Mrs. Delia Bassett, widow of the late Alton Bassett, a native of this town passed away at the Brookside sanitarium at Sherburne, Sunday, September 20, age 73 years. She is survived by four sons; Clarence of this place and Charles, George and Dudley of Syracuse. Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at eight o'clock at the Catholic church at Sherburne. The remains were taken by auto to Oswego, her former home, for interment in the family plot.
Franklin J Benedict Passes Away Suddenly
Franklin J Benedict, for many years a resident of this city where he made his home with his son, Addison E Benedict of North Broad street, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Fred Snell of Earlville, on Sunday night after an illness of only a few days. Mr Benedict suffered a shock of paralysis on wednesday of last week, from which he never rallied.
Mr and Mrs Addison E Benedict, who, with their childre, have been spending some time in Florida, are en route to this city and are expected to arrive Monday afternoon. Amond the other survivors is a son, Wayne G Benedict, now of Hamilton and a former principal of Norwich high school.
Franklin J Benedict
Franklin Jerill Benedict, aged 75 years and an almost life-long resident of the town of Lebanon, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Fred J Snell, near this village on Sunday, Jan 31, 1926, after a brief illness.
Mr Benedict was born in the town of Lebanon on June 8, 1850, and was the youngest son of Elijah and Lois Benedict, and the last of a large family. Nearly all his life had been spent in Lebanon with the exception of the last few years during which he has made his home with his son, Addison at Norwich and was always a very welcome guest in the home of each of his children.
During the absence of his son, Addison, and family in Florida he had been staying with Mrs Snell. His son and family started for home after hearing of his father's illness and arrived in Norwich Feb 1.
The deceased was married in 1875 to Mary Benedict, a daughter of Oliver Benedict of Lebanon. Mrs Benedict died in 1911. After their marriage they resided on the old Benedict homestead at South Lebanon, where their ten children were born. One son died in infancy, and the survivors are: Mrs Fred Geer, Mrs Harry Byrd and Ernest Benedict of Lebanon,; Mrs Albert Rice and Zar Benedict of Georgetown; Oliver Benedict of Camp Verde, Ariz; Addison Benedict of Norwich; Mrs Fred Snell of Earlville and Wayne Benedict of Hamilton.
Mr Benedict had occupied for many years positions of trust and honor in his home town, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a most courteous, helpful Christian gentleman; possessed of a cheery, optimistic view of life; interested in all modern progress and development; taking a deep interest in humanity, especially in young people of the present generation.
Mrs. Latie J Bennett
Smyrna, March 28. --- Latie J Bennett, the daughter of Orlando and Elizabeth Fradenburgh Bennett, was born on Smyrna Hill, July 4, 1850, and passed into that better land in the early morning of March 19, 1919, from her home in Smyrna village. Passed from a life of extreme suffering to perfect health, from the seclusion of a dark room to the full, effulgent glory of that city of which "the Lamb is the light thereof," to meet and greet those she had "loved long since and lost awhile."
On the farm where she was born, in company with her two sisters, one of whom, Mrs. L H Faucett, of Morrisville, survives her, she grew from a happy child in school into a young lady and here in May, 1867, she was married to Edgar L Bennett, a life long neighbor. To them were born four children, one of whom, Ernie, a beautiful child of eighteen months, went many years ago to be forever with the Lord, and two sons, Bert L and Ralph E of Binghamton, the latter being connected with the Binghamton Press, with Miss Lois E Bennett of Smyrna, survive her to mourn their loss.
For some time her husband taught school in Otselic, North Norwich and Smyrna and in each place she made a happy home. In 1875 he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, serving churches in North Jackson, Port Crane, Lisle, Guilford, North Fenton, Binghamton and Pittston, and all through the years she was a true helpmeet, sharing the labors and the blessings of her husband's life, beloved by all. But this work which she loved had to be all laid by, for while she was still young, with a promise of many years of usefulness, at the age of 32 she was stricken with disease and has been held in its relentless grasp through nearly all the intervening years.
