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The inscription for Love Mayhew is on the back of her husband's stone. [Or his is on the back of hers - whichever]
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Love MAYHEW & Samuel HARDING  Family of Sullivan Township

1. Samuel1 Harding, son of Samuel Harding and Sarah Harding, (#7197) was born in Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 25 SEP 1766. Samuel died 16 APR 1850 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 83. His body was interred APR 1850 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

He married Love Mayhew 25 SEP 1789 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. (Love Mayhew is #7899.) Love was born 26 FEB 1772 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Love was the daughter of Joseph Mayhew and Love Hillman. Love died 27 FEB 1850 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 78. Her body was interred MAR 1850 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Samuel registered to pay taxes 1816 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Sullivan Township was formed in 1816. It was taken from Covington Township. Its original boundaries included the southern half of Rutland formed in 1829, and the northern part of Ward which was formed in 1852.

Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Love and Samuel were 60-70 with two males 15-20 in their household. Rhoda Ladd page 70 of Tioga County Revolutionary Soldiers of Vermont. Samuel and Love migrated from Massachuseets to Vermont with five children about 1799. In 1816 they migrated with their unmarried children from Vermont to Sullivan Township in an oxcart. See Amy DEWEY Winroot page 30 for further details.

Samuel Harding and Love Mayhew had the following children:

2 i. Joshua2 Harding (#11783) was born in Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 15 SEP 1790. He married Lucy Hatch*. (Lucy Hatch* is #33559.)

3 ii. Sally Harding (#1924) was born in Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 15 MAR 1792. Sally died 23 OCT 1864 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 72. She married Elijah Gaylord 1813. (Elijah Gaylord is #1925.) Elijah was born 1 AUG 1793 in Orange County, Vermont. Elijah was the son of Hezekiah Gaylord* and Parmelia Hyde*. Elijah died 11 OCT 1872 in Blossburg, Blossburg Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 79. Elijah was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Elijah was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Elijah and Sally had a daughter and a son 10-15, a son 5-10 and two sons under five. There are several Gaylord families from Vermont in Richmond township 1850 census who may be related.

4 iii. Joseph M. Harding (#8000) was born in Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 8 APR 1794. Joseph died 2 OCT 1876 at age 82. He married twice. He married Permelia Meletiah Hayden 1 JAN 1821. (Permelia Meletiah Hayden is #8004.) Permelia was born 22 JUN 1802 in Cummington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Permelia was the daughter of Thomas Hayden* and Mary Robbins. Permelia died 17 NOV 1848 in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 46. Her body was interred NOV 1848 in Wood Cemetery, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Helen Unknown (Harding) AFT 1848. THis marriage occurred between Permelia Hayden's death in 1848 and the 1850 census at which time Helen was already in the household. (Helen Unknown (Harding) is #18927.)

Helen was born 1796.

Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jospeh and Permelia were 30-40. They had a daughter and two sond 5-10 and a daughter and two sons under five. This places Josph in the King Hill area of Sullivan near his parents, rather than in Rutland as previously stated. Rutland was formed from Sullivan in 1829, but the King Hill area is not near that boundary.

Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. In the Census of 1850, Joseph was listed as a head of household in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

5 iv. Lucy Harding (#11784) was born in Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 12 SEP 1796. Lucy died in Vermont, at age unknown. She married Jared Hyde* 1814 in Vermont. (Jared Hyde* is #33560.) Lucy married before her parents left Vermont for Pennsylvania. She and her husband remianed in Vermont for their lives.

6 v. Theodore Harding (#7547) was born in Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 8 OCT 1798. He married Rosalinda Soper 15 JUN 1824. (Rosalinda Soper is #7538.) Rosalinda was born 8 JAN 1802 in Bristol, Schoharie County, New York. Rosalinda was the daughter of Roger Soper and Melinda Rose*. Harding genealogy says Rosalinda is daughter of David. This contradicts other source of information

Theodore was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Rosalinda and Theodore's household included one female under five, one male and one female age 5-10, one female 10-15, and one female 15-20. Rosalinda's sister, Olive SOPER Bullock lived next door.

7 vi. Rachel Harding (#11785) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 10 OCT 1800. She married Timothy Butler Orvis 28 JAN 1819 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Timothy Butler Orvis is #12654.) Timothy was born 7 FEB 1792 in Sandersfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Timothy was the son of Joseph Orvis and Mabel Butler. Timothy died 24 NOV 1876 in Sumner, Iowa, at age 84. Historical Note: .

