Jefferson Veterans C

Daily Reformer, Watertown, NY, October 1863

Death in the 10th N.Y.A. - Porter A Flaherty, a member of Co.(sic) 10th, N.Y.A., died in the Regimental Hospital, near Washington, DC Sept 21st 1863. He had faithfully performed the duties of a soldier for nearly a year, when he was taken down with the fever,and, after an illness of about four weeks, he died. The members of the company purchased an air tight burial case and sent home his remains at their own expense. He was a true patriot and a faithful Christian soldier.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Saturday Afternoon, October 25, 1913, Page 5, Column 1

Civil War Events of 50 Years Ago Today
Sunday and Monday, Oct 25 and Oct 26, 1863
Extract from Reformer


Keyes – At Post hospital Washington, D.C., Sept 9, 1863, of typho-malarial(sic) fever, John W Keyes, Company E, 10the regiment, New York artillery, Henderson, Jefferson county, in the 30th year of his age.

At Fort Stanton, D.C., Oct. 11, of typhoid fever, Cyrus O Ingerson, of Company H, 10th regiment, New York artillery, only son of Nathaniel and Catherine Ingerson, in the 22nd year of his age.

Morning Herald, Utica, NY, Friday, June 30, 1865

New York State News

Between 12 and 1 o'clock, Thursday morning, Howard W Arthur, a member of the 5th Heavy Artillery, was drowned in the river at Albany. The A??? says that most of the men, after they had been supplied with supper by the Citizen' Committee, went to the Steamboat Landing and, spreading their blankets, went to sleep for the night. It was very dark, and although there are six gas lamps on the Landing, nobody thought to light the gas. Arthur, while spreading his blanket, fell back off the dock, and being unable to swim, drowned, his companions having no chance to assist him. He belonged to Lewis county. The body was recovered several hours after, and an inquest was held by Coroner Gillespie, the jury returning a verdict of “accidental drowning.” There was culpable carelessness on the part of somebody, in choosing such lodgings for the men on a dark night, and neglecting to have the lamps burning.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Thursday, February 17, 1876

Sackets Harbor, Feb. 14, '76

Skating is splendid.

Jacob Hovey died on Friday of Pneumonia. His remains were deposited in the cemetery of this place; funeral service conducted by Rev. Mr Davie, at the M.E. Church.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Thursday, May 11, 1876


– Capt. Henry wood, to whom I referred last week, was buried near his old home on Indian river, on the first inst. Deceased was past seventy eight years of age and leaves his aged companion with whom he had lived happily sixty years. He was not only a pioneer in the town of Theresa, where he now rests, but was an active and early one in the M.E. Church with which he was connected many years and in the rites of which he was buried by his pastor, Rev. Mr Warn, who preached a spired , hopeful sermon from these words of Job, 14th, 14th, “If a man die, shall he not live again?” A large audience of kindred, friends, and neighbors listened with much interest to the funeral service of this highly respected Christian gentleman, whose loss they all deplore and yet feel that he has gained the reward of a well spent life.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Monday, June 19, 1876


Brintnall – On Monday morning, June 19th, after a long illness, Harriett, wife of Isaac Brintnall, aged 62 years.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Saturday, October 12, 1878

Death of Gen. Tilley R Pratt

The death of Gen. Pratt, which occurred this morning at an early hour, did not come unexpected. For the past few days he has been sinking and yesterday it was evident to his friends that he would survive only a few more hours. Mr. Pratt was born in Sterling, Worcester county, Mass, July 4, 1804. When about 2 years of age, his father, Solomon Pratt, removed from Sterling to DeKalb, St; Lawrence county, where he lived until his death, which occurred April 10, 1813. His mother death occurred ??? days afterward.

After the death of his parents, he came to Watertown and resided with his uncle, Capt. Tully Richardson, where he remained until his majority. After this he attended the Academy at Lowville, and after leaving the school taught a district school for several winters teaching singing during the evenings. About the year 1825 or 1826, he went to live with his brother, Solomon Pratt, at Somerville, and was engaged in selling goods, such as were then kept in country stores He remained in business with his brother till 1830, when he dissolved ????? with his brother and moved to Antwerp, where he formed a co-partnership with Charles B Hoard. Subsequently he was engaged in business with E.G. Taylor of Antwerp.

While living in Antwerp he became engaged in military and was elected colonel. After serving several years in that capacity, he was appointed Brigadier General and subsequently, Major General of the 'forth Division of National Guards, by Gov. Benton E Francis. In 1856 he was appointed under Sheriff by Mr. Benton and removed to this city, where he has since remained. Mr. Benton died before his term of office expired and Mr. Pratt was appointed to fill the vacancy.

For his first wife he married Miss Susan Baldwin of Antwerp, in 1879. She was a sister of J.D. Baldwin of this city. March 28, 1841 he married Miss Pauline Stickney, who survives him.

Twenty years ago Gen Pratt was one of the most active and best known citizens of Watertown, and universally liked for his warmheartedness and genially. He was everybody's friend. But ten of twelve years ago his health began to fail, and he has since been gradually declining but with more visible signs after a paralyzing stroke which he suffered in recent years, and from which he never fully recovered, though he has been able to get around until within a few months. He had his peculiarities; notwithstanding which he had large numbers of friends and no enemies.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, May 19, 1881, Page 8, Column 1


A very sudden death occurred here on Tuesday night last. Mr Marshall Thomas, who was in his usual health, went to bed about nine o'clock. About ten his wife was wakened by his trying to get up. She saw that there was something wrong, and she called up the boy to go for the doctor, but when the doctor arrived he had become unconscious and remained in that way until he died, which was at twelve o'clock. The funeral was largely attend at the Methodist church on Thursday, the Rev. Dorr officiating. Mr. Thomas was a man well liked by the community. He was always very generous to the poor and was always willing to lend a helping hand to any that needed. Paralysis of the heart was the cause of death. The family have the sympathy of the community in this their sad bereavement.

The following article strays from Jefferson county into Oswego. The referance to Calkins caught my attenion and caused me to include it here.

Pulaski Democrat, Pulaski, NY, Thursday, August 21, 1884

Oswego Pioneers

Our Old Settlers in Convention

A second convention and picnic of the old settlers of this county was held in the congregational church of this village on Friday last. The first meeting was held here three years ago. The gathering of our aged people was very largely attended and to judge by appearances,m was greatly enjoyed. Secretary Squires called the assemblage to order shortly before eleven o'clock. After singing by the choir, and by the way, their selections were throughout the day admirably rendered, and the offering of an opening prayer by Rev. L Muzzy, the address of welcome was given by the Rev. James Douglas. It was carefully written and interesting paper. President Burt's brief but pointed response was as follows.

Citizens of Pulaski; ladies and gentlemen: We have met together to commemorate the noble deeds and to rehearse the trials, sufferings as well as the triumphs and achievements of that hardy and worthy band of pioneers who laid the foundations of all the blessings that we enjoy. It is praiseworthy for the descendants of these pioneers to form associations, have their annual gatherings and keep fresh in memory the events of the past. To that end this association was organized and it is with pleasure and pride it can be said that so far as the attendance at the annual meetings, the interest taken and the great hospitality shown by the citizens are an index, it would appear as if this association was not formed in vain. It is to be hoped that in the future the interest will increase from year to year. The memory of the meeting held three years ago, the pleasant greetings and intercourse and unbounded hospitality of the citizens of Pulaski, and now our cordial welcome is an assurance of the continued welcome is an assurance of the continued interest in it. It is to be hoped that at the close of this meeting we may all be able to say that it is well that we have been here.

F.W. Squires, secretary of the association, then read his report.

Secretary's Report

Mr. President and members of the Old Settlers' Association: - We are assembled today in the pleasant village of Pulaski, on this our ninth anniversary. Many changes have taken place since our last meeting at Central square about one year ago. Four of our honored members , since our last meeting, have been carried to the silent tomb; to wit; Simeon Bates, of Oswego city, at the age of 82; Col. Silas Lyman, of this village, at the age of 89; Hon. Alvin Richardson, of Colosse, at 82, and S.R. Spooner, of Fulton, at 66. Of old persons in the county at the age of 70 year and over, who have died during, I have on my record over 200. Of this number one, Mrs. LeRoy, was 101 years; two, 95 or over; twelve, 90 and over, and twenty six, over 85. Over fifty deaths in the city of Oswego, the past yea,r of 70 years or more. That would make the deaths in the city nearly one quarter of the whole. In Mexico were 21 deaths, Volney 20, Granby 13, Palermo 13, Richland 12, Albion 11 and Oswego town 10.

The oldest persons now living in the county: Mrs Clark, of Oswego Town, 111 years and 11 months, born Sept. 20, 1772. The next persons in age, Mrs. Post and Mrs. Lennon of the city, 101 years each; Mrs. Perkins and Mr. Pullen, of Oswego Town, 100 years each; Mrs. Spencer, of Albion, 98; Mrs Williams, of Scriba, and Mrs. Davis, of Palermo, 97 each; Mrs. Carey, of Sandy Creek, Mrs. Kehoe, of Scriba, and Mrs. Davis, of Palermo, 97 each; Thomas Hubbard, of Volney, Ann Gillespie, of Williamstown, Alice Mellen, of Richland, Mrs. Hadley, of Sandy Creek, Mrs. Burt, of Oswego town, Mrs. Snow, of Hastings, and Mr. Pete, of Parish, 94 each; Mrs. Hull and Burdick, of the city, Mr. Golden, of Williams town, and Mr. McCoy, of Oswego town, 93 each.

Persons of longest residence in the county. Mr. Hyman Everts , of Granby, since spring of 1798, and Mr. David VanBuren, of Volney, since fall of 1798. They are the only persons now living in the county who were here before 1880. David Harmon, of the city, was born in Redfield in 1802.No others were here before 1805 or 6. Silas Davis, of the city, was born in Mexico in 1805.

