These obituaries truly came from here and there. Many are from the Jefferson County mailing list and its affiliates. Some were sent directly to us, and others just surfaced. We are presenting them as we find them, and some will have donors' names, and some will not. Many appear to come from, or

J. C. Banta.

Just been received here of of the death of at Vinelead. N. J., Friday of J. C. Banta, formerly of this city. Mr Banta was about 70 years of age. He was a respected resident of Watertown where he conducted a photograph gallery. He was a member of the First Baptist church of this city during his long residence here and had a wide circle of frieads and acquaintances. He left this city for Vineland, where he has since resided, something over ten years ago. He is survived by a wife and one daughter, Mrs. D. J. Winfeild of Vineland. 1906, Transcribed from Watertown Daily Times

Courtesy of Diane and Clarence Bemis
Ripon, WI


5/11821 - 10/5/1901
Joined the Great Majority

Wm. Bemis, pioneer resident of Dodge County, died at his home in Ellington, Saturday, October 5, aged eighty years, five months and four days.

Deceased was a native of Vermont. While he was yet a child, his parents moved to Jefferson County, N.Y. where he grew to mankind [sic]. In '46 he was married to Elizabeth Stedman of Rochester N. Y. Shortly after they moved to Cincinnati where he worked at his trade, that of a house carpenter. Coming west in a successful effort to regain lost health he settled in 1858 on a farm in Ellington, where he has ever since resided.

To them have been born ten children. His widow (after fifty five years of wedded life) and eight children survive him. Deceased was a brother to Jason Bemis of Owatonna, and uncle to Fred Bemis of Walcott.

Funeral was held from the late residence October 8, Rev, McMinis conducting the services. Interment was in Concord Cemetery.


Clayton Resident 32 Years
Former River Pilot and Tour Boat Operator

1954 Clayton Sept. 4--Alby C. (Abb) Conant, 72, a resident of Clayton for 32 years and retired river boat pilot, died Friday night at 11:30 at his home, 519 Alexandria Street. Mr. Conant had been in poor health for the past five years, suffering from a heart condition.

The veteran river boat pilot and captain of sightseeing tour boats in the Clayton area for years retired five years ago because of failing health.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the home at 1:30 p.m. and at 2 p. m. at the Clayton Methodist Church. Ref. Solomon A. Card, jr., pastor of the Clayton Methodist church and Rev. Lawrence Heatherington, pastor of the Heron Methodist Church and former pastor of the Methodist church at Fine View, Wellesley Island, where Mr. Conant once lived, will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary C. Slate Conant; three sons, Raymond C. Conant, Clifford M. Conant, Robert A. Conant, all of Clayton, a sister, Mrs. Warren (Wava M.) Jones, Watertown; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr. Conant was born at Alexandria Bay April 18, 1882, son of Harvey and Cornelia Wilkie Conant. He spent his early life on a farm near Alexandria Bay and attended district schools in that area.

After living at Alexandria Bay for about 20 years, Mr. Conant moved to Thousand Island Park where he lived for 16 years.

He married Miss Mary C. Slate of Grindstone Island on May 13 1905, at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin Hamlin, Fine View.


Age: 70 years, __ months, __ days

Born: 1840 Adams, Jefferson County, New York

Died: April 22, 1910 Watertown, Jefferson County, New York

Buried: Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York

Obituary: Saturday, April 23 The Watertown Herald--

This obituary was from the Jen Wylie's the Islands website at

Jen has put together a great website and many of the families moved between Jefferson County and the islands.

Obituary listed September 15th as date of birth
from Watertown (NY) Daily Standard, January ?, 1928


Popular North Side Woman Was Awarded Medal for Aid During War

Mrs Alzina A Cummings, 49, well known resident of the north side, died at her home, 709 West Main street at 6:45 this morning following an illness of more than a year. Mrs Cummings, who was the wife of Joseph D. Cummings, had been ill for more than a year from stomach trouble and during the past few weeks her condition had been critical.

Mrs Cummings was born on Wolfe Island, Ontario, September 15, 1878, a daughter of W B and Alzina A MacDonald. She received her education there and 33 years ago was married to Joseph D Cummings. Shortly after their marriage, Mr and Mrs Cummings moved to this city, where they have resided since.

Mrs Cummings was a gifted writer and had written many poems and short stories which have been published. She was considered an excellent penman and during the government census taken at the time of the World War she donated her services. Engaged in the census work, Mrs Cummings became very well known, expecially on the north side of the river where she carried on most of her work. The United States awarded Mrs Cummings a medal in appreciation for her services during the census and this she had prized very highly. Mrs Cummings was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church, having joined shortly after she came to Watertown. She was a member of the Supreme Tribe of Ben Hur and had held offices in that organization.

Surviving Mrs Cummings are her husband, Joseph D Cummings, ten children, Joseph Howard Cummings, of this city, Mrs William Graham of Syracuse, Mrs F P Lawrence of Syracuse, Mrs Carl E Rowe of Syracuse, Mis Lona B Cummings of this city, Floyd Cummings of Silver Creek NY, Loren Robert Cummings, Alice Vera Cummings, Goldie Ethel Cummings, and Jack Cummings, all of this city. She is also survived by three brothers, W B MacDonald of this city, John MacDonald of St Lawrence, Wolfe Island, and Eddie MacDonald of St Lawrence, and one sister, Mrs James Halpin of Portsmouth, Ont.

Services will be held from the home at 709 West Main street (Watertown NY) Friday afternoon at 2:30. Rev Cassius J Sargent, pastor of Hope Presbyterian church, will officiate. The body will be placed in the city vault and burial will be made at North Watertown cemetery in the spring.


Watertown Daily Times
28 Jul 1914

Funeral of Mrs. B.W. Curtis

Funeral services for Mrs. B.W. Curtis, who passed away Monday afternoon, will be conducted from the family residence, 254 Arlington street, Wednesday morning at 10, Rev. Mr. Casler of this city, a former pastor of St. Lawrence, will officiate. The remains will be taken on the 12:15 train to Rosiere for burial in the St. Lawrence cemetery. At the grave the casket will be opened so that friends may view the remains.

