Rome Citizen Death Notices in 1885

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From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday March 6, 1885

ROBERTS - In Remsen, New York, February 28, 1885, WILLIAM J. ROBERTS, only son of John W. Roberts, in the 22d year of his age.  (RCMar06/1885)

TURNER - In Bridgewater, New York, Saturday morning, February 28, 1885, LORENZO TURNER, in the 76th year of his age.  (RCMar06/1885)

REESE - In Rome, New York, February 28, 1885, MARY REESE, sister of Mrs. W.B. Parry, of this city, aged 42 years. (RCMar06/1885)

CHAMPLIN - At Oriskany, New York, Saturday, February 28, 1885, JANE HORTON, wife of N.H. Champlin, aged 51 years, 1 month and 23 days.  (RCMar06/1885)

QUINN - In Whitesboro, New York, Thursday, February 26, 1885, MARGARET QUINN, aged 62 years.  (RCMar06/1885)

KNOTT - At Washington Mills, New York, Thursday, February 26, 1885, ANNIE, only daughter of Kittie and Thomas Knott, aged three months.  (RCMar06/1885)

ROBERTS - In New Hartford, New York, Wednesday, February 25, 1885, LENA MAY, youngest child of Hugh and May Roberts, aged 1 year and 4 months.  (RCMar06/1885)

KLOSEY  - JOSEPH KLOSEY, of Oneida, a laborer on the work train of the N.Y. Central Railroad, was struck by the express train due here at 5:09 yesterday aftenoon, and instantly killed.  He was at work on the  curve of the road near the river bridge four miles east of Rome, NY, and in stepping out of the way of a passing freight train got directly in front of the express, which he did not see.  The remains were brought to Rome on the work train and given in charge of Coroner H.C. Sutton, who will impanel a jury this morning and hold an inquest.  After the jury have viewed the remains, they will be forwarded to Oneida.  (RCMar06/1885)

VAN VLECK - In Westernville, New York.  The infant child of George Van Vleck was buried, Sunday, March 1, 1885.  (RCMar06/1885)

GRAVES - Mrs. WILLIAM GRAVES, the aged mother of John Graves, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. A.A. Cornish and other children, died at her residence in Lee Center, New York, on Monday, March 2, 1885 at 5 P.M.   The funeral will be held at the house.  Mrs. Harrison is expected to be present.  She lives in one of the  Western States.  (RCMar06/1885)

WEISER - Mrs. LOUIS WEISER, a resident of Rome, New York for the last thirty-four years, died at her residence on Depeyster street yesterday,   aged  43 years.  Her disease was consumption.  (RCMar06/1885)

PLATNER - Mrs. MARIAN PLATNER, widow of the late G.C. Platner, died at her rooms in the Willett House block last Friday morning.  (February 27, 1885)  She had been ill about two months.  Her death was caused by pymaomia, or blood poisoning.  She was a daughter of the late L.L. Moulton, the photographer, and has lived all her life in and about Rome, except a few years spent in Auburn when her husband had an official position  connected wtih the State prison.  Her age was 44 years.  (RCMar06/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday March 13, 1885

CASE - At Vernon, New York, March 10, 1885, Mrs. MARIA CASE, relict of the late Salmon Case, aged 85.  She died from the effects of injuries sustained by a fall a couple of weeks before.     (RCMar13/1885)

EATON - At West Vienna, New York, March 9, 1885, HAMILTON G., eldest son of Anson L. and Sarah C. Eaton, and grandson of Charles Graham, of Whitestown, aged 16 years.  (RCMar13/1885)

JONES - In Marcy, New York, March 10, 1885, GERTIE M. STINGER, wife of William R. Jones, aged 34 years.  (RCMar13/1885)

WATERMAN - In Taberg, New York, March 5, 1885, MARY S., wife of Calvin M. Waterman, aged 58 years, of congestive pneumonia.  She had long been in feeble health.  Her funeral was held at the M.E. Church.  (RCMar13/1885)

WELLERRITTER - In Deerfield, New York, Tuesday, March 10, 1885, JOHN WELLERRITTER, aged 73 years and 3 months.  (RCMar13/1885)

STEARNS - At the residence of her granddaughter, Mrs. Thomas Downess, Jr., in Camden, New York, March 2, 1885, Mrs. ABIGAIL BROOKS STEARNS, aged 87 years.  (RCMar13/1885)

SAYLES - At Oriskany, New York, Thursday, March 5, 1885, FRANK K., son of Edward and Mary E. Sayles, aged 8 years, 9 months and 3 days.  (RCMar13/1885)

SEYMOUR - JAMES SEYMOUR, an old resident of the town of Western, New York, who lived about two miles west of Delta near the Black River Canal, committed suicide by hanging.  He went out Saturday afternoon (March 7, 1885) to put the cows in the barn, and was found hanging by his neck dead a few hours afterward.  He had been in poor health for some time, and it is supposed that his mind was deranged, as no other cause is known.  He leaves a whife who is also in very poor health.  His funeral was held at the M.E. Church, Rev. D. Ballon officiating.  He was 64 years old.  His remains were interred in the Canterbury cemetery.  Jackson Seymour, of  Rondout, NY came to attend his brother's funeral.  (RCMar13/1885)

