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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA


Wellsboro Cemetery, Wellsboro, Tioga County PA


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by Joyce M. Tice

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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.

Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA -- Wednesday,  July 25, 1945
Lee Beckwith, aged 62 years, of Meade Street, Wellsboro, died Saturday morning at 5:30 o'clock at the Blossburg hospital, where he had been a patient for five weeks.  He was born Oct. 13, 1882 at Ansonia, son of James and Melvina Beckwith.  In 1912 (s/be 1902) he married Mamie Russell, who survives with their three children, Mrs. Charles Buck of Rochester, NY;  Homer Beckwith of Johnson City, NY and Werden L. Beckwith in the US Army at Sheppard field, Tex;  11 grandchildren and 2 sisters, Mrs Arthur Scranton and Mrs Ray Underwood of Corning.  For several years, Mr Beckwith conducted a trucking business in Wellsboro and vicinity but for the past six years had been unable to work.  Funeral services were held at the Bastian funeral Home, Monday, Rev C. W. Sheriff officiating;  burial in the Wellsboro Cemetery....

Phyllis Beckwith Holsomback, 66, of Park Hill Manor, Wellsboro, died, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  Born July 5, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Werden L. and Geraldine Atherton Beckwith.  She was a housewife, member of the River of Life Fellowship, and served in the United States Army.  Surviving are sons and daughter-in-law, Hershel J. and Marcia Holsomback, II of Middlebury Center, Audie W. Holsomback of Westfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Vivian and Andy Catherman of Wellsboro, Patty and Barry Lawley of Jemison, Ala.; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Linwood Dulabahn of Cornwall; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; nephew, Steven Laird of Wellsboro.  Friends and family are invited to her Life Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro.  Services will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Keith Paris officiating.  Burial will be made at Wellsboro Cemetery.

BELL – Manford L. Bell, 79, of Mt. Zion Road, Wellsboro, died Tuesday, July 30, 2007 at The Green Home. He was the husband of Elsie Kroll Bell whom he married May 20, 1950. Manford was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Scranton, the son of the late Ernest M. and Emiline Peters Bell. He was a graduate of Wellsboro High School Class of 1945, and a retired employee for Corning Glass Works, former Wellsboro division. Manford was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Wellsboro, the Ossea Lodge #317 F&AM, Wellsboro Moose #1147, and the American Legion Post #84, Wellsboro. He was a United States Army veteran serving during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Elsie; sons and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Tina Bell of Spotsylvania, VA, Curtis Bell of Cocoa, FL; two granddaughters, Rebekah Bell [1st Lt. Shawn] Meier, Tara Bell; two great grandchildren, twins, Grace and Jackson Meier, born Feb. 7, 2007; sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and James Bogaczyk of Blossburg; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jean and Lamar Green of Mansfield, Jane and Donald Raber of Camp Hill, Gertrude and LeRoy Gutshall of Elizabethtown; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Samuel and Frederica Kroll of Covington; several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Wellsboro on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Peter DeVantier officiating. Burial will be in Wellsboro Cemetery. If desired, Memorials may be sent to the Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center, Luther Lane, Wellsboro, PA 16901, or Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. – Mansfield Gazette, 1 Aug. 2007

BELLINGER Ross B. Of Wellsboro, PA Age 87 of RR 7, Wellsboro, PA died June 2, 2000 at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Doris E. English. He was born October 20, 1912 in Welsh Settlement, Charleston Township, the son of the late Maurice and Addie Johnson Bellinger. He was  employed by Corning Inc., Wellsboro, Division, retiring in 1975. He received his 55 year pin in 1996. Prior to Corning, he drove trucks for Ivan Neal for 9 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors. He loved cats, dogs and all  animals. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Barbara Bellinger of Wellsboro; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and James Carson of Wellsboro and Roxanne and Peter Mogush of Mansfield; 3 grandchildren, Michael and Lisa Carson, Tamara and Robbie Jones and Sherry and Michael Hackenberry; 4 great-grandchildren, Michael II and Matthew Carson, Megan and Michael  Hackenberry. He was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Bellinger, in 1953 and a  grandson, Peter Ross Mogush, in 1994. Friends may call at the Tussey-Mosher   Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA on Sunday, June 4, 2000 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Funeral there on Monday, June 5, 2000 at 10:00 AM with Rev.  Tom McElrath officiating. Burial in Wellsboro Cemetery.



Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., Jan. 6, 1926, Pg 1

Note: obit blackened & hard to read

Mrs. Waity Christenot, ages 82 years, widow of the late George Christenot, died last Friday morning at 12:20 o'clock [1/1/1926], at the home of Geo. Smith, 37 Nichols Street, Wellsboro, where she had made her home for the last 2 years. She was a daughter of David and Eliza Fanton (or Fenton) Bellinger and was born in Charleston Township, in August 18(?).  She had always made her home in Wellsboro and vicinity.  She was a member of the First Christian Church .  Mrs. Christenot is survived by one brother, Hiram Bellinger, of Wellsboro; one niece and one nephew of Oregon. The funeral was held at the home…; interment in the Wellsboro Cemetery…

86, died Thursday morning, August 28, 1958 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was born April 26, 1872 in Charleston Township, the son of Orson A. and Emma Kettle Benedict. He was a retired employee of the Corning Glass works and a member of Tioga Lodge No. 230 IOOF. He is survived by one brother, Harry A. Benedict of Waverly, NY and several nieces and nephews including Mrs. George Shepherd of Philadelphia; Mrs. Merle Garrison of Mansfield; Mrs. Victor Buley of Waverly; Mrs. Pauline Wetmore Scott of Olean, NY; Fredericka Miller of York, Pa., and Harry Miller of Madison, NJ, the last three are nieces and nephew of his wife, the late Mrs. Carrie Ortman Benedict, who were members of his family during their school years in Wellsboro. Funeral services were held at the Johnson and Tussey funeral home on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. David Burrows of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial in the Wellsboro Cemetery. Odd Fellow services were conducted at the funeral home on Saturday evening

ELMER E. BENJAMIN, 79, died Wednesday, May 27, 1942 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Steven Kreisler, 700 Riverside Ave., Elmira after five months illness.  For many years Mr. Benjamin represented the Farmers’ Mutual Life Insurance co. in Wellsboro.  He leaves his daughter; a sister, Mrs. Janet Steele of Wellsboro; three grandchildren, Donald, Wilbur and Mary Kreisler.  The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Evans and Johnson Funeral home, Wellsboro.  The Rev. Charles W. Sheriff will officiate.  Burial will be in Wellsboro Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/28/1942

Mrs. Charles Steele - Mrs. Jeanette Benjamin. 87 Widow of Charles Steele died last Saturday October 3 1942 at the home of her Son. Leigh Steele. In Delmar Township she was born in Delmar Township April 20 1855 a daughter of  Minor and Sarah Wilson Benjamin. Surviving besides her son are two daughters. Mrs. William Eberenz of Wellsboro; and Mrs Bert Francis. Of Jersey Shore; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  The funeral was held at the Evans & Johnson funeral home on Monday afternoon the Rev Charles W Sheriff officiating burial in the Wellsboro Cemetery.

Mrs. Margaret M. Prothero, 88, of Crooked Creek, died Fri-day at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro of natural causes. Born February 29, 1884 in Charleston Township, she was the daughter of Gaylord and Eliza Evans Benjamin. She was a member of the United Metho-dist Church of Wellsboro. Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Stearns of Wellsboro; two sons, Carlton B. Prothero of- Lawrenceville, and C. Thomas Prothero of Wellsboro; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Tussey Funeral Home with the Rev. William A. Snyder, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Wellsboro Cemetery.

