"Dif" through "Doo" OBITUARIES
From Geneva Advertiser 2 July 1901
Mrs. Margaret Dill, who resided at 37 John street, suffered a
severe stroke of paralysis early last week, and had been entirely
helpless and speechless ever since. It was a severe stroke and
there was very little hope of her recovery from the first. She died
last Wednesday evening.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 August 1909
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Maude Dilley died in Memorial Hospital,
Canandaigua, yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, following an operation.
She had been ill for three weeks with a complication of diseases. Mrs.
Dilley was a daughter of John and Rose Fiero Sweeney, and was born in
Jackson, Mich., July 10, 1868. Most of her life was passed in Portland,
Mich., and for the past four years she has been a resident of
Shortsville. She leaves two daughters, Miss Una Dilley of Portland,
Mich., and Mrs. Emmett H. Emery of Shortsville, and one sister, Mrs.
Horace H. Hall of Buffalo. Burial Brookside Cemetery.
Geneva Gazette 3 April 1896
The death is announced, occurring March 31st, of H. H.
Dillingham, a prominent farmer of Phelps, at the age of
77 years. He died of paralysis. Three children survive him --
Mrs. Chas. Holbrook, Mrs. Carrie
Wyckoff, and son Myron.
From Ontario County Chronicle 19 August 1903
Victor, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Melaney Dillingham occurred
home in East Victor Wednesday. She was 77 years of age and
had spent her entire life in this town. She was the daughter of Peter
Bowers and the widow of the late Alonzo Dillingham. Four sons survive,
Granger, Gerry, Smith and Bert Dillingham, all residing in this
vicinity. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at her late home.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 December 1903
Mr. James Dillon of Hopewell, died on Friday evening last, after
an illness of several weeks. He was 72 years of age, and is survived by
a wife, two daughters, Miss Hattie and Mrs. Jennie Carson. The funeral
will be held at the house Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The burial
will be at Brookside cemetery in Shortsville.
From Shortsville Enterprise 18 February 1921
The death of Mrs. Maria Z. Dillon, widow
of the late James Dillon, died at her home, on the Canandaigua road,
about one mile south of Shortsville, at midnight on Monday. Her age was
75 years. The cause of her demise was a stroke of apoplexy, which she
suffered late Wednesday night of last week. Her condition gradually grew
worse until the final summons came on Monday night. Mrs. Maria Z.
Dillon was a daughter of the late William and Nancy Keeler Deuel and was
born at Corey Corners, two miles west of Marion, on September 9, 1946.
She was married on May 2, 1866, to James Dillon, who died on December
11, 1903. After their marriage, they came to the present home
where she had since continuously resided, making her a resident of
Hopewell for over 53 years. For the past 16 years she had been a member
of Manchester Grange. The survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Sidney
Carson of King's Ferry and Shortsville, and Miss Harriet A. Dillon, who
resides at home; also three brothers, LeRoy P. Deuel, of Marion; S. W.
Deuel, of Canandaigua town, and Elmer C. Deuel, of Seneca Castle. The
funeral service will be held at her late home this Friday afternoon at 2
o'clock, to be conducted by Rev. W. D. St. John, pastor of the
Manchester Baptist church. The remains will be laid at rest in Brookside Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 February 1917
The death of Thomas Dillon occurred on January 21, aged 79
years. He was born in Ireland and came to this country when a young
man. He was married about 37 years ago to Miss Ellen Howe, of Geneva,
who survives him; also one son, Michael Dillon, of this town.
From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1881
Wm. Dillon died at the Clifton House, Clifton Springs, on Thursday
evening last at the age of 63 years. He was born in Phelps, and learned
of paintings there. In 1844 he established the Western Atlas in
it til 1855. He was appointed postmaster in
Phelps in 1853 and held that position til April 1861. He was a
man of considerable natural ability, but by dissipation which began
to be apparent while he was yet postmaster, he rapidly fell to the
level of an outcast, a sad example of wasted talents and opportunities
and of indulgence in strong drink.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 September 1907
The funeral of Frederick Dilman will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the residence, No. 51 High street. Owing
to the serious illness of the daughter, Miss Clara, the funeral must
necessarily be private. Rev. C. M. Sills, D. D., rector of Trinity
church will officiate and interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 April 1917
Mrs. Mary J. Dilman, aged 81 years, widow of the late John Dilman,
Sr., died this morning about 1 o'clock following an illness of two
months. Mrs. Dilman has been a residence of Geneva for about 18 years
and has resided at 148 Castle street, the Dilman block. She is survived
by one son, John C. Dilman of Geneva; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Humphrey
of Phelps; eleven grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one sister,
Miss Margaret Schaffer of Rochester; two brothers, George Schaffer of
California and Henry Schaffer of Freeville. Funeral services will be
held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence, Rev. David H.
Craver, of the North Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will
be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 3 January 1902
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mary P. Dilts occurred
on Thursday of last week. This old lady was 91 years of age. She died
at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. H. W. Blake, with whom she had
lived for several years. She was the widow of Samuel Dilts, late of
Livonia, at which place she was buried.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 April 1942
Louis DiMaria died this morning in Strong Memorial Hospital,
Rochester. Mr. DiMaria had been in this country for about 25 years,
residing during that time in Geneva. He was employed at the Andes
foundry and was a member of the moulders' union. Besides his wife, he
leaves five sons, Peter, Thomas, Joseph, Nicholas and Salvatore; four
daughters, Mary, Mildred, and Madaline of Geneva, and Mrs. Jane
Brancisorie of Seneca Falls; one brother, Michael, of Geneva; and a
sister, Mrs. Mary Zeoli of Peekskill.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 June 1908
Adelbert Dimmick died at 7 o'clock last evening at the home of his
mother-in-law, Mrs. Daniel Hennessey of No. 9 Clinton street. Besides
his widow he leaves one son, Nelson; his mother, Mrs. Melissa Dimmick;
four sisters, Mrs. Warren Russell of this city, Mrs. Otis Blaine of
Rochester, Mrs. Henry Beacham of Auburn, and Mrs. Emory Spicer of
Forestville, N. Y.,; three brothers, Frank and William of Trumansburg,
and George of Albion, Mich. The deceased was a member of the Moulders'
Union and also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. The funeral
will take place Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from the house and at
9:30 o'clock from St. Francis DeSales church. Burial in St. Patrick's
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 25 September 1917
Phelps, N. Y., Sept. 24 - Mrs. Hannah Malisa Dimock, 82 years old,
widow of William Dimock, died at 1 o'clock this morning, at the house
of her daughter, Mrs. Warren Russell, in Walnut street. She had been in
failing health for a long time. Mrs. Dimock, who was the daughter of
Pratt (?) and Eliza Vandermark Richards, was born at Jacksonville, N.
Y., on June 6, 1833, and she came to this village from Trumansburg
about seven years ago. Surviving relatives are four daughters, Mrs.
Russell and Mrs. H. R. Beacham of Phelps, Mrs. A. D. Kahl of Chicago,
and Mrs. Harriet Slicer of Syracuse; three sons, George H. Dimock of
Springport, Mich., Frank and William Dimock of Trumansburg. The body
will be taken to Trumansburg Tuesday morning where the funeral services
will be held on Wednesday.
From Phelps Citizen 11 September 1879
Death of Lucy Dimock - Life
is oftentimes consumed by diseases. Consumption is one of the most
fatal diseases known. The wife of one of our townsmen, Thomas J. Dimock,
seven months ago was taken sick with consumption, although the sickness
was not of such nature as to confine her to the room until about four
weeks ago, since which time her health has rapidly failed. She died
Sunday forenoon, having passed a brief life of 37 years. The funeral
services were observed at the house Tuesday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 January 1915
Mrs. Mary H. Dimock, aged 70 years, wife of E. O. Dimock, died
last night at her home three miles south of Phelps. Besides her
husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles Pardee and Mrs.
