Cornelius “Connor” Navin

Cornelius “Connor” Navin

Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland
Death 29 Dec 1908 (aged 78)
Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot 535
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Connor Navin's Obituary, Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, MA), 29 DEC 1908

Cornelius Navin Was One of the Searchers for Gold

Cornelius Navin, 78 years of age, was found dead in bed this morning by a son, who went to his room to call him when he did not arise at his normal hour. He had not even complained of being ill and he was in the street chatting and visiting with his friends as usual yesterday. Mr. Navin was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and with his parents emigrated to this country when a boy and the family settle in Washington, now October mountain.

When gold was discovered in California in 1849, Mr. Navin, in company with his brother, Martin, sailed around the Horn to the land of promise. Here he stayed for 3½ years and then returned to Lee and entered the employ of the late Alexander Hyde as gardener, where he remained for 26 years. Later he went to work in a similar capacity for the late DeWitt S. Smith completing 40 years service "last year."

Mr. Navin was twice married. He is survived by two sons, Michael, chief of police of Virginia City, Nev.; Edward of Lee, a carpenter; and one daughter, Mrs. George Mogul of Pittsfield; a brother, Patrick; and a sister, Mrs. Patrick O'Connell, of Lee.

Mr. Navin was an industrious, upright, kindly man, quick witted, sincere, and neighborly; a member of St. Mary's church and at one time of the Emerald Hose company.

It is worthy of note that in his 78 years of life Mr. Navin had but two employers, his term of service extending over a period of 65 years. His funeral will be held from St. Mary's church Thursday morning.
Cornelius Navin Obituary in The Valley Gleaner (Lee, Massachusetts), 30 DEC 1908

Death of Connor Navin

Connor Navin, 78, another of our old residents of Irish extraction, like several others of his time, a "Forty-Niner," was found dead in his bed at his home on Spring street yesterday morning. Death was due to the infirmities of age.

Mr. Navin went to California on the discovery of gold in that state, with his brother, Martin Navin, remaining three and a half years; Martin remaining. On his return Mr. Navin worked for Alexander Hyde and afterwards for DeWitt S. Smith.

He was twice married. The deceased leaves two sons, Edward of Lee; Michael, who is chief of police in Virginia City, Nevada; a daughter, Mrs. George Mogul in Pittsfield; a brother, Patrick, and a sister, Mrs. Michael O'Connell of Lee.
Connor Navin Death Notice, Springfield (MA) Republican, 30 DEC 1908

Found Dead in Bed.

Connor Navin, 78, was found dead in bed at his home on Spring street yesterday morning. Mr. Navin was born in Ireland, came to this country when very young, went to California in '49, during the gold excitement and remained there 3 ½ years. On his return, he entered the employ of Dr. Alexander Hyde, and after Mr. Hyde's death he entered the service of DeWitt S. Smith and was employed about the place and in the greenhouses for a dozen years or more.

He was a man of most pleasing disposition, remarkably quick of wit and an example in the good nature whch he maintained at all times.

He is survived by two sons, Edward of Lee and Michael of Virginia CIty, Nev.; one daughter, Mrs George Mogul of Pittsfield; and a sister, Mrs. Michael OÇonnell, of Lee.

The funeral of the late Connor Navin was held, from St. Mary's church this morning and the attendance was large. Reverand J.F. Leonard conducted the services. The bearers were: Cornelius Navin, James Roche, Michael Navin, Patrick O'Connell, Cornelius Navin and Patrick Navin. Burial was in the Lee cemetery.

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Cornelius Navin
Dec. 29, 1908
Age 78 Yrs.

Gravesite Details The gravesite is in the St. James section of the cemetery, Plot 535. The grave marker, an obelisk, is leaning right when viewed from the front. The plot is covered with grass and maintained by cemetery groundskeepers.

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