Carter, Jayne and Kennedy Obituaries

Section 2 of Dunmore Cemetery Showing Carter and Kennedy gravestones

Carter & Kennedy stones in Dunmore Cemetery, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Death of Pulaski Carter

Mr. Pulaski Carter, of the Capouse Works, Providence, died at his home on Monday morning, aged 71 years. He was born in Connecticut and came to Providence in 1840. He started the first ax and scythe factory in the State of Pennsylvania in old Providence township while Scranton was known as Slocum Hollow; Dunmore as Bucktown, and Providence as Razorville, and all together did not contain 500 inhabitants.

He was a most successful business man, and he soon established himself throughout the country as one of the most honorable and square dealing men found anywhere. Carter’s axes and scythes yet enjoy a reputation superior to any manufacturing concern within the State. He warranted all the goods he sold in the various counties, and everywhere and time his word was his bond, which no man ever questioned or doubted. Those who knew him best say he never said a thing that was false or did a thing that was mean during his long life in Providence. He never made an enemy or lost a friend. He belonged to no church, and believed in none of the creeds of the day, but his sense of morality took a higher standard than any man they ever knew.

He was a most zealous, earnest, uncompromising temperance advocate, who, with Calvin Parsons of Wilkes Barre, and J. R. Fordham, of Scranton, founded a triumvirate of co-workers whose zeal never abated or altered. He never drank a glass of liquor, or took a chew or smoke of tobacco in his life. He began life with small means; but long before his death acquired more than a competency.

The immediate cause of his death was ureimic (?) poison, but the remote cause was an injury he received eight years ago by a collision of wagons driven by two Scott farmers.

He leaves a wife and three children, and Mr. Kenedy [sic], who married his only daughter, will carry on the business as before.

The death of such a man will leave the world sadder and poorer than it was before.

Note:  From the Scranton Weekly Republican, October 15, 1884. Pulaski Carter probate record (PDF scan).


KENNEDYIn Green Ridge, March 7, 1885, James S. Kennedy, aged 77 years.

Note:  From the Scranton Weekly Republican, March 11, 1885. James S. Kennedy probate record (PDF scan).

Death of Mrs. Pauline J. Kennedy
An Aged Resident of the North End Passes Away

Miss Pauline Jayne Kennedy [note: her name was sometimes spelled Paulina], relict of James S. Kennedy, died at the residence of her son-in-law, George R. Clark, a few minutes after midnight Sunday morning of an attack of pleuro pneumonia. She was conscious to the last, her death affording one of those rare instances where a Christian spirit meets death with clear intellect and unclouded faith. Her remarkable unselfishness of character was shown in her continual thoughtfulness for those around her and her entire abnegation of self. Though suffering constantly from severe attacks of coughing, she never once seemed to think of herself. Her death was a beautiful exemplification of the passing of a soul into the life eternal.

Her sons and daughters were around her death bed and for such she had loving words and tender messages. She leaves surviving her four sons and six daughters--John J., William D., of this city; James T., of Wyoming; Frank E., of Pittston; Mrs. James Hicks of Elmont, Kansas; Mrs. L. C. Floyd of Binghamton, N. Y.; Mrs. S. E. Crandall of Belvidere, N. Y.; Mrs. George Forsythe of Owego, N. Y.; Mrs. D. T. Shook and Mrs. W. H. Stevens of this city.

NoteScranton Republican, Monday Morning, May 17, 1897. Pauline Kennedy probate record (PDF scan).

The Scranton Republican

December 9, 1898


Had Been Ill Several Days at Her Home.

Mrs. Pulaski Carter, widow of the late Pulaski Carter, died at her home on Parker street last evening at 8:30 o’clock.

Mrs. Carter had been ill several days.

The Scranton Republican

December 10, 1898


Another of the early residents of Scranton has passed away. Mrs. Olive Ingalls Carter, widow of the late Pulaski Carter, of the Capouse Works, died at the family residence at 8:30 o’clock Thursday evening. She was born in Cantabury [sic], Windham county, Conn., November 18, 1819. She was the daughter of Marvin and Amelia Spaulding Ingalls, both of Puritan ancestry. She was married to Pulaski Carter August 3, 1843. Her entire married life was spent in this city. She has been an invalid for nearly thirty years, so that her quiet life of patient suffering has been known to few outside her intimate friends. She was a woman of unusual strength of character and intellect. During the earlier years of her residence here, she was well known and greatly beloved by those in the vicinity in which she lived, for her many acts of kindness and sympathy to the needy and distressed. She was from early girlhood a member of the Christian church, being a charter member of the church of that denomination in North Scranton. She is survived by her three children, Pulaski P. and Marvin P. Carter and Mrs. W. D. Kennedy, of Green Ridge. A brother and sister also survive her, Walter A. Ingalls, of Norwich, Conn., and Mrs. William Moore, of this city. The funeral services will take place at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon.

