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Obituaries and Death Notices

Anable, J. Jr.
J. Anable, Jr., committed suicide in Buffalo, N. Y., last week. (6 July 1832) [Source: Vital Records From The National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin; transcribed by V. Bryan]

Babcock, Mason E.
Died- In Buffalo, Sept. 10, 1870, Mason E. Babcock, son of Martin and Mary Babcock, aged 17 years 4 months and 9 days, formerly of Lowville. [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY)- September 21, 1870; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Barry, Catherine
DIED, in N.Y. city, Mrs. Catherine Barry, aged 56. [Buffalo Gazette, 14 Jan 1812, Tue, Pg 3]

Bissell, Harry H., M.D.
Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 16, ae. 62. Dr. B. was born in Randolph, Vt., June 21, 1796. His mother was of the family of Leavitt, from Suffield, Ct. In 1826, and after pursuing a thoroughly preparatory course, he graduated at the New Haven Medical School, and commenced the practice of medicine at Lancaster, in Western New York. During his course of study at New Haven he was honored by the warm friendship of the lamented Dr. Nathan Smith, in whose office he was for some time a student; and it is but just to say, that in after life he endeavored to mould his character as a physician and surgeon after that distinguished teacher and practitioner, to whom he always felt he was indebted in a great measure for his success in practice. After seven years of successful and laborious practice, Dr. B. visited and spent six months at the medical institution and hospitals at Cincinnati, Ohio. This visit was to him of great interest, and he returned to his labors with renewed health and courage. In 1838, worn down by his professional duties in the country, he spent the fall and winter at the medical institutions and hospitals of New York and Philadelphia, and in June, 1839, removed to Buffalo, and assumed the office and practice of his former preceptor, Dr. J.E. Marshall, who had just died. This was hardly a new field, and he was enabled to enter immediately upon a full practice, which he maintained with success and honor to the last. At the time of his death he was the oldest practicing physician in Buffalo. For forty years he had been a professor of religion, and in his practice love for mankind was ever the ruling principle. Possessed of a sound judgment and indomitable energy, he never faltered in the discharge of his whole duty through fear of consequences. To the calls of the suffering poor, from whom he could expect no remuneration, he answered as readily and cheerfully as to those of the affluent. As a citizen he commanded the love and respect of all who knew him. To his family he has left a legacy more precious than gold- the memory of a devoted husband, an indulgent father, and a true Christian physician.  [Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]

Broeck, Abraham Ten
DIED, in N.Y. city, Mr. Abraham Ten Broeck, aged 25 [Buffalo Gazette, 14 Jan 1812, Tue, Pg 3]

Carpenter, Wm. Alison,
Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 25, (1858) ae. 78. Mr. C. leaves but few of his contemporaries behind him, who shared in the early scenes of the history of Buffalo. He was born in the town of Warwick, Orange Co., N.Y., April 5, 1781. Having learned the occupation of a printer, he commenced, in early life, the publication of a weekly newspaper, in the village of Goshen; but the office having unfortunately destroyed by fire, he removed to Buffalo in 1810, where he has continued to reside for most of the long interval of nearly fifty years which have elapsed since his settlement here, nearly thirty years of which were passed in the house where he died. He was the oldest printer and editor among us, having “worked off,” with his own hands, the first number of the Buffalo Gazette, the publication of which was commenced in 1811, by the late Smith H. and Hezekiah A. Salisbury. In 1816 he removed to the village of Fredonia, Chautauque Co., where he published, for a short time, the first paper issued in that county, with the title of the Chautauque Gazette. Returning to Buffalo, he was for a while associated with H.A. Salisbury in the publication of the Buffalo Patriot, under which title the former Buffalo Gazette was then published. During the memorable period of the anti-masonic excitement, which was intensely prevalent throughout the western portion of New York in 1827-8, etc. he had the editorship of the Patriot, which paper, under his direction, took a leading part in the organization of that anti-masonic party which changed, for the time, the politics of this county, and for many years afterwards exercised a controlling influence over its political character. The deceased was no ordinary man. Few, indeed, possess a more intimate and thorough acquaintance with the theory and formation of our government, or have equal knowledge of the details of its early history. Frugal in his expenditure, plain in his exterior, faithful in his friendships, and of remarkable integrity in all business affairs, he was a good citizen of the old school, whose venerable form we shall truly miss from the accustomed haunts he was wont to frequent, and which shall know him no more forever. Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Carr, Elizabeth
Thompson: James, Julia and Mary
Buffalo, Monday, July 16.
A most horrible calamity occurred in the town of Brant, this county, yesterday morning, between the hours of 1 and 2 o'clock. James Thompson, a farmer in good circumstances, was awakened by an alarm of fire, and discovered his house to be in flames, having been fired by an incendiary in three places. Mr. Thompson- who is an aged gentleman – rushed up stairs immediately on discovering what was the matter, to alarm his daughters, when, becoming overpowered by the smoke, he was unable to return, and himself, his three daughters- Julia, Mary, and Mrs. Elizabeth Carr, with the two little children of the latter- perished in the flames. The ages of the unfortunate ladies ranged from eighteen to twenty-four years. The rest of the inmates of the house, twelve in number, escaped with much difficulty. There is not the slightest doubt whatever of the fire being the work of an incendiary. The most intense excitement prevails in regard to the affair. [The New York Times, 17 July 1855. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