Mrs. Curtis had been ill only about two days with complications. She had lived in this city for eleven years and had been active in the work of the Methodist Episcopal church in this vicinity. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Three Mile Bay while residing there, and was a member of the choir. Later she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at St. Lawrence and also sang in the choir. At this church she was a steward. Upon removing to this city she became a member of the State Street Methodist Episcopal church and later the Asbury Methodist Episcopal church, where she was active in the Ladies' Aid Society.

In 1877 she was united in marriage to Mr. [Byron] Curtis, who survives with two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Thompson of Dexter and Florence Curtis of this city.

Watertown Daily Times
10 Feb 1910



(Special to the Times).

Three Mile Bay, Feb. 10.---Albert D. Curtis, a well known merchant of this village, died about 12 last night, following a period of ill health of over two months. Mr. Curtis was forced to give up his business on account of his health about two weeks ago.

He had always lived in the vicinity of Three Mile Bay, and for a number of years conducted a furniture store in this village. He was a progressive citizen and was highly esteemed and respected. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Curtis was twice married, his first wife being Lydia Parker, now dead. He later married Miss Florence Stanley, who survives him. Besides his widow he leaves two daughters, Miss Carrie Curtis, a student of the Potsdam Normal, and Miss Hazel Curtis, a teacher in Plainfield, N.J.; one brother, Byron Curtis of South Rutland, and his mother, who resided with him.

The funeral will be held rom his late home at 11 a.m. Sunday and from the Baptist church at 12. Interment will be made at Brownville.

Watertown Daily Times, Jan 24, 1920(?):


Miss Ellen C. Finnagan of 1226 Washington street, a native of Ireland and a resident of this city during the past 35 years, died at 9 this morning at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Mary F. Jackson. She was 64 years of age. Miss Finnagan had been in failing health during the past year and her condition during the past two weeks had been critical.

She was born in County Sligo, Ireland, daughter of Patrick and Bridget Carr Finnegan, and spent her early life in Ireland. She had been a resident of this city during the past 35 years. She was employed as domestic for a number of years. She was a member of St. Patrick's church and of the League of the Sacred Heart of the church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jackson of this city and Miss Bridget Finnagan of Ireland, and two brothers, John Finnegan of 1226 Washington street, Watertown and Patrick Finnagan of Ireland.

The remains were removed to the Burns funeral home, Benedict street, where the funeral will be held at 9 Wednesday morning and at 9:30 from St. Patrick's church."

Both John Finnegan and Ellen Finnegan (spelled Finnigan) are buried in Glenwood Cemetery.

Watertown Daily Times, 01 Aug 1938

Oswego Palladium Times Monday April 29, 1935 Gray - At her home in Minetto April 27, 1935, Mrs. Fannie Gray, 94, widow of Alexander Gray Oswego Palladium Times Monday April 29, 1935

Mrs. Fannie Gray

Minetto - April 29 - Mrs. Fannie Gray, 94, died Saturday night at her home in the village after an illness of two days. A resident of Minetto many years Mrs. Gray was the widow of Alexander Gray. She was born in Oswego January 31, 1843, a daughter of William and Mary Johnson. In spite of her advanced age Mrs. Gray had been in fair health and enjoyed a birthday party each anniversary the last few years. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Nellie Morrison of Syracuse, Mrs. Daisy Insley of Hillsdale, NJ, Mrs. James Howard of Fulton, Mrs. Fances Stanford of White Salmon, Wash., and Miss Anna M. Gray of Minetto; a son, William Gray of Granby, and two sisters, Mrs. Libby Stearne of Brockton, Mass., and Mrs. Anna Weir of Los Angeles Calf. Prayer service will be conducted at her home at ? Tuesday afternoon and funeral services at 2:30 at Community church by Rev. A. ? Brown. Burial will be in Lewis Cemetery. Arrangement are by E.P. Cole. The Oswego Palladium Wednesday September 3, 1913 A Pretty Wedding that Occur at the Home of the Bride, in Granby On Wednesday evening, August 27th, in the residence of the brides mother, Mrs. Fannie Gray in the town of Granby, occurred the marriage of Miss Sarah-Lillian (Daisy) Gray and Edward W. Insley Jr., of Jersey City, N.J., Rev. C.F. Miller of Minetto M. E. Church officiating. A delightful buffet lunch was served after the ceremony. The gifts, all silver, cut glass and china, were numerous, including two generous checks. The happy couple left on an extended wedding tour. They will take up their residence, about September 15th, in Jersey City.


Philadelphia, Aug. 1.---Wilson Adelbert Hall, 75, passed away at the home of his son, Leslie Hall, in Sand street, Sunday afternoon at 2:45.

While Mr. Hall had not been in the best of health, he was only confined to his bed for a week previous to his death, due to a complication of diseases.

He was born in Antwerp, N.Y., a son of John and Mary Tyler Hall, and was the last of a family of three boys. On July 3, 1889 he married here Margaret Sprague of Antwerp and they went to live at Antwerp on a farm. Forty years ago they moved to this village to a home in Church street, now occupied by W. McAllister. Mrs. Hall died Sept. 3, 1908. For the past 17 years Mr. Hall has made his home with his son, Leslie, and family.

He was one of the oldest firemen here, having belonged to the fire company for 36 years, and was an active member until about two years ago. He was also a 30 year member of the Philadelphia Odd Fellows, serving as outside guardian at the time of his death.

Besides the son with whom he lived he is survived by another son, Dexter Hall of Watertown; three grandchildren, Geneva, Carl and Kenneth Hall of this village.

The funeral will be held from the Methodist Episcopal church at 2 (E.S.T.) Tuesday afternoon, Rev. D.M. Cobb, pastor, officiating, and burial will be made in Hillside cemetery at Antwerp, where the Odd Fellows will have charge. They will also attend the funeral in a body.