HOPSON - In Utica, New York.  Mr. Joseph Hopson and his wife are called to mourn the loss of the fourth child within a few years.  Their son GEORGE, who is buried to-day (March 10, 1885), was a bright boy of 16 years, and much beloved, as the other children were, for his many amiable traits of character.  (RCMar13/1885)

SMITH - In Westmoreland, New York, March 11, 1885, DWIGHT M. SMITH, aged 37 years.    (RCMar13/1885)  (obit follows)

     Mr. Dwight M. Smith who has been sick for the past five or six months with liver diesease, died at his home Wednesday morning. (March 11, 1885)  It is a case of unusual sadness and the entire community will sympathize with the family and friends in their bereavement.  A little less than three years ago Mr. Smith was married to Miss Lizzie Thompson, of Westmoreland.  They were in the prime of life, and both seemed well and happy.  About a year ago, that terrible disease, consumption, fastened itself upon Mrs. Smith, and July 30 she passed away, leaving a little boy about a year old to the care of her husband and friends.  Now the husband has passed away in a little over seven months from the death of his wife.  Dwight M. Smith was a member of the Westmoreland Cornet Band since its organization.  He was also a consistant member of the Episcopal Church.  (RCMar13/1885)

 DOWNEND - The funeral of the late Rev. JAMES DOWNEND will be held at the M.E. Church in Taberg, March 12, 1885.  He died at the residence of his son-in-law, William  Harger, near Stokes, NY, of dropsy of the heart, March 10, 1885.  His remains will be interred in Taberg.  He leaves a wife and several children, among whom are Mrs. Wm. Hager and Mrs. Wm. Hall.    (RCMar13/1885)

JILSON - RANSOM JILSON, one of our oldest and most respected citizens of Taberg, NY, died last week, and his remains were placed in the receiving vault.  (RCMar13/1885)

WATERMAN - Miss MYRA WATERMAN, who died recently at the Old Ladies' Home in Utica, NY, at the age of 82 years, resided in Lee, NY during her girlhood, and was a daughter of West Waterman.  (RCMar13/1885)

COOK - A.J. Eames received a telegram Tuesday night (March 10, 1885) announcing the death of his brother-in-law,  WILLIAM COOK, at Fort Worth, Texas.  His disease was pneumonia.  His wife left home last week to accompany her sister, Mrs. A.J. Eames home; at that time her husband was in his usual health.  The remains will be forwarded to Rome, NY, immediately, and the funeral will occur at Lee Center, the early part of next week --probably under Masonic auspices.  The Cook's have resided in Kansas City for some time.  (RCMar13/1885)
     [obit following from the March 20, 1885 ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper]

Lee Center Items.
     The funeral of William Cook, late of Texas, was held to-day (March 17, 1885) in the M.E. Church at Lee Center, at 1 P.M.  A very large concourse of people assembled, although the weather was cold and unpropitious.  There were many from Rome, including G.P. Russ and several members of his choir; some from Western, Ava and Annsville, and hundreds of citizens of Lee, who gathered in to sympathize with the bereaved wife and friends and express their respect for the deceased.  Rev. D. Ballon, of Utica, offered comforting words to the mourning group, drawn from the Scriptural text, "To live in Christ, but to die is gain."  Some fifty members of the Masonic fraternity, of which deceased was an honored member, were present in full regalia, and the closing obsequies were performed by their officers in the church, instead of at the grave, on account of the severity of the weather.  The circumstances under which Mr. Cook died make the stroke doubly affective.  Your scribe understands that Mr. and Mrs. Cook had several weeks ago made arrangements to leave Texas and come north among friends, at least for the summer, and had packed their goods.  Mrs. Cook took their two children and went to Kansas, to visit friends in that State.  Mr. Cook in the meantime would arrange his business matters, and then leave directly for New York.  As reported two weeks ago, Mrs. C., after visiting Kansas friends, came home with her sister, Mrs. Eames, but soon after her arrival in Rome she received a telegram announcing her husband's critical condition, and the following morning a second telegram, announced his death.  His remains were forwarded by a friend in Texas.  Deceased was in the middle passage of life, and was greatly beloved and respected.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the sudden death of husband and father, and they and the other bereaved friends will have the warmest sympathy of the entire community.  (RCMar20/1885)

PARKER - Bishop LINUS PARKER, of the M.E. Church South, died at his home in New Orleans on Thursday March 5, 1885, aged 56 years.  He was born in Oneida County, and was cousin to Mrs. H.M. Lawton, of Rome, New York.   (RCMar13/1885)

THOMAS - Mrs. MARY THOMAS, widow of the late Thomas Thomas, of Rome, New York, died  Friday, March 6, 1885, at the residence of her daughter at Saratoga Springs.  The remains  were brought to Rome Cemetery for interment.  Funeral services held at the M.E. Church of which the deceased was for many years a member.  (RCMar13/1885)

CASWELL - In Rome, New York, March 10, 1885, WILLIAM A. CASWELL.  (RCMar13/1885)  (obit follows)

