"A" to "Ak" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1896
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Hiram Abbey, a lifelong resident of this
town, died Sunday, April 5, aged 74 years. Funeral services were
conducted by Rev. Mr. Orelup of Bristol at the home of his son, Robert.
Interment was at Baker Hill cemetery. Mr. Abbey left three children:
Benton of this place; Elizabeth of Buffalo; Robert of Bristol.
From Ontario County Times 14 March 1888
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Hiram Abbey was
late home on Saturday, March 10th, Rev. Mr. Searles, of
Cheshire, officiating. Interment in the Baker Hill cemetery.
From Niagara Falls Gazette 6 April 1932
Mrs. Jennie Abbey, 67 years old, of Allen Hill, N. Y., died
yesterday afternoon in Memorial hospital after a short illness with
lobar pneumonia. She had been visiting for the past two months
at the home of her son, Benton G. Abbey, who is her only survivor. The
body will be sent to Allen Hill tomorrow for burial.
From Ontario County Journal 10 September 1915
John Jobson Abbey, aged 95 years, passed away at his home on
Gorham Street, on Monday. Deceased was one of the oldest citizens of
Canandaigua and for many years was a well-known railroad man. There
survive a son, John H. Abbey, with whom he resided, and several
grandchildren. Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiated at the funeral services
on Wednesday. Interment was in West Avenue cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 March 1917
Canandaigua, N. Y. - John Preston Abbey, aged 73 years, died
this morning at 3 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. H.
Sisson, at 294 N. Main street. He had been ill with pneumonia since
March 1. Mr. Abbey was a city assessor and was well-known through the western part of Ontario county.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - Again death has entered the town and another
loving wife and mother has been called to eternal rest; another home is
sad and desolate because the voice so loved, the heart and hand always
ready in joy or sorrow are stilled forever. Mrs. Julia Plimpton
Abbey died at her home on Monday after an illness of seven weeks.
She was recovering from diphtheria when a complication of diseases
arose which baffled medical skill and in her weakened condition she was
unable to rally. Julia Plimpton was born in Stockbridge, Mass., 66
years ago and in 1872 she was united in marriage to John P. Abbey of
Richmond, and here has been their home, a beautiful farm home about two
miles from the village of Honeoye. Two children came of this union,
Frank Abbey of Rochester, and Mrs. Philip H. Sisson of Canandaigua,
who, with the husband, survive. Mrs. Abbey had been a faithful and
active member of the Congregational church for many years and seldom
was she absent from Sunday worship, rain or shine. Her work did not end
here; in her home, in her neighborhood, in society, this beautiful
christian character was ever manifested. Her everyday life was an
influence for good. The funeral was held from her late home on
Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dr. Arthur C. Dill officiating. The
interment was in Lakeview cemetery. The sympathy of the entire
community goes out to the family in their sorrow.
From Livonia Gazette 4 December 1941
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Robert Abbey, 76, who had lived in this
locality all his life, died unexpectedly Saturday night on the way to
Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Milton Munson of Centerfield and Mrs. Frank Earing of Canandaigua;
three sons, Robert of Lima, Clarence of Canadice, and George of
Canandaigua; nineteen grandchildren;
and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the
home Tuesday at 2 o'clock, with burial in Evergreen cemetery, Baptist
From Geneva Gazette 3 February 1882
Mrs. Sanford Abbey died at her residence on Exchange st. Wednesday
morning. This is the lady who met with an accident a few weeks ago,
falling from the piazza of
her residence, the first untoward result of which was a miscarriage.
The internal injuries proved so severe as to have at length resulted
fatally. Mrs. Abbey was aged only about 20 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 April 1930
Mrs. Anna Abbott, wife of George Abbott, died yesterday morning at
the home of her son, Thomas, of 43 West avenue, after a short illness.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Thomas and Samuel,
both of Geneva; and one sister, Mary Thomas of Bierut, Syria. The
funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at St.
Michael's on Geneva street. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 1 June 1887
Rushville, N. Y. - Died at her home in Rushville, Emaline
Abbott, wife of John W. Abbott, after a lingering illness of
consumption, aged 42 years. The funeral service was held from the
residence May 30. The deceased leaves behind to mourn her loss a
sorrowing husband and five children who deeply mourn the death of their
From Ontario County Journal 9 November 1917
Rushville, N. Y. - John W. Abbott died at his home here on Monday evening, aged 81
years. Although his health had been failing for many months, he was
confined to his bed for only one day. He was born in Cattaraugus
county, coming when a young man to Farmington, where he lived two
years. While there, he was united in marriage with Miss Emmeline
Nichols, of that place.
Fifty-two years ago they came to Rushville, where he, as long as his
health permitted, followed the trade of tinsmith and became well known
in this section. He retired from active labor several years ago and had
since remained closely to his home. Since his wife's death, 32 years
ago, his home had been kept by his daughters, his younger daughter,
Mrs. Edward Rechtenwald, living with him and caring for him at the time
of his death. He also leaves another daughter, Mrs. J. H. Wilkin of
Rushville and one son, Morey Abbott, of Geneva. The funeral services
were held from the residence on Wednesday, Rev. G. L. Pashe, pastor of
the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Rushville cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1893
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Garrett Abeel, who had been ill for some
time, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jerome Eldridge, on
Wednesday. She was the grandmother of Mrs. M. E. Furner, the
postmistress at this place. Mrs. Abeel had reached the advanced age of
From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1917
Rushville, N. Y. - William Abeel died suddenly on Tuesday
morning at the home of his sister, Miss Elizabeth Abeel, in this
village, where he had come the day before to visit. He had not been
well for several months, but had been able to attend to work around his
farm home, near the village. On the morning of his death, he arose from
the breakfast table and walked to the couch, where he passed quietly
away a few minutes later. He was born in September
1847, one of six children of Garrett and Katherine Lily Abeel, and had
always lived in this community. In young manhood he was married with
Miss Margaret Bucklin, of Rushville, who died nine years ago. Of their
three children, two daughters are living, Mrs. Frances Phillips, of
Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Emma Parker, of Erie, Pa. An only son, Joseph
Abeel, of Rushville, disappeared last summer, after a mental illness.
The funeral services were held from his sister's home yesterday
afternoon, Rev. G. L. Pasche, pastor of the Methodist church,
officiating. Burial was in Rushville cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 14 August 1908
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. William Abeel was taken suddenly ill
on Wednesday of last week, about 5 o'clock in the evening and died at
11 o'clock from heart failure. Mrs. Abeel was 57 years old and had
always lived in this vicinity. She was a member of the Tuesday club,
the Country club, the Mutual Aid society and missionary societies.
The funeral was Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Harsey King
officiating, and the burial was in Rushville cemetery. Mrs. Abeel was a
member of long standing of the Methodist church, being an active
worker. She was very much beloved by her neighbors, always ready to
respond in case of trouble. Her maiden name was Margaret Bucklin. She
leaves a husband and three children, Mrs. William Phillips, Chicago;
Mrs. F. J. Parker, Erie; Joseph Abeel, Rushville; and two sisters, Mrs.
