"Kem" to "Kez" Obituaries
From Oswego Daily Times October 1892
Sept. 16 - Rev. Henry Kendall, D. D., died at East Bloomfield,
Ontario County, N. Y., Sept. 9th, aged 77 years. He was born in Volney,
Oswego county, N. Y., and was one of twelve children of John Kendall
who was one of the four first families that located in this then
unbroken wilderness four miles east of Fulton in 1806, sleeping in
their wagons till they could clear the land and build their houses.
With such surroundings he was trained in the strictest economy and
sturdy industry and thoroughness which were among he distinguished
traits of character and from such an experience of pioneer life fitted
him for the missionary work of so many years as secretary of home
missions in the Presbyterian church. He was converted in 1831 in a
meeting held in the woodhouse chamber of Justus Bristol, where meetings
were held while building the Congregational church, with which he soon
united and commenced preparation for the ministry. His remains sleep in
the cemetery at East Bloomfield beside his five children, leaving a
wife and three brothers to mourn their loss.
From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1896
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Saphronia Kendall, wife of the late
Dr. Kendall, died at her home at an early hour on Saturday morning, at
the age of 73 years. The funeral services were held from her late
residence on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. L. M. Stimson
From Geneva Daily Times 3 January 1914
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth C. Kendig, whose
death occurred Tuesday night, was held yesterday morning at her late
home in West Main street and burial was made in the Washington St.
Cemetery , Geneva. Rev. J. S. Nasmith, pastor of the Phelps Baptist
church, conducted the services. Mrs. Kendig, who had reached the
advanced age of 99 years, had been an invalid for some time but had
retained her mental faculties until the end. She was born near Melvin
Hill, in the town of Phelps, on September 15th, 1815, the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. James Carson. She was married in 1843 to Samuel B. Kendig,
who for several years had been cashier at a Geneva bank. Six years
later they moved to Cleveland, where Mr. Kendig engaged in business. He
died thirty years ago and since then his widow had spent most of her
time in Washington, D. C. With her daughter, Mrs. Dorsey Cleggett, she
came to the village of Phelps to reside about three years ago. Her
surviving relatives, S. B. Kendig, W. G. Kendig, Mrs. J. W. Powell and
Mrs. Dorsey Cleggett, all of Washington, D. C.
From Ontario County Times 18 November 1863
A man named James Kenedy was found dead on the morning of
the 11th inst., in the outlet of Canandaigua Lake, a few rods below
Barney Bridge in the town of Hopewell. When discovered, the body was
lying face down, in shallow water near the bank. It is believed that he
walked into the water while in a partially unconscious state, and fell
while endeavoring to find his way out. The deceased was an intemperate
man, and when under the influence of liquor, quite incapable of taking
care of himself. On the evening of the 10th instant, he was seen
on Chapel street, in this village, and while in that condition, he
wandered away without knowing where he was going or having any
object in view. He was a resident of this place, employed by the
McKechnie and leaves a wife and several children.
From Ontario County Journal 6 June 1902
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Arvilla Palmiter, wife of Tuttle J.
Kenfield, died on Thursday, May 29, aged 50 years. She had been ill for
nine yrs, but had bravely struggled against the disease, and until a
year ago continued to perform her daily duties. She was born in Phelps,
was married here 30 years ago, and had since resided here. She was
regarded as a woman of unusual energy, and was an active member of the
Methodist church. Her husband; a son, Jesse; one daughter, Mrs. Stella
Clemons; her mother and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Van Anden of
Rushville, and Mrs. George Snook of Naples, survive her.
From Naples Record 11 February 1881
The funeral of Mr. John Kenfield took
place as announced on Friday, Feb. 4. The weather was very severe, but a
large number of relatives and friends assembled at the school house in
Hunts Hollow, as an expression of their respect for the deceased. Rev.
Mr. Lowell preached from Psalms 49:15 "But God will redeem my soul from
the power of the grave, for he shall receive me." Mr. Kenfield had
called for the reading of this beautiful Psalm a little while before his
death, one evidently familiar to him, and he died in the comfort of the
sublime truth taught in the text. He was buried in the Hunts Hollow
cemetery beside his first wife, who was buried there nearly 40 years ago.
From Ontario County Journal 21 December 1888
Naples, N. Y. - Another aged saint has passed on to her home
above. Mrs. Mary Kenfield, widow of the late John Kenfield,
died Dec. 18, aged nearly 84 years. She died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. I. M. Lyon. "Aunt Polly," as all called her, was a dear
old woman and everybody loved her. For a great many years she has been
a prominent member of the Methodist church and was a model christian.
Her other children are Mrs. Dr. Stoddard, Mr. Geo. A. Gordon and Mr. T.
J. Kenfield, all
of this town. Death was to her no unwelcome messenger, though she had
everything here to make her life a happy one. But she was as a shock of
corn fully ripe and was waiting to be garnered into the granary of the
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 November 1938
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Christina Bowllan Kenna, widow of
Richard J. Kenna, Brooklyn, died here yesterday in the home of her
mother, Mrs. Anne M. Bowllan, 221 Chapin St. She was born in
Canandaigua and, after attending local schools, took a nurse's training
course in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester. Surviving are two children,
Betty and Richard J. Kenna, Brooklyn; her mother, and four sisters,
Mrs. Paul Touhey and Mrs. William Vance, Miss Mamie and Miss Anna
Bowllan, all of Canandaigua; also a brother, Louis A. Bowllan,
Rochester. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St.
Mary's Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 27 September 1918
Geneva, Sept. 26 - The death of Mrs. Emma G. Kennedy, wife
of Robert M. Kennedy, occurred tonight at 7 o'clock at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. F. J. Witter. She is survived by her husband; one son,
James M. Kennedy, and one daughter, Mrs. F. J. Witter of this city; also
one brother, Andrew Robson of Middlesex; three sisters, Mrs. E. O.
Gillett, of Prattsburgh, Mrs. W. O. Mather of Middlesex, and Mrs. Alice
R. Stewart, San Diego, Cal. The funeral will be held at the home of Mrs.
Witter Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Milton R. Negus, of the
First Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in No. Nine cemetery,
town of Seneca.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1915
Naples, N. Y. - The funeral of Frank M. Kennedy who died
on Tuesday was held at his late home on Lyon street on Friday at 11
a.m. Mr. Kennedy was taken ill about ten days ago while in attendance
at a funeral in Italy Hollow. He was born in Scotland 85 years ago and
came to this country when a youth. He has resided in this vicinity and
in Canandaigua. He was twice married. His first wife was a Fisher, and
to them three sons were born of whom Grant M. Kennedy alone survives.
