfield, and Earl Jr., at home in Potter Brook. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Westfield Methodist Church, the Rev. C. Lacy VanNorman, officiating. Burial was in Sabinsville cemetery.
Westfield Free Press - Volume XIV - Thursday, December, 26, 1895
Mrs. Betsy Rexford of Long Run lived with son, James there. She was buried on Friday at Sabinsville, Rev. Warren of Middlebury officiating. Aged 78 years. Leaves 3 son: Charles and George of Gaines, James Rexford of Lansing and 1 daughter, Mrs. Dr. Bair and Mrs. J. R. Dengle this place is a granddaughter.
Westfield Free Press - Thursday, Feb. 25, 1909
Mrs. Marcena Skinner died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. A. Ackley at the age of 70 years. She is survived by 2 children: Mr. Arthur Seamans and Mrs. Ackley of this place. Her maiden name was Fox and her girlhood home was Addison, NY. She married Dr. Seamans who died about 35 years ago. Afterwards she married Dr. Skinner who died about twenty years ago. Rev. Hunt officiated at the funeral with burial in Sabinsville Cemetery.
FRAZIER - Westfield Free Press, Westfield, Tioga County PA. Volume XXII Death Front Page: Thursday, November 8, 1900 Andrew Frazier of Clymer died Wednesday, November 7th. He was born near Quebec, Canada in 1811, moved to the States when a boy locating in Ithaca. In 1840 he married Cinderella Stine and to them were born 8 children. In 1853 he moved to Pennsylvania. Early in the 70's his wife died and in 1878 he married Mrs. Betsy White, who survives. Funeral was held Friday, Rev. R.C.Grames of Westfield, officiating. Buried in Sabinsville Cemetery. Submitted by Harold Hooper
Wellsboro Agitator - August 22, 1945
Mrs. Phenie Beach died at her home in Sabinsville Aug. 17. She was born Aug. 2, 1869 daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. French. She was married to Charles Beach, who died several years ago. To them were born three sons, Walter and Russell, and three brothers who survive her, Fay French, Ray French and Jay French, of Galeton, and one sister, Mrs. Dora Swimler, of Horseheads, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Oliver Beach, U.S.N., and Charles Beach, of Penn Yan, N.Y. The funeral was held at Sabinsville; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery, Aug. 20.
GEE Charles B
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., April 4, 1934, Pg 1
Charles B. Gee, aged 88 years, died at his home in
Sabinsville, March 26, after an illness of several weeks. He was a son of
VanRansellar and Julia Davis Gee. He had been a resident of Sabinsville and
vicinity for a number of years. He is survived by a son, Harry Gee, of
Sabinsville; one grandson, Russell Gee and great-grandson of Elmira, and his
wife, Bessie Gee. A son, Burt Gee, died several years ago. Funeral services
were held Wednesday in the Sabinsville Cemetery.
GIGEE James H.
Age 89, of RD#3, Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 1914 in Clymer Twp., PA, the son of Loren and Ethel Lindsley Gigee. He was a farmer, Westfield Twp., Supervisor for 30 years, member of the First Baptist Church of Westfield, self-employed truck driver, and drove school buses. He was also a member of the Dad's of Foreign Service Veterans. He is survived by his wife, Erma; sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene (Simon) and Bonnie Gigee, RD, Westfield, PA, and Carl Gigee, Westfield, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Neil Glassbrook, Pittsford, NY, and Jimona and Duane Stafford, RD, Westfield, PA; stepson, Ernest Clark, Westfield, PA; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Carl Cox, Knoxville, PA, Sharon Ray of Alabama, and Theresa Reuther, Emporium, PA; 20 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Schueler, Bel Air, MD; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leona; daughter, Mary Jane; grandson, Seth; and three brothers and two sisters. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Rev. Birney Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the Kenyon Funeral Home on behalf of the family.
Wellsboro Gazette - December 13, 1901
Died - GUILD - At Sabinsville, Pa., December 1, 1901, Mrs. Olive Greenfield Guild, widow of Alonzo Guild, in her 77th year.
GRIFFIN BENJAMIN A
Wellsboro Agitator - January 11, 1950
Benjamin A. Griffin, aged 80 years, died at the home of his son, Cecil H. Griffin, in Sabinsville, Jan. 5, after a short illness. Survivors include two sons, Cecil, of Sabinsville and Roy, of Painted Post, two grandchildren, Miss Olive Griffin of Sabinsville and Mrs. Esther Hines of Wellsville, N.Y. Funeral services were held Sunday.
