Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary – Jessie W. Wood

Catherine – Miss Jessie Winifred Wood, 73, of Catherine died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1975 in Schuyler Hospital.

She was a member of the Covenant United Methodist Church of Rochester and the Women’s Society of the church.

Serving are two sisters, Mrs. Ray Lovell and Mrs. Frances Wiltse, both of Odessa; several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Heal Funeral Home, Odessa, with the Rev. John Binkiwitz officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary – Pauline Brown Townsend

Mrs. Pauline Brown Townsend, 78, formerly of Newfield and Trumansburg (NY) died Tuesday, July 28, 1953, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Hoffman, Palmetto, Florida. She had been living in Florida for about five years.

She was a former member of the Mystic Chapter 275, Order of Eastern Star in Newfield.

Besides Mrs. Hoffman, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Hood Hampton of Tampa, Florida; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the Allen Funeral Chapel, Newfield at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. G.H. Mickelsen, pastor of the Trumansburg Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary – Edna Chapman

Mrs. Edna Chapman, 75, of Newfield (NY), widow of Milton Chapman, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 1952 at the Dodd Nursing Home, Mecklenburg Road, after a long illness.

She is survived by two nephews, Edgar Erway of Ithaca and Richard Erway of Briarcliff Manor, and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held in the Allen Funeral Chapel, Newfield, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 with the Rev. Floyd De Flyer, pastor of the State Street Methodist Church, Ithaca, officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Alexander and Jemima (Burd) Agard

Alexander Agard was the second son of Samuel and Lydia (Hibbard) Agard.  On 14 April 1858, Alexander married Jemima Burd (b: 1825) of Mecklenburg, New York. He made a living by farming the land in Dix, Schuyler County, New York.

Jemima was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Burd. Jemina’s siblings were: Marinda, Alram, T.J., and Sarah.[1]  Thomas and Sarah Burd are buried in the McIntyre Settlement Cemetery, Mecklenburg, NY.[2]

Alexander and Jemima had one son, Hibbard Agard born in 1859.  In 1898 Hibbard married Georgia Rolliston.  Hibbard and Georgia lived with his parents while Hibbard worked his father’s farm.  Georgia died in 1903 and is buried in the Montour Cemetery. I believe they had no children. In 1910 Hibbard is shown living in Dix as a widower.  The other person in his household is a hired man Hiram Hadley.

[1] New York, State Census, 1855, Schuyler County, New York, Burd, Index and Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 1 July 2013. Citing Secretary of State.

[2], Mecklenburg, NY,,Thomas Burd, accessed 8 July 2013. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Doing the Math – Gilbert D. and Anna Maria (Agard) Bailey

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was returning to my Agard line to fill in the lives of my direct descendants’ siblings. Before I got incredibly busy with transcription work (my other life), I was working on the children of Samuel and Lydia Hibbard Agard.  My direct descendant was their first born, Noah Agard (b: 17 Apr 1823).

Noah’s sister, Anna Maria, intrigued me since my parents owned property on Anna Maria Island, Florida for almost sixty years!  I had not taken the time to delve into Anna Maria’s life until now.

And then I had to do the math. From the research Frederick Browning Agard did on the Agard family I knew that Anna Maria married Dr. Gilbert D. Bailey. The Havana (NY) Republican reports the marriage as 4 November 1841, when Anna Maria would have been ten years old – so I suspect there was a typo and Anna and Gilbert were married later in the 1840s.  It then occurred to me that since Anna Maria was born in 1831 and Gilbert in 1813 – there was 18 years difference in their ages.  I don’t know why this struck me as odd, but it did.

I followed this family through the census, both federal and New York. Anna Maria and Gilbert had five children: Samuel A (b: 1851), James (b: 1853), Mary F. (b: 1855) Lydia (b: 1857) and Gilbert (b: 1861).  Although Frederick Browning Agard’s book, Agards in America states the family moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan, the U.S. Federal Census as well as the NYS 1855 census shows the family continuously living in the Catherine, New York area. There is no 1865 NYS census for Schuyler County, but both the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Federal Census shows the family living in Schuyler County, New York. Gilbert is listed as being a physician. I will see what resources Benton Harbor has that might tell me if indeed the family lived there.

Gilbert D. Bailey died 6 February 1872 at 58 yrs, 3 mo, 12 days and is buried in Montour Falls (NY) cemetery.[1]  Anna Maria (Agard) Bailey died 27 March 1909 and is buried with her husband in Montour Cemetery.

[1] Gilbert’s date of birth calculated utilizing