E. S. Kregloh, both of the Town of Phelps; four grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30
o'clock from her late home, Rev. W. H. York, pastor of the Methodist
church at Phelps, officiating. Burial will be made in the Phelps
From Geneva Gazette 9 January 1891
William Dimock, a highly respected citizen of Phelps, and
one of its oldest
residents, died Jan. 6th, of paralysis with which he was stricken down
about a week
previous. His funeral will be held tomorrow, Rev. Lansing Bailey
of this village to officiate.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 June 1905
Jeremiah Dineen, 66 years of age, died
this morning at 11 o'clock at the family residence, No. 260
Washington street. The deceased was born in Ireland and came to
this city with his parents fifty years ago. He is survived by two
sons, Jeremiah J. Dineen, of Lyons, and James T. Dineen, of this
city; four daughters, Misses Julia and Anna Dineen, and Mrs. E. D.
O'Riely, of this city, and Mrs. J. F. McKenna, of Phelps, one sister,
Mrs. Cornelius Maney, of Seneca Castle.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 April 1921
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Dineen, wife of the late Jeremiah
Dineen, who died at the family residence Tuesday morning, after a long
illness, will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from St. Stephen's
church. Burial will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Mrs. Dineen was
among the oldest and most respected residents of this city. She is
survived by two sons, Jeremiah of this city, and James of Washington,
D. C.; four daughters, Miss Julia and Miss Anna Dineen, Mrs. Edward
O'Riely and Mrs. Joseph McKenna; also eight grandchildren.
From Ontario County Journal 17 January 1919
The death of Mrs. William Dines, aged 60 years, occurred at
her home on Coy street on Saturday afternoon. She leaves her husband
and one son, Roswell Giblison of Canandaigua; also two brothers, Elijah
Casey of Pittsford and George Gilbert of Batavia. Rev. Herbert L.
Gaylord officiated at the funeral services held at the undertaking
rooms of Ahrens & Breen on Tuesday. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 10 May 1905
Mrs. Caroline Shay Dingman died at the home of her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John Shay of Hopewell, Saturday evening after a lingering
sickness of pulmonary tuberculosis, aged 19 years and 9 months. Besides
her parents she is survived by her husband, Walter Dingman, one son,
James; two sisters, Mrs. Susie Wilkinson and Mrs. Scott Wheeler; and
two brothers, Walter and Harry. The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday,
Rev. Ward Mosher of the M. E. church officiating, and the remains were
interred in Woodlawn cemetery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 27 March 1907
Rushville, N. Y. - This community was greatly shocked last
Thursday morning upon hearing of the sudden death of one of its oldest
inhabitants, Peter L. Dintruff. He was in his usual health the
day before and had walked out. On Thursday morning he was suddenly
taken with a severe attack of heart trouble and died about 5 o'clock
while his son-in-law, Dr. J. H. Wilkin, was with him. Mr. Dintruff died
in the 79th year of his life. He was a lifelong resident of this
village and vicinity, where for many years he was successful farmer.
Mrs. Dintruff, to whom he was married over 50 years ago, is very ill,
and is being cared for by a trained nurse. Besides his wife, he is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Chapman and Mrs. J. H. Wilkin
of this place; and Mrs. T. M Chadwick of Lakemont; also by two
brothers, John L. of Penn Yan, and Daniel of Fowlerville, Mich. The
funeral services, conducted by Rev. A. W. Rice, were held Saturday
afternoon from his late home in this village. Burial in the village
From Ontario County Journal 23 October 1884
Naples, N. Y. - Martin Dinzler died on Friday morning, Oct. 17th,
after an illness of a few weeks. Aged about 46. Mr. Dinzler came here
20 years ago, and by industry and good management and fair dealing had
acquired a nice property entirely through grape raising. He had lately
purchased the beautiful "Cramer" place on Main street, and died there.
He was the leading member of the Catholic church here. His labors,
chiefly, built the church, and his home has always been the home of the
clergy who officiated there. The funeral on Monday at the church
brought a large number of people
from far and near. He was buried according to the rites of the Catholic
church. Three priests from Rochester conducted the service, the sermon
being preached by a former pastor, Father Haggarthy. His family, a wife
and son, feel the loss most heavily. He was buried in Rose Ridge
From Geneva Daily Times 8 February 1943
Carmen DiPauli, aged 26, died Saturday night in the Geneva General
Hospital after a short illness. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edith
Cassasanta DiPauli; one son, Ronald; his mother and step-father, Mr.
and Mrs. Sebastino Damico, Geneva; one brother, Corp. Anthony DiPauli,
Santa Ana, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Nicholas Monaco of Geneva; two
step-brothers, Private John Damico of Fort Benning, Ga., Anthony Damico
of Geneva; one step-sister, Esther, Geneva. Funeral services will be
held Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock from his late home and at 9
o'clock from St. Francis deSales Church. Interment will be in St.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 July 1917
Mrs. Marenia Dipollo, aged 52 years, died yesterday morning at the
home at 20 Humbert street. She leaves her husband, and six children.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8:20 at the home and at
8:40 at St. Francis de Sales church. Interment will be in St. Patrick's
From Geneva Daily Times 27 April 1944
Mrs. Catherine DiRaddo, widow of the late Michael DiRaddo, died
Wednesday evening at the home, 28 Jackson street, following a heart
attack. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Anthony D'Angeilio of
Geneva, Mrs. William Carey of Rochester, Mrs. Sandy Augustine of
Geneva; three sons, Jerry and Sullivan of Geneva and Augustine of the
U. S. Army in New York City; 22 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren. Mrs. DiRaddo was a member of St. Anthony's Society
of St. Francis de Sales Church. Funeral rites will be conducted
Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the home and at 10 from St.
Francis de Sales Church. Burial will be made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 May 1909
Francisco Disbiscola, a resident of the colony at Torrey Park and
laborer employed at the plant of the Empire Coke Company, was struck
and instantly killed by the eastbound passenger train on the Auburn
branch of the Central which leaves Geneva at 6:38, at a point a little
east of the "GY" tower at Border City this morning. Disbiscola was on
his way to work at the plant of the Coke Company and was walking along
the railroad track. The man was seen by the engineer of the train and a
warning was sounded, but for some reason Disbiscola failed to get out
of the way before it was too late to stop the train and save his life.
The man was struck on the left side and hurled to one side of the
track. The train was stopped as quickly as possible but when the train
crew reached Disbiscola, he was breathing his last. The body was placed
in the baggage car and taken to Waterloo, where Coroner W. W. Carleton
was called. After viewing the remains the Coroner ordered the body
removed to the undertaking rooms of Genung Brothers. Disbiscola was 38
years of age and leaves a family consisting of a wife and several
children. He has resided in the colony for some time and was known as a
steady and industrious fellow. Coroner Carleton will make an
investigation in the case some time this afternoon. The remains will
then be brought to the home of Disbiscola in this city. Burial St.
From Ontario County Journal 14 February 1902
Gorham, N. Y. - Death has again entered another home and taken Mrs. Hannah Disbrow, an
aged resident of this place. Her death occurred on Sunday morning. She
was 82 years of age. Mrs. Disbrow had many friends in this section,
having spent nearly all her life here, with the exception of a short
time spent in Michigan with her son, Charles. Funeral services were
held from the home of her son, John, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. W. G.
Reed conducted the services. She had been a member of the Methodist
church for many years. Four sons survive her, George, Oliver, Charles
and John, with whom she lived. Interment was in Gorham cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 27 May 1891
Port Gibson, N. Y. - Mrs. William Ditce, an old lady living near
the canal west of this village, committed suicide by drowning last
Thursday night. The body was found in the canal Friday afternoon with a
large stone tied to the neck. District Attorney Clement and Coroner
Beahan were notified, and the next morning a jury was summoned to
decide on the cause of her death. In order to give the jury the benefit
of the evidence from a post mortem examination, the announcement of the
verdict was postponed until Tuesday. The examination failed to reveal
anything which would lead to the belief that she came to her death
otherwise than by drowning. The funeral was held at the home of her
son-in-law, Mr. Charles Winslow, on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. J. B.
