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Town Of Lee, Oneida County, New York Obituaries

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Darling, Cornelius

Rome Sentinel
July 22, 1912

Utica - Cornelius Darling of 292 Brinckerhoff avenue died on Saturday morning at his home, after an illness of three years duration. He was born in Lee, this county, 60 years ago and during the past 25 years had made Utica his home. He was a carpenter and contractor until his illness caused him to retire. He attended the Baptist Church and was respected by all who knew him. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Miss Beulah Darling, and his mother, Mrs. Catherine Williams of Utica, and four brothers, Clinton, John and Squire of Lewis county, Frederick of Utica and Charles Darling of Whitesboro.


Darling, George C.

Rome Sentinel
July 22, 1918

West Leyden - This whole community was shocked and saddened when it was learned that George C. Darling had passed away very suddenly at his home near Swancott's Mills this morning at 3:30. Mr. Darling had not been in the best of health for some time but his condition was not regarded as serious, and he had been doing his work about the farm as usual. The day before he had been at work in the hayfield and retired that evening in his usual health. About 3:30 in the morning Mrs. Darling was aroused and noticed that her husband was ill. He gasped and passed away immediatley. George C. Darling was born Sept. 23, 1853, in the town of Lee. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Sarah Webb who died in March, 1900. Fifteen years ago he was united in marriage with Mrs. Frances Abbott, who survives. Mr. Darling was a life long resident of the town of Lewis and was held in the highest respect. He was strictly honest in his business affairs. His manly integrity and genial pleasing manner made him many friends and he will be long held in remembrance. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. George Hitchcock of Rome, Mrs. Edward Parsons and Mrs. Louis Parson of West Leyden, two sons, Ferdinand of Buffalo and Clinton of Bartlett, one step-daughter, Mrs. Charles Fox of Lee Center, three stepsons, Fred Watkins of Vernon, William Abbott of Rome and Henry Abbott, West Leyden; four brothers, Squire Darling of Osceola, Charles of Whitesboro, Fred of Utica and John of Lee Center. There also are 24 grandchildren. One son, Edward, was accidently killed last August near Glenfield, NY while on his way to Lowville to be examined for the first draft.


Darling, Edward
Rome Sentinel
June 30, 1893

Lee Center Notes: Edward Darling died at his home in this place at 2 o'clock this morning, aged 78 years. His death was caused by softening of the brain.


Darling, John B.

Rome Sentinel

March 22, 1933

John B. Darling Called by Death

Lee Center, March 22 - John B. Darling, 72, of Wilkinson Settlement, died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sylvester Robellard of Yorkville. His death followed an illness of four weeks. Mr. Darling was born on August 2, 1861, the son of George and Catherine Darling. On February 29, 1882 he married Carrie Aucuth, who died 24 years ago. Mr. Darling conducted a farm at Wilkinson Settlement for eight years. Prior to that he lived at Point Rock. Surviving besides his daughter at Yorkville, are two other daughters, Mrs. Ethel Rosen of Rome, and Mrs. Laura Main of Clayville; two sons, Gordon of Rome and Herbert of Clayville; a brother Fred of Utica and four grandchildren.


Darling, Mary Lovena Dingman

Rome Sentinel
February 9, 1875

DEATHS: Mrs. Edward Darling died Sunday morning, aged 54 years.


Davidson, Andrew

Roman Citizen
June 7, 1878

Lee Center Items - Mr. Andrew Davidson, son of the late Alexander Davidson, and brother of Mrs. Bamber and Elex. And Lucy Ann, died at his late residence on Saturday afternoon, after a lingering and painful illness of several months. Deceased was in his 66th year. He was among the first of farmers in town, and owned a large farm near the State Road. He was frequently honored by his townsmen with office of trust. He was Supervisor two or three years during the late rebellion, and in administering the duties of the office gave general satisfaction to the people. He remained a single man during life, and leaves two sisters and a brother to mourn his loss. He leaves to them a handsome estate and a good name. His funeral was well attended by relatives and friends, who went to do honor to his memory and mingle their tears with mourning friends. Rev. Joseph Baird, M. E. Pastor of Lee Center, assisted by Rev. Mr. McClenthen, of Taberg, conducted the funeral obsequies. He was buried beside his parents in the Valley Cemetery.


Davidson, Lucy A.

