Cortland County
Obituaries #3

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BOYNTON - At his home in McLean, NY, Jan 30th 1888, Rev Ari Turner Boynton, age 82 years.

Elder Boynton had been in poor health for some years, and while shoveling snow from his walk, he died suddenly of heart disease. He was born in Berno, Albany Co., NY, May 16, 1806. While a small boy, his parents moved to Coventry, Conn. When about 21 years old, he with his parents, moved to the farm now owned by John Kenfield, about two miles north of McGrawville. In 1832 he married Carista Loring of Petersham, Worchester Co., Mass, and they occupied for a number of years the farm now owned by Zenas Freeman. He moved to McGrawville and published the McGrawville Express, and subsequently moved to Greene, Chenanago Co., and published the Chenanago News.

While residing at the latter place he had a call to preach the gospel. This call he could not resist and moved to McLean, preaching for six years. He was pastor of the Baptist church at Sempronius for four years and at Solon for three years. He then returned to his first pastorate at McLean, where he preached two years. His health failing him, he was unable to preach longer, except that he supplied the church at Etna about two years.

Elder Boynton was an honest man, much respected by his neighbors for his sterling qualities. He was a sincere and devoted Christian and will be greatly missed by the church he loved so well. Through his efforts a bell was placed at the church at McLean, and with his own hand a fence was built and these beautiful trees were planted. He leaves a wife and two daughters - Mrs., French of Groton and Mrs. Davis of Kingsville Ohio. His eldest daughter, Mrs. Angell of Waverly, died some years since. Many of the older residents of this county will remember the venerable father and brothers, Olivet, Deacons, Bennett, Adno, Nathaniel, and one sister, Mrs. Morton, all long since passed away. Edwin, the youngest of that respectable family is living at Winnetka, IL.

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Demise of Cynthia M. Boynton at 9:30 Last Night

Cynthia M. Boynton died at 9:30 last night at the home of her son, ex-Alderman E. G. Boynton, after an illness of several weeks. Deceased was born at McGrawville, New York, in 1825 and was therefore seventy-two years of age. She was married in 1844 and, with her husband and family, removed to Wisconsin in 1867. After a long residence in this state, Mr. and Mrs. Boynton removed to Winnetka, Illinois, where they resided until three years ago, when they came to La Crosse and had since made their home with the son named above.

Deceased leaves, besides the husband, a family of four children, namely E.G., and Rose L. Boynton of this city, W. M. Boynton and Mrs. Frank Thompson of Seattle. She was an excellent wife and mother and her loss is a hard blow to all the members of the family. The funeral will take place Sunday at three o'clock from the home, corner Green Bay and Twenty-second Street, Rev W. H. Reed, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which deceased was a member, officiating. Tillman Bros. will act as directors.

Obituary of Frank Stone - Auburn Daily Bulletin (NY), January 17, 1878 .

Frank STONE of Cortland, who had diptheria which was also the cause of the deaths, earlier in the week, of his three children, one following the other, which so overcame the father, that he also succumbed. On Saturday last all four were buried in Cortland Rural Cemetery, leaving a heart-broken Wife and Mother, dangerously ill, to mourn their sad fate.

Obituary of Alva Stewart - TIMES-REPUBLIC (torn off, but on the back) Iowa, July 7, 1911.



Planning to Arise Early to go to the Country, and Commenting on Delightful Change in Weather, Mr. Stewart Gasps and is Gone ----Owned Much Fine Farm Land.

Death came suddenly, and without any warning whatever, to Alva T. Stewart, a well-known retired farmer of this city (Marshalltown, Iowa) at 10:30 Thursday night. (According to the perpetual calendar - this would have been the 6th of July). Mr. Stewart shortly after going to bed, and after making plans for the morrow, when he expected to arise early to go to the country. The death proved a profound shock among the family's many friends here and in Taylor and Vienna townships, where Mr. Stewart lived for so many years before coming to town.

Mr. Stewart had never been known to complain of any trouble, and was the picture of health. He was up and about as usual Thursday, and spent the afternoon with old friends in the Woodbury block, where a club room is maintained, and where members meet to play checkers and whist.

Thursday night Mr. Stewart was making his plans to take his daughter Nellie to the old home place, eight miles north, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart, to spend the day picking cherries. Mr. Stewart had just finished telling his daughter that he wanted to get started by 5:30, so as to make the drive while it was still cool, when he went to his room to bed. Commenting to Mrs. Stewart on the delightful change in the weather Mr. Stewart was heard to gasp, and without a struggle was dead. Dr. Nichols and Dr. Boucher were both called at once, and both prounced valvular heart disease the cause of the death.

            Owned Much Fine Farm Land.
Mr. Stewart was a heavy owner of some of this country's finest farm lands, possessing 700 acres of finely Improved farm land in Vienna, Liscomb, and Taylor townships, all of which could not be bought for less that $200 per acre." [Note: Cousins this is something - because good farmland in Kiowa Co., OK, and Payne Co. OK in the 1970's was going for the same $200 per acre - Dot] To continue - "Mr. Stewart also owned his residence at 112 North first avenue, where he died (Marshalltown, Iowa).