Her husband died in 1898 and about 15 years ago she and her daughter Lois removed from Binghamton to Smyrna, her home town, and here the daughter has lovingly cared for her mother, with some necessary help, while the sons' devotion has been constant and true. But though her body was held by disease her spirit triumphed with a spontaneous cheerfulness which never failed, a heartfelt thanksgiving for her blessings expressed some time ago to her pastor in the words of the Psalmist, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever," and asked that it be made the basis of his discourse at her funeral. Though much of her time was spent in a dark room there was the lamp of Life within her which shone out and illuminated her path and all who came within the sphere of her influence. Not one who visited her in her room failed to come forth cheered and comforted and ashamed to complain of their small troubles.
She took a lively interest in all that was going on about her and especially that connected with the church, and took great pleasure in remembering the scenes and the friends of her active life scattered here and there.
The funeral was held from her late home, Friday, March 21, 1919, at 1 p.m., conducted by her pastor, Rev. W S York, assisted by Rev. E R D Briggs of Oxford, who led in prayer and read Tennyson's beautiful poem "Crossing the Bar." Burial was made in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Charles Bidwell
Smyrna, July 26 --- The death of Mrs. Charles Bidwell which occurred on Tuesday, July 19, 1921, at her home in this village removed one of the most respected and best known residents of the town and one who will be missed by a host of friends throughout the town and county. Always active in social and church affairs and a genial hostess to the many who frequented her home, her untimely passing will be a source of deep regret to all who knew her. L May Welch, daughter of Elijah and Diana Welch, was born in Otselic, May 1, 1864, graduated from The Bridgewater high school and taught one term of school at Schuyler Lake. In 1883 she went to Lebanon to reside. December 30, 1883, she was united in marriage to Charles L Bidwell and came to this town to live. To them were born two children, Mrs. Merton Leete and Earl Bidwell, both of Smyrna, who with her devoted husband remain to mourn her loss. Funeral services, which were largely attended, were held in the Baptist church at Bonney, where she was a member, Rev. C V Stocum, pastor, officiating, on Thursday afternoon at one o'clock and interment made in Maple Grove cemetery at Otselic.
Charles S Billings, well-known in this vicinity, died at his home, 29 Guernsey street, Norwich, at 6:30 o'clock Monday evening, aged 75 years.
The deceased was born in the town of Lebanon on June 4, 1845, and was one of a family of eight children. He was a former resident of Smyrna, having lived there nearly all his life until 11 years ago, when he moved to Norwich.
He was united in marriage with Miss Priscilla Willcox of Smyrna 52 years ago last January. Beside the widow there survive three brothers, Delos of Earlville, Frank of Hamilton and Jay of Lebanon; also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Finch, of North Norwich and Mrs. Julius Baker of Hamilton.
Funeral services will be held from his late home in Norwich on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, and burial made in the Willcox cemetery at Smyrna.
Mrs Priscilla Willcox Billings
Following a stroke of apoplexy suffered Monday morning, Mrs Priscilla Willcox Billings, aged 75 years, died at her home 29 Guernsey street, Wednesday morning.
Mrs Billings was the widow of the late Charles S Billings, and for many years resided in Smyrna, where she was born Nov 22, 1850. She was a daughter of Henry H and Marrion L Purdie Willcox. Her father was of pioneer stock, and erected the first frame house built in Smyrna. Her mother came from Norwich, England. Both her parents were members of the Society of Friends.
The deceased was well known in Norwich for she had a wide acquaintance. She was of an especially cheerful disposition, hospitable and loyal to her friends. She attended the Methodist church.
The nearest survivors are the following nephews and nieces; Henry H Willcox of Earlville, Dr Hadwin P Willcox of Central Square, Mrs Harriet Willcox Briggs of Norwich, Mrs Henry Kenyon of Smyrna and Mrs Harvey R Cook of North Norwich.
