New York Obituaries


Oneida Dispatch 09/18/1868

Sands Higinbotham (1790-1868) NY

The Late Sands Higinbotham. --- To the many friends of the late Sands it will be a satisfaction to recall, or to learn, some of the principal incidents of his life. He was born in March, 1790, in the County of Rensselaer, in this State, and a few years afterward removed with his parents to Central New York. In his youth he went to Utica (at that time a small village,) to reside in the family of his half brother, the first Watts Sherman, who was several years his senior. He spent the period of his residence there; first as an attendant of one of the schools, and then as a clerk in the store of Mr. Sherman; and some are now living in Utica, who still have pleasant memories of him in those days of his boyhood and youth. From Utica, in the year 1810, when he was twenty years of age, he went to Vernon to reside, and there commenced business for himself as a merchant. During his twenty-four years' residence in Vernon, he was known as an honorable and prosperous merchant, and as a wise and conscientious man, whom all esteemed. During this time, also, he became acquainted quite extensively with the leading minds, not only of his own County of Oneida, but of the State; and in many instances the friendships then formed were severed only by death. Many men now living will remember him at this portion of his life, with the greatest respect and affection. About the year 1830, he purchased several hundred acres of land where now is located the embryo city of Oneida, and in the autumn of 1834, he took up his residence upon it. In 1837, the Syracuse and Utica Railroad Company located their railroad across his farm, and made one of their important stations there. In July, 1839, the cars commenced to run; and from that date, under the fostering care of Mr. Higinbotham, the village of Oneida has steadily grown and improved, from year to year, without drawback or change, except to a greater and more rapid improvement as time went on. Here, in the last thirty-four years, (a generation in itself,) the crowning work of his life was done. His strict integrity, his sound sense, his genial spirit, his large heart, were elements of attraction which drew around him a circle, not only of citizens and business men, but of friends. Religion, good morals, education, all received the fullest aid in his power to give; and everything that was of interest to Oneida, also interested him. As his reward, he has lived to see his cherished home become one of the most thriving and beautiful villages of Central New York. Although always feeling an earnest interest in the politics of the country, and in his early years taking an active part in the movements of parties, he yet constantly and steadily refused to accept any political office or nomination. He was, however, a Trustee of Hamilton College for the last thirty years of his life, and until very recently continued his regular attendance at all meetings of the Board, giving them the benefit of his ripe counsel and great experience. For the last two years his growing infirmities made it necessary for him to retire from active labor; and now, in the evening of his busy life, his work being done, he has peacefully gone to his rest; the honored patriarch, the much loved husband, father, neighbor, friend.



The New York Times 02/16/1908

Annie E. Hickinbottom (????-1908) NY

Hickinbottom-At her home, Amityville, L.I., on Friday Feb. 14, 1908, Annie E. Hickinbottom, widow of the late Alfred Hickinbottom. Services at her late residence Sunday, Feb. 16, 1908, at 2:30 p.m.. Interment in Pennsylvania at the convenience of the family.



The Syracuse Herald 06/08/1915

E. Gaston Higginbotham (????-1915) NY

 Reconciled With Wife, then Dies in a Few Minutes

Strange Career of Former Magistrate Higginbotham of Brooklyn

Lived Among Derelicts

Resigned From Bench in 1910 and Dropped From Sight-Entered Hospital in Rags and When Told Death Was Near, Sent for Wife

New York, June 8-Just a few moments after being reconciled with his wife and three children from whom he had separated in 1911, former Magistrate E. Gaston Higginbotham of Brooklyn died in the charity ward of St. Mary’s hospital there.

Not until half an hour before his death today did the attendants know his identity. When they told him his case was hopeless, he told his real name and sent for his wife.

She came with their children and a reconciliation followed. Then Higginbotham died.

His passing marked the end of one of the strangest and most inexplicable careers in New York. A man of high education and refinement, the former magistrate abandoned his home four years ago and for two years had lived with tramps, derelicts whom once he judged from the bench.