Mrs. Margaret A. Bolton, 72, wife of Raymond Bolton, of 4 Lincoln Street, Wellsboro, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 1973, in the Snyder Nursing Home, Westfield, following an extended illness. She was born July 5, 1901, in Wellsboro, a daughter of Frank R. and Addie Dartt Benjamin. Mrs. Bolton was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was an honorary member of the Wellsboro Arts Club. Surviving, besides her husband, are a son, Benjamin, of Wheaton, Ill, and four grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Tussey Funeral home, 139 Main Street.  Burial was in Wellsboro Cemetery. The Rev. Roger Patton, her pastor officiated.


BENJAMIN Margaret A. Bolton

Bolton, Margaret A. age 72 of 4 Lincoln St., Wellsboro, Saturday, Nov. 10, 1973 at the Snyder’s Nursing Home, Westfield. Friends may call at the Tussey Funeral Home Monday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Tuesday 3 p.m., Rev. Roger Patton. Burial in Wellsboro Cemetery. Survived by husband, Raymond Bolton of 4 Lincoln St., Wellsboro; one son, Benjamin Bolton of Wheaton, Ill.; four grandchildren; two nieces. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro and honorary member of the Wellsboro Art Club.

BENNER – Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Benner Harrington, 91, formerly of Wellsboro who died in Danville last week were held at Evans Funeral Home Tuesday. Rev. E. Becker Brownell officiating. Burial was in Wellsboro cemetery. Mrs. Harrington came to Wellsboro from Hammondsport and Bath, NY, and remained in this vicinity for about 50 years. She was the widow of James C. Harrington, Civil War veteran who died in 1906. Her son, DeWitt Harrington, once proprietor of a drug store here died many years ago. A grandson, Roland Harrington, of McKees Rocks and distant relatives in New York State survive. The body was brought to Wellsboro by Fred G. Brown administrator of the estate. – Wellsboro Gazette, 7 March 1935

 Mrs. Naomi B. Erhart age 85, of Wellsboro, RD 2 died January 4, 1972, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient since December 22, 1971. She was born in Wellsboro, on March 24, 1886, the daughter of August F. and Mary Swartzenbach Bernard.  She was a graduate of the Wellsboro High School - Class of 1904 and also of Meeker's Business Institute in Elmira. On October 3, 1912, she was married to the late A.J. Erhart of Erie, whose family was the founder of one of the first Businesses in that city and carried it on through three generations. After her husband's death on June 17. 1926, she returned to Wellsboro, where she resided for the remainder of her life. She was a legal secretary to the late Ernest H. Green for many years during his private practice and his private secretary during his years in office as Register and Recorder of Tioga County. She was a lifelong member and communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wellsboro except for the years which she lived in Erie where she attended St. Paul's Cathederal. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Glen (Mary) Peer of Wellsboro RD 2 with whom she resided.  Also one brother, A.L. Bernard of Fremont, Ohio. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 7, 1972, at 11 am at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Harry T. Frownfelter.  Rector, officiating.  Burial was in the Wellsboro Cemetery.  Arrangements were by the Tussey Funeral Home.

BERNHARDT – Betty M. Carr, 86, of Wellsboro, died Jan. 5, 2007 at home.  She was the wife of Ralph K. Carr whom she married Oct. 26, 1991. Betty was born Aug. 6, 1920 in Crooked Creek, the daughter of the late Valentine Jacob and Ava Irene Mitchell Bernhardt. She was a retired licensed practical nurse at Solders & Sailors Memorial Hospital where she had worked for 30 years. Betty was a member of the Middlebury Baptist Church in Holiday; member of the Nary Wells Chapter #452 OES, Wellsboro; and she enjoyed her yard and flowers. Surviving are her husband, Ralph K. Carr; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Louise Winters of Ulster, James and Joan Winters of York; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dale Gee of Tioga, Connie and William Lawton of Wellsboro, Janet and Edward Buck of Wellsboro, Cinda Hurlburt of Hagerstown, MD; step-daughters, Betty and Donald Burkholder of Wellsboro. Elvina Grimins of Painted Post, NY; stepson, Eugene and Leila Pepperman of Palmento, Fla.; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John W. Winters, in 1979, and her second husband, Donald C. Bucher, in 1990.  There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family, with Rev. Eugene Charsky officiating. Burial will be in Wellsboro Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. – Mansfield Gazette, 10 January 2007


