Wayne County Obits

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Daniel K. Belknap

Our Worthy Citizen Passes Away After a Weary Illness

Daniel K. Belknap died at his residence late Thursday afternoon, after a long and lingering illness,

The event had been hourly anticipated for some time. The reports in the Tribune from time to time had prepared his many friends in the community for the inevitable for several days past, as it was well known that his life was hanging by a thread. He has been wearing out for years. Of a highly nervous organization, burdened with heavy responsibilities which his conscientious make-up would not allow him to slight in any way, he practically laid down his life upon the altar of duty. He met faithfully every obligation to his employers with energy, tact and discretion. His courtesy and spirit of accommodation with the patrons of the road kept them in the most cordial relations with that great corporation, and added to its popularity with the business community. His invariable cordiality and good sound common sense and energy fitted him well for his important duties.

Daniel K. Belknap was born in Bethany, Wayne Co., Pa., March 17, 1828, and was consequently past 68 years of age. He was the son of Horace Belknap who died in Tioga Co., Pa., in 1843. He was the third child of a family of five sons and three daughters.

Deceased received but a limited early education and for the first five years after he was 18, was with a company of Civil Engineers on the Pennsylvania coal roads. Following this he entered the employ of the Erie railroad [sic] Company and from that time until his resignation a few weeks ago, he was one of the most faithful, efficient and best known employees of that company, his service covering a period of over 40 years.

He was for 11 years agent at Deposit and from there he was promoted to the position of agent at this station. From that time until decling [sic] health forced him to retire from all business and his resignation was handed in July 18 last, he had performed faithfully, ably and energetically the many duties of that position. His energy growing with the increasing duties of the office. D. K. Belknap was known more widely and favorably than any other official in a like position on the Erie. In October 1857 he was married to Elvira Blizzard of Sullivan county.

Mr. Belknap was prominent in the business and social circles of our community and regarded by all as a man of more than ordinary executive ability.

He is survived by his wife, a son, Walter H., and by his daughter, Mrs. Charles H. Hartshorn [Laura]."

Hornellsville Weekly Tribune,
Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York, USA,
Friday 11 Sep 1896,
Page 8.

Submitted by Julia

Belknap, Mrs. Dulcy

Mrs. Dulcy McClure, widow of the late Abel Belknap, died December 3, 1911 near Deposit on the old McClure homestead, at the advanced age of 87 years and 3 months.  Deceased has been shut in for 18 years, she was a member of the Baptist church, was loved by all who knew her. She has been a a patient sufferer for so any years, but will be greatly missed.  She leaves four children, George W. of Hill City, Minn., Wm. H., of Binghamton, Mrs. C. B. Flynn of Oklahoma, Mrs. Casper Banks, of Turnwood, besides a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.   Interment in Ball's Eddy cemetery.

Submitted by Dennis McClure

Published by Catskill Mountain News, Margaretville, NY, Friday, January 5, 1912

Belknap, Susannah Skinner

The Evening Gazette, Port Jervis, N. Y., Thursday, September 6, 1877

The Death of Mrs Belknap
Mrs. Susannah S. Belknap died at the residence of her son-in-law, James Frantz, in this village Wednesday evening. She was the relic of the late Horace Belknap, and was aged 77 years. She had been suffering for several weeks from the effects of inflammation and bleeding of the bowels. The deceased was born in Damascus, PA., June 27 1801, and was the daughter of Joseph Skinner. She was the mother of eight children, five of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Shenck of White Mills, Mrs. James Frantz, Mrs. C. C. Quick, and Charles Belknap of this village, and D. K. Belknap, station agent at Hornellsville. The funeral took place this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Susan[nah] SKINNER was born 27 Jun 1801 in Damascus, Wayne, PA.

Submitted by Julia

Cosgrove, Lucy Edwards

Corning, NY, d. 27 Nov 1920
Corning Newspaper within 5 days of her death
Death of Mrs. Michael Cosgrove of White Mills at Corning, NY.
Lucy Edwards, widow of Michael Cosgrove, the mother of nine sons and six daughters, died at the home of one of the later, Mrs. Frank Falk of Corning, NY., Saturday evening, Nov. 27, 1920, as the result of a stroke.  The remains will be brought to her former home town, White Mills, where services will be held in the M.E. Church Wednesday afternoon, burial to follow in Indian Orchard cemetery.

