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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   November 6,   1895

Killed In A Gravel Pit.

Bennett Cohen was killed while digging gravel in Lambertson's pit at Matawan on Tuesday of last week. The bank caved in and he was buried beneath the gravel. When his body was dug out about two hours later his head was cut and bruised and his entrails protruded from where a broken wagon spoke had entered his abdomen. Cohen was leaning against the wheel of his wagon when the accident occurred. The other men working in the pit had an narrow escape from sharing the same fate. Cohen was 54 years old.

A Farmingdale Boy Killed.

Benjamin Hankins, a twelve-year-old boy of Farmingdale, climbed between two freight cars while the cars were on a siding at that place. The cars started and the boy fell on the track. The cars passed over his leg between the hip and knee, cutting it off. He died the day after the accident from the result of his injuries.

Dropped Dead.

Millard Coward, a prominent citizen of Allentown, dropped dead from heart disease while walking along the street on Tuesday night of last week. He was sixty years old.


Luke Hance.

Luke Hance, a well-known resident of Tinton Falls, died at his home at that place on Monday morning from Bright's disease, aged 67 years. He had been sick for the past five years, but not seriously so until about two weeks ago. He seemingly grew better and on Sunday went out about the yard and to all appearances was in his usual health. In the afternoon he was seized with a fainting spell and a chill, and was put to bed and almost immediately became unconscious, remaining so until death came.

He was a well-known and successful farmer and owned one of the best farms in Monmouth county. By his industry he had accumulated money and he leaves his family in good circumstances. He was born within sight of his late residence, in the old Hance homestead. He had lived there all his life. His parents were Quakers and he also was of that faith and attended the Quaker church at Shrewsbury. He leaves a widow and four children. They are Henry Hance of Belmar, Mrs. Flocks of Allentown, Mrs. Sallie Cottrell and George Hance, who lived at home. He also leaves two brothers and three sisters, Henry Hance of Belmar, Joseph Hance of Freehold, Mrs. A. V. Johnson of Tinton Falls, Mrs. Fannie Southwick and Mrs. Martha Shinn of Burlington. The funeral services will be held from his late home on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. The interment will be in the Quaker burying ground at Shrewsbury.

Thomas J. Middleditch.

Thomas J. Middleditch died last Saturday at his residence in Brooklyn, aged 41 years. His illness was of brief duration, he having been attacked with cramps while at his printing establishment on Friday afternoon and succumbing to heart failure one day later. Mr. Middleditch was a son of Rev. Robert T. Middleditch, and was born at Red Bank during his father's pastorate of the Baptist church here. He was early familiarized with the printing business during the period when the STANDARD was conducted by his father and the late Anthony Reckless. Being an apt scholar he was chosen for the legal profession and was graduated from the Madison (now Colgate) University and took the full law course at Columbia. But his love for the printing business led him to form a partnership with his brother Livingston, and to-day the law printing office of the Livingston Middleditch company ranks first in its class in New York city, Thomas's legal training standing him in good stead in his chosen avocation.

About ten years ago he married an estimable Brooklyn woman, who with one daughter survives him. A young son died in infancy. His father and mother, two brothers and four sisters also mourn his death.

The young men of Red Bank of twenty-five years ago well remember him as a warm-hearted, generous boy and many a heart will be made sad by the news of his untimely death.

Mrs. Deborah Herbert.

Mrs. Deborah Herbert, an old resident of Long Branch, died on Friday, aged 88 years. Notwithstanding her advanced age, she was in excellent health until about two months ago, when she began to fail. She took to her bed on Monday of last week.

She was born at Monmouth Beach and was the daughter of Benjamin Wardell. She was married in 1847. She was the last living member of her family and had lived in the house where she died for forty years. She had been a member of the Episcopal church at Long Branch for over 25 years. The funeral took place from the church on Monday afternoon and the interment was in the Friends' cemetery at Shrewsbury.

Mrs. Louisa Twiford.

Mrs. Louisa Twiford, wife of Charles Twiford, died at her home on Washington street early Thursday morning, aged 58 years. Her death was due to heart disease and softening of the brain. She had been in poor health for sometime past, having had three strokes of paralysis. She was able to be about, but had to be constantly watched. About a week before her death she took to her bed and never rose from it. She leaves three children, George B., and Arabella of Red Bank and Mrs. Alpharetta Mitchell of New York. The funeral service was held at her home on Saturday afternoon, Rev. Robert MacKellar officiating. The interment was at Fair View cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Nesbitt.

