Note for: Margaret Emily Munson, 16 Dec 1830 - 19 Dec 1899 Index
OBITUARY: May have been Margaret Davis? Mrs. John Phoenix, who died at her home in Cleaver December 19, was born in Middletown, Delaware county, sixty-nine years ago. Her maiden name was Margaret Munson. She was married to Mr. Phoenix, or “Uncle John” as he is familiarly called, fifty-six years ago, and God’s blessings have been upon them all those years. She was ever ready to lend a helping hand to the sick and afflicted, and not a boy or girl under twenty-five years of age for miles around but what were first fondly handled by her with few exceptions. In her girlhood days she waited for her John to return front the anti-rent war and in l864, with her children around her, she again waited for her John to come home from the war. After the war they removed to Cleaver where she has since resided, surrounded by many friends and no enemies. She was only sick six days and quickly fell asleep without a struggle and without a pain. She leaves besides her husband one son, Aaron, and three daughters, Mrs. John Gilbert, Mrs. James Constable and Mrs. Aaron Franks, and several grandchildren. The funeral was largely attended at her late home on Friday. Rev. Jared Wells, of East Sidney, officiated. Interment at Trout Creek.
Note for: Aaron B. Phoenix, 16 Dec 1849 - 21 Sep 1922 Index
OBITUARY: Walton Reporter, 30 Sep 1922: Aaron Phoenix died at his home at Cleaver Thursday morning, Sept. 21, after a lingering illness of many months from cancer. Mr. Phoenix was born in the town of Middletown 73 years ago and while yet a young man his parents, with their children, moved to the farm at Cleaver, where he died. Here he became acquainted with and afterwards married Kate Constable who lived on an adjoining farm. For some years after marriage he worked out around the neighborhood but some forty years ago he returned to his father's farm, putting his savings into the place, and spent the balance of his life's toil upon that farm.
Mr. Phoenix was a tireless worker, a man who knew not the meaning of the word rest. From sun to sun he was everlastingly working and all that time working for the welfare of his family, his only thought; honest, upright and faithful in all his dealings, he was one of the best liked men in that territory of the town of Tompkins. He had a keen interest in everything that went to make the town a success. A Republican in politics, he was no bigot. He could look over the fence and if satisfied he would not hesitate to support the opposition. There was no hypocrisy in his makeup and he was not afraid to express himself freely and never hesitated to ask a question if he did not understand. He was the type of farmer that makes farming worthwhile. He was no dairyman, he was a farmer, and few are the luxuries of today that go on our tables that Aaron Phoenix did not raise on his farm.
He never had nor was he ever known to have a poor crop and all that work, all that energy was for the welfare of his family, whom he dearly loved. His home was always open and the latch string always out.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and six children. Thomas at Walton; Nellie, wife of Seymour Shackelton of Cleaver; Gaza, wife of Paul Finch, Beerston road; Georgia, wife of Rev. Curtis Shoup of Callicoon; Colonel on the adjoining farm at Cleaver, and Mrs. Ethel Brundege at home; also two sisters, Mrs. John Gilbert of Bobs brook and Mrs. James Constable of Loomis. The funeral was held at his late residence Monday, conducted by Rev. George Evans, followed by interment in the family plot at Trout Creek.
Note: 1880 US Census: Farm laborer Aaron and family resided in township of Tompkins, Delaware County, NY.
Note for: Katharine Jane Constable, 25 Feb 1852 - 1935 Index
Aaron Phoenix married Kate Constable 25 Feb 1873 and Kate's brother James Constable married Annie Phoenix 30 Mar 1879. Brother and sister married brother and sister.
Note for: Andrew "Jack" Constable, 24 Dec 1879 - 11 Jan 1951 Index
Place: Walton Cemetery, Walton, Delaware, NY
Note for: John H. Gilbert, 12 Jan 1850 - Index
Mrs. Cole and ??? are the same. Farm laborer John Gilbert and family lived in township of Tompkins, Delaware County, NY according to 1880 US Census.
From Walton Reporter (1930s?): Mr. and Mrs. John Gilbert of Bobs Brook gave an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner to their children; 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren were present as well as four of the five children. A most elaborate dinner was served by their children. The time passed all too quickly and as the guests departed they wished their parents many happy returns of the day.
From Walton Reporter (date??): Several of the friends of the late John Gilbert attended his funeral at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leslie Budine, last Thursday.