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MARCH 7, 1890; Friday


MACY-NORRIS-Hempstead, Feb. 26, by Rev. Robert Crook, LL.D., Mr. Jarvis H. Macy, of Middletown, Del., and Miss Lizzie J. Norris of Uniondale.


(19)HENTZ-Hempstead, Feb. 28, John H. Hentz, in his 83d year.

SEAMAN-Brooklyn, Feb. 27, John Henry Seaman, formerly of Hempstead, aged about 75 years.

SHAW-Springfield, Feb. 20, Ellery J., son of Joseph Shaw, Jr., aged 4 months and 15 days.

DONOVAN-Brooklyn, Feb. 22, Margaret J., wife of John Donovan.

FYFE-Woodsburgh, Feb. 22, John Fyfe, Sr.

MATTHEWS-Brooklyn, Feb. 28, Emily Caroline Matthews, beloved wife of Smith Matthews.

HENDRICKSON-Pearsalls, March 4, Julia Etta Hendrickson, aged 33 years and 6 months. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Friday, at 1 o'clock, from the residence of her father, Sylvanus Johnson, and 2 o'clock at the F. M. Church, Rockville Centre.

PHOEBE DAVISPhoebe , aged 95 years, died at the Old Ladies' Home on Staten Island on Monday last. She was born at Amityville and was the grandmother of Dan'l Willmarth of Woodsburgh. The funeral occurred Tuesday and the remains were interred in Cypress Hills Cemetery. Her name was Berry before she was married, and her mother lived to the ripe old age of 104 years.

Rockaway-Rev. Father Michael J. Murphy died of Bright's disease on Monday last in the 48th year of his age. The funeral took place at St. Mary's Star of the Sea on Thursday morning. He had been in poor health for the past six years and unable to devote himself to his chosen vocation. His last pastorate was in Greenpoint. He was a brother of Mrs. Wm. A. Wynn, and highly esteem by a large circle of friends.

Inwood-The infant daughter of Mr. George Fosdick died a few days ago.

Valley Stream-Anthony Ernst, aged about 60 years, an old resident of the place, died on Tuesday. Funeral took place on Thrusday at his late residence.

MARCH 14, 1890; Friday

*GURNEY-FANNING-at Lawrence M.E. Church, March 11, by Rev. B. M. Adams, Presiding Elder, assisted by Rev. E. K. Fanning and Rev. W. W. Gillies, Rev. Samuel Samuel Gurney, pastor of Third M. E. Church, Long Island City, to Miss Annie Fanning, youngest daughter of Rev. E. K. Fanning.

Woodsburgh-Mr. Alvah DeMott and Miss Delia Burtis, daughter of Samuel Burtis, were united in marriage on Thursday last.

*Lawrence-Mr. Samuel Gurney of Whitestone, and Miss Annie, duaghter of Rev. E. K. Fanning, were married at noon on Tuesday, in the M. E. church, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. B. M. Adams. A large number of friends from a distance came up on the midday train to witness the ceremony. A reception was held at the residence of the bride's parents from one until five o'clock, when Mr. Gurney and his bride departed for Long Island City. The bridegroom recently graduated from Drew Seminary and assumed the pastorate of a church in that city and upon their arrival there a reception was tendered his parishioners and immediate friends. The bridal presents embraced many elegant and costly articles in gold and silver, and other useful and ornamental souvenirs of the happy event. DEATHS
(20)COMBES-Rockville Centre, March 11, Clinton F. Combes, aged 69 years, 11 months, 16 days.

Jamaica-ABRAHAM H. SMITH, died on Sunday last from cancer of the stomach. He was fifty-five years.

Jamaica-TESSIE COVERT, On Thursday morning last Tessie Cover died at her parent's residence in this village.

Springfield-FRANK MULLER-Last week we had the funeral of Frank Muller, aged 67 years, whose sickness was noticed in the OBSERVER the week before. The deceased was born in Germany in 1823, where he attended school until 12 years of age., when he apprenticed to blacksmithing and after serving his time came to America and settled awhile in New York City, afterward in East New York, following his trade until failing health caused him to find a home in Springfield, and thence in Fosters Meadow, where he remained up to the time of his death engaged in farming until recently when he retired and gave the business over to his son. He was married 37 years ago to a sister of Joseph S. Roeckel, who survived him to mourn with others for one who was magnanimons in every instinct, never little or mean, incapble of detraction himself and unsuspicious of it in others. His soul moved on the high plane where all is broad and liberal and unselfish. His funeral was from St. Boniface Church, and was one of the largest in the place for years.