BIRKENHAGANN, Mary Eberenz – Mrs. Mary Birkenhagann Eberenz, aged 66 years, wife of John Eberenz, of Wellsboro, R.D. 7, died Thursday at 1:20 a.m. after a long illness.  She was born Nov. 26, 1852, in New York city, and was married to Mr. Eberenz on April 16, 1882.  She is survived by her husband, one son, Loren H. Eberenz, of Jersey Shore, and two daughters, Mrs. Mamie Harding and Mrs. Earl Powers, of Wellsboro; also by a sister, Mrs. Henry Herden, of Wellsboro.  The funeral was held Sunday, Rev. J.W. Torkington officiating; burial in the Wellsboro cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator, 5 Feb 1919


Death of Mrs. Robert Steel
Mary Ann, widow of the late Robert Steele, of Delmar, died of cancer at the home of her son, Robert Steele, in Delmar, last Thursday 26 Dec 1895 Mrs. Steele was the daughter of William and Sarah Morrison Blackwell, and she was born in Shippen Township, June 21, 1816. At the age of 19 she was united in marriage to Robert Steele, with whom she lived forty-nine years. He died eleven years ago. When Mr. XD& Mrs. Steele were married they made their wedding tour from Morris to Delmar, with all their personal effects, on horseback and both on one horse. They went to keeping house in a little house Mr.: Steels' had provided. By hard work and economy they were greatly prospered, and their home became the center" of interest for a large number of friends. Eight of the ten children born to them five boys and three girls are still living. One died in infancy and one, William, lost his life in the army during the war of the Rebellion.   Mrs. Steele was converted to the Christian faith early in life, and she always remained a devoted member of the Baptist Church. Her funeral was held last Saturday, being conducted by Rev. James A Boyce at the home of her son Robert. The service was wholly arranged for by Mrs. Steele some weeks before she died. It was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. She Was laid to rest in the Wellsboro cemetery.

BLACKWELL - Vivian Louise Hunter
Vivian L. Hunter, 86, of Route 287, Wellsboro, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004 at her home. Born June 27, 1919 in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Robert Mial and Annie Mae English Blackwell. She was the wife of the late Walter A. Hunter who died in 1962. She was a member of the Coolidge Hollow United Methodist Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. "Bib" was a caregiver to all and very devoted to her church and her family she was preceded in death by a son, David W. Hunter, in 1970. Surviving are a daughter, Pat (Curt) Schramm of Wellsboro; grandchildren Amy Clymer, Clay and Calli Webster; great-grandchildren, Alysha, Arises, Jaden; brothers, Willis Blackwell, Robert Blackwell. Friends and relatives were invited to Vivian's Life Celebration  On Sunday, Sept. 26 at Tussey- Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," Wellsboro, Services followed calling hours with Pastor Robin L. Baer officiating.  Burial was made at Wellsboro Cemetery with committal services by Rev. Marine Mills. If desired, memorials may be sent to the Coolidge Hollow United Methodist Church.

Willis A. "Pete" Blackwell, 79, of Canton, Ohio, formerly of Wellsboro, died Friday, March 30, 2001, in Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio. Born Aug. 16, 1921, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Clinton and Blanche Lupole Blackwell. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific theater. Surviving are his wife, Betty Blackwell, of 39 Central Ave., Apt 2E, The Laurels, Wellsboro, Pa a daughter, Lana (Lewis) Obourn of Wellsboro; grandchildren, Renee Menssen of Ashley, Ohio, and Todd Obourn of Hartville, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Rachael, Katie, and Gretchen Menssen and Nathan and Garrett Obourn. Burial was made at the Wellsboro Cemetery.

