"Ap" to Az" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 6 April 1883
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Richard Appleton died on Friday of
last week, aged 82 years
and 3 months. The funeral took place from the family residence
at East Bloomfield Station on Monday last, at 10 a.m., Rev. Wm.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 September 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Austin Archer occurred
Friday night at her
home near Orleans. Mrs. Archer was 43 years of age and is survived by
From Geneva Daily Times 20
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - While driving to Clifton Springs this
morning about 10 o'clock, Charles W. Archer of Hopewell, about
fifty-five years of age, was struck and instantly killed by a train at
the Lehigh crossing on Silver street. He was alone at the time and no
details of the accident have been obtained. The horse came on to
Clifton Springs, but the wagon was demolished. Mr. Archer was evidently
thrown in the air. His body is not mutilated. The body was brought
into town and Coroner Weyburn, of Geneva, was notified. He came and
examined the body and gave a permit for its removal to its home in
Hopewell. Archer leaves a wife and one daughter, Ethel May, who was
to be married next Wednesday to Albert Ottley of Orleans. The funeral
will be Friday afternoon at the house in Hopewell.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 January 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The funeral services of the late Dennis
will be held this afternoon at his late residence on
West Main street. Mr. Archer, whose death occurred Tuesday evening, was
one of the pioneer settlers of this vicinity. Mr. Archer was born in
the Town of Hopewell, about eight miles north of Clifton Springs. He
was 78 years old and had been a resident of this vicinity all his life.
Twenty years ago, when he retired from active life as a farmer, he
moved to his residence in which he died. Mr. Archer had been an invalid
for the past few years. He is survived by his wife of this village; one
daughter, Mrs. Lott Wader, of Scranton, Pa., and one brother, Gardner
Archer of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 25 December 1891
Ephraim Archer, one of the oldest residents of Clifton Springs,
father of Mrs. B. K. Turner of this village, and Dr. W. W. Archer of
Clifton Springs, died last Monday evening.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 September 1902
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. G. L. Archer died at her home in
Hopewell on Sunday evening, aged 61 years. she had been in poor health
about two years and last Wednesday was suddenly taken worse, from which
time she had been in a very critical condition. She is survived by her
husband and two sons, William of Hopewell, and Herbert W. of New York
City, her mother, Mrs. Walter Marks, and brother, Frank Marks, both of
Hopewell. The funeral will be held at the house Wednesday afternoon at
2 o'clock. Interment at Sand Hill cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times
27 July 1895
Stephen Douglas Archer, who was terribly injured in a runaway
accident near Clifton Springs, died at his home in Hopewell last night,
without regaining consciousness from his terrible fall. He was aged 30
years. His funeral is to be held Saturday at 2 p.m. Archer was a mail
clerk on the Central Hudson and was well-known here.
From Ontario County Chronicle 1 October 1902
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The funeral of Dr. Watson W. Archer was
Methodist Church this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
The body will lie in state at the church until tomorrow morning when it
will be taken to Gorham for burial. Dr. Archer died very suddenly last
Friday afternoon after his return from the Republican state convention
at Saratoga, where he was an alternate delegate. The cause of death was
thought to be heart failure. Dr. Archer was born in the town of Gorham
on the 24th of May, 1846. After receiving preliminary education, he
entered Geneva Medical College, now a part of Syracuse University, in
1867. He was regularly graduated from this institution and began the
practice of medicine in the village of Phelps. After spending two years
in that place he removed to this village where he lived the greater
part of his remaining years. He was located in Rochester several years
and was one of the city health officers during that time. He was a
surgeon of the United States pension board for some time and has served
a number of terms as Coroner. He is survived by a wife and one sister,
Mrs. Turner of Canandaigua. Dr. Archer was a highly respected citizen
of this place and will be greatly missed.
From Shortsville Enterprise 7 July 1911
The residents of the Parlor Village were painfully shocked on
Sunday to learn of the untimely death of Walter J. Archibald, which
home in Mather street at 8:25 o'clock that morning.
Although he had been ill for two weeks, it was not generally known, and
his demise was, indeed, sad news to his extensive circle of friends and
acquaintances. For several years he had been suffering from diabetes,
but about two weeks previous to his death he was affected with a
carbuncle on the back of his neck. This grew larger until his condition
became critical. Counsel was summoned from Rochester and everything
possible was done to alleviate his sufferings, but without avail.
During his last two days he became unconscious and never regained his
senses. Mr. Archibald was born in Rush, this State, about 38 years ago.
A large part of his life had been spent as a farmer. Several years ago
he located here and worked for four years for the Lehigh Valley
Railroad Company. He again located in the Parlor Village about two
years ago and purchased the grocery store conducted by Thomas Brophy,
forming the partnership known as Archibald & Bell. This store was
visited by fire several months ago and the business was then
He leaves his wife, one daughter, Alice; his father, George Archibald
of Rush; four brothers, William, Robert, George and Oliver Archibald,
all of Rush; also four sisters, Mrs. William Webb of Caledonia; Mrs.
Stabel of Depew; Mrs. Goode and Miss Sadie Archibald, both of Rush. The
funeral services were held from the home at 9:30 o'clock and from St.
Dominic's church at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning. The interment was in
the Catholic cemetery near Clifton Springs.
From Geneva Gazette 22 January 1864
SHOCKING ACCIDENT - The Ontario Repository states that on Saturday
afternoon last, Mr. Joseph Armatage, of West Bloomfield, an
Irishman somewhat advanced in years, met with an accident by which he
lost his life. He was assisting at the saw-mill of Mr. John M.