S. S. Banks, Belvidere, Ill., Mrs. Thomas Farley, Cherryville, Ill.;
and one brother, William Bucklin, Belvidere. The funeral was largely
attended, and all the societies to which she belonged furnished
beautiful set pieces of flowers. From Chicago was sent by friends a
long spray of white lilies, besides numerous flowers by the immediate
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1907
Dr. Herman J. Abel died at his home in Honeoye on Wednesday after a
lingering illness from pulmonary trouble, aged 37 years. Dr. Abel was a
son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Abel of this village, where his early
education was received. He graduated from the Buffalo Medical college
and began practicing at Honeoye in 1895. He had a large practice and
was held in high esteem throughout the countryside.
He leaves his wife, a son, daughter, his parents, a sister, Mrs. Robert
Ranney of this village, and three brothers. The funeral will be held
this morning at 11 o'clock. He was a member of the Honeoye
Congregational church and of Eagle Lodge, F. & A. M.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Sophia Marie Abel, wife of Carl Abel,
died at the Memorial Hospital at an early hour yesterday morning after
two weeks' illness, aged 63 years. Mrs. Abel was a native of Germany
came here with her husband in 1884. She leaves besides her husband, one
daughter, Mrs. Robert J. Ranney, and three sons, Rudolph of Rochester,
and Ernest and Carl of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 26 January 1900
The death of Mrs. Agnes G. Aberle, widow of Christian
Aberle, occurred at her home on West avenue in this village at 9
o'clock on Wednesday morning, after an illness of several months'
duration. Deceased was born in Veidesheim, Germany, February 22, 1851,
and was therefore aged 48 years, 11 months and 28 days. She is survived
by her mother and one sister, still residing at the old homestead in Germany; and by
eight children, Mrs. William Thaler, W. F. Aberle, Jennie D., Carrie,
Agnes, Edward, Howard and Lewis, all living in this village; and by one
brother, George Goetz of Rochester. Mrs. Aberle's husband died six
years ago. The funeral services will be held from the residence on West
avenue at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, and Rev. C. H. Dickinson will
From Ontario County Journal 29 June 1894
Christian Aberle, an old and respected resident of this village,
died at his home on West avenue last Thursday evening, after a long and
painful illness from cancer of the stomach. He had for years been a
carpenter here. He was sixty-three years of age.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 March 1917
John Abraham, proprietor of the confectionery store, died this
morning at 4 o'clock, after a short illness. Mr. Abraham, who came to
Geneva a number of years ago, became one of the leaders in his line of
business in the city and also a large real estate owner. Several years
ago he purchased the Exchange street block where his store is located.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, George and Mitchell Abraham, all of this city; and his father and mother; one brother and one sister in Syria.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 October 1931
Mrs. Mary Abraham died yesterday morning at 11 o'clock at the home
of her son, Antonio, 45 Lewis street. Mrs. Abraham was born in Syria
and came to this country in 1905. She resided in Utica for twenty-three
years and the past eight years in Geneva. She was a member of the St.
Michael's Syrian Greek Orthodox church. She leaves a brother residing
in Europe; a sister and two sons, Antonio of Geneva and George of
Tonawanda. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at the home, with
Fr. Mitchell of Niagara Falls officiating. Burial will be Glenwood
From Geneva Daily Times 15 September 1944
Mary Celer Abraham died this morning at her home at 61 Tillman
street. Survivors are two sons, James and Michael; one daughter, Mrs.
Michael Coleo, all of v; two brothers, Michael Essa of Washington, Pa.,
and Ernest Essa of Syracuse; one sister, Mrs.
Ameen Lewis of Syria; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be
held Monday morning from her late home at 9:30 o'clock and from St.
Michaels Greek-Syrian Orthodox Church at 10 o'clock. Rev. Michael P.
Massabni will officiate. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 September 1912
Thomas Abraham, Jr., aged 32 years, died yesterday morning at 8:30
o'clock at the home of his brother at No. 367 Exchange street. He is
survived by his wife and two children in Syria; his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Abraham; and two brothers, John and George of this city.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the
Syrian church on Geneva street. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1881
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - On Friday of last week a respectable
number of the citizens of this town and Bristol were present at his
late residence to pay their respects to the memory of Mr. Henry
Acheson, deceased. Rev. Mr. Dewey, of Bristol, conducted the
services, offering an excellent discourse founded upon a portion of the
second verse of the fourteenth chapter of John. "In my father's house
are many mansions." Mr. Acheson was of Irish birth, and was about 63
years of age. He had been an honest and very industrious citizen, a
kind husband, an affectionate and indulgent father and as a neighbor
generous to a fault. In the social circle he was genial, lively and
hopeful. The blank caused by his departure from this life will not
easily be supplied. His third wife mourns
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 December 1938
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary J. Acheson, 84, a resident of Bristol
Center, died here in Canandaigua Health Home Friday night. She was the
widow of Walter J. Aceson. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. John L.
Neenan, Milwaukee, Wis.; and two granddaughters, Mrs. Elwood C. Cox,
Fairport, and Mrs. Lloyd W.
Plieman, Richmond, Wis. Private funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday in a local funeral home with burial in Evergreen Cemetery,
From Geneva Daily Times 18 June 1934
Mrs. Doris S. Achilles, wife of Dr. William E. Achilles, died at
4:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the family home, 80 Monroe street,
after an illness of several months. Besides her husband, she leaves one
son, William E., Jr.; her mother Mrs. Anna Wilcox Blanchard; and one
sister, Mrs. Cecelia D. Marvin, both of Covington, Pa.; and a brother,
William W. Blanchard of Folcroft, Pa. A prayer service will be held
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence and 2:30 o'clock
at the First Baptist church with the Rev. Fred T. Drewett of the First
Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Charles Emory Ackley, a veteran soldier, died on
Friday, Dec. 29, aged 55 years. He had long been an invalid. He was
found at his home unconscious by his wife that evening, and all efforts
to restore him were unavailing. He died in a short time. He leaves a
wife and two sons and a daughter by his first wife. Bingham Post G. A.
R., of which he was a member, had charge of the funeral. The body was
taken to the Naples-Italy cemetery for burial.
From Geneva Gazette 28 October 1881
Death of John Ackley - This well-known citizen died last evening
at about half past six o'clock, at his residence on Exchange st. He had
been in rather poor
health for several months past, occasionally requiring the attendance
of a physician, but managing to attend to his large and prosperous
saloon business with but temporary interruption for a day or two now
and then. Only about a week ago he was taken down with
typhoid fever which thus speedily ran its fatal course. Mr. Ackley was
a native of Switzerland, and came to this country about eleven
years ago, a stranger without relative or acquaintance on this side
of the broad Atlantic. Brought up on a dairy farm amid the rugged
of the Alps, he intended to follow the same pursuit in this more
productive and favored land. He did engage at such service for one or
two seasons, his first employer being Mr. W. Scofield, a dairyman.
Subsequently, he married Miss Rosa Leutz of the town of Waterloo and
soon thereafter settled in the village and embarked in the saloon
business, first with Isaac Baumann, and then by himself. For a year
past he has been our immediate neighbor, and we learned to like him for
courtesy and genial manners, and to respect him for his scrupulous
conformity to law and the rigid terms of his license. His saloon was no
place for brawlers and confirmed inebriates - such found there no
congenial company. His patrons were among the best business men of
Seneca and Exchange
sts. and the sturdy farmers of the country around us, with whom
greetings were the prevailing custom. Poor John ! how sudden, scarcely
realized as yet, his taking off. His young widow survives him but he
leaves no children. It was his intention to pay a visit to "fatherland"
the ensuing season, and he talked of it with all the enthusiasm of a
child in contemplating a visit "home." Instead of greeting long absent
son and brother, parents and kin must be saddened by this message of
his sudden and untimely death.
