"Burb" to "Burn" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 2 January 1891
At two o'clock Monday afternoon Mrs. Elizabeth Burbridge,
aged 63 years, of Geneva, dropped dead as she was about to sit down to
dinner. Death resulted from heart disease.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 August 1903
The funeral of Mrs. Ellen J. Burbridge was held at Trinity
church this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. C. O. S. Kearton officiated
and the burial was in Glenwood cemetery. Mrs. Burbridge was 54
years of age and her death occurred at her home in Cortland street,
Wednesday afternoon and was the result of apoplexy. She is survived by
her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Hyatt and Miss Kate
Burbridge, both of this city.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 December 1912
The death of Harry Burbridge, aged 59 years, occurred
Saturday night at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Hyatt, on
the McKay farm, on the Pre-Emption road, after an illness of several
months with tuberculosis. Mr. Burbridge was a former member of the
masons' union of this city. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. A. F.
Southworth of Holbrook, Mass., and Mrs. Frank Hyatt, of the town of
Geneva; two brothers, G. K. Burbridge of Woodstock, Ill., and W. J.
Burbridge of Oswego, N. Y. The funeral will take place from the home of
Mrs. Hyatt tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 and burial will be made in
Glenwood Cemetery, this city. Rev. Dr. Sills will officiate.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 November 1902
Mrs. Lillian R. Burbridge was found dead in bed in her room at the
residence of Mrs. Catherine Broderick, 281 Castle street, this morning,
where she had lodged for the past seven weeks. She was a habitual
user of morphine. Coroner Weyburn gave a certificate of death from an
overdose of the drug, taken accidentally. Very little is known of
the antecedents of Mrs. Burbridge in this
city. She was the widow of the late George N. P. Burbridge who
died two or three years ago. He was a fish peddler. They lived at
84 Optical street until their residence was burned shortly before the
death of Mr. Burbridge. After the death of her husband,
Mrs. Burbridge had rooms at various places, until she moved to
the house occupied by Mrs. Broderick. It was noticed that of late
she had eaten very little food but had taken great quantities of the
drug that caused her death. She was about the house yesterday
afternoon, and Mrs. Broderick heard her about her room up to 8 o'clock
last evening. Mr. Broderick knocked on the door of Mrs. Burbridge's
morning to awaken her. Receiving no response, she opened the door
and saw the woman lying in bed. Her appearance so alarmed Mrs.
that she summoned Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Clark. They went to the room
and found that Mrs. Burbridge was dead. Coroner H. D. Weyburn was
immediately summoned. After an investigation of the
he rendered a certificate of death from an accidental overdose of
morphine. The body was removed to the undertaking parlors of Devaney
& Fletcher. The funeral arrangements have not been made. So
far as known the deceased had no relatives in this city or vicinity.
An investigation to learn if she had any elsewhere has been
instituted. Harry Burbridge was a son of George N. P. Burbridge
by a former wife. He does not know of any relatives of Mrs. Burbridge,
the deceased. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 1 September 1899
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Fidelia Burch, the oldest person in town,
died on the 18th inst., aged 92 years, after an illness of several
weeks. She leaves five children, B. H. Burch of this town; Henry Burch
of New York; Thomas Burch of Syracuse; Mrs. Libbie Stone of New York;
and Mrs. Laura Gibbs of Connecticut.
From Geneva Gazette 26 January 1883
At a post-mortem examination held last Saturday at Phelps over the
body of Willie Burcham, who died two days previous under
peculiar circumstances, it was found that the deceased came to his
death from acute inflammation of the stomach, caused by drinking
undiluted alcohol. A part of the stomach was almost eaten through
by the fiery liquid. The deceased was a boy only fifteen years of
age. Two other boys were engaged in the same practice, but have
escaped serious injury.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 2 July 1873
Died in this town June 26, suddenly, of heart disease, Betsy, wife
Burchard, aged 71 years, 10 months and 10 days. She
was a kind neighbor and an intelligent and faithful wife and devoted
mother. She was generally cheerful, and though she often in
months past expressed the opinion that her death would be sudden, she
still remained cheerful. She rests from her labors.
From Ontario County Times 2 July 1873
An elderly lady, the wife of Mr. John Burchard, living in
the north part of this town, died quite suddenly on the 26th ult. It
appears that after attending to her usual household duties in the
morning, she took her daughter to the district school house, where the
latter is employed as a teacher, and on returning home unharnessed and
put out her horse. She was then about to enter the house, when she
suddenly fell to the ground and expired. It is presumed that her death
was caused by some disease of the heart. The funeral took place on
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 December 1916
Canandaigua, N. Y., Dec. 11 - The funeral of Henry Burchim will
be held from the Kennedy undertaking rooms in Bristol street tomorrow
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. Charles M. Eddy, pastor of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn
cemetery. Mr. Burchim died on Saturday night after an illness of
organic heart trouble, at the age of 75 years. He was a veteran of the
Civil war and a member of the A. M. Murray Post, G. A. R., of
Canandaigua. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Viola Smith, Mrs. Albert
Hartsough of Reed Corners, and Mrs. Mrs. Mary Wood of Auburn; one
sister, Mrs. John Fonda of Reeds Corners.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 19 July 1922
Canandaigua, N. Y., July 18 - The death of of Mrs. Martha A. Burd occurred
last evening at her home at Academy after a long period of ill health.
She was 79 years old. Mrs. Burd had resided in the Academy vicinity for
a great many years and was well-known in that quarter. She is survived
by two sons, Curtis Burd of Canandaigua, and Elbert Burd of South
Bristol; and three daughters, Mrs. Inez Furnam of Canandaigua; Mrs.
Anna Brand of South Bristol and Mrs. Eliza Lee of Naples. She also
leaves surviving two sisters, Mrs. Belle Stanton of Penn Yan, and Mrs.
Anna Butler of Ionia, Mich.; and a brother, Harrison Tuttle of
Canandaigua. The funeral is to be held at the Academy church Wednesday
From Ontario County Journal 20 March 1903
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - William C. Burd died March 12, was a
native of New Jersey but had spent the active portion of his life in
this town. He was a mechanic and of industrious habits. Several years
ago, he suffered a stroke of paralysis and never fully recovered from
the effects. The second attack caused his death. His age was 68 years.
He leaves a wife; two sons and three daughters. The funeral was held on
Saturday, Rev. Edward Stid officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1895
Bristol Center, N. Y. - A remarkably sad incident in connection
with the recent blizzard is reported from the town of Bristol. About
two weeks ago Mattison Burdoff, who lived with his wife and
two children about four miles west of Bristol Center, was taken ill
with peritonitis. A physician from East Bloomfield attended him until
the extremely cold weather of last week came. Burdoff lives on a lonely
road and occupies the only house within a long distance. The doctor was
unable to get to his patient, and Burdoff's condition grew from bad to
worse. Mrs. Burdoff was in feeble health and the two children were not
old enough to be of any assistance to her in caring for her dying
husband. Supervisor Case heard of the sad condition of the family and
engaged a local physician to attend Burdoff. The blizzard had set in
and the doctor was unable to get to the home of the suffering family.
When the storm had subsided, the physician made his way through the
snowbound roads to the desolate home on the lonely road. Burdoff had
died several days before, and his wife was sick in bed. The family are
exceedingly poor, and neighbors who had felt fears as to their welfare
broke their way across the fields and through the snow banks, and found
Mrs. Burdoff and the children suffering from the want of fuel and wood.
