Lewis County Obituaries  



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updated 31 March 2008

 

      Pohl family of Lewis and Oneida county

                R. Ellis Brown  ~ image

            Leonard Henricus Kempney ~ image 

            
Thomas Gillogley 

            Mary Emma Wetmore-Gillogley-McHale

            Nelson Kempney

            Photo & Obit of Joyce Ransiear Kempney
     
           
Christopher Campany




Unidentified Newsclipping - 1866
Henrietta BANNING died in Leyden, Lewis County, New York, July 8, 1866, aged 24 years.


The subject of this notice, was a bright and shining light from the day of her conversion, which occurred when she was quite young, unostentatious and meek in spirit. She gained the confidence of all. Her latest hours were exceedingly triumphant. She passed away without a cloud.

Black River Conference - Rome District
Boonville Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. John W. Roberts
July 13, 1866

Submitted by:
Mary Jane Haight-Eckert



Beller, -- Andrew N., son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Noftsier) Beller, was born in Croghan, N. Y., Nov. 30, 1895; passed away in the Lewis County Hospital, Lowville, N. Y., on April 4, 1955; aged 59 y. 4 m. 4 d. He had been ill only a short time although he suffered from a heart condition for 10 years. Death was attributed to coronary thrombosis. He married Martha Zehr on Aug. 28, 1929. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons (Thomas, Carthage, N. Y., and Nevin, at the home), one daughter (Evelyn, at home), one grandchild, a sister (Mrs.Viola Wilcox, Croghan, N. Y.), and a brother (John Beller, Watertown, N. Y.). One sister and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Croghan Conservative Mennonite Church in charge of Emanuel Swartzendruber, Leon Martin, and Elias Zehr, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

(my husband's paternal grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Catherine N. Beller
Born Mrch 20, 1864; Died May 1, 1927

Suday morning , May 1st, occurred the death of Catherine N. Beller, of Riverbank (Rt 126 along the Black River). She was born March 20, o1864, the daughter of the late John and Barbara Martin Notsier. The deceased wa taken ill a week before her death occurred with plural pneumonia. Her last words were, "I'm going home." She was well known and respected in the community.

(my husband's great grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Obituary - Bruce A. Brown - May 13, l974


A licensed mechanic and car salesman, Bruce Atkerson Brown, 55 of Verona, who died recently at kingston General Hospital following an illness of several months, was buried in Verona Cemetery.

He was born at Godfrey, a son of the late George A. Brown and his wife the former Maggie Tallen but has been a Verona resident since 1929.

Mr. Brown was educated at Picadilly and Verona before attending Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

A garage owner and operator, he had recently received a 25 year award from Texaco Canada Ltd. Prior to building his own garage in 1948, he worked for his father who also operated a Texaco station. Mr. Brown attended Trinity United Church here.

He was a member of Albion Lodge 109, A.F. and A.M., the United Commercial Travellers and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 260, Verona.

A veteran of the Second World Ware, he served with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in England, France, The Netherlands and Germany.

Surviving are his wife, the former Eileen Duffy of Sharbot Lake; two daughters, Mrs. Mel (Diane) Chase, Kingston; Mrs. Daniel (Paula) Beaudoin of CFB Borden and a sister Mrs. T.(Alfreda) Benson Lappen of Verona.

Pallbearers were Ted Lansdall, Eugene Vanvolkenburg, William Crosbie, Everton Storms, Harold Kerr and Gerald Kerr.

Submitted by:
Beth White



Obituary - George A Brown - April 13, 1969


Retired auto mechanic George A. Brown, 79, who died April 13 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Alfreda Lappen, was buried in Verona Cemetery.

He was born at Godfrey, a son of the late Alpheus Brown and his wife, the former Martha Babcock.

Mr. Brown manufactured cheese boxes at Godfrey until 1929 and then became an auto mechanics, a position he held until his retirement 10 years ago. He was a member of the United Church.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters since 1912 and Albion Lodge 109, A.F. and A.M. at Harrowsmith from which he received a 50-year pin and life membership last summer.

Surviving are a son, Bruce, Verona; a daughter, Mrs. T.B. (Alfreda) Lappen, Verona; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Jones, of Souris, Man., Mrs. Edna Sturgis, Wallaceburg, Ont.; size grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carmen Babcock, Jay Stewart, Rupert Storms, Cecil Babcock, Henry Jackson and Harold Kerr.

Submitted by:
Beth White



MAN, AGED 84, LOWVILLE, DIES
Adelbert Church, Retired Mechanic, Long Ill, Was Native of New Bremen.


Lowville, Sept. 12 - Adelbert Church, 84, of 8 Jefferson street, a retired mechanic, died Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis County General Hospital where he had been a patient 20 days. He had been ill for years.

Friends may call tonight at the Virkler funeral home. Members of the Lowville Elks lodge will call at the funeral home tonight at 7:30 to conduct an Elks service.

The funeral will be Tuesday morning at 10:30 at the funeral home. Rev. Donald Berry, of Adams, will officiate. Burial will be in Lowville rural cemetery.

Surviving Mr. Church are a brother, Joseph, and two sisters, Miss Emogene Church and Miss Ellamay Church, all of Adams.

Mr Church was born at New Bremen June 28, 1871, son of J. Michael and Lomira Nimocks Church. He never married.

He was a mechanic more than 25 years at Lewis county, retiring about 1936.

Contributed by:
Ethyle Sauer Miner (Adelbert Church was my Great Uncle.)



From Lowville, NY, Thursday, May 7, 1903

The funeral services of Eleanor CHURCH were held from the house Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. E.C. Petrie officiated.

Contributed by:
JOKER32609@aol.com



Source; newspaper clipping thought to be from the Northern Journal.

Died
At his residence at Stow’s Square, New York, on the 28th day of July 1855, CHARLES DAVENPORT, one of the first settlers of the town of Lowville, in the 71st year of his age.

Mr. Davenport, the subject of this notice, was a descendant of Thomas Davenport, who emigrated from England, and settled in Dorchester, in the state of Massachusetts in the year 1640, and was the third son of Captain Charles Davenport, a person well known to the early settlers of Lewis County. The deceased was born at Spencertown, Columbia County in the state, on the 23rd day of October 1784. When but fourteen years of age, he with his father and family, started from the county of Columbia to find a new home in the distant and then unknown wilderness region of the “Black River country” in the Northern New York, which at that time was as great an undertaking as emigration to the territory of Nebraska or Oregon would be at the present time. From Fort Stanwix there being no road the journey was performed on foot, and along a line of markea trees with packs on their backs over hills, logs, and streams, this sturdy family trudged along in search of their new home. On the 10th day of November A.D. 1799, they arrived at Stow’s Square in the town of Lowville, then in the northern part of Oneida County, now in the county of Lewis, where they formed a settlement. At this time there were in the town of Lowville only two families, but they formed a nucleus about which soon gathered a strong and robust population, before whom, the mighty forest was taught to bow and over soil, then darkened by its foliage, bright fields of grain and beautiful landscapes were destined to spread themselves before the admiring gaze.

Melancholy is the thought that those old sturdy pioneers, the first and early settlers of our county, the fathers of our enterprising and industrious population, with whose faces we have become so familiar, and about whom and the stories of their adventures of earlier years we listen with such romantic interest, are silently but surely, one by one passing away forever.