From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 10 Jul 1858
Death of Rev. Oliver Ackley
It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of our beloved father
in the ministry, REV. OLIVER ACKLEY. He departed life in his residence
in Orleans, Ontario co., N. Y., on the morning of the 30th ult., aged
70 years. We stated in the Ambassador of the
15th of May that Father Ackley had experienced a severe attack of
paralysis, and that his recovery was quite doubtful. The fears
then cherished have proved too well founded. He lingered for
about eight weeks in utter prostration and helplessness, before his
spirit took its final flight to its eternal rest. His mind was
materially affected by
the blow that shattered his body. There were brief periods,
when his intellect would seem to revive to almost natural activity. At
these moments, for some time after the commencement of his sickness,
while he expressed his belief that he (w)ould recover, at the same time
he evinced the utmost resignation to the Divine will… His faith
in the impartial grace of God and the salvation of the world remained
firm to the last. Two or three days before his death, becoming
satisfied that his departure was near at hand, he took an affectionate
leave of his family, and
said to them in the confidence of a serene and well-founded hope, “I
shall not die, but shall soon fall asleep!”
Father Ackley as a minister was diffident of his
abilities and modest in his aspirations and claims; nevertheless
he was an able and very acceptable and profitable preacher.
In prayer, we think we may say, he was unexcelled. We never listened
to petitions more ladened with humble reverence, with confidence in the
Father’s goodness, with love to God and to all mankind, with
a moving, melting pathos, than those which we again and again heard
flow from his lips. He sowed the seed of Gospel truth for more than
a quarter of a century, in the county of Ontario and the adjoining
counties, which has already sprung up to golden harvests, and which
is destined yet to yield broader and richer fruits in years to come.
The moral character of the departed was without a stain. He
endeavored to practice himself the precepts he enforced
on others. Although like all dwellers in the flesh, he had
his imperfections, yet it is exceedingly rare that anyone, clergyman
or layman, succeeds in winning so large a share of the respect and
confidence of the community, of all denominations, and in building
up a character so high for integrity, honesty, and benevolence, as
in his case.
Father Ackley entered the ministry in Madison county, some forty years
since. His conversion and consecration to the work of the Gospel were
among the fruits of a general revival which took place among the
Universalists in Madison county in the year 1817. In the Memoirs
of Rev. Nathaniel Stacy (P. 302) we find a paragraph in relation to the
deceased. Speaking of the revival to which we have above alluded,
Father Stacy says:-
Mr. Ackley was quite a youth when I removed to Hamilton,
usually attended my meetings; but made no pretentions to religion until
time of this revival: he, too, was an early convert, and one of the
individuals who had received baptism by immersion. He had an
talent of natural eloquence, and improved it successfully in our
conferences. At length he was invited and urgently requested to
hold meetings abroad in the neighboring towns, which after repeated
solicitations, together with my influence, he with great modesty and
manifest reluctance consented to do. And so edifying were his
confident were the people of his great usefulness as a preacher of
the everlasting Gospel, the he was persuaded, eventually, to take
upon himself the solemn responsibilities of an evangelist.
And how well he has sustained the dignity and the sacredness of that
high and holy vocation, I need not say; for he is well and extensively
known to the denomination as a devoted Christian, and an able advocate
for the truth, and enjoys the undivided confidence of his acquaintance,
and is greatly beloved by all who know him.
The funeral of Br. Ackley took place in the Baptist church in Orleans
on Thursday afternoon, the 1st inst. Providentially Father Stacy, the
early friend and instructor of the deceased, was visiting his daughter
in Geneva, who is the wife of John Ackley, Esq., a son of the departed
father in Israel. Br. Stacy officiated at the funeral, and gave a
very interesting and moving discourse from 2 Cor.:1. He was
assisted in the services by Brs. A[sa] Saxe and J[ohn] M. Austin, and
also by the pastor of the Baptist church in Orleans. A large
audience crowded the church in every part, and their fixed attention
and tearful eyes bore striking evidence of the affection they bore for
the memory of the departed servant of Christ.
We have received a brief biography of the deceased from the pen of Rev.
N. Stacy. It was too late for this week, but it shall appear in our
Death of Rev. Oliver Ackley
From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 17 Jul
Departed this life on the morning of the 30th ult., at 3 o'clock, at
his residence in the village of Orleans, Ontario co., N. Y., Rev.
Ackley, in the 70th year of his age. Between seven and eight
weeks since, he arose one morning apparently out of the usual state of
his health; but having some business abroad, in accordance with his
habits of industry and his benevolent perseverance in the discharge of
every duty to his family and society, and contrary to the earnest
remonstrance of his wife, he harnessed his horse and drove to the
appointed place. His physical condition was immediately
was seized with a paralysis which gradually rendered his left limbs
wholly helpless, in a moderate degree affected his speech, and
apparently produced an intellectual stupor, but by no means depriving
reason. In this condition he was conveyed home, and placed upon
his bed from which he never afterwards arose! Everything was
done for his relief that the skill of the physician, conjugal
affection, and filial piety could suggest, and that his numerous
friends could perform; all of which was evidently appreciated by him,
and very thankfully received but all proved of no avail to arrest that
sentence against mortal man—“Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt
return.” The writer of this, though for many years residing in a
distant part of
the country, in the State of Pennsylvania, was providentially thrown in
this section a few weeks after the attack, and enjoyed the privilege of
visiting him several times. I found him suffering very
but patient and resigned—his faith lively and his hope strong. Although
from my imperfection of hearing I could not understand all he wished to
say, yet there were seasons when his voice was sufficiently strong for
to hear, and he could always give me the assurance of his faith, hope,
and patient resignation. I remarked that he could adopt the language of
Apostle—“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have
the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness.” He shook his head, but remarked, or gave me to
understand, that he
could “wait all the days of his appointed time, till his change came.”
A little before his departure he took an affectionate leave of his
family, and the time soon arrived when He who holds the keys of death
unlocked the prison door and bade the freed spirit rise to the
enjoyment of immortal life.
His funeral obsequies were attended Thursday, July 1st. The
services were performed in the Baptist church in the village. The
writer, Br. J[ohn] M. Austin, Br. A[sa] Saxe,
and Rev. Mr. Wader, pastor of the Baptist church, were present,
and each took part in the solemnization of the occasion. The
house was crowded to its fullest capacity, and the deep interest
manifested, the profound and solemn attention given by the crowded
ample testimony to their respect for the deceased and their sympathy
with the bereaved family.
Brief Biographical Sketch
Mr. Ackley, it appears by record, was born in the State of Connecticut,
in January 1789. At an early day his father removed from that State
into Hamilton, Madison Co., N. Y., where Oliver
grew up to manhood, and where he received all the literary education
he ever obtained. The country was new. No laws existed
in the State of New York for the establishment and regulation of common
schools, and no literary institution was then established in that
of the country. But such was his industry and perseverance, that before
his majority he obtained a sufficient education to become a common
school teacher. And such was the integrity of his character, and
his known qualifications for the transaction of business, that he was
chosen to civil office in society, and promoted to military office in
society, and he served a short campaign as a military officer in the
service of his country at Sackett’s Harbor, in the fall of 1814.]
