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W. Frisby and John Flynn, members of the 10th Reg t N. Y. Vols,
Ages unknown.

Sept. 3, Jacob A. Taylor, aged 18. He was a member of Co. H, 177th
Reg t N. Y. Vols. , and served his country faithfully. He accompanied
his regiment on its way home until he reached Rochester, N. Y., where
he was taken sick and died.

Sept. , in Mount Pleasant Hospital, near Port Hudson, William H.
Vandenbergh, aged 23. Mr. V. was the only son of Jacob L. Vanden-
bergh, of the Boght. He enlisted in the 177th Reg t N. Y. Vols. A
correspondent said of him : " In his manner he was unobtrusive, in his
demeanor amiable and gentle, and possessed, in an eminent degree,
those characteristics calculated to inspire the love of those who knew


Sept. 28, Abram Lawrence, aged 21. Mr. L. was a son of Geo.
Lawrence, of this city, and was for many years deputy postmaster.

Oct. 21, Allen Bordwell, aged about 45

Oct. 29, Patrick Malany, aged 23.

Nov. 17, William Williams, machinist.

Nov. 23, in Troy, Dennis Stow, for many years a prominent inventor
and resident of Cohoes, aged 63.

Nov. 21, Isaac F. Fletcher, aged 65. Mr. F. was one oi the earliest
residents of the place, a prominent member of Cohoes Lodge, F. &
A. M., and a conscientious, upright citizen.

Dec. , James Harvey, a member of the 128th N. Y. Vols. He had
served faithfully and honorably in most of the battles of the war, and
in consequence of failing health was on his return home, where he
hoped to give his mother and friends a pleasant surprise. He lived to
enter the harbor of New York, where in sight of his native state, and
within a few miles of his friends and home, he yielded up his life.

Dec. 16, Sherman D. Fairbank, aged 50. Mr. F. had been for many
years a prominent business man, universally respected for his in
tegrity and excellent traits as a citizen. He held several prominent
positions of responsibility in the village, was a leading member of Co-
hoes Lodge F. & A. M. and a director of the Bank of Cohoes.

Dec. 18, in Syracuse, N. Y., Chauncey Stow, one of the original
founders of the Cataract, aged about 35.


Feb. 17, Capt. William Holley, aged 54.

Feb. 20, James R. Wilson, aged 18. Mr. W. enlisted from Cohoes
as a private in Co. H, 115th Reg t N. Y. Vols. , and was killed by a shell
from a rebel battery in the battle at Olustee, Fla. Lt. Clark wrote of
him as follows : " The brave young soldier fired his own sixty rounds
of ammunition and then sought a fresh supply from a dead companion s
cartridge box. He loaded for the sixty-first time and was about firing
when the shell exploded that cost him his life."

Feb. 20, Oscar L. Ackley, age unknown. Mr. A. was a member of
the 115th Reg t N. Y. Vols. and was killed at the battle of Olustee,

March 10, Edward O Reilly, aged 48. He was an upright citizen
and conscientious business man and was frequently called upon to
represent his ward in public positions.

March 11, in Halfmoon, N. Y., John Oliver, aged 52.

March 23, Edward H. Owen, aged 49.

March 31, Charles Green, soldier, aged about 23.

March 26, Willie H. Howard, aired 21.

April 27, L. Sprague Parsons, aged 55. " Mr. Parsons commenced
his preparatory studies in Haniden, Ct., which were afterwards com
pleted in Troy, N. Y. He entered Yale College in the class of 1835,
but did not graduate until 1837, having devoted one year to teaching
in Bristol, Ct. After graduation he taught for a short time in Norfolk
Co., Va., but was obliged to return home on account of ill health.
After teaching another year in Bristol, Ct., he moved to Albany, N. Y.,
in 1839, where with his sister he established a select family school.
He was also at the same time principal of the Pearl street Academy
for boys, in the same ci:y. In 1845, he was chosen principal of the
Albany Female Academy, the duties of which he discharged with suc
cess until 1855, when he resigned his office. In the same year he


engaged in manufacturing in Colioes, where he remained until his

April 22, in Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, James McCarthy and
Matthew Riley, of Cohoes, N. Y. Both were young men.