Jerome at North Bloomfield, when in handling a board, he accidentally
fell on the saw. His right leg was cut off by the saw and his
body otherwise cut, so that he died almost instantly.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 March 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Sunday afternoon at the family home on
Hibbard avenue, after an illness of several months, occurred the death
of an old and respected residence of this village, when the widow
of the late Dr. G. P. Armington died, aged 75 years. The deceased
had been a resident of this village and vicinity a greater portion of
her life time, having moved to this village from Seneca Castle about
fifteen years ago, and until a comparatively short time ago, she had
led an active life, and had a large circle of friends and acquaintances
to whom her death is a great shock, although they knew that she had
been failing for several weeks. The deceased is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. C. A. Benham, of Newark, and Miss Minnie Armington, of
this village; two sons, Rev. M. E. Armington of Deloit, Kansas, and
Rev. W. F. Armington, of Toledo, Ohio, and one stepson, Alfred
Armington of Castleton. The funeral services will be held from her late
home tomorrow at 3 o'clock and interment will be made in Chapman
cemetery, south of this village, where the family has a burial plot.
From Ontario County Times 3 May 1882
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Bridget Armitage died last Friday.
The funeral was held in the Catholic church of Lima last Sunday, and
she was buried in the Catholic cemetery there. She was over eighty
years of age, as near as her relatives could tell, She had resided here
From Ontario County Journal 9 May 1884
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Died, at his residence near Miller's
Corners, of heart disease, Rev. J. B. Armitage, aged 63 years.
His funeral was attended
at the M. E. church, of which he was a member. Rev. Mr. Armstrong, of
East Bloomfield, preached the funeral sermon. His loss will be deeply
felt by his family and friends. He leaves a widow and ten
children to mourn his loss.
From Geneva Gazette 7 May 1834
Died, suddenly, at the residence of her husband, in the town of
Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James Armstrong, aged 62. She
amiable woman, a professor of religion, an excellent wife, mother,
and neighbor. As such, her death has spread mourning through an
circle of relatives and friends, who admired and loved her for many
From Geneva Courier 29 February 1860
A woman named Ellen Armstrong, aged 60 years, was found
dead on the floor of her house in Canandaigua on the 19th inst. A jug
of liquor which was found near her gave some clue to the cause of death.
From Geneva Advertiser 21 April 1903
Hiram Armstrong died very suddenly at the International Hotel last
Thursday afternoon at one o'clock, while sitting at the dinner table.
He had given his order for the meal, and then his head was
seen to droop forward, he began to slide out of the chair, when he was
caught and the few boarders assembled saw that he was dead.
Coroner Weyburn was summoned and pronounced it valvular disease
of the heart. His age was 69 years. He had been employed for six
years at the hotel as clerk and assistant, worked there for his
living. Before going there, he was bookkeeper at J. W. Smith &
Co. His early home was at Oaks Corners where he has a brother living.
He was married, but he and his wife had separated. While at J. W. Smith
& Co. he had plenty of money, but his looks were to the contrary.
From Ontario Messenger 31 March 1852
Death of a Revolutionary Soldier - James Armstrong, the father of
William and Geo. Armstrong, died at his residence in this town on the
25th, at the advanced age of 90 years. Mr. A. served some time in the
war of the Revolution. He was among the first settlers
of this town, having emigrated to this locality prior to the year 1800.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 September 1906
James Armstrong, aged 68 years, died yesterday at his home
about four miles south of this city on the Lake road. Besides his
widow, he is survived by one sister, Miss Sara A. Armstrong of 45 Lewis
street of this city. The funeral will be held Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. Wm. K. Towner, pastor
of the First Baptist church, will officiate and burial will be in
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1907
Mrs. Mary Armstrong, aged 80 years, died last night at 9:30
o'clock at her home on Middle street. The funeral will take place
tomorrow morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Francis de Sales Church.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 14 November 1856
DIED - In Seneca, on the 27th ult., of apoplexy, Mr.
William Armstrong. Thus
has passed away another of the pioneer settlers, who, suffering many
privations, cleared the forests of Western New York, and made this
wilderness to "blossom as the rose." We have been proud to recognize
Mr. Armstrong as a friend and patron from the first issue of the
Gazette, to the day of his death; have known him as an upright,
honorable man, against whom not a breath of hatred or malice could ever
justly be directed. The attachments between him and his immediate
relatives were of the strongest tie, and at the family hearthstone he
found his greatest delight and enjoyment. His decease, following close
upon that of his respected and beloved brother, George Armstrong, has
made the bereavements of the family peculiarly sad and inconsolable.
They are commended to the guardianship of our Heavenly Father, who doth
not, except for wise purposes, "grieve the children of men."
From Ontario County Journal 14 June 1889
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Rev. Wm. Armstrong, pastor of the
Methodist church at Miller's Corners, died last Sunday morning, after
an illness of but a week, aged 61 years. On the previous Sunday, he was
taken sick while in the midst of his sermon, and dismissing the
congregation, he retired to his home, and succumbed to the malady,
which ended his earthly career. His disease was heart trouble, from
he had suffered at intervals for twenty years. He was greatly beloved
by the entire community for his uniform kindness and for his zeal in
building up the church, and in doing good everywhere. He was an ardent
lover of children and also of flowers which he cultivated extensively.
His funeral was held at the church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. L. T.
