Part 11

What more can we say about this section? Obituaries not only name relatives and relationships, but often tell vivid stories of people's lives. Please send in your collected Montgomery County related obits. Put "MONTGOMERY COUNTY NY OBIT" in the subject heading of your email and name the source of the obit if known. The obits do not have to be long but can be short notices.

Arnold, Edward1895
Arnold, Edward Mar 2, 1895
Arnold, Robert M. Apr 7, 1919
Beard Jr., George Jul 14, 1898
Beard, Mrs. Addie L. Dec 19, 1946
Bender, Clara Edick Sep 1918
Blodgett, Harry E. Feb 12, 1953
Brennan, child of Michael 1884
Campbell, Mrs. Michael Jul 1884
Carle, Elizabeth Miller Aug 29, 1905
Conney, John Nov. 14, 1913
Coons, Helen M. Aug 29, 1905
Dymphna, Sister Mary Dec 24, 1917
Edick, Peter Feb 24, 1908
Francisco, Anderson Jul 11, 1884
Goodrich, Earl Dore Aug 3, 1983
Hilts, Alice Sep 25, 1893
Hilts, Alice May 12, 1856
Hilts, Catherine Jun 1848
Hilts, Cora Ayg 6, 1892
Hilts, Delia May 4, 1895
Hilts, George Aug 23, 1858
Hilts, George Nov 25, 1896
Hilts, George H. Dec 11, 1921
Hilts, Gertrude Jun 18, 1878
Hilts, Infant May 27, 1831
Hilts, Jacob Dec 29, 1849
Hilts, John Nov 17, 1871
Hilts, John N. Feb 25, 1855
Hilts, Mary Jan 21, 1828
Hilts, Melissa Jan 5, 1857
Hilts, Mrs. Katherine Dec 1901
Hilts, Mrs. Laura M. Mar 20, 1900
Hilts, Mrs. Mary E. Jan 13, 1899
Hilts, Mrs. Mary Jane Jun 27, 1867
Hilts, Mrs. Maty May 19, 1830
Hilts, Mrs. Nancy A. Apr 9, 1880
Hilts, Mrs. Philip Nov 30, 190
Hilts, Mrs. Philo J. Oct 1907
Hilts, Mrs. Phoebe Oct 5, 1883
Hilts, Mrs. Polly Sep 13, 1864
Hilts, Mrs. Schuyler Nov 29, 1899
Hilts, Nancy Jun 1844
Hilts, Nicholas Dec 5, 1856
Hilts, Philip Sep 17, 1825
Hilts, Philip May 1903
Hilts, Philip P. Nov 28, 1891
Hilts, Reuben Nov 17, 1895
Hilts, Rudolph Apr 1890
Hilts, Sanford Dec 21, 1893
Hilts, William Jun 29, 1896
Hilts, William G. Sep 21, 1858
Hilton, Alexander Oct 3, 1915
Hilton, Julia Apr 4, 1956
Leon, Dennis William Nov 16, 1915
Lynch, Frank E. Feb 25, 1907
Lynch, Ina Hurlburt Oct 12, 1906
Lynch, James1908
Lynch, Mrs. Mary Oct 12, 1906
Lynch, Mrs. Maurice J. Dec 20, 1916
Lynch, William Aug 5, 1911
Lyon, Benjamin D. Feb 6, 1915
Lyon, Charles1864
Lyon, George "William" 1910
Lyon, Harriett "Hattie" ?????
Lyon, Jennie L. ?????
Lyon, Julie1868
Lyon, Mary G. Jun 1867
Lyon, Mrs. Elisha Aug 29, 1909
Lyon, Mrs. John H. Jan 19, 1915
McMichael, Henry Dec 25, 1917
Moss, Henry B. Nov 28, 1885
Moss, Mrs. Gertrude Apr 27, 1875
Murphy, William Feb 16, 1892
Neach, Frank B. Oct 21, 1940
Neach, Marguerite L. Jul 20, 1911
Nellis, Emma Ostrum Aug 20, 1932
Nichols, Sister Mary DymphnaDec 24, 1917
Pauth, Alvie
(Geo. Ferguson)
Jul 8, 1951
Pauth, Alvin Jul 8, 1951
Pauth, Anna Aug 29, 1936
Pauth, Belle Mansfield1899
Pauth, Belle
(wife of Charles)
Pauth, Catherine Delia Aug 11, 1967
Pauth, Charles Aug 14, 1900
Pauth, Eugene Jan 21, 1940
Pauth, Eunice Jul 27, 1954
Pauth, Miner Apr 2, 1951
Pauth, Miner Apr 2, 1951
Pauth, Mrs. Catherine Arnold Oct 8, 1940
Pauth, Pvt. Henry Eugene Apr 6, 1865
Perry, Andrew Jackson Mar 24, 1906
Perry, George W. Oct 30, 1868
Perry, H. T. May 6, 1900
Perry, Mrs. Catharine Sep 19, 1879
Perry, Mrs. Margaret Jun 25, 1896
Stefans, Franz Joseph Nov 18, 1913
Suits, Jane Miller Jan 22, 1912
Suits, Lewis / Louis Jan 29, 1935
Suits, Rufus Jan 11, 1922
Van Horne, Abram 1912
Van Horne, Mrs. Abram
Anna E. Newkirk
Jul 14, 1884
Wormuth, Amanda Miller Dec 21, 1902

new 2/23/17   From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Wednesday, December 26, 1917, page 8

Henry Mc Micheal [sic McMichael]

Henry Mc Micheal, aged 73 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Schaufeleberg [sic Schaufelberg], of Minaville at 4:30 a.m. Christmas morning, of cancer of the stomach. Mr. McMicheal has been ill for six months but it has only been during the last two months that he has been confined to his room but not entirely to his bed. Mr. McMicheal was a son of Robert and Harriet Brockway McMicheal, and was born in the town of Florida, November 24th, 1844.

In 1872 Mr. McMicheal married Miss Julia Casler of the town of Florida and this union was blessed by two daughters. Mrs. McMicheal died in 1892 and the eldest daughter, Edna, died in the same year, one month from the day of her mother's death.

With the exception of one year Mr. McMicheal has spent his entire life on the farm where he died. He was a prosperous farmer and well known in Minvaille and vicinity where he will be missed by a large number of friends and relatives, who have become accustomed to his good cheer aned advice, always given so readily with the intentions of doing some one else a good turn.

Mr. McMicheal is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred Schaufelberg, one sister, Mrs. William F. Jewell and three grandchildren, all of Minaville. The funeral will be held Thursday at 1:30 at the home of his dauther, and at 2:00 o'clock at the Reformed church at Minaville. Interment will be in the Chuctanunda Cemetery at Minaville.

NOTE: he's listed as Henry McMichael, 1844 - December 25, 1917 in Chuctanunda Cemetery listings.

Sister Mary Dympna

Sister Mary Dympna (sic Dymphna) died in St. Mary's hospital at 9 o'clock Christmas eve after an illness of about five weeks. She has been in the hospital ever since it was established, nearly fifteen years ago, having come here from Kansas City. She was in the order of St. Joseph for over twenty five years.

While in St. Mary's she was in charge of the operating room, where the long hours and hard work often taxed her to the utmost, but at all times her work was of the highest order, and her pleasing personality and cheerful words were greatly appreciated by the patients.

The surviving relatives are: Mrs. E. Rogers, of Appleton City, Wis.; and three brothers, Lewis Nichols, of Shiocten, Wis.; Edward Nichols, of Spokane, Wash., and William W. Nichols, of Reading, Cal.

The funeral will be held at St. Mary's hospital Thursday morning at 9:15 o'clock and at 10 o'clock at St. Mary's church. Interment in St. Mary's cemetery.

NOTE: Sister Dymphna is erroneously indexed as Sister Bympene in the 1920 census of Amsterdam (S.D. 9, E.D. 49, Sheet 11A). The handwriting looks like it says "Dympene." She was 47 years old, born in Wisconsin, her father born in NY. The sisters at St. Mary's hospital are erroneously indexed as each being a niece of the head of household "Matilda Mather," who was Mother Superior. Mother Matilda's name is clearly written but is misindexed as "Matilda Mather". It's clearly written on the census sheet as "Mother Matilda," not "Matilda Mather," and that the other women are "nurse", not "niece." The widowed housekeeper, who's older than Mother Matilda, is misindexed as "daughter"! It's not good research practice to depend on the text of an indexer's interpretation - always take a few moments to view the census page yourself. Shiocton WI is in Outagamie County, Wisconsin.

