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Anson H. ALLEN
Keeseville, N.Y., Nov. 16, ae. 53. He was the pioneer editor of that region. Some 30 years ago, when Keeseville was little more than a wilderness, he established there the Herald; afterwards he published a very popular biographical paper, called – The Old Settler. He held many local offices, and was for some years collector of customs at Whitehall. [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 K. Mohler].


Ransom Atherton was born at Ticonderoga, Essex County, New York, Oct. 2, 1815 and died at his home about four miles southwest of this city, February 21, 1889, aged 73 years, 4 months, and 21 days. The cause of death was pneumonia. He was converted when a young man and had been an honored member of the M. E. Church more than 40 years. Nearly his last words were spoken for Christ, his saviour. He leaves a wife and several children. His remains were laid to rest in the Pence Cemetery.
[Maquoketa Excelsior, Date: Mar. 9, 1889 - Sub. by Ken Wright]


Born, Sept. 19, 1812, Hebron, N.Y. Son of Simon and Olive (Carey) Barton, and a direct descendant of the colonial family of the same name in Salem, Mass. Received the degree of A.M. from the University of Vermont in 1869. Practiced in Willsboro, N.Y., 1839-95. Was several times supervisor of schools, and president of the Essex County Medical Society, which he helped to found; life member of the American Bible Society; member of Medical Society of New York, 1867-99; also of the New York Medical Association, 1884-99.
Died, Oct. 20, 1899, Willsboro, N.Y.
Married, Dec. 31, 1840, Minerva, daughter of Major Abraham Akin, who served in the New York Militia in 1812. Children: Lyman Guy, Susannah, and three other daughters, all living.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900", Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Tr. by Kim Mohler]

Cornelius S. BOGARDUS

BOGARDUS - At Bloomingdale, on Monday, Sept. 21, Cornelius S. Bogardus, Esq., late Naval Officer of this port, in the 46th year of his age. His funeral will take place at his late residence, corner 103d st., and 8th av., this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend. Stages provided for the purpose will leave corner of Broadway and 32d st., at 2 o'clock precisely.
[New York Times, Sept. 23, 1857]

Eleanor HALL
Mrs. Eleanor Hall, who fell fracturing her hip, Friday, April 28, suffered a complication of diseases from which death occurred at the home of her son, R.S. Hall, Wednesday evening, May 10. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Reev. Robert Lawton officiating. Mrs. J.C. Thomas sang the hymn, "The Homeland". The bearers were the three sons of Mrs. Hall, Robert S., Rollin A., and Harland A. Hall and a grandson, Leland Hall. Burial was in Mountain View cemetery. The funeral was largely attended and among those from away were: Mr. and Mrs. George Stewart, Mrs. Ferguson, George Steward, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Keller of Ticonderoga, NY, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Hall of Port Henry, NY, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Needham, miss Edith Needham and Miss Smith of Whiting, Miss Bessie Skinner of Somerville, Mass., Leland Hall from Burlington, Miss Eleanor Hall from Boston, John Hall of Saxtons River, Mr. and Mrs Fred Baldwin of Shoreham, and F.A.J. Wisell of Rutland.
Mrs. Eleanor Skinner Hall was born in Ticonderoga, NY, July 17, 1843, the daughter of Appolos and Betsey (Stewart) Skinner. In May 1865, she married John Hall of Ticonderoga and two years after they came to Orwell to live where they thereafter resided. To them three sons were born, Robert S., Rollin A., and Harland A., all of whom survive her. Mrs. Hall was a woman of rare beauty of character, loved by all who knew her.
[Middlebury register. (Middlebury, Vt.), May 19, 1922]

Henry Clay HAMMOND
Drowned:  Henry Clay Hammond, aged 10 years, son of Hon. G. Hammond of Westport, Essex Co., a member of the legislatures of 1837, 1838, 1839, was drowned last Friday week in a stream near his residence.  [New-York tribune. (New-York [N.Y.]), 11 Aug. 1841