BLACKWELL – Willis W. Blackwell, 76, of Route 6, Wellsboro died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006 at The Green Home. He was the husband of Joyce Mitstifer Blackwell whom he married Aug. 30, 1953. Willis was born March 11, 1930 in Morris the son of the late Robert Mial and Anna English Blackwell. He worked for Mergenthaler, retiring in 1980 as senior production engineer, then he was self-employed for 15 years as owner/operator of his own machine shop. He was a member of the Wellsboro United Methodist Church for 46 years, a former Mason, a member of the Second Indian Head Division, 9th Infantry, a life member of the American Legion, and a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Willis was a United States Army veteran wounded during the Korean War, receiving the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Surviving are his wife; daughter, Sally A. [Craig] Hoy of Sewell, NJ; sons, Scott E. [Karen] Blackwell of Wellsboro, Jay M. [Carol] Blackwell of Wellsboro; six grandchildren, Gwen Knowles, Kirhanyla Barger, Jeremiah Hoy, Heather Waring, Heidi Blackwell, Willie F. Blackwell; three great grandchildren, Joshua Southard, Paige Waring, Kaiden Knowles; brother, Robert M. Blackwell; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters. Friends and family are invited to Willis’s Life Celebration tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. The funeral will be Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Wellsboro United Methodist Church, Queen and Main St., Wellsboro, with Pastor Mark Shover officiating. Burial will be in Wellsboro Cemetery. The family will provide flowers. If desired, Memorials may be made to the Wellsboro United Methodist Church, Queen and Main St., Wellsboro, PA 16901; Laurel Home Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901; or to the American Cancer Society, Tioga County Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701. – Mansfield Gazette, 20 Sept. 2006

BLAIR - Mrs. Gladys B. Sampson, 76, wife of Ralph W. Sampson, of RD#2, Wellsboro died Wednesday, March 23, 1977 in Wellsboro following a lengthy illness. She was born in June 24, 1900 in Covington, a daughter of James S. and Kitty Rockwell Blair. She was a retired teacher with 25 years of service in the Wellsboro School District. Mrs. Sampson was a member of the First Baptist Church and Business and Professional Women, Charleston Union Grange and Mary Wells Chapter No. 452 Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. & Mrs. Sampson observed their 50th wedding anniversary June 15, 1972. Surviving besides her husband are a son, Ralph B. Sampson of Wellsboro, a daughter, Janet Cowoski of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers, Paul Blair of Covington and Glenn Blair of Wellsboro; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 1977 at the Tussey Funeral Home, Wellsboro. Burial was in the Wellsboro Cemetery. The Rev. Richard T. Purchase, her pastor, officiated. Eastern Star services were held at the Funeral Home Friday evening at 8 p.m. - Wellsboro Gazette, March 30, 1977   MHS 1916

BLAIR – Rev. M. S. BLAIR.  Esteemed Pastor of Church of Christ Died Yesterday Morning.   Rev. Matthew S, BLAIR, pastor of the Chruch of Christ, or Wellsboro died yesterday morning, Aug. 4, 1931.  He was born Feb. 27, 1853 in Cumberland, Dumbartonshire, Scotland and came to this country when 17 years of age.  He married Emma Jane SEYMOUR, on Feb. 11, 1880.  Mrs. BLAIR died May 24, 1931.  Five children were born to them of whom three survive.  Mrs. Ellen LUCE, of Perryopolis, Pa.; Dr. Walter BLAIR, of Chester, Pa., and Margaret at home.  Their son John, died July 1, 1930 and daughter Florence in Dec.1900.   Mr. BLAIR is also survived by three brothers and one sister, John J. BLAIR, of Detroit, Michigan; James BLAIR of Covington; Alexander BLAIR of Arnot, and Mrs. William FLEMING, of Urbana, Ill. Mr. BLAIR had been a minister of the gospel for over fifty years.  He had served as pastor at Covington, Canoe Camp, Big Run, Wilkes-Barre, Alba, Perryopolis, two pastorates at Blanchard and two in Wellsboro.  Mr. BLAIR was beloved by his parishioners and had a wide circle of friends throughout this part of the state.  The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Church of Christ;  interment in the Wellsboro Cemetery.  Aug. 5th, 1931 Wellsboro Agitator

