"Mat" to "Maz" Obituaries
From Geneva Gazette 28 September 1888
One poor family -- that of John Matheney living on
LaFayette avenue -- has been sadly afflicted by the death of two
children within five days. On the 18th they lost a little girl
aged 7 years, and on the 23d the next younger, aged 5 years -- both
victims of diphtheria. The
appearance of this dread disease in that household is attributed to
pure local causes -- the opening of an old sewer on the premises, a
damp and foul cellar, and other surroundings anything but
healthful. The Board of Health adopted stringent measures for
preventing the disease from spreading, which it is believed will prove
successful, as no other cases are reported in the village.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 October 1906
Rushville, N. Y. - Abram Mather, died Monday. He was born
Sept. 22, 1822, in Middlesex, Yates county. He
married Elizabeth A. Lowe in 1852. He retired from active work in 1872
and moved to Rushville, purchasing the home where he died. He is
survived by his wife, one son, Rufus A. Mather of Canandaigua, one
daughter, wife of Professor Frank Smalley of Syracuse University. Mr.
Mather's long life has been filled with good deeds. He was generous
to a fault, a liberal giver for all causes that were for an uplift for
mankind, and while not a member of any church was a liberal supporter
of the church. The poor and unfortunate remember him with special
From Ontario County Journal 10 May 1889
Richmond, N. Y. - Mrs. Abby Mather of East Bloomfield Sta.,
died after but an hour's illness at the residence of her nephew, T.
Moon, Michigan, Sunday p.m., May 4th. The remains were brought back for
interment. The burial was in the cemetery at Allen's Hill Tuesday p.m.
Mrs. Mather was formerly a resident of this town. She was in her 77th
year. A memorial service will be held in St. Peter's church, East
Bloomfield Sta., next Sunday morning at the usual hour of service, Rev.
David Moir officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1892
Bristol, N. Y. - Elisha Mather, an old resident, died Wednesday,
the 7th inst., aged 86 years. Funeral services were held at his home
Friday, at 11 o'clock. The interment was in Evergreen cemetery, Rev. C.
C. Johnson, of East Bloomfield officiating.
From Naples Record 28 August 1878
Cheshire - It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mrs. George Mather, which
occurred on Friday last; she had been in a decline for some time, and
her demise was not altogether unexpected. The funeral services were held
at the family residence, and seldom have we seen a larger concourse of
people than followed her remains to their last resting place in the
beautiful cemetery at Canandaigua. Mrs. Mather was a faithful and
devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, a true and generous friend,
tender and compassionate to those in want, faithful in the exercise of
every christian virtue. She had the respect and esteem of all who knew
her, cheerful and happy. Death to her had no terrors, for she was
enabled today as one of old, "I have finished the work thou gavest me to do."
From Ontario County Journal 28 March 1902
George C. Mather died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. G.
Douglass, West Gibson street, yesterday, after a long illness from
creeping paralysis. Deceased was born in Middlesex 76 years ago. He
came to Canandaigua in 1859 and purchased the fine farm on the west
lake shore, which was his home until a few years ago, when he came to
live with his children in this village. Mr. Mather was a successful
farmer and horse breeder. He took special interest in stock and owned
the first Berkshire swine ever brought to this vicinity. He was an
intelligent, kind-hearted and useful citizen, esteemed and respected by
all who knew him. Mr. Mather was a Republican, and for 12 years was a
member of the excise board. He also served as road commissioner. There
survive him two sons and two daughters, C. R. Mather of this village;
John L. Mather of Shortsville; and Mrs. F. G. Douglass and Mrs. Charles
F. Robertson, of this village. A brother, Abram Mather of Rushville
also survives. Mr. Mather's wife died in 1874. Funeral services will be
held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence of F. G.
Douglass. Rev. Dr. J. Wallace Webb will officiate.
From Ontario County Journal 4 April 1884
Richmond, N. Y. - A terrible accident occurred at the saw mill
formerly known as the Gates mills, on Wednesday, March 19th, in
consequence of which a young man named John Mather lost his
life. While at work in the mill he fell upon the saw, by which his
right arm was terribly mangled from the wrist to the shoulder. The arm
was amputated on Saturday last
by Dr. Richmond, of Livonia Station, assisted by Drs. Sayer and Green,
of Richmond. Although young Mather bore up well under the operation of
amputation, he died the evening of the same day. He leaves a wife and
one child to mourn his loss, which is not theirs alone, since he was an
estimable young and gave promise of future usefulness.
From Geneva Courier 11 June 1862
John O. Mather, a resident of Richmond in this county, committed
suicide on the morning of Sunday, the 1st inst., by taking poison.
He has been subject to fits of mental derangement for several
From Geneva Courier 18 June 1862
The statement made last week that Mr. John O. Mather, of
Richmond, in this county, had committed suicide, proves to be
erroneous, as is also the one that he had been subject to fits of
mental derangement. He died from Apoplexy.
