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Obituaries and Death Notices


Elijah Averhill
In Lafayett, Medina Co., Ohio, Mr. Elijah Averhill, aged 70 years, formerly of Milford, N. H.
[Farmer's Cabinet, Oct 23, 1862 - Sub. by L. Dietz]



Martha Beckwith
In York township, 26th ult. Mrs. Martha Beckwith, Medina Co., Ohio, the, wife of Reynold Beckwith, formerly of this town, in the 70th year of her age.
[Mar 3, 1844, Sub. by L. Dietz]


Moses Bissell
At Grander, (Medina Co., Oh), in December last, Mr. Moses Bissell, aged 78 years, a soldier of the Revolution, formerly of East-Windsor, Conn.
[American Mercury, Apr 8, 1828 - Submitted by L. Dietz]


Caleb A. Bowen
At York, Medina Co., Ohio, June 7, Caleb A. Bowen, aged 40, formerly of Peru.
[Sun, Jun 22, 1854 - Submitted by L. Dietz]

Leila E. Craft
Leila "Pat" E. (nee Behrens) Craft, 74, passed away, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. She was the loving mother of Doug and Connie Lou Hutson; dear grandmother of 13; great-grandmother of 24; and dear sister of Lawrence Behrens, Caroline Poplar and Josephine Roman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer L. Craft; sons, Joseph, Stephen and Billy; and sister, Ruth Strasser. Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Corrigan-DiCicco Funeral Home, 14768 Lorain Ave., Cleveland. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday at the funeral home. [The Medina Gazette (Medina, OH) - Saturday, November 22, 2008; JD, Sub by FoFG]


Benaiah Hanson
Hanson, Benaiah, Medina, O., Nov. 1, ae. 76. He was born at Windham, Me., Oct. 18, 1781. He was the youngest of 11 children. His mother's maiden name was Abigail Hays. His father, in the Memoir and Journals of Rev. Paul Coffin, D. D., is thus mentioned: "August 18, 1800. Rode to Windham, and lodged with Ichabod Hanson, who has 11 children, and never gave one of them a blow, and 20 grandchildren, and never lost one." Mr. Ichabod Hanson's father was a member of the Society of Friends; his wife was a Congregationalist. They resided at Dover, N. H., where they reared their large family. Friend Hanson, or his immediate ancestors, emigrated from England. When 90 years of age he took a journey of 60 miles to visit his son Ichabod, at Windham, somewhere between the years 1786 and 1788. Dr. B. Hanson, the subject of this sketch, after spending one term at Fryeburg, Me., entered Exeter Academy, where he remained four years. He commenced the study of medicine under the tuition of his brother-in-law, Dr. John Converse, of Durham, and after the usual course of study, was admitted to practice. During the last war with England he received a commission in the army, as a lieutenant in the 33d regiment of infantry, under the command of Col. Isasc Lane, brother of Col. Daniel Lane, of Belfast, Me., and was ordered to Plattsburg, and engaged in active service. At a subsequent period he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in the city of New York, and graduated in 1825. ' The faculty at that time comprised W. J. McNevin, Israel Post, Jonn W. Francis, Samuel L. Mitchell, David Hosack, and Valentine Mott. During his attendance at the medical college, he was a student in the office of David Hosack, with whom he studied two years. After graduating he removed to Western New York, and subsequently to Maumee City, O. Through the whole course of his practice, he was remarkably successful, and in the treatment of western fevers especially he was particularly fortunate. He spent 40 years in practice. His last years were particularly devoted to the study of the Bible. In 1811 he married Abigail Woodman, daughter of Capt . Joseph Woodman, of Buxton, Me. Capt. Woodman was the fifth Joseph of that name, and was descended from Joshua Woodman, the first man child born in Newbury, Mass., and the second interred in that place. He has left a widow and three children.
[Source: "Annual 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.]


