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First I MUST tell you how great your site is and how I appreciate all the work that must go into it!! The other day I found this GREAT obit quite accidently while looking for a CARR obit at the Bradford Co Historical society. Not sure how to go about posting it but others MUST see it!!Please note that I am NOT researching any of these surnames, I just wanted to share it with others. I'm researching CARRs of Bradford Co, mainly Herrickville and LeRaysville. My husband's g-grandfather was Ezekiel Carr (1813PA-1898PA), m to Susyann Marsh (1817PA-1902PA). My main BRICK WALL is an unidentified JAMES CARR (1763NY-1850PA) buried right next to Ezekiel in the Herrickville Cemetery. Can NOT identify the fellow nor can I find out who Ezekiel's parents or siblings were and have been at it for quite some time now. With all the CARRs who were "in the neighborhood," you'd think there must be a tie! Sometimes I don't know why I just don't give up - guess it's part of the fascination of all this. I also have tons of old photos I recently scanned in from an old family album that was passed down from my husband's gg-grandfather, James Carr Sr. (1840PA-1910PA) but majority are "unidentified." Are there any plans for posting photos for people to take a
stab at helping to identify?? Just wondering. Thanks again for all your great newspaper articles, etc. Have a super day!! - Mary Lou Benjamin, Athens PA



BRADFORD ARGUS, MARCH 15, 1900, Page 5.


A Native of Luzerne County, Who has Many Relatives in Bradford County The venerable Dr. Joel Rogers Gore died at his home in Chicago on Feb. 24, 1900. He was born in Plains Township, Luzerne County, March 31, 1811. His grandfather was Lieut. Daniel Gore, born in Norwich, Conn, March 18, 1746, who with his father, six brothers and three sisters, came to Wyoming valley in 1772 - early enough to get well settled previous to the Massacre. They went out on that memorable July 3, 1778, with every male member of the family old enough to handle a musket, into action against the Indians and Tories. How faithfully they served is attested by the fact that when night came three brothers and two brothers-in-law were slain, and the grandfather of the subject of this sketch was wounded.
Dr. Gore migrated to Auburn, N.Y. in 1824, and married Sarah H. Fuller of Peekskill. During the war of the Rebellion he served with the Union army as surgeon. At its close and after the death of his wife he located in Chicago, Ill, and married Marie Louise Elmer of that city. In 1894 at the age of 83 years, he came East, to visit the place of birth, and met many whose ancestors with his stood shoulder to shoulder during the trying times of Colonial days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Louise-Gore.
Dr. Gore's great grandfather, Captain Obediah Gore, came from Norwich, Conn., and he and his family were among the first settlers in the Wyoming valley, under the Susquehanna company. He and a son, Lieut Obediah Gore, were blacksmiths and used coal in their forge long before its fitness for domestic use had been discovered. This Lieut. Obediah was probably the Judge Obediah who removed to the Gore place in Sheshequin, and was the father of Avery Gore, who was the grandfather of the older Gores now living in this vicinity and also of A. H. Kingsbury and Mrs. Henry E. Rockwell of Towanda, and Simon Kinney of Waverly. One of Capt. Obediah's sons was the father of the subject of this sketch.
Dr. Gore was the first coroner of the city of Chicago, an office he held with honor for a period of years. He visited Wyoming valley seven years ago, his mission being to bid farewell to the burying ground near Plainsville where his mother was laid to rest three score and ten years ago. He intended to have the remains removed, but was persuaded from the attempt as the seventy long years had reduced everything to Mother Earth. As an illustration of his retentive memory, he stated while in the burying ground that he was 11 years of age when his mother died and he could remember attending the funeral, and pointed out the way the old road led up to the gate of the lonely graveyard. He invited the company to follow him, and after going a little distance said: "Here is the spot that was our cellar." The hole and a pile of stone was all that was left to show the place where once stood the homestead of the Gore family, one of the pioneer families of the beautiful Wyoming Valley.


d: 1867 - Clermont Co. OH

buried: Smyrna Cemetery

Franklin Twp. = Shown in a history of Clermont Co. lists him as a successful businessman (a tailor) and a Trustee of Franklin Twp. a protestant = a democrat
Had children Helen T. d: 19 apr. 184_
Joseph b: 1840
Harriet A d: 13 Apr. 1849
Hhenry M. b: 1844
Could someone please help me - I am at a total deadend on his parents Thank you = Harriet Reynolds Rariden in Decatur, IL

Elmira Star Gazette May 2, 1964

Deaths Casterline, Charles {Charles Lynn Casterlin}

Age 83, of Breesport. Friday May 1, 1964. Surived by sister, Mrs. Percy Blake of Attica, N.Y.; one niece; one nephew. Body at Keister Funeral Home. Calling hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.M. Funeral there Sunday at 2 p.m., the Rev. I. Leslie Conley. Woodlawn Cemetery at convenience of family. {Also survived by son Donald Edgar Casterlin of Big Springs. Texas, granddaughter Charlotte W. C. Campbell in San Diego, Calif., and three great-granddaughters}

Information in { } added by Lisa G.C. Smallwood: great-granddaughter.

Also on same page:

Griffin, Floyd (Bob) Age 85 of 413 Union Place. Friday, May 1, 1964. He was a retired automobile mechanic. Survived by brother, J. Max of Elmira. Body at Hughes Funeral Home, Lake St. Calling hours: Sundey 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 1:30p.m. the Rev. James Collea. Woodlawn Cemetery.

Hill, Miss Florence A. Age 66, of 517 Harper St. May 1, 1964. She was a member of Lake St. Presbyterian Church: a retired employee of American LaFrance. Survived by brothers Jerome M. of Largo, Fla., Stephen W. of South Williamsport, Francis R. of Painted Post. Body at Barrett Funeral Home. Calling hours: Sunday and Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements incomplete.

Phyllis L. VanDuzer, 70
Phyllis L. VanDuzer, 70, of 226 Ann St., Athens, died Friday, May 8, 1998 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after a brief illness. Born Dec. 22, 1927, in Sayre, she was the daughter of Marvin and Laura Frantz Gilbert. She was the past executive director of the Bradford/Sullivan Counties American Cancer Society, having served there for 10 years. She retired from the J.J.Newbury Co. with a total of 30 years of service and was currently serving as secretary for Valley United Way.
She was a member of the Keystone Baptist Church. She is survived by; her husband of 51 years, Raymond , at home; sons and daughters - in- law, Daniel and Jodi VanDuzer of Athens and Marvin and Barbara VanDuzer of Sayre, a son, Philip VanDuzer of Athens Township' six grandchildren, one great - granddaughter, three sisters, Ruth Mensch of Sayre, Betty Stoliker of South Waverly, and Ida Scriven of Sheshequin; one brother, William Gilbert of Sayre, and several nieces,
nephews and cousins. Mrs. VanDuzer was preceded by three brothers, Henry Gilbert, Harold Gilbert, and Robert Gilbert; three sisters, Pauline Janofsky, Dorothy Detrick, and Cleo Miller.
Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the lowery Funeral Home 225 S. Main St., Athens. Funeral and committal services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with her pastor, Rev. James Fox officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens. Memorials may be directed to the Valley United Way of the Penn - York Valley Chapter Habitat for Humanity.

Parvin V. Mensch
Parvin V. Mensch, 77, of 117 Roosevelt St. Sayre, died Monday, July 21, 1997 at Troy Community Hospita, after an extended illness. Born Nov. 32, 1919 in Catawissa, Pa., he was the son of the late Victor and Ethel Irvin Mensch. He graduated from Catawissa High School and had earned variuos degrees in structural engineering from the state of Pennsylvania. He moved to the Valley in 1950 and had been employed as a construction superintendent for Streeter Associates for 20 years and as a project manager for Decker construction. He was then owner and president of Parvin Construction until his retirement in 1986 due to ill health.
Mr. Mensch was a member and past master of Waverly F&AM Lodge No. 407 and was also a member of the Towanda Lodge No. 108 and Williamsport
Consistory. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ruth, at home, a son, Parvin J. Mensch of Nichols, seven grandchildren; eight great - grandchildren, and
several nieces and nephews. Mr. Mensch was predeceased by an infant son, Victor, and a daughter, Sylvia
There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of Redeemer, 201 S. Wilbur Ave., Sayre with the Rev. Benjamin Lentz, officiating. The family will provide flowers. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens, Arrangements are under the supervision of the Lowery Funeral Home, Athens. Eloise Wilson

Evening Times   ( all of them are from that paper )
Israel Jacob " Jake " Janofsky   70] Israel " Jake " Janofsky of 551 Clark St., Waverly, N.Y. died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1989 at Robert Packer Hospital following a short illness. Born July 17, 1919 in Soviet Union, he was the son of Samuel and Jenny Janofsky.  He immigrated to the United States in 1923. Mr. Janofsky worked for the New York Times for 41 years and moved to the Valley in 1984. He is survived by a daughter Mrs. Toni Steffens of Waverly, a brother, Nathan of Sarsota, Fla.,; tow grandchildren, Shari and Jessica of Waverly, a niece and a nephew. He was predeceased by his wife; Pauline, in 1985. Friends may call at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens, on Wednesday from 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Rodney Saylor of the St. John's Luthern Church , Sayre, officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens.

