"Bem" through "Ben" Obituaries
From Ontario County Times 13 December 1876
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Dewey Bement, for many years a prominent
citizen of this place, died at his residence here on Friday last. The
funeral services were held at the Universalist church on Sunday
morning. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Borden, pastor of the
From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1899
Victor, N. Y. - One of the worst accidents to happen in
Victor lately occurred last Saturday afternoon when George Bement, an
resident of this village, attempted to cross the Lehigh Valley
tracks in front of a freight train. He was struck by the engine and
thrown to the opposite side of the street and instantly killed. No
blame in any way is placed on the company, as the gates were down. The
funeral was held from his late residence Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock,
Rev. Chester G. Miller officiating. Interment at Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Ontario County
Journal 27 May 1881
Victor, N. Y. - The remains of George H. Bement, Jr., were
place for interment, on Wednesday, May 18. Mr. Bement
was employed as brakeman on the Wabash & Indiana railroad, and
while in the discharge of his duties was suddenly knocked from the cars
by the beams of a bridge. He fell beneath the train, which passed over
his mangled body. Mr. and E. G. Colemy, with the wife of the deceased,
accompanied the remains home. He was buried in the cemetery at Boughton
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 13 December 1876
On Sunday, in the rural cemetery on Boughton Hill, in Victor, the
sods were turned over the grave where reposed the remains of one long
known among the earliest inhabitants of Victor, a citizen that was
identified with its early history, who had walked its streets for
nearly three score years, from a time beyond the memory of nearly all
now living here, a man at whose death could receive no more fitting
eulogy than that he had lived an upright, honorable life, true to
himself and just to all.
Heman D. Bement was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, March
18, 1799. Twelve years later his parents removed to Broome county, this
state, where he remained until January 1820, when, in company with
William Ball, (since noted as a physician) they made the journey thence
to Victor, and there remained. Since that time, with the exception of
some years passed in Orleans county, Mr. Bement has lived in Victor
village. During that period he has witnessed great changes, from a few
straggling houses the settlement has grown to be a thriving village,
families have came and passed on, his companion through that dreary
winter travel had long since died, and of all those who then were his
associates but four are now living. On Nov. 13, 1825, Mr. Bement
married Selecta, daughter of Rufus Dryer, and sister to Wm. C. and
Truman Dryer. His death occurred on Thursday evening, Dec. 7. The
funeral services took place Sunday from the Universalist Church. His
wife and five children, two sons and three daughters, his entire family
From Victor Herald 8 April 1893
Mrs. Heman D. Bement passed from this life, March 28, 1893. The
funeral was held at her late home, on Church street, Victor, Thursday,
March 30th. The services were conducted by Rev. Chas. Legal, pastor of
St. Paul's Universalist church. Selecta Dryer was born in the town of
Cazenovia, Madison Co., N. Y., the
23d day July, 1805. Her father's name was Rufus Dryer, her mother's
maiden name Lydia Cobb; her parents moved to this town (then
Bloomfield) in 1808. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus
one survives. Wm. & Truman Dryer, known and respected for so many
years in Victor, were brothers of the deceased. Mrs. Bement outlived
nearly all of her generation. She lived in Victor when it was but
a hamlet; Erie canal or even the stage lines were in operation. She
remembered when mail was brought to Victor only once a week. She lived
in Victor during the Morgan excitement, and remembered the exciting
events connected with it. She lived during the rise of mormonism, and
remembers seeing some of the principal actors in that movement. On Nov.
13th, 1825, she married Heman D. Bement, and after more than 50 years
life he died leaving five children, of whom three are still living,
Geo. D. Bement of this village, with whom the mother lived until the
end; Mrs. H. L. Allis, of Albion, N. Y., and John D. Bement, of
Charlotte, Mich. After living amid these shifting and transient scenes
for nearly eighty and eight years she passed on to join the great host
From Victor Herald 15 November 1901
Nothing too kindly could be said of the blameless and devoted life
which ceased at six o'clock Wednesday morning, when Henry Bement passed
of earth into the realm toward which all mankind is
moving. Chronic bronchitis was the direct cause of death, hastened by
the effects of a fall at the Central station in Rochester, during the
past summer. During the past two or three years, Mr. Bement had
gradually approached total blindness and his last days were clouded by
this affliction. Henry Bement was born in this town on July 20, 1831,
being 70 years and 4 months of age at his death. He was the youngest of
nine children of Harris and Nancy Bement and began life as a farmer
upon his parents' place. In 1858 he married Harriet Adams of Victor,
who has been his constant companion and helpmeet. Two children, George
A., who was killed by the cars in May, 1881, and Mrs. William
Bloodgood, now living at Ionia, were born to them. While a brakeman and
later baggagemaster on the New York Central R. R., running from Elmira
to Niagara Falls, Mr. Bement was crushed between two cars severely
injuring him about the hips. Since that day, when his only son was but
two years old, Mr. Bement has always suffered from physical disability,
but his experiences during the pioneer years of the Central railroad
would be interesting indeed could they be reproduced in print.
The deceased was a very efficient constable of the town of Victor and
whether in an official or social capacity, has always been a man of
strict integrity doing only right unto his brother. He was a member of
the Presbyterian church of this village. Beside the widow and daughter,
two grandchildren, Howard and Mazie M. Bloodgood, and one brother,
Morgan Bement, survive. The funeral was held from the late residence of
the deceased on West Main street, at 2 p.m. today, Rev. F. W. Hill
conducting the service. Interment was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery.
The pall bearers were Dr. James F. Draper, Leslie G. Loomis, James
Colligan and Darwin H. Turner of Mendon.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 November 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Margaret Bement died at her home on Coy
street, at 1:30 yesterday afternoon, after a long illness. Mrs. Bement
was born in 1820 and was the widow of Morgan Bement whom she married at
Victor in 1839 and who died about a year ago. Mrs. Bement leaves two
daughters, Mrs. Buren Gunn of Ithaca, and Mrs. Susan Proseus of this
From Canandaigua Chronicle 2 October 1907
Morgan Bement, one of Canandaigua's oldest citizens, died Monday
evening at 8:10 o'clock, of old age, at his home in Coy street, at the
great age of 89 years and 11 months. He was a member of the Wesleyan
Methodist church of this village. He was born in Victor October 27,
1817, and came to this village when a boy. On January 31, 1839, he
married Almira E. Hall of this village, where they have made their home
ever since. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Susan
Proseus of Canandaigua and Mrs. Elizabeth Gunn of Ithaca, ten
grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. The funeral will be
held at the house at 2 o'clock this afternoon and at 2:30 from the
From Ontario County Journal 27 November 1908
The funeral of Mrs. Morgan Bement was held on Sunday
afternoon from the Wesleyan Methodist church, Rev. S. D. Wilcox
officiating. Mrs. Bement died on Friday afternoon at her home on Coy
street at the age of 88 years. She had been in failing health for some
time due to the weakness of old age. She was formerly Miss Almira E.
Hall of Bristol. Her husband's occurred in October 1907, after a
married life of 68 years, nearly all of which had been spent at
Canandaigua. Mrs. Bement is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Buren Gunn,
of Ithaca, and Mrs. Susan Proseus, of this place; two sisters, a
brother, 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Six grandsons
acted as bearers.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 May 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Murray J. Bement, one of the
prominent men of this village, died at his home on East Main street
very suddenly yesterday. Although Mr. Bement had been in poor health
for some time past, his death was unexpected and a great shock to the
community. Mr. Bement was born in the Town of Manchester on May 20,
1844, and had spent the most of his 66 years in this vicinity.
Twenty-two years ago he came to this village and opened up his cigar
shop here, which firm was known at the time of his death as M. J.
Bement and Son. Mr. Bement was a member of the local lodge, Knights of
Pythias. At the time of his death, he was the acting president of the
Village Board of Health. He was a member of the Village Board of
Trustees for several years. During Cleveland's last administration, Mr.