In June, 1805, I first visited that section of country and commenced
preaching in Hamilton. And on that or the following year at farthest, I
noticed Oliver Ackley, then a young man in
his minority, a very constant attendant at my meetings. I marked
his serious attention and the manifestly deep interest he felt
in the doctrine of God’s Universal grace. God had given him an
understanding to receive and a heart to feel and appreciate the
glorious truths of the Gospel. I soon formed a familiar acquaintance
with him, and a bond of sympathy and union was soon contracted which
intermission nor abatement until the shaft of death has separated us
for a short season. I was called to solemnize his marriage with
his first wife [Polly Gardner]—an excellent woman, with whom he
happily lived until she was removed from him by the messenger of death,
about seven years ago, and raised a large family of very respectable
children, most of whom survive, and have had the melancholy pleasure
of seeing a beloved father finish his course with joy, and beholding
his mortal remains deposited in their last resting place.
Although Mr. Ackley’s understanding was thoroughly convinced of the
truth of the doctrine, and he gave his support and all his influence to
its propagation, his heart was never imbued with its living spirit
until the extraordinary awakening in our
Society and vicinity in the year 1817—a circumstantial account of
which may be found in the Memoirs of my Life… He now made a public
profession, received baptism under my hand, and united with the church.
He had a natural talent for public speaking, and
he was faithful to improve it at our Conferences, and was soon
solicited to visit different neighborhoods and adjacent towns, and
hold meetings; and he was soon under regular engagements. I have
no data at hand by which I can determine the date of his letter of
fellowship, but it was probably about 1819. And shortly afterwards,
a meeting and a council were called in the town of Eaton, Madison co.,
where he was employing part of his time, for his ordination; and if
memory well serves me, Br. S[tephen] R. Smith preached on the occasion.
Mr. Ackley continued to itinerate and preach in that section of country
with universal acceptance and great success, until somewhere around the
year 1825, when he removed his family
into what we then called the Genesee country, and settled for a season
in the town of Hopewell. Since that time he has traveled much
in Western N. Y., and zealously, faithfully and successfully devoted
his time and talents to the promulgation of that truth which
constituted the ground of his hope, the sun of his life and the joy of
until the infirmities of age admonished him to moderate his zeal, and
circumscribe the field of his labor to narrower limits.
But his benevolent soul has forbidden him to be indifferent to the
needs of humanity—the sufferings of the poor, the groans of the sick
and distressed, the tears of the bereaved and afflicted, have always
excited his warmest sympathy. He has ever been the uniform friend of
the indigent, the sympathizing companion of the sick bed, and the
comforter of the mourner; and he has continued to hold himself in
readiness to attend the calls of the suffering within the compass of
his ability, either to administer material aid or spiritual
consolation. He has been, for many years, extensively known in
this section of the country; and his humility, his honesty and
integrity, his benevolence and charity have become almost
proverbial. He has conspicuously illustrated the practical
influence of the religion he professed in his daily life and
After the departure of his first wife, and remaining in widowed
loneliness for a few years, he married a second wife; and she has truly
proved a companion in faith, in hope, in zeal—a partner of his cares,
his labors, his joys and his sorrows. She married him with all
the tenderness of conjugal affection, bathed his fevered brow,
smoothed his pillow, and cheered and comforted him to the close of his
passage to his final goal.
It is the second time she has been left in widowhood, but she is not
without a stay and a comforter. She enjoys the presence of that God who
has promised to be the husband of the widow. May God sanctify
this bereavement, and fit and prepare her for all her further duties
and trials of life.
Geneva, July 2d.
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, Sat. 21 Jun 1851
Ackley, Polly Gardner
DEATHS In Manchester, N.Y., on the 1st inst., of neuralgia, POLLY, wife of Rev. Oliver Ackley,
in the 61st year of her age. Her funeral was attended on the 4th,
and a discourse delivered in the Methodist church at Clifton Springs,
by the writer hereof, to a large congregation of sympathizing
friends. The death of Mrs. A. will make an aching void in many
hearts. Her circumstances in life had been of that nature as to
assure a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and by all she was
esteemed as one of the best of women. As a wife, she was
confiding and faithful; as a mother, most devoted and affectionate; as
a friend and neighbor, kind and charitable; as a christian, sincere; as
a companion, social, cheerful and happy. In her appearance she
was dignified, though not haughty; as a lady, graceful and easy in her
manners. When duty called, her ever busy hands were turned to all
the various forms of industry. It may be said in truth, that her
life has been one of care, of responsibility, and usefulness. The
office of a clergyman in moderate circumstances, never lessens the
cares and duties of the wife and mother; but it not unfrequently
[infrequently] adds embarrassment and labor. They are liable to
be called upon by friends at any hour of the day, late on Saturday
night, or early on Monday morning, and the domestic duties of the
family must be put aside, and the company received, however unprepared
the minister’s wife may be to entertain travelers. Few have
sustained the trials of a clergyman’s wife with more dignity, or honor
to themselves, or given better satisfaction to those interested, than
the deceased, and few have exercised more patience and fortitude, or
maintained a broader charity. For the past few years, she had
suffered much from sickness. But that suffering is now at an
end. She has gone to rest in peace. May all who are
afflicted by this dispensation of Divine Providence be comforted by the
Gospel of Christ.
S. W. R. [Seth Williston Remington]
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Livonia Gazette 21 July 1911
Mr. Alden Adams, whose death was necessarily only briefly referred
to in the Gazette of last week, was born in the town of Richmond
seventy years ago. He was the son of Alden Adams and Lorena E. Short
Adams, and was one of a family of seven children. His early life was
spent in that town, and forty-two years ago he moved to the farm that
has since been his home. Mr. Adams was twice married; his first wife
was Helen Adams, whom he married in October, 1867. Two years ago he
married Miss Emma Baker, who survives him. Besides his widow, he is
survived by one daughter, Mrs. D. E. Locke of this village; one
brother, Hiram Adams; and three sisters, Mrs. George Ashley and Mrs. C.
F. Ashley of Richmond and Mrs. P. A. Franklin of Honeoye. His brother,
Noah Adams, died but a few months ago.
Evangelical Magazine & Gospel Advocate, Utica NY, Fri. 7 Apr 1848
[a Universalist newspaper]
Adams, Aldin and Mary
DEATHS. In Richmond, Ontario county, Feb. 23d, at the house of his son, Mr. ALDIN ADAMS, in his 83d year. Also, in the same place, March 7th, Mrs. MARY ADAMS,
consort of Aldin Adams, in her 90th year. The funeral of the
former was attended at his late residence on Friday the 25th ult.,and
the latter just two weeks from that day, March 10th; and discourses
were preached by Rev. O. Roberts to a numerous group of surviving
relatives and neighbors. These aged parents had long professed
the doctrine of Universalism and adorned their profession, thereby
endearing themselves to a numerous family of children, and all their
neighbors, through a long life. Everlasting peace be unto them,
and all their surviving kindred.
O. R. [Orrin Roberts]
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1886
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Allie Adams died last Tuesday
morning, aged 26. Deceased leaves beside her husband and two
children, a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at five o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1880
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Alvin Adams died last Monday at the
residence of his son-in-law, Mr. L. Andrews, of West Bloomfield, aged
84 years. His remains
were brought to this place for interment Wednesday afternoon.