From Geneva Courier 3 April 1878
Death of Mrs. Eliza E. Ditmars - Mrs. Eliza E. Ditmars died
at her residence on Washington street on
Sunday evening. Mrs. Ditmars was in her 79th year, and for many
years had lived in Geneva. She was a member of the Reformed
church at Lodi, where she formerly lived, and when in Geneva attended
the Reformed church. Mrs. Ditmars leaves a son, J. V. Ditmars, an
unmarried daughter who lived with her, two sons living in Minnesota,
and a son residing in New York. A noble Christian woman, she
rests after a long and useful life. The funeral took place this
morning at 8:30 o'clock. Rev. H. A. Nelson, D. D., officiating.
From Ontario County Times 30 March 1892
John V. Ditmars, of Geneva, died on Monday in the Rochester
Hospital, from the effects of an operation for the removal of a cancer.
He was a man of considerable property, and it is said made provision in
his will for numerous charitable and religious objects. Among the
bequests is one of $12,000 for the founding in Geneva of a hospital.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 January 1935
Louis Ditulio, 65, of 45 North St., fell dead on the sidewalk in
front of St. Francis de Sales church in Exchange street yesterday
morning on his way to attend the 9 o'clock mass in that church.
According to Dr. John D. Shipman, coroner, death was due to a heart
attack brought on by over exertion and cold. Mr. Ditulio had walked
from his home to the church, a half-dozen blocks distant. He is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ralph Liberatore and Miss Theresa
Ditulio; a son, Joseph, all of Geneva, and three grandchildren. Funeral
services will be held Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock from his late
home and 9 o'clock from St. Francis de Sales church with burial in St.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 February 1897
Mrs. Diveney, wife of Edward Diveney died at the family residence
on William street at 9:30 o'clock this morning
at the age of 68 years. The cause of death is said to be old age.
Mrs. Diveney is survived by her husband and four sons, Edward, Patrick,
John and James. Also three daughters survive her, namely, Mary, Anne
and Bridget, all of whom reside in Geneva. The family have the sympathy
of their friends and neighbors in their sad bereavement. The funeral
will occur Thursday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales church
Geneva Advertiser 18 November 1902
Edward S. Dixon died at his home at Halls Corners last Saturday
aged nearly 70 years. He is survived by his wife and four sons, John G.
of Elmira, Clinton S., living in the South, Dudley and Edward B.,
residing at home. Mr. Dixon was formerly one of the most active of the
business men at Halls Corners, a heavy buyer of grain and products, and
made of Halls a very important shipping point. He has been
justice of the peace for several terms, and has been supervisor of the
new town of Seneca. He has been retired from active business for
about eight years, although he did not entirely relinquish it until
about two years ago. His death was due to paralysis at the last.
Yes, a good man has gone in Edward Dixon. The funeral will
take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Geneva Gazette 29 January 1892
Mrs. Eliza Dixon of Naples, mother of Mrs. Geo. Spraggon of this
place, died at her home in Naples on Sunday evening the 24th, at the
advanced age of 85 years. The earlier part of her life was passed
in the vicinity of Hall's Corners, where she was well known to the
older residents and where many of her relatives reside.
From Ontario County Chronicle 13 April 1904
Hall's Corners, N. Y. - Mrs. Isabella Dixon of Scottsville,
formerly of this place, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas
Burrell, in Scottsville on Sunday evening, April 3, aged 89 years.
Funeral services were held from the residence of her son, John Dixon,
of this place, Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Seneca cemetery. Mrs.
Dixon is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Burrell of Scottsville and
Mrs. Margaret Nichols of Rochester, and one son, John M. Dixon, of this
From Penn Yan Democrat 29 September 1922
In Hall, September 22, 1922, Mrs. Isabella Dixon, aged
85 years. She was the widow of Edward Dixon. She had been ill a long
time. Mrs. Dixon's maiden name was Isabella Crosier. She is survived by
three sons, John D. Dixon of Penn Yan; Dudley M. Dixon and Edward B.
Dixon of Hall. The funeral was held on Sunday. Burial in Number Nine Cemetery at Hall.
From Ontario County Journal 9 May 1890
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - The community was greatly shocked
last Saturday at the announcement of the sudden death of Marcus
Dixon. He had not been feeling well for some time, but was able to
go about and attend to business. On Saturday he attended to his
customary duties, and in the afternoon lay down for a short rest and
almost immediately expired. Heart disease is supposed to have been the
cause. Mr. Dixon was the only son of the late Alvin Dixon, and had
always lived in this vicinity. He was a worthy citizen and an excellent
neighbor, and was universally respected. He leaves a widow.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 July 1917
Hall, July 14—Nelson G. Dixon died at his home Saturday morning,
aged 74 years. He was born and always lived in the town of Seneca. He
leaves his wife, Almeda Greenleaf, two sons, Frank N. and Herbert G.,
and one daughter, Mrs. W. B. Onderdonk, and three grandchildren, all of
Hall; two brothers, J. G. Dixon and H. M. Dixon, and one sister, Mrs.
Lucy Rice, all of Geneva. The funeral was held at his former home in
Hall this afternoon at 2:30. Burial was in No. Nine cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 17 July 1896
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Walter Dixon died very suddenly
Tuesday evening from paralysis. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Hannah
Lubbuck of Michigan, and Miss Adaline Dixon of this place. Funeral will
be held this Friday afternoon, Rev. Newton Bates officiating.
From Ontario County Gazette 21 August 1891
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The residents of West Bloomfield were
greatly shocked Sunday morning to learn of the sudden death of our
ex-supervisor, Walter J. Dixon, at his residence in this
village. The cause of his death was heart failure. Mr. Dixon was one of
the our largest and best farmers. He leaves a wife and two daughters.
The funeral was held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at his late residence.
From Ontario County Times 9 April 1879
Died, in the village of Canandaigua, March 31st, 1879, John
Dixson, aged 94 years. And thus has passed away the oldest
man, if not the oldest person, in our village, and one of the pioneers
of this county, whose life has been associated with its history for a
period of almost 70 years. He was born in the state of Connecticut in
1785, and was one of a family of ten children, two of whom survive him
-- Thomas Dixson of Pulaski, aged 81, and Robert Dixson of Livonia,
aged 88 years. Many of his ancestors lived to a good old age, and three
years since, before the death of a brother and sister of the deceased,
the average age of the five was 84 years. His father emigrated to this
state at an early day, and settled on a farm near Utica; and it is a
fact worthy of note, that the subject of this memoir was in early
manhood of a very frail constitution, and he has often
laughingly alluded to the taunting insinuations of his brothers and
associates, that he would live out half his days.
The work of the farm being too laborious, at the age of 25 years he
came to seek a fortune in this more western region, and passing through
this village in 1810, he pitched his tent at Dennison's Corners, in the
town of Richmond, sixteen miles west of here, and engaged in the
manufacture of potash, from ashes made in the burning off of the
timber. He also purchased in New York a stock of dry goods and
groceries, going thence as far as Albany on horseback, and bringing his
goods from that city by teams, until the completion of the Erie canal
in 1821 furnished a more expeditious means of conveyance. He thus
opened a trade with the whites, who came for many miles from the
surrounding country to purchase, and also with the Indians, who found
in him a friend, and over whom he possessed a remarkable influence, to
illustrate which many incidents might be cited. On the breaking out of
the war in 1812, he had a large quantity of potash in store at
Montreal, and many times has he narrated to the writer his exciting
experience in getting possession of the same before the property should
In 1813 he married a daughter of Capt. Cyrus Wells of Richmond. She
died in 1828, leaving a family of five children, two of whom are still
living. He entered with great zeal into the project of building the
church, which is still standing at Richmond Center -- circulating the
subscription paper and giving liberally of his own means. For a number
of years, accompanied by his bass-viol, which will be remembered by
many still living, he led the choir of the church, and since his voice
became tremulous by reason of age, as the familiar strains of old
China, Dundee, Lenox and Windham have been struck in his bearing, old
memories have been awakened, and he has undertaken, but in vain, to
sing as in days of old. All modern tunes, in his ear, had no melody as
compared to these, and to this conviction are we not almost ready to
He continued to enlarge his operations in the mercantile trade and also
engaged extensively in the milling business; so that the commercial
crisis of 1837 found him possessed of three mills, and, if we mistake
not, with an interest in eight or ten different stores. The result of
the panic with him, as with thousands of others, was the sweeping away
of the accumulations of years. He was in early life a zealous Mason,
and being master of a lodge at the time of the Morgan excitement, he
rejoiced at the passing by of the storm.