Wellsboro Gazette - September 27, 1951
Sabinsville - Elmer Griffin of Rochester is having a stone set for his wife in our cemetery and has paid perpetual care for their lot.
GRIFFIN LEMUEL A.
Wellsboro Gazette - February 23, 1939
Azelta – Word was received here of the death of Lemuel Griffin Thursday morning Feb. 17th. His funeral was held Sunday at the Baptist church at Sabinsville, and burial in the Sabinsville cemetery.
LEMUEL A. GRIFFIN
Wellsboro Agitator - Feb. 22, 1939
Lemuel A. Griffin, aged 79 years, died Wednesday at his home in Beechwoods on the farm where he was born. Funeral services were held at the Sabinsville Baptist church Sunday; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Josie Wilson Griffin; a daughter, Mrs. Etta Hornsby, of Little Mnrsh; two sons, Gordon Griffin, of Campbell, N. Y., and Nathan Griffin, a son by his. first wife, Alma Abbie Griffin, who died 68 years ago, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Kernan, of
RALPH AL GRIFFIN
Wellsboro Gazette - February 14, 1996
Ralph A. Griffin. 83, of Knoxville, RR2, died Friday, Feb. 9, 1996, at home. Born March 10,1913, in Albion, N.Y., he was the son of Elmer and Lulu Moss Griffin. He was retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters and was formerly employed at.the Eberle Tanning Company, Westfield. He was a member of the Clymer Baptist Church, Sabinsville. Preceding him in death were his brothers, Harold Griffin, Raymond Griffin and Elmer Churchill Jr.; a sister, Leona Wood; and a grandson, Bradley Sharp Jr. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Winona Griffin; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Romona and Jim Stebbins of Sabinsville, Rowena and Clarence King of Knoxville, Roberta and Dino Pedrone of Pembrook Pines, Fla., Rosalee and Richard Wormer of Westfield and Roxie Sharp of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Catherine Griffin of Rheims; two brothers, Walter Griffin of Wellsboro and Willard Spencer of Osceola; 22 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours were held Monday, Feb. 12 at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield. Funeral services were held there Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Rev. Lloyd Cobb and Dr. Dino Pedrone officiated. Burial was made in the the Sabinsville Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Sabinsville Volunteer Ambulance Association.
GRIFFIN RUTH E
Wellsboro Gazette - July 7, 1993
Ruth E. Mosher, 81, of The Green Home, Wellsboro, formerly of Westfield and Andover, N.Y., died Sunday, July 4, 1993, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born Nov. 1, 1911, in Sabinsville, she was the daughter of Nathan and Lydia Christian Griffin. She was a former member of the Clymer Baptist Church and a production line worker for Gerber Baby Food. Preceding her in death was her husband, Bernard Mosher, in 1988. Surviving are three sons, Eldon Mosher of Andover, N.Y., Ellery Mosher of Brockport, N.Y., and Milton Mosher of Palmyra, N.Y.; two daughters, Ann Pentycofe of Rochester, N.Y., and Wilda Fuller of Elkland; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; several nephews, nieces and cousins. Friends called at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, on Tuesday, July 6. Services were held there Wednesday, July 7, with the Rev. Eugene A. Charsky officiating. Burial was made at Sabinsville Cemetery, Sabinsville. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.