NOTE: Below are several obits and other information pertaining to the families of Rufus Suits & and his two wives Jane Miller Suits and Esther Miller Edick Suits.

new 2/23/17   From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Thursday, January 12, 1922

Rufus Suits. Rufus Suits, aged 79 years, a lifelong and esteemed resident of Johnstown, passed away Wednesday at his home in that city. Mr. Suits was born in Johnstown, July 23, 1842, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Suits. He was a millwright by occupation and had conducted a shop in the rear of his home for the past fifteen or twenty years, where he made mitten blocks and did other millwright work. Mr. Suits continued to work in his shop until he was taken ill. The survivors besides his wife, Mrs. Esther Suits, are three sons, Lewis of Johnstown, Seymour of Philadelphia, Pa., and Arthur of Gloversville, and two brothers, William of Johnstown and James of Galway. NOTE: Mr. Suits appears on findagrave's listing of Johnstown Cemetery, Fulton County NY. In the 1900 census of Johnstown, Fulton County he was 58 years old, with a birth date of March 1842. At that time he'd been married to his wife Jane for 40 years, and had three children. In the 1910 census of Johnstown, in which the census-taker wrote his name as Lucius Suits, he resided with his wife Jane and son Lewis. They had both been married once, for 49 years, and their 3 children were still living. According to findagrave, Jane Miller Suits passed away in 1912. In the 1915 Johnstown census, "Ruffuits" Suits, age 73, resided with Esther Suits, age 78, and Lewis Suits, age 52.In the 1920 Johnstown NY census, self-employed millwright Rufus Suits, age 76, resided with his wife Esther, age 80, and son Louis, age 56. Esther Suits, widow of Rufus Suits, and her step-son Lewis Suits were listed in the 1929 directory of Johnstown NY.; They resided at 48 Pleasant Ave., where a leather tannery now stands. Lewis passed away in 1935.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Friday, February 23, 1912

Mrs. Rufus Suits.

Jane Miller Suits, wife of Rufus Suits, died at her home in Johnstown Thursday.

Mrs. Suits was born in Johnstown April 17, 1840, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Miller, and has always resided there. She was married December 31st, 1861, and last December Mr. and Mrs. Suits celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Louis Suits, of Johnstown, Seymour Suits, of Newark, N.J., and Arthur Suits, of Gloversville; also five brothers, Hiram, Eli and Eugene Miller, of Johnstown, and Alfred Miller, of Michigan. (only 4 brothers named; compare to obits of Elizabeth Miller Carle and Amanda Wormuth below.)

NOTE: Rufus Suits remarried within the year to widow Esther (nee Miller) Edick. The newspaper assumed the newly-wed couple were young:

Schenectady Gazette, Tuesday Morning, December 31, 1912

Johnstown, Dec. 30- Miss Esther Miller Edick of this city and Rufus Suits, both well known young people of this city were united in marriage yesterday afternoon at the parsonage of the Emanuel Baptist Church of Gloversville by Rev. C. H. Merrill, Pastor.

NOTE: In the 1900 census of Johnstown, "Ester Edick", age 63 (b. April 1837), resided with her husband, Peter Edick, age 65 (b. August 1834). They'd been married 45 years. She was the mother of 1 child, and that child was living. In 1880, Peter and Esther Edick resided in Mohawk NY. This child was Clara Edick Bender (see obit below). In the 1865 census of Johnstown, daughter Clara was 5 years old.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Wednesday, February 26, 1908

Peter Edick.

The death of Peter Edick, aged 74 years, occurred at his home two miles west of Johnstown, Monday night, caused by a short attack of pneumonia. Mr. Edick was born in the town of Johnstown, and has always been a resident of that section. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Jacob Bender, of Stone Arabia; four brothers, Philip and Louis, of Gloversville, and Daniel and James, of the town of Johnstown; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Getman, of Ephratah; Mrs. Hiram Scramm, of Gloversville, and Mrs. H. Sponnoble (sic; Sponable), of Johnstown. The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock.

NOTE: this next death notice makes it appear that Peter Edick passed on March 4, 1908. However, the preceding Johnstown-related article in the same column is dated Johnstown, Feb. 24, 1908.

The Republican, Johnstown NY, Thursday, March 5, 1908, page 2


Peter Edick, aged 74 years died last night about 11:45 o'clock at his home two miles west of the city. Death was due to an attack of pneumonia. The deceased was taken ill on Sunday and gradually failed from the first. Mr. Edick was born and always resided in the town of Johnstown. The surviving relatives are his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Jacob Bender of Stone Arabia; four brothers, Philip and Louis of GLoversville and Daniel and James of the town of Johnstown; also three sisters Mrs. Mary Getman of Ephratah; Mrs. Hiram Scram of Gloversville and Mrs. H.Sponnoble of Johnstown.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the interment was made in the Johnstown cemetery. Rev. C. H. Merrill officiated.

NOTE: there are over 5,000 individualss listed in the Johnstown Cemetery on findagrave, and no Edicks.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Tuesday, Tuesday, December 23, 1902, page 7

Mrs. William Wormuth.

Ar her home in Johnstown Sunday occurred the death of Amanda Wormuth, aged 55 years. Mrs. Wormuth had been ill about a year, dropsy being the ailment. Besides her husband deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Menzo Caldwell of Johnstown, three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Carroll (sic), Mrs. Rufus Suits of Johnstown, and Mrs. John L. Hart of Gloversville, and six brothers, Eugene, Hiram, GEorge, Eli and Marvin Miller of Johnstown, and Alfred Miller of Canada. She was a member of the First M.E. church of Johnstown.

The Gloversville Daily Leader, Monday, December 22, 1902, page 2

At her home, 10 East Fulton street, Johnstown, yesterday, at 3 p.m., occurred the death of Amanda Wormuth, aged 55 years. Mrs. Wormuth had been ill about a year, dropsy being the ailment.Besides her husband, deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Menzo Caldwell of Johnstown, three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Carroll, Mrs. Rufus Suits of Johnstown and Mrs. John L. hart of Gloversville, and six brothers, Eugene, Hiram, George, Eli and Marvin Miller of Johnstown and Alfred Miller of Canada. Deceased was a member of the First M.E. church and the funeral services, conducted by Rev. M. DeLoss Jump, will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 from the house and 2 o'clock at the church.

NOTE: Amanda Wormuth rests in Johnstown Cemetery. Inscription says "Wife of William Wormuth," with dates November 5, 1848 - December 21, 1902.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Wednesday, August 30, 1905

Mrs. Elizabeth Carle.

Elizabeth Miller, widow of Orland Carle, died Tuesday at her home in Johnstown, aged 77 years. She was born a few miles west of Johnstown,, and lived for several years in Chicago and Van Hornesville. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rufus Suits, and six brothers, Marvin, Eugene, Hiram, Eli and George, all residents of the immediate vicinity of Johnstown, and Albert of Canada. (compare brothers' names with those in obit of Jane Miller Suits above.)

The Fulton County Republican, Thursday, August 31, 1905

Mrs. Elizabeth Carle.

Mrs. Elizabeth Carle, widow of the late Orland Carle, died at her home, No. 2 Canal street, at 4:10 a. m. Tuesday in the 77th year of her age. Mrs. Carle, who resided alone, was found confined to her bed a week Monday suffering from catarrh of the stomach and despite the best of care and medical treatment, she gradually failed until the end came. The deceased, who was the daughter of Jacob S. and Maria Miller, was born a few miles west of Johnstown and spent most of her life in this section. For the past forty years she had resided in Johnstown and a number of years previous to that she spent in Van Hornesville and Chicago. Her husband died in December, 1886. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church and was held in high regard by a large circle of friends. The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rufus Suits, and six brothers, Marvin, Eugene, Hiram, Eli and George, of this immediate vicinity, and Albert, who resides in Canada. The remains were removed to the home of Mrs. Suits, No. 48 Mill street, where the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. C. H. Merrill officiating, and the interment will be made in the Johnstown cemetery.

NOTE: Elizabeth's findagrave listing (Johnstown Cemetery) gives dates of October 6, 1828 - April 28, 1905. Family linkages noted are husband Orange Carle (July 4, 1823 - December 7, 1886) and daughter Emma Carl (1858- September 16, 1876; 18 yrs. Daughter of O. & E. Carl).

NOTE: the following was Clara, the daughter of Peter Edick and Esther Miller Edick:

The Morning Herald, Johnstown NY, Tuesday, October 1, 1918, page 4

Mrs. Jacob Bender.

Mrs. Jacob Bender of Stone Arabia died at 4 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Liddle, 20 Akin street, this city. She had been in failing health for the past ten weeks and death was due to a complication of diseases. Mrs. Bender was born August 20, 1861, and was the daughter of the late Peter Edick. She was a lifelong resident of Stone Arabia and an active worker in the Ladies' Aid society of the Stone Arabia Reformed church.

Besides her husband, the surviving relatives are her mother, Mrs. Rufus Suits of this city; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Williams of Fonda; one grand-child and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at the home of her daughter Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. R. H. Williams will officiate and interment will be in Fern Dale. The service will be private to immediate friends and relatives. Friends desiring to review the remains may do so between 12 and 2 o'clock Thursday.

