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Livingston Republican, April 12, 1945, page 5


- Thomas Allen passed away in Geneseo April 11. He has spent most of his life as a farmer in this vicinity.

He is survived by a son, Hugh of Geneseo and a grandson, Howard; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hollinger and Mrs. Sarah Curry of County Antrim, Ireland; two brothers, Robert and John also of County Antrim. Funeral Services will be held from the home of his son, 17 Oak street, Saturday at 2:30 p. m.

Dansville Express, 10 march 1910


The Daughter of the Late David McCurdy of This Village

Mrs. Jennie McCurdy Avery died at Bloomfield, N.J., on Sunday, after an operation which she was obliged to submit to the day previous for pyloric abscess of the stomach and adjacent intestines. She was the daughter of the late David McCurdy of this village and had lived here most of the time for several years since the death of her husband W. W. Avery, which occurred at their home in Burns where they were then living twelve years ago the day she was buried. She went to New Jersey a year ago to reside. She leaves a large number of relatives and friends, besides the following members of her father’s family. Mrs. Frances Petrie of Tuscarora, Dr. Charles McCurdy of Philadelphia, Mrs. William Stanton of Bufalo, Mrs. Cora B. Michael of Bloomfield, Mrs. N. B. Willett and Mrs. H. W. McNair of this village. The remains were brought here on Friday morning and taken to the home of Mr. Willett where funeral services were held at three o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. E. R. Evans of Atlanta officiating. Mrs. Avery was the eldest of Mr. McCurdy’s children and she always took such interest in the other members of the family when they were young that she was more of a mother than a sister. She lived to help others and her life was a beautiful exhibition of self-sacrifice and devotion to others. She is sincerely mourned by her nearest friends and her memory will be ever green to her acquaintances.

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

Genesee Country Newspaper 1 Dec 1938

Mrs. Charles Babcock

Dansville- Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Knowlton Babcock, 63, wife of Charles Babcock, who died at Dansville General Hospital Wednesday, were held from the family home in pine Street, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Babcock was a graduate of Dansville High School a member of the Methodist Church and of the Ladies Aid Society of the church.

Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Betty, Emily, and Caroline; two sons, Charles and Robert Babcock, at home; two brothers Paul Knowlton of this village, and Guy Knowlton of Buffalo. Mrs. Babcock, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Sanger Knowlton was born in Dansville. The death of her mother occurred when she was eleven years of age, following which she went to reside with her aunts, the Misses Laura and Emma Sanger, where she made her home until her marriage to Mr. Babcock after which they went to Berlin, MD. Returning to Dansville several years later and she had since resided in this community.

Masses of beautiful flowers which came to the home as tokens of sympathy and the sorrow so deeply expressed manifested how Alice, as she was known to many, had endeared herself to those about her. From childhood her's was a happy disposition. Imbued with the joy of living she passed on to others, a spirit of sincere happiness. Supreme among her characteristics were her unfaltering faith and hope which gave her power to seek and find the silver lining of life's clouds. Her joy in doing for others, her influence for all that was good and true, her never - to - be - forgotten smile are no more and there is left a sadness among those who knew and loved her, but the pattern of her life will ever an inspiration and a beautiful memory.

Contributor: Sally Carrier

Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909

Mrs. Hannah Flood Bacon

Honeoye, N. Y. - A large number of townspeople attended the funeral of Mrs. Hannah Flood Bacon at her late home in the town of Livonia, on Thursday, Jan. 28. Hannah Flood was born in England and when a young child came with her parents to this country, making her home at Richmond Center. There her girlhood was spent, until about 15 years ago, when she was married to John Bacon, then a resident of Tacoma, Wash. After her marriage she returned with her husband to that state, where they resided until about four years ago, when they returned to New York state and purchased a farm in the town and near the village of Livonia, where Mrs. Bacon resided at the time of her death. Last Friday she underwent an operation for appendicitis and her death followed on Monday. She is survived by her husband and three children, her father and mother and several brothers and sisters.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

Transcribed from newspaper clipping - newspaper unidentified.


GENESEO, Dec. 26 – Mrs. Elizabeth Barber, 80, widow of Fred Barber of East Groveland, died in Geneseo today (Dec. 26, 1956).

She is survived by a son, Atwood Barber, a daughter, Mrs. H. Seymour Linton; a grand-daughter, Miss Mary Linton; a grandson, Robert Linton, all of East Groveland; a sister, Mrs. W. J. Wilson, and a brother, Atwood Putnam, both of Crosby, Pa.

She attended the old Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, and always had been interested in young people. She was instrumental in retaining the old schoolhouse as the Rural Community Center.

Friends may call at W. S. Rector & Sons Funeral Chapel, 111 Main St., Geneseo, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday. Funeral will be held in the East Groveland Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Groveland.

