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Obituaries and Death Notices


Luther Avery
On the 19th occured the death of Luther Avery of Strong's Ridge, Huron co. He was a brother of our townsman, J. 0. Avery. Mr. Avery has been in feeble health for a long time. His end was hastened by a fall from a wagon. He was 75 years old, and leaves five children to mourn his loss, Augustus, a circuit judge in Colorado; Orlando and Edward; Mary (Mrs. H. C. Rushton) and Addie (Mrs. Bemis), all of Bellevue and vicinity. Funeral took place on Tuesday, interment in the Strong's Ridge, Huron co. cemetery, last Thursday ["The Wood County Herald", Mar 1, 1895 - Sub. by Linda Blue Dietz]

Madison Baker
Received bad news. -- Sherman Culp has received news of the death of his uncle Madison Baker, of Belmore, Putnam County, and also the death of his aunt, Mrs. Jacob Serman, at Mansfield. Both deaths occurred Wednesday and both funerals will be held Friday--Mr. Baker's at Belmore and Mrs. Shermans at Plymouth. ["Norwalk Daily Reflector - Sub. by Lynn Kern-Miller]

Ephraim Foster Barker
At the residence of his son-in-law, Elmer Hesser, in Hillsdale Co., Michigan, E. F. Barker, in the 83d year of his age. Mr. Barker immigrated to Ohio in 1818, and settled in Greenwich Township, Huron County, where he has resided until recently.
[Norwalk Weekly Reflector, 24 April 1860, pg3, col 1 - Sub. by Barbara R. Sturgill] (Please note: name "Hesser" should have been "Hess")

John Benedict Bostwick
Died, In the Village of Norwalk, Ohio, on the 29th day of August last, John Benedict, son of Isaac W. and Marriett Bostwick, in the 18th years of his age.  [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, September 28, 1870; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Alzina Briggs

Eds. Reflector-Mrs. Alzina Briggs of whose illness we spoke last week, died, Saturday morning, the 22d ult. Her funeral was held in the M. E. church, at Greenwich Station, on Monday. The Rev. Mr. Barron conducted the services. "Aunt Zina" as she was familiarly called was born in Hillsdale County, New Hampshire, December 22d, 1801. She came to Greenwich township, Huron County, Ohio, with her father, Ephraim Barker, in March, 1818, and was married August 1st, 1820, to David W. Briggs, who died June 14th, 1863. By this marriage she was the mother of fourteen children, seven boys and seven girls, only eight of whom are now living, five girls and three boys.....Mr. H. G. [Norwalk Weekly Reflector, 1 Feb 1881, p4, col3 - Sub. by Barbara R. Sturgill]

David W. Briggs
More Pioneers Gone - Mr. David W. Briggs of Greenwich, in this county, died in that township on Wednesday morning, the 15th inst. At the time of his death, he was the oldest resident settler of the township, having settled there in 1818. [Norwalk Weekly Reflector, pg3, col3, 21 June 1864 - Sub. by Barbara R. Sturgill]