Louisa C. Roberts,

Oswego Commercial Advertiser, March 31,1864.

"Drowned,-The Sandy Creek Times of the 27th, relates that the wife of Mr. C. Helmer, her daughter, aged11, and another girl of the same age, a daughter of Owen Tubs, all of the town, were drowned on Thursday last,in LindseyCreek.The girls were playing on upon the ice, which gave away under them, and they were plunged into deep water.Mrs Helmer heard their cries and hastening to their rescue, got into the water herself, and all were drowned before neighbors could render any assistance. The bodies of all were subsequently recovered."

The above article was about Courtland D. Helmer's first wife Louisa C. Roberts, their Daughter Helen F. & the daughter of a neighbor by the name of Mr & Mrs Tubbs all drowning. Courtland married for his second wife Almira Sixury daughter of Henry Sixury & Aigail Cronk.

Watertown Daily Times 22 Apr 1920

George W. Hewitt

Theresa, April 22.---George W. Hewitt, who died at the Sister's hospital in Watertown, April 12, was well known here, as Theresa was for some years his home. Several near relatives reside here.

He was born in the town of Philadelphia, Sept. 22, 1857, being in his 63rd year at the time of his death. He was twice married, his first wife being Della [Idell] Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Evans of this place. By this marriage there were two children. Mrs. A. J. [Mina] Adams of this town and William W. Hewitt of Carthage. She died in 1887. He again married, in 1901, Sarah Rackus [?], who survives him.

For several years Mr. Hewitt was employed by the milling form of Snell & Makepeace in this village, but after the death of his first wife removed to Carthage where he was employed by the Carthage Wooden Ware company, conducted by C. W. Manning. When Mr. Manning organized the Virginia Lumber company, he took Mr. Hewitt with him to Virginia and he resided there for some years. He later returned to Carthage and was employed by the Island Paper company until the time of his death. He was a member of the old state militia.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one brother, Perry W. Hewitt of Carthage; three sons, George Hewitt of Rome and Roswell and William Hewitt of Carthage, and one daughter, Mrs. A. J. [Mina] Adams of this place.

Idell Evans Hewitt (Mrs. George Hewitt)

1887 obituary

Posted by RD Calhoun-Eagan

Jefferson County Journal 22 Feb 1887

CUT DOWN E'RE THE NOON OF LIFE---Died at her home in Theresa, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1887, Mrs. Idell Hewitt, daughter of Charles W. and Ulrica E. Evans, and wife of Geo. W. Hewitt, aged 25 years 10 months and 16 days. The funeral was held at the M. E. church the 18th inst., Rev. S. M. Warn [?] oficiating. The subject on foundation of his discourse was Malachi 3-17. The subject of this sketch was born in the town of Alexandria, March 31, 1861, and was married Dec. 25, 1876, by L. L. Huntington, Esq. in the town of Theresa. She leaves a kind husband and two children aged respectively eight and two years. Mrs. Hewitt felt a great solicitude for her children, and expressed a desire that her parents should have the care of the younger. She had been in a decline for nearly a year, yet so as to be able to superintend her household affairs, till two weeks previous to her death, when symptoms of bright's disease were prominent. No efforts or pains were spared in securing the best medical talent, yet all proved unavailing. Her sufferings were beyond the power of pen to describe, yet patient to the last, and closing her eyes to all earthly scenes she passed away in the triumphs of the christian faith on the above date. To us the taking of a mother from children so young is sad indeed, yet he will temper the winds to the shorn lamb. We would offer our heart felt sympathies to the husband in this dark hour of trial and commend him to Him who doeth all things well. L. C. W.

Mrs. R. K. Hunt

Mrs. R. K. Hunt, a well known resident of the town of Watertown, died suddenly Monday afternoon of heart failure. Mrs. Hunt as 70 years of age, was born in Adams and had resided near here for forty-five years. She is survived by her husband, two brothers, A. E. Cooley of Adams and J. R. Cooley of Illinois; three sisters, Mrs. H. M. Fuller, Mrs. S. S. Fuller of Watertown Center, Mrs. S. H. Case of California

Rensalaer HUNT

Occupation: Dairy Farm

Age: 75 years, __ months, __ days

Born: 1835 Pinckney, Lewis County, New York

Died: November 15, 1910 Watertown, Jefferson County, New York

Buried: Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York

Obituary: Saturday, November 19 The Watertown Herald

Rensselaer K. Hunt, aged 75 years, died at his home on a farm in the town of Watertown Tuesday night. He was born at Pinckney, Lewis County, and for thte past 60 years had been residing on the farm where he died. He is survived by a sister, Miss Alice Hunt and a brother, Leonard Hunt of Pierrepont Manor, and another brother, Segar Hunt of Lacona. The funeral was held Friday afternoon from the family home, Rev. Moses H. Harris officiating. Interment was in Brookside.

Duane Emery HURD

Occupation: Druggist

Age: 71 years, 11 months, 16 days

Born: November 10, 1842 Mansville, Jefferson County, New York

Died: October 26, 1914 Mansville, Jefferson County, New York

Buried: Maplewood Cemetery, Mannsville, Jefferson County, New York

Obituary: October 29, 1914, The Journal & Republican, Lowville, New York

Word has been received by friends here of the death of Duane E. Hurd at his home in Mannsville, Monday. Mr. Hurd was the son of Freeman Hurd and a former resident of Copenhagen.

Obituary: November 5, 1914, The Journal & Republican, Lowville, New York

E. D. Holden and William D. Holden attended the funeral Wednesday of their cousin. Duane E. Hurd who died at Mannsville on Monday, October 26. Mr. Hurd was the son of Freeman and Phoeba Holden Hurd and was born Novembe 10, 1842. When a young man he attended school in Turin and worked in the store in Turin and worked in the store of his uncle, the late Emory B. Holden. Afterward he was in business in Rome for a short time, going from there to Mannsville, where he engaged in business and where he spent the rest of his life. Beside his wife he is survived by one son, Dewey Hurd, of Watertown. Mr. Hurd had many friends in Turin who will learn with sincere regret of his death.


