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Part 2

NEW 1/6/13   From The Newark Union, Saturday, April 1, 1899

Andrew Pinkney, a former resident of Palmyra, died at Pontiac, Ill, Tuesday, aged 86 years.

Palmyra Cemetery, Vienna St.
Pinckney, Andrew C. - 1812-1899
Pinckney, Frances P. Lattimer - wife, 1822-1919

James Mack, an old resident of Clyde, and a veteran of the late war, died Saturday night, aged 63 years.

St. John's Catholic Cemetery
Town of Galen
James, 1899 65 yr.
Anna, wife, 1843-1921

Mrs. Esther M. Sparks, widow of the late Jefferson Sparks, of South Lyons, died the 24th ult., aged 79 years.

South Lyons Cemetery
Town of Lyons
Jefferson, 1818 - 1883
Hester M., wife of Jefferson, 1819 - 1899

Miss Lena Tiede, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tiede, died at the home in West Walworth, Monday, aged 17 years.

William D. Mentz died early Wednesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles Wagner, in South Lyons, aged 38 years.

Lyons Rural Cemetery
MENTZ William D. 1861-1899

Mrs. John Merson, an old resident of Williamson, died Thursday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac Collier, aged 55 years. A husband and two children survived.

Marion Cemetery
Merson, John M., 1843 - 1906
Merson, Susan O., wife, 1844 - 1899

Mrs. Jerusha Streeter, widow of the late George Streeter, of Lock Berlin, died at the home of her son, George A. Ross, in that village, Thursday, aged 72 years, of grip.

Lock Berlin Cemetery
Town of Galen
STREETER Barber July 24, 1817 - Feb. 15, 1890
STREETER Jerusha wife Mar. 26, 1815 - Mar. 30, 1899
STREETER Small markers Mother & Father

George Shuler, of Lyons, died Sunday night at the age of 82 years. He is survived by two sons, George and Michael, having made his home with the former. He has one daughter, Mrs. Philip Frank.

Wednesday occurred the death of Jacob Clicquennoi, at East Williamson. The deceased was born in Holland, in 1832, and came to this country twelve years later. He located in the vicinity of Sodus and had resided there since 1845 (?).

East Williamson Cemetery
CLICQUENNOI Jacob 1831-1899

The death of Frankie Buck occurred at the residence of his parents Thursday morning, at six o'clock. Deceased was only four years and a half old and his death was caused by pneumonia. The funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Buck, yesterday afternoon at two o'clock.

Newark Main Street Cemetery
Buck, Mary, Apr. 22,1900 - May 21, 1904
Buck, Mary A. husb. Charles R. 1867 - 1937
Buck, Charles wife Mary A. 1863 - 1927
Buck, Frank Oct. 9. 1894 - Mar. 30, 1899

The remains of Mrs. Celia Parsons Putnam, a former resident of the town of Sodus, were taken to Sodus village, Tuesday night, and Wednesday the funeral services were conducted from the undertaking rooms of James J. Wylie. The deceased left Sodus about twenty years ago and located at Hamilton, Mo., where she died.

The death of Horace Fuller occurred at his home near Hydesville, Sunday, at the age of 82 years. Deceased was a life-long resident of the town and had an extensive acquaintance. The funeral services were held of Wednesday afternoon immediately after which the remains were interred in the East Newark cemetery. Rev. A. P. Burgess officiated. Several children survive.

East Newark Cemetery
Fuller, Horace, 26 Mar 1899, 82 Yrs.

On Sunday morning the death of Alvin D. Clark occurred at the residence of his son, A. D. Clark in East Palmyra. Deceased was 75 years of age ad one of the best known farmers in that vicinity, where he had been a life-long resident. Besides a daughter, Mrs. William Van Ostrand, five sons survive, as follows: A. A. and George R. Clark, of Phelps; O. M., Charles W. and A. D. Clark, of East Palmyra. The funeral was held Tuesday, the pastor of the East Palmyra Methodist church officiating.

East Palmyra Cemetery
Clark, Alvin d 26 Mar 1899, age 75 years (lot 225-2)

Peter V. Salpaugh.

The death from the grippe, of Peter V. Salpaugh occurred at the home of his sister, Mrs. James (?) Post, in Port Gibson, yesterday morning at eight o'clock. The deceased was born in Albany county in 18__ (illegible) and came to this section seventy years ago, where he had since resided, with the exception of a short residence in Buffalo. He was held in the highest esteem, and his death will be a source of regret to all who knew him. Among those who survive beside (sic) the sister mentioned were the following: a sister, Mrs. Maria Bird of Newark, one brother, Samuel Henry of Port Gibson, and six children, Philip and James of Western States, Charles of Cortland, N. Y., Mrs. Maria McGinals (?) of Columbia county, this state, Mrs. Fanny Schrader, of Tompkins county, and Mrs. Cornelia Hatton/Hutton, of Chicago. The remains will be taken to Buffalo for interment, after the funeral on Sunday at 3 o'clock at the house.

Frank D. Powell.

Our Sodus Centre correspondent sends the following relative to the death of Frank D. Powell.

After a illness of nearly two months, Frank D. Powell, one of our most respected young men, passed peacefully over to the other side, Monday evening. Not in years has a young life gone out here that has caused such a feeling of genuine sorrow throughout the town. His death is a great loss to society, to the church, and to the community at large. His age was 26 years. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Powell, and a wife to whom, as Miss Lizzie Merchant, he was married a little over two years.

"Brick Church Cemetery"
Now called "Baptist Rural Cemetery"
Sodus Center, Town of Sodus
POWELL, Frank D., Aug. 8, 1872 - March 27, 1899

NEW 1/6/13   From the Clyde Democrat Herald, unknown date in 1893

Patrick Raigen died at his home in Clyde Sunday, November 26th, aged 74 years. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. John's Catholic Church, Rev. J. J. Gleeson, conducting the services.

Rev. Rensselaer Harrington, one of the oldest ministers in Wayne County, died at his residence in Lyons Wednesday, November 22d, at the age of 91 years. Mr. Harrington was born at Brookfield, Mass., April 11th, 1802. At the age of 37 he was ordained to the ministry of the M. E. Church, at Rochester, and for over thirty years he pursued his labor in this section of the State. At the outset of his career he was known as a circuit rider, and he traveled and conducted services in the counties of Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Cayuga. He retired from active service about thirty years ago, and had since resided in Lyons. Funeral services were held Saturday morning. He leaves a widow and one son.

Eugene Rozell, aged 30 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rozell, of Lyons, died Saturday, November 25th.

A cablegram from Paris, France, to relatives in Wolcott Friday, announced the death of Mrs. James A. Potter of that village, who was taking a course of musical training in the French capital. Mrs. Potter was a lady of exceptional attainments, and the news of her death was a sad announcement to her many friends.

NEW 1/6/13   From the Clyde Democrat Herald, unknown date ca. November 20, 1893

Elijah S. Mosher, of Sodus Center, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. B. Coleman, in that village, Friday at the age of 78 years.

"Brick Church Cemetery"
Now called "Baptist Rural Cemetery"
Sodus Center, Town of Sodus
Elijah S., June 3, 1815 - Nov. 11, 1893

John Lawler, a Central-Hudson section hand, who lives at Macedon, was struck by a passenger train Monday morning, and instantly killed.

Mary E. Westlake, aged 77 years, died at the residence of her son, Adolphus C. Westlake, at the Savannah Hotel Saturday afternoon, November 18th. Mrs. Westlake was making an extended visit with her son when she was taken ill, and only survived three days after the first attack. Her remains were taken to Auburn for burial.

From Fort Hill Cemetery (Auburn NY) Interment Roster
Westlake, Mary E., 78, interred 11/20/1893, Section: Forest Lawn, Lot 5, grave 4

Lyman H. Dratt, a life-long resident of South Butler, died at his home Monday afternoon, November 20th. He had been a sufferer for many months from a cancerous affection of the throat. He was 63 years of age, and leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter. Funeral services were held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 1 o'clock, at the Disciple Church.

Butler-Savannah Cemetery
Town of Savannah
Lyman J. 1830 - 1893
Minerva J., wife, 1837 - 1886
Helen 1850 - 1895

Geo. E. Prosser, a former resident of Wayne County died in Chicago last week. His body was taken to Fulton for interment.

Miss Lillie M. Clay died at the residence of her uncle, Jas. M. Keesler, on West Genesee street, Tuesday morning, November 21st after a long illness, aged 25 years. Deceased's home was in Red Creek, to which place her body will be taken for interment Friday morning. Funeral services will be held at the house to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.

NEW 1/6/13   From The Democratic Herald, Clyde NY, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1891

John Wilson, father of the editor of the Newark Courier, died at his home in St. Johnsville, N.Y., Jan. 19th, aged 84 years.

NEW 1/6/13   From The Newark Union-Gazette, Saturday morning, May 4, 1918

Lewis West

The death of Lewis West, aged 52 years, occured Tuesday night in a Rochester Hospital. Deceased was born Dec. 29, 1864, at Newark and most of his life had been spent in Newark.

On Dec. 31, 1885, he was married to Miss E___ M. Lake, who survives, together with two children, Mrs. Clarence L___ (?) of Newark and Edward W. West of Manchester.

The funeral was held from Roche's Undertaking parlors Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. C. M. Creighton officiating. Burial was made in Willow Avenue Cemetery.
[NOTE: Louis W. West in 1910 Arcadia census]

Lewis Courtright

The death of Lewis Courtright occurred Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock at his home on West Miller Street after a short illness, aged 84 years. Mr. Courtright had been in poor health for the past two years, and had been a great sufferer of gall stones, the bursting of the gall bladder causing his death.

Mr. Courtright was born April 3rd, 1834, at Phelps, New York. His parents died when he was very young and he made his home with his grandmother, Mrs. Cenia Westfall. He received his education in the Phelps school, and in 1876, was united in marriage to Miss Anna Gleason of Rochester. Their married life has been spent in Rochester and Newark.

For twenty-one years, he was a faithful employee of Blackmar and Allerton. He was a man of sterling character, high respected by all his friends and neighbors, and a kind and loving husband. Mr. and Mrs. Courtright had passed forty two years of happy married life together. He was a civil war veteran and a member of the 111th New York State volunteers.

He is survived by his wife. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the house, Rev. F. W. Feary officiating.

The bearers were Fred Allerton, H. H. Stansell, John DeGroat, and Fred Unger. Burial was made in Willow Avenue Cemetery.

Eddy, Mrs. Asenith S., 72, at Wolcott, Apr. 29th. Survivors: Two daughters, Mrs. Howard Showers, Mrs. Charles Tabor, and one son, Sprague Eddy, all of Red Creek. Funeral Thursday.

Fairmount Cemetery
Red Creek, Town of Wolcott
Eddy, Charles, Sep 8, 1827 - Dec 2, 1901
Eddy, Aseneth Sprague, Mar 11, 1842 - Apr 29, 1918, Wife

Redder, Henry, 60, at Clyde, May 1st. Survivors: wife, two sons, Henry Redder, Detroit, Mich.; Edward Redder, Clyde; two daughters, Gladys and Ethel Redder. Funeral today.

Fairbanks, Mrs. P. R., 68, at Williamson, Apr. 29th. Survivors: Husband, three sons, Stanley and Carl Fairbanks, Williamson; Floyd Fairbanks, Philadelphia; two brothers, Spencer Cooper, Texas; Carlton Cooper, Indiana.

1914 Farm Directory
Town of Williamson
Fairbanks, Prescott R. (Eliza) farmer (Fairbanks & Son)

NEW 1/6/13   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Thursday, July 27, 1893, page 4

Mrs. McKinitt, one of the oldest residents in Western Wayne county, died at her residence, south of Pelimpa (?) village, at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening, aged 80 years.

Philip Lawrence, one of the best-known citizens of Walworth, died at his residence near that village on Tuesday afternoon last. He was born in Columbia county, New York, January 1, 1824, and went to Walworth with his father's family in 1836, and since that time he had been a resident of the town. He was one of the most public-spirited men of the place; was deeply interested in the great questions of public life, and was a strong Republican. He had served his town in various town offices and was for many years one of the United States loan commissioners for Wayne county. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867, and had since been one of its leading members. For seventeen years consecutively he was superintendent of the Sunday-school, and a trustee and member of the official board. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Hall and Mrs. C. A. Morse; and one son, Charles, all of Walworth; one brother, Edward Lawrence of Jonesville, Mich.; and three sisters, Mrs. J. L. Almroth of Brookfield, Mo.; Mrs. Manley Maxson of Hudson, Mich.; and Mrs. F. M. Sanford of Walworth. The funeral will take place at his late residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. H. Stoody officiating.

