Jewett Hamilton's Family Bible Entries

Transcribed and Contributed by:

Patti Stott

I recently inherited an old bible from my Great Uncle, Jewett Hamilton's estate. A lot of these do NOT have dates on them.

My great uncle Jewett Hamilton was born in Berkshire in 1905, and lived there till the middle 1920's. He married Sarah Alliene Leonard, and moved to Ithaca, where they lived till their deaths in 1999.

My grandmother, Lola Angeline Hamilton Tarbox was his sister.



Orin Matison died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Marical, in Babcock Hollow, April 15, 1900. He went over to his daughter's to make a visit the Wednesday before and was taken sick on Thursday morning and died the following Sunday. He was born in Homer, Cortland County, August 24th, 1818, and in December 30, 1840, married Polly Elvira Shepard, of Marathon, and they lived 58 years together. His wife died some 16 months before his death occurred. He leaves to mourn his loss four sons and two daughters - Orman S. Matison, of West Richford; Mrs. Mary Merical, of Babcock Hollow; George Matison, of Caroline; Mrs. Louisa Negus, of West Richford; Alonzo J. Matison, of Caroline; and Orin Frank Matison, of West Richford. (Matison is also spelled Matson and Matteson)



At the Baptist parsonage, Brookton, May 6, 1900, by the Rev. W.A. House, Mr. George Matson, Jr., of Caroline, NY to Miss Enza Watkins, of Ulster, PA.

Two killed by lightning
July 30, 1914

Two men, Bruce Lamont aged 36, a prominent farmer living north of Dryden, and Dean Allen, 32 years old, who was employed by Mr. Lamont, was instantly killed and another man, Frank Bishop, narrowly escaped death, when a bolt of lightning struck the barn on the Lamont farm in which they had taken refuge during a severe thunderstorm one day last week.
Four horses were also in the barn but were not injured. Lamont and Allen were about to close the barn door when lightning stuck the corner of the building.

Community notes - backside of lightning clipping:

Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Corbin of Friendship were at Cloverleaf Farm from Sunday till Tuesday, going from here to attend the wedding of Mr. Corbin's son, G. Adin Corbin.

L.M. Bowers and son Frank of Binghamton were callers at C.G. Bowers' Saturday.

Word has been received from Miss S. Genevive Dayton of her safe arrival in London after a very pleasant voyage.

George Newton, Jr. of Binghamton came Monday to work for his cousin, L.J. Emerson for a time.

Miss Carrie Kirman was at her home at Anoka Saturday and Sunday.

Community notes - unknown date - on the backside of a photo of the Late C.J. Dewey of Berkshire.

Mrs. Iva Howard and her brother, Floyd Howard, of Newark Valley, spent Saturday and Sunday at the home of their mother, Mrs. J.V. York, in Central Avenue.

Rev. and Mrs. Sidney Winter entertained the choir boys of St. Paul's church, with some of the adult members, on Tuesday night at a masquerade party and dance.

Lewis F. Ford, of San Diego, Cal., son of G. A. Ford of this village, is in Phoenix, Arizona, erecting several large concrete for a company, in which he is now interested.

Lincoln Pierce, of Pelham, N.Y ., spent the latter part of last week in this village. He was here to examine the work of repairing the rear wall of the building occupied by the Elks in Lake street, which is owned by his father-in-law, Hon. F. O. Cable.

J. Allan Cauldwell, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Frederick Cauldwell, of New York City, spent the latter part of last week and the first part of this week with their mother, Mrs. J.A. Cauldwell, and their sisters, Mrs. Fred W. Clifford and Miss Ella Cauldwell, in this village.

Same clipping - Newark Valley:

Jenksville, Dec. 9. Mrs. Adaline Sheldon spent Friday with her niece, Mrs. Edward Allen.

Mrs. Grace Palmer and two children spent Wednesday night with her friend, Mrs. E. D. Slate.

Mrs. T.A. Haskell and Mrs. Clarence Welch were in Owego Wednesday.

James Allen and family spent Saturday with friends near Speedsville.

Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer were at their farm here Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Barrett were in Owego a day recently.

Mrs. Cassie Zimmer and son returned home, after visiting Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zimmer.

Frank Gray was at Berkshire last Sunday evening.

Clifford Smullen is on the sick list.

Hiawatha, Southside, Dec. 9:

Fred Dunham is clerking in F. M. Baker & Sons Hardware store there.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Groesbeck spent Saturday evening with their son, John Groesbeck.

East Berkshire, Nov. 3, 1913.