Death of William A. Caswell.
     William A. Caswell, father of Supervisor-elect Hedding A. Caswell, of the fifth ward of the city of Rome, NY, died at his residence on George street of pneumonia, Tuesday evening. (March 10, 1885)  He had always been a healthy, robust man, and though nearly 74 years old, had never been under a physcian's care till four days before his death.  He was conducting a woodyard on Spring street, and was accustomed to working hard every day.  Last week he took a severe cold, which on Friday developed into pneumonia, and notwithstanding all the efforts put forth for his relief, death  ensued on Tuesday.  He was a native of Herkimer, and a member of a prominent family in that county.  A brother, Warren Caswell, is now postmaster of Herkimer, and a sister was the wife of Gen. F.F. Spinner, who was U.S. Treasurer during the war of the rebellion.  Edwin Caswell, another brother resides in Ilion.
     Deceased came to Rome about twenty years since, and  continued to reside here until his death.  His widow, two daughters and one son, Misses Ester and Hattie Caswell, and Hedding A. Caswell, still live in Rome, and he also leaves three other children, viz:--Mrs. George H. Gray, of Herkimer, William N. Caswell, Wichita, Kansas, and J.B. Caswell, Bay City, Michigan.
     The remains were taken to Herkimer for interment.  Funeral services being held in the M.E. Church.  He had been for more than fifty years a member of the M.E. Church.   (RCMar13/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, March 20, 1885

EDWARDS - In Holland Patent, New York, March 13, 1885, JOSEPHINE, daughter of the late  John and Anna Edwards.   (RCMar20/1885)

GERARD - In Holland Patent, New York, March 13, 1885, NELLIE B., daughter of George B. and Genella M. Gerard, aged 8 years, 3 months and 20 days.  (RCMar20/1885)

SYMONDS - At Whitestown, New York, March 17, 1885, ALBERT A., son of James and Ellen Symonds, aged 24 years.  (RCMar20/1885)

THOMPSON - In North Bay, New York, March 11, 1885, Mrs. AGNES THOMPSON, aged 84.  (RCMar20/1885)

CARLTON - In Camden, New York, March 11, 1885, CATHERINE CARLTON, wife of James Carlton, aged 48 years.  (RCMar20/1885)

HASTINGS - In Utica, New York, March 17, 1885, Dr. HERBERT HASTINGS, in the 85th year of his age.  Dr. Hastings was found dead on the walk betwen his house and office.  He had practiced medicine in Oneida county for over sixty years.  His death is supposed to have been occasioned by heart disease.    (RCMar20/1885)

KRUGER - In Deerfield, New York, March 18, 1885, FREDDIE, son of William and Rosa Kruger, aged 1 year, 4 months and 19 days.  (RCMar20/1885)

VAN BUSKIRK - In Floyd, New York, March 18, 1885, NELSON VAN BUSKIRK, in the 70th year of his age.  (RCMar20/1885)

MONROE - John Monroe, of the blacksmith department of the Locomotive Works, in Rome, NY, has received information of the death of his mother in Scotland.   (RCMar20/1885)

FLOYD - In Westernville, New York, March 19, 1885, WILLIAM FLOYD.  (RCMar20/1885)  (obit follows)

Death of William Floyd.
     William Floyd, a grandson of Gen. William Floyd who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, died at his home in Westernville, yesterday morning, (March 19, 1885) at the advanced age of 94 years.  He had only been ill about a week, and his death was doubtless the result of extreme age.  Deceased was born in New York city in 1790, but came to Western when a young man and had lived there nearly seventy years.  Of late years he had become quite feeble, though he rode in the procession in the centennial Fourth of July celebration in this city.  A wife and eight children survive him.   (RCMar20/1885)
     [in the Westernville social column:]
           Mrs. Montgomery Sieard [or Sicard] and Miss Julia Floyd, of Washington, D.C., Miss Kate Floyd, of Long Island, and David Floyd, of Utica, were here to attend the funeral of their father, William Floyd, which occurred Saturday at 3 P.M.  (March 21, 1885) at deceased's late residence.  (RCMar27/1885)

     Mr. A.W. Honsinger, of Rome, New York, last Friday (March 13, 1885) received the sad tidings that his youngest son, William, a youth of 18, had been instantly killed at Galvaston, Texas, by falling from the mast of a vessel lying in the harbor.  The distance from where he fell to the deck was 90 feet, and the unfortunate young man was horribly crushed by the fall.  Deceased was the youngest of five sons, and was a bright and active boy, but restive under the restraints of school: and this prompted him some four years ago to leave his home and strike out for himself.  Since that time, May, 1881, his father has never seen him, though he heard that he was on the canal during that summer.  About a year ago George L. Russ, son of George P. Russ, of Rome, NY, met the boy in Galveston and learned something of his history since he had left home, which Mr. R. communicated to Mr. Honsinger by letter.  It appears that at the close of navigation on the canal in 1881 he had worked his way south to Galveston, where he soon after engaged in the service of Capt. Fisher, the owner of a vessel plying between Galveston and Liverpool.  He had continued on the vessel ever since with the exception of some eight or ten months in which he worked for F. Baliman, in Galveston, who supplied water to vessels and residents.  He returned to Galveston from a voyage a few weeks since, and determined to follow the sea no more, having put himself in communication with his father and accepted his invitation to return home.  And it seems a strange fate that his death occurred on the very last day he was to remain on the vessel.  -- Friday, March 6 -- as he was intending to leave for Rome on Saturday.  But instead of Willie in person, came a letter with the sad news of his terrible death.  He was interred in the cemetery lot in Galveston owned by Mr. Beliman, with whom the unfortunate boy was a great favorite.  The parents, brothers and sisters have the sympathy of our whole community.  (RCMar20/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, March 27, 1885