NEW 1/6/13   From The Clyde Times, Thursday, March 14, 1889

Wm. H. McEwan, a former resident of Clyde, died at Seneca Falls, on Saturday, March 2d, after a long illness, at the age of 81(?) years. The remains were brought to Clyde for interment.

Ebenezer Munson, of Tyre, Seneca Co., father of Mrs. B. Armitage, of Clyde, died on Thursday, March 7th, 1889, aged 83 years. He was one of the oldest residents of Tyre, and one of the founders of the Methodist Episcopal Church at that place, and was a faithful member and regular attendant thereof.

NEW 1/6/13   From the Weekly News and Democrat, Auburn NY, Wednesday, September 18, 1895

Montezuma, Sept. 17-
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Messenger, who recently moved here from Wayne county, died Sunday, aged nine months. The afflicted parents have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. The funeral will be held Tuesday. Interment at North Rose.

NEW 1/6/13   From the Oswego Palladium-Times, Friday, July 24, 1942, page 4

Elmer Jacob Vercrouse

Newark - Elmer Jacob Vercrouse, 76, retired local merchant, died in his home, 104 Jefferson St. He formerly owned and operated for many years a grocery store in South Main Street here.

He was born June 24, 1867, in Newark, the son of Jacob and Susan Bushart Vercrouse, and had spent his entire life here. On Jan. 14, 1940, he and Mrs. Vercrouse celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a member of Arcadia Reformed Church and of Newark Elks Lodge.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Irene DeCann Vercrouse; a daughter, Mrs. Floyd K. Winegard of Newark; and one brother, Peter Vercrouse of Oswego. Private funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. tomorrow in the home, with the Rev. B. B. DeYoung of the Reformed Church officiating. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery. [NOTE: not present on Marion Cemetery list.]

NEW 1/6/13   From the Universalist Union, Vol. 5, No. 42, September 5, 1840, page 672


In Newark, N.Y. on the 4th ult. ELIZABETH, eldest daughter of Rev. Kneeland Townsend, aged 14 years.

NEW 1/6/13   From the Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate, Vol. 8, 1837

In Jacksonborough, Michigan, December 22d, of consumption, Mrs. JULIA BENNET, consort of Allen Bennet, Esq. late of Clyde, and formerly of Mohawk village, N. Y., in the 41st year of her age - leaving a husband and three children to mourn their loss.

Though connected with no denomination of Christians, she lived a life of Christian virtue and morality, and died patient and resigned to the will of God. (page 16)

In Wolcott, Wayne county, June 22d, ORESTES HUBBARD, infant son of Nathaniel W. and Bethiah Tompkins.

"It died to sin, to wo and care,
Yet for a moment felt the rod,
Then, springing on the viewless air,
Spread its light wings and soared to God."

The funeral was attended in the Universalist meeting-house, and the consolations of the Gospel tendered to the mourners by T. D. COOK. (page 232)

NEW 1/6/13   From the Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate, Vol. 10, 1839

In Lyons, on the 29th of April last, Mrs. LOCKEY HECOX, wife of Eli Hecox, aged 49(?) years. The deceased was formerly a member of the Methodist denomination, and for more than 30 years a member of that church. For the last four years she had been a joyful believer in the restitution. This faith sustained her in life, it cheered her in her departure hence, and enabled her in come off conqueror and more than conqueror. She has left a bereaved husband and 7 children to mourn her loss. May the all experience the consolations of the same blessed faith.

NEW 5/1/10   Obituaries of Samuel Kelsey, his wife Susan Bliss Kelsey, and their daughter Seraph, were contributed by Charles W. Paige!

Here are obituaries for Samuel Kelsey, his wife Susan, and their daughter Seraph. All burials were at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Clyde.

Susan (Bliss) Kelsey was the eldest child of Calvin Hall and Seraph (Bothwell) Bliss of Galen. Unlike her siblings Susan resided in Wayne Co., NY, all of her life. The Kelseys had a successful farm and raised three healthy boys and one hydrocephalic girl. Seraph Louise Kelsey, sometimes called Sarah or the descriptive moniker "Dolly," had a child's body on which sat a giant head. Dolly's physical deformity and mental retardation kept her home for most of her nearly sixty years of life and she was never institutionalized. The Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle of Tuesday, July 19, 1904, ran a story about Dolly titled: KNOWS NO WORLD SAVE THE FARM "DOLLY" KELSEY NEVER OUTSIDE ITS BOUNDS. MIDGET IN BODY AND MIND.

Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, Friday, April 11, 1902

Samuel Kelsey, a prominent and wealthy farmer of Galen, died yesterday afternoon of heart disease at his residence three miles northeast of Clyde, aged 76 years.

Clyde (NY) Times, Thursday, July 21, 1904


Mrs. Susan Bliss, widow of the late Samuel Kelsey, died at the Kelsey homestead three miles northeast of this village at eleven o'clock, Monday morning, July 18th, 1904. She was 74 years of age and the cause of her death was heart trouble.

Funeral services were held at her late home at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. C. W. Walker, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating. Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery.

For seven months past Mrs. Kelsey had been in very feeble health, and on several occasions, it was not expected that she could live more than a few days. On each occasion, however, she rallied, but her health continued very precarious, with no prospect of a recovery.

She was born in Galen and had always lived here. For many years, especially during the life of her husband, the Kelsey farm was noted far and wide for its hospitality and good cheer. Probably no farmstead in this part of the county is better known or has welcomed more visitors. Mrs. Kelsey was a woman of high character and many noble and endearing qualities. She had a great host of friends by whom she was warmly loved and regarded with the highest respect and esteem.

She is survived by three sons, Frank, Calvin, Fred, and daughter, Sarah. She is also survived by four sisters, Misses Carrie Bliss and Louise Bliss of Wolcott; Mrs. Mary Williams, of Washington state, and Mrs. M. J. Crowell, of Clyde; and four brothers, Samuel Bliss and Calvin Bliss, of Farmville, Va., John Bliss, of Tecumseh, Mich., and Sidney Bliss, Albion, Mich.

Clyde (NY) Times, Thursday, August 29, 1912


Entered into the rest of Paradise, Saturday, August 24th, 1912, Seraph Louise Kelsey, only daughter of the late Samuel and Susan Kelsey. She is survived by three brothers, Frank A., Calvin Bliss, and Fred S. Kelsey.

NEW 4/20/10   Obituaries of Horace Barnes, his wife, and two sons were donated by Charles Paige!

Horace Barnes was a son of Aaron and Martha (Eggleston) Barnes of Sharon, Litchfield Co., CT, and Mentz, Cayuga Co., NY. Horace's farm in Wayne Co. abutted that of Calvin Hall Bliss, Sr. In the future, Horace's grandnephew William Hood Barnes would marry Calvin's granddaughter Nellie Mae Bliss at Albion, Calhoun Co., MI.

From the Clyde (Wayne Co., NY) Times newspaper dated November 8, 1877


In our columns to-day we chronicle the death of another one of those who helped to clear away the primeval forests of this our flourishing town, and make the wilderness bloom. Horace Barnes had been an occupant of the farm upon which he died 48 years, and was the oldest settler, as we remember, of that region where he lived. He was born in Sharon, Conn., in 1804. At the age of 12, his father and a brother moved their families to Mentz, Cayuga Co., where they took up a considerable portion of land, which was finally divided among their children. At 25, Horace came to Butler, Wayne Co., and married Sarah Tucker, the eldest daughter of Dr. Benj. Tucker, of that town, he immediately after purchased the farm from which he has recently been borne to his long home. It may be said of him as of many of those who laid the foundation upon which others of us have built, he was strictly honest and upright, shunning all forms of immorality. He had a profound respect for religion, and ever sought to protect the good while he denounced evil. May the places of these veterans be filled by men as worthy.

Horace was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery at Clyde, Wayne County, NY.

These are for Sarah V. (Tucker) Barnes, widow of Horace, and their sons Webster H. and Benjamin S. Barnes.

The Clyde Times, Thursday, July 17, 1879:


BARNES--In Clyde, July 10, 1879, Mrs. Sarah V. Barnes, relict of the late Horace Barnes, aged 68 years.

Sarah was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery at Clyde, Wayne County, NY.

The Clyde Times, Thursday, June 5, 1900:


BARNES--In Owosso, Mich., May 30, 1890, Webster H. Barnes, formerly of Galen, aged 45 years.

The Clyde Times, Thursday, April 5, 1900



BARNES--Benjamin S. Barnes, a former resident of Galen, died at his home in Seneca Falls, March 30, 1900, from Bright's disease. Deceased was 68 years of age and had been in failing health for the past year and half. He was a member of Clyde Lodge No. 341, F. & A. M., and at the request of W. M., E. Q. Corrin the funeral services were conducted by the officers of Pocahontas Lodge of Seneca Falls in a very able and impressive manner. The remains were deposited in a vault at Seneca Falls, and later, will be interred in the family lot in the Shepard's Corners cemetery. A delegation from Clyde Lodge, consisting of E. Q. Corrin, J. E. McGinnis, G. D. Bartlett and B. N. Marriott, attended the services and were most cordially entertained by the members of Pocahontas lodge.


Democratic Herald, Saturday, April 14, 1900

Benjamin S. Barnes, a former resident of Galen, died at his home in Seneca Falls, March 30th, aged 68 years. The remains were brought to this town and interment made in the Shepard cemetery.

Benjamin is buried at the Aurand / Shepard's Corners Cemetery at Galen, Wayne Co., NY.

NEW 4/19/10   Riley Preston Page's obituary and biographical information were graciously contributed by Charles Paige!

Riley Preston Page was born at Macedon, Wayne Co., NY, in 1839 to William H. and Chloe (Thayer) Robinson Page. William H. had brought his wife Martha and children to America from England in 1829, soon after which Martha had died and was buried at Palmyra. It is believed that of this English Page family, some of the children included Esther Page, who many years later married for the first time to widower Benjamin Hoag of Macedon Center; Mary Page, who married Alonzo Langdon of Palmyra; and Ebenezer Page, a blacksmith who married Elizabeth and lived in Ontario, and later, Rochester. Chloe was the widow of James Robinson of Ontario. In 1857 William and Chloe, and the two children from their marriage, William Henry and Riley Preston, as well as some of Chloe's Robinson children, moved to Branch Co., MI, where William, Sr. and Chloe soon died.

Just before the turn of the 20th century Riley returned to New York after three of his six children by his first two wives died during a diphtheria epidemic. He settled first in Webster at the home of his half sister Chloe M. (Robinson) Smith, widow of Henry Smith, and opened a shoe repair shop on Main Street. Two years after he married for the third time to Emma (Conant) Wright, the widow of Frederick B. Wright of Webster, the couple purchased the George Brown house and lot at Ontario Center, moving in the 1st of April 1907. They lived in Ontario Center until about 1920, when they went to live with Emma's daughter Elizabeth (Wright) and son-in-law Ellsworth G. "Colonel" Merrill in East Rochester.

Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, Wednesday April 18, 1928

PAGE - Riley P. PAGE passed away at his home, No. 87 South Union Street, Monday, April 16, 1928. He is survived by his wife Emma; one daughter, Mrs. Carrie WHEELER, of Scotts, Michigan; two sons, George, of Charlotte, Mich., and Charles, of Jackson, Mich.; three grandchildren.

--The body has been removed to No. 301 Main Street, East Rochester, from where funeral will take place, Wednesday, April 18th at 2 o'clock. Interment at Ontario, N.Y.

NEW 4/18/10   These obituaries were graciously contributed by Charles Paige.

"Death notice and obituary for Calvin Hall Bliss, Sr., a longtime resident of Galen who was a son of Samuel and Anna (Mason) Bliss, and a death notice for David S. Finch, who bought the Bliss farm when Calvin and several family members moved to Virginia."

Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, Thursday, 30 April 1891

A telegram was received at Clyde yesterday announcing the sudden death of Calvin Bliss in West Virginia. Mr. Bliss was over 70 years of age and one of the pioneer residents of Galen, removing to West Virginia soon after the close of the Rebellion.

Clyde Times, Clyde, NY, 30 April 1891

Death of a Former Resident.

