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Part 14

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Tuesday, November 23, 1897, page 4

Miss Carrie Stickney, of Sodus, died Sunday afternoon. She has been ill for a year with consumption. She was a prominent member of the Epworth League.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
STICKNEY Benjamin M, 12/22/1825 - 2/2/1890
STICKNEY Carrie, wife of Benjamin, 1845 - 1932
STICKNEY Carrie, 11/26/1878 - 11/21/1897

Joseph Leadley, of Sodus, died on Friday at the age of 60. He has been confined to his bed for some months.

In the 1860 census of Sodus, a Joseph Leadley age 21, b. England, was residing with Jonathan and Mary Leadley, and was possibly their son. The latter couple and their youngest daughter Eliza also resided in Sodus in 1870.

Norton Funeral Home Records
Leadley, James 11/19/1897
NOTE: this would be the exact date that Joseph Leadley passed away, according to the death notice in the D&C

"Lost Stones" of Sodus Rural Cemetery
LEADLEY Mary daughter J & M died 1861 at 18 yrs

James Sheehan, of Clyde, who was confined in Willard Asylum four years ago, died in that institution yesterday morning, aged 30 years. He is survived by a wife and two children. The remains will be brought to Clyde to-day for interment.

Miss Millie Pratt, youngest daughter of A. W. Pratt, of Williamson, died at her home in that village yesterday of typhoid pneumonia at the age of 23 years. For a number of years she has been an invalid and a great sufferer. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Arthur and Clarence, of Williamson, and one sister, Mrs. Lillie Hensel, of Rochester.

Ridge Chapel Cemetery
Town of Williamson
Pratt, Millie R., b 9 Aug 1873, d 22 Nov 1897

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, November 29, 1904, page 3


Death of a Prominent Sodus Business Man.

Sodus, Nov. 28- At 2 o'clock this afternoon occurred the death of Willis T. Gaylord, who for over fifty years was one of the leading business men in this town. Mr. Gaylord was born in Sodus and was 80 years of age. He was one of the first men to deal in evaporated fruit. That was before the railway was built through this section. He frequently sent evaporated apples to Watertown by wagon and exchanged the fruit for cheese.

Fourteen years ago Mr. Gaylord suffered a stroke of apoplexy and he was forced to retire from business. The survivors are his widow; two sons, Carlton L. Gaylord and Willis T. Gaylord, Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. E. B. Anderson, of Palmyra; two brothers, Charles D. Gaylor, the Sodus banker, and Orrin F. Gaylord, an Oswego banker, and three sisters, Mrs. Dotia C. Hulett, of Sodus; Mrs. A. G. Crafts, of Wolcott, and Mrs. Cornelia G. Hillman, of Newark, N. J.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
GAYLORD Willis T 1824-1904
GAYLORD Mary P 1836-1924

Deaths Near Newark.

Newark, Nov. 28- John Thorne died yesterday at his home, about eight miles north of this village, aged 76 years. He is survived by three sons and five daughters.

Fairville Cemetery
Town of Arcadia
THORN Rosanner, wife of John, June 3, 1868, 33y 10m 4d
NOTE: John isn't listed

Findagrave listing for Fairville Cemetery has them both:
John S. Thorn, May 16, 1828 - Nov. 27, 1904
Rosanna R. Van der Karr Thorn, July 30, 1834 - June 3, 1868

Abram Porrey died yesterday, at 9 A. M., at his home, three miles south west of Newark. The survivors are three daughters and one son.

East Newark Cemetery
Town of Arcadia
Porrey, Abram J., 27 Nov 1904, 56 Yrs.
Porrey, Cornelia, 18 Jun 1900, 48 Yrs. 7 Mo.

James Gordon.

Palmyra, Nov. 28- James Gordon, a well known farmer residing about three miles west of this place on the Macedon road, died this morning at 10 o'clock, death resulting from rheumatism and dropsy. Mr. Gordon had resided in this vicinity a good many years, and was a man well liked by all who knew him. He was about 70 years of age. He is survived by his wife, two sons, William Gordon, of Troy, Wallace Gordon, of Palmyra, and two daughters, Mrs. George Beatty and Miss Margaret Gordon, both of this village.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Gordon, James, Nov. 28, 1904, 63y
Gordon, Elizabeth, wife of James, Apr. 22, 1917, 70y

Irving Seamans.

