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Tri County Clippings- Page One Hundred Eighty Six

The following submitted by Ruth Olszowy


 Mrs. Bertha Culp died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Helen Baldwin, in Erin on Dec. 1st, of paralysis, aged eight-six years and six months.
She left four daughters and one son.(Dec. 1895)


 The opening day of the centennial year was marked by the death of one who has long been a character in this valley, Harry Culp as he was called, which event occurred at his residence at Hendy Hollow at six o’clock Saturday morning.  He was nearly seventy-four years of age, and it shows how far we are and yet how near to those old times, then it is known that his mother, Rebecca Hendy, that being her maiden name, one of the daughters of Col. John Hendy, was the first white child that ever set its foot on the banks of the Chemung.  Harry Culp was born in the first house ever built by his grandfather here, standing on about the spot where Joseph Hoffman’s residence is now located.  He has always lived in this neighborhood and vicinity and was always well known as queer and strange sometimes, but always upright and to be depended upon.
 He was apparently in good health but for a few moments before his death, having gone to the well for a pail of water, from which he drank very heartily.  Presently his wife noticed that his face looked flushed and in a moment afterwards he fell back dead.  It was determined that heart disease was the immediate cause thereof.
 He leaves four daughters, one of them a resident of Elmira.


 Mrs. Mary Appleton died at 2 o’clock, Tuesday afternoon at the Detention Hospital, aged eighty-two years.  She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Geroge Taylor and Mrs. Vine Briggs of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Myra Roland of the West, one brother, James Culp of Rochester.


 Mrs. Helen Payne, 88, widow of George Payne, resident of Horseheads, died Wednesday, March 16, 1938, at the Home for the Aged, Elmira.  She was a great granddaughter of Col. John Hendy, the pioneer settler in Elmira.  Mrs. Payne is survived by two step-daughters, Mrs. Bert Matthews of Covington, PA, Mrs. Myrtle Melhuish of Montrose, PA.  Buriel in Scotchtown Cemetary, Town of Erin.

The following submitted by Ruth Olszowy


Miss Susie M. Jones, 79, oldest resident of Breesport, died Monday, Feb. 12, 1940 in the same house in which she had resided since a child.  She was a member of the School Board for 21 years.
 She cared for many children who were brought to her from the orphanage or the County Farm and was known widely for her charitable deeds.
 She is survived by a foster-daughter, Esther Greene, who has made her home with her and cared for her during her declining years.  She loved her four foster grandchildren, but her pride was her foster son, Paul R. Jones, captain of the S.S. Arkansas.  He arrived by plane from Los Angeles, California, immediately upon hearing of her death.
 Breesport residents mourn the death of Miss Jones, who devoted her life to the needy and sorrowing.  The impression she made in educational and community affairs will be long remembered.


 Age 98 of Van Etten, Friday, October 31, 1975.  Survived  by brother-in-law, Earl Koop of Van Etten, with whom he resided, nephews, Bernard Koop of Van Etten, Harry MacDowall and Ward Wickham both of Elmira, Harold Wickham of Millport, nieces, Mrs. Betty Cundy of Lockwood, Mrs. Barbara Lobdell of Corning, Mrs. Beverly Ring of Horseheads, Mrs. Alice Caparula of Elmira, Mrs. Helen Lepkoske of Pine City.


 Mrs. Addie MacDowall, 74, of 1014 McHenry St., Friday, Nov. 28, 1958.  She was a member of the Pennsylvania Avenue Methodist Church.  Survived by husband, Everett MacDowall, son Harry MacDowall of Elmira, brother, Charles Jones of Van Etten, five grandchildren.  Body at Olthof Funeral Home.  Calling hours today 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Horace Pittman, Scotchtown Cemetary, Erin, at convenience of family.


 William R. MacDowall of 404 Baldwin Street died Sunday forenoon.  He is survived by his widow, a son Everett of Elmira, a daughter Mrs. Mae Youmans, Elmira Heights, two nephews, Clarence and Lawrence MacDowall of Binghamton, a niece, Mrs. Addie Huntley or Harpersville, seven grandchildren.  The remains repose in the Davis funeral home, where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Burial in the Lake View Cemetary, Penn Yan. (March 22, 

 Subj:  Marriage
Date:  9/22/2002 8:22:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Betty Ellis)
Reply-to: (Betty Ellis)
To: (Joyce M. Tice)

I found this today in some of my clippings.  It is from The Smithfield Times in Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, dated 25 June 1980.

Pryor, Edwards vows exchanged

    Miss Constance Eileen PRYOR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Pryor of Trout Run, Penn.  and Brian Lee Edwards of Smithfield,  were married June 22 at Lycoming - Center Presbyterian Church,  Williamsport, Penn.
    The Reverend Paul Gordon officiated.  After a wedding trip the couple will reside in Williamsport.