Mrs. Cosgrove lost her husband about fifteen years ago but had never been bereft of any of her children and she had the most extraordinary record of having the sons in the draft of the world war, two of whom served their country and also her six sons-in-law were eligible for service under Uncle Sam.

The deceased came of New England ancestry and was born at Kimble, Pike Co., Oct 30, 1855, therefore being in her 66th year."

Submitted by Rachel Williams

Cosgrove, Michael

White Mills, Texas Twp., Wayne Co., PA, d. 30 May 1905

"Michael Cosgrove died at his home in White Mills on Wednesday of Pleuro-pneumonia aged 61 years.  Deceased was born on the high seas and first lived with his parents at Boston.  Later he moved to Pittston and from there to Ledgedale, where for many years he was foreman i the lumber woods.  About 12 years ago he moved with his family to White Mills and soon after rented Mr. Dorflinger's large farm.  Deceased is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Griffin, of Ledgedale, and fifteen children, Joseph, Mrs. Albert Werner and Mrs. Lewis Williams are married and have homes in White Mills, while the following are still at home; William, Thomas, Delia, Emma, Friend, Martin, John, Michael, Lucy, Susan, Charles, and George.  The funeral service was held on Saturday afternoon at the M.E. Church, Rev. Simpkins, of Hawley, officiating.  Interment in the Indian Orchard cemetery."

"Michael Cosgrove died at his home in White Mills on Wednesday afternoon at half past three o'clock of Pleuro-pneumonia, aged 61 years.  He had been sick only three days and although the family knew that he was seriously ill, the end came so suddenly that it was a great shock to all.  Deceased was born on the high seas and first lived with his parents in Boston. Later he moved to Pittston and from there to Ledgedale where he was foreman for many years in the lumber woods.  About twelve years ago he moved with his family to White Mills and soon after rented Mr. Dorflinger's large farm which he worked with the help of his boys.  He is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Griffin, of Ledgedale, wife and fifteen children, three of whom, Joseph, Mrs. Albert Werner and Mrs. Lewis A. Williams, are married and have  homes in White Mills, while the following are still at home: William, Thomas, who recently completed a term of service as a marine in the United States navy, Delia, Emma, Friend, Martin, John, Michael, Lucy, Susan, Charles, and George, the youngest, who is six years old. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church on Saturday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Simpkins, Pastor of the Methodist church of Hawley, officiating.  The large number of people present to pay their last respects to the departed testified the high regard in which he was half by his fellow townspeople.  The family have lost a kind husband and indulgent father and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to them in their sudden loss and bereavement.  Interment was made at Indian Orchard Cemetery."
Submitted by Rachel Williams

Davis, Ruth A. Tegeler

Ruth T. Davis
Homemaker, 89

Ruth T. Davis, a 5-year resident of Cassville, a homemaker and former 55-year resident of Howells, died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at St. Luke's Home in New Hartford. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ralph and Lillian Canfield Tegeler, she was born May 23, 1913, in Milanville, Pa. She was the widow of Russell Davis who died June 4, 1996.
Mrs. Davis attended Howell Congregational Church and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Middletown.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Barton R. and Jayne Davis of Schuyler, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria D. and Herbert Smith of Middletown and Glenda D. and Richard Foster of Cassville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Merritt and Irene Tegeler of Wasilla, Alaska, and Carl and Eleanor Tegeler of Pounding Mill, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Donald Evans of Seeleyville, Pa.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Specialist 4th Class Stanley R. Davis who was killed in Vietnam in 1968, and two brothers, Lester and Allen Tegeler.
Services were held Monday at the Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home in Middletown.
Interment was made in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Howells Fire Company, Howells, N.Y. 10932.

Sullivan County Democrat December 31, 2002

Submitted by Paul Jenkins

Evans, Lois P.

Lois P. Evans, age 75 of Honesdale Pa, died Tuesday May 6, 2003 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital Honesdale, PA after an illness.  She is survived by her husband Donald K. Evans.

