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Obituaries by Cemetery

Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Whitteker-Jaquish Cemetery, Richmond Township, Tioga County PA

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

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by Joyce M. Tice
Whittaker-Jaquish Cemetery Listing 1970 


Whittaker Jaquish Cemetery Listing 2005

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.


BECHTEL, Thomas “Tom” Richard
Age 57, of RR1 Covington, Pa, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at home. Tom was the husband of Sandra Lou “Sandy” Bramm Bechtel for 32 years. He was born in Pottstown, Pa, on November 7, 1945, a son of John William and Irma Shantz Bechtel. Tom was a farmer for many years. He was a member of the Tioga Valley Saddle Club. Hunting and bowling were among his favorite past time. He was a league bowler Monday and Thursday nights at Maple Lanes Bowling Alley. Tom is survived by his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Stacy  and Mary Bechtel of Covington, Pa; a daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Jody Devine, of Mainesburg, Pa; four grandchildren, Stephen Wilcox, Kaitlin Devine, Joseph Devine, Gunner Bechtel; four brothers, Robert and John Bechtel, Pottstown, Pa, Kenneth Bechtel, of Mansfield, Pa, Gene Bechtel, of Pottstown, Pa. A sister, Laura May Dolenti, preceded him in death. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 27, 2003, from 4-9 Pm, at the Mainesburg United Methodist Church, in Mainesburg, Pa. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 28, 2003 at 10am, at the church with the Rev. Howard Woodruff and Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Knowlton Cemetery on Whitaker Rd., Richmond Twp. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, P.C. 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. [Knowlton Cemetery is an alternate name for Whittaker-Jaquish Cemetery]


Daniel Preston JAQUISH, 68, [SRGP 08315] of Mansfield, Pa. unexpectedly this morning, June 30, 1953.  Survivied by his wife, Mrs. Arbutus Jaquish; daughers, the Misses Christine and Priscella Jaquish at home, Mrs B.B. Nielsen of Seattle, Wash, Mrs Martha Barocco of Elkland, Pa., Mrs Gladys Brubaker of Lititz Pa., Mrs Mabel Thomas of Mainesburg and Mrs Donna Hall of New York City; sons, Dr. Joseph Jaquish, of Punxsutawney, P., T/Sgt Francis M. Jaquish with the U.S. Marines at Quantio, Va., sister, Dr. Martha Jaquish of Philadelphia; brothers, Dr. Francis Jaquish of Philadelphia, Orin Jaquish or Troy, Pa., and John Jaquish of Tunkhannock, Pa; 14 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Daniel Preston JAQUISH -[SRGP 82057] Pfc Daniel P. Jaquish Jr. U.S. MC, 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Jaquish has been reported dead By Commander A Vandergrift, U.S. MC Pfc. enlisted July 14, 1942, and received his boot training at Paris Island, South Carolina. From there he was sent to Camp Lejune, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina, whereas training was that about light machine daughter. Oct. 22, 1943 he left San Diego, California, leaving his forwarding address as 3rd Marines, 3d division, 3d Battalion, Co..__WP. In letters written home he stated a head and Bouginville and Guadalcanal. It was on Bougainville December 8, 1943 where he unexpectedly met his brother, Francis. This was his last reunion with any of his family.Daniel Jr., was born in Richmond Township and attended the Mansfield public schools. Surviving are his parents; brothers: Francis, 19,___and Joseph, 18, both serving with the U.S. MC; sisters Donna, Christine and Priscilla, at home in Mansfield; Mabel L., Ogdensberg; Mrs._______ Buss, Lancaster; Mrs. Berdin Nelson, Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. Orlando Barrocco, Oakland.

Mansfield—Funeral services for Francis M. JAQUISH [SRGP 82054] Mansfield, who died Thursday in the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital where he was being treated for a heart ailment, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Shaw-Robena Funeral Home. Mr. Jaquish, operator and owner of Hats Restaurant at Canoe Camp, retired from the Marine Corps in 1961 as a master sergeant after serving 20 years. During his military career he served in 14 major battles including World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was recipient of the following decorations; Presidential Unit Citation with bronze stars award for service in Korea in 1950 and 1951; American Campaign, medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with one bronze star. Also World War II victory medal; China service medal; National Defense service medal, silver; Korean service medal, one star, indicating five bronze stars; United Nations service medal and Korean Presidential Citation, 1953.