Being of a modest and retiring disposition and very strongly attached to his family and his home, the deceased out of his own town was not very well known, but in the bosom of his family and in the society of his intimate friends and the retirement of private life where true worth should always be sought for, he was well known as a tender husband a loved and indulgent parent a true friend and an honorable man. He was a man of naturally a strong robust constitution, well fitted for the hardships which fell to the lot of the early settlers, but disease settling upon him he was suddenly cut down, but having a firm and unwavering trust in God through His mercy, he has gone to dwell with Him in Heaven, leaving his widow and a large family and many friends to mourn his loss.

Contributed by:
Wendy Fjelstad



believed to have been posted in the Boonville Herald.

Turin, Feb. 23, Duncan K. Ferguson, aged 75 years, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.H. Radley of this place. Mr. Ferguson had been ill for over a year. He was born in Frankstown, Canada, in 1846, and came to this country when about 18 years of age.

In 1868 he married Permelia mcGlachlin of Pinney Settlement. They at once began housekeeping at that place, where they lived up the the time of his death, with the exception of a few winters spent in the homes of their children.

Mr. Ferguson was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church at Pinney Settlement, and was always an earnest Christian worker. He was a kind and helpful friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed in the community.

He is survived by his widow, also five children: E.H. Ferguson of Norfolk, William F. Ferguson of Springfield, Mass.; Mrs. C.W. DeVol of Stockton, Cal.; Mrs. J.W. Steenberg of Utica, and Mrs. J.H. Radley of Turin, also 13 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 1:30 p.m. from the Port Leyden Methodist Church, Rev. Evan Evans and rev. Reuben Kline of Port Leyden will officiate.

Submitted by
JoAnn DiDonato


TURIN
OLDEST RESIDENT TAKEN BY DEATH

BOONVILLE HERALD


Mrs. Pamelia L. Ferguson, 92, oldest resident of the town of Turin died Friday, January 17, 1944 morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Radley, which whom she had been living with for several years.

Pamelia L. McGlachlin was born in Watson, Lewis County, September 16, 1848. She was the daughter of the late Ephram and Eunice Fenton McGlachlin, In 1868 she was married to Duncan K. Ferguson who passed away in 1922. Their entire married life was spent on a farm in Pinney Settlement near Port Leyden.

She was a charter member of the Bethel Baptist Church at piney Settlement and later became affiliated with the Turin Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by one brother, George McGlachlin 94 years, two sons, Eugene Ferguson of Norfolk and William Ferguson of Springfield, Mass, three daughters, Mrs. Emogene DeVol San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Clara Radley Turin and Mrs. J.W. Sternbergh, West Winfield, 12 grandchildren and over 30 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Clara Radley. Rev. Paul Harris, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. The bearers were George H. Fiestimel, Fred B. Manning, Willard J. Higby and Frank Kapfer.

Among the floral tributes were wreaths from St. Regis office, Norfolk and Pulp and Sulphite Local No. 112, Norfolk.

Relatives and friends from out of town who attended the service were Eugene Ferguson, Norfolk, William Ferguson, Mrs. And Mrs. G.P. McDonald, Springfield, Mass, Mrs. and Mrs. Andrew B Radley and sons, Robert and john, Rochester. Mrs. and Mrs. Budd Radley, New Hartford, Mr. And Mrs. Eugene Peebles and Miss Agnes Ferguson Lowville, Mrs. Leon Simser, Port Leyden.

The body was placed in the Port Leyden vault to await burial in the spring.

Submitted by
JoAnn DiDonato - Great Great Granddaughter of Pamelia Louisa McGlachlin Ferguson



From the Journal and Republican this undated article from 1907: PROMINENT WOMAN DEAD

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Mrs. G. H. P. Gould of Lyons Falls Passes Away

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Had Been in Delicate Health for Some Time--Last Sickness Was of Only a Few Days Duration--Was Dearly Loved by all Who Knew Her--The Funeral Was Held Monday Afternoon in Lyons Falls.

Lyons Falls, May 8.--The community was startled by the announcement just before noon Friday, May 3, of the death of Nellie CHURCH GOULD, wife of G. Henry P. Gould of this village, which occurred at 10:50 a.m. Mrs. Gould had been ill of a light attack of pneumonia since Sunday. Owing to the fact that she had been in more or less delicate health for some years from an asthmatic difficulty, she was an easy prey to the dread malady, which left her without the strength to rally from the ravages of fever usual in such cases. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Artemus M. Church and was fifty-one and one-half years of age. Nearly her whole life had been spent here. In 1893 she was united in marriage with Mr. Gould. Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Eleanor Gould; a step-daughter Mrs. Louis E. Babcock; a stepson Harry P. Gould and her mother Mrs. Ellen Church of Lyons Falls; one brother A. M. Church of Boonville, and a sister Mrs. Herrick R. Schell of Knights Ferry, California. About a year previous to her marriage deceased returned with her mother from California, were they had made their home for eight years with her sister, Mrs. Schell. Mrs. Gould was a graduate of Lowville Academy, where with other studies she became proficient as a pianist. She possessed a charming personality which was the outgrowth of a native refinement of rare delicacy

"None knew her but to love her.
None named her but to praise."

might well be spoken of this gentle, womanly woman of whom a life long friend recently said; "Her courtesy is unfailing and in her judgement of others she is more than charitable." Her Christianity was broad in the best sense of that term. She became a member of the Forest Presbyterian church early in life and was closely identified with its interests, as a teacher in the Sunday school. For some time she had been the County Superintendent of the Young Woman's Christian Temperance Union and secretary of the local Woman's Christian Temperance Union as well. The best well being of the people of the community was close to her heart and of late she had interested herself in a curfew ordinance which she hoped to see established in the village. Having had an unusually large circle of friends her loss will be widely felt. The funeral services were held from the family residence at 1 p.m. Monday and were largely attended. Rev. C. F. Kittredge of Lyons Falls and Rev. William C. Spicer of Gloversville were the officiating clergymen. The floral tributes were unusually numerous and beautiful. Among them was a wreath of white carnations, roses and ferns from the Young Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The bearers were D. E. Jones of Lowville, C. M. Waters, ? C. Merriam, C. L. J. Ager, T. W. Brown and O. E. Davis of Lyons Falls. Interment was made in the family plot in the cemetery at Port Leyden.

Another article from 9 May 1907 issue of Journal and Republican, Lowville, NY

--A large concourse of people assembled at the residence of G.H.P. Gould to attend the funeral services of Mrs. Gould, who died on Friday, May 3d. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Kittredge of this place and Rev. William C. Spicer, of Gloversville. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, testifying to the love and esteem of her many friends. Her's was one of those natures whom to know is to love. The family have the sympathy of the whole community. Of near relatives present from out of town were Mrs. Orvis, Mrs. Conger and Mrs. Pike of Gouverneur; Dr. Frank Church of Utica, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Church of Boonville and Mrs. Webster Gordon of Lowville.

Contributed by:
JOKER32609@aol.com



GODFREY GREINER
[unknown newspapers - probably Rome Sentinel]


GREINER - On Thursday, Feb. 26, 1931, in this city, Godfrey Greiner, aged 86 years.

--The funeral will be held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Susan Fogarty, 513 W. Liberty street on Monday at 9 a. m. and at St. Mary's Church at 9:30 a. m. where a requiem high mass will be celebrated. Interment in St. Joseph 's cemetery, Utica.

Retired Lewis County Faermer Succumbs at Home of Daughter Here.

Godfrey Greiner, 86, retired farmer, succumbed to an illness of several months at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Fogarty at 513 Liberty street, last evening.

