Sunday, August 14, 2011

Obituary of Frederick B. English (abt. 1884 - 1958)

This obituary is one of the newspaper clippings that was in my grandmother's possession. All identifying information about the newspaper has been trimmed away. Unfortunately, I have NO idea why this person was in the collection. Many of the clippings she inherited from her mother so it's most likely this person was a friend of the family in some way.

I tried to narrow down a search on ancestry but wasn't able to due to multiple occurrences of the name. Maybe the 1940 census will have them. If I figure it out, I'll do an updated post!

Obituary Text:

Frederick B. English

Frederick Bates English, 74, of 624 Coddington Rd., died at his home early today, June 3, 1958, after a long illness.

A former foreman in the Department of Public Works, City of Ithaca, he was a member of the Caroline Valley Federated Church of Brooktondale.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Grace Snyder English; 2 daughters, Mrs. Almus Van de Bogart of Danby and Mrs. Leon Robinson at home; 3 sons, Carl of Brooktondale, Rodney of Ithaca and Arlo English of the Slaterville Rd.; 10 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Emma Wheeler of Brooktondale.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Caroline Valley Federated Church with the Rev. Dwight Burkham officiating.

Burial will be in South Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Wagner Funeral Home, 421 N. Aurora St., Wednesday evening.


  1. Leah,

    I think I found Frederick and Grace on the 1930 Ithaca, New York census. See if you think this is the correct family:

    Could it be that they were neighbors of your grandmother's?

    Hope this helps.

  2. Well Deborah, aren't you awesome!!! :-) Thank you so much, I do think that's them! My great-grandmother was in Tompkins county for the 1920 census so that does make it seem like they would have been friends or neighbors at some point!

    I swear sometimes the searching in ancestry drives me crazy, I swear I should have seen this! Oh well, thanks again for taking the time to investigate, I really appreciate it!!!