Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries


Matthews, Lewis - 1920 in pencil on obit.

    Quaker Basin, Dec. 16 --- Lewis Matthews, a resident of this place died very suddenly Tuesday evening. He was on the way to his son's home and stopped at a neighbor's complaining of feeling badly. He passed away within a very few moments. He had been in poor health for some time.

Messenger, Nathan Lee

N. L. Messenger

    Nathan Lee Messenger, a lifelong and highly respected resident of Smyrna passed away at his home in this village on Sunday evening, February 14, 1926 aged 78 years, following a short illness, only the last few of which his condition had been considered serious. Mr. Messenger was the son of the late A J and Gertrude Sternberg Messenger and was born in Smyrna July 9, 1847. Virtually thrown upon his own resources at the age of seven, at the death of his mother, he made his own way in the world, so to speak, and when very young took up carpenter work. As a carpenter and builder he was second to none and his judgment was sought many times by experienced builders in planning and erecting difficult structures. The Munson opera house, destroyed by the fire of 1900 was built by him as were many other fine structures of this section, which were monuments to his ability. In 1895 he engaged in the manufacure of lumber, purchasing a tract on the North Norwich mountain which he owned at the time of his death. Later he lumbered practically all the east side of the Canandarago Lake country, at Richfield Springs and dealt considerably in real estate in that section.
    Later, after retiring from the lumber business he continued his activity in the real estate business in the vicinity of Binghamton, having purchased a large tract at Endicott, which was under process of successful development, under his personal supervision, at the time of his death. Always keenly interested in the affairs of the day and active in business and political circles and always standing for that which he saw as right, he won many friends who will learn of his passing with deep regret. The large attendance at the funeral services bore record of the esteem in which he was held by aquaintances. Besides his wife, who was Frances C Graham, there remains to mourn his loss one son, M L Messenger of Smyrna, one sister, Mrs. Rachel Sprague of Endicott, one brother, Dr. Sanford Messenger of Daytona Beach, Florida, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Corry M Corson of Endicott. Funeral services were held from the home at one o'clock Wednesday, the Rev. A Backus, pastor of the M E church officiating and interment made on Sherburne West Hill. Among those from out of town who attended were Mrs. Rachel Sprague, Mrs. Edith Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Corry M Corson and L W West of Endicott, W S Sanford, T P Gaines, W H Sexton and Mrs. Carrie Smith of Sherburne, Mrs. Ray Taylor of Earlville, Mrs. Daisy Welch and Mrs. Mary Boyden of Norwich.

Moore, Esther D

Esther D Moore

    Esther D, wife of Clarence Moore, died at her home near Smyrna on Monday afternoon, aged 44 years. She is survived by her husband and five children --- James of Binghamton, Clare, a student in Syracuse university and Ray, Nellie and Harrie at home. The sympathy of their entire community goes out to the bereaved family.
    The funeral will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock and burial will be made at Sherburne West Hill cemetery.

Morey, Alanson

South Lebanon, Aug. 7 --- Alanson Morey, who has been a resident of this place for many years, died very suddenly at his home Tuesday afternoon, July 31, aged 69 years. Although he had been in poor health, being afflicted with heart trouble for hte past year, the end came very unexpectedly. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss. Also one sister, Mrs. Washburn of Erieville, and two brothers, Reuben of Hamilton and Jay Morey of Lebanon. Burial was made in the Niles Settlement cemetery Friday afternoon. (In pencil on obit - 1917)

Morey, Andrew J

Andrew J Morey of Otselic Center died Wednesday, June 23rd, of cancer in his mouth. Burial was made Friday in Maple Grove, Cemetery. He was 75 years old and is survived by his widow. - 1920 in pencil on obit.

Morey, Mabel Rose

Miss Mabel R Morey.

    Mabel Rose Morey was born thirty-one years ago the 20th of this past September. She was the daughter of Dr. E B Morey, whose boyhood days were spent in Georgetown and Hamilton, and Hattie A Slocum of Hamilton.
    For the past fifteen years she had made her home in Chicago. She was an expert stenographer, and for the past ten years had been private secretary for a large firm in that city. Last summer she gave up this good position and enlisted in the Red Cross for overseas duty. She was not called until about four weeks ago when she left Chicago, stopping in Earlville for two days before going to New York City, enroute to Paris.
    Teh day she was to have sailed with a company of other young women engaged in Red Cross work, she was taken ill with influenza. After an illness of nine days she succumbed Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1918.
    Her body was taken to Athens and buried by the side of her father, who died seventeen years ago the 23rd of this month. The funeral was held privately at the grave in beautiful Tioga Point cemetery, where Mr. Catlin, pastor of the Athens Baptist church, made some very fitting and comforting remarks, taking as his text, "She had done what she could."
    In early life she became a member of the Baptist church and had always lived a beautiful Christian life. She had a very sweet disposition, and was one of the most thoughtful and unselfish young women that ever lived.
    She leaves to mourn her loss, one brother, Fred S Morey, of Elmira; one-half sister, Ruth G Morey of Chicago, Ill., and her step-mother, Mrs. LeRoy Nash of this place, who loved her as dearly as her own daughter, and to whom she, in turn, gave a daughter's loving affection and care; also two uncles, a number of cousins and many sorrowing friends.
    She was buried in her Red Cross uniform, and the casket was covered by our beautiful flag, also furnished by the Red Cross. Towards the close of a perfect November day, the 15th, she was laid to rest amid a profusion of flowers --- a beautiful ending of a beautiful life.

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