Miscellaneous Deaths in Fulton County
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Duncan McArthur

In this town yesterday morning at half past 5 o'clock, Duncan McArthur in the 92nd year of his age. He was a native of Scotland and emigrated to this Country in the year 1775 with three brothers, one of whom is yet living. He has been a resident of this town for 54 years- had a numerous circle of friends by whom he was beloved, as a citizen he was much respected. He enjoyed his reason to the last, and died without a struggle or a groan in hope of a blessed immortality.

His funeral will be held this afternoon at the house of the widow McLaren at 4 o'clock.

Source:  The Northern Banner, Vol. I No. 6, August 2, 1836, page 3, col. 6.  contributed by James F. Morrison.

Mrs. Annie Hanley

Mrs. Annie Hanley, 75 of 9 West Fulton Street who had been in poor health for over a year, died last night ay 7:30 in the Capital Nursing Home in Johnstown.

Mrs. Hanley was born in Johnstown, June 14, 1868, and lived there and in Gloversville all her life.  She attended the Fremont Methodist church.

The survivors are three sons, Orson J. Smith, Charley I. Smith and DeWitt Smith, all of Gloversville, two daughters, Mrs. Willard Smith, and Mrs. Harold Mills of Brooklyn; one brother, Henry C. Smith of Chicago; sixteen grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at the Kennedy funeral home, 150 South Main Street, Saturday afternoon at 4.  The Rev. Fred Clark of Fremont Methodist church will officiate.  Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Source: The Leader Herald, Friday, May 26, 1944, Vol. 57, No. 229, page 3.

Mrs. Anna Smith Hanley

The funeral of Mrs. Anna Smith Hanley was held this afternoon at 4 at the Kennedy funeral home, 150 South Main street.  The Rev. Fred Clarke of Fremont Methodist church officiated

Flowers were from relatives, friends, neighbors, Sewage Disposal plant, Trio Beauty shop, employees of the Quality dairy, Friday night Bowling League, making department of J. M. Rubin & Sons, Winning Eight Class, Gloversville City lodge, 320, Knights of Pythias, Uniform Rank K. of P., degree team of Mayflower Circle and the Bingo Committee of the Foresters.

The bearers were Clarence Ferguson, Harry Lockrow, William Reckmeyer, Chester Horth, Arch and George Rose, members of the K. of P.  Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Source: The Leader Herald, Saturday, May 27, 1944, Vol. 57, No. 230, page 3.

Mrs. Edward James, 1899

The wife of our town clerk, Edward James, who has been ill at Bingham for a time, died there and was brought home here and her funeral was held at her late home in the village on Monday at 3 o'clock n the afternoon which was largely attended by their neighbors and friends.  Mr. James being a prominent member of G. A. R., the post here turned out in a body.  The bearers were Daniel Fosmire, E. A. Waters, Jacob Lasher, C. E. Deuel.  Rev. Mr. Carr of the Baptist church and Rev. J. O. Best officiated.  Interment in Broadalbin and Mayfield Cemetery.

Copied from the Fulton County Republican, Thursday, June 6, 1899 (sic), Vol. XXX, No. 5, page 6.  The month was printed by the Republican and should read July.  


Keck, Jacob

October 24, 1923
Jacob Keck, War Veteran, is Dead

Well Known Johnstown Resident Passed Away Last Night After a Year’s Illness.

Another of Johnstown’s few remaining Civil War veterans was claimed by death, when Jacob Keck, aged 79 years, passed away last evening at 6:45 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry R. Newnham, 20 Gilbert street. He had been in poor health for about a year.

Mr. Keck was born at Lassellsville, August 6, 1844, the son of Martin Keck and Maria Burns. After residing at Dolgeville for a short time, he came to Johnstown in 1888 and had been a resident of this city for thirty-five years. For the past ten years he had lived a retired life, prior to which he was engaged for a number of years as deliveryman for the William Dawes & Co. dry goods store.

During the Civil war Mr. Keck saw considerable active service with Company H, 116th Heavy Artillery. He had been a member of the Methodist church since boyhood, and had served as a member of the official board of the church and class leader. He took an active interest in the affairs of this denomination and was a regular attendant as long as his health permitted. He was united in marriage December 27, 1866, to Elizabeth Duesler, who passed away seventeen years ago. Mr. Keck was a member of McMartin Post 257 G. A. R. of this city.

The survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Howland Carpenter and Mrs. Harry R. Newnham, both of this city; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams of South Bay, N.Y.; also a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the late home. The Rev. Charles M. Sturgess, D. D. of the Methodist church will officiate and burial will be made in Fern Dale cemetery.


Highly Respected City Official Loses in Battle for Life After Suffering
Injury to Leg...Managed Hardware Firm Many Years

Funeral services for Joseph Keck, City Commissioner of Welfare, who died Monday at Littauer hospital, was held this afternoon at 2 at the funeral of Rogers & Young, 23 Prospect Avenue, with the Rev. Clarence L. Schaertel, pastor of St. James Lutheran Church officiating. The service was largely attended.

Mr. Keck was born in Keck Center, April 10, 1878, the son of Joseph Keck and Mary Nixon Keck.  The deceased was married in 1906 to Julia F. Rink, who survives him with two sons, Donald J. of Keck Center and Richard, of Gloversville; also two sisters, Miss Ella Keck and Mrs. Carrie Beakle of Johnstown; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Douglas Seward in 1940.

Bearers were Francis Robb, Pearl Conover, Alderman Howard Hill, Raymond Maloney, City Clerk William H. Marple, and Alexander Richmond. Honorary bearers were Mayor Robert B. Ramsey, Police Chief Lewis A. Fish, Fire Chief Frank E. Tiedeman, City Attorney F. Law Comstock, Commissioner of Public Works Fred Durfee, and Aldermen William F. Wert, Leslie F. Beebe, Harry D. Frink, Fred L. Beamer, John Anderson, Harry Lockrow and Olin Stuart.

Burial was made in Prospect Hill cemetery.

Note:  Joseph I. Keck died April 15, 1946.  The obituary was copied from a scrapbook of my sister's, and all she had done is cut them out from the newspaper, The Morning Herald. Joseph was from Gloversville.

Submitted by:  Bonnie Keck Walsh

One of Oldest Residents and for Over Forty Years

Postmaster of Keck Center, Died Yesterday at his home in Keck Center, where he suffered a broken hip from a bad fall in his front yard.

He was born March 22, 1820, the son of George Keck and Catherine Coughnet Keck in the vicinity where he died. His grandparents settled here during the Revolutionary period and are now looked upon as good old Revolutionary stock of the country. He was a strawboard manufacturer, storekeeper of general merchandise and farmer, and was postmaster of Keck Center for over 40 years.

Mr. Keck was twice married, first on October 31, 1847 to Sarah Burdick, by whom he had five children, all of whom are dead. On the 29th of August 1858, he married Mary Nixon, the daughter of Richard and Ellen Smith Nixon. Seven children were born of this union, six of whom are still living:  George J., Seward, Joseph, Mrs. William Berry, Mrs. Earl Beakle and Miss Ella Keck, all of whom reside in Johnstown and vicinity.

The funeral will be held at the late home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. Herbert Finch, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church will officiate. Burial will be made in the Johnstown cemetery.

Note:  For Joseph Keck, the postmaster, the death date was June 28, 1915.   The obituary was copied from a scrapbook of my sister's, and all she had done is cut them out from the newspaper, The Morning Herald.  Joseph was from Keck Center, Johnstown.

Submitted by:  Bonnie Keck Walsh


Mrs. Julia R. Keck, 75, of 36 Helwig Street, widow of Joseph Keck,  former Commissioner of Welfare, who died in 1946, died in Littauer hospital yesterday afternoon at 3:45. She was taken to the hospital Thursday following a heart attack.

Mrs. Keck was born in Fonda, October 7, 1875, the daughter of Jacob Rink and Anna Catherine France.  She had been a resident of this city 45 years.  She was of the Lutheran faith.

The survivors are Donald J. Keck of Keck Center and H. Richard Keck of Norwich, CT.; two grandchildren, Sandra and Bonnie Keck; two sisters,  Mrs. Florence Wessels, Fonda, and Mrs. William Raynor, Utica; two brothers George and Charles Rink of Amsterdam and several nieces and nephews.

The body was removed to the Cole funeral home where the Rev. Wilmer Zuehlke, of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill cemetery.

