Jane Frances Blood Allen

The Morning Herald, Monday, November 18, 1918


Jane Frances Blood Allen

Many hearts were saddened to learn that at 8:30 o’clock Saturday night occurred the death of Jane Frances Blood, beloved wife of Samuel G. Allen, at the home, 2 Kingsboro avenue. It was known that Mrs. Allen’s life had hung as if by a thread for the preceding forty-eight hours and scores of friends were hopeful that her youth and vitality would carry her safely over the crisis. Pneumonia was the cause of death.

Mrs. Allen was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Blood of Amsterdam, and in the city of her birth she was especially well-known and greatly admired and beloved. Her marriage to Mr. Allen, about five years ago, made Mrs. Allen a permanent resident of Gloversville, where, for a number of years she had often been prominent and popular in social circles. Since she came here to live she had by her charming personality attracted many new friends, and the sorrow that is felt because of her passing is heartfelt and sincere.

Besides her husband and one daughter, Margaret Van Wie Allen, Mrs. Allen is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Blood; one brother, Lieutenant F. Van Wie Blood; and one sister, Margaret Elanore [sic.] Blood, of Amsterdam.

The funeral service will be held at the home, 2 Kingsboro avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Note: Jane Frances Blood Allen was 16 May 1892 in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York to John R. Blood and Margaret Van Wie.  She married Samuel Gardner Allen in 22 October 1913. They had one child, Margaret Van Wie Allen. Samuel Gardner Allen never remarried.

Edwards lineage

Jane Frances Blood (Margaret Van Wie, Ana Maria Edwards, William Henry, John, William)

Fletcher Van Wie


Fletcher Van Wie

The death of Fletcher Van Wie occurred at his home three miles west of this village Friday morning. He was seventy-five years of age and although in failing  health for sometime had only been seriously ill a few days. Mr. Van Wie was a prosperous farmer and had been a lifelong resident of this community, where he had won the respect and love of all. A man of sterling character and kind heart, he had been a wonderful help in this community. He was a member of the Fultonville Reformed church and always gave liberally to all its interests. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Arie Van Wie and John Van Wie of Orange; one daughter, Mrs. John Blood of Amsterdam, and six grandchildren, one them Mrs. Samuel Allen of Gloversville. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night.

“Fletcher Van Wie,” obituary, The Morning Herald [N.Y.], Saturday, 23 December 1916, page 8, column 2; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 9  February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.

Note: Fletcher Van Wie was born 17 March 1841 in Montgomery County, New York the son of Arie Van Wie and Margaret Neher. He married Anna Maria Edwards in 1862 in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York.

Mrs. Fletcher Van Wie


Mrs. Fletcher Van Wie

Anna Maria Edwards, widow of Fletcher Van Wie, died Monday afternoon at her home near Fultonville, after an illness of 24 hours, of diabetes. Mrs. Van Wie had been in poor health for several years, but her death was nevertheless unexpected.

Mrs. Van Wie, who was in her 77th year, was born in Glen, the daughter of William Henry Edwards and Eleanor Schenck Mount. She was the granddaughter of Anthony Van Vechten, who served in Revolutionary war, and who married the daughter of Jelles Fonda, also a participant in the struggle of the colonists. Mrs. Van Wie was proud of her relationship to these and other men who helped to establish the new republic. She was married to Fletcher Van Wie, and for more than 50 years lived on the farm near Fultonville, which was her home at the time of her death. She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Fultonville. She possessed a clear outlook upon life and was far-seeing for her time. Hers was a fine intelligence which made her alive to the changes of the years. It was her wish to be of benefit to the community in which she resided and to uphold those things that go to make for good citizenship. Mrs. Van Wie was an ideal mother and a devoted grandmother.

Surviving Mrs. Van Wie are one daughter, Mrs. John R. Blood, of this city, two sons, John Edwards Van Wie, of Orange, N.J., and Arie Van Wie, with whom she lived, one brother, William Henry Edwards, of Randall, four granddaughters, one grandson, Fletcher Van Wie Blood , of Amsterdam, and one great-granddaughter, Margaret Van Wie Allen, of Gloversville.

The funeral of Mrs. Van Wie was held this afternoon at the home at 1 o’clock, standard time, the Rev. C.F. Hall of Fultonville, officiating. The bearers were sons and grandsons of Mrs. Van Wie. Interment was in Maple avenue cemetery, Fultonville.

“Mrs. Fletcher Van Wie,” obituary, The Morning Herald [N.Y.], Friday, 18 August 1922, page 7, column 6; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 8  February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.

Anna Marian (Edwards) Van Wie in the 1870 US Federal Census with her family and father-in-law.
Anna Maria (Edwards) Van Wie in the 1870 US Federal Census with her family and father-in-law. Ancestry. com.

Note: Anna Maria Edwards was born 14 December 1845 in Glen, Montgomery County, New York the daughter of William Henry Edwards and Eleanor Schenck Mount. She married Fletcher Van Wie in 1862 in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York.


