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Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 

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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 and relatives. 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.



Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: C:\TC\~srgp\new\cw100.gifADAMS - John W. Adams, of Mansfield, Dropped Dead on Monday [SRGP 59377]
John Willard Adams, Esq., aged 63, a prominent and respected citizen of Mansfield, died very suddenly at his home in that borough about one o'clock Monday afternoon. Up to that time he had been apparently as well as usual. He was on the street Monday morning. He was the son of the late William and Ruth Ann Adams and a grandson of Captain Lyman Adams, deceased, and was born in Tioga township on February 8, 1843. When about 12 years of age his parents removed to Mansfield, where he had since resided. He received a good education, studied law with his father and the late Henry Allen and was admitted to the bar in November, 1867. On April 27, 1868, he married Marian A. Vincent, who survives him with their two daughter, Ruth O, wife of Arthur G. Brown, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Elmira, and Eina(?) Lou, wife of Dr. J. E. Williamson, a Mansfield dentist. Their third daughter, Edith, died in infancy. Mr. Adams was a Republican in politics and was a public spirited and progressive citizen, always taking an active interest in public affairs. He was respected by all who knew him and had a host of friends throughout the county. He was always actively interested in the Mansfield Normal School and was a member of the Board of Trustees of that institutional for several years, as well as a stockholder. He was a successful lawyer, a shrewd and capable business man and was the possessor of many sterling qualities. Funeral service will be held tomorrow at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Theron R. Green, officiating. [Prospect Cemetery] - Wellsboro Agitator, 21 February 1906

ADAMS [ADAMY] - Mrs. Lulu O'Dell, [04562] widow of Lawrence [? Verne B.] O'Dell of East Hartford, Conn., died on April 18, 1958 at East Hartford, Conn. She was a member of the Wesley Memorial Church of East Hartford, Conn. Surviving are sons, Dr. Harold O'Dell of Rochester, NY, Malcolm J. O'Dell of Andover, Mass., C. Willard O'Dell of East Hartford, Conn., and Robert N. O'Dell of Horseheads, NY; sister, Mrs. Myrtle Everett of Alameda, Calif.; five grandchildren. Funeral service was held at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home on Monday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. David J. Griffiths officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. - Mansfield Advertiser, April 1958

ALDRICH, Leander [SRGP 05223]            buried at Mansfield "last Saturday" [Mansfield Advertiser 1883 14-Mar]

 Miss Sallie Aldrich, aged seventy-five years, died Wednesday evening, at the home of her brother, Joseph Aldrich, in Roseville.  The funeral was held in the Roseville Baptist Church Sunday at 11 a.m., and the interment was in Prospect cemetery, Mansfield.  Rev. Clayton Straw was the officiating minister.  Miss Aldrich is survived by the brother, Joseph Aldrich, of Roseville.  She was a woman of many Christian virtues, and will be greatly missed.

ALMON ALLEN (SRGP 82530) was born in Massachusetts, and died at Mansfield in 1871, aged 73 years. He was a son of Lieutenant Jacob Allen. He married Polly Bates, by whom he had seven children, viz. Prof. Fordyce Almon, Darwin D., Philena, Charles, Almon, Loren Fenton, and George R. He came to Mansfield in 1822, from Cummington, Mass., and went to live with his father. In 1824 he with his brother-in-law, Solon Richards, erected a woolen factory near the northwest corner of Smythe Park, which he sold to John and Peter Drake. The factory was a bold enterprise for those days. It was burned and rebuilt by the Drakes, and this last building, having been removed a few years since, is now occupied by Edward Doane & Co., as a sash and blind factory. Mr. Allen left Mansfield for Ohio, returned to Massachusetts, and afterward lived in Chautauqua county, N.Y., but came here to end his days, as already stated. He was a man of considerable physical and intellectual vigor, and was at one time a captain of militia. [1883 History]

Allen, Clarence d. 1902 [SRGP 82548]
ALLEN - Mr. Clarence E. Allen, aged 55, whose burial took place in Hope Cemetery, in Mansfield, in the 14th instant, was the eldest son of the late Professor F.A. Allen, who was principal of the Mansfield Normal School from 1864 to 1869 and from 1877 to 1880. Mr. Clarence Allen was born in Jamestown, NY, but lived in Mansfield many years and later in Elmira. At the time of his death Mr. Allen was employed by the International Heater Company, of Utica, NY, and was at the head of their acetylene gas machine department and had been sent as an expert to supervise some repairs upon the plant of the Marion Gas Company, at Marion, Massachusetts. On the morning of July 10th while he and a helper named Conro were at work a terrific explosion occurred that wrecked part of the building and so injured the men that both died. Mr. Allen was taken to St. Luke’s hospital at New Bedford. He regained consciousness and while badly burned and bruised did not seem to have received fatal injuries. Quite suddenly at two o’clock on the afternoon of the following day, however, he expired, presumably from internal hurts. The funeral was held in Mansfield from the Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Allen was a member. - Wellsboro Agitator, July 23, 1902

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: C:\TC\~srgp\new\apple.gifALLEN - Elizabeth Allen dies July 29 after Lengthy Illness [SRGP 15449] - Funeral services were held on Saturday morning, July 31 at St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield for Miss Elizabeth Allen, age 80, a resident of the Green Home in Wellsboro. Miss Allen died early Thursday morning, July 29, 1976 following a lengthy illness. The Rev. William F. Murphey, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wellsboro officiated at the funeral and burial services in the absence of the regular Church pastor, the Rev. George Booth. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery at Mansfield. Miss Allen was born in Mansfield on February 27, 1896 the daughter of Fred and Clara Wentworth Allen. She graduated from High School at Wooster, Massachusetts where her family resided at that time. Prior to attending College she worked as an Executive Secretary at the Hanover Trust Company in New York city and taught a business Course in one of her father’s Business Colleges at Amsterdam, New York. Miss Allen earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Mansfield State College and a Master’s Degree at Columbia University in New York city. In addition she took graduate work at the  University of Miami. During the time she attended Columbia, she also taught at the Gardner School for Girls in New York City. Miss Allen was employed by Mansfield State College as a Professor of English for 21 years and for several of those years served as Assistant Dean of Women. She also taught Drama at the College and for many years ably directed all of the College’s plays. She was later joined in that Department by Miss Sally Drumm of Mansfield. Following her retirement from the College, Miss Allen taught High School English for a year before serving for five years as Editor of the Wellsboro Gazette. She was a Communicant of St. James Church in Mansfield and a member of the Literary Exchange Club at Mansfield. She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Margaret Lapp with whom she made her home prior to entering the “Green Home,” a grand nephew, David Lapp of Horseheads, and three great grand nieces, Cynthia Jean, Deborah Ann and Pamela Jo. The family has requested that those wishing to do so, contribute to a Green Home memorial which has been established in Miss Allen’s name. - Wellsboro Gazette, August 4, 1976

Wellsboro Gazette, September 1, 1976
The Elizabeth Allen Memorial Fund will be used to purchase a flagpole for the Green Home. The location of the memorial will be at Central Avenue and Walnut Street entrance to the facility. Mrs. Peg Lapp has been very instrumental in bringing about this tribute to Miss Elizabeth Allen.


