52 Ancestors ~ #38 Elizabeth Clark – Burned to Death, it is Supposed

This week I am featuring Elizabeth Clark, my maternal 3x great grand mother.
Elizabeth was born about 1796 to Captain William Clark and her mothers name is unknown at this time, in Hampton, Orange County, New Jersey according to a published family history on her grandson John L. Dougherty.

 

Genealogical and Family History Staten Island, NY John L. Dougherty
Genealogical and Family History
Staten Island, NY
John L. Dougherty

Elizabeth married a John Westfall in Sussex Co., New Jersey and soon after moved to the Milford Area in Pike County, Pennsylvania. She and John had seven children. William Westfall was born about 1820 in New Jersey, James about 1821, Solomon about 1824 in Pennsylvania, Jane in 1826 Milford, Pennsylvania, Gabriel 1828 in Pennsylvania, Maria about 1829 in Pennsylvania, John about 1833 in Pennsylvania and Mary Catherine (Kate) about 1836 in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth (Clark) Westfall died about 1839 and is buried in Rowland Cemetery, Pike County, Pennsylvania. From the obituary for John Westfall (d. 1878) we found this account on the death of his wife.

John Westfall Obituary
John Westfall Obituary

Mrs. Westfall died about 30 years ago, and was burned to death, it is supposed.

What does that mean? She was in a fire and they do not know if she died before the fire or from the fire? This was in the Port Jarvis, New York newspaper the Evening Gazette. I have looked for something from the time of Elizabeth’s death but have not located anything.  Would love to have more on Elizabeth.