"Coo" to "Cor" Obituaries
From Geneva Daily Times 1 September 1896
Mrs. Catherine B. Cook, widow of the late Col. E. R. Cook, died at
Sodus Point on Sunday, August 30th. The remains will be laid by those
of her husband in Pulteney street cemetery at 10 o'clock tomorrow,
From Ontario County Journal 30 May 1890
Edward Cook, colored, of Clifton Springs, porter of the
Foster Hose company, was fatally injured at Phelps junction Wednesday
about one o'clock. He was riding on a flat car on a freight train when
the car he was on jumped the track and he was caught between that car
and the next one to it. He died within an hour after he was taken home.
The right leg was badly crushed above the knee and hip and from the
to the ankle of both legs, the flesh was torn completely away. Cook was
25 years old and unmarried.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 April 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Edward J. Cook occurred
suddenly at her home three miles southeast of Phelps Saturday
afternoon. Mrs. Cook had nearly recovered from a two weeks' illness
with pneumonia when her death came unexpectedly. An autopsy conducted
Sunday by Drs. W. A. and H. J. Q. Howe of Phelps revealed hypertrophy
of the heart as a contributing cause of her death. Mrs. Cook was 63
years of age. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William
Wright and was born in the city of Geneva. Mrs. Cook had lived in this
vicinity practically all her life. Surviving relatives besides her
husband are a son, George F. Cook of Oaks Corners, a daughter, Mrs.
Charles Peachey of Clifton Springs, and a brother, Frank A. Wright, of
St. Paul, Minn. The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at
2 o'clock at the Cook homestead. Burial will be at the Phelps cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 18 April 1883
Mrs. Eliza Cook, wife of the late Wm. F. Cook, died at her
on Geneva street this morning at half-past eight o'clock. She was
well known in this village, and was a member of Trinity Church for many
years. Her age was seventy-nine years.
From Geneva Gazette 20 April 1883
Mrs. Eliza Cook, the relict of the late Wm. F. Cook, died at
her residence in this village on the 18th inst. She was a native of
England, coming to this country and to Geneva with her husband about 25
years ago. She was a lady of culture and refinement, and endeared
herself to all with whom she became acquainted. She was an exemplary
and devout churchwoman, regular in her attendance at church services.
She lived and and died childless, and in fact leaves no kin of blood on
this side of the broad
From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1908
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth R. Cook, died Monday night
at the residence of her son, George L. Cook. Mrs. Cook had been ailing
for some time but was confined to her bed but ten days. Mrs. Cook was
born near Ross, Hertfordshire, England, Feb. 14th, 1829. She leaves six
sons and one daughter to mourn her loss, Rev. J. W. Cook of Gage, John
H. Cook of Syracuse, George L. of Seneca Castle, Albert Cook of Flint,
Clarence Cook of Stanley and Miss Eva Cook of Flint. Burial Sand
From Ontario County Journal 1 August 1890
George B. Cook died at his late residence in Gorham Monday,
July 21st. Funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon,
July 23d, the Rev. J. S. Niles officiating, who chose for the subject
of his discourse, the words recorded in Psalms 103 Chap and 15th verse.
Messrs. Robert Moody, Jas. Robson, Eugene Lewis, J. C. Crosier, J.
Covert and H. E. Johnson were the officiating pall bearers. The
deceased was born at Providence, R. I., October 17th, 1814, and with
his father came to Canandaigua in 1815 and in 1829 came to Gorham,
where he resided until his death, respected by a wide circle of friends
and acquaintances. In the year 1842, Feb. 15th, he was married to Miss
Mary Lamport, who with one son and three daughters, survive him. His
business career dates back for over fifty years, first as clerk,
subsequently engaging in the boot and shoe trade, at the discontinuance
of which he embarked in the grocery business, which he successfully
conducted for a term of years, when he bought out and succeeded S. M.
Whitaker in the drug and grocery trade, continuing in said business
until 1888, when declining health compelled him to retire, at which
time he disposed of his goods to his son, N. B. Cook, who succeeds him.
In his early political life he was a Democrat, and held the office of
Postmaster under Pierce's administration, until the organization of the
Republican party, whereupon he adopted its principles and in
consequence was removed and the late Henry Mott appointed his
successor. On Lincoln winning the presidency, he was again appointed
and held the office consecutively until 1883, when he resigned in favor
of his son, N. B. Cook, who was appointed his successor.
From Geneva Gazette 12 November 1817
DIED - In this village, on Thursday evening, 6th inst., in the
44th year of her age, Mrs. Hannah Cook, wife of David Cook,
Esq., and daughter of Preserve Riggs, Esq., of Mendham, New Jersey. She
had resided in this village about 22
years, was an exemplary and highly respected member of the Presbyterian
Church in this place, and died, as we trust, in the exercise of that
faith. Her last illness, which was long and painful, she bore with
Christian composure, resignation and fortitude. She has left a husband,
six children, and a large circle of other relations and friends to
lament her loss. Her funeral was attended last Lord's day by a very
large concourse of people.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 January 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of Henry Cook, a well-known
resident of this town, was held this afternoon from his late home near
Steele. Mr. Cook was eighty-five years of age and is survived by four
sons, William, Henry, Benjamin and Edward, also three daughters, Mrs.
Charles Haines of Geneva, Miss Ester Cook, and Mrs. F. G. Avery of
Buffalo. Interment was in Dobbins cemetery.
County Journal 1 November 1878
A man named
John Cook, living in the northeast part of the town, near O. C.
Chapin's, died very suddenly last Monday morning. He was engaged in
sawing wood and, feeling very faint and dizzy, went into the house,
where he died
before medical aid could be summoned. The deceased was a German 54
years of age.
Evangelical Magazine & Gospel Advocate, Utica NY, Sat. 23 Jan 1836
[a Universalist newspaper]
DEATHS. In Geneva, Ontario county, on December 21st, Miss MARIA COOK,
aged nearly 57 years. Our deceased sister was formerly well known
in this region as an able and exemplary preacher of universal
salvation; and lately she resumed her public labors, but for a short
time, in this vicinity, where she then lived. Infirmities of mind
and body admonished her that her end was nigh, and she ceased her
labors; but Br. [Jacob] Chase of the Herald of Truth, says, “we have
reason to believe that she died as she had lived, a faithful and
exemplary believer in God’s impartial grace.” She has left many
manuscripts on theological subjects behind her—whether they will ever
be published is doubtful. Her many virtues will long be remembered by
her friends, who will drop the kindly tear to her memory.
A. B. G. [Rev. Aaron Bort Grosh]
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Geneva Daily Times 8 February 1904
Gorham N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Ann Cook died February 2 at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. George B. Tompkins, aged 88 years. The
funeral was held Friday at two o'clock from the residence. She leaves
two daughters, Miss Lida Cook and Mrs. G. B. Tompkins, also one son, N.
B. Cook, of Canandaigua. Interment was made in Gorham cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 May 1923
Mrs. Mary C. Cook, aged 82, died this morning at the home of
her son, John T. Cook, 159 Cherry street. Mrs. Cook has been a
resident of this city since 1891. She was born in St.
Clairsville, Ohio. She is survived by one son, J. T. Cook.
It is requested that flowers be omitted. The funeral announcement
will be made later.
From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1878
SUDDEN DEATH - Mr. Moses Cook, a prominent citizen of the place,
died very suddenly last evening, between five and six o'clock.
The cause of his sudden death was a stroke
of paralysis, he having partially recovered from a similar stroke about
a year since. He was sitting in his
chair at his residence, apparently in his usual health, and
suddenly fell to the floor dead. His sudden death is
a shock to the community. His age was about 60 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 April 1904
The funeral of Samuel Cook will take place at 2:30 o'clock
tomorrow afternoon from his home on Exchange street, Rev. J. B.
Champion of the First Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in
From Geneva Daily Times 3 January 1917
Samuel Cook, aged 52 years, died Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at
Willard State Hospital of bronchial pneumonia. He is survived by his
wife; two sons, Arthur and Eugene Cook of Syracuse; his mother, Mrs.
Eliza Veit of Geneva; and one sister, Mrs. Catherine Whaley of Oneida.
The body was brought to Geneva and taken to the undertaking rooms of
DeVaney and Fletcher, where funeral services will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. David H. Craver, of the North
Presbyterian church, will officiate. Interment will be in Glenwood
Gazette 31 May 1901
William Cook of Phelps was drowned in the outlet last Tuesday.
A favorite dog got in
the current and was in danger of being swept over a dam. Cook
jumped into the raging current, and although a good swimmer was soon
caught in the swirling waters of a whirlpool. A companion,
witness to the tragedy, was powerless to rescue him. His body was
recovered a few hours afterward. He was 25 years old, unmarried,
and a brother of Postmaster Cook of Oaks Corners.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 28 August 1872
Mr. William P. Cook, a well-known and highly respected resident of
Geneva, died in that village on Tuesday, the 13th inst. He was an
Englishman by birth, but came to this country twenty-one years ago,
since which time he has been a resident of our neighboring village.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the family residence on Hibbard
avenue, on Friday forenoon occurred the death of Wm. Cooke, after
of several years. The deceased had made his home in
this village for a long time and before his poor health overtook him
was well-known in the village and vicinity. The deceased is survived by
a son, William R. Cooke, of this village, his wife having died several
From Ontario County Journal 25 December 1891
Mrs. Cooley, widow of the late Albert B. Cooley, died at her home
in this village Wednesday morning. She was 74 years of age and eight
children survive her as follows: A. Eugene Cooley, Clarence Cooley, H.
