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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Baptist Hill Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford County, PA

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA


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by Joyce M. Tice

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Baptist Hill Cemetery Listing



Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. 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 ( 


SRGP ID Added in parentheses by Joyce M .Tice if included in her Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are researching or descended from any of those so designated, it is requested that you share your research with Joycs's SRGP if you have not already done so. That is the price I ask for making this site available. It is your opportunity to share in the cost of creating this site and reward Joyce just a tad for making this enormous body of resource available to you. It is a way to pay your dues in a small way for use of this site. Please reference the SRGP ID and the page you found this on the site, when you write to me. For women listed under a married alias, I have provided her real name, if I know it. 

BEARDSLEY - Mrs. Sarah A. McClure, (SRGP 25832)  75, died Friday at 3 p.m. at the home of her son, John McClure, at Coryland, Pa. She is survived by three sons, John of Coryland, Pa.; Louis of Barnes and Alfred of Elmira; and three sisters, Mrs. Ida Lanterman of Horseheads, Mrs. Anna Kelly of Canton, Pa. and Mrs. Bert Webster of Roseville, Pa. The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the home of her son John in Coryland. The Rev. Ora Crippen will officiate. Burial in Baptist Hill Cemetery, Coryland, Pa. (handwritten on article May 4, 1929)


BENNETT Floyd R. Bennett

age 71, of Gillett, Pa., died on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean S. Bennett; children, Tim (Vicky) Bennett, Chris (Patti) Bennett, Tammy (Bruce) Andrus, Karen (Jason) Akers, and Ronald (Stacy) Bennett; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter due in February. He is also survived by, a sister, Virginia (Harry) Bonnell; a brother, Douglas (Carol) Bennett; a sister, Doris Gowin, and numerous nieces and nephews; also his lifelong best friend Peter Baker. Floyd was a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania Hunting Club. He was a carpenter in the Gillett area for many years. Family and friends are invited to call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, N.Y., with a funeral and committal service there at 6 p.m. Interment will be in Baptist Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Family will provide their own flowers. Those wishing may make memorials to the W. Warrior Project. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Towanda Daily Review – December 15, 2013


Angel DELOSA, infant daughter of Michael and Annette (Passeri) DeLosa of Gillett, died Thursday, January 28, 1999.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by grandparents, Anthony and Carol Passeri of Gillett and Allen and Diana DeLosa of Gillett of Gillett; and great-grandparents, Joseph and Catherine Mistretta of Gillett, David and Dorothy DeLosa of Covington, PA; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Graveside services were held at the Baptist Hill cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, on Feb. 3 (1 pm) with the Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating.  Arrangements were by the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira, NY.

LOUIS B. EDSALL -aged 86 years, died Sunday morning (May 11, 1919) at the home of his grandson, Edsall Hammond in Austinville.  The funeral was held Tuesday at the Baptist Hill Church, Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating.  Burial was in the Baptist Hill Cemetery

FAIRBANKS George - At Aspinwall Corners, Mr. George Fairbanks cut his throat with a jackknife, so successfully carrying out his intentions that he died, Thursday night of last week. The jugular vein was cut. He had been out of his head for some time, and no good reason can be assigned for his self-destruction, except for causes arising from his aberration. He was a man of considerable means, and left a wife and two children (The Northern Tier Gazette, Troy, Pennsylvania, Thursday, October 7, 1875). - Baptist Hill Cemetery, Coreyland Pennsylvania.

FURMAN - Mrs. Jane Wilson - This estimable old lady died at Austinville, March 31st, 1889. She was born at Columbia X Roads Jan. 23, 1819, and was therefore nearly 70 years of age. She was the daughter of P. FURMAN, and a sister of Mr. Harry FURMAN, of Jackson. She leaves five sons to mourn their loss. Deceased will be missed among her children, with whom she made visits every summer. They looked for her coming with pleasure, but will see that dear mother no more. She was ready and waiting for Jesus to come. The funeral of Mrs. WILSON was held at the Baptist Hill Church, of which she was the oldest member. She died like one falling to sleep. Deceased had enjoyed good health up to about nine days before her death, when, that dreadful disease pneumonia took her quickly out of the world. The last words she said while dying were to call a sister by name three times who has been dead for some time.

