"Cos" to "Coz" Obituaries
From Geneva Daily Times 6 June 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of Hon. David Cosad, who died
Friday was held yesterday at his residence two miles south of Phelps.
The services were under the direction of Sincerity Lodge, F. & A.
M. and were conducted at the house by Rev. J. M. Gilbert of St. John's
Episcopal church. The burial services were read by Rev. E. L. Waldorf,
chaplain of Sincerity Lodge. The bearers were A. S. Smith, Dr. F. D.
Vanderhoof, John Ray, Jacob Whitbeck, B. F. Prichard and W. C. Gout.
Mr. Cosad was born in Seneca county seventy-two years ago and had been
a resident of this town for the past forty years. In his younger days
he took an active part in politics and was twice elected member of
assembly by the Democratic party. Since
returning from politics, he engaged in farming and was well-known
throughout the state as a successful vineyardist. He is survived by his
From Geneva Daily Times 13 April 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The funeral of John Cosgrove, who
died Monday at the Sanitarium in Clifton Springs, was held here
yesterday at St. Mary's church, and the burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Rev. James T. Dougherty officiated at the services. Deceased was aged
about 42 years. He was born in Canandaigua, and had lived here till a
few years ago, when he became a resident of Buffalo. He was a railroad
man, and was well-known and popular in a large circle of acquaintances.
He is survived by his wife, one brother and three sisters.
From Ontario County Chronicle 16 July 1902
Timothy Cosgrove, a lifelong resident of Canandaigua, died
at his home in Ontario street, Saturday morning, July 12, aged 65
years. The funeral was held from St. Mary's church on Monday morning.
There were present many friends from out-of-town. The deceased is
survived by a wife.
From Geneva Gazette 22 November 1850
Departed this life at Oaks Corners, Mrs. Fanny Cost, wife
of Col. Cost, after an illness of three weeks. Her disease was typhus
fever. She had lived over 63 years; it is over 41 years since she
publicly professed faith in the Redeemer, and those who best knew her -
her nearest friends and relatives testify that her was a living,
practical faith, by which though dead she yet speaketh.
From Ontario County Journal 1 March 1895
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - John Cost, aged 84 years, died at his
home on Hibbard avenue Monday night, after a long illness. The funeral
services were held from his late residence at 2 o'clock Thursday.
From Ontario County Journal 9 March 1900
The death of Mrs. Mary J. Debow Cost, wife of Thomas H.
Cost, occurred at her home, a few miles north of this village, on
Tuesday evening at 8:30 o'clock. On Sunday morning, Mrs. Cost was
stricken with apoplexy and toward evening sank into an unconscious
state, from which she did not rally. The deceased was born in the town
of Farmington 63 years ago, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit
Debow. She is survived by her husband, to whom she was married Jan. 18,
1858; an adopted daughter, Ida H. Cost, and one brother, James Debow of
Farmington. The funeral services will be held from the family residence
this morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. J. Q. Adams, pastor of the
Presbyterian church of which she was a member, will officiate.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 August 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Thomas H. Cost, one of Canandaigua's most
successful and best known farmers, died at his home north of
the village about midnight Thursday night, after a period of invalidism
from paralysis extending over a period of five years. Mr. Cost had
been unconscious since twelve days ago, when he suffered a final shock.
Deceased was born in the town of Manchester November 21, 1831, and his
father, Jesse Cost, was born in the same town just 100 years ago. Mr.
Cost's early life was spent in Hopewell. He was educated at the
Academy and Lima Seminary, and was engaged in farming in Hopewell until
1865, and settled on his present farm in 1868. Mr. Cost's 190 acres and
buildings have been pointed out as among the best in the town. In
Mr. Cost was a Democrat, and in 1881 served his party as supervisor of
the town. He was also assessor, held the office of director of Ontario
National bank, and has been a trustee of the First Presbyterian church
for nearly a quarter of a century. February 13, 1858, he married Mary
J., daughter of Gerrit Debow, who, with an adopted daughter, Miss Ida
H. Cost, survives him. In his active days Mr. Cost was a man of rare
business capacity, and his right conception of the duties of life made
him genuinely beloved in his family and among friends. The funeral
will be held tomorrow afternoon.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 November 1907
Daniel Costello, the Rushville farm hand who was thrown from his
wagon in a runaway accident on the lake road on Nov. 1, died from the
effects of his injuries at the Memorial Hospital Friday. Costello was
brought to the hospital immediately after the accident and it was at
first thought that his only injuries were two cracked ribs, but it
later developed that he was suffering from concussion of the brain.
Everything was done to restore him to consciousness and as his
condition did not improve, Dr. Frank Brockmyre, who had charge of the
case, secured Dr. Snow of Rochester, who trepanned the man's skull in
an effort to relieve him, but the operation was unavailing and Costello
died without regaining consciousness. He is survived by two daughters,
Miss Bessie Francisco, who was adopted by a family in Elmira whose name
she bears, and Mrs. H. B. Thomas, also of Elmira. The remains were
removed to the Curtice undertaking rooms. Costello was employed by Geo.
Blodgett, a farmer of Rushville, and had been in Canandaigua trading on
the day that he met with the accident that terminated fatally for him.
From Ontario County Journal 11 November 1892
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Ellen Costello, wife of John Costello, of
Canadice, died on Thursday, November 3, aged 65 years. The funeral was
held from St. Mary's Church on Friday, and the burial was in the new
Catholic cemetery. Mr. Costello is suffering from a broken hip and is
in very poor health.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 6 February 1907
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Ellen Costello, wife of Thomas
Costello, died at her home Friday afternoon, Feb. 1, aged 82 years.
Mrs. Costello had been in poor health for some time and her friends
were in a measure prepared for her death. She was born in Ireland and
was married there to Thomas Costello. Early in their married life they
went to Canada where they resided in Montreal, from there they went to
Quebec and Maitland. After a few years they came to the United States
and settled in Ontario county. Three children were born to them. The
son, Michael, died some time ago. Mrs. Costello was a good Christian
woman and led a long and useful life. She leaves besides her husband,
two daughters, Miss Kate of this place, and Mrs. John Cotter of Buffalo
to mourn her loss. The funeral will be held in St. Mary's church Monday
morning and the burial is in St. Mary's cemetery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 17 April 1907
Honeoye, N. Y. - Thomas Costello died at his home in this
village last Monday morning, aged 80 years. Mr. Costello had been
suffering for some time from a cancer in his throat but the immediate
cause of his death was pneumonia. His wife, Ellen Costello, died nine
weeks ago. Mr. Costello was born in Ireland; when he came to America he
settled in Canada where he lived several years. Then he came to New
York and lived for some time in the town of Canadice. About twenty
years ago he bought a place in Honeoye and came here to live. He was
very patient during his long illness. Two daughters, Kate of this
place, Mrs. John Cotter of Buffalo, are left to mourn his loss. The
funeral was held from St. Mary's church Wednesday morning.
From Ontario County Journal 23 February 1894
Phelps, N. Y. - The body of Mrs. Hannah Cotlin, widow of
the late Charles Cotlin, was brought here last Sunday morning from New
York, where she died on the previous day from la grippe. The funeral
was held from St. John's Church on Sunday afternoon, and interment was
made in the Phelps cemetery. Mrs. Cotlin was 70 years of age, and had
been for a long time a companion of Mrs. General Custer. A daughter
From Victor Herald 2 November 1895
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Edward Cotter,
who died at his son's in Canandaigua last Sunday, was held from St.
Bridget's church Tuesday morning, the Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating.
