Many transcribed in 2012 by Thelma Moye, a frequent contributor to Jefferson County GenWeb.

Perry Soles Cobb. age 100...B Obit 1826-1927

Perry S. Cobb, 100, oldest resident of Adams and one of the last members of the Dealton Cooper Post, G. A, R., died Tuesday afternoon Jan. 25, 1927, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Woodall. He had been in failing health for the past two years. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. For some time he had been confined to his bed but last fall he was able to sit in a chair in the yard at his daughter's home while his picture was taken, his only surviving brother, Elijah E.Cobb, 94, standing beside him. Elijah E. Cobb , now at the National Soldiers Home in Virginia, is the father of former Senator George H. Cobb.

Perry Soles Cobb was born at Lysander, Onondaga County, Jan. 13, 1826, son of Joseph and Margaret Soles Cobb. There was some doubt in Mr. Cobb's mind during his later years as to whether his birthday Was in 1826 or 1827 and he believed that it was the latter. His brother, Elijah E. Cobb, however, and other relatives said that the family Bible which some years ago was destroyed by fire gave his first natal day as being in 1826.

He was one of nine children of whom only one now survives. Longevity was a characteristic of the family, Mr. Cobb's father having lived until his 89th year, and his grandfather until his 99th. A brother, Elijah, is now in his 94th year. His father was born in 1800 and as a boy of 12 assisted in the conduct of the war of 1812 by carrying chains for surveying parties through the wildernes of. Jefferson Co.

Since he was a small boy Mr. Cobb had resided in Jefferson County, 60 years at Pierrepont Manor and the past 13 years at Adams. He used to tell of rowing a boat on the St. Lawrence river when that section of the county was country was almost all forest with here and there a clearing and settler's cabin.

In 1854 he married Miss Ann Denee, who was of French descent, the ceremony being performed at Dexter by Rev. Asa Saxe. To this union there were eleven children born of whom seven are now living, four sons, Madison P., William H., George J. and John J., being deceased. Those surviving are Mrs. Mary, Jane Hogan, Buffalo; Mrs. Margaret Ann Steel Badgely, Richland, N. Y.. Charles Elijah Cobb of Antioch, 111.; Mrs. Emma Susanna Parker of Mannsville, N. Y.; Mrs. Alma Marie Fletchier of Anaheim Calif., Mrs Fannie Louise Woodall of Adams, N. Y., and Ira Thomas Cobb of West Schuyler, N. Y.

The oldest daughter, Mrs, Hogan, has nine children and 21 grandchildren; Margaret Badgeley has had five, children and five grand children; Charles E. Cobh has had nine children and five grandchildren; Alma Fletcher has had six children and two grand child en; Emma S. Parker has had three children and four grandchildren*; Fannie L. Woodall. has eight children and nine grandchildren; Ira T. Cobb has ten children and two grandchildren. This record is unique, showing that Perry Sol es a nd Ann Denee Cobb had 151 descendants: 11 children, 63 grandchildre n, 71 great - grandchildren and six great - great - grand children The above detailed record was compiled by the family - several years ago. Since that time there have been other additions, bringing the total number of grandchildren great granchildren to 147 and the total number of great -great grandchildren, to eleven, making a total with the eleven children,of 169.

When the Civil War broke out Perry Cobb and three brothers enlisted, Perry in the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery; Elijah in the ???, New York Infantry. Eli in the twenty fourth New York Infantry and John in Ninth New York Heavy Anrtillery John was wounded at the charge Petersburg when the mine was blown up, was captured and died in Andersonville prison. His three brothers served u til they were honorably discharged.

Mr. Cobb cast his first vote for president in 1848 for Zachary Taylor and four years later for the Whig canidate. Since that time he has voted a straight Republican ticket and for 75 years did not miss any election. In 1865 he voted for Abraham Lincoln and on the night the war president was assassinated he was standing guard in Washington.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10" from the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. W A Gardner officiating. Burial was made at Mannsville.

The Sandy Creek News, Sandy Creek New York, date:Feb. 23, 1927


Edward E. Cobb
March 20, 2012

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. — Edward E. Cobb, 92, of County Route 62, passed away Sunday evening, March 18, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Drake officiating. Burial will be for the convenience of the family in Sulphur Springs Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be conducted by members of the Sackets Harbor Lodge #135 F&AM at 7 p.m. following visitation.

Born April 25, 1919, in Watertown, a son to Edward Elijah and Maud Harmer Cobb, he graduated in 1940 from Adams Center High School and from Canton ATC. He worked his entire life on the family farm on the outskirts of Sackets Harbor. He served as the Supervisor for the Town of Hounsfield from 1963 to 1993. Mr. Cobb married Doris M. Andrus on Feb. 23, 1946, at the Rutland Congregational Church. Mrs. Cobb passed away June 23, 2007, at their home.