After the decease of his second wife in 1863, he came to this village
to reside with his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Jewitt, who, by just six months
preceded him to the spirit world. By reason of impaired hearing,
&c., he has not for a number of years past been found much, either
in the marts of trade or in the house of God. Often of late has he
alluded to the fact that, as far as he knew, he alone remained of those
who were married and settled in Richmond when he went there.
From Ontario County Journal 24 February 1882
Died, at her residence in
West Bloomfield, Feb. 19, 1882, Mary Dixson, wife
of Alvin Dixson, aged 83 years. The funeral was attended at the
residence by a large circle of relatives and friends, who sympathize
with the bereaved husband and children - one son
and two daughters. Deceased was born in Guilford, Conn., in 1799, and
moved with her parents to East Bloomfield in her childhood, where she
lived until she was married, 66 years ago, to Alvin Dixson, who
survives her. Sister Dixson was a worthy member of the Presbyterian
church of Honeoye Falls, where she united with that church 50 years ago.
From Geneva Gazette 12 March 1817
In Victor, on the 17th ult. of a malignant pneumonic disease, Mr.
aged 32--his wife, Mary, aged 31 and an infant child
premature birth. All enclosed in one coffin and consigned to the
Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, Sat. 6 Oct 1855 [a Universalist newspaper]
Death of Gen. H. W. Dobbin
Gen. H. W. Dobbin, one of the most aged and prominent lay members
of the Universalist denomination in Central New-York, departed life in Geneva,
N.Y., on Thursday, the 27th ult., aged nearly 90 years. He was one of the earliest settlers in
Geneva, and has ever stood high in that community as an honorable and exemplary
citizen, an honest man, and benevolent friend and neighbor. He bore a prominent part in the last war with
Great Britain—having held a high commission in the public service, and been
engaged, we believe, in several actions on the lines. For many years, he had been a sincere and
devoted believer in the world’s redemption, and had faithfully and generously
devoted of his means to build up that faith.
As long as his health permitted, his venerable form was seen constantly
and invariably in the Geneva Universalist church, whenever public services were
held therein—an example well worthy the imitation of many younger
persons. We greatly regret that the efforts made to procure the services of
a Universalist clergyman at his funeral were unsuccessful. The obsequies taking place on Sunday, our
preachers in the region round about were prevented by their previous
engagements, from being present...
copy the following interesting account of the exercises which took place at the
funeral of Gen. Dobbin, from the Geneva
The time intervening between the death and burial of the late Gen.
Dobbin, (from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon) gave opportunity for
extending notice of the mournful event...No noise or bustle preceded the sad obsequies to the honored dead.
The deserted streets, the quiet stillness
peculiar to the holy Sabbath in a country village, prevailed up to the very
moment announced for the funeral. At one
o’clock, however, as if a common feeling and impulse to pay tribute to the
memory of the revered soldier pervaded our community, the streets leading to the
Universalist Church, where the religious services were to be performed, were
thronged with people.The living tide
was swelled to a torrent as the military (the “Geneva Union Guard”) and the
Masonic Fraternity, preceded by the Geneva Brass Band, made their
appearance. Long lines of carriages,
buggies, &c. with their human freight were also added to the
It was the request of the deceased while living, that he should be
buried with Masonic ceremonies. In
accordance therewith Dr. Stevens, W.M., of the Ark Lodge, commenced the same at
the house ... The coffin was then borne
to the hearse, by a few of Gen. D’s surviving comrades of the war of 1812. The procession was formed and moved to the
Church — as it approached which, it being evident that not one-quarter of the
people present could find ingress, it was determined to hold the religious
services in open air. The people
gathered as closely as possible about the steps in front of the church, and the
exercises were continued by the Rev. Wm. H. Goodwin, of the M. E. church. This clergyman was called upon, and promptly
responded, after a vain effort to procure the attendance of one of the same
persuasion of the deceased. Gen. Dobbin lived and died a firm believer in the
doctrine of Universal Salvation. In view
of the peculiar circumstances of the case, Mr. Goodwin appropriately abstained
from any remark that could wound the feelings of the most sensitive
Universalist. His discourse was founded
upon the passage from Job, “I would not live always,” and was one of his ablest
extempore efforts. In closing, he made
pathetic [i.e. full of pathos] allusions to the relations of the deceased, the
handful of old veterans present, and the mystic brotherhood, and lastly to the
bereavement of the family.
The religious services ended, the funeral cortege proceeded to the
place of sepulture, a beautiful sand-knoll on the farm of the deceased’s
grand-son, E. R. Dobbin, three miles north of the village. The procession, embracing the Band, the
military, the Masonic fraternity, the bereaved family, and thousands of
sympathizing friends, in carriages and on foot, formed one of the most grand and
imposing spectacles ever witnessed in Geneva.
Arrived at the grave, the “Guards” took position on the right, a
few feet distant, the Masons in a circle about it, and the mourners near the
foot. The Masonic ceremonies were
continued, ending with depositing a white apron, and by each brother a sprig of
evergreen, in the grave.
A quartett sang
a beautiful dirge, “Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore
The Rev. Mr. Goodwin closed with
prayer and benediction, when the ground was cleared and the “Guards” fired a
feu de joie [a salute] over the place where rested the departing
From Geneva Daily Times 26 June 1937
Mrs. Julia S. Dobbin, died at her home, 99 Lafayette avenue,
yesterday afternoon after a short illness. Mrs. Dobbin was in her 84th
year and a lifelong resident in this vicinity, having been a faithful
communicant and worker in the First Presbyterian church of this city
for near 65 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edith M. Bertram
and Mrs. Leo Quevillion; two sons, Edwin R. and Earl W.; a sister, Miss
Mary J. Slaght, all of this city; and a brother Horace Slaght of
Interlaken. There are also six grandchildren, Adele, William, Robert
and Donald Dobbin, Jack and Bruce Bertram; and one great-grandchild,
Dawn Elizabeth Dobbin. A prayer service will be held at the home Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock and a funeral service at 2:30 at the First
Presbyterian church with the Rev. Frederick L. Harper officiating.
Grandsons of the deceased will act as bearers, and interment will be in
Glenwood Cemetery, this city.
From Ontario County Journal 19 August 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - The remains of William H. Dodd, who was
killed in an automobile accident near Syracuse Sunday night, were
brought to Phelps for burial yesterday afternoon. Several years ago
when engaged in teaching school, Mr. Dodd was well-known in this
vicinity. He was 65 years of age. Survivors are his widow and a son,
Dallas, who accompanied his father on the fatal trip. The accident in
which Mr. Dodd lost his life occurred at Belle Isle, where the auto
went over an embankment, turned turtle and pinned the occupants to the
ground. Mr. Dodd was taken to the hospital and died an hour later. His
son was badly injured but will recover.
From Ontario County Journal 30 May 1879
Flint Creek, N. Y. - Mr. Aaron Dodge, the oldest man in the place,
died on Friday last. In the forenoon of the day named, he went to the
shop and ground his axe. After coming home he went to the store and
made some purchases, took them home,
and died in a few minutes afterward. It is thought he died of apoplexy.
His funeral was largely attended on Sunday, Rev. D. E. Blaine preaching
the sermon. Mr. Dodge was eighty-seven years old.
