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I have recently received quite a few clippings for my family and a few that were apparently family friends obits, marriage announcements and clippings from WWI notices of death lists from The Star in Oneonta. Even though they are from the Oneonta Star many of these people's relatives and they themselves lived in the Delaware county area. I am sure many would find it useful information. The clippings below are presented as both text and jpg files. --Ruth VanAlstine, July 25, 2018

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Obituary The Star Jun 1893 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA

BARNES, HANNAH Mother of Nancy Barnes, Mother-in-law of Martin Van Alstyne (Maiden Name Baker)

At the home of her grandson, Dewitt Barnes, on Upper Main Street, at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, occured the death of Hannah Barnes, mother of Harvey Barnes and a woman aged 89 years and 9 months. For 30 days prior to her death the deceased had been unable to take food and lingered along becoming unconscious several days before death ensued. The cause of death is given as old age. She had resided in Oneonta nearly all of her life but was not generally known, save to her own friends. Her funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m.

Oneonta Star, Nov 8 1933


Mrs. Hattie Bell – Widow of Late Aleck Bell Died Monday in Hospital After Half Hour's Illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Bell of 39 Grand Street, who died Monday afternoon in the Fox Memorial Hospital from a heart attack, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Bookhout funeral parlors. Rev. Arthur M. Parce, pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church, of which Mrs. Bell was a member, will officiate. Interment will be made in Oneonta Plains cemetery.

Mrs. Bell had apparently been well until Monday afternoon when she was taken with a heart attack. She was taken to the Fox Memorial Hospital and died half an hour after admittance to that institution.

She was born May 19, 1858, in Salem, N.J., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Collum. She was married to Aleck Bell at Port Jervis 55 years ago. Fifty-three years ago the Bells moved to Oneonta. Mr. Bell was employed as a conductor on the D & H Railroad. He died 15 years ago.

Mrs. Bell was a member of the E. D. Farmer Women's Relief corps and of the D. And H. Veteran's Auxiliary. She was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends.

Mrs. Bell is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Chapman, Elmira; two grandchildren, Myrtle A. Craft of Athens, PA and Mrs. Marguerite Harrington of Elmira; two half-brothers, Samuel Collum of Binghamton and Harry Collum of Wyoming, PA; one half-sister, Mrs. Bessie Shepard of Philadelphia, PA; and one great grand-daughter, Barbara Ann Craft of Athens, PA. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

The Star DATE: After 27 Jan 1900 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA

BURGESS, ALBERT - DOD: 27 Jan 1900 (Father of Benjamin Burgess, Father-in-law of Harriet Van Alstine who was daughter of Martin Van Alstine and Nancy Barnes-Van Alstine)

OBITUARY: ALBERT BURGESS Intelligence was received in Oneonta yesterday of the death, at his home, between Morris and New Berlin, of Albert Burgess, formerly of Oneonta, on Sunday, of pleuro-pneumonia. Br. Burgess was for many years a resident of this place and was well known to many STAR readers. For the past few years prior to last fall he had been a market gardener on Lower Chestnut street.

Last autumn he purchased the farm where he died and removed thereto. His age was about 60 years. He is survived by a second wife, and a son, Benjamin Burgess, a carpenter employed by Briggs & Miller, who will, accompanied by Mrs. Burgess, attend the funeral to be held today from the late home of the deceased. Mr. Burgess was a member of Oneonta lodge, F. & A. M., and it is understood that he will be given a Masonic funeral, conducted by the Morris lodge.

Oneonta Daily Star Mar 1921 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA


Funeral of B. F. Burgess Many Present at Services Yesterday Burial Later at Glenwood.

The funeral of the late Benjamin F. Burgess was held at half past two o'clock yesterday afternoon at the family home, 104 Spruce Street. There was a large attendance of relatives, friends and neighbors, and of members of Centennial lodge, the Maccabees and Rebekahs, who were present in a body. There were many beautiful flowers, including tributes from the orders above named, the W.R.C., and immediate neighbors.

The service was conducted by Rev. Dr. Charles S. Pendleton of the Main Street Baptist Church, of which Mr. Burgess was a member. Dr. Pendleton read suitable scripture selections and, taking as theme the words of Paul, "not unclothed but clothed upon," gave a brief discourse especially suited to the Easter season and the departure of one who was a follower of the Master. Death, he enforced, is a disrobing, a putting off of the earthly garment; and it brings with it a sense of dread as well as sorrow. The thought of Paul, however, was of the permanence of the spiritual body, which is the structure that endures. The resurrection of Jesus was not to satisfy curiosity but to demonstrate a fact and to inspire confidence and hope.

