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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   May 13,   1896

He Lived at Shrewsbury Until Two Years Ago, When He Deserted His Wife for Annie Anderson, Whom He Murdered on Saturday.

Joseph Graham, who lived at Shrewsbury for a number of years, shot and killed Annie Anderson at Trenton on Saturday, and committed suicide by shooting himself twice in the head.

Graham was a married man and his widow now lives at Shrewsbury. He was in love with Annie Anderson and she professed to be in love with him. He had been left $2,000 by his father and when he had spent this money the girl's love grew cold. She refused to have anything more to do with Graham and went out to work as a servant. She secured a place at Freehold but Graham annoyed her so that she had to leave it. She worked at Newark and Orange, but in both places had to leave on account of Graham's persistent attentions. About a month ago she got employment at Trenton. Graham followed her there, and on learning where she was working, he watched the house for several days. On Saturday he saw a postman deliver a letter to her and Graham immediately went into the house. A few minutes after Graham had entered the house a pistol shot was heard. Mrs. Baumgartner, for whom the girl worked, rushed into the room where Graham was and saw the girl lying on the floor. Graham pointed the pistol at Mrs. Baumgartner and she ran from the room shrieking for help. After she left the room Graham fired two bullets into his temple. A policeman ran into the house in response to Mrs. Baumgartner's screams, but Graham and the girl were both dead.

Graham had evidently tried to get possession of the letter the girl had received, as it was rumpled and was tightly clutched in the girl's hand. The letter was unsigned and had been mailed at East Orange.

The dead girl was the daughter of Washington Anderson of Smithburg, near Freehold. Barclay Peake, who was hanged at Camden about a year ago, was executed for the murder of her cousin.

Graham came from Smithburg to Shrewsbury about five years ago. He was a carpenter by trade. He was also a butcher and for a time was associated with James Lane in the butcher business at Shrewsbury. About two years ago he worked for Joseph Stilwell at Red Bank. He had not lived with his wife for the past two years. He was a member of the Red Bank lodge of Knights of Pythias. He leaves no children.

He had begun a suit for divorce against his wife, charging her with desertion, and Mrs. Graham was signing her answer to the suit at the very hour Graham committed suicide.

Graham's body was brought to Red Bank for burial to-day. The interment was in Fair View cemetery.

George A. Corlies's Property to be Distributed.

Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, wife of William Kelly, died of the infirmaties of old age at Eatontown last Saturday morning. She was 84 years old. She had been a resident of Eatontown all her life and was born on the old race track property, which was then a farm owned by her father, George A. Corlies. She leaves a husband but no children. She was buried yesterday in the Friends' burying ground at Shrewsbury.

The death of Mrs. Kelly will result in closing up her father's estate. George A. Corlies died about thirty years ago. He owned a great deal of property and had a considerable amount of money out at interest. When he died he left a will. He also left two daughters. One was Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, who died last week, and the other was Miss Hannah Corlies, who died in 1892. Dr. William B. Beach of Eatontown was the executor of Miss Corlies's will, and all of her accounts are not yet settled up. In George A. Corlies's will he did not leave his property to his daughters outright, as had been expected, but instead he provided for them by giving them an income during their lives. To Mrs. Kelly he left the interest on $10,000 as long she might live, and he also left her the use of a house. The two executors appointed under the will died some years ago, and Fred Parker of Freehold was appointed by the court to carry out the provisions of the will. The interest of $10,000 has been paid regularly to Mrs. Kelly up to the time of her death.

Mr. Corlies's estate amounts at the present time to nearly $40,000. Most of this is invested on bond and mortgage. There is a dispute going on over one of the mortgages. Some lots were sold off the property covered by the mortgage, and the buyers claim that under an agreement made, these lots should be released from the mortgage. No such release was executed, and the present dispute is over the legal disposition of this matter.

Mr. Corlies directed in his will that when his daughter Elizabeth should die the estate should be converted into cash and the entire amount be distributed among his nieces and nephews. From the construction of the will it is not known whether he intended the property to go only to those nieces and nephews who were then living, or whether it is to go to all of his nieces and nephews, including those who were born after his death. Application will be made to the court for an order instructing the executor how the estate shall be divided. There are a great many heirs, if a broad construction be put on the will, and it will take a long time to learn the whereabouts of all of them, as they are widely scattered.

