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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.
Wellsboro Agitator – December 20, 1905
Mrs. Emma VanDusen died suddenly at her home on the State road in Farmington
township, on Wednesday, December 13th, from an acute attack of appendicitis. She was born at Osceola, December 30, 1837, and consequently was almost 78 years of age at the time of her death. She was the eighth of the eleven children of Lemuel and Ruth (Gleason) Cady, who removed to Farmington when their daughter was about two years old and where she grew to maturity amid pioneer surroundings. When 20 years old she became the wife of William VanDusen, who died in 1893, since which time she has remained his widow. For 16 years they lived in a home in the western part of the town which they carved out of the wilderness. In 1863 they purchased the Cady homestead, her childhood home, where she lived the remainder of her life and where she died. In face, form and figure she possessed in youth and age an attractive personality. Her very presence conciliated good will. Of an equable temperament and a kindly disposition, her influence on those with whom she came in contact has been most wholesome and helpful. It is nearly sixty years since she became a professed Christian, and in church, Sunday school and community, she has done her religions work. In connection with the Methodist Episcopal church. It was most sincere and genuine. From the time of her marriage her life was devoted to the sweet ministries of wife and mother. Mr. and Mrs. VanDusen were the parents of four children —Oscar Adelbert and Fred, of Farmington, ex Sheriff Frank VanDusen, of Osceola, who survive their mother, and Josephine, who died in 1863, aged nine years. Funeral services were held at her late home Friday at 11 a. m., Rev. Robert S. Bell officiating. Interment in Highland cemetery, Farmington. (Buried in Peter’s Cemetery)
CADY Melvin L
Elkland Journal 1896 25 Jun Died - Cady, Melvin, who has been suffering for several weeks from dropsy, died Saturday afternoon. Funeral at Pleasant Valley, Sunday
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA--Wednesday, March 18, 1896
Mr. Simeon Cady, a well-known and respected citizen of Elkland, died on the 10th instant in the 75 year of his age. Mr. Cady was born at Osceola, January 22, 1822, being of a family of 11 children and spent his whole live in the Cowanesque Valley. He was esteemed as an honest, intelligent and industrious citizen, with a heart full of the milk of human kindness. ...He left 6 children- 5 sons and one daughter. The funeral was held last Friday afternoon. Peters Cemetery Farmington
Wellsboro Gazette – May 23, 1895
--Willard Cass, the aged father of ex-County Superintendent Cass, died at his home in Farmington Saturday morning after a brief illness following the accident of last week. The funeral took place Monday forenoon at the late residence of the deceased.
Wellsboro Agitator - December 11, 1895
Rev. Charles Weeks attended the funeral of Mrs. John VanDusen, who died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. D. Kemp, last Thursday.
HOUSE William C.
Wellsboro Agitator – July 4, 1923
Farmington, July 2—William C House, a lifelong resident of this place, died Wednesday afternoon, June 27. He had a stroke earlier in the day and did not regain consciousness. He was the only son of the late Carlos House and had always lived on the farm where he died. He was born June 15, 1857, and on June 10, 1893, he married Bertha Dodge, who survives him. Seven children were born to them: Mrs. Coral Mosher, of Alfred, N. Y.; Mrs. Alonzo Brimmer and Mrs. Jesse Brimmer, of Farmington, and Marian, Carl, Mortimer and Erma at home. Mr. House was a member of Fairview Grange of Farmington and was well liked by all who knew him. Funeral services were held from the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Gee, pastor of the Reformed Methodist church, of Farmington, officiated; burial in the Peters cemetery.
JONES - Kenneth Allen Jones, two-month old son of Mr. & Mrs. James Jones, Wellsboro, died at his home Friday, January 19, 1962, of pneumonia. Also surviving are five brothers, James Jr., Linford, Michael, Gerald and Gerard, all at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William Randall, Wellsboro and paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William Sutton, Sanford, Fla. Services were held Saturday afternoon and burial was in St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery. - Wellsboro Agitator, January 25, 1962
The Wellsboro Gazette, February 26, 1942
MEADE - Homer K. Meade about 53, a World War veteran, died February 11 at the home of his cousin, Mrs. Lillie Beard, in Farmington. The funeral was held in Elkland and burial in Peters cemetery at Farmington. He had made his home with his cousin recently after giving up his own home in Bradford. There are no near survivors. He had many friends here where he was a frequent visitor at the home of his cousin Mrs. Mazie Sears Bodine.
Wellsboro Gazette - Died Cady, at Elkland, Dec. 4, 1877, Mrs. Erastus Cady.
RICE Asahel E
A. E. Rice - Asahel E. Rice, of Tompkins, died Monday afternoon. He was well known throughout the county and highly esteemed. He is survived by two sons, Ernest D. of Chatham, and Clarence Rice, of Tompkins. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Tompkins church; burial in the Covington cemetery. (Buried in Peters cemetery in Farmington)
Wellsboro Agitator – March 11, 1903
--Mr. Oliver Rice, aged 68, formerly of Elkland, died on February 26th in Charleston. Burial in Peter’s cemetery in Farmington.
Wellsboro Agitator - September 6, 1911
--Mrs. Alice VanDusen died at her home in Westfield on August 25, after many months of poor health. She leaves three daughters, Jessie, Janie and Kathryn; two brothers, Chas. Seeley, of Farmington, and Grant Seeley, of Osceola and two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Handcock, of Florida, and Mrs. Betsy Butler, of Farmington.
Wellsboro Agitator – February 6, 1906
Mrs. Charlotte Staysa Snyder died Friday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stephen Edwards, at Sabinsville, and her funeral will be held at the Butler church, Tuesday, at 11 o’clock; burial in the Peter’s cemetery.
