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REV. DWIGHT WILLIAMS
Sketch of a Former Pastor of the Clinton
Methodist Church who recently died in Cazenovia.
Last week we announced in the COURIER the
death of Rev. Dwight WILLIAMS, of Cazenovia a former pastor of the Methodist
Church in Clinton. This week we publish his portrait and a sketch
of his life and work.
The name of Dwight WILLIAMS is as a household
word in a great number of American Families. He was widely known
and sincerely loved and honored. He touched the deeper chords of
many hearts; of those, too, that are most in sympathy with what is good
and true. He was born in Cazenovia, April 26, 1824, and died in the
old home where he lived in babyhood, seventy-four years ago. His
father and mother were pioneer Methodists in Central New York. His
mother was Sophia BRIGHAM, of Marlboro, Mass. His grandfather was
a soldier of the Continental army, and a veteran of the war of 1812.
His great grandfather is linked with some
local history in the central New York counties, namely Oneida, Madison
and Onondaga. In 1789 he reached Fort Schuyler (now Utica), and became
of the early settlers of Whitesboro, Oneida Co. In 1790 he removed
his family to Cazenovia, from which sprang a numerous family who have been
closely identified with the history of the town for a century. His
ancestor, Lieut. Joseph WILLIAMS, was a soldier in the French and Indian
wars in Canada, and an officer under WASHINGTON and General GATES;
was promoted with others at Fort Ticonderoga, in Jan. 1776, and was present
at the battle of Saratoga.
The deceased was the representative of an
old American family whose head came from England in 1735. Mr. WILLIAMS’
father was the first male white child born in Cazenovia. He entered
the Skaneateles Academy in 1835. Under a private tutor he made good
progress in Latin. In 1842 he was graduated from the Cazenovia Seminary
and taught school for one or two years. He reflected that period
of the interior development of our country which produced a sturdy manhood.
He belonged to the real American type of “gentlemen of the old school.”
In 1851 Mr. Williams joined the Oneida Conference
and was ordained by Bishop SIMPSON and preached his first sermon in Clinton
as a supply.
His first pastorate was Litchfield circuit,
in Herkimer County. The subsequent charges which he served were in
order as follows: Morris, Madison, Oxford, Clinton, Auburn, Trumansburg,
Canandaigua, and Syracuse. He passed his life in this state.
Mr. WILLIAMS was always a popular pastor.
Gracious and courtly in manner he won many hearts. His views were
sought, and as a citizen he made public opinion which told for good.
His care for the woods and the hills amounted
to a passionate worship. IN 1871 he was assistant editor of the Northern
Christian Advocate and during his long life he was a contributor to the
current literature of the day. Mr. WILLIAMS was married in 1855.
His wife was Miss Kezia Elizabeth LANE, of New Hartford, and was from traditional
Methodist family in England. She died in 1843. Three children
survive their father; Dwight WILLIAMS, Jr., Miss WILLIAMS, and Mrs.
R. Vernam BARTO.
Mr. WILLIAMS’ death was due to a general
breaking down of the vital forces, and although the final illness was brief,
his friends have known for several weeks that his health was failing.
The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, June 15, with prayers at
his late residence and a memorial service at the First Methodist Church,
the Rev. Dr. GREEN officiating, assisted by Dr. WILBOR, the Rev. Dr. O.
H. WARREN, Dr. O. A. HOUGHTON, Dr. L. H. PIERCE, of Baltimore, Md., and
In Mount Morris, N. Y., April 25, 1886, of
consumption, Mrs. Emma N. BODINE, daughter of the late Dr. W. H. NOBLE,
formerly of Clinton.
In San Francisco, Cal., April 22, 1882, Miss
Nancy BARNS HINCKLEY, daughter of the late Elias B. HINCKLEY.
The many friends of Miss Nancy BARNS HINCKLEY
have been made sorrowful by the intelligence of her death, which occurred
at San Francisco, April 22. Miss HINCKLEY left Clinton in February
last to try a change of climate for the benefit of her failing health.
The fondly cherished hopes for her recovery have been crushed.
The deceased was a lady of marked culture
and refinement, and her death casts a shadow upon the hearts of her many
acquaintances. The remains, in company with those of her father,
the late Elias B. HINCKLEY, who died in California about two years ago,
left San Fransico last week Thursday, in charge of her brother, and
are expected to reach Clinton Cemetery for burial on Thursday or Friday
of this week, as it requires about seven days to make the journey.
It is probable that friends here will be apprised of the time of arrival
by telegraph before this notice is published, if, indeed, they have not
been already. Miss HINCKLEY leaves a sister, Miss Josephine HINCKLEY,
who has made Clinton her place of residence during the past year, and a
brother who resides in California.
In the town of Marshall, on the 15th inst.,
Thos. A. ELY in his 73rd year. (June 1871).
