"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.
is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Proctor, of this city and
Belle Gaston of Rushville, and by one sister, Mrs. Henry Kimball of
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
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
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 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
Our acquaintance with him commenced near thirty years ago, when he was
a resident of Palmyra, Wayne county. He was a vigorous, active and
business man, and had accumulated a fair competence before becoming a
resident of Canandaigua some fifteen years ago. His second wife
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
stricken with apoplexy. She never recovered consciousness. She is
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
Sunday night or Monday morning, at his farm near Oaks Corners. He
about 60 years of age. Through illness his mind was somewhat
so much so that while he was well-to-do in this world's goods, he
that he was so involved that he would never be able to pay his
He owned a farm about two miles west of Oaks Corners near the farm of
VanAuken. A daughter married Clarence Smith a short time since,
Mr. Gates' farm has since been worked by his son-in-law. Mr. and
Gates have been living in Oaks Corners. Deceased leaves a wife
Gates has been in the habit of taking small quantities of laudanum
his nerves. A week or so ago he purchased some laudanum, making
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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
Gaylord was sent to Willard Asylum, having become mentally deranged,
from the excessive use of tobacco. He recovered in a few months but
week he had shown signs of a return of mental disorder. He leaves
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
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
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
- Elizabeth Gaylord.
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