Pauline M. Janofsky, 64     ( Sept. 28, 1985 ) Pauline M.Janofsky, 64, 230 Ann St., Athens, died at her home on Saturday, Sept. 28, 1985 after a short illness.
Born Feb. 3, 1921 in Sayre, she was the daughter of Marvin and Laura Frantz Gilbert. Mrs. Janofsky had resided in Secaucus, N.J. for the past 20 years, moving to the Valley in Dec. 1984. She was a member of the Sayre Church of Redeemer. Surviving are her husband, Jake; a daughter, Mrs. Toni Steffens of Waverly, two granddaughters: four sisters:  Ruth Mensch of Chemung, Betty Stoliker of South Waverly Phyllis VanDuzer of Athens, and Ida Scrivens of Sheshequin: three brothers, Harold Gilbert of Athens, Robert Gilbert of Jacksonville, Fla., and William Gilbert of Sayre; several nieces and nephews.: Predeceasing her were two sisters:  Dorothy Detrick and Cleo Miller. Friends may call at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 South Main St., Athens, tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will beheld there at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Donald Greenwood, her rector, officiating. Burial will be in the Tioga Point cemetery, Athens. Donatons may be directed to the Memorial Fund at the Sayre Church of Redeemer.

Dorothy M. Detrick 58   ( July 1984 )
Dorothy M. Detrick, 58, 302 Lincoln St., Sayre, died at the Robert Packer Hospital on Thursday, July 12, 1984. Born July 12, 1926 in Sayre; she was the daughter of Marvin and Laura Markle Frantz Gilbert. She was a lifelong resident of the Valley area, and a former bundle girl at Sayre Lingerie. She attended the Waverly First Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. frederick ( Sandy ) depew of Sayre, a son, Edward Jerome of Athens; four grandchildren; six sisters; Mrs. Jake ( Cleo ) Miller of Elmira, N.Y.; Mrs. Parvin ( Ruth ) Mensch of Chemung, N.Y.; Mrs. Raymond ( Phyllis ) VanDuzer of Athens, Mrs. Raymond ( Ida ) Scrivens of Sheshequin; Mrs. Jacob ( Pauline ) Janofsky of Secaucus, N.J., Mrs. Daniel ( Betty ) Stoliker of Waverly; three brothers; William Gilbert of Sayre, Howie Gilbert of Athens, and Robert Gilbert of Jacksonville, Fla., several nieces and nephews., aunts and cousins. Friends may call at the Allgeier and Blauvelt Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre, this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there at 1 p.m. Saturday, with her pastor, the Rev. fred McCloskey, officiating. Burial will be in the Tioga Point cemetery, Athens. Memorials may be directed to the Memorial Fund of the Waverly First Baptist Church.

Robert L. Gilbert, 59   (Feb. 28, 1988 )
Robert L. Gilbert, 59, of Jacksonville, Fla., died on Tuesday Feb. 28, 1989 in  Jacksonville. Born Nov. 19, 1929 in Sayre, he was the son of Marvin and Laura Frantz Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert attended the Sayre Area Schools and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife; Vyleta, at home; a son, Robert, Jr. of Jacksonville, two brothers, Harold of Athens, and William of Sayre, four sisters, Ida Scrivens of Sheshequin, Ruth Mensch of RD 2 Elmira; Betty Stoliker of South Waverly and Phyllis VanDuzer of Athens; three grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a grandson, Robbie, and three sisters, Cleo Miller of Elmira, Pauline Janofsky of Athens and Dorothy Detrick of Sayre. Funeral services are being held in Jacksonville.

Alice M. Stewart, 86   ( Sept. 11, 1987 )
Alice M. Stewart, 86, Keystone Manor, in Sayre died early today, Friday, Sept. 11, 1987 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lester ( Helen ) Rimbey, of 4 Orange St., Waverly, N.Y. Born Oct. 24, 1900 in Berwick, Pa., she was the daughter of Mathias and Rosa Schultz Frantz. Mrs. Stewart was employed as a supervisor - seamstress at the Sayre Lingerie for 30 years, retiring in 1959. She held memberships in the Sayre Church of Redeemer, Sayre and Waverly Senior Citizens, and Waverly, Chapter 195 of the Women of the Moose. In addition to Mrs .Rimbey, with whom she made her home, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. James ( Marian ) Lesneski, also of Waverly : brother, Myron Frantz of South Waverly; sister, Mrs. Ruth Riecks of Philadelphia, Pa. six grandchildren: 13 great - grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A son, Raymond Shermer predeceased her in death in 1982. Friends may call at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Sunday from 2- 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held there at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Donald Greenwood, rector of her church officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens. Memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Unit of the American Cancer Society, 515 S. Main St., Athens, 18810.

Eloise Wilson

Mrs Rosa Frantz Dies at Age 88; Sayreite 42 years  ( Jan. 17, 1955 ) Mrs. Rosa Frantz, 88, wife of Mathias A. Frantz of 207 1/2 N. Lehigh Ave., Sayre, died at the Robert Packer Hospital last night at 6 : 15 following a long illness. Born in Lime Ridge Pa. Oct. 19, 1866, Mrs. Frantz lived in Berwick, Pa., later and has resided in Sayre the past 42 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Lee Conners and Mrs. Laura Gilbert of Sayre, Mrs. John Stewart of Waverly and Mrs. Wilfred Reichs of Philadelphia.; two sons, John of Sayre and Myron of South Waverly, a sister, Mrs. Carrie Milheim of Brewick; 29
grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. The body will be removed from the Kolb Funeral Home, Sayre, to the family home early this evening, when friends may call and where the funeral service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. John E. Whitney of Bloomsburg, Pa. will officiate and burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery.

Mathias Frantz of So. Waverly Dies at 95.   ( June 14, 1959 ) Mathias A. Frantz , 95, of 66 Keystone Ave., South Waverly, died Sunday morining at 1 : 10 o'clock at the Robert Packer Hospital. He had been a resident of the Valley for the past 45 years and was a machinist helper at the Lehigh Valley Railroad for 12 years.  He retired in 1926 after 20 years of service. Mr. Frantz was a member of the I.O.O.F. of Berwick for the past 54 years.
Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Lee Connors of Sayre; Mrs. Laura Gilbert of Sayre, Mrs John Stewart of Waverly and Mrs. Wilfred Reicks of Philadelphia., two sons, John Frantz of Sayre and Myron Frantz of So. Waverly; two sisters; Mrs. Elsie Good of Berwick, and Mrs. Lily Ease of Bloomsburg, 24 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Kolb - Alligier Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave., after 7 o;clock this evening. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John M. Whitney, pastor of the Bloomsburg Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens, Pa.

Mrs. Swartwood of Sayre Called
Mrs. Helen Sarah Swartwood, 48, died this morning at her home at 209 N. Lehigh Ave., Sayre, after a lingering illness.  She was an active member of the Church of Redeemer. She is survived by her husband, Charles; parents; Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Frantz of Sayre; four sisters, Mrs. Lee Connors of Sayre; Mrs. Marvin Gilbert of Sayre, Mrs. Wilfret Rich  of Philadelphia and Mrs. Alice Frantz of Sayre, and two brothers, John of Sayre and Myron of Sayre. The body is at the Kolb funeral home and will be taken to the family home on North Lehigh Ave. tomorrow morning, where funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Rev. Glen Walters will officiate and burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens, Pa.

C.F.Swartwood, Retired Lehigh Employee, Dies
Charles F. Swartwood, 75, of 208 N. Thomas Ave., Sayre, died Friday Oct. 19, 1973 at 7 : 45 p.m. at the Robert Packer Hospital. Born in Sayre, the son of the late Charles and Betsy Hoose Swartwood, he spent his entire life in the Valley. He was a retired Lehigh Valley Railroad employee retiring in 1968 after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Machinist Union at the Lehigh Valley Railroad, a member of the Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 of Sayre, and the Loyal Order of Moose, No 1490 of Waverly. Surviving are a brother, John N. Swartwood of Sayre, Rd, 2 and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Kolb - Alligier Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave, Sayre Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home Monday at 11: 00 a.m.
Lt. Larry Hagaboom, officer in charge of the Salvation Army in Sayre, will officiate. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens,

Lee F. Connor Dies   ( forgot date of paper )
Lee F. Connor, 85, of 1510 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, N.Y. formerly of 308 N. Hopkins St., Sayre, died Monday May 27, 1974 at Arnot - Odgen Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. Born in Little Falls, Minn., he had resided in Sayre for 50 years, and had been employed as a boiler inspector for Lehigh Valley Railorad retiring in 1916 after 33 years service. Mr. Connor was a member of the Sayre Presbyterian chuch where he had served as a deacon for many years.  He was a member of the Hilldide Lodge No 117 F.& M. of Marath, N.D. of the Williamsport Consistory and of Penn - York Scottish rites. Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Mary Zepp of Pine City, with whom he resided, Mrs. James " Betty:" Brooks of Wellsburg, and Mrs. Douglas " Ruth" Simerson of Orlando, Fla.; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Clarence " Irma " Brown of Oconomowoc, Wisc.' Mrs. Ted " Nan" Ueker of Hettinger, N.D.  and Mrs. Gladys Brownlee of Everett, Wash.   Two brothers; Charles of Larimore, N.D. and Miles of Vancouver, Wash. several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Kolb - Alligier Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Reginald McInroy, pastor of the Sayre Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Wysox cemetery. Rural Amity Lodge will conduct Memorial services at the funeral home tonight at 7 p.m.

