"Fr" to "Fre" Obituaries
From Geneva Gazette 10 October 1890
Obituary - Mrs. Ellen Frame, wife of Mr. James McP. Frame, died at
her residence on South Exchange street Monday last. The deceased had
been sick for three months of bilious fever. Mrs. Frame was 37
years of age, and was born in Bradford, England. With her husband
she has resided in Geneva since the opening of the Phillips and Clark
stove works, of which Mr. Frame is a respected employee. Two
young children are left to mourn the loss of
a fond and loving mother. The remains were taken to Auburn on the
2 p.m. train Wednesday, where they were interred. Mr. Frame's
shop mates 100 strong attended the funeral in a body.
From Dansville Breeze 11 October 1945
Shortsville, N. Y. - Aaron Michael France, 65, one-time
baggageman on the Lehigh Valley Railroad's crack Black Diamond, died
Tuesday, October 9, at his home in Clifton Springs. Mr. France, who
spent 40 years as a trainman on the railroad, retired from his duties
in August, 1944. He had been ill for some time. He held membership in
the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, the BARE, and St. Felix Catholic
Church, Clifton Springs. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Margaret France,
Clifton Springs; one daughter, Mrs. Leroy McCorvey, Macon, Ga.; one
son, Lt. John J. France, Guam; one grandson, David France, Clifton
Springs; one sister, Mrs. John Corell, Canaseraga; one brother,
Sylvester France, Birdsall. Funeral services will be held at the family
home, 20 Stevens St., Saturday at 9 a.m., and at the St. Felix Church
at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Father O'Connell will officiate with burial to be
made in St. Agnes Cemetery, Clifton Springs.
From Wayland Register 23 March 1939
News of the death of Mrs. Albert Francis from
a heart attack at her home in Honeoye early Tuesday morning of last
week brought sorrow to her many friends here where her girlhood was
spent. Mrs. Francis was the oldest daughter of Richmond and Elizabeth
Dalrymple Crooks of this town. She married Albert Francis of Canadice
and made her home here several years after her marriage. She is survived
by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Ralph Bacon and Miss Marian Francis
of Honeoye; also five sisters, Mrs. Maude Hovey and Mrs. Elizabeth
Heaggeny of Rochester, Mrs. John Swick of Springwater, Mrs. Harrison
Becker of Hemlock and Mrs. George Dean of Spencerport; and one brother,
Hadley Crooks of Canadice. The funeral was held Friday at 11 a.m. from
the home, Rev. Mrs. Madsen of Avon officiating, with interment in Lakeview cemetery, Honeoye.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 16 October 1907
Bristol, N. Y. - On Monday morning of last week, the people
of this community were shocked to learn that Charles W. Francis has
in the cellar at his home, where he has lived alone for
some years. He was last seen by his neighbors on Thursday afternoon.
Monday morning W. H. Doyle went to his house and conditions led him to
make a search when he found Mr. Francis dead at the foot of the cellar
stairs, where he had fallen with a lamp while preparing his supper on
Thursday evening. It is the general opinion that death was due to a
shock or heart failure and he had fallen carrying the lamp with him,
which had burned some of the clothing from the body. Mr. Francis was
about 67 years of age and leaves a daughter, Mrs. John Bacon of
Honeoye; and three sons, Stephen of Fredonia, N. Y., Arthur and Frank
of Titusville, Pa.; one brother, John H. Francis of Washington, D. C.;
and one sister, Mrs. Maria McMillan of this place. The remains were
interred in Evergreen cemetery on Tuesday morning, Rev. L. D. Boynton
From Ontario County Journal 24 December 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - Another sudden death occurred on Dec. 14, when Edward
was stricken with apoplexy and died before medical aid
could reach him. Since the death of his wife, some 20 years ago, Mr.
Francis has had no permanent home and about three weeks ago he went to
the home of Mrs. William Ross, near the village, to spend the winter.
Mr. Francis was born in Bristol Center about 65 years ago and had
resided in Bristol the greater part of his life. He is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Edith Fletcher of Cheshire, and Mrs. Florence Simmons
of Canandaigua; two brothers, Marcus Francis of Bristol and Fred
Francis of this village; one sister, Mrs. Eliza Johnson of Bristol;
four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
From Phelps Citizen 14 October 1915
The community was again saddened on Sunday when it was learned that Mrs. Elizabeth Francis, widow
of the late Jeremiah Francis, had passed away at 4:30 o'clock, at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. H. R. Baggerly, after more that two months
of patient suffering. Elizabeth Wolvin was born in the town of Phelps,
November 17, 1852, and all her life has been spent in this vicinity
where she made many friends by her cheerful and uncomplaining spirit.
She was married to Jeremiah Francis in February 1870, the latter's
death having occurred about 10 years ago. Mrs. Francis was a member of
the Baptist church and Ladies Aid Society and took an active part in
all that was undertaken in the interests of each organization. She was
also a member of Rebekah Lodge of Clifton Springs. The funeral services
were held on Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock and were conducted by
her pastor, Rev. J. S. Nasmith. Burial was made in Brookside cemetery
in Shortsville. The daughters, Mrs. Herschel R. Baggerly, with whom she
made her home, and Mrs. Charles Sheldon; and a grandson, LaVerne
Sheldon, all of this place; also by two half-sisters, Mrs. Julian Fish
and Miss Harriet Pratt of Manchester.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 13 June 1906
Manchester, N. Y. - George Francis, a well-known
farmer of Hopewell, died Tuesday, June 5, of heart trouble, aged 57
years. His was the fourth death to occur in the family within a year.
His brother, James, dying at Dansville in June, 1905; a sister, Mrs.
Lyang of Orleans and his brother, Jeremiah Francis of Hopewell, both
dying in September, 1905. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Eliza
Keitch, of Shelby, Michigan, and Mrs. Sarah Brown of Wisconsin; also by
two brothers, Clark of Geneva and John of Michigan. The funeral was
held at the home of his niece, Mrs. Herschel Baggerley of Hopewell.
Rev. Dr. Adams of Clifton Springs officiated. Interment was in
From Ontario County Chronicle 27 April 1904
Bristol, N. Y. - Saturday afternoon occurred the death of Henry
a well-known and respected citizen of Bristol. He was of
a bright and cheerful disposition and no one realized his suffering
until he was suddenly stricken down and passed away in a few days. He
leaves to mourn his loss a wife, two daughters, Clara and Mrs. Clifford
Reed, two sons, Max and Gregg; a sister and two brothers, besides a
host of friends who extend their sympathy to the bereaved family. His
funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. Robson of Holcomb officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 4 March 1904
Bristol, N. Y. - The death of Isaiah Francis occurred
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Francis, on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Mr. Francis had reached the advanced age of 91 yrs, 4 months. He was
greatly respected throughout the community. He was greatly respected
throughout the community. He had been an ardent supporter of temperance
work all his life. The funeral was held on Saturday.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 September 1905
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Jeremiah Francis, 60 years old, died at
his home in the town of Hopewell at 11 o'clock last evening after a
lingering illness. He was born in Jerusalem, Yates county, and when
fourteen years of age moved to Orleans, this county,
with his parents. He had been a resident of this vicinity since that
time. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served one year in
Co. E., Third N. Y. Light artillery. He was a member of Gordon Granger
Post, G. A. R., of this village. Besides his widow he is survived by
two daughters, Mrs. Charles Sheldon of this town and Mrs. Hershel
Baggerly of Michigan; three brothers, George of Orleans, John of
Charles of Geneva; and two sisters, Mrs. Hiram Keech of Michigan and
Mrs. William Brown of Red Light, Mont.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 4 October 1905
Shortsville, N. Y. - Jeremiah Francis, who died at home in
Hopewell on Friday evening, was buried in Brookside cemetery,
Shortsville, on Monday afternoon. Mr. Francis was born in Jerusalem,
Yates county, in 1845. At the age of fourteen his family moved to
Orleans, he enlisted in the Third New York Light Artillery, Company E,
and served until the close of the Civil War. He was a member of Gordon
Granger Post, No. 7, G. A. R., of Clifton Springs. His wife survives
him and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Sheldon of Seneca Castle, and Mrs.
