The Cortland County Democrat


5 Jan 1877

Died. SINCLAIR - At the residence of his father, James H. SINCLAIR, in Norwich, on Tuesday afternoon, December 20th, of typhoid fever, Mr. John H. SINCLAIR in the 27th year of his age.

Died. FITZGERALD - In the County House on the 27th ult., Mrs. Mary FITZGERALD, aged 72 years.

12 Jan 1877

Celia R. SMOKE,, the girl who obtained the heavy judgment against Reuben H. JEWELL of Ulysses, for personal injuries, died last week. The deceased was only eighteen years of age...

    Death, the white winged destroyer has again visited us and summoned an old and respected citizen. On Friday, Jan. 5th, 1877, of typhoid pneumonia, after a short illness of forty-eight hours Isaac S. BRYANT in the 74th year of his age. Although Sunday, the day of the funeral was a stormy, dreary day, a goodly number of citizens and friends of all denominations, came from far and near to express by their presence and saddened countenances the friendship and respect they felt for the deceased. Rev. A. M. BENNETT delivered a very appropriate discourse from Matthew 24,44.
    The deceased sought the Savior in his youth, and in his old age he cast his burdens on that friend that sticketh closer than a brother. He held an office of trust in this town, that of U.S. Mail carrier, and how well he performed that duty may be seen from the fact that in the whole 5 years that he has held that office there was but one time that the mail was not changed and then he was but a few rods from the cars. It was in the early morning run and did not stop at its usual time. But his work is ended and many will miss from the village streets the bent form and the pleasant voice of the Old mail carrier of Truxton village. He has gone to that bourne from which no traveler returns, and the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.
          H. R. L.

Died. HOPKINS - In Twylor, Dec. 1, 1876, Jonathan HOPKINS, aged 94 years and 8 months. He was the oldest resident in town.

Died. HOLCOMB - In DeRuyter, Dec. 29, 1876, Orlando HOLCOMB, aged 66 years.

Died. JENCKS - In DeRuyter, Jan. 2, 1877, of heart disease, Mrs. Col. E. D. JENCKS, aged about 72 years.

Died. NEAL - In Cuyler, Jan. 4, 1877, Darius NEAL, aged 74 years.

Died. BRYANT - In Truxton, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1877, Mr. I. S. BRYANT, aged 68 years.

Died. SHURTLIFF - In Truxton, Dec. 26, 1876, Mrs. Ann SHURTLIFF, aged 50 years.

Died. BOIES - In Cortland, N.Y., Dec. 29, 1876, Laura CLEVELAND, widow of the late Orsemus BOIEES, aged 83 years.

Died. DICKENSON - At Willard Asylum, Ovid, Seneca county, N.Y., Dec. 25, 1876, Mrs. Mary DICKENSON, aged about 40 years.

Died. BREWER - In Elmira, N.Y., Dec. 31, 1876, of consumption, Edgar A. BREWER, eldest son of Mr. A. BREWER, of Homer, N.Y., aged 37 years.

Died. WEAVER - On Friday, Dec. 29, 1876, at Homer, N.Y., Elizabeth Teft WEAVER, widow of the late Joshua WEAVER, in the 85th year of her age.

Died. KELSEY - In Syracuse, N.Y., Jan. 1, 1877, Thomas T. KELSEY, a former resident of Homer, N.Y.

Died. SMITH - In Homer, N.Y., on Wednesday evening, Jan. 2d, 1877, of diptheria, Ora L., youngest daughter of Philo F. and Elizabeth H. SMITH, aged 6 years, 3 months and 23 days.

19 Jan 1877

Died. MOORE - In this village, Jan. 11th, 1877, Rensselaer R. MOORE, aged 56 years.

Died. DWIGHT - At his residence in Cincinnatus, on the 11th inst., Solomon DWIGHT, aged 62 years.

Died. HULBURT - At Marathon, N.Y., Jan. 12, 1877, of consumption, Miss Lulu HULBURT, aged 16 years.

Died. WESTMORELAND - In Cortland, Jan. 15, 1877, William WESTMORELAND, aged 81 years.

Truxton. - M. C. SKEELE, mentioned in our last as recovering, died the 14th of January, 1877. Like the candle, burning to the socket, now flickering with hope, then sinking lower and lower, till at last it goes out. He was one of the firm of Skeele & Conick, manufacturers of the boss butter packages, and one of the proprietors of the steam saw mill, Truxton, N.Y.; an energetic business man, and will long be missed by the people of Truxton and vicinity. His funeral takes place on Wednesday.

Truxton. - William H. McKEVITT, son of Mr. Alexander McKEVITT, formerly of this place,died in Syracuse, of consumption, January 14th, 1877, and was brought to Truxton, on Tuesday, for burial. When the war broke out in 1861, although young inyears, he was one of the first to enroll his name, and served two years in the 23d Regt., N.Y. Volunteers. He had four brothers, and the whole five were in the Union army at one time. One was killed at Gettysburg, and two others have died from wounds and injuries received while battling for their country. Of the whole five, only one is left, and out of a family of nine children, only four remain. We were glad to see so many of the old friends and neighbors of this afflicted family present to assist and to show that sympathy that only the bereaved can appreciate. He left a wife and one child to mourn his loss. Many hearts are warm with sympathy for them all. H.R.L.

    Sudden Death. - Last Wednesday Mr. Ethan A. PIERCE and lady, of Truxton, were visiting in Preble. The chimney of the house in which they were visiting took fire, and Mr. PIERCE ran upstairs with a pail of water, came down and went out the front door. Soon after, he was found lying dead in the snow in front of the house. It is supposed that death was caused by heart disease, and that the excitement hastened it.

2 Feb 1877

Died. BRANCH - At the Cortland county Alms House, Jan. 19, 1877, Irene BRANCH, formerly of Virgil, aged 66 years.

Died. BUCHANNAN - In Woodstock, McHenry county, Ill., Dec. 29, 1876, John F. BUCHANNAN, formerly of this place, aged 62 years.

Died. JOHNSON - At McGrawville, N.Y., January 25, 1877, Sarah, wife of Mr. Nathan JOHNSON , aged 38 years.

    Another Probable Victim. - It now seems more than probable that another of the unidentified victims of the terrible Ashtabula disaster will be recognized in the brother of Mr. E.J. HOLDRIDGE, of Virgil, Cortland County, whose parents live in that vicinity. The missing man was due over that road at about the time of the accident, since which nothing has been heard of him. It can only be a question of time, when all the victims will be known, unless it be some lone one without friends or relatives near. - Syracuse Sunday Times.

    Horrible Accident. - On Friday afternoon last, as the first extra coal train was nearing Freeville, the engineer saw a man sitting on one of the rails, recognized him as one of the section men and supposed that before the train would reach him he would leave the track, but as he did not move the engineer blew the whistle to get him off, and at the same time reversed the lever to his engine and tried to stop the train, but without success.
    When the whistle blew the man attempted to get off the track, but was not quick enough, the engine and several cars passing over him. He was mangled in such a manner that death ensued immediately.
    The man was Mark McAVOY, who lives between Dryden and Freeville, on the creek road.
    The wheels of the cars must have struck him on the right side, as that side is literally ground up, not a piece larger than his hand remaining. His head and left side were scarcely bruised, save that the cloth-[remaining article not copied]

7 Feb 1877

Died. CHILDS - In Scott, January 29, 1877, Harold CHILDS, aged 16 years.

Died. SKELLIE - In Scott, February 4, 1877, William A. SKELLIE, aged 22 years.

Died. HOWELL - At Beloit, Wis., on Sunday, December 21, 1876, Elizabeth G., wife of Arch. HOWELL, Esq., formerly of Homer, N.Y.

Died. KELLEY - In Marathon, on Wednesday evening, January 31, 1877, of consumption, Wallace KELLEY, late editor of the Marathon Independent.

Died. PIERCE - Died suddenly in Preble, Jan. 18, 1877, Mr. Ethan PIERCE, of Truxton, son of the late Col. Jude PIERCE, aged 56 years.
    The funeral services were held in the First Presbyterian church in Truxton, Sunday, January 21st, when a very large assembly testified to their respect for the departed, and to their sympathy with the family and friends in their sudden and severe affliction.

9 Feb 1877

    Freetown. - Mr. Kilnorne IVES died Wednesday, Jan. 31st, aged 72 years. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church, Thursday.

    The DeRuyter New Era of last week says: Our usually quiet village was startled and shocked on Monday of this week by the announcement that Benny NEFF had accidentally fallen into the reservoir on Lincklaen street, and was drowned. By some means the stone covering the entrance to the resevoir had been pushed aside, and while the lad was playing he accidentally fell in. Some of our citizens were immediately on the spot, and Mr. Daniel STILLMAN descended into the reservoir and succeeded in recovering the body, after which efforts were made to revive him, but life was extinct.

16 Feb 1877

    Tompkins. - Mrs. Lois HATHAWAY died in Groton City on the 27th of January, of cancer of the breast. This is the sixth person that has died in this locality of that terrible malady during the past three years...

Died. HALL - At the residence of his son-in-law, Benjamin SMITH, in this village, Samuel HALL, formerly of North Adams, Mass., Feb. 11, 1877, aged 89 years and 6 months.

Died. GREENE - In Prophetstown, Whiteside county, Ill., Jan.26, 1877, Wm. GREENE, in his 75 year, of typhoid pneumonia, after a short illness of six days.

Died. ROBINSON - In Ecorse, Mich., Feb. 2, 1877, Mr. Philo ROBINSON, formerly of Homer, aged 86 years.

Died. KINNEY - In Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday evening, Feb. 6, 1877, Samuel N. KINNEY, aged 59 years. A brother of Dea. L. KINNEY, of Homer.

Died. FAINT - In Taylor, Feb. 12, 1877, Rachel, wife of Geo. FAINT, aged about 65 years.

23 Feb 1877

Died. GREENE - In Meadville, Pa., Jan. 19th, 1877, of diptheria, Carlotta R.J., daughter of H. Cooley and Helen M.B. GREENE, formerly a resident of Blodgetts Mills, N.Y.

Died. HIBBARD - In Cortland, Feb. 22d, 1877, Mrs. Nellie E. HIBBARD, aged 20 years.

Died. BISHOP - In Cortland, Feb. 13, 1877, Harriet, wife of Luman BISHOP, aged 62 years.

Died. SCHERMERHORN - In Cortland, Feb. 15th, 1877, Eunice H., wife of the late Daniel SCHERMERHORN, aged 71 years.


    It is said that news has been received in Groton that Mr. Jay H. BOUTON, formerly of that place and at one time a resident of Cortland, was killed in a railroad disaster in Colorado, in December last. Mr. BOUTON was engaged in the practice of law in this place for two or three years, and moved to Colorado in 1871 of 1872. He was elected District Attorney of the county in which he resides last fall.
2 Mar 1877

Died. KENNEY - In Truxton, on the morning of Feb. 20, 1877, of asthma, Mr. Alonzo KENNEY, aged 53 years.

Died. BEMIS - At the Cortland County Alms House, Feb. 26th, 1877, Mrs. Anna BEMIS, aged 73 years. Mrs. BEMIS was formerly a resident of Cuyler.