            Served Thruout civil War.
Mr. Stewart was a native of Courtland county, New York, where he was born May 7, 1843. When a lad of 12 he came west with his parents, who settled near Dixon, ILL., and here their son Alva was reared to manhood. When the evil war broke out, and troops were called for, the four boys in the Stewart family responded, the s___ ___ [ there is a hole in the article and can't put anything with it - dot] enlisted Aug. 1?, 1861 in ____ [another hole] company D, Thirty -fourth Illinois Infantry. He served thruout the war, being dischaged at its close, on July 5, 1865. Mr. Stewart participated in several engagements, including Shiloh, Bentonville, NC., Resaca, GA, and Liberty Gap. At Shiloh Mr. Stewart received a severe wound in his leg, and was in the hospital eight months. The wound never healed properly, altho sufficiently to permit the young soldier to return to duty. At the battle of Liberty Gap Mr. Stewart was again wounded, being shot in the same leg, near where the Shiloh wound was received, and in the the shoulder. The second wound in the leg had the effect of properly healing the first one.

            Came to the County in 1866.
Following the war Mr. Stewart returned to his old home near Dixon, and a year later, in 1866, came to the newer Iowa country, and settled in this county in Marion township. He lived there for about a year when he moved to Taylor, on the old farm that he still owns, eight miles north of town, on the Taylor-Vienna line.

On May 23, 1872, Mr. Stewart took a wife, in the person of Miss Dora Randall, a daughter of the late L.W. Randall, who died at his daughter's home in this city last fall. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved across the road from their farm into Vienna township, lived there for ten years, then went back to the Taylor township farm, where they remained until they came to this city three years ago.

Aside from his wife Mr. Stewart is survived by four children--three sons and a daughter. The sons are William R. Stewart of Taylor township; Charles H. Stewart, of Mountain Home, Idaho; and Burt A. Stewart, of Vienna township. The daughter is Miss Neillie Stewart, a teacher in the Anson school in this city. The son from Idaho is expected to reach the city Sunday morning.

Aside from his immediate family Mr. Stewart is survived by one half sister Mrs. H.H. Cully of Kewanee, ILL and one step sister, Mrs. Watson, of Malden, ILL [Note: could this be Elisa Rose listed in the 1850 Truxton, Cortland Co., census ? - Another note: John Bolton whom I feel was Alva T.'s youngest brother had passed away Mar. 28, 1910 in OK/TX? - Dot ]

Mr. Stewart has been a prominent farmer of the county for many years, and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He was a republican in politics, and took an active part in the party, altho aside from holding township offices never sought office excepting at one time, about twelve years ago, when he received the republican nomination for county supervisor. After receiving the nomination Mr. Stewart's health was not good, and he declined the nomination. Mr. Stewart had no lodge affilation, altho he was a member of the Frank M. Thomas post, GAR.

            Funeral Sunday Afternoon
Although he was not a member of the First Baptist Church of this city, Mr. Stewart was active within the congregrational circles, and was a regular attendant at the services of the church. The funeral will be held from the church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, rev. James Mcgee officiating. The church will be open to friends between 2 and 3. Interment will be in Riverside."

Obituary of Charles D. Card - February 1949

Charles D. Card, 47, Dies Suddenly

Charles Damon Card, 47, died very suddenly this morning at this home in Blodgett Mills. He was a supervisor of the automatic division at the L.C. Smith & Corona typewriter plant in Groton.

Mr. Card was born February 26, 1901 in Watertown, son of the late Damon and Helen Hill Card of Canada. He married Mary Louise Ghent, March 14, 1945 in Maryland at the parsonage of the Undenominational Church. He had lived in Blodgett Mills for the past five months, moving there from Cortland.

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Ruth G. Stoker, 99, formerly of 9 North Main Street, Homer, NY, died March 27, 1995 at Cortland Nursing Home. She was born October 27, 1895, daughter of William and Isabelle Holben Stoker. She graduated from Homer High School and Cortland Normal School. Miss Stoker retired from the Homer school district after 48 years of service as a teacher. Miss Stoker was a life member of the Homer Congregational Church, a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Association,Homer Chapter of the Eastern Star, Sennightly Club, Business and Professional Women's Club, the Red Cross and a former member of the 20th Century Club.

She is survived by a niece, Mary (Keith) Matanle of Elmira, a nephew Walter G. Hardacre of Skaneateles; special friends, Mary (Leo) Chapman of Homer, F. Newton (Louise) Williams of Cortland, Rena Fay of Fayetteville and Jane (William) Thomas of Glenfield and many nieces, nephews and special friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Atwater Cemetery, Homer. Memorial gifts may be made in Miss Stoker's memory to the Homer Congregational Church, Homer. Briggs-Hall Memorial Home, 11 N. Main St, Homer, has charge of arrangements.

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