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Armenia Township Cemetery Listings
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. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com)
Because all the cemeteries in Armenia Township are old and none are currently used, I am anticipating few obituaries for them. I will therefore combine them all on this one page.
One of the most widely known residents of Armenia Township, died in the home of his sister, Mrs. Florence Benson there, at 5 a.m. last Thursday morning, May 12th. He was 84 years old,--one of the last of his generation in that section. Mr. Becker was known and well liked by many in Troy. He is survived by three sisters: Mrs. Bensons, Mrs. William Clark Canton, Mrs. C. P. Rockwell, Elmira. The body was brought to the Soper & Mosher Funeral Home where it remained until Saturday morning. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Benson. Rev. John Osberg, Alba, officiating, and burial was in the Armenia Cemetery, bearing his name. (handwritten on article 1938)
COOPE - (SRGP 40669) Mrs. Anna Monroe died at her home in the town of Armenia, Bradford Co., Pa., Jan. 22, 1881, aged 80 years and 3 years [sic]. Her father was an English Wesleyan Methodist and when a young man came as a missionary to the Province of Maine and endured privations and hardships for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. He finally settled in this country in Preble, Cortland Co., N.Y., making that his home and labored in the itinerant ranks of the M. E. Church earnestly and with success. Mrs. Monroe became a Christian in early years under the labors of her father and united with the Methodist church, but in later years she departed in some measure from the Methodist teachings and adopted that of the Seventh Day Advents, which she continued to support to the end. She was noted for conscientiousness in all matters, for kindness, and readiness to assist those who needed the help that she could give. She was married about 60 years ago to Andrew Monroe, who died some years since. She came with her husband to Armenia about the 1st of June, 1834, when it was almost an unbroken wilderness nearly without roads, and began to make themselves a home. They were subject to many trials, privations and hardships such as people now know little about. They were among the few who built the first school house in that place. Her 80th birthday came Jan. 19, 1881, and a beautiful day it was. Her son, C.D. Monroe of Cazenovia, N. Y., and her daughter Mrs. Underwood wife of Dr. Underwood of East Smithfield, Pa., the only two now living of her nine children, came and most of her grandchildren for a birthday party but she had been taken sick the day before and so the day was taken up with caring for her. It was highly gratifying [newspaper clipping cut off here].
HARVEY, Alice J. (SRGP 15161) , Mrs. H Sylvester Morgan, one of the older residents of the Armenia section, died in her home at the top of Sylvania hill, Saturday, March 25, 1939, at the age of 81. She was a member of the Baptist Church, Armenia, and the Armenia Grange. Mrs. Morgan is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Leon Nash, a grandson, Dwight Nash, of Armenia, a brother, Joseph Harvey, Watkins Glen, N.Y. The funeral was held at the Soper & Mosher Funeral Home here on Tuesday 10 a.m. and burial will be later in the Pierce Cemetery, Armenia.
MONROE, Caroline Ophelia - (SRGP 26558) Died, in Armenia, Pa., Aug. 7, 1872, of consumption, sister Caroline, wife of Coral Webler, aged forty-two years, five months, and four days. Sister W., with her father, mother, and others, embraced the Sabbath and kindred truths a few years since, while I was holding meetings in their neighborhood. She cherished a bright hope of living again at the resurrection of the just. She departed this life under trying circumstances, her aged mother having both legs broken while caring for her in her last sickness. She was conscious of this terrible accident to her mother and bore it with composure and patience. May the Lord bless the mourning family, and prepare them for endless life in the world to come. The writer spoke from Matt. 10: 27: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Also at the same place, of congestion of the lungs, Andrew Monroe, father of the sister Webler. He was sick, not quite three days. He was one of the first settlers of Armenia. He was a kind neighbor, and affectionate companion, and a loving and much loved father. He was formally a Disciple, but embraced the Sabbath about eleven years since. The writer spoke on the occasion to a gathering of friends and sympathizing neighbors, from Rev. 2: 7. It was heart-rending to see the afflicted companion borne in a chair and raised to take the parting look at her dear husband. May the only remaining son (who was providentially present, his home being in Madison Co., N. Y.), also the only surviving daughter, yet keep all of God’s commandments, and prepare to meet their dear father beyond this vale of tears. J. L. Baker.
