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BAIN, Dr. Aaron
Most Melancholy Accident
On Sunday last Dr. Aaron Bain, of this place, was drowned at our ferry.  Truly a melancholy accident! Mysterious indeed are the dispensations of Providence! We have lost one of our very best citizens. No man has ever lived among us, who enjoyed more of the confidence and respect of the community.  No man has ever had a deeper hold upon the affections and esteem of the people of Ottawa.  His real merit as a man – his kindness to all in society – his great skill as a physician, were highly appreciated, and their loss has created a void not readily to be supplied.  Taken suddenly from us, in the prime of life and in the full tide of usefulness, his death has cast a melancholy gloom over the minds of all, which time can scarcely dissipate. This afflictive bereavement to his many friends in this country, acquired during a residence and an extensive and useful practice in his profession of nearly five years, must prove peculiarly distressing to his relatives and acquaintances in the State of New York, whom he expected very shortly to visit, had his life been spared. Dr. B. had been on the south side of the Illinois River visiting a patient, and on his return, about noon, set out from the south shore of the river on a ferry boat. There were aboard ten or twelve loose cattle, a horse, (Dr. B's) and five men – the two ferry-men, a stranger, Mr. Hopkins and Dr. B.  About fifteen rods from the south shore, in a strong current, and amid high waves under a driving wind, the tossing of the boat affrighted the cattle and they rushing to the bow of the boat, it soon filled with water and went under.  A scene of confusion and dismay ensued.  All were instantly floundering in the stream where the water was about fifteen feet deep and very rough by reason of the wind and current.  One of the ferrymen and the stranger by some means got hold of the boat when it rose, and with it floated ashore. The other ferryman and Mr. Hopkins kept afloat until they were taken up by two men who went with a skiff from the north side. Dr. B. was seen to mount his horse as the boat was first sinking – he was afterwards seen floundering in the stream with his horse – a moment afterwards he was seen floating on his back with his head down stream, and but a moment before the skiff reached him he sank to rise no more. Dr. Bain was a native of Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York, and about twenty-nine years of age. [The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, April 2, 1841]


Drunken Man Killed by Wife's Protector
Linlithgo, N.Y. Oct 11 - Clifford Bonneville died this afternoon at his home from the effects of gunshot wounds inflicted upon him by Foster S. Filler., a 17-year-old boy.
Bonneville was reputed to be worth 200,000 and 300,000. He would go on periodical debauches, and at such times misused his family. Monday he threatened to kill his wife and children, and they, six in all, fled for safety and protection to the home of a neighbor, John H. Filler.
Bonneville went to New York, returning last night. He was intoxicated and quarrelsome. He went to the Filler home, abused his wife and fired a bullet through the door and smashed in the door. At this young Foster Filler, who had been sleeping upstairs,put his head out of a window and told Bonneville to go away. Bonneville was about to pull his gun on Foster, when the young man grabbed a double-barreled shotgun and fired both charges at Bonneville. The man was mortally wounded and died shortly afterward. His wife confirms the statements of young Filler that there was justification for the shooting. Bonneville came from Allentown, PA, where his father was the founder of the Bonneville Cement company.
["Anaconda Standard", 12 Oct 1906 - Sub. by Christine Walters]

At Mobile, on the 18th of Nov. 1813, Lieut. Henry Burchested, of the 2d reg't U. S. Infantry, aged 29 years - son of Mr. Henry Burchsted of this city. He was a meritorious officer, highly respected and esteemed by his brother officers, and his early exit is a source of affecting grief to his connexions (sic) and friends. [Bee (Hudson, NY) Volume V, Issue 229, Page 3, December 20, 1814 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Death of B. F. Butler. The Hon. B. F. Butler, a prominent citizen of New York, died in Paris on the 8th inst., in the 63d year of his age. He was born at Kinderhook, studied law in the office of Martin Van Buren, and subsequently became that distinguished gentleman's law partner. He was warm friend of Gen. Jackson's, and was by him made Attorney-General of the United States. [The Glasgow Weekly Times, Thursday, December 2, 1858 - Sub by. Kathy McDaniel]