He served as chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors from 1974 to 1975, and also served as Jefferson County Commissioner of Jurors from 1968 to 1975. He was president of the Board of the Jefferson County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He served on the Executive Committee of the Northeast Dairy Federation Cooperative. He was one of the original members of the Board of Directors of the Jeff Bulk Cooperative, a director for the Metropolitan Cooperative Milk Producers Association and was a member on the Board of Directors for the Savings and Loan Association of Watertown (Jeff-Lewis) Savings Bank.

He was a member of the Sulphur Springs UMC and a 70-year member of the Sackets Harbor Lodge #135 F & AM. Mr. Cobb enjoyed fishing and hunting at his camp near St. Regis Falls.

Surviving are his children, Craig (Susan) Cobb, Dewitt, Sharon (Martin) Del Signore, David Cobb and his fiancé', Sherry Bates, all of Sackets Harbor; grandchildren, Michelle (Michael) Aldrich, Kevin and Christopher Cobb, Matthew and Max Del Signore; and a great-grandson, Edward James Aldrich.



The death of Harley H. Dickinson, aged 72 years , occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy Hammond, on Maple Avenue, Adams, Monday; at 9:30 A.M. He had been in poor health for several years and this fall underwent an operation for cataracts on his eyes. The operation was successful and his condition was considered good until he contracted the grippe about a week ago. Last Wednesday he was taken from his home to that of his daughter.

Mr.Dickinson was born in Wardwell Settlement, Dec. 30, 1856, son of Elias and Clara Hubbard Dickinson, and had spent his life in this section. From Wardwell Settlement he moved to Mannsville and there married Miss Jennie James. To them was born one daughter, who survives with her three children, Harley, Kent and Marion Hammond, all of Adams. Albout 27 years ago Mr. Dickinson moved his family to Adams and made his home on Maple Avenue. He Was a devoted member of the Adams Baptist church and also a member of Adams Grange.

For nearly 30 years he has been a sufferer from asthma and in recent years he has been handicapped by deafness.

Besides his immediate family he leaves a sister, Mrs. E. T. Shepherd, of Syracuse, and two brothers Burliegh of Carthage and Frank of Bader,Ill.

Funeral servces will, be held at the home of Roy Hammond Thursday at 2 p. m. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery next spring. From the Sandy Creek News, Sandy Creek ,New York ..January 17,1929

Note: My dad said he used a big horn like device to help him hear better..TM


James L. Dwyer January 7, 2012

DEXTER, N.Y. — James L. Dwyer, 72, of Syracuse, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 7. at University Hospital. Born July 4, 1939, in Theresa, N.Y., he was the son of Leo and Winifred Ward Dwyer. He resided in Syracuse where he worked as a mechanic at several bowling lanes until ill health forced him to retire.

Surviving are his mother, Winifred, Central Square; three sisters, Karen Cole, Syracuse, Linda and Robert Hurley, Adams Center, and Veronica and James Revette, Central Square; children, Charlene, David, James 2nd, James 3rd, Bobbie Mae; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A sister, Cynthia Dwyer, predeceased him in 1973.

A memorial Mass will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Immaculate Conception Church of Brownville. Burial will follow in Dexter Cemetery. Calling hours will be 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass at Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter.


Jerry A. Dwyer
March 15, 2012

Jerry A. Dwyer, 75, of Chaumont and Watertown died in Tucson, AZ March 8th. Jerry was in declining health since diagnosed with Fragile X Tremor and Ataxia Syndrome.

Jerry was born February 1937 in Adams to Howard and Mildred Hall Dwyer. He graduated from Lyme Central in 1954 and started work as a Teller for Northern New York Trust Company, which became Marine Midland Bank. Jerry held a variety of positions including Branch Manager and Bank Officer. In the 1990s, Jerry worked for Hopkins Homes Real Estate earning the Residential Marketing Master designation.

In 1954, Jerry married his high school sweetheart Diane Turkington (Zimmer). They raised four children and worked the farm on Old Town Springs Rd. After they divorced, Jerry moved to Watertown. In 1992, he married Janice Kucik and resided on Sandy Creek Valley Rd. Jerry was predeceased by Janice in 2005. He then moved to Tucson to live near his children.

Jerry was a member of Chaumont Presbyterian and Burrville Congregational Churches, Elk’s Lodge # 496, Jefferson County Rotary Club and Fair Board, American Cancer Society, and March of Dimes. Jerry was a former Town of Lyme Youth Committee Chairman, and was an “Old Newsboys” collecting Salvation Army donations. Jerry enjoyed basketball – playing during high school, helping his son perfect his hook shot, and cheering on the Syracuse Orangemen from his recliner during retirement. The people who loved Jerry remember him as hard working, clever and quick witted, the life of the party. He was the first on the dance floor and the last one off.

