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Mrs. Allibone
Harper's Ferry Sorrows: Mrs. Allibone, a sister of Turner, one of the Virginians who was killed at the Harper's Ferry siege, has died at Charlestown, Va., of insanity produced by the circumstance of her brother's death.
[28 Mar 1860, Paper: Farmer's Cabinet (New Hampshire) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Daniel Ames
At Harpers Ferry, W. Va., 23d, Hon. Daniel Ames, 76, brother of the late Nathan E. Ames of this city. [24 Jan 1898; Springfield Republican (Massachusetts) - KT - Sub by FoFG]


George E.C. Augur
George Edmund Chambers Augur died Wednesday at his home, 46 Governor street, Hartford, Ct., of a lingering illness. Mr. Augur was born in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., September 9, 1853, and was the son of George La F. and Jane Chambers Augur. Mr. Augur was a 33d degree mason, and belonged to Washington commandery and Mystic shrine. He was the nephew of Mrs. Sarah Chambers Gompf of this city. He leaves, besides his widow, who was Mary Seymore Bassett, one brother, William C. Augur of the Security company of Hartford. His early boyhood was spent in this city as a pupil in the Barrows grammar school and Miss Belle Strickland's private school. The funeral will be at his home in Hartford at 2.30 tomorrow afternoon.
- [19 Jan 1900; Springfield Republican (Massachusetts) KT - Sub by FoFG]



Henry Bedinger - read obit

Richard Bowen
CHARLES TOWN, June 17.
DIED, on Wednesday the 1st inst, Mr. Richard Bowen, editor and proprietor of the Winchester Gazette,¯ and on the next day his remains were interred in the Lutheran burial ground, attended by his Masonic brethren, and friends.
[Farmer's Repository (Charlestown, WV) Friday, 17 June 1808; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Nathan C. Brackett
Class of 1864 – NATHAN COOK BRACKETT. A.M.; Ph.D., Bates, 1883. b. 28 July, 1836, Phillips, Me. Teacher. d. 20 July, 1910, Harper’s Ferry, W. Va.
[Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology", 1909- 1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Thomas J. Bragg
Mr. Thomas J. Bragg, of Charlestown, W. Va., died Friday. He formerly resided in Baltimore. [The Evening Times - Washington, D. C. - November 29, 1898 - DD - Sub by FoFG]

Brown
The wife of Oliver Brown and her infant child died at North Elba on the 2d inst. She was only 18 years of age, and had been married only five months when her husband was killed at Harper's Ferry.
[28 Mar 1860, Paper: Farmer's Cabinet (New Hampshire) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Owen Brown
Owen Brown, son of old John Brown, of Harper's Ferry fame, died at his home on the summit of the Sierrra Madreth mountains of California, on the 10. Owen was the last survivor of the Harper's Ferry affair, and had lived for a number of years the life of a hermit.Gainsville Register.
[January 30, 1889 Cherokee Advocate (Oklahoma) - KT - Sub by FoFG]


Alfred Burton
Special Dispatch to The American
Martinsburg, W.Va., July 11: Alfred Burton, of Bolivar, near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., who was visiting his daughter, Mrs. D. Sponseller in Martinsburg, W.Va., was taken suddenly ill and an immediate operation was found necessary. Mr. Burton was removed to the City Hospital, Martinsburg. On account of his age - being in his eighty- sixth year - no anesthetic could be given, and Mr. Murton objected on one anyhow, so he went through the entire operation without losing consciousness. His grit was wonderful. His heroic fight was of no avail, as pneumonia developed and he died 10 hours from the time of the operation. His wife, daughter (Mrs. Sponseller) and son (Howard) were with him constantly. He was born at West Greenwich, R.I. February 13, 1826. He was a prominent Odd Fellow and Mason and was buried with full honors by both orders on Sunday last in Bolivar. His widow, two sons (Howard, at home; Warren, in Montana); two daughters (Mrs. D. Sponseller, Martinsburg; Mrs. G. Stewart) and five grandchildren survive him.
[12 Jul 1911; Paper: Baltimore American; , KT - Sub by FoFG]



Charles Edward Castleberg
In this town on Saturday morning, 12th instant, Charles Edward, infant son of Jacob C. and Emma Castleberg, aged 8 months and 22 days. [poem omitted]
[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]