Betty Tiller Ellis

From Nancy Louise Kuhl Miller

Obituary Canton, March 4, 1898 – James Ferguson

The funeral of James Ferguson was held at the Granville Methodist Episcopal church, Saturday, February 26, Rev Emery A Baldwin, a former pastor, officiated He was born in County Armaugh, Ireland, November 2. 1898, and came to this country in 1831 His parents, John and Jane Ferguson moved to Connecticut where he engaged in work as a weaver. Five years later be came to Windfall and purchased a farm. James spent four years in California from August, 1851. March 17, 1857, he was married to Miss Ellen Keeney. They moved to Tioga county, Pa. and purchased a farm where is now located the town of Gleason. At a revival meeting held in a Baptist church he was converted to God and joined the Wesleyan Methodist church in 1865 he came to Windfall and pur-chased the farm on which he has since lived.
In the summer of 1866 he united with the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has lived a faithful and beloved member until God called him home. He was quiet and retiring in life, but his clear Christian experience and his manly character made him a beloved and useful member of the church and community. The esteem with which he was held was seen at the funeral where the church was packed to its utmost. He will be greatly missed in the church and by a large circle of friends, but most of all by his bereaved family. It was there that his power was most greatly felt. His genial and loving heart and christian life made the home a delightful place for the children and the stranger.
His life was well lived, and while his death came suddenly he was read to go, leaving behind not a cloud of doubt as to his safety. The physician was called Saturday and he died the following Wednesday. Everything that skill could do was done. Many friends gathered to assist the family. They are grateful for the many kindnesses extended during their sorrow. The gifts of flowers from loving friends were large and beautiful. So our brother rests. He leaves a wife and five children, Mrs. Clarence Packard, Myrt Ferguson, Mrs. Harry English, Harvey L. Ferguson and Mrs. Merton Haflett. Sadly, vet hopefully, they await the resurrection morn when a broken circle shall be united in heaven.

From Lucille Gano

Joyce, I am copying this from a sheet of paper given to me by my cousin, William Barnes of Bradford County, Pa. several years go.  He is now deceased but his brother, Sherman, lives there yet.  I will copy all that is on this sheet.  It pertains to Palmer, Barnes, Case and others.
Across the top is written in pencil: Mr. & Mrs. Young moved to Florida

Copied from obituary of Mrs. Mary A. Hill   Bradford County paper.
Ezekiel Barnes of Troy
wife Mary A.  Hays
Son: Benjamin Barnes living in Texas 1892
Son Asa Barnes living in Missorui 1892
Dau: Mary A. Barnes born Plattsburg, N.Y. April 4, 1816-d. April 10, 1892, age 76 y, 5d, at Sullivan, Tigoa Co, Pa.  bd. Dewey Cemetery. 1st H. Anson Palmer, d. Dec 22, 1969 (should this be 1869?) m. Dec 24, 1835.  He was the son of Stephen Palmer of Sullivan, Pa.
Issue: Janette Palmer, m. James Clark.  They lived in old homestead at Sullivan, Pa.
            Lydia Isabelle Palmer, m. A.F. Case of Troy
            Stephen Palmer, Physician in Elmira, N.Y.
2nd H.- Garwood H. Hill, m. April 15 1877 d. March 30, 1887

The above obituaries arre in the scrapbook of Ella (Strait) Rennells, (Mrs. William Cyrenus Rennells) who was a distant cousin of mine.  I still have the scrapbook with many mnore obituaries.

Jared Palmer was in the Revolutionary War according to his descendants, with Ira Allen's Green Mountain Boys.  His wife Esther Rice was a cousin to Ira and Ethan Allen.  Who did your David Palmer marry?  Do you have a Rev. ancestor?  Who were the children of David and Anson Palmer?  DAR Patriot Index, pg 512

David Palmer b. 6-9-1742 d. 9-6-1781 m. Abigail Gardner  Pvt. CL (Cont. Line)
David Palmer b. 8-30-1739 d.1-  -1821 m. (1) Grace Plumoe (2) Rachel Coffin  Pvt. Conn.
David Palmer b. 8-3-1747 d.  p. 1814 m.Vashi Allen Pvt. Vt.

I copied the information I needed from the Bradford Co. History by Heverly.  I have the 1790 census for Vt. Mass, Conn., R.I., NY and Pa.  Also many book which take the lines back to England, Ireland and Scotland.

Do you belong to the Sons of the American Revolution?  If I can help you in any way, please let me know.  If you find anything for my genealogy and you can have it copied, I will be glad to send you the money, also for any other expenses connected with it.

If you need any information from the Potter County Historical Society I will be glad to   get it for you .   Sincerely, Grace Rennells Young
                                                                                      Mrs. Mathew C. Young
                                                                                      Rt. 1, Austin, Penna.    16970

  Joyce, on my family group sheet for Anson and Mary Ann, I show an infant daughter, Lydia, born 14 July, 1845, and buried beside the parents in King Hill Cemetery.  I have Stephen E. Palmer md. Lydia Case.  He d. Feb. 1917.  Also, Lydia Isabelle Palmer md. A.E. Case.
  We know that the parents of Mary Ann Barnes Palmer Hill were Ezekiel Barnes and Mary (Polly) Hayes.  Her parents were Asa James Hayes and Mary___.of Plattsburgh, N.Y.  Ezekiel was the younger brother of Churchill Barnes.  I must get this all typed up and sent to you.
  We have another connection.  Samuel Drinkwater Cudworth married Ella Jane Frost and this is my husband's Frost line.  More later. I could tak you back on that line.

Lucille Barnes Gano 

Subj:  Obituary Submission
Date:  10/20/2002 10:46:54 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Heather Dodge)

Hi Joyce,
    I have an obituary for my 3rd great grandmother's (Susannah Ellen Clark)'s brother Daniel.  They are both children of Michael and Matilda Clark.  It says he was 77 when he died but Interment records say 66.  From our records I think 66 is the acurate age since it was given by his wife Julia Ann Cummings Clark and is the history of his descendants.  Daniel died in Liberty twp., Mckean County, PA.
Heather Dodge


Fri. September 18, 1891

Daniel Clark died at his home, near Silver Springs, in this township, at the age of seventy-seven. He was born in Lawrenceville, Tioga co., Pennsylvania. Deceased had been a resident of this borough for forty-five years, and was well known in business for his squarenessof deal. It may be said of him that he was a neighbor, unexcelled for kindness. His widow and ten children survive him, with grief-stricken hearts, besides many relatives and friends. Thus one after another one of our aged citizens are passing away. We pay a tribute of respect to the dead, especially to the aged dead. Funeral services of Mr. Clark was held in the Presbyterian Church at 2 o'clock, last sabbath, Rev. M.H. Abbey officiating. After which his remains, followed by a large concorse of people, were carried to Fair View Cemetery for interment.