Bement was the postmaster of this village in which capacity he served
very acceptably. He was well known throughout the state and
Pennsylvania, where he had traveled for many years in the interests of
Mr. Bement was twice married. His first wife was Miss Jennie Cooper and
they were married on July 4th, 46 years ago. One son, L. M. Bement, was
born to them. She died on the 12th of May 45 years ago. His second wife
was Miss Sarah C. Wade, to whom he was married 38 years ago. He is
survived by his wife and one son, L. M. Bement. The funeral services
will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at his late residence.
Rev. V. A. Sage, pastor of the First Baptist church of this village,
will officiate. The burial will be made in the Clifton Springs
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 14 June 1916
Canandaigua, N. Y., June 13 - The funeral of Mrs. Retta Bement will
held from the McElwee undertaking parlors tomorrow afternoon at 2:30
o'clock and interment will be in the West avenue cemetery. Mrs. Bement
died in Oakmount on Sunday at the age of 76 years. She leaves two sons,
Lewis Henry of Palmyra and Charles Ridley of this city; and one
From Ontario County Times 2 February 1881
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. Wm. J. Bement died at his residence one
and a half miles east of this village Saturday evening, Jan. 29th, in
the 61st year of his age. His death, which was very sudden and
unexpected, was caused by palsy, being stricken only a week ago for the
first time, the second causing his death. He was born and has always
lived in the school district where he died, and wan an honored and
From Geneva Daily Times 6 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. -Mrs. William Bement - When William Bement,
an employee of the Ontario Messenger Office went to his home
yesterday noon, he found his wife lying in bed, apparently unconscious.
He summoned medical aid, but the physician announced that the woman had
been dead for some time, having expired, it is thought, from an attack
of heart failure. She was about 36 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Bement had
been married only a few months, and there are no surviving members of
her immediate family.
From Ontario County Journal 3 June 1892
On Saturday the remains of Col.George W. Bemis were brought
Canandaigua for interment. Mr. Bemis was the only son of James D.
who was for many years the editor and publisher of the Ontario
and was one of the first printers and publishers in Western New York.
his father's retirement from business, Mr. Bemis continued the
which his father established, and in connection with it conducted the
of the American Express Company, of which he was the first agent in
In the war of 1861-5 he served honorably as a member of the 4th
of Heavy Artillery of New York State Volunteers. He enlisted December
1861, entering the service as second lieutenant. He was promoted to be
lieutenant, January 1, 1863, and resigned November 9, 1863. Mr. Bemis
a member of the John R. Stewart Post, of Oneida, and was a faithful and
member of St. John's Church. For the last few years he has resided with
son, John A. Bemis, at Oneida. About 18 months ago he had an apoplectic
and about six months ago was removed to the Soldiers' Home, where he
May 26. Mr. Bemis at the time of his death was 75 years old. His wife,
he survived, was a sister of Mrs. James C. Smith and of Hon. William H.
Two sisters, Mrs. Abner Antes and Miss Martha Bemis, both of this
also survive him.
From Ontario County Journal 12 November 1909
Albert D. Bender, a teamster, aged 40 years, who was dismissed
from the Memorial hospital on Thursday night, where he had two fingers
amputated, was found on Friday morning in an unconscious condition
along the railroad tracks near the hospital. He was taken to the
hospital and died in a few minutes. A bottle of laudanum was found near
the man, and a post mortem examination revealed the presence of the
poison in the stomach. Coroner Donovan is undecided as to whether the
man took the poison to relieve pain or to end his life. Bender lived on
West Gibson street with his wife and three children. He had been
employed in various occupations about town for several years, and was
an industrious and hard-working man.
From Ontario County Journal 11 July 1902
On Thursday, July 3, occurred the death of Henry Bender, a
prosperous farmer, who resided three miles south of this village. His
death was due to heart disease. Mr. Bender was 60 years of age. He had
been a great sufferer for many weeks. The funeral services were held
from his late home on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. A. B.
Temple, of the Seneca church, conducting the services. The interment
was in Gorham cemetery. Besides his wife, there survive four children:
Mrs. Frank Green and Mrs. Albert White, of this village; and two sons,
William and Loren Bender.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 June 1937
Mrs. Elizabeth Benedict, 68, of 6 Sharon street, wife of Charles G.
Benedict, died suddenly yesterday at their summer camp at Ohio, N. Y.,
in the Adirondacks. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage according to
Dr. C. C. Whittemore of Ilion, coroner. Surviving are her husband;
three sons, Charles G. of Los Angeles, Calif.,
John D. and William C. of Geneva; two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Shumway of
Albany, Mrs. Katherine Lord of Florida; and one brother, David R. Jones
of Ohio, N. Y. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock with the Rev. F. L. Harper of the First Presbyterian church
officiating. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 July 1897
Canandaigua - Tuesday evening occurred the death of Robert Benedict, at
his residence on the lake shore. Mr. Benedict has been in poor health
for a long time. Heart disease caused his death. The deceased is
survived by two sons, Robert, of New York, and Doc., of Washington. Burial West Avenue Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1889
The news of the sudden death of Mrs. Robert M. Benedict at her
home on the lake shore road Sunday morning was a shock to the entire
community. She had suffered some from an affliction of the heart during
the past year, but on Saturday she was apparently in her usual health,
and on Sunday morning she showed no change whatever until after the
morning meal, when passing through the hallway, she dropped to the
died almost instantly. Mrs. Benedict was a daughter of the late William
Gorham and sister of Mrs. E. C. Williams and William Gorham of this
village. She leaves a husband and two sons, Gorham Benedict of this
village and Robert R. Benedict of Buffalo. The funeral services were
held at half past
two Wednesday afternoon at the family residence.
From Shortsville Enterprise 6 November 1913
Colonel Thomas A. Benedict, one of the best-known men of the town
of Manchester, died at his home last Friday morning at 1:45 o'clock. He
was born at Skaneateles, August 7, 1831, and was in his 83rd year.
Thursday, October 23rd, Colonel Benedict tripped on a piece of carpet
and fell headlong to the floor, fracturing his hip. He never rallied
and suffered greatly for a time until a stupor came in which he
continued until his death. He was the last of ten children. In 1856 he
married Elizabeth Morton, and they had two children, Morton E. Benedict
and Kay, who died several years ago.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 September 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Lillian May Benge, wife
of J. E. Benge, occurred Saturday morning, four miles east of Phelps.
Mrs. Benge had been ill but a short time with typhoid fever. Mrs. Benge
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Eighmy and was born in Phelps
where she resided all her life. She was 27 years of age. Besides her
husband, she is survived by two children, a son and a daughter, also
her parents and several sisters. The funeral took place at Oaks Corners
church this afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 December 1906
Samuel Benge, aged 60 years, died yesterday morning at ten
o'clock at his home about four miles north of this city on the Lyons
Road. He is survived by his widow and four sons. The funeral will take
place Friday afternoon at one o'clock from the family residence and
interment will be in Glenwood.
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1918
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - Mrs. Anna Benham, widow of the late David
Benham, died at her home on the Benham Road on Monday morning. Mrs.
Benham had been ill all winter, suffering from an attack of acute
pneumonia and then a relapse, and also heart trouble. The deceased was
89 years old and is survived by two sons, Edward and Charles Benham,
who reside on the old homestead, and one grandson, David. The funeral
was held from the late home yesterday afternoon. Rev. Livingston L.
Taylor, pastor of the Congregational church at Canandaigua, officiated.
The remains were placed in the vault at Woodlawn cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 1 February 1888
Hopewell, N. Y. - Our townspeople, or the most of them at
least, were greatly shocked on hearing last week of the death of
Esquire Barzil Benham. Many knew not that he was ill until
they heard he was dead. He was buried from the house Sunday afternoon.
A large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled to pay their last
solemn respects to his memory. He had lived nearly all his life in this
town, and had hosts of friends, as was proved last spring by his
election as justice of the peace. He left a wife and two sons.