Mrs. Mary Nesbitt, wife of Wm. V. Nesbitt, died at her home on Maple avenue on Sunday morning. She had been sick nearly nine months with throat consumption and had been confined to her bed for four weeks. She was in her 40th year. She leaves two children, Stella and Marcus. The funeral was held this morning at eleven o'clock at the house and at half-past eleven at the Baptist church. The burial will be in the Farmingdale cemetery.

Samuel G. Keim.

Samuel G. Keim, a printer who was well known in Monmouth county, died at his home in West Asbury Park on Tuesday of last week, aged 35 years. His death was caused by consumption. He was employed in the PRESS office at Asbury Park for two years and during the past year he has worked at Belmar. He leave a wife and one child.

Mrs. Charlotte Osborn.

Mrs. Charlotte Osborn, widow of the late John Osborn, died at her home at Manasquan on Monday of last week, aged 70 years. Her death was due to paralysis. She received a stroke last June, and this was followed by another about two months ago. Three days before her death she received a third stroke.

Mrs. Annie E. Borden.

Mrs. Annie E. Borden died at the home of her son, Charles E. Borden, at Asbury Park, on Monday of last week, aged 80 years. Her death was due to locomotor ataxia, with which she had suffered a long time. She had become blind some time before her death and was unable to leave her room.

George White.

George White died at his home in Allentown on Saturday, October 25th, from injuries received while at work in a saw mill three days previous. He was 45 years old and leaves a widow and two children.

Henry C. Roeser.

Henry C. Roeser, a shoemaker, died at his home in Freehold last week, aged 75 years. He was born in Germany and came to this country 28 years later. He had had been a resident of Freehold for 43 years.

Howard G. Ruland.

Howard G., the four-year-old son of Oscar H. Ruland of Swimming River, died on Thursday of diphtheria. The body was taken to Brooklyn on Saturday and buried in Cypress Hill cemetery.

Louisa Austin.

Louisa, only daughter of Richard Austin, who formerly lived at Red Bank, died at her home in Jersey City Heights on Tuesday of last week. She was 5 years and 4 months old.

Cornelius Stricklin.

Cornelius Stricklin, a farmer, died at his home near Turkey on Saturday, October 26th, aged 82 years. He was married twice and leaves a widow and five children.


  • AUSTIN - At Jersey City Heights, on Tuesday, October 29th, Louisa, daughter of James Austin, aged 5 years and 4 months.

  • BORDEN - At Asbury Park, on Monday, October 28th, Mrs. Annie E. Borden, aged 80 years.

  • DAVISON - At Perrineville, on Friday, October 25th, Cornelia M. Davison, aged 76 years.

  • HANCE - At Tinton Falls, on Monday, November 4th, Luke Hance, aged 67 years.

  • HERBERT - At Long Branch, on Friday, November 1st, Mrs. Deborah Herbert, aged 88 years.

  • KEIM - At West Asbury Park, on Tuesday, October 29th, Samuel G. Keim, aged 35 years.

  • MARTIN - At Branchport, on Thursday, October 31st, Mabel, daughter of Henry Martin, aged 8 years.

  • MIDDLEDITCH - At Brooklyn, on /Saturday, November 2d, Thomas J. Middleditch, aged 41 years.

  • NESBITT - At Red Bank, on Sunday, November 3d, Mary, wife of William V. Nesbitt, aged 39 years and 7 months.

  • OSBORN - At Manasquan, on Monday, October 28th, Mrs. Charlotte Osborn, aged 70 years.

  • ROESER - At Freehold, on Monday, October 28th, Henry C. Roeser, aged 75 years.

  • RULAND - Near Red Bank, on Thursday, October 31st, Howard G., son of Oscar G. Ruland, aged 4 years.

  • SPELLMAN - At Freehold, on Tuesday, October 29th, John Spellman, aged 34 years.

  • STRICKLIN - Near Turkey, on Saturday, October, 26th, Cornelius Stricklin, aged 82 years and 7 months.

  • TWIFORD - At Red Bank, on Thursday, October, 31st, Mrs. Louisa Twiford, aged 58 years.

  • WELLS - At Long Branch, on Monday, October 28th, Gladys, infant daughter of Alfonso Wells.

  • WHITE - At Manalapan, on Saturday, October 26th, George White, aged 45 years.

  • WOODFIELD - At Pleasant Grove, on Monday, October 28th, Flossie, daughter of Joseph Woodfield aged 8 years.

    Source: Red Bank Register, November 6, 1895

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