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Part 4

NEW 11/25/12 From the Cayuga County Independent, Auburn NY, unknown date 1879-1885

Miss Ellen Earle, aged 45, a resident of Conquest, while visiting at her brother's, W. J. Earle, on the farm of P. H. Carver, on Crusoe Island, in the town of Tyre, committed suicide by hanging, on Sunday of last week, at 6 P. M. The family were absent at that time, excepting one person, who was not absent from her sight over fifteen minutes, when the deed was done. She had been in poor health for twenty-five years, but there has been no suspicion of insanity.

Conquest Village Cemetery
Town of Conquest, Cayuga County NY
EARL, Ellen/Elben, dau, d. July 6, 1884, ae 45 yrs

NEW 11/25/12 From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date, probably in October 1889

Frederic Berns, aged 62 years, of Lyons, died Saturday of lock jaw, caused by stepping on a rusty nail.

Lyons Rural Cemetery
BERNS Frederick 1828-1889
BERNS Fredericka wife 1822-1895

The death of Chas. Stuerwald occurred at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. John Benton, in Phelps, on Thursday, October 3d, 1889, at the age of 72 years. Mr. Stuerwald was a formerly esteemed citizen of this place, where he resided for many years to the demise of his wife, since which time he had made his home with his daughter. Beside Mrs. Benton and another daughter, three sons survive him - Chas S. and William, of Hudson, Mich. (the former one of the publishers of the Post.) and John, of Newark, N.Y. The funeral services were held at Phelps on Sunday, and the remains brought to Lock Berlin for interment.- Clyde Times.

Lock Berlin Cemetery
Town of Galen
STUERWALD Charles Sep. 20, 1817 - Oct. 3, 1889
STUERWALD Lena W. wife Jan. 14, 1883, 61y 8m 10d

Mrs. Hannah Howard of Macedon, aged 78, fell down stairs last Thursday sustaining a spinal injury which caused instant death. The funeral was held Sunday.

On Wednesday night last occurred the death of George Van Dusen, who for the past year and a half has been living with his sister, Mrs. James Garlock. Previous to coming her Mr. Van Dusen had been for many years an active businessman, first in Phelps, then in New York, and for some years in Columbus, Ohio, when he was in the coal business. He was a gentleman who through quiet habits had become known to but comparatively few during his residence in Newark, but was highly esteemed and respected by those whose good fortune it was to be acquaintances. Mr. Van Dusen was seventy-six years of age, and had been in feeble health for some time. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, Rev. A. P. Burgess conducting the services, and the remains were interred in the old family grounds at Plainville (sic).

Riverview/Plainsville/Gypsum Cemetery
Town of Phelps, Ontario County NY
George; died Oct 10 1889; ae 76 yrs

NEW 11/25/12 From The Advertiser, Thursday, April 7, 1938, Union Springs NY

W. O. Bryan of Sodus celebrated his 101st birthday recently. He is physically well and has a keen mind.

The Record, Thursday, May 9, 1940, front page (Hilton NY)

W.O. Bryan, a 103-year-old resident of Sodus, died Wednesday of last week, following a fall, which fractured three ribs, on the previous day.

NOTE: 1910 Sodus Census - Winfield Bryan, age 72; 1920 Sodus Census - Winfield O'Bryan, age 82; 1930 Sodus Census - Winfield O'Brien, age 93; 1940 Sodus Census - Wingfield O. Bryan, age 103.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
O'BRYAN Winfield 1837-1940
O'BRYAN Margaret H wife of Winfield 1841-1904

NEW 11/25/12 From The Courier, Palmyra NY, August 30, 1897

W. J. McCrea of the town of Walworth died on Tuesday morning of this week, aged 64 years. His death was very sudden and created much surprise in the neighborhood where he resided. One son and one daughter survive him.

Macedon Center Cemetery
McCrea, William, J., b. June 13, 1832 - d. August 17, 1897 (lot 24-1)
McCrea, Theresa C., wife of William J. McCrea, b. April 21, 1850 - d. June 1, 1889 (lot 24-2)
McCrea, Robert J., son of W. J. & T. C. McCrea, b. January 5, 1881 - d. May 13, 1896 (lot 24-3)

NEW 11/25/12 From The Clyde Times, Thursday Nov. 28, 1889

South Butler.

On Friday, November 22d, 1889, occurred the death of Marshall Hibbard, in the town of Conquest, Cayuga County, N.Y., at the age of 70 years. The immediate cause of his death was cancer of the stomach, which had been the source of his suffering for many months previous to his demise. Until about two years ago he had been a resident of the town of Butler, where John H./R. Allen now lives. His funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Butler Center on Sunday afternoon. Rev. N. M. Wheeler delivered the discourse, and the remains were laid by the side of his wife in the Butler Center Cemetery. One son, Oliver T. Hibbard, with whom he resided, survives him. [NOTE: Marshall Hibbard and wife Lucy both not present on the 1941 DAR reading of this cemetery. Son Oliver T. on the list.]

Mrs. Almira Hibbard, wife of Russel P. Hibbard, died at her late home in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, November 22d, 1889, of pleuro pneumonia at the age of 73 years. Mrs. Hibbard was Miss Almira Craw, daughter of the late Morris Craw, who resided upon the place now owned and occupied by William Fowler and son. Her remains were brought to this village on Tuesday afternoon, and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Weils (?) at the Disciple Church. The burial ___ ___ upon the family plot in the Butler Savannah Cemetery. The bereaved husband and the immediate relatives of the deceased have the sympathy of this entire community, where they formerly resided and were so favorably known.

Butler-Savannah Cemetery
Russell P. 1814 - 1895
Almyra C. 1816 - 1889
Byron 1845 - 1874
Dorcas 1842 - 1847
Sila E. 1851 - 1916

NEW 11/25/12 From the Wayne County Review, Thursday, August 25, 1904 (Lyons NY)

Word has been received in this village of the death of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey S. Bradt of Rochester. Mrs. Bradt was formerly Miss Ruth Hamlin of this place.

South Sodus Cemetery
Ruth, wife of C. S., Oct. 18, 1875 - Aug. 29, 1923 (or 1926)
Doris W., dau., 1 m

NEW 11/25/12 From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date in late January 1890


Mrs. Emily Pratt Sanford, relict of the late Leman Sanford, died Monday Jan. 13. Her funeral was held at her late residence Jan. 16. Rev. J. Easter, Rev. Fred Redfern, and W. L. Ludlow paid sad tribute to her memory. The two last parties have been inmates of her home for a year. Mrs. Sanford's life was a benediction to all who came in contact with her. She leaves a daughter and two sons to mourn her loss.

Lakeview Cemetery
Pultneyville, Town of Williamson
Sanford, Leman b. Pawlet, Vt., July 22, 1803, d. Marion, N. Y. Apr. 23, 1879
Sanford, Emeline Pratt, wife L. S. b. Williamson, N. Y. Mar. 4, 1808, d. Marion, N. Y. Jan. 13, 1890

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Friday, January 17, 1890, page 3

The funeral of Mrs. Leman Sanford was held at her late residence in Marion yesterday at 11 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Ester and the remains were interred at Pultneyville.

NEW 11/25/12 From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, June 28, 1904

Funeral of John S. Wright

Palmyra, June 27- The funeral of John S. Wright, a former well known resident of this village, who died at the home of his son in Auburn on Thursday, was held in this place Saturday afternoon. Deceased had resided in Palmyra for a great many years, but for the past year or two had made his home with his son in Auburn. He was a prominent member of the Episcopal Church and had served many terms as a vestryman. He was also a well known Mason and the members of the Masonic fraternity attended the funeral in a body. He was about 80 years old.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Wright, Amore, wife of John S., May 5, 1901, 75y
Wright, John S., June 23, 1904, 78y 8m 20d

Mrs. Mary Donnelly.

Clyde, June 27- Mrs. Mary Donnelly, of Clyde died at the county house, Lyons, last Saturday, aged 42 years. The remains have been brought to Clyde for interment. Deceased is survived by her husband, three sons, Levi, William and Elmer, and two daughters, Mrs. Alice Adams, of Auburn, and Mrs. Mary E. Garry, of Whiskey Hill.

Maple Grove Cemetery
DONLEY Mary "Mother" (no dates)

NEW 11/25/12 From The Wayne County Review, June 30, 1904


Remains of a Former Resident Brought Home for Burial.

The remains of John Stratton, a former resident of this village, were brought from Jackson, Mich., Saturday, and interred the following day by Rev. W. M. Webbe at the Stratton home on Maple street. Mr. Stratton was injured in an accident the preceding Sunday and died from the effects of his injuries on Thursday. Local relatives, who were not at once appraised of the accident, left immediately upon receiving a message and arrived in Jackson just before the end.

Deceased was born in this village 52 years ago and after attaining manhood worked here for several years as a carriage painter. In the early 80's he moved west settling in Jackson which had since been his home. He is unmarried and is survived by one brother, James Stratton, and two sisters, the Misses Mary and Kittie Stratton, all of this village.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, June 28, 1904

Interment of John Stratton.

Lyons, June 27- The remains of John Stratton, a former resident of this village, who died in a hospital at Jackson, Mich., last Thursday night, were brought here yesterday and interred in the family lot in the South cemetery. Rev. W. N. Webbe officiated at the funeral services, which were held from the home of James Stratton, on Maple street. Deceased was born in Lyons fifty-two years ago and was a carriage painter by trade. He left town about twenty-two years ago to work in various cities in Michigan, finally locating at Jackson. Surviving relatives are one brother, James Stratton and two sisters, Misses Mary and Kittie Stratton.

South Lyons Cemetery
John C., 1842-1904

NEW 11/25/12 From the Clyde Times, Thursday, Jan. 27, 1916, page 4


Lewis W. Pond, after a long illness, died at his home in Lock Berlin Monday, January 24, 1916, at the age of 68 years.

Mr. Pond was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and came North with his parents and settled in Connecticut. When but seventeen years old he enlisted at Hartford in the state as a member of Company G, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, serving throughout the war. When the war closed he returned to Connecticut, where he was engaged in business for some time. He married Miss Elizabeth Baldridge, of Lock Berlin, and a few years after their marriage they came back to that village, and have since made it their home. He was a member of Vosburg Post, G. A. R., of Newark, at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Louise Pond, of Lock Berlin, Funeral services were held WEdnesday afternoon, from his late residence. Interment was made in the Lock Berlin Cemetery.

Lock Berlin Cemetery
Town of Galen
POND Lewis W. 1847 - 1916, Co. G. 1 Art. Vt. Vol.
POND Mary E. BALDRIDGE wife 1855 - 1923

The Clyde Herald, Wednesday, January 26, 1916


Lewis Pond died at his home in Lock Berlin Monday morning, following a long illness. Mr. Pond was a veteran of the Civil War, a member of Company G, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, and served with distinction throughout the war. He was a member of Vosburg Post, G. A. R., of Newark. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, Oct. 20, 1847. He enlisted at Hartford, Conn. when only 17 years old. Mr. Pond talked with President Lincoln three days before he was assassinated.

Deceased leaves his wife and one daughter, Miss Louise Pond, of Lock Berlin. Funeral services were held today.

NEW 11/25/12 From the Clyde Democratic Herald, Wednesday, March 16, 1898

Mrs. Sarah Jane Ketchum died at her home near Newark last Thursday evening, death resulting from heart disease.

East Newark Cemetery
Ketchum, Sarah, 10 Mar 1898, 62 Yrs., Phelps, NY

New 11/25/12  From The Savannah Times, Friday, May 6, 1921

Clyde Personals and Local News.

The funeral of Mrs. Julia Monroe was held from her late home on Columbia St. at 2:30 o'clock Saturday April 23rd, Rev. W. W. Lane officiating. Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Maple Grove Cemetery
MONROE Joseph 1841-1909
MONROE Julia wf Joseph 1841-1921

The remains of Mrs. Betsey M. Rogers who died Friday morning at 1:30 A.M. April 22nd was taken to Weedsport for burial on Monday of last week.

NEW 11/25/12 From The Democratic Herald, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1892 (Clyde NY)

Collins Burnett, (brother of Wm. Burnett, of Clyde,) an old and well known resident of Huron, died at his home in that town Wednesday, January 13th, in his 82d year. He had lived on the farm on which he died about fifty years.


Mr. Collins Burnett an old resident of the town was buried the 15th.

Evergreen Cemetery
Town of Huron
BURNETT, Collins, June 20,1810 - ?
BURNETT, Sarah LEACH, wife, Sep. 20, 1819 - Dec. 1, 1888
BURNETT, Candace L., 1844 - 1845
BURNETT Mary L., 1854 - 1854

The announcement of the death of W. J. Barber, which occurred at his residence on Pearl street early Saturday morning, though not entirely unexpected, aroused the sympathy of the entire community. The deceased was a contractor and builder, and had by strict habits of economy and industry acquired a fair start in life. He recently launched out in the lumber business which was proving a very successful venture when, in the very price of life, being about 34 years of age, he was stricken with disease and died. Funeral services were held from the late residence at 1 P. M. today. [NOTE: 1891 Village of Clyde Directory - William J. Barber, lumber dealer, contractor and builder]

Maple Grove Cemetery
BARBER William J. 1857-1892
BARBER Charlotte E. wf 1855-1930

The sudden death of Israel Roy, a prosperous and well-known farmer of this town, which occurred at his home near Lock Berlin at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, caused a feeling of most profound sorrow throughout the community. Mr. Roy had been a life long resident of the town and by perservance (sic) and diligence became the owner of several farms. His illness which was of a sudden character, being a severe attack of bilious colic, produced heart failure and he passed peacefully away at the ripe old age of nearly 78 years. His demise will be a loss keenly felt by his wide circle of acquaintances with whom his character was always that of an honest, conscientious and straightforward man. At the time of going to press the hour and place of funeral had not yet been determined.

