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He is survived by his parents, Tom and Mary Kilpatrick of Fayetteville; aunt and uncle, Martha and Richard Dudley; uncle, Ken Kilpatrick and Carol Zisfein; aunt, Jean Hocker; aunt, Irene Skattum; and cherished cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Andrew in
He will be greatly missed by his devoted family and his many close friends.
Family and friends may call from to on Friday, August 25 at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. A memorial service will follow at 7 pm.
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James A. Miner – October 10,
James A. Miner, 78; of Fulton passed away suddenly at Oswego Hospital, Oswego. Mr. Miner was born in Jacksonville, FL to the late Amos and Ada (Barkley) Miner. He had been lifetime resident of Fulton, NY. Mr. Miner was a United States Veteran having served in the Marine Corp during
Robert L. Link –
Robert L. Link, 72, of the Town of Oppenheim, Dolgeville, New York passed away on Friday, October 8, , at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, with his loving daughter by his side. He was born on December 29, , in Queens, New York, was the son of
Alan S. Drohan – October 10,
Alan Drohan, 74; of Fulton passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse, NY after a long illness. Alan was born in Fulton, NY to the late Sherman and Esther (Shattuck) Drohan. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton, NY. Mr. Drohan graduated from Fulton High School, and then continued his education at Washington & Jefferson College. He received his Law degree in from Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY.
Today’s obit: Alan Drohan worked in New York State Supreme Court
Alan S. Drohan, 74, of Fulton, died Sunday following a long illness. Drohan was a lifelong resident of Fulton. He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School and went on to attend Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. While working on his law degree at Syracuse University College of Law,
Alan Drohan, 74; of Fulton passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse, NY after a long illness. Alan was born in Fulton, NY to the late Sherman and Esther (Shattuck) Drohan. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton, NY. Mr. Drohan graduated from Fulton High School, and then continued his education at Washington & Jefferson College. He received his Law degree in from Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY. Prior to receiving his degree Alan worked at Streeter & Van Sanford as a certified Life Underwriter. Throughout his law career he worked as the principal clerk for the NYS Supreme Court, Oswego, NY having worked for Judges Donovan, Hurlbut, Nicholson and Seiter. In May of , Alan began enjoying his retirement. He was described as a kindhearted, humorous, giving and compassionate person. Alan was extremely knowledgeable about antiques especially those from the Victorian period and had a successful antique business. He was a founder and member of the Fulton Friends of History. Alan liked crossword puzzles, playing bridge and entertaining. He was a member of the Media Shriner, Watertown, NY; and he thoroughly enjoyed his membership with the Sandy Pond Sportsman Club. Alan also liked to garden, tend to flowers and spend time with family at camp where together they all enjoyed the water, the weather and witnessing beautiful sunsets. Alan or better known to his beloved nieces and nephews as “Uncle Bumps” will always be thought fondly of giving out kazoos for every occasion and happily teaching all the proper blowing techniques. He will also be remembered for his favorite phrase “Tippy Top.” Mr. Drohan is survived by his brothers: Verner Marshall and Gail Drohan of Oswego, NY; Paul S. and Donna Drohan of MD; nieces and nephews: Matthew W. and Samantha Drohan of PA; and their 3 children: Olivia, Eliza, and Vanessa; Dr. John A. (Rebecca) Taylor of ME; and their 3 children: Spencer, Coenradt and Jacquelyn; Anne T. (Erik) Kindblom of MA; and their 2 children: Emma and Charlotte. A Graveside Service and Burial will be held AM Saturday at Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, NY with Pastor Diane Wheatley officiating. Calling Hours will be held 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., W. Second St. S., Fulton. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Alan Drohan’s honor to: Fulton Friends of History: S. 1st St.; Fulton, NY or the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Thomas H. Parker, 71, of Chaumont
CHAUMONT, New York (WWNY) - Thomas H. Parker, 71, of County Route 8, Chaumont, NY, passed away unexpectedly on October 10, at his home. Born on December 22,, in Syracuse New York. Son of Leo and Shirley (Rockwell) Parker, he attended schools in Syracuse. Following school, he moved
Linda K. Howard
Linda K. (Doull) Howard, 76, lived a great life that came to its end on Tuesday, Oct. 5 as her body passed away after a short illness. Born in Fulton, NY, Linda graduated from Fulton High School and Chandler School for Women in Boston, MA. After college, she returned to Fulton where she had two sons, and worked at the Fulton Family YMCA, and for several years at the Oswego County Real Property Tax office. In , she relocated to Chandler, AZ, and worked for Arizona State University, from which she retired in In , she relocated to the Lancaster, PA area. In her free time, she loved travelling, and had visited all 50 states during her lifetime. She also enjoyed reading, puzzles of many sorts, and a wide variety of crafts, especially knitting and quilting.