Jennie Chambers

(Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun)
Harper's Ferry, W.Va., May 11 - Miss Jennie Chambers, daughter of the late Edmond Chambers, died at her home here today, aged 63 years, of apoplexy. She came of a prominent family of this place and had literary and artistic talents. She was interested in all public movements of her town, and had filled several offices of trust. She was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church.
[12 May 1907; Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]



William Deck
Killed by the Cars - - Wm. Deck, 16 years of age, living at Sandy Hook, near Harper's Ferry, was riding on a freight train of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad on Sunday last, and in jumping from the train was caught between the cars, receiving injuries from which he died.
[10 Apr 1880; Wheeling Register - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Douglas
A daughter of Frederick Douglas has died since the absence of her father. She got the idea firmly into her mind that if the father came back he would have to go to prison or execution.
[28 Mar 1860, Paper: Farmer's Cabinet (New Hampshire) - KT - Sub by FoFG]


George Engle
At his residence in Monroe County, Miss, Feb 25, 1859, Mr. George Engle formerly a resident of Jefferson County, VA in the ___ year of his age.
[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, March 31, 1859]

Mary Engle

CHARLES TOWN, March 17.
DIED, on Saturday the 5th inst. after an indisposition of about two weeks, Miss Mary Engle, in the 20th year of her age, daughter of Mr. John Engle of this county.
[Farmer's Repository (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, 17 Mar. 1814; transcribed by FoFG mz]


John M. Forday
Frederick, MD., June 2 - John M. Forday, pastor of the Lutheran church at Harper's Ferry, West Va., was drowned yesterday.
[4 June 1877, Wheeling Register - KT - Sub by FoFG]



W. F. Gardner
Harpers Ferry, W. Va., June 10.[Special]W. F. Gardner, a farmer, of Jefferson county, died at his home, at Millville, this morning. He had just risen from the breakfast table when he fell dead. He was a Confederate veteran, having served in Captain Baylor's company, Second Virginia Regiment. He was a member of the School Board of Harpers Ferry district. A wife and four children survive him. He was a half- brother of the sheriff of the county, J. W. Gardner.
[11 Jun 1908; the Baltimore American - KT - Sub by FoFG]


D. G. Hinkle Fell Dead
Harper's Ferry Man Dies On His Way To Work.
(Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.)
Harper's Ferry, W Va. Dec 25.- D. Grove Hinkle, a resident of Bolivar and well known in this county, dropped dead suddenly this morning on his way to work. He was employed as overseer by the Harper's Ferry Mining Company, operating at Millsville three miles from his home. He was 52 (?) years old. A widow and daughter and an adopted daughter survive him.
[27 Dec 1905; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]


Peter Jolly
On the 27th ult. at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in the 22d year of his age, Peter Jolly, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Jolly, of Washington.
[7 Oct 1834; the Baltimore Patriot - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Jones
Mrs. Jones, a resident of Jefferson county, was on a visit to her sister, and had arrived only the day previous to her decease. Mr. Currie was a few miles from home at the time of the calamity. Singular as it may seem, it is believed that the danger was not indicated by a previous rise of the stream, but that the flood descended in an overwhelming body, occasioned by an exceedingly heavy gust; which had, at the time of the awful event, not yet reached the residence of Mr. Currie.
[Genius of Liberty, unknown date - NP - Sub by FoFG]


Jacint Laval
Death of Colonel Laval.We have just learnt, by a letter from Harper's Ferry, (Virg.) dated Sept. 2d, of the death of Colonel Jacint Laval, our respected and excellent fellow- citizen. He was in the office of military store- keeper at Harper's Ferry and a few days since was seized with bilious fever. Col. Laval came originally from France, with the celebrated La Fayette: he was a man of sterling courage and ability, has served his adopted country with fidelity, and reaped many a laurel in the field of honour.
[12 Sep 1822; The City Gazette (South Carolina) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Thos. Leeson
At Harper's Ferry, Va., April 3, Thos. Leeson, of this town, a member of the 34th Mass Regiment.
[14 Apr 1864; Pittsfield Sun (Massachusetts) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Berry Lemmon
Mr. Berry Lemmon, a worthy young man, died suddenly at Harper's Ferry, Va, on Sunday.
[20 Mar 1861, The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Peter Lyon
CHARLES TOWN, Aug. 11.
Died, on Sunday, 30th ult. at his seat in Hanover county, in the 75th year of his age, the hon. Peter Lyon, president of the court of appeals of this commonwealth.
[Farmer's Repository (Charlestown, WV) Friday, 11 Aug. 1809; transcribed by FoFG mz]