Died. MULLINEX - In the Cortland County Alms House, Feb. 29 [sic] 1877, Thomas A. MULLINEX, aged 80 years. Mr. MULLINEX was formerly a resident of Scott, N.Y.

Died. CHAFFEE - At McGrawville, N.Y., Feb. 17, 1877, Thomas J., infant son of T. J. and Mary H. CHAFFEE, aged 1 year, 1 month and 17 days.

Tompkins. -
    Edwin O. SMITH, of Lansing, was found in his barn Wednesday morninng of last week in a dying condition. A kick from a vicious colt, crushing in the skull, was the cause of his injury and subsequent death, which occurred before he could be removed from the barn to the house...

9 Mar 1877

    Accident in Willet. - A most terrible and fatal accident occurred on Friday, the 2d inst., at the saw-mill owned by Mr. W. WELLS, of Pitcher, and situated in Willett village. Mr. Roswell LORD, the sawyer, was the unfortunate victim --
    There being no one present at the time of the accident, the particulars of the affair are inferred from the manner and condition in which his body and the mill were found. about half-past eight A.M., on the day above mentioned, Mr. C.D. FINN, a cabinet maker, whose place of business is just across the way from the mill, heard a loud voice from that direction, and hastened to the spot. He found the circle saw and carriage in motion, which he immediately stopped. Mr. LORD was lying on the opposite side of the carriage from the saw, his face toward the floor, his head from the saw, and about fifteen feet from it. There was blood on the guard of the saw and upon a cross-beam about seven feet above, and a little in front of it. The appearance of the teeth plainly indicated that they had done the mischief. Dr. McBIRNEY was summoned, and soon appeared upon the scene. An examination of his person revealed a deadly wound on his left leg at the knee. The saw, having entered from the left side and by a long vertical gash, tore the joint completely out, leaving only the patella and a small piece of flesh to connect the upper limb with the lower. There were several pieces of bone and a pool of blood upon the floor where he was found. It appears that he was in the operation of drawing a log into the mill, when for an unknown reason he stepped closse to the saw, which was in motion. This having executed the fatal deed, he fell forward and in some way hit the lever, which gave motion to the carriage and shoved him to the place where he was found. When Mr. FINN arrived, he was in an unconscious condition, from which he did not recover until a period of two hours, when he asked (in substance) how badly his limb was hurt. He was then asked how the accident happened; his answer was "by and by," passing again to an unconscious state, and so remaining until death ended his suffering, at 6 P.M. Mr. LORD was a gentleman 72 years of age, respected as a citizen and an accommodating neighbor. He had served in the mill as sawyer for a period of five years up to the day previous to this sad accident. A wife and six children mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.
          Cor. Standard & Journal.


    Widow Polly IVES, wife of the late Deacon Jesse IVES, died on Monday, the 5th inst., aged 95 years.           Mentor.


    The many friends of Mrs. E. B. HUSTED of Messengerville, will regret to learn that she is very ill with no hope of recovery.
    LATER - As we go to press we understand that she breathed her last yesterday. She was aged fifty years. The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the M.E. Church in this village. - Independent

Died. SHERMAN In Brimfield, O., Feb.14th, Capt. Harris SHERMAN, aged 85 years, 11 months and 14 days.

Died. CASS - At his residence in Taylor, N.Y., on the evening of March 3d, 1877, Mr. Allen CASS, aged nearly 65 years.

Died. MAYBURY - In Marathon, N.Y., March 2, 1877, Hortense M., second daughter of B. R. and C. V. MAYBURY, aged 1 year, 1 month and 13 days.

16 Mar 1877

Died. GILBERT - In Cortland March 1st, 1877, of paralysis, after a short illness of about twenty-two hours, Margaret wife of Royal GILBERT, aged 64 years.

Died. PATRICK - In Cuyler, N.Y., March 2, 1877, of inflammation of the brain, Anna B. PATRICK, aged 14 months and 13 days.

Died. STIMSON - At Genoa, N.Y., March 10, 1877, Lucius STIMSON, formerly of Cortland, N.Y., aged 69 years.

Died. WHITE - At Canastota, N.Y. March 6, 1877, at the residence of her son, Edwin R. WHITE, Eliza N. WHITE, aged 90 years and 7 months.
    She was the widow of Brainard WHITE, who died in Litchfield county, Conn., in 1832.

Died. GATES - In Jamestown, N.Y., February 26, 1877, of inlammatory rheumatism, Mary E. GATES, aged 24 years.
    She was a daughter of Mr. John KNAPP, formerly of Homer, N.Y.

Died. MILES - At her home in the town of Homer N.Y., March 4th, 1877, Mrs. Abilena, wife of Philo MILES, deceased, aged 79 years.

Died. IVES - In Homer, N.Y., March 5, 1877, Mrs. Jesse IVES, aged 95 years.

Died. STORY - In Cortland, N.Y., on Thursday, March 8, 1877, Stephen STORY, in the 92d year of his age.

Died. BROOKS - In Union Valley, on the 22d inst., Osborn J. BROOKS aged 24 years.

Died. CASS - In Taylor, March 8, 1877, of softening of the brain, Allen CASS, aged seventy years.

    Freetown -- Mrs. Mina FULLER, wife of Charles FULLER, died on the 2d inst., aged 27 years.

23 Mar 1877

Died. FREDERICK - At South Cortland, N.Y., March 17, 1877, Tillie, daughter of W.D. and Harriet FREDERICK, aged 14 years.

Died. VANDENBURG - At his home in Preble, N.Y., Friday evening, March 17, 1877, Robert VANDENBURG, aged 42 years.

Died. RORAPAUGH - In Cincinnatus, March 18th, 1877, Mr. Jaduthon RORAPAUGH, aged about 74 years.

Died. BASSETT - At Cincinnatus, March 18th, 1877, Mrs. Chas. BASSETT.

Died. FOSTER - In Lisle, March 16th, 1877, Willie, son of Miles R. FOSTER, aged 2 years and 6 months.

Died. HUSTED - In Messengerville, Tuesday, March 6, 1877, Mrs. Polly HUSTED, aged 50 years.

Died. SMITH - In Lapeer, Tuesday, March 6th, 1877, Mrs. Rachel SMITH, aged 83 years.

30 Mar 1877


    WOODWARD - In Cortland, March 20th, Mr. Alpheus WOODWARD, aged 59 years.
    Mr. WOODWARD was a son of the late Dea. Ward WOODWARD, of precious memory whose family consisted of eight sons and four daughters. He was born in Greenfield, N.H., April 14th 1818, and was at the time of his death in his 59th year.
    He came to Homer with his father in 1823, and at the age of 15 years he united with the Congregational church. In 18?? he removed to Cortland and united with the Presbyterian church, showing a deep and growing interest in the meetings of the church and Sunday School. He left seven sons and four daughters, his death being the first to break that happy family circle.
    He was always foremost and most happy and as he often said, he felt young at the festive gatherings of his friends and neighbors. He will be missed in the community by his family, by hundreds who have felt the touch of his kindly hand or be cheered by his friendly voice.
    For his kindness, his generosity, and promptness in ever doing good, he will long be remembered. We doubt if any who saw those six noble sons bear the father from his home to his grave could witness the scene unmoved, and many hearts responded, "Well and faithfully done." He had stayed and directed the youthful feet, in life's earliest years, now they showed this last saad appreciative honor to their dead father. His pastor the Rev. Mr. STREET, being sick, the Rev. Wm. A. ROBINSON, pastor of the Congregational church of Homer read a communication from him expressive of his worth and the loss the church and Sabbath School has sustained. His text was from Jeremiah 31,3, "Yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have drawn thee."
6 Apr 1877

Died. BARNES - In Homer, March 22, Mrs. Emogene COTTON, wife of Mr. Barney BARNES, aged 29 years.

Died. LEWIS - At Loveland, Iowa, March 9th, 1877, of Consumption, Fannie, wife of Pardon LEWIS, formerly of Truxton, N.Y.

    Leonard WOODRUFF, who has been gradually sinking away for some weeks, died at his home, Tuesday night, (Mar. 27th,) at the advanced age of 79 years. We think he was the first native-born citizen of Keeney Settlement, which place has always been his home. He was a most respected citizen and neighbor, and many an one will regret they can no longer "drop in" and hear "Uncle Leonard" tell a story - especially those in regard to the early settlers. He was, when he had his health, a great lover of hunting, and many a laughable scene would he tell you of, which he and others had encountered while going over these pleasant hills and valleys in search of game. He was a member of the M.E. Church of Keeney Settlement for many years, and died, as he had lived, trusting in the Lord. He was the father of seven children, five of whom (and a companion) still survive him.

13 Apr 1877

Died. HALLSTEAD - In Marathon, March --, 1877, Mrs. Hannah HALLSTEAD, aged 43 years, 11 months and 4 days.

Died. UNDERWOOD - In Scott, N.Y., March 18th, 1877, Timothy W. UNDERWOOD, aged 64 years, 7 months and 21 days.

Died. WOODWARD - In Homer, N.Y., April 3d, 1877, of heart disease, Isaac D. WOODWARD, aged 75 years.

Died. EGGLESTON - At Cortland, N.Y., on the 10th instant, Lena Moore EGGLESTON, infant daughter of Joseph E. and Alta M. EGGLESTON, aged 7 months.

Died. TOPPING - At East Homer, N.Y., March 23d, 1877, of scarlatina, Willie, only son of B.N. and Viola TOPPING, aged 18 months and 4 days.


    SKEEL - In Homer, Sunday, March 30, 1877, William W. SKEEL, aged 80 years.
    William W. SKEEL was born in the town of Duanesburg, Schenectady County Jan. 22, 1797. His ancestors were of the celtic race, descended from the ancient Britons and spoke the Welsh language, and was from inheritance and position distinguished in that principality. At the age of five years he accompanied his father and mother to their new home in Tully - now Preble. His educational advantages were confiened to a few years' attendance at the common school, when he was called to perform the more rugged duties of life, making himself useful in performing various kinds of productive labor.
    In 1821 he lived in Amsterdam, on the north side of the Mohawk River, and was for a time under the employ of Nicholas HILL, who was engaged in running a ferryboat between the villages of Amsterdam and Florida. His son, Nicholas HILL, Jr., whom he regarded with great favor, was pursuing his law studies in Albany. He often spoke of the young man who in after years was known as one of the most accomplished of American jurists.
    In 1823 he purchased sixty acres of land in the town of Barre, Genesee - now Orleans county. He assisted at the raising of the first frame house built in the vallage of Albion.     In 1856 he removed to Homer and purchased his late residence on Cold Brook.
    In 1858 he was elected to the office of constable, and was re-elected every succeeding years. He was thorough in his duties, having no superior as a collector of doubtful debts.
    In January, 1868, he was appointed court crier, and held the position up to the time of his decease.
    He was firm, frank and honest. In all acts, public and private, he yielded alone to the voice of rectitude and conscience, without regard to consequences. He possessed an ardent, active temperament; a discriminating judgment, and a clear, and a clear, retentive memory. Indeed, he had a most remarkable memory.
    He obtained from Floyd HOWELL in an early day a map which embraced the military lots. He studied it so thoroughly that he understood the whole plan as well as their position with such exactness that were the numbers blotted out, he could at any period of his life, have made a new map, named and numbered the lots.
    He knew and could relate more historical data and incidents of pioneer life than any other known descendant of that noble band of adventurers.
    He retained his faculties in a remarkable degree. It was, however, evident to his friends for at least two past years that he was rapidly declining and would soon pass away. Like the strong oak that has withstood the winds and storms of centuries, finally bends and breaks - so has fallen this aged man, his work accomplished here on earth, he enters upon the new life with a record bearing few spots ir blemishes.