His second wife was Lillian Griswold of West River who survives with
her five children, Fred Kennedy of Gloversville, Ralph Kennedy of
Canandaigua, Mrs. Margaret Covill of Naples, Mrs. Claude Wixom of Italy
Hollow and Mrs. Byron D. Showers of Syracuse. Mr. Kennedy was a member
of the Methodist church; his pastor, Rev. Jacob Finger officiated.
Burial was at East Italy cemetery. Three brothers, Robert Kennedy of
Geneva, David of Ingleside and John of Seneca Castle, also
From Geneva Daily Times 19 January 1905
James Kennedy died at his home one mile west of Stanley at 2:30
o'clock yesterday afternoon. Cause of death was a
complication of diseases incident to old age. Mr. Kennedy had lived
in the vicinity for forty-four years. He is survived besides his
wife, by four sons and four daughters: Mrs. T. E. Hayes, of East
Thomas Kennedy, of Rochester; John Kennedy of Flint Creek; Rev. James
Kennedy of Hammondsport; Lizzie Kennedy, of Hammondsport; Margaret
Kennedy and Michael Kennedy of Stanley; and Mrs. Breen of New York
city. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock from
the house and at 11 o'clock St. Theresa's church at Stanley. The
bearers will be John Kelley of Geneva, Patrick Clark, Michael Flood,
Flannigan, John McWilliams and William O'Brien of Stanley. Rev. Father
Keenan will officiate. Interment will be at Stanley.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 15 June 1905
East Bloomfield, June 14 - The remains of James Kennedy, of
West Bloomfield, were interred here in St. Bridget's Cemetery,
yesterday. The deceased was an influential member of St. Joseph's
Church of West Bloomfield, and the funeral was held there yesterday
morning, and was largely attended. Solemn high mass was celebrated by
Father FitzSimmons and the music was led by Daniel Hall, director of
St. Mary's choir at Rochester. The deceased was born at Fayetteville
forty-eight years ago. He leaves, besides his wife, three children:
Margaret, George and Martin; two brothers, Martin if Minneapolis, Minn.
and Nicholas of Fayetteville; and one sister, Miss Sarah Kennedy of
From Canandaigua Chronicle 4 April 1906
Stanley, N. Y. - Mrs. James Kennedy died at her home north of
Stanley on Saturday night, March 31, of pneumonia, aged 78 years. Mrs.
Kennedy has been ill but a short time. She is survived by several
children. Her husband died about a year ago. The funeral will be held
from St. Theresa's Catholic church on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock.
From Geneva Gazette 15 July 1892
From Flint - We are pained to chronicle the death of Miss
Maggie, youngest daughter of Mrs. Margaret Kennedy, near
this place, which occurred early this morning (July 11) , a victim of
consumption, aged about 16 years. The sad affliction will fall
heavily on the aged mother, Maggie being the third daughter that has
died within a few years. She has the sympathy of the entire
community in her repeated bereavements.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 28 February 1906
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Margaret Kennedy, who died
suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Moore, in Bolivar on
Sunday evening, Feb. 18th, was brought to the home of her niece, Mrs.
James Carney, of Hebron street, Tuesday, and buried in the Clifton
Springs Catholic cemetery Wednesday morning. Mrs. Kennedy was a
resident of this village for over sixty years, the homestead being in
Ontario street, and she had many friends in this vicinity. She was born
in Waterford, Ireland, about 80 years ago and came to America when but
seventeen years of age. For a short time she made her home in
Canandaigua, and later came to Shortsville. She was a devoted member of
St. Dominic's church, Shortsville, and four years ago, when she moved
with her daughter to Bolivar, she became a member of St. Mary's church
in that place. Her husband, Michael Kennedy, died in Shortsville seven
years ago. She is survived by one son and one daughter, John Kennedy of
St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Frank Moore of Bolivar.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 23 September 1936
Entered into rest at her home in West Bloomfield Monday, Sept. 21, Marie A. Kennedy. She
leaves her husband, Martin Kennedy; two children, Ruth and James; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Kupferschmidt; one brother, George; and
two sisters, Miss Kate Kupferschmidt and Mrs. Louis Faust. Funeral
Thursday morning, Sept.24, from the home at 8:30 and 9 o'clock at St.
Joseph's church, West Bloomfield. Burial in St. Bridget's cemetery,
From Geneva Daily Times 27 January 1908
Mrs. Martha Kennedy, widow of the late James Kennedy, died this
morning at 1:10 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Reed,
of Seneca. She was 68 years old and had lived in this section all her
life. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. William Reed; one granddaughter,
Mrs. Frank Berryman of this city; two sisters, Mrs. James Cooley of
this city, and Mrs. David Lautenslager of Bearytown, near Fayette. The
funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home
of Mrs. Reed. Rev. W. W. Weller of this city will officiate and burial
will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 17 March 1899
Shortsville, N. Y. - Michael Kennedy, one of Shortsville's aged
residents, died on Thursday of last week at his home in this village,
at the advanced age of 86 years. Funeral services were held from St.
Dominic's church Saturday morning at 9:30, and remains interred in the
Canandaigua cemetery. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Frank
Moore, of this village, and a son, John, of St. Louis.
From Victor Herald 6 November 1903
Died, in Bristol, October 26, William Kennedy, aged 73
years. He was a native of Bally Newport, County Down, Ireland. He came
to this town when a young man and was in the employ of Mr. Seth Tubbs
until his removal from here. His wife, formerly Jane McKenna, died in
1881, leaving five children, Thomas and Seth of Bristol; John of
Rochester; and two daughters, Mrs. Anna Dram of Honeoye and Mrs. Mary
Driscoll of Bristol, with whom he lived. He was a member of the
Episcopalian church of this place.
From Rochester Times Union 13 May 1918
Canandaigua, N. Y.,
May 13 - From St. Mary's Church tomorrow
morning will be held the funeral of Mrs. Mary Kennelly, aged 59 years, who died
at her home in Jefferson Avenue Saturday following an illness with heart
trouble. She leaves three sons, Michael, Daniel and John Kennelly, all of
Canandaigua; also two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. M. E. Fitzgerald of
Rochester; Mrs. Nora Bunce, Patrick and Michael Carr, all of Ireland.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1905
Harriet M. Kenney died at Willard State hospital Saturday at 6:30
o'clock. The remains were brought to Geneva last night and taken to the
undertaking rooms of DeVaney & Fletcher. Deceased
is survived by a niece, Mrs. Harriet Hardin and a nephew, Charles W.
