Claribel Sedgwick  [Alfred Parker Sedgwick / Fannie Palmer]
b. April 9, 1871, Riga, Monroe, New York
d. December 7, 1952, Lakeland, Polk, Florida3,4
m1 abt 1899, Percy E Turney
m2 December 7, 1921, Caledonia, Livingston, New York,
      Willis James Rutherford

Percy E Turney  [Wellington A. Torney / Susan Harden]5
b. October 1872, Detroit, Michigan2,5
d. March 15, 1901, Caledonia, Livingston, New York

Willis James Rutherford  [James Henry Rutherford / Jennete Shorter]
b. December 11, 1862, Lyndonville, Orleans, New York
d. June 28, 1949, Lakeland, Polk, Florida3

Census Records:

1900 NY Livingston, Caledonia
1920 NY Livingston, Caledonia
Percy Turney:
1900 NY Franklin, Lake Saranac

No Children

More about Claribel Sedgwick:

NHCHS collection Box 6 Folder K sheet 7

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Claribel Sedgwick Torney Rutherford was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
info provided by Margaret Davis, a descendant of Willlis J Rutherford

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 63 page 165

Mrs. Claribel Sedgwick Torney Rutherford     DAR ID Number: 62491 Bom in Riga, N. Y.
Wife of Willis Rutherford.
Descendant of Dr. Lysander Richardson.
Daughter of Alfred Parker Sedgwick and Fannie Palmer, his wife.
Granddaughter of William Palmer and Susan Richardson, his 3rd wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Lysander Richardson and Lois Ransom, his wife.
Lysander Richardson (1763-1813) served as waiter to his father, Capt. Israel Richardson.
He was born in New Salem, Mass.; died in Woodstock, Vt. Also No. 248 1 0.

Obituary of Percy E Torney: March 16, 1901

"Death of Percy E. Torney"

Early Friday morning at the early age of 28 yrs. after a long and heroic fight against disease. Percy E. Torney's spirit took it's flight to the land where " the inhabitants never say I am sick".

Mr. Torney's first visit to Caledonia was two years and a half ago when he came to spend Thanksgiving at the home of Mr. A. P. Sedgwick. At that time he was a resident of Buffalo and apparently in the best of health.

The following spring he had a severe attack of grip which left him in a weakened condition and other troubles developed. Early in the summer he went to the Adirondacks, where a few weeks later he was married to Miss Claribel Sedgwick at Saranac Lake.

In the autum they returned to Caledonia, and strong hopes were entertained for his recovery. The following spring he returned to Saranac but soon saw that he was losing ground and from there went to Buffalo where he submitted to an operation at one of the hospitals, returning to Caledonia late last fall. From that time on he gradually failed, his disease defying the skill of the best physicians, and at times his suffering were excruciating. During all these months his patient, uncomplaining, ever cheerful spirit, was a marvel to all who knew him. At times when his physical nature seemed to be unable to endure his suffering he would forget himself to comfort the faithful wife, whose heart was wrung with sympathy and grief. Many times it was thought he could not live any time, but his wonderful spirit kept him up and the day before he died he was able to be up in his chair. The devotion and tender care rendered him by his wife and her family has been the admiration of all who witnessed it. And his beautiful Christian faith and patience was a lession to everyone that came under its influence.

The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at the Sedgwick home. Rev. Barstow officiating. His remarks were full of tenderness and he paid a high tribute to the character of the deceased, whose life, he said was the most beautiful he had ever come in contact with.

Mrs. Menzie sang "There in Never a Day so dreary. The pall bearers were W.V. Hamilton, Charles Menzle. Roy A. Peck, Edward L. Place, Frank Chase and Charles Perhamns. The interment was at the Mumford Rural cemetery. The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. The casket was almost hidden with exqusite roses. The Christian Endravor Society of the Central Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, of which Mr. Torney was a member, sent an elegant wreath of roses and maiden hair ferns and the C E society of this Village, a large bouque of Carnations.

Among the mourners who came to attend the funeral were many friends from a distance, his father from Detroit, a sister-in-law from Buffalo, Mr E J Kelsey of Rochester, George Bell and Misses Raney and McClurg, intimate friends.

Survived by: his wife, parents and 2 sisters of Detroit, a sister in Dakota, a brother in Chicago and a brother in Buffalo.


1. The Sedgwick Collection (MSS B46) at the New Haven Colony Historical Society papers of Hubert Merrill Sedgwick, Francis Morris Sedgwick and Frederick J Sedgwick,
genealogists of the family of Robert Sedgwick (1613 - 1656)

2. Census records, any of those indicated

3. Florida Death Index, 1952
an Ancestry.com database

4. Rcords of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Chapel
Lakeland, Polk, Florida

5. Death Certificate of Percy E Torney
Livingston County, New York Clerk's Office, Caledonia, Livingston, New York