March 3, 1884 , at the residence of Henry LONG in Oxford, Elizabeth J. SMITH, widow of William Smith in her 83rd year. Funeral on Thursday at one o'clock
March 4, 1884, at Rising Sun Md, Basil HAINES , in his 74th year
March 1, 1884 after an illness of a few days , at the residence of his son in law, Walter H. GARRETT, New London , Robert H. STRAWBRIDGE , age about 65 years
Feb 23, , near Rock Springs Md., William HALL aged about 94 years
Feb 25, 1884, in Lower Marion township, Montgomery county, Margaret LINCOLN. widow of Major MacVEAGH and mother of Hon Wayne MacVEAGH in her 92d year
March 2nd , 1884 in West Nottingham township, Mrs. Rebecca LOGAN, in the 78th yr of her age, funeral on Wed 5th inst at ten o'clock from the residence of J.C.HALL her son in law
At Fairfield, Lancaster county, Sunday 2nd inst, Chester J. infant son of Edwin W. and Anna GREGG age 3 mo 22 days (poem followed)
William HILTON of Little Britain township, near Oak Hill, Lancaster county died suddenly at an early hour last Sunday morning.Himself and wife intended to go to camp meeting at Woodlawn on Sunday At about 3 o'clock he awaken his wife and said something to her about the proposed trip and then was silent. She spoke to him and heard him breathing heavely and then hurriedly arose and found him in a stupor, in which he was sufficently to take some stimulant, but soon again relapsed and died in a short time Dr. Sides was summoned who pronounced the cause of death to be apoplexy. Mr. Hilton had been subject to heart trouble for some years, but was able to carry on his farming operations and was on the day previous to his death engaged at work in his tobacco patch and it is supposed the much stooping this work requires caused congestion of blood on the brain. The deceased was about 56 years of age. A man of great industry and force of character and was highly respected by a large circle of friends. Through his enery he had established himself on a good farm and secured a competency. His funeral will take place on Thursday
Lines on the death of a beloved daughter
At Homeville , Wedensday , November 19, 1884, of cerebral congestion, Clara L. CRISWELL , daughter of Joel T. and Harriett Criswell , age 14yr 1mo and 14 dyas(poem followed)
The NEAL will case - Register of wills Taylor on Wedensday granted an issue to try the validity of the will of William NEAL, deceased.
Deceased left an estate of $100,000, and in his will , dated November 13th 1875 he leaves all his estate to such of his nephews and nieces "as may be living at the time of my death"
In the will Neal Hambleton , a nephew was named executor , and allowed 5 per cent on the total amount of the estate. Subsequently the testor was by a commisioner in Lunacy declared to be insane, and Neal Hambleton was appointed his committe , the will is being contested by children of deceased nephews and nieces, and by some of the beneficciaries under it, on the grounds principally that the testor was of unsound mind at the time of making the will, and subjected to undue influence on the part of Neal Hambleton. The case will be tried in Common Pleas - Philadelphia Ledger
William Neal died at the residence of Neal Hambleton , Goshen , Lancaster county on the 30th of June
The many friends of Rachel Brown, of Delvan, will be made profoundly sad by the intelligence of her death, which occured Saturday night, and was the result of a long illness, though it was only during the last few weeks of her life that she was confined to her bed. The deceased was born in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, April 23, 1824, and came to Illinios with her parents in 1828, since which year she she has resided in Tazwell county, in the vicinity of Delavan, she never married, and the years of her useful life were spent among her relatives, among who were her brothers Joshua, Daniel and Milner and her sisters Mrs. Jesse W. FELL, of Normal and Mrs. Mariam BAILEY, of Delavan. She was afflicted many years with asthmatic trouble and hayfever, compelling her to make yearly journeys in search of relief from her sufferings, and in that way had traveled that a great deal in different parts of the Union. Rachel Brown was a woman of rare ability and loveliness of character, who live a life of goodness and simplicity. She was a woman of warm affection and tender sensiblities, loving her friends dearly and being dearly loved by them. She readily made aquaintances, and with her aquaintances to friendship was but a step. Her friends were many and her memory will dwell with them as that of a true and worthy woman. The funeral of Rachel Brown took place at 10 o'clock at the Brown family burying ground at Delavan
She was the widow of the late Charles Sutton of Fairfax county courthouse, Virginia, and was the youngest of a family of ten children, herself the mother of ten,the last of her family and her generation.