From Ontario County Journal 30 December 1910
At 6 o'clock yesterday morning in the same house in Hopewell in
which he was born over 85 years ago, occurred the death of David
Clinton Benham, following a stroke of paralysis suffered the day
before. Deceased was born on Aug. 22, 1825. He attended Canandaigua
academy and Lima seminary. At the latter institution he was a roommate
of John C. Draper, formerly of this village. Upon leaving school he
contracted the gold fever, which at that time was stirring the country,
and sailed for California via Cape Horn in 1849. A year of the
hardships of gold seeking thoroughly cured young Benham and he returned
to his father's fertile farm in Hopewell, where he has ever since
resided, and has made a large success at farming. Mr. Benham was the
oldest Mason in this county at the time of his death. He was a Democrat
of the old school, but quit politics when Cleveland and Flower dropped
from the game. He married Mary Ann Crane in 1853, who, with two sons,
Charles D. and J. Edward Benham, survive. Funeral services will be held
at the home at 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon and will be conducted by
Rev. L. L. Taylor. Masonic services will held at the grave in Woodlawn
two hours later.
From Ontario County Journal 6 October 1911
The death of David V. Benham occurred at Willard state
hospital on Saturday, aged 86 years. Deceased was a former sheriff of
Ontario county. He is survived by a son, Edgar V. Benham, of Rochester;
and a brother, Leroy Benham, of Canandaigua. Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord
officiated at the funeral services, which were conducted at Woodlawn
chapel on Monday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 June 1917
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Ebenezer M. Benham, aged 62 years, a
prominent Hopewell farmer, was found dead in bed at his home this
morning. He had been in his usual good health when he retired last
evening. Dr. Harry C. Buell is of the opinion that death was due to
apoplexy. Mr. Benham was born in Hopewell March 25, 1855, the son of
John H. Benham, and had lived in that township all his life. He was
known throughout Western New York as a
sheep expert and served as judge of that livestock on many occasions.
He leaves his wife, who is seriously ill at Memorial Hospital; also
four sons and two daughters, John H., W. Case, E. Murray and Ruth M.
Benham, all of Hopewell, and Mrs. James H. Edwards of Canandaigua and
Maurice L. Benham of Seneca Falls. Funeral services will be held from
the family home Thursday at 2 o'clock, Rev. PO. J. Williams of Seneca
Castle officiating. Interment in the Chapman Cemetery at Hopewell.
From Ontario Messenger 20 January 1858
DIED - In Hopewell,
on the 13th inst., Ebenezer T. Benham, in the
ninety-fifth year of his age. The subject of this notice has long been
a resident of that town having emigrated there from
Duchess county about the year 1807. Being a bachelor, he has resided
with his sister for the last forty years, who, but a few years younger,
was still able to minister to his wants and comforts during his last
illness. Although his loss will be severely felt by those with whom he
resided, and the neighbors generally, by none more than by the writer
of this notice. To whom may well be applied the true saying, "An honest
man is the noblest work of God."
From Ontario Messenger 1 August 1849
Rum's Doings - An intemperate man by the name of Elias Benham,
was found dead in the woods on Chapel st., a little north of this
village, on Tuesday morning of last week, with a jug by his side. He
had apparently laid there for several days. An investigation by a
Coroner's jury took place which resulted in a verdict that the deceased
came to his death from intemperance and exposure
and want of nourishment.
From Ontario County Journal 5 December 1890
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza J. Benham died Wednesday
morning, Nov. 25th at half-past seven o'clock, at the residence of Mr.
Frank Van Busson. The cause of her death was hemorrhage of the stomach.
Her age was 79 years. The funeral was observed from the house Friday
afternoon at one o'clock.
The remains were interred at Canandaigua. The deceased was a resident
Seneca county until 1860, when she removed to Chapinville, which was
until within six weeks of the time of her death.
From Geneva Gazette 22 March 1901
Mrs. Elizabeth Gregory Benham, wife of G. Granger Benham, died at
her home in Hopewell, March 15, aged 72 years. Mrs. Benham was ill but
a week with grip, and the announcement of her death came as a shock to
a large circle of friends by whom she was greatly beloved. Mrs.
Benham was a lifelong resident of Hopewell. She was the daughter
of the late Rev. Harry Gregory. Besides her husband, she leaves
two brothers, Charles Gregory of Hopewell, and Lewis Gregory of
Rockford, Ill. Burial West Avenue
From Ontario County Journal 9 October
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - Our community is called to lose one of
its oldest residents, in the person
of Ermina Benham, (mother of G. G. Benham), who died on
Monday evening. She was sick but two weeks and suffered very much,
it being an attack of neuralgia in her head, and was very acute,
finally reaching her brain. She was well-known throughout all these
parts, having lived on the place over sixty years. She was a very
sprightly woman for her age, being constantly engaged in doing patch
and fancy work for those of her family, or others, and her work was
really artistic. She will be greatly missed, not only by those of her
immediate family, but by neighbors and friends. She was 84 years of
From Geneva Daily Times 3 March 1913
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Esther Case Benham, wife
of Hon. Murray Benham, occurred at their home here Friday morning after
a two weeks' illness, the result of paralysis. The deceased was 75
years of age. Besides her husband, she is survived by a sister who
resides in Massachusetts; a brother, L. F. Case of Elkhart, Ind., and
nieces and nephews. The
funeral services will be held from her late home Sunday afternoon at 2
o'clock, Rev. B. D. Showers, pastor of the Methodist church,
officiating. Interment made in Chapman Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 July 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs.
Esther Smith Benham, aged seventy-two years, died
yesterday afternoon at her home in this village. Mrs. Benham was much
respected and esteemed in Canandaigua, having been a resident of the
town for seventy years and of the village for over fifty years. She was
the daughter of Dr. Northrup J.
Smith, deceased, who was one of the first physicians to come
to this vicinity. The family came to Canandaigua from Connecticut when
Mrs. Benham was a little child. She was the widow of the
late Douglass Benham, who was for a long time engaged in business here.
The survivors are a son, Douglass A. Benham, a daughter,
Miss Ida E. Benham, a grandson, Clarence Benham, all of Canandaigua,
and a granddaughter, Mrs. George J. Haubner of Clifton Springs.
The cause of death was apoplexy. The funeral will take place at her
late home Sunday afternoon. The burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 12 September 1890
Naples, N. Y. - The one absorbing theme here is the very sad
death of the lovely Mrs. Fred Benham, better known as Miss
Mary Paterson, of your village, niece of Messrs. J. and L. Story. Mr.
Story and family
are crushed with the calamity, not only because they loved her so
but because of the manner of her death. I will not attempt to give the
whole sad story. It is evident that owing to sleeplessness, the fear of
consequent insanity was weighing upon her mind, and in a moment of
unusual despondency, she swallowed the fatal drug. From certain
expressions she had used during the past few weeks, it had been feared
by her husband that she might possibly attempt suicide. They came to
Naples on Saturday, husband, wife and little baby, for it was hoped
that a visit to the place above all others to which she has loved to
come since she was a child would remove her melancholy.
With loving care the family guarded her against all danger as they
And she had seemed better and more cheerful, but this may have been a
The box of rough on rats which she found was entirely forgotten, having
in the house some time, and it is surprising that she found it. She
it probably about two o'clock on Tuesday afternoon and died at eight.
was two hours after she took it before it was known by the family, and
circulation had become impregnated with the poison to such an extent
all remedies were futile. She leaves besides the broken hearted husband
relatives, a little babe only seven weeks old. There is some talk at
writing of an inquest to be held this afternoon, though it does not
necessary as she told what she had done and died in the presence of her
Her husband who had returned to Canandaigua on Monday, arrived here
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 October 1917
Canandaigua, N. Y., Oct. 10 - Mrs. Hattie Case Benham died at her
home in Hopewell last night about 10 o'clock. She was the widow of
Ebenezer M. Benham who died a few months ago. She leaves four sons,
Maurie Benham of Canandaigua, John, Case and Murray Benham of Hopewell;
two daughters, Mrs. James Edwards of Canandaigua and Miss Ruth Benham
of Hopewell. Funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from
the late residence. Burial at Chapman Cemetery in Hopewell.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 April 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Helen Marion Parker, wife of David V.