PIERCE – William S. Pierce died in Smithfield aged 66 years. [Note- d. 22 Apr. 1878]
ROGERS Maud L. Rogers
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rogers, was born in Armenia township, Oct. 30th, 1909, and died Sept. 26, 1915. The death of this little one was very sudden. She was ill less than a week. She was a very bright and lovable child. The funeral services were largely attended from the home and Wesleyan church on Armenia on Sept. 28, the Rev. L. Everts officiating. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Her parents survive, six sisters and two brothers. TGR 1915
Burr Wood died August 24, 1909, of pleuro-pneumonia at his home in Armenia. He was a son of Arba and Dolly A. (Smith) Wood, born August 12, 1830 in Sullivan Township, Tioga county, Pa. He was married to Hannah Smith of Sullivan township, August 31, 1851, who died August 8, 1901. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters. One of the sons died in infancy and five survive. Mrs. Horace Johns of Manhattan, PA. Mrs. Henry Haynes of Armenia, Mrs. Ward Andrus of Columbia township, Gene of Armenia and Samuel who lived with his father on the old homestead. There are twenty-two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Of five brothers and two sisters, two brothers survive, Perseptor of Midland, Va. and Arba of Lawrenceville, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Wood came to Armenia in 1858 and settled on the farm where they lived until death claimed them. Mr. Wood was a good citizen, a kind and affectionate father, and a christian man, whose death is deeply mourned by a large circle of friends. He was a veteran of the civil war, being a private of Company H, 15th N.Y. Engineers. The funeral was held August 26th, the services being conducted by Rev. Harris in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He was buried with military honors in the cemetery near the church, beside his wife.
WEBLER . – (SRGP 40665) In Armenia, Nov. 30, 1873, of paralysis, Mr. Gosper Webler, aged 92 years, 6 months and 24 days. The subject of the above sketch was the son of Martin and Elizabeth Webler. His father came from Hesse Cassel, and was pressed into the Hessian army. His love for the American cause was so great that he would elevate his gun far above the heads of the enemy when called into battle, and he resolved to join them the first chance he could get. His mother was cook in the Hessian camp, during which time Gosper was born. His father left the camp and hid himself under a barn, and was fed by his wife by night until an opportunity offered for his escape to the American lines, after which he was joined by his wife and child. He settled in Hebron, Conn., where Gosper lived until 1840, when he removed to Armenia. Mr. Webler was a member of the Methodist Church, and while able to attend, his seat was seldom vacant. He was an exemplary man and lived and died without an enemy.
WEBLER - Local News) Choral H. Webler, one of the oldest settlers of Armenia, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed Cass in Troy township, Tuesday, Feb. 4th. He was 85 years old and has resided in Armenia and Troy over 60 years. The funeral will be held Friday.TGR 1902
Henry D. COVERT [SRGP 62866]
Another veteran of the civil war, Henry D. Covert of Armenia, dropped from the earthly ranks April 21st, aged 84. He enlisted it Troy Oct. 7, 1861, in Co. C., 7th Penn. Vol. Cavalry, was promoted to Corporal, served six months as Orderly at Gen. Negely’s headquarters at Nashville. When discharged in December, 1863, he re-enlisted and took part in the battles of Stone River, Franklin, Chicamaugua, and all of the cavalry engagements of the Atlanta campaign. He was injured by a fall from his horse in August, 1864. In April, 1866, he married Candace, daughter of the Rev. Joel Burman of Sullivan. Three children were born to them—Nora, who died in young woman hood; Will H., at home, and Mrs. Bessie R. Allen of Armenia. He leaves also a brother, Edwin G., at Wellsboro and a sister, Mrs. Frances Youmans, at Waynesburg, Ohio. He was a kind husband and parent a member of Gustin Post, G. A. R., of Troy, and will be missed by a large circle of friends. The funeral was held at the Armenia Weslyan M. E. Church, and interment was in the Sunny Side cemetery. [Covert Cemetery] TGR 1922
