Rome Citizen Death Notices in 1850

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From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday September 11, 1850

DUNN - Fatal Accident on the Utica & Syracuse Rail Road.  Another of those accidents in which this road has been so prolific of late, occurred at Green's Corners, 4 miles west of this village, on Saturday afternoon last.  The Daily Gazette says:  "As the express train from the west reached Green's Corners, one of the firemen on the "Lighning" engine, named JOHN DUNN, discovered that the switch was set wrong, and reversed the wheels, at the same time jumping from the engine.  He struck on a low platform and fell back on the track, the wheels passing over him and killing him instantly.  His skull was broken and one of his feet cut off.  At the same time, the engineer and another fireman jumped from the other side, and escaped with little or no injury.  Mr. Henry S. Cole, of this city, the conductor of the train, also jumped and was considerably, though not seriously, injured, about the head.  The engine ran off the track and drew with it the baggage car and five passenger cars.  By the shock, the platform of one of the cars was broken and a lady passenger received slight injury.  The rest of the passengers were considerably jarred but no injuries were received.  The engine was very badly damaged."

This is the second time this engine has been thrown off the track by the carelessness of the swith tenders on the road.  A few weeks since the Express train ran off just this side of Utica, through the neglect of the switch tender in doing his duty.  As that time fortunately, no one was killed, but on Saturday one man was killed instantly, and a number severely injured.  The laws of the State ought to hold individuals guilty of such gross negligence, to a severe account.  (RCSep11/1850)

NORVELL - We learn from a source fully entitled to credit, that Mrs. Miller, whose sudden disappearance and supposed suicide at Niagara Falls elicited so much remark a few months since, has within a few days, returned to the home of her father, the late Senator NORVELL, at Detroit, Michigan, who has died during her absence.  The stories with which the Press has teemed about her, having gone to Europe in company with a gentleman, &c., &c., are wholly unfounded.  She returns of her own accord, drawn mainly, we believe, by a strong desire to see her children.  Her mind seems to be disordered, and, it is supposed by her friends, that her absence was induced by the strong religious excitement under which she had been laboring sometime. --N.Y. Courier.    (RCSep11/1850)

JUDSON - Few will feel surprise at this announcement of the close of a life, whose continuance through scenes of suffering beyond description and labors almost beyond the power of man, has often excited astonishment.  By the Hibernia we receive the news that Rev. Dr. JUDSON died on the 5th of April on the French barque, Aristive, bound to the Isle of Bourbon, and that he was buried at sea.

His missionary life comprised thirty-eight years of such devotion as is rarely displayed.  He was one of the first party of Missionaries to Burmah, his companions being his wife, and Mr. Newell with his gifted and devoted wife Harriet Newell.  The history of his sufferings, his persecution by the government at Ava and Rangoon, his imprisonment under laods of chains in four and noisome dungeons, his "march on the bloody track" over miles of burning sand, goaded by whips and galled by fetters, his exposure to pestilence, and his various and complicated trials for a series of years is familiar as household words.  It is a story passing the wonder of fiction.  But in all this distress, he kept in view the object of his mission, and his life has been one of great industry and usefulness.  His translation of the Bible into the Burmese language was itself the work of a lifetime.

In June, 1846, he was married at Hamilton, Madison county, N.Y., to Miss Emily Chubbuck, the favorite authoress "Fanny Forrester," who relinquished a brilliant prospect at home to share the labors of the missionary abroad.  She was his third wife.  They sailed on the 11th of July of the same year, and were engaged after their arrival at Maulmain in the prosecution of their work.  Dr. Judson's death was not unexpected and there is little cause for regret when such a man has ceased from his labor.  Tho' not very advanced in years, having attained the age 63, his life was a complete one, being spent in the faithful discharge of the severe duties he had undertaken, and it was in kindness that he was taken to his reward. --Gazette.   (RCSep11/1850)



