"Gas" to "Gaz" Obituaries



From Geneva Courier 21 July 1875

This morning one of the oldest residents of this town and village, Joel Gasper, passed away from earth aged 74 years. Mr. Gasper was born in Pittsfield MA in February 1801 and moved into the old town of Seneca in 1820.  There were several brothers, two of whom we knew some time since at Fulton, Oswego County, and both of whom we believe are still living.  John Gasper, we think was the oldest and if now living was about 86 years old, and Freeman, another brother is about 80, both soldiers in the War of 1812.  We do not know of their death. Joel Gasper moved into this village in 1847.  He was a good citizen, a great whig and admirer of Henry Clay, a rabid (that is strong and sensible) anti-slavery man and in his religious belief a Universalist.  Mr. Gasper was sick but about a week.



From Geneva Daily Times 9 December 1907

Rushville, N. Y. -
The death of Lyman Gaston occurred yesterday at his home near here. He was 81 years of age, and had been ill for some time. The funeral will take place from the home at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon, Rev. King officiating.



From Geneva Daily Times 8 March 1905

Mrs. Mary Gaston,
widow of the late Newton Gaston, of Rushville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Proctor, No. 43 Tillman street yesterday. Deceased was seventy-four years of age. She came to the home of her daughter last June, intending to make a visit, but was taken ill and had remained there ever since. Mrs. Gaston is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Proctor, of this city and Miss Belle Gaston of Rushville, and by one sister, Mrs. Henry Kimball of Shutesbury, Mass. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the house, after which the remains will be taken to Rushville for burial. Rev. E. A. Hazeltine, pastor of the Rushville Congregational church will officiate.



From Ontario County Chronicle 16 April 1902

Manchester, N. Y. - William H. Gatchell,
an old resident of Farmington, died on Tuesday, aged 78 years, 7 months. About a week before the deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he never fully rallied. The funeral was held on Thursday from the Quaker church at South Farmington, Rev. George A. Baldwin, pastor of the M. E. Church of this place, officiating. The remains were placed in the Quaker cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 24 February 1893

Last Saturday evening, shortly before six, James Gatens, a man 70 years of age, residing on Clark street, having passed the afternoon in the village, started down Main street to go home. He was seen to fall several times and finally was taken into the harness store of Michael Berry. There Dr. Warner was called and after looking the case over, said that Gatens was all right as far as the need of a physician was concerned. About 6 o'clock Gatens left Berry's store, and started up the street. He fell again by McKechnie's book store. When helped again to his feet, it was noticed that he was bleeding at the back of the head. Two young men carried him to the police station, where he was left. At 6:15 Chief of Police Booth persuaded Gatens to lie down, telling him that he would soon be in shape to go home. Twenty-five minutes later, officer Booth went to the bunk where Gatens was lying and found him dead. Coroner Hallenbeck was at once notified. The following jury was summoned and viewed the remains Saturday evening: Thomas Bennett, foreman; Charles F. Robertson, W. G. Smith, W. H. Foster, W. O'Brien, W. A. Husbands, Myron Newman, D. A. Eiseline, Lewis J. Sutherland. Sunday, Dr. A. L. Beahan made an autopsy, and discovered that the brain of the deceased was filled with clots of blood, clearly indicating concussion of the brain. Monday afternoon at 3:30, the Coroner's jury reconvened, and after listening to the evidence, rendered a verdict that death was the result by concussion of the brain, caused by a fall or a series of falls.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 10 August 1916

Geneva, Aug. 9 - Charles W. Gates
died last night in his home, W. High Street, after an illness of two weeks or more. Mr. Gates was one of the best known of Geneva's colored citizens. He was 48 years of age and came from Mississippi about forty-three years ago with the late Preston Dorchester. Mr. Dorchester gave him employment in the hardware store and he had remained there ever since. Mr. Gates was married to Miss Josephine Hardy of this city. After her death, he married he married Miss Elizabeth Bagey, of Penn Yan, besides whom he leaves three children, Mrs. George Foster of Geneva, Miss Ethel W. Gates of New York, and Miss Ruth M. Gates of Philadelphia. His mother in Miss., a sister, Miss Amanda Ray of Geneva, three sisters in Miss. and one brother, Albert Gates, of Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Gates was an active member of the First Presbyterian church here and a member of the Rippey class. He was also treasurer of the High street chapel Sunday school.