Seymour Cooley and Miss Inez Cooley, of Canandaigua; Lyman E. Cooley of
Chicago; Mortimer Cooley of Ann Arbor, Ernest Cooley of Memphis, Tenn.;
and Mrs. Inez Nichols of Hastings, Michigan.
From Syracuse Herald 8 February 1940
Geneva, N. Y. - Mrs. Augusta Cooley died at the home of her son,
Charles Cooley, yesterday following an extended illness. Surviving are
three sons, Charles of Geneva, George W. of Seneca Falls and Louis E.
of Waterloo; five daughters, Mrs. Samuel Savage and Mrs. Charles
Hemminger, Mrs. Walter Iddings of Waterloo, Mr. Joseph Hemminger of
Waterloo, and Mrs. Lewis Campfield of Geneva; 41 grandchildren and a
half-brother, Alfred Fairfax of Lynn, Mass. Funeral services will be
held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of her son on East
North street, with the Rev. C. G. McConnell of the First Methodist
Church officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 14 July 1905
Mrs. Catherine T. Cooley, widow of John S. Cooley, expired suddenly
at her home on Washington street on Wednesday afternoon, aged 87 years.
For several days she had suffered from a bronchial cold, but her
physicians saw nothing in her condition to cause apprehension. Her
daughter, Mrs. Crowley, was in conversation with her when she suddenly
sank back and died instantly. Mrs. Cooley possessed a strong
constitution and in the full possession of her faculties had enjoyed
life to the last. She was a regular attendant at the Methodist church
and as in her accustomed place on Sunday of the week before. Mrs.
Cooley was born at Shamokin, Pa., on Oct. 17, 1817, and came to this
town when a child with her parents, Joshua and Eleanor Benson, who
settled north of the village. In 1853, she married Mr. Cooley, who
resided west of Canandaigua. To them were born four children, three of
whom survive; Orion J. Cooley, Mrs. George Robinson of Ogdensburg, and
Mrs. William J. Crowley. Four step-children also survive her; Frank and
Lucien, of Jackson, Mich., and Fred S. and Miss Mary A. Cooley. The
funeral will be held from the Crowley home, Gibson street, this
afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Ward Mosher officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 April 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - From being poisoned in some way not
surely known at this time, Mrs. Barlow Baggerly, wife of Barlow
Baggerly, a farmer just south of this village on Pearl street, and Charles
lived in this village but was employed by Mr. Baggerly, died last
evening; and Mr. Baggerly is in a critical condition. A daughter, Norma
Baggerly, was the only one of the four that had dinner at noon
yesterday at the Baggerly home to escape poisoning. The family had
dinner at 12 o'clock yesterday as usual and Norma returned to school in
this village. She was not in any way affected by poison. Mr. and Mrs.
Baggerly and Mr. Cooley became violently ill shortly after dinner,
however, and during the afternoon Mr. Cooley was removed to his home on
South street in this village. He died shortly after 7 o'clock last
evening, and Mrs. Baggerly died about 8:30 o'clock. The dinner meal
consisted of tomato soup, pork, potatoes, bread and butter and corn
Mr. Baggerly is still alive today, although very ill. The physician
says he will recover. The only part of the dinner which Miss Norma
Baggerly did not partake of was the sauce on the pudding. The others
ate this sauce. Coroner Eiseline of Shortsville held an inquest today
and gave a verdict that Mrs. Baggerly and Mr. Cooley were victims of
accidental poisoning. It was brought out that the reason Miss Baggerly
did not eat the pudding sauce was because she disliked the vanilla with
which it was flavored. The remainder of the pudding which was not eaten
with the dinner was thrown out and eaten by the dog which was also made
From Clifton Springs Press 27 July 1916
The death of Mrs. Charles Cooley occurred on Thursday
afternoon, July 20th. She had been an invalid for many years, and for
the past few months had been a great sufferer. Mrs. Cooley was born at
Elbridge on May 11, 1845, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah
Clutte. Of eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Clutte, only one
survives, a daughter. The deceased was married to Charles Cooley, at
Camillus, on October 17, 1863. Mr. Cooley died in this village on April
14, 1910. Mrs. Cooley had lived in this village for forty-one years,
thirty-nine of which were spent in the same home. She is survived by
two daughters, Mrs. E. J. Fisk of Holcomb; Miss Emma Cooley of Clifton
Springs; a son, Harry B. Cooley, of Canandaigua; three grandchildren,
Clarence E. Brown of Rochester, Clifford H. Brown of Holcomb, Clarence
E. Cooley of Canandaigua; and a sister, Mrs. Roena Tolman of Utica. The
funeral was held at her late home on South street on Saturday
afternoon, the service being conducted by the Rev. H. B. Reddick,
pastor of the M. E. Church. Burial was made in the Clifton Springs
From Geneva Daily Times 17 August 1907
Mrs. Cora Cooley, wife of Charles J. Cooley, of No. 176 High
street, died last night at 6 o'clock at the City Hospital. The deceased
was 29 years of age. She was born in Manchester, where she lived until
two years ago when she came to Geneva. Besides her husband, she is
survived by four children, Leo, Mable, Ethel and Herbert; one brother,
H. R. Smith of New York; one sister, Mrs. A. J. Schroeder of Washington
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Smith of Manchester. The funeral will
place at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon from the house on High street.
C. O. S. Keartan, acting rector of Trinity church, will officiate.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 June 1906
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Edwin Cooley died at her home east of
Cheshire Sunday, the 17th, at the age of 36 years. She was formerly
Miss Adelphia Hutchens. Besides her husband, she leaves her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Nodiah Hutchens, one sister, Mabel, and two small
children, Helen and Gerald.
From Ontario County Journal 5 April 1907
Chapinville, N. Y. - Franklin Cooley, an aged farmer living on the
road north of the Orleans road toward Shortsville, died on Sunday at
the Memorial hospital at Canandaigua. He was 74 years of age and leaves
a wife and five children; three sons who reside on the old home farm,
and two daughters, who with the wife have been for some time absent
from the home. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church
on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The music was in charge of the
choir, the funeral rites and burial in charge of the Chapinville
pastor, Rev. D. B. Kellogg. The interment was in Sand Hill cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 August 1927
James Cooley, aged 92 years, died last evening at six o'clock at
his home on North street. The survivors are one son, Charles Cooley;
and two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Mosher of Shortsville and Mrs. Samuel
Taylor of this city; also eighteen grandchildren. He was a member of
the First Methodist church. Services will be held from the home of his
son at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. L. S. Boyd will officiate.
Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 26 December 1888
James S. Cooley died at his residence on Gibson street in this
village, about 3 o'clock on the morning of the 20th inst. This sad
event closes the earthly career of one of Canandaigua's best known and
most highly respected citizens. The deceased was in his seventy-second year, and the last but one of seven brothers, sons
of the late Lyman Cooley, who was a prominent farmer residing in the
northwest part of the town. The remaining survivor of this family is
Mr. N. B. Cooley of Middletown, Ohio.
In 1851 the subject of this notice was married to Miss Mary Sackett, a
daughter of the late Col. Augustine Sackett. The same year he became a
resident of this village, engaging in the manufacture and sale of
agricultural implements, occupying the building then known as
Agricultural Hall, and now owned by Wm. Hayton and the S. V. Lines
estate, with a large wood shop in the rear. At first, Frank Gage was
associated with him in this business, but after a year or two, Mr. Gage
retired, and was succeeded by Cooley's younger brother, the late N. N.
Cooley. This firm, under the name of J. S. Cooley & Co., remained
at the old stand until 1859, when the store on the corner of Main and
Phoenix streets, previously occupied by Messrs. Clark & Gregory,
was purchased, and the business removed to that location and greatly
extended. In 1867 the junior partner retired and the business was
continued by James S. Cooley alone. In 1878, his son, Mr. A. S. Cooley,
became a partner, and in 1882 his nephew, Mr. Eugene Cooley, was
admitted to the partnership, the new firm taking the name of J. S.
Cooley Son & Co. It may be said of the deceased that after a
business career extending over a period of nearly forty years, he
leaves a record without blot or blemish, and marked throughout by the
Mr. Cooley was an enterprising, public-spirited citizen, honest and
conscientious in all his dealings, a kind husband and father, an
obliging neighbor, and one who was ready always to extend a helping
hand to those in need. He had been for many years a member of the
Congregational church, and was justly esteemed as one whose consistent
Christian character was worthily exemplified in his everyday life. His
wife survives him, and he leaves also one son and one daughter.
From Ontario County Times 22 July 1885
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. John Cooley died on Saturday. The
funeral was held at his late residence Monday afternoon. Rev. Mr.
Backus officiated. He leaves a wife and four children. The remains were
taken to Canandaigua for interment.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 29 January 1924
Clifton Springs, N. Y., Jan. 28 - Joseph Michael Cooley, 87 years
old, a lifelong resident of this village, died on Sunday morning at the
house of Morton H. Stewart in Teft avenue, where he had made his home
for the past year. Mr. Cooley was born February 2, 1837, at
E(illegible), moving with his parents to this village in 1839. He was a
Civil war veteran, serving in Company A, Third New York Volunteers
artillery. He was a member of the Gordon Granger Post, G. A. R., but
three members of which are still living. Mr. Cooley married Anna E.
