Mar 1, 2012

Death of Robert Andrews

Here is the obituary for Robert Andrews, the husband of James D. Bradley's youngest daughter, Emma Varnera Bradley. It was the first of many articles I found about the family at Old Fulton NY Post Cards. It was an exciting find for me, as I knew nothing beyond names and dates for Emma. She was the only one of the Bradley's 10 children born at Kalamo, Eaton Co., Michigan, the rest born in New York.
Mr. Robert Andrews
    Died at his home one mile West of Southwest Oswego one of Oswego Town's well know and highly respected citizens, Robert Andrews, aged 68 years 11 months and 21 days. Mr. Andrews had lived during his whole life in the same school district having been born on a farm adjacent to the present homestead to which he moved with his parents when about four years of age. On April fifth 1864 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma V. Bradley of Kalamo, Eaton Co., Michigan; and she with their three children, Mrs. H.E. Kingsley, Mrs. S.F. Lewis, and William B. Andrews still survive him. He was a kind and sympathatic husband and fater and a great lover of home and family.
    Although he had been in poor health for years, and death was not unexpected, the end was sudden and a great shock to his friends, yet he pass- ed away so peacefully that they scarcely knew when the spirit took its flight.
    He was much interested in the political affairs of the country and town as a Republican, but did not de- sire official positions, yet he had vot- ed at every election after he became of age.
   He had been a faithful attendant of the S.W. Oswego Baptist Church since its organization, and later be- came one of its esteemed members, since which time he has been deeply interested in its welfare, and has con- scientiously supported its workings in all ways acting as trustee for a num- ber of years.
   The large number who attended his funeral at the home church on March 29, notwithstanding the bad condition of the roads, told of the high respect and esteem in which he was held.
   "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace."

South West Oswego, April 1 -
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy during the short sickness and burial of our dear husband and father. Also to the Baptist Curch and Hope Grange and others for the beautiful flowers given at this time of our great bereavement.
Mrs. Emma V. Andrews,
William B. Andrews,
Mr and Mrs H.E. Kingsley,
Mr and Mrs S.F. Lewis
(Oswego Daily Times, Thursday Evening April 2, 1908)

I would like to know what brought Robert to Eaton County. He was listed in both the 1850 and 1860 census' living with his parents, Samuel and Mary Andrews at Oswego, New York. His father having been born in Ireland. He was the only child (11 years old) in 1850. In 1860, there was also a 12 year old girl named Jane Hines.

There were a number of Andrews' families living in Eaton County in 1860, but none that I can so far connect to Robert. Perhaps he knew one of Emma's brothers through Grange business?

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