"A" to "Ak" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1896
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Hiram Abbey, a lifelong resident of this
town, died Sunday, April 5, aged 74 years. Funeral services were
conducted by Rev. Mr. Orelup of Bristol at the home of his son, Robert.
Interment was at Baker Hill cemetery. Mr. Abbey left three children:
Benton of this place; Elizabeth of Buffalo; Robert of Bristol.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - Again death has entered the town and another
loving wife and mother has been called to eternal rest; another home is
sad and desolate because the voice so loved, the heart and hand always
ready in joy or sorrow are stilled forever. Mrs. Julia Plimpton
Abbey died at her home on Monday after an illness of seven weeks.
She was recovering from diphtheria when a complication of diseases
arose which baffled medical skill and in her weakened condition she was
unable to rally. Julia Plimpton was born in Stockbridge, Mass., 66
years ago and in 1872 she was united in marriage to John P. Abbey of
Richmond, and here has been their home, a beautiful farm home about two
miles from the village of Honeoye. Two children came of this union,
Frank Abbey of Rochester, and Mrs. Philip H. Sisson of Canandaigua,
who, with the husband, survive. Mrs. Abbey had been a faithful and
active member of the Congregational church for many years and seldom
was she absent from Sunday worship, rain or shine. Her work did not end
here; in her home, in her neighborhood, in society, this beautiful
christian character was ever manifested. Her everyday life was an
influence for good. The funeral was held from her late home on
Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dr. Arthur C. Dill officiating. The
interment was in Lakeview cemetery. The sympathy of the entire
community goes out to the family in their sorrow.
From Geneva Gazette 3 February 1882
Mrs. Sanford Abbey died at her residence on Exchange st. Wednesday
morning. This is the lady who met with an accident a few weeks ago,
falling from the piazza of
her residence, the first untoward result of which was a miscarriage.
The internal injuries proved so severe as to have at length resulted
fatally. Mrs. Abbey was aged only about 20 years.
From Ontario County Times 1 June 1887
Rushville, N. Y. - Died at her home in Rushville, Emaline
Abbott, wife of John W. Abbott, after a lingering illness of
consumption, aged 42 years. The funeral service was held from the
residence May 30. The deceased leaves behind to mourn her loss a
sorrowing husband and five children who deeply mourn the death of their
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1893
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Garrett Abeel, who had been ill for some
time, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jerome Eldridge, on
Wednesday. She was the grandmother of Mrs. M. E. Furner, the
postmistress at this place. Mrs. Abeel had reached the advanced age of
From Geneva Daily Times 10 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Sophia Marie Abel, wife of Carl Abel,
died at the Memorial Hospital at an early hour yesterday morning after
two weeks' illness, aged 63 years. Mrs. Abel was a native of Germany
came here with her husband in 1884. She leaves besides her husband, one
daughter, Mrs. Robert J. Ranney, and three sons, Rudolph of Rochester,
and Ernest and Carl of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 29 June 1894
Christian Aberle, an old and respected resident of this village,
died at his home on West avenue last Thursday evening, after a long and
painful illness from cancer of the stomach. He had for years been a
carpenter here. He was sixty-three years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1881
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - On Friday of last week a respectable
number of the citizens of this town and Bristol were present at his
late residence to pay their respects to the memory of Mr. Henry
Acheson, deceased. Rev. Mr. Dewey, of Bristol, conducted the
services, offering an excellent discourse founded upon a portion of the
second verse of the fourteenth chapter of John. "In my father's house
are many mansions." Mr. Acheson was of Irish birth, and was about 63
years of age. He had been an honest and very industrious citizen, a
kind husband, an affectionate and indulgent father and as a neighbor
generous to a fault. In the social circle he was genial, lively and
hopeful. The blank caused by his departure from this life will not
easily be supplied. His third wife mourns
From Geneva Gazette 28 October 1881
Death of John Ackley - This well-known citizen died last evening
at about half past six o'clock, at his residence on Exchange st. He had
been in rather poor
health for several months past, occasionally requiring the attendance
of a physician, but managing to attend to his large and prosperous
saloon business with but temporary interruption for a day or two now
and then. Only about a week ago he was taken down with
typhoid fever which thus speedily ran its fatal course. Mr. Ackley was
a native of Switzerland, and came to this country about eleven
years ago, a stranger without relative or acquaintance on this side
of the broad Atlantic. Brought up on a dairy farm amid the rugged
of the Alps, he intended to follow the same pursuit in this more
productive and favored land. He did engage at such service for one or
two seasons, his first employer being Mr. W. Scofield, a dairyman.