From Victor Herald 2 November 1900
News was received here, Wednesday, of the death, at his home in
Canandaigua, of Ansel L. Adams, a recent resident of this
town. The announcement was a great shock and surprise to Mr. Adam's
many friends for, while it was known that he was by no means rugged or
good health, his death was entirely unexpected. Only a few days ago he
was upon our streets greeting old friends with his accustomed geniality
and Victor people visiting Canandaigua, recently, have been pleased to
greet their former townsman as he stood near the depot, perhaps on the
watch for them. Ansel L. Adams was born in Connecticut in 1825, and
celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday last August. When quite young he
moved to Rochester and thence to Ohio. For many years he was employed
various railroads, a part of the time as baggageman between Buffalo and
and also as express messenger between New York and Buffalo. About
years ago he came to Victor and purchased a farm upon which he resided
last April, when he moved to Canandaigua. He was a cabinet-maker by
but had not worked at it for many years. Mr. Adams married three times,
last wife dying about nine years ago. Two children were born from the
marriage; one a son, who died at an early age and the other a daughter,
who has cared for her father in his declining years.
Bright's disease, which affected the heart, was the cause of death. The
funeral is to be held this afternoon and interment will be had in
Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua. The services are to be under the
auspices of Milnor Lodge, F. & A. M., of this village, of which Mr.
Adams was a member.
Besides the daughter, Mr. Adams leaves two brothers, Myron O. of Adams
and George H. of Canandaigua; and three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Horton of
Honeoye Falls, Mrs. Henry Bement and Mrs. Andrew Lane, of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1912
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Arthur T. Adams was
held from the family home Wednesday afternoon, being conducted by Rev.
W. D. Robinson and burial was made in the village cemetery. Mr. Adams
was a man loved and esteemed by the entire community and his sudden
death Sunday morning from heart trouble came as a shock to
his many friends, even though he had not been well for some time. Mr.
Adams was born at Adams Basin, July 29, 1838, and came to this town to
live with his brother, Edson, in 1852. In 1866 he married Miss Laura A.
Parmele, who survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Miss Nellie
B. Adams, of this town; one son, W. B. Adams of Canandaigua; and a
grandson, Harry Adams, also of Canandaigua. Mr. Adams sang in choirs
here for more than 50 years and was a member of the male quartet with
whom he sang the last time a year ago Memorial day. He sang hymns only
a week before his death with the same strength and beauty he always had.
From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Benjamin Franklin Adams, a
prominent farmer of this place, died shortly after midnight on Tuesday
morning, at the age of 73 years. Mr. Adams had been ailing for some
months, but, while his friends were anxious as to the condition of his
health, few thought that he was in any imminent danger, and the end
came suddenly. Mr. Adams died as many would wish to die, when the time
came, he lay down and went to sleep. He was born in the town of
Richmond, Sep. 19, 1823. At the age of 20 years, he removed to this
town and entered the store of Porter & Hough, where he was employed
as clerk for seven years. In 1851, he formed a partnership in the brick
store with Isaac Mitchell, which business he continued for about two
years. At the retirement of Mr. Mitchell, he formed a partnership with
Frederick Munson, remaining until the year 1855, when he purchased the
farm of L. S. Beach, where he lived until the time of his death. Mr.
Adams life had been a happy one, and there are few men in the community
to whom the ties of the family were more dear. In 1853, Mr. Adams was
united in marriage to Lucinda Gauss; to them have been born five
children: Mrs. Darwin Gibbs of Litchfield, Mich.; Mrs. E. L. Pardee of
New York city; Mrs. Charles Stoddard of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Heber E.
Wheeler of East Bloomfield; one son, Frank M. Adams, who resides on the
farm; and two brothers, James B. Adams of Geneseo; and S. M. Adams of
Hillsdale, Mich. Mr. Adams' second marriage was in 1874, to Miss Helen
Pardee Seymour, who survives him. His former wife died in 1872. The
funeral services were held at his late residence on Thursday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, and were largely attended by people from all parts of the
town to pay their last respects to the deceased. The Rev. M. Luther
Stimson, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated.
From Ontario County Times 17 January 1872
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Carrie Adams, wife of J. T. Adams, died
at her father's residence in Littleville, on New Year's morning. She
was a loved and respected member of our community, and the whole
village feel her loss deeply. Mr. Adams possesses the sympathy of all
who knew her, and is not alone in mourning her early death. She was a
true and earnest christian, and it is a consoling thought to us to know
that, though she has left us to pursue life's journey, she commenced,
with the new year, a brighter, happier and more blissful existence in
the home prepared for God's children beyond the river of death.
From Ontario Repository Messenger 29 May 1890
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs Charlotte Adams died May 14th. Her funeral
was held at the church, Friday, the 16th. Mrs. Adams, as will be
remembered, fell a few weeks ago and broke her hip. She leaves three
daughters, Mrs. Birdseye Burch, with whom she has always lived, and two
in the West, one in California and one in Michigan; the latter was here
to help care for her. Mrs. Adams was 86 years old, and up to her last
sickness was as busy and active as ever, and her mental powers were
remarkably strong. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for
From Naples Record 1 June 1899
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Charlotte Adams, a lifelong resident
of this town, departed this life on Saturday, the 27th inst. Besides a
large circle of friends, she leaves two daughters, two sisters and two
brothers to mourn their loss.
From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1910
Word was received here on Wednesday of the sudden death of Mrs.
Charlotte Lapham Adams at Lakewood, N. J. where she was spending
the winter, aged 65 years. The deceased is survived by two sons, Lewis
H., of Canaan, and Elbridge L., of New York City; one sister, Mrs. A.
B. Field of San Francisco, Cal.; and two brothers, Henry W. Lapham of
Naples, and E. Gerry Lapham of Rochester. The body will be brought to
her late home on Howell street this morning. The funeral will be held
from St. John's church at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Herbert L.
Gaylord officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 January 1908
The death of Corwin L. Adams of this city occurred last
evening at the family residence, 141 Washington street, after an
illness of two weeks, at the age of 60 years. Mr. Adams was the
youngest son of the late Rodney L. Adams, formerly owner and publisher
of the Geneva Courier. He was at one time editor and publisher of the
Trumansburg Sentinel. He returned to Geneva in 1898 where he has since
resided. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Carrie J. Adams,
one son, Rodney B. Adams, and one brother, Oliver S. Adams of
Rochester. Burial Washington Street Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 October 1924
Mrs. Elizabeth Adams, aged 42 years, died this morning at the
Geneva City Hospital after an illness of five months. She is survived
by her husband, George Adams of 263 Lake street; three sons, John,
George and Andrew Adams; six daughters, Jane,
Elizabeth, Agnes, Isabel, Mary and Margaret Adams, all at home. The
funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the chapel in
Glenwood Cemetery. Rev. Alexander Thompson of the North Presbyterian
church will officiate. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Victor Herald 5 September 1902
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Francis Sophia Adams, widow of the
late Gaius Adams, and one of our oldest residents, died Sunday evening,
after a long illness, at the age of eighty-seven years and six months.
She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. O. R. Wilmarth, of Ludington,
Mich., and Mrs. Edward Brown of Pembroke, N. Y. Funeral service were
held at her late home Tuesday forenoon, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 September 1938
Geneva, N. Y. - Frank Latimer Adams, 76, died yesterday in his
home, 12 Genesee St., after a long illness. Surviving are his widow,
Mrs. Hattie Adams; one daughter, Mrs. Pauline Deitz, Farmingdale, L.
