Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries

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Haley, Austin - 1927

Asutin Haley

    Austin Haley, a resident of Oxford and for many years a resident of ths city, died at his home in the former village on Sunday, March 13. He was in his 79th year.
    Born in Englewood, England, on Jan. 4, 1848, he came to this country as a youth. On January 28, 1869, he was married to Mary A Palmer, who died on Christmas Day, 1902.
    On January 14, 1904, he was married to Hattie E Ashcroft, who survives him. Surviving also are one daughter and three sons, Mrs. B L Phillips of Schenectady, E Palmer of Vestal, E J and William A Haley of Norwich.
    Mr. Haley was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows no. 205.

Hall, Mrs Ella Elizabeth


Mrs. Ella Elizabeth Hall, widow of the late Henry H. Hall and a former resident of Sherburne, died at her home in Rutherford, N.J., on Monday, February 18, 1935. She was well known by many of the older residents of this vicinity who remember her from the days when she resided on the farm now owned by Bert Butts. Born in the town of Lebanon on March 17, 1859, she was almost 76 years of age. She was the daughter of the late James C. and Honora G. Lee. In her youth she was a teacher at Upperville and in other rural districts. She was married to Henry H. Hall, son of Erastus G. Hall on Oct. 1, 1878. In the spring of 1899 her second daughter, Alice, died and just one month later her husband also passed away. She then moved to Hamilton with her four daughters and purchased a home on University Avenue where she lived and educated her daughters, all of whom graduated from High school and college or Normal school. In 1918, she sold her home in Hamilton and moved to New Jersey where she lived with her two daughters who are teachers in the city of Passaic.
    She was a lifelong and loyal member of the Congregational Church having united with the Church in Smyrna in her youth. Possessed of a keen mind she always maintained an active interest in the community and national affairs. But her major life interest was her family. She made it her first and greatest care to rear and educate her daughters. During the years in Hamilton she was known by many Colgate boys who remember her influence with deep gratitude, boys who in the passing years have become known far and wide as men of influence and distinction. She was a member of the Browning Club and of the Child Study Club in Hamilton. Friends knew her and her family in the years she lived in Hamilton often were reminded of the story "Little Women".
    She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Evan L. Wilcox and Mrs. George L. Bennett of Sherburne; Miss Helen M. Hall and Mrs. W. H. Kendall, of Rutherford, N.J.; also by five grandchildren and two nieces, Mrs. C. D. Satterlee and Mrs. Roy Bryan of Sherburne. Rev. Clifford W. Hilliker, pastor of the First Congregational church, conducted her funeral at the Wilcox home on Thursday, February 21st and she was buried in the family plot in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.

Source - The Sherburne News
Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 1935

Hancock, Mrs. Fanny Guy

Fanny Guy Hancock

    Smyrna, Sept. 14. --- Mrs. Fanny Guy Hancock was born at Guy's Mills, Pennsylvania July 12, 1863 and passed away at her home in Smyrna village on September 8, 1926, aged 63 years, one month and 27 days. She was married to the Rev. J J Hancock on June 3, 1896, in Cleveland, Ohio. They came to this town in 1910 and Mr. Hancock assumed the pastorate of the Free Baptist church at Bonney. After his death in 1911 she took up his work in that church and was ordained to the gospel ministry October 12, 1912. Ten years ago she moved to her home in Smyrna, since which time she has been activity identified with the Smyrna Baptist church in all its movements working for betterment of the community and all mankind. She was president of the Smyrna Woman's Christian Temperance Union and County W C T U evangelist also acting Kleagle of the women of the Ku Klux Klan of Smyrna. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning at ten o'clock in the Baptist church, the Rev. William Webster, pastor of the Sherburne Baptist church officiating and interment made in the family lot at Sherburne West Hill cemetery.

Harper, James - 1920 in pencil on obit

James Harper

    Smyrna, Nov. 12 --- James Harper died at his home about four miles west of this village on Tuedsay evening after a short illness of pneumonia aged about seventy years. Mr. Harper was born in Canada and came to this country about thirty-five years ago, living for several years in Syracuse. He later moved to South Otselic and from there to the George Carncross farm in the town of Lebanon. About twenty years ago he purchased the Fox Ferris farm west of this village which has been his home the greater part of the time since and where he passed away. Besides relatives in Canada he is survived by two sons whose addresses are not known. Funeral services were held from the home on Thursday afternoon at one o'clock, Rev. George Lusty officiating and burial made in the west village cemetery.