 Subj:  Obit Cyrus Wood and Sarah Richardson, and Frances I Wood
Date:  3/20/2002 12:14:39 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Warren Lambing)

Hi Joyce
    My last post for a while, but since some of the information I sent last night was in error, I thought I would correct it.  I now have the Obituaries
for Cyrus Maynard Wood,(son of John B. Wood and Julia P. Booth) his first wife and his one daughter who is my grandmother.  This is probably the last
quick piece of information I will have and besides there is normal everyday life to get to.
The Elmira Advertiser Tuesday, December 31, 1935
Cyrus M. Wood of 706 Elm Street, died Monday Dec. 30, 1935, at 3:30 PM.  He was member if the Disciples Church of Troy, Pa.  He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Frances Thomas of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Gertrude Connif of Rochester;  two sons, Frank Wood of Elmira and Perley Wood of Oswego; Two brothers, John of Elmira Heights and Clinto of Nichols.  The body is at Harrington funeral home.  Funeral annoucements later.
    A perfect match with the information on your web site.  Frances Thomas, is an error, should be Frances Gilmore (grandmother second husband was
Thomas Gilmore)  I met aunt Gretrude when I was very young, at that time she lived in Henrietta.
1920 Census Elmira 1st district, taken on January 11, 1920
Address 93 Johnson Street
Cyrus M Wood, Head age 47 divorced, born Pa.
Gertrude, daughter, age, 18, born Pa.
Purley, son, age 14, born NY.
Elmira Star Gazette;  Saturday, July 19, 1958
Deaths Chemung County
Mrs. Frances Richardson, 76 of 559 Taylor Street, (died) Friday July 18, 1958.  Survived by daughters, Frances Frary, of Elmira and Mrs. Frank
Connif, of Rochester; son Franklin Wood of Elmira; sister Mrs. Maude Koster of Sylvan Beach, NY; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren.  Body at
Kalec Funeral Home.  Calling hours; today 7 to 9 P.M.  Funeral there Monday at  2 p.m. the Rev. George Lang.  Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Frances Frary (not Frawley, my mistake before) was my grandmother Frances Wood.  Frances Richardson has to be Sarah Richardson.  I tried to get her
death record today, but I will need to give proof of lineage.  NY is much harder then Pa. for death records.  However, fortunately for me, the next
obit mention my mom and I can use the obits with my birth certificate to get her death record, but of course I need to get my own birth certificate, so
this is on hold for a few weeks.
Census Troy Borough, taken June 1, 1900
Cyrus Wood, head of household, married 5 years, born Pa. May 1872, age 28
Sarah, wife, born NY, August, 1880 age 19
Frances I., daughter, born Pa., July 1896, age 3
Margaret? daughter, born Pa., April 1898, age 2
I forgot to write the date for this one, but it is from The Star Gazette
Frary, Mrs. Frances I, age 71, of 559 Taylor St.  (died) Saturday, Feb. 17, 1968.  Friends may call at Kalec Funeral Home, Monday 7 to 9 P.M. and
Tuesday 2 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M.  Funeral Wendsday at 11 A.M., the Rev. Wesly Frary.  Forrest Lawn Memorial Park.  Survived by husband Lynn;
daughters Mrs. Charles (Lillian) Lambing of Fairless Hills Pa., Miss Elleen Gilmore of Pittsburgh Pa.,; sons James A. Gilmore Sr. of Elmira, Thomas
Gilmore of Pittsburgh and Raymond Edson of Elmira; 11 grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Gertrude Coniff of Rochester; brother,
Frank Wood of Florida.
That is it.  With 5000 names of descendants of Jonathan Wood, you can add a few more notes.  I will get more details as I go and if you wish, I will
keep you inform, but it will be much further in time.

Once again, many thanks for your web pages it was a great help, not to mention I enjoy all of the other parts of the pages including the photo's of
field trips.  I took my family camping on lake Ontario, close to were you where.  I also enjoy the photo of the Angelica post office, my son attends
the Elementary school in Angelica, we lived just over the hill in Belmont. Plus I suspect the photo of the Susquehanna River in Bradford county, look
like you took them off of Route 6, between Towanda and Wylusing.

Warren Lambing

Subj:  Bradford Obit
Date:  4/23/2002 12:21:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Hi, Neighbor)

Hi Joyce - I finally found this obit of Dr. Bradford I didn't know if you had it or not  - so am sening it along.

This obituary for Dr. Leonard J. Bradford was found in some papers of Ralph and Idella York's - It had the date Dec. 1921 written on it in Grandma York's (Estella Page York) handwriting. I believe Dr. Bradford was the doctor who delivered Grandma's Children - I can remember Grandma, Grandpa and my father Ralph York talking about "Old Doc Bradford" and his horse and buggy. I found it very interesting so I am including it in our York history.  (I sent the original copy of the obituary to Leon Richard Bradford, his grandson - Grace York 2000)


Dr. Leonard J. Bradford died last Friday night, following an illness of one week. His death occurred at the homestead near Sylvania, built by his father eighty-three years ago, later occupied by himself and now his son Bayard Bradford. He was born in Rutland, a son of Joseph R. and Mary Monroe Bradford, moving to Sylvania with his parents when he was two years of age. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in medicine and attended Hadnemann College. He was married to Alice I. Dartt, of East Charleston, September l, 1875 who has been deceased twenty years.

Dr. Bradford was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in January, 1862, as a private, joining Co. A, 171 Pa. V.I. and in January, 1863, was detailed to Little Washington, N.C., as an attendant in the general hospital, remaining about six months. He was employed during his entire enlistment except when on detailed service, on scouting, skirmishing, and general guard and garrison duty, receiving his Honorable Discharge at Harrisburg, Pa. in August, 1863.