The funeral will be held from the late home at 1:30 Saturday afternnon. Interment will be made in the Willcox cemetery, near Smyrna.
Beaver Meadow, May 11. --- Mrs. James Blackman passed away early Wednesday morning. She leaves a husband, one daughter, Lillian, of Sherburne and two adopted sons, whom she brought up from childhood, besides a host of friends. Mr. Wilcox of Smyrna had charge of the funeral. Burial was made in Cole Hill cemetery.
This community learned with sadness of the passing of George W Blowers, aged 76, at 8 a.m., Thursday morning, January 6th. Mr Blowers had been a great sufferer for the past three months. He bore his suffering patiently and uncomplainingly to the end. He had lived here nearly forty years and made many friends. He had lived a clean, honest life, respected by all. He leaves a widow, with whom he had lived 50 years, December 13; a daughter, Mrs Adah Palmer; one granddaughter, Mrs Mabelle Toher; a sister, Eliza Pool of South Plymouth; two brothers, Julius and DeLos Blowers of De Ruyter. The funeral was held at the home Saturday at 1 p.m., the Rev H G Learned officiating. Clatyon Heath of Cincinnatus, undertaker, had charge of the burial in Maple Grove cemetery. The floral offerings were beautiful. Those from out-of-town who attended the funeral were Mr and Mrs Oscar Blowers, Julius and Delos Blowers of De Ruyter, Mrs Emma Blowers of Syracuse, Mr and Mrs F W Coakley of South Plymouth, Mr and Mrs Clayton Heath of Cincinnatus and Mr and Mrs David Dalrymple of Sherburne.
Maria Bonney died November 26, 1919 at the advanced age of 97 years. A peaceful life is ended and the cycle of time has again brought sorrow into our community. Better than four score years and ten it has been her pleasure to live among us, and drink of nature's love and beauty. It is nature's law that all must answer the summons from on high; yet there is no such call that when sounded can pierce the heart more than the summons for mother. The deceased was born in the town of Georgetown, NY, March 13, 1822, being the eldest of a family of twelve children of which only two survive. They being, Edgar Mack of Erieville and Mrs. Gilbert Ellis of Georgetown. Their father, Job Mack was one of the earliest settlers of that town.
On June 9, 1844 she was united in marriage to Sherman Bonney at Georgetown where they resided for one year after which they moved to Bonney. The remainder of her life, with the exception of the last year, which was spent with her daughter, Mr.s W A Graham at this place was spent there. To them four children were born, Mrs. W A Graham, a son who died in infancy, Mrs. Milan Warner and Frank Bonney. Only Mrs. Graham with four grandchildren eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren survive.
Mrs. Bonney was a person who loved her home and there she preferred to stay, looking after the household duties unassisted and two years ago planted her own garden without help. She was a regular attendant at the Bonney church near her home and it was not an uncommon thing, upon entering her home to find her Bible open, thus denoting her pleasure in a quiet hour of Scripture reading. She was a Sunday school helper for 26 years. Unlike many in advanced years she did not live in the past but kept in touch with affairs of the day.
Smyrna, Nov. 2 --- Alfred Bradley, whose serious illness has been mentioned in these items several times during the past few weeks, died at his home one mile north of this village on Sunday evening at ten o'clock after an illness of about five weeks following a shock. Mr. Bradley was born in Walton, October 25, 1850 and with the exception of seven years spent in Colorado, two years in California and seven years here, spent his life there. Seven years ago he came to this place and purchased the George Jacquin place which has since been his home. Always of genial disposition and optimistic he made many friends here who will learn with sadness of his passing. In July, 1879, he joined Walton lodge, F A M, and retained his membership there at the time of his death. Prayer will be held at the home on Wednesday morning at nine o'clock. Rev. W S York of Guilford officiating. The remains will be taken by train to Walton that morning where the funeral services will be held in charge of the Masonic lodge and interment made in the family plot at that place. Beside his wife he is survived by one brother, Lyman Bradley, of this village.