"In 1816 John Gray started a store in Gray's Valley hauling his goods by wagon from Philadelphia. This was the first store in Sullivan. Some time after this Timothy and Joseph Orvis started a store on King's Hill, some distance south of the State Road, and after that Alvin Ames opened one on Ames Hill. Mrs. Gray's store was a framed structure; the others were built of logs. In 1832 John Fox opened a store at mainesburg, the first at that point. He sold goods at that place for forty years."

8 vii. Mehitable Harding (#11786) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 16 SEP 1802. She married Asa Howe 1823. (Asa Howe is #11826.) Asa was born 1794 in Vermont. Asa was the son of Asa Howe* and Eunice Buck*. Asa died 1875 at age 81. Asa registered to pay taxes 1812 in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Bradford County was formed 1812-13. This list from Heverly, Vol 2, p, 199-200 includes the first taxables. The earliest version of Columbia township included parts of the later Troy township.

Asa was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Has great grandaughter Mary A. Cease adopted by Eli McConnell. I assume that the Asa Howe in the 1850 census is the same as the one who married Mehitable Harding, both are born in Vermont and the age is right. Asa Howe, age 56, Christian Clergyman, born Vermont, was in household of Benjamin Parshall in Sullivan in 1850.

9 viii. Abigail Harding (#3451) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 12 FEB 1804. Nabby died 5 APR 1837 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 33. Her body was interred APR 1837 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married Harry Welch 1824. (Harry Welch is #3450.) Harry was born 16 AUG 1798 in Vermont. Harry was the son of Nathaniel Welch and Lura Dickinson. He married Betsey Rude* BEF 1839. Harry died 15 MAR 1873 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 74. His body was interred MAR 1873 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Harry was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Harry and Abigail were 30-40 and 20-30 respectively. Their household included a daughter and a son under age five, Cytheria and William. They lived in the King Hill / State Road area of Sullivan next to her parents.

Harry was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Harry and Betsey had one female 0-5, one female 5-10, one male and one female 10-15 in their household. Sister-in-law Laura BRYANT Welch was next door.

In the Census of 1850, Harry was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Harry was a farmer with property worth $2500.

In the Census of 1860, Harry was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Harry was a tanner with real property worth $3000 and personal property worth $1000. George was a farm laborer.

10 ix. Asenath Harding (#5857) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 13 OCT 1806. Asenath died 11 JUN 1886 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 79. Her body was interred JUN 1886 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married James Babcock Dewey 1824 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (James Babcock Dewey is #5858.) James was born 19 JAN 1805 in Feeding Hills, Hampden County, Massachusetts. James was the son of Josiah Dewey and Hannah Babcock*. James died 14 JAN 1895 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 89. His body was interred JAN 1895 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. James was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Called James. B. Duey was 20-30. Asenath listed in the 30-40 age category which is in error. One daughter 5-10 and two boys under five were in the household.

James was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Asenath and James had one female under 5, two males 5-10, two males 10-15 in their household.

In the Census of 1850, James was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. James was a farmer with property worth $1000.

In the Census of 1860, James was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. James was a farmer with personal property worth $1750. Fanny was a seamstress listed under her birthname rather than a married name (Rumsey). Solon was a farm laborer. Sullivan Census 1850 D 189 1860 D 1150 1870 D 85 1880 D 73 Mansfield Advertiser 23 Jun 1886 - Mrs. J. B. Dewey died Sullivan twp. Jun 11th, born Oct 13th 1806 and had 11 children, 7 left.

11 x. Infant Harding (#11787) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 30 NOV 1807.

12 xi. Amy Harding (#11788) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 12 DEC 1808. She married Alonzo Thomas*. (Alonzo Thomas* is #62835.)

13 xii. Loretta Harding(#1899) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 25 JUL 1810. Loretta died 04 MAR 1861 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 50. Loretta's death followed Isaac's by only two or three months altough they were both only in their early fifties. Her body was interred MAY 1861 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married Isaac Worden Smith 19 FEB 1829. (Isaac Worden Smith is #1891.)

Isaac was born 14 OCT 1807 in New York. Isaac was the son of Jesse Smith* and Annis Worden. Isaac died 17 FEB 1861 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 53. Isaac's death at age 53 was followed by Loretta's death only three weeks later at age 50.

His body was interred FEB 1861 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household includes Isaac and Loretta, both age 20-30 and newborn baby Orrin.