In her early married life - some sixty years ago - she went with her husband from Dutchess county New York to, to Fairfax county Virginia, their they commenced their pioneer life in a log house in a pine forest, using a ladder to go upstairs, and they introduced the first cook - stove used in that locality. Years passed; they got out of the wilderness into a new frame house, surrounded by fertile fields and signs of thrift, when the "War of the Rebellion" drove them and their famlies of eight children from that home. Mr. Sutton was one of the very few men of that vicinity that dared to vote against the "Ordinance of Secession" and forthwith left his home and family for saftey. Six weeks later, at the advance of the federal troops to the first Bull Run battle, he returned home. A few days later, after the defeat of the Union army, he and his family, with many northern neighbors, deserted their homes and traveled northward. Mr. and Mrs. Sutton with three of their children returned a year later, and again fled after Popes retreat for a few months. Angain they returned and commenced life anew in the delapitated home, stripped of porticos, doors and windows.They had next to no furniture, an axe only for tools, and five dollars in "greenbacks. Flour cost $20 a barrel and other things in proportion. Soldiers were all about them. They established a donut, pie and lemonade stand in their home, cleared money to buy a cow, sold milk and soon had another, and so continued until they had a dairy of twenty. Then Moseby captured Mr Sutton while milking. He was confined in Rebel prisons Castle Thunder - Libby and Salisbury - for seven and one half months, and just escaped death.
Mrs. Sutton endured many hardships and anxieties during her husbands long imprisonment, and yet survived him fifteen years
eight children, twenty eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive her.Her children areMrs. Marianna SMITH, of Chicago, Miss Josephine SUTTON of Washington DC, Mrs Alice M. COATES of Little Britain Pa,Mrs Adelaide Libbey of Washington, Pa, Mrs. Charles A. Sutton of Pitken Colorado, John W. SUTTON of Vienna Fairfax county Virginia, Mrs Sarah Jane MORRISON of Gandy, Logan co Nebraska, and Mrs Ella BAIN of Parian, Colorado
Horace CUTLER died at his residence in Drumore township, Lancaster county, Saturdaay night. Mr Cutler had been ill with Typhoid fever about ten days. He leaves a family consisting of a wife and four children to mourn his early death, he being 34 years of age. The deceased was an intelligent and progressive farmer and his death is a loss to the community in which he resided.
Nov 14, 1884 in Fulton township, Lancaster county, Abram GATCHELL, aged about 65 years
Nov 15, 1884 at the residence of his father Samuel J. REYBURN, in Upper Oxford, of consumption George W. Reyburn, aged about 34 years
The Lancaster Intellingencer says: Another old defender of the war of 1812 has gone. Mr. Abraham GREGG, a citizen of Fairfield, Lancaster county, for the last sixty years, died on Thursday Sept 2, in his 85th year. He had been a very active and enterprising man until some twelve years ago, when he was prostrated by paralysis, which has rendered him incabable of helping himself to any extent. He was the principal man in building up the thriving village of Fairfield. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren numbered fifty two. His second wife, by whom he had no children, died on the 5th inst. in her 92nd year. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, by her former husband (Mr. AILES) numbered on hundred and nineteen.
The funeral of William BROWN , of Fulton township, took place on the 5th inst; instead of the 4th as stated in last weeks PRESS.
The funeral met at Little Britain Presbyterian Church and the services were conducted by the minister, Alonzo Michael, who after offering a long prayer and reading the 90th psalm and 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians, delivered the sermon
An opportunity was then given to view the corpse, when the assembly repaired to the graveyard to witness the sad last rites.
The deceased was a stong advocate of the temperance cause, and a highly respected citizen. He leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his loss; and particulary sad it is for his children to be thus suddenly bereft of their only remaining parent , their mother having died a few years ago.
The barn on the farm of Abner BROWN, near Wakefield Lancaster County; was struck by lightning during the heavy storm last thursday evening and entirely consumed. The farm is operated by William FITE who loses his crop ect.. . The loss is is not less than $3000 and is total, as there is no insurance . Mr. Brown resides on another farm, not far distant. It is stated he intends to rebuild as soon as possible.