James W. Brooks, 71
James W. Brooks, 71, Doty Hill Road, RD 3, Gillett, died at his home on Sunday, Jan. 11, 1987 after a long illness.Born Aug. 29, 1915 in Emeigh, Pa., he was the son of William and Margaret Naylor Brooks. He was a self - employed farmer. Mrs. Brooks held memberships with Chemung Valley Lodge No 350; F.& A.M.
Corning Consistory and AFof L. ( life member ) Surviving are his wife; Betty; at home; daughter, Mrs. James ( Bonnie ) Wilcox of Milan, three sons, James, Jr.  of Doty Hill Road, Dennis L. of Venzuela and Brian of Dublin, Pa. two sisters: Mrs. Harold ( Thelma ) Thomason of Horseheads and Mrs. Alven ( Emma Jane_ Kamp of Elmira., nine grandchildren, three great -grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, Wednesday from
2 to 4 p.m. amd 7 to 9 p.m.  Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there at 2 p.m. Thursday with the REv. Kelvin Jones, pastor of the Bentley Creed Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Gillett Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Chemung Valley Lodge Brotherhood Fund, Chemung; or the charity of one's choice.

Ayers Corners Crash kills Gillet woman   ( Feb. 5, 1991 )
Smithfield Township - A 78 year old RR 3 Gillett woman died here Tuesday morning when her car collided with another vehicle at the intersection known as " Ayers Corners" Betty Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at about 11 a.m. by Bradford County Coroner Gordon ( Eugene ) Farr. State police at North Towanda said the accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. when Mrs. Brooks was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of SR 4013 and SR 4014.  Police said the woman, for unknown reasons, then pulled her 1988 Plymouth into the intersection and into the path of a 1982 Buick driven by 74 year old Norman Hanford of Mansfield. The Hanford auto struck the Brooks vehicle broadside, forcing it into the side of a house. Hanford, who was wearing a seat belt received only minor injuries and was taken to Robert Packer Hospital by Smithfield Ambulance for treatment. State police were also assisted at the scene by Greater Valley EMS
Ambulance and the Smithfield Fire Department. An investigation is continuing, police said.

James W. Brooks, Jr.  61
James W. Brooks, Jr. of Doty Hill Road, Gillett, died Wednesday, July 2, 1997 at Arnot Odgen Medical Center, Elmira. Born Sept. 4, 1935 in Elmira, he was the son of the late James, Sr . and Betty Walsh Brooks. Mr. Brooks  was a retired 20 year employee of F.M. Howell & Co. of Elmira. He truly enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife; Marian Woodruff Brooks; children, Melody Brooks Halstead of Elmira, Michael, Sr. and Irene Brooks of Endicott and Patrick and Debbie Brooks of Denver, Colo.; a sister and brother - in - law, Bonnie and Dr. James Wilcox of Milan; brothers and sisters - in - law, Dennis and Dialma Brooks of Houston, Tx. and Brian and Cindy Brooks of Dublin, Pa. ; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends are invited to visit with the family today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg. A memorial service will follow tonight at 8 at the funeral home with Rev. Harry Barrigar of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be directed to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church Memorial Fund, RRj 3, Gillett, Pa. 16925 or the Ridgebury Ambulance Squad, in care of Diane Husted, RR 3, Box 76, Gillett, Pa. 16925.

Lillian B. Frantz, 84  ( May 16, 1995 )
Lillian B. Frantz, 84, of 113 N. Lehigh Ave., Sayre died Monday, May 15, 1995 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born Sept. 19, 1910 in Athens, she was the daughter of the late Mahlon and Gertrude Keene Smith. She was a member of the Church of Redeemer. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Gerald ( Eloise ) Wilson of Athens, two sons and daughters - in - law, John and Betty of Amhurst, N.Y. and Leroy and Nancy of Sayre, Pa. 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John on Oct. 22, 1976 and four sisters and one brother. There will be no calling hours. Funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Allgeier and Blauvelt Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre.  with the Rev. Benjamin Lentz pastor of the Church of Redeemer, officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery, Athens, Memorials may be directed to one's favorite charity

Retierd Barber Dies in Sayre  ( Oct. 23, 1976 )
John W. Frantz, 88, of 113 N. Lehigh Ave., Sayre a retired Sayre barber, died Friday morning Oct. 22, 1976 at the Robert Packer Hospital after an extended illness. Born in Berwick, Pa. the  son of the late Mathia A. and Rosa  Schultz Frantz., he had resided in the valley for many years and operated a barbershop which he started in 1942, on Stevenson St., Sayre.  In 1944 Mr. Frantz moved the shop to its present location, which is now maintained by his son, Roy. Mr. Frantz retired  14 years ago at the age of 74. He ws a life member of the Sayre Fire Department and the Ambluance Corps. and a member of the Church of Redeemer. Surviving are his wife; Lillian B. Smith Frantz at home; two sons, Roy Frantz of Sayre and John Frantz of Buffalo; one daughter, Mrs. Gerald  (Eloise ) Wilson of Athens; two children from a prior marriage, Mrs. H.W. ( Rosella ) Renner, Boulder, Colo. and Carlyle Frantz of Endicott, N.Y. several grand and great - grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, brother, Myron Frantz of South Waverly, Three sisters, Mrs John ( Alice ) Stewart of Sayre, Mrs. Marvin ( Laura ) Gilbert, Sayre and Mrs. Ruth Reicks of Philadelphia. Friends may call at the Kolb - Allgeire Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave, Sayre, Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The funeral and committal will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Innes, rector of the Church of Redeemer officiating. Burial will be in the Tioga Point cemetery, Athens. It has been requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 302 S. Main St., Athens, Pa.

Elmira Advertiser Mar. 19, 1897
Death of Edwin Thomas
Was taken ill while on a visit to this city. Edwin Thomas  a Veteran whose illness was recorded in the Advertiser several days ago died yesterday morning at the home of his son, Elsworth at 151 Franklin St. this city, of uraemia aged 77 years. Mr. Thomas came here on a visit several weeks ago and being taken ill was unable to return. His family were informed of his condition and several members have been in the city during the past week awaiting the end which the physicians had informed them must soon come. Edwin Thomas was born in Reading, NY and removed to Catharine, Schuyler  county 50 years ago. He was twice married his first wife being Miss Harriett  VAN LOON of Catharine. This marriage occurred in 1841. His surviving children by the first marriage are sons, George and Frank and daughters Mrs. Wellington Woolever of Cayuta, Mrs George Osmun of Horseheads, and Mrs. Chauncey Meeks of Montour Falls, Ellsworth Thomas of Elmira. The first Mrs. Thomas died in 1864. Two years later Mr. Thomas married Mrs. Barbara Freece. The children of this second marriage  are Edwin of Odessa, William and Bert Dunn of Elmira, Mrs. John Mosher and Addison, Henry and Charles of Cayuta. The funeral of deceased will be held from his late home in Veteran on Sunday  at 11 o'clock am. The remains will be taken there today. The interment will  be made in the Mix cemetery at Catherine. Mr. Thomas was a member of the  Christian church and was much respected in the community in which he has resided all his life. In addition to his children deceased is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Clarissa Van Gelder of Binghamton. .
 Submitted by Sherry Nichols

Reporter Journal, Towanda, Pa, Oct 21, 1897
.Jacob DETRICK , a resident of Sayre for 12 yrs, d Monday at the home of his da. Mrs Wm Riehl, aged 76 years. In his younger days he was a farmer in Wyoming Co. He is survived by his wife Rebecca and 7 children. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, interment at Tioga Point Cemetery. Submitted by   Phyllis  Learned

Elmira Advertiser March 4, 1929
"Mrs Anna Baker(Silsbee) of 654 E. Church St. died at the family home at 7:20p.m. Sunday after an extended illness.   Survived by the husband Bert Baker, three daughters, Mrs Archie,(Anna) Bentley, Mrs James (Helen) Barnstead, both of Elmira, Mrs John Gunter of Rochester.  Two sons, James Baker and Robert Baker both of Elmira.   Body was removed to the McInerny and O'Dea funeral home where the funeral service will be held at a time to be announced later.  Burial at
Woodlawn Cemetery March 6, 1929 by Rev. Lew Williams.

Sonja DePalma

The 3 obits were in the Corning Leader dec 16, 1943. Submitted by John Wylie

    Wilbur Baldwin Crane, 30, died unexpectedly this morning in Corning Hostpital.  Although he had been in poor health for some time, Mr. Crane was admitted to the hospital only Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Crane formerly lived at Gang Mills, but recently moved to Painted Post where he resided at 134 Steuben st.
    Mr. Crane was born in Lawrenceville, Pa., July 25, 1913, son of Louis and Blanche Bailey Crane.  He was married to Mabel Youngs at Hornby by the Rev. Dr. Charles Flint Allen, in 1937.
    For the past seven years, He was employed by the Ingersoll Rand Company at Painted Post as a crane operator.  He was one of the more popular younger employes and took active part in the bowling league.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Ingersoll Rand Service Association and of the Painted Post Presbytarian Church.
    Besides his widow, there survives his mother, Mrs. Arthur Hubbard, Painted Post; a brother, Melvin, Painted Post;and one sister, Doris Crane, Wellsboro, Pa.  The body has been removed to the Stevens Fumeral Home, from which funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Wellsboro, Pa.-  Charles Zundell, of Galeton, died late Sunday at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, here.