Members of our association. The whole number who have joined us from the first to last is 205. Of that number Mexico has furnished 37; Richland 29; New Haven 25; Volney 22; Granby 14; Hastings 13; Oswego town 11; the city 10; Scriba 8; Parish 8; Constantia 6; Palermo 6; Hannibal 4; Orwell 3; West Monroe 3; Schroeppel 3; Albion 2 and Sandy Creek 1. There have been 32 deaths of members in the Association since its formation in 1875. recorded deaths of persons 70 and over during the same time, a little over 1400, of whom 14 were 100 years or more as follows; Mrs Fry, of Albion, 108 years; Mrs. Rozelle, of the city, 105; Mrs. McGratt, of the city, and Mr. Emelow, of Oswego town, and Mrs. Priest, of Hastings, 102 each; Mr. Walven, of Hannibal, Mrs. McGovern, of Scriba, and Mrs. LeRoy, of the city, 101 each; Mrs. Cathcart, of Granby, Mrs. Herrick, of Parish, Mr. McCarthy, of Schroeppel, and Mr. Jacobs and Rev. Parmalee, of the city, 100 years each.

Our annual meetings have been held as follows: 1st at Oswego fair grounds; 2nd, Mexico fair grounds; 3rd, Oswego Falls grounds; 4th in Washington Hall, Mexico; 5th, in M.E. Church, New Haven; 6th, at the Congregational church, Pulaski; 7th, at Washington Hall, Mexico and 8th, at the Baptist church, Central Square.

Of the deaths of members the past year we would not forget to mention Hon. Alvin Richardson, of Colosse, whose death occurred the 27th of last March at the age of 82. Mr. Richardson settled near or just south of Union Square in 1805. He suffered all the privations of a pioneer life and lived to see the howling wilderness turned into fruitful fields. In his boyhood the means of education were limited and he has often been heard to say that he graduated from a log school house. Mr. R was what is called a self made man. He held many offices of trust and was a member of the assembly in 1868. since and including 1880 he has been on the executive committee of our association and an honored member of our body. His familiar form will not again be seen at our gatherings. Our deep loss is his great gain. Col. Silas Lyman, another member of our association, died October 17, 1883, at the age of 89 years. He was born in Washington county, NY, in 1793. In 1800 he came with his parents to Lorraine, Jefferson county, where he lived until 1867 when he removed to Pulaski. He was in the war of 1812 and took part in the battles of Sackets Harbor and Sandy Creek. In his younger days he was quite a military man and at one time was a colonel of the old 55th regiment of the Floodwood Brigade. Mr Lyman joined our association three years ago when the meeting was here. Simeon Bates, of Oswego, died September 20, 1883. He settled in Scriba as early as 1818. He joined the association at its organization and was one of the officers. S.R. Spooner joined the association in 1877; born in Cayuga county is 1818 and died June 17, 1884.

I now submit this report for your consideration.

F.W. Squires, Sec'y

A nominating committee was then appointed by President Burt composed of the following named gentlemen; W.H. Gray, Richland; W.R. Worden, Oswego town; Anson Gustin, Mexico; Wm. Dewolf, Parish; Wm. Parkhurst, Hastings; C. S. Fuller, Granby; Schuyler Rhodes, Scriba; B. S. Drake, New Haven; Wm. P Dickinson, Constantia; Jas. Merchant, West Monroe. This committee nominated the following officers who were duly elected; President; B.B. Burt, Oswego; Vice Presidents, Geo. Gurley, Pulaski; Schuyler Rhodes, Scriba; Norman Rowe, New Haven; Asahel Coan, Parish; Hon. John Parker, Orwell; Executive committee, Lyman Coats, Oswego; W.W. Squires, Demster; Levi Mathews, Mexico; Robt. Elliott, Central Square; C.S. Fuller, Fulton; Secretary and treasurer, F.W. Squires, Demster.

By request a lengthy account of the Scriba family was then read and after singing, the large concourse of veterans and their wives adjourned for dinner. This was no small or tame affair by a grand majority. The Congregational ladies and their assistants deserve the heartiest commendation for their generous and self sacrificing labors to entertain their aged visitors. Tables set to accommodate one hundred quests, were placed in the session room of the church and laden with all the luxuries our markets afford. These were surrounded with an appreciative and hearty people – just the sort to entertain – and re – prepared for the third time. About 275 persons dined before the association reconvened. These important and reviving ceremonies were made doubly interesting by a serenade from the Pulaski citizens Band.

After dinner over twenty five new members were added to the association, and then came the usual responses from the several towns represented. Most of these were entirely impromptu. The following named towns were responded to in the order given; Mexico, H.L. Cole, Esq.; Richland, Don A King, Esq,; New Haven, Butler Drake; Constantia, W.P. Dickinson; Scriba, S Rhodes; Orwell, Hon. J Parker, who introduced Dwight McKinney; Sandy Creek, ___ Stevens; Albion, Henry Jones, 83 years old; Parish, A Coan; Hastings, Wm Parkhurst. After a vote of thanks was tendered the choir, the entertaining ladies, the Citizens' band and the handsome young ladies for their beautiful buttonhole bouquets, the association adjourned.

The only town reported at length and from manuscript was Richland, represented by Mr. King. As the paper deals largely in facts and old time reminiscences, thus becoming valuable for preservation, as well as being an interesting document generally, we cheerfully comply with the frequently made request for its publication entire.

Richland Reminiscences

While I am satisfied that many other citizens of Richland could give personal recollections of events of the town more interesting to you than myself, the theme is so interesting that I cannot deny myself the pleasure, so far as in me lies, of contributing something to the general objects of th the association. The recollections of fifty years ought to furnish something appropriate to this occasion. But look around you and you will be amazed at finding so few of the inhabitants of even that day who still survive and reside among us. Where are they? Call the roll of those residents in Pulaski 50 years ago, and how many will answer? Will half-a-dozen voters respond? I know not. Events occurring more than 50 years ago are now, with us, mostly traditional. Of course, we remember the actors of that day, but most of them passed on to “the Bourne whence no traveler returns.” We remember those, or some of them, who tussled with the great forests which covered the broad acres now groaning beneath the weight of bountiful harvests, who lived in Richland when log houses were the general rule, and he who had been prosperous enough to get a frame house was somewhat aristocratic.

Previous to 1805, now 79 years since, there was not a settler, properly so called, in what is now known as Richland, and the next year my father settled in Jefferson county. In that year, 1806, several families settled in the town of Richland, among whom were Luther Smith, Wm. Lamb, Benj. Winch, Pliny Jones, Israel Jones, Horace Jones, Lyman Jones, Jeremiah A Matthewson, one St. John and one Wilcox. These have all passed on, but many of their representatives remain. Wm. Smith bought the place where Mrs. Hill now resides, and J. A. Matthewson bought the place down at the head of the marsh where Ansel Brown lately died, receiving his deed from Alex. Selkirk. The story goes that Rum was more popular then than now, and that its was frequently called in to sharpen their wits in making bargains. Uncle Jerry, it seems, before he came here, contemplated building a grist mill, but he some how ascertained his place near Port Ontario had not sufficient or convenient water power. Smith had had partly got out timber for building a sawmill and made some betterments on his place at Pulaski. They had got feeling fairly well over their cups and Smith had become somewhat discouraged with his mill when a proposition was made to trade. Not agreeing upon terms, they agreed to leave it out to see how they should trade. The arbitrators brought in the award, which was satisfactory to both and Uncle Jerry then became, in 1807, a land holder in Pulaski. He finished the sawmill which was placed where the mill afterwards built by A. Porter stood. The subsequent year he built a grist mill, placing it just above where the Peckham tannery now stands and in that mill ground the first grist ever ground in the town of Richland.

It is doubtful whether, at this day, there are a dozen men who know or have heard that a grist mill once stood where the Peckham tannery is. The water was carried to the mill through a sort of natural channel where the ditch or canal now is and a sort of wing dam made at the head of it. For some reason it would freeze so in the winter that it could not be used and the mills having run a year or two, Matthewson brought of Benj. Wright four acres and built a new mill on the other side of the river, on the site where now stands Tollner's factory. It was used as a grist mill till the Red mill was built by Matthewson on the south side of the river, which though greatly enlarged and improved, is now owned by A.W. Dunn. The Lanes afterward built a grist mill near where the cheese factory now is. This has gone into disuse and was a ruin in 1834, the year Henry King, my father, moved into Richland.

The first layers of whom tradition speaks is a firm named Vosberg & White. They remained but a short time., Vosberg left but White, having been elected a justice of the peace, remained longer. Then came chester Hayden, a man of learning, who was highly esteemed. I think he afterwards went to Oneida county. Then A. Davis followed, a man who would have made his but for his unfortunate habit of tippling. He was the brother of the Davis who was the first sheriff of Oswego county and who built the house now occupied by D.A. Delano and which, at that time, was the best house in this part of the county and was then a marvel of architectural beauty. He afterwards became connected with Thomas C Baker whom he somewhat seriously involved. Of the early lawyers, Joseph Helm was in many respects the most remarkable for peculiarities, caustic wit, laziness and an unforgiving disposition.