Benham, of 188 Chapin street, died Tuesday night of cancer,
after a lingering illness. Mrs. Benham was born in Palmyra, December
1826. She was united in marriage to David V. Benham, of Manchester, at
Palmyra, in 1848. They came to Canandaigua 30 years ago.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 1 May 1907
Mrs. David V. Benham died at her home in Chapin street on
Wednesday after a lingering illness. She was born in Palmyra December
10, 1826, and was united in marriage to David B. Benham of Manchester,
in Palmyra in 1848, and came to Canandaigua about thirty years ago,
where she had since resided. Mrs. Benham was a member of the Methodist
church and showed great interest in the affairs of the church. Besides
her husband, she is survived by one son, Edgar V. Benham of
Canandaigua; and one sister, Mrs. J. Hart Latting of Shortsville. The
funeral was held from her late home in Chapin street Friday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, Rev. Ward Mosher officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Chronicle 22 October 1902
Chapinville, N. Y. - The sudden death of Mrs. Jane Benham occurred
last Friday morning, after an illness of only twenty-four
hours. Mrs. Benham seemed to be in her usual good health up to the time
she was found by a neighbor Thursday morning unconscious upon the floor
in her wood shed. She was carried in and laid upon her bed, and friends
were notified and a physician sent for, but all efforts to revive the
patient were of no avail, and she passed away Friday morning. Dr.
Hallenbeck pronounced it apoplexy. Mrs. Benham was 71 years of age and
has been a well-known resident of this place for many years. She leaves
two children to mourn her death - a son, Frank Benham of Saginaw,
Mich., and a daughter, Mrs. Emma Tripp of Cleveland, O., both of whom
were here to attend the funeral, as well as her sister, Mrs. A.
Aldridge, of Princeton, Ill.
From Ontario County Times 19 February 1908
John H. Benham, a life long and prominent citizen of the town of
Hopewell, and known and honored throughout Ontario County, died
yesterday at his home just west of Hopewell Center, on the farm where
he was born ninety one years ago, and on which he had always lived. Mr.
Benham was born on February 6, 1817, and was the son of Ebenezer Benham
2d, who came with his parents from New Jersey, first to Dutchess
County, and then to Canandaigua, where he worked for a time for Abner
Barlow, the pioneer, and helped him clear the farm on the east side of
Main Street, through which Barlow St. or Gibson St. was laid out.
Ebenezer Benham later settled in Hopewell, where as first stated his
son, John H. Benham, was born and lived his entire life, and where he
himself died in 1856. John H. Benham was the last survivor of a family
of two brothers and five sisters. His wife, Sophia Murray, to whom he
was married in 1838, died nine years ago, and there now survive two
sons, Murray and Ebenezer M. The latter resides on the old homestead,
and has tenderly cared for his father in his declining years. John H.
Benham was educated in the common schools and at the Canandaigua
Academy, where he was a student under Principal Henry Howe, and a class
mate of Elbridge G. Lapham, and other boys who later attained wide
fame. He started out in politics as a Woolly Head, or Anti Slavery
Whig, and assisted in the organization of the Republican party of which
he remained an earnest and loyal supporter to the end. He delighted to
recall the incidents that marked the early campaigns of this
organization, and took much pride in his own modest part in them, such
as the cutting and raising of a liberty pole at a meeting held in
Hopewell Center in 1856, when James C. Smith and Elbridge C. Lapham
spoke for Free Speech, Free Press, Free Men, Free Labor, and Fremont.
Mr. Benham was early recognized as a leading and influential citizen of
his town, and was successively elected to fill the offices of Justice
of the Peace, Supervisor, Justice of Sessions, and finally, in 1871,
Superintendent of the Poor. He held this position of public trust for
three terms or until 1880. Following his retirement from office, he
devoted himself to farming, in which he was recognized throughout the
county as most successful and as representing the most progressive
school of agriculture. Until the weakness incident to advancing age
precluded his active participation, he continued a prominent figure in
agricultural and political gatherings, and exerted a large influence in
shaping local affairs. The funeral service will be held at the home on
Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, with the Rev. H. L. Andrews, of Seneca
Castle, officiating. The interment will be in the Chapman cemetery, in
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 12 May 1881
Last week our citizens were called upon to lay away the remains of Major Lester Benham, an
old pioneer of our town. Mr. Benham had been sick for nearly a years
and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Benham was a man possessed of a
strong love of home and for that reason was seldom seen outside of the
home circle. He was a man with a warm heart and many sterling qualities,
which endeared him to all who knew him personally. He leaves a widow
and five children, all of whom have reached maturity. His family have
the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 26 October 1918
Canandaigua, N. Y., Oct. 25 - The death of Milo A. Benham, of
Chapin, occurred at Thompson Memorial Hospital here last night. He was
64 years of age and is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs.
Florence Farnsworth of Chapin, and Miss Mildred Benham, now a Red Cross
nurse in France; one son, Sergeant Harold A. Benham, in the American
army in France; two sisters, Miss Carrie T. Benham of Chapin, and Mrs.
Ella R. Wadsworth of Hopewell; and a brother, Thomas C. Benham of
Hopewell. The funeral will be held privately from the Methodist church
at Chapin Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and burial will be made in
the Chapman cemetery in Hopewell.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 26 June 1916
Geneva, N. Y., June 25 - Murray R. Benham, aged 74 years, member
of Assembly from Ontario county in the Legislature of 1897, former
deputy revenue collector and for years an examiner connected with the
State (can't read) Commission, was found dead in a room at the Kirkwood
Hotel yesterday. Death was due to a stroke of epilepsy suffered, it is
believed, as Mr. Benham was about to dress after getting up.
Mr. Benham for many years was closely connected with Ontario county
politics. He was a resident of Hopewell, but of late years has claimed
Canandaigua as his home. In the position which he occupied at the time
of his death, his duty consisted of investigating the financial
condition of patients sent to the Willard State Hospital.
He arrived in Geneva on an investigating trip on Thursday. Mr. Benham
took a room at the Kirkwood Hotel, where he has stopped for years,
Thursday evening. He was about as usual Friday and Friday night was
heard about the room and his deep breathing was heard by several who
passed his room during the night. Yesterday morning he failed to come
downstairs. He was not an early riser but the maid, being desirous of
changing the linen in the room, made an effort to enter late in the
morning. There was no response and she summoned Charles Ketchel, the
clerk. Mr. Ketchel climbed on a chair and looking through the transom,
saw Mr. Benham lying on the floor. Entrance to the room was forced and
as son as the body was reached, it was seen that he was dead. Coroner
Flint was notified. The body was removed to the undertaking rooms of
Kennedy and a complete examination was made by Dr. Grove who pronounced
death due to a stroke of apoplexy. It was stated by George M. Benham,
his only son, that Mr. Benham had suffered one of two slight strokes on
previous occasions. The funeral will be held from the home in Hopewell
Center Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. P. J. Williams of
Seneca Castle officiating. Interment will be in the Chapman Cemetery in
From Geneva Gazette 13 May 1892
The death of Mrs. Murray Benham of Hopewell is announced,
occurring last Sunday morning, aged 46 years. Her afflicted
husband is Deputy Internal Revenue Collector for this district.
From Shortsville Enterprise 31 October 1935
The death of Mrs. Nellie King Benham, relict of Milo A.
Benham, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Farnsworth,
at Chapin, last week Wednesday, following an extended illness. She was
aged 69 years, and was a native of Providence, R. I. She is survived by
two daughters, Mrs.
Farnsworth of Chapin, and Mrs. C. R. Moore of New York city and one
son, Harold A. Benham of Rochester. Private funeral services were held
from the Farnsworth home and the remains were taken to Providence, R.
I. , for interment.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 August 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - This afternoon at two o'clock at the
house will be held the funeral services of the late Mrs. Philena
Knapp Benham, whose death occurred on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Benham
was born in Hopewell on December 13, 1826, and has been a resident of
this village for thirty-five years. She was married to Dr. Sylvester
Benham, of Hopewell, in 1844. Mrs. Benham has been in feeble health for
a number of years. She is survived by three nieces, Mrs. William
Scandling and Mrs. Jane Hobbs, of Hopewell, and Mrs. Catherine
Farnsworth of Rochester, and the one granddaughter, Miss Sarah Benham
Wells, of this village. The burial will be made in the family lot in
the village cemetery where her husband was buried eight years ago.