Isaac was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The 1840 household of Isaac and Loretta included themselves and one male 5-10, one male 10-15, two females under 5, and one female 5-10.

In the Census of 1850, Isaac was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac was a farmer with property worth $1200. Orrin was a laborer.

In the Census of 1860, Isaac was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac was a farmer with real property worth $2000 and personal property worth $700. Vaughan was an invalid. Theodore Williams age 6 and Ira Knapp age 24 are also in the household, Ira as a farm laborer.

14 xiii. Simeon Harding (#7619) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 20 NOV 1812. Simeon died in Covington, Covington Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age unknown.

15 xiv. Josiah Harding (#11789) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 25 JUL 1814. Individual flags: Civil War. Josiah died 20 AUG 1891 at age 77. His body was interred AUG 1891 in North Union, Union Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The cemetery list gives 1894 as date of death which conflicts with other sources giving 1891. He married Eliza Provin 1838. (Eliza Provin is #12236.)

Eliza was born 22 APR 1820 in Massachusetts. Eliza was the daughter of Shepard Provin. Eliza died 10 FEB 1895 at age 74. Her body was interred FEB 1895 in North Union, Union Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Josiah was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Eliza and Josiah had one child under 5, (George) in their household. They also had a male 70 to 80 and a female 60-70. This is probably his parents, Samuel Harding and Love Mayhew, both of whom were alive at that time. Eliza's father, Shepard Provin, was also alive and I do not see him accounted for in the households of any of his other children living close by, that is William Provin or Emaline PROVIN Dewey who lived next door to Eliza.

In the Census of 1850, Josiah was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Josiah was a carpenter. Amy S. is listed as Anna S.

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These Family Histories are brought to you from the database of  Joyce M. Tice's Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are descended from this family, SRGP wants to know about you and yours. It is expected that all who use this freely available information compiled by and given by JMT are also willing to repay that by sending in any additional information including updates to the PRESENT day on any of these Sullivan Township lines. By using any of this material in your own family research, you are participating in a cooperative two-way exchange. Please pay your dues. 

Ida Jean Harding 1859-1942
Information put together by Jeanette Sheliga – jsheliga@yahoo.com
Added to existing page 12 JAN 2009
 

The Life of Ida J. HARDING

Ida Jean HARDING (SRGP #12260) was the 7th child of Josiah HARDING (SRGP #11789) and Eliza PROVIN (SRGP #12236).  She was born 29 Apr 1859 in Pennsylvania.

1870 Federal Census: Ida Harding was an 11 year old white female who lived in Covington Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  She lived with her parents Josiah (53) and Eliza (50) Harding as well as siblings Emmeline (18), George (15), Perry (13) and Charles (8).  Her listed occupation was At Home and she attended school within the year.

On 3 Jul 1874 when Ida was 15, she first married Clarence C. WEBB (SRGP #12518), son of Samuel S. WEBB & Mary Ann VAN BUSKIRK.  Clarence was born on 20 Nov 1853 in New York.

(The Wellsboro Agitator - Tioga County, PA - 1874)
Jul 14th M. Clarence E. Webb & Miss Ida Jane Hardin Cov. res of brides parents Jul 3rd by Rev H.S.Parkhurst

Ida and Clarence had the following children:
    1.  Ella May (1875-1962) (SRGP #12519)
    2.  Fred Charles (1878-) (SRGP #12520)
    3.  Louis (1880-1883) (SRGP #12521)
    4.  Hazel (1889-) (SRGP #12522)

1880 Federal Census: Ida Webb was listed as Eda J. Welb.  She was listed as the wife of C. C. Welb in the Town of Arnot, Bloss Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  She was a white female at the age of 21.  She lived with her husband Clarence Webb (26) and her children Ella M (5) and Freddy (2).  Her brother George Harding (25) and a servant named Margret Daydy also lived with them.  Ida was listed as a housekeeper.  She was born in Pennsylvania the same as both of her parents.

At some point after Hazel’s birth, Ida divorced Clarence.  Clarence WEBB later died in Elmira and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY, on 6 Oct 1911; he was 57.

