Rosstown Cemetery, Town of Southport, Chemung County NY
a. k. a. Christian Hollow Cemetery
Chemung County NY
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Christian Hollow 
(Rosstown) Cemetery Listing

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files.

Christian Hollow Obituaries
Joseph COMBS- Joseph Combs died Friday night at 9 o'clock at the home of his son Frank Combs, 618 Dubois street, aged seventy-eight years. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. William Purple of Millport, Mrs. M.J. Birney of Montour Falls, Mrs. C.A. Lewis of Pine City; four sons Charles and Frank of Elmira, Fred, of Gillett, Pa., Roy of Athens, Pa.. Prayer service will be held at the home Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The funeral will be at Christian Hollow school house at 2:30 o'clock. Burial In Christian Hollow cemetery.

JACOB J. COMFORT- Jacob J. Comfort of Christian Hollow died Sunday morning at 12:10 o'clock at the family home. He was born in 1860 and is survived by is widow; three sons, E.J. Comfort and B. E. Comfort of Elmira and Harold Comfort of Rochester; and six daughters, Misses Cora and Alice Comfort at home, Mrs. Gordon Goodrich of Horseheads, Miss Erma Comfort of Corning: Mrs. Jepson Degraw of East Smithfield, Pa., and Mrs. Edward Seymore of Rosstown; a brother, Gregory S. Comfort, Rosstown. The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Rosstown School house. Burial will be in the Rosstown cemetery.

COMFORT, Laura Belle
Mrs. Laura Belle Halsey died Thursday at the family home at South Creek, aged twenty-six years. Death was due to pneumonia. The decedent is survived by, her husband, Melvin D. Halsey, three children, Mildred, Alta and Meno; her father, George E. Comfort, of Bird Creek; a sister, Mrs. Edward Conklin, of Big Flats; three brothers, Jessie, Walter and Otis Comfort, of Bird Creek. Prayer servlce will be held at the family home Sunday at 2 p. m., and the funeral will be held at the Christian Hollow school house at 3 p. m. Burial in the Rosstown cemetery.

CHARLES H. LEWIS Charles H. Lewis died Sunday afternoon at the family home on Green Hill, south of Christian Hollow, aged fifty-six years. He is survived by his widow, three daughers, Mrs. Frederick Combs of Gillett, Pa., and the Misses Maude and Gladys Lewis of Elmira; also two sons, Floyd of Kansas and Ernest at home; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Wheeler and Mrs. Frank Platte of Elmira, and Mrs. Delphine Bold of Christian Hollow; also two brothers, Norman Lewis of Christian Hollow and Donovan Lewis of Gillett, Pa. The funeral will be held at the home Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial in the Christian Hollow Cemetery. (Aug 18, 1912)

LEWIS Norma E Cady
Age 95, died
Sunday, October 31, 2010 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Norma was born April 9, 1915 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Ernest and Lena (Combs) Lewis. On March 11, 1936 Norma married Lewis W. Cady. After 34 years or marriage, Lewis preceded her in death on December 21, 1970. She is also predeceased by her sisters, Esther Andrus, Wilma Lewis (infant) and brother, Charles Lewis. Norma is survived by her daughters, Vera Cady, Pine City, NY; Barbara Mitchley, Pine City, NY; son, Lewis Cady, Jr., Waverly, NY; and special daughter, Madeleine Sweeney, Seaford, DE; grandchildren, Christine and William Cady, Tammy Mitchley, Wendy Erickson and Kathleen Stone; five great grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Norma was a homemaker and enjoyed raising cats, growing flowers, reading and playing cards and board games with family and friends. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff on the fourth floor of the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY. In keeping with Norma's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Interment will follow in the Rosstown Cemetery. - Elmira Star Gazette, November 2, 2010

ALVIN W. LIGHTIZER Alvin W. Lightizer of Christian Hollow, died last night at 10 o’clock, aged thirty-four years. The deceased is survived by his father, James W. Lightizer; two brothers Willis and Irvin all of Christian Hollow. The remains now repose in the Harrington undertaking rooms and will be moved to the home in Christian Hollow Sunday afternoon where the funeral services will be held in the school house at 2 o’clock. The Rev. A. W. Reynolds will officiate. Burial will be in the Christian Hollow Cemetery. (handwritten on article Sept 2 1925)

David McCANN of Christian Hollow died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1939, after a brief illness. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Ave. Methodist Church. Mr. McCann leaves his wife, Mrs. Minerva Clark McCann, a son Gordon McCann of Niagara Falls, one step-daughter Val Saxbury of Elmira, one stepson, Walter Bailey of Christian Hollow, a brother Charles McCann of Christian Hollow, his mother Mrs. Emma Ross McCann of Binghamton. The body was in the Wilson Funeral Home and Thursday was removed to the family home, where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Howard Bacon of Ludlwoville and the Rev. Arthur Burnett of the Pennsylvania Methodist Church will officiate. Burial in Christian Hollow Cemetery.

Below this line are women identified only by a married alias. If you know the surname at birth, please let me know so I can put in alphabetic order in listing
Elmira Gazette and Free Press
Feb. 10, 1906
??? Mrs. Nina C. Comfort
    The Funeral of Miss Nina C. Comfort will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Christian Hollow school house. Rev. Reynolds of Gillets, Pa., will officiate, and interment will be in the Christian Hollow Cemetery.
Chemung County NY

Published On Site On 25 OCT 2005
By Joyce M. Tice

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