From Geneva Daily Times 5 January 1900

Mrs. Christina Gates,
widow of the late James M. Gates, died at her late residence, 142 William street, at 12:15 o'clock this morning, aged 76 years. The cause of death was apoplexy. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. E. E. McDowell, one step-daughter, Mrs. Frank Wright, and one stepson, Charles C. Gates, all of this city. The funeral will take place from the house at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Cornell of Seneca Castle will officiate. Interment will be in Butcher cemetery, four miles west of Geneva.



From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1895

North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Curtis C. Gates,
one of the oldest residents of this place, died at his home Friday at 1 o'clock. He was loved and cherished by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by the family and whole community. He was born on the farm on which he died. The funeral was held from his late residence at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial at village cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1884

Capt. Daniel Gates,
whose serious illness we noted last week, died at his residence on Howell street, at about 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, in his 83d year. Though he had received a ripe age, his death will be very generally regretted, for he had a  host of true friends who have been warmly attached to him for many years. Our acquaintance with him commenced near thirty years ago, when he was a resident of Palmyra, Wayne county. He was a vigorous, active and successful business man, and had accumulated a fair competence before becoming a resident of Canandaigua some fifteen years ago. His second wife survives him, also three children -- Mrs. F. C. Bennett, Mrs. Albert Cleveland, and Mrs. R. DeHavens.



From Ontario County Chronicle 20 February 1901

On Friday, February 8, occurred the death of Mrs. Elena Smith Gates, wife of Marvin Gates, of Antes street. The deceased had been in her usual health up to a few days before death. The Tuesday before she was calling at the home of Mrs. Ezra Reed, Chapin street, when she was suddenly stricken with apoplexy. She never recovered consciousness. She is survived by her husband. Mrs. Gates was 50 years of age.



From Ontario County Journal 19 October 1877

Mr. Fordyce Gates
of Hopewell died very suddenly Tuesday night.  He retired to bed at about the usual time Tuesday evening, and apparently well, but was found dead in the morning.



From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1894

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -
On Thursday morning at 7 o'clock occurred the death of one of our most worthy and highly respected citizens, in the person of Fortis Gates. His illness was of short duration and his death was a sad blow to his many friends. He leaves a wife, father, sister and brother to mourn his loss, who have the sincere sympathy of the entire community. The funeral was held from his late residence. The interment was at Gorham cemetery.



From Geneva Courier 16 November 1881

Hugh Gates, a farmer well known in Eastern Ontario, committed suicide last Sunday night or Monday morning, at his farm near Oaks Corners.  He was about 60 years of age.  Through illness his mind was somewhat deranged; so much so that while he was well-to-do in this world's goods, he imagined that he was so involved that he would never be able to pay his debts.  He owned a farm about two miles west of Oaks Corners near the farm of Theron VanAuken.  A daughter married Clarence Smith a short time since, and Mr. Gates' farm has since been worked by his son-in-law.  Mr. and Mrs. Gates have been living in Oaks Corners.  Deceased leaves a wife and two daughters.