Wellsboro Agitator – April 7, 1909
Charlotte Springer VanDusen was born in Orange county, N.Y., August 24, 1844, and when fifteen years old came to Farmington to live with her sister. She was married to Andrew VanDusen on March 12, 1860. To them were born four sons, all of whom are living; Walter, of Knoxville; and James, John and Leroy, of Westfield. She is also survived by sister, Mrs. Ann E. Roe, and a brother, Nelson Springer, both of Middlebury. About four years ago Mr. VanDusen died. Mrs. VanDusen’s early married life was spent on the VanDusen homestead in Farmington. In 1874 they moved to Wellsboro, where they resided until 1889, when they removed to Westfield. Mrs. VanDusen was a devoted member of the Westfield Baptist church and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. The funeral services were held from the home of Walter VanDusen, at Knoxville, last Tuesday morning, Rev. W. H. Hunt, of Westfield, officiating. Interment was made in the Peter’s cemetery, in Farmington township. Mrs. Charlotte VanDusen died Sunday, March 28, at the home of her son, Walter VanDusen, at Knoxville. She is survived by four sons, John, James and Leroy, all of Knoxville; one sister, Mrs. Ann Roe; one brother, Nelt. Springer, both of Keeneyville; also several grandchildren and a host of friends. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday; burial in Peters cemetery.
Wellsboro Agitator – December 1, 1937
Eugene Sullivan who died at the home of Curtis Gleason, of Addison Hill, was buried Friday in Peters cemetery.
TEACHMAN Jane N
DEATH OF MRS. A. E. RICE - Jane N. Teachman Rice was born in Osceola, Pa., August 15th, 1856, and died at her home in same town July 15th, 1918, she was the youngest daughter of Abram and Louisa Teachman, deceased, and was the last one of her family. She is survived by her husband, A. E. Rice, two sons and two daughters, C. W. Rice, of Westfield, Pa., and E. D. Rice, of Chatham, Pa.; Mrs. Maud Holly, of Osceola, Pa., and Lucy, at home, also nine grandchildren and a host of friends. None knew her but to love her. Funeral service was largely attended at the home, Thursday, July 18th, Rev. Fred Slocum, of Addison, N. Y., officiating, assisted by Rev. Rowland, of Osceola. Kenyon had charge of the burial in the Union cemetery, Farmington, Pa. She was married to Asahel E. Rice July 22, 1872, and has always lived in this county. She led a consistent Christian life and was baptized six years ago by her pastor, Rev. Fred Slocum. She had been a member of the Grange the past seventeen years. The beautiful flowers showed the high esteem in which she was held by her many friends. At the request of the deceased there was no singing, this verse was read: "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none ever wakes to weep." She will be greatly missed but not forgotten.”
Wellsboro Agitator – March 14, 1923
--Byron VanDusen, one of the oldest residents of Middlebury, died at the home of W. C. House on March 4. He had resided with the House family for the past 20 years. He was about 78 years of age, and was a veteran of the Civil War. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Kate Kemp, of Odle’s Corners. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 o’clock, interment in the Peters cemetery in Farmington.
Wellsboro Agitator - February 10, 1892
Mr. Charles VanDusen, of Farmington, who died on Tuesday, was a member of the Knights of Honor Lodge of this place. He had an insurance of one thousand dollars on his life.
Wellsboro Agitator – February 13, 1946
Mrs. Jennie Van Dusen, aged 91 years, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Spencer, Knoxville, R.D. She was born March 18, 1861, in Farmington, daughter of Trphenna and John Van Dusen. She was the wife of Walter S Van Dusen. Besides Mrs. Spencer, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Price, of Knoxville; two grandsons, Walter Spencer and Charles Price, of Troupsburg, and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Spencer home at 2 p.m.; burial in the Peters cemetery in Farmington.
Wellsboro Agitator – January 8, 1902
Death of Ray VanDusen.
The Christmas holidays, to many a season of rejoicing and pleasure, brought first a cruel anxiety and then a heavy affliction to Deputy Sheriff Fred VanDusen and his wife. Their oldest son, Ray, aged 16 a beloved, affectionate boy, was seized with pneumonia the day before Christmas Day, at his birthplace, the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Emma VanDusen, in Farmington, and he died early on the morning of New Year's day. The day before Ray was taken ill he set out in high spirits from here with his brother, Carlton, aged 10, to spend the holidays at their grandmother's, but anticipated pleasures were never realized. Instead, the boy's parents were soon summoned to his bedside and his life was finally yielded up to its Giver. Ray was a good boy. He was dutiful towards his parents; he was kind, considerate and helpful to his brother Carlton; his four year old brother, Clifford, and his baby cousin, the Sheriff's son, and his death causes much grief in Sheriff VanDusen's household, of which he, his parents .and brothers were members. He had lived in Wellsboro only a year, but had made many friends here. He had attended our borough school and bad gained the esteem of teachers and fellow students alike. Ray's largely attended funeral was held from the Pleasant Valley church in Farmington early Friday afternoon, Rev. L. A. Davis, the Methodist pastor in Nelson, officiating. Burial in the VanDusen family plot in the Peters cemetery in Farmington. The church, which was decorated elaborately and beautifully, was filled with people intent upon paying the last tribute of affection to the amiable lad. Six boys of his own age, residents in the community where be had been bred, acted as pallbearers. They were Ray's cousins, Harry, Burr and Joseph VanDusen and George and John Northrop and Frank Starr. Prominent among the decorations at the funeral was a handsome floral tribute from Hay's fellow pupils here, the students in tbe Junior Grammar department, taught by Miss Nannie E. Johnson, and another beautiful floral offering from the clans in the Methodist Sunday school here of which Ray was a member. The pupils of his grade in the day school here were, during the time his funeral was in progress, dismissed from study out of respect to his memory.