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Merryall Cemetery, Wyalusing, Bradford County, PA
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by Joyce M. Tice 1998

Merryall Cemetery Page

BEAUMONT -  Mr. Walker Beaumont died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eliza Wakely at Silvara on Thursday of last week , aged nearly 86 years.  Mr. Beaumont was born at May Pole Hill, West Riding, England, on June 3, 1816, the son of Joseph and Sarah (Walker) Beaumont. At the age of four years he came with his mother and one sister to America, the father having preceded them to this country the year before.  On May 5, 1844, he was united in marriage to Hannah Grubham, who also came from England at the age of seven years. To them were born eight children, Mrs. Sarah Shaver and Mrs. Amelia Lewis of Hillsgrove, Sullivan County, Mrs. Josephine Lattimor of Susquehanna; Mrs. Eliza Wakeley, of Silvara; James W. of Waterbury, Conn; Mrs. Estella Brown of Colley; Mrs. Mary Santee and Joseph, deceased. The wife departed this life on January 14, 1877.  Mr. Beaumont was a man of strong constitution and until his last sickness was always in good health. For the past thirteen months he was confined to his bed and was a great sufferer, which he bore with christian grace and fortitude, bowing in humble submission to the fathers will. He had bright hopes for the future, did not fear death, but longed to be at home. The funeral services were held at Merryall Sunday afternnoon at two o'clock, Rev. M.L. Cook officiating; the interment was in Merryall Cemetery beside the remains of his departed wife. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  My records depict that he died April 17, 1902 and was buried April 20, 1902 in Merryall Cemetery.

ELLIOTT –MRS. HELEN MARIE HARNED, age 89, of Herrickville, Pa., died on Thursday evening, Dec. 29, 2005, at the Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock, Pa.  Helen was born Oct. 15, 1916, a daughter of the late G. Mark and Mary Mitten Elliott.  She graduated from the Camptown High School, a member of the class of 1934.  She married Bernard B. Harned of Sylvara on March 29, 1939.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before Bernard’s death on May 13, 1999.  Helen and Bernard farmed Helen’s family Century Dairy Farm for many years until retiring.  She was a member of the Camptown Presbyterian Church, the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association and the Camptown Civic Club.  She was also a Sunday school superintendent and a Girl Scout Leader.  Helen was an avid gardener and birdwatcher, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John E. and Janet Detrick Harned of Camptown, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and Walter R. Chappell of Dallas, Pa.; a brother-in-law, N. Dean Starner of Camptown; six grandsons and granddaughters-in-law; Andrew Harned of Eatontown, N.J., Alex and Tonia Harned of Wyalusing, Curtis and Michelle Harned of Allentown, Pa., John Harned Jr. and Monica Blaszczyk of Cromwell, Conn., Mark B. and Amy Chappell of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Jay and Seana Chappell of Hunlock Creek, Pa.; eight great-grandchildren; Sarah, Kayla, David, Michelle, Maura and Eli Chappell, and Savana and Rachael Cobb; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by an infant son, Paul Bernard Harned, in 1942; a brother Howard Elliott; and a sister, Jane Starner.  A memorial service will be held at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Joyce Warner officiating.  There will be a visitation from 1 to 4 p.m. preceding the service.  Interment will be in the Merryall Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions are directed to: H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association, in care of James Seipler, RR 1, Box 280, Rome, Pa., the Herrickville Fire Co. in care of Doreen Farmer, RR3, Wyalusing, Pa., the Camptown Presbyterian Church, in care of Robert Stevens, RR 1, Wyalusing, Pa. or the charity of one’s choice.  –Towanda Daily Review