Thomas Hatch
At Granger, Medina Co, Ohio, Mr. Thomas Hatch, aged 87.
[Sep 1, 1859 - Sub. by L. Dietz]



Elijah Hawley
On the 11th inst. at Penfield, Medina co, Ohio, Elijah Hawley, Esq. father of Jesse Hawley, Esq. of this place, aged 81 years.
[Rochester Telegraph, Aug 30, 1825 - Sub. by L. Dietz]


Frances Loree
At Medina, Ohio, Aug. 18th, Mrs. Frances, wife of Mr. Wm. Loree, and daughter of Colonel Josiah Butler, of this town, aged 36. Possessed of an amiable disposition, modest and unassuming in her intercourse with others, charitable towards the faults of others, with a heart early impressed, and we trust sanctified by the religion of Christ, Mrs. Loree did not fail to draw around her a large circle of endeared friends, who will sincerely sympathise with the afflicted parents of the deceased, and their family, in the severe loss they have sustained in her death. They will be happy to learn, that though called to leave an affectionate husband, and an interesting family, she was sustained in her last hours, by the power of the Gospel, and was enabled in faith and hope to say " not my will but thine be done."---- Com.
[Aug 26, 1847, Sub by L. Dietz]


Dolly Mansfield
At Litchfield, Medina Co., Ohio, August 14, Mrs. Dolly, wife of Capt. John T. Mansfield, formerly of Litchfield, South Farms, Ct., aged 63 years.
[Connecticut Courant, Sep 26, 1840 - Submitted by L. Dietz]

A.L. Miller
Deaths on the Plains. The St. Louis Republican gives the deaths that have been reported at Fort Laramie during the summer.  The number of names given is 262; many more deaths are said to have occurred, but not reported.  The record was kept and furnished by the officers at the Fort.  We give the names from Ohio and Indiana, contained in the melancholy record:  
A.L. Miller, Medina county, Ohio, died June 20th 106 miles west of Fort Kearney, aged 24 years, of cholera. [Wed., Oct 23, 1850, "Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus, OH) - KT, Sub by FoFG]


George W. Morse
Class of 1869 - GEORGE WASHINGTON MORSE. B.S., 1879; A.M., 1889. B. 24 Aug., 1845, Lodi, O. 1st Lieut. 2nd Mass. Vols. Lawyer. D. 9 Apr., 1905, Marseilles, France.
[Source is: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1904-1905, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by K. Mohler]



Almon Franklin Norton
Almon Franklin Norton, was born in Lodi, Medina county, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1836, and departed this life March 18, 1917. He enlisted In Co. A. Twenty-fourth regiment of Ohio volunteer Infantry, July 20,1881. April 23, 1882, he was discharged on the campfield of Shiloh on account of severe Illness. Feb. 26, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Boardman. To this union three children were born. Lucius Burr died in infancy. Besides the two daughters, Mrs. Stella Hess of Jackson, and Mrs. Mae Blanche Giles of Napoleon, Ohio, one sister, Mrs. Rose Allen of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, are left to mourn his departure, his wife having passed away April 8, 1909. He was a member of Comstook post, G. A. R. No. 352. of Manchester, Mich. Funeral services were held at his home on the Michigan Center road, Saturday. March 31, conducted by Rev. W. Gibbs of Concord, and he remains were laid to rest in the Norvell cemetery.
[Jackson Citizen Patriot, Apr 17, 1917 - Submitted by L. Dietz]


Benjamin Osborn
Benj. Osborn was born March 1, 1788, in Van Rensselaer Co., N.Y.; moved to Cleveland in 1817; married and lived six years in that place; then moved to Richfield in March 1823, and settled on the farm where he died. He died March 23, 1874, aged 86 years and 22 days.
[Medina County Gazette, Medina Co., OH; Sept. 18, 1874, pg. 3, col. 5 - Sub. by Ruth I. Stude]


Eunice Thorp Osborn
Remson Corners -- Mrs. Oscar Osborn, of Ritchfield, was buried at Osborn’s Corners on the 20th.
[Medina County Gazette, Sept. 29, 1886, pg. 1 - Sub. by Ruth I. Stude]


