March 21, 2014

Alida Worden Burhyte, Daughter of Sarah Camp Gorton Worden

Sarah and Delos Worden had one child together who survived into adulthood, Alida.  Alida was enumerated in the New York state census of 1875 with her mother and father, and again in 1880, with just her mother who was widowed by that time.  In both of those censuses, she was listed with the last name of Burhyte and was married.  Her first name, actually Alida, was Alyde and Elida in those censuses. 
I wondered where her husband was, but later learned he was a buyer and shipper of hops, so I'm sure he traveled extensively in that position.

Without the 1890 census to help, Alida disappeared for awhile until the Federal Census of 1900, Brookfield, Madison, NY.  She was with her husband, Herman Burkhyte  Burhyte), 53, born August 1846, who was a hop buyer.  Alida, born November, 1852, and 47 years old, reported that she had had two children, but only one was living.  (Walter Worden Burhyte,their son, shares a tombstone with his parents - 1889-1893.)  Their daughter, Hattie Pauline, born July 1895, was five years old.  The couple also had a boarder, Ethel Payne, age 3, born January 1897.   By this time, Alida and Herman had been married 28 years, making their marriage date 1872.

In 1910, they were still in Brookfield, and at 63, Herman was still working as a hop broker, buying and shipping hops.  Hattie P., 15, was still at home, too.

By 1920, Herman, 73, was slowing down, but was now working as an insurance agent.  Alida was 67.  In 1922, Herman died.  His obituary appeared in The Courier, Brookfield, NY:

"Herman C. Burhyte, a life-long resident of this village, passed on to the higher life on Friday night at 9 o'clock.  For many years, he has suffered form a bronchial and lung trouble.  Notwithstanding this affliction, he was always cheerful and put the best side out.  He had the happy faculty of making friends with those he met.  He would have been 76 years of age on August 3d.

Mr. Burhyte was the oldest living son of Egbert and Paulina B.  His wife, Alida, and daughter, Hattie Burhyte Sweet, survive him, besides three brothers, Charles W. of N. Brookfield; Augustus of S. Brookfield; and O. W. Burhyte, M.D. of Sanquoit.  
He was a faithful and loyal member of the Baptist church for 46 years, and served as church clerk for 40 years, and nearly the same time as church and society clerk.  He was a liberal giver, and kept the appointments of the church whenever possible and was thoroughly posted on the rules and regulations governing Baptist churches.

In earlier years, he was a hop buyer for Green, Brainard & Co., of Waterville, giving entire satisfaction.  He was insurance agent for Mr. Waters of Sherburne for many years.  In politics, he was a Republican and always voted the ticket, and was county committeeman and always upheld the standard of his party.  He was a notary public and postmaster for 8 years and filled at other times various offices.

His generosity and friendliness won for him many friends, especially was this so with the young people, with whom he was on terms of good fellowship.  He will be greatly missed in the community where he lived.  Many came to him for advice and counsel on secular affairs and other matters.  His judgment was generally sound and good.
The funeral was held at the Baptist church on Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. Frank Mattison of Burlington officiating.  There was a large attendance and many beautiful floral pieces.  Burial was in the family plot in Sweet's Cemetery."

After her husband's death, Alida moved in with her daughter, Hattie, and family on the county road between Hubbardsville and Hamilton, Madison County, NY.  In the 1930 census, it was reported that Hattie P. was 35 and had been married 13 years to Roland S. Sweet, a dairy farmer.  Roland was originally from English Canada, naturalized in 1908.
They had two children - Florence I., 11, and Harold L., 9.  With them lived Alida Burhyte, mother-in-law, 77 and a widow.

Alida died on New Year's Day, 1939.  Her obituary appeared in The Courier on January 4th:
"Mrs. Alida Burhyte.  On Sunday, January 1, 1939, Alida Worden Burhyte passed to her eternal hope.  She was born in North Brookfield on November 8, 1852, and was the daughter of Delos and Sarah Worden.  She lived there most of her life and when young, married Herman C. Burhyte.  Two children, Walter and Hattie, were born to them.  
Walter died at the age of five years.

She was a member of the North Brookfield Baptist Church for many years where she sang alto in the choir and acted as organist for 50 years.  In the later years, she has been attending the East Hamilton M. E. Church.  She was a valued member of the community and her life was an example of loyal Christian living.

For the past eighteen years since the death of her husband, she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Roland Sweet, who with three grandchildren, are left to mourn her loss.
The funeral will be held at her home on Wednesday afternon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. F. G. Cotham of E. Hamilton, officiating."

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