GRIFFIN SARAH JANE “SADIE J””
Wellsboro Agitator - March 27, 1940
Mrs. J. H. Kernan, of Sabinsville, died Sunday at 6 p. m., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Whittaker, after an illness of six months. She was born April 15, 1869, in Clymer township, daughter of Silas and Susan Griffin, one of the pioneer families of that locality. Mrs. Kernan was the last member of the family. On Sept. 28, 1884 she was, married to James H. Kernan and they resided on a farm about two miles from Sabinsville. She was a member of Sabinsville Grange. Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mildred at home and Mrs. Whittaker. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m., at the home of Mrs. Whittaker in Sabinsville; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery
GRIFFIN SILAS ALVIN
Wellsboro Agitator, Wednesday, October 26, 1927
Death of S. A. Griffin
Lying in a coffin, which he chose for himself three years ago at the time of the death of his wife, S. Alvin Griffin is dead at his home in Sabinsville. A monument of his own selection will also mark his grave, says a correspondent. Mr. Griffin died Oct. 17, at the home of his son, Benjamin Griffin, after a long illness. Born in Sabinsville, 81 years ago last January, Mr. Griffin had lived in Clymer township all his life. Because , as he had been heard to remark, he wished to be as little trouble to his relatives as possible, Mr. Griffin had made all arrangements for his funeral. Besides choosing his coffin and grave marker, he had placed in the bank a sum of money to be used to defray burial expenses, and had made disposition of his property as he wished it to be disbured. During the civil war Alvin Griffin was too young to enlist or to be drafted, but anxious to serve his country, he managed to go as a substitute. One day when he had gone to Addison, the nearest railroad station, he found David Kilbourn trying to find a substitute. After writing a letter to his father, telling him where to get the team, he took the $300 substitute money and left for the front. Surviving his death are three sons, Benjamin, Clark and Walter; one daughter, Mrs. J. C. Scott,; one brother, Lemuel Griffin; one sister, Mrs. J. H. Kernan, all of Sabinsville. The funeral was held Thursday; burial in the Sabinsville Cemetery.
GRIFFIN Silas S
Westfield Free Press
Westfield Free Press April 22, 1880 - Death - Locals
Silas A. Griffin, of Clymer, was buried at Sabinsville, last Tuesday, aged 69 years. Rev. H. Peck officiated.
GRIFFIN Silas S
Wellsboro Agitator May 4, 1880 written for the Agitator by Isiah A. Campbell
An Old Pioneer Gone - Death of Silas S. Griffin a Sketch of his career
On the 18th of April 1880 the twp of Clymer lost its last remaining pioneer, Mr. Silas S.Griffin. Mr. Griffin was born in Georgetown, Madison County, NY June 30 1811. He remained there until 1833 when he decided to cut his way into the forest of what was then the Twp of Westfield in that part which is now Clymer Twp. Having settled here, he remained in the same locality until his death at the age of 68 years 9 mos 18das. Mr. Griffin came to Clymer an unmarried man and empty handed. He purchased a piece of land and began clearing away the timber from a site he had chosen to build upon. Soon he had a comfortable log house erected and everything ready for a family. He then married Elizabeth Thompson of Westfield, and then began housekeeping in their rustic home. Mr. Griffin was twice married. His 2nd wife being Susan Thomas, whom he leaves with nine children to mourn his loss. Received from Rhoda ENGLISH Ladd
GRIFFIN Silas S
Westfield Free Press April 22, 1880 - Silas A. Griffin, of Clymer, was buried at Sabinsville last Tuesday, aged 69 years. Rev. Peck officiated.
GRIFFIN WILLIAM ALBERT
Wellsboro Gazette- September 3, 1919
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Tremain attended the funeral of their brother, Mr. Griffin, at Sabinsville, Friday.
HACKETT Letah H Balch
Wellsboro Gazette - Thursday, March 28, 1946
Sabinsville—This community was shocked last week by the sudden death of Letah Hackett Balch. Mrs. Balch was 44 years old and had spent most of her life in this vicinity. She took an active part in Grange, church and all other worthy causes. The high esteem in which she was held was shown by the floral tributes and real grief of her friends at her funeral, which was held, in the local church last Thursday. She is survived by her husband,
Dight Balch; her mother, Flora Hackett: two daughters, Esther and Eileen all of Sabinsville. Rev. Cecil Palm officiated; interment was in the Sabinsville cemetery.
HACKETT Letah H Balch
Wellsboro Agitator – March 27, 1946
Mrs. Letah Hackett Balch, aged 44 years, died March 19. She was born March 16, 1902; daughter of Emory A. and Flora Simpson Hackett, of Lakeview, Michigan. Mrs. Balch made her home in Clymer township for the past 26 years. Funeral services were held Thursday, at the Sabinsville church, Rev. Cecil Palm officiating; burial in the Sabinsville cemetery.
Horrible Crimes in Clymer. A FATHER MURDERS HIS FOUR LITTLE CHILDREN AND THEN HANGS HIMSELF.