An appropriate hymn, "The Homeland of the Soul," sung by Mr. and Mrs. Garre Rogers, preceded the address by Dr. Pendleton. At the close of the service the body was taken to the vault at Riverside, where the impressive ritual of the Order of Odd Fellows was given by Centennial lodge. Burial will be later in the family plot at Glenwood. The bearers were John Turner, Morris Ackley, Fred Murdock, J. H. Potter, Sherman F. Stone and C.C. Wallace, all members of Centennial lodge.

Among those present from a distance was Mrs. Ernest Sergeant of New Berlin, a sister of the deceased.

A Card Of Thanks - We wish to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy shown to us during the illness and following the death of our beloved husband and father; also for the beautiful floral tributes. Mrs. B. F. Burgess, Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. DeForest Burgess

1937 The Oneonta Star Oneonta, Otsego, New York, USA

DENNIS, EMILY (Maiden Name Whitmarsh)

OBITUARY: Lifelong Oneontan Dies; Funeral Rites Tomorrow - Mrs. Emily (Whitmarsh) Dennis, 76, passed away early yesterday morning at the Pearl Hurlbutt Nursing Home at West Oneonta following an extended illness. She had been in ill health for nearly three years, but failed steadily for the past few days and death was attributed to complications.

Funeral services will be held from the Lewis funeral home tomorrow afternoon at 2. Rev. E.J. Farley, pastor emeritus of the First Baptist church, of which she had been a member all her life, will officiate. The remains will be placed in the Plains vault to await burial in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery.

Emily Whitmarsh was born in the city, then a village, May 10, 1861, a daughter of Sylvester and Bellinda (Couse) Whitman (spelling incorrect - should be Whitmarsh). She married James Dennis in Oneonta in 1880.

Her entire life had been spent in this city except for short visits with relatives in Syracuse in late years. She was devoted to her husband and her home. Always cheerful and merry, she was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends.

Surviving are a brother, Ira Whitmarsh, of South Main Street; three nieces, Mrs. Thomas Kelly of 47 Hudson Street, Mrs. Maude McEwan of Syracuse and Mrs. Marion Harbison of Tupper Lake; three nephews, Harry Whitmarsh of 10 Orchard Street, Edward Whitmarsh of 41 Cherry Street and Leslie Whitmarsh of Utica and several cousins. They will have the sympathy of hosts of friends.

Oneonta Star, January 19 1937


New Lisbon Woman Dies Following Long Illness – New Lisbon, Jan 19 – Mrs. Charles Doxstader, resident here 50 years, died this morning at 3:45 o'clock following an illness of three years. Death was caused by softening of the brain.

Funeral services will be held from the family home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. R. C. Updyke, pastor of the Hartwick Congregational Christian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Lewis family plot in Hartwick cemetery.

Myrtle Lucy Lewis was born January 9, 1864, in the town of Hartwick, a daughter of Theodore and Hannah (Edwards) Lewis. In 1881, she married Charles Doxstader of Hartwick, and about 50 years ago they moved to this village. Mrs. Doxstader, a woman of happy disposition, was devoted to her home and family and was held in high esteem by all. She was especially fond of flowers and her garden was admired by all. During her long illness, she was tenderly cared for by her husband and Robert Carpenter, who had resided at the Doxstader home for many years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a stepson, Lynn Doxstader of Cooperstown; three nephews, Earl Sitzer and Edward Lewis of Hartwick and Benjamin Lewis of Rochfied Springs; four nieces, Mrs. Iva Bort of Binghamton, Mrs. Claude Wideman and Mrs. Kate Ward of Hartwick, and Mrs. Donald B. Becker of Wateryliet.

Oneonta Star, June, 1933


Frank O. Hotaling, a highly respected resident of this village, died suddenly this afternoon at 3:15 o'clock from a heart ailment, suffered while he was assisting C. E. Gray in the hay field. While not in the best of health, Mr. Hotaling had been able to work and his sudden passing comes as a great shock to all. He was 66 years old.

He was born on Richardson Hill, this township, on September 2, 1866, the son of Ransom and Susan (Richardson) Hotaling. He was united in marriage to Lotta Van Alstyne of Davenport on August 12, 1891. The first year of their married life was spent in Oneonta. They moved to Laurens in 1904. Mr. Hotaling was a member of the Maccabees lodge of Laurens. He was a kind neighbor and a friend who will be greatly missed in the community.

Surviving are his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson and Mrs James Smith of Oneonta, and several nieces and nephews. To them will be extended the sympathy of many friends.