Hon. Calvin H. Bliss, a former well-known resident of Galen, died at his home, near Farmville, Prince Edward Co., Va., Monday, April 27th, in his 89th year. His death was caused from paralysis, he having suffered a stroke the Wednesday previous. Mr. Bliss was born in Vermont, in 1802. He came to Galen from Schoharie County, N.Y., in 1833, and was a resident of this town for thirty-six years, owning and occupying the David S. Finch farm, four miles northeast of Clyde - which he sold to Mr. Finch. In June, 1869, he removed to Prince Edward County, Va., where he had since resided. Mr. Bliss was known as an active and prominent citizen in that locality, and for four terms represented his district as State Senator in the Virginia Legislature. He was twice married, his first wife being Seraph Bothwell, by whom he had five children, all of whom are living, viz.: Mrs. Susan E. Kelsey, of Galen; Samuel H. Bliss, of Farmville, Va.; John B. Bliss and Mrs. Mary S. Williams, of Tekonsha, Mich.; Sidney E. Bliss, of Albion, Mich. His second wife was Mrs. Louisa T. West, by whom he had four children, three of whom are living, viz.: Misses E. Louisa and Carrie H. Bliss, (at the homestead,) and Calvin H. Bliss, Jr., of Farmville, Va. Mrs. M. J. Crowell, of Clyde, was the daughter of his second wife, by a former husband.


(1) Most genealogical accounts (of which this writer is aware) state Calvin was born in Galway, Saratoga Co., NY, whereas his Clyde Times obituary states he was born in Vermont. Calvin's second wife Louisa was born in Vermont, which is perhaps how that state got added to the mix. Also, at least one of Calvin's siblings was born in Vermont as discussed below. At minimum, Calvin indicated "NY" as his place of birth on every census from 1850 until 1880. His wife Louisa claimed she was born in VT in two of those census years, only making it ditto marks under "NY" in the one for 1860. Their son Calvin H., Jr. apparently got it backwards when he claimed his father was born in VT and mother born in NY in the 1900 census. (The only one of Calvin Hall Bliss, Sr.'s eight siblings known to have been born in VT was Nathaniel Franklin Bliss, who was born in Bennington, Bennington Co., VT, in 1809, married Mandana Hale at Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, and spent the last half of his life at Stevens Point.)

(2) Calvin's Clyde Times obituary states he was a member of the Virginia Legislature four terms, but the History of Prince Edward County indicates he was a member five terms-1877-79, 1879-80, 1881-82, 1883-84, 1885-87.

Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, Thursday, 14 April 1898


David S. Finch, of Galen, died Tuesday morning at his residence four miles northeast of Clyde, aged 79 years. Mr. Finch was born in Dresden. In 1869 he bought the Calvin H. Bliss farm, on which he resided at the time of his death.

NEW 4/18/10 from the Oswego Daily Times, Friday evening, Nov. 14, 1890

Wolcott, Nov. 13

The funeral of Mrs. Ann Kimpland was held Thursday.

NEW 1/10/10   A group of 9 Sergeant family obituaries graciously contributed by Robert Bayless!

The Newark Union Gazette, Saturday morning, June 24, 1916

Sodus Centre

The death of Mrs. Ellen Sergeant Rude occurred Wednesday at the home of her son, Benton S. Rude of the State Bill Drafting Department, who resides at Delmar, N. Y. The deceased was born in the town of Sodus 78 years ago, the daughter of William and Emily Chapman Sergeant. She married R. C. Rude, an attorney and counselor at law, and later with him resided at Duluth. Minn., Hornell N. Y., and in Florida, finally returning to Sodus where for a number of years he practiced his profession. He died at Lyons, March 23,1906. Since that time Mrs. Rude has resided with her only child, the son above mentioned. She was a woman of superior intellect, and a poetess of note. She is perhaps best known by her collection of poems, published in 1891 under the title of "Magnolia Leaves." Her ancestors were among the pioneer settlers of this town, her uncle, James Sergeant, being the first white child born within the limits of the present town of Sodus; his birth occurred in 1803. Fifty years ago, William Sergeant, father of the deceased, was one of the largest landowners in this town, having a farm of nearly four hundred acres. He also owned a sawmill at that time. Besides the son mentioned, a half brother, William T. Sergeant, of Sodus survives. The obsequies will be attended from his house Saturday at 3 o'clock p. m. Rev. H. L. Rixon, Pastor of the local M. E. church officiating, and interment made in the Sodus cemetery.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Thursday, March 22, 1906


Death at Lyons of a Well Known Member, of the Bar.

Lyons, March 21. - Benton Clark Rude, one of the oldest members of the Wayne county bar, died last evening at his home. No. 13 Ditton Street, from pneumonia and a complication of diseases attendant upon old age. He is survived by his widow, Ellen Sergeant Rude, and one son, Benton Sergeant Rude, of this village, at present in the legislative bill-drafting department at Albany.

Deceased was born at Lima, December 4, 1830. He was educated in the public school at Mount Morris, thereafter entering and graduating from Lima College. Returning from college, he entered the Wadsworth law office at Geneseo, and was admitted to the bar. Following this he came to Newark and became principal of the Newark High School.

Desiring to resume the practice of law, he went to Almond, Allegany County, later to Wellsville practicing there from 1884 to 1886. In 1886 he removed to St. Augustine, Fla., where he became attorney for Henry M. Flagler, vice-president of the Standard Oil Company. He was at St. Augustine until 1892, being practically run out of that place on account of politics. He was an aggressive Republican.

He removed to Sodus in 1895, the home of his wife, retiring from active practice, and in 1905 removed to this village. He married Ellen Sergeant, of Sodus, a daughter of the late William Sergeant, of that town.

Albany Evening Journal, Tuesday Evening, September 30, 1879

Mrs. James Sergeant, of Sodus, Wayne County, sat down by a stove to get warm, on Friday, when her clothes caught fire and she was burned to a crisp.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Friday, March 25, 1892

-Mrs. William Mason, of Sodus Point, died Wednesday night of consumption. She was 59 years of age, the oldest child of James Sergeant, of Sodus, who survives her at the age of 88 years. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Button, of Sodus Point. Three brothers. Oscar, James and William Sergeant, of Sodus, and two sisters, Mrs. H. O. Silver, of Savannah, and Mrs. Samuel Robinson, of Sodus, also survive her. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 10 o'clock.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Wednesday, June 6, 1894

-William Sergeant, aged 89 years, a prominent, and one of the oldest residents of Sodus, died yesterday.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Monday, September 9, 1895

- The funeral of James Sergeant In the 92nd year of his age, was held at Sodus last Friday afternoon, Rev. D. M. Young, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in that village officiating. The deceased was the first white male child born in the town of Sodus, and he had spent nearly all his life within the borders of the town. He made all his funeral arrangements, selecting his son-in-Law, H. O. Silver, an undertaker at Fairport, to prepare him for burial, and requested that his grandsons act as bearers, and the following young men acted in that capacity: Frank Clinton, De Fay and Bert Sergeant of Sodus; Henry D. Silver, of Rochester, and O. Clate Silver, of Savannah. The following children survive: Henry Sergeant, Oscar Sergeant, James H. Sergeant, William Sergeant, Mrs. Samuel Robinson, of Sodus; Melvin Sergeant, of Scranton, Kan.; Mrs. H. O. Silver, of Fairport.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, February 15, 1896

-The remains of Miss Hattie Sergeant, aged 34 years, were brought to Sodus from Utica, on Wednesday. Miss Sergeant has been an inmate of the Utica State Hospital for the Insane for ten years, and was the daughter of the late William Sergeant, one of the most wealthy citizens of Sodus. Her funeral was held yesterday.

The Lyons Republican, Friday, Jan. 6, 1928


SERGEANT-At Wallington, Saturday, December 31, Oscar SERGEANT, aged 81 years, burial in Sodus Rural Cemetery.

The Wayne Co. Alliance, Wednesday, March 2, 1938

In the Eastern Division on Thursday morning, Feb. 24, 1938 occurred the death of Ashley Sergeant, aged about 63 years. Three sisters and a brother survive- the Misses Caroline, Louise, and Delia Sergeant, of Sodus; and James Sergeant, of the Geneva road.

NEW 1/10/10   An obituary and biographical sketch for Reverend William D. Jewett, from Minutes of the annual conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, published by T. Mason and G. Lane for the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1856. Rev. Jewett and his wife Charlotte are listed in Part 2 of our online records of South Sodus Cemetery. The cemetery records have a d.o.d. of November 17, 1855, and middle initial "T."

Quest. 12. Who have died this year?

Rev. William D. Jewett, a member of the East Genesee Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died in Huron, Wayne County, N. Y., November 10th, 1855, aged sixty-seven years.

Our departed brother was a native of Ballston, Saratoga County, N. Y. Of his childish years we know but little; but as a youth, like too many others, he was excessively fond of worldly amusements, to the utter neglect of his spiritual interests. That fatal agency of the evil one, Universalism, seems to have well-nigh become his ruin. The Divine Spirit did not forsake him, however; yet it was not without a desperate struggle that he at length escaped from the toils of the enemy, and, at the age of twenty-one, yielded his heart to the Saviour, and associated himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church. This was in 1811. He believed himself called of God to preach the Gospel, and passed through the usual mental conflict. With him this seems to have been protracted, and some years elapsed before the important question was finally decided. He received local preacher's license in 1821. Four years after we find him removed into Wayne County, and preaching as opportunity served. For a time he occupied the pulpit every alternate Sabbath in the village of Lyons, which was then the center of a two-weeks' circuit. In 1826 he received deacon's orders, and in 1830 was admitted as a probationer in the Genesee Annual Conference. Being now fairly in the field, he went to work like a man of God. Brother Jewett knew not to falter; pure-minded and faithful, he ever realized his great responsibilities to God and the Church, and deliberately went forth to do battle for Christ, and to snatch immortal souls from impending ruin. Many, undoubtedly, in "the day of the Lord," will be the representatives of his earnest and untiring faithfulness while laboring on those charges to which he was appointed by the authorities of the Church, during the fifteen years of his itinerant life. His first appointment was Seneca Circuit. In 1831 his charge was Lodi, south of Buffalo. In 1832 he was ordained an elder, and appointed to Boston Circuit; then for two years he preached at Pembroke, and for the same term at Middleport; in 1837 he was sent to Gainesville, then for two years he was stationed at Tyrone and Ulysses respectively. At the Conference of 1842, he was again at Tyrone, which he served the following year also; in 1844 he was again stationed at Seneca, a part of his first field of labor, which proved to be his last also, for the state of his health was such that he deemed it proper to ask a superannuation. This was granted at the next session of conference, and consistently renewed up to the year of his decease.

There are a few points of interest in relation to our revered brother, which it may not be amiss briefly to glance at. Father Jewett was a pattern of unobtrusive piety and ministerial fidelity. Affection for his brethren, and godly jealousy for the doctrines of an unadulterated Gospel, he fondly cherished. When partially laid aside he still labored as his strength would admit; and as he approached the goal, it was very evident that his spirit was longing after the heavenly prize. His brethren undoubtedly recollect his last appearance among them at the conference of 1854. "The keepers of the house trembled" more than usual, and the conviction was prevalent that our beloved brother was near to his heavenly home. There was in him the radiance of evening glory, and to those who associated with him during the intervals of conference there was abundant evidence that he was " quite on the verge of heaven."

It had been his standing declaration, "I owe all I have to the Church, and she shall have it when I am done." He kept his word, and with the exception of a few trifling legacies, bequeathed all his property, some $3,000, to the Bible and Missionary interests, and to the fund for the relief of the superannuated of his own conference. May God put it into the hearts of many, both in the laity as well as in the ministry, to make provision for such institutions in the final disposition of the property which He has given them.

Father Jewett is no more. He gradually failed, which, added to the loss of his aged companion, who preceded him to the land of rest but three short weeks, brought on his last sickness. This was but brief, for in one week "the golden bowl was broken," and the "weary wheels of life" were at rest. His end was peaceful and happy. " I die," said he, " at peace with all men, a lover of good men and goodness." "All is well, all is well, all is well, glory to God!" Verily, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." In the closing scenes of the earthly history of our departed brother, we read more plainly than on the marble which designated his resting-place, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."

NEW 9/19/09   from the Wayne County Alliance, (Sodus NY) Wednesday, January 23, 1884.


MILLER:- At Aurora, Ill., on January 19th, 1884, Mrs. S. A., wife of J. C. Miller, aged seventy-five years.

It will be remembered by her many friends, that Mrs. Miller was formerly a resident of Sodus, and two years ago last June, she with her husband, moved to Aurora, Kane Co., Ill., where they have since resided. The deceased leaves four children to mourn her loss, namely:- Mrs. Dr. L. M. Gaylord, of Sodus; Charles K. Miller, of Aurora, Ill.; Geo. B. Miller, of Iowa; and Mrs. Louise Dunning, of Creston, Ill.

Mrs. Miller was the first member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in this village, and is remembered by all who knew her, as a good, kind, and highly respected lady.