 Francis M. JAQUISH [SRGP 82054] , age 39, Mansfield, Thursday, Sept.,24, 1964. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Mansfield and served in the Marine Corps for 20 years. Survived by wife Ethel Hall Jaquish; sons, Michael, David, Francis, Daniel, and Joseph all at home; mother Mrs. Arbutus Jaquish of Sunny Vale, Calif; brother Dr. Joseph Jaquish of Mansfield; sisters, Mrs. Arbutus Niselen of Sunny Vale, Mrs. Martha Barroco of Elkland, Mrs. Loraine Thomas of Mansfield, Mrs. Donna Brown of Lancaster, Pa., Mrs. Gladys Brubacker of Litz, Pa., Mrs. Christine Zellner of Addison, N.Y., Mrs. Priscella Soper of Minnesota. Body at the Shaw-Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield. Calling hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

JAQUISH, Jane A. Whittaker, (SRGP 09949) 72, died Tuesday a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ammon Beals, where she had been ill for several weeks. She was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Jaquish and was born in Sullivan township November 12, 1862.  She was a descendant of a pioneer settler of Tioga County PA., and also of a soldier of the New York State Continental Line of the Revolutionary Army. March 11, 1880, she was married to Andrew Lincoln Whittaker.  Her entire life was spent in the vicinity of Mansfield and in Elmira.  Mrs. Whitaker endeared herself to all those with whom she was associated by her kind, friendly disposition and generous helpfulness to those in need.  To know Mrs. Whittaker, was to love her for  her sincere Christian character. Surviving are four sons, Seth and Lewis, of Elmira; Paul of New York City, and Guy, of Endicott; three daughters, Mrs. Ammon Beals, of Mansfield, Mrs. Charles Leiby, of Covington, and several grandchildren.  A daughter, Mrs. Celia Harris, and a son, Ray, diedseveral years ago. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2:30 in the Methodist Church, the Rev. D. W. Baylis officiating.  Burial will be in the Whittaker Cemetery at Canoe Camp.(provided by Marion Leiby Yusko Jane's granddaughter and submitted by Marjorie Robinson ggranddaughter of Jane)
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JAQUISH - John W, - [SRGP 51874] Mansfield Advertiser -Feb. 25th 1874: Died John Jaquish of Mansfield last evening Feb. 17th age 65 years 11 months.

JAQUISH - Dr. Joseph P. Jaquish, VMD, 80, [SRGP 82053] died Friday, Jan 26, 2007, in Ozark, Ark. He was born April 7, 1926, to Daniel P. and Arbutus L. Jaquish, of Mansfield. He was a veterinarian, Marine veteran, a member of Ozark Recreation Club and Little Creek Recreation Club. The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home in Ozark. He is survived by his wife, Billie Durham; daughters, Linda West, Patricia Breashears, Kim Jaquish of Ozark, Ark., JoAnn Brinkley Doyle of Bradford, Ark.; grandchildren, Sandra West Martini, Cheri West Casper, Jody West Vincent, Robin Hicks Curlee, Joseph H. Breashears, Holly Brinkley Hooker, Jayme Brinkley Valencia, Shawn T. McKinney; 11 great-grandchildren and four sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or a local animal shelter. - Wellsboro Gazette, Feb. 7, 2007   Whittaker-Jaquish Cemetery, Richmond Township

Mansfield Advertiser, 1958
Dr. Joseph P. Jaquish has opened his office at Canoe Camp for the practice of Small and Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Jaquish was born and raided at Covington RD1, the son of Mrs. Arbutus Jaquish and the late Dan Jaquish. He graduated from Mansfield High School [can't find on school year lists] and attended Mansfield State Teachers College for two years. Dr. Jaquish then entered the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1951. He has practiced Small and Large animal Medicine and Surgery for eight years at Punxsutawney, PA

JAQUISH Dr. Joseph P. [SRGP 55128]
Mansfield, PA, July 3.---Dr. Joseph P. Jaquish, popular and highly esteemed Mansfield dentist, died this morning at 6:30 o'clock at Blossburg Hospital, from injuries received in an automobile accident last Thursday night. Dr. Jaquish was injured when the car driven by Dr. Daniel Preston of Canton, left the road and crashed into the bridge at Canoe Camp. Born at Covington Township on May 4, 1901, Dr. Jaquish was the son of Elvin W. and Martha (Preston) Jaquish. He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1920, from Mansfield State Teachers' College in 1923, and from the University of Pennsylvania Dental College in 1932. The following October he bought the dental practice of Dr. Robert DeWaters, in which business he had been engaged since that time. Dr. Jaquish was a member of the Friendship Lodge F. and A. M. and the Methodist Episcopal Church. The community is greatly shocked and saddened by his death because he was one of its most popular citizens and his friends were legion. His survivors include a sister, Dr. Martha Jaquish, Holmesburg, PA; six brothers, Daniel, of Covington; William, a student in the Temple University Medical School; Orrin of Troy; John of Tunkhannock; Dr. Elvin Jaquish of Punxsutawney; and Dr. Francis Jaquish, a dentist in Philadelphia. No funeral arrangements have been made as yet. A cousin of Dr. Jaquish, by the same name was killed in an automobile accident near Troy last February. [1935]