Swift of Rochester, who died in 1915. He is survived by one son,
William Cooley of Clifton Springs; one grandson; one granddaughter and
one great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be held from the home of
Mr. Stewart at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. C. E. Purdy
officiating, assisted by Rev. R. B. Chalmers.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1915
Lewis Cooley, of 16 Lafayette avenue, died suddenly at 1 o'clock
this morning of heart failure. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley returned Monday from
a sojourn of several months in Florida. Mr. Cooley seemed as well as
usual. Last evening Mr. and Mrs. Cooley and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. HItchcox
took supper at the first Methodist church and then went to the home of
Mr. Hitchcox on Pulteney street. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley left for their
home about 9 o'clock. About 1 o'clock this morning Mr. Cooley awoke and
complained of not being able to breathe and asked for a doctor. Miss
Alice Ormand, who lives near, was sent for also, but before the arrival
of the physician, Mr. Cooley was dead. He was born in Seneca county and
lived the life of a farmer in that county up to the time of his removal
to Geneva, about 18 yrs ago, when he retired. He is survived by his
wife, one daughter, Mrs. Albert P. Scribner, of this city, and one
brother. Funeral services will be held from the house Tuesday afternoon
at 3 o'clock, Rev. David H. Craver, of the North Presbyterian church,
officiating. Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 24 February 1911
Cheshire, N. Y. - Marion Cooley died at Canandaigua hospital on
Sunday evening, after a long and painful illness. He was a son of Henry
B. and Laura Hill Cooley, was born in Bristol June 22, 1834, and was
married 50 years ago to Laura Hurd, who survives him; one son, Edwin,
and two grandchildren are all that is left of the family. Funeral
services were held at the home on Wednesday morning, Rev. Searles of
Canandaigua, officiating. Burial was at Bristol Center.
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1899
On Friday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Sackett
Cooley, widow of James S. Cooley, at her home on Gibson street.
Mrs. Cooley had been in delicate health for seven years, having then
suffered a stroke of paralysis, and since January had been confined to
her bed. She was born in Canandaigua, May 20, 1826, on the Sackett
homestead a few miles west of the village on the north road, and was
one of a family of eight brothers and sisters. In 1851 she married Mr.
Cooley and came to live in the home where she has ever since resided.
Two children survive her, Miss Harriet M. Cooley and Augustine S.
Cooley, both of this village; also a brother and sister, Frederick A.
Sackett and Miss Julia M. Sackett. The funeral services were held from
her late home on Monday afternoon, Rev. C. H. Dickinson, pastor of the
church of which Mrs. Cooley had been a member for over 50 years,
officiating. The interment was made at Woodlawn.
From Geneva Gazette 11 October 1889
A distressing accident occurred near Canandaigua Wednesday last at
the home of O. J. Cooley. Mrs. Cooley had been engaged
in making chili-sauce during the day, a pan of which she put in the
buttery to cool. Their youngest child, a baby
boy twenty months old, was playing around the house with a small cart,
and while Mrs. Cooley was out of doors the little fellow ran into the
buttery. As he
entered it, he stumbled, knocking the pan with its
boiling contents over on him. His right side was
horribly scalded, and although every effort was made to
relieve him, he died at 11 o'clock yesterday.
From Clifton Springs Press 21 February 1929
William Cooley, a well-known resident of this village, died on
February 15th. He was born in Clifton Springs 60 years ago. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Grace Cooley, and two children, Isabelle and
Catherine. aged six and five respectfully. Funeral services were held
at the home on Pearl street on Sunday afternoon, in charge of Garoga
Lodge, F. & A. M., of which he was a member. Rev. I. A. McGrew of
St. John's church officiated. Burial was made in Clifton Springs
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 25 January 1894
The third death within a week at Phelps occurred yesterday forenoon about 8:30 o'clock in the person of Abie Coolidge, a
prominent citizen. He had been sick for several weeks with a general
breaking down, due to old age. His age was 85 years. He leaves a son and
From Canandaigua Chronicle 31 July 1907
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza Ann Coomber, wife of Alfred
Coomber, died at her home three miles southeast of Shortsville, in the
town of Hopewell, at 8 o'clock on Wednesday morning, after a long
illness. She was the daughter of the late Roland Wadsworth, and was
born in the town of Hopewell 47 years ago. For the past five years she
has lived on the farm where she died. She was twice married. She is
survived by her husband, Alfred Coomber, and one daughter, Miss Mildred
Toning of Hopewell; by her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Wadsworth of
Shortsville; two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Benham of Hopewell; Mrs. Martin
Carney of Shortsville; and two brothers, Charles Wadsworth of
Shortsville and Carlton Wadsworth of St. Louis. The funeral was held
from her late home at 2:30 o'clock on Friday afternoon, Rev. H. I.
Andrews officiating and interment was in Chapman cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 March
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Charles Coon occurred
Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock. She had been confined to her bed for
seventeen weeks with heart disease, but seemed to be much better and
her death was very
sudden. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Fairport Herald Mail 30 November 1922
Mrs. Eva Coon, of
Farmington, N. Y., died Saturday, November 25, 1922, after a weeks
illness of pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her loss one brother, E. L.
Gardner; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Betz and Mrs. Charles Cotton, all of
Farmington; her husband, Edwin Coon, of Perinton, and seven children,
Mrs. F. H. Ruckdeschel of Fairport, Mrs. W. R. Wilkinson and Mrs. J. M.
Huber of Farmington, Claude and Roy Coon, of Fairport, Frank Coon of
Utica, N. Y. and Sherwood of this place. She was born and lived her life
in the town in which she died. She was of a pleasing personality and
had many friends. The funeral services were held at the Friends church, Farmington, Tuesday, November 28th, at 2:30 o'clock. Interment at Farmington cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 21 August 1874
SHOCKING KEROSENE ACCIDENT - Spencer Coon falls in a fit with a Lighted
Lamp, and Fatally Burned !
Wednesday night the inhabitants residing about the corner of
William and Pulteney streets were alarmed by cries of fire.
Simultaneously agonizing shrieks were heard from the house occupied by Spencer
first south of corner of William st., east side of Pultney.
The first to enter was Dr.
W. F. Edington, who found Mr. Coon lying upon the floor, enveloped in
fire and smoke, shrieking out of pain. To
strip him of his burning clothes and remove him from the
room was but the work of a moment. Medical aid in the person of the
younger Dr. Eddy was immediately summoned, who rendered every aid in
his power, but the most that could be done was by administering opiates
to alleviate the sufferings of the poor victim.
The supposable cause of the accident is that Mr. Coon entered his home
when his wife was temporarily absent, took up the lighted kerosene
lamp, when he was seized with an epileptic fit (to which he was
occasionally subject) and in falling the lamp was broken, the fluid
spilled and instantly ignited, and he in a condition of unconsciousness
was enveloped in the flames. On examination it was found that his
left arm from the should down to and including the hand was burned
almost to a crisp. The fingers of his right hand also badly
burned, the nails and skin peeling off. His neck, breast,
abdomen, left thigh and buttock, and left side around to the spine were
burned. It was hardly expected that the victim could live two
hours, yet he lingered along with occasional lucid moments until 2
o'clock yesterday afternoon when he breathed his last.
Mr. Coon was born and reared in Geneva - by trade a tinner. At
one time he yielded to appetite for strong drink, but for three years
past or more, he had became a thoroughly reformed man, and an honored
member of the Good Templar and Odd Fellows fraternities, industrious
and frugal in habits, respected among his fellowmen and well beloved in
his family. In all circles where he was known, his sad, terrible
fate will cause the deepest gloom. He leaves a wife but no
children, an aged mother, a brother and sisters.
P. S. Since the above was written, we have heard another theory
of the accident, given by Mrs. Coon. She states that on Monday
night, Mr. C. brought home a can of Danforth's "non-explosive" fluid,
which at first lighting sent a blaze clear to the ceiling. She
was afraid of it and set the lamp aside, refusing further to use it.
Her theory is that on the fatal occasion, Mr. Coon being alone,
lighted this lamp, and that an explosion followed, shattering the
vessel to fragments as it was subsequently found; that he himself was
immediately saturated with and set on fire by the inflammable fluid,
from which he suffered such speedy and serious injury that he fell
insensible to the floor. Funeral will take place on Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Geneva Gazette 26 August 1892
Obituary - Theodore H. Coon died at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, after
a painful illness of several months. The deceased was born in
Geneva and had
he lived until today would have been just 53 years old. He was a
member of Company I, 126th Regiment, N. Y. V., and served until the
close of the war, and was a member of the G. A. R. until his death.
He was also a member of the A. O. U. W. and Royal Templars of
Temperance, and for many years a member of the M. E. Church. He
is survived by an aged mother, a wife, two daughters and one son, one
brother (Israel Coon, of Arizona) and one sister, Mrs. James Davie of
this place. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 2
o'clock from his late residence, No. 25 Geneva street.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 January 1915
John Cooney, aged 53 years, of Seneca Falls, formerly of this
city, who several weeks ago was injured by the tipping over of a load
of straw and as a result suffered paralysis from his waist down, died
yesterday morning. He was born in Ireland and had been a farmer and
nurseryman for several
years. He is survived by his wife, four children, Kathleen, John, Anna
and Thomas, all at home; three sisters, Mrs. A. Rogan, Mrs. M. Toole
Mrs. Garvey of this city. The body will be brought here Friday morning
the 8:40 New York Central and will be taken immediately to St. Francis
Desales church, where funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock.