From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday September 18, 1850

FOX - We learn that a tragic affair occurred at the village of Lucktoe, Mercer Co., KY., Wednesday night, resulting in the death of Dr. FOX at the hand of Dr. Randall, at whose house he was on a visit.  It appears that Dr. Fox was sitting in a room of Dr. R's house in company with Dr. R's step-daughter, at a late hour, when the lady remarked to Dr. Fox that it was bed-time and she would retire.  Dr. Fox objected to it, and blowing out the cndle, caught the young lady in his arms.  This caused her to scream out, and her step-father came to her rescue.  Fox threatened him with a knife if he interfered or approached him, whereupon Dr. Randall knocked him down, with a stick he had in his hand, and afterwards in a struggle, cut his throat, causing his almost instant death. --Louisville Courier, Aug. 20.    (RCSep18/1850)

GILPIN - Death From The Sting of a "Yellow Jacket."  Last week a son of Mr. John Gilpin of Centre township, in this county, 12 years of age, came to his death in the following singular manner:  while pounding or mashing apples to make cider, a "yellow jacket" flew into his mouth, and stung him at the top of the throat, and in twenty minutes after, he was dead!  Swelling set in immediately, which immediately closed the windpipe, and death was produced by suffocation. --Cambridge (Ohio) Times.  (RCSep18/1850)

NOBLES - Yester-afternoon a fatal accident occurred at the Falls.  Mr. Nobles, Hardward Merchant of St. Catharines, with his wife and two children, in a carriage was driving thro' the ravine leading down from Drummondsville to the Falls, when the horse became unmanageable backed off a precipice about 40 feet in depth.  Mr. Nobles jumped from the carriage with the children, and escaped, without injury.  Mrs. NOBLES, however, was precipitated down the bank, and so severely injured, that we understand, she has since cied. --Buf. Com. Adv., Wednesday.     (RCSep18/1850)

BRADBURY - In Syracuse, NY on the 12th inst., Miss AMELIA BRADBURY, aged 53 years.  (RCSep18/1850)

ANDREW - As the passenger and freight train was coming over the road yesterday to Jersey City, on the New Jersey Central Railway, when near Westfield, the locomotive and three or four of the freight cars were precipitated down the embankment of a culvert that had been partly washed away by the rain, carrying the rails with it.  The locomotive and cars containing freight was smashed, and the brakeman, named DUTCH ANDREW, was killed instantly, his body being crushed in the most shocking manner.  Severl others, it is stated, were more or less injured.

Three cars attached to a freight train on the Morris and Essex Railroad, were drawn off the track yesterday morning, near "South Orange Mills," N.J., slightly injuring them, in consequence of the middle pier of a culvery being undermined, and letting down the rails several inches. --N.Y. Mirror.   (RCSep18/1850)

BELKNAP - A Four-fold Suicide --Mr. DANIEL F. BELKNAP, of this town, committed suicide on Tuesday, in a most shocking manner.  He cut his throat twice with a razor, nearly severing his wind-pipe; then with a knife stabbed himself in the region of the heart, making a gash about three inches in length; he then tied around his neck a handkerchief, which was spliced to some others, and fastened round a bed post, and then jumped out of a chamber window, but the handkerchief gave way, and he came to the gound.  He next started for the water with all the speed in his power, from which he was rescued by the people with whom he boarded.  He commenced the act about twelve o'clock, and died of the wound in his body about three.  He had made several stabs at his body before he effected the mortal wound, the ribs affording protection.  Mr. Belknap had been insane for a long time, and been at the Worcester Asylum for a year. --Denham Democrat.   (RCSep18/1850)

Life And Death --An Invitation And A Summons:  The following anecdote has painful interest.  The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk had issued invitations at a distant date for a state dinner party on July 8, to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Among the guests who had accepted were Sir Robert Peel and Viscount Cantilupe.  At twenty minutes to ten on that evening the Duke of Cambridge breathed his last and Sir Robert Peel and Viscount Cantilupe had been already numbered among the dead.  It may be noted that Viscount Cantilupe was engaged to one of Sir R. Peel's daughters; and on the day of his funeral Sir Robert ment with his fatal mischance.   (RCSep18/1850)



From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, October 2, 1850

HASTINGS - On the 21st ultimo [Sep 21, 1850] at Clinton, Oneida Co., [NY] HULDAH CLARK, wife of Dr. Seth Hastings.   (RCOct02/1850)