Court Proceedings.

    The People vs. Robert Morris JOHNSON, indicted for murder was the next case tride. J. W. LEE and W. H. WARREN for defendant. The court also assigned H. C. MINER, Esq., to assist Mr. WARREN in conducting the defence. B. A. BENEDICT, District Attorney and B. T. WRIGHT for the people. The case was admirably opened by Mr. WRIGHT. The facts in the case are familiar to our readers and we will only give a brief synopsis. One Sunday in May last, William COSTELLO, a young lad living in this village together with two other young men residing here, stopped at the Sand Bank house about 2 miles south of Cortland, on their return from Blodgett's Mills, where they had been to see an acquaintance who had been injured by the cars. At the Sand Bank house they found JOHNSON, the defendant, and a woman whose reputation was a little clouded. The three boys went into the house and conducted themselves in a rather boisterous manner, JOHNSON called the proprietor into the pantry and proposed that they clean out the party. The proprietor objected and said he "didn't want any row." JOHNSON said "I can do it alone." The proprietor went out of the house and JOHNSON armed himself with a heavy clothes pounder and proceeded to clean out the party. COSTELLO received a heavy blow upon the head crushing his skull, and the others left in a hurry. COSTELLO was taken out doors, the blood washed from his face by the woman, and he walked home and retired to bed unaided. Not appearing at breakfast in the morning some member of the family went to his room to waken him and found him dying. The fracas occurred about sundown and the defendant was arrested the next day. The defence was very ably conducted by Messrs. MINER and WARREN and the summing up of the latter was very ingenuous and able. The Jury found the prisoner guilty of manslaughter in the third degree and the Court sentenced him to four years hard labor in Auburn prison.

    Homer. - Death has again invaded the family circle and laid his cold impress upon one of its members. Isaac D. WOODWARD died on the 2nd inst., at the ripe age of 75 years. He came to Homer upwards of half a century ago. Upon his first visit he walked in from New hampshire having been sent by his father to make the first payment on the land upon which he subsequently settled, and upon which he continuously lived until he died. Mr. WOODWARD was married Jan. 17, 1825, and lived to celebrate its golden anniversary. He early united with the Congregational church of Homer, of which he continued a faithful and consistent member. He was warm and sincere in his attachments, generous and hospitable to the poor. He sypathized with the oppressed of every climate and entered warmly into every measure which he believed to promise any relief to the suffering, or any advancement to the well being of his rae. He was one of a family of eight sons and four daughters, only two of whom remain. He leaves a widow and five children to mourn his departure.

Death of Charles M. JORDAN.

    Charles M. JORDAN, an engineer on the New York Central railroad, died Sunday afternoon at Dewitt, near Syracuse, after an illness of six hours. He left here a week ago yesterday, with his engine, since which time he has been absent from his family, running between Buffalo and Syracuse. He passed through this city last Friday night, on his way to Syracuse, stopping here only a few minutes. He was taken with congestion of the lungs Sunday morning, at Dewitt, and a physician called, but before word could be sent to his family, he died. He was on the road upwards of fifteen years, and was one of the best engineers on the road; he was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Mr. JORDAN was born in Taylor, Cortland county in 1835, and came to this city in 1841, since which time he has been a resident of this city. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. - Rochester Union.
    Mr. JORDAN was a brother of Peter JORDAN, of Taylor, and was one of eight brothers who were all living ten years ago. Three only remain. Peter, John and William, all known in the east part of this county.
20 Apr 1877

Died. JENCKS - In DeRuyter, on the 8th inst., Elmer D. JENCKS, aged 87 years.

Died. JONES - At his home in Willett, N.Y., April 5, 1877, Mr. Wm. JONES, aged 79 years.

Died. HALLSTEAD - In Marathon, N.Y., March 1877, Mrs. Hannah HALLSTEAD, aged 43 years, 11 months and 4 days.

Died. DAVIS - In Cortland, N.Y., April 2d, 1877, at her daughter's, Mrs. PRICE, Charlotte, widow of Chas. DAVIS, aged 78 yers.

Died. MOORE - In Cincinnatus, N.Y., April 1st, 1877, Wilber MOORE, son of John MOORE, aged 20 years.

Died. DICKINSON - In Cincinnatus, N.Y., April 2d, 1877, at the residence of her son, C.R. DICKINSON, Mrs. E.C. DICKINSON, aged 76 years.

Died. KINCAID - In Cortland, N.Y., April 13th, 1877, Emily M., wife of Rev. William M. KINCAID, aged 24 years.

    Suicide in Willett. -- On the morning of the 14th inst. the citizens of the southern part of Willett were startled by the announcement that Mr. H. SHAPLEY had committed suicide. He was a gentleman about twenty-three years of age, married, and occupying a place known as the BLISS farm. He generally took deeply to heart any trouble or dissension which might arise, to which fact is attributed the cause of this singular and sudden affair. On the evening of the 13th inst. Mr. SHAPLEY requested his hired man to bring a cahin from a certain place and leave it in the wood-house. This being done he made preparations for going to Marathon on the following morning, and accordingly arose alone about four o'clock. He then procured the chain which he had in readiness, and going to his ice-house stepped upon it, as appeared from the muddy track which he left, and from it clambered into a maple tree which stood near by. Winding one end of the chain three times around a limb of the tree which hung over a brook, and fastening the other end to his neck, he dropped into the air. In this position he was found by the hired girl, who was the first to arise. She immediately informed the inmates of the house, who hurried to the scene and were obliged to saw the limb of the tree to lower his body. Although there were slight indications of life after he was taken down, he was past recovery.
          - Cor. Standard

.... Mrs. David A. MORTON, of Groton died very suddenly of heart disease on Tuesday night of last week...

.... Robert REED 2d, age 24, of Ithaca, died on Monday morning. Deceased accidentally drove a rusty nail into his leg a short time ago which so poisoned his whole system that death was the result....


    On the morning of the 13th of April, Emily M. PURINTON, wife of Rev. Wm. M. KINCAID, fell asleep in Jesus.
    In the freshness of her youth - early in the second year of her wedded life - just as she had quietly entered upon the responsibilities of a new and useful career, God opened the gates to her spirit, and bade her enter the home eternal. All who knew her can recall the purity and loveliness of her life - her sweet, gentle character, rich in Christian, womanly and wifely virtues, and the many winning ways that won her welcome into so many hearts.
    Through the weary weeks of her suffering, her patient spirit never yielded to complaint. Her trust in the Saviour, to whose service she had pledged her heart, never for a moment failed. Though life was invested with new charmes, and was more precious to her earthly hopes than ever before - though the ties that bound her here were stronger and dearer - yet she could look calmly into the future, bright to her with Christian promise, and follow without a murmer the hand that guided her within the vail.
    While her friends were buoyant with hope, she would speak calmly of the possibility of dying, and betrayed no fear of the result that to her faith was beyond a question.
    Surrounded by the tenderest ministrations of home love, borne up to God upon the prayers of many sympathizing hearts, crowned with the smiles of Him whose loving kindness is better than life, she passed into the valley of shadows. Where she has gone our eyes cannot follow. But we know that her pure spirit has joined the glorified ones by the Throne - she sees Jesus as He is - and to see Him is to be like Him!
27 Apr 1877

Died. HUNT - In Scott, N.Y., April 13, 1877, Dayton, only child of Wm. D. HUNT, Esq., in the 21st year of his age.
    His death was sudden and unexpected. "Surely there is but a step between me and death."

Died. BALDWIN - In Preble, April 18, 1877, Jennie E. BALDWIN, wife of Henry BALDWIN, aged 34 years.
    Mrs. BALDWIN was a woman of lovely character, and her death will cause a void in the hearts of a large circle of friends and neighbors.

Died. POMEROY - In Brooklyn, April 10, 1877, Julius R. POMEROY, in his 52d year.
    Mr. POMEROY was a member of the law firm of Chambers, Pomeroy & Boughton, of New York city, and had a large and extensive practice in the higher courts, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was married in 1858 to the only daughter of the late John SHERMAN, of Homer.

Died. WIRE - In Taylor, N.Y., April 9, 1877, Carried, only child of Alice and Gerry WIRE, in the 12th year of her age.

    We are pained to learn of the death of the wife of Dr. J.C. NELSON, of Truxton, which occurred on Tuesday afternoon last. Mrs. NELSON had been in poor health for some time and her death was not entirely unexpected. She was an accomplished lady and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her departure.

4 May 1877

Died. JEPSON - At Cazenovia, April 23d, 1877, Mrs. Charlotte E., wife of E.P. JEPSON, aged 40 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Died. BRAYTON - In Cortland, April 15, 1877, John BRAYTON, aged 28 years.

Died. STEVENS - In Truxton, April 18th, 1877, of scarlet fever, Mary Maude, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orrin STEVENS, aged 2 years, 4 mos., and 3 days.

Died. PECK - In Cortland, N.Y., April 30th, 1877, Lyman PECK, aged 73 years, 4 months and 5 days.
    Funeral Friday at 11 A.M., at his late residence on Greenbush Street.

Died. WARREN - In McGrawville, April 28th, Mr. Otcar [sic] L. WARREN, aged 25 years.

News From County Towns

    Little York. -
    We copy the following from the St. Paul Pioneer Press of April 20th, premising that F. S. RAYMOND, was a son of Dyer RAYMOND, formerly of Marathon and latterly a most popular landlord of Taylor, but at present a resident of Minnesota. He also has a brother, A. B. RAYMOND, residing in this place. C. O. DANIELS, also mentioned, is said to have been a former resident of Syracuse: "F.S. RAYMOND, C. O. DANIELS, L. A. PADDOCK, a man named TYLER, Henry BIRCH, and a deserter from Fort Lincoln, becoming disgusted with the slow progress made by the Whitehead party, which they accompanied, left train at Cannon Ball, and being caught in the storm of the 31st ult., suffered terribly, and DANIELS and RAYMOND perished. PADDOCK and BIRCH were badly frostbitten, and TYLER and the deserter are still missing. The party were a hundred and sixty miles out."


    The funeral of Oscar L. WARREN took place last Wednesday from the residence of his father, in the village of McGrawville. A large number of the friends of the deceased went from Cortland to attend the services. The deceased was a member of Wter Witch Hose Co., in Cortland Fire Department. The three companies comprising the department attended in full uniform, accompanied by the Odd Fellows' Band. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Mr. STONE, and the services took place in the Baptist Church. The floral offerings of the Hose company, both the cross and wreath were beautiful beyond description.
    A choir from Cortland consisting of Mrs. Edward PHILLIPS, Mr. M.A. RICE and Mr. and Mrs. John H. ROLLO, with Mrs. Hattie WOODRUFF assisted in the services.
    The deceased was almost twenty-six years of age, of joyous disposition, and loved by all his associates. His loss was indeed a sad one; and the tearful eyes of [remainder missed]

Neighboring Counties.

