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Source:
The Firelands Pioneer Quarterly
Published by
The Firelands Historical Society
Headquarters in
The Firelands Memorial Building
Norwalk, Ohio
Published at Norwalk, Ohio
The American Publishers Company.
1874

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Volume XI

 

June 1874

PIONEER OBITUARY RECORD:
1870-1874
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     The four years which have elapsed since the termination of the obituary record contained in the last volume (10) of the Pioneer, have prepared a long mortuary list, comprising many honored and esteemed names, and many eyes will look upon it with sorrow.  In the Biographer's reports published with the proceedings of the Society in the first part of this volume, will be found notices of the following deaths:
- Samuel B. Lewis, July 15, 1870, aged 80
- Orlando F. Curtiss, Aug. 19, '70, aged 55
- Joel E. Mead, Aug. 19, '70, aged 54
- Charles L. Boalt, Aug. 10, '70, aged 67
- Mrs. Jas. Williams, Aug. 26, '70, aged __
- Mrs. Bradstreet Stevens, Aug. 23, 1870
- Margaret (Lewis) Gibbs, Feb. 10, 1870, aged 76``
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Rev. Elder Barber,

Feb., 1870

aged 69

Johnson Wheeler, Sept. 27, '70 " 70
Thomas Puckrin, Apr. 3, 1871, " 61
Catharine (Van Ness) Carpenter Mar. 13, 1871, " 63
Julius House, Mar. 13, 1871, "85
Clement Beardsley, May 2, 1871, " 64
Sheldon Smith, Feb. 9, 1871, " 80
Rev. Xenophon Betts, May 18, '71, " 71
Mary McMillan, May 18, '71, " 71
Benjamin L. Hill, May 13, '71, " 57
Hiram Boardman, Apr. 15, '71, " 65
Cyrus Lyman, May 25, '71, " 75
Stephen Sawyer, Feb. '71, " 85
Polly Sampson, Feb. '71, " 83
Daniel Hemmingway, Jan. 5, '71, " 70
Mary Hathaway, Jun. 12, '71, " 77
Jane Cuddeback, Dec. '71, " 94
Elihu Clary, Sept. '71, " 83
Joseph C. Curtiss, Sept. '71, " 69
Theodia Smith, Dec. 6, '71, " 82
Horace Ramsdell, Jan. 29, '72, " 79
Mary Barnes, Mar. 8, 1872,  
Neverson Sherman, May 27, '72, aged 67
Benj. P. Smith, Feb. 17, '72, " 82
David H Pease, Jan. 13, '72, " 46
Rebecca Phillips, Aug. 2, '72, " 94
Mrs. Moses Burnham, Aug. 21, '72, " 76
Levi R. Sutton, Sept. 3, '72, " 78
Philip Moffat, Sept. 5, '72, " 84
Charles Keith, Dec. 21, '72, " 75
Robert W. Betts, '72, " 84
Isaac Miller, Dec. '72, " 64
Lydia Kellogg, '72, " 74
Jacob Sherborts, Dec. '72, " 67
Ira Parsons, May, 1873, " 67
Anson Wilson, Feb. 9, 1873, " 72
Mrs. Wm. Parrish, June 10, 1873, " 80
Simon H. Sprague, Dec. 1873, " 70
Jabez Deming, Nov. 18, 1873, " 84
Violetta Manahan, Dec. 18, 1873, " 94
Andrew Wood, June 20, 1874, " 68
Virgil Squires, June 1, 1874, " 65
Jonas Leonard, Mar. 13, 1874, " 78
Julia Johnson, Jan. 14, 1874, " 81
Perry Beckwith, Marr. 15, 1874, " 77
Betsey Rundle, Mar. 17, 1874, " 82
Bethuel Cole, May 21, 1874, " 77
Lester Clark, Jan. 31, 1874, " 78
Laura Underhill, Feb. 18 1874, " 75

     To these we add the following obituaries of other Pioneers, including more extended notices of some of those notices of some of those above named.