Note:  Julia Rink Keck died June 1949.   The obituary was copied from a scrapbook of my sister's, and all she had done is cut them out from the newspaper, The Morning Herald. Julia was from Gloversville.

Submitted by:  Bonnie Keck Walsh

Kennedy, John

"The following records of deaths were copied from the "Gospel Advocate" Vol. 11, published in 1831. All deaths were in 1831, in New York State.  We are grateful to Miss Clara L. Wood, Idaho."

Kennedy, John, June 10, Broadalbin, 82y. Leaves wife and several children.

Source: "Early Settlers of New York State, Their Ancestors and Descendants", by Janet Wethy Foley (date's not with it!), pp. 168-171.

Name of Deceased: John Lehman

Date of Death: May 15, 1913
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Place of Death: City of Johnstown, New York
Medical Attendant/Attestant: S. V. Wilson, MD
Place of Burial: Fern Dale Cemetery, Johnstown, New York
Birthplace: Montgomery County, New York
Age: 72 years, 0 mo, 27 days
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Father's Name: William Lehman
Birthplace: Germany
Mothers Name: Lavian Nehr
Birthplace: Montgomery County, New York

Submitted by: Bill Bombard

Mrs. Abram Manchester, 1878

The wife of Abram Manchester, ill quite a while of cancer and consumption, died a few days ago at her late residence two miles east of this village.  The funeral occurred at 2 p.m., Wednesday, the 14th, from the house, Rev. F. Parke, of Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., and formerly pastor of the Baptist church here, officiating.  She was an excellent woman and stood well in the estimation of the community.  This is the second time Mr. M. has been made a widower.  He has the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Copied from the Fulton County Republican, Thursday, August 22, 1878, Vol. IX, No. 11, page 3.

Parke, Clayton M.

Prominent lawyer and citizen of Gloversville died yesterday after a long illness.

Yesterday morning, shortly before 8 o'clock at his residence No. 29 Prospect street, occurred the death of Attorney Clayton M. Parke.  Although Mr. Parker had been confined to his home but a short time, he had been in declining health for some time past.  His death while not entirely unexpected was a sad surprise to a very large circle of friends and aquaintences in this city where he was so well known and universally esteemed.

Clayton M. Parke was the son of Rev. Frederick S. Parke and Louisa Van Ness Parke.  His father was for many years pastor of various Baptist churches in New York and Massachusetts.  He was born at Clifton Park, Saratoga county, December 2, 1847, while his father was preaching at that place.  He attended district schools during his youth and went to Hamilton in 1863 to complete his education.  There he spent one year in a preparatory school, and then entered Madison, now Colgate, university, from which he was graduated with the degree of A. b. in 1868.  Three years later Madison university gave him the degree of M. A.

From Hamilton Mr. Parke went to Troy and read law for two years in the office of Bullard & Davenport, in 1870 he was admitted to the bar and in 1871 he came to Gloversville to live and practice law.  He came to Gloversville almost a stranger, but in a few years he won for himself a high place in the Fulton county bar.  His practice grew until it carried him to the United States Supreme Court and made him attorney in many important cases.  His tastes were such that they led him somewhat outside of ordinary practice and he assisted William Wait in the preparation of his works on "The Code", and "Practice".

Although ever a staunch Republican, he held a few public offices.  In the seventies he served as clerk and attorney of the village of Gloversville, and was district attorney of Fulton county from 1881 to 1886.  He was the first president of the Gloversville Board of Trade and had been secretary of the Gloversville Free Library since its organization.  He was a member of the First Baptist church.

Since 1885 Mr. Parke had been a member of the Eccentric Club and was president during the year of 1891.  He was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Epsilon college fraternities, and all his life was greatly interested in these societies of his college days at Madison university.  On November 2, 1875, Mr. Parke and Alice M. Clar_____ (end of obituary, sorry).

Source:  The Morning Herald, October 12, 1904.

Reynolds, Ellen Jane

Source:  Vital Records - Deaths in the Town of Galen, Wayne County, N.Y.
From the official town clerk's office records.

Died 15 February 1886, age 20y 5m.  She was a Housekeeper, born in Scottsbush, Fulton Co.  She is the daughter of Patrick and Margaret TAMMEY, both born Ireland.  Ellen Jane died of Puerperal fever and is buried Lyons.


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