Lydia R. Marmion
Miss Lydia R. Marmion Dead - Special Dispatch to The American
Harper's Ferry, W. VA., July 15 - - Lydia Rosalie Marmion, daugher of the late Dr. Nicholas Marmion, died at her home here this morning, after a prolonged illness. She was the youngest child of 14 children. Surviving her are Dr. William B. Marmion, of Washington, D.C.; Mary S., Isabella P., and Anna P. Marmion, of Cumberland
[16 Jul 1911; The Baltimore American - KT - Sub by FoFG]

John A. Mater
John A. Mater, who lived at Bolivar, an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for many years as stonemason, died at his home this evening of cancer of the liver aged 54 years. A widow and six children survive him.
[27 Dec 1905; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Wm. McGuire
Died on the 24th ult. col. Wm. McGuire, United States' military store keeper at Harpers Ferry.
[22 Dec 1820, National Messenger (District of Columbia) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Col. Wm. M'Guire
Col. Wm. M'Guire departed a few weeks since, at Harper's Ferry; at age of 11 years he entered the army of the Revolution; before age 16 he received a wound at the battle of Eutaw Springs, which disabled him for life. After the peace of 1783, he practiced law. He was a native of Virginia; called by the gov't to fill the chief judicial station in the Miss. territory; in the close of life, he was appointed to the office of Paymaster at Harper's Ferry. [National Intelligencer, Feb 13, 1821 - sub. by K.T.]

John McKinney

Died on Thursday the 6th instant, Mr. John McKinney of Harpers Ferry, in the 26th year of his age. He had been married but eight months and was the fifth husband of Mrs. Mary Jackson, who is yet under the age of twenty- nine!
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), December 26 1827 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

William Ludwell Meade
At the Rectory in Charlestown, Jefferson County, West Va., on Friday morning March 12th William Ludwell Meade aged 2 years 3 months and 18 days [16 March 1875 Alexandria Gazette - EB - Sub by FoFG]

F.J. Merriam
The Mr. F. J. Merriam of Boston, who has died of his wounds received at Harper's Ferry, was, says the Transcript, a young man well known in this vicinity. His father was in the house of Curtis & Merriam, dry goods jobbers in Kilby st. and his mother is the daughter of Francis Jackson, Esq., the famous abolitionist and non- resistant. Young Merriam had been an extensive traveller, having had ample means to indulge his taste for foreign scenes. He was very impulsive, and has fallen victim to the most foolish and mad enterprise of our times. He had a superior education, and was of more than ordinary intelligence. His father died when he was quite young, and his mother is now the wife of Mr. James Eddy, the artist.
[9 Nov 1859; Farmer's Cabinet (New Hampshire) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Mary C. Mills
Mrs. Mary C. Mills, 67, widow of James Mills, died at her home, 37 McKnight street, yesterday morning. She was born in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., and leaves three daughters.
[28 Dec 1898; Springfield Republican (Massachusetts) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

___ Moler
[Paper is wrinkled in places] --- the residence of Mr. Henry Musner(?) ---RIA, only child of John G. and Helen Moler, aged 10 months and 10 days.  [long poem omitted]
[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]

Daniel Mountfort
Died at Harpers Ferry, April 7th - Daniel E. Mountfort, aged 22 years. The deceased was one of the first to respond to the call of his country, and joined the lst Maine Regiment of volunteers, and served during the time of its first enlistment. He returned with them in enfeebled health, and again entered its service, as Hospital Steward, when it became the 10th Regiment. He will long be remembered by his friends in Portland, who knew and loved him, as a young man of great moral worth, kind and affectionate in every relation in life, and sincerely mourned by family and friends. Funeral services will be performed by Rev. Mr. Burgess, at St. Luke's Church, tomorrow at 3 o'clock.
[14 Apr 1862; Portland Daily Advertiser (Maine) - KT - Sub by FoFG]


Daniel B. Newcomer
Aviation Student Buried
Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Feb 6 - - The body of Daniel B. Newcomer, 19 years old, who died at the aviation camp at San Antonio last Wednesday, arrived here Tuesday night. Services were held this morning in the High School auditorium and burial was made in Harper cemetery. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Newcomer.
[7 Feb 1918; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Frank Nichols
Charles Town, W. Va., October 10 Frank Nichols, one of the oldest citizens of this county, died here last night, after a brief illness aged 74 years. Mr. Nichols was a faithful soldier in the old Stonewall brigade and was a bachelor.
[Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, October 11, 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz]