From Ontario County Times 4 June 1879
Aaron Dodge died very suddenly at his home at Flint Creek on
Friday, the 23rd instant, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. He
was a man of robust frame and commanding appearance, and had had hardly
a day of sickness through all the years of his eventful life. He was in
his usual health and spirits up to within two hours of his death, and
was at work in his garden when finally stricken. He was born in Maine,
but immigrating to the town of Seneca in this county previous to the
war of 1812, thereafter made that his home. He was a mason by trade,
and had handled the trowel in the construction of numerous buildings
throughout the county, including the old Ontario Female Seminary and
other buildings in this village. He served with distinction in the war
of 1812, and for that reason has long been in receipt of a pension from
the government. By industry he had saved a small competency and had
came down to old age comfortable and contented. His aged wife died
several years ago.
From Ontario County Journal 30 November 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Daniel Dodge died at his home on Bristol hill, on
Wednesday last, aged 81 years. Most of his life had been spent in town.
He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Carpenter of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Daniel
Parker of this place.
From Geneva Gazette 20 April 1883
FRANK M. DODGE died at his residence, corner of Pulteney and
High streets on the 18th inst., aged 36 years. Deceased was a son
of Allen Dodge of Flint Creek, and a native of Seneca. He moved
into the village only about a month ago, in hopes that a change from
farm life and opportunity for regular medical attendance would prove
beneficial in restoring impaired health. He was a sufferer from
disease of the heart and kidneys, and a year or two ago he was brought
very near to death's door by
the severity of an attack at that time. A man of irreproachable
character in family and social relations, he was most highly
esteemed. He was a member of the I. O. of O. F., had passed the
chairs of the subordinate lodge and advanced to the patriarchal degree
encampment. His sorrowing brethren attending the funeral (held
today) in a body.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1904
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Martha Dodge, eighty-four years old,
died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. A. S. Cotton, at the Sanitarium farm Sunday morning.
Until within a few days, Mrs. Dodge has been in remarkable health for
one of her age. She was a member of the M. E. church, and a most devout
Christian woman. The deceased is survived by
three daughters, Mrs. A. S. Cotton and Miss Cora Dodge of this village,
and Mrs. J. F. Allison of Washington; six grandchildren and
one great grandchild. Mrs. Dodge was a sister of the late Dr. Henry
Foster, Dr. Hubbard Foster and Mrs. Horner. The funeral
was held this afternoon at the residence of A. S. Cotton at 1:30
and at the M. E. church at 2 o'clock, Rev. L. S. Boyd, assisted by Rev.
V. A. Sage, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating.
From Shortsville Enterprise 11 August 1932
The death of Mrs. Margaret Dolan, mother of Mrs. Richard
Keleher of East Main Street, Shortsville, occurred at the Keleher home
last week Wednesday evening, at the advanced age of 85 years. Mrs.
Dolan was born in Ireland on April 4, 1847, and came to America at the
age of 20 years. She was the relict of Thomas Dolan, to whom she was
married in 1871. The survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Jesse Briglin of
Phelps and Mrs. Keleher; and three sons, John Dolan of Orleans, Thomas
Dolan of Seneca Castle and Edward Dolan of Rochester. Funeral obsequies
were held on Saturday morning at 8 o'clock from St. Dominic's Church,
conducted by the pastor, the Rev. John E. Napier. The remains were
interred in St. Agnes cemetery at Clifton Springs.
From Clifton Springs Press 4 June 1914
Orleans, N. Y. - The death of Thomas F. Dolan occurred at
his home in this village on Sunday evening, at ten o'clock, after a
lingering illness. He had been confined to his bed, however, but a few
days. Mr. Dolan was born in Ireland 73 years ago, and came to this
country when a lad of three years of age. The greater part of his life
has been spent in this vicinity. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Richard Kelleher of Shortsville, and
Mrs. J. K. Briglin of this place; and four sons, John and James of
Orleans, Thomas, Jr., of Seneca Castle and Edward of Rochester. The
funeral was held from St. Felix Church in Clifton Springs on Wednesday
morning at 9:30 o'clock and burial in St. Agnes cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 3 April 1939
Shortsville, N. Y. - Bertha Lena Doley, 78, died in the home of
her granddaughter, Mrs. Harold Russell, in Palmyra, yesterday. Until
recently her home was Shortsville where she had resided more than 50
years. She is survived by two sons, John Doley of Shortsville, and
Andrew Doley of Canandaigua, four grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in
the home of her son, John Doley, of Shortsville. The Rev. Mr. McMillan,
former Presbyterian pastor in Shortsville, will officiate. Interment
will be in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.
From Ontario County Journal 25 August 1911
The death of Mrs. Julia Dollenger occurred at her home west
of Canandaigua on Tuesday, aged 73 years. She was the widow of George
Dollenger, who died on June 23, 1911. One daughter, Mrs. John Hook, two
grandchildren and one brother, Oscar Bedell, all of Michigan, survive.
Interment was at West Avenue cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 February 1938
Mrs. Catherine Donahue died Saturday afternoon at her home, 44
Jefferson avenue, after a short illness. Surviving are five children,
Mrs. Archie Orr of Cleveland, O.; Mrs. John McMahan of Rochester;
Catherine, Anna and Frank of Geneva; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Groden and
Mrs. Nora Joyce of Geneva; and one brother, Thomas Gavin of Colorado
Springs. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from
the home and 10 o'clock at St. Stephen's Church. Burial will be made in
St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 May 1910
Mrs. Ellen Donahue, wife of Edward Donahue, died this morning at
her home, No. 496 Main street, after a long illness. She is survived by
her husband and two daughters, Miss M. Nellie Donahue and Miss Margaret
Donahue; one son, Edward J. Donahue; and a sister, Miss Margaret Dowan.
The remains will be taken to Penn Yan Friday morning on the 8:35 train
on the Pennsylvania Division. The funeral will take place Saturday
morning at 10 o'clock from St. Michael's church. Burial in St.
Michael's cemetery Penn Yan.
From Ontario County Journal 18 July 1913
Death came as a relief to Humphrey Donahue, a well-known New
York Central trainman, at his home on Wood street late Friday,
following a long illness from tuberculosis. During his several years
service on passenger trains of the Batavia branch, he acquired a wide
and favorable acquaintance all along the road. His wife and eight
children, Alice, Edward, Charles, Leo, Howard, Ray, Osborne and James
Donahue; his parents and a sister residing in Ireland; and one brother,
Florence Donahue of Rochester, survive. Rev. Robert J. Henry, assistant
rector of St. Mary's church, celebrated high mass on Monday morning.
Fathers Dougherty and FitzSimons were in the sanctuary. Interment was
made in Penn Yan cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1878
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Margaret Donaldson departed this
life last Sabbath, aged 59. Funeral services were held at her
late residence near the Depot last Thursday. The services were
conducted by Rev. Mr. Gates of Baptist Hill, assisted by Rev. H. M.
Brown of this place. The remains were taken to Baptist Hill for
From Geneva Gazette 6 March 1885
The funeral services of Mr. John Donnally, who died last
Sunday, were held last Wednesday forenoon and were well attended. Mr.
Donnally was an old resident of Geneva and had carried on the grocery
business for a number of years. He was strictly honest in all his
dealings and respected by all. His age was 72 years.
From Victor Herald 23 January 1892
Mrs. Catherine Donnelly, widow of the late Peter Donnelly, who was
formerly depot master for the N. Y. Central at Canandaigua, died on
Monday at the home of
her son, Rev. J. J. Donnelly in this village. The funeral services were
held at St. Patrick's church, Wednesday morning. The remains were taken
to Canandaigua for burial.
From Medina Tribune 1 December 1904
David Donnelly, of Victor, was drowned in Irondequoit bay, November
20th, Donnelly and his brother-in-law, William Richardson, had started
out for a canoe ride, and when about twelve feet from shore, the frail
boat was capcized. Both men plunged into the icy water. Richardson
clung to the boat and was rescued by his wife.
From Geneva Courier 4 March 1885
Last Sunday, Mr. John Donnelly, who had been ill for some
time past, died at his residence on Main street, aged 72 years. He was
a good citizen, and was one of Geneva's oldest residents and respected
by all. Mr. D. carried on the grocery business for many years, and at
one time did a large business. The funeral of deceased took place this
morning at nine o'clock from his late residence, and was well attended.