Higginbotham was appointed to the bench in 1901 and resigned in 1910. In 1909 he was accused of misappropriating $500 bail money. A few days later the money was found in his desk, where his secretary had placed it without Higginbotham’s knowledge. In 1910 Mary O. Hickey, 19, accused the magistrate of attacking her. The charge was dismissed. In 1911, when the man broke with his family, his adopted daughter accused him of misappropriating funds of her $20,000 estate. A new guardian was appointed.



Bridgeport (CT) Telegram 04/19/1919

Harlow Niles Higginbotham (1838-1919) NY


NEW YORK. April 18.—Harlow Niles Higginbotham, a former partner in the firm of Marshall Field and company of Chicago, died tonight in the embarkation hospital at the Grand Central Palace where he had been taken earlier in the day after being run down by an automobile at Madison avenue and 45th street. He was 64 years old.

Mr. Higginbotham and his daughter, Mrs. R. P. Crane, had been guests for the past two weeks at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. He was crossing Madison avenue when he was knocked down by an automobile.



Canandaigua (NY) Daily Messenger 01/11/1937

William Adsit Higinbotham (1852-1937) NY

Death Takes William A. Higinbotham, Many Years Leading Banker

Well known in Canandaigua, Victor and throughout the county, William A. Higinbotham, 84, banker, church and civic leader for 52 years, died suddenly at his home in Victor Saturday night following a brief illness. As late as the middle of the past week, he was able to drive to and from business.

Commenting today on Mr. Higinbotham’s many affiliations in the county, George W. Hamlin, president of the Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Company, said that Mr. Higinbotham was one of the original stockholders of the local bank and was elected to the Board of Directors Jan. 8, 1895.

It was after the death of Mr. Hamlin’s father, Frank H. Hamlin, that Mr. Higinbotham was elected chairman of the Board of Directors in 1926, a position he held until his death. Mr. Hamlin also recalled that it had been his father who helped finance the establishment by Mr. Higinbotham and Hiram T. Parmele of the State Bank of Victor. It was Mr. Higinbotham, the late Frank H. Hamlin and Mr. Parmele and other stockholders, Mr. Hamlin said, who established the Canandaigua National Bank Dec. 1, 1887.

In Victor, a partnership with the late Marvin A. Wilbur was formed and the Victor Bank became Higinbotham & Wilbur. This partnership lasted for 12 years and with the withdrawal of Mr. Wilbur the concern became W.A. Higinbotham Bankers, to be later known as W. A. Higinbotham & Company. In 1921 it became the State Bank of Victor.

For many years vice-president of the Canandaigua National Bank and chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Higinbotham also was a member of the Board of Education of Victor, served on the Ontario County Republican Committee and for over 40 years had been an elder of the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Higinbotham was born in Williamsburg, Nov. 20, 1852, but later removed with his family to East Bloomfield. There he engaged in the mercantile business with his brother until 1883, when they moved to Victor.

Mr. Higinbotham in 1878 married Miss Anna Beach Hamlin, daughter of Henry W. and Sybil Sears Hamlin, whose East Bloomfield home had been a station of the underground railroad prior to and during the Civil War. She died several years ago. They had five children, of whom three survive: The Rev. Robert Higinbotham, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Palmyra; Mrs. Roy Hugh Outterson, of Caledonia, and George W. Higinbotham, of Victor. A daughter, Jessie, died at the age of seven and another daughter, Agnes, wife of Col. Herbert C. Woolley, of Washington, D.C., died a year ago. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Leonard W. Hatch, of Pelham Manor; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be from the Victor Presbyterian Church tomorrow at 2 o’clock, the Rev. George Van Artadalen, pastor, officiating. Bearers will be the following grandsons: William A. Higinbotham, of Cornell, Robert H. of Maplewood, N.J., Philip E. Frederick and John Sears, of Palmyra, and Paul S. Higinbotham of Victor. Interment will be in East Bloomfield. The family has requested that flowers be omitted.



The Troy (NY) Time Record 12/27/1949

Francis Leonard Higginbottom (ca1901-1949) NY

The funeral of Francis Leonard Higginbottom, a former resident of Cohoes, will be at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow from the John F. Looby & Son Funeral Home, 203 Remsen Street, and later from St. Agnes Church, where a requiem mass will be celebrated. Mr. Higginbottom died Saturday at his home in New York, where he had been living for the past twenty years. Son of the late William and Mary Higginbottom, he is survived by one brother, Raymond Higginbottom of Troy and six sisters, Mrs. George F. Moran of this city, Mrs. John Pappas of Troy, Mrs. Charles Farley of Albany, Mrs. Leroy Snyder of Schenectady, Mrs. Alfred Rentzel of Castleton, and Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Mechanicville. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Cohoes.