[Taken from] News clippings found in Magee farmhouse on Groveland Hill. The newspapers are unidentified but appear to be local. These have been posted with the permission of Anne Magee and transcribed [and contributed] by Anne Magee Tanner.

The Lima Recorder, March 1, 1888, page 1

Honeoye Falls Happenings, From the Gazette and Times.

Mr. Edward W. Barnes,

of Shortsville, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Prentiss, in this village, on Monday last of pneumonia. His age was 61 years. The interment took place at Shortsville.

Contributed by: Martha S. Magill, Asst. State Coordinator, NYGenWeb

Benjamin Bowers

From Ontario County Times 2 October 1872

Benjamin Bowers, for a long time baggage master at the N.Y.C.R.R. depot in this village, died at his residence in Caledonia on Sunday morning last, after a long and painful illness. Mr. Bowers was highly respected by all who knew him, and at the time of his death was station agent at Caledonia. His age was about 43 years.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

Tama County Newspaper,
Toledo, Iowa Tama County Published 24 April 1902

Father Brace

Halsey Rogers Brace was the youngest son of Banister Brace and Rhoda Brace and was born in Bath , Steuben County, New York, February 5th, 1820.

Being reared by christian parents he was at the early age of fifteen impressed that he was saved by the work of grace wrought by the Holy Spirit and from that time until his recent departure from this earthly life an upright, devoted christian life, and that by God's sustaining grace he in an eminant degree succeeded, all who knew him will attend.

When he was a young man he came to Portage, Livingston County, New York, and engaged in the lumbering and farming business, which he conducted very successfully for thirty-five years. When twenty-seven years of age, he was married to Miss Evelin B. Luther, of Castile, New York, and soon after they united in with the First Presbyterian Church of Nunda, New York. To them were born three children, Emogene, Ella, and Frank. Ella was a beautiful girl and at the interesting age of nineteen years was called home to reap the rich rewards of an early consecrated life, which had been an inspiration to all who knew her. Emogene, now Mrs. Page Burnell, and Frank Brace reside in Pike, New York. This happy wedded life of fourteen years was broken by the calling home of his dear companion December 1st, 1860. Four years thereafter he married Mrs. Betsey Elmer Lamb, who brought to his home a beloved only child, four years of age, now the wife of W.D. Lee of Toledo, Iowa, between whom and her father the closest , dearest relationship sprnag up, which has continued and strengthened through all succeeding years, and now she will feel as sorely bereft as any of his own children. Four sons were born of this union, Elmer, who at an early age of seven years went to heaven to receive the tenderest care of Him who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me," Clarence E. and Clifford D. who are filling honorable positions on the Illinois Central railroad, and Stanley C, who is engaged on the Northwestern.

In 1872, Mr . Brace and his family came west, locating at Independence, Iowa. Here he engaged in business and built a beautiful home, and with his wife, daughter Bertha and son Clarence, joined the First Presbyterian Church, after a period of four years he exchanged this property for a farm near Aplington, Butler County, where he resided for twelve years. Here as elsewhere, he connected himself with the Presbyterian organization, which four years before he left built a nice church and chose him for one of the elders, an office he filled to their entire satisfaction until he left. Ten years ago he came to Clarion, Wright County, first residing on a farm three miles west of town, and seven years ago he came to the residence in town which he has occupied since. On coming here he connected himself with the Congretional Church. He was a simple, unostentatious christian, held in the highest esteem by all who knew him and greatly beloved by his brethren in the Congretional church. He passed peacfully away on Wednesday evening, April 9th. Funeral services were held in the church friday morning at 10:30, and the body accompanied by the widow and sons and son in law was taken to Toledo, Iowa for burial.

Contributed by: Lori Driver

Nunda News, 12 February, 1916

Luman H. Brace,

died yesterday. Masonic Order will have charge of the funeral sunday afternoon.

The death of Luman H. Brace, one of the oldest and best known residents of Nunda occurred at his home here on Mill Street late yesterday afternoon. Mr. Brace had been in ill health for several weeks and his death was not unexpected. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs Bond of Florida, and one son, Leo of Iowa, all of whom were present when the end came.

Mr. Brace has served as president of the village. He was a life-long member of the Neptune H & L Co., and of the Masonic Order and the latter organization will have charge of the funeral Sunday afternoon. Interment will be made in Oakwood.

Contributed by: Lori Driver

Nunda News, 30 December 1882

Mr. Wm. Brace,

who formerly resided here died at Fillmore this week at the age of 41 years. The remains were brought to Nunda for burial on tuesday. He was a brother of Luman and Chas. Brace of Nunda and leaves a wife and two children.

Contributed by: Lori Driver

Dansville Express, September 4, 1902

Death of Mrs. Margaret L. Brayton.

