Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Soper Family Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford County, PA
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Do You Know that you can search just the Bradford County Cemetery Records on the site by using the Cemeteries -Bradford button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? If you use that partition follow these steps to search just one cemetery
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3. Choose the Find ALL Words option. Then it will find just the pages with that surname in the one cemetery you indicated. 

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Located in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and destroyed in recent years by the tractor and plow. I was only able to find (May 1980) a few scattered pieces of broken markers and the end of one footmarker with the initials S. S., which was perhaps for Solomon Soper who settled about 1800 just below the knoll of the cemetery. The cemetery is on a high knoll located a short distance north of where Sopertown Road and Soper Hollow Road meet. From other sources the dates of birth and death for Solomon and his wife are given below. The first death in the vicinity was related to be a daughter of Solomon and Mary who is related to have been scalded to death at a work bee and died July 4, 1810 and she is also presumed to be buried there. J. Kelsey Jones. 

Printed by permission of J. Kelsey Jones 

SOPER Solomon Soper Oct 6, 1771 Jan 31, 1851

Mary wife of Solomon Soper Sept 7, 1779 Oct 22, 1846

Daughter of Solomon and Mary Soper died July 4, 1810

Heman Soper 1800-1851 

Mr. Joshua BAILEY, at his residence in North Towanda, July 10th, Mr. Bailey was aged 79 years.
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Cole Family Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford County, PA
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Cole Family Burials in Columbia - The Cole Cemetery is in Columbia Twp.  You take Coryland Rd. off Rt. 14 to Snow Drift Rd. to Snedekerville Rd. to the Cole farm and then you need a pretty good vehicle to get up the hill to the cemetery.  If it's not dry you need four wheel drive, otherwise a vehicle with high clearance.  My camera decided not to work so I don't have the readings.  There are at least two more buried here, Norman and Gary.  The rest are still living for a total of 8 for the cemetery. From Pat MOTT GObea

DONALD E. COLE, 51, of Columbia Cross Roads RD 3, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 1989.  He was born Nov. 4, 1938 in Sayre, Pa., the son of Walter S. and Edna Grace Cole Sr.  He was a farmer and a member of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association, the Holstein Cattle Breeders Association and the Pennsylvania Farmers Association.  Don was a former director of the DHIA and a member of the North Penn Milk Cooperative.  He was an assistant 4-H leader and a member of the Troy Fair Agriculture Committee.  Don bowled at Terrace Lanes in Troy and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandy Wilcox Cole; two daughters, Ellen and Karen Cole, both at home; a son, Donald E. Cole Jr., at home; his father, Walter S. Cole Sr. of Columbia Cross Roads RD 3; three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Mabel) Brown of Ulster RD 2; Mrs. Marjorie Bellows of Big Flats, N.Y.; Mrs. Maryland Davis of Bonita Springs, Fla.; three brothers, Walter S. Cole Jr. of Columbia Cross Roads RD 3; Norman Cole of Trumansburg, N.Y.; Robert Cole of Webster, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Edna G. Cole, Oct. 27, 1984 and brother, Gary W. Cole on March 28, 1983.  Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Burial will be in Cole Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford County.  Memorials may be directed to the Bradford County 4-H Fund in care of Mrs. Levetta Comstock, 701 S. Fourth St., Towanda, PA.  –Towanda Daily Review.

SCOTT L. COLE, age 23, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, passed away on July 25, 1999.  He was born on august 10, 1975 in Towanda, PA, the son of Harold L. and Beth (Knolles) Cole, Sr.  Scott was a 1994 graduate of troy High School and a graduate of Pennsylvania college of Technology in Williamsport, PA.  He was employed as a truck drive for M&R Trucking.  Scott was a member of the Troy fire Department and he enjoyed hunting, archery and racing.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Harold “J” L. Cole, Jr. of Hershey, PA; maternal grandmother, Florence Knolles of Wyalusing; paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Cole of Wyalusing; several aunts and uncles; several great aunts and great uncles; several cousins, special friend, Jaimy Fitzwater of Trout Run, PA and his M&R Trucking family.  A graveside service was held on Friday, July 30, 1999 at Cole Cemetery in Snedekerville, PA with the Rev. Benjamin Nevin officiating.  The family provided the flowers.  Memorial contributions in Scott’s name may be directed to the Troy Fire Dept., RR 2, Box 418, Troy, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of Vickery funeral Home, Inc., Troy, PA.  Canton Independent Sentinel.

SARA LYNNE COLE, 17, Columbia Cross Roads, returned to the Heavenly Father, September 3, 2001 at Troy Community Hospital.  Born October 30, 1983, in Troy, she was the daughter of Duane “Ike” and Patty Robinson Cole.  Sara was a senior at Troy Area High School, where she was a manager for the varsity wrestling team.  She was past president of the Leo Club and a volunteer for the Special Olympics.  She enjoyed her family and friends, four-wheeling, and her pet, “Angel”.  It was Sara’s request that her eyes be donated so someone else could have the gift of sight.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Cole, Wyalusing; maternal grandparents, Robert and Nancy Robinson, Columbia Cross Roads; sisters, Erin E. (Leonard) Reed, Sayre and Cassi R. Cole at home; special friend Jason Blasz, Granville Summit.  Visitation will be held Friday, September 7, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cole Family Cemetery, Columbia Township, followed by graveside services with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Memorial contributions in Sara’s name may be made to the Troy Foundation, Troy Senior High School, 250 High Street, Troy, PA.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., Troy.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