.... We learn that Mr.Augustus STANTON, an old and respected citizen of McLean, died at his home one day last week.
11 May 1877

Died. KATLINE- At Altamonte, Orange Co., Florida, April 22d, 1877, of lingering consumption, Delia L. KATLINE, in the 39th year of her age.

Died. GIFFORD - In Cuyler, April 30, 1877, of typhoid pneumonia, Elihu GIFFORD, aged 69 years, 3 mos. and 1 day. Albany papers please copy.

Died. WOODWARD - In Cortland, N.Y., May 4th, 1877, William C. WOODWARD, aged 68 years.

Died. HASKINS - In South Cortland, N.Y., on Sunday morning, May 6, 1877, Lena M., daughter of Frank and Maggie HASKINS, aged 6 years, 7 months and 11 days.

Died. HASKINS - In South Cortland, N.Y., on Wednesday morning, May 9th 1877, Nellie F. daughter of Frank and Maggie HASKINS, aged 3 years, 8 months and 9 days.
    Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend the funeral from her parents' residence, South Cortland, on Friday, May 11th, at 1 P.M.

Died. KINNE - In Cortland, May 10th, 1877, Charles W. KINNE, aged 48 years.

Death's Doings.

    On Friday morning last, Lena, a little daughter of Mr. Frank HASKINS, of South Cortland, aged seven years, was taken suddenly ill, the disease proving to be spottd fever. Everything that medical attendance could accomplish was of no avail, the disease culminating in the death of the littlesufferer at eight o'clock on sunday night, and the funeral taking place on Tuesday. Scarcely had the grief-stricken parents returned from the newly closed grave of the loved one when her sister, Nellie, a couple of years younger, was also taken ill of the same disease. Again were the utmost and untiring exertions of the parents brought into requisition in fruitless attempt to baffle the approach of the fell destroyer, alas! only to be doubly defeated. Nellie, their last and only darling, has been called away to join her sister, and leave in their hearts that aching void which only those who suffer such a loss can know. She died on Tuesday night.

News From County Towns.

    Widow STEVENS, mother of Hon. Edmond STEVENS, died on the 3d inst. in the 90th years of her age. She had lived to a good old age, enjoyed excellent health, and finally passed away to the better world without one sigh or one regret.

    William WOODWARD died on the 3d inst. after a long illness. Mr. WOODWARD was one of eight brothers, three of whom have died within the past six weeks, Alpheus G., Isaac D. and William, neither of whom were able to attend the other's funeral. He was industrious and persevering in all duties of life. His age was about 68 years.

    Orrin HUGHIT, formerly of Genoa, Cayuga Co., and recently of Cortland, died at the residence of widow BURR, in this town, Tuesday morning, May 1st, aged 72 years. Mr. HUGHITT was the father of Judge HUGHITT, of Auburn, where the remains were taken for interment. -           Dryden Herald.


VAN VALEN - In Cortland, Friday, April 27th, 1877, Mr.Oliver VAN VALEN, aged 73 years.
    Again we are called upon to announce the death of another of Cortland's honored citizens, whose departure will be deeply felt, but whosse good deeds still live in the memory of the many who knew him.
    The deceased was born and brought up in Homer; was a successful dealer in produce for several years, and purchaser for James VAN VALEN. Of late years he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and by his industry, perseverance, faithfulness and honesty, he again met with deserved success, and won the respect of all who transacted business with him. He was a consistent Christian, a dutiful husband, an enterprising citizen, and a man that was universally liked in this section.
    He lived to a ripe old age, and after a life of usefulness, was called from our midst. Though his cheerful voice is hushed, and his form lies cold and motionless, yet we trust that his spirit has "entered into that rest which remaineth for the people of God."

Death of John McGraw.

    One by one the older citizens of this county are taking their departure. In the death of John McGRAW, which occurred at his residence in Ithaca, last Friday morning, this county loses one of its foremost citizens. Having shrewdness and sagacity vouchsafed to few men, Mr. McGRAW has been able, by bending his whole energies to the task, to acquire a large amount of property. The McGraw building on the Cornell University grounds, donated by him to that institution, will be an enduring monument to his name and generosity.
    The funeral services were attended at the residence in Ithaca yesterday, many of our citizens attending. The remains were deposited in the Cornell vault.
          Dryden Herald

    Death of C.W. KINNE. - Mr. Chas. W. KINNE, who has been confined to his rooms in the Messenger House, in this village, for some weeks past, with fever, died yesterday (Thursday,) morning, at 4 1/2 o'clock. The funeral takes place to-morrow (Saturday), at 2 o'clock P.M. A more extended notice will appear next week.

18 May 1877

Died. STEVENS - In Truxton, May __, 1877, Maudie, youngest child of Orin STEVENS.
    Maudie was small and frail, but very bright and lovely. She was only two years four months and three days old, but she could talk and sing very nicely. She knew a number of children's hymns and songs, among them "I have a Father in the promised land" which she sung very distinctly. Never very strong, Scarlet fever found her an easy prey, and her parents and little sister are left in lonely sadness.

Died. CUDWORTH - In Cortland village, on the 16th inst., Mrs. Persa B., widow of the late Leavitt CUDWORTH, in the 65th years of her age.

Died. CRANE - In McGrawville, N.Y., May 4th, 1877, Rienzi A. CRANE, age 19 years.

Died. BURNETT - At the Cortland County Alms-House, May 11, 1877, Mr. John BURNETT, aged 68 years.

Died. CRONK - In Cincinnatus, N.Y., May 7, 1877, at the residence of G.M. HARRINGTON, Stephen CRONK, aged about 22 years.

Died. LORING - In Cortland, N.Y., May 14, 1877, Capt. Asa LORING, of Cortland, aged 85 years.

Died. THOMPSON - In Cortland, May 16th, 1877, Mr. Isaac P. THOMPSON, aged 85 years.

In Memoriam.

    This village has lost one of its most enterprising and useful citizens, in the death of Charles W. KINNE, which occurred on the 10th inst. He was taken ill with typhoid fever about the 1st of April, and the disease, assuming from the first a fatal character, soon run its course. Mr. K. was forty-two years of age, and had resided in this village for nearly sixteen years. He was a native of Madison county, and resided in early life at Fabius and Cazenovia, at which latter place he learned the trade of a machinist. A year or two previous to the war, he took up his residence in Galveston, Texas, and was carrying on business as a machinist, rapidly accumulating property, when the war of the Rebellion broke out. He did not hesitate to condemn the spirit of secession, then rampant all over the South, and to proclaim his Union sentiments. He finally succeeded, by the help of friends, in reaching the North, leaving behind him, however, all the rpoperty he had accumulated while in Texas. Shortly after reaching the home of his parents, he decided to make Cortland his future home, and to that end purchased the Steam Firkin Factory at Mudge's Mills. He became thoroughly interested in his new business, and aas usual made a persevering effort to produce the best article at the cheapest rate. He was successful as a manufacturer, and had an extensive trade through Central New York.
    In the year 1872, he became a partner with L.J. FITZGERALD in the manufacture of wagons and carriages in this village. The connection thus former continued down to the time of his death, Mr. KINNE giving his entire time to the building up of the now extensive establishment known as the "Cortland Wagon Manufacturing Company." The Company first erected the extensive shopw and warehouse east of the Baptist Church, and afterwards the large and commodious shop near the Syracuse & Binghamton R.R. Depot. In these two establishments the company gave employment to a large number of men, and turned out annually a large number of wagons, which they sent to their customers in all parts of the Union.
    Mr. KINNE was a man of excellent business habits, and rare executive ability. He reduced every branch of his business to a system. His mind was peculiarly adapted to the discharge of the duties devolving upon him. It was clear, comprehensive, and discriminating. He had trained it to close attention and to the mastery of details.
    Although taking an active interest in political matters, he never sought political preferment. He was, however, frequently chosen as a delegate by his party to State, Congressional, and County Conventions. He also acted as Assessor of Internal Revenue from the spring of 1869 to 1872, and was elected in the spring of 1875 as Excise Commissioner for the town of Cortlandville.
    After a short, but successful business career, he has passed from our midst bearing the respect, and deeply regretted by all. A widow and one child - a daughter survive him. May He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, sustain them in their bereavement, and point them to that land where there are no separations and no sorrows.           D.

Funeral of Charles W. KINNE.

    The funeral services took place at the Messenger House, on Saturday afternoonlast, and the large procession which formed on Main street, consisting of the Odd Fellows' Band, the employees of the wagon factory (numbering some 70 or 80), the members of the Masonic Lodge, and the Commandery of the Knight Templars, of which Mr. KINNE was a member, betokened that it was no ordinary occasion which brought them together, but that it was their solemn duty to pay the last tribute of respect to departed worth. By their presence on this occasion, they manifested not only their respect for the deceased, but their sympathy for the bereaved one, realizing that in his death they had lost one of thier most prominent and useful citizens. The services were impresively conducted by Rev. Thos. STREET, the sweet strains of the quartet, consisting of Messrs. BLODGETT and RICE, Mrs. TWISS and Mrs. SEARS, adding much to the solemnity of the hour. After the conclusion of the services, the coffin was placed in the main hall of the hotel, and the mournful procession passed through, to take a last look at the remains.
    The floral decorations were tastefully and emblematically wrought. One large pillow of flowers, the gift of Mr. FITZGERALD, adorned the head of the coffin, and bore the words, finely inwoven, "My Partner." A beautiful circle of flowers, the gift of the employees of the factory, rested at the foot of the coffin, and had inwoven the words, "Our Employer." The most elaborate and remarkable of its kind that we have ever seen, was the gift of the Templar Commandery, being in the form of a cross, and resting upon the coffin itself.
    After the arrival of the procession at the cemetery, brief Masonic ceremonies were conducted by Dr. T. H. DANA, Prelate, and the body was consigned to its last remaining place.

The Fire Fiend.

Five Small Children Burned !! - This time the victims were at Little York.
Little York, May 15, 1877.

    At about 5 1/2 o'clock, this morning, the depot in this place, which is partly occupied by Frank DONIGAN and his wife, with five children, as a dwelling, was discovered to be on fire and all the children were burned. We heard the first agonizing wail of the mother as she opened the door of their dwelling part, and within a minute saw the flames rolling out through the same, and adjoining window, in one vast sheet. The whole room was in a blaze, and seemed to roll up from the floor, rather than descend, as would have been the case if the the fire had originated on the floor above. The family used the upper part as a sleeping apartment, and in one bed lay the four older children, while the youngest, a babe of 9 months, was in the bed just vacated by its parents.
    As to the origin of the fire, - it appears that they use a coal stove, but at present are burning very dry wood, and Mrs. DONIGAN, after starting a brisk fire, had stepped across the track to their barn, to assist her husband in feeding a calf, closing the draft as she went out. She was not absent over ten minutes, when she discovered the building all in flamees. Her husband seized a ladder and ran to the north end where there was a window in the sleeping apartment, but was pushed back by the flames. There was no help for the little sufferers, and the agonizing wails of the distracted mother soon brought all the neighbors to the depot. By the kindness of the freight engineer, on the 8:20 train going south, they were furnished with water from his tank sufficient to quench the burning timbers, and recovered the charred remains of four of the children. The eldest, 9 years of age, was the least burned, whilst of the babe no trace could be found. We think the fire was caused by an explosion of the stove. Sympathizing neighbors did all in their power to alleviate the suffering of the terrified mother. The generous-hearted in Homer village kindly supplied the needed requirements for burial, together with a purse of fifty dollars in cash, which was presented in touching language by Messrs. A.T. NEY and Geo. MURRAY, with promises of further aid. There is also a subsription in circulation in this place with noble amounts already pledged.
    Mr. and Mrs. DONIGAN are very attentive to the wants of passengers, - quiet, sober and industrious people, whilst their children were uncommonly bright, smart, and well-behaved little ones, and they can count as their friends every one in this community. They are left entirely destitute, as they lost forty dollars in money, together with everything else they possessed.
    The Coroner held what we taxpayers think was a most useless inquest, without eliciting anything as to the cause of the fire, and it was very distressing and harrowing to the feelings of the bereaved parents. It was a case of extra official industry without any justification, and merits condemnation.
25 May 1877

Died. ROGERS - In Groton city, N.Y., April 25, of Malignant diptheria, Lorena, daughter of P.C. and E.H. ROGERS, formerly of Ithaca, aged 6 years, 2 months and 8 days.