Miss Mary Blair dies at Wellsboro Many Wellsboroans were deeply saddened and felt a profound sense of loss when they learned of the sudden death last Friday night of Miss Mary LaBlair. Miss LaBlair, (sic) 77, resided alone at her home on Walnut Street. She died at the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital at 8 P.M. (2 Aug. 1972. The death of Miss Blair is really the end of an era. She was the last surviving member of a family consisting of four daughters and two sons. Mary Blair supervised the housekeeping duties in the spacious and homelike Walnut Street dwelling for her sisters. Her culinary ability was well known among her acquaintances and host of friends and it was indeed a treat to be invited for one of her delectable meals. Even though her own health was in a failing state for some time, she managed to retain her keen wit and her youthful yet sensible approach to life. She courageously faced life anew after the death of each of her beloved sisters, some of whom she lovingly cared for during their sicknesses to the best of her ability and as long as possible. She was born in Landrus, the daughter of Matthew and Janet Mitchell Blair. She was a life long resident of this area and attended and graduated from the Wellsboro High School. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro. She is survived by one nephew, Walter Blair of Connecticut; two nieces, Mrs. Janet Bogart of Harrisburg; and Mrs. Jay Mathais of Lewisburg; and a cousin, Mitchell Woodhouse of Rochester. Funeral services were held at the Tussey Funeral Home on Sunday evening with the Rev. Blair Moffett officiating. Burial was in the Wellsboro Cemetery.

BLAIR, Matthew S-Aug 5- beloved pastor of the Church of Christ Wellsboro, died at his Wellsboro home Tuesday afternoon, aged 78 years. Born in Cumberland, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, he came to America in early manhood, and married Emma Jane Seymour in 1880. She died last May. The Rev. Blair had given 50 years of his life to the ministry, serving many parishes in Pennsylvania. He served two pastorates here and had a wide circle of friends throughout the state. Five children were bon to the Rev. and Mrs. Blair, three of whom survive, Mrs. Ella Luce of Perryopilis, Pa, Miss Margaret at home and Dr. Walter Blair of Chester. Three brothers and a sister also survive, John J of  Detroit, James of Covington and Alexander of Arnot, and Mrs. William Flemming of Urbava, Ill. Funeral services are to be held at the church Friday. Burial will be in Wellsboro cemetery.

BLAIR - Wilbur E. Blair, 61, (SRGP 3904) of 18 Woodland Avenue, Wellsboro, died Saturday, March 3, 1973 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was born in Covington on Dec. 3, 1911, a son of James and Kitty Rockwell Blair. Mr. Blair was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was employed by West Brothers Used Cars, Mansfield. Surviving are his wife, the former Edith Watkins; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Carson, and Mrs. Ruth Shaw, both of Wellsboro, and Mrs. Gladys Sampson, of Crooked Creek, and two brothers, Paul, of Covington and Glenn.of Wellsboro. The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tussey’s 139 Main Street. Burial was in Wellsboro Cemetery. The Rev. S. Wade Stewart, his pastor, officiated.

 Many friends were saddened by the death of Mrs. Velma Ogden of Wellsboro who died at the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital last Saturday, October 20th.  Death came as the result of a stroke two weeks prior to her death. Mrs. Ogden spent her entire life in service to others. She faithfully and unselfishly cared for her own family as well as others and was beloved by many including a host of young people to whom she was affectionately known as "Gram." Velma Ogden was born on September 9, 1894 in Charleston Township, daughter of Elmer and Bertha Hazlett Blanchard. Mrs. Ogden was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.  Those wishing may make contributions to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Louis (Bette) Youdas of Wellsboro; and two grandchildren, Mrs. Ann Louise Ives of Falls Church, Virginia; and James Youdas of Pittsburgh; and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday at the Tussey Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Patton officiating.  Burial in Wellsboro Cemetery.