Hatch, Bethiah - (June 13, 1772 - March 26, 1870), provided by Douglas Clark

    Eaton -- Obituary.-- The death of another of the pioneers of Eaton occurred at three o'clock on the morning of March 26th. Mrs. Bethiah [Root] Hatch, aged 97 years, 9 months and 13 days. Mrs. Hatch was born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, N.Y., June 13th, 1772, [the daughter of Joshua and Bethiah [Dewey] Root]. She had a distinct recollection of the Revolutionary War, in which her father participated. In the War of 1812 with Great Britain her husband was an officer in the regiment of riflemen who for two successive years were ordered out to defend our Northern frontier. She also entered with deep solicitude in the recent struggle to sustain the government.
   She came with her parents to the valley of Chenango, and settled in the town of Oxford in the year 1794. She was married to Mr. Daniel Hatch on January 31st, 1797, and the next week moved to Eaton, then a part of Hamilton, where as soon as the house that was to have been ready was completed, she with her husband commenced house keeping on the farm where she has ever since lived, and from whence she was carried to her grave. At the time of their settlement there was no direct road to Hamilton village, and those who crossed the hill had to go by marked trees, and so dense was the forest, that no one attempted to make the journey after dark.
    She was the mother of eight children, seven daughters and one son, all except the first born, who died in infancy, survive her; three of whom are located in this county [Lovissa (Hatch) Fuller, b. April 12, 1800, wife of Daniel Fuller of Eaton; Mary (Hatch) Smitzer, b. Febr. 7, 1802, wife of Rev. John Smitzer of Eaton; Naomi (Hatch) Everts, b. Nov., 1810, wife of Lyman Everts] and four at the West [Sally (Hatch) Fitch, b. 1803, wife of Lemuel Fitch of Black Hawk County, Iowa; Laura (Hatch) Leach, b. Jan. 19, 1806, wife of Clement Leach of Galesburg, Illinois; Daniel Hatch, Jr., b. 1807, of California; and Lucinda (Hatch) Clark, b. July 7, 1805, wife of Thomas L. Clark of Galesburg, Illinois].
    She experienced religion in 1806 and united with the First Baptist Church of Hamilton, receiving the ordinance of Baptism at the hands of Rev. A. Hosmer. Ten years later the Baptist Church, of Eaton village, was organized, of which she was a constituent member. It was her privilege to see her six daughters baptized into the fellowship of the same church. Her husband professed religion some years previous to her, and united with the church, and as he kept a team and a large lumber wagon, the only kind of carriages used in those days, the neighbors who belonged to the same church and had no means of conveyance of their own would convene at their residence, and a large load would generally start from there for Hamilton on Sunday to attend religious worship. Her house was extensively known as the home for ministers, and for the students of the Hamilton Literary and Theological Seminary. She ever took great pleasure in ministering to the saints, and was universally esteemed by all who knew her. During the last few years of her life, she was unable to endure the fatigue of attending public worship, still she took great interest in the prosperity of Zion, and often enjoyed muchg communion with God, while at home. During the recent revival of religion in the church she was often heard pleading with God for the salvation of sinners, especially for her only son and her grandchildren. On one occasion, when one of her family returned from meeting, she inquired about the interest of the meeting, and on being informed how many had been baptized, and how many new converts there were, she said she knew the meeting would be a good one, as she had been able to pray for it all day. For some time she longed and prayed that she might be absent from the body and be present with the Lord; and still she prayed for patience to wait all the days of her appointed time upon the earth.
    Her funeral services were attended in the Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, when after an appropriate sermon by the pastor on the doctrine of the Resurrection, she was carried to our beautiful cemetery and laid by the side of the companion of her youth, to await the Archangel's trumpet that will summon them, and the countless multitude of the saints, to meet their Lord in the air, and so be forever with the Lord.

Hay, Mrs. Louisa Hay

Death of Mrs. Lousia Hay, Aged 91 Years --- Personals.

South Lebanon, Dec. 14 --- Mrs. Louisa Hay passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S J Catlin, at 6:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 1926, aged 91 years. The deceased was a daughter of Dryden and Philena Wedge Loomis and was born in a log house adjoining, the farm where she spent her entire life up to the death of her husband. Mrs. Hay was a woman blessed with a very sunny disposition and ready wit, always seeing the bright side of things; her mind, clear to the last, always keeping in touch with the current events. She had been in usual health up to about one week before her death.
During the summer and fall she, in company with her daughter, Mrs. Minnie White, made a visit of several weeks with relatives, first spending some time with her sisiter, Mrs. Ballou, at Pleasant Brook, and other relatives in Smyrna, Earlville and Georgetown. Friday afternoon burial was made at Lebanon Cemetery beside her husband, William Hay, who died 21 years ago, and her son, Merritt, who died last April. She leaves to mourn tow daughters, Mrs. James White and Mrs. S J Catlin; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Ballou and a brother, Lyman Loomis, of Smyrna; eight grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.

Hazard, Mrs. Frank

Mrs. Frank Hazard

    Mrs. Frank Hazard of Lebanon, a former resident of this town died at her home on the Frank Card farm on Saturday, October 2, 1920 after an illness of only a few days. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday at one o'clock and interment made on Sherburne Hill.