April 18, Herbert Hastings, aged about 30. Mr. Hastings was a
member of the 7th N. Y. Heavy Artillery and died very suddenly in
camp from heart disease. He had been a resident of Cohoes from his
boyhood and for many years previous to his enlistment was the lead
ing dentist of the place. Of a genial, generous disposition, he had
troops of friends who sincerely mourned his early death.

May 5, George Diehl, age unknown, a member of the 77th N. Y.
Vols., was killed in one of the battles of the Wilderness.

May 10, killed while on picket duty, John McCarthy, aged 17.
May 25, William Noonan, aged 40.

June 2, Simon O Dea and Thomas Eastham, members of Battery I,
7th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, both brave and faithful soldiers, were killed
in one of the battles of the Wilderness, ages unknown.

June, James Cole, who faithfully served in all the principal battles
of the war, on the peninsula, at Gettysburg and the Wilderness, fVll
in one of the later engagements. Age unknown.

June 10, Josepti Wickham, aged 39. Mr. Wickham was a member
of the 118th Reg t, N. Y. Vols., and was wounded in the shoulder at
Bermuda Hundreds, May 16, from the effects of which he died.

June 19, Henry 0. Osterhout, aged 17. Enlisted as a private in Co.
H, 177th Reg t N. Y. Vols., and was with the army at the siege of
Port Hudson. He returned home with his regiment in September,
1863, and died from sickness contracted in the service.

July 9, Daniel D. Tuthill, aged 47. Enlisted as a private in Co. I, 7th
Reg t N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and was afterward promoted to the rank of
sergeant. He was woiinded in the engagement at North Anna Bridge,
Va., on May 30th, 1864, and died in the hospital at Washington. Mr.
T., was the father-in-law of Capt. William Shannon, now ofPittsburg,
Pa., and A. H. Frink, of this city.

July , Charles Westover, aged 20, a member of the 4th Reg t N. Y.
Heavy Artillery, died in hospital at Staten Island.

July 12, George Shipley, aged 43. Mr. S. was a member of Co. I,
7th Heavy Artillery, and died on board the U. S. transport Atlantic,
from disease contracted while in the service. His remains were interred
in Cypress Hill cemetery, L. I. , July 14.

July 22, Sergeant Major E. Raymond Fonda, aged 27. Was a mem
ber of the 115th Reg t N. Y. Vols. He was severely wounded May 7th,
in one of the battles near Petersburg, Va., from the effects of whkh
he died in the Lady s Home Hospital, New York.

July 29, in Troy, N. Y., John Kerr, aged 62. Mr. Kerr was for
several years previous to his death prominently connected with manu
facturing interests in Cohoes.

Aug. 1, William G. Caw, aged 48. Mr. Caw came to Cohoes in
1846, and formed a partnership with Isaac Quackenbush, with whom
he continued in the grocery business until his death. He was a town
supervisor from 1858 to 1861, trustee of the village, water commissioner,
director of the Bank of Cohoes, and filled other public positions of re
sponsibility, in all of which the people were faithfully served. In his
business relations he was honorable and conscientious, and as a citizen
he was enterprising and public spirited. A friend wrote of his death


as follows : " The death of William G. Caw makes a great gap in our
community. Let it be filled by the renewed devotion of others to
those interests to which he gave so freely of his time and his attention,
and if the cry of the poor and the needy, the fatherless and the widow,
the demands of our country and its brave defenders, the church of
Christ, and its overshadowing claims can reach the hearts more for
cibly through the remembrance of his character as a business man, a
citizen, a politician, a patriot, a philanthropist and a Christian, then
indeed, will he, being dead, yet speak to us ; and of the recollections
that cluster around his name, it m^y be truly said, " the memory of
the just is precious."

July 18, Nathan Stone, aged 76. Mr. Stone was one of the earliest
residents of the place.

Aug. 17, Alfred Phelps, aged about 70. Mr. Phelps was for many
years the proprietor of the "old junction" tavern, and had served the
people as justice of the peace, and village trustee.

