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New Jersey Obituaries - Red Bank Register - April 7, 1897

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The Veteran Farmer's Painless Death - His End Not Unexpected - Story of a Long and Useful Life - His Funeral Held on Monday.

Joseph Field, the centenarian farmer, of Middletown township, died last Thursday night at eight o'clock, aged 104 years and 6 months. He was taken sick about three weeks ago and Dr. Edwin Field, his nephew and family physician, told his children that their father could not live much longer. His system, already more or less weakened by a recent sickness, could not stand the strain of increasing years. His death was painless and it appeared to those at his bedside as if he were going to sleep. The children and Dr. Field were with him when he died. He became unconscious three days before his death.

Mr. Field's ancestry were English and when they came to America, settled on Long Island. Joseph was born September 26th, 1792, at the homestead in Middletown township. He was the son of Rebecca and Thomas Field, his mother's maiden name being Sheppard. There were five other children, one of whom, Thomas, died about six years ago.

Joseph began school life at an early age, attending the village school at Headden's Corner for a number of years, after which he went to school in New York. Leaving the latter, he engaged for a short time in the produce commission business in New York, selling produce raised on his father's farm.

He then began to farm on his own account. His original farm consisted of about 150 acres, which was constantly added to until the present farm comprises not less than 400 acres. Mr. Field was a progressive farmer and made the business pay good profits. He was industrious and frugal, working early and late, thereby amassing a fortune.

At the age of 75 his thoughts turned to marriage. He proposed to Euretta Headden, the pretty young daughter of a neighboring farmer. Miss Headden was only 25 years old, but she accepted the old farmer, and the marriage ceremony was performed at Mr. Field's house by Rev. Charles E. Hill. Three children were born to them, Rebecca, Joseph and Euretta. The latter married Joseph Whiting, who farms part of the Field place. Rebecca and Joseph lived with their father, Joseph having had the management of the farm for a number of years.

Mr. Field possessed a wonderfully vigorous constitution, being able to actively engage in labor on his farm until his ninetieth year. Even after that it was his pleasure to do light work in the garden near the house. He was a small spare man, and he retained his mental faculties remarkably well. There were times in his later years when memory failed him, but he appeared to be greatly interested in all the news of the day. He was particularly anxious last fall to hear all that transpired concerning the presidential election. He had always voted either a Whig or Republican ticket, and cast ballots for 21 candidates for presidents for those parties. Last fall he drove to the polls and voted for McKinley and Hobart, being assisted by Dr. Edward Taylor and Jehu P. Cooper.

A year ago a fire destroyed his house and barns, and he lived with his son-in-law until a new house was built near the site of the one burned down. While at Mr. Whiting's he was sick for some time, narrowly escaping blood poisoning. A corn on his toe troubled him and he had it pared. The toe got sore and necrosis of the bone resulted. He recovered almost entirely from this sickness.

Mr. Field's funeral was held Monday afternoon at the house. There was a very large attendance, the house being filled. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, prominent among them being a large wreath and cross. The body lay in a black cloth-covered casket with ebonized handles. The face of the deceased appeared to be that of a man not more than 75 years old. Rev. J. K. Manning preached the sermon, taking as his text Leviticus xix, 32, "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God." The speaker made reference to the necessity of consideration and thoughtfulness for the old, from the fact that the infirmities of old age put the world out of touch with the aged. He also referred to the fact that notwithstanding the advantages of today over those which the fathers had, it was a question if the type of manhood as a whole, equaled that as exhibited by the fathers. He said the upright life of Mr. Field was worthy of imitation, so far as honesty and integrity were concerned. Mr. Manning was followed in a short address by Rev. Charles E. Hill. Miss Carrie Sandt and Mrs. Frank Manson sang two selections.

The pall bearers were four nephews of Mr. Field; Dr. Edwin Field, Henry Field, Major Joseph T. Field and Elnathan Field. The interment was made in Fair View cemetery.

She Meets Her Death by Leaping From a Moving Express Train - She Was 22 Years Old and Worked at Joseph T. Osborne's.

Eleanor Lane, a servant employed in the family of Joseph T. Osborne of Middletown, met a tragic death at that place on Monday morning. She was 22 years old and a daughter of Frank Lane of Belford. She had worked for Mr. Osborne a number of years and was a faithful servant.

It was the young woman's custom to go home every other Saturday and return to work the following Monday morning. Last Saturday she visited her parents and left home at seven o'clock Monday morning to go to Middletown. She took the trolley at Belford and came to Red Bank, where she boarded the next New York train that came along. The train was a Lakewood express, which makes no stops between Red Bank and Jersey City. When the conductor came around for her ticket he told her the train did not stop at Middletown, but that he would stop his train at Matawan so that she could take the next train back to Middletown.