TENNY - In Whitestown, New York, March 20, 1885, REBECCA TENNY, wife of Benjamin Tenny, in the 38th year of her age.  (RCMar27/1885)

VAN DeMARK - In Rome, New York, March 21, 1885, ALBERT EDWARD, infant son of Edward B. and Lizzie Van DeMark, aged 6 months and 16 days.  (RCMar27/1885)

WILLIAMS - Suddenly in Remsen, New York, March 19, 1885, JENNIE A. WILLIAMS, only daughter of Chrlotte Williams, aged 22 years.  (RCMar27/1885)

BISHOP - In Sauquoit, New York, March 22, 1885, LEVERETT BISHOP, M.D., aged 93 years and 8 months.  (RCMar27/1885)

SLAWSON - In Whitestown, New York, March 24, 1885, BOWERS SLAWSON, of  Rome, NY in the 81st year of his age.  (RCMar27/1885)  (obit follows) [two different dates for death given-transcriber]

     Bowers Slawson, father of Erwin and John Slawson and Mr. T.C. Wilds, of Rome, New York, died Monday night (March 23, 1885) at the residence of his son David, in Whitestown.  He was in the 81st year of his age, and had been a resident of Rome more than 40 years.  (RCMar27/1885)

AUERT - In Deerfield, New York, March 20, 1885, CHRISTOPHER AUERT, aged 43 years, 4 months and 8 days.  (RCMar27/1885)

SCOTT - At Bridgewater, New York, March 22, 1885, Mrs. JULIA I. SCOTT, aged 88 years and 4 months.  (RCMar27/1885)

FRENCH - In Rome, New York, March 21, 1885, JOSEPH FRENCH.  (RCMar27/1885)  (obit follows)

Death of Joseph French.
     Joseph French, whose severe illness has been reported from time to time for several months past, died at his home on North James street early last Saturday morning, (March 21, 1885) in the 70th year of his age.  His death was the result of lung affection, with which he had suffered all through the winter.  Deceased was born in Western, in this county, and had made that town his residence the greater part of his life; though in the earlier part of his manhood he was engaged as engineer on the State canals at different points.  Some thirty years since he relinquished that business, and devoted his time to farming and surveying in Western.  In 1881 he purchased Charles Tuttle's residence and moved into Rome, NY, where he continued to reside till his death.
     Mr. French was respected and esteemed by all who knew him as is evidenced by the fact that for seven yars in succession he was chosen to represent the town of Western in the County Board of Supervisors.  He leaves a widow and four children:  Albert F. French and Mrs. Bliss, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. R.M. Pillmore and Mrs. J. Loyd Jones, of Rome, NY.
     Funeral services were held Monday morning (March 23, 1885) at his late residence, and the remains were taken to Westernville for interment.  (RCMar27/1885)

WILLIAMS - NELSON WILLIAMS fell dead at the boat yard in the western part of the city (Rome, NY), yesterday afternoon (March 26, 1885) of heart disease.  He has resided in Rome many years, and has been employed in and around the local yard.  His age was 65 years.  Two sone, Charles and Edward Williams, of Rome, Mrs. Della Bailey, of Buffalo, and Anna Bowen, of Westmoreland, survive him.  (RCMar27/1885)

DAVISON - IRIS I. DAVISON, brother of H.W. Davison, of Rome, New York, died at his home in Albany, of consumption, last Saturday evening. (March 21, 1885)  He was about 29 years old, and leaves a widow to lament her loss.  He formerly lived in Rome, but removed from here with his father fourteen years ago.  (RCMar27/1885)

HUBBARD - CHARLOTTE   W.  HUBBARD, widow of the Late William G. Hubbard, died at Elgin, Illinois, the 10th instant. (March 10, 1885)  She was born in Wright's Settlement in this town, and was the second daughter of John Wright, one of the early settlers.  She removed to Illinois with her husband some 45 years ago.  (RCMar27/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday April 3, 1885

McMILLAN - At Deansville, New York, on March 26, 1885, ELIZA McMILLAN, wife of John McMillan in the 81st year of her age.  (RCApr03/1885)

ALLEN - At Oriskany Falls, New York, March 31, 1885, Mrs. AMOS ALLEN, aged 78 years.  (RCApr03/1885)

GILSON - In Oriskany, New York, March 26, 1885, PHEBE GILSON, aged 33 years.  (RCApr03/1885)

ABELL - In the town of Marshall, New York, at the residence of F.A. Ely, March 31, 1855, Miss BETSY M. ABELL, aged 62.  (RCApr03/1885)

BLOOD - In Westmoreland, New York, March 28, 1885, GEORGE BLOOD, aged 34 years, 8 months and 28 days.  (RCApr03/1885)