NEW 9/19/09   from the Wayne County Alliance, (Sodus NY) Wednesday, January 23, 1884.

An Old Lake Captain Gone.

Death of Capt. Pavy, who was a Vessel Master in 1820.

Capt. Pavy, an old lake captain, died at his son's residence in Milwaukee, Wis., on Saturday, Dec. 29th, 1883.

Capt. Pavy married the sister of Mr. David Rogers, of Sodus Point, and besides his relatives was widly(sic) known in this section. We clip the following from the Evening Wisconsin, printed at Milwaukee.

Capt. Lester Pavy, who died last evening, aged 73 years, at the residence of his son, Capt. Wm. L. Pavy, of the United States Engineer Corps, stationed at this city, has probably been for some years the oldest living survivor of the early lake vessel-masters. He first took charge of the topsail-schooner Adjutant Clitz, of Sackett's Harbor, in 1829, and after that sailed vessels as follows: 1830-31, Gen. Jackson; 1832, schooner Betsy; 1833, schooner Pilot; 1834, schooner Richard M.; 1835, schooner North America; 1837, schooner United States; 1838-40, schooner Hannah; 1841-42, schooner Malcolm. In 1843-44, he was in steamers running between Lewiston and Ogdensburg; in 1845 he commanded the schooner Malcolm, and in 1846 commanded the Toledo. He next superintended the building of the big Andes, at Toledo, for Lewis & Beardsley, of Oswego. The Andes came out in the Summer of 1848, and he sailed her until 1854, when he took charge of the bark North Star. In 1855 he sailed the brig Julia Dean, which at that time was considered one of the finest vessels on fresh water. He resigned his command in September of that year, and went into the grain-drying business at Buffalo. The Dean, it will be recalled by old vessel men, was lost in her first passage down after his leaving her, on Skillagallee reef. Like most men who have spent many years in plowing the waves, the captain naturally drifted into the profession of plowing the land, and passed some time as a farmer. During the last twenty years he had suffered from partial paralysis of the lower limbs, and had resided with his son.

Have the remains of Captain Pavy's first ship been found? 200 Year Old US Warship may be buried in creek in upstate New York

NEW 9/19/09   from the Palmyra Democrat, Wednesday, January 27, 1892.

Frank Gillson, attempted suicide on Tuesday. He is thirty years of age, son of James B. Gillson, proprietor of the Gillson House. Young Gillson has had the management of the House for the last year. At times he indulges in liquor freely. Yesterday upon his return from Lyons, upon entering the hotel he went back of the bar, taking from the side-board a 32 calibre revolver, which he had put there in the morning. Placing the muzzle to his right temple, he fired. The bullet, owing to the arm not being sufficient elevated, only made an ugly scalp wound. Dr. Thatcher was called and extracted the bullet. He died Wednesday night.


On Friday also, the Rev. C. H. Wright, pastor of the Methodist Church, Newark, in his 45th year.

After a lingering illness, and in her 73d year, Mrs. Lydia E. Barnes, wife of Elias Barnes, of Walworth. Funeral tomorrow. Mr. Barnes has our sympathy in his bereavement.

Just as we are about to go to press, we are apprised of the death by scarlet fever of Addie Alderman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Alderman.

NEW 9/19/09   from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, January 23, 1892, page 7

Michael Dwyer, an old war veteran, well-known in Lyons, died at the residence of John Albaugh, in Alloway, early yesterday morning, of heart failure. He served in Company C., 106th New York Volunteers, during the war and lost his right arm. He was a bachelor and leaves two married sisters in Phelps. The funeral will be held to-morrow.

NEW 6/20/09  The following 6 death notices were contributed by Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb!

From the Ontario County Chronicle, 24 February 1904

Henry Kier of Zurich, a little hamlet about eight miles north of Newark, committed suicide by cutting his throat Wednesday morning. No cause is known for his act.

From the Geneva Daily Times, 5 August 1909

Phelps, N. Y. - Jeremiah Caves, father of Joel and Peter Caves of this place, died Tuesday night at his home at Sodus Center. Mr. Caves was a native of England and for more than forty years had been a resident of Sodus Center. He was 82 years of age. Mr. Caves leaves ten children, Mrs. Milo R. Brown and Miss Jane Caves of Sodus Center; Mrs. James Purdy of Savannah; Mrs. Emma Kaiser of Lyons; Mrs. Emma Prosser of Sodus Point; Miss Lizzie Caves of Fowlerville, Mich.; Thomas Caves of Cleveland and Joel and Peter Caves of Phelps. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at his late residence at 10:30 o'clock.

From the Victor Herald, 26 February 1904

Calvin Snyder died at his late home in Clyde, Monday, February 22nd, aged 72 years. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Lottie Mestler of Syracuse; Mrs. Cora Giles of Norwich, and one son, William C. Snyder, of this village. The funeral was held at Clyde on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Snyder's death was caused from what physicians term "sarcoma melanratie," a very rare disease, originating usually from a strain, the distinctive characteristics of which are of so peculiar a nature that the medical fraternity have been unable as yet to prescribe a remedy that will successfully arrest and extirpate its terrible ravages. About four years ago, Mr. Snyder was first afflicted with the disease which caused his death, at that time a small hard bunch appearing on his body. At the postmortem examination, fifty of these tumors of various sizes were discovered. These had been the source of great pain. Mr. Snyder had submitted to examinations by prominent physicians which will be used to aid science and humanity in discovering some successful treatment.

From the Syracuse Post Standard, 18 February 1909

Lyons, Feb. 17 - John Tulett, the oldest man in the village, was found dead in bed yesterday at the home of his son, Abraham S. Tulett, No. 134 William Street. He was 97 years old and had been in good health up to a short time ago. He was born in Herefordshire, England, and came to America in 1855, settling on the John Haines farm between Lyons and Geneva. The country was then a wilderness. He was a truck farmer and lived in that vicinity until his wife died about 12 years ago. For a man of his years he was remarkable, his memory being good to the last. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Emily Soden, of Shellsburg, Iowa; seven sons, James Tulett of Geneva, William Tulett of Chicago, Thomas Tulett of Cincinnati, Frederick Tulett and Charles Tulett of Junius, Elijah G. Tulett and Abraham S. Tulett of this village. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock from the Methodist Church between this village and Geneva followed by burial in the Dobbin Cemetery.

From the Ontario County Journal, 21 January 1910

John Bulmer of Palmyra, widely known throughout Wayne county, died on Monday, aged 90 years. He had been engaged in the lumber business for nearly half a century.

From the Ontario County Times, 30 January 1878

The Palmyra Courier gives the following particulars of the death by suicide, on Friday, the 18th inst., of Mrs. Harriett Croucher, a middle-aged woman, the wife of Isaac Croucher, living about three miles northeast of Palmyra. The weapon used was a small silver-plated revolver, the property of her son. The deceased had been in ill health for some time past, and had shown symptoms of aberration of the mind. Had given expression to, and maintained the idea, that something startling was to happen.

The night previous to the day of her suicide, she asked her son to let her take his revolver. The request was not granted. The next morning she sent a little daughter, aged about nine years, telling her to go to her son's pants and get his revolver. The child obeyed. About this time, a neighbor, Mrs. Phillips, called to see her, and at that time Mrs. Croucher is said to have conversed in a rational manner. Mrs. Phillips was asked to go to the well and get her a glass of fresh water. Before reaching the well, the report of the pistol was heard. Hurrying back, the unfortunate Mrs. Croucher was found to have fired a shot into her brain, by placing the muzzle of the pistol in her right ear. She retained her senses but for a brief time, and passed away.

A husband and four children are left to mourn the terrible act, which deprives the one of a good wife, and the others of a fond, affectionate mother. It is the opinion of her medical attendant that her illness had developed into life-taking insanity.

NEW 6/20/09   From The Lyons Republican, October 4, 1912.

Mrs. Mary C. Averill, widow of the late Edward S. Averill, for years editor of the Palmyra Courier, died last Saturday at the family home in Palmyra. Mrs. Averill was born in Geneva in 1838(?) Deceased is survived by four children, Ralph Averill, village president of Palmyra; Hon. Robert Averill of Rochester; Harry Averill , present editor of the Courier, and Miss Anna Averill of Palmyra.

From the Monroe County Mail, June 19, 1919

Macedon Center, June 17

The burial of Miss Amelia P. Moshier took place in Macedon Center cemetery, Monday afternoon, Rev. John MacGaidwin officiating. Miss Moshier had made her home in this place for many years and was very well known. Five years ago she went to the Baptist Home at Fairport. Her death occurred there Saturday evening. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Matilda Pixley of Rochester, two nephews, Bert Pixley of Pennsylvania, and Byron Seaman of Rochester.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, June 6, 1896, page 4


The Suicide of Samuel Lape Formerly of Clyde by Shooting

Samuel Lape, an old pensioner, who for many years resided in Clyde, but who has recently been living on the Chambers farm about four miles south of Lyons, committed suicide by shooting last Tuesday afternoon. No cause is assigned for his having committed the deed.

Seneca. [this is a neighboring county]

Mrs. Phebe Ann Whartenby died on Wednesday at her home in Waterloo, aged 67 years. She buried her husband only a few days since. She leaves three sons and a daughter.

From the Fairport Herald, Wednesday, June 14, 1911, page 6

Walworth, June 12.

Thomas Knight died at his home west of the village Friday morning. Mr. Knight has been in poor health for a number of months. Funeral will be held Monday p.m. at 2 o'clock.

From the Monroe County Mail, June 26, 1919

Macedon Center, June 23

Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Eldredege and Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Blaker were in Palmyra, Saturday afternoon, to attend the funeral of their uncle, Dayton Smith.

Walworth, June 23

Gordon Patterson died Saturday morning after a ten days' illness of bronchial and lobar pneumonia. He was born in Walworth, twenty-one years ago and had always lived here. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Red Men of Palmyra. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Patterson, two sisters, Mrs. Clifford Malcom of Fairport, and Mrs. Deright of Marion, and one brother, Clifford of Macedon. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Mrs. James O. Mason passed away Saturday morning at the age of eighty-five years. She is survived by her husband. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon with interment in Baker cemetery.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date 1888

Thurlow W. Lusk, son of Wm. B . Lusk, of East Palmyra, a bright and promising boy four and a half years old, died on Thursday last, and the remains were buried in East Palmyra cemetery.

From The Lake Shore News, unknown date 1906

North Huron.

Melvin Street, of Dutch street, died very suddenly of paralysis last Thursday afternoon. He had been in poor health for some time, but his death was a shock to the community. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon.

From the Monroe County Mail, June 22, 1905, page 2 (Fairport NY)

West Walworth.

A number from here attended the funeral of Peter Payne at Walworth, last Tuesday. Mr. Payne leaves his wife and several children, among whom are Tom and Harry Payne of Ontario, who formerly lived here. Interment was in Ontario cemetery.

Rev. E. F. Main of Sandy Creek, who formerly lived here, and preached in the Baptist church for many years, died Sunday morning, aged eighty-seven years, at the home of B. F. Hoag, at Ontario. Rev. Mr. Main had come from his home to assist in the celebration of the ninetieth birthday of his brother, Mrs. B. F. Hoag's father. Interment will probably be here in the family burial plot.

From the Wayne County Review, August 20, 1903, front page (Lyons NY)


Sudden Death from Tetanus of an Estimable Woman.

Mrs. Philipena Myer, wife of Henry Myer of this village died at their home on Spencer street Saturday morning of tetanus. The illness dated only from the preceding Sunday when she experienced chills and a high fever. Believing that a sojourn at Sodus would be beneficial, she went to that resort Monday with Mrs. Frank Zwilling. They expected to remain throughout the week but on Tuesday the illness advanced rapidly and the following day the Sodus Point physician advised her removal to this village. She arrived home Wednesday and that evening the disease developed into tetanus which caused death three days later.

Mrs. Myer was 26 years of age and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Merz. She was a woman held in high esteem by a large circle of acquaintances. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran church. Surviving relatives are her parents, husband, brother, George M. Merz, and a daughter, Elizabeth Merz Myer.

From The Lake Shore News, May 23, 1912, front page


End of Her Illness Came Last Thursday in Syracuse Hospital.

Mrs. I. P. Sykes, of Wolcott, died in the Homeopathic Hospital, Syracuse, at 10:45 a.m. Thursday last, aged 66, of bronchial pneumonia.

She had long been a sufferer from heart disease and attendant dropsy, and was in a critical state of health when she went to Syracuse a couple of months ago..

She first went to the House of the Good Shepherd, later to the Women and Children's Hospital and finally to the Homeopathic.

Undertaker Fred Bevier went after the body Thursday night and returned with it Friday morning.

