Death Claims Mrs. G. Abel (Mary Edwards Abel)

The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, N.Y.   Saturday, March 21, 1931

Well Known Fultonville Resident Dies After Short Illness

Fultonville – Mary Edwards Abel, aged 79, wife of George J. Abel, died at her home on Broad street Friday morning at 8, after having been stricken with paralysis Saturday, March 14. Mrs. Abel was born on April 8, 1852, in the town of Glen, the daughter of the late John V.S. Edwards and Mary Horsford. The survivors are her husband, a daughter,  Miss Florence V. Abel of Fultonville; two brothers, Edward Edwards of Glen and Geddes Edwards of Pittsburg, PA.

The funeral service will be held at the late residence on Broad street, Monday afternoon at 2. Rev. William H. Smith, pastor of the Fultonville Reformed church, will officiate. Internment will be made in Maple Avenue cemetery. Opportunity will be given the friends to pay their respects any time during Sunday afternoon.

“Death Claims Mrs. G. Abel,” The Morning Herald [N.Y.], Saturday, 21 March 1931, page 12, column 3; digital image, Old Fulton N.Y. Post Cards ( : accessed 8 April 2018), Historical Newspaper Pages collection.

The Abel family (George J. Abel, Mary Edwards Abel, Florence V. Abel) in the 1930 US Federal Census
The George Abel family, Fultonville, Montgomery, New York, in the 1930 United States Federal Census. Image courtesy of

Genealogy Notes: Mary Edwards Abel was the third child, and first daughter, of John Van Schaick Edwards (1822-1887) and Mary Hosford Mitchell (1815-1891). Her siblings include Jacob Saunders Glen Edwards (1847-1917), Edward Edwards (1850-1937), Annette Edwards (1855-1855), Geddes Hosford Edwards (1857-1939). She is the granddaughter of John Edwards (1792-1877) and Ann Van Schaick (1790-1876).

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Mary Edwards (John V.S., John, William)

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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.

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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 ( : 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 ( : 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 Prominent Glen Citizen -Frank Edwards (1918)

Death of Prominent Glen Citizen

In Summons to Former Supervisor Frank Edwards of the Town of Glen Sustains Loss of One of Its Foremost Men.

Frank Edwards (1857-1918) of Glen, New York
Frank Edwards

The town of Glen has sustained a real and widely felt loss in the death of former Supervisor Frank Edwards which occurred at his home near Glen village, on Thursday afternoon, September 12th, from angina pectoris, following an illness of three weeks. Mr. Edwards had not been in his usual good health of late but neither he nor his friends felt a serious condition was likely to develop. About two weeks ago the persistence of the malady continued to such an extent that a specialist, Dr. Guardinier of Troy, was summoned in consultation and all that medical skill suggested was provided but without avail, his end coming as above stated.

Mr. Edwards was born in the town of Glen on March 7, 1857, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Edwards, his father being one of the most prominent citizens of the town of Glen in his day. His life was passed on his farm which was his pride and every device and improvement suggested by progressive farming methods were installed, as Mr. Edwards believed the agricultural life was as high and serious a calling as any, and often made the remark that he was of the opinion that it required a greater degree of intelligent thought and study than most. He was deeply interested in all that pertained to this pursuit and when the county farm bureau was established became a charter member, being elected a committeeman and director and remained as such up to the time of his death.

He was also an active charter member of the Glen grange. For years he had been a director of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of the counties of Montgomery and Fulton, of which he was vice president and a director for the town of Glen. He was a regular attendant of the Glen Reformed church and greatly interested in its welfare.

As one of the prominent Republican representatives of the town of Glen, he was finally called upon to accept the office of supervisor, serving two terms, or four years, during 1914-15-16-17 and conducted the affairs of the town with great credit to himself and the entire satisfaction of the residents. Being a man of liberal mind, sterling character, affable and very pleasing manner he won the respect and esteem of all in the community and his passing away is keenly felt.

On November 12, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Van Horne, of Mill Point, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Van Horne, who survives him, together with three daughters, Mrs. Edward Milas of Buffalo, Mrs. Dewey Dievendorf of Currytown and Miss Anna Edwards. He also leaves a brother and two sisters, William Henry Edwards, Mrs. Fletcher Van Wie and Mrs. Louis E. Lounsbury all of Randall.

The funeral was held from his late home Monday morning at eleven o’clock, the Rev. H.G. Dean, pastor of the Glen Reformed church officiating and the bearers were nephews, Schuyler G. Voorhees, Capt. Isaac Newton Voorhees (Camp Lee, Va.), C. Herbert Van Horne, John Van Wie (Orange, N.J.), Arie G. Van Wie and Albert J. Dillenbeck. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The burial was made in the family plot in Maple Avenue cemetery, Fultonville. Among those in attendance from out of town were Captain Newton Vorhees, Camp Lee, Va., Mrs. John R. Blood, Rev. and Mrs. David Van Horne, Miss Jennie Van Horne, Mrs. Enders Van Derveer, Mrs. Schuyler Van Horne, Mrs. Helen Mickle, Harry Loder, Amsterdam, Mr. and Mrs. John Van Wie and daughters, Orange, N.J., Mrs. Edward Milas, Buffalo, the directors of the Farmers Insurance Co., besides many others, and the funeral was one of the most largely attended that has occurred in this vicinity.


Frank Edwards was born 7 March 1857 in Glen, Montgomery County, New York and died 12 September 1918 in the same location.

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Frank Edwards (William Henry, John, William)

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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 ( : 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?

History of the Edwards Genealogy


[Originally published Wednesday, October 18, 2006]

There have been a lot of genealogists in the Edwards family. The first genealogist I know of was Sarah Estella (Gurney) Edwards, wife of Seeber Edwards. I have correspondence of hers and her brother, Harris, showing their research into the Gurney family history in the early 1900s. I can only imagine that she also researched the Edwards line as well. There was also one letter I saw where Seeber, as well, was corresponding regarding one of his family lines.

The most well-known Edwards family historian to-date was William Henry Edwards II, or as we affectionately knew him, Uncle Bill. Uncle Bill had a tremendous love and knowledge of the Edwards family history. I believe this must have come from his parents. Uncle Bill had a number of records and notes on the family and could recite the family history from memory. He made quite an impression on my mother, Helen Edwards, and inspired her to become a genealogist. Unfortunately he died while I was still quite young so I never got the chance to know him.

In the 1960s my parents did quite a bit of family history research. They even went to Glen, NY and visited with the Dillenbecks, descendants of William Henry Edwards, who were still living in the Edwards homestead. They recorded an interview with Lucy Dillenbeck but unfortunately, 40 years later, nobody knows where that tape is.

And now here we are in 2006. I started researching the Edwards family history in 2004 in anticipation of the birth of my 3rd son who was named after my great grandfather, Seeber Edwards. I was looking for a unique name for my son and I couldn’t find any family name more unique than Seeber. However, at that time I knew little about my family history. Before naming my child after an unfamiliar relative I sought to find out a little more about his namesake. And thus began my journey into family history.

However, I didn’t stop with just my direct ancestors. Inspired by another family history book, The Silver Family in America by Benjamin Stump Silver, I decided to try to create a similar book for the descendants of William Edwards and Christina Smith. And since then I have been on a wonderful journey discovering all the descendants of our original Edwards immigrant ancestor. My website is a compilation of that work in progress.