The funeral of Mrs. Abigail L. Neigus who died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Abram (Jessie) Hamilton, where she had made her home since may was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the M. E. Church here. Rev. N.W. Barnes officiated. All that loving hands could do was of no avail, when at last death came as a relief. The deceased was 63 years of age. She leaves to mourn the loss, a husband, (John J. Negus) two daughters, one living near Auburn (Angeline Johnson) and the one where she died; also one son, Bert Neigus, of Richford, besides many grandchildren. The remains were laid at rest in Evergreen cemtery at Berkshire. (Neigus is also spelled Negus)

Death of Mrs. Abigail L. Neigus

Mrs. Abigail L. Neigus, after a long illness, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Abram Hamilton, on Wednesday evening of last week, aged 63 years. Her funeral was held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the M. E. Church here. The Rev. N. W. Barnes officiated. She with her husband had made their home here since last may with the daughter, where Mrs. Neigus through her long illness was tenderly cared for. She leaves to mourn the loss, a husband, (John J. Negus) two daughters. One, Lena B. Neigus (Negus), living near Auburn and the one where she died; one son, Bert Neigus, of Richford; a sister, Angeline Johnson, besides many grandchildren. The remains were laid at rest in Evergreen cemetery at Berkshire.

Death of Katie VanSusan

Katie VanSusan, wife of Leslie Hamilton, died at the home of her parents on Thursay evening, Dec. 4. Her death was unusually sad. A baby boy was born Thursday afternoon, but did not live and the young mother lived only a few hours after its birth. She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Diedrick VanSusan and was born Mar. 19, 1894. Last Christmas day she became the bride of Leslie Hamilton and both young people were highly esteemed in the community and the church where they were regular attendants. Beside the parents and husband she is survived by four brothers, Raymond, of Newark Valley; Grant, of Groton; and Ralph and Lido, who are at home. Her funeral was held at the home of her parents on Saturday afternoon, Rev. N. W. Barnes of the M. E. Church officiating, and the mother and baby were buried together in Evergreen Cemetery.

Death of C. J. Dewey

On Tuesday evening, Dec. 9, occurred the death of C. J. Dewey, an aged and highly esteemed resident of this village. Charles Johnson Dewey was a son of Ezekiel and Lucy Dewey. He was born in the town of Richford May 10, 1825. In 1834, the family moved to Lisle, where they conducted a hotel for three years, then they moved back to Richford, where they remained for three years more and then the family moved to Berkshire where the deceased had since lived for more than 72 years. Mr. Dewey was united in marriage Oct. 22, 1855. to Mrs. Lucinda Warren Cargill, of Lee, Mass. Three children were born to them, Clara, wife of Eugene Lynch, Flora, wife of Allen Manning, of Binghamton, and Dwight. The two daughters survive him. The beloved wife and mother died March 24, 1907. Mr. Dewey had been in feeble health for a long time. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lynch gave up their own home and came to take care of their father. It will be a great source of comfort to them now that they have cared for him so patiently.


At the home of the bride's father, Peter Wavle, Wednesday evening, Feb 27, 1901, by the Rev. H. N. VanDeusen, Ralph De Witt Rightmire and Miss Bessie May Wavle, both of Berkshire. Mr. and Mrs. Rightmire will occupy rooms in E. F. Johnson's house and work the farm the coming season.

At East Richford, Sunday, Feb. 11, by S. B. Hale, J.P., Berton Negus and Miss Dora Talcott, both of Richford.


At the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Chas. Hilsinger at East Berkshire, Wednesday evening, Dec. 15, 1915, at 8 o'clock, their younger daughter, Kittie Belle, was married to Leslie C. Hamilton, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Hamilton. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. G.R. Savige of Berkshire. The bride was daintily attired n white brocade silk and lace and her traveling suit was of brown gabardine with hat to match. The young couple left Thursday morning for a wedding trip to Cortland and other places. As both are well known and highly respected in Berkshire they have the best wishes of their many friends.

Community notes:

Speedsville - date unknown, but after 1901.

A sad accident occurred on Wednesday of last week on Berkshire hill, about three miles from this place. A little child named Hamilton was playing with matches which became ignited and set its clothing on fire. When the mother returned to her home she found her little one lying on the bed and her clothing burned. Death came in a short time to the relief of the little sufferer.


Mr. and Mrs. Will Meeks entertained the ladies aid society of the Episcopal church on Tuesday evening. They have a nice home and the guests were welcomed, and fared sumptuously.

James Sears is suffering from neuralgia at his home on the Caroline Center road.

Miss Jennie Lant sailed for England on Thursday of this week.

Frank Maynard, who has been residing with Mrs. Nancy Hungerford the past season, has returned to his home.

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