He was a direct descendant of William Bradford, who came to this country in the ship "Mayflower." His maternal grandfather, Thomas Monroe, served as surgeon in the Revolutionary War, he was captured by the British and held as a prisoner in England. His wife's maternal grandfather, Lent Mott, served in the war of 1812. Her great grandfather Colonel Justice Dartt, served in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War as a colonel and was the original setter of "Dartt Settlement" in Charleston.

Dr. Bradford was a member of Troy Lodge of Masons and of the Knights Templar in Canton. He has been a practicing physician for the past fifty years and was dearly beloved by a legion of friends.

The decedent is survived by four sons: Bayard G. and Richard C., of Sylvania, Joseph G., of Barnesboro, Pa., and Carl M. of Forksville, Pa; also by one brother William H. Bradford of South Sioux City, Neb. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the late home, with Masonic rites. Rev. A.G. Cameron officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery. 

From: "William D. Gustin " <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2002 2:49 PM
Subject: Obituary Submissions

> Gregg, Silas Corwin:  Prominent Wells Resident Dead. Silas Corwin Gregg, whose serious illness was noted last week, died Friday at his home in Wells,
following a long and painful illness.  Mr. Gregg was a native of Mecklenburg, N.Y., where he was born seventy-one years ago, from sturdy pioneer stock, his grandfather being a revolutionary soldier. He had been a professing Christian for a quarter of a century and for many years an officer of the Wells Presbyterian Church. His sterling integrity and sound judgement caused his advice to be much sought by neighbors and acquaintances. His wife survives, one son, Charles of Wells; one daughter, Mrs. Wm. T. Gustin of Coryland, and a sister, Mrs. I. I. Bodle of  Elmira. The funeral on Monday was held from the home of Mrs. Bodle in Elmira. Interment was in Woodlawn
> Gregg, Silas Corwin:  Silas Corwin Gregg. Silas Corwin Gregg, one of the prominent farmers of Wells, this county, died on Thursday, Oct 29, at his
home after a long and painful illnes. Mr. Gregg was born near Mecklenburg, N. Y., July 18, 1837. He was the son of Byron and Polly Gregg, and his
grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionry War. Mr. Gregg was a man of sterling integrity and had been a professing Christian for 25 years, being
an officer in the Presbyterian church at Wells. He will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived as an upright man: one whose judgement could
be relied upon and whose wise counsel was always sought. He is survived by his widow, one son, Charles L. Gregg of Wells, one daughter, Mrs. William
Gustin of Snedekers, and one sister, Mrs. (original initials altered) Bodle of Elmira. A prayer service was held in Wells Monday morning at 10 o'clock
and the funeral was held in Elmira at the home of his sister, Mrs. Bodle in the afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery and was private.>
> Jenkins, Esther Mary;  Mrs. Silas Gregg. Mrs. Gregg, widow of the late Silas Gregg of Wells township, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
William Gustin, in Mosherville, Sunday evening at 6 o'clock, after a long illness with cancer of the stomach. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Gustin, she
is also survived by one son, Charles Gregg of Wells. Deceased was a lady of sterling christian character and had a ghost (sic) of friends who will mourn
her demise. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock , and interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery, Elmira.>
> Conomikes, Peter J:  Jas. P. Conomikes of the Sugar Bowl, Towanda, received word Monday of the death of his father, Peter J. Conomikes of
Tzinitia, Greece, on Sept. 21. Besides Mr. Conomikes of Towanda the deceased is survived by two other sons Spero Conmikes of Canastota, N. Y. and Gus Conomikes of Tzinitia and one daughter Kathryn at home. His wife also survives.>
> Jenkins, Esther Mary: Mrs. Esther Gregg. Mrs. Esther Gregg, widow of the late Silas Gregg, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William
Gustin at Gillett. The funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Jay S. Bodle in Elmira, Wednesday at 8 p. m. The burial was in Woodlawn cemetery and will be private.
> William D. Gustin

 Subj:  Re: Jud Mosher - Belle Cease
Date:  5/16/2002 9:48:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time

I finally got the copy of the obit.

Star Gazette, page 10, Sat. 2-24-1951
Mrs. Isabelle Mosher, 90, of Lowman, RD2, today, February 24,1951. She was the widow of Jud W. Mosher and was a member of the Southside Baptist
Church for 57 years. Survived by son, Earle L. Mosher of Elmira, Mrs. Earnest Kiemle of Elmira, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Sparrow Funeral Home and late this afternoon will be removed to the home of son Earle L. Mosher,
507 W. Hudson Street, where funeral will be Tuesday at 2 PM. Rev. C. Welington Hardy. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Star Gazette, page 13, Sta. 8-7-1926
Jud William Mosher
Jud William Mosher, 71, died at the family home, 505 West Hudson Street, Friday morning at 8 o'clock after a long illness. Mr. Mosher was a member
of the Southside Baptist Church and had been employed at the plant of A. Wyckoff & Son Company for many years. He is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Shappee and Miss Sybil Allison Mosher, both of Elmira; a son Earle L. Mosher of Elmira; two sisters, Mes. A. J. Campbell of Millerton, PA., and Mrs. Perry Barnes of Elmira, and a brother, James Mosher of Elmira. The funeral will be held at the home of his son, 507 West Hudson Street, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Delos E. Abrams will officiate.
Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Star Gazette, page 3, Wed 2-25-1925
Mrs. Mary A. Newell of 124 South Main Street, died this morning at 2 o'clock. She is survived by four sons; E. G. Newell of Montour Falls; Willard J. of Elmira and Leon E. of Towanda, Pa. two brothers Daniel Cease of Painted Post and John Buck of Montour Falls; a sister, Mrs. Jud Belle Mosher of Elmira. The remains repose in the Harrington undertaking rooms and funeral to be held at the place Friday at (?). Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Would you please tell me if I am looking for John Buck or John Buck Cease? Could you tell me where Belle was born?

