Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries

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Newell, Horace J

Horace J Newell, a former farmer of this vicinity, died at noon Sunday in the Cortland hospital, where he was taken last Friday suffering from pneumonia. Mr. Newell was 81 years of age, and was born near Earlville. For many years he resided on the farm just south of Earlville, which is now occupied by his daughter, Mrs. W P Faulkner. Several years ago he went to Sherburne to reside with another daughter, Mrs. L D Willcox, and seven years ago he went to Cortland when the Willcox family moved there. He was the last of a large family of brothers and sisters; and leaves to mourn his loss two daughters, Mrs. Lynn Willcox of Cortland and Mrs. W P Faulkner of Earlville. He was a devoted father and a kind neighbor, always ready to help where he could. Burial services at the chapel at the Sherburne West Hill cemetery at eleven o'clock Wednesday.


Niles, Mrs Anna - 1926

Mrs Anna Niles, a Former Resident, Passed Away at Home in Syracuse.

Lebanon, July 13 --- The death of Mrs. Anna Niles occurred Thursday morning, July 8, at the home of her daughter in Syracuse after a long illness. Mrs. Niles was born in Lebanon on January 7, 1861. On September 22, 1880, she married William S Niles of Lebanon. She had always lived in Lebanon until the past three years which had been spent with her daughter in Syracuse. Mrs. Niles was a member of the Congregational church of Lebanon. Surviving are Mrs. M E Cook of Syracuse, an only child, who tenderly cared for her mother during her long illness; a sister, Mrs. Hattie Niles of Syracuse, and a brother, Arthur Lindsay of Lebanon. Funeral services were held in the Lebanon Federated Church, Saturday, July 10, the Rev. W D Rockwell of Medway, a former pastor, officiating. Burial was made iin the family plot in the Lebanon Valley Cemetery.
Northup, Miss Addie R

Miss Addie R. Northup

    Smyrna, March 26. --- Miss Addie Rachel Northup was born February 8, 1857, the third daughter of the late Yale and Lovisa Rexford Northup: on the farm now owned by John Maynard. On March 18, 1926 her cross of suffering was exchanged for a crown. The funeral services were held the following Monday from the home and burial made in the west village cemetery in the family lot. After the death of her father in 1890, she with her younger sister moved to the village, where they have since resided. About this time her health failed. In June, 1884 she united with the Congregational church and was a faithful attendant the remainder of her life. She was connected with and held various offices in the different organizations of the church and at the time of her passing was a member of the board of trustees and a member of the WCTU always generous to a fault if some one else could be benefited by it and always interested in whatever would benefit the home or community life. The many beautiful floral tributes were a silent testimony of the esteem in which she was held. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C V Stocum, and at her request the following poem was read:

"Sunset and evening star
And one clear call to me:
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.

"But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sounds or foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

"Twilight and evening bell
And after that the dark;
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark.

"For though from out the bourne of time and place
The floods may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."

    Relatives and friends from out of town who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. J J Whalen and daughter May, Mrs. Minnie Clark and Mrs. H W Mann of Hamilton, Mrs. T H Wedge of Bloomville, Mrs. F J Southworth of Bridgwater, Mrs. Walter Brooks of Morrisville, Mrs. F D Rexford, Mr. and Mrs. H H Willcox, Mr. and Mrs. E D Billings and Miss Lottie Kenyon of Earlville and Mrs. L L Ferris of Norwich. She leaves to mourn her loss one sister, Miss Sarah R Northup, five nieces and a nephew, Samuel A Purdie of California and thirteen grand-neices and nephews.