ALLEN – Elwin Allen [SRGP 86399], aged 72 years, of Canton, died Wednesday. At one time Mr. Allen was the largest dealer in farm produce in Western Bradford County with headquarters at Canton and Granville Summit. He was a native of Mansfield and a former trustee of Mansfield Teachers’ College. He was a member of the Canton IOOF Lodge, served on the Borough Council and was a former burgess and chief of police in Canton. He retired from active business a year ago. He is survived by his widow, a son, Harold, a niece, Mrs. Verna Putnam, of Buffalo. The funeral was held Friday; burial in Prospect cemetery at Mansfield. – Wellsboro Agitator, April 3, 1940, p.8




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Allen, Fordyce d. 1880 feb 11 1880 Mortality information from Tri-Counties 

Allen, Fordyce A. 59 M W M MASS MASS MASS Teacher & Prof. Feb. 1880 Pneumonia 
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The Late Prof. F.A. Allen
A Sketch of his Life & Estimate of his Character
Mansfield, February 14, 1880 - Our Professor Allen is done with the troubles of this world, and gone to his everlasting reward. He died last Wednesday evening, February 11, 1880 at his home in this place, of typhoid pneumonia. 
 These are words that will ring like a funeral knell in many lives for years to come. Yes, the grave has closed over our Professor Allen, and the whole town is in mourning. A great calamity has befallen us, for the Lord has slain our Sampson. The main prop is gone, and on what, now, shall the superstructure rest? Oh, we shall not see his like again, and bitter, bitter is the tear that falls upon his grave.

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 Fordyce Almon Allen was born at Cummington, in Massachusetts, on the 10th of July, 1820. When he was two years old his father removed to this place, bringing little Fordyce all the way in a wagon. They went to live in a house built by Jacob Allen, Senior -- dear to the writer of this as the place where he was born. They afterward lived at other places in the vicinity of Mansfield, and in the year 1824 his father erected a woolen factory near the northwest corner of what is now the Smythe Park, which was afterward burned. He was at one time a Captain of militia, and it may be further said of him that he was the father of seven children, of whom Fordyce was the oldest. The grandfather, Jacob Allen, who was a Lieutenant in the war of the Revolution, had preceded the father to Mansfield, first coming as a peddler of woolen goods, axes, etc. He died here December 11, 1836, aged 73 years; and here, 35 years afterward, the father, Almon Allen, died, also aged 73 years. Not long ago, during the present month, the writer saw on a monument of Scotch granite, in our cemetery, the inscriptions “Jacob Allen, aged 73,” and “Almon Allen, aged 73,” and he thought the subject of this sketch was bidding fair to outlive these ancestors. But, alas, to night he is lying by their side, having perished in the noon of his usefulness; and it remains for us to inscribe, “Fordyce Allen, aged 59.” 
 From Mansfield Fordyce, with his father, went to Ohio, and from there they returned to Massachusetts, whence, after remaining for a time, they went to Chautauqua county, NY. Young Fordyce seemed then, at 19 years of age, to have launched out for himself, beginning in the world as a clerk for a man by the name of Clark, in Coudersport, Pa., in 1839; though we believe that prior to this he had served in the same capacity for a short time at Hudson, NY. We soon hear of him, however, as a pupil at school in Coudersport, and then as a teacher; and then -- sometimes teacher and sometimes pupil -- he remained until the year 1844, when he attended a school at Alexandria, NY, for one year, which he often spoke of as his “high school.” Returning to Coudersport at the age of 25, he married Sarah Colwell, by whom he had one child. Upon getting married he went to Jamestown, NY, where he taught in the public school for three years, or until 1848, when his wife died, which event occurred on the day of the third anniversary of their marriage. Leaving Jamestown, he became Principal of the High School at Fredonia, NY, where he remained about two years and a half, when his health obliged him to resign. Regaining his health, he accepted the principal ship of the Academy at Smethport, Pa., and in December, 1852, was married to Jane Martin, a most amiable and intelligent lady, who survives him, and to whom Mr. Allen has been indebted more than most of us are aware for the large measure of his success in life. Her principal common sense has ever been his firm sheet anchor. By her he has had four children, all of whom are living, except a little boy of four years, who is buried at West Chester. In 1853 he became editor of the McKean Citizen, and in 1854 he was elected County Superintendent of McKean county, which positions he occupied up to the spring of 1857, when he established a Normal School at West Chester, Chester county, Pa., of which he was Principal for a period of six years. During his stay in West Chester he wrote and published a text book on geography. At the time of the invasion of Pennsylvania by Robert E. Lee he marched at the head of his school and a body of citizens to resist the invasion. In July, 1864, nearly 16 years ago, he came to Mansfield as Principal of the State Normal School, which position he held uninterruptedly for five years, when he resigned. In the fall of 1867 he started the Soldiers’ Orphan School, which he managed with peculiar success up to the time of his death. In the fall of 1877 he again became Principal of the State Normal School for a term of five years, and was serving his third year when he died. 
 I should have said that in the fall of 1854 he began his Institutes, which have ever since been a prominent feature of his work. He was almost constantly engaged in this direction, and his labors were not confined to this State. While at West Chester he spent a winter on Institutes in Wisconsin, and in the autumns of 1869 and ‘70 he held Instituted in Maine, [16 weeks each year -- one week for each county in the State.] The spring of 1871 was given to Vermont, New Orleans and Mississippi, and a few weeks in 1876 were devoted to Institutes in Virginia. Toward the close of the summer of 1879 he made his memorable trip to California, and on his return held Institutes in Kansas. So successful was he in this work, and in all matters pertaining to education, that he had long ago become one of the most prominent educational men in the State and Nation. Thus much of his life; -- a word as to his death: 
 He died, as he had lived, with unshaken confidence in God. A little while before his decease he requested his friends to sing Charles Wesley’s masterpiece, “Jesus, lover of my soul” -- the finest heart hymn in the English tongue. He joined in this lay of holy love, --- 
“Jesus, lover of my soul. 
Let me to Thy bosom fly 
While the billows near me roll, While the tempest still is high! 
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide. 
Till the storm of life is past; 
Safe into the haven guide; 
Of, receive my soul at last!” 
 Blesses death song! Glorious words of cheer! Thousands of God’s redeemed ones have sung it, and will be singing it till the end of time. How could one better choose his manner of departure than to die singing, -- 
“Other refuge have I none; 
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee; 
Leave, ah, leave me not alone, 
Still support and comfort me. 
All my trust on Thee is stayed, 
All my help from Thee I bring; 
Cover my defenseless head 
With the shadow of Thy wing.” 
 Shortly after breathing this prayer he died, at 8o’clock on Wednesday evening, after a short illness of only one week, regretted by all who knew him. 
 The funeral was attended on Friday afternoon, February 13th, at two o’clock. And such a funeral! The like has never been seen in Mansfield, and probably will not be again soon. Business was entirely suspended throughout the day; and although in the midst of a continuous, drizzling rain, which deterred hundreds in the country from coming, the whole town turned out, so that the large church could hold but part of the vast throng. The impressive services were held in the Episcopal church, of which the deceased was a valued member. The voice of the preacher and the tears of those with whom he had been accustomed to worship told too plainly of our irreparable loss. During the services his favorite hymns, “Asleep in Jesus” and “Jesus, lover of my soul,” were sung. In the vestibule an opportunity was given for those who wished to view the remains. The coffin was black walnut, plain but rich, and covered with a profusion of callas, geraniums, etc. The inscription read, “Fordyce Allen, aged 59.” The pall bearers were Messrs. King, Sherwood, Spencer, Van Ness, Sperry and Blackwell. Despite the inclemency of the weather, the procession of people on foot was the largest ever seen here, reaching all the way from the village to the cemetery on the hill, nearly half a mile away. It included the students of the State Normal School, besides nearly 400 pupils from the Soldiers’ Orphan School and the children of the public school. Such an outpouring in the midst of a storm plainly attested the hold of the deceased upon the hearts and affections of the people. Many were present from a distance, and among the number Prof. Ford of Elmira Female College, who was the bearer of the following communication: 
 “The President and Faculty of Elmira Female College to the Family and Friends of Prof. F.A. Allen: Having learned, with great sorrow, the fatal sickness and too early death of Prof. Allen, allow us to express our deep sense of his great loss. 
 He was a friend and acquaintance of ours some years, and was our teacher of ____ two years. How bright and clear were his lectures -- how gentle and genial his _______! At once all learned to love him. In his occasional visits to the college he always seemed to bring with him the ripe wisdom of a scholar made rich with a large and useful experience of the world. To us he ever seemed unconscious of his own rare and magnetic gifts. He observed _____ but kindly. His faith in the fellowmen was _________ and lasting as his efforts to do them good. How many youths will bless him as a fountain of influence and stimulus to a higher life. Pennsylvania has lost one of its foremost educators; we have lost a  loved and valued friend, our youth a revered instructor, the Church a devout worshiper, and his kindred the dear love, light and strength of their home. May the Fatherhood of our gracious God meet us all in this great sorrow. 
 If his earthly form is seen no more till “the restitution of all things,” be it ours to cherish “the eternal form of his mind,” and to keep alive in our hearts that grateful memory of his useful life. 
 It is impossible upon so short notice to give a proper estimate of the life and character of Prof. Allen. And indeed it is not necessary that we should enlarge upon his zeal in the sense of education, religion, agriculture and temperance, [for all which he had our abiding love,] nor upon the improvements which have added so much to the growth and prosperity of out town; -- these are things which are known and rend of all even. Self-made, and springing from the rank and file, he belonged to the people, and they will cherish his memory long after our eulogies are forgotten. 
 He was not a bookish man, nor was he college bred; but he had what is for better -- a wide general information. Man, rather than books, and God, rather than man, had been his study, which conspired to make his life intensely individual and one which constantly increased in good works. He was in easy circumstances, but he valued money only as a means to an end; and among the poor is many a man whose swimming eyes tell that he has lost a friend, for his liberality to the suffering poor was proverbial, and he gave employment to a large number of this class. [Here is an example worthy of imitation by those men of wealth who, miser like, are hoarding up their money. Use it, not only for your own good, but for the good of the community in which you reside, and your name, like his, shall live.] He stood on a basis brand as the world; no one Church or party could hole him; no one community could claim him. 
 As to personal appearance, he was tall and well developed in his physical frame, with a fair coronet of hair like rifted snow, pleasant eyes under arching eyebrows, and a handsome face; possession easy and polished manners and a very joyous temperament, together with a wealth of sympathy. Perhaps the most notable traits in his character were his untiring energy, his cheerful self-sacrifice and his “rock firm God trust.” It may safely be said that he was the most active man in the county, perhaps in the State, and he exemplified in his daily life the motto which he urged on the minds of his pupils -- “It is better to wear out than to rust our.” He was eminently unselfish; he lived for others, and the world is the better for his words and deeds. For it is not so much what a man is as what a men does that preserves his memory and leaves behind him a never-dying influence for good. Mary poured her box of precious ointment out upon the head of the beloved Master until the odor of the costly gift filled the room, and we read that is shall be told for a memorial of her. So his deeds shall be his everlasting memorial, and “the good he has done” shall be his enduring monument. 
 His faith in his fellow man was only surpassed by his unbounded faith in God. He knew in whom he had trusted; and his beaming face was a silent psalm assuring the beholder, “Happy is the man that hath the God of Jacob for his help.” In the triumph of this faith he fell asleep -- put off this earthly tabernacle -- broke loose from the bonds of the flesh, as one loosens a vessel from detaining shores to be wafted away upon peaceful waters toward a safe and pleasant haven. And tonight he is in the Promised Land, beyond the Jordan of Death, where the pines wave green on the eternal mountains. The peerless man and brother, who had found his earthly tabernacle for too narrow to hold in thrall the invisible fires of immortality, has gone to “that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,” while the whole town is filled with the fragrance of his life, as that room where Jesus sat at meat was filled with the odor of the alabaster box. As when the son has dropped behind the western hills a mellower, more glorious light remains, so when a good man’s life has exhaled to Heaven, and his sun has gone down in life’s west, the beauty and glory of its beneficence abide.”  -- spoken by A.S. 