Harriet Palmer
(paper wrinkled) ..tisement... of her sister, near Richmond, is near unless specific ---- on Monday, the 7th inst., after is agreed upon ---- rs. Harriet Palmer, wife ... editor of the Winchester Vir--- ferson county and more recently.... [Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]

George Piper
Harpers Ferry. W. Va. George Piper, 27 years old, a repair hand in the Baltimore and Ohio yard at Brunswick, was found frozen to death Sunday morning on the road leading to Silver Grove, on the Loudoun side of the river. An inquest was held, but no signs of foul play were discovered.
[27 Dec 1915; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]


James W. Riley
Harpers Ferry, W.V. Jan. 5. James W. Riley, aged 72 years, died last night in Loudoun county, one mile from this place. He was a Confederate veteran, serving in Col. John Moaby's command and Col. Elisha White's Batalion. At the close of the war he conducted a ferry on the Shenandoah river here and for the last 20 years had been collector of tolls for the Loudoun and Harpers Ferry Bridge Company. Surviving are his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Lewis Virts, Shenandoah Junction and Mrs. Charles Harding, Loudoun.
[6 Jan 1918; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Lorenza C. Rippon
On Thursday morning, Sept 9th, Lorenza C., daughter of John J. and Melissa J. Rippon, aged 2 years and 1 month.
[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]

Emmet Russell
Fatal Accident - - Emmet Russell, aged 12 years, son of widow Russell, of Harper's Ferry, was killed by a runaway horse attached to a buggy on Tuesday, at that place. the horse was ??ied at Island Park, but it slipped it's bri? and started for Harper's Ferry at a rapid rate, where it ran over young Russell just as he had alighted from a hack. His neck was broken.
[20 Aug 1883; The Wheeling Register, - KT - Sub by FoFG]



Capt. Jacob Sarbaugh
The funeral service of Capt. Jacob Sarbaugh, who fell at Harper's Ferry, on the 14th ult., will take place on tomorrow (Sunday) morning, at 11 o'clock, in the Franklin Street M.E. church, corner of Poppleton and Franklin sts. His friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
[11 Oct 1862; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Mary Seamand
Burned to Death.
Mrs. Mary Seamand, an aged lady living in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry, West Va, was burned to death Wednesday morning. She was nearly blind, and while sitting near a wood fire her clothing came in contact with the flame, which soon enveloped her. She died in a few hours.
[16 Oct 1876; Wheeling Register - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. Spotts
Near Shepherdstown, on 5th inst. Mrs. Spotts, at an advanced age.
[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]



Murtha Walsh
Mr. Murtha Walsh, a prominent merchant of Harper's Ferry, and a brother of Hon. Wm. Walsh of Cumberland, died at his residence in Harper's Ferry a few days ago, aged about 64 years.
[September 27, 1889; The Sun (Maryland) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Christian Marie Washington
Charles Town, W. Va., June 10 Mrs. Christian Marie Washington, wife of Mr. Richard B. Washington, residing at their country home, Harewood,¯ three miles west of this place, died at 8 oclock this evening. She had been in failing health for some time, but the immediate cause of her death was an attack of paralysis, about a week ago. Her age was 69. She was a lineal descendent and a great grand daughter of Col. Samuel Washington, a brother of General Washington. She was a devoted wife and mother and leaves surviving her a husband, five sons and two daughters.
[Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, June 11, 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Benj. Morgan and Champ Shepherd Welch
On Friday morning, August 22nd, Benj. Morgan; and on Thursday evening Sept 10, Champ Shepherd, two infants of R. B. and Mary A. Welch
[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857]

Lewis C. Wright
Death of a Soldier. - - - Mayor Hosford received a dispatch this morning, dated at Harper's Ferry, Oct. 12, stating that Lewis C. Wright had died there, and that his remains would be sent to Lowell. Mr. W. was a member of Co. A, second Mass. regiment, and had resided in this city some two years previous to enlisting. We understand that he has a sister residing in this city. His parents reside in Berlin, Vt.
[13 Oct 1862; Lowell Daily Citizen and News (Massachusetts) - KT - Sub by FoFG]



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