Private funeral services will be held from the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. R. A. Tennies, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot of the Laurens cemetery.

Oneonta Star, Dec 1918


Born Sept 1844 Died Dec 28 1918 - FOUND DEAD AT HIS HOME – James Losee, Life Long Resident of City, Dies Suddenly Saturday. James Losee, residing alone on the reservoir road and an old and life-long resident of the town, was found dead in bed at his home Saturday evening, shortly before 7 o'clock, by Mr. Kraig, a neighbor. Mr. Losee had not been feeling well, but it was not thought that he was critically ill. He was a visitor in the business section on Friday and appeared in his usual health. Death is believed to be due to heart trouble. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday with a short service at the late home at 12:30 and the more extended service from the Free Baptist church at 2 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Charles S. Pendleton, long his pastor, will officiate and the body will be placed in the vault at Riverside.

Mr. Losee was the son of the late Joel and Elizabeth (Barnes) Losee and was born near his late home and has always been a resident of the township. He married many years ago Amanda Cooley, also a resident of the town. Since her death about 11 years ago he has resided much of the time alone. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Losee had been a devoted member of the Free Baptist church of this city and since 1894 had been connected with it in an official capacity and long as a deacon. He was highly respected by all who knew him.

The Daily Star January 2, 1934 Oneonta, Otsego, New York, USA


OBITUARY: Mrs. E.C. Parmelee Dies at Son's Home - Born in Log House on Gifford Hill in 1849 - Member of Main St. Baptist Church since 1869

Anna Elizabeth Woodbeck, widow of the late Edward C. Parmelee and a resident of Oneonta throughout the greater portion of her life, passed away at the home of her son, Joseph F. Parmelee, 4 Thorn Street at 4 o'clock Monday morning following a decline of four years duration. For the past year she has been confined to her bed and been entirely blind. She has been given considerate care and loving attention by the son and daughter-in-law during her long illness. The funeral services will be held from the Main Street Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Charles S. Pendelton, long her pastor, will ofoficiate, assisted by Rev. Arthur M. Parce, and the body will be placed in the vault at Glenwood cemetery with interment later in the plot in that cemetery.

The deceased was born in a log house on Gifford hill in Oneonta township, December 27, 1849, the daughter of Freeman Woodbeck, who was a native of Holland and of Ellen Fern Woodbeck, who was a native of Devonshire, England. She married Edward C. Parmelee December 28, 1870, and they took up their residence in Cooperstown, his home at the time of their marriage. About 50 years ago they moved to Oneonta and this city has since been her home with the exception of about one year passed in New Jersey and five years on a farm in Delaware county, but close by this city.

Mr. Parmelee died six years ago, since which time she has resided with her son, Joseph, at whose home she died. Mrs. Parmelee was at the time of her death the oldest member of the Main Street Baptist Church in length of membership, she having united with it in 1869, her baptism having been solemnized in the waters of the Susquehanna River near Emmons and at a time when it was necessary to cut away the ice. She was also a member of the E.D. Farmer Woman's Relief Corps, frequently attended state and other gatherings of that organization, and a member of the Ladies auxiliary of the B. of R. T. She was a woman of intellectual attainments and of kindly traits and one esteemed by all.

Surviving her in addition to the son mentioned are the following children: Vaughn E. Parmelee of Newark, N.J., and Mrs. B. W. Anderson of Elmhurst, L.I., and three grandchildren, Miss Nina Anderson of Oneonta, Ceylon Anderson of Babylon, L.I. and Mrs. Alfred Mailman of Newark, N.J.

The Daily Star 1937 Oneonta, Otsego, New York, USA

SLOAT, ANNA (Maiden Name Van Alstyne/Van Alstine) Daughter of Martin Van Alstine and Nancy Barnes

OBITUARY: Mrs. Anna Sloat, Native of Oneonta, Dies at Home - Resident Here 79 Years Succumbs Following Long Illness - Funeral Services Saturday Afternoon

Mrs. Anna Sloat of 67 Church Street, a resident of this city for 79 years, died yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock following a long illness. Death was caused by complication of diseases.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home. Dr. Charles S. Pendleton will officiate. The body will be placed in the vault at the Bookhout Funeral home to await interment in the Plains Cemetery.

She was born January 7, 1858, in Oneonta, a daughter of Martin and Nancy (Barnes) Van Alstyne. Her marriage to William L. Sloat occurred here in December, 1874. Mrs. Sloat was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband; one son, Harry M. Sloat of Watervliet; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Burgess of Morris; two grandchildren, Mrs. Esther Clickner of Watervliet and Harry W. Sloat of Troy; two great grandchildren, William and Charlotte Clickner of Watervliet; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. To them will be extended the sympathy of many friends.