Ferguson Corners Cemetery Town of Galen
Lyman, Nov. 17, 1840 - Dec. 22, 1915
Ann Eliza, his wife, April 10, 1840 - Feb 23, 1911
Israel, Jan 18, 1892, 77y
Ann, wife of Israel, July 14, 1882, 70y
Alexander, son of I. & A., Mar 24, 1847, 1y

NEW 11/25/12 From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Monday, January 21, 1895, page 4

Charles Clark, of Clyde, aged 11 years, died last Thursday of scarlet fever. The remains were interred in Maple Grove cemetery last Friday night. [not on county historian's list]

The funeral services of Clark J. Freeman, of Newark, whose death occurred on Thursday evening last, were held Saturday afternoon, Rev. F. W. Kneeland, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

The death of Mrs. Cornelia Cookingham of Newark, occurred Saturday afternoon after a severe illness. Deceased went to Newark from Schenectady nine years ago. She was 72 years of age. Besides a daughter, Mrs. Maggie Milmine of Newark, a sister, Mrs. Parmelia Templeton, survives. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. E. Allen, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating.

Newark Main Street Cemetery
Cookingham, Cornelia wife D.A. Aug. 10, 1822 - Jan. 19, 1895

NEW 11/25/12 From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, March 14, 1896, page 4

James S. James, an old resident of Clyde, died last Thursday afternoon of cancer, aged 72 years. Mr. James leaves a wife and one son, Albert James, of Brooklyn.

Maple Grove Cemetery
JAMES James S. 1824-1896

The funeral of Mrs. Benjamin Forbes was held Thursday afternoon from the late residence of deceased in Wolcott, Rev. James Guthrie officiating. The remains were taken to Junius for burial yesterday.

NEW 11/25/12 From the Clyde Democratic Herald, Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 1895

Mrs. Harriett Garlic died at the residence of C. S. Groesbeck, Saturday afternoon, aged 67 years. Funeral services were held Tuesday forenoon, Rev. K. Keppel of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Interment was made in the Rose cemetery.

Rose Cemetery
Bill Dean's Reading
Garlick, Harriet A., 1827 - 1895

NEW 11/25/12 From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Wednesday, April 4, 1894, page 4

The funeral of George Crater, for many years a resident of Newark, was held yesterday. The age of the deceased was 72 years. For several years he had been engaged in the coal business.

Mrs. Elleda (?) Stoddard, a life-long resident of Palmyra, died yesterday at the age of 77 years. She leaves two brothers, four sisters and three daughters. The funeral will be held from the house Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Stoddard, Alinda, wife of Russell & dau. of Zera & Betsy DRAKE, Apr. 3, 1894, 77y

The remains of Miss Leora Cornwell, daughter of John Cornwell, for many years a resident of Newark, were taken to the home of her uncle, W. H. H. Stebbins of Newark, yesterday, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Burgess. The deceased was about 20 years of age. Her death was caused by consumption.

East Palmyra Cemetery
Cornwell, Ella M. d 4 Feb 1884, age 37 years (lot 017-10)
Cornwell, John d 14 Apr 1910, age 37 years (lot 017-9) [Correction: age should be about 67]
Cornwell, Lenora F. d 31 Mar 1894, age 18 years (lot 017-8)

NOTE: 1880 Census of Arcadia - John J. Cornwell, age 38, Ella M. Cornwell age 33, Clayton Cornwell age 9, Leora Cornwell age 5, mother-in-law Cynthia Stebbins age 66.

NEW 11/25/12 From The Herald, Fairport NY, Wednesday, January 29, 1919

Walworth, Jan. 27

Peter DeFlyer, who had been sick for some time, died Thursday evening. He was born in Holland but had lived in this country 34 years. He was 72 years old. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Ridge Chapel Cemetery
Town of Williamson
DeFlyer, Peter, b 1846, d 1919, husband of Mrs. Susie DeFlyer
DeFlyer, Susie, b 1850, d 1920, wife of Peter DeFlyer

Macedon, Jan. 27

James Finley for many years a resident of this village passed away Sunday at the Wayne County Home in Lyons. The remains were brought to this village Sunday afternoon.

The memorial service in honor of Private Philip Steiger, who passed away in France Dec. 17, was largely attended at the Baptist church last Sunday evening. Rev. A. I. Ehle was assisted in the service by Rev. R. Payne of Farmington and Rev. A. E. Allison, minister of the local Universalist church. A male quartette from Palmyra sang several selections. The Baraca class, of which Philip was a member, attended in a body as did the Philathea class and Sons of Veterans. John Steiger, of Rochester, and Charles Steiger, of Walworth, were in town to attend the service.

Macedon Center Cemetery
Steiger, Philip, b. 1895 - d. 1918, Co M, 308 Inf., died in France, World War I (lot 83 & 84 - 2 stones)

NEW 11/25/12 From the Newark Union-Gazette, Saturday Morning, November 2, 1918, page 7

Marjory E. Halstead

The parents and many little friends of Marjory E. Halstead, aged 6 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield Halstead, were saddened by her death which occurred at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium on Monday evening at about 8 o'clock.

She had been very ill of Spanish influenza and was taken to Clifton Springs for special treatment.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. C. M. Creighton officiating. Burial at East Newark Cemetery.

East Newark Cemetery
Halstead, Marjorie Ella, 30 Oct 1918, 68 Yrs. [NOTE: age incorrect; possibly 6 years 8 months]

NEW 11/25/12 From The Record, June 14, 1907, front page (Sodus NY)


Mather, Catherine C.- At "The Poplars," Sodus Bay, June 1th, aged 88 years. Funeral Wednesday, June 12th, St. Luke's church, Sodus Centre, 2 p. m.

Brick Church Cemetery (now called Baptist Rural Cemetery)
Town of Sodus
Catherine C. 1818 - 1907
Annie P. 1854 - 1936


Miss Mary Asenath Clark passed into the beyond on Friday, June 7th, 1907, at the age of 50 years, and 7 months.

Miss Clark, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Clark, was born at Marion, Nov. 4th, 1856, where her father was teaching. Soon afterward her parents returned to the paternal home farm near the lake shore, north of the Vosburgh school houses, where she resided, except for a short time in Sodus village, until 16 years of age. She attended the Vosburgh district school and several terms in Sodus Academy, and then taught two terms of district school in Williamson, in the Pultneyville and Tompkinson districts.

In the fall of 1876 Miss Clark entered Mt. Holyoke Seminary at South Hadley, Mass., from which she was graduated in June, 1881, with high honors.

Returning home Miss Clark taught two terms in Williamson, and one more in the Bell school in this town, then one year in Sodus Academy.

In the fall of 1884 her mother died, and in the spring of 1887, Mary gave up teaching and later removed with her father to Sodus, and since had been at the head of the home. Much of the time since Miss Clark had been an invalid, but found time to do many worthy things.

For several years she was an active member of the Burden Bearers' Society, whose work for the friendless in New York city is well remembered in this community. Since 1892, her return to Sodus, she had taken an active part in church and missionary work, but her chief interest for many years centered in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. For that organization she worked untiringly, giving to it time and love without stint. She held important offices in both the local and county organizations. The Department of Literature was her special care, and for this she prepared many valuable reports and furnished material for the local press. Also among the pleasures of the last year of her life was her connection with a Missionary Study Class, organized by Mrs. D. B. McMurdy.

While yet a student at Sodus Academy she became a member of the Presbyterian church, of which she was a loyal member, seldom failing to attend its communion service. During the past few years the condition of her health led her frequently to attend the services of the Methodist church, which was nearer her home. For this church and its members she formed a warm attachment.

Her last illness was of such brief duration that many did not know of it until she had passed to her reward.

Miss Clark had a superior education, and being a constant reader, was well informed upon current and scientific literature. Her articles upon various subjects were written in a terse style, free from superfluous words, and in a comprehensive manner. She was a woman of beautiful character and one who will be sadly missed in her sphere of usefulness.

She is survived by one brother, Hosea Clark, assistant principal of Sodus High School, and two sisters, Miss Ellen K. Clark, a teacher in the Lyons High School, and Mrs. Benton S. Rude of LYons.

Her funeral was held from her late home at 2 p. m., Tuesday, and in the absence of her pastor, Rev. F. M. Windnagle, pastor of the Methodist church, officiated, assisted by Rev. M. Gaffney of Williamson. The W. C. T. U. attended in a body and their floral tribute to their departed sister was a beautiful one, as were also floral tributes from the county W. C. T. U., the Burden Bearers and many friends.

Interment was made in the family plot in the Sodus Rural cemetery.

W. C. T.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
CLARK Mary Asenath 1856-1907

NEW 11/25/12 From The Newark Union-Gazette, Saturday morning, May 4, 1918

Dr. W. J. Hennessey

The death of Dr. William J. Hennessey, aged 61 years, one of the most prominent physicians of Wayne County, occurred at the Lyons Hospital last Friday night, Apr. 26, 1918, after a long illness.

Dr. Hennessey was born in 1856, educated at the Victor Union School, Macedon Academy and Syracuse University, graduating from the latter in 1881. He began the study of medicine with Dr. C. M. Kingman of Palmyra in 1887 (sic), and practiced at Palmyra until 1883, when he moved to Valley Center, Kansas, where he practiced until April, 1884, when he returned to Palmyra and had since practiced here.

In 1883, he was married to Miss Minnie Lovett, daughter of J. C. Lovett, dry goods merchant of Palmyra, and they had one son, who died in infancy. Mrs. Hennessey died in May 1884, and on Oct. 29, 1888, Dr. Hennessey was married to Miss May Birdsall, daughter of Henry Birdsall of Palmyra and they had one son and two daughters.

Dr. Hennessey was trustee of the village of Palmyra in 1889-1893; was president of the Wayne County Medical Society in 1889-1890 and had also acted as health officer of that village.

Dr. Hennessey had practiced medicine for upwards of forty years and was prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of Palmyra Lodge, F. & A. M., of the chapter and of the council, and past commander of Zenobia Commandery, K. T., No. 41. He was secretary and treasurer of the Crandall Packing Company of Palmyra and was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of that village.

He is survived by his wife, a son, J. Jenner Hennessey, who is in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and two daughters, Miss Gladys and Miss Dorothy Hennessey; also by a stepdaughter, Miss Marie Blodgett.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home on Cuyler Street, Palmyra, and at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church, Rev. Walter S. Wright, pastor of the church officiating.

All business and work at the factories were suspended during the funeral hour and the church was packed. Zenobia Commandery in uniform and the Palmyra Blue Lodge attended in a body. Physicians and other prominent people from various towns in the county were present. Doctors Young, Nevia, York and Johnson were present from Newark. Superintendents of the branch offices of the Crandall Packing Company, of which Dr. Hennessey was president, were present and the village and town officials also attended the funeral in a body. Elias Croucher, Charles R. Clark, Charles Drake and David Usher sang. Judge Nelson N. Sawyer of Palmyra gave the masonic funeral oration at the grave.

The active bearers were George Conant, William German, William H. Marks, Harry E. Williamson, Arthur Jones, Charles Lebrecht(?), Frank C. Jones and Bernard Possee. The honorary bearers were members of Zenobia Commandery, K. T.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Hennessy, William J. MD - 1858-1918

Mellissa L. Fitch

The death of Miss Mellissa L. Fitch, aged 78, occurred at Willard on Wednesday, Apr. 28th, after a short illness.

Miss Fitch was born in eastern Wayne County and had spent her younger life at Wolcott and Newark, but for a number of years she had been at Willard. She is the last of four sisters and one brother, of the Ebenezer Fitch family.

The remains were brought to Newark Monday for burial Tuesday in the East Newark Cemetery.

East Newark Cemetery
Fitch, Ebenezer H., 21 Jul 1888, 73 Yrs., Died in Walworth, NY
Fitch, Floyd K., 17 Jan 1931, 17 Yrs. Fitch, Mrs Jane, 26 Aug 1878, 44 Yrs., wife of Eleene [NOTE: should read Ebenezer] Fitch, Melissa L., 30 Apr 1918, 78 Yrs., Of Ovid, NY

Perry Barrett

Perry DeForest Barrett passed away Tuesday at the State Hospital in Rochester aged 62 years. Mr. Barrett has been in poor health for the past two years. The body was brought to the family home on Church Street Tuesday evening. He was born October 27th, 1856 in Newark and received his education in the Newark Union School.

He was a faithful employee of the New York Central for 39 years, 26 of which were in passenger service and he was retired with pension.

He was a member of the Order of Railway conductors, Division No. 8, who had charge of the funeral. A beautiful floral pillow was sent by the Lodge.

Mr. and Mrs. Barrett have spent most of their life in Buffalo, coming to Newark a few years ago after Mr. Barrett retired from service, owing to ill health.

He is survived by his wife and one sister, Miss Frances Barrett of Clifton Springs.

The funeral was held at the house Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock Rev. A. J. Saxe officiating.

The following men of the order of Railroad conductors were bearers: Harley Launsbery, John Perduyn, George Schnapp, Adrian De Hond, Levi VanDerbilt, and Carl Ridley. Burial was made in East Newark cemetery.

Newark Main Street Cemetery
Barrett, Perry DeForest 1856-1918

Weed, Mrs. Sarah W., 84, at Clyde, May 1st. Survivors: three daughters, Mrs. H. S. Wendell, Wayne Pa., Mrs. J. C. Baird and Mrs. Elizabeth Hont, Galen. Funeral Friday.