She was born in Milanville, Pa, the daughter of the late Ralph L. and Lillian Canfield Tegeler and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale, the Seelyville Union Chapel and the Willing Worker’s Class.  Lois was a volunteer Gray Lady at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, and for many years helped her husband operate their dairy farm in Texas Township.  She loved playing the piano and enjoyed gardening.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Glenn Evans, Clarks Summit, two daughters; Carol Jean Brooks, Mountain Grove, Missouri and Mary Elizabeth Evans, at home;  two brothers:  Merritt Tegeler, Oregon, and Carl Tegeler, Virginia; a grandson, Charles Brooks, Mountain Grove, Missouri and a great grandson, Charles Brooks, Mountain Grove, Missouri.  She was preceded in death by two brothers:  Lester and Allen Tegeler and a sister Ruth Tegeler. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 8, 2003 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street, Honesdale with Rev. Albert A. Chaffee of the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale officiating.

Interment will be at in the Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart.

Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 n 2:00 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Seelyville Union Chapel, c/o Dorothy Orth, Maple Avenue, Seelyville, PA  18431 or to the donor’s preferred charity.

Submitted by Paul Jenkins

Frantz, Mary C. Belknap

The Evening Gazette, Port Jervis, [Orange] NY 16 Mar 1899 [sorry - didn't write down the page]

Mrs. Mary C. Frantz

Mrs. Mary C. Frantz, widow of the late James D. Frantz, died at her home, No. 80 East Main street, at 12 30 o'clock this morning, from the effects of grip, aged 61 years.

For many years the deceased had been an invalid and was a patient sufferer. Her husband, who died some years ago, was one of the most popular engineers on the Erie road.

The deceased is survived by one son, Benjamin, of Port Jervis; one brother, Charles Belknap, of Hawley, Pa., and two grand-children, Jamie and Margaret Stewart, of this village.

The funeral will occur from her late residence at 2 30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Rev. George Gillespie officiating.

Internment in Laurel Grove cemetery.

The Port Jervis Union, Port Jervis, [Orange] NY, 16 Mar 1899 [again, no page number]

Mrs. Mary C. Frantz

Mrs. Mary C. Frantz, widow of the late James D. Frantz, died at her home, No. 80 East Main street, at 12:30 o'clock last night, from the effects of grip, aged 61 years. She is survived by one son, Benjamin D., of Port Jervis; one brother, Charles Belknap, of Hawley [PA]; two grand-children, Jamesie and Marguerite Stewart, of Port Jervis. She was a sister of the late Mrs. C. C. Quick.

Mrs. Frantz has been an invalid for some time but during her long illness has been a patient sufferer. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, of this village, and was a consistent Christian woman. She was a woman of amiable disposition and highly esteemed by all who knew her.

The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at her late home. Rev. G. F. Gillespie will officiate. The internment will be made in Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Obits for Mary C BELKNAP (b ~ 1838 PA), the daughter of Susan[nah] SKINNER of Damascus, Wayne Co, PA and Horace BELKNAP NY-PA. At least one of Mary's siblings is known to have been born in Wayne County. I have a gut feeling that most, if not all, were.

Submitted by Julia

Obituary for Alice Zelida Gregory (1871 - 1917?)

Death of Miss Gregory

Honesdale Teacher Passes Away At Clifton Springs Sanitarium

 Honesdale friends were greatly shocked Saturday morning to learn that Miss Alice Gregory had died at the sanitarium, Clifton Springs, Ontario county, N. Y., Friday evening at seven o'clock. Her sister, Miss Harriet, who reached Honesdale Saturday afternoon, said a letter received from the nurse previous to the telegram, stated that while Miss Gregory had not been as well for several days, her condition was not necessarily alarming. She was, however, not able to combat with the severe nervous breakdown suffered and her heart, being considerably affected, finally gave out under the severe strain.

 Miss Gregory resumed her school duties last fall under difficulty. Her mother's health not being very good, she returned to the Prompton home every evening. About the middle of October Mrs. Gregory fell, receiving an injury to her hip, and with the aid of nurses the daughter continued to look after her mother and attend to her school
duties, but was obliged to obtain a leave of absence from school in December. The middle of January Mrs. Gregory was removed to Dr. Burns' hospital, Scranton, where she passed away, Jan. 30. Upon the advice of her physician Miss Gregory went to Clifton Springs three weeks ago Saturday to recuperate.