Oscar D. Osborn
A FIENDISH MURDER
Summit and Medina Counties Horrified by One of the Worst Crimes Imaginable. An Aged and Wealthy Framer Murdered for Money. Murderer Crookedly Confesses. Twice Taken to the Scene of Murder. Part of His Story Doubted. Full Details. …. Ed. Johnson, Self-Confessed Murderer of Oscar Osborn. …..
A horror, so brutal and so revolting as to shock the whole community of western Summit and eastern Medina counties, took place in the south-west part of Richfield township last Friday evening. An old man of 80 years, inoffensive and weak, living alone, while about his evening chores, was seized by a murderous ruffian, and after being strangled and choked, was thrown into a manger and his head beaten to a jelly. ….
Tuesday afternoon Ed. Johnson, a farm hand, who had once worked for Osborn, confessed the crime….
Oscar Osborn was an old and respected citizen of Summit county, living in the south-west part of Richfield township about half a mile from the Medina county line. Over 100 acres of his farm in this county. He was rich, having amassed property by extreme frugality, but a man of his word, hard-working, and one who did and spoke no evil of his neighbors. He would have been 80 years of age next month, but was hale and hearty. Sunday afternoon, about 4 o’clock, he was found dead in his barn, having been most foully murdered. ….
The house is situated on the west side of the road. It is a neat frame house of two stories, painted white with red blinds, and has many shade trees about it. The barn in question, an old style 30 x 40, stands directly west of the house perhaps about ten rods, fronting to the east ….
In his trousers’ pocket were $4.66 in a money bag, his knife and his house keys which he always carried with him. But missing was a bill purse, which it was known contained a roll of bills of a good many dollars, perhaps 50 or 100. ….
The time of the murder was probably just at evening Friday. …
Mr. Osborn was known to have been wealthy, owning 240 acres of land and having ready money, and it was quite generally believed that he had a large sum of money secreted some where.
Mr. Osborn had been warned by his neighbors that he should not live alone and that robber might be attempted. Once in reply he had said: “What if they do come; they’ll have to find it.” This would look as if he did have hidden money. Once after being warned, he made a large deposit at an Akron bank. And it has developed that he had been once robbed before in August 1897. His son-in-law found among his papers Monday a memorandum made by J.H. Wright, the president of the First national Bank in Akron, showing that $1890 in bank certificates had been “stolen or lost” as stated to the bank officials by Mrs. Osborn….
Ed. Johnson, a farm hand … worked about two miles from Osborn … he was the last person seen with Osborn... had paid out considerable money in the city Friday evening …he hired a rig… to go out to Richfield to get some money, as he said from his employer. It was also learned that he had not obtained any money from his employer, but had gotten money from some source, with which he paid his debts. …Johnson confessed…saw his sweetheart, whom he had taken with him to see his victim at the Osborn house Sunday afternoon….
Since July of last year, “Uncle Oscar” had lived alone, preferring this mode of life to any other. Previous to this time he, with a weak minded son, had lived here alone; but the son, Jesse, died a year ago last July from sun stroke. Mrs. Osborn had been dead 13 years.
Mr. Osborn was a very sociable man and greatly enjoyed having his neighbors call and chat with him. He was honest but penurious and money-loving. Next October 23 the neighbors would have celebrated his 80th. birthday.
Mrs. F.R. Brower of West Richfield is the only remaining child. A brother, A.G. Osborn, lived about 40 rods south of Oscar Osborn’s home …..
[Medina County Gazette, Thursday, Sept. 29, 1898, pg. 1 (cont. pg. 8)(A partial transcription of a very long article) - Sub. by Ruth I. Stude]



Rhoda Osborn
Hinckley Deaths – Mrs. B
(enjamin). Osborn, Nov. 12th. aged 79 years. Funeral services by Rev. A. Pollock of West Richfield. [Medina County Gazette, Medina Co., OH; Dec. 2, 1870, pg. 4, col. 2 - Sub. by Ruth I. Stude]

Hinckley -- Nov. 12th, Mrs. Benjamin Osborn, age 81 years. Fifty-seven years ago Mr. Osborne and wife resided on Euclid street in Cleveland in a log house, and it was in their house that the 1st M.E. church in Cleveland was organized. They lived together sixty-one years before death parted them.
[Medina County Gazette, Medina Co., OH; Jan. 13, 1871, pg. 3, col. 4]


William N. Pardee
In Decatur, Van Buren county, Michigan, on the 11th day of October, inst, William N. Pardee, Esq., in the forty-ninth year of his age. Mr. Pardee was born in Onandoga county, New York, on the 30th day of July 1812. At the age of six years he removed with his father's family to Wadsworth, Medina county, Ohio; he assisted clearing up a farm in that township. After becoming of age, he was for a number of years, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Medina co. About sixteen years since, he removed to Michigan and finally settled at Decatur, then an entirely new place situated on Michigan central Rail Road. Mr. Pardee was elected Pros. Attorney of Van Buren county, a Justice of the Peace, and held at the time of his death, other minor offices. He led peculiarly a pioneers life, with its varieties of cares and hardships. It is all passed— " He was all that thou hast been,' " He is what thou shalt be," In closing this brief notice may we not appropriately say, "Peace be with thee." E. P.
[Wooster Republican, Oct 25, 1860 - Sub. by L. Dietz]