NOTE: In 1915, Clara Bender, age 54, resided in the Town of Palatine with her husband, Jacob Bender, age 61. In 1910, Clara Bender, age 51 resided with her husband Jacob, age 56, and daughter Katherine, age 29. The couple had been married 31 years, and had two children. In the 1880 census of the Town of Mohawk, Clara Bender, age 22, resided with her husband Jacob, age 24 and daughter Kate, age 1.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, December 2, 1918, page 2

Surrogate's Court
Letters of administration of Clara Bender late of the town of Palatine, issued Jacob Bender.

NOTE: Mrs. Jacob Liddle, of Johnstown, was Clara's daughter Kate. Kate had a son Frederick Liddle (1909-1981).

new 2/23/17   From the Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, Wednesday, January 30, 1935, page 3

Lewis Suits.

Lewis Suits, well known resident of Johnstown for over a half century, died at his home 48 Pleasant Avenue, yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. Death came after an illness extending over two years.

Mr. Suits was 72 years of age and was born in the town of Johnstown and resided all his life in this vicinity.

Mr. Suits was employed as mechanic in the machine shop of the F., J. &G. Railroad Company for a period of 45 years.

The survivors are his wife, Mrs. Katherine Suits, Johnstown; one brother, Arthur R. Suits, Gloversville; a nephew and several cousins.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the family home. The Rev. Harlow W. Parsons of the First Baptist Church, will officiate, and the body will be placed in the receiving vault of the Johnstown Cemetery.

NOTE: Most interesting is that Lewis Suits resided at the present-day location of a leather tannery. From 1925 - 1928, the second Mrs. Suits resided at 48 Mill St.

1888 Directory of Johnstown NY
Suits, Arthur, leather dresser, bds Railroad cor Mill [a son of Rufus]
SUITS, LEWIS, glove dye mfr, Mill cor R.R., h do [a son of Rufus]
SUITS, RUFUS, leather mfr, R.R., h R.R. cor MIll
Suits, Seymour,engineer, bds Railroad cor Mill [a son of Rufus]
Suits, Simon, glove maker, h Fulton

NOTE: In the 1930 census of Philadelphia PA, Seymour Suits, age 50, born NY, was a machinist in the leather industry. He had a young wife, Emily, age 26, and 4-year-old son.

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, shows Seymour Suits marrying Emily Shipman in 1926. According to the Social Security Applications and Cliaims Index, the son Seymour said that his parents were Seymour Suits and Emily Foster.

new 2/23/17   From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Wednesday, August 30, 1905


Death of Aged and Honored Canajoharie Woman.

(Special to The Recorder.)

Canajoharie, Aug. 30- Helen M. Coons, widow of Martin Coons, died yesterday afternoon about four o'clock at the home of her brother on Otsego street. Mrs. Coons has been in very feeble health for some time and her death was due principally to the infirmities of old age.

Mrs. Coons was a daughter of Martin Luther and Janet Smith, and was born at Springfield, Otsego county, September 19, 1817. On January 11, 1849, she was married to Martin Coons, who died July 26, 1858, since which time she has been a widow, and lived here and at Springfield. The deceased was a sister of the late John C. and Martin L. Smith, both prominent citizens of this village, the former an ex-postmaster and the latter, at the time of his death, vice president of the Canajoharie National bank, but is now survived by only one brother, George Oliver Smith, at whose home she died.

Mrs. Coons has been a resident of this village for about forty-five years, and was a lady of noble, Christian character. She was a member of the Reformed church and one of its most regular attendants. She was highly regarded by all who knew her, and in her demise the community has lost one whose life will long be remembered for its crystal purity and unswerving consistency.

The funeral will probably be held on Friday afternoon. Rev. J. D. Peters will officiate. Interment in Prospect Hill cemetery. [NOTE: not listed in extensive Prospect hill Cemetery listings on findagrave.]

new 2/11/17   From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Friday evening, July 21, 1911

Fort Plain.

Death of Miss Margaret L. Neach at Nelliston.

Fort Plain, July 21 - Miss Marguerite L. Neach died yesterday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Neach in Nelliston. Following an illness of several months with kidney trouble. The deceased was 18 years old. She was a member of the Universalist Sunday School and popular among a large circle of friends. The funeral will be held from her late home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the Rev. George A. Gay of the Universalist Church officiating.

NOTE: She's listed on findagrave's listings for Fort Plain Cemetery as "Margarite" L. Neach. Also interred there are her father Frank B. Neach (d. October 1940, age 72 years) and mother Gertrude Nellis Neach (d. March 24, 1956). The family is found in the 1905 census of the village of Nelliston, Town of Palatine, in which her name was spelled phonetically - Margerete Neach, age 12. In the 1910 census of Nelliston Village, Town of Palatine - Fank B. Neach, age 41, Gertrude N. Neach, age 34, and daughter Marguerite L. Neach, age 16. It was the first marriage for the parents, they'd been married 18 years, and sadly, Marguerite was Gertrude's only child ever. In the 1915 NYS census of Palatine, Frank and Gertrude have a young daughter Doris N. M. Neach, age 2. In the 1920 census this young daughter is indexed as Dorine M. N. Neach, age 7, although the handwriting could be interpreted as 'Doriss." She's listed as Doris Neach in the 1925 NYS census, Doris M. Neach in the 1930 census, and Doris Neach in the 1940 census. According to Frank's SS application, he was born Aug. 6, 1868 in Canajoharie to John Neach and Margaret Shaut.

Utica Daily Press, unknown date in 1940


Fort Plain - Frank B. Neach, 72, died Oct. 21, 1940, in his home in Nelliston after a short illness.

He was born in the Town of Canajoharie Aug. 6, 1868, and had lived in Nelliston 40 years. He was a furniture finisher by trade and was one of the original employes of the Hix Furniture Company, working for that firm and its successors for 50 years.

He was a member of the Fort Plain Lodge of Odd Fellows, the Fort Plain Universalist Church and its men's club.

Surviving besides his widow, the former Gertrude Nellis, are a daughter, Miss Doris Neach, and a brother, Fred, all of Nelliston.

The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown NY, Wednesday, October 23, 1940, page 7


Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:30 P.M. from the home for Frank B. Neach, in Nelliston. The Rev. William A. Haney, pastor of the Fort Plain Universalist church, officiating. Internment(sic) in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

Utica Daily Press, Tuesday, August 23, 1932

Emma Ostrom Nellis
Dies in Fort Plain

Fort Plain, Aug. 22 - Emma Ostrom Nellis, 79, widow of James W. Nellis, died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Neach, Nelliston. She was born August 13, 1853, at Lassellsville, daughter of Henry and Nancy Baum Ostrom. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Neach, seven grandchildren, Doris Neach, Mrs. Howard Nellis, Mrs. Joseph Cross, James Van Alstine, Nelliston; Mrs. Charles Tefft, Utica; Mrs. Robert Martin, Norwich; Merle Nellis, Florida; five great grandchildren, Robert, James and Arthur Cross, Merle Nellis and Edith Van Alstine.

The funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p. m., from the residence of Mrs. Neach, Rev. Louis J. Richards, Tarpon Springs, Fla., former Fort Plain Universalist minister, officiating. Interment will be made in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

new 2/11/17   From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Tuesday evening, November 18, 1913

Child Succumbed to Diphtheria

Dolgeville, Nov. 18 - Franz Josef Stefans, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stefans, who reside in the town of Oppenheim, just east of here, died yesterday without medical attendance. Dr. Strobel was summoned and he got in communication with Coroner Joslin at Johnstown and was authorized by that official to make an investigation and report the facts to him. Dr. Strobel and Undertaker Moore visited the Stefans home to make an investigation, the doctor being convinced that the cause was undoubtedly diphtheria. A thorough fumigation of the premises was ordered, and the St. Johnsville health authorities were notified of the case. The funeral of the Stefans boy was held this morning and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery. There are no other cases of diphtheria in the neighborhood, so far as known.

NOTE: The 1892 census of the city of Amsterdam lists Charles Steffans, age 42, broommaker, b. Germany, and Minnie Steffans, age 40, also born Germany. Same family or not related at all?

new 2/11/17   From The Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Monday evening, July 14, 1884

Funeral of Anderson Francisco.

The funeral of Anderson Francisco, that was held from the M.E. church, at Minaville, yesterday morning was very largely attended. Rev. J. C. Simmons officiated, and the remains were interred in the Minaville cemetery. Anderson Francisco, of Preble, N.Y., an uncle of the deceased, and a gentleman well-known in these parts, was there to attend the funeral.

NOTE: Minaville Cemetery is Chuctanunda Cemetery. Mr. Francisco doesn't appear in the listings on findagrave.

Our site's listings, which were compiled from Melvin N. Lethbridge's tombstone readings, have:

Anderson, son of Isaac, b. Mindenville 6/26/1847, d. 7/11/1884

Mrs. Campbell's Funeral.