Resolutions of Respect 
 The following preamble and resolutions were adopted by the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School at Mansfield last week: 
 Whereas, It has pleased an all-wise Providence to remove from among us our esteemed fellow-citizen, Prof. F.W. Allen, as Principal of the State Normal School of the 5th District, we, the Board of Trustees of the aforesaid institution, hereby offer the following resolutions, in token of our appreciation of his invaluable services, not only to the sense of education, but in behalf of the best interests of our entire community. 
 Resolved, That we recognize in this _________ dispensation the loss of one who has been chiefly instrumental in the establishment of our School as well as in raising it to the high elevation it occupies among similar institutions of our State, and whose loss we deeply mourn as personal friends. 
 Resolved, That in _____ of the fact that the cause of education has lost one of its ablest promoters, abroad as well as at home, we extend our sympathy, not only to the pupils of the State Normal and the Soldiers’ Orphan Schools, so lately under his immediate charge, but also to those in other communities to whom his aid and comments have been of great value. 
 Resolved, That we regard with admiration and reverence the spirit of self-sacrifice which induced him to spare neither influence, time, of means, to secure to our community the blessings of temperance, and which rendered him untiring in his zeal for the moral and social advancement of even the humblest of our citizens. 
 Resolved, That we tender our most heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family of the deceased, and prayerfully commend them to the tender mercy of Him who, in the ________ of his wisdom, has suffered them to be thus afflicted. 
 Resolved, They a copy of these resolutions be furnished the county papers for publication. 
By order of the Board - P.V. VanNess, President, pro tem.; Fred G. Elliott, Secretary 

ALLEN, Fred M.  [SRGP 83278]

ALLEN- Barnes, Genevieve E. [SRGP 86069]
Genevieve E. Barnes, age 82, of Mansfield died Thursday June 25, 1970. Funeral was Saturday at 1pm, Rev. Harry Sagar officiated. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. Survived by husband, Fred Barnes; daughters, Mrs. Lucy Gordon, Mrs. Hazel Sipes, Union Deposit, Pa., Mrs. Mildred Sowers, Pine City, Mrs. Genevieve Baker, Delmar, NY; sons, Joseph Barnes, Tyrone, NY, Henry Barnes, Horseheads, NY, Elmer Barnes, Mansfield, Pa; 26 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

ALLEN, George K. d. July 1883 [SRGP 83280]