Roman Citizen
July 5, 1878

DAVIDSON - Lee Center, New York, Miss Lucy Ann Davidson, who for many months has been a great sufferer, died yesterday morning (July 1, 1878) at the late residence of her deceased brother. The funeral will be attended at the house on Thursday (July 4, 1878). She leaves a sister, Mrs. Bamber, and a brother, Alex., to mourn.


Davis, Lydia Adams

Roman Citizen
July 13, 1908

Delta - Mrs. Lydia Adams Davis, aged 91 years, 1 month and 18 days, died at 11 pm on Sunday at the home of her son, L. D. Adams, opposite the church. Her death was due to infirmities of old age and she had been confined to the bed less than a week. Mrs. Adams was of Mohawk Dutch descent and was born in Herkimer county. She had resided in this village for the past 63 years and was well and favorably known throughout this vicinity. She was pleasant, agreeable and well informed and her society was thoroughly enjoyed by all who knew her. She was twice married, her first husband being Sprague Adams, a well known and successful carpenter, whose death occurred many years ago. For her second husband she married David Davis, who was in the famous John Brown raid at Harper's Ferry. Mr. Davis died here almost four years ago. Mrs. Davis was better known here as Widow Adams and since her second husband's death has been known as Mrs. Lydia Davis Adams. She is survived by three sons, L. D. Adams of this place, J. C. Adams of Redfield, Oswego county, and Herbert of Sherburne, and one daughter, Mrs. Merrick Wood of Rome. She also leaves one step son, W. W. Davis of this place.


Day, Eva Mowers

Rome Sentinel
January 19, 1941

Oriskany Falls - Mrs. Ralph Day, 64, died Jan. 18, 1941, at her home in Madison St. following a brief ilness. Eva Mowers was born at Point Rock, near Rome, daughter of Charles and Mary Mowers. Following her marriage, Apr. 22, 1899, the couple came to this village. She attended Church of the Good Shepard and was a member of St. Agnes Guild. Besides her husband she leaves three sons, Royce, Elwood and Thomas, all of Oriskany Falls, two daughters, Bernice at home, and Mrs. Beulah Risely, Clinton, three sisters, Mrs. Clara Couchman, Mrs. Carl Allen, this village, and Mrs. Patrick Carmody, Rome, and two brothers, Eugene Mowers, Point Rock, and Frank Mowers, Bolivar, W. Va. Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 1:30 pm Monday and at 2 in the Church of the Good Shepard. Burial will be in Oriskany Falls.


Dickerson, Cleantha M. Park

Roman Citizen
April 12, 1878

DICKERSON - Lee Center, New York, April 9, 1878. The funeral of the late Mrs. Cleantra M. Dickerson was held at the residence of her aged father, Mr. William Park. Rev. J. Stanton preached on the occasion. The deceased was in the 50th year of her age. She married Mr. Lysander Dickerson of Prophetstown, Illinois some 20 years ago, and went to Illinois where they secured to themselves a comfortable home and a competance. One year ago last fall, they visited the Centennial, and spent several weeks in Oneida County among their friends. Soon after returning to their home in Illinois, sister D. noticed a tumor coming on her neck, just below the left ear, but she did not become alarmed supposing it a scrofulous swelling until the next spring, or about February. She consulted doctors at Chicago and they called it a rose cancer, and several months she was under the care and treatment of Dr. Reed, of Illinois, for a cancer. Last November she and her husband came to Lee, NY, to her father's house, and she was in such a weak, nervous condition that her friends had but faint hopes of her recovery. She could not swallow substances, and all the nourishment she could receive from food was in fluids. The affectionate husband, for the last 16 months, devoted his whole time to be with his companion while she was under the doctors' care, to the neglect of his business, and all that skill and medical aid could do for the late wife and friend, was done by him; and he has the respect of the entire circle of friends, who deeply sympathize with him in his irrepairable loss and hour of affliction.


Dickerson, Mrs. George

Rome Sentinel
September 16, 1872

Delta Notes - Out village is hearing a loud voice speaking to them from the skies. Last week Mr. George Dickerson's wife, daughter of Mr. Geo. T. Dennison, died suddenly, and was buried last Friday, and it is reported on the street this morning that the youngest son of Mr. D cannot live the day out. In the midst of life we are in death.