Kingsport (TN) Times 01/22/1954

Ruth Price Higginbotham (ca1916-1954) TN/NY

The body of Mrs. Ruth Higginbotham, 37, of Riverhead, N.Y., who died Tuesday at her home of a heart attack, will arrive in Johnson City by train at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The body will then be taken directly to Gunnings Cemetery, where graveside services will be conducted by Dr. E. Gibson Davis.

Survivors include her husband, Sgt. G. W. Higginbotham, with the US Army at Suffolk County Air Base, Riverhead, N.Y.; five brothers, Troy M. Price of Kingsport, Tam B. Price of Brooklyn, W.H. Price of New Albany, Ind., Thomas W. and Charles J. Price of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Albert Hall of Hampton, Va., Mrs. Paul Onkoniz and Mrs. Henry Maupin of Kingsport.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.



The Holland (MI) Evening Sentinel 09/27/1957

Annie Hickinbottom Mills (1864-1957) NY

Scarsdale, N.Y.-Mrs. Annie Hickinbottom Mills, 93, dean emeritus of Hunter College, died Wednesday.



Oshkosh (WI) Daily Northwestern 06/12/1958

Dr. Samuel Higginbottom (1874-1958) England/NY

Port Washington, N.Y.-Dr. Sam Higginbottom, who served as moderator of the Presbyterian Church in he United States in 1939-40, died here Wednesday. He was 83. The clergyman won fame as a missionary to India, where he served for a time as president of the Allahabad Christian College. He founded and headed the Allahabad Agricultural institute.



The (Canandaigua) Daily Messenger 08/28/1961

Harry H. Higginbotham (1893-1961) NY

Harry H. Higginbotham, 67, of 80 Bristol St., died Friday in Thompson Hospital, following a brief illness.

A native of Taunton, Mass., he was born Nov. 20, 1893, the son of the late Albert and Jane Hyde Higginbotham. He was a veteran of World War I.

Mr. Higginbotham had been employed at the Canandaigua Veterans hospital as purchasing agent, retiring Feb. 28, 1958 after 40 years of service in the Canandaigua and Staten Island Hospitals.

He was a member of Canandaigua Elks Club, the Charles H. Titles Lodge IOOF, of Taunton, Mass., and the Taunton Masonic Lodge, the Canandaigua Merrill Hose Co., and Canandaigua Post American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel, whom he married 39 years ago; a daughter, Mrs. Edward Gola and a grandson, Dennis Gola of Canandaigua; a brother and a sister in Taunton, Mass.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the John C. Johnson Funeral Home where the Elks Club will hold a service tonight at 7:30. The Merrill Hose Co. will hold a service at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Harold D. Avery, rector of St. Johns Episcopal Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.



The Canandaigua Daily Messenger 02/04/1964

Ethel E. Higginbotham (ca1896-1964) NY/FL

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. H. H. Higginbotham in Largo, Fla., Jan. 30, 1964. Mrs. Higginbotham died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward (Joyce) Gola. She was the widow of H.H. Higginbotham, retired chief of supply services at the Veterans Hospital here for several years.

Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.



The (Syracuse) Post-Standard 03/13/1965

Mrs. Lina R. White Higginbotham (1879-1965) NY

Watertown-Services for Mrs. Lina Higginbotham, 86, formerly of this city, who died Friday afternoon in an Ogdensburg hospital, will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Cummings Funeral Home, Watertown, and at 9 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Burial will be in the spring in St. Marys Cemetery, Canton. Friends may call 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.



The Canandaigua Daily Messenger 07/21/1972

Anne Higinbotham Outterson (1887-1972) NY

Mrs. Anne Outterson, 85, died Tuesday. Formerly of Victor, she lived at 85 Main St., Caledonia.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William A. Higginbotham of Victor and had resided with her parents for many years.