Wellsboro Agitator, October 16, 1883 
The Case of George Allen
The Whole Truth of the Matter told by one who knows all the Circumstances
Written by Frances M. Wright
It seems pitiful when a few truthful words might dispel a terrible misunderstanding that the words should not be uttered. For it must surely be a misunderstanding that would lead the friends and neighbors of Prof. Allen’s family to believe that his wife would have written the announcement that her boy was dead while he was hiding in California or Canada to evade the law; or that his son could have been the ?astard to have stood upon the bank while his brother was drowning in the black waters of the bay into which he had urged him to plunge. It is impossible to understand how the report that he was not dead could have been believed for one moment after Mrs. Allen’s announcement. The other half of the error is probably due to the following false and heartless report which appeared in the New York Herald----- 
 “The body of George Allen, an apprentice boy, was found in the bay last evening. It is understood that he was drowned while trying to escape from the ship Portsmouth; and that a brother was standing ‘on the other shore’, waiting for him with dry clothes.” 
 Even such an announcement as this would have been enough in itself to cause people to pause and think pitifully of the family of the dead boy, of his untimely end, and even of the brother “standing on the other shore”; but to the hundreds who knew his loved and honored father and the heartbroken little mother, from whom he had never been separated until he went to sea, the news must have come like the shock of a personal sorrow. 
 For all those who love the memory of Prof. Allen and have sympathy and regard for his bereaved family, for all who would be glad to know the truth, this has been written. The hope of his dead father’s heart and the desire of his mother was that he should be educated in college; but last October he became so determined to be a sailor that his mother at last let him go; not, however, until she knew that if she did not give her consent he would go without it. 
 A few weeks of sailor’s life for the tenderly-nurtured boy was enough to  dispel the romance, and he began writing home to his mother that he could not endure the hardships. In May he came home on a furlough. He had a bad cough, looked thin and unhappy, said he could not live three years longer on that awful ship; - no study, no hope of promotion, surrounded with the worst influences, hard fare, hard work and still harder words. He wanted to run away then; said scores of the boys did so, and that it never amounted to anything, except they had to keep out of the way until their time expired. 
 His mother could not bear that for three years he should be an outlaw, skulking about from place to place; she feared the effect upon his character; so she urged him to go back, telling him that she would do all in her power to get him honorably released. 
 Poor boy! I can see him now going sadly down the hill, in his sailor dress, never once turning to look at the school and the house which he was not to see again. From that time Mrs. Allen set herself at work to get him free. Rev. B.F. Brown appealed to the President, Senator Mitchell to the Secretary of the Navy. In both cases the applications were referred to the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting and the answer was the same in both cases. - “The exigencies of the service will not permit a favorable consideration of your request.” 
 She offered, if it could be honorably accomplished, “to buy his release.” She appealed to her lawyers. In the kindly and sympathizing letter which Senator Mitchell sent her, announcing the failure of his appeal to Secretary Chandler, he said that next winter, while in Washington, he would make another attempt, if  she so wished. 
 The lawyers thought they might be able to effect the discharge; but in the meantime the ship was about to sail on an eighteen months’ cruise, and letters and telegrams were coming constantly to her from George, urging her to hurry, as after the 21st of July it would be too late. 
 At last, when she became convinced that nothing, absolutely nothing, could be done to set him free, and after receiving a letter from George saying that he would certainly jump into the water and try to swim ashore, and that if he was drowned in the attempt he would rather be dead than be on board the ship through another awful winter, his mother went to Elmira and sent his brother Fred to see him. If he found George determined to escape he was to help him, and then abide by the consequences. 
 Monday, July 9th, Fred saw the officers of the ship, and they told him that George was not coming, and then took a boat and went to the ship. He said he could hardly endure it, George looked so thin and pale, and that he cried bitterly. They promised that he should come ashore the next day, Wednesday, July 11th. 
 Mrs. Allen received this telegram Thursday morning, July 12th: 
 “George left ship during Tuesday night. Do not know where he is. Shall stay here until hear from him. ----------- Fred” 
 The next day the following letter came: 
 “Dear Mother: What can I write? I never felt so utterly helpless in my life. I can do nothing but wait, and the suspense if terrible. George had liberty Wednesday, and I stayed until two o’clock p.m. on the wharf, till the ship’s boat came, but no George came. The officer in charge told me that he left the ship during the night, and was either ashore or drowned. I expected to hear or see him during Wednesday night, but no word nor George came. This morning I telegraphed you. I had no idea that he was going to try to get off that night; but one of the boys [Jack] told me that on Tuesday they were told to get ready to sail right away. He was desperate, and I have no doubt but that he attempted to swim ashore. Whether he got ashore all right or not I cannot tell. Some say he could swim it easy enough, others that it would take a strong man to do it. I did not give him any money, as thought he was coming on shore Wednesday. He is either here and waiting to get to me or on a tramp across the country, and don’t think to telegraph, or is drowned. God grant that it is not the last. If drowned, we cannot know it, at the shortest, until seven days. At that time the body will come to the surface. Oh! I hope I shall hear something soon, and that it will be that he is safely ashore. I believe he would have risked almost certain death rather than stay on the ship longer. Before this letter reaches you I hope you will get a telegram from me that he is all right.” -- Fred 
 The Quartermaster told him that he saw George climb up on the shore; but Fred stayed until the seven days had expires then he came home to his mother, feeling sure that George was safe. The next morning after his arrival a telegram came saying that the body had come to the surface. He was buried when Fred and his Uncle George reached Newport, and they were not allowed to bring the body home. 
 And this is all. The shortness of time in which a terrible tragedy can be enacted is appalling. Last year at this time George was here in school. A happy, careless boy. Six months at sea, and then a rash and fatal leap at midnight into the cruel waves that held his lifeless body through nine silent days and then threw him on the shore -- all earthly hopes and possibilities extinguished forever. 
 His home sickness and his disgust of the life at sea could not be overcome. His mother tried with all her power to reconcile him to the fate which he had brought upon himself; but failing in this, she tried to avert the catastrophe which she saw impending. It has been her greatest comfort since to feel that George knew that she and Fred were trying to help him; that they did not leave him to bear his despair alone. 
 So, if going to comfort and, if possible, help a despairing and desperate brother, or to suffer with him, be a cowardly and dishonorable act, then this brother deserves that his old neighbors and friends should look coldly and suspiciously upon him, and that his mother should feel that a strange land peopled with strange faces was a refuge to her from home and friends in this time of bitter sorrow. 

George Allen - Wellsboro Agitator, December 18, 1883 [SRGP 83280]
The body of the late George F. Allen, who was drowned off Newport some months since, was brought to Mansfield for interment last Wednesday. The memorial service was held on Thursday, Rev. B.F. Brown officiating. Several citizens of this borough were in attendance. 

ALLEN, Gertrude [SRGP 79566] - Memorial Service for Mrs. Gertrude Doane Slated at Mansfield - Memorial Services for Mrs. Gertrude Allen Doane will be held in the First Baptist Church of Mansfield on Saturday, May 9th at 11 a.m. Participating clergymen will be the Rev. Benjamin Nevin of Mansfield and the Rev. Paul Donecker, Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lewisburg. Mrs. Doane and her husband, Dr. John Horton Doane, were residents of Mansfield for many years and had been members of the faculty of Mansfield State College. Dr. Doane was a practicing physician in Mansfield for twenty-two years. Other members of the Doane and Allen families had been long-time residents of Mansfield and were active in the life of the College, the Church and community. Mrs. Doane is survived by three sons: Dr. John H. Doane Jr., Dr. Wilton A. Doane, and Dr. Joseph C. Doane III, by a daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Doane Milne, by eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. - Wellsboro Gazette, May 6, 1981

ALLEN, Henry [SRGP 68422 ] Mansfield Advertiser - d. Mansfield Jan 4th 1888, age 64 yre., 14 mos., b. E. Smithfield, Pa. Aug 10th   1823, m. 1851-2 Elizabeth Fralic, dau. Of Benjamin of Richmond twp., came to Mansfield 1855. She d. 1858, m. Jean Butts, dau. Of  Loren of Mansfield – 1 dau. Mrs. George A. Clark, his brothers E. P. of Athens, Marinus N. of Titusville, W. H. of Waverly, J. W. of Coudersport. 