Kenney. The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. W. N. Ray, No.
24 Pulteney street Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. J. B. Champion
will officiate. Interment will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 July 1897
James J. Kenney died yesterday at 3 o'clock at his residence on
Wadsworth street. Mr. Kenney was employed at the Phillips & Clark
stove works in the pattern department. Thursday morning about 11
o'clock he was taken ill and was obliged to go home. He grew worse. Dr.
McCaw was called, but was unable to aid him. Mr. Kenney was 44 years of
is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Matthews, his father and a
brother, of Waverly. The deceased was a member of the local Maccabees
having joined that fraternity but three months ago.
From Ontario County Journal 13 May 1881
KILLED BY A FALLING WALL - On Tuesday a terrible accident occurred
in Victor, by which Michael Kenney of that village lost his
life. Kenney with two other men was at work in the cellar of the
Walling block, undermining a stone wall. A bystander seeing the wall
about to fall, warned the men, and Kenney in running from his dangerous
position stumbled over a stone, fell, and was buried to his shoulders
by the wall as it came crashing down. He lived but a short time after
being taken out. He
was an unmarried man and leaves a sister with whom he lived.
From Geneva Gazette 21 April 1893
William T. Kenney, the well known truckman, and until quite
recently carrier of mails between the post office and railway stations,
died very suddenly this morning of neuralgia of the heart. He was
surrounded by his family when attacked, suffering intense pain. A
physician was sent for in haste, but soon after reaching him the
patient had breathed his last. Mr. Kenney had occasionally
complained of heart trouble and a sensation of faintness, especially
after unusually hard work or excitement. But he pursued his usual
avocation up to last night. He was highly esteemed by and stood
prominent among our colored population, and enjoyed as well the respect
of our entire community. He was a widower, and five children --
two of whom are quite young -- survive him.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 May 1942
Mrs. Augusta Kenny, wife of John F. Kenny, of 188 Pulteney street,
died this morning at the Geneva General Hospital after a short illness.
Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Miss Ruth Kenny of
Geneva and Mrs. Joseph Lewczak of Auburn; two sisters, Mrs. Martin Sack
of Buffalo and Miss Emily Gorny, Germany; and a brother, Max Gorny,
also of Germany. Mrs. Kenny was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of
From Geneva Daily Times 21 August 1909
Mrs. Bridget Kenny, aged 54 years, died last night at 11:30
o'clock at the family res, No. 40 Spring street. She is survived by her
husband, Edward Kenny; four sons, Bernard of Syracuse, John, Edward and
Patrick of Geneva; and one daughter, Nellie of this city. The funeral
will take place Monday morning at 8:45 o'clock from the house and at
9:30 o'clock from St. Stephen's church. Burial on St. Patrick's
From Geneva Daily Times 10 September 1902
Bryan Kenny died yesterday afternoon at the home of his son,
Edward Kenny, in Hamilton street, aged 82 years. The deceased had been
a resident of this city for 30 years. He is survived by four
sons, John B., Donald, Edward and James Kenny, all of this city, and
one daughter, Mrs. James McDonald, all of Geneva. The funeral
will take place from the house at 8:45 o'clock, and from St. Francis de
Sales church at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning. Interment will be
in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 July 1943
Edward Kenny, aged 86, died this morning at the Geneva General
Hospital. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Morris Harrison of Geneva;
one sister, Mrs. Ellen McDonald of Rochester; one brother, James Kenny
of East Bloomfield; and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Edward Kenny of Geneva;
and four grandchildren. Mr. Kenny has been a resident of Geneva for the
past 81 years, and for a great many years was engaged in the nursery
business, retiring about two years ago. Funeral rites will be conducted
Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Harrison, and at 9 o'clock at St. Stephen's Church. Burial will be in
St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 September 1927
The death of Mrs. Edward Kenny, aged fifty-eight years,
occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Yerg, of 395
Hamilton street. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. William
Yerg; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher; two brothers Gilbert W.
and John O. Fletcher, all of this city; and one sister, Mrs. R. A.
Millefonte of Washington, D. C. Funeral services will be at 8:20 a.m.
Thursday, from her home and at 9:00 at St. Stephen's church. Burial
will be be Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 June 1936
John B. Kenny of 67 High street, this city, died at his home on
Saturday following an illness of several months. Mr. Kenny, who was in
his 89th year, was a native of County Limerick, Ireland. Coming to this
country in early manhood, he engaged in the nursery business in Seneca
and Yates counties, but for the past forty years had resided
continuously in Geneva where he maintained an office for the sale of
fruit packages. Up to the time of his last illness, he attended
personally to his affairs and as an ardent Democrat followed with
intense interest the activities of that party. Surviving are the widow,
Mary S. Kenny; six daughters, Mrs. Charles H. Burns, Miss Margaret
Kenny and Mrs. Isabel Kelly, all of this city, Mrs. John F. Coursey and
Mrs. John B. DeLaney of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mrs. Rodney G. VanTuyl
of Rochester; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; also two
brothers, Edward and James Kenny and a sister, Mrs. Ellen McDonald, all
of Geneva. The funeral will be held from his late residence at 8:30
o'clock tomorrow and from St. Stephen's church at 9 o'clock with burial
in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 January 1905
Mary Ann Kenny, aged sixty-eight years, died
at 2 o'clock this morning at her late home on High street, after being
confined to her bed for two years. The cause of death was apoplexy. The
deceased was born in England and came to this country and city
thirty-seven years ago. She is survived by her husband and three
brothers, Bazil Rickon of Waterloo; Richard Rickon of Ontario; and
William Rickon. The funeral will take place at 9:30 o'clock Monday
morning from St. Stephen's church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's
From Ontario County Journal 25 June 1909
Bristol, N. Y. - After an illness of several months, Mrs.