Gates has been in the habit of taking small quantities of laudanum to quiet his nerves.  A week or so ago he purchased some laudanum, making inquiry as to the quantity that should be taken ordinarily to quiet the nerves.  He went home, and, evidently contemplating suicide, took about five times the quantity prescribed.  The result of course, of such an overdose was that the (laudanum) acted as an emetic.  Dr. Howe, of Phelps, was summoned and the man was soon made comfortable.  A curious result appeared.  His mind again became clear, and he told several of his neighbors that he was surprised that he had acted so foolishly.  He said he had frequently taken pains to avoid men to whom he owed small sums of money when he could have paid them easily.  He mentioned the case of Mr. Edwin Harris, of Geneva, whom he owed $3.  He went around the block, out of his way, several times to avoid meeting Mr. Harris, when he had several hundred dollars in his pocket.  To Mr. Butler, of Oaks, he owed $2, and him he evaded also.  Small bills of this character he paid promptly after his recovery from the effects of the laudanum. This clearing of his mind did not last long; and his friends were grieved to see that he again became despondent, and Mr. Gates' mind was soon in its former state of derangement.  On Sunday last he was in Oaks Corners with his wife. He returned to his farm and retired to his bed, as did Mr. Smith and his wife.  Early Monday morning soon after getting up, the family ascertained that the father, Mr. Gates, had arisen during the night and gone into the woodshed, put a rope around one of the rafters and hanged himself.  The body was quite cold when discovered, showing that it had been suspended some time. Mrs. Gates was at Oaks Corners and was informed of the sad state of facts. Coroner Howe of Phelps was summoned and he went to the house at once and the coroner's inquest was held at once, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above.



From Ontario County Journal 27 July 1877

Rushville, N. Y. -
Died in this village on the morning of July 22, James M. Gates, aged 36 years. James M. Gates was born near this village in the year 1841, and has been a resident of it the greater part of his life.  When our nation was convulsed by civil strife he heeded his country's call, and enlisted as a member of the 148th Reg. N. Y. S. V. and there served 3 years with honor to himself and country.  It was while a member of the above regt. that he was prostrated on a bed of sickness, and it was there that the germ of that disease of the eye was formed, which in after life was to cause total blindness. It has been about one year since he was stricken down and all, though that long year, a great part of which he suffered with  Neuralgia of the side, he kept up with a fortitude and patience that was truly wonderful.  The subject of this sketch was noted for his industry and being in possession of a jovial disposition, he naturally made a great many friends who did all they could to console and assist him.  He was a kind husband and a loving father, and while he was groping his way through darkness, his conversation dwelt more on the welfare of his family than himself.  We bid him farewell and we trust that he has gone to that better land where suffering is unknown.



From Ontario County Times 17 February 1886

Seneca Castle, N. Y. - 
Last week we recorded the sudden death of Mrs. S. F. Reynolds, and before we could recover from our surprise, it was announced that Mr. James M. Gates, aged 71 years, a highly respected citizen, had, after being out riding through the day, and doing his chores at night, and eating his supper, retired to his bed at nine o'clock. At ten he was sleeping soundly, at twelve it was discovered that life was extinct, probably without his waking. Mr. Gates was one of our best farmers, and had occupied a commanding position in society for many years. His health had been impaired for some weeks, but he had been able to attend to his daily labors. His funeral was attended on Thursday at the house, services being conducted by Rev. H. H. Kellogg.



From Ontario County Chronicle 10 June 1903

Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Leonard Gates,
one of the oldest residents of this place, passed away on Tuesday, after several weeks illness, aged 74 years. He leaves a son, Jason Gates of Hopewell, two grandchildren, Miss Clara Woodward and Willie Gates.



From Ontario County Times 15 April 1891

Reed's Corners, N. Y. - 
The death angel has entered another home and taken a wife and mother who will be greatly missed by those that remain. Mrs. Leonard Gates died in Canandaigua a few days since at the home of her daughter, though her residence had been here among us previously. Mrs. Gates was a member of the Congregational church and an estimable woman. She was buried at the old burying ground, near the home she occupied for so many years, on Monday.