South Butler, Nov. 28- Irving Seamans, who resided one and one-half miles north of this village on the Wolcott road, had been in ill health for the past year from a complication of diseases, and although able to be about the house had not for several months left his home, and Thursday he passed away. His age was 70 years and he leaves his widow and four children, Mrs. Dwight Meade, of South Butler; Mrs. Nelson Ferris, of Newark; Jerome Seamans, of Cato, and Mrs. S. W. Kenyon, of Venice, Cayuga county.

NOTE: In the 1880 census of Butler, Irving Seamans, age 48, resided with his wife Mary age 43, son Jerome 18, and daughter Minnie age 7. In the 1892 state census of Butler, Irving W. Seamans age 60, resided with Mary S. age 56 and Minnie age 20. In the 1900 census of Butler on ancestry, he was incorrectly indexed as Frank Seamans age 68, residing with wife Mary S. age 63. The handwriting does say "Irving."

Butler-Savannah Cemetery
Myrtie M., dau. Irving & Mary, 1872, 11m

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, April 9, 1908


Sudden Death of Real Estate Dealer of Newark.

Newark, April 8.- At his residence, on West Miller street, to-day occurred the sudden death of Emory Cunningham, aged about 60 years. Mr. Cunningham came here from Pennsylvania about twelve years ago, and with his son, began a dry-goods business, located in the old Sherman Opera House block. He was still in this business when the Opera House block burned down, destroying his whole stock. Since then Mr. Cunningham has been in the real estate business, building dwelling houses for rent and sale.

Mr. Cunningham leaves his wife and one son, B. H. Cunningham.

Newark Main Street Cemetery
Cunningham, Emory, 1840 - 1906 [year of death on the list is incorrect, and estimated age in paper is as well]
Cunningham, Eunice, Jane Norton 1845 - 1914, wife E.

NEW 1/9/16   From The Newark Union, October 5, 1907


Joseph J. Taylor.

On Monday morning at 10 o'clock, at the home of Mrs. Lillian O'Conner, at No. 28 Hoffman street, occurred the death of her father, Joseph J. Taylor. Mr. Taylor had made his home with his daughter for the past four years, during which he had been afflicted with apoplexy. The deceased was born in England in 1834. At the age of 7 years he came to America with his parents, who settled in Paterson, N.J. When still young he became a machinist, and for many years was one of the most competent machinists in the Gould Coupling Works at Depew. Mr. Taylor leaves his wife, Mrs. Emily Taylor, and five children, Mrs. Lillian O'Connell, of this village; Mrs. William Scales and Mrs. Edwin Gamble, of Rochester; George Taylor, of Buffalo, and Mrs. Clinton Whitney, of Fairport.

Newark Main Street Cemetery
Taylor, Emily L. wife Joseph 1848 - 1925
Taylor, Joseph J. husb. Emily 1833 - 1907

John L. Taylor, former of Sodus, died at the Wayne County Home Sunday, aged 75.

Mary J. Andrus, of South Huron, died Sunday, aged 69. A son and two daughters survive.

In the 1905 state census of Rose, there was a Mary A. Andrus, age 67, residing as mother in the household of Elon B. Andrus. In 1900, Mary A. Andrus resided with her son's family in Sodus. According to Elon's SS application, his parents were Hiram Andrus and Mary A. Thorn. In 1880, Hiram and Mary A. Andrus were enumerated in the Town of Huron.

Miss Ada M. Hubbell, of Wolcott, died Monday, She is survived by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

The death of William Eldridge, aged 88, occurred at Macedon last week Friday. Two sons and four daughters survive.

Macedon Center Cemetery
Eldredge, William, b. January 3, 1820 - d. September 27, 1907 married April 12, 1846 (lot 179-1)
Eldredge, Julia Balcomb, daughter of Leander & Nancy Clark Balcom & wife of William Eldredge, b. 1825 - d. October 31, 1901 (lot 179-2)

His listing as William Eldredge on findagrave includes a photo of the magnificent family monument in Macedon Center Cemetery. The entry also includes a detailed obit from the Fairport Herald, Thursday October 3, 1907, page 8.

Mrs. C. J. Williams, one of the leading society women of Sodus, died Sunday aged 4_.(?) She was operated upon June 27th and had since grown worse. A husband, son and daughter survive.

In the 1900 Sodus census, Charles J. Williams' wife was Elizabeth E. Williams. This should be the couple.

Sodus Rural Cemetery
WILLIAMS Annie E, 1841 - 1907
WILLIAMS C J, died 10/25/1924 at 63 yrs

Charles Cliner, of Lyons, a Central-Hudson employee, died suddenly September 26th, after an illness of a few hours, from inflammation of the bowels. He was 46 years of age. He leaves his wife, one sister, Mrs. Theresa Kinsler, of Morristow, N.J., and a brother, William, living at Auburn.

