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Otsego County
New York
Genealogy and History

Obituaries and Death Notices

BUNDY, David S.B.
Otsego, N.Y., April 4, (1858) ae. 67. In the death of Mr. B., community has lost one of its most valuable citizens. In all the relations of life he was a true man, a warm friend, honorable, high-minded, and always energetic in promoting the best interests of the public. As a farmer, he practically has done as much as any other citizen for the promotion of agriculture. He was for 20 years an active member of an agricultural society, and contributed largely to its success.
[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.]

BUTLER, Elder Asa
Worcester, Otsego Co., N.Y., Aug. 26, (1858) ae. 80. He was a doctrinal, experimental, and practical Christian. His statements of divine truth were unflinching. He held and declared it with simplicity, sincerity, and affection. He did not change with the changing policy of the times, but bore one uniform testimony to the gospel. He was a zealous promoter of every Christian and benevolent institution. The cause of evangelical missions was dear to his heart.
[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.]

Drowned in the Hudson River, opposite Castleton, May 19, (1858) ae. 20, son of Hon. William W. Campbell, of Cooperstown, N.Y. He was a senior in Union College, and a young man of much promise.
[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.]

CHAPIN, Lucius Delison
CLASS OF 1855 -- Son of Joseph Chapin and Fanny Farnum; born at Butternuts, Otsego County, N.Y., September 23, 1821; prepared for college at Monson (Mass.) Academy; graduated at Amherst College, 1851; taught in the Young Ladies' Seminary, Pittsfield, Mass., 1851-52; took the full course in this Seminary, 1852-55, and was licensed to preach by the Essex South Association, March 6, 1855. He was acting principal of the preparatory department of Beloit College, 1855-56; began his ministry with the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Mich., in October, 1856, being ordained October 29, 1857, and remained there until 1863; was professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy in Michigan University, 1863-68, spending the last year of that time in Europe and studying at Halle and Berlin; was pastor of an independent Congregational church at East Bloomfield, N.Y., 1868-72; was chancellor of Ingham University, Le Roy, N.Y., and professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy, 1872-75; in Le Roy, 1875-77, engaged in scientific investigations; resided in Chicago from 1877, preaching often, especially in the Presbyterian church at Hyde Park, and carrying on scientific pursuits until his removal to Florida a few months before his death.
He special study in later years was in connection with iron and steel. He discovered and developed a new process of dephosphorizing iron and took out several patents. He published works on the Decarbonization of Pig Iron and the Dephosphorization of Pig Iron. The value of his investigations was recognized on the occasion of his visit to England in 1886 by such men as Sir Lothian Bell and Sir Henry Bessemer. "He had indomitable energy, courage, and perseverance to grapple with very obstacle which met him in practical business life. The highest hopes and broadest ambitions were his, together with the firmest and most childlike faith in his divine Master."
He was married July 17, 1856, to Louise White, of Utica, N.Y., daughter of Deacon Noah White and Fanny Moore. She died October 11, 1861. He married second, December 27, 1864, Mrs. Mary Frances Huggins, daughter of Judge A.D. Smith and Augusta Reed, of Milwaukee, Wis., and widow of Rev. William Sidney Huggins, of Kalamazoo, Mich., who survives him. One of his four sons and a daughter died in infancy; two sons were educated at Amherst College.
Mr. Chapin died of bilious fever, at Philips, Fla., June 18, 1892, aged seventy years.
[Source: "Necrology … Andover Theological Seminary (1828 - 1865)" transcribed by Kim Mohler]

FRENCH, Mrs. William
Funeral of Mrs. William French.
Lisle. March 10.—The funeral of Mrs. William French, who died at Worcester, Otsego county, on last Monday night, was held yesterday afternoon, the remains arriving on the 4 o'clock train. Those who attended from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Stowell of Amsterdam, father and mother to the deceased: Earl Stowell, a brother; Mr. and Mrs. Emmons of Worcester. Clarence Schram of Oswego, Mrs. Sydney Clarke, Miss Myrtle Clarke, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Osgood, all of Binghamton.
[The Evening Herald - March 10, 1898, Syracuse, New York. Submitted by Melissa Rodriguez]

At Randall, Kenosha county, Wis., March 14, 1880, Don Ferdinand Herrick, aged 81 years.
Deceased was born at Le Raysville, Jefferson county, New York, and afterwards lived in Otsego county; then at the age of 31 years, filled the office of Sheriff of Cooperstown. After removing to Oswego, he came to Wisconsin, where he has since resided, his wife having died some years ago. A man of fine culture and amiable qualities, he gained many warm friends wherever he was. Mr. Herrick leaves three daughters, one of them, Mrs. E. G. Garner of this city. For many years in great weakness of body, he seemed only to be waiting till from out the gathered darkness, the Father, Allwise, Eternal, should guide the wayworn feet to the life unmeasured by years.
The family have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends and acquaintances, in their sorrow.
["Wisconsin State Journal" (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) 30 Mar. 1880 - sub by a Friend of Free Genealogy"]