From Geneva Daily Times 14 February 1922

Mrs. Mary J. Gates,
wife of Charles Gates, of Gates Sub Station, died yesterday afternoon at about 4:20 o'clock after a ten days' illness. She is survived by her husband, C. Charles Gates; one son, James H. Gates; four brothers, John S. Beattie of Dresden; H. Beattie of this city; W. B. Beattie of Penn Yan; and James Beattie of Seattle, Washington. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. E. H. Dickinson of the First Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be made in Whitney cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1917

The death of Mrs. Mary M. Gates, aged 76 years, widow of Daniel Gates, occurred Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur M. Cook, on the Chapin road, following a long illness of paralysis. She was a native of Hopewell. There survive one daughter, Mrs. Cook, two grandchildren and one brother, John C. Gates of Waterloo, Iowa. Rev. Charles M. Eddy officiated at the funeral services on Tuesday afternoon. Interment was in Hopewell.



From Ontario County Times 29 July 1891

Seneca Castle, N. Y. - 
The sad death of Mrs. Nellie Gates, wife of Charles Gates, occurred last Thursday. The funeral was held on Sunday at the residence. The loss of Mrs. Gates is lamented by every one and great sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and family.



From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1883

Mr. Warren I. Gates,
of Canandaigua, who has suffered with a painful disease for several weeks, died at his house in this village Monday noon. The body was yesterday taken to Smithtown, in the town of West Bloomfield, former home of the family for burial. Mr. Gates had been extensively engaged in the milling business at one time with his father at Bloomfield. Later, and after his removal to Canandaigua, with Hiram T. Parmele at Chapinville, and more recently with Marion P. Worthy, and just before his sickness had fitted up the mill in splendid shape. He leaves a wife and one daughter.



From Geneva Courier 4 December 1878

Mr. George Gaton
, an old and well-known colored resident of Geneva, died on Sunday evening, the 18th inst., aged 76 years.  He had quite an eventful life, coming to Geneva from Richmond, Virginia, as a slave with Nicholas and Rose, early settlers here, when a boy; became his own master before reaching his majority, and for a while worked at Stillwater.  He returned to Geneva, and for many years worked in the glass factory for Mr. DeZeng.  Since then he has worked at odd jobs, and by carefulness and economy accumulated a little property, owning a house and three lots on Catherine street, where he lived. He left no near relatives, his wife having died more than a year ago.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, Rev. Dr. Hogarth officiating.



From Ontario County Journal November 16 1917

Joseph Gatto.
who was injured on Friday night, died at his home. He was hurled from a car from which he was unloading timber and fell to the ground, when a large timber being lifted by the derrick struck him across the chest. He was born near Naples, Italy, on Sept. 14, 1863, and came to America 30 years ago, and begun work for the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, locating in Pennsylvania. He came to Manchester 11 years ago. Seventeen years ago he returned to Italy and married Miss Margaret Mignizo, who survives him; also five children, Mrs. Minnie Orb, Antonio Gatto, Florinci Congel, Antoinetta Gatto; and two brothers, Pasquale of Manchester, and C. J. Gatto of Buffalo. The funeral was held from St. Dominic's church at Shortsville on Monday and burial was at Clifton Springs.



From Ontario County Chronicle 8 April 1903

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
Last Wednesday evening at his home one mile south of this village, Ashman B. Gause died at the age of 72 years. Mr. Gause was a highly respected citizen, a good neighbor and a man who took a great interest in the welfare of the town of which he was a lifelong resident. He leaves besides his wife, two sons, Charles of this place, and Lewis of Rochester.



From Ontario County Times 7 January 1880

In East Bloomfield, N. Y., December 24, 1879, after a few days illness, Benjamin Gauss, Esq., died, aged 85 years. Mr. Gauss was born in the Genesee country, in the town in which he died, long before the town had been named, and when only about a dozen souls made up the whole population of the now populous and wealthy town of East Bloomfield. His father was of Puritan descent, and one of the first settlers in the town. He came at a time which tried men's souls, when a pioneer life was but daily a repetition of toils and hardships, and the crude log hut served as the birthplace of the noble son, who for eighty five years has so nobly acted his part in the great drama of life. At all times loyal to his country's calls, with a large heart and a liberal hand to assuage the necessities of the needy, and with the fraternal care and Christian zeal in the raising of his children, this good man of two centuries has passed away.