Born in Germany, April 30, 1845, a son of the late Francis and Catherine Leofler Greiner, he came to this country with his parents in 1849. His parents, among the first settlers of Ava, later, moved to West Leyden where they engaged as farmers. Upon their death Mr. Greiner conducted the farm.

He continued his residence at West Leyden until September 1916 when he retired. Since that time he had resided with relatives in Rome and Utica.

A staunch Democrat, Mr. Greiner, had held several town and county offices, serving for several years as overseer of the poor in the town of Lewis. He was also a member and officer in the West Leyden Grange. He was united in marriage with Mary S. Ritzel at St. Mary's Church in this city, April 3, 1872 by the Rev. Father P. J. Smith, then pastor.

Surviving besides his wife are these children: Frank J. of Utica, Mrs. Fogarty in this city, Mrs. John Hamiln in New York City, Mrs. Fred Blackstone of Chadwicks, Mrs. Raymond J. Parker, Miss Lena M. Greiner and Mrs. Earl L. Carey all of Utica. He also leaves 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Lisa Slaski



GREINER, MARY S. RITZEL
[unknown newspapers - probably Rome Sentinel]


GREINER - On Thursday, March 12, 1931, in this city, Mrs. Mary S. Greiner, aged 84 years.

--The funeral will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susan Fogarty, 513 W. Liberty street on Saturday at 8 a. m. and at St. Mary's Church at 8:30 a. m. where a requiem high mass will be celebrated. Interment in St. Joseph's cemetery, Utica.

Stricken at Daughter's Home Just Two Weeks After Husband's Demise

Mrs. Mary S. Greiner, 84, died Thursday, a. m. of pneumonia after a five-day illness, just two weeks after the death of her husband. Mrs. Greiner passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susan Fogarty of 513 W. Liberty street where she had made her home since the spring of last year. Her husband, Godfrey Greiner, died February 26.

Mrs. Greiner was born in the town of Ava, June 24, 1846, a daughter of the late Alexander and Catherine Ritzel. She was the last member of a family of five.

In St. Mary's Church here on April 3, 1872, she married the late Mr. Greiner. Most of their wedded life was spent in West Leyden. They came to this city in 1916 and lived here until 1924, when they went to Utica to reside. They returned here last spring.

Surviving are these children: Frank J. Greiner of Utica. Mrs. Fogarty in Rome, Mrs. John Hamlin of New York City, Mrs. Fred Blackstone of Chadwicks, Mrs. Raymond Parker, Mrs. Earl Carey and Miss Lena Greiner, all of Utica. She also leaves 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Lisa Slaski



Mrs. Delana Griffin -dated 1/31/67


Limerick- Mrs. Delana Griffin, 72, formerly of Martinsburg, widow of Karl Griffin, was pronounced dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital, Watertown, Tuesday at 5:42 PM.

The funeral will be Friday at 2PM at the Virkler Funeral Home, Lowville, with the Rev. Kenneth Lord, pastor of the Methodist Church, Lowville, officiating. Spring burial will be in the Martinsburg cemetary.

Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9, and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9PM.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wanna Rizzo,Canton; a son, Ronald, East Syracuse; three grandchildren; two brothers, Warren Adams, Phoenix, and Robert Adams, Lowville,R.D.;and three sisters, Mrs.Clara Ward, Turin, Mrs Bessy Ticknor, Oneida, and Mrs. Kelsey Doud, Illion.

Mrs. Griffin was born in West Martinsburg, April 27, 1894, a daughter of Nathan and Fannie Bibbons, Adams. She was married to Karl Griffin in 1929. Mr Griffin, a painter, died in Martinsburg, December 14,1948. Mrs. Griffin continued to live in Martinsburg untill 1959 when she came to Watertown to live with her daughter. She had lived in Limerick since October 1966.

Submitted by:
Ronald E. Griffin


-- Saturday morning, Oct. 20th, at the old Kempf homestead in New Bremen, occurred the death of Peter Kempf, an old an respected resident of this town. Mr. Kempf was born in France, Dec. 24, 1827, and immigrated to this country in 1846, being one of the early settlers of this town. In 1852 he married Catherine Hirschey and ten children was the result of the union, seven of whom are now living. He was a devoted husband and father, a man of sterling character and highly respected throughout the whole community. he came to this country with his mother, four brothers and one sister. They had no means at that time, but Mr. Kempf acccumulated a nice property. The funeral was held at the Evangelist Baptist church and was largely attended. Interment was made at the cemetery there. Surviving are his wife, two brothers, Chris and Andrew, of Roanoke, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Anna Yoder. of Fairbury, Ill., and seven daughters, Mrs. S. G. Virkler, Mrs. B. T. Farney, of Beaver Falls; Mrs. J. C. Farney, of Kirschnerville; Mrs. Sarah Lehman, Mrs. S. J. Virkler, of New Bremen; Mrs. J. E. Farney and Mrs. C. E. Schwendy, of Croghan.

(my GG grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Death of Mrs. Kirsch


At her home in Kirschnerville on Thursday morning, occurred the death of Mrs. John Kirsch, Sr. a highly esteemed and respected resident, after a lingering illness. She was sixty-two years of age on the 30th of April, last and had resided in this community for a great many years.

Mrs. Kirsch was a devout member of St. Stephen's Church, of which she was a convert. She was a good neighbor and had many warm friends.

Besides her husband she is survived by four sons, Henry, John, William and Charles, and two daughters, Mrs. Harry of Oswegatchie and Mrs. Adolph Sauter of Lowville.

Her funeral was largely attended from St. Stephen's Church on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. The pall bearers were her four sons and two son-in-laws. Internment was made in St. Peter's Cemetery.

( Mary Dehil Kirch was born april 1851 in Bavaria, her family immigrated to America in 1860, she died May 01, 1914, and was buried May 03, 1914) Presented by
Ethyle Miner , a great great niece of Mary Dehil's husband, John Kirch.



Lehman. -- Chris W., son of the late Peter and Cathrine (Widrick) Lehman, was born near Beaver Falls, N.Y., Nov. 24, 1864; passed away at his home near New Bremen, N.Y., Dec. 8, 1948; aged 84 y. 14 d. On Oct. 29, 1891, he was married to Mary Zehr, of Indian River, N.Y., who predeceased him on May 14, 1947. One son (Michael) died of the flu in 1918. Surviving are 7 sons and 5 daughters, 62 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and a large number of other relatives and friends. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen. Funeral services were conducted at the church by Gordon Schrag on Dec. 12. Text: I Thess. 4:13-18. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Second Obituary:

Lowville, Dec, 10.--Funeral services for Christian W. Lehman, 84, New Bremen, who died at his home on Wednesday after an illness of several years, will be held Sunday at 1:30 p. m. at the First Mennonite church of New Bremen, following aa prayer at the home at 1 p. m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A retired farmer, father of 12 and grandfater of 62, Mr. Lehman had lived in New Bremen since 1928 when he moved from a farm in Beaver Falls where he had lived for 41 years. His wife, the former Miss Mary Zehr, died May 14,1947.

Survivors are........
Mr. Lehman was born Nov. 24, 1864, in Croghan, a son of Peter and Katherine Widrick Lehman. He was a member of the First Mennonite church of New Bremen.

(my great grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Mrs. John Lehman Dead at 78

Beaver Falls -- Mrs. Lovina M. Lehman, 78, wife of John Z. Lehman, this village, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Lewis County General Hospital Sunday afternoon at 4:30. She had been in ill health several years.

