DEATHS 1848 - 1849

These listings of vital records for the Town of Norway, 1848 - 1849, were digitally prepared by Helen Wheatley, Norway Town Historian, from photocopies of typescripts provided to her. The transcriptions of the original records came from Volume 357 of the miscellaneous unpublished records of the New York State D.A.R., available for your perusal at the main branch of the New York City Public Library, at the State Library in Albany, NY, and at the D.A.R. Library in Washington, D.C. We hope this list provides clues to ancestral location and helps you better formulate questions when visiting Mohawk Valley societies or ordering mail searches. If you recognize anyone on this list, please drop a line to Martha so we can note it on this page.

As you scan the listings you'll see unusual spellings. They're not typos but can be attributed to well-known difficulties in reading fragile records with old handwriting, as well as assumptions made by the registrars of the deaths. If a spelling differs from that of your ancestral surname, or deaths didn't take place in the town you thought your ancestors were from, don't pass them by. Jot them down...just in case.

During years 1847 - 1850 some New York State counties officially recorded information about births, marriages and deaths. Then they just stopped. Not all towns recorded or preserved this early information so each town/county must be taken on a case-by-case basis. Required birth registration didn't start in New York State until the early 1880s, over 30 years after the 1847 - 1849 events were recorded, and wasn't really enforced until 1900. New York State death registration wasn't enforced until just after 1900.


AUSTIN, Chauncey, age 13, died June 3
BENJAMIN, Clarke A., age 20, died Apr. 1
BLY, Daniel, age 1-1/2, died Oct. 30
BURT, Jennett S., age 48, died Sept. 24
CHASSEL, Olin, age 22, died Apr. 19
FISK, David S., age 2, died Mar. 16
HALL, Martha, age 5, died Dec. 2
HURD, Sarah, age 76, died May 26
JOHNSON, Jemima, age 84, died Mar. 26
KELLEY, Judson, age 17, died Aug. __
SISSON, Rebecca, age 2 mo., died Mar. 30
SMITH, ___, age 4 da., died Mar. 21
TOMPKINS, Phoebe, age 62, died Dec. 26
WATROUS, Charles H., age 9 mo., died Apr. 23

ANDREWS, Asahel, age 68, died Nov. 19
AUSTIN, Charles R., age 3, died Feb. 22
CARPENTER, Augustus, age 66, Aug. 11
CARPENTER, Thankful, age 41, died June 26
CUMMINGS, Abigail, age 64, died Oct. 7
HUMPHREVILLE, Charles E., age 6 mo., died Sept. 26 SEE NOTE BELOW
MATTESON, Laura S., age 4, died Nov. 18
TOMPKINS, May, age 2, died May 19
VEDDER, Aaron, age 9 mo., died May 3
VEDDER, James, age 7, died Apr. 2
WALRATH, Henry, age 3-1/2, died Mar. 25

No records for 1847 deaths for Norway.

updated 6/4/05

"I've just come across the report of Charles E. Humphreville, (sometimes spelled Humphreyville) who died at age 6 mo. in Norway, Sept. 26, 1849. I suspect he was the child of Reuben and Ann Eliza Humphreyville, who appear in the 1850 Census. Reuben was the son of David and Mary (Wood) Humphreyville of Norway, who appear in the 1825, 1830, 1840, 1850, & 1860 Census for Norway. David was a shoemaker. Rueben was a box maker.

I have gathered a fair amount of information about the family, and will be happy to share it. Much of what I have is posted on in the database "tuttle35". I am still searching for the parents of David Humphreyville, who was born about 1789 in CT, and his wife, Mary Wood, who was born about 1796 in MA, according to the census records. I believe David died in 1863, and Mary died between 1860 and 1870, probably both in Norway. I don't know whether any death records exist for them."

Yours truly,

Vada Larson

updated 6/19/05  From Helen Wheatley, Norway historian.

Here is what I found in the Norway Village Cemetery list:

David and Mary Humpreyville - no dates of death
Mary A., dau. Nov. 20. 1826 - July 4, 1907
Alanson, Jennie, Edwin, Sophia are listed with no death dates

Probably the gentlemen who took the names down found them illegible. Sorry I can't help more.

Helen Wheatley

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Created: 1/26/01
Updated: 6/19/05
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