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South Kortright Cemetery - Stamford Twp., Delaware Co., NY
Photos taken & contributed by Carolyn McPherson 2008
 
 
Sideview of South Kortright Cemetery
Located in Stamford Township in the town of South Kortright, Delaware Co., New York the cemetery is situated in the old churchyard of the Presbyterian Church which was established in 1790 and includes many of the early Bovina families.
 
 
 
James Rich (1791-1857)
JAMES RICH
1791-1857
Patriarch of the family, James Rich was born in New York on 23 Oct 1791. The son of James and Mary (Altgelt), he was first married on 18 Dec 1816 to Helena, the daughter of Dr. Henry Marshall of Scotland. By her he had eight known children: Henry Marshall, Mary, Robert Sterling, Stephen, Thomas, Alexander, Helena Jane and Ann Eliza Rich .

After her death on 27 Dec 1835 at the age of 43 years, two months and 14 days, James married Jane Ann Southard on 07 Dec 1836 and in 1850 the family was residing in Stamford, Harpersfield Twp., Delaware Co., New York. He and his second wife had three known children: Hannah, wife of William Blakely Peters; John; and Isabella who married James M. Stevenson.

James was an old-time whig, and an elder and trustee in the United Presbyterian church in South Kortright. He died in Stamford on 10 Jul 1857; Jane died on 06 Sep 1876 in Bovina.

Partial Inscription: James Rich died July.10.1857. Ae 65yrs. 9m, 18d. (Calculated birth from headstone 22 Sep 1791, date of birth 23 Oct from biographical sketch)

 
Helena (Marshall) Rich 1792-1835
HELENA (MARSHALL)
1792-1835
First wife of James Rich, Helena was born in New York City on 13 Oct 1792 and was the daughter of Dr. Henry Marshall. She was united in marriage with James on 18 Dec 1816. They were the parents of Henry Marshall; Mary; Robert Sterling who married Caroline Blish; Stephen Rich who married Sarah Rich (daughter of Stephen and Jane); Thomas who died in Mexico in 1852; Alexander; Helena Jane, wife of Hector Cowan; and her twin Ann Eliza.

Helena passed away in Delaware County, New York on 27 Dec 1835 nineteen years after her marriage to James. She was aged forty-three years, two months and fourteen days at the time of her death on 27 Dec 1835. A year after her death, her husband married Jane Ann (Southard) and had by her three more children.

Note: Believe Helena may have been the sister of Robert Sterling Marshall who married Frances Maria (Keeler).

Inscription: In Memory of HELENA, wife of James Rich, who departed this life Dec 27 1835, aged 43 years, 2 mos & 11 days.

 
Jane Ann (Southard) Rich 1800-1876
JANE ANN (SOUTHARD)
1800-1876
Second wife of James Rich, Jane Ann was born in Dutchess Co., New York on 15 Dec 1800. She was united in marriage with James on 07 Dec 1836 and in 1850 the family was residing in Stamford, Harpersfield Twp., Delaware Co., New York. He and his second wife had three known children: Hannah, wife of William Blakely Peters; John; and Isabella who married James M. Stevenson.

After her husband's death in 1857, Jane Ann was listed in the Hobart household of her stepson Henry M. Rich in 1860, and in 1870 census appears to be listed incorrectly as Jane Peters in the household of her daughter Hannah. Jane died on 06 Sep 1876.

 
 
 
 
 
James A. Rich & wife, Roxy (Bunnell)
JAMES A. RICH & WIFE, ROXIE (BUNNELL)
Uncertain of his parentage, James may have been the eldest child of James Rich and his first wife Helena (Marshall) as he was born in New York on 17 Oct 1817, about 11 months after the couple had married.

At the age of about twenty-eight, James married Roxy Bunnell who was born in New York in about 1822, and is believed to be the daughter of Virgil Bunnell and Frances (Blish). James and Roxy were the parents of: Mary, born about 1846; Frances born 21 Jun 1848 in Andes, Delaware Co., NY (wife of John Mitchell); Thomas B. who was born about 1853; George B. born about 1855; James born 09 Jun 1858 who married Lizzie Rice; as well as one son Virgil B. who was born on 05 Apr 1851 and died on 05 Aug 1853 in his second year of life.

James and Roxy were enumerated in the 1850, 1860, 1870. and 1880 census records residing in Stamford Twp., New York. James died on 04 Mar 1894. Roxy's whereabouts after her husband's death is not yet known. She died 05 Jan 1910.

 
Fannie (Rich) Mitchell 1848-1877
FRANCES "FANNIE" RICH
1848 - 1877
Daughter of James A. Rich and Roxy (Bunnell), Fannie was born 21 Jun 1848 in Andes, Delaware Co., New York. She married John Mitchell, son of William Mitchell and Catharine (Grant) on 24 Jun 1874 at the age of twenty-six.

Sadly, Fannie passed away less than three years later on 04 Mar 1877 at the age of twenty-eight years, eight months and eleven days. She is laid beside her husband - the two sharing inscriptions on one large family monument.