The funeral of Mrs. Michael Campbell was held yesterday at 1 P.M. from St. Mary's church. Fathers McIncrow and Quinn officiated. The bearers were James E. Dolen, Thomas McGrath, John Turner, George P. Wallin, James Quinlan, Michael Dore. The remains were interred in St. Mary's cemetery, in Port Jackson.

NOTE: Mrs. Campbell's name doesn't appear on the findagrave listings of St. Mary's Cemetery. There is a listing for a Michael Campbell, who passed October 24, 1891, age 45? years.

Death at Mill Point.

(Correspondence of the Democrat)
Mill Point, July 14- Mrs. Abram Van Horne, aged about 50 years, died this morning about nine o'clock. The funeral service will be held at the house Wednesday at 11 o'clock and the remains will be interred in the Van Horne family burying ground near Wellsville.

NOTE: She was the wife of Abram Van Horne (1829-1912). In one family tree on ancestry, her maiden name is incorrectly given as Anna E. Covenhoven, and dates are given as September 28, 1835 - July 14, 1884. In findagrave's listings for Pruyn & Faulkner Cemetery, Town of Glen, her name is given as Anna E. Newkirk VanHorn, with the same dates, and Abram Van Horne's dates are October 22, 1829 - April 4, 1912. Anna E. Van Horne's name and these dates, with notation "his wife", also appears on our site's D.A.R. cemetery list of Pruyn & Faulkner Cemetery, aka VanHorn Cemetery. On the Connecticut S.A.R. application of Elbert Sanford Overbaugh (grandson of Abram and Elizabeth), her name is given as Anna Elizabeth Newkirk, with same dates. Mr. Overbaugh gave Abram Van Horne's date of birth as November 22, rather than October 22. Anna Covenhoven (1767 - 1840) was married to a different man - Rev. Abraham Van Horne (1763-1840). *** Same first names, Montgomery County residence, but one couple was born in the 18th century and are different people altogether. *** The latter couple rest in Caughnawaga Cemetery, Fonda NY.

The Rev. David Van Horne, of Dayton, O., who was called here by the death of his brother, the late Abram Van Horne, has returned home. (Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Friday, April 19, 1912)


A child of Mrs. Michael Brennan, of this village, died at the hospital in Greenbush, aged one year. It had been ailing ever since three months old. The body was brought to Amsterdam on the 2:28 train this afternoon and interred in St. Mary cemetery in Port Jackson.


*** This is the case of the body of a drowning victim being misidentified, of a family that had to publicly mourn the same loved one twice, and a long-lived Amsterdam NY woman who lost both of her husbands to tragic accidents.
All research was done by the site coordinator as of 2017 (who has no relationship to the family, but took an interest in pursuing the story) by using online resources.

From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, unknown date ca. December 4, 1913

Still Searching for Body.

The body of John Conney of Cranesville, who was drowned at Hoffmans about three weeks ago, has not been recovered as yet, although continued attempts have been made to locate it. It will be remembered that Mr. Conney fell from the tug of the American Pipe & Construction company into the Mohawk river and it is believed was swept downstream. Dynamite has been resorted to but all efforts to get the body have been without avail.

From the Schenectady Gazette, Saturday morning, April 4, 1914, front page


(Special to The Gazette.)
Amsterdam, Aprill l- The body of John Conney, who was drowned in the Mohawk river while at work on the barge canal construction work in Hoffmans November 14, was found floating in the river yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at a point north-west of Cohoes. The discovery was made by a boy named Roy Devoe of Crescent, while he was gathering driftwood. It was a mere skeleton that was floating under a cake of ice when the boy made the discovery. Relatives of Mr. Conney in this city heard of the discovery and this morning Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Keefer and Henry Hilton of Amsterdam went to Cohoes to view the remains. Word was sent back that the body was positively that of Mr. Conney. The body was brought back to this city tonight.

From the Schenectady Gazette, Monday morning,June 1, 1914, page 5


The body, found in the river at Lock 7 Saturday and supposed to be that of Charles Becker, the New York telephone lineman, who lost his life in the flood last spring while making repairs at Freman's bridge, was identified early this morning at Timeson and Fronk's undertaking rooms by John McNamara, an Amsterdam undertaker, and Hiram H. Hart, also of Amsterdam, as that of John Conney, a barge canal employe at Cranesville, who fell from a tug last October. A slip found in the hip pocket of the trousers on the body proved to be a receipt for a newspaper subscription of an Amsterdam newspaper and bore the name of Conney.

A body at Crescent three months ago was identified as Conney's body and buried by Johnson & Lindsay at the direction of the widow in Green Hill cemetery, Amsterdam. This body was also badly decomposed and was identified only by the clothing.

From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Tuesday, June 2, 1914, page 12

Funeral of John Conney.

This afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the funeral house of Johnson & Lindsay on Spring street the Rev. C. A. S. Heath, pastor of the East Main street M. E. church, conducted a funeral service over the body of John Conney, which was found in the Mohawk river, below Schenectady last Saturday morning. The interment was in Green Hill.

From the Schenectady Gazette, Thursday morning, June 11, 1914, page 4

The action brought by Leola Conney, as administrator of the estate of John Conney, against the American Pipe and Construction Company for alleged negligence was settled out of court.

From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Friday, June 19, 1914, page 11

Settles for Conney's Death.

The action of Leola Conney against the American Pipe & Construction company to recover for the death of the plaintiff's husband, John Conney, of Cranesville, which was scheduled for trial in supreme court at Schenectady, has been settled out of court. Mrs. Conney brought action to recover damages for her husband's death. He was drowned in the Mohawk river at Hoffman's while working for the defendant company. Mr. Conney fell from a tug belonging to the company last November and his body was not recovered until a few weeks ago. It is understood the widow received a substantial settlement. She was represented by Attorney C. J. Heffernan.

NOTE: In the 1900 census of Amsterdam, silk mill worker John E. Conney, single, age 19, and born June 1880, was a boarder in the home of William Conney and family. In the 1900 census of Amsterdam NY, Leola Hilton, age 16, was said to be born in November 1883.

In the 1910 census of Amsterdam, John Conney, age 30, and wife Leola, age 26, resided in the household of her mother Julia Hilton. The couple had been married for 5 years and had no children. John was an employer, a retail merchant in the grocery business. He was born in New York State, as were his parents.

In the 1915 NYS census of Amsterdam, Leola Conney resided with her mother Julia E. Hilton.

In the 1920 census of Johnstown, Fulton County NY, widow Leola Conney and her mother Julia Hilton were resident nurse and matron respectively at the Willing Helpers Home for Women. The majority of the "inmates" (as they were enumerated) of this home were single elderly women or widowed.

In the 1925 NYS census of Johnstown, Julia E. Hilton and Leola Conney were still matron and nurse at the Willing Helpers Home for Women at 226 Madison Ave.

In the 1930 census of Coeymans Hollow, Town of Coeymans, Albany County NY, Julia E. Hilton, age 68, resided with her daughter, now Leola C. Blodgett, age 46, and son-in-law Harry E. Blodgett, age 56. Harry owned his home and was a carpenter who worked for wages. This was a second marriage for Harry as well. His age at first marriage was 22, and Leola's was 21.

In the 1940 census of Coeymans, Leola Blodgett, age 56, occupation nurse, resided with her mother Julia E. "Helton", age 78 and widowed boarder "Elesabeth Slater", age 68. Leola owned the home and all three women had resided in the same house in 1935. Leola's highest grade completed was 7th grade. She worked for wages as a nurse in a private home.

Leola Hilton Conney remarried to Harry E. Blodgett by the 1930 census. An obituary for her sister Irene Hilton Keefer, wife of Hiram S. Keefer, residents of Selkirk NY, was published in the Albany Times-Union, Wednesday, March 25, 1964. At the time, her sister Mrs. Leola Blodgett resided in Coeymans Hollow, and their brother Henry Hilton resided in Salisbury CT. Irene was interred in Coeymans Hollow Cemetery.

According to the SSDI, Leola Blodgett was born November 18, 1883, and passed away in January 1981. Her last residence was in Glens Falls NY, but her last benefit was received in Amsterdam NY. Leola's resting place wasn't found in any online resources.

*** Information related to the family of Leola Hilton Conney Blodgett, wife of John Conney. ***

new 2/11/17   From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, October 4, 1915, page 10

Alexander Hilton.

Alexander Hilton, for many years a resident of this city, died Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, of apoplexy. During the course of the afternoon he left his home at No. 293 East Main street, and went to the stables of Vernon S. Gardinier for the purpose of feeding the horses driven by his son, Henry, who is employed as a driver by the Gardinier laundry. It is evident that while at the stable he was stricken, for when found by his son he was in a semi-conscious condition on the hay. Mr. Gardinier was summoned, as well as Dr. William M. Dwyer and Dr. E. C. LaPorte. Mr. Hilton expired shortly after the arrival of the physicians. Dr. H. W. Murphy, coroner, was called also. The physicians were of the opinion that death was due to apoplexy.

