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Connecticut Obituaries (Several Towns)
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NOTE:   Many of these obituaries were sent to me years ago as very dark photocopies of old, yellowed newspaper clippings.  I have done my best to transcribe the obituaries accurately.  In some cases, the actual date of death, or date of publication,was not included.   ~ Pat Sabin

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Mrs. Louise Augusta Smith Armstrong, widow of Benjamin A. Armstrong, died Friday night at 7 o'clock at her home, 200 Hemstead street, New London, following an illness of a year.  She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Armstrong was born in Franklin, Nov. 5, 1844, and had resided in New London for the last 64 years.  She was married to Mr. Armstrong, Oct. 22, 1868, at Franklin.

Four children were born of the union, and three survive.  They are Benjamin L. Armstrong, a former mayor of New London; Mrs. Luella Shapley Armstrong Noyes of New York, widow of Judge Walter C. Noyes of Lyme, and John Phelps Taylor Armstrong of New London. A daughter, Marion, died when a young firl.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Second Congregational church.  She was of a religious nature and charitable and contributed largely to foreign missions and to churches. She recently donated a sum of money to the Methodist Episcopal church, had aided the second Congregational church financially, and gave $1,000 towards the construction of a fence at Cedar Grove cemetery.

Among her surviving relatives, Mrs. Armstrong leaves six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.



CONSTANCE ELDREDGE ALEXANDER, dearly beloved wife of Dr. Walter S. Alexander, died in Cambridge, Sept. 14, at the house of her sister, Mrs. Charles W. Goodhue, 7 Buckinham place.  Mrs. Alexander was a daughter of Hon. Edward Eldredge and Hanna Grosvenor of Pomfret, Conn.  She passed her girlhood in that town.  In 1866 she married Walter S. Alexander, and with him removed to Racine, Wisconsin. There both their children, Walter and Constance were born.  Then came two years abroad, seven years in New Orleans, and the rest in Boston, Cambridge and Philadelphia. She is buried with her kindred in Pomfret, Conn. Always loving, pure-hearted, simple in her life and faith, she leaves a memory of a quiet life nobly lived, and a loving and cherished example to her deeply bereaved husband and daughter.


The funeral of Mrs. Lilly R. Avery, widow of George R. Avery, was held Sunday afternoon at her home in Franklin with many relatives and friens present.  The service was conducted at 2 o'clock by Rev. Everett T. Bemont, formerly pastor of the Franklin Congregational church, who read passages of Scripture, selections from several hymns and offered prayer.

The burial was at Willimantic cemetery, Rev. Bemont conducting the committal service, H. L. Duerr, Raymond B. Beckwith, George A. Beckwith, and C. Albert Beckwith were the bearers.  The floral tributes were many and beatiful, Undertakers Church and Allen had charge of the funeral arrangements.


ELDREDGE - In Cambridge, Mass., December 24, Frances Harriette Eldredge, aged 69 years, daughter of the Hon. Edward Eldredge of Pomfret, Conn.

(Hand written below - '94)



The Well Known Insurance Man Expires in Church
Seized With an Apoplectic Shock Last Evening
He Had Had Several Ligh Seizures During the Past Year
But He was Apparently In Best of Health Yesterday

Deseased Was a Veteran of the Rebellion, Being a Member of Slocum Post, G. A. R. - He was a well known Prohibitionist.

Asa Lyman, who was well known from his connection with the insurance business in this city, died suddenly last evening while at a service in the Union Congregational Church on Broad street.  The cause of death was a stroke of apoplexy while he was standing ready to address the meeting.  The deceased had been identified with the Union Congregational "church for a number of years, and for the past six or seven years had been the Clerk of the church association.

During the past year Mr. Lyman had received several slight shocks, but thy were rare and light so that no epecial thought had been taken of them.  Accompanied by members of his family Mr. Lyman went out for the regular Thursday meeting of the church early last evening.  Throughout the day he had been cheerful, apparently in the best of spirits and health.  During the church service, his friends who sat by his side noticed nothing unusual in his apparance.

Par of the business of the meeting was the election of a delagate to attend a convention to be held at Westerly on the 26th and 27th of this month.  Mr. Lyman rose from his seat and made a nomination.  A moment later he tottered and fell into th arms of his friends, unable to move or talk. He was quickly removed to an anteroom and the service after this short interuption was continued.

