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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   September 18,   1895

An Unknown Man Dead.

An unknown man was found in an insensible condition on the road between Eatontown and Tinton Falls on Thursday and died shortly afterward without regaining consciousness. A bottle of laudanum was found on the body, but the doctor who was called in thought death had been caused by sunstroke. The only other articles in the man's pockets were two cents and a pocket knife. The body was buried on Monday at the county's expense.


He Was Returning Home From Keyport and Was Crossing the Railroad Track at Hazlet When Struck.

John J. Beers of Holmdel township was struck by a locomotive and killed last Friday night while returning home from Keyport, where he had been to look after some shipments of farm produce. Thomas Burns, the flagman at the Hazlet crossing, saw Mr. Beers approaching and waved the lantern to warn him of the coming train; but Mr. Beers did not notice the signal and drove on. The locomotive struck the rear part of the wagon. Mr. Beers was hurled from the wagon and received a long gash at the side of the head and a bruise under the right eye, and his feet were somewhat mangled. He died in less than an hour after the accident, death having been caused by concussion of the brain. Dr. A. Jackson of Matawan was telegraphed for immediately after the accident, but Mr. Beers was dead before he arrived.

Mr. Beers was 52 years old and belonged to one of the oldest families of Monmouth county. He was the son of Huldah M. and John N. Beers, and had always lived in the house where he was born, on the Beers homestead farm of about 150 acres near Crawford's Corner. His wife was Miss Gertrude Bray, daughter of Sidney Bray of Matawan, and he also leaves seven children, Huldah, Sidney, Margaret, Mary, Gertrude, John and Eleanor. None of the children is married and the youngest is about three years of age. Mr. Beers leaves a considerable estate.

Mr. Beers was quite a factor in the political affairs of Holmdel township, and at his death he was chairman of the Democratic township committee. He had held the offices of township clerk and justice of the peace, and was at the time of his death a treasurer of the township and president of the township board of education.

He held advanced ideas of agriculture, and was particularly successful in raising small fruits. He was one of the ten farmers who organized the Monmouth county fruit growers' association, and was president of this association at the time of his death.

The funeral was held at his late residence yesterday afternoon, and was attended by many residents of the county who are prominent in business and political circles. The sermon was preached by Rev. James T. Schock of Keyport. The pall-bearers were Jacob O. Lambertson, John H. Willey, Henry Stilwell, Cornelius Ackerson, William Morrell and Mr. Clark.

Suitable resolutions have been passed by the fruit growers' association in connection with his death.


Rev. Nelson A. Macnichol.

Rev. Nelson A. Macnichol, pastor of the Market street Methodist church at Paterson, and a former pastor of the First Methodist church of Red Bank, died on Monday. He had preached only two Sundays at the church after his appointment by the conference in April. When he was taken sick he went to the Catskills for his health. Mr. Macnichol was 43 years old. He leaves a widow and four children. He was pastor of the church at Red Bank previous to the pastorate of Rev. William M. White. He left Red Bank before his three years' time was up to go to Newark, where he was offered a larger salary. The new parsonage was built while he was here. He served the Halsey street Methodist church, Newark, until his appointment to a Paterson church last April. He was a hard student, and it is said that his health began to fail shortly after his removal to Newark. His death was due to kidney disease.

Mrs. Ann M. Sewing.

Mrs. Ann M. Sewing, a native of Leonardville, died from an attack of dysentery on Wednesday, September 4th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Silas Derby, at Banksville, Connecticut. She was 83 years old. Her maiden name was Leonard and she had lived all her life in Monmouth county up to about nine years ago, when she moved to Connecticut and made her home with her daughter. She leaves six children, four daughters and two sons. The children are Mrs. Silas Derby, Mrs. Levi Sutton, also of Connecticut; Mrs. William Wayman of Red Bank, Mrs. Nehemiah Brower of Locust Point, William Sewing of Fair Haven and John Sewing of Oceanic. The funeral was held at the house of Mrs. Brower at Locust Point, the services being conducted by Rev. W. W. Ridgeley. The interment was made in Bay View cemetery.