    Osceola, Pa.- The fumeral of Mrs. Frances Doan was held from the Presbytarian Church here Sunday at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. Robert Cocks, Pastor, officiating.
    Mrs. Doan died at the Blossburg Hospital following a serious illness of about two weeks.  She was the youngest daughter of the late Norris and Betsy Seeley Butler and was born on Butler Hill in Osceola Township.  In early life, she married Herman Doan and to them were born two sons, Hugh and Otto.
    The Doan family resided in this place for many years where Mrs. Doan was loved and respected by all who knew her.  She is survived by her husbanda and son Hugh, of Osceola, and son, Otto, of Knoxville, one sister Mrs. Lena Steadman, of this place, and several grandchildren.

Miss Sara A. POLLOCK was born in Antrim, PA April 19th, 1881, the daughter of Alexander Wells and Mary GREGORY Pollock. She was a granddaughter of the late James Pollock, also of Antrim. She died March 6th, 1963 in a Charleston, W. Va hospital.

She is survived by aunts, Mrs. Jese H. STEINMESCH of Eldorado, Ill., Mrs. Christine P. GRINNELL of Wellsboro, and Mrs. William J. NEAL of San Manuel, Arizona; an uncle, Raymond GREGORY of Nauvoo, Pa, and several cousins.

Miss Pollock was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was very active in both Church and Sunday School work. She was social director for the Spruce River Coal Company of Ramage, W. Va., for 15 years, and organized the first public library and 22 4-H Clubs in Boone County, W. Va. Before her retirement she was State Welfare Supervisor and had several counties under her jurisdiction. Before moving to W. Va. from the West, she was Dean of Women and English instructor at Windom College in Minnesota, and also Dean of Women and assistant professor at Alma College in Michigan. She was a graduate of Rockford College, Ill. and received her Master's degree from the University of Chicago. She was a member of the Madison, W. Va., Bird and Garden Club, president of Madison Woman's Club, and a member of Wellsboro Chapter DAR. Services were held March 10 with burial at Wellsboro Cemetery, the Rev. Porter officiating.

Submitted by Marjorie Pollock Bridges    3/26/99
I believe the obituary was in the Wellsboro newspaper.

SOPER & Related Families Marriages & Obituaries

The following newspaper clippings were extraced from Tioga County newspapers by Mrs. Joyce Garrison and typed up by Leticia Russell [313 Brookside Drive, Angwin, CA 94508-9601, or

HARDING Lucy A. (d. April 6, 1878)
Died Lucy Soper wife of George (T. Soper), daughter of Josiah Harding at Bloss, April 6. [The Wellsboro Agitator, April 16, 1878] Died at Blossburg, April 6, 1878, Lucy, wife of Mr. George Soper, and daughter of Mr. Josiah Harding. [The Wellsboro Gazette, April 6, 1878]

SOPER Catherine (Kate) & Frank W. ARGETSINGER (m. 2 February 1871)
Married in Rutland 2nd February, 1871, by the Rev. M. Rockwell, Mr. F.W. Argetsinger & Miss Kate Soper. [The Tioga Co. Agitator, February 21, 1871]

SOPER Cora & William Henry BENSON (m. 30 August 1876)
Married William H. Benson of Columbia, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, and Miss Cora Soper of Rutland Township at the residence of bride¹s parents, August 30th, by Rev. Rockwell. [The Wellsboro Agitator, September 5, 1876]

SOPER Edith V. & Thomas C. WALKER  (m. 12 February 1879)
Married Thomas C. Walker of Dike Center, Pennsylvania, and Miss Edith V. Soper at the residence of the bride¹s parents in Columbia, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, February 12th, by Rev. M. Rockwell. [The Wellsboro Agitator, February 18, 1879]

SOPER Eli Burrett & Minerva WRIGHT (m. 24 September 1863)
Married in Jackson 24th ultimo by Rev. Levi Stone, Mr. E. B. Soper to Miss Minerva Wright, both of Rutland, Tioga Co. Pennsylvania. [The Tioga County Agitator, September a6, 1863]

SOPER Elijah & Laura R. ROPER  (m. 18 March 1866)
Married 18th March, by Rev. G. P. Watrous, Mr. Elijah Soper and Miss Laura L. Roper both of Sullivan. [The Tioga County Agitator, March 28, 1866]

SOPER Elwyn & Adella DAVIS (Della) (m. 1 June 1879)
Married Elwyn Soper of Columbia, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, and Miss Della Davis of Rutland Township, at Rutland Township, June 1st by Reverand M. Rockwell. [The Mansfield Advocate, June 18, 1879]

Married Elwyn Soper of Columbia, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania, and Miss Della Davis of Rutland Township, at Rutland Township, in same June 4th, by Reverand M. Rockwell. [The Wellsboro Agitator, June 17, 1879]

SOPER George T. & Estelle L. GILLETTE (m. May 25, 1879)
Married George T. Soper and Miss Estelle L. Gillette of Blossbug, at Mansfield, May 25, by Reverand H. Moyer. [The Mansfield Advocate, May 28, 1879]
Married George T. Soper and Miss Estelle L. Gillette of Blossbug, May 25, Mansfield, by Reverand H. Moyer. [The Wellsboro Agitator, June 3, 1879]

SOPER George W. (d. August 20, 1881)
Died at Roseville, August 20th of dropsy, G. W. Soper, aged 60 years. [The Wellsboro Agitator, August 30, 1881]

SOPER Harris C. (d. March 14, 1866)
Died at his residence, in Rutland, 14th instant, of Disease of the Heart, Mr. Harris Soper aged 52 years. [Tioga County Agitator - Mar 28th 1866]

SOPER Henry Pier & Charlotte Amelia WILEY (Lottie) (m. 3 October 1868)
Married at Blossburg October 3, 1868, by Reverand N. L. Reynolds, Mr. Henry P. Soper of Rutland, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania, and Miss Lottie A. Wylie of Wells, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania. [Tioga County Agitator, December 2, 1868]

SOPER John J. & Ella M. MARVIN (m. 8 September 1886)

John Soper late of Florida and Miss Ella Martin of Elk Run near Covington, married at her home, September 8th. [The Mansfield Advocate, September 15, 1886]

SOPER Nathaniel & Rosena Desire RUMSEY (m. 25 December 1873)
Mr. Nathaneil Soper and Miss Rose Rumsey of Sullivan, married December 25, 1873 at Rumsey Hill, by Reverand J. Vankirk. [The Wellsboro Agitator, January 6, 1874]
Nathaniel Soper died last Wednesday age 35, left four children, former resident of Covington. [Mansfield Advertiser - September 29, 1886]

SOPER Ruby & James ARGETSINGER (m. 7 October 1872)
Married by the Rev. M. Rockwell, in Jackson 7 October, Mr. James Argetsinger and Miss Rubie Soper both of Rutland. [The Tioga Co. Agitator, October 15, 1872]

SOPER Ward B. & Isabelle CLARK (m. 1 December 1880)
Married at the residence of the bride¹s parents December 1st 1880 by Rev. M. Rockwell, Mr. Ward B. Soper adn Miss Isabel Clark both of Columbia, Bradford Co. Pennsylvania. [The Wellsboro Agitator, December 7, 1880]

SOPER William H. (d. March 7, 1894)
William Soper, died in Van Etten, New York last Thursday, burried in Roseville, Saturday, age 81 years. He died at his son¹s, Edwin Soper. [The Mansefield Advertiser, March 14, 1894]

SOPER William Leroy & Ella Margaret EVERTS (m. 15 September 1890)
Married Will Soper and Ella Graves both of Covington. Married in Lindley, New York, September 15th. [The Mansefield Advertiser, October 1, 1890]

GENDROM - Sandra GENDRON, 55 Homemaker; Lakeland--Mrs. Sandra Jean Gendron of Lakeland died Tuesday (March 2, 1999) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was 55. Born in Wellsboro, Pa, on Aug 29, 1943, she came to Lakeland from Spencerport, N.Y., 3 1/2 years ago. She was a homemaker. She attended Resurrection Catholic Church, Lakeland. She is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Gendron; sons, Christopher, Naples, and Todd Gendron, Orland; daughter, Anne Marie Wainwright, Putney, Vt; brothers, Ronald Kimball, Lakeland, and Dale Kimball, Wellsboro, Pa; sister, Shirley Allred, Warren, Pa; and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be make to Lakeland Regiona Medical Center Foundation, c/o Lakeland Regional Medical Center, P.O. Box 95448, Lakeland, 33804. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Resurrection Catholic church, 3720 Old Highway 37, Lakeland [The Ledger, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida; March 4, 1999] (From Wendy Marani)