Wife: Mary Etta Woolworth

Married: June 22, 1871

Child: Dewey Holden Hurd


Father: Freeman Hurd

Mother: Phoebe Holden

The following is James Jackson's Obit from the Watertown Daily Times, Saturday, Nov. 28, 1904:


The death of James H. Jackson occurred last night at his home 126 Washington street in his 52 year. Mr. Jackson was born in Ireland, coming to this country 45 years ago. He had been a resident of this city for the past 24 years. Mr. Jackson was a stone mason and member of the local Mason's union. He was well known among contractors and builders and had many friends in this city.

Besides his wife, Mr. Jackson is survived by two sons, Andrew E. and Robert E. Jackson, and a daughter Sarah N. Jackson all of this city; one brother, George C. Jackson and three sisters, Mrs. William Campbell, Mrs. Daniel H. Kvelve (?) and Miss Rachel Jackson of Prescott, Ont.

The funeral will be held from the house Monday morning at 9:30 and from St. Patrick's church at 10:00. Interment will be made at Glenwood cemetery.

This was his obit from The Watertown Herald, Saturday, December 3, 1904:

Although ailing for a couple of years, James H. Jackson was not considered seriously ill until a few hours before he died Friday evening. His funeral Monday was attended by the Mason's union of which he was an honored member. He came from Ireland 45 years ago, when he was seven years old. Although a mechanic, he was a fluent talker, a ready writer and a well read man, particularly on the questions of the day.

Mrs. Louis Jerome

Fulton Times, undated 1904 ---Mrs. Louis Jerome died at her home in East Palermo on Saturday morning. The funeral was held from her house on Tuesday. ---Mrs. Alexander Pelo was called here Saturday on account of the death of her mother, Mrs. Louis Jerome.


The Watertown Daily Times - November 23, 1920 - Tuesday - Page 15

Railroad Brakeman Dies.

Addison W. Kellar of 131 Park avenue died early this morning, following a long illness, aged 36 years, three months and 23 days. Mr. Kellar, who had been ill for several months, and failed in health rapidly during the past two weeks. He had received treatment at a hospital but failed to gain relief. He passed away early this morning. The family recently moved to Park avenue, having formerly lived in State street and in Davidson street. Mr. Kellar was employed for a number of years by the New York Central lines as brakeman. He had made his home in this city during the past 16 years. Surviving besides his widow, Mrs. Mabel C. Kellar, are two children, Cecil Mitchell and Jessie Irene Keller, all of this city; two brothers, Willard Kellar of Lowville and Andrew Kellar of Detroit, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. Leon Sidmore of Carthage.

He was a member of the Tribe of Ben Hur and of the Order of Railroad Trainmen.

The funeral service, will be held from the Kellar residence, 131 Park avenue, Friday afternoon at 2:30, Rev Ernest C. Tuthill, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, officiating. Interment will be in North Watertown cemetery.

Mrs. Lloyd Kenfield Dies at 68

Watertown Daily Times, 27 Aug 1970

Mrs. Pearl M. Kenfield, 68, wife of Lloyd H. Kenfield, died at 9:30 this morning at her home of a heart attack.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd, a daughter, Mrs. Barton C. (Barbara J.) Wing, Jolliet, Ill.; four grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ina Klock and Miss Gladys Keller, Philadelphia.

Arrangements with the Reed and Benoit Funeral Home are incomplete pending the arrival of her daughter.

Born July 17, 1902, in Plessis, a daughter of Herbert and Stella [Geru] Keller, she attended schools in Plessis and Philadelphia and graduated from a private business school in Philadelphia. Following graduation, she was employed by the William S. Rice Co. of Adams.

On March 4, 1922, she was married to Lloyd H. Kenfield of Adams in the Carthage Methodist Parsonage with Rev. L. A. Griggs officiating. Following her marriage, she was employed bt Atty. William H. Gillman and later worked in the billing department of the New York Air Brake, retiring a few years ago.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs Josephine Kinkley

Suffered A Shock Two Weeks Ago

Mother of District Attorney

Was Native and Life Long Resident of Town of Orleans- Was Active in Work of ME Church and of the WCTU.

(Special to The Times.) Lafargeville, Feb 3.- Mrs Josephine Fults Kinkley, 77, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Fred Resch, shortly before 1 pm Saturday afternoon. Mrs Kinkley, the mother of District Attorney Melvin F Kinkley, suffered a shock about two weeks ago. Her condition had been critical for the past few days.

Mrs Kinkley, who had been residing with her daughter for several months, was born in the town of Orleans on Aug 28, 1852, a daughter of Michael and Margaret Boyer Fults. She married Shirley Kinkley on Oct 12, 1870 at Clayton. He died October, 1925. Two children, a daughter, Maude and a son, Melvin F, both of whom survive, were born to them.

Mrs Kinkley who was a lifelong resident of the town of Orleans and a member of the Methodist Protestant church of Lafargeville. She was a member of the Missionary Aid Society of that church and of the WCTU.

Mrs Kinkley’s parents were pioneer settlers of the town of Orleans. Mr Kinkley was born in the old homestead which formerly stood across the river from the Jefferson county home. He was born in Watertown in 1812 and came to this section in about 1830. At the time of Mrs Kinkley’s [birth her?] father cleared a spot in the then virgin forest for his farm and the erection of a long cabin. Mrs Kinkley was born in the cabin and passed her early days there.

Mrs Kinkley was educated in the old select school at Orleans Four Corners. Her father was one of the men who had grouped together, built the schoolhouse and hired a schoolmaster to each the children.