(Elmira Star Gazette; Pg. 13; Friday, Oct. 6, 1911)
Clarence C. Webb.
Clarence C. Webb, who was identified in the cafe business with his brother, Frank Webb, on West Water street, died this morning at 10 o’clock at 559 East Market street, after a brief illness. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clarence [Charles] Whittaker and Miss Webb of Buffalo, and a son, Frederick of Buffalo; a brother, Frank and a sister, Mrs. Mary Gardner both of Elmira.  The funeral will be announced later.
(Elmira Star Gazette; Pg. 11; Saturday, Oct. 7, 1911)
Clarence Webb.
The funeral of Clarence Webb will be held at the home of his brother, Frank Webb, 218 Dewitt avenue, Monday at 10a.m.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

On 6 Jun 1894 when Ida was 35, she second married Anson J. PRESTON (SRGP #12523), son of Alva L. PRESTON & Margaret Ann BUSHONG.  Anson was born on 30 May 1868 in Ohio.

(The Mansfield Advertiser - Tioga County, PA - 1894)
Jun 13th  Preston, Anson J. of Findlay, Ohio, and Mrs. Ida Webb of Covington, m. “last week” at her home.

Ida and Anson had one child:
1.    Winifred (1898-1979) (SRGP #12524)

1900 Federal Census: Ida Preston was listed as a boarder to Philauder Hopkins in Kane Borough, McKean County, Pennsylvania.  She was listed before Anson, as if she were the head of their family.  She was a white female who was born in April 1859 and turned 41 at her last birthday.  She was married.  Anson was listed as married and in the 6th year of marriage.  Anson was also listed as the mother of 5 children, 4 of which were living [must have been enumerator error to list Anson as the mother].  Ida lived with her husband Anson (32) and her children Winniefred [Winifred] (2) and Hazel Webb (11).  Ida was born in Pennsylvania, the same as her father, but her mother was born in Massachusetts.  She was listed as a milliner for her occupation and she could read, write and speak English.

Tonawanda, NY Directories:
1907/8 - Preston Anson J, mngr Idle Hour Theatre, res 40 Niagara N.
1909 - Preston Anson J, timekeeper, h 55 Adam
1909 - Preston Ida, milliner 55 Adam h do
1910 - Preston Anson J, mill hand, h 55 Adam
1910 - Preston Ida, milliner 55 Adam, h do

1910 Federal Census: Ida Preston lived at 652 Wilson Ave, Buffalo, Erie County, New York.  She was listed as the wife to the head of household.  She was a white female and had turned 50 at her last birthday.  This is her second marriage and they have been married for 16 years.  She was the mother of 5 children, 4 of which were living.  She was born in Penn while her father was born in Vermont and her mother in Mass.  She spoke English and did not work.  She was able to read and write.
Tonawanda, NY Directories:
1911 - Preston Anson J, removed to Buffalo
1911 - Preston Ida, removed to Buffalo

Buffalo City, NY Directories:
1911 - Preston Anson carp r 652 Walden ave
1911 - Preston A J Mrs. millinery 652 Walden ave
1912 - Preston Anson switchman r 189 Brinkman
1912 - Preston Ida milliner r 189 Brinkman
1914 - Preston Anson J switchman r 1805 Bailey ave
1914 - Preston Ida J Mrs millinery 1805 Bailey ave
1915 - Preston Anson P switchman r 1835 Bailey ave
1915 - Preston Ida J Mrs millinery 1835 Bailey ave
1916 - Preston Anson switchman r 1835 Bailey ave
1916 - Preston Ida J Mrs millinery 1835 Bailey ave
1916 - Preston Winifred milliner 1835 Bailey ave
1917 - Preston Anson J switchman r 1835 Bailey ave
1917 - Preston Ida Mrs millinery 1835 Bailey ave
1917 - Preston Winifred milliner r 1835 Bailey ave
1918 - Preston Anson J switchman r 1835 Bailey ave
1918 - Preston Winifred clk r 1835 Bailey ave
1919 - Preston Anson J switchman r 1835 Bailey ave

1920 Federal Census: Ida Preston was listed as the head of household at 1835 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, Erie County, NY.  She was a white male [not a typo – listed as male] at the age of 60 at her last birthday.  She rented the home with her husband Anson (47), her daughter Winifred (21) and a boarder named Charles Carpenter.  She was able to read, write and speak English.  She was born in Pennsylvania while both of her parents were born in the United States.  She did not have an occupation.