Aug. 11, Peter Forbes, aged 44. Mr. Forbes was for a long time
foreman in Fuller and Safely s iron found ery.

Aug. 16, Abbott C. Musgrove, aged 19. Mr. Musgrove was a mem
ber of the 115th Reg t N. Y. Vols., and by his bravery, correct deport
ment and sterling integrity won the esteem of his comrades and left
a record that proved him a patriot and heroic soldier. He was killed
in the battle at Deep Bottom, Va.

Aug. 16, James K. Himes, aged 18. He was a member of the 115th
Reg t N. Y. Vols., and fell in the battle at Deep Bottom, Va., whil
bearing the colors of the regiment. He was distinguished for his
heroic conduct in times of greatest peril, and was beloved by all who
knew him.

Sept. 18, Thomas Gooch, son-in-law of John Land, died in St. John s
Hospital, Annapolis, Md., from the effects of wounds received in the
battle at Ream s Station. He was a member of the 7th Reg t, N. Y.
Heavy Artillery.

Oct. 2, Edward Bullock, aged 21.

Oct. 6, Stephen Slocum, aged about 60. Mr. S. was for many years
deacon in the Baptist society of the village, and acted as the first super
intendent of the Harmony Union Sunday school.

Oct. 12, Adam Turner, aged 41, was born in Castlereagh, Ireland,
March 12, 1823. He removed to this country in 1850. He enlisted
from Cohoes as a private in Co. I, 4th Reg t N. Y. Heavy Artillery,
and died from disease contracted by exposure and fatigue with the
army before Richmond.

Oct. , in Andersonville prison, John Greer and John Ebah.

Oct. 21, John Trull, a veteran of the war of 1812 and father of Stevens
V. and Samuel D. Trull of this city, aged 71.

Nov. 6, James K. Stevens, aged 20. Pie enlisted in Co. H, 4th Reg t,
N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and died in the hospital at Annapolis, Md.,
from sickness contracted in Richmond prison. He was a son of John
Stevens of this city.

Nov. 10, Charles T. Cannon, son of Tracy Cannon, aged 33.

Nov. 28, in McClellan Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa,, Robert Gormley,
a member of the 7th Reg t, N. Y. Heavy Artillery.

Nov. 26, in rebel prisons, John Welch and J. Mangham. Particulars



Feb. 3, Lt. John C. Carroll, aged 23. Lt. C. belonged to Co. M,
6th N. Y. Cavalry, and was killed near Lovellville, Va.

March 28, John Vandermark, aged 55. Mr. V. was one of the most
widely known citizens and belonged to one of the oldest families in
the town. He had occupied various public positions, was for a time
engaged in manufacturing, and immediately preceding his death was
proprietor of the Rock Hotel, on the corner of Mohawk and Howard

May 7, at Chicago, 111., Patrick O Brien, son of Lawrence O Brien,
aged 29.

July 6, Nicholas D. Lounsbury, aged 57. Mr. L. was a member of
the 30th Reg t, N. Y. Vols.

Sept. 17, Wm. B. Jackson, a member of the 91st Reg t, N. Y. Vols.,
aged about 45.

Oct. 7, C. F. Ingraham, aged about 42. Mr. Ingraham was for many
years principal of the Depot school and superintendent of the Baptist
Sunday school.

Oct. 21, Levinus S. Lansing, aged 85. Mr. L. was one of the oldest
representatives of the Lansing family, and resided most of his life in
the old homestead between this place and West Troy.

Dec. 15, Patrick Neary, aged 26.

Dec. 21, Abram D. Clute, aged 41.

Jan. 14, John Rafferty, age unknown. He was a member of the
91st Reg t, N. Y. Vols., and his death was occasioned by disease con
tracted while in the service.

March 1 , John Hay, aged 76. Mr. H, was a native of Scotland and
emigrated to Cohoes in 1836, remaining a resident until his death.
He left a family of ten children, fifty grand-children and three great
grand children/ John, James, Charles and Alex. Hay of this place are
his sons.

March 31, Peter Manton. At the time of his death Mr. Man ton was
deputy sheriff and chief engineer of the fire department.