From Shortsville Enterprise 8 March 1912
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Cotter, an aged resident of
the town of Farmington, occurred on Tuesday of last week at a Rochester
hospital where she was removed for treatment about five months ago. Her
age was 83 years. Mrs. Cotter was born in Queenstown, County of Cork,
Ireland, and came to make her home in this country in 1868. She had
made her residence in Macedon until about ten years ago, when she went
to live with her daughter, Mrs. Mrs. Oliver Ryan, of Farmington.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Ryan, she leaves one son, James Cotter, of
Fairport. The funeral obsequies were held from the Catholic church at
Macedon, Rev. M. A. F. Holmes officiating.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 July 1927
East Bloomfield, N. Y., July 3 - Mrs. Ellen Cotter, 80, died at her
home here Friday, following several months illness. Born in Ireland,
she came to New Bedford, Mass., with her parents when 19 years old, and
five years later married Michael Cotter, and soon after moved to this
place. She leaves two daughters, Katherine and Hannah of this place;
three sons, Michael of this village, John of Gowanda and William of
Victor ; and several grandchildren. Funeral from St. Bridget's Church
Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. P. A. Neville officiating. Burial
in St. Bridget's Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 4 September 1896
Honeoye, N. Y. - John Cotter died after several weeks of
illness on Thursday morning, August 27, aged 66 years. Funeral was held
at St. Mary's church and conducted by Revs. Father Hendricks and Murphy
of Rochester, on Saturday last at 10 a.m.
From Geneva Gazette April 7 1899
John Cotter of Canandaigua committed suicide last Saturday by
shooting himself in the head with a revolver. He was about 30
years old and married. It is thought that despondency caused by
business reverses drove him to suicide.
From Ontario County Journal 11 November 1898
Ionia, N. Y. - Michael Cotter, who had been a patient sufferer for
years, died on Monday evening at his home about two miles east of the
village. Besides a wife, he leaves two daughters and four sons. Funeral
was held yesterday morning from St. Bridget's church, East Bloomfield.
From Clifton Springs Press November 1945
Michael E. Cotter, 68, died late Saturday evening, November 24,
1945, after a long illness. Born in East Bloomfield, the son of Michael
and Ellen Cotter, he had always resided here. A retired farmer, he had
also operated a wholesale and retail gasoline business and was the
proprietor of a meat market in Main street for years. At the time of
his death, he was director of the Ontario County Alliance Mutual Fire
Insurance Company, a member of the Bloomfield Scientific Club and for
26 years a member of the East Bloomfield Grange, a past Grand Knight of
the Canandaigua chapter of Knight of Columbus. He had also served as
justice of the peace for the Town of East Bloomfield. Surviving are two
sons, Wilfred M. Cotter, with the U. S. Army in Europe for the past two
years, and Bernard C. Cotter of East Bloomfield; three daughters, Mrs.
Lloyd Strombeck of Pittsburgh, Pa; Mrs. William Ballagh of Carthage,
and Mrs. Lowell C. Raylor of Geneseo; a brother, William Cotter of
Victor. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning from St.
Bridget's Church, with the Rev. George W. Doud, officiating. Burial was
in St. Bridget's Cemetery.
From Victor Herald 8 March 1907
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Nancy Cotter, widow of the
late James Cotter, died at her home east of the village Sunday morning
of cerebral hemorrhage, aged 73 years. Mrs. Cotter was born in Ireland
and came to this country about fifty years ago, and for the past
forty-five years was a resident of this town. She is survived by two
sons and two daughters. Funeral services were held from St. Bridget's
church, of which she was a member, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev.
J. J. Donnelly, of Victor, officiating. Interment in St. Bridget's
From Ontario County Journal 28 January 1898
On Saturday, January 22, occurred the death of Patrick Cotter, at
Mrs. Alfred Hill, on Center street. The
deceased was born in Cork, Ireland, and was 65 years of age. He came to
this country forty years ago and located in this section. Mr. Cotter
was employed on the Northern Central railroad for over thirty years.
The funeral was held Monday morning at St. Mary's church, Rev. Father
English officiating. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ann Cotter, and
two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Hill and Mrs. Charles Swazye of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1917
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Timothy Cotter at his
home on Sunday morning was a shock to his many friends. Mr. Cotter was
born in East Bloomfield 46 years ago. He is survived by his wife, three
daughters, one son, one brother, James of Rochester, and one sister,
Mrs. Daniel Garrison, of this place. The funeral was held from St.
Bridget's church on Tuesday morning, with Rev. P. A. Neville
officiating. It is seldom that that the deaths of father and son occur
so closely, Mr. Cotter's father having died on Jan. 6.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1917
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Timothy Cotter occurred
at the home of his son on Jan. 5, after a short illness. Mr. Cotter was
a respected townsman. He was born in Ireland 78 years ago. On coming to
America, he first settled in Massachusetts. He came to East Bloomfield
more than 50 years ago, where he had since lived. He is survived by a
son, James, of Rochester, a daughter, Mrs. Daniel Garrison, of this
place. Rev. P. A. Neville officiated at the funeral services held from
St. Bridget's church.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 10 May 1926
Victor, N. Y., May 7 - Mrs. Amy Cotton, 76, died today at her home
in Main street. She leaves her husband, William M.; three sons,
Benjamin of Rochester, and William and Howard of Victor; a daughter,
Mrs. Helen Tobin of Ontario; and several grandchildren. Fun from the
home at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. F. W. Hill
officiating. Burial in Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 18 June 1914
Edward J. Cotton, who had been in ill health for the past two
years, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Louisa Joslin in
Farmington, on Sunday, May 31. He was born January 8, 1845, the son of
Jeremiah and Sally Cheesebro Cotton. He was educated in the common
schools and Macedon Academy. On December 17, 1863, he enlisted in
Company M, Sixteenth Heavy Artillery, N. Y. S. Volunteers, and was
honorably discharged on June 16, at close of the war. He leaves a
sister, Mrs. Louisa Joslin, of Farmington, and three brothers, William,
of Ionia, Mich., Edwin B. of East Rochester, and Charles of Farmington.
Mr. Cotton was a member of Herendeen Post of Shortsville and had
several town offices. The funeral was held the following Wednesday from
the Friends Church, Rev. Edwin P. Wood of Victor, conducting the
services. Interment was made in North Farmington cemetery. The services
at the grave were conducted by Herendeen Post. The following veterans
paid their last tributes of respect to their fallen comrade: Commander
J. V. Peacock, Comrades Charles VanBuren, Peter Hoffner, William
Walter, Ira Dibble, James Young, Henry Whipple, Horace Sheffner and
Oliver S. Titus, adjutant. A detachment from Macedon Post joined them.
From Ontario County Times 2 April 1890
Farmington, N. Y. - Irving Cotton, whose severe illness was mentioned last week, died on Wednesday morning. Funeral at the Hicksite church last Friday morning.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 January 1894
Mrs. Isaac Cotton died
at her home in Farmington last Sunday morning after several years'
illness of a cancerous nature. Mrs. Cottong leaves a husband, a son and
four daughters; also one brother, William Chesbrough of that town, and a
sister, Mrs. Lombard, of Michigan.
From Ontario County Journal 30 November 1894
Farmington, N. Y. - On Sunday, November 25, Jedediah Cotton, aged
departed this life, leaving three sons and three
daughters and many friends to mourn his loss. During his long illness
he suffered much from pain, yet all was borne with Christian patience
and resignation. A respected citizen, a good neighbor, an affectionate
parent. Funeral was held at his late residence at 10 o'clock a.m.
From Naples Record 12 October 1872
Farmington - Leonard Cotton, of Farmington, was found dead in his wagon. His companion was a large jug -- full.
From Fairport Herald Mail 23 January 1930
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Cotton, aged 68 years, wife of
Albert Cotton of this village, was conducted from her late home at 2
o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. E. C. Miller, pastor of St. John's
Lutheran church of this village, officiating. Burial was made in North
Farmington Cemetery. Mrs. Cotton passed away at her home here Friday
evening after an illness of several years. She is survived by her
husband; one daughter, Mrs. Harvey Randall of South Farmington; four
sons, Albert of Canandaigua, Wallace, George and Dewey of Palmyra; one
brother, Thomas Whalen of Palmyra; and two grandchildren.
From Fairport Herald Mail 22 March 1922
The death of Myron J. Cotton occurred at his late home south
of this village last Saturday morning, March 18, at 2 o'clock. Mr.
Cotton had been ill for several months and had been a great sufferer.
He was the youngest son of Leonard W. and Amy Gardner Cotton and was
born in this town on August 24, 1865, and was 56 years old. He was
united in marriage in August, 1893, to Miss Addie Hollenbeck, who
survives him. He also leaves four children, Mildred, Ruth, Roy and
Lyle; and three brothers, Dr. Marion Cotton and Homer Cotton, of
Victor, and Alphonse Cotton of Ransomville. Mr. Cotton was educated in
the local schools and was much respected, honorable and upright in all
his dealings. He will be missed by a large circle of relatives and
friends. The funeral was held from his late home on Monday at one
o'clock, and from the Friends church at two o'clock, conducted by Rev.