CRIST - Allen P. Crist, 90, of Armenia Mountain, Pa., died peacefully on Sept. 11, 2008. Born on March 12, 1918 in Northumberland, Pa., Allen was a son of the late William and Priscilla (Pershing) Crist and the husband of the late Ruth Rogers Crist. Allen enjoyed staying busy and possessed a strong work ethic all his life. A "jack-of-all-trades" and handyman, Allen could fix about anything. He worked in Big Sur, Calif. with the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. He hauled coal from the Sunbury, Pa. area throughout Pennsylvania and New York states for several years. He was a longtime member of the Local Painters Union No. 456 of Nashville, Tenn. Allen also especially enjoyed traveling all over the country while working on natural gas compressor stations for Dresser Engineering Co. of Tulsa, Okla. After retiring, he enjoyed fixing old tractors, antique gas engines and operating a shingle mill. Allen's dogs and horses were very special to him. Surviving are: his three children, Gary Crist of Armenia Mountain, Brian Crist of Centerville, Tenn and Diane Leeman of Lancaster, Ohio; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Paul of Midland, Texas, Ed of Kalamazoo, Mich., Kay of Elmira, N.Y., Faith of White Deer, Pa., Priscilla of Erie, Pa. and Martha of Danville, Pa.; sister-in-law, Betty Boyles and brother-in-law, Paul Rogers both of Sylvania; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife Ruth, who died on April 12, 1991, he was predeceased by siblings Dave, Bob and Loraine. Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. A memorial service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor George Ogden, officiating. A private burial will be held in the Covert Cemetery on Armenia Mountain. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be directed to Wellsboro P.S.P.C.A., Mansfield Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901. - Towanda Daily Review, September 17, 2008
FIELD - George Field Passes Away. George Field died Tuesday morning, April 8th, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. D. Alexander in Sylvania. He was 90 years old last August, and was well known in this entire section, having lived for many years on Armenia mountain. He is survived by ten children as follows: Mrs. Augusta Holmes, of Brooklyn; Mrs. Carrie Bedford of Rochester; Mrs. A. J. Bird of Sayre; Mrs. D. D. Alexander of Sylvania; Mrs. F. F. Rogers and Mrs. George Kinch of Troy; Henry Field of Elmira; Mrs. A. D. Biddle and Mrs. C. H. Becker and O. L. Field of Canton. There are also 30 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren surviving. The funeral was held Thursday, April 10, at 1:30 o’clock at the Covert church and interment was made in the cemetery nearby. TGR 1919
KNIFFIN – MRS. BEULAH M. KNIFFIN, 62 of Alba died at her home Thursday morning, August 10, 1972 after an illness of several months duration. Mrs. Kniffin was born in Ward Township, Tioga Co. on November 4, 1909 and was the daughter of Seth A. and the late LaVantia Cole Kniffin. She was an artist by hobby and she and her husband had been married for over 45 years. She is survived by her husband, Layne Orin Kniffin; her father, Seth A. Kniffin of Minnequa Heights, Canton RD 2; two nieces and a nephew. There was not to be a funeral service or a visitation. The body was removed to Wildwood Crematory, Williamsport. Arrangements were by the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home. –Canton Independent Sentinel (Buried Kniffen Cemetery, Ward Twp., Tioga Co., PA)
LAYNE ORIN KNIFFIN of Alba died suddenly Monday morning, Nov. 19, 1973, while cutting wood in Armenia. Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Rogers of Granville Summit RD 1 accompanied him to the site, which is near the Lyle Brown trailer, when Mr. Kniffin suffered a fatal heart seizure. Mr. Kniffin was pronounced dead at the scene by Bradford County Coroner Gordon E. Farr, Ulster, and was later taken to the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. He was born in Ward Twp., Tioga County, March 11, 1906, the son of Daniel O. and Fluella Lane Kniffin. He was a retired mechanic and worked for the Troy Motor Company for 31 years. He was a member of the Ward Methodist Church, a member and past master of F and A M Lodge No. 415, Canton. Mr. Kniffin’s wife, the former Beulah M. Kniffin preceded him in death August 1972. He is survived by a brother, Andy E. Kniffin, Douglas, Ariz.; one nephew, two nieces and his father-in-law, Seth Kniffin of Canton RD 2. In accordance with the wishes of Mr. Kniffin, there will be no funeral or visitation. Friends are requested to omit flowers. The body will be taken to Williamsport for cremation. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried Kniffin Cemetery, Ward Twp., PA.)
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Reporter Journal, 16 August 1888
Mrs. Henry Newell died 4 August, at Armenia.
Reporter Journal, 14 May 1891
George K. Russell died 30 Apr 1891 at Armenia, age 72.
Reporter Journal, 2 May 1895
Mr. L. P. Newell died April 19 in Welsh Settlement, Tioga county, aged, 92 years and three months. The burial was at Armenia, this county.