Herschel Baggerly of Hopewell; three brothers, George Francis of
Orleans, John Francis of Shepherd, Mich., and Clark Francis of Geneva;
and two sisters, Mrs. Hiram Keech of Hesperia, Mich., and Mrs. William
Brown of Red Lodge, Mont. The funeral was held from his late home on
From Ontario County Journal 11 August 1911
Bristol, N. Y. - John Francis, a native of this town and who
lived the greater part of his life here, died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. George Pierce, at Canandaigua, last Thursday. He was the
eldest son of Stephen and Betsey Waldron Francis. One sister, Mrs.
Maria McMillan; one daughter, Mrs. George Pierce; seven grandchildren
and one great-grandchild survive. He was a veteran of the Civil war and
a member of the 85th regiment, N. Y. Volunteers. For 15 years previous
to his last illness, he was a watchman at the capitol in Washington.
The past 18 months he has been ill. Interment was in Evergreen
cemetery, Rev. E. P. Wood officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1902
Joseph B. Francis, for many years a prominent business man
of this village, died in Waterloo Monday night, aged 80 years. He was a
prominent member of Canandaigua Lodge, F. and A. M. He will be buried
in this village on Thursday with Masonic honors.
From Ontario County Journal 20 July 1894
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Malvina Francis, widow of the late Seth
Francis, died at one of her daughter's, Mrs. Edgar Thorpe, July 13,
aged 69 years. The funeral was held from the house Sunday afternoon,
Rev. H. J. Orelup, officiating clergyman.
From Naples Record 15 August 1923
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Gilbert, in Bristol, occurred the death yesterday, August 14, of Mrs. Mary Francis, aged
66 years. She is survived by one brother, one son and two daughters.
Burial will be made on Friday afternoon in the Bristol cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 13 January 1886
Bristol, N. Y. - Died at her home in Bristol Center, Jan. 7th, Mrs.
Barrett, wife of Isaiah Francis, aged 63 years,
6 months, and 1 day. Funeral from the Congregational church Sunday at
11 o'clock, Rev. R. A. Wheelock officiating. A large number of
relatives and friends followed her remains to their last resting place
in Evergreen cemetery, Baptist Hill.
From Clifton Springs Press 5 October 1905
At eleven o'clock Friday evening occurred the death of Jeremiah Francis, brother
of Mrs. Fred Lang, at his house west of this village, at the age of
sixty-four years. The funeral was held from his late home on Monday,
the Rev. V. A. Sage, of Clifton Springs, officiating. The burial was
made in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville, the G. A. R. having charge of
the service. Mr. Francis leaves a widow and two daughters, Mrs. H. R.
Baggerly and Mrs. Chas. E. Sheldon.
From Naples Record 8 April 1925
At the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. W. Parsons, in Bristol, occurred the death last Friday, April 3, 1925, of Mark A. Francis, aged
81 years. He had always lived in Bristol, and was well known in Naples.
Mr. Francis is survived by one son, William Francis of Flint, Mich.;
three daughters, Mrs. W. W. Parsons, of Bristol, Mrs. Mark
Patchen, of Erie, Pa., and Mrs. John Lovejoy, of Detroit, Mich; one
brother, Fred Francis of Honeoye; and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Johnson of
Bristol Center. Funeral services were held from the Universalist church
in Bristol, on Monday, Rev. G. M. Henshaw, of Honeoye, officiating, and
burial was made in Evergreen cemetery, Bristol.
From Ontario County Times 15 January 1890
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Seth Francis, a respected citizen of this
place, aged 71 years, died very suddenly of apoplexy, at his late
residence, Wednesday, January 8th. Funeral services were held from the
Universalist church of Bristol, Saturday, the 11th.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 March 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Ann Francisco were
brought here for burial today. Mrs. Francisco was a former resident of
this village having lived in the house now owned by James Champlain.
She was a sister to the late Eben Washburn and the widow of Samuel
Francisco who died a number of years ago. He was a civil war veteran
belonging to the 8th Cavalry under the command of Frank Chamberlin of
Canandaigua. Five years ago she gave up her home here and went to live
with a niece, Mrs. Nelson Anget of Chapin. After a few months she made
her home with a Mrs. Foster of Hopewell, where she died of cancer of
the stomach, aged about seventy years. She is survived by one son,
Clark Francisco of Sayre, Pa., who was at one time editor of a paper in
this village. The funeral service was held at one o'clock this
afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. Hersey King officiating.
Burial made in village cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 3 January 1919
Mrs. Charlotte R. Francisco, wife of Joseph M. Francisco, died at
the family home, Bristol street, Wednesday morning, aged 67 years. She
is survived by her husband, two daughters, Miss Etha J. Francisco and
Mrs. H. E. McMaster; and a brother, Artemus Lincoln, all of this city.
Funeral services will be held at the residence today at 2 o'clock, Rev.
C. C. Baker, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment
will be in West avenue cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1906
At the Memorial Hospital on Wednesday morning, occurred the death of Franklin M. Francisco, aged
nearly 58 years, following a six weeks illness from pneumonia. He was
known throughout this part of the state as an expert horseman and had
handled some of the best trotters. For several years past he had
conducted the Webster house feed barn. Everyone who knew him was his
friend. Deceased is survived by his wife and daughters, Miss Mary
Francisco of Rochester, and Miss Sarah Francisco of Buffalo; one
sister, Mrs. Charles Babbitt of Reed Corners; and three brothers, David
of Rochester, Orin H., in the west, and Joseph M. Francisco, of this
place. Funeral services will be held at the latter's home at 2 o'clock
this afternoon and Rev. J. Scott Ebersole of the Baptist church will
officiate. Members of the National Protective legion, of which the
deceased was a member, will attend the funeral.
From Ontario County Journal 28 March 1884
Canadice, N. Y. - Mr. Jacob Francisco,
an old resident of this town, was buried on the 20th inst.
Deceased had been living with his son, John Francisco, at Portage,
N. Y., and died there after a lingering illness. He leaves a large
family of sons and daughters.
From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1909
Canadice, N. Y. - After nearly a year of intense suffering, Job
whose illness has been mentioned, died on Friday last.
Mr. Francisco was a son of Jacob Francisco, one of the pioneers of the
town, and was born Nov. 21, 1831, and always lived in this town. When a
young man he married Maria Backenstose, and to them were born four
children: Mrs. Estella Katner, Mrs. Nellie Thomas, Miss Ida Francisco
and Henry Francisco, the three younger children having preceded the
father, leaving but the one daughter and the aged and infirm companion
who so long had shared life's joys and sorrows. Mr. Francisco is also
survived by one sister, Mrs. Delia Brogan of Hemlock, and one brother,
Solomon Francisco of Richmond. Mr. Francisco was a man known for his
integrity of character, a strong temperance man, a kindly neighbor and
a faithful friend. The funeral was held from the house on Monday at 12
o'clock, Rev. Joseph Clark officiating. Interment at Canadice cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 March 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Lester Francisco committed suicide by
drowning in about three feet of water at her home three miles northwest
of this village Saturday. The act was not discovered until her husband
came to the house at noon. Not seeing her about and no preparations for
dinner having been made, he began searching for her. Not finding her in
her bedroom, he went to the pantry, where he noticed that her breakfast
dishes were unwashed and that the trap door to the cistern was up.