Burial will be
made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1897
Mrs. Lawrence Cooney, of Canandaigua, died at her home in that
village last Saturday. The remains were brought to Geneva, on the 1:20
A. M. train today and interred in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 December 1895
The death of Mrs. Warren Cooney occurred this morning at
the home of George Trautman, in North Exchange street, at the age of 58
years. The funeral will be held at the home of his sister in Seneca
From Naples Record 3 November 1937
Albert M. Coons, 69, of the town of Naples, died on Monday,
November 1. He had been in feeble health for some time. Mr. Coons was a
son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Coons, and was born in Middlesex
on February 4, 1868. The greater part of his life was spent in Naples.
His wife, Flora Marcy Coons, died on May 17, 1936. He is survived by
one son and three daughters, Walter Coons of Naples; Mrs. Leigh A.
Norget of Henrietta; Mrs. Hyland S. Gillett, of Naples and Mrs.
Clifford Kennedy of Prattsburgh; and a half-brother, Herbert Coons of
Fairport. Services will be held today, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. from
Emory's funeral rooms, conducted by the Rev. Emmett L. Roys, of the
Italy-Naples Baptist Church. Burial will be made in Rose Ridge cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 1 March 1907
Naples, N. Y. - The remains of Andrus Coons were
brought from the state hospital at Willard on Monday for burial here.
Mr. Coons was long an active resident here and was the father of a
large family. He was about 80 years old when he was taken to the asylum
some 12 years ago. Among the children are Mrs. Philo H. Conklin of Penn
Yan; Mrs. Charlotte Coons of Naples; Mrs. Elijah Wilson of Geneva; Mrs.
Thomas B. Reynolds of Rushville. The funeral was held on Wednesday
afternoon from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Coons, the pastor of the
Naples Italy Free Baptist church, Rev. W. H. Haynes officiating, and
the burial was in the cemetery of that society.
From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Cynthia Proper Coons, aged 72 years, died on
March 25, at her home in Gulick. She was the wife of William Coons and
her whole life had been spent in this vicinity. Her father was Meyers
Proper, one of the old settlers of Naples. Her husband, two sons,
George and John, and three daughters, Mrs. Purlee Wilbur, Mrs. Henry
Ingraham and Mrs. Wood, survive her.
From Ontario County Journal 17 February 1888
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah Coons died on Friday, Feb. 10, aged
81. She was the widow of Philip Coons, deceased, and was a very
estimable old lady.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1895
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah J. Coons, an old resident of Naples,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Barker, near Clifton
Springs, on Thursday of last week. Her remains were brought to Naples
for burial. She was the wife of Andrus Coons, and there are seven
married daughters and two sons living about here.
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Herbert Coons, a bride last spring, died at
the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackman, at Canadice,
last Thursday, aged 22 years.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 18 September 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. John P. Coons died at the home of her
daughter in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, September 13th, after a lingering
illness. Her early home was in Cohocton and her maiden name was Mary
Rowell. She married a Mr. Andrews and their home was in Michigan. After
the death of her husband, she came east to visit a sister in Naples,
and a year ago she was married to Mr. Coons. She went to visit her son
and daughter in Michigan a few weeks and died there. She is survived by
her husband, three children and her sister, Mrs. Harriet Garfield.
From Ontario County Journal 4 February 1887
Naples, N. Y. - Lorentus Coons, adopted son of Wm. Coons of this
place, died of consumption a few days since. He was a soldier and had
just completed a pension claim which could scarcely have failed of
being allowed. He leaves a wife who will complete the claim.
From Naples Record 1 July 1931
Mrs. Lottie Coons, aged 79 years, widow of the late Lorentus Coons,
died at her home in Naples Monday evening about seven o'clock. Her
death was sudden, altho being an invalid for years and was a resident
of Naples nearly all her life. She leaves one son, John, and his wife,
Rose, with two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also three
sisters and one brother, Charles Coons of Hornell, Mrs. Ruth Wilson of
Auburn, Mrs. Ina Foster of Canandaigua and Mrs. Barker of Clifton
Springs. Two sisters, Mrs. Amelia Reynolds and Mrs. Julia Conklin died
many years ago. Funeral services at the home on Thursday at two p.m.
and burial in Italy-Naples cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1887
Naples, N. Y. - Philip Coons, aged 80 years, died on Wednesday
morning, at his residence two miles out of the village. He had lived in
town more than sixty years, and was an honest and
upright citizen. He leaves a large family of children, all in middle
From Ontario County Journal 14 October 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Rhoda Coons, relict of Stephen Coons, died at
Naples on Sunday, Oct. 9, aged 56 years. She was the mother of Mrs.
Lillie Stone, Misses Mary and Herbert Coons, all of Naples; and the
sister of Charles Baldwin, now of Springwater. Her stepfather, Philip
Brand, lives at Academy.
From Ontario County Journal 27 August 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Robert Coons, an old and well-known citizen
farmer, died on Aug. 21 at his farm home. He was 79 years old, the last
of a family of nine stalwart brothers and sisters, who came to Naples
in their youth. Their children are numerous, and many reside in this
vicinity. Robert had no children of his own, but leaves two men whom he
brought up, adopting one, A. M. Coons, when he was a new born infant;
the other was William Lee of this town. Mr. Coons was the champion
wrestler of this vicinity, when that sport was indulged in on all
public days. He was a good citizen.
From Naples Record 23 December 1891
Aunt Sally Coons, so well-known in this community, died on Friday
evening last, aged 80 years. She was the widow of the late Wm. Coons,
who died a year ago or more. Mrs. Coons was one of the Wheeler family
that settled on what is known as Wheeler Hill and were prominent
citizens here in past days. The brothers moved West many years ago. The
deceased was a woman of strong character, very kind and obliging, and
highly regarded by all. She had been kindly cared for in her last years
by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lottie Coons, who now owns and occupies
the old homestead. The funeral was held on Sunday at 1 p.m. from the
Italy-Naples Free Baptist church, Rev. B. F. Millard officiating, and
the interment was in the cemetery near the church. (Burial in Barker Cemetery)
From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1891
Naples, N. Y. - William Coons died at his home in Naples, July 21,
aged 82 years. He was one of a large family, who came from Eastern New
York at an early day and settled in and around Naples and helped to
transform the rough hillsides into fertile farms.
From Ontario County Journal 27 September 1912
Naples, N. Y. - William Coons, an oldtime resident of Gulick,
died Sept. 17, at his home, aged 80 years. He had been in ill health
for some time. He leaves two sons, John and George; the three
daughters, Mrs. Pearl Wilbur of Rushville, Mrs. Carrie Ingraham of
Naples, Mrs. VanEss Wood of Gulick; a grandson, Lyle Ingraham of Naples and several other grandchildren. John P. Coons, of this village, is his brother.
From Ontario County Journal 24 July 1874
Farmington - On Monday last the remains of the late Anson K.
Cooper were brought to this, his native place, for interment.
His death occurred in Canandaigua, on the 18th inst. Anson
was the youngest of four brothers who were among the first volunteers
late war, and served until its close, one only receiving a
slight wound. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Mr.
Borden of Victor, who spoke so tenderly, sympathizingly, the few words
of comfort that may be said at the open grave of a friend. There
the shadows lie thickest -- the angels of Hope and Peace fold their
wings above the coffin
lid, and are silent. Faith alone can point the way from the
darkness of the grave to the glad sunlight beyond.
From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1912
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - David Cooper, a well-known resident of
this town, died at his home early on Tuesday morning, aged 72 years and
11 months. Mrs. Cooper was born in England, but had spent most of his
life in this country and in this town. He was a miller, having operated
the Shepard mill at Holcomb until 20 years ago, when he purchased the
grist mill here, where he was always found at his post until about two
years ago, when failing health forced him to turn over the management
of the mill to his son, John, who now has charge. Mr. Cooper is
survived by a wife and four children, Mrs. Charles Dawley and Mrs.
Oliver Paddock of Holcomb, and Miss Florence and John, of this place;
and several grandchildren. The funeral will be held from his late
residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Spencer of the Methodist
church at East Bloomfield officiating. Burial at East Bloomfield.
From Naples Record 31 January 1914
Bristol, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Edward Cooper, whose
death occurred at her home on Wednesday night, January 14, was held
from the Academy church on Saturday afternoon. She had been ill about
three weeks with pneumonia. Her maiden name was Charlotte Wright, and
she was a daughter of William W. and Hannah Horton Wright, and was born
in Woodhull, Steuben County, December 14, 1880. She leaves her husband
and three children. Burial was made in the Academy cemetery.
From Naples News 11 May 1938
Word was received here Monday of the death of Edwin Cooper, aged
66 years, who died in Willard State Hospital at Willard, N. Y. Mr.
Cooper, who lived on Greisa Hill, had been in poor health for sometime.
He is survived by his wife and several children, and brothers of
Naples. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) from the
Methodist church, with Rev. John H. Sandmeyer, officiating. Burial will
be made in the Academy cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 22 July 1898
Mrs. Eliza Cooper of Phelps died on the 16th inst. of heart
disease, aged 67 years. She is survived by two sons and three
From Geneva Daily Times 1 March 1910
Canandaigua, March 1 - Ira Cooper, the aged man who was burned in
the fire at Chapin Sunday evening, died in the Canandaigua Hospital for
Physicians and Surgeons at 9 o'clock. Mr. Cooper was burned about the
head, arms and one leg, and the burns were deep. He did not recover
consciousness after the fire.