Dickerson, William

Rome Sentinel
May 4, 1891

William Dickerson died of consumption at his home 324 W. Whitesboro street, on Saturday afternoon, in his 80th year. He had been confined to his home for about six months. Mr. Dickerson was born in Norway, Herkimer county, November 25, 1811. he removed to Lee in his young manhood and resided there for about 30 years. From Lee he went to Ava, where he remained for 12 years. In 1872 he came to this city to live. After eight years he returned to Ava. Last November he came back to Rome. Fifteen years ago he built the three story brick Dickerson block, which was destroyed in the late fire. He was a man of good business qualifications, and was genial and friendly with all. his wife, and two step-daughters, Mrs. Timothy Sweatman of Ava and mrs. George Palmer of this city, survive him. His only child, George Dickerson, died last September.


Deis, Andrew

Stokes, Aug. 19, (1916) - Andrew Deis the proprietor of the hotel in this village, and one of the most highly regarded residents here, died today following an illness of several weeks.

Mr. Deis was born in the town of Lewis, Lewis county. For a time he lived in the vicinity of Constableville and later at Boonville. he then moved to a farm east of West Branch on Quaker Hill, where he remained for thirteen years. Five years ago he purchased the hotel here and had since resided in this village. Word of his death will be received with sincere regret by many friends won to him by his kindly and genial manner.

He leaves besides his widow, one son, Rudolph Deis of Stokes, one sister, Mrs. John Smith of Utica, and the following step-children, Mrs. Morris Hart of Boonville, Mrs. Charles Ernst of West Leyden, Mrs. Herbert Hatheway of West Branch and Charles, Edward and Anna Evans of Stokes.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the Lutheran Church at Mohawk Hill.

Funeral of Andrew Deis

Stokes, Aug. 23 (1916) The funeral of Andrew Deis was held at the Lutheran Church at Mohawk Hill on Tuesday at 2 pm.

Rev. L. W. Rose, pastor of the Ava M. E. Church, officiated. A choir composed of Earl Schopfer, Peter Luckel, Miss Minnie Triess, Miss Elva Pohl, and Miss Elva Luckel at the organ sang selections.

Interment was made in the Lutheran Cemetery.

contributed by Karen Marsh


Dillingham, Sarah Walsworth Harrington

Rome Sentinel
October 1932

Sarah F. Walsworth, wife of Horace O. Dillingham, 423 W. Embargo street, died last night. Death was due to complications from which she had been ill ten weeks. She was born in this city, a daughter of the late Cyrus M. & Lavina Walsworth.

Mrs. Dillingham made her home in the West for a number of years, returning to this city 18 years ago. She had lived here since. She was a memer of the First Presbyterian CHurch, of Holly Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and of Fort Stanwix Chapter, D. A. R.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Dillingham leaves a son, Ralph W. Harrington, by a former marriage to the late Frank Harrington. She is also survived by an aunt, Mrs. Daniel Bork of Lake Delta.

DILLINGHAM - Entered into rest in this city on Sunday, October 2, 1932, Sarah F. Walsworth, wife of Horace O. Dillingham, in her 53rd year. Interment in Rome Cemetery.

contributed by Karen Marsh


Dingman, Eliza Perry

Rome Sentinel
November 14, 1882

Mrs. Eliza Dingman died at Dewitt, Saturday, Aged 47. The funeral services were held at her late residence at 9 am Monday. The interment took place at the Lee Corners cemetery at 1:30 pm yesterday. Deceased was a former resident of Lee, and was well known in this vicinity.


Dingman, Jennette E. Stedman

Rome Sentinel
August 12, 1892

Stokes, Aug.12 - Mrs. Wm. Dingman died of cancer at her home near the Sand Flats cemetery in this town yesterday afternoon, aged 62 years. She was an old resident and had a wide circle of friends. Besides her husband three children survive: Mrs. Emmett A. Young, of Rome, Charles Dingman of Chicago, and Mrs. Elizabeth Stedman of Clockville, Madison county.


Dingman, Sarah Barnard

Jan 8

Lee Center - - A double death from pneumonia occurred yesterday at the residence of G.W. Bork on the Rome and Lee town line. Mrs. Sarah A. Dingman, mother of Mrs. Bork, died at 1:30 p.m. and Jacob Bork, father of Mr. Bork, died at 7:45 p.m. Both were old residents of this locally and well known Lee and Rome. Mrs. Dingman was a daughter of the late Julius Roberts, who owned the farm at Blossvale now belongs to Col. R.G. Savery. Her first husband was Benjamin Barnard of Lee, and the second Cornelius Dingman of Lee Center. Mrs. D. was a skillful and faithful nurse, and for some years past had been much engaged in Rome families. She is remembered kindly by all who know her for many good qualities of hand and heart, and the news of her death will cause sincere mourninh in many a household outside her own immediate family. Her only surviving child is Mrs. Bork, with whom she had lived during the past ten years. Jacob Bork was a native of the town of Lee. He was a success farmer and a man generally respected. He leaves two sons, George W.Bork, with whom he lived, and Andrew J. Bork of Kansas City


Dingman, Susie A.