John H Wells was an early settler. He was a merchant of stately and reserved habits and appearance of little sympathy with the masses. He was supposed to be a man of wealth. He went into the crazy speculations of 1836 – 7 and lost all his property. He went west and the last I ever knew of him he was driving a team for a living. Helm was in almost every respect the antipode of Wells. The hostility of the two became a matter of notoriety. A meeting somewhere occurred either by accident or otherwise, on the hill east of where Wells lived and on which Charles Gurley's house now stands. There it is said they had a personal contest and having seized each other in close embrace, fell and rolled to the bottom of the hill, which circumstance gave it the name of Hoboken, in allusion to the place where the New Yorkers used to go to fight duels, but the name has been forgotten long since. Helm died but a few years ago at Oswego, Ill. Helm & McCarthy were in partnership for some time, I think till about 36' or 38'. From that time till his decrease, Mr. McCarthy was perhaps the most prominent lawyer we have had. He had always an important part in the public events of the town and filled many offices of dignity and trust. Sharp points in his character made him many friends as well as foes. He was a man of strict integrity and I never heard it charged that he betrayed a client or a friend. The other lawyers who have graced the bar or otherwise at Pulaski are known to you all. The lamented Watson and Rhodes have passed on; their histories are treasured up in your memories and will be kept in grateful remembrance by hosts of friends. Marenus W Mathews was a contemporary of Helm and a lawyer of some distinction but more successful as a politician. He was elected county clerk and afterwards sheriff, and died while he was in office. I should do an injustice did I fail to mention my personal friend, the late Henry N Wright, who was a ripe scholar of most brilliant intellect and one of the most ready off hand speakers in his earlier days I ever saw. Ill health and politics prevented him from becoming eminent in his profession but as a safe and careful advisor no man was more trusted than he. He was a justice of the peace for many years.

It would be useless and perhaps unprofitable to attempt a detail of the hardships the original settlers underwent in the peopling of this town but it may be worth while to give a brief history of one family which moved into town in 1815 – not as more remarkable than many others but as a sample of many others. I refer to the family of Russel Calkins, who was born in Vermont, 1798, Moved to Montreal with his father at a very early age, he remained for two years. From thence they moved to Coburg, north side of the lake, where they remained till the summer of the War of 1812. The inhabitants along the north shore of Lake Ontario were principally refugees from our revolutionary war and consequently were what were then called Tories. There were some, however, who were favorable to the revolution. A short time before the War of 1812, and when differences were rising in the political horizon between Britain and the U.S., a proclamation was issued by the Crown for all the people in Canada to take the oath of allegiance to the British crown within 30 days or leave the realm.

Salmon Calkins, father of Russel, was a well to do man in Coburg. He had a farm of 160 acres at a nominal rent made under a perpetual lease, a span of horses, yoke of oxen, several cows and other property appropriate to the farm. The Calkins, of which there were four families, Samuel, Seth, Salmon, Asahel, a younger brother and a brother in law by the name of Benedict, unwilling to take the oath of allegiance, bought a small boat and built one to convey their effects to the states. Their personal property had become almost valueless by reason of the uncertainty whether war would be declared or not. Salmon sold one horse for $30 which would now be worth $300. He sold another good horse for a piece of cloth, a good yoke of cattle for 3 bbls of flour, sheep with fleeces on at $1.50 each. Their flight was as it were from a burning building. Their most valuable effects which could be taken away, were placed in the boats. Other articles of less value and minor importance, together with the farm for which they could get nothing, were left behind. With an Indian for pilot who said he had been to Oswego, they all, with such effects as they could carry, five families in all, got into the boats and started for their destined port, Oswego, in their frail and open boats, propelled in part by sails and part by oars. They started with fair prospects but before night a violent storm arose and they were driven back to the Canada shore near the Bay of Quinte. There they first learned that war had been declared between the two governments. The following day they again started and as they came down by the Islands they saw a British vessel becalmed. They put all hands to the oars, women and all, and they pulled for the American shore. A gun was fired across their bow for them to stop. They pulled on until three shots were fired. At that instant another vessel hove into sight from the American shore and which came down to their relief. It proved to be an American revenue cutter. The captain kindly offered to take them to their port. On their way they stopped at Big Sandy, at Salmon river and at Mexico point, where they found several vacant houses, the owners of them having not long before gone out on the lake and all been drowned. There they were invited to go up to one Roberts to help raise a barn. Help being scarce, they did so and the continued their journey. They went up the Oswego river and finally landed at Whitesboro, where they remained until 1815, when they all came to Richland and settled in the south part of the town. They bought in all 500 acres of land which was subsequently divided among them and the almost innumerable hosts of Calkins in this town are their descendants.

Russel remained with his father clearing up the farm until of age. He then hired out to col. Rufus Price at $11 per month. Price then resided between here and Pot Ontario, south side of the river on the farm where Isaac, his son, afterwards resided and Isaac Douglas now resides. Col. Price, who had been an officer in the Revolutionary war, had moved in the town in 1807. He was a well to do man and of much influence. His wife was a cousin of the father of General Grant. Our young Russel Calkins, while working for col. Price, carried on a little conspiracy with the colonel's daughter, which resulted in the capture and carrying away of the young lady, who is now before you, the mother of five boys and five girls, all living and healthy. She and her husband are the ancestors of some 78 descendants, living, and if she lives until tomorrow, Aug. 16th, will have lived with her husband 66 years, their ages being respectively 86 and 84 years.

Within the three years since your previous meeting at Pulaski, several of the old pioneers of the town have died who were present at that . Among these are Samuel McNitt, a man well known in his day. I do not know the year he settled but he was here in 1812. He was an unlettered man of strong common sense and he had the habit, sometimes offensively, as the old way of expressing it is of “calling things by the right name.” He at one time was the owner of a small vessel, and if reports were true, was ignorant, of forgetful, of the revenue laws to the annoyance of the United States officials. John Jones, who resided in this village just south of the “old brewery” place was a very old settler. He was a somewhat famous fisherman in his time but managed to keep clear of the law suits so frequent in the earlier days in regard to the fishing. He was not a profane man yet a favorite oath of his gave him the name of “By Might.” He was the only man I ever heard or read of who successfully performed the feat o f making a whistle from a pig's tail. He was in the war of 1812. James A McChesney moved here at a very early date. He spent most of his business life at the mouth of the Salmon River. His business was very much in connection with the fisheries; was at one time a merchant; was a good citizen, highly respected and died in 1882, at the good old age of 83, Catherine, his wife died in May last, at the age of 85. Thomas C Baker has also died since your last meeting at Pulaski. He settled here, I think, in 1817 and died in February, 1883, aged 84. He was a trader and had the usual fluctuations of success and misfortune liable to attend in the business in which he was engaged. Few men did more than he to develop the material resources of shape the moral and intellectual sentiments of the town. He had an ardent temperament, and his convictions were always decided. His aspirations were upward and his life and example of purity. Others of the old settlers may have died within the last three years which have escaped my notice or recollection. There are a few survivors other than those mentioned who have histories that would well pay for the recital. Perhaps J.A. Matthewson could give you more particular incidents relating to the town than and other man in it. And there is the venerable Geo. Gurley, who has who has been an important factor in the development of the town, particularly of Pulaski, for the last 51 or 52 years, with you and to whom more than any other man, you are indebted for the comforts ad conveniences or this meeting.

I have only skirted along the borders of a great field, fruitful in incidents of the town. While we are proud of our town and the richness of its early history, in personal incidents, we dare not trespass farther on your time.

D.A. King

We neglected to state in the proper connection that during the forenoon session a number of the oldest settlers present were conducted to the presidents platform and introduced to the audience. This seemed to be one of the more interesting features of the day's proceedings. Among those thus specially honored were; Samuel Stowell, of Orwell formerly from Connecticut, aged 93 years; Mrs. Dodge, of Richland, formerly Conn.; Mrs. Burr, of Richland, aged 85 years; Mrs. Brown of Richland, formerly of Massachusetts, aged 90 years, been in this town 80 years, was a daughter of Benj. Winch; and ex-sheriff Gen. Norman Rowe, of New Haven, aged 90. The latter made an excellent speech which was applauded. Our old friend, Uncle Stowell, the oldest person present and first named above, also related a few reminiscences and told a bear story which was received with applause. We trust these aged people may meet with the association next year, where ever it my convene.

The Sabbath Recorder, NY, NY, September 27, 1888, Page 8, Column 3

In New Bremen, NY, Aug 22, 1888, of catarrhal consumption, Joseph A Burdick, son of Benjamin and Miranda Burdick, of Iowa, aged 50 years, 9 months and 4 days. About 6 months before his death he sought the Lord with all his heart, and thus was enabled to die in the triumphs of faith. He was an observer of the Sabbath, and regretted very much in his last months of sickness that he had neglected to be baptized. He had been twice married. His first wife, Emeline Crandell, daughter of A.S. Crandall, of Watson, died in 1873. One son was born to them, Judson F Burdick, of this place. He was married again in 1874, to Miss Cyntha Eudora Green, daughter of James Green, of Adams Centre, who has been most devoted to her husband during these years of sickness.

Watertown Herald, Watertown, NY, Saturday, June 9, 1888

The funeral of Ben. Lee, the Court street barber, was held at Zion church, Tuesday, Rev. Taylor officiating. The members of Joe Spratt post attended in uniform.