They believe that were it not for their timely arrival, they would have
perished. Burdoff died on Thursday, but it was Tuesday before the body
could be removed to the burial place. He was 35 years of age.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 25 July 1938
Geneva, N. Y. - George R. Burdus, 73, died Saturday in Geneva
General Hospital after a brief illness. Surviving are his widow, Mrs.
Mary Burdus; three daughters, Mrs. John Johnson and Miss Anna Burdus,
Geneva; Mrs. Vincent Reshahey, Elmira; one son, Charles Burdus, Geneva;
one brother, Charles Burdus, Seneca; one sister, Mrs. C. E. Onderdonk,
Stanley; also two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2
p.m. tomorrow in the home, 406 Pulteney St. with burial in Brookside
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 9 January 1917
Geneva, Jan. 8 - Thomas Burdus, aged 87 years, died this morning in
the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. E. Onderdonk, of Seneca. He leaves
two sons, George Burdus, of Geneva, and Charles Burdus of Seneca; three
daughters, Mrs. Mary Bucklin of Dresden, Mrs. Isabella Smith of Earl,
and Mrs. C. E. Onderdonk of Seneca. The funeral will be held at 2:30
o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home of Mrs. Onderdonk, Rev. A. B.
Temple, of Number Nine Church, officiating. Interment will be in Number
From Union Springs Advertiser 14 June 1900
Last Friday evening, Mrs. Alice Burgdorf died very suddenly
in Syracuse at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John R. Montague. The
simple but impressive funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in
the Clifton Springs Methodist church whose pastor, Rev. Mr. Benham,
assisted Mr. Buzzell of Union Springs in conducting the services. A
large circle of friends and relatives from Clifton Springs and
surrounding towns were present. Mrs. Burgdorf was born in Arcadia,
Wayne county, 73 years ago, and for the last 11 years has made her home
with Mrs. W. S. L. Frear. Her husband, Rev. J. G. Burgdorf, was
ordained pastor of the Homer Street church in 1843 and served as its
pastor until 1845. In 1875, he was again its pastor until 1881. Mrs.
Burgdorf's many friends in Union Springs were greatly shocked to learn
of her sudden and unexpected death. She left three children, Mrs. W. S.
I. Frear of this village, Mrs. John R. Montague of Syracuse, and J. M.
Burgdorf of Clifton Springs. She was very fond of flowers, especially
of roses and it seemed fitting for her to pass away in the time of
roses and for her funeral to take place on Children's Day in a church
beautifully decked with flowers. Her kindly presence and unassuming
ways endeared her to a host of friends, all of whom will miss her and
extend their heartfelt sympathy to her children in their great loss.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1889
Rev. J. C. Burgdorf of Clifton Springs died very suddenly of heart
disease on Tuesday evening, aged 69 years and six months.
The funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m.
From Naples Record 2 June 1937
Jewell M. Burgdorf, one of Clifton Spring's best known citizens,
passed away early Wednesday morning, May 26, 1937, at his home in West
Main street, at the age of 82 years. He had been in feeble health for
several years. Mr. Burgdorf came here sixty years ago, and was engaged
in business for thirty years. During his business career he took an
active part in public affairs and for a time served on the Village
Board of Trustees. He was married to Charlotte M. Wayne on August 1,
1877, and had he lived until next August, the couple would have
celebrated their sixtieth anniversary. He was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church, the Masonic order, and of the A. A. O. N. M. S. of
Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte M. Burgdorf; one
daughter, Mrs. Lawrence P. Conley; one granddaughter, Mrs. Harold H.
Frolich; and one great granddaughter. Funeral services will be held
from the home on Friday afternoon at 2:30, with Rev. Lester Schaff
officiating. Burial will be made in the Clifton Springs cemetery. In
childhood days of the deceased, his father, the Rev. J. C. Burgdorf, was
the pastor of the Christian Church, in Naples.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 27 May 1915
Geneva, May 26 - The death of Mrs. Barbara Burger, wife of
George Burger, occurred last night in the family home, East North
street. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Adam and Nicholas
Burger, all of this city. The funeral will be held Friday morning from
St. Francis de Sales Church at 9 o'clock and burial will be in St.
From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1907
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Rose Burger occurred
on Friday, May 17, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Bleyer of
West avenue. Mrs. Burger came here from Blodelsheim, Germany, in 1888,
at the age of 43, and had made her home since with this daughter. She
leaves two sisters here, Mrs. Adam Groppenbacker, Mrs. Karl Traum; and
a sister and brother in Germany. Three grandchildren and four nephews
reside here. She was a devout member of the Catholic church and the
funeral was held Monday morning at the church of St. Januarius in this
village, Father Erras, assisted by Father Engharth, officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 21 September 1917
The death of Mrs. Alice Amelia Burgess, aged 65 years,
occurred at Memorial hospital on Monday. She leaves one son, William L.
Phillips, and one daughter Mrs. C. P. VanRiper, both of Rochester; also
one brother, John M. Stokoe, with whom she resided. A brief prayer
service was held at the late home on Wednesday, followed by services at
the Gorham Methodist church. Rev. F. M. Windnagle officiated. Interment
was in Gorham.
From Ontario County Journal 18 October 1895
Phelps, N. Y. - Allen Burgess, an old resident of this place, died
on Monday at his home about three and a half miles northeast of the
village, aged 80 years. A wife, two sons and two daughters survive. The
funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. M. Shaw
officiating and interment made in the old cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 May 1955
Gorham, N. Y. - Mrs. Anna E. Burgess, widow of William
Burgess and resident of Town of Gorham for the past 49 years, died
Thursday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richard Derby. Friends may
call at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Derby, Ross Rd., where funeral
services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. John Newman,
pastor of Aloquin Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be
in Sand Hill Cemetery in the Town of Seneca. Mrs. Burgess, who had been
in ill health through the winter, fell outside her home three weeks ago
and suffered a fractured arm and shoulder. She was born in the Town of
Seneca, the daughter of the late William and Eliza Palmer Moore. She
was a member of the Aloquin Methodist Church, Stanley Grange, and the
Aloquin Home Bureau. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Claude Strader,
Gorham; Mrs. James DePew, Gorham; Mrs. Lois Strahan, Canandaigua; Mrs.
Howard Polmanteer, Gorham; and Mrs. Derby; three sons, Frank,
Rushville; Clyde, Gorham; and William, at home; two brothers, Albert
and Clarence Moore of the Town of Hopewell; 14 grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 July 1927
Geneva, N. Y., July 11 - Mrs. Emmeline Burgess, 66, died last night
at Canandaigua. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Leroy Quinn of Scranton;
and a son, Dr. H. P. Burgess of Brighton Hall, Canada. Funeral from her
home Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. Raymond Huse officiating.
Burial in Sand Hill cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 30 December 1910
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of George Burgess occurred
Corners, Dec. 18, aged 78 years. He leaves an
aged wife and one daughter, Mrs. William Adamson, and four
grandchildren. Burial Little Church Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1892
Flint Creek, N. Y. - Mrs. H. H. Burgess who has long been
a disease of the stomach, died Sunday, Jan. 17th. The funeral was
attended on the following Wednesday. Mrs. Burgess will be much missed
our society, as she was ever ready to help in all things which tended
the good and advancement of the people among whom she lived.
From Geneva Gazette 30 May 1890
Obituary - With sincere sorrow we chronicle the death of Mr.
Henry Burgess, which occurred at his residence Flint Creek May
25th, in the 66th year of his age. He was one of our old and most
highly esteemed patrons, having been on our list for thirty years and
upwards. He was a native of Great Britain, emigrating to this
country and settling at Flint Creek about forty years ago, securing at
once and holding through life the respect and esteem of his neighbors.