Celestia Kent passed away at the home of her son, Frank, on
Tuesday morning. Mrs. Kent was born on the farm where she died, July,
1835. She attended Ingham university at LeRoy. In 1868 she was united
in marriage to John Kent, who died May 22, 1907. Her whole life,
excepting nine years, has been lived in the town of Bristol on the farm
where she died. Mrs. Kent was the daughter of Francis and Maria Simmons
Mason. She is survived by one son, Frank; one granddaughter, Georgia;
and one sister, Mrs. W. Scott Hicks. Mrs. Kent was an indulgent,
affectionate mother and a kind neighbor of whom no one spoke ill. She
will be greatly missed. Among the many floral tributes was one of roses
from the Women's club. The funeral was held from the homestead farm
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 1 March 1906
Mrs. Enos Kent died at her home on Milton street last Saturday
morning, February 24th, at 3:50 o'clock, at the advanced age of 85
years. She was
one of our oldest residents. She had not been in good health for
years, and to add to her infirmities had partly lost her power of
scarcely recognizing her own children. She is survived by three sons,
O. of Geneva, Will C. of Syracuse and Fred C. of New York, the two
coming up Sunday morning to attend the funeral which was held from her
home Tuesday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The death of John Kent, a
prominent resident of the town of Bristol, occurred at the home of his
son, Frank H. Kent, Wednesday night, after a long illness. He was 70
years of age and had resided all his life in that town. He was an
for many years and a large grower of hops. Upon his retirement his son
succeeded to the management of the farm, which has been in the family
nearly a hundred years. In 1865 John Kent married Miss Celesta Mason,
who with his son and one granddaughter, survives him. Mr. Kent was a
and had served as assessor for many years. He was an attendant at the
Universalist church of Bristol.
From Ontario County Times 25 January 1888
Bristol, N. Y. - Died in Bristol, on Sunday, January 22, Mrs.
Laura Ann Kent, wife of Phineas Kent, aged 81 years, 9 months, and
3 days. Mrs. Kent was a native of Bristol and has always resided in
that town, except for the three years that her husband held the office
of Sheriff, during which time she was a resident of Canandaigua. Mrs.
Kent, belonged to that class of women who find their greatest pleasure
in the own home and in the care of their own family, and of her it may
be truly said, in the words of the wise man of Israel, "The heart of
her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need to
spoil. She will do him good and not evil, all the days of her life. She
seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. She girdeth
her loins with strength. She strengeneth her arms. She layeth her hands
to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her
hands to the poor, yea she reacheth forth her hands to the needy." She
leaves her aged and infirm husband, two sons, and three grandsons, to
mourn her loss.
From Ontario County Journal 21 January 1916
Bristol, N. Y. - Oliver Kent, a resident of Bristol, passed
away on Tuesday night, after several years of failing health. The past
nine weeks he had been confined to his bed. He was the youngest son of
Phineas and Laura Gooding Kent, and was born in Bristol on August 2,
1833. He assisted his father at the county jail when he was sheriff. He
later entered business at Cincinnati, returning to Bristol about 40
years ago, since which time he had lived at the old homestead. He had
been cared for in his declining yrs by his son, Courtland, and wife,
who resided with him. Besides his son, Courtland, he leaves a little
granddaughter and two nephews, Harry Newton of Cleveland, O., and Frank
H. Kent of Bristol. Deceased was the last of his family. For several
years he served as a notary and was always a Democrat in politics. The
funeral services will be held at his home this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Rev. J. H. Flower will officiate. The interment will be on the Newton
and Kent mound at Evergreen cemetery.
From Livonia Gazette 9 January 1891
Phineas Kent, a
lifelong resident of Bristol, died after a lingering illness, on Friday
evening, the 2nd inst., aged 86 years. He had been one of Bristol's
prominent men, holding many offices of trust, including that of sheriff
of Ontario County. His funeral was held on Monday, the Rev. E. B. Barber
of Baptist Hill officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 24 November 1899
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Cyrena Kenyon occurred
the home of her son, Charles Kenyon, on Tuesday morning, after quite
a long illness.
From Geneva Gazette 2 October 1885
Another Old Citizen Gone - We chronicle with sincere
sorrow the death of Mr. James Keogh, an old and well-known
naturalized citizen, which occurred Sept. 25th. Deceased was a
native of county Dublin, Ireland, and emigrated to this country and
settled at once in Geneva in 1844. He was a splendid penman and
an intelligent accountant, and was employed for a great many years as a
clerk by the late Joseph Price. He was found a most faithful and
diligent employee, and as such enjoyed the fullest confidence of every
employer and the respect of our entire community. He was a
zealous and devout member of St.
Francis de Sales Church and gave to pastor and people efficient
clerical services in matters of Church finances. Mr. Keogh was
the father of eleven children, but only the three younger survive
him. He was an invalid for the last four years, during which time
he had the constant care of an affectionate daughter, and the willing
pecuniary aid of a worthy son -- God's blessing upon them for such
steadfast and loving discharge of filial duty. Mr. Keogh's funeral took
place from the Church of St. Francis de
Sales last Monday forenoon, and was very largely attended. The
"Society of Jesus" headed by Rev. Father Hickey preceded the hearse in
solemn procession to the cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 7 December 1900
The death of Thomas Keough occurred on Saturday at his home
on the lake shore. The deceased was 58 years of age, and is survived by
his wife, three sons, Frank and Martin of Rome; Thomas of this place;
five daughters, Ella, Anna and Mary of Rochester, and Agnes and Lizzie
of Canandaigua. The funeral was held from St. Mary's church on Monday
From Canandaigua Chronicle 31 May 1905
In Rochester, May 29, occurred the death of Mrs. Thomas Keough,
aged about 63 years. Mrs. Keough was a former resident of this
village where she has many friends who will be grieved to hear of her
sudden demise. Mrs. Keough is survived by two sons, Martin and Frank,
and four daughters, Anna, Ella, Elizabeth and Agnes. Funeral was held
from St. Mary's church this morning at 10:30. Interment in Calvary
From Geneva Daily Times 8 June 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Sylvester Kern died at his home in this
village early yesterday morning after a long illness from Bright's
disease, at the age of 57 years. He was born in Springwater, N. Y., the
next to the youngest of ten children born to William and Phoebe Kern.
May 30th, 1872, he was united in marriage to Calista Flint. A number of
years ago he and his family moved to this village where they have since
resided. Much of the time he has worked at the carpenter trade and when
cement walk began to be laid in this village he, with Henry Walbridge,
took it up making that their business. For several months he has been
in poor health, but his condition was not considered serious until a
few weeks ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by four children,
Arthur Kern of Rochester; Mrs. Loren Eddy of Penn Yan; Mrs. Emma Saxton
of Canandaigua; and Miss Pearl Kern of Rushville; also one sister, Mrs.