Looking in he discovered her body. No reason for the act is known. She
had been a great sufferer from inflammatory rheumatism during the past
winter. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, 7 years of age, and
From Ontario County Journal 17 September 1915
Canadice, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Marie Trowbridge Francisco occurred
at the home of her grandson, Frank Katner, on Friday evening, after a
long and painful illness. Mrs. Francisco was born in West Bloomfield on
Jan. 1, 1831, and except for a few years, passed in Ohio when a child,
had resided in the towns of Richmond and Canadice her entire life. She
was married to Job Francisco when a young woman, and her life had been
a busy and useful one. Four children were born to them: Mrs. Estella
Katner, of this town, and Henry, Mrs. Nellie Thomas and Miss Ida
Francisco, the three latter with the father having preceded the mother
to the home above. She was a kind neighbor and will be missed by a
large circle of friends. The funeral was held from the church on Monday
afternoon, Rev. G. C. Bucher officiating. The Ladies Aid of which she
was a member, attended in a body. Burial was made in Canadice cemetery
among many beautiful flowers.
South Bristol, N. Y. - From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1901
On Sunday evening, Mrs. Rhoda Francisco, widow of Henry
Francisco, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph M. Francisco,
Bristol street, aged 76 years, 8 months. Death was due to heart disease
with other complications. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Norman
B. Shaw of Reeds Corners, and Mrs. Joseph M. Francisco of this village;
and one son, Artemas D. Lincoln of this town. Mrs. Francisco was twice
married, her first husband being Marvin Lincoln. The funeral was held
from the Francisco home on Wednesday morning at ten o'clock, Rev. J. Q.
Adams officiating. Previous to her death, there were residing at the
Francisco home four generations, herself, her daughter, Mrs. J. M.
Francisco; her granddaughter, Mrs. Bert Quick and her great-grandson,
From Ontario County Journal 9 April 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - On Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter in
this village, occurred the death of Solomon Francisco, after an
illness of only a few days. He was born in the town of Canadice about
81 years ago, and 50 years ago was married to Miss Elmira Knowles, also
of Canadice, and in this town his life was spent, until about 12 years
ago, when the wife died. Since that time he has made his home with his
children. In early manhood he learned the trade of a blacksmith and for
years conducted a shop until the infirmities of old age compelled him
to relinquish the work. He is survived by four children, William
Francisco of Atlanta; Elmer Francisco of Canadice; Mrs. John Hann of
the town of Richmond; and Mrs. Albert VanBuren of this village; one
sister, Mrs. Delia Brogan of Hemlock; several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from the home of Albert
VanBuren, on Thursday morning, Rev. Joseph E. Clark, of Hemlock,
officiating, with interment in the Canadice cemetery beside his wife.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 April 1912
Rushville, N. Y. - The death of Truman Francisco occurred
home near Gorham Sunday, March 31st, at the age of 65
years. He was one of a family of nine children born to John and Nancy
Kinsman Francisco, two brothers having been killed in the Civil war.
His birth place was the Francisco farm now owned by Thomas Champlain.
When 25 years of age, he married Miss Lucy Fires of the town of Italy,
who died 5 years later. Three children were born to them, none of whom
are now living. About 30 years ago, he married for his second wife,
Miss Nancy Anable, also of Italy, who survives him. He also leaves four
daughters, Mrs. Samuel Hunter of Syracuse; Mrs. Grace Brown of Gorham,
and Pearl and Ruth Francisco, who reside at home; two sisters, Mrs.
Jerusha Sanford of Rushville, and Mrs. Edward Muckle of Avoca. The
funeral services will be held from the residence Thursday. Burial in
From Victor Herald 28 November 1902
Charles Frank died of asthma at his home 1 1/2 miles southeast of
Fishers, Saturday, Nov. 22nd, aged 46 years. The funeral was held at
the German Lutheran church in this village Monday afternoon. Interment
at Boughton Hill. Deceased leaves a wife and several children to mourn
From Geneva Daily Times 26 October 1908
The remains of Frantz Frank, who died Saturday afternoon
at a hospital in New York City, where he was taken suffering from
typhoid fever, arrived here this morning at 5 o'clock on the Lehigh
Valley R. R. The deceased was 39 years old. He was a canal boat captain
on the Erie running from Buffalo to New York. The survivors are one
daughter, Miss Lida, who lives in Auburn; five sisters, Mrs. L.
Frazella of Cleveland, O.; Mrs. W. McLoughlin and Miss Lena Frank of
Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. John Green and Louise Frank of this city; and
seven brothers, Joseph Frank of Rochester; Michael Frank of Detroit,
Mich.; John, William, Bartholomew, Peter and Edward of this city. The
funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 9:30 o'clock from the home
of his brother, Edward, of No. 15 Hallenbeck avenue, and at 10 o'clock
from St. Francis DeSales church. Interment in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 February 1904
Mrs. Sarah Frank, wife of
John Frank, died at 4:45 Sunday morning at her home, 253
Lake street, aged forty-four. Besides her husband, she is survived by
two sons, John and Charles Frank, and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Duck and
Mrs. Bernard Rogers, of this city. The funeral will take place at 2
o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the house, Rev. Dr. Remick
officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood.
From Geneva Daily Times May 1917
William Frank of this city died Saturday at 1 o'clock at the
Willard State Hospital after an illness of 4 years which culminated in
pneumonia. Mr. Frank has been a lifelong citizen of Geneva. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Catherine Frank; two sons, William Frank,
Jr., of Geneva, Vance Frank of Syracuse; four daughters, Mrs. Edith
Lindenburg, Mrs. Ida Beyers of Geneva, Mrs. Hazel Fazarr of
Canandaigua, and Miss Thelma Frank of Syracuse; also five brothers,
John, Bartholomew and Edward Frank of Geneva, Michael and Peter Frank
of Detroit, Michigan; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Frizell of Cleveland,
Mrs. Clara McLaughlin of California, Mrs. Louise Quinn of Geneva and
Miss Lena Frank of Detroit. Mr. Frank was a member of the Macabees Tent
No. 222. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3
o'clock at the house, Rev. Dr. Hubbard of Waterloo officiating.
Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 8 May 1907
Honeoye, N. Y. - About 6 o'clock Monday morning, the death
occurred of Alfred Franklin, a prominent farmer of this place,
aged 55 years. Death was caused by Bright's disease from which Mr.
Franklin had for a long time been a sufferer and which on the morning
of his death affected his heart, causing death to come very suddenly.
Mr. Franklin has always been a resident of this place where he was a
very highly respected citizen having served as town collector and
always taking an active interest in politics as a staunch member of the
Republican party. He was secretary of Eagle Lodge 619, F. & A. M.
and a member of Eagle Star Chapter, O. E. S. of Honeoye. He is survived
by one son, William, and one daughter, Julia. His funeral will be held
from his late residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. William
Boynton of Bristol officiating and interment will be in Lakeview
From Naples Record 27 April 1878
Died at his residence in Honeoye, on Monday, April 22d, of typhoid pneumonia, Alfred Franklin, aged
54 years. After a brief illness of only one week, to one of our number
hath it been said by the Master, "I have need of thee; come up higher."
In the loss of the deceased, the public have been deprived of a man
firm in his convictions, strict in his integrity, and honest in his
every dealing; the wife has been bereft of a kind and devoted husband,
his children of a fond and indulgent father. Words are inadequate to
express the sympathy extended by all to the stricken family. Truly, "in
the midst of life, we are in death."
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 9 June 1938
Stanley, N. Y. - Mrs. Hattie Franklin, 71, of Stanley, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alfred Nelson
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 28 May 1873
The body of Mr. John H. Franklin, who has been missing several
weeks, was found on Saturday last, the 24th, in the outlet at
Chapinsville, by some boys who were fishing. They
gave the alarm, and the body was recovered; word was at once sent
to officer George P. Frost, who with his usual promptness at once
notified the Coroner, who had a jury summoned and in the evening
to hold an inquest over the remains at the Undertaker shop of Mr. O.