Morrison's near Centerville, Drumore townhip, Lancaster County - Revelotionary Patriot Interred Therein - Early SettlersBuried Here - The Steeles, Morrisons, Kings, Ewings and many other of Scotch - Irish Fame
"Beneath those rugged elms, that yew trees shade
Where heaves the turf in many mouldering heap
Each in his narrow cell forever laid
The rude forefathers of the Hamlet sleep
What is known as Morrison's graveyard, and another of like area deeded to Little Britain Church by Thomas Carmichael, now on the farm of Thos. P. King, Fulton township, are two of the oldest places of interment in the southern end of Lancaster county .
The former is situated a short distance south of the village of Centerville, Drumore township. For many years it was secured by a mural enclosure, but this becoming dilapidated, it was removed and a strong board fence substituded instead.
Passing by this last resting place of the forefathers of the hamlet, we enlighten from our carriage , and if not, like "Old Mortality", to rescue from oblivion, at least to read the weather torn epitaphs as they appear on the acient headstones
The oldest marked mound was that of a child, and for ought we know it may have been the first body placed here. The headstone is a fine slate and was imported from Wales; the date proving that it was placed here long before the manufacture of slate commenced in this country. We copy the following:
In Memory of
William Mitchell Jun
who dec'd Sep'r 7th , 1743
age 4 years
The next in order of internment is one who in all probability was the ancestor of many now living of the same name, in this part of the county, The headstone is also of slate and contains the following Epitaph:
Here Lies the Body of
who died May 3rd , 1751, age 44yrs
Omnia mors aequat
The third in order is the grave in common of two, persons among the early settlers of Drumore, and will be recognized by a number of our readers as the ancestors of many of the present inhabitants of that township. This grave is marked by a marble slab resting on a brick structure and is the work of descendants who have taken care to see that the grave of their kindred is kept in repair. From off this marble slab we copy the following:
In Memory of
Who departed this life
May 24, 1754
in the 69th year of his age
who departed this life Dec. 30th, 1760
age 78 years
Hard by is another monument, simular in every respect. It points the burial place of one of the "Men of'76", here is the epitaph:
In Memory of Robert King, Esq.
A Revolutionary officer,
who departed this
the 14th day of August 1827
aged 82 years
In memory of
wife of Rob't King
who departed this life
July 22, 1825aged
Robert King was a lieutenant, fifth of that rank, in the battalion of Lancaster county Militia, 1777. Jas. Watson was colonel. Among the officers of this battle were Robert Kings neighbors. John Scott, and Jas. Patterson, who were captains, and Thomas Clark and John Caldwell, as held the same commision as himself. Robert King was the paternal grandfather of Mrs. Jennet McCollough of Oxford, Chester county ,and Mrs. Ellen Sides , of Fairfield Lancaster county, and father of the late Robert King of Lancaster , Pa.
The Steeles were quite a noted family in the Revolutionary history of this country. Archibald Steele, John Steele, and William Steele were very prominent men in their day, all three brothers being in the army under Washington and Benedict Arnold. One of the family of Steeles we noticed is intered in this grave-yard, and may of been the father of these revolutionary heros
Lies the Body of
who dec'd July the 31st
In the 34th year of
Two acient stones, "In memory of Robert Polk, who departed this life, December 9th, 1761 age 21 years" and "Here lies the Body of Margaret Rippey who died April ye 10th 1764 age 17 years. " are to us unknown. There may be those living who are decesdants , and can trace out their family genealogy.
Two more ancient looking headstones - much the worse of the weathering- designate respectively the last resting place of Alexander Ewing and Moses Black, names yet recognized in this vicinity
In memory of
who departed this life
April 25th, 1758
age 66 years
Here Lieth the
who departed this
life March 8th
1768 age 35 years
Although this is called Morrison's grave-yard we find the name but of one, and this not of the earliest pioneers, It runs thus:
Sacared to the memory of Mrs. Rachel Morrison, who departed this life January 3rd 1830, aged 43 years, 3 mo, and 28 days The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible" 1st cor 15,22
With those epitaphs we shall close our article from notes taken during a half hours ramble in one of the oldest of our repositories for the ...(last word unreadable)
An Old Farmer and His Work
We learn from Archibald BROWN , an old resident of the lower end, that he drilled twenty one acres of corn to poles in ten days, on the large farm of N. D. SCOTT, near Wrightsdale, this spring. He is a man of sixty years of age, and the horse was twenty six years old, as sound as a dollar, and is a good work horse yet, notwithstanding his good old age. Mr. Brown was the first man in the southern Lancaster county to plant corn with a drill. This was in 1844, on the farm of Hon. Henry CARTER, near New Texas. The drill was manufactured at Oxford, Chester county, by a Mr. Dickey, and was first brought into the lower end of this county by Day WOOD, deceased who lived near Wakefield, and was at one time a member of the state legislature.
