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Part 5

NEW 5/24/12   From The Monroe County Mail, Thursday, September 6, 1906, page 2, Fairport N.Y.

Death of C. L. Grandin

Late of Ontario Center

Ontario Center, Sept. 4- Carlton L. Grandin, aged sixty-eight years, died Monday afternoon, August 27th, the result of a stroke of apoplexy suffered a week before. He was the youngest of eight children of William and Phoebe Grandin. He was born in the town of Williamson, Dec. 4, 1837. The family moved to Walworth when he was about twelve years old. Jan. 8, 1867, he was married to Miss Helena A. Bailey of Walworth. In September, 1879, they moved to Ontario and engaged in the mercantile business. Their store was destroyed by fire in 1885, after which he built the store which he occupied at the time of his death. He is survived by a wife and one son, James, and two brothers, Fred of this place, and Edward H. of Walworth. The funeral services were held from the Congregational church, Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, Rev. Matthew H. Gaffney of Williamson, officiating. Interment at Furnaceville cemetery.

Union Hill, Sept. 3

Saturday morning occurred the death of Onita, infant daughter of Frank White and wife. The funeral will be held this afternoon.

NEW 5/24/12   From the Perry Herald, Perry, N.Y., Wednesday, October 20, 1926, page 4


Ellen M. Babbitt was born at Pultneyville, town of Williamson, January 26, 1842, and her entire life up to seven years ago was passed in that community. She was married to Frank J. Bramble there in 1870. Mr. Bramble passed away in 1908. Four children were born to them, three of whom survived, Mrs. Clarence Hamilton of Perry and twin daughters, Mrs. Peter Perduyn and Miss Della Bramble of Williamson.

About seven years ago Mrs. Bramble came to make her home here with Mrs. Hamilton, and was in very good health, until nearly three weeks before her death when she fell in her bedroom in the early morning, breaking her shoulder, the shock with her age caused her death which came as a sweet release to suffering, Saturday, October 9th.

The funeral service was held at the Hamilton home Monday afternoon, Rev. J. Wesley Searles officiating. The body was taken to Pultneyville Tuesday morning where a short service was held at the grave and burial was made by the husband.

Friends from out of town at the services were: Mrs. Myron Burt of Mt. Morris, Mrs. Ernest Christopher of Brooks Grove, Edward Smith and father, Mrs. Ray Smith of Le Roy.

NEW 5/24/12   From The Syracuse Journal, Wednesday, December 18, 1901


Sodus Farmer Lay for Hours in a Deep Sleep.


Physicians Did Their Best. But Mr. Plyter Was Beyond All Human Aid.

Special to The Journal.

Sodus, Dec. 18.- At an early hour yesterday morning Isaac C. Plyter, a prominent farmer, living west of Sodus, in the town of Williamson, passed away, after a deep sleep of many hours, from which the physicians were unable to awaken him. He was taken ill Sunday, but would not allow a physician to be called.

He fell asleep and when his wife was unable to awaken him after several hours she became frightened and sent for Coroner Carr, who said Mr. Plyter would live only a short time.

Dr. J. F. Myers of this village was summoned and agreed with Dr. Carr.

Mr. Plyter lived until yesterday. He was a lifelong resident of the town of Williamson, and is survived by a wife, a son, Arthur; a sister, Mrs. Verdine, who resides in the state of Michigan and three brothers, Abraham and Isaac of Williamson and John of Walworth.

NEW 5/24/12   From The Post Standard, unknown date in September, 1912

Drowning Victim Buried To-day.

Lyons, Sept. 10 - The funeral of John Ross, 19, who was drowned in the Clyde river here on Sunday, will be held tomorrow afternoon at Fred Boeheim's undertaking rooms in Water street. Rev. Dr. L. A. Ostrander of the Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be made in Rural Cemetery. The young man came to this country from Scotland and had no relatives in the United States.

NEW 5/24/12   From The Palmyra Journal, Wednesday, October 28, 1896


Joseph Gaxley, of this place died suddenly Monday noon. Mr. Gaxley was a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of the town of Williamson. For many years he was proprietor of the Pultneyville hotel. He was noted for his conscientious sterling honesty, and for his resemblance in looks and action to the famous Denman Thompson, in his play "The Old Homestead." Mr. Gaxley leaves a wife, one son, Byron Gaxley of this place; a daughter, Mrs. Bumpus, of Albion, and a daughter, Mrs. Fisk of Bay City, Mich. In politics Mr. Gaxley was a staunch Democrat and prominent in the party in this town.

NEW 5/24/12   From The Palmyra Journal, unknown date February 1898

Philaster Miller, the oldest male inhabitant of the town of Williamson, died at his residence three miles south-east of Pultneyville, Thursday of old age, aged 95 years.

Centenary Cemetery
Town of Sodus
Philaster, Feb 10,1898 94y 9m 19d
Sarah, wife of Philaster, Aug 9, 1891 89y 3m 9d

The remains of Mrs. Hattie Lodge Blanchard arrived here Monday from Arlington, N.J., for burial. Deceased was a cousin of Mrs. John Hibbard. Her death occurred on Thursday, Feb. 10th, from pneumonia, aged 46 years.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Blanchard, Harriet J., dau. of Benj. LODGE, Feb. 9, 1898, 46y

NEW 5/24/12   From The Lyons Republican, Friday, July 25, 1919, page 6

Word has been received at Red Creek of the sudden death of Rev. J. E. Showers, of Williamstown. Rev. Mr. Showers was pastor in Red Creek twenty-seven years ago.

NEW 5/24/12   From The Palmyra Courier, Friday Morning, May 23, 1890

From Lincoln.

At nine a.m. Sunday, Mr. Harrington Warren passed from the scene of his earthly activeness. Last winter Mr. Warren suffered severely from LaGrippe and it is thought that he never fully recovered, but that it ultimately caused his death. A wife, two sons and three daughters remain to mourn for him. Funeral from his late residence tomorrow at one p.m. Rev. G. B. Hopkins will officiate. Many hearts beat in sympathy with the stricken family. Although we know that human sympathy cannot heal the wound, yet it may alleviate the suffering. The strength to bear the pain comes only from the "great Father of light," who regards us with a tenderness of a "father who pitieth his children."

West Walworth Cemetery
Harrington, d. May 18, 1890, 72 yr.
Rosannah, wife, d. Oct. 26, 1890, 62 yr.

NEW 5/24/12   From the Wayne County Alliance, Wednesday, August 9, 1899, Sodus NY

Mrs. John Bain went to Rochester on Tuesday of last week to take treatment, as she had been ill for some time, and make a visit at W. D. Moody's, on North St. On Thursday she was taken worse and continued to fail until she died that afternoon. Her remains were brought to Sodus on Friday, and the funeral was held on Sunday.

Sodus Center.

In the death of Julius Cyrus Smith, which occurred Wednesday, Aug. 2, our town loses a good citizen and an honest man. True to his friends and generous to all others, and firm in his convictions of right as he saw it, he was ever ready to maintain and defend it. He was born in Sandy Creek, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1827, and resided there until his removal to Rose, in this County, in 1858. He was a resident of Rose until 1885, when he purchased the farm just West of this village, where he has since resided. The obsequies were attended from his late residence Saturday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Bennett officiating. Interment was made in the family plot in the Rose Cemetery. He is survived by a widow, two sons and three daughters, a brother, Martin, all of this town, and two brothers residing in Oswego Co.


Constantine DeBoofer, whose serious illness mention was made last week, died at his late home Tuesday, Aug. 1, aged 76 years. Mr. Deboofer was a native of Holland and came here when a young man, where the greater part of his life was spent. Five sons and three daughters survive; his wife preceded him about four years ago. The funeral was held Thursday, Rev. Henry Troop officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. A. J. Barber, Miss Percy, and Frank Percy. The remains were interred in our Rural Cemetery by the side of his wife.

Joy Cemetery
Town of Sodus
DEBOOFER, Constant, 1824 - 1898
DEBOOFER, Josephine, wife, 1834 - 1896


Saturday night a telegram was received stating that Mrs. Lelia Emeline Bennett, who for several weeks had been visiting in Syracuse, was dead. A little later came another message to her husband, J. Warner Bennett, requesting him to come. Sunday morning Mr. Bennett accompanied by undertaker J. C. Berzine went to Syracuse via Rochester. Information received Sunday night indicates that Mrs. Bennett committed suicide while despondent, by taking cyanide of potassium. The remains were brought here Tuesday afternoon on the 2:40 train and interred in Lakeview Cemetery at Pultneyville. The entire community is shocked and saddened by Mrs. Bennett's rash act. She was about 49 years of age, and besides her husband an adopted daughter, Miss Gertrude Bennett, three sisters, Mrs. John Fewster of Ontario; Mrs. Mary Newell and Mrs. D. D. Warne, of Syracuse; and one brother, survive her.

Vital Records From the 1875 NYS Census, Town of Ontario
Warner BENNETT, 21, single and Lelia BROWN, 24, single
Mar. 16 in Ontario by a Bapt. clergyman

NEW 4/6/12   From the Clyde Herald, Wednesday, November 10, 1915, page 7


Charles F. Britton, for thirty years a resident of this village, died of pneumonia at his home on Glasgow Street at nine o'clock last Thursday forenoon.

Deceased was born in Buffalo, February 17th, 1845. He married Miss Sadie Jewell of this village August 26, 1885. Mr. Britton was a veteran of the Civil War and belonged to the 8th New York Cavalry, Company D. He was a member of Snedaker Post G. A.R., and of the local Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges. He is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Marietta Collier and Mrs. Carrie Graham, of New York City; three brothers, Andrew J. Britton and Wells Britton, of Green Bay, Wis. and Henry Britton, of Buffalo.

Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock and at the Baptist Church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. One hundred Odd Fellows, including the North Rose and Galen Cantons escorted the remains and conducted ritualistic exercises at the cemetery. Rev. Warren J. Johnson preached the funeral sermon, paying a splendid tribute to deceased, emphasizing the fact that Brother Britton was loyal in his fraternal and civic relations and had led a life, though humble, yet one of cheerful service to his fellow man.

The large attendance of members of the fraternal orders of which deceased was a member and of the members of the G. A. R. was perhaps the largest event seen in Clyde and showed the high esteem cherished for the deceased by those who knew him best.

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were the following: Miss R. B. Jewell, Niagara Falls; Eber Jewell and son, Frank, of Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Daniels, Marsh Daniels and Mrs. Myers and son, of Newark; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Soper of Sodus; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Winchell and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wicks of North Rose.

Maple Grove Cemetery
BRITTON Chase F. 1845 - 1915 Co. M 8 NY Cav.
BRITTON Satie M. 1858 - 1936

1910 Galen census - Charles and "Salie" Britton.

NEW 4/6/12   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, January 3, 1903, page 4


Death of Well-known and Esteemed Resident of Newark from Pneumonia.

Mrs. Esther Smith Miller died at 8:30 yesterday morning at her residence, No. 5 High street, Newark, aged 64 years. She was taken ill with pneumonia the previous Monday.

Deceased was a daughter of the late Daniel and Deborah Smith and was born on the old Smith farm south of Newark village. She married the Hon. James. H. Miller, member of Assembly, and for several terms supervisor of the town of Arcadia, 39 years ago. Mr. Miller died ten years ago. She was a lifelong resident of the town and had lived in the house where she died twenty-two years. She had been an uncomplaining invalid from rheumatism for fourteen years. She was an attendant at the Methodist Episcopal Church and its pastor, Rev. H. C. Moyer, will conduct the funeral services.

Mrs. Paulina A. Hegeman.