BLISS David R. Bliss
age 86, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Sunday, December 25, 2011. He was born on January 20, 1925 in Wellsboro, PA a son of the late William R. and Edna (Weller) Bliss. David was a WWII veteran serving with the U.S. Navy. He was married on January 27, 1945 to Elsie A. (West) Blissand had celebrated 66 years together. Mr. Bliss was a member of the Independent Bible Church where he directed the choir for over 40 years and was a deacon and an elder. He enjoyed poetry and photography. He was formerly employed by Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY for over 40 years. David is survived by his wife: Elsie, son and daughter-in-law: Dennis and Phyllis Bliss of Wellsboro, PA, daughter and son-in-law: Diana and Ross Davis of Wellsboro, PA, brothers: Dale Bliss of Wellsboro, PA, William Mark Bliss of MO, sister: Donna Brittain of Upper Darby, PA, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends may call on Friday, December 30, 2011 from 6 to 8 PM at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Independent Bible Church, 45 East Ave., Wellsboro, PA with Rev. Richard Herrlin officiating. Interment will be in the Wellsboro Cemetery, Wellsboro, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism of Tioga County, 16 Charleston St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Star Gazette - December 27, 2011

BLISS John Smith
Wellsboro Agitator - April 18, 194
--Mr. John S. Bliss died at his home in Charleston last week Tuesday night after a long sickness.  He had an attack of the grip, and his rapid decline began at that time.  Had he lived until the 7th of June next, Mr. Bliss would have been 77 years of age.  He had lived in this county almost all his life.  Many years ago he was in partnership with Mr. B. T. Van Horn in the furniture factory in this borough.  About forty years ago he bought the farm in Charleston where he afterward resided.  Mr. Bliss left a widow, who is a sister of Mr. B. T. Van Horn, and six sons and one daughter.  All his children reside within two miles of the old homestead.  At the funeral last Thursday the sons bore their father's remains to the grave in the cemetery in this borough.

BLISS Sophia H.
Wellsboro Agitator - December 30, 1879
Mrs. Sophia H. Lewis died at her residence in this village last Saturday night between eleven and twelve o’clock.  She was the widow of Rankin Lewis, the printer of the Pioneer, the first newspaper published in this region.  Mr. Lewis died on the 30th of October, 1838, leaving Mrs. Lewis no property  and with two young daughters to support.  But by her industry and thrift the widow thus left to her own resources succeeded, mainly by the aid of her needle, not only in supporting herself and her little family, but in purchasing the home in which she passed the remainder of her days.  Her maiden name was Sophia H. Bliss, and she was born in Springfield, Mass., May 3, 1810, being in her seventieth year at the time of her death. She came to Wellsboro in September, 1826, and was married to Mr. Lewis March 5,1820. She was the mother of four children – all girls – of whom two died in infancy and two, Mrs. M. Bullard and Mrs. O. Bullard, of this village are still living.  Mrs. Lewis was a woman of more than ordinary intellect and information, and was a bright, genial, interesting talker and a decided acquisition to any social circle into which she might chance to enter. She had long been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,—so long that she, remembered the church going days when it was customary to remove all ribbons and ornaments from the dress before entering the house of the Lord.  Mrs. Lewis was a sister of William Bliss, of this borough, and of John Bliss, of Charleston.  The funeral services will be held at the M. E. church this afternoon at 2 p.m.

Wellsboro (PA) Gazette, Jan 14 1926
Gideon J. Bly, aged 68 years, died suddenly of heart disease Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock, at his home in Wellsboro. He was born Jan. 31, 1858, at Woodhull, N. Y. He is survived by his widow, Helen Briggs Bly. and by two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Woods, of Rochester, and Mrs. J. A. Smith, of Altoona. A son, John, died March 30, 1925. at Hornell. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon Rev. W. J. Brown pastor of the M. E. church officiating; interment in the Wellsboro cemetery.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 01 SEP 2008
By Joyce M. Tice
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