Subsequently, he married Miss Rosa Leutz of the town of Waterloo and
soon thereafter settled in the village and embarked in the saloon
business, first with Isaac Baumann, and then by himself. For a year
past he has been our immediate neighbor, and we learned to like him for
courtesy and genial manners, and to respect him for his scrupulous
conformity to law and the rigid terms of his license. His saloon was no
place for brawlers and confirmed inebriates - such found there no
congenial company. His patrons were among the best business men of
Seneca and Exchange
sts. and the sturdy farmers of the country around us, with whom
greetings were the prevailing custom. Poor John ! how sudden, scarcely
realized as yet, his taking off. His young widow survives him but he
leaves no children. It was his intention to pay a visit to "fatherland"
the ensuing season, and he talked of it with all the enthusiasm of a
child in contemplating a visit "home." Instead of greeting long absent
son and brother, parents and kin must be saddened by this message of
his sudden and untimely death.
From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 10 Jul 1858
Death of Rev. Oliver Ackley
It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of our beloved father
in the ministry, REV. OLIVER ACKLEY. He departed life in his residence
in Orleans, Ontario co., N. Y., on the morning of the 30th ult., aged
70 years. We stated in the Ambassador of the
15th of May that Father Ackley had experienced a severe attack of
paralysis, and that his recovery was quite doubtful. The fears
then cherished have proved too well founded. He lingered for
about eight weeks in utter prostration and helplessness, before his
spirit took its final flight to its eternal rest. His mind was
materially affected by
the blow that shattered his body. There were brief periods,
when his intellect would seem to revive to almost natural activity. At
these moments, for some time after the commencement of his sickness,
while he expressed his belief that he (w)ould recover, at the same time
he evinced the utmost resignation to the Divine will… His faith
in the impartial grace of God and the salvation of the world remained
firm to the last. Two or three days before his death, becoming
satisfied that his departure was near at hand, he took an affectionate
leave of his family, and
said to them in the confidence of a serene and well-founded hope, “I
shall not die, but shall soon fall asleep!”
Father Ackley as a minister was diffident of his
abilities and modest in his aspirations and claims; nevertheless
he was an able and very acceptable and profitable preacher.
In prayer, we think we may say, he was unexcelled. We never listened
to petitions more ladened with humble reverence, with confidence in the
Father’s goodness, with love to God and to all mankind, with
a moving, melting pathos, than those which we again and again heard
flow from his lips. He sowed the seed of Gospel truth for more than
a quarter of a century, in the county of Ontario and the adjoining
counties, which has already sprung up to golden harvests, and which
is destined yet to yield broader and richer fruits in years to come.
The moral character of the departed was without a stain. He
endeavored to practice himself the precepts he enforced
on others. Although like all dwellers in the flesh, he had
his imperfections, yet it is exceedingly rare that anyone, clergyman
or layman, succeeds in winning so large a share of the respect and
confidence of the community, of all denominations, and in building
up a character so high for integrity, honesty, and benevolence, as
in his case.
Father Ackley entered the ministry in Madison county, some forty years
since. His conversion and consecration to the work of the Gospel were
among the fruits of a general revival which took place among the
Universalists in Madison county in the year 1817. In the Memoirs
of Rev. Nathaniel Stacy (P. 302) we find a paragraph in relation to the
deceased. Speaking of the revival to which we have above alluded,
Father Stacy says:-
Mr. Ackley was quite a youth when I removed to Hamilton,
usually attended my meetings; but made no pretentions to religion until
time of this revival: he, too, was an early convert, and one of the
individuals who had received baptism by immersion. He had an
talent of natural eloquence, and improved it successfully in our
conferences. At length he was invited and urgently requested to
hold meetings abroad in the neighboring towns, which after repeated
solicitations, together with my influence, he with great modesty and
manifest reluctance consented to do. And so edifying were his
confident were the people of his great usefulness as a preacher of
the everlasting Gospel, the he was persuaded, eventually, to take
upon himself the solemn responsibilities of an evangelist.