ALLEN - Henry Allen, Esq. [SRGP 68422], of Mansfield, died last Wednesday evening of Bright's disease. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon, and a large number of the members of the bar from this borough attended. Mr. Allen was born at East Smithfield, Bradford county, August 10, 1823. He studied law with Judge Bullock, at Smithfield, and began to practice in 1854. He was District Attorney of this county from 1859 to 1862. In 1884-5 he was a clerk in the Internal Revenue Bureau at Washington, but he resigned on account of poor health. Mr. Allen had been a resident of Mansfield for many years. - Wellsboro Agitator, January 10, 1888

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ALLEN - Howard W. Allen, [SRGP 83296]  age 85, of Mansfield, died at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Sunday, August 18, 1974. Funeral services were held at the Kuhl Funeral Home at Mansfield on Wednesday with Rev. Richard Brenneman officiating. Burial in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Florence) Hall of Silver Bay, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Ralph (Agnes) Parks of Monroeton; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Sophie) Maple of Moriah, NY; two grandchildren; one great-grandson. He was a member of the Buffalo Moose Lodge; member of the United Methodist Church of Mansfield. He was born July 3, 1889 in Port Henry, NY, son of Judson and Alice Knight Allen. He was a heavy equipment operator. - Wellsboro Gazette, 22 August 1974

LIEUTENANT JACOB ALLEN [SRGP 82528] was born in 1763, and died in Mansfield December 11, 1836, aged 73 years. He came from Massachusetts in 1818, and located on the place previously owned by Elijah Clark, and since by Rev. Asa Donaldson and Albert Sherwood. He built the house there-the writer's birthplace-in which he and his wife afterward died, and which was torn down a few years since; and he planted the old apple orchard, whose great trees and luscious fruit were dear alike to more than one we might name. Before settling here Lieutenant Allen had been through these parts as a peddler of woolen goods, axes, etc. He was the father of Jacob jr., Almon, Alden, Philena, Susannah, Miranda and Mollie Allen, and grandfather of Professor F. A.Allen. He was a lieutenant in the war of the Revolution, and an aide-de-camp to his father, who was killed in the early part of the war, while the son remained in the service to its close.  [1883 History]

Allen, L. Fenton d. 1919
ALLEN - Loring Fenton Allen [SRGP 82542] was born in Mansfield, Pa., April 22, 1832, and died in the Blossburg hospital March 6, 1919 at 7:15 a.m. He was a son of Almon and Polly Bates Allen, being the last survivor in a family of seven children. Much of his boyhood was spent in the New England states, the family having moved to Massachusetts soon after his birth. In early manhood he came to New York state and in August 1856 he married Pherona O. Benson, of Jamestown, NY, who died at their home in Mansfield in August 1889. A good portion of his life was spent in Mansfield, where, at different times, he engaged in various business enterprises. He was steward of the Mansfield State Normal School during part of his brother’s [F.A. Allen] principal ship, and later under Dr. Thomas. He was associated with James E. Mathews in the hotel business in Mansfield and when Mr. Mathews went to take charge of the Harford Soldiers’ Orphan School he accompanied him, being employed there until the school was discontinued, when he returned to Mansfield and made his home with his sister-in-law, the late Mrs. Jane M. Allen. A few years ago he sustained a fall, fracturing a hip bone, from which he never recovered sufficiently to walk. His end came peacefully, closing a long and active life. - Wellsboro Agitator, March 19, 1919

ALLEN - Reuben Z [SRGP 83298]. -died in Richmond, May 23, 1865, son of Zimri & Lucena V. Allen, aged 4 years 10 months 10 days - Wellsboro Agitator, May 1865


ALLEN, Stella – Mrs. Stella Allen Ely [SRGP 85746], 88, died Saturday morning, December 5, 1964 at Horseheads, NY. Until the past year she had been a life-long resident of Mansfield. Born February 29, 1875 in Mansfield, she was the daughter of the late Prof. Fordyce A. & Jane Martin Allen. Her husband was the late Fred L. Ely. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, of the parish organization of Episcopal Women, and of the Columbian Literary Exchange. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Donald Cleveland of Breesport, NY; three grandsons, Allen, Douglas and Roger at home, and a niece, Miss Elizabeth Allen of Mansfield. Services were held Monday afternoon at St. James Church under the auspices of Shaw and Robena Funeral Directors. Interment was in Prospect Cemetery. – Wellsboro Gazette, December 10, 1964

ALLEN - (SRGP 22764) MRS. WILMA ALLEN COLE, 42, was stricken and died while having dinner with friends at the Park View Hotel at 8:05 Wednesday night, June 15, 1966. The Wellsboro Fire Department was summoned and gave oxygen. Dr. William H. Bachman pronounced Mrs. Cole dead of an apparent heart attack. Her husband is a security guard at Mansfield State College. Mrs. Cole, the former Wilma Allen is survived by husband, Keith Cole; son, Roy David Cole of Mansfield; brother, Kenneth Allen of Mansfield, RD. She was a member and past president of Mansfield Firemen’s Auxiliary and a member of the Free Methodist Church of Painter Run. Funeral was held in Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 pm, the Rev. Orey Crippen officiated. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery.

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ALLEN - Wilton W. Allen, [SRGP 79571] aged 69 years, of Mansfield, president of the Board of Trustees of the Mansfield State Teachers’ College, for many years cashier of the First National Bank of Mansfield and one of Tioga county’s best known men, died suddenly at his home Wednesday evening. Mr. Allen had been working about the house during the day apparently in good health. About 10 p.m., he went to his room, complained of feeling ill and died within 10 minutes. He was born in Mansfield, son of Zimri and Lucena Allen. After his graduation from the Mansfield State Normal School he entered the services of Ross & Williams, bankers, remaining with the institution after it became the First National Bank.

 He served as cashier for many years. He served the college as trustee for many years and had been president for some time. He was a member of the Baptist church and for 25 years was superintendent of the Sunday School. He was a member of Friendship Lodge, F.& A.M. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Myra Baldwin Allen; a daughter, Mrs. John Doane, of Mansfield; a son, Leigh, of Hollywood, Cal.; three grandchildren and a brother, Elwin Allen, of Canton. The funeral was held Saturday. Rev. D.J. Griffiths officiating. - Wellsboro Agitator, April 26, 1933

ALLEN - Mr. Zimri Allen, [SRGP 83281] aged 80, died suddenly last week Tuesday morning at his home in Mansfield. Mr. All was prostrated by illness several days before, but had, apparently, almost recovered. He death was caused by heart disease. On Christmas eve Mr. & Mrs. Allen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Allen was born in New Hampshire and was for many years a successful farmer in Richmond township. He had resided in Mansfield for the past eighteen years. His wife [Lucena Stevens Allen] and two sons, Messrs. W.W. Allen, Cashier of the First National Bank, of Mansfield, and Elwin Allen of Canton; one daughter, Mrs. A.A. Putnam of Buffalo, NY and five grandchildren survive him. The funeral was held at the Mansfield Baptist church on Thursday at 2 p.m. The Advertiser in speaking of the deceased says: “Mr. Allen was highly esteemed by the residents of Mansfield. He was a Christian in all that the word implies, and he carried his Christianity into everyday life. His home was ideal. He was an excellent neighbor, ever ready to do as he would others should do unto him. He was a deacon of the First Baptist church, and for a number of years had been a faithful adherent of that religious faith.” - Wellsboro Agitator, January 15, 1908

ALLIS George W. [SRGP 69420]
George W. Allis, 79, highly respected resident of Lambs Creek, died Thursday, April 14, 1938, at the home of his son, Adelbert Allis in Lambs Creek, following an extended sickness. The son of Silas and Sabra Richmond Allis, he was born at Heath, Mass., May 18, 1858, and came to Lambs Creek when a young man.  December 23, 1876, he married Miss Perlina Cruttenden of Lambs Creek, and two sons were born to them, Albert, who died when three years of age, and Adelbert, of Lambs Creek.  Mr. Allis resided on a farm at Lambs Creek until after the death of Mrs. Allis several years ago, since then he has made his home with his son. Besides his son he is survived by three grandchildren, Leo Allis, Ellsworth Allis, and Alleene Allis, of Mansfield, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the home, the Rev. Orey Crippen, of the Tioga Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial in Prospect Cemetery.  Pall bearers were Lock Hoyt, Herbert Dyke, O. W. Clark, Samuel Wells, Charles Palmer and Alfred Warters.