Scan and transcription of obituary article from page eight of the Scranton Tribune, Saturday, December 10, 1898. Scan of internment article from page  of the Scranton Tribune, Tuesday, December 13, 1898.



Well Known Real Estate Owner Passes Away at Home

Heart trouble, from which he had suffer for some time, caused the death early Saturday morning of Pulaski P. Carter at his home, 240 Adams avenue. Had he lived until June 6, Mr. Carter would have been seventy-three years of age.

Mr. Carter was one of the city’s best know men. He had been a large holder of real estate, owning, among other properties, the valuable Carter building, at Adams avenue and Linden streets, while for years he was actively concerned with the industrial interests of the city. He was a member of the firm of Carter & Co., axe manufacturers, at Capouse works until 1906 (?), when he retired to devote his time to other business activities.

Born on June 6, 1849, Mr. Carter was the second son of Pulaski and Olive Ingalls Carter. He was educated at East Greenwich, R. I., and at Fort Edward Institute. On June 6, 1882, his birthday anniversary, Mr. Carter married to Venitia White, daughter of Joseph M. and Phoebe Cole White.

Besides his widow, he is survived by the following sons and daughters: Pulaski, of Elmhurst; Roy, a student at Columbia university; Phoebe, a teacher in Technical High school; Olive, a public health worker in New York; Ada, of the Social Worker Society for Organizing Charity, Philadelphia.

The funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from 427 Madison avenue. They will be in charge of Rev. Dr. A. J. Welsley, pastor of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church. Burial will be made in the Dunmore cemetery.

Note: Scranton Republican, (probably) April 10, 1922.


Death Occurs Early This Morning at Family Home on Adams Ave.
- No Funeral Arrangements.

P. P. Carter, owner of the Carter building at Adams avenue and Linden street, died suddenly of heart failure early this morning at his home, 240 Adams avenue. He had been ailing for some time and members of his family were aware that he could not long survive. His death occurred at 3 o'clock.

Mr. Carter was the second child of Pulaski and Olive Ingalls Carter and was born June 6, 1849. He was educated at East Greenwich, Rhode Island and at Fort Edwards Institute [New York].

For years Mr. Carter had been a most substantial citizen of Scranton and during his lifetime acquired considerable real estate in various sections of the city. He was a man of affairs and was very highly regarded as a business man. For the most part he led a quiet, unobtrusive life, making many genuine friends who are today mourning his demise.

The survivors are his widow, who was Venitia White, the daughter of Joseph M. and Pheobe Cole White, to whom he was married June 6, 1882, and the following sons and daughters, Pulaski and Roy and Phoebe, Olive and Ada. One brother, Marvin P., of Stewart, Floriday, and one sister, Mrs. W. D. Kennedy, of this city, also survive.

The funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Scranton Times, April 8, 1922. Click here for a scan of the article - from microfilm.

The funeral of Pulaski P. Carter was held yesterday afternoon from the home, 437 [s/b 427] Madison avenue, with services at 1:30 conducted by the Rev. A. J. Weisley, of Green Ridge Presbyterian church, and the Rev. Dr. George Guild, of Walton, N. Y., a former pastor of Providence Presbyterian church and a personal friend of Mr. Carter. Dr. Weisley delivered a brief eulogy of Mr. Carter's life and character, and at the conclusion of his sermon, the procession moved to Dunmore cemetery, where burial was made. Dr. L. V. [sic] Kennedy, William T. [sic] Kennedy, Fred Sands, Fred Lidstone, Garfield Angwin and William Bright were the pallbearers.
Scranton Times, April 12, 1922. Note all the errors. The two names should be, Dr. L. C. Kennedy and William D. Kennedy. This is a perfect example of why articles like this can not be assumed to be accurate. Click here for a scan from the microfilm. Pulaski P. Carter probate record (PDF scan).