DOUGLASS - In Washington Mills, New York, Monday, March 30, 1885, NATHANIEL DOUGLASS, in the 81st year of his age.  (RCApr03/1885)

BLISS - At Oriskany, New York, March 26, 1885, CLARENCE E., youngest son of Frederick E. and Lillian M. Bliss.  (RCApr03/1885)

DICKERSON - At North Bay, New York, March 15, 1885, THOMAS DICKERSON, aged 36 years.  (RCApr03/1885)

OWENS - In Boonville, New York, March 25, 1885, JOHN R. OWENS, aged 38 years, 3 months and 9 days.  (RCApr03/1885)

NOBLE - At Rome, New York, March 29, 1885, Mrs CELIA  A.  NOBLE, widow of R.P. Noble, and daughter of the late John A. Ford, in the 52d year of her age.  Mrs. Noble was a member of the Episcopal Church, and had been a resident of Rome all her life.  An aged mother and two sons survive her.   (RCApr03/1885)

GRAVES - In Vienna, New York, Saturday, March 14, 1885, EDWIN S. GRAVES, aged 27 years.  (RCApr03/1885)

NELSON - On March 27, 1885, at the residence of C. DeRegt, College Hill, Clinton, New York, JAMES NELSON, of Oriskany, New York, aged 83 years.  (RCApr03/1885)

PERKINS - Rome, New York.  A post mortem examination held by Drs. A.B. Southwick and S.O. and N.C. Scudder showed that the late FRANCIS  D.  PERKINS died of embolism of the heart.  (RCApr03/1885)   (obit follows)

Death of F.D. Perkins.
     The people of this city (Rome, NY) were greatly surprised last Saturday (March 28, 1885) to learn of the death of Francis D. Perkins, which occurred that morning at his residence about three miles south of this city.  He had been ill only about a week with what he supposed to be rheumatism, but which proved to be disease of the heart, and as a consequence his death was very sudden.  Deceased was born on the farm where he died, and had lived there all his life -- 55 years.  He was a pleasing conversationalist, and at odd times, when his farm work was not driving, he busied himself canvasing for newspapers, periodicals, books, &c.  In this manner he bacame well known throughout the county, and there are many who will deeply regret his death.  Being well informed on subjects of social, agricultural and scientific nature, he was frequently  selected to deliver essays before their social gatherings, and his remarks were always of a plesing and instructive nature.  A wife and mother -- the latter in her 100th year -- are left to mourn.  Deceased had been a lifelong member of the Baptist Church of this city, and his genial countanance will be greatly missed from the services of the sanctuary.  (RCApr03/1885)

ESSELSTYN - In Hamilton, Madison county, New York, Sunday March 29, 1885, LISLE ESSELSTYN, in his seventh year.  (RCApr03/1885)  (obit follows)

Little Lisle Esselstyn Suicides.
     Lisle Esselstyn a lad of nearly 7 years, son of Mrs. Louise Hovey Esselstyn, committed suicide last Sunday (March 29, 1885) at the residence of Mr. Patridge, in Hamilton, Madison Co., where he was boarding and attending school.  The facts are substantially as follows:  Last week Thursday, Captain C.J. Johnson, a relative of the lad and of whom he was very fond, committed suicide, and it is thought Lisle's mind became somewhat aberrated in consequence, and the result was a successful attempt to make away with himself.  It seems that he took an old rifle belonging to Mr. Patridge, loaded it and retired to an upper room in the house.  He placed the muzzle in his mouth, resting the other end on the floor, and discharged it by laying the ramrod on the trigger and stepping on the ramrod.  The bullet went through the roof of his mouth and came out of the top of his head.  Strange to say, the report of the gun was not heard, and it was some time afterward when his body was found by a member of the family.  It is said the boy made previous attempts on his life, but was discovered in time, and prevented.  Mrs. Esselstyn, who is a daughter of J.S. Hovey of Rome, NY, was in New York city at the time, holding a position as stenographer in the CENTURY  office, and of course knew nothing of her son's derangement until the news of his death reached her.  When she went to New York, she took her two oldest sons with her, but left Lisle with the family of Mr. Partridge, that he might have an opportunity to attend school.  A few years ago, it will be remembered, Mrs. Esselstyn conducted a school for children on Washington street in Rome, NY, and she has many friends here who deeply sympathize with her in her affliction.  The lad's father, Judson L. Esselstyn, a brother of H.S. Esselstyn of this city, died several years ago.   (RCApr03/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, April 10, 1885

SCHOWALTER - In Rome, New York, April 4, 1885, Mrs. HENRY SCHOWALTER, aged 60 years.  (RCApr10/1885)

WATSON - In Frankfort, New York, April 1, 1885, Mrs. MARY ANN WATSON, aged 93 years.  (RCApr10/1885)

DONLON - In the town of Florence, New York, March 27, 1885, ALMA, wife of Thomas Donlon and daughter of William Waterbury, aged 32 years.  (RCApr10/1885)

WEAVER - In Annsville, New York, March 25, 1885, of consumption, MARY  A., wife of Granville Weaver, and daughter of Augustus Liphardt, aged 19 years.  (RCApr10/1885)