From Geneva Gazette 18 September 1891
James R. Cooper, a blacksmith of Phelps and a prominent
resident of that place died at Goshen last Friday morning of
consumption, aged 60. The deceased and his wife were visiting
relatives in Goshen. The body was brought to Phelps Saturday
afternoon and the funeral held at the Methodist Episcopal Church Monday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. A wife, son and two daughters survive
From Geneva Daily Times 19 September 1895
John Cooper died at his house on the Geneva and Waterloo road on
Sunday morning at 3 o'clock. Death was caused by paralysis. The
deceased was born in Pennsylvania and was 72 years of age. He leaves a
wife and a family of grown-up children. The funeral will be held from
the house at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 14 October 1910
Joseph Cooper, aged 42 years, formerly of this village, but for
several years has occupied a farm at South Bloomfield, was stricken
with heart failure on Wednesday evening while driving homeward from
Canandaigua. Mrs. Ellen Thompson of Centerfield, hearing a heavy
treading in her dooryard about 7 o'clock, investigated and found a team
of horses wandering about aimlessly. In the corner of a fence nearby a
wagon was found, and in the dim lantern light, neighbors who had been
called were horrified to find the body of a man that proved to be
Cooper, partly in the wagon and partly upon the fence. He was dead and
at first it was supposed that the man had broken his neck in a runaway
accident. Coroner Armstrong, hearing the general report that the man
had died from accident, was surprised to find, upon making an autopsy,
that the neck had not broken, but that a heart seizure had caused
death. Cooper was in the village on Wednesday afternoon and started
home with a potato digger tied behind his wagon. He was subject to
severe rheumatic attacks, and had been ill for several days. It appears
that Cooper's team had carried their dead master for some distance and
might have reached home without accident had not an automobile sped by,
causing the horses to leave the road and collide with a fence. The
remains were brought to the Curtis undertaking rooms. Cooper is
survived by his wife and six children. They are: Mary, Helen,
Margarette, John, Joseph and Charles.
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1894
Mrs. Mary J. Cooper, widow of the late Captain Cooper, died at her
home on upper Main street last Sunday morning, aged 61 years. There
survive five sons: Marshall, Frank, LaFayette and Sherman of this
village, and Anson of North Petersburg, Pa.; and two daughters, Miss
Rose Cooper and Mrs. Norman Foster of this village. Funeral services
were held Tuesday morning.
From Ontario County Journal 26 April 1889
Captain Minerd W. Cooper, who was a familiar figure on the lake
years ago as the commander of the steamer Canandaigua, died at his home
in this village last Saturday at the age of 60 years, 9 months
and 11 days.
Ontario County Journal 17 June 1892
Manchester, N. Y. - Peter Cooper, whose
illness was mentioned last week, died at 11:30 Saturday night, at the
age of 85 year. His funeral was attended from the Baptist church on
Monday at 3 p.m., Rev. Mr. Long officiating. Mr. Cooper was one of the
oldest citizens of the place, and had outlived all of his immediate
family; three grandchildren only surviving him; one of whom, Louis
Bement, of Clifton Springs, caring for him during his last days. He was
a quiet, peaceable man, respected by all.
From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1897
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Philander N. Cooper occurred
on Saturday evening, after a long and painful illness
from cancer. He had not been able to take nourishment of any kind for
several weeks and death was to him a release, for he held a "Title
clear to mansions in the sky," and died rejoicing in that hope. The
funeral obsequies were held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon,
Rev. C. H. Lester officiating. The remains were placed in the receiving
vault in Brookside Cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 3 May 1930
Geneva, N. Y. - Mrs. Rebecca Cooper, 90, died today at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. D. L. Knapp of Seneca Castle. She leaves a son,
William F. Cooper of Seneca Castle; two daughters, Mrs. Knapp and Mrs.
Louise Spengle of Seneca Castle. Funeral Monday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock from the home of Mrs. Knapp.
From Naples Record 12 May 1943
Roy Edward Cooper, 23, of Canandaigua, died in that city on May 5,
1943. He suffered injuries in an automobile accident last October, from
which he did not recover. He was born in Naples, a son of Edward and
Lena Cooper. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lillian Emmons Cooper; a son,
Roger; and a daughter, Joyce, of Canandaigua; his mother, Mrs. Roy
Belcher of Shortsville; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Schank of Palmyra,
Miss Gertrude Cooper of Canandaigua, Misses Mary and Myrtle of
Shortsville; six brothers, Maynard and Lawrence Cooper of Canandaigua,
Walter Cooper in Australia, Floyd Cooper in the Marine Corps, Donald
and Lawrence Cooper in Shortsville. Services were held in Canandaigua
on Friday, and burial was made in Academy cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1901
South Bristol, N. Y. - William A. Cooper, who resided with his wife
and three small children just south of the Brown stand, was found dead
in the bottom of a gully west of Millers, Canandaigua lake. Coroner
Hallenbeck investigated the cause of his death and pronounced it
drowning. Cooper was 30 years of age.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1895
James, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coppenger, died
yesterday morning at his home on North street. The deceased was
twenty-one years of age. He was
a young man of exemplary character and was a favorite among a large
circle of young friends and acquaintances. Mr.
and Mrs. Coppenger are having their measure of sorrow. Only last
October, they suffered the loss of another son, Patrick.
Consumption was the cause of both deaths. The funeral will
take place at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning from St. Francis de Sales
From Shortsville Enterprise 3 September 1914
The death of John W. Copping, of High street, which
occurred about 8 o'clock last week Wednesday night, removed the second
Shortsville veteran within a period of two days. The first veteran to
be summoned to the great beyond was Jeremiah Brott, whose demise
occurred the previous Tuesday morning. Mr. Copping was one of
Shortsville's oldest and most highly-respected residents. His age was
80 years and he had been an invalid for many months. John W. Copping
was born in Faversham, Kent county, England, on January 12, 1834. In
early manhood he came to the United States and chose Marion, Wayne
county, as his first abiding place, which place of residence he
continued for many years. During the month of November, 1857, he was
united in marriage
with Miss Sarah Garlock, a resident of Marion, whose demise occurred on
April 19, 1900. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Copping answered
his country's call and enlisted in the 160th New York Volunteers at
Marion. He was mustered out of service after a period of three years
and three months. For several years he acted as postmaster at Marion.
He came to Shortsville to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Harry
MacDowell, almost ten years ago. He was a member of the Marion M. E.
Church, of Marion Grange, of Marion G. A. R., and of Herendeen Post, G.
A. R., of Shortsville.
The survivors are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Benjamin F. Beach of
Williamson, Mrs. Harry F. McDowell of Shortsville, and Wellington
J. Copping of Fruitland; one grandson, Leon B. Beach of Williamson, one
great-grandson, Benjamin F. Beach, 2nd, of Williamson; three brothers,
George Copping of Pasadena, Cal.; Edwin Copping of Delphos, Kas.;
Charles Copping of Walworth N. Y., and two sisters, Mrs. James Hall of
Williamson and Mrs. Edwin Hope of Walworth. The funeral services were
held from the McDowell home on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. D. H. MacKenzie, pastor of the Shortsville
Presbyterian church, and assisted by the members of Herendeen Post. The
burial was made in the family plot in the Marion cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 September 1896
The death of Michael Coppinger occurred at 10 o'clock last
night at the home of the family on North street, after a brief illness
since Friday, at the age of fifty-seven years. The intense grief caused
by the loss of three sons within a few years is thought to have been
the cause of his death. He has been a resident of Geneva for the past
thirty-one years, and was highly esteemed by
those who came in contact with him. He is survived by his wife and
daughter, Margaret Coppinger, who will have the sympathy of friends
in their sorrow. Three brothers of the deceased reside in Boston. The
funeral services will be held at St. Francis de Sales church at 9:30
o'clock Thursday morning and interment will be made in St. Patrick's
From Geneva Daily Times 1 November 1937
Two brothers, both natives and residents of this city, were killed,
one instantly, when their car crashed at high speed into the rear of a
heavily loaded dump truck about three miles east of the city on the
Waterloo-Geneva highway at about 4:15 Sunday morning. Anthony Francis Corcoran, aged 25, of Hoffman avenue, was killed instantly. His brother, John Corcoran, aged
27, of Avenue B, died at about 11:10 o'clock Sunday morning in Geneva
General Hospital. John said, by investigating state police, to have
been the driver of the car, suffered a crushed chest, multiple
fractures and internal injuries. A fractured skull killed the younger
brother. The accident occurred approximately in front of the Charles
Scofield home while the brothers were proceeding west, returning to
their homes in the city. The car crashed into the rear of a heavy dump
truck owned by the Hornell Gravel Corporation, being driven west by
Alvin Foltz of Springville, an employee of the corporation. The truck
was one of two carrying railroad dump cars, for use on narrow gauge
track from Poughkeepsie to Hornell. The two trucks had just passed
Packwood's Corners at about 35 miles an hour, according to the driver
of one of them, when the Buick coupe being operated by one of the two
men killed in the wreck, passed the second in line at high speed. The
truck driver said he saw the coupe swing back to the north side of the
road and at a point about opposite the Scofield home, overtake the
first truck, which was painted a bright red. The truck driver said the
coupe struck directly in the rear center of the machine being operated
by Foltz. The impact was terrific, the force of the collision virtually
knocking the heavy truck from beneath its dump car load. The dump car
had been securely chained in the body of the truck but the impact broke
one of the chains and the dump car nearly fell out of the truck and
onto the Corcoran car. The remaining chain held, however, and the load
remained in the truck.