One by one the pioneers of Johnson county and Olathe are passing away from the scenes of earth, and laying down their work for the last long sleep. The last of these to leave us was Jehuda A. Hammond, who departed this earth life, at the family residence, on North Kansas Ave., Olathe, at midnight of Wednesday December 20, aged 81 years, 10 months and 14 days. The funeral services were held at the residence on Friday, the 22nd, the Rev. J. G. Henderson officiating, the members of Hamony Lodge No. 59, I. O. O. F. conducting the services in accordance with their beautiful and impressive ceremony. Jehuda A. Hammond was born in Essex, Essex county, New York in 1824. He came to Olathe in 1859 settling on a homestead northwest of town which is now the property of Sam Ernst. Mr Hammond for years was the senior partner of the firm of Hammond & Hisey, furniture dealers, which had a large and profitable business. He was also engaged in the meat business for a time. He never held public office because he never cared for it, but was a public spirited citizen, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a member of Harmony Lodge 59, I.O.O.F. in good standing for 25 years. He leaves three sons, C. E. Hammond, the grocer, E. C. Hammond, the painter, and Arthur Hammond, with a furniture manufacturer of Kansas City, and a step daughter Mrs. Clara Smith of Los Angeles California. Mr. Hammond had suffered greatly for a year or more and had been unable to see or hear for some time so that death came to him as a welcome release and he died in peace without a struggle and in fellowship with the M. E church. [The Olathe Mirror, Olathe, Kansas; December 28, 1905]

Died: In Galena, on Friday night last, the 30th ult., Mr. Isiah Hardy, formerly of Westport, N.Y., aged 22. [Milwaukee Sentinel, 11 Sep 1850]

Julia Ann (Jackson) KNOX
Julia Ann (Jackson) Knox, eldest daughter of the late Daniel Jackson, (the man after whom Jackson Brook in Elizabethtown is named) died at the home of her daughter, Sarah Jane Knowlton, in Orosi, California, January 13, 1910, in the 93rd year of her age.  In the month of April, 1831, Julia Ann Jackson, then a girl of 14 years of age, came to Elizabethtown to reside with her father, the late Daniel Jackson, and her mother, who was Rhoda Ann Cady in her maiden days. The other children who came here to live with Daniel Jackson in the spring of 1831 were Sarah Jane, Samuel Doty, Charlotte Elizabeth, (who still lives), and Daniel Cady. Oscar F, Martin Van Buren and William Wallace Jackson were born in Elizabethtown. It was while Daniel Jackson and family lived on the Brownson farm on the road from Fisher Bridge to Simonds Hill, that his eldest daughter, Julia Ann married George Knox. For many years George Knox and wife resided in Wisconsin, where the Jacksons eventually settled. Later in life Mr. & Mrs. Knox went to California to live. George Knox died at Grangeville California, in 1902, aged 91 years. His widow, who was a member of the Elizabethtown Baptist Church in her maiden days, was fond of “Pleasant Valley” and in writing to her cousin, Mrs. Lovina K Brown, always inquired about “the old church.”
Mrs. Knox fell and injured her hip which brought on complications, which caused her death after 8 months of suffering. When the end came she was at work on her 16th bed spread knitted in small blocks and sewed together and fell at her post, knitting in hand. Her mortal remains were buried beside the grave of her husband in Grangeville, California cemetery.  [Thursday, January 27, 1910, The Elizabethtown Post - Submitted by David Rogers who adds: "Children – LaFayette, *born June 16, 1838; Clifford Cady, *b February 13, 1840; Sarah Jane, *b May 31, 1842; Julia Elizabeth, b March 3, 1846, Chicago, Il.; Daniel Jackson, b August 26, 1849, nr. Beloit, Wi.; George Whitfield,. born Nov. 20, 1852 town of Dell Prairie, Wi.; and Joseph Carpenter, born July 22, 1860, Dell Prairie Corners, Adams County, Wi.. *signifies the first three members of this family were born in Essex County, NY.- perhaps in the town of Chesterfield. George & Julia Ann Knox lived in the town of Dell Prairie (Wis.) from about 1851 to 1880 and homesteaded there.  They later retired to Kilbourn City (WI) and lived there from approximately 1880 to 1900, at which time they moved to California and to the home of and to the care of their daughter, Sarah Jane [Knox] Knowlton"