 Alice Zelida Gregory was born at Beech Grove, near Prompton, Jan. 5, 1871, a daughter of John Gregory and Christine Bines. She graduated from the Honesdale high school in 1890 and a year later from Mansfield state normal. After teaching two terms at Forest City she became teacher, 1894, of the fifth grade in the local school. In 1901 she
became instructor of mathematics in the high school and eventually took charge of the English department conducted for many years by Miss Clara T. Sutton. Connected with the school for over a quarter of a century as a student and an instructor, her influence was always for the uplift of the institution. . . . [More praise of her contribution as a teacher.]

 Miss Gregory had been a member of Grace Episcopal church since girlhood, and was also worthy matron of Washington Irving chapter, Eastern Star.

 Surviving are two sisters, Miss Carrie E., teaching in the New York city schools and Miss Harriet I., also a teacher at New Market, N. J.

 The funeral services were held at Grace church Monday afternoon at 3:30, Rev. A. L. Whittaker officiating. The edifice was filled, Washington Irving Chapter, members of the school board, teachers and scholars attending in a body. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The pall bearers were R. T. Davies and E. W. Burchfield of the faculty; W. J. Ward, J. A. Brown from the school board; G. Wm. Sell and W. W. Baker, representing the Masons.

 Interment was made in Prompton cemetery.

[Surnames: Gregory, Bines]
[Newspaper and date not identified]
Submitted by Paul Ramshaw

Obituary for Christina Bines Gregory (1846-1917)

Mrs. John Gregory entered into rest early Tuesday morning, Jan. 30, 1917, at the Burns hospital, Scranton. In October of last year she fell, receiving an injury to her right hip and limb from which she never recovered and her removal to a hospital about two weeks ago was made that she might receive treatment from Dr. Burns. The shock of the
accident proved too great for one of her age, 71 years, and she continued to grow weaker.

 Christina Bines, a daughter of Christina Bellamy and John Bines, was born near Honesdale, June 26, 1846. Her mother died when she was quite young and she resided with relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Ham, (parents of the late T. J. Jam) until her marriage to John Gregory, April 5, 1876, when the couple removed to a farm near Beech Grove. About seven years ago they purchased a home in Prompton village where deceased has since resided. Mrs. Gregory's husband died in April 1912, and her sister, Mrs. C. D. Kimble (Elizabeth) of East Honesdale, passed away Aug. 6, 1916.

 In early girlhood deceased united with the Methodist church and was an excellent Christian woman, a good neighbor and a devoted wife and mother. One of the ambitions for which she strove was the education of her daughters and they have well rewarded her earnest efforts, all holding excellent positions as teachers. They are Miss Alice Z., of Honesdale high school; Miss Carrie E. of New York city and Miss
Harriet I. of New Market, N. J.

 The funeral services will be held from her late home at Prompton, Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. A. L. Whittaker of Grace church officiating; interment in Prompton cemetery.

[Surnames: Bines, Gregory, Bellamy, Kimble, Ham]
[Newspaper and date unidentified]
Submitted by Paul Ramshaw

Death notice for William Gregory (1828-1901)

Wm. Gregory died of dropsy and heart trouble at his home at Beech Grove on Friday and the funeral was held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday; interment at Bethany. Mr. Gregory was born in Cornwall, England, May 19, 1828. He was the fifth of a family of nine, and, as was the English custom, at the age of seven years he was bound out until he should reach his majority. He celebrated his 21st birthday by boarding a vessel for America. He arrived in Honesdale in June, 1849. On Sept. 6, 1856 he was united in marriage with Mis [sic] Maria Snell, of Dyberry. They purchased their farm at Beech Grove in 1861, and had since resided there. He has been a successful farmer, a kind neighbor
and highly respected by all his acquaintances.

[Surnames: Gregory, Snell]
[Newspaper not identified; "Died Oct. 18, 1901" written above clipping.]

