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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Obituary of Cornelius W. Bolton Published in 1906

For many years, one of the sons of the Rev. Robert Bolton who founded Christ Church in Pelham Manor served as the rector of the Church of the Redeemer in the area once known as Pelhamville and, later, the Village of North Pelham. His name was Cornelius W. Bolton. I previously have posted a brief biography of Cornelius W. Bolton to the Historic Pelham Blog. See: Wednesday, March 15, 2006: A Biography of Cornelius W. Bolton Published in 1899.

An obituary for Cornelius W. Bolton appeared in the August 29, 1906 issue of the New-York Tribune. The text appears below.


The Rev. Dr. Cornelius Winter Bolton, for sixty years a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, rector of Christ Church, at North Pelham and the oldest active clergyman in Westchester County, died yesterday. He was eighty-seven years old. Until a few weeks ago Dr. Bolton remained in active work in his parish. He was attacked by paralysis about a month ago and gradually grew weaker until his death.

Born at Bath, England, Dr. Bolton came to the United States with his parents in 1836 and settled on a farm at Bronxville.

His father, an Episcopal clergyman, was one of the foremost workers in the construction of the Pelham priory, which still stands a short distance from the New York Athletic Club summer home. In 1844 Mr. Bolton began a course of study at a theological seminary in Virginia. Four years later he went to Christ Church, Baltimore, where he remained six years. He returned to the priory in 1856 and married Miss Cornelia Van Rensselaer.

For seven years he was rector at St. George's Church, in this city, and later had charges for short periods at Port Richmond, Staten Island; Mount Kisko and Armonk. He then assumed his last charge, at North Pelham.

The funeral will be held Friday, when the body of his nephew, Lieutenant Edward C. Bolton of the 17th United States Infantry, who was killed in the Philippines last spring, will be buried at Pelham."

Source: The Rev. Dr. C. W. Bolton, New-York Tribune, Aug. 29, 1906, p. 7, col. 4.

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