N. Crane, when a verdict in accordance with the above facts was found.
There can be no doubt of the deliberate suicide of Mr. Franklin. A
plow point was found tied around his neck, and his pockets were filled
with stones. In all probability he sought his watery grave near where
his body was found. The remains were taken to Lyon, Broome county,
From Canandaigua Chronicle 12 December 1906
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Julia Ann Franklin entered the higher
life Monday evening, December 3, aged 83 years. She has lived with her
son, Alfred, in this village. Mrs. Franklin was born in the town of
Bristol but most of her life was spent in Richmond.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 March 1933
Canandaigua, N. Y., Mar. 10 - Charles Frarey, 87, died today at the
home of his son, Oscar C. Frarey, in North Main st. Besides his son, he
leaves two daughters, Mrs. Charles Brigg of Center Lake, Mich., and
Mrs. Stanley E. Snyder of Springwater.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 July 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Fred Frary, widow of the late Fred Frary,
died suddenly at her home on Banta street, Monday. She had been ill but
a few days with heart trouble. Mrs. Frary was 32 years of age and
leaves an infant daughter, one brother and one sister, who reside at
From Geneva Gazette 25 June 1914
Charles Frautz died at home on east North street last Friday
morning, aged 61 years, survived by his wife and six grown children. He
had been ill for several years. He was a mason by trade, and for many
years foreman of W. G. Doves contract work, He built the arched bridge
over the Castle creek on Castle street, a lasting job, whose material
is Medina stone.
From Ontario Republican Times 23 October 1861
It becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of
our Canandaigua volunteers. Benjamin P. Frazer, Jr., a member
of Capt. Fitzgerald's company, died at Darnestown, Maryland, on Sunday
last. His disease was typhoid fever. He was a young man of good
and amiable disposition, and had proved himself a good soldier. To his
parent and other relatives residing in this place, his death is a
affliction. His remains were brought home for interment, arriving this
morning by the train which passes our station at half past nine. The
will take place at his father's residence tomorrow at 10 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 6
Phelps, N. Y. - Mr. John Frazer,
who has been ill with typhoid pneumonia for the past
week, died Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 2
o'clock Saturday afternoon at the house.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 November 1904
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. John Frazer died at her home here Tuesday
evening of last week, after months of suffering from a cancerous
trouble. She was 73 years of age. The husband and an adopted son,
Charles F. Frazer, survive, and reside here, and two brothers, Wesley
Kenfield of Rochester, and Tuthill Kenfield of Naples. The funeral was
held Friday afternoon. Interment was at Boughton Hill cemetery. Mrs.
Frazer was a woman of kindly nature and was beloved by all. She was a
faithful member of the Methodist church.
From Ontario County Times 21 January 1885
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - An old man, Mr. Frederick, father
Mrs. Ringer, a
little north of Castle Road, three miles east of here, fell down stairs
on Friday last and broke his neck. He worked for a neighbor of Mr.
Ringer last summer and was remaining there through the winter to assist
his employer. On Friday last he was left alone at home and when the
children came from school, they found him dead, lying at the bottom of
From Ontario County Times 10 September 1884
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral services of the late Mrs.
Geo. Frederick were held at her home on Saturday, August 30th, the
Rev. Mr. Backus officiating. Mrs. Frederick was a member of the
Presbyterian church of this place, and in her daily life illustrated
the teachings of the Blessed Master. For many months she patiently
endured great suffering, and without a murmur, and she encouraged all
by her cheerfulness. A faithful wife, a kind and affectionate mother,
she will be sadly missed by mourning relatives and friends.
From Ontario County Times 9 December 1863
At the residence of her son-in-law, Halsted Knapp, in Hopewell, Mehitable
departed this life Nov. 30, aged 95, 1 month and 22
days. Another of our old settlers has gone home to a house not
made by hands, eternal in the Heavens. She had been privileged beyond
many, she had lived years beyond the "three score and ten" and had seen
the fifth generation. Her life has been an eventful one. The earlier
of it was spent among the stirring scenes of the Revolution. George
at one time made her fathers' house his headquarters and the writer of
this has often listened with delighted attention while she recounted
stories illustrating the generosity and good qualities of the "father
of his country," and the passages of Scripture learned from his lips
while sitting on his knee were favorites with her. Nearly fifty-eight
years ago, with her husband she left Rockland County, and came to what
is now called Hopewell Center, town of Hopewell, where she resided
until the time of her death. She was very benevolent, no one could say
to her "I was hungry and ye took me not in, I was naked and ye clothed
me not," for she stretched out her hand
to the needy. As long as she retained her senses, her Bible was her
constant companion and quotations from it were constantly on her
tongue. She was
blessed in worldly affair and her declining years were passed in a
home where loving children ministered to every want. But she has passed
the bourne from which no traveller returns and the place that has known
her so long will know her no more, she has gone to enjoy the reward of
faithful and to wear the crown prepared for those who do their Masters'
From Ontario County Times 29 December 1886
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. N. J. Frederick, of this village, died
on Wednesday afternoon and the funeral was held at the family residence
on Friday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Frederick had been ill about five weeks with
typhoid fever, and during the last of her illness had the quinsy and
asthma, from which she had not strength to rally. Her son, Willie, who
has been ill with the fever about ten weeks, is now able to sit up part
of the time but feels deeply the death of his mother.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 23 April 1932
Nicholas J. Frederick, father of William C. Frederick, died at the
home of Charles Schrader in Farmington yesterday. He was in his 100th
year, having celebrated his 99th birthday last December 27. He often
had visited his son in Rochester. Born in Farmington in 1832, Mr.
Frederick was a farmer most of his life in the vicinity of Victor until
his retirement. Since then he had made his home with Mr. and Mrs.
Schrader in Farmington. Besides his son, he leaves a granddaughter,
Mrs. C. R. Morris, and two great-grandchildren, all of Rochester.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Schrader home in Farmington
at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon with the Rev. C. T. Boyington
officiating. Burial will be in Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 February 1888
Mrs. Peter Fredericks, living northeast of Victor, died Friday. She
had reached the age of over ninety years. The funeral was held on
Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. W. Backus officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 8 October 1915
The death of Charles H. Freed occurred at his home on Chapin
street on Monday afternoon after a long illness. Deceased was born in
Sweden 44 years ago and came to Canandaigua about 23 years ago to act
as steward of the Red Jacket Club. There survive his wife and two
daughters, Misses Lillian and Fern Freed, of Canandaigua; one son,
Edward Freed, of the United States Navy; his father, James Freed of
Jamestown; two brothers, Arthur and Peter Freed; and a sister, Mrs.
Mary Anderson of Los Angeles. Rev. Herbert I. Gaylord officiated at the
funeral services on Wednesday afternoon. The services at the grave were
conducted by Canandaigua Lodge, F. and A. M., of which Mr. Freed was a
member. Interment was at Woodlawn The Maccabees attended the funeral in
From Ontario County Journal 22 September 1893
Academy, N. Y. - Garret Freeland, an old man, and former resident
of this place, died at the residence of his niece, Mrs. Abraham Shay,
Saturday morning, the 16th inst.
From Ontario County Journal 2 July 1880
Academy, N. Y. - John D. Freeland, better known as Uncle John,
died at an early hour
Saturday morning, at the residence of Charles Monks. He has
been a sufferer from consumption for many years, until death finally
relieved him from further suffering, calmly yielding his spirit
to Him who gave it. The funeral services were held at the Union Church
From Ontario County Journal 4 September 1914
The death of Mrs. Sophia A. Freeland, aged 69 years, occurred at
Memorial Hospital yesterday morning. She leaves two daughters, Mrs.