Dr. Leonard, who was present at the exercises, joined te relative and friends of the unconscious man and rendered assistance.  Mr. Lyman made a few attempts to speakbut was not able to articulate coherently.  A quarter of an hour after he was stricken, the physician said that life was extinct.

The body was removed to deceased's home , 146 Peace street. He was 63 years old, and leaves three sons and two daughters.

Asa Lyman was born April 10, 1833, in the town of Woodstock, Conn. He was the son of Dr. Daniel Lyman, a respected resident of the town, and Mary Frances Eldridge. Amid the quiet surroundings of the rural town his early days were spent, and when he had advanced in years he received instruction from Woodstock Academy. After his graduation he for a time adopted school teaching in various  towns in New England, and for a time in the State of New York.

In 1856 the young teacher came to Providence. After looking over the field he decided to enter the insurance business, and since that time he had been prominently connected in that time.  He held various offices for local insurance companies, and for a number of years represented several out of town companies.  His aptitude in this vocation speedily gave him authority and respect among those in the business until he was tendered and accepted the Presidency of the Providence Insurance Association, holding the position for a period of several years.Nov. 7, 1869, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Pierson Cutts of Portsmouth, N. H., who died Jan. 14, 1893.

When the call came for volunteers to uphold the Union, Mr. Lyman enlisted in his country's defense and saw active service during the War of the Rebellion.  He acted as quartermaster sergeant in the battery connected with the 10th Regiment of Rhode Island Volunteers. In his later days he was a member of Slocum Post, G. A. R.

From early years Mr. Lyman was deeply interested in the work and prosperity of the Union Congregational Church, and was a member of the old High Street Church before they moved to the present location in 1868.  He was often in request on church committees and for the past five or six years had held the position of Clerk, Promoters of benevolent works always found a ready assistant in Mr. Lyman. Years ago he was instrumental in promoting the interests of the local Young Men's Christian Association. He was a vigorous supporter of the temperance movement in this city.  His services for the Prohibition party  were extensive and valuable , as was attested by his nomination as Mayor on the ticket of that party.

During the past few years he came forward in the interests of good government and a year ago was one of the so-called "Good Government Committee."  Two brothers, who are located in this city, and two sisters survive him.



Daniel Lyman was born in Woodstock, Ct., Sept. 5th, 1784, and what is a little remarkable (being a puny child), he was taken to church on the day of his birth (it being the Sabbath), and baptized by his father, Eliphalet Lyman, who was pastor of the Congregational Church in that town for forty years.,

Daniel fitted for college in the Woodsctock Academy, and at the time of his death, was the only living member of the first class which left that institution.

He entered Yale about the year 1805, and ws favored with sitting under the ministry of that theological giant, Tim. Dwight, D.D. He stood high in that institution as a scholar, took an active part in debates and other exercises connected with some one of the literary societies which flourished there.

Many addresses, orations, essays, etc., which are found among his papers, show a high grade of intellect, a mature judgement, and a wide range of thought.  Such subjects as the following: "Ought divorces to be granted for any other cause than [not legible] upon which he left a lengthy essay exceedingly timely were it published at this day.  "The divine authority of the Scriptures." "The Authority of the Sabbath; " and many fugitive articles on a great variety of themes, written in a bold, manly, scriptural style.   All show a decision of character, firm, unshaken principles, and a boldness in enunciating them, which were remarkable in an undergraduate; and the more noticeable as at this time he had made no public profession of religion.

During the latter part of his senior year, he was attacked with a difficulty about the heart, which necessitated his laying aside his studies for some months, so that he failed to graduate with his class.  He pursued a regular course in the medical department at Dartmouth, under the instruction of  the justly celebrated Dr. Smith, than whom, in the department of medicine and surgery, no more skillful man could be found.  He was a worthy pupil of so worthy an instructor, and was highly appreciated and honored by Dr. S. in being more frequently than any other of his pupils, called to accompany him, and assist in extremely difficult and delicate cases of surgery. He was a remarkably apt scholar, to whatever department of study he turned his attention.

In the spring of 1811, he married Frances Mary Eldridge, of Brooklyn, Ct., by whom he had eleven children, seven sons and four daughters, two of whom died in early childhood; eight, with the widow survive him.

