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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Fries 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



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 ( 

BERRY –MRS. EMELINE A. GERNERT died Sunday morning, March 15, 1914, at the home of her nephew, Ray Mattocks, in Springfield, after a long, painful illness, aged 79 years, 11 months, five days.  The funeral was held at the home Tuesday at one o’clock, Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating.  Interment in the Fries Cemetery.  Deceased was the daughter of Almon and Clarissa Berry, and the last of a family of seven.  At the age of twenty-two she was married to H. Clay Gernert.  At the age of thirty-seven, she was left a widow.  From that time her life was devoted to caring for the sick.  Her work called her to many states of the Union.  She had been a member of the Baptist church at Springfield since her childhood. –Troy Gazette-Register.

BUCKLEY -  Mrs. Alice Rothwell - Columbia Cross Roads News)  Mrs. Alice Rothwell who was in the Arnot-Ogden with a broken hip, died last Thursday morning, Pneumonia set in causing her death.  Mrs. Rothwell lived here for many years, and won many friends.  Coming here with her husband from England.  He died 31 years ago.  She was 85 years of age and leaves four sons and one daughter, and several grandchildren.  The remains were brought here for burial Saturday.  Interment in Fries Cemetery.  TGR 1915

FOSTER – Mrs. Mary E. Morse - died June 29 (1910) at the home of her cousin, Mrs. Fred Bohlayer, from tuberculosis. Aged 52 years, 4 months, and 11 days. Funeral Saturday at 1:30 at the house; interment in the Fries Cemetery, Columbia.

FRANKLIN - Patience Jane Franklin McClelland -one of the oldest, most widely known and highly esteemed residents of this vicinity, departed this life on Friday, July 14th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frederick Bohlayer, aged 90 years, two months and six days. Mrs. McClelland was born in Caldwell, NJ and was the daughter of the Rev William and Elizabeth Dobbins Franklin. Her father was a Presbyterian minister. He removed to Smithfield, Pa. and was pastor of the church there from 1829 until his death in 1834. She was married to John McClelland in October, 1845 and resided on a farm situated on the road from Troy to Columbia X Roads, until her husband’s demise, residing since with her daughter, Mrs. Bohlayer. To her were born four daughters, two of whom died in youth and the surviving ones are Mrs. Bohlayer and Miss Mary Elizabeth; also seven grandchildren survive. She was the oldest member of the Presbyterian Church in Troy, and although owing to the feebleness of advanced years, being unable to attend the services, yet was her presence felt by her contribution in the form of beautiful words of faith and well-selected passages of scripture, which it was her pleasure to send to each roll call.  The funeral was conducted from her late home on Monday afternoon when a large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. In the absence of her pastor who was on vacation, the services were conducted by her former pastor, Rev. G P Sewall of Aurora, NY who spoke impressively of her devout Christian character, choosing for his text the words,  “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.” The body was taken to the family plot in the cemetery at Columbia Cross Roads.

FURMAN - Volney Furman. (SRGP 61131)  Mr. Volney Furman, of Ridgebury township, Pa., departed this life April 5th, 1897, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Justin Califf, of South Creek township, where he with his wife had gone for a visit during the great restlessness of he dropsical disease which was upon him. He had been a great sufferer from this trouble for a year past and had been gradually failing in strength, but the end came suddenly, at last, and his departure brings a crushing blow to his wife and family. Mr. Furman was 71 years of age. He was born in Columbia township Sept. 9, 1826. During the year 1871 he removed with his family to Ridgebury, Pa., where he has since resided. Four of his six children are now living: Mrs. Justin Califf, Mrs. Sidney Elliot, Walter and Millard Furman. Of his father's family, three brother, Philander, Howard and Alvin, and one sister, Mrs. Caroline Taylor, of Indiana, survive him. The deceased was an upright and friendly man, having, as it has been remarked, no enemies. He possessed great candor of spirit and of judgment, and his friends greatly enjoyed his counsel and his conversation. His family was entirely devoted to him, and great affection bound them together. The funeral was held at his home in Ridgebury township on April 8th, and the concourse of mourners and friends more than filled the rooms of the house, many being obliged to remain outside during the services. Rev E. E. Bailey of Troy, of All Soul's church, officiated and attended the funeral procession which came to Columbia X Roads for the interment of the body. Among those from abroad at the service were Omara Goodrich and his sister, Mrs. Church Strait, of Elmira, nephew and niece of the departed. Mr. Furman will be greatly missed, by a large circle of relatives and friends. His absence at the yearly Furman reunion in Troy will be sadly noted by many. His bright and genial presence will be no more a feature of these gatherings, but his memory will bring the arrest of thought and an uplift of sentiment sacred and hallowing. Peace be to the ashes of this noble friend and comfort to all who mourn his