Springfield-The infant child of Wm. Bixbie was buried from the Presbyterian Church Thursday.

Pearsalls-A demented woman named Eliza Higgins was found badly burned lying in the kitchen of the Barnum Island Poor House, on Friday of last week. Dr. J. A. Hutcheson was promptly sent for and did what he could to ease the suffering but could not save her life. The unfortunate woman died on Saturday.

Lawrence-On Sunday Death claimed an old and much esteemed citizens, William Smith, the immediate cause of death being dropsy. Mr. Smith was in his 66th year and had been in poor health for a number of months. It was owing to this fact that he lately withdrew from the wheelwright business at Far Rockaway under the firm name of Smith, Hendrickson and Soper, with which he was connected for many years. Two married daughters-Mrs. James Murray and Mrs. John Hicks-survive him. The funeral took place at St. John's Episcopal Church, Far Rockaway on Thursday.

Long Island-Sylvanus Hickson, of Roslyn, died last week from a cancerous affection. He has had over thirty tumors removed from his neck in the last year.

Woodsburgh-MR. CONKLIN, father-in-law of Rev. M. Caldwell, formerly pastor of the M.E. Church, died suddenly in New York on Friday last. The deceased was well known in the community, where he has lived for several years, and was much esteemed.

MARCH 21, 1890; Friday
SMITH-GRITMAN-At the Presbyterian parsonage, Freeport on Saturday, March 15, Mr. Delamater Smith and Mrs. Alice Gritman, both of Freeport.

DURYEA-WRIGHT-Valley Stream, March 12, by Rev. S. K. Spahr, Mr. Francis E. Duryea, of Hempstead, and Miss Ida A. Wright, of Valley Stream.

Inwood-Mr. Joseph Foster and Miss Nettie Johnson were quietly married on Tuesday at ten o'clock at the residence of the bride's parents on Bayview Ave., the ceremony being performed by the Rev. S. G. Appleget. The happy couple started on the 12:39 train for South Amboy where they will spend the honeymoon.

SMITH-Baldwins, March 13, Walter Smith, son of Horace and Maria Smith, aged 16 years.

IVES-Rockville Centre, March 16, Callie, son of Alfred E. and H. Marie Ives, aged 4 yrs. 3 mos, 19 days.

(21)COMBS-Woodsburgh-March 13, Stephen L. Combs, aged 42 yrs., 11 mos. 22 days.

Hempstead-MISS ELIZABETH HEWLETT died at her home in this village on Sunday, aged 84 years. She was a daughter of the late John Hewlett, formerly a farmer living between here and Valley Stream. John Hewlett left two sons, Oliver and Lewis and four daughters, the deceased, Mrs. Chas. Hawkins, Mrs. Samuel Smith, of Rickville Centre, and Mrs. Dr. Jewson, all but the latter being now dead. When a young woman Elizabeth lost an eye by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of her brother-in-law, Mr. Hawkins. It is said that she was engaged to marry Dr. Jewsen, but he changed his mind and married Emeline, which fact greatly embittered Elizabeth's life. Subsequently she moved to New York and at the house of Miss Betsy DeMott, a sister of the late Squire John W. DeMott, in Houston Street, she was married to a gentleman who was looking for money. Failing to get it, he left her in two weeks and never returned. Resuming her maiden name, Miss Hewlett returned to this village, where she occupied a small two-room house until she died. She was very frugal and but for her nephew, Oliver Hewlett, of Washington Square, and his family physcian, Dr. Ludlum, she would have suffered in her last months of life. Of late years she was considered eccentric and was frequently seen on the street wearing prominent side glasses and carrying an umbrella, a basket and a pet hen sitting on the basket handle. She leaves bonds, money and bank books to the value of over $24,00, which in the absence of a will must be distributed among the relatives.

Inwood-The infant daughter of Mr. John VanWickler died on Tuesday morning, aged about six months.

Springfield-Mrs. Dillon's death on Friday morning last resulted from paralysis, and her burial was in Cypress Hills Cemetery on Monday.

