Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries


Reed, William

Death of William Reed.

William Reed, for the past fifty years a resident of Smyrna, passed away at his home in this village Thursday night, Oct 20, 1921, at the age of 74 years. Death was due to erysipelas caused by a hurt he sustained a few days before while working as carpenter in this village. The deceased was born in New Berlin Nov 7, 1847. His parents and one brother died when he was young and he went to live with his grandparents. Mr Reed was a carpenter by trade and was widely known, having worked in adjourning towns as well as his home town. On Jan 7, 1868, he was united in marriage to Jane Eliza Rowe of Smyrna. To them were born two sons, George, the oldest, passed away while in young manhood. Besides the widow he is survived by one son, H LaVell, of Lebanon; three grandchildren and several cousins. Funeral service were held Saturday at two p.m. Burial was made on Sherburne Hill.

Reese, Mrs. Caroline

Mrs. Caroline Reese.

    Mrs. Caroline Reese, who died in this village on July 13, 1920, was born on a farm on the Poolville road on March 10, 1843, and was a daughter of Frederick W and Ruth Waite Sawdey. She was married to Hamilton J Whitford of Leonardsville on Oct. 17, 1883, and lived in that village for many years. After Mr. Whitford's death she came to Earlville to live with her sister, Mrs. Mary Dowell. She married Jacob Reese on Nov. 9, 1908, and Mr. Reese died July 27, 1910.
    The deceased joined the M E church while a resident of Leonardsville, and when she came to Earlville she transfered her membership to this church. When health permitted she was a regular attendant at all the church services.
    Funeral services were held from the home of Mrs. Romelia Sawdey, with whom she had recently mader her home, on Saturday last at two o'clock, and burial was made in the Earlville cemetery.

Death of Mrs. Caroline Reese.

    Mrs. Caroline Reese died suddenly Tuesday evening about ten o'clock at the home of Mrs. O G Sawdey in this village. She was 77 years of age. Mrs. Reese had been in failing health for several months, and had been cared for in the home of Mrs. Sawdey. She suffered a shock some time ago, and it is believed she had the second one just previous to her passing away. The funeral services will be held from the Sawdey home on Saturday at two o'clock, Rev. Carey of the M E church officiating. Burial will be made in the Earlville cemetery. A more extended obituary notice will appear next week.

Reilly, John J

John J Reilly.

    John J Reilly died Nov. 11, 1920, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Ellen Reilly, after an illness of two months of heart trouble. Mr. Reilly was on a visit to his mother at the time of his illness and death.
    He was the oldest son of Peter and Ellen Reilly of Providence, RI. He was twice married, his first wife was Miss Mary E Goodrich of Providence. To them one son was born. His second wife was Miss Gertrude A Savage of Earlville and to them one daughter was born. Mr. Reilly was 26 years and ten months old. He was born and lived all his life except the past two years in Providence. The past two years years he lived in Utica and Syracuse. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Alice, of Earlville, NY; son, Frederick, his aged mother, one brother, Joseph, and two sisters, Margaret and Rose, all of Providence, RI; one sister, Mrs. Philip Orouke of Bristol, RI.
    Solemn high mass was celebrated at Holy St. Mary's church, Providence, at nine o'clock Saturday, Nov. 13. Burial was made in St. Francis cemetery, Pawtucket, RI, by the side of his first wife.

Rexford, Harry

Harry Rexford

    Harry Rexford of Hamilton, a brother-in-law of C J Sawdey of this city, passed away at his home in that village at five o'clock Monday afternoon. The funeral services will be held at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The deceased leaves a widow and one daughter Helen. ALso numerous other relatives and a host of friends. - In pencil on obit - Feb. 16, 1920

Rice, Stephen - 1926

Funeral Services Held

    The funeral of Stephen Rice, a native of this town, who passed away at his home in Binghamton last week, was held from the W G Willcox undertaking parlors here on Monday afternoon at 1:30 and interment made in the west village cemetery in the family lot.

Rugg, Mrs. Mary

Sudden Death of Mrs. Mary Rugg.

    Smyrna, June 29 --- Mrs. Mary Holcomb Rugg died at the home of her uncle, Gilbert Ellis, in Georgetown on Friday morning, June 25, 1920, after an illness of only a few hours.
    Mrs. Rugg was born in the town of Georgetown in 1850 but spent the greater part of her life in this village where her husband, the late Adelbert Rugg, was engaged in the tannery and harness business. Shortly after her husband's death she went to North Bangor, NY, where she remained for several months, but for the past few weeks had been in Georgetown caring for her uncle, who is in poor health. The news of her sudden death came to her many friends here as a shock as she had but recently been visiting here and seemed to be enjoying the best of health. Her sudden departure was attributed to a stroke of apoplexy.
    Funeral service were held from the Baptist church in this village, of which she had been a faithful member for many years, on Monday morning at 11:00 o'clock, Rev. S B Leary of Hamilton, her former pastor, officiating, and interment was made beside her husband and daughter in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.
    One brother, Jay Holcomb, of Otselic and several nephews and nieces survive.

Russell, Mrs. David B

Mrs. David B Russell

    Mrs. David B Russell died at an early hour Tuesday morning, April 22, 1919 at the family home two miles west of this village after an illness of several months.
    Viola Wright Russell was born at Lime, Jefferson county, March 1, 1849, and with her husband and family came to this place in 1888 where she has since made her home. She was one of six children, three of whom have passed away in the past seven weeks.
    Besides her husband she is survived by one brother, Alvin Wright of Clayton, Jefferson county, two daughters, Mrs. Fred Wilcox and Mrs. Ray Hopkins of this place and one son, Cyrus W Russell of Buffalo. Two children died in infancy.
    The funeral was held privately from the home on Friday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. George Lusty, pastor of the Congregational church officiating and interment made in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.

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