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Hill Cemetery, Chatham Township, Tioga County PA
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by Joyce M. Tice 

Hill Cemetery Listing


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.

Wellsboro Agitator - March 4, 1908
Mrs. Effie Cole, widow of the late Elijah Cole, died at Elkland last Wednesday.  The remains were brought here and laid at rest beside her husband in the Robert Hill cemetery.  She leaves one daughter, Minnie Cole, of Elkland.

CARPENTER  Elizabeth
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA-- Wednesday, April 12, 1905
Little Marsh, April 10 – Mrs. Elizabeth Tiffany died at her home here on Thursday, aged 84. She was a sister of Mr. C. A. Carpenter. Funeral services were held on Friday.

Wellsboro Agitator - March 5, 1902
Little Marsh, March 4 - The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Leonard, wife of Hiram Leonard, took place at her home last Thursday.  Her maiden name was Sarah Chase.  Her parents both died when she was in infancy leaving her and her older brother alone in the world.  She was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. David Short, in whose home she lived until she married Mr. Leonard.  Her brother grew to manhood and enlsited and went to the front, where he lost his life in the Union army.  Mrs. Leonard was a gentle, kindly neighbor and a loving wife  and mother.  She leaves a husband and four adult children.

COLE Elijah
Westfield Free Press Volume No. XXVII Thursday, December 7, 1905 Death-Little Marsh; The funeral of Elijah Cole, who dropped dead from heart failure last Tuesday was held at the M. E. church here last Friday.

COLE Elijah
Wellsboro Agitator - December 6, 1905
Elijah Cole died suddenly at his home in Chatham last Tuesday afternoon.  Burial in the Robert Hill cemetery.

Westfield Free Press Volume XXIX - Thursday, January 23, 1908
Jason Cooper, age 57 years, died last Wednesday at his home on the upper Jemison.  He leaves his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Clara Mack of Watkins, N.Y. a step-father and one brother, Joseph Cooper.  Buried in Robert Hill cemetery beside his first wife.  ~first wife - Mary A. Lane

GUILD Seymour
Wellsboro Agitator – April 10, 1895
The remains of Mr. Seymour Guild were brought here from his home at Azelta.  The funeral was held at the church on Friday, at 1 o’clock p.m., and the interment and the interment was in the  ? cemetery.

HANER - Wednesday May 12, 1926
DEATH OF MALETTE HILL (wife of Peter Jerome Hill)
Wellsboro Gazette
Little Marsh May 8--The funeral of Mrs. Malette Hill was held at her late residence on Thursday at 2 PM. The Baptist minister of Knoxville, officiating, interment in Hill Cemetery.

HANER Malette
Wellsboro Gazette - May 20, 1926
Death of Mrs. Malette Hill, of Little Marsh
Little Marsh May 19th - Mrs. Malette Hill, who had been a resident of this place for many years, died at her home April 25, after a short illness.  She was a woman much respected by all who knew her.  Mrs. Hill was 75 years old and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ben Davis, with whom she made her home.  The funeral was held April 29, Rev. Lawton, of Knoxville, officiating; burial in the Hill cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - July 8, 1936
The funeral of Walter Hawkins was held at Little Marsh Tuesday; burial in the Hill cemetery.

Thursday August 13, 1896
Wellsboro Gazette
Little Marsh. Aug. 11- The remains of Grant S. Hill, of Geneva, NY, a former resident of this place, were brought here on the evening train last Saturday and the funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at the home of his father P.J. Hill, Rev. J.C. Warren, officiated. The deceased was 26 years of age and had been employed as motorman on the electric road between Geneva and Waterloo for the past year or more. When but a lad Mr. Hill learned the trade of a sash and blind maker and worked at it for several years previous to working on the electric road. He was accompanied to this place by Miss Maggie Con well and Frank Knox, conductor on the electric car.

HILL Peter Jerome
Wellsboro Agitator August 30, 1899
Little Marsh Aug 28th
Another soldier of the civil war was laid to rest last Wednesday.  Peter J. Hill was a member of the 16th regiment, New York Heavy Artillery.  He was a son of the late Daniel Hill, of Chatham.  His younger days were spent in his father's saw mill, just above Little Marsh, and in fact he lived upon the same farm or a part of the same farm, all his life.  He was an honest, industrious man.  He leaves a widow and one daughter to mourn his early death.

LANE Mary A.
Mansfield Advertiser May 14, 1879
Died -  Mrs. Jason Cooper of Chatham twp, May 4th

Wellsboro Agitator - September 27, 1911
Little Marsh, Sept. 25 - Mr. Hiram Leonard, who has been in poor health for a long time, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chauncey Hill, at Knoxville, last Friday evening.  Mr. Leonard's home was near this place.  He was a resident of Chatham all his life, being over seventy years of age.  He was a veteran of the civil war, where he received severe wounds.  He is survived by three children - Mrs. Hill, of Knoxville; Mrs. Minnie Spencer, and Mr. Arthur Leonard, both of Chatham.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at the home where he died; interment in the Robert Hill cemetery, beside his wife.

Wellsboro Agitator - July 10, 1907
Miss Lena Leonard died at the Williamsport hospital on June 28th following a surgical operation.  The remains were taken the next day to the home of her father, Hiram Leonard, at Little Marsh, the funeral being held on July 1st.  The deceased was 27 years of age, and besides her father is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Clara Hill, of Knoxville, and Mrs. Eugene Spencer, of Chatham and one brother, Arthur Leonard, of Little Marsh.