Robert S. (Bob) Fuss
Robert S. (Bob) Fuss, 61, of Baldwinsville, N.Y. passed away at Morningstar Nursing Home on Friday, Oct.8, after a long battle with ALS. Bob was born at Nouasseur AB Morocco, North Africa June 11, , to Joseph and Lucy Cook Fuss. He graduated from Hannibal Central School in and earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in from Catholic University of America. He was an architect with Zausmer-Frisch, Scruton and Aggarwal Architectural Firm in Syracuse, NY for 20 years. Bob enjoyed art, photography, golfing, traveling, and spending time with family. Bob is predeceased by his father and sister, Margaret Mary (Margie) Fuss.
James A. Miner
FULTON – James A. Miner, 78, of Fulton, New York, passed away suddenly at Oswego Hospital, Oswego. Mr. Miner was born in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Amos and Ada (Barkley) Miner. He had been lifetime resident of Fulton. Mr. Miner was a U.S. veteran having served in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He retired from Owen’s Brockway, Fulton, as a warehouse foreman for over 20 years.
Julia A. Henderson
Oct. 19, - Oct. 8, AUBURN — Julia A. Henderson, formerly of Weedsport, passed away on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Finger Lakes Center for Living in Auburn, NY. "Judy" was born in Limestone, Maine on Oct. 19, , the daughter of Lawrence Smart and Rose (Poitras) Smart.
Gordon Lee Halstead
OSWEGO COUNTY – On Sunday, October 3, , Gordon Lee Halstead, loving husband, and father to eight children, went home to be the Lord at the age of Gordon was born on September 26, , in Oswego, New York, to Clifford and Ola (Hartle) Halstead. He graduated from Fulton High School in and went on to serve his country as a Jet Aircraft Mechanic in the US Air Force from His work career as a skilled technician in the sheet metal fabrication industry include positions with Sealrite, Fulton Tool, Kenwell, Pathfinder Industries and Westreco Inc.
Stanley E. Axtell
OSWEGO COUNTY – Stanley E. Axtell, 84, of Chittenango, New York, passed away on Saturday, October 9, Born and raised in Martville, New York, Stan graduated from Hannibal High School in Shortly after graduation, he married Mary Longley, his high school sweetheart. They moved to Dover, Delaware, where he served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon leaving the service, they returned to Crocketts, and raised their family. He worked as a co-owner of Kenwell Sheet Metal in Fulton, New York, where he stayed until his retirement.
Linda K. Howard
Linda K. (Doull) Howard, 76, lived a great life that came to its end on Tuesday, October 5 as her body passed away after a short illness. Born in Fulton, NY, Linda graduated from Fulton High School and Chandler School for Women in Boston, MA. After college, she returned to Fulton where she had two sons, and worked at the Fulton Family YMCA, and for several years at the Oswego County Real Property Tax office. In , she relocated to Chandler, AZ, and worked for Arizona State University, from which she retired in In , she relocated to the Lancaster, PA area. In her free time, she loved travelling, and had visited all 50 states during her lifetime. She also enjoyed reading, puzzles of many sorts, and a wide variety of crafts, especially knitting and quilting.
Thomas L. Foster
Thomas L. Foster, age 72, of Blossvale, passed away peacefully on October 6, , at Rome Health. Tom was born in Norway, NY on February 3, , to the late Ivan and Arlene Schafer Foster. On September 22, , he was united in marriage to the former Paula Squadrito. He worked and retired from DeSimone Trucking.
Robert S. Fuss
BALDWINSVILLE, NY – Robert S. (Bob) Fuss, 61, of Baldwinsville, N.Y. passed away at Morningstar Nursing Home on Friday, October 8, after a long battle with ALS. Bob was born at Nouasseur AB Morocco, North Africa June 11, , to Joseph and Lucy Cook Fuss. He graduated from Hannibal Central School in and earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in from Catholic University of America. He was an architect with Zausmer-Frisch, Scruton and Aggarwal Architectural Firm in Syracuse, NY for 20 years. Bob enjoyed art, photography, golfing, traveling, and spending time with family.
Phyllis E. Petersen, 88
Phyllis E. Petersen, 88, beloved Aunt to a large extended family passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 6, Phyllis was born to Raymond and Helen Petersen on July 8, Phyllis received her master’s degree in library science from Le Moyne College, and worked at SUNY Morrisville for 34 years as a librarian. As a life resident of her hometown Cazenovia, Phyllis devoted herself to the Saint James Catholic Church serving as a eucharistic minister and a member of the Durkin Committee. She kept active as a member of St. Peter’s Bone Builder Program and Saint James Tai-Chi Program, she was often seen practicing Tai-Chi at the local parks. She further showed her love for the community by volunteering at Caz Cares. However, her first priority was her family. She was devoted to her parents, sister and brother-in-law, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews. Phyllis’s last days were spent at Brookdale Memory Care in Fayetteville, and the family would like to thank Brookdale for making her time there extremely happy.