Was Identified With Home For the Friendless, the Young Women's Christian Association, and Other Activities

Mrs. Amelia Kennedy, wife of William DeWitt Kennedy, who passed away at her home, 1717 North Washington avenue, yesterday morning, as was announced in The Times, was for many years prominent in social and civic affairs in this city, and her keen interest and loving sympathy will be missed by many charitable associations. She had been in failing health for the past two years, and had gradually withdrawn from active work.

Mrs. Kennedy was born in Scranton, April 29, 1844. She was the daughter of Pulaski and Olive Ingalls Carter. After attending the public schools of this city she completed her education in the seminary at East Greenwich, R. I., graduating in 1865. After graduation she taught for three years in Plymouth, Pa. Her marriage took place in 1868. She was a faithful member of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church.

Descended from a long line of illustrious ancestors of whom she was justly proud, Mrs. Kennedy was identified with a number of prominent patriotic organizations. She was a charter member of the Westmoreland chapter, United States Daughters of 1812, and the Scranton Colony of New England Women. She served the former organization, as regent. She also belonged to the Scranton City chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; the Lackawanna county committee of the Colonial Dames of America, and the Pennsylvania society of the Founders and Patriots and the Wyoming Commemorative association. Among her ancestors were men and women who assisted in making the history of this nation as early as 1636.

In philanthropic work, Mrs. Kennedy was always actively interested. She was a charter member of the Y. W. C. A., and served for twenty-five years on its board of managers. In 1896 she was one of the editors for a woman's paper which the society published for one day, and which netted the society the sum of $4,000. For forty years she served on the board of managers at the Home for the Friendless, and during that time she held many offices, including that of president, vice president and secretary.

Mrs. Kennedy was an honorary member of the College club, and a member of the Century club, having been identified with the Woman's club and the City Improvement league which merged in forming the Century club.

Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. William A. Sherman, of Newport, R. I.; three sons, William P. Kennedy, Dr. Lucius Kennedy and Harold S. Kennedy, of Pittsburgh; a brother, Marvin P. Carter, of Stuart, Fla., six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. The funeral services will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.

NoteThe Scranton Times, January 24, 1923. The date of Amelia Maria Carter Kennedy's death was January 23, 1923. Spelling is as in the original. Her husband, William DeWitt Kennedy, died November 06, 1928. Click HERE for the scan of the obituary as it appeared in the Scranton Republican (slightly different) on January 24, 1923.
Amelia Kennedy probate record (PDF scan).

Well-Known Resident of This City Dies in Green Ridge;
Funeral Tomorrow



Affiliated With Carter Company for Many Years; Served With Union Army

William D. Kennedy, a Civil War veteran, retired manufacturer of mining tools, and a life-long resident of the county, died yesterday morning at 10 o’clock in the home of his son, Dr. Lucius C. Kennedy, of 1030 Green Ridge street. Mr. Kennedy was enjoying the best of health up until a few days ago when he was forced to take to his bed. He was eighty-six years of age.

Mr. Kennedy was formerly a member of the firm of Carter and company and a director of the old Scranton Savings bank. He was an active member of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church and previous to his resigning a few years ago was one of the leading members of the board of trustees of that church. He also was actively affiliated wit the Sons of the American Revolution, G. A. R. and the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kennedy was born just south of the Scranton city line in Taylor borough. He was one of the best-known residents in this community.

Mr. Kennedy’s Survivors

Surviving are three sons, Dr. Kennedy, William P. Kennedy, cashier of The Scranton Republican, and Harold S. Kennedy, a Pittsburgh attorney; a daughter, Mrs. William A. Sherman, of Newport, R. I.; five sisters: Mrs. Catherine Floyd, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Sarah E. Crandall, of Belmont, N. Y.; Mrs. Julia Forsyth, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. D. F. Shook, of Scranton, and Mrs. Helen Stevens, of Maplewood. N. J.; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His wife died nearly six years ago, passing away on January 23, 1923.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon wit services in the home at 2:30 o’clock, Dr. A. H. Weisley, former pastor of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be in Dunmore cemetery.

Note: Probably Scranton Republican. He died November 6, 1928.



Sons and Nephews Carry Civil War Veteran and Retired Manufacturer to Grave Today.

William D. Kennedy Civil war veteran and retired manufacturer was laid to rest this afternoon in Dunmore cemetery, following services at the home of his son, Dr. L. C. Kennedy, at 1030 Green Ridge street. Three sons and three nephews were pallbearers.

