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Barton W. Baker
Casualty: On Thursday night last, Barton W. Baker of this place, in crossing the stone bridge over the creek in this town, fell over and drowned. [Western Spectator (Marietta, OH) Volume I, Issue 6, Page 2, November 27, 1810 - Submitted by AFOFG]

Mrs. Rev. E. Battelle
Rev. E. Battelle, father of the Rev. Mr. Battelle of this city, died at Marietta on the 3d, aged 97 years and 6 months. He was the oldest man in Washington county, and perhaps the oldest minister in the State. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 6, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Margaret Bell
DIED. -- In Belpre, Ohio, on the 1st inst., Mrs. Margaret Bell, in the 81st year of her age. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 15, 1874 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Nathaniel Bishop
EARLY DAYS IN OHIO. -- The Death of a Pioneer Recalls the Hardships of Early Settlers .
From the Marietta Times : One by one the pioneers of Ohio are passing away, until but few are left to recount the dangers and privations of frontier life. This week we are called upon to record the death of another well known old citizen, Nathaniel Bishop , who passed calmly and peacefully away last Friday evening, in the eighty-fifth year of his age. We give a brief outline of his life, leaving our old pioneer residents the pleasant duty of supplying the details. Mr. Bishop was born at Hossae Falls, in the State of New York, in the year 1793. In 1800 he with his father's family removed to Ohio, to what is now Belpre Township, this county, opposite the historical island, Blannerhassett. While living here, he became intimately acquainted with Blannerhassett's family, his two boyish playmates were sons of that unfortunate man. He ever retained a vivid impression of Mrs. Blannerhassett, and described her as a most beautiful woman, and accomplished horsewoman. Blannerhassett was a reserved man, who impressed his boyish mind but little, and of him, Mr. Bishop said but little.
In 1807 he removed to Marietta, where his home has since been. In early life he made a number of trips to New Orleans in flatboats, and after the load was disposed of, walked back home. A great portion of the route was unbroken forests, their only guides being the old Indian trails from point to point. Just imagine a young man of to-day walking from New Orleans to Marietta. In those days there were no steamboats or railroads and the alternative presented was to walk or to remain. In after life he purchased and drove horses "over the mountains," as going to the Eastern States was then called. The trip was long and tedious, but the homeward journey more rapid, being by stage over the National pike. There were no banks here then, and the drover must fill a belt with coin, the proceeds of the sales, buckle it around him, and trust to his own watchfulness to prevent robbery. None of the conveniences that are now found on every hand, were to be obtained in the youthful days of Mr. Bishop. Horse mills were used to do the grinding, and the boy, perched upon his pony, must ride for miles through the wilderness, and when he arrives must await his "turn," even though it belates him, and the wolves serenade his homeward journey. All privations of our early settlers Mr. Bishop passed through, and to the day of his death he would give a graphic account of them.Thus passes away another land mark, and very shortly none will be left to tell pioneer experiences to the youth of the day. [Source: November 11, 1877, Cincinnati Daily Gazette]

Charles Bisseants
Charles Bisseants , long known as the proprietor of a hotel bearing his name in Marietta, died quite suddenly on Tuesday morning of last week. He had been ailing for quite a while, and had been living on a farm near town. [Source: January 22, 1880, The Athens Messenger]

Mrs. Sidney Bolen
Mrs. Sidney Bolen, who died recently in Waterford, was, says the Marietta Times, a faithful member of the Christian church for 36 years. She was left a widow in 1842 with seven small children, six of whom she raised to man and womanhood. She was noted far and wide for her many christian virtues, and died in the triumph of the faith.[Source: January 15, 1880, The Athens Messenger, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