From Ontario County Journal 17 February 1899
Yesterday morning at her home in Hopewell occurred the death of Mrs.
Benham, wife of John H. Benham, at the advanced age of
82 years. Deceased had been ill but a short time. Mrs. Benham is
survived by a husband, two sons, Hon. Murray C. Benham, and E. M.
Benham of Hopewell, and two daughters, Mrs. James B. Castle of West
Greece, and Mrs. S. E. Budd of Newark. Mr. and Mrs. Benham had resided
together on the farm where she died for the extended period of 61 years.
From Geneva Gazette 15 September 1893
Spencer Benham of Chapinville, well known throughout the county,
died very suddenly on the 8th inst. of heart disease. Deceased was at
work as usual in his cooper shop, when he was suddenly seen to reel and
fall and soon breathed his last. He leaves a wife and one child.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 28 March 1890
Dr. Sylvester Benham, of
Clifton Springs, who had been ill for a number of weeks, died Tuesday
night of kidney disease, aged 68 years. Dr. Benham was an old resident
of this place and very highly respected.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 March
Gorham, N. Y. - The funeral of Aaron Benjamin, who died
at Willard State hospital Monday,
took place at the home of his sister, Miss Helen Benjamin, Wednesday
afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was made in Gorham cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 March 1909
Gorham, N. Y. - David Benjamin, an old resident of the town, about
80 years old, suddenly fell from his chair to the floor, dead, on
Saturday afternoon at his home on South street. In the forenoon he
appeared as well as usual, having been at work sawing wood. Burial
From Ontario County Journal 5 March 1886
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza Benjamin, widow of the late John
Benjamin, died on Sunday morning, after an
illness of two weeks. Mrs. Benjamin was a devoted Christian woman,
and died triumphant in the faith of her Lord. She was reared in New
Jersey in comparative luxury, coming here some thirty-five years
ago, and making the best of life in a somewhat different channel from
that to which she had been accustomed. She was buried on Tuesday in
Rose Ridge cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1885
Naples, N. Y. - The death of John Benjamin, an old
resident, which occurred on Friday,
was a surprise to everyone. He had not been ill long.
From Ontario Republican Times 2 October 1861
Another of our venerated citizens has gone to his everlasting
rest. On Sunday morning, Sept. 29th, at 4 o'clock, died the Hon. Orson
age the age of 72 years. Mr. Benjamin became a resident
of this village, more than 50 years ago, and this county has been his
home ever since. He commenced his career in this place as an Attorney
Counsellor at Law, when the village was in its infancy, and it
few, while the legal profession was numerous, learned and brilliant. To
have maintained his position, surrounded by such a galaxy of profound
argued at once, capacity and industry, whereby he was enabled to
a competency and rear a numerous family. In all the social relations,
was sincere, kind and reliable; a member of the Episcopal church for
years, he constantly manifested the christian virtues in an eminent
Besides other less distinguished honors, he was once appointed, and
elected to fill the highly responsible office of Surrogate, the closing
of which would have expired on the 1st of January next. In the
of the onerous duties of his office, he has been faithful to his trust,
in the execution of his delicate responsibilities, and has always been
to meet the just requisitions of society upon all its members. Mr.
is the tenth head of a family, who has been thus removed, from this
neighborhood since the year commenced.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 June 1907
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Sarah Benjamin took
place at her home south of the village on Monday, due to a shock with
she was afflicted several months ago. Her maiden name was Sarah Detro
and she was a daughter of John and Susan Detro. Her first husband was
Samuel Hershey, who died a number of years ago. Later in life, she
Samuel Benjamin, who also departed this life a short time after their
marriage. She leaves six children, four sons, Benjamin, John, Daniel
Samuel, and two daughters, Hannah and Mrs. John Burgess, all of Gorham.
She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Alzina Button of Michigan, and three
Charles, James and George Detro, of Gorham. The funeral took place
from her late home at 2 o'clock. Interment was in Little Church
From Ontario County Journal 13 November 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Last week Thursday morning Zachary Benn, an
this place, was found dead in his bed at his home about
two miles south of the village. His death was due to heart disease,
with which he had been troubled for two or three years, being under the
doctor's care at the time of his death. His age was about 70 years. A
wife, three sons and a daughter survive. The funeral was held from St.
Francis' church last Saturday forenoon and interment made at Geneva.
The deceased was in town on election day and voted, although feeling
quite poorly at the time.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 February 1904
Eugene Bennet, formerly of this city, died Tuesday evening at
Phelps. He was fifty-two and well-known here, having been employed as a
carpenter by Persons & Siglar for some time. While here he resided
at 20 Seneca street.
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 February 1904
Mrs. Abel Bennett died on Thursday evening last at the advanced
age of 83, at the home of her son, E. W. Bennett, after a short
illness. Funeral was held Saturday afternoon from her late home.
Besides the son, with whom she lived, she leaves a son, A. L. Bennett,
and a daughter, Mrs. N. W. Dibble.
From Ontario County Times 2 May 1888
Naples, N. Y. - The body of Abram Bennett was found in
his door yard on Saturday evening. Dr. T. B. Wettling, coroner,
impaneled a jury, who brought in a verdict that his death was caused by
dislocation of the neck caused by a fall.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 28 December 1931
Dec. 27 - Funeral services will be conducted from the home tomorrow at
2:30 o'clock for Albert L. Bennett, 88, who died yesterday. He leaves
his widow, Mary Jane Bennett, five daughters, two sons and a brother.
From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1894
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Amos Bennett died last Saturday at his
home, about two miles north of here, from the effects of injuries
received the day before. As he was returning from North Bloomfield with
a loaded wagon, one of the bags slipped and in reaching over to replace
it, he lost his balance and fell beneath the wheels, which passed over
him, inflicting fatal injuries.
Source: The Palmyra Courier, October 19, 1888, page 2 [a Wayne
County NY newspaper]
Barney Bennett, road-master on the Western division of the
Central-Hudson road, died at his home in Canandaigua on Tuesday night
of this week, after a short illness. Thanks to Martha McGill for
From Ontario County Times 17 October 1888
Mr. Bernard Bennett, whose dangerous illness was mentioned in these
columns last week, died last evening. The deceased had been in the
service of the Central Hudson Company from boyhood, and was universally
regarded as an exceptionally faithful and capable man. He had charge of
the track between Syracuse and Rochester and also between Geneva and
Lyons. His age was about fifty-four years, he having been born in 1834.
He was a native of Ireland, but came to this country with his parents
when a child.
From Geneva Advertiser 12 February 1901
Charles Bennett died at his home on Genesee street last Tuesday
afternoon, Feb. 5. He was one of our oldest native residents, was
born in Geneva January 22, 1820, and was consequently a little past 81
years years of age. For years he followed farming, and has told
often of the work he did when a boy. He drove an ox team that
drew much of the cobble stone with which Seneca street was first paved,
and he said it was regarded as a wonderful improvement; people came
here from many other villages to see it and pattern after it. His
business in later years was making brick. Of his father's family
he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Bannister of Fairport, and two
brothers, Horace D. and George Bennett of Geneva, these three of a
family of eight children. Although thrice married,
no children survive him. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 12 August 1898
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Cornelia Bennett, aged 79 years, died on
Wednesday evening, Aug. 3, at the residence of her son-in-law, John
Alger. Mrs. Bennett had been in poor health for a long time and her
death was not unexpected. The funeral services were held from her late
home on Friday, Rev. Mr. Blowers of Hemlock, officiating, with
interment at Lake View.