The following obituaries concerning surname ROCKWELL are from the scrapbook of Wrexie Louise (Lou) Leonard (my great grandmother's sister).  Source
newspapers unknown.
Former Trojan Dead in Connecticut
     Mr. S. N. Rockwell, a former resident of Troy, died in Willimantic, Conn., November 24, 1908.  He had been in ill health for a number of years. He was a son of the late Rufus Rockwell and was born Jan. 4, 1835.      He had held responsible positions as superintendent of various state institutions, had made his home in Southern Pines, N. C., for a number of years, but for the past three years had lived in Willimantic.  He is survived by his wife, one brother and three sisters, Glycon Rockwell of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Emma Purdy, of Waukon, Iowa; Mrs. C.R. Thomas of Gaithersburd, Maryland, and Mrs. S.H. Stanton of this place.
ROCKWELL--In Troy, Pa., Dec. 21st, 1873, of general debility, Rufus M. Rockwell, aged 72 years.
     Mr. Rockwell, the seventh son of Samuel Rockwell, Sr., was born in Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, June 2nd, 1801.  In 1803 he moved with his father and family to Canton, where he remained a few years, and thence to Troy, where he resided until his death.  He was married in 1822 to Mary Alvord, who died August 2d, 1860.  He had eleven children who grew up, ten of whom are living yet:  E.A. Rockwell, editor of the Morning Call, San Francisco; Mary R. Wilson, Troy; E. C. Rockwell, Troy; S. N. Rockwell, New York; Dr. John E. Rockwell, Troy; Lydia Hazleton, Lansing Iowa; Calphurnia Thomas, Manassus, Va.; Hyla Stanton, West Burlington; G.A. Rockwell, Lansing Iowa; Emma Purdy, Lansing Iowa.  Dr. Rufus C. Rockwell, deceased, of this place was also one of his sons.  Ma. Rockwell was a deacon of the Baptist Church of this place for many years, and a worthy and consistent member for upward of half a century.  He was an industrious and worthy citizen, and was honored and respected by his numerous family and friends.  In 1872, he paid a visit to his son Elijah, in California, going and returning alone.  In 1872 he had a stroke of paralysis, and since that time his failing health has warned his friends of the end that came suddenly and yet peacefully to one prepared for it.
Dr. John E. Rockwell.
     Dr. Rockwell was born in Troy, Bradford Co., Pa., March 1, 1837, and was the seventh child of a family of twelve children of Deacon Rufus and Mary Rockwell.  Of this family there are living at present, G.A. Rockwell, Mrs. Emma Purdy and Mrs. Lydia Hazleton, Lansing, Ia.; Norton Rockwell and E.C. Rockwell, of Middletown, Conn.; Mrs. Calphurnia Thomas, of Mifflinsburg, Pa., Elijah A. Rockwell, editor of the Sacramento, Cal., Bee; Mrs. H. Stanton of West Burlington and Mrs. Hiram Wilson of Troy.  An active temperment, kind and obliging ways made him always a favorite with a large circle of friends.  He received his education at the Troy Academy and at Clarence William's School at East Troy.  He entered the Army in September, 1861, as a private in Capt.  B.S. Dartt's Company and remained in the army until 1864, though for the last two years he held a situation as Assistant Superintendent of a hospital at Nashville, Tenn.  Returning home he
conducted the labors of the farm until about 1867, when he bagan the study of medicine with his brother, Dr. R.C. Rockwell, and in 1869-70 took lectures at the Medical Department of the Michigan University.  While at Ann Arbor he made the acquaintance, and in March, 1873, married Marcia Bliss. Since his graduation he had been in the active practice of his profession in this place, and had built up a large and growing practice.  He was taken suddenly and violently ill with inflammatory rheumatism the middle of April, and after untold suffering passed through the dark valley, on Saturday, August 5th.  Mourned by a large circle of friends, he will be missed by the people of this place, most of whom knew the kindness of heart, which was one of his characteristics.
Note that the above three articles are glued to page 55 of the scrapbook along with the death notice of Charles H. Alvord, and Phebe S. (Brown) Alvord, previously provided. Bill Klauk

Short death notice from scrapbook of Wrexie Louise (Lou) Leonard.  Source newspaper unknown.
     Died Sunday, March 29, 1903, at the home of his son, No. 63 Hill Street, Charles H. Alvord, aged 70 years.  He is survived by a widow and one son, George H. Alvord.      The funeral will be held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
Bill Klauk

Luella G. Merrill, 91, formerly of Athens, died Monday, June 13, 1994 at the Bradford County Manor. Born October 22, 1902, she was the daughter of Harlan and Mary Helen Hunt Merrill. She was a 1922 graduate of Athens High School and attended Hiram College of Ohio. Miss Merrill is survived by two close friends, Genevieve and Dorothy Cotton, both of Athens. There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Ulster Cemetery with the Rev. Howard Hockenbury, pastor of the Athens United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorials may be directed to the charity of ones choice.

Hazel E. Knouse, 94, of RR 3, Troy, formerly of Page Manor in Athens, died Monday, June 13, 1994 at Bradford County Manor. Born April 30, 1900 in Wilkes Barre, she was the daughter of William and Mary Rymell Swartwood, and moved to the valley with her family at the age of 2. She was formerly employed at Boyles Book Store for 15 years, retiring in 1962. She was a 50-year member of the Athens United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star No. 43 of Sayre.
Mrs. Knouse is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Jean and Robert Severn of Sayre; daughters-in-law, Peggy Coombs of Milan and Janet Knouse of Dover, Del.; a sister, Carrie Wescott of Athens; three grand-daughters, Mary Lou Palmer of Waverly and Kathy Smith and Beth Forbes, both of Dover; four grandsons, Gary, Tom and Randy Severn of Sayre and Donald Knouse of Wappinger Falls, N.Y.; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Hetler Knouse, in 1947; two sons, Desmond in 1969 and Donald in 1990; two sisters, Sara Walker in 1947 and Ethel Hakes in 1977; and one brother, William Swartwood, in 1994. Friends may call Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens.
Funeral and committal services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Howard Hockenbury, pastor of the Athens United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens. Memorials may be directed to the Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services, 201 Allison St., Sayre, Pa. 18840 or the activities program at Bradford County Manor, RR 3, Box 322, Troy, Pa. 16947 (Submitted by Margaret Bourdette -

Logs of Morris Township (March 25, 1879)
     Messr. William Heyler and Henry Linck recently cut a white pine in Morris township that contained 5,400 feet of lumber, and the top of the tree was blown off at a point where the bole was two feet in diameter.  Five logs were cut from this tall pine of Morris four of them being each 12 feet long, and the fifth 14 feet long.  The first log was about 4'7" through the butt.  The tree was sound throughout, and there were very few knots in it.  The lumber, which was cut at James Dennison's mill was almost entirely clear stuff. ....The Grand old tree known as the Big Elm, on the farm of James King in the Cowanesque Valley, burndt down.  It measured 18 feet in circumference, 3 feet from the ground and 60 feet from the butt.  The prostrate hole comes up to the underside of a man's arm as he stands beside it. (From Jan in CA)

In Lou Leonard's "notebook", pasted on the same page as obituary of Henry Stever Leonard and announcement of death of Miss Olivia Leonard is a very faded short clipping on the death of Herman D. Newton.  As clippings seem to have no order in the notebook, source and date of article are unknown.  I have not discovered a family relationship to this person and will presume was just a person that Wrexie knew.
NEWTON -- In St. Louis, Mo., at the home of his father R.D. Newton, 5337 Theodosia Ave., Sept. 21, Herman D. Newton.
     Mr. Newton whose death is thus announced in a brief note, was a young man highly respected while living here and has of late been engaged in railroad business in Kansas.  He will be sincerly mourned by all who knew him.  He was a clerk at Long and Whitaker's at one time.
Bill Klauk

From the pages of the "notebook" of Wrexie Louise (Lou) Leonard, a short reference to presumably one of the sisters of my g g grandfather, RW Leonard.  Source of clipping unknown as is date unknown.
Died:  In East Troy, Miss Olivia Leonard, 72 years; in Springfield, Mrs. Eliza Bird Brace, 71 years; in Aspinwall, Ed. Knapp, 43 years; David B. Fries, 72 years; in Canaseraga, Mrs. E.J. Aber, 79 years.
Bill Klauk

From the "notebook" of Wrexie Louise (Lou) Leonard, is the obituary of the brother of my great great grandfather.  My g g grandfather was RW Leonard, son of Exekiel and Huldah Leonard, and surmised to be the grandson of Ezekiel Leonard, co-founder of Springfield Township.  This obituary is on Henry Stever Leonard who I discovered is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Troy, in a family plot just above (up the hill) from the RW Leonard plot, along with his wife and two children.  I recorded the death date from the cemetery stone as 1906.  However, this article indicates one surviving brother and I have another death notice on this brother which indicates the brother died in August 1906.  I ran a day of the week program and Tuesday, September 19th was in 1905, so I will use 1905 as the death year.
Bill Klauk