H commenced the practice of medicine and surgery in his native town about the year 1809 or 1810, in which calling he had a wide and very successful practice for forty years. He administered the healing balm to the bodies of his fellow citizens of the [not legible] period of time which it was the privilege of his honored father to prescribe for their spiritual maladies.  He was peculiarly skillful in fevers.  He made a specialty of cases of epilepsy, in the treatment of which he had remarkable success, having patients from several states of the Union.

At about the age of 37, he was appointed surgeon to the regiment of the State which office he held as long as the organization was maintained. And he was not without honor in other departments. He held the office of judge of probate for several successive terms, during which time he had the decision of several intricate cases, which had no precedent, and his judgment which judgment was afterward confirmed, and made the law of the State (in such cases), by legislative enactment.

He had an almost intuitive perception, and insight to the merits of any matter brought before him. He was justice of the peace for many years, and woe to the luckless wight, upon whom the stain of guilt was fixed.  In the numerous cases, in which he was called to act, he knew neither friend or foe, but decided always upon the merits of the case.  He feared no man; no flatteries, no bribes, no insinuations, no threats, could move him a hair's breadth from what he considered a straight line Of firm nerve, of undaunted courage, he was a terror to evil doers, and in all the relationships of life, he was known and acknowledged as a man of unimpeachable integrity.

At about the age of 35 or 36, he was powerfully wrought upon by the Holy Spirit, and as powerfully assailed by the legions of darkness, and after long struggling, and most violent conflicts, he at last with the sword of the spirit vanquished all his spiritual foes, and united with the people of God about the year 1821.

He entered heartily into all matters of public, social, civil or religious interest. In temperance he early advocated the principle of total abstinence and delivered a stirring address in his own town in 1833, in which he advocated this platform as the only safe one.

A firm and uncompromising supporter of the faith once delivered to the saints, an earnest Christian, a zealous patriot, a good man.  He possessed a clear head, a guileless heart, a tender conscience. A man of mark in his generation, he has left to his children the priceless legacy of a good name.

Many whom he has in years gone by rescued (for the tune) from the grasp of the destroyer, will cherish his memory; his children, and his children's children will ever delight to speak his name.  The memory of the just is blessed.  D. B.

(We had an initmate acquaintance with Dr. Lyman and the privilege of numbering  him among our choice friends, and we are pleased to bear testimony to the record communicated above.  We knew him in the vigor of his manhood, and always found him "sound in the faith," and upright in practice.

Handwritten note below obituary: Died March 5th 1870


On January 2d, at Woodstock,Conn., at the age of 85 years and 10 months, died Mrs. Frances Mary Lyman, widow of the late Dr. Daniel Lyman, who was well known throught this county, and elsewhere, as a skillful and successful physician for forty years.

Mrs. Lyman was the last of a numerous family, whose home was in Brooklyn, in this State; several of them men who were not without honor and distinction in the various walks of life - among them Dr. Charles Eldredge of East Greenwich, R.I.; Oliver Eldredge, an extensive manufacturer in Boston, deceased a few years since, and the late Edward Eldredge of Pomfret, Conn.  The deceased was mother of eleven children, nine of whom lived to adult age, and seven of whome followed her remains to the grave. She was eminently a Christian wife and mother, training her children according to the Scripture standard, not only pointing them to the narrow path, but herself leading the way. She was a Christian, not of the modern type, but of a class having too few representatives - who love the pure unadulterrated gospel, and who remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Beloved and honeored by all who knew here, her children rise up and called  her blessed. "The memory of the just is blessed."

Hand written below the obituary:  1878


The funeral of James E. Lyman, a well-known real estate dealer of this city, was held this afternoon from his lake residence, 137 Wesleyan Avenue. Rev. James E. McConnell, was the officiating clergyman, the bearers were six deacons of the Union Congregational Church of which Mr. Lyman was a prominent member. He had been sick for some time, and a few days before his death was seized with a cerebral hemorrahge that proved fatal. He was born in Woodstock, Conn., where he was educated and later moved to this city and entered the real estate business. A widow survives him.



The Rev. J. M. Peck of Putnam will [elgible] in the chapel of the Congregational Church. Sunday at 3 o'clock, p.lm., unless it should prove a [eligible] day

The news reached us on Satuerday, or the death of Mrs. Maria Lyman Beach.  The funeral service was held in our chapel Monday afternoon of this week at two o'clock.

Three deaths have occurred in the family [eligible] two months, husband, wife, and sisterand all were brought to Woodstock for burial.