Northup, Martha

Martha Northup

Smyrna, Aug. 19 --- Miss Martha Northrup, the youngest of four children and daughter of Samuel and Rachel Rexford Northrup, was born October 7, 1835, on the farm now occupied by W. John Maynard. After the death of her father in 1871, she came with her mother to reside on School street in Smyrna village. Being of New England parentage, life had a purpose and she early began to prepare for it by attending the district school and later the academy at Norwich, also at Hamilton, thus fitting herself for a teacher of district schools, until she was needed to assist in the care of the home. At the age of 6 1/2 years she joined the Congregational Sabbath school, the requirement being to give one penny every Sunday, an obligation she never failed to meet, and in later life the gift amounted to much more. Having been converted in early life she united with the Congregational church May 17, 1857, and was a very consistent member, becoming a teacher of a class in 1865. She soon decided that if God called her to be a teacher He wanted her to be a good one and soon after denied herself so-called pleasures to study her Bible and thus prepare herself for the task, never going before her class without having given more or less time to the lesson. Her record covered 55 years as a teacher of the same class.
She was ever active in church work, being one of the charter members of the Woman's Missionary Society organized in 1879, holding several offices and was president at the time of her death. As an active member of the WCTU she greatly rejoiced that she had lived to see the nation dry, and it was a cross that failing eyesight would not permit her to take up the "Red Cross work." She was always interested in anything fro the uplift of mankind and gave of her means to help on the work. After the death of her mother in 1886 she lived a quiet life alone and being an industrious nature her hands were ever busy to help the needy and unfortunate, and many are the quilts and garments she prepared for the "annual barrel" sent to the Home for the Friendless in New York city under her supervision, as well as sewing for those nearer by. Her greatest pleasure was to enter the home of worship on Sunday, also the mid-week prayer meeting, and nothing but sickness prevented her, until advanced age made it impossible. She was in her accustomed place the second Sunday ini January, but during the week her heart strength failed and she had to be cared for.
Her opinion, and memory in regard to dates and facts were often sought for. Though not suffering pain, she longed to go "home and be at rest," but patiently and without a murmur awaited the summons which came while visiting her nieces on Main street (at the advice of her Physician) and she passed peacefully away to begin the "life more abundant" on the eve of August 13, 1919. The funeral was held at the home of the nieces, and burial in the village cemetery near the church, by the side of her parents, Rev. George Lusty officiating.

"As sunset clouds, in glory dressed,
    Gather to form night's regal throne,
And the red sun behind the west
    Lights up the splendor, all its own ---
So in each deed her hands have wrought
    Beams forth 'His Glory' --- His alone.

The last of her generation, she leaves two nieces, Misses Addie and Sarah Northup; five grand-nieces, Mrs. Martha Wholen, Hamilton, Miss Margaret Purdie, Smyrna, Mrs. F J Southworth, Bridgewater, Mrs. W E Brooks, Morrisville, Mrs. F E Clark, Eaton; one grand-nephew, S A Purdie, Saquoit; five great grand-nieces and four great grand-nephews.
Nower, Mrs. Lafayette

Mrs. Lafayette Nower.

    Pione Woods, May 9 --- Last Thursday afternoon at three o'clock our community was shocked to learn of the death of one of our beloved neighbors, Mrs. Ruth Sawyer Nower, wife of Lafayette Nower. Mrs. Nower was in her usual health but had complained of a slight headache that day but was up lying down at intervals. She is survived by five small children the oldest being 13 years and the youngest two years of age; three sisters and three brothers; her aged mother and her grief-stricken husband.
    Mrs. Nowers was 39 years of age and had spent nearly her entire life in and around Lebanon until last September when they bought their home here.
    She was a member of the Aid society of the church and was soon to become a member of the church.
    Dr. Ellison and Dr. Brown of Hamilton will conduct the funeral services to be held at the house this Monday afternoon at two o'clock.
In pencil on obit - 1921.


Osborne, Mrs. Jennie

    Pleasant Brook, Jan. 18. --- Mrs. Jennie Osborne died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank Woodman, Georgetown, on Dec. 23, 1921, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Osborne was born in Truxton, Cortland Co., July 10, 1844, one of a family of eleven children. On Dec. 26, 1865 she was married to Ike Osborne and the following year they went west and settled in Berlin, Wis., where they resided until 1907, when they, with their son, wnet to the state of Washington. Soon after moving to Washington, Mr. Osborne's health failed, and they came east to live with a daughter, who at that time lived in Sherburne. After Mr. Osborne's death, the family moved to Smyrna and later to Cazenovia, where the daughter died two years ago last July and the next spring Mrs. Osborne went to Georgetown to make her home with her aunt, Mrs. Van Hoovenburg and last spring bought a place at Otselic Center and went there to live. Soon her health failed and she returned to Georgetown where her sister could care for her. She leaves to mourn her loss an invalid daughter, Lottie Osborne, of Georgetown, and one son, Fane, of Idaho and three sisters, Mrs. Daniel Mack of Mezzepa, Minn., and Mrs. Frank Woodman and Mrs. Emma Ba(m)ford of Georgetown. Funeral services were held from the home of her sisters and burial was made at Sherburne quarters.


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