Sunday, July 2, 2017

Obituary Sunday-Abigail Betsey Granteer Coolbaugh

I previously wrote a post about the life of my maternal 3x great grandmother Abigail Betsey Granteer Coolbaugh (click on bolded name to read) and a post about her tombstone entitled Tombstone Tuesday-Abilgail Betsey Granteer Coolbaugh.  I was recently able to find a copy of Abigail “Betsey”’s obituary from the newspaper Monroeton Enterprise dated 20 April, 1912.

Coolbaugh Abigail Betsey Granteer 1912 obituary

Mrs. Betsey Granteer Coolbaugh died at her home on Bridge Street at about 8 o’clock Sunday evening and was buried in the Monroeton cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.  Deceased was born in Canton on the 10th of May, 1823.  She was married to Marvin Coolbaugh on the 27th of October, 1841, and soon afterward accompanied him to Monroeton, where she has since resided.  Mrs. Coolbaugh leaves one daughter, Mrs. Dutton of Elmira, and one son, Arthur Coolbaugh, who has always resided at home with his mother, she having been a widow since 1879.  Through all the hardships and trials of life she always showed a cheerful and hopeful disposition, fulfilling all her duties with patience and fortitude, and has been called to the reward that awaits the faithful and the just.

A special thank-you to the Bradford County Historical Society for finding this obituary for me.
  • I find it interesting that my 2x great grandfather Portis Coolbaugh is not mentioned at all in the obituary of his mother.  Portis died in 1910 in Otis, New York. 
  • His brother Francis is not mentioned either.  Francis died in 1895 in Sayre, PA. 
  • From this obituary I now know the married name of Betsey’s daughter and that she lived in Elmira, NY.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,