An accomplished violinist who played with the predecessor of the Rochester Civic Orchestra, she was also past president of the Rochester Presbyterial and an active member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia.

She is survived by a son, the Rev. Hugh Outterson, who is pastor of Rochester’s Bethany Presbyterian Church, and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia on Sunday at 2 p.m. followed by burial in Mumford Cemetery. Friends may call at the Alhart Funeral Home tomorrow from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of a favorite charity.



Great Bend (KS) Tribune 05/29/1973

Jay Cee Higginbotham (1906-1973) NY

New York-Jay Cee Higginbotham, 67, jazz trombonist of the 30s and 40s who played with Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson and other Jazz greats, died Saturday. He composed "Give Me our Telephone Number," "Swing Out," and "Higginbotham Blues."



The (Syracuse) Post Standard 06/22/1974

Earle Henry Higginbotham (1900-1974) IL/NY

Earle H. Higginbotham, 73, of 707 Church St., North Syracuse, died yesterday at his home after a long illness.

A native of Waukegan, Ill., Mr. Higginbotham lived in the Syracuse area 42 years. He was a draftsman for Diebold Inc. before his retirement eight years ago.

He was a member of the International Bible Students.

Surviving are his wife, Caroline; a son, William J. of Clay; two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Munhall of California and Mrs. Elsie Calhoun of Illinois; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements for services will be announced. Burial will be in North Syracuse Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Sears-Middleton Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., North Syracuse.



The Wellsboro (PA) Gazette 07/10/1985

Carrie Mae Higginbottom Cooper (1908-1985) AR/NY

Mrs. Carrie Mae Cooper, 76, of Campbell RD 2, N.Y., died Tuesday, July 2, 1985, in Carleton Nursing Home, Wellsboro.

Born Nov. 19, 1908, at Hoxie, Ark., she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Hickumbottom.

She retired as a legal secretary at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Surviving are nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Friday, July 5, at Rest Haven Park, Glendale, Ariz.



Syracuse Herald Journal 02/18/1992

Caroline Whyte Higginbotham (1905-1992) MN/NY

Caroline Higginbotham, 86, formerly of Church Street, North Syracuse, died Sunday at Park Ridge Memorial Hospital, Rochester.

A native of White Bear Lake, Minn., Mrs. Higginbotham lived 38 years in North Syracuse before moving to Rochester in 1976.

Surviving are a son, William of Brewerton; and three grandchildren.

Services will be private. Burial will be in North Syracuse Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Foundation.



Syracuse Herald Journal 11/25/1999

William John Higginbotham (1935-1999) NY

William J. Higginbotham, 64, of Caughdenoy Road, Brewerton, died Tuesday at home.

A native of North Syracuse, he lived in Brewerton 40 years. He was a 1953 graduate of North Syracuse High School and a 1955 graduate of Alfred University. He retired in 1996 after 42 years as a manufacturing engineer with Carrier Corp.

Survivors: his wife of 40 years, the former Marlene Compo; two daughters, Kim Higginbotham of Manlius and Kelly Farley of Brewerton; a son, Scott of Baldwinsville; two brothers, Richard Taylor of Syracuse and Rollie Taylor of Honeoye Falls; two grandsons.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Kruegar Funeral Home. Burial, Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Clay. Calling hours, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 2619 Brewerton Road, Mattydale.

Contributions: Brewerton Volunteer Fire Department Station 1, Brewerton Road, Brewerton, 13029.



Albany Times Union 08/02/2007

Charles Higginbotham Sr. (1929-2007) NY
ALBANY Charles Higginbotham Sr., July 29, 2007 at Julie Blair Nursing Home. Funeral service Friday 11 a.m. at Garland Brothers Funeral Home, 75 Clinton Ave. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10-11 a.m.