He fell a victim of pneumonia which ran its fatal course in four
weeks. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 June 1909
Lewis, N. Y. - James Burgess died at his home in Rochester,
Saturday morning. The funeral services were held at Emory church today
at 2 p.m. Interment at Sand Hill Cemetery, where Mr. Burgess' parents
and children are buried. Mr. Burgess is survived by his wife and one
son, George of Rochester, and six daughters, Mrs. Emma Moore and Mrs.
Mabel Moore of Lewis, Mrs. Grace Newton of Despatch and the Misses
Alice, Edith and Effie Burgess of Rochester.
From Ontario County Journal 4 February 1910
The death of James C. Burgess of Gibson Street, occurred
at the memorial hospital shortly after midnight on Monday, following an
attack of apoplexy which was probably due to a severe injury received
in falling on a sidewalk. Mr. Burgess was a native of Aberdeen,
Scotland, and was 57 years of age. He had worked for several years at
Sonnenberg. He is survived by his wife and three children. Mr. Burgess
wife is now under treatment at the hospital suffering from a nervous
From Ontario County Journal 21 January 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Lena Burgess of this
place, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Best, at Warsaw, were
brought here last Friday. The funeral services were held on Sunday
afternoon at the home of the daughter, Mrs. Geo. Conklin, Rev. A. J.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 April 1909
Gorham, N. Y. - N. S. Burgess, formerly of Gorham, died at West
Plains, Mo., last week of pneumonia. The deceased was the father of
John A. Burgess of Gorham, at whose house the funeral will be held
tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, the body having been brought here
today. The deceased was 95 years of age. He leaves five children, John
A. and James of Gorham;
Ebenezer and Mrs. Carrie Shotts and Mrs.
Bolls of West Plains, Mo. Burial Gorham Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 16 March 1894
Another of Canandaigua's old residents has passed away, Sydney
S. Burgher, aged 65 years. Mr. Burgher died at his home on Howell
street after an illness of about four weeks. He had been in feeble
health for two years past, but it was not until about four weeks ago
that he was compelled to remain in bed. Since that time the disease
from which he died, consumption, had been closing its grip upon him,
and his death was not altogether unexpected. Mr. Burgher was born in
the eastern part of this town February 11, 1829, and was the youngest
child in a family of nine. He remained at home upon his father's farm
until he was eighteen years of age, when he came to this village and
began as an apprentice the carpenter trade. After several years of
apprenticeship, he went into the business for himself, which he
continued for about twelve years. In 1866 he opened a planing mill on
Chapin street, which he conducted successfully for about eleven years.
He then took as partner George T. Thompson, and a few years later the
mill was removed to Bemis street. Eight years ago he sold his interest
in the business to Mr. Thompson, who still conducts it. He retired from
active life for a few months, when, believing there was an opening in
Canandaigua for a grocery store, he purchased the business of the late
L. B. Gaylord, then lately deceased. Having had no experience in the
business, he took as a partner Martin H. Ferguson, but the partnership
was dissolved after a duration of one year and nine months. About three
years ago he moved to the store lately occupied by him. In 1852 he
married Matilda Wilson, who survives him. He was a member of
Canandaigua lodge 224, F. and A. M. The funeral services will be held
at 10:30 o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning, at his late residence on
Howell street, and the interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 August 1904
Mrs. Hannah Burk died at 9:30 last evening at her home on the
Pre-emption road just west of
the city limits, aged seventy years. The deceased was born in
Ireland and came to this country and city fifty years ago. She is
survived by three sons, John, Edward and Patrick Burk of Geneva and
three daughters, Mrs. Morris Buckley, Mrs. Anna McGovern and
Miss Mary Burk of Geneva. Burial St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 14 September 1900
Edwin Burke died at his home on the Pre-emption road last Tuesday,
aged 67 years. He is survived by six children, Mrs. Maurice
Buckley, Mrs. James McGovern, Miss Mary Burke, John P. Burke, Patrick
J. Burke, and Edward F. Burke. The funeral took place from St.
Francis de Sales Church yesterday morning at 10 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1912
Naples, N. Y. - Harvey Burke, an old resident, highly
respected, who had just passed his 90th birthday, died quite suddenly
Sunday night of hernia strangulation. He had risen from his bed and
fell down and his effort to rise brought on the trouble. Mr. Burke came
to Naples from Italy, Yates county, his birthplace, some 40 years ago
and had been engaged much of the time since as foreman in the Griswold
mills; he was an expert in the lumber business and had only recently
retired. He married in Italy a daughter of Dr. Mumford, who died some
years ago. Two sons, Howard of Geneva, Charles of Michigan; and one
daughter, Mrs. Helen Boals of Naples, survive. Mr. Burke's strict
integrity and kindness of heart made every one his friend. The funeral
was held Tuesday from the home.
From Clifton Springs Press 8 February 1917
The death of Mrs. John Burke occurred at the family home on
Foster avenue, on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Burke was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Patrick McCormick, and was born on May 14, 1863, in Brooklyn,
Wisconsin, where her early life was spent. She came to this village 28
years ago and on February 6 1901, was married to Mr. Burke; she having
died on the anniversary of her wedding day. Although she had been in
poor health during the past year, she was able to be about her home
until about ten days ago, since which time she had gradually failed.
Mrs. Burke was a very congenial disposition, and had a large circle of
friends in this village and vicinity; she was also a lover of her home
life, and very hospitable. She was a charter member of the Dorcas
Circle of this village, and while her health would permit was an active
worker in that organization.
She is survived by her father, who now resides at Oregon, Wisconsin;
her husband and one son, Francis, of this village; also five sisters
and five brothers, Mrs. Lawrence Franey, Mrs. James Tisener of Madison,
Wisconsin; Mrs. Daniel Sweeney and Miss Annie McCormick of Oregon,
Wisconsin; and Miss Mary McCormick, of this village; her brothers are
James McCormick of Madison, Wis., Frank, Thomas and John McCormick of
Brooklyn, Wis., and Patrick McCormick of Belleville, Wis. The funeral
services will be held on Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock, at St. Felix
church, and will be conducted by Rev. F. J. O'Hanlon. Burial will be
St. Agnes cemetery.
From Victor Herald 7 July 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Margaret Burke, who
were brought here
Wednesday morning, for burial in the Catholic cemetery. She was a
of Mrs. Matthew Fitzmorris and Mrs. R. Tanner, who was in former years
a resident of this town.
From Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 17 October 1903
Chapinville, Oct. 16 - Mrs. Mary Bolger Burke, wife of
C. Burke, died at her home in
this place, aged 35 years. She was taken with pneumonia Tuesday
evening and died this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Deceased leaves a
husband and three small children, the oldest being only five years of
From Geneva Daily Times 10 November 1906
Michael Burke, 70 years of age, died last
night at 6:30 o'clock at the City Hospital. The remains were taken
to the home of his only sister, Mrs. George Peel, No. 77 Genesee
street. The deceased was born in Ireland and came to this city
forty-six years ago. Throughout his active life, Mr. Burke was a
nurseryman. The funeral will take place Monday at 9 o'clock from the
home of his
sister and at 9:30 o'clock from St. Francis de Sales church. The
will be John Kane, Thomas Mulcahy, Dennis Hickey, Daniel Hickey, Morris
Cahill and Edward Steadman. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 18 May 1917
Victor, N. Y. - Michael Burke, aged 67 years, died on Friday
at his farm home near Ionia, in the town of Victor, five miles south
west of this village, of bronchial pneumonia. Mr. Burke had been in
failing health for some time. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Margaret Burke,
and four daughters, Mrs. Joseph Plain of Mendon, and Mrs. Joseph
McGibbons of Rochester, and Mary Burke and Catherine Burke; and one
son, Daniel Burke, all residing at the family home; also one sister,
Mrs. J. Tobin, Sr., of Victor. Funeral services were held from St.