, Charles
Killed in Auto Crash
' Buffalo, Jan. 6- Charles Carromone, 24, Albany, was instantly killed when an automobile in which he was riding, skidded and turned turtle near here late yesterday. Harry Frankel, 32, New York, driver of the car, was slightly injured. [The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, New York, Friday 06 Jan 1922. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy.]

Clark, Henry
Henry Clark, of Erie Co., N. Y., d. 21 Jan. 1832, after falling on an axe. (11 Feb. 1832) [Source: Vital Records From The National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin; transcribed by V. Bryan]

Dorr, John
Fatal Casualty- Coroner Morse held an inquest at Buffalo upon the body of John Dorr, a lad fourteen years old, who came to his death under the following circumstances. The deceased resided with his parents on Pratt street, and about two o'clock in the afternoon returned home, having been sent out to purchase some articles of grocery. His sister, a few years older than himself, was then at home, the remainder of the family being absent. He had not been in the house more than two minutes, and had just taken his seat by the stove in the kitchen, to dry and warm himself, when the entire building fell with a fearful crash. The girl, who was standing near the door, escaped, she scarcely knew how; but the unfortunate lad was buried in the ruins. A number of persons were immediately on the spot, and every effort was made to rescue the boy. He was taken out in a few minutes but was quite dead, his neck having been broken. The house was built of brick, one and half stories high, but constructed in a very insecure manner, not having a single tie across, and being thus liable to spread out and fall at any moment. A verdict of accidental death was returned. [The New York Times. 18 November 1852.sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


Mrs. Filmore's Death
Buffalo, Wednesday, March 30.
The announcement of Mrs. Fillmore's death has created a great sensation and deep regret among the citizens of Buffalo. [The New York Times, 31 March 1853. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Recent Deaths
The Buffalo Courier says of Mrs. Foote, the wife of Hon. Thomas M. Foote: For several weeks prior to departing from Vienna, her health had been seriously impaired, and apprehensions were entertained that she would not be able to survive the voyage home. Mrs. F. possessed superior mental endowments, had a very agreeable and winning address, and an unusually fine presence. She was greatly beloved by those who knew her many excellent qualities, and her loss will be deeply deplored. She was the daughter of the late Gen. Ethan B. Allen, of Batavia, Genesee Co., and sister of Mrs. I.A.Verplanck and Mrs. Judge Sill, of this city. Her age was 33 years.
Mrs. Foote, wife of Hon. T.M. Foote, lately Charg¦' Affaires to Austria, who arrived in the steamer Baltic, on Sunday, died in this City on Tuesday. Mrs. Foote has been in feeble health for some time. Her remains were conveyed to Buffalo last evening. [The New York Times. 1 July 1853. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy.]