Mrs. Margaret Lemen Brayton died at her home coroner (sic) of Main and Leonard streets Tuesday evening after a long illness. She was born April 22, 1840, her father being Capt. James Lemen, who served during the civil war in the First New York Dragoons, a man who never used unnecessary words but who was idolized by his men as a leader and commander and one who all his life enjoyed the confidence and esteem of acquaintances. Her mother was Janet Grieve Wood, the daughter of one of the early settlers of the town of Ossian. She was married Nov. 14, 1864, to Samuel S. Brayton, one of the leading dry goods merchants of this village at the time, who died more than thirty years ago. For a number of years after her husband’s death she taught a private school with much success and after the present Union school was formed she fitted herself with new methods of teaching at the Geneseo normal school and taught in the union school nearly ten years, most of the time under the principalship of Prof. F. J. Diamond. She was a woman of high ideals and lovely character, and her life was one of devotion to those around her. During the thirty years of widowhood she gave her constant attention to her aunt Mrs. Margaret Wood Reynale, and her whole life was spent in doing good and in winning friends. In her own long illness she had the tender ministrations of her daughter, Mrs. F. Paret Magee who with her two grand children, Margaret Magee and Henry Brayton Magee, survive her. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Kate Lemen Herrick of Nunda. The funeral will be held from the house to-morrow afternoon, services to be conducted by Rev. H. S. Alling, of St. Peter’s Episcopal church.

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

Dansville Advertiser, September 4, 1902


Died in Dansville Sept. 2 Margaret Lemen Brayton, after declining health extending over a period of several years. Mrs. Brayton was born April 22, 1840, daughter of Capt. James Lemen of Nunda, a prominent member of the large Lemen family. Her mother was Jennet Grieve Wood. She was married Nov. 14, 1864, to Samuel S. Brayton, a leading dry goods merchant of Dansville, who died Feb. 18, 1872, leaving one daughter Lillie Brayton, now wife of F. Paret Magee. Mrs. Brayton lived a life of high ideals. She was a natural teacher and after the death of her husband teaching was largely her life work. For a number of years previous to the establishment of the union school, Mrs. Brayton taught private school in Dansville with excellent results, greatly endearing herself to her pupils. She then resolutely fitted herself for the required new methods by a course at the Geneseo Normal school, and taught ten years in our High school, nearly all under Prof. Diamond. Through her thirty years of widowhood, Mrs. Brayton was greatly devoted to her daughter. She also tenderly cared for her aunt Margaret Wood Reynale during her last years. A loving, useful life ended in Mrs. Brayton’s death. These survive her, Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Magee, her grandchildren Margaret Magee and Henry Brayton Magee, and a sister, Mrs. Kate Lemen Herrick of Nunda. Funeral from the family residence on Main street Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. S. H. Alling and Rev. Lester Bradner Jr. officiating. Attached to this clipping by tape is another clipping which I presume was also published in this newspaper on this date:

Mrs. Calvin Herrick and daughter Virginia of Nunda, Mrs. Stephen Brayton of Gloversville, John Lemen of Canaseraga, Mrs. Henry Magee of Groveland, N. P. Covert and son James and F. F. Covert and daughter Miss Jennie of Ossian, attended the funeral of Mrs. M. L. Brayton Friday. Cousins of deceased acted as bearers.

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

Transcribed from newspaper clipping – newspaper unidentified

Death of Samuel S. Brayton.

It is a painful duty incumbent on us to chronicle the death of one who, in life, was one of the most prominent and enterprising merchants in the village of Dansville.

Mr. Samuel S. Brayton was taken ill about a year ago, and on February last he left the store and the business to his brother, Mr. Stephen Brayton, temporarily as it was supposed, as his poor health would no longer permit him to engage in active business. It was thought by his friends, that his close attention to business for so many years had somewhat impaired his health, and that rest from active business, and with plenty of exercise in the open air he would again regain his health. But “man proposes, and God disposes,” and although everything was done that medical skill could suggest or divine, he slowly declined. For about three months last summer he was a patient at “Our Home,” but disease slowly wound its death coil around him and science or nature could do nothing. Thus he lingered along, gradually but slowly failing, every day nearing that bourne from which no traveler returns. On Sunday afternoon last, at half-past five o’clock, just as the last flickering rays of the setting sun died out and were lost to our view, he expired. He died at the age of 43 years. To his wife and child – a little daughter, this is a severe blow; he leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his loss, and who deeply sympathize with the bereaved in this their sad hour of affliction.

For about seventeen years the firm of S. S. Brayton & Co., composed of Samuel S., and Stephen Brayton, was well known in this section of the country as live business men and extensive dry goods dealers. They first engaged in the merchandise business in the spring of 1854, in what was known as the old empire block, situated on the corner of Main and Exchange streets, where they did a large business for a number of years, and was at that time the largest and most extensive dry goods dealers in this section. From this store they removed to the Clark Block, on the east side of Main street, now owned by Horatio Dyer. In this block they carried on the merchandise business very successfully for several years, until they erected a block on the west side of Main street, next to the Express building or Tousey block, which was built and fitted up expressly for their own use, and in this block they were engaged in the same business until the spring of 1871 (last spring,) when they sold out their stock of dry goods to E. P. Bissell.