Teresa Green and Mrs. Cordelia Day, of Canandaigua. The funeral
services will be held at the home of Mrs. Green tomorrow afternoon at
2:30 o'clock. Rev. H. L. Gaylord will officiate. Interment will be in
From Ontario County Chronicle 1 October 1902
This community was shocked on Monday afternoon to hear that the Rev.
of Howell street had died suddenly that
morning at the home of his sister in Camillus, this state. He left his
home here on Saturday to visit his old home in Camillus, where he was a
guest of his sister. On that day he attended a convention of Baptists
in that town and on Sunday he preached in the Baptist church there. He
had been in poor health for some time but was feeling as well as he had
for several weeks when he retired on Sunday evening. Monday morning his
sister called him and not hearing any response, she went to his room,
when she was greatly shocked by finding that he was dead. Death was
evidently due to a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Freeman and his family came
to Canandaigua about fifteen years ago. The deceased was not only
highly esteemed in the Baptist church, but was a man who had the
confidence of the entire community. His life had been spent in church
work, and he was an ardent supporter of the Rochester Theological
Seminary. He is survived by a widow, two sons, William N. of Rochester,
and Albert G. Freeman of Philadelphia, and four daughters, Misses Mary
L., Jessie and Nellie Freeman of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Frank L. Miller
of North Hector.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 February 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Laura Wade Freeman, aged
about 80 years, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.
R. Conklin, on West avenue, after a brief illness from pneumonia. She
was the widow of Frank Freeman, who died about eight years ago. She
was born in Walworth and lived there and at Marion until about ten
ago, when she came to Canandaigua to reside with her daughter. The
will be taken to Marion for interment. The survivors are a daughter,
Mrs. R. R. Conklin of Canandaigua, and two sons, Albert Freeman of
and Richard Freeman, of Rochester.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 16 May 1906
Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Blanchard Freer, widow of Charles Henry Freer,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. H. Partridge, Foster street,
late last Tuesday evening, after an illness of about two weeks. Mrs.
Freer was born in Geneva, August 29, 1838, and upon her marriage with
Mr. Freer, she came to Canandaigua about forty-seven years ago. Her
husband died in 1892. She is survived by one brother, William N.
Blanchard of this village; two sisters, Mrs. Susan N. Freer of
Fairport, and Mrs. Charles R. Paul of this village; three sons, Charles
E. Freer, Frank A. Freer and William H. Freer; and two daughters, Miss
Josephine E. Freer and Mrs. Fred H. Partridge, all of this village. The
funeral services were held from the home of Mrs. Partridge Friday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Lewis T. Reed officiated.
From Ontario County Journal 11 October 1895
Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Price Freer died on the evening of
October 8, after an illness of six years' duration. Her case was one
that baffled the skill of doctors, and they differed in their opinions,
but an autopsy disclosed the fact that a diagnosis made by Dr. C. T.
Mitchel, of Canandaigua, was correct. Rev. Dr. Campbell, of the M. E.
church, Canandaigua, officiated at the funeral, held at her late
residence on Thursday, the 10th inst.
From Geneva Gazette 10 January 1890
While Willie Blanchard, aged 16 years, and Fred Freer were
hunting ducks on Blue Bill Point, on the shores of Canandaigua lake,
the latter was accidentally shot and so seriously wounded that he died
before he could be conveyed to his home in this village. It seems
that the two boys were crawling along on their hands and knees, with
Freer in front. Their guns were cocked, and as the boys were
passing thro' some brush Blanchard's gun was discharged, the contents
entering the base of Freer's head. He raised up and cried, "Oh,
take me home!" but before he had gone far he sank to the ground and
expired in a short time. Young Blanchard was terror stricken when
he realized what he had done and wept bitterly. Can. Cor.
From Ontario County Journal 31 October 1884
Mr. George Freer, a well-known resident of this village, a painter
by trade, and residing with his family on Foster street, committed
suicide last Friday night, by stabbing himself and cutting his throat
with a pocket knife. There is
no doubt that he was insane when he committed the act, as he had shown
signs in that direction for a few days previous. Friday evening he
expressed a determination to sleep in the garret, and took some bedding
up there. Shortly after his young son heard an unusual noise
in the garret and went up to investigate. The son found his father on
his knees, covered with blood, and in a dying condition. He died a few
minutes afterward. He had stabbed himself in several places, and had
cut his throat in a horrible manner. Coroner Jewett and a jury
investigated the case and found the facts substantially as above
stated. His funeral occurred on Sunday. Deceased leaves a wife and two
From Ontario County Chronicle 31 December 1902
Henry Freer, a highly respected and one the best known fruit
growers on the west shore of the lake, died at his home near Academy on
Christmas, aged 84 years. He is survived by a widow and two sons,
Charles and Hiram Freer, both of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Times 26 February 1890
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Julia Freer, aged 54 years,
wife of Wm. Freer, of this place, died quite suddenly last Wednesday
afternoon, the 19th of February, and was buried on Saturday morning.
Funeral conducted by the Rev. Mr. Harman in the M. E. church. She was
an excellent neighbor, a self-sacrificing wife and mother, and a most
estimable friend, and has gone to her reward. She leaves a husband and
two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Moore of East Bloomfield, and Mrs. Wilcox of
Geneva, to mourn her loss.
From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1913
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of William A. Freer was
held from the home of A. B. Pomroy on Wednesday afternoon and interment
was made in the village cemetery. Mr. Freer's death occurred on Monday
at the age of 84 years. The deceased had for many years been a resident
of this town. At one time he worked in the carriage shop of S. Mayo,
and for a number of years he carried on a blacksmithing business. Later
he moved to South Bloomfield where he had a small grocery. He is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. William S. Moore and Mrs. Effie Wilcox,
both of Geneva.
From Naples Record 26 July 1939
Mrs. Sarah Nixon Freid, 77, widow of Adam Freid, died this morning,
July 26, at her home in Cross street. She had been ill for several
weeks. Mrs. Freid was born in Belfast, Ireland, on February 5, 1862,
and came to America in 1884. In 1889 she was united in marriage with
Adam Freid, of Naples, who died in 1900. She was a member of the
Presbyterian church, and was active in its affairs until a few years
ago when her strength began to wane. She is survived by three sons,
William, Arthur M. and Frank R. Freid, all of Naples; and two
daughters, Mrs. Clara Fischer and Mrs. Arthur Reis, of Rochester; and
ten grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday from the
Presbyterian church, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. E. Irving
Braden. Burial will be made in Rose Ridge cemetery.
From Victor Herald 20 January 1905
The community was shocked this morning by the news of the death of Alexander
which occurred at his home on Maple avenue, at
about six o'clock this morning. Mr. French was one of the most
venerable citizens of the town, lacking but two weeks of being
eighty-nine years old. Up to about seven months ago, when he was an
unusually healthy and vigorous old man and even since that time he has
been able to follow his usual occupations about the house, though
seldom getting out upon the streets. Death resulted from a second
apoplectic seizure with which he was stricken at about eleven o'clock
Thursday morning. A few hours later he became unconscious, remaining so
until his death. There was but little warning of the impending visit of
the Grim Reaper for Mr. was seen working about the yard that morning.
Alexander Hamilton French was born in East Bloomfield, February 4th,
1816. In 1841 he married Nancy Pomeroy, who died four years ago this
month. Mr. and Mrs. French resided in East Bloomfield about ten years
and then moved into the town of Victor, where the remainder of their
lives were spent. About twenty-four years ago they moved from their
farm, in the southwestern part of the town, to this village, erecting
the beautiful home on Maple avenue from which both have now passed away.
