Finding Ancestors wherever their trails led

Chemung County
New York
Genealogy and History

    Obituaries and Death Notices


There is a tinge of romance behind the death of Edward C. Booth, a member of Compnay L, Third New York volunteers, which occurred Friday night at his home near Van Etten, which has not been told, but which makes the death of the young man an unusually pathetic one.
Edward Booth was born and reared upon a farm within a mile of the village of Van Etten and was a young man admired by all the country round for his noble, generous traits of character. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Booth, did all in their power to make life pleasant for him, and his lot was as bright as the average country young man with good prospects, until within the past few months.
In due course of time young Booth met, wooed and won the hand of Miss Ward, the charming daughter of Supervisor Ward of Van Etten. The friendship had long existed between the two, but it is said the parents of the young man objected to the match because of alleged strained relations between the members of the two families.
This disheartened the young man, and when the war broke out he decided to enlist. He came to Elmira and was examined, passing the physical examination satisfactorily. There were more applicants at the time than there were positions, and the young man went to Supervisor Ward, telling him that he wished to get in Company L. Mr. Ward then addressed a letter to Captain Sadler of the company with the result that when the twenty-five men were selected to fill the ranks of the company then at Camp Alger, Booth was among them.
The young man’s army career was not a pleasant one. The first day at the camp he was overcome by the heat at Drill and was taken to the field hospital. Later when the poisoned cheese was eaten by the Elmirans he partook of that and was made ill again. Later he failed to recover and the physicians were unable to diagnose his case. The young man was in reality longing for those at home. He wrote to Miss Ward frequently and received letters in return. Later he was taken to Fort Meyer hospital, and when the company went to Camp Meade he recovered and was looking better than when he enlisted. When the company arrived in this city Booth was detailed at the Armory but only served a few days when he was taken with fever and was removed to his home to Van Etten. There he continued to grow worse until his death, which occurred Friday night.
After the young man returned home he called upon Miss Ward and it is said the date of their marriage was again fixed to take place in the near future. Sickness brought the young man low, however, and he was obliged to take to his bed. His condition continued to grow worse, and in a few days his life was despaired of by his friends. During his illness he became delirious and asked to see Captain Sadler and his comrades. A short time before his death he regained his reason suddenly to realize that he was about to die. Then it was that he asked to see Miss Ward, but his request, for various reasons, was denied.
The funeral was held yesterday at the Booth homestead at 2 P.M. and was one of the largest funerals ever held in the village of Van Etten. The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Welsh, pastor of the Baptist church and were very impressive. All the friends from the country roundabouts turned out, and the line of carriages from the house to the little cemetery on the hillside was a long one.
The pall bearers were selected from among the former comrades of the deceased, and were Musician “Harry” Corner, Privates Mitchell, Charles Rodburn and Erwin Keyes. A detail from the company in charge of Corp. Edward Cole, composed of Charles Smith, Jr., R. S. Smith, John Gilson, Joseph Landon, Archibald Graele, John Brys and Thomas Wheeler made up the firing squad and fired three volleys over the grave. Musician “Harry” Corner then sounded taps in a manner which brought tears to the eyes of all those assembled. At the house a quartet gave several appropriate selections. The floral offerings numbered a handsome set piece from the members of Company L. A handsome flag covered the casket.
Miss Ward visited the cemetery and there tearfully watched the remains lowered into the grave. Her grief was pathetic, and soon after she entered a carriage and was driven to her home. [The Evening Herald, 05 October 1898, Syracuse, NY. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

In Elmira, on the 15th inst., Mr. T.G. CHIDSEY, (father of Mrs. A. Trumbull and Mrs. H. A. Howard, of this village) aged 65 years. His remains were brought to this place Monday last for internment. The relatives of the deceased would express their thanks to the citizens for their kind attentions on the funeral occasion.
[Hornellsville Tribune, 21 February 1856, Hornellsville, NY. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

DEXTER, Daniel
Daniel Dexter, an old time resident of the town of Independence, died at his Elmira home on Monday evening. September 21. Mr. Dexter came from Herkimer county and settled in Independence in 1839 and lived there until about three years ago when he moved to Elmira. [The Olean Democrat, 01 October 1891, Olean, NY. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