AMER, Jacob [SRGP 85909] - The funeral of Jacob Amer, of Mansfield, was held March 6 [1933]; Rev. D.W. Bayliss, of the Methodist church, officiating; burial at Mansfield. Mr. Amer was born in Germany 89 years ago. He is survived by several nephews and nieces. - Wellsboro Agitator, March 15, 1933

ANDERSON - Mrs. Emma Precit - [SRGP 54498] Funeral services were held Monday, January 3, for Mrs. Emma Precit, 85, of Mansfield, formerly of Arnot, who died Friday, December 31, 1971 at the Asa Park Manor Medical Center, Montrose. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Sadie Carpenter of Scranton, Mrs. Cora Beckwith of Elmira, NY, Mrs. Agnes Klassner and Mrs. Lucille Carlson, both of Mansfield, and Mrs. Myra Weild of Endwell, NY; two sons, Henry of Endicott, NY, and Robert of Big Flats, NY; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. - Wellsboro Gazette, January 6, 1972

ANDERSON - Mr. John F. Anderson, of Elmira, son-in-law of Mr. William Holland, of Mansfield, died of consumption last Tuesday. The funeral was held at Mansfield on Thursday. - Wellsboro Agitator, 16 June 1885

ANDREWS, Sarah [SRGP 86731] -  Mrs. Sarah Warters, 94, died at 2 a.m. Monday, April 21, 1941, at her home on the River Road. A daughter of Elisha and Peggy Andrews she was born June 5, 1846, at Alba. Oct. 22, 1866, she was married to William Warters and spent the remainder of her life in Mansfield and vicinity. Mr. Warters died in 1905 and a son, Adelbert died May 24, 1934. Mrs. Warters was a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and a sincere Christian. Only a few weeks ago she attended the evangelistic services in the Grange Hall and was honored by being the oldest mother present. Mrs. Warters retained a youthful mind and took an active interest in affairs about her until her death. Surviving are several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held today [Wednesday] at 2 p.m. at the home. Rev. H.R. Veach officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. – Mansfield Advertiser, 23 April 1941


ANDRUS Clarinda [SRGP 73895]
Wellsboro Agitator - May 29, 1912
On May 11th occurred the death of Mrs. Clarinda Boyce at her home at Lambs Creek.  She was 63 years old.  She is survived by her husband, Mott Boyce, and a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Dora Boyce Knapp, both of whom live at home, and four children by a former marriage.


ANGELL, Orlando [SRGP 86575] – Orlando Angell,an esteemed resident of this place for many years, died at his home here Friday, February 5, aged 82 years. He had been in poor health for some time, but had been confined to his bed only about a month. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Mann, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. George C. Ware, of Elmira. He is survived also by one brother, Mr. George Angell, of Geneva, Ohio. He was a good neighbor, an upright citizen and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. The funeral, which was very largely attended, was held at his late home Monday afternoon, Rev. Thomas Walker conducting the services. The burial was at Mansfield, in Hope cemetery. – Wellsboro Agitator, February 17, 1909, .8


ARGETSINGER Alma Decker  [13787]

The funeral of Mrs. George E. Decker, who died in the hospital at Blossburg, where she had been for nearly a year, was held Oct. 31 in the Methodist Episcopal church in Mansfield, of which church Mrs. Decker had been a faithful member for many years.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Argetsinger, and was born in Rutland, September 15, 1866.  She attended the Normal School and after leaving that institution taught school for several years.  She was a member of the Rebecca lodge and W.C.T.U. and took an active part in the work of these societies until illness compelled her to stop.  She is survived by her husband, a daughter Ruth, who is a teacher in the Knoxville schools, and a brother, James Argetsinger, of Elmira.   Wellsboro Agitator, 12 November 1919


ARGETSINGER Alma Decker [13787]

Mrs. George Decker, of Mansfield, died last week Tuesday night at the Blossburg hospital, where she had been ill nearly a year.  She is survived by her husband and daughter, Ruth.  The funeral was held Friday afternoon at one o’clock.   Wellsboro Agitator, 5 November 1919. 

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ARGETSINGER - Miss Kathryn A. Argetsinger (SRGP 13794) died suddenly at the home of her aunt, Mrs George E. Decker, in East Main street early on   Wednesday evening last. Mis Argetsinger had been ill of pleurisey for three weeks, but at no time was her condition considered critical. Her passing was in the nature of a distinct shock, not only by the members of her family, but to all Mansfield, where she was so well and favorably known. Miss Argetsinger was an altogether lovely young woman- self sacrificing , of high Christian character and an aspirant to the high ideals in life and profession. Graduated from Mansfield Normal in the class of '05, she had since been a successful teacher. 

She was 23 years old. Miss Argetsinger is  survived by her father J. M. Argetsinger, of Mansfield; three brothers, George and Leon of Rochester, N.Y. and Dee of Mansfield; one sister Miss  Minnie of Mansfield and her aunt, Mrs Decker. The funeral was largely attended from the home of her aunt on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. R. M. Hunsicker, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Burial was in Hope cemetery. There was a wealth of floral tributes, tokens of love and esteem in which Kathryn Argetsinger was held.



ARGETSINGER John [SRGP 13784] d. Fri. [30 August] near Mansfield, from a fall, a native of Fulton, N.Y. had res. In Rutland 1 son, James, dau. Mrs. Feo Decker, Fun. Mansfield [Mansfield Advertiser 1901 4-Sep]


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ASHLEY, Wells O. (SRGP 04997) Wells O. Ashley died Sunday March 10, 1946 at 1:45 at his home on Elmira Street. Mr. Ashley was born Dec. 2, 1865, in Sullivan Township, a son of Orange and Annliza Ashley. Dec. 13. 1899 he married Miss Mary Wilson and for about 30 years they resided on a farm in Sullivan Township. In 1929 they moved to Mansfield and resided on Extension street until about two weeks before his death, when they sold their home and moved to an apartment in the Randall apartment house on Elmira Street. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Mortimer Briggs, of Middlebury; brother, Sterne Ashley, Mansfield R. D., and three grandchildren, Harold, Benny, and Helen Briggs. Funeral services were held today at 2 p.m. at the Shaw Funeral Home, the Rev. Floyd E. Guiles officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. 

ATKINSON, Mary Glenwright [SRGP 76426] – Mrs. Mary Glenwright, a former resident of Mansfield for many years, died on March 5, in Hornell, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Warters.  She had been ill a long time.  Mrs. Glenwright was born in England and came to America in 1881.  The family located in Mansfield and lived here until a few years ago.  Mrs. Glenwright was 77 years old and is survived by six children: William of Philadelphia; Henry of Blossburg; Thomas of Morris Run; Mrs. Thomas Butcher, of Elmira; Mrs. Charles McConnell, of Canoe camp creek and Mrs. George Warters, of Hornell.  The funeral was held in Mansfield and interment was in Prospect cemetery. – Advertiser -   Wellsboro Agitator, 19 March 1919.