Frank Hancock has been employed as fireman for the
past year at the sawmill of Messrs. Waite, Thomas & Atwell, on Blue Run, in
Clymer Township. He was a man of about thirty-four years, his wife was
twenty-eight, and the oldest of their five children was a boy of ten and the
youngest a baby of a few months old. The family moved to that place from
Potter Brook, and they formerly resided in Jasper, N. Y. They lived in a
rough board house, such as usually found around a sawmill in the back
woods. The man was industrious and sober, the children were bright, and
to a stranger nothing appeared to be lacking to make a happy home; but the man
had cause to doubts his wife’s faithfulness, and this cause led to the
despondency of the husband and the commission of the unnatural and horrible
murders and suicide. Last Saturday morning the community and the
whole surrounding county was shocked by the announcement that Hancock has taken
the lives of his four oldest children and then hung himself. It seems
that Mrs. Hancock went over to Mr. Sol. Havens’s on Friday afternoon to take
care of Mrs. Havens, who was having fainting fits after having had a number of
teeth extracted. She returned home and prepared supper for her family,
and then told her husband that Mrs. Havens was no better and that she was going
back to stay with her during the night. It is not known whether the
couple quarreled or not, but Mrs. Hancock says that Frank came over to Mr.
Havens’s and called her to the door and threatened to kill the children and
himself if she didn’t go home. She refused to go out doors to talk with
him. She didn’t believe he would do what he threatened, but still she was
so anxious that she went over home about one o'clock in the morning to see if
everything was all right. From the yard she saw a light down stairs and
found that her husband was moving about the house. Then the lights went
out, and she returned to Havens’s, supposing everything to be alright. In
the morning when Mrs. Hancock returned home she found no one down stairs, and
she rushed upstairs to find a sight so horrible that it can hardly be pictured
in words. From a rafter in the unfinished chamber the dead body of her
husband was suspended, and on the two beds lay the dead and terribly mutilated
bodies of the four children, a boy of ten years and three girls aged
respectively nine, six and four years. The young babe alone was left
alive. The boy had been stabbed in the left side, the two oldest girls
had each been stabbed several times in the side and back, and the four-year-old
child had four knife thrusts in her side and had been disemboweled. The
fiendish work had been done with two butcher knives, and the whetstone with
which Hancock had sharpened them for use was found upon the floor.
Hancock had evidently attempted to kill himself with a knife, as three
knife wounds were found in his side near the heart and two in the neck.
After stabbing himself it is supposed the he took a long rope, doubled it,
passed it over a rafter, put a noose about his neck and jumped off a box.
His neck was broken by the fall. Three letters were found in the
house in Hancock’s handwriting. One was addressed to his wife and was
substantially as follows: ‘Lib: You will take the cup and saucer and give
it back to Eva. I have written father about the watch. I wanted to
have a talk with you, but you wouldn’t talk with me. I am going to kill
the children, and you are to blame for it. Frank. Another
letter was addressed to Hancock’s parents, and according to our informant read
as follows: “Dear Parents: In love I take my pen to let you know
what I am about to do, so that the blame will fall where it belongs. I
shall kill my children before morning. I can’t live this way any longer,
and further, I won’t. Don’t let Georgie go to the poor-house. You
will never know why I do this. Take my watch and have it fixed and keep
it for Georgie. Frank. A third letter was addressed to Mr.
Atwell, Hancock’s employer, and it was as follows: “Mr. Atwell:
Please see that I and my children have a decent burial. Do what you can
for the kid I leave. Frank Hancock. Coroner W. R. Francis, of
Knoxville, was summoned, and he visited the scene of the tragedy on Saturday
and empanelled a jury consisting of the following gentlemen: John Davis,
foreman, and J. L. Thompson, M. E. Stebbins, Potipher Fish, S. A. Griffin and
____ _____. Two witnesses were examined: Mrs. Hancock and Mr. Sol
Havens. Mrs. Hancock testified that she had made an agreement with Frank
not long since that they were to separate, she taking three children and he
two, and that it was understood between them that she was to live with another
man. Mr. Havens’s testimony did not agree with Mrs. Hancock’s in some
particulars relating to the way in which she spent the night at his house, and
he mentioned the visit of two young men at his house Friday night.