Lee – In this city, June 4, '88, Benjamin Lee, aged 44 years.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, February 13, 1889, Page 4, Column 5

Pensions Granted


Jared Butts of Watertown, has been allowed a back pension dating from October 1882, at $4 per month; aggregating about $300. Mr. Butts was a member of the 14th heavy artillery, and his disability arises from his service. He is a farmer, resides at Sanford's Corners, and will continue to receive $4 per month.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, June 16, 1889, Page 4, Column 4


George D Davis, of Worthville, who served in Co. C., 186th, Regt., NY Vols. Has been allowed a pension of $24 per month from May 11, 1886 to June 13, 1888, and $30 per month from the latter date. James Hicks who served in Co. F. 18th Cavalry has been granted a pension of $8 per month. Mr. Hick's claim was rejected ten times by the pension department. The claims were presented through the firm of Buell & Kelly, of Henderson.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, March 19, 1890


Sanford – At Limerick, March 13, Loyal Sanford, aged 77 years.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, October 25, 1893

Found Dead

George and William Winegar of Dexter Perish While Out on a Hunting Trip – Strange Ending of Two Lives

A week ago Saturday morning George and William, of Dexter, left that village with their two boats, traps, camping outfit, tent and provisions for a week or ten days trapping trip upon Perch Lake. They put their boats in the water above Limerick and rowed and paddles up the stream. They had their guns with them. Nothing was heard from the two men until Friday afternoon when Watson Allen, a farmer living near Perch River, having occasion to go down on the flats on the Bogart farm found a boat with the lifeless body of a man lying in it. The body was that of George Winegar and the dead man's relatives were at once notified by telephone as also was Coroner Gifford, who was in Dexter at the time. The coroner and George and Edgar Winegar, nephews of the deceased, started at once for Perch River. The body was carried half a mile through the swamps to the highway where Undertaker Strainge took charge of it. Search was at once made for William Winegar father of the two young men who had identified the body of their uncle. Edward remained with the body of the Uncle and George, accompanied by Charles Moffatt, of Perch River, departed for Perch Lake where it was known that two men intended to go into camp. Upon reaching the lake a boat was procured, and the vicinity was searched in vain. Then commenced a row down the river a distance of some three or four miles, when in a bend in the river about forty rods above where the body of George was discovered, a boat was found drawn out upon the land.

The two men hauled out their boat, and there, a few feet distant from the boat, was found the dead body of the father, lying on his back in a partly curled-up position. The news was at once telephoned to Dexter for Coroner Gifford to return. He wired them back to bring the body with that of George to Dexter, and gave directions to have both bodies taken to the undertaking rooms of Binninger & Strainge. A jury was subpoenaed by the Coroner, consisting of J. F. Kimball, H. D. Reed, Edward Dillenbeck, Willis Reed, Erskine Gilmore, Sidney R Brimmer and Bert Mc Wayne. Theres was considerable excitement in Dexter when the bodies of the men were brought home, and stories of foul play were rife. William Winegar was an old resident of Dexter, over seventy years of age. George, his brother, was about 57 years of age. They were men highly respected by all. George was a bachelor, William had a wife and two children, George and Edward. They were one of the oldest families living in the village. They have always been great hunters, trappers and fisherman. For years they have gone to Perch Lake in the fall to set traps and hunt. The family felt no uneasiness regarding them, feeling sure of their safe return.

All sorts of theories were advanced as to the cause of death. The clothing on both men was found to be wet through. George lay in a half sitting position in his boat. The two oars were on the row pins, with the blades in the water. His hat was off the head, which was resting on the tent in the bow. His gun lay with the barrel down, the butt resting on the seat by his side. It had been discharged. The empty shell was taken out by the coroner. The tent was rolled up in a large bundle,with three heavy coats and blankets, fastened with ropes and placed on top of the bow. On the stern seat was a box of provisions. Only a small quantity of them had been used. Packages of bread and cheese were unbroken as they came from the store. A large piece of salt pork had not been cut. A whole cake was unbroken. Everything indicated the two men had not been in camp. It is thought by some that they were endeavoring to reach the lake and were over taken by the fearful rain and wind storm and perished. Others advance the opinion that William, who was over seventy years old, had been unable to row his boat and had been taken sick, and was assisted to shore by George, who after his brother died, left him and departed down stream for help, and the shock was too great for him; that he, having been troubled for years with an affection of the heart, was taken with a fit of apoplexy and died in his boat after getting only a short distance downstream.

Coroner Gifford Began an inquest Saturday night which was concluded Monday evening. No evidence of foul play was adduced but an exceedingly strange coincidence was developed. The post mortem examination showed that the brothers each had a tumor or fibrous growth in the heart. The tumors were almost identically the same and death in both cases was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.

The Watertown Herald, Watertown , NY, Saturday, July 28, 1894

The remains of Mrs Pauline Pratt, who died at Massena Springs, were brought here Saturday night and taken to the residence of Hon. George A Bagley. The funeral was held at Grace church Sunday afternoon. The deceased was 65 years of age. She was born in Lewis county and her husband was the late General T.R. Pratt. About 35 years ago they moved to this city, residing here until his death. Mr. Pratt was a man of considerable wealth ad during their residence here they occupied a prominent position in society.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, June 26, 1895


Correspondence of the Re-Union

Philadelphia lost a unique character in the death of James Lingham, which occurred Tuesday. He was born in Sussex county, England, April 24, 1819. At the age of 18 he went to sea, and for years followed it. He served in the Crimean war. He came to America in 1857, and at the breaking out of the rebellion, enlisted in the Union army and served four years. Mr. Lingham had no relatives in this country. Mr Lingham was a most interesting person. He had a remarkable memory and his reminiscences of his earlier life were very interesting. He had spent several years in Australia and southern Asia, and was perfectly familiar with the geography of those countries. His stories of Oriental life will be remembered by many. The funeral was held Thursday, and the interment was at Kelsey's Bridge.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, January 22, 1896

Correspondent of the Re-Union

Erastus Wheeler, who lived in the town of Lorraine, about four miles south of this place, died very suddenly Friday afternoon of heart trouble. Mr Wheeler was a man of some fifty years of age and was apparently in his usual health. At the time of his death he was in the act of assisting some ladies who were having trouble with their horses in the snow, holding the horse by the head, when of a sudden he was seen to fall backwards, dead. He was a pensioner, having served in the late war. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his death.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, Tuesday, April 20, 1897


Walsworth - In Adams, April 18, F B Walsworth

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, 1897

Frank Walsworth, for many years a resident of this village, died at his home on Wright street Sunday Morning, He was a veteran of the late war, and the DeAlton Cooper Post, G.A.R., will take charge of his funeral, which occurs at 4 o'clock this afternoon. A widow is left to mourn his death.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, September 28, 1898, Page 7, Column 4

An Old Veteran Dead

Mannsville, Sept. 27 – At the home of Mr and Mrs Henry Huggins, September 23, 1898, at 8 am occurred the death of Lieutenant Charles Spear, in the 86th year of is age., he was the son of the late Rev. D. Spear, who for more than half a century was pastor of the Congregational church at Rodman, this county, and who married and buried more people than any minster who ever lived in Jefferson county. Lieutenant Spears was born in Rodman and educated in the schools of his native village. In early life, before his marriage, he led a sea faring life for many years and visited many countries of the old world. Returning in 1865 from the war Lieutenant Spears was for many years in the employ of R.W.&O. at West Camden and other stations on the line. Since the death of his wife he has made his home with his son, William, and his sister, Mrs. Henry Huggins, at this place.

Rome Daily Sentinel, Rome, NY, Monday Evening, March 13, 1899, Page 2, Column 4

Camden Deaths

Camden, March 13 -


Edward Hyde, a veteran of the late war, died on Saturday at about 11 o'clock at his home on the River road, just outside the corporation. He had been ill two weeks from grip and typhoid fever. A few years ago he married Mrs Mary Simmons of this place, and since then had resided here. His funeral was held today at 2 o'clock from the house, the G.A.R. Post attending in a body. Rev. Edward Evans officiated.

Watertown Herald, Watertown, Jefferson County, NY, Saturday, April 19, 1902, Page 1, Column 4

New Pastor Coming

The funeral of Lewis Roberts was quite well attended Monday afternoon from his late residence in Cobbville. Mr Roberts was a veteran of the Civil war, being a member of the 10th N.Y.H.A. Cooper post of Adams, of which he was a member, furnished the bearers. Mr Roberts has been an invalid for many years.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, March 26, 1902


W.H. Winn

Dexter, March 25, - W, H, Winn, a well known and prominent resident of this village, died at his home about 7 Thursday night, aged 58 years. Mr. Winn was a Grand Army man and quite prominent in political affairs. He was unmarried and resided with his mother, who with two sisters, Mary L Winn and Mrs L.D. Brown, survive him.

Watertown Herald, Watertown, Jefferson County, NY, Saturday, April 19, 1902, Page 1, Column 3

Capt. Gilmore Dead

Capt. H. O. Gilmore died at Dexter Tuesday evening, aged 79 years. Apt. Gilmore was a native of Vermont, but settled in the town of Hounsfield near Dexter at an early age. For many years he was engaged in traffic on the great lakes, being one of the best known captains of a half a century ago. Soon after the civil war broke out he volunteered his services to help save the Union and assisted to organize the 10th New York Heavy Artillery, which was mustered into service at Madison Barracks in the fall of 1862. He was made captain of Co. I, P.B. Grant, of this city being his second lieutenant. The regiment saw severe service and met many losses, closing its career with honor. Capt. Gilmore was one of the foremost G.A.R. Veterans in the county and served for many years as president of the Jefferson County Soldiers' and Sailors' association, at whose annual gatherings his genial and hearty preserve will be greatly missed by the surviving veterans.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, April 23, 1902

Clayton's Postmaster Dead

George E Thibault Passed Away Suddenly Saturday

Had Been Postmaster pf Several Years
Death Resulted From Heart Trouble
An Excellent Citizen

Clayton, April 22 – The sad announcement of the sudden death of George E Thibault cast a shadow of gloom over this community, where Mr. Thibault shared the confidence and good will of all who knew him. While not in the best of health, he was able to attend to his duties as postmaster of this place until the morning of his death. At midnight Friday evening he was taken ill with a slight sinking spell, but nothing more serious than he had had many times before. Saturday morning he got up and dressed at about 7 am. He again felt ill and Dr. Webber was called. Medicine was administered and the doctor left. Shortly afterwards, at 7:30 am, Mr. Thibault passed away, death resulting from heart trouble. Mr. Thibault had been postmaster for several years, discharging his duties with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the public, who have always found him courteous and obliging. Mr Thibault held many offices of trust and confidence and at the time of his death was on the school board, where he had been a member for many years.