The Death of H. G. Knapp—Personal Mention.
Correspondence AROUS and MERCURY.
— H. G. Knapp, formerly of Beaverkill, who died at Oneonta, Tuesday eight, from the effects of inhaling gas, left Livingston Manor, Tuesday, for Oneonta for the purpose of buying his daughter a piano. The body was brought to Livingston Manor, Thursday. His funeral was held Friday, the Masonic order taking charge. He was a member of F. and A. M. of Livingston Manor. He leaves two sisters and a number of brothers, besides his wife and adopted daughter.
[Middletown Daily Argus - October 23, 1895, Middletown, New York. Submitted by Melissa Rodriguez]

Two lads aged 9 and 10 years, sons of Mr. James Parker, of Brookfield, Otsego county, N.Y. were drowned in Unadilla river on the 6th instant. They were sliding on the ice, when it gave way and they went to the bottom.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pa) January 26, 1825. Submitted by Nancy Piper]

SMITH, Robert H.
ROBERT H. SMITH of Brooklyn, Assemblyman from Orange County in 1886 and 1887, died at Oneonta, N. Y., yesterday aged fifty-five years. He had been an invalid for a number of years. His wife and one son E. C. Smith of Brooklyn, survive him Mrs. Norton, wife of Rear Admiral-Charles S. Norton of Washington D.C., is a sister. The funeral, will be held at Cornwall on Wednesday.
[The New York Times - March 12, 1900, New York, NY. Submitted by Melissa Rodriguez]

In the death, December 6, 1904, of Elmina S. Taylor, General President of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Associations, there passed away a veteran in the cause, and one of its oldest, most active and respected workers and officers. She was born September 12, 1830, in Middlefield, Otsego Co., New York; and was married to Elder George H. Taylor in Haverstraw, Rockland Co., New York, August 31, 1856, by Elder, afterwards President, John Taylor, Elder George A. Smith being present. Three years later, with her husband, she set out for the west to join her people. Passing through many adventures on the plains with ox-team transportation, and crude accommodations, they arrived in Utah on September 16, 1859, in the company of Elder Edward Stevenson. When Eliza R. Snow, who had taken charge of the young ladies' association from its organization, suggested that a general board be appointed to look after their interests, Sister Elmina S. Taylor was selected by her and set apart by President Brigham Young, the first general president of the Y. L. M. I. A., on the 19th of June, 1880, in which capacity she labored with great success, untiring diligence and unflinching integrity, until the time of her death.
She was a good, true and noble woman, who passed to her deserved reward. She devoted her best years to the young women of Zion, who keenly realize that a noble and luminous spirit has been taken from among them, and sharply feel the absence of her immediate personality, and that she can no more be with them as a leader and worker in their cause. She won the respect and esteem of the young women, by the strength, power, justice and consideration displayed for them, in the ever-busy actions of her noble life; and their love, by her unselfish devotion, her zealous labors, her sweet disposition, and her tender solicitude in their behalf. By the force of her character she accomplished a grand task in organizing, in cementing into a strong sisterhood, and in training the young women of Israel; her work extends in one broad benefit, not only to all of the young women, but through them to all of the young men of the Church of Christ. The tatter's advancement and progress in the path of improvement is due, in a great measure, to the devoted endeavor of Sister Taylor and the girls of their companion associations. In contemplating the generous fruitage which her life has brought to the everlasting benefit of this generation, the young people of Zion should not associate the thought of grief with her departure, for she has contributed so much to us and to those who shall come after, that in spirit she still continues with us, while her wonderful works shall triumphantly go on forever, a power in our behalf. In her death we do not sorrow, but rather rejoice in the rest she has won, for she lived nobly to a mature age, and gave her best years and efforts to the young people. The achievements of her day live on, though her worn body rests in mother earth.

[Source: Improvement era, Volume 8, Issue 1; By Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association Publ. 1904; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.]

Edward M. Walworth, an aeronaut, ascended from Cooperstown, N. Y., and was drowned in the lake.
[Wisconsin State Journal September 17, 1889 - Submitted by K.T.]

WESCOTT, Livings
Born in the town of Wilford, Otsego county, N.Y., December 16, 1830. Came to Wisconsin in 1845. Died at Ripon, April 23, 1905.  [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 142; MZ, Sub by FoFG]



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