Coroner Francis, being compelled to return home on account of business, adjourned the inquest until today. The five bodies were buried yesterday at Sabinsville. It is said that Mrs. Hancock has not borne a very good reputation. She has neglected her family and run with other men and engaged in carousals, staying away from home for days and nights together, being utterly shameless in her conduct. On the other hand, she accuses her husband of unfaithfulness and relates numerous instances of his utterly shameless conduct with other women in her presence and in his own home, threatening her with violence when she complained. Mrs. Hancock is described as a medium-sized woman and is quite plump. She is very plain looking and is evidently rather course grained. She talks freely about the tragedy, and does not hesitate to tell some pretty tough stories about her husband’s conduct as well as her own, and she seems to be not at all embarrassed in relating the incidents. [Buried at Sabinsville Cemetery, Clymer Township. Stone says Hancock Family]
April 30, 1889
The funeral of Frank Hancock and his four children whom he had murdered was held at Sabinsville last week Monday. It was the largest funeral ever held in that part of the county, hundreds of people being drawn to attend in by morbid curiosity. The church was packed and many stood outside till the close of the religious service. Rev. D. A. Parcells, of Westfield, preached an appropriate and touching sermon, and the scene, with the five coffins around the altar, was a most affecting one. At the close of the service the caskets were taken outside in front of the church and opened for the inspection of the people, and for an hour or two the great throng clustered about the coffins, gazing at the bodies. It is estimated that from 1,500 to 2,000 people were present. As Mrs. Hancock left the church she fell forward in a dead faint. A photographer appeared and made pictures of the unusual and sorrowful scene. The five bodies were interred in one grave. On Tuesday the inquest was continued at the house of Mrs. Morris Atwell, and Mr. Atwell was the first witness. He testified that Frank Hancock had been a fireman in his mill for some time. He considered his reputation good; he was industrious, and the witness had known of his helping his little daughter do the housework. Mr. Sol Havens thought Mr. and Mrs. Hancock came to his house together the night of the tragedy. He had heard Hancock say before that he intended to kill himself. Two men named Coagley and Birmingham were at his house on Friday evening. Mr. Havens contradicted himself several times while on the stand. Mrs. Hancock was sworn, and she stated that the family moved to Blue Run a year ago. She had never heard her husband remonstrate about her conduct or say anything about killing the children. Her husband knew that she went to Havens’s and to see Coagley. He went to Havens’s with her, the babies being asleep at home. Before he left he said he wanted to talk with her. She said to him, “Don’t kill the children. He said, Wherever I go they will go with me. She testified that she went over home before she retired, saw no light, and went back to Havens’s and to bed. The next morning she found the letters and saw the terrible scene and then rushed out and gave the alarm. She said that the letters were in Frank’s handwriting. Mrs. Havens was sworn and her testimony agreed substantially with that of the preceding witness. She further said that she never saw Mrs. Hancock do any housework; that the daughter, Gracie, did the principal work of the house. She was considered a bright and motherly child, but had been sadly neglected, never going to school and being only half clothed. Both Mrs. Hancock and Mrs. Havens acknowledged on the witness stand that they had been off riding after the funeral with two men, and they did not return home until after midnight. Several witnesses testified that Mrs. Hancock’s reputation was bad and that her husband’s had been good. Henry Coagley testified that Mrs. Hancock told him that Frank was going to kill himself, and that Frank had asked him to lend him a revolver on Friday and that he said he meant, to go the road from whence no traveler returned. Messrs. John Hancock, father of Frank, and William Hancock, his brother, testified that the letters were in Frank’s handwriting; that Frank had sometime ago advised them about disposing of the children in some manner so that they might have proper care and be sent to school. Other witnesses were sworn, but their testimony was unimportant. The Coroner’s jury then made the following verdict: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: An inquisition indented and taken at the house of Morris Atwell, in the township of Gaines, and what is known as Blue Run, commenced on the 20th day of April, (adjourned to and completed