    Mrs. Florence A. Crippen, widow of the late Alonzo Crippen; died in Johnstown, Pa. on Sunday, October 30, at the home of her son, Seth Crippen.  She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gernert.  She was born on June 11, 1848, and is survived by her mother, Mrs. Betsey A. Gernert; one son, Seth Crippen; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Hulslander; five grandchildren, Herbert, Harriet and Florence Crippen, and Hugh and Florence Hulslander; three sisters, Mrs. Belle Watkins and Mrs. Mattie Cunningham, of Columbia Cross Roads, and Mrs. Lucy Sears, of Mansfield.  Decedent was a devoted mother and kind neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand, and a consistent member of the Baptist church, and of the Mansfield W.C.T.U.  For two or three years she resided in Mansfield that she might give her grandson, Herbert Crippen the advantage of the schools here.  About one year ago they went to Johnstown to reside with her son, Seth, Herbert’s father.  She had been in very poor health the past year, but apparently was better and was about the house when death came very suddenly.  The funeral will be held today (Wednesday) from the Columbia Wells Baptist church, the Rev. Seymour Barrett, who was her pastor during her residence there, officiating.  (Handwritten date  1910)

GERNERT -  Mrs. Susie McClure
In Jackson, Pa., March 11, 1877, of brain fever, Susie, wife of Lyman McClure, aged 33 years.  (Tuesday, March 27, 1877, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)    Daughter of Casper Gernert.

Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Gromes Age 81, of 312 Hillcrest Drive, Madison, Indiana, entered this life on October 12, 1924. in Pittston, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Fredrick and Gertrude Van Luven Gromes, both of whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Scranton and Wilkes Barre area. She graduated high school and was united in marriage in 1942, to John Eugene Kudzinski, Sr., to this union arrived four sons and a daughter to bless their home. They enjoyed 21 years of marriage together until his death in November 1963. In July 1968, she was united in marriage to Nelson David Hutchings, they resided in Madison, New York, until his death in 1999. She was a member of the Coryland Baptist Church in Coryland, Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker, farmer, devoted mother and grandmother all of her life. She moved to Madison, Indiana, six years ago to be near her daughter. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, riding motorcycles earlier in life, and being a mom and grandma. Cora died Friday, May 12, 2006, at 1:59 p.m. at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison. Mrs. Hutchings will be missed by her daughter, Susan R. Turner and her companion, Darrell Wilkerson of Madison, Indiana; her sons, John E. Kudzinski Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana, Steve Kudzinski of Passaic, Missouri, Roger Kudzinski of Zapata, Texas; her grandchildren, Dawn Marie, Danielle, Eric, Eryn, John, Cody, Logan; her great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Cody, Alex, Zachary, and Corinne; her sisters, Eleanor White of Elmira, New York, Margaret Dimmett of MaClean, New York; her brother, Richard Gromes and his wife, Bonnie of Elmira, New York; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Gertrude Van Luven Gromes; her husbands, John Eugene Kudzinski, Sr. in November 1963, and Nelson David Hutchings in 1999; her son, Lawrence "Larry" Kudzinski in 1982; her sister, Harriett Sickler; and her brother, Fredrick Gromes, Jr. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 20, 2006, at 1:00 p.m., at the Gerald J. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pennsylvania. Interment will follow in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., May 20, 2006, Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, 110 W. Main Street, Troy, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be made to Donor's Favorite Charity. Cards are available at the funeral home.

(Coryland News) Alfred HAMMOND died at his home in this place, November 6th. About two weeks ago he received a paraletic stroke from which he never recovered. Four days prior to his death he was unconscious. The deceased was about 57 years of age. He leaves an aged wife and one daughter, Mrs. Corey Brown. One son, Lewis, died about four years ago. Mr. Hammond was born in New Jersey but lived nearly all his life in this place. He united with the Baptist church in early life and held the office of deacon for twelve years. He was a member of 50th engineers, Pa. V. He was highly respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and was a sincere, upright citizen of irreproachable character, always living a consecrated christian life. The funeral was held at the Baptist church, Thursday p.m. Rev. Mr. West officiated. A large number of friends were in attendance. TGR1900

Rev. Duane R. Johnson, age 69, of Gillett, PA died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at his home. Duane was born February 3, 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA, a son of Roy and Ethel (Mangel) Johnson. He was the husband of Jean (Holmes) Johnson celebrating their 49th anniversary on February 14th. Duane was the interim pastor at the First Baptist Church of Bentley Creek at the time of his death. Duane also served as pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, Scranton; Coryland Church, Columbia Cross Roads; Chesterland Baptist Church, Ohio; and Union Church, Ship Bottom, NJ. He volunteered for Western Alliance Ambulance Service and served on their board. Duane sang with the Mansfield Mens Chorus and Higher Ground Quartet. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and traveling. Duane was a U.S. Army veteran.  Duane is survived by his wife, Jean of Gillett, PA; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey Johnson of Gillett, PA, Jonathan and Diana Johnson of Chandler, TX, Jason and Sharon Johnson of Mainesburg, PA; six grandchildren, Dannielle, David, Denae, Taylor, Victoria, and Nathaniel; one step grandson; Jeremy; two sisters, Katherine Abate of Pittsburgh, PA, Dorothy and Bud Streck of OK. He was predeceased by a daughter, Wendy Rochelle in 1962. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, April 27, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Coryland Church. Funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 4:00 P.M. with the Rev. Gary Zuber officiating. Burial will be in Baptist Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Ministries American Baptist Churches, P O Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 memo: Grand Basin School Fund (which is located in Haiti). Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