Mrs. Alameda Murfitt.

Mrs. Alameda Murfitt, wife of Alfred C. Murfitt, died at her home on Front street last Wednesday afternoon from consumption. She was 39 years old. For the past four years she had been sick with the disease from which she died, but was confined to her bed for only ten days. She was the daughter of Mrs. James Lightbody and was born at Chapel Hill. Besides her husband she leaves one child, a girl about eleven years old. The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. J. K. Manning. The interment was in Fair View cemetery.

Mrs. Jennie A. Lehn.

Mrs. Jennie A. Lehn, wife of Charles Lehn of Keyport, died at that place last Wednesday, aged 24 years. She had been sick about four months previous to her death, and went to the mountains thinking that the change would be of benefit to her. She returned to her home on the Monday before her death in a much worse state of health than when she went away. She leaves a husband and one child.

James Potter.

James Potter, a farmer who lived at Perrineville, died suddenly on Saturday, September 7th, He was 62 years old. He had been sick with dropsy and his death resulted from heart disease brought on by dropsy. On the morning of his death he was at work in a field and at noon was dead. A son and daughter survive him.

Mrs. Mary VanPelt.

Mrs. Mary VanPelt died near Hazlet on Wednesday of last week, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, received three months ago. She was the widow of Walter J. VanPelt and was 82 years old. One daughter, Mrs. Charles Aumack of Keyport, survives her.

Glennie Perrrine.

Glennie, the three-year-old son of Edward W. Perrine of Holmdel, died on Thursday morning, after a sickness of only one week. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon and the interment was at Brick Church cemetery at Marlboro.

Luke J. Mulvany.

Luke J. Mulvany died at Long Branch on Friday, September 6th, aged 43 years. His death was caused by jaundice, with which he had been sick a long time. A widow and several children survive him.

Mrs. Matilda Gleason.

Mrs. Matilda Gleason died at Long Branch on Sunday of last week, aged 44 years. She was sick only a short time, her death being caused by heart disease.


  • BEERS - AT Hazlet, on Friday, September 13th, John J. Beers of Holmdel, aged 52 years.

  • GLEASON - At Long Branch, on Sunday, September 8th, Mrs. Matilda Gleason, aged 44 years.

  • LEHN - At Keyport, on Wednesday, September 11th, Mrs. Jennie A. Lehn, aged 24 years.

  • MEASURE - At Belmar, on Wednesday, September 11th, the infant child of Edward Measure.

  • MULVANY - At Long Branch, on Friday, September 6th, Luke J. Mulvany, aged 43 years.

  • MURFITT - At Red Bank, on Wednesday, September 11th, Mrs. Alameda Murfitt, aged 39 years.

  • MOUNT - At Long Branch, on Thursday, September 12th, the infant child of Russell Mount.

  • PERRINE - At Tennent, on Tuesday, September 7th, Bertha, daughter of Gilbert Perrine.

  • POTTER - Near Perrineville, on Saturday, September 7th, James Potter, aged 62 years.

  • PINTARD - At Oceanic, on Friday, September 13th, Edna, daughter of Albert Pintard, aged 1 year and 1 month.

  • PERRINE - At Holmdel, on Thursday, September 12th, Glennie, son of Edward W. Perrine, aged 3 years.

  • SMITH - At Como, on Saturday, September 7th, Sarah, wife of William I. Smith, aged 71 years.

  • VANPELT - Near Hazlet, on Wednesday, September 11th, Mrs. Mary VanPelt, aged 82 years.

  • WHITE - At Long Branch, on Tuesday, September 10th, John White, aged 5 years.

    Estates, Wills:

    James Broadmeadow's Will.

    The will of James Bradmeadow of Shrewsbury, who died about two weeks ago, has been admitted to probate. Mr. Broadmeadow left to his widow the income from all his property as long as she should live. At her death the property is to be divided equally among his four children. The executors of the will are Lavinia Broadmeadow, Walter J. Broadmeadow and Stephen S. Tallman.

    Source: Red Bank Register, September 18, 1895

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