From Perry Herald 24 August 1944
Death of Lucius Chauncey Mather, 94, one of Perry's oldest
residents, occurred early Sunday morning at the home of his daughter
and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Henry of 8 Benedict street, where
he had made his home for the past 12 years. Since June he had been in
failing health and confined to his bed. He was born at Academy, Ontario
County, on Nov. 11, 1849, only child of Zachariah and Theodotia Adams
Mather. He was brought up on his parents farm to which he succeeded
upon their death and converted it to a fruit and stock farm on which he
raised blooded Ayrshire cattle, Berkshire pigs and Brahma hens, as well
as fruit. He was also a veterinarian of ability and in demand in that
capacity, although his talents were the result of experience and home
study. On Dec. 25, 1877, he was united in marriage to Jennie Elizabeth
Green. They resided on the farm until 1897, when they moved to
Canandaigua, where they resided until her death in 1925. He remained
there until 1932 when he came to Perry to make his home with his
daughter, who gave him tender care during his declining years. One
other daughter, Mrs. Rhoda Hagan of Canandaigua, also survives.
He was the oldest living charter member of Ontario County Pomona
Grange, in which he took an active interest, and was instrumental in
forming many Granges throughout the county. He was a leader in the
civic and religious life of the community in which he lived. A member
of Canandaigua Lodge, F. & A. M., for 70 years, Mr. Mather was
honored at gatherings in which he was in which he was first presented
with a Masonic Bible and life membership after 50 years, later a
50-year medal, and subsequently a palm to signify 60-year membership.
His life was squared with his religious convictions, which were sincere
and deep. An illustration of his faith is found in an incident that
occurred one Sunday when he went to church to prepare the Sunday School
room for the morning service, according to his custom, accompanied by
his daughter, then 13. A heavy snow storm had made the roads almost
impassable and no one else arrived. Promptly at the appointed hour, Mr.
Mather opened the services with only his daughter present, the two
completing the full program of hymns, Scripture reading and Bible
study, the same as if the Sunday School room had been filled.
Services were held from the Eaton Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon at
1 o'clock, Rev. Cecil Wilson, former pastor of the Methodist church
officiating. The remains were taken to Canandaigua where full Masonic
services were held at the Kennedy Funeral Home, with Masonic ceremonies
at the grave in Academy Cemetery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 21 November 1906
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Clara Ford, in Newark, Saturday evening, occurred the death of Mrs.
Mather, of this village. Mrs. Mather had been visiting her
daughter when she was taken ill and only lived a little over a week.
She was 72 years old and moved here with her husband from Seneca Falls
about twenty-five years ago. She was a member of the Methodist church
here and a well-known and highly respected Christian woman. Her husband
has been dead about eight years. She is survived by three daughters,
Miss Mary Mather of Clifton Springs, Mrs. Clara Fork of Newark, and
Mrs. Claude VanHueson of Rochester; and two sons, William Mather and
Jessie D. Mather of Clifton Springs. Miss Reta Lisk of the Rochester
Homeopathic Hospital Training school for nurses is her granddaughter,
and has always made her home with her. The funeral services will be
held at her late residence in Pleasant street on Wednesday afternoon at
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1 September 1938
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Martha L. Mather, 72, died here
yesterday in Memorial Hospital. Surviving are the husband, Charles R.,
who also is ill in Memorial Hospital; one son, George S., Canandaigua;
and one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Burnett, Rochester. Funeral services will
be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the home, 39 Greig Terrace, with burial
in Woodlawn cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Albert Mathers, a respected
resident of this town, died at his home on Sunday morning, at the age
of 63 years. He was stricken with apoplexy about three weeks ago, but
had been much improved, and died from the effects of a relapse. The
deceased had resided in this town about five years, having removed from
Bristol. Besides a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Earl, of Gates, survives
him. The funeral services were held from his late residence on
Wednesday afternoon, Rev. M. L. Stimson officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - The remains of George A. Mathews, who died
consumption at his home in Geneva last Friday, were brought here for
burial in the Phelps cemetery on Sunday afternoon. The deceased was the
son of Wm. and Ellen Severance Mathews and formerly resided here. He
was 27 years of age, and was a member of the Independent battery of
Geneva. A detail from the company accompanied the remains to this
place. Rev. M. Shaw met the procession as it entered the village and
offered prayer at the grave.
From Ontario County Times 23 June 1886
Chapinville, N. Y. - On Thursday evening, the 17th instant, soon
after the family had retired, Mrs. J. Mathews, who was but a
wreck of her former self, escaped from her room and, according to all
probabilities, purposely threw herself before the 9:38 train, and was
found in the morning dead in the ditch by the side of the track. The
Coroner was summoned, and the jury was drawn in the presence of the
body. In the afternoon of the same day, the post mortem examination
took place, and on Monday, the 21st instant, the inquest will take
place. Mrs. Mathews was buried at Macedon at 1:30 of the same day.