BUTLER, HON. B.F. Paris, France, Nov. 8, ae. 63. He was born at Stuyvesant, near Kinderhook, N.Y., Dec. 14. 1795. He was a lineal descendant of Oliver Cromwell, on the mother's side; and he exhibited through life characteristic traits of that greatest of England's great men. From his earliest age Mr. B. was passionately fond of reading; and he greedily devoured the contents of his father's small library, and all the books to be found in the neighborhood, which, combined with the village school, were all the advantages he had for obtaining an education, until, in 1811, he entered the office and family of Hon. Martin Van Buren, as a student at law, in which capacity he remained until he was admitted to the bar in 1817, when he became the partner of Mr. Van Buren, then the attorney general of the state, which connection subsisted until the appointment of Mr. Van Buren to the U.S. Senate in Dec., 1821. Mr. B. made his first appearance before the Supreme Court as counsel in 1821, when he argued and won a cause against the celebrated John B. Henry, of Albany, one of the most distinguished members of the bar at that time; and in Feb. of the same year he was appointed district attorney of the city and county of Albany, which office he held with great honor until March, 1825, when he resigned. In Nov., 1824, Mr. B. was appointed one of the commissioners charged with the revision of the statutes of the state, which occupied the greatest part of his time for five years. He was elected to the Assembly in 1827, which special reference to the work of revision. In 1829 he was appointed one of the regents of the University, but resigned the office in 1832. In 1833 he acted as commissioner on the part of New York to settle the boundary-line question with New Jersey. In Nov. of the same year he accepted, at the urgent request of Gen. Jackson, then president, the office of attorney general of the United States, which office he held under Jackson and Van Buren, until Sept., 1838, when he resigned, at the same time refusing to accept the head of one of the departments under his distinguished friend, the then president, Martin Van Buren. For about five months, from Oct., 1836, to March, 1837, Mr. B. added to his gigantic labors of attorney general that of secretary of war, under Gen. Jackson, filling both offices with distinguished ability. He was U.S. district attorney of the southern district of New York from 1838 to 1841.
In 1845 he was offered the position of secretary of war by President Polk, but declined it, and accepted the office of district attorney for New York, which he held until 1848, when he was removed for supporting Mr. Van Buren for the presidency. Mr. B. was an ardent and active politician, adhering to what proclaimed itself the regular democratic organization until 1848, when he fought the battle of free soil under the banner of Van Buren and Adams. He returned with the Van Burens to the national democratic fold, and supported Gen. Pierce; but the Nebraska bill revolted him again, and he joined the republican party, and voted for Fremont and Dayton.
After leaving public life, Mr. B. entered upon the practice of his profession, and also attended to the duties of principal professor of the law faculty of the New York University, which institution he was instrumental in establishing.
Mr. B.'s last great effort was on the great trust case of Curtiss vs. Leavitt, reported in the 15th volume of the New York Reports. In argument he was "calm, clear, strong, with no passionate appeals, no vehemence of voice or gesture, no wordy declamation. His argument made its way directly to the understanding, and showed a speaker who felt himself above all the arts of the rhetorician, and all desire of display. His doctrines were such as became an American jurist, equally remote from the wild speculations of the latitudinarian, and the narrow and impracticable limitations of the close construer of words.”
He was equally distinguished in private as in public life, and, by his kind, courteous demeanor, drew round him large numbers of firm friends, and commanded the respect and admiration of his enemies.
He was, in the language of another, "as a patriot, lofty and pure; as a statesman, philosophical and sagacious; as a politician, liberal and disinterested; as an advocate, eloquent, calm, persuasive, and forcible; and as a man, in a general sense, possessing one of those admirably-organized minds so rarely met with, in which different qualities of excellence are so harmoniously blended and tempered, without an undue excess of any, so as to produce, on the whole, one of the best and finest characters we can possibly conceive - piety without bigotry, philanthropy without fanaticism, enthusiasm without quixotism, boldness without rashness, firmness without obstinacy, sagacity without cunning, all the dignity of self-respect without any of the hauteur of pride, and the expansive wisdom of the man of study, reflection, and practical experience of life, with the single-hearted simplicity of the child."
Of late years he had withdrawn from public affairs, and devoted himself assiduously to his profession - too assiduously, doubtless, for his health, which, though a good constitution enabled him long to resist the effect of excessive application, yielded at least, and he determined to try the effect of a voyage to Europe and a residence abroad. He sailed in the steamer Arago for Havre on the 16th Oct., 1858.
He arrived at Havre on the 30th, and, after visiting some of the places in its neighborhood, went to Rouen, and thence to Paris, which he reached on the 3rd of Nov. The excitement and fatigue of seeing the marvelous monuments of antiquity which meet the eye of the stranger on entering France, and which make so strong an impression on the traveler from our own young country, proved too rude a trial for his health. A violent attack of diabetes was the consequence - a disease to which he had been somewhat subject, and which now resisted all remedies.
He was not unaware of the danger he was in, and for 48 hours before his death expected that event. At 9 o'clock on the evening of the 8th of Nov. he expired, passing to another state of existence as one might be expected to pass who had lived so well and so holily in this.
Mr. B. took a deep interest in all benevolent undertakings, which will hereafter greatly miss the useful assistance he was so ready to give them. His cheerful and kindly presence will also be missed from our courts of justice, where he set the example of a graceful, unstudied urbanity, which was simply the natural expression of his character, and which won the regard of all who saw him.
[Source Citation: 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.]