At the age of two years, Mr. ELY came with
his parents, from Granville, Mass., to the homestead where he continued
to reside until summoned to the spirit land.
A man of rare natural abilities, possessing
a generous and sympathizing heart, he was the representation of the true
Christian gentleman, and his memory will live in the hearts of those who
knew him, as a perpetual fragrance.
In Marshall, June 19, 1877, after a long
and painful illness, Mrs. Angeline M. ELY, aged 58 years, “The righteous
rest in hope.”
Death of Frank A. ELY 1890
Probably no name either in the town of Kirkland
or Marshall is so familiar as that of Frank ELY, whose sudden death occurred
on Friday last; nor is there a citizen of either town whose death could
have more surprised the general public or carried sorrow to so many hearts.
In the prime of an active life he was summoned to the spirit world with
scarce five minutes’ notice that his earthly life was about to close.
On Friday, Oct. 3, a week before his death,
he was seized with a severe pain, seemingly on the upper portion of his
lungs, which, with other symptoms, caused his friends to fear pneumonia.
Dr. SCOLLARD was called and by vigorous treatment Mr. ELY was soon relieved,
but kept his room for several days. On the Monday following he was
much better and appeared to be in usual health. Guarding against
exposure, he only ventured out about the door until Friday morning last,
when he thought himself well enough to ride to Deansville for his mail.
He left home about nine o’clock, returning shortly after eleven.
On his way homeward he stopped and chatted pleasantly with several of his
neighbors, indicating that he felt as well as usual. On reaching
home he put out his horse and buggy and went into the house. As he
entered the door his daughter asked him how he felt, and he replied, “I’m
‘most dead,’ which was not an unusual expression for him when feeling ill.
His daughter saw, however, that he was looking pale and evidently suffering
much, and with her accustomed fondness for him, offered to assist him to
remove his coat, which he, however, was able to do himself and hung it
up. He complained of feeling the old pain returning, the same he
had suffered the week before. His daughter at once applied such remedies
as were at hand and sent for his physician. Mr. ELY, attempted to
lie down on a lounge when he fell forward to the floor on his face.
Assistance being near, he was raised up, and breathing once or twice, was
gone; a stroke of apoplexy having done its fatal work.
Mr. ELY was the son of Aden ELY; he was born
in the town of Marshall, Oct. 9, 1828, under the same roof where he spent
his life and died; he had, therefore, just entered upon the first day of
his sixty-third year when his summons came. His death is the twelfth
which has occurred among Mr. ELY’s family friends in the same house; seven
of them since 1871. Frank ELY was the soul of good nature.
Possessed of a cheerful, genial temperament, his presence was a guarantee
of a happy time. His hospitality was sincere and unbounded and his
home was a welcome place to all who chose to visit him. For many
years and to his last day he was an ardent believer in the doctrine of
Spiritualism; and at his home and elsewhere he had received what to him
were satisfactory evidences of his faith, and in which no argument could
shake his confidence. His generous heart was ever ready to respond
to the appeals of suffering humanity, and his many acts of charity were
known only to the recipients of his benevolence. Frank ELY will be
sadly missed. It will be many a year before his name will fail to
awaken pleasant associations in this community. He leaves one daughter,
Miss Bell ELY representative of the family, who has the heartiest sympathy
of a very large circle of friends. Mr. ELY leaves a large landed
estate, and was one of the representative farmers of the town of Marshall.
A very large gathering was present at the
funeral, which was held yesterday afternoon. It had been the often
expressed desire of the deceased that when he died his friends would send
for Col. Robert INGERSOLL to conduct the funeral, assisted by Mrs. Nellie
T. BRIGHAM, of Colerain, Mass. IN compliance with his wishes Mrs.
BRIGHAM was present and an effort was made to secure the attendance of
Col. INGERSOLL who sent a telegram saying it was impossible for him to
be present. Mrs. BRIGHAM therefore conducted the exercises.
After very appropriate selections of vocal music exquisitely rendered by
Mr. And Mrs. Spencer TOOLEY and other rare vocalists from the neighborhood
of Waterville, Mrs. BRIGHAM proceeded to address the company……..
DIED: ELY KIMBALL
(A long descriptive obit, details are as
Sept. 4th, 1902, Mrs. Ely KIMBALL, who death
occurred suddenly last Friday morning was the only child of the late Frank
A. ELY, one of the best known and most prosperous farmers of [this] section,
and when he died she came into possession of all his property including
a 300 acre farm, which she managed successfully for a number of years.
She was raised on the farm where she died…..She was educated at the district
school and at Cottage Seminary in this village. When the news came
last Friday that “Belle ELY” was dead it seemed hardly possible.