Submitted by Paul Ramshaw

LaBaugh, Zena

Homemaker, 93

Zena LaBaugh of Palm Bay, FL, died on Sunday, September 19, 2004 at her home.  She was 93.

She was born in Starrucca, PA, August 18, 1911 to the late Elmer and Martha Small Lee. She was the widow of Alfred Rickard and Leo LaBaugh and also predeceased by numerous brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Lynette Zeltwanger in Palm Bay, FL, with whom she resided; four sons, Ronald Rickard of Jacksonville, FL, Dennis Rickard of Thompson, GA, Paul LaBaugh of Winston-Salem, NC, and Bruce LaBaugh of Clio, MI.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 25, 2004, at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Park Avenue and South Street, Wilkes-Barre, with a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Saturday morning from 8 to 9.

Sullivan County Democrat: Obituaries for September 24, 2004.

Calicoon, New York

Submitted by Dennis

Transcribed by Linda Blum-Barton 06 Oct 2008

William Ryan a very old an highly respected resident of Wayne county, died on Thursday, Jan. 9 1908 at his home at Arlington, after an illness of nearly five years.  Mr. Ryan came to Pennsylvania from Ireland in the early fifties.  He lived for many years at Ledgedale, then went to White Mills and finally settled at Arlington.  The funeral services were the most impressive seen in that locality in many years.  His six sons carried him into the church and lowered him into his final resting place.
He was married to Bridget Lane in 1857 and was the proud possessor of ten children, all of whom were present at his funeral, nearly all of them coming many miles:  Peter, the eldest from Yonkers, N.Y., Michael S., Omaha, Nebraska:  Mrs. Hanna Baxter, Boston, Mass.: William H., Streator, Il. (my grandfather): Mrs. Alice Gallagher, New York city: Mrs Mary Garrity, Trenton, N.J.: Patrick J., Yonkers N.Y.: Mrs. Leon Preville and Thomas J. New York city.: John of Arlington.  A requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Walsh of Hawley and he delivered a very touching sermon resplendent with all the good qualities of the deceased.

Submitted by Barbara  23 Oct 2010


Obituary for Felix Searles (1837-1918?)

Mortuary Record:.
Felix Searles

 Felix Searles, in his 80th year, died at his home in this village on Saturday, Feb. 3d. He had been in fading health for more than a decade, and was confined to the bed for nearly five years.

 Mr. Searles was a native of Cornwall, England, where he was born on May 7, 1837. He came to this country when about 11 years old with his parents, who settled on a farm near Honesdale, Pa. Arriving at the age of manhood he learned the tailoring business at Honesdale. For several years he was employed at Hawley, Pa., by a merchant tailor named Martenus. He then came to Hancock and opened an establishment as merchant tailor, which has been continued for a period of more than
fifty years. His son Clarence has been in charge since failing health compelled his retirement.

 On Oct. 14, 1869, he was united in marriage with Mary Tarbox, a sister of our townsman E. B. Tarbox, who survives with his only son Clarence, and one daughter, Mrs. Edward H. LeRoy. . . .

 The funeral service was held at his late home on East Front Street, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. T. H. E. Richards, pastor of the Methodist church, of which Mr. Searles was a member, officiated. Interment in Riverview cemetery. The pallbearers were L. S. Leonard, F. N. Conlon, H. S. Jones, Henry Seibert, L. G. Carpenter, J. M

[Surnames: Searles, Tarbox, LeRoy]
[Newspaper unidentified; probably the Hancock Herald]
Submitted by Paul Ramshaw

Death notice for Mrs. Kate Gregory Spargo (1841-43 - 1913)

 Mrs. Kate Gregory Spargo, wife of Alfred Spargo, died at her home at Kelsey, Cal., March 11, 1913, aged 72 years. She was the last of a family of nine children and a sister of the late John Gregory, who passed away about a year ago at his Prompton home. Born in Cornwall, England, she came to America when but four years old and for a while lived at Bethany. When 26 years of age she removed to Wisconsin. On Feb. 2, 1871, was married to Alfred Spargo and they removed to Kelsey, where they have since resided. She was a most estimable woman and had many friends. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James McGraw of Oroville, Cal.