Charles Wilkin of Elmira; and one brother, Lewis Kern of Niagara Falls;
and five grandchildren. The funeral services will be held tomorrow
morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Harsey King officiating. The body will be
laid to rest in the village cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 24 February 1893
Accident or Suicide - Frank Kerr, an employee at the Optical
Works, was observed to fall to
the floor about 11 o'clock this forenoon. Shopmates rushed to his
relief, who found a knife with which he had been cutting leather thrust
into his breast penetrating the heart. Death ensued in three
minutes. How the fatal thrust occurred -- whether by accident or
with suicidal intent -- is unknown. Deceased was aged about 18
years old and a comparative stranger in town. Coroner Wright will
From Ontario County Chronicle 1 October 1902
Ionia, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Jennie O'Neill Kerr were
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. O'Neill, on Sunday
evening of last week. The funeral was held from St. Bridget's Church at
East Bloomfield on Wednesday. Beside husband and daughter, father,
mother, four sisters and three brothers mourn her loss. The sympathy of
the public is extended to the bereaved ones.
From Ontario County Journal 16 November 1917
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Kershaw, aged 74 years, widow of
John Kershaw, occurred at her home on Chapel street on Tuesday morning.
There survive four sons and a daughter, Weldon, John and Fred and Miss
Mary Kershaw, of Canandaigua, and George Kershaw of California. Rev.
Herbert L. Gaylord officiated at the funeral services yesterday
afternoon. Interment was at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 8 April 1910
The death of John Kershaw occurred at the Memorial
hospital on Saturday morning. Death was due to paralysis. The deceased
was born in Dublin, Ireland, 71 years ago, but came to this country
when very young. During the civil war he served in the 163d Regiment,
New York State Volunteers, as a member of Company E. Besides a wife, he
is survived by four sons, Weldon, John and Fred, all of Canandaigua,
and George of California; and one daughter, Miss Mary Kershaw of this
place. The funeral was held from his late home Monday afternoon, Dr.
Herbert L. Gaylord officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn.
From Naples News 27 October 1937
Following an accident which he was called to investigate Friday night, on the Canandaigua-Geneva turnpike, Under-sheriff, "Ernie" W. Kerskie,
was hit by an auto, dragged on the pavement, crashing against a tow
car, and died Monday afternoon in the Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua.
Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, Kerskie immediately started
to unravel the traffic, and in the rain and mist, was struck by an
automobile driven by Harold Beach, of Rochester. Mr. Beach is serving a
30-day jail sentence and will probably be held for second degree
manslaughter. "Ernie", as he was known thruout the county, was born in
Gorham, July 6, 1891, making him 46 years old. He was deputy sheriff
under our townsman, Mr. John C. Bolles, when he was sheriff. In 1934-37
he served as Sheriff, and was succeeded by our present Sheriff Walter
A. Elling. He had been acting as deputy-sheriff this year. He had a
host of friends in Naples. He leaves his wife and little daughter,
Suzanne, of Canandaigua; one brother and five sisters. Funeral services
will be held Thursday afternoon. Following a prayer service to be be
held in the home in Chapel street at 1 o'clock, the funeral will take
place from the Methodist Episcopal church at 3 o'clock, with interment
in the family plot in Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell.
From Shortsville Enterprise 14 March 1929
Frederick Kerskie died on Sunday at his home in the township of
Hopewell, at the age of 82 years. Mr. Kerskie was a native of
Germany and a retired farmer. He is survived by three sons, Undersheriff
Ernest Kerskie, John and Otto Kerskie, all of Canandaigua; and six
daughters, Miss Minnie Kerskie of El Paso, Texas, Mrs. Julia Phaler of
Hawthorne, Calif., Mrs. Emil Brahm of Shortsville, Mrs. C. Ray Button of
Hopewell, Mrs. Chas. E. McMannis of Rochester and Miss Pauline Kerskie
of Rochester. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Button.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 6 January 1925
Canandaigua, Jan. 5 - Mrs. Frederick Kerskie, 75
years old, died at her home on the Geneva turnpike yesterday following a
stroke of paralysis. She leaves her husband, six daughters, Miss Minnie
Kerskie of ElPaso, Texas; Mrs. Earl Brahm, of Canandaigua; Mrs. Charles
McManus of Rochester; Mrs. Ray Sailer of Redondo Beach, Cal.; Mrs. Roy
Button and Miss Pauline Kerskie of Hopewell; and three sons, John
Kerskie and Ernest Kerskie, both of Hopewell, and Otto Kerskie of
Victor. Funeral services will be held at the home Wednesday afternoon at
2 o'clock with Rev. Dascomb F. Forbush, of the Canandaigua
Congregational church, officiating. Burial will be made in Pine Tree
Cemetery at Hopewell.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1918
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Nellie Tucker Kesel, wife of John Kesel,
passed away at her home southeast of Victor on March 4, pneumonia being
the cause of death. Mrs. Kesel was 37 years of age. She is survived by
her husband; one son, Herold Kesel; two daughters, Anna and Edna May,
all of Victor; her mother and sister, of Oneida, and a brother, of
Syracuse. An infant daughter, who was three days old when Mrs. Kesel
died, has since passed away.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 February 1938
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Kate Raines Kessler, 85, native
Canandaiguan, died of heart trouble Wednesday in her home in
Philadelphia. She was the youngest daughter of the late Senator John
Raines and Catherine Wheeler Raines, Canandaigua, and was educated in
the Canandaigua and Rochester schools. Since her marriage to John H.
Kessler, she had lived in Canandaigua. Surviving are the husband, and
three sons, Raines, J. Bissell and Edwin L. Kessler, Philadelphia; also
two brothers, John and George R. Raines, Rochester; and two sisters,
Mrs. William E. Sylvester and Mrs. William H. Welch, Canandaigua. The
body will be brought to Canandaigua where committal services will be
held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Woodlawn Chapel with burial in Woodlawn
From Ontario County Journal 26 January 1906
Naples, N. Y. - The funeral of the late Mrs. Caroline Ketch, widow
of Lewis Ketch, was held here on Saturday. She died at Willard hospital
at an advanced age, having been an inmate there some 20 years, previous
to which time she was a beloved resident of Naples. Three married
daughters survive her. Mrs. Martin F. Lyon, of Naples, Mrs. Orla
Elliott of Middlesex, and Mrs. Henry Marsh, of Atlanta.
From Ontario County Journal 4 April 1890
Another of the old inhabitants of Ontario county has passed away. Benjamin
of Farmington died at the residence of his nephew,
Benjamin Loomis, in West Farmington, while on a visit, aged 73 years.
"Uncle Ben," as he was familiarly known, was greatly esteemed by his
large circle of relatives and friends.
