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SANDY CREEK, N. Y., OCTOBER 3, 1901--Joseph A. Bemis died very suddenly Tuesday night, September 17, at his home two miles north of this village. He had been in poor health for the past years and was apparently no worse the day of his death. Mr. Bemis was born in 1833, in the town of Ellisburg. In 1857 he was married to Ophelia L. Holley, daughter of the late David Holley, and located on Mr. Holley's farm; which he carried on until his death. He had one son Henry H who died in 1882, and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Ely of New York, who was with him when the end came, and Mrs. W. E. Forman, of Utica, who was very sick and unable to be present, and one brother, Monroe Bemis, of Adams.

Mr. Bemis was a devoted member of Zion church and was confirmed in 1859 by Bishop Whipple, whose death occurred about the same time and whose funeral was being held at the same hour of Mr. Bemis'. He was a regular attendant at church and an ardent worker. He was vestryman for many years and after the death of David Holley he took the office of senior warden which he held till his death. He was a loving husband and father and the family have much sympathy extended to them.

The funeral was held at Zion church, Rev, Brockwav officiating in a very impressive and feeling manner. The music was good and appropriate, the quartette consisting of Mrs. A. J. Brockway, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Huggins and Frank Russell, of Adams. He was laid to rest in the family lot in the yard of the church he had loved and worked in for so many years, by the eight vestrymen of the church. Funeral Director Larned had charge of the funeral.

Those from out Of town who were present were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ely, of New York; W. E. Forman, Utica; Mrs. Iugraham. of Watertown; Mr, and Mrs. L D. Rounds, Mr. and Mrs. Ely, George Ely, Mr., and Mrs. Joe Rounds, Lacona; Mrs. Monroe Bemis and daughters, of Adams; A. A. Wheeler, of Mannsville,:and several members of the Adams grange of which the deceased was a prominent member.


Sandy Creek News, September 2,1926


Samuel Monroe Bemis, 83, died late Thursday evening, Aug. 26,. at his home 2029 South Salina street, Syracuse, after an inness of several weeks. For 25 years he has been a salesman for the Pheny Caffein Co. of Worcester, Mass., and had many friends among the druggists in the state.

Born in the town of Ellisburg, Jefferson county, Aug. 5, 1843, the youngest son of Samuel A. and Nancy Mellen Bemis, Mr. Bemis moved with the family to Syracuse in 1904. He was married in 1866 to Miss Hattie Marie Finney. He was a communicant of All Saints Episcopal church.

For several years Mr. Bemis made his home in Adams, where he was in charge of the boarding department of Adams Collegiate Institute. His memory will be cherished by many A.C. I. students who will long recall his kindly, genial disposition.

Surviving are three daughters, Miss Statie E. Bemis, a teacher at Brighton school; Miss Mildred G. Bemis, in charge of South Side branch library; and Mrs. Leon A. Williams of Slayton, Minn. Also Miss Elizabeth W. Williams of Slayton, Minn, and one great grandchild.

Funeral services took place at 2:30 Monday afternoon in All Saints church, Syracuse. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.



South Rutland, April 21.—Charles Gifford, age 23 years died Saturday morning after a lingering illness. While in Chicago last summer he was taken down with typhoid fever, and laid in a hospital several weeks. From this time he never recovered. Frail as he was, and obliged to go on crutches, he returned to his home place with a cough that terminated in consumption, from which he died. The deceased was the youngest son of Imogene and the late George Gifford. His mother, one sister, Mrs. Joseph Dunaway of Pamelia, and a brother, Leon Gifford, of this place survives. The funeral was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Universalist church.



St. Lawrence, April 21.—On March 19, 1908 occurred the death of Ethelbert B. McNett, a life long resident of the county of Jefferson. He was the oldest son of the late Royal and Jane McNett of Clayton, and was born Sept. 23, 1836. Mr. McNett was an honest, industrious and devoted Christian man, and made friends with all whom he came in contact. In 1879 he became amember of the Baptist church of Three Mile Bay, and since then he had been a faithful attendent. When a young man he taught school in various towns in the county.

When about 25 years old he married Miss Elizabeth Phillips, the oldest daughter of the late John L. and Jane Phillips of the town of Lyme. Four children-two sons and two daughters---were born to them. Besides his widow he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Milton Hoan of Three Mile Bay; two sisters, Mrs. Chauncey Phillips of St. Lawrence and Mrs. F.P. Bagg of Trenton; one brother, Bayard C. McNett of Depauville, and also by eight grandchildren.

Mr. McNett was a member of Depauville lodge. No. 688, F. & A.M. and of St. Lawrence grange. He was a kind husband, indulgent father and a good neighbor, ever having a cheering word for all. He is greatly missed, not only in the home circle but also in th community with which he had so long been honorably been identified.


Watertown daily Times April 4, 1921


Ellisburg, April 21,—Eugene L. Martin died at his home last Tuesday, after an illness of several months. Mr. Martin was the younger son of the late P.P. and Chloe Martin and his entire life of about 60 years had been spent in this village.

Early in life he united with the Baptist church, and the welfare of that society was uppermost in his mind. For many years he had been church clerk and deacon ably filling both the offices. The funeral was held from his late home on railroad street Thursday afternoon, Rev. F. J. Marvin officiating.


New York Daily Reformer July 2, 1868


Phillips---On the 27th June, In the town of Lyme. Mrs. Elizabeth B. widow of the late Lewis Phillips, age 73 years. Beloved and lamented by her numerous family and at peace with her maker.




Cape Vincent, March 10.—Mrs. William Sypher, aged 74 years, a well-known resident of Cape Vincent died at 12:30 this morning at her home. Mrs. Sypher had been ill for about two weeks.

Mrs. Sypher’s maiden name was Margaret Shaw. She was born in Perth, Ont. After her marriage, she came to Cape Vincent where she had since resided. Mrs. Sypher was a great grandmother, She is survived by her husband; four sons, Robert and George Sypher of Burrs Mills, and Caleb and Edward Sypher of Cape Vincent; two daughters, Mrs. George Downey, of Burrs Mills, and Mrs. A. George, of Watertown, and one sister, Mrs. Emmett, of Montreal.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3, at the late home, Rev. Jailes, officiating. The body will be placed in the vault at Riverside cemetery.


Watertown daily news- Monday afternoon, June 11, 1917


William Sypher, a well known retired farmer of Cape Vincent, died at 10 Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew George, 418 Portage street, following a brief illness, aged 87 years and nine months. He was taken ill about three days ago with pneumonia. His condition had since been critical.

He was born in this state and had always lived here. He spent the greater part of his life at Cape Vincent, where he conducted a farm for many years, retiring several years ago. During the past two years he had lived in this city with his daughter, Mrs. Jeannette George, wife of Andrew George.

He leaves four sons, George W. Sypher of Rutland; Caleb J. and Edward C. Sypher, of Watertown; Robert S. Sypher of Burrs Mills and two daughters, Mrs. Andrew George of this city, and Mrs. George Downer, of Burrs Mills, and one sister, Mrs. John Balley (Bailey) of Carthage. The funeral will be held from the George home, 418 Portage street, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. James H. Keeling, pastor of Faith Chapel, officiating. Interment will be made in Cape Vincent cemetery. The funeral is in charge of A. B. Chidex(s)ter of Dexter.



In this city, June 10, 1917, William Sypher, formerly of Cape Vincent, aged 87 years and 9 months. Funeral at 1 p.m. Tuesday, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew George, 418 Portage street.

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