Syracuse Post Standard 12/02/2008

Susan J. Lindsey Higginbotham (1950-2008) NY

November 29, 2008 Susan J. Higginbotham, 58, of Liverpool, passed away Saturday following an automobile accident. She was born on Wellesley Island and lived in Liverpool most of her life. Susan received her bachelor's degree from University of Buffalo and her master's degree from Syracuse University. She taught business education at C. W. Baker High School, Baldwinsville, for over 35 years, retiring this past year. She was currently a House Director at Kappa Kappa Gamma at Syracuse University. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fineview. Susan was predeceased by her husband, Hershel R. Higginbotham. Survivors: two daughters, Carrie Higginbotham of Baldwinsville and Lindsay Higginbotham of Liverpool; a stepson, Ray Higginbotham Jr. of Memphis, TN; her mother, Jean Lindsey of Wellesley Island; her twin sister, Sally Hartman of Liverpool and sister, Carol Barton of Clayton; a brother, Douglas Lindsey of Stewartstown, PA; a granddaughter, Mariah Ellithorpe of Baldwinsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins Calling hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2008, at Falardeau Funeral Home, 93 Downer St., Baldwinsville. Private services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mariah Ellithorpe's College Fund, c/o James Barton, 17208 Barton Lane, Clayton, NY 13624 Falardeau Funeral Home.



Ithaca Journal 05/25/2011

Susan J. Higginbotham (1953-2011) NY

Higginbotham, Susan 1953-2011: Susan passed away peacefully on May 22nd, 2011 and will be very much missed by many loving friends and family. She is survived by her husband John Stetch. Born in Brooklyn on November 29, 1953, Susan graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts (Fame!) in New York, and subsequently from The Joffrey School of Ballet. Multi-talented, she later studied acting with the legendary Lee Strasberg (of the Godfather), and also trained to be a guitar-playing country singer songwriter which resulted in a hit single at a Tennessee radio station in the 80's. She eventually settled in Jacksonville, Florida to take care of her parents and worked for the local PBS station for several years. Her love for jazz music resulted in meeting pianist John Stetch in 1998. They married soon after, and she became a manager of several jazz musicians' careers while living in Brooklyn and eventually Ithaca. To those who knew Susan, she was a ray of sunshine who was boldly expressive, had an enormous compassion for animals, and a great appreciation for the arts, including her own more recent pursuit of writing and photography. In recent years, she worked as Marketing Director for Snow Lion Publications and became an active member of the Tibetan Buddhist community. May her sweet soul live on. In lieu of flowers, Susan would have appreciated that any donation be made to: Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.



Saratoga Springs, New York 08/26/2011

Bertram R. Higginbotham (1941-2011) NY

December 22, 1941 - August 25, 2011

Bertram was born on December 22, 1941 and passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Bertram was a resident of Saratoga Springs, New York.



Star-Gazette 02/28/2012

Erma Fay Higginbotham Schlick (1925-2012) WV/NY

SCHLICK, Erma Fay Was born September 23, 1925 in Charleston, WV the daughter of the late Jesse and Blanche (McGrew) Higginbotham. She went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 86. Her brothers, James, Robert, and Ray, and sister Marie preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Lewis E. Schlick; daughter, Glori (Charles) Cole of Sunbury, PA; son, Thomas Schlick of Vestal, NY; grandchildren, Jeannette (Paul) Brosious, Julie (Jason) Fikkert, Jodi Cole and Jeff Cole; great grandchildren, Emmalyn, Paul and Curtis Brosious; Megan and Justin Fikkert; sister, Florence Marsh. Fay enjoyed her family, church and her oil painting art work. Family and friends are invited to call at the Maple Avenue Baptist Church 1548 Maple Ave. Elmira, NY on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. A Memorial Service honoring Fay's life will follow the visitation at 2 PM. Interment will take place at a later date in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.



Buffalo News 04/23/2014

Norma P. Stelman Higginbotham (1931-2014) NY

April 30, 1931 - April 19, 2014

HIGGINBOTHAM - Norma P. (nee Stelman) April 19, 2014, beloved wife of the late John G. Higginbotham; dearest mother of Patricia (Michael) Sorrentino and the late John J. (Linda) Higginbotham; dear grandmother of Sarah, Michael, Zachary and Joshua. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the MELVIN J. SLIWINSKI FUNERAL HOME, 85 George Urban Blvd., (west of Harlem Rd.). A Celebration of Norma's Life will be held on Friday at the World Prayer Tower of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, 3210 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, at 10 AM. (Please assemble at church). Interment St. Adalbert Cemetery. Norma was an alumna of Rosary Hill College.


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