Patrick's church, Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 August 1960
Geneva -- Michael C. Burke, 91, a former resident of
died last night in Wilkes Nursing Home after a long illness.
Final rites will be held Saturday morning at
McGuigan Funeral Home and in St. Stephen's Church at a time to be
announced. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Canandaigua.
Friends may call today and tomorrow afternoon and evening at the
funeral home. Mr. Burke is survived
by one son, Frederick J. of Geneva; one daughter, Mrs. Katherine
Sullivan of Rochester; seven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Contributed by Dan Sullivan;
thank you for sharing.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 13 March 1907
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Patrick Burke, one
this vicinity, was held at St. Patrick's
church here on Wednesday morning of last week and was largely attended.
Mrs. Burke was over ninety years of age and was largely attended. Mrs.
Burke was over 90 years of age and had been in feeble condition for
some time, suffering from the infirmities of old age. She is survived
by her husband and three children, Mrs. D. A. Finucan and Michael A.
Burke of Lima, and Patrick Burke of Fairport. Mrs. Burke's death
occurred at the Finucan farm, east of this village, where she and her
husband had occupied rooms for some time.
From Geneva Gazette 7 May 1897
Peter C. Burke, formerly of Canandaigua, a man of dissipated
habits and from whom his wife was about to apply for a divorce,
committed suicide by inhaling gas which he turned on in a bath room in
the Bartholdi Hotel, New York, Saturday night. He was aged 40 years --
has no children.
From Ontario County Journal 11 August 1893
The death of Mrs. Peter E. Burke occurred at the family
home on Pleasant street last Friday evening. Mrs. Burke was forty-eight
years of age, and for several years had been a sufferer from cancer,
which finally caused death, although many of the noted physicians and
specialists of the country had endeavored to effect a cure. Mrs. Burke
was a daughter of the late Michael Coyle, and besides a husband and
family of seven children, she left two brothers and two sisters,
Trustee Charles M. Coyle, Thomas Coyle, and Miss Julia Coyle, of this
village, and Mrs. May O'Brien of Washington, D. C. The funeral was
largely attended from St. Mary's church Monday forenoon.
From Ontario County Times 26 May 1880
Mr. Thomas Burke, aged about 55 years, who had recently been
living with Mr. Michael Roach, on Gorham street in this village, died
very suddenly on Monday morning last. It appears that Mr. Burke went to
work as usual on Saturday, apparently in good health, but complained of
not feeling very well on Sunday, although he ate a hearty breakfast and
dinner, and attended church. Sunday night his condition did not
improve, but a physician was not called, as it was thought his ailment
was not of a serious character. Monday morning he arose at half-past
six o'clock, drank a cup of tea, and returned to his bed. At half-past
nine, he again came downstairs, though feebly, and drank another cup of
tea, and having asked his friends to send for a doctor, ascended to his
room. When Mrs. Roach went to see him about an hour later, she found
him lying in bed, and quite dead. Coroner Jewett held an inquest on the
body, and a post mortem examination having been made by Doctors Hayes
and Carson, in accordance with the facts above stated, the jury
rendered a verdict that deceased came to his death from disease of the
heart, which produced a sudden stoppage of the action of that member.
From Ontario County Journal 7 May 1897
On Tuesday occurred the death of Thomas Burke, a
well-known resident, aged 83 years. Death was due to pulmonary trouble
arising from a recent attack of pneumonia. Deceased is survived by a
widow, two sons, Father Richard Burke of Buffalo, and Patrick Burke of
this place; and two daughters, Miss Mary and Margaret Burke of this
place. Another son, Peter C., suicided at the Hotel Bartholdi in New
York city on Saturday night, accounts of which sad affair have filled
the metropolitan papers the past two or three days. His aged father
never knew of his son's sad end, being so near death's door at the time
of the tragedy that the cruel facts were kept from him.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 October 1906
Thomas Burke died yesterday at 8:30
o'clock at the home of his son, William Burke of 42 Jackson
street. He was in this city for the past 50 years. He is survived
by six sons: John of Chicago, P. H. Burke of Pittsburg, James of North
Dakota, Michael, Mark, William and Thomas of this city;
and two daughters, Mrs. H. B. Nabor of Newburg and Mrs. S. B. Northrop
of Rochester. The funeral will take place Monday morning at 8:30 from
the home of William Burke and at 9:00 o'clock from St. Francis de Sales
church. Burial St. Patrick's Cemetery
From Geneva Gazette 27 April 1883
The Advertiser chronicles the sudden death of Wm. E.
Burke, at Stanley, on the 19th inst. While talking with a
neighbor Mr. Burke fell over backward, dead! His age was 66
years, was a painter by trade and somewhat of an artist. He
leaves a wife and one daughter.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 June 1852
Mr. Abraham Burkholder died at his residence in the town of
Seneca, near Flint Creek, on Monday, May 24th in the 83d year of his
age. During the nine months of his illness, resulting from a shock of
paralysis, all that an affectionate consort and the most devoted filial
care and attention of sons and daughters, and two of the most skillful
physicians in Ontario, Doctors Potter and Balh, could do to minister
relief, was most assiduously tendered. Mr. Buckholder emigrated from
Pennsylvania near the close of the last century, and may therefore be
styled one of the most enterprising of the early pioneers of Western
New York, and has reared a very respectable family, who have by
laudable industry become opulent and wealthy. The writer of this has
been intimately acquainted with Mr. B. over half a century, and he can
truly say the chain of friendship has ever been kept bright between
them. The funeral ceremonies were attended by a very large concourse of
friends and relatives, at the Methodist Episcopal Church; and the
sermon by the Rev. Mr. Coats was most excellent and very appropriate.
From Geneva Gazette 11 June 1880
Mr. John Burkholder, an
old, well-known and respected citizen of Flint Creek,
died at his lifelong residence on the 19th of April last - an event
that has but just been called to our notice. Deceased was in the 73d
year of his age. He was associated with his brother,
Leonard, (both being bachelors) in farming, and who could boast
one of the largest, best cultivated and most profitable farms in
Seneca, a town noted for its productiveness.
From Shortsville Enterprise 16 February 1912
The death of Mrs. Isaac Burlee, aged 74 years, occurred at
her home in the township of Farmington on Sunday afternoon at two
o'clock, following an illness of three weeks, from heart disease. Mrs.
Burlee was born in Holland on Nov. 11, 1837. During the year of 1878
she came to America and settled in Farmington township, where she had
since resided. She had lived on the farm where she died for the past 14
years. She was a woman who lived an exemplary life and was held in the
highest esteem by all who knew her. Her death is deeply regretted by a
wide circle of friends and acquaintances. She leaves to mourn their
loss her husband, Isaac Burlee of Farmington; four daughters, Mrs.
Jennie Mason of Honeoye; Mrs. Hiram Collett of Farmington; Mrs. Peter
Deflyer of Walworth; and Mrs. George Eldrid of Canandaigua; also one
son, Abram Burlee of Honeoye. The funeral obsequies were held from her
late home on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The burial was made
in South Farmington Chapel cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 October 1906
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Ira A. Burley died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Emma Comstock, in this village, Friday. He came here a
few weeks ago to visit his daughter when he was taken ill. Mr. Burley
was born in Petrolia, Canada, and was 75 years of age. He leaves seven
children, George, Park, Chester and Mrs. Ida Sage of Naples, Miss
Nellie Burley of Petrolia, Canada, Mrs. Emma Comstock and Mrs. Charles
Wilson of this village. The remains were taken to Naples Saturday where
funeral services were held this afternoon with burial at Naples.