JAQUISH, JOSEPH -  [SRGP 55128] Dr. Joseph Jaquish, 33, popular Mansfield dentist, died at Blossburg Hospital early Tuesday of injuries incurred when his car crashed into the bridge at Canoe Camp last Wednesday night. With Dr. Jaquish was Dr. Dan Preston, of Canton, a cousin. Preston had severe head lacerations, as did Dr. Jaquish. Internal injuries are believed to have caused death of the latter. His survivors include a sister, Dr. Martha Jaquish, Holmesburg, Pa.; six brothers, Daniel, of Covington; William, a student in the Temple University Medical School; Orrin, of Troy; John, of Tunkhannock; and Dr. Francis Jaquish, a dentist in Philadelphia. Born in Covington township, May 4, 1901, Dr. Jaquish is a graduate of Mansfield High School and of Pennsylvania Dental College. Since 1932 when he bought the dental practice of Dr. Robert DeWaters, he has practiced in Mansfield. He was a member of the (the rest is missing) (Barb Conrad)


MAYNARD – Mr. Frank Maynard, Sr., aged 70, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.L. Herrmann, in Covington, on February 24th [1908]. He is survived by four children, Mrs. C.L. Herrmann of Covington, Mrs. Nellie Edgar of Pleasantville, Ohio, Albert Maynard of Lock Berlin, NY, and Frank Maynard, Jr., of Roulette. The funeral was held last Wednesday afternoon; burial in the Whittaker cemetery. – Wellsboro Agitator, 4 March 1908


ORDWAY - In Covington township, Feb. 19, 1880, Mr. Wm. Ordway, in his 88th year.


ORDWAY - Mr. William Ordway
In Covington township, February 19, 1880, Mr. William Ordway, in the 88th year of his age.  (Tuesday, March 9, 1880, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Ward D. Phelps, 73, of Covington RD 1, died at 12:20 pm Friday, April 4, 1975, in the Williamsport Hospital, following an extended illness. He had been admitted to the hospital on March 23. He was born April 6, 1901, in Richmond Twp., Tioga County, a son of Floyd and Anna Dewey Phelps. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. A retired farmer, he had served many years as a Richmond Twp. supervisor and was a former vice president of the Northeast Milk Producers Cooperative, Syracuse, NY. Mr. Phelps was a member of the North Elk Run Grange. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Esther Brown, of Liberty; a foster daughter, Miss Martha Simpson, with whom he lived, and a foster son, Robert Wandell of Wellsboro. The funeral was at 1 pm Sunday at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery. Wayne Owen, his pastor officiated.

Silas Smith [SRGP 01856]
In Sullivan, October 6th, 1876, after a short illness, Silas Smith, aged about 50(or 60) years.  (Tuesday, October 17, 1876, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

WHITAKER - Mr. Peter Whitaker [SRGP 06801]
Mr. Peter Whitaker departed this life at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. James Cudworth, on the 29th of January.  He lived accordingly to the commands of God, and has gone to reap his reward in the hereafter.  (Tuesday, February 8, 1876, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

WHITTAKER, Celia Harris - (SRGP 74130)  Celia Whittaker, wife of Clarence Harris, died at her home in Rochester, NY at four o'clock Sunday morning, following an extended illness.  She was the daughter of Mrs. Jane Whittaker of this boro, and of Andrew Lincoln Whittaker, familiarly known as "Link" Whittaker, who was killed while crossing the railroad bridge in Elmira on May 20, 1908. Celia was born March 3, 1894, at the family home in Richmond.  With her parents she went to Elmira, where she resided until the death of her father, after which the family came to Mansfield to live.  She was married several years ago to Clarence Harris of Rochester, NY and had made her home in that city since that time. Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Jane (Jaquish) Whittaker, of this boro, and four brothers, Lewis and Guy of Elmira, Paul of Paterson N.J. and Seth of Columbia X Roads; and three sisters, Elizabeth Beals of Columbia X Roads; Ruth Leiby, of Covington, and Pearl Hetherton of Morris Run. The body was brought to Mansfield Monday and the funeral will be held from the Methodist Church this afternoon at two p.m.  Burial will be in the Whittaker Cemetery. She was a charming young lady and well liked by her friends.  As an insight to her loving character the following poem, which was one of many she had clipped out and saved in her Bible, is the best example.  (Poem The Way Is Long) is not included as it is very long.  Obit found in her Bible and her death occurred probably in 1921.  No dates given. (Submitted by Marjorie Robinson)

WHITTAKER Claude H. (SRGP 05041)
Claude H. Whittaker, age 86 of South Daytona, Fla., formerly of Covington, died Wednesday, Sept 5, 1973 after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield. Rev. Kermit Clickner officiated. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery, Richmond Township. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Anna Fast and Mrs. Ross (Mildred) Bailey, both of South Daytona, Fla., Mrs. John (Carrie) Strong of Mansfield. He was a veteran of World War I, member of Port Orange, Fla. Methodist Church and a retired Richmond Township farmer. He was born July 8, 1887 in Covington, the son of Nelson and Carrie Knowlton Whittaker.