The funeral services of the deceased, were held at his late residence, on Leonard street, at 11 o’clock, a.m. yesterday, Wednesday. He was buried with Masonic honor, and the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Samuel Jessup. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of people, who gathered together to pay their last tribute to the dead. Truly it may be said, “death loves a shining mark,” and “in the midst of life we are in death.”

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

Transcribed from newspaper clipping – newspaper unidentified.


Stephen Brayton

The remains of Stephen Brayton, a former resident of Dansville, were brought here for burial on Tuesday, accompanied by Mrs. Brayton and her daughter; Mrs. W. D. Shuart and Mrs. H. M. Miller, sisters of Mrs. Brayton, Misses Stella and Gertrude Shuart of Rochester, and Daniel Griffin of Sandy Hill, a nephew of deceased. Dr. Perine and other friends met them at the Erie station and the remains were taken to Greenmount cemetery where Rev. Mr. Bates officiated. Mr. Brayton died on Saturday of abscess on the brain. Funeral services were held at Sandy Hill on Sunday, conducted by Rev. Mr. Armstrong of the Episcopal church. Members of the Masonic order and of the Royal Arcanum attended in large numbers. Mr. Brayton was born in Hartford, Washington county, Aug. 15, 1830. While a young man he went west with his brother Samuel S. Some time in the fifties the two brothers came to Dansville, and finally established the dry goods business here under the firm name of S. S. Brayton & Co. For a time, and especially during the war, they were leaders in business. Samuel died here, and in 1872 Stephen went to Buffalo and from there returned to his old county of Washington, where until two years ago he resided at Ft. Edward and was engaged in a dry goods store. For the past two years he has been in the insurance business at Sandy Hill in the same county. Mr. Brayton was married in 1862 to Miss Mary H. Shoecraft of Rochester. One child, a son died here. The other, a daughter grown to womanhood, is now the only child. Mr. Brayton was a warm-hearted, genial man, and made many friends wherever he lived. His family have the sincere sympathy of Dansville friends. Mrs. Brayton and her daughter, and Mr. Griffin, were the guests of Mrs. Margaret Brayton and Mrs. Reynale during their brief stay in Dansville.

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

Dalton Enterprise 19 Oct. 1894


Wesley Brown

From Ontario County Journal 1 July 1892

Mr. Wesley Brown, of Avon, a man about fifty years of age, was drowned off Eagle Point at Conesus lake last Wednesday night. It is supposed that he stood up in the boat to handle his fish lines, and losing his balance, fell overboard.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

Chase, Almira Charlotte Coe

Deaths. In South Livonia, Livingston county, at the house of her father (John C. Coe) on the 4th inst. of dropsy in the chest, Mrs. ALMIRA CHARLOTTE CHASE, of Rochester, in the 31st year of her age.

She had been in a declining state of health for about a year, and on the 18th of March last, she left Rochester with the expectation of returning in a few days. But her disease increased gradually, and notwithstanding the best medical aid and the best nursing, she continued to run down, till the scenes of earth faded from her natural vision. She retained her powers of mind till the last, and was conscious of her approaching dissolution for the last three weeks of her stay. A few hours before her death, Br. Chase asked her if she had any doubts, or fears, or any hesitancy in relation to leaving the world? She readily answered in the negative. She remarked on looking out of the window, that it was “a very pleasant day.” Some one responded, “Yes.” She then said, “My exit from the world will be as pleasant as this day.” And it was. That day was fair and calm, and equally so were her last moments. She was decidedly a Universalist in faith and practice, and to her death had no terrors. Resigned to her Heavenly Father’s will, she was prepared to live or die. Pre-eminently blessed with superior mental and moral qualifications, the influence of her life was peace and good will toward the world.

By her death, Br. Chase is deprived of a bosom companion, her family of a dearly loved daughter and sister, and society of one of its brightest ornaments. They feelingly mourn their loss, but are not without hope. Heaven’s blessings rest upon them, and soothe their woes.

Her funeral was attended on Sunday the 6th inst., at the Baptist house in the place, by a crowded audience, and a sermon delivered by the writer, assisted in the services by Br. [William] Queal.

T[homas] J. Smith

Evangelical Magazine & Gospel Advocate, Utica NY, 25 Jun 1841

Transcribed 11 Nov, 2007 by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY.