Subj:  Obits. for the website
Date:  5/19/2002 3:50:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Lyra and Colin)

From the Elmira Telegram newspaper, Sunday, Sept. 1, 1895


Death of an Ex-State Senator and Prominent Citizen

Hon. Theodore L. Minier died at his residence, in Elmira, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Mr. Minier had been in poor health for the past few years.  Friday a week ago, he was taken with a paralytic stroke.  Since then he failed rapidly until death came.  Mr. Minier was seventy-five years old.  His is survived by his wife, a daughter of the late Hector I. Maxwell, and one son, Maxwell Minier.  Theodore L. Minier was born in Ulster, Bradford county, Pa., December 16, 1819.  He was bred a farmer and received a common school education.  At the age of eighteen, he left home and went to Horseheads, where in 1839-41 he was deputy collector of canal tolls.  Later, he was connected with the Chemung Canal bank and subsequently removed to Havana, where he became connected with Charles Cook in the at one time famous bank of Havana as its cashier, and was its managing head when elected in 1870 state senator from the then twenty-seventh district, consisting of the counties of Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben.  While in the senate, he was a member of the committee on railroads and grievances.  When the Erie was first opened in 1849, Mr. Minier was the first agent.  Twenty years ago, Mr. Minier moved to Elmira, where he has since made his home.  In politics, ex-Senator Minier was originally a Whig, but when the party broke up, in 1856, he became a Republican and had ever since identified himself with that party.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, from the house.  Rev. Isaac Jennings, D.D., of the First Presbyterian church officiating, and who during his remarks paid a fitting tribute to the memory of a distinguished citizen.  There was a large attendance of representative citizens present at the obsequies.  The casket was covered with beautiful flowers.  The pallbearers were H.H. Hallock, W.W. Fish, Mayor Frederick Collin, C.H. Gridley, G.W. Hoffman and W. Holmes.  The interment was in Woodlawn.

The common council held a special meeting Friday for the purpose of taking appropriate action on the death of the late ex-Alderman Theodore L. Minier.  The following resolution by Alderman Ferguson was adopted:  Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the mayor to prepare appropriate resolutions of respect to the memory of the late Theodore L. Minier, an ex-alderman of this city, and that as a further mark of respect this council attend the funeral in a body.

The mayor appointed the following committee:  Alderman Ferguson, Deister and Backer.

Deaths of the Week, October 21, 1917 (from the Elmira Telegram newspaper)

MAXWELL MINIER, an employee of the Barker, Rose & Clinton company over thirty years, died at 11 o'clock Monday morning at the family home, No. 352 Maple avenue after a brief illness.  Mr. Minier had been in his usual health Saturday and Sunday and Sunday night was found in his room in an unconscious condition, he having suffered an apoplectic seizure.  Mr. Minier did not regain consciousness and died Monday morning.  He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. J.H. Hathaway, and a granddaughter, Helen Minier Hathaway.   The funeral was held at the family home, Wednesday at 4 p.m.  The Rev. Frederick Henstridge of Grace church, officiated.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

From the Elmira Telegram of March 14, 1938

Mrs. Helen Clark Minier of 352 Maple Ave. died at 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 13, 1938.  She was the widow of Maxwell Minier.  She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Theodora M. Hathaway and two grandchildren, Maxwell and Helen Hathaway, all of Elmira.  She was a member of Trinity Church.  The body is in the Davis funeral home.  Funeral announcement later.

Obituary from the Elmira Telegram

Mrs. Theodora Minier Hathaway, 76 of 352 Maple Ave., Wed. June 12, 1963.  She was the widow of James H. Hathaway; member of Lake Street Presbyterian Church.  Survived by daughter Mrs. Edward D. Cottrell of Cattaraugas; son Maxwell C. of San Diego, CA; 6 grandchildren.

Obituary Notices, the Elmira Telegram

James Heverin Hathaway of 352 Maple Ave. died Thursday morning, Nov. 9, 1939.  He is survived by his wife, one son, Maxwell; one daughter, Miss Helen Hathaway; one sister, Mrs. Walter Drew of Bath.  The body is in the Davis funeral home.  Funeral announcements later.

Deaths of the Week in City and Vicinity January 22, 1911 (The Elmira Telegram)


Samuel Waite Clark died at his home, No. 352 Maple avenue, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after a long illness.  Mr. Clark was seventy-three years old.  He was born in Bradford county, Pa. in 1837.  His parents, Samuel and Rachel Smith Clark, were among the oldest residents and the most prominent families of Athens township.  He was a great grandson of Jacob Clark and Jonathan Van Tile, who made themselves famous during the revolutionary war.  Mr. Clark attended Professor Roberts's school in this city early in life and for over forty years was the leading grain merchant of this city.  Three years ago he was compelled to give up his active duties on account of his feeble health.  For many years his business was located in offices on Water street and also on Nicks street.  A few years ago he released the offices on Water street and carried on his immense business from the Nicks street warehouse.  Mr. Clark was one of the oldest residents of this city and is known widely by a large circle of friends, who will mourn his loss greatly.  About fifteen years ago, Mr. Clark opened Clark's glen to the public, and for years this was his hobby.  He kept the park up and allowed the people of this city to enjoy its beauties.  Mr. Clark is survived by his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Maxwell Minier; one granddaughter, Theodora Clark Minier; a brother, Gilbert M. Clark of Towanda, Pa., and one sister, Mrs. M.E. Knight of Willawanna.  The funeral was held from the home No. 352 Maple avenue, on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

June 27, 1932 (From the Elmira Telegram)


Mrs. Amelia H. Clark, widow of Samuel W. Clark, of 352 Maple Avenue, died Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Maxwell Minier; one granddaughter, Mrs. J.H. Hathaway; two great-great grandchildren, Helen and Maxwell Hathaway, all of Elmira.  Mrs. Clark was a member of the Lake Street Presbyterian Church.  The body reposes in the family home where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m.  The Rev. Henry White will officiate.  Interment will be (in) Woodlawn Cemetery.