The girl was considerably put out by this intelligence, as she desired to reach her working place as early as possible. She entreated the conductor to stop the train at Middletown, but he replied that the rules would not permit him to do it.

As the train approached the Middletown station Miss Lane arose from her seat and walked to the back end of the car. It was her intention to jump from the car, which was an extremely perilous undertaking, as the train was going at the rate of between forty and fifty miles an hour. As the train passed the station Miss Lane opened the car door and made a leap from the step on the west side of the car towards the south bound track. Her clothing probably caught in the steps and it is thought that she fell head first to the ground and was then drawn under the cars. Her left leg was nearly torn off at the knee and the severed limb hung by two or three strips of flesh. Her right ankle and heel were crushed, the back of her head was terribly cut, and she was injured about the back of the neck. Death must have been instantaneous.

The remains were taken to the freight station and shortly afterward removed to the girl's home at Belford. The parents knew nothing of the accident until the body was brought home.

The funeral will be held to-morrow morning at half-past ten o'clock at the New Monmouth Baptist church. Rev. Wm. V. Wilson will conduct the service.

Mrs. Deborah A. Earle.

Mrs. Deborah Ann Earle, widow of 'Squire James F. Earle of Red Bank, died on Monday at the home of her adopted daughter, Mrs. John L. Ingling of Navesink. She lived on Wall street and went to Navesink about four weeks ago, where she was taken sick with the grip, from which she died. She was 78 years old. She had been a life-long resident of Red Bank. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon at two o'clock at the house of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Fred Earle, on Maple avenue, Red Bank. Rev. Robert MacKellar will conduct the service. The interment will be in the Episcopal burying ground at Shrewsbury.

Mrs. Mary Gill.

Mrs. Mary Gill died at her home near Middletown last Thursday, aged about 75 years. She was the widow of Thomas Gill, who had been dead twenty years, and she came to this country from Ireland about fifty years ago. Her death was caused by the grip, with which she had been sick two weeks. Three children survive her, Thomas Gill and Mrs. Mary Hopping of Headden's Corner and Mrs. Catherine Mulligan of Oceanic. The funeral was held Monday morning in St. James's church, Red Bank, and the body was buried in Mt. Olivet cemetery. The pall bearers were James Dowd, James Daly, James McMahon, Patrick Garvey, John McCorney and Michael McMahon.

Mrs. Cornelius Hendrickson.

Mrs. Cornelius Hendrickson, mother of Wm. T. Hendrickson of Middletown, died at Matawan on Monday from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. She was 85 years old. Early last month Mrs. Hendrickson was stricken with paralysis while sitting at the table eating her supper. She lost the use of her right side at once and since that time she had been in a helpless condition. Her funeral will be held on Friday from the Matawan Baptist church at half-past one o'clock. Rev. H. J. Whalen will conduct the services. The body will be buried at Fair View.

Isaac Meyers.

Isaac Meyers, a fish peddler living at Belford, died of paralysis last Thursday, after a two weeks' sickness. He was 73 years old and leaves four children-William of New York and Henry of Brooklyn, and two unmarried daughters who lived with their father. He was buried Monday from the New Monmouth Baptist church. Rev. B. C. Lippincott preached the funeral sermon. The burial took place in Bay View cemetery.

Mrs. Susan Curtis.

Mrs. Susan Curtis, wife of Dr. E. C. Curtis of Atlantic Highlands, died of paralysis last Thursday. She was taken sick early in the week. She was 69 years old. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, M. E. Curtis of Atlantic Highlands, and a daughter, Mrs. F. L. Curtis of Syracuse. The funeral was held Sunday from her son's house, Rev. J. B. Haines officiating. The interment was at Syracuse.

Mrs. Alice Cronin.

Mrs. Alice Cronin died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Patrick Leo of Oceanic, on Sunday, aged 86 years. Her funeral was held on Tuesday from the Seabright Catholic church, Rev. Edward Egan conducting the service. The body was buried in Mount Olivet cemetery at Headden's Corner.

Miss Hannah Reeves.

Miss Hannah Reeves died at the home of her father, Joseph Reeves, near Lincroft, last Saturday, aged 29 years. The funeral was held yesterday at two o'clock from the Lincroft chapel.

His Body Found in the River at Branchport Last Wednesday - His Wife Dies on Sunday at Middletown.

Michael Flatley of Middletown was drowned in the Shrewsbury river at Branchport last Wednesday. On Sunday his wife, Catherine Flatley, died at Middletown of cancer of the stomach.