Jerry is survived by his children - Judy (Thomas) Lumia, Tucson; Terry (Cynthia) Dwyer, Tucson, Lynda (Kevin) Williams, Brentwood CA, and Traci Summer, Tucson. Also stepson Mark Kucik and Mark’s wife Jenessa (Stockwell) and daughter Liberty, as well as grandchildren - Eric (Natalie) McEntaffer, Jacob Strubbe, Alex Dwyer, Kailin and Twins Sean and Kyle Williams, Patrick and Diona Lumia, Twins Anna and Kadi Summer, and one great-grandchild Trevor McEntaffer and two siblings - Ronald (Margaret) Dwyer and Sharon Giddings. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Janice Dwyer, and sister and brother in-law Frances and Homer Hedger.

A memorial will be March 25th in Tucson for his Arizona family and caregivers.

Memorial contribution may be made to Burrville Congregational Church, 25200 County Route 67 Watertown NY 13601.

Jerry was a grandson of Francis & Harriet "Hattie" Bamford Dwyer...Thelma


Olympia A. (Spaziani) Fiaschetti
MARCH 11, 2012

Former Watertown resident Olympia A. (Spaziani) Fiaschetti, 80, of passed away on March 1, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. She was born on March 16, 1931, to Anna and Gerald Spaziani, in Watertown, N.Y.

Olympia married Americo Fiaschetti on May 23, 1953, at St. Anthony’s Church in Watertown, and the couple made their home there until 1977 when they moved to Arizona. Although they missed their families and friends, they loved living in the Southwest. During her life, Olympia worked in a variety of occupations. She owned two different restaurants – The Village Inn in Black River, N.Y., and Gaetano’s in Mesa, Ariz. She worked retail, trained and practiced interior decorating, was a bookkeeper, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to cook, sew and paint with oils.

She is survived by her daughters: Amerika (Tom) Davis of Williamsburg, Va., Alaina Hull of Gilbert, Ariz., Alyssa (Michael) Andrews of Mesa, Ariz., and Adina Slyter of Williamsburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren; sisters Geraldine (Carl) Lettiere and Patricia Spaziani, both of Watertown, N.Y.; brother, Anthony Spaziani of Fairborn, Ohio; former sons-in-law Andy Hull and Rodney Slyter; nieces, nephews and many loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Americo (Meek) in 2008.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Emerald Groves in Mesa for their friendship with Olympia. Their caring encouragement and companionship provided a contentment that none of us could achieve.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Fiaschetti home, 3864 E. Omega Circle, Mesa. All friends and family are invited. Her cremains will be taken to Watertown, N.Y., where a funeral Mass will be held July 28 at St. Anthony’s Church. Olympia and Americo will be laid to rest at that time.


Kathryn Rounds Gotham Buried on June 3, 1956
Mrs. Gotham, 85, Dies on May 31

Mrs. Kathryn E. Rounds Gotham, 85, mother of Mrs William R. Hinds, of Sandy Creek, died May 31,1956 in Watertown after an illness of about a year. She suffered a stroke July 4 at her home, 135 Paddock street where she had lived for 53 years, and was removed to a nursing home. Ten days before her death she suffered another stroke. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Cleveland Funeral home, the Rev. Herbert S. Schroeder, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, Watertown, officiating. Burial was in Brookside cemetery. Bearers were Dr. William L. Hinds, Fayetteville; W. Gillette Bird, Williams town, Mass., where he is a student at Williams college, Richard G. Hinds, Dr. Fredrick H, Doner, Jr. and Kenneth F Ransier Watertown, and Jean W Bell, Victor.

Surviving her are two children Robert Merritt Gotham of San Monica, Calif. and Mrs. William J. ( Merretta D.) Hinds , Sandy Creek; two grandchildren Dr. William Hinds of Fayetteville, and Mrs. W Gillette (Catherine Hinds) Bird a student at Skidmore College, Sarotoga; two great grandchildren, Joey & Jeffery Hinds of Fayetteville. Two sisters, Mrs. Fred J (Mary) Garrison, Rochester and Mrs. Roy O.(Harriet) Whitney, Victor, New York. and a niece, Victor, New York, Mrs. Jean W. ( Mary Louise Whitney) Bell, also of Victor. Two daughters of Mrs. Gotham`s are deceased, Mrs. Carlton K (Marion Elizabeth) Brownell who died in Florida several years ago and Louise Elizabeth who died at the age of nine months.