Victor Herald 30 May 1902

Mrs. Caroline Way Clark

Mrs. Caroline Way Clark, widow of the late William S. Clark, died at her home north of the village of Lima on Tuesday, May 13th. She would have been ninety-two years of age had she lived until July 4th, and was the oldest person in the town of Lima. Mrs. Clark was born in Lyme, Conn., and moved to this state with her husband via Erie canal in 1837. For many years they lived in Victor but for the last forty years she has resided in Lima. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church of Lima and a Daughter of the Revolution, her father having served as an ensign and lieutenant in the war for independence. To the last Mrs. Clark retained her faculties in a remarkable degree and was a most entertaining conversationalist. Two children survive, Thomas Clark of Rochester, and Mrs. Sarah Force, who lived with her mother.

Coordinator's note: The following article appeared just the year prior to Mrs. Clark's death.

Victor Herald 12 July 1901

Mrs. C. W. Clark of Lima celebrated her ninety-first birthday on the glorious Fourth and her son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clark, of Rochester, went home to take part in the memorable occasion. The aged Mrs. Clark's mental faculties seem as sound as ever and she walks about with all the grace and dignity of her youth. Lots of good things were prepared for the birthday feast by her dutiful daughter, Mrs. Force, and in the front yard hung Chinese lanterns and flags. While members of the family were visiting together they were happily surprised to see Carl Hammond, of Honeoye Falls, who has made his home with the family for the past six years, drive up. Mr. Hammond presented Mrs. Clark with a very handsome gift. The congratulations and best wishes of scores of friends are extended to Mrs. Clark. May she live to see many more such pleasant birthdays.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

John Dolan

Mount Morris Enterprise [Mount Morris, NY]. 22 Feb. 1956: 6. Print.

Coe, Flavius C.

Sudden Death Due to Heart Failure
Well Known Resident of South Livonia Passes Away-
Had Acquired Large Property

Livonia, Feb. 10. Flavius C. Coe died very suddenly yesterday at the family home in South Livonia. By his death Livonia has lost one of its oldest and best known citizens. He was apparently in his usual health, had just come in from outdoors and was warming himself at the radiator when he fell to the floor. Heart failure is supposed to be the cause.

Mr. Coe was born and had spent his entire life at South Livonia, being one of the large family of John C. Coe, of which only two remain; one brother, A. D. Coe, of Conesus, and one sister, Mrs. P. G. [Louise] Frutchey of South Livonia.

For a number of years he was supervisor of the town. He was a bright and shrewd business man, having accumulated a large property and owning several homes and business places. He found much pleasure in planning improvements for his own property and for the advancement of the town.

Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, Monroe Co. NY, Thu. 11 Feb 1904

Transcribed on 6 Nov 2007 by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY

Coe, John Calvin

Deaths. At his residence in South Livonia, June 11th, Mr. JOHN C. COE, aged 65 years. The deceased formerly lived in Litchfield, Herkimer co., from which town he moved into Livonia in his early manhood, and there remained until his death, respected for his many excellent virtues. His education was of no inferior rank. He was thorough in everything to which he applied his mental and physical powers. His mind was stored with a vast fund of useful knowledge, which together with his natural urbanity of manners, made him an agreeable guest among the intelligent and refined. He possessed great reasoning powers, and an uncommon memory which made him a terror to his religious opposers, and a most successful defender of his faith, Universalism. This faith he had enjoyed since an early age in life; nor did it forsake him in old age. I inquired of him just before his death, as I sat by his bedside, if his faith remained the same, and he replied with great emphasis, as he looked me in the face, "I see no reason to change my faith." He arranged his temporal affairs—finished his will—and uttered his parting address to the family, with all that calmness and gentle composure which might be expected from one who was rich in Gospel faith, and could give a reason for his hope. His family, his friends, his neighbors, his fellow townsmen, all will feel his loss. But he has gone to his rest. His funeral was attended in the Baptist church, which was kindly offered for the occasion, on Sunday the 13th, when an unusually large concourse of sympathizing neighbors and friends assembled to look for the last time upon that familiar face, and show merited respect to the memory of the deceased and to the mourning survivors. A dispensation of the Gospel was tendered to them by the writer, who was assisted in the services by Br. William Tompkins of Conesus. May the deeply afflicted and much respected family continue to be as they have been in the past, comforted with the same glorious hope that sustained him in life and in death.

O[rrin] Roberts

Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 10 Jul 1852

Transcribed by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY

Hugh Clark

Mount Morris Enterprise [Mount Morris, NY]. 22 Feb. 1956: 6. Print.

Miss Gertie Conklin

-- died at the home of her parents Friday Oct . 12th, after a two weeks illness of what her physician Dr. LaMonte, pronounced typhoid fever. Gertie was in her sixteenth year and the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Conklin.

All that was beautiful both materially and spiritually seemed embodied in the beautiful girl, whose early death seems to almost lead one to question the dispensation of Providence . She was the idol of a fond mother and counted her friends by scores wherever she was known. No tongue was ever heard to speak naught but good of sweet Gertie Conklin and though her fair form sleeps in mother earth the memory of her sweet --------- memory of those who loved and lost her.