Ellis H. BROWN of Wrightsdale, Lancaster county, who recently sold his property at public sale, started on Tuesday morning May 18 , in company with his wife and three children, accompanied by Wood ASHBY, for Kansas City, Missouri. He will remain in the above city with his brother in law, William MATTHEWS, who left Nottingham Chester county, last fall for west. John J. HOOPES a Lancaster coutian by birth and a son of Thomas HOOPES of Fulton township, is located about two miles from the above city, as civil engineer on the Kansas Railroad. He is a well known man in this section, and highly educated, having graduated at Millersville State Normal School in the elementary, scientific, and classical courses. For several years he was connected as civil engineer on the P.R.R. and before his departure for the west he was employed on the South Bend Railroad at the same business.
Charles FELL, a prominent citizen of Little Britain and a member of the well known firm of the Octoraro cannery, of Kirk's Mills, started on a western trip on the same day. Mr Fell will absent about a month. On his way out he will visit Jacob Fell, in Ohio, a former resident of this county, and his son Arthur Fell, who is located in Southern Missouri on a large farm.
One of the most skilled and practical machinist in Fulton township is John EVANS who is located at Wakefield. Mr Evans was formerly of Chester county , and moved to this county in 1883, and commenced to work at his trade at the above place, and during this time recieved the patronage of our citizens in repairin their machinery............
wedding bells rang right merrily on the occation of the marriage of Dr. Lewis H. KIRK and Miss Emily WILLIS in West Philadelphia, on Tuesday of last week. A number of citizens of Chester, Lancaster and Cecil counties were present. The groom being formerly of Pleasant Grove , Lancaster County, son of Roger H. Kirk, a well known director of the National Bank of Oxford. The bride is a niece of Isaac CLOTHER, of the firm Strawbridge and Clother. a tour to Watkins Glen and Niagara Falls and the lakes is being made by the wedded pair
HAMBLETON - on the 21st of 11th mo 1871 , at the residence of her brother, Charles Hambleton, Upper Oxford, Chester county, Pa. Sarah HAMBLETON, in the 77th year of her age
HARRIS-In West Nottingham township, on the 19th of November, of apoplexy, John HARRIS, in the 56 year of his age
BROUGHTON-On Tuesday the 24th inst, of Lower Principo, Cecil county Md, in the 40th year of his age
FURNISS- on the 2nd inst, at the residence of her son in law, E Henry HAINES, in Fulton township, Lancaster County, Ann FURNISS, in her 73rd year
PORTER-on the 2nd inst, at her residence in Fulton township, Sarah PORTER age 87 years
LEWIS-on the 4th inst, of comsumption, Andrew LEWIS, a highly esteemed citizen of Fulton township, aged 54 years
Annie AmblerAnnie wife of Ambler B. AMBLER, died wedensday night of last week at her home, near McSparran, Lancaster County, deceased was a daughter of Martha and the late Samuel DORSEY. The funeral was held on Saturday and was largely attended. Rev. J.M. Galibreath, pastor of the deceased, conducted the service at her late home. The burial was made in the cemetery at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church.
McVEY-On the 5th inst, in Fulton township, Lancaster county, Hannah, aged 21 years, daughter of Jeremiah and Rebecca McVEY. After a years suffering , which she borewith Christian fortitude, hath passed away this young and lovely one, we hope to that better land
WHITE - August 23rd 1878, in Pennsville , Morgan county Ohio, at the residence of her son Thompson, Esther White, widow of Abner White, formerly of Nottingham , in her 87th year.