The death of Mrs. Paulina A. Hegeman, aged 73 years, occurred suddenly yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marshall Filkins, south of Newark. Deceased was a lifelong resident of the town of Arcadia, and was held in the highest esteem by a large circle of acquaintances. She was the widow of the late Remington Hegeman, a well-known teacher in the Newark school fifteen years ago. Besides the daughter mentioned she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Charles Sweezy, of Adrian, Mich., and Mrs. Chester Burleigh, of Newark, together with one son, John Hegeman, of Syracuse.

1848 Marriages of Arcadia
May 3
Rem. J. Hegeman, Arcadia, age 28
Paulina Richards, Arcadia, age 18

Benjamin Slocum.

To-day at his old home in Ontario will occur the funeral of the late Benjamin Slocum. Mr. Slocum was born in Perinton about eighty-five years ago. In early manhood he married Miss Katherine Pritchard, of Palmyra, who died about eighteen years ago. To them nine children were born, eight of whom survive: William L., of Sodus; Smith E., of Ontario; Reuben D., of Auburn; Daniel P., of Ontario; Edward J., of Palmyra; Mrs. W. E. Burlingham, of Niagara Falls; Mrs. C. F. Hall, of Walworth; Mrs. J. H. Nauss, Oneida.

Palmyra Cemetery
Slocum, Benjamin - Dec. 29, 1902 82y 10m 7d
Slocum, Catherine P. - Jan. 24, 1885 57y 10m 14d

Mrs. Anna Button.

Mrs. Anna Matilda Button, daughter of John T. Carlman and wife of George Button, who lives near Alton, died New Year's Day, aged 29 years, after being ill several days. The deceased was born in Sodus, and was greatly respected. Those who survive are a husband, three small children, her father and a sister, Mrs. Frederick Phillips, of East Syracuse.

Death of Mrs. J. G. Pitts.

The death of Mrs. J. G. Pitts, one of the best known residents of Newark, and wife of J. G. Pitts, a retired business man, occurred at the Pitts homestead, No. 3/8(?) West Miller street, at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Deceased was age 68 years. She had been ill for a few days.

NEW 4/6/12   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Monday, October 27, 1902, page 4


Death of Mrs. William DeGelleke, Sr., at Sodus Saturday.

Mrs. William DeGelleke, Sr., died Saturday af ternoon at Sodus after a long illness, aged 69 years. The de ceased was born ion Holland, coming to this county and locating at Sodus when about thirty years of age, shortly afterwards marrying Mr. DeGelleke. She was an active member of the Sodus Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a husband and nine children, William DeGelleke, Jr., of Sodus; Mrs. John Mullie, of Sodus; James DeGelleke, of Sodus; John DeGelleke, of Muskegon, Mich.; Miss Cornelia DeGelleke, of Rochester; Mrs. Byron Hopkins, of Sodus; George DeGelleke, of Sodus; Frank DeGelleke, of Buffalo, and Miss Grace DeGelleke, of Sodus.

1902 Deaths from Register at Norton Funeral Home
DeGelleke, Mary Cornelia Swayne 10/25/1902

Sodus Rural Cemetery
DeGELLEKE Father 1830-1915
DeGELLEKE Mother 1833-1902
DeGELLEKE Grace 1873-1925
DeGELLEKE James 1860-1914

Mrs. Abigail Taylor, wife of Charles C. Taylor, of Lyons, died at her home on Canal street Saturday. Mrs. Taylor was born in Savannah forty-three years ago and resided there until a few years ago, when with her husband she moved to Lyons.

John G. Miller, of Lyons, died at the home of his father, Jacob B. Miller, in that village, Saturday evening. Deceased was 29 years of age and a well known and prominent young man. He was a cigar-maker by trade and up to a few months ago was employed as foreman in the cigar factory of George Marsolf.

Lyons Rural Cemetery
MILLER Jacob 1848-1923
MILLER Barbara wife 1849-1931
MILLER Frederick 1879-1893
MILLER John G. 1873-1902

NEW 4/6/12   From the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Volume 164, Issue 1, page 104, 1911

Dr. Darwin Colvin, a prominent physician and surgeon of Wayne County. N. Y., who was graduated at Geneva In 1844, died at his home in Clyde on Jan. 8, in the eighty-ninth year of his age. He was at one time the president of the New York State Medical Association, of which he was one of the founders.

Dr. John P. Gilbert, of Lyons, N. Y., died on Jan. 8. He was born at Lyons In 1828 and was graduated from the New York University Medical College in 1856. He was at one time in charge of the Albany Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Lyons Rural Cemetery
GILBERT John P., Dec. 27, 1829 - Jan. 7, 1911
GILBERT Mary E. TYLER, wife of John P., July 2, 1835 - Nov. 2, 1882
GILBERT E. Joanna, dau J.P. & M.E., Dec. 24, 1867- Sep. 2, 1868

NEW 4/6/12   From the Friends Intelligencer, Volume 47, Fifth Month 17, 1890, page 312

THORN.- At her home, near Marengo, New York, on Third month 29th, Rebecca P. Thorn, after a very short illness.

From Young Friends' Review: Her husband, Isaac Thorn, died in the year 1862. She was born in Bucks county, Pa, on the 28th of First month, 1821, and, at the time of her death, was one of the oldest residents of her neighborhood, having lived for 48 years at her late home, in the Town of Galen, Wayne county, New York. She was a highly respected and most exemplary woman, a member of the Society of Friends, having united with them shortly after her marriage, her husband being already a member. She leaves seven children. Her two sons, Joel and Jasper Thorn, live on farms near the homestead. The daughters are: Elizabeth W. Bonnell, of Waterloo, N. Y.; Emily Shotwell, of Swartz Creek, Mich.; Beulah Porter, of Galen; Rose Clark, widow of the late Henry Clark, of Petoskey. Mich.; and Sarah Thorn, of Marengo, N Y. The two last mentioned lived with their mother. J. M. D.

NEW 4/6/12   From the Medical Record, Volume 43, page 372. Edited by George Frederick Shrady & Thomas Lathrop Stedman. 1893.


The sudden death, on March 18th, by pneumonia, of Dr. Laurence Johnson, of this city, is an event of unusual sadness, and one which will be keenly felt by a wide circle of friends. Few men were better known or more heartily esteemed. Dr. Johnson was a general practitioner of the highest and best type; he was identified with every effort made to advance the medical art and promote the interest of the physician. He had a large and lucrative practice, and was unhappily cut off while in the midst of the enjoyment of the fruits of his long activity.)

Dr. Johnson was born at South Butler, Wayne County, N. Y., June 7, 1845. In December, 1863, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Ninth New York Heavy Artillery. On October 7th he was appointed First Lieutenant, and attached to the Eighth United States Colored Artillery at Paducah, Ky. He was discharged from service in May, 1865, and began the study of medicine, receiving his degree from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1868.

After service as an interne (sic) in Bellevue Hospital he commenced to practise (sic) in New York. He held a number of positions of honor, among them those of Visiting Physician to the Society for the Relief of Ruptured and Crippled, and the Randall's Island Hospital; attending Physician to the Northwestern and Demilt Dispensaries, Lecturer on Medical Botany and Clinical Medicine in the University of the City of New York, President of the County Medical Society, Librarian, and, later, Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine; member of the Academy of Sciences, the Torrey Botanical Club, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and the Grand Army of the Republic.

Works by him upon medical formulas and medical botany were recently published. In 1881 he received the honorary degree of A.M. from Wesleyan University.

He married a Miss Roe, of Fulton, N. Y., who, with a daughter and son, survives him.

NEW 4/6/12   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, April 15, 1916, page 11

Mrs. I. R. Seelye.

North Rose, April 14.- The death of Mrs. I. R. Seelye occurred yesterday afternoon in her home in this village. Her maiden name was Sarah Williams and she came here from Marion. She leaves her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Joseph McDonald, of New York city. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock on Monday from the home.

Evergreen Cemetery, Town of Huron
SEELYE, I.R., 1845 - 1927
SEELYE, Sarah J., wife, 1843 - 1916

NEW 4/6/12   From the Clyde Herald, Wednesday, November 10, 1915, page 7


William Hungerford, a veteran of the Civil war, died at his home on the South Side of the village last Thursday. He was born in Fulton in 1842, but had spent the greater part of his life in Clyde.

He enlisted in Oswego, when 21 years old, in the 76th New York Infantry. In January 1865, he was transferred to the 147th Regiment and was discharged June 5, 1865. He leaves a wife.

Funeral services were held at Collier's Undertaking rooms at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. F. B. Dovall officiating.

More information about the Hungerford couple.

Also, from The Daily News, Batavia, NY, Saturday Evening, November 6, 1915, page 3
William Hungerford, aged 73, a Civil War veteran, died yesterday in Clyde.

Maple Grove Cemetery
Town of Galen
HUNGERFORD Wm. H., 1842 - 1915, Co. C. & H. 76th & 147th NY Inf.

NEW 4/6/12   From The Daily News, Batavia, NY, Saturday Evening, November 6, 1915, page 3

W. Hudson Langdon, a prominent resident of Palmyra, died on Thursday night at the Lee hospital in Rochester.

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Langdon, Wm. Hudson, son of Alonzo & Mary, Nov. 5, 1915, 49y 3m 7d

NEW 4/6/12   From The New England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal, Volume 7, 1853. Page 372.


Adams, James Bemis, M. D., of yellow fever at Curacao, West Indies, 16 Jan, ae. 28; son of William Henry A., was born at Lyons, Wayne County, New York, 12 Jan., 1825; H.U. 1847; studied Medicine and received the degree of M. D. at the New York Medical School in 1851.

And, from Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Harvard University, 1890. Page 143.
Class of 1847. James Bemis Adams, A.M.; M.D. Coll. Phys. and Surg. (N.Y.) 1851. Died 1853.

Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, 1851-52 to 1862-63, printed by J. Wilson and Son, 1864. Page 22.
1847.- Dr. James Bemis Adams died of yellow fever at Curacao, West Indies, 16 January, 1853, aged 28. He was son of William Henry Adams, and was born at Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y., 12 January, 1825. He studied medicine, and received the degree of M.D. at the New-York Medical School in 1851.

The Lyons Republican, Friday, September 27, 1918, page 6

Edgar Dean, aged 62, a prominent resident of North Rose, died at the Lyons Hospital Sunday, where he underwent an operation for cancer the day before. He is survived by his widow, one son, Charles Dean and two grandchildren, all of North Rose.

The funeral of John Mullie, a prominent farmer of the vicinity of Sodus, was held from that place Tuesday. Mr. Mullie was 75 years old. Death followed a stroke of paralysis, which he suffered Saturday while drawing corn from his field. Mr. Mullie leaves no near relatives. His wife died some years ago.

The Lyons Republican, Friday, October 4, 1918, page 6

A telegram from Washington was received by Frederick McMillan of Sodus Point stating that his son, John, had died of pneumonia in France. He left Sodus March 5 with a draft contingent and was a member of Co. M, 305th Infantry. Those surviving are his parents and two brothers.

Pvt. Radolf Cataldi Died at Camp Dix

Private Radulf Cataldi, Co. 3, First Battalion, 153d Regiment, died at Camp Dix, Saturday, from pneumonia following Spanish influenza. The body was received in this village Tuesday, and Wednesday morning at 9:30 a military funeral was held from the late home in Geneva street followed by services at St. Michael's Church at 10 o'clock, Rev. John R. Fitzsimons officiating. A squad of Clyde State Guardsmen and members of the Maria Rapisaldi Lodge No. 639 of this village escorted the remains from the home to the church and then to the final resting place in Elmwood Cemetery. Private Cataldi would have been 24 years old Tuesday.