Elmwood Cemetery
Town of Lyons
CLINER, Charles, 1861 - 1907

Rossman J. Parshall, one of the best known residents of this county, died at his family residence in Palmyra Monday afternoon, aged 63 years. He was a member of the 111th N.Y. Volunteers. In 1866, after the close of the war, he went to Lyons and entered the National Bank, then owned by his uncle, and remained there until 1870, when he went to Sodus to take care of the famous Shaker tract, which has been in the possession of the family for years. He was collector of the port of Sodus until 1886, when he was elected sheriff of the county. Then he was in the lumber business, and seven years ago went to Palmyra to reside. He leaves a widow, two sons and a brother. [NOTE: a synopsis of his Civil War service is on our site.]

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Parshall, Rossman J., son of Hendee, Sept. 30, 1907, 62y, Civil War

Much of the information on this site pertains to early settlers of "Yankee" stock, and later folks from Ireland, England and Holland. Here's a bit about one extended family whose ancestry goes back to Germany.

NEW 1/9/16   From The Newark Union, October 5, 1907

Jacob K. Ludy, a resident of Lyons for half a century, died Saturday night. He would have been 50 years old October 15th. A widow and one son survive.

NOTE: Jacob Ludy was a cigar maker, active in social and community affairs, and might have worked for or been involved in business with his brother-in-law, Charles P. Theise of Lyons. In 1900 & 1905, Jacob Ludy, his wife Emma, and son Charles resided in Lyons. In the 1880 census, he was listed as Jacob Ludie, and resided in Lyons with his widowed mother Mary. Neither Jacob nor his wife are found in our online listings for Elmwood Cemetery, nor on findagrave.

His wife Emma had a long life. From The Lyons Republican & Clyde Times, Thursday, July 21, 1952, page 8:


Mrs. Emma E. Ludy, 93 years old, widow of Jacob Ludy, died Monday after a lingering illness. She was a daughter of Charles Theise and Elizabeth Fricker Theise. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a son, Charles of Syracuse; a brother, Charles P. Theise; a niece, two nephews and several cousins.

Funeral services will take place at 2:30 p. m. Thursday at the Weeks Funeral Home, 5 Phelps Street, with the Rev. Russell Fink, D. D., officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Wednesday, July 30, 1952, page 20


Lyons - Mrs. Emma Ludy, 93, widow of Jacob Ludy, died Monday (July 28, 1952) after a long illness.

The body is at the Weeks Funeral Home, 5 Phelps St., where funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. J. Russell Fink, pastor of the Broad Street Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Ludy was a lifelong member of that church and was one of three honored at the May 11 services as a surviving member of the confirmation class of 1878.

Born in Lyons Mar. 20, 1859, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Fricker Theise, she always lived here.

Surviving are a son, Charles J. Ludy of Syracuse, and a brother, Charles P. Theise of Lyons. Her husband died in 1907.

From the Wayne County Review, Lyons NY, August 10, 1905, front page


Resulted From Apoplexy last Thursday Night.

Mrs. Elizabeth Theise, one of the oldest and most respected of the German residents of this village, died at her home on Phelps street Thursday night of last week. A short time before her death Mrs. Theise had suffered a stroke of apoplexy and from the time of her affliction it was not considered possible that she could recover. Mrs. Theise was 70 years of age. She was born in Germany but came to this country at an early age and more than a half century of her life had been spent in this village, where she had hundreds of friends. She was a devout member of the Broad Street Lutheran church and one of the most earnest and consistent workers of that society, by which she will be much missed. The surviving relatives are a son, Charles P. Theise, a cigar manufacturer, and two daughters, Mrs. Edward Sautter and Mrs. Jacob Ludy and three sisters, Mrs. Michael Studer and Mrs. George H. Stephens of Lyons and Mrs. Frank Genter of Rochester. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held from the family home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Albert Heyd of the Broad Street Lutheran church officiating.

NEW 1/9/16   From the Lake Shore News, unknown date in May 1909


Widow of Oscar Weed Passed Away - Leman Ellsworth Goes Suddenly.