When Mrs Kinkley went to live with her daughter she rented the old Kinkley residence here.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs Fred Resch, Lafargeville; a son, District Attorney Kinkley; a brother, Washinton Fults of Grandledge, Mich; two grandchildren, Ross and Emery Resch; four great- grandchildren, Evelyn and Frederick Resch of Lafargeville, and Philip and Caroline Resch of Syracuse.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 pm at the home of her daughter, Mrs Maude Resch. Rev Bernard Degraw, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church, will officiate. Interment will be at the Lafargeville cemetery.

Transcribed from Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York.


Richfield Springs Daily, Aug 1915

---Mary Jeanette Lennebacker, wife of Maxwell Wheeler, died at St. Vincent de Paul hospital in Brockville, Ontario, on August 21st, following an operation. The husband and infant daughter survive. The funeral was held at the late home of the deceased in Alexandria Bay on August 24th and interment was made at her family home in Oaksville on Wednesday, the 25th. Mrs. Wheeler was in her 29th year and was married in April, 1913. She was a niece of A. R. Lennebacker of this village and had many friends here who regret her death and who feel deep sympathy for the mourning relatives.


Merced Express, Merced, CA, 10 Feb 1928

Prominent Former County and City Official in Called By Death.

Charles D. MARTIN, former county and city official and one of Merced's most highly respected residents passed away at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Raymond apartments in Oakland, death following an illness of more than a year from a complication of ailments. The remains were brought to this city yesterday, and the funeral services will be held in the Welch & Griffin chapel this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Dr. J. S. Stubblefield, pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church of this city, officiating. Temporary interment will be made in the receiving vault in Evergreen cemetery pending completion of the new mausoleum.

Mr. Martin was born in the State of New York, January 13, 1863, and was therefore aged 65 years and 25 days, Shortly after coming to California forty-five years ago he became associated with the late J. W. Bost, pioneer Merced county surveyor and civil engineer, and a few years later he was elected County Surveyor. Following his retirement from office he entered the employ of the Crocker Huffman Land & Water Company as chief engineer, and the extensive canal system of this company was constructed according to his plans and under his direction. After severing his connection with the water company he was engaged in surveying and civil engineering in a private capacity and also served as City Engineer of the City of Merced, filling the latter position until compelled by failing health to resign. Mr. Martin was a man of high possessed the courage to perform his duties as he saw them. He was a good citizen and a conscientious public official, and there are none who knew him but will regret his passing.

Surviving relatives are his widow, Mrs. Hallie Martin; two daughters, Mrs. Alan B. Ruddle of Merced, Mrs. Del Shuman of Delhi, and a son, Alan B. Martin of Hopeton.


Mrs. McCrea's Rites Held at Grindstone
Wife of A. R. McCrea Dies at Age of 72

Aug 1948 Clayton--Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie Rattray McCrea, 72, wife of Alexander R. McCrea of Grindstone, were held Monday afternoon at 2 from her late home on Grindstone Island. Rev. William A. Gardner officiated.

Mrs. McCrea had been in poor health for several years and suffered from a heart condition. Her death Saturday morning followed a series of heart attacks.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Miss Bertha McCrea, Grindstone, and Mrs. Earl (Mabel) Cummings of Clayton; three grandchildren, Richard and John Cummings of Clayton and Mrs. John Kufchock of Clearwater, Pennsylvania; also a great grandson, John Robert Kufchock and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Sperling of Port Jervis.

Mrs. McCrea was a native of Grindstone where she was born Dec 13, 1875, a daughter of Capt. James and Ella Garnsey Rattray. In November 1884 she married Mr. McCrea and for a time they engaged in farming on the island and later owned and operated a general store and gas station on Grindstone Island.

Because of failing health both Mr. and Mrs. McCrea have spent several winters at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Cummings in Clayton while their other daughter, Miss Bertha McCrea, was engaged in teaching in the schools at Mount Vernon.


Mrs. Lydia McKee, mother-in-law of Nathan Fales, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Rosetta Rising, on West Fifth Street, Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., at the age of 86 years. She had been troubled of late years with heart disease, but otherwise was in good health. Tuesday afternoon she ironed, and the time of her death was sewing, when she fell out of her chair dead. It is thought that old age, combined with a severe attack of heart disease was the cause of her sudden death. She is the mother of nine children, eight of whom are living, and has hosts of friends who deeply sympathize with the stricken relatives in their sad bereavement. Funeral services will be held at the house at 1 o'clock this afternoon and the Park M.E. church at 2 o'clock, after which the remains will be laid away to rest in Packard Cemetery. The Observer, Cameron, Missouri, Thursday, Feb. 1884.

Lydia McKee was born Lydia Greene and married Austin McKee sometime before 1820. At the time of the 1820 US Census of the Town of Adams, Jefferson County, New York, Austin McKee's household was recorded as being between that of Charles Green and Edward Green. Adjacent to Edward Green's household was that of John J. Green. The household of Sidney McKee was recorded twelve households away from that of Austin McKee. Around 1825, Austin and Lydia moved from Jefferson County, New York to the area of Portage County, Ohio.


I am a direct decendent of Pliny Morgan. I'm in possession of a diary that Amy Phelps Morgan wrote and she records Pliny Morgan's death. He died on 1/17/1862 by falling down stairs at their home...Amy Morgan and her husband Hiram S. Morgan. Amy Phelps Morgan recorded the following in the diary.

"Death has visited us once more. Our aged father fell down the cellar stairs Wednesday the 15th of January, 1862 and died the 17th. He was 91 years, 11 months, and 6 days old. As to his strength and health, it was good for one of his age. It is supposed that he made a mistake and, instead of going to his room, he went to the cellar door.

When we first went to him, he did not breathe but, as we raisedhim and brought him from the cellar, he revived and lived in great distress until Friday when he breathed his last breath and uttered the last groan. Little did I think when Father and Mother came here last winter that so soon they would be called to leave us. But he is gone, passed away like a vapor. His place, which he has occupied so many years, is now unoccupied. This place was at mother's side. She looks lonely although she says it is all right. They lived together almost 67 years."