The body of Anthony Corcoran was removed to the Genung funeral home in
Waterloo and later taken to the Devaney undertaking establishment in
this city. The brothers were sons of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Corcoran, of
41 Avenue B. Anthony, Jr., was married and resided with his wife, Mrs.
Anna Riley Corcoran and son, Patrick Corcoran, while John lived with
his parents. The brothers operated the cafeteria at the American Can
Company's plant in Genesee street. Besides their parents and Anthony's
widow and son, the brothers are survived by two sisters, Mrs. George
O'Connor and Miss Agnes Corcoran; two brothers, Joseph and James
Corcoran; and their maternal grandmother, Mrs. May McIntyre, all of
Geneva. Anthony Corcoran was a communicant of St. Stephen's Church and
John Corcoran of St. Francis de Sales church. The body of Anthony
Corcoran will remain at his home in Hoffman avenue until Tuesday
afternoon, when it will be taken to the home of his parents, where a
double funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock and 9
o'clock from St. Francis de Sales church. Interment will be in St.
From Shortsville Enterprise 15 December 1943
The death of Anthony Joseph Corcoran, well-known resident of
Manchester village occurred at his home in State street on Sunday. He
was aged 73 years. Mr. Corcoran, a retired Lehigh Valley Railroad air
brake inspector, was born in Pittston, Pa., on June 19, 1870, a son of
the late Daniel and Bridget Kearney Corcoran. While a young man, he
began railroading, first being employed by the Lehigh Valley at
Wilkes-Barre. Pa. About 43 years ago he located in Manchester with his
wife, the former Miss Margaret McHale of St. Louis, Mo. to whom he had
been united on May 29, 1893. He continued his employment with the
Lehigh Valley here until June 1940, when he was placed on the pension
list. The survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Edward McCormack
of Detroit; two sons, Lieut. A. J. Corcoran of the Detroit police
department, and Michael P. Corcoran of Wilkes-Barre; and a
granddaughter, Miss Margaret Ann McCormack of Detroit. Funeral services
will take place from the home at 9 o'clock Thursday morning and from
St. Dominic's Church at 9:30, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. John E.
Napter. The remains will be laid at rest in St. Rose Cemetery,
From Geneva Daily Times 23 February 1942
Mrs. Margaret E. Corcoran, 79, widow of Anthony Corcoran, died
yesterday at her home on the Pre-emption Road, town of Geneva, after a
long illness. Mrs. Corcoran was a member of the Rosary Society of St.
Stephen's Church. She leaves three daughters, Misses Mary and Anna
Corcoran and Mrs. Edward McDonough; a son, Thomas Corcoran; and ten
grandchildren, all of Geneva. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning
at 8:30 o'clock from her late home and 9 at St. Stephen's Church.
Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 February 1911
The funeral of Mrs. Maria Corcoran will take place tomorrow
morning at 7 o'clock from her late home, No. 133 LaFayette Avenue, and
at 7:30 o'clock from St. Francis DeSales church. The remains will
be taken on the 8:35 Penn division train to Penn Yan for burial.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 February 1926
The death of Mrs. Mary Corcoran, aged 67, widow of the late
Michael Corcoran, who was for many years flagman at the Exchange street
crossing, occurred this morning at 4:15 o'clock, after a long illness,
at her home, 143 North street. Mrs. Corcoran was a member of St.
Francis de Sales church and of the Rosary Society. The survivors are
one son, John Corcoran; two daughters, Mrs. Ella Bucklin and Miss Mary
Corcoran, all of Geneva; five sisters, Mrs. John Toole, Mrs. Norah
Griffin, Mrs. Anna Hoskins of Geneva, Mrs. James Kelly of Trenton, N.
J., and Mrs. Walsh of Auburn; also three grandchildren.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 September 1916
Michael Corcoran, of 143 North street, died last night at his home
at 10 o'clock. Mr. Corcoran was for many years a flagman at the
Exchange street crossing. He is survived by his wife; one son, John
Corcoran; two daughters, Ella and Mary, all of Geneva; his father,
Patrick Corcoran; one brother, John S.; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Grady
and Mrs. Bridget O'Malley of Ireland, and Miss Catherine Corcoran of
Geneva; one grandson, John Corcoran, of this city.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 April 1940
Patrick Corcoran of 521 Castle street died yesterday afternoon at
his home following a short illness. He leaves his wife, Bridget
McNerney Corcoran; one daughter, Celia; two sons, Thomas and Anthony;
his mother, Mrs. Anthony Corcoran; three sisters, the Misses Mary and
Anna Corcoran of Geneva, and Mrs. Edward McDonough of Syracuse; and one
brother, Thomas, of Geneva. Mr. Corcoran was a former superintendent at
the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. He was a member of
the Holy Name Society of St. Stephen's Church. The funeral will be held
Monday morning at 8:30 from his late home and 9 at St. Stephen's
Church. Burial will be made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 June 1917
Naples, June 17 - Mrs. Abigail Corey died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Martha Tyler, at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mrs.
Corey was born in Naples ninety-seven years ago. She is survived by one
son, Charles Corey, and two daughters, Mrs. Martha Tyler, and Mrs.
William Chapman of Naples. Funeral services at the home of Mrs. Tyler
Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. C. Penfold.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 March 1913
The death of Mrs. Harriet Corey, relict of Spencer A.
Corey, occurred at the home of her mother, Mrs. Bridget Phipps, in this
village at 7:45 o'clock Wednesday morning, aged 55 years. She had been
in failing health for the last four years, and for the past year had
been confined to her bed. Her demise was occasioned by a disease of the
spinal cord. Mrs. Corey was born in the town of Farmington on November
9, 1857, and was a daughter of the late David and Bridget Phipps. Her
entire life was passed in this vicinity. She was married to Mr. Corey
on December 26, 1887, his death occurring on February 19, 1904. She was
a charter member of Shortsville Hive, L. O. T. M., and was a past
commander. She leaves her mother, Mrs. Bridget Phipps, four sons,
Charles E. Corey and Ray W. Corey of Rochester, and Ira A. Corey of
Victor; one daughter, Mrs. Edward Knowles of Palmyra; four sisters, the
Misses Margaret and Emaline Phipps of Shortsville; Mrs. William Knauss
of Clifton Springs; Mrs. Samuel J. Diets of Bloomington, Ill.; and one
brother, David W. Phipps of Shortsville. The funeral services will take
place from the family home in Railroad avenue on Saturday afternoon at
two o'clock, conducted by Rev. D. H. MacKenzie, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church. The burial will be made in the family plot in
From Ontario County Times 26 January 1870
Shortsville, N. Y. - Yesterday I attended the funeral of one of
oldest members of our community, that of Mr. Jas. F. Corey, who
town (and a large share of the time in this village,)
1816. He was nearly eighty years of age.
From Geneva Gazette 29 December 1893
Mrs. Jane Corey died at her residence on Main street, Dec. 26,
aged 81 years. She was an old resident of Geneva -- everybody
knew her and she knew everybody. Her late husband, Joseph Corey,
was a soldier in the war of 1812-15, received a land grant and a
pension for life by reason of such honorable service. At his
death the pension was transferred to his widow which she enjoyed and
appreciated as great help towards her support in her declining years.
She leaves one son, a poor, afflicted man, totally blind from
youth, deformed, and partially deaf. The one distinguishing trait
in Mrs. Cory's character was her absorbing devotion to this afflicted,
-- his constant companion at home and wherever he went, his faithful
and affectionate provider during all the long
years of his utter helplessness. Poor fellow ! How he will
miss this faithful, devoted mother. The funeral of Mrs. Cory took
place yesterday; Rev. J. P. Foster officiating, and who
the last hours of the venerable woman. With her death her pension
lapses. What a pity that such stipend cannot be transferred to
her wholly dependent son. To him is left a comfortable brick
house, but the income from its rental will scarcely be adequate for his
From Ontario County Journal 26 May 1893
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Moses S. Corey, at the age
of 77, occurred May 19. But for a tumor of cancer, he bade fair to live
out the century. He was of a hardy race, a great worker and successful
farmer. A widow and seven children survive him.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 11 December 1907
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Phoebe Corey, who had passed a
long life time in this village, died at her home on Tuesday morning of
last week after a short illness. She was 84 years of age and had lived
in Shortsville over seventy years. Her birth place was in Dutchess
county and her maiden name Birdsall. About sixty years ago she became
the wife of James Corey, who died eight years ago. Their daughter, Anna
Corey, died when but 16 years of age, and their son, Spencer A. Corey,
died about four years ago. Mrs. Corey leaves one brother, William
Birdsall of Washington, D. C.; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper of
Ohio; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ella Harbertson of Syracuse, Mrs. Ira
Smith of Skaneateles; and five grandchildren, Charles Corey, Mrs.
Edward Knowles, Roy Corey and Ray Corey, all of this village; and Ira
Corey of Victor. The funeral was held from the Shortsville Episcopal
church at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Harvey, rector
of the Phelps Episcopal church officiating. Interment was in Brookside
From Ontario Messenger 14 July 1852
FOUND DEAD - Last Monday week the lifeless body of Simeon
Corey was found by the road side near the residence of Allen Webb
in Farmington. Coroner Royce of this village held an inquest over the
body, and the testimony elicited showed that Corey was a man in
intemperate habits, that at the time of his death, he had been drinking
freely, that he was about 60 years of age, had no permanent place of
residence, and leaves no family. The substance of the verdict was he
came to his death by the excessive use of intoxicating liquors.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 February 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - The funeral of Spencer A. Corey was
held yesterday at the M. E. church, conducted by the K. O. T. M.