April 19, in Albany, A. E. Stimson, aged 57. Mr. Stimson occupied
for some years a prominent position among Cohoes manufacturers, hav
ing organized the Clifton Co., in which he held the controlling interest.

May 2, James R. Dickey, aged 22. Mr. Dickey was a printer who
served his apprenticeship in the office of the Cataract.

May 10, L. G. Forrester, for several years book-keeper at the Har
mony Mills, aged about 45.

May 14, George Shires, proprietor of the Miller House, aged 46.

May 14, James Homer, aged 42.

May 28, Edward Packard, aged 38.

June 1st, Lt. Francis Keating, aged 32. Lt. K. was one of the first
volunteers from Cohoes and served his country faithfully and honorably.

Aug. 22, Wm. F. Carter, M.D., aged 54. Dr. Carter was born in
Newburyport, Mass., and was educated at the old academy of that
place. Owing to his father s reverses of fortune by losses at sea,
during the war of 1815, and afterwards, his education was not con
tinued as it would otherwise have been, and at 14 years of age he was
apprenticed in the drug store of Dr. David Kimball, of Portsmouth,
N. H., where he acquired a thorough knowledge of that business. He


then became acquainted with Dr. Timothy Upham, who was about
removing to Waterford, N. Y., and who being interested in the smart,
quick-witted boy, invited him to study medicine with him. The invi
tation was accepted but not until after the young man had spent some
months in the study of Latin. He remained with Dr. Upham one year
and afterward attended medical lectures in Boston, going from there
to Dartmouth College where he finished his course and received his
diploma in 1834. He commenced practice at Hagaman s Mills, Mont
gomery Co., but not receiving sufficient encouragement there, he re
moved to Cohoes, in 1835, where he remained in practice of his
profession until his death. He was eccentric in manner, and brusque
in address but possessed a most tender and sympathetic disposition
which was manifested in kindly and charitable acts toward those who
were worthy. He was a director in the Bank of Cohoes, and trustee
of the Havings Institution and had represented his fellow citizens in
local affairs on many occasions.

Dec. 9, John Eastwood, Jr., aged 22. Mr. B. was a member of the
22d Reg t N. Y. Vols., and served his country honorably during the
war. He was wounded in one of the battles of Virginia and while in
the service contracted the disease from which he died.

Dec. 21, Alexander Bell, aged 89.


Jan. 2, William Buchanan, aged 44.

Jan. 28, Michael H. Johnson, aged 28. Mr. Johnson enlisted in the
U. S. Navy about I860, and served on board the flag ship Sabine. On
an expedition to Paraguay he was sunstruck, from the effects of which
he never recovered.

Feb. 25, John Partridge, aged 48, well known as the proprietor for
many years of the Cataract House.

Feb. 27, Edward Ayres, aged 40.

July 7th, in Montreal, Ca., Gideon Longley, aged 54. Mr. Longley
was born in Tenterden, Kent, England, Dec. 21st, 1813, and came to
this country in the spring of 1826, locating in Watervliet. He was
one of the earliest members of the M. E. church of Cohoes.

Sept. 21, Abraham L. Smith, a young merchant of the place, aged 30.

Sept. 30, Philip L. Clow, aged 51.

Oct. 16, in New York, Thomas Garner, aged 62. Mr. G. was the
principal owner of the Harmony Mills. His connection with this es
tablishment is spoken of elsewhere in this volume.

Nov. 7, Oscar O. Finney, aged 33. Mr. Finney was a leading mem
ber of the Masonic Fraternity and for several years was proprietor of
the Cohoes Hotel.

Dec. 8, Abraham Lansing, aged 74. Mr. Lansing was one of the
oldest inhabitants of Cohoes. The following is an extract from an
obituary notice published in the Cataract : " A man of an amiable dis
position, of the strictest integrity, of a fine and unblemished character,
gathering around him the respect and attachment of all who knew
him. Beloved in the family, honored as an upright citizen in our com
munity, and in the Reformed church an elder who " ruled well and
was counted worthy of double honor." In a good old age, after a long
life of Christian usefulness, he has fallen asleep."

Dec. 10, Edward Brennan, aged about 25. Mr. B. was collector of
the village.