GATES  George Lee- (1922) a well known civil war veteran of Columbia Township, died at his home on Monday, Mr. Gates had been an invalid since April, 1921, when he suffered a paralytic stroke. He would have been 82 next August 24th. His wife survives and two children-George and Angeline Gates. He was a member of Gustin Post of Troy. Funeral services will be held at the home at 1:30 this afternoon. The Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating. The committal will be under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic.

GERNERT, Stephen G. - At the ripe age of 80 years, Stephen G. Gernert died at his home at Columbia X Roads last Thursday evening, March 14th, 1907. For a week only had he been seriously ill, though for two years his vital forces had been much impaired. He was one of the pioneers of Western Bradford, as are his brothers, John and William Henry Gernert, who with his wife, survive him. Largely attended funeral services were held from the Union church Saturday afternoon.

Wm. Edgar GERNERT [SRGP 61848]
Died, in Columbia, March 1st, 1901, of heart trouble, Wm. Edgar Gernert.
The deceased was born January 28, 1848, and has always lived in the vicinity in which he died, honored and respected by all who knew him. His funeral was held at the home the 3rd inst., and was largely attended by neighbors and friends. He was married April 9, 1872, to Belinda J. Chace, who died May 21, 1886, leaving seven small children, the oldest a little past twelve, the youngest, a babe. He never remarried but lived quietly at home, caring for his farm and training up his family, who now so sadly mourn their loss, and who, without exception, are living monuments of him who so kindly cared for them, and so freely educated them. The oldest (Gladys) has been his main support, and though but a mere child when her mother died, yet every wish of a dying mother has been held sacred by her. The next two, Fannie and Grace, are well-known teachers of the schools of Columbia, and the next oldest boy, (Warren) is serving his country, having enlisted about two years ago, always a good boy at home, and we doubt not a good soldier; like his father, quiet, yet a deep thinker, and persevering in whatever he did. The next boy (Harry) the stay and prop on whom the work of the farm depended for the two past years, and he did his work well. Lizzie, the youngest girl, is now in the senior class of our Troy High School, and expects to graduate this year. She is a favorite with her teachers and the class. The youngest, William Henry, the babe of fourteen years ago, is now a rugged boy, doing almost a man’s work. The prayers of one who has followed this family through life so far and who has more than a passing interest in them all, is that He who counts the hairs of our head and takes note of the falling to the ground of even the sparrows, will care for and keep them one and all unspotted from the world, and help them to overcome the evils of this life, so they may grow up and exemplify by their daily living they are trying to be just such men and women as their dear father, who now has gone, would have them be. TGR 1901

GERNERT, William Henry- [SRGP 61831] one of the oldest citizens of Columbia township, died at the home of his son, Charles H Gernert, Saturday morning, aged 90 years. He is survived by one son and one daughter, Charles H Gernert and Mrs. James Strong, both of this place. The funeral was held at the home Tuesday at 1 o’clock with interment in Fries cemetery. (1910)