Foote of Rochester, conducting the services. Addresses were given by
Rev. P. McKinstry of Hopewell Center; Rev. G. W. Coe of Mendon; and
Rev. L. T. Foote. Rev. Wm. Bradley of East Bloomfield also took part in
the services. The pulpit and altar were draped, and the floral
offerings were many and beautiful. Among them was an exquisite pillow
bearing the words "Our Pastor: in purple immortelles, from the Young
People's Society, of which Mr. Armstrong was president.
A "Gates Ajar" was contributed by friends in East Bloomfield where the
deceased was formerly pastor. The drapings and floral decorations at
church were arranged under the superintendence of Mrs. C. S. Miller.
singing was by the united choirs of East Bloomfield and Miller's
Corners. The attendance was very large, the house being packed, and
unable to get seats. One of the ministers truthfully remarked that
person present was a mourner. The burial took place at Canton, Pa., on
From Geneva Daily Times 22 March 1915
Canandaigua, N. Y. - When hurrying to the station in this city
last night to take the 8 o'clock train for her home in Clifton Springs,
Mrs. William Armstrong dropped unconscious on the sidewalk near
the Central railroad bridge and died before she reached the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Nathan Pierce, where she had been visiting. Mrs.
Armstrong came here Friday for a visit with her daughter, who lives in
West avenue. She weighs over 200 pounds and has been subject to heart
trouble. Her husband was with her when she collapsed, and Dr. Ira F.
Hawley, who lives nearby was called. The woman was placed in a
carriage, but when she was taken out at the Pierce home, it was found
that she was dead.
From Ontario County Journal 22 April 1887
Honeoye, N. Y. - Departed this life on the 9th inst., at the
age of 78 years, Abigail M. Arnold, wife of Caleb Arnold. She
had been in feeble health a number of months, though until the day of
her death she sat in her easy chair, and did some light work or read or
conversed. One hour before she ceased to breath,
she walked about the house. The poor heart that had beat through so
painful hours in the past at last suddenly ceased to beat, having done
its life work, and her blessed spirit had flown. She was born in the
of Vermont, from whence, at the age of 13 years, she came to this state
and this locality where she lived until her death. She inherited the
ever green vigor and cheerfulness of her native spruces and pines,
and we often playfully alluded to her Vermont courage. She had a
decided nature, a ready, well-informed sociability, and a gracious
that won her many friends among young and old. That talismanic word,
Mother, is vital to all that is precious and best in life, and when its
possessor goes out from the home circle, a void is left never to be
filled this side of the grave. But her memory will go with us
as a protecting angel, and her children rise up and call her blessed.
The funeral was held at the residence on Tuesday.
From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1899
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The funeral of the late Mrs. Alice
Arnold of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of this village, occurred
Monday at the First Methodist church. Mrs. Arnold was born in Rushville
in 1828, was married there to Horace Arnold; soon they moved to Orleans
and 30 years ago came to reside in this village. Here she remained
until eight years ago, making a home for and taking care of the two
motherless children of her only daughter. She was a member of the First
Methodist church of this village for 30 years and leaves a large circle
of friends who held her in the highest esteem.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 April 1876
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Betsey, wife of Daniel Arnold, one
residents of Farmington, was buried on Saturday the 22d.
Mrs. Arnold will long be remembered in this section, for her acts of
charity; no one ever went from her door hungry or poorly clad. The
world would be much better if we had more such noble-hearted people.
From Ontario County Journal 12 October 1894
Honeoye, N. Y. - Died, on Saturday morning, October 6, at 5
o'clock, after an illness of about two weeks, Caleb Arnold, aged
Monday, at 8 o'clock, the funeral services were held from
his late home, Rev. Mr. Day, officiating clergyman. Mr. Arnold was a
lifelong resident of this place, and was universally respected and
esteemed. He was possessed of a wonderful memory, and his stories of
pioneer times and the early days of Richmond were unusually
entertaining, while being strictly true. His son, Rollin H. Arnold of
Rochester, the granddaughter, Miss Florence, and a grandson, Albert A.
Lawrence of Cuba, were present.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1906
Naples, N. Y. - Charles Arnold, a resident of Naples for a
score or more years past, died yesterday morning. He came
to this place from Hopewell as an expert butcher to assist in the
market of E. E. Stetson, and had followed that occupation since, having
resided here, except one year in East Bloomfield, where he carried on a
meat market two years ago. He married Miss Fannie Manning, of this
village, who survives him, also an adopted nephew of Mrs. Arnold.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1908
The funeral of Charles J. Arnold will take place tomorrow
afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from the family residence, No. 78 Hamilton
street. Friday morning the remains will be taken on the 8:57
Pennsylvania Division of the New York Central R. R. to Albany for
interment. The bearers will be Messrs. Ernest S. Bowen, Walter C. Ware,
Charles S. Burrall, Frank W. Whitwell, Edward Seybold, and C. Willard
From Ontario County Journal 13 May 1910
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Friday last, at her home in this
town, occurred the death of Mrs. Conrad H. Arnold, aged 71
years. Mrs. Arnold had for many years been a resident of this town and
her sunny disposition and many admirable traits of character had won
for her a host of friends who mourn her death. The funeral was held
from the family home on Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. D. Robinson
officiating. Mrs. Arnold leaves, besides her husband, three daughters,
Mrs. Horace Peck and Mrs. Harry Taft of West Bloomfield; and Mrs.
