Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn

b. 25 January 1888, d. 5 February 1972
  • Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn was born on 25 January 1888 in Lewiston, Niagara County, New York.
  • John C. Cleghorn and Barbara Stahle appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Lewiston, New York. Other members of the household included Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn, Wallace J. Cleghorn, Ruth Cleghorn, Harold John Cleghorn, Lawrence Edwin Cleghorn and Oliver M. Cleghorn.
  • The following appeared on 15 November 1905 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: A merry party gathered at the home of Mrs. Wm. Weber on Monday to celebrate the 75th birthday of her mother, Mrs. G. Stahle. The out-of-town guests were Mrs. Jas. Hollenbeck and daughter Hazel, Miss Gertrude Cleghorn of East High street, Lockport, and Mrs. Robert Fitzgerald of Buffalo.
  • She married Foster James Armstrong, son of James Armstrong and Eliza (?), on 25 January 1910 in New Hudson, Allegany County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 31 January 1910 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Announcement is made of the marriage of Mr. Foster Armstrong of Sutherland, Iowa, and Miss Gertrude Cleghorn, formerly of this city, now of Cuba, N. Y. The ceremony took place Tuesday, January 25th, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cleghorn, in Cuba, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong will reside in Sutherland, Iowa.
  • The following appeared on 3 February 1910 in The Bolivar Breeze: Married at New Hudson, January 25, Miss Gertrude Cleghorn of that place and Mr. Foster J. Armstrong, of Iowa.
  • James Armstrong appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Grant Township, O'Brien County, Iowa. Other members of the household included Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn, Bessie Armstrong and Foster James Armstrong.
  • Foster James Armstrong and Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn appeared in the New York state census of 1 June 1915 in New Hudson, New York, enumerated not far from Gertrude's parents.. Other members of the household included Genevieve Marie Armstrong and Warren B. Armstrong.
  • Foster James Armstrong registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Allegany County, New York, while living with his wife Gertrude in Belfast, and self-employed there as a farmer.
  • Foster James Armstrong and Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Ceres Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania, at Kings Run. Other members of the household included Genevieve Marie Armstrong, Warren B. Armstrong, Lawrence Allan Armstrong and Abbie M. Armstrong.
  • The following appeared on 22 March 1928 in The Patriot & Free Press: Genevieve Marie Armstrong, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foster J. Armstrong, died at her home near Ceres on March 15, after an illness of several weeks. She was born Oct. 10, 1912, near Hartley, Ia., and came to New York at the age of 16 months. She was well known in this vicinity, having spent much of the last six years at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cleghorn of Jackson Hill. She was a brilliant student, and her standings in both Cuba high school, which she attended two years ago, and at Shinglhouse, Pa., which high school she was attending when taken ill, were far above the average. Her kind and gentle nature and patience during her many severe sicknesses won her the love of many friends, who will greatly miss her. [=:CR:]      Besides her parents and grandparents she is survived by six brothers and four sisters: John F., Warren B., Lawrence A., Robert L. Albert J., Jay E., Dorothy M., Abbie, Barbara C., and Lois E. The funeral was held Saturday with interment in Cuba cemetery. Those who attended from a distance were Mrs. John Cleghorn, daughter Ida and sons, Robert and Oliver, of Cuba; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cleghorn of Marshall; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Cleghorn of Black Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Cleghorn of Franklinville.
  • Frank William Smith appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Shinglehouse, Potter County, Pennsylvania. Other members of the household included Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn, Abbie M. Armstrong, James Albert Armstrong and Jay Earl Armstrong. Gertrude Armstrong, employed as housekeeper by widowed blacksmith Frank Smith, boarding in his household with her six children.
  • She was a housekeeper, according to the 1930 census.
  • She married Frank William Smith in 1931.
  • Frank William Smith and Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Oswayo Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania. Also in the household was one hired hand.
  • The following appeared on 8 May 1941 in The Patriot & Free Press: After an illness of a number of months John C. Cleghorn, a farmer who had resided in the vicinity of Black Creek for many years, died at his home on Jackson Hill last Friday. The funeral was held there Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Clarence B. Gilbert of Cuba Baptist Church with burial in Cuba Cemetery.
         Mr. Cleghorn was born at Lewiston, Sept. 29, 1854, the son of Robert and Margaret Gow Cleghorn, who were natives of Scotland. On April 27, 1887, he was married at Lewiston to Barbara Stahle of Suspension Bridge. They lived at Lewiston and Lockport before removing to this county 35 years ago.
         Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cleghorn: Gertrude, Mrs. Frank Smith, Shinglehouse, Pa; Wallace, Black Creek; Ruth, wife of Dr. E. M. Fainer of Los Angeles, Cal; Harold J., Yorkshire; Laurence E., Rochester; Oliver M., at home; Walter L. (deceased); Robert B., Olean; Ida, Mrs. Hugh Barber, Black Creek. Mr. Cleghorn also leaves 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Five brothers and sisters survive, the eldest being Mrs. Ida Hewitt of Niagara Falls, 92, who attended the funeral; two of Mr. Cleghorn's family live in Iowa and two in California.
         On April 27 Mr. and Mrs. Cleghorn observed their 54th wedding anniversary, when all their living children and families, except the daughter residing in California, were present.
  • Frank William Smith registered for the draft on 27 April 1942 in Potter County, Pennsylvania, while living with his wife in Oswayo Township, self-employed farming there.
  • The following appeared on 13 June 1962 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Barbara Cleghorn, 94, an early resident of the Village of Suspension Bridge, and mother of a local woman, died Monday (June 11, 1962) at Cuba Memorial Hospital, Cuba, N.Y. Suspension Bridge became part of Niagara Falls in 1892.
         The widow of John C. Cleghorn, she was the daughter of the late Conrad and Ursula Walters Stahle. Mrs. Cleghorn was born in the village, known then as Suspension Bridge, April 27, 1868.
         She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Fainer, this city; Mrs. Gertrude Smith, Portville; and Mrs. Ida Barber, Black Creek; four sons, Harold Cleghorn, Delavan; Oliver Cleghorn, Cuba, N.Y; and Lawrence and Robert Cleghorn, both of Clarksburg, W. Va.
         Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the family home in Cuba. Interment will be in Cuba Cemetery.
  • The following appeared on 26 February 1964 in The Patriot & Free Press: Lawrence E. Cleghorn, 68, a former resident of this are, lost his life in an automobile accident in Barbour County, near Clarksburg, W. Virginia, February 14, 1964. The well known Clarksburg man, owner of the Cleghorn Coal Company, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital after the truck he was driving crashed into a cement bridge.
         Born at Lewiston, February 22, 1895, he was the son of John and Barbara Stahle Cleghorn. He will be remembered here for his work in building the spillway at Cuba Lake and sections of highway around the community.
         Surviving Mr. Cleghorn are his widow, Mrs. Helen Cleghorn, who is at their winter home in Florida, and two step-children. Brothers and sisters surviving are Mrs. Gertrude Smith, Portville; Mrs. Ruth Fainer, Niagara Falls; Mrs. Ida Barber, Black Creek; Harold Cleghorn, Delevanp; Oliver Cleghorn, Cuba; and Robert Cleghorn, Clarksburg, W. Va. Several nieces and nephews are surviving.
         Mr. Cleghorn was a member of the Presbyterian church in Florida. He had lived in Clarksburg some 20 years, and had extensive coal operations throughout that area.
  • The following appeared on 24 March 1965 in The Patriot & Free Press: Oliver Cleghorn died Thursday, March 18, 1965, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Batavia, after a long illness.
         He was a veteran of World War I and had been a farmer on the North Branch Road. He was born Dec. 18, 1896 at Lewiston, N. Y., a son of John and Barbara Stahle Cleghorn.
         Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Smith of Portville; Mrs. Ruth Fainer of Los Angeles, Calif; Mrs. Ida Barber of Black Creek; two brothers, Harold Cleghorn of Delevan; Robert Cleghorn of Clarksburg, W. Va., several nieces and nephews.
         Funeral and committal services were Saturday, March 20, 1965 at Loveridge Funeral Home. The Rev. Gerald Wagner, pastor of Black Creek Congregational Church, officiated, burial in Cuba Cemetery.
  • The SSDI lists Cuba, Allegany County, New York, as the last residence of record of Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn.
  • Gertrude Millicent Cleghorn died on 5 February 1972 at age 84 in Cuba, Allegany County, New York, at Cuba Memorial Hospital.
  • Frank William Smith became a widower at her death.
  • She was interred at Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, Allegany County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 9 February 1972 in The Patriot & Free Press: Gertrude Cleghorn Smith, 84, of 9 Pelton Court, died in Cuba Memorial Hospital Saturday, February 5, 1972, following a long illness.
         Born Jan. 25, 1888 in Lewiston, she was a daughter of John. C. and Barbara Stahle Cleghorn, and had lived in Cuba 22 years. In 1931 she was married to Frank W. Smith, who survives.
         Also surviving are six sons, Warren B. Armstrong, Wooster, Ohio, Laurence A. Armstrong of Canisteo, Robert Armstrong of Clermont, Pa., James Armstrong of Staunton, Va., Jay E. Armstrong of Cuba, and Joseph F. Smith of Delevan; six daughters, Mrs. Moeton Grossman of Los Angeles, Mrs. Earl Troupe of Dallas, Tex., Mrs. Joseph Lyden of Petersburg, Va., Mrs. Leslie Wakefield of Falls Church, Va., Mrs. Grover Moore of Hialeah, Fla., Mrs. William Ingalls of Cuba; a step--daughter, Mrs. Charles Wilson of Warren, Pa.
         Also two sisters, Mrs. Montie Fainer of Los Angeles and Mrs. Hugh Barber of Black Creek; two brothers, Harold J. Cleghorn of Delevan and Robert B. Cleghorn of Clarksburg, [W.] Va; and 48 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
         Funeral services Tuesday at the Voorhees Funeral Homer were conducted by the Rev. Alan Merrill, pastor of the Independent Congregational Church of Black Creek. Burial was in Cuba Cemetery.
         Memorials may be made to Cuba Memorial Hospital Inc.
  • Last Edited: 13 Feb 2014

Family 1: Foster James Armstrong b. 19 December 1884

Family 2: Frank William Smith b. 24 May 1878, d. March 1974