From Ontario County Journal 30 January 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Julia Donnelly, wife of David Donnelly,
occurred at her home on Wednesday morning, after a lingering illness.
The deceased was 54 years of age. She is survived by her husband, two
sons, David, Jr., and Charles Donnelly, of this place; and three
daughters, Miss Mamie Donnelly of this place, Mrs. Bessie Richardson of
Rochester, and Mrs. Myra Pfininger, of Toledo, O.
From Ontario County Times 31 March 1886
Peter Donnelly, whose death was briefly chronicled in last week's
issue of this paper, was one of our most highly respected citizens,
having lived in Canandaigua for upwards of 30 years, and served during
the greater part of that time as agent for the New York Central
railroad at this station. We copy this notice from last Thursday's
Messenger: He was born in County Down, Ireland, and came to this
country in 1850. For a short time he was engaged in teaching, then he
engaged in railroading. In 1859, he became freight agent of the New
York Central road in this village, which position he continued to fill
until his death. He was an excellent official, having in a high degree
the confidence of the company, and by his courteous ways and thorough
business methods, he was always in favor with the public. Mr. Donnelly
left a widow, two daughters, and three sons. One of the daughters is at
the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Rochester, and another at the
convent of the same name in Detroit. One of the sons is a Catholic
clergyman at Auburn, another resides at Boston, and the other is in the
South. Another daughter, Mrs. John Flannigan, died in September, 1884,
and still another one died in childhood. Mr. Donnelly was a prominent
member of St. Mary's Church, at which the funeral was held Tuesday
morning. A large number of people were present at the services, which
were extremely impressive. The following clergymen participated:
Celebrant of the Solemn High Mass, Rev. J. J. Donnelly, son of the
deceased; Deacon, Father Mulheron of Auburn; Sub Deacon, Rev. M.
Hendricks of Avon; Master of Ceremonies, Rev. W. Seymour of Auburn.
Very Rev. Father McManus of Geneva preached an appropriate sermon, and
the last blessing was given by Rev. Father English of this village.
Besides the above, a large number of clergymen from this and adjoining
counties were present.
From Geneva Gazette 16 May 1890
Phelps NY - The funeral services of Thomas Donnelly who
was found dead in his room on Friday last from heart failure, were held
from his late residence on Monday, Rev. Mr. Wheeler officiating.
The interment was in Phelps cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 26 March 1886
Mr. William P. Donnelly died at his home on
Gorham street in this village, on Friday last, in the 64th year
of his age. The news of his death was the cause of deep regret
throughout this community, where during a period of many years he had
made his home, and was universally respected. Mr. Donnelly was born
near Saintfield, County Down, Ireland, in 1822. He came to America in
1850 and took up his residence in Canandaigua. Until 1859 he was agent
for the E. C. & N. Y. R. R., when the road passed into the hands of
a receiver. He then became agent for the New York Central railroad,
which position he held until the time of his death. He was a man of
sound judgment and excellent abilities. The funeral services were
attended by large concourse on Tuesday last. The celebrant of the
Solemn High Mass, at the funeral, was the son of the deceased, Rev. J.
J. Donnelly of Auburn.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 July 1905
Patrick Donohue died at his home on the Castleton road in the town
of Geneva at 10:30 o'clock Saturday evening, aged forty-nine years. Mr.
Donohue was born in Ireland. He came here twenty-nine years ago and has
resided in the town of Geneva since. Mr. Donohue has been ill for the
past three years. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Donohue, and
four daughters, Margaret, Nora, Katherine and Anna and one grandson,
Francis, all of the town of Geneva. Mr. Donohue was a member of the C.
M. B. A. and the Holy Name society of St. Francis de Sales church. The
funeral will be held from his late home at nine o'clock Wednesday
morning and from St. Francis de Sales church at ten o'clock. Burial
will be made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 February 1908
Thomas Donohue, one of the older residents of the city, died at
home of Peter Carroll, 37 Middle street, at 11 o'clock last night after
week's illness. Mr. Donohue was born in Ireland in 1847. He came to
in 1866 and has resided here since. The deceased is survived by a large
of relatives in this section, but the only immediate members of the
surviving are two brothers. Burial St. Patrick's Cemetery
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 10 June 1924
Victor, June 9 - Mrs. Ellen Donovan, 80 years old, died today at
the house of her daughter, Mrs. L. E. Turner. She leaves two daughters,
Mrs. Turner and Miss Nora Donovan of Rochester; four sons, Dennis of
Victor, Jerry of Illinois, James and William of Rochester; and
seventeen grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 8:30 o'clock
Thursday morning from the house and at Victor at 10 o'clock. Interment
will be made at East Bloomfield.
From Ontario County Journal 27 October 1899
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, at his
home on Pearl street, occurred the death of James Donovan, aged
years. Mr. Donovan was born in Ireland, and had lived in
this country forty-six years. He is survived by a widow, six daughters,
and three sons. Funeral will be held at St. Felix's church on Saturday
morning at nine o'clock, Rev. Father O'Hanlon officiating.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 7 September 1916
Clifton Springs, N. Y., Sept. 6 - The death of John Donovan, one
of the pioneer residents of this village, occurred yesterday in the
family home in Pearl street. Mr. Donovan, who had been in poor health
for several years, was only confined to his home for a few days before
his death. He was born in Ireland seventy-six years ago, and came to
this country when a young man. He had been a resident of this village
for over fifty years, having been employed at the Sanitarium for that
time, resigning less than a year ago. He leaves one daughter, Miss Mary
Donovan, of this village; and three sons, J. F. Donovan of Buffalo, J.
W. Donovan of Rochester and Edward Donovan of this village. The funeral
will be held from St. Felix Church on Thursday morning, with Rev. F. J.
O'Hanlon officiating, and interment will be made in St. Agnes Cemetery,
just west of this village.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 31 May 1905
On Thursday, May 25, occurred the death of Mrs. John Donovan, Clark
Donovan has been a sufferer from bronchial and
pulmonary troubles for some time past, her death came as a sad shock to
the community in which she was loved and respected. Mrs. Donovan is
survived by her husband and eight children: Sarah of New York city;
Marie E., John, Helen, Isabel, Catherine, Leo and Allen, of this
village. John and Helen are members of the Class of 1905 of the
Canandaigua Academy. The funeral was held from St. Mary's church
Saturday morning. Interment in Calvary cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 March 1911
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Kate Hogan Donovan, wife of
John Donovan, died at her home on Pearl street in this village on
Sunday afternoon after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Donovan was
born on May 1, 1852, in Ireland. About forty years ago she came to this
country and to this village with her sister, who is now Mrs. M.
Cosgrove. Her sister, Mrs. M. Dalton, who died several months ago, was
already a resident of this village. She is survived by her husband; one
daughter, Miss Mary Donovan of Clifton Springs; four sons, Edward and
Lee Donovan of Clifton Springs, William Donovan of Canandaigua, and
John Donovan, Jr., of Buffalo. Two years ago occurred the death of her
daughter, Miss Ella Donovan, for a long time a successful teacher of
the Clifton Springs High School; and a son, Thomas Donovan, died last
December. The funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow
morning at St. Felix church, of which she was a a member. The burial
will be made in St. Agnes Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 October 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William J. Donovan, one of Canandaigua's
most respected citizens, died here yesterday afternoon as a result of a
paralytic stroke suffered in August. Mr. Donovan was the son of W. J.
and was born in Belleville, Ont., in 1852. In 1869 he removed to Mount
Morris, where he began his business career as a clerk in a grocery
store. He has
been in that line of business ever since, being in business for himself
Geneva in 1882, in which year he was united in marriage to Miss Johanna
of Geneva, whom he leaves. For a number of years past Mr. Donovan had
connected with the firm of Brewster, Gordon & Company, of
as a traveling representative. Deceased leaves his mother, Mrs. Eliza
of Mount Morris; two brothers, John T. and Albert D. Donovan of Mount
and Thomas H. Donovan of Albany; one son, William J. Donovan and two
Misses Louise and Marie Donovan of Canandaigua.