The girlhood of Mrs. Beach was spent here as the daughter of Dr. Daniel Lyman; later she became the wife of Mr. Haskell, after a few years she returned to Woodstock, a widow.

At this time her home was here for several years.  A portion of this period, she was with Woodstock Academy as teacher of drawing, for which she had a market gift, some fine specimens of her work still being in existence.  We are indebted to her  for a very fine drawing of the Academy building.

In 1875 she became the wife of Rev. Nathaniel Beach.  The story of her life since that time has been one of devoted faithfulness to him, caring tenderly for him through many years of frail health.  She was present at his funeral only a few weeks ago, but great weakness of body was apparent.

From this she rellied to a measure and was enabled to return to her home in great suffering about two weeks ago, with no home of improvement for she was [several eligible words].  Her niece, Mrs.[several eligible words], Mrs. Harris, cared for her until the end, which came peacefully to her on Thursday.




A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Frank H. Smith 113 Washington street, on Saturday afternoon to pay the last earthly tribute to the memory of Miss Julia Octavia Smith.  A great profusion of flowers surrounded the casket.  The services were conducted by Rev. Lewellyn Pratt. He spoke of the true Christian life which the deceased had lived. Interment was in the family lot in the Yantic cemetery.



At East Woodstock, Conn., on Tuesday, March 14th, 1899, Mary Ann May Paine, widow of the late John Paine, peacefully passed from earth to her home beyond.

Born in 1812, married in 1836, the mother of six children, she never looked upon a vacant chair at her fireside for fifty-three years or until 1880, when the husband and father was the first to go. She was the next to folow. She did not need the discipline of bereavement to make her heart yearn over the sorrows of others, and a large picutre of the "Home for the Friendless" has hung on the wall of her room for many years. She was a constant reader of the ADVOCATE AND GUARDIAN almost from its first number, and caused many copies to be sent to others.  Thoroughly in sympathy with its purpose, she would frequently point out to her children and friends some good thing she had found in it.

With never a severe sickness, she wonderfully retained all her facultities and dearly loved to sing alone, or with others, the good old songs.  Only a few days before her death she sang in a clear, full voice the hymm beginning, "I hear Thy welcome voice."  Her absent children were blessed from time to time with letters, full of motherlove and solicitude, and marvels of penmanship to the last.

Of a quiet and retiring disposition, she nevertheless was able to "preach the gospel to every creature" who came within the sphere of her influence. No guest or servant could remain long under her roof without realizing that Christ was her personal friend and Saviour, and that she was "so anxious not to go to heaven along."  Her Bible was the chart for each day's voyage, and she never thought of heaven as an unknown country. Her Saviour had prepared a place for her and she was ever ready to be summond home. To a mind well stored with current knoledge she added a mighty wealth of heavenly wisdom, and to a heart full of neighborly and family affection she added a supreme love for her Saviour, so that her life was filled with radiance and light.  "Her children arise up and call her blessed."  L.M.P.


The death of Owen Shapley Smith, 86, occurred early Monday morning at the home of his son, Sidney P. Smith of No. 372 Washington street. He was born in Franklin, June 29, 1848, a son of John Owen and Abbie (Shapley) Smith, and was a brother of the late Frank H. Smith of this city.  For several years Mr. Smith was superintendent of the Second Congregationaql church Sunday school and later for 30 years a deacon of the First Congregational church at Norwich town. He had always taken an active interest in the activities of the church and was well and favorably known in this city.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Harriet Huntington Smith, whith whom he was united in marriage in 1872; three sons, Rev. Edward H. Smith of Foochow China, Harold L. Smith of St. Louis, Mo, Sidney P. Smith of this city, with whom he had made his home, and a daugter, Mrs. T. Snoden Thomas of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  He also leaves 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


At 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon funeral services for Owen S. Smith were held at the home of his son, Sidney P. Smith, No. 372 Washington street, and was attended by many relatives and friends.  Rev. Wildrid M. Wilton, pastor of the Norwich Town Congregational church, who officiated at the service, used a favorite scripture of Deacon Smith found in John 14 with special empahsis on the second verse, "In my father's house are many mansions.  If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."  Rev. Mr. Wilton also by request read the poem, Life, Not Death.

Burial took place in Yantic cemetery, where the committal service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Wilton. The bearers were Dwight W. Avery, Dwight L. Underwood, Harry Frazier, and W.O. Rogers.  The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful.  The funeral arrangements were in charge of undertakers Church and Allen.