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Henry J. Robus

Male 1853 - 1878


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  • Name  Henry J. Robus  [1, 2
    Nickname  Hank 
    Born  1853  Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1875  [1
    Laborer 
    Residence  1875 - 1878  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1878  Amboy, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Hank Robus departed, via horse and buggy, for Amboy, Tuesday, without even leaving his friends a lock of his hair. [4]
    Occupation  1878  G.D. Wells, Amboy, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Sawmill Operator 
    • It is expected the 73.5 inches of Hank Robus will reappear on Cleveland soil today from Amboy Centre, where he has been manipulating a saw-mill engine for a week or so. [5]
    • Hank Robus brought all of himself back here from Amboy, Thursday, except a slice off one finger he left there while laboring in a mill. [6]
    Died  1878  Amboy, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    • Death furnishes us sad contemplation even where the deceased has passed the allotted years of man sinks through gradual decay in to the eternity of the hereafter; but where the grim monster, like a summer frost fastening upon a blossoming flower, snatches away a friend in early youth, we feel a melancholy influence creeping over us inquiring in our earthly wisdom why God should have it so.

      After scarcely twenty-five years of this world, Henry J. Robus has been summoned to enter upon the next. He was employed by G.D. Wells, near Williamstown. Saturday evening he retired about half-past 8, in his usual health, only somewhat tired from a long day's work. He did not rise as customary early in the morning, after calling him once, Mrs. Wells went to his room, and on opening the door found him lying upon his face on the floor. She gave the alarm to her husband and he immediately summoned a physician, who pronounced life extinct. The probability is that, feeling the symptoms of his old complaint of heart disease, he undertook to leave his bed for the purpose of walking off its effects, as he has on other occasions, when he lost all consciousness, as is generally the case, fell forward on his face, and died while in that condition, as there was no evidence whatever of a struggle.

      In the general bustle of the world deceased will not be missed, but in the circle of family and acquaintances, where the sweetest ties are knit; where the noble qualities of the heart are soonest discovered and longest felt; where a loving generous nature found its own pleasure reflected in the happiness of other, there is a deep, dismal inexpressible vacancy, that only a firm faith in man's immortality can render endurable.

      His funeral was largely attended Wednesday from the house and subsequently at St. James Church, Rev. Wm. Long conducting the service. [7]
    Buried  Cleveland Village Cemetery, North Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    20081014 - Headstone, Robus Family
    20081014 - Headstone, Robus Family
    Cleveland Village Cemetery
    Person ID  I392  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified  13 Oct 2017 

    Father  John Robus,   b. 1820, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909 
    Mother  Catherine Unknown,   b. 1820, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1881 
    Married  1847  [8, 9, 10
    Family Note  5 Feb 1881  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • A very remarkable and nearly serious accident happened last Saturday evening at the house of John Robus. Robus had gone to bed, and his daughter Julia had gone to church. Mrs. Robus was the only one about the house. She has been quite sick with the asthma for a long while, and been in the habit of having a hot brick placed to her feet upon going to bed. On this evening she concluded not to want for Julia, and heated the brik, wrapped it in a cloth, placed it in the bed, and then retired herself, soon after falling asleep. When Julia returned, her father called to her that he smelled something burning. She looked around, but saw nothing and told him that everything appeared all right. Presently Robus called again and declared that he smelled feather burning and that she had better check her mother's brick. Then Julia went in to the room where her mother was, and raising the bed clothes, a blaze of fire burst out. She gave a scream, which awake her mother, and she was helped on. The fire had burned through two sheets, a blanket, quilt, feather bed, clear down to the straw; and had the discovery been longer delayed, very serious results may have ensued. [11]
    Family ID  F110  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 5 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/02/1875; Page: 5; Lines: 19

    2. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 22 Jun 1878.

    3. [S19] Find A Grave, findagrave.com., https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=761&GScid=2221626&GRid=30580845& (Reliability: 1), 14 Oct 2008.
      Henry Robus

    4. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 2 Feb 1878.

    5. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 9 Feb 1878.

    6. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 9 Mar 1878.

    7. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 22 Jun 1878.
      Sudden Death of Henry James

    8. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 5 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/02/1875; Page: 5; Lines: 17-18

    9. [S21] 1880 United States Federal Census, 32 (Reliability: 2), 18 Jun 1880.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED: #231; ED Date: 06/18/1880; SD: #8; Sheet No: 32; Line No: 15-17

    10. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 10 Sep 1881.

    11. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 12 Feb 1881.