"ROME WOMAN HAD NEARLY REACHED
Finished Knitting a Pair of Stockings
Only Last Saturday
Rome, Dec. 17.- Mrs. Sarah Seely Grant,
widow of John B. Grant, died this morning at the home of her son, Rev.
A. J. Grant. She had no illness, death being the result of old age and
a general wearing out of the system. She was apparently as well as usual
last evening when she retired. At 5:30 o'clock this morning she was thought
to be sleeping soundly and half an hour later it was discovered that she
was dead, the body being yet warm.
Mrs. Grant's maiden
name was Sarah Seely. She was born in Stamford, Conn., July 7, 1808.
Her father, Jehue Seely, moved to Lafayette, this state, when she was quite
young. He fought for America throughout the War of 1812 and was present
at the engagement at Sackets Harbor.
Mrs. Grant went
to church in Onondaga county and at an early age joined the Methodists.
The family lived on the site of the City of Syracuse. There were
then no regular hours of worship in the township, services being conducted
in an old log schoolhouse.
Her father was
a British sympathizer during the Revolution and would not fight on the
American side. Her husband assisted to put upon the tracks the first car
ever constructed for a railroad in this state. The car was brought down
from Albany to Syracuse by bob sleds. It was taken to Geres lock, near
Belle Isle, the then eastern terminus of what is now known as the Auburn
branch of the Central. The railroad was then called the Syracuse &
Mrs. Grant possessed
an accurate and retentive memory up to the last. Her sight was good and
only Saturday she completed knitting a pair of stockings for her grandson.
She was about the house as usual yesterday and her health up to the last
had been considered excellent.
Mr. Grant died
in North Western, this county, in 1895 at the age of 93 years. They were
married in 1826 in Onondaga county. She was the last of a family of six
children. For the past thirty years she had made her home with her son,
who moved to Rome from North Western three months ago.
Mrs. Grant is
survived by the following children: Anna Eliza Bass of Schenectady; Amazi
S. Grant of Sand Lake, Mich.; Rev. A. J. Grant of Rome; Newman H. Grant
of Hastings, Oswego county; Rev. Luman A. Grant of Syracuse.
A service will
be held at the home of Mr. Grant tomorrow evening and the body will be
taken to Hastings the next day for funeral and interment. "
a picture of Sarah also appeared in this paper.