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TAYLOR, Henrietta

    Johnstown Tribune, 26 Apr 1884, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury

TAYLOR. -- In Johnstown, on Saturday, April 26, 1884, Henrietta Taylor, aged about 50 years.

Funeral to-morrow afternoon at half-past 1 o'clock from the residence of James T. Murty, No. 114 Union street; interment in Sandyvale Cemetery.

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Henrietta Taylor, a woman probably fifty years of age, died about half-past 4 o'clock this morning at the residence of Mr. James T. Murty, No. 114 Union street. She was unmarried, and had been an inmate of Mr. Murty's house for a little over three weeks. Prior to that time for about a year she had been living with a Mrs. McCullough, at Nineveh Station. She went to the latter place from this city. Here she had been making her home, in the Seventy Ward, with Mr. Aaron Horner's family. For about four years before going to Horner's she occupied a house belonging to Mr. Lewis Reese, on Main street, near the Point, and made a living by keeping boarders. It was while living there that she became acquainted with Mr. and Mrs. Murty. She had her home furnished nicely, and when she broke up housekeeping forwarded her goods to Nineveh Station to her aunt, Melvina Taylor, where they have remained ever since.

When she came to Mrs. Murty's she engaged two rooms and said she was going to furnish them with the things she had at Nineveh. She was not well when she came to town, and soon after her arrival she complained to Mrs. Murty of pains in her sides and breast. She continued to grow worse until Wednesday of this week, when she became bedfast. Dr. W. B. Madden was called in and attended to her carefully, his last visit being at about half-past 9 o'clock last night. About that hour she informed Mrs. Catherine Gribble, who was watching with her, that she was about to die; that there were thirty collars in her trunk; that clothes to bury her in could be obtained at Nineveh, and that she would like to have a nice coffin and a decent funeral. These statements and requests Mrs. Gribble wrote on a piece of note paper, and she and her husband went down to Nineveh this forenoon to see what she could get.

Mrs. Murty did not like to examine her effects, and so obtained the services of Justice Strayer. Her trunk was found to contain a good black silk dress, numerous small articles of apparel, and several trinkets. In a calico pouch were found a ten-dollar gold piece and twenty dollars in bills. The trunk, after its contents had been carefully inspected, was closed and locked, and, at Mrs. Murty's request, the Justice took the key away with him.

After the funeral, which will take place to-morrow afternoon at half-past 1 o'clock, some disposition will be made of the deceased's effects.

The remains will be interred in Sandyvale Cemetery in a lot which she purchased some time ago, and in which several of her kindred are buried.

The only known living relatives of the deceased are Melvina and Mary Taylor, of Nineveh, her aunts, and an uncle who is somewhere in the West.

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