DOWD, James
James Dowd died yesterday of typhoid fever at Elmira, where he has been attending a business college. The remains will be brought here today for burial. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dowd of Railroad street, and for several years has been an active member of Emerald Hose company and a member of Emerald’s famous running team. [The Evening Herald, 20 September 1893, Syracuse, NY, Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

EISLER, George J.
Elmira, N.Y., Aug. 6 -- The Rev. George J. Eisler, chaplain emeritus of St. Joseph's Hospital and oldest Roman Catholic Priest in the Rochester Diocese, died last night at the age of 88. He was ordained in 1881 by Bishop McQuaid, first Bishop of Rochester, and formerly served as pastor in Scottsville, Caledonia and Mumford, N.Y [ New York Times, Aug. 7, 1941. Submitted by Nan Starjak]

Alfred Ferguson, father of William H. Ferguson of the firm of Weaver & Ferguson of Elmira, died on Tuesday morning, April 26th, at his residence at State Line, near Elmira, aged 72 years. His disease was malignant diphtheria. He was born in Orange county in 1809, but had resided near Elmira for the last 50 years. His father, a soldier of the war of 1812, died 12 years ago. [The Evening Gazette, 29 April 1881, Port Jervis, NY. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

R.S.C. Hendrie, who was editor of the Goshen Whig, a paper famous in Orange and neighboring counties sixty years ago, and who, during the time the Erie Railway Company owned his own printing plant, was superintendent of the company’s printing and publishing house, died in Elmira on Saturday, aged 87 years. He was born in Newton, Sussex, county, N.J., and claimed to be the oldest printer in the country. [Middletown Daily Press, 30 July 1890, Middletown, NY. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

LeMUNYAN, George
DIED – The many friends of Mr. Ed LeMunyan and wife who a short time ago removed to Elmira from this city, will be pained to learn of the death of their little son George, who died at Elmira Sunday. [Hornellsville Weekly Tribune, 08 July 1887, Hornellsville, NY. - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

The widow of Maurice Levy died in Elmira Saturday night of last week from the effects of poison. She had peeled potatoes, and it is supposed that Paris green was on the vegetables and poisoned a sore on the hand. [The Evening Gazette, 15 November 1879, Port Jervis, NY. - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

LOGAN, Minnie Myrtle

Died – The Walla Walla union of the 13th says: “News reached the city last evening of the death at Elmira, New York, of Minnie Myrtle Logan. Mrs. Logan was formerly the wife of Joaquin Miller, the post of the Sierras. She was on a lecturing tour in the Eastern States at the time of her demise. Her death was caused by a severe cold, which settled on her lungs. Mr. Logan is at present a resident of Walla Walla, W.T.,” In speaking of her a few days since, a New York correspondent said: “She wrote poetry after he left her (Miller), then lectured, then married Mr. Logan, but life has been too severe for her and she has succumbed. Miller still lives with his new wife, (nee Leland) but never speaks of her to his friends, never acknowledges that he is married, always goes into society without her, and has never been seen with her even on the street.” [The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, June 24, 1882 - JD - Sub by FoFG]

Class of 1876 - PETER TRENHOLM MARSHALL. A.M. B. 25 Jan., 1849, Moreland, N.Y. Teacher and farmer. D. 2 May, 1910, Horseheads, N.Y. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Death -- In Danville, on Monday last, Mr. John McQuake, of Elmira, N.Y. formerly of Danville, aged about 30 years He was at the time of his death on a visit with his wife and part of his family. His remains were interred at Northumberland, on Wednesday last, in the burial go round of his relatives. [Sunbury American, Sunbury, Northumberland Co., Pa., Saturday, August 18, 1849]

ODELL, Adeline
Mrs. Adeline Odell, aged 78, died in Elmira on Monday, April 25th, of typhoid pneumonia. She was one of the oldest residents of the city, having gone there with her husband from Orange county where they were married over 58 years ago. Her husband has been dead some years. Two sons, six daughter and a large number of grandchildren survive her. [The Evening Gazette, 29 April 1881, Port Jervis, NY. - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

PITKIN, Ozias C.