Reuben J. Payne of West Branch. Interment was made in the North
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Monday at 2 p.m. occurred the death of
William Cottrell, from a stroke of paralysis following a short
illness. Mr. Cottrell was born July 30, 1832, and had always lived in
this town, where he was highly respected and esteemed by all who knew
him. He was public spirited and was always interested in everything
that benefited the town. He was a very active member of the
Congregational church, and for the past 13 years had held the office of
deacon. Although advanced in years, no storm or condition of the roads
ever kept him from his accustomed place in church. There he will be
greatly missed. His neighbors found him always ready to help. The
funeral was held from his late home yesterday afternoon, Louis Wilson,
of Lima, officiating. Interment was made in the Rural cemetery. The
deceased leaves a wife; one son, George D. Cottrell; one daughter, Miss
Nellie S. Cottrell, and a brother, Henry Cottrell, all of this town.
Friends were here to attend the funeral from Warsaw, Darien, Rochester
and Clifton Springs. The following gentlemen acted as bearers: William
T. Case, Myron L. Taft, Arnold M. Lyman, Carl Hotslander, Royal Wheeler
and Melville Conklin.
From From Ontario County Journal 18 July 1913
The remains of Mrs. Catherine Cougevan, aged about 65 1/2
years, a former resident who died at her home in Penn Yan on Thursday,
were interred in Calvary cemetery here on Monday. Deceased was the wife
of Patrick Cougevan, who with five sons and one daughter, survive. They
are: Joseph, Thomas and Mary of this city; William of Watkins; James of
Penn Yan, and Frank Cougevan of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The funeral mass was
celebrated by Rev. John R. FitzSimons of Penn Yan. Rev. James T.
Dougherty was deacon and Rev. Robert J. Henry sub-deacon. Thomas
Murray, William Widman, F. J. Kinsella, Charles Eighmy, William Sheehan
and Thomas O'Brien were bearers.
From Geneva Gazette 26 August 1887
Death of a Veteran - Patrick Coughlin died at his residence,
Genesee street, last Wednesday morning, aged 77 years. Deceased
was a veteran of the late war, having enlisted in 1861 in the 3d N. Y.
heavy artillery. He served faithfully and gallantly during the full
of his enlistment. He had passed even the prime of life when he
enlisted, and thus was not actuated by those excitable emotions which
filled our armies to so great an extent with young men. He realized at
his mature years all the risks incident to the wearied march, the
exposure of camp life, and the hazards of the battle field, and bravely
and undauntedly he assumed and faced them all, and escaped without a
wound. But unfortunately the effect was not without disaster in another
form. He was attacked with blindness, which in a short
time rendered him a helpless invalid on the
hands of his children. The pension laws of a grateful country covered
his case, and he justly became a beneficiary thereunder. The nation's
bounty bestowed upon him placed him beyond want, and dutiful and loving
children saw to his personal comfort during his declining years.
The three daughters surviving
are Mrs. Harry Stainton, Mrs. S. Palmateer, and one (Elizabeth)
unmarried. The funeral of the deceased veteran will take place tomorrow
forenoon from St. Francis de Sales Church. Deceased had suffered a year
or two past from partial paralysis, but the end was hastened by lung
From Victor Herald 11 December 1903
Patrick Coughlin died Tuesday at his home in the southwestern part
of the town of Victor, aged 85 years. Mr. Coughlin's birthplace was in
Ireland but the greater part of his life has been spent in this
country. The funeral was held yesterday morning at 10 o'clock from St.
Patrick's church, Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating.
From Shortsville Enterprise 23 April 1914
Mrs. Elizabeth Coulter died on Saturday afternoon, April 4th, from
the effect of a paralytic stroke, aged 75 years. Mrs. Coulter leaves
three sons, Louis, of Manchester, and Milo and Harry of this town; two
sisters, Mrs. L. H. Aldrich and Mrs. J. H. Kipp of Shortsville, and
three grandchildren. Mrs. Coulter was a sister of the late Albert
Johnson of this town. The funeral was held on Tuesday at 2 o'clock at
the family home near Yellow Mills. Rev. A. A. Reed of Manchester
officiated. Interment was made at Palmyra. The deceased lived in the
house in which she died for a period covering 44 years, locating there
on March 23, 1870. She was married on November 23, 1869, her maiden
name being Miss Elizabeth P. Johnson. For about 25 years she was a
faithful member of the Manchester Baptist church.
From Victor Herald 9 January 1892
Farmington, N. Y. - James Coulter died last Sunday morning of
pneumonia. He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs.
Coleman of Rochester, and Miss Anna Coulter of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1895
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of James Courneen, who
typhoid fever, was held from St. Joseph's
church, Monday morning, and was largely attended, the church not being
large enough to admit all the friends. He left a wife and five small
children who have the sympathy of the entire community in their great
From Ontario County Journal 17 January 1913
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Saturday morning the community was surprised to hear that James Courneen died
suddenly at his home in this village at 7 o'clock from a hemorrhage of
the lungs. Mr. Courneen had been in poor health for more than a year
and in the early fall went to Denver, Col., seeking health. After a
time his wife and infant son joined him there, but he was advised there
by physicians to return east, which he did a few weeks ago. He was the
son of the late James Courneen and Mary Riorden Courneen, and was born
in this village 25 years ago. He leaves, besides his wife and little
son, his mother, three sisters, Elizabeth, Rose and Teresa; and one
brother, Francis, all of Honeoye Falls; and another brother, Henry P.
Courneen, of this village. The funeral took place on Monday morning
from his mother's home, with services at St. Paul's church at Honeoye
Falls, with Rev. M. J. Clenny officiating. Interment was in St. Rose's
cemetery at Lima.
From Ontario County Journal 17 December 1897
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Wednesday morning at St.
Joseph's church was held the funeral of Mrs. Margaret Courneen, who
the home of her father, John Seymour, after a
short illness. She leaves, besides her two children, Mary B. and
Seymour Courneen, a father, two brothers, James of this place, and
Dennis of Buffalo; and five sisters, Mary, Bridget and Katherine of
this place, Miss Lizzie of Auburn, and Mrs. Edward Dwyer of Livonia.
The deceased was 35 years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 23 February 1900
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Courneen, whose death occurred
last Friday at her home here, and whose funeral was held from St.
Rose's church on Monday, was 71 years of age. She leaves four children:
Mrs. Horr of Buffalo; John of Butte City, Mont.; Mrs. Daniel Leary and
Miss Maggie Courneen of this place.
From Victor Herald 24 March 1905
Mrs. Mary Courneen, widow of the late Roger Courneen, died very
suddenly at her home in this village, Saturday morning, March 18th,
after an illness of two days with pneumonia. Mrs. Courneen was born
eighty years ago in Neuagh, Tipperary county, Ireland, and for
fifty-four years had been a resident of this village, where she was
very highly esteemed for her many sterling qualities. She was a devoted
member of St. Joseph's church, which for the past twenty-six years she
had had the entire care of, and with the exception of an illness for a
few weeks about one year ago, she had never missed a service during
that time; always faithful, always true. The deceased leaves four
children to mourn the loss of a devoted mother, John Courneen of
Brooklyn; Mrs. Mary Sullivan of Rochester; Miss Sara Courneen and James
Courneen of this village. The funeral was held from St. Joseph's church
Monday morning and was largely attended, Rev. Simon FitzSimons
officiating. Interment was made in the family lot at Lima.
From Geneva Gazette 9 November 1900
Mrs. John Coursey - died at her residence, No. 137 North Main
street, on Friday, November 2nd, after long and patient suffering from
cancer. She was a widow, her husband having died about four years
ago. She is
survived by two sons, John F. and Thomas J. (twins), and one daughter,
Miss Mary C. In her long illness and helplessness she has been
affectionately nursed by her sister. Her funeral took place last
Tuesday with a solemn requiem mass at St. Francis de Sales Church, Rev.