From Ontario Republican Times 18 March 1863
Died, in this village, on Sunday evening, the 15th instant,
William Slocum Burling, in the 86th year of his age. His four
score years and more sat lightly on him, for his heart was glad e'en to
the latest pulse, with some kind thoughts home-nurtured and reciprocal,
which guard and garner treasures in this changing life. Our revered
and friend, so well known in this community, was from his early
a member of the Society of Friends. He was born in the county of
on the 12th day of July, 1777, his parents being refugees from the city
of New York, when the British took possession of it. His memory
participation in events which have now become matters of history. He
could recall with distinctness the evacuation of New York by the
army in 1783. He was a spectator at the inauguration of General
in 1789, and often spoke with animation, of seeing him, with Thomas
and General Knox at his father's place of business. He witnessed the
earliest attempt at steam navigation on the Hudson river in 1807; and
aided in the establishment of the first free school in the city of New
Ever honored be his name for thus putting forth that beneficent
agency which has doubtless made so many minds available for great and
good purposes, which would otherwise have been enshrouded in ignorance,
perchance in vice. The peculiar sensitiveness of our departed friend,
in regard to the expression of our feelings, in regard to his place
us; but not soon will be forgotten, the light step, the animated
the cheerful greeting, which gave no token of the frosts of age, nor
chilling influence of a world, which so rarely teaches us charity; for
heart was ever full of her blossoms, his life, of her fruits. The
will take place on Thursday morning at half past 9, at his house on
street, from whence, the remains will be taken to Farmington for a
service, at Friends Meeting House.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 December 1932
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Warren Burlingame, aged 83 years, died
at his home in this village this morning following a long illness. He
is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Millie Reed of this place;
a sister, Mrs. Laura Graham of Fair Play, Colorado; and one grandson.
The funeral will be held at the home on Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. David S.
Sheldon, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be
in Restvale cemetery at Phelps. Burial in Rest Haven Cemetery, Phelps
From Geneva Gazette 5 January 1825
Died in Phelps, on Sunday night, 26th ult., Maj. John Burnet, father
85 years. He was an officer of the
revolution; in which capacity he served his country some time in
assisting to establish its independence. His death was sudden. Having
gone to bed in usual health, he was found dead in
From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1945
Mrs. Alice Blanche Burnett, aged 33 of 42 Brooks Street, died at
Geneva General Hospital last night following an illness of several
months. Surviving are her husband, Colley; an infant daughter, Nancy
Ann; her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cooley, Geneva; three brothers,
Clifford Cooley, Geneva, Donald, Daytona Beach, Fla., Gordon, Waterloo;
and three sisters, Mrs. Myra Combs, Geneva, Mrs. Harriet Mims, Daytona
Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Ruth Salvin, Huntington Park, California.
From Ontario County Chronicle 21 November 1900
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Charles Burnett died Tuesday evening,
after a long illness, at her home on the Pre-emption. She was 37 years
of age and leaves her husband, two sons and a daughter, also her
father, George Taylor of Hillsdale, Mich. The funeral was held Saturday
From Phelps Citizen 7 May 1901
In the death of Harvey Burnett, Phelps loses one of her
oldest citizens. He being born in this town on the Pre-emption in June,
1814. and continued to reside there until about 12 years ago, when he
removed to Phelps village. Mr. Burnette was one of 11 children, all of
whom are gone except one brother, William of Clyde. Deceased was of
Scotch parentage; his great-grandfather, Robert, came from Edinburgh in
1725 and settled in Raritan, N. J., and in 1729 removed to Little
Puritan, Orange Co., N. Y. Thomas, son of Robert, was in the
revolutionary war, having fought under Washington at Valley Forge.
James, son of Thomas, came to Phelps and married Mary Woosten, who were
the parents of the Burnette family including the late deceased.
Deceased was twice married. His first wife being Julia Case, to whom
was born two sons, Spencer and Augustine E. The former died a few years
ago. He again married, she being Jane Case, and from this union one son
was born, Charles W. Mr. Burnette, to the writer's knowledge, was the
last survivor of the old settlers who formerly resided in this part of
the town. It seemed but yesterday we frequently listened to groups of
them conversing joyfully together and now none are left to relate the
interesting stories of early life in this vicinity.
From Phelps Citizen 4 February 1909
The death of Henry Burnett, for many years a highly
respected resident of this town, occurred at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Zibe Baldwin, of Watkins, last Monday evening, after a brief
illness of heart disease. Mr. Burnett was 82 years old and passed the
greater portion of his life in this town where he had a large circle of
friends. The sons and daughters surviving are: Mrs. Frank Bunn and Mrs.
Zibe Baldwin of Watkins; Mrs. Mary Stillwell of Elmira; Henry of Logan;
Wallace of Cincinnatus; W. D. Burnett of this place; and Frank of
Odessa. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, after which the
remains were brought here for interment in Melvin Hill cemetery this
From Clifton Springs Press 11 February 1926
Mrs. Jennie A. Burnett, widow of the late William Burnett, died at
the home of Mrs. J. D. Gowing, on Wednesday morning, at the age of 82
years. Mrs. Burnett came here with her husband to spend the Christmas
holidays with Mrs. Gowing, a cousin. Mr. Burnett was taken ill and died
on January 17th. The shock of her husband's death was too much for one
of Mrs. Burnett's advanced years and she followed him to the Great
Beyond in less than a month. The couple had been married over 64 years.
The passing out of these two people so close together after their work
was done, is one of the beautiful things of life. Rev. Frederick
Maunder will officiate at the funeral which will be held on Saturday at
2:30 p.m. Mrs. Burnett will be buried beside her husband in the family
lot in Canandaigua cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 July 1910
Mrs. Kate H. Burnett died yesterday afternoon at the home of her
son, H. M. Vandemark, in the Town of Phelps. She leaves one son, two
grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. M. J. McCoy of Michigan. The
funeral will take place at the residence of H. M. Vandemark at 2:30
o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. G. H. Harvey will officiate and burial
will be in Pinewood Cemetery, Phelps.
From Ontario County Chronicle 6 November 1901
Rushville, N. Y. - Died, Friday, Nov. 1st, at her home in
Rushville, Mrs. Mary Burnett, aged 70 years. Mrs. Burnett has
been a great sufferer for months with a cancer. The funeral was held
Saturday at 10 a.m. and the burial was at Italy Hill, beside her
husband and two children. She leaves one son, Will Burnett, of this
place, also a sister, Miss Cynthia Bassett of Rushville, a brother of
Naples, and a brother and sister in the west.
From Geneva Gazette 10 February 1893
Oaks Corners - The funeral services of Miss Olive Burnett,
who died at the home of Mr. Chas. Burtis on Monday morning last, were
held Thursday at half past 10 o'clock in the Presbyterian church.
She had attained the advanced age of ninety-one years, and had
spent them all in this
community, being born on what is now the Scoville Sheare farm across
the outlet, and subsequently moving to the Corners, where she has since
resided. It was fitting that the
funeral services should be held in the old church wherein she has
worshiped since a child, and for which she had done so much.