Dec. 21, Edward Twelvetrees, aged 17.



Jan. 27, John Page, aged 22.

Feb. 4, Charles L. Hubbell, aged about 45. Mr. H. was for many
years one of the leading mechanics of Cohoes.

Feb. 24, in Flint, Mich., Isaac S. Carter, aged 28. Mr. C. was a son
of Thomas C. Carter of Cohoes.

March 26, Alonzo J. M. Me Kee, aged 23.

April 11, Bernard O Neil, aged 46.

April 18, William Sullivan, aged 32.

May 15, Col. Dow Fonda, aged 92. Col. F. was one of the oldest
residents of the place.

May 28, John Clark, aged 25.

July 6, Louis Valley, aged 54.

Aug. 2, Rev. A. Judson Bingham, aged about 40. Mr. B. came to
Cohoes in March, 1865, in response to a call to become the pastor of
the Baptist church. He resigned his charge in Feb., 1867, to accept
the position of principal of Egberts Institute, in which he continued
until his death. As a pastor and teacher he was greatly beloved. He
left a wife and three children.

Aug. 3, Daniel Scully, aged 68.

Aug. 17, in Quincy, 111., Joseph Atwood, formerly a resident of

Aug. 23, James Ryan, aged 47.

Sept. 25, Michael Monahon, aged 28.

Sept. 26, Col. Jacob W. Miller, aged 58. Col. Miller was born
August, 1810, in Schaghticoke, Rens. Co., N. Y., and commenced teach
ing school in his native town when he was 17 years of age. Rev.
Ensign Stover, at one time pastor of the M. E. church of Cohoes, and
his brother, the late Samuel Stover, Esq., of West Troy, were pupils
of his at that time. He afterwards taught school in Halfmoon, N. Y.,
until his marriage, when he embarked in mercantile pursuits at Vis-
scher s Ferry, Saratoga Co., N. Y., remaining there until the death of
his first wife. He then entered the office of Judge Doe at Waterford
in the same county, as a law student. Hon. John K. Porter was a
student in the office at the same time, and both were admitted to the
bar in 1842. It was at this time he married his second wife. In 1844,
he came to Cohoes and commenced the practice of law, whi~h he con
tinued up to the time of his death. His first partner was John Van
Santvoord, Esq. , of New York city, the partnership continuing until
the latter left the place in 1852. From this time he continued busi
ness alone until December, 1864, when Charles F. Doyle, Esq., a
former student, became associated with him. He held many public
positions in which he acquitted himself honorably and satisfactorily to
his constituents. In 1848, with Mr. Van Santvoord he built the
Miller and Van Santvoord Block now owned by H. B. Silliman, and
in 1862 erected the Miller House Block, now owned by Frank Brown.

Oct. 8, Samuel H. Foster, aged 52. Mr. Foster was born in Rensse-
laerville, Albany Co., N. Y., where he resided until his eighteenth
year, when he entered Williams College, from which he graduated
after completing his course with honor. After teaching for a time, he
commenced the study of law in the office of Jonathan Jenkins, at
Rensselaerville, N. Y. , and was admitted to practice in 1841. He came
to Cohoes in 1846, and formed a co-partnership with Stephen C. Miller



Esq., a young lawyer of ability and promise. Mr. F., at once took a
leading position as a lawyer, which he retained until his death. In
1856, he was the candidate of the American party for district attorney
of Albany Co., but owing to loss of prestige by that organization, he
was defeated. He afterward served the people as a member of the
Board of Education, and in 1866, was chosen chairman of that body, in
which position he gave most valuable service to the cause of education.

Nov. 2, Joseph A. Simons, aged 49. Mr. Simons was for many years
identified with the business interests of Cohoes, as proprietor of the
Cohoes and Troy Stage Line, and as a merchant on West Harmony
Hill. He was a leading member of Cohoes Lodge, F. & A. M., and
enjoyed the esteem of his fellow citizens in a large degree.


Jan. 12, John W. Visscher, aged 1 6.