From Ontario County Times 5 February 1879
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Delos Bennett of this place died very suddenly
at his home last Friday. Mr. Bennett had been sick for a day or two,
but was feeling better on Thursday night. He died on Friday morning at
four o'clock. The funeral services were held at the Universalist church
on Sunday. The remains were taken East for interment.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 10 April 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Edwin O. Bennett, who recently moved to North
Cohocton from Naples, was found dead in the woods where he had been at
work Friday, March 29th. It is believed that his death was caused by
heart disease or was the result of a fall. He was a civil war veteran,
a member of C. M. Pierce Post, G. A. R. He leaves a wife and several
children, one of whom, George Bennett, lives in Naples.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 August 1905
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Bennett, 80 years
old, died this morning at 5 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Edward Ayres, of Andes avenue. The funeral will take place at 5 o'clock
Thursday afternoon from the house, Rev. N. B. Remick, D. D.,
officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1901
At 1 o'clock today the remains of Mrs. Frances W. Bennett will
be interred in the West avenue cemetery by the side of her husband, the
late Henry Bennett, for many years connected with the Gibson bank in
this village. Mrs. Bennett's death occurred on Wednesday
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. R. Traver, at Perry. Two other
daughters survive, Mrs. Frank Amsden and Miss Katherine Bennett, of
From Geneva Gazette 30 January 1874
George Bennett, Sr., one of our oldest and a much respected
citizen, died at his residence on Castle street, Thursday, the 30th
inst., at 2 o'clock P. M., in the 82d year of his age. He came
here with his father's family from Orange county when only 14 years of
age, and had consequently lived in or near our village 68 years, with
the exception of a short residence near Dresden. He was the
oldest of a family of five children, only one of whom (a sister) now
remains. He lived to see
a family of eight children grow up to manhood and womanhood, six of
whom remain to revere his memory; while twenty-two grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren indicate the generations which
he lived to see. He was converted at the early age of 17, and
soon after was baptised into fellowship of the Baptist Church in this
village, of which he was one of the earliest
members, and to which he adhered till the day of his death. He
was a man of strong convictions and decided purpose, and held
tenaciously to whatever he regarded as truth or duty. He presumed
largely on this same trait of character in others, and hence was given
to overmuch instead of too little confidence in the professions and
pretensions of others. He was once a man of large means, and thus
would probably have remained
had it not been for this over-confidence in others. His habits
were always of sturdy industry, and even during his
last brief illness was actively and laboriously engaged every
day, and ever planning for service before which many much younger
men would be appalled. He had a constitution and will which
braved hardships with alacrity; while what was most remarkable of all,
his eyesight never was dimmed with age, and his mind
and senses seemed as perfect as in younger manhood till the day
he died. He took a deep interest in the services of the "Week of
Prayer," after which, while disease was doing its hasty and fatal
work, his confidence was strong in God, and without a murmur or
complaint, he passed calmly and resignedly from the world of his labor
and conflict to his rest and reward.
Geneva Gazette 28 April 1899
Geo. D. Bennett, aged 69 years, was struck by a Valley freight
train at Victor last Saturday and killed instantly. His body was
terribly mutilated. He was attempting to cross the tracks at
Maple avenue when struck. He was a native of Victor and had lived
there all his life.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 2 January 1907
Victor, N. Y. - On Monday, December 24th, occurred the death
of George W. Bennett, one of the oldest residents of the town,
at his home east of this village. Mr. Bennett had spent nearly all of
the 82 years of his life in this community. Two sons survive, Wilbur of
this town, and Milo Bennett of Rochester; and one brother, Asa Bennett,
who resides in Michigan. Funeral services were held on Thursday
afternoon in the chapel of the Methodist church. Rev. Loren Stiles
officiated. Burial was made in the Boughton Hill Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 23 November 1900
Mrs. George Bennett died at her home, 496 Main street, last week
Thursday night, aged 67 years. She was the daughter of the late
James Thom, was born in Scotland, and brought to this country and to
Geneva by her parents when only 12 years old. She found time amid the
cares of family to do active and
beneficent work in the circles of the Presbyterian Church, of
which denomination she was a faithful member. She is
survived by her venerable husband, by three sons -- J. T. of Detroit,
William S. of New York City and George Jr. of
Geneva -- and by two sisters, Mrs. William Humaston of
Rome and Miss Margaret T. of Geneva. The children were all
present at her funeral, which took place on the 17th inst., Rev. W. W.
Weller of the First Church officiating.
From Ontario County Chronicle 11 March 1903
Ionia, N. Y. - Grace, wife of DeLos Bennett, died at the
home of her parents on Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, after a very
serious illness of five weeks. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 2
p.m. She leaves beside husband and infant daughter, her parents, two
sisters and three brothers, all of whom have the sympathy of the public
in their sad bereavement.
From Victor Herald 1 April 1893
Died, in Farmington, N. Y., on the 24th inst., Mrs. Hannah S.
Bennett, widow of the late Jesse L. Bennett. She was born in
Northbridge, Mass., Nov. 30th, 1811, and removed with her parents to
Henrietta, Monroe Co., in her girlhood; from
there she removed to Palmyra, N. Y., where she resided until, and
for three years, after her marriage. Mrs. Bennett was truly a christian
woman, and of generous impulses, always a friend of the poor. For six
years she has been an invalid, and a great sufferer, she leaves many
friends to mourn her loss. Her funeral was held Monday afternoon of
this week at her late residence.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 February 1909
Mrs. Harriet Jaques Bennett, wife of Horace D. Bennett, died last
night at 6:30 o'clock at the family residence in the Town of Geneva,
three miles north of this city on the Lyons road. The deceased was born
in Wayne county in October, 1826. She had lived in the Town of Geneva
most of her life and for the past fifty-three years in her present
home. In 1854, or 55 years ago, she married Horace D. Bennett who
survives her. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs.
Carrie Dye and Miss Lois Bennett; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Spenton and
Mrs. Charles Morrison of this city; and one brother, David, in
Michigan. The funeral services will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon
at her late residence. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 4 July 1929
The death of Mrs. Isabel Barkman Bennett occurred at her
home in State street, Manchester, at 6:30 o'clock on Sunday evening,
following a long illness. Her age was 80 years. Mrs. Bennett was the
widow of Stewart Bennett, who died in 1917. She was born in
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on January 16, 1849. She was married to Mr. Bennett
in 1867, at Wilkes-Barre,
and they located in Manchester in February, 1893. She is survived by
four sons, Stewart of Oakfield, Harry, Mitchell and Ainsworth of
Manchester; two daughter, Mrs. Ada Telfare of Long Island City and Mrs.
Emma VanDyne of Rochester; one brother, Harry Barkman of Manchester; 13
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held
from her late home on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Leon
L. Swarthout, assisted by the Rev. Howard D. Smith of Clifton Springs.
Burial was made in the family plot in Brookside cemetery, Shortsville.
From Ontario County Journal 7 January 1887
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. James Bennett died at his home near
Canandaigua Lake, in the town of Gorham, Dec. 30th, aged 60 years. The
deceased was a son of Gideon Bennett, of Vine Valley, and a man greatly
esteemed, and a member of the M. E.
Church, Rushville, from which the funeral was held Sunday p.m. The
surviving members of his family are two sons and two daughters.
From Ontario County Journal 6 March 1885
Rushville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. James Bennett, of
Gorham, which occurred Feb. 27, after a sickness of about four days,
cast a deep gloom over this community. Her age was 50 years. The
bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of a large circle of
From Ontario County Journal 20 March 1914
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Jerry Bennett, a lifelong resident
of this town, died at his home in Factory Hollow last week, aged 80
years and three months. He had been an invalid for many years, not
having been able to leave his room for the past three years. He leaves
his wife, four daughters, Mrs. P. Welch, Mrs. H. Sharp, Mrs. J. Welch
and Miss Christina Bennett; and one son, George Bennett. The funeral was
held on Friday afternoon, Rev. E. E. Gunther officiating, with
interment in the Rural cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 27 November 1891
The death of Mrs. John H. Bennett of Phelps occurred
Wednesday morning last, at the age of 74 years. She had resided
nearly all her married life at Oaks Corners and Phelps and
was universally esteemed as a faithful and exemplary wife and mother
and kind neighbor.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 June 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Lawrence Bennett, who
died at St. Mary's hospital, Rochester, Thursday evening, were brought
here for burial yesterday. Mrs. Bennett entered the hospital last
Saturday and Monday underwent an operation for appendicitis. She was
forty-one years of age and is survived by her husband and seven
children. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1908
The death of Mrs. Lucy Rose Bennett, wife of Thomas H.