Mrs. Gotham was born at Mannsville January 19, 1871, a daughter of the late Edward T & Louise Colton Rounds. She attended school at Mannsville and later was a student at the old Adams Collegiate Institute of Adams. In early life she lived in Adams. For about a year before her marriage she taught school in a district school near Adams Center. LIVED IN BROWNVILLE She was married November 12, 1890 to Merritt Darwin Gotham of Watertown and until his death October 7, 1897, the family resided at Brownville where Mr. Gotham was associated with his father , the late Darwin B. Gotham, in ownership of the Brownville Iorn Works. Following Mr. Gotham`s death, Mrs. Gotham and children moved to Watertown where she has since resided. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church and of the Le Ray de Chaumont chapter D.A.R.. In earlier years she took an active part in the affairs of the church and it`s women`s organizations, as well as the D.A.R. From: The Sandy Creek News, Sandy Creek, New York June 7, 1956

Transcribed by ThelmaMoye


James H. Howard

Birth: 1868
Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death: Aug., 1929, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA

James H. Howard, A Former Resident Dies in Minneapolis

James H. Howard, aged 61 years, a native of Cape Vincent, died on Tuesday of last week at his home in Minneapolis, Minn., where he had resided for the past 37 years, following a brief illness.

Mr. Howard was born in Cape Vincent, a son of the late Captain and Mrs. Harvey Howard. He was educated in the local school, and when as young man entered the employ of Artie B. Cleveland, seed grower, as an accountant; For a number of years he had charge of Mr. Cleveland's New York office, later taking charge of the office in the plant at the foot of Market street in this village. After severing his connection with the Cleveland interests he formed a partnership with a Mr. Underhill, of New York, and engaged in the seed business under the firm name of Howard & Underhill. This company built the plant now used as a cheese storage plant, opposite the depot, and, in addition to the growing and shipping of peas and beans, engaged in the manufacture of " H-U" split peas, which became famous the world over.

After a time the business was transferred to other interests, and Mr. Howard and his family removed to Minneapolis. Mrs. Howard died about three years ago. Besides his mother, Mrs. Alice Howard, who resides in this village, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Eugene C. Fitzgerald and Miss Laura Howard, also of this village, and a daughter, Mrs. Emerson Brachlow, and a son, Harvey James Howard, both of Minneapolis.

The funeral was held at Minneapolis and interment made in Lakewood cemetery, in that City.

FROM: The Cape Vincent Eagle, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1929

Transcribed by Thelma Moye


Joseph W. Murphy March 15, 2012

Joseph W. Murphy, 81, Boyd St., Watertown, died Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2012, at his home. Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, on Saturday, March 17, from 11AM - 2PM with the funeral service at the funeral home at 2PM with Rev. Steven Murray, Holy Family Church, officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Murphy was born in Watertown on October 24, 1930, son of Patrick O. and Marion Pledger Murphy. He graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy. On April 23, 1951 he entered the US Army and received the Germany Occupational Medal. He was released from active duty as a Corporal, and served in the reserves until March 21, 1957. He worked for the City of Watertown in the engineering office for 30 years. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the American Legion Post 61.

He is survived by his brother and his wife, Richard E. and Clara M. Murphy, his nephew, Michael L. Murphy, all of Watertown, two great nieces, and one great nephew.

Donations in Joe’s name may be made to American Legion Post 61, 138 Sterling St. or Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., both in Watertown, NY 13601, or to American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.


Marion A. Fargo Taylor November 14, 2010

EVANS MILLS, N.Y. - Marion A. Taylor, 93, of Cemetery Road,, passed Sunday, Nov. 14, at Mercy of Northern New York, Watertown. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wed., Nov. 17, at the Bruce Funeral Home, Black River. Burial will follow in Sanford Corners Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Born May 29, 1917, in Ontario, Canada, a daughter of William and Alice Raison Fargo, she moved to Champion at the age of six and attended Champion and Great Bend Schools. Following school she worked on the family farm in Champion. She married Carl G. Taylor, town of Champion, on July 4, 1936, at the Felts Mills Church of Christ with Rev. William A. Williams officiating.

The couple lived on the family farm until 1947. They moved to Star Lake for a year before moving to Evans Mills and purchasing a farm there in 1948. The couple owned and operated the farm up until they sold it in 1966. They then settled in the Village of Evans Mills. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Evans Mills United Methodist Church and she enjoyed reading.

Among her survivors are a son and his companion, Ronald C. Taylor and Mary Smith, Evans Mills; three daughters and their husbands, Carolyn B. and Paul Schnepp, Theresa, Audrey M. and Neil Ryor, Calcium, Gail K. and Art Below, Comfort, Texas; a brother and his wife, Wayne and Jean Fargo, Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Wilma Peck, Great Bend; 16 grandchildren, 24 great=-grandchildren, and five great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Carl Taylor, a son, Roger Taylor, a daughter, Beverly Watson, two grandchildren, Timothy Taylor, Matthew Wheatly, and six brothers, Harry, Vernon, Kenneth, Edgbert, Allen, and Calvin, all died before her.

Transcribed by Thelma Moye


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