William Buell of this place; and one son, Henry, who resides at home.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 15 November 1905
Rushville, N. Y. - On Friday last, at his home three miles north
of this village, occurred the death of Cuyler Arnold, aged
fifty-four years. For a number of months he had been suffering from
Bright's disease which caused his death. He was living on the old
homestead where he had spent his entire life. The funeral services were
held Sunday at 2 p.m. at his late home, Rev. A. W. Rice, pastor of the
M. E. church, officiating. Burial was made in the Rushville cemetery.
He is survived by a wife and three sons, Fred, Albert and Alexander;
also by one brother whose home is in Syracuse.
From Geneva Gazette
16 January 1891
Daniel Arnold of the town of Farmington died Tuesday morning at
the age of 90 years and 2 days. He was born in that town and had
always resided there.
From Ontario County Journal 9 June 1893
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Elijah Arnold, of
Garlinghouse in this town, occurred Thursday, June 1, aged 73 years. He
was a son of old Captain Arnold, a pioneer, and a prominent man in that
part of the town. He had seen that district grow from a dense
wilderness to a rich farming country and well settled.
From Victor Herald 11 May 1895
Mrs. Eliza Arnold, wife of John Arnold, living in the Orcutt
house, on West Main street, died yesterday (Friday) morning, aged 70
years. The funeral will be held at the house tomorrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m.
From Ontario County Journal 17 May 1895
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. John Arnold, who died
last Friday morning, was held at her late home Sunday afternoon, Rev.
I. B. Hudnutt conducting the services. The interment was on Boughton
Hill. Mrs. Arnold was 70 years of age and had been married nearly 50
From Geneva Daily Times 9 November 1905
Miss Eliza S. Arnold, sixty-three years of age, died late
yesterday afternoon at her home, No. 56 High street. The deceased had
been in ill health for several months. She was born in Camden, Ohio,
and came to this section as a child
of seven years. Until thirty years ago, she resided seven miles west
of the city and since that time has resided in Geneva. She was a member
of the First Presbyterian church and also of the Geneva Political
Equality club. She is survived by four brothers, Charles Arnold, of
Denver, Colorado; Ebenezer Arnold, of St. Louis, Michigan; George
Arnold of Oberlin, Ohio; and Louis Arnold of Camden, Ohio; also by one
sister, Mrs. Mary Breckenbridge, of Clifton, Ohio. The funeral will
take place at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the house, Rev. W. W.
of the First Presbyterian church officiating, assisted by rev. A.
B. Temple of the Seneca Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the
Number Nine cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 September 1910
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Unexpectedly confronted in his home by
a woman to whom he was married 27 years ago, and with the prospect of
being arrested for bigamy, Frank C. Arnold, aged 61 years, for
the past year an employee on the Dr. Ira Hawley farm, East Lake road,
yesterday morning committed suicide by hanging himself by a hitching
rope from a rafter in the basement of the barn. If stories told about
the man are true, he had had a varied matrimonial experience, having
five wives living and a few who are now dead. Mrs. Stella Austin, 16
Grove street, Rochester, is the woman responsible for the revelations
concerning Arnold and also for his suicide. The woman called at his
home Thursday evening, and before the present Mrs. Arnold told a story
which, it is believed, caused considerable trouble in the home.
The opening chapter in the story leading to the tragedy commenced, it
is believed, by the attempts of Mrs. Austin to secure a government
pension. Years ago Mrs. Austin became the common law wife of a sailor,
who died shortly afterward. Mrs. Austin received a comfortable pension
from the government until it was learned that she was again married.
The pension was then stopped. The woman then endeavored to again secure
the pension. From a story told by her yesterday, it appears that
shortly after the death of Austin she married Arnold and later
discovered that he had two wives living. One of these was a Carrie
Cobb, who died in Rochester some time ago, and the other a Mrs.
Sparling, who resided in Buffalo. Mrs. Austin lived with Arnold,
knowing that he had been twice married, for four years, when she left
him. It is then said that he traveled considerably. The present Mrs.
Arnold is a native of Florida, and is said to be a member of a
well-known family. It is alleged that Arnold represented himself as the
owner of large farms on Canandaigua Lake.
Through a letter from Mrs. Sparling, Mrs. Austin learned of Arnold's
whereabouts, and she came here Tuesday and met him on the street. She
requested him to sign a paper stating that his marriage with her was
invalid because of his previous marriages and he promised to meet her
at an attorney's office in Rochester Thursday morning. When he failed
to appear, Mrs. Austin came to Canandaigua and with Attorney Fred Cribb
went to his home on the lake shore and before his present wife unfolded
the tale of his misdoings. She then exacted from him a promise to meet
her this morning at a Canandaigua attorney's office. The Arnolds were
not at home when Mrs. Austin and her attorney went to the house
Thursday evening, so the two visitors waited until they returned. She
then demanded that he sign the paper and when he refused, she exacted
the promise to meet her at the attorney's office.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 November 1901
Mrs. Harriet Arnold died Friday night, at the family residence,
142 High street, aged 89 years. The cause of death was general
debility. The deceased was one of the city's pioneer residents.
She was a member of Trinity church. The deceased is
survived by one son, W. H. Arnold, of Cleveland, Ohio, and one
daughter, Mrs. C. E. Biss, of this city. The funeral took place
from the house at 2:30 o'clock and from Trinity church at 3
o'clock this afternoon. Rev. C. O. S. Kearton officiated.
Interment was in Glenwood cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 July 1907
The funeral of Mrs. Harriet Arnold, wife of William, was held
this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family residence on the Wilkins
farm on Pre-emption street. Mrs. Arnold died Saturday morning. She was
41 years old and besides her husband, she is survived by eleven
five daughters and six sons. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery. Rev. J.