The body of Mr. Flatley was found in the river by Elwood C. Richardson, who keeps a hotel at Branchport. Coroner Henry Herbert was summoned but no inquest was deemed necessary. There was nothing on the body to lead to its identification, but Mrs. Michael Cavanaugh of Long Branch afterward identified Flatley as her father. Flatley was 65 years old. He went to Long Branch on Tuesday. For about a week previous to his death Flatley had been acting queerly. His wife was very sick and on Tuesday her condition became much worse. Flatley left home without telling anyone where he was going. He was seen at Long Branch on Tuesday afternoon and it is supposed that in trying to find his daughter's house he walked into the river and was drowned.

The funeral was held on Saturday from the house of Mrs. Cavanaugh and the interment was in Mt. Olivet cemetery at Headden's corner. Flatley was a farmer and had lived at Middletown nearly thirty years. Five children survive him. They are Misses Michael Cavanaugh of Long Branch, Mrs. John Norman of Colt's Neck, Miss Sarah Flatley of Red Bank, Thomas Flately of Middletown and John Flatley of Illinois.

Mrs. Flatly had been sick a long time. She had been confined to her bed four months and for two weeks before she died her death was daily expected. She was 57 years old. Her funeral was held yesterday.

Died In the Insane Asylum.

August Schwarting, of Long Branch, who was adjudged insane about two months ago, died in the Trenton insane asylum last Wednesday. He was for many years a justice of the peace at Long Branch. Schwarting's insanity was caused by the sudden death of his wife about a year ago. His estate is valued at nearly $4,000. He left no will.

Fair Haven News.

William Fisher, son of George Fisher, a former resident of Fair Haven, died at Jersey City on Tuesday of last week. His death was caused by brain fever. He was buried on Thursday at Bound Brook. A number of Fair Haven people attended the funeral.


  • CRONIN - At Oceanic, on Sunday, April 4th, Mrs. Alice Cronin, aged 86 years.

  • CURTIS - At Atlantic Highlands, on Thursday, April 1st, Mrs. Susan Curtis, aged 69 years.

  • DEDIAS - At Keyport, on Thursday, April 1st, Mrs. Louisa J. Dedias, aged 77 years.

  • EARLE - At Navesink, on Monday, April 1st, Mrs. Deborah A. Earle of Red Bank, aged 78 years.

  • FIELD - In Middletown township, on Thursday, April 1st, Joseph Field, aged 104 years, 6 months and 5 days.

  • FLATLEY - At Middletown, on Sunday, April 4th, Mrs. Catharine Flatley, aged 57 years and 6 months.

  • FLATLEY - At Branchport, on Wednesday, March 31st, Michael Flatley of Middletown, aged 65 years.

  • GILL - In Middletown township, on Thursday, April 1st, Mrs. Mary Gill, aged 75 years.

  • HOLMES - At Matawan, on Thursday, April 1st, James S. Holmes.

  • HUGHES - At Matawan, on Thursday, April 1st, Mrs. Ann Hughes.

  • HENDRICKSON - At Matawan, on Monday, April 5th, Mrs. Cornelius Hendrickson, aged 85 years.

  • JOHNSON - At Matawan, on Thursday, April 1st, Mrs. Ann Johnson.

  • JONES - At Freehold, on Tuesday, March 30th, William E. Jones, Jr., aged 36 years.

  • LLEWELLYN - At Freehold, on Saturday, March 27th, Arthur A. Llewellyn, aged 3 years and 4 months.

  • LONG - At Englishtown, on Friday, March 26th, Henry W. Long, aged 61 years.

  • MEYERS - At Belford, on Thursday, Appril 1st, Isaac Meyers, aged 73 years.

  • REEVES - At Lincroft, on Saturday April 3d, Miss Hannah Reeves, aged 29 years.

  • SMOCK - At Holmdel, on Saturday, March 27th, the infant son of Lawrence Smock.

  • SCHANCK - At Macedonia, on Wednesday, March 31st, Mary C. Schanck, aged 18 years.

    Wills and Estates:

    William R. Maps of Long Branch Makes Many Bequests - He Leaves St. Luke's Church $1,000 - Mrs. Clark's Long Will

      Estate of Thomas H. Matthews-Flora C. Matthews and Charles T. E. Matthews.
      Estate of Mary H. Brown-Asbury F. Bedle.
      Estate of Maternia Luyster-George Morford.
      Estate of James Combs-Mary E. Combs.
      Estate of George W. Brower-Anna J. Brower.
      Estate of Elisha H. Polhemus-Jane P. Kempton.
      Estate of Rachel Worthley-Theodosia Worthley.
      Estate of Susan J. Jenkins-Edward T. Jenkins.
      Estate of Robert Hulett-George C. Hulett.
      Estate of Jacob Jones-George T. Jones.
      Estate of Lydia H. Buckalew-George P. Buckalew.

    Source: Red Bank Register, April 7, 1897

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