DEATHS AND FUNERALS from the Elmira Telegram

DEATHS (8/31/1909)


James Henry Clark, for many years one of Elmira's most substantial business men died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the family home, 354 Maple avenue.

Mr. Clark had been in ill health some time, due to a fall received in his office and had been confined to his home several weeks.

He was born in Penn Yan and was the son of Samuel S. and Rachael Smith Clark, one of the oldest and most prominent families of Athens township.  He was a great grandson of Jacob Clark and Jonathan Van Tile, men of Revolutionary War fame.

In 1879 Mr. Clark married Eloise, the daughter of the late William and Celinda Means Keeler of Towanda, Pa.  Mr. Clark came to Elmira in 1887 and was engaged in the lumber business many years.  He was also identified in the construction of the Lackawanna Railroad through New York State about twenty-five years ago.

The decedent was a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Knight Templar, a director of the Chemung Canal Trust Company, a member of the City Club and Century Club of Elmira and the Quarry Glen Club of Towanda, Pa. many years.

Mr. Clark was a progressive and careful business man, whose work was of a substantial nature.  He was a personal friend of William H. Hallstead, the general manager of the Lackawanna Railroad for many years and was associated with Mr. Hallstead in the construction of the Lackawanna from Binghamton to Buffalo.

Mr. Clark was a man of retiring disposition, of sterling integrity and charitable; a friend to many.  In his death, Elmira loses one of its most prominent and respected citizens.

The surviving family includes his widow, two brothers, Samuel W. Clark of Elmira and Gilbert M. Clark of Towanda, Pa., also a sister, Mrs. M.E. Knight of Williwanna.

The funeral will be held at the family home on Maple avenue Thursday at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. Charles H. McKnight, rector of Trinity Church will officiate.  Burial will be in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery.  The burial will be private.

Deaths of the Week in City and Vicinity (10 December 1911)


Mrs. Eloise Keeler Clark, widow of J. Henry Clark, died at the family home, No. 354 Maple avenue, Sunday night.  She had been in her usual health during the day and in the evening telephoned her sister, Mrs. A. Lee Smith, of her intention to call at the home of Mrs. Smith on West Water Street.  As Mrs. Clark turned from the telephone she suffered an apoplectic seizure, and fell into an unconscious condition, from which she did not rally.  Death resulted in a short time.  The deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs. A. Lee Smith and Mrs. Marion O'Brien, both of Elmira, one brother, Houston W. Keeler of Towanda, Pa.  Mrs. Clark was a charter member of the Chemung chapter, Daughters of the America Revolution.  The funeral was held at the family home Wednesday.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Obit. Synopsis (Bradford County Historical Society) from the Daily Review of Fri., April 2, 1920

Gilbert M. Clark of Chestnut Street in Towanda, died yesterday at Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He was born in Athens Twp., Sept. 14, 1846.  He was the son of Samuel S. & Rachel (Smith) Clark.  He was married Jan. 20, 1870 to Mary, the daughter of Abraham & Eliza (Reed) Clark of Angelica, N.Y.  He is survived by his wife and sister, Mrs. M.E. Knight of Wilawana.  Interment in Wilawana.

Obit Synopsis (BCHS) from the Bradford Star, Thursday, April 8, 1920

Clark, Gilbert M. d. Apr. 1 in Towanda -- came here in 1866.

Was born Sept. 14, 1846 in Athens.  Buried in Wilawana - former home.  Married Miss Mary Clark, who survives him.

Marriage -- G.M. Clark m. Jan. 20 by Rev. Harris to Miss Mollie J. Clark, both of Towanda.  Reported in the Bradford Star, Feb. 3, 1870. (Courtesy of BCHS)

Deaths in Elmira the Past Week (June 1, 1930), from the Elmira Telegram


Mrs. Amanda Clark Knight of Wilawana died Monday morning at 11 o'clock.  She is survived by her husband, M.E. Knight of Wilawana; a niece, Mrs. Nellie Minier of Maple Avenue, Elmira; two grandnephews, J.H. Clark of Irvington, N.J., Seward Clark of Chicago.  Mrs. Knight was a sister of the late Henry and Samuel Clark of Elmira.

Death - Clark (Bradford Star of Jan. 5, 1899) Bradford County Historical Society

Samuel S. Clark, Wilawana, died Dec. 31, 1898, age 88 years.  1 daughter and 4 sons survive: Mrs. Knight of Wilawana; J.H. and S.W. of Elmira; G.M. in Towanda and C.M. in Newark, N.J.

Clark, Samuel S. (from the Bradford Republican of Thurs. Jan. 5, 1899) BCHS

Died Dec. 31 in Athens Twp. at 88.  Married Rachel, daughter of Samuel Waite Smith of Smithboro, N.Y.  Had 7 children, 5 still living, Charles, James Henry, Samuel W., Gilbert M., and Mrs. Edgar Knight.  He was a grandson of Jacob Clark of Revolutionary War fame.  His other grandfather, Jonathan Van Tile was an officer in the Revolutionary War.

Sent from Joseph Colin Clark of Hyattsville, MD

(Samuel S. was my g-g-g-g-grandfather)

Subj:  obit I scanned of my Great Grandmother
Date:  6/5/2002 2:29:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Nancy Louise Kuhl Miller)

Obituary of Ellen Douglas Ferguson -  Canton  August 21, 1908

Ellen Douglas Ferguson, eldest daughter of Hiram and Narcissa Keeney, was born in Del. Co., N. Y., Jan 1,1836, and died near Windfall, Aug., 10 1903.