The funeral was held from the Methodist-Episcopal church in Wolcott Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the members of Logan circle, Ladies of the G. A. R., attending in a body.

Rev. W. J. Pasko, of Syracuse, formerly the Baptist pastor here, conducted the funeral by request of the deceased. He had visited her often in the hospitals in Syracuse while she was under treatment. Dr. Albertson, the M. E. pastor, read the scripture and offered prayer.

The interment was made in the family lot in Leavenworth cemetery, beside her husband and her son, Fred.

Glenside Cemetery, Town of Wolcott
Sykes, Ianthas P., 1839-1910
Sykes, Harriet J., 1847-1912 Wife
Sykes, Fred W., 1872-1896 Son

From the Wayne County Review, Nov. 6, 1902, front page


Former Well Known Resident of
South Lyons Died Tuesday.

Mrs. Frank Hornbeck of South Lyons received word Tuesday afternoon of the death of her father, John Whitlock, which occured at his home in Saratoga, on that day. Mr. Whitlock has been in feeble health for some time and the news of his decease was not entirely unexpected.

Mr. Whitlock was born in Saratoga county 61 years ago and lived there during his early life. About thirty-eight years ago he came to Wayne county and for nearly twenty years made his home on the Whitlock farm east of Alloway. During that time he made for himself many firm friends and though he moved back to the county of his birth eighteen years ago, there are still many friends in the vicinity of his former home in this town who remember him kindly and who will sincerely regret his death. He leaves a daughter and one son, Nathan J. Whitlock of Saratoga, and two sisters, Mrs. Tyndall and Miss Fannie Whitlock of South Lyons.

From The Red Creek Herald, March 10, 1938

30 years Ago.
Rev. I. B. Hyde died at the home of his son, Rev. H. E. Hyde in this village.

20 Years Ago.
The death of James Madison Phelps was recorded. Mr. Phelps was a highly respected citizen and a member ofthe Baptist church. He was 81 years of age.

15 Years Ago.
Harry Doud died at his home in Victory after a short illness. This was the third death in the family in a week.

The death of Wm. Kerr occurred at his home on Wolcott street after a short illness. His interest in the hardware business was taken over by F. L. Bullock.

10 Years Ago.
Isaac Lewis Jones died at the home of his son Fred at the age of 84 years.

From the Clyde Herald, unknown date in 1913

Death of Sidney W. Wood

Sidney W. Wood, one of Clyde's oldest, best known and most highly respected and successful of business men, died at his home on West Genesee street at 9:30 o'clock this morning. He was born in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y. April 10, 1829.

When he was only 12 years old, Sidney began running the Nathan saw mill which he operated for five years. In 1846-7, Mr. Wood was employed in the foundry of Deacon Taft at Lyons and following this went to Geneva, where he learned the trade of machinist in the Seneca Lake Foundry, being employed there for twenty years.

He married Catherine Whitmore whom he survived, and three children were born to them: Henry I., Ray G., and Miss Ella Wood. Both sons learned the machinist trade. In 1878, Mr. Wood married his second wife, Catherine Queeman, who, with the children named above, survive him.

Since 1886, Mr. Wood has been at the head of the firm of W. W. Wood & Son, which does all the work of a machine shop in general, and besides manufacture steam engines, and boilers. The original firm, Wood, Chandler & Co., started in 1866. Mr. wood took an active interest in his business up to the time of his last illness.

Funeral arrangements had not been made at this writing.

James Howard , the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Madden died last Thursday morning, aged 27 days. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning.

From the Wayne County Review, June 1, 1905

Miss Emma Jepson of Clyde died at her home in that village Friday of cerebro-spinal menangitis (sic).

Monday of this week the body of Mrs. Joseph Medberry, who died at Ralston, was brought to this village for burial in the Taft lot in the Rural cemetery.

The death of Emory Miller of South Lyons, an account of which appears elsewhere in this issue, causes sincere regret among Mr. Miller's many friends in this village.

From the Clyde Times, July 29, 1920

Rev. J. J. Gleeson Dead

Rev. John J. Gleeson, M. R., died suddenly at the rectory of St. Mary's Church, in Corning, shortly before midnight Sunday, July 25, 1920, at the age of 62 years.

The news of his decease was received in this village Monday morning, and came as a distinct shock to the community in which he had lived and labored with his people for thirty-two years. He was one of the oldest and best beloved priests in the diocese. He was born in East Bloomfield, and received his education at St. Andrew's Seminary, Rochester, and St. Joseph's Seminary, Troy, and was ordained at St. Patrick's Cathedral July 9, 1882. After his ordination he served as an assistant at St. Mary's Church, Rochester, for four years. His earnest endeavors and gratifying success in building up the local church, where he spent the greater part of his ministry, is well known, and in recognition of his work, he was appointed as irremovable rector of St. Mary's Church at Corning two years ago last May. He immediately assumed his duties, and there as here, he endeared himself to his people, who, with his many Clyde friends, sincerely mourn his loss.

Father Gleeson's remains lay in state in the church he had so lately served from three o'clock Tuesday afternoon until ten o'clock Wednesday morning, the hour of the funeral, guarded by members of Corning Council, Knights of Columbus, of which he was a member. Bishop Thomas F. Hickey of the Rochester diocese, assisted by other priests, conducted the obsequies, and the remains were interred at Rochester, beside those of his brother, the late Rev. William Gleeson.


Michael Welch, a former resident of this township, died at the Willard State Hospital on Friday, July 23, 1920, aged 60 years. He is survived by four brothers and one sister. The remains were brought to Clyde on Tuesday and funeral services were held in St. John's Catholic Church and interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery.

From The Evening Auburnian, February 19, 1878 (Auburn NY)

Mrs. Maria Ely, of Clyde, fell back in her chair, on Saturday afternoon, and before a physician could be summoned, she expired.

From the Clyde Democratic Herald, Wednesday, March 15, 1893

Dr. J. E. Smith has returned from New York where he was in attendance at the illness of his niece, Miss Mable Smith.

Miss Mabel Smith, daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. I. Smith, of New York, and niece of Dr. J. E. Smith, of Clyde, died at the home of her parents at noon Monday aged 16 years. The remains will be brought to Clyde to-day for interment and funeral services will be held at the residence of Dr. J. E. Smith to-morrow afternoon, at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Meade officiating.

P. Ira Lape, who until recently was a well-known citizen of Clyde, died at the home of his daughter at Hay's City, Kansas, on Thurday last at the age of 7_ years. Mr. Lape was captain of Company B, 111th Infantry, N. Y. Volunteers, and distinguished himself in that capacity. Memorial services will be held by Rev. David Keppel at the M. E. Church, Clyde, of which the deceased was a member, next Sunday morning.

From the Wayne County Review, October 29, 1903 (Lyons NY)

Mrs. Tinsley, Mrs. Bostwick, Miss Mary Rogers and Charles Rogers attended the funeral of Mrs. Cornelia Gaylord at Sodus Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Gaylord died at her home in that village Friday after a lingering illness.

From the Clyde Times, Nov. 25, 1920, front page

News Twenty-Five Years Ago.

At his son's home in Galen on Monday, Nov. 18, occurred the death of Myron Winchester Jenkins at the age of 81 years. He leaves to mourn his death, two daughters, Almary Petteys of Ill., Lydia Cook of Calif. and a son, William T. Jenkins, Galen.

Mrs. A. W. Badgley died at her home in Farmer, Seneca County Nov. 2nd aged 53/63(?) years. Deceased was born in Clyde and passed her girlhood in this village. She was formerly Miss Julia Mason, daughter of George R. Mason.

From the Clyde Times, May 16, 1918

Three children of Mr. and Mrs. Clare Fanning of Savannah, died within a week of scarlet fever, Irma aged 18 months, Eleanor, aged 6 years and Genevieve, aged 9 years.

Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Reed attended the burial services, Wednesday, at Huron, of Mrs. George W. Davis, wife of Rev. George W. Davis, L.L.D. of St. Paul, Minn.

An Appreciation.

On Friday afternoon, May 3, 1918, a company of relatives and friends gathered at the Benjamin Weed homestead three miles south of Clyde, to pay the last tribute of respect to Mrs. Sarah Watson Weed, whose death followed a short illness. Mrs. Weed was of Hicksite Quaker origin, a daughter of Joseph Watson and the last survivor of his family of four children, Garhardus L. Watson and Mrs. Abbie Barton/Burton of Galen and Mrs. Rebecca Weed of Glenmark.

Mrs. Weed was born March 23, 1834 and was married on her twentieth birthday to Benjamin Weed of Galen. They soon established the home from which their bodies were carried to their last resting place. Mrs. Weed is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt, who with her son, Richard, owns and occupies the Weed homestead, Mrs. J. C. Baird of Galen and Mrs. Horace Wendell of Philadelphia. Mrs. Weed was an early member of Clyde Grange of which her husband was the first Master.

Few women have been more admired and loved. She was beautiful in person and in soul. Her affection for her relatives and friends was very marked and it was returned most generously. She might well be called a "gracious woman" and the memory of her life is a precious possession to those who shared her friendship and her love.

From the Clyde Times, May 11, 1911, page 5


Mrs. Meribah Hopkins, widow of the late Orson Hopkins, died May 2d, after a long illness, extending over a period of more than three years. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in that place Friday morning, at 10 o'clock, Rev. Harvey Jones officiating. Interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Hopkins was born in Galen, Wayne County, December 6th, 1837, her parents being Orison and Sarah Hopkins. She removed when 3 years of age, with her parents, to Huron County, Ohio, where her childhood and early girlhood were passed. She was married to Orson Hopkins, January 24th, 1859, and they made their home in Galen, Wayne County, N.Y.

She was the mother of but one child, Nellie Hopkins, who alone survives here, her husband having died December 11th, 1891.

She was known and loved best in her own home, as she was of a quiet and home-loving disposition. During her long illness, she was ever patient and making ready for the end, which would bring eternal rest.


We wish to express our heart felt thanks to the neighbors and friends for the many kindnesses shown us on our recent bereavement. ALso for the beautiful flowers given us and to the choir which sang the favorite selections of our beloved mother.


From the Clyde Times, March 28, 1918

Elliott B. Norris, who died at his home in Sodus last Wednesday, at the age of 72, was a former Assemblyman from this district and for two years Master of the State Grange.

From the Clyde Democratic Herald, June 30, 1891

Robert Street, a colored man, 94 years of age, formerly a resident of Clyde, died at the Wayne county almshouse on Wednesday evening.

Jasper Thorn, who was severely injured by falling from a tree a few weeks ago, died from the effects of his injuries at 3 A. M. Sunday, aged 31 years. Funeral services are being held from his late residence this afternoon, Rev. Pulaski F. Smith, officiating.

Peter Ream, of Rochester, formerly of Rose, died at the home of his son in the former place last week aged 72. Besides his wife he leaves the following children: Frederick Ream and Mrs. Isaac Boice, of Rose; George Ream, of Maryland; L. Ream of Clyde; Charles Ream and Mrs. N. Drown, of Rochester.


Mrs. Miles Leach, died at her home in this village, early Friday morning, aged 60. She had been suffering from a cancer for several months.

From the Palmyra Democrat, September 30, 1891

John H. Tickner, who had been the proprietor of the Phelps hotel since 1868, died about 2 o'clock Wednesday morning of stomach trouble, aged 75. He was well and widely known, and went to Phelps from Oswego county.

John Lattimer, died at the age of 72, at the residence of Fred Pinkney in this village, Saturday. He was a brother of Mrs. Andrew Pinkney. The interment was in Newark, N.J.


Emmons Manley, aged 80 years, was buried Wednesday afternoon.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date 1889

A son of Tompkins Sleight, in Alloway, aged 11 years, was kicked so severely by a horse on Saturday night, that on Sunday he died from the effect. He was a nephew of Mrs. Emily Sleight.

A.T., no dates
Elizabeth C., wife, 1839-1906
Homer R., son, 1878-1889

On Monday, just at night, as Patrick Moran was returning from up town, he felt sick, and as he entered his house, he fell on the floor. Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Horton were instantly called in by Mrs. Moran, and placed the dying man upon his bed; after which, he very soon expired. Funeral to-day, conducted by Rev. Mr. Goodhue.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 15, 1901

James Teetor

Thursday afternoon occurred the death of James Teetor, the well known proprietor of the Bonnicastle hotel, on the east side of Sodus Bay. The deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis several months ago. It was believed that he would fully recover, but asthma set in and the complication resulted in his death. He was born in the town of Sodus fifty-five years ago and was well known throughout the county. For several years he followed agricultural pursuits. Those who survive are a widow, of Resort, and three daughters, Mrs. William Lepper, of Sodus Point, and Mrs. Gavit Ackerman and Mrs. Benjamin Seymour, of Resort.