From Ontario County Journal 31 May 1889
Matthew Mathews, of Chapinville, aged about 55 years, committed
suicide Monday evening by taking Paris green. He took the dose about
four o'clock in the afternoon and shortly afterward he told his family
what he had done. Doctors Hallenbeck, of Canandaigua, and Burroughs of
Shortsville, were at once summoned, but were unable to save the man's
life. Mathews told them that he did not want them to give him anything,
and that he took the poison to put himself out of the way. He died at
half past eight o'clock. Mathews had at one time been in the habit of
going on sprees, and it is said that he had been drinking for awhile
before he took his life. No other reason can be assigned for the act,
as he was supposed to be in good health. The deceased leaves a widow,
two sons and a daughter.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 9 April 1873
Mrs. Sally M. Mathews, died in Canandaigua, April 1st, aged 77
years, 1 month and 14 days. Mrs. Mathews had lived
in Canandaigua during the last thirty years of her life. She had
been for many years a helpless invalid, and for seventeen years
had not been able to stand upon her feet. She was a member of the
Presbyterian Church of Pultney, N. Y., and was enable to bear her
great sufferings with christian patience and fortitude. Her funeral
took place April 3d, from residence of her son-in-law, Moses Cleveland,
on Pleasant street.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 June 1943
William Henry Mathews, aged 68, of 120 Castle street, died this
morning after a short illness at the home of his son, W. Harry Mathews,
of 15 Milton street. Surviving are his wife, Elsie; two daughters,
Myrna DelPapa of Waterloo, and Miss Harriet Mathews of Waterloo; three
sons, Deederick Mathews of the U. S. Army at Harlingen Field, Texas;
Louis of Attica, and W. Harry of Geneva; six grandchildren; two
brothers, Willis of Seneca Falls and Harvey of Williamsport, Pa. Mr.
Mathews had been employed at the Shuron Optical Company for fifteen
years, and was a member of the Optical Workers Union.
From Ontario County Times 27 January 1864
Edmund T. Mathewson, a private of Co. D., 126th Regt., N. Y.
S. V., died in hospital at Richmond, Va., on the 14th day of November,
1863, aged 18 years. Young Mathewson was a noble and brave soldier,
remarkable for his promptness and efficiency in the performance of his
duties, and for his uniform and amiable disposition, which won for him
the respect and confidence of his associates. He was with his company
in action on Maryland Heights, Sept. 14 and 15, 1862, and at
Gettysburg, through those terrible battles of the 2d, 3d and 4th of
July. At White Plains, Va., on the the 25th
of July last, while at a halt, with arms stacked, he, in company with
rest, improved the time in picking blackberries, when Mosby, with a few
men disguised in our uniform, rode suddenly up and took him, with one
two others, and marched them off, prisoners of war. He was taken first
Libby Prison, then to Belle Island, where it seems he was taken sick
removed to a hospital, where death came as a deliverer, and young
Mathewson became another sacrifice to this wicked rebellion, a martyr
for his country.
From Geneva Gazette 31 May 1889
Matthew Matthews, a blacksmith of Chapinville, committed
suicide Monday evening by
taking Paris green. He told his wife he had taken poison to put
himself out of
the way. Matthews has been in the habit of going on a spree
occasionally, and it is said that he had been drinking some just before
he took the poison. No other cause for the deed is known.
He was about fifty-five years old and leaves a wife and three children.
From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1909
At her home, 98 Pleasant street, where she had resided for the past
54 years, on Monday morning at 6 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs.
Cordelia Maria Mattice, widow of Morris M. Mattice. Mrs. Mattice
had lived to the remarkable age of 86 years and 4 months. She had been
an invalid for the past 14 years and he last serious illness was of
about six weeks duration. Mrs. Mattice was a member of the
Congregational church. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. M. E.
Etts, of this village, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Fred K. Craver of
Rochester. The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday afternoon at
2 o'clock, Rev Livingston L. Taylor officiating. Interment was in the
West Avenue cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 9 December 1868
One of the most horrible accidents it has ever been our duty to
record, which resulted in the instant killing of one of our citizens,
occurred in this place on Monday evening last. Mr. George Mattice, son-in-law
of Mr. Francis Shanks, lumber dealers and proprietors of a
planing mill on Pleasant street, while engaged in adjusting some part
of a steam engine,
which was a little out of order, was caught in the fly wheel, which
very rapidly, and was literally torn and knocked to pieces. It appears
he had detected an irregularity in the motion of the engine, and
descended from an upper floor into the engine room to see if he could
discover what was the cause of it. An eccentric which had been out of
order a few days before
very naturally attracted his attention, and it is thought that while he
examining it, his clothes were caught in the wheel, it being very near,
in an instant he was whirling through the air with the rapidity of
His father-in-law, Mr. Shanks, who was in an adjoining room, heard an
noise, and attributed it to the scuffling of some boys overhead; but as
noise increased, and the motion of the engine was gaining rapidly, he
that the commotion must proceed from that quarter, where he immediately
and shut off the steam. Just at this moment the belt ran off the fly
and he began searching for the cause, when he discovered the body of
unfortunate man lying between the base upon which one end of the shaft
and the wheel. What a horrible sight was there revealed ! There lay the
or that portions of it which had not been torn apart, mangled and
It was hardly recognizable. The back part of the head was completely
away. Portions of his brains were strewn about the floor and upon the
and sides of the building. Parts of his skull were found in different
and his clothes had been torn from his body and rent into shreds. One
his feet had been torn from the leg, and not a space the width of man's
but had been bruised and lacerated could be found. Blood was spattered
everything in proximity to the fatal scene.