Death of David I. Ostrom


David I. Ostrom

After a lingering illness of about nine months, David I. Ostrom of Fultonville, one of the wealthiest men in the Mohawk valley, died at his home in that village, Thursday, April 5, age 46 years. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Victoria Ostrom, and one son, Earl Ostrom. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Saturday. Mr. Ostrom’s estate is valued at about $75,000. An autopsy was performed on the remains Thursday afternoon by Drs. McDonald and Van Derveer of Albany, to ascertain the exact nature of the malady with which the deceased was afflicted, as it was of a most unusual character.

“David I. Ostrom,” obituary, The Fulton County Republican [N.Y.], Thursday, 12 April 1900, page 7, column 4; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 7  February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.

Marriage Record of David I. Ostrom and Mary Van Epps 1876
Marriage Record of David I. Ostrom and Mary Van Epps 1876. Ancestry.com

Notes: David I. Ostrom was born 30 May 1853 in Glen, Montgomery County, New York, the son of Stephen Ostrom and Anna Maria Edwards.

Edwards lineage

David I. Ostrom (Ann Maria Edwards, John, William)




Charles Jukes Ostrom

Obituary –

Charles J. Ostrom

Fultonville, March 10. –Charles Jukes Ostrom, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ostrom, of Glen, died at his home in this village Monday noon.

Mr. Ostrom was born on the homestead farm near Glen on Nov. 5, 1840. He was graduated from a commercial school at Poughkeepsie. In early manhood he came to Fultonville and entered the employ of Argersinger and Wemple, drygoods merchants, later becoming the bookkeeper in the foundry firm of W.B. Wemple & Sons. In 1869, upon the death of Andrew Abel, dissolving the partnership of Abel & Morrison, drygoods merchants, Mr. Ostrom became a member of the firm John H. Morrison & Co., the other member of the firm being Wellington Cross.

After a year Mr. Ostrom was forced to give up mercantile pursuits owing to failing health, and he returned to his father’s home. He has been a patient sufferer from progressive paralysis for forty-five years. Possessed of a bright mind and unusual ability, he took a keen interest in all public affairs, retaining his faculties until the end. For several years he held the position of bookkeeper for the Glen Creamery company of Glen, still retaining the position after moving to Fultonville four years ago.

In 1865, two years after its organization, he became a member of Fultonville lodge, No. 531, F. and A. M. The friends which he made when first coming to this village, have ever held him in the highest esteem and respect, and together with his large circle of acquaintances in the vicinity, will feel his loss and sympathize with his family.

Mr. Ostrom is survived by three sisters, Mrs. W.B. Cross, of this village, Mrs. Hoagland Baird, of Glen, and Mrs. Jacob Nellis, of Paterson, N.J., and one brother, Stephen, of Fultonville. The funeral will be held at his home Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. E.B. Irish officiating. The remains will be placed in Maple Avenue vault to be interred later in the family plot in the Glen Cemetery.

“Charles J. Ostrom,” obituary, Amsterdam Evening Recorder [Amsterdam, N.Y.], Tuesday, 10 March 1914, page 12, column 6; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html : accessed 5  February 2017), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.

Edwards lineage

Charles Jukes Ostrom (Anna Maria Edwards, John Edwards, William Edwards)

The Mystery of Elizabeth Edwards

[ Originally published Friday, October 20, 2006]

Elizabeth Edwards was born on 06 Apr 1788 in Germantown, New York and was baptised on 20 Apr 1788. She was the first child of William Edwards and Christina Smith. We even know who her sponsors (ie. Godparents) were at her Baptism – Jacob Bekker & wife Elisabeth Schneider. The first 3 children of Christina and William are well documented having been born in Germantown whose records are still extant.

In 1807 Elizabeth married Elisha Allen in Glen, Montgomery County, NY. Her husband, Elisha, had been in Glen since at least 1800 since his father was listed on the 1800 census. They stayed in Glen through 1810, listed on that census as well. According to descendant, Dick Shea, they moved north to Jefferson County, New York around 1816.

With all this documented evidence it is indisputable that Elizabeth Edwards is the daughter of William Edwards and Christina Smith. How is it then that the family history passed down by Solomon Edwards, Elizabeth’s brother, to his son Dimmick, makes no mention of Elizabeth?

I can not attempt to solve this question but let’s look at a few facts. Elizabeth was born in 1788 and her brother, Solomon, was born in 1799. There was an 11 and a half year difference in their ages. In 1816 when Elizabeth removed to Jefferson County, Solomon would have been 17 years old. Three of William and Christina’s children, William, Solomon and Amanda relocated to Steuben County, New York at an unknown time prior to 1824. In 1824 Amanda returned to Glen for her wedding to John Olmstead. So we know that the Steuben County Edwards maintained contact with the Glen Edwards at least through 1824.

We don’t know at what age Solomon was when he passed on the family history. Presumably he would have spoken about his family throughout his life. It’s a mystery as to why Elizabeth is left off of his version. We can speculate that there may have been a rift between them that would cause the oversight. Regardless, there is no doubt that indeed Elizabeth was the child of William and Christina and therefore the older sister of Solomon.

More food for thought:

1) Why is Amanda Edwards, the youngest child, born a good 9 years after her next closest sibling, Solomon born in 1899?

2) If Amanda returned in 1824 (at age 16) for her wedding does that suggest that either Christina or William were still alive at that time?