Father McPadden officiating. Interment in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 27 February 1880
The Death of Patrick Coursey
- On Tuesday afternoon last, removes from Geneva
one of its most worth and conscientious citizens. Mr. Coursey was born
in County Meath, Ireland, in February, 1816, just sixty-four years ago.
He emigrated to America in 1847 and at
once came to Geneva, where he has since lived, fulfilling the duties of
a good citizen, an affectionate husband and parent and an humble
christian. He was at first in the shipping and commission business, to
which he soon added a store and then he became a tanner and
some two years since erected the steam flouring mill on Exchange
street, which he was engaged in running, in partnership with one
of his sons, at the time of his death. Mr. Coursey leaves three
children, Thomas, Stephen and Mary. Mrs. Coursey is also living. He
was a devout member of St. Francis de Sales Church from which with the
absolution of the Catholic Church, he has now been borne to his last
resting place, carrying with him the love of his family and the respect
of the community.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 September 1916
The death of Thomas Coursey, aged 76 yrs, of 39 Milton
street, occurred this morning very suddenly. Mr. Coursey has been
retired from business for several years and has not been in good health
for some time on account of heart trouble. For the past three weeks he
has been confined to his room, but has been up and around. Last night
he seemed to feel as well as usual upon retiring, and in the night,
Mrs. Coursey went in to see him and found him all right. Early this
morning when she looked in he seemed so quiet that she went to him and
found that he had died probably in his sleep. The body was still warm
and she concluded that he must have died about 4 o'clock. Before his
retirement, Mr. Coursey was in the milling business with his father and
brother. He has been a resident of Geneva for the past 69 years. He
leaves, besides his widow, one son, Lieutenant Thomas J. Coursey, who
is now with Company B., Third New York Infantry, probably at Pharr,
Texas, to whom a telegram has been sent, but as yet no word has been
received from him. Mr. Coursey also leaves a brother, Stephen Coursey,
of this city, and three grandsons, Thomas, Francis and Paul Coursey of
Geneva. Burial St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 November 1938
Geneva, N. Y. - A. C. Court, prominent Seneca Castle business man,
died yesterday in his home in that village following a short illness.
Court had been engaged in the produce business for 35 years. He was
active in the Methodist church and Castle Grange. Surviving besides his
widow, Mrs. Eleanor Court, are one son, Wallace F. Court, Seneca
Castle; one daughter, Mrs. William Graves, Marietta, O.; a brother,
Earl Court, Marion, O.; and a sister, Mrs. Newton Childers, Marion, O.;
also a granddaughter, Mrs. Clyde Harriman, Geneva. Funeral services
will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the home. The Rev. Donald Cronk will
officiate, assisted by the Rev. B. F. Butler. Burial will be in Whitney
From Ontario County Journal 21 October 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - Franklin Courtright, an old resident of this town,
died last Saturday of old age, in the 86th year of his age. A wife and
several children survive. The funeral services were held from the
residence last Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 January 1927
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Jane Decker Courtwright, one
of the oldest, if not the oldest, resident of Ontario county, occurred
at the Canandaigua hospital at an early hour this morning. Mrs.
Courtwright would have been 105 years old, her next birthday in March.
She has been a patient in the hospital since last August. Mrs.
Courtwright was born in Phelps March 25, 1822, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Isaac Decker. Her husband, Frank Courtwright, was born in 1817 and
died in 1899 at the age of 82. Records fail to show the birthplace of
Mr. Courtwright. Records, however, show that practically all of Mrs.
Courtwright's kinfolk, nearly all deceased, lived to be more than
eighty years of age.
The aged woman spent her entire life in Phelps, living in here home
about a mile north of Phelps for many years. She was the mother of
eleven children, four of whom are now living. They are: Charles E. of
Phelps; Benjamin of Shortsville; Mrs. Henrietta Brown of Cohocton and
Mrs. Ida Burgess of Junius; and several grandchildren. A clipping from
a newspaper at the time of the anniversary of her 102nd birthday showed
her to be still in robust health and said in part that she had "lived
quietly and retired in this community for so long a time, that it was
only lately when old family records were unearthed that her age became
From Ontario County Journal 6 August 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Mattie Conklin Courtright, wife of Benjamin
Courtright of this village, died early on Wednesday morning of typhoid
fever, after a short illness, in the 22d year of her age. A husband
survives. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at two
o'clock from the residence on Exchange street. Rev. A. J. Waugh will
officiate and interment will be made in the Phelps cemetery.
From Geneva Advertiser 1 January 1901
of our former townsman, Mr. John W. Coutant, father of Jesse
B. Coutant, reached here from Auburn last Thursday at noon and were
taken to Glenwood for interment. He lived to the ripe old age of
nearly 85 years, and is survived by his widow, age 82 years, two sons
and three daughters.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 August 1905
Mrs. Ketura L. Coutant, mother of J. B. Coutant of
No. 244 Washington street, died Monday in Auburn at the age of
eighty-six. The body will be brought here tomorrow afternoon on the
12:17 o'clock New York Central train for burial in Glenwood cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 August 1910
Mrs. Salina Easterbrook Coutant, wife of Jesse B. Coutant of the
Geneva Preserving Company, died suddenly last evening at the family
residence, No. 244 Washington street. Death was due to a stroke of
apoplexy which she suffered in the morning while alone in the house.
Mrs. Coutant has not been in good health for some time, but yesterday
she was as well or better than usual when Mr. Coutant left home for his
office. When he returned home at noon, he found his wife lying
unconscious. Dr. J. P. DeLaney, the family physician, was at once
called and everything possible was done to restore the unconscious
woman but without avail, and she passed away at about 9:30 o'clock in
the evening. Mrs. Coutant, it is said, had suffered attacks similar to
that of yesterday before, one about seven years ago and another a
couple of years ago. The deceased is survived by her husband, and one
daughter, Martha E. Coutant, who has been absent from home for some
weeks visiting friends in the west. She was immediately sent for and is
expected home late tonight. Mrs. Coutant was born in Devon, England, in
1858 and married Mr. Coutant December 5, 1883. The funeral will take
place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock and will be private. Interment
will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Rev. J. B. Hubbs, rector of St. Peter's
church will officiate.
From Ontario County Journal 1 October 1886
Naples, N. Y. - The death of James Covel was something
of a surprise, as but three weeks ago he thought himself better than
for a long time before, and made visits out of town. He was tapped
three days before he died, his death occurring on Friday morning, Sept.
24. His funeral on Sunday called together a large number of friends.
Mr. Covel was extensively known, and his naturally genial manner made
friends. He was 67 years old. For about two years dropsy has made him
an invalid. He leaves a widow and two sons.
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 April 1904
James L. Covel of Naples, who has been employed in this village
for some time past and has made his headquarters at the Webster House,
was found dead in a room at the hotel at about 12:30 o'clock Saturday
morning. Mr. Covel was the inventor of a patent process for coating
furnace and steam pipes and has been engaged in this work here this
winter. Thursday night he came to the hotel but did not register. Early
in the evening he complained that he did not feel well and soon after
went upstairs to room 46. As he did not register, the hotel employees
were not aware of his presence until about 12:30 o'clock when night
clerk, Carl Christoph, went to the room and discovered the body of
Covel, fully dressed lying upon the bed. Coroner Warner was summoned
and after an examination, granted a certificate of death from heart
disease. Covel was 53 years of age and is survived by his wife, two
daughters, Mrs. Maggie Hawley and Miss Alice Covel of Naples and two
sons, Harry of Rochester and one living in Naples.
From Ontario County Chronicle 31 December 1902
Naples, N. Y. - Aunt Lydia Covel, as she was called, died
Monday at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Wood, near Covel
Settlement. She was one of the much esteemed old ladies of South
Bristol, where she was born and had always lived. She was the daughter
of Northrup Holcomb, one of the pioneers of the town. Her husband died
many years ago. Four children survive her.
From Ontario County Chronicle 7 January 1903
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Died, December 28, Mrs. Lydia Covel, aged
late Cyrus Covel. Funeral was held Tuesday
morning at Frank Wood's, near Seneca Point. Interment in Coye cemetery.
She has one older sister living, Mrs. Ann Penoyer of Seneca Point; a
brother, F. C. Holcomb, of Bristol Springs; two daughters, Mrs. Frank
Wood and Mrs. J. Trickey of Academy, and one son, T. J. Covel of this
place. She has been in feeble health for a few years past, but confined
to her bed only two days. She will be mourned by a large circle of
relatives and friends.
