Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries

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Ward, Mrs. Hannah

WARD --- At Smyrna, July 14, 1916, Mrs. Hannah Ward, aged 77 years. Funeral and interment at Smyrna.


Wattles, William

    News has been received here of the death of our former townsman, William Wattles at his home in Sherburne, aged 72 years. The funeral was held from his home on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. (In pencil on obit - Mar 1919)


Weaver, Charles

Charles Weaver

    Charles Weaver, 56 years old, a former resident of this place, died at the Binghamton City Hospital at Binghamton, Sunday, Feb. 15, after a brief illness of congestion of the lungs. Mr. Weaver was born at Pittsfield, Otsego county, and was a son of Chester Weaver who resided for many years west of this village on the farm now occupied by Mrs. Estella Weaver. Besides his wife and one son, Ralph, of Endicott, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Phoebe Peckham and Miss Catherine Weaver of this place. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home at Endicott. - In pencil on obit - 1920.


Weaver, Elbert

Dies From Fever

    Elbert Weaver, 14-year-old son of Mrs. Stella Weaver, died at the family home west of this village on Thursday morning after a painful illness of rheumatic fever covering a period of several weeks. The funeral will be held on Sunday, March 7, 1920 at one o'clock p.m. from the home and interment made in the Friends cemetery south of this village.


Welch, Mrs. Sarah C

Mrs. Sarah C Welch

    Smyrna, Jan. 21. --- Mrs. Sarah Curns Welch, wife of Grover Welch, died at her home on Jan. 16, 1919, at the age of 52 years six months and 29 days after an illness of five months. Mrs. Welch leaves a host of friends in this and nearby towns all of whom depply mourn her passing.
    Besides her husband she is survived by four sons, Ralph of Earlville, Harry of Wells Bridge, Otto and Oatis, and one daughter, Rita of this place. Also one brother, Edward Curns, and a sister, Mrs. Lanson Steere, both of New Berlin.
    Funeral services were held at the family home on Sunday, January 19, at 2 p.m., the Rev. George Lusty officiating. Burial was made in the Wilcox cemetery.
    A more extended obiturary will appear later.


Whaley, Mrs. Almond - 1921

    Quaker Basin, Aug. 9 --- Mrs. Almond Whaley, a resident of this place for about forty years, died at the homeof her grandson, I A Barber of DeRuyter, Tuesday evening.
    Mrs. Whaley has been a great sufferer for many years and a week ago Mr. and Mrs. Whaley went to DeRuyter to make their home with their children, Mrs. L L Barber and Hubert Whaley, who, with the aged husband, survive her. Her age was 77 years. The funeral was held at the home of I A Barber Friday at 1:30 p.m. with burial at Hillcrest.


Whaley, Erford

Erford Whaley

    North Norwich, Jan 9 -- One of the saddest events that has occurred in this vicinity was the death of Erford Whaley on Dec 30, 1918. He was a young man of sterling integrity who had grown up in and about that section. He has worked on different farms and for several years was a faithful employe of the Standard Dairy Co at Sherburne Four Corners. Last spring he changed from the creamery and operated the farm known as the Dudley Johnson farm in Plymouth. About three weeks ago he received a call from the Standard Dairy Co asking him to be manager of the creamery where he had previously worked. He then closed the contract with Mr Johnson and prepared to move to Sherburne Four Corners, during which time rainy weather prevailed. Mr and Mrs Whaley and son, Vincent, were all taken with hard colds and moving into a cold house without help to care for them, pneumonia developed rapidly and could not be checked.
    He was 31 years of age and passed away surrounded by his family and mother, Mrs Charles Collier, his three brothers and three sisters. He was married on Sept 30, 1911, to Miss Gladys Huntley of Plymouth.
    He is survived by his wife and son, Vincent, and a large circle of relatives.
    His many friends extend their deepest and most sincere sympathy.


Whaley, Mrs Washington

    Mrs Washington Whaley died at her home in McDonough Monday evening April 12, 1926, aged eighty-four years.
    The funeral was held from the Breese undertaking rooms in Norwich, Friday at 1 o'clock. Interment will take place at Mt Hope.