A few days since died, at Elizabeth-Town, very much regretted, the Lady of His Excellency, William Livingston, Esq. Governor of the State of New Jersey.  [Gazette of the United-States. (New-York [N.Y.]), 22 July 1789]

Class of 1898 - JOHN KIRN MC DONNELL. M.D., 1903. b. 3 Mar., 1876, Essex Co., N.Y. Mem. Am. Med. Assoc. Physician. d. 5 May, 1911, Jerome, Ariz.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1910-1911, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Rev. James MURDOCK
Died, At the residence of his son, at Crown Point, Essex county, on the 14th inst. of apoplexy, Rev. James Murdock, in the 86th year of his age.
 [Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday, January 28, 1841; JD, Sub by FoFG]

George OBER
The body of George Ober was found Saturday hanging with a rope around the neck in a barn near Ironville, Essex county, NY.  Ober was last seen a week ago with two strange men. [The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina) 17 Jul 1884]

Harlan Page PARTRIDGE, M. D.
As announced last week the funeral of Dr. Partridge occurred Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  The Rev. Z. Marten, who officiated (assisted by the supply of the Second Congregational church for last Sunday), made a few remarks, an epitome of which we take as a most suitable obituary. Harlan Page Partridge, M. D. was born in Wilmington, N.Y., July 10, 1839.  He was a confiding and affectionate child, and early and always found a warm place in the hearts of the family circle. At ten years of age he experienced religion and has for 38 years lived a consistent growing, spiritual Christian; ever conscientious in all the duties of home, church and business life.  The death of his father, when he was 13 years old was loss deeply felt and lamented.  He enlisted twice during the war of the Rebellion; one in the 96th Reg. N. Y. Volunteers and the second time in the Harris Light Cavalry of Albany, N.Y.  He has never been well since his army experience and soon after the war began the study of medicine; graduated at the New York Homeopathic College in the year 1868 of New York City, and for six years practiced his profession in that great metropolis.  During this time he entered the marriage relation, in which he became the father of three sons, the eldest of whom died some years ago. In the year 1873 he moved from New York to Bennington, where he has since lived and where he has secured the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends.  His profession has been managed with marked ability, integrity and benevolence.  In his domestic life he was kind, prudent, gentle and affectionate; he met life's trials with patience, courage and resignation. [The Bennington Banner, Bennington VT, January 12, 1888]