Maple Grove Cemetery
WEED Benjamin 1828-1909
WEED Sarah H. wf Benjamin 1834-1918
WEED Maybelle dau. B. & S. 1876-1898

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date in August or September 1896 (Newark, NY)

Mrs. Margaret Van Valkenburgh died Saturday morning at her home on East Miller street, aged 62 years. The funeral was held Monday, Mrs. Jackson, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. Deceased leaves a son, Wm. Van Valkenburgh, of this town, two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Shufelt and Miss Margaret Van Valkenburgh, and several step children. Mrs. Van Valkenburgh had lived in this town many years, and was a woman respected by all who knew her. She had been a member of the Baptist church in this village for fifty years.

The funeral of Mrs. Joseph Gilbert, of Marion, who died suddenly on Monday night, will be held at the family residence four miles north of Marion, on Thursday, at 1 p. m., Rev. J. W. Wilson of this village officiating.

Mrs. B. Elvira Wells, known to many in Wayne county, died Monday, August 31, at her home in Joy, aged 83 years. Mrs. Wells leaves a son, Capt. A. C. Wells, of this village, and three daughters, Mrs. Daniel Hunt, of Ionia, Mich., and Mrs. Olmstead, of Iowa, and Miss Lizzie Wells, of Syracuse. Deceased had lived in Joy for about fifty years, and was universally esteemed. The funeral will be held to-day, Rev. Mr. Young, of Sodus, officiating.

Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date in 1888

The old settlers are passing away from this section and but few now remain. We chronicle this week the death of Hiram Vaughn who spent the greater part of his life in this vicinity. His death occurred on Tuesday at Pultneyville where he was living. - Williamson Sentinel.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, February 19, 1901, page 4

Paralysis Caused the Death of Henry Lake After Brief Illness

Henry Lake, a well-known resident of Lyons, died at an early hour yesterday morning after a short illness of a few days, due to a succession of severe attacks of paralysis. The deceased was 66 years of age and was born in Lyons, where he had always resided. Of late years he had taken a somewhat active part in Republican politics, being employed as a locktender on section No. 8, of the Erie canal, at the time of his death.

Mr. Lake was a veteran of the Civil war and served with distinction during the latter part of the struggle. He enlisted December 21, 1863, in the Twenty-second New York Volunteer Cavalry, and was honorably discharged a short time after the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. He participated in the operations about Petersburg which resulted in the fall of Richmond, and made one of the cavalry force that started in hot pursuit of the broken remnant of the Army of Northern Virginia after the fall of the Confederate capital. Until failing health a few years ago compelled him to retire, Mr. Lake was employed at the plant of the Lyons Gas Light Company. He is survived by eight children: Mrs. William Steinbruck, Mrs. William Myers, Michael T. Lake, Charles E. Lake, Thomas D. Lake, Franklin Lake, William H. Lake, all of Lyons, and David Lake, who resides in the West.

Sudden Death from Apoplexy.

The death of Mrs. Michael Lyons occurred at her home on VanBuren street in Newark yesterday afternoon. Her demise was very unexpected as she had been about the village Saturday and had not complained of feeling ill to any one. The cause of death was apoplexy and her age 63 years. Deceased was born in Ireland, removing to this country and to the town of Arcadia about forty years ago, where she has since resided. The survivors are a daughter, Mrs. W. F. Shuman, of Newark; a son, William, of Lyons; a brother, John Connors, of Montana, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Pillen, who resides at Brainard, Minn.

Philip Eich.

Philip Eich, one of the pioneer German residents of Lyons, died yesterday, aged 81 years. He is survived by five daughters, the Misses Anna, Helen, Eva, Sophronia and Maggie Eich. The first three reside in Lyons and the two latter in Philadelphia and Rochester, respectively. Three sons survive, Philip Eich, a prominent Lyons business man, and August and Jacob Eich, also of Lyons.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, September 19, 1892, page 4

Mrs. John Langdon, a well-known lady of Walworth, died at her residence, one and a half miles north of that village, on Saturday morning last of heart disease, aged about sixty years. She was a daughter of Moses Padley, who was one of the earliest settlers in the town. She leaves a husband and sister, besides a large number of friends and relatives.

The death of Mrs. Marcia Southick (sic), wife of Samuel Southick, and daughter of Stephen Vanderpool of South Butler, occurred Saturday morning at 6 o'clock, after a long illness, at the age of 42 years. She leaves besides her husband, and an adopted son, her father, and one brother, Stephen A. Vanderpool of Savannah, and two sisters, Mrs. William Osborne and Mrs. Frank VanVleck of Butler. The funeral services will be held from her late residence at 2 o'clock.

Butler-Savannah Cemetery

Samuel, 193 Reg., Co G, N.Y. Vol., 1845 - 1938
Marcia A., wife, 1850 - 1892
Emma B., wife, 1845 - 1931

John T. McKensie (sic), a well-known lawyer, who has for the past twenty years resided in New York city, died last Wednesday, and the remains were taken to Lyons and interred there Saturday noon. Mr. McKenzie will be well remembered by the older residents of the county as a very prominent man here in the sixties. He studied law with Judge Lyman Sherwood, and later became his law partner. Removing to New York, he secured a very lucrative practice, and died with a considerable fortune. He leaves no relatives except two maiden sisters, who have resided in the town of Sodus, but latterly they have lived with their brother in New York. One of them came on to the funeral. The deceased was seventy-four years old. He was followed to the grave by many of his old-time associates. Rev. L. A. Ostrander conducted the services.

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, November 29, 1892, page 4

Charles Freeman, of Walworth, only son of Lucas Freeman, landlord of the Pacific hotel, died at his home there on Saturday last, of consumption, aged 24 years. He was born in Ontario, where he lived until a few years ago, when he came to Walworth with his father and took charge of the hotel. Besides his father and mother he leaves a wife and child. The funeral will be held to-day at 11 o'clock at the house, Rev. J. H. Stoody officiating, after which the remains will be taken to Ontario for burial.

From the Annual Session of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Central New York Conference, 1872,page 10.

Roll of the Honored Dead of Central New York Conference

Samuel B. Crosier, d.o.d. Dec. 31, 1870, place of death Clyde N.Y., age 58, years in ministry 19
Thos. B. Hudson, d.o.d. Mar. 3, 1873, place of death Lyons, NY, age 55, years in ministry 33

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, November 10, 1896, page 4

The funeral service of Patrick Whalen, of Galen, who died last Saturday, aged 78 years, was held yesterday morning at St. John's Catholic Church, in Clyde.

The death of Stephen Thorne occurred at his home about a mile south of Newark Sunday afternoon at the age of 65. A widow, one son and two daughters survive.

The death of Ezra P. Stewart, an aged resident of the town of Williamson occurred Sunday morning. Mr. Stewart has been married three times. His last wife, to whom he was married last January, survives him. During the past year he became a member of the Baptist Church.

Harriet J. Henion, who died of apoplexy at her home in Marion Saturday afternoon, was buried yesterday. The funeral services were held at the house and were conducted by Rev. Charles Ray, assisted by Rev. Conway Young. Mrs. Henion was the daughter of James Harvey Curtis and was born in Palmyra October 6, 1822. She married Oliver P. Henion October 14, 1847. Mr. Henion was member of the 160th Regiment, N.Y. Volunteers, and was wounded and captured at the battle of Pleasant Hill and died in prison. Mrs. Henion, who was one of the oldest surviving members of the Presbyterian Church of Marion, united with that church in 1847. She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Miss N. M. Henion, J. Henry Henion, of Newark, and William Henion.

From The Arcadian Weekly Gazette, June 14, 1899, page 12

James Roche died suddenly yesterday at the home of his son Morgan Roche, 60 Ontario St., Rochester, aged 79 years. Mr. Roche was born in County Cork, Ireland, coming to this country when young. He had lived in Newark thirty-six years, and was a quiet, unassuming citizen and honorable man respected by the community. He was a Catholic, and his funeral will be held tomorrow at a Catholic church in Rochester, and his remains will be interred there in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery by the side of his wife, who died eighteen years ago. Deceased is survived by two daughters, Mary and Ellen, of Rochester, and three sons, Morgan of Rochester, Thomas and William of Newark.

At her home on Union street, on Saturday morning last, Miss Clara Berger died, aged 33(?) years, of consumption. She was born in Germany, coming to this country with her parents when about six years of age. She has since lived here, a devoted home body, and a devout Catholic. Her death is mourned by family and many friends. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Berger, two sisters, Mrs. Sebastian Webber, of Lyons, and Mrs. Agnes Duffey, of Palmyra; also three brothers, Adam, of Lyons, Nicholas and Joseph of this village. The funeral was held Monday from St. Michael's church, Rev. Father Kavanaugh officiating.


Mrs. Chester Plumb, in Rose, June 6th.

Clara Berger, in Newark, Saturday, aged 32.

East Newark Cemetery
Berger, Clara, 30 May 1899, 32 Yrs

James Roche in Rochester yesterday, aged 79.

Mrs. Sarah M. Merrill, in Palmyra, Monday, aged 48.

Palmyra Cemetery (Vienna Street)
Merrill, Sarah M. - 1851-1899

Mrs. Frank Mull, in Sodus Point, Saturday.

John DeKing, in Huron, last week.

Lillian Soggs, in Lyons, Sunday, aged 47.

Theodore Creager, a Civil War veteran of the 111th New York, died at the county almshouse.

CREAGER Theodore W., June 10, 1899, 74y, Co C, 160th N.Y. Vo

Miss Frank Green, in Sodus Centre, Monday, aged 47.

GREEN Frances E., Dec. 28, 1851-June 12, 1899

From the Clyde Democratic Herald, unknown date in May 1895

The death of Miss Margaruite (sic) Curran occurred at the home of her mother, Mrs. T. Curran, on Waterloo street at 10 o'clock, last Friday morning, aged 9 years. Funeral services were held from St. John's Catholic church, at 4 o'clock, Sunday afternoon, Rev. J.J. Gleeson officiating.

St. John's Catholic Cemetery
Curran, Margaret, 1886-1895

From The Clyde Times, Thursday, January 4, 1912, page 5


An Old and Respected Resident Passes Away in his 99th Year.

John Stoecker died at his home on Glasgow street about 6 o'clock Thursday evening at the ripe old age of 98 years, 10 months and 17 days. He was born in the city of Columbach, Province of Bavaria, Germany in 1813.

Mr. Stoecker came to this country in 1837 and settled in Galen and has resided here ever since. After a stormy ocean voyage which lasted 49 days he landed at New York and was unfortunate enough to be robbed of all his belongings except one suit of clothes by a traveling companion whom he had befriended. He was thus left without funds or friends in a strange land and could speak only German. But he was not dismayed by his misfortune and secured a free ride up the Hudson and from Albany he started westward afoot. He finally fell in with a German driver and worked his passage on a canal boat as far as Montezuma. There the captain generously gave him a dollar and he continued westward to Lock Berlin where he obtained work at threshing and later at his trade as a tailor. Later he started a store at Lock Berlin which he managed for a good many years until 1868 when he moved to Clyde with his family and has lived here ever since.

Mr. Stoecker was a democrat of the old school and was quite prominent in politics, having served several terms as collector in the town and village. Before the infirmities of age made it impossible he never missed an opportunity of registering his vote for the party of his choice. His townsmen always knew where to find him on political questions. He was not afraid to come into the open for what he believed to be right.

In 1844 he married Miss Mary A. Park by whom he had six children, three of whom died in early life. Those surviving are Miss Julia Stoecker, John Stoecker and Mrs. L. M. Gordon, all of Clyde. Through Mr. Stoecker has been quite a care for years, his family have found it a privilege to care for him and he is sadly missed by them. The following lines in this case are very appropriate:

We miss thee from our home dear father,
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of they face.

We miss thy kind and willing hand,
They fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere.

STOECKER John Feb. 11, 1813 - Dec. 28, 1911
STOECKER Mary A. PARKS wife Feb. 12, 1818 - Sep. 29, 1891
STOECKER Julia Amelia wife Mar. 19, 1847 - Nov. 22, 1912 [relationship error - daughter]
STOECKER Sarah D. wife Aug. 17, 1845 - Dec. 26, 1847 [relationship error - daughter]
STOECKER Two infants Apr. 15, 1852

From the Clyde Times, May 20, 1915, page 4


Asa Pidge, a former resident of this village died at Bath at the Soldiers and Sailors Home Tuesday, May 18, 1915 aged seventy-eight years.

Mr. Pidge was a veteran of the Civil War having been a member of Battery A, of the third New York Light Artillery. By occupation he was a mason and was considered one of the best in this locality. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George A. Gregg, of Flushing, L.I. The remains were brought here Wednesday and funeral services are to be held at the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.

PIDGE Asa B. 1836-1915
PIDGE Ann Juane GIFFORD wf Asa 1837-1897
PIDGE Ada Luella 1873-1910


Jefferson Morey died at his home two miles north of this village, Tuesday, May 18, 1915, after an illness of several months, at the age of seventy years.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, Charles and Leonard, one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Lamb, all of Galen, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Brundige, of North Wolcott, Funeral services are to be held at the family home Friday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. F. B. Duvall, pastor of the M.E. Church officiating. Burial will be made at Rose.

From the Clyde Times, December 17, 1908


Thomas Lyle Andrews died at his home south of this village, about three o'clock Monday morning, December 14, as a result of a stroke of paralysis which he suffered about two weeks previous. He was in the eightieth year of his age. Funeral services were held at St. John's Episcopal church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. O. A. Sykes, of Lyons, officiating. Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Saturday morning, November 26th, Mr. Andrews rose as usual and ate his breakfast. A short time afterwards he was found to be acting queerly and, upon examination, it was discovered that he had suffered a stroke of paralysis and that one side of his body was helpless. Since then it was generally known that he was in a very serious condition, and the chances of recovery were slight.

Mr. Andrews was born in Sydenham, Kent, England, April 15, 1828. He came to America in 1856, locating in Galen where he had ever since resided. Hr was married twice, his first wife, Mary A. Stephens, dying in London, England, in 1867, while on a visit to friends there with her daughter.