Richard J. Benner, 77
Richard “Dick” J. Benner, 77, of Cazenovia, passed away Thursday, Sept. 30, He was born July 14, , in Syracuse to Francis and Margaret Benner. Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He was an active in the Cazenovia community where he was a member of the American Legion Post No. 88, Cazenovia serving as Post Commander from to ; a member of In Your Pace running club where he organized their annual MADCOW 5K and as a crossing guard for the Cazenovia Central School District. Dick retired from the Cazenovia Post Office as a rural mail carrier in and at the age of 70 he earned his general equivalency diploma. After mastering 30 years on booze and idiocy, Dick became a responsible community member with the help of God, A.A. and the Cazenovia American Legion. He was a year member of A.A.
John 'Jack' Prior
John 'Jack' Prior, 67, passed away unexpectedly on September 30th, Jack came to the Santa Barbara area in from Fulton, NY and created an amazing life. His quick wit and irreverent sense of humor will be remembered by all who knew him. Jack’s life was about many things,
Obituaries fayetteville, ny
Syracuse, NY, Nov 2 - W.J. Belden, Republican candidate for member of the assembly in the First district of Onondaga county, died this afternoon. He had been in ill-health for some time. [The Saint Paul Globe.(St. Paul, Minn.), November 03, , Page 3]
BRAGG, Alice F.
Services for Alice Fields Bragg, 69, of Pearl St., Liverpool, who died Tuesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenleaf Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, W. Onondaga St. Mrs. Bragg was a life resident of the Syracuse area. Her husband, Harry, died May Mrs. Bragg retired as head baker after 20 years with the Syracuse School District. Surviving are two sons, Harry III of Baldwinsville and Jeffrey of Syracuse; two daughters, Martha Crawford of Liverpool and Linda Prue of Syracuse; a sister, Helen Chitel of Liverpool; a brother, Raymond Fields of Syracuse; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. [The Post-Standard, (Syracuse, NY) July 13, Sub by GT Host]
BRAGG, Harry E.
Services for Harry E. Bragg II, 80, of Pearl St., Liverpool, who died Sunday at his home after a long illness, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenleaf Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m Wednesday at the funeral home, W. Onondaga St. He was a life resident of the Syracuse area. Mr. Bragg owned and operated Services Dry Cleaners for 35 years until his retirement. He was a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Alice Fields Bragg; two sons, Harry III of Baldwinsville and Jeffery of Eastwood; two daughters, Martha Crawford of Liverpool and Linda Prue of Syracuse; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Chitel of Syracuse; 14 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. [The Post-Standard(Syracuse, NY) May 30, Sub by GT Host]
BRIGGS, Charles R.
Charles R. Briggs of Apulia station, brother of the late William P. Briggs of Norwich, died Sunday. He was a former resident of Smyrna. [Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) 25 Aug , p16]
Died, At Onondaga Hollow, New York, March 8, , Betsey, wife of Solva Brintnall, aged 82 years 3 months. [Lewis County Democrat (Lowville, NY) - Wednesday, May 1, ; JD, Sub by FoFG]
One month since Joseph Burton, of Liverpool, Onondaga County, died under circumstances which led friends to believe he had been poisoned. He had lived unhappily with his wife. Lately the family feud had grown so bitter that the woman privately vowed "I'm going to get rid of Joe as soon as possible" and sure enough, her husband died a few days later, giving all evidence of arsenic poisoning. The body was buried. Last week other evidence of poisoning came to light, when the Coroner directed the body to be disinterred and the stomach subjected to a chemical analysis. [The Cincinnati Daily Star. (Cincinnati, Ohio), February 22, ]
CHENEY, Mary Lawrence
Aged Manlius Woman Died Wednesday
Mrs. Mary Cheney Active Church Worker
Manlius - Mrs. Mary Lawrence Cheney, widow of Stephen Cheney, born July 2, , died March 19, at her home in North street.
Mrs. Cheney was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Societies and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and deeply interested in the religious growth of the church.
Funeral services will be held at her late hom on Saturday, March 22, at 3 o'clock. Burial in Oakwood. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
Died at the Age of
Syracuse, Jan. 5 - Mrs Olive Cleveland of Lafayette, Onondaga county, died yesterday at that place, aged years, 10 months and 8 days. She knit, did other light work and read the newspapers up to a week ago when she became very weak and took to her bed. Mrs Cleveland's parents were Thomas and Bitty Newell, who located in this county in [The Forest Republican (Tionesta, Pa.), January 06, ]
DUNNELL, A. A.
Elkhorn, July 9 - A. A. Dunnell, a brother-in-law of Judge Dyer, of Milwaukee, died yesterday, aged He was a native of Onondaga county, N.Y., and settled in the town of Lafayette at an early day. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 12 July, ; tr. by MZ]
EARL[E?], Jane C.
Died, On the 21st June, at the Globe Hotel, Syracuse, Jane C., wife of Charles Earl[e?], and only daughter of Apollos Stevens, Esq., of Copenhagen, Lewis Co., N.Y. - Aged [Lewis County Republican (Lowville, Wednesday, July 7, ; Sub by JD]
HEALY, Dr. Samuel
The Physicians of Syracuse have passed resolutions of respect to the character and memory of the late Dr. Samuel Healy of Onondaga. [The New York Times (New York, NY) 12 May , pg8]
Died, In Syracuse, on the 6th inst. George Heber, son of the Rev. W. W. Nind, aged 16 months. [Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) - Thursday, August 22, ; Sub by JD]
HODGEMAN, Adaline S.
