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Obituaries by Cemetery

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King or Upper Jemison Cemetery, Westfield, Tioga County PA

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Photo August 2001 
by Linda Zapf Cracraft


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 – September 21, 1886
Last week Monday three children died of diphtheria on the Jemison creek, near Westfield.  The first one was Lillie, daughter of William Champlain, of Knoxville, who was taken sick while visiting her grandfather, another was eleven years of age and was a son of Mr and Mrs. Charles Churchill. The third was Orrin, the ten year old son of Mrs. Eliza Collins. The deaths all occurred within eight hours and the funerals were held on Tuesday. It was a very sad occasion.

Wellsboro Agitator – August 20, 1919
Mrs. Lucina Mack, aged 76 years, was buried Sunday afternoon.  She was the widow of Harry Mack and was a former resident of this vicinity.


DUNBAR Geoffrey Daniel Dunbar

Geoffrey Daniel Dunbar, age 46 of Westfield, PA passed away on Friday, August 2, 2013 at his home with his wife and mother by his side. Born March 13, 1967 in Elmira, NY, he was the son of Arthur “Bucky” and Mary (Wachstetter) Dunbar, Jr. Jeff married Dawn M. Butler on May 5, 2001. He owned and operated Dunbar Farm and Gravel. He enjoyed going to auctions, 4-wheeling, and fishing but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his dad and boys. Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Dawn; his boys, Daniel Patrick and Dustin Matthew Dunbar and Lewis Keeler; his parents, Bucky and Mary Dunbar; his sisters, Teresa and Jamie St. Peter and Rebecca Dunbar; his father and mother in law, James R. and Patricia A. Butler, all of Westfield, PA and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at the Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church, 5870 Route 249, Westfield on Tuesday, 5:00 – 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 11:00 AM at the church with Rev. Raymond E. Mummert officiating. Burial will follow in the Upper Jemison Schoolhouse/Sprague Cemetery, Grange Rd., Westfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Jeff’s boys, Daniel and Dustin Dunbar, c/o Dawn Dunbar, 6275 Route 249, Westfield, PA 16950   Kenyon Funeral home obituary – August 3, 2013


HAVENS Ada Evelyn (SRGP 18444)
Wellsboro Agitator – June 17, 1936
Mrs. Ada Evelyn King was born July 15, 1859, in Rutland township, daughter of Solon R. and Amelia Kenyon Havens, and died at her home on the Jemison, June 8, at 6:20 p. m. Funeral services were held Thursday; burial in the Jemison Grange cemetery. Ada Havens was married to L. K. King and to them were born two sons, James and Walter, Mr. King died several years ago.  Mrs. King took a keen interest in the affairs of her community, was a kind neighbor and a true friend to all who knew her. She had held many offices in Jemison Grange. Besides her sons she is survived bv a brother, Byron Havens, of Westfield, and a sister, Mrs. Julia Rolison.

KING Lorenzo Kincaid
Wellsboro Agitator – February 23, 1927
The funeral of Lorenzo K. King was held from his late home on the Jemison Friday afternoon.  Those in attendance from here were:  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lattimer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cole, Mrs. Josephine Newmans and Lorenzo Southworth.