Seventy-eight knights and sixteen ladies of the Maccabees were in line.
The bearers were Frank Huntoon, Adam Flack, Finley Chisholm, Clinton
Ballard, Harry Forshay, Eugene Haggerty. Rev. Ernest L. Waldorf of
Phelps was the officiating clergyman. The great profusion of flowers
testified to the esteem in which Mr. Corey was held among his fellow
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Spencer A. Corey, a
lifelong resident of the village, occurred at his home on Saturday
morning. He had been ill with pneumonia but a few days, and many
friends did not know that he was ill until they heard news of his
death. He was 55 years of age. In 1878 he was married to Miss Hattie
Phipps, who survives him, together with his mother, Mrs. James Corey;
one daughter, Mrs. Edward Knowles; and four sons, Charles, Ira, Ray and
Roy, all of this village. The funeral was conducted by the K. O. T. M.
at the Methodist church on Monday afternoon, Rev. Ernest L. Waldorf, of
Phelps, officiating. Seventy-eight Knights and sixteen Ladies of the
Maccabees marched as an escort. Many years ago, when the "Empires," of
Shortsville was one of the crack base ball nines of western New York,
Mr. Corey was their famous pitcher.
From Ontario County Journal 20 June 1913
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Joseph Cork, who had been ill several
months, passed away on Thursday night, at the age of 58 years. Mrs.
Cork was a quiet, home-loving person and will be greatly missed by her
children, of whom there are five, her husband having died in April of
last year. The children are Charles Cork and Mrs. Anna Ingraham, of
Springwater, Fred and Lester Cork and Miss Louise Cork, of this town.
She is also survived by two brothers. The funeral was held from the
home on Monday, Rev. W. W. Dailey of East Rochester, assisted by Rev.
W. Brown of Springwater, officiating. The interment was made in
Springwater cemetery, among a profusion of beautiful flowers, of which
she had so found life. Relatives were present from Avon, Hornell and
From Phelps Citizen 8 January 1880
Henry Corly died at his residence, Jan. 1st, of lung disease, aged about 50 years.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 July 1922
Geneva, July 3 - The death of Mrs. Melisa Anna Cornelius, 73
years old, occurred this afternoon at the family home after a long
illness. She is survived by her husband; five children, Mrs. Eugene
Woodworth, Virgil G. Cornelius of Ontario, Grant Victor Cornelius of
Alfred, Mrs. Lu B. Cleveland, Dr. Forest G. Cornelius; one sister, Mrs.
M. L. Palmer of Alfred; and two brothers, Arthur Moland and Milo
Moland, both of Alfred. The funeral will be held from the home on
Wednesday From Fairport Herald at 5 o'clock with the Rev. Bruce E.
Pierce of the First Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in the
family cemetery on the Cornelius farm.
From Ontario County Journal 14 November 1902
Canadice, N. Y. - Albin Cornell died very suddenly on Friday
afternoon at Hemlock, where he had gone with a load of potatoes. The
remains were brought to the home of his sister, Mrs. Cyrus Swan, and
the funeral was held from the church on Sunday. He leaves a wife and
five children, who live at Canandaigua; two sisters, Mrs. Cyrus Swan of
this place, and Mrs. Horace Hyde of Rochester; and one brother, John
Cornell of Canandaigua.
From Phelps Citizen 9 November 1922
James Cornell, a farm hand who had been employed by Henry Marsh on
the Geneva and Lyons Road, was struck and killed instantly last Friday
night by an automobile driven by Rev. H. Davis of Alton. The
unfortunate man who was 68 years of age and was best known by the name
of Canada Jim, was walking northward in the highway near the Seeley
Peck homestead, and was in the back by the car. The driver of the car
stopped within a hundred feet after striking Cornell, and carried the
limp body to a farm house. Dr. J. H. Haslett was called and made an
examination, finding that the man's neck had been broken. It is
reported that Mr. Davis was driving about three feet from the edge of
the concrete roadside. Little is known of Mr. Cornell, except that he
has a son and a daughter living at Toronto, Canada. The body was The
body was taken to the undertaking parlors of Dauchy and Kavanaugh,
where it was held for final disposition. On Wednesday morning, the body
was buried in the Pinewood cemetery.
From Phelps Citizen 9 November 1922
Mrs. Catherine L. Cornford, widow of the late William H. Cornford
of Victor and formerly of the town of Phelps, died on Saturday in
Victor at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Milton U. Aldrich, aged 84
years. Mrs. Cornford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Chandler, was
born in Italy, Yates county in 1838, and coming to Melvin Hill in her
girlhood, lived in the community until the removal of the family to
Victor. Here she was married to Mr. Cornford and here her children were
born and reared, and here she spent her motherhood, a queen of the
home. For the past twenty-five years, she had lived in Victor, where
her husband died thirteen years ago, and where she since then had
resided with her daughter. She leaves four sons and two daughters,
William H. Cornford of Phelps, Elmer Cornford of Fairport, Milton A.
Cornford of Newark, N. J., and A. Ray Cornford of Victor; Mrs. L. G.
Osburn and Mrs. M. U. Aldrich of Victor; besides one brother and one
sister, Rev. George W. Chandler of Rochester, and Mrs. Elizabeth
Cornford of Carunna, Mich.; and eleven grandchildren. The funeral
services were held at the home on Monday afternoon, at which Rev. Mr.
Alleta, former pastor of the Victor Methodist Episcopal church,
officiated, paying the departed a most beautiful tribute. Burial was in
Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 1 July 1898
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. H. E. Cornford died of heart disease at
her home in this village, Friday afternoon, after a long illness. The
funeral was held from the house on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev.
I. B. Hudnutt, officiating. She leaves a husband and two children.
From Ontario County Journal 18 November 1881
Naples, N. Y. - A young wife died near here, on Saturday last, Mrs.
She was greatly beloved by those who knew her
best. Her early decease is certainly sad. She was buried with her
little babe on Sunday at Rose Ridge.
From Naples Record 26 April 1916
Adelmon Cornish died at his home on Powell Hill on April 21st,
1916, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 21 days, after a long and
lingering illness. He was the last surviving child of Allen Cornish,
Sr. He was twice married, first to Miss Sarah Parker. Three children
were born to them of whom two survive: William Cornish, of Naples and
Mrs. Ida Page, of Rochester.; Estella died a few years ago. He is
survived by his second wife, who was Miss Fannie Davis, and three of
their children: Mrs. Addie Kennedy, of Prattsburgh, N. Y., and Harry
and Ray, who are still at home. A little son, Henry, died a number of
years ago when nearly two years old. Mr. Cornish was born and had
always resided in this vicinity, and he was "Uncle Del" to many, both
old and young. He enjoyed living and the company of his many friends.
His funeral was held from the Semans schoolhouse on Easter Sunday, Dr.
J. H. France, pastor of the Naples Presbyterian church, officiating.
Interment in the Semans cemetery.
From Neapolitan Record 21 July 1881
Last Thursday, too late for our issue of that day, we were informed of the sudden decease of our esteemed townsman, Allen Cornish. He
died in the forenoon of that day, and before noon of Friday had to be
buried; the funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday from the
Semans schoolhouse, Rev. Mr. Woodruff officiating. He had been ailing
for some time, and although nearly seventy-four years old, physically
and mentally was quite strong. He was subject to spells of bleeding from
the nostrils, and this occasioned his death. He had been a resident of
this town and South Bristol for about sixty years, rearing a large
family, and had well earned the good name borne
by him; children to the third generation call him blessed, and will
greatly feel his loss, as will the entire community. Quiet,
unassuming and unselfish as he was, he had borne well the burdens of
life, and the world is much the better for his his examples and
teachings. The family have the sympathy of friends far and near.
From Naples Record 24 April 1935
Allen Cornish, 85, retired farmer, died Saturday, April 20, at the
home of his son, Fred Cornish, in South Bristol. Hew was a charter
member of Bristol Valley Grange. Surviving are three sons, Fred
Cornish, of Bristol Valley, Arthur Cornish of West Bloomfield, and
George Cornish; three brothers, Charles E., Frank and Edward D.
Cornish, of Naples; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Getsinger of Naples and
Mrs. Scott Niece of Battle Creek, Mich. Funeral services were held at 2
p.m. on Tuesday from the home of Fred Cornish.
From Ontario County Journal 24 January 1896
A sad death is that of Mrs. Alphee Cornish, which occurred
Tuesday, of typhoid fever. Six small children survive her.
From Ontario County Journal 12 April 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Emma Cornish died on Sunday night, aged 37 years. She leaves a husband and three little girls, one a baby, three weeks old. Mrs. Cornish was the daughter of Barzillai French, of this place, who with three sisters and a brother, survive. Her loss is deeply felt by the stricken husband and family.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 January 1915
Naples, N. Y. - Emmor Cornish, died yesterday morning, at the age
of 59 years, at the family home. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Marian Rowley and Marie Cornish, and one son, Maynard, all of Naples.
From Ontario County Times 9 November 1881
Naples, N. Y. - Died on Friday, Nov. 4th, at her husband's
residence in South Bristol, Mrs. Emmor Cornish, after a brief
illness. She was beloved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed
from her home. The family circle is now broken for the fourth time
within a few months.
