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Death Notices

Romeyn B. Ayres
Major-Gen. Romeyn B. Ayres, United States Army, died at noon yesterday at Fort Hamilton, where he was stopping on leave of absence on account of sickness. He was born at East Creek, Montgomery County, N.Y., in December, 1825. In 1843 he entered West Point, and on being graduated in 1847 was commissioned in the regular army as a Brevet Second Lieutenant of the Fourth Artillery, and served in the Mexican war at Pueble and the city, of Mexico with such valor as to be commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He was in active service, mostly on the frontier, until the breaking out of the civil war, when he held the rank of Captain of the Fifth Artillery. He was present at all the early engagements of the war about the defenses of Washington. He accompanied the Army of the Potomac in the Peninsular campaign and in the Maryland campaign of 1862, and participated in all of the long sequences of battles ending at Antietam. He was made a Brigadier-General of United States Volunteers and promoted to Brevet Major, United States Army. Continuing with the Army of the Potomac, he served through the engagements at Warrentown, Rappahannock Station, and the battles of the Wilderness. In July, 1863, he was placed in command of a regiment and sent to New York City to aid in the draft. During the riot he rendered gallant service. On Aug. 1, 1864, he was promoted to Brevet Major-General, United States Volunteers, for conspicuous gallantry during the General, United States Volunteers, for conspicuous gallantry during the campaign, and less than a month later was made a Brevet Colonel for gallantry at Weldon Railroad. His valor at Five Forks gained him the title of Brevet Brigadier-General of the United States Army, and afterward he took part in the pursuit of the rebel army culminating in Lee's surrender, March 13,1865, he was promoted to Brevet Major-General, United States Army, and on April 30,1865, was mustered out of the volunteer service, having been active throughout the war.
Since the war he has been in command at various posts and has served on many important commissions. Three years ago he was ordered to St. Francis Barracks, St. Augustine. The climate there did not agree with, him and his health began to decline, Last April he was forced to ask for sick leave of absence, and came to Governor's Island. In May he removed to Fort Hamilton, where his wife's family have a house. He has been up and around ever since, but has been steadily failing. A short time ago paresis set in, which resulted in his death, he leaves several children by his first wife, one of whom, Charles Ayres, is a Lieutenant in the army. His second wife and two little girls survive him.
Major-Gen, Ayres was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, and of the Loyal Region. The funeral arrangements will not be completed until after a conference with the authorities. A service will be held at the Fort Hamilton house and then the body will probably be taken by a guard of soldiers to the Pennsylvania Railroad to be forwarded to Washington for burial at Arlington. When the news of the death was made known the flags on Fort Hamilton were set at half-mast and & detail of soldiers was sent as a guard to the house.
["The New York Times", Dec. 5, 1888. p. 2, c 6 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Julie Ayres
Thursday, November 26, 1925, at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C. Mrs. Julie Opie Ayers, widow of Gen. Romeyn Ayres.
[From "The Evening Star", Washington, D. C. Nov. 28, 1925, p. 7, C. 7. Note; No further information found in "Star" about Mrs. Ayers. Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Levi Nathaniel Backus
At Fort Plain, Dec. 16th, Levi Nathaniel Backus, only son and remaining child of the proprietor of the Radil, aged 14 years. [Evening Post, New York, NY, published Thursday, December 28, 1848; submitted by cddd]

Wilder L. Burnap
Class of 1863 - WILDER LUKE BURNAP. A.M. B. 3 Sept., 1839, Montgomery Co., N.Y. Served in 7th R.I. Cav., 1862. Lawyer. Prof. Med. Juris., Univ. of Vt., 1884-95. D. 15 July, 1905, Burlington, Vt.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1904-1905, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

David D. Cassidy
Amsterdam, NY, July 6 - David D. Cassidy, aged 87, for 30 years cashier of the Farmers National Bank of this city and one of the most widely known residents of Montgomery county, died at his home here tonight of senile debility.  [The Sun.(New York [N.Y.]), July 07, 1914, Page 9]