on the 23rd) A. D., 1889, before me, W. R. Francis, Coroner of Tioga County, State of Pennsylvania, upon the oath of John Davis, J. L. Thompson, M. B. Stebbins, E. P. Fish, Alvin Griffin, and John Fischler, good and lawful men of the county aforesaid, who being duly sworn according to law, to inquire where, when, how, and after what manner, Frank J. Hancock, Jayson Hancock, Gracy Hancock, Hannah Hancock, Susan Hancock, came to their deaths, do say, upon their oaths, after viewing the several bodies, their surrounding conditions and the weapons used and lying near; after reading the various letters written by said Frank Hancock, as proven by witnesses acquainted with his handwriting; after hearing all the evidence, which showed repeated threats by said Hancock to destroy his children. It is the opinion of said jury and said Coroner that said Frank Hancock, while laboring under temporary aberration, super-induced by the neglect, shameful conduct and infidelity of his wife, did, with two large butcher knives, stab unto death his children as follows: Jayson, aged 9 years; Grace, aged 8 years; Hannah, aged 7 yeas; Susie, aged 4 years, between the hours of twelve midnight and 7 a.m., April 20, 1889, in the chamber of his dwelling and that the said children were asleep in their beds when attacked by their infuriated father. That said Frank Hancock, after killing his four children, did make six attempts to destroy his own life by stabbing, and failing in that did attach a rope to a rafter in the same chamber that had witnessed the destruction of his children, and put a noose about his neck and hung himself until death. It is further duty of aforesaid jury and said Coroner to state with the utmost emphasis that the neglect of her family by Mrs. Lizzie Hancock, the wife of said Frank Hancock, thus imposing upon her eight-year-old daughter excessive responsibility and labor incident to the care of the household and children, merits the strongest condemnation of a civilized community; and it is the further opinion of said inquest that her unnatural and infamous conduct and neglect did, in a manner, contribute to the state of mind of said Frank Hancock, that brought about the tragedy. In witness thereof as well the aforesaid Coroner as the jury aforesaid do to this inquisition affix their hands and seal, at Blue Run, on this 23rd day of April, A. D. 1889. W. R. Francis, Coroner, John Davis, Foreman, Melvin B. Stebbins, J. L. Thompson, E. P. Fish, Alvin Griffin, John Fischler, Jury.
HARRIS Abbie J
Wellsboro Gazette - December 6, 1901
DIED - KNOWLTON - In Clymer, Pa. November 24, 1901, Mrs. H. A. Knowlton, aged 46 years.
HAYNES ROBERT L.
Wellsboro Agitator – December 15, 1960
Robert L. Haynes, 62, of Westfield, died Friday, December 9, 1960 in Wellsboro Hospital following a brief illness. He is survived by his widow, Frances; one son, Robert, of Corning RD, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Lee of Knoxville and Miss Ruth Ann Haynes, at home; one brother, Walter of Fair Bluff, N. C., and four grandchildren. Funeral was held Tuesday. Thomas Clark and William Beacon, officiated, and burial was in Sabinsville Cemetery.
Wellsboro Gazette – December 1, 1938
Westfield – Byron Hazzar died suddenly Sunday, November 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Matteson. He was born March 2, 1856 in Inavale, N.Y., the son of Elihue and Katherine Hazzar. After the death of his wife, March 2, 1936, Mr. Hazzar moved to Westfield to live with his daughter, Mrs. Henry Matteson. Funeral services were held from the home yesterday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Gordon L. Vaughan, officiating. Burial in the Sabinsville Cemetery.
HEAD CHARITY MARIAH
Westfield Free Press Volume XXI - January 26, 1899
Mrs. Maria Benn at her home in Sabinsville, on Thursday Jan. 19th over 80 years of age. Survived by her husband, Wm. Benn; 3 sons, Georbge, Norman and James Benn; and 2 daughters, Nancy Griffin and Emma Smith. Baptist church at Sabinsville.
HESS N W
Elmira Daily Gazette Free Press – June 16, 1900
Wellsboro, June 6.—N. W. Hess died at his home at Mixtown
as the result of injuries sustained in a runaway accident on Tuesday. Mr.
Hess and two sons were driving to Sabinsville when a dog ran from a yard and
frightened their horse. Mr. Hess and son, Hibe, who were on the rear seat
were thrown out of the wagon by the giving way of a portion of the running
gear. The boy sustained injuries about the lower part of his body and his
leg was hurt. The elder Hess was struck on the head, it is thought , by
the wheels of the wagon. He was found unconscious in the roadway and carried
into a farmhouse. A messenger rode for a physician, who found that Hess'
skull was badly fractured. The operation of trephining was performed but he did
not regain consciousness. He died Thursday. He was fifty years of age.