His second wife, who survives him, was Mrs. Mary J. Coapman, of North Rose. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Thyme, of Albany, by his first wife, and a son, Lee Andrews, of Galen, by his second wife. There is also a stepson, Frank Coapman, of Galen, and stepdaughter, Mrs. Clarence Lamb, of Syracuse.

Mr. Andrews was a successful farmer and a respected citizen who had many friends in this part of the county, being well known far and wide. He was a genial companion, a kind, accommodating neighbor, and a helpful friend to those in trouble and distress. He was an expert carpenter and helped to build the Crystal Palace in Sydenham. He worked at this trade here until 30 years ago and then retired to his farm.

Maple Grove Cemetery
ANDREWS Thomas L. 1829-1908
ANDREWS wf Mary J. 1844-1919


The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart, Catharine I., died of pneumonia on December 4, at the age of nearly three years. Funeral services were held on Tuesday of last week, Rev. S. S. Pratt officiating, and interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their friends and the community.


Gladys E. Colgrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Colgrove, died at the home of her parents Wednesday afternoon. Deceased had acute valvular hart disease, at the age of fourteen years. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock on Friday afternoon, at St. John's Episcopal church, Rev. O. A. Sykes, of Lyons, officiating. Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Deceased as a bright __ girl who was popular and ___ ____ companions and schoolmates who sadly mourn her death. ___ sympathy of the community ___ to the bereaved family in their sorrow.

Maple Grove Cemetery
COLEGROVE Gladys E. 1894-1908

From the Clyde Times, December 13, 1906


On Monday, Dec. 2d, the people of Marengo were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Miss Phoebe A. Barckley.

Miss Barckley came from the Newark Custodial Asylum to Clyde Saturday afternoon to spend Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Elijah Brownell. Soon after her arrival at her sister's home she was taken ill and Dr. G. D. Barrett was summoned. She was not deemed in a serious condition until Monday morning a short time before the death Angel bore her away.

Miss Barckley spent her vacation in Marengo a few weeks ago, and seemed in the best of health, which made her death a great shock to her large circle of friends.

Moving to Marengo when a child almost her entire life has been spent here. Since the death of her parents, to whom she was most devoted, she has been employed in Buffalo, nursing at Randolph in the Children's Home, and at the Newark Custodial Asylum.

She was particular adapted to the occupation she had chosen, and was everywhere successful, gaining many warm friends.

Miss Barckley was an earnest temperance advocate, a most kind, loving and generous Christian woman, who had given much material aid in the building of the Marengo Chapel.

The funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 6, at one o'clock from the Chapel. Rev. E. L. Waldorf, of the Clyde Methodist Episcopal church, officiating. The society of Union Workers, of which Miss Marckley was a most loyal member, attended in a body, and the officers carrying wreaths, the emblem of the society, acted as honorary bearers. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, showing the high esteem in which she was held. The interment was made at the Southwick Cemetery at Junius.

She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Sara Maltby, of Glenwood, Mrs. M. W. Petteys, of Junius, Mrs. Elijah Brownell and Mrs. Effie Morgan, of Clyde; one brother, Joseph Barckley, of Geneva, and a host of friends, who deeply mourn her loss, but still trust in the words of Paul, "For me to live in Christ and to die is gain."

Southwick Cemetery
Elizabeth C., wife of John R., June 17, 1819-Aug. 22, 1897
John R., Feb. 23, 1810-Dec. 20, 1885
Joseph R., June 10, 1843-May 6, 1921, Co D, 3 N.Y. LT. Art
Martin B., Nov. 6, 1853-Aug. 24, 1859
Phebe Ann, Aug. 26, 1845-Dec. 8, 1906
Rhoda P., May 8, 1837-Aug. 4, 1856

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, JUne 16, 1903

Byron Pulver.

Sodus, June 15.- Byron Pulver died last night at the home of Sheldon Sours, aged 45 years. He was a life-long resident of this town. The survivors are one sister, Mrs. Edward Button, and a stepfather, Israel Morgan.

From the Wayne Democratic Press, unknown date mid-July 1861 (Lyons NY)

Drowned in the Canal.

Just as our paper was going to press, yesterday P.M., it was announced that CHARLEY LLEWELLEN, son of Thomas Llewellyn, was drowned in the canal, near the aqueduct, in this village. It appears that the deceased went into the canal to bathe, but being unable to swim, was drowned. He was about 16 years of age.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, April 19, 1900

The death of Mrs. I. P. Welch occurred Tuesday forenoon at her home north of Savannah. Deceased was about 35 years of age and died of consumption. She leaves a husband and three children.

Butler-Savannah Cemetery
Welch, Isaac P. 1854 -
Welch, Eric 1899 - 1900
Welch, Maggie E. Neville, wife, 1864 - 1900

The remains of Mrs. James Hider [sic, Heider], who died suddenly at her home in Despatch Monday, were taken to Savannah yesterday. Undertaker O.C. Silver, of Savannah, immediately took the remains to Butler, her former home.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 23, 1903

Mrs. Mary Woodward.

Sodus, June 22- Mrs. Mary Woodward, wife of William Woodward, died yesterday, aged 82 years. She had been ill for a long time, and two weeks ago fell and broke her hip. This hastened her death. Mrs. Woodward was born in England, being the daughter of John and Elizabeth Horn. She lived in this village nearly forty years. Mrs. Woodward was a member of the Methodist Church.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 12, 1895


Mrs. Catherine Ryan of Red Creek Drowned Yesterday.


Was Last Seen Alive in the Morning
When She Started to go to Her
Son's Home About a Mile Distant - Wayne County.

While several small boys at Red Creek were playing near a small stream yesterday, they discovered a body submerged in the water. They immediately notified men nearby, who took the body from the water. It proved to be that of Mrs. Catherine Ryan, an aged resident of Red Creek. She had started to walk to her son's place, who lives about a mile distant, and was last seen alive about 10 A. M. It is supposed she accidentally fell in the stream, could not get out, and was drowned.

Roman Catholic Cemetery
Red Creek, Town of Wolcott
RYAN Catherine 1824-1895 (on PIGOTT lot)

Mrs. Maria Day, of Clyde died last Monday morning, age 65 years.

Louis H. Dick died at his home in Macedon Center yesterday afternoon. He was 63 years of age.

Edward J. Dwyer, a business man of Lyons, died at his home there last evening from consumption. A widow and three children survive.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, October 20, 1894, page 7

Last Thursday evening a post mortem examination was held upon the remains of William G. Brand, of Clyde, recently deceased, to ascertain the cause of death. The physicians discovered that the kidneys, lungs and heart were badly diseased, any one of which would have caused death.

Maple Grove Cemetery
BRAND William G. 1828-1894
BRAND Alida A. wf 1832-1893

Charles Tunley, of Sodus, was injured by falling from a ladder fifteen feet high to the ground last Wednesday, died Thursday evening. His skull was fractured at the base of the brain. He did not remain consciousness from the time he was hurt. He was 24 years old and had been married about six weeks.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
TUNLEY Charles 1868-1894

Mrs. Casper E. Kemp, of Rose, an aged German woman living alone, was found dead in her house on Tuesday. She was 76 years of age, and a very industrious and worthy woman, working up to within a few days of her death. She had ben more feeble of late than usual, and took to staying in bed a great part of the time, though she was about the house until Tuesday, when a neighbor living near, who usually looked after her welfare, did not see any stir about the house, and went in and found her dead by the side of her bed. She leaves one child, a daughter, Mrs. Louisa Horseman (sic), residing at Alton. Her daughter often tried to have her mother live with her, but she preferred living at her own home. Her remains were taken to Alton.

KEMP Elizabeth wife of Casper Oct. 16, 1894, 76y
HAUSMAN John 1899-1928 (next to Elizabeth Kemp)
HAUSMAN Wm. H. 1848-1918
HAUSMAN Louise E. wife 1858-1905
HAUSMAN Peter July 29, 1877, 64y 2m 17d "At Rest"
HAUSMAN Catherine wife Aug. 26, 1892, 71y

From The Clyde Eagle, January 4, 1845


Died, in this village on the 2nd inst., at R. Wood's Hotel, Mr. LUKE BARNUM, aged about 35(?) years. Mr. B. came to this place the past summer, for his health, where he has been most of the time since - formerly from Vermont.

The funeral services, will take place to-day at 10 o'clock, A.M., at the Baptist Church.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 14, 1900

Clark Reynolds, a farmer residing a few miles north of Lyons, died Tuesday, aged 88 years. He is survived by a widow and several children.

Baptist Rural Cemetery (formerly Brick Church Cemetery), Sodus Center
Reynolds, Betsy Jane, wife of Clark, Apr. 26, 1870, 48y 5m 10d
Reynolds, Clark, June 11, 1900, 88y

from The Clyde Eagle, November 21, 1846


In Rose, on the 8th inst., Mrs. Lucretia Lyon, in her 59 year.

White Schoolhouse Cemetery
Lyons (or Lyon)
Lucretia (or Lucinda) wf. Deacon Walter d. Nov 8, 1846 59 yr.

from The Lake Shore News, February 16, 1922


North Wolcott, Feb. 15- The death of Abbott Cox, age 84 years, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Van Patten, in Oswego, last Thursday morning, after an illness of some months of a complication of diseases. He was born in England, came to this country when only a boy, and had always lived about this place, until last summer, when he went to live with his daughter. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frank Van Patten and Mrs. Dell Creamer, both of Oswego; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body was brought here, Sunday, and the funeral was held at the church at 2 o'clock, Rev. S. S. Lucey officiating. Burial was made in the local cemetery.

from The Clyde Times, August 10(?), 1861


In Fort Schuyler, on the 1st day of August, Emerson, son of Gates Smith, of Galen, aged 15 years 6 months.

This young lad, filled with patriotism, enlisted in the Briggs Guard, prompted by his love of country to avenge the nation's wrongs. He left Clyde on the 11th of June, full of health, and with prospects of a prosperous future. But death selected him as one of his earliest victims, and after a short sickness in the City Hospital of New York, he died of Typhoid Fever. His loss was deeply felt by the members of the Company to which he belonged, as he had ____ himself to them by uniform kindness and sociability. His parents deeply mourn his loss, but look upon it as a sacrifice to their country, even though he was not destined to die on the field of battle. He was buried in Greenwood cemetery.
[NOTE: Green-Wood Cemetery is in Brooklyn NY]

In Rose on Monday July 26th, 1861, of inflammation of the lungs, Alfred D., son of S. W. and Emily Thayer, aged 19 years.

Rose Cemetery
Thayer, Alfred D      1842 - 1861

from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, August 17, 1898, page 4

While riding a bicycle Sunday evening in Chicago Albert Grimm, aged 30 years, formerly of Lyons, collided with a cable car, receiving injuries causing almost instant death. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grimm, of Lyons.

William S. Hunt, an old and respected resident of Clyde, died yesterday morning at his home, aged 68 years. He was born at Nassau, Rensselaer county, N.Y., April 17, 1830, and when 8 years of age settled near Lyons. He has been a resident of Galen for forty-five years. At the time of his death he was vice-president and director of the Briggs National Bank of Clyde. He was also a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Blue lodge of Clyde.

from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 5, 1895

The death of Margaret A. Nellis, aged 74 years, took place at the residence of her son, Peter E. Nellis, at Newark yesterday.

Monday morning occurred the death at Wolcott of John Miers, father-in-law of Captain G. W. Curtis of that village, at the latter's home. Mr. Miers's age was 89 years. His birthplace was in New Jersey, but from early manhood he had lived first at Ontario and afterwards at Sodus, in Wayne county, coming to Wolcott to live with his daughter a little less than two years ago. Besides the daughter he leaves a son in the West.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
MIERS Helen E 4/7/1842 - 2/21/1904
MIERS John died 6/3/1895 at 89/5/21
MIERS Margaret died 7/21/1891 at 74/7/14

from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, September 14, 1900

Cordelia Reeves Lived Over Seventy Years on the One Farm

The death of Cordelia Ann Reeves, widow of the late James H. Reeves, took place at her home three miles northeast of Newark early yesterday morning. Deceased was 89 years of age, and death following a gradual decline of six months. She was born in Williamson, the daughter of Merritt Adams, was married at the age of eighteen and located with her husband on the farm on which she died and where nearly all of her life was passed.

Deceased was a staunch Baptist, being a member of the First Church of Newark. She has eight children, only two of whom survive, Mrs. Alonson Pratt, of Williamson, and J. Dopha(?) Reeves, of Newark, ex-supervisor of the town of Arcadia. There is also one brother, Orlando Adams, of Williamson.

In Memoriam.

James B. Case, president of the Lincoln Trust Company, and prominent in the manufacturing and financial life of St. Louis, who died Tuesday in the sanitarium at Battle Creek, Mich., where he had been under treatment for the past two and a half years, was born in Sodus, of revolutionary ancestry, March 6, 1843, on one side counting the old Granger family of Connecticut and New YOrk, which furnished, ini Gideon and Francis Granger, father and son, members of the cabinets of Presidents Jackson and Jefferson. Mr. Case was reared on his father's farm and attended the public schools. He assisted in defraying the expenses of his education by teaching country schools. Later he entered Lima Seminary. In the middle of his course there he left, in 1861, to enlist in the Forty-fourth New York Volunteers, the Ellsworth Zouaves. His regiment was a part of the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, and with it he participate din a number of skirmishes and engagements and in the battle of Hanover Junction, Gaines's Mills, Malvern Hill and second Bull Run. In this last battle he was severely wounded in the right arm, and was discharged from the service November 26, 1862. For a while he taught school, and from 1863 to 1865 engaged in cotton planting in the Sea Islands, near Beaufort, S.C. Then he removed to Parkersburg, W. Va., and engaged in the oil and mercantile business until 1l868, when he went to St. Louis.

Died at Work.