Singular Cause of Death

The funeral of Marion Jeffers, of Ontario, was held yesterday afternoon. Death resulted form blood poisoning, which developed from an injured knee.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date May 1888 (Newark NY)

Miss Emma Hurley died at Mrs. Nathan Taylor's Wednesday and was buried at East Newark Saturday, Rev. Mr. Nichols conducting the service. Mrs. Hurley was twenty-two years of age and leaves two children, the youngest a babe two weeks old. She was the only child of Mrs. Jane Vandercook.

East Newark Cemetery
Hurley, Almond, 30 May 1888, 19 days
Hurley, Emma J., 23 May 1888, 22 Yrs.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, June 15, 1901, page 3

Jane Vandercook

The death of Mrs. Jane Vandercook occurred at her home on East Miller street in Newark at a late hour Thursday evening at the age of 63 years. Deceased had suffered for a long time from consumption. She had been a resident of Newark for forty years, was well known and highly respected. She is survived by one brother, Peter Deboise, of Sodus.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date September 1889 (Newark NY)

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred. Miller was buried on Monday.

Robert Turnbull died this morning at the residence of his son-in-law, C. W. Soverhill, in his 93d year. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the residence. A more extended obituary wil be given next week.
[Lyons Rural Cemetery - TURNBULL Robert, Sept. 18, 1889, 92y 6m]

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date October 1889 (Newark NY)

Mrs. Harriet G. Jones of Clyde died yesterday morning aged 73 years. Cancer.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date 1889 (Newark NY)

Aaron Foote, aged 83, of Lock Berlin, died suddenly of heart disease Sunday night. The burial takes place to-day. He was an uncle of George W. Luce of this place, who has gone to the funeral.

From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, January 28, 1888

Charles W. Lippett, a former resident of Newark, died at St. Hyacinth, Canada, and was brought to Newark for burial, Wednesday.

Mrs. H. R. Jerome, died at the residence of Mrs. Irving Eggleston, on Cuyler street in Palmyra, on Thursday morning at six o'clock. The (word omitted) had been in poor health for some time and death was due to Bright's desease (sic), her age being 82 years. Mrs. Jerome was born in Palmyra, and in 1825 married Colonel Rufus Merch of Rochester, who died in New York city in 1861. Remaining a widow until 1870, she married Judge H. K. Jerome of Palmyra, who died in 1879. Mrs. Jerome was well known and greatly beloved by a large circle of friends both in Palmyra and other places. The funeral will be held at her late home, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. H. D. Couse officiating. The remains will be taken to Rochester for internment (sic) at Mount Hope.

NEW 3/21/03:

The following obituaries were graciously contributed by Bob Phillips last October. At the time I answered several of Bob's questions as best as I could and my comments are in brackets. Researcher Sherry Golem contributed the article From Palmyra, NY to Palmyra, MI - Our Migrating Ancestors.

I received your e-mail address from Sherry Golem. She thought I had some interesting information regarding the Hunter family. I received a couple of obituaries from Sandra Luss who was doing some research and found these":

Palmyra, Wayne Co., NY
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1888

Was it Murder

In the old *Steve COLVIN Canal Grocery, at Wayneport, two miles west of here, an old lady, Margaret HUNTER; with her husband and son resided; making their living by keeping a small stock of groceries, provisions &c. Mrs. HUNTER started out last Sunday afternoon to look up a flock of ducks, and being gone an unusually long time, the boy went to find his mother and learn the cause of her delay; after a time he returned without finding her. It was thought however, that she had gone farther than usual and would return before dark, but the night passed and she did not come. All day Sunday they waited in vain for her return. On Monday morning, two boats met about three-quarters of a mile below Wayneport and on drawing up the tow-line, a woman's shawl was seen on it. The canal was dragged at this place, and the dead body of Mrs. Hunter was found, with a deep gash cut in her temple; severing the temporal artery.

Coroner CHASE of this place was summoned, and impaneling a jury, proceeded to take the evidence in the case. The inquest is not yet completed, so we are unable to give the result. A postmortem examination was held, and it was decided that the wound across the temple was inflicted before death.

In addition to the family at home, Mrs. HUNTER leaves two other children, a son and daughter, both married. The funeral took place to-day.

- MACEDON NEWS (from Sandy Luss 7/17/02)

*Stephen Colvin was listed as "grocer" in the 18682869 directory for West Macedon.

Palmyra, Wayne Co., NY
Thursday, August 17, 1905

Robert HUNTER of Wayneport, died last Friday at the State Hospital in Rochester. Mr. HUNTER was an inventor of smokeless powder and trouble with members of the stock company he was forming for its manufacture is said to have caused him to lose his mind. He was but 38 years of age and leaves a wife and three small children. (from Sandra Luss 727-02)

Robert was the son of Margaret Hunter who died in 1888.

From the Palmyra Courier dated April 27, 1911:

"At Newport, Rhode Island, last Saturday, April 22nd, occurred the death of William Hunter, after a few days' illness of bronchitis. Mr. Hunter was born in Macedon, Feb. 11, 1893, the son of Robert and Margaret Hunter, and made his home here until last December, when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Gratton-Hunter; one sister, Ruth and one brother, Robert, all of Macedon. The remains reached here Tuesday and the funeral was held on Wednesday morning from St. Patrick's Church. Interment in the Union Burying Ground in Wayneport." (I found this after doing some research at the Palmyra library)

Received William's death certificate from the RI archives. He was an apprentice seaman and died at the US Naval Hospital from diphtheria with double pneumonia. He was 18 yr. 3 mo. 11 da. old.

I researched Margaret's death in 1888 and checked every page of the Palmyra Democrat from Oct. 3rd till the end of January of 1889.... found nothing more on her death. Her death certificate listed cause of death as hemorrhage, from fall or blow on left side of head. It did not state accidental or homicide.

Would there be any other records on microfilm during that time period?

    [Coordinator's Note: It's always a good idea to check for 19th century Wayne County news in surrounding counties' newspapers - Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, and Cayuga Counties - depending on where in Wayne the township you're interested in borders or is closest to. If what you're interested in is of a criminal or sensational nature, it might have received some notice in a Rochester newspaper. If families notified them, obits might have been printed in the Webster, Fairport, Canandaigua, Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, or Auburn and other newspapers that carried news of nearby locations.

To find out the names of 19th century papers and if issues have been preserved on microfilm, directly contact the historical societies or libraries in the other counties. There are fewer newspapers printed now in the Finger Lakes than in the 1800s, and some villages that had papers no longer have them. It's an inexpensive, as well as time and frustration-saving research investment to purchase a map atlas of New York State, such as DeLorme's, showing towns within counties, so you know what towns in other counties your towns of interest border. These large softcover atlases can be purchased off the shelves, or ordered if you reside outside of NY state, from the usual major chain bookstores at any mall, in any state, or through the large on-line bookstores.]

Today I received some additional information from Helen Burgio, Macedon Historian. They were copies from the Union Burying Ground in Wayneport. According to the info, the 1905 census shows William Hunter, age 75 years old, born Ireland, living with son, Robert H. Hunter. He's not listed in the 1910 census. (1951 list) Do you know what 1951 list refers to?

    [Coordinator's Note: in the early 1950s the Wayne County historian's office undertook census transcriptions as well as many of the cemetery readings on our site. Which brings up the point that if you don't find a family member on one of our cemetery lists, it's usually due to the fact that there has been no re-reading of the cemetery since the reading you see posted. And that reading is what was kindly provided to us by the county historian's office. The absence of your relative, if they passed away after the date of the reading, is not an oversight, but reflects the date of the most recent available reading for the cemetery. Someone who passed away in 1972 won't be listed on a cemetery reading taken in 1951! (If you want your relative's name added to our older lists, please email the info to the site co-coordinators.)

However, absence of a person's name on an earlier reading could be reflective of the reader's missing their stone, it's being illegible or worn down due to wear from the elements, reburial in another cemetery with headstone removal, or the frequent absence of a stone as there never was one to begin with (for various reasons known only to their family members, usually poverty or procrastination, or depending on another relative to take care of it and they moved "Out West"), burial on top of another relative and no name chiseled onto the stone, theft or vandalism, being washed away in a "freshet" or tumbled down a slope, or the stone's being covered over the years by soil or roots... all before the reading was done.]

Bob Phillips
Branchport, NY

NEW 12/19/02: The following obituary of Carl Heinrich was graciously contributed by Mary Martin.

Last summer we found the following obit;

Acquired at the Wayne County Historian's Office, Lyons, NY
The Arcadian Weekly Gazette Wayne County, NY August 27, 1902


On Sunday afternoon Carl Heinrich, aged 14, his brother Albert, aged 7 [11], and Henry Rauscher, aged 16, the two former living on the road north of the county house, and the latter at the bridge west of the county house, took Rauscher's gun and went into the fields to shoot woodchucks. While watching, a hawk flew over and both the older boys scrambled for the gun in order to get a shot at it. The gun was discharged accidentally, the charge of shot entering Carl Heinrich's abdomen, inflicting a frightful wound. The boy's mother was called, and she arrived just in time to gather him in her arms as he breathed his last.
Dr. Thatcher was called. The boy of course was dead long before he reached there, and in his official capacity as coroner he decided on investigation that the death was accidental, and that an inquest was unnecessary.

The Heinrichs are a respected German family, and much sympathy is expressed for them in their sad bereavement.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Heyd of Lyons officiating.

Carl was buried in the family plot at the Rural Cemetery, Lyons, NY His grave is on the far right in the foreground of the picture of the Henry/ Heinrich plot. He was the son of Charles and Teresa Heinrich.

Hope someone might find this interesting. Mary Martin

NEW 12/17/02: The following obituary of Dennis Lefurgey was graciously contributed by Bob and Jean Lefurgey.

Obituary of Dennis Lefurgey, (born 9/27/1804 - died 6/26/1868)
Buried in Sodus NY

A copy of this obituary was found in the mid 1900s in the family farm of RobertLefurgey in Macomb County, Michigan. Dennis Lefurgey was Robert's multi-greatuncle. The writer of this obituary is unknown -- identified only by the initials"EC" -- and there is no indication as to the publication in which this obituaryappeared. It is, however, a magnificent tribute to a simple man.

Since the obituary provides no details as to the names of Dennis' survivors, any help thatreaders can provide would be most appreciated by the Lefurgey family, who may becontacted at

Text of obituary:

It may be uninteresting for those who are accustomed to read of the magnified greatness of politicians, thieves, defaulters and forgers, to read a sketch of the like of an humble, honest farmer, but to the meditative it is pleasant and profitable to ponder the life of an honest, upright man, a man uncorrupted by the intrigues of politics and not debased by the double-dealings of speculation.

It is a fact that in almost every forest there are a few trees much higher and larger than the others. They have grown up and are pre-eminently distinguished both for symmetry and size; they give but few knots and gnarls. One cannot tell why they should be so much larger than the surrounding trees; but the fact that they are is indisputable, and we say they are great by nature. Dennis Lefurgey was great by nature -- in size, in intellect, in ability. He had in youth none of the advantages of school, but he became able to transact any business that pertained to his avocation. After spending his boyhood in Columbia County, he moved to Sodus and married. He bought a little homestead, and in a few years, by patient industry and economy, he paid for the same. Success crowned his labors; and when any of his neighbors wished to sell their land, he purchased of them, until this farm contained almost five hundred acres. Such a farm is larger than most men can successfully manage, but he always had his grain planted and secured in good season, and kept his fences and buildings in the best order.

The farm was his home. To adorn and beautify, and make it attractive, was his chief delight. Every tree and shrub and fence on it was interesting, for he knew its whole history. He once told the writer of this article that "most men spend their leisure hours at the village, lounging in the stores and groceries and bar-rooms, but I find more pleasure putting my fence in repairs and looking at the grass and grain and stock." So it is. While ordinary minds find greater pleasure lounging in groceries and bar-rooms, listening to obscene songs and bawdy stories, the great mind finds pleasure in witnessing the advances of vegetable growth, and in listening to the songs of nature.

Sunday, the 28th of June, was the day appointed for his burial, and the citizens, on foot, on horseback, in carriages, and in double wagons, came to his house to pay their last respects to the dead. Rev. George Havens preached an eloquent sermon from the text" "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!" -- Numbers, 23:10. After the sermon, the mourners and friends went in procession to his family burying ground, and after the burial ceremonies, the whole congregation united with the choir in singing that beautiful hymn, "The Home of the Soul". And at the close of the singing, there was lowered into its resting place the coffin containing all that has been mortal of a kind father, a successful farmer, a moral citizen, an upright man, and a consistent Christian. EC

NEW 10/26/02: The following obituary of William Benton was graciously contributed by Marcia Benton.

