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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   September 11,   1895

Took Laudanum and Died.

Mrs. Ella VanNote of Ely, in Millstone township, committed suicide by taking two ounces of laudanum a week ago Friday. She refused to take any emetics and died about three hours after taking the poison. She was the wife of Robert VanNote and leaves five children.


He First Cut His Throat With a Razor-This Wound Was Slight and While a Doctor Was Sent for He Hung Himself.

Last Saturday morning Walter Montgomery committed suicide by hanging himself at the barn on the Knapp place in Middletown township, near Hubbard's bridge, now occupied by Charles A. Willis. Montgomery had tried to kill himself by cutting his throat just before he hung himself.

Montgomery was 68 years old and was unmarried. He had been on the Willis place for the past eight years. He was insane at times and for the past three years he had simply made the place his home, having been paid no wages. He was sent away several times but always returned. He had $1,300 in one bank in New York and had a considerable sum in another bank and during the past year he had become very much afraid lest some one would draw the money out of the bank.

Early last Saturday morning Mr. Willis was aroused by the groans of the man. He got up and found that Montgomery had tried to commit suicide by cutting his throat. The wound was slight, but was sufficient to get a great deal of blood over his shirt. Montgomery was induced to go to his room in the barn and Mr. Willis started for Red Bank to find a doctor. He got to Dr. Warner's house about five o'clock, and the doctor was roused and started almost at once for the place. Mr. Willis stopped to see Thomas Davis, Jr., who formerly owned the the place.

When Dr. Warner got to the place and drove in the yard he saw Montgomery's dead body dangling from a rope attached to the timber projection in the peak of the barn, which is used to haul feed, etc., to the second story. Montgomery had taken off all of his clothes except a shirt and after making a noose of the rope and putting it around his neck had jumped from the window. Dr. Warner let the body down to the ground and pulled it into the barn. He found that the cut in the throat could not have caused death, and that death was due to hanging.

Montgomery's sister and niece came down from New York and the dead man's trunk was examined. In it were found four dozen pairs of new socks, between fifty and sixty shirts, several suits of new clothes and much other clothing. Twelve dollars in bills and 56 cents in small change was also found in the trunk.

The body was removed to R. T. Smith's undertaking place. It was sent to New York on Monday morning for burial. No inquest was held.


Miss Almira M. Elliott.

Miss Almira M. Elliott, eldest daughter of John P. Elliott, died at her home on Maple avenue yesterday afternoon, aged 24 years. Her death was due to consumption. She had been failing in health for the past year, and had been confined to the house about ten weeks. Yesterday morning she called the family to her bedside and told them that she was going to die. She said that she would like to stay with them, but was willing to go if it was the Lord's will. She remained cheerful up to the time of her death.

Miss Elliott was universally liked for her amiable disposition and she had a host of friends. She was a member of the First Methodist church and was also connected with several church societies. This is the third death in this family inside of four years.

Her funeral will take place from the First Methodist church on Friday afternoon at half-past two o'clock. The interment will be in Fair View cemetery.

Mrs. Mary A. Despreaux.

Mrs. Mary A. Despreaux, wife of Joseph Despreaux of Locust Point, died at her home at that place on Thursday night, aged 63 years. She left no children. Her death was caused by dysentery, with which she had been sick ten days previous to her death. She was a native of Canada. Her funeral took place on Sunday from All Saints' church and the burial was in the church cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. John C. Lord and Rev. Theodore M. Riley.

Mrs. Ellen B. Slocum.

Mrs. Ellen B. Slocum, widow of Wm. B. Slocum, died at Long Branch on Thursday morning. She had been sick about a month. This is the fourth death in the family in six years. She leaves three children, Miss Charlotte C. Slocum, Miss Ellen B. Slocum and William R. Slocum. Mrs. Slocum, although she had been confined to her bed only a month, had been in poor health a long time. The funeral was held on Sunday.

Charles Standish.

Charles Standish died at the Memorial hospital last Wednesday of Bright's disease, aged 45 years. He was a charity patient in the hospital, where he had been since August 5th. He claimed to be a descendant of Captain Miles Standish of Colonial times. He was a bachelor and had two brothers living in Massachusetts.

Mrs. Emma Cornell.

Mrs. Emma Cornell of Keyport died in the Trenton insane asylum on Thursday of last week, aged 32 years. She was the daughter of Thomas Mason, Sr. Death was due to consumption. She had been an inmate of the asylum for the past year.


  • DAY - At Tennent, on Saturday, August 21st, the infant son of George Day.

  • CORNELL - At Trenton, on Thursday, September 5th, Mrs. Emma Cornell of Keyport, aged 32 years.

  • DRUEN - At Manalapan, on Monday, September 2d, Patrick Druen, aged 85 years.

  • DESPREAUX - At Locust Point, on Thursday, September 5th, Mrs. Mary A. Despreaux, aged 63 years.

  • ELLIOT - At Red Bank, on Tuesday, September 10th, Miss Almira M. Elliot, aged 24 years.

  • HERBERT - At Como, on Tuesday, September 3d, the infant son of Ernest Herbert.

  • HENDRICKSON - At Fair Haven, on Sunday, September 8th, Harold, son of John Hendrickson, aged 11 months

  • JACKSON - At Spring Lake, on Sunday, September 1st, the infant child of B. W. Jackson.

  • JENNINGS - At Farmingdale, on Friday, August 30th, the infant daughter of Alfred E. Jennings.

  • PEARCE - At Manasquan, on Saturday, August 31st, Sehm Pearce, aged 75 years.

  • MANNIX - At Cliffwood, on Monday, September 2d, Miss Mary Mannix, aged 14 years.

  • NORMAN - At Colt's Neck, on Friday, September 6th, Thomas, son of John Norman, aged 5 months.

  • STANDISH - At Long Branch, on Wednesday, September 4th, Charles Standish, aged 45 years.

  • SLOCUM - At Long Branch, on Thursday, September 5th, Mrs. Ellen Slocum, widow of William B. Slocum.

  • SLOCUM - At Long Branch, on Sunday, September 8th, the infant son of Thomas Slocum.

  • WEST - At New York, on Thursday, August 29th, William H. West, formerly of Keyport, aged 36 years.

    Estates, Wills:

    Ezra Osborn's Will.

    The will of Ezra Osborn of Middletown was probated at Freehold on Monday. The executors are Mary W. Osborn and Frank Osborn, Mr. Osborn's son and daughter. The inventory of the estate has not yet been taken. No public institutions received any bequests, and the entire estate was bequeathed to his widow and three children.

    Source: Red Bank Register, September 11, 1895

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