Sherrine Wesley

Utica Daily Press, May 1943

Mrs. Cecilia Pelo

Cleveland--Funeral services for Mrs. Cecilia R. Pelo, Bernhards Bay, who died 24 hours before reaching her 73rd birthday were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Bernhards Bay Methodist Church with the Rev. P. DiFlorio, Central Square, officiating. Burial was in Roosevelt cemetery. Mrs. Pelo suffered an attack of heart disease while in Syracuse May 7 and died the next day. The family moved to Bernhards Bay in 1920. In 1887 she married Fred Pelo, who died in January 1941. She had been active in affairs at the lake resort. She was a clerk for Temperance Hall and later its trustee for six years, a member of Bernhards Bay Grange, the Methodist Church and Promote Rebeckah Lodge in Cleveland. She was formerly president of the Ladies Aid Society of Bernhards Bay. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Inez Bouton, Syracuse; four sons, Alex, Bernhards Bay; Lee, Fulton; Henry, Constantia Center; and Fred, Rome; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Alexander Pelow

Fulton Patriot 18 Apr 1928
Palermo District 3
Monday morning, April 9, at 9:30 o'clock, occurred the sudden death of Alexander Pelow at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Edward Miner, with whom he has made his home for the past 18 years.

He appeared to be as well as usual and went about his chores. He had been in the barn about 15 minutes when his great-grandson-in-law, Ernest Bidwell, entered and discovered him dead. A doctor was called and pronnounced death was due to heart trouble.

Mr. Pelow was a native of Canada, coming to this country 54 years ago, where he had resided most of the time. He was 75 years old. His survivors are a granddaughter, Mrs. Miner, a great-granddaughter, Mrs. Ernest Bidwell of Palermo, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Frederick Pelow of Bernhards Bay, and several nieces and nephews. Burial at the Roosevelt cemetery.


Passing of Lewis H. Roberts in Watertown at the Age of 86


I have gathered four obituaries for this Civil War veteran, who was my great-great-grandfather. Here's the first-unidentified, undated, and unattributed, it was found by me in 1994, in the form of a typewritten transcript tucked into our old Kreischer family Bible. This obituary may have originally appeared in a Syracuse, NY newspaper, but I have not yet found it. Lewis Roberts died in Watertown, NY on December. 24, 1915, according to numerous other sources. This obituary transcript was my first roadmap and source of clues for researching this man's biography, which I have recently uploaded to my website:

When I first found this obituary, I didn't even know who this man was. Each of the four versions of his obituary offers slightly different clues. Please contact me if you know any more about him or this family. Thanks.

Watertown, Jan. 6 [1916].-Lewis Humphrey Roberts, a well-known and highly respected civil war veteran, aged 86, passed away recently at the family home, 8 Duffy Street, after a week's illness, due to pneumonia and a return of troubles resulting from wounds and Bright's disease contracted in the war. He was born of Welsh parents in Boston on February 26, 1831, the son of David and Catherine Roberts, in which city his early life was spent amid a coterie of noted American literary celebrities and statesmen. For a number of years he was organ blower for Rev. Dr. Lowell, father of James Russell Lowell, in his church. Mr. Roberts has traveled extensively, going to Wales when a young man and was at Liverpool in 1851 and saw Prince Albert and the Duke of Wellington lay the corner stone of the Victoria and Albert dock. Returning to his country, he for a time, lived at California and New York City, later going to Wisconsin, where he followed the occupation of a mechinist [machinist].

At the outbreak of the civil war Mr. Roberts enlisted in the Seventh Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery, and during the service there rose from rank of private to sergeant major and later was in the great southwest campaign under Grant, being promoted to mounted orderly on the Staff of General Rosecrans. He was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville [sic; not true] and at the battle of Corinth he was struck in the head by a piece of shell, the result being nearly fatal. He was then discharged for disability and returned to Boston. Later he enlisted in the service and was detailed to Sackets Harbor, where he acted in the capacity of regimental bookkeeper for several years.

In August, 1868, he married Miss Ellen A. Roberts, daughter of Otis and Esther Roberts, and shortly after retired from service and moved to Galloups Island, where seven children were born to them, two of whom died when young men. At one time he was a member of the Joe Spratt Post of Watertown [G.A.R.] and later transferred to Joseph K. Barnes Post of Sackets Harbor and was a member at the time of his death. He was on a furlough for several years at the National Soldiers' Home, Virginia. He leaves to mourn the loss, besides his widow, the following children: Jerome L. Roberts of Brooklyn, Miss [corrected by hand to read "Mrs."] Neille [sic; Nellie] Kreischer, of Syracuse, and Mrs. Etta Danks, Mrs. Clara Lapatra, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kelley of Watertown. Owing to the serious illness of the widow prayers were said privately at the family home and the funeral service was held at Faith Chapel. Rev. James H. Keeling officiated. Internment was made in the family plot at North Watertown Cemetery.


[Here is the second obituary, which appeared in The Watertown Times, Friday afternoon, December 24, 1915, viewed by me in 1995 at Roswell P. Flower Library in Watertown, NY:]

Well Known Veteran Dead Lewis Roberts Wounded at Chancellorsville and Corinth
Lewis Roberts, a well known Civil war veteran, aged 86 years, passed away at the family home, 8 Duffy street, after a week's illness, due to pneumonia and a return of troubles resulting from wounds suffered in the war.

Mr. Roberts was born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 26, 1829 [sic; more probably 1831] and when still a youth moved with his parents to Wales. When a young man his family removed to this country, going to California, where they resided for several years. Later the family removed to Wisconsin, where Mr. Roberts followed the occupation of a machinist. At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Roberts enlisted in the 7th Battery, Wisconsin Light artillery. During the service, Mr. Roberts rose from the rank of private to sergeant-major [True, but not during the war; this included his post-Civil War service record]. He was seriously wounded at the battles of Chancellorsville and Corinth. [No evidence for this.] He was discharged for disability and went to Boston. He later entered the service and was detailed to Sackets Harbor, where he acted in the capacity of clerk for a number of years. He was married in 1868 to Miss Ella [sic; Ellen] A. Roberts, daughter of Otis and Mary [sic; Esther] Roberts, of Sackets Harbor.