Charles JORALEMON (SRGP 30526) of Columbia township, died at his home on April 30, 1904, of heart disease, after an illness of only twenty minutes. He was born at Sparta, New Jersey, April 12, 1828 (26), and was the son of John and Zuba Joralemon, who settled in Columbia township in 1843. He located on the farm occupied by him at the time of his death. In May 1851 (1846), he married Lydia Wolfe, daughter of George and Leafy Kennedy Wolfe, who died 4 April 1899. They had three children, Edward W. (of Webb Mills, N.Y.), Hosea W. (who resides on the old homestead), Leefy, Mrs. Sturn (Steve) Budd (of Austinville, Pa.), who survives them. Mr. Joralemon was one of a family of eight children, seven sons and one daughter, all of whom, expect Joseph Joralemon of Troy, Pa., are dead. He was a man of sterling and upright character, held in high esteem by all who knew him. (The funeral services were held on Monday, p.m., at his late home. Rev. Burge Gates of Austinville officiated. The remains were laid to rest in the Baptist Hill cemetery) TGR 1904

Local News) Charles E. Joralemon, infant son of Edward Joralemon, of Wells, was buried at Baptist hill, June 11th. TGR 1900

KELLY - McCLELLAND--- Mrs. Sopronia McClelland, youngest daughter of Thaddeus Kelly, formerly of this village, died at her home in Elmira on Wednesday of last week, of epilepsy. The remains were taken to Baptist Hill  Friday for burial.

Coryland, Pa., June 21—Charles McClure died June 19 at his home in Coryland after a long illness, aged sixty-six years. He is survived by his widow and three sons, John J. of Coryland, Lewis of Corning and Alfred D. of Millerton. The funeral was held Monday at Baptist Hill Church. (handwritten on article 1928)

Virtus News)  The remains of Master Ralph McLain, son of Alexander McLain who was killed by the cars near the Madison Avenue bridge in Elmira were brought to Baptist Hill for burial on Saturday by undertaker Campbell of Elmira. TGR 1903


MISTRETTA Guiseppe (Joseph) Age 87, of the Bradford County Manor, died peacefully on Thursday, October 14, 2004. Joseph was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Katie, in 2002; and great-granddaughter, Angela DeLosa in 1999. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Diana and Allen DeLosa of Mosherville, PA; grandchildren, Allen and Andrea DeLosa, Michael and Annette DeLosa, Michelle and John Alexander, and Denise DeLosa; seven great-grandchildren, Allen, Madeline, Caitlin, Michael, Madison, Tyler, and Kris. His surviving siblings are his brother and wife, Nino and Franca Mistretta of Long Island; sister, Antoinette Rotella of Florida; and sister, Lilla of Sicily.Joseph was born in Argrigento, Sicily on July 21, 1917. He came to America in 1947, and shortly afterwards became a U.S. citizen. He was an excellent shoemaker and loved his trade. He owned his own shoe repair business in Flushing, NY for 30 years. He was an accomplished musician, playing many instruments, such as the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica. After retiring, he and his wife, Katie, moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. Joe was always such a good-natured, "happy-go-lucky" person. He was always singing and whistling with all the nurses and aides at the Manor. Besides being a Dad and Grandpa, he was "Uncle Joe" to many nieces and nephews. He will be forever missed, but will always be in our hearts. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Thursday, October 21, 2004, from 4 to 7 p.m., with funeral services immediately following at 7 p.m. The Rev. Laurie Greenlaw will officiate. Interment will take place in the Baptist Hill Cemetery, Coryland, PA, on Friday, October 22, 2004, at 11:30 a.m.


Alonzo C. NOBLE died suddenly at his home in Wells township April 7th, of heart failure. Deacon Noble, as he was formerly called, was born in Schoharia County, N.Y., July 17th, 1808, and moved in Wells township in 1838, where he has since resided. He was married to Aurilla Landrus in 1830, who died in 1889. Two children came to bless their union, George W. Noble, who survives and Emma Noble Gustin, wife of Timothy Gustin, who died October 22nd, 1880. Mr. Noble united with the Columbia and Wells Baptist church in 1850. He was the embodiment of all that is good and true, and was an honest upright citizen of irreproachable character, always living a consecrated christian life.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Baptist church, Rev. Mr. Brundage officiating. TGR 1900


NOBLE, George
George Noble died at his home in Wells, Pa., a short distance above Mosherville, on Thursday night of last week, aged 75 years.  The funeral was held at the house Sunday at noon; burial on Baptist Hill, Monroe Miller officiating.