HUMPHREY - In Whitesboro, New York, Friday, April 3, 1885, NELLIE M., oldest daughter of William S. and Sarah Humphrey, aged 10 years, 8 months and 9 days.  (RCApr10/1885)

GLATT - In Whitesboro, New York, Friday, April 3, 1885, ANTHONY GLATT, aged 70 years.  (RCApr10/1885)

WILKES - In Rome, New York, April 2, 1885, of cerebro spinal meningitis, MINNIE AMANDA, daughter of Richmond Wilkes, aged 1 year and 22 days.  (RCApr10/1885)

KNOX - At Binghamton, New York, Easter Sunday, April 5, 1885, at 10 P.M., WILLIAM STRONG KNOX, M.D., son of James C. Knox, aged 35 years.  (RCApr10/1885)

SERVATIUS - Utica, New York.  Mr. Simon Servatius brought his son home dead.  The young man was buried today with appropriate ceremonies.  He was a bright amiable young man, whom his frinds will sorely miss.  (RCApr10/1885)

WELCH - In Taberg, New York.  One of Michael Welch's family, spoken of last week as being afflicted with diphteria, died last Thursday. (April 2, 1885)  It was a boy six years old, and the one first attacked by this dreadful disease.  Owing to the terrible condition of the roads, no horses could be used, and six men drew the coffin three miles to the cemetery in a hand sled.  The remainder of the family are said to be improving, and there are hopes that all may recover.  (RCApr10/1885)

BRODBECK - At Pine Plains, New York.  Miss SARAH BRODBECK was buried on April 6, 1885.  She was a young lady of fine personal appearance, and universally beloved.  This is the second daughter that Mr. and Mrs. Brodbeck have lost within the year with that scourge of the North, consumption.  The friends have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.  (RCApr10/1885)

WALLACE - At Ava, New York .  Mrs.  BENJAMIN  WALLACE died yesterday (April 7, 1885) of pneumonia and pleurisy.  She had been ill only about ten days.  She leaves a husband and four children, the youngest a babe of four or five months.  (RCApr10/1885)
      [notice in the following week's paper]
     The funeral of  Mrs. MELVINA WALLACE, who died last week, was held at her late residence of Thursday last (April 9, 1885).  Rev. Perrin Reynolds, of West Branch, preached a very impressive sermon from Hebrews IX:10.  Considering the condition of the roads, a large number of friends and neighbors were present.  Mrs. Wallace was an affectionate wife, a fond mother, a kind neighbor, a Christian woman, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community.  (RCApr17/1885)

BARNES - The funeral of JUDAH BARNES, an old inhabitant of Lee, New York, was held last Sunday (April 5, 1885) at his residence in Brookfield, New York,  Rev. J.W. Simpson officiating.  (RCApr10/1885)

BASCOMBE - RICHARD BASCOMBE and WIFE, formerly of Rome, New York, were burned to death in their house near North Platte, Nebraska, on Thursday night of last week. (April 2, 1885)  It is thought that they were murdered first, and then burned in the house to hide the crime.  A full investigation of the matter will be made.  Mr. Bascombe was for some years employed in the establishment of  S. Adams & Sons, and was a member of the Baptist Church in Rome, NY.  He was the father of Frank and Fred Bascombe, who still reside here.  (RCApr10/1885)

CACKETT - Mrs. JOHN CACKETT, of Vernon Center, New York died last Saturday (April 4, 1885), after a long illness.  The funeral was held at the M.E. Church.  (RCApr10/1885)

LINDSLEY - Miss LUCY LINDSLEY, of Vernon Center, New York, died a week ago last Friday, (April 3, 1885) of consumption.  The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church.  (RCApr10/1885)

WHITE - Vernon Center Items. -- The funeral of Mrs. ORVILLE WHITE was held at Oneida last Tuesday (April 7, 1885) forenoon.  She died very suddenly the Saturday afternoon (April 4, 1885) previous, her husband at the time being absent.  Two small children are left.  (RCApr10/1885)

JOHNSON - Mrs. THOMAS JOHNSON died at her home in Lowell, New York, March 29, 1885, aged 77 years.  Since the death of her husband, Thomas Johnson, five years ago, she has been only waiting to join him on the other shore.
     They came from Snainton ? Yorkshire, England, in 1830, and settled in Westmoreland.  They soon found friends in the new world, and lived to old age, loved and respected by all who knew them.  Of nine children, eight remain to mourn their loss.  (RCCApr10/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, April 17, 1885

FORREST - At 4,111 Langley avenue, Chicago, Illinois, April 12, 1885, SADIE A., wife of A.E. Forrest and daughter of William S. Potter, of State Bridge, Oneida Co., NY.  (RCApr17/1885)

VAN BRUNT - Near Portage City, Wisconsin, Mrs. L.A. VAN BRUNT, (sister of C.A. Nelson, of Spencer Settlement, NY) aged 55 years and 21 days.   (RCApr17/1885)

JONES - In Remsen, New York, April 9, 1885, DAVID W. JONES (Commons,) aged 59 years, 8 months and 6 days.  (RCApr17/1885)

