Rome Citizen Death Notices in 1846

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From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Tuesday, July 7, 1846

SNOW - The ushering in of our National Anniversay, in this village, (Rome, NY) was attended by one of those terrible casualities which so frequently make that day one of mourning, as well as rejoicing.  While the morning salute was being fired, and in loading the cannon the fifth time, a premature discharge took place.  Mr. GEORGE SNOW, who was in the act of ramming down the cartridge, was so severely injured that his life is nearly despaired of.  Both hands were shattered, his face lacerated and filled with powder, and it is feared, one eye destroyed, and a severe wound inflicted on the breast.  He was thrown to a considerable distance from the gun, and taken up and carried to his house insensible.

     Drs. Pope, Blair and Harmond were soon in attendance.  They found it necessary to amputate one hand and two fingers of the other.  The explosion seems to have produced a severe concussion of the brain, and it is thought there is but little hopes of his recovery.  Mr. Snow is a poor man, and day laborer.  He has a wife and six children, who are by this afflicting dispensation, deprived of their only source of subsistence.  A contribution was taken up at the close of the exercises at the Baptist Church.  We understand about $25 was raised.  This will be but barely sufficient to relieve their present necessities, and it is to be hoped that some efficient measures will be taken to relieve this bereaved family permanently.  (RCJul07/1846)

VAN NEST - The negro Freeman of Auburn, New York, who murdered the VAN NEST family, is on trial at Auburn.  He is defended by W. H. Seward, D. Wright and C. Morgan.  The prosecution is conducted by the Attorney General and District Attorney.  (RCJul07/1846)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Tuesday, July 14, 1846

BOYD - PETER BOYD, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Albany, New York, died on Friday, July 3, 1846, in his 71st year.  He was in business as a merchant from 1803 till 1830.  (RCJul14/1846)

SPRAGUE - A daughter of Dr. Sprague, in Oswego, New York, was run over on July 4, 1846 and killed.  (RCJul14/1846)

BURKE - Mrs. BURKE was killed in New York city, Monday evening, while standing on the sidewalk looking at an exhibition of fireworks in Tompkins Square.  The rocket went off horizonially and struck her in the breast, killing her almost immediately.  (RCJul14/1846)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Tuesday, July 21, 1846

HAMLIN - SOPHIA HAMLIN, a married woman, died on Monday evening, July 13, 1846, at Norwich, Chenango county, New York, where she had been residing a few months, from the effects of arsenic as it is supposed, an ounce of which had been purchased by her that morning.  (RCJul21/1846)

PORTERFIELD - Mrs. Porterfield, whose husband attacked Judson, for alleged criminal intimacy with her, and was killed by him, in Tennessee some time since, has been tried, convicted and expelled from the Baptist Church, of which she was a member, for the alleged criminal conduct.  (RCJul21/1846)

HEUSTIS - A SorrowSticken Wife -- The Brooklyn Advertiser says that Mrs. HEUSTIS, the wife of one of the men who ran away with other men's wives from Hempstead Branch, last week died on Sunday afternoon, of grief, as is supposed, for the husband's misconduct.  (RCJul21/1846)

SORNBERGER - JOHN BURNETT  was executed on Tuesday (July 14, 1846), at Schenectady, for the murder on one SORNBERGER in Schoharie County.  He died a dreadful death, life not becoming extinct until thirty minutes after the bolt and withdrawn from the top.  (RCJul21/1846)

SCHOOLCRAFT - From the Detroit Daily Advertiser - Melancoly Event. -- We regret to learn JAMES SCHOOLCRAFT, Esq., was killed at the Sault St. Marie last Sunday afternoon.  He was returning from a small field of his back of the village when he was fired upon from a thicket and must have instantly expired.  A ball and two buck shot struck his right arm, and passed through the vital parts of his body -- the ball lodging in his left arem.  He was found lying on his face.

     Suspicion of his murder immediately rested upon an old man named Tanner, who had frequently threatened Schoolcraft.  The night before the murder he set fire to and burned his own house, and fired random shots at several persons during the day.  A party of soldiers with a large number of Indians started at once in pursuit, but had not yet caught him.. -- One of the soldiers had a glimpse of him in the woods and fired but missed him. -- Mr. J. K. Livingston has offered a reward of $100 for his capture.  Tanner is said to have been a native of Pennsylvania or Kentucky, whence he was stolen when a child by the Indians, and has mostly lived with them.  Some account of his capture by the Indians was published a few years ago.