Buffalo City, NY Directories:
1920 - Preston Anson switchman r 1835 Bailey ave
1920 - Preston Winnie r 1835 Bailey ave
1922 - Preston Anson J con N Y C R R r 87 Burgard pl
1923 - Preston Anson J swtchmn h103 Burgard pl
1924 - Preston Anson J cond h103 Burgard pl
1925 - Preston Anson J swtchmn h46 Roosevelt av
1926 - Preston Anson J switchmn h46 Roosevelt av
1927 - Preston Anson J switchmn h46 Roosevelt av
1928 - Preston Anson J trainmn h46 Roosevelt av
1929 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) brkmn h46 Roosevelt av
 

Four Generation Picture - Ida HARDING is the eldest on the far right, then rotating counter-clockwise to Ida's eldest daughter Ella WEBB, to Ella's eldest daughter Inez WHITTAKER, to Inez's eldest daughter Carol LARKIN (my grandmother).  The photo was probably taken in 1929.
Photos and text sent by Jeanette Sheliga

1930 Federal Census: Ida J. Preston lived with her husband Anson J. Preston at 46 Roosevelt Ave. in the city of Buffalo.  She was 70 years old at her last birthday and was first married at the age of 15.  She was able to read and write as well as speak English.  She was born in Pennsylvania.  Her father was born in the United States and her mother was born in Massachusetts.

Buffalo City, NY Directories:
1930 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) cond h46 Roosevelt av
1931 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) cond h46 Roosevelt av
1932 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) swtchmn h46 Roosevelt av
1933 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) ydmstr h46 Roosevelt av
1934 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) cond h127 Kay
1935 - Preston Anson J (Ida) cond h46 Roosevelt av
1936 - Preston Anson J (Ida) cond h424 Lisbon av
1937 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) cond h478 Lisbon av
1938 - Preston Anson J (Ida) swtchmn r 26 Roosevelt av

(Our Harding Family by Mary E. Baird >1937)
Mr. Preston is a conductor for the New York Central R.R.

Buffalo City, NY Directories:
1940 - Preston Anson J (Ida G) ydmn h26 Roosevelt av
1941 - Preston Anson J (Ida E) h26 Roosevelt av
1942 - Preston Anson J (Ida J) h26 Roosevelt av

From Carol Thurmon: I wasn’t very old when Anson died and Ida was the one who was in the spotlight (if she could manage it!!) anyway.  I think I remember that he was tall and thin.  I don’t even know if they were married in Buffalo or in the Elmira area but I would guess Elmira. Ida smoked a half of a cigar a day.  Ida would send her granddaughter Inez to buy the cigars for “Mr. Preston” when they were really for her.  She would wrap a towel around her head and wear a kimono so that she wouldn’t smell like cigars.  She owned a millinery shop.

From Nina Carlson:  I remember hearing or at least “getting the message”, that Anson treated Ida like a “Queen”... and I get the impression, SHE thought she was!!  He was a tall thin man.

Anson PRESTON died in Buffalo, NY, on 25 Oct 1942; he was 74.  Anson was buried in Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, NY.

(Buffalo Evening News - Monday, October 26, 1942 - Page 27)
PRESTON - Anson J. Preston, in this city Oct. 25, 1942, husband of Ida Jean; father of Mrs. Winifred Frank, Mrs. Ella M. Whittaker, Mrs. Hazel E. Siple and Mrs. [should be Mr.] Fred C. Webb of Warren, Pa.  The remains may be viewed until Tuesday at 12:30 P. M. at his late residence, 26 Roosevelt ave.  Funeral services to be held from Hedstrom Memorial Baptist Church, Doat and Burgard Streets, at 2:30 P. M.  Deceased was a member of Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen Lodge 244.

Ida HARDING died in Buffalo, NY, on 28 Nov 1942; she was 83.  Ida was buried in Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, NY.

(Buffalo Evening News - Saturday, November 28, 1942 - Page 12)
PRESTON - Ida Jean Preston, in this city, Nov. 28, 1942, wife of the late Anson J.; mother of Mrs. Ella M. Whittaker, Mr. Fred C. Webb of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Hazel E. Siple and Mrs. Winifred Frank; grandmother of Mrs. Inez Larkin, Mrs. Ida Boffey, Mrs. Dorothy Doherty, Miss Dorothy Webb, Mr. Glenn Frank; great grandmother of Miss Carol Larkin and Miss Nina Larkin.  Remains may be viewed until Monday at 12:30 P. M. from her late residence, 26 Roosevelt ave.  Funeral services to be held from Hedstrom Memorial Baptist Church, Doat and Burgard Streets, at 2 P. M
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