N. Jerome Brand, a life long resident of this town, died at his home west of this village at an early hour Tuesday Jan. 29, after an illness covering a period of several months. Mr. Brand was a son of the late William and Mary Brand and was born on the Weaver farm now occupied by Mrs. Stella Weaver, west of this village, on December 1841 and at the age of nine moved with his parents to the neighborhood where he has since made his home where he died. Mr. Brand was a man who had many warm friends and had filled many important town positions of trust, among which were highway commissioner, assessor and excise commissioner, and always dispatched the duties of office with ability and discretion. One son, William, who with his wife has cared for him during his last months, survive. The funeral was held from his late home in Norwich Friday at one o'clock and the remains placed in the vault at the Sherburne Hill cemetery.
Mrs Esther Bresee was found dead in her bed Sunday morning about 7 o'clock by her daughter, Miss Harriet M Bresee, who had been making her home with her mother at the Bresee homestead, south of this village. She was one of the oldest residents of this village, being in her 85th year. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the family home, with burial in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.
Aged Resident Passed Away Saturday Night - Usual Health Saturday.
Mrs Esther Bresee was found dead in her bed at the Bresee homestead just south of this village at an early hour Sunday morning. She was 84 years of age.
Mrs Bresee was in her usual good health Saturday, and had been busy with her household duties during the day. She had enjoyed remarkably good health for one of her years, and felt unusually well Saturday. Coroner Benedict of Sherburne was called after her death was discovered by members of her family early Sunday morning.
Mrs Bresee is survived by one daughter, Harriet, and one son, Russell H, both of whom resided with her. Another son, Frank M, resides in Wyoming and is expected here for the funeral which will be held from the home this, Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev Wm. Guillan, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Earlville of which the deceased was a member, will officiate. Burial will be made in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.
Samantha Sophia Briggs
Smyrna, Jan. 5. --- News of the death of Mrs. Samantha Wilcox on Wednesday, January 3, at Rome where she had made her home for several years has been received by relatives and friends here. "Aunt Samantha," as she was lovingly known to all, was Samantha Sophia Briggs, daughter of the late Warren and Tryphosa Gardner Briggs of this place and was born in Smyrna, according to the family record on September 19, 1827 and the major part of her life was spent in this town. She was the last of a family of fourteen children and came from sturdy New England Quaker stock, well known for their high ideals and Christian characters.
She was united in marriage to Charles Wilcox of Smyrna adn to them were born two children, Mrs. Anthony Volmer, deceased and Robert G Wilcox of 1211 Erie street, Utica. After the death of her husband on December 27, 1867 she continued to make Smyrna her home until 1909 when she went to Whitesboro to live. Later she entered the home at Rome where she endered herself to all with whom she came in contact.
It was during the thirteen weeks of powerful revival services whihc were conducted by the Rev. Samuel Moore, following the dedication of the local M. E. church on December 27, 1871 that she was converted, joining that church and for many years she taught a class of boys in the sunday school. These boys are now scattered far and wide but they have cherished the memory of those days and the spiritual uplift derived from her earnest teachings and many of them have remembered her in her declining years by visit or token of rememberance and love. The following words from those who have known her only during her residence at Rome speak of the esteem in which she was held there: "During her residence in the home she became well known and well liked by all her associates. She was a very intelligent woman and since living here spent much of her time reading. Mrs. Wilcox had had her share of the trials and tribulations of life, but they did not lessen her faith in God and religion, indeed it was largely because of this faith that she retained through all her days sweetness of disposition and her serenity of mind. She was kindly disposed to all about her and showed her appreciation of the efforts of those who at times befriended her. Even her long confinement in bed did not make her impatient or cause her to complain. The example of her Christian fortitude and sweet disposition impressed deeply those about her and those who had the privilege of her acquaintance only long after she had passed four score in the number of her years."
