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Obituaries   >   New Jersey   >   September 2,   1896

A Twelve-Year-Old Boy Run Over at Long Branch.

John Sassano, a twelve-year-old boy of Long Branch, was run over and killed by a trolley car at Pleasure Bay on Friday night. The boy was stealing a ride on behind a northbound car. He jumped off on the southbound track and was hit by a car going to Long Branch. One of his legs and an arm were cut off and his body was frightfully mangled. When he saw his peril the boy screamed and the motorman, Martin McCarthy, tried to stop the car, but was unable to do so until after the boy was run over. As soon as the car could be stopped the body of the boy was picked up and the coroner was notified. Later the body was taken to the boy's home at Long Branch. McCarthy was arrested and taken to Long Branch, where he was released on bail pending the inquest.


Mrs. Jane W. Johnson.

Mrs. Jane W. Johnson, widow of John E. Johnson, died at Bradevelt on Sunday morning, aged 76 years. She had been in failing health for several years. For many years she and her husband lived on the farm owned by Mr. Johnson, on the road between Red Bank and Leedsville, and known as the John E. Johnson farm. Since her husband's death she had made her home with her son, Charles Allen Johnson, who recently bought a large farm in Marlboro township. Besides her son Charles, she leaves another son and a daughter.

Mrs. Johnson was one of the members of the original colony of 27 persons who came from the Presbyterian church of Shrewsbury in 1852 and founded the Red Bank Presbyterian church. Her husband was also one of the founders of the church. Only two of the founders of this church are now living. They are Schanck Smock and Mrs. Margaret Chadwick. During the 44 years which have elapsed since this church was established Mrs. Johnson had been one of its most faithful members and a regular attendant.

The funeral was held this morning at her late home. Rev. F. R. Harbaugh of Red Bank preached the sermon and the interment was at Fair View cemetery.

Mrs. Alice Suydam.

Mrs. Alice Suydam died at the home of her son-in-law, David G. Ryer, at Matawan, on Saturday, August 22d, aged 91 years. She was born on the farm now owned by James VanBrackle and was the daughter of Eleanor and Matthias VanBrackle. She married Rynear Suydam and outlived him about twenty years. She left one daughter, Mrs. David G. Ryer. She had one other daughter, who married J. H. V. Sharrot, but who died some time ago, leaving one child. Mrs. Suydam had made her home with Mrs. Ryer for many years.

Catherine Bennett.

Catherine, daughter of Jeremiah Bennett of Green Grove, in Neptune township, died of diphtheria and typhoid fever last Thursday. She was sixteen years old. The funeral sermon was preached on Friday by Rev. J. D. Bills of Hamilton and interment was made at the Hamilton cemetery. Miss Bennett had been sick only a short time. She was a member of the Hamilton Methodist church. Frederick Bennett, a son of Jeremiah Bennett, is very sick with diphtheria.

Otis R. Cooper.

Otis R. Cooper of Freehold, son of Eliza V. and William Cooper, died on Friday, August 21st of consumption. He was one of a family of six sons, of whom only two are now living. He was a widower, his wife having been Miss Kate Sparling, who died last April. He left no children. He was employed by C. C. Clayton of Ocean Grove for several years, but returned to his boyhood home at Freehold about two years ago. He was 26 years old.

William W. Wright.

William W. Wright, owner of the Riverside hotel at Pleasure Bay, died of diabetes on Tuesday of last week. He was 52 years old and had been sick over a year. He was born at Fort Lee, New Jersey, and lived in California for seventeen years. He was sheriff of Nevada county during his stay there. He had lived at Pleasure Bay for the past fifteen years. A widow and one child survives him.

Catherine V. M. Dennis.

Mrs. Catharine V. M. Dennis died at the home of her son, Holmes V. M. Dennis of Malboro township, last Thursday. She was 75 years old. Her husband died in the South, 23 years ago. Mrs. Dennis left a daughter, Miss Margaret Dennis, who also lived with her brother Holmes.

Mrs. Jane Woodrow.

Mrs. Jane Woodrow, familiarly known as "Aunt Jane" Woodrow, died at the home of William Lovell in Eatontown township on Sunday of last week. She was 91 years old and was born at Philadelphia, but had lived in Eatontown township for many years.

Mr. Emeline Newman.

Mrs. Emeline Newman, who lived near Eatontown, died last night. She was about 60 years old.


  • BENNETT - At Green Grove, in Neptune township, on Thursday, August 28th, Catharine, daughter of Jeremiah Bennett, aged 16 years.

  • COOPER - At Freehold, on Friday, August 21st, Otis R. Cooper, aged 26 years and 26 days.

  • DONNELLY - Near Keyport, on Thursday, August 27th, James Donnelly, aged 64 years.

  • DENNIS - In Marlboro township, on Thursday, August 27th, Mrs. Catharine V. M. Dennis, aged 75 years.

  • JOHNSON - At Bradevelt, on Sunday, August 30th, Mrs. Jane W. Johnson, aged 76 years.

  • KNOT - At North Long Branch, on Tuesday, August 25th, the infant child of John Knot.

  • MANHOLT - At Branchport, on Saturday, August 22d, Henry Manholt of Brooklyn, aged 50 years.

  • NEWMAN - Near Eatontown, on Tuesday, September 1st, Mrs. Emeline Newman, aged about 60 years.

  • SUYDAM - At Matawan, on Saturday, August 22d, Alice, widow of Rynear Suydam, aged 91 years and 2 months.

  • WRIGHT - At Pleasure Bay, on Tuesday, August 25th, William W. Wright, aged 52 years.

  • WOODROW - In Eatontown township, on Sunday, August 23rd, Mrs. Jane Woodrow, aged 91 years.

  • WEST - At Long Branch, on Tuesday, August 25th, Mrs. Rachel West of Yonkers, N. Y., aged 62 years.

    Source: Red Bank Register, September 2, 1896

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