Rome Sentinel
Sepetmber 4, 1876
Lee centre Notes:

Susie A., daughter of Cornelius Dingman, of this place, died suddenly on Friday last after one day of sickness. Although not yet four years of age, she had made herself a universal favorite by her bright and winning ways. The funeral services were held at the Union Church on Sunday forenoon. Rev. Mr. Stanton, of this place, delivered an eloquent discourse on the occasion.


Dingman, Cornelius (Jr.)

Rome Sentinel
January 14, 1907

Cornelius Dingman, 78, a Civil War veteran, for many years a resident of Lee Center, is dead. His wife and son, Clarence Dingman of Rome survive.

Dingman, Edward

Rome Sentinel
June 29, 1888

In a smashup on the Central road at Bergen's grade, east of Batavia, Tuesday evening, caused by a broken wheel, fifteen cars were wrecked. Edward Dingman, a brakeman of DeWitt, son of George Dingman, formerly of Stokes, was killed. He was 34 years old. The funeral occurs today at 10 am.


Dingman, Jared

Rome Sentinel
unknown date

Alexandria Bay - March 9 - Jared Dingman, an old and respected citizen of this place, died at his home near this village Friday, aged 84 years. Mr. Dingman was born at Lee Center, Oneida county, December 22, 1821, and moved to this place 56 years ago and made his home here on his farm after that time. He was made a master mason in Alexandria lodge, No. 297, F.&A.M., 39 years ago and took great interest in the lodge. He leaves the following children; John and Miss Kate Dingman of Alexandria Bay, Jason Dingman and Mrs. William Root of Theresa and Elsie Barnes of Sodus.

Rome Sentinel
March 15, 1906

Stokes - William Dingman of Stokes has received news of the sudden death of his brother, Jared Dingman, at his home near Alexandria Bay, Jefferson county, NY, in his 84th year. He had been in his usual health up to the time of his death. He was born in the town of Lee near Stokes, where he spent his younger days. Mr. Dingman was an honest, upright citizen and was held in high esteem by all with whom he came in contact. He had a fine farm on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. He was a carpenter by trade and had built many houses on the numerous islands in the river. He leaves to mourn their loss six children, four brothers and four sisters; William H. Dingman of Stokes, Catherine Darling of Utica, Cornelius and George of Lee Center, John of Owasso, Michigan, Elizabeth of Theresa, New York, and Frances Brodock of Syracuse.

Dingman, Philena Patterson

Rome Sentinel
February 2, 1864

DEATHS: Dingman - In Lee, January 21st., 1864, of bilious fever after an illness of about 3 weeks, which she bore with christian fortitude and uncomplaining patience, Mrs. Philena, wife of Cornelius Dingman, aged 61 years and 21 days. Mrs. Dingman leaves a large family and an extensive circle of friends.


Dingman, Sarah

Rome Sentinel
January 5, 1874

Death of a former resident of Lee.

Mrs. Jared Dingman died at her home in Alexandria Bay, Dec. 26, in her 70th year. Her maiden name was Sarah Dingman. Many years ago she resided in the town of Lee. Her husband is a brother of Cornelius and Wm. H. Dingman of that town and formerly lived there. For over 40 years he has lived at Alexandria Bay. The burial of Mrs. D. took place at Alexandria Bay.

Dingman, William H.

Rome Sentinel
December 9, 1913

At the home of his daughter, Mrs. George A. Stedman, Verona, at 2:30 o'clock this (Tuesday) morning occurred the death of William H. Dingman, one of the oldest and best known residents of the town of Lee, where he had lived and where he was one of the prosperous and successful farmers. He had been staying at the home of his daughter for some weeks and was taken with a severe cold about a week ago which developed into pneumonia. He was confined to his bed but a few days. Mr. Dingman was born in the town of Lee June 29, 1826, the son of Cornelius and Philema Dingman. For 29 years he was the sexton of the Evergreen at Stokes, across from the entrance of which he lived. He is survived by three children, Mrs. Emmett A. Young, 316 W. Embargo Street, this city, Mrs. George A. Stedman of Verona, and C. W. Dingman of Chicago. The funeral will be held at Stokes tomorrow morning and interment will be made in the cemetery.