The news of the accident which was so unusual in our quiet village
spread like wildfire, and a crowd soon gathered about the premises. The
body of Mr.
Mattice was taken up and removed to his residence, where it was
out and a Coroner's jury summoned.
Mr. Mattice was an upright and honest citizen, and was much respected
by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and little child to mourn his
From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1895
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Thursday afternoon, October 17, a
fatal accident occurred at the new Catholic church in this place, at
about 2 o'clock, when the rafters, about one-half of which had been
placed in position, were blown down by the strong wind which prevailed
at the time. Edward Mattison, a carpenter, who was working on
the main floor, was knocked down by the falling timbers, and caught
between them and a pile of lumber, crushing his skull. He lived only
about two hours after the accident. Seward Stone, Clay Wilson, and
William Case, all carpenters, were also injured; Stone seriously, the
others only slightly.
The funeral services of Mattison were held on Sunday afternoon from his
late home on Broad street, Rev. O. M. Hilton of Auburn, assisted by
Rev. S. H. Adams, officiating, and were more largely attended than any
held here for many years. The Citizens Hook and Ladder company, Foster
Hose company, and K. O. T. M., of all of which he was a member,
attended in a body. The floral offerings were very fine. Mr. Mattison
leaves a wife, and a daughter about three years old.
From Ontario Republican Times 4 September 1856
Died, in this village, on Saturday night last, of consumption, Elijah
Mattison, the 30th August, in the 33d year of his age. Mr.
Mattison was by profession a Printer, and brother of the editor of the
Ontario Messenger, of which establishment he had been Foreman
for several years past. The writer of this notice had known him
intimately for many years. Although long afflicted with the dreadful
disease of which he died, his was such a marked case of submission and
resignation as to produce a deep impression in the circle of his
acquaintance. Sensible as he had long been of the dangerous and
critical condition of his health, and of his rapidly approaching end,
he preserved a manly cheerfulness.
He was heartily devoted to his profession, and was an ornament to it.
he grew weaker day by day, his friends advised him to leave the office
seek the quiet of his home. But he philosophized upon it; he had spent
his days in a Printing Office; to be deprived of its excitement now,
system would sink rapidly. He always expressed the hope that he should
linger upon his bed, and on the Sabbath before his death, he remarked
the writer, "Well, my old friend, I am at last brought to my couch; but
will not be long -- I have lain down to die," and he smiled a pleasant
and seemed to be happy. There is high moral heroism in thus meeting
Mr. Mattison had many friends who mourn his demise. He leaves a wife
two little children. God will protect her in her widowhood, and her
in their orphanage.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 February 1915
Rushville, N. Y. - The death of Journano Mattison, aged
occurred in Canandaigua February 13th. He was a former resident of this
The funeral was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Harrison in
village Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. Burial was in Overacre
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Reifstack.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 14 February 1915
Canandaigua, Feb. 14 -
One of the best known residents of Rushville, Jourman
Mattison, died in the Canandaigua Health Home yesterday morning at 7 o'clock
after a long period of feeble health. He came to the Health Home last June. Mr.
Mattison was 90 years old. He leaves two daughters, from the home of one of
whom, Mrs. Harrison, of Rushville, the funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at
1 o'clock. The interment will be in that village.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 October 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Jourmain Mattison, aged 80 years and
10 months, died at her home in Green street, this village, about 7
o'clock yesterday morning. Her illness was brief, lasting only a few
days. She leaves her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Ambrose Harrison
of this village, and Mrs. Reifstock of Clifton Springs; and several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral services will be
held tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock at the house.
From Ontario County Journal 22 August 1913
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Lavina Werley Mattison died on August
16, at her home in this village, after many months of intense
suffering. Death was due to cancer. She was born in the town of Potter
forty-six years ago, and was the daughter of Michael and Harriet
Werley. On September 9, 1899, she was united in marriage to William
Mattison, and they had always made their home in this vicinity. Two
children were born of this union, one of whom died in childhood. She
was a member of the Lutheran church in East Potter, was a kind neighbor
and well esteemed by all. The funeral services were held from the M.
E.church on Monday afternoon, Rev. M. E. Bowman officiating. Burial was
at Rushville. She is survived by her husband, William Mattison; and one
son, John, both of this village; one sister, Mrs. James Hatch of
Potter; four half-sisters, Mrs. Caroline Voak of Gage, Mrs. Henry
Melious, Mrs. Susan Fry, Mrs. Michael Burg of Potter; and two
half-brothers, William Werley of Gorham and George Werley of California.
