Ella Florence Underwood

Ella Florence Underwood

Death 25 Jun 1950 (aged 101)
Kenwood, Madison County, New York, USA
Burial Kenwood, Madison County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 47719949 · View Source
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Daughter of Chester & Mary Collins Underwood. The last original member of the community.

Chester W. Underwood was part of the Oneida Community, a religious commune founded by John Humphrey Noyes in Oneida, New York. The Community believed the Jesus had already returned in the year 70 A.D., making it possible for them to bring about Jesus' millennial kingdom themselves, and to be free of sin and perfect in this world and not just in Heaven.
The Oneida Community dissolved in 1881, and eventually became the silverware company, Oneida Limited.

The manufacturing of silverware, the sole remaining industry, began in 1877 relatively late in the life of the Community, and still exists. Other industries that were important to the Community were the manufacture of leather goods, weaving of palm hats, construction of garden furniture, game traps, and tourism.

All Community members were expected to work within the Community. Women did many of the domestic duties. Many of the skilled positions were the jobs of one Community member throughout their time in the Community. Community members rotated through unskilled jobs, but as the Oneida Community began to thrive, it began to hire outside workers to work in the unskilled job sect as well. The Oneida Community was a major employer in the area and employed about 200 employees by 1870.

The primary artifact of the Oneida Community is the 93,000 sq foot Mansion House in Oneida, New York. It has been lived in continuously since its construction (in stages) between 1862 and 1914 by the Oneida Community. Today it contains 35 apartments, 9 dorm rooms, 9 guest rooms, a museum and meeting and dining facilities. The Oneida Community Mansion House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965. The museum and parts of the house are open for visitors.


Underwood, Ella
1849-1850 Indianapolis, Maryland
Age 9, Female
October 8, 1858

"Miss Ella" Underwood was born in Indianapolis, Maryland on September 29, 1849 middle of the three children of Chester W. Underwood and Mary Collins. She entered the Community when she was 8 with her siblings on October 8, 1858. Her grandparents, Chester Bucknam and Susan Stetson Underwood, joined the community six months later.

Ella worked as a compositor and in general services in the Community and she played the piano. She never married nor had any Community Children and she was the longest lived of any Community Member, dying in Kenwood at the age of nearly 101 on June 5, 1950.

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  • Maintained by: Jay's Daughter
  • Originally Created by: Andrew L.
  • Added: 7 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47719949
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ella Florence Underwood (29 Apr 1849–25 Jun 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47719949, citing Oneida Community Cemetery, Kenwood, Madison County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Jay's Daughter (contributor 46967931) .