Dixon, Helen E.

Roman Citizen
April 18, 1899

Helen E., wife of Charles E. Dixon, of Lee Center, died on Saturday at the city hospital, in her 45th year, from the operation she underwent for a tumer on April 9. Deceased was born in Lee and always lived there till 16 years ago, since which time Lee Center has been her home. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon were married in 1874. Surviving are the husband and two children, Harry C. and Florence, who live at home, also her father, Ozias Hall, and one brother, Roscoe C.Hall, of Lee Center. Mrs. Dixon was a woman much loved and respected by all who knew her, and the sympathy of all is extended to the bereaved relatives in their hour of affliction. The funeral will be held at Lee Center Wednesday.

Rome Semi Weekly
April 24, 1899

The funeral of the late Mrs. Charles Dixon was largely attended at the M. E. Church Wednesday at 1 pm. Rev. J. W. Simpson of Utica officiated. The remains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery.


Dixon, J. Thomas

Rome Sentinel
November 19, 1925

Taberg - J. Thomas Dixon, well known resident of this place, passed away Wednesday at the home of his son, WIllis Dixon, in Rochester where he went November 6 to spend the winter.

Mr. Dixon was born in North Annsville December 28, 1852. He was married November 11, 1878 to Miss Evelyn Worden of Point Rock, who died in 1900. He was a progressive farmer and continued in that occupation until four years ago when he suffered a shock. Since that time he had been spending the summers with his daughter, Mrs. Harold Wattenbee of Taberg, and winters with his son in Rochester. He was a faithful member of the M. E. CHurch at Point Rock.

Surviving besides the son and daughter mentioned is another daughter, Miss Mabel Dixon of Sherrill.

Funeral services will be held from the Point Rock Church Saturday. Interment in Point Rock Cemetery.


Dorn, Caroline

Rome Sentinel
April 6, 1914

Point Rock

The funeral of Mrs. Caroline Dorn will be held in the church here Tuesday. Mrs. Dorn was one of the oldest and most respected residents of this place which has been her home for about 60 years. She will be laid to rest by the side of her husband, who was buried here less than one year ago.


Dorn, Charles William

Roman Citizen
January 26, 1899

Point Rock - On Saturday at 1 o'clock Charles Willfred Dorn died from a complication of diseases brought on by the grip. He was not confined to his bed until Tuesday. Thursday pneumonia set in, and he sank rapidly after. His fuenral was held at home Tuesday and he was buried in the cemetery by the side of the church. He was only fifteen years old and was well loved by all his schoolmates. His parents, two sisters, aged grandparents and relatives mourn his loss.


Dorn, Charlotte Bronson

Rome Sentinel
June 8, 1917

Vernon - Charlotte Bronson, widow of Christopher Dorn, died at 3 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Dowsland of New London. She had been ill only a short time and the infirmities of age were the cause of her death.

Mrs. Dorn was born in Floyd 81 years ago, the daughter of the late Eli J. and Rosanna Capron Bronson. When a young woman she was married to Christopher Dorn, and for more than 50 years afterwards the couple made their home in Vernon.

Mrs. Dorn was a lovable and kindly woman, a good neighbor and friend, and she was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She is survived by six children, Wellington C., Howard A., and Mrs. H. R. Rouse of Vernon Center, Edwin E. Dorn of Utica, and Walter H. Dorn and Mrs. Fred Dowsland of New London. One brother, Charles Bronson of Boonville, a sister, Mrs. Harriet Bork of Lee, and several grandchildren also survive.

The funeral of Mrs. Dorn will be held at the M. E. Church in Vernon Center Sunday afternoon and there will be a private prayer service at the home of Mrs. Dowsland in New London.


Dorn, Frank C.

