Elsie Berkampas Chittenden

Mrs. Elsie Chittenden died yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellis Cleveland, 111 Sanford street, after a three weeks’ illness, aged 56 years. Mrs. Chittenden was born near Holland, Mich., coming to Muskegon in 1899, where she has since made her home. She was a member of Mizpah Chapter No. 88, Order of the Eastern Star, Alaska Hive, L.O.T.M., and the Mystic Workers of the World. She leaves three children, Mrs. Ellis Cleveland, at whose home she died, Mrs. Carl Field, and Elbert L. Chittenden, all of Muskegon, ten grand Children, two sisters and six brothers, Mrs. F. Bakker, of Holland, Mich., Mrs. John Bovendan of Washington, John Berkampas and Martin Berkampas of Holland, Take Berkampas of Rudyard, Mich., Nicholas Berkampas of Kalamazoo, Andrew Berkampas of Marion, Mich., and Abraham Berkampas of Byron Center, Mich. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the resident, Rev. Lewis H. Manning of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Source:  Muskegon Chronicle, August 30, 1919.


Egbert D. Chittenden

Egbert D. Chittenden died at his home, 267 W. Clay avenue, Saturday night at 8:30 o’clock after an illness of about one week’s duration. Mr. Chittenden was born in New York 61 years ago, coming to Michigan in 1867 with his parents and settling in Ottawa county. Fourteen years ago he came to Muskegon. Mr. Chittenden was an employee of the Shaw-Walker company for the past six years. He was a prominent Mason being a member of Lovell Moore lodge No. 182, F. and A.M.; Muskegon Chapter No. 47 R.A.M.; Muskegon Council 54 R. and S.M.; and Muskegon Commandery No. 22, Knights Templar. Mr. Chittenden leaves behind his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Carl M. Field of Muskegon Heights and Mrs. Ellis E. Cleveland of this city; a son, Albert [sic] L. Chittenden, six grandchildren; a twin brother, Albert [sic] H. Chittenden of Auburn, N.Y., and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Hightower of Monroe, Wash. The funeral, which will be held under the auspices of Lovell Moore lodge, No. 182 F. and A.M., will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the residence. The members of Lovell Moore lodge will meet at the Masonic temple at 1:30 o’clock and attend the funeral in a body.

Source: Muskegon Chronicle, October 14, 1912.

Elbert H. Chittenden

Elbert H. Chittenden was born in Schulyer county, New York, July 7, 1851, and departed this life at Garrett, Indiana, March 6, 1920, aged 68 years, 7 months, and 28 days. He came from New York to Michigan when 12 years of age, and from there to this community in 1893.  He was married to Miss Dora Van Lear in 1880.  To this union were born six children: Mrs. W.A. Rinehold of Kimmell, Ind., Mrs. F.R. Harwood of Garrett, Stella, who preceded her father to the great beyond 21 years ago, John A. at home, Mrs. R.M. Gramling of Auburn and Miss Hilda of Auburn.  Mr. Chittenden was a member of the Masonic order.  There remains to mourn his loss his wife, five children, four grandchildren, and one sister in Seattle, Washington; also the friends and neighbors which he had in the community.

Source:  Garrett Clipper, March 11, 1920.


Will of Hannah Rorick Kimble

In the Name of God Amen I Hannah Kimble of the town of Hector in the County of Schuyler and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, that is to say:

First. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath to my son, Estel Kimble, all my estate both real and personal except my clothing, on condition that my said son pay to each of my daughters, Sarah Chittenden and Lavina Strader, the sum of two hundred (200) dollars within eighteen months from the time of my deceased; and I do hereby charge my estate with the payment of said sum of $200 each to my daughters aforesaid.

In the case of the death of either of my said daughters before the time of payment of said sum of $200 to each of them as above directed then the sum directed to be paid to each of said daughters shall be paid to the respective heirs of each deceased daughter to be divided equally between such heirs, so that the heirs of a deceased daughter shall receive the respective share going to such daughter.

Second. I give and bequeath my clothing to my said daughters to be divided between them equally.

Likewise, I make, constitute and appoint Estel Kimble my aforesaid son the Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

In Witness thereof I have hereto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

Hannah Kimble

The above written instrument was subscribed by the said Hannah Kimble in our presence and acknowledge by her, to each of us, and she at the same time declared the above instrument so subscribed to be her last Will and Testament; and we at her request have signed our names as witnesses hereto, in her presence, and in the presences of each other, and written opposite our names our respective places of residence.

Charles Monell, Schuyler County, NY
Horace W. Smith, Hector, Schuyler County, NY