April 30, 2014

Harriet A. Lewis Washburn - Daughter of George C. & Carolina Camp Lewis

On 16 September 1847, George and Caroline (Camp) Lewis welcomed their second daughter, Harriet A., nicknamed Hattie.  Hattie, too, was born in Sangerfield, Oneida County, New York.
She married James Duane Washburn when she was 22, on 10 May 1871, and they relocated to Hamilton, New York, after the nuptials.  

The 1880 Federal Census enumerator found them in Hamilton, Madison County, New York.  J. D. Washburn (James Duane), 30, was working as a blacksmith and Hattie, 32, was at home. They had one son, Albro D., aged 8, and J.D.'s brother, Lucius H, 17, was living with them learning the blacksmith trade as an apprentice.

James, 50, (born February 1850) was still in Hamilton, according to the 1900 census, and still engaged as a blacksmith in his own business.  Hattie, 52, had with her a niece, Alla Lewis, 12 years old.   (This was the daughter of Etta Caroline Lewis, Hattie's sister, who died in 1888.  Etta had married a Lewis and so retained the surname.  More in the next post on Alla/Olla.)

In 1921, the DeRuyter Gleaner of DeRuyter, New York reported on Thursday, May 20, 1921, that "Mr. and Mrs. J. Duane Washburn of Earlville celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on May 10."   In just a few months, J. Duane passed away, Hattie followed three months later.

Earlville Standard ,reprinted in the Brookfield Courier on August 31, 1921, page 1: 

James Duane Washburn was born in Brookfield, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1850.  He was the eldest son of a family of eleven children of Charles and Maria Crandall Washburn.  He died at his home in Earlsville on August 17, 1921 at the age of 71 years, 6 months.

Early in life, he was baptized and united with the Seventh  Day Baptist Church at Brookfield, retaining his membership until his death.
On the 10th of May, 1870,he was married to Hattie A. Lewis of Sangerfield.  At this time, he located in South Hamilton in the blacksmith business, living there until about 28 years ago, when he came to Earlsville, continuing in the same business.  About five years ago, his failing health compelled him to retire from active work which was taken over by his son, Albro.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Albro Duane of this place,and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Spicer of Norwich, four grandchildren and five brothers.
The funeral services were held at his late home on Saturday afternoon, August 20., Rev. Harry VanderLinden of the First Baptist Church officiating.  A large congregation of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of love, and the wealth of beautiful flowers expressed the sympathy of all."
Photo from www.findagrave.com

In November, The Courier, Brookfield, NY, reported on Wednesday, November 16, 1921: 


Hattie A. Lewis was born in Sangerfield, N. Y., Sept. 16, 1847, and was the second daughter in the family of five children born to George and Caroline Camp Lewis.  She died at her home in Earlville on November 1, 1921, at the age of 74 years.

The deceased was married to James Duane Washburn of Brookfield, N. Y., on May 10, 1870, and lived in South Hamilton, later moving to Earlville, where she has resided until the time of her death.
 In 1867, she was baptized and united with the Second Seventh Day Baptist Church of Brookfield, always retaining her membership.  Although living away from Sabbath keepers, she always tried to faithfully keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day of the week.

There are left to mourn her loss one son, Albro Duane, of this place; an adopted daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Spicer, of Norwich;four grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Cook of Sangerfield, N. Y.
The funeral services were held at her late home on Saturday afternoon, November 5, Rev. Harry Vander Linden of the First Baptist Church, officiating, and she was laid to rest in the Earlville Cemetery.  Earlville Standard "

The presence of the name, Gertrude Spicer, in each obituary was interesting and led me on quite a search, which is still not totally resolved.  But that's for the next post!

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