Few knew that she was ill. In fact she had only been under the doctor’s
care for a week, and this for an attack of inflammatory rheumatism, which
affected her limbs. Dr. TAYLOR was called and prescribed for her
and she was getting old nicely, when on Thursday night she was taken with
a severe pain in her stomach, due to acute indigestion, from which she
sometimes suffered. This was relieved by a hypodermic of morphine,
as often before, and the doctor left her resting comfortably and declaring
with a laugh that it was the longest she had ever been kept in bed by illness
and that she didn’t mean to stay there long. Early the next morning,
however, heart failure supervened and she died at an early hour Friday
morning before medical aid could be summoned. She was 42 years old.
Two years ago last February she was married to William KIMBALL, of Deansboro,
who survives. Her mother died during her infancy, and her father
thirteen years ago, and no member of a once large household now survives,
all her near relatives having passed away. Her father’s only brother,
Warren ELY, resides in Deansboro. The interment was in the Deansboro
In Deansville, May 3, 1881, Alverson ELY,
aged 79. Funeral Services will be attended at his late residence
on Thursday, May 5th, at 2 o’clock p.m.
Mrs. Sarah BROOKS
After less than three days’ illness from
brain fever, Sarah, widow of the late Frederick BROOKS, died peacefully
at her home on Fountain Street on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23, 1894, in
her 73rd year.
Mrs. BROOKS was the daughter of Wm. P. WELLS,
deceased. She was born in the town of Wells, Hamilton County, N.
Y. Two sisters, Mrs. Samantha STEWART, of Dunkirk, and Mrs. Susan
OVERHIZER, and one brother, W. W. WELLS, of this place, survive.
Of Mrs. BROOKS’ family, two daughters, Misses Lena and Clara, remain.
The deceased was a member of the M. E. church
of this place and had been a resident of the village about fifty years.
Of a kind and gentle disposition, she leaves in the hearts of her many
acquaintances pleasant memories of her life and sad regrets at her departure.
Her funeral is being attended this afternoon at her late residence, Rev.
George ADAMS, of Afton, conducting the services. The remains will
be deposited beside those of her husband in Clinton Cemetery.
DIED: FREDERICK BROOKS
Another link of the past is broken, in the
death of Frederick BROOKS, which occurred at his late residence on Fountain
Street, on Sunday evening, December 25, 1881. The deceased had been
in failing health for over a year, caused by what is termed as Bright’s
disease of the kidney’s. For several days, previous to his death
he was a great sufferer, but bore his sufferings with patience and hopefulness
until the last. Mr. BROOKS was born in Middletown, Conn., Jan. 18,
1811, and had therefore nearly completed his seventy-first year.
In early childhood he was left fatherless, and his boyhood years were afterwards
spent in the family of a Baptist minister, with whom he lived until arriving
at manhood, he came to Clinton in 1831. In a conversation with him
a few months before his death while recounting his boyhood life, he touchingly
referred to his foster-father as a righteous man, and stated that the children
all found prosperous situations adding with a peculiar tenderness, “I have
been young, but now I am old and I have never seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his seed begging bread.” In 1835, he married Miss Mary Ann NELSON,
of this place, who died a few years after, leaving her husband two daughters
who survive him. In 1844 he married Miss Sarah WELLS, his present
widow. Three more daughters came to lighten his heart and home, one
of whom proceeded him to the silent land. The others still reside
The name of Frederick BROOKS has long been
associated with Clinton memories. For over fifty years he has been
a resident of this village. A skilled architect and practical carpenter,
his hand has left its impress probably upon more than half of the buildings
in town. Honest in all his dealings with his fellowmen, he
had often suffered heavy losses in former years, in contracts, but would
never slight a job (which some would have done), to save himself from loss.
His first work in town was on the building on his premises which he had
occupied for a shop. There will be many who will miss his friendly
smile and familiar face. A good citizen, a skilled and reliable mechanic,
a kind neighbor, a fond and affectionate father and husband, has gone to
his rest. Funeral ceremonies are being held at his late residence
this Wednesday afternoon, as our paper goes to press, Rev. Geo. ADAMS,
of the Universalist Church officiating. The funeral was in charge
of Clinton Lodge, No. 169, F. & A. M.
In Clinton, of chronic croup, on Monday,
the 4th inst., Mary E. , only daughter of Martin L. and Martha RICHARDS,
aged 4 years 5 months and 25 days. (Date unreadable)
1890 – William SMITH
Thirty years ago, and for nearly as long
a period previously, the name of William SMITH was as familiar in this
village and town as that of any present citizen. Born in the town
of Marshall, just over the Kirkland line, April 18, 1809, of highly respectable
and honored parents, he was one of four stalwart sons, all of whom came
up to manhood with an honorable record. In 1853 the deceased sold
his farm and went to Iowa where he purchased 800 acres of land, in what
is now called the town of Waverly, then an almost boundless prairie, now
a flourishing village, with a population of nearly 5,000. After making
the purchase he decided to make that section his future home, and in 1857
removed to it with his family. His preserving enterprise soon established
him in a comfortable home and his business principally has been in pasturing
cattle for herdsmen, to the average number of about 600, which of course
netted him a profitable income with comparatively little labor or expense.