Class of 1847 - OZIAS CORNWALL PITKIN. B. 2 May, 1827, Montpelier, Vt. Teacher and Chemist. D. 27 Jan., 1906, Elmira, N.Y. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Died, at Elmira, on the 8th inst., Mrs. Mary M., consort of Chas. L. Robinson, and daughter of the late Gen. Walter Martin of this county. [Lewis County Republican (Lowville, Wednesday, May 12, 1852; JD, Sub by FoFG]

SMITH, Boardman
H. Boardman Smith died in Elmira Wednesday morning at the age of sixty-two years. He was an ex-Representative in Congress and ex-Justice of the Supreme court. [Syracuse Daily Standard, 27 December 1888, Syracuse, NY - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Three Members of One Family Die Within One Year
On Dec. 11th last, Mrs. Julia Ann Hubbard, died in Elmira, aged sixty-four years; on Dec. 5th, Joan Knapp Terry, died at Watesboro, S.C., aged seventy-five years; on Dec. 23d, 1895, Thomas Jefferson Terry, died at Waverly, aged seventy-seven years. All three died in the month of December and all within a year. They were children of Smart and Christian Terry, deceased, and were born in Orange county. Two children of this family survive, Oliver Perry Terry, of Deland, Fla., and Ezra Terry, of Elmira. [Middletown Daily Argus, 11 January 1897, Middletown, NY. - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mrs. Clara Tremain, wife of George W. Tremain, died at the family home, 1045 Walnut street, just after 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Tremain had been ill since Monday of pneumonia. She attended the North Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, on Easter Sunday morning. Besides her husband she leaves one son, John Ford Tremain, who with his wife arrived in this city early this morning from Albany. One brother, Charles Chapman, formerly of this city, resides in Bath.

TREMAIN, George W.
George W. Tremain, aged over 72 years died at 8 o’clock Friday morning at this home, No. 1045 Walnut street, after an illness of pneumonia. He is survived by one son, John F. Tremain of Albany, secretary of the state prison commission and one sister, Mrs. Jacob L. Bosworth of Lowman, N. Y. The funeral will be held at the home this afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Rev. Herbert S. Harris to officiate. Mr. Tremain’s wife died of pneumonia one week ago Wednesday after a very brief illness. Mr. Tremain had been ailing for a week at the time but was able to be about. A day or two after the funeral of Mr. Tremain he also developed a case of pneumonia which, due to complications, was hopeless from the first. When Mrs. Tremain was taken ill, the son, John F. Tremain, with his wife, came here at once from Albany, and in less than a fortnight he has been bereft of both father and mother. George W. Tremain had been a lifelong resident of this section. For a long period he was instructor in blacksmithing at the reformatory and since had followed various occupations. In his earlier years he was active in the Grange and Farmers’ club with the late James McCann, Charles Heder, John Bridgman, Samuel Carr and others – Elmira, N. Y. [From the Henry Republican, Henry IL May 27, 1915.- Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

YATES, Phoebe A.
Death of Mrs. Phoebe A. YATES.
Mrs. Phoebe Ann YATES was born in Chemung Co., N.Y., Dec. 31st, 1818, and died in Batavia, Ill., April 16th, 1894, of cancer of the throat. She was the mother of six children, only one of whom survives, Mrs. Louisa COOK, of Wenona, Ill., who tenderly cared for her during her last illness. Mrs. YATES has been a resident of Batavia (Illinois) for about 40 years, and a member of the Christian church more than 20 years. Her suffering was intense, but she bore it patiently in the hope of a blessed immortality. The funeral was held at the Christian church, Wednesday, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. R. E. Thomas. The remains were laid to rest in the East Side cemetery.
Mrs. COOK desires to thank the neighbors and friends for their sympathy and assistance during her mother’s illness. [Batavia Herald, Kane Co, IL 19 April, 1894.Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


Copyright © Genealogy Trails