Gardner, Charles
DIED, in N.Y. city, Mr. Charles Gardner, senior. [Buffalo Gazette, 14 Jan 1812, Tue, Pg 3]

Gile, Joseph

Class of 1857 - JOSEPH GILE. Born, Oct. 14, 1836, in Pottsville, Penn. Son of Alfred A. and Lucinda M. Kern Gile. Fitted at N.H. Conference Seminary. He taught in the high schools of Clarence, N.Y., Warsaw, N.Y., Huntington, L.I., and a grammar school in Brooklyn. Twenty-five years since, he became connected with the public schools of New Haven, Conn., and for the last fifteen years has conducted a college preparatory school for young men, serving also for ten years on the board of education. Died, Aug. 4, 1898, in Franklin, N.H. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1 899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Good, Abraham

The Buffalo Journal notices the death of Abraham Good, at Williamsville, Erie county. He commenced cutting his throat with a dull knife but completed the job with a razor. He was from Pennsylvania, in easy circumstances and had been married about six months. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, August 18, 1829]

Greene, William B.

Class of 1865 - WILLIAM BULL GREENE. B. Jan. 4, 1847, Buffalo, N.Y. Business. D. July 28, 1913, Avon Lake, Ohio. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1912-1913, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Hall, Frederick A.
Death of a Son of Postmaster-General Hall
Boston, Tuesday, June 8
Frederick A. Hall, son of the Postmaster-General, died at Andover Academy, of which he was a student, yesterday. Mrs. Hall was present with her son at the time of his death, but his father, who had been sent for, did not arrive until afterwards. Mr. and Mrs. Hall passed through this city this morning, with the body of their son en route for Buffalo.
Albany, Tuesday, June 8
Postmaster General Hall and Lady, arrived here from the East, with the remains of their son, who died at Andover, yesterday. They left this morning for Buffalo. [The New York Times, 9 June 1852. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Hoffman, A.J.
Died, at the home of his adopted son, A. J. Hoffman, of Massachusetts avenue, Buffalo, N.Y., Joseph V. Hoffman, aged 71 years, husband of the late Rosina Hoffman, nee Geer, of Utica, N.Y. [The Journal and Republican (Lowville, NY) - Thursday, May 27, 1909; JD, sub by FoFG]

Holebrook, Samuel
Died, in this town, Mr. Samuel Holebrook, aged about 60. [Buffalo Gazette, 31 Dec 1811 Tue, Pg 3; Sub by Mary Weigandt]

Knoeppel, Louis,  William Roth, Edward Weller

A Chapter of Fatalities
Buffalo, NY, June 30 - William Roth while swimming in the Buffalo creek, got beyond his depth and was drowned. Louis Knoeppel, while sailing, collided with a tow boat. His boat capsized and Knoeppel was drowned before the rescuing parties could reach him. Edward Weller went in bathing in the harbor back of Fort Porter, was taken with cramps and drowned. [Bridgeport Morning News (Bridgeport, CT) July 1, 1890, Page 1]

Kuhl, Ivan W.
County Farm Foreman Killed
Ivan W. Kuhl, foreman of the Erie county farm at Alden, a resident of Batavia until a year ago, was killed when his automobile was struck by a train at Wende yesterday morning. The remains were taken to Batavia for burial. [The Daily Messenger. Canandaigua, NY. Jan 14, 1922. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

, P.B.
Railroad Accident and Death.
Hornellsville, Friday, Nov. 10
A man named P. B. Landback, was killed by the express train from Buffalo this morning, at the Main-street crossing in this village. He was a miller in the employ of Thatcher & Sawyer. [The New York Times, 11 November 1854. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Capt. Oliver Luther, Capt. White and Nathan Pitney
DROWNED, In Lake Erie, near Sandusky, on the 11th ult. By the upsetting of a boat from the schr. Ranger, bound from Detroit to Black Rock, Capt. Oliver Luther, Capt. White and Nathan Pitney; Dan. McPherson and Wm. Johnson, who were on board when the boat upset, saved themselves by swimming on shore. [Buffalo Gazette, 3 Oct 1811 Thu, - Sub. by Mary Weigandt]

Son of Madoni Recognizes the Body of His Father.
New York, April 23.- Salvator Madoni arrived from Buffalo last night, accompanied by Detective Sargent Petrosini, who took him immediately to the morgue. There he positively identified the body of the barrel victim as that of his father. Young Madoni could throw no further light on the subject. He said his father had been in prison in Italy, but for what offense he did not know.  [Source: The Daily Pioneer, April 23, 1903. Transcribed by the Alberti's.]