Wellsboro Agitator -  Mar 23, 1880
Died -  Mary E. Leonard wife of Curry E. Beach age 38, Chatham Twp Mar 16

Wellsboro Agitator – February 19, 1908
Little Marsh, Feb. 17 – Mr. William Pitts, aged 91 years, was buried Saturday.  The funeral was held at the church here, Rev. J. G. Lattimer officiating; burial in the Robert Hill cemetery.  He leaves two sons – H. H. Pitts, of Little Marsh, where he died, and Dumont Pitts, of Friendship, N.Y.

Wellsboro Agitator – May 27, 1908
Little Marsh, May 25 – The funeral of Mrs. Lida Belle Bush, the Mossy Glen woman, who shot herself last week, was held at the home of her brother, Nelson Shellman, yesterday, at Knoxville.  She is survived by her father, Jerry Shellman, of Sabinsville; Mrs. William Shellman, of Hammond, and Mrs. John Nelson, of Sabinsville; and two brothers, John and Nelson Shellman, of Knoxville

SPENCER Ashley John
Wellsboro Gazette - December 15, 1927
Ashley Spencer Died Friday in Woods near Home
Little Marsh - Dec. 14 - The sudden death of Ashley Spencer, better known by his friends as John Spencer, occurred last Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock.  He was out in the grove near his home getting wood, when his horses became frightened and started to run.  He tried to stop them when a falling tree pinned him to the ground, sufferering a fractured shoulder and internal injuries.  The deceased was the only son of Mrs. Minnie Spencer, who survives.  Funeral services were held Tuesday; burial in the Hill cemetery.   John Spencer was a member of F. and A. M. of Knoxville, and the I.O.O.F. Lodge.  He had many friends who will mourn his untimely death.  He was 25 years old.

Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA-- Wednesday, March 6, 1907
Mr. Eugene Spencer, aged 36, died recently at his home at Little Marsh. For several months past he had been in very poor health and several of his friends, with admirable thoughtfulness, planned an extended hunting trip for him, thinking that his health would be benefited. Such was apparently the result, but the changable weather of February was too severe for his weakened constitution and he had pneumonia, which ultimately caused his death. Before dying, he experienced a remarkable conversion. The death chamber, though it witnessed death, saw also a glorious victory, even over that death itself. Never could we realize better the truth of the words "Oh death, where is thy sting; Oh, grave, where is thy victory". Mr. Spencer was born January 26, 1871, and spent his life at Little Marsh. By his manly characteristic, kindly disposition, cheerfulness and goodness of heart he endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact. He was a young man of the strictest integrity and sterling worth and his death is a loss to the whole community. On December 29, 1898, he married Miss Minnie Leonard, who, with 2 children, Louise aged seven and Ashley aged four survives him. The funeral services were very largely attended, although the day was bitter cold; burial in the Beech cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - March 6, 1907
--Mr. Eugene Spencer, aged 37, died recently at his home in Chatham township.  His wife and two children, his mother, Mrs. Alex Wass and one brother, survive him.  Rev. Mr. Saunders officiated at the funeral services, held on the 22nd ultimo; burial in the Hill Cemetery.

THOMPSON Henrietta
Westfield Free Press - May 29, 1884
Death in Little Marsh
Henrietta, wife of Walter Hawkins died last Wednesday.  The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, on Friday, J. W. Miller officiating.

Marion Thompson died Thursday last, March 12, 1914, at the home of his grandson, Marion Thompson.  He was sick only two or three days.  He was born April 11, 1824, and only lacked one month of being 90 years old when he died.  Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church Saturday morning and the interment was in the Robert Hill Cemetery near Little Marsh.

Wellsboro Gazette, Tioga Co., PA, Thursday, December 12, 1912
Little Marsh, Dec. 11---Mrs. Harriet Tiffany Carpenter died November 28th at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alex Wass, after a long illness. Mrs. Carpenter was born Oct. 4, 1827 and was a widow of Levi Carpenter.  She had made her home with her sister, Mrs. Wass, for a number of years. The funeral was held on Sunday in the home and burial in the Hill Cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator – December 12, 1906
Death of W. T. Walker
Little Marsh, Dec. 10 – Mr. Warren T. Walker died at his home last Thursday morning of Bright’s disease.  He was born in Elmira on February 18, 1844.  On February 18, 1864, when 19 years of age, he enlisted in Co. M, 11th Pa. Vol. Cav. And was discharged at Richmond, Va., Aug. 13, 1865.  May 21, 1866, he married Miss Cora A. Woolbert, who survives him, with six children, Samuel, at home, Fred of Knoxville; Mrs. Francis Slocum and Charles, of this place; Anna and Emma at home.  Mr. Walker had been in poor health for some time, although he had been carrying mail until less than a month past, he being R. F. D. carrier on Route 2 from Little Marsh.  Mr. Walker was a kind husband and father, a good neighbor, always genial and good hearted and an excellent citizen.  He was a member of Alfred Toles Post, No. 320.  Swiftly our soldiers of the civil war are being mustered out and swelling the ranks in tbe Great Beyond.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, at 2 p.m., from the home, Rev. R. Saunders, officiating; burial in the Hill cemetery, the Grange of which he was a member having charge of the services at the grave.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 12/19/2004
By Joyce M. Tice