From Ontario County Journal 22 March 1878
Died - We learn
that Mrs. Mary Mattison, widow of the late Clarence Mattison,
died at her home in this village at about 11 o'clock Wednesday night.
Mrs. M. was ill of consumption at the same time with her husband,
and has been gradually failing since his death, peacefully passing away
on Wednesday night.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 19 August 1913
Clifton Springs, Aug. 13 - The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Hairland Mattison, wife
of D. Clinton Mattison, of Clifton Springs, was held this afternoon at
4 o'clock. The services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Reddick,
pastor of the local Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Rev. S. H.
Adams, D. D., chaplain of the Clifton Springs Sanitarium. The burial
was made in the Clifton Springs cemetery. Mrs. Mattison died suddenly
at her home on Saturday. She had been a resident of Clifton Springs for
many years. She leaves her husband, D. Clinton Mattison, and one
granddaughter, Miss Mildred Mattison, of Clifton Springs.
From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1909
Mrs. Mary Robinson Mattison, widow of Jacob J. Mattison, died at
the home of her son, Dr. J. J. Mattison, on Center street, on Wednesday
morning. Mrs. Mattison was 79 years of age. She had been seriously ill
but a few days, having been confined to her home since Easter Sunday.
Mrs. Mattison was born in Manchester, and was the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Robinson. Her early years were spent in Albion. She returned
and was married in Manchester and for a short time continued to reside
there. About 50 years ago she came with her husband to Canandaigua and
has since resided here continuously. Mrs. Mattison was one of a family
of five children, one brother and three sisters, all having preceded
her in death. Dr. Mattison is the only surviving member of her family.
The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, interment to
be made in West avenue cemetery, Rev. J. S. Ebersole, pastor of the
Baptist church, officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 January 1915
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Emma Mattoon, age 67 years, died at seven
o'clock last evening at her home in Mary street. she had been in
failing health for a long time. The deceased was born in the town of
Phelps and with the exception of several years residence at Chapin and
Canandaigua, has always lived here. She leaves four sons, George of
Baldwinsville, N. Y., William of Detroit, Mich., James and Charles of
Phelps; two daughters, Mrs. Allen Sweet and Mrs. Homer Sweet of Phelps;
a brother, James Northum of Cleksburg, Mich.; and four sisters, Mrs.
Charles Toll, Mrs. M. E. Salisbury, Mrs. Solomon Wilson and Mrs. Louisa
Ridley, all of the town of Phelps.
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 July 1902
Phelps, N. Y. - Miss Ida M. Mattoon, aged 37 years, died at the
home of her mother on West Main street, Tuesday. The deceased was a
member of the M. E. church, and leaves, besides her mother, two
brothers and two sisters. The burial was at Chapinville.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 May 1910
Mrs. Emily Mawney, widow of the late Oratio Mawney, died this
morning about 6 o'clock at her home, No. 225 Main street. She was about
70 years old. For many years she has made her home in this city but
previously lived at Fort Edward. She was a member of the North
Presbyterian church. She is survived by one brother, Albert Payne of
Saratoga; and two sisters, Misses Jennie Payne and Joanna Payne of this
From Geneva Gazette 15 March 1889
Mr. H. B. Mawney, an old and respected citizen residing on
Main street, died this
morning, after only a few weeks confinement to his house. He is
the person who was
so brutally assailed and robbed by the negro Newton, who is now
undergoing a long sentence at Auburn for the crime. Mr. Mawney
has not seen a well day since he was thus cruelly stricken down with a
From Geneva Daily Times 16 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Dennison B. Maxfield died at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Frank H. Eighmey, on Mason street yesterday after
an illness of fourteen weeks of heart disease. He was born in the
town of Canandaigua April 1, 1831, and had lived in Ontario county
all his life. He came here from Chapinville. He was twice married, and
is survived by his last wife, who was Miss Margaret Ness. Surviving
children are Mrs. George McMillan of Canandaigua; Fred G. Davis of
Mrs. Emma Depew of Los Angeles, Cal.; Carleton A. Davis of Canandaigua
and Mrs. Fannie Eighmey of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 18 March 1892
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Harriet Maxfield, relict
the late Elias Maxfield, occurred on Monday. She was one of the
older residents of Naples, being nearly 78 years of age. She had owned
and occupied with her son, Alonza, a fine farm west of the village, and
had lived there about 45 years. The funeral was on Wednesday.
From Geneva Gazette 6 April 1900
Hon. Hiram Maxfield, one of the most prominent citizens of Naples,
died last Saturday after a brief illness said to be a complication of
diseases, aged 77 years. He spent most of his long life in Naples
as an active, enterprising business man. He was elected to the
Legislature in 1875 when the Democrats elected both members in this
county, and a Democratic Senator (Hon. S. H. Hammond) in this district.