From Ontario County Journal 30 October 1903
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Covel, widow of the late James
Covel, died on Monday morning, aged 83 years. She was born in Academy,
in this county, and was one of the children of Rev. Philip Sanford, a
christian minister. She married in 1841, since which time she had lived
in Naples. She leaves one son, James L. Covel of Naples; two sisters,
Mrs. Janette Stetson of Academy and Mrs. Lucia Noyes of Michigan; and
two brothers, Thompson and Raymond Sanford, both of whom reside in the
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 29 August 1877
Naples, N. Y. - The funeral of Mr. Thomas Covel, who died
in Canandaigua, as he has been living there with his daughter, Mrs. A.
A. Brown, the past year, was attended at the Christian church last
Tuesday. The remains were brought up the Lake, and the services held as
soon as the procession arrived (at 12 M.) As the hour was not
understood by the people in the village, there were not as many present
as there otherwise would have been. He was born in September, 1790, and
came to Bristol in this county in the early part of the century, at the
age of fourteen, where he resided until about twenty years ago, when he
came to this village, spending here the evening of his days,
distinguished for his hospitality and neighborly offices, and the kind
and genial spirit in which they were bestowed. Rev. A. M. Letts
delivered an impressive discourse, at the close of which the anthem was
sung beginning with the bass solo, "And I heard a great voice from
Heaven saying there shall be no more death," and as the great and deep
bass voice of George Deyo rolled on the ear in the pronunciation of the
words, it almost seemed as if we heard the very voice from Heaven. The
anthem was supplemented by the "Sweet Bye and Bye," as the friends left
the house. And so "Uncle Tom," as he was familiarly known was taken to
his burial with the kind remembrances and regrets of those he leaves
From Geneva Daily Times 11 May 1912
Naples, N. Y. - Thomas Jefferson Covel, aged 75 years, who died at
his home in Bristol, Tuesday, is survived by his wife, who was Miss
Alice Hicks. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon, Rev. S. T.
Harding officiating. Interment took place at Coye Cemetery, Bristol.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 8 August 1927
Geneva, N. Y., Aug. 7 - Mrs. Catherine Covert, 84, widow of Dr. N.
B. Covert, for years one of the active physicians of Geneva, died at
the Covert cottage at Kashong Saturday morning. Mrs. Covert, who
herself was active for many years in local Baptist circles, and of late
years in practically each individual member of the Kashong Colony, was
in failing health for some time. She leaves a son, Dr. J. B. Covert;
and a daughter, Mrs. Elfreida Walters of Geneva. Funeral Monday
afternoon from the cottage at Kashong, with Rev. Fred Drewett of the
Geneva Baptist church officiating Burial in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 16 September 1904
South Bristol, N. Y. - At this place yesterday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Cora Childs Covert, wife
of Irving Covert, aged 33 years. Mrs. Covert was born in Canandaigua,
but had always lived in South Bristol where she was respected and loved
by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and a daughter, one day old.
From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1889
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Mr. Ebenezer Covert died at his home
in Bristol Hollow on Saturday evening, Nov. 2. The deceased had been a
resident of our town for a long time, and had always proved himself a
industrious citizen. He had suffered for some time from organic disease
of the heart, and the end came, as is frequent in such cases, very
and without any apparent pain.
From Ontario County Journal 27 April 1906
Academy, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Ebenezer Covert occurred
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Johnson, on Wednesday
morning, after a lingering illness, at the advanced age of 88 years.
She leaves four children, George Covert, Mrs. Osburn Bush, Mrs. Charles
Johnson and Mrs. Alfred Smith. The funeral will be held at 1 o'clock
this afternoon at the house.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 April 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Edward D. Covert, a
former Phelps man, occurred at Detroit Saturday. Mr. Covert had been
working in that city for some time but aside from the fact that he died
at his boarding house, no particulars of his death have been received.
Mr. Covert was for several years a well-known resident of this place.
Previous to going to Detroit, he lived at Rochester. He was fifty-four
years of age. He is survived by his widow, Alice Covert, who resides at
Clifton Springs, five daughters, Mrs. Enos McMullen and Mrs. Harlow
Schemerhorn of Phelps, Mrs. F. O. Parker of Akron, O., Mrs. George
Curtis of Canandaigua, Mrs. Arthur Fisher of
Rochester, and two sons, Bert of Rochester and Clarence of Clifton
also three brothers, Oliver of Newark, Frank of Flint and Humphrey of
Buffalo, and two sisters. Undertaker Yells will bring the body here for
From Geneva Daily Times 9 April 1907
The remains of Edward Covert, who died at Detroit, were
brought here by Undertaker Yells yesterday. Mr. Covert's death was
caused by gall stones. The funeral will be held from the home of his
widow, Mrs. Alice Covert at Clifton Springs, today and the remains will
be buried in the Phelps Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1904
Gorham, N. Y. - The remains of Jonathan Covert, an old
resident of this town, who has been in the sanitarium at Geneva for
some time, were brought here for burial yesterday. Mr. Covert was
seventy-five years of age. The funeral will be held from the home of H.
Rappleye Saturday at 1 o'clock p.m.
From Ontario County Times 24 November 1886
Flint Creek, N. Y. - Died, at this place, on the evening of Nov.
13th, of typhoid fever, Nelson Covert, aged 60 years. Mr.
Covert was a kind father and a respected citizen. His wife and ten
children, five sons and five daughters, survive him. His funeral was
held at the church in this place on Wednesday of last week, Rev. Mr.
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 October 1903
Victor, N. Y. - The remains of Darius L. Covill, who died
suddenly in New York City on Wednesday, arrived here Friday. The
funeral was held in the afternoon at the Covill homestead on Maple
avenue, now occupied by Milo Case. The services were conducted by Rev.
H. H. Stebbins of the Central Presbyterian church at Rochester and were
attended by relatives and friends from New York, Rochester, Seneca
Falls and many from this town. William F. Brace rendered two solos
during the services at the home. Burial was made in the Boughton Hill
Cemetery. Mr. Covill was born in the town sixty-nine years ago and had
spent many years of his life in this vicinity. He resided in Rochester
over twenty years. He had served this town as justice of the peace and
in many ways had exerted his influence for the good of the community.
When here he was actively engaged in the work of the Presbyterian
church. He is survived by three sons, Alden of Seneca Falls, James of
New York, Warren of Hobart College, Geneva; and one step-daughter, Miss
Anna Jones of Rochester; and one adopted daughter, Miss Nina Covill of
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 24 March 1875
In Victor, Friday, March 19th inst., Mrs. Eliza Covill, the
Esq., aged 58 years. Those who knew the
departed, and moved in her circle for a score of years or more, bear
high testimony to her many Christian graces, with which she adorned her
daily walk and conversation. Though modest and diffident of her own
abilities, yet she sustained her position in society in a manner that
conciliated universal esteem and good will. Without the least display,
she was kind to all, interested in others' welfare, as well as her own.
Wherever she moved, she seemed to diffuse around an atmosphere of love,
in which her friends delight to dwell. In short, she was a good
neighbor, a devoted friend, and an affectionate wife.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1895
The injuries which Anna Cowan of Canandaigua received
about two weeks ago in jumping from a window, proved fatal yesterday
morning, when she died after much suffering. Mrs. Cowan was 52 years of
age, and the mother of one son and a daughter, both residents of
Canandaigua. It will be remembered that Mrs. Cowan was found by her son
on the ground beneath her window, where she had laid several hours,
exposed to the cold and only partially clothed.
From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1909
Charles Cowan, one of the oldest and best-known residents of the
village, died at his home on Fort Hill avenue on Thursday evening of
last week after an illness of only a few days from pneumonia. Mr. Cowan
was 82 years of age in February last, and despite his years had been in
good health, having attended divine worship at St. Mary's church on the
Sunday previous to his death. Mr. Cowan was a farmer by occupation. He
came to this country from Scotland in 1844, in company with his
parents, and his life since then had been spent in and about
Canandaigua. He was one of a family of eight sons, only one of whom
survives, William Cowan of Sodus. Four sons, Charles H., of Roseland,
N. J., James F. and Peter W., of Canandaigua, and John D., of
Rochester, and one daughter, Mrs. W. J. McCormack of Rochester, also
survive. The funeral services were held on Monday morning from St.