The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at the family home and at 2 in the United Methodist Church, Main Strreet, Beaver Falls, with Rev. Bruce Chapman, pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Evangelical Baptist Church Cemetery, Croghan.

The body was taken from the Virkler Funeral Home to the family home where friends may call.

Contributions may be made to the Heart Fund in Mrs. Lehman's name. Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Virgil and Eldred, Croghan, R.D. 1, and Darwin Beaver Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Beverly) Kloster, Croghan, R.D. 1, and Mrs. Melvin (Glenda) Kipfer, Croghan; a sister, Mrs. Alvin (Martha) Steiner, Croghan, R.D.; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great--grandchildren.

She was born at Beaver Falls, May 11, 1895, daughter of Samuel G. and Magdalena Kepmf Virkler and had resided in Beaver Falls all her ilfe. On June 21, 1922 she married John Z. Lehman and the couple operated a farm near Beaver Falls for many years. He was also a bus driver for Beaver Falls School 28 years. Mrs. Lehman was a member of the United Methodist Church, Beaver Falls, and was an ardent gardener.

(my maternal grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Lehman.-Mary, daughter of Michael and Katherine Zehr, was born at Croghan, N.Y., Nov. 21, 1867; passed away at her home, near New Bremen, N.Y., May 14, 1947; aged 79 y. 5 m. 23 d. On Oct. 29, 1891 she was united in marriage to Christian Lehman, who survives. Also surviving are 12 children (Benjamin, of Croghan; John, Beaver Falls, N.Y.; Samuel, Castorland, N.Y.; Mabel-Mrs. Benjamin Martin, and Ellen-Mrs. John Widrick, both of Lowville, N.Y.; Erwin, of Beaver Falls; Adah-Mrs.Reuben Lyndaker, Belford, N.J.; Catherine-Mrs. Leon Widrick, of Croghan; Norman, Hamburg, N.Y.; William, of New Bremen; Mary-Mrs. Seth Lehman, and Addison, both of Bever Falls), 60 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Yousey, of Beaver Falls; and Mrs. Harold Chaffee, of Hamburg), and 2 brothers (Michael, Adams, N.Y.; and Benjamin F., of Croghan). One son predeceased her. Funeral services, in charge of Gordon Schrag, were held May 18 at the First Mennonite Church, near New Bremen, of which she was a member. Text: Ps. 23. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.

(my great grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



BISH. PETER LEHMAN OBITUARY was born on the 16th of July 1829, in Harperich, Canton Grosztennchen, Alsace Lorraine, Europe. On the 15th of February 1852, he emigrated to America and founded a peaceful home here, where he spent the remainder of his days. On the 23d of November 1858, he was united in matrimony with Catharine Lehman (nee Widrich). The union was blessed with ten children, all of whom survive him, together with fifteen grandchildren. One grandchild preceded him 12 years and 4 months ago. He labored faithfully in the ministry of God's word for about twenty-eight years in our Amish congregation in Lewis Co., N. Y., and 8 years and 7 months as bishop. His death was caused by asthma and occurred at 6 o'clock on the morning of the 14th of July 1896. His remains were laid in their last earthly resting place followed by a sorrowing family and congregation, whom he had for many years served as a faithful and loving natural and spiritual father. May God comfort the bereft hearts. Christian Lehman

(my GG grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Northern Christian Advocate - October 23, 1873
Miss Frances MCFARREN died at the home of her parents, in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York, September 25, 1873, aged 25 years.


Our dear sister passed to her crown and palm triumphantly, having a "blessed immortality" in full vision. For nearly half her years she has been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Cherry Valley. She was evidently more than an average Christian. Interested in the prosperity of the Church, she was faithful in the social meetings and in the Sunday-school. She has been called to "pass under the rod" however. Once before her last sickness had she been brought very low, to be raised up again in answer to "prayers of faith." Last February, however, she was brought again into suffering, and passed seven weary months of illness waiting for her release. In "our Father's" good time it came, and she has entered into rest. Her words of cheer and triumph at the last remain a precious legacy to her friends and the Church. They need not to be written here; they are treasured in many hearts. Ma! y we triumph so when our hour shall come, and be able to enter the "city" as those who have waited the opening of the "pearly gates."

Cherry Valley, October 9, 1873
Rev. Gordon Moore
Submitted by:
Mary Jane Haight-Eckert



Miss Mekkelson Dies at Age 16

Port Leyden - Miss Nancy E. Mekkelson, 16-year-old daughter of Norman and Laura Webster Mekkelson, died Saturday in her Quarry Street home after an illness of several weeks.

She was born in Lowville and was a junior in the Port Leyden Central School. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, its Christian Endeavor, the Willing Workers 4-H Club and the TAP society of the high school.

Besides her parents, she leaves three sisters, Judith, Christine and Janet, and a brother, Robert, all at home.

The funeral will be at 2 tomorrow from the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Allan R. Moseley, pastor, officiating. A prayer service in the family home will precede that church service. The body will be placed in the Gould memorial vault with burial next spring in Port Leyden Cemetery.

Calling hours are at the convenience of callers.

Daily Press
Utica, Oneida, New York
Monday, 30 Dec 1963

Contributed by Jane A. who is not related.



Elizabeth "Betty" A. Moore
October 20, 2003


Martinsburg - Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Moore formerly of Houseville and Francis Street Martinsburg N.Y. died peacefully at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford N.Y on Monday October 20, 2003.

She was born in Gouverneur New York the daughter of Howard Roy Weedmark and Mary E Apple Weedmark and was the adopted daughter of Charles J Maxiner and M. Beatrice Lowery Maxiner.

She attended Gouverneur Schools and graduated from the Watertown School of Commerce in 1926. She resided in Watertown, New York working for the Bagley and Sewall Company and later with her late husband Arthur C Moore operated Moore Northern Haulers Trucking Co., Inc. of Watertown, New York. In later years she worked at the Lewis County Court House in Lowville New York in the Lewis County Historians Office assisting G. Byron Bowen in the publication of the 1970 "History of Lewis County" and later was Secretary for the Lewis County Mental Health Clinic until her retirement in 1975.

She was a member of Zenith Capter #346 Order of the Eastern Star and before affiliating with Zenith Chapter served as Matron for two terms with Dirigo Chapter #390 of Turin N.Y. She was a past president of the Turin Civic Club and the Lewis County Women's Republican club and was a member of the Lewis County Historical Society, The Martinsburg Historical Society, Constable Hall Association and the Martinsburg United Methodist Church. She was active in bowling leagues in Turin and Constableville and the Turin Women's Golf league.

In recent years she was a director of the Meadows Tenants Association in New Hartford N.Y. and at the time of her death was Treasurer of the Sunset Wood Tenants Association of New Hartford, N.Y.

A marriage to George T. McMahon of Watertown, N.Y.and Sackets Harbor N.Y. ended in divorce. On November 3, 1941 she was united in marriage to Arthur Clifford Moore. Mr Moore died on June 21, 1989.

Elizabeth is survived by three daughters, Constance D Benson and husband Michael of New Hartford, N.Y., Cora J Kaufman of Port St Lucie Fl. and Patricia Ann Regan and husband Larry of Jensen Beach Fl. A stepdaughter Mrs. Lois Wilson of Parishville, New York. Two sons Thomas P. Moore and wife Elaine of Syracuse N.Y. and Richard G. Moore of New Breman, N.Y. Also surviving are many beloved Grandchildren. Three Step-sons William D Moore, Arthur Claire Moore and Donald Moore and a step daughter Elizabeth A Schweitzer died before her.