Besides his wife, he leaves five children, Jerome L. Roberts of Brooklyn; Mrs. Etta Danks, Mrs. Charles [sic; Jerry] La Patra, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, of Watertown, and Mrs. Nellie Kreischer, of Syracuse.

Owing to the critical illness of the widow, prayers will be held privately from the family home Sunday morning at 10:30 and funeral services will be held from Faith [Presbyterian] Chapel at 11, Rev. James H. Keeling, pastor of the chapel, officiating. Interment will be made at North Watertown.

[This is the third obituary: an undated, unidentified fragment of another newspaper obituary, probably from the Watertown Times, sent in photocopy form by Mrs. Barbara Citron to me in 1994, next to a nearly illegible (but distinguished) photo of Lewis Roberts, looking terribly natty with close-trimmed beard and mustache and hat; I believe these came from the Watertown library:]

[illegible]....Faith Presbyterian chapel [illegible] Rev. James H. Keeling officiating. Interment will be made at North Watertown cemetery.

Mr. Roberts was born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 26, 1829 [sic]. His parents went to Wales when he was a child and there he spent his youth. He returned to this country and had since lived here. On the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the Seventh Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery and performed heroic service. He rose to a sergeant majorship. [sic: not during the war, however.] At Chancellorsville and again at Corinth he was seriously wounded. [sic; grain of salt]

He was married in 1868 at Sacket Harbor [sic; it was Watertown] to Ella [sic; Ellen] Roberts, who survives him. They were the parents of seven children, five of whom survive. They are Jerome L. Roberts, of Brooklyn; Mrs. Etta Danks, Mrs. Charles [sic; it was Jerry] La Patra and Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly of this city and Mrs. Nellie Kreischner [sic: Kreischer], of Syracuse.

Owing to the serious illness of the widow, prayers will be said privately at the home at 10:30 o'clock, half an hour before the church service.

Clarissa (nee:Whiting) Ross



Mrs. Clarissa Ross, 95, Passed Away-- Services Sunday P.M.

Three Mile Bay. Feb 1, Mrs. Clarissa Ross, 95, one of the oldest residents of this place died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Crawford in Lafargeville this morning following a long illness.

Mrs. Ross was born in Gloversville but had been a resident of this place for the past 35 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. William Ross , her husband, died in 1898.

The funeral services will be held from the home of her daughter Mrs. E. Crawford in Lafageville Sunday afternoon at 1 O'Clock and from the Baptist Church of this place at 2:30 O'Clock. Rev. Mr. Howland of Lafargeville will offciate and he will be assisted by Rev. G.L. Nichols of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Edward Crawford of Lafargeville, Mrs. Caroline Vincent of Depauville, and Mrs. Ida Carroll of this place; and one son.

NOTE: I am not sure if this was the whole obit or if it had been a line or two longer. Mrs. Ed Crawford was her daughter Jessie and Ida's last name was not Carroll but Terrill. Caroline was also known as Clarissa/Clara. Clarissa Ross was my great,great grandmother. The newspaper name only reads Special to the Standard.She was born Feb. 2,1830 daughter of Jacob & Caroline (Coons/Combs) Whiting She died Jan. 31, 1924..Thelma Moye


Bay Resident Dies Friday

Three Mile Bay...John M. Ross, expert mechanic and woodworker and a resident of this community for the past 61 years, died Friday afternoon at 4:30 at his home here after an illness of two weeks. He was 63 years old.

Mr. Ross's death was attributed to heart trouble and a complication of diseases, followed by pneumonia. Heart failure was given as the immediate cause of his death.

He was born March 2,1872, in Burned Rock settlement in the town of Clayton , a son of William and Clarissa Whiting Ross. He came to Clayton with his parents when he was two years old and resided here ever since. Mr. Ross for several years conducted a shop at which he did expert iron and wood work. Prior to that he owned and operated a sawmill here for several years until about 20 years ago.

He had been a member of the Three Mile Bay school board for the past ten years and was holding that position at the time of his death. He also had been a member of the Chaumont Lodge No. 172, F. and A. M., for 35 years.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Fuge Ross, whom he married in Kingston, Ontario,Canada May 24,1901. Her home originally was in Gananoque. He also leaves a daughter, Thelma A. Ross, both of Three Mile Bay; a sister, Mrs. Jessie Crawford, Lafargeville, and several nephews and nieces.

Masonic Funeral services were held Monday at 2 P.M. at the home with Rev. W. H. Herzog, paster of the Three Mile Bay Baptist Church.

NOTE: He died in 1935- From my genealogy..Thelma Moye


Three Mile Bay,Dec. 5.-- William Ross, an aged and much respected citizen, died at his home in this village Nov. 4,1898, at the age of 80 years. He had been in feeble health for a number of years but was confined to his bed four weeks previous to his death. He was born in Galway, Saratoga county, Jan. 1,1818. and when a boy came to Jefferson county, where he lived the remainder of his life.

Mr. Ross was a farmer and mechanic and was married to Clarissa Whiting about 52 years ago. He is survived by his wife, one son and four daughters. The funeral was held at the Baptist church, Nov. 7 Rev. F.H. Richardson offciating.

NOTE: Clipping from my files..Thelma Moye


Nelson R. Scott, who has been a respected resident of the town of Leray since 1868, died yesterday afternoon at his home in that town, aged 59 years. Mr. Scott served for three years during the Civil War in the 10th New York heavy artillery, and was a member of Chauncey Wilkie post, G.A.R., of Evans Mills. He is survived by his wife [Kate Lyon], one son, Melvin Scott, whose home is with his parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Walter and Stewart Scott and Mrs. Edwin Fikes, of the town of Leray; Winfield Scott, of Glencoe, Minn., and Mrs. Charlotte Neido, of Detroit, Mich.