I.; one brother, Charles Adams, East Bloomfield; one sister, Mrs. Julia
Babcock, Middletown, Conn.; and and several nieces and nephews. Funeral
services will be held privately in the late home at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in East Bloomfield.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 28 August 1907
Victor, N. Y. - This community was saddened on Wednesday to
learn of the death of Mrs. Freeman E. Adams, which occurred at
an early hour that morning, at her home two miles southeast of this
village. Pernicious anemia was the cause of death. she was born in this
town 60 years ago. She is survived by her husband and four daughters:
the Misses Viola, Florence, and Anna, of this town, and Mrs. Leona
Adams Hornberger, Phoenix, Arizona. One sister also survives, Mrs.
Martin Snyder, who resides west of this village, but is now with her
husband in Washington state on an extended Western trip. Owing to the
telegraph operators' strike it was impossible to get a message through
to the daughter at Phoenix, and she could not be notified until after
the funeral. Mrs. Adams joined the Presbyterian church in 1880 and was
always, while her health permitted, a faithful attendant. She was an
earnest Christian woman, lovable and kind of nature and possessed many
sincere friends. The funeral was held at the home on Friday afternoon
at 2 o'clock and burial was in the Boughton Hill Cemetery. Rev. Frank
W. Hill of the Presbyterian church officiated.
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1876
Mr. Gabriel Adams of Canadice met with a severe accident a few
days since. He was in his barn pitching hay with a horse fork,
and when the fork was directly over his head, the chain broke and the
fork dropped upon him, one of the tines entering his
head and penetrating to the brain. There was but little hope at
the time that his life could be saved, but at a later date there was
thought to be a possibility of recovery. By a line from a friend
in Canadice we learn that Mr. Adams died from his injuries on the 7th
From Ontario County Journal 29 October 1875
Died - In Victor, Oct. 20th, 1875, Geo. A. Adams, aged 73
years. Another pioneer has passed away; one by one they are
falling. Mr. Adams was born in Barkhemsted, Conn., Jan. 4, 1802.
From Barkhemsted he emigrated to Western New York, near the
vicinity of Rochester. He has been a resident of this town about
26 years. His occupation was that of a farmer while living here.
Until within the last few years, he owned one of the best farms in this
township, but as old age advanced he sold his farm and moved near the
village. He was a good citizen and a kind neighbor. In
politics he was a democrat. His health has been failing slowly
for the past year and for the last four weeks he has been confined to
his house. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church on Friday the 22d
inst. He was followed to
his grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives, who thus
testified to the love they bore him.
From Ontario County Journal 29 October 1915
The double funeral of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Adams will be
held at their home, Macedon road, this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Both
had been ill for some time and Mr. Adams' death occurred 24 hours after
his wife, who passed away on Monday night. Mr. Adams was 79 and Mrs.
Adams was 74 years of age. There survives one daughter, Mrs. William Wass, of Canandaigua. Interment will be at Woodlawn.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 June 1938
Canandaigua- Death yesterday removed one of the most familiar figures in this city. He was George Washington Adams, 90,
a resident of Gibson street, who died in the home of his son, Charles
F. Adams, after a brief illness. Well over six feet in height, Adams
was generally known as "Shorty." He was born in Yates County, the son
of Cyrus and Lucretia Adams
and came to Canandaigua in 1877 where he had since resided. Surviving
are the son, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
Monday in the home, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 15 October 1875
A very sudden death occurred early Tuesday morning on Colt street.
Deceased is Mrs. H. E. Adams, wife of the sexton of the
M. E. Church. About half-past three A. M., she awakened her
husband, complaining of faintness and weakness of respiration. At
her suggestion he called in two neighbor ladies and then hurried for
and returned with a physician. The latter at once pronounced the
patient in a dying condition, and in a few moments she breathed her
last. For some weeks past Mrs. Adams had complained of pain in
the spinal column below her neck, and consulted two physicians in
regard thereto. Independently of the diagnosis of each other, both
pronounced her affected with congestion of the spine which threatened
to reach and produce apoplexy of the heart. Such therefore is
believed to be the cause of her sudden death. Deceased is a
native of Wolcott, aged 42 years,
and second wife of Mr. Adams. She was an attendant and devout
member of the M. E. Church, and zealously devoted to the temperance
cause -- in her humble way doing all in her power to advance the
precepts of Christianity and reform. Though death came suddenly
a thief in the night," it is believed the grim visitor found her
not wholly unprepared.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 October 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Helen Pardee Adams occurred
residence of Heber E. Wheeler.
She was born in Sharon, Conn., February 26, 1829. Some years after the
family moved here and she had lived here ever since. She was married to
Charles Seymour June 5, 1855. Mr. Seymour died in 1876. Later she was
to B. F. Adams, who died March 29, 1897. She is survived by four
and two sisters, Frederick Pardee of California; Walter of New York;
of Palmyra, N. Y.; Dr. E. L. Pardee of this town, and Mrs. James
of Battle Creek, Mich., and Mrs. Enos Pomeroy, of Ann Arbor, Mich. The
funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1912
Honeoye, N. Y. - Hiram D. Adams, a well-known farmer, who
lived two miles northwest of this village, died on Sunday morning,
after a lingering illness, aged 79 years. Mr. Adams was the son of
Alden A. Adams and Lorena Short Adams, and was born on June 24, 1833,
on part of the farm where he died. He was one of nine children, seven
of whom lived to grow up. On
January 7, 1862, he married Miss Almira Adams of Middlesex, and they
made their home on the south part of the Alden A. Adams farm. Three
children were born to them. Mrs. Adams died March 15, 1880. Mr. Adams
married Mrs. Mary M. Adams November 8, 1882, and one daughter was born
to them. Mr. Adams' grandparents came from Vermont in 1804 and settled
near Richmond Center. He was a member of the Prohibition party and for
years cast the only Prohibition vote in the town of Richmond. He
believed in preserving the forests and had a forest growing on his farm
of oak and black walnut that he had started from the seed. He was a
successful breeder of Merino sheep and a fruit grower. Mr. Adams was
the oldest of three brothers. These brothers always lived within a few
miles of each other and have all died within the last eight months. He
leaves, besides his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Daniel Merrill of Lima,
Miss Almira Adams of this place, and Mrs. Orin Owen of Savona; one son,
Earl D. Adams, of this place; three sisters, Mrs. Deborah A. Ashley,
Mrs. Marie R. Ashley and Mrs. lemon O. Hopkins, all of this place; and
three grandchildren. The funeral was from the family residence on
Wednesday, the Rev. Mr. Swarthout of the Baptist church in Lima
officiating. Burial was in Lake View cemetery.
From Phelps Citizen 12 August 1920
Horace W., son of the late Winfield Scott and Eloisa Miller Adams, died
suddenly on Friday night at the home of his son, Fred Adams, south of
this village, aged 66 years. Mr. Adams had been operating a grain
binder for a neighbor during the day, and late in the afternoon
complained of not feeling well. He was taken to the home of his son
where he expired two hours later. The cause of death was ascribed to
heart trouble. Mr. Adams was born at Augusta, Oneida county, on
February 2, 1854, and for the past 49 years he had been a resident of
Phelps, where he was engaged in farming. The family home for some years
has been on South Wayne street. He was a member of the local
Presbyterian church. Besides his wife, Clementine Brown Adams, he is
survived by five daughters and six sons, Mrs. George Richmond, Mrs.