He also owned and operated a flouring mill in a neighboring village called
Frederica. His illness was brief, and his death (which occurred as
stated last week, Jan. 20th) unexpected, the result of influenza and pneumonia
combined. He leaves a wife and one son, Rev. Ward SMITH. Two
brothers also survive him, Erastus and Rhoderle, who are residents of Iowa,
and an only sister, Mrs. R. FERRIS, of Franklin.
In Marshall, June 19, 1877, after a long
and painful illness, Mrs. Angeline M. ELY, age 58 years, “The righteous
rest in hope.”
March 16, 1896 - The funeral of August FAKE
was held from his late residence on Chestnut street, Saturday afternoon
at 2 o’clock, Rev. W. C. ROBINSON, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating,
assisted by Rev. Oliver OWEN, of St. James Church. The bearers were
Frank HOLGATE, William KNEASKERN, Charles WHITE and William MILNE, clerks
who have been in the employ of Mr. FAKE. Interment was made in the
Death of Augustus FAKE
Born at Point Hollow, Herkimer Co., N. Y.,
September 8, 1826. Died at Clinton, N. Y., March 13, 1895.
About five weeks ago, Mr. FAKE left his store
on account of illness, expecting to be able to return the next day.
His breath gradually failed, however, until his death, which occurred about
seven o’clock this morning. His malady was a complication of the
hear, liver and kidney affections, and until within a few days he was cheerful
and hopeful. For a few days past he had been in a comatose condition,
scarcely noticing any on e and thus quietly breathed his last. From
the beginning almost, it was evident to those nearest to him that his work
was finished and his days numbered.
Mr. FAKE came to Clinton with both parents
in 1839. His father, Peter FAKE, purchasing the store and merchandise
of Amaziah STEBBINS, conducted a prospering business until 1861, when his
son Augustus, became his successor, and since that date, as before, FAKE’s
store has been a favorite place for trade.
Mr. FAKE was married to Miss Jennie CURTISS,
daughter of Sylvester CURTISS, a former prominent citizen, in 1883, and
since that date has occupied for his residence the family homestead at
the head of Marvin Street. Besides his wife Mr. FAKE leaves one brother,
Charles P. FAKE, of Anoka, Wis., and four sisters, Mrs. Martha BRISTOL,
Mrs. Margaret ORR, Mrs. Sarah KNOX and Mary, wife of Rt. Rev. Wm. E. McLAREN,
Episcopal bishop, of Chicago. For integrity and kindness of heart,
Mr. FAKE’s record is phenomenal. Words of sorrow for his death are
heard from the lips of all classes, and highest estimates of his worth
as a citizen, as a merchant and friend, are common expressions of the public
We regret that the near hour of going to
press prevents a more extended notice of his excellent traits of character.
Funeral services will be observed at the family home on Chestnut Street,
Saturday, at 2 p. m.
Death of a Former Resident – Miss Mary BROWN,
a Clinton resident from about 1834 to 1865, died at her home in Buffalo,
N. Y., November 14th, 1891. The deceased was born in Dover, Eng.,
May 30, 1801. Her parents and four sisters came to make their home
in Clinton in 1834 or thereabouts, and purchased a lot upon which they
built for their home the residence now occupied by Ellery STEBBINS, and
in the same two sisters, Mary and Susan, opened and conducted for many
years a millnery store, which was extensively patronized by the ladies
of Clinton and vicinity. If the writer is not mistaken, the family
included four sisters at the time they first came to Clinton. Only
two survive – the widow of the late Rev. Wm. BAKER, and Susan, who still
reside in Buffalo, and who came on Thursday last to attend the funeral
rites of their deceased sister, accompanied by their nephew, a son of Mrs.
The BROWN family in Clinton, were numbered
among the most esteemed citizens and old residents still living pleasantly
remember their friendly and neighborly traits.
The remains were interred in the family lot
in Clinton Cemetery, Rev. Oliver OWEN conducting the service.
Drowned While in Bathing
Raymond C. GRANNIS, aged 15, son of the late
Sanford C. GRANNIS, of this town and who reside with his mother, Mrs. Melvin
F. COMSTOCK, on Brimfield Street, two miles northeast of this place, was
accidentally drowned in a pond on the farm of T. E. HART, not far from
his home, on Monday afternoon. He was an inexperienced swimmer, in
fact, it is said he could not swim at all, and it is thought that he was
overcome by cramps in the cold spring water of the pond or that he ventured
beyond his depth and was unable to gain the shore or shallow water.
He was not missed from home until his hat and clothes were seen by a neighbor’s
boy, who reported the circumstance. The clothes were identified by
members of the family and the work of dragging the pond to recover the
body was commenced at once by neighbors and friends of the family who did
all in their power to find the body. After working till midnight
without success the search was given over till the following morning.
