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Samuel John Rivenburg
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1880
Susquehanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 15, 1980
Johnson City
Broome County
New York, USA

Very little is known about Sam Rivenburg. On April 2, 1902, Sam, age 22, married Elizabeth (Libbie) Madison Whiting, age 21, of Fishs Eddy, NY. Sam was born to John A. Rivenburg and Catherine Williams as listed on the marriage certificate. They were married by the Justice of the Peace, Edmand Fish, Fishs Eddy, NY. Witnesses: Leslie Irwin and Martha (Alice) (Barber) (Whiting) Irwin. Sam gave his birth place as Greenfield, PA., which does not exist today.

Sam, in late years, indicated that his family name was Wayman, perhaps brought up by the John A. and Catherine Rivenburg family after the death of his parents which was caused by a house fire. This information has not been verified to date.

Sam and Libbie are shown in the group photo on the left back row. Next to them are Frank Davenport and Alice Barber-Whiting-Irwin-Davenport, married three times. Floyd Whiting, Leslie Irwin on bicycle. The young girl is Mabel Irwin, unknown girl with dark hair, Bertha Venus Irwin, David and Betsy Goff Barker seated, Nelson Davenport.
To Sam and Libbie were born three children, Bessie Venus, John, and Iva Mabel. After the birth of Iva, Libbie suffered a mental breakdown and was institutionalized for nearly the rest of her life at the Binghamton State Hospital, Binghamton, NY. Sam turned the care of his children over to relatives until he set up housekeeping with Eva Douglas. Bessie stated that she was very good to her and John. Iva was raised by Libbie's brother and wife, Floyd and Julia Whiting, as she was only six months old when Sam took her there. They moved to New Milford, PA.; Bessie graduated high school from Susquehanna,PA. After high school, she worked at the Binghamton State Hospital. I wonder if she looked in on her mother or cared for her there. Bessie is my mother.

The 1920 Census shows Sam living in New Milford, PA., with Eva Douglas, his three children (although Iva is listed as "Julia" for some reason) and Eva's son, Stephan Douglas. The 1930 Census shows Sam, Eva and Stephan living on Idle Lane in Chili, Monroe Co., New York.

Sam and Libbie are buried side-by-side in Port Crane Cemetery, Broome Co., NY. All their adult life they were separated by what today could have been so easily taken care of.

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Madison Whiting Rivenburg (1881 - 1969)
  Bessie Venus Rivenburg Loveless (1904 - 1998)*
  John H. Rivenburg (1907 - 1995)*
  Iva Mabel Rivenburg Brunner (1913 - 1987)*
*Calculated relationship
Port Crane Cemetery
Port Crane
Broome County
New York, USA
Maintained by: Esther Long
Originally Created by: Paul R
Record added: Nov 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100732085
Samuel John Rivenburg
Added by: Paul R
Samuel John Rivenburg
Added by: Paul R
Samuel John Rivenburg
Added by: Esther Long
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