George L. Castle
George L. Castle was born in the town of Florence, Huron county, Ohio, February 18, 1839, and died at his home in Lowell, Indiana, October 12, 1902, at the age of 63 years, 7 months and 24 days. His sickness dates back nearly two years, in which time he has been attended by the best medical skill, but all to no purpose. In hopes of regaining his health he went to Florida last winter, but was forced to return without obtaining the desired benefit. Since his return from the south his disease has been of a dropsical nature and that was probably the immediate cause of his death.
When a lad of ten or twelve he moved with his parents to Michigan, remaining there about two years, when they again moved, coming to Lake county, Indiana, arriving here February 18, 1852, since which time Mr. Castle has resided in or near Lowell, with the exception of a few years in Chicago. He was among our best citizens: a man possessed of many noble traits of character, chief among which was his open-heartedness; no one ever applying to him for assistance was turned away empty handed, if within his power to prevent. He was a man very highly respected by all who knew him for his honorable, upright ways. When his country was in distress and needed his services he offered himself as a soldier, enlisting in Company B, 20th I. V. V. I., July 22, 1861, and from which he was discharged as corporal, July 29, 1864, after a faithful service of a little over three years.
December 18, 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Laura P. Hull. To this union was born one daughter, Jessie, who became the wife of Howard E. Riggs. She died February 13, 1893, leaving a little daughter, Laura M.
The funeral, which was largely attended, occurred from his late home at 2 p. m., October 15. Elder John Bruce assisted by Rev. D. D. Hoagland, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiated. Funeral Director Clifford Stowell had charge of the burial service. Interment was made in the Lowell cemetery.
He leaves his wife, three brothers: John M. and Mortimer, of Lowell, and Charles E. of DeBorgia, Montana, one grand-daughter, Laura M. Riggs, together with a large number of relatives to mourn his death, to whom the Tribune extends sincere sympathy in their darkest hour of sorrow.
[Obit reprinted from the Lake County, Indiana Post Tribune in the "Encyclopedia of Genealogy and Biography of Lake County, Indiana from 1834-1904" - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Miranda Crosby
In Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio, March 9th, of consumption, Miss Miranda Crosby, aged 35 years and 11 months.
She came to this village in 1839 from Brattleboro, Vt., and though she tarried with us but a few years, she won the confidence and affection of a large circle of friends. Her relatives- the Church- the Choir - the S. School, "suffer loss"; but for her "to die is gain". In health, she was diligent in business and fervent in spirit. The evening of her day was serene and happy, and the fragrance of her name is "as the dew of Hermon, that descended upon the mountains of Zion".- Huron Reflector [Vermont Phoenix (VT), Mar 28, 1845]

David Gibbs
March 16, 1840 - At Norwalk, Ohio, aged 51, David Gibbs, one of the earliest settlers in Huron County, and for many years Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas. [Source: "American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge- 1840]

Frank W. Hildebrandt
Collins – Frank W. Hildebrandt, 86, died Sunday morning at Norwalk’s Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Ottawa County and had lived in Collins until about a year ago when he moved to Norwalk. He was a retired farmer and construction worker. Mr. Hildebrandt is survived by three sons, Victor, Norwalk; Golden, Elyria; and Raymond, LaGrange; one daughter, Mrs. Albert Keith, Wellington; and two sisters, Mrs. Milo Weaver, and Mrs. Ida O’Rorke, both of Berlin Heights; 12 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. His wife Alice preceded him in death in 1949. The body is at the Hinman Funeral Home, Berlin Heights, where friends may call after 7 p.m. today and where services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. T. M. Sheesley of the Collins Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Fitchville Cemetery. [The Sandusky Register (Sandusky, OH) – Monday, March 26, 1962]

Mrs. Sarah Hoyt
Norwalk, O., Aug. 20, re. 87, the last survivor of the Wyoming massacre. [Source: "An nual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]

Mrs. Adam Miller
Mrs. Adam Miller, 56, died today at her home in this city. [Plain Dealer, Apr 12, 1918]

C. L. Moore
Norwalk - C. L. Moore, a veteran of the civil war, formerly a jeweler of Zanesville, died of spinal trouble. Last week his pension was increased from $10 to $72 per month. [Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh, Jan 5, 1900]

George Morey
Norwalk, Feb. 1 - George Morey, 88, is dead here. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 2, 1917]

Dr. E. C. Morrell
Monroeville - Dr. E. C. Morrell of Norwalk, was found dead in his carriage in this city, where he had come to attend a patient. Dr. Morrell was the oldest and one of the most successful practitoners in Norwalk. [Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh, Jan 4, 1900]

Benjamin F. Morse, M. D.
Fremont, O., April 26, ae. 43. The larger part of his active life as a physician was spent in Peru, Huron Co., O., where his skill and fidelity in his profession, and his character as a man and a Christian, gave him an honorable standing among an extensive circle of friends and acquaintances. [Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Per sons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Je wett and Co., pub. 1859.]