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     DAVID STILES, the centenarian, formerly residing in the Firelands, of whom an account was given in the Pioneer, vol. 9, page 62, died in October, 1873, at Dubuque, Iowa, aged 107 years and four months.
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     HIRAM BOARDMAN died at Townsend, Apr. 15, 1871, in his 6th year.  He was born Oct. 3, 1805, in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont, and with his parents, Amos and Prudena Boardman, moved to Corinth, Orange County, Vermont, where he lived until about 27 years of age, when he was married to Delia Richardson, of Swanzey, New Hampshire.  One year after, he moved to Roylston, Mass., where he lived until about 27years of age, when he was married to Delia Richardson, of Swanzey, New Hampshire.  One year after, he moved to Roylston, Mass., where he lived about one year, during which time he learned the trade of blacksmithing.  He then started for Ohio, April, 1835.  After looking over the hills of New England for a place to locate a home, he determined to find a more favorable location than among the rocs and hills of his native country. - Leaving his family (wife and child) with her parents at Swanzey, he set out for Ohio, which journey he made on foot to Cuyahoga Falls ,thence to Milan in Erie County, much of the way by very bad roads.  He bargained for the farm on which he afterwards lived and died, of Arthur Howard, and returned to the east and moved with his family, arriving in Townsend June 6, of the same year, 1835, and took possession of his wilderness home, for which he paid six dollars per acre, it being partly improved.
     He taught school some, and was a trusted and valuable citizen, holding at various times offices of honor and trust, and died as he lived, respected and esteemed.  He died of disease of the heart

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from which he was a sufferer several years.

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     MR. JOEL E. MEAD died in Norwalk, Aug. 15, 1870, aged 53 years.  He was born at Southeast State of New York, on the 1tgh of March, 1817.  In May of the same year his father, the late Abraham Mead, moved to Fitchville, Huron County, with his family of nine children, of whom Joel E., was the youngest.  In 1832, they removed to Norwalk, and onto the farm where he resided till his decease.  Of course, the subject of this notice was familiar with all the hardships, incidents and pleasures of pioneer life.  His father was a model farmer and citizen, and the son  did honor to his training, being one of the most tidy and successful of Norwalk farmers.  He was highly social, a good neighbor, kind friend, affectionate, indulgent and beloved in all his family relations.  He was united in marriage with Miss Betsey ann Lewis, daughter of Samuel B. Lewis, Esq., with whom he lived happily for more than a quarter of a century, and by whom he had five children, who survive to mourn his departure, though not as those without hope for he had long lived a Christian life and was an elder of the Presbyterian Church at his death.  He died after a long and very painful illness, and the numerous throng of sympathizing friends who followed him to his final earthly rest, evinced the esteem in which he was held.

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     ORLANDO F. CURTISS died at his residence in Norwalk, Aug. 19, 1870, of Cancer in the Stomach, after a lingering and distressing illness of nine weeks, aged 55 years.  The deceased was born in Tyringham, Mass., in 1815, and was left an orphan t eight years of age.  At the age of eighteen, in 1836, he came to Norwalk in a lumber wagon, and commenced a pioneer life in the woods for a guide and guardian  worthy and affectionate aunt - Mrs. Lucy Jackson.
     In 1841, he was married to Miss Angeline, eldest daughter of the late Samuel B. Lewis, Esq., who survives to mourn - though not without hope - her sad bereavement.  They were a mutual blessing to each other, and had an interesting family of children.  Their first home after marriage was a primitive log cabin on a piece of heavy forest which he felled with his own axe, about two miles east of his late residence, the frame buildings on which were the work of his own hands.  His religious predilections were Protestant Episcopal, of which Church he had been a consistent and worthy member for many years.  Never ostentatious, ever free from pride, not a busybody in other men's matters, he was dignified and courtly in all his bearings.  few men at his age,  in his sphere of agricultural life, had succeeded in making more warmly attached friends.  He was more than cordial and hospitable - he was genial.  As a father, he was kind and indulgent; as a husband, considerate and affectionate. - His educational advantages were limited, but his mid and faculties were of an order which with good advantages, would have made him a successful speaker and reasoner.
     Throughout his entire sickness he was a model of suffering patience; no murmur nor complaint was heard.  As the messenger of death drew near he expressed himself resigned and at peace, and exhorted his children to seek the Saviour.  His mind was clear to the last, and at times, appearing to be absorbed in contemplation of the brighter world, would say, " Don't talk now; let us be silent before God."  Several days before his departure he gave full directions for his funeral.  He died surrounded by the kindest attentions from his wife, children and numerous friends, and went peacefully to rest.  A large and solemn assembly of weeping and sympathizing friends who followed him to his final earthly rest, testified to the esteem in which he was held.