He was 49 years of age, and besides his loving wife he leaves six children; a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thibault; two brothers, John O. of this place, and B.A. Of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Duford and Miss Philomena Thibault, both of this place.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Thursday Afternoon, February 11, 1904, Page 7, Column 5


Oscar F Randall, a veteran of the civil war, member of Co. D, 20th New York cavalry, and senior vice commander of De Alton post, G.A.R., died at the home of his brother, W.S. Randall, Monday morning, aged 58 years. Mr. Randall was well known and was highly respected for his kindly, genial disposition and upright life. His death was a great shock to his friends as he had been in his usual health until the day before his death, which was caused by neuralgia of the heart. His funeral was held yesterday afternoon.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Tuesday Afternoon, February 16, 1904


Oscar F Randall died suddenly last week Monday with neuralgia of the heart and his funeral was held Wednesday. He was a brother of Charles and W.S. Randall of this town. He was a veteran of the civil war. Mr Randall was a highly esteemed as a good neighbor and an upright citizen.

The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, March 1904

After Forty Years
An Old Testament Lost on a Virginia Battlefield
Gaylord W Babcock, Owner
Belleville Man Enlisted in Co. K, 14th NY Heavy Artillery
Lost it at Cold harbor, To be Restored by its Alabama Possessor

A romance of the Civil War, revolving around the mystery of a pocket Testament lost on a battlefield, save the Rochester Post-Express of Thursday, was cleared up by chief of Police Cleary today and the thumb worn and yellow leafed book is about to be returned by its present holder in Alabama to the real owner, who, hale and hearty, lives in Jefferson county.

There appeared a communication in a New York city evening newspaper recently from N.J. Bolton, of Simsbury, Ala. In which it was stated he possessed a small Testament found on a battlefield in northern Virginia during the civil war. “It was sent to the girl who is now my wife.” wrote Belton. On the flyleaf of the book is the inscription, “To Gaylord w Babcock, from his wife, Co. M, 14th New York heavy artillery. Obey God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of man.” Other inscriptions are on the page, now yellow and falling to pieces, the words nearly illegible.

When this communication appeared in the paper it was read by J.W.H. Cook of New York city, a member of the Dillingham book publishing house, and he clipped it out and wrote a letter, enclosing it, to postmaster James S Graham. A few days ago it was received by Mr. Graham and he gave it to Chief Cleary.

Now Mr. Cleary knows most every man by name that fought in local regiments and he knew that part of the 14th H.A. Was mustered in this city. He sought the muster rolls and found that Gaylord W Babcock was mustered in at Adams Center, Jefferson county, this state. There is a G.A.H. Post at that place and the commander of it is Giles Hall, and to him Chief Cleary wrote a letter asking for information about Babcock.

“I am glad to write back,” says Hall in a reply, “that I know G.W. Babcock, that he is alive and well and that he lives in Belleville, Jefferson county, this state. So Mr. Cleary, who became deeply interested in the romance, was happy to write to Babcock, enclosing the correspondence and the clipping from the New York newspaper. This morning Mr Cleary received the following letter from Babcock.

Dear Comrade – I went out in Co. M, New York heavy artillery, with Capt. Kieffer, who was killed on picket line at Cold Harbor. I was sergeant at the time and on picket. I lost all I had. I was afterwards promoted to be first lieutenant and transferred to Co. K. The book, no doubt, is mine. I shall be more than glad to recover it as a relic and will pay charges and expenses as soon as I find out what they are. Please send me all the facts and addresses and oblige, your friend and comrade, Gaylord W Babcock, Belleville, Jefferson county, N.Y.

After more than 40 years the book I now to be returned to its owner.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, May 4, 1904


Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Butts.

Diamond, May 3 – Mrs. Elizabeth Butts died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Van Arnam, in the town of Adams, Wednesday, April 27, aged 68 years, 9 months and 29 days. Her husband Jared Butts, died seven years ago last February. They were residents in this vicinity a number of years. Two sons, Charles and Frank of Watertown, and two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Van Aernam and Mrs. Catherine Brennan pf Canada and Mrs Marie Revoyr of Wisconsin. The burial was in the Worthville cemetery.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, August 1910

Death of Eugene M Robbins

Eugene M Robbins died of pneumonia Tuesday morning in Syracuse. Mr Robbins will be well remembered as a resident of Adams,where he lived on Park street in the house now occupied by Mrs Nellie Warriner. About fifteen years ago he moved to Syracuse, where he has since resided. While in Adams he was a manufacturer of ointment and continued the business in Syracuse. He had been failing in health for several years. He will always be remembered as a genial man of many friends. He was the brother in law of DeWitt and Frank Shepard of this town. He is survived by his wife and five children: Mary of Syracuse, Mrs Grace Hager of Dorchester, Mass., Burt of Herkimer, Frank of New York, Fred of Buffalo; and one brother, Frank, of Nebraska. The funeral was held in Syracuse at 11;30 this morning. the body will be brought to Adams for burial in Rural cemetery this afternoon.

BPC Note: Death occurred August 9, 1910

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, October 1910

Increase in Pensions


Montrose D Chapin, Rodman, $17 to $24 per month.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, February 1911



Chapin – In Rodman, Feb. 2, Montrose D. Chapin, aged 69 years 11 months.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Saturday, March 4, 1911

Entered Into Rest

Marshall - In this city, March 2, 1911, A. Judson Marshall, aged 77 years, at his home, 1267 Arsenal street.

The Watertown Herald, Watertown, NY, Saturday, March 4, 1911, Page 4, Column 2

Judson Marshall

A. Judson Marshall, an honored veteran of the Civil war and one of the soldiers selected to guard the body of Lincoln immediately after the assassination and accompany it from Washington to Springfield, Ill., died Thursday morning at his home, No. 1267 Arsenal street, aged 78 years. Mr. Marshall was a member of Company B, 94th New York Volunteer Infantry, during the early part of the war. On re-enlisting, he joined the 9th Veteran Reserve corps. Immediately after the assassination of Lincoln the city of Washington was placed under provost guard. After the body of Lincoln had been embalmed, it was placed for a short time in the blue room of the White House. A guard composed of 25 first sergeants selected from various regiments, and under the command of a captain and a first and second lieutenant, was placed to guard the body. The body was then removed to the capitol, where it was placed on a dais under the rotunda. Here it was viewed by thousands.

Mr Marshall was a native of the town of Orleans, where he spent his boyhood days and acquired his early education. He was the son of Jotham and Lois Oliver Marshall. Practically all his life was passed in this county. He lived for some years at Stone Mills, later at Lafargeville, and for about ten years last past, in this city. His health for some years back had been failing. His death was not unexpected. He is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs Minnie Lehr of Hastings, Neb., and Miss Byrde Marshall of this city, and two sons, Frank Marshall of Nebraska, and Fred Marshall of this city.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, 1911

Gaylord W Babcock died at his home in Belleville Wednesday afternoon, July 30. He was about 77 years of age and was a veteran of the civil war and had been a resident of Belleville about 30 years. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon with burial in Adams. Rev. O. L. Nichols officiated.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Saturday, January 13, 1912


Dorr Horton

Chaumont, Jan. 12 – News of the sudden death of Dorr Horton in an outhouse Tuesday morning at his home on Point Salubrious was received in Chaumont Wednesday morning. Mr Horton had not been feeling well for two weeks, but nothing was thought of it by his family as he was around the farm. Heart failure was the cause of death. He was 69 years of age and was the son of LeRoy and Jane Horton of Point Salubrious and had always lived there. He was an old soldier, having served in the 10th NY Heavy Artillery, Co. H.

He married Miss Emaline Fisher and they lived as farmers during their married life on the Point. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Fred of Macomb, Allen of Chaumont, and three daughters, Mrs Libbie Vanderwalker of Watertown; Mrs Timothy Coughlin of Cincinnati; Miss Grace Horton of Chaumont.

Watertown Re-Union, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, January 24, 1912


Ross – In Glen park, Jan. 19, 1912, John Ross First, aged 67 years.


John Ross, 1st, well known veteran of the Civil war and for many years a resident of Glen Park. Mr. Ross had been an invalid for the past six of seven years, having been stricken with paralysis, from which he never recovered. He was born in Ireland, June 24, 1844. He came to this country at an early age. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Ross. He was a baker by occupation and for about seven years he was engaged in this business in Clayton and for a time he worked as a baker in Theresa.

Besides his wife, North Ann Ross, he is survived by one brother, Hugh Ross of Seattle, Wash., two sons, Arthur and William Ross of Glen Park, and six daughters Mrs ??? ??evens and Mrs Mary Keflar of ??? Mills---

Notes: BPC;Bottom of page too tattered to read.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Thursday Afternoon, March 21, 1912, Page 22, Column 7

Amelius H Illingsworth

Amelius H Illingsworth , aged 74 years, a veteran of the civil war, died this morning at the Sisters' hospital, following an illness of three weeks. Death was due to a complication of diseases. Mr. Illingsworth was born in Lewis county and spent his youth in that locality. Early in life he moved to this city and at the time of the civil war, he was one of the first to enlist. Upon the ending of the war, he returned to this city and had lived here since that time.. He resided for a number of years at 6132 Center street. He is survived by three sons, Edward, Frank and Albert, and one daughter, Miss Sarah Illingsworth, all of this city. The funeral will be held from the Payne & Burns undertaking parlor, Saturday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. George H Nelson officiating. The remains will be interred in the soldiers plot at North Watertown cemetery.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Monday Afternoon, September 8, 1913

Another Veteran of 10th N.Y.H.A. Succumbs

Rochester, Sept. 8 – James L. Witherby died Sept. 2, at his residence 24 Jefferson avenue in this city. He was a veteran of the Civil war having served in Company E, Tenth New York Heavy Artillery. The remains were taken to Adams Center for burial. He suffered for several years, having both eye taken out and also having been troubled with stomach and heart disease.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, May 2, 1917, Page 3, Column 3

Mrs. George D. Davis

Alice Leeannah(sic) Maynard, beloved wife of George D. Davis, departed this life April 22, 1917, in worth, NY. She was born January 28, 1853, one of the five children of the late Olive and A.D. Maynard. Two sisters, Mrs. Mercy Lee and Mrs. Hattie Crandall, have preceded her to the better land.