Indefatigable industry was the keynote of Mr. French's life and he was
never idle while strength was given him to work. He was a successful
farmer, following that occupation most of his life, and amassing a
comfortable competence for his old age. For three or four years he was
a member of the board of trustees of this village, and his judgment was
highly regarded by his confreres on the board. Strong in his opinions,
uncompromising in his adherence to what he believed to be right; his
sincerity and integrity gained the respect and confidence of his
townsmen. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. French, of whom two
have died. Those surviving are five daughters: Mrs. Emmet Stimpson of
Clyde, Kansas; Mrs. George Ellis of Cedar Springs, Mich.; Mrs. D. Lewis
Simonds, Mrs. Henry Turner and Miss Cora of Victor; three sons,
Frederick of Clyde, Kansas; George H. and Oscar of Victor. Miss Cora
has lived with her parents, caring for them faithfully in their old
age. Funeral services will be held at the house Sunday afternoon at two
o'clock, Rev. F. W. Hill of the Presbyterian church officiating.
Interment will be made in Boughton Hill cemetery.
From Victor Herald 25 January 1901
Mrs. Alexander H. French, who had been ill at her home on Maple
avenue for several weeks, passed away at an early hour Thursday
morning. She had been in failing health for some years, but the direct
cause of her death was a stroke of paralysis suffered a few days since.
Nancy Pomeroy was born in Bristol 81 years ago. She later moved to East
Bloomfield and in the forties was united in marriage to Alexander H.
French, of the same place. They spent the early part of their married
life in East Bloomfield, moving to a farm in the southwest part of this
town later. They have been residents of this village for the past
twenty years. Mrs. French was a woman of a retiring disposition, and
had lived a quiet life. In late years owing to physical weakness she
seldom mingled in society outside of her own home, where she met many
friends by whom she was much beloved and highly respected. Mrs. French
was the mother of ten children, eight being left to mourn her loss. The
oldest daughter and youngest son died in childhood. She is survived by
her husband and five daughters, Miss Cora L. French, Mrs. C. Lewis
Simonds and Mrs. Henry Turner, of this place; Mrs. George Ellis, of
Cedar Springs, Mich.; and Mrs. Emmett Stimpson of Clyde, Kansas; and
three sons, George H. French and Oscar French of this town, and
Frederick French of Clyde, Kansas. The funeral services will be private
and will be held at her late home Saturday afternoon at two o'clock.
Rev. Frank W. Hill will officiate at the services.
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 October 1900
Ionia, N. Y. - Alice, wife of Hubert French, died on
Saturday evening of consumption. The deceased had been ill but a
few months and was a great sufferer. She leaves beside husband, one
brother, Oliver Paddock, two sisters, Miss Belle Paddock, and Mrs.
Thomas Smallwood, and a mother, Mrs. Julia Paddock. Funeral was held
Monday at 2 p.m.
From The Naples Record, April 17, 1935, Page 1
Arthur French, 55, died Monday, April 15, at his home in
Brighton. A son of the late Barzilla and Nancy Crippen French, he was
born in Naples on June 29, 1879, and grew to manhood here. On January
1, 1899, he was
united in marriage with Miss Edith Allen, of Honeoye, who survives. He
also leaves a son, Clifford French, of Brighton, and a daughter, Mrs.
Silco, of Webster, and four grandchildren; also one sister, Mrs. Walter
Pickering, of Naples. Services will be held from the home today, and
will be made in Lake View cemetery, Honeoye.
Judy Morgan has
information to share; thank you very much, Judy.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1916
At the home on Mill street early Saturday morning occurred the death of Barzilla French, after
a long illness. Mr. French was born in Naples in 1834, and had spent
his entire life in this place. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Walter
Pickering, with whom he had lived for several years. Two
granddaughters, Mrs. Jack Rowley and Miss Marie Cornish; and a grandson
also survive. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday. Rev. A.
H. McKnight officiating. Burial was in Hunts Hollow cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1884
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Barzilla French died last week, leaving a
husband and several children.
Judy Morgan has information
to share; thank you very much, Judy.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Benjamin French, until quite recently a lifelong
resident of Naples, died at his home in Amsterdam, on Dec. 26, aged 70
years. The remains were brought here and the funeral services were held
at the home of his sister, Mrs. David Bartholomew. One son, Frank
French, resides in Canadice, and there is left also a wife and one
daughter, Gertrude, and one brother, Barzillai French, of this place.
From Ontario County Journal
8 July 1881
East Bloomfield Station, N.
Y. - Mr. Charles French died at his residence last
Saturday, at about 2 o'clock, after a brief illness of consumption.
Funeral services were held at his late residence, the Rev. Mr. Ferry,
pastor of the M. E. church, officiating.
From Victor Herald 15 February 1907
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Delia French, widow of the late John
B. French, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Chapin,
Saturday night, aged 85 years, after a short illness of pneumonia. Mrs.
French had been a resident of this town for many years, and since the
death of her husband, about five years ago, she had resided with her
daughter. Those surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Charles Chapin of
this place, and Mrs. G. Wells Parmele of Victor; three sisters, Mrs.
Stephen Hallock and Mrs. William Hallock of Albion, and Mrs. Orchestra
Stafford of this place. Funeral services were held from her late home
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.
Interment in the village cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 14 March 1913
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Ellen Dedrich French at
the homestead in West Hollow, came as a shock to the many relatives and
friends, as she had been ill only four days. Although an invalid for
years, she had been about and usually well for the past few months. All
was done for her that loving hands could do, but death came like a
sleep and claimed the faithful one on Sunday afternoon, March 2. She
leaves a husband, Freeman French, the last of a large family; one son,
Charles E.; and four daughters, Mrs. Maggie B. Tozer, Mrs. Mary S.
Powell, Mrs. Addie M. Dunton and Mrs. Ella M. Ricketson; also eight
grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Sarah L. Yaw of Bristol, the last of the
family of four girls and two boys of Purlee and Angeline Sutton
Dedrich. Mrs. French was born, married and lived her whole life in the
neighborhood where she died. Hers was a quiet life, doing all that her
strength would allow for her loved ones, and was loved and respected by
all. None knew her but to love her. Funeral services were held at the
home on Wednesday, March 4, conducted by Dr. Joseph H. France. Burial
was in Rose Ridge cemetery by the side of the eldest son, Lyman L., who
died in 1880 at the age of nearly 17 years. Sympathy is extended to the
From Naples News 8 November 1933
Mrs. Florence French, widow of C. Frank French, died at her home in
Vine street, age 70 years, Wednesday morning, November 8th, 1933, from
an illness of over two months. Funeral services will be held on Friday
at 2 o'clock from the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Murice
Woodard, on East Ave., burial at Hunts Hollow cemetery. Rev F. C. will
officiate. Mrs. French leaves four daughters, Mrs. Wm. Deuel, Mrs. Glen
Woodard, Mrs. Murice Woodard of Naples, and Mrs. Albert Elder of
Himrods; a number of grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; two
brothers, Nelson Jennings of Hemlock, and Frank Jennings of Hunts
Hollow; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Greiner, Macedon, Mrs. Louis Cheney,
Himrods, Mrs. D. M. Wyckoff, Richfield Springs. The deceased was the
daughter of Thomas and Anne Wheat Jennings and was born in Hunts
Hollow, September 26, 1863, and married C. Frank French, in which place
they lived until the death of Mr. French, about thirteen years ago.
Mrs. French was a member of the M. E. church and Fidelis class and the
Naples Grange, and also was a practical nurse. She will be greatly
missed by her family and the many friends.
From Geneva Gazette 1 May 1885
George W. French died at the Hygienic Institute in this
village at an early hour this morning, aged 81 years and 10 days. The
deceased had been an invalid for two or three years last past, though
confined to his bed for only a few weeks past. His ailing seemed to be
general debility incident to advanced age, though terminating at last
in some trouble of the heart. Mr. French was a native of Hampton,
Washington Co., N. Y. His calling was that of a farmer, which
industry he successfully pursued for many years in Romulus, Seneca
county. In 1858 he moved to Geneva, where he has since resided.