About three weeks ago this young soldier was home on a ten-day furlough and was then in the best of health and spirits. The fatal illness set in the week following his return to camp. Just a few days prior his company had been issued their overseas equipment. Private Cataldi left Lyons with a draft contingent May 26.

Surviving are the father and mother and two brothers living in Italy and one brother, Louis Cataldi of Geneva street.

Wayne County Journal, Thursday, January 17, 1929, page 5

Michael H. Murphy.

Michael H. Murphy died late Wednesday at Clifton Springs Sanitarium, after a short illness.

Mr. Murphy who came to Palmyra from Ireland when a small boy, has lived here ever since, being a prominent dairyman of this section.

He leaves his widow, Mary Fox Murphy; two sisters, Mrs. E. J. Sanders of Palmyra and Mrs. Fred P. Russell of New York City.

The funeral will be held Saturday from the home of Edward Bowe on Vienna street and from St. Anne's church at nine o'clock with burial in St. Anne's cemetery.

From the Washington Times, August 7, 1908, page 8 (Washington, D.C.)


Lyons, N.Y., Aug. 7.- A man apparently thirty-two years old was struck by a Central passenger train and killed this morning. He had a plumber's union card, issued to Charles Langwasser, by Local Union, No. 24, of Newark, N.Y.

From The Lyons Republican, March 4, 1927


BODINE - At Lyons, Thursday, March 3, Mrs. Mary A. Bodine, aged 95/98(?) years.

GUENTHNER - At Huron, Friday February 25, Mary Guenthner, aged 52 years.

WORDEN - At Rochester, Tuesday, February 22, Mrs. Elizabeth Harris Worden, of Sodus.

From The Evening Times, May 28, 1900, page 3 (Washington, D. C.)


Cobus Got Caught on a Railroad Bridge at Night.

SODUS, N. Y., May 28._ Returning from Rochester, Thomas Cobus, who lives in Ontario Centre, got off the train at a depot four miles this side of his home by mistake. He started to talk along the rail road tracks to his home. While crossing a small trestle over a stream he caught his foot in the woodwork and was unable to free himself.

He worked his body down between the heavy planks, but stuck there tightly with his head above the railroad ties. A heavy fast train came down the grade, and, although the engineer saw the man, it was too late to stop the train. Cobus' head was cut clean from his body, and death was instantaneous.

From The Fairport Herald, June 7, 1911, page 2 (Monroe County, NY)


William M. Butler

William M. Butler, for almost a lifetime a resident of Wayne county and for the past several years residing on his farm at Lincoln, died Thursday at the home of his son, George D. Butler, in Rochester, at the age of 90 years. Since selling the farm, Mr. Butler has resided with his son, and Mrs. Butler with their daughter, Mrs. E. L. Hodskin, in Fairport. The funeral was held Saturday and interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Mrs. Butler, who is the same age as her husband, is very feeble, and her death may be expected at any time. Besides the son and daughter above mentioned there is one other daughter, Mrs. Emma L. Hamm of Caledonia, Ontario.

From The Lyons Republican, August 8, 1913

George H. Gansz, Jr.

The sad death of George H. Gansz, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Gansz of Lock Berlin, occurred Monday night, following an illness of about four weeks with diabetes. Deceased was born in Lock Berlin on October 1, 1897. Surviving besides the parents are a brother and sister.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 from the house and 2:30 from the Broad Street Lutheran Church. Rev. Albert Heyd officiating. The bearers were six young friends of the deceased and members of the same Sunday school class.

The Clyde Times, December 17, 1908


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

Saturday morning, November 28th(?), Mr. Andrews rose as usual and ate his breakfast. A short time afterwards he was found to be acting queerly and, upon examination, it was discovered that he had suffered a stroke of paralysis and that one side of his body was helpless. Since then it was generally known that he was in a very serious condition, and the chances of recovery were slight.

Mr. Andrews was born in Sydenham, Kent, England, April 15, 1829. He came to American in 1856, locating in Galen where he had ever since resided. He was married twice, his first wife, Mary A. Stephens, dying in London, England, in 1867, while on a visit to friends there with her daughter.

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

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

From the Lake Shore News, April 10, 1913


Her Funeral Will be Held in Wolcott at 1 P. M. To-Day.

Mrs. Electa J. Lytle, of Newark, formerly of Wolcott, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dwight F. Johnson, at 11:20 o'clock Monday night, aged 62 years.

She had been seriously ill for some weeks, at the last being stricken with paralysis of the throat, followed by extreme weakness and heart failure.

She left two children, Mrs. Mabel Johnson, of Newark, and Charles Lytle, of Columbus, Ohio.

The body arrived in Wolcott last night. The funeral will be held at 1 p. m. to-day from the home of her brother-in-law, W. W. Lytle.

The body will be placed in the vault at Leavenworth cemetery and later will be taken to Westbury for burial beside her husband, who died twenty years ago.


Passed Away Thursday Night of Valvular Heart Disease.

William J. Phillips, of East Port Bay street, Wolcott township, died last Thursday night at 9:45 o'cloc, of valvular heart disease.

He had been troubled for some years with his heart, but had been about until about three weeks before his death.

He was 70 years old on the 19th of JUne last. He left a widow and two children, Fred Phillips, of Utica, and Mrs. Robert Stanley, of Rice's mill, Huron.

Mr. Phillips was in business in Wolcott for many years, having started as a dry goods clerk with M. E.(?) Cornwell. Later he was in company with E. J. Cornwell in the drug and grocery business and under the Cleveland administration he was postmaster of Wolcott.

The funeral was held on Monday at 2 p. m., the interment being in Leavenworth cemetery.


Floral Tributes From Young Man's Friends Unusually Extensive.

The greatest sympathy has been expressed during the past week for Alfred C. Michel and family because of the death of their seventeen year old son Ray, following an operation for inflammation of the brain.

An hour or two before the young man's death the father fell on the floor, fainting from strain and exhaustion, and for several days following he was on the verge of nervous prostration.

The funeral was held from the home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. C. Clarence Baker, assisted by Rev. Dr. E. F. Albertson.

The floral tributes were unusually extensive as follows: Presbyterian Brotherhood, Easter lilies; Boys Scouts, Cala lilies; Campfire Girls, white roses; high school teachers, white roses; Mrs. E. H. Reed's Sunday school class, pink and white carnations; high school children, gates ajar, a beautiful piece; Christian Endeavor, casket bouquet of carnations; Macabees, wreath; Hook and Ladder company, wreath; Jones class, floral harp, be sides quantities of cut flowers from friends and families.

A large number went to Leavenworth cemetery, where the interment was made.

From the Lake Shore News, unknown date 1908


Phillip Lauster died at his home on Main street Thursday morning, of typhoid pneumonia. Deceased has been for the past two years in the employ of N. E. Smith, during which time he has made many friends. Funeral services were held from his late home Sunday morning. Interment was made at Lyons.

Lyons Rural Cemetery
LAUSTER, Philip, 1871-1908

Another obit, same page.

Last Thursday morning at 1 o'clock occurred the death of Philip Lauster at his home in Savannah. Mr. Lauster was taken ill a week ago Sunday with pneumonia. He was 36 years old and was born in the town of Lyons and for several years was engaged in business in that place. In Clyde he was engaged in the meat market business with a brother. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted, and was stationed in the Philippines for several months. Besides a wife and one child, he leaves a mother, six brothers, George, of Clyde; Henry, Gustave and Julius, of Lyons; Charles, of Cleveland, and Lewis of Sioux City, Ia., and three sisters, Mrs. Asbeck, Elizabeth and Lena, of Clyde.

Wayne County News.

The death of Mrs. Susan Jewell, widow of the late Alvah Jewell, occurred Saturday at her home, two miles west of North Rose. She was 82 years of age. She leaves one son, Henry, of Rose. A second son, Frank, was killed in the woods about a year ago.

Jewell, Susan, 1824 - 1908

From the Lake Shore News, Wolcott N.Y., September 1, 1921


Mrs. Elmer Phillips and Mrs. Joseph Moore were called to Rochester, Saturday, by the death of their brother-in-law, Albert Nobles, who passed away Friday. The funeral was held in Rochester, Sunday, the remains being interred in the Rose cemetery, Monday.


Floyd Ferris arrived in Clyde from Prescott, Ariz., on Monday with the remains of his wife, Grace Ferris. The funeral was held at the home of C. C. Ferris at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with interment in the Ferris family cemetery.

NOTE: see Pilgrim's Rest Photos for photo of her headstone

From The Newark Union, July 27, 1907

George H. West.

George H. West, of 7 Moore street, died Wednesday morning at 11:30, aged 67 years. He had been ill for three months of heart disease. He was born in this village in 1839 and had always lived here with the exception of one year, when he was 15, in Wisconsin. In his younger days he owned a farm near Port Gibson and had been retired for the last few years. He was an active member of the Methodist Church and had many friends among his large circle of acquaintances. His first wife was Miss Mary L. Lee, of this village, who died in 1892. His second wife was Miss Lizzie S. Yeo, of Clifton Springs. He is survived by his widow, two children, Charles and Dora West, of Newark; four grandchildren, Mary, Mabel, Ada and Ralph West, and by a brother, Lewis West of Pennsylvania.

The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the late residence, Rev. Dr. Copeland officiating.

Christian Lee.

The death of Christian Lee occurred at the home of his son, Jacob Lee, five miles southeast of Lyons, Monday night at 5 o'clock, after a short illness resulting from a shock. The deceased as 82 years of age and was born in Germany. He came to this country when a young man and had lived with his son for the past seventeen years, since the death of his wife. Mr. Lee was well known and was highly respected by all who were acquainted with him.

He is survived by two sons, Henry and Jacob Lee, of South Lyons, and Mrs. Herman Lay, of Newark. The funeral was held Wednesday at St. Michael's Church, Newark, Rev. Father Gominger, of Lyons, officiating. Interment was made in the Willow Avenue Cemetery.

James G. Blakeley.

News was received in Neark the fore part of the week of the death of James G. Blakeley at Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Blakeley died on or about July 10th. He was formerly a well known business man here, being a hardware merchant. His remains were cremated at the Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles.

Peter Ovenier/Ovenler(?), aged 14, of East Williamson, was struck by lightning Monday afternoon, July 22nd, and instantly killed.

Mrs. Catherine Niles, of Wolcott, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. George Lash, Saturday night, July 20th, afer a long illness, aged 82 years.

Levenus Buerman, aged 51 years of East Williamson, fell from a load of hay last week, receiving a broken neck. He regained consciousness, but died Saturday noon, July 20th. He is survived by a widow, two daughters, four sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held Monday at his home.

Emmons Brink, aged 71 years, died at his home in Wolcott Saturday night, from apoplexy. He is survived by his widow, one son, A. C. Brink; one sister, Mrs. Hiram Snyder, of North Wolcott, and two brothers, Arthur Brink, of North Wolcott, and Valentine Brink, of Watervliet, Mich.

News of the death of Dr. John Pitkin, Sr., of Buffalo, N.Y., was received Wednesday. Dr. Pitkin was a prominent resident of Palmyra and highly esteemed in this village.

Jonathan Roberts, aged 82 years, died at his home in Wolcott Wednesday morning. He is survived by one brother, William, with whom he resided.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, Newark, N.Y., unknown date in March 1890

Mrs. Harriett Dayton, who has been a resident here for many years, died last Tuesday, at the age of 85, and was buried Thursday from St. Mark's church, Rev. J. E. Goodhue officiating. She leaves several children, two of whom, David and John, live here.

East Newark Cemetery
Dayton, Hurriot (sic), 11 Mar 1890, 80 Yrs.