Elizabeth Goodrich, known as Betsey, b. 22 Nov 1806 m. John Fosburgh. Enumerated in Towanda   Township in 1830, Columbia Township in 1840, Springfield Township in 1850, and Smithfield    Township in 1860 and 1870. John 19 Sept 1872 66y 1m 5d (ts) and Betsey d. 23 Nov 1880 74y 11m 14d (ts) Fries Cemetery, Columbia Township.      kelsey jones

Thomas Hugh Gustin b. 26 Nov 1793 m. 29 Nov 1823 in Sussex County, New Jersey, Matilda    Abers b. c. 1802. Enumerated in Troy Township in 1840 and in Columbia Township in 1850 d. 19    Oct 1854 (ts) Fries Cemetery, Columbia Township.  kelsey jones

HAGERMAN – Robert Hagerman, 74 years old, dropped suddenly away while in a swing at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew Stuart in this boro at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning. He had been in feeble health for some time and his sudden demise while a shock to the community was not unexpected. Mr. Hagerman was a native of Columbia. Excepting ten years, which he spent with Mr. and Mrs. Stuart in Wilkes-Barre, he had always lived in this locality. His wife died some years ago.  Two daughters and two sons survive: Mrs. Nellie J. Stuart, of Troy; Mrs. May Furman of Elmira; Arthur Hagerman of Athens, and Robert L. of Elmira. Following a prayer service at the Stuart home at 11:30 the funeral will be held at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Columbia Cross Roads, where interment will be made. TGR 1913

HOWLAND, Maria  -(SRGP 61832)  Mrs. W. H. Gernert.
Died at Columbia X Roads, of pneumonia, May 31, 1890, Mrs. W. H. Gernert aged 65 years. Maria Howland was born in Delaware County, N. Y., June 1, 1824; married William Henry Gernert Jan. 12, 1847. Early in life she obtained a hope in Christ, but, either wise or otherwise, chose to manifest her love to God by her love to her fellow creatures, instead of striving about sects and parties. The funeral services were attended by a vast multitude at the pleasant home, conducted by Father Jewell, on the 65th anniversary of her birth. She leaves three brothers, one sister, a bereaved companion, four of her own, and many adopted children, besides a whole community in grief. They commanded their married life on a farm near their present home, where the cares an pleasures of farm life were happily blended. Their door being ever open to the weary and unfortunate, an out stretched arms and generous hearts ever ready to receive and care for the poor and afflicted, and in the last years of her useful life a number of such found a welcome in their home and hearts, and were tenderly cared for. They have good reason to arise and call her blessed, and to thank God for Grandma Gernert, and truly say "Her life was filled with pure and precious deeds, of love to all in sorrow's varied needs." Three years ago her children, grandchildren, and a few other relatives met at her pleasant home to give her a birthday surprise. As they arrived, they found her sitting on the porch tenderly caring for a babe, one of her motherless grandchildren. Tears of joy flowed down her face as she welcomed the loved ones to her heart and home; that was a pleasant evening, but what a contrast, little thinking that three years from that day they would meet at the same pleasant home to pay their last respects to the one so dearly loved. Her best eulogy can only be tendered in the language of God, as follows: "She that hath born seven, languisheth: She hath given up the ghost; her sun has gone down while it is yet day," is the text from which Father Jewell's remarks were made, in which he related her kindness of heart, her faithfulness to all the duties of life, and her hope of heaven. Her life companion with whom deeds of charity and kindness through life was a pleasure, her dear children and loved grandchildren can be assured of the sympathy and respects of a sorrowing community in their sad bereavement, and if we expect to enjoy her society in the next world, it will be safe to prepare for heaven. Those who have known her life, and the sweet expression on that faith as it lay in the cold embrace of death, can but expect to find her in a land where the weary are at rest, and where there are no toils, cares or sorrows; but where all is joy, peace, and rejoicing for ever and ever.