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     MRS. JANE CUDDEBACK died in Vermillion, Dec. 21, 1871, aged 94 years.  She was relict of the late Peter Cuddeback, and was indeed a mother in Vermillion.  She came with her husband and six children from the state of New York and settled on the farm on which she died, in the year 1811, when it was an unbroken wilderness.  By patient toil and economy they became possessed of a competence, and raised a large family of twelve children.  Her descendants are numerous, and many of them highly respected and useful citizens.  Sixty years she was a resident of the Firelands.  In the early settlement of the country her house was ever open to shelter, and her hand ready to feed and lodge, the weary emigrant.  Indeed, it is doubtful whether there were in all the crowd of noble men and women who devoted themselves to opening up this beautiful country, any that more generously and assiduously devoted themselves to the entertainment and comfort of strangers and friends. Their "latch-string was always out."

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     DR. BENJAMIN L. HILL died at Marysville, California, May 13, 1871, aged 57 years.  He was born Dec. 18, 1813, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and was the son of Noah and Suky Hill, who were originally from the State of Connecticut.  He came to this country in 1818, and has ever since considered it his home.  He was married in 1841, to Joanna Grier, of Worthington, in this State, sister of the widow of the late Dr. T. V. Morrow, President of the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati.  He leaves a wife and five children, three sons and two daughters.  The son of a pioneer, and born on a farm, he first labored at farm work, but soon left it to enter other callings, and was successfully occupied for some years as a teacher, clerk and merchant.  He first commenced the mercantile business at Birmingham, in Erie County, with Ahira Cobb, now of Cleveland, as a partner, and continued in it for some years with success.  After this he studied law for some time; and some years later attended lectures at, and graduated from, the law school in Cincinnati, but never practiced this profession much if any.  Later in life he studied - medicine and practiced this profession for some years in different parts of the State.  He was at one time located at Birmingham, in his practice, but practiced more in Cincinnati, where he was for some years Professor of Anatomy and Surgery in the Eclectic Medical College.  Dr. Hill, at a later date, was one of the founders of the Homoeopathic College in Cleveland.  He at one time held two Professorships in it, and lectured there for seven or eight winters. He also filled a Professorship for a short time in the Homoeopathic College of St. Louis, giving a course of lectures there in 1860.  He has been the author of a work on Eclectic Surgery, published in Cincinnati in 1850, and also joint author with Professor Hunt of a work on Homoeopathic Surgery, published in Cleveland in 1855. He was also author of a small work much used by Homoeopathists, called the Healing Art, of which eleven editions have been published.  At one time Dr. Hill was the leading spirit in the Water Cure establishment at Berlin Hights, and afterwards he was extensively engaged in the lumbering business at Saginaw, Michigan; and whilst there he was elected to, and served one term as Representative in, the Legislature of that State.  In 1863, he was appointed by President Lincoln Consul at Nicaragua, Central America, where he spent one year, and where his health was much impaired, but he so far recovered his health after his return as to serve part of two terms in the Ohio Legislature, to which he was elected as Representative from Erie County.  He served nearly the whole of the first term, but was unable through failing health to serve much of the last term, for which he was elected.  Dr. Hill was emphatically a worker, being almost always active with body or mind.  He possessed in an eminent degree that Yankee capacity and tact of turning every opportunity and event in life to profit or improvement.