In memory of Elizabeth, in lieu of Flowers, those friends so wishing may make donations to the Martinsburg United Methodist Church, c/o the United Methodist Church, 7618 N. State Street, Lowville, N.Y. 13367.

A funeral service with Rev. Mary K. Guy, Pastor of the Lowville United Methodist Church Officiating will be held on Saturday Oct. 25th 2003 at 11 AM at the Virkler-Percoski Funeral Home 7676 N. State Street Lowville N.Y. Calling hours will be 7-9 PM on Friday October 24, 2003. Burial will be in Martinsburg Cemetery.

Submitted by her daughter
Patricia Regan



Booneville Herald, April 16, 1885, pg. 3


On Thursday April 8, occurred the death of Stephen Murphy, one of the pioneers of this section, in the 84th year of his age. Mr. Murphy was born in Rensselaer county, fifteen miles from Albany in 1801; in 1825 he went to Canada and remained there until 1828 when he married Caroline Sleighter; in 1829 he moved to what is now the town of Lyonsdale and settled on the east side of Black river, about half-way between Kelsey’s mills (now Port Leyden) and High Falls (now Lyons Falls). The first permanent settlement was made in the town by Caleb Lyon at Lyonsdale in 1819. Your correspondent thinks that at the time Mr. Murphy settled here that Daniel Sears and Eben Kelsey owned the land where Port Leyden village now is located on the west side of Black river and Rufus Lyon owned the land on the east side of the river now embraced in the village limits. When Mr. Murphy settled here this section of the country was an almost unbroken wilderness and he has lived for fifty-six years where he first located. He had five sons by his first wife, all of whom are now living at Warren, Illinois. In 1841 he married Widow Tyler (former Harriet Pinney); there were no children from this marriage. In 1885 he married Widow Pitcher (formerly Achsah Fisk) who now survives him. They have two children, Dr. Stephen Murphy of Glendale and Smith Murphy, who now lives at home. Mr. Murphy has been a member of the M.E. church for nearly fifty years and his demise will be deeply felt in the councils of that society. He was strictly temperate, of a quiet disposition and respected by all. His funeral was held at the M. E. church at this place, Saturday, April 11, and was largely attended, a number of relatives and friends being present from Boonville.

Submitted by:
Wendy Fjelstad , Cottage Grove, WI, Pitcher Family descendent



From unidentified newspaper - 1980
Abbey Newton is Dead at 59


COPENHAGEN - Mrs. Abbey G. Newton, 59, RD 1, died Friday at the Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, where she had been a patient for several weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Piddock Funeral Home, Adams, with Rev. James McEathron, pastor of the Adams Center Baptist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Rodman.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Surviving are her husband Kenneth, three daughters, Mrs. John (Mary-Lou) Knapp, Adams Center, Mrs. Richard (Helen) Buddenhagen, Marion and Mrs. Cole (Cindy) Filson, Worth; two sons, Van and Timothy, Barnes Corners; nine grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Vincent (Esther) Bonneville, Long Beach, Calif.,; a niece and a nephew.

She was born March 2, 1920 at Enosburgh, Vt., the daughter of Walter and Emily Bouche White. She attended Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown.

She married Kenneth Newton at Copenhagen, June 24, 1939. The couple kived all their married life in the Copenhagen area.

She was a former member of the Rebecca Lodge.

Social Security Death Index record showing her first name spelled as Abbie, not Abbey. The 1930 Federal US Census record also indicates her name was spelled Abbie. As you will notice, the Social Security Death Index indicates her birth year as 1921 rather than 1920. I don't know which is correct at this time.

Contributed by
Kim Cameron



Noftsier--Anna, daughter of the late Christian and Katherine (Yousey) Noftsier, was born in Lewis Co., N. Y., Feb. 28, 1871; died Jan. 6, 1943; aged 17 y. 10m. 9 d. She was united in marriage with Joseph Noftsier. She is survived by 5 children (Mrs. David Zehr, Raymond, Ervin of Lowville, N. Y., Mrs. John Roggie, and Mrs. Aaron Zehr of Carthage, N. Y.), 17 grandchildren, 11 foster grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Her husband and 5 children preceed her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Croghan, N. Y., in her youth and remained faithful to the end. For the past few years she has been in ill health. A week before her death she suffered a cerebral hemorrhagee at the home of her son Raymond. Funeral services were conducted Jan, 9 at the home by Bro. Allen Gingerich and at the Amish Mennonite Church at Croghan by Bro. Joseph J. Zehr. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Noftsier. - Anna, daughter of the late Christian and Kathryn (Yousey) Noftsier, was born in Lewis Co., N.Y., Feb. 28, 1871; died Jan. 6, 1943; aged 71 y. 10 m. 9 d. She was united in marriage with Joseph Noftsier. She is survived by 5 children (Mrs. David Zehr, Raymond, Ervin of Lowville, N.Y., Mrs. John Roggie, and Mrs. Aaron Zehr of Carthage, N.Y.); also 1 foster son (Romeyn of Beaver Falls, N.Y.), 2 brothers (Peter of Croghan, N.Y. and Emmanuel of Carthage, N.Y.), 17 grandchildren, 11 foster grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Her husband and 5 children preceded her in death. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Croghan, N.Y. in her youth and remained faithful to the end. For the past few years she has been in ill health. A week before her death she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her son, Raymond. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 9 at the home of Bro. Allen Gingerich and at the Amish Mennonite Church at Croghan by Bro. Joseph J. Zehr. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"Mother thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."

(my husband's great grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



The death of Mrs. Barbara Noftziger, which occurred at 10 o'clock Monday morning is a particularly sad one for her children following so soon the death of her husband. She passed away diring the time the funeral services were being held for her husband. Mrs. Noftziger had been ill for a week of bronchial pneumonia, following an attack of the grip. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara Ebersol Martin and was born in France on April 10, 1888, coming to this country when eight years of age. She was a woman posessed of a cherry, congenial temperament, and had the respect and esteam of her neighbors and acquaintances. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Catharine Beller, of Carthage; Mrs. Jacob Stolzfus, of Lowville; Mrs. Daniel B. Moser, of Belfort; and Mrs. David Farney of Croghan. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Michael Zehr, of Indian River. Her funeral services will be held from the Amish church at 10 o'clock Thursday morning.

(my husband's GG grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Joseph Noftsier, 62 died suddenly at this home on a farm about two miles north of this village about 5 p. m. Sunday, January 25. Mr. Noftsier had just brought in an armful of wood, when he was seized with a heart attack and died in his chair. He had been suffering from heart trouble for several years, although he was able to attend to his farm work. Besides his wife, Anna Noftsier, he is survived by the following named children; Romeyn, of Kirschnerville; Raymond and Irving Noftsier, of Beaver Falls; Mrs. David Zehr, of Lowville; Mrs. John Roggie and Mrs. Aaron Zehr, of Carthage, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Roggie of Croghan. Funeral service were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10 a. m. at the Amish church at Croghan. Burial in the Amish Cemetery at Croghan.

(my husband's great grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



John Noftziger, one of the oldest residents of this section, passed away after a two days illness of the grip at 10:30 Friday night. Mr. Noftziger was born in Germany and was 88 years, 9 months and 10 days of age. he left his native home when eleven years of age and has been a life-long resident of this locality. He had been married 58 years and his aged widow is seriously ill at this writing. Mr. Noftziger was a farmer by occupation and was an honest, industrious man. Besides his widow he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Catharine Beller, of Carthage; Mrs. Daniel B. Moser, of Belfort; Mrs. Jacob Stolzfus, of Lowville, and Mrs. David Farney of this place. His funeral services were largely attended from the Amish church at 10 o'clock Monday morning, the interment taking place at Kirschnerville.