During the night the water in the pond, which was from ten to fifteen feet
deep in places, was drawn down about three feet, and about 7:30 a. m. the
body was located not far from a raft, from which, it is supposed, he entered
the water. Coroner DODD and Dr. HAMLIN went to the place yesterday
to make an investigation, but the former, after knowing the circumstances,
deemed a formal inquest unnecessary, as death was plainly due to accidental
Raymond was the youngest of six sons of the
late Mr. GRANNIS. Those who survive are Albert D. and Floyd L. of
Chadwicks, Charles and Gordon, of Clinton, and Clinton, of Rochester.
The boy was of a quiet disposition and of exemplary character, having recently
become a member of the Methodist Church in this village. He was a
good student in the Clinton High School and last Commencement was awarded
one of the prizes offered by E. P. POWELL to students making the most satisfactory
progress in their studies.
Funeral services will be held at the house
on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and at 3 o’clock in the M. E. Church.
Death of Charles E. PALMER – 1906
Another of our oldest and best- known townsmen
has passed away. On Monday evening, Jan. 1st, about 5 o’clock at
his home on the Harding road, occurred the death of Charles E. PALMER,
in his 78th year. He had a second shock of paralysis on Sunday and
had been in failing health for several years, so that his death was not
a surprise to those who knew of his feeble condition. Mr. PALMER
was a son of Edward D. PALMER and was born in Stonington, Conn., May 2,
1828. He came to Oneida County with his parents when an infant.
The family first resided in Trenton, then removed to the town of Paris,
and later to the town of New Hartford near Middle Settlement in 1840.
In the spring of 1865 Charles PALMER came to the town of Kirkland and settled
on the farm just west of the Franklin furnace, where he has resided for
the past forty years. On Dec. 24, 1862, he was united in marriage
to Mary D. BARKER, daughter of the late Marshall W. BARKER, who survives
him with four children, namely Mrs. Charles R. CARRUTH, Wayne and Edward
PALMER, of this town, and Marshall B. PALMER, of Rome who is connected
with the State Engineer’s office. Mr. PALMER also leaves two sisters,
Miss Helen PALMER, of this town, and Miss Addie DURLAND, of DeKalb, Ill.
Mr. PALMER was well known as a horse fancier and breeder, and was recognized
as a progressive and successful farmer. Until his health failed he
was a familiar figure about town and enjoyed a wide acquaintance.
Funeral services will be held at the house on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock,
conducted by Rev. I. D. PRASLEE (?), pastor of the Methodist Church.
Rev. J. H. MYERS, Ph.D., formerly pastor
of the Methodist Church in this place, died after a protracted illness
following apoplexy at his home in Malone on Thursday, aged 49 years.
Dr. MYERS was the author of a book entitled “The Philosophy of Faith”,
and was regarded as one of the most talented men in the Northern New York
Conference, He held a pastorate in Malone at the time of his death.
Dr. MYERS had a warm place in the hearts of Clinton people and the news
of his death was received here with sincere sorrow. He leaves his
wife and two sons.
Dec. 6, 1902 – The funeral of Mrs. Carried
ARNOLD, of Mt. Morris, N. Y., was held at that place Friday, Dec. 5.
Mrs. ARNOLD’s maiden name was Carrie NOBLE, and she was formerly a resident
of Clinton, her father being a practicing dentist here many years ago.
She was the last survivor of a family of three children. Her husband
Mrs. Emma N. BODINE, relicit of the late
John H. BONINE, died in Mt. Morris, N. Y., April 25th, 1886, aged 47 years.
The disease of which she died was consumption and for months she had been
almost entirely confined to the house, a patient sufferer. She was
a constant and highly respected member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
and on Easter morning died in the full assurance of faith in a risen Savior.
The funeral services were conducted by her pastor on Tuesday afternoon
at the residence of H. G. CHAMBERLAIN on Murray Street and the remains
were intered in the new cemetery.
April 11, 1893
Chauncey RISLEY, and old and highly respected
resident of Clinton, died at 4:35 P. M., yesterday, at his residence, aged
79 years. Mr. RISLEY was born in Glastonbury, Conn., and when he
was about 20 years old came to Central New York, settling in Hubbardsville.
Here he lived for many years, carrying on a farm and raising hops.
About the year 1870 he removed to Clinton and since that time has lived
a quiet, retired life, at the foot of College Hill. He had been in
poor health for some time. Mr. RISLEY early in life, married Miss
Sophia BREWER, of Hartford, Conn., who survives. He leaves nine children,
viz: Mrs. Ellen E. OLCOTT, of Nacbue, Conn.; Mrs. Fanny WILBER, of
Otselie, Chenango County, N. Y.; Edwin H. RISLEY, the well-known patent
lawyer of Utica; Sylvester, of Hubbardsville; Adelbert D., of Clinton;
Orville and A. R. RISLEY, of New York Mills; Mrs. Julia WILLIAMS and Mrs.