Died. STONE - At Glen Haven, on Thursday, May 10, 1877, Josiah W. STONE, of Homer, in the 70th year of his age.

Died. BURDICK - In Scott, May 8th, 1877, Frank P. BURDICK, adopted son of Hiram D. BURDICK, Esq.

Died. RANDALL - In Cortland, May 19, Eunice P. RANDALL, aged 71 years.

Died. PRICE - In Virgil, May 13, 1877, of spotted fever, infant son of Morris and Emma E. PRICE, aged 3 months and 12 days.

Died. FOSTER - In Cortland, N.Y., Wednesday, May 23, 1877, Hon. Charles FOSTER, aged 56 years.
    Funeral at 3 o'clock P.M., on Saturday, May 26th, at his late residence.

Died. GURLEY - In Cortland, May 23d, Mrs. Harriet E. GURLEY, aged 56 years.
    Funeral services at her late residence Friday, May 25th, at 2 P.M.

    On Friday last a very sudden death occurred at Upper Lisle. Mr. Wright FISH of that place, while getting ready to attend a funeral, was attacked by a numbness in his side, and in forty minutes from the time this feeling commenced, he had breathed his last. It is supposed to have been a stroke of paralysis. - Marathon Ind.


    Elijah W. FISH died very suddenly at his residence in Upper Lisle, the 18th inst., and was buried in this village yesterday. Mr. FISH was a former resident of this town.

    D. D. UFFORD has been at Syracuse most of the time for the past week, taking care of his father, who has been sick with the typhoid pneumonia,
    Beach UFFORD, the father of D. D. UFFORD, died Friday night and was taken to North Pitcher, Chenango Co., N.Y., on Sunday last, where he was buried. A large concourse of Mr. UFFORD's old friends and neighbors attended the funeral.

1 Jun 1877

Died. HATFIELD - In Homer, May 8th, 1877, of diptheria, Dill A., only child of Charles A. and Caroline E. HATFIELD, aged 2 years 7 months and 24 days.

Died. WEBSTER - In Virgil, N.Y., May 30, 1877, Stephen WEBSTER, aged 93 years.

Died. WAVLE - At his residence, in Taylor, N.Y., May 21st, 1877, Mr. John WAVLE, aged 76 years.

Died. ELSTER - In Virgil, N.Y., May 25, 1877, Gideon G. ELSTER, aged 78 years.

Died. BROOKS - In McGrawville, N.Y., May 25, 1877, Rev. Seth D. BROOKS, aged 73 years, 8 Months and 12 days.

Died. HATHWAY - In Cortland, N.Y., Monday, May 28, 1877, L. Verdine HATHWAY, aged 29 years.

Mrs. Harriet E. GURLEY.

    A large number of friends and relatives assembled at the home of the deceased, last Friday, to pay the last tribute of respect to this faithful friend and Christian mother. The servicees were conducted in a brief, but touching manner, by Rev. W.M. KINCAID, and appropriate hymns were sung by Messrs. ROLLO and RICE, Mrs. PHILLIPS and Mrs ROLLO.
    One floral decoration, in the form of a cross, placed at the foot of the coffin, called to mind the sufferings of "Him who died that we might inherit eternal life." Just above this was a beautiful wreath of flowers, furnished by D.C. McGRAW, of Binghamton, in the centre of which rested the endearing name of "Mother." As we looked upon that dear form for the last time, we thougt of that mother's loving counsel, - of her patient, self-sacrificing disposition, - of her tender words of sympathy and love, - and of the indescribable sadness which must fill the hearts of those who are now bereft of their best and truest earthly friend. But it is comforting to know that she is happy now; that she has joined her angel sisters, and that a glorious crwon now decks the spirit-brow of that sainted mother.           M.

In Memoriam - Charles Foster.

    Hon. Charles FOSTER died in this village on Wednesday, May 30th, 1877, after a protracted illness of many months. A burden of sorrow now rests upon this community where he has been an honored resident for twenty-four eventful years, and which time alone can obliterate. His name is associated with all that is good, pure, upright, noble and true, and it will be held in grateful remembrance by those who survive him, and by coming generations.
    The deceased was born in Lansingburg, Rensselaer Co., N.Y., on the 2d day of Spetember, 1823. His parents removed to Pompey, Onondaga Co., in 1836, and resided ther until the year 1862. He qualified himself for college at the Pompey Academy, entered Yale College in 1840, at which institution he graduated with distringuished honors, in 1844. He was a successful student at law in the offices of Hon. Victory BIRDSEYE, of Pompey; Hon. B.D. NOXON, of Syracuse; and Hon. John VAN BUREN, of Albany. Being admitted to the bar, in October, 1847, and considering it best for him to reite to an active out-door life, in consequence of ill- health, he engaged in the business of buying and selling stock, which he followed till January, 1853.
    Having decided to make Cortland his home, he settled here in 1853, and commenced the practice of law. In the month of january 1857, he formed a law copartnership with R. Holland DUELL, which lasted till 1874, when was obliged to retire from the practice of his chosen profession, on account of impaired health.
    Mr. FOSTER had not resided long in Cortland ere his fine abilities as a lawyer became known, and he soon acquired an extensive practice. He was regarded as a faithful, reliable, and efficient officer; a man who was ever ready to promote the interests of the public, and who labored assiduously for the elevation and enlightenment of those around him.
    Mr. FOSTER served six consecutive years as President of the village of Cortland, during which time over $100,000 were expended by said village for public improvements. His untiring efforts for the promotion of the public good, and his faithfulness to the trusts committed to him, were conspicuously displayed while acting in this capacity.
    In 1869 he was elected Member of Assembly from this State, by the Republicans of Cortland county. In this position he won an enviable reputation as a legislator, and a man of fine executive ability. He gained the esteem and confidence of his associates, and was admired for his honesty of purpose, and integrity of character. This was the last office he held, except the one of Examiner in the U.S. Patent Office, which position he seemed peculiarly fitted for. After serving in this capacity for a period of about fifteen months, his afiling health again compelled him to retire from officail life, and in February last he tendered his resignation.
    In the winter of 1873-4, accompanied by his faithful and affectionate companion, he decided to take a trip to Florida, where he hoped to regain his former strength, and to be physically benefitted by it. He returned in the spring of 1874, slightly improved in health, but still afflicted with a lung difficulty. He spent the three succeeding winters in Washington, but without any decided improvement. It was apparent to his many friends that lingering consumption was preying upon his vitals, and had finally claimed him as its victim. He died while yet in the prime of life - being only 53 years of age - and this community has again suffered the loss of a bright spiritual light.


    At the hour of midnight, May 28th, 1877, L. Verdine SQUIRES, the wife of J. R. HATHWAY, enters into her heavenly rest. It is sad that one so young and of so truly beautiful a character should die. 'Tis hard to have a life shedding light and joy and peace everywhere close so soon. Always kind and true and gentle her union with the Baptist church in her youth, marked the rapid unfolding of these christian graces which were at the first so largely planted in her heart. Quietly but most faithfully, during her short married life, she performed all the duties of a christian wife and mother. The home was the brightest spot on earth, and its duties and cares became pleasures when performed with one so dearly loved.
    There was a long interval of physical wasting away between life and death. During the entire period she was an example of christian patience and cheerfulness. Though hopeful of recovery until the last week, she received the assurance of her physician that she could not live with the calmness and composure of one whose hope is well staid in Christ.
    On last Friday evening, it seemed as if her hour of release was very near. Her friends gathered about her to kiss her last "good-bye" and hear her utter the sweet words, "I am happy." She requested that they should sing the hymn, "O how happy are they," and that her pastor who was by her should pray that she might depart as one falling asleep. It seemed to those who stood by her bedstead as though a tired dove with panting breath was winging its way over a restless sea, pausing at intervals, to look for a resting place, and then resuming her flight. But the night passed and the succeeding day, and still another day and night and yet she lingered. At last, Monday night, and as the midnight hours were drawing near, with her friends about her, the lines of struggle faded away and great peace came into her face. The panting breast was still. The tried child was in her Father's arms. In the home, in the church and society, there is now a vacant place which can never be filled and many sad hearts mourn the loss of the life and memory so precious to all who intimately knew her.
    She has gone from the church on earth. Gone up to the general assembly and church of the first born which are written in heaven. Gone, but not lost; dead but living.

     "When the good and true depart
     What is it more than this?
     That man, who is from God sent forth
     Doth yet again to God return?
     Such ebb and flow must ever be,
     Then wherefore should we mourn?

    Card of Thanks. - We desire to express our heartfelt htanks to the people of Little York and vicinity, who so promptly aided and assisted us in the terrible calamity which deprived us, in a moment of time, as it were, of all that we possessed, our home and our five little children. We would also extend our sincere thanks to the people of the neighboring villages of Homer, Cortland, and Preble for their aid and sympathy in the hour of our great bereavement.
          Mr. and Mrs. Frank DONEGAN.

8 Jun 1877

Died. JONES - In DeRuyter May 28, 1877, Charles JONES, aged 67 years.

Died. HEATON - On Thursday, June 5, 1877, at the residence of H.J. MESSENGER, her son-in-law, at Cortland, N.Y., Mrs. S.L. HEATON, widow of the late Hon. Nathan HEATON, formerly of Harford, Cortland county, N.Y., in the 80th year of her age.

Died. DAVIS - In McLean, June 6th, 1877, of dropsy of the heart, Mrs. Joseph DAVIS, aged 62 years. Funeral - Saturday at 10 o'clock, A.M.

Died. KNAPP - In Jamestown, N.Y., on Thursday, May 17, 1877, John KNAPP, formerly of Homer, aged 70 years.

Died. BABCOCK - At Scott, May 29th, of cancerous tumor of the stomach, D. Austin BABCOCK.

..... On Saturday about noon, while a young son about 5 years old, of major A. SMITH's was at Marce P. CRANDALL's, a neighbor who resides near the Rake Factory near DeRuyter, he was kicked in the head by a horse, and so severely injured that his life is despaired of. It seems that the boy, Freddie, went into the barn where the horses were, and was playing around them when one of the horses becoming frightened jumped upon him breaking his leg and afterwards kicked him in the head. Dr. COON was called, and afterwwrds Dr. TRUMAN of DeRuyter, and Dr. NELSON of Truxton. The wound in the head was of a very serious nature, and grave doubts are entertained of his recovery. Just as we go to press we learn of the death of Freddie.

