"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 church.



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 old 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 brought to this 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 Hill.



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 survive him.



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 Dryer, only 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 of married 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 beyond.



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 from the knowledge 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 village.



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 church.



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 the firm.

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 Pioneers' Cemetery.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 14 June 1916

Canandaigua, N. Y., June 13 -
The funeral of Mrs. Retta Bement will be 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 daughter.



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 respected citizen.



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 to Canandaigua for interment. Mr. Bemis was the only son of James D. Bemis, who was for many years the editor and publisher of the Ontario Repository, and was one of the first printers and publishers in Western New York. Upon his father's retirement from business, Mr. Bemis continued the bookstore which his father established, and in connection with it conducted the Agency of the American Express Company, of which he was the first agent in Canandaigua. In the war of 1861-5 he served honorably as a member of the 4th Regiment of Heavy Artillery of New York State Volunteers. He enlisted December 27, 1861, entering the service as second lieutenant. He was promoted to be first lieutenant, January 1, 1863, and resigned November 9, 1863. Mr. Bemis was a member of the John R. Stewart Post, of Oneida, and was a faithful and esteemed member of St. John's Church. For the last few years he has resided with his son, John A. Bemis, at Oneida. About 18 months ago he had an apoplectic attack and about six months ago was removed to the Soldiers' Home, where he died May 26. Mr. Bemis at the time of his death was 75 years old. His wife, whom he survived, was a sister of Mrs. James C. Smith and of Hon. William H. Adams. Two sisters, Mrs. Abner Antes and Miss Martha Bemis, both of this village, 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 floor and 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 of Seneca county until 1860, when she removed to Chapinville, which was her home 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 Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 9 October 1885

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 age.



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 dearly, 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 supposed. And she had seemed better and more cheerful, but this may have been a ruse. The box of rough on rats which she found was entirely forgotten, having been in the house some time, and it is surprising that she found it. She took it probably about two o'clock on Tuesday afternoon and died at eight. It was two hours after she took it before it was known by the family, and the circulation had become impregnated with the poison to such an extent that all remedies were futile. She leaves besides the broken hearted husband and relatives, a little babe only seven weeks old. There is some talk at this writing of an inquest to be held this afternoon, though it does not seem necessary as she told what she had done and died in the presence of her friends. Her husband who had returned to Canandaigua on Monday, arrived here again Wednesday morning.



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 10, 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 at her home 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 Hopewell.



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 Hopewell.



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. Sophia R. 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 1905

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 Gorham Cemetery.



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 Benjamin, 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 and Counsellor at Law, when the village was in its infancy, and it population few, while the legal profession was numerous, learned and brilliant. To have maintained his position, surrounded by such a galaxy of profound lawyers, argued at once, capacity and industry, whereby  he was enabled to secure a competency and rear a numerous family. In all the social relations, he was sincere, kind and reliable; a member of the Episcopal church for many years, he constantly manifested the christian virtues in an eminent degree. Besides other less distinguished honors, he was once appointed, and twice elected to fill the highly responsible office of Surrogate, the closing term of which would have expired on the 1st of January next. In the discharge of the onerous duties of his office, he has been faithful to his trust, conscientious in the execution of his delicate responsibilities, and has always been prompt to meet the just requisitions of society upon all its members. Mr. Benjamin is the tenth head of a family, who has been thus removed, from this immediate 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 which 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 married Samuel Benjamin, who also departed this life a short time after their marriage. She leaves six children, four sons, Benjamin, John, Daniel and Samuel, and two daughters, Hannah and Mrs. John Burgess, all of Gorham. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Alzina Button of Michigan, and three brothers, Charles, James and George Detro, of Gorham. The funeral took place yesterday from her late home at 2 o'clock. Interment was in Little Church Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 13 November 1896

Phelps, N. Y. -
Last week Thursday morning Zachary Benn, an old resident of 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

Ionia, 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 this contribution.

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 Perry.



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 friends.



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 Rushville cemetery.



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 four daughters.



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 he wanted to 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 described.



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. I. 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 Kansas.



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 deceased was born 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 deceased, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." The interment was at Mendon 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 one son.



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 Cemetery.



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 Glenwood cemetery.



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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