The funeral will be held from the late residence of the deceased at 1 p. m. tomorrow, and the interment will be at Evans Mills.



died 9 Aug 1885
72 yrs old
born Adams, Jeff Co, NY
CR Dixon, MD attended
Informant: Thomas A Chambers
Reported 12 Aug 1885
[Wolfe Island, Canada]


The Auburn Bulletin, 27 MAR 1901


Watertown, N.Y. March 27.---Jason Sixbury, age 16, was driving across a bridge, over which the swollen river is running at Philadelphia today, and horse, buggy and boy were swept off. The boy was drowned.

NOTE: Jason was the son of Aaron C. Sixbury and Phoebe F. Lyon.

Posted by RD Calhoun-Eagan

2/25/1926 Lowville Republic..

Mrs. Oliva Wiser

Mrs. Oliva Wiser, aged 91 years, widow of Hiram Wiser, died Saturday(2/20/26) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Roberts, West Carthage. Surviving are one son, Dexter Wiser, of Binghamton, and one daughter, Mrs. Fred Roberts of West Carthage.

On the 1920 census, for Champion NY there is a Fred Roberts age 58 (b.1862), wife Helen age 53 (b.1867) and Oliva Wiser age 85, mother-n-law.


Age: 86 years, 7 months, 24 days

Born: December 12, 1843 New York

Died: August 5, 1930 Mansville, Jefferson County, New York

Buried: Maplewood Cemetery, Mannsville, Jefferson County, New York

Obituary: August 7, 1930, The Journal & Republican, Lowville, New York

W. D. Holden and Miss Helen C. Holden were in Mannsville on Tuesday to attend the funeral of a cousin, Mrs. Hurd. She will be remembered by the older residents as the widow of Duane E. Hurd, a druggist who formerly operated the Holden store in Turin.

Husband: Duane E. Hurd

Married: June 22, 1871

Child: Dewey Holden Hurd


Father: Phineas Woolworth

Mother: Julia Parris


Occupation: Farmer

Age: 72 years, __ months, __ days

Born: 1817 Pinckney, Lewis County, New York

Died: April 21, 1889 Copenhagen, Lewis County, New York


Obituary: The Watertown Herald, Saturday, April 27, 1889

COPENHAGEN, April 26--Phineas Woolworth, an old and respected resident of this village died at his residence in that place Sunday, and funeral services were held Tuesday. Mr. Woolworth was born in the town of Pinckney in 1827, but had resided at Copenhagen 35 years, during which time he held several town offices, serving as justice of the peace of 24 years. His father, Thaddeus Woolworth, came to Lewis county in 1808, and of a family of eight children two are still living. The deceased married Julia Paris in 1842, who with two daughters, survive.

Smith Thaddeous WOOLWORTH

Occupation: Cashier of the Jefferson County National Bank, Watertown, New York, where he had been there for many years

Age: 58 years, 6 months, 2 days

Born: February 14, 1849 Pinckney, Lewis County, New York

Died: August 16, 1907 Watertown, Jefferson County, New York

Buried: Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New

Cause of Death: Apoplexy from a stroke

Obituary: August 8, 1932, The Journal & Republican, Lowville, New York---Ten, Twenty-Five and Forty Five-Years Ago--August 22, 1907

Smith T. Woolworth died of apoplexy at his home in Watertown last Thursday, aged 58 years. The deceased was born in Pinckney, Lewis County, New York.

Obituary: Saturday, August 17, 1907, The Watertown Heraldl

Smith T Woolworth--Suffered a Stroke of Apoplexy and Never Recovered Consciousness

The sudden death of Smith T. Woolworth, Thursday morning, removes another of Watertown's strong men. His death was due to apoplexy. He suffered a stroke Tuesday and remained unconscious until the end. He was born in Pinckney, Lewis county, Feb. 14, 1849, the only child of Gilbert E. and Elizabeth Smith Woolworth.

He obtained his early education in the common schools near his native home in Martinsburg and Deer River and at Lowville Academy. After completing his scholastic work Mr. Woolworth returned to his father's farm, where he remained until 1864. He then located in Carthage, securing a position in a bank. The following year he came to Watertown and accepted a position in the bank of C. G. Harger & Son, where he remained until 1869, when he was compelled to retire on account of ill health.

After a short experience in a newspaper office he entered the employ of the banking firm of George F. Paddock & Co., and in 1871 was chosen cashier of the Jefferson County National bank, in which position he continued until his death.

On July 22, 1878, Mr. Woolworth was married to Anna Wilhelmina Clark, by who he is survived. Four of six children born to them survive; Gilbert of Washington, D. C. and Misses Elizabeth, Amy and Wilhelmina Woolworth, all of this city.

Wife: Annie Wilhelmina Clark

Married: July 22, 1878

Child: William Charles Woolworth

Child: Elizabeth Smith Woolworth

Child: Amy Sengstack Woolworth

Child: Noel Clark Woolworth

Child: Gilbert Sylvester Woolworth

Child: Wilhelmina Woolworth


Father: Gilbert Enoch Woolworth

Mother: Elizabeth Smith

William WOOLWORTH, Deacon

Occupation: Farmer

Age: 81 years, 7 months

Born: May 18, 1811 Lewis County, New York

Died: December 24, 1892 Adams, Jefferson County, New York

Buried: Adams Rural Cemetery, Adams, Jefferson County, New York

Obituary: January 7, 1893, The Watertown Herald--

Deacon William Woolworth, whose funeral took place at Adams, was an uncle of Smith T. Woolworth of this city. He was born in Lewis county, May 18, 181. His father, Thaddeus Woolworth, and grandfather, Phineas Woolworth were born in Suffield, Mass. His grandfather settled near Copenhagen, Lewis county in 1802 or 1804. The deceased was the last survivor of a family of eight children. In his early youth, in the town of Rutland, he was soundly converted under the preaching of Rev. Ingersoll, the father of Robert G. Ingersoll.

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