(my husband's GG grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



NAFZIGER. ­ A sad affliction has befallen this family in Turin Twp., Lewis Co., N. Y. Since the 7th November 1891 six of the family have been called away by death, as follows:

Susanna Nafziger, on the 7th of November 1890, aged 22 years. Samuel Nafziger, on the 13th of June 1891, of black diphtheria, aged 7 Y., 10 M., 10 D.

Christian Nafziger, father of the family, on the 25th of June 1891, of the same disease, aged 51 Y., 3 M., 5 D.

Joseph Nafziger, on the 31st of June 1891, of the same disease, aged 16 Y. 14 D.

Catharine Nafziger, on the 1st of July 1891, aged 26 Y., 4 M., 18 D. John Nafziger, on the 16th of July 1891, aged 13 Y., 3 M., 11 D., both of the same terrible disease.

As this malady is infectious no one was allowed to visit the sufferers, and the dead were buried by the physicians and the remaining members of the household. May God in his infinite mercy comfort and bless the surviving ones.

(my husband's great grandfather-Christian Nafziger)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



From an undated unknown newspaper probably 1976:

Eleanor Gould Ogden

Port Leyden-Mrs. Eleanor Gould Ogden, 80, only daughter of the late G.H.P. Gould, former owner of the Gould Paper Co., Lyons Falls, died Saturday, May 1, at her home in New York City.

She was a summer resident of Alexandria Bay and Wellesley Island for many years.

A memorial service was held at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Chapel, New York, last Tuesday morning at 11. There was a graveside service Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the Port Leyden Cemetery, with Rev. John Sharp, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Lowville, officiating.

Contributions may be made to New York Hospital, 68th St. and York Ave. Mrs. Ogden is survived by her husband, Samuel Burr Ogden; a granddaughter, Susan S. Tuttle, Los Angeles, Calif.; nieces and nephews including Mrs. Jane G.Allen, Lyons Falls, Mrs. Mary G. Markham, Constableville, Mrs. Nancy Carr, New York, H. Peter Gould, Houston, Texas, and Gene B. Gould, Vernardsville, N.J.

She was born in Lyons Falls Dec 20, 1895, daughter of G.H.P. and Nellie Church Gould. Mr. Gould, who died June 8, 1919 was the owner of the Gould Paper Co.

Mrs. Ogden attended school in Lyons Falls and was graduated from Mrs. Merrill's School in New Rochelle. She married Donald S. Tuttle in 1917. The marriage ended in divorce.

Their son, Dr. Stewart Gould Tuttle, died Oct 23, 1963 at the age of 39.

She married Navy Capt. Samuel Burr Ogden on Dec. 10, 1949 in New York City.

Contributed by:
JOKER32609@aol.com



From unidentified newspaper - Feb 10, 1887
In Memoriam


Died in Martinsburg, January 12, 1887, Mrs. Lydia Pitcher, widow of the late Reuben Pitcher, in the ninety-seventh year of her age.

The subject of this sketch was born in Vermont, November 20, 1790. she removed to Martinsburgh when quite young, and was married to Reuben Pitcher when but fifteen years of age, and together they commenced keeping house in a log shanty, erected by themselves, surrounded by a vast wilderness. Here they spent sixty-two years happily, amid all the toils and privations of that period. Many incidents have we heard her relate of what the early settlers had to endure. One incident in particular, which we will mention, occurred at the time of the war in 1812. In the absence of her husband (who was called to Sacketts Harbor as a soldier) news reached the little settlement that the Indians were about to come upon and massacre all the white settlers. With great courage and presence of mind she yoked a pair of oxen to a sled, and with her two little ones, drove to her nearest neighbor, a quarter of a mile away, for safety.

She was endowed with a strong constitution and great energy of mind. Her husband was called to his home in 1866, aged eighty-two years. Since that event she has resided with her youngest son, Lewis A. Pitcher, mostly where she enjoyed the kindest of care. She was the last representative of the former generation, of both her own and husband’s family. Besides the care of a large family, she kindly cared for aged parents and others in affliction, and ever spoke of them in kindest regards. They had ten children; two died in childhood, three in adult age and five yet remain, two sons and three daughters, Mrs. Martha Burchard, of Michigan; Mrs. Amanda Cadwell of Copenhagen, and Mrs. Alger, James II, and Lewis A. Pitcher of Martinsburgh. She also had twenty-seven grandchildren, fifty-one great grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She attended the golden wedding of her daughter Mrs. Alger, last March, and often attended church with the kind help of her children the past season, which she enjoyed much. Her last illness was short and very severe, and she longed most earnestly to depart and go to her Savior, whom she had professed to love for over seventy years.

Thou wilt long be missed kind, dear, devoted mother,
In circles where thy feet have often trod;
Thy vacant place be filled not by another,
Yet would we bow and kiss the chastening rod.

In ripened years thou hast been called to enter
The pearly gate, where sin no more may blight,
Where bliss unuttered shall forever center,
To bathe thy soul in heaven’s own love and light

Did all the loved ones gathered there before thee.
Welcome thine entrance to the spirit land?
Companion, children, friends at once restore thee
Affections purified mid seraph bands?

Submitted by:
Wendy Fjelstad , Pitcher Family descendent



Obituary of John H. Radley


Believed to have been posted in the Boonville Herald.

John H. Radley, 75 years of age, pased away at his home in Turin lastSaturady. Hewas the sone of Andrew and Madeline Pritchard Radley, and was born November 6, 1846. Mr. Radley has always been a resident of Lewis Conty and was a man held in high esteem by all his friends and acquaintenances. he is survived by his widow, one son, Andrew B. Radley, a daughter, Miss Lena Radley, one brother, Robert Radley, and one sister, Mrs. Marh Hiltbrant, all of Turin. The funeral was held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Submitted by
JoAnn DiDonato


Roggie.-Andrew, son of the late Bishop Jacob and Kathrine (Zehr) Roggie, was born Aug. 26, 1867; died May 20, 1939; aged 71 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Widrick, Jan. 1, 1892. This union was blessed with 10 children, who survive. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he continued until his very sudden end. He met with a very sad accident, being attacked by an ugly bull which broke away from his stall and ran into the field on his farm. Bro. Roggie went to drive him back into the stable when he attacked him. The accident was witnessed by his wife and children. Elmer and Esther quickly rushed to his assistance but reached him just a little too late. He was picked up and rushed to the doctor's office, but passed away on his way a short distance from his home. For the past 43 years he resided on his farm where the accident happened, about 1 1/2 miles from Croghan, N. Y. He always manifested "a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of the Lord of great price." His quiet and unassuming way won him many friends. His seat in church was seldom vacant when able to attend. He will be greatly missed in his home, also in the Church of which he was a loyal, devoted member, and an earnest, faithful worker both in Church and Sunday school. May the Lord give us all grace to say with Job, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." His sudden and untimely passing away is not only a great bereavement to his loved ones, but a real loss to the community, and to his profession; yet we will submit to Him who doeth all things well. Truly life is but a vapor. He leaves his bereaved companion, 5 sons, and 5 daughters: Benjamin, Reuben, Anna (Mrs. Jac Wagler), Clara (Mrs. Ezra Lehman), all of Lowville; John, Carthage; Rosella (Mrs. Elmer Lehman), Croghan; Molly, Esther, Elmer, Erwin, all at home; 2 brothers (Deacon Jac Roggie, Croghan, and John Roggie, Hubbard, Oreg.); 3 sisters (Mrs. Lena Moshier, Mrs. Philip Moshier, Kirchnerville, N. Y., and Mrs. Lydia Zehr, Indian River, N. Y.), and 32 grandchildren. Two grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. J. J. Zehr at the home, and by Bros. Jac Gingerich and Joe Lehman at the meetinghouse. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

"Farewell, dear husband and father, your labors are o'er;
Your willing hands will toil no more;
Peace be thy slumber, thy rest be sweet,
Our circle is broken, our home incomplete."