The funeral was held from her late home on Monday last, services were conducted by Rev. WH Marshal, Mr & Mrs Kinney and Pickford Bros., of Byersville composed the choir. So great was the number who came to pay their last tribute that many remained out of doors for lack of accomodations within.

The floral offerings were varied and beautiful; mute emblems from loving hands, smilax and white carnations lined her pearl white casket, loving rememberances from her six cousins in Dansville, Misses Conklin . A floral pillow bearing her name, was from Mrs Boyd Runyan & family. A cross, of pansies and wreath, of geranium blossoms was a token from her many friends in Barkertown & many other offerings from friends in Chautauqua Hollow, Nunda & West View.

JD Grimes Jr., Earl Faine, Ray Miller, Charles Johnson, Welcome Paine & Joe Dormeck acted as pall bearers, and the Misses Ella and Jessie Johnson, Blanche & Grace Grimes, Grace Paine & Josie Bently appeared in cream whites as honorary pall berrers.

One verse of "Safe in the arms of Jesus" was sung at the grave & the honorary pall bearers strewed her last resting place with tear-stained flowers. Thus amid tears & flowers Gertie is at rest in the little cemetery at Consols Corners. TG Wooster of Cauaseraga had charge of the funeral and is an exemplary director.

Cards of Thanks Mr & Mrs Dewitt Conklin & family desire to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all who so kindly assisted them during the sickness, death and burial of theri daughter Gertie.

Contributor: Robbie Dreeson

Transcribed from newspaper clipping - newspaper unidentified.

Arthur Freeman Covert

Arthur Freeman Covert, 63, passed away at his home in Elm Park yesterday at 5:40 p.m. While he had been in poor health for some time, his illness had been considered serious for only a week. A wide circle of friends mourn his loss.

He was born in Ossian, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Freeman F. Covert. He resided there until ten years ago, when he moved to Dansville. His lifelong occupation was farming. He made daily trips to his farm in Ossian until taken ill.

He served as supervisor of Ossian for six years and held various other town offices there, including that of justice of the peace. He was a member of Phoenix Lodge, F. & A. M., Dansville chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and the Union Hose Club.

He leaves his widow, Dora; two daughters Mildred of New York and Mrs. Marshall H. Bailey of Newton Center, Mass; one grandson , Marshall H. Bailey, III; one brother Fred L. of Dansville and three sisters, Miss Mae Covert of Dansville, Mrs. Lester McNinch, and Mrs. Lloyd Denton of Ossian.

Funeral services will be held from the home Monday at 3 p.m., Rev. John Rayen Welch of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial in Woods cemetery, Ossian. The Masons will have charge of the services at the grave.

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

Transcribed from newspaper clipping - newspaper unidentified.

Edward Critzburg

TUSCARORA - Edward Critzburg, 93, of Tuscarora RD 1, died Thursday Jan 19 1978 at the Livingston County Infirmary. Mr. Critzburg was a life resident of the Tuscarora and W. Sparta area. He was employed at Curtis Burns in Mr. Morris. Survivors include two sons, Carroll Critzvurg of Lakeville, and Lloyd Critzburg of Mass., two grand children; five great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Mann Funeral Home in Canaseraga from 7 to 9 p. m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p. m. Saturday where funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Glen Bucher officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda.

Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda, Livingston, NY
Critzburg, Edward, d. aged 93 yrs Jan 19 1978
Critzburg, Carroll E K WWII 1916-1990 Sgt US Army et has marker.

Contributor: Jean Kay Morse-Jackson

Transcribed from newspaper clipping - newspaper unidentified.


DANSVILLE – Mrs. Bertha Dale, 68, died unexpectedly in her home at 52 Chestnut Ave. early yesterday (May 27, 1961).

She leaves three sons, Ivan and Elwyn, both of Dansville, and Richard, stationed at an Air Force base at Salina, Kan.; a stepson, DeForest Fale of Mt. Morris; a sister, Mrs. Cora Owens of Dansville; a brother, William H. Hurlburt of Scottsburg; 10 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At the time of her death she was employed by the Werth Nursing Home, where she had worked for the past five years.

Friends may call at the Baird Funeral Home in Dansville, where a service will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Rev. Melvin Lutz. Burial in Union Cemetery, Scottsburg.

[Taken from] News clippings found in Magee farmhouse on Groveland Hill. The newspapers are unidentified but appear to be local. These have been posted with the permission of Anne Magee and transcribed [and contributed] by Anne Magee Tanner.