George Carpenter, a resident of South Sodus, fell dead yesterday afternoon. He was standing on a wood pile in his backyard sawing a limb from a tree, when he suddenly fell backward. His wife discovered him and neighbors went for the doctor. When he arrived life was extinct. Mr. Carpenter was about 50 years of age and is survived by a widow and one daughter.

South Sodus Cemetery
George W., Apr. 25, 1836 - Sept. 13, 1900, Co F, 98 N.Y.S. Vol.
Mary E., wife, Sept. 25, 1843 - March 20, 1911

Mrs. Loren P. Banks, an old resident of the town of Palmyra, died at her home in that place Wednesday evening, aged about 80 years. Deceased was the widow of the late Loren Banks, a former well-known business man of Palmyra, and was a woman greatly respected by all who knew her. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. L. B. Ward, of Penn Yan, and Miss Julia Banks, of Palmyra.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Banks, Loring O. (Loren), husband of Mary, Jan. 31, 1897, 80y
Banks, Nancy N., wife of L. O., Sept. 12, 1900, 79y

John Chapman died at a late hour Tuesday night at his home three miles north of the village of Newark, aged about 70 years. Deceased had been in failing health since about a month ago, at which time he attempted to suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, but was discovered in time to prevent a fatality. He lived alone and has but one relative surviving, a brother, Benjamin Chapman, who lives near East Palmyra.

East Palmyra Cemetery
Chapman, John d 11 Sep 1900, age 73 years (lot 077-4) Heir of Daniel
Chapman, Benjamin d 25 Sep 1903, age 77 years (lot 077-6) Heir of Daniel
And other Chapman's

from The Clyde Herald, August 27, 1930, front page



The death of Mrs. Mary Fisher Spaulding occurred at her home in Lock Street last Friday morning at the age of 67 years. She was a daughter of the late Adam Fisher, and widow of George R. Spaulding. Survivors are: one son, Jesse, of Port Byron, and three daughters, Hester, Mira and Mary, wife of Charles F. Lux, besides two brothers, William, of Hannibal, Mo., and Michael A. Fisher, of Clyde, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Barton.

Albert H. McVicar died last night at the home of his aunt, Mrs. J. H. Syron of Geneva street, aged 38 years.

from The Clyde Herald, unknown date May 1912

William Bushwaller, Sr. was called by telegraph to Honesdale, Pa., last Saturday by the death of his mother.

John Libordi died of tubercular meningitis at his home on the South Side last Saturday evening, aged 25 years. He is survived by his wife. Funeral servcies were held Monday morning at St. John's Catholic Church.

St. John's Catholic Cemetery Liburdi, John, 1912 25 yr.

Valentine Kline , an honored citizen of Clyde, a veteran of the Civil war, having seen three years service as a member of Company K, New York Heavy Artillery, died at 11 o'clock last Thursday night at his home on Sodus street, aged 78 years. He was stricken with paralysis on August 21, 1910, and had suffered several strokes since, the last one a week before his death. He leaves his widow, three sons, Joseph, of Sandusky, Ohio, George of Wishowatha, Ind., James of Clyde, and one daughter, Mrs. Carrie ____(?) of Washington, D.C. Mr. Kline was a prominent official in Clyde Lodge, No. 3__(?), ____(?), and that order had charge of the funeral which was held at St. John's Episcopal church at 3 o'clock last Sunday afternoon. The members of Snedaker Post, G. A. R. also attended the funeral in a body. Rev. A. O. Sykes of Lyons conducted the services.

KLINE Valentine 1832-1912
KLINE Caroline wf Valentine 1840-1918
KLINE Chas. 1866-1872
KLINE M. Estella 1862-1935

Several death notices that might be of interest to Wayne County researchers.

Source: The Fairport Herald, August 16, 1911, p. 6

East Rochester.

Victor E., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Loucks of South Garfield st., died Saturday morning, Aug. 5, after a lingering illness of brights disease. He was born in this village six years ago. In 1909 he was afflicted with scarlet fever, which left him with kidney trouble, which resulted in his death. He bore his suffering with great patience and all possible was done to relieve his pain and suffering. He leaves, besides his parents, a brother and sister, Edgar and Esther. The floral tribute was beautiful. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. L. M. Bristol of Morton, N.Y., officiating. Interment at Savannah, N.Y.

Note: little Victor was buried in Butler-Savannah Cemetery with his father:

Everett A. 1869 - 1915
Victor E. 1905 - 1911

Source: The Fairport Herald, August 16, 1911, p. 6

Mrs. Amy Underhill, who had been ill for some time, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Durfee, Aug. 10th, 1911, aged eighty six years. The friends met at the house for her funeral services on August 13th at 3 p. m. Reading, prayer and remarks were made by Rev. Mr. Woods of Union Springs, N. Y. The burial was in Macedon Center cemetery.

Mrs. Underhill was the daughter of George and Lydia Carpenter, and a member of the Society of Friends.

Her first marriage was to Dr. Reuben Eves an early physician of Macedon Center and Macedon village. Later he removed to Waterloo and at length moved to Rochester, here he established a large practice and lived for eighteen years before his death. Later Mrs. Eves and her only remaining child, now Mrs. B. S. Durfee, removed to Macedon Center. She afterward married Alanson P. Underhill, who died several years ago.

Source: The Binghamton Press, March 13, 1928, p. 5

William H. Clark, Widely Known
Newspaper Publisher, Dies
Suddenly in Florida Hotel

Death Comes to Cortland Citizen Soon After Being Stricken

Cortland, March 13- William Heermans Clark, publisher of the Cortland Standard and the Norwich Sun, died suddenly at Miami, Fla., yesterday following an attack of heart trouble. He was one of Cortland's most prominent citizens, having resided in this city for more than 50 years.

A telephone message, which reached Cortland early yesterday afternoon, was sent by George A. Brockway of this city, who is spending the winter in Florida, saying that he and George H. Wiltsie, also of Cortland, had visited Mr. Clark at about 11 o'clock yesterday morning. Soon after they had left the attack came, and he died shortly after noon.

He was born at Lyons, Aug. 12, 1848, the son of William and Amelia A. Heermans Clark. He graduated from Union College at Schenectady in 1868, receiving the Phi Beta Kappa key. He took his master of arts degree in 1871. The year following his graduation from college he was admitted to the bar, practicing law until 1876. In 1875 he was elected to the Assembly from Wayne county.

The next year Mr. Clark came to Cortland where he purchased the Cortland Standard. On Dec. 31, 1879, he married Helen Street, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Street. He was elected a member of the New York State Press association in 1888, and during the same year he became a member of the local board of the Cortland Normal school, serving as chairman from 1891 to his resignation a year ago. It was largely through his great influence that the new Normal school was built on the West Court street hill. After the burning of the old building, it was doubtful for a time whether a new one would be constructed in this city, but Mr. Clark was instrumental in persuading the state to keep the school in Cortland.

In 1902 he was chosen as president of the New York State Association Dailies. From 191 to 1915, he was postmaster of Cortland. During his incumbency he was active in the erection of a new postoffice building. The building was started in 1913 and completed in about a year. During the World War he served as chairman of four Liberty Loan committees, giving much time to the work.

Last year Cortland put on a drive for a new free library, and Mr. Clark was one of its strongest backers. The new library building at Church and Court streets is one of Cortland's most beautiful public buildings, although it is not yet completed.

Mr. Clark was a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city.

He is survived by one son, Edward H. Clark of 81 Prospect Terrace, Cortland; two daughters, Mrs. George S. Brooks of New York city and Antoinette Inglis of Boston, a brother, John H. Clark of Flushing, L.I., and a sister, Mrs. Mary C. Brown of Denver.

The exact time of the funeral had not been decided this morning. The body will reach Cortland Wednesday or Thursday. The funeral will probably be on Thursday, with private services.

[Note: Mr. Clark's parents are buried in Lyons Rural Cemetery.

CLARK William, Feb. 9, 1810 - July 9, 1890
CLARK Amelia B. HEEMANS, wife, June 30, 1819 - Oct. 16, 1880]

Source: The Binghamton Press, March 13, 1928, p. 17

Mother Died of Grief
at Death of Her Baby,
Rochester Coroner Says

Rochester, March 13- Coroner David H. Atwater today said that the deaths of Mrs. Rita Watson and her nine-months-old son, whose bodies were found in the home at 21 Oak HIll view last night by the husband and father, Kenneth Watson, were due to natural causes.

The infant was dead in his crib on the first floor when the father forced his way into the house and the young mother was unconscious in an upstairs room. She died while Watson was summoning aid.

Coroner Atwater attributed the death of the infant to colic and that of mother to heart attack brought on by grief.

New 8/13/06   From: The Post Standard, October 29, 1900 (Syracuse, NY).


Died of Old Age

Lyons, Oct. 28.- Mrs. Clara A. Putney, wife of the late H. W. Putney of this village, died at her home at 1:20 o'clock Saturday of old age. She was 77 years old. She is survived by three sons, Cassius H., Edward B. and George E., all of this village, and one sister. (p. 2)

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for her generous donation of another large group of death notices from 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 6 August 1828

A young man of the name of Welcome Wood destroyed his life on Sunday evening last, in this village, by taking opium. He was a young mechanic, against whose character we have heard nothing, and who, it is understood, was driven to the desperate act of self destruction by some peculiar disappointment connected with "an affair of the heart." (Lyons Adv.)

From Ontario County Times, 14 December 1864

DIED - At the residence of her son-in-law, Alexander McElroy, Malden, Ulster Co., N. Y., on the 5th of December, 1864, Rebecca B., wife of the late John Adams of Lyons, aged 66 years.

From Ontario County Journal, 4 October 1889

Daniel Adams, of Savannah, who lately lost a daughter, brooded over her death until in a desperate fit, he took a fatal dose of opium and whiskey. He was 65 years old.

From Ontario County Times, 6 January 1864

Died at Macedon Center, Wayne County, N. Y., on the 13th December, 1863, Mercy M. Bloodgood, in her forty-fifth year.

From Geneva Gazette, 21 January 1829

Died in Lyons, on the 8th inst., Mr. Zachariah I. Thompson, aged 45, late of Dutchess co.

From Geneva Gazette, 6 January 1830

DIED - In Lyons, John Van Wickle, 81.

All From Geneva Gazette

February 3, 1830 - DIED - In Canandaigua, Mrs. Lydia Davis of Lockville, Wayne Co., 59.

February 24, 1830 - DIED - In Clyde, on the 10th, very suddenly, Christina, relict of the late Frederick Boogher, aged 61 years, a native of Germany.

March 24, 1830 - DIED - In Palmyra, suddenly, on the 22d inst., Mrs. Jane White, wife of Mr. Ira White, aged 35 years; also, Sidney S. Seymour, 21.

May 12, 1830 - DIED - In Lyons, Maria, daughter of Rev. Mr. Hubbell, aged about 5 years.

July 7, 1830 - DIED - In Newark, Wayne co., the 23d ult., Mrs. Adeline Blackmarr, wife of Mr. Ransom. She had been married only a few days.

From Ontario County Journal, 18 July 1890

The saddest of distressing tragedies was the suicide on Sunday afternoon of Major Charles H. Roys, a leading attorney of Lyons, Wayne county. He had been suffering from overwork which had brought on an attack of mental trouble hereditary in the family. It was thought that careful treatment at Brigham Hall Insane Asylum in this village would work an early recovery and preparations were being made for his removal. Sunday afternoon while resting in a hammock just after his physician had left him, and during the absence of his attendant, he plunged a blade of a pocket knife into his heart causing instant death.

New 1/29/06  Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for her generous donation of another large group of death notices from 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 19 October 1825

Died, in Lyons, after a short illness, the 17th inst., John S. Tallmadge, Esq., late first Judge of the county of Wayne.

From Geneva Gazette, 16 November 1825

Died, in Palmyra, on the 5th inst., Mr. Andrew G. Low, aged 25 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 7 December 1825

Died, in Palmyra, 22d ult., Mr. Zebulon Williams, aged 59.

From Geneva Gazette, 15 February 1826

Died in Wolcott, 4th inst., Andrew Chapin, one of the proprietors of the iron foundry in that place.

From Geneva Gazette, 20 September 1826

Died in the town of Rose, on the 2d Sept., an infant child of Simeon and Lydia Van Aukin. On the 9th, Lydia Van Aukin, in the 34th year of her age, grandchild of the Rev. Thomas Potwine of Eastwindsor, Conn. She became early interested in seeking her Savior, and gave evidence in her life, sickness, and death, that she had been at his feet, and inherited his spiritual blessing. "I shall soon see my dear Father and Mother," were among her remarks during her sickness.

Died in Palmyra, Mr. Lyman Leach, aged 40; Mrs. Sarah Jones, aged 73; Edward Jones, aged nine months.

From Geneva Gazette, 11 October 1826

Died, in Clyde, on the 27th ult., Mrs. Beden, at the advanced age of 94 years. Until within a few days of her death, she was able to walk some distance, and retained her mental faculties almost to the last.

From Geneva Gazette, 28 March 1827

Died - In Sodus; Maj. Alfred J. Deming, aged 34.

Died in Williamson, Mr. Stephen Fish, aged 30.

From Geneva Gazette, 2 May 1827

Died - In Butler, Wayne co., Ranson Ward, aged 39.

From Geneva Gazette, 25 July 1827

Died - In Clyde, on the 13th instant, Henry Southard, merchant, leaving a wife and seven children.

From Ontario County Journal, 15 February 1889

Cuyler J. Castor, an elderly citizen of Wolcott, was found dead in his bed Sunday morning. He retired the night before in full health. Death resulted from heart disease.

From Ontario County Journal, 15 March 1889

Mrs. John Gilbert, who recently suffered a paralytic shock, died at her home in Palmyra Tuesday afternoon, aged 79 years. Her husband, Major Gilbert, whom she married over sixty years ago, survives her and is in his 87th year. He set the type for and printed the first Mormon Bible.