Her parents moved to Windfall while she was a young child, later they went to Waterville, Lycoming Co.; here she grew to womanhood and taught school
for seven years. She was married to James Ferguson, March 17, 1857, by Rev. J. Moorhead. They began life together at Union, Tioga Co. where they spent
eight years of happy life. In 1865 they returned to Windfall and purchased the farm upon which they lived the remainder of their lives. Mr. Ferguson departed for the better land five years ago, Feb. 23, 1898.

To them were born six children five of whom remain, Allie, wife of Clarence Packard, of Tacoma, Washington; Myrt, Bertha, wife of Harry English, Harvey,
of Williamsport, and Cora, wife of Merton Haflett.

The funeral services were held at the Windfall M. E. church. Rev. Emory A. Baldwin, a former pastor, now of Union City, Michigan, preached, with him and assisting the pastor were Rev. H. B Allen of East Canton and Rev. C. W. Wasson, of Williamsport. The large congregation unable to get into the
church, was a tribute to the high esteem in which she was held.

Mrs. Ferguson gave her heart to God while young and united with the Methodist church. Her life was of the quiet yet deep spiritual nature. Her faithful ness to the church together with her loving heart and cheerful spirit won her [the friendship of all. The best work of her life was accomplished in the home. As a devoted Christian mother she was instrumental in the conversion of her entire family, all of whom are Christians. Her husband found in her a helpmate. Under every burden of life she placed a willing hand, into every dark experience she brought the light of a strong faith and a clear experience. Her last days were spent in ill health that kept her from the active life of earlier days, yet no cloud came over her faith or joy.

The pastor found her a strong support all his works. Her life closed quietly without suffering. A pure life ceased to in the home. A redeemed spirit took
flight to the land of rest. The departed left sad but hopeful friends. We will see her again.

Subj:  Georgia, Butts, Bramblee
Date:  6/8/2002 3:30:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Mary  Kolodziej)

Hi Joyce,
Enjoying the website as usual. I found some info. that might help someone else tracing E.B. Georgia V. He died in Olean on Dec. 13, 1886 & was supposed to be buried in Woodlawn Cem. in Elmira. The Cem. said he was not there in Section A with his wife Elizabeth Butts Georgia who died Jan. 30, 1891, their son Grant E. Georgia who died Feb. 23, 1850 (& was reburied in Woodlawn Nov. 7, 1865) and their daughter, Emily G. Bramblee who died June 17, 1913. However,  a newspaper clipping from the Elmira Advertiser of Dec. 17, 1886 (Friday) reads: "The remains of E.B. Georgia,formerly an Elmira resident, were brought to this city yesterday from Olean for interment. the funeral party was met at the station by Undertaker Hubbell & the Rev. Dr. Mills of the First M. E. church & escorted to Woodlawn where a brief service was held. Mr. Georgia was sixty-three years of age, & died of apoplexy. He left Elmira in 1871 & established himself in the lumber business in Olean (Cattaraugus, NY)."
I have notified the office at Woodlawn. A photo of the Gravesites in Lot 1 Section A, which is 24 X 24 was Deed 47 & purchased Feb. 12, 1862 for $45.20. Grant is in Plot             1, Elizabeth is in Plot 4 & Emily is in Plot 9. Plot 3 is marked off & I would believe E. B. Georgia is buried there.
Hope this helps someone else.
Mary Kolodziej, Minoa, NY

Subj:  Obituary Notice---from Tim Drake
Date:  10/12/2002 11:25:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Tim Drake)

(The Daily Review, Towanda,Pa., Thursday Morning, March 15, 1923)


Canton, Pa., March 14--Homer B. Drake, for over half a century one of Canton's best known and respected residents, was found dead in his bed at his home on upper Center Street about 10:00 AM today when his wife went to waken him. He had been for the past few years with heart trouble. The deceased who was 71 years of age was widely known throughout Bradford County. He had been most active in Republican politics and 20 years ago served as Sheriff of Bradford County. , taking office in January 1900. He was best known as landlord of the Packard Hotel in Canton which he conducted at two different times , and hardly a traveling man who traveled the roads of Bradford County not knew him. At one time he was engaged in business in Canton in the firm of Stone and Drake. He was an admirer of fine horses and always owned a number of excellent ones. After his retirement from the hotel business he retired to a farm east of Canton, but for the last two tears he has resided in Canton.
                     He was active in fraternal circles. He was a member of the F A and M Lodge, the Knights Templars of Towanda, and the Consistory of Williamsport. Besides his widow there survives two daughters, Mrs. James Wakley, of Knoxville, Pa. and Mrs. George H. Trappe of Canton. A son, C.H. Drake of Canton also survives. Funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon from the home. In charge of Rev. John H. Sanders of the Presbyterian Church.

Subj:  Obituary Submission
Date:  9/23/2002 11:06:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:  Pudinpie2U
To:  JoyceTice

Hi there...

My name is Lori McGuire...and my mother came across this obituary in some things of hers the other day, unfortunately, we have no idea what newspaper it may have been in, or even who wrote it....I have been working on our family tree (and really had been banging my head against the wall in regards to my mother's  family....until now!) Hugh Stevens is my great great grandfather, and thanks to your info on the site, I was able to locate him, his wife, and numerous children on your 1880 census!!  Thank you so much for all you are doing with this site...I am sure at times it seems like a thankless task, but be assured, there are MANY of us out here that think you are just the GREATEST!! I hope the info in this obituary may help someone else as well...Thank you again!!