Nellie A. Knowlton, 74, of Sherwood Manor, Mansfield, died Friday, Sept. 27, 1991 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born April15, 1917 in Mainesburg, she was a daughter of Roy and Pearle Rose Aumick. She was a member of Canoe Camp Church of Christ for 52 years, Mansfield 55 Plus Club and Elizabeth Rebekah Lodge #291 of Mansfield. Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold M. Knowlton on Sept, 20, 1979; stepmother, Ruth Aumick on Nov 14, 1989. Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Marylou and Ed Coolidge of State College; foster son, David Hor-ton of Addison, N.Y.; two grandsons, Calvin and Gary VanNess; four brothers, Stanley Aumick of Mansfield, James Aumick, Dennis Aumick and John Aumick, all of Mainesburg; sisters and brothers-in-law. Essie and Clifford Thomas, Sarah and Patrick Pfeifer, all of Mainesburg. Friends called at the Scureman Funeral Home in Mansfield on Monday, Sept. 30. The funeral service was held there on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the Rev. Ira Hindman officiating. Burial was made in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield.

AUSTIN - Allen B. Austin, [SRGP 84905] 15-year-old son of Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Austin, of Milan, PA, formerly of Mansfield, was fatally injured when he was struck by an automobile as he was riding his bicycle to his work. He is survived by his parents; four brothers, Clinton, Charles, Elvin and Leroy; a sister, Mrs. Leonard Wood of Ulster; his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Clinton Wood of Nichols, NY; four uncles, Aaron Wood of Mansfield, Robert Wood of Athens, Foster and Forrest Wood of Nichols,  NY, and Daniel Austin of Nebraska; also two aunts, Mrs. Laura Brown of Nichols, NY, and Mrs. Harry Gimlin of Bolivar, NY. - Wellsboro Agitator, May 12, 1926


 Archie N. Austin, of Austinville, died very suddenly Friday morning at 2:30 at the home of Chief-of-Police E. J. Wood, on East Elmira Street.  Death was caused by heart trouble, from which he had been a sufferer for a number of years.  Mr. Austin was born at Mainesburg 59 years ago, the son of Jesse and Hannah Austin, and lived nearly all his life in this vicinity.  He was a member of the Church of Christ of Covington.  He was an upright Christian, and his friendly disposition won for him many friends wherever he went.  A kind father and husband and a good neighbor, he will be missed by a large circle of friends.  He is survived by his widow, Jennie Orvis Austin; two children, Roy S. Austin, of Dimock, Pa., and Mrs. Ernest Bolt, of Covington; his mother Mrs. Hannah Austin, of Mainesburg; three brothers Alvin B. Austin, of Mansfield; Nicholas P. Austin, of Troy, and Emory Austin of Swissvale, and three sisters, Mrs. Lettie Smith, of Swissvale; Mrs. Albert Jones, of Mainesburg and Mrs. Roy James of Rutland.  A son, Gerald Neil Austin, died in the service during the World War, and is one of the soldiers after whom the Austin-Cox Post of Mansfield, was named.  Funeral services were held at the Wood home Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. L. M. Sparks, of Alba, a former pastor of the Covington Church of Christ officiating, assisted by the Rev. D. J. Grifiths, of Mansfield, and the Rev. Glenn Dewey, of Mainesburg.  Interment was in the Mainesburg cemetery. [Burial is actually in Prospect Cemetery - No stone in Mainesburg Cemetery]

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AUSTIN, Gerald Neil [SRGP 08522] - Killed in Action - Private Gerald Neil Austin, of Mainesburg, Tioga County, was killed in action on June 6 [1918], according to a message received last Monday by his mother, Mrs. Cora Slingerland, of Mainesburg. Private Austin enlisted in November, 1917, at Fort Worth, Texas, and went overseas two months ago. He was a member of Co. E, 30th US Infantry, and was 21 years old. His father resided in Pittsburgh. Prior to enlisting in the army, Private Austin worked in the South and had been in the Southern states about three years before he entered the army. Before he went south he attended school in Mainesburg. Private Austin's name is included in the casualty list from France, received by papers on June 25. - Wellsboro Agitator, July 3, 1918, p.2 [Austin-Cox Post VFW named for Gerald Austin and John Cox]

AUSTIN, Gerald Neil [SRGP 08522] - The body of Gerald Neil Austin, who was killed in France June 8, 1918, was brought to Mansfield on Aug. 27 [1921] for interment in Prospect cemetery. At the request of the mother, Mrs. Cora M. Austin, the funeral was private. Comrades from Austin-Cox Post, The American Legion, acted as pall bearers. - Wellsboro Agitator, September 7, 1921, p.3

AUSTIN - Irwin Austin, [SRGP 02512] aged about 60 years, shot himself August 6 [1945], at his home near Roseville. Surviving are his widow; four sons serving overseas: Cpl. Irwin C.; Cpl. Elwin J.; Seaman LeRoy D.; and Cpl. Charles; one son, Gordon, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Leonard Wood of Mansfield; and a brother in the west. Funeral services were held Thursday; burial in Prospect cemetery at Mansfield. - Wellsboro Agitator, 15 August 1945

AUSTIN - J. Louise Austin [SRGP 85879] died at 2 a.m. Feb. 9 [1943], at her home on Meadow Street in Mansfield. She had been employed as a bookkeeper at the T. W. Judge Co. store. Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Kitty Austin of Horseheads, NY; Mrs. Lulu Dodd, of New York; a niece, Mrs. Dodd Watkins, of Minneapolis. The funeral was held Thursday at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Marshall Bartholomew officiating; burial in Prospect cemetery at Mansfield. - Wellsboro Agitator, 17 February 1943 [Identity not determined - Is Austin her own name or married alias?]

Richard Darwin Austin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Austin, diedat 1:30 a. m., Saturday, October 20, at the family home, following a two-day's illness of jaundice. Richard, who was better known as Dickie, was born July 22, 1926, at Mansfield.  He was a bright, lovable boy, a pupil in the second grade of the Training School, where he will be greatly missed by teachers and schoolmates. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held in the Baptist church Monday at 2 p.m., with abundance of beautiful floral offerings.   Rev. Griffiths officiated; interment in Prospect cemetery.  The pall bearers were Ward Austin, Fordyce Hagar, William Orvis and Milton Hagar. He leaves to mourn his loss, his grief stricken parents, two brothers Lyle and Dale, two sisters, Caroline and Leona, besides a large circle of relatives and friends.

"Dearest Dickie, thou hast left us,
And our loss we deeply feel;
But thou has gone to live with Jesus.
He will all our sorrows heal." 

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AUSTIN, Ward L. (SRGP 06563)

Age 87 of Mansfield RD 1, Tuesday, January 25, 1983 at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro, PA.  Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield Wednesday 4 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Thursday at 11 a.m.  Pastor Wayne Johnson officiating.  Burial in Prospect Cemetery Mansfield.  Survived by wife Mabel (Soper) Austin.  One daughter Mrs. Audley (June) Aldenderfer, Elmira; one sister Mrs. Daisy Orvis Covington, PA; one brother Lloyd Austin of Wellsboro, PA; 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.  He was a member of the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church.  He was a local auctioneer and antique dealer for many years. Born September 4, 1895 in Sullivan Twsp. Tioga County PA the son of Alvin and Ida Robbins Austin.