Transcriber's note: In Mr. Roggie's obituary, three separate people have the uncommon given name of Jac (Mrs. Jac Wagler, Deacon Jac Roggie, and Bro. Jac Gingerich). None of these is a typo.

Excerpt from second obituary:

The bull, two years old, broke away from its stable while Roggie was working in the pasture near his farm home. The Farmer attempted to defend himself from the charging bull with a pitchfork. The bull however drove Roggie to the ground and then trampled him. Roggie, although semi-conscious, succeeded in rolling under a fence, saving himself from futher injury. The bull was driven back into its stall. Mr. Roggie was placed in the family car and taken to Dr. O'Connor's office, two miles from the Roggie farm. Mr. Roggie died en route only a short distance from his home.

(my husband's great grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Roggie, Anna W., daughter of the late John and Anna (Noftsier) Widrick, was born June 20, 1872, near Croghan, N. Y.; passed away May 29, 1957, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Reuben Moshier, Lowville, N. Y., after a lingering illness; aged 84 y.11m. 9 d. She made her home with her children for several years. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and was a faithful member of the Conservative Mennonite Church. On Dec. 1, 1892, she was married to Andrew Roggie, who preceded her in death in 1939. Also preceding her were one daughter, one son, and 6 grandchildren. Surviving are 4 sons and 4 daughters (John W., Carthage, N. Y.; Rosella-Mrs. Elmer Lehman, Croghan, N. Y.; Elmer, Ellisburg, N. Y.; Reuben, Irvin, Anna-Mrs. Jacob Wagler, Esther-Mrs. Reuben Moshier, and Mollie, Lowville, N. Y.), one brother (Solomon, Croghan, N. Y.), 42 grandchildren, and 47 great-grandchildren. One of her delights in her declining years was to make and knit garments and give them to those in need in the name of her Lord. Funeral services were held June 1 at the Conservative church in charge of J. Leon Martin and Lloyd Boshart, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

(my husband's great grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



AnnaBelle Rumble Stricken at Home


Lowville - AnnaBelle Rumble, 81, of 7475 South State Street, Lowville, was stricken at her home Friday, Oct. 3, (1997) and pronounced dead on arrival at Lewis County General Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Virkler-Percoski Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. David C. Bergner, pastor of the Lowville United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Old Glendale Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 7-9 at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Lewis County Search and Rescue, West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367.

Mrs. Rumble is survived by three sons, Michael C. Thomas of Lake Charles, LA, Herbert W. Rumble of Ragle, LA, and Maynard G. Rumble, Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Dorothy E. Johnson, Lowville; four brothers, Thomas C. Thomas of California, William J. Thomas of California, Edward Thomas, unknown, and David L. Thomas of Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret E. White of Lee Center, Mrs. Sarah Sweeney of Washington, and Laura E. Dauback of Rome, NY: 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by a daughter, Mary L. Rumble, two brothers, Richard H. Thomas and Robert O. Thomas, and two sisters, Catherine E. Hayes and Mary J. Andrews.

Mrs. Rumble was born on February 19, 1916 in the Town of Steuben, a daughter of Charles S. and Eva R. Cannon Thomas. She married Maynard C. Rumble on March 4, 1936 at the Lyons Falls Methodist parsonage with Rev. Tracie Day Spencer officiating. Mr. Rumble died on September 6, 1968. She worked as a cook at various lumber camps in the area and also cleaned camps and homes in Lewis County. Her last employment was at AMF Manufacturing in Lowville. She retired February 20, 1981 after 15 years of service.

Mrs. Rumble enjoyed flowers and gardening.

Contributed by:
Kathleen M. Thomas



From "The Journal & Republican", Lowville, NY, Sept. 19, 1968

M. C. Rumble, Greig Native --

Maynard C. Rumble, 58, of Chase's Lake Road, town of Greig, died Sept. 10 in the Lewis County General Hospital, where he had been a patient two weeks. He had been in failing health four years following a heart attack.

He was born at Greig Sept. 8, 1910, a son of Franklin B. and Mary Houghmaster Rumble. He worked as a woodsman since the age of 15 at various lumber camps in Lewis and Oneida counties, until a heart attack in November, 1964.

He married Anna Belle Thomas March 4, 1936 at the Methodist parsonage, Lyons Falls. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Tracy Spencer.

Mr. Rumble was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Herbert W., Great Bend, and Maynard G., at home; a daughter, Mrs. Timothy (Dorothy) Fuller, Glenfield R.D. 1; a step-son, Michael C. Thomas, Lake Charles, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Adrian (Mabel) Snyder, Glenfield, and Mrs. Ben (Eva) Smith, Greig; two half-sisters, Mrs. Sam (Laura) Mastro, Waynesburg, O., and Mrs. Mildred Sheltray, Carthage, and five granddaughters.

The funeral was Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Virkler Funeral Home, with Rev. J. Paul Muller, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Old Glendale Cemetery.

Contributed by:
Kathleen M. Thomas



Enos Scott Obituary

Contributed by: Mark Webb



Joshua Smith was born May 14, 1824 in Denmark township, Lewis County, New York. His father (Oliver Smith) was a Yankee from Massachusetts. His mother, Nancy Vrooman, was Dutch. He received his schooling in the township where he was born and lived there until 21 years old, then went to Wisconsin. Returning to York state he enlisted in the 1st regiment of New York volunteers to the Mexican War in 1846. He was in battles at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Cherabusco, Chipultapec and City of Mexico. He was wounded at the later place being pierced entirely through his right lung and his body. He located to Rock County, Wis, in 1848, and was married to Julia Ann Deuel in 1851. His wife passed to higher life in 1869. Six children were born to them of whom four survive: Mrs. Rena S. Bennett of Beloit, Wis; Mrs. Ella Ehrenfeld of Pasadena, Cali; Vincent P. Smith of Plainwell, Mich; and Oliver J. Smith of Chicago.

In 1893 he was married to Mary W. Thayer. He located to Colorado in 1894 and resided there until 1903, since then residing in or near Otsego until a short time after the death of his wife, which occurred in November 1810. Soon after this while visiting in Chicago he met with an accident from which he never recovered, being confined in the hospital until he passed away on July 23, 1912, being 88 years, 2 months, and 9 days old.

Services were held in Chicago, conducted by Mrs. Ella E. Danielson. Interment was made in Mountain Home cemetery, Otsego, Rev. E. R. Clark officiating.

I believe this obituary was from the Otsego (Michigan) Union newspaper.

Submitted by a great-great granddaughter,
Nancy Holder .



Obituary - Eddington A. Tallen - July 10, 1936


The death occurred in Verona of Eddington A. Tallen, one of Verona’s oldest residents, who passed away after a brief illness. The late Mr. Tallen, who was a son of the late Thomas and Hannah Tallen, was born at Petworth 75 years ago and had been a life-long and highly esteemed resident of the community. For the past 40 years he lived in the village of Verona. He was a carpenter by trade and in addition held many positions of trust, being bailiff for the Division Court, auctioneer and constable. He was an ardent supporter of all clean sport and was always a Conservative in politics.