Mr. Hilton left the Amsterdam hospital a few days ago, he having been a patient at the institution several weeks as the result of a fall down stairs, in which three ribs were broken. At the time he had no knowledge of the manner in which the accident happened, and it was thought that he fell as the result of a slight stroke.

He was born 52 years ago in Burtonsville and practically all of his life was passed in this city and vicinity. He followed the trade of a blacksmith. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Leola Conney, of this city, and Mrs. H. S. Keefer, of Coeymans; one son, Henry, of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Putman and Mrs George Gula, of this city; one brother, Jeremiah Hilton, of this city, and one grandson, also of Amsterdam.

The funeral, which will be private, will be held at the funeral house of Johnson & Lindsay. Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. C. A. S. Heath, pastor of the East Main street M. E. church, officiating. Interment will be made at Canajoharie.

From The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, Thursday, April 5, 1956, page 3

Mrs. Julia Hilton.

Mrs. Julia Hilton, 94, a former resident of Amsterdam, died Wednesday morning at her home at Coeymans Hollow. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Leola Blodgett and Mrs. H. S. Keefer, Selkirk; one son, Henry Hilton, Salisbury, Conn., and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at the home Friday at 2 p.m. and interment will be in the Coeymans Hollow Cemetery.
NOTE: Julia isn't listed in the Coeymans Hollow Cemetery listings on findagrave.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Friday, February 13, 1953, page 2.


Coeyman's Hollow - (AP) - Harry Blodgett, 79, perished yesterday in a fire that swept his two-story frame home in this Albany County village.

From The Knickerbocker News, Albany NY Friday, February 13, 1953, page 16-B

Elderly Man
Dies in Fire
In Home

Harry Blodgett, 79, died yesterday in a fire that swept his two-story frame house at Coeymans Hollow.

Blodgett's body was found slumped on the floor near an upstairs window, with a knife clutched in one hand. State Police Sgt. J. J. Buckley said the elderly man apparently had been trying to break the window with the knife when he was overcome by smoke.

The fire started about 3 p.m. apparently from an overheated kerosene stove in the downstairs kitchen. it was extinguished by Coeymans Hollow and Ravena firemen, who found the victim about two hours after the start of the fire.

The dead man's brother, Raymond Blodgett, who lived with him, was at work at Marshall's Garage in Ravena.

Coroner Campion issued a verdict of accidental death.

4/9/2005  This large group of Hilts family obituaries and death notices was graciously contributed by Hilts researcher Carol Grainger! Carol noted that she obtained them through research done by the Herkimer County Historical Society. [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]


Herkimer Citizen, Mar 27 1906.

Perry, Andrew Jackson..
Died Saturday in Herkimer. Born in Herkimer Nov 23 1829.
Leaves two sons - John & William & two daughters, Miss Laney Perry & Mrs. Harry Gleed, all of Herkimer. Four brothers - Frank, Nicholas, Sanford & Jacob. A half brother George & four half sisters - Miss Clara - Herkimer, Mrs. William Kingston & Mrs. Charles Rockwell - Little Falls & Mrs. Horace Rasbach of Herkimer.

Note: Andrew Perry, son of George Washington & Elizabeth (Hilts) Perry. Married to the former Margaret Hilts, daughter of Nicholas & Anna Nancy (Schutt) Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 8-25-1858.

Hilts, George.
At the village of Herkimer 8-23-1858, 96 years, 5 months.
Note: Johan "George" Nicholas Hilts who married Catharina Cristman. Brother of famous John "the runner" Hilts and father of Nicholas Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 7-1-1896.

Hilts, William.
At his home 6-29-1896, 78 yrs old. One of Herkimer's oldest residents & brother of Mrs. Margaret Perry who died last week. Note: William, son of Nicholas & Anna Nancy (Schutt) Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 4-14-1880.

Hilts, Mrs. Nancy A.
In this village 4-9-1880.
Note: Nancy, Anna "Nancy" Schutt, daughter of Wilhelm & Ann (Bedinger) Schutt. Wife of Johannes "Nicholas" George Hilts and mother of nine children.

I.I., 12-11-1856.

Hilts, Nicholas.
In Herkimer 12-5-1856, about 60 years. Husband of Anna Nancy Shutt listed above.

Herkimer Democrat, 12-27-1893.

Hilts, Sanford.
In Herkimer 12-21-1893 (74yrs,10mo, 9 da.). His wife & a dau, Mrs. Charles Nellis very ill.
Note: Mrs Charles Nellis was Lany C. Hilts Nellis.

Herkimer Democrat, 12-6-1899.

Hilts, Mrs. Schuyler.
At her home in Spinnerville11-29-1899. Formerly of Herkimer. 32 yrs old.

Herkimer Democrat, 9-22-1858.

Hilts, William G.
In this town 9-21-1858.
Note: Johann "George" & Maria "Elisabeth" (Clapsaddle) Hilts.

Herkimer Citizen, 10-1-1907.

Hilts, Mrs. Philo J..
At the home of her sister, Mrs.John R. Sullivan-Glens Falls, Sunday age 33. Leaves husband & 2 children Arthur age 6 and Alice age 3.
Note: at bottom of page was written St. Frances.

Herkimer Democrat, 10-10-1883.

Hilts, Mrs. Phoebe.
In this village 10-5-1883, 70 yrs.
Note: Phoebe, daughter of Samuel & Nancy (Hayes) Slocum. Born in Oneida County and married to David Hilts, son of Philip N. & Elisabeth (Hayes) Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 9-21-1864.

Hilts, Mrs. Polly.
In the town of Little Falls 9-13-1864.
Wife of George Hilts in her 63rd year.

Herkimer Democrat, 11-20-1895.

Hilts, Reuben.
In Small's Bush 11-17-1895, 64 years.
Note: Reuben, son of George J. & Polly (Casler) Hilts.

People's Friend, 9-28-1825.

Hilts, Philip.
At Herkimer 9-17-1825, about 21.

Ilion Citizen, 12-6-1901.

Hilts, Mrs. Philip.
In Herkimer 11-30-1901, age 67.
Note: Catherine, wife of Philip M. Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 12-2-1891.

Hilts, Philip P..
In Herkimer 11-28-1891, age 69yrs, 4 mo, 3 da.

Herkimer Citizen, Tuesday, 4-8-1890.

Hilts, Rudolph.
a German, residing at rear of Waverly House-Sunday morning. 38 yrs & married.

People's Friend, 6-2-1831.

Hilts, infant.
In Herkimer 5-27-1831, 18 months. Infant son of Nicholas Hilts.
Note: This might have been the son of Nicholas G. Hilts who married Gertrude Helmer.

Herkimer Democrat, 1-9-1850.

Hilts, Jacob.
In this town 12-29-1849, 52 years.
Note: Jacob, husband of Maria Magdelana "Lany" (Hayes) and father of Sanford Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 11-22-1871.

Hilts, John.
In this village 11-17-1871, 74 years.

Herkimer Democrat, 2-28-1855.

Hilts, John N..
In this town 2-25-1855, 63 years.

Herkimer Democrat, 8-17-1892.

Hilts, Cora.
At Ilion 8-6-1892, 4 months. Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lorenzo Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 5-8-1895.

Hilts, Delia.
In this village 5-4-1895, 80 yrs, 2 mo., 28 da.
At her home on the Creek road, Friday evening. Children: Policeman George W. Hilts, Andrew Hilts, Mrs. Armstrong Doxtater, Mrs. Benjamin Petrie,Mrs. Arthur Hall. Brother in law L.W. Baldwin & a sister Eliza Benjamin-Oakville.

Herkimer Democrat, 11-25-1896.

Hilts, George.
Near Jacksonburg, 11-17-1896, about 55 years.

Herkimer Democrat, 6-26-1878.

Hilts, Gertrude.
In the town of Fairfield 6-18-1878, 86 years old.

Herkimer Democrat, 5-19-1886.

Hilts, Alice.
In this village 5-12-1856, 33 years, 5 months. Wife of Philo Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 10-4-1893.

Hilts, Alice.
In this village 9-25-1893. Noted a date 7-4-27.

Herkimer Democrat, Thursday, 6-1-1848.

Hilts, Catharine.
In this village Wed. morning last, wife of George Hilts, about 76 years.
Note: Catharine, mother of Nicholas and John Hilts.

?, 6-14-1844.

Hilts, Nancy.
In Herkimer - 54.

Herkimer Democrat, 5-23-1903.

Hilts, Philip.
At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cyrus Kay, in Herkimer, Thursday age 66. Lived here in 1837 & spent life here. Forefathers among pioneer Dutch settlers. Leaves only his daughter. Funeral tomorrow, buried in Oak Hill.

Note: From the 1900 & 1910 census it was stated that Clara Hilts Kay was the mother of two children, without any children living. End of this family line.

Herkimer Citizen, 12-6-1901.