Mrs. Hodgeman Dies Five Weeks After Brother
Fayetteville - Grief over the sudden death of her brother is believed to have hastened the death of Mrs. Adaline S. Hodgeman of Lyndon. She died at her home, March 12, at the age of 83 years.
Her brother, Mr. Charles Reals, was found dead in his home, which was next to Mrs. Hodgeman's, several weeks ago, and soon after, she was taken ill and grew gradually worse until death came last week.
Surviving is one son, Frank Hodgeman, also of Lyndon. Funeral services took place Saturday afternoon at the home with burial in Jamesville. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
JOSEPHSON, Beatrice A.
Mrs. Josephson Dies; Was Ill Only One Day
Manlius Woman's Sudden Death Shock to Many Friends
Manlius - Mrs. Beatrice A. Josephson, aged 39 died Wednesday morning at her home in Pleasant street following a brief illness of one day.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and held the office of Oracle for ten years, a member of the W. B. A. Lodge of Syracuse and Daughters of Veterans. She was also major secretary for the Larkin Company in this district.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Josephson and three sisters, Mrs. Sidney Humphrey, Mrs. Ross Travers and Mrs. Herbert Dingman, two brothers, Albert and Harry Monroe.
Funeral services will be held at her home on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Burial at Manlius. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
At Skaneateles on the 31st ult., Mrs Laura Kellogg, consort of the late David Kellog, aged [The Advocate, Buffalo, NY, Thursday, January 10, , p. 3; transcribed by J. Swanson]
Mrs. LaGrange Dies Following Long Illness
Was Well Known Resident Of Manlius
Manlius - Mrs. Clara LaGrange, aged 73, a well known resident of Manlius died at her home in Fayette street, Friday, March 14, after an illness of many months.
Mrs. LaGrange was formerly Miss Clara Hale, sister of the late Frank, Charles and William Hale. Her early life was spent in the vicinity of Oran and Manlius where for some time she was engaged in teaching. She was twice married. Forty-one years ago she married Montgomery LaGrange and to them were born two children, Ethel and Walter.
Mrs. LaGrange was a woman of much strength of character, meeting the changes of life with a firmness born of Christian faith. Her genial smile and many acts of kindness had won for her a wide circle of friends.
She is survived by her husband and one son, Walter.
The funeral was held from her late home Monday afternoon at o'clock. Rev. O. E. Fry and Rev. H. G. Burley officiated. Burial at Manlius. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
LEONARD, Ella L.
Died, at Syracuse on the 22d inst., after a painful illness of four years, Ella L., daughter of Mrs. S. H. Leonard, aged 21 years, 9 months and 15 days. [Lewis County Democrat (Lowville, NY) - Wednesday, September 4, ; Sub by JD]
Birth: Jun. 15, Onondaga County New York, USA
Death: Dec. 25, Steuben County Indiana, USA
Russell Little was born in Onondaga county, N.Y. June 15, , died in Steuben county, Ind., Dec. 25, Aged 82 years, 6 months,10 days. His parents removed to Erie, Pa. when he was 7 years old, from thence to Steuben county when he was fourteen years of age.
He was married to Martha J. Crane in Fourteen children were born to this union. They resided on their farm three miles southwest of Hamilton, Ind. until the family was grown up. In , father and mother Little moved to the home of their son Oscar near Butler, Ind. In the same year the family moved to the farm in Otsego township, Steuben county. Martha J. Little died in The father made his home with Oscar most of the remaining years of his life.
There remains to mourn his departure six sons and one daughter, thirty-one grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends.
Many years ago father Little joined the United Brethren church at Bellefontaine Chapel. Upon the disbanding of the class he united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Hamilton, Ind. He has lived a consistent Christian life being faithful until death. Funeral was held from the U. B. church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. R. A. Morrison. Interment in Hamilton cemetery. Burial: Hamilton Cemetery Hamilton (Steuben County) Steuben County Indiana, USA [unknown newspaper, c. Dec - sub. by Barbara Little]
LONGSTREET, James O.
Death of Rev. J. O. Longstreet.
We regret to announce to our readers the death of Rev. Mr. Longstreet, formerly pastor of the M. E. Church in this village. The Syracuse N. Y. Standard of July 9th gives the following obituary notice of his death: "Rev. James Oliver Longstreet, second son of James Longstreet of Onondaga, died at his father's residence on the 3d instant of consumption, aged 27 years. He graduated at Wesleyan University in the class of The year succeeding his graduation he was successfully engaged in teaching at Croton Falls, near New York city, and the two years next following in the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn. During the year past up to the time of his last illness, he was in the active service of the Ministry of the Troy Conference of the M. E. Church. A well disciplined mind, a dignified bearing, a rich and graceful elocution and fervent piety combined to make him an earnest and eloquent preacher, and one promising eminent success and usefulness in the church of his choice. He was greatly esteemed and beloved by all who knew him. Though he passed away in the morning of his days, few leave behind them the savor of a purer and nobler life." [Lamoille Newsdealer (Hyde Park, Vt.), 19 July ]
MAY, Samuel Joseph
Class of - SAMUEL JOSEPH MAY, youngest son of Joseph and Dorothy (Sewall) May, was born in Boston, 12 September,
His father (born , died ) was a merchant of Boston, and one of the members of King’s Chapel, who, in , ordained the Rev. James Freeman to be their minister. He was the life-long and intimate friend of Dr. Freeman, as also, afterwards, of his successor, Rev. F.W.P. Greenwood.