Oct 22

Point Rock - Frank C. Dorn, only son of Frank and Caroline Dorn, died in New Hartford on Saturday Oct. 13. Fifty two years ago he was born in Point Rock and had always resided there with the exception of a few months. He was for years a farmer. He was one of the most respected citizens and was beloved by all who knew him. He had been in poor health for two years. His was a life of patience and many sterling qualities; upright and honest, and is sadly missed in the community, and mourned by all. Besides his wife, he leaves two daughter, Mrs William Sturtevant and Mrs, Ory Reynolds, both of Rome. His aged mother and father of Point Rock and three sisters;Mrs. John Bowman of Lee Center, Mrs. Charles Light of Taberg and Mrs. James McNamara of Rome. His funeral was held from his late home in this village on Tuesday at one o'clock. Rev. D.R. Smith officiating. Two hymns were sung, Some Happy Day and Asleep in Jesus. The bears were: Fred Burlingame, John Bowman, Charles Light, James McNamara. A large concourse of friends and schoolmates assembled in the village cemetery to pay their last respects and see him laid to rest. The sympathy of a large community is tendered the mourning ones. ( He is buried in Point Rock Cemetery - 1855 - 1906)


Dorn, Frank J.

Rome Sentinel
May 29, 1913

Point Rock - Frank J. Dorn, one of the most highly respected residents of this locality, died at 1 o'clock this morning after an illness of two weeks. He was born in Elfast, Germany, 84 years ago, and came to America when a young man. He married Carolina Smith 59 years ago and a year later came to this place, where he built the house in which he had since resided. He was a farmer by occupation, industrious, frugal and successful, and his many friends regret that he is no more. Mr. Dorn is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. John Bowman of Lee Center, and Mrs. James McNamara of Rome. The funeral will be held at the Point Rock Church on Sunday. Interment will be made in the local cemetery.


Dorn, Louis

Rome Sentinel
February 23, 1894

West Branch - Louis Dorn aged 81 years, died at the home of his son-in-law, Herry Houser, yesterday morning. He and his wife came a few months ago from Constableville to live with Mr. Houser. Funeral will be held from the house at 10 am and from the Church at 11 am tomorrow.


Dorr, Jennie

Roman Citizen
December 8, 1876

Miss Jennie Dorr, aged about 20 years, daughter of John Dorr of Delta, committed suicide by hanging on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Dorr were in this city on that day leaving he deceased with some younger children at home. Jennie went up stairs, and remaining longer that usual, her little sister went after her, and found her hanging by the neck, dead. No cause is assigned for the act. She left a note to her mother saying that she had made her peace with God and was going to die. Mr. Dorr's family are very respectable people, and this sad affair has fallen upon them with crushing weight.


Doubleday, Emma E. Flint

Rome Sentinel
July 3, 1933

DOUBLEDAY - Entered into rest at Lee Center on Monday, July 3, 1933, Emma E. Flint, widow of Rollin N. Doubleday in her 64th year. Services will be held at the home of Grover C. Flint Lee Center, on Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock (standard time). The remains will be taken to North Dana, Mass., where funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock (D.S.T.) Interment in Silver Lake Cemetery at Athol, Mass.

contributed by Karen Marsh


Downing, Andrew W.

Rome Sentinel
October 30, 1905

Lee Center - News was received here Saturday afternoon of the death of Andrew W. Downing at the Soldiers Home at Bath, softening of the brain being the cause of death. Mr. Downing was born in this town 71 years ago. He attended the schools in this town. He was a cooper by trade, and worked at that business till 1862, when he enlisted in Company F. 146th New York Infantry. In 1863 he was transferred to Comapny H., Veterans Reserve Corps. At the close of the war he was detailed by the government as a representative of the war department in the state of Ohio. Returning to this town he followed the trade of a wagonmaker till his health failed about five years ago. He went to the Soldiers Home two years ago last June. Mr. Downing was a charter member of Star Post No. 56, GAR of this place, being adjutant of the post 25 years.

Mr. Downing was twice married. His first wife was Emeline, daughter of Backus Perry of the town of Lee, and his second wife was Melissa, daughter of Harrison Skinner of Alexander Bay. Surviving is one son, Frank, by the second wife, of Alexandria Bay.

The remains will be brought here for interment.


Drummond, Daniel G.

Roman Citizen
January 9, 1885

DRUMMOND - In Delta, New York, January 2, 1884, Daniel G. Drummond.

Daniel G. Drummond, whose illness for six weeks past has caused such widespread solicitude, died at his home near Delta, in the town of Lee, New York, last Friday afternoon. It will be remembered that he was taken suddenly ill in Rome, NY on the 18th of November, and for several weeks was confined to his room in the Mansion House, before he recovered sufficiently to be removed to his home. After reaching his home his disease seemed to take a more favorable turn, and his friends had good hope that he might recover, but these expectations proved to be without foundation. The morning of the day on which he died he became suddenly worse, and continued to sink rapidly until death came.