May 1, 1889, she was married to George DeSalvo Davis, a Civil war veteran, who is left to mourn the loss of a devoted companion. It is one of the mysteries of Providence that she could not be spared to be with him in the declining years of his life. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Lovilla Foster, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, a brother, David Maynard, of worth, NY and the following nephews and nieces; Ernest M Lee of Rodman, NY, Gertrud M and Geo. W Clark, of Henderson; Ora L and Eleanor V Burdick of Watertown, NY. An adopted son, Alvin M Davis, in whom all their hopes were centered, was taken from them by death four years ago.

Mrs. Davis had a quiet, lovable mature which attracted everyone to her. Hers was a life of sacrifice for those around her. She gave to her own home and family unstinted love and care. She was an earnest worker in the Worthville M.E. Church for many years. In her Sunday school, she showed her talent as a teacher, and for several years she was its superintendent. By her death the Ladies' Aid society has lost one of its most faithful members. She was also an interested member of the W.R.C. Of Adams for several years. She will be greatly missed in the community, where she was ever a power for good, and many are the lives which are better for coming in contact with her sweet Christian character. She has only gone on before. May we feel that some glad day we shall meet our loved one in the land where partings will be no more.

A sweet reunion's yonder,
Where we meet the friends of yore;
Earth's sun and shade forgotten
In the glory of that shore.
Dwelling face to face with Jesus,
Nevermore from from him to roam.
Clad in His own spotless beauty,
In the everlasting Home.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY August 1, 1917, Page 3, Column 1

For Sale – The George D Davis farm of 50 acres, one mile from Worthville; good land, good and modern buildings, good and durable water in pasture and barn, four acres woodland and young producing sugar bush. Sale to be made to close estate. Enquire (sic) of executors, George W Clark, Henderson, NY, or Eleanor V. Burdick, 18 Otis Building, Watertown.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, Wednesday, August 8, 1917, Page 1, Column 5


Swiftly time bears us onward and the list of our dear ones who have reached the shores of eternity is ever lengthening. In the death of Mrs. Ella J Williams, Wardwell loses another of her oldest and most respected residents. Mrs Williams, daughter of J.M. And Eunice M Freeman of Belleville, was born May 29, 1850, and passed away after nearly three years of patient suffering on July 24, 1917, at the home in this place where she came as a bride of a few months. She was educated at Union academy, where her quiet, unassuming manner won her many life long friends. On April 18, 1872, she was united in marriage to William H Williams, a veteran of the Civil war, who survives her. Obeying the injunction to “Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth,” she united with the Belleville Baptist church in May 1869, and the pastor, Rev. Otto L Nichols, officiated at the services held at her late home Thursday afternoon. She was a member of the W.R.C., the Helping Hand, and also a charter member of Adams Grange. Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Frank J, of Adams, Alton F and Claribel, two granddaughters, a sister and a brother, Mrs Dell Warriner and J.M. Freeman, of Adams. The large concourse of sorrowing friends and the profusion of beautiful flowers that covered the casket were testimonials of the esteem in which she was held as the frail tenement was laid to rest in the family plot at Giddingsville, almost in the shadow of the home she loved so well and where her long and happy married life of 45 years had been passed.

A precious one from us is gone;
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God, in His wisdom, has recalled
The boon his love has given;
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is save in Haven.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Wednesday, October 31, 1917

Veteran Drops Dead at Home Near Adams

William H Williams, 71, Succumbs to Sudden Heart Attack While in Pasture.

Adams, Oct. 31 – William H Williams, aged 71, a life long resident of this vicinity, dropped dead about 3:30 yesterday afternoon at his farm near here, as he started to lead a colt from the pasture to the barn, a distance of about half a mile. His son, Alton, was with him at the time. Mr. Williams seemed to be in good health up to the time of his death. Saturday he was at the village and talked with his son, Frank J Williams, a jeweler. Yesterday noon the son talked with him on the telephone. About 3 Mr Williams and his son started into the pasture to get a colt. After they had caught it, the two men stood talking and Mr Williams remarked that the halter was pretty short and he would have to get another when he was in the village next time. With this he started leading the colt, and had gone only a few steps when he fell to the ground. Before his son could reach him, he was dead.

About the middle of the Civil war he enlisted in the 14th New York Heavy Artillery and fought to the end. He was wounded three times, twice with bullets and once with a bayonet, but he recovered from the wounds and entered the ranks again. He fought in many large battles, among them the Battle of the Wilderness. He was only a boy when he enlisted. Mr. Williams died on the farm in which he was born. He had lived there all his life. About three years ago he suffered with rheumatism and this troubled him since. He was past commander of De Alton Cooper Post, G.A.R. And a member of the Adams grange.

He is survived by three children, Frank J of Adams, Alton and Clarabelle, who lived with him on the farm, and by one sister, Miss Martha Williams, who has taught school in Spearfish, S.D. For 30 years. Mrs Williams died last summer. Funeral arrangements are being held up pending word from his sister.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Saturday Afternoon, November 8, 1919

George Kelsey of Theresa Dies
Served As Supervisor A Number of Years
Veteran Of The Civil War
Though a Democrat He Was Elected for Several Terms From the Town of Theresa
(Special To The Times.)

Theresa, Nov. 8 – George Kelsey, a dry goods merchant of Theresa for over 40 years, a veteran of the Civil war and for many years a supervisor representing the town of Theresa, died at 1 this morning at his residence in this village, following an illness of two weeks, attributable to a general breakdown, aged 76 years. Mr. Kelsey, who retired from active occupation about seven years ago had been in poor health for several years but his condition had been critical only during the past month. He was born in Theresa, Oct. 5, 1843, son of the late Jesse and Susan Anne Shurtleff Kelsey, and had always made his home here. He entered the dry goods business as a young man and soon established a store on the present site of the town hall in this village. For over 40 years he conducted this store and through his long business career he became known to many hundreds of persons residing in northern New York. The town hall was built in 1891 and about seven years ago Mr. Kelsey sold out his stock to Guy Bury, who now conducts the store.

He was first elected supervisor, representing Theresa, in 1878, succeeding John Parker. He was a Democrat but so satisfactory were his services as representative of the town on the board, that he served from 1878 to 1884 when B. W. Chapman, also a Democrat, was elected, serving in 1885, 1886 and 1887. Mr. Kelsey being reelected to serve in 1888 and 1889. He was succeeded by George E Yost. Mr. Kelsey took great pride in his experience as supervisor. He was an efficient, conscientious worker and the interests of his town were well represented while he served on the board. Many important measures, affecting the community, were passed while he served. Theresa has elected many Republican Representatives and it was a matter of distinction that a Democrat should be elected so consistently.

Being 18 years old when the Civil war broke out, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving four years, and participating in a number of navel engagements as one on the crew of a federal battleship. Upon his return from service he again entered the dry goods business. He married Miss Anne Hamlin of Theresa, who passed away in 1885. Surviving are one daughter, Miss Helen M Kelsey, and one brother, Charles H Kelsey, both of Theresa. The funeral will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon from the Kelsey residence, Rev. Reilly, pastor of Theresa presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be in Theresa cemetery.

Watertown Daily times, Watertown, NY, Saturday Afternoon, February 28, 1920

Walter Knox Cole Dies

Well Known Retired Farmer of Town of Brownville Passes Away

Walter Knox Cole, well known retired farmer of the town of Brownville, died Friday afternoon at his residence in the town of Brownville on the Brownville - Perch river road, about 6 and a half miles from the city, aged 74 years and six months. Mr. Cole had been an invalid for a number of years but his death occurred rather unexpectedly. Death was due to heart trouble from which he had suffered for several years. He was born in the town of Brownville, June 1, 1845, son of John N and Mary A Knox Cole, and had always lived in the town of Brownville. His grandfather, Walter Cole, was one of the first settlers in the town. Mr. Cole resided for over 40 years on the farm where he passed away. He had been retired from active occupation for a number of years. He married Miss Harriet R Webb in 1869.

Besides his widow he leaves four sons, John N Cole of San Francisco, Calif.; and Brainard, Fred R and Waynard Cole all of this city; two daughters, Mrs. J.E. Tenneller of New York City and Mrs H. M. Buchanan of St. Lawrence, wife of Dr. Buchanan; a foster son, Stuart Webb of Brownville, and a niece, Mrs. F.J. Stablin of this city.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 Sunday afternoon from the residence near Seven bridges, about a mile and a half from the old Stone church, Rev. Harry Westbrook Reed, pastor of All Souls' Universalist church, officiating. Interment will be in Brownville cemetery.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Friday Afternoon, March 24, 1922

Robert Adams Of Pamelia, Ill Only Two Days, Dies
Civil War Veteran succumbs to Grip and Heart disease

Robert Adams of the town of Pamelia, aged 73 years, died about 7 Thursday night following an illness of only two days. Death was due to an attack of grip and heart trouble. Mr Adams was taken ill as noon of Tuesday and his condition grew gradually worse until the time of his death Thursday. Mr. Adams was a former resident of Chases Mills, St. Lawrence county. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served with a New York regiment which left this country(sic). He was a patient at the state hospital for a time but later returned to Chases Mills. He came to this county in May 1915. So far as is known, Mr. Adams has no surviving relatives. Funeral arrangements are in complete.

Note BPC; Mr. Adams is buried in North Watertown cemetery. His marker, memorial 89284233, shows him to have served in Company K, 186th NY Infantry.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Monday Afternoon, May 22, 1922, Page 15, Column 4

Mrs Delia A Burnham

Passes Away at Home Near St. Lawrence, Aged 71
(Special to The Times)

Chaumont, May 22 – Mrs, Delia A Burnham, widow of the late Ira Burnham, died Saturday evening at 6:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hayes Comins near St. Lawrence, aged 71 years, following a brief illness. Practically all her life had been spent in this vicinity.