Some few years since, he, with his wife and only daughter, removed to Rockford, Illinois, spending a time in that beautiful city, making by his kindness and urbanity of manners, a host of friends, with whom he felt so grieved to part. While in Rockford his estimable wife, to whom he was so tenderly devoted, bade adieu to earth, but in his loneliness, he sought another refuge, a city not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.

A few years since he returned to his old home to die, and sleep with his fathers. He leaves two sons and a daughter to mourn his loss, while the whole community rise up with one accord and call him blessed. Dead, but his deeds shall ever live in our hearts until we, like him, shall see face to face in that Sweet by and by.



From Ontario County Chronicle 20 March 1901

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Tuesday afternoon the remains of the late George Gauss, a former resident, arrived here and were interred in the village cemetery. He died at Grand Rapids last week at the age of 73 years. He was the son of the late Benjamin Gauss and the last of that family.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 16 March 1926

East Bloomfield, March 15 - Mary L. Goodwin Gauss,
90 years old, oldest resident of this town, died today at her home south of this village after a lingering illness. She was born at Gates, Monroe county, and was married to Ashman B. Gauss of that town. Since her marriage she had lived here. She leaves two sons, Lewis, of Rochester, and Charles of East Bloomfield; four grandchildren. Funeral from the home of her son, Charles, at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with Rev. . L. Baley of the Congregational church officiating. Burial in East Bloomfield cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 16 February 1883

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Thayer Gauss
died last Sunday morning at the residence of her son, Ashman Gauss, aged 70 years. Funeral services were held on Tuesday.



From Ontario County Journal 22 October 1909

Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Gavin,
wife of John Gavin, aged 48 years, died at the family home in this village on Monday afternoon, after an illness of over a year. With her husband, she came to this village from Ireland in 1850 and has always resided here. She won and retained the love and respect of all with whom she formed an acquaintance. She is survived by her husband, one son, James Gavin, six daughters, Mrs. Christopher Gilligan, Mrs. Mary Daly, Mrs. James Bulger, all of this village, Mrs. Martin Moore, Mrs. Joseph Kenneda and Mrs. James Gilligan, all of Bolivar. The funeral was held in St. Dominic's church yesterday morning, interment being beside a deceased daughter in Calvary cemetery, Canandaigua.



From Geneva Gazette 9 September 1898

John Edward Gavin,
the infant son of Patrick J. Gavin, died Monday morning of cholera infantum after a short illness.  The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Devaney.  The interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 25 May 1910

Shortsville, N. Y. - 
The funeral of John Gavin of Manchester was held from St. Dominick's church at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. Mr. Gavin suffered a paralytic stroke about three months ago, from which he never rallied. The end came late Saturday night in the 81st year of his age. Mr. Gavin came from Westport, Ireland, when quite a young man and by industrious habits accumulated some property. He and his wife inhabited the home where they died nearly fifty years. He survived her but seven months. There are seven children living, one son, James Gavin, Mrs. Mary Daly, Mrs. Christopher Gilligan, Mrs. James Bulger, all of Manchester; and Mrs. Nellie Kennedy of Newark and Mrs. M. B. Moore, Mrs. James Gilligan of Bolivar, Pa. The interment was at Canandaigua.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 29 August 1906

On Thursday afternoon at the Memorial Hospital occurred the death of Lawrence Gavin, of Niagara street. Mr. Gavin, who was 62 years of age, was for many years an employee of the Northern Central Railroad Co. He is survived by two children, John Gavin of Colorado and Mrs. John Burke of Rochester. The funeral was held from St. Mary's church on Saturday morning, burial in Calvary Cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 30 August 1905

Mrs. Patrick J. Gavin
died at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ellen DeVaney, of No. 37 West avenue. Besides her mother, the deceased is survived by her husband, two sons, William and Joseph, and two daughters, Pauline and Mary Hope DeVaney. Burial St. Patrick's Cemetery.