Oneonta Star, September 6, 1917

SLOAT, MARGARET V. DOD: 9-1-1917 Mrs. Sloat Buried at Meridale. With many friends, neighbors and relatives attending, the funeral services of Mrs. Margaret V. Sloat, who died last Saturday night at Watertown from injuries received in an automobile accident, were held at the home of her sister, Mrs. William D. Miller, 13 Washington street, yesterday afternoon. The Rev Dr Charles S. Pendleton of Free Baptist Churich in officiating delivered a short, but impressive sermon.

After the services the body was taken to Meridale for burial in the family plot. The relatives went with it by motor cars. Doctor Pendleton delivered the burial prayer. A number of beautiful floral pieces were sent by friends and neighbors, including a large one from the Oneonta grange. Two brothers of the deceased with their wives were at the services, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Selleck and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Selleck of Meridale, and her sister, Mrs. George Stillson, with her husband, of Meridale. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Howe of Meridale also were in attendance. The bearers were the deceased two brothers, Leo and Frank Selleck, and two brothers-in-law, George Stillson and George Ellis.


Tragic Death At Watertown - Mrs. Margaret V. Sloat, Former Oneontan, Killed in Auto Accident. The body of Mrs. Margaret V. Sloat, a former resident of Oneonta, arrived in Oneonta Monday evening from Watertown, where she died Saturday night as the result of injuries received in an auto accident, and was taken to the home of her sister, Mrs. William D. Miller, 13 Washington Street, where the funeral will be held at noon today. The service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Charles S. Pendelton, pastor of the Free Baptist Church, of which while a resident of Oneonta she was a member, and interment will be at Meridale.

Mrs. Sloat, who had resided in Watertown for the past 14 years and was employed at the silk mill in that city, was returning in the evening from the business part of the city and when near her home she was struck by an auto driven by a woman which in an effort to dodge a boy on a bicycle on the street ran upon the sidewalk. Mrs. Sloat was at once taken to the Sisters' Hospital, where she died about an hour later, her body being badly crushed and several ribs broken. Notice of her death was at once sent to Oneonta, and her brother, Claude Selleck, and Mr. Miller, her brother-in-law, departed Sunday for Watertown, and returned with the body.

The deceased was a daughter of the late Levi and Mary (Oles) Selleck of Meridale, and is survived by three brothers and three sisters; Leo and Frank Selleck, of Meridale, Claude of Oneonta, Mrs. George O. Ellis and Mrs. William D. Miller, also of this city, and Mrs. George Stilson of Meridale. She was for many years a valued employee of the silk company at Watertown, and has many friends who will deeply regret her death. General sympathy will be extended to the surviving relatives in their bereavement.

The Star Sept 14, 1916 Oneonta, Otsego, New York, USA

TAYLOR, ALICE (Maiden Name Burgess) Wife of Andrew Taylor DEATH NOTICE:

SUICIDE IN NEW BERLIN - Morris friends of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Taylor of New Berlin were shocked Friday to hear of the death of Mrs. Taylor by suicide. The Gazette says in noting it: "Mrs. Taylor has been suffering from deranged mind for some time, and Thursday had consented to go to a sanitarium for treatment. She arose Friday morning, started the oil stove as usual, and Mr. Taylor went to the barn. When he came back to the house he did not find her and began a search, finding her lifeless body hanging in one of the back rooms up stairs in the house. She used an ordinary clothes line.

Mrs. Taylor was a resident of Morris in her girlhood days and as such is rememberted by many as Alice Burgess. She was a woman of high ideals, possessing to completeness those virtues and graces which make for true womanhood. We extend our sincere sympathy to the afflicted family. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon with burial in Hillington Cemetery at Morris.

Obituary The Star Aug 1893 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA

VAN ALSTYNE (VAN ALSTINE), EZRA H. Son of Martin Van Alstyne (VAN ALSTINE) and Nancy Barnes of Oneonta
(OF NOTE: He lived in Davenport most of his adult life and was constable there for many years)

Answered The Last Roll Call - E. H. Van Alstyne, a veteran of the war, died at his home in Colliers on Saturday afternoon last. His death resulted from a tumor on the brain. Had he lived to the last day of the present month he would have reached his forty-seventh year. The deceased leaves a mother, Mrs. Nancy Van Alstyne of Oneonta, a wife and four children, viz, Mrs. F.O. Houghtaling of Milford Centre, Mrs. C. B. Roberts of Oneonta, and John and Curry Van Alstyne of Colliers, to mourn their loss.