From Ontario County Chronicle, 27 March 1901

Henry Bishop of Lyons, who was drowned in the Canandaigua outlet while hunting for muskrats on Friday morning, was born in Phelps township, being 65 years of age. He settled in the town of Lyons early in life and had ever since resided there, being one of the most prosperous farmers in the vicinity. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, the wife of Postmaster Whitney of Phelps.

From Ontario County Chronicle, 10 April 1901

Farmington, N. Y. - The funeral of Jonathan Bullis was held at his late residence in Macedon, near the Farmington town line, Thursday afternoon, Rev. Reynolds of Macedon, officiating. Mr. Bullis was 88 years and 6 months old and had kept his mental faculties clear and active to the last. He spent his younger years in the dairy business in St. Lawrence County. His fund of reminiscence of this section of the state was inexhaustible. He was familiar with many of the scenes and anecdotes given in Mr. Bacheller's novel, "Eben Holden" which book he greatly enjoyed. Mr. Bullis is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sarah M. Bullis, one daughter, Helen M. Bullis, who is a teacher in the Summit, N. Y., high school, and a well-known contributor to the leading magazines. Mr. Bullis had several relatives in the regular army, of whom the best known are Major John Bullis of San Antonio, Tex., and Colonel Wine, now on service in the Philippines.

From Fifty-fifth Annual Report of the New York State Agricultural Society for the Year 1895. Albany and New York: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., State Printers. 1896, p. 42-44.


Mr. Smith was born at Brighton, Monroe county, N. Y., March 2, 1815, and died at his residence in Syracuse March 10,1896. His ancestors were English, coming to this country in 1630, and locating at New London, Conn., the original farm now being owned by lineal descendants of the founders of this family in this country. Mr. Smith's mother died at the time of his birth, and he was placed in the care of Mr. Jeremiah Maples, of West Walworth, Wayne county, N. Y., where he lived until he was thirteen years old.

In the meantime his father had removed to Ohio and married again. When thirteen years old, his foster father, Mr. Maples, died suddenly, his foster mother having died six years previous. Thus being left without friends in the east, he made arrangements with Joshua Hicks, of Walworth, whereby he was to learn the cabinet trade, and there he worked until he came of age.

He was then employed by James Fenner, a cabinet maker living at Palmyra, N. Y. After a few weeks he was advanced to foreman of one of the shops, where he remained four years, at the end of which time he managed to save about $1,000.

About this time he entered into partnership with his brother-in-law, T. G. Yeomans, in the mercantile business at Walworth. After four years of mercantile life, finding it did not agree with his health, he came to Syracuse and bought a half interest in a nursery with Mr. Alanson Thorp, under the name of Thorp & Smith, the nursery comprising four or five acres, situated on West Genesee street, near the present Smith family residence, for which he paid $2,000. This nursery was increased from time to time until it occupied several hundred acres. The firm name was changed at various times by the retirement or addition of other partners, until Mr. Smith became the sole proprietor of the business. In 1868 Mr. Edward A. Powell married his only daughter, Lucy C., and became a partner in the business, which was soon after extended by the addition of the live stock interests, from which has been developed the celebrated "Lakeside Stock Farm."

In 1879 the firm was again changed by admission to partnership of his sons Wing R. and W. Judson Smith, under the name of Smiths & Powell. The firm was afterwards changed to that of Smiths & Powell Co., which it still retains.

Mr. Smith was twice married, his first wife being Lucy, daughter of Gilbert Yeomans, of Wayne county, who lived but a few months. He afterwards married Augusta M. Boardman, daughter of Silas Boardman, of Westerlo, Albany county, who survives. He is also survived by two sons and a daughter, Mrs. E. A. Powell and Wing R. and W. Judson Smith.

Early in life Mr. Smith adopted the motto, "Never put off until to-morrow what you can do to-day," and the rule of his life was never to deviate from this, and living up to this he never forfeited a contract or failed to meet an obligation. In business he was energetic, honorable and trustworthy. In religion, through early associations, he was a member of the Baptist church, but later in life became interested in the May memorial church, and for a number of years was one of its trustees. In politics he was a republican, having voted with the Whig party for William Henry Harrison, and later being an ardent anti-slavery man. Although always interested in the political welfare of his city and country, he never sought any office. The only public office he held was that of school commissioner for the third ward, Syracuse, which he represented in the board for several years, and served one term as president of the board of education.

Mr. Smith was largely identified with the development of Syracuse, having been connected and prominently identified with many of its leading public and business enterprises, and at the time of his death held several positions of trust and honor, among which may be mentioned the following: President of Oakland Cemetery, vice-president of the Syracuse Savings Bank, director of the Salt Springs National Bank, director of the old Syracuse Water Company, counselor of the Old Ladies' Home, president of Smiths & Powell Company, treasurer of the Holstein-Friesian Association, trustee of St. Joseph's hospital and senior member of the firm of P. R. Quinlan & Company.

Mr. Smith was always an earnest advocate of temperance and morality, and both by precept and example endeavored to impress these principles on the minds of those with whom he came in contact, and he took a modest pride in the statement that he never touched, tasted or handled intoxicants of any kind, or tobacco, nor offered them to others.

Mr. Smith became a life member of the New York State Agricultural Society in 1887.

Note: under "Business" in the Annual Report for 1892 is a petition from T. G. Yeomans & Sons of Walworth regarding shipping tariffs on orchard fruits. (p. 584-585)

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for her generous donation of more death notices from 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 15 December 1824

DIED - In Palmyra, the 6th inst., Wm. A. McLean, Esq., aged 25 years.

From Ontario County Journal, 27 April 1888

Thomas Hance, probably the oldest man in New York state, died at his home in Macedon last week. He was born in Maryland of English parentage in 1782, learned the shoemaking trade and in 1818 married. He has since lived in Macedon. He had a remarkable memory and did gardening until recently. Had he lived til September 13th, he would have been 106 years of age.

From Ontario County Journal, 12 October 1888

Morris Huxley, better known as "Dad" Huxley, of Palmyra, the veteran stage driver, who drove a "bus" to the first Central train there in 1852, died last Friday night, aged 70 years.

From The Westchester Independent, Westchester, N.Y., Saturday, January 16, 1892. Vol. VII, No. 33. The village of Westchester, or West Chester, NY was incorporated several years later into Bronx, NY and Greater New York City.

ARTEMUS W. HYDE, with the exception of the Wadsworths, of Genesee, the largest holder of farm lands in Western New York, died from the grip in Newark, Wayne County, a few days ago, aged seventy-six. He owned 5000 acres of the finest farms in Wayne and Ontario Counties alone. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. (page 4)

HIRAM DAVIS, the pioneer of the nursery business in Rochester, died in that city a few nights ago, aged seventy-eight. He was a native of Claremont, N.H. He settled in Rochester in 1835. He was a trustee in many of the financial institutions of that city at the time of his death, and was among its most conspicuous businessmen. (page 4)

New 9/11/05   From The Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, N.Y., Wednesday, May 14, 1924. Vol. 73, No. 20, Whole No. 3766.

Mrs. Porter D. Smith. (page 4)

Mrs. Eliza J. Rushmore Briggs Smith, aged 76 years, wife of Porter D. Smith, died at the family homes in Howell street Monday morning after a long illness. Mrs. Smith was born in Farmington August 22, 1847, the daughter of William and Sarah Sheldon Rushmore. In 1865 she married Robert L. Briggs of New York city, who died in 1878. She then made her home with her father in Palmyra until his death in 1901. She removed to Rochester and in 1910 was married to Porter D. Smith of Rochester. Besides her husband she leaves one brother, J. W. Rushmore, Sr., of Palmyra, and two nephews, J. W. Rushmore, Jr., of Palmyra and Charles Briggs of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Funeral services will be held from the home Thursday at 2 o'clock, Rev. H. L. Gaylord of St. John's church, officiating. Interment will be made in Palmyra cemetery.

Manchester News. (page 8)

Mrs. Frank Rice.

Manchester, May 14- Mrs. Helen Jane Rice, wife of Frank Rice of Manchester, died at the Clifton Springs sanitarium, on Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock following an illness of four days. She was a daughter of John and Sarah Lowe Jones, and was born in Palmyra, N.Y., on October 2, 1884. Was educated in the Palmyra school. In 1902, she was married to Frank Rice of Manchester, and has since resided in that town with the exception of eight years spent in Palmyra. She was a member of Parlor Village Rebekah Lodge, No. 435, I.O.O.F., of Shortsville, having transferred last month from Palmyra Rebekah Lodge.

The survivors are her husband, one son and four daughters, Walter, Helen, Gladys, Anna and Fannie Rice of Manchester; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jones of Palmyra; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Guest of Palmyra and Mrs. Elizabeth Flynn of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three brothers, Richard Jones of Jersey City, N.J., Thomas Jones of Maywood, Ill., and Anthony Jones of Shortsville, N.Y.; one uncle, Thomas Jones of Palmyra.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Baptist church in Manchester, Rev. L. L. Swartout conducted the service. The burial was in Brookside cemetery, Shortsville.

New 6/18/05  Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for her generous donation of this large group of death notices from early 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 2 May 1810

DIED - On Sunday, the 15th ult., Mrs. Borrekens, consort of Mr. Borrekens, of the house of Borrekens & Co., Troupville, Great Sodus Bay.

From Geneva Gazette, 10 October 1810

DIED - In Pulteneyville, the 4th inst., Mr. Robert Armstrong.

From Geneva Gazette, 22 July 1812

DIED - In Lyons, on the 15th inst., Mrs. Lucy Peale, consort of Mr. Abel Peale, aged 46. During her illness, she bore pain with much patience, and was buoyed above the fear of Death, by the bright hope of life and immortality. Mr. Peale bears the separation with equal patience and christian fortitude.

From Geneva Gazette, 10 March 1813

DIED - In Lyons, the 5th inst., of pneumonia typhoid, Major Amos Stout, aged 45 years, leaving a disconsolate widow and 6 children to mourn his loss.

From Geneva Gazette, 24 March 1813

DIED - In Palmyra, Mr. Josiah Hamilton, 40; Mr. Thomas Hamilton, 45; Sabra Buffy, 12. In Williamson, Mrs. Rufus Harris, 35; Mr. Turner; Mr. Rufus Reeves.

From Geneva Gazette, 31 March 1813

DIED - In Lyons the 20th inst., Mr. Jonathan Richmond; also Mrs. Mable Drake, wife of Mr. Gideon Drake.

From Geneva Gazette, 29 September 1813

DIED - At Sodus, the 15th inst., Mrs. Mary Bancroft, consort of Mr. Thaddeus B., aged 49 years. She was an affectionate companion and tender parent, and died much lamented by her friends and acquaintances.

From Geneva Gazette, 9 February 1814

DIED - At Lyons, the 6th inst., Jane Ann, daughter of Capt. Elias Hull, aged one year and 4 months.

From Geneva Gazette, 13 September 1815

DIED - At Sodus, on Monday the 4th inst., Doct. Samuel Barnard, ae 50 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 18 October 1815

DIED - At Wolcott, on the 30th ult., Electa Ann, daughter of Mr. Seth Whitmore, aged about 6 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 12 November 1817

In Junius, the 5th inst., in the 18th year of her age, Miss Betsey Howland, daughter of Mr. Benj. Howland of Wolcott.

From Ontario Repository and Messenger, 22 July 1868

SUICIDE - We notice by our Lyons exchanges that Mr. David H. Devoe, a well-known citizen of that place, and a lawyer, committed suicide by shooting himself on Friday, the 10th of this months. Mr. Devoe was formerly a resident of Rushville in this county.

From Ontario County Journal, 11 June 1886

George Scheetz, a German handle manufacturer of Lyons, committed suicide by hanging in the loft of his building Monday. Business and domestic troubles are said to have been the cause.

From Ontario County Journal, 1 October 1886

Sunday morning Edward Ganz, son of a wealthy farmer living near Lyons, was out hunting in a boat on the Clyde river, accompanied by his wife. In drawing his gun from under the seat, it was discharged. Walking nearly a mile for assistance, he lost so much blood that he died at 6:30 that evening. He was 23 years old.

New 6/15/05  Two tragic death notices - a family loses two promising sons, who die a month apart. From Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63, by Joseph Palmer. Boston: J. Wilson and Son, 1864. Page 22.

1847 - Dr. James Bemis Adams died of yellow fever at Curacao, West Indies, 16 January, 1853, aged 28. He was son of William Henry Adams, and was born at Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y., 12 January, 1825. He studied medicine, and received the degree of M.D. at the New-York Medical School in 1851.

1847 - Mark Sibley Adams died in San Francisco, 19 February, 1853, aged 25. He was son of William Henry Adams, and was born at Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y., 10 April, 1827.

Three new death notices gleaned and donated by Ontario County NYGenWeb coordinator Darwina:

From Ontario County Journal 27 June 1884

There died at Clyde recently a blind lady, Miss Marcia Knapp, at the age of eighty-eight years. Born blind, never seeing the light of day, still she was a bright and active woman, with cheerful disposition.

From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1896

The death of Patrick Vickery, of North street, occurred yesterday afternoon at the age of 65 years. He had been suffering for some time from heart disease. He leaves a wife and four children, son and three daughters. The family recently came from Lyons, where the remains will be taken for burial.

From Geneva Daily Times 3 February 1905

Canandaigua, N. Y. - This afternoon the funeral of Mrs. Mercie T. Bennett was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Norris, on Hubbell street. Mrs. Bennett died suddenly of paralysis Wednesday night. She had lived with her daughter here for over six years, but previous to that time had been a resident of Wayne county for fifty years, forty of which were passed in the town of Walworth. The burial is to be held this afternoon at Ontario, Wayne county. Deceased was aged about eighty-two years, and had been feeble for the past three years. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Norris, and two sisters, Mrs. Ann Lee, of Somers, Conn., and Mrs. Julia Greenwood, of Pomona, Cal.