Nancy Gruver Porter
The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Gruver Porter, a former resident of this vicinity and with many relatives residing in Clinton and Jackson Counties, occurred at Baldwin Wednesday of last week, conducted by Rev. Boomershine of the Reformed church. Interment was at the cemetery in Monmouth, where several relatives preceded her.
Nancy Gruver was born in Medina County, Ohio, in 1832 and died at the home of her granddaughter in Cherokee, Iowa, September 26, 1914. Mrs. Gruver came to Iowa with her parents in 1852, making the trip from Ohio in a covered wagon.
She was married three times, the first husband being Andrew D. Kelsaw, to whom she was united in 1856. Mr. Kelsaw died in 1857. A year later the widow was taken in marriage by John Posten, who was killed in an accident while sinking a well in the following year. To each of these marriages one child, a girl, was born, one of whom died in infancy, the other, Mary Jane, growing to maturity. The third marriage occurred in 1902 to Mr. H. Porter, whose death followed in 1905.
Deceased was the oldest of a family of eleven children, seven girls and four boys. Of these, but two survive. The last 12 years of her life she resided in Cherokee, Iowa, with her granddaughter.
[Lost Nation Press, Oct. 8, 1914 Sub. by Ken Wright]



David F. Soliday
—On May 3d, 1862, at his residence near Seville, Medina county, DAVID F. SOLIDAY, in the 32d year of age, Mr. Soliday's death was singular and very sudden, being caught in his saw-mill, while attending it alone, by the horizontal shaft, which crushed his body against the timbers of the mill, breaking his neck and limbs. Mr. S. was born in Blair county, Pa., December 7,1881. His funeral was attended, on the 5th Inst, by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, and his dust was deposited in its last resting place by his brethren of the Masonic Order, of the Wadworth and Seville Lodges. Mr. Soliday leaves a wife and three small children. He was the eldest son of Abraham Soliday, Esq., of Millbrook in this county. It is not on the field of battle alone that death smiles: "Where is the man that liveth That shall not see Death?"
[Wooster Republican, May 15, 1862 - Submitted by L. Dietz]

Edward J. Thompson
THOMPSON—Edward J., Oct. 27; age 60 years: beloved husband of Lema (nee Loht) and father of May Schmidt, Edna Schmidt, Eva Asper. Harry, Glen and Earl Thompson and Sklalia Chamberlin, died suddenly at Elvria hospital—Funeral at late residence at Valley City, Medina county, Ohio. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p. m.
[Plain Dealer, Oct 29, 1921 - Sub. by L. Dietz]

Evander V. Turner
Evander V. Turner, eldest son of James and Marion E Fairchild Turner, was born Sharon, Medina County. Ohio. April 15, 1841. He died in Perry, Okla., March 26,1918. He was married to Miss Jennie Brodrick at Forest City. Ill. on
July 7. 1872. Mrs. Turner with three children remains to mourn bis departure. One of the children, Mrs. Clara Anderson lives near Terry. One son, Samuel E. Turner, is with the U. S. Engineers in Honolulu, and the other, Ewing B. Turner lives at Garfield, Kansas. Mr. Turner was a soldier in the Civil war. He enlisted in Co. H. 29th Ohio Infantry Oct. 22 1861. He was discharged April 13,1865 and given a Lieutenant's commission with authority to recruit the 197 regiment. He was finally mustered out of the service July 31, 1865 He was engaged in many battles among which are Winchester, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge and 2nd Bull Run. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He was wounded at Pine Knob. June 15, 1845. Mr. Turner was a member of the B P. Lamed Post, G. A. R. in the Department of Kansas. His grandfather, John W. Turner was a soldier of the War of 1812. His brother Lewis was in the Civil war and his son Samuel in the Spanish American War. Mr. Turner was a Christian man having united with the Presbyterian Church in 1864. He became a member of the Methodist Church in 1873. His married life in Kansas and Ill. He moved west from Platt, Kansas to Perry, Okla in 1916. He was a man of pure life and much devoted to his church. He will be greatly missed in church and G. A. R. circles. Funeral services were held at Perry, on March 28, conducted by Rev. F. D. Stevick, of Pawnee, Okla.
[Perry Republican, Apr 11, 1914 - Submitted by L. Dietz]




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