GREENE - At Whitesboro, New York, April 13, 1885, DARAXA  F.  GREEN, widow of the late Rev. Beriah Green, aged 87 years, 6 months and 21 days.  (RCApr17/1885)

KNIGHT - In Sauquoit, New York, April 11, 1885, ALICE JOSEPHINE, daughter of Arthur and Mary L. Knight, aged 3 years.  (RCApr17/1885)

BRONSON - On Sunday evening, April 12, 1885, at rest after a long and painful illness, Little RALPH, son of Charles and Mary Bronson, Boonville, New York, aged about 5 years.   (RCApr17/1885)

TANNER - In Rome, New York, April 11, 1885, Mrs. GEORGE TANNER, aged 64 years.   (RCApr17/1885)

DURR - The funeral of Mrs. GEORGE DURR, who died last week, was largely attended at St. Joseph's Church in Rome, New York, last Saturday (March 28, 1885) at 2 P.M.  Deceased was aged 21 years.  (RCApr3/1885)

SMITH - PERRY H. SMITH, a graduate of Hamilton College, and who contributed the greater portion of the money for the  erection of the Perry H. Smith Library Hall, the finest building of the Hamilton College grounds, died in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, (March 29, 1885) of softening of the brain.  Deceased was a retired lawyer of much repute, and is said to have been a millionaire.  He was  one of the most prominent businessmen in the West.  (RCApr3/1885)

BISSELL - Mrs. JOHN BISSELL, formerly a resident of New London, Oneida county, New York, died at her home in Buffalo on Tuesday, (March 31, 1885) of apoplexy.  She was 72 years of age, and was a sister of Col. T.G. Halley, of Rome, NY.  Wilson S. Bissell, formerly Grover Cleveland's law partner, was her son.  (RCApr3/1885)

MOORE - At Rome, New York, March 30, 1885, Mrs. SEYMOUR MOORE.  (RCApr3/1885)  (obit follows)

Death of Mrs. Seymour Moore.
     This lady, the widow of the late Seymour Moore, who died about five years since, died last Monday (March 30,  1885) of dropsical consumption at the Central New York Institution for Deaf Mutes, where she was an assistant matron.  Deceased was about 60 years of age, and had been ill some three or  four weeks.  She was an estimable lady, and a devoted Christian, having been for  years a member of the First M.E. Church of Rome.  Her husband and daughter preceded her to the spirit land, but there are left to mourn five brothers and two sisters and an aged father and mother -- the former 94 and the latter 88.  Funeral services were held at the First M.E. Church Wednesday afternoon, and the remains were interred in the Rome Cemetery.  (RCApr3/1885)

DOYLE - At Rome, New York, March 31, 1885, Mrs.  THOMAS DOYLE.  (RCApr3/1885)  (obit follows)

Mrs. Doyle's Shocking Death.
     Mrs. Thomas Doyle and Mrs. Dennis Griffin, neighbors residing near the corner of Ridge and Madison streets in Rome, New York, started a little before six o'clock Tuesday evening (March 31, 1885) to go to the residence of Officer John Doyle on Jay street, between Liberty and Dominick streets.  On reaching the R.W. & O. Railroad where it crossed Madison street, they started up the track, that being their shortest route.  As they were walking on the track the train which leaves for the north at 6 P.M. came suddenly around the curve behind them.  Mrs. Griffin said to her companion, "The train is coming," and sprang off the north side of the track.  She supposed Mrs. Doyle was following her, but the engineer on the approaching train says she stood for a moment looking at the train, apparently bewildered, and when it was within a few feet of her started to leave the track but stumbled and fell across the rail.  She was run over by the train and shockingly mangled -- her left leg being crushed to a jelly from the calf to the lower part of the thigh, her right foot cut in two diagionally across the instep, her left arm broken, and her head and body terribly bruised.  Her husband and daughter, who were in the house, heard the whistle sounding an alarm, and they started out just in time to see the train strike the wife and mother.  Mr. Doyle ran and raised up his stricken wife, but she was unconscious and remained so till her death, which occurred less than two hours later.
     Deceased was the mother of four children, the eldest being but fourteen years of age.  Her death is a terrible bereavement to them and their worrowing father.  Coroner Sutton viewed the remains, but did not think the circumstances called for an inquest.  The death was the result of a practice which cannot be too severely censured, that of walking on a railroad track.   (RCApr3/1885)

PORTER - Mrs. Aaron Porter, of Augusta, New York, has received the sad intelligence of the death of her brother-in-law, Mr. PORTER, of Rushville, New York.  (RCApr3/1885)

WHITE - At Westernville, New York, March 30, 1885, OTIS P. WHITE.  (RCApr3/1885)  (obit follows)

Westernville Items.
      OTIS P. WHITE, who has been suffering from a stroke of paralysis for two weeks past, died Monday morning, (March 30, 1885) aged 63 years.  Mr. White was born in Westernville, NY, and has always lived here.  He was the oldest one of a family of ten children, seven of whom are now living.  The brothers of the deceased are Israel, Moses F. and Frank White, all of Western.  The sisters are Phoebe, Belinda, and Carrie White, of Western, and Mrs. Edwin Brainard, of Oneida, Illinois.  Mr. White was a strong Prohibitionist.  He was a very good neighbor and was greatly respected.  He leaves a wife and daughter, Hattie B. White, and a son, Rev. Orson White, of Wilson, New York.   (RCApr3/1885)