Spotted by Ontario County NYGenWeb coordinator Darwina in the Geneva Daily Times, 29 April 1904:

The death of Mrs. Sylvania Church, aged eighty years, a resident of the town of Geneva for the past year, occurred yesterday afternoon, the cause of death being general debility. Previous to coming to Geneva, Mrs. Church lived in Clyde. She is survived by her husband, James E. Church, and two daughters, Mrs. E. A. Palmer and Mrs. C. E. Dennington, both of this city. The funeral will be held from the house at 10:30 Monday morning. Rev. C. E. Jewell will officiate and the body will be taken to Clyde where burial will be made.

Thank you to Ellen Warner for her contribution of two new obits from Palmyra papers. If you have info to share, Ellen would appreciate hearing from you.

Death of Mrs. Anna R. GRIFFIN.


PALMYRA, March 9. - Mrs. Anna R. Griffin, wife of Michael Griffin of Palmyra, died March 5th at the age of 26 years. The funeral services were held at St. Ann's Catholic Church yesterday. Representatives of the Order of Council of Pocahontas, of which Mrs. Griffin was an honored member, attended. Mrs. Griffin is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Ryan of Perinton, three sisters, Mrs. Caylor of Fairport, Mrs. Charles O'Leary of Rochester and Miss Marguerite Ryan of Victor, and five brothers, Thomas Ryan, Michael Ryan, Andrew Ryan and John Ryan, all of Perinton, N.Y. and William Ryan of Rochester, N.Y.

Palmyra Courier, Dec. 1903:

Hazel Bushnell Dies of Brain Fever--
Had Been Ill About Two Weeks--
A Popular Member of Palmyra High School.

On Tuesday evening about half past six o'clock occurred the death of Hazel Bushnell, the young daughter of Mr. P.H. Bushnell and the niece of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Coates. The little girl was taken ill about two weeks ago with brain fever and for the past week she had been very low; but still hopes were entertained for her recovery. Everything possible in the way of medical assistance was done for her, but she grew gradually weaker until the end came on Tuesday evening. She was a very popular young girl, being a great favorite with her school mates and her death will be a great shock not only to all the scholars but the faculty of the Union School, where she was a regular attendant. For several years she had made her home with her aunt, Mrs. J.C. Coates. She was 15 years of age and is survived by her father and three brothers.

From The North Star, September 21, 1849, an abolitionist newspaper published in Rochester, NY.


In Palmyra, Wayne Co., N.Y., on the 10th inst., after about two weeks' very severe illness, which terminated in inflammation of the stomach and bowels, Hannah SEXTON, wife of Pliny SEXTON, aged 46 years. A minister of the Society of Friends, of the most liberal, antisectarian and expanded feelings and views. Truly it may be said of her -

"None knew her but to love her,
None mentioned but to praise."

Thank you again to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for donating death notices from various Ontario County newspapers.

From Ontario County Journal, 11 August 1882

David Cisco, of Lyons, a brakeman on the Central, while uncoupling cars in Syracuse, caught his foot in a frog, and the train backed up and crushed him to death. He leaves a wife in Lyons.

From Ontario County Journal, 18 August 1882

William Olivet, of Palmyra, who was injured by falling through the Star Paper Company's building at Shortsville, died of his injuries, and was buried last Friday.

From Ontario County Journal, 25 August 1882

A fatal drowning accident occurred at Clyde Monday afternoon, the 14th inst. David Converse and Thos. Mulligan were bathing in the river, near the railroad culvert, when, while the latter was in deep water, he was suddenly seized with cramps and sank. A search was made for the body of Mulligan shortly afterward, but it was not recovered until the next morning. Coroner Livingston held an inquest Tuesday, the jury rendering a verdict of accidental drowning.

From Geneva Daily Times, 28 December 1904

Geneva, N. Y. - Sarah Roberts, widow of Nadah H. Roberts, died this morning after a ten week's illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Pausley, No. 193 Castle street. The deceased was in her eighty-sixth year. She was born in Auburn and after a thirty years' residence in Clyde, came here to live with her daughter five years ago. Besides her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Richard and Franklin Roberts, both of Clyde. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon from her daughter's home, Rev. C. E. Jewell officiating. Burial will be in Clyde.

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for donating death notices from various Ontario County newspapers.

From Ontario County Journal, 3 February 1882

Clark Mason, a prominent citizen and lawyer of Wayne county, died at Lyons on Monday, of heart disease, aged 73 years. He was a justice of the peace at Newark in that county twenty-five years ago, and more recently was county clerk, taking up his residence in Lyons during his administration of the latter office.

From Geneva Daily Times, 24 July 1895

Wells Hornbeck, a well-known resident of South Lyons, died at his home Monday morning, aged 77 years. A widow and three children, Miss Olive Hornbeck, Mr. Leman Glimpse and Frank Hornbeck, all of South Lyons, survive.

From Geneva Daily Times, 6 Aug 1895

Lyons, N. Y. - James Rainsley died at the home of his son, William H. Rainsley, on Spencer street, aged 70 years. Deceased was born in England and came to this country about forty years ago and lived in Oswego and Oneida counties until thirteen years ago, when he removed to this village. Death was due to paralysis. One son, William H. Rainsley, and a widow, of this village, survive. The funeral will be held from the house Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. M. S. Walls of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating.

From Geneva Daily Times, 3 September 1895

MURDER OR SUICIDE ? - The body of a lady was discovered lying face downward on her hands and knees in less than four feet of water in Black brook, a small tributary of Clyde river, by Lewis Simm, a colored boy, who was passing over the bridge on a load of wood. The body was taken to Undertaker Boehm's rooms, where it was identified as being that of Miss Mary Reisdarph, daughter of George Reisdarph, a carpenter living near the hamlet of Marengo, seven miles southeast of this place. The young lady is a little over 21 years of age; was in good health; had attended the Lyons union school all last year and had been in the teachers' training class. Indications are about evenly divided between suicide and foul play.

From Geneva Daily Times, 12 August 1904

SUICIDE AT ROSE - Henry Gardner, thirty-five years old, a farmer of this place, ended his life by hanging himself Wednesday afternoon in the barn of Andrew Andrus. The discovery was made by Gardner's father, who had missed his son. He had evidently been dead for hours. Gardner's team was found standing in another part of the barn, unhitched. No cause has been assigned for the rash act, as he was a sober and industrious man. Besides his parents, Gardner is survived by six sisters and two brothers.

From "Record of the Great Council of New York State of the Degree of Pocahontas, Improved Order of Red Men. Twenty-second Great Sun Session held at Pythian Temple, Amsterdam, N.Y. on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Suns, Hot Moon, G.S.D. Four hundred and twenty-six," (1917)

In Memoriam (p. 112)

Sister Alice E. Palmer, Seegwun Council No. 87, at her home, Palmyra, N.Y., June 26th, 1916. A charter member of her Council.

Tucked away in the fine print of the Southern Tier Times, Vol II, No. 20, Thursday, October 10, 1854, p. 3. This paper was published in Owego, Tioga County, NY.


In Palmyra, on the 12th inst., RUFUS T. CARPENTER, aged 32 years. Mr. Carpenter resided in Owego till the spring of 1847 when he moved to Palmyra and was employed in a cabinet warehouse. The illness Dysentery, of which he died, was of short continuance and his friends entertained no tears for his life till near his end. He leaves a loving wife and three children besides a mother to mourn his loss. His remains were brought to Owego and interred beside the ashes of a dear little son that died some 8 years ago. Mr. Carpenter was much and deservedly esteemed by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb. From Ontario Messenger, 18 November 1857 (published Canandaigua, N. Y.)

Suicide at Sodus - The Palmyra Sentinel says Seymour W. Hollister, a resident of Sodus village, and a man much respected by all who knew him, committed suicide by hanging himself in his barn on Friday of last week. His body was discovered about noon of that day, but not until life was extinct. He had been for a number of years a prominent and worthy member of the M. E. Church.

From Ontario Messenger, 25 November 1857

Suicide - Hon. Ebon Blackmar, a prominent and respectable citizen of Newark, Wayne Co., committed suicide last Friday morning by drowning himself in a shallow well in his cellar. Pecuniary embarrassments are supposed to be the cause. He leaves a family.

Colleen Krogstad has contributed a new batch of Lake family obits, found while doing some research in Newark this past summer. The first obits relate to the Lake family. The other obits were ones that were on the same page as the ones she was looking for, but thoughtfully contributed as well in case they might help someone. Click here to read the Lake obits that Colleen contributed last year.


Died - Dec. 8th, 1878, George Lake, of Marbletown, Arcadia, Wayne County, N.Y. aged 70 years, 10 months. The funeral services were held on the 7th at Marbletown school-house, where his many acquaintances assembled to join in the last sad rites and mingle their sympathies with the bereft family. His was a life of unselfish devotion to his family and friends. Mr. Lake has for more than forty years been a resident of that place. His companion and children sincerely mourn his loss. He was endowed with many qualities of heart and mind which endeared him to a large circle of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Martha G. Peterson

Mrs. Martha G. Peterson, aged 87 years, died Monday afternoon at 5:30, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. R. Olmsted, 18 Hoffman Street, Newark. Mrs. Peterson had been ill of heart trouble for one week.

Deceased was born March 10, 1834, in the State of Maine, the daughter of George and Roxanna Lake. She moved to this vicinity when she was a small child and was married on October 12, 1850, to James Peterson, whose death occurred on July 25, 1892.

Mrs. Peterson is survived by a son, George D. Peterson, of Clifton Springs; by a daughter, Mrs. L. R. Olmsted, of Newark and by two grandchildren, Melvin VanGorder and Ruth Olmsted.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the late home, Rev. C. M. Creighton officiating. Burial was made in East Newark Cemetery.

In the Newark Union Gazette on Friday, January 27, 1928.

Mrs. Lydia Wolfe

Mrs. Lydia Wolfe, age 82 years, died Sunday morning at seven o'clock at the home of Mrs. Laura Baker at 224 Church street, as the result of a shock which she received about Thanksgiving time.

She was born in Marbletown the daughter of George and Roxanna Lake on June 20, 1843. She was educated in Newark schools and after the Civil War married Mr. Mathew Wolfe: who died about twenty years ago. She spent all of her life at Phelps and Newark and attended the Methodist Church all her life. Her daughter Mrs. Thomas Dwyer died on March 13, 1917 and her son Fred Wolfe died Sept. 24, 1917.

Mrs. Wolfe was a lady of fine capabilities, a faithful wife and mother, a sincere Christian and had many friends among the older citizens. She had been a continuous subscriber of The Newark Union and of the Union Gazette since the first issue of The Union in 1872.

She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Effie West and Mrs L. R. Olmstead, both of Newark; two nephews Alvan and Hollis Lake of Flushing, Mich.; several great nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Tuesday at 2:00 from the house of her great niece, Mrs. Clarence Lindstrom. Rev Bruce Pierce officiated. Burial was made at East Newark Cemetery.

Obits unrelated to the Lake family, printed in paper same day as George -


BALDWIN- At Belvit, Mitchell Co., Kansas, Jeremiah, son of Stephen and Catherine Baldwin, aged 57 years, 11 months and 29 days. A former resident of this town.

IRISH - In East Palmyra, Dec. 19, 1878 Mrs. Alma Irish, aged 76 years.

LOOMIS - At his residence in Port Gibson, Dec. 14th, 1878, Rueben Loomis, in his 80th year.

RILEY - In Lyons, Dec. 20, 1878, Hannah, wife of John Riley, aged 62 years.

CROWELL - In Clyde, Dec. 15, 1878, John Crowell, aged 46 years, 9 months and 14 days.

Obits unrelated to the Lake family, printed in paper same day as Martha -

E. Mighells Hyde

E. Mighells Hyde, aged 83 years, died at his home, 65 West Miller street, on Thursday morning at 2:35 o'clock. Mr. Hyde had been ill since Friday. He had been feeble for the past two years, but prior to that had been remarkably rugid (sic) throughout his entire life.

Mr. Hyde was formerly one of best known farmers. He was the son of Arthmas W. Hyde and Sarah Armeda Mighells. He was one of twin sons, his twin brother having died in infancy. He was reared at the Hyde homestead in Hydesville, just north of the village, was educated in the Newark schools, and had spent his entire life in this community. In his younger days he was a very extensive and successful farmer and was widely known throughout the town and county. He was married to Lucinda Ellen Rozelle, of Lyons, in 1873, and to them two children were born, Mighells Ward Hyde and Mrs. Wales Nichols. Besides the children and the widow, a brother John Hyde, also of Newark, and four grandchildren survive.

The funeral will be private at the late residence on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. F. A. Boyd officiating. Burial will be made in Willow Avenue Cemetery.


Whitney, Lorenzo, 73, formerly of Sodus, at Rochester. Survivors: Wife; six children, Mrs. Eva Walters, San Francisco; Miss Victoria Whitney, Rochester; Mrs. Milton Dennis, Kansas City; Mrs. Clarence Webler, Rochester: Lorenzo and Harvey W. Whitney, Rochester; sister Mrs. Mary Trowbridge, Cleveland; three brothers Jesse Whitney, Sodus; Erastus Whitney, Wichita, Kansas; Charles Whitney, Rochester.

McGinnis, Mrs. William, at Clifton Springs, October 1. Survivors: Husband; three sons, William H. McGinnis, Jr., San Francisco, Cal.: Edward G. McGinnis, Rochester; Francis J. McGinnis, Philadelphia; daughter, Jennie McGinnis, Clifton Springs; two grandchildren, Mary Jane McGinnis, San Francisco; Mary Claire McGinnis, Philadelphia.