Hilts, Mrs. Katherine.
At the home of her daughter Mrs. Dr. Kay-Herkimer Saturday. Wife of Philip Hilts, leaves husband and daughter.

?, 5-27-1830.

Hilts, Mrs. Mary.
5-19-1830 widow of the late John Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 1-18-1899.

Hilts, Mrs. Mary E..
In Herkimer 1-13-1899, 76 yrs, 6 mo., 25 da.

Herkimer Democrat, 7-31-1867.

Hilts, Mrs. Mary Jane.
In Herkimer 6-27-1867 in her 40th year, wife of Philip Hilts.

I.I., 1-15-1857.

Hilts, Melissa.
In Herkimer 1-5-1857, eldest daughter(17-7-23) of William Hilts.

People's Friend, 3-22-1900.

Hilts, Mrs. Laura M..
Herkimer 3-20-1900, 29 years, wife of Charles Hilts. Leaves husband, 4 small children, father & 4 brothers.

People's Friend, 1-31-1828.

Hilts, Mary.
1-21-1828, daughter of George Hilts.

4/9/05  George H. Hilts' obituary was contributed by Hilts researcher Carol Grainger. [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]

Eau Claire Leader.
Tuesday, December 13, 1921.

George H. Hilts.

George H. Hilts, a pioneer resident of Eau Claire, died at this home, 215 Second street at _ o'clock Monday morning. He was 72 years old.

He came to Eau Claire from Herkimer, N.Y. in 1863 and moved to a farm in Chippewa county where he married Ida Arminta Ranson in 1877. They made their home on a farm until five years ago when they came to Eau Claire.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and son George, residing at 112 Second street, two grandchildren and two brothers, Byron Hilts of Los Angeles, Calif., and Fred Hilts, Watertown, S.D.; a sister Mrs. John Avery of Bemeidji, Minn.

The funeral will be held at the home at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and at the First Congregational church at 2 o'clock.

Note: Silas Hilts was the gg-grandfather of Carol Grainger.

4/9/05  Flora Robinson Lyon's obituary was contributed by Hilts researcher Carol Grainger. [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]

"Regarding this obituary, I am interested in any of the descendants of John Lyon."

Mrs. John H. Lyon Passes Away.

This morning at 7:20 at her home on the corner of North Washington and Green streets. Flora, wife of John H. Lyon, laid aside her earthly cares and passed to the great beyond. While about three weeks ago deceased suffered an attack of the grip, from which she did not fully recover, her illness did not assume a serious aspect until last Saturday, when she caught more cold and suffered a relapse, and from that time she failed continually until the end. She was born May 26, 1860 in the town of Fairfield and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Robinson. It would have been 35 years this coming Monday that she was united in marriage to the husband who survives, and for the past 18 years they have resided in this village.

The death is one that brings universal sorrows, as she was of the character and disposition that courted affection and respect from all whom she came in contact with on account of her pleasant ways, and disposition to help those about her. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of this village. Those who mourn her loss are the aged farther, Irving Robinson of this village, the husband, two sons George H. Lyon of this village, and Floyd Lyon of Schenectady, and three brothers Irving Robinson Jr of this village, William Robinson of Poland, and Arthur Robinson of Oneida and two sisters; Mrs. Allison Morse of this village and Mrs. Thomas Rathbun of Dolgeville.

The funeral will be held from the late home Friday after noon at two o'clock, the Rev. W.M. Thompson officiating and interment will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

4/9/05  Benjamin D. Lyon's obituary and additional information about him was contributed by Hilts researcher Carol Grainger.

"I just didn't know what to do about this family. It is not my family line, yet here I have all this information (see after obit). Benjamin was the brother of Elisha Lyon who married Helen Hilts. I had saved all this information in case later I could tie the children of Benjamin to another Hilts line."

Monday, February 8, 1915.
Benjamin D. Lyon.

At the advanced age of eighty-eight and a half years, Benjamin D. Lyon departed this life Sunday at a Utica Hospital. He would have reached his eighty-ninth milestone of life on July 17th next. His death removes one formerly active and prominent in the citzenship of Herkimer. He was born in the town of Russia in 1826, but came to this village in 1860 and associated himself with Charles Barse in the conduct of a planing mill where the Standard Furniture Works are now located in Eastern avenue. Later James Clark was his partner in this enterprise and for a period commencing in 1892, he conducted a similar enterprise alone, the business being located in Folts street. Mr. Lyon also engaged in general contracting and various local structures are monuments to his industry and skill, the more prominent of these including the First Methodist Church and the Grand Opera House Block. Deceased was a member of the M.E. church and enjoyed a wide acquaintance and friendship. He was a Republican in politics and at one time held the office of superintendent of streets.Deceased was the son of Dr. Benjamin Lyon, one of the early settlers of Oppenheim. He located in the town of Russia in 1812. Mr. Lyon is survived by one son, William Lyon and two daughters, Misses Hattie and Jennie, all of this village. In his death removes the last of a family of twelve children. Funeral services will take place Tuesday afternoon at 2 from the home of the daughters in Doxater Street, Rev. Dr. Powell, pastor of the M.E. church officiating.

Descendants of Benjamin D. Lyon Generation No. 1

1. BENJAMIN D. LYON was born 17 Jul 1826 in New York, and died 1915 (Source: Cemetery Inscriptions). He married Susanna FOLTS, daughter of Peter FOLTS and Ann COLE. She was born Dec. 25, 1829 in New York, and died in 1909. (Source: Cemetery Inscriptions.)

Burial: 1915, Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York
Census 1: Bet. Jun 1865 - 1880, Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York
Census 2: Aug 1860, Russia, Herkimer County, New York
Census 3: Bet. Jun 1900 - Apr 1910, Herkimer Village, Herkimer County, New York
Census Information: Jun 1865, Noted to have been a owner of land.
Occupation 1: Jun 1880, Contractor and builder
Occupation 2: 1850, Laborer
Occupation 3: Aug 1860, Farmer
Occupation 4: Jun 1865, Lumberman
Occupation 5: Aug 1870, Sash and blind maker
Occupation 6: Jun 1900, Day laborer.
Property 1: Apr 1910, Owned a house, no mortgage
Property 2: Jun 1900, Owned a house, mortgaged
Residence: Aug 1860, Benjamin and his family reside in his brother Elisha's household

Notes for SUSANNA FOLTS: In the 1865 census it stated that Susanna was the mother of 3 children.In the 1900 census it stated that Susanna was the mother of 6 children, with 3 children living.

Burial: 1909, Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York


i. GEORGE "WILLIAM" LYON, b. Apr 1856, New York (Source: 1900
Census.); d. Aft. 1915; m. KATE R., 1882 (Source: 1900 Census.); b. Oct 1861, New York; d. Aft. Apr 1910.

Census: Jun 1900, Herkimer Village, Herkimer County, New York
Occupation: Jun 1900, Contractor and builder
Property: Jun 1900, Owned a house, mortgaged

Notes for KATE R.: In the 1900 and 1910 census it stated that Kate was the mother of 4 children, with 2 children living.

More About GEORGE LYON and KATE R.:
Marriage: 1882 (Source: 1900 Census.)

ii. MARY G. LYON, b. 1860, New York; d. 28 Jan 1867 (Source: Cemetery Inscriptions.).

More About MARY G. LYON:
Burial: 1867, Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York

iii. CHARLES LYON, b. Bet. 1862 - 1863; d. 1864 (Source: Cemetery Inscriptions, died at one year and 4 months.).

Burial: 1864, Old Village of Herkimer Cemetery, Herkimer County, New York

iv. JULIE LYON, b. 1865 (Source: Cemetery Inscriptions.); d. 1868 (Source: Cemetery Inscriptions.).

More About JULIE LYON:
Burial: 1868, Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York

v. HARRIET "HATTIE" LYON, b. Mar 1868, New York (Source: 1900 Census.); d. Aft. 1915.

Census: Apr 1910, Herkimer Village, Herkimer County, New York
Census Information: Apr 1910, Noted to be single
Occupation: Apr 1910, None listed
Residence: Apr 1910, Resides in her father's household

vi. JENNIE L. LYON, b. May 1871, New York; d. Aft. 1915.

4/9/05  This group of miscellaneous Lynch surname obits was graciously contributed by Carol Grainger. Carol isn't related to the people listed below in any way but received the obits on a page with her Lyon family obits. Please do NOT email Carol for information - these were contributed to help someone - but contact the appropriate county historical societies.

NOTE:Newspaper sources not stated.

Frank E. Lynch.

Herkimer lost one of its well kown citizens early this morning in the death of Frank E. Lynch a this home in Bellinger Avenue at an early hour this morning from pneumonia. The deceased was taken ill last Tuesday with influenza, which developed into pneumonia. He was born in Herkimer and would have been 50 years of age the 6th of November coming. His parents were the late Owen and Anna Lynch. He is survived by a widow who was Miss Celia Doyle, and a brother Irving P. Lynch, who will have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this sad affliction. Mr. Lynch was employed by the Duofold Knitting Company at Mohawk. He was a faithful member of St. Francis deSales Church and of Herkimer Council Knights of Columbus. Burial will be made at Newport. The funeral services have not yet been arranged.