Feb. 1, \Yillard A. Bayard, aged 27. Mr. B. was a soldier in the
Union army, where lie contracted the disease which resulted in his

Feb. 8, Edward Knight, aged 26.

Feb. 22, A. F. Safely, M.D., aged 40. Dr. S. , was a brother of Robert
Safely. He was born in Scotland, and came with his parents to
Waterford, N. Y., at an early age. He studied medicine in the Albany
Medical College, and graduated in 1852. At the breaking out of the
rebellion he enlisted in the 10th N. Y. Vols., and served with it until
lie was honorably discharged in consequence of wounds received at the
2d battle of Bull Run, from the effects of which he never thoroughly

March 31, in New York, Thomas Garner, Jr., aged 30. He was for
some years connected with the Harmony Co., but retired three years be
fore his death, in consequence of ill health.

March 27, Egbert Egberts, aged 78. Mr. Egberts was born at Coey-
mans, Albany Co., N. Y., where his father, Anthony Egberts, who was
an officer in the revolutionary army, settled at the close of the war.
In 1812, he engaged in mercantile business in Albany, with his brother
Cornelius, under the firm name of C. and E. Egberts. In 1831, he re
moved to Cohoes, where he, with Timothy Bailey, first successfully
introduced the power knitting frame, and established an extensive
manufactory. In 1852, he retired from active business, with a com
petency which he always used in a spirit of Christian liberality. In
that year he was the candidate of the Whig party for congress. In
1858, he organized the bank of Cohoes, and was chosen its president,
which office he retained until his death. The "Egberts Institute,"
received from him an endowment of $20.000, and the Reformed church
of Cohoes, of which he was a member, is indebted in a great measure
to his taste and liberality for their beautiful house of worship. He
was a friend of the poor, and for every good cause he had an open
heart and hand.

March 30, A. D. Shepherd, aged about 60. Mr. Shepherd was for
many years the proprietor of the extensive flouring mills on the north
side of the Mohawk river, known as the Shattemuck Mills.

March 31, in Albany, William Smith, one of the firm of Smith,
Gregory & Co. of the American Hosiery Mills of Cohoes.

April 4, John Horan, aged 55.

April 5, at Wappinger s Falls, N. Y., Newton Fowler, aged 22.

April 13, Joseph Atheson, aged 37.


April 15, John W. Vandenburgh, aged 30.

May 19, Jerome Sanders, aged 46. Mr. S. was for many years a
member of the official board of the M. E. church.

May 20, William Whitehill, aged 84.

June 1, Henry Ash worth, aged 55.

June 14, John Harrison, aged 85. Mr. Harrison was born in Ire
land and came to America in 1851. He had been a consistent member
of the M. E. church for 68 years.

June 13, Charles L. Benson, aged 36.

July 28, Dr. Ira B. Rose, aged 67.

Aug. 12, John Robertson, aged 31.

Sept. 13, Halsey R. Grant, aged 44. Mr. Grant had for eighteen
years previous to his death been prominently connected with the busi
ness interests of Cohoes, as a merchant and public official. He
frequently represented his fellow citizens in the board of village trus
tees, and in the board of education where his conscientious discharge
of public duties elicited the commendation, and commanded the confi
dence of the people whom he so faithfully served. He had been for
many years superintendent of the water works, a trustee of the Cohoes
Savings Institution, and an influential member of Cohoes Lodge, P.
&A. M.

Oct. 24, John Lyons, aged 57. Mr. Lyons had resided in Cohoes
for many years and was known as a conscientious upright citizen. He
frequently represented his fellow citizens as village trustee and in
other responsible positions.

Oct. 30, Charles W. Orelup, aged 30.

Oct. 31, at Pulaski, Oswego Co., N. Y., Stephen C. Miller, Esq.,
aged 47. Mr. Miller was born in Westerlo, Albany Co.,N. Y., Feb.
18th 1823. He prepared for college in the Albany Academy and in the
fall of 1843 entered the junior class of Union College and graduated
in 1845. After graduation he was engaged as a teacher in Kingsley s
classical and mathematical military school at West Point, where he
remained a year and a half. He then entered upon the study of the
law in the office of the late Rufus W. Peckham of Albany, and after

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