[Surnames: Gregory, Spargo, McGraw]
[1900 census entry for Kate Spargo, Kelsy, CA, says she was born Oct 1843 and describes her as a widow.]
[Newspaper and date unidentified]
Submitted by Paul Ramshaw

Tegeler, Allen J.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, May 11, for Allen J. Tegeler age 64 of Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY, and was a glass blower at Gillinder Brothers, Port Jervis, who died Sunday, May 8, 1988, in Mercy Community Hospital after a short illness.

Mr. Tegeler was born in Honesdale, June 30, 1923 as was the son of Ralph and Lillian Canfield Tegeler, and had resided in Port Jervis for 35 years.

His wife, Eva Shaffer Tegeler predeceased him.  He was a member of American Flint and Glassworkers Union, Local No. 20.

He is survived by two daughters, Cherylynn Tegeler and Judy Tegeler of Honesdale; three brothers, the Rev. Carl Tegeler of Pounding Mill, VA, Lester Tegeler of Warren PA, and the Rev. Merritt Tegeler of Glennallen, Alaska; two sisters, Ruth Davis of Honesdale, several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. in Gray Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St. Port Jervis, with the Rev. Carl Tegeler officiating.

Visitation hours are today, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Galilee Cemetery, Galilee, PA.

Submitted by Paul Jenkins

Tegeler, Donald James

Donald James Tegeler, formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, died Thursday, March 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 67.
The son of the late Edson J. and Mary Huff Tegeler, he was born on July 21, 1941 in Callicoon.
Mr. Tegeler was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and an avid sports and music fan. He was fortunate to spend many decades in the radio broadcasting business in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary Margaret Kasiewicz and her husband Richard of West Redding, Conn., and Kathleen Ambrosino and her husband Tom of Neversink, NY; a sister-in-law, June Tegeler of Jeffersonville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, William D. Tegeler and Thomas F. Tegeler.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 at St. George’s R.C. Church, Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, One Selleck Street, Suite 500, Norwalk, CT 06855.

Submitted by Paul Jenkins

Tegeler, Frieda G.

Frieda G. Tegeler, Damascus, died Friday, May 20, 1988, at home.  She was the widow of the late Vernon Tegeler, who died in 1983.   

Born in Callicoon, N.Y., daughter of the late John and Dora Buddenhagen Gorr, she was a homemaker and a member of Damascus United Methodist Church.  She was also a member of St. Tamaimince Chapter 492, Order of Eastern Star, Callicoon, N.Y. 

Surviving are one son, Robert Tegeler, New City, N.Y.; one daughter, Jean Johnson, Yardley; one sister, Mathilda Howell, Norwich, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. 

Her funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Damascus United Methodist Church, with the Rev. George Rees, pastor, officiating.  Interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Damascus United Methodist Church.

Submitted by Paul Jenkins

Tegeler, Thomas F.
Ret. Salesman, 64

Thomas Francis Tegeler of Jeffersonville, a retired kitchen designer salesman for Narrowsburg Lumber Company, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at his home. He was 64 years of age.
The son of the late Edson J. and Mary Huff Tegeler, he was born May 2, 1937, in Callicoon.
Mr. Tegeler was a member of St. George's Roman Catholic Church, the Jeffersonville Fire Department, and the Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Squad, all in Jeffersonville, and the Buc Ridge Rod and Gun Club.
He is survived by his wife, June Bargfrede Tegeler, and a son, John William Tegeler, both at home; a brother, Donald Tegeler of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Margaret and Rich Kasiewicz of Redding, Conn., and Kathleen and Tom Ambrosino of Neversink; two brothers- and sisters-in-law, Joel and Elaine Flaxer of Jane Lew, W. Va., and Michael and Kathy Quinlass of Youngsville; two nephews, Dan Flaxer of New Bern, N.C., and John Michael Kasiewicz of Redding, Conn.; and four nieces, Mary Ellen Stieglitz of Long Island, Jill Caseria and her husband, Stace, of Bridgeport, Conn., and Jennifer and Kaitlyn Quinlass, both of Youngsville. He was predeceased by a sister, Rosemary, and a brother, William Tegeler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville with Father Robert Nee officiating.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Squad, Box 396, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550, or to the Jeffersonville Fire Department, Box 156X, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.