Mrs. Frank Lynch.

At 3pm yesterday at a hospital in Utica, occured the death of Mrs. Ina Hurlburt Lynch, wife of Frank Lynch of Old Forge. Mrs. Lynch was stricken with appendicitis at her home in Old Forge and was taken to Utica for an operation which proved to be in vain.She was born in Boonville, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Hurlburt, and where the greater part of her life was passed. She eventually went to Old Forge, however, where her marriage to Mr. Lynch took place. She was member of the Presbyterian church of Old Forge and had many warm friends, both in that village and in Boonville who will learn with deep regret of her untimely death. Besides her husband and parents she is survived by one son, Norman, four brothers, Howard, Roy, Arthur and Randall, a twin sister Nina and a sister Ethel, all residents of Old Forge with the exception of Nina, who lives in Rome.

Mrs. Mary Lynch.

Ilion, Oct 13- At her home in East North street at 6:30 last evening, occured the death of Mrs. Mary Lynch aged 64 years. Death resulted from a complication of diseases, from which she had been a patient sufferer for a long time. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Frank J. Lynch, and one daughter Mrs. J.P. McGraw both of this village. Deceased was born in Ireland and came to this country in 1866 and was united in marriage to Thomas Lynch in New York in ____. The family came to Ilion about sixteen years ago and have lived here ever since. She was a honored member of the Sacred Heart Society of Ave Maria church and enjoyed the respect of a large circle of friends in this village.

James Lynch.

The remains of James Lynch were brought to Herkimer last evening by his brother Frank Lynch, where they were met by Undertaker Laird and taken to the father's home in Mohawk where the deceased was born. Deceased was a polisher by occupation and the fatal accident occured at College Point, on Flushing Bay Long Island. The two brothers had worked at this place but a short time and both expected to return in a few days to New York City. Sunday morning the two brothers with other companions went in bathing and immediately after the evening meal of which the deceased partook heartily, he proposed to his brother that they again take a dip in the surf. His brother refused but a companion, James Hill, went with him. Within ten minutes after leaving the house the body was taken from the water by life-savers stationed on the beach, but all attempts at resuscitation failed.

The physicians called gave the cause of death as heart failure superinduced by exertion and entering the water after eating a hearty meal. The news of Mr. Lynch's death was a severe shock to the family and his friends here, the number of which was large as he was a genial, large hearted and kind young man, liked by all who knew him. There survive beside the father, six sisters, Mrs. Wallace Shoe of Albany, Mrs Thomas Nagal, Monticello; Mrs. Michael Monehan, Mrs. Patrick Finnegan and the Misses Kate and Delia Lynch of Mohawk, and two brothers, Eugene and Frank. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 10' o'clock from the church of the Blessed Sacrament of which he was a member. Father McDonald will officiate and burial will be made in St. Agnes cemetery.

Note: The 1900 Mohawk Village, Herkimer County NY census listed this family as:

Lynch Patrick, head, April 1830, Ireland, day laborer, owned a house, no mortgage.
Bridget, wife, Jan 1840, married 36 yrs, mother of 9 children, 8 living, Ireland in 1840.
Frank, son, Oct 1865, NY, polisher-steel.
James, son, Feb 1867, NY, polisher-steel.
Catherine, dau, Dec 1869, NY.
Mary Ellen, dau, Sep 1873, NY, ___ woolen mill.
Eugene, son, Jun 1875, NY, ____.
Anna E., dau, Jul 1878, NY, ___ woolen mill.

Mrs. Maurice J. Lynch.

Utica, Dec 21- Mrs. Maurice J. Lynch died at her home in this city yesterday following a week's illness from pneumonia. Deceased was born in the town of Salisbury, Herkimer county and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Welch. She married Mr. Lynch in Little Falls and came to this city to reside about 20 years ago and was highly regarded by all of her acquaintances. She was a member of St. John's Church and the societies connected with the church. Besides the husband there survive two daughters, Mrs. James Kellmurray and Miss Loretta Lynch and three sons, Fred L., Leslie and Leo Lynch, all of this city and five sister, Mrs. Michael McCormick of Schenectady, Mrs. William Loucks of Franklin Mass., Mrs. A. J. Schell of Ilion, and Mrs. James Hallinan and Miss Julia Walsh of Little Falls; and one brother Thomas Walsh of Herkimer.

Note: Both Welch and Walsh were both used in this obituary - this was not a typo.

William Lynch.

Frankfort, Aug 8- The death of William Lynch, who had been critically ill for two weeks, occured Monday at this home on Litchfield street. He leaves a wife, who was Miss Ella Northrup of Schuyler, and two daughters, Rose and Mary of this village; also three sisters, Mrs. John Riley and Miss Rose Lynch of Buffalo and Mrs. William Fullem of Frankfort. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 from Sts. Peter and Paul's church.

3/22/05  This group of 8 Moss, Perry and other family obituaries and death notices was graciously contributed by Hilts researcher Carol Grainger! Carol noted that she obtained them through research done by the Herkimer County Historical Society. [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]

Newspaper source not stated.
August 30, 1907.

Mrs. Elisha Lyon, a Highly Respected Resident of This Village, Passed Away Last Evening.

Mrs. Helen Lyon, wife of Elisha Lyon of this place, died at her home on South Washington street last evening at about 8 o'clock, at the age of 75 years. Mrs. Lyon had been a sufferer from cancer for the past twenty years and had been in poor health for the past year, although she was able to get about the house until Tuesday of this week. She was the daughter of Nicholas and Nancy Hilts and was married to Elisha Lyon over fifty years ago. She was a Christian lady and a devoted member of the Baptist church of this village. Mrs. Lyon moved to Herkimer about twelve years ago from the town of Russia and had since resided on South Washington street. A husband, three children, two sons Burt and John Lyon and one daughter Mrs. Arthur Lanning all of this place survive; also one sister Mrs. Catherine Bell of Cleveland NY and one brother Alexander Hilts of this village and a grandson Burt Lewis of Herkimer.

Note: Helen was the d/o Johannes "Nicholas" George & Anna Nancy (Schutt) Hilts.

Herkimer Democrat, 6-23-1875.

Moss, Mrs. Gertrude, at Waterville, Oneida County 4-27-1875.
Wife of William Moss 46 yrs and 20 days.
At same, 6-2-1875 Wm Moss, about 50 years.

Herkimer Democrat, 12-26-1885.

Moss, Henry B. In Bloomington Illinois 11-28-1885, formerly of Ilion.

The Herkimer Democrat, 11/4/1868

George W. Perry.
Died in this village(Herkimer) on 10/30/1868. Age 63 yrs. 2 mo. 6 days.

The Herkimer Democrat, 9/24/1879.

Mrs. Catharine Perry.
Died at Little Falls on 9/19/1879. Wife of the late George W. Perry of this village. Age 61 years.

Herkimer Citizen newspaper
May 8, 1900

Death of H.T. Perry
The subject of this sketch H.T. Perry, who departed this life on Sunday morning last, was born in Providence, Saratoga County, N.Y., September 25, 1810. Besides his widow, he leaves six children, Adelbert of Ilion, William H. of Little Falls, Morris of Johnstown, Mrs. Elizabeth Frank of Little Falls, Mrs. Catherine Ford of Schuylers Lake and Charles of Utica; also two brothers, George W. of Mills Corners, N.Y. and Jacob of Detroit, Mich., and twenty two grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was largely attended at his late residence in South Ilion on Tuesday last, Rev. M.L. Baker assisted by Rev. Proctor officiating on the occasion. One of his sons remarked to your correspondent of his father's patriotism and devotion to his country and the union, said: "Father sent his five sons to fight under the stars and stripes all that were old enough to enlist and when at Little Falls he saw them fall in line and march for the south he wept like a child because he could not have the privilege of shouldering his gun and marching by the side of his boys to death and victory." The interment was at Little Falls cemetery.

Evening Times
February 12, 1892

William Murphy died at his home in Jersey City yesterday. He was a former resident of Little Falls, having been employed and learned his trade in Reddy's foundry. He leaves one sister, Mrs. George Perry of Herkimer. He was 58 years of age.

Evening Times
June 25, 1896

Sudden Death in Herkimer

Mrs. Margaret Perry, wife of Assessor A.J. Perry, dropped dead at her home on South Washington street about 11 a.m. today. A few days ago she was slightly indisposed, owing to a cold, but this morning she went about her household duties as usual and was in the act of preparing dinner when stricken down. She was about 64 years of age and was highly respected by all. Besides her husband she leaves two sons and two daughters. They are Officer W.F. Perry, John H. Perry, Layne Perry of this village and Mrs. Harry Gleed of Mohawk.