In the past few years Miss Burnett has been the recipient of the
most tender care from the family of Mr. Burtis, of whom she was a
From Ontario County Chronicle 18 September 1901
The death of Mrs. Spencer D. Burnett, aged 52 years, occurred
Monday morning in Geneva, 50 Cherry street. Mrs. Burnett had been ill
one month with typhoid fever. She had been a resident of Geneva thirty
years and was a devout communicant of St. Peter's Episcopal church.
Mrs. Burnett is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Albert O'Neil and Mrs.
William Miller and one brother, William Day, of the town of Geneva.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 17 March 1914
Canandaigua, N. Y., March 16 - Walter Burnett died last night at
the Canandaigua Hospital, aged 77 years. Death was due to paralysis.
Mr. Burnett had been for many years a resident of Canandaigua. He
leaves a son, two daughters and a brother. The funeral will be held
from the Kennedy undertaking rooms in Bristol at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon, Rev. Livingston L. Taylor, of the Congregational church,
will officiate. Interment will be made in West avenue cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 12 January 1883
William B. Burnett, a life-long and well-known resident of
Phelps, died very suddenly of apoplexy on Sunday last, aged about 62
years. Shortly after eating dinner at the usual hour, deceased
was observed to be breathing with difficulty, whereupon a physician was
immediately summoned, but upon his arrival
Mr. Burnett had become unconscious and nearly ceased breathing, and was
pronounced beyond the reach
of human aid. He leaves a wife and two daughters
and many other mourning relatives, besides a large circle of friends
who will be saddened by the announcement of
his sudden death.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 4 April 1906
Rushville, N. Y. - On Monday afternoon of last week, William
was unable to return to his work because of a severe pain
in his side; at evening he was more quiet and a doctor was not summoned
until the following day, when an examination revealed the cause to be
appendicitis. Tuesday night he was operated upon by Dr. A. T. Halstead
of this place and Dr. Beahan of Canandaigua, when his condition was
found to be much worse than was at first thought. Although he passed
through the operation safely his condition became alarming on Thursday
and he died that afternoon. He was aged 36 years. Mr. Burnett had spent
the most of his life in this place and his cheerful, kindly manner won
for him many friends who will greatly mourn his untimely death. In
February, 1902, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Love, who,
with his aunt, Miss Cynthia Bassett, survive him. The funeral, which
was held from his late home in Gilbert street Sunday afternoon, was
largely attended. The Odd Fellows and Rushville Hose Company attended
in a body. Rev. A. W. Rice and Rev. E. A. Hazeltine officiated. Burial
was made in the Rushville cemetery. Among the relatives from
out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Love, Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Love of
Watkins; J. W. and E. G. Williamson of Clifton Springs; Mrs. Helen
Sproul, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hanmer of Dundee; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turner
of Penn Yan; Charles Dunton, wife and son of Italy; and Mr. and Mrs.
Harrison Hyde of Cheshire.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Eliza Parsons Burnette, a
Phelps for 53 years, occurred after an illness
of three years, Thursday at the Burnette homestead five miles northeast
of Phelps. The deceased was born in Columbia county, this state, and
after her marriage in 1857 to Hiram Burnette, whose death occurred here
a few years ago, came to Phelps to reside. She was 77 years of age.
Surviving relatives are two daughters, Mrs. Charles E. Kelley of Newark
and Miss Jennie E. Burnette of Phelps; and two sons, U. Grant and Frank
H. Burnette of Phelps. Her son, Milton P. Burnette, died in 1892. She
also leaves a stepson, Andrew J. Burnette; one brother, Smith Parsons
of Hudson; a sister, Mrs. J. H. Lant of New York, and six
grandchildren. The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday
afternoon at the late home of the deceased. Interment will be made in
the South Lyons cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 July 1905
The funeral of Mrs. Emily H. Burnette, who died Monday on
the Pre-Emption road, was held yesterday afternoon. The services were
conducted by the Rev. Charles Palmatier, and burial was at the Phelps
cemetery. Mrs. Burnett was 72 years of age and had always lived in this
town. She leaves one son, Edward, and two grandchildren.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 September 1936
Phelps, N. Y. - Ullyses Grant Burnette, 70, retired farmer
and business man of Phelps, died Tuesday morning in his home in Church
street. In failing health for several months, Mr. Burnette passed away
in his sleep. Born in Phelps, a son of Hiram and Eliza Ann Parsons
Burnette, the deceased had spent his entire life in this community. He
engaged in farming north of Phelps until twenty-eight years ago, when
he became a resident of the village and conducted a coal business for
several years, retiring four years ago. Mr. Burnette was a member of
Sincerity Lodge, F. and A. M. of Phelps, Geneva Chapter, R. A. M. of
Geneva Commandery No. 29, K. T. and Damascus Temple, A. A. O. NMS of
Surviving besides his wife, Anna May Crosby Burnette, are one son,
Robert C. Burnette; one brother, Frank of Phelps; and two sisters, Mrs.
Charles E. Kelly of Newark and Miss Jennie Burnette of Phelps. Funeral
services will be conducted in the home at 2:30 o'clock Friday
afternoon, the Rev. C. H. Dayton, minister of the Phelps Presbyterian
church officiating. Burial in Rest Haven cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 March 1934
Alfred Worcester Burnham, Jr., aged 24, died Saturday at his home,
263 Washington street, after a short illness of pneumonia. He leaves
his widow, Mrs. Virginia Burnham; a stepdaughter; his parents Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred Burnham; and two sisters, Alice M. and Adelaide of this
city. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the
family home on Washington street with the Rev. F. T. Drewett of the
First Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Naples Record 13 January 1937
Mrs. Lydia R. Furman Burnham, 84, died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Carl Mason, in East Bloomfield, on Thursday morning,
January 7, 1937, after a long illness. She is survived by one son,
Robert Burnham of Rochester; and five daughters, Mrs. Carl Mason of
East Bloomfield; Mrs. Fred Johnson of Honeoye, Mrs. Elbert Burd and
Mrs. Julia Smith of South Bristol, and Mrs. Samuel G. Robinson of
Naples; one brother, Samuel Furnham of Texas; also seventeen
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; another daughter, Mrs.
Hicks, died in 1926. Mrs. Burnham was born in South Bristol on April
27, 1852, a daughter of Robert and Martha Furman, and she spent the
most of her life in this town. Her husband, John S. Burnham, with whom
she was united in marriage on December 31, 1869, died on September 6,
1918. In 1924 she sold her farm here, and had since resided in East
Bloomfield. Funeral services were held from the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Carl Mason, on Saturday, the Rev. Mr. Edmunds officiating.
Interment was made in Coye cemetery here.
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1874
Death of Mr. Burnham - Mr. Frederick Burnham, of Rushville,
came to Canandaigua to witness the balloon ascension. While here he was
taken with one of the fits to which we understand he was subject.
He was taken into the Webster House where he bled copiously.
Two or three days after having sufficiently recovered to be
moved, he was conveyed to his home in Rushville, where he died on
Sunday, the 17th inst. His age was 48 years.
From Ontario County Chronicle 9 December 1903
Mrs. Anna Burns died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John E.
Doyle, Hubbell street, Wednesday afternoon, aged 78 years. She was the
widow of Patrick Burns and had resided here more than half a century.
Her daughter, Mrs. Doyle, is the only surviving relative.
From Ontario County Journal 21 April 1899
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Tuesday morning, at 10 o'clock, the
funeral services of Dominick Burns were held at St. Joseph's
church, Rev. Simon Fitzsimmons officiating. Mr. Burns' death was not
wholly unexpected, as he had been failing for some time. He was 88
years of age and leaves three children, two sons, William of Rochester
and Dominick of this place; and one daughter, Mrs. Grace of Wisconsin.
