1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

Byron D. C. Foskett


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Byron D. C. Foskett

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: May 1869 - California 1 2
        Baptism: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1 3
         Burial: Jan 1902 - Palmyra, Wayne county, New York 3 4
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• He has conflicting birth information of 1862 and California. 5 Based on his age of 8 years old in 1870, this would mean that his year of birth was 1862. That was not corroborated by the 1900 Federal Census.
• He appeared on the 1870 Federal census in Jun 1870 in Palmyra, Wayne county, New York. 5 Byron was shown as being 8 years old and born in California. This would mean that his year of birth was 1862.
• He appeared on the 1880 Federal census on 17 Jun 1880 in Palmyra, Wayne county, New York. 6 Byron was shown living with his uncle August and aunt Cathy. Byron was shown as being 18 years old and born in California. Both of his parents were born in New York.
• He was mentioned in an article in "Palmyra Democrat" published from 26 Dec 1887 to 1890 in Palmyra, Wayne county, New York. 7 was listed in the following article. "Sugar Examiner B. D. C. Foskett and Jesse Corning of U.S. Appraisers' Dept., New York, are spending Christmas with relations and friends in town."

[Researcher's Note: The year was not listed on the newspaper page and the file name of the page covered years ranging from 1887-1890.]
• He was mentioned in an article in "Palmyra Democrat" published on 9 Sep 1891 in Palmyra, Wayne county, New York. 8 was listed in the following article. "Citation on Proof of Will -- The People of the State of New York, by the Grace of God Free and Indepent. To Maria T. Foskett, Palmyra, N. Y., Fanny M. Foskett, Palmyra, N. Y., William S. Phelps, Palmyra, N. Y., Crandall & Sanbury, Palmyra, N. Y., (??) Lyles, Brooklyn, N. Y., Bryon D. C. Foskett, New York City, N.Y., Charles Deyo, Palmyra, N. Y. C. W Meoneti, San Jose, California, George B. Strong, Port Gibson, N. Y., Lucy F. Trowbridge, Palmyra, N. Y. [as Administratrix of L. D. Trowbridge, deceased], W. H. Newcomb, Buffalo, N.Y., Root & Marshall, Palmyra, N. Y., A. L. Root, Palmyra, N. Y., L. G. Brodsco &Co., Palmyra, N. Y., John Balmer, Palmyra, N. Y., D. E. Lyon, Palmyra, N. Y., Johnson & E?gers, Palmyra, N. Y. Samuel Ingrahm, Palmyra, N. Y., E. D. Harrison, Cornwall, N. Y., Uriah M????? Chandler, Michigan, Abe??om Weeks, Palmyra, N. Y., Thomas Campbell, Albany, N. Y., B. H. Davis & Co., Palmyra, N. Y., R. E. Hart, Manchester, N. Y., R. P. Knowles & Co., Palmyra, N. Y., William Stinson, Middleport,N. Y., Philips & Bradle, Palmyra, N. Y., Theron? Boardman, Buffalo, N. Y., C. R. & L. O. Brigham, Palmyra, N. Y. E. N. Burcham [as Administrator of E. A. Fdgett, deceased], Newark, N. J., W. W. Powers & Son Palmyra, N. Y., J. S. Heath & Co., Buffalo, N. Y. send greetings."
"To aid other creditors of and persons interested in the estate of William O. Fosket late of Palmyra, in the County of Wayne, deceased, send...."
"You ........are hereby cited and ..... appear befoe the Surrogate Court, County of Wayne, at this office in the Village of C?de, in this County, at the ??st day of September 1891, at ten o'clock in the .... of the day, to ..... the final judicial settlement of the accounts of S. .....Sawyer as Administrator of the estate etc. of the said decease."
"Given under my hand and the seal of the surrogate's Court of the said County of Wayne, ..........in said County, this ..th day of July A.D. 1891. G. W. Cowles, Surrogate"