E. B. Day
At Fort Plain, on the 24th ult., in the 22nd year of his age, Mr. E. B. Day, son of the late Dr. J. B. Day, of Fulton county.
[Cabinet, Schenectady, NY, published Tuesday, September 04, 1849; submitted by cddd]

Rose S. Diefendorf
Died, after a short illness, near Fort Plain, N.Y., Rose S., daughter of Lysander W. Wolcott, of Leyden, and wife of A. B. C. Diefendorf, in the 26th years of her age. [Lewis County Democrat (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, November 27, 1867; JD, Sub by FoFG)]

Helen (Alexander) Donohoe
March 2, 1930 - July 25, 2008
Birth Place: Amsterdam, NY
Resided In: Mansfield Center
Helen (Alexander) Donohoe, 78, of Mansfield Center, wife of the late Edward F. Donohoe, died Friday, July 25, 2008 at the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She is survived by her son, Steven Donohoe of Glastonbury, her daughter, Susan Donohoe of South Windsor, two granddaughters, Kimberly and Jessica Donohoe of Kensington, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private with burial in Rotterdam, NY, There are no calling hours. Her family would like to thank the staff of Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation for the wonderful care she was given during her short stay there. Arrangements are through the Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic.
[Obituary from Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic, Windham County CT. Permission granted to Nancy who submitted this obit.]

Miles W. Downing
Miles W. Downing, a well known Democratic politician of Montgomery county, died on Sunday night at Fort Plain, aged 50 years.  He was at one time superintendent of section three of the Erie Canal.  He leaves a widow and two daughters.  [The Sun.(New York [N.Y.]), April 27, 1898, Page 8]

Rev. Dr. Fletcher
The Rev. Dr. Fletcher died at Franklin, Massachusetts, Monday. When the Clinton liberal institute was transferred from Clinton to Fort Plain, Montgomery county, Dr. Fletcher was placed at the head of the institution as principal, and for some years was pastor of the Church of the Messiah. He obtained a wide acquaintanceship in Fort Plain, where his death causes great sorrow. It is said he held life insurances amounting to $82,000. [Time, Troy, NY, published Thursday, January 24, 1884; submitted by cddd]

Squire Hill
Died, at Canajoharie, on the 8th instant, Squire Hill, brother of Ebenezer Hill, of this town, on the 66th year of his age. [Lewis County Republican (Lowville, Wednesday, April 14, 1852; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Charles Hubbs
Canajoharie, NY, Dec 5 - Charles Hubbs, ex-Assemblyman for Montgomery County, died at his home in Rural Grove today, aged 85.  He was Supervisor of the town of Root for many terms and a justice of the peace for 40 years.  One brother, David Hubbs, president of the Farmers and Merchants' Bank of Cobleskill, NY, survives him.  [New-York tribune.(New York [N.Y.]), December 06, 1902, Page 7]

Charles N. Hurst
Charles N. Hurst, for more than 25 years a newspaper correspondent at Tribes Hill, Montgomery county, died Friday night of pneumonia.  He was 46 years of age and a son of the late Henry Hurst of Tribes Hill.  He is survived by his mother, a brother, Oliver Hurst of Fort Hunter, and a sister, Mrs. Timothy H. Pettengill of Amsterdam. [The Sun, New York [N.Y.]), October 28, 1906, Page 3]

Harvey Joslin
At Fort Plain, suddenly, on the 11th inst., Harvey Joslin, formerly of Frankfort, Herkimer county, aged 22 years. (Oswego papers please copy) [Albany Argus, Albany, NY, published Tuesday, July 15, 1845; submitted by cddd]

A Prominent Clergyman’s Death.
John S. Ladd

Class of 1877 - JOHN SAVILIAN LADD. A.M., Union Theological Sem., 1880. B. Apr. 7, 1852, Epping, N.H. Missionary, Sistof, Bulgaria, 1880-93. Minister; Business. D. Nov. 13, 1912, Johnsville, N.Y.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1912-1913, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