ELLIOTT –MRS. JANE E. STARNER, age 72, of Camptown died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 7, 1993, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  She was born July 8, 1920, in Herrick Township, daughter of the late G. Mark and Mary Mitten Elliott.  Jane graduated from the Camptown High School and from Mansfield State Teacher’s College.  She took additional credits at Penn State.  She married N. Dean Starner on July 28, 1944.  She taught elementary school for 15 years, first at the LeRaysville-Pike Joint School and later at Camptown.  Mrs. Starner was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville and a member of the Camptown Civic Club.  Surviving are her spouse; N. Dean at home; sons and daughters-in-law; Robert D. and Debi Starner of Hernando, Fla., and David E. and Joan Starner of Orange, Va.; daughter and son-in-law; Doris S. and Douglas L. Jensen of Oswego, N.Y.; a sister; Mrs. Bernard (Helen) Harned of Herrick Township; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10, 1993, at 2 p.m. at the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, with the Rev. William A. Pepper, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the Merryall Cemetery.  Memorials are directed to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 116 John St., New York, N.Y.  Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Groverdale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review.

HOMET –JULIA HOMET KENNEDY, 97, died Dec. 24, 1989 at the Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock, Pa.  Born Dec.5, 1892, she was one 12 children born to William Horton and Adeila Mitten Homet.  A graduate of the Camptown High School in 1910, the same year that her mother died, she stayed home to care for eight younger brothers and sisters until her marriage to Edward Porter Kennedy on April 26, 1930.  Mrs. Kennedy was a faithful member of the Camptown Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.  She was a member of the Wyalusing Valley Eastern Star Chapter No. 523 and actively served in the Bradford County Republican Women’s Association.  She was a member of the Camptown Sunday School Sunshine Class which eventually developed into the Camptown Civic Club, of which she was a charter member.  She was preceded in death by her husband on July 5, 1978 and four sisters and four brothers.  Her survivors are three sisters, Neva H. Schoonover and Dorothy C. Homet of Camptown and Ruth H. Burgess of Englewood, N.J.  Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews, including four whom she cared for in her home for many years.  They are Dorothy Ann Chadwick Brabson, Titusville, Fla.; Everell V. Chadwick, Shavertown, Pa.; Dr. Harold H. Chadwick, Wysox, and James W. Chadwick, Camptown, Pa.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 2:30 p.m. at the Camptown Community Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Starzer, church pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the Merryall Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  The family will provide their own flowers and request that memorials may be directed to the Merryall Cemetery Association, c/o Robert P. Hay, RD 3, Wyalusing, Pa.  Arrangements provided by the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

ELISHA S. KEELER, postmaster and merchant at New Albany and one of the best known residents of this section of the county died very suddenly at his home in that place Saturday morning (1908).  For some years past he has been in poor health and for the few days just preceding his death he had been complaining of feeling poorly but had just remarked to his wife that he was felling the best he had in several days when he fell forward in his chair and a moment later breathed his last.  His death was due to heart failure.  He was born at Merryall sixty-one years ago.  In 1876 he moved to this place where he for a year was the proprietor of the Wyalusing Hotel and for some time he was engaged in the sale of musical merchandise with Wyalusing as his headquarters.  Soon after leaving Wyalusing he went to New Albany where he has ever since resided.  About ten years ago he invented and patented the Keeler seeder, a most useful instrument for the truck farmer and a bicycle coupler.  After placing them on the market he started in the mercantile business at New Albany, he being the senior member of the firm of Keeler & Co. one of New Albany’s largest dealers in general merchandise.  He was appointed postmaster and was serving on his second term at the time of his death.  At the age of sixteen years he enlisted in the war of the Rebellion as a member of Co. A, 1441st Regiment Pa. Vol. and served about two and one-half years.  He was of a genial disposition and had a faculty of making and retaining friends.  In business he was methodical and pushing and was active in developing and building up his home town.  On September 16, 1866 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Elliott and to them were born four children, two daughters having died May 17, 1877.  The two sons, Charles and Roy of Albany, besides his wife survive him.  John G. Keller of this borough and Henry Keeler of Oskaloosa, Kansas are the surviving brothers.  The funeral was held at the Keeler home in New Albany yesterday morning at 9 o’clock and the remains were taken to the cemetery at Merryall for interment.