From Shortsville Enterprise 20 February 1930
Mrs. Anna Doody, relict of Arthur F. Doody, died suddenly at her
home in High street, Shortsville, at 10:45 o'clock Monday morning,
following an extended illness, at the age of 53 years. Mrs. Doody was
born at Clyde, N. Y., on May 17, 1876, a daughter of the late Philip
and Hanora Lindergan Ryan. She was married on April 26, 1899, to Arthur
F. Doody and at that time went to Jersey City to reside. Mr. and Mrs.
Doody removed to Shortsville during the year of 1915, his demise
occurring here several years ago. Mrs. Doody was president of the
Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and was a
faithful member of St. Dominic's church and the Rosary and Altar
Societies connected therewith. She is survived by one son, Arthur Doody
of Shortsville; three sisters, Mrs. John Madden of Clifton Springs,
Mrs. Roy Werden of Rome, N. Y., and Miss Mary Ryan of Syracuse; a
brother, John Ryan of Syracuse, and two grandchildren, Alice and Mary
Ann Doody of Shortsville. Funeral services will be held from her late
home this Thursday morning at 9 o'clock and at St. Dominic's church,
with solemn requiem mass at 9:30 o'clock, the pastor, the pastor, the
Rev. John E. Napier, officiating. The interment will be made in St.
From Ontario County Times 8 July 1885
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - A second death was that of Mrs.
Abbie Doolan, whose husband was buried just six weeks before on
the same day of the week. By the death of Mrs. Doolan, six children
were left orphans, the oldest about seventeen years old, the youngest
about two. Kindly provision has been made for the most of them, we
believe, so that they will find homes.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 February 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Ann Dooley, a
well-known resident of Phelps for many years, occurred early yesterday
morning at Rochester where for the past year she had made her home with
her daughter, Mrs. William Lawn. Mrs. Dooley had been in failing health
for several months. She was born at Killkenney, Ireland, and when a
young woman came to this country, locating in Phelps. Her husband,
Martin Dooley, died about ten years ago. Besides her daughter, Mrs.
Lawn, the deceased leaves one son, Patrick Dooley, of Phelps, and one
brother, Edward Kennedy, who lives in Ireland. The remains will be
brought to Phelps Wednesday morning for burial.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 September 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of John F. Dooley, who
died Sunday night, was held at St. Francis Catholic church Wednesday
morning. Requiem high mass was celebrated by the pastor, Rev. C. F.
The church was filled with friends of the deceased, many of them coming
from Rochester, Geneva, Newark, Canandaigua and Clifton Springs. Among
the floral offerings with which the casket was decked was a handsome
of chrysanthemums, roses, lilies and other cut flowers from Mr.
business associates and the hotel employees. The members of the C. M.
A. also remembered their deceased brother with a huge floral pillow.
these prominent pieces there were scores of individual floral offerings
of wreaths, crosses and bouquets of cut flowers. The C. M. B. A. of
Mr. Dooley was a member attended the funeral services in a body and the
were John Fitzgerald, William Crough, Robert E. Connelly, M. T.
John Kane and John Loney, all brother members of that society. Members
the Phelps baseball club also joined the cortege to pay respect to
deceased team mate.
From Ontario County Journal 27 September 1907
John F. Dooley, once a professional ball player, died at Phelps on
Sunday evening, aged 48 years. He was a member of the Rochester ball
team during the season of 1887.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Martin Dooley, a respected and honored citizen
of Phelps, died early yesterday morning. He had been ill about two
weeks. Mr. Dooley was a native of Ireland and came to this country when
a young man. Practically all his life has been spent in Phelps since
coming to this country. He was a malster by trade and for several years
was foreman at the Nester malt houses. Since retiring from active
labor, Mr. Dooley had served the village in the capacity of street
commissioner for ten years. Besides his widow, he is survived by two
sons, Patrick and John F. Dooley of Phelps, and one daughter, Mrs.
William Lawn of Rochester.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 25 April 1906
Sunday morning at the Memorial hospital, the death occurred of A.
aged 79 years, who had been brought to this
institution about five months ago suffering from acute blood poisoning.
He was a native of Canadice, where the greater portion of his life was
spent and where he was prominent and highly respected having for
periods of many years held offices of public trust, having been for
twenty years a justice of the peace and overseer of the poor for an
equal term. For the past seven years he has been a resident of Naples.
He is survived by four sons, Elmer W. Doolittle of this place; Thomas
W. Doolittle of Naples; and L. M. Doolittle of Canadice; four
daughters, Miss Zurah Doolittle of Naples; Mrs. John West of
Springwater, Mrs. J. H. Norgate of Canadice and Mrs. A. M. Blake of
Naples. Other surviving relatives are: Mrs. Lorenzo Winch and Mrs.
William Doolittle, both of Canadice; and one brother, Borak Doolittle
of Baldwinsville. The deceased was a man of sterling character and
highly respected among his large circle of friends and acquaintances.
The remains were taken to Canadice for interment.
From Ontario County Journal 30 October 1874
In this town (No. 9,) on the evening of October 23d, 1874, Almond
Doolittle, and early on the morning of October 24th, Milla, his
the 84th year of their age. Mr. Doolittle and his wife
came from Cheshire, Conn., in 1814, and ever since have lived in this
town, consequently they were well-acquainted with the hardships and
privations of the pioneer life. They were both baptized into the
fellowship of the Baptist church by Elder Haskell in 1827, and, as the
writer is informed, have lived as consistent Christians for a period of
nearly 50 years. Five daughters and two sons mourn the loss of
their aged parents, who "were peaceful in their lives, and in their
deaths were not divided."
From Ontario County Times 20 January 1892
Canadice, N. Y. - Alvah Doolittle, a former resident of this
town, died at his home in Wayland on Saturday last. His remains will be
brought to this place for burial on Tuesday. He was the last of the
Doolittles residing in this vicinity, being ninety years of age.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 December 1896
Caroline Doolittle of Canadice, wife of A. W. Doolittle, died at
her home Wednesday afternoon. She leaves a husband and eight children.
She was aged 65 years.
From Ontario County Journal 3 December 1886
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Carrie Doolittle, wife of Lucius M.
Doolittle, died on the 21st inst. She was a great sufferer with the
dreadful disease, consumption. Her funeral was held at
Springwater on the 23d. The bereaved husband has the sympathy of
the community in his great affliction.
From Ontario County Journal 24 January 1908
Cheshire, N. Y. - The death of Delos Doolittle occurred at
his home here on Wednesday from a stroke of paralysis which he suffered
on Tuesday morning. The deceased was 79 years of age and was one of the
best known citizens of this vicinity. He was a veteran of the Civil war
and held the office of vice-commander in the Charles H. Lilly post, G.
A. R., at the time of his death. He was one of five brothers to enlist
in the war and all returned home. Of seven brothers, he was the last.
Since the death of his wife, four years ago, he had been tenderly cared
for by his daughter, Mrs. Edson Phillips. For a number of years he was
justice of the peace and during that time resided at Canandaigua. Other
than that he had been a lifelong resident of this place. Besides his
daughter, he leaves one sister, Mrs. Melvin Curtis, of this place. The
funeral will be held at the home this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Dr.
J. H. France officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 24 November 1876
Cheshire, N. Y. - Died at half-past ten p.m., November 22d, Edward
aged 78 years. Mr. Doolittle was born in New
Haven, Conn., 1799, and came to this county sixty years ago and settled
in Cheshire, where he has lived ever since. He raised a family of
nine children. One daughter died a few years
ago. He sent four of his sons into the Union army, three of whom
were in the same company. Four of his sons live in the West, and
three sons and a daughter reside here. He lost his wife several
years ago. His death was very sudden. He was sick but about
four hours. His son, Stilman, was called upon to help lay out Mr.
Van Wie, and he asked his father to attend his store while he
was gone. When he came back he found him reading a newspaper.
Little did he think then that he should so soon be obliged to
call upon his neighbors to help prepare his father for burial.
Mr. Doolittle then went to take a last look of his old friend and
neighbor, and when he came back was a good deal excited and feeling
very badly. In about fifteen minutes he was taken violently
ill, and in less than four hours his spirit had passed from earth,
to meet loved ones gone before.