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     CLEMENT BEARDSLEY, ESQ.,

 

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     MRS. MARGARET GIBBS


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     JARIUS KENNAN

 

 

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and friends of the deceased, we will together attend his funeral;; and we respectfully request the Courts of this County to inscribe this testimonial on their records.

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     DAVID WALSWORTH


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     MRS. CLARISSA A. MORSE


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     WILLIAM BOWEN died in Norwalk, Jan. 19, 1871, aged 76 years.


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     CYRUS LYMAN died in Norwalk, May 23, 1871, aged 75 years.


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     SALMON GREEN


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     EBENEZER JONES died in Peru, June 18, 1872, aged 75

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     WARREN REYNOLDS died in Fitchville, in November, 1873, aged 74 years.  He was a native of Connecticut, and came to Fitchville in 1835.

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     SUSAN WYATT died at Norwalk, Dec. 23, 1873, aged 50 years.  She was one of the oldest residents of that city, and was born there.

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     EDWARD J. BUNCE



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daughters to mourn the loss of a kind husband and loving father, who have the sympathies of a wide circle of friends.
     We publish in this number of the Pioneer some incidents in the early settlement of Wakeman, written by Mr. Bunce a short time before his death.

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     ABEL F. EATON


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     BARNARD JOHNSON died in Fitchville, Mar. 10, 1873, aged 52 years.

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     SOPHIA FRANCIS STURGES


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     SAMUEL PENNEWELL


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    ALEXANDER PORTER



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graduate of Delaware Female College. - He was a zealous friend of education and every good cause.

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     LESTER CLARK died in Norwalk, Jan. 31, 1874, aged 77 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Clark were among the early pioneers of Huron County, having removed hither from Chenango County, N. Y., in 1816, locating in Bronson township, where they resided until 1830, when they came to Norwalk.

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     JOSEPH M. FARR


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     ESTHER CLARK, wife of Lester Clark, died in Norwalk, Apr. 14, 1873, aged 74 years.

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     JOHN FOX died in Norwalk Jan .22, 1874, aged 82 years.

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     A. C. COLGROVE


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     EDWIN WOODRUFF died Norwlak, Jan. 31, 1874, aged 75 years.

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     PHILANDER AUSTIN, formerly of Fitchville, Huron County and one of the ear-

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ly Pioneers of the Firelands, died at Strawberry Point, Clayton County, Iowa, Jan. 25, 1874, in his 73d year.  He was a zealous Christin, whose life was a record of good works.

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     ANN SMITH


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     ISAAC FRAYER died in Hartland, Huron County, Ohio, where he had resided over forty eyars, Mar. 18 1874, aged 82 yeras, 5 months.  He was born in Greene County N. Y., and removed to the Firelands in 1830.

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     LUCY KINGSBURY

 

 

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     XENOPHON PHILLIPS, M. D.


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     MRS. SHADRACH CONKLIN died in Fitchville, Apr. 1 1874, aged 77 years.  She had been a resident of that township for thirty years.

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     MRS. ABIJAH ROBERTS died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. D. M. Pratt in Fitchville, Apr. 30, 1874, aged 85 years.  She had lived in that township about forty years, and was a professor of the Christian religion over sixty years.

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     JOHN FAIRCHILD DEWEY,



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     AMBROSE SMITH died in Olena, Huron County, May 18, 1874, aged 87 yeas. - He was formerly a practicing physician, and resided about forty years in the Firelands.

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     BURR KEELER died in North Fairfield, Huron County, June 19, 1874, in his 69th year.  He was for forty-eight years a member of the Congregational Church, and his daily life bore witness of the genuiness of his piety.

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     JOSEPH TRAVIS died in Norwalk, June 3, 1874 in his 79th year.

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     CHARLES RUSSELL


 

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     LEMUEL B. PIERCE


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     MRS. MARY F. C. WORCESTER
 

 

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     MRS. MATHEW KELLER


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     BURGUR MOTT


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     MRS. MARIA THATCHER, wife of the late John P. Thatcher died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. H. W. Owen, in North Fairfield, Huron County, May 26, 1874, aged 76 years.