Bennett, occurred at the family home on Fort Hill avenue yesterday
morning at 11 o'clock, after an illness which had confined her to her
bed the greater part of three weeks. Mrs. Bennett
had been an invalid for many years and had been unable to get out. only
as she drove occasionally. While it was known that she was failing,
there were no evidences to indicate that the end was so near and the
announcement of her death came as a saddening surprise to her friends
throughout the village. Though shut in for so long a time, the
influence of her sweet Christian character had spread far beyond the
confines of her home and was a source of inspiration and strength to
many. Her home was made a charmed place and the devotion that existed
in the family circle was beautiful. Mrs. Bennett had been a resident of
this village for 42 years, coming here as a bride and, with the
exception of the first few years, had always resided in the same house.
Her girlhood home was at Hammondsport, the Rose family being one of the
influential families of that section. She was the last member of her
father's family. Mrs. Bennett would have reached her 66th birthday on
Jan. 16. She had been a lifelong communicant of the Episcopal church,
her parents and grandparents before her being members of this church.
Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters, Mrs. Thomas Robinson
of Buffalo; Mrs. Browning Crowell of Cleveland, O.; and Miss Lucinda
Bennett. The funeral will be held from St. John's church on Sunday
afternoon at three o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 14 January 1916
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Bennett, aged 67 years,
died at her home in Factory Hollow, on Jan. 4, after a short illness
from pneumonia. She is survived by one son and three daughters. The
funeral was held on Thursday, Rev. F. G. Webster, officiating.
Interment was made in Rural cemetery.
The Fairport Herald Mail 12 April 1934, page 4:
Mrs. Mary Jane Bennett, aged 83, died at her home in Ionia Sunday. Mrs. Emma Smith of Fairport is one of four daughters surviving. (Died April 8, 1934)
From Geneva Daily Times 3 February 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - This afternoon the funeral of Mrs. Mercie
T. Bennett was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C.
Norris, on Hubbell street. Mrs. Bennett died suddenly of paralysis
Wednesday night. She had live with her daughter here for over six
years, but previous to that time had been a resident of Wayne county
for fifty years, forty of which were passed in the town of Walworth.
The burial is to be held this afternoon at Ontario, Wayne county.
Deceased was aged about eighty-two years, and had been feeble for the
past three years.
She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Norris, and two sisters, Mrs. Ann Lee,
of Somers, Conn., and Mrs. Julia Greenwood, of Pomona, Cal.
From Penn Yan Democrat 25 February 1944
Died, in Thompson Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, Sunday, February 20, Mrs. Nellie Loomis Bennett, 70,
of Rushville. Mrs. Bennett was the eldest daughter of Allen and
Elizabeth Ellerington Loomis and was born on a farm at Pine Corners,
near Rushville. She was a charter member of Rushville Grange, a member
of the Methodist church, Tuesday Club and the WCTU. Surviving are one
son, Clarence J. Bennett; a sister, Carrie E. Loomis; and two
grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the M. W. Fisher and Son
funeral home Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock with burial in
From Clifton Springs Press 28 June 1917
Stewart Bennett, of the village of Manchester, died at his home,
No. 44 State street, at noon Friday, aged 73 years. Mr. Bennett was
born October 5, 1843, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. At the age of 15 he entered
the service of the Central Railroad of New Jersey and has been a
railroad man his entire life, serving his time as a machinist in White
Haven. For years he was an engineer and ran the Saratoga Express
for thirteen years. He was the man selected to make the test run of the
road with the United States mail train, against the Lehigh Valley
Railroad. In June, 1883, he entered the service of the Lehigh Valley
Railroad, and was working for this company when he was seriously
injured on June 11, 1914, and from which injury he never recovered. He
was the first general foreman of the Lehigh Valley yards at Manchester,
coming to this village in 1891. On August 15, 1875, he was married to
Miss Belle Barkman, of Wilkes-Barre, who survives him. He was for 48
years a Mason, being a member of Lodge 294, of Canandaigua, of Shekineh
Royal Arch Chapter, of Wilkes-Barre; of Wilkes-Barre Commandery No. 45;
of Damascus Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Rochester and of Rochester
Consistory, 32nd Degree, A. A. S. R. He is survived by his wife; four
sons, Stewart M. Bennett, Harry Bennett, Mitchell Bennett, and
Ainsworth Bennett, all of Manchester; two daughters, Miss Adda Bennett
and Mrs. Ernest VanDyne of Manchester. The funeral was held Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late home, conducted by Canandaigua
Lodge, F. & A. M., and a Knight Templar escort. Burial was in
Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.
From Geneva Advertiser 23 December 1902
Mrs. Walter K. Bennett died of heart failure last Wednesday night
at midnight, after an illness of two weeks, but seriously so only a few
hours. Her age was 57 years. Besides her husband, she is
survived by nine children, five sons and
From Ontario County Journal 25 April 1913
Honeoye, N. Y. - Again death has entered the town and another
loving husband and father has been called to eternal rest; another home
is sad and desolate because the voice so loved, the heart and hand
always ready in time of sorrow, are stilled forever. William Bennett died
at his home on Thursday after an illness of several months. He was born
in Richmond 64 years ago, and in 1879 he was united in marriage to
Annie E. Bacon of Richmond, and here has been their home. He leaves,
besides his wife, three children: Mrs. Irving Alford, Miss Carrie
Bennett and Mrs. William Honan; also two grandsons, Elwood Alford and
William B. Honan, all of this place, He will be missed as he was a kind
and obliging neighbor, a loving husband and father, and his tender
solicitude for his family, to whom his life had been devoted, makes the
blow hard to bear. The funeral was held at his home on Sunday
afternoon, with Rev. Walter Hawthorne officiating. The interment was in
the Lake View cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 24 November 1876
Victor, N. Y. - Died on Friday, Nov. 17th, Alonzo Benson, Jr.,
aged 54 years. Mr. Benson was taken sick soon after returning
from the centennial, but rallied and was able to be up and outdoors.
On election day he came to the polls and after voting went
immediately home, was suddenly taken sick with brain fever and slowly
passed away. Mr. Benson for a number of years held the office of
Justice of the Peace in this town. His funeral was attended at
his home on Saturday last, Rev. Mr. Borden preaching the funeral sermon.
From Ontario County Journal 27 February 1880
Died, at the residence of Lysander Hill in Victor, on Sunday evening,
February 22, 1880, Mrs. Alonzo Benson. As she sat at the
window watching the departure of friends, she sank back in the chair,
dead. She was buried on Wednesday at East Mendon. The funeral sermon
was preached by Rev. T. Borden, of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1885
Mrs. Catharine Benson, wife of Rev. Johnathan Benson, died on
Wednesday of this week in East
Victor, aged 84 years and 11 months. She was very highly
esteemed and her life was full of good deeds. Her venerable husband
survives her. He is a pioneer preacher and has been a most active and
zealous minister and presiding elder for many years. Funeral
services of the deceased will take place at the Victor Methodist church
next Sunday morning at the usual hour of service. Victor Herald.
From Ontario County Journal 9 June 1916
The funeral services of Mrs. Emily M. Benson, whose death
occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julia Wilson, last Thursday,
were held on Sunday, Rev. G. E. Finlay officiating. There survive her
husband, Peter O. Benson; one daughter, Mrs. Wilson; and three sons,
James, Roy and Edgar. A sister, Mrs. Julia Kent, of Rochester, and a brother, Ambrose F. Ainsworth of Council Bluff, Iowa, also survive. Interment was at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 5 May 1893
Tuesday evening, Frank Benson, a man about thirty-five
years of age, who was formerly of Canandaigua in the employ of Dr. A.
L. Beahan, and who has more recently been in the employ of Olney T.
Padelford, of Padelford, was run over by the sleeping car of the
train which leaves Canandaigua at 8:20. Both legs were crushed off near
the thighs. Death from shock occurred about 10 o'clock. Benson, who had
of late been acquiring bad drinking habits, began drinking Tuesday
forenoon. At noon he went to his employer and asked to be let off from
work for a time. Mr. Padelford, thinking that application to business
would be the best preventative of a drinking spree, refused and set
Benson to work with another man clearing up stones. About four o'clock
Benson quit, and went to the house of a neighbor, James DeBow, where
borrow a dollar. A five dollar bill was given him. He went
to Padelford Station, had the bill changed, took back four dollars, and
then returned and took the six o'clock train for Canandaigua. Here he
purchased some liquor, and drank more. He left Canandaigua on the train
west at 8:20. At Padelford he remained seated until just as the train
had started, when he attempted to get off. One of the trainsmen
attempted to prevent him, and a struggle ensued. Benson released
himself from the trainman's grasp, but fell in such a way that the
wheels of the following coach passed over his legs, as has been
From Ontario County Journal 10 June 1881
Victor, N. Y. - A fatal accident occurred at the residence of Mrs.