     Mrs. Ammon Beals, 72, of Mansfield, RD. 3, died Saturday, May 26, 1956.  She was a member of the Disciple Church of Christ at Canoe Camp.  Survived by husband, C. A. Beals; daughters, Mrs. Willard Packard and Mrs. Francis Sykora, both of Mansfield, RD.; son, Gordon Beals of Mansfield, RD 3; sister Mrs. Pearl Hetterton of Elmira, N.Y.; brother, Seth Whitteker, Mansfield; Guy and Louis Whitteker, both of Orlando, Fla.; Paul Whitteker of New York City; 14 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren.  Funeral was held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Shaw and Robena Funeral Home, the Rev. Norman West, Jr. officiating.  Burial was in the Whitteker Cemetery, Mansfield, RD.


THE OWEGO RECORD Tioga County News, March 22, 1900 -  It was 19 degrees below zero at Towanda. Saturday night.
Died, at Warren Center, PA. Sunday, May 6, 1900, James WHITTAKER, aged about 65 years. He is survived by his wife and four children, Mrs. L. M. HILL of Owego, Mrs. P. S. ARNOLD of South Warren, Mrs. L. F. CORBIN of Little Meadows and H. J. WHITTAKER of West WARREN. Mrs. W. W. ANDROS of Owego, The wife of Dr. CHIDDESTER of Newark Valley and Mrs. Henry Van BRUNT of Binghamton are nieces. The funeral was held Wednesday at 10 a. m. at Warren Center

WHITTEKER Seth, (SRGP 13524)whose health had been steadily failing for a number of months, died last Wednesday morning at his home east of Canoe Camp at the advanced age of 79 years and 5 months.  Mr. Whitteker was a man of much native ability.  In early life he took an active part in public affairs and held numerous offices of trust and responsibility.  He is survived by a widow and several daughters and sons, among the latter being Messrs. Almeron, James, Nelson and Lincoln Whitteker, all well known citizens of Richmond township.  The obsequies were held on Friday at 2pm from the Whitteker school house, the Rev. Leon Reynolds, of Covington , officiating.  Submitted by Marjorie Robinson

SETH R. WHITTAKER age 74 of Covington, Pa. Wednesday, December 29, 1965.  Body at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield.  Calling hours Thursday 7 to 9 p.m., Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services there Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Robert Young.  Whittaker Cemetery.  Survived by daughter, Mrs. Muriel Chamberlain of Elmira; brother, Paul Whittaker of Long Island; sister, Mrs. Pearl Hetherton of Elmira; several nieces and nephews.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/30/1965

WILCOX - Theodore Ted Wilcox, age 77, of Mansfield, PA, died Friday, June 13, 2008 at home in the arms of his loving wife and daughter. Ted and Sylvia would have celebrated their 57th anniversary on August 5th. He was born November 27, 1930 in Sylvania, PA, a son of Morris and Louise (Mason) Wilcox. Ted was a farmer for many years, drove school bus, and a van for Martha Lloyd. His favorite past time was riding horses with his granddaughters and playing cards. Ted was a member of the Covington Church of Christ (Disciples).   Ted is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Chamberlain) Wilcox; a daughter and son-in-law, Lucille and James VanDergrift of Mansfield, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Nan Wilcox of Covington, PA; 4 grandchildren, Ryan Wilcox, Mara Wilcox, Jessica VanDergrift and Joleen VanDergrift; a brother and sister-in-law, Wesley and Barb Cowan of Elmira, NY; a sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Melvin Hayes of Elmira, NY; a special friend and helper, Harold Frost; many nieces and nephews, loving friends and neighbors. Ted was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.  Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 16, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, June 17, 2008 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ira Hindman officiating. Burial will be in Knowlton Cemetery, Whittaker Rd., Covington, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in Teds memory to the charity of ones choice.


? Cornelia Jeliff

aged 73 years, died Feb. 9 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Phoebe Lucas, at Mainesburg, after a long illness.  The funeral was held Wednesday; burial in the Whittaker cemetery.  She is survived by seven children:  George and Grant, Mrs. Phoebe Lucas, Mrs. Rose Love, Mrs. A. Boyden, of Wellsville, and Mrs. Ada Burnham, of Bentley Creek.   Wellsboro Agitator, 19 Feb 1919.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 09 DEC 2004
By Joyce M. Tice

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