[Researcher's Note: the scanned image of this newspaper was not legible and therefore, the transcription above has many blanks.]
• He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 16 Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 2 Bryon was shown as being 39 years old and born May 1869 in California. Both his parents had been born in New York. The census showed that he was employed at the US Customs House. He was a boarder of the Hinsdale family.
• He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 "...was 41 years old. He was formerly an Examiner of Sugar, Eighth Division, Appraiser's Department of the Custom House Service, but at the time of his death had charge of all the samplers. He entered the Custom Health Service in 1882. He was unmarried and his home was in Palmyra, N.Y. where he is survived by a widowed mother, his only relative. He staid (sic) at the house of E. C. Hinsdale, who was also among the dead, at 9 Field Avenue, New Rochelle."
• He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pioneer" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 9 "...who was a brother of Mrs. Hinsdale, lived with the Hinsdales at their home at No. 9 Field avenue. He was chief examiner of sugars for many years in the New York Custom House and was recently promoted."
"Mr. Foskett's body was sent to Plamira, (sic) N. Y. for interment."

Researcher's Notes:
(1) Edward Hinsdale, with whom Byron was living, was also on the ill-fated train that day and Edward also died in the train wreck. However, no evidence has yet been established that Byron was related to Mrs. Hinsdale.
(2) Regarding Byron's employment at the U.S. Custom House, those files are held at the National Archives regional branch in New York City. An initial, cursory review did not reveal any records for Byron.
• He was mentioned in an article in "The Wayne County Journal" published on 16 Jan 1902 in Palmyra, Wayne county, New York. 10 "The funeral of Byron D. C. Foskett of Palmyra who was killed in the horrible railroad tunnel accident in New York last week occurred at the home of his mother on Vienna street last Sunday afternoon. The Masonic fraternity, of which he was a member, attended in a body and the house was crowded to it full capacity. Deputy Surveyor John W. Corning who always seems to be passing when a Palmyrene is in need of help, as usual, did the good Samaritan act and attended to all the details of the arrangements in New York and personally brought home the body of the son to the stricken mother. The deceased was a protegι of Mr. Corning's, who secured for him employment in the N. Y. Customs House and assisted him to the responsible and lucrative position he held at the time of his death."


Parents
         Father: E. D. C. Foskett (Abt 1830-1864) 11 12 
         Mother: Cathy Goodrich (1839-1914) 

Notes
Burial Notes:
Find A Grave Memorial# 57760353
General:
Byron D. C. Foskett was one of 17 people who died in a train collision in the Park Avenue tunnel outside of Grand Central Station in New York City on January 8, 1902. For additional information concerning these people and their families, please visit the following web site:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nywestch/NewRoc1902/
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Sources


1 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), January 9, 1902, pages 1-2. Repository: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

2 1900 Federal Census (Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.]), NARA Series T623, Roll: 1176; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 94. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

3 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate # 1056. Repository: NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007, http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/archives.shtml.

4 "Transcribed Palmyra Cemetery listing at the NYGenWeb: Wayne County, NY, web site" (<http://wayne.nygenweb.net/>), Part 2 Update.

5 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. (Ancestry.com. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.[ Original data: 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls.]), Palmyra, Wayne, New York; NARA Series M593, Roll: 1113; Page: 376; Image: 61. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

6 1880 Federal Census (Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls.]), Roll: T9_944; Family History Film: 1254944; Page: 354.1000; Enumeration District: 186; Image: 0409. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

7 Palmyra Democrat (Palmyra, Wayne County, New York), December 26, year unknown but within rage of 1887-1890. Repository: FultonPostcard (Newspapers online), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

8 Palmyra Democrat (Palmyra, Wayne County, New York), 9 September 1891. Repository: FultonPostcard (Newspapers online), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

9 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), January 11, 1902; Volumen 43, No. 43. Repository: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, New York 10801, 914-632-7878 , http://www.nrpl.org/, Call Number: microfilm collection. Copies of some of this newspaper are also available on-line at Old Fulton Postcards web site.

10 The Wayne County Journal (Palmyra, New York), January 16, 1902. Repository: FultonPostcard (Newspapers online), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

11 Early California Wills (California Society, D.A.R., 1952, 952 pgs. <http://www.sfgenealogy.com/caldatanook/tagdata/9-calwills/volume4/4-47.htm> page 47).

12 INDEX TO DEATHS 1852-1885 (From the Placer Herald Newspaper, Auburn, California <http://pcgs.pcgenes.com/pcgsdek.html>, transcribed by the Placer County Genealogical Society, Research Committee , PO Box 7385, Auburn, CA 95604-7385).




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