Random Elmwood Tombstone

by Laurel | February 17th, 2012

16 February 1926

Fraleigh Tombstone

Fraleigh Tombstone

Mrs. Francis S. Fraleigh

Mrs. Amelia Hanks Fraleigh, 72, wife of Francis S. Fraleigh, died this morning at her home, 10 Clark Street, after an illness of several months. Besides her husband she leaves a son, Ziza F., two daughters, Mrs. Ethel M. Bradley and Mrs. Gladys H. Esty; a sister, Mrs. Alberta Wood of Springfield; a brother, Edward Hanks of Stamford, CT, and six grandchildren. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary three years ago.

05 November 1936

Dies on returning From Polling Place

Francis S. Fraleigh Collapses as He Enters Automobile at Metcalf School

Nov. 3 —Francis Sylvester Fraleigh, 88, of 10 Clark Street, one of the oldest registered voters in the city, died suddenly while leaving the polling booth in the Joseph Metcalf School yesterday afternoon. Mr. Fraleigh voted at about 3 and returned to the street where he entered a machine driven by his son-in-law, who noted his condition and took him to the Holyoke Hospital.

Mr. Fraleigh was dead before reaching the hospital. Associate Medical Examiner Stanley C. Cox viewed the body and pronounced death due to heart disease.

He was born in Red Hook, NY, June 18, 1848 and came to this city when 18 years old. He had been employed in the Riverside division of the American Writing Paper Company for 45 years. He was a member of the Woronoco Lodge of Odd Fellows of Westfield and the Oak Leaf Rebekah Lodge of this city and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Red Hook.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Edward Bradley, with whom he made his home and Mrs. Gladys Esty of this city; one son Ziza Fraleigh of Holyoke; five grandsons, two grand-daughters, one brother and one sister in Red Hook.

The funeral will be held at the Martin funeral chapel Friday afternoon at 2. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

From The Springfield Republican, image © Laurel O’Donnell, all rights reserved.

2 Responses to “Random Elmwood Tombstone”

  1. Wendy Chauvin Nicholson says:

    Francis and Amelia Fraleigh were my great, great grandparents. Amelia Hanks Bradley was my maternal great, great grandmother. Note her maiden name was Hanks. I’ve always been told that we are related to Abraham Lincoln through the Hanks name. In any case, Amelia’s lineage goes back to William Brewster of the Mayflower. Thank you for posting this!

  2. Wendy, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! It makes me happy to know people find the website useful and enjoyable. I bet you might be able to find Lincoln’s genealogy online somewhere, it would be great for you to figure out that connection!

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