Whitmore, Seth

One Man Killed

Three Others Seriously Injured in Auto Accident Sunday.

      The slippery condition of the highway and the endeavor to make a sharp turn from the Hamilton-Bouckville state highway to the Oriskany Falls-Morrisville highway at the three corners, Bouckville, resulted in a serious accident at 11 o'clock Sunday causing the death of Seth Whitmore, 55, of New Berlin, serious injury to Mrs. Whitmore and the injuring of Floyd Bemis, also of New Berlin. The car owned and driven by Mr. Bemis, struck the guard rail of the bridge over the old Chenango canal, crashed through it, careened for a moment on the edging of the bridge and then dropped to the canal, 20 feet below. The car struck nose first and then toppled over, burying the occupants in the ice and water.
      Only quick work of rescue on the part of nearby residents saved the entire party from drowning. All were removed to the Bouckville hotel, a few feet from the scene of the accident, where Drs. A F Forward of Madison, C M Coe of Bouckville, Langworthy of Hamilton and Atkinson of Bouckville attended them.
      Mr. Whitmore failed to regain consciousness, and died about two hours later. Although suffering from a serious scalp wound, his death is believed to have resulted from shock. He had been ill for some time. His wife regained consciousness about eight hours after the accident. Mr. Bemis, the driver, sustained a fracture of the pelvis bone in the right hip and other bruises. Mrs. Bemis escaped practically uninjured. Dr. Forward, who has charge of the case, said he looked for the recovery of the injured.
      All left their homes in New Berlin Sunday morning for a day's visit with the Rev. and Mrs. George Gibbins of the Baptist church in Morrisville, a former pastor in New Berlin. They are still at the Bouckville hotel.
      Mr. Whitmore was a carpenter by trade and well known in his home town, while Mr. Bemis is proprietor of the New Berlin restaurant.
      Coroner H S Gardner of Hamilton was summonded. Some say Mr. Bemis was looking at the sign posts as he approached the turn, and that they believe he lost control of his car.


Wilcox, Lucy Ann

Lucy Ann Wilcox

      Lucy Ann Wilcox, wife of Russell N Willcox passed away at her home five miles west of this village at an early hour Monday morning, Septermber 27, 1920 after an illness covering a period of a year and a half during which time she had been a patient sufferer. Deceased was born in this town October 5, 1840, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Crumb and always resided in town. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, George N Wilcox of this town, two sisters, Mrs. Louisa Carncross of Smyrna and Mrs. Maria Dye of Earlville, two grandchildren, several neices, nephews and cousins and a host of friends. Private funeral service was held at the family home on Wednesday and interment made in the family plot of Sherburne Hill.


Wilcox, Mrs. Russell N

      Mrs. Russell N Wilcox, aged 79 years, died at the family home at an early hour Monday morning Sept. 27, after an illness covering a period of several months. Funeral services will be held privately from the home on Wednesday at eleven a.m. and interment made on Sherburne Hill.


Wilcox, Samuel

Death of Samuel Wilcox.

      Smyrna, May 24 --- The sad news of the death on Tuesday, May 17, 1921 of our former townsman, Samuel Wilcox, at his home, 7 Roosevelt street, Binghamton, following an illness of only two weeks of pneumonia was received here with real regret by his many friends.
      Mr. Wilcox was born just north of this village December 17, 1855, on the Wilcox homestead which has been in the family over 100 years and which is now owned by his son, Harrison J Wilcox of Binghamton, being the second of four children born to Robert H and Mary Ferris Wilcox and was a respected and honored resident of the town until 1881 when he moved with his family to Oneonta where one year later he entered the employ of the D & H railroad where he remained about thirty years, serving 25 years as engineer and being obliged to retire a few years since by reason of an accident which injured one arm to such an extent that he was unable to longer perform his duties. He always retained a lively interest in railroading and kept well in touch with the progress of affairs in that line, enjoying a wide acquaintance both among the operators and officers who held him in the highest esteem.
      Always retaining a keen interest in his home town and its people, he liked to return to visit with acquaintances of former days among whom he was always more than welcome.
      Those who are left to mourn the passing of a good man are one son, Harrison J Wilcox of Binghamton, one brother, J M Wilcox, of Smyrna seven grandchildren of Binghamton and a host of friends throughout the central part of the state.
      Private funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday and interment made beside his wife and daughter on Sherburne West Hill on Thursday.