NOBLE, George
Geo. W. Noble. Death of One of the Wealthiest and Most Respected Citizens of Wells Township.
George W. Noble died of heart trouble at his home near this place last Thursday evening. Although, he had not been in good health for a number of years, he was not confined to the house but a few days. Mr. Noble was the senior member of the firm of G. W. Noble & Son, who were extensive dealers in thoroughbred stock, and was the owner of the best stock farm in this section. He was justice-of-the-peace for the past twenty years, and untied with the Baptist church in early manhood, where he was deacon at the time of his death. Mr. Noble was a devoted christian man and few man have a larger circle of friends than he.  He was seventy-two years of age, and is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter, Mrs. Edward Joralemon of Pine City and Alonzo P. Noble of Wells. Funeral services were held at his late home last Sabbath afternoon, and were largely attended. The Rev. Francis Shearer of Elmira conducted the service. Interment at Baptist Hill cemetery. TGR 1904

Greta B. Schonher, 75, of RR 2, Gillett, PA died February 12, 1996. She resided at Bakercrest. She was a former beautician in the Elmira area. She attended the Coryland Church and the Jobs Corners Calvary Baptist Church. She is survived by children Richard and (Georgia) Schonher of RR 2, Gillett, Barbara and (Charles) Crerar of Stratford. Ontario and Nancy and (Ronald) Snay of RR 2, Gillett; grandchildren, Earl (Rick), Babette, Karlene, Bethany, Rachael, Alex, Thomas, Peter, Rhonda, Vicki, Jonathan and Michael; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred (Jean) Pelchy of Watkins Glen, NY; brother-in-law, Harold Carpenter of Lexington, KY; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Dorla Smith of Elmira, NY; uncle and aunt, Albert and Hazel Schonher of Prattsburg, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Greta was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Earle E. Schonher in 1994. Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira on February 9 with the Rev. Robert Wilson officiating and interment to be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery, Coryland. Memorials may be made in Greta's to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. (TGR Thursday, February 22, 1996)

John A. Perry.
John A. Perry died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ella Warner at Virtus, July 25, aged 80 years, after an illness of two weeks. Mr. Perry was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, but has lived in this county since the age of 16 years. He was one of a family of three children, two sons and one daughter. Only one survives, Alvah Young of Florida. He was married to Mary B. Watkins in 1849. Three children were born to the, one son and two daughters. Only one survives, Mrs. Ella Warner. He leaves to mourn his loss his aged wife, daughter and brother, Alvah Young. The funeral was held at the home of his daughter July 27, with Rev. T. A. Hughes of Troy, officiating, and undertaker Beaman of Troy as funeral directors. Interment in Baptist Hill cemetery. TGR 1904

EDWARD C. PRESTON a longtime resident of Gillett, PA community passed away at Bradford County Manor, Sat. Apr. 9, 2016, at the age of 89. Ed previously worked for Flickingers, RKB, and had a long life of farming. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Janet following a marriage of 60 years, two daughters, Marsha Elaine and Margaret Becker Preston, and his son, Edwin Preston. Mr. Preston is survived by his sons, Nelson Preston of Sanford, FL; Carl Preston, Millerton, PA and Michael Preston, Mansfield, PA along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and community of friends. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Mon. Apr. 18, 2016 between the hours of 10 - 11 a.m. A private funeral service will follow with interment in Baptist Hill Cemetery, Coryland, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/16/2016

 Arthur "Frank" Purcell, 81, of Gillett, PA died at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center on May 5, 1998. He was born on April 5, 1917 in Drapier, NC to the late Arthur G. and Alza T. (Edwards) Purcell. He was a veteran of WW II.  Frank worked for many years and retired from the Crown Zellerbach Paper Co.  He was a long time member of the F&AM in Hawaii and a member of the Baptist Hill Cemetery Association. He is survived by his children; Sandra A. Russell of Gillett; Lona Eversole and Betty Doran, both of NV; Julie Miller of WA and Roy Johnson of WI; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; K-9 companion, Jenny. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice Purcell, in 1978. Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira at the convenience of the family with interment to be in Baptist Hill Cemetery, Wells Township, PA. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Baptist Hill Cemetery Association. (TGR, Thursday, May 14, 1998)


