FREDERICK THOMAS SIBSON: OBITUARY from Utica newspaper:
"Mr. Sibson was well-known to many Uticans who were young men at the outbreak of the Civil War. He was born in Nottingham, England in 1839, and at the age of 8 came with his parents to Utica. Here he attended school. At the age of 14 he became a messenger boy, and then learned telegraphy. In 1861 he entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad at Niagara Falls as operator. Later he was a ticket agent stationed at Oneida as operator and ticket agent, and in 1873 became assistant ticket agent at Syracuse, where all his subsequent life was spent."
Always affable and courteous, he had a host of friends and gave loyal service to his employers. Mr. Sibson was stricken with a severe cold Easter Sunday and died of pheumonia Wednesday of last week. Miss Sibson [Mary Jane] went to Syracuse to care for him, and ministered to him with sisterly affection and devotion until the end. The shock of her brother's death, coupled with the strain put upon her during his sickness, proved too much for her, and Tuesday morning she passed away in Syracuse. Mr. Sibson and his sister were deeply attached to each other, and there is something singularly pathetic in the closeness of their deaths.
Verified Transcript from the Register of Deaths, New York State Department of Health:
Register No. G-6818; Date of Death, Apr. 29, 1908, Place of Death 942 Bellevue Ave, City of Syracuse NY; age 67 yrs. Widowed. Birthplace England: here 36 yrs.; Occupation Ticket Agent, NY Central, Father's Name Thomas; Father's birthplace, England; Mother's Maiden Name, Martha Beeson; Birthplace England; Immediate cause Fibrinous Pneumonia 10 days; Due to La Gripp 14 days. Medical Attendant A. S. Ruland; Place of Burial, Rochester NY, date May 2, 1908, Undertaker Fairchild & Fancher.
Onondaga County Courthouse, Syracuse NY, Will Book 14, page 464:
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, by the Grace of God free and independent to whom these presents shall come or may concern, GREETING; ...In the Name of God Amen. I, Frederick Sibson of the City of Syracuse, in said County deceased, and the certificate of probate thereof..in the words and figures following, to wit; I Frederick Sibson, of Syracuse, County of Onondaga, State of New York, being of sound mind and memory...do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, That is to say, FIRST; after all my lawful debts are paid and discharges, I give and bequesth unto my wife, Frederica M. Sibson, the use and income of all my property, both real and personal,...so much of the principal of my estate as my executor hereinafter named shall deem necessary for her support and maintenance. At her death, I give and bequeath the remainder of my estate in equal parts to my five children, viz: Clarence W., Martha L., Frederick T., Caroline L., and Pearl Sibson and their respective heirs. SECOND; I authorize and empower my executor to sell, lease, grant...all real estate owned by me. THIRD; If deemed advisable by my executrix, she may make financial...either or any of my said children not in excess of $500.00 to each of them at any time...I constitute and appoint Frederica M. Sibson of Syracuse, NY to be executrix of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal, the 23rd day of November in the year one thousand nine hundred and fifty.. Frederick Sibson, L.S.....Be it remembered that the instrument hereto annexed, purportedly the last will and testament of Frederick Sibson, late of the City of Syracuse, in the County of Onondaga and the State of New York, deceased, has upon this 1st day of June, 1908...Recorded 4th Day of December, 1911.
1900 U.S. Census, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY: Vol. 199, Enumeration District 130, Sheet 6, Line 28:
"Sibson, Frederick, Head, White Male, born July 1840, age 59, married 26 yrs., birthplace England, birthplace of both parents England, date of emigration, 1849, number of years in U.S., 51. Ticket Agent, NYCentral Railroad, Can read & write, Own present residence with mortgage; Fredrica W., wife, born July 1851, age 48, married 26 years, five children; 4 living. Birthplace New York; father born in Massachusetts; mother born in New York; literate. Clarence, son, born July 1874, age 25, single, birthplace New York; father born in England, mother born in New York, hardware clerk; literate. Martha, daughter, born June 1882, age 18, single, birthplaces same as above, at school, literate. Frederick T., son, born June 1882, age 18, single, birthplaces same, at school, literate. Caroline L., daughter, born May 1889, age 11, single, birthplaces same, at school, literate. Residence 942 Bellevue Avenue, Syracuse."