His mother was daughter of Deacon Samuel Sewall, of Boston, whose father, Joseph Sewall, D.D. (H.C. ), was long pastor of the Old Church South; his father being Chief Justice Samuel Sewall, of Massachusetts, , whose honorable record is that, having participated in the trials and condemnations for witchcraft at Salem (), he afterwards made public confession of the wrong, asking forgiveness of God and man, on account of the part he had borne in them.
Samuel Joseph May grew up under the plain and wholesome home instruction, and under the influence of Dr. Freeman’s ministry, which he ever regarded as a chief good fortune of his life. His first school-teacher, of whom we are informed, was Mr. Cummings, afterwards of the bookselling firm of Cummings & Hilliard; his next, for a short time, Mr. Launcelot Lyon. At eleven years old he was put to Mr. Daniel Adams, and shortly afterwards to the school of Rev. Dr. Richmond, at Stoughton. At the age of thirteen he became a pupil of Mr. Elisha Clap, an exact and able teacher, whose school was in the basement of the First Church, Chauncy Place, and remained with him until he entered college, at the age of sixteen, in He held a very respectable rank in his class. In his first year he took a first Bowdoin prize, for an essay on "The Causes of the Varieties in National Character." No freshman had ever before, we believe, gained a Bowdoin prize. At Commencement he had part, with Samuel A. Eliot, of Boston, in a colloquial discussion of "The Sabbath, Jewish and Christian."
Immediately after graduating, , he commenced his studies for the Christian ministry with Rev. Henry Colman, whom he also assisted in his classical school at Hingham. In he entered the theological school at Cambridge, pursuing these studies with great interest. He first preached in December, , in the pulpit of his friend, the late W.B.O. Peabody, of Springfield. During a considerable part of he was the assistant of Rev. Wm. E. Channing in pulpit and pastoral work. Ordained in Boston at the First Church, 13 March, , he went at once to Brooklyn, Connecticut, and entered upon a ministry which continued fourteen years. He brought the small and harassed society there into a state of efficiency and harmony, and identified himself and them with many objects of public improvement and human benefit. He assisted in forming the Windham County Peace Society, in or about In that year, also, he brought the subject of entire abstinence from intoxicating drinks before the town, and an active society was formed. He was a member of the school committee during the whole time, and, the condition of the schools being low, joined with others in calling a state convention in October, , "the first convention," says Hon. Henry Barnard, editor of the "American Journal of Education," "ever held in the country to consider the condition of the common schools, and propose the improvement of them." For many years the condition of the slaves in the United States had much affected him, and in October, , he became fully committed to the movement for the abolition of slavery, giving his hand and help to Mr. Garrison, and remaining his close and firm friend to the end of his life. He took up earnestly the cause of Miss Crandall, teacher of a school for colored girls in the adjoining town of Canterbury, whose people had undertaken to suppress the school by violence, if necessary.
In December, , he was a member of the convention, at Philadelphia, which formed the American Antislavery Society. In he obtained leave of absence from his society at Brooklyn, that he might give himself wholly for a time to the service of the Massachusetts Antislavery Society, as their general agent; which he did, encountering in several places violent opposition. "I was mobbed," he says, "five times."
In he left Brooklyn, and in October was installed pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in South Scituate, Massachusetts, where he passed, he says, "six of the happiest years of my life." He became well known in Plymouth County for active labors in behalf of common-school education, of temperance, and of the abolition of slavery; and he took an active part in securing the re-election of ex-President John Quincy Adams to Congress, after his brave defense there of the right of petition. At the call of the State Board of Education, he left South Scituate in and became principal of the first state normal school, then established at Lexington. He held this place two years, and until the re-establishment of the health of its former principal. For a short time he served at the First Lexington Church as their minister, and was influential in settling a long-standing controversy concerning the ministerial fund.