Pearsalls-JOHN T. HENDRICKSON- died at his residence north of this village on Sunday morning. For many years he had been in somehwat delicate health, but seldom suffered from regular illness and only a few days previous to his death was about his business as usual. The cause of his death was the result of an illness of long standing. His sufferings during his fatal illness were intense. Mr. Hendrickson was a man of fine parts, of great natural allowments, and possessing a keen and logical mind. He was much devoted to his home life and a kind and loving husband. He was educated for the ministry, but instead of entering the profession turned his attention to mercantile pursuits. He was the son of David Hendrickson and was born at Fosters Meadow sixty-three years ago. After a business career of a number of years in Brooklyn, during a part of which time he conducted an extensive coal business, he came to this place to reside nine years ago. Since coming here he had done much to improve and build up the neighborhood in which he lived. Mr. Hendrickson was a member of the Veterans Association of the 23rd regiment of Brooklyn, joining the Association at its organization, having for nine years previous been a member of Company K. He leaves a widow and one daughter. Also three brothers, James Hendrickson of Hempstead, and Joseph Hendrickson of Brooklyn, and one sister, Mrs. L. A. Thompson of Yaphank. His funeral took place at 10 o'clock on Wednesday from his late residence. The ceremonies were conducted by the pastor of the church in Brooklyn of which he was a member for many years. The interment was made in the family plot at Fosters Meadows.

Rockaway-RAYMOND MCKENNA, aged two years and nine months, the youngest son of Mrs. Wm. McKenna, died on Monday at the residence of his mother in New York.

Rockaway-FRANKLIN POTTINGER, son of Frank Pottinger, formerly of this place, died recently in Harlem at the age of 9 years and 8 months.

Long Island-BENJAMIN WANSOR, aged 87 years, died at the Brooksville Poorhouse. He was a native of the Town of Oysterbay, and in early life was a noted fox hunter. He could often follow a fox on foot closer than many of the mounted hunters.

Long Island-OLIVER GOODALE, of Peconic, was rather an eccentric character, and money making was his chief object in life. He died recently and his daugher, Mrs. Mary Terry is his heir. Mr. Goodale invested most of his money in mortgages in the vicinity of his home.

Long Island-JAMES COWEN, the body of James Cowen, an employee of the Glen Cove Starch Works, was found in a spring near his residence one day last week. It is presumed that he took a lantern and went for a pail of water and fell in as the lantern was found burning beside the pail in the morning. Cowen lived alone and had seen better days but a love of liquor ruined him. This is the third death from a like cause in Glen Cove within a few years, still people are careless about covering the springs.

MARCH 28, 1890; Friday
WRIGHT-East New York, March 21, George, son of Charles and Sarah Wright, aged 22 years. Interment at Rockville Centre.

BIRCHAM-Freeport, March 26, Raynor Bircham, aged 62 years.

POTTINGER-At 213 East 122nd St., New York City, March 9, 1890, Franklin W., only son of Frank and Elizabeth Pottinger, aged 4 yrs. 8 mos, 19 days.
Also on March 19, 1890, Jennie A. youngest child of same parents, aged 1 yr., 1 mos., 19 days.

MR. BENJAMIN R. SMITH, who died at his home here on Saturday last in the 90th year of his age, was the oldest citizen of Freeport. He was born in this village in the year 1800, at one time ran the mill where mr. Horsfall is now, but spent most of his time at farming. He worked a farm at Dutch Kills, now Lont Island City, for about 17 years, and for about 30 years worked a farm at Merrick. For the past few years he has lived in retirement in this village. In 1821 he was married to Miss Abigail Verity, who still survives him in the 90th year of her age. For 69 years they have lived together as man and wife, which is the first instance of the kind that has come to our knowledge in this town. We doubt if any other town on the island can show a similar case of long lived conjugal felicity. Mr. and Mrs. Smith reared a large family of six boys and four girls. Five are still living; Mrs. Hester Witherell, of Medford, Mass.; Mrs. Madeline Powers, formerly of New York City, now of Freeport; Mrs. Marie S. Edgar, of Brooklyn.

Inwood-MRS. SAMUEL SPRAGUE, died of consumption on Sunday last, aged 45 years. She had been ill for a long time and within the past two or three months her demise was expected at almost any time. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Lawrence M.E. Church.

Long Island-JAMES KELLY, On Wednesday evening James kelly, a resident of St. James, committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. His body was found by his son. No cause is assigned for the rash act.

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Transcribed and Edited© by Linda Pearsall Harvey