Here he has not engaged in any business except occasionally as an
accountant, and in 1870 we believe was appointed one of the U. S.
census enumerators, performing such work diligently and
accurately. He was well informed in current history of the times,
a constant and careful reader. In matters of theology and
politics he held positive opinions, yet was tolerant towards those with
whom he differed. By nature he was social and genial, fond of
intelligent company, and with a mind richly stored with reminiscences
and history, proved an entertaining conversationalist. He was a
life-long member of the Presbyterian church and in his daily walk and
conversation illustrated the character of the sincere Christian. The
immediate relatives surviving him are two sons, Lyman P. of Boston, and
A. L. of Chicago, and a brother, Wm. H. of Geneva. The absent sons are
expected here tomorrow, until which time the funeral cannot be
announced. The interment will take place at Romulus where the wife of
deceased is buried.
From Naples Record 20 September 1873
Joseph French died Thursday evening at 7 o'clock, at his
residence. Mr. French had been failing for some months and his decease
was expected. His age was 70 years; the funeral services are today at
From Geneva Gazette 22 January 1864
A MYSTERIOUS CASE - The Ontario Repository states that Irad
French, of East Bloomfield, died on the 16th
inst., having been ill but a day, under circumstances that induce the
belief that he was poisoned. Coroner Rogers of Canandaigua held
an inquest which stands adjourned to the 4th of February, for the
report of the Chemist who
is to analyze the stomach of deceased. Mr. French was an elderly man,
respected by his neighbors who naturally feel a deep interest in the
From Geneva Daily Times 11 February 1915
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Jane French, widow of Bradley French, died
of apoplexy Monday night at the home of William Johnson, where she has
lived for the past six years. She was 75 years old the first of this
month. She was a daughter of Lyman and LuPhoeba Holms and leaves no
nearer relatives than two nephews, Arthur and Byrn Holmes of Vine
Valley. The funeral was held
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith Wednesday afternoon at
o'clock. Rev. J. J. Edwards officiated. Burial in the French Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 October 1908
John French, aged 86 years, died at 8:30 o'clock last evening at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Baker, who resides on the
Pre-emption Road one mile west of this city. Death was due to his
advanced old age. He is survived by three sons, Linzy French of this
city, Eugene French of Chicago, and Zina French of Chicago; one
daughter, Mrs. William Baker of Geneva; three brothers, Seymour French
of Palmyra, Carmi French of Michigan, and George French of Syracuse;
and one sister, Caroline French of Syracuse. The funeral will take
place Sunday afternoon from Mrs. Baker's home at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. J.
B. Hubbs, D. D., will officiate and burial will be in Washington Street
From Ontario County Journal 20 June 1902
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Chapin, were held the funeral services of John B. French. The
deceased was 81 years of age. He was born in this town, where he had
been a well-known and successful farmer. For many years he owned the
farm on Main street recently purchased by Edward Rigney. Mr. French was
for several years trustee of the Congregational church. In politics, he
was a Republican. He had been failing for some time, both in mind and
body. He retired as usual on Friday night, and on Saturday morning his
wife found him dead. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs.
Charles Chapin of this town, and Mrs. Wells Parmelee of Victor; and one
brother, Hamilton French of Victor.
From Victor Herald 20 June 1902
On Saturday morning last, John Beals French, one of East
Bloomfield's early settlers was found sleeping the last sleep in the
bed where he had lain down in his usual health only a few hours before.
Mr. French has been living for some months with his daughter, Mrs.
Charles Chapin, and during the past few weeks has suffered several
shocks which probably led to his sudden death. Mr. French had reached
the advanced age of eighty-one years and fourteen days. He was born in
this town and has been an active and successful farmer in this
vicinity, having retired but a short time ago on the farm at Holcomb
recently purchased by E. E. Rigney. Mr. French became an ardent
Republican at the founding of the party and was always a zealous
advocate of its faith. At one time he was a delegate to a state
convention at Saratoga and he always manifested a deep interest in
local government. Mr. French was for several years a trustee of the
Congregational church of East Bloomfield. He is survived by his widow,
two daughters, Mrs. Charles Chapin, of this town, and Mrs. Wells
Parmele of Victor, and one brother, Hamilton French of Victor, at
present eighty-six years of age. The funeral was held on Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of the daughter of the deceased,
Mrs. Charles Chapin. Rev. W. D. Robinson conducted the service. Music
was rendered by members of the Congregational choir. Interment was made
in East Bloomfield cemetery. The pall bearers were John S. Hamlin,
Cholett Collins, Ashman B. Gause and William Mead.
From Phelps Citizen 7 July 1927
Mrs. Josephine French, wife of Edgar L. French, ticket agent and
telegraph operator for the New York Central railroad company at Phelps,
died on Monday, having been found dead in her bed by her husband,
believed to have been an attack of heart trouble to which she was
subject. She had returned on Saturday from a week's visit with
relatives in Ohio, and had been feeling well since the trip. She was 62
years of age. Mrs. French was born at Ionia, and had lived in Phelps
for the past thirty-five years. Besides her husband, she is survived by
one daughter and a son, Mrs. W. H. Sullivan of Syracuse and E. Vincent
French of Phelps, and one brother, Homer Brown of Lansing, Mich.
Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev.
W. A. Brown of St. John's Episcopal church officiating, followed by
interment in Ionia.
From Naples Record 28 December 1883
Mrs. Julia A. French died at her home on Monday last, at the age
of 80 years. She was the widow of the late James French, and for most
of her life has resided in this town. She was a good christian woman
and had done her life work well, and had deservedly won the esteem of
everyone. She was a patient and loving wife and mother, a most excellent
neighbor and true friend. She left three children, Benjamin who lived
with her; Barzillai and Mrs. David Bartholomew, all of this town. On
Wednesday, at 1 p.m. the funeral was held at the house, her pastor,
Rev. Mr. Stratton officiating, and the remains were deposited in Hunt's
From Ontario County Journal 28 December 1883
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Julia A. French, widow of James French, died
on Monday, Dec. 24, aged 82. Mrs. French was one of the oldest
residents of this town and an honored woman. She leaves several
children, who are settled here.
From Ontario County Journal 9 March 1883
Naples, N. Y. - Luke French, an eccentric character of our town,
died on Sunday. He was honorably connected, but refused to affiliate
with his kindred and has lived a hermit's life for 40 years. He was 72
From Ontario County Journal 11 December 1908
Ionia, N. Y. - The oldest resident of this place, Mrs. Maria French, passed
away on Saturday morning at the Memorial hospital at Canandaigua, where
she had been taken the preceding Thursday. She was born in Canandaigua
in 1815, and was, therefore, 93 years old. Her parents were Seth and
Catherine McMichael and with them she moved to this vicinity in her
girlhood. Her first husband was Erastus Sage. After his death she
married Reuben French who died in 1875. She leaves a son, Seward
French; three grandchildren, Reuben E. French, Mrs. Oliver M. Dibble
and Gladys French; also four great-grandchildren. Her daughter-in-law,
Mrs. Jennie French, has cared for her in her declining years, during
the last few of which she had been nearly helpless. The funeral was
held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist church of which she was a member.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 May 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Dr. F. P. Warner was hastily summoned
yesterday morning to the home of Mrs. Philip Riley to attend Marion
French, Mrs. Riley's father, who was taken suddenly ill. On his
arrival at the house he found that death had preceded him. Mr. French
was 71 years old and had lived in Canandaigua since his youth. For
forty years he acted as car inspector in the local yards of the New
York Central Railroad. Death was due to heart disease.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 10 January 1906
Mrs. Mary A. French died at her home in this village Saturday,
aged 64 years. She is survived by her husband, and one daughter, Mrs.