The Troy Gazette Register (?)
March 8, 1912
Newton McClelland,  (SRGP 74593) formerly of Troy, died last Friday at the home of his only son, James McClelland, in Dallas, Luzerne county, aged 73 years.  He was the last of his family.  The remains were brought to Columbia X Roads where the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon. [Note from Joyce - The obit does not specify where buried, and he does not have a tombstone listed on any of our listing. I am placing him here becasue other McClelland family members are buried in Fries. If you have more difinitive information, let me know]

MOORE - Mrs. Belle Moore Shaylor, 89, of Austinville, Pa., Wednesday, April 7, 1954. Survived by nieces Mrs. Gladys Palmer of Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Hilda Richardson of Monterey Park, Calif., Mrs. Delecia Dale of Sandy, Ore., Mrs. Ella Burleigh of Roseville, Pa.; stepdaughters, Mrs. Myrtle Haven of Columbia Cross Roads, Mrs. Rena Woodard of Elmira; stepsons Fritz Shaylor of Austinville, Carl Shaylor of Sylvania, Pa. Body at Soper & Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, where friends may call. Funeral there Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Glen Dewey, Friese Cemetery, near Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.

MOTT Zebulon  - Columbia Cross Roads News)  Mr. Zebulon Mott, who lived here a good many years and who was known by a large circle of friends, was killed Friday where he was employed in Elmira, by a piece of timber striking him on the heart.  The remains were brought here on Monday for burial in the Fries cemetery, a short service being held at the grave. Mr. and Mrs. Trask of Horseheads, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Williams and family of Chemung and Miss Mary Rothwell of Elmira and Mrs. Williams and daughter of Elmira, all accompanied Mrs. Mott to this place on Monday for the burial of her husband. TGR 1915

PALMER - Obituary: Clarence B. Palmer, following an illness of four weeks from a bowel trouble. Clarence B. Palmer, for 35 years a merchant at Austinville and one of the best liked and most widely known men in Columbia township, died in his home at Austinville on Saturday morning at 2 o'clock. For many years Mr Palmer was in partnership with the late Finley Furman. He was 68 years old and is survived by the widow who was Miss Belle Moore, and one brother, the Rev. Ray Palmer of Philadelphia. The funeral was held on Monday at 2 o'clock from the home and interment was in the Fries Cemetery. (18 APR 1925)


RICH Alexander G. Rich

died Jan 22d, and his wife, Roena Rich, Jan. 25th, at their home on Pleasant Hill, Smithfield township. They were buried in the same grave in the Columbia X Roads Cemetery, the Rev. Hillmire of Burlington conducting the funeral services. Mr. Rich was 76, last June 18th, and Mrs. Rich, 76 on Jan. 16th 1916. The latter was Roena R. Wheeler and they were married in September, 1863.  Of their two children, a son and a daughter, the latter only survives, Mrs. Minnie M. Dibble of Burlington with three grandchildren of the aged couple. Two brothers of Mr. Rich are living – George W. Rich of Smithfield and Horace C. Rich of Springfield. Until they moved a year ago to Smithfield the lifelong home of Mr. and Mrs. Rich was in the latter township. tgr 1916  (Joyce, cemetery reading does not have death date.  Both died in 1916.)


RICH - (Local News) Henry Philo Scott Rich died Saturday, June 10th, at his home in Springfield of pneumonia. He was 43 last April and leaves his wife, Lilie, and an aged father, Horace Rich. The funeral was held on Tuesday at the church at Columbia Cross Roads and burial was in the Freece cemetery at that place. TGR 1922

Jacob L. Struble b. 17 Apr 1847 and wife Emma were m. Oct 1869 and in 1870 were enumerated in   Columbia township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, residing with his parents. Removed to borough    of Canton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania where Jacob d. 6 Sept 1879 32y (ts) Fries Cemetery,    Columbia township, Bradford County. Jacob Struble, 32, married, b. Pa, parents b. Pa, farmer, d. Sept   1879 of consumption (1880 Canton borough, Bradford County mortality schedule).         Kelsey Jones

Silas L. Whitaker of Berrytown, March 29th, of spinal difficulty, aged 37 years. TGR 1902

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