She is survived by her son mentioned above and several greandchildren and great grandchildren, R Waldo Volmer of this place being among the former. Funeral services will be held from the M. E. church in this village, of which she was a member at the time of her passing, on Saturday and interment made beside her late husband in the Wilcox cemetery on the Earlville road.
Ernest Sidney Brooks, the eldest son of William and Emma Calkins Brooks was born March 22, 1882 on the farm until recently occupied by him. At the age of thirty-seven his father died leaving the responsibility of being a man of the household to the boy of fifteen.
On June 15, 1901 he married Mina Waters and to them were born four daughters, Sylvia Ernestine, Susie Edith, Goldie Milverna and Jessie Irene.
In the spring of 1918 his health failed and he became ill iwth tuberculosis. In June of that year he and his wife made a trip to the Adirondack Mountains where the air was said to be beneficial to his health. The trip did help him but with a farm to manage and help impossible to get an absolute rest was out of the question. So he rented the farm to Ernest Excell who took possession on March 1, 1919.
On Feb. 27, 1919 Ernest was taken with hemorrhage and had eight severe ones within a week. It so reduced his strength that he was removed to the home of his sister, Mrs. Chas. Tucker, till he was strong enough to stand the ride to Otselic where his family was moving. Here he gained strength and was soon able to ride out.
Early in July the family except the oldest daughter went to Chestertown, Warren Co., NY, where it was hoped the change would befor the better. The hope was vain for the loss in strength and weight was soon apparent and the family returned on October 9.
The summons home came at 7:45 on Oct. 18, 1919 and he passed to a better life to meet the loved ones who had gone before.
Mr. Brooks was a member of the M E Church at Otselic and while his failing health would not permit his constant attendance his life showed his Christian spirit. His death removes one who had many wrm friends and who was a kind friend and neighbor. The loss will be most keenly felt by his wife and children who loose a loving husband and father.
The funeral was held at the church in Otselic on Wednesday, October 22 at 2 pm and the many sad faces and profusion of flowers attested to the esteem in which he was held.
Besides his immediate family he is mourned by a sister, Mrs. Chas. Tucker and an aunt, Mrs. L F Sherwood.
Mrs Emmet Brown
Smyrna friends were saddened to learn of the untimely and sudden passing of Mrs Emmet Brown, who dropped dead at her home at Beaver Meadow on Tuesday last while engaging in her household duties. Mrs Brown was born in the town of Smyrna March 3, 1883, and has passed her whole life here. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters and a son and one sister, Mrs Elmer Foster, and her parents, Mr and Mrs Jacob Bellinger. Funeral services were held from the home on Friday at one o'clock, the Rev A Backus, pastor of the local M. E. church officiating, and interment made in Sherburne Hill cemetery. - in pencil on obit - the year 1925.
Otselic, Jan. 27 --- Horace M Brown aged 76 years, died at his home Sunday, Jan. 18, after a few days' illness.
Mr. Brown had been a life-long resident of this town. He was a prosperous farmer and was much respected in this community. He had lived in the village since 1884, having purchased the farm he occupied from Alonzo Tuttle.
Mr. Brown was a faithful attendant of the M E church of which he had been a member for many years. His first wife died in 1899. They had two sons, Walter Brown of New Jersey and Elmer D Brown of Syracuse, two daughters, Mrs. Fred Currier of Georgetown and Mrs. Lois Cummings of Syracuse, who survive him.
In 1901 he married Mrs. Belle Ireland of Syracuse, who survives him. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Griffith of Georgetown, and a brother, Fletcher Brown of Edmeston who attended his funeral. Much sympathy goes out to the children who were not able to attend their father's funeral on account of the railroads being blocked with snow.
The funeral was held Wednesday at the church at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. J L Gregory officiated. Mr. and Mrs. F A Loomis sang. C H Woodley had charge of the funeral. Burial took place in Maple Grove cemetery by the side of his first wife.
