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Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« on: Monday 08 January 18 08:55 GMT (UK) »
I am trying to track down any sort of information such as an obituary for the sister of my 3x great grandmother. Ada Assister (nee Stevens) (1867-1920) was the wife of the Reverend Harry Assister (1864-1944). Both left the UK to settle firstly in Canada before relocated to Pennsylvania.

I came across a mention of the tragic circumstances of the death in an old family letter, and was then able to locate the death certificate. I was wondering if this tragic event might have been covered by the media of the day and if anybody might have access to be able to find this?

Many kind thanks for any help or information.

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #1 on: Monday 08 January 18 09:12 GMT (UK) »
A small point which may help anyone searching - the surname seems to be Assiter (per the certificate and the Sep qtr 1889 marriage) rather than Assister as you have it in your post.

I don't know whether you will find anything in the papers of the day.  Sadly this was not an uncommon cause if death, and over the years I have seen several death certificates where the deceased (most often a young child wearing a nightdress) died in such an awful way.
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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #2 on: Monday 08 January 18 09:23 GMT (UK) »
A small point which may help anyone searching - the surname seems to be Assiter (per the certificate and the Sep qtr 1889 marriage) rather than Assister as you have it in your post.

I don't know whether you will find anything in the papers of the day.  Sadly this was not an uncommon cause if death, and over the years I have seen several death certificates where the deceased (most often a young child wearing a nightdress) died in such an awful way.

Many thanks for the reply. You are very correct it is Assiter, my lesson of the day is to make sure spellcheck doesn’t creep in!

I have limited access to US newspapers via Find my past. I have found mention of the Reverend Assiter but nothing of his wife or his later remarriage (which is mentioned in the family letters).

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #3 on: Monday 08 January 18 11:24 GMT (UK) »
1930 census says Henry Assiter age at first marriage 25 years - Rachel age at first marriage 55 years - which might indicate they had been married about 1922 ish

Second wife - Adeline Assiter passed away 9 February 1947 - widowed. Father Alex Dyess. Mother Jane Mckallip PA.
Burial Evergreen Cemetery. Armstrong. PA

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #4 on: Monday 08 January 18 11:32 GMT (UK) »
Pittsburgh Daily Post - Tuesday, March 23, 1920

BURNS FATAL TO WOMAN Mrs. Ada Assiter, 51 years old. of Lecch-burg. died lr.st evening in Mercy Hospital from burns suffered in her home last February 17, when her clothing ignited from the flame cf a gas stove.

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #5 on: Monday 08 January 18 11:34 GMT (UK) »
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Sunday, September 18, 1921 - Page 49

Bishop Cortlandt "Whitehead officiated at the marriagre of Miss Ada-line Dyess of Leechburg and the Rev. Harry Assiter. also of Ieechburg which took place Monday at noon in the Church of the Holy Innocents, Leechburg. The bride was given in marriage by her brother-in-law, "William Sprout. Miss Annette Dyess served as maid of honor and John H Tench was best man. Ater a trip to Canada Mr and Mrs Assiter will be at home in the rectory of the Epsicopal Church of Leechburg.

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #6 on: Monday 08 January 18 11:46 GMT (UK) »
Harry Assiter - Priest - The Rev Harry Assiter who from 1919 - 1937 was Rector of Holy Innocents Church - Leechburg - PA. died October 23 rd Crystal Beach Fla at the age of 80 years.
Mr Assiter was born in England where he was educated and took up his ministerial work upon his ordination to the priesthood in 1909. A member of the masonic fraternity , he is survives by his wife, Mrs Adeline Dyess Assiter and by his sister Mrs Elizabeth Abbott in England.
The body was brought to Leechburg PA where the funeral was held November 2d. The service conducted by the Rev thomas J Bigham and interment was in Evergreen Cemetery..............

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #7 on: Monday 08 January 18 16:42 GMT (UK) »
Many kind thanks, the information is very greatly appreciated  :)

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Re: Tragic death of Ada Assister in Pennsylvania 1920
« Reply #8 on: Monday 08 January 18 19:05 GMT (UK) »
Pleased to have helped.

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