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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 (

BENNETT, Enoch - 16 July 1879 ("Bradford Reporter," 24 July, 1879) "Drowned.-Enoch R. Bennett, aged about eleven years, youngest son of Geo. Bennett, who resides near the Upper Depot in this place, was drowned while bathing in Sugar Creek, just below the railroad bridge crossing that stream, on Wednesday morning of last week. In company with a lad named Thompson of about seven years of age, young Bennett left his home on the morning named, to gather berries along the banks of the stream in which he met his death. Shortly after arriving there, being somewhat heated, they undressed and went into the creek in the shallow water above the bridge to bathe. Young Bennett secured a plank, and seating himself upon it began paddling it with his hands about the stream, and gradually floated to the deep water below the bridge, where from some cause unknown he fell off the plank into the water, and being unable to swim sank to the bottom. The little boy who was with him says that he came to the surface two or three times and piteously called for his father to come to his assistance. As soon as possible the Thompson lad dressed himself and ran home where he gave the alarm and several persons, including the father of the drowned lad, started for the scene of the accident. Arriving there, they found the body had already been taken from the water by Mr. Eddy and others, who had hurried up the railroad track on learning from passengers on train seven that they had seen the nude body of a boy evidently dead, lying in the creek as the train came across the bridge. The body was clothed and brought to the home of the grief- stricken parents, and Coroner Scott notified. The Coroner summoned the following named gentlemen as a jury of inquest: G. A. Burns, foreman; Johnson Wells, Chas. Dimock, George Moffitt, Minor Eddy and E. Decker, who rendered a verdict of death by accidental drowning. The drowned boy was a bright lad for his years, the idol of his parents, and beloved by all who knew him. The sadly bereaved parents have the sympathy of our entire community in their great sorrow. The remains were taken to West Franklin for interment on Thursday." NOTE: I believe the newspaper is mistaken as to Enoch's father. My proof: 1870 census of Barclay Township lists Enoch, age 2, as son in the family of Charles. Enoch was a younger brother of my g- grandfather, Elmer, already married and out of the home by 1870. Submitted by Bonnie Strope <>

 HOLFORD – George W. HOLFORD, a 90 year old Civil War veteran died at the home of his son, James on Case Street, Saturday morning at ten o’clock. Death was due to old age. Mr.Holford served in Co. E., Second Penn. Infantry and was the oldest Civil War veteran living in Troy. His death is mourned by many who remember the trying days of war time. He is survived by two sons, James of this place and Edward of Canton, also several grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday, morning at the home and at two o’clock in the afternoon at the Christian church at West Franklin. Rev. Edward J. Moss of the Baptist church officiated and interment was in the family plot in the West Franklin Cemetery. TGR 1913

HOLFORD (no first name given) - McKEEL – Mrs. Sevelon MeKEEL, of West Franklin, who for two months has been ill with peritonitis, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Hiram MeKEEL at East Troy, expired at noon on Wednesday, aged 45 years. Mrs. McKEEL was a daughter of James and Martha HOLFORD. She had been a member of the Baptist church since girlhood. Besides her husband, she leaves a son and two daughters, William MeKeel of Granville Center, Mrs. Leon WHITAKER of Troy and Mrs. Bert HORTON of East Troy. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Miram MeKEEL of East Troy, and Mrs. William NORRIS of Granville. Following a short service at East Troy at 10 o’clock the remains were taken to West Franklin, where the funeral will be held at 1 o’clock today, the Rev. Grover officiating. Interment will be in the West Franklin Cemetery. TGR 1913

PALMER - Mrs. Louisa P. Burroughs.
     Died at Burlington, on the night of February 4th, 1903.  Mrs. Louisa P. Burroughs, wife of Rev. Egleston Burrows, aged 67 years.
     Her husband bears testimony to her worth as follows:  Mrs. Burroughs was one of a family of fourteen children of Nathan Palmer, deceased.  Six brothers and one sister survive her.  (She was reared from infancy in Union, Tioga Co., PA.  She consecrated her life to Jesus at the age of 14 and was baptised into membership with the Christian order.  She became acquainted with her now bereaved husband in 1858, at the dedication of the Baptist church in Union.  They were married in 1859 by Rev. I. B. Reynolds.  She united with the Baptist church in Union in 1860.  In 1862 her husband enlisted for the war in Co. I, 144 N.Y.S.V., and when the Co. was ordered to the field of action she went with it.  She served her country by washing and cooking for the soldiers and caring for the sick until stricken with fever, from the effect of which she never fully recovered.  When able to endure the journey, and yet a mere skeleton, her husband brought her back to Canton for rest and recuperation, while he himself returned to the field of strife.
     In 1865 they gave themselves to the pastoral work, and never did a pastor have a more patient and faithful helpmate, and never did a church have a more peace-loving and home keeping member. Her last work and sacrifices were for the first Baptist church of Burlington.  She did her work and did it well and long will her funeral day be remembered at Burlington.  She had worked hard in securing the new home near the church, where she could, with her husband, spend their last days, and had only occupied it two months at the time of her death. Her funeral was preached at Burlington by Rev. W. C. Tilden of Susquehanna Co., the choice of years ago, assisted by Rev. W. H. Porter.  Text: That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.  She was buried at West Franklin.    TGR 1903

 SMITH, Anna—Mrs. Charles Greene died Monday morning at 7 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter ANDERSON at West Franklin, after a week’s illness, due to a general breaking down. She was born at Middletown, N.Y., Dec. 13, 1823, and practically her entire life was spent in Franklin township, this county. She was an estimable lady, and a life-long member of the M. E. church. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Mary Lindley of Monroeton, Mrs. Emma Anderson and C. D. Greene of West Franklin. Three brothers, Ira Smith of Elmira, Dennis Smith of Ellenton, and Thomas Smith of Canton; also two sisters, Miss Sarah Greene of West Franklin and Mrs. Rebecca House of West Burlington. The funeral was held at the house, Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, and at the Christian church at Franklindale at 2 o’clock. Interment was in the West Franklin cemetery. TGR 1913

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