DEATH OF JOHN WESTERVELT
Newburgh, New York
Newburgh, N. Y., March 8.—John L. Westervelt. one of the oldest silversmiths of New York State, who for more than half a century had been prominent in the business world of this city, died at his home at Chambers & 1st Sts., yesterday morning, after an illness of several months. Deceased had been ailing for some time, having been in St. Luke's Hospital a year ago, but he grew better last Summer, but suffered a relapse after the Winter had set in.
John Lawson Westervelt was a descendant of the early Dutch settlers of New Jersey and was born June 27, 1826. After receiving his education he learned the trade of silversmith at Waldon, Orange Co., New York, and from there came to Newburgh in 1848. For a while he worked at his trade,
but in 1853 opened a shop as a manufacturer of silverware, and from that date until his retirement a year ago had been continuously in business.
Mr. Westervelt was prominent in religious work of the community since 1849, being actively connected with the Presbyterian Church. He took a keen interest in public affairs, was for a short time Supervisor of the Second Ward of this city and was several times elected a member of the Board of Education. Deceased was also prominent in Masonic circles, being one of the original organizers of the Hudson River Lodge 607 F. & A. M., and interested in its work since 1866.
Deceased was married April 17, 1850, to Miss Catherine C. Gorham, and his widow, with one daughter and four sons, survive him. Of the sons, Henry and Walter are connected with the Gorham Mfg. Co., of New York ; the others being Rev. W. G. Westervelt, of Beemerville. N. J., and John Westervelt, who is out west. The funeral services will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2 :30 p. m.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 15th March 1905