Political News from the 1800s

On Saturday last we attended a discussion at Onion Grove station, between Mr. Aldrich of Wyoming, and Mr. Rorick of Jones county.  It was just such a discussion as does good among the people.  They are both good speakers, but Mr. Aldrich having justice and right on his side, is more than a match for his opponent, in this discussion.  We hope these gentlemen will continue their discussion till they have visited every school house in the North party of the county, at least.  Mr. Aldrich will speak in Tipton some time during the campaign.—There were about 200 persons at the meeting at Onion, and nearly all were Republicans, at least we such to be the fact from the demonstrations of applause during the speeches and the hurras [sic] for Lincoln at the close.  (Tipton Advertiser, August 30, 1860)

The Democrats of Delaware county have nominated J.H. Peters for State Senator, and Joel Bailey for Representative.  In Jones Co. the same party nominated C.H. Rorick and G.W. Miller as Representative.  We glean from the Dubuque Herald.  (Daily Iowa State Register, September 13, 1867)

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Miss Ida E. Clay

Pneumonia caused the death of Miss Ida E. Clay, 79, Sunday evening at her home at 515 E. Frank street. She had been ill a week. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon that the Huston Funeral home, Rev. Stanley Norton officiating, with burial in Ellington cemetery. Miss Clay was the daughter of Amazy [sic] and Eunice Clay, early settlers of Tuscola county, and was born in Fairgrove township May 13, 1865. Surviving are two brothers, Grant S. Clay of Caro, Henry M. Clay of Rochester; and a sister, Miss Annie C. Clay, of Caro.

Source: Tuscola County Advertiser, November 24, 1944.

Alanson Clay

Alanson Clay, an aged citizen of Unionville, died on Tuesday morning after a brief illness of Unionville. He was aged 73 years and 19 days and leaves a family.  The funeral was held Thursday at one o’clock p.m. at the M.E. church.  Interment at Port Jervis.—Deckertown Recorder. The deceased was the father of Conductor Theodore Clay, of the New York Division of the Erie, for many years a resident of Port Jervis.

Source:  Port Jervis Tri-States Union, February 11, 1897. 

Mrs. Sarah Bross Mead

Mrs. Sarah Catherine Bross Mead, wife of Eli Mead died at her home, 129 Ball street on Tuesday evening, October 2nd, after a long illness. She was 77 years of age. Deceased who was a member of one of the oldest families in northern New Jersey was born in Wantage, Sussex county; her parent being Everitt Bross and Hannah Clay Bross. On December 24th, 1867, she was united in marriage with Mr. Mead and since that time has been a resident of Port Jervis. She as a member of the Drew M.E. church and Home Department and the Women’s Relief Corps of the G.A.R.

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Mr. Alanson Clay

Mr. Alanson Clay, of Unionville, N.Y., died Feb. 2 aged 74 years.  He is survived by a wife and two children: Theodore, of Suffern, and Eber, of Rahway, N.J. 

The funeral was held in the M.E. church at Unionville, Thursday, at 1 o’clock.  Interment in Laurel Grove.

Source:  Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 6, 1897. 

Alanson Clay

Alanson Clay, an aged citizen of Unionville, died on Tuesday morning after a brief illness from pneumonia. He was aged 73 years and 19 days and leaves a family. The funeral was held Thursday at one o’clock p.m. at the M.E. church. Interment as Port Jervis.—Deckertown Record. The deceased was the father of Conductor Theodore Clay, of the New York Division of the Erie, for many years a resident of Port Jervis.

Source: Port Jervis Tri-States Union, February 11, 1897

Mr. Alanson Clay

Mr. Alanson Clay, of Unionville, N.Y., died Feb. 2 aged 74 years. He is survived by a wife and two children, Theodore of Suffern, and Eber, of Rahway, N.J.

The funeral was held in the M.E. church at Unionville, Thursday, at 1 o’clock. Interment in Laurel Grove.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 6, ,1897.

Mrs. Eunice C. Clay

An Invalid for Eight Years, Widow of Late Amzy Clay Passes Away

Mrs. Eunice C. Clay, relict of the late Amzy Clay, died at her home in Ellington, Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 1908, in the 69th year of her age.

She was born June 15, 1839 and came to Michigan with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hiller when only seven years of age, living near Flint until she was sixteen, then removed to Tuscola county. August 9, 1859 when 18 years she married Amzy Clay and resided in Fairgrove township until 27 years ago when they moved to Ellington.

She leaves four children; Henry M. of Portland, Oregon; Ida E., Grant S., Annie C. Clay all of the home township. Mrs. Grace Loomis and Harry D. Hunt of Indianfields are grandchildren, and there are five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lavina Wright of Saginaw, Mrs. Rosina E. Molonzo of Ellington are sisters and Walter N. Hiller of Almer is a brother.

A rearing a family of five children of her own, she took three motherless grandchildren to whom she was a mother until they arrived at maturity and was ever ready to give unsparingly of her strength and skill in caring for the sick and needy.

For eight years she was an invalid, although confined to her bed but two weeks at the last, when her sufferings were so intense she prayed that they might be taken away.

Rev. R.L. Cope assisted by Rev. Wm. Hutchinson conducted funeral services Thursday afternoon, and the remains were buried besides those of her husband in Ellington cemetery.

Source: Tuscola County Advertiser, May 29, 1908.

Untitled (Henry Clay & Adella McCallum)

Henry M. Clay, of Portland, Oregon, the eldest son of Amzy Clay and wife, who went to Washington thirteen years ago last spring has written his parents announcing his marriage on the first of June to Miss Adella M. McCallum, of Portland. Mr. Clay was well known around here and his many friends unite in congratulations and best wishes for future happiness.

Source: Tuscola County Advertiser, August 5, 1904.

Stephen H. Wood

Stephen H. Wood died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edna Decker, near Sussex, of complication of diseases. Mr. Wood was born near Amity, N.Y., June 23, 1836, a son of Isaac and Jane Miller Wood. September 22, 1866, he was united in marriage to Sarah S. Clay, of near Sussex, who died December 27, 1922. They began housekeeping in Vernon where he was farming and remained there until April, 1902, when they moved near Sussex. Mr. Wood was a good business man and a kind father. Early in life he united with the Methodist church at Vernon. He was also a member of the Wantage Grange and Sussex County Pomona Grange. He is survived by five children, Christopher H. Wood, residing at home; Margaret, wife of George McCloud, of Franklin; Ida, wife of Harry White of Libertyville; Grace, wife of Edward Hockenberry, of the Clove, and Mrs. Edna F. Decker, of near Sussex. He is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from his late home near Woodbourne Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Papakating cemetery.

Source: Sussex Independent, February 2, 1923.