Harold Harland, Miss Celia Adams, Albert, Seymour, Arthur, Lester and
Fred Adams, all of Phelps; Mrs. Edward Richmond and Mrs. Clarence Dyer
of Honeoye Falls, and Miller Adams of Hamilton, Canada; besides 22
grandchildren. The funeral services were held at his late home on
Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. H. York of Waterloo officiating, and
interment was in Rest Haven.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1908
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nat.
Squier, on Kendall street in this village, occurred the death of Mrs.
on Thursday evening. Mrs. Adams was born in the
Benton, Yates county, and was seventy-six years old. She has been a
of this village off and on, for the past three years. Mrs. Adams is
by her daughter, Mrs. Squier of Clifton Springs, and three sons, Isaac
Adams, Edward S. Adams and David D. Adams, of Penn Yan. The funeral
will be held at the home of Mrs. Squier on Monday morning and the
will be taken to Penn Yan for burial, where services will be held at
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903
Mrs. Jessie D. Adams died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Crofut,
Upper Main street, Saturday, aged 51 years. Death was due to a
complication of diseases. The funeral was held from her late home
From Ontario County Journal 5 December 1884
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. John Adams died at the residence of
his son, A. T. Adams, Wednesday morning, aged 90 years, 1 month and 14
days. He came to this town 89 years ago from Massachusetts with his
parents; was a pensioner of the war of 1812. Funeral services will be
held Friday at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of A. T. Adams.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 October 1915
The death of John Quincy Adams, one of the best-known
farmers in Manchester township, occurred at his home, northeast of this
place, last Friday morning. His age was 73 years. John Quincy Adams was
born on August 27, 1842, in the township of Manchester and his entire
life had been spent therein. He was a son of the late Charles and
Phoebe Tibbitts Adams. His grandfather was one of the original settlers
of the township. He was married on December 23, 1868, to Miss Ella
Lawrence of Manchester, by the Rev. Benjamin Swyck, also of Manchester.
He was formerly a school teacher, having taught in the townships of
Manchester, Hopewell and Farmington. He joined the Baptist church at
Manchester 44 years ago and was one of the oldest living members. For
more than 30 years he was a deacon in this church. He was also a member
of Manchester Grange and for 10 years was its chaplain. The survivors
are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Elsie Pentz of DuBois, Pa.; Mrs.
Jennie Olick of Rome, N. Y., and Mrs. Charles Sweet of Manchester; five
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, Henry T. Adams of
Montana, and a cousin, Adelbert Adams of Farmington. The funeral
services were held from his late home on the Howland road on Sunday
afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and from the Manchester Baptist church at
2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. D. St. John, pastor of the
church. The bearers were Henry Howland, A. J. Latting, George Warner,
John Dewey, Roy Macumber and C. G. McLouth. The interment was made in
Brookside Cemetery in this place.
From Ontario County Journal 28 June 1912
The sudden death of Mrs. Lester Adams, aged 72 years,
occurred at her home on Gorham street at 10 o'clock on Wednesday night.
Mrs. Adams was stricken with apoplexy at the entrance to her home about
9 o'clock, after attending prayer meeting in the Methodist church. Mr.
Adams, hearing the noise caused by
her fall, rushed out to find his wife prostrate on the porch. She never
regained consciousness. Mrs. Adams was born on a farm near Rushville
and practically all her life was spent in this vicinity. She had spent
many winters recently in Southern Pines, N. C. Though in poor health
for many months, she was active for one of her years and was greatly
interested in church work. She was a member of the Methodist church and
the Woman's Christian Temperance union. Besides her husband, she leaves
one son, Fred C. Hawley, by a former marriage; and a sister, Mrs.
Charles Ferguson of Rushville. The funeral services will be held at the
home this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Dewitt S. Hooker will officiate.
Interment will be at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1909
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mariette McKinney
Adams, widow of Edson Adams, occurred at her home in this village
on Friday morning, May 28. Mrs. Adams, who was 83 years of age at the
time of her death, was for 60 years a resident of this town. She was a
member, and, as long as health permitted, a regular attendant of the
Congregational church. Since her husband's death 17 years ago, she had
been gradually failing in health and had for the past nine weeks been
confined to her bed. Mrs. Adams is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. E.
Babcock, of Middletown, Conn.; three sons, Charles of Mt. Morris, John
of Morency, Mich., and Frank Adams of Gorham, and one grandson, William
E. Adams, of this place. The funeral which was private was held from
the late residence on Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 October 1909
Mrs. Mary E. Adams, widow of the late Corwin L. Adams, died this
morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family residence, No. 141 Washington
street. Her death comes as a shock for she was ill but a short time.
Although she had not been in her usual health, she was not confined to
the house and was out yesterday. This morning about 5 o'clock she was
taken seriously ill and rapidly grew worse until the end. She was 61
years old, was born in Canandaigua; but with the exception of a few
years, she had resided in this city almost her entire life. She was an
active worker in the First Presbyterian church and was a member of the
Woman's Bible Class. She leaves one daughter, Miss Carrie J. Adams; one
son, Rodney B. Adams; one brother, Joseph C. Burrill, and one sister,
Mrs. S. Friedlander of Minneapolis, Minn., who has been visiting her
sister for the past two weeks. The funeral will take place Friday
afternoon at 3 o'clock from the house. Rev. W. W. Weller, pastor of the
First Presbyterian church will officiate and interment will be in
Washington Street Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 12 April 1918
The death of Mrs. Mary P. Adams, aged 74 years, occurred at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Olin W. Owens, in Honeoye, on Friday,
following a long illness. There survive two daughters and three sons,
Mrs. Owens, of Honeoye; Miss Lizette Price and Waldo Price of
Canandaigua town; Louis T.
Price, of Cripple Creek, Colo., and A. B. Price of Rochester; a sister,
Mrs. H. T. Outhouse, and a brother, J. A. McJannett, both of
Canandaigua town. The funeral services were held at the home of Mrs.
Owen on Sunday. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 October 1934
Orrin Adams entered into rest at his home in Victor, Oct. 29. He is
survived by his wife, one son, Russell O.; one daughter, Mrs. Lucille
(can't read) of Victor; one sister, Mrs. Cameron McLean of Fishers;
four granddaughters. Services from the home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
Interment in Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 29 June 1864
We are pained to hear that Lieut. Oscar M. Adams, of Co. K,
148th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., who was mentioned in a former issued of
this paper, has since died. His wounds were not at first considered
dangerous, and his friends were in no degree prepared to hear that they
had proved fatal. Indeed, the last that was heard from him prior to the
receipt of the telegraphic dispatch announcing his death was to the
effect that he was able to walk about the Hospital, and would soon be
well again. Lieut. Adams, before entering the military service, was a
resident of East Bloomfield. He was a young man of excellent character,
highly respected among his many townsmen, and in the army earned for
himself the reputation of a brave and accomplished officer, while his
ardent patriotism and genial disposition earned him the warm friendship
of all with whom he was associated.
From Ontario County Journal 9 September 1900
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Samuel Adams died at the home of John
Palmer on Monday night, and was buried at Ionia on Wednesday afternoon.
Rev. Newton W. Bates, of this place, officiated. He leaves, besides his
wife, one child.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 April 1909
Naples, N. Y. - M. Tip Adams died at his home Sunday of pneumonia,
aged 69 years.