Otselic, Feb. 4 --- During the week of January 18th, Horace M Brown passed from this life and the body was laid to rest in Maple Grove cemetery, Otselic, one mile west of his late home where he had lived thirty-five years. A mile further on the state road, stands the small red farm house in which he was born July 22, 1843. His home had always been the vicinity of his birthplace.
He was the second son in a family of seven boys and two girls, four of whom are living; Fletcher of Burlington Flats, Harvey of Cinncinnatus, Will of Smyrna and Mary, now Mrs. George Griffith of Georgetown.
When Horace was twelve years old his father died. The need of providing for the mother and young children appealed to the older boys and they responded heroically. Thus early in life he was trained in a school of adversity and formed habits of thrift, square-dealing and trusting in God which characterized his whole after life and enabled him to meet common duties promptly, win the confidence of his associates and developed a sweetness of spirit and evenness of temper by which he became an efficient co-worker with Christ.
He was one of the most faithful supporters of the M E church and modestly and conscientiously served in the official capacities to which he was chosen.
He was also the Bible class teacher in the Sunday School for many years.
In early manhood he married Carolien Dodge, adopted daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Brown of Otselic. Together they established a home which has shed a strong influence for good among a wide circle of friends. Two sons and three daughters were born to them. The first daughter died in infancy. The wife and mother died in 1898. In 1901 Mr. Brown married Isabelle Ireland of Syracuse who survives him. The sons are Walter of Succasunna, NY and Elmer of Syracuse. The daughters are Mrs. J F Currier of Georgetown, and Mrs. Lois Cummings of Syracuse. Besides these are eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The funeral service of Mr. Charles Burlingame took place at his late residence, Wednesday afternoon, June 19th at 2:00 o'clock. They were conducted by Dr Hayes of Troy, for many years the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Norwich, and a particular friend of the Family.
The body was buried in the family lot on the farm, a large number of friends witnessing the last rites, and the sons officiated as pallbearers.
The following is the substance of a brief resume of Dr. Hayes' remarks.
We have gathered, dear friends, to pay the last token of respect to the body of one of that company of pioneer fathers whose indomitable courage led to the settlement of Central New York. Wading through snows, struggling against the river's current, or plodding their weary way at the side of a team of oxen, they left their New England homes for this El Dorado, which was seventy-five years ago the far west. Their patience, purity of heart, and self denying ambition, gave to all this section of the state the foundations of its present material and educational prosperity.
Mr. Charles Burlingame is one of the very last of the historic group. We do well today to gather around his grave while we invoke the blessing of God, that the sturdy manliness of the fathers and the self sacrificing industries of the mothers may not altogether depart the land.
Mr. Joshua Burlingame, the father of the deceased, was born in Vermont, and came to Oxford in 1794 where he first bought a farm. He soon moved up the river, however, and settled upon the present homestead where Charles Burlingame was born. His birthplace was a log house, common enough in those days, but now seldom seen except in the northern part of the state. He married in 1825, when twenty-four years of age, Miss Abigail Burlingame, who though the same name was not a relation. They had ten children, five boys and five girls, seven of who are living, and there are twenty-one grandchildren and two great grandchildren. All the children living were in attendance at the funeral except one of the sons, who is detained by poor health. The children are Enos H, of Ripley, NY. Prof. Herman G of Brockport, NY Normal School, Franklin D. of Marble Rock, Iowa, Truman E. of Springfield, MO, Nancy M and Julia V and Mrs. Amanda D. Eldredge of this place.
Mr. Burlingame is only survived by one brother. The wife and mother died in July of 1872.
Mr. Burlingame was a man of much more than ordinary ability. Through his opportunities were very few, he early gave his attention to mathematics, and soon became famous for his skill as a surveyor, which profession occupied his attention until within a year of his death. His mental endowments in this particular were very remarkable.
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