Mary's church, interment being in Calvary cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1916
Mrs. Delia Long Cowan, widow of James Cowan, passed away at
Memorial hospital on Friday night; aged 54 years. Mrs. Cowan has always
resided in Canandaigua and had many friend to the whom the intelligence
of her death was a source of regret. There survive two daughters, two
son, Misses Helen L. and Alice M., Walter J. and Charles J. Cowan, of
Canandaigua; a sister, Mrs. John J. Costello of Canandaigua; and two
brothers, Walter Long of Checotah, Okla., and William Long of Buffalo.
A sister Mrs. Mary Eighmy, died on May 19, 1915. The funeral services
were held in St. Mary's church on Monday. Interment was in Calvary
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1911
On Sunday morning at 3:30 o'clock occurred the death of James F. Cowan, at
his residence, 151 Chapin street. Mr. Cowan was a resident of
Canandaigua since his birth, 48 years ago, and for over 30 years was
employed in the fish department of the John Flannigan business. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Delia Long Cowan, and four children, Helen,
Walter, Charles and Alice. Three brothers, Charles of Roseland, N. J.,
John of Rochester, and Peter of Canandaigua and one sister, Mrs. W. J.
McCormack of Rochester, also survive. Funeral services were conducted
at St. Mary's church on Tuesday morning.
From Ontario County Journal 22 December 1916
The death of William B. Cowan occurred at the home of his
son, William H. Cowan, of Wednesday morning at 6 o'clock. Deceased was
born in Wigtown, Scotland, 87 years ago and came to this country when a
boy. There survive three daughters, Mrs. Harriet Eager of Chicago,
Ill.,; Mrs. Adeline Willson of Sodus Point, and Mrs. Alice Hill, of
Richmond, Ind.; also two sons, Edward of Chicago, Ill., and William
Cowan of Canandaigua. The funeral services will be held this afternoon
at 2 o'clock. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor will officiate. Interment will
be at Woodlawn.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 10 August 1939
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William Charles Cowan, florist, died in
Thompson Memorial Hospital here yesterday, following a brief illness.
He had undergone an operation last week for a ruptured appendix. Born
in Canandaigua, Cowan had spent his entire life in the same house,
where five generations of the Cowan family have resided. He was
commander of Canandaigua Tent, Knights of Maccabees, at the time of his
death; was an exempt fireman in the Erina Hose Company, a member of
Canandaigua Grange and of Canandaigua Council, Knights of Columbus. He
leaves his widow, Mrs. Addie L. Cowan; one son, John P.; and one
daughter; Ruth P. Cowan; his father, Peter W. Cowan; and one brother,
John J. Cowan, all of Canandaigua; and a sister, Mrs. George Schreck of
Waterloo. Funeral services will be held in St. Mary's Church,
Canandaigua, at 9 a.m. tomorrow, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 January 1944
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - John Thomas Cowell, aged 61 years,
died December 31 at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium. He had been an
employee of the Sanitarium for many years. Besides his widow, Mae
Corrigan Cowell, he is survived by four sons, George J. of Swarthmore,
Pa., Neville R., Tampa, Fla., Wayne F., Rochester, and Elman R.,
Palmyra; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Mayer and Mrs. Mona
Macomber of this village. The funeral was held from his home on Teft
avenue today at 3 o'clock. Rev. John Wootton, pastor of St. John's
Episcopal church, officiated. Burial was in the Clifton Springs
From Clifton Springs Press 9 December 1915
The death of Mrs. Joseph Cowell occurred at her home on
Tuesday evening, November 30th. Mrs. Cowell was born in Peel,
Isle-of-Man, England, and came to this village to reside six years ago.
She is survived by her husband; a son, three daughters and six
grandchildren, all living in Clifton Springs. The funeral services were
held at the house on Friday, and were conducted by the Rev. M. G.
Freeman, rector of St. John's Church. Burial was made in the Clifton
From The Expositor (Geneva NY) 21 September 1808
Departed this life, on the 19th ult., Sarah, the wife of
Mr. James Cowing, of Seneca, in the 46th year of her age,
having been the mother of 14 children, the youngest of whom was taken
from her breast at the time of her sickness. She was a loving wife, a
tender parent, a benevolent friend and neighbor, and has left a
disconsolate husband and numerous family to lament her loss. Mr. Cowing
has had 21 children, (7 by a former wife), 18 of whom are at present
From Clifton Springs Press 30 September 1905
The funeral of Mrs. Ann Cownie was held from the home of her
son on Monday last. Burial was made in the Orleans cemetery. Mrs.
Cownie was eighty-two years of age.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 February 1938
Orleans, N. Y. - Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Petty Mortuary Parlors in Phelps for William S. Cownie, Sr.,
of Oaks Corners, who died at Ithaca Wednesday after a month's illness.
Rev. Angus J. MacMillan, pastor of the Presbyterian church of
Shortsville, will officiate and interment will be made in Orleans
cemetery. William A. Cownie, Sr., was born at Stone Haven, Scotland,
Feb. 20, 1851. He was united in marriage to Miss Helen MacLeod at
Lancaster, England, Sept. 18, 1878. They came to this country during
their early married life and made their home for several years on what
is known as the James W. Moore farm, west of this village, having
leaving here in April, 1915, to go to Oaks Corners, where they have
since resided. Mrs. Cownie died Sept. 15, 1936. They had one son,
William S. Cownie, Jr. of Chicago, Ill., who is the only near surviving
From Geneva Daily Times 17 September 1936
Orleans, N. Y. - Mrs. William Cownie, Sr., a former resident of
this place, died at the family home on the Oaks Corners road, Tuesday,
at the age of 83. She was born in England but had made her home in this
country for many years. Surviving relatives are one son, William
Cownie, Jr., of Towanda, Pa. Services will be held from the Petty
Funeral Home at Phelps Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. A. J.
MacMillan, pastor of the Shortsville Presbyterian church, officiating.
Interment will be in the Orleans cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 14 January 1921
Manchester residents were deeply shocked to learn of the sudden and entirely unexpected death of Benjamin Franklin Cox, a
well-known resident of that village, which occurred at the home of Fred
Miller in State street about 8:30 o'clock last Sunday evening. Mr. Cox
was out calling with his wife and when returning and near the home of
Fred Miller, complained of feeling badly. He was taken into the Miller
home, where he died almost instantly. He had been in poor health for
the past month, and his demise was attributed to heart trouble. Mr. Cox
was born in Canandaigua on March 23, 1855, but had made his home in
Manchester for a good many years. He was married 37 years ago to Miss
Mary Stevens. He was a son of the late William and Helen Hubble Cox. He
was employed as a switch tender by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company
in its Manchester yards. The survivors are his wife; one son, Floyd Cox
of Buffalo; one daughter, Mrs. Grace Davis of Geneva; and a sister,
Miss Lottie Cox of Ithaca. The funeral services were held from his late
home on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. A.
J. MacMillan, pastor of the Shortsville Presbyterian church. The
interment was in Brookside cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 June 1911
David S. Cox, for many years connected with the clothing business
here, and one of the best known men on the business street, died
suddenly on Monday from over-exertion while running from his home on
Dailey avenue to the Foster house fire. Mr. Cox had started down the
railroad tracks to shorten the route. When nearing Main street, he was
seen to fall by Daniel O'Neill, who was a short distance behind him.
Mr. O'Neill went to his side and found him unconscious. He carried the
helpless man from the tracks and later Mr. Cox was removed to the
basement of the town house where it was found that he was dead. He
probably died instantly. Deceased was 68 years of age. He was born in
New York City but had resided here the greater part of his life. For
years he was associated with his father-in-law, F. Maggs, in the
clothing and fur business, and later was employed by W. M. Spangle and
E. Weisenbeck Sons. He is survived by his wife and six children, Dr. F.
S. Cox, David C. Cox, Ray and Miss Nancy Cox, of this village, and Mrs.
Herman Aldrich and William Cox of Rochester. A sister, Mrs. E. H.