From Shortsville Enterprise 16 January 1930
The death of Elmer A. Ketcham occurred last Thursday at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Orin Randall, about four miles north of this
village, following a long illness. He had attained the advanced age of
85 years. Mr. Ketcham was born in Farmington on March 13, 1845, a son
of the late Germond and Chloe Smith Ketcham. In 1863 he removed to
Michigan, where on March 21, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss
Cynthia Crawford of that state, who died in the year 1887. Mr. Ketcham
and family then returned to Farmington to reside. The survivors are
eight daughters, Mrs. Nettie Anderson of Rochester, Mrs. Ida Petty of
Shortsville, Mrs. Minnie Dillingham of Pittsford, Mrs. Mary Goodsell of
Manchester, Mrs. Alma Robinson and Mrs. Orin Randall of Farmington,
Clara A. Randall of Texas and Vera A. Randall of Farmington; one son,
Burt A. Randall, all of Farmington; and one brother, Daniel Ketcham of
Rochester; also 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral
services were held from the home of Orin Randall on Sunday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. L. L. Swarthout, pastor of
Manchester Baptist church. The remains were laid at rest in South
From Ontario County Times 30 January 1884
Germond Ketcham, who died Dec. 17th 1883, had been a resident of
Farmington for over fifty years, having moved there in the fall of
1833, in company with his parents, four sisters, and one brother, from
Rensselaer county, N. Y., and located on the farm where he resided at
the time of his death. The seventy-seventh year of his life was just
drawing to a close when his life candle went out. He leaves a wife,
three daughters, and five sons to mourn his loss. He has led a long and
useful life, and what is his families' loss, they have all reason to
believe is his gain.
From Ontario County Journal 4 October 1901
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - On Friday occurred the sudden death of James Ketcham, aged
68 years. Mr. Ketcham was in usual health, and was in the field at work
when he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which caused his death two days
later. He is survived by his wife, one son, Erwin, and one daughter,
Norah. The funeral was largely attended on Sunday afternoon. The
bereaved family have sympathy of the entire community in their great
From Geneva Daily Times 24 September 1907
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. James Ketcham of the
town of Gorham, occurred at her home on Saturday after a recent shock
paralysis. She leaves two children, a son, Irwin, and daughter, Miss
Ketcham. The funeral was held from the house yesterday afternoon at 2
Burial was in Gorham Cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1 December 1894
Mrs. Mary Ketcham, wife
of B. S. Ketcham, died at her home, in Farmington, on Wednesday
morning. A husband and three children, two daughters and a son, survive.
From Shortsville Enterprise 22 May 1908
Smith B. Ketcham of Manchester, died at the Sisters' hospital in
Buffalo last Friday morning, aged 65 years. Death resulted from
apoplexy, occasioned by being struck with a cab as he was alighting
from a Buffalo street car on Thursday evening. He left Manchester about
two weeks ago to aid in caring for a friend who is receiving treatment
at a Buffalo hospital. The funeral services were held in the chapel of
the Buffalo crematorium on Sunday morning, at which time his remains
were cremated. Mr. Ketcham was born in Farmington, enlisted in the
civil war in the 126th regiment. After the war he married Emily Burton
of Pittsford and made his home in Manchester. He moved later to Grand
Rapids, Mich., and later to Detroit, where his wife died, about
eighteen months ago. Since then he has made his home most of the time
with his sister in Manchester. Mr. Ketcham is survived by one son,
Harry, of Lansing, Mich.; three brothers, William of Despatch, Elmer of
Farmington, and Daniel; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Herendeen of
From Naples Record 17 April 1875
Rushville - Mrs. Lyman B. Ketchel died at her home in this village on Sunday, April 11th, 1875, after an illness of 5 days of inflammation of the brain;
her age was 34 years and 4 months. She was the youngest daughter of the
late Wm. Wilson of Gorham, and for a number of years has resided in
this village. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and always
maintained an unaffected and exemplary character; although not lavish in
her attachments, yet her friendship was always sincere and
disinterested. In her family relations she was most exemplary. She was
devotedly attached to them, and in their society she experienced her
highest enjoyments. She leaves a husband and two children, a son and
daughter, whose home is saddened by the loss of an affectionate wife and
kind mother. The funeral was held at the Congregational Church on
Tuesday, and was attended by a large congregration. Rev. G. Strasenburgh officiated.
From Victor Herald 31 May 1901
In the death of Albert Ketchum, which occurred on Tuesday
evening at his home on Covill street, the town of Victor loses one of
its oldest citizens, probably the oldest of any born in the town. Mr.
Ketchum was born December 13, 1811. He was one of a family of five
children, all boys, of which he was the last living representative. His
father, Jared Ketchum, was one of the earliest settlers of the town,
purchasing one hundred acres of land of Hezekiah Boughton in 1790. The
original homestead was built on a part of the farm now owned by Henry
C. Parmelee. Here Albert was born and remained at home until he was
about sixteen years of age when he went to Vienna (now Phelps) to learn
the tanner's trade. He remained there but a short time and returned to
the farm where he worked for two years. Not having a fancy for farming,
he learned the cooper's trade with Alden Covill and worked at it most
of his long life until compelled to retire from business on account of
the infirmities of age. For many years he occupied the cooper shop near
the N. Y. C. station. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs.
A. Sage, of Lima. The funeral was held at the house Friday afternoon,
at two o'clock, the Rev. S. G. Ayres officiating. Interment in Boughton
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1918
Cheshire, N. Y. - Jeremiah B. Ketchum died at the home of his son,
Charles . Ketchum, Bristol, on April 28 after a brief illness. He was
born at Clinton Park, Saratoga county, May 5, 1830, and came here with
his parents, John A. and Sarah Ketchum, when six years old. He married
Mary A. Benedict, Feb. 7, 1861. who died in 1890. Later he married Jane
Eliza Ketchum, who died in 1911. He leaves three sons, Charles R. and
Gould R. of Bristol, and Stephen R. of Detroit, Mich., and a brother
Jesse Ketchum, of Bristol. He was a member of the Methodist church of
Bristol Center. The funeral was held at the Cheshire church on
Wednesday, Rev. G. E. Henshaw, of Honeoye, officiating. Burial was in
Pine Bank cemetery. Mr. Ketchum was a respected resident of Cheshire
for a number of years.