Here are two obituaries on my Great Great Great Grandmother, Phebe Stormton (Brown) Alvord, wife of John Alvord.  She was born in Goshen, Conn, April 5,
1804 and died in Athens (Bradford Co), Pa., February 2, 1892.  As indicated in the article, she moved to Troy in 1853, but her husband John died in 1854.  It is unknown at this time where Phebe and John are buried, although the article says "The interment was in the old cemetery, Troy."  Does anyone know which cemetery in Troy is refered to as "the old cemetery" ?? These articles are from the "NEWS".  I haven't checked the newspapers page but believe this was the Athens newspaper.  The articles should be from February 1892.
     Mrs. Phebe Alvord, for some years past an almost helpless invalid, who has been tenderly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Leonard, died yesterday morning, aged nearly 88 years.  Her only children, Charles Alvord of Pine City, N.Y., and Mrs. Leonard, were at her bedside when the spirit took its flight.
     Phebe S. (Brown) Alvord, whose death was announced in the NEWS last week, was born in Goshen, Litchfield county, Conn., April 5, 1804; in January 1832 she was married to John Alvord, and in 1837 removed to Yates county, N.Y., where she resided until October 1853, when she came to Troy, this county.  Since the death of her husband in July 1854, she had lived with her children.  Several years ago she came to Athens to live with her daughter, Mrs. Leonard.  For the past three or four years she was nearly helpless, her intellect having become clouded, requiring almost constant attention.  The immediate cause of death was pneumonia.  As the time for her departure drew near, her mental vision was apparently restored, and she recognized her children who had so tenderly cared for her during her
helplessness.  "At evening time it was light."  She united with the M.E. church in her younger days, and, until prevented by the infirmities of age, was an active worker in the vineyard.  The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. S. M. Wren, rector of Trinity Church, conducting the service.  The pall-bearers were Ralph Tozer, C. W. Clapp, Joseph Hines, Guy Tozer, N.P.Elsbree amd F.T. Page.  The interment was in the old cemetery, Troy.
Bill Klauk

When examining the clipping on the death of Stephen Wilber which I just forwarded, on the backside is the date banner and below it is a "local news" section for LeRoy, which most probably know is two townships south of Troy. Some may be interested in the names included or the type of news reported. Above the date banner is an advertisement for Rob't E. Leavitt Florist in Elmira with no line between it and the "The Gazette-Register" banner which at first caused my to think this was an Elmira paper.  But thanks to Joyce's newspapers of the area page at I have placed this as a Troy
     Rev. George Morse, wife and son of Estella, spent last week with friends and relatives here.
An eye specialist from Mifflinburg, stopped in town last week at Hotel McCraney.
     Miss Sarah Holcomb will carry on the millinery business this spring, since the death of her mother.
     Everett and James Wilcox are building a new barn this spring.
     Dr. Bevan is attending little Madeline Bunyan in Granville, who has been dangerously ill for several days, but is improving.
     S. B. Morse is quite ill again with asthma.
     Miss Laura Riggs is acting as postmistress for a time.
     Jay Perry, wife and child, have been very ill with diphtheria.
     Several cases of serious throat trouble are reported around town.
Bill Klauk

Found this totally loose in back pages of Wrexie Louise (Lou) Leonard's "Notebook" from the Gazette-Register, dated May 6, 1909.  As most clipping are from prior to 1900 in the "notebook", this was probably "torn" from the paper (the article did until trimmed have ragged edges as if torn) and tossed into the scrapbook as Lou probably was familiar with the family, rather than being any distant relative.
Old Resident Called to His Reward
     One of Troy's oldest and most respected residents died at 2 o'clock, Monday morning, May 3, 1909, in the death of Stephen F. Wilber.
     Mr. Wilber's last illness began with a fall while taking a bath a fortnight or three weeks ago.  His remarkably bright, clear mind held dominion almost to the very last.      He was the only son of Judge Reuben and Sally Dobbins Wilber, and a brother of Mrs. Dr. Parsons, Mrs. Thomas Baldwin, Miss Lydia Wilber, Mrs.
Nelson Adams and Mrs. Albion Budd, all deceased.      Born on the parental farm in Troy township, April 24, 1821, practically his whole life was spent here.  With a genial, char[letters missing]ble nature he combined a soundness of judgment which made him a general favorite whose companionship was always in demand.  Everybody liked Stephen Wilber.  While not a member of any religious body, his interest in the work in general and in St. Paul's Episcopal church in particular was shown only a short time since in a most substantial way.  He married Anna Budd and after her death, Mrs. Nathaniel Stephens.  His only child and survivor is a daughter by the former, Mrs. John N. Wolfe with whom for a long time he had made his home.
     The funeral will be held a 2 Thursday afternoon from the home in Elmira street, the Rev. Royal K. Tucker officiating.  Interment will be in Glenwood
Bill Klauk (Wrexie Lou Leonard was my great grandmother's sister)

Gore & Branches OBITUARIES copies available Bradford County Historical Society, Towanda, Pa. - Submitted by Pat HITTEL Gore

A  Good Lady Laid to Rest.
   Fannie (GORE) BULL, wife of William BULL, died at her home in Pond Hill on Monday Feb., 11th. 1895, of a complication of diseases.
   The deceased was a daughter of the late Abraham GORE, and was born in Sheshequin, April 9, 1819. He Grandfather, Samuel GORE was a Revolutionary soldier, who settled in the county as early as 1784, and for many years held the office of justice-of -the-peace in Sheshequin Township.
   Besides an aged husband (82 years), two sons, Ira D. BULL and Emerson T. BULL of Pond Hill; two daughters, Sarah (Mrs. Samuel MARSHALL) and Marion, (Mrs. John H. CHAFFEE), of Sheshequin, the deceased leaves two brothers, Abraham GORE of Sheshequin and C. C. GORE of Sayre, and two sisters, Mrs. Horace CHAFFEE of LeRaysville and Mrs. Bowen CHAFFEE of Ghent, to mourn her death. Stephen BULL, who died at Mansfield a few months since, was also a son of the deceased.
   Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Mr. Flory, of Rome, on Thursday: interment in the Pond Hill cemetery.
   Mrs. BULL was a most estimable lady, and she will be greatly missed in the community, where her busy hands and good works gave aid and comfort for many years. 'Bradford Star', February 21, 1895.

Fannie BULL age 76 b: Sheshequin, housewife, d: 11 Feb 1895 Pond Hill, Heart trouble 2 hrs; bur: @ Pond Hill 14 Feb 1895. Father. Abram GORE, mother. Sallie KENNEDY. *Register of Deaths Books 1; p.12, Bradford Co. Courthouse, Towanda, PA.

Wm. E. BULL age 84, married, b: Pond Hill, farmer, d: 2 Dec 1897 Pond Hill old age 2 days, bur @ Pond Hill 4 Dec 1897. Father: John BULL, Mother: Mary Bull. *Register of Deaths Books 1; p.16, Bradford Co. Courthouse, Towanda, PA.

 Prominent Wysox Township Citizen died at a Ripe Old Age.
   William E. BULL, one of prominent citizens of Wysox township, died at the old homestead at Apex Thursday morning, after a serious illness of but one day; he had been in poor health for a long time.
   Mr. Bull was born on the farm where he lived and died October 2, 1813, his parents being among the very first settlers in that section.  They came from Orange county, N.Y., in 1797 or '98 on horseback. Two sisters survive him, Charity E., residing in Canada, and Mrs. Mary J. Spencer of Apex.  Of his immediate family there are living of nine children born to him, two sons and two daughters: Ira D., and Emerson T. BULL of Apex, Mrs. Sarah P. MARSHALL of Sheshequin, and Mrs. Marion I. CHAFFEE of Hornbrook.
   Funeral services were held from the house at 11 o'clock Sunday morning; interment at the Pond Hill Cemetery. "Bradford Republican", Dec. 9, 1897. (*note: h/o Fanny  W. Gore (1819-1895).

Marriages: Horace B. Chaffee married March 4 Miss Mary GORE in Sheshequin. *North Branch Democrat, Sat March 8, 1851.

   On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1908, there passed from this life to that beyond another of the repected mothers of Pike township.  Mrs. Horace B. CHAFFEE was born in Sheshequin, June 7, 1831, and was a daughter of Abraham and Sarah GORE, pioneer settlers in that section. She was one of a family of two boys and three girls and is survivied by only one of that fireside group, Comfort GORE, an aged citizen of Sayre.  On March 4, 1851 she was united in marriage to Horace B. CHAFFEE and to them to bless their declining years were born five children, four sons and one daughter, all  of whom survive her but William, who died March 4, 1877, in his 21st year. The survivors are: C. Frank Chaffee of Waverly; Omer H. Chaffee at home, Fred A. Chaffee of Seattle, Wash, and Mrs. Charles H. Carrington of Wells Hollow. The marriage vow taken in 1851 was solemnly kept and for 48 years, or until Dec. 29, 1894, (sic) the two traveled the pathway of life together, enjoyed the pleasures and bore the sorrows. Since the death of her husband she has resided with her children and at the old homestead. The deceased was an exemplary lady, devoted to her family and respected by all who knew her and a large number of her friends assembled on Friday last to pay respects to her memory. The funeral service was held at 1o'clock at her late home, Rev. B. M. Johns officiating, and the remains were taken to LeRaysville for burial. *Towanda Daily Reviews, January 23, 1908. *bchs10/28/1999c.

   Horace B. CHAFFEE, of Pike, died at his home Dec. 29th.  Mr. CHAFFEE was one of the best citizens of the county, and possessed the confidence of the people of the section where his life has been spent.  He held important positions in his township and was well and favorably known throughout the eastern part of the county. He was postmaster of Chaffee's Corners at the time of his death. An honest man and citizen above reproach has passed to the Great Beyond. "Bradford Argus", Jan. 4, 1894. (*note: h/o Mary (Polly) Gore (1830-1908).