He is survived by his widow who was a daughter of the late Thomas Genge of Oak Flats, two sons, James of Auburn, Ind. and Thomas B. postmaster at Verona, and four daughters, Mrs. William Connolly of Kingston, Mrs. Clifton Leonard of Toronto, Mrs. George A. Brown of Verona and Mrs. T.C. Darnley of Aurora. He also leaves one brother Joseph of Rochester, N.Y.

The funeral , which was largely attended, was held at the family residence and was conducted by Rev. Alfred Bishop of the United Church, assisted by Rev. B.E. Stevenson of the Free Methodist Church. A wealth of beautiful floral tributes bespoke the esteem in which the deceased was held by a wide circle of friends. the pall-bearers were six nephews. Internment was made in the family plot in Verona Cemetery.

Mr. Tallen’s passing was the first break in his immediate family in more than fifty years. Submitted by:
Beth White



Death Notice - Hazel Edna Tallen


At Ongwanada Hospital on Friday, October 24, 1975, Hazel Edna Storms, beloved wife of the late Thomas Tallen and dear sister of Mrs. Margaret Greene and Sandy Storms of Verona; Mrs. June Durocher of Watertown, New York and Mrs. Susan Snyder of Godfrey. Resting at the Lindsay Funeral Home, Sydenham for funeral service on Monday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Internment Verona Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Submitted by:
Beth White



Mrs. Magdalena Kempf Virkler, wife of Samuel G. Virkler, passed away at her home Saturday on Main Street, after a lingering illness of cancer. Mrs. Virkler had been a great sufferer from this dread disease for only about four weeks prior to her death. She was the eldest daughter of the late Peter and Katherine Kempf and was born in New Bremen, February 3, 1854. In February, 1886 she was married to Samuel G. Virkler, who survives. They resided on a farm near Beaver Falls about thirty years, when they retired from farming and came to this place seven years ago and have since resided here. Besiedes her husband she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Alvin Steiner and Mrs. John Lehman, of Beaver Falls, and Mrs. Phillip Farney, who resides with her parents; also two grandchildren and five sisters, Mrs. S. J. Virkler, Snell raod; Mrs. Benjamin Farney, Beaver Falls, and Mrs. John C. Farney and Mrs. J. E. Fareney of this village, and Mrs. Sarah Lehman, New Breman. The funeral was held Tuesday at 1 p. m. at her late home on Main street and at 1:30 at the Evangelical Baptist church, of which she was a devout member; interment in the Evangelical Baptist cemetery. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved husband and family.

(my great grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Samuel G. Virkler, 82, Croghan Resident, Dies

Retired Farmer, New Bremen Native, Was Church Trustee 20 Years Croghan, May 8.---Samuel G. Virkler, 82, died at 2:55 Friday afternoon at his home on Main Street following an illness of six months.

He was a son of Andrew and Magdelena Farney Virkler and was born in New Breman Sept. 14,1854. Mr. Virkler was twice married. His frist wife was Anna Sommers, who died in March, 1883, in New Bremen. The second marriage, Feb. 14, 1886, was to Magdelena Kempf, who died June 7, 1924, in Croghan.

They resided on a farm near Beaver Falls until 20 years ago, when Mr. Virkler retired and purchased the Frank Magra residence here. He was a member of the Evangelical Baptist church near Croghan, of which he was a trustee from 1886 to 1916. He was also a director of the Lowville and Beaver River railroad.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Phillip Farney, this village; Mrs. Alvin Steiner, who resides on the Virkler homestead near Beaver Falls, and Mrs. John Lehman of Beaver falls; seven grandchildren; one brother, Rev. Andrew E. Virkler, of Croghan, and one sister, Mrs. Lydia Beyer of Naumburg.

The funeral will be held from the home Monday at 1:15 p. m. and from the Evangelical church at 2. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.

(my great grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Warren W. White
Journal & Republican. Lowville
Thursday November 11, 1880.


Despite the severity of the storm last Sabbath afternoon, the funeral services of Warren W. White, at his residence in this village, were very largely attended. Rev. Joseph H. France officiated, and the choir of the Presbyterian church rendered appropriate music. the deceased was born in Floyd, near Utica, in this state, and from that point, some twenty-seven years ago, he removed to Turin, from whence three years later he changed his residence to our village, whre he has since made his home, living here, therefore, nearly a quarter of a century. Upon coming to Lowville, he took charge of the county house, over which he presided a period of seven years. about the middle of last March he was attacked by disease, not at first supposed to be serious, but gradually gaining power over him, until at last he has passed from us to the spirit world. He was a man cordial in his friendships, full of the spirit of hospitality, and as a citizen universally respected by those who knew him. He leaves a wife and son, besides brothers and a sister to mourn his departure. The deceased was in the 62d year of his age, but previous to the illness of last March, was healthy and vigorous, and gave promise of yet many years of usefulness.

Contributed by his Great Grandson
Al White



At her home near Kirschnerville, Wednesday morning, Oct. 11th, at 9 a. m., occurred the death of Mrs. John Widrich, Sr., after a lingering illness. Her maiden name was Anna Noftsier and she was born in Germany on the 14th day of June, 1835. She was a woman possessed of many excellent qualities, a good neighbor and a kind and loving mother. She leaves to mourn her loss eight children, five sons: Christian Widrich, Belfort; John Widrich, Lowville, Joseph Widrich, New Bremen; Daniel and Soloman Widrich, of Kirschnervill; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph Mosher, New Bremen, and Mrs. Andrew Roggie of Belfrot, Her funeral will be held from her late home Friday morning, Oct. 13th, interment taking place at New Bremen.

(my husband's GG grandmother

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Zehr, Lydia, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Zehr) Roggie, was born at Croghan, N.Y., Jan. 12, 1874; died of a heart attack at the Lewis County General Hospital, June 8, 1961, after a few days' illness; aged 87 y. 4 m. 27 d. On Dec. 14, 1893, she was married to Joseph M. Zehr, who died Jan. 15, 1938. One daughter and one grandson also preceded her in death. Surviving are 6 sons (Menno, Gladys, Va.; Samuel, New Bremen; Alvin, Croghan; Amos, Ogdensburg; Michael, Croghan; and Vernon, Catorland), 4 daughters (Kathryn-Mrs. Emanuel Swartzendruber, Pigeon, Mich.; Mrs. Martha Bellar and Mrs. Marian Gingerich, both of Castorland; and Esther-Mrs. Erwin Moshier, Croghan), 55 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren. Much of her time the last years was spent in knitting for relief. She was a member of the Croghan Conservative Church, where funeral services were held June 11, in charge of Lloyd Boshart and Elias Zehr.

(my husband's great grandmother)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



Feb. 27th, at Croghan, Lewis Co., N. Y., of the Amish Men. church, Bishop MICHAEL ZEHR, at the advanced age of 89 years, 4 months and 27 days. He had 9 children, 170 grand and great-grandchildren. His wife was called away many years since. He was a good man, whose hand was ever open for the poor. In his office he was a good counselor, and was beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. On the funeral occasion words of comfort were delivered by Peter Lemon and Jacob Vogt. The labors of our brother are ended on this earth, and he has gone to the reward of the righteous.

(my husband's GGG grandfather)

Contributed by:
Diane Beller



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