From Ontario County Times 4 May 1892
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Oliver Edwin Adams, aged 66 years,
grandson of John Adams, one of the first settlers of this town, and in
fact the pioneer, died after a few days of severe illness, and was
buried last week Wednesday, the 27th of April. He leaves a widow and
three sons, Charles of Lima, John and Frank of this place; and one daughter, Mrs. Julia Babcock of Connecticut, to mourn his loss.
From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1890
Captain W. W. Adams, an old and respected citizen of Victor,
died there last Monday, aged 84 years. He had an attack of the grip,
resulted in congestion of the lungs. He was formerly a seafaring man,
had lived in Victor the past 50 years. He leaves a widow and five
From Penn Yan Democrat 22 August 1924
Died at her home in Gorham, Wednesday, August 20, Mrs. Eleanor Adamson, aged
52 years. Mrs. Adamson is survived by her husband, Charles T. Adamson;
three daughters, Mrs. J. W. Thompson of Palmyra, Mrs. Alexander Lane
and Mrs. L. C. Fake of Gorham; one son, Frederick, at home; mother,
Mrs. Frances Bateson; and brother, James Bateson of Gorham. The funeral
was held Saturday afternoon with burial in Gorham cemetery.
From Penn Yan Democrat 7 December 1923
Died - in Gorham, Monday, December 3, James Adamson, aged 90
years. He is survived by three sons, John and William of Rushville, and
Chas. of Gorham; and one sister, Mrs. Jane Jones of Battle Creek, Mich.
The funeral was held on Thursday, Rev. Bushgetour, of the Gorham Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment in Gorham cemetery.
From Penn Yan Democrat 14 April 1916
Died in Gorham, April 12, 1916, Mrs. Kate Adamson, aged 80
years. She leaves her husband, James Adamson, three sons, Charles,
William and John, of Rushville; eleven grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. Miss Catherine Gillies of New York, one of the
grandchildren, has been in Gorham assisting in caring for Mrs. Adamson
during her illness. The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at
the house at two o'clock, and at the Gorham Presbyterian church at
2:30, Rev. A. B. Temple, of No. 9 Church, Seneca, officiating.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 21 May 1930
Geneva, N. Y., May 20 - Mrs. Bridget Addona, widow of James Addona,
died yesterday at the home of her son, Alexander Addona. She leaves her
son; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Capozzi and Mrs. Charles Bruno; and a
sister, Mrs. Angelina Zello of Geneva. Funeral tomorrow at 8:30 o'clock
from the home.
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 11 May 1905
Died, in Rochester, May 4, 1905, Mrs. Carrie Adriance, nee
Crittenden, formerly of Phelps, aged 63 years, daughter of the late
Israel Crittenden. The remains were brought to Phelps for interment.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marshall of Medina and Mrs.
Gregory of Rochester. Two
brothers and three sisters remain of her own family, one of whom is
C. Boyd of Oaks Corners.
From Geneva Advertiser 10 September 1895
William Adriance, the father of Mrs. Irving Corwin, died from the
effects of his paralytic shock, and was buried in Phelps last Wednesday
afternoon. His age was 62 years.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 March 1873
We learn that on Sunday last, between the hours of one and two p.m., Horace
aged about 38 years, son of George H. Adsit, an old
resident and respectable farmer on the road leading from Gypsum to
Phelps village, about one and a half miles northeast of Clifton
Springs, was found suspended by the neck, by means of a rope attached
to the timbers in the upper story of his father's barn. When discovered
and cut down, Adsit was quite dead. No particular cause is assigned as
for his self destruction, but the presumption is that he was slightly
deranged at the time of committing the rash deed.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1 August 1936
Died, Mrs. Rose Agovetta, at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Vincent Martino of Canandaigua. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs.
Vincent Martino and Mrs. Joseph Martino, both of Canandaigua; two sons,
Sylvester Agovetta and John Agovetta of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs.
Dominic Lombardi and Mrs. Antonio Maradofi; and one brother, Charles
Lemma, all of Canandaigua; 10
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral from the home of Mrs.
Vincent Martino Monday at 8:30 a.m. and at St. Mary's Church at 9 a.m.
Burial in Calvary Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 August 1906
Mrs. Bridget Ahern, aged 79 years, died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Kirby, No. 48 Middle street, at 1:45 o'clock
yesterday afternoon. The cause of death was general debility. She is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. Peter Skinner of Phelps, Mrs. James
Guinan and Mrs. Thomas Kirby of Geneva, and one son, Michael Ahern of
Lyons, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Kennedy of Buffalo. The funeral will
be held Monday morning at 8:45 from the home and 9:15 from St. Francis
de Sales church. Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 3 January 1919
Frederick Ahrens, aged 74 years, passed away at Memorial
Hospital on Wednesday of heart trouble. He had been residing with his
daughter, Mrs. George Miller, west lake shore, and he was removed to
hospital on the day of death. He had been in failing health for some
time. He leaves four daughters and two sons, Mrs. George Miller, of
South Bristol, Mrs. Albert
Warren and Miss Evalena Ahrens of Canandaigua, Mrs. John Braun of
Naples, Charles F. Ahrens of Canandaigua, and H. C. Ahrens of Toledo,
O. Funeral services will be held from the Ahrens and Breen undertaking
rooms. Tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. L. L. Taylor will
officiate and interment will be made in West avenue cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 16 June 1916
The death of Mrs. Friederika Ahrens, wife of Frederick R.
Ahrens, occurred at her home on Fort Hill avenue, on Sunday morning,
following a short illness. Deceased was born in Germany 69 years ago,
but the greater part of her life had been spent in Canandaigua. She was
a member of the Congregational church and possessed in an exceptional
degree the lovable traits of a Christian wife, mother and friend.
Her love of home and all by whom she was surrounded characterized her
whole course of life. There survive, besides her husband, two sons,
Charles F. Ahrens of Canandaigua, Herman of Toledo, O.; four daughters,
Mrs. George Miller, Mrs. Albert Warren, Misses Minnie and Evalena
Ahrens of Canandaigua. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor officiated at the
funeral services on Tuesday afternoon. Interment was in West Avenue
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Lydia Aiken, the last of a large family
closely identified with the Naples history, died last week. She was
also the last 1812 pensioner in this vicinity. The whole family of nine
children now lie together in the Hunt's Hollow cemetery of this town.
when a girl, was Lydia French.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 October 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Relatives and friends learned yesterday of
the death at Rochester State Hospital Monday night of John P.
Aikens, aged 58 years, a well-known resident of this village, who
had been at that institution for several months. The remains were
brought here yesterday and the funeral services were held at the home
on Center street this afternoon under Masonic auspices, he having been
a long time member and officer of the local lodge. He was also a
veteran of the Civil War -- one of the youngest to go out from this
section. He was a member of the 16th Heavy Artillery, and was connected
with the local G. A. R.
post. Besides his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Libbie Bailey and Mrs. Mary
Bartliff, both of this village, survive.
From Victor Herald 30 September 1893
Hon. Stephen H. Ainsworth, a well-known citizen of West
Bloomfield, died on the 20th inst., at the age of 84 years. He was
one of the wealthiest and most respected men in that town. He began
life as a poor boy and made a success of whatever he undertook. For
many years he was an extensive grower of nursery stock, and it was here
that he accumulated a considerable property. He was a friend and
of the late Seth Green, who is known as the father of fish culture in
this country. Mr. Ainsworth took a great interest in all public
in his town. In 1860 he was sent to the legislature from the western
district of this county, and always took a lively interest in the
of the Republican party. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs.
R. M. Peck, of West Bloomfield.
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