Nettie WATERS, of Clinton. Funeral occurs Friday at 2 P. M.
Mrs. Sophia B. RISLEY, died at the residence
of her daughter, Mrs. Edward H. WATERS, in this place, last Friday, Nov.
6, 1896, in her eighty-first year.
The deceased was born Sophia BREWER, in East
Hartford, Conn., July 11, 1816, and was married at the age of 17 to Chauncey
RISLEY. In 1834 Mr. RISLEY moved from Connecticut into New York State,
settling and making it his home in East Hamilton, N. Y. Mrs. RISLEY
joined him during the same year, and their happy home continued in Hamilton
until 1870, when they removed to Clinton, where they resided until their
respective deaths Mr. RISLEY died in 1893.
The deceased was a daughter of Captain David
and Fannie HILLS BREWER of East Hartford, and came of a long line of honorable
New England ancestors, and throughout her long and eventful life exhibited
in the highest degree the sterling qualities of the best New England womanhood.
She was possessed of rare qualities of mind and heart, always prudent in
counsel, gentle, faithful and devoted to every interest, which came into
her long and eventful life. She exhibited in all the relations of
life the highest type of wife, mother, neighbor and friend. She will
be mourned by a large circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
The deceased left the following children surviving; Mrs. Ellen R.
OLCOTT, of Glastenbury, Conn., Mrs. Fannie R. WILBUR, of Otselic, N. Y.,
Edwin H. RISLEY, of Utica, N. Y., Sylvester RISLEY, of Hubbardsville, N.
Y., Adelbert D. RISLEY, of Clinton, N. Y., Orville and A. Fremont RISLEY,
of New York Mills, N. Y., and Mrs. Leonetta R. WATERS of Clinton.
The deceased also leaves two brothers, Hon. Edwin BREWER and Capt. Ashbel
BREWER, of East Hartford, Conn.
The funeral services were held at the residence
of Mr. And Mrs. Edward H. WATERS, on Monday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, and
were largely attended by relatives, neighbors and friends. Rev. W.
C. ROBINSON, of Potsdam, late pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiated.
1860 – In Mount Morris, on the 1st inst,
Elizabeth NETTERVILLE, eldest daughter of Dr. W. H. and Margaret A. NOBLE,
aged 24 years.
The deceased was formerly a resident of this
village and by her kind and engaging manners won the esteem of a large
circle of friends. This mysterious Providence that thus early removed
her from the scenes of this beautiful world to the enjoyment of the still
more bright and beautiful world above, affords us an opportunity to obey
the scripture injunction, “Weep with those that weep.” May we not
say in view of this instance of mortality which has thus taken from us
one we sincerely loved, “Friends fondly cherished, have passed on before,
Waiting, they watch us approaching the shore.”
In Mount Morris, January 23d, 1880, after
a lingering illness of Comsumption, Mrs. Margaret A., wife of Dr. W. H.
NOBLE, aged 62 years. Mrs. NOBLE was born in Albany in 1817.
In 1842, with her husband she removed to Clinton, from thence to this village
in 1856. She was a woman of domestic nature, great kindness of heart,
buoyancy of spirits, and affectionate and beloved wife and mother.
Her home was her delight, and to make all about her happy was always a
pleasure though inheriting a slender constitution, and for many years an
in-valid, yet her life was radiant and full of hope. She was an exemplary
and faithful member of the Methodist Church. Her death was triumphant,
her trust in the Saviour strong and abiding to the last. She leaves
a husband and two daughters to mourn her loss. Her funeral took place
on Monday last from the family residence on Murray Street, Rev’s. HILL
and RUNNER officiating. – Mount Morris Union.
1882 – The Mount Morris Union of the 27th
ult., contains the following notice of the death of a former estimable
citizen of Clinton. Those of our readers, who were residents of Clinton
thirty years ago, will remember Dr. Walter H. NOBLE, who practiced dentistry
at that time in this village and will sincerely regret to learn of his
death. Dr. NOBLE died of Bright’s disease, at his home in Mount Morris,
April 20, aged 71 years.
“He was born in Enfield, Conn., April 21,
1811. His early youth was spent at Springfield. About the time
of arriving at his majority he removed to Albany, and for many years was
in the employ of B. W. WOOSTER, an extensive furniture dealer and now one
of the most successful bankers and pioneers of that city. About the
year 1840, his constitution not being strong, he removed to Clinton, taking
up the profession of dentistry, where he resided until the year 1856, when
he removed to Mount Morris. Dr. NOBLE was in many respects a model
man. Conscientious in all things, a most valued citizen, and a sterling,
upright man, unusually retiring and unobstrusive, but earnest and unflinching
in his public and private duties. No man in town more generally shared
the esteem and confidence of the community. On the organization in
1859 of the Mount Morris cemetery association, he was chosen one of the
trustees and secretary, and held the position with scrupulous fidelity
until his death. For a lifetime he has been a faithful and consistent
member of the Methodist Church, and has passed away leaving a stainless
record. Two daughters survive him. His funeral was on Saturday
last, three P. M., Rev. Dr. WILBOR officiating.