Rhoda Benton, of this place, on Saturday. Her father-in-law, Mr.
Benson, who is quite an aged man, in attempting to go down
stairs, fell, and sustained such severe injuries as to cause his death
in a few hours. The funeral was attended Tuesday, June 7th, at the
residence of Mrs. Benson. Mr. Jhabud Benson and wife had just returned
From Victor Herald 27 September 1901
Ichabod Benson, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of
this town, died at his home in Victor Monday night. Mr. Benson was born
near Railroad Mills in the town of Mendon and was seventy-seven years
and nine months old. For forty-five years he had resided on the farm on
which he died, located about one mile northeast of Fishers. In his
earlier years, Mr. Benson worked at the carpenter's trade and also ran
a threshing outfit, going to Delaware each fall, to pursue that
employment. He was one of the original "Forty-niners," and was engaged
in mining, lumbering and the management of a water storage plant for
mining purposes in California for several years. Returning east he
located in Victor, where he became a successful farmer. Mr. Benson is
survived by a wife, two sons, Alonzo L. and James H., both of Victor;
and one daughter, Mrs. Clara Spellman of Pittsford. Of a family of
eleven children, two brothers, Gaylord L., of Sidney, Iowa, and Lyman,
of Victor, and one sister, Mrs. Charles of Cleveland, Ohio, are still
living. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon at the home, the
Rev. G. S. Spencer, pastor of the Methodist church of Pittsford,
officiating. Interment at Pittsford.
From Victor Herald 10 August 1895
Died at Victor, July 24th, 1895, Mrs. Mary Ett Gibson Benson. The
in Mendon Sept. 13, 1824. She leaves a husband, Mr.
L. W. Benson, one son, Mr. Henry E. Benson of Victor, one daughter,
Mrs. F. J. Manley, two grandsons, Frank L. Manley and Homer F. Manley,
and one granddaughter, Mary Ett Gibson Benson, one brother, Mr. L. H.
Gibson of Mendon, and four sisters, Mrs. William Hallock and Mrs.
Stephen Hallock of Albion, N. Y., Mrs. J. B. French
and Mrs. Orchesta Stafford of East Bloomfield, N. Y. The funeral was
held at her home on Friday, July 26th, at 2 o'clock. Reverend Asa Saxe
of Rochester, delivered the sermon, the text being chosen by the
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." The interment was at
cemetery. "A good woman has passed away."
From Ontario County Chronicle 16 November 1904
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Mary J., widow of
Ichabod Benson, was held at the family homestead, west of this
village, last Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Benson died suddenly of
paralysis on Sunday, November 6. She was 72 years of age, and has
always resided in the vicinity where she died. Three children survive:
Mrs. Clara Spellman of Pittsford, Alonzo and James of this town.
From Victor Herald 4 August 1894
Fishers, N. Y. - Mrs. Rhoda Benson, an old resident of this place,
died last Friday afternoon. Several weeks ago, she had the misfortune
to fall and break her hip, and has been a constant sufferer until the
time of her death. The funeral was held from her last residence Monday
afternoon; the burial was in Pittsford. She leaves three daughters and
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1884
Died at Honeoye, on Monday, Dec. 31, 1883, Jane, wife of
Jeremiah Bentley, in her sixty-ninth year.
From Ontario County Times 9 January 1884
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Mrs. Jeremiah Bently died at her home
in Honeoye Dec. 31st. Funeral services were held in the church at
Honeoye, Rev. S. E. Furman officiating. Interment at the Baker Hill
From Ontario County Journal 9 December 1898
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Jeremiah Bentley died at the home of his
son, Lorenzo Bentley, Monday morning at 2 o'clock. He had been failing
in health for some time. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11
o'clock. Burial was at Honeoye.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 March 1932
Lyman S. Bentley, aged 85, died at the family home, 357 Castle
street, at 9 o'clock this morning. He leaves his widow, Mary C.
Bentley; three daughters, Mrs. John F. Baker, Mrs. L. J. Berg of this
city and Mrs. W. J. Ayers of Rochester. Mr. Bentley was a member of the
First Baptist church. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon
at 2 o'clock from his late residence on Castle street and 2: 30 o'clock
at the Baptist church with the Rev. F. T. Drewett officiating. Burial
will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 11 December 1914
The death of Mrs. Martia S. Bentley occurred at the home of
her son, Murray Bentley, Bristol street, yesterday afternoon, following
a long illness, aged 83 years. She was born in Bristol, the daughter of
Sylvester and Betsy Hicks Wheeler. Besides her son, she leaves one
daughter, Mrs. Fred C. Buell. The funeral services will be held at the
home on Sunday afternoon. Rev. E. P. Wood will officiate. Interment
will be at Baptist Hill.
From Naples Record 11 September 1929
The body of Murray Bentley, 56, was found hanging in his
mill at North Bloomfield last Friday evening. The coroner issued a
verdict of suicide. Despondency over financial difficulties is believed
to have been the cause of the act. Bentley formerly lived in Bristol. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Fred Buell, of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 2 September 1903
Thursday morning Orville Bentley, a highly respected and
well-known farmer of the town of Bristol, died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Fred Buell, in Prospect street, in this village. He was
visiting his daughter when he was suddenly taken ill. He was 74 years
of age. The funeral was held Sunday forenoon from his late home in
Bristol. He is survived by his wife and two children, Mrs. Buell of
Canandaigua and Murray Bentley of Bristol.
From Ontario County Journal 7 December 1894
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Sarah A. Bentley died at her home on
Teft avenue of liver trouble on Tuesday, December 4, aged 69 years and
9 months. The funeral services were held from her late residence
Wednesday afternoon, and the remains taken to Shortsville for interment.
From Ontario County Journal 6 April 1894
Honeoye, N. Y. - The funeral of Seneca Bentley, who died
on Sunday morning, April 1, of pneumonia, was held from his late home
on Tuesday, at 1 p.m., Rev. Mr. Day officiating clergyman. Of his own
immediate family, Mr. Bentley leaves only a daughter. He was the
brother of Mrs. David Thomas, of Bristol, and of Jeremiah Bentley of
this place, His age was 82 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 November 1901
Mrs. W. T. Bentley died at the family residence, 26 Castle street,
at 9:30 o'clock last night, aged 61 years. Mrs. Bentley was a
member of the First Methodist church. The deceased is survived by
her husband and
one adopted daughter, Miss Lizzie Newport. The funeral will take
place from the house Sunday afternoon, at an hour not yet decided upon.
Rev. C. E. Jewell will officiate. Interment will be in
From Ontario County Journal 25 July 1902
Shortsville, N. Y. - On Saturday morning, at Clifton Springs, occurred the death of William M. Bentley, who
for many years resided on a farm one mile east of this village. Mr.
Bentley was born in Shelby, Orleans county, June 12, 1827. He was a
resident of this county 30
years, the last three years of his life being spent at Clifton Springs.
He was a member of the Free Will Baptist church at Shelby. The
surviving members of his family are a wife, one daughter and six sons:
Alvin M. Bentley and Eugene Bentley of Owasso, Mich.; Dr. D. F. Bentley
of Niagara Falls; Clarence Bentley of this place; and M. Bentley and C.
M. Bentley of Clifton Springs. The funeral was held at Clifton Springs
and interment was made in Brookside cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 June 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - Luther P. Benton, aged 92 years, died at the
home of his only daughter, Mrs. Frank Sanford, on Eagle street,
Thursday morning. Mr. Benton was for many years a well-known and highly
respected resident of the town of Phelps. His death resulted from
pneumonia. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon.
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