BENTON, William

From the Sodus Record, June 5, 1903:

Died, at his home three miles north of East Williamson, May 26th, William Benton, aged 76 years, 9 months and 15 days. Mr. Benton was born in the town of Galitary, Columbia County, and was the son of Jonathan and Catharine Benton. He came to northern Wayne County in 1854, and had lived on the farm where he died 31 years. March 11, 1854, he was married to Angeline Clark, by whom he had eleven children, four of whom passed away several years ago. Mr. Benton was widely known, and was a kind and obliging neighbor. He was respected by all who knew him. He suffered a stroke of paralysis several years ago, from which he never fully recovered, and two weeks ago had a fall, receiving injuries from which he died. He is survived by a widow, two brothers, Edward of Duchess County and Hiram of Fairville, a sister in Duchess county, and seven children, Arthur and Charles of Sodus, John and Fred of Williamson, Mrs. Martin Lamb of Canastota, Mrs. J. C. Polhamus of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. George Liddle of Pultneyville. The funeral was held from the M. E. Church at Pultneyville, Friday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. J.C. Hitchcock officiating. Interment was made at Lake View Cemetery.

Submitted by Marcia Benton, Hilton, NY

The following two obits for Jonathan Hoffman were graciously contributed by Dana Kime.


Elwood Call Leader--Tuesday August 1, 1916



Jonathan Hoffman, for many years a resident of Elwood died at Detroit, Michigan, at5:30 a.m. Monday. The remains were brought to Elwood arriving over the Pennsylvania lines at 8:35 a.m. today. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Stancil of Detroit and Dr. G.V. Newcomer, of Elwood.

Mr. Hoffman was nearly 85 years old. He was born at Clyde, New York, October 29, 1831. He was twice married, his first wife being Mary Sophia VanAmber, of Alexandria Bay, New York. To this union were born five children, all of whom are still living except one son. Those surviving are William H and Charles J Hoffman of Augusta, Kansas, Mrs. G.V.Newcomer, of Elwood and Mrs. William E. Stancil, of Detroit. The third son, Oliver, died in Elwood January 7, 1907.

As a young man Mr. Hoffman learned the window glass trade which he followed during the active years of his life, and was considered one of the best window glass blowers in America. In 1892 he came to Elwood and in partnership with John F. Rodefer, built the Elwood Window Glass factory, which he operated until 1899, when he sold out and retired from active business. In January, 1894, he was married to Mrs. Mary Finch, of Elwood, who died in April of 1914. In the Fall of 1915 he went to Detroit to live with his youngest daughter and her husband where he resided until his death.

Mr. Hoffman was an active member of the Methodist Church for the greater part of his life. During the early days of the Civil War he volunteered and was appointed sergeant in a New York Company and was stationed at Washington D.C. and at the time of the Battle of Bull Run acting with his company as guard at the capitol. He remained in the army until discharged for physical disability.

The funeral will be held at the Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by Rev. J.F. Radcliff. Internment will follow in the Elwood cemetery.




The funeral of the late Jonathan Hoffman who died Monday morning at Detroit was held this morning at the Methodist Church, Rev. J.F. Radcliff in charge. The deceased was a resident of Elwood for years, having a great circle of friends in the community and many attended the service this morning to pay their last respects to the man whose long life has come to an end. Internment occurred in the Elwood Cemetery.

Elwood is in Indiana. Jonathan had moved to Michigan to live with his daughter, he died in MI and was buried in IN. I have a picture of the headstone and a picture of Jonathan. I am now trying to find out if the Robert N. Hoffman buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Town of Galen, Wayne Co., NY is his father. The name is right and so is the age.


The following five obits for the Lynk Family were graciously contributed by Charlyne Lynk. Thank you, Charlyne!

[Note 3/21/03: Charlyne, please check in with new email address!] "I would appreciate it if you would add the following obits to your Wayne Co obits. I received these from the Wayne Co historian's office so I do not know for sure which newspapers they were in. I am researching the LYNK family, who resided in Clyde for many years. I would like to find out more about this family. I am hoping by posting these obits I may get more information." Charlyne Lynk

LYNK July 11, 1901
Martha D. Andrews wife of George Lynk died at her home on the Howard farm just north of this village, Friday July 5th of - not readable---enteritis at the age of 46 years and 10 months. Funeral services were held from her late residence Sunday afternoon. Rev. J.Edson Rhodes officiating. Interment was made in the Rose Cemetery. She is survived by a husband and two sons Irving and Elmer.

Mrs. Lynk had been in failing health for several years but had always borne her illness and troubles with remarkable fortitude. She was an ernest thoughtful woman, and for several years had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Clyde. She was highly respected by all who knew her and enjoyed the love and friendship of a large circle of friends. The funeral services were largely attended and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.

William Lynk died at the residence of his son, George, one mile northwest of this village Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 9th 1902 at the age of 65 yrs. Funeral services will be held from his late residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. J. Edson Rhodes officiating. Interment will be made in the Rose Cemetery. Deceased is survived by a wife and two sons, George of Galen and William of Geneva.

LYNK Jan 09,1915
MARY ANN LYNK------ Mrs. Mary Ann Lynk, died at her home in this village last Saturday morning, aged 74 yrs. She is survived by two sons, George Lynk, of this town and William of Ontario and two brothers, James Vanderpool of Galen and Stephen Vanderpool of Webster, and one sister Phoebe Ford of Syracuse. Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon with burial at Rose. Rev.F.B Duvall officiated.

LYNK Feb.11,1931

George P. Lynk, 66, veteran livery service operator died last Thursday morning at his home 52 Waterloo Street. Mr Lynk suffered a stroke on Tuesday while making a call at John Fratangelo's home in East DeZeng Street. Mr. Lynk was born in the town of Savannah, Nov. 14 1864. In early life he was a farmer in this section. Later he became associated with the old Tobin clothing store here.

It was as the owner of a livery in Glasgow Street for some 20 years that Mr. Lynk was best known. His horses were among the best procurable and many residents of this area patronized the Lynk livery.

With the advent of automobiles Mr. Lynk kept pace with the times and replaced his horses and hacks with motorizes apparatus. A son Irving Lynk was in business with him and will continue it.

Mr. Lynk leaves his wife Stella Lynk and two sons Irving and Elmer Lynk of Clyde. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2:20, Rev. R.F. Smithson officiating. Burial was in Rose Cemetery.

LYNK Feb 06.1947
Elmer Lynk age 61 years died suddenly of a heart attack while sitting in hischair at his home 19 Caroline Street, Clyde, Saturday afternoon about 1 o'clock. He had been in failing health for several months but had beenabout as usual Saturday until he was stricken.

Mr. Lynk was widely known as a horseman. He grew up in the livery business and operated a stable with his father George Lynk for many years here, when livery business was a thriving enterprise. He was a lover of horses and owned many fine animals in his day. After retiring from business he was associated with Albert Cullen on the town roads for 22 years. A few years ago he entered the employee of the Ballard Construction Co. of Syracuse as a foreman from which business he retired about a year ago due to injury. He was a member of the International Rod Carriers Union No.40 of Syracuse, also a member of the Echo club, a group of men who own a camp on the C.I. Syron farm on the Clyde river.

Mr. Lynk was born in the town of Butler but lived most of his life in Clyde. He is survived by his wife Ada Dickson Lynk and one brother Irving of Clyde.Funeral services were held at the Harold S. Mann Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. C.C. Comstock officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in the Rose Cemetery.

Soldier August Camp's obituary was submitted by his cousin, Allyn Hess Perry.

The obituary of Sidney E. Bliss of Clyde, N.Y. and Albion, MI was kindly submitted by researcher Charles W. Paige.

Obituary for Sidney E. Bliss, posted in The Albion (Michigan) Recorder, dated April 4, 1916:

[Son of Calvin Hall and Seraph (Bothwell) Bliss]

"Sidney E. Bliss was born at Clyde, New York, and died at his home, 107 West Elm street, Albion, Michigan, March 28, 1916. He was a son of Calvin H. Bliss and his wife Seraph Bothwell Bliss and was the great-grandson of Captain Samuel Bliss of Rehoboth, Mass., of Revolutionary fame. Capt. Bliss commanded a company of eight-day minutemen April 19-27, 1775, and afterwards (1775) acompany of eight-months men in Col. Timothy Walker's regiment and was Gen. Washington's steward at Morristown in the winter of 1777. Mr. Bliss was married January 10, 1861, to Helen M. Hubbard.

"In 1866 they came to Michigan, locating at Tekonsha, but the following year they moved to a farm three miles south of Albion, where he lived until 1884. In that year he moved to Albion, since which time he has made this city his home. He was by trade a carpenter, and worked at building more or less during the whole of his life.

"His home life was especially happy until the death of his wife, March 20, 1901. Six children were born to them, all of whom are living: Mrs. Mary S. Buckman, Hanover; Charles S. Bliss, Albion; Wm. H. Bliss, Kansas City, Kansas; Mrs. Susan E. Barnes, Duluth; Mrs. Etta M. Kendrick, Traverse City; Mrs. Nellie M. Barnes, Chicago. There are also eleven grandchildren.

"Since the death of his wife, his son Charles has lived in the family home on West Elm street, and he had made his home there, although he [Sidney] hadspent part of his time with his other children.

"He was converted in 1879 in a revival held in the Babcock schoolhouse by Rev. Uri Mason, and was baptized in the river which ran through his farm. He joined the M. E. Church in Albion at that time and has since been a regular attendant and faithful member.

"While he lived on the farm he not only attended the church in town but also took student preachers home with him for the service at the schoolhouse in the afternoon.

"He has been a man of clean personal habits, a devoted husband and father, a citizen who could always be counted on to throw his influence on the side of right, and a humble yet devoted Christian.

"Four of his eight brothers and sisters are left to mourn his departure. They are: John B. Bliss, Marshall; Mrs. Mary S. Williams, Tekonsha; Miss Carrie H. Bliss, Wolcott, N.Y.; and C. H. Bliss, Farmville, Va.

"The funeral service was conducted Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m., by the Methodist pastor, Rev. A. R. Johns, D. D., at the family home, and the body was laid to rest at Riverside cemetery."

The following Sodus obit was spotted and contributed by Co-coordinator Allyn Hess Perry.

W.C. SNYDER'S little boy Harry, aged five years, died with diptheria in Victor, and the remains were brought to Sodus on Monday for interment. Mrs. Snyder also lies in a critical condition with typhoid fever.

The following Gould family obits of Butler and nearby Cayuga County area interest were contributed by Milli Gould.

Savannah Times, Fri., Jan. 10, 1910
South Butler

Mr. Samuel Gould, one of the oldest inhabitants of this town, died at his home on the Slyburg road, Thursday, at the age of 93 years. He leaves a large family of children, five sons, Chester of Medina, Loren, Bradford, Charles and William of this place, and three daughters, Mrs. Simeon Smith, Mrs. Reuben Martin and Mrs. Mamie Phillips. The funeral was held Sunday. Interment at Butler Center.

Clyde Herald, Thursday, June 9, 1949

Loren Gould of Spring Lake, who was well known in Savannah, died Sunday, June 5, 1949, at the age of 69 years.

Surviving are a son, Lester of Spring Lake; a daughter, Mrs. Bessie Jacques of Rochester; three brothers, John of Port Byron, Winfred and Charles of Baldwinsville; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Kennedy of Rose Hill and Mrs Margaret Townsend of Auburn; and eleven grandchildren.

Services were held in the Mott Funeral Home in Cato with burial in the Spring Lake Cemetery.

The obituary of Emric Hill was donated by Sally Williams. Sally's commentary about the usefulness of obits published elsewhere is an excellent research tip. Thank you very much for taking the time to share this.

"The following obituary is in our family records. The paper is very tattered and torn and thus some words are missing. I don't know the paper in which it was published but it would most likely be a local paper in Coloma, Michigan. Mr. Hill was born in Wayne County but spent most of his life in Berrien County, Michigan so I don't know if you want to include it. I thought it might be useful since I am always searching for such information to assist me in knowing where a person moved in adult life. Sometimes the birth information can be located but where the person moved later in life is often a mystery."