 Ronald L. Saunders, age 48, Coryland, PA died on Monday, May 11, 1998 at his residence. He was born on February 21, 1950 in Troy, PA, the son of Elizabeth (Dalton) Saunders and the late LaRue E. Saunders (1985). Ronald owned and operated his own dairy farm.  He attended Coryland Church.  Ronald was a member of the Gillett Columbia Grange, an active participant of Troy High School Future Farmers of America and a member and former delegate of Eastern Milk Producers. Ronald is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cleo E. (Lamont) Saunders of Gillett; mother, Elizabeth (Dalton) Saunders of Gillett; son, Neal R. Saunders and his special family, Candy and Casaundera Heasley, all of Gillet; daughter Jan E. (Bruce) Roy of Gillett; grandchildren, Jason A. and Emily Roy of Gillett; brother, David E. (Barbara) Saunders of Gillett; sisters, Shirley A. (James) Call and Linda M. (David) Kendall, both of Gillett; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Bette J. and Virgil Kennedy. Funeral services were held at Coryland Church on May 15 at 2 pm with the Rev. Duane R. Johnson officiating and burial to be in Baptist Hill Cemetery, Baptist Hill Road, Coryland, PA.  Arrangements were in charge of the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Memorials may be made to Coryland Church, Attn. Barbara Baker, RR 3, Box 38C, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914 of to the Future Famers of America Activity Fund in memory of Ronald Saunders, 250 High St., Troy, PA 16947.(TGR, Thursday, May 21, 1998)

 Earle E. Schonher, 76, Gillett RR 2, PA died Friday, April 8, 1994 at home. Earle retired from Hardinge Brothers after 39 years of service.  He attended the Coryland Church. Earle is survived by his wife of 56 years, Greta B. Schonher; children, Richard (Georgia) Schonher of Gillett RR 2; Barbara (Charles) Crerar of Stratford, Ontario; Nancy (Ronald) Snay of Gillett RR 2; grandchildren, Earl (Rick), Babette, Karlene, Bethany, Rachael, Alex, Thomas, Peter, Rhonda, Vicki, Johathan and Michael; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Fran (Harold) Carpenter of Lexington, KY, Dorla (William) Smith of Elmira, NY; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred and Jean Pelchy of Watkins Glen, NY; aunt and uncle, Albert and Hazel Schonher of Prattsburg, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira, NY, on April 11 with the Rev. Johathan Stanley officiating and interment to be in Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Coryland Church of Southern Tier Hospice Inc. (TGR, Thursday, April 14, 1994)


SCHONHER Richard E. "Dick" Schonher

72, of Gillett, son of the late Earle and Greta Schonher, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, June 22, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.  Dick is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Georgia (Purcell) Schonher and their children: son, Earl "Rick" (Jeannie) Schonher of Gillett, with grandchildren: Christopher (Chrissy), Amber (Austin), Heather (Josh), Erick and Zack and three great grandchildren; daughter, Barbette (Harry) Bennett of Geneva, N.Y. with grandchildren Jeffrey and Kyle; daughter Carlene (John) Shimkus of Gillett, with grandchildren Gary Ray III (Kylee), Kevin and Stephen; daughter, Bethany (Steve) Salad of Wellsboro with grandson Stephen; and daughter Rachael (Virgil) Wilbur of Millerton with granddaughter, Asp; sisters, Barbara (Charles) Cedar of Canada and Nancy (Ron) Snaky of Gillett; and mother-in-law, Gertrude (Purcell) Nolan of Gillett.  His father-in-law, George Purcell, preceded him in death.  Dick was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and a resident/member of the 8th Ward reunion. Dick excelled in many sports including football, boxing and baseball. He was a frequent participant in the local, state and national Senior Games. A finalist in the 1955 Golden Gloves Championship, he also loved bowling with his wife in the Elmira Senior Leagues.  He retired from Harding Brothers in 2000 after over 34 years of dedicated service. Dick was a member of the West Jackson Baptist Church in Millerton where he faithfully served as a deacon and chairman of the board for several years. Dick was a man who took endless pleasure from God's gifts: a starry night, the birds in his backyard and a grandchild's smile. His enjoyment of the outdoors and country life was only surpassed by his enduring conviction in faith and love. He was a source of strength and direction to those near him. Few have been as honorable or true of heart. Dick lived his life to honor the Lord. His sense of right, work ethic, loyalty and compassion have served as an example to his children and theirs in turn. His infectious laugh, with wisdom and kind heart will be forever missed.  Family and friends are invited to gather from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, N.Y. Funeral services honoring his life will follow the visitation at noon. The Reverend Harold Burrell will celebrate Dick's services. Interment will take place in the Baptist Hill Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads. Contributions may be made to the West Jackson Baptist Church Building Fund or the charity of one's choice in Dick's honor.  Towanda Daily Review – June 24, 2012