H. B. CHAFFEE age 65, married, born Seekook, Mass, farmer d: 29 Dec 1893 Chaffee's Corner, Kidney trouble 5 weeks, bur 1 Jan 1894 @ LeeRaysville. Register of Deaths Books 1; p.27, Bradford Co. Courthouse, Towanda, PA.

Mrs POLLY CHAFFEE,  wife of  Horace B. Chaffee died Jan'y 14, at her home in Pike township, in her 78th year. Deaceased was a daughter of Abraham & Sally GORE, and was born June 7, 1830, in Sheshequin Of a family of four sisters and two brothers, only a brother, Comfort C. GORE, age 83 years, survives. She was married March 4, 1851 to Horace B. CHAFFEE, and of five children born to them three sons and a daughter survive. She was a woman of many beautiful traits of character, and her death will be mourned by a wide circle of friends. Funeral services were held Friday, with interment at LeRaysville. *Bradford Star, January 23, 1908. *bchs10/28/1999c.

Marriages: Wilder B. Chaffee, Warren & Mrs. Lucy A. GORE, Sheshequin; married Dec 31, 1851 at Sheshequin by Rev. Gibson. *'Bradford Reporter', Jan 10th, 1852.

   Mrs. Lucy Gore CHAFFEE, wife of Bowen CHAFFEE died at her home in Sheshequin March 11th of
consumption aged about 60 years. She is survived by a husband, one son and a daughter. Funeral was held from the Universalist church on Sunday at 12 o'clock, Rev. Myra Kingsbury officiating; interment in Sheshequin Valley cemetery. "Bradford Star", March 19, 1896. (*Note: d/o Abraham B. Gore & Sarah Kennedy).

Lucy CHAFFEE age 68, married, born Sheshequin died 11 Mar 1896 Sheshequin, liver disease 16 months, bur 15 Mar 1896 @ Sheshequin. Register of Deaths Books 1 (1893-1905); p.30, Bradford Co. Courthouse, Towanda, PA.

W. Bowen CHAFFEE d: Apr 25, Sheshequin, b: Jan 30 1825 Seekook, Mass came to Warren Center 1833, married 1851 Mis Lucy GORE, Sheshequin. *Bradford Star, May 2, 1907.

relict of Marcellus ELLIOTT, died January 3 at her home in Myersburg after a short illness in her 91st year.  Deceased was a daughter of Silas and Catharine (ELLIOTT) GORE and was born August 17, 1827 in Rome Township. Her grandparents on both sides were pioneers and patriots of the Revolution. Mrs. ELLIOTT was a woman of remarkable memory and activity and her habits of industry were continued almost to the time of her death. Her husband died many years ago.  Three sons, Rev. Marcellus, Elmer and Joseph Elliott and one daughter. Miss Mary ELLIOTT, survive.  Funeral services were held on Saturday with interment in Rome cemetery. 'The Bradford Star', Thursday, January 10, 1918.

Marcellus ELLIOTT died on Monday last. Funeral sermon at the house on Wednesday by Rev. Harvey
Lounsbury of Tioga county, N.Y.  'Reporter Journal', Thursday, Towanda, PA, June 22, 1893.

 A Prominent Resident of Sheshequin died Thursday Evening.
   Mr. E. W. GILLETTE, a life long and prominent resident of Sheshequin township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. P. McMann, at Athens, Thursday evening, aged 82 years.
   Mr. Gillette was one of the early settlers of Sheshequin, and had spent all his life in that township.  He was on a visit to his daughter in Athens when taken with his last illness.  He recently went on a trip west where he has property, which was a little too much of a journey for one of his advanced years.
   He leaves three daughters. Mrs. J. P. McMANN of Athens, Mrs. Frank BRIGHAM of Hornbrook, and Mrs. Frank BLACKMAN of Rochelle, Ill. Mrs. Dr. Leonard Pratt of this place is a granddaughter.
   Funeral services was held from the church at Hornbrook, at 11 o'clock on Sunday.
"Bradford Republican", Sept. 16, 1896. (*Note: Ensley GILLETTE h/o Sarah A. Townsend).

Rosseter GILLETT died last Thursday at his home in Hornbrook, age 79 years. "Monroeton Enterprise", Jan 26, 1905.

Rosseter GILLETTE was born in Sheshequin, Pa., Feb. 20, 1826, and died Jan. 19, 1905, within 20 rods of the place of his birth. his long life was passed on the farm bought by his father, Warren GILLETTE who came from Massachusetts in 1819. In Father Gillette's old diary is written: "Oct. 1st, this day moved into Sheshequin, Pa., after a tedious journey of 25 miles from Granville, Mass" There he lived the balance of his days, raising one daughter and four sons, of who Rosseter was the youngest. All of them have now passed to their home beyond. Rosseter was a firm believer in the Holy Scriptures; was diligent in business, careful, painstaking and strictly honest, accumulating, thereby a comfortable home. On Nov. 25, 1852, he married Miss Mary A. TOWNSEND of Rome, Pa., who survives him. To them were born two sons and one daughter, Wells T. GILLETTE of Sheshequin, Claude W. GILLETTE, M.D. of Harrisburg, and Mrs. A.D. GILLETTE of Ghent. In the year 1862, under the labors of Rev. Fellows of the Central, N.Y. Conference, he became deeply interested in the subject of the Christian religion, and joined the church at Hornbrook the same year. He assisted in building the church edifice at that place, and ever after, the prosperity of the church was his delight. His pastors always received a cordial welcome at his beautiful home, with words of encouragement and support. He was a good husband, a kind father, an exemplary man, a good christian. the bereaved family have the sympathy of the community. "Bradford Star", Jan. 26, 1905. (*Note: s-i-l/o Sally M. Gore Townsend.)

DEATH at Hornbrook.
   Rosseter GILLETT died Thursday morning at 4 o'clock at his home at Hornbrook, aged 79 years. Death was due to pneumonia. Mr. Gillett was a farmer and was the last of his parents children.  He is survived by the widow and three children.  He was a farmer and a highly respected man. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the house and at 11 o'clock at the Hornbrook church. "Bradford Journal", Jan. 26, 1905.

DIED GORE.-- In Oswego, Kansas, July 8, 1871, Alfred GORE, Esg., formerly of Sheshequin, Bradford Co, Pa., of Typhoid fever, in the 56th year of his age. 'Bradford Reporter', August 31, 1871. (*Note: Alfred b: abt 1815 the son of Samuel K. Gore & Calista Gore).

of Bernice, formerly of Sheshequin, died May 30 as the result of injuries from a kick by a horse. He was 64 years of age and leaves a wife and two sons. "Bradford Star", Thursday, June 5, 1919. (*Note: This is Abraham B. Gore b: 20 Aug 1853 s/o Comfort Canedy Gore & Celia M. Olds & h/o Emma E. Post (1859-1936). He's buried at Post Cemetery, Sheshequin Twp, Bradford Co, PA).

   Abraham GORE, the oldest resident of Sheshequin, died on Sunday on the farm where he was born nearly 84 years ago. Mr. GORE was born in Sheshequin on July 31, 1822, the son of Abraham B. and Sallie Kennedy GORE, and a grandson of Samuel GORE.  His whole life was spent as a farmer in Sheshequin Township. He was a member of the Odd Fellows for more than 60 years. "Towanda Daily Review", Oct __, 1905.

MARRIED, In Sheshequin, on the 22d Inst, by the Rev. S. J. Gibson, Mr. ABRAHAM GORE to Miss ELIZA JANE MARSHALL. 'Bradford Reporter', February 28, 1849.

Abram GORE age 84, married, b: Shesehquin, Pa; d: 15 Oct 1905 Kidney trouble 2 wks, buried @ Sheshequin 17 Oct 1905. *Register of Deaths Books 2; p.46, Bradford Co. Courthouse, Towanda, PA.

of Sheshequin died March 9 at the People's Hospital in Sayre of tuberculosis. He was a son of the late Abraham GORE.  Funeral services were held from the Sheshequin Church, Sunday. 'Bradford Star', Thursday, March 15, 1917.

DIED, In Sheshequin, January 6th of consumption, CALISTA, wife of the late Samuel K. Gore. In the 55th year of her age, leaving a large circle of friends to mourn her departure. 'Bradford Reporter', February 28, 1849.

   died Aug. 26, at the home of his son, C. F. GORE in Sayre, after a long illness, aged 83 years.  He was a son of Abram B. GORE, and was born July 20, 1825, in Sheshequin, where the most of his life was spent.  He had been a member of Valley Lodge, I.O.O.F., for 53 years.  Two sons, Chas. F. GORE of Sayre and Abram GORE of Bernice, survive him. Funeral services will be held from the Sheshequin Church, Friday afternoon, at 2:30. "Bradford Star", Aug. 27, 1908. (*Note: s/o Abraham B. Gore & Sarah Kennedy).

   C. C. Gore died Wednesday at the home of his son, Charles F. GORE, in Sayre, after a long illness. Mr. GORE was born at Sheshequin, this county July 20, 1825, and lived there nearly all his life.  When his wife died in 1888 he went to Sayre where he had a shoe shop and worked at the trade until poor health compelled him to abandon it. He joined Valley Lodge, I.O.O.F., No. 446, at Sheshequin 53 years ago last May, being one of the oldest Odd Fellows, in Bradford county, and the Odd Fellows will have charge of the funeral service. There will be a prayer service at the house Friday at 12:40 p.m. after which the body will be taken to Sheshequin, where the services will be held in the Universalist church at 2:30 p.m. The service will be conducted by Rev. W. A. Kelly of the Universalist church of Athens. Mr. GORE is survived by two sons, Charles of Sayre, and Abraham of Bernice. "Towanda Daily Review", Aug. 27, 1908. (*note: Comfort Canedy Gore s/o Abraham B. Gore & Sarah Kennedy).