From Ontario County Journal 11 September 1903
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Ellen Burns died at the home of her
son, Peter Flynn, in this place, on Sept. 2, aged 84 years. The funeral
was held from St. Mary's Church on Friday morning. The interment was at
From Shortsville Enterprise 30 December 1915
Garrett Burns, a former resident of the Parlor Village, died at
his home in Park street, Canandaigua, on Monday, following a brief
illness. His age was 57 years. Mr. Burns will be remembered as having
conducted the Cottage Hotel in this village for several years. The
survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Peter J. Mack of
Canandaigua; two brothers, John Burns of Canandaigua, and Patrick Burns
of Fairport; also his father, John Burns, of State street, Manchester.
The funeral services will be held from St. Mary's Church in Canandaigua
From Geneva Gazette 12 August 1870
SAD DROWNING CASE - A colored man named Harvey Burns, long
drowned in Seneca Lake, a few rods northeast
of Franklin House, on Tuesday morning last, about 10 o'clock. The
circumstances, as elicited at the Coroner's Inquest next morning, are
as follows: A party of five, consisting of deceased, A. J.
Phelps, Jas. Fosmire, Jas. Sigler and B. W. Jupiter, were about
starting on a fishing expedition over to the outlet. They
employed Josiah Davis to tow their skiff over with his sailboat.
Three of the party took seats in the sailboat, leaving Burns and
Sigler in the skiff to be towed. Davis hoisted sail and ran close
alongside the skiff. Burns, (who sat in the skiff's bow) handed a
line to Jupiter, who was in the passing sailboat. Their hands touched
in passing. At that instant the sailboats' boom swung around and
over the skiff's bow. Jupiter and Sigler both testify that Burns
was caught across his breast by the sheet-rope, and pulled overboard.
Davis (who was not sworn) states that Burns leaned over backwards
apparently to avoid the boom, lost his balance and fell overboard.
The sailboat was ahead some distance, drawing the skiff along
part way, although Jupiter cast off as soon as he saw the accident.
Sigler sprang to the oars lying in the small boats bottom, and
without delay adjusted them and backed up to the fatal spot.
Meantime all his companions saw Burns come to the surface but
once. When Sigler returned he found Burns' hat and a few bubbles
arise, but the poor fellow sinking a second time, disappeared for ever
to earthly life. Search was made by numerous parties from that
hour until 9
o'clock in the evening (interrupted only for half an hour by the
violent storm,) when Chas. LaMont and Josiah Davis recovered the body,
near the old powder house -- perhaps five rods from where the fatal
plunge was taken. The Lake in this vicinity is thick with eel
grass, which accounts for the delay in recovering the body -- grapples
and pikes rapidly clogging with such obstructions.
Deceased was a single man aged about 47 years. He was a quiet,
orderly person, enjoying the good opinion of those of both races to
whom he was acquainted. Late in the war he joined the army,
serving in the 26th regiment of U. S. Colored troops - Co. D -- till
hostilities ceased, and proved as good a soldier as any of his race.
The Coroner's rendered a verdict of accidental drowning, in accordance
with facts above stated. Deceased being without relatives in our
community, the Coroner placed the body in the hands of "Post Swift G.
A. R." by assent of its officers, who gave it decent interment on
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 February 1918
Hugh Burns died yesterday morning at his home, in Canandaigua, aged 79 years. He
leaves two daughters, Mrs. Julia Ernisse, of Rochester, and Mrs. John Welch, of
Canandaigua; one brother, Thomas Burns, of Pittsford; and one sister, Mrs.
Catherine DeVoe, of Rockport, Mass. He was a Civil war veteran, belonging to the
140thRegiment, New York Volunteers.
From Ontario County Times 7 April 1886
The dead body of James Burns, of Clifton Springs, was
recently found in the canal at Syracuse. He went to Albany on the 21st
of December and had not been heard of since leaving that city a few
days later. He was twenty-four years old.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 May 1902
7 o'clock this morning, James S. Burns, 58 years of age, took
his own life in an upper room of his house at 24 Colt street.
According to several members of the
family and to the man's physician, the act was the result of
days of intense suffering from an incurable disease of the heart, which
had made Burns temporarily insane; and, indeed, the verdict of the
coroner is to that effect. Undoubtedly, Burns
was not in his right mind when the act was committed, and there seems
little doubt that his sufferings had aberrated his mental faculties.
Had he survived, he could have lived just a
few days or weeks, at the longest. Up to a week or ten days
ago, Burns had been employed at his trade of blacksmith by the
state, under Canal Supt., Charles S. Codington. Then
he became ill and Dr. T. D. Rupert, who was called, said to a member
of the family that Mr. Burns was suffering from an incurable disease of
the heart. The progress of this disease was marked by
excruciating pain. For days Burns had been unable to lie down,
required the constant care of the members of his family. This
morning the sick man was alone but a few minutes. A son
of Mr. de F. Patterson, who is Mr. Burns' son-in-law, heard his
grandfather fall and ran into the room. He saw blood flowing from
a wound in Mr. Burns' throat. Mrs. Burns was called
and she hastily summoned some men who were passing, E. S. Gardinier
and Peter J. Little. Dr. Rupert was at once summoned. Those who
arrived early did all they could for Mr. Burns, but he was past help
and by the time the physician arrived he expired. In some manner,
Mr. Burns had procured a razor and inflicted a fatal wound in his
throat. The members of his family supposed this razor to be
in the kitchen. It is probable that the sick man, beside himself
from pain, had carried it upstairs unbeknown to the others.
Coroner H. D. Weyburn was summoned a short while after Mr. Burns's
death. After an investigation the coroner rendered the following
verdict: "That James S. Burns came to his death on the 24th day
of May, 1902, Geneva, N. Y., by cutting his throat with a razor while
in a fit of temporary insanity. The said James S. Burns was in
feeble health and depressed spirits."
The deceased is survived by his one daughter, Mrs. de F. Patterson and
by one son, Robert Burns of Chicago. He was a veteran
of the Civil war, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and had
always been an honest and hard-working citizen. The funeral
arrangements are not yet completed. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 August 1912
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - On Sunday afternoon occurred the death of John Burns at
his home on Spangle street. He is survived by his wife and six
children, Thomas of Rochester, William of Canandaigua, Patrick, James,
Morris and Margaret of Hopewell. The funeral was held from St. Mary's
church and burial was in Calvary cemetery.
From Livonia Gazette 25 November 1932
John Burns passed
away at his home at Honeoye at 9 p.m. Sunday after a week's illness of
pneumonia. Mr. Burns was born in Canandaigua 68 years ago. He is
survived by his wife, two sons, Walter and Ralph, of Honeoye; two
grandchildren, and a brother of Portage, Wis. The funeral was held from
the home at 1:30 p.m. and 2;30 at the Congregational church, the Rev. J.
E. Sweet, pastor of the church officiating. Interment in Lakeview
From Geneva Daily Times 3 August 1907
Manchester, N. Y. - The funeral of John C. Burns, a
veteran of the Civil War, was held from the Methodist church of this
village yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. S. S. Pratt, pastor of
the church, officiating. Mr. Burns was born in Whithorn, Scotland, and
came to America in 1849.
When the war broke out he joined the 1st Illinois Light Artillery,
four years. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Susan Taylor. Mr.
Burns was upright in his dealings and had the confidence and good will
the people. He united with the Methodist church of this village nearly
25 years ago and for many years previous to his loss of health held the
office of trustee in that society. Besides his wife, he is survived by
sons, Edgar of the state of Oregon and Myron of this village; also one
Miss Margaret of Manchester; one brother, Robert Burns of Chicago, and
sister, Mrs. Grace Doll, also of Chicago. The burial was in Brookside
and was under the auspices of Herendeen Post, G. A. R., of Shortsville.