K. DeWitt, pastor of the German Evangelistic church, officiated.
From Geneva Courier 22 March 1876
Sudden death, on Monday evening, about half past eight o'clock, Johanna
Arnold, (colored) residing with her mother on High street, was
taken suddenly ill, and at 9 o'clock, the same evening breathed her
last. Dr. J. P. Avery was summoned and pronounced her ailment
paralysis of the heart. Up to the time of her attack Miss
Arnold was in the enjoyment of usual good health. Deceased was
aged about 35 years. Coroner Weyburn was summoned, but deemed a
formal inquest unnecessary.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 August 1909
Shortsville, N. Y. - Levi Arnold, a prominent resident of
Farmington, died at his home in that town at 9 o'clock Sunday evening
after a long and painful illness from cancer of the stomach. He was a
son of the late Levi and Sarah Arnold, and was born in Farmington 76
years ago. He had long been a faithful attendant at the Quaker church
in Farmington. He leaves one son, Allison Arnold of Farmington; and two
sisters, the Misses Jane and Mary Arnold of Farmington. Burial
South Farmington Cemetery aka Chapel Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 29 August 1873
Mrs. Polly Arnold, wife of Capt. Elijah Arnold of Naples, died on
the 21st inst. at the age of
From Canandaigua Chronicle 22 February 1905
Honeoye, N. Y. - This community was greatly shocked on the
afternoon of Monday, Feb. 13, to learn that one of our most respected
citizens, Rollin H. Arnold, had been suddenly called to the
higher life. Born in the village of Honeoye and having spent the most
of the 71 years of his life among us, we had come to respect and honor
him as one who believed in the "Universal Brotherhood of Man." A great
reader and lover of books, at the same time an independent thinker,
very conscientious and honorable in his dealings, we had come to look
upon him as one who was living as near as it was possible to do, the
Christ life. His health was never of the best and for the past two
years he had been failing. Mr. Arnold leaves one daughter, Mrs.
Florence Forrester, of Chippewa Bay, and a sister, Mrs. Helen Lawrence
to mourn his loss. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the home
of his sister and the burial was in Lake View cemetery. George Lawrence
and Albert Lawrence of Cuba were called here by the death of their
uncle, Mr. Arnold.
From Geneva Gazette 5 July 1878
Mrs. Clifton Ashley of Honeoye committed suicide on the 23d ult.,
by deliberately thrusting and holding her head in a pool of water until
death from strangulation ensued. She was rendered despondent by
her illness of consumption, and sought this means of ending a life
summarily rather than to endure long suffering from disease. She
leaves a husband and four children.
From Ontario County Journal 28 June 1878
A case of suicide is reported near Honeoye, in the town of
Richmond. Mrs. C. Ashley had been afflicted with
consumption for some time, and being either temporarily insane or
to end her sufferings, took her own life last Sunday. There is
a family of four children. The two oldest
had gone to church, at her suggestion, with Mr. Ashley,
while the other two remained at home and went to sleep. With the family
thus disposed of, she went out to a little gully near the house, took
off her bonnet and hung it up and took out her artificial teeth and
laid them down, and then proceeded a little farther up the gully to a
little pool worn by the action of the water on the rocks - and into
this pool laid her face and drowned. The family is a respected one and
Mr. Ashley is a well-to-do farmer. The deceased was about thirty-five
From Canandaigua Chronicle 5 June 1907
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Died at Honeoye May 31, Clinton
Ashley, aged 73 years. Mr. Ashley was the oldest son of Noah and
Minerva Tisdell Ashley, one of a family of seven children, all dead
same Frederick Ashley of Honeoye. In early life Mr. Ashley married
Ararilla Wright by whom he had four children, two of whom survive,
Charles Ashley and Mrs. Nellie Tubbs, both of this town, and one
grandson, Lloyd Tubbs. For a second wife he married Mrs. Maria Ray who
survives him. Mr. Ashley was a member of the Congregational church, a
man universally respected by all. His loss will be great to his family.
He suffered a long painful illness.
From Ontario County Journal 17 June
Cora E. Ashley, a young lady about 24 years of age, committed
suicide by drowning herself at the foot of Honeoye lake last Sunday
evening. She was the daughter of Clinton S. Ashley, an old resident of
the village of Honeoye. That morning she had attended service at the
church in Honeoye, and had spent the remainder of the day at the
residence of her father. She seemed unusually bright and cheerful
during Sunday, and no cause can be assigned for her mysterious action.
About 9 o'clock Sunday evening Mr. Ashley took his daughter to the farm
where his son resides. She had been living with her brother for some
time past. In the morning, she was missing, and search was immediately
instituted. Two notes were found in her room. The first note was found
upon the bureau, and read as follows:
"Father, come for me on the north side of the lake."
The second note was found inside of the bureau, and related to the
disposition of her personal property. It concluded with an affectionate
farewell to her father. The searching party immediately proceeded to
the foot of the lake, and found the body kneeling in about three feet
of water. The coroner was immediately summoned, and word was sent to
her brother, who was in the village. Coroner Beahan immediately drove
to Honeoye and impaneled the following jury: E. W. Gilbert, foreman; L.