DREADFUL OCCURANCE - The Buffalo Republic learns that a few days since a house in the town of Northbush, in Erie County, was entirely destroyed by fire, and two children burned to death. The father and mother of the family, whose names were MUCK, went out in the evening to a neighbor's house to see a sick person, leaving at home a servant girl and three little children asleep. Shortly after their departure the girl went to bed, thinking the parents would soon return. On going to bed, she placed a lighted tallow candle on the rail of the bed where the children were sleeping. She was soon asleep, and in the meantime the candle had burned down, the grease running in every direction, and, it is supposed, set fire to the bed-clothing. The girl was awakened by the flames, and jumped up and took one of the children out of the room, and placed it in safety. When she returned to get the other two, the flames had so spread as to render it impossible to reach them, and in her attempt to rescue them, her own clothing took fire, and she was so badly burned that her recovery is doubtful. The house was burned to the ground, and in the ashes, scarce a vestige of the remains of the two children can be found. [The New York Times. 4 April 1854. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy.]


Father, Mother and Five Children Perish at Buffalo
BUFFALO. - (Special.) Henry Pearlstein, his wife and five children, ranging in age from 1½ to 12 years, were burned to death in a fire that destroyed a two-story frame building. Joseph Supowski, who owned the building, Karl Bracki, his in brother -in- law, have been arrested, pending an Investigation. Supowski carried an insurance of $9,000 on the building and its contents. The Pearlsteins and another family lived in rooms above a shoe store and were asleep when the fire started.
Supowski told the police that he accidentally dropped a lamp. A few minutes after the fire began there was a loud explosion that blew out the front of the store and hurled some of the contents of the windows into the middle of the street. Plate glass windows on the opposite side of Broadway were shattered and the report of
the explosion was heard two blocks away. The flames enveloped the building in a short time. The family living inthe rear flat escaped with their lives. The Pearlsteins were awakened, but before they could reach the only stairway leading from their rooms the fire had undermined the floor In the hallway, and It collapsed, carrying them down Into a mass of flames. Their charred bodies were found four hours after the firemen had extinguished the flames. The body of the mother and baby were found together, the little one tightly clasped in its mother's arms. Pearlstein's body was found close to that of his wife. He also held one of the children In his arms. The bodies of the other three children were found huddled together close to the father's body. [The Valley Falls (Jefferson County Kansas) January 17, 1902 Page 2. Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Death of General Potter
Buffalo, Saturday, Oct. 7.
General Potter, an old and very prominent citizen, died this morning, after a brief illness. [The New York Times, 9 October 1854. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Putnam, James W.
Class of 1874 - JAMES WALLACE PUTNAM. A.M.; M.D., 1877. B. 29 Aug., 1849, Amherst, N.H. Physician. D. 9 Feb., 1908, Buffalo, N.Y. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1907-1908, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

, Alexander
Buffalo, Friday, Mar. 2.
Capt. Alexander Ramsdell died here on Wednesday evening, aged 70 years. He was formerly a sea captain, from Nantucket, and has resided in this city for 27 years, the last 18 of which he has been the faithful keeper of our lighthouse. He was well known on the Lakes. [The New York Times, 3 March 1855. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

William Roth, Louis Knoeppel, Edward Weller
A Chapter of Fatalities
Buffalo, NY, June 30 - William Roth while swimming in the Buffalo creek, got beyond his depth and was drowned. Louis Knoeppel, while sailing, collided with a tow boat. His boat capsized and Knoeppel was drowned before the rescuing parties could reach him. Edward Weller went in bathing in the harbor back of Fort Porter, was taken with cramps and drowned. [Bridgeport Morning News (Bridgeport, CT) July 1, 1890, Page 1]

Ryan, Father John
Father John Ryan, of Buffalo, ordained in 1851 by Bishop Timon as a Catholic Priest, died on the 4th. [Source: Holmes County Republican., (Millersburg Holmes County, Ohio) April 22, 1858 - JR - Sub by FoFG]

Saunders, Henry H.