D. P. Bosworth
Marietta, OHIO. June 9.--D. P. Bosworth, Esq. of this city, died this morning. He was for more than a quarter of a centrury the leading partner in the firm of Bosworth, Wells & Co., and, until recently, Cashier of the First National Bank of Marietta. [Source: June 10, 1869, Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Augustus C. Bowen
In San Jose, April 2, on his 75th birthday, Augustus C. Bowen, a native of Waterford, Ohio, beloved husband of Jennie M. Bowen, and father of Frank A. and Nellie G. Bowen. [Evening News (San Jose, CA), Volume XXXVII, Issue 85, Page 3, April 3, 1900 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Keziah Bradford
From The Marietta Commentator:  Departed this life on the 10th ult. at Belpre, in this county, after a long and distressing illness, which she bore with a fortitude and christian resignation that rarely falls to the lot of humanity, Mrs. Keziah Bradford, consort of Major Robert Bradford --Age 34.
It would be an aberration from justice, of which, we hope, we are incapable; it would evince a total insensibility to every thing good and virtuous, were we to pass over the character of the deceased, in the common manner of obituary notices. Although it has but too frequently been our enenviable talk, to announce the decease of many very excellent and exemplary characters--although we have often taken a 'mournful pleasure' in regathering their amiable qualities for the imitation of posterity--yet, we can truly say, that, within the scope of our recollection, we have known none more deserving the pen of eulogist, or meriting a brighter page in our records, than the lamented subject of this imperfect tribute. Blest, from her infancy, with a tender, a generous and sympathetic, a mild, unassuming and forgiving disposition; she was happily calculated to meet the many adversities of her life, in the genuine spirit of christian philosophy. Alive to all the refined sensibilities of her sex, she was a paragon of female firmness. In the early part of her life, it pleased Heaven, in the unsearchable wisdom of its Providence, to snatch from her maternal embraces three of the first pledges of conjugal affection, in the short space of one week. The warning came but a moment before the blow. Here, indeed, was a trial of fortitude which few are permitted to experience. Yet, the God of Job was with her, and, like that celebrated christian hero, she could proudly exclaim, 'The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.' In every event of Providence, whether merciful or afflictive, she was calmly acquiecent to the omnicent will of Him, 'in whose hands are the issues of life and death;' but in the last trying dilpenlatious, when it was impossible not to perceive the flow, but fu?e, march of death, armed with ten thousand b??il, terrors, enought to appal the stoutest heart, or most athletic nerves, she viewed with pious serenity the approaching storm--and even amidst the deep groans of dissolving humanity, her fervent petition to Almighty God could distinctly be heard, for her confidence in Him was still unshaken.--"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." As a neighbor, a friend, and valuable member of society, Mrs. Bradford will ever be dear in the rememberance of the inhabitants of Belpre, with whom she has spent more than twenty years of her life. Her tenderness, her benevolence and humanity, were proverbial. Never was she more happy, than when administering to the wary and distresses of her fellow creatures, and pressing into the afflicted bosom the balm of consolation. 'Twas her's to calm the troubled breast, The drooping, who worn heart to cheer. To lull each rising fear to rest, And change to smiles the starting tear. [Source: Supporter, June 2, 1810 - Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Isabel Shaw Brown
Mother of E. R. Brown Dies at Home in Ohio.
Mrs. Isabel Shaw Brown, mother of E. R. Brown and grandmother of Mrs. George T. Lee and Murphy Williams, died at her home in Little Hocking, Ohio, Wednesday and will be buried Saturday at 10 a.m. at Little Hocking. Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Lee and Murphy Williams are all in Little Hocking. ["Dallas Morning News", (Texas) - Sep. 25, 1931]

Mary E. Brown
Sister of Oil Official Dies at Home of Niece
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the home of Mrs. George T. Lee, 6801 Baltimore for Miss Mary E. Brown, 72, of Little Hocking, Ohio, sister of E. R. Brown, Dallas oil company official, who died Wednesday at a local hospital after a brief illness. Dr. Floyd Poe and Dr. Frank C. Brown will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Miss Brown had been spending the winter with her niece, Mrs. Lee, when she became ill. ["Dallas Morning News" (Texas), Feb. 4, 1937]

Sophia Browning
Death of a Pioneer
Mt. Vernon, O., July 25--Mrs. Sophia Browning, widow of Rufus Browning, formerly of Belpre, O, died in this city this morning of old age and general exhaustion aged eighty six. The deceased had been totally blind for the past twenty three years, but was a woman of most estimable character. The remains were taken to Belpre for interment. [Source: Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, July 26, 1883, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Capt. Hiram Burch
Death of an Old River Man
Capt. Hiram Burch died at Marietta on Monday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. James, aged between eighty and ninety years. Capt. Burch was well known in river circles, having followed the steamboating business for may years. He first started to follow the river before the days of steamboats, flatboating down the Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans. He was the hero of several steamboat explosions, in one being quite severely wounded and since has lived quietly at Marietta, only occasionally piloting a boat down the river to accommodate some friend. He was known as an expert pilot knowing the channel of both the Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Pittsburg to New Orleans. [Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette, November 29, 1882, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Robert Oliver Burnham
Died, on the 22d inst. after a short illness, Robert Oliver Burnjam, afged 13 years, the second son of Wm. Burnham, Esq. He was deservedly esteemed by his acquaintance, - and his brilliancy in the literary art has scarcely been equalled by any of his age. [Ohio Gazette and Virginia Herald (Marietta, Ohio), Volume I, Issue 47, Page 3, April 24, 1806 - Transcribed By AFOFG]



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