Mr. Geo. Weaver of Gloversville, accompanied by his little girl, came up last night to attend the funeral of his uncle, Jacob Weaver.

Newark Main Street Cemetery
Weaver, Jacob, Mar. 16, 1890 79 yrs.

Jas. Burnett, the Fairville tanner who has been ill for a long time, died Wednesday.

Fairville Cemetery, Town of Arcadia
BURNETT, James, Mar. 5, 1825 - Mar. 12, 1890

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, Newark, N.Y., unknown date 1888

News came to this place Saturday of the death of E. H. Fitch, at his home in Walworth. Mr. Fitch as well known and highly respected in East Newark, where he lived many years. His death was instantaneous, and probably the result of heart disease. His age was 73. Mr. Fitch was a member of the Methodist church of this village, and the remains were buried yesterday in the East Newark cemetery, Rev. Mr. Nichols conducting the service.

From The Record, Sodus N.Y. , unknown date in September 1907

South Butler.

Stephen Hardee (sic) died at his home about one mile north of this village Wednesday of last week, after an illness of several weeks of heart trouble. He was born in this place about 79 years ago, and had spent all of his life in this vicinity. Besides a wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. George Weeks, of Baldwinsville, a brother Michael, of this place, and one sister, who resides in the west. The funeral was held at the Disciple church Friday, Rev. F. H. Read officiating.

Butler-Savannah Cemetery
Stephen 1828 - 1907
Electa Edmonds 1837 - 1915
1870, listed as Hardee. In 1850, 1880 and 1900 census, listed as Harder.
Brother Michael always listed as Harder.

From The Record, Sodus, N.Y., September 27, 1907

North Rose and Vicinity

The death of Rev. Caleb Andrus occurred at the home of Rev. John Carpenter in Glenmark Sunday night. His age was about 80 years.

Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Wheeler attended the funeral of their aunt, Miss Prudence Drury, at Wolcott Sunday.

On Sunday morning occurred the death of North Rose's oldest resident, Mrs. Lois Jane Carrier, aged 93 years. Mrs. Carrier's maiden name was Bottom. Dr. Bottom, who practiced at Lyons and in this vicinity in its early days, was her brother. She was born in Conquest. Her husband was Amaziah Carrier, who has been dead thirty-five years. They had five children. Seward the eldest joined the 10th Cavalry and died at Baltimore in 1862. His mother reached there just in time to bid him good bye. Elbert E. who was a physician, died in 1859. Ellen Aldrich wife of George Aldrich of this village, died four years ago. Her only surviving child is Mrs. Burton Partridge of this village, with whom she made her home.

The funeral was held at the house of her son-in-law, George Aldrich, Wednesday afternoon, her own pastor, Rev. Jennie(?) Pitts, of the Wolcott M. P. church, officiating. Mrs. Carrier was an unusually pleasant and lovable old lady. She always had some interesting story to tell of her early days. She had enjoyed fair health and retained her faculties to a remarkable extent. During the past year she had been very feeble. It gave her great comfort to talk with the Lord in prayer and repeat Scripture, in which she was versed, and sing hymns. Death had for her no fear. She has gone to her reward gladly.

From The Record, Sodus, N.Y., unknown date 1905

Rose and Vicinity.

Mrs. David Lyman died at her home on Sodus street in this village Thursday night, September 14th, of apoplexy. She was 75 years of age. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Rev. F. I. Labrum, pastor of the Free Methodist church, officiating. Interment was made in the Rose cemetery.

The death of Mrs. Valorus Ellinwood occurred very suddenly Thursday morning of appoplexy (sic). She was stricken on Wednesday afternoon, and did not regain consciousness. She was 56 years of age. The deceased was a prominent member of the Baptist church. The funeral services were held at her late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Frank Himes officiating. Burial was made in the Rose cemetery. There survive her husband, three sons, H. Guy Ellinwood of North Rose, and Raymond and Benjamin of Rose, and three daughters, Mary, Ruth and Eunice of Rose.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Merrick of Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. William Holbrook of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. William Hickok of Buffalo, and Mr. and Mrs. Giles Winchell of Butler were in town Sunday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Valorus Ellinwood.

From the Lyons Republican, June 12, 1925

WEINMAN - At Newark, Wednesday, une 3, 1925. Frederick Weinman, aged 61 years.

BUMP - At Palmyra, Saturday, June 6, 1925. John H. Bump, aged 8_ years.

BAGGERLY - At Clyde, Monday, June 8, 1925. Peter Baggerly, aged 86 years.

ORBAKER - At Marion, Tuesday, June 9 ,1925. Josiah Orbaker, aged 50 years.

KING - At Clyde, Monday, June 8, 1925. Mrs. Jesse King, aged 6_ years.

From the Wayne County Journal (Palmyra NY), Thursday, March 3, 1927

News Items From Marion.

Friends here are sorry to learn that Mrs. Martha Dusenbury, an almost lifelong resident of this place, who is now living at the home of her son John Dusenbury, at Jamestown, is in a very serious condition as the result of a stroke of apoplexy. Mrs. Dusenbury will be eighty years of age this March.

The body of Mrs. Martha Dusenbury, widow of Myron Dusenbury who died at Jamestown, N. Y., at six o'clock Saturday morning, February 26, 1927, was brought to Marion, for burial on Monday afternoon.

Martha Martin was born in Lyons March 17, 1847 and her early life was passed in that place. At the close of the Civil War she went to live in the home of her brother John Martin at Fairville, N. Y. On October 23, 1867, she married Myron Dusenbury, a veteran of the Civil War. They lived for a time in the vicinity of Newark and fifty one years ago purchased the farm owned by them in the eastern part of the town which has always remained their home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dusenbury were active in Marion Christian church, Mrs. Dusenbury being a Sunday school teacher for many years. Their daughter Minnie was an invalid for ten years and Mrs. Dusenbury gave her faithful and loving care. Mr. Dusenbury died August 1, 1922 and their daughter on November 18, 1924. Mrs. Dusenbury continued to live in her home as long as possible but has spent the past year and a half at the home of her son John Dusenbury at Jamestown, N. Y. Fourteen days ago she suffered a severe stroke of apoplexy which resulted in her death. A service was held at the home in Jamestown on Sunday, Rev. Wilson a former pastor of Marion Christian church officiating. A second service was held in the Helen Green Memorial chapel in Marion cemetery at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon, which was conducted by Rev. S. _. McKinstry and was attended by old friends and neighbors. The bearers were William Corcoran, R.(?) C. Deyo, R. B. Skinner and George Vergowe, former neighbors. Burial was made at the family lot in Marion cemetery. She leaves besides her son John a grand-daughter Mrs. Eva Parkhurst and a great grandson Richard Parkhurst of Jamestown.

From The Savannah Times, January 27, 1911

The body of Thomas Rhoades, a former resident of Savannah, late of Syracuse, was brought here on Tuesday, and conveyed to South Butler and Savannah cemetery, where burial took place. Mr. Rhoades was 88 years of age, and was well known here.

A farmer named Foist, living in the town of Galen, was struck by a limited car, near Lock Berlin at 7.25 Wednesday night, and instantly killed, together with the team he was driving. He drove onto the track and not noticing the approach of the car, lost his life. The wagon in which he was riding, was reduced to kindling wood.

From the Clyde Herald, Wednesday, May 17, 1911


Mrs. Emma Fitzgerald, widow of James Fitzgerald, died last Saturday aged 72 years. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Cane and Mrs. Hallett O'Neil, of Savannah; Mrs. Jane Burt, of Clyde, and Mrs. James Hardy, of Despatch; and three sons, Howard, John and Fred Marriott, (children by a former husband) of Clyde.

Funeral services were held this morning at the home of Howard Marriott, and the remains were taken to South Butler for interment.

From the Clyde Times, December 17, 1908


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

Saturday morning, November 28th(?), Mr. Andrews rose as usual and ate his breakfast. A short time afterwards he was found to be acting queerly and, upon examination, it was discovered that he had suffered a stroke of paralysis and that one side of his body was helpless. Since then it was generally known that he was in a very serious condition, and the chances of recovery were slight.

Mr. Andrews was born in Sydenham, Kent, England, April 15, 1829. He came to American in 1856, locating in Galen where he had ever since resided. He was married twice, his first wife, Mary A. Stephens, dying in London, England, in 1867, while on a visit to friends there with her daughter.

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

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


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


Gladys E. Colgrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Colgrove, died at the home of her parents Wednesday afternoon, Dec. __ of acute valvular heart disease, at the age of fourteen years. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock on Friday afternoon, at St. John's Episcopal church, Rev. G. A. Sykes, of Lyons, officiating. Interment was made in Maple Grove Cemetery. Deceased was a bright ____ girl who was popular ____ (there is more but illegible)


We desire to express our sincerne thanks to all who so kindly assisted us during our recent bereavement. ALso to those who presented the beautiful floral contributions.

From the Clyde Herald, Unknown date in November 1922

Events of 25 Years Ago. [1897]

The death of James M. Streeter, one of our most prominent citizens, occurred at the home of his brother, S. D. Streeter, at 3 o'clock last Friday morning. He was 60 years of age and served in the Civil War. The remains were taken to his late home in Gloversville, where funeral services were held and interment made in that city.

Ward E. Compson

The death of Ward E. Compson, a former well known resident and business man of this village, occurred at his home, 12 Colton Ave., Newark, N. Y., after a protracted illness, early this forenoon, aged 53 years.

Deceased is survived by his wife, one son, Floyd N. Compson, of Rochester, and two daughters, Miss Elsie Compson, of Clyde, and Mrs. Gilmer R. Chase, of Newark, besides three brothers, David and Herbert, of Magee, and Hugh of Red Creek, and one sister, Mrs Carl Burtless, of Seneca Falls.

Funeral services will be held at the late home in Newark at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Burial will be made in Maple Grove cemetery in Clyde.

Byard Cooper

Byard Cooper, a resident of this village for many years, died of cerebral hemorrhage last week Thursday noon, Nov. 9th, aged 68 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Satuday afternoon, Rev. L. W. Farnsworth officiating, with burial in Maple Grove cemetery.

Mr. Cooper is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ella Burghdorf, of Albany, and two nieces, Mrs. R. J. DeVoe, of Rochester, and Mrs. Frank Vosburg, of Columbus, Ohio.

Separate article:
Mrs. A. J. DeVoe, of Rochester, a niece of Mr. Cooper, was in Clyde to attend the funeral last Saturday afternoon. [Note: initial is different than in above obituary.]

Separate article:
Mrs. Ella Burghdorf, of Albany, was in Clyde the latter part of last week on account of the death and burial of her brother, Bayard Cooper. [Note: brother's first name different than in above obituary.]

From the Clyde Democratic Herald, Jan. 4, 1911

Benedict Salesman died at his home on the south side last Thursday morning of cancer of the stomach, aged 70 years. Mr. Salesman was a veteran of the civil war and a member of the New York State Engineering Corps. He is survived by his wife and one son, George. Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. E. S. Bishop, officiating. The local G. A. R. post attended the services in a body.

John H. Tibbets, a relative of Charles Tibbetts, died at Fulton last week, aged 90 years. It was claimed for him that he was at the time of his death, the oldest Odd Fellow in the State. He joined Oswego lodge of Odd Fellows in 1845.

The death of Carl DeLong, eldest son of Mrs. Sylvia J. DeLong, occurred last Saturday morning, after a short illness of cerebral abcesses, aged 26(?) years. He is survived by his mother, a brother, Ross, and a sister, Mrs. John Blauvelt. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home of E. D. Thomas. Rev. J. C. Long officiating. Interment was made in the Huron cemetery.