The Le Roy Gazette-News, Le Roy, N.Y., Wednesday, January 7, 1931, p. 7.

Sister of Mrs. A.B. Johnson Died in Victor

Taylor, Jan. 6- Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Johnson, were among those who were present at the funeral of Mrs. Jennie Harrington Levet at the Presbyterian church in Victor on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Levet was the youngest sister of Mrs. A. B. Johnson. She passed away after several months of illness, aged 59 years. She is survived by two sons, Richard H. and Wm. B. Levet, and a grand daughter, Eleanor H. Levet of White Plains, N.Y., a sister, Miss Sara Harrington, of Victor, N.Y., and Mrs. A.B. Johnson, Caledonia. Rev. Drewett of 1st Baptist church of Geneva officiated with interment in Palmyra, N.Y. Her six nephews acted as bearers, the Johnson brothers, Arthur, Leland, Harry, Benjamin, Albertus and Chauncey Johnson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Johnson. Mrs. Levet's home had been in Geneva where she was born. She was the widow of Alfred B. Levet.

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While in Palmyra Saturday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Johnson and his parents called on Rev. and Mrs. Robert G. Higinbotham and family and Miss Margaret Leathersich, formerly of Caledonia.

This collection of 5 Wayne County-related obituaries was graciously contributed by Faye Brown! If you have information to share about individuals listed, please contact Faye directly.

1. Obituary for Henry R. Crescibene as written in the The Argusof Fremont, CA on June 14, 1986.


FREMONT--Henry Crescibene, 62, a native of Newark, N. Y., and resident of Fremont, died Friday after a short illness. He was an electrician for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto for 38 years.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and was a World War II veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Faye, of Fremont; two sons, Chris of Arcata and Michael of Fremont; one brother, Joseph of Newark, N. Y.; two sisters, Sarah Valvano and Edith Crescibene both of New York.

He also is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and Friends are invited for visitation from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Berge-Pappas-Smith mortuary, 40842 Fremont Blvd. A rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the mortuary followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Santa Paula Catholic Church, 41933 Blacow Rd. Burial will be at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in the Warm Springs District.

2. Obituary for Carlo Crescibene as written in the Newark Courier Gazette in 1962.

Carlo Crescibene, 77, died Monday (July 2, 1962) at his home, 157 W. Sherman Ave. after a long illness.

Mr. Crescibene was born in Cerisano, Italy, Sept. 15, 1884, the son of Antonio and Serafine Crescibene. He had been a resident of Newark for 43 years and for many years had been employed at the Bloomer Bros. Co. until his retirement several years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph of Newark and Henry of San Mateo, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Sarah) Valvano and Miss Edith Crescibene, both of Newark; one brother, Salvatore of Newark and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at St. Michaels Church with the Rev. Joseph McDonnell, pastor, officiating. A rosary will be recited Wednesday at 8 p. m. at the Schulz Funeral Home where friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Newark Cemetery.

3. Obituary for Martha Farnsworth, Jordan, Fuss as written in the Newark Courier Gazette in 1976.

Martha Farnsworth

SYRACUSE -- Martha Farnsworth Fuss of Syracuse, formerly of Newark, died Oct. 26, in Syracuse after a long illness.

She was born in Newark and resided here for 25 years before moving to Syracuse.

She is survived by two daughters, Faye Jordan of Tremont, Calif., and Patricia Gray of Syracuse; four grandchildren; three brothers, Henry Farnsworth of Syracuse, Frank Farnsworth of Brewerton and Percy Farnsworth of King Ferry; five sisters, Dora Feller of Sebring, Fla., Alberta McComber of Webster, Susan Tyler, Phoebe Hilfiker and Julia Pollot, all of Newark; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

4. Obituary for Julia Farnsworth Pollot as written in the Newark Courier Gazette in 1983.

Mrs. Julia A. Pollot

Mrs. Julia Anna Pollot, 76, 4 Lincoln Ave., Newark, died Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Mrs. Pollot was born in Marion, Jan. 6, 1907, the daughter of Wright and Lillian (Ayers) Farnsworth.

She is survived by one son, James of Palmyra; two daughters, Mrs. Arloa Towsley of Newark and Mrs. Juan (Barbara) Santell of Newark; four sisters, Mrs. Dora Teller of Syracuse, Mrs. Susan Tyler of Newark, Mrs. Phoebe Hilfiker of Newark and Mrs. Alberta McComber of Webster; three brothers, Frank Farnsworth of Syracuse, Henry Farnsworth of East Syracuse and Percy Farnsworth of King Ferry; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a widow of Jacob Pollot, who died in 1978 and was predeceased by one son, Herbert, and one daughter, Dorothy.

Friends called at the Arthur G. Schulz inc. Funeral Home in Newark where services were held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with burial in Newark Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Parrish St., Canandaigua 14424.

5. Obituary for Herbert F. Pollot as written in the Newark Courier Gazette on April 14, 1977.

Herbert F. Pollot

Herbert F. Pollot, 49, of 436 W. Union St., died suddenly Sunday April 10, 1977 at his home.

He was born Sept. 11, 1927 in Phelps, the son of Jacob and Julia Farnsworth Pollot. A Newark resident for 30 years, he was a veteran of WW II and the Korean War and a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of the Arcadia Memorial Post VFW.

Surviving are his wife Audrey; two daughters, Teressa Grace and Marla Joy; two sons Joseph Paul and Michael Peter, all at home. His parents, Jacob and Julia Pollot of Newark, two sisters, Mrs. Jon (Barbara) Santell of Newark, Mrs. Raymond (Arloa) Tousley of Phelps; one brother, James A. Pollot of Palmyra; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Scott Funeral Home, Inc. with full military honors. Burial was in Newark Cemetery.

This large collection of Wayne County family obituaries was kindly donated by Marianne! If you have information to share about individuals listed, please contact Marianne directly.

Clyde Times Newspaper
Thursday September 10, 1903
Clyde, N, Y.

Runaway Ends in Woman's Death

Mrs. W. H. Cosselmon Thrown From Carriage by a Frightened Horse, and Fatally Injured---- Dies in a Few Hours.

A terrible accident occurred at Lock Berlin a few minutes before 4 o'clock, last Friday afternoon, which resulted in the death of Mrs. William H. Cosselmon of this village, a few hours later. While driving from Lyons to this village her horse became frightened at the cars and ran away, throwing her from the wagon a few rods north of the arch at Lock Berlin.

No one was near enough to see exactly what happened, but from all appearances she was thrown out with great force and her head came in contact with the edge of the plank walk which leads to the station, on the east side of the roadway. When help reached her a few moments later, there was a horrible gash in the top of her head, several ribs were broken, one penetrating the lungs, one shoulder was crushed, and her back was terribly cut and bruised.

She was unconscious and removed as quickly as possible to the residence of George Kreiss, in Lock Berlin, where she was attended by medical help as soon as it could be summoned, and also her husband and other members of the family, who were promptly notified. She lingered in great agony, most of the time unconscious, till about ten o'clock that night, when death ended her sufferings.

Mrs. Cosselmon had driven to Lyons to consult her attorney on business and was returning home. For a quarter of a mile west of where the accident occurred, the highway runs parallel with the New York Central. An engine and work train were standing on the tracks over the arch as Mrs. Cosselmon approached. Her horse was a spirited one and the noise of the engine frightened it so that it went at a high rate of speed. All this was seen by men at the lock, a short distance west of the arch. As she approached the turn, which was only three or four rods from the engine, where the Lyons roads joins the road which runs from Lock Berlin under the arch, Mrs. Cosselmon had nearly secured control of her horse. Just at this moment the engine let off steam, which frightened the horse so that it got beyond Mrs. Cosselmon's control and turned the corner at a high rate of speed, with the fatal results named. The horse freed itself from the wagon to a halt in L. N. Gilbert's barn, uninjured.

Mrs. Cosselmon was a noble woman, self-sacrificing who was well known by Clyde residents and highly respected. She had been the mother of eighteen children, eleven of whom are still living. Besides bringing this large family, she has for several years been caring for a number of grand children. Her life was a labor of love and devotion to her family.

Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic Church at ten o'clock, Monday morning, Rev J. J. Gleason officiating . Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. She was 59 years of age and is survived by her husband, besides the children mentioned.

P. S. Mrs W. H. Cosselmon is Johanna O'Brien Cosselmon.

Husband of Johanna Cosselmon:

Clyde Herald Newspaper dated Wednesday, February 7, 1923.

Obituary: William Cosselmon. William Cosselmon, one of Clyde's oldest and most highly respected citizen's, died at 10 o'clock last Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Richard Simmons, on East Genessee, aged 82 years. He was born in Montezuma and had been a resident of this village for more than 40 years. Deceased is survived by 8 children, four sons and four daughters: Albert Cosselmon, Cohocton, NY; Edward Cosselmon, Savannah; Frank Cosselmon, Ashland, Ohio; Mrs. Goerge Freiler, Syracuse and Mrs. Howard Mossbrook, Rochester, NY. Also one brother, Charles Cosselmon, Clyde, and twenty grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Funeral services were held this Wednesday morning at St. John's Catholic Church with burial in St. John's Cemetery.

Daughter of William and Johanna Cosselmon:

Obituary: Clyde Times Thursday, June 11, 1903. Mortuary:Tuck - Mrs. Sarah Cosselmon, wife of Frank M. Tuck, died at her home on Sibley St, Tuesday morning at the age of 42 years. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, at ten o'clock, Friday morning. Internment will be made in the catholic cemetery. Mrs. Tuck had been in failing health for a long time and for the past several months her condition was considered very serious. For the past two or three weeks it was felt that her recovery could not be expected. The cause of death is given as gastric fever. Her death is mourned bya large circle of friends. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Frank, Charles, and William, and a daughter, Marie.

Palmyra Courier Newspaper dated June 1, 1900.

Fernando Lake of Clyde, a son of a farmer residing near that village was found dead at the foot of a flight of stairs in a business block in that village on Friday morning last. He had fallen from the top of the landing, striking his head causing death almost instantly. He was 42 years old and unmarried.

Another newspaper the Democratic Herald dated 5/30/1900 has it listed as:

The death of Fernando Lake occurred suddenly last Friday night. Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Monday forenoon, Reverend J. J. Gleason officiating.

P.S. Don Fernando Lake was the son of Allen Lake and Mary Jane Delamater Lake.

Democratic Herald dated 7/17/1935 page 1 column 6.


Runaway Team Caused Hurts To Well Known Man, Clyde Resident Most of His Life

Two years and three days after he was injured in a runaway accident, David Lake, 71 died last Saturday. He had been seriously ill for a week.

Frightened by a locomotive, a team of horses he was driving on July 10, 1933, bolted and dragged him several feet. He suffered injuries from which he never fully recovered. David Lake, known as Davey to his intimates, was born in Galen, February 7, 1864, and lived here with the exception of 14 years in Newark. He was the son of Allen and Margaret Lake. He married Mary McCoy. Fifty years ago Mr. Lake was a lock tender on the old Erie Canal. Later he worked on the building of the Barge Canal and on the construction of the Rochester and Syracuse trolley line. At one time he was a vinegar maker for Doctor Nicum of Rochester. In his later years he was a teamster.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary M. Lake; a son Allen Leo Lake of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Bertram Poole of Rochester and Mrs. George Moore of Mt Washington, Ohio; a brother, William H. Lake of Kansas City; four grandchildren and a niece, Edra Lake of Lyons.

The body rested at Harold S. Mann's undertaking establishment until Sunday when it was taken to the Lake home west of the village. Prayer services were conducted there at 9 o'clock Tuesday and the funeral in St. John's Catholic Church half an hour later. Reverend Paul Joseph Cuddy celebrated the solemn high mass of requiem and Reverend J. V. Curtin and Reverend John Neary assisted him. A grandson of the deceased, Robert Poole, who is studying for the priesthood, was master ofceremonies.

Burial was in St. John's Cemetery with the following acting as bearers: Frank Luffman, Ed Lester, Henry Lester, John Hess, Frank Lester and Harrison Osborne.

P.S. David Lake was the son of Allen Lake and Margaret O'Brien Lake.

Lyons Republican April 12, 1918.

DeWitt Parshall Price

The death of Dewitt Parshall Price, oldest son of the late George Price, occurred in Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon after an illness with pneumonia. Word was received that noon that his condition was critical and two of his sisters, Misses Eva and May Price, left immediately for Pittsburgh but he was dead before they got there. The funeral will be held in Pittsburgh today. "Deeb" Price as he was known wherever he went, was born in New York 52 years ago, coming when a young boy with his parents to Lyons. For years the father ran the Price Hotel on Franklin Street, this village and when he retired the son took over management. About three years later he went to Buffalo where he was in the hotel business for a number of years going from there to Pittsburgh about eight years ago to take up private detective work. For about five years he had been a member of the secret service. Mr. Price had been away from Lyons about twenty five years, but he came home every year or so for a visit. A year ago this month his father and mother died. Mrs. Price April 2, and Mr. Price April 22. He had not been back since those funerals. Surviving are his wife and little son, Dewitt, Jr; three sisters, Misses Eva, May, and Mollie Price of Lyons; two brothers Leman of Norfolk Va, and George Price of Buffalo.

Lyons Republican, July 6, 1900

Katherine Hughes, widow of Edward Hughes, died June 29, 1900 in Lyons at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George P. Price, aged 78 years. Apparently married at one time to Mr. Egan. Survived by three daughters; Mrs. Skehan and Miss Kate Egan of Buffalo and Mrs. Price, one son Wm H. Egan of Lyons.

P.S. Katherine Hughes is Katherine Tierney Egan Hughes. One time married to John Egan in Ireland. She was widowed in Lyons, NY. and all are buried in the Rural Cemetery in Lyons, NY.

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