From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, October 9, 1850

DWINELLE - Died, on Tuesday, the 17th ult., [Sep 17, 1850] at his residence in Cazenovia; Hon. JUSTIN DWINELLE, aged 65, after a prolonged and painful illness.  Judge Dwinelle was born in Shaftsbury, Vermont; graduated at Yale College, 1808, and shortly after located in this place, and for a period of more that 40 years occupied a large space in the community in which he lived, and became intimately identified with the legal business and political history of the town and country in which he moved.  By the legal profession he was esteemed a most worthy member, and had the respect and kindly feelings of all with whom he mingled.  At different periods of his long and useful life, he filled in turn the honorable stations of District Attorney, First Judge of his county, member of Assembly and member of the House of Representatives in Congress; and in whatever station he occupied discharged its various and arduous duties with a distinguished ability and honesty of purpose seldom surpassed.

In private life he had few superiors.  As a husband and father, he was kind, affectionate and indulgent.  As a neighbor, obliging, confiding and faithful; and in the discharge of all the varied duties of life, for honesty and integrity fo purpose, above reproach.  For a few of the last years of his life disease had so preyed upon his constitution that he was withdrawn from active duties, and confined to the circle of his family and friends.  We mourn in his loss, yet not as one without hope.  Cazenovia Whig.   (RCOct9/1850)



From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, October 16, 1850

HART - John Wise, who killed THOMAS B. HART, at Palmyra, Mo., eighteen months ago, for the seduction of his wife, has been tried and acquitted.  (RCOct16/1850)



From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, October 23, 1850

GOODALE - A member of Mr. White's school, Amherst, Mass., a lad of 17, on the 12th inst., having a rifle in his hand loaded with a ball, in sport placed the muzzle under his chin, and said to another youth present, "see how easy a man could kill himself," at the same instant placing his foot against the hammer, pushed it back until it had nearly cocked, when his foot slipping, the hammer fell upon the cap, and the rifle discharged.  The chin was entirely blown away, and the ball passed out through the back of the head.  The unfortunate youth never knew what hurt him.  His name was FREDERICK GOODALE. --Boston Trav.   (RCOct23/1850)

KNOX - In this village [Rome, NY], on the 18th inst., FREDERICK WILLIAM, son of Rev. W. E. and Alice M. Knox, aged 1 year and 5 months.   (RCOct23/1850)

STEBBINS - In Clinton, [NY] on the 4th inst., ALICE, infant daughter of Edward and Lydia S. Stebbins.  (RCOct23/1850)   [see also (RCNov26/1886)-STEBBINS]

VEAZIE - At Dresden, Yates Co., N.Y., on the 10th inst., Mrs. POLLY, wife of Thomas Veazie, aged 68 years.  (RCOct23/1850)

SELDEN - In the Town of Rome, Oct. 6th, Mrs. MATILDA SELDEN, in the 83rd year of her age.  The deceased emigrated with her companion, Mr. Thomas Selden, from Vermont in the year 1797, and settled in this town on Cantebury Hill, when the country was almost an unbroken wilderness.  She was among the first settlers and had to endure all the trials incident to a new country.  She was the mother of 11 children; 8 of whom survive her.  About the year 1810 she became the subject of converting grace, and for forty years exemplified in her life the excellency of the Christian Religion.  In 1828 she was bereft by death, of ther husband, yet she bowed submissively with pious resignation to the stroke of Providence --and although left a widow in her declining years, she found an agreeable home in the family of her eldest son, Thomas Selden, Esq., where she received every attention necessary to make life pleasant, and smoothe her passage to the tomb.    Her last illness was short.  On Saturday the 5th inst., she complained of indispisition, which rapidly increased until it terminated her life about noon the following day.   (RCOct23/1850)


From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, October 30, 1850

BERTHRONG - At Cazenovia [NY] on the 23d of October, Col. JAMES BERTHRONG, aged 70 years.  (RCOct30/1850)

KINNEY - In Castalia, Sandusky county, Ohio, Oct. 12, of typhoid fever, ALDEN KINNEY, formerly of Vernon, Oneida county, N.Y., in the 50th year of his age.  (RCOct30/1850)

JUDSON, In Vernon [NY], Sept. 18 of dysentary, JOHN DEAN JUDSON, youngest child of Ard Judson, aged 1 year and 1 month.   (RCOct30/1850)   [see also (RCMay28/1886)-JUDSON]

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