From Naples Record 14 March 1923
At her home in Bristol Valley, occurred the death on Sunday, March 11, 1923, of Mrs. Lucy Johnson Cornish, wife
of Allen Cornish. She had been in failing health for several years, but
during all this time had been patient in her suffering. She was born in
South Bristol on October 11, 1850, the youngest of a family of eleven
children born to Levi and Catherine Proper Johnson. Mrs. Cornish was a
member of the Ladies of the Maccabees and of other organizations in the
vicinity of her home. On March 10, 1871, she was united in marriage with
Allen Cornish, and to them were born three sons, Arthur, of East
Bloomfield; Fred, of Bristol Valley, and George, all of whom, together
with the father, survive. There will be a prayer at the home today at 1
o'clock and funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock from the Bristol
Springs church, with burial in the Coye cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 January 1905
Shortsville, N. Y. - One of the oldest residents of this village, Mrs.
died Tuesday evening after a short illness.
Mrs. Corrigan was the wife of the late John Corrigan, and came to the
United States from Ireland fifty-four years ago. Since the death of her
only child, Matthew, many years ago, she has lived all alone, contrary
to the wishes of her relatives, who would have willingly shared their
home with her. She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Catherine Curry of
Seneca Falls; Mrs. Judith Hurley of London, Canada; Mrs. Julia Sullivan
of Belmont, Iowa; Miss Ellen Condon of Jackson, Mich.; and one brother,
James Condon, of Jackson, Mich. The funeral was
held from St. Dominic's church this morning, and the burial was in
the Catholic cemetery in Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 February 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - Our people were startled Friday morning to
learn of the demise of Pen Corry, who died early that morning
of pneumonia, after being sick only a few days. He was a lifelong
resident of this place, his father and grandfather also having lived
here over half a century.
From Ontario County Journal 2 June 1911
Charles Corser, for years a prominent and respected farmer of this
town, died at the home of his son, Warren Corser, Gibson street, on
Tuesday, aged nearly 84 years. Since the death of his wife in 1908, Mr.
Corser has been failing. Most of his active life was spent in farming,
he having lived for 34 years upon one farm north of this village. Six
years ago Mr. Corser was elected town collector upon the Republican
ticket. He is survived by four sons, Warren of this village; Richard of
Paterson, N. J.; Marvin of Geneva; and Charles E. Corser of Victor. Two
sisters, Mrs. Mary J. King of Lockport, and Mrs. Marvin Ferner of
Flint, and four grandchildren also survive. Rev. Arthur Copeland will
officiate at the funeral services at the home of Warren Corser, Gibson
street, at two o'clock this afternoon and burial will be in Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1908
Mrs. Eveline Oatman Corser, wife of Charles Corser, died at the
family home near Padelfords on Wednesday morning from pneumonia, aged
72 years. Mrs. Corser was born in East Bloomfield and was married 50
years ago. Besides her husband, she leaves four sons, Warren Corser,
who resides on the home farm; Richard of Paterson, N. J., Marvin of
Geneva, Charles E. of Syracuse; three brothers, Edgar Oatman of West
Walworth, Jacob M. of Paterson, N. J., and Sylvester of Michigan; and
one sister, who resides in Iowa. During the illness of Mrs. Corser, a
granddaughter has been critically ill in the same house with pleura
pneumonia. Owing to this, the funeral of Mrs. Corser will be held this
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Kennedy undertaking rooms. The
interment will be made in Woodlawn.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 September 1940
Marvin Corser, 72, retired railway postal clerk, died
the Jensen Nursing Home on Washington street, following a long illness.
He leaves one daughter, Mrs. O. W. Harris of this city and a brother,
Richard Corser of Paterson, N. J. Mr. Corser was born near Canandaigua
on June 3rd, 1868, He was appointed to the New York and Chicago railway
postoffice run in October, 1889, and transferred to the Canandaigua and
Batavia run in August, 1891, In 1893, he was on the New York, Geneva
and Buffalo run and in April, 1929, was transferred to the Buffalo
terminal. He retired June, 1930, Mr. Corser was a member of the Railway
Mail Association and North Presbyterian church. The funeral was held
this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Harris, with the
Rev. Alexander Thompson of the North Presbyterian church, officiating.
Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery. The bearers were Charles Fox, Harry
Sherwood, Charles Woodcock, George Flint, George Lewis of Geneva; and
Channing Bergen of Waterloo.
From Geneva Courier 14 January 1880
Death in Canandaigua - Jacob Corson, an old and respected
citizen of Canandaigua, died in that village on Friday. He was 77
years of age, and leaves a widow, three daughters and one son, Oscar
H., who is
a resident of Chicago. One of the daughters has been housekeeper
at the Brackett House in Rochester for some time, and deceased was an
old friend of Mr. William Hildreth. The funeral took place on
Monday morning at 10 o'clock in Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 December 1903
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - W. Corson died at his home on Main street
last evening of heart disease. He is survived by his wife. Deceased was
prominent in the affairs of the community.
From Geneva Gazette 21 April 1871
ANOTHER OLD SETTLER GONE - Sudden Death of Wm. Cortleyou, Esq. - Our
to hear on Wednesday morning last of the death of
Wm. Cortleyou, Esq., one of our oldest as he was one of our
most highly esteemed citizens. His taking off was singularly
sudden and unexpected. The afternoon previous he walked our
streets in seeming health and strength. No change, no symptom of
the approach of the dark messenger were manifest on retiring at night
to his couch. About midnight his wife was awakened and alarmed by his
heavy breathing. She aroused him, inquiring what was the matter.
He replied, saying that he could not turn over, could
not even stir. A physician was speedily summoned, but his skill
was of no avail. Mr. C. without further utterance sank into an
unconscious state, and in about twenty minutes
thereafter breathed his last.
Mr. Cortleyou was in the 78th year of his age, and had resided in
Geneva more than fifty years. It
is a long time since he was in active business, possessing such a
competence that he was enabled to live at ease. He was ever a
welcome guest in social circles, well-read and well-informed, having a
good memory, was firm in his convictions, and ever ready with sound
argument to defend his positions. His democratic friends would
often have been glad to place him in official station, but no
persuasion could induce him to accept. To the world he lived a
blameless life before God and man, though not, we believe, in communion
with any church.
The only immediate relative who survives him is his suddenly
wife, who has the heartfelt sympathy of our whole community in her
affliction. The funeral of Mr. Cortleyou will take place at the
Presbyterian Church tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at half-past 2
From Geneva Courier 30 May 1877
Mrs. Cortelyou, widow of William Cortelyou, died at her home in
Geneva on Monday. She was an old resident of this place, and very much
respected and loved. She was related to several of our prominent
families. Mr. Charles Kipp, and Hon. D. B. Backenstose are nephews of
Mrs. Cortelyou. Her brother, Mr. Freshour, residing on Tillman street,
is very sick and recovery is a matter of doubt.
From Ontario County Journal 19 October 1917
Naples, N. Y. - Early Monday morning occurred the death of Clarence E. Corwin at
the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Martha Knapp. Mr. Corwin was the
only child of Elbert and Henrietta Corwin, of Greenport, L. I., and was
born in that village in December, 1876. He was a graduate of Greenport
High school and of Cornell university and held a fine position in the
cash room of the treasury at Washington until last May, when ill health
compelled him to give it up. Since coming to Naples in June, Mr. Corwin
had failed very rapidly. His parents were here with him through
September. Mr. Corwin was married to Miss May Knapp of Naples, who
survives, together with their two little children, Elbert and Martha.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, with Rev. J. H. France in
charge. Burial was made in Rose Ridge.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 7 October 1897
Port Gibson, Oct. 6 - The funeral of Mrs. Emily Corwin, aged 79, was conducted by Rev. Brayton, of Clifton Springs, Sunday afternoon, at Mrs. J. Blossom's, daughter of the deceased. The burial was at Gypsum.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 February 1942
Mrs. Eva H. Corwin, widow of William S. Corwin, died yesterday
after a short illness at her home, 23 Dorchester avenue of Geneva. She
leaves two daughters, Mrs. Pernina Rohner and Miss Gertrude Corwin of
Geneva; one grandson,
Floyd Rohner, also of Geneva; two sisters, Mrs. J. B. Quick of
Marshall, Tex., and Mrs. May Quick, Waverly, N. Y. Funeral services
will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the Corwin Funeral
Home, with the Rev. L. B. Wadsworth of the First Baptist church
officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 21 February 1890
The death of Mrs. Mary L. Corwin, wife of Sheriff Irving
Corwin, which occurred at the Sheriff's residence in this village
Monday after only a short illness, draws out the deepest sympathy of
all the citizens of Ontario county. During her brief residence here,
she had won her
way to the hearts of many friends who will join with the bereaved
in mourning her loss. The funeral services were held yesterday at
Phelps from the M. E. Church of which the deceased had been a
consistent member for many years. Besides her husband, she leaves one
daughter, aged seventeen, to mourn her untimely death.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 June 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Melintha
Clara Corwin occurred on Saturday at her home near this village.
Mrs. Corwin was 54 years old. She was born in Marcellus, N. Y. Burial
will be made in Geneva.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 July 1897
Edwin R. Cory died at an early hour this morning, at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. J. Clough, who reside in the block above the
Crescent laundry. The deceased was 59 years of age. Death was due to
a complication of diseases. The deceased had been blind ever since he
was 3 months old. Three years ago his mother died, and since then he
has been without relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Clough have been very kind to
the old gentleman and have taken care of him since his mother's death.
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