Daniel GORE Sheshequin married 12 Mar 1879 in Athens Miss Phidelia MERRILL of Athens, by Rev. G. Chamberlen. 'Bradford Reporter', Th. Mar 27 -- 1879.

the oldest surviving member of the GORE family in Sheshequin, died at his home in that town March 8, aged 83 years. He was a son of Samuel K. GORE and had spent his whole life in Sheshequin. For many years, up to a short time before his death, he made a daily trip to the village, rain or shine. He will be missed by a wide circle of friends.  "Bradford Star," Th  Mar 24 -- 1904.

   Lorenzo D. MINIER died February 29, 1920, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles J. SMITH, in Excelsior, Minn, in his 81st year. He was a son of Elias and Judith H. (GORE) MINIER, and was born June 30, 1839, in Sheshequin, Bradford County. In November, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, 171st P. V., and served until August,  '63; also a member of Company G, 185th N. Y. V. from September, 1864, to May,  '65. He went West more than 40 years ago. He married, November 20, 1866, Sarah O. SWAIN.  His daughter and one son survive.  Interment was at Brookings, South Dakota. 'The Bradford Star', Thursday March 11, 1920.
We were pained to learn that in the late sanguinary battles before Petersburg, resulting the capture of Richmond, Capt. Daniel MINIER of Sheshequin, PA., was among the killed. Mr. MINIER had served in the early part of the war as Lieutenant in a Pennsylvania regiment, was in battles of Chichahominy, resigned after a protracted illness, re-enlisted at Syracuse in a N. Y. Regiment, was made Captain and died bravely in defense of his country's honor and unity. He was about 30 years of age. -- Waverly Advocate. *'Bradford Reporter', April 27, 1865.
MINIER.-- Samuel G. MINIER died at his home in Sheshequin on Sunday evening after a long illness which had been severe for the past six months. He was nearly 78 years of age and was a highly respected citizen of his community. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 o'clock at the Sheshequin church. 'Reporter Journal', 14 May 1903 Towanda, Pa.

SAMUEL G. MINIER, a highly respected citizen of Sheshequin, died May 11, after an illness of several months of a general breaking down of the system, in his 78th year.  Deceased was a son of Elias and Judith (GORE) MINIER, and had spent his life, since childhood, in Sheshequin. He was twice married, first to Amanda MORLEY, and second to Lodema VANCISE.  Besides his second wife, two sons and three daughters by his former marriage survive him.  Funeral services were held Wednesday forenoon, with interment in Sheshequin cemetery. 'Bradford Star', Thursday May 14, 1903.

   Stephen MURPHY Hangs Himself in an Old House.    Special to the Review.
Rome, Nov. 17 -- Between three and four o'clock this afternoon the body of Stephen MURPHY, a man about seventy years of age, was found hanging in an old house on his farm above Rome.  It is thought that he committed the rash deed while damaged. A new house had just been built on his farm, and the body was found in the old house adjoining. He leaves a large family. "Towanda Daily Review", Nov. 18, 1885.
(*note: I believe this to be Selmi W. Murphy (1805-1887) s/o George Murphy (1778-1879) & gds/o John Murphy & Lucy Gore. He married Hannah M. Townsend d/o Elijah Townsend & Sally M. Gore. The death of death matches with the S.W. Murphy buried at Towner Hill, Rome Twp, Bradford Co., PA.

   relict of Henry STRUBLE, died January 5, aged 93 years.  She was the mother of Twelve children, eight of whom survive. Interment was in North Rome Cemetery. "Bradford Star", Jan. 18, 1917. (*note: d/o Elijah Townsend & Sally M Gore).

died June 1, 1918 at the home of Thomas Fox in North Orwell of Paralysis, aged 85 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted from Litchfield, December, 1863, in Battery B, 6th N. Y. Heavy Artillery and served until August, 1865. Interment was in Campville cemetery. 'The Bradford Star', Thursday June 13, 1918. (*Note this is the husband of Matilda Gore d/o Samuel K. Gore & Calista Gore).

   died Sept., 1, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emery Irwin, after a long illness, aged 79 years.  Deceased was a son of Elijah TOWNSEND and was born in Bumpville, Besides his wife and daughter, one sister, Mrs. Mary A. GILLETT of Hornbrook survives. Funeral services were held Friday with Interment in Bumpville Cemetery. "Bradford Star", Sept. 9, 1909. (*note: s/o Sally M. Gore Townsend).

   died July 6 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emery IRWIN in North Sheshequin of heart trouble aged 74 years. Interment was in Bumpville Cemetery. "Bradford Star", July 15, 1915.

   died Aug 29 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Baker, in Rome township, aged 85 years. Her entire life had been spent in Bradford county. Two sons and six daughters survive. Interment was made in Rome Cemetery. "Bradford Star", Sept. 9, 1909. (*Note d/o Silas GORE & Catherine ELLIOTT).

At Shehequin on the 2d of May instant?
   SAMUEL GORE Esquire, aged 73. (1834).

 He was a soldier of the Revolution, and one of the few who escaped at the horrible Wyoming Massacres and an __ in the Yankee and Pennymite struggle. Soon after peace he moved up the Sheshequin River to Shesheuin, where after struggling against want famine and savage depradation by __int of prudence and honest industry, he accumulated a handsome land interest, and what was still more valuable, an honest fame. I cannot in truth, say, agreeable to the common ___ obitary notices, that he was a professor of religion, but I can say, he possessed the necessary requirements to constitute "pure and undefiled religion,"  -- charity, benevolence, and a forgiving dispotition, and the widow and the fatherless where not turned away empty handed.  He possessed much native ingenunity and a permanent intellect, which did not forsake him in his last moments.  Regular and temperate in hishabits, and particular as to his hours of sleepings, lavor, & e.  He was acting Justice and has but now finished his constitutional tour.
   Many were the privations and hardships of the first settlers alongthe River Which, if well understood, would lessen the longing, covetons, gaze of some of their more modern neighbors.  What would our friends sayof their hard fortune if they were obliged to go 90 miles to mill, or pound out their corn in a satmp-mortar -- sharpen their plough shares on a grindstone or raise their bread without plought? and yet those evils were few and small compared with their general sufferings.  The first winter after Esqr GORE settled in Sheshequin, he was obliged to go by the way of Wyoming to the Delaware to get his oxen wintered, they being his only property, and no means of wintering them, his money to carry him his journey of 150 miles, was one English crown --  the paths (for there was no roads) almost impassable. He however arrived safe at Wyoming on the 4th day, where he rested and prepared his feed for his cattle for the rest of his jouney by twisting hay into large ropes and fastening them around his oxen's necks and bodies; and then with his wallet of Indian Journey-cake slung upon his arm, entered the great and "Dismal Swamp." The snow had fallen two feet deep and the weather became severe.  On the 2d day he had a creek to cross so deep that footmen could not pass without wading, and before getting to it he thought to break one ox to ride, by frequently getting on-and off, and when arrived at the stream mounted his locomotive and urged him in; the anchor ice hit his legs and the ox played truant and left his rider to help himself out in his own way.  He was now four miles from any house -- his clothers were frozen -- night approaching -- and I have heard him say that he considered his chance more hopeless and desperate, than when pursed by the yelling savage at the Wyoming Massacre.
   I said he was particular as to his sleeping and working hours; and to show the force of habit, as well as his native genius, I relate the following anecdote of which I was a witness: --  A Complain was entered
before him against a Mr. R----, but a few years since, for larceny; the trial came on in the evening and continued to a late hour; the complaint appeared rather trifling and but indifferently supported by testimoney; but Lawyer K----, from Towanda, was determined to have the prisoner bound over; and in the midst of (what he supposed) an animated speech, Morpheus stepped in and claimed the attention of the court. -- The Lawyer stood aghast! In vain he raised his voice, "with stampin and wi' jumpin," -- it would not do-- "the die was cast," and he stood undertermined whether to be angry or ashamed -- the laugh was upon him:-- after some time a by-stander touched the should of the Esquire and all was right again; but the Lawyer (as most of them are) was rather tenscious of his dignity and ventured to repremand the court for negligence; the Justice acknowledged his fault, and "wished to be excused, as he had never slept so sweetly under any man's preaching before."
   Many anecdotes could be told of him that might be interesting had he been a Napoleon; but his greatness consisted in doing good with the circle in which he moved.  He lived respected by his neighbors, and it may be said of him, (if of any man,) "He was the noblest work of God, and honest man." --  [Communicated. 'Bradford Argus' & 'Reformed Advocate', May 10, 1834. Copied at the Bradford County Historical Society 21 Main Street Towanda, Pa. *pmg10/28/1999c.
Source of Obituary Abstracts & Marriages are in a card file at the Bradford County Historical Society  21 Main Street,  Towanda, Pa. These are from a weekly newspaper in or around Towanda Pa which was published usually on Thursdays. Newspaper Obituaries are avail for photocopies at BCHS.