SHAFFER Erica Hope Shaffer

infant daughter of Jeremey and Rachelle (Pardoe) Shaffer of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Erica is survived by her parents Jeremey and Rachelle, her paternal grandparents; Robert (Robin) Shaffer of New Albany, PA and Elizabeth Shaffer of Columbia Cross Roads, her maternal grandparents Brice and Lois Pardoe of New Albany, PA, her paternal great grandparents; Paul and Barbara Muller of Dushore, PA and Alice Shaffer of New Albany, PA, her maternal great grandparents; Carl Pardoe of Dushore, PA, and Sara Millard-Dieffinbach of New Albany, PA, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Erica was preceded in death by her paternal great grandparents; Kenneth Shaffer and Lucille Muller, and maternal great grandparents; Kenneth Mallard and Marguerite Pardoe. Family and friends are welcome to call from 12:00-1:00 PM on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Coryland Church on the Hickory Road, just past the four corners in Coryland, PA. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM at the church with Pastors Bill Bardo and Myra Goss officiating. Burial will be in Baptist Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network for the Arnot Ogden NICU 600 Roe Ave. Elmira, New York 14905.   Canton Independent Sentinel – January 29, 2012


SHELDON- Charles Sheldon, a well-known and highly esteemed former resident of Jackson, died on Wednesday of last week at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Chas Everett, in Elmira. He formerly owned and occupied the Yeomans Place, between Trowbridge and Jackon Summit. His age was seventy-five years, and he leaves five adult sons and daughters, viz: J.R. Sheldon, of Jackson Summit; C Sheldon of Elmira; Mrs Chas. Everitt of Elmira; Mrs. Chas. Wilcox of Southport Corners, and a daughter residing at Somers Lane. The funeral was held on Friday last, laud the interment was at Baptist Hill cemetery in Wells, Pa., deceased having resided in the vicinity for many years, and having many relatives there laid to rest.


SPOONER Allen M. Spooner

76, of Columbia Cross Roads died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y.  Allen was born June 24, 1935 in Chelsea, Vt., son of the late Milton and Doris (Marshall) Spooner. He and the former Nancy (Teisher) Spooner were married Oct. 2, 1954 and celebrated 57 years together. Allen was employed in sales and later as a project manager and consultant. He also worked as an estimator for various construction projects. He is most noted for his custom woodworking and being busy in his shop where he worked on all types of projects.  Allen was a member of the Austinville Union Church and had previously attended the North Branch N.J. Reformed Church where he was a Deacon, sang in the choir, was in many church plays and served with the Jail Chaplains Program serving those who were in need. Allen's memberships included the Austinville Union Church, the Woodworkers Guild in New Jersey where he received a Lifetime Membership award. He was also a Scout Leader with the Explorer Scouts for many years and a member of the Middlesex Modelers where he received the President’s Award for his untiring efforts and enduring services. In his spare time he enjoyed control line model airplanes, building miniature dollhouses and furniture and was an avid mechanic who could fix anything. He also liked to go camping with his family whom he loved dearly.  Survivors include his loving wife Nancy Spooner of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law, Joni (Richard) Nodes of Lebanon, N.J., Kim (Stephen) Larrimore of Kennesaw, Ga., Laura (Robert) Potts of Lopatcong, N.J., Amy (Mark) Birgitta Fairbury, New Brunswick, and Debra (Michael) McManus of Kennesaw, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey (Carrie) Spooner of Whitehouse Station, N.J. and and Mark (Amy) Spooner of Boise, Idaho; a brother and sister-in-law, John (Margaret) Spooner of Stanhope, N.J.; sisters and brother-in-law, Nona Spooner of Morristown, N.J, Edna Spooner of Bridgeport, W.Va. and Lynne (John) Potter of Valatie, N.Y.; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and friends.  Allen was predeceased by his parents and a grandson, Scott Burkitt.  Family and friends are invited to call from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the Austinville Union Church, Troy, Pa. 16947. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. with Reverend Kenneth Marple officiating. Interment will be at the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Austinville Union Church, 8698 Old State Road, Troy, PA 16947. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main St., Troy, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – January 5, 2012   


DAVID LEWIS STEWART, age 83, son of the late E. Gilbert and Juanita (Pase) Stewart, passed away at his home on Thunder Road in Coryland, PA on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. David was preceded in death by his firstborn son, William “Billy” Stewart; granddaughter, Jennifer; and great-granddaughter, Trinity. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra S. (Purcell) Stewart; children, Jeffrey (Jodi) Stewart, John Stewart (Melanie VanNoy), Georgia Stewart (Joe Landon) and Katy Stewart (Freddy Vitarius); daughter-in-law, Yevette Stewart-Huffman; grandchildren, Jessica Stewart, Savannah Stewart, Sadie Tuck, William (Mikaila) Stewart (active USAF) and David Lewis Stewart II; along with many great-grandchildren. David was a veteran of the United States Air Force, Airman 1st Class, as pararescue and also was a survival instructor. He retired from the Carpenter’s Union Local No. 532. David was a supervisor for Wells Township for 35 years. He was a cabinetmaker by trade and owned and operated Stewart’s Wood Products. He was a life member of the NRA as well as a recruiter. Per David’s wishes, there will be no services. Private burial at the Baptist Hill Cemetery will be held at the convenience of his family. Rev. Jay Zaremba will officiate. -Towanda Daily Review 12/12/2019