KING Lorenzo Kincaid (SRGP 42241)
Wellsboro Agitator – February 23, 1927
King, son of James and Louisa Hoover King, was born on the Jemison creek, Westfteld township, May 13, 1852, and died on the same farm where he was born, February 15, 1927, at 4:20 p. m. He had been in poor health for the past four years with stone in the bladder.  On Aug. 19, 1926, he was stricken with a shock and a week later he suffered the second shock, from which he partially recovered, never getting the use of his left hand, and on Dec. 31, New Year's eve, he was sitting at the supper table when he had the third shock, from which he grew worse.  His sufferings were terrible to bear, yet he was very patient and wanted to see all friends that called on him.  He loved his friends and he had many warm ones; the esteem and respect they held for him was manifested by the many kind acts of kindness done for him and the beautiful flowers sent him during his sickness and death and at the funeral proved their friendship.  He was a well educated man.  He attended the district school until he was 21 years of age, when he went to the Mansfield State Normal, where he received a good business education in all of its branches; after which he taught school and served three years as Commissioners' Clerk under Seth Tremain, Harry Wheeler and G. D. Dennison; also held the office of Bounty Auditor eight years, doing his work in a very neat and business like manner. He was a good bookkeeper and a fine penman and was often complimented on penmanship. He held the office of Town Clerk for several years, also Assesor, School Director, Auditor, and and in all of these doing his duty to the letter of the law. In that he fearless to stand for the cause of right, no matter how many were against him. He followed bridge building and carpenter work for a number of years and he was an expert workman, always keeping the best of tools to do his work, and many a house and barn are standing today that he built.  He was very kind to those working under him.  One old man said of him: he was not afraid of giving his trade away, being ever ready to explain all work pleasantly.  After his father-in-law, S. R. Haven, died, he took his surveying tools and surveyed as a side line with farming.  He wrote for a number of years for the Agitator under the name of Sailor R. Sand. He was a natural organizer. He helped start Jemison I. O. O. F. Lodge at Westfield and was its first Noble Grand and held the office of Secretary for a few years, doing his work in an honest and creditable manner.  He with others organized Jemison Grange, No. 1497, and was elected its first master and was a faithful member at the time of his death.  In politics he was a Republican until the Washington party came.  He voted this ticket for two or three years, when he joined the Prohibitionists, as he was strictly temperate, never using tobacco or whiskey, tea or coffee in any form.  He made a resolution when he was 18 years of age to lay away the price of a 5 cent cigar for books, and today he has as large and fine a collection of books as can be found.  Certainly a good example for every young man to follow. He kept daily report of the weather and he would settle disputes on what the weather was so many years ago.  He as a great reader of History and had written a history of the Cowanesque Valley and surrounding country and on account of his poor health  had not got it completed. He could tell for miles around who the first settlers were. He was charitable and quiet about it; never let the right hand knoweth what the left hand doeth. He has been heard to remark times without number, I want to live with my neighbors and friends so I can go to see them any time and they to see me. He wanted to get well so he could return all calls that were made to see him during his sickness; this showing how much he appreciated the kindness shown him. He was married to Ada E. Haven April 4, 1885. He is survived by his wife and two sons, James and Walter; two sisters,  Mrs. Sally Lattimer, Mrs. Sarah Boom; two brothers, R. King and A. P. King, of Westfield.  Funeral services were held at his home Friday at 2 p. m., Rev. Mr. Stevens, of Westfield, officiating; funeral director, J. T. VanDusen. He was laid to rest in the Jemison Grange cemetery near the school where he and his children were when a boy and in sight of his home he loved so well. His pall bearers were his two sons, James R. and Walter H. King; four nephews, Raymond King, Charles King, Chas. Cole and Joseph Tyers.  He was a loving husband and father, a kind and good neighbor, always practicing the Golden Rule of speaking well of others. He will be greatly missed by a host of relatives.  Thus closing the life of a pure, noble character.

Wellsboro Agitator – February 7, 1940
Levi Mack, aged 78 years, died Thursday night at the home of Mrs. Mittie Rice at Little Marsh, where he had made his home for several years.  Mr. Mack was born in Jemison Valley, son of George H. and Nancy Mack, pioneer settlers, and lie had always lived in that section.

Wellsboro Agitator – September 29, 1909
Little Marsh, Sept. 27 - The funeral of Mr. Hiram Sprague of the Jamison, will take place tomorrow.  Rev. E. W. Collings will officiate.

Wellsboro Agitator – October 24, 1917
On Oct. 14, the body of Louis Sprague, who died in Wellsboro, was brought to the Sprague cemetery.  He was 55 years of age.  Jemison Grange, of which he was a member, conducted the burial service.

Below this line are women using a married alias for whom the birth name can not be identified in the obituary. If you know the real surname of any of these women, let me know so I can put them into the alphabetic arrangement in the right place.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 5 APR 2006
By Joyce M. Tice