Elder Wm. H. Day

William Hooker Day was born in Lima, Jan. 17th, 1846, and was an elder of the Lima Church for 34 years. He received his education at the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima and at the ge of eighteen enlisted in the Civil War. At the battle of Cold Harbor he was severely wounded and carried his battle scars for the remainder of his life. He became a member of the Lima Church in 1870 and was ordained an elder in 1876. During these years he led an exemplary life and held the esteem of those who knew him. He will be greatly missed by the church of which he was for so long a time a member and servant. His wise counsel and financial aid cannot well be spared. A wife and four children survive him, and have the sympathy of the entire community.

Source: Rochester Presbytery News, Dec. 1910, Vol. XVI, No. 4, page 107.

Blanche De Graff

Mount Morris Enterprise [Mount Morris, NY]. 22 Feb. 1956: 6. Print.

The Lima Recorder, March 8, 1888, page 1

Death of Jay Douglass.

It becomes our duty to announce the death of Jay Douglas, which occurred Monday morning last in Hamden, Ohio, wehre he has been engaged in business for some months past. His disease was inflammation of the bowels, and he was ill but a short time. Last Saturday his sister went to him, but Monday morning brought the sad news of his death. We are without further particulars. Jay was a bright, promising young man, and his early death is deeply felt by his widowed mother, brother and sister, and a large circle of friends. The remains were brought here for burial Wednesday. His age was 23 years.

Contributed by: Martha S. Magill, Asst. State Coordinator, NYGenWeb

Livingston Republican, April 12, 1945 (Geneseo, N.Y.)


Dr. LeVerne Dunham, well known Geneseo veterinarian, died Wednesday shortly after noon. He had been in poor health for the past few months and had given up active business. On Wednesday he felt better than usual and drove to his farm and from there started to drive to the Stapley farm on the Jones road. Taken suddenly ill, he had driven to the side of the road where he was found in his car.

Dr. Dunham was born in Burdette (sic) September, 1887, and attended the schools in that vicinity, graduating from the Watkins Glenn (sic) high school, and from the Veterinary College at Cornell University in 1910. The following year he was Army Veterinarian at Governor's Island and opened his office in Geneseo in 1911 where he has practiced ever since.

He was a former member of the New York State Veterinary Association, the Cornell Club of Rochester, the Geneseo High School Board of Education, Geneseo Village Board, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, St. Michael's Church Club, Geneseo Lodge No. 241, F. & A.M. and the Geneseo Rotary Club.

In 1913 he was married to Vina Sherwood, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ely Sherwood of York, who survives him. He is also survived by a son, LeVerne, Jr.; twin daughters, Janet and Dorothy, all of Geneseo; and a brother, H. Ray Dunham of Watkins Glenn (sic). Funeral arrangements have not been completed. [obit on front page]

Unknown publication and date.

William B. Dunning

Dansville, April 18- William Dunning of Cummingsville, a little hamlet about a mile and a half north of this village, committed suicide at his home at 11:30 o'clock this morning by shooting himself in the region of the heart with a 82 caliber Colt navy revolver. He lived until 3:15 this afternoon. Mr. Dunning was 62 years old and leaves a wife and two sons Harry and Randall Dunning. Last fall he visited his brother in Pennsylvania and while there suffered a paralytic stroke. He returned home the first of April and has been sick ever since. Despondency on account of his sickness is assigned the cause of his act. Dr. Preston was summoned, as was also Cornorer Perrine. They questioned him as to whether he shot himself and whether he was sorry for it. He said he did the shooting, but was not sorry for it, as he wished to die. The coroner will hold an inquest tomorrow morning.

Contributor: Marta Grace Kaley

Coordinator's note: 1880 census gives age of 44, so we can assume he was born 1836 and died 1898.

Samuel L. Endress, M D.

From Ontario County Times 1 March 1871

We have received an extra of the Dansville Express, announcing the sudden death of Samuel L. Endress, M D., at the age of about sixty-six years. The deceased was a native of Eastern Pennsylvania, but established himself in the practice of his profession at Dansville in 1828, and soon became prominent among the ablest physicians in that part of the State.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

Livingston Republican, April 12, 1945, page 5


-James Faulds, long a resident of Geneseo, passed away April 4 in Warsaw Hospital. He was born in Ireland, coming to this country and to Geneseo at an early age.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah McKeown Faulds; three daughters, Mrs. Daisie Hoppough, Mrs. Carl Miller and Mrs. Theodore Philips of Rochester; two sons, Leo of Livonia and Lawrence of Syracuse.

Services were held from the Central Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joseph Sunter officiating on Saturday, April 7. Burial in Temple Hill Cemetery.