Pioneer Merchant Gone;
E. A. Hill Passes Away
Had been in Business in Coloma for 34 Years

Funeral Services Held From Late Home on August 27th (1914)

Emric Adelbert Hill, son of Dr. and Mrs. L. D. Hill, was born April 5, 1852, at Williamson, New York, and died at Coloma, Michigan, Tuesday, August 25, 1914, at 3:30 a.m. Death was caused from a complication of diseases, his illness extending over a period of about a year, during which time several specialists were consulted, but they could do nothing to alleviate his suffering, which he bore very patiently.

When but a boy Mr. Hill came from New York with his parents and (missing words) Muskegon, Michigan where (missing words).

Later he came to Watervliet and was employed for a couple of years in Hiram Pierce's hardware store. In the year 1880, he came to Coloma and opened a hardware store and has been in business here almost constantly since that time.

At the age of twenty-seven years he was united in marriage to Fannie Jane Merrifield of Watervliet township, who survives him. For a year following the marriage the couple lived at Muskegon, then came to Coloma where they have resided since 1880. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hill. They are Lawrence D. Hill of San Antonio, Texas; W. Harry Hill of Coloma; Mrs. Bessie Benson of Coloma; and Mrs. Lina O'Donnell of Kansas City, Mo. All were present at the funeral with the exception of the eldest son, who was unable to reach home.

Funeral services were held from the late home of deceased, on Paw Paw Street, at 2 o'clock p.m. today (Thursday) August 27. The services at the residence were conducted by Rev. F. L. Blewfield, pastor of the M. E. church, and the exercises at the grave were conducted by Coloma Lodge No. 162, F. &anp; A. M. Interment in Coloma Cemetery. Out of respect for the popular merchant and highly respected citizen, every business house in Coloma was closed during the funeral hour. The pall bearers were Clarence N. Vinton, George W. Grant, Albert Jackson, Oren W. Woodward, William Grant and George Dedrick.

The story of the business experience of Mr. Hill in Coloma is a story of the progress and development of the town. When he came to Coloma and opened his store in 1880 the village had a population of approximately 250 people, and the business district was centered around the old Teeter hotel building on St. Joseph Street. Mr. Hill opened his store in the building which is now occupied as a residence by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leonard. A couple ofyears later, he moved his stock of goods to Paw Paw street on the site of the building now occupied by the Coloma Hardware Co. He was in business at that place for several years when he sold out to a man by the name of Spencer and out of business for a few months.

About the year 1886 he purchased the property on Paw Paw street between the railroad and Washington street, and was instrumental in having the business interests moved northward. He induced George W. Grant to build on this property and to make improvements north of the railroad. Mr. Hill himself opened a new store in a building where the Hill store is now located. In December of the year 1905, the entire corner was wiped out by fire. Mr. Hill succeeded in saving part of his stock and during the year 1906 conducted business in a building facing the railroad track, while he was rebuilding his store, which was completed that year.

Although he was handicapped by fire and other misfortunes, deceased showed that he was a thorough business man and was successful in building up a fine hardware and furniture (missing) and in amassing quite a share of this world's financial goods being the owner of considerable (missing) at the time of his death. He made it a practice not to allow any mail order or catalogue house to undersell him, as he bought much of his stock by the carload, and the name Hill was a familiar one with every family for a radius of many miles around Coloma.

Mr. Hill was identified with every interest that was for the good of the growth of the village and was one of the most progressive business men in Berrien county. He was a member of the Coloma Lodge of Masons and of the Maccabees. In politics, he was a staunch democrat, but was not one of those who used his political influence seeking office.

Sally Williams
Ames, Iowa

Obituaries of members of the Ferris Family.

The obituary of Elizabeth Clark Youngs was contributed by her great-great granddaughter, Suzanne Carpenter:

From Saranac Advertiser, Vol. 24, Issue 27, Sept. 27,1916 [Ionia Co.MI.] :

Elizabeth Clark Youngs

Elizabeth A. Clark was born in Wayne County New York May 27,1829 and died in Berlin twp. at the home of her son on the 22nd of September,1916.

She was united in marriage to George Youngs January 17,1847. He departed this life July 18,1890. There were 13 children born to this union of which 8 passed away in infancy. She leaves 5 children: Clark Youngs of Grand Rapids, Mrs. Mary Austin of Saranac, Eliza Monks of Lowell, Jane S. Philo of Saranac, W[m.]H. Youngs of Saranac, also 24 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great,great, grandchild.

She has been a resident of Berlin since 1858. After a long, busy and useful life, she died as she had lived-honored, trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived, in the hearts of all who knew her.

Funeral was held from the Saranac M.E. Church, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J.S. Valentine, pastor of the Methodist Church at Berlin Center, assisted by Rev. E. Woolley.

Note: Elizabeth was the daughter of Aaron Clark and ? Sutherville or ? Sutherland. She had two younger sisters, one of whom (Sarah) stayed in New York in the Geneva area and married a Howe. Mary married a Jones and moved to Illinois. A possible brother was Aaron Clark (Jr.?) who also moved to Ionia Co. MI about the same time as Elizabeth and her family. Her husband (George Youngs & 11 siblings) was from the town of Marion N.Y.

Suzanne Carpenter, of Michigan, submitter
This is my g.g.grandmother.

This group of obits and related material about the Stout and Drake Families was contributed by Bill Stout:

Taken from the Tri-State Alliance, Volume XV, Number 3, Pioneer, Ohio, of Friday, July 14, 1893.

Dr. William Drake Stout

Our "Old Pioneers" are rapidly passing away. Fifty years ago this was a wilderness that tried men, soul and body and it is fitting for their children and those who occupy the land in these latter days to cherish the memory of those pioneers.

Dr. W. D. Stout, the subject of this sketch was born in Lyons, Genesee County, N.Y., Dec. 25, 1811. He passed his youth in that still new region as most boys do. He commenced the study of medicine and spent some time in the Rochester University and was there at the time Sam Patch took his last leap; which he beheld.

He was married to Betsy Garrett in 1835, and on June 16, 1836 he landed at Toledo, which then contained one log house. Thus has the Dr. seen the growth of this country from its most helpless infancy. He bent his way westward on the Territorial road landing in Amboy, Michigan. He entered the piece of land west of the Baptist Church shortly afterward and put up a log house. The year after his uncle, Dea. Amos Drake came into the country and other settlers dotted the wilderness here and there. He moved to Cambria a short time and after living in this township for a couple of years, he moved to Bird Lake living near the southeast shore. Here the Indians had their permanent homes and the squaws tilled the soil. He was here when the government officers made the men drunk that they could remove them and their squaws and families into a more distant wilderness, driving them from their crops and homes like beasts and treating them far more brutally.

He moved back to Amboy and in October, 1847, his wife died. She was buried on the east bank of Silver Creek, southeast of the old red grist mill, but her grave is lost and will never be known till the last trumpet sounds. Three children are the fruits of this union. Mrs. Chloe Auble, now living in Bridgewater, Ralph, who died in the service during the "war for the union," and Mary, wife of J. M. McNitt of Wright Township, she having died some 7 years ago.

He married Miss Abby Simonds his second wife in 1848 and in the fall of 1858 his second wife died and was buried in the Bridgewater Cemetery. One child Marion, now residing in Kansas, was the result of this union. During all these years the Dr. not only traveled far and near to minister tidings and for the support of his family labored with his hands. His was an unselfish spirit and he would travel as far to minister to the poor as he would to the rich. His active life was not spent in the gathering of wealth but in doing good, and as one said, "if the Dr. had collected the bills due him for medical services, he would have been the richest man in the land." But this was not the leading idea of this unselfish man. He was too much of a pioneer for this and the wealth of this world had but little attraction to him. He was a practitioner of no mean ability, for he was possessed of a sound judgement. As a preacher he was not of that excitable nature that stirs up the emotions to the detriment of reason, but he was a plain, logical gospel teacher, a careful and continual student of the book of nature and the book of God were ever open before him, and he learned lessons therefrom that lifted him far above the average mind.

But we pass to notice the rest of his active life: He lived in Bridgewater on the Angola road where he preached and practiced medicine from 1851 to 1858, the death of his wife breading him up again.

He married Miss Lois Lickley in 1859, and commenced preaching and housekeeping near Lickley's Corners. Here he resided till the death of his wife in the summer of 1880. One daughter, now Mrs. Grubb of Amboy, was the only child of his last marriage. After his wife's death he made his home with his daughter Mrs. O. Auble, where he died July 3, 1893, aged 81 years, 6 mo's, and 8 days. His last days were cheered by the loving attention of his daughter and her kindly hands made much easier the rugged road to the grave. He was laid down to his long rest in the Bridgewater Union Cemetery on the 5th of July, and while his body crumbles to dust, may the sons and daughters of this generation and the generations to come rise and call his memory blessed.

"William Drake Stout seems to be the only one of his brothers and sisters who was born in Lyons. According to the data I have, his older siblings were born in Schenectady, New York, and his younger ones in Ovid, Seneca Co., NY. I have found his father's grave in Ovid. Here is that data: I received the following from Diane Nelson, CGRS, Town of Covert Historian and Lake View Cemetery Secretary.

John H. Stout died 28 Jun 1841 age 66-42 is buried at McNeil Cemetery, Town of Ovid. The cemetery is about 3 miles from Lake View Cemetery. It is sometimes called the Gospel Lot Cemetery as it is on the Gospel Lot (Military Lot reserved for the church and/or school when the lots were laid out in the 1790s.

There is a John Stout who appears in the census records in 1820 and after living in Wayne County, but he is actually the son of Amos Stout and Katherine Drake. Amos is a distant cousin of John H. Stout. I know that John H. Stout's wife Permelia's family lived in Wayne County, and they moved there around 1802 before John and Permelia came to that area of NY. My best guess is that they left the Schenectady area sometime after 1807 when Mary Drake Stout was born and went to Lyons where Permelia's parents lived. William Drake was born in 1811, and sometime after that they moved to Ovid. Miner T. Stout was born in Ovid in 1815."

"Here is a death record from Michigan for Amos DRAKE who lived in Wayne Co., NY from about 1802 until about 1837. Amos is mentioned as William Drake STOUT's uncle in the obit I sent. In fact it was this death record that gave me evidence of Permelia DRAKE's (Amos's sister) parents' name. William DRAKE's will is posted in the will section of's Wayne Co. message boards and it also mentions Amos Drake. The 1830 NY census is also included which shows AMOS living in Rose. "

Michigan Death Record: DRAKE, AMOS S.
Date of death: 9-Jun 1873
Ledger Page: 233
Record Number: 105
Place of Death: Amboy
County of Death: Hillsdale
Sex: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Age: 72 years 5 months 24 days
Birthplace: New Jersey
Occupation: Farmer
Father's Name: Drake, William
Father's Residence: New York
Mother's Name: Drake, Mary
Mother's Residence: Not recorded
Date of Record: 20-Jun 1874

1830 New York census index
Name State County Town Page Year
Drake, Amos S. NY WAYNE CO. ROSE 172 1830

"I have the following cemetery record from Chili, NY. Abraham is William Drake STOUT's brother, Rachel is his sister, and Permelia is his mother. Permelia is also listed in William DRAKE's will as Amelia, apparently his name for her."

Chili, New York

STOUT Abraham, son of John & Permelia; d March 2, 1869 @ 68y 3m 9d
Permelia, wife of John and mother of Mrs. T. BROKAW; d Aug. 26, 1855 @ 74y 3m 24d
BROKAW Rachel S., wife of Tunis; d Oct. 29, 1878 @ 73y 9m 9d
Tunis; father; d May 4, 1890 @ 90y 4m 5d

[Source of Chili Presbyterian Cemetery excerpt: Monroe County NYGenWeb Page - "The tombstones in this cemetery were copied in July 1985 by Mary T. Douglas of the Irondequoit Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They were copied again in 1935 by Mrs. Mary B. Wells and Frances M. Witmer of Leroy, NY. These two lists were combined and a visit was made to cemetery in Aug. 1991 by Richard T. Halsey and some corrections and additions were done at that time."]

William DRAKE left New Jersey in 1802. That is based on a church record showing him and his wife Mary being dismissed from the church in Hopewell, NJ in 1802. I don't know exactly how or when they got to Wayne Co. Their youngest child was apparently Amos, who was born in 1800. This is the church record:

From the book "The Town Records of Hopewell, New Jersey" published in 1931 by the Authority of the Board of Managers of the New Jersey Society of Colonial Dames of America.

The Record of the Old School Baptist Church: pages 125 - 174 Members, Baptisms, Dismissals, Deaths, page 175 - Marriages, page 176 - Excommunications

Page 156:
Nov 22, 1801
William Drake
Catherine Houghton
Nov 25, 1801
Mary Drake
Apr 18, 1802
Catharine Drake
Catherine Houghton dismissed
Mary Drake dismissed
William Drake dismissed

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