    Freetown. -- Mrs Perry GROSS died last Tuesday, the 29th ult., after a sickness of fourteen months. The funeral services were held at the house on Thursday, by Rev. A.S. DURLING. The remains were taken to Marathon for interment.

Capt. Asa Loring.

Died. in Cortland, May 14th, Capt. Asa LORING, in the 86th year of his age.
    Capt LORING was born in Princeton, Worcester Co., Mass, Oct. 27th, 1791. When he was four years of age his parents moved to Petersham, Mass. His advantages for obtaining an education were limited to the common schools of those days, but by dint of earnest application he fitted himself for teaching, and was very successful "keeping school and boarding round." At the age of 19 he commenced the practice of surveying land, and even when past heis four score years he could be seem with his compass miles away from home engaged in the pursuit of his favorite profession. In 1825 he was elected captain of a company of infantry in the 58th regiment, then commanded by Col. Roswell RANDALL. In those days military officers were paid in "honors."
    He has held various town offices such as Commissioner of Highways, Commissioner of Schools, etc. In 1817 he married Miss Maria MASON, of Barre, Worcester Co., Mass., and in the spring of 1818 he moved to Homer, now Cortlandville, purchasing a farm on lot 58, then called "Card Hill." In 1850 he sold the farm which he had cleared almost entirely with his own hands, and purchased the General MILLER farm where he resided until his death. In 1865 his wife, who had shared with him the hardships and privations of a new country, died, and in 1869 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Rebecca HARMON, of Cortland.
    Captain LORING often said the hardest time he ever had to pay his county taxes was when they were only seventy-five cents on fifty acres of land. He cut a large elm tree, burned it, leached the ashes, boiled the lye to black salts, and sold them to Col. TUBBS, of Homer, that being the only product of the farm for which cash was paid.
    He leaves a widow and two children, T. Mason LORING and Mrs. A. G. WOODWARD. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church for forty-five years. He took an earnest interest in everything pertaining to the public welfarre. He was noted for his industry, and was often called as surveyor on disputed lines to decide lines to decide between man and man. His decision was rarely questioned. He was a man of integrity, conscientious, upright and honorable in all his decisions, no one ever doubting the word of Captain LORING.

    Blodgett's Mills. - The sad news of Mrs. REAS's death came to us very unexpectedly, last week Thursday. Her health had been so much better of late, that her friends and neighbors were much encouraged, but life is very uncertain, and with only a few days of sickness, she has gone to meet her Savior. She has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church at Cortland for about thirty years, and highly respected by all who knew her. Her loss will be deeply felt, and we would extend our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved husband and friends. The funeral services were held at the house, Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. T. STREET officiating.

15 Jun 1877

Died. BROWN - In Cuyler, Cortland Co., N.Y., May 28th, of spinal disease and consumption. Mrs.Janet SHIPMAN, wife of Leander BROWN passed from the earthly to the heavenly in the 34th year of her age.
    Patiently and cheerfully she awaited her appointed hour.

    Homer. - On Tuesday, the 5th of June 1877, another pure spirit was usheered into the unseen realms of the vast unknown. Nina R. DARBY, only daughter of William H. and Olive A. DARBY, aged 7 years and 11 months, died of scarlet fever, very suddenly, after an illness of only a few days duration. Two little feet have gone out to cross the bridge that spans the visible with the hidden world beyond. Two little hands went groping through the thick darkness of death's midnight, trying to pierce the misty veil that is hung before the portals of the eternal mansion. The little hand that has been so confidingly placed in tha of the parent, will never meet a parent's pressure again - it is now cold in death! The eyes that once looked so tenderly and lovingly, are now forever closed to the scenes that surround us here, but are offered to her in the beautiful flower-lined lands in the radiant realms above. And now among the roses of another and a fairer land is playing that bright eyed one, whose life went out with the unfolding petals of June's roses, amid the sweet fragrance cast upon the morning air.

        Lightly fold the little hands
          O'er the breast forever stilled.
        Gently close the loving eyes
          Never yet with anguish filled.
        Gently speak and softly tread,
          For little Nina pure is dead.

----------.--------- Obituary.

Died, in McLean, June 6th, 1877, Mrs. Annis A. DAVIS, wife of Mr. Joseph DAVIS, aged 62 years, 3 months and 25 days.
    Mrs. DAVIS was born in the town of Groton, Tompkins Co., N.Y., Feb 11th, 1815, and was married to Mr. Joseph DAVIS, Jan. 8th, 1838. She was the daughter of Deacon David WHIPPLE, and in her early youth enjoyed instruction of pious parents, the benefit of which she realized in her riper years, in the course of her Christian life.
    In 1857, while she was residing in Owego, she made a public profession of religion, was baptized by Eld. KING, and united with the Baptist Church, in that village. It was her love in life, in consequence of the occupation of her husband, to belong to several different churches, from none of which has ever come an evil report; but she has always maintained a consistent Christian life.
    At the time of her death, she was a member of the Baptist Church in Elmira. Her health failing her, she came to her father's house on a visit, little thinking that she had come home to die. But such was the ordering of an Allwise Providence. After lingering three months, under the influence of a painful disease, which she bore with remarkable cheerfulness and patience, she sunk under its power and yielded up her spirit into the hands of Him who gave it. She said her work was done, and she was willing to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. She has left a large circle of friends, a husband and six children, who deeply mourn her loss.
    Her funeral sermon was preached by Eld. BLISS, pastor of the Baptist Church at McLean, at her father's house, from Matthew, 25th Chap., 13th verse, to a large assemblage, who gathered to sympathize with the friends of the deceased. "She is not dead, but sleepeth."
"Asleep in Jesus! O, how sweet,
To be, for such a slumber meet."

22 Jun 1877

Died. BRUSIE. - Died in Marathon, June 20th, at her daughter's residence, Mrs. Lester ROBINSON, Nancy, wife of John BRUSIE, aged 72 years.

Died. HOWARD - In Homer, N.Y., May 26, 1877, Edward HOWARD, son of Robert HOWARD, aged 4 years and 6 months.

29 Jun 1877


    Susan Luana HART, widow of the late Hon. Nathan HEATON, was born at Clinton, Oneida County, N.Y., on the 18th day of September, 1791, and was the eldest or first born of ten children, of Jonathan and Orpha Chapin HART of that place. Her nine brothers and sisters were Caroline O., Seth C., Theodore E., John, Polly S., Harriet O., Hiram G., Eber C., and Daniel W., born in the order named, of which only three survive her, namely: Theodore E. HART, of Canandaigua, N.Y., Mrs. Harriet O. EDWARDS, wife of Ex-Judge EDWARDS, of Homer, N.Y., and Hiram G. HART of Clinton N.Y.
    In March, 1815, at the age of seventeen, she married Nathan HEATON of Virgil, Cortland County , N.Y., and bid a temporary farewell to the home and associations of her childhood years, and assumed the duties and responsibilities of a wife and mother, where the log-house with its scanty furniture was the more common residence of the wealthiest as well as the poorest citizen, and the primeval forest threw out its dark shadows on either hand.
    But in the husband of her choice, she had made no mistake. He, by his genial qualities and natural sympathetic kindness of heart, sterling integrity and devotion to principle, won the respect and confidence of his neighbors and all who knew him, and was honored by their suffrage by repeated elections to various town offices and, in the ever memorable campaign of 1840, was elected a member of Assembly for the Southern district of Cortland county on the Whig ticket, his colleague being the Hon. A.H. MICKLE of Homer, N.Y. But he did not live to see the close of his term. Having returned home in February 1841 on a leave of absence for a few days to visit his family, he was taken sick and died in April following.
    But to return to the sunject of this notice, in her family relations she was strict and exacting but always candid and sincere, never indulging in unprofitable jokes or idle gossip, and in all matters of a public nature she took a lively interest which she enjoyed to the last, was well informed, and enteres into conversations and discussions with those the best informed with a keen relish to the very latest weeks of her life.
    Her religious sentiments were formed in youth, and were strengthened and ripened with age. Her parents being Universalists she discarded the idea of a future and endless punishment, and if there could be anything wanting to confirm her faith, it was furnished her daily, in her own household by the highest exemplification of a true life by a husband whose religious sentiments harmonized beautifully with her own.
    Although a victim of disease and acute pains, for many years, she greatly admired the beauties of nature by which she was surrounded and highly prized every privilege and enjoyment of life in the fullest sense to the very last, never once complaining of her suffering and, if momentarily cast down and despondent would suddenly cheer up and say, "Well, I ought not to complain, but be thankful as I am for the kind care, privileges and blessings I receive."
    But all her earthly sufferings ceased on the 5th of June in the 80th year of her age; and she was called to pass on to a higher life, possessed to the very last of full consciousness. She quietly and calmly breathed her life out, surrounded by those who had so long and kindly administered to her wants, and a serene stillness that seemed to invest the scene with the thoughts that death is but the blooming of a higher life, and the beautiful and happy consummation of an earthly existence.     She leaves four children surviving her, as follows: James H. HEATON, of Woodstock, Illinois, Caroline O. RICHARDSON, widow of the late Wm. RICHARDSON, of Canandaigua, Luana L. MESSENGER, wife of H. J. MESSENGER of Cortland, N.Y., and Adeline M. BROWN, wife of Geo. W. BROWN of Chicago.
    Her funeral was attended on the 8th by Rev. Dr. MONTGOMERY Universalist of Rochester, N.Y., assisted by the Rev. Dr. STREET, Presbyterian of Cortland, N.Y.

In Memoriam.