The River Reporter – Narrowsburg NY

www.riverreporter.com edition 01-08-09

Submitted by Paul Jenkins

Williams, Samantha

White Mills, Texas Twp., Wayne Co., PA, d. 21 Oct 1936
Wayne Independent, about 23, Oct 1936.
"Mrs. Samantha Williams, one of the oldest residents of Wayne county, died at 12:30am Wednesday, October 21, 1936, at her home at White Mills.  Mrs. Williams spent her entire life within a radius of a few miles, and for the past forty-five years had lived in the village where she was known and loved by practically all the inhabitants and where she reared a family of nine boys, one girl having died in infancy. She was born at Inglehart, then known as Beaver Dam, the daughter of George and Elaine McKinney Young, on February 23, 1844, being therefore, in her 93rd year at the time of her death.  At the age of nine years both her parents contracted typhoid fever and died within two days of each other, leaving a family of two sons and three daughters of which she was the last survivor, a sister, Mrs. Martha DeReamer having preceded her in death two years ago.  She was the wife of Samuel Williams, a Civil War veteran, who died April 25, 1895. To them were born William, Gilbert, Grant, George, Levi, Frank, Albert, Otis, Benjamin and Emma, all deceased excepting Grant of Endicott, NY; Benjamin, Forest Lake and Otis at home.  A large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren also survive.  Mrs. Williams was a remarkable woman.  Her initiative and seemingly unlimited vitality enabled her to withstand the rigors of the times through which she lived.  Many a narrative of howling volves and screaming panthers held the wrapt attention of succeeding generations to the number of four, and of how women of her girlhood found it not unusual to go into the woods and help clear land with the men members of their families.  She made herself a useful and good neighbor and only kind remembrances remain with her large number of friends and acquaintances.  Until five weeks ago she maintained her own household since which time the kind hands of relatives and neighbors tenderly cared for her.  Funeral will be held Friday morning, 10:15 at the home and 11:00 in the White Mills M.E. Church, Rev. Mr. Greenfield of the Hawley-White Mills charge officiating; burial in Indian Orchard cemetery."

Submitted by Rachel Williams

Williams, Samuel W.

White Mills, Texas Twp., Wayne Co., PA, d. 25 April, 1895
Wayne Independent, April 27, 1895
"Samuel Williams died of dropsy at his home in White Mills, on Thursday, aged 58 years.  The funeral will be held at 2:30 this afternoon.  Interment at Indian Orchard.  A widow and large family of children survive him."

Wayne Independent, May 1, 1895
"Samuel Williams died at his home, at White Mills, Thursday morning, April 25, aged 57 years.  Mr. Williams was born in 1838 at Newburgh, NY.  In 1859, he married Samantha Young.  They spent the early part of their married life near Mast Hope.  He was converted in 1862, while in the army, and united with the Ashley Baptist church; came to White Mills in 1888, and there joined the M. E. church.  He had been a continual sufferer during the past five years.  He was a devoted husband, a kind father and consistent Christian.  His wife and nine sons survive him."

Honesdale Citizen, May 23, 1895
"Samuel W. Williams, who died at White Mills, some three weeks ago, was a veteran of the rebellion, having served in Co. I., 84th PA Volunteers, a Damascus organization, under the late Capt. John R. Ross."
Submitted by Rachel Williams

Yerkes, Matilda Skinner

[The following obituary is for Matilda SKINNER, a daughter of Joseph SKINNER 6 (Daniel 5, Joseph 4, Ebenezar 3, Thomas 2, Thomas of Malden) & Mercy KINNEY (lineage?). There are some interesting details included]

From the 26 Sep 1894 "The Evening Gazette", Port Jervis, Orange, NY:

Mrs. Matilda (Skinner) Yerkes

The Gazette briefly noticed the death of Mrs Matilda Yerkes, which ocurred Tuesday afternoon at 12 08 o'clock at her home on Brooklyn Street [Port Jervis, Orange, NY], suddenly of cholera morbus. She had but recently returned from a visit to Damascus among friends and relatives, and visited for the last time the old homestead where she was born and spent her girlhood days.