North Rose, May 12- The death of Mrs. Rebecca Watson Weed, aged 80 years, occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Barton, near Clyde, Friday. She had gone there for a visit. The funeral was held from the late home in Glenmark, Monday afternoon, Rev. I. B. Chaloux officiating. The interment was made at Clyde. Mrs. Weed was a consistent christian woman who was honored and loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the North Rose M. E. church. Among the many tributes were flowers from the M. E. ladies' aid society and the North Rose Literary club. Her husband, Oscar Weed, died several years ago. She is survived by three children, Addison, with whom she lived; Dillwyn, of Washington, D.C., and Miss Mary Weed, of Newark.

Maple Grove Cemetery
Town of Galen
WEED Oscar, 1822 - 1904
WEED Rebecca WATSON, wf Oscar, 1829 - 1909

Last week, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Calkins, occurred the death of Leman Ellsworth, aged 80 years. He had been in feeble health for some time. When the family came down in the morning they found him dead on the floor beside of his bed. The funeral was held from his daughter's home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Becker, of Alton, officiating.

On findagrave, the clear photo of his stone in York Settlement Cemetery, Town of Huron, shows his name spelled as Leaman Ellsworth, Jan. 6, 1829 - May 10, 1909. The same spelling and dates appear on the listings of the 2002 reading on our site.

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, January 11, 1888

A son of Eugene Hicock, of Rose, died on Monday, after a short illness, from typhoid fever. Funeral at 9 o'clock on Thursday.

Rose Cemetery, Bill Dean's Reading
Hickok, Horton E., son of Eugene, 1868 - 1888

The remains of Mrs. Elizabeth Butler, who died last Saturday night at the residence of William Gillett, Clyde, were taken to South Sodus for interment.

South Sodus Cemetery
BUTLER, Elizabeth, Jan. 6, 1888, 88y

The funeral of the late A. J. Thompson will be held in Palmyra at 1:30 this (Wednesday) afternoon instead of 10 o'clock as was stated in yesterday's issue.

Palmyra Cemetery
Thompson, Adonijah J., Jan. 8, 1888, 68y 9m

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, May 22, 1894, page 4

On Sunday last occurred the death of Benoni Shaw, of Pultneyville, aged 85 years. The funeral will be held at Mendon to-day.

NOTE: Mr. Shaw was interred in Mendon Cemetery, Mendon, Monroe County NY, next to his wife Angeline Ellis. His findagrave listing has a detailed obituary and clear photos of his stone. He was born in Vermont on January 31, 1809, and passed away at the home of his son Van Buren Shaw in Pultneyville on May 20,1894 at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 20 days.

Hillory McGarry, son of the late Thomas McGarry, died at the residence of P. McGarry, Macedon, on Saturday, aged 6 years. The funeral services were held yesterday.

St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
McGARRY Hilary, 1888-1894
NOTE: not listed on findagrave for St. Patrick's Cemetery

The funeral of William Costello, whose death occurred at his home at Marengo on Sunday, will be held this morning at St. John's Catholic Church in Clyde. Rev. J. J. Gleason will officiate. The deceased was 24 years old. The cause of death was consumption.

The death of Mrs. Katherine Driskell, aged about 90 years, one of the oldest residents of Clyde, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Dunham, of Clyde, on Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Father Gleason will officiate.

St. John's Catholic Cemetery
Town of Galen
Catherine, wife John, 1829-1894
James, son, 1850-1890

Mrs. Anna W. Eldridge, wife of William Eldridge and daughter of ex-Supervisor W. B. Billings, died suddenly of heart disease at their late residence in Macedon. Deceased was 27 years and 8 months of age and leaves a husband and two children. The funeral services will be held at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Macedon Center, at 2 o'clock P. M. to-day.

Macedon Center Cemetery
Eldredge, Anna W., wife of W. E. Eldredge, b. 1855 - d. 1894 (lot 180-5)
NOTE: findagrave has a photo of her stone and more information about her family.

NEW 1/9/16   From the Geneva Advertiser, Tuesday, May 23, 1882

Diphtheria has not let up in Wolcott, Wayne Co. as yet. One family buried their third child last week.

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, May 22, 1894, page 4

The body of James Horrigan, of Clyde, was found by some boys floating in the Erie canal, about one-fourth of a mile east of Glasgow street lift bridge at Clyde yesterday afternoon about 1 o'clock. The deceased was about 60 years old. He left his boarding house on Water street Thursday morning, and did not return although he was seen on the streets up to Saturday. It is supposed he must have fallen in the canal sometime during Saturday night. He is survived by three children, two sons and one daughter, James Horrigan, Jr., of Lyons; John Horrigan of Montreal, Canada, and Mrs. John Miles, of Lyons.