MCALLISTER –MARGARET HELEN ROUGHT.   NORTH SPRING HILL Gossip column; There is a disease commonly known as la grippe that is making a general call at nearly every home. Mrs. McAllister of Lime Hill came to visit with her daughter, Mrs. Stephen (Margaret Helen McAllister) Rought, who was very sick and was taken ill and died January 6.  The funeral was held at Merryall the 8th. Mrs. Stephen Rought died Thursday, January 9, of that dread disease, consumption.  Funeral services were held at Camptown the 11th, Mr. Fish officiating.  She was a loving wife, a kind mother and neighbor.  She leaves three sons and three daughters to mourn her loss.  She was a devoted member of the Baptist church.  Blessed are the dead that lie in the Lord.  The families have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Contributed by Carol Brotzman 

MR. N. DEAN STARNER 92, of Camptown, Pa. passed away on April 9, 2015 at the Mountain View Care Center, Scranton, Pa. Dean was born on June 21, 1922 in Peach Glen, Pa., a son of the late Norman H. and Grace Mae Weidner Starner. He was raised on his parents' farm and orchard in Adams County. He graduated from Biglerville High School in 1939 and earned a B.S. from Penn State University in 1943 and later an M.S. from PSU. He received certification in Agricultural Education, General Science, Vocational Industrial Education, and Director Vocational Education. He also studied electronics at Trenton State College and studied welding at the Lincoln Electric Company in Ohio. He completed a variety of courses in electricity through the International Correspondence School in Scranton, Pa. Dean started his teaching career in LeRaysville where he met his wife, Jane Elliott, also a teacher there. They were married July 28, 1944. She predeceased him on Jan. 7, 1993 after 48 years of happy marriage. Dean taught Vo-Ag in LeRaysville HS, Camptown HS, Wyalusing HS, and Wyalusing Valley HS where he eventually transitioned over to vocational programs for Trades and Industry. He was very proud of his students and what they accomplished. It warmed his heart to hear of his students' successful careers. Dean was a public school teacher for 34 years. From 1944 through 1946 Dean honorably served our country during WWII. He was a Quartermaster Third Class in the Amphibious Forces in the United States Navy. Most of his tour was on an LST in the Mediterranean. Besides being a teacher and an educator he managed a tree seedling nursery and also a welding sales business. He operated a small farm where he raised beef cattle, cut saw logs, firewood, and conducted timber stand improvement. He enjoyed creating many projects from the wood cut on their farm. He also co-owned a Christmas tree farm for many years. He served as a livestock judge for local agricultural fairs. He also assisted with community projects with the Camptown Men's Club. His favorite time of year was deer season when he took the opportunity to sit in the woods and wait for that big buck to cross his path. Dean loved his Lord Jesus Christ. He prayed and read his Bible daily and prayerfully supported many Christian organizations. He was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville. He also was a member of many professional organizations, including the PSEA, NEA, PA Forestry Association, and the Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners Assoc. He was a past director of the Bradford County Conservation District. Dean and Jane were recognized as the Pennsylvania Tree Farmer of the Year in 1977. This honor advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Tree Farmer award for which they received many accolades. Dean provided care at home for his wife for many years during her long-term illness. Surviving are his son, Robert D. (Deborah) Starner of Dunnellon, Fla.; grandchildren, Lee (Tara) Starner, Cynthia Starner, Tamara (Scott) Putney, Thorsten (Christina) Starner; great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Mercedes, Ethan, Tristan, Evan; daughter, Doris S. (Douglas) Jensen of Scranton, Pa.; grandchildren, James (Lisa) Jensen, Michael (Amy) Jensen; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Julia, Hayley; son, David E. (Joan) Starner of Orange, Va.; and grandchild, Joshua; sister-in-law, Hellen M. Starner of Gardners, Pa. Besides his parents and loving wife he was predeceased by a brother, LaVerne E. Starner on Feb. 15, 2008 and by infant twin brothers. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Braintrim Baptist Church, Laceyville, Pa., with the Rev. Doug Jensen officiating and the Rev. Thomas Davis assisting. Interment will follow in the Merryall Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Billy Graham Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC or online at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 4/11/2015

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