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|Rev. Elder Barber,
||Sept. 27, '70
||Apr. 3, 1871,
|Catharine (Van Ness)
||Mar. 13, 1871,
||Mar. 13, 1871,
||May 2, 1871,
||Feb. 9, 1871,
|Rev. Xenophon Betts,
||May 18, '71,
||May 18, '71,
|Benjamin L. Hill,
||May 13, '71,
||Apr. 15, '71,
||May 25, '71,
||Jan. 5, '71,
||Jun. 12, '71,
|Joseph C. Curtiss,
||Dec. 6, '71,
||Jan. 29, '72,
||Mar. 8, 1872,
||May 27, '72,
|Benj. P. Smith,
||Feb. 17, '72,
|David H Pease,
||Jan. 13, '72,
||Aug. 2, '72,
|Mrs. Moses Burnham,
||Aug. 21, '72,
|Levi R. Sutton,
||Sept. 3, '72,
||Sept. 5, '72,
||Dec. 21, '72,
|Robert W. Betts,
||Feb. 9, 1873,
|Mrs. Wm. Parrish,
||June 10, 1873,
|Simon H. Sprague,
||Nov. 18, 1873,
||Dec. 18, 1873,
||June 20, 1874,
||June 1, 1874,
||Mar. 13, 1874,
||Jan. 14, 1874,
||Marr. 15, 1874,
||Mar. 17, 1874,
||May 21, 1874,
||Jan. 31, 1874,
||Feb. 18 1874,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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."
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.
CLEMENT BEARDSLEY, ESQ.,
MRS. MARGARET GIBBS
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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.
MRS. CLARISSA A. MORSE
died in Norwalk, Jan. 19, 1871, aged 76 years.
died in Norwalk, May 23, 1871, aged 75 years.
JONES died in Peru, June 18, 1872, aged 75
REYNOLDS died in Fitchville, in November, 1873, aged 74 years.
He was a native of Connecticut, and came to Fitchville in 1835.
died at Norwalk, Dec. 23, 1873, aged 50 years. She was one of
the oldest residents of that city, and was born there.
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.
ABEL F. EATON
JOHNSON died in Fitchville, Mar. 10, 1873, aged 52 years.
SOPHIA FRANCIS STURGES
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graduate of Delaware Female College. - He was a zealous friend of
education and every good cause.
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.
JOSEPH M. FARR
CLARK, wife of Lester Clark, died in Norwalk, Apr. 14,
1873, aged 74 years.
died in Norwalk Jan .22, 1874, aged 82 years.
A. C. COLGROVE
WOODRUFF died Norwlak, Jan. 31, 1874, aged 75 years.
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.
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
XENOPHON PHILLIPS, M. D.
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SHADRACH CONKLIN died in Fitchville, Apr. 1 1874, aged 77 years.
She had been a resident of that township for thirty years.
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.
JOHN FAIRCHILD DEWEY,
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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.
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.
TRAVIS died in Norwalk, June 3, 1874 in his 79th year.
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LEMUEL B. PIERCE
MRS. MARY F. C. WORCESTER
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MRS. MATHEW KELLER
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.
GAMALIEL STANFORD died in Norwalk, Huron County, at the residene
of her son, June 3, 1874, in the 78th year of her age.
REV. CHARLES F. LEWIS
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JAMES O. MERRIFIELD
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BAILEY died at Norwalk, Aug. 19, 1874, aged 60 years.
WOODWARD died at Norwalk, Aug. 29, 1874, aged 58 years.
HANNAH GRAVES died at the residence of her son, J. R. Graves,
in Norwalk, Jan. 31, 1874, in the 92d year of her age.
SLATER died in NOrwalk, Jan. 3, 1874, in the 61st year of his
BECKWITH died in Bronson, Mar. 15, 1874, aged 78 years.
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.
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.
SMITH, formerly of Norwalk, died in Medora, Ill., Feb. 22, 1874,
aged 52 years.
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
ELECTA BASSETT died in Norwalk, Apr. 26, 1874, aged 62 years.
C. McCONOUGHEY died in Milan, Jan. 15, 1874, aged 56 years.
INGALLS died in Milan, Jan. 14, 1874, aged 67 years.
MARY ANN WILSON
E. H. GIBBS
SMITH, relict of Willis Smith, died in Greenwich, Feb.
24, 1874, aged 82 years.
LEONARD died in Bronson, Mar. 14, 1874, aged 76 years. He
was one of the earliest pioneers in that part of the County.
LINDER died in Peru, June 13, 1874, aged 90 years, 9 months and
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GEORGE RUMSEY died in
Norwalk, Mar. 8 1873, in the 73d year of his age.
SAMUEL B. CALDWELL -
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JUDGE WILLIAM TILDEN
JOHN P. McARDLE
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MRS. SUSAN KING -
JAMES WILLIAMS, ESQ.
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MRS. SARAH MATILDA WILLIAMS
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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
MRS. MARY FOSTER died at the
residence of her son, Maj. John h. Foster, in Norwalk, June
9, 1872, aged 88 years.
SAMUEL L. HATCH died in Norwalk,
O., Sept. 23, 1872, aged 63 years.
GEORGE GAUFF died in Norwalk,
Oct. 15, 1872, aged 66 years.
ISAAC POWELL died in Hartland,
Huron County, Feb. 3, 1873, aged 63 years. He was well known
as a prominent agriculturists and stock-raiser.
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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