    --- Mrs. Frank Hazard, who was taken seriously ill last Wednesday, never regained consciousness and passed away at her home on the Frank Card farm on Saturday, Oct. 2, 1920. Dr. Stradling, the attending physician, pronounced it a case of apoplexy. Mrs. Hazard was 61 years of age. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday at one o'clock, Rev. Geo. Lusty of Smyrna officiating. Interment was made on Sherburne Hill. A more extended obituary will appear next week.

Mrs. Frank Hazard

    Mrs. Ida May Hazard, wife of Frank Hazard, died at her home in the town of Lebanon, NY, Saturday, October 2, 1920, after an illness of three days. Her death was a great surprise to her many friends. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss five sons and one daughter, Hary and Ivan of Randlesville, Benjamin of Hamilton, Mrs. Ira Close of Poolville, Cyde an Genn who reside at home, and one sister, Mrs. William Messenger of Norwich, NY.

Head, William Sanford

William Sanford Head

    William Sanford Head passed away January 15th, 1918, in Oakland, Cal., in his 84th year.
    He was born in Lebanon, Madison county, NY, the son of Sanford and Anna Head, and was the last member of a family of six sons and four daughters.
    His active business life was spent mostly in the Western states, and was over thirty years in the mercantile business in Arizona, and during that time served a term in the legislature of Arizona with honors, and was a man known far and wide for his integrity.

Honsinger, Henry J

Henry J Honsinger

    Henry J Honsinger passed away at his home west of this village on Tuesday, November 30, 1920, after an illness covering a period of about one year during which time he steadily declined in health in spite of the best medical and surgical attendance which could be procured.
    Mr. Honsinger was born at Peasville, Vermont, on January 17, 1865, and when a lad of three years he came to Rome, NY, with his parents to reside. At the age of thirteen he went West returning to his old home at Rome about four years ago. One year later he purchased the Fay farm west of this village in the town of Lebanon which has been his home since. The many friends made during his residence here will learn of his passing with regret and extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
.     Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Hazel and Mable, one son, Harvey, all of whom reside at home; four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Keammerlen of Havestraw, Miss Mabel Honsinger of Illinois, Miss Wealthy Honsinger who is a Methodist missionary, now in Paris, France and Mrs. Arthur Lamouze of Cleveland Ohio, and one brother, Dr. Fred Honsinger of Syracuse.
    Funeral services were held from the home on Friday, December 3, at 1:30 p.m., Rev. J H Carey, pastor of the M E church of Earlville, officiating, and interment made in the Sherburne Hill cemetery.

Humphrey, Mrs. Solon

Mrs. Solon Humphrey

    Smyrna, Aug. 22 --- With the passing of Mrs. Solon Humphrey, whose funeral was held Tuesday, the community loses one of its valuable members. Though she was essentially a home lover, her memory will be cherished by a large circle of friends who held her in deep respect and affection.
    Mary Elizabeth Wynn Humphrey was born on May 31, 1854, daughter of David and Elizabeth Land Wynn. On the old farm in Lebanon, to which her father came at the age of two years, she was born, and here she lived until, in 1872, she was married to Solon Humphrey, who brought her to the Humphrey homestead, on the road between Smyrna and Otselic. Here, two miles from the spot of her birth, she lived an exceptionally active and happy married life. The Free Baptist church of West Smyrna, of which she became a member in her girlhood, claimed her interest and support to the end of her life.
    Mrs. Humphrey belonged to a generation of pioneers whose valiant spirit and indomnitable energy will ever be remembered. In the strength of this spirit her Welsh grandfather crossed the ocean in a sailing vessel in 1819, and settled in Central New York; in the same spirit Mary Humphrey became a part of the great development which the last forty years have wrought. With her husband she saw the changes in methods of communication and transportation, with their transforming effect upon country life.
    To the Humphrey home many people came, brought by friendship or business, no one of whom but found a friend in Mrs. Humphrey and felt the warm hospitality of her spirit. To the casual visitor, to the neighbor, to the circle of relatives her home was always open, ad her generous spirit claimed a host of friends. Outside her home, her sympathy and readiness to help found expression wherever knowledge of sickness or want came to her ears. The number and devotion of her friends was evidenced by the expression of love and sympathy in her last illness.
    In her home her loss will be felt most deeply. Here her unconquerable spirit, her unlimited devotion, and her practical good sense constituted a vital part of the family life. Here, through years of suffering, she lived unselfishly and generously. Here, after a hard fought fight, she gave up the struggle. But here was a spirit that cannot die. To all who claimed her friendship, and especially to the members of her family, her living presence will remain in an abiding and inspiring reality.
    Mrs. Humphrey leaves, besides her husband, two children, Charles Wynn Humphrey and Elizabeth Humphrey Sisson, and five grandchildren, Ruth, Lauren and Carl Humphrey, and Adelaide and Charles Sisson. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Thomas Averill Ross, of Cortland, and by numerous devoted nephews and nieces.

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