Willcox, Abel Comstock

Abel Comstock Willcox.

      Smyrna, Oct. 22 --- This community was deeply shocked and grieved when on Sunday evening, Oct. 20, 1918, Abel C Willcox passed into eternal rest after a brief illness of pneumonia following influenza. Abel Comstock Willcox was born in Smyrna November 16, 1884, attended the local school, graduated from the Norwich high school, Cornell university and the New York Law school. He began the practice of his profession in New York City, but after a brief period moved to Norwich in 1908. From there he went to Rochester where he was for a year in the office of the Lawyers' Co-Operative Publishing company. In August, 1916, he came back to Smyrna. He was a man of sterling qualities, a refined, courteous gentleman of brilliant mind, strictly conscientious in every detail and of an especially winning and lovable personality. He was deeply interested in the best things for his community, his church and his home where he will be greatly missed. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Marion Smith of Ithaca; his second, Mrs. Lydia Bartlett of Smyrna to whom he had been married only a month. He leaves to mourn his death his father and mother, wife and three small sons.
      Funeral services Wednesday from the home at two p.m. Burial at Sherburne West Hill.


Willcox, Mrs Delphine R

Mrs. Delphine R. Willcox

Delphine R Willcox died suddenly at her home in the village of Smyrna, NY, Friday, May 14, 1926. Her death saddened a wide circle of friends who are deeply grieved by her loss. Mrs. Willcox was born at Plymouth, NY, April 5, 1856, the daughter of James Hervey and Angeline Roda Dimmick. On September 26, 1883 she married Arthur L Willcox, of Smyrna, and since then has resided in the town of Smyrna. Mrs. Willcox was an active member of the Baptist church here and was devoted to all its interests. She had a very kind and generous disposition and gave freely of her time and strength to every cause which she believed would better the community in which she lived. Funeral services were held from the home on Monday afternoon, May 17, her pastor, the Rev. Arthur L WIlliams officiating. Burial was at Sherburne West Hill cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Arthur L Willcox, a sister, Mrs. Charles T Brewer, and two nieces, Ethel A Brewer and Florence B McGowa, of Cooperstown, NY.
Willcox, Gardner N.

Death of Gardner N. Willcox.

      Smyrna, April 6 --- This community received a shock on Monday, April 5, 1920, when the death of Gardner N. Willcox occurred at his home after an illness of only three days at the age of 57 years. He was born in this town December 5, 1862, and has spent his whole life here being engaged in the farming business for many years on the homestead farm one mile west of this village. About thirteen years ago he moved from the farm to the village and engaged in the cattle, feed and produce business and later entered the hardware business in which he was engaged at the time of his death.
      His health had not een the best for several months past but he was able to attend to business as usual and the shock, which resulted fatally, came while at dinner on Friday and from which he never rallied.
      For many years he was a member of the Congregational church, a faithful attendant upon its services and was greatly interested in the musical and social affairs of the church and community where he will be greatly missed.
      Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Ralph C of Brookfield, Vermont, and Clarence G of North Norwich; two daughters, Mrs. William Simson of this place and Miss Alice Willcox of Bridgeton, NJ, and one brother, Lynn Willcox, of Cortland.
The funueral services will be held from the Congregational church on Wednesday at three o'clock and interment made on Sherburne Hill.

Among the out of town relatives and friends, who attended the funeral of G N Willcox on Wednesday last were Lynn Willcox and Levi Collins and family of Sherburne, Mr. and Mrs. L L Ferris of Norwich, J Graham Barber of Syracuse, Pratt Storrs of Eaton; H W Clarke, Dr. H H White, A C Fay, N L Douglass and Wilber Gross of Earlville.