There was a large attendance at the services which were conducted by Rev. Dr. A. J. Weisley of Easton?, formally pastor of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church. Mr. Kennedy, who was eighty-six years old and among the best known residents of Green Ridge, was a prominent member of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church.

Included among those who gather to pay their last respects were a number of his comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Kennedy answered taps at his son's home on Tuesday following a brief illness.

The pallbearers were: W. P., L. C. and H. S. Kennedy, sons of the deceased, Major W. W. Ingils, William Robinson, Pulaski Carter, nephews of Mr. Kennedy.
Scranton Times, November 8, 1928. William D Kennedy probate record (PDF scan).

[Newspaper articles copied from microfilm. “Scran Rep” written on it.]

W. P. Kennedy Dies; Rites Set

The funeral of William P. Kennedy, 86, 1712 Capouse Ave., will be held Monday at 11 a. m. from the D. D. Jones & Son Funeral Home, 427 Madison Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Brewer L. Burnett, Green Ridge Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Private committal services will be held at Dunmore Cemetery. Viewing, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p. m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Kennedy, a native of this City and a son of the late Mr. And Mrs. William D. Kennedy, died Friday night at home after a long illness. He was a member of Green Ridge Presbyterian Church and had been employed at the Third National Bank & Trust Co. of Scranton from 1889 until his retirement in 1943.

Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Georgina, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Dec. 11.

Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Ray Carter, West Orange, N. J., and Mrs. James E. Russell, Denver Colo.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two brothers, Dr. Lucius Kennedy, Newport, R. I., and H. S. Kennedy, Pittsburgh.

[From the burial notice - not labeled.]

Honorary pallbearers were: A. E. Kittle, Charles Ross, C. R. Seem, J. A. Snover, Frank Wills, John Cormack, John Burnett and W. E. Attenbough. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.
Note:  William Pulaski Kennedy was born October 30, 1869, and died January 06, 1956 in Scranton. William P. Kennedy probate record (PDF scan).

Dr. Lucius Kennedy, 86, Retired Physician


Dr. Lucius Carter Kennedy, 86, of 81 Boulevard, Middletown, who practiced medicine in Scranton, Pa., before his retirement in 1937, died yesterday in a Middletown nursing home.

He was born in Scranton, son of William DeWitt and Amelia Carter Kennedy, and moved to Middletown after retiring. Dr. Kennedy was a graduate of Princeton University, in 1898.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Margaret Robertson Kennedy of Middletown, and a brother, Harold S. Kennedy of Pittsburgh. He was a brother of the late Mrs. William A. Sherman of Newport.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hambly Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Island Cemetery.

Note:  The newspaper is unknown, but was probably the Newport Daily News, or the Newport Mercury. He died October 19, 1958. He and his wife are buried in the Island Cemetery, Newport, Rhode Island, plot with his sister, Kathrine Kennedy Sherman and brother-in-law, William Anthony Sherman. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, April 29, 1844, Amelia Maria Carter Kennedy was the daughter of Pulaski and Olive Ingalls Carter. Amelia and her husband are buried in Dunmore Cemetery, Scranton, along with her parents and other family members.

[From the Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton, PA, Genealogical Vertical Files. Copied by Robert F. Carter July 16, 1996. Newspaper article with “58” written on it.]

Dr. L. C. Kennedy Dies at Age of 86

Dr. Lucius Carter Kennedy, 86, Middletown, R. I., a physician in this city for 39 years, and past president of the Lackawanna Medical Society, died yesterday in Middletown.

Dr. Kennedy was born in this city, Sept. 8, 1872, son of the late William DeWitt and Amelia Carter Kennedy. He was graduated from Princeton University in 1895 and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School College in 1898. He served as president of the medical society here in 1907 and practiced for some time at 1030 Green Ridge St. Dr. Kennedy left this city in 1937 when he retired.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs., Margaret Robertson Kennedy, and a brother, Harold S. Kennedy, Pittsburgh.

The funeral will be tomorrow at 11 A.M. from the Hambly Funeral Home, 16 Menn Ave., Newport, R.I.

[He is buried in the Island Cemetery, Newport, in the plot with his sister Kathrine and her husband William A. Sherman.]

Susan Carter White Pieroth 2000-2013

Carter & Kennedy in Dunmore Cemetery, Scranton, Pennsylvania
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