Mr. Maxfield had John Raines as his republican opponent. He
was Supervisor of Naples for many years, and a trustee and President of
the local board of school trustees which he held till his death.
He established and was President of the Bank of Naples,
conducting the institution on a conservative, safe basis. He was
the owner of considerable real estate in the village and suburbs.
He is survived by his wife, one son (D. H. Maxfield) and several
From Geneva Advertiser 28 April 1903
Mrs. Mary Maxfield, widow of Hiram Maxfield, late of Naples, died
in that village on Thursday, April 10th, aged 75 years. Of her own
family but one son survives, D. H. Maxfield, the well-known banker and
vineyardist of Naples. We knew the elder Mr. Maxfield well; he was one
of God's noble men, true as steel and scrupulously honest. We used to
enjoy his frequent visits in our old den
upstairs. Some of Mrs. Maxfield's early school days were passed in
Geneva, when she was known as Mary M. Chesebro, but so long ago that
perhaps none here can recall her now. That family has always been to
Naples what Seth Stanley was to his town, one of
the leaders of the go-ahead part of it.
From Geneva Gazette 4 February 1876
Distressing Case of Suicide - Sometime after midnight of Sunday or
Monday morning last, Mrs. Henry E. Maxwell stealthily arose
from her bed, so quietly as to neither disturb her only daughter (aged
about 15) who slept with her, nor
her husband who slept in an adjoining and connected room, and passing
out through the dining room and into the passage way leading to the
cellar, hung herself to the doorknob, using a long knit scarf or
"cloud" for a halter - the weight of her body upon the cloud as she
stretched herself down the stairway producing strangulation. The
discovery was not made till about
five o'clock in the morning, at which time life was utterly extinct.
Deceased has been an invalid for more than twenty
years, symptoms of a disordered brain becoming manifest about
thirteen years ago. All that medical skill could do for her
united with the most unremitting care, kindness and affection of her
family, failed to cure the mind diseased, although at
times, and no later than last Saturday, she brightened up and gave
promise of improvement. The last effort of her husband to benefit
her was in a trip to Florida, whither, he accompanied her in December
last, but the change proving unavailing they returned,
arriving home January 12th. Treatment at the Canandaigua Asylum
had been previously and unavailingly tried. With a home
surrounded by all the comforts and luxuries which abundant wealth
could provide, it was believed that if no cure to her disordered mind
could be wrought by medical skill under such circumstances,
then indeed was her case hopeless. Many years ago and in the
first stages of her derangement, eluding the vigilance of her family
and attendants, at an early hour of the morning she wended her way
to and precipitated herself into the Lake. Fortunately the act
was seen and her rescue effected, but only to endure the after years of
suffering in body and mind. Mrs. M. was aged about 50 years,
leaves only one child above alluded too, but a host of warm, devoted
and sorrowing friends, whose sympathies were strongly enlisted in
her behalf by her long years of physical and mental ailment. In
her lucid and happier moments, Mrs. Maxwell manifested a very strong
and lively interest in the affairs of the North Presbyterian Church of
which she was a member, and particularly in the enterprise of erecting
the new edifice, now so far advanced towards completion. Alas,
that her reason and life were not spared to behold the fulfillment
of this grand work of Christian zeal and liberality.
From Ontario County Times 30 January 1889
Mr. Henry E. Maxwell, of Geneva, died at Pilatka, Florida, Jan.
25th, agd 68 years. Mr. Maxwell was a member of the firm of T. C.
Maxwell & Brothers, nurserymen, Geneva, and has long held an
honorable and active position among the business men of that place. He
was an office bearer in the North Presbyterian church, and with heart
and hand was "ready to aid every good work."
From Geneva Gazette 9 March 1894
Died in Jail - James Maxwell, a colored man, tried, convicted and
sentenced to jail by Police Justice Smelzer for illegal voting at our
late charter election, died in jail last Wednesday of typhoid fever.
A Canandaigua correspondent of the Rochester Herald alleges
Maxwell fell a victim indirectly to the brutality of Geneva's
police officials. The writer goes on to say that "last week
Maxwell was forcibly removed from a sick bed at his home in Geneva,
placed in a hack, and taken to the police station, where he was under
medical care till Saturday, when he was sentenced to the county jail
and the officers again placed him in a carriage, took him to the train
and shipped him here. His crime was alleged violation of election
laws, it being claimed he voted in a wrong ward at the recent charter
election in Geneva. On reaching the jail he was so much worse Dr.
Hallenbeck was called and has since been in regular attendance; but the
fever was so far advanced and so greatly aggravated by the oft
mentioned and continually increasing bad sanitary regulations of the
jail that his life could not be saved. Maxwell was aged 26 years and
was a respectable colored man. He leaves a wife."
The charges against our police officials are manifestly unjust.
It is admitted that Maxwell was taken back and forth in a hack.
Evidently he did not regard himself dangerously ill or he would have
made the fact known, when a medical examination would have been at once
instituted to ascertain his true condition. Nobody ever before
accused our policemen of brutality. They have hardly ever found
it necessary to reduce a prisoner to tractability by using their clubs.