AVERY, Albert [SRGP 86655] – The funeral of Mr. Albert H. Avery, who died on the 9th instant of stomachic neuralgia at Lake Lamoka, where he was taking his annual outing, was held from his late home in Mansfield on the 11th instant. He was born in Salisbury Center, NY, in 1835, whence he came in early life to Charleston township, this county, where he remained and married Miss Emma Pratt. In 1873 he removed for Charleston to Mansfield, His wife died in 1887, in 1890 he married Miss Jennie E. Farrer, well known as a successful teacher in the Wellsboro public schools. She survives him. – October 18, 1899, p.5


AVERY - George W. Avery [SRGP 85647], 63, died at his home in Mansfield last Sunday night. Survivors include the widow, Ida Avery; a son, Elwin T. Avery of Monroeton; a step-son Guerdon Ross Hildreth, of Binghamton; a daughter, Mrs. Edith Eichler of Rochester, and two grandchildren. The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the late home. Rev. D.W. Bayliss of the Methodist church officiating. Burial in Prospect cemetery. - Wellsboro Gazette, June 23, 1932


AVERY - MARGARET S. AVERY WOOD, (SRGP 01458)  age 86, of Sayre House, Sayre, PA, formerly of 208 Clair Blvd., Horseheads, NY, died Sunday, January 26, 1986. Friends may call at the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Mill St. & Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, Tuesday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral and Committal Services will be conducted at the Funeral Home, Wednesday, at 11 am, the Rev. Frank P. Snyder officiating. Interment, Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. She is survived by sons, Roy Wood of Tioga, PA, Gordon Wood of Dansville, NY, Orrin S. Wood Jr. of Horseheads, NY; daughters, Mrs. Celia Sherman of Roseville, PA, Mrs. James (Zondra) Bush of Horseheads, NY; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Peterson of Horseheads, NY, Mrs. Ethel Field of Rochester, NY; brothers, Merle Avery of Mansfield, PA, Fay Avery of Waverly, NY; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wood was predeceased by her husband, Orrin S. Wood Sr. who died, September 21, 1981. Mr. and Mrs. Wood had celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on April 10, 1981. Mrs. Wood was born April 7, 1899, the daughter of William and Gertrude Hakes Avery, in Gillett, PA.


AVERY – Willys Avery, [SRGP 89846] prominent Mansfield business man, died suddenly yesterday morning at 9:30 o’clock at his home following a brief illness of pneumonia. He was 67 years of age last December. Although he had been in poor health during the winter Mr. Avery was able to attend to his business at the Marble Works, which he had conducted for many years. An active Odd Fellow and an officer of high order, Mr. Avery marshaled the lodge members in their annual church service held last Sunday at the Mansfield Baptist church. He was also a trustee of the IOOF Children’s Home at Sunbury, and office, which he had held for the past 20 years. He was twice married and is survived by his second wife, Genevieve and a host of friends throughout the county. – Wellsboro Gazette, May 5, 1932   (Son of Albert H. Avery + first wife, Emily E. Pratt, Willys R. Avery b. Dec 1864)


AYRES, Antoinette – Mrs. Antoinette Lilley, 84, died Wednesday, January 5, 1938, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Emmet D. Snover, following a paralytic seizure suffered the previous Thursday. The daughter of Moses and Harriet Ayers, she was born near Austinville, April 4, 1853. April 17, 1870, she married to D.S. Lilley. Forty-three years ago the family moved to Mansfield, where Mr. Lilley died June 22, 1911. Mrs. Lilley was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and as long as her health permitted, took an active interest in its work. During her long residence in Mansfield she made many warm friends, who knew her as a sincere Christian. Surviving are two sons, Leon Lilley, of Frederick, MD, and Edgar Lilley, of Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Emmet D. Snover and Miss Dora Ayers of Mansfield; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Carl Lilley, died about two years ago. The funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the home in charge of the Rev. Charles N. Ouderkirk, of the Mansfield Methodist Church, and the Rev. David J. Griffiths, of the Baptist Church. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. Pall bearers were Reuben E. Cleveland, Budd A. Clark, Earl W. Shaw, Albert Whitehouse, Emmet Bates and Lyman Wilkins. – Mansfield Advertiser, 12 January 1938


AYERS - Mrs. Ellen Snover, (SRGP 79598) aged 81, died Thursday, Nov. 21, at her home in Mansfield.   She was born Oct. 25, 1859 in Columbia twp.  Daug. Of Moses and Harriet Slade Ayers.  She was married Jan. 14. 1888 to Emmett Snover.  They lived on a farm in Richmond Twp.  Most of their lives.  She was a member of the Baptist Church and Philathea Society.  She is survived by her husband and a sister, Miss Dora Ayers of Mansfield and two nephews Leon Lilley of Fredrick, Mr. Edgar Lilley of Elmira.  Funeral services were held Monday.  Rev. David J. Griffiths officiating; burial in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. “Wellsboro Agitator,”  Nov. 27, 1940.

AYRES, Andrew C. (SRGP 62678) - In his usual good health until a few days ago, Andrew C. Ayres, 88, died at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. L. Allen, 66 Bridge Street, where he had lived for the past two years. Mr. Ayres was a native of Pennsylvania, born in Canton June 2, 1848. His parents were Abijah and Theresa Ayres. November 27, 1881, he married Miss Junia Sweet, of Coryland, Pa., in Covington, Pa. Four children were born to them. One son, Warren, died at the age of 22 years. After his marriage Mr. Ayres was for many years a successful farmer near Covington. About 20 years ago he retired and moved to Mansfield. He was a charter member of the Disciple Church in Covington, which he helped to build. He was always active and interested in this church and its influence in the community. Mr. Ayres enjoyed conversing and made and retained friends easily. Despite his years, he maintained a keen interest in civic and world events. He will be greatly missed in Mansfield, where his friendliness and his interest in events made him many friends. His abscence of the past two years has been tempered by frequent visits to Mansfield to meet his old friends. Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. H. D. Wood, Flint avenue; a son, Charles Ayres; a granddaughter, Mrs. Irvin Speer; two grandsons, Warren and Maurice Wood, and two great-grandchildren, Irvin and Juva Ann Speer, all of Corning. The body was taken to the Ryal and Jones Home for funerals. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. L. Allen, where he had lived for the past two years. The Rev. Leslie E. Gould, pastor of the North Baptist Church, Corning, officiated. Burial in the family plot in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, where commital services were also held. The high esteem of Mr. Ayres' friends for him was manifested by the many beautiful floral offerings. Bearers were Lawrence Perkins, Clarence and Maynard Allen, Fred Adsit, Michael Logue and George Cornell. Submitted by Barbara Conrad

Wellsboro Agitator - December 23, 1936 (SRGP 62678)
Andrew C. Ayres, aged 88 years, died at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. L. Allen, in Corning.  He was  a native of Pennsylvania, born in Canton June 2, 1848.  His parents were Abijah and Theresa Ayres.  Nov. 27, 1881 he married Junia Sweet, of Corryland, Pa.  Four children were born to them.  One son, Warren, died at the age of 22 years.  After his marriage Mr. Ayres was for many years a successful farmer near Covington.  About 20 years ago, he retired and moved to Mansfield.  He was a charter member of the Disciple Church in Covington, which he  helped to build.  Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. H. D. Wood, of Corning; a son, Charles Ayres; a granddaughter, Mrs. Irvin Speer; two grandsons, Warren and Maurice Speer, and two great grandchildren, Irvin and Juva Ann Speer, all of Corning.  Funeral services were held Sunday; burial in Prospect cemetery at Mansfield.

Miss Dora Ayres, 82, (SRGP 79599) of Mansfield, died Friday morning, Dec. 4, 1942. Survivors: a nephew, Edgar Lilly of Elmira. She Was a Member of the Baptist Church. Funeral Monday at 2 p.m. at the family home on St. James Street. The Rev. David J. Griffiths. Prospect Cemetery.   

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