F. Wilbur, Ira N. Deyo, F. L. Plimpton, Thos. R. Reed, John P. Abbey,
R. H. Knapp, A. C. Bishop, John Litzendorf, O. H. Hamilton, Chas. N.
Struble and Wm. H. Bartlett. The jury rendered a verdict that she came
to her death by voluntarily committing suicide in Honeoye lake. The
funeral services were held from the Congregational church Tuesday
afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. Mr. Day (who postponed his journey
west), officiating. A singular circumstance is that the girl's mother
committed suicide in about the same manner some thirteen years ago. The
mother drowned herself in the creek near the Ashley house. Although no
evidence of insanity was developed at the inquest, it is thought that
the suicidal mania may possibly have been inherited.
From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1894
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Edmund H. Ashley, a prominent resident of
East Bloomfield, committed suicide last Sunday afternoon. At 2 o'clock
Sunday afternoon he managed to elude his attendants and, procuring a
revolver, shot himself in the head. He was 78 years of age. He had been
in ill health for some time.
From Ontario County Journal 25 January 1895
Honeoye, N. Y. - Deacon Frank A. Ashley died very
suddenly of pneumonia, after about two weeks' illness, at 5 o'clock on
Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, aged 52 years. Up to the morning of his
death it was supposed he was in no danger. His funeral was held from
the Congregational church on Friday at 2 o'clock. Mr. Ashley was a
brother-in-law of Dr. Wilbur. He leaves a widow, two daughters and a
From Canandaigua Chronicle 23 May 1906
Honeoye, N. Y. - Friday morning our village was shocked by
the news of the sudden death of heart disease of Geo. Ashley, a
Honeoye township, and for two years, of our
village. Mr. Ashley was the son of William Ashley and Juliette
Bosworth, and was born July 6, 1838, at Richmond Center, where he
resided until his marriage to Deborah Adams, Jan. 28, 1863. Mr. and
Mrs. Ashley settled on the Socrates Hopkins farm in the town of
Livonia, where they lived two years, when they returned to Honeoye and
purchased the Adams homestead. Mr. Ashley was a progressive man, and
alive to all that tended the upward lifting of humanity. He was deeply
interested in literature and enjoyed his farm work, and it gave him, as
he often said, so much time to think and commune with nature. The
funeral services were held from the house Sunday afternoon. Rev. S.
Mills Day, Mr. Ashley's old pastor, gave a personal sketch. Mr. Boynton
of Bristol gave the address. In the course of his remarks he said,
"When I made inquiries regarding Mr. Ashley, I was told 'that anything
good I said about George Ashley would be true.' " Dr. Arthur Dill,
pastor of the Congregational church of Honeoye, read a poem from Edwin
Arnold. Ernst Abel of Canandaigua sang the selection "Crossing the
Bar." He leaves a wife, one son, William S., two daughters, Alice L.
and Mrs. Mary Ashley Abel. Friends and relatives were present from
Castile, Canandaigua, Lima, Honeoye Falls, Rochester and Livonia.
From Victor Herald 21 February 1902
N. Tisdell Ashley, a wealthy and well-known farmer, died at 2
o'clock Tuesday morning, February 11, of heart failure, at his home in
Richmond Mills. Deceased was about 63 years of age, and is survived by
a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Rev. John Brown, of Covington, Pa., and two
brothers, Fred and Clinton, of Honeoye. The funeral will be held at the
house on Friday at 1 o'clock, Rev. J. S. Brown, pastor of the Allen's
Hill Methodist church, officiating. Mr. Ashley was a man of splendid
Christian character. He was a member of the Allen's Hill M. E. church.
From Ontario County Journal 10 November 1899
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. William Ashley of Richmond Center died on
Tuesday, aged 86 years. The funeral was held from her late residence on
Thursday at 2 p.m. and the interment was made in the Richmond Center
cemetery. Two son, George and Albert, and one daughter, Pamela, survive.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 31 January 1866
Sad Case of Suicide - We are informed that Mr. Hezekiah T.
Aspell committed suicide by hanging himself, at his home in the
town of Gorham, in
this County, a week ago last Saturday. It is thought that he must
have been afflicted with insanity, originating from ill health. Mr.
Aspell was well-known to many of our citizens. He was Postmaster at
Milo Centre during the administration of Mr. Buchanan.
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889
Thomas Astley, of Manchester, started for his day's labors
about 6 o'clock Monday morning, the 8th inst., and half an hour later
his dead body was discovered by a neighbor about a mile from his place
of residence. The remains were at once taken to the home of his
brother-in-law, and Coroner Howe of Phelps was summoned, who found that
the cause of
death was due to heart failure. Astley had been in poor health for two
years. He was about 44 years old, unmarried, and, with the exception of
his sister, had no other relatives in the country.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 April 1897
Nathaniel Atchley, one of the oldest residents of the town of
Phelps died at his residence near Orleans Friday morning, April 16th,
at the ripe old age of 90 years and was buried from
his late residence yesterday at 2:30 p.m. He is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. J. B. Wilson of Bristol Springs, N. Y., and a son, M. T. Atchley
From Geneva Daily Times 13 October 1905
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Wednesday occurred the death of Wesley
who had been ill for
several years. He was about seventy-five years old and was born
in Hopewell. Mr. Atchley married Emily Thatcher, of Hopewell, fifty
years ago and a few years after they moved to Michigan, where he
was engaged in business and where he built several stores. Later he
moved to Phelps and lived there until he built his home on Pleasant
street in this village, fifteen years ago. He had since lived a retired
life here. He enlisted in the State Army Service but did not enter
the United States Service. He was recognized as the best fifer in
this part of the country and was called to lead the martial music
in most of the surrounding villages for years. He was a member of
the Methodist church. He is survived by his wife and a brother, George
Washington Atchley, of Michigan.
