|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1836|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1927|
Unidentified newsclipping - Feb. 22 - unknown year (1937?)
Jefferson County, N. Y.
CLAYTON, Feb. 22. -- Mrs. Rachel Bamford, known to practically every resident of the foot of Wolfe Island as "Aunt Rachel," passed away February 16 in the General hospital in Kingston, Ont., after a short illness. Death came a few weeks after she fell down stairs at the home of her nephew, James D. Bamford, at Wolfe Island, and suffered a broken leg. X-ray pictures were taken at the Kingston hospital, and the fracture was reduced, but owing to her advanced age, she gradually weakened until death.
The passing at the age of 90 of Mrs. Bamford removes a member of one of the old Wolfe Island families. Although she was born at Stone Mills August 22, 1836, a daughter of Robert and Nancy Dixon, she moved to Wolfe Island with her parents when a young woman. With the family came another daughter, Irene Dixon, and the daughters married brothers, Rachel to De Volson Bamford, and Irene to Wells Bamford. Both of the Bamford brothers were among the early lake captains and were widely known among marine men. Capt. De Volson Bamford died suddenly at an early age while on duty on his ship, and their only son, Albert, died at the age of 21 after a tragic accident in a baseball game in which he was struck with the ball bat.
The small farm on which they had lived then passed into the hands of Mrs. Bamford, and from the time of her husband's death until three years ago she lived there alone. The farm was worked by her nephew, J. D. Bamford, and she took care of her small garden and berry patch until she was 87 years of age. Her acquaintance with the nearby farmers was an extensive one, and children whom she had known in middle life grew up to move away or work the family farms. The name of "Aunt Rachel" was a familiar one on the island, and few there were who had not at various times paid brief visits to this aged woman for a short chat on current island events. St. Lawrence river history to her was a subject both familiar and dear, and people and events of 50 years and more ago conjured in her mind vivid tales and reminiscences that had become often times lost to the younger generation.
In the summer of 1922 she paid an extensive visit to her only brother, W. C. Dixon and family of this region and celebrated her 89th birthday at his home. She had planned to visit him again this summer. Last fall she cast her vote at the polls and was probably the oldest person on this island to do this.
The funeral services were held at the home of her nephew, J. D. Bamford February 18 and in the M. E. church which is located on a strip of land on the Bamford farm given to the church society many years ago by her brother-in-law, Wells Bamford. Mr. Bamford also gave the plot of ground in the rear of the church which now forms one of the most picturesque rural cemeteries in Ontario. The Ladies Aid Society of the church sent a floral piece for the services in tribute to Mrs. Bamford's long and useful life.
She leaves besides her brother, several nephews and nieces, Charles H. and William C. Dixon, jr. of Clayton, J. D. Bamford of Wolfe Island, Howard Haller of Lafargeville, Mrs. Mary Woodman of Wolfe Island, Mrs. Wells Bamford, Mrs. Grace D. Gaskin and Mrs. Charles Getman of Watertown and Mrs. Charles Holliday of Florida.
Her sister, Mrs. Irene Dixon Bamford died a few years ago at her Wolfe Island home at an advanced age. They had lived within a half a mile of each other for more than half a century and both lived to within a decade of a century.
NOTE: No mention of Baby Rachel
Robert B Dixon (1809 - 1871)
Nancy Smith Dixon (1815 - 1905)
James Devolson Bamford (1837 - 1867)*
Albert C. Bamford (1865 - 1886)*
Rachel Bamford (1869 - ____)*
Irene Dixon Bamford (1833 - 1922)*
Rachel Cornelia Dixon Bamford (1836 - 1927)
John Augustus Dixon (1838 - 1903)*
Victor Dixon (1850 - ____)*
William Collins Dixon (1859 - 1942)*
Saint Lawrence United Church Cemetery
Created by: Thelma Dickinson Moye
Record added: Sep 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29843696