From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, September 26, 1898, page 7

Mrs. Michael Lehn died in Lyons Sunday of typhoid fever, aged 24 years.

East Palmyra

Timothy Driscoll, living two miles north of our station, died on Tuesday, Sept. 20, after a week's illness, aged 76 years. He had been a faithful watchman at the town line R. R. crossing for a long term of years.

South Lyons

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hayn's was buried last Tuesday.


Mrs. John Stout died Monday morning at the home of her mother. Funeral to-day at 2 o'clock.

New 11/22/06   Martha Helen Whiting's obituary was kindly contributed by Peggy Ruth

Martha Helen Whiting

Martha Helen Whiting, relict of Thomas J. Whiting, died at the residence of her son, William H. Osborn, four miles south of Clyde, Friday, March 18, 1898, at the advanced age of 85 years. Funeral services were held at her late home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. G. W. Strutt of the Baptist church officiating.

Deceased was born at Beekman, Dutchess County, May 4, 1813. In 1832 she was united in marriage to George L. Osborn, three children being born to them, Dr. C. A. Osborn, G. L. Osborn of Owosso, Michigan and William H. Osborn of Clyde. In 1833 she removed with her family to Clyde and took up her residence of the farm whereon she died. Her husband, George L. Osborn, died September 10, 1846. In 1852 she was married to L. P. Russell of Tyre, Seneca County, and one child, John M. Russell of Flint, Michigan was born to them. Mr. Russell died in 1865 and in 1867 she was married to Thomas J. Whiting of Clyde. Mr. Whiting died in 1881 and for several year[s] there after she continued to reside in Clyde and then removed to the old homestead, owned by her son, William, and resided there until her death. For sixty years deceased had been a member of the Baptist Church. She was a lady of true Christian spirit, always ready and willing to aid in any cause for betterment of the needy and for the advancement of the interests of her church. Mrs. Whiting was one of the oldest residents of this village and she will be kindly and lovingly remember as a kind mother and sincere Christian woman.

The following group of obituaries and death notices were found in The Palmyra Courier, February 21, 1891:

Daniel Curtis of Huron, aged 77 years was lately found dead almost within sight of home leaning against a pile of rails. When leaving the house he informed his son that he was going to cut splints and that he need not worry about him if he did not return as he might conclude to stay with some of the neighbors. It is thought that being tired he sat down to rest and died of heart disease or was frozen to death. (p. 2)

F. Marion Johnson, a prominent and respected citizen of Savannah, died at his home in that town last Sunday. For more than seven years he had been confined to the house by a spinal disease, but through all this time he had successfully attended to the management of a large farm. He was a member of the Savannah Lodge F. and A. M. and was buried under the ceremonies of that order. The deceased was the brother of Mrs. John McGonigal of Lyons. (p. 2)

Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Johnson returned to Palmyra on Wednesday morning, bringing with them the remains of their son, Mr. Frederic A. Johnson, who died recently at Orange, California. They were seriously delayed in their journey across the continent by the recent floods in the Territory of Arizona. The funeral services were held at the Episcopal church yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. To the relatives and friends we extend our warmest sympathies. (p. 2)


Mrs. Anna Allen died on Sunday morning, Feb. 1, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma Holtom. She had lived to the advanced age of 86 years. Funeral services on Tuesday following at the Baptist church, at Ontario. where she had long been a member. (p. 2)


William Weaver, aged 23 years, died at his home on Monday morning, after an illness of about a week's duration. His disease was peritonitis. The deceased leaves a wife, parents, two brothers and three sisters to mourn his death. (p. 2)


The funeral of Mrs. Thomas Chapman occured last Saturday afternoon at the house of her daughter, Mrs. Reeves. (p. 2)

The following group of obituaries and death notices were found in The Palmyra Courier, July 4, 1890:

DIED. (p. 3)

CORNING- In Palmyra, June 29, 1890, Col. Joseph W. Corning, aged 77 years.

PHILIP- In Stamford, Ct., after a short illness, Jerry, only son of Mr. Thad. Philip, of Palmyra, aged 19 years. Funeral on Saturday afternoon at the house.


Col. Joseph W. Corning Passes Quietly to his Rest.

Colonel Joseph W. Corning died at his residence on Jackson street, this village, on Sunday morning last, after a painful illness of several months duration. The result was not unexpected, and all the members of his family were at his bedside when the end came.

Col. Joseph W. Corning was well known throughout Wayne county, and was every where esteemed as an upright honorable citizen, and the intelligence of his death will be received with universal regret. The deceased, who was born in Novia Scotia (sic) in 1813, came to Palmyra in 1847, after a residence of several years at Ontario, in this county. Soon after coming to Palmyra the gold fever in California broke out, and Colonel Corning was one of the very first who left Western New York for that then distant country, leaving home and family, like thousands of others, to seek his fortune in the gold mines beyond the Rockies. After an absence of nearly three years, during which time he suffered many hardships and privations, he returned to Palmyra and entered upon the study of law, which profession engaged his attention until 1860, when he was elected to the Assembly. Before the legislature adjourned in the Spring of 1861, Sumter had been fired upon and the rebellion inaugurated. Amid the great excitement which every where prevailed, Colonel Corning hurried home from Albany, and immediately began recruiting a volunteer company to march to the front. In less than two weeks this praiseworthy effort was accomplished, and one of the finest Companies ever raised in Wayne county, marched gallantly forth to aid the government in its hour of deadly peril, Captain Corning at its head. This Company was attached to the old 33d, and was in all the principal battles of the war. The heroic services of Captain Corning were speedily recognized, and he was soon promoted to the Lieutenant Colonelcy of the Regiment, and in some of the bloodiest battles in which the regiment was engaged, he was the acting Colonel, his superior being absent from the field. Several times his horse was shot from under him, but the Colonel bravely dashed ahead on foot, calling on his men to follow.

But it is not our purpose here to cite at length upon the military history of the deceased. His bravery and his great services during the rebellion are too well-known to need any particular mention from us. When the war closed, Colonel Corning returned to his home in this village, full of honors and admired and respected by every citizen. For several years he pursued a quiet, business life among us, and then he was appointed to a responsible position in the New York Custom House, which he held until the Cleveland administration came to power, when he was informed that his resignation was desired. The colonel and his family again returned to Palmyra, and several months ago, at the request of our citizens, he was appointed Postmaster here, but almost immediately after taking possession of his office he was taken ill with a complication of diseases, resulting in his death on Sunday last.

Colonel Corning was twice married and by his first wife two children survive him - John W. Corning and Mrs. W. E. Stiles of New York; also his second wife and four young children, who will have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.

The funeral obsequies were observed on Tuesday afternoon, and were of an imposing character. All places of business were closed and several buildings were draped in mourning. After brief services at the house, the remains were conveyed to the Presbyterian church, under escort of the Grand Army Post, and other organizations with which the deceased had been connected. The services at the church were very impressive, and the brief sermon, by Rev. Leonard Woods Richardson of Zion church, was listened to with close attention by the vast assemblage present. It was nearly 6 o'clock when the solemn services at the church were brought to a close. The Masonic fraternity then took charge of the remains, and to the music of m___ drums, the tramp of the old veterans, followed by Masons and citizens, the body of the gallant old hero was borne to its last resting place in our beautiful village cemetery.

The attendance of citizens from abroad was very large, and detachments from Grand Army Posts and from Masonic Lodges were present from most of the villages in the county and took part in the solemn obsequies. (p. 2)

Robert Franks, a long time resident of the town line between Walworth and Williamson, died yesterday morning, aged 83. He was very highly respected by all who knew him. (p. 2)

Jerry Philip, the only son of Mr. Thad. Philip, who resides just north of this village, died at Stamford, Ct., on Wednesday morning of this week, aged 19 years. The young man had been in poor health for several months, and a few weeks ago, accompanied by his mother, he went east to consult a distinguished specialist in regard to his case. At first there came encouraging reports, but latterly they became more gloomy, and on Wednesday the startling intelligence of the boy's death was received by Mr. Philip, who at once left for New York. The deceased was a recent graduate of our Union school, and was a young man greatly beloved by all who knew him. (p. 2)

Two ladies, Mrs. E. N. Wisner and Mrs. Jason E. Hammond, both wives of prominent Rochester business men, were drowned at Ontario Beach on Wednesday, while rowing on the lake with a gentleman friend. The bodies have not been recovered. (p. 3)

The following four obituaries were found in The Palmyra Courier, October 19, 1888:

Death of Former Residents of Palmyra.

The Detroit Tribune of October 3, contains the announcement of the death of Mr. C. B. Howell, a well-known lawyer of that city, and years ago a resident of East Palmyra. The deceased was born in Chautauqua county, this state, in 1840. He first went to Pontiac, Mich., where for a time he was connected with the leading newspaper there; afterwards he went to Detroit, where he engaged in the profession of law, gaining a high eminence. He leaves a widow and one daughter to mourn his loss. (p. 2)

Henry Franklin Winchester, a former resident of this village, and a brother of "Mace" Winchester, died at his home in Sandwich, Ill., on September 12. Mr. Winchester married his wife at Palmyra in 1847, and in 1854 he removed to Illinois. He was one of the most active business men in the village where he resided, and was greatly esteemed by all its citizens - the papers there devoting several columns to his memory. He leaves a wife and one son in affluent circumstances. (p. 2)

Death of Mrs. A. P. Crandall.

It becomes our duty to chronicle the death of another of our aged citizens, Mrs. A. P. Crandall at an advanced age. She and her husband were visiting relatives in New Hartford, near Utica, where she was stricken down with pneumonia, and after six days of suffering died. She came to this village with her husband the latter part of December, 1833, and have resided here since. Mrs. Crandall was a woman of a generous and sympathetic nature, and until seven years ago when her health failed, was active in good works and attention to the sick and distressed. It is sad to die away from home, but she was among her kindred where she had every attention that they and kind neighbors could render. Her husband and one daughter, Mrs. George Downing survive her. (p. 2)


CRANDALL.- In New Hartford, N. Y., of pneumonia, Anna P., wife of A. P. Crandall, of this village, aged 80 years and eighteen days. Her remains were brought to this place for interment. (page 3)

From Marion.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Knapp, have been recently bereaved in the death of their infant son. (p. 2)

John J. Nellis, of Bath, was administered chloroform a few days ago preparatory to a surgical operation, and died immediately after commencing to inhale it. (p. 2) [Note: a Steuben County, NY death notice, but posted as it'll probably help someone.]

The following group of death notices and three long obituaries were found in The Palmyra Courier, October 5, 1888:

DIED. (p. 3)

REED- In Manchester, September 28th, Mr. Orrin Reed, aged 84 years.

SMITH- In Canandaigua, September 30th of paralysis of the heart, William M. Smith, formerly of Palmyra, aged 45 years.

HARKNESS- In Williamson, October 1st, Mr. Roswell B. Harkness, aged 72 years.

TIFFANY- In Orange, Sunday evening, Sept. 16, 1888, of paralysis, Robert H. son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Tiffany, aged eight years and three days.

HUXLEY- In Palmyra October 1st, E. T. Huxly, (sic) aged 32 years.

FISHER- In Palmyra, September 30th, Mr. William Fisher, aged 66 years.

RILEY- In Palmyra, September 29th, James P. Riley, aged 15 years.

NICHOLS- In Farmington, September 29th, Mr. Edward H. Nichols, aged 61 years.

Obituary. (p. 3)

DIED.- In Lincoln, N.Y., September 5th, 1888, Mrs. E. O. Rogers, daughter of the late Capt. N. F. and Mrs. Lodema Strickland. Born in Geneseo, N.Y., 1849, converted in 1864, and baptized by Rev. H. Limbocker; united in marriage with Mr. Eugene O. Rogers, in 1868.