NEW YORK. Sept.. 18. -- Mrs. John M. Sherwood, author and social leader, is dead of old age. Mary Elizabeth Sherwood was the daughter of a Representative in Congress, James Grant Wilson, of Keene, N. Y., and was married to John Sherwood In the early '50s. She was authority on etiquette among her best books being "Manners and Social Usages."
[Date: 14 Sep 1903, "The Oregonian" - Sub by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Ansel P. Simpson was born at Schroon, Essex county, in the state of New York on the 7th day of August, A. D. 1841, and died at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa, on the 5th day of December, 1907. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Carrie E., wife of F. C. Gregory, two granddaughters, one brother, Henry Simpson of Spencer, Iowa, and three sisters, Mrs. Amy Shields of Glens Falls, N. Y., Mrs. Marian Brown of Burlington, Iowa, and Mrs. Wm. M. Gibson of Maquoketa, Iowa. He was one of a family of eight children and grew to manhood in his native town. He was among the first to respond to his country’s call and on July 24th, 1861, enlisted in Company E, 22nd Regiment New York Infantry Volunteers for a term of two years. He served his full term and received an honorable discharge.
On the 1st day of January, 1864, he was married to Leila J. Collin at Sandy Hill, N.Y. He moved to Iowa in the month of December, 1867, and settled on a farm south of Maquoketa where he engaged in farming for about eighteen years, then purchased a home in the city of Maquoketa where he moved and where he continued to reside up to the date of his death. He was an honest, upright, honorable citizen and was several times selected by the citizens of his ward to represent them in the City Council and discharged his duties faithfully and honorably. He had never visited his old home and as the time for the holding of the national reunion of the survivors of the war of the Rebellion at Saratoga, September, 9th, 1907 drew near, he became anxious to not only attend the reunion but to visit the home of his childhood. Accordingly in company with his wife and granddaughter, Leila Van Ostrand, his sister, Mrs. Gibson and husband, he made the trip. It was a trip made up of the most touching, tender heart to heart reunions of human experience, the reunion of friends of childhood and early manhood; the reunion of his military company, his old comrades in arms, and the reunion with his sister and family and other kindred and friends, all of which he seemed to heartily enjoy and which greatly impressed and moved him.
Symptoms of a decline in his health developed soon after his return and on the morning of November 23rd, 1907, he was stricken with paralysis of the brain from which he never was able to rally, but lingered in the hands of skilled physicians and nurses until the morning of December 5th, when he passed into the great beyond to await the last reunion of loved ones.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church conducted by the G. A. R. and Woman’s Relief Corps. Rev. A. T. Foster of that church delivered the sermon and the remains were laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery.
[Jackson Sentinel, Dec. 12, 1907 - Sub. by Ken Wright]


Shocking Accident – On Monday the 26th ult. as Mrs. Hannah Stafford, an old lady about 61 years old, was in the vicinity of the rolling and nail factory, 2 miles west of this place she expressed a desire to go in  and see the works while in operation.  She had been in the rolling mill but a few minutes, when she was standing near a rolling shaft which lay within about 4 or 5 inches of the floor, when her clothes happened to get caught by it, drew her under it feet foremost, and before the mill could be stopped had taken her under about midway of her body, and when taken out she was dead. – Essex Co. Repub. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, May 18, 1830; NP, Sub by FoFG]

Joseph WHITE
An assassination of almost unexampled atrocity took place in the town of Salem, Mass. on the night of the 6th ult.  Joseph White, Esq. one of the most aged and opulent citizens of that town, in the 82d year of his age, was murdered in his bed by some unknown person, who entered the house by one of the back windows, and committed the horrid deed by first striking him on the head with some heavy instrument and then inflicting ten stabs near the heart with a knife. There is no way for accounting for this cold-blooded deed, as the assassin took none of the money or other valuable articles within his reach, and appears to have been entirely actuated by a wish to take the l ife of Mr. White, although an aged man, retired from business and inoffensive in his conduct.  Great excitement was occasioned in the town by the occurrence.  The citizens offer $500, the heirs of the deceased $1000 and the Governor $1000 reward for the apprehension of the assassin. – Franklin Republican. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, May 4, 1830; NP, Sub by FoFG]

Randall H. WHITE
Class of 1862 -- RANDALL HOBART WHITE. B. 5 May, 1833, Chesterfield, N.Y. Lawyer. D. 17 Apr., 1905, Chicago, Ill. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1905-1906, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Another of the Fathers Gone.  
Died at Elizabethtown, NY, on the 1st inst.  Mr David Williams, in his 84th year.  Mr. W. was engage during the whole of the revolutionary war and was present at the battles of Long Island and Manmouth.  He received a pension from Government. [New-York tribune. (New-York [N.Y.]), 11 Aug. 1841]

LUVERNE, Minn., April 5. – Rev. G. C. Woodruff, who was the oldest Methodist minister in the United States died this morning at the home of his son, L. E. Woodruff, in the village of Magnolia this county.
Mr. Woodruff had reached the advanced age of 95 years and the cause of death was old age. He was a native of Essex county, New York, and was ordained to preach just before his 21st birthday.  For sixty years after his ordination with the exception of two years following his removal to Illinois, he was a traveling minister, his services being in New York and Illinois. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 6 Apr. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz] 


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