From Ontario County Journal 3 February 1911
Canadice, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Electa Doolittle, whose
illness had been mentioned, occurred on Jan. 24. Mrs. Doolittle had
been in poor health for a number of yrs and was a great sufferer during
her last illness. She was the youngest of nine children of Thomas and
Zarnah Doolittle, and two children were born to them, Mrs. Ella Holmes,
of this place, and Mrs. Dora Alford, who died in 1905. Mrs. Doolittle
had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Holmes, who tenderly cared
for her during her illness. Besides her daughter, she is survived by
two grandchildren, Mrs. Bertha Conklin of Springwater, and Merton
Holmes of this place; one sister, Mrs. Jane Winch of this town; and one
brother, Barak Doolittle of Baldwinsville.
From Ontario County Journal 26 November 1886
The death of Emor Doolittle, a well-known
and greatly respected young man of this village, occurred last
Friday evening at half past nine o'clock at the Webster House.
He came to this village a few years ago from Cheshire, and had since
been engaged as a dry goods clerk. Several weeks since while engaged
in the dry goods house of H. Simonds & Co., he was stricken with
typhoid fever. He recovered partially from the attack, but was taken
with a relapse which resulted in death. During his residence here he
had made a host of warm friends, who will deeply sympathize with his
From Ontario County Journal 14 May 1897
Canadice, N. Y. - Last week Wednesday evening occurred the death
of Henry Doolittle, an old resident of the town. He had been
feeble for a long time, and his death was unexpected. He is survived by
a wife, two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Struble of this town, and Mrs.
Matthew Norgate of Richmond; and two sons, Will of Dansville and Ed. of
Springwater. The funeral was held from the M. E. church, Rev. I.
Bristol of Wayland officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 4 September 1891
Canadice, N. Y. - Death has again entered our community and taken
from our midst one of the most respected of women, Mrs. Jane
Doolittle, wife of Henry Doolittle, and sister of our supervisor,
Mr. C. B. Hyde, after
a brief illness, passed quietly from earthly scenes to the blessed rest
of God's faithful. She had been in poor health for some time, but was
to the bed but a few days. Her death was caused by a tumor or cancer in
side. Rev. S. M. Day conducted the funeral services last Friday,
from 1st Samuel, 20th and last clause of the 18th verse. As Mrs.
had lived her entire life of 64 years in this town, and was beloved by
who knew her, the text was very appropriate. Mr. Doolittle is left to
reflect on the true unselfish life of a noble wife. Two sons and two
daughters mourn as only children can for such a mother, three brothers
for the kindly greeting of the only remaining sister, and the whole
community for a most estimable woman.
From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Jennie Doolittle, wife of Elmer E. Doolittle
of this village, formerly of Canandaigua, died Saturday, June 20, aged
32 years. Her death has caused widespread sorrow for she was a lovely
woman, full of good wishes. Her husband and daughter, Bessie, are
crushed with the blow. She was an earnest worker in the Methodist
society and among the young girls of the place. Friends from Canadice,
Canandaigua and other localities attended the funeral on Monday.
From Livonia Gazette 17 June 1927
Canadice, N. Y. - A very sudden death occurred last Sunday morning in the passing away of Mrs. Lucy Doolittle at
the age of 69 years with apoplexy. In 1888 she was united in marriage
to Lucius Doolittle, whose death occurred six years ago. To them four
children were born. A son, who passed away in infancy, and the three
daughters who survive her are Mrs. Walter Kingsley of Victor, Mrs.
Martha Spiller of Flushing, L. I., and Mrs. Leslie Paine, with whom she
made her home, and a number of grandchildren. Mrs. Doolittle was a
woman of sterling character and a member of the Methodist church and
had always resided here. She was a daughter of the late Masey T. and
Elizabeth Winch. The services were held Tuesday at the church at 2
o'clock and interment was made in the family lot at Canadice. The Rev.
From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1885
Died, in Cheshire, June 18, Lyman W. Doolittle, aged 52
years. The subject of this notice was born in Cheshire, July 23, 1833,
and was one of a family of nine children, seven sons, and two
daughters, children of Edward L. Doolittle, whose charmed circle has
but once before been entered by the fell destroyer, Malvina, eldest
daughter, dying at the age of 40. There still remaining one
brother in Iowa, three in Wisconsin, and Delos and Stillman R., in
this town.; May, the remaining sister, being the wife of Melvin Curtis,
of this place. A wife and daughter sit in the gloom-shrouded home, from
which life and light have gone away, too dazed to realize their
bereavement. Tuesday night upon returning from Canandaigua, he
complained of being
ill, but retired to his bed without consulting a physician. His illness
increased in severity, and twice during the night it became necessary
call Dr. Hutchens. Sometime during the morning of Wednesday, he sunk
into a stupor, from which the efforts of Drs. Hutchens and Bently (who
been called in consultation) were unable to rouse him, although they
remained in constant attendance until the hour of his death,
which occurred at 5 a.m., Thursday morning, death resulting from
paralysis of the brain.
From Ontario County Journal 8 September 1911
Cheshire, N. Y. - Funeral services were held for Mrs. Margaret Doolittle on
Sunday at 2 p.m, at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. C. O. Allen,
and were conducted by Rev. Searles of Canandaigua. Mrs. Doolittle was
one of the older children of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Roberts, was born in
this town in 1836 and was married to Lyman Doolittle in 1856, who
passed away 25 years ago. The whole of her married life was passed in
this immediate vicinity, where she was highly respected. She had been
with her daughter for nearly two years, where she had been most
tenderly cared for. Besides the daughter, two grandchildren are left,
Leah and Milford Allen.
From Ontario County Journal 25 December 1903
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Doolittle, wife of Delos Doolittle,
died on Tuesday night at the family home, aged 68 years. Besides her
husband, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Edson Phillips, who has been
with her during her long illness. Mrs. Doolittle had resided in the
immediate vicinity nearly her whole life, and was a woman of sterling
worth. She will be greatly missed by a wide circle of relatives and
friends. The funeral services were held from the home yesterday
afternoon. The burial was in Pine Bank cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 December 1902
Yesterday afternoon in Cheshire occurred the death of Stillman
R. Doolittle, a prominent resident of the southern part of this
town. He had been ill for some time with Bright's disease. He is
survived by one son, Howard Doolittle; one daughter, Dora Doolittle,
and one brother, Delos Doolittle. He was about 70 years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 5 September 1879
Canadice, N. Y. - Thomas Doolittle, who for many years has been a
respected resident of this town, closed his eyes to earthly scenes at
his home, on Monday night, Aug. 18th, at the advanced age of 87 years.
Mr. D. was born in Connecticut in the
year 1792. From Connecticut he moved to Vermont, and afterwards he made
his home in New York. He lived for many years on the farm where he
died. The funeral services were largely attended on Thursday, when Rev.
S. M. Day preached from words found in Job V., 26, "Thou shalt come to
thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of
corn cometh in his season."
From Ontario County Journal 10 December 1875
Dr. Willard Doolittle, an old and highly respected physician of
the town of Richmond, was almost instantly killed last Monday. He was
returning home from visiting a patient, when coming to a hill his horse
started to run. The Doctor was thrown out of his sulky, his head
striking a large stone, and he died in a short time after the accident.
From Ontario County Journal 31 October 1890
Canadice, N. Y. - Wm. S. Doolittle, an old and highly esteemed
citizen of this town, died on the 21st inst. He had been in poor health
for some time and was thought to be improving, but was taken down again
a day or two before his death and was thought to be doing well when
came with hardly a moment's warning. Mr. Doolittle was nearly
years of age and was a man of great energy and strength of character.
death removes the foremost spirit in all matters of church improvement
the town loses one of its most highly respected citizens. His bereaved
and son are not alone in mourning. The sympathy of the entire community
with them in their hour of affliction. The funeral service was held at
church last Thursday, Rev. S. M. Day, of Honeoye, speaking from Job, V,
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