Her's was a life singularly beautiful. She was lively, social, a brilliant conversationalist; and above all, an humble Christian. The fell destroyer, consumption, had early marked her for his prey, and the last two years have been with her, a struggle for life; against hope. A natural leader, among her friends, yet, one who always lead where the prosperity of the church (she so much loved) would be promoted; and the cause of Christ most greatly prospered. With keen intuition and a remarkable adaptation in securing the happiness of others, her home was made like her life, bright with beauty; and her influence is "graven as with the pen of a ready writer" on the hearts of more than thirty members of her Bible class; and the entire circle of her acquaintance, who feel that a beacon light has been removed from the quicksands and shoals of life to that city celestial where they need no light for the "Lord God is the light there." The estimate in which she was held, was attested by the largest attendance of sympathizIng friends at her funeral services, that I have witnessed at a funeral, for many years. Her pastor, Rev. C. B. Hart, of the Free Baptist church, conducted the services, and preached a most consoling sermon from the 6th chapter, 2d verse, of Gospel. of St. John. The music was by a quartette, chosen by the deceased; as also were the bearers who were from her Bible class. The floral offerings were varied, and beautiful, among which was a pillow, by John and Elvira Stebbins; and an open Bible, by her Bible class; across the page of which, was most artistically wrought, in variegated flowers, "Teacher."

The sympathies of the entire community go out for the bereaved husband, and the widowed mother. Mrs. Rogers was the last remaining child, her brother having been killed at the battle of Gettysburg, while most heroically driving back the confederate hosts, on that ensanguined field. Dark as are the earthly shadows, that have fallen across the hearts and home, where such a loving life went out, the thought that cheered her was "we shall meet and greet again in the bright forever more" and the bereft ones look forward to the time.

"And when their souls in new robes shall smile and say,
Good morning dear, and has the time seemed long?
Her voice sweet as of old, shall make reply,
Not long for lo! I walked beside you all the way."

In her death the Courier has lost a correspondent and friend. Her Lincoln letters to the "Courier" over the signature of "Gleaner" were both sprightly, and replete with news.

W. E. G.


The Orange, (California) Tribune of September 22d, contains the announcement of the death of Robert H., son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Tiffany, former well-known residents of this village, but now residing at Orange, Cal. The Tribune, in referring to the death of this idolized son, says:

"Robert was a lad of unusual promise, precocious to such a degree as to arouse anxiety and solicitude in the minds of parents and friends, rather than pride in the abnormal development of his mental faculties. A constant reader and inquirer after knowledge, scorning all evasive answers, he desired a full and comprehensive explanation of such matters as interested and occupied his questioning mind. About four years ago he received a slight sunstroke, from which, after a few weeks illness, he recovered. The attack left its consequences in a tendency to headache and frequent pains at the base of the brain. His last sickness was followed after a few days confinement to the bed, by a paralysis of the right side, extending soon to the left, leaving him in a comatose condition, in which he passed away." (p. 2)

William M. Smith, a former well-known resident of this village, died at his home in Canandaigua, on Monday morning of this week. Mr. Smith will be remembered as the proprietor of the Main street bakery and was at one time President of our village. During the war he was a member of Co. B., 33d Regiment. He removed to Canandaigua several years ago, where he has since resided. His death was somewhat sudden, although he had been i poor health for the past six months. He was a prominent member of the Masonic order, and quite a number from the Palmyra lodge attended his funeral, at Canandaigua, on Wednesday. (p. 2)

New 10/26/06   The following obits all come from The Clyde Times, for April 26, 1888:

Lyons. (p. 2)

Undertaker Pickett has gone to New York to study embalming.

David Lake received a telegram on Wednesday of last week, from his daughter, Phoebe, who resides in Colorado, stating that her huband, Mr. Graham, had died suddenly, and that she was quite sick. Mr. Lake left for Colorado the next morning. (location not stated, p. 2)

DIED. (p. 3)

WARD.- In Newark, April 16, 1888, Mrs. Polly Ward, aged 85 years.

ELLENWOOD.- In Wolcott, April 17, 1888, Mrs. Caroline O. Ellenwood, aged 66 years.

FULLER.- In Arcadia, April 11, 1888, Mrs. Abbie Fuller, aged 81 years.

CASE.- In Sodus, April 11, 1888, James Case, aged 85 years.

BLAKER.- In Macedon Center, April 3, 1888, Elizabeth Blaker, aged 53 years. At the same place, April 4, 1888, Mrs. Maria Blaker, aged 92 years.

HANCE.- In Macedon, April 19, 1888, Thomas Hance, aged 105 years and 6 months.

Death of the Oldest Resident.

Thos. Hance, who died at his home in Macedon Centre, on Wednesday, April 18th, was the oldest resident of Wayne County, if not of the State, as he would have been 106 years old had he lived until the 10th of September next. He had been a resident of Macedon for the past seventy-five years. Mr. Hance was the father of seven children, and had a short time ago, forty-four living descendants. At the election last fall, he cast his seventy-eighth ballot in a State or general election. (p. 3)

Elsewhere on our site, but re-posted here for convenience:

From Ontario County Journal, 27 April 1888

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

The death of Dexter, the famous American trotter, occurred in New York on Saturday, at the age of 30 years. Dexter's best record was made at Buffalo, in August, 1867, when he trotted a mile in 2:17 1/4. He was then bought by Mr. Bonner, for $35,000. (p. 2)

The last letter written by Louisa M. Alcott, after speaking of the numberless demands, upon her, ended with the words: "Shall I ever find time to die?" Two days later her question was answered. (p. 4) [Note: Author Louisa May Alcott died March 6, 1888, possibly from mercury poisoning from a medicine being used to treat her for typhoid fever.]

New 10/26/06  Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for her generous donation of a large group of death notices from 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 25 January 1832

DIED, on the 11th inst., Miss Maria Louisa Howard, aged 15 years. On the 16th inst., Mrs. Mary Eddy, aged 32 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 15 February 1832

DIED, in Rose, Wayne co., Mr. John Closs, aged 38.

From Geneva Gazette, 16 May 1832

DIED, in Marion, Wayne Co., the 4th instant, in the 47th year of her age, Mrs. Pamelia Hall, wife of Mr. Amasa Hall, and mother of Mr. S. R. Hall, of this village. Her complaint was pulmonary consumption, under the influence of which she has long struggled, but which she bore with a patience equal to the greatness of her sufferings, and the inveteracy of her disease.

From Geneva Gazette, 30 May 1832

DIED, in Arcadia, Wayne County, on the 10th last, Cornish Dibble, aged 70 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 2 January 1833

Died in Sodus on the 21st ult., at the residence of her son, Col. Wm. P. Irvin, widow Margaret Lavin. Her friends and relatives are consoled in the belief that she was sustained in her last conflict by a well-grounded hope of glorious immortality through the merits of a blessed Redeemer.

From Geneva Gazette, 6 February 1833

Died in Lyons, on the 26th ult, Mr. James C. VanVoorhis, aged 40 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 24 April 1833

Died, at Sodus, on the 16th instant, of a painful and protracted illness, William N. Lummis, M. D., aged 58. In the death of Dr. L., his friends are called to lament the loss of one whose knowledge and talents were exerted in a wide sphere of active usefulness; whose virtues rendered him esteemed in all the relations of private life, and whose last hours, though hours of extreme bodily suffering, were cheered by the hopes and consolations of that holy faith which he had long professed.

From Geneva Gazette, 15 May 1833

Died, on the morning of the 13th instant, after a lingering pulmonary complaint, which she endured with Christian fortitude, Mrs. Joanna Ireland, aged 29 years, relict of the late James Ireland. Her remains were yesterday conveyed to the town of Williamson, Wayne co., to be interred with those of her husband and child.

From Geneva Gazette, 29 May 1833

Died in Palmyra, Mrs. Sally Thayer, aged 47. In Lyons, 19th inst., Elias Watson, aged 21.

From Geneva Gazette, 10 July 1833

Died in Lyons, the 28th ult., Mr. David Barrick; in Palmyra, 1st inst., M. John Hayward, 32.

From Ontario County Journal, 22 May 1891

Died, in Phelps, May 9th, Gustavus Mills, of Lyons, aged 74 years.

From Ontario County, Journal 3 July 1891

The oldest resident of Wayne county, Mrs. Susannah Southwick, aged 99 years, died at her home in the town of Butler, Tuesday morning. She had always resided in the town where she died.

From Shortsville Enterprise, 4 March 1915

Mrs. Aldrich Latting, of Hopewell, and Fred W. Knowles, of South Solon, Ohio, a former resident of Hopewell, mourn the death of their estimable mother, Mrs. Eber Knowles, which occurred at her home in Palmyra on Thursday last. Her age was 77 years. She leaves her husband and eight children. She was born at Elizabeth, N. J., on Nov. 4, 1837, and for many years she resided in Hopewell.

From Ontario County Chronicle, 1 January 1902

Elbert Jackway, an old and highly respected resident of Palmyra, died Christmas Day, aged 88 years. Deceased was born in Palmyra and had always resided there and he was known by nearly every one in the place.

From Ontario County, Chronicle 5 February 1902

Died in Halls Corners, Jan. 27, Edward Odell Burrell, of Galen, aged 48 years.

From Ontario County, Journal 11 March 1892

Died at her home in Marion, Wayne County on Saturday, March 5, 1892, Mrs. Lydia M. Norris, wife of Jacob Norris, aged 70 years.

An obituary pasted down in an 1890s Lyons NY scrapbook. Date of death not given, but Gertie was obviously an adult at time of passing and the date conflicts with the cemetery list.

Death of Miss Gertie Bashford.

The people of our village were startled on Tuesday to learn that Miss Gertie Bashford, only daughter of Mr. James Bashford and a young lady loved by a large circle of acquaintances, had passed away from our midst during the early hours of the morning. The information was the more startling from the fact that only the week before her death Miss Bashford had joined her Sunday-school in an excursion to Taughannock, and on that day had appeared in her usual excellent health and spirits. It seems, however, that even then she felt symptoms of illness, and returning home in the evening, took to her bed, never to rise from it. The deceased was an unusually intelligent, aimable (sic) and highly respected young lady, whose presence in her home, among her friends, in her church, and especially in the Sunday-school, will be most sadly missed. Uniting with the M. E. church in this village early in life, Miss Bashford has been a faithful attendant at all its meetings, prominent in its benevolent and charitable causes, and a leader in its Sunday-school. Her tastes were refined and cultivated; indeed, there were but few of her age could appreciate the beautiful in literature and art so keenly and so deeply as she. As an evidence of her excellent literary ability and facility of expression, it is said that at the recent M. E. Sunday-school convention in this village Miss Bashford's essay on Sunday-school work was among the best, if not the very best, read there, and was highly praised. Her illness, though short, was attended with much suffering, which she endured without a murmur; and in the confidence of a certain faith, and the comfort of a religious and holy hope, she went peacefully to the rest that remains to the people of God.