Martin L. RICHARDS died at his home in Clinton,
N. Y., Feb. 11, 1896. He was nearly sixty-three years of age, having
been born at Paris, N. Y., March 4, 1833. He was married in 1860
to Martha CARR, of New York Mills, who survives him. He is also survived
by one son, William H., of Costello, Pa., one brother, George D., of Richland
Center, Wis., and two sisters, Mrs. Ozias CONE, of Clinton, and Mrs. J.
B. SPICER, of New Hartford, N. Y. Brother RICHARDS had lived at Clinton
for the past thirty-three years, and had been a member of the Methodist
Church for eighteen years, and was a trustee of the same at the time of
his death. He was a good citizen, upright conscientious, careful
in judgment, quiet and unassuming and highly respected. He often
held positions of trust and responsibility in town and village. Two
children have preceded him in death, a son at the age of twelve and a daughter
at the age of four years.
A Quiet Departure – Dec. 6th, 1892
Leander RICHARDS, who has been a resident
of this village about eighteen years, departed this life suddenly yesterday
about noon. The deceased for over a year past had been subject to
spells of unconsciousness, which continued for a few hours or less, when
he would rally and appear again in usual health. At the time of his
death he was alone in his room, at the residence of his son, Martin L.
RICHARDS, who with his wife had gone to spend the day at Paris. At
noon the servant girl called the old gentleman to dinner. Getting
no response she went up to his room and found him lying unconscious on
the floor, where he had fallen from his chair. Before aid could be
summoned, Mr. RICHARDS had ceased to live.
The deceased was born in the town of Paris,
August 5, 1807, and was therefore four months past his 85th birthday anniversary.
Of his family two sons survive him, George D., of Richland Center, Wis.,
and Martin L., of this village, and two daughters, Mrs. C. Janette CONE,
wife of Ozias CONE, of this town, and Mrs. Martha J. SPICER, of New Hartford.
Mr. RICHARDS spent his life on his farm in
Paris until, about 20 years ago, his wife dying, his household was broken
up and he came to Clinton and for a few years lived with his daughter,
Mrs. CONE, later he came to live with his son, Martin, and soon after his
older sister, Mrs. Malinda BRUNSON, also made her home with the.
Mrs. BRUNSON died in March last, aged 87 years. Mr. RICHARDS was
almost a lifelong member of the Methodist Church; first at Sauquoit and
later at Clinton, where he was nearly if not quite the last of the olden
time Methodists, whose exemplary life was a constant benediction to the
membership and a record of continuous testimony to the reality of Christian
experience which to him provided a comfort in every trial, and a solace
in every sorrow. The venerable pleasant face of Father RICHARDS,
as he was familiarly called, will be long missed in all of the meetings
of the church where when in health he was a regular attendant and a devout
and a consistent worshipper.
The funeral will be held at the residence
of M. L. RICHARDS, on Utica Street, Friday at 11 a. m.
1893 – Death of ---h W. BISSELL (blurry)
Information was received in this village
last week of the death of ---h Walsworth BISSELL, son of the late Dr. George
BISSELL, formerly of Clinton, which occurred after a brief illness in New
York, on Thursday, Dec. 14. Mr. BISSELL’s wife was a sister of Mrs.
Rev. Albert ERDMANN (sp?), and both are very pleasantly remembered by many
Clinton friends, who will be saddened to learn of Mr. BISSELL’s death.
The latter was in town last May, at the time of the burial of his mother,
and took great pleasure in renewing his old time acquaintances. He
was then understood to be prosperously engaged in some branch of the railroad
business, and appeared to be in robust health and spirits. He leaves
no family except his wife, all their children having died. One brother,
Rev. L. Parsons BISSELL, of Litchfield, Conn., also survives, and a half-brother,
George BISSELL, who is employed in the Custom House in New York.
Mr. BISSELL was graduated from Hamilton College in 1869. The interment
was made in Passaic, N. J.
August 21, 1874
Death of Dr. BISSELL – The announcement of
the death of Dr. George BISSELL, which occurred at Lockport, on Friday
of last week, after a short illness, caused a deep feeling of sadness in
this community where he had so long resided and was so well known.
Dr. BISSELL was a native of this county and
came to Clinton from Verona, in 1831, and entered upon the practice of
medicine in this place. From that time forward, with the exception
of a year or two spent in the West, and a temporary residence at Oil City,
the Doctor continued to live in Clinton until a year ago last spring, when
he removed to New Jersey, and from thence shortly afterwards to Lockport
in this state. The deceased was at one time at the head of the Clinton
Banking House, and was prominently associated with the business interests
of this village.