PITT - On the 8th inst , at the residence of his son D. M. PITT , New London township, John B. Pitt, in the 84th year of his age. Internment St John's grave yard, today (Wedensday), leave the house at 10 o'clock. Services in the church.
SHANKS - August 21st at Colera, Md of cholera infantum Elliott A. only son of Samuel F. and Rebecca A. Shanks, aged 14mo 1 week 3 days
KIRK - At Kirk's Mills, Lancaster County, on the 20th inst, of paralysis, Elizabeth Kirk, aged fifty four years. funeral on forth day 23rd at ten o'clock, at Eastland meeting house
ABRAMS- At the residence of her father , John R. Abrams, near Brick Meeting House , Md , on Thursday May 17th, Lizzie G. Abrams , aged 37 years and 2 days
He Dies in Kansas City, Where He Became a Wealthy and Prominent Citizen
Colonel Kersey Coates died at Kansas City Missouri, on the 24th ult, in the sixty fourth year ofhis age. Last November Colonel Coates was stricken with typhoid fever, hovering between life and death for many weeks. About six weeks ago he recovered suffciently to walk about them, when his physician advised a trip to California , and chartering a train, he went to the Golden State, taking his family and some friends along. About two weeks ago he returned, got a relapse and sank rapidly
The deceased was a son of Lindley Coates of Sadsbury township, Lancaster county, and , like his father was an avowed abolitionist. In early life he read law with Thaddeus Stevens, and was a one time principal of the Lancaster High School.He was ambitious, however, to get on in the world, and the east did not present the opportunities that were sought by one of his active , vigorous temperament. After spending some time in Philadelphia, he went to Kansas City, this being 1854, and Kansas City being then a small place - little more than the terminus of a much traveled trail. So he grew up with the place, or the place grew up with him ; in a word he did more than any other man, perhaps, to develop the place and make it the great city it now is. He became prominent in the Free Siol movement, and during the war, became a colonel of a militia.
Engaging in the real estate business, his wealth grew rapidly, and he also came pocessed of large railroad interests. He helped to build the Mexico and Santa Fe road, and became president of it. Indeed there was not a substantial in Kansas Citythat he was not identified with, and it was a common saying in Kansas City for years, when any new enterprise was discussed, that there was no assurance that it would be "a go" until Kersey Coates took hold of it. He built - and owned until his death - a magnificent opera house, and also a large and elegant hotel, one of the finest in the west. He was eminent in all business matters , and was one of the most successful and influential men in Kansas City.
A wife , who was formerly Miss Sarah CHANDLER of Kennett Square, one daughter and two sons survive. The daughter is the wife of HomeREED, who with Aruther, ason of the deceased, is in the real estate business. The other son Lindley, assisted the father in looking afer his vast business affairs. His mother Mrs. Rebecca Coates, resides with her sister in law, Mrs. Emeline Coates, near West Grove Chester county
a sad case of drowning in the Octorara creek occurred on Monday last week. Timothy HARVEY , who lived a Woods' Chrome Bank, Little Britain township, Lancaster county, was drowned near his home by accidentally falling into the creek. In company with Edward PATTON he was returning home from Rock Springs in a buggy, and on arriving at the stream it was found so swollen by the rain, which was then falling, that Mr Patton refused to cross the ford. at this point it is a shorter route to cross into Chester county, go up stream a short distance and recross again at another ford and reach the Chrome Bank then to make a long detour around to avoid the hill on the Lancaster county side. Harvey got out of the wagon, and despite Patton's protestations and coaxing, determined to walk up the hillside along the creek to his home. He was intoxicated, and had not gone far along the steep and rough bank of the stream until he slipped, fell and rolled down into the water, where he drowned. On Mr Patton's arrival home, and finding his friend had not reached there, his worst fears were aroused. He at once sent a son of the unfourtunate man to look for him.. The boy soon found his father's hat and coat (which he carried on his arm) lying on the hillside, and going down to the stream, saw his body in the water. He called to a young man named Conner on the opposite side, who crossed the bridge and assisted in taking the body from the water, life was extinct. There was a cut on the side of the head produced by the fall. An inquest was held by Deputy Coroner Wesley , and the jury rendered a verdict of accidental drowning. The deceased was about 58 years of age, and leaves a wife a large family of children. He was a workman on the Tyson farm and at the chrome pits.