Henry Ansman's Body Found.

The body of Henry Ansman, who was drowned at Keyport about two weeks ago, was found on the beach at Cliffwood last Thursday. About $25 in money was found on the body.


Henry A. Thompson.

Henry A. Thompson, one of the oldest residents of Red Bank, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. R. Lightbody, on Front street, on Sunday night. He would have been 92 years old the latter part of this month. His death was due to diseases of old age. Previous to four weeks ago he had been in excellent health. About that time he became sick and a week later he had to take to his bed. He was born in Freehold township near the old Monmouth battle ground. He engaged in farming and about fifty years ago he moved to Chapel Hill. He leased the farm of the late Dr. Edward Taylor at that place and farmed it continuously until the death of his wife, which occurred about eleven years ago. He then moved to Red Bank and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Lightbody, and had lived here ever since. He was not engaged in any business while he was here. Besides Mrs. Lightbody, he leaves four children. They are Mrs. Robert Probasco of Red Bank, Mrs. George Alley and Gordon D. Thompson of Middletown township, and William H. Thompson of Brooklyn. The funeral services were held this afternoon at half-past two o'clock from the house. The interment was at Fair View.

George T. Henry.

George T. Henry died at Belford at ten o'clock Monday morning of spinal meningitis, resulting from a fall which happened four years ago. At the time of the fall he was carrying a heavy piece of timber. He slipped and fell, breaking two ribs and also straining his back. Since that time his back had given him a great deal of trouble. Mr. Henry was 73 years old. He leaves a widow and six children, two sons and four daughters. They are Alonzo Henry of New York, George C. Henry of Belford, Mrs. Charles Willett of New York city, Mrs. Benjamin Stringenn of Brooklyn, Mrs. John Collins and Mrs. John Brand of Keansburg. Mr. Henry was born at Belford and had lived there all his life. He was a member of the Baptist church and was a carpenter by trade. He owned a small house and lot at Belford. The body will be buried to-morrow in the Belford burying ground.

Frederick Hoben.

Frederick Hoben died of gangrene of the leg at Matawan on Monday of last week, aged 55 years. He was a cigar maker by trade, and worked for a number of years for H. J. McCabe of Keyport and James VanBrackle of Matawan. For the past year he had been unable to work at all on account of sickness. He leaves a wife and seven children.

Mrs. Matilda Lambert.

Mrs. Matilda Lambert died on convulsions at her home at Freehold on Sunday, May 3d, aged 28 years. She leaves a husband and two children. One of the children is a baby only ten days old.


  • BRYAN - At West Asbury Park, on Sunday, May 3d, William J. Bryan, formerly of Farmingdale.

  • CHASEY - At Freneau, on Saturday, May 2d, Walter, infant son of Walter Chasey.

  • HOBEN - At Matawan, on Monday, May 4th, Frederick Hoben, aged 55 years and 10 months.

  • HENRY - At Belford, on Monday, May 11th, George T. Henry, aged 73 years.

  • KELLY - At Eatontown, on Saturday, May 9th, Elizabeth, wife of William Kelly, aged 84 years.

  • LITTLE - At Matawan, on Tuesday, May 5th, Mary E., wife of Richard Little, aged 60 years.

  • LAMBERT - At Freehold, on Sunday, May 3d, Mrs. Matilda Lambert, aged 23 years.

  • MILLER - At Belmar, on Friday, May 1st, Harold H., son of Neil H. Miller, aged 1 year and 3 months.

  • SPROWLES - At Allentown, on Thursday, April 30th, Mrs. Elizabeth Sprowles, aged 60 years.

  • THOMPSON - At Red Bank, on Sunday, May 10th, Henry A. Thompson, aged 91 years and 11 months.

  • QUACKENBUSH - Near Freehold, on Thursday, May 7th, Fannie E., wife of Isaac Quackenbush, aged 57 years.

    Source: Red Bank Register, May 13, 1896

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