From Victor Herald 27 January 1894
Mrs. Cynthia A. Ketchum, relict of the late Frank Ketchum, died at
her home in this town last Saturday morning. She had been a great
sufferer from consumption for several years past, and her decease,
although sudden, was not unexpected. Mrs. Ketchum was born in the town
of Richmond, in this county, April 11th, 1845. When about three years
of age, her father, Stephen Conklin, died, and she came to live with
grandparents in this town, where she has resided except at brief
intervals ever since. In 1872 she married George Rohr; after six years
Mr. Rohr died, and in 1883, she married Frank Ketchum who died two
years later. Since that time Mrs. Ketchum has lived a very quiet
retired life. She was a member of St. Paul's Universalist church, and
until her health failed was a regular attendant. She was very ladylike
and refined in her life, much respected and beloved and met the ever
shifting lights and shadows of life with quiet fortitude and christian
trust. She leaves no very near relatives, three aunts and a number of
cousins, Chas. W. Dane of this town is her cousin, and he has cared for
her during the past five or six years. The funeral was held from her
late residence Tuesday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of
friends and neighbors. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Legal.
The remains were laid in the family lot in the village cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 23 December 1910
Bristol Center N. Y. - The funeral service of Mrs. Jane
Eliza Ketchum, wife of Jeremiah B. Ketchum, was conducted by Rev.
A. Briddon, at the home of Stephen Ketchum, 11 a.m. Saturday. Mrs.
Ketchum had not enjoyed good health for some time and the stepsons,
Stephen and Charles Ketchum, with their wives, visited the lady some
two weeks ago and persuaded her to come down to the Center for the
winter. She consented and the children made her comfortable, contented
and happy. It was, therefore, a great surprise to all when she
developed symptoms which carried her away so quickly. Mrs. Ketchum was
an Episcopalian, an accomplished scholar, and quite musical. She leaves
besides her husband, one brother in Chicago, and three stepsons,
Charles R., Stephen B. and Gould R. Ketchum, all of Bristol Center.
Interment was at Cheshire.
From Ontario County Journal 14 November 1890
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary, wife of Jerry Ketchum, died
Thursday afternoon, Nov. 6, aged 51 years. This, indeed,
has been a remarkable case. She had been a great sufferer for more than
years with what the doctors term a "sarcoma of the shoulder," a kind of
tumor. During last winter swellings - four in number - formed on the
right shoulder, extending on to the breast, back and arm, the largest
measured twenty-eight inches in circumference. The first of these broke
about six weeks ago, and as the others broke, her strength failed more
rapidly. The funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m., at the church in
Rev. Mr. Kerr, our Methodist pastor, officiating.
From Victor Herald 16 March 1900
Last Friday afternoon occurred the death of Mrs. Nancy Ketchum, at
on Boughton Hill. She had been suffering with an attack
of pneumonia for several days, but the indirect cause of her death was
a severe fall which she had the misfortune to take on the icy ground,
months ago. Mrs. Ketchum had been a resident of this town for
fifty-five years and was widely esteemed woman. Nancy Blainey Ketchum
was born in Ohio in 1825. After her marriage to Nelson Ketchum, she
came to this town in 1845,
where she has since resided. She was an active member of St. Paul's
Universalist church, always taking a great interest in its work. Mrs.
Ketchum is survived by two sons, George and Charles Ketchum, and two
daughters, Mrs. Amelia
Lobdell and Miss Delia Ketchum, all of Victor. The funeral services
held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from her late home. In the absence
a Universalist pastor, Rev. F. M. Cole conducted the services. The many
faces showed that the death of Mrs. Ketchum will be regretted by a
large circle of friends.
From Ontario County Journal 14 April 1876
Nelson Ketchum, a prominent citizen of Victor, died at his
residence on Boughton hill, Victor, on Thursday evening of last week.
Mr. Ketchum was a prominent member of the Universalist church and
was universally respected by all the community. His age was about sixty
years. In the death of Mr. Ketchum, the Universalist church and
the community have met with a severe loss.
From Fairport Herald Mail 31 March 1927
S. Louise Ketchum, wife
of George Ketchum of Victor, R. D., died Friday, March 25, at her home.
She was born in Rush, August 16, 1857, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Nathan Rose. Burial was made Monday at Victor.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 February 1890
Seymour Ketchum, a lifelong resident of Victor, died Tuesday. The
funeral will be held this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the residence and
the burial will be at the Boughton Hill cemetery. The Rev. J. F. Leland
From Ontario County Times 8 August 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Seymour Ketchum, one of the most respected
and estimable ladies of this place, died very suddenly at her home on
Saturday morning. The funeral services were held at the house on
Monday, the Rev. Mr. Borden officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 4 March 1887
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. Wm. Ketchum, died at his home in
Rushville, Feb. 24, aged 68 years. Mr. Ketchum was for many years a
leading citizen of Gorham. The funeral was held from the house Sunday
at 1 p.m.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 October 1927
The death of Mrs. Angeline P. Keyes, widow of the late
Benjamin W. Keyes, occurred at her home, 41 High street, this morning,
following a brief illness. She is survived by one son, Attorney
Lewis W. Keyes, of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. Herman Schulte of
Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 October 1927
The funeral of Mrs. Angelina P. Keyes, widow of B. W. Keyes,
was held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at her late home, No. 41 High
street. The services were conducted by Rev. Fred Drewett, pastor
of the First Baptist church, of which the deceased had been a member
for the past sixty years or more. The bearers were David Moore, Frank
E. Fairfax, Geo. E. Reed, F. J. Witter, Frank A. LaPointe and William
R. Welch. Mrs. Keyes was one of the oldest members of the Baptist
church here, and was always interested and active in it. She had
a wide circle of friends both within and outside of the church. Her
death was very sudden. She had been in her usual health until
Friday evening after supper, when she was taken with a severe pain in
the head as she was retiring. She called for help and medical aid
was sent for at once, but she became unconscious and died in a few
hours. Her daughter, Mrs. Herman Schulte,
and husband, of Cleveland, were immediately notified and arrived here
Saturday. They had spent the summer here with Mrs. Keyes and had
only recently gone back to their Cleveland home.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 November 1895
Mrs. B. W. Keyes, of Genesee street, died suddenly while out
riding with her daughter, Mrs. Alexander, yesterday afternoon at about
2 o'clock. She and her daughter had started
from the Keyes home near Castle street and had driven only a block,
to the corner of Main and Castle streets, when she was suddenly taken
with a sharp pain in her left side. Mrs. Alexander drove as quickly as
possible back to the house, but when the vehicle stopped again on
Genesee street, in front of the residence, Mrs. Keyes was dead. Medical
aid was summoned and the cause of death was pronounced heart trouble.