Major Albert L. Ford

At Jackson, Michigan, on the 23d inst, of heart disease, Major Albert L. Ford, aged 54 years. For many years Major Ford was a resident of this village and connected with the Bodine Manufacturing Company, afterwards removing to Rochester. In 1862 he enlisted in the 8th New York Calvary organized at Rochester, Col. Davis commanding. For meritorius services he was commissioned Captain in 1863 and branded Major in 1865. He removed to Jackson in 1874. He was a man of most excellent character, fine natural abilities, courteous, unassuming and of unflinching integrity, a kind husband, father and friend. A disease contracted while in the army carried him to the grave. At the time of his death he was and had been for some time in the employ of the Standard Oil Co. Very many friends in this section deeply sympathize with his wife and family in this sad bereavement.

Contributed by: Kaye Thibault, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Contributor's note: "In researching my genealogy I found an obituary for Albert L. Ford attached to the inside cover of a very old family bible. There is no date on the obit and it doesn't list the newspaper where the obit was printed. The obituary lists Albert L Ford as working for the Bodine Manufacturing Company. I found the company was located in Mount Morris, New York". [The] 1868 Gazetter and Business Directory [shows] "an 'A.L. Ford' listed as working for the Bodine company. So I thought I would share this obit of a Civil War veteran who worked for a local company. . . . My research tells me that he died in Jackson, Jackson county, Michigan in either 1890 or 1891. The 1880 census lists his wife as Laura and she was born in New York. They had a daughter Delia, age 2, according to the census. I don't have any further information. I haven't found the link between Albert and my relative Ann Ford (born 1809 in NY State, married Moses Allen, died 1864 in Michigan) yet".

William Foreman

From Ontario County Journal 15 July 1892

William Foreman, of Lakeville, Livingston county, who was claimed to be the heaviest man in the United States, died at his home a week ago Sunday. A short time before his death, when weighed at Livonia, he tipped the scales at 525 pounds.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

Transcribed from newspaper clipping – newspaper unidentified.


Mrs. Nellie Foster, 25 East Ave., Caledonia, on Nov. 20, 1954. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Francis Vernon Fostor (sic); one son, Hazen Foster of Harvey, Ill.; one grandson, Vernon Foster, Okinawa; two great-grandchildren, several cousins.

The family invites friends to call at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel where funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., Rev. B. C. MacLeod officiating. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Springwater.

[Taken from] News clippings found in Magee farmhouse on Groveland Hill. The newspapers are unidentified but appear to be local. These have been posted with the permission of Anne Magee and transcribed [and contributed] by Anne Magee Tanner.

Livingston Republican, April 12, 1945, page 5


- Bertha Leet Galbraith of Wadsworth died April 7 in her home. She was born in Piffard in 1881 and had always lived in that community. She was married to William J. Galbraith in January, 1900, and has been active in community and Red Cross affairs.

Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dallas Spavin, of Niagara Falls; Mrs. Charles Davis, Groveland; Mrs. Francis Bailey, Avon; three sons, Glenn of Canisteo, Donald of Hilton and Sharon of Wadsworth; one sister, Miss Cora Leet of Piffard; two brothers, Bayne Leet of Piffard and Walter of Oklahoma. A fourth son, S/Sgt. James L. Galbraith was killed in Germany with General Patton's Third Army in December, 1944.

Funeral services were held at her home April 9, with burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York.

Andrew Gray

From Ontario County Times 15 April 1874

Andrew Gray, of Ossian, Livingston county, while hauling lumber on the 6th instant, attempted to stop his horses by seizing their heads as they were starting to run down a steep hill, when he lost his footing, was run over by the heavily loaded wagon and almost instantly killed.

Contributed by Darwina Michael, Ontario County GenWeb coordinator

From Ontario County Journal 29 April 1892

Theodore C. Green

The younger brother of Dr. L. E. Green, Theodore C. Green, aged 31 years, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head, at his former home in South Dansville, on the 20th instant. He was a successful physician at Hornellsville, very popular, and it is a matter of grave conjecture what caused him to commit the fatal act.

Transcribed from newspaper clipping – newspaper unidentified.

Death of Mrs. Amanda Brayton Griffin.

Our citizens were pained to learn Tuesday, of the death of Mrs. Orville Griffin, who went to her reward on Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. Mrs. Griffin had been a sufferer for some years, but since January was prostrated with consumption of the bowels, and at length finally succmbed (sic) to the disease.

Deceased was born in Hartford, in 1833, her parents dying when she was seven years of age. She was adopted by the family of Mr. Alanson Wiltsey of Adamsville, where she remained until her marriage. Mrs. John F. Whittemore of Hartford, was her sister. In early life Mrs. Griffin connected herself with the Baptist church, but some twenty years since severed her connection therewith, and became a believer in Spiritualism, and continued such until her death. She was a lady of a retiring disposition, devoted asiduously (sic) to her family’s cares, and was highly esteemed by those with whom she came in contact. She leaves behind her husband, and two boys, the latter aged tweny-one (sic) and fifteen years. Funeral takes place at 11 o’clock to-day and the remains will be laid to rest in the Union Cemetery.

Contributor: Anne Magee Tanner

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