HAY - In Lapeer, very suddenly, on the 15th inst., Lansing HAY, aged 71 years [8?] months and 13 days.
    The grandfather and grandmother of the subject of this sketch, were natives of Hesse-Castle, an important Principality of Germany, and owed allegience to that Prince, But about the year 1717, they emigrated to America via. the river St. Lawrence through Canada, arriving in the State of New York, in the early autumn of that memorable year.
    Subsequent to Burgoyne's surrender he served some months in the Continental army, and then settled in Washington county of this State, where Henry HAY the father of the deceased was born May 24th, 1779. He (Henry HAY), continued to reside either in that county, Rensselaer county, or Albany City, working at the trade of Ship Carpenter until about the year 1800, when he married Miss Elizabeth BENTLEY, a lady of English descent of the same age with himself. They soon thereafter removed to Litchfield, Herkimer Co., and from thence a year of two later to a farm situate about one mile south of the present village of West Winfield, where their second son, Lansing, the subject of this sketch was born March 2d, 1806.
    Young Lansing was a lad of more than usual promise, being unusually active and vivacious, hence a favorite of his school-fellows, whom he was ever emulous to excel in the common branches then taught in the common schools. Endowed with more than ordinary preceptive faculties, he became an excellent scholar in reading, writing and arithmetic, these being the branches thought most proper for boys to learn at that early period of the common schools.
    At arriving at the age of 20 years, showing no less activity, aptitude, and enterprise for business than he had exhibited in acquiring a good education, and being anxious to settle in life, he won the affections of Miss Anna GATES, next to the youngest daughter of Elijah GATES Esq., also resided in Winfield, and they were married March 1826, she being about three years the youngest.
    In the month of December the same year they removed to Virgil, Cortland Co., into the almost unbroken wilderness, where it required the most unflagging industry, the most heroic courage and fortitude, and unfaltering patience, joined to the most rigid economy to succeed; but every obstacle that impeded their course was met, and they soon had the satisfaction of seeing the "wilderness bud and blossom as the rose."
    Four children are still surviving as the fruit of this union, who have been married, settled in life, and are highly prosperous. And, perhaps, it is not too much to say, that the easy circumstances of the children is partly due to the excellent example set them by their parents, who have with great fidelity obeyed their conjugal vows until they had lived together for more than half a century.
    And here it is eminently fit and proper to observe in respect to the departed, that he well fulfilled the proverb "that the liberal man deviseth liberal things." He was a liberal and indulgent father and husband, charitable and patronizing to those who needed his aid. On coming of age, or being about to get married, this excellent father cast about him to see what each child had need of, and supplied them most liberally until they were well endowed with an outfit with which to start in life, and this in addition to a good eductaion which he was careful to give them.
    This sketch would also be incomplete did we not do justice to the deceased in another respect. His was a most peculiar and in many respects happy temperament. Possessed of superior conversational powers, it was his delight to use them; which made him the life of society wherever he moved, and the animation of the home circle, consequently he was always young.
    But he is gone, like a sunbeam to revisit his native skies. His descending sun has at last set, and only his surviving relatives are left in the shadow and gloom of bereavement.
    And, although the departed has left a large competency of this worlds' goods for the comfort of his surviving family, yet there are some aspects of his death which are truly heart-rendering, and fall with crushing weight, not only on the lone partner of his joys and sorrows, but also on the writer of this, imperfect sketch.
    The funeral pageant has indeed been held, fitting words of consolation have been feelingly spoken by eloquent lips, in which we have been taught to revere his memory, the procession has moved and all that was mortal conveyed to the resting place of his Fathers. Yet was there something, truly lamentable, that he should fall by the wayside with the suddenness of a thunderbolt, and in the full panoply of the harness of life, with noble plans unfulfilled and that all attempts at resuscitation proved ineffectual, with not one parting word for the lone ear.
    And for the writer the last surrender of his father's family to journey alone, while the shadow of his declining sun are lengthening, after the memory of the long summer's day spent with his departed brother!
    I say these thoughts are truly sorrowful! But all that is left for us is to know that there will be fruition of joy in the reunion beyond the river.
    "No further seek his merits to disclose
      Or draw his frailties from their dread abode
     There they alike in trembling hope repose,
       The bosom of his Father and his God."

The newspaper changed name 13 July 1877 from the Cortland County Democrat to the Cortland Democrat.

28 Sep 1877


TRACEY - At the residence of her son-in-law Perry H. SANDERS, at Keeney Settlement, N.Y., on Sept. 15th, 1877, Mrs Sally TRACEY ged 98.
    She was the daughter of Job and Sarah BROOKS, of Stoddard, N.H., where she was born Oct. 31, 1779, and where she was married to Dearborn, son of Nathaniel EMERSON of the same town, Nov. 26th, 1800. After their marriagge, Mr. and Mrs. EMERSON resided at Groton, Mass. till 1823, when they followed his father and family to Solon, Cortland Co., N.Y. Mr. Dearborn EMERSON died at Chautauqua Co., N.Y., June 18th, 1835, shortly after his removal from Solon, and his widow returned to reside with her daughters. Of their nine children but four reached maturity, two sons and two daughters.
    Some years after the death of her husband, and the marriage of her children, Mrs. EMERSON became Mrs. TRACEY, and removed to Wisconsin, enduring at an already advanced age the hardships of a pioneer life. After the death of Mr. TRACEY, she returned to the care of her daughters, Mrs. SCHERMERHORN at Truxton, and Mrs. SAUNDERS [sic]. At the pleasant home of the latter, surrounded by all that care and kindness could give her, she passed the long evening of her day and glided peacefully into the night.
    To many in this vicinity she is recalled as the Mrs. EMERSON they knew in the prime of her life, gifted with the virtues of the typical New England housewife. The industry, frugality - the faculty to make the most and best of everything wherever placed, whether at the head of an amply provided household, or devising ways to make a family comfortable on means that in other hands would have been wholly inadequate; a careful wife and mother, watchful over the health of her own family, and skilled in preparing the simple remedies which prevent illness or alleviate pain, she was one pf the few who knew how to be really of use to others in sickness and affliction, and her kindly services were often in request by friends and neighbors. Her pleasant face and manners are well remembered as she rendered quiet but efficient aid in the sick room.
    Gifted by nature with strong good sense, she had received at Concord such an education as New England fathers in easy circumstances accorded their daughters. With a taste for reading she devoted to it the time she could spare from the pressure of her domestic duties. She was a careful student of the Bible, and well informed on the current events of the day. Her habit of thoroughly reading the newspapers was continued until almost the close of her life, and for the last few years she was able to read without the aid of glasses. a lapse of memory for persons and things of the present, and a vivid recalling of those far distant and in the past had only shown the waning of the mental powers.
    With a constitution strong and vigorous, she had known but one serious illness, except from accident, and her death was not from disease, but there was a general wasting away, perceptible for the last four months, but it was only the night before her death that she was persuaded to retire earlier than had been her custom; in the morning there was a seeming chilliness, a token of a presence welcome to her as a friend, and with a glance of recognition to her daughter she passed away. She was followed to the grave by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


    Walter WHITE died on the 25th inst., aged about 70 years.

    The remains of Mr. Elisha SHELDON are expected to reach here from West Virginia to-day (Wednesday).


Died. HARTER - In Otisco, Sept. [12?], 1877, Isaac HARTER, aged 61 years.

Died. BEATTIE - In Webster, Iowa, Aug. [28th?], 1877, suddenly with Erysipilis in the head, George J. BEATTIE, aged 47 years, formerly of Truxton, N.Y.

Died. [EGBERTSON?] - In Preble, Sept. 23, 1877, [??????] [EGBERTSON?], aged 82 years.

5 Oct 1877

Sad Personal History.

    About eighteen months since Mr. Fred. BANGS, a cousin of the BACKUS boys of this place (Mr. BANGS' mother and the first Mrs. D.B. BACKUS being sisters) graduated from Yale College, Ct., and married a Miss HILL, of New Haven. Mr. BANGS at once settled as pastor of a church in Iowa. Some months since a baby was born to the couple, after which Mrs. BANGS became insane. She was taken to Hartford, Ct., for treatment at an asylum, where she now remains. The baby was sent to Cortland, the residence of Mr. BANGS' parents, to be taken care of by Mr. BANGS' mother. On Sunday morning the baby died, and on Monday was brought to this village for burial, brief funeral services having been held in Cortland. The burial took place at our cemetery, as the older Mrs. BANGS, who was formerly a Miss BERRY, has other relatives buried here. Mr Fred. BANGS still remains in the West. The story of this brief marriage connection seems about as full of unhappiness as could well be imagined. - Groton Journal.

    Within a period of less than three weeks, five persons (who were, until quite recently, residents of our town,) have died, viz. - Andrew WAVLE, Mrs. LAWN, Mrs. Rosanna MORRIS, Mary GILBERTSON, and Morris WALSH.

Died. LOVELESS - In Homer, Sept. 2, 1877, Fay H. LOVELESS, aged 8 years and 5 months.

Died. WAVLE - In this village, Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 1877, Mr. Andrew WAVLE, aged 61 years.

Died. MORRIS - In Solon, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 20th, 1877, Mrs. Roxanna, wife of Mr. Hugh MORRIS, aged 30 years.

Died. WHITE - In Homer, Wednesday, September 26th, 1877, Walter WHITE, aged 71 years.

Died. GILBERTSON - At the County House, September 27th, 1877, Mrs. Mary GILBERTSON, formerly of Solon, aged 70 years.

Died. TOWNE - In Langdon, N.H., Sept. 9th, 1877, Ruth TOWNE, widow of the late [Arihelana ?] TOWNE, and sister of Hosea KENNEY, of Truxton, aged 93 years and 9 months.

Died. LAWN - In Cortland, Sept. [26th?], 1877, Mrs. Mary LAWN, in the 86 year of her age.

12 Oct 1877

Died. JOHNSON - In Cuyler, September 24th, 1877, of typhoid pneumonia, Clark, only son of David and L.C. JOHNSON, aged 21 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Died. PERSONS - October 2, 1877, with infirmities of age, while visiting his son, C.A. PERSONS, of Cortland, Ephraim PERSONS, of McGrawville, aged 68 years.

Died. GRACE - In Collingwood, Onondaga County, N.Y., Oct. 10th, 1877, Stephen L. GRACE, aged 24 years. Deceased was formerly a resident of Cortland.

19 Oct 1877

Died. GATTEY - In Virgil, Oct. 10, 1877, Embury GATTEY, aged 50 years.

Died. BENEDICT - At the Cortland County Alms House, Oct. 12, 1877, George BENEDICT, aged 58 years.

Died. LYNDE - Died at Clinton, Ill, Oct.1, 1877, Myron T. LYNDE, aged 38.
    Formerly a resident of Cortland and Marathon.


    Mrs. Althea WOODWARD, widow of the late Isaac WOODWARD, died of heart disease on the 12th inst., aged 72 years.

    On Saturday morning, the 13th inst., little Freddie Eugene, only child of Smith E. BROCKWAY, at the age of four months, passed over the beautiful river to the brighter land of promise.

          Lightly fold the little hands,
            O'er the heart forever stilled.
          Gently close the loving eyes
            Never yet with anguish filled.
          Gently speak and softly tread
            For Freddie Eugene is dead.

25 Feb 2007

    Mrs. Nelson RUSSELL, who has been an invalid for the past two years, died last Saturday morning at about 1 o'clock aged 46 years. Her death is supposed to be caused by cancer of the stomach. Deceased was a very nice woman in every respect, and Mr. RUSSEL's grief will be shared by all.

25 Feb 2007

    It is with extreme sorrow that we are called upon to record the death of Mrs. Robert WATSON, which occurred at the residence of her son, B.L. WATSON, on the 1st inst., at Taylor Centre. The cause of her death was paralysis. Mrs. WATSON was born in Rhode Island in 1802, being 76 years of age at the time of her death. She, early in life, immigrated to Chenango county, and again moved to this place, where she continued to live until her death, having lived in this place about forty years; her circle of acquaintance was large; none knew her but esteemed her. The Christian world prized her much because of her soundness in gospel principles and firmness in Christian character: in all the relations of life her piety shone forth; as a wife she was faithful; as a mother affectionate; as a friend, she was true; and this society has lost one of its most worthy members.
26 Oct 1877

Died. FANNING - In Preble, Oct. 16th, 1877, Michael FANNING, aged 17 years and 8 months.


    Sudden Death. - Geo. J. HOLTON, Esq., formerly connected with this paper, died in Vincennes, Ind., on the 16th inst. For some years he had been subject to epileptic fits of a severe character, and we learn that his death occurred during one of these. George was a young man of good abilities, generous and liberal in disposition, and possessed many social qualities that had gained him many friends in this vicinity, where he passed his earlier years. His remains were brought home for interment.
2 Nov 1877

Died. CAMERON - In Cincinnatus, Oct. 11th, Mrs. Eleanor CAMERON, aged 93 years and 8 months.