From Shortsville Enterprise 7 January 1915
The death of Mrs. Danvers Atherton occurred on Saturday
morning last at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wallace Colvin, Booth
street, after an illness covering a period of two months, aged 66
years. Mrs. Atherton, who had been a resident of the Parlor Village for
the past three months,
was born at Hope Falls, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
She lived at Macedon for about 30 years and before coming to
had resided in Rochester for two years. The survivors are her husband,
resident of Medina; four daughters, Mrs. William Hewitt, of West
Mass.; Mrs. Roy Cummings, Mrs. Ada Collins, of Clifton Springs and Mrs.
also one brother, residing at Bridgeport. The funeral was held from the
Colvin home on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Harold Strathearn
the services. The burial was made in Brookside cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 14 January 1857
ATWATER, Mrs. Margaret - In Canandaigua on the 3rd instant,
Margaret E., wife of Moses
Atwater, in the 45th year of age.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 January 1915
Word was received here today announcing the death of Mrs.
George G. Atwood, the wife of Dr. Atwood of the State Department
of Agriculture, which occurred last night. Mrs. Atwood was a former
Genevan and resided here until Dr. and Mrs. Atwood removed to Albany
some fourteen years ago. Besides her husband, she is survived by four
daughters. The remains will be brought to Geneva for burial on Friday,
arriving on the 12:25 o'clock train, and will be taken directly to
Glenwood Cemetery. There will be no service
except a simple committal at the grave.
From Geneva Gazette 25 November 1898
Geo. M. Audrey was found dead in a pool of blood Monday morning
last, in the residence of George Wader on Canal street, this city.
He had long been afflicted with a cough, and at last suffered a
severe hemorrhage of the lungs while alone, with fatal result.
The deceased is survived by a
daughter, Sarah B. Hazel of Gorham, and a brother living in Schuyler
county. His wife left him many years ago.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 September 1908
James M. Aumick, aged 74 years, died last night at 8:15 o'clock at
his home south of this city. He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving
for two years in Company E, 34th N. Y. Volunteers. He leaves a widow;
three sons, John, Lyman and Fred, and one daughter, Mrs. B. F.
Stickler, all of Geneva. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon
at 2 o'clock from the house.
Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 6 January 1886
Hopewell, N. Y. - Mrs. Austin of Gorham died at the County House
last week, aged about 85 years. She was buried by her son at the
Hopewell Cemetery, near the residence of Mr. Walter Marks.
From Waterloo Republican (IL), Thursday, April 3, 1902
Died on Saturday, March 15, Mrs. Sarah Austin, at Marissa,
Ill., aged 83 years, 2 months and 16 days. Mrs. Austin, whose
maiden name was Clark, was born in Hopewell, N. Y., December 31,
1819. She was married to Alexander Miles February 24, 1840.
To this union were born six children, Naomi, Mary, Katie, Norman,
William and Alexander. Her second marriage was to Stephen Miles
February 22, 1851. To this union were born five children,
Adolphus, Asa, Oscar, Clara and Eunice. At the tender age of 16 years
she journeyed all the way from her birthplace to Harrisonville, Ill.
We say she came all the
way from N. Y. to Southern Illinois, from the fact that a trip of that
kind at so early a date was quite an adventure, as the means of travel
at that time were very meager when we think of the route by stage
from Canahidqua to Buffalo, thence in a vessel on Lake Erie to the city
of Erie, thence to Pittsburgh via Meadsville, then down the Ohio to its
confluence with the great Father of Waters, thence up the Mississippi
to Harrisonville where she for the first time planted her feet on
Illinois soil. Immediately after coming to Illinois she went to live
with her uncle, S. W. Miles, Sr., a government surveyor, who had
settled on a 5,000 acre tract of fertile land at Eagle Cliff, Ill.,
with whom she stayed until she married. She carried a light heart
and had one of those happy dispositions that throw sunshine into the
souls of all with whom she came in
contact. The last 22 years of her life she was totally
blind, yet this great affliction did not prevent her from being
a solace to those around her and she was cheerful to the last knowing
that she was soon going to that better land where no sorrow ever
Early in life she united with the Presbyterian Church and lived
a consistent Christian life.
Note: She was the daughter of Horace Clark and
Parmelia Miles. This obituary was kindly donated by Louise who is interested in
contact with anyone researching this family.
From Ontario County Journal 21 September 1894
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Asahel B. Avery died at his home about
three miles northeast of this place, Wednesday afternoon, after a short
illness of typhoid fever, aged 59 years. Mr. Avery was one of the most
respected and prosperous farmers in this section. He leaves a wife, one
daughter, and two sons.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 9 January 1907
Naples, N. Y. - The funeral of Delos Avery, a former
resident of Naples, was held from the Baptist church Wednesday
afternoon. For many years Mr. Avery had a photograph gallery in town
but recently he has lived at East Springwater. He is survived by his
wife and three daughters, Mrs. William Conrad of Cohocton; and Misses
Hattie and Clara at home; and one brother, Clark D. Avery, of Naples.
Another daughter, Oda, died some years ago. There were many friends in
attendance at the funeral, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Simons of
Ingleside. During their absence they left their home in charge of their
son and a younger daughter, Eugenia, aged 16. The daughter retired
Wednesday evening in apparent health, but when she did not appear in
the morning, a younger sister went to her room and found her dead. She
had been subject from a child to severe attacks of heart disease, which
in all probability was the cause of her death. This is a sore
bereavement to the family.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 January 1909
Edwin M. Avery of No. 100 Pulteney street died last night at the
City Hospital. He was 53 years old. One daughter, Miss Louise Avery,
Geneva Daily Times, 14 January 1909 - The funeral of Edwin M. Avery
will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. DeMun of No. 100 Pulteney street. Rev.