 William Arthur Stewart, 34, Gillett, PA died at home December 1, 1994 after a long battle with juvenile diabetes. He was a 1978 graduate of Troy High School; a member of the Coryland Church; life-long member of the National Rifle Association (NRA); and a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Lodge #532. He is survived by his wife, Yevette Poulin Stewart; his parents, David and Sandra Purcell Stewart; brothers, Jeffrey Orey and Kathleen Stewart of North Carolina; John Pase and Julie Stewart of Millerton, PA; sisters, Georgia Purcell Stewart of Gillett, PA and Katy Maria Stewart of Gillett, PA; niece, Jessica Erin Stewart of Millerton, PA; grandparents, Gertrude and Ernest Nowlan of Gillett, PA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Bill was predeceased by grandfather, George W. Purcell in 1976 and grandmother, Juanita Joseph in 1986. Funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira, NY on December 4 with Pastor Jonathon Stanley officiating and a graveside service December 5 at Baptist Hill Cemetery in Gillett. Memorials in Bill's name may be made to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 3440 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021. (TGR, Thursday, December 8, 1994)

Alvin WARNER, while at work in the woods near Coryland last Thursday, was struck by a falling tree. As he did not return to the house for dinner, his son Floyd went to call him. On reaching the woods he found his father lying unconscious under a large tree. Quickly notifying the family they returned with a sleigh and brought the unconscious man to the house. Dr. Barker was hastily called, and Mrs. Warner, also in Troy caring for her mother, who is sick. Mr. Warner, lived about two hours after reaching his home. The deceased was married to Miss Hannah Smith Mosher thirty years ago the day of his death, and was born September 18th, 1836. His wife survives him, also two children, Mrs. Judson Hagerman and son Floyd, and three brothers, Nelson, Jefferson and J. E.; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Hotchkiss of New York, Mrs. Al. Walker of Rutland and Mrs. Sarah Randall of Canton. Mr. Warner was one of the foremost workers in the Baptist church, being a member since early man-hood, and held the office of Treasurer for a number of years. He was highly respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and was a sincere, upright and honorable citizen, living a consecrated christian life. He was a member of the 50th engineers N. Y. V., also of the Eames Post No. 583, G. A. R. of Gilletts. The funeral on last Sabbath was one of the largest ever held in Coryland. The G.A.R. attended in a body. Messrs. Ralell and Brewer of Pine City sang several beautiful selections. The services were conducted by Rev. Stanley West of that place.

WARNER-Mrs. Samantha McClelland died at the home of her son, Al. McClelland, in Wells, after a short illness with pneumonia. Mrs. McClelland was born in Wells township in 1834, and spent all of her live in Wells and Columbia, her husband having died in 1884. She was a member of long standing in the Baptist church, and died as she had lived, triumphant in the faith of Christ her Saviour. She is survived by five children, Al and Leon of Wells, Will of Gilletts, Mrs. Stephen Rogers of Daggetts and Arthur of Elmira; also four brothers, Alvin, Nelson, J. Edsall and Jefferson of Virtus, and three sisters, Mrs. Al. Walker of Roseville, Mrs. Mary Hotchkiss of New York and Mrs. Sarah Randall of Canton.  The funeral services were held Saturday in the Baptist church, Rev. Mr. Shearer of Gilletts officiating. TGR 1900

WEST, Marion Abby, Warner, Mrs. A. B. - Mrs. A. B. Warner of Mosherville died Friday evening at 6:25 o'clock of sleeping sickness aged fifty-five years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Laura Barnes of Pine City; three sons, Andy and Sherman at home and Victor of Pine City. The funeral will be held at the Baptist Church at Coryland, PA, Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ora Crippen will officiate. Burial in the Baptist Hill Cemetery.