Poor Maxwell was a victim of ignorance in voting in the wrong
ward. He had before voted in the first, and naturally returned to
the polls of that ward at our charter election although he had very
recently removed into the adjoining 3d ward. He ought to have
been let off with an admonition.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 December 1911
Clifton Springs, Dec. 29 - The death of the Rev. Joseph Maxwell, of
this village, occurred at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium this morning
at 7 o'clock, after an illness of several months. Several weeks ago Mr.
Maxwell was removed to the sanitarium from his home in Pleasant street.
Mr. Maxwell was born in Ireland 78 years ago. He was a retired minister
and had lived in this village for a good many years. He was a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church of this village, where the funeral
services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Several
ministers who were special of Mr. Maxwell will officiate. Among them
Rev. S. H. Adams, chaplain of the sanitarium, and the Rev. Dr. Kelley.
The burial will be made in Clifton Springs cemetery. Mr. Maxwell leaves
his wife and one son, George Maxwell, of Watertown, Mass.
From Geneva Gazette 24 April 1885
William Maxwell, formerly engaged in the livery business in
Geneva, but for many years
a resident of Canandaigua, died in that village last Friday, aged about
61 years. His wife who was in feeble health, was prostrated
to unconsciousness by the shock of her bereavement, from which she did
not rally and died on the Sunday following. The funeral of both
who "in death were not divided" took place last Monday and presented
one of the most saddening spectacles ever witnessed in
Canandaigua. Mr. Maxwell was a schoolmate in
our later boyhood days, and was a prime favorite with the youth who
wrestled with orthography, reading, arithmetic, grammar, etc. under the
teachings of fathers Swift and Bartlett. A fond adieu, "Billy".
From Geneva Gazette 8 October 1869
FATAL ACCIDENT - Last Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Pitt May, an
highly esteemed citizen of the town of Hopewell, met with a sad
accident which resulted in his death. He had been paying a visit
to the Salisbury Mineral Springs on the east side of the Lake, and was
on his return home, when his horse became frightened at a pile of stone
on the road side, and turning short around, tipped the buggy over
throwing Mr. May out upon the stone. In falling, it is supposed
that he struck upon his head and side, injuring him severely. He
was conveyed to his residence, and medical
assistance summoned, but he expired shortly. His funeral took place
Sunday, and was attended by numerous friends. Can. Mess.
From Ontario County Journal 7 June 1895
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. William May was held
at the house on Wednesday afternoon and the interment was at the
Boughton Hill Cemetery. Rev. Mr. Bard, pastor of the Universalist
From Ontario County Journal 2 June 1911
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Alfred Maycock was
held from the home of Edward Stein in the southwestern part of the town
on Wednesday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. Edwin Johnson. Mr.
Maycock was a former resident of Geneva, where he was a member of the
carpenter's union. His death occurred at the home of Mr. Stein early on
Sunday morning. He was born at Coventry, England, 47 years ago, and is
survived by his wife and two children; one sister, Mrs. Frank Hacking
of Perry; and two brothers, George Maycock of Perry and Joseph Maycock
From Livonia Gazette 12 June 1936
Mrs. Rose Maycock, 74, died at the home of her son, Howard Maycock,
at Allen's Hill, Thursday, May 4. She had been ill for a long time.
Mrs. Maycock leaves, beside the son, a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Ferris of
Lisborn, N. J.; one sister, Mrs. John Harvey of Rush; three brothers,
Edward and Lewis Steen of Rochester and Peter Steen of Hamburg. Funeral
services were conducted Saturday at 9 o'clock from St. Bridget's
Catholic church, the Rev. George W. Doud officiating. Interment in East
From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1897
The funeral of Mrs. E. M. Maynard, who died at 3:00 o'clock
Friday morning, was held from her late residence on Castle street at
3:00 Saturday afternoon, with burial in Glenwood cemetery. The pall
bearers were: Dr. A. L. Sweet, S. W. Hopkins, J. O. Seymour, T. S.
Hubbard, W. E. Stubbs and C. H. Webster. Rev. Dr. Remick officiated.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 July 1903
This morning at 1:45 o'clock, Eli Melville Maynard passed
away at his home on Castle street, after a brief illness of less
than five hours. After a day of unusual health and activity, he was
seized about 9 o'clock in the evening with a stroke
of apoplexy, sinking soon into a state of unconsciousness from which he
never rallied. Mr. Maynard was born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence county, N.
Y., May 2, 1818. He received his early education at the St. Lawrence
academy in his native town and in 1837 entered Amherst college. From
1840 to 1868 he was engaged in teaching, being principal of various
academies in New York and Vermont, his longest connection being with
the Trumansburg academy from
1860 to 1868, in which latter years he came to Geneva. In this city
he engaged in the drug business, until advancing age and increasing
feebleness compelled him to retire from active business life. At
various times he held positions of public trust, the duties of which he
discharged with rare faithfulness and conscientiousness. He
was president of the board of health for six years, coroner of Ontario
county for six years and for three years overseer of the poor. He
was one of the earliest members of the North Presbyterian church,
holding the office of deacon almost from its organization and an
elder since 1892. He was most unselfish and devoted in his family, an
active and faithful Christian worker, and a friend in whom the
suffering and sorrowing never failed to find sympathy and help.