HENRY HARRISON SAUNDERS. Born, Jan. 20, 1836, in Sweden, Monroe county, N.Y. Son of Isaac V. and Rosanna Avery Saunders. Educated at Lima Seminary, N.Y., Rochester University and Dartmouth C.S.D. He was surveyor of Tulare county, Cal., 1873-4; of Calaveras county, 1882-92. He was a lieutenant of engineers, 1864-5, serving in Colorado. He planned and successfully completed the dam, headgates and canals of the Woodbridge Canal and Irrigation Company at Woodbridge, Cal. Died, June 20, 1897, in Tuttletown, Cal.
Married, in Buffalo, N.Y., Harriet Newell Hamilton, who survives with one son. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

, H.K.
Death of an Eminent Lawyer and Politician.
Buffalo, Saturday, Sept. 23. - H.K. Smith, of this city, a personal friend of Gov. Marcy, and an eminent lawyer and politician, died this afternoon. [The New York Times, 25 September, 1854. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Staples, George
Brown, Mrs.
At Angola, a suburb of Buffalo, N. Y., Saturday night, as the result of a disagreement over a team of horses with her brother-in-law, Geo. Staples, who had been drinking, went home early crawled through a window and shot his mother-in-law, Mrs. Brown to death, also shot and killed his wife, and then went behind a shed and sent a bullet through his own heart. (Pauls Valley Democrat, Pauls Valley, Okla, Thursday, June 6, 1912, page 7; Sub by R. Line)

Stewart, William
October 11, 1866
Near Buffalo, New York, Sept. 6, of consumption of the bowels, William Stewart, late of Henry, age 32 years. [Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph. Submitted by Nancy.]

, L.T.
Death of Alderman Tiffany, of Buffalo, &c.
Buffalo, Wednesday, Feb.11.
L. T. Tiffany, President of the Pratt Bank, and Alderman of the city, died this morning from the effect of injuries sustained by falling on a slippery sidewalk. He was about 40 years of age and would have been the Whig candidate for Mayor at the coming election.The weather here is mild as spring. [The New York Times, 12 Feb. 1852. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Tyler, James L.
Died - At Buffalo, March 31, James L. Tyler, formerly of Lowville, aged 34 years. [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY)- Wednesday, April 17, 1861; JD, Sub by FoFG]

, Charles
The remains of Charles Wadleigh were shipped to Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday night where the relatives of the dead man live. [El Paso Herald; El Paso, Texas; January 13, 1916; DD- Tr. by FoFG]

Edward Weller, Louis Knoeppel, William Roth

A Chapter of Fatalities
Buffalo, NY, June 30 - William Roth while swimming in the Buffalo creek, got beyond his depth and was drowned. Louis Knoeppel, while sailing, collided with a tow boat. His boat capsized and Knoeppel was drowned before the rescuing parties could reach him. Edward Weller went in bathing in the harbor back of Fort Porter, was taken with cramps and drowned. [Bridgeport Morning News (Bridgeport, CT) July 1, 1890, Page 1]

, John T.
Arrest for Robbery, and Death of the Culprit.
Buffalo, Thursday, June 15.
A respectable young man, named John T. Wilson, was arrested on Tuesday, charged with extensive robberies at the dry goods store of W. B. Bishop & Co., where he was employed as a clerk. Last night he died in jail, in dreadful agony from delirium tremens, brought on by deprivation from drink and the excitement of the arrest. [The New York Times, 16 June 1854. sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


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