Phillip Reilly. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 June 1908
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Pamelia French, aged 85 years, died Tuesday
at the home of her son, Joel Naracong, near Hunt's Hollow, in this
town. She had lived with this son most of the time since the death of
Mr. French. Her first husband was David Naracong, by whom she had five
children, but outlived them all except this son. Her maiden name was
Wheeler, the daughter of John and Sarah Wheeler. Her last husband,
Joseph French, left a large family.
From Ontario County Journal 22 August 1902
Naples, N. Y. - Another of the older members of the French family, Peter, died
on Friday, Aug. 15, aged 72 years. This is the third death in the
family since May 27, the others being Joseph M. and Mrs. Mary Caton.
Peter was born near where he died. He was an esteemed citizen. A second
wife, three sons and two daughters survive him: Myron, Clinton and Mrs.
Jared Filkins reside in Michigan; Mrs. Elmer Hinckley and Clark French
in Naples. Deceased was a consistent member of the Methodist church.
From Ontario County Journal 4 February 1910
Ionia, N. Y. - Mrs. R. J. French died on Saturday evening at her
home near here aged 34 years, after a year's illness. Besides her
husband she leaves one son, a father, Benjamin Wilson, of Taunton,
Mass.; and one sister, Mrs. George Moore, of West Bloomfield. The
funeral was held on Tuesday.
From Ontario County Times 21 July 1875
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - It is our sad duty to announce the sudden
death of Reuben E. French. He died Sunday afternoon at 2
o'clock. The immediate cause of his death was congestion of the brain,
following a sunstroke on Monday, the 12th. In his death East Bloomfield
loses one of its most active and valuable citizens. The funeral is to
be on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
From Victor Herald 9 May 1891
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - T. Dwight French, formerly a long
resident here, died in Florida recently, aged about 72 years. He leaves
a wife and two brothers, A. H. French of Victor and J. B. French of
East Bloomfield, and four sons, Frank of Victor, Orion B. of Honeoye
and Walter, and two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Parmelee of Lima and Mrs.
Flora Hall. At his request his burial took place in Florida.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 August 1908
Antoinette Freshour died at her home in Chapin yesterday at 1:30.
The deceased was 58 years. She is survived by one sister, Miss Mariette
Freshour of Chapin; and by four brothers: Myron H. of Lansing, Mich.,
George D. of Rochester, and Laman and Seymour of Mason, Mich. The
funeral will take place from the family home tomorrow afternoon at half
past two. Burial will be in Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 31 December 1902
On Sunday, Mrs. Enora Freshour, aged 72 years, of
Hopewell, died in this village where she was under the care of
From Geneva Courier 19 April 1876
On Sunday last, HENRY FRESHOUR, a native of Ontario county,
and for nearly 60 years a resident of Geneva, died at his residence on
Exchange street. For several months Mr. Freshour had been
severely ill, and for some weeks past no hopes have been entertained of
his recovery. Deceased was a carriage and wagon maker by
occupation, and carried on that business in this community for many
years. He has a number of times served as trustee of the village,
and held offices of responsibility and trust. Several years since
he was appointed street Commissioner and discharged the duties of this
important office with great satisfaction through several terms.
Mr. Freshour was in every sense a good and useful citizen, identified
with the best interests of Geneva, a genial, kind-hearted man, generous
to his family, kind to his neighbors very generally acquainted, and as
generally respected. It is with regret we chronicle his
death. He was born in the town of Phelps in the year 1804, and
was subsequently 72 years of age. He has always resided within
the borders of Ontario county. He leaves a wife and three adult
daughters. The funeral takes place from the residence at 2 1/2 P.
M. today; Rev. Dr. Hogarth of whose church he was a member officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 2 January 1903
The death of Mrs. Leonora Freshour, wife of George Freshour,
occurred on Sunday, in this village, where she had come for treatment.
Dr. W. B. Jones, assisted by Dr. George W. McClellan, performed a
slight operation on Friday, hoping to give temporary relief from a
serious trouble of the bowels with which she had been afflicted for
several months, but the disease had made such ravages to the system
that there was no help. The
deceased is survived by her husband and one son, Byron Freshour, a
keeper in Auburn prison. The funeral was held from Gillett &
Kennedy's undertaking rooms on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Dr. J. Wallace
Webb officiating. The deceased was 73 years of age.
From Geneva Gazette 4 October 1867
June 27th, Mrs. Mary Freshour, aged 79, relict of John
Freshour, late of Hopewell. The pioneer settlers of
the county are rapidly passing away. Mr. and Mrs. Freshour were
among the first in this town, removing here from Frederic county,
Maryland, in the year 1811,
making the whole journey in a wagon. They soon after purchased and
cleared the farm on which the latter lived until her
death, surviving her husband about nine years. She passed a stirring
and useful life, retaining her youth and vivacity to a remarkable
extent, and she leaves many warm friends among both old and young. Her
children can truly say, "We shall meet, but we shall miss her, For
there'll be a vacant chair."
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 10 October 1929
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Freshour, 77, died at the
home of her son, Charles Freshour, in Hopewell last night. She was born
in England but had lived in this county since 16 years of age. She
leaves only one son. Funeral from the home Friday at 2 o'clock with
burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 March 1915
The body of Mrs. Mary S. Freshour, who died Wednesday
afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Manley Inman of Rochester,
will be brought to Geneva tomorrow morning on the 10:56 New York
Central train and taken immediately to the Washington Street Cemetery,
where the burial service will be conducted by Rev. David H. Craver, of
the North Presbyterian church.
From Geneva Courier 19 September 1877
Mr. Solomon Freshour, an old and respected resident of
at his home on Tillman street on Thursday morning, September 18.
He was in his 77th year. The Gazette says: "The
father of deceased was a Marylander. At the early date of 1802 he
removed with his family consisting of a wife and six children to the
sparsely settled region of Ontario county, locating in the neighboring
of Phelps. At the age of 23, Solomon married a Miss Wyman of
Gorham, and removed to that town and engaged in farming. After
the lapse of about six years he removed to Waterloo, and for a number
of years conducted a hotel south of the river. About the year '39
or '40 he removed to Geneva where he has ever since resided. For
many years he has been engaged in
no active business, having an income sufficient to meet his
frugal wants. Of his brothers and sisters, only
one -- the wife of our esteemed townsman Mr. N. N. Kipp --
survives. The first to be taken hence was Mrs. Riggles, who died
in 1830. The last few years have made sad havoc in
the family. John died in 1847; Henry followed two years
later; the present year has marked the decease of a sister (Mrs.
Cortleyou) and the especial subject of this notice. Mr. Freshour
was a member of the Reformed church in Geneva. His wife and one
son survive him. The funeral took place from his late residence
on Saturday morning, Rev. W. W. Brush officiating. The remains
were taken to Gorham for burial.
From Clifton Springs Press 12 August 1920
Mrs. Ann Frethey, aged 73, died on Sunday morning at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Durkee. Mrs. Frethey was born and reared
in England where she married and her older children were born. She is
survived by her husband and three children, Mrs. Durkee and Will
Frethey of Clifton Springs and Mrs. Goodman of Orleans; also several
grandchildren. When a girl, Mrs. Frethey was confirmed in the Church of
England but later joined the Methodist church at Fairville, N. Y.,
where she held membership at the time of her death. Funeral services
were held on Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Rev. Dr. S.
H. Adams officiating. Mrs. Bert Baldwin sang two selections. Burial was
made at Gypsum. Grandsons of the deceased acted as pall bearers.
From Ontario County Journal 21 February 1890
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Wm. A. Freyer died Wednesday at 4
p.m., after a short illness, of typhoid pneumonia. She leaves a husband
and two daughters, Mrs. Harry Willcox, of Geneva, and Mrs. Wm. S.
Moore, of this place, to mourn her loss. Funeral services will be held
on Saturday at the M. E. church at 11 a.m.
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