The time for the funeral services will be announced later. Burial
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 29 May 1917
Clifton Springs, N. Y., May 28 - John H. Maynard, 74 years old,
died Sunday evening. He was born in the town of Hopewell and the
greater part of his life had been spent in this vicinity. He leaves a
daughter, Miss Grace F. Maynard, of Rochester; and one sister, Mrs. E.
M. Brown of Rochester. Funeral services will take place at the late
home on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Guy W.
Raines. Burial in Clifton Springs cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 December 1940
Edward F. Mayo, 84, died last evening at the home of his
son Frank, Woodbridge, N. J. Mr. Mayo was a resident of Geneva for over
fifty years, but since the death of his wife in January, 1939, he had
made his home with his son in New jersey. He was a member of the North
Presbyterian church. Surviving are one son, Frank, Woodbridge, N. J.;
two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude M. Cole, the Bronx, New York, and Mrs.
Clarence Hewitt, Syracuse. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon
at 1:30 o'clock from the Bennett Funeral Home, 307 Genesee street, with
Dr. Alexander Thompson of the North Presbyterian church officiating.
Burial will be at East Bloomfield.
From Ontario County Chronicle 11 May 1904
Victor, N. Y. - George P. Mayo died at the family home a short
distance east of this village on Tuesday, May 3d, aged 67 years. Heart
disease was the cause of death. Mr. Mayo was a man well known
throughout this territory. In his early life he was engaged in business
in East Bloomfield. A widow and four children survive; one son, George,
Jr. and two daughters resided at the home here and another daughter,
Mrs. Claud Kinsman, resides at Farmington. The funeral was held on
Thursday afternoon at the home, Rev. F. W. Hill of the Presbyterian
church officiating. Interment was made at Boughton Hill Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 17 September 1915
The funeral of Sparrow Mayo, one of the oldest and most highly
esteemed citizens of the town, was held from the Methodist church, of
which deceased was a member, on Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F.
L. Gosnell, pastor of the church. Interment was made in the village
cemetery. Mr. Mayo came of old New England stock and was born at
Orleans, Barnstable county, Cape Cod, Dec. 18, 1825. At the age of 11
years, he became cabin boy on a coasting vessel, making trips from
Labrador to Port AuBlees. His life was a romantic one. Once he fished
for five months off the coast of New Foundland, and as his family were
seafaring men, he was expected to follow their vocation, but the boy
longed for a different life. When he was 20 years of age, his father offered
to buy part interest in a vessel and make him captain, but he could not
be persuaded to give up his other plans. An older brother had came to
Victor and young Mayo begged to be allowed to join him. He bought
his time of father and came to Victor, where he learned the carriage
trade. In 1845, he came to East Bloomfield to work for Mumford Hayes,
and in 1848 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Payne Talcott, of
this town. For 60 years, Mr. Mayo has been identified with the best
interests of the town.
In business, politics, church, school and
social life, he has served faithfully. Three time his shops, with large
quantities of stock, burned to the ground and he met with heavy losses
but each time he rallied and rebuilt. He was a painstaking workman, and
for many years the carriages and wagons of the Mayo make sold readily
and were of unquestioned quality. Although in his 90th year, Mr. Mayo
retained his faculties to the last, and he never lost interest in
affairs. About three months ago, he fell while trying to alight from a
moving auto and fractures of the hip resulted. He suffered greatly, but
was always the kindly, courteous gentleman as in health. About 20 years
ago, many years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Mayo was united
in marriage with Mrs. Lydia A. Burrell, who survives. He is also
survived by two sons, Arthur Mayo, of Erie, Pa., and Edward S. Mayo of
Geneva; three grandchildren, Mrs. J. C. Cole and Frank Mayo of New
York, and Miss Mary Mayo of Geneva; and one sister, Mrs. Malissa Hurd
of Orleans, Mass.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 October 1908
William H. Mazrole, aged 67 years, died this morning at 4 o'clock
at his home, No. 20 Elmwood avenue. Complications of diseases was the
cause of death. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War; he first
enlisted December 28th, 1861, in Company H, 78th New York Volunteers,
and was later with the 102d New York Volunteers. He was wounded in the
Battle of Gettysburg and was with Sherman when he made his famous march
through Georgia to the sea. For the past two years he had resided in
this city. Besides his widow, he leaves one son, George Mazrole, who on
July 7th last returned from the Philippines, where he served in the U.
S. Army for ten years. Owing to ill health he returned home.
Return to Ontario County
Copyright © 2005-16, Ontario County
NYGenWeb and each contributor and author of materials herein. All