In April, , he removed to Syracuse, New York, answering a unanimous invitation to become minister of the Unitarian society, now known as the Church of the Messiah. Thenceforward, until April, , when he had attained the age of 70, he continued their pastor, in abundant ministerial labors, and with the same active interest in education, in temperance, and in the abolition of slavery, which he had manifested elsewhere. And not these alone: but the remnant of the Indian tribes in that vicinity, the homeless boys of the canals, the charitable institutions of the city, and the fugitive slaves from the Southern states, who came in considerable numbers through Syracuse, found in him a friend and helper. In October, , he took a leading part in the successful rescue from the hands of the United States officers of Jerry McHenry, who had been arrested and imprisoned as a fugitive from slavery. And when, slavery being abolished, three millions of slaves by the long-delayed justice of the nation became free men, he was among the first to organize means and agencies of relieving their immediate necessities and of educating their children. Once during the late war he visited Virginia, to inspect the freedmen’s schools there; and twice, previously to the war, he visited the settlements of fugitive slaves in Canada West. A writer in the Syracuse "Daily Standard," soon after his death, said: "It was a bold undertaking for a minister in this state, a quarter of a century ago, thus unreservedly to identify himself with these obnoxious reforms: but in his church no root of bitterness was planted by the efforts of its pastor; on the contrary, he nurtured and tended the seed of his own sowing within it, and it sprang up and bore abundant fruit. He educated his church up to his own standards." From an early period in his ministry he opposed the taking of human life for the penalty of a crime. The subject of equal civil rights for women early engaged his attention, and the woman suffrage movement counts him as among its first advocates. Among his most cherished friends in Central New York was the Hon. Gerrit Smith, with whom he co-operated in religious and moral reforms, and aided in his extensive plans of benevolence.
The greater part of he spent in a tour in Europe. For five years () he was president of the Board of Education of Syracuse, and one of the public school-houses was called by his name. He exerted himself to have corporal punishment entirely disused in public schools, and with success in Syracuse. During some of the latter years of his life he was president of the Association of Alumni of the Divinity School of Cambridge. He was also presiding officer of the conference of liberal Christian churches in Central New York.
He was married, 1 June, , to Lucretia Flagge Coffin, daughter of Peter Coffin, Esq., of Boston. Five children were born to them, of whom four still survive, viz.: John Edward, born 7 October, ; Charlotte Coffin, born 24 April, (married Alfred Wilkinson, ); Joseph, born 21 January, (H.C. ); George Emerson, born 25 September, Mrs. May died at Syracuse, 8 May,
After dissolving his connection with the Church of the Messiah, , he extended his field of labor, as preacher and reformer, through Central and Western New York. He took a warm interest in the establishment of Cornell University, and gave to that institution, a few months before his death, his entire antislavery library, which received a special place there, with the name of the May Collection. For several years his health had been a good deal impaired, and a painful lameness had much increased; but he was never long confined to the house, nor detained from occupation, until the spring and early summer of , when an illness of many weeks quite disabled him. He was believed to be recovering, however, and on 1 July saw several friends, and conversed much and cheerfully, his last visitor being his friend Andrew D. White, president of Cornell University. Late in the evening he suddenly became more ill, and very soon breathed his last, in love and peace. The funeral services, on 6 July, were attended by great numbers, both at the church and at Oakwood cemetery, addresses being made by Messrs. C.D.B. Mills, William Lloyd Garrison, Bishop Loguen. Of the African Methodist Church, Rev. William P. Tilden, Rev. S.R. Calthrop, President White, of Cornell, Rev. T.J. Mumford, and Rev. E.W. Mundy. (The Scriptures also were read, and prayers offered by Rev. Messrs. Calthrop and Frederick Frothingham.) At the grave, President White said: "Here lies before us all that was moral of the best man, the most truly Christian man, I have ever known." The above addresses, etc., together with the proceedings of the church and citizens, and an eloquent sketch of his life and character, which appeared in the Syracuse "Daily Standard," 3 July, , were published by his friends in Syracuse, making a memorial pamphlet of seventy-five pages. Other notices of him appeared in "The Independent," "The Liberal Christian," and "The Evening Post" (New York), and in "The Christian Register" (Boston).
Of his printed publications, the first were "An Exposition of the Sentiments and Purposes of the Windham County Peace Society," and a sermon on "The Treatment of Enemies prescribed by Christianity" (about ). There were also "Letters to Rev. Joel Hawes, D.D., on his Tribute to the Memory of the Pilgrims," ; "Discourse on Slavery in the United States," ; "The Right of Colored People to Education Vindicated: Letters to Andrew T. Judson, Esq., and others, in Canterbury," ; "Letter to the Editor of ‘The Christian Examiner,’" ; "Fourth Annual Report of the Massachusetts Antislavery Society," ; "Discourse on the Death of Mrs. Cecilia Brooks,," ; "Discourse on the Life and Character of the Rev. Charles Follen, LL.D.," ; "Emancipation in the British West Indies: an Address," etc., ; "Jesus the Best Teacher of his Religion: a Discourse before the Graduating Class of the Cambridge Theological School," ; "A Discussion on the Doctrine of the Trinity," with Rev. Luther Lee, ; "An Address before the American Peace Society," ; "A Brief Account of his Ministry," a discourse to his own church, (The proceeding all in pamphlet form.) "Some Recollections of our Antislavery Conflict." 16 mo. pp. , His latest publication was a small tract, entitled, "Complaint against the Presbyterians and some of their Doctrines," Other publications were, a memoir of Cyrus Pierce, published in Mr. Barnard’s "Journal of Education;" tracts of the American Unitarian Association, one of which, "What do Unitarians Believe?" has had a wide circulation; several articles in the "Liberty Bell," an antislavery annual; tracts in the woman’s rights movement; communications to Rev. Dr. Sprague’s "Annals of the American Pulpit;" to the "Independent" (on corporal punishment, and recollections of Arthur Tappan) and to the Syracuse journals many sermons, letters from Europe, etc.