Sisson of Tennifly, N. J., and a brother, L. C. Cox of Jersey City,
also survive. Dr. Copeland officiated at the funeral services yesterday
afternoon and burial was in Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1915
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth J. Cox, wife of Bradley Cox,
occurred at the family home, Main Street north, on Wednesday morning,
aged 66 years. Deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis on January 22,
from which she never rallied. Mrs. Cox had been a resident of
Canandaigua since 1878, with the exception of six years the family
resided in Phelps. Beside her husband, she leaves one son, Frank B.
Cox, of Canandaigua; and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Warfield, Shortsville, and Mrs. Clara Aldrich, Holcomb; one niece, Mrs. Bertha
McMahon of Livonia, and one nephew, L. Watson Clark of Geneseo. Among
the 10 grandchildren are Misses Clare, Louise and Jean Cox of
Canandaigua. The funeral services will be held at the home this
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Guy L. Morrill will officiate. Interment
will be at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 19 April 1895
Millers Corners, N. Y. - Hugh Cox died at his home near here,
Wednesday morning, after an illness of several months, aged 64 years.
He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters, Mrs. George Suttle and
Miss Lizzie Cox; Hugh, who resides in Rochester; Charles, in Adam's
Basin; and George, who is at home. Funeral services were held today.
From Geneva Gazette 1 February 1901
Mrs. Millie Cox died at the family residence on Lafayette avenue
at 12:30 Tuesday morning, aged 42 years. Deceased was sick only
since Saturday when she was taken with a severe
cold. Mrs. Cox is survived by two brothers, Edward Sipple of
Waterloo, and Fred C. Sipple of this city.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 24 March 1869
Mr. Thomas K. Cox, a very aged man, and one of the last of
Wellington's army in the Peninsula, died in this village, on Friday
the 12th inst. The exact age of Mr. Cox was not known, but that he
participated in all the battles of the "Great Duke" in Spain and
Portugal at the commencement of the present century, is certain.
Retiring from the British army, about 1814, being at that time
stationed in Canada, he came to this country
and settled in Lewis county, in this State. Since that time he has
resided in Utica and Rochester and for the last few years in this
From Geneva Gazette 20 May 1870
Thomas Cox, who died in this village on Sunday last, was followed
to the grave on Wednesday by a large concourse of bereaved
acquaintances, among whom were his brethren of the "Cigar
Maker's Union" in full force. Impressive funeral services were
held at the Church of St. Francis De Sales (Catholic.) Deceased
leaves a wife and one child, who are the objects of profound sympathy
in their sore bereavement.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 4 February 1892
Shortsville - The mangled remains of Brakeman Wm. Cox, who
was killed in the accident on the Central Hudson near Syracuse, Friday,
were brought here Saturday night and prepared for burial. They were
taken to Cheshire Monday for interment. Cox left a widow and a child one week old.
From Ontario County Journal 25 May 1900
The deaths of Mrs. Matilda A. Whitmarsh and William P. Cox, sister
and brother, occurred on Tuesday morning within a few hours of each
other. Both had been in feeble health for some time. Mrs. Whitmarsh was
52 years of age, and is survived by her husband, Rufus P. Whitmarsh;
one daughter, Phoebe; her mother, Mrs. Bertha Cox; and two sisters,
Mrs. George Randall of this village, and Mrs. R. M. Brown of Bristol
Center. The funeral services were held from the home on Main street
yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Rev. C. H. Dickinson, officiating.
Mr. Cox was born in Academy 50 years ago and had lived in this village
or in this vicinity all his life. He was a harness maker by trade, and
at the time of his death was poormaster of the town. Besides his mother
and sisters, Bertha and Fannie Cox; and one stepdaughter, Miss Mary
Hutchens. The funeral was held from the family residence on Main street
yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev.
C. H. Dickinson.
From Ontario Messenger 18 September 1844
DIED - In this village, last Saturday, William Cox, in
the 94th year of his age. Thus have we to record the departure of
another of the glorious band of Revolutionary patriots. The subject of
this notice for several years has been little known to our
citizens, having been confined by his infirmities. He leaves behind him
a confiding and constant wife who has weekly shared
with him his prosperities, and cling to him in his trials and
adversities. Peace to his ashes.
From Ontario County Journal 5 June 1891
Academy, N. Y. - William Cox, aged 89 years and five months, died
at his residence here on the evening of the 27th. He leaves a wife and
one daughter besides numerous grandchildren. His life has been one of
industry and economy, mostly devoted to farming.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 February 1898
The funeral of Mrs. Catherine C. Coxe took place in Trinity
church this morning at 10 o'clock. Bishop Walker and Rev. Dr. Doty of
Rochester were present and assisted Rev. Dr. Nelson and Rev. Dr. E. B.
Dean in the
services. The floral tributes, including a cross of white flowers, and
wreath of lilies of the valley, were handsome and appropriate.
was made under Trinity Church chancel.
From Ontario County Journal 15 January 1886
By the death of Mr. Charles Coy, which occurred at his
home on Gibson street last Sunday, Canandaigua loses an old and
very highly esteemed citizen. He was a veteran business man, having
engaged in trade longer than any other man now doing business in
He was born in Fair Haven, Mass., Sept. 15, 1812, and came to
Canandaigua in early life. In 1858 he was elected Supervisor of this
town, and was re-elected to the same office for three successive terms.
He filled various other positions of trust and responsibility, and was
a faithful and capable officer. Mr. Coy was an upright and
conscientious man of warm heart and generous impulses. His wife
survives him, and he leaves two sons --
Capt. Charles Coy, who is at sea, and Mr. W. J. Coy of this place, and
two daughters -- Mrs. Stevens, of Saginaw, Mich., and Mrs. Paddock,
From Ontario County Journal 17 May 1895
On Saturday occurred the death of Mrs. Eliza J. Coy at her
home on Gibson street in this village. The deceased leaves two sons,
Wm. Coy, of Abilene, Kan., and Capt. Chas. Coy of New York city; two
daughters, Mrs. Stevens of Saginaw, Mich., and Mrs. Chas. Paddock, of
this village. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. J.
Clausen officiating. The deceased was 79 years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 28 October 1887
Naples, N. Y. - We learn of the death of Amasa Coye, an
South Bristol. He died on Monday at his
home, aged about 76 years. Mr. Coye had many friends here where he was
much esteemed. The funeral was on Wednesday at 11 a.m., Rev. Mr. Searls
From Geneva Daily Times 16 March 1915
Naples, N. Y. - Cyrus Coye, aged 34, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Emmett Coye of South Bristol, died at the family home here Sunday
evening at 8 o'clock following a long illness of tuberculosis. Besides
his parents, he is survived by his wife and two sisters. The funeral
will be held at the family home tomorrow, but the hour has not yet been
fixed. Burial will be in the Coye Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 4 May 1887
South Bristol, N. Y. - This week it is our sad duty to announce
the death of Ellen Stetson, wife of Mr. Myron Coye. She
only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Stetson, and was with them
during her sickness. Her death was very unexpected among her large
number of bereaved friends and acquaintances, by whom she will be
greatly missed, having been a loving daughter and an affectionate wife
and mother. The deceased was 31 years of age, and leaves a loving
husband and one child to mourn their sad loss. The funeral was held at
the residence on Saturday, April 30, and was very largely attended. The
remains were interred in Rose Ridge cemetery, Naples, N. Y. The
bereaved families have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the whole
community. Mrs. Eugene Stetson of Liberty is in Naples very ill. She
was not able to attend the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Coye.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 3 August 1926
Naples, N. Y., Aug 2 - Elmer N. Coye, 73, died at his home in the
town of South Bristol. He was the son of Nathan and Lavinia Brown Coye
and was born at South Bristol October 22, 1853. Always taking an active
interest in Republican politics, Mr. Coye had held various town and
county offices, among them being highway commissioner, supervisor,
justice of peace and assessor of South Bristol, and commissioner of
elections of Ontario County, which office he has held repeatedly. Mr.
Coye was a member of John Hodge Lodge, F. and A. M., of Naples, and was
the master of the lodge in 1922. He was also a member of Academy Grange
and of the Maccabees and has held offices in those organizations.