WALTER S. COLE, SR.  – A memorial service will be held for Walter S. Cole, Sr. of Columbia Cross Roads on July 12, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Cole Family Cemetery in Snedekerville, Pa.  Walter, 90, died May 19, 1998 in Bonita Springs, Fla.  He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Donald (Mabel) Brown, Ulster, Marilyn Davis, Bonita Springs, Fla. and Marjorie Bellows, Big Flats, N.Y. and son Robert (Donna) Cole, Webster, N.Y.  He was predeceased by his wife, Edna Grace Cole; sons, Walter, Norman, Donald and Gary; grandson, Dennis Brown and granddaughters, Denise Southard and Vicki Hurlburt.  Walter had 27 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  –Towanda Daily Review

WALTER S. COLE JR., 65, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 3 died Sunday, March 24, 1996, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa.  He was born Nov. 3, 1930, in Elmira, N.Y., son of Walter S. Sr. and Grace Cole.  He was a retired farmer, avid golfer at Pine Croft Golf Course, past member of the Sylvania Lions Club and a member of the Terrace Lanes Bowling Association.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years.  Mary Jane (Wolfe) Cole; his children and their families; Harold and Beth Cole, and their children Scott and Jay of Columbia Cross Roads RR2, Rosie and Bill Smith and their children, Billy and Kathy, Danny and Sherrie of Wyalusing RR 4, Ike and Patty Cole and their children, Erin, Cassi and Sara of  Columbia Cross Roads RR 3, Dave and Kim Cole and their children, Grant, Stephanie, Brandon and Chad of Troy RR 2, Tom and Phebe Cole and their children, Mandy and Brad of Columbia Cross Roads RR 3, Susie and Jim Birdsall and their children, Jimmy, Nikke and Kimmy of Wyalusing RR 2, and Dick and Missy Cole and their children, Tricia, Zack, Shelley and James Brittany of Harvey’s Lake, Pa.  Also surviving are his father, Walter S. Cole Sr., Columbia Cross Roads; brothers and sisters-in-la; Norman and Jan Cole of Columbia Cross Roads and Bob and Donald Cole of Webster, N.Y.; sisters and brothers-in-law; Mabel and Don Cole of Ulster RR 2, Margie Bellows of Big Flats, N.Y., and Marilyn Davis of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Edna G. Cole, on Oct. 27, 1984, and brothers; Gary W. Cole, on March 28, 1983 and Donald E. Cole Sr., on Nov. 11, 1989.  Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 1996, at 11 a.m. at the Cole Cemetery with Robert E. Robinson officiating.  Memorials may be directed to the Troy Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa.  Arrangements are being made by Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.

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Chamberlain Burial, Columbia Township, Bradford County, PA
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Gale Chamberlain Burial in Columbia

The Cemetery on Baptist Hill Rd. is for Gale L. Chamberlain and his wife.  She was not sure what her kids will do when it is there time.  That (Chamberlain Family Farm) is also in Columbia Twp.  You should have his obituary in one of my e-mails to you and he is shown as buried in the Bradford Co. Memorial Park.  She got permission from Columbia Twp. after the obit came out.  He is a descendant of David Chamberlain from Mainesburg.

GAIL L. CHAMBERLAIN, 63, (SRGP 02717) a lifelong resident of Columbia Cross Roads, passed away quietly at home, April 11, 1998, after a brave battle with cancer.  He was born on March 6, 1935 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, but Cross Roads was his true hometown.  Mr. Chamberlain’s parents were LaVerne L. and Mary Ida (Gale) Chamberlain.  As a teenager he took to farming and it would prove to be one of his life’s passion.  For the past 48 years he had operated his family diary farm with a joy and a zest that never seemed to dim even after nearly five decades.  Such enthusiasm is a rare quality these days.  Mr. Chamberlain was a man of strong character.  He was an unpretentious man who never minced words.  Straight and to the point was his manner, and people always knew where they stood with him.  What’s more important, his word was his bond, truly another rare quality in these times.  He was also blessed with a marvelous sense of humor and a kind heart which reached out to touch anyone in need.  Mr. Chamberlain married the love of his life, Sandra J. Kenyon, December 21, 1972 and they shared 26 years of life together.  He was a man who was happiest when he was doing something useful, whether it was repairing something for one of his children or managing and maintaining the two trailer courts he owned.  He was a man whose family was of primary importance and at the time of his passing he was surrounded by those who loved him and to whom he dedicated his life.  Surviving are his wife, Sandra, at home; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Ginny Chamberlain, Troy, Joseph and Judi Chamberlain and Daniel and Beth Chamberlain all of Columbia Cross Roads; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Dave Johnston, Columbia Cross Roads, Juliee and Kevin Comfort, Roseville, Lori Passeri and Mike Butcher, Wellsboro, and Dolly McUmber, Columbia Cross Roads; brothers, Terry and Tim Chamberlain, both of Elmira, NY; sister Donna Lee Bovier, Vestal, NY; 10 grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Funeral services were held April 15 from the Vickery funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. James F. Bellamy, pastor of the Roseville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment was in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, PA.  The family suggests contributions in Mr. Chamberlain’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 413 S. Main St., Athens, Pal or the Guthrie Hospice, Towanda, Pa.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.


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