He established and edited at Brooklyn, Conn., in or , "The Liberal Christian;" and again, in , "The Christian Monitor," both weekly journals, devoted to making known and advocating the theological belief and the humane life, which he cherished as the essence of true religion. In he established, also at Brooklyn, "The Unionist," as a weekly anti-slavery paper, and to defend the rights of the free colored people of the land, being enabled to do this last by the cordial encouragement and pecuniary liberality of Arthur Tappan, of New York. The one great, constant work of his simple, pure, and upright life was to make Christianity a practical, actual, living reality. He was by nature, as well as choice, a religious teacher. [Source: The Necrology of Harvard College ; published ; transcribed by Kim Mohler.]
Syracuse, N.Y., Aug 31 - Alvin Miller, of Collamer, dropped dead in East Syracuse this morning of heart disease. [National Republican., (Washington City (D.C.) September 01, ]
Died recently, at the Onondaga Castle, Onondaga Co, Mixton, one the chiefs of the Onondaga tribe of Indians, aged about 53 yrs. So trusted by the white man, he has frequently had credit of the merchants to the amount of upwards of $1, [Daily National Intelligencer, Jan 1, - Submitted by KT]
Died, In Fabius, Onondage county, on the 20th ult. After a short illness, Mr. Elihu Parsons, formerly of Denmark in this county. [Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) - Thursday, June 9, ; Sub by JD]
POPE, John B.
John B. Pope, a telgraph operator, of East Syracuse, died suddenly this morning of heart disease. [National Republican., (Washington City (D.C.) September 01, ]
POTTER, Miranda Bulyea
Mrs. Potter Succumbs To Long Illness
Fayetteville - Mrs. Miranda Bulyea Potter died Saturday morning at her home after a lingering illness. She was 88 years of age.
Mrs. Potter came to Fayetteville from Spring Lake, near Auburn, 26 years ago and has since resided here. Her only child, Mrs. Myron Beech, died five years ago, but Mrs. Beech's family has continued to live with Mrs. Potter.
Surviving relatives include three grandchildren, Clayton Beech of Chicago; Mrs. E. E. Eastman and Harold Beech and her son-in-law, Myron Beech of this village.
Funeral services were held from the late home Monday afternoon, the Rev. John T. Cowan officiating. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
This date in History, May 31, - Horatio Seymour, governor of New York, born in Pompey Hill, Onondaga county, NY; died in Utica [The Durham Daily Globe (Durham, N.C.) May 31, ]
Squire James Stacy of King Grove, informs us that he has received the sad intelligence of the death of his aged mother, Mrs. Agnes Stacy, which occurred on February 26, , in Elbridge, Onondaga county, New York, at the mature age of 80 years. We regret that the Squire did not furnish us with the facts about the life and history of the deceased for publication. [The Holt County Sentinel, Friday, March 17, - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]
Death of Mrs. Isaac STODDARD.
After a lingering illness of several months, Mrs. Isaac STODDARD, died at her home, in West Batavia,(Kane County, IL) Nov. 16th, aged 75 years. Dinah, wife of Isaac STODDARD, was born, in England, in When a young lady, she came to this country, settling in Syracuse, N. Y., where she married Mr. Isaac STODDARD, in , and they were permitted to enjoy the bonds of matrimony for 56 years, when the wife was taken away, and leaves the sorrow stricken husband entirely alone, as they have no children or near relatives. The aged and inform husband is to be pitied, to thus be left in sorrow and loneliness. The funeral was held Friday, at the house, conducted by Rev. J. D. Leek, and the remains buried in the West Side Cemetery. [Batavia (IL) Herald, 23 Nov. - Sub. by K.T.]
STRIEBY, Michael E.
Class of - MICHAEL EPAPHRODITUS STRIEBY (D.D.) Born, Sept. 26, , in Columbiana, Ohio. Son of Christopher Harper and Elizabeth (Punghes) Strieby. Entered Hudson College in , but went to Oberlin after two years, where he graduated in ; pursued theological studies in Oberlin Seminary, but did not graduate on account of ill health; ordained and made pastor of the Free Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon, Ohio, April 7, ; pastor Plymouth Congregational Church, Syracuse, N.Y., ; removed to Newark, N.J., in , and in organized the Belleville Avenue Congregational Church, serving as its pastor one and a half years, in appointed secretary of the American Missionary Association, which office he retained until ; LL.D., Howard University, ; for many years editor of the "American Missionary." Among his more important publications were the following pamphlets: (1) Early Anti-Slavery Missions and their Outcome; (2) Caste in America; (3) Destiny of the African Races; (4) The American Freedmen as Factors in African Evangelization; (5) Place and Work of the American Missionary Association; (6) History of the American Missionary Association, with illustrative facts and incidents; (7) History of Congregationalism in the United States; (8) The Brotherhood of Man; (9) Missions the Work of the Era; (10) The Look Forward; (11) The Work of Half a Generation among the Freedman; (12) Forty Years of Missionary Work; (13) Outlook for the Future. Died, March 16, , in Clifton Springs, N.Y.