He had extensive acquaintance in this part
of the county, and in the practice of his profession had a large degree
of public confidence. A positive character with decided views, he
was sometimes brusque in his expressions, but his nature was sympathic
(sic) and generous. A devoted husband and loving father, he is sincerely
mourned by others than his kindred.
Dr. BISSELL was very pleasantly situate at
Lockport, where he had already made many friends and secured a lucrative
practice. The following notice of his decease we copy from the Lockport
Daily Journal, of which friend COBB, of the class of ’64, is responsible
“The death of Dr. George BILSSELL, which
sad event occurred at his residence, corner of East Avenue and Pound Street,
about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, will carry grief to all with whom
he was acquainted in this city, and afflict a wider circle of friends,
generally speaking, than would be the case with most of us. The deceased
when stricken down was engaged in the practice of his profession in our
midst. He came here, however, at a comparatively recent date, and
for that reason was not so widely known hereabouts as others. But
to those who enjoyed his acquaintance, the blow comes with saddening and
telling effect. A few days ago he was upon our streets apparently
in the enjoyment of his usual health. About a week since he was attacked
by the malignant ervsipilias. Fears of a fatal result were not entertained
until yesterday morning. Yesterday afternoon he passed away.
Dr. BISSELL came to this place something like a year since from Clinton,
Oneida Co., N. Y. At that place, as the writer of this paragraph
happens to know, he enjoyed in a goodly degree the confidence of his fellow
citizens. He had been in Lockport long enough to attach to himself
friends who will not soon forget his kindly words and cheerful presence.
The deceased was a brother of A. A. BISSELL, Esq., of this city.”
The remains were brought to Clinton, and
on Monday morning, after appropriate services, Dr. HUDSON officiating,
were deposited in the BISSELL Family lot in our beautiful cemetery.
A son and daughter had already preceded him to the silent land, while three
sons and his bereaved widow, who were all present, remain to mourn his
loss. Dr. BISSELL’s age was 64 years.
May 10, 1898 – Death of Mrs. Harriet BISSELL
A telegram was received by Dr. J. I. SCOLLARD
on Monday from R. W. BISSELL, of New York, announcing the death at his
home, 95 Park Avenue, on that day of his mother. No further particulars
have been received. The remains will be brought to Clinton for interment
in the Clinton Cemetery, arriving on the 8:50 train tomorrow (Thursday)
morning, accompanied by Mr. And Mrs. R. W. BISSELL. It is possible
that a brief burial service may be held in the chapel at the Cemetery.
Any friends who may desire to do so are invited to join the procession
as it passes from the station to the cemetery.
Mrs. BISSELL was the wife of Dr. George BISSELL,
who died some years ago. The family left Clinton in 1873. They
formerly resided in the place now occupied by Dr. SCOLLARD, and were at
one time in affluent circumstances and numbered among the most prominent
citizens of the place. There were two sons, L. Parsons and Rush W.
The latter is now a prosperous businessman in the metropolis, and the former
Episcopalian clergyman in Litchfield, Conn. Mrs. BISSELL was possessed
of a noble and benevolent character, and was a lady of much culture and
refinement. During her residence in Clinton she was one of the first
ladies of the place. Her constant kindness to the poor and unfortunate,
and unfailing courtesy to all who came in contact with her, made her beloved
by all who knew her. The removal of the family from Clinton was a
great loss to the place and was deeply regretted. Mrs. BISSELL was
over 70 years of age. The long interval since her removal from Clinton
leaves but few of the former acquaintances who have not preceded her to
the silent land. Those who remain will be pained to hear of her death.
Referring to her death a friend writes;
“Mrs. BISSELL was born, and passed her early life, upon a farm near Middle
Settlement which commanded a lovely view of the valley, and all her life
she cherished a strong affection for the hills and da-es so long familiar.
She had no less a love for books, and her activity of mind made her an
extensive, and a retentive reader. Ambitious in every direction,
it was particularly marked in her craving for knowledge, and the impaired
vision of her later years must have been a severe trial. It seems
a fitting and happy event that, after the varied vicissitudes of a life
of more than three score years and ten, she comes at last to rest in her
beloved valley among the companions of her active, hospitable and useful
June 22nd, 1922
Miss Margaret BARNS, a native of this town
and a lifelong resident of this section, died at her home in Westmoreland
on Thursday, in her 89th year. Miss BARNS was a daughter of Captain
Amos BARNS, a pioneer settler of this town. She was educated at Miss
BARKER’s Home Cottage Seminary in Clinton, where she was a roommate of
Clara BARTON, the noted found of the Red Cross movement. Miss BARNS…..(page