The funeral will be held at Colliers today, Monday, at 2 p.m. Interment at Riverside cemetery, Oneonta.

Obituary The Star 6 Feb 1917 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA

VAN ALSTYNE (VAN ALSTINE), MARY JANE Wife of William Henry Van Alstyne (VAN ALSTINE) and daughter of Smith Kenyon and Statira Webb of Davenport) (Maiden Name Kenyon)

DEATH OF MRS. WM VAN ALSTYNE - Well known East Meredith Woman Expires From Brights Disease. East Meredith, Feb 6 - Mary J. Kenyon, wife of William H. Van Alstyne, died at her home at this place yesterday at 4:20 pm. Mrs. Van Alstyne was born October 17, 1851. She is survived by one brother, James Kenyon of Davenport Center, also her husband and seven children and 12 grandchildren. The following are the seven cildren who survive her: Mrs. Charles Miller, East Meredith, George Van Alstyne, West Kortright; Mrs. O.P. Church, West Kortright; Mrs. Frank Hotaling, Oneonta, South Side; Mrs. Ansel Rathbun, West Davenport; W.E. Van Alstyne, Oneonta, and Miss. Myrtle Van Alstyne residing at home. Mrs. Van Alstyne has been suffering for several weeks past with Bright's disease and has been tenderly cared for by her chidren and Husband. She was a kind, loving and much devoted mother and her family has the greatest sympathy of the entire community in their hour of bereavement.

The funeral will be held at her home in this place on Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Hansman, with interment in the East Meredith cemetery.

(GENEALOGIST'S NOTE: DOB states year was 1851, but all other information points to the year of birth stated on headstone of 1855. I believe the obituary year DOB is incorrect)

Card of Thanks - We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us through the sickness and death of our kind and loving wife and mother. W.H. Van Alstyne and family.

Obituary The Star 11 Mar 1902 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA

VAN ALSTYNE (VAN ALSTINE), NANCY Wife of Martin Van Alstyne (Maiden Name Barnes)

Mrs. Nancy Van Alstyne, relict of the late Martin Van Alstyne, who was a famous stage driver here years ago, died early yesterday morning, at her home with her daughter, Mrs. Benjamin F. Burgess, on the Allen farm, near Laurens, aged 78 years (obituary clipping date was changed by owner of clipping printed "77" to 78 years). The deceased was born in Oneonta, a daughter of John and Hannah Barnes, and always lived here until a few months ago, when her daughter removed to the town of Laurens and she went with her. Mr. Van Alstyne died about 16 years ago (obituary clipping date was changed by owner of clipping printed "14" to 16 years) and since that time she has made her home with the daughter named.

Mrs. Van Alstyne had been usually well and her death was quite sudden, as she dressed herself on Monday. That night her condition became serious and Dr. Winsor was sent for, but death occured before his arrival. Coroner Denny of Oneonta was summoned but, on investigating the facts, decided that pneumonia caused death and no inquest was held.

Mrs. Van Alstyne leaves three children, Mrs. Burgess, Mrs. W.L. Sloat of Oneonta, and W. H. Van Alstyne of East Meredith.

The funeral will be heald from the Burgess home, Thursday, at 11 o'clock. Rev. C. S. Pendleton will officiate and the body will be placed in the vault at Riverside and, later, interred in that cemetery.

Death Notice The Star Nov 1895 Oneonta, Otsego, New York USA

VAN ALSTINE, NELLIE Daughter of William Henry Van Alstine and Mary Jane Kenyon

The sad intelligence of the death of Nellie Van Alstine reached here Sunday only a few days previous to the sad event that she had been in our midst with bright and happy thoughts of the future, little realizing how soon she would be wrapped in the cold embrace of death. We sympathize deeply with the afflicted ones.

Oneonta Star, Date unknown

WILLIAMS, LLOYD C. - Oneonta Resident Dies in New York Hospital – Lloyd C. Williams, 40 of 16 Gault Avenue, died at the Post-graduate hospital in New York City yesterday. He had been a patient there for three weeks. Mrs. Williams, who left here Wednesday, was at his bedside.

Mr. Williams, who formerly resided in Wilkes Barre, PA had been a resident of this city for 20 years. He was formerly employed by the Associated Gas and Electric Company.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mildred Walsh of this city; his mother, Mrs. D. C. Williams of Rye; three sisters, Mrs. J. W. Brown and Mrs. R. D. Rosenthal of Rye and Mrs. E. J. Riley of this city, and one brother, Harry Williams, also of Oneonta.

Funeral arrangements await the arrival of the body here from New York City.


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