Washington, NJ Newspaper Excerpts

Belvedere Apollo, Sept. 7, 1900

Belvedere Apollo, Sept. 7, 1900

I recently wrote to the Warren County (NJ) Library to ask for copies of two obituaries that I hoped would shed some light on family connections. Unfortunately, the obituaries didn’t include any of the information I had hoped.

The obit for Jonathan Petty fro 1875 just read “Petty – At Washington, on Wednesday, Oct. 20th”. The obit for Benjamin Felver from 1900 was informative—indicating he was one of the oldest members of the Mansfield lodge of Odd Fellows and that he was injured in the Civil War and had subsequently been on the “sick list” for the past 30 years—but it didn’t make mention of any survivors, like I had hoped.

There is some good stuff for anyone doing genealogy research in Warren County, NJ.

1875 deaths reported October 29 also included: Catharine A. Teel, wife of Robert G. Teal, aged 30 years; Charley Woodruff, son of John and Bernice Woodruff, aged 3 years; and Catharine Vannatta, wife of Edward Vannatta.

In early September 1900 newspaper mixed obituaries with other Washington, NJ news:

– “Elmer Pronty has returned from Ohio and will spend the winter with his grandmother Mrs. John Gaston”

“Mrs John Folkner, who died some few days ago with brain fever, aged 23 years, was a highly respected person of Balesville. She was raised in that locality. She leaves a kind husband and a very young child to mourn her untimely death.”

“Josiah, better known as ‘Shorty’ Lewis of Broadway was in town Labor Day with a heavy load of ‘red eye’. While in this condition he cut the harness on John Hays’ horse and struck at several persons with a large penknife.”


Hiram Felver (1853-1925)

Hiram Felver obituary

Hiram Felver obituary

Hiram Felver was my great-great-grandfather. It took me a long time to find his obituary, simply because I was looking in the wrong place. Hiram was born in New Jersey, but lived most of his adult life in Brooklyn, NY.

When I finally got a copy of his death certificate, I found it somewhat odd that he had died in the Bronx. Things happen, I thought—people don’t always die at home or even in the city/town they reside in.

So I widened my obituary search and found that Hiram Felver had moved to Mount Vernon, NY and then most recently before his death to Pratt Avenue (the Bronx).

This always reminds me that what you think you know is often not fact. You should always, always widen your searches (whether by location, alternate spellings, etc.) to find obituaries, certificates, church records, etc.