Deceased lacked about ten months of having reached the allotted age of man, having been born October 28, 1815. He was a native of Albany, NY, and the son of a Methodist clergyman, but when only two years old was taken into the family of his grandfather, Abraham Davis, of White Plains, Westchester Co., with whom he continued to reside till he reached the age of 20 when he came to the town of Lee, which town was his home for the remainder of his life. The next year after coming to Lee, December 4, 1836, he was married to Miss Sarah H. Shaver, of Sullivan, Madison Co., who survives him. He also leaves two sons and two daughters, Gilbert D. and Charles Drummond, Mrs. Buskirk and Miss Minnie Drummond.

Mr. Drummond had been from early youth a dealer in live stock; for twenty years past being engaged in buying horses and cattle in Canada and bringing them to Central New York for market. He was a shrewd business man, very pleasant and companionable, and well liked by all who formed his acquaintance. Though his hair and beard were snow white, he seemed to enjoy vigorous health, and his sudden and fatal attack is difficult to account for. In politics he was a zealous Democrat, but he numbered among his friends a host of Republicans who liked him for his sunny and genial manner. For twenty-four years he had a standing offer to furnish an ox for a barbecue as soon as a Democratic President should be elected, and as soon as it was definitely settled that Grover Cleveland was winner in the late struggle, he promptly furnished the beef. The feast came off November 20, 1884, but the generous purveyor was chained to the bed of sickness, and was not permitted to witness the joyous festival he had organized. Many friends though regretfully of this at the time, and the memory of their genial friend will by them be long kept green.


Drummond, Dannie

Rome Sentinel
November 15, 1861

We learn that a little son of D. G. Drummond, of Lee, some 5 years old, was killed a few days since, by being run over by a cart on which two other sons of Mr. D. were drawing in corn. The little fellow was assisting in picking up the corn, and run behind the cart just as it was being backed up to a fresh heap, was knocked down and the wheel passed directly over his bowels, causing such severe injuries that he died in a few hours. He was a sprightly little fellow and was much beloved.


Dunbar, Eber S.

Rome Sentinel
May 14, 1894

Lee - Eber S. Dunbar, a life-long resident of this town, died of dropsey at 7:00 am this morning in his 75th year, after an illness of a year and one-half. he was successful as a farmer and note broker. By economical living he became probably the wealthiest man in town and it is estimated that he leaves an estate worth $40,000. He was in the arm during the rebellion and has since been a member of Starr Post G. A. R. and a pensioner for $12 per month. He was once married but afterwards divorced. he had no children. A sister, Mrs. Alvira Robinson of this place, survives, as do several nephews and nieces. Funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:00 pm from the Union Church.


Dunbar, Samuel

Roman Citizen
August 8, 1884

DUNBAR - At Austin, Nevada, July 1884, Samuel Dunbar

Two weeks ago we published a telegram from Austin, Nevada stating that Samuel Dunbar, formerly of Oneida Co., NY had died in Austin a day or two before, and requesting us to notify his friends, that they might look after his property. A few days later Mr. Ozias Hall, of Lee Center, informed us that Samuel Dunbar was a brother to his wife, and also of Eben S. Dunbar and Mrs. William Robinson of Lee Center. He said that deceased went to California about thirty years ago, and had ever since continued to live there and in Nevada. For some years past he had been raising horses for the San Francisco market, and a letter received from him last May stated that he had two or three hundred horses on hand then which he expected soon to dispose of. He had just been offered $5,000 for them.

A copy of the REESE RIVER REVERILLE, of Thursday, July 24, 1884, has recently been received, which contains the following particulars of his sickness and death:

"Mr. Dunbar has of late been greatly afflicted with paroxysmal asthma. During the late spring it had often been impossible for him to lie down for days at a time. He would sleep in a sitting posture. With the heat of summer weather, however, he improved. Last Sunday he went to Ledlie with the excursion, and during the sports of the day he exposed himself in such a manner as to take cold. This brought on a severe attack of his old enemy, and night before last he passed a very severe night. Yesterday morning he was brought to Dr. Hammond's office, where he was soon relieved sufficiently to eat a little breakfast which was brought to him. While the doctor was at dinner he had another more sever paroxysm than ever. Aid was quickly summoned and he was apparently relieved. He slept a little, sitting, during the afternoon, when about half-past, he suddenly ceased to breathe. His death was so quiet that neither the doctor nor Mr. Cushing, who was working within eight or ten feet of him, had the slightest intimation of his condition until he had passed away. The deceased had many acquaintances here, but he did not seem to have ever talked very freely about his family relations. Our inquires have brought out the facts that he was born in Oneida county, New York, and that he has relatives there still. He came to Austin in 1874 and has resided here ever since. He was unmarried. The day before he died he told William Ohngemar that he had about consummated a sale of his horses, and was to deliver them in Carlin next week and receive $7,000 for them. After his death his remains were taken to the City Hall, from whence the funeral took place. He was aged somewhere between 55 and 60 years."

The statement in the above extract that Mr. Dunbar was unmarried, is incorrect. He had been married for several years before going to California, and when he went away it was understood by friends that they had separated by mutual agreement. At all events it is certain that they have never seen nor corresponded with each other since, and when he was out here visiting his relatives a few years since he made no effort to look her up, though it was then supposed that she was living somewhere in Ohio. The notice, however, which we published two weeks since, seems to have found her, for a few days ago we received a letter from her dated Toledo, Ohio, asking for further particulars of his death. We understand that she and her husband had no children, so it seems probable that one-third of the property he left will go to her, and the remainder will be divided among his relatives.


Dunham, Mrs. Charles

Rome Semi-Weekly
May 1, 1899

Lee Center - Mrs. Charles Dunham, an aged and respected lady, died at her home about one and one-half miles east of this village Saturday night. Death was the result of a stroke of paralysis. She is survived by three children, George of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. E. O. Coon and Mrs. Henry Odell of this town.


Dunster, Josephine Cushman

Rome Sentinel

Lee Center, June 6 - Mrs. Lorenzo Dunster passed away at her home in this village shortly before noon Sunday. Her death followed a brief illness of pleuro-pheumonia.

Josephine Cushman Dunster was born in Ava, January 12, 1858, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Cushman. On March 19, 1879, she was united in marriage to Mr. Dunster in Rome by Rev. Benjamin Wright. She was a member of Lake Delta Chapter OES, and a regular attendant of the M. E. Church. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred N. Morat of this village, one granddaughter, Miss Edith Conover, two brothers, Louis Cushman of Nebraska and E. C. Cushman of Lee Center.

The funeral will be held on Wed. at 1:30 at the house and 2 o’clock at the M. E. Church. Interment will be made at Evergreen Cemetery.

In the death of Mrs. Dunster, Lee Center has lost one of its most highly esteemed women. She will be missed and the entire community will sympathize with the relatives.

contributed by Karen Marsh


Durgee, Harold A.

Rome Sentinel
February 27, 1952

Harold A. Durgee, 55, of 63 S. Fourth Ave, Ilion, died today in a Utica hospital. He had been in poor health for several weeks and seriously ill since Thursday.

A native of Richland, he was born January 26, 1897, a son of James and Alfretta Hilton Durgee. A former resident of Osceola, he spent his early boyhood there and received his education in local schools. He later was engaged in the lumber business and was connected with the saw mill at Osceola.

On November 23, 1927, in Rome, he married the former Irene Fox. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. F. Miller.

The couple moved to Ilion in 1941 where Mr. Durgee was engaged in the building and contracting business.

He was a World War I veteran enlisting in the Navy in May 1918. He received an honorable discharge on December 23, 1918.

Mr. Durgee was a member of the Ilion Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, Merritt W., Keith D., Randall J. and Timothy H., all of Ilion, one brother, Clyde Durgee, Buffalo, three half-brothers, Clarence Hall, Redfield, Don Hall, Moosejaw, Sasketchwean, Canada, and Reo Hall, Osceola, also several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Durgee, Timothy

Union Sun & Journal
Lockport, NY
November 26, 1960

Little Falls - Timothy Durgee, 18, of Ilion, was killed early today when the automobile in which he was a passenger failed to negotiate a turn on Route 169 three miles north of this Herkimer County community and crashed against a telephone pole.


Dygert, Mrs. Peter

Roman Citizen
December 1, 1876

Lee Center Notes - The wife of Mr. Peter Dygert, of Lee Centre, died Sabbath evening at eleven o'clock, after a severe illness of heart disease. She was 70 years of age. The funeral is set down for Thursday, Thanksgiving day.


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