Carroll, Mrs. Alida M., consort Charles H. Carroll, d. 8 Mar. 1832, at Livingston, N. Y. She leaves 3 infant child. (21 Mar. 1832) [Source:  Vital Records From The National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin; transcribed by V. Bryan]

Chatham, Four Corners, N.Y., Aug. 2, ae. 22. He had been for nearly five years a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and for about two years a preacher of the gospel. He was born in Saratoga Co., Jan. 26, 1836.
[Source Citation: 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.]


Mrs. Cornelia Cornelison, relict of Peter Cornelison, a revolutionary soldier, died on Tuesday, at Kinderhook, Columbia county, N. Y., aged 96 years.
[Campaign Atlas and Bee, Boston, Sat. July 14, 1860. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

DAVIS, Mary W.

At Stuyvesant, N. Y., on Monday, Sept. 21, after a short and severe illness, Mary W., wife of Jehoiakim Davis, in her 32d year. The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend her funeral, on Wednesday afternoon, the 23d inst., at 1 o'clock, from the residence of his brother-in-law, Hiram Palmer, No. 57 Bethune st. without further notice.
[New York Times, Sept. 22, 1857. Sub. by FoFG]

EVANS, Cornelius P.
Cornelius P. Evans, the millionaire brewer of Hudson, NY, died yesterday morning in his 63rd year.  His death was due to a contraction of the muscles about the heart.  He was twice Mayor of Hudson and had held many positions of responsibility.  He was a member of the Democratic State Committee in 1875-77.  He carried a life insurance of over $100,000.  He leaves a widow and two sons.  [The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]), 06 March 1902]

FRAVA, Jonathan

We regret to learn from Hudson, that on Saturday last, Jonathan Frava, Esq. of late years a druggist in that city, was killed by the explosion of a soda water fountain.  Having charged the vessel too powerfully, the top burst off and struck him in the forehead as he was leaning over it with such force as to carry the top of th e skull completely off and caused his death instantaneously. The explosion was as loud as that of the discharge of a cannon.  Mr. Frava we have long known as a most estimable and valuable citizen.  He was the partner with Harry Croswell (now the Rev. Harry Croswell of New Haven) in the publication of the celebrated Albany Balance. - Ib [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA,  July 14, 1829 - Sub. by FoFG]

HAVILAND, F. Carroll
F. Carroll HAVILAND, cashier of the Farmers' National Bank of Hudson, NY, died last night.  He had been connected with the bank for 40 years.  [The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]), 29 Sept. 1905]

HILL, Granville
Banker Dies from Operation
Catskill, NY, May 30 - Granville Hill, who was 60 years old, the assistant cashier of the Farmers' Bank, Hudson, died last night at the Albany Hospital as the result of an operation last Wednesday. [New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]), 31 May 1903]

KEEFER, Samuel P.
Up-State Man Dies at 105
Penn Yan, Feb 24 - Samuel P. Keefer of Torrey, Yates County, died yesterday in his 105th year.  Keefer was born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY, March 10, 1810  [The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.), 24 Feb. 1915]

Henry W. Livingston, of Livingston, Columbia Co., died at his residence, in that village, on last Sunday morning.  He was a son of the late Henry W. Livingston and a direct descendant of Chancellor Livingston.  The deceased was a gentleman of commanding personal presence, dignified bearing, and high social standing.  His circle of acquaintances are wide and his loss will be generally mourned.  He was in his sixty-fourth year, and the funeral services were held in St. Sylvia's Church, Tivoli, on Tuesday at [2?] p.m. [The Rhinebeck Gazette (Rhinebeck, NY) - Saturday, February 11, 1888; JD, Sub by FoFG]

RUPART, Philip

aged 92, died 6 Aug. at Catawissa, Columbia Co., N. Y.  He was the father of Leonard Rupart, one of the Associate Judges of that county, and had 13 children, 11 of which survive.  (19 Aug.)  [Source: Vital Statistics from the National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin, (1829) transcribed by Liz Dellinger]


Hudson, N. Y. September 25.—Capt. W. P. A. Stranahan, captain of the steamer City of Hudson, shot himself while seated on his mother's grave, in the Episcopal Cemetery, at Athens. Since the recent robbery of his boat he has been depressed, which is the supposed cause. [26 Sep 1875, "Augusta Chronicle" -
Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


aged 73, died 20 Dec. 1828, at Clermont, N. Y.  He was formerly President of the Medical Society of New York, and for many years first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Columbia.  (6 Jan.)  [Source: Vital Statistics from the National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin, (1829) transcribed by Liz Dellinger]



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