Jean M. Fitzwater Murray
Jean M. (Fitzwater) Murray, age 61, went home to the Lord's House and her parent's arms on Sunday, September 20, 2015. She had been a patient at Stein Hospice in Sandusky. She was born on June 9, 1954 in Medina to Raymond and Irene (Ritch)Fitzwater of Peninsula. Jean and her identical twin sister, Jane, were baptized at the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Peninsula on July 4, 1954. Her family lived in West Richfield before moving to Newark, Delaware. Her father's promotion brought the family to Willard in 1966. Jean is a 1972 graduate of Willard High School and a 1979 graduate of the Willard Police Academy. She was a police officer with her husband on the Wakeman Police Department and the Greenwich Police Department. She found her passion in photography and journalism as a correspondent for the Willard Times-Junction. Jean was awarded an Osman Hooper Award for news photography in 2013 from the Ohio Newspaper Association. As a civilian photographer for the Ohio Army National Guard, Camp Perry and Fort Ohio, she worked with soldiers. Jean was a member of the M1 for Vets Rifle Team. As a result of her work with the military, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Army which is the highest award a civilian can receive. In 2013, Jean was made an Honorary Firefighter with the Willard Fire Department. She is a member of the American Legion Riders and the American Legion Auxiliary. Jean is survived by her husband of 40 years, Donald Murray whom she married on St. Valentine's Day in 1975; her sons, Donald Eugene II (Geri) of Columbus and Daniel Ray (Heather) of Willard; her identical twin sister Jane (Ed) Ernsberger of Shelby; brothers Raymond "Dutch" (Lauri) Fitzwater of Willard and Lee (Deborah) Fitzwater of Tallmadge; nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents Joseph and Marietta (D'Angelo) Ritch and Raymond and Grace (Jansick) Fitzwater. Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 at the funeral home with Pastor Thomas Blair officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Willard. [unknown publication; September 20, 2015]

Frank Potter
Norwalk - Frank Potter, an engineer on the W & L. E., was killed in a wreck at Lodi. He resided in this city and leaves a wife and three children. [Mansfield News, (Mansfield, Oh) Jan 2, 1900]

Mary Potter
Norwalk - Miss Mary Potter was found dead in her bed by neighbors who had missed her. She had been dead several days. Her faithful dog in the house and cow in the barn were famishing with hunger. [Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh, Jan 4, 1900]

W. C. Pressing
Norwalk, June 12 - W. C. Pressing, 52, is dead here. [Plain Dealer, June 13, 1919]

Rev. W. J. Pruner
Norwalk, Apr 11 - Rev. W. J. Pruner, United Brethren minister, 49, died at his home here today after suffering a stroke of paralysis. [Plain Dealer, Apr 12, 1918]

Almon Ruggles
July 17, 1840 - At Vermillion, Ohio, Almon Ruggles, in his 70th year. He was one of the earliest settlers in this part of Ohio, and, when the county of Huron was founded in 1810, he was appointed its first Recorder. He sustained various public offices, among which were those of State Senator and Associate Judge; and was much respected for his public usefulness and for his many private virtues. [Source: "American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge- 1840]

Fanny Stanford
Died, in Norwalk, Ohio, June 3d, of paralysis, Mrs. Fanny Stanford, formerly of Houseville, aged 77 years and 10 months.  [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Wednesday, July 22, 1874; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Sarah Thrall
Died, in great peace, on the 26th of August last, near Groton, Huron county Ohio, in the 69th year of her age, Mrs. Sarah Thrall, relict of the late Cotton M. Thrall. For more than 30 years she had been a resident of Brown township in this county. she was one of the noblest of Christian women, and by her pure devotion to the cause of religion she gained the friendship of all who knew her. Peace to her memory. [Delaware Gazette, 02 October 1863; Sub by T. Rigney]

Abel White
Died - In Norwalk, Huron Co., Ohio, on the 1st inst., Abel White, (father of O. A. White, formerly of Jamestown), aged 82 years. Mr. White settled near Sinclairville in 1824, and was long a resident of this county. [Jamestown Journal, (NY), Jan 10, 1873]



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