Willcox, Mrs. Genora E. - 1919

Mrs. Genora E. Willcox Dead

      Smyrna, Nov. 25 --- Mrs. Genora E Willcox, 84 years old, died at 4 o'clock Friday morning in Cortland, where she has made her home for the past five years. Mrs. Willcox fell several weeks ago and broke her hip and gradually failed until the end came. The immediate cause of her death was gallstones. The deceased was born July 26, 1835, at Smyrna and was a daughter of Levi B. and Evaline Collins. She was the eldest of a family of 12 children, nine of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. She was married to Gardner N. Willcox of Smyrna in 1861 and has spent practically all her life in her native town. Mr. Willcox died in 1869 and to his wife was left the task of managing the farm and making a home for the boys. To this duty she devoted untiring energy and her efforts were crowned with success. Although burdened with many cares she always found time to help in the work of the church she loved so well. For over thirty years she acted as organist in the Congregational church, seldom missing a service. With twenty others, on Dec. 10, 1848, she united with this church, being at the time of her death its oldest member. Throughout the years her interest in all its activities has been loyal and devoted. She was a member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society and her busy fingers were always ready to sew fo rthe poor and needy.
      She leaves two sons, Gardner N Willcox of Smyrna and Lynn D Willcox of Cortland; three sisters, Mrs. H M Dixon, Mrs. H C Goodrich of Sherburne and Mrs. L E Purdy of Whittier, California; two brothers, Homer Collins of Earlville and Levi Collins of Sherburne; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
      The remains were brought to Smyrna Saturday and the funeral services held in the Congregational church Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. G A Lusty officiated, assisted by Rev. Fannie Hancock.
      A large company of relatives and friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to their old friend and neighbor and the masses of beautiful flowers expressed the love and sympathy of many sorrowing hearts.
      The tired body was laid at rest in the village cemetery by the side of her husband and two little daughters, but we believe her radiant spirit is rejoicing in a glorious reunion with those who have gone before. "And with the morn those angel faces smile which I have loved long since and lost awhile."
      Among those who attended the funeral services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Lynn D Willcox, Mrs. MacBride and Miss Genora Willcox of Cortland, Mr. and Mrs. Warren G Willsey of Ithaca, Newell Willcox of St. John's Military Academy and Mrs. Henry Cotton of McGraw.


Willcox, Melvin

Melvin Willcox

      Melvin Willcox died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Irving Atkins, in Smyrna on Friday morning, April 20, 1920, after a brief illness, aged 85 years.
      Mr. Willcox was born on the Willcox homestead, about two miles southwest of this village on the Smyrna road, on January 17, 1835, a son of Hazard and Flavilla Parsons Willcox, and with the exception of one year spent on his father's farm in Michigan, four years in Earlville village and the last two months of his life in Smyrna village, he spent his whole life on the farm on which he was born. Over forty years ago he had the misfortune to lose his eyesight, but this did not prevent him from keeping in close touch through others with the affairs of the community and the world at large. His afflictiondid not embitter him, and he was a most interesting man with whom to come in touch. Although totally blind he was able to do many things about the farm and oculd go unaided almost anywhere on the place. A man of genial disposition and pleasing personality, he will be missed by a wide circle of close friends.
      He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Irving Atkins, of Smyrna, and a number of nephews and nieces.
      Funeral services were held from the home of his sister on Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Newell, pastor of the M E church officiating, and interment was made in the Earlville cemetery.
Wood, Lynn

Lynn Wood

Smyrna, May 11. --- Lynn Wood, a highly respected farmer of this town was taken suddenly ill on Friday and on Saturday was taken to the Norwich Memorial Hospital where an operation was performed that evening. Although he rallied from the operation his condition was pronounced serious and on Monday morning he passed away. Mr. Wood was the son of the late Ziba and Eunice Wynn Wood and was fifty years of age. His nearest surviving relatives are several cousins among whom are Mrs. John A Jackson, Frank and Fred Wilcox, Mrs. Charles Dalrymple and Walter Coleman, of this town. Funeral services will be held from the W G Wilcox undertaking rooms on Thursday at 3 pm with interment in Sherburne West Hill cemetery. - (1926 in pencil on obit.)
Younglove, Mrs. J Arthur - 1921

YOUNGLOVE --- At Hamilton, Jan. 28, Mrs. J Arthur Younglove, aged 64 years. Mrs. Younglove was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abram Fuller and was born in Smyrna Aug. 15, 1857. Her mother died on January 19.


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