Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituaries By Cemetery
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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County Farm Cemetery, Breesport, Town of Horseheads, Chemung County NY
Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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 ( 

1850, 1860, 1870 Census Poor House Residents
1880 Census Poor House Residents
1892 Poor House Residents
1900 Census Poor House Residents
1910 Census Poor House Residents

Hi Joyce,
Many years ago, post 1972 flood, I copied the cemetery stones at the Breesport County Home Cemetery.  They circle a hill and the small stones only contain a number and the initials of the person buried.  I have searched for years for a copy of internments for this cemetery.  I was told by the Chemung Co. Dept. of Vital Statistics that a record did exist at one time but was lost in the 1972 flood.  I had someone check the death records on file in Albany and they have no burial records for this cemetery.  The only way someone will find who is buried there is to read obituaries unless family members know they have someone buried there.  I did find one one obituary but there are a couple of stones containing the same initials.

I also have the names of all who resided at the County Home from census records.  I can also provide that information by year.  Not all who lived and died here are buried here.  Many died at the County Home but were buried in family plots in other cemeteries.

Joyce, If you would like this information for your web site, I will gladly send it by email.
Sharon Denson

Elmira Gazette, January 19, 1882. How It Is Done At The Poor House.

In some communities an idea prevails to a certain extent, that when a pauper died in a poor house, the remains are placed in a box, loaded on a stone boat, and dragged away to the potter’s field. That is not the way it is done in the Chemung County Poor House. There was buried from the county house last Tuesday Mary Howard, who was over ninety years of age. She had been in the home for many years, and was of German descent. The funeral was in charge of Rev. S. W. Lindsley, and was quite largely attended, the inmates of the house and others being present. The remains were interred in the burying ground connected with the institution, and were reverently borne thither.

Elmira Daily Gazette and Free Press. Monday Evening, July 23, 1901. JOHN SHAKESPEAR DEAD. Oldest inmate of the Chemung County Poor House. About forty years ago John Shakespear was found wandering about the streets of Elmira, and he was taken to the county poor house at Breesport. He was dumb but not deaf. He has ever since been an inmate of that institution, being the oldest one, his name heading the list. He died at midnight Saturday. His relatives, if he had any, were never known by the officials.

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 04 MAR 2009
By Joyce M. Tice
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