Besides his wife, who was Miss Georgia Clapp, he leaves three sons,
Nathan C. Coye of Lankersham, Calif.; Earl R. Coye of Cohocton; and
Herbert E. Coye of South Bristol; two daughters, Mrs. George Demorest
of Bristol Center, and Miss Winifred Coye, who resides at home. Funeral
was from the home today, Rev. W. T. H. Rayford of Dansville,
officiating. Burial was in Coye cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 18 March 1903
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - News reached this place on Saturday of
the death of Mrs. Emma Hicks Coye, wife of David Coye of
Academy. The funeral was held at Academy church Monday at 2 o'clock
p.m. She was the youngest daughter of the late Isaac Hicks of Hicks
Point. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her husband and little
daughter two weeks old, her mother, Mrs. Eliza Hicks, two brothers,
Egbert and John of Hicks Point, and one sister, Mrs. J. B. Hawkins of
this place. We also learn that Mrs. Lucina Coye, mother of David Coye,
is very low with blood poison.
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 February 1901
Academy, N. Y. - Jas. Coye died at his home Sunday afternoon.
Funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 o'clock at the house and 11 o'clock
at the church. Interment at Coye burying ground. Mr. Coye has been in
feeble health for some time. He leaves besides a wife, two sons, Frank
From Naples Record 9 March 1898
Aunt Lucy Coye, nearly 80 years old, died at the David Coye
place, Friday night, March 4. She fell to the floor two or three days
previous to her death, but did not show that she was in any pain. The
funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Rev. P. D. Jacobus, Naples,
officiating; burial in the Coye cemetery. Her sister, Mercy, has cared
for her over two score years and is the youngest and only one
living of Luke Coye's children.
From Naples News 1 July 1936
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - The funeral of Mary Coye, widow of
Frank Coye, was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Beaton
Saturday afternoon. Interment was in the Coye Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1911
Canadice, N. Y. - Coe H. Coykendall died on Wednesday of last
week after a three weeks illness of grip, at the old Coykendall
homestead in the west part of the town, now owned by his son, Everett,
and where nearly all his active life was spent. Mr. Coykendall was born
on that farm on Feb. 20, 1833 and was one of a large family of
children. In the community, at home, and wherever a kind, loving,
helpful spirit was needed, Coe H. Coykendall will be missed. His heart
was always touched by the troubles of others, and no one was turned
away who wanted help. He is survived by four sons, George and Frank of
Lima, Everett, of this place, and John of Hemlock. He is also survived
by two brothers, Charles of Rochester, and Squier of Watertown. His
wife, and one son, Grant, died several years ago. The funeral service
was held on Saturday from his home and the remains were laid beside his
wife in Evergreen cemetery in Springwater.
From Ontario County Journal 17 March 1899
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Coe H. Coykendall, aged 63 years, of Bald
Hill, died last week. The funeral services were held from her late
residence and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Blowers of Hemlock. Mrs.
Coykendall leaves five sons, besides her husband, and a whole community
to mourn for a kind and loving mother and companion.
From Livonia Gazette 9 October 1896
Fayette Coykendall, a son of Levi Coykendall, died last Friday
afternoon, after a protracted illness, at the age of 48, leaving a
widow, a son and a daughter. The funeral, which was held from his late
residence Sunday afternoon, was largely attended, the Rev. Mr. Barber of
this village conducting the solemn and impressive services. He had been
almost a lifelong resident of the town of Canadice. His kindness of
heart made him a large circle of friends and his death is sincerely
mourned by the entire community.
From Ontario County Chronicle 4 September 1901
Canadice, N. Y. - The first drowning accident which has
happened in years at Canadice lake occurred there Friday afternoon near
the place of
Colonel Colegrove, or what was the old Slout resort, on the east side
the lake. Grant Coykendall, a son of Coe Coykendall of
started to cross the lake with a boat load of stone. He had an old,
leaky boat, and before he had gone far saw that it was rapidly filling
with water, and to lighten the load commenced to throw the stones
overboard. He thoughtlessly picked the stones all from one side of the
boat and suddenly the boat lurched the other way, dipped and sank in
twelve feet of water. He was only a few feet from land, but the shores
at this point are quite bold, and seaweeds in which he became entangled
prevented him from swimming. Some ladies who were on shore threw a rope
in their efforts to aid him, but he was unable to reach it, and sank
from sight. His body was recovered a short time afterward and taken to
the home of his parents, where the funeral was held Sunday.
A father and mother, two sisters and three brothers survive.
From Ontario County Journal 27 July 1894
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Grinnal Coykendall died at her home at
Canadice Corners on Friday. She has been a long sufferer. The funeral
was held Sunday at the M. E. Church.
From Livonia Gazette 23 October 1885
Joel Coykendall, whose death at Canadice was noticed last week, went
to that town from Yates county nearly sixty years ago, and for many
years kept waht was known as the Coykendall Hotel. Mrs. Coykendall died
about eight years ago. Uncle Joel, as he was familarly called, was
highly respected by all who knew him. He leaves two sons and four
daughters. The funeral, which was held at the house last Sunday, was largely attended.
From Ontario County Journal 1 June 1888
Canadice, N. Y. - On the 26th death entered our midst and
summoned another aged one to his last resting place. Uncle Jotham
Coykendall, who had spent a large share of his 83 years in town,
his eyes in death, rejoicing in the thought of a blessed reunion beyond
the grave. Mr. C. had for over forty years served his master and death
found him ready, yea, waiting to go. Rev. J. T. Humphreys officiated at
the funeral services on Sunday the 27th, from St. Luke 23-42. Over 100
teams were counted at the funeral. Mr. C. was an ardent Prohibitionist
and also a consistent one, as he never used tobacco in any form, and
never tasted liquor. Verily such men are scarce. Five sons and four
daughters were present at his funeral. Two children and a companion
From Livonia Gazette 30 October 1914
Levi Coykendall died at the home of his grandson, Harry Coykendall, Sunday. He was 92 years old.
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1903
Mrs. Levi Coykendall died quite suddenly at her home on Thursday of
last week, aged 84 years. Death was caused by the infirmities of old
age. The funeral was held from the house on Sunday. She is survived by
her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Hiram Swan, of Caledonia, and Mrs.
Ella Huff, of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1883
Yesterday morning a painful and fatal accident occurred at the
depot in this village. The three trains which
meet here at 8:50 in the morning -- from the east and west on the
New York Central, and from the south on the Northern Central -- were
all approaching at the same time, when Mr. Michael Coyle, an
employe of the New York Central road, started to cross the track about
two rods in front of the train coming from the east. His attention
being fixed on the other trains, he did not notice the one nearest him
until the engineer sounded the whistle. He then tried to get off the
track, but was unsuccessful, either from confusion or lack of agility.
engine struck him in the right side, throwing him so that he struck
on the back of his head, and swinging him around so that one leg lay
across the track. The train passed over his leg, severing it completely
from the body just below the knee. He was taken into the baggage room,
where he was attended by Drs. Smith and Bennett, and from there to his
home, where Dr. Smith amputated the leg just above the knee. As Mr.
Coyle was a man upwards of 65 years of age, the shock sustained from
the accident and the amputation proved too much for his vitality, and
he died at noon, about three hours after the accident. Mr. Coyle leaves
a wife, three daughters, and two sons, who feel his loss deeply.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 May 1910
Stanley, N. Y. - Peter Coyn died at his home Monday evening after
an illness of two weeks. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Coyn, and one
daughter and one son. The funeral will be held at St. Theresa's church
tomorrow morning at half past nine. Burial will be at Stanley.
From Ontario County Journal 12 July 1912
The death of Peter Coyne, for many years night flagman on
the Main street crossing, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Margaret Regan, Wood street, Monday evening, aged 70 years. Deceased
resided on Ontario street, but during his illness the past month he had
been with his daughter. Besides Mrs. Regan, he leaves two other
daughters, Misses Clara and Mary Coyne; and two sons, John and Peter
Coyne of Canandaigua. The funeral services were held at St. Mary's
church on Thursday morning. Interment was at Calvary cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 March 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Peter Coyne died at her residence
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Coyne has been in poor health for some
and her death was not unexpected. She was about 60 years of age, and
her husband, Peter; two sons, John and Peter, and three daughters,
Anna and Clara.
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