David G. Miller
Class of 1884 - DAVID GEORGE MILLER. A.M. BK. B. Dec. 21, 1856, Johnsville, N.Y. Teacher. D. Feb. 13, 1913, Meriden, N.H.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1912-1913, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Hannah Mitchell
Death in St. Johnsville, Montgomery Co., N.Y., March 11, Mrs. Hannah, wife of John A. Mitchell, Esq., and daughter of the late Capt. Wm. Candler, of Marblehead, 28.  [Boston Traveler, Boston, MA, published Wednesday, April 04, 1855; submitted by cddd]

Henry C. Pettingill
Henry C. Pettingill of Florida, Montgomery county, died yesterday, aged 84 years.  He was the most extensive land owner in the valley.  [The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]), May 27, 1885]

William J. Scharff
Canajoharie, NY, Jan 25 - William J. Scharff, ex-sheriff of Montgomery County, died suddenly today of heart disease, aged 62.  [New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]), January 26, 1902, Page 5]

Col. William Se__
Died, In Palstine, Montgomery county, on the 15th inst. Col. William Se[u?].., formerly of this town, aged 54 years. [Northern Journal (Lowville, NY) – Thursday, April 26, 1838; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Mary Putnam Strover
Nearly Rounded out a Century
Amsterdam, NY, Sept 3 - Mrs. Mary Putnam Strover, probably the oldest person in Montgomery County, died last night, aged 99 years and five months.  She was born in Saratoga County.  Mrs. Strover retained her mental faculties to a remarkable degree.  [New-York Tribune (New York [N.Y.]), September 04, 1893, Page 10]

George M. Voorhees
George M. Voorhees, a wealthy resident of Amsterdam, NY, and long a leading Democrat of Montgomery County, died yesterday at the age of 83.  He was captain of Company D, 93d NY volunteers, in the Civil War.  [New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]), September 15, 1909, Page 7]

Peter J. Wagner
Peter J. Wagner, who died at Fort Plain, N. Y., yesterday, was born on Aug. 14, 1795, at Palatine, Montgomery county, N. Y., and was the great grandson of Col. John Peter Wagner, who settled in the Mohawk Valley during the year 1723, and served with distinction in the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, who also held a Colonel’s commission in the war of the Revolution, was one of the Committee of Safety for Tryon county and represented his district in the State Legislature form 1777 to 1819.
Peter J. Wagner removed at the age of ten years with his parents to Fort Plain. He entered Union College in 1813 and was graduated in 1816. He studied law with Judge’s Alfred Conkling of Canajonarie, New York, and Samuel A. Talcott of Oneida county, then Attorney General of the State. He was admitted to the Bar in 1821. In 1838 he was elected to Congress. He served during the administration of Martin Van Buren and was the contemporary friend and correspondent of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun and William H. Seward. His political predilections with Horace Greeley, who was his welcome guest when traveling through Western New York. Mr. Wagner having declined a re-nomination for Congress retired to his home, where he engaged in the practice of his profession.
He was prominent in the organization of the first church at Fort Plain, of which he was a member and an active supporter, and was ever foremost in the promotion of educational interests.  [Boston Journal, Boston, MA, published Monday, September 15, 1884; submitted by cddd]

James Oliver Webster
On the 4th inst. at Fort Plain, Montgomery county, James Oliver Webster, son of Dr. J. Webster, aged 23 years. [Albany Argus, Albany, NY, published Friday, May 14, 1830; submitted by cddd]

Nelly Wyckoff
On Sunday morning, Dec. 4th, after a protracted illness, Mrs. Nelly Wyckoff, wife of the late Rev. Henry V. Wyckott, of Charleston, Montgomery Co., N. Y., in the 61st year of her age. Her remains will be removed to Charleston for interment. [Commercial Advertiser, New York, NY, published Monday, December 05, 1836; submitted by cddd]


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