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     The obituaries on this page are a result of searching old United States newspapers. Although obituaries or funeral notices were printed in colonial newspapers and some were microfilmed, most have yet to be transcribed.

ABRAHAMS – Dr. Isaac ABRAHAMS, April 9, age 38; dearly bellowed son of Mary and Robert Abrahams of British Guiana, South America. Funeral from 3524 Michigan Ave., Tuesday, April 17 at 2p.m. Entombment at Graceland cemetery whence the body will be shipped ot the native land in South America. April 10, 1923, New York Times

ADAMS, John T. ; 1882 ---- 76 years old, died at Norwich, Conn. At a late hour Thursday night. He was a native of Demerara, but had lied in Norwich for the greater part of his life. He was Judge of Probate in 1839 and represented Norwich in the Legislature uring the war, severing one year as President of the Senate. Of late, he had led a retired life. When a young man, he edited the Norwich epublican, and in later years wrote several novels which had a good circulation.

ANDERSEN – John ANDERSEN, Jan. 15, 1915, age 18 years 5 months, son of Mrs. Belle Andersen and brother of James, Max and Mrs. A. Headicker of British Guiana, South America; nephew of John M. Bute of 4432 Wilcox Ave., Burial Mt. Carmel, Funeral private. No flowers. January 16, 1915 - Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA

ARTHUR --28 Dec 1898, New York Times ----Charles W. ARTHUR, seventy-nine years old, died on Monday at the home of his son, 144 East Ninety-seventh Street. Mr. ARTHUR was born in British Guiana and came to this city when only two years old. He was well known in the dry goods, tea, coffee, and spice trades. He had been ill for five years and died of paralysis. The funeral will be held to-day.

BENTHAM - FUNERAL OF MR. R. F. BENTHAM – no date nor year of an extremely lengthy article where Mr. Bentham was buried at the LaRepentir Cemetery. Read entire article

BERESFORD --- At Berbice, (British Guiana) on the 3d of August, Doct. John BERESFORD, in the 68th year of his age. Doct. Beresford was a native of the island of Barbadoes and was at an early period of his life attached to the medical department of the British service. Establishing himself, however, in the practice of his profession at Berbice, he lived to be one of the oldest English inhabitants of the colony and it is not exceeding the limits of impartial truth, or of the general testimony of the community, to say that not one of its citizen was more honored and beloved. The unbounded kindness of his heart, his habitual benevolence in the exercise of a laborious profession, his cordial hospitality and the steadiness of his Christian principles and conduct, endeared him in every circle and attracted the warm, personal affectin of those who saw him in his more private intercourse. In the year 1840, he visited the U.S. and for a time resided at Hartford, and afterwards at Brookly, NY and in both these places will be remembered by many with an esteem which so short a period does not often establish. The death of his brother, the late Doct. James Beresford, of Hartford, in 1843, was deeply felt by him, both as a severe bereavement and as an admonition that his won days were the desire to see once the desire to see once more those members of his family who remained in his former place of residence, he undertook, in April last, a voyage to Berbice. After a stay of three months, he was attached with paralysis, which on the fourth day, closed his life. He died uner the roof of a most affectionate son, in the possession of his mental faculties. 4 October 1844 -Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut

CLEMENTSON - Mar 8, 1886, New York Times
March 8 - Julia CLEMENTSON, widow of Hon. Henry Clementson, of Demerara, British Guiana, formerly of Barbados, Wes dies. Funeral private. Interment at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, Mass. (New York Times)

DARDIER --- At the residence of her niece, Mrs. W.H. Workman, Miss Charlotte Ann Dardier, a native of Demerara, British Guiana, aged 84 years, 11 months. Funeral from her late home, No. 357 South Boyle Ave., Saturday, April 15, 1899, thence to St. Mary’s Church were requiem high mass will be celebrated, commencing at 10 o’clock a.m. Friends and acquaintances invited. Interment New Calvary Cemetery.    (April 15, 1899 - Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA

DAWES – On March 15, 1901, Anne E., widow of the late William DAWES, formerly of British Guiana, South America. Funeral services Sunday, 17th inst. At 64 Hanson Place, Brooklyn at 4 p.m. Interment private. Boston and Baltimore papers please cop. 1901 March 16, New York Times