From Western Repository  Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York                                                                   

Tuesday, September 1, 1807       

"Died --  On Sunday last, Mr. Chancey Gaylord, carpenter, aged 35.  His death was occasioned by falling from a barn which he was assisting to raise a few days before."

Many thanks to Michael Doyle for this donation. Michael would welcome contact with other researchers interested in this family.



From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1902

The death of Mrs. Clarissa Way Gaylord, wife of the late Levi B. Gaylord, for many years one of Canandaigua's leading merchants, occurred on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Gaylord had reached the advanced age of 85 years and during the last five years she had been very feeble. A few weeks ago she broke her hip, thus rendering her helpless. Mrs. Gaylord was of New England parentage, and came to this state from Hartford, Conn., after marriage with Mr. Gaylord. She leaves one daughter, Miss Fannie Gaylord, of this village. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, Rev. John S. Bacon officiating. The interment was made in West Avenue cemetery.



From Ontario Messenger 15 February 1860

Rev. F. S. Gaylord
preached his sermon to the Presbyterian church in Hopewell on the 22d Jan'y. He had been preaching there seven years. About 12 o'clock at night of the 23d, he was stricken with a paralysis, of which he never recovered, but died Feb'y 8th, aged 64 years.



From Phelps Citizen 19 April 1878

Mrs. Henrietta Gaylord,
widow of Rev. F. S. Gaylord, died in Naples, Sunday, April 7th. She formerly lived in Gorham and Hopewell.



From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1891

John B. Gaylord,
a well-known carpenter of Geneva, committed suicide by drowning himself in Seneca lake last Sunday morning. Three years ago Gaylord was sent to Willard Asylum, having become mentally deranged, presumably from the excessive use of tobacco. He recovered in a few months but last week he had shown signs of a return of mental disorder. He leaves several children.



From Ontario County Journal 3 September 1886

On Sunday evening last at 11 o'clock occurred the death of L. B. Gaylord, another of Canandaigua's prominent citizens and business men. He had been suffering from malaria for some time but was not confined to his house until Monday of last week. Pneumonia soon developed, under which he rapidly sank. Mr. Gaylord had been engaged in business in this village since 1851, and was one of the most familiar figures on our streets. He leaves a wife and one daughter.



From Geneva Gazette 28 October 1881

Death of Philotus Gaylord -
In the death of Philotus Gaylord, Geneva loses one of its best and most useful citizens. A native of Massachusetts, he removed to Geneva about fifty years ago, and up to within a few years past had been actively engaged in business among us as an architect and builder. His handiwork is seen in most of the public and private edifices which have been erected during that period. In his judgment as in his integrity, employers placed the most implicit confidence and such confidence was never betrayed. He was extremely considerate and kind towards the mechanics and laborers in his employ, and they always held him in the highest esteem. On many occasions Mr. Gaylord had been chosen to official positions in our town and village government - the office seeking the man and not the man the office - and such trusts he discharged with the same scrupulous, conscientious fidelity that marked his transactions in private life. By his death a vacancy occurs in the Board of Trustees of our village, he having in part represented the 1st ward for nearly two years past. Mr. Gaylord has been a great sufferer for several years from the disease which fastened upon him, and he resorted from time to time to every mode of treatment, but obtained from none only temporary relief. His ailment was Bright's disease of the kidneys.



From Geneva Advertiser 19 August 1902

Mrs. Philotus Gaylord
died at her home on Grove street yesterday afternoon at a very advanced age.  Next October she would have been aged ninety years.  She was one of the oldest residents of Geneva.  Her husband was of the contracting firm of Smith & Gaylord, the foremost carpenters of the county forty years and more ago.  We believe three children survive her, the youngest, Mrs. Cornell of Sioux City arriving here only a short time before her good mother died.  The arrangements for the funeral had not been made when this was written.  Burial Glenwood Cemetery - Elizabeth Gaylord.



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