UNGER - In Newark, New Jersey, March 27, 1885, Rev. JULIUS UNGER.  (RCApr3/1885)  (obit follows)

Death of Rev. Mr. Unger.
     Rev. Julius Unger, well known and highly esteemed in this city, (Rome, NY) died at his home in Newark, NJ, on Friday last. (March 27, 1885)  His death was caused by an internal ulcer, which gave him much pain, and which he had known for some time must result fatally.  Knowing this, he was not taken by surprise, but resigned himself into the hands of a loved and loving Savior, going to his last rest peacefully "as one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."
     Mr. Unger was about 50 years of age, and was a native of Prussia.  He was an educated, cultured Christian gentleman and made many warm friends wherever he sojourned.  When a young man he went to Guinea, on the west coast of Africa, where he remained eleven years, as the commercial agent of a German missionary society.   Owing to an epidemic which raged there he was obliged to leave, and with his family started for home.  His wife died on the voyage, and he reached Berlin a widowed husband with two little children to care for.  He remained there several years, till 1874, when he came to New York, leaving his children behind him in their schools.  He immediately commenced studying for the ministry, and ere long was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church.  For a while he had charge of the German work in Grace chapel in New York, and also officated as lay reader in that city and at Tarrytown.  In January 1878, he was sent to Rome to take charge of St. Joseph's Church, and soon after his arrival here was ordained to the ministry.  For nearly six years he was rector of that church, leaving it for New York (city) at Christmas, 1883.  During his sojourn here he gave private instructions in German, Greek and Latin, and was also for nearly two years employed as teacher of German in the public schools.  When he left here his intention  was to take a position in the New York schools, but not getting a position as readily as he had anticipated, he was given the rectorship of St. Matthew's Protestant Episcopal Church in Newark, which position he was filling in a very acceptable manner when summoned to lay off his militant armor and "come up higher."  He leaves a widow to whom he was married soon after his arrival in this country, and four children,  two of whom are thus deprived of their last remaining parent.  He will be sincerely mourned by many loving friends.  (RCApr3/1885)

WILLIAMS - At Lee Center, New York. --  The remains of a Mr. WILLIAMS, son of the late Mr. Warren Williams, were carried through our village one day last week to their final resting place, near Point Rock, NY.  (RCApr17/1885)

WILEY - At Ava, New York, April 14, 1885, JOHN WILEY.  (RCApr17/1885)  (obit follows)

     A sad accident occurred here yesterday, in the woods on the farm of Alanson Jenks, JOHN WILEY, a Canadian in the employ os George Oster, while chopping wood, was killed instantly by a tree falling upon him.  He had set on fire a dead tree standing near where he was at work, and  ere he was aware it had burned so that it fell.  He started to run, but unfortunately he ran in the direction that the tree fell and was struck on the back and head, breaking a number of bones and cutting a gash  nine inches long in his head, which left a portion of his skull bare.  His remains were taken to Mr. Oster's and kindly cared for.  Dr. J.C. Fraser was called, and he sewed up the cut on his head.  His friends all reside in Canada, except, Mrs. Benjamin Franklin, who is a resident of this town.  She was immediately notified.  Arrangements have been made for his burial to-morrow.   (RCApr17/1885)

WEINER - In Verona, New York, April 11, 1885, FRED WEINER.  (RCApr17/1885)   (obit follows)

Killed on the Track.
     A German about 50 years of age, named FRED WEINER, was struck by the cars and instantly killed last Saturday afternoon, (April 11, 1885) near Gawne's crossing in Verona, NY.  He was lying on the track, and as the train approached he partially arose.  The train (which was the fast west-bound express) was stopped and the section hands were notified, and they took the body on a hand-car to Verona and placed it in the tool house.  Death was occasioned by a wound on the head which had crushed the skull.  The man was recognized as one who had been trying for several days to get work among the farmers of Verona, and who said he had been in the country about a year, and had worked for farmers in Leyden and Constableville, Lewis Co.  Coroner Sutton was notified, and went to Verona and impaneled a jury the same night.  The inquest was held on yesterday.  (RCApr17/1885)

MACOMBER - Mrs. PAMELIA MACOMBER, widow of the late Paul C. Macomber, died last week at the residence of John C. Hopkins, in Westmoreland, NY.  She was nearly 90 years old.  (RCApr17/1885)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, April 24, 1885

LANDERS - At Washington Mills, New York, April 17, 1885, MARY ALICE, daughter of Edward and Mary Landers, aged 6 years, 8 months and 17 days.  (RCApr24/1885)

HUMPHRY - In Whitesboro, New York, Thursday, April 16, 1885, JENNIE, twin daughter of William F. and Sarah Humphrey, aged 8 years, 8 months and 9 days.  (RCApr24/1885)

BENDER - In Deerfield, New York, April 16, 1885, EMMA, daughter of William and Rachael Bender, aged 7 years.  (RCApr24/1885)

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