     Mr. Schoolcraft was a younger brother of H. R. Schoolcraft, Esq., not of New York, and was for several years a Representive in our Legislature.  At his death he was sutler to the post at Fort Brady, and also engaged extensively in the fur and other trade.  He leaves a wife, now in this city, and young children to mourn their loss.  (RCJu.21/1846)

SPENCER - From the New York Tribune.
     At half-past 12 o'clock this morning a man by the name of E. M. S. Spencer, (a traveling Magnetizer, and formerly from Otsego County in this state, where he not has friends residing,) was arrested in Jersey City for mal-treatment of his wife and disturbance of the Peace.

     After proceeding some distance with the officer, under the pretence of having something very particular to say to his wife, he was permitted to return, and the moment he came into her presence he drew a pistol from his pocket and shot her in the back near the left shoulder, the ball coming out in the neck near the juglar vein.  She died in eight minutes after receiving the wound, and the murderer was immediately arrested.  Spencer is twenty-eight years of age and was married at Columbus, Ohio, to the lady he has now so brutally murdered.

     Our reporter, who has just returned, for the second time, from the scene of this terrible tragedy, informs us that the cause of the murder was jealousy on the part of the husband together with the refusal of his mother-in-law (with whom the lady resided) to permit him to visit her at the house, he taking it as a confirmation that she did not want to see him; and as she had no visible means of support he was induced to believe that the man of whom he was jealous supported her.

     The lady, whose name was Dobbin before marriage, was twenty-four years of age, and is said to have been very beautiful and interesting.  It is said also, that her murderer was her fourth husband.  He has a brother residing in this City.  The examination of Spencer will take place this afternoon.  He has employed David Graham, Esq., as his counsel.  Of course, this murder has caused great excitement in our usually quiet sister City.  (RCJul21/1846)

SPENCER - The Tribune is mistaken in stating that E. M. S. Spencer, who murdered his wife at Jersey city, was a relative of John O. Spencer.  He was formerly from this county, (Oneida, NY) and is a son of the Rev. Mr. Spencer, who, we believe, still resides in this county, and has been, at different times, laboring under insanity.  The Publisher of this paper met E. M. S. Spencer and wife, a few weeks since, at the house of a brother's of the latter at Vernon.  Mr. Spencer was at Vernon to erect a monument to the memory of his mother and sister who died about 2 years since.  Mrs. Spencer won the regard of all who saw her at Vernon for her amiable deportment and her intelligence, as well as on account of her interesting manners and beauty of person.  (RCJul21/1846)    [also see (RCSep15/1846)-SPENCER]

CHURTON - In Vernon, New York, July 17, 1846, Mr. THOMAS CHURTON, aged 58 years.  (RCJul21/1846)

WIGGINS - In Rome, New York, July 6, 1846, JOHN WIGGINS, an old and respectable inhabitant, aged 71 years.  (RCJul21/1846)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Tuesday, August 4, 1846

MORTON - Rome, New York, SAMUEL D. MORTON, an aged and respectable citizen of this town, died suddenly at his residence on July 30, 1846.  Although in feeble health for some time, he had been able to attend to his business until the day before his death.  Mr. M. was 64 years of age, and had long been a resident of this town, and was highly respected as an upright and worthy citizen.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  (RCAug04/1846)

CRANE - From the N.Y. Herald of Saturday
           Dreadful Railroad Accident, With Loss Of Life
     Our city was thrown into painful excitement yesterday afternoon, by the report of an accident on the New York and Erie Railroad, which spread with the usual exaggeration of Madam Rumor; but from the correct information we have been enabled to collect, we give the following statement.
     The locomotive, with the usual train of milk and baggage with four passenger cars, proceeding at a rapid pace, till when within a short distance of the bridge near Turner's a breakage in the wheel of the forward passenger car parted the rails, and let the wheels down upon the cross-ties of the bridge which is thrown across a ravine of about 20 feet in depth, the wheels striking with tremendous force against the timbers, broke through the planking, and the first of the passenger cars  was precipated through the bridge, followed and crushed by the remaining three.
     The second car, indeed, was literally incased in the preceding one; and it is wonderful that any within escaped with life.  The locomotive and the cars preceding the passenger cars, met with slight injury.  The scene is represented by an eye witness to have been one of dreadful horror and confusion.
     A mass of dead and lacerated bodies, mingled with the fragments of the broken cars, the groans of the dying, and the screams of the wounded, were awfully distinct in the usual loneliness of the glen.  Where a few moments before all was life and gayety, now was terror and death.
     Two passengers -- Mr. CHARLES STEVENS a flour merchant of this city, and a SON of Dr. Crane of Goshen -- were killed outright.  From thirty to forty were more or less severely wounded.  One female had her throat cut, as by a razon, from ear to ear; from another the shoulder blade projected several inches through the skin; but we refrain from the horrible details.
     In the hindermost car, were a young ladies  school, with their teacher, on a pleasure excursion to Hoboken. -- Fortunately they all excaped with but slight wounds -- although the teacher was most severely injured; but the whole scene must have been a terrible conclusion to the bright anticipation of their young and buoyant hearts.
     On perceiving  the effects of the accident, the engineer detached the locomotive from the cars, and proceeded at full speed to Piermont for assistance; and the steamboat Arrow was despatched to New York city, and returned with several surgeons, who were sent up to the company.
     The Eureka brought down six or seven of the wounded: -- Mr. D. H. CORWIN, of the corner of Hudson and Chambers streets; Mr. STROUD, of Ludlow street; Mr. MARK H. NEWMAN, and Mr. OLIVER, of Bloomingham, were of the number. -- The latter was conveyed to the City Hospital.  His conduct during the whole affair was stated to be heroic.  Though his head was severely injured, and the bones of his legs laid almost bare from the knee to the ankle, he was endeavoring to assist those under the crushed cars, until almost by force he was carried away; not a murmur or a groan excaped him in his passage down the river.  (RCAug04/1846)