Mrs. Yerkes was born at Damascus, Wayne County, Pa, Nov 30 1809. Her maiden name was Matilda Skinner and she was the daughter of Joseph Skinner and Mercy Kinney. She comes of historic and Revolutionary stock [1]. Her great-grandfather, Joseph Skinner, came to Damascus from Connecticut in 1755 [2] and was one of the original land owners there. He was killed, it is supposed, by an Indian, in 1759. [3]

On her mother's side, she was of Puritan descent, one of her ancesters having come to this country on the Mayflower. She was also a lineal descendant through her mother, of Edward Rutledge, of South Carolina, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and member of the Continental Congress. [4]

Mrs. Yerkes was twice married. Her first husband was Charles Young, of Cochecton [Sullivan Co, NY]. Their marriage took place June 12, 1833. They removed to Port Jervis in 1851 where Mr. Young purchased considerable property on Railroad Avenue, and entered in the mercantile business. He died the following year, August 15, 1852. About 1860 his widow married Nathaniel Yerkes, a native of Coshecton [Sullivan Co, NY]. They resided in Port Jervis a number of years. He died in 1883.

Since that time, Mrs. Yerkes and her adopted daughter, Miss Mary Boucher [5], have lived together. She was a member of the Port Jervis Presbyterian Church from it's organization, and made a profession of religion very young. She was active and useful in all walks of life, and was greatly beloved by many by many in the church and this community.

She is survived by her adopted daughter, Miss Mary Boucher, and by the following nephews and neices: D. K. Belknap, station agent of Hornellsville; Charles Belknap of Blooming Grove, Pa., and Mrs. C. C. Quick and Mary Frantz, of Port Jervis. [6]

The funeral will take place from the late residence on Brooklyn Street, Thursday afternoon, at 9 30 o'clock, Internment at Laurel Grove Cemetary." [In Port Jervis, NY]

[1] = Matilda's GF Daniel SKINNER's Revolutionary leanings - though Wahl, I believe, considers Daniel to be a Revolutionary soldier and there are records for a Daniel SKINNER RW vet from NY-PA-NJ, Sivertsen & Covey believe him to be a Loyalist and that Nathan SKINNER attempted to whitewash this in his manuscript. See note [3] for book information. No information about Matilda's mother's side.

[2] = Joseph SKINNER (Matilda's GGF) was in Cushetunk in 1754 when he was murdered. His body was found on an island in the middle of the Delaware several weeks after his death; it was identified by the prayer book in his pocket. The perpetrator wasn't identified, but according to the book in Note [3], the assailant was French or a French sympathizer as the papers he was carrying ended up in French hands. Joseph was a patent-holder in both the Susquehanna Company and the Delaware Company. Joseph & Martha came to PA via a stop-over in the Amenia area of the Nine Partners Patent, Dutchess, NY where some of their children were born or at least registered

[3] = see "The Legend of Cushetunk: The Nathan Skinner Manuscript and the Early History of Cochecton" by Barbara J. Silvertsen and Barbara L. Covey, 1993, Heritage Books, Inc., pages 2.-3. and Endnote #6.

[4] = As I am unsure of Matilda's mother's surname, I haven't been able to look further back to verify or refute these details. There were RUTLEDGEs in Wayne County, however.

[5] = No opportunity as yet to investigate this adoption of Mary BOUCHER - was it a legal adoption or one of the heart?

[6] = Daniel K[inney?] BELKNAP, Erie Railroad Station Agent at Hornellsville, Delaware, NY. Charles BELKNAP was an Erie RR engineer. Per her mother's obit, Laura / Laurel BELKNAP married William QUICK; perhaps C.C. is his nickname. Mary C BELKNAP married another Erie RR engineer, James D. FRANTZ (Wahl is in error about her marrying a "Mr French"). All are children of Horace BELKNAP and Matilda's sister, Susan[nah] SKINNER.

The Evening Gazette
Appeared 25 Sep 1894
June 16, 1894 - Dec 31, 1894.
Microfilm #418 PTJMOC180
Collection of the Port Jervis Free Library

Submitted by Julia

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