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     MRS. GAMALIEL STANFORD died in Norwalk, Huron County, at the residene of her son, June 3, 1874, in the 78th year of her age.

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     REV. CHARLES F. LEWIS


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      JAMES O. MERRIFIELD


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     SEBA MATHER


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     JACOB BURDUE


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     SARAH WASHBURN


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     WILLIAM HUMPHREY

 

     EDWARD B. BAILEY died at Norwalk, Aug. 19, 1874, aged 60 years.

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     O. P. WOODWARD died at Norwalk, Aug. 29, 1874, aged 58 years.

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     MRS. HANNAH GRAVES died at the residence of her son, J. R. Graves, in Norwalk, Jan. 31, 1874, in the 92d year of her age.

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     MILTON SLATER died in NOrwalk, Jan. 3, 1874, in the 61st year of his age.

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     PERRY G. BECKWITH died in Bronson, Mar. 15, 1874, aged 78 years.

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     JEDUTHAN R. GRAVES died at Norwalk, Sept. 15, 1874, in the 72d year of his age.  He had been a resident of Norwalk about 40 years.

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     MRS. FANNIE B. SEVERANCE died in Cleveland August 1, 1874, aged 35 - She was born in Norwalk, was a sister of Dr. David D. Benedict, of that place, and grand-daughter of Platt Benedict, and was very much esteemed by all who knew her.

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     EDWARD F. SMITH, formerly of Norwalk, died in Medora, Ill., Feb. 22, 1874, aged 52 years.

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     JULIA JOHNSON died in Peru, Jan. 14, 1874, aged 81 years.  She was the mother of Luther Johnson, of Peru, and Mrs. Fredus Simmons, of Norwalk.  She came to Huron County fifty years ago, and lived on the same farm fro that time until she died.

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     MRS. PERMELIA ALLEN


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     MRS. ELECTA BASSETT died in Norwalk, Apr. 26, 1874, aged 62 years.

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     DR. D. C. McCONOUGHEY died in Milan, Jan. 15, 1874, aged 56 years.

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     ADDISON INGALLS died in Milan, Jan. 14, 1874, aged 67 years.

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      MARY ANN WILSON
 

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     E. H. GIBBS


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     MRS. ANNA SMITH, relict of Willis Smith, died in Greenwich, Feb. 24, 1874, aged 82 years.

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     JONAS LEONARD died in Bronson, Mar. 14, 1874, aged 76 years.  He was one of the earliest pioneers in that part of the County.

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     CONRAD LINDER died in Peru, June 13, 1874, aged 90 years, 9 months and 11 days.

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     AZEL MEAD



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     GEORGE RUMSEY died in Norwalk, Mar. 8 1873, in the 73d year of his age.

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     ALANSON CLEVELAND


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     JUDGE WILLIAM TILDEN


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     JOHN P. McARDLE


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     JAMES WILLIAMS, ESQ.



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     MRS. SARAH MATILDA WILLIAMS


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     MARTIN DENMAN


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     MEHETABLE SHOURDS died in Greenfield township, Huron county, on the fifth day of the week and fifth day of the ninth month, A. D. 1872, aged 75 years 4 months and 6 days.

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     MRS. MARY FOSTER died at the residence of her son, Maj. John h. Foster, in Norwalk, June 9, 1872, aged 88 years.

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     SAMUEL L. HATCH died in Norwalk, O., Sept. 23, 1872, aged 63 years.

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     GEORGE GAUFF died in Norwalk, Oct. 15, 1872, aged 66 years.

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     ISAAC POWELL died in Hartland, Huron County, Feb. 3, 1873, aged 63 years.  He was well known as a prominent agriculturists and stock-raiser.

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     The following is a copy of an inscription on the tombstone in the church-yard at Eatonville, Herkimer County, New York, taken by M. K. Cole.
     "Alexander, son of Joseph and Lovina Mason, was slain at Sandusky, Ohio, by the Indians, Sept. 29, 1812, aged 33 years, 17 days.

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