EDWARDS (Title: F. B. Edwards, Jurist, Dies). FITZ BENJAMIN EDWARDS, former Chief Magistrate of British Guiana died yesterday of heart disease at 229 West 138th street, where he has resided since comoing here four years ago after his retirement from the bench. He was born in England in 1866 and as a young man went to British Guiana. He practices law there before he was made a magistrate. He is survived by his widow, three daughters and two sons, King and Philip EDWARDS. The latter was a member of the Canadian Olympic team this year. 15 Sept 1928 - New York Times

FARNUM --- William FARNUM, at Suffern, N.Y., Sept 7, formerly of Georgetown, British Guiana. Funeral at St. Pauls Church, Clinton and Carroll Sts., Brooklyn on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. (9 Sept 1915, New York Times)
[The next day, another articlel dated 10 Sept 1915 was printed for Mr. Farnum, as follows]
WILLIAM FARNUM, a retired businessman, formerly of Georgetown, British Guiana, died at his summer home at Suffern, N.Y. on Monday from stomach disease. Mrs. Farnum lived at 99 Berkeley Place, Brooklyn and was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

FREDERICKS - Georgetown, British Guiana, April 6 (Canadian Press). ---- E.F. FREDERICKS, prominent barrister and first full-blooded Negro elected to British Guiana’s legislative council, died here today at the age of 58. em>April 7, 1934, New York Times

MARQUES – Mary MARQUES, on May 18, 1938, born in Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana. Survived by six sons, four daughters, thirty-one grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday, 10 a.m., 355 Marcellus Road, Mineola, L. I. (New York Times)

MOORHEAD - April 22, 1800. – On Thursday, April 22, in Colonial Hospital, Demerara, British Guiana. Frank B. MOORHEAD, of pneumonia, aged 18 years and 8 months. (New York Times)

O'MEARA - 22 November, 1898. New York Times.     William O'MEARA, for thirty-four years Provost Marshal of British Guiana, died suddenly yesterday at his sister's home in Norristown, Penn. He was sixty years old. He resigned his official position last January.

QUAIL, J. A. – No date of day, month or year of death was included nor the newspaper which ran the lengthy article in this clipping. Mr. Quail was interred at Le Repentir cemetery. Read entire article (very lengthy)  View actual news clipping {courtesy of John O'Connor - our many thanks and appreciation to John for his time and work in obtaining these records}

ROTH ---Georgetown, British Guiana, April 6 [AP] ---- Walter Edmund ROTH, internationally known anthropologist and curator of the British Guiana Museum, died today in this seventy-third year. 7 Apr 1933, New York Times

TENCH, 1916, New York Times
Mrs. WILLIAM EASTWOOD CARROUTHERS TENCH, the last o the twenty-two children of the late Lieut. Gen John Murray, Governor of Demerara and Georgetown, British Guiana, at the end of the eighteenth and early part of the nineteenth centuries, died on Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.A.D. Vickers, in Chicago, Ill. She was born in Little Ealing, London, England and was in her eighty-ninth year. Mrs. Tench was educated at Versailles, France during the reign of Louis Phillipe. (New York Times)

Van EEDEN --- BOONTON, N.J., Oct. 3 ---- Mrs. Sophie Van Eeden, a resident of Boonton for the last thirteen years, died this morning in her eighty-eighth year at the Home for Incurables in Newark after two months’ illness. Mrs. Van Eden was the widow of Pieter Van EEDEN, who had large sugar interests in British Guiana, where she was born in Mary 15, 1845. She came to this country after the death of her husband thirty years ago. 1932, October 4, Special to the New York Times

WILLS, John E. - Source: Obituary - The Daily Chronicle - July 13, 1944: page 2
Georgetown, Thursday. July 13 - read entire article of this Buxton-Friendship Village man.

WILLS, Samuel --Georgetown, British Guiana, March 6 (Canadian Press). ---- Samuel E. WILLS, barrister, known as the “poet laureate of British Guiana”, died twelve hours after he collapsed when he heard a jury convict one of two brothers whom he defended against a charge of murder. He was born in the colony sixty-nine years ago. He was the first successfully to carry an appeal against a murder conviction to the British West Indies Court of Appeal. March 7, 1934, New York Times

WILTSHIRE, Reuben Thomas - The death occurred on October 22, 1962, of REUBEN THOMAS WILTSHIRE, one of B. G. oldest service men after a short illness. He was 87 years. (Read entire article)

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