From Geneva Gazette 6 July 1888
On Sunday morning last Lawrence Burns, who resides on the
little cross street which runs south from Jay street west of Main, did
not arise at his usual time, and as he did not respond to repeated
calls, the suspicions of his wife that everything was not right were
awakened and she entered the room and tried to arouse him.
Imagine her surprise and horror when she found her husband was
dead. Dr. Weyburn and Coroner Maynard were summoned, who made an
examination and found that death was caused either from heart disease
or from paralysis of the brain. An inquest was not deemed
necessary. Mr. Burns leaves a wife and four children, who will
receive the sympathy of all for the sudden affliction which has
From Ontario County Journal 28 March 1913
Mrs. Louise Burns, wife of William J. Burns, manager of the Cobb
Preserving Company, died of heart failure while being taken to the
Memorial Hospital in the ambulance early Tuesday morning. Mrs. Burns
was born in Holland 32 years ago. Most of her life was spent in
Palmyra, having removed there with her parents from Holland when 14
months of age. She had resided in Canandaigua the past 15 months.
Besides her husband, there survive one son, William of Canandaigua; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Vanderwall of Palmyra; and four brothers,
Albert of Newark, Frank of Rochester, and Jacob and Peter Vanderwall of
Palmyra. The funeral services will be held at St. Mary's church this
morning at 9L30 o'clock. Interment will be made at Calvary cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 24 January 1913
Luke Burns, an aged residence of the township of Farmington, died
at his home on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He was born in County
Carlo, Ireland, on March 29, 1828, and came to this country when a boy
of 17 years. He was the first of his family to emigrate and came from
New York city by packet boat on the Erie canal. He was married in 1852
to May O'Bierne, who died in 1900. The only surviving relatives are one
grandson, Owen Spencer Burns, who resides in California, and one
brother, John, a residence of Manchester. The funeral was held from the
Catholic church at Macedon on Tuesday at 10 o'clock. Burial was made in
the Catholic cemetery at Macedon.
From Victor Herald 25 January 1901
Mrs. Luke Burns died at her home about four miles east of this
village, Monday night, at the age of 70 years. This death seems
particularly sad owing to the fact that Mrs. Burn's son, John, died in
Shortsville, but a few days prior to the mother's death. Mrs. Burns is
survived by her husband and one son, Garrett Burns, of Farmington.
Funeral services were held on Thursday.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 March 1907
Mrs. Margaret P. Burns, aged 45 years, died Saturday evening at
5:30 o'clock at her home, No. 351 Exchange street. Death was caused by
a cancer. The survivors are a daughter, Miss Harriet Burns; a son, John
Burns; both of this city; three sisters, Mrs. John Deringer of
Wheeling, West Virginia, Mrs. Charles Frazier of Canandaigua and Mrs.
John Summers of Waverly, N. Y.; one brother, William Hyland. The
funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 9:00 o'clock from the house
and at 9:30 o'clock from St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment will be
in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 2 April 1914
The death of Mrs. Mary A. Burns, aged 75 years, widow of
James Burns, occurred Tuesday, at No. 24 Colt street, the home of her
daughter, Mrs. H. DeF. Patterson. Mrs. Burns had been an invalid for
the past 18 years. She leaves one son, Robert Burns of Chicago; one
daughter, Mrs. H. DeF. Patterson; and one sister, Mrs. W. H. Pinch of
Watkins. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Rev. George Cross Baner of Utica will officiate, and burial will be
made in Glenwood cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 23 February 1938
Mrs. Mary Boardman Burns, widow of John J. Burns, former resident of
Shortsville and Manchester, was found dead at her home in Canandaigua
on Friday afternoon by her daughter, Miss Marie E. Burns of that city.
She had been a victim of heart trouble. Her age was 63 years. She was
born in Lock Haven, Pa., but had made her home in this section for many
years. Her husband died in 1936. The survivors are three daughters, Mrs.
Howard J. Clawson, MIsses Marie E. and Florence G. Burns, all of
Canandaigua; also a son, Edward I. Burns of Oswego; four brothers, T. J.
and J. M. Boardman of Manchester, Alfred and George Boardman; and two
sisters, Misses Anna and Theresa Boardman, all of Lock Haven, Pa.
Funeral services were held from St. Mary's church in Canandaigua on
Monday morning, and the interment was made in the family plot in Calvary
cemetery in that city.
From Livingston Republican 22 June 1939
Mrs. Mary T. Burns, widow of the late John Burns, formerly of
Hopewell, died Saturday morning at her home in Parish Extension,
Canandaigua, at the age of 80. She is survived by four sons, Thomas E.
and Patrick J. Burns of Rochester, James M. and Morris F. Burns of
Canandaigua; a daughter, Miss Margaret Burns of Canandaigua, and two
grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock this morning
at the home and at 9:30 o'clock in St. Mary's church. Burial will be in
Calvary cemetery, Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 2 March 1900
The death of Michael Burns, for many years a well-known
blacksmith of this village, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
George Voorhis, Clark street, on Wednesday morning. Funeral services
will be held at nine o'clock this morning. The deceased was 86 years of
From Shortsville Enterprise 11 November 1926
The death of Peter Burns, a
former resident of Shortsville, but for the past 18 years a citizen of
Canandaigua, occurred at the Memorial hospital in that city at 2:30
o'clock on Friday afternoon, following an illness of six weeks, although
he had been in failing health for several years. His age was 74 years.
Peter Burns was born in the village of Manchester on November 5, 1852, a
son of the late James and Elizabeth Burns. His education was obtained
in the school there, and when about 21 years of age, moved to Michigan,
where he resided for 17 years. From that State he went to Nebraska and
lived there 5 years. He then located in Shortsville and remained here
until 18 years ago, when he removed to Canandaigua. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Bradford, whose death occurred on November 21, 1908.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Milton Hoffner of Shortsville; two
sisters, Mrs. Seldon F. Burlingham of Manchester, and Mrs. Albert
Sheffield of Shortsville; and two brothers, John Burns of Phelps and
Robert Burns of Buffalo. Private funeral service was held at the
Stoddard undertaking rooms at 2:30 o'clock on Sunday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. A. J. MacMIllan, pastor of Shortsville Presbyterian
church. The interment was made in Brookside Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 November 1908
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Robie Ann Burns, wife of Peter B. Burns,
died this morning at 1 o'clock at the family home in this place from
hemorrhage of the heart. She was 56 years of age and leaves, besides
her husband, one daughter, Marynette Hoeffner of this place; also three
sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Amelia Murry of Joliet, Ill, Mrs.
Jennie Wold of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Kate Lovejoy of Victor; Edward
Mink of Palmyra, Winfield Mink of Manchester and Fred, Claude and
Lincoln Mink of this place. The funeral will take place at 2:30 o'clock
Monday afternoon from the home. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 21 August 1907
William J. Burns, formerly of Gorham, who has been lately employed
on the Witter farm north of the village, died suddenly on Thursday
evening from apoplexy, aged 57 years. Mr. Burns arose about 11:30 as he
was not feeling well, and started to get some medicine, but was
stricken almost immediately. Coroner Warner was called and pronounced
the cause of death as above. Deceased is survived by three daughters,
Mrs. Margaret Cooper of Sonyea, Misses May and Anna Burns; and one son,
John Burns, of this place. Funeral services were held at St. Mary's
church on Sunday morning and burial was at Stanley.
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