 
James Rich & wife, Lizzie (Rice)
JAMES RICH & WIFE, LIZZIE (RICE)
Son of James A. Rich and Roxy (Bunnell), James was born 09 Jun 1858 in South Kortright, Delaware Co., New York. He married Lizzie (Rice) who was born in October of 1870 on 30 Dec 1891. They were the parents of James Arthur; Robert Stevenson; Elsie Bell and Alice E. Rich.

James died on 21 Apr 1937 of coronary thrombosis and his funeral was held at the United Presbyterian Church. Lizzie died in 1946.

 
Elsie Belle Rich 1905-1970
ELSIE BELLE RICH
Daughter of James and Lizzie (Rice) was born 08 Aug 1905 and died 05 Aug 1970.
 
 
 
 
Henry Marshall Rich (1819-1894)
HENRY MARSHALL RICH
1819-1894
The son of James Rich and his first wife Helena (Marshall), Henry was born in New York on 12 Sep 1819. He was sixteen years at the time of his mother's death in 1835, and thirty-seven when his father passed.

In 1860 he was listed as head of the household which included his stepmother Jane, sister Ann and half brother John and half sisters Hannah and Isabella. In 1870 and 1880 Henry was residing with his brother Stephen in Stamford Twp. He died on 24 Aug 1894 at the age of seventy-four years, eleven months and twelve days.

Inscription: Henry M. Rich died Aug 24, 1894 aged 75 yrs.

 
Mary Rich (1821-1842)
MARY RICH
1821-1842
The eldest daughter of James Rich and his first wife Helena (Marshall), Mary was born in Delaware Co., New York on 17 Feb 1821. She died unmarried on 03 Apr 1842 at the age of twenty-one years.
 
 
 
Stephen Rich 1824-1884
STEPHEN RICH
1824 - 1884
"So he giveth His beloved sleep."
Son of James Rich and his first wife Helena (Marshall), Stephen was born 08 Oct 1824 in Stamford Twp. and was raised by his grandmother Mary. After attending the district school, he went to New York City at the age of eighteen and began working with James Buchan & Co. manufacturing soap and candles. In 1850 at the age of 25, he was residing in the house of his future wife and in-laws in New York City.

He continued to reside in his Uncle Stephen Rich's household where he was enumerated in 1860, and a year after the death of his aunt Jane (Oliver) in 1868, he and his cousin Sarah were married. They returned to Delaware County and bought the old homestead on which they lived the remainder of their lives.

A Republican and "thoroughly good citizen," Stephen was enumerated with his wife in Stamford Twp. in 1870 and 1880. He died on 06 Jul 1884, and his widow on 29 Dec 1906.

Note: Sarah Rich was daughter of his father's brother Stephen A. Rich and wife Jane (Oliver).

 
Ann Eliza Rich 1832-1889
ANN ELIZA RICH
1832 - 1889
Born on 24 Feb 1832, Ann Eliza was the twin of Helena, daughters of James Rich and his first wife Helena (Marshall). She was residing with her father and his second wife Jane (Southard) along with her siblings in Stamford in 1850 and was then listed as aged eighteen.

Her father died in 1857 and she continued to reside with her step-mother in 1860, but by 1870 she was living in New York City with what appears to be an Elizabeth Shields, age 74 and looks to have been employed as sewing machine operator. In 1880 Ann is listed in the Bloomingdale Asylum as age forty-nine. She died on 07 Oct 1889 at the age of fifty-seven years, seven months and thirteen days.

 
 
 
Jane Rich (1821-1907)
JANE RICH
1821 - 1907
The daughter of Stephen Altgelt Rich and Jane (Oliver), Jane was enumerated with her family in New York City in 1850 and after her father's death in 1858, she was residing in the household of her widowed mother when the 1860 census was taken in that city.

Jane never married and in 1870 resided with her sister Mary Struthers in New York City on 28th St. between Madison and 4th Avenue, but when Mary moved to Jersey City in Hudson Co., New Jersey Jane remained in New York and was located in the 1880 Manhattan household of her sister Elizabeth Rintoul, wife of James who was a railroad auditor. In 1900, the last census in which she was enumerated, Jane had returned to Delaware Co., New York and was living with her sister Mary, widow of Stephen Rich.

Jane died on 29 Nov 1907 at the age of eighty-six years, nine months, and seven days. A photograph of her as well as her mother Jane and sister Mary Struthers, can be seen in the on-line album of her cousin Hannah (Rich), wife of William B. Peters.

 
 
Sarah Rich 1827-1906
SARAH RICH
1827 - 1906
The daughter of Stephen Altgelt Rich and Jane (Oliver), Sarah married her cousin Stephen Rich on 06 May 1869. She was a member of the United Presbyterian church in Kortright, in which her husband held the birthright office of Elder.

They were enumerated in New York City in 1850 and 1860 residing with her family, but had returned to Delaware County and resided on the old family homestead where they were enumerated in 1870 and 1880. After the death of her husband in 1884, Sarah continued to run the old homestead with the aid of her brother-in-law, Henry Rich until his death in 1894. She was then listed as head of household in 1900, at which time her sister Jane and niece Agnes Struthers resided with her. Sarah died on 29 Dec 1906 at the age of seventy-eight.

 
 

Updated 05 Jun 2014
Headstone photos taken and contributed by Carolyn McPherson
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