W. W. Weller, pastor of the First Presbyterian church will officiate
and burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1896
The death of Mrs. Jane C. Avery occurred yesterday at 5
o'clock at the residence of her daughter on Genesee street, death being
caused by paralysis. She was sick about 7 weeks, and is survived by one
daughter and one son, Mrs. Emma C. Moore and Frank D. Avery. Mrs. Avery
was one of the oldest inhabitants of Geneva and was highly respected.
The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the
house. Rev. Dr. Rankine will officiate. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 April 1907
Mrs. Phoebe J. Avery, widow of the late Dr. Jerome P. Avery, died
last evening at about seven o'clock at her home, No. 62 Grove street.
She was 73 years old and was born in Hopewell. She has resided in this
city for the past fifteen years and has been ill for the last two
years. She is survived by her daughter, Miss Anna M Avery, who has
resided with her. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30
o'clock from the house. Rev. J. B. Hubbs, D. D., rector of St. Peter's
Episcopal church will officiate, and interment will be in Glenwood.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - Walter Avery, a farmer residing on Wellington
Humphrey's farm, three miles east of Phelps, dropped dead yesterday
afternoon. Mr. Avery had been looking after a sick horse at the barn
and on entering the house, his wife was about to go to the cellar for a
pan of potatoes. Mr. Avery volunteered to do the errand. He returned
shortly with the potatoes and as he was about to place the pan on the
kitchen table, he sank to the floor lifeless. Mr. Avery was quite
robust and to all appearances was enjoying the best of health. He had
been in Mr. Humphrey's employ for the past year previous to which he
conducted a blacksmith business at Junius. He was 48 years of age and
a widow and two sons. Coroner Buchholz of Geneva was summoned and he
a certificate of death, giving heart disease as the cause.
From Geneva Gazette 18 February 1829
Died in this village, on Wednesday evening, the 11th inst., the
Reverend Henry Axtell, D. D., in the 56th year of his age. He
was born in Mendham, New Jersey, in 1773, and was graduated at
in 1796. While in college he sustained the character of an accurate
and acquired the respect and esteem of his associates. He was one of
earliest settlers in this village, having located himself here about 25
years ago, where he pursued his studies for the ministry. In July,
he was ordained colleague Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in this
in connection with the Rev. Jedediah Chapman. This relation continued
the death of his colleague in 1813, when he became sole Pastor.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 March 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Mary Fisher Ayers, widow of the late Philo
Ayers, died at her home yesterday morning about eleven o'clock of heart
trouble, together with the failing health of old age. She was born Oct.
15, 1826, and was married to Philo Ayers Dec. 27, 1848, at her home
near Geneva, where she had been born. After her marriage she live one
year in each the towns of Starkey and Seneca, and then moved to the
town of Middlesex, where she and her husband lived for fifty-one years.
Three years ago they moved to this village. After spending a little
more than a year in their new home, Mr. Ayers died. For over twenty
years she has been losing her sight, and for the last five years she
has been totally blind. For fifty-nine years she was a member of the
Methodist church. The funeral services will be held Monday morning at
10 o'clock from her late home, Rev. Harsey King officiating. The
remains will be taken to Geneva where they will be laid at rest by the
side of her husband in the Sand Hill Cemetery. She is survived by one
daughter, Miss Augusta Ayers, who has tenderly cared for her aged
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 February 1901
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - William A. Ayers died Saturday at the
residence of his son, George B. Ayers. Deceased leaves surviving his
wife, one daughter and three sons.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1907
Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzhugh Ayrault, widow of the late Rev. Walter
Ayrault, D. D., died yesterday afternoon at one o'clock at home of her
daughter, Mrs. O. J. C. Rose, of South Main street. She was 78 years
old and was born on the widely known Sonyea estate in the Genesee
Valley near Rochester. Her mother, Anne Danan, who was alluded
to so many times during Geneva's centennial celebration last summer,
one of the pioneers of this part of Western New York. From 1875 to 1882
her husband, Rev. Walter Ayrault, D. D., was chaplain of Hobart
college. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. A. D. Colt, of East
Orange, N. J.; Mrs. O. J. C. Rose of this city; and Mrs. Malcolm Storer
of Boston; four
sons, Walter Ayrault of Chicago, Ill.; Ernest F. Ayrault of New York;
Ayrault of Groton, Mass., and Arthur Ayrault of Harrison, N. Y.; two
Mrs. Carroll Fitzhugh and Mrs. Henry Landon, both of Bay City, Mich.,
and one brother, Frank Fitzhugh, also of Bay City, Mich. The funeral
be held tomorrow afternoon at three o'clock from Trinity church. Rev.
M. Sills, D. D., rector of Trinity, will officiate and interment will
in Washington street cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 October 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. William Ayres died yesterday morning at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. William Mallory, three miles north of
Phelps. Mrs. Ayres was a resident of West Bloomfield and had been here
for a visit with her daughter. She was 70 years of age. Her survivors
are three sons, William and George Ayres of West Bloomfield and Frank
Ayres of Cleveland; also her daughter, Mrs. Mallory. The remains will
be taken to West Bloomfield today for burial.
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