The deceased is survived by one daughter and two sons, who will have
the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement, made more
poignant by the fact that within the past year and a half, her husband
sons have died. Mrs. Keyes was an amiable woman, and had a very large
circle of acquaintances and friends in Geneva. The funeral will be held
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Geneva Gazette 27 July 1894
Benj. W. Keyes Sr. died at his home on Genesee St. Sunday morning
last, aged a little over 77 years. His illness was only of two or
three weeks' duration, and was not thought to be serious until a day or
two before his death. The disease was of the stomach and bowels.
Mr. Keyes had been in active business among us for fully fifty
years as a carriage maker, realizing a generous patronage. After
the war, in which his son honorably served, the latter was taken into
partnership and a greater impetus given to their business, and their
factory extensively enlarged. The deceased was an "old timer" as
a Free Mason, one
of the few who instituted a revival in Ark Lodge early in the 50's and
became one of its most assiduous members in attendance upon its
communications. He rejoiced to see it regain its old-time
prestige, ranking as one of the strongest lodges in this State before
the anti-Masonic crusade of 1827. The funeral of Mr. Keyes took
place Wednesday from
the house. The bearers comprised the following among his older Masonic
brethren: D. W. Baird, Chas. Bean, S. H. Parker, Meyer Jacobs, W.
E. Hayes, and D. P. Nelson.
Following the burial service, and hymns admirably rendered by a mixed
quartette, the Rev. B. G. Boardman and Rev. Dr. Moore, paid fitting
tributes to the deceased as a parent, husband, friend, upright in
business dealings, a Christian in daily walk and conversation, if not
by actual profession of faith. The eulogies were deserved.
The interment was in Glenwood cemetery, on a lot most beautiful
of location on the brow of the hill at the right
of the main avenue.
The sorrowing family left embraces the aged widow, four sons, one
daughter and several grand-children. A beautiful floral emblem
attracted admiration -- a pillow formed of white roses, lilies and
smaller flowers, bordered with vines. Its motto revealed who were
the contributors -- it read "Our Employer: '62 to '94."
From Elmira Daily Gazette 4 January 1895
Benjamin Keyes, the proprietor of the B. W. Keyes Carriage factory,
of Geneva, died very suddenly Tuesday night at midnight. He had an
attack of heart disease about 6 o'clock and six hours later died. Mr.
Keyes was a soldier during the war, serving in Col. Baird's 38th
regiment of infantry, winning merited honor. He was well-known also as
a business man, having engaged in business with his late father for
over thirty years. He leaves a mother, wife and two children, Louis W.
and Daisy; also three brothers, William Keyes of Louisville, Ky.,
George Keyes of Geneva, and Dr. Charles R. Keyes of Lodi, and Mrs.
Alexander of Syracuse. Deceased was 52 years of age, and up to the day
of his death was apparently strong and in good health.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1922
George A. Keyes, a former resident of Geneva, died in Buffalo last
Friday. The body was brought to Geneva Sunday evening and taken to the
undertaking rooms of F. W. Yells and Son, Main street, where the
funeral was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Kenneth A. Bray,
rector of St. Peter's church, officiated and interment was made in
Glenwood Cemetery. He is survived by three sons, Harry W. Keyes of
Gasport, George B. Keyes of Waldon and Arthur Keyes of Syracuse.
Ex-judge L. W. Keyes of this city is a nephew.
From Geneva Courier 11 July 1883
TWO DEATHS - Mr. Geo. Keyes, son of B. W. Keyes,
Sr., has been afflicted of late by the
death of two bright little children. He resides on LaFayette
Avenue. The first
child died about two weeks ago, of scarlet fever, aged a little more
than a year; and before another week ended the little girl was taken
away, with the same disease, aged three and a half years. The
funeral services of the latter were held on Friday afternoon last, Rev.
H. W. Nelson, Jr., of Trinity church officiating. The other
children have been ill but are now better, and the wife and mother is
now confined to her bed. She has been very ill, but is reported
now as slowly improving. All will hope for the afflicted family
that the mother and
little ones will soon be well.
Following is obituary of the mother of the two children above:
From Geneva Daily Times 14 February 1911
MRS. SARAH J. KEYES Mrs. Sarah J. Keyes, 66 years
of age, died yesterday
4 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. M. E. Beals, No. 71 Cherry
Street, after a six months illness. The
deceased has lived practically her entire life in Geneva. She is
survived by three sons, Harry of Buffalo, Arthur of New York,
and George Keyes of Geneva; two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Beals and
Mrs. Andrew Harvey of Geneva, and two brothers,
William Bryan of Michigan and Thomas Bryan of Geneva. The
funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
from the home of Mrs. Beals. Dr. J. B. Hubbs DD, rector of
St. Peter's Church will officiate. Burial will be in
From Ontario County Times 3 September 1890
John Keyes, of Port Gibson, aged 60 years, was recently found dead
in a hotel barn at Newark. It is supposed that he fell from a ladder
leading to the hay mow. His neck was broken.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 February 1935
L. W. KEYES, ILL MONTH, PASSES AWAY - Well Known
Attorney and Had Served As City Judge
Lewis Wheaton Keyes, prominent Geneva lawyer
and former city judge, died early this morning at his home, 593 South
Main street, after about a month's illness. He was 68 years of
was a native of this city, the son of the late Benjamin Wheaton Keyes.
He graduated from Hobart College in 1887, and from the Columbia
College Law School in 1890, being admitted to the Bar in the same year.
He immediately commenced the practice of his profession in
partnership with D. B. Backenstose, who retired from the firm in 1902.
Mr. Keyes was elected City Judge in 1906, serving for ten years.
He was treasurer and attorney for the Geneva Permanent Loan and
Saving Association, serving in the latter capacity for about forty
years. He was also commissioner of Glenwood
Cemetery and a warden of Trinity Episcopal church. He is survived
by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Graves Keyes, and one son, Frederick.
Funeral announcements will made later. Please omit flowers.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1935
The funeral of former City Judge Lewis W. Keyes, prominent local
attorney who died yesterday morning, will be held tomorrow afternoon at
2:30 o'clock from his late home, 593 South Main street, and 3 o'clock
at Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 September 1895
The remains of William H. Keyes who was drowned at
Springfield, Ill., last week arrived in Geneva Sunday morning. They
were taken to the home of Mrs. N. J. Mensch, 33 Geneva street. The
funeral services took place at the house and were conducted by Rev. Dr.
Remick. Interment was made in Glenwood.
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