Stanley Melvin Age 89, of Coleman Ave., Elmira, died peacefully on November 26, 2004, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was born December 12, 1914 in Sabinsville, PA. He was the son of Melvin H. and Pearl Short Hess. Stanley is survived by his children, Ronald G. Hess of Elmira Heights, NY, Linda H. Hart of Los Angeles. CA, and Pamela H. Miller of Millterton, PA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Crystal Newman of Buffalo, NY, Keith and Max Miller of Millerton, PA, Amanda and Justin Hess of Schenectady, NY, and Hudson and Spencer Hart of Los Angeles, CA. One of eight children, he is survived by his sister and brother, Melva H. Calaman of Sabinsville, PA, and Love S. Hess of Ulysses, PA, and has 27 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his devoted wife, Dora R. Hess in 2002; and his loving son, Robert A. Hess in 2004; four brothers, Leon, Klein, Quentin, and Robert (Bud) Hess; and his sister, Ila Lugg Wiley. He was a graduate of Sabinsville and Westfield High Schools, served his country in WWII in Hawaii and the South Pacific, owned and operated a garage in Nelson, PA, owned and operated a farm in Elmira, NY. He taught at Chemung-Schuyler BOCES, worked for HUD after the flood of 1972, and then at Elmira College for ten years. He also owned and operated rental properties in both New York and Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the West Hill Community Cabin, and was active in the community. Stanley truly was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of many. He was highly skilled, versatile, and adaptable to any situation. He worked diligently throughout his life to provide for his family who were always his highest priority. He played the violin and his love of music and dance were always present. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to tell stories, play cards, fish, and was never too busy to lend a helping hand or ear. Stanley was a doting husband, an amazing father, a loving grandfather, and a caring brother and uncle who will truly be missed by all. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 4, 2004, at the United Church of Nelson in Nelson, PA, at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 W. Main St., Elkland, PA 16920.
HESS Stanley Melvin Hess
Corning Leader – December 2, 2004
Stanley Melvin Hess 89, of Coleman Avenue, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was the owner/operator of a garage in Nelson, Pa., and a farm in Elmira, taught at Chemung-Schuyler BOCES, worked for HUD after the 1972 flood, and at Elmira College with 10 years of service. Survivors include a son, Ronald G. Hess of Elmira Heights; two daughters, Linda H. Hart of Los Angeles, Pamela H. Miller of Miller-ton, Pa.; a sister, Melva H. Calaman of Sabinsville, Pa.; a brother, Love S. Hess of Ulysses, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Nelson, Nelson, Pa. Arrangements are by Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, Pa
HILL - Wednesday October 7, 1936
C. E. Hill, of Gaines, formerly proprietor of the Hotel Roosevelt in Wellsboro, died Monday morning about 12:30 O’clock. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 1 PM; burial at Sabinsville. Chauncey E. Hill whose age was 70 years, is survived by nephew, Olin C. Hill, at whose home he died; sister, Mrs. Gertrude Wedge, of Mt. Vision, NY; several step-children and a number of nieces and nephews.
HILL Chauncey E
Wellsboro Agitator - October 7, 1937
C. E. Hill, of Gaines, formerly proprietor of the Hotel Roosevelt in Wellsboro, died Monday morning about 12:30 o'clock. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m.; burial at Sabinsville. Chauncey E. Hill, whose age was 70 years, is survived by a nephew, Olin C. Hill, at whose home he died; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Wedge, of Mt. Vision, N.Y.; several step-children and a number of nieces and nephews.
Wellsboro Agitator - June 19, 1940
MRS. BENJAMIN GRIFFIN
Mrs. Olive Griffin, wife of Benjamin, Griffin, died suddenly at her home at Bookland. She had been in poor health for some time. Mrs. Griffin was the daughter of Leroy and Elsie Hoagland and born in Elkland. Sept. 6, 1872. On Sept. 6, 1893, she was married to Benjamin A. Griffin, who survives, with two sons; Cecil, of Westfield, and Leroy, of Sabinsville; two granddaughters, Esther and Olive Griffin, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Horning and Mrs. Etta Herrington.
HOLMES JOHN D
Wellsboro Agitator - March 26, 1941
John Holmes, aged 76 years, died Thursday night at his home in Sabinsville, after an illness of about two years. He was born in that vicinity. He was first married to Miss Iva Hancock, who died in 1909. Later, he married Mrs. May Hancock, who survives with three half brothers, Jay French, of Galeton; Fay and Ray French, of Sabinsville.
HURD SARAH ESTHER
Wellsboro Agitator - June 4, 1924
Mrs. Sarah Hurd Griffin, died May 25, at the home of her son, B. A. Griffin, at Sabinsville. She was ? years of age and had lived nearly all her life in that vicinity. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dora Scott and three sons, B. A. and Walter, of Sabinsville, and Clark of Knoxville; also one brother, Dyer Hurd, of Washington, and 11 grandchildren.