From the County Historian's list of interments in South Lyons Cemetery:

BASHFORD James, 1814-1901
Susan DORSEY, wife, Feb. 1825-1891
Edith Sophia, dau., 1855-1856
*** Susan Gertrude, dau., 1859-1862 [Note: The death date is in error.]
James D., 1861-1937
Jennie M. SCHAUB, wife, 1856-1939

Silas, 1818-1871
Juliet D., wife, 1827-1909
Willie, son, 1862-1864
William, 1785-1857
Phoebe, wife, 1791-1863
Anna, 1836-1865
Jannette, 1835-1867
Louise, 1829-1889

From the 1886-1887 Directory of Lyons, NY:
Bashford James, cider vinegar manufacturer, Water n Layton, h Water n Butternut
Bashford James D., recorder, h Water n Butternut

The database of the 1880 census of Lyons lists this household:

James Bashford, b. abt 1814
Susan Bashford, b. abt 1825, wife
Gertie Bashford, b. abt 1859, daughter
James Bashford, b. abt 1861, son

The database of the 1870 census of Lyons has:

James Bashford, b. abt 1814
Susan D Bashford, b. abt 1825
Gertrude S Bashford, b. abt 1859
James D Bashford, b. abt 1861

and these others of same surname, in different households:

Silas Bashford, b. abt 1813
Juliette Bashford, b. abt 1828
Dorsey Bashford, b. abt 1860

Louisa Bashford, b. abt 1830

From's database of the 1860 census of Lyons:

James Bashford, 45, b. abt 1815 NY
Susan D Bashford, 35, b. abt 1825 NY
Gertrude Bashford, 1, b. abt 1859 NY
Delia Ohman, 16, b. Germany

and these other residents of Lyons:

Silas Bashford, 40, b. abt 1820 NY
Julia D Bashford, 33, b. abt 1827 NY
Irving Bashford, 2.12, b. abt 1860 NY
Phebe Bashford, 60, b. abt 1800 NY
Louisa Bashford, 30, b. abt 1830 NY
Janet Bashford, 27, b. abt 1833 NY
Anna Bashford, 24, b. abt 1836 NY

From's database of the 1850 census of Lyons:

Amy Bashford, b. abt 1830 NY
Chas Bashford, b. abt 1822 NY
Eliza Bashford, b. abt 1825 NY
Helen Bashford, b. abt 1849 NY
James Bashford, b. abt 1814 NY
Jenette Bashford, b. abt 1833 NY
Lusia Bashford, b. abt 1828 NY
Phebe Bashford, b. abt 1835 NY
Phebe Bashford, b. abt 1792 NY
Silas Bashford, b. abt 1818 NY
William Bashford, b. abt 1785 NY

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, January 20, 1886

The death of Mrs. Seth Smith, who has been in feeble health for several months, took place last Friday evening. The funeral was attended from the Episcopal church on Monday afternoon. The age of deceased was 72 years.

Mr. Henry Wood, who, with his brother Sidney, constituted the firm of S.W. Wood & Co., manufacturers of portable and other steam engines, doing business on Ford street, died at 10 o'clock Monday evening, at the age of 64 years. Funeral on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the house.

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, January 27, 1886 [Note: same person as above.]

The funeral of Mr. Seth H. Wood took place at the family residence on East Genessee (sic) street at 3 o'clock last Friday afternoon. The religious service at the house were in accordance to the ritual of the Episcopal church, and were delivered by Rev. H. B. Whitney, rector of the parish. The services at the grave were entirely Masonic, and were conducted by Mr. George O. Baker. The remains were interred in Maple Grove cemetery, and as they were being carried to the last resting place they were preceeded by twenty workingmen from the Wood machine shop, and about forty members of the Masonic Fraternity - several being from Rose and Savannah. All places of business here were closed during a part of the afternoon.

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, February 3, 1886

Mrs. Luella Jones, one of the oldest residents of the village, died at her residence on the south side of the river, on Wednesday morning of last week, at the age of 85 years. The funeral was attended at 3 P. M. on the following Friday, Rev. Mr. Bates being the officiating clergyman.

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, February 17, 1886

The funeral of Mrs. Van Buskirk, wife of Jacob T. Van Buskirk, who died on Sunday from the effects of a stroke of paralysis about two weeks ago, will be attended at the Presbyterian church this (Wednesday) afternoon.

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, February 24, 1886

The bearers at the funeral of Mrs. Jacob T. Van Buskirk, which was held in the Presbyterian church, at 4 o'clock last Wed. afternoon, were her four sons, Albert M., of Rochester, aged 29; Barton W., of Rutland, Vt., aged 27; George of Rochester, aged 24; and Harvey J. of Clyde aged 21.

[Note: refer to biographical sketch of Jacob T. & Phoebe Van Buskirk and their children, from Cowles' 1895 Landmarks of Wayne County, New York.]

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, March 10, 1886

The wife of Mr. Freeman Scutt, overseer of the poor, died at 7 o'clock last Thursday morning, at the age of forty years. The funeral took place at 2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. The deceased leaves her husband, nine children, and numerous other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Note: from Maple Grove Cemetery list at Wayne County Historian's Office.

SCUTT Freeman 19 Feb. 1898 58y
SCUTT Alvina wf Freeman 3 Mar. 1886 40y

Source: The Palmyra Courier, September 27, 1916


George Riffenburgh Dies at Homeopathic
Hospital in Rochester Sunday Morning


Funeral Held From His Late Home This Afternoon, Rev. J. L. Cann Officiating

George Riffenburgh, a well known Palmyra young man, died at the Homeopathic Hospital in Rochester at an early hour on Sunday morning, death resulting from typhoid fever. Mr. Riffenburgh was taken to Rochester on Wednesday of last week, and he grew rapidly worse, until his death occured at 6 o'clock Sunday morning.

Mr. Riffenburgh was a son of John Riffenburgh and had always resided in Palmyra. He is survived by his wife, two young children, his father, two sisters and two brothers all residents of Palmyra. He was 27 years old.

The remains reached Palmyra on Sunday evening and the funeral services were held from his late home on Main street this afternoon, Rev. J. L. Cann officiating. (p. 1)


The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Curran, widow of the late Michael Curran of Farmington, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maurice O'Leary in Egypt, was held from St. Annes Catholic Church in Palmyra on Saturday morning last, Rev. Father J. E. Hartley officiating. (p. 1)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, August 1, 1917

John T. LaPoint, for many years chief of police in Newark, died in that place on Saturday last, aged 60 years. Mr. LaPoint was born in Newark and had always resided there, and he was a prominent member of the Newark Lodge F. & A. M. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and one son. (p. 4)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, July 31, 1918


William H. Pound for many years a well known Williamson business man died at his home in Ontario on Sunday last aged 74 years. Mr. Pound conducted a general store in Williamson for many years in partnership with his brother Harvey Pound and he was well known all over the northern part of Wayne county. After the death of his brother he conducted the business alone for several years but later retired and moved to Ontario where he had since made his home. His wife survives him. (p. 1)


Walter Floyd Farnsworth, the four months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Farnsworth of Gates street, died on Sunday night. The funeral was held from the home this afternoon, Rev. Walter S. Wright of the Methodist church conducting the service. (p. 1)

Henry Stowell, editor of the Seneca Falls Reveille for 58 years, and one of the best known weekly newspaper man in Western New York died suddenly at his home in Seneca Falls on Friday morning last aged 84 years. Mr. Stowell had been about his editorial duties as usual on Thursday and he went to bed that night in his usual health but about one o'clock in the morning he was stricken with heart trouble and death followed very quickly. Mr. Stowell had been prominent in the affairs of Seneca Falls for over half a century and had served on the Board of Education, and was postmaster for eight years. He was an excellent writer and his paper had long been ranked among the leading weeklys of the state. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Maude Stowell. (p. 4)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, August 14, 1918

Lieutenant Sidney T. Cole, a grandson of the late Mrs. Maria Walker of Palmyra, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Cole of Corning was killed in France on July 19th according to advices received on Sunday last. Lieutenant Cole was graduated from Cornell University in 1915. He was a member of the Cornell Chapter of Sigma Phi. He left Corning two years ago to become associated with Harris Forbes and Company in New York, entering the Plattsburg Officers' Training Camp a year ago and in September 1917 he was sent abroad for special training. Later he was assigned to a command with an infantry regiment of regulars. He had been in service in the trenches since January last. Lieutenant Cole had often visited Palmyra and he was a young man highly esteemed by every one who knew him. Besides his parents he is survived by a sister, Miss Dorothy and a brother, Lieutenant Glen Cole who is in France. (p. 4)


George Wiedrich, one of the best known residents of the town of Macedon, died at his home on Friday afternoon last, aged 73 years. Mr. Wiedrich was born in Oneida but most of his life had been spent in this town where he was highly esteemed by every one who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Clark Wiedrich, one daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Mansfield, and one son, William Wiedrich, of Macedon; three sisters, Mrs. Carrie White and Mrs. Emma Wiedrich, of Rome, and Miss Amelia Wiedrich of Rochester; also three brothers, Benjamin and Jay of Rome and Martin Wiedrich of Macedon. The funeral services were held from his late home on Monday afternoon, Rev. John McGiudwin officiating. (p. 8)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, October 30, 1918


Heart Trouble, Pneumonia and Influenza
Take Many Palmyra Residents
During the Past Few Days

Mrs. W. J. Gorman Died Last Night

Heart Trouble Causes Death of Finley
Chisholm and Mrs. E. P. Johnson -
- Other Deaths Recorded.

Mrs. Margaret Hickey Gorman, wife of Walter J. Gorman of Vienna street, died at her home on Tuesday evening at six o'clock, death resulting from pneumonia following the influenza.

Mrs. Gorman had been sick for about a week and for the last few days she had been very low but on Tuesday she seemed to rally to quite an extent and the family held out hopes for her recovery, but on Tuesday afternoon she failed quite rapidly and death followed a few moments before six o'clock.

Deceased was a daughter of the late Daniel Hickey and was born in Palmyra in 1880. She was educated at the Union and High School and in 1903 she was united in marriage to Walter J. Gorman who with one son and a daughter survive her. She also leaves her mother and one brother, John W. Hickey of Rochester.

She was a member of St. Ann's church and the funeral will be held at the house on Friday afternoon at 2:30 and will be private, Father James E. Hartely officiating. The funeral mass will be held at a later dates. (p. 1)


Mrs. E. P. Johnson died at her home east of this village on Monday night last aged 77 years. She had been a resident of Palmyra most of her life and was a woman esteemed by all who knew her. Her husband died on March fifth of this year.

She is survived by one son Willis H. Johnson of Palmyra and one sister, Mrs. Hart of Adrian, Mich.

The funeral will be held from the late home at one o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Rev. W. S. Wright of the Methodist church officiating.

Death was caused from heart disease. (p. 1)


Fred Gates, a well known Palmyra man died at the Park Avenue Hospital in Rochester on Monday afternoon aged 50 years death resulting from Spanish Influenza.

Mr. Gates had resided in Palmyra all of his life and for many years he had been a faithful employee of the Garlock Packing Company.

He is survived by his wife, and three daughters, Rotha, Bertha and Mildred all residents of Palmyra. The funeral will be held from his late home on Fayette street on Thursday afternoon at four o'clock, Rev. Walter S. Wright officiating. (p. 1)


Charles Clemons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Putney Clemons of the Canandaigua road died at his home at eight o'clock on Tuesday night of pneumonia aged 22 years. He was first stricken with the influenza and pneumonia followed. He is survived by his wife, his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

The funeral will be held from the home of his parents on Friday afternoon. (p. 1)


Finley J. Chisholm for a number of years a resident of Palmyra died at his home on Carroll street on Monday afternoon of heart trouble aged 57 years. He had been in poor health for several months. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Ray Chisholm of the Powers Hotel and Leo Chisholm also of this place.

The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be made in Palmyra cemetery. (p. 1)


Walter Dennie, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dennie of Railroad avenue died on Monday aged 9 months death resulting from pneumonia. (p. 1)


John Be Hage, aged 69, died last Saturday evening at the Clifton Springs Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie DeWolf Bellage (sic), two daughters, Miss Nellie Be Hage, of East Palmyra, and Mrs. Daniel Muellendyke, of Palmyra; four sons, Peter, Abram and Marvin, of Rochester, and Louis, of Detroit, and two grandchildren.