Died. BEDEN - In Cortland, N.Y., Oct. 21, 1877, Mr. Thomas T. BEDEN, aged 77 years, 5 months and 25 days.

Died. BONNEY - In Cortland, N.Y., October 22d, 1877, Mr. Edward BONNEY, aged 44 years.

Died. KING - At the home of her father in Cortlandville, N.Y., Oct. 9, 1877, Mrs. Theresa KING, wife of James H. KING, of Genoa, N.Y.

9 Nov 1877

    A pillar of society and the church has fallen. A good man in the fullness of days, revered and honored, has passed away. The completeness and richness of a well rounded life constituted the crowning story of the patriarch, Timothy KEEP, who has gone to receive his reward, aged 76 years. He was a son of Seth KEEP, of pioneer memory, originally from Monson, Mass., but who migrated to Homer from Vermont in 1801 and located on the northeast corner of lot 33. Young KEEP was then about five years old. His childhood, youth and expanding manhood were spent with his parents. By all classes, the playmates of his boyhood, and the companions and associates of riper years, was he esteemed, respected and loved; and he was, in brief, a good man.
    On Saturday, the 3d inst., he went out to an outbuilding to do some work, and not returning to his house as soon as was expected, was looked after and was found in the building dead. Dr. S.C. WEBB was called and gave it as his opinion that he died from heart disease, produced from urenic [sic] poison. His two sons, Loring and Edward, of Tecumsch [sic], Mich. reached Homer on Monday morning to be present at the funeral, which was largely attended. Few men have lived more highly respected; few have died more sincerely lamented. We tender to the bereaved relatives and friends out warmest sympathies in this their hour of affliction.

Died. PIERCE - In McGrawville, N.Y., Oct. 26th, 1877, Cora, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.L. PIERCE, aged 3 years.

Died. BABCOCK - In Scott, N.Y., Oct. 26th, 1877, Georgie, only son of Wm. N. and Olive BABCOCK, in the 5th year of his age.

Died. ADAMS - In Tully, N.Y., Nov. 3, 1877, Abram ADAMS, formerly of Cortland, N.Y., aged 84 years.

Died. WALES - In Preble, N.Y., Nov. 3d, 1877, Mr. Wainwright WALES, aged 70 years.

Died. ELY - At New Berlin, N.Y., Nov. 5, 1877, Elizabeth BIRDSALL, wife of the Hon. Noah ELY, aged 88 years.

Died. MEAD - In South Waverly Oct. --, 1877, Belle MEAD, daughter of Lyman MEAD, Esq., formerly of Cortland.
The death of little Belle MEAD is one which makes us marvel at the faith of a child even when we mourn her loss. She was perfectly willing to go to meet her Savior, and assured of meeting Him. She sent messages of love to the members of the South Waverly Sabbath School, to which she belonged. For a child not brought up under religious influences she showed a remarkably clear understanding of the saving power of Jesus.

     Gone to Christ, safe in His arms,
     No pain for thee, no wild alarms:
     Safe passed in through the "gates ajar,"
     In Jesus' crown another star.

16 Nov 1877

Died. SPENDLEY - In Binghamton, November 10, 1877, Lizzie Weston SPENDLEY, oldest child of R.H. and Fanny J. SPENDLEY, aged 9 years, 2 months and 4 days.

Died. KEEP - In Homer, Saturday, Nov. 3, 1877, Timothy KEEP, aged 76 years.

Died. ROWE - In McGrawville, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 4, 1877, Mr. Rufus ROWE, aged 76 years.

Died. SIMMONS - In Homer, N.Y., Wednesday night, Nov. 7th, 1877, Gideon H. SIMMONS, aged 53 years.

Died. GILLETT - In Summerhill, N.Y., Nov.1st, 1877, of typhoid fever, Mr. Charles GILLETT, aged 28 years.

Died. HURLBURT - In Homer, N.Y., Nov. 14, 1877, Mrs. Sybil S. HURLBURT, grandmother of Mrs. B.A. BENEDICT, aged 94 years.
    Funeral takes place at 2 o'clock this afternoon, from the residence of B.A. BENEDICT, Esq., of this place.

16 Nov 1877 [altho the newspaper is dated 1876, the notices are dated 1877]

    Suicide. - Last Thursday Mr. Abner A. WILBUR, residing about two miles west of Willet, committed suicide by hanging himself with a trace chain in his barn. He was discovered and taken down while his body was yet warm, but life was extinct. His friends had noticed for a day or two previous that something was wrong with him, but they had no apprehensions that he would endeavor to kill himself. He was 66 years of age. This is the third case of suicide that has occurred in Willett within the past year and a half, and with this similarity: all three suicided by hanging, and each of them used a chain as the instrument.

23 Nov 1877

Died. NEAL - In Phoenix, N.Y., Nov. 10th, 1877, Mrs. Mary NEAL, widow of the late Darius NEAL, of Cuyler, in the 72d year of her age.

Died. PERKINS - In Cincinnatus, N.Y., Nov. 20th, 1877, George H. PERKINS, aged 39 years.

Died. YATES - In Harford, Nov [16th ?], 1877, Betsey Ann HAMMOND, wife of Martin YATES, in the 33d year of her age.

30 Nov 1877

Died. McUMBER - In McGrawville, N.Y., Sunday, November 18th, 1877, Mr. Moses McUMBER, aged 69 years.

Died. MARBLE - In New York City, Thursday morning, Nov. 15th, 1877, Laura E., wife of E.J. MARBLE, Esq., aged 35 years.

Died. MUNCEY - In Cuyler, Nov. 9th, 1877, of inflammation of the bowels, Deacon Arza MUNCEY, in the 53d year of his age.

Died. HOLDEN - At his late residence, in Cortland, Nov. 26th, 1877, Dr. Geo. L. HOLDEN, aged 42 years.

Died. LAWRENCE - In this village, November 24th, 1877, at the residence of her son-in-law, R.H. DUELL, Mrs. Julia A. LAWRENCE, relict of Col. Donastus LAWRENCE, aged 76 years.


    DeWitt SMITH, of Triangle, committed suicide last week Wednesday by hanging himself in his barn. He had lost money though failures of other parties within a year past, but is said to have been in comfortable circumstances. He hung himself with a rope instead of a chain, but he used to live in Willett.
7 Dec 1877

Died. PURINGTON [sic] - In McLean, Thursday, November 29th, 1877, Terza Long PURINTON, relic of Rev. Thomas PURINTON, aged 83 years.

Died. CARPENTER - In Preble, Nov,26th, 1877, Marshall R. CARPENTER, aged 18 years and 8 months.

Died. GOEWEYE - In Truxton, Nov. 25th, 1877, Mr. Abram GOEWEYE, aged 71 years.

Died. NORCOTT - At the Cortland County Alms House, Nov. 29th, 1877, Miss Lydia NORCOTT, formerly of Cortlandville, aged 58 years.

    Mr. John SOUTHWORTH, of Dryden, said to be the wealthiest man in Tompkins County, went to bed last Sunday evening in usual health and was found dead in his bed on Monday morning.

..... Mr. Peter V. SNYDER, of Dryden, was attacked in his barn by a vicious ram on Wednesday morning of last week and so severely injured that he died last Sunday. Mr. SNYDER was 74 years of age, and universally respected in the town where he resided.

14 Dec 1877

Death of A. C. Kohler, Esq.

    Carl. Aug KOHLER, Esq., a former resident of this place, died suddenly at his residence in Syracuse last Saturday morning. Mr. KOHLER, was born in Sweden and came to this country at about the age of 21 years. Possessing remarkable perceptive faculties and a retentive memory he was not long in acquiring a pretty thorough English education, which he made the most of in after years. He became a resident of Cortland in the year 1853, and was actively engaged in business while he lived here. In 1864 the Democracy of this county was without a party organ and Mr. KOHLER at once set about the business of establishing the Cortland Democrat furnishing the lions share of the means necessary for that purpose, and nearly all of the labor to put the business in running order. In 1866 he became the editor and proprietor of the paper, and although entirely unacquainted with the mechanical and editorial duties of the business, the paper was well edited and the business was well conducted in every department, during the year that he had charge of it. In 1869 Mr. KOHLER moved to Auburn and accepted a position in the prison where he remained until a change of administration took place, four or five years ago, when he moved to Syracuse since which time he has not been engaged in any business. Although his health had not been good for some years his friends had no immediate apprehension of his sudden death. He was one of the most genial and sociable of men, kind-hearted and liberal to a fault. He belonged to the old school of Democrats and was a shrewd active and skillful politician. Mr. KOHLER was an honest man in every sense of the word and while he had some faults - as who has not - his virtues were so prominent that all who became acquainted with him were necessarily his friends. He leaves a wife and son to mourn his loss. The latter has been for the past three or four years employed in the Attorney Generals office in Albany.
21 Dec 1877

Died. PERSONS - In Cortland, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 26th, 1877, Clarence E. PERSONS, son of C.A. PERSONS, aged 17 years.

Died. QUINLAN - In Homer, on the 7th inst., of Consumption, Mrs. Bridget QUINLAN, wife of Patrick QUINLAN, aged 49 years.

Died. SMITH - At Secor, Woodford Co., Ill, Nov. 23rd, 1877, Noah R. SMITH, aged 56 years, formerly of Homer.

Died. RICE - In McGrawville, Dec. 8th, 1877, Mrs. Maria RICE, aged 96 years.

Died. JACOBS - In McGrawville, Dec. 6th, 1877, Miss Frances JACOBS, aged 42 years.

    Sad Accident. - On Tuesday of last week, a little daughter of Charles HART, living near Southwick's mill, was fatally burned. Her mother having an occasion to step into a neighboring house, left the child with two other children, one of four years and the other an infant. The older one was playing with some loose paper, and lighting some at the stove, accidentally set the little girl's clothees on fire. A lady living in the adjoining house, hearing the children screaming, went in and extinguished the burning clothes, but not till the child was terribly injured. She lingered for about thirty-six hours, when death came to her relief.
    Homer Republican.


    It is with sorrow that the announcement was made that Miss Nellie CHAPMAN was dead. Her gentle spirit has gone where suffering is no more; but we little thought she would so soon join her sister May, who died only six months ago. How much she will be missed by her many friends and schoolmates, none can tell. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, on Monday, the 17th.
28 Dec 1877

Died. NEWCOMB - In New York City, Sept. 26th, 1877, Archie, aged 2 years and 3 months, and Nov. 7th, 1877, Percy, aged 6 years and 5 months, children of Dr. G. L. and Lizzie A. NEWCOMB. Interment at Woodlawn.

Died. FINN - At her home, in this village, December 27th, 1877, of Consumption, Mary FINN, aged 20 years.


A Mr. Riley SHEPHARD, living two miles southeast of this place, had a little girl of four years of age who had been very sick for some time, and upon whose care physicians have disagreed very much. On Wednesday of last week, the child died. Dr. TRIPP and Dr. ALLEN, of Freetown, held a post mortem examination, which revealed the fact that the child died of a tumor, which, on being taken from the body and placed in a five quart pan, filled it nearly full. The child was buried on Thursday.
Transcribed by Merton Sarvay
November, 2006
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