Married, Nov. 7, , Ellen Frances, daughter of Abram and Cornelia (Humphreys) Griswold of Gustavus, Ohio, who died Jan. 7, Children: Henry Martyn, Cornelia Elizabeth, Francis Harper, Mary, William, Edwin Griswold, George Howard, of whom three are living. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, ", Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]
THORNE, Catharine (Griffen)
In Marcellus, on the 22d ult. Catharine, wife of Obadiah Thorne, and daughter of Jacob Griffen, aged 33 years. [Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY, Saturday, January 16, , p. 3; transcribed by J. Swanson]
WARNER, Abner S.
Class of - ABNER SPICER WARNER. Born, Sept. 7, , Manlius, N.Y. Son of Abner and Eliza (Spicer) Warner. Fitted at Kimball Union academy. Received the degree of M.D. from Dartmouth Medical college in After graduation he taught two years as principal of Appleton academy, New Ipswich, N.H., and two years in a similar position in the Newport High School. He removed to Wethersfield in , where he began the practice of his profession. In Dr. Warner represented the town of Wethersfield in the general assembly. He was physician of the state prison for forty years. During the Civil war he served as surgeon of the sixteenth Connecticut from Aug. 24, to Jan. 9,
Died, Nov. 22, , at Wethersfield, Conn., of rheumatism and old age.
Married (1) Nov. 23, , Caroline Celinda, daughter of William Ripley and Eliza D. (Dorr) Kimball, Cornish, N.H., who died Sept. 12, ; (2) June 7, , Jane Maria, daughter of James and Eliza (Reed) Spalding, West Meriden, Conn. Children: George Abner, Caroline Eliza, Mary Lucia, Elizabeth Williams, Eliza Spicer, and George Spalding, of whom the first one and last two are deceased. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, , Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]
WHITE, R. Bruce
R. BRUCE WHITE DEAD
Had Been Teacher in Syracuse Schools Forty-eight Years.
SYRACUSE, N. Y., August - R. Bruce White, who for nearly forty-eight years had been a teacher in the public schools at Syracuse and Onondaga county, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at his home, at No. Kellogg street. Mr. White was born at Willow Glen, in the town of Skaneateles, November 1, , and was a son of Peregrene and Nellie Scott White. He was a member of the Citizens' Club and a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church. He was president of the Schoolmasters' Club for a time. Mr. White is survived by his wife, one son, a daughter and a sister in Washington. [Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), August 31, ]
Dr. Wilbur Died Suddenly Here At Noon Today
One of Fayetteville's Oldest Residents
Fayetteville - Dr. Wilbur, one of the oldest and highly respected residents of this village passed away at noon today after a very brief illness. He was 90 years old last month.
Dr. Wilbur was very active for a man of his years, taking active interest in civic and religious affairs of Fayetteville.
Dr. Wilbur was in the habit of taking long walks every day. It was during one of these walks a short time ago that he became lost and wandered aimlessly about the cemetery until found by a Boy Scout patrol, since that time he seemed more feeble. He was able to be aobut up until a few days ago.
Two daughters, Mrs. Creely and Mrs. Wilkin, survive. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
WILLIAMS, Diana (Thomas)
Mrs. Henry C. Williams - born in the town of La Fayette, Onondaga county, N.Y., May 15, Came to Wisconsin in Died at Madison, September 27, [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin () Wisconsin Necrology, page ; tr. by MZ]
WOODWORTH, Newell E.
SYRACUSE, Jan 12 - Newell E. Woodworth, aged 64, attorney, philanthropist and nationally prominent in patriotic affairs, died at his home here today after a few days' illness of pneumonia. He was formerly a president general of the national body, Sons of the American Revolution; one of the first members of the National Society of Colonial Wards and a member of the New York State executive committee of seven in charge of Red Cross work during the World War. Eligibility to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution was traced on his father's and his mother's side to a total of seven ancestors who actively served in the Colonial Army during the Revolution. [The Boston Globe, Boston, MA, Monday, January 12, , p. 2; transcribed by J. Swanson]
Eugene Worden, 78, Died Here Last Night
Fayetteville - Eugene Worden, aged 78, died at the home of his son George, last night, in his home in Orchard street.
He had been ill only a short time previous to his death and had apparently enjoyed good health.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bud Watts, and three sons, Levi, George and Fred. The two former are both of Fayetteville and the latter is of Sagamore, Mich.
A private funeral will be held from the residence of George Worden on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in Fayetteville. [Fayetteville Bulletin, Fayetteville, NY, March 20, , p. 1; transcribed by J. Swanson]
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