She was married to George Jeffries in 1871 and two children were born. William, who died at the age of one year, and Mrs. N. J. Turnbull of Canton, who survives. Mr. Jeffries died in 1874 and in 1876 she married Mr. Burnham. Three children were born. Mrs. Hayes Comins, with whom Mrs. Burnham had made her home for the past few years, Eugene Burnham of Watertown and Truman Burnham of Rosiere. Five grandsons also survive.

Mrs Burnham was a member of the Clayton Rebekah lodge and active in the St. Lawrence Ladies Aid. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the St. Lawrence Methodist Episcopal church, Rev ?? Knapp, officiating. Burial will be at St. Lawrence.

Note; Her gravestone uses Jeffers not Jeffries.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Watertown, NY, Saturday Afternoon, May 27, 1922, Page 14, Column 6

Veteran of Tenth New York Expires
Charles Byron Carey, 88, Dies at St. Lawrence
Merchant For 50 Years

GAR, Sons of Veterans and American Legion Will Attend Funeral Sunday Afternoon

(Special to the Times)

Chaumont, May 27, Charles Byron Carey, a retired merchant, died last night at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs Walter Comins of St. Lawrence, aged 88 years, three months and 23 days. Death, which occurred at 8:20, followed a period of long failing health. He had been confined to the bed for the past four weeks. Mr. Carey was born in Mexico, Oswego county. He served in Company L, Tenth New York Heavy Artillery, during the Civil war. Following the war he took up farming near Cape Vincent in the town of Lyme and later moved to St. Lawrence where he was a merchant for 50 years, retiring a few years ago and selling to the firm of Miller & Comins He was a member of Clayton Masonic Lodge, F and A M, of the Dexter Universalist church and of the E B Mayhew GAR, Lyme.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs A. B. Cornwell, Mrs Emma Phillips and Mrs George Donaldson of St. Lawrence, eleven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the St. Lawrence Methodist Episcopal church. Members of the GAR, Sons of Veterans and American Legion will attend. “Taps” will be sounded at the grave in St. Lawrence cemetery.. Mr Carey's wife died several years ago and he then went to live with his daughter, the late Mrs Fred Miller. She died in 1918 and he had since lived with Mrs Comins.

Cape Vincent Eagle, Cape Vincent, NY, Thursday, November 16, 1922


Mrs Clara Johnson Dies at Brownville

Mrs Clara Johnson, aged 76 years, widow of Jotham W Johnson, and a former resident of this village, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Cora Webber, at Brownville, Sunday morning at about 4 o'clock. She had been in failing health for nearly four years. Mrs Johnson was the daughter of Levi and Irene Hentze and was born in the town of Clayton near the St Lawrence river, August 30, 1846. Her first husband was Orange York, and to them were born two daughters, Estella and Cora. Estella married Bert Collins and died several years ago. Cora married Charles Webber, of Brownville, at whose home her mother died. After the death of Mr York, the widow still remained in this locality and later married Jothan W Johnson. He died January 24, 1921, in Watertown, where Mr and Mrs Johnson were then living with Mr and Mrs Charles A Shepard, Mrs Shepard being the daughter of Mr Johnson. After the death of Mr Johnson, Mrs Johnson went to live with Mr and Mrs Webber, at Brownville.

The funeral was held from the Webber home at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon, the Rev E.B. Doolittle, pastor of the Brownville Episcopal church, officiating. Interment was made in the Cedar Grove cemetery, Chaumont.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Wednesday Afternoon, February 27. 1924, Page 12, Column 6

Lewis County Veteran Dies
(Special to the Times)

Croghan, Feb. 27 – George Kirschner, 84, for 32 years postmaster at Kirschnerville, near this place, died early this morning. He was a veteran of the Civil War and had served six months in Libby and Salisbury prisons. Mr Kirschner was born in France, Aug. 2, 1839, but came to the United States when only seven years of age. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in Company C, 94th New York Volunteers, and after a service of some months was taken prisoner by the confederates. For two months he was confined at Libby and was then taken to Salisbury, N.C. His sufferings in both places were intense. At the close of the war Mr Kirschner returned to this section and engaged in farming. In 1875, he built a store and residence at Kirschnerville and there he had resided since that time.

Surviving are one brother, Joseph, of Croghan, one sister, Mrs Barbara Gautaier of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are still incomplete but services will probably be held from St. Peters church of which Mr. Kirschner was a member.

Utica Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY, Friday, May 9, 1924

Northern New York

Civil War Veteran, 84, Dies at Clayton

Watertown, May 9 – Lorenzo Marcellus, 84, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home in Clayton, Wednesday evening. The funeral was held this afternoon from his home and burial was also in Clayton. He was born at Harrisburg, NY and had resided at Clayton for 45 years. He leaves his widow, one brother, Ferdinand Marcellus of Stockbridge, NY, one sister, Pamella Parnientler of Michigan; a daughter, Mrs Edward Pennock of Clayton. Mr Marcellus enlisted at Sackets Harbor in Company B of the Ninety-fourth Regiment, January 13, 1863. He participated in the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Petersburg, Chancellorsville and Cold Harbor. Taken prisoner, he was sent to Libby prison, where remained for three weeks.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, December 29, 1924, Monday Afternoon, Page 13, Column 6

John H. Wood, 80, expires at home
Civil war veteran dies after long illness
Long resident near Theresa

Lived on farm near Rivergate for many year – Enlisted second day of civil war and served throughout struggle

John H. Wood, aged 80 years, of ?? West Main street, died at his home Sunday night t 9:30 fer a two months illness. Death resulted from an attack of pneumonia followed by hardening of the arteries. He contracted pneumonia while at his farm home in Rivergate, near Theresa and was brought to his home here. He partly recovered from pneumonia but had been unable to leave his bed up to the time of his death.

Mr Wood was born Sept. 1?, 1844 in Canada. His parents came to Jefferson county when he was a youth and settled in the Town of Theresa on a farm. Mr. Wood resided on this farm practically his entire life and was a well known and respected man in that vicinity and in Watertown where he had spent the winters for the past four years.

He was a member of the Theresa Methodist Episcopal church 60 years. His first wife was Mrs Mary Evans Wood, a native of Theresa, who died several years ago. His second wife was Mrs. Eliza Irish Wood of Huntingtonville. She was killed on June 21, 1919, when the car driven by Arthur C Reese, an employee of her father, overturned on the State street road. Mr. Wood to whom she later was married who(sic) was an occupant of the car, was injured in the accident. He died sometime afterwards. The marriage of Mr. Wood to Mrs. Ella Irish of Huntingtonville, took place April 23, 1920.

Mr. Wood was a member of the Howland post, Grand Army of the Republic, Theresa. He served though out the Civil war as an infantryman. His enlistment in Sacket Harbor was made on the second day of the war. With his brother, William Wood, who served by his side during the the war, he participated in some of the biggest battles of the war. He escaped without a wound during the four years of the war. At the end of the war Mr. Wood returned to his large farm on the Kelsey Bridge road located near Rivergate and on the Indian river opposite Elite park. For the past four years he had made his home in Watertown during the winter. He was an attendant at Bethany Methodist Episcopal church and a member of the Brotherhood of Bethany church.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs Ella Irish Wood, two stepsons, Ross Seery and Maxwell Seery of this city, three(sic) step daughters, Mrs. Austin Pickett, Mrs Luella Newton, Mrs William Barrisford and Mrs J. J. Morrison, one sister, Mrs Mary Jane Hart,t who resides in Illinois, one niece, Mrs Henry Wetterhahn, two nephews, Frank Wood of Carthage and Eugene Wood of his city, and a cousin, Leise Martin of Brownville.

The funeral will be held in the Howland home Tuesday afternoon at 2. Prayers will be said by Rev. Walter G Wilmahurst, pastor of Bethany Methodist Episcopal church. Members f Joe Spratt post, G.AA.R. And W.R>C. Will assist in the funeral service. The body will be laced in the city vault until spring when it will be removed to Theresa where services will be held in the Theresa Methodist Episcopal church as was Mr. Wood's wish. Interment will be made in the Kelsey Bride cemetery where the burial plots of his first two wives are located.

Note: The accident mentioned above occurred June 21, 1919. According to the Watertown Daily Times, July 30, 1919, Monday afternoon, Page 14, it resulted in the deaths of Mrs. Eliza Wood of Theresa and Leona and Harold Irish, children of John Irish of the town of Rutland and Arthur C. Reese, who was working for Mr. Irish and who drove the car that overturned on the highway. There seems to be some confusion about relationships in the above article.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, Wednesday, December 31, 1924, Page 4, Column 2

Barrett Cole

Barrett Cole, one of Rodman's oldest and most highly respected citizens passed away at the home of his son, A.E .Cole, last Thursday afternoon. Although he has been in failing health for several years he was confined to the house only a few days and his death was quite sudden at the last. Mr. Cole was born in the town of Rodman in 1840. He was a farmer by occupation and always followed this pursuit until he retired a few years ago and purchased a home in Rodman, where he resided until the death of his wife which occurred last June, after which he went to reside with his son, where he died. In 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Medora Eastmen of Rodman. To this union one son was born. In early manhood he embraced the Christian faith and for over fifty years was a faithful and earnest worker in the M.E. Church. He was a kind neighbor and a friend to all, always ready to do what he could to help those about him. His funeral was held for his old home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and was largely attended. Rev. A G Todd of the Congregational church in Rodman, officiated. The remains were placed in the vault in Fairview cemetery.

