Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday’s Obituary-Martha Warner Goldsmith

In leafing through my Grandmother’s Scrapbook I came across the following obituary for my great great aunt Martha Warner Goldsmith, sister of my paternal great grandfather John Benjamin Warner:
Warner Goldsmith Martha obituary
     “Mrs. Martha Warner Goldsmith has passed from time into eternity.  A life long and well spent has gone from earthly scenes and left a void in her home, her church, and in her large circle of friends.
     Martha R. Warner Goldsmith was born March 3rd, 1848, and was one of 13 children.  The only living survivor of that once numerous family is Mr. Eugene Warner.
     At an early age Mrs. Goldsmith moved to New Suffolk to live with her aunt, Mrs. Jeremiah G. Tuthill Sr., and in this village the greater part of her life was spent.  Nearly seventy years ago, she became the bride of Daniel Goldsmith, one of the keepers of the Horton’s Point Light.
     While living there, her only daughter , now Mrs. Philip Horton, was born.  Shortly after this, Mr. and Mrs. Goldsmith moved again to New Suffolk and successfully conducted a summer boarding house.  At the death of Mr. Goldsmith many years ago, Mrs. Goldsmith continued to carry on until advancing years compelled her to retire and move to the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Horton, at Peconic.
     There she enjoyed a most happy home life and was ministered with loving and thoughtful hearts and hands.  While always interested in community doings, the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church was the center of her social and religious life.  She joined it at the early age of twelve and remained faithful and consistent member to the end.
     Mrs. Goldsmith was for years the teacher of the Women’s Bible Class and president of the Women’s Missionary Society. The last service she felt able to attend was than a year ago, when her only great grandchild was admitted to the church that she loved so long and so well.
     Dr. Franklyn Ward of the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church conducted the last rites and her mortal remains were carried to their last resting place by six officials of her church.
“Aunt Martha Dan” has gone from us, but memories of her will long remain.”

My Legacy Family chart shows Martha’s family:
Martha Rosalie Warner was the 4th of 13 children born to Daniel and Eleanor Howell Warner on 3 March 1848 in Baiting Hollow, Suffolk Co., NY.

Martha married Daniel M. Goldsmith on 2 November 1876 in Baiting Hollow, Suffolk Co., NY.  As reported in The Descendants of Daniel Warner Jr. & Eleanor Howell Warner of Baiting Hollow LI, NY and the Warner Ancestors in England and America by Justine Warner Wells “Family lore has it that Daniel decided to sail by way of L.I. Sound to marry Martha.  He figured it wouldn’t matter much when he becalmed and arrived hours late for their wedding!”

Their only child Martha Elizabeth “Bessie” was born 10 April 1879 in New Suffolk, NY. 
I believe the great grandchild referred to in the above obituary was Philip Goldsmith Jr. who was born 6 May 1930.

Martha’s husband Daniel Goldsmith died 19 January 1918 in New Suffolk, NY.
Martha passed away on 14 September 1944 at the age of 96 in Peconic, New York.

I would like to hear any stories or information you may have to share.

Enjoy the journey,


  1. Our ancestors saved, scrimped, and sometimes 'socked' away letters, announcements, obits, etc.
    Now everything is so digitized, I can't help but wonder, where that leaves future "budding" genealogists and family historians.

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