A private funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home, Rev. Lee Hanchett officiating, assisted by Rev. Mr. Gill. Burial was made in East Palmyra cemetery. (p. 1)

[Note: On East Palmyra Cemetery list surname is spelled "Behage":

Behage, John d Oct 1918, (lot 227-5)
Behage, Marie d 17 Mar 1911, age 95 years (lot 227-1)
Behage, Nellie d 19 Feb 1961, age 83 years, (lot 227-3) bur 1 Apr 1961
Behage, Nellie D. d 1 Apr 1926, age 77 years (lot 227-4)]


George E. Goodell died at his home in Manchester on Monday morning after a short illness. He was the son of George and Hilda Smith Goodell of Palmyra, and was born at Palmyra February 16, 1848, and lived in Palmyra until he was 8 years old when he moved to Farmington and had since lived in the townships of Farmington and Manchester, following the occupation of farming.

He was married to Phoebe Randall December 3, 1872. He was a member of the Manchester Grange. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and one son. The funeral will be held Wednesday. (p. 4)



In the death of Mary Elizabeth McKeown this community loses a woman of sterling qualities and kindly deeds.

She was born in Stamford, Delaware county, N. Y., May 22, 1831, of Scotch ancestry. Married in Alexandria, Va., Mr. and Mrs. McKeown came to Lyons, N. Y., where they made their home for many years.

On their removal to Palmyra, they at once transferred their connection from the Lyons Presbyterian church to the Presbyterian church of this place, then under the pastorate of Dr. Eaton. When in Lyons, Mrs. McKeown taught a Sunday-school class of boys for seven years without the absence of a single Sunday. She often spoke of this class and of the effort it required to be always present in the midst of pressing duties. She felt the necessity that boys should be started in the right way and that there was no better place for them than the Sunday-school. When men grown the members of this class presented Mrs. McKeown with a Bible as a token of appreciation for her constant, faithful and loving service for them.

Mrs. McKeown relieved Mrs. Eaton of the charge of the Woman's Bible Class when Mrs. Eaton undertook the care of the Infant Department. To this class Mrs. McKeown gave careful and mature thought for many years and to it she was deeply attached. (The religious passage following was not transcribed.)

Her friends were very dear to her and she greatly missed those of earlier years. She often spoke of Mrs. Eaton, Mrs. Kingman, Mrs. James Smith and other neighbors, whose passing was a great loss to her.

Since her weakness she had said with regret: "If I were well and stronger I could knit and I would do it to help my country." (A long religious passage following was not transcribed. Refer to the original issue of this paper, p. 5)

At the family home on East Commercial street, East Rochester last Saturday, October 26, occurred the death of Mrs. Martha Roachville. She was born at Oswego, N. Y., 57 years ago and moved to East Rochester from Macedon with her husband and family in 1900. Mrs. Roachville was one of the charter members of the Baptist church. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Charles of East Rochester, and two daughters, Mrs. Edward Nortler of Walworth, and Mrs. John Hanson of East Rochester and seven grandchildren. Also three brothers, George and Allen Harris of Oswego, N. Y., and Charles Harris, who resides in Nebraska. Funeral services were held at the house on Monday afternoon. Burial in Pittsford Cemetery. (p. 8)


Alec Collier a former resident of this place died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Rice in Macedon last week. He was a member of the Walworth Methodist church. (p. 8)


Mrs. Ellen Mary Mackin, widow of Stephen Mackin, died at her home in Lyons Sunday evening at the age of 75 years.

She leaves three daughters, Minnie and Anna of that village, and Mrs. E. W. Sylvester of Poughkeepsie. Private funeral services were held Tuesday. (p. 8)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, May 21, 1919


Amy Schrader Hughes, wife of Joseph Hughes, died at her home in this village on Saturday of last week aged 26 years. She was the daughter of William Schrader and was born in the town of Macedon. The funeral was held on Tuesday at the Methodist church. Her husband and one child survive her. (p. 1)


Frank Nash for many years a resident of Palmyra, died at the Masonic Home in Utica on Thursday of last week.

Mr. Nash was for number of years employed at the Crandall Packing Company and he was a man highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was 60 years of age and is survived by one daughter, Marguerite Nash of Buffalo. The remains were brought to Palmyra and the funeral services were held on Saturday. (p. 1)


The remains of Edward VerSluis who died at the home of his sister in Rochester on Monday morning were brought to Palmyra for burial, and the funeral services were held at the Dutch Reformed Church at half past one o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Minor Stegegna officiating.

Deceased is survived by his wife, one son, Harold; his parents, and three sisters, Mrs. J. Content of Rochester, Evelyn and Elsie VerSluis of Macedon and four brothers, Abram of Syracuse and Frank, Isaac and John of Macedon. (p. 1)

The News of Macedon

The funeral of Miss Helen Sweet who died on Friday evening of last week was held from the home of her brother, J. Sweet on Monday afternoon at two thirty o'clock. Deceased was 68 years of age and had been ill for some time. She is survived by two brothers, Jabez and Andrew Sweet and one sister, Mrs. Mary Ingersoll. (p. 8)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, August 6, 1919


William Parker Well Known Palmyra Man
Died on Tuesday Morning


Funeral at Memorial Chapel Friday Afternoon Under Auspices of Odd Fellows

William Parker for many years a resident of Palmyra and a man highly esteemed by every one who knew him, died at the Lyons Hospital on Tuesday morning after a long illness aged about 70 years.

Mr. Parker's health began to fail him several months ago and he continued to fail quite rapidly and last week he was taken to the Lyons Hospital for treatment.

For many years Mr. Parker was employed in the harness making establishment of Charles Deyo on Market street and after Mr. Deyo's death he opened a shop of his own on William street. He lived alone in his apartments in the Jarvis Block. He took quite an active part in fraternal matters and was a member of the Palmyra Lodge I. O. O. F., Palmyra Lodge, F. & A. M., and Zenovia Commandery No. 41 K. T.

The remains were brought to Palmyra on Tuesday afternoon and the funeral services will be held at the Rogers Memorial Chapel on Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. The members of that organization are requested to meet at the lodge rooms at three o'clock. (p. 1)

Source: The Palmyra Courier, January 28, 1920

News of Macedon

Friends in town were grieved to learn of the death of Frederick W. Reynolds, son of Rev. and Mrs. Frederick Reynolds, in Rochester, Monday, January 19. Rev. Reynolds was a former pastor of the Baptist church here and during his stay the family made a wide circle of friends. The son was 18 years old and beside his parents he leaves two sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held from the Parselis Ave. Baptist church, of which his father is the pastor, Thursday afternoon, January 22 and burial was made in the Riverside cemetery. (p. 8)


Editor R. D. Curtis has been called to Madison County by the death of his aged aunt, Mrs. Mary House. (p. 8)

Source: The Record, (Sodus, N.Y.), March 7, 1913

Rose and Vicinity.

The death of Miss Ella Waite occurred Wednesday evening, February 26th, at nine o'clock. She had been a sufferer from kidney and heart trouble for some time and it was known she could not recover. Her age was fifty-eight years. She has always resided in this town and after the death of her mother she kept house for her father, giving him excellent care. Her aged father and one sister, Mrs. George H. Oliver of Rochester, survive her. The funeral services were held from her late home Friday morning at ten o'clock. Rev. J. J. Edwards pastor of the Rose Methodist Episcopal church, officiated. Interment was made in Rose cemetery. (p. 3)

North Rose and Vicinity.

The funeral of Mrs. J. Burch, aged 61 years, occurred at the M. E. church Monday afternoon, Rev. J. C. Long officiating. Mrs. Burch had been ill for several months with heart trouble. She is survived by a son, William Acker of this village, and a daughter, Miss Edna Acker, who makes her home in Rochester. The friends and neighbors sent a very handsome floral piece. (p. 3)


Robert J. Kelsey was found dead in a Chicago rooming house Sunday night. Until a few months ago he was connected with Oliver C. Hulse, formerly of Sodus, in the printing business at Honeoye Falls. (p. 4)

The Allegan, Mich., News of last Friday contained the following notice of the death of a former resident of this town: "The final summons came peacefully and suddenly to the venerable John M. Granger last Friday night. He retired at the usual hour, eight o'clock, and in but a minute or so was gone. Ever since the death of his wife four years ago he had said life has been a burden to him and had often expressed the wish that he go to bed and never wake up. John Miller Granger was born in Sodus, Wayne county, New York, April 22nd, 1825. In 1847 he came to Michigan, teaching school at Monterey Centre during the winter and returned to New York in the spring. He came to this state again in 1852. In the meantime he and his brother Eli purchased 400 acres of land on Section 21 and 28 in Monterey which he helped clear. In 1854 he was attacked with inflammation of the eyes and was obliged to go east for treatment. May 26th, 1857, he married Sarah P. Parsons at Sodus, N. Y. For two years he conducted a shoe store at Sodus and then came to Monterey in 1859, residing on section 28. Twenty three years ago they moved to Allegan, Mr. Granger having acquired a fair competency and erected a comfortable home in this city in which to pass their last years in rest and comfort. Mrs. Granger died February 3rd, 1909. The two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Granger died in infancy. John M. Granger was the ninth of a family of eleven children and was the last to go at the advanced age of 87 years, 9 months and 29 days. Socially Mr. Granger was of a genial disposition, securing and retaining friendship with all with whom he came in contact. Politically he was a Democrat, freely giving his time and money to advance the principles of the party so dear to his heart. The funeral was held from the residence Monday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. A. V. Brashear officiating and interment made in Popple Hill cemetery." (p. 4)


Greenwald, Mrs. Wilhelmina.- At Lyons, Friday, February 28th, aged 7 years. (Obviously a misprint!)

Skellenger, Owen F.- Near Williamson, Monday, March 3rd.

Burch, Mrs. Jennie.- At North Rose, Saturday, March 1st, aged 62 years.

VanInwagen, Ford W.- Near Lyons, Tuesday, March 4th, aged 63 years.

Southwick, Mrs. Carrie C.- Near Lyons, Tuesday, March 4th, aged 43 years.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skellinger died at their home three miles south of this village Monday morning. Death was caused from pneumonia. The survivors are the parents, a brother, Leo, and two sisters, Beatrice and Grace. (p. 7)

East Williamson.

Mrs. John DeBack, a former resident of this village, died in a Rochester hospital Saturday at the age of 55 years. Funeral services were held in the Reformed church in this village Tuesday afternoon. Rev. John Ossewarde officiated. Burial was made in the East Williamson cemetery. She is survived by her husband, two sons, John and Josiah DeBack, one daughter, Mrs. Harry Tanghe, and one brother, Paul DeBack, all of Penfield, and three sisters, Miss Cora DeBack and Mrs. Herman Willink of Penfield, and Mrs. Leonard Johnson of Union Hill. (p. 7)

Resolutions of School District No. 8, Sodus, N.Y.

Adopted at a special meeting held March 4th, 1913. Inasmuch as the Heavenly Father hath said "Come Home" to our friend and neighbor, the trustee of this school district, Owen W. Snyder, it is therefore

Resolved, that the citizens of school district No. 8, remembering the public spirit exhibited by Mr. Snyder during his residence among them, and realizing that the community has sustained a great loss, do extend to the bereaved family their sympathy. (p. 5)

Charles E. Whiting has been elected trustee of the Wallington school district to fill the vacancy caused by the death of O. W. Snyder. (p. 4)

[Note: the issue of the paper transcribed from had a subscriber's sticker for O.W. Snyder.]

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