Leaves $45,000 to Institutions

Mrs. Matilda Barclay’s Will Disposes of Property Valued at $230,000.

Bequests totaling more than $45,000, in which religious and welfare societies are the beneficiaries, were disposed of in the will of Matilda F. Barclay, who died August 21, 1921, at the age of 79 years. The will, dated February 8, 1918, was filed for probate Tuesday. The real estate set forth was valued at more than $230,000. More than $50,000 in personal property was included.

Bequests of $5,000 each was given to: The First Protestant society, as an endowment fund; the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian church; the Board of Ministerial Relief of the Presbyterian church; Park college, of Parkville, “for endowment for young men who decided to enter the ministry”; the Y.W.C.A. and the Y.M.C.A.

To the Children’s Free hospital and the Florence Crittenton home were given $2,000 each; Earnest Ketcham, former business manager for Mrs. Barclay, was named executor, and Lucy Augusta Billings was named executrix. Ketcham was given $5,000.

To the husband, William L. Barclay, was left the Bay View, Mich., home. The will specifies that a sister-in-law, Johanna B. Sutton, shall have the care of the husband at his home at 85 East Ferry street. At his death, the property is to go to Lucy A. Billings and her daughter, Edna Ayres Billings, and to Mrs. Sutton, a niece, Mrs. Caroline Wilkinson and her daughter.

Specific requests of $15,000 each were given to Caroline E. Wilkinson, Tilla Barclay Wilkinson, Lucy Augusta Billings, Edna Ayres Billings and Johanna B. Sutton. There were a number of other bequests of a personal nature to other relatives.

Source: Detroit Free Press, September 21, 1921.

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Elmira Soldier Arrives Abroad

Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Sutton Receive Word That Their Son, Sergeant Sutton, Has Reached Liverpool.

Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Sutton of 438 ½ West Clinton street, last night received word that their son, Top Sergeant Charles B. Sutton, Company A, 362nd Field Signal Corps, has arrived safely in Liverpool. Sergeant Sutton enlisted in the army last June, but was not called into service until January of this year. He formerly spent two years at West Point and was in the military service at Honolulu for three years. In this city, he was employed for some time as night operator and ticket agent at the Lackawanna station.

Mr. and Mrs. Sutton have also received word that their other son, Ahral Sutton, has been promoted from quartermaster to senior quartermaster, and has been transferred from Fort Scriven [sic], Ga., to Fort Morgan, Ala.

Source: Elmira Star-Gazette, April 16, 1918.

Charles B. Sutton

Chief Petty Officer Charles Blauvelt Sutton, 53, formerly of Uniondale, husband of Mrs. Carolyn Sutton, Sayre, and son of Leon Sutton, Waverly, N.Y., died March 18 in the Jacksonville, Fla., Naval Hospital of chest injuries suffered in the attach on Toulon, France.  He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. He served with the 77th Division in World War I. Surviving are a son, Charles, and a daughter, Marion, both of Sayre, and two brothers, Frank, Elmira, N.Y., and Ahral, Arlington, VA.

Source:  Hancock Herald, March 29, 1945.

Waverly Man Wins Rank Of Sergeant

Waverly, Nov. 3.—Frank X. Barry and Bronislaw Olezenski were members of the third contingent of Bradford county boys who left Towanda Friday morning for ttraining [sic] at Camp Meade, Md.

Ahral Sutton of North Waverly, who enlisted in the United States regular Army two years ago, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the quartermaster’s corps and ordered from Fort Coswell, N.C. to Fort Severn [sic], Ga.

Source: Binghamton Press, November 3, 1917.

Sergeant Sutton Arrives In City

First Sergeant Charles B. Sutton of Company A, 302nd Field Signal Corps, 77th Division, arrived in this city last evening at 10:05 o’clock over the Lackawanna.  He was met at the station by a delegation of the Seventy-seventh Division Home Association, led by Mrs. F.A. Wright.  Sergeant Sutton was agreeably surprised by the reception, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon C. Sutton of 107 West Gray street, desire to thank the association for the greeting.

Sergeant Sutton says that he was not acquainted with the other Elmira boys who were in the division.  The 302nd Engineers, in which there are a number of Elmira boys, was mustered out a Camp Upton yesterday, but Sergeant Sutton does not know when they expect to come home.

Source:  Elmira Star-Gazette, May 10, 1919.

Mrs. Leon C. Sutton

Mrs. Hannah Blauvelt Sutton died this morning at 4:30 o’clock at the family home near Waverly.  The family formerly resided on East Church Street, Elmira, until a few years ago, when they removed to Waverly.  She is survived by her husband, Leon C. Sutton; three sons, Charles B. of Ithaca; Ahral W. of Fort Valley, Ga.; Frank D. of Elmira; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Golden of Lockwood; a brother, William Blauvelt of Erin; four grandchildren. Mrs. Sutton was a member of Harmony Chapter, O.E.S.; Queen Frederica Court, Order of the Amaranth; Mount Sinai Shrine of Jerusalem, all of Elmira.  Funeral notice later.

Source:  Elmira Star-Gazette, November 28, 1931.

Martin Leon Sutton

Martin, the ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon C. Sutton, died at their home in North Waverly, a 7 o’clock Friday morning, Sept. 11, 1903. He was sick only a week with pleural typhoid pneumonia. He is survived by his parents and three brothers, Charlies, Ahral, and Frankie, all younger. The funeral was held at the home at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. Rev. G.A. Briggs, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated and the choir sang two appropriate selections. The pall bearers were his little playmates, Masters Harley Doan, Lennon Baker, Roy Smith and Eddy Barden. The little body was laid at rest in Glenwood cemetery.

Source: Waverly Free Press, September 18, 1903.

Death of Joseph Ayres at Romeo.

Romeo, December 28.—Joseph Ayres, an old and highly respected citizen of this place, died at his home on Hollister street at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, from lung trouble, age 81 years.

Mr. Ayres was born in Dover, Morris Co., N.Y. [sic], November 18, 1812. He grew to manhood in his native state, learned the boot and shoe trade, receiving but a limited education. At the age of 21 he engaged in the boot and shoe business in the city of New York. Six years after he removed to Romeo, Macomb Co., leaving his native state on the 17th of June 1841, and arriving in Romeo July 17 after a month’s travel. In the fall of that year he engaged in the boot and shoe business in Romeo. A few years later he combined harness making with his other business. In 1845 he added a small farm, located near the village, which he managed in connection with his business in the village.

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Dragged to Death by a Fractious Horse

Charles Sutton, the nine-year-old son of Dayton Sutton, a Slate Hill farmer, was dragged to death by fractious horse, Sunday afternoon. While leading the horse to water he had tied the halter strap or rope around his waist. The horse became frightened and ran away, dragging the boy after him. Before he could be stopped the child’s skull was fractured and other injuries inflicted from which he died in an hour and a half after rescue.

Source: Port Jervis Tri-States Union, June 14, 1900.