The surname appears as either Horrigan or Harrigan. James and Ellen Harrigan and family appear in the 1860 census of the Town of Galen. In the 1880 census, James and Ellen Horrigan resided in Clyde. In the 1892 census of Galen, Mr. Horrigan was residing alone, and his surname is spelled Horrigan.

This appears to be James Jr.
Lyons Rural Cemetery
HARRIGAN James 1857-1939
HARRIGAN Mary 1857-1947
Who is this?
St. John's Catholic Cemetery
Town of Galen
Ellen, wife James, 1865 35 yr.

The Democratic Herald, Clyde, NY, Tuesday, August 26, 1890
Last Thursday occurred the death of Mrs. Ellen Horrigan who had for a long time been a sufferer of a severe malady. Funeral services were held from St. John's Catholic Church at 10 o'clock Saturday morning.

The Democratic Herald, Clyde NY, June 6, 1894
Surrogate's Business.
John Horrigan of Clyde petitioned for letters testamentary upon the proof of the will of his mother, Ellen Horrigan. She bequeaths by the will her house and lot to her son, James, after the death of her husband who is now dead, and her personal property she directs shall be divided between James Horrigan and Mary Niles, equally. [NOTE: the obit has the daughter's surname as Miles, as does Ellen's will. Ellen's will is filed under Ellen Harrigan, and was signed July 18,1890. She gave the lifetime use of her house on Meadow St. to her husband, James Harrigan. After James' death, she gave her house to her son John on the condition that he provide for her husband if he asked John for support. If John had failed to do so, then the house went to her other son and daughter, to whom she'd bequeathed all her personal estate. She appointed her son James as her executor. Wills Vol. 6, page 285, years 1893-1895.]

NEW 1/9/16   From the Savannah Times, unknown date in early February 1909

Death of Mrs. Betsey Torrey

Mrs. Betsey Torrey, relict of George F. Torrey, died at her home four miles north-east of Savannah, on Saturday, Jan. 30. 1909, aged 88 years. Her maiden name was Beadle, and she was born in Marengo, N.Y., and was one of a family of twelve children. She been (sic) in feeble health six years, but had been confined to her bed only two weeks. She was the last surviver of her immediate family. She was a good neighbor and ever kind and generous to the poor. She was a member of the M. E. church in this village, and paid the first $100 toward building the Methodist church here. Two sons, Joseph and Delos, survive her.

Funeral services were attended at her late home, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at one o'clock, p.m., Rev. K. F. Richardson officiating. Burial service was conducted by Undertaker O. C. Silver, and interment was made in South Butler and Savannah cemetery.

Elsewhere on the same page:
Death gathered a rich harvest in Savannah recently. On Monday of this week four dead bodies in the town were awaiting burial. The names are Mrs. Geo. Anderson, William Crampton, Mrs. Betsey Torrey, and Chas. Cuykendall. A similar circumstance has not taken place here in many years before, nor is it likely to happen for many years to come.

Butler-Savannah Cemetery
Town of Savannah
Geo. F., July 26, 1892, 75y
Betsey, wife, (no dates)
Franklin M., son of Geo & B., Civil War, (dates buried)
Mary M., adopted dau. Geo. & B., 1864, 15y
Joe Torrey's two babies, no dates

NEW 1/9/16   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Sunday, February 21, 1932

PORREY- At her home in Ontario Center, N.Y., Saturday morning, Feb. 20, 1932, Marie Porrey, aged 78 years. She leaves surviving 2 daughters, Mrs. Isaac Van Hall, Mrs. Manley Risley; 5 sons, Isaac, David, Jacob, John, Abraham; 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services from the home of Isaac Van Hall Monday, February 23, at 11 a.m. Interment in Furnaceville Cemetery.

NOTE: her findagrave listing says that she was the wife of David Porrey and born in the Netherlands. In all censuses she said she was born in Holland. According to the 1900 census of Ontario NY, she emigrated to the US in 1880 and had a large family.

SANDERS- Edward J. Sanders of Palmyra, N.Y., died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 20, 1932. He is survived by his widow, Mary Sanders; three daughters, Ella M., Hannah M., and Irene; two sisters, Hannah L. and Sarah Sanders, all of Palmyra.

Funeral Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Anne's Cemetery. City and out-of-town papers please copy.

NOTE: Mr. Sanders name doesn't appear on the County Historian's Office or findagrave listings for St. Anne's Cemetery, Palmyra NY.

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