WILLIAMS –JANET L. PRESTON a long time resident of Gillett, Janet L. Preston, 76, died at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, April 26, 2006.  Born in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of Eli and Margaret Becker Williams.  She retired from Paper Magic, Troy after 30 years of dedicated service.  Her many interests included hunting, gardening and caring for her family.  Surviving are her loving husband and companion for 60 years, Edward Preston, Gillett; children, Nelson and Georgia Preston, Sanford, FL, Carl and Faith Preston, Millerton and Michael Preston, Mansfield; sisters, JoAnne and Richard Tice, Sylvania; Bertha and Harley Fry, Muncy; brother, Robert and Connie Williams, Troy; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a community of friends.  In addition to her parents, daughters, Marsha Elaine Preston and Margaret Becker Preston and her son Edwin Preston, predeceased her.  The funeral service was held April 30 at the Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, Southport with Rev. Laurie Greenlaw officiating.  Graveside services were held May 1 in the Baptist Hill Cemetery, Mosherville, PA.  –Elmira Star Gazette

Mr. Sumner Wilson, [SRGP 02195]  of Rutland, Pa., dropped dead of hemorrhage of the lungs a few days ago, November 12, 1891,  near the door of his home, aged 62 years.  He leaves a widow and several children.  (Tuesday, November 25, 1891, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

WINSLOW –GERTRUDE WINSLOW PURCELL NOWLAN, 93, of Gillett, Pa., died at the home of her daughter, Georgia Schonher, on Sept. 28, 2015. She was born on Aug. 13, 1922 in Spring Hill, Pa., the oldest daughter of Ernest and Ina Winslow. She graduated from Camptown High School in 1940 and married George W. Purcell on Oct. 24, 1940. They had five children who survive her and all live in the Gillett area, Sandra (David) Stewart, Georgia Schonher, Frank (Marilyn) Purcell, David (Gwen) Purcell, and Sam (Arline) Purcell. Also she is survived by siblings, Betty (Romaine) Salsman of Wyalusing, Robert Winslow of Florida, and Bernard Winslow of Columbia Cross Roads, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husbands, George Purcell in 1976 and Ernest Nowlan in 2000; sister, Genevieve Wintermute; son-in-law, Richard Schonher; grandchildren, William Stewart, Debbie Pangburn, Cindy Wilkerson; two great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was a Bradford County tax collector for Wells Township for over 30 years. She was a faithful servant of the Lord. There will be no calling hours. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at Baptist Hill Cemetery, Baptist Hill Road, Coryland, Pa. Burial will be private. Proverb: "and her children rise up and call her blessed." Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 9/30/2015

Mrs. Electa McClure died at the home of her son, Dean McClure at Wolf Hollow, Pa., Monday morning at 5:30 o’clock, aged seventy-eight years. She is survived by three sons Frank of Greenco Springs, Pa.; Burt of Snedeckerville, Pa.; Dean at home. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 o’clock at the home, the Rev. Ora Crippen to officiate. Burial in the Baptist Hill Cemetery.

GEORGE H. WOLFE, farmer, P. O. Snedekerville, was born in Columbia township, this county, October 11, 1854, and is a son of Horace and Huldah (Haynes) Wolfe. He was reared in his native township, educated in the common schools, and has always followed farming as an occupation. He lived on the farm where he has resided since 1880. On March 17, 1880, he married Belle, daughter of Ananias and Rachel (Gordon) Knapp, of Wells township, and has two sons, LeRoy H. and Hallock C. Mr. Wolfe is an enterprising and prominent farmer, and in politics is a Republican. - H.C. Bradsby

HORACE WOLFE, retired farmer of Columbia township, P. O. Snedekerville, was born in Columbia township, this county, February 7 1819, and is a son of Michael and Elizabeth (Furman) Wolfe, who settled in Columbia township in 1813. He was reared in his native township where he has always resided, and cleared and improved the farm now occupied by his son-in-law, Lewis Hammond. His wife was Huldah Haynes, by whom he had three children: George H., Maria (Mrs. Lewis Hammond and John H.; his daughter (Mrs. Hammond) has one daughter, Nora. Mr. Wolfe has been one of the most successful farmers of Columbia township, and is one of its leading and representative citizens; politically he is a Republican.  - H.C. Bradsby

JOHN H. WOLFE, farmer, P. O. Snedekerville, was born in Columbia township, this county, November 8, 1858, a son of Horace and Huldah (Haynes) Wolfe, and a grandson of Michael and Elizabeth (Furman) Wolfe, who settled in Columbia township in 1813. the subject of these lines was reared in his native township, where he has always resided, and has occupied his present farm nine years. In August, 1881, he married Hattie, daughter of James and Mary (Gustin) Wilson, of Columbia township, and they have three children: Fowler, Olive and Horace. Mr. Wolfe is one of the leading farmers of Columbia township, and is an energetic and enterprising citizen. Politically he is a Republican. - H.C. Bradsby

YOUNG Cynthia A. - The late Mrs. Bradley Warner of Wells, is survived by her husband, one son, Amasa, and two daughters, Mrs. Leon Sturdevant and Mrs. Asa Ryerson, all of Wells. TGR 1914       Cynthia Arloa Young b. 10 Aug 1838.  d. 23 Nov 1914

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