Besides his son, Supervisor A.E. Cole, he is survived by a grandson, Herman Cole, granddaughter, Harriett Cole; also two brothers, H.D. Cole of Adams Center and Frank Cole of Coxsackie, NY; and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Miller of Garrison, NY; several nephews and nieces, also a large circle of other relatives and friends. Thus another faithful, earnest Christian man has gone to his reward.

Oswego Daily Times, Oswego, NY, Friday Evening, January 23, 1925, Page 3, Column 2

Edwin F Chafin

Cato, Jan 23 – The death of Edwin F Chafin occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bert Dobbin, Wednesday following a lingering illness. He was born at Adams, 81 years ago and resided there all his life with the exception of a few years spent in Michigan and here. He was a veteran of the civil war and a member of the G.A.R. The near relatives surviving are two daughters, Mrs Ernest Dobbin of Adams, Mrs Bert Dobbin of this town and a son Richard of Marshall, Mich.

The funeral was held at the house Friday afternoon, at 1 o'clock, the Rev. N.R. Stevens of Syracuse officiating. The remains were placed in a vault here, later taken to Adams for interment.

Jefferson County Journal, Adams, NY, Wednesday, February 25, 1925, Page 3, Column 5

Mrs Cynthia Eudora Greene

Mrs Cynthia Euroda Greene, aged 76, widow of Daniel Green, died at her home in Adams Center, Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, 1925. She had been in ill health for the past three years, suffering from a complication of diseases and during the last month she had been seriously ill. Mrs Greene was born in Adams Center, the daughter of James and Eunice Lee Greene. She was educated here and in 1874 was married to Joseph Burdick of Watson, Lewis county, and went there to reside. One son was born to them, James Eugene Burdick, who died when about one year of age. Mr Burdick died in 1888 and then Mrs Burdick returned to her former home here.

In 1895, she was married to Daniel Greene, a farmer, residing on the South Harbor road. After his death, which occurred about 17 years ago, she came to this village where she has since resided, For the last two years her niece, Mrs Lepha Hovey, has made her home with her.

Early in life, Mrs Greene became a member of the Adams Center Seventh Day Baptist church and she has taken an active interest in the work of that church and its societies. She is survived by two step sons, Jay Greene, who resides in the west and Bailey of Watertown; one step daughter, Mrs George Reed of Rices; four nieces, Mrs Clark Thomas of Watertown; Mrs Lepha Hovey, Mrs O.H. Maxson and Mrs Samuel Dibble of Adams Center and one nephew, Jay Greene of Belleville. Funeral services were held at the Seventh Day Baptist church Friday afternoon, Feb 20, at 2. The pastor, Rev. Loyal F Hurley, officiated and interment was made in Union cemetery.

Watertown Daily Standard, Watertown, NY, Tuesday Afternoon, September 29, 1925, Page 16, Column 6

John Donovan Passes Away in Syracuse

Former Sacket(sic) Harbor Resident,
Veteran Army Man, Victim of Heart iDsease(sic)

Syracuse, Sept. 29 - John Donovan, 56, of NO. 111 Hall avenue, police captain for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad company and a veteran of the Spanish American and world wars, dropped dead from heart disease yesterday at the Hospital of the Good Shepherd. He ha gone to the hospital for treat of severe stomach pains. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Edith Donovan; two sons, John E and Ernest J Donovan, and a half brother, James Olson. The funeral will be held at the family home at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning. McKinley Brothers, undertakers,, will take the body to Sacket(sic) Harbor for burial.


Mr. Donovan was a resident of this place for many and is well known here. The burial probably will be here, the Knights of Pythias having charge of the service.

Mr. Donovan was a retired soldier and saw service in Cuba and China. He was a member of the old Ninth and other regiments stationed here. For several years after his retirement, he conduced a restaurant here. When the World War broke out he was commissioned as a captain and his duties were with arsenal in this country. The family left Sackets two or three years ago.

Syracuse American, Sunday Edition of the Syracuse Journal, Syracuse, NY, Sunday, October 2, 1938, Page 1, Column 4

Two Killed when truck, auto crash
Accident Occurs at Junction of Sackets Harbor - Smithville Road; 4 Persons Hurt
Two of Those Injured Are In Watertown Hospital; Their Condition Reported Serious
By Staff Correspondent

Watertown, Oct. 1 – Two persons were instantly killed and four others were injured when a sedan and a truck collided Saturday afternoon at the intersection of the Smithville - Sackets Harbor county road and the scenic highway near Purpura's gas station.

The dead:

Mrs. Bessie Maud, 50, of Watertown, who had been employed at Sackets Harbor, and Earl Larkin, 42, of the town of Worth.

The injured:

Mrs. Bernard J Jones, 242 Central St., Watertown; her daughters, Doris, 16, and Evelyn, 15, and Dealton A Hovey, 42, town of Worth.

Mrs. Jones and Hovey are patients in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown. Hovey has a fractured pelvis and Mrs. Jones torn ligaments and other injuries.

Truck overturns

The accident occurred as the sedan driven by Mrs. Jones. Accompanied by her two daughters, was being driven toward their cottage near Campbell's Point. The truck, owned and operated by Hovey, came off the Smithville road to cross the state highway and proceeding in the direction of Sackets Harbor and was struck by the Jones sedan. The truck was pushed down the highway and overturned on the concrete. Mrs Jones ended up in the ditch, headed in the opposite direction. The truck was almost completely demolished, and the front end of the sedan was badly damaged.

All the occupants of the truck were thrown out when the collision occurred. Mrs. Maud, who was riding the front seat with Hovey, and Larkin, who was riding in the rear of the truck, were thrown to the macadam pavement at the west side of the highway and were instantly killed.

Physician Summoned

Dr. S Marritt of Sackets Harbor was called to the scene and he attended Mrs. Jones and her two daughters and Hovey. The two daughters suffered cuts and bruises and they were taken to the cottage near Campbell's Point. Dr. Marritt was appointed coroner's physician and he said that Larkin, who was killed, suffered a fractured skull, deep gash on the hear, concussion and shock. Mrs. Maud suffered a skull fracture, fracture of both jaws, broken arm and broken leg.

A deputy sheriff was summoned to the scene and he notified sheriff Brayton Peck, who conducted the investigation, accompanied by Deputy Sheriff McDermott

Cape Vincent Eagle, Cape Vincent, NY, Thursday, November 27, 1941

Native of Cape Vincent Expires at Home in Watertown

Charles W Nims, 88, retired farmer and resident of Watertown for the past eight years, died at 9:30 last Thursday night at his home, in that city, after an illness of nearly a year. Mr Nims was born in the town of Cape Vincent on January 5, 1853, a son of John H and Abigail Nims. For many years he operated a farm near Chaumont and after retirement moved into that village where he made his home until going to Watertown. His first wife was Elsie Carey, who died in 1900. On December 20, 1906, he married Mrs May Baker, of Cape Vincent.

Besides his widow he is survived by one brother, Attorney William A Nims, of Watertown, and a niece, Miss Clara Nims, also of Watertown. He was a member of Chaumont Grange, Chaumont Lodge, F&AM, and of the Chaumont Presbyterian church. Funeral services were held from the Clark Memorial Funeral Home in Chaumont at 2 Sunday afternoon, with Rev Roy Ehman, pastor of the Chaumont Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial was made in Cedar Grove cemetery with Masonic rites at the grave.

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, Tuesday, Dec 30, 1969, Page 14, Column 5

A. Graham Thomson Dies at 50

Alexandria Bay – A. Graham Thomson, 50, of 27 Walton St., resort motel and scenic tour operator, died at 9:45 pm, Monday, at the Edward John Noble Hospital, here. Mr Thomson underwent brain surgery Sept. 10 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, returning home Oct. 25. He entered the local hospital Nov. 25. The funeral will be Friday at 2 pm at the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, Rev Sam Vander Schaaf, acting pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Walton Street Cemetery. The body will be taken from the Giltz Funeral Home to the Thomson residence Wednesday. Friends may call at the family home Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings. Masonic rites will be conducted at 8 pm, Thursday. Those who wish to pay tribute may make contributions to the memorial fund of the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles.

Born in Ogdensburg, Nov. 8, 1919, an only child of Clarence S and Sarah Graham Thomson, he was graduated in 1937 from Alexandria Central School and in 1914 from St. Lawrence University, Canton, where he was president of the senior class and of Beta Zeta chapter of Beta Theta Pi. He was assistant to the comptroller at the university in the management of the men's residence and general housing facilities in 1943. During WW II, Mr Thomson served in the Navy.

Mr. Thomson marriage to Miss Rita McCarthy, which took place Oct. 11, 1946, ended in divorce in 1949. They had no children. On April 10, 1953, he married Miss Therese Theoret of Montreal, Que. In Syracuse. In 1948, Mr Thomson became associated with his father in the operation of Pine Tree Point Club and the Crossmon Hotel. The hotel was torn down to make way for the Capt. Thomson Motor Lodge in 1962.

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Graham Thomson -From Last Page-

Mr Thomson became owner and operator of the club and motel after his father's death at the age of 91 on Dec. 8, 1967. He also became head of the Combined Boat Tours, Inc, and Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Inc. At the time of his death, Graham Thomson was president and sole owner of both boat tour companies. Mr Thomson was vice president of the consistory of the Reformed Church, a member of Alexandria Lodge 297, F&AM, the Watertown Elks Lodge, Media Temple Shrine, the Black River Valley Club, John B Lyman Post, American Legion, and a past president of the Alexandria Central School board and of the St. Lawrence University Alumni Association. For years he was chairman of the Boy Scout fund drive in the village. He had been director of the Farmers national Bank of Theresa and more recently of the Seaway National Bank. He served eight years on the board of directors of the State Hotel and Motel Association, Inc., and was currently first vice president. He was a member of the National Hotel Management Association, the Jefferson County Restaurant and Hotel Association and the Jefferson County Historical Society.