Note: Margaret (Hilts) Perry was the daughter of Johannes "Nicholas" George and Anna "Nancy" (Schutt) Hilts. She was the sister of my ggg-grandfather George Frederick Hilts. Margaret's husband Andrew Jackson Perry was the son of George Washington Perry and his first wife Elizabeth Hilts.

Contributed by Carol Grainger in March 2005. [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]

3/2/05  Another ARNOLD family obituary graciously contributed by Karen Garber! Karen tells us that she obtained this obit through a paid research of her family done by the Herkimer County Historical Society in May 2002. [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]


Published in the Evening Times
March 2, 1895
a New York Newspaper

The Oldest Native Resident Edward Arnold
Dies Suddenly at His Home on West Monroe Street

Probably the oldest native resident of Little Falls was Edward Arnold, who died at his home on West Monroe street shortly after last midnight. Mr. Arnold was born in the section of the town known as Burt Hill in 1803, and has always resided in this town. He remembered when the village was a hamlet no larger than Jacksonburg. Last night Mr. Arnold ate his supper as usual and retired in good health. He awoke twice and complained of pains in the stomach. He was given medicine twice. Soon after he retired the second time he expired suddenly. Mr. Arnold's father was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and is, so far as known, the only one who is buried in the Church street cemetery. Mr. Arnold was a carpenter by trade and considered one of the best workmen in the town. In politics he was a staunch Democrat. Mr. Arnold was a quiet, unassuming man of the strictest integrity and honor. His wife died eight years ago. Five sons, Robert, Charles, and Peter of this place, William of New Haven, Conn., and David of Syracuse, and one daughter Delia, survive. he funeral will be held Thursday. The Rev. F. D. Leete will officiate.

2/7/05  This set of six ARNOLD family and related family obits was graciously contributed by Karen Garber! [This page is being added to in 2017. If this 12-year-old email address is no longer active, we don't have any idea how to contact her.]

Published 8 April, 1919 Evening Times
a New York newspaper

Came From Pioneer Family

Robert M. Arnold died at 9 o'clock last night at the Arnold homestead on West Monroe street, following a long illness due to heart trouble. Mr. Arnold was born October 13, 1841, in the same home where he has resided for so many years. He was the son of Edward and Christina McChesney Arnold who were pioneer settlers of this vicinity. By occupation he was a carpenter. He also served the old village of Little Falls in the capacity of policeman for a period of about seven years. He served several years as one of the local canal locktenders. In politics he was a Democrat. He was a man of worthy character who enjoyed the respect and esteem of his friends and neighbors. Mr Arnold was married 54 years ago to Margaret Hilts, also a member of a pioneer family. He is survived by his wife; by one son, Irving C. Arnold of this city; and by three daughters, Mrs. Nellie M. Ludwig, who resides at the family home, Mrs. George Beard of Truxton, NY, and Mrs. Miner Pauth of Sherburne. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday from the late home, Rev. J. H. Anderson of the M. E church officiating and interment will be made in the Church street cemetery.

Margaret (Hilts) Arnold
aka Lany Margaret (Hilts) Arnold
Died February 10, 1929

Published 1929 in a New York newspaper
Date of Publication unknown
Transcribed from original article

Mrs. Margaret Arnold

Little Falls--Mrs. Margaret Hilts Arnold, widow of Robert Arnold, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Ludwig, West Monroe Street.

She had been ill the past four weeks, death being caused by pneumonia. Mrs. Arnold was born in Shell's Bush, Feb. 7, 1843, but had lived here 64 years. Her parents were the late George and Polly Casler Hilts and she was married in this city, 1863, to Mr. Arnold.

Surviving are one son, Irving Arnold of this city, and three daughters, Mrs. Catherine Pauth of Mohawk, Mrs. Addie Beard of Truxton and Mrs. Harry Ludwig of this city; also seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon from the Ludwig home. The Rev. J. W. Barrett of the M. E. Church will officiate, and interment will be in Church Street Cemetery.

Published October 8, 1940 issue of the Herkimer Telegram
a New York newspaper

Mrs. Catherine Pauth, 65
Dies at Frankfort

Frankfort - Mrs. Catherine Arnold Pauth, 65, of 338 First Ave, died at 8:15 a.m. today after an illness of eight years.

She was born in Little Falls, June 3, 1875, the daughter of Robert and Margaret Hilts Arnold. She married Miner Pauth of Little Falls on September 4, 1895. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Mohawk.

She is survived by her husband, Miner Pauth, one son, Harry Pauth, Norwich, three daughters, Mrs. George Robbins, Warsaw, Mrs. Walter Horn, Frankfort; Mrs. Theodore Darveau, Mohawk; one brother Irving C Arnold, Little Falls; one sister, Mrs. Addie Beard, Truxton; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

The funeral will be held from the home at 2 p.m. The Rev. J. A. Sypher of the Frankfort Methodist Church will officiate.


Published in a New York newspaper
Monday April 2, 1951

Miner Pauth, Mohawk, Dies in Nursing Home

Mohawk--Miner Pauth, 75, of 10 Green St., died today in the Morris Nursing Home, 429 N. Bellinger St., Herkimer.

He was born in Little Falls on Aug. 17, 1875, a son of Charles and Belle Mansfield Pauth. He married the former Catherine Arnold a number of years ago. She died in 1940. Mr. Pauth was employed as a knitter in knitting mills in Little Falls, Herkimer and Utica.

He leaves one son, Harry Pauth, Norwich; three daughters, Mrs. George Robbins, Little Falls; Mrs. Walter Horn, Ilion, and Mrs. Theodore Darveau, this village.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday from the Graves Funeral Home with burial in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow afternoon and evening.


Abt March 1865-July 15, 1898
Son of George Beard Sr
& Emma (Ashman) Beard
Husband of Addie L Arnold

Published July 16, 1898
Evening Times, a New York newspaper

George Beard Dead Victim of Baseball Game Passed Away Last Night

The unfortunate baseball accident by which Manager George Beard of the Union store suffered on Thursday afternoon at Dolgeville, during the Presbyterian Sunday school picnic held at High Falls park in that village, has resulted for the worst. Mr. Beard is dead. No fatal issue was looked for during the first hours following the sad occurrence, but the fear of peritonitis expressed by Dr. Garlock after his examination proved only too well founded. The first symptoms developed yesterday noon and as the patient's left side began to fill he grew rapidly worse. It was evident there was only one resource left which gave a hope of recovery and that a slight one. Operation must be the last expedient and at 6 last evening it was resorted to by a council of physicians including Dr. Kilbourne of Utica and Drs. Garlock and Ingham of this city. They found the left kidney almost destroyed, the omentium torn and lacerated, and bleeding into the peritoneal cavity. The laceration resulted of course from the two ribs broken by the impact of the base runner. The removal of the kidney was essential and was therefore proceeded with. Unable to withstand the shock in his weakened condition, the patient never rallied and death followed the completion of the operation by about an hour. During his connection with the Union store and previously Mr. Beard's frank, open personality, unfailing cheeriness and obliging spirit ingratiated him with large classes of the trading and purchasing public, as well as more intimate friends, among whom his absence creates a gap that will be long felt and ever regretted. A widow and one little child survive to mourn a kind loving husband and parent. Mr. Beards' age was 33 years and 4 months. The Rev. C. S. Richardson will conduct funeral services 2:15 tomorrow afternoon at the residence, 604 Garden street, and 2:30 at the Presbyterian church. On Monday at 10:12 a.m. the remains will be forwarded to Truxton, Cortland county, where all that is mortal of a worthy, upright citizen will be consigned to dust.

Another article. Published July 15, 1898 in the Evening Times.....

Injured at Dolgeville - George Beard, manager of the Union store in this city, was the victim of a painful accident at Dolgeville yesterday afternoon. Mr. Beard was playing third base for one of the baseball teams. Claude Youker, a member of the opposing team, attempted to steal third base. The ball was thrown to Mr. Beard, who stood on the base line waiting for his prey. Youker tore the line with great speed, colliding with Beard with much force and knocking him to the ground. He was not unconscious, but was unable to walk. He was taken to the office of Dr. Strobel and cared for. He is now at his home in this city under the care of Dr. Garlock for two broken ribs and a laceration of the kidney.

Published December 19, 1946 edition of the
Cortland Standard
a New York newspaper


Funeral Sunday Afternoon In The Methodist Church There

Mrs. Addie L. Beard, 75, of Truxton, widow of George Beard, died this morning at the Cortland County Hospital. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Arnold, she was born June 20, 1871, at Little Falls, N. Y.

Surviving are one son, Ralph Beard of Truxton; a brother Irving Arnold Little Falls; two grandchildren, Darrell Beard and Mrs. Thelma Shutt, both of Cortland, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Truxton Methodist Church. Rev. Leonard P Hackney will officiate. Friends may call at the home at their convenience. Interment will be in Truxton Cemetery.

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