LEE - We learn that OLIVER LEE, Esq., of Buffalo, New York, the owner of the bank bearing his name, died very suddenly on Tuesday (July 28, 1846) evening last.  (RCAug04/1846)

RUSSELL - The body of WILLIAM RUSSELL, jr., son of the vocalist, who had been missing since April 1st, was discovered in the woods about two miles from Medrord village, Mass., a few days since, much decomposed.  He is supposed to have died from disease of the heart, while out on a sketching excursion.  (RCAug04/1846)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Tuesday, August 18, 1846

ALCOTT  - In Westmoreland, New York, August 3, 1846, AMELIA, eldest daughter of Elder D. Alcott, in the 21st year of her age.  (RCAug18/1846)

THOMAS - At Vernon Centre, on Saturday morning, August 8, 1846, EMILY ELIZABETH, daughter of James S. Thomas of Whitesboro, aged 3 months.  (RCAug18/1846)

MILLER - In Rockford, Illinois, on August 1, 1846, after a short illness, which she bore with christian fortitude, Mrs. PHEBE MILLER, wife of Mr. Luther Miller, aged 55 years.  The deceased was a lady of great excellence, and has left a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  (RCAug18/1846)

BILL - In Brooklyn, New York, on August 12, 1846, MARY ANN TREDWAY, wife of Charles E. Bill, and daughter of John Tredway of Western, Oneida Co., aged 33 years and 17 days.  (RCAug18/1846)

PHELPS - In Vernon, New York, on August 8, 1846, LUCY PHELPS, aged 95 years.  The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Westmoreland, and for many years sustained the character of a devoted and humble christian.  She was among the earlist residents of Westmoreland, being a member of the three first families who settled in that town.  (RCAug18/1846)

TONNA - Mrs. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH TONNA, well known in this country, as well as in England, as the popular author under the name of 'Charlotte Elizabeth.' died at Ramagate, England, on Sunday, July 12, 1846.    (RCAug18/1846)

KNICKERBACKER - Miss MARY E. KNICKERBACKER of Schaghticoke, who was about to graduate at the Troy Female Seminary, died during the examination week before last.  (RCAug18/1846)

FENWICK - The Right Rev. BENEDICT FENWICK, a Roman Catholic Bishop of Boston, died at his residence in Franklin street, Tuesday morning (August 11, 1846), at 11:30 o'clock, after a protracted illness of many months.  His disease was dropsy and enlargement of his heart.  Bishop Fenwick was a native of Maryland and 61 years of age.  (RCAug18/1846)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Tuesday, August 25, 1846

BENNETT - At Brockport, New York, on August 20, 1846, after a lingering illness, ELIZA M., wife of A. B. Bennett and youngest daughter of Charles and Eliza Lefingwell of Rome, New York, aged 22 years.  (RCAug25/1846)

GALLUP - In Rome on August 2, 1846, of Consumption of the lungs, JOHN G., eldest son of Gardiner and Maria Gallup in the 21st year of his age..  (RCAug25/1846)

BENNETT - A man named BENNETT, of the town of Clay, Onondaga County, was thrown from his wagon on Saturday last, while racing on the plank road, and received so severe an injury on his head to cause his death on Monday.  He has left a large family, though not in entirely destitute circumstances.  (RCAug25/1846)

EPPES - A man supposed to be Eppes, the murder of Mr. MUIR, was arrested at the house of a planter in Alabama, and on trying to escape was fired at and killed.  The name WILLIAM EPPES was on his bowie knife.  (RCAug25/1846)

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