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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   August 28,   1895

He Had Been Engaged in His Usual Work All Day - He Was a Civil Engineer and Owned Two Farms at Middletown-Other Deaths.

Ezra Osborn, an old resident o f Middletown, died from a stroke of apoplexy at that place last night, aged 72 years.

His death was very sudden. He had been at Keyport, where he was surveying and grading some lots that he was about to put on the market. He returned home at night and ate his supper and then went down to see his wife, who was stopping at the home of his two sisters, Elizabeth and Martha. As he was leaving there he told his wife that he would see her in the morning before he went to Keyport. After getting home and just before he went to bed he complained of feeling sick at his stomach. Mrs. John Schenck, who lived in his house, made him a glass of lemonade, which he drank and then went to bed. Upon passing his room, Mrs. Schenck heard him breathing heavily and opening his door found him in an unconscious condition. A messenger was hastily dispatched for Dr. Edward F. Taylor, but he was dead before the doctor arrived.

Mr. Osborn was born at Middletown in the old Osborn homestead. He married Susan Corlies, daughter of Benjamin Corlies of Eatontown, who survives him. He was a farmer and also a civil engineer. He owned two farms at Middletown but did not work them himself. The farm on which he lived was rented by John Schenck and his other farm by John R. Morris. He was a man in good circumstances. Besides his widow he he leaves three children, Frank Osborn, Miss Mary Osborn and Mrs. Daniel Hendrickson. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters, they being Joseph and David Osborn and Misses Elizabeth and Martha Osborn.

The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.

Michael Kenneday.

Michael Kenneday, one of the pioneer residents of the Rumson road, died at his home on Saturday afternoon from apoplexy. He was taken sick on Thursday, but his sickness was not thought o be serious until Friday night, when a messenger was despatched for Dr. Reed of Seabright. Before the arrival of the doctor he became unconscious, in which state he remained up to the time of his death, which occurred shortly after three o'clock on Saturday morning.

He was 64 years old, and was born in Ireland. He came to this country about thirty years ago, and obtained employment as a farm hand on the farm of the late Robert Hance. He hoarded his savings and in five years after arriving in this country he bought the farm on the Rumson road which he still owned at the time of his death. He was the first milkman in that vicinity, beginning the business by carrying the milk around to his customers on foot, the milk pails being slung across his shoulders. His route was through Fair Haven and Oceanic. The buying of the property on the Rumson road as summer residences for city people increased the value of his farm tenfold. Many times he agreed to sell his farm but backed out when the deeds were drawn up to be signed. The last offer he received for the place was $25,000. His refusal to sign a deed after agreeing to sell his property, at one time, resulted in a lawsuit, which he won. To celebrate his victory he nailed small American flags to his fence posts.

He was a very shrewd man in his dealings, but was thoroughly honest. Besides the farm he leaves a considerable amount of money.

His widow and five children survive him. The funeral services were held yesterday morning at the Catholic church, Seabright. The interment was in Mt. Olivet cemetery at Fair View.

Reuben A. tilton.

Reuben A. Tilton, a resident of Red Bank, died at the Mt. Sinai hospital, New York, last Thursday. Mr. Tilton had been suffering for several months past with cirrhosis of the liver. An operation was performed on Monday of last week and pneumonia developed, which was the immediate cause of his death. He was born at Glendola, N. J., about 55 years ago. In 1861 he married Miss Sarah L. Hurley, who survives him. Besides his widow he leaves two children. They are James L. Tilton of Brooklyn and Mrs. Charles E. Nieman of Red Bank. For the past ten years he had been a traveling salesman for a large varnish house in New York. He was well known and had many friends in the states of New York and New Jersey. He had been an Odd Fellow for more than twenty years.

Mr. Tilton was also a member of the Royal Arcanum, from which society his widow will receive $5,000. He was an unassuming, generous and kind-hearted man, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He made friends rapidly and was extremely well thought of by all with whom he associated. The funeral was held on Monday and the interment was at Glendola.

David H. Swan.

David H. Swan died at Matawan at the home of his brother-in-law, Charles A. Scott, on Tuesday of last week. He was 45 years old. Death was caused by consumption. He had been confined to the house for the past year. He was born in Navesink, and moved to New Rochelle about ten years ago, where he worked at his trade of carriage making. His widow and four children survive him.

Bijou G. Chatfield.

Bijou G., daughter of Cyrus H. Chatfield, died at her home near Seabright early this morning from convulsions. She was 14 years and 5 months old. She had been sick for the past ten years. The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon and she will be buried in Greenwood on Saturday morning.

Dewitt C. Newing.

Last Thursday DeWitt C. Newing of Long Branch died after a sickness of three weeks with Bright's disease. He was at first suffering from dropsy and an operation was performed which failed to relieve him. Fatal results, however, were not expected until a short time before his death.

Mr. Newing was born in Long Branch in 1844 and had always lived at that place. He had been overseer of the poor for the past five years. He was interested with his brother for a number of years in a stage line and carriage business. He was a veteran of the late war and had served one term as coroner. He married Miss Susie Howland in 1871 and she and his aged mother survive him.

Miss Mary E. Brighton.

Miss Mary E. Brighton, eldest daughter of John H. Brighton of Spring Lake, died at her home on Sunday of last week, aged 19 years. She was taken with cramps about a week previous to her death and the constant vomiting which attended them burst a blood vessel, from which she died.

James O'Farrell.

James O'Farrell died at Cliffwood on Sunday of last week, aged 45 years. Death was caused by cancer of the stomach, from which he had suffered a long time. He leaves a widow and six children.


  • BRIGHTON - At Spring Lake, on Sunday, August 18th, Mary E., daughter of John H. Brighton, aged 19 years.

  • CHATFIELD - Near Seabright, on Wednesday, August 29th, Bijou G., daughter of Cyrus H. Chatfield, aged 14 years and 5 months.

  • DAWSON - At Keyport, on Monday, August 19th, Mamie F., daughter of T. W. Dawson, aged 3 years.

  • HANKINSON - At Freehold, on Friday, August 16th, William Hankinson, aged 78 years.

  • JOHNSON - At Red Bank, on Sunday, August 25th, Ella May, daughter of Florence and Henry H. Johnson, aged 6 months.

  • KENNEDAY - On the Rumson road, on Friday, August 23d, Michael Kenneday, aged 64 years.

  • NEWING - At Long Branch, on Thursday, August 23, DeWitt C. Newing, aged 51 years.

  • NEWELL - At Long Branch, on Wednesday, August 21st, Aldena B., daughter of H. C. Newell, aged 3 months.

  • OSBORN - At Middletown, on Tuesday, August 27th, Ezra Osborn, aged 72 years.

  • O'FARRELL - At Cliffwood, on Sunday, August 18th, James O'Farrell, aged 45 years.

  • RINDSKOPF - At Long Branch, on Sunday, August 18th, Mrs. Henrietta Rindskopf, aged 54 years.

  • SWAN - At Matawan, on Tuesday August 20th, David H. Swan, aged 45 years.

  • TILTON - At Mt. Sanai hospital, New York, on Thursday, August 22d, Reuben L.Tilton of Red Bank, aged 55 years.

    Source: Red Bank Register, August 28, 1895

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