~~Hugh Stevens~~

    Hugh Stevens was born January 1st, 1835 in the town of Goldsythinee, Cornwall, England.  His father and mother were members of the church of Christ.  The father was removed by death when Hugh was only about 2 months old, leaving him under the sole protection of a widowed mother who endeavored by God's grace and help to bring her son up in the way he should go.  Thus he grew up to manhood under the instruction of a PIOUS MOTHER.  In the year 1857 he was married to Miss Caroline Thomas.  He found in her a true wife and companion, ever ready to share with him his joys and sorrows.
    In 1872 Brother Stevens, anxious to provide for the temporal welfare of his family, made up his mind to come to this country, so in March of 1872, bidding good-by to his loving wife and children, and relatives, and to the land that gave him birth, he started for America.  Having a safe voyage across the Atlantic he arrived in Arnot, PA on the 16th day of March, where he was very kindly received by his brother, Mr. Frederick Passmore.
    In about seven months after his family were safely brought over to him.  At this time business was very dull all over the country.  But through the exertion of both Brother and Sister Stevens they weathered the storm, and everything bid fair to getting along better and easier.
    For the last four years, Brother Stevens did not enjoy the best of health, but was cheerful under all circumstances.
    On Sunday, March 16th of the present year 1882, he complained to his wife and others that he was not feeling as well as usual.  On Monday morning he went to his work but was compelled to quit and return home, when he was taken very sick.  Doctors came and did all that medical skill could do to try and restore him, but all was of no avail;  the time had come that he should cease all earthly labor and leave this world of sickness and pain, and go to be with Jesus which is far better.
    Immediately after coming to this country he met with the people of God and at once connected himself with the P. M. Church of this place.  He was an earnest worker for the cause of Christ.
    During the past two years it has been my privilege to meet with Brother Stevens very often in the Class Meeting and other means of grace, and I always found him willing to do what he could for the advancement of the cause of Christ.  He was always fond of a good lively meeting but he has gone where he can sing forever the song of Moses and the Lamb.

Date:  11/3/2002 2:15:34 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: (Reva)

December 24, 1908 Thursday paper, The Bradford Star

Orrin A. SOPER died Dec. 15, 1908 at his home in Towanda, after a long illness of gangrene, in his 76th year.  Deceased was a native of Burlington, where he was born March 28, 1833.  When the civil war broke out he was residing in Ulster from which town he enlisted in Company B, 141st Pa V abd served three years.  Up until that command was mustered out of service.  He was promoted from private to corporal and in every way an excellent soldier.  At the battle of the Wilderness he had a peculiar experience.  Mr. Soper wore long chin whiskers.  A bullet fired by the enemy came close to his chin, and as it *biled through his beard, it gathered  a coil about in and tore the hair from his face, ruining his appendage and making a trace as clean as a razor.  The ordeal was a painful one and Mr. Soper remarked that he " thought his head was cut off."  In the same battle he was wounded in the leg.  His wife, five sons, and one daughter survive him.  Funeral services were held at his home on Mechanic street Sunday afternoon, six members of his regiment; Geo II GRANGER, Jao II CHAFFEE, Jno N. CALIFF, D. J. SWEET, Clarence W. COLE and Elisha COLE acting as pall bearers.  Interment was in soldiers' plot Oak Hill cemetery.
The best things in life aren't things

 Mrs. Anna I. Brown, 83, a Lycoming County native and former resident of Shunk, died at 6:30 pm Friday, March 28, 1980, in the Chemung County Nursing Facility, Elmira, NY, where she had lived for 10 months. She had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Flossie Reedy, of Elmira, for about 15 years prior to entering the nursing home.  Her husband, Ray L. Brown died in 1961. She was born April 18, 1896, at Proctor, the daughter of William and Nancy Layton. Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Reedy, are five other daughters, Mrs. Jean Sommers of Key Largo, FL, Mrs. Clara Dunham, of Horseheads, NY, Mrs. Flora Burdick, of Elmira, Mrs. Ida Johnson, of Elmira Heights, NY, and Mrs. Margaret Norton, of Mildred; a son, Clyde, of Elmira, 29 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 pm Monday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 North Center Street, Canton, with the Rev. Robert D. Parker, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, officiating.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery, Shunk. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 2 pm Monday.

 Chester L. Brown, 68, of 57 Fassett Street, Canton, died Thursday, April 17, 1980, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  He was the father of Robert Brown, of Montoursville, and the brother of Mrs. Emery Bryan, of Barbours. He was born Aug. 18, 1911, in Fox Twp., Sullivan County, a son of Charles and Jenny Hess Brown. Mr. Brown was a retired employee of Remington-Rand Corp., Elmira, NY.  He was a life member of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He also was a life member of Innes Hose Co., Canton. Surviving, besides his son and sister in Lycoming County, are his wife, the former Agnes Morgan; another son, Richard, of Canton; a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Roher, of Coudersport; three other sisters, Mrs. Edward Snyder, of Canton, Mrs. Charles Groover, of Canton RD 2, and Mrs. Earl Preston, of Roaring Branch RD 1; four brothers, Carl, of Shunk, Walter, of LeRoy, Willard, of Troy, and Emery, of East Troy, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 pm Sunday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 North Center Street, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of Alba Christian Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery, Shunk. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 pm Saturday.

 Funeral services were held on Sunday for Clarence C. Brown, 67, of Tioga, who was killed Thursday, Aug. 31, 1972, when he was crushed beneath a car on which he was working in his general repair service garage at Tioga RD, along Route 15. A lifelong resident of Tioga, he also operated a junkyard. Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Risler; three sons, Richard, of Elmira, NY, James of Elmira Heights, NY and Gerald, serving with the Army in Germany; two daughters, Mrs. Julia Brown, of Towanda and Mrs. Kenneth Perkins, of Elmira; his mother, Mrs. Kate Sawyer, of Elmira; a brother, George Braun, of Elmira, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral was held on Sunday at Shaw and Robena's, 18 North Main Street, Mansfield.