And how well he has sustained the dignity and the sacredness of that
high and holy vocation, I need not say; for he is well and extensively
known to the denomination as a devoted Christian, and an able advocate
for the truth, and enjoys the undivided confidence of his acquaintance,
and is greatly beloved by all who know him.
The funeral of Br. Ackley took place in the Baptist church in Orleans
on Thursday afternoon, the 1st inst. Providentially Father Stacy, the
early friend and instructor of the deceased, was visiting his daughter
in Geneva, who is the wife of John Ackley, Esq., a son of the departed
father in Israel. Br. Stacy officiated at the funeral, and gave a
very interesting and moving discourse from 2 Cor.:1. He was
assisted in the services by Brs. A[sa] Saxe and J[ohn] M. Austin, and
also by the pastor of the Baptist church in Orleans. A large
audience crowded the church in every part, and their fixed attention
and tearful eyes bore striking evidence of the affection they bore for
the memory of the departed servant of Christ.
We have received a brief biography of the deceased from the pen of Rev.
N. Stacy. It was too late for this week, but it shall appear in our
Death of Rev. Oliver Ackley
From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 17 Jul
Departed this life on the morning of the 30th ult., at 3 o'clock, at
his residence in the village of Orleans, Ontario co., N. Y., Rev.
Ackley, in the 70th year of his age. Between seven and eight
weeks since, he arose one morning apparently out of the usual state of
his health; but having some business abroad, in accordance with his
habits of industry and his benevolent perseverance in the discharge of
every duty to his family and society, and contrary to the earnest
remonstrance of his wife, he harnessed his horse and drove to the
appointed place. His physical condition was immediately
was seized with a paralysis which gradually rendered his left limbs
wholly helpless, in a moderate degree affected his speech, and
apparently produced an intellectual stupor, but by no means depriving
reason. In this condition he was conveyed home, and placed upon
his bed from which he never afterwards arose! Everything was
done for his relief that the skill of the physician, conjugal
affection, and filial piety could suggest, and that his numerous
friends could perform; all of which was evidently appreciated by him,
and very thankfully received but all proved of no avail to arrest that
sentence against mortal man—“Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt
return.” The writer of this, though for many years residing in a
distant part of
the country, in the State of Pennsylvania, was providentially thrown in
this section a few weeks after the attack, and enjoyed the privilege of
visiting him several times. I found him suffering very
but patient and resigned—his faith lively and his hope strong. Although
from my imperfection of hearing I could not understand all he wished to
say, yet there were seasons when his voice was sufficiently strong for
to hear, and he could always give me the assurance of his faith, hope,
and patient resignation. I remarked that he could adopt the language of
Apostle—“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have
the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness.” He shook his head, but remarked, or gave me to
understand, that he
could “wait all the days of his appointed time, till his change came.”
A little before his departure he took an affectionate leave of his
family, and the time soon arrived when He who holds the keys of death
unlocked the prison door and bade the freed spirit rise to the
enjoyment of immortal life.
His funeral obsequies were attended Thursday, July 1st. The
services were performed in the Baptist church in the village. The
writer, Br. J[ohn] M. Austin, Br. A[sa] Saxe,
and Rev. Mr. Wader, pastor of the Baptist church, were present,
and each took part in the solemnization of the occasion. The
house was crowded to its fullest capacity, and the deep interest
manifested, the profound and solemn attention given by the crowded
ample testimony to their respect for the deceased and their sympathy
with the bereaved family.
Brief Biographical Sketch
Mr. Ackley, it appears by record, was born in the State of Connecticut,
in January 1789. At an early day his father removed from that State
into Hamilton, Madison Co., N. Y., where Oliver
grew up to manhood, and where he received all the literary education
he ever obtained. The country was new. No laws existed
in the State of New York for the establishment and regulation of common
schools, and no literary institution was then established in that
of the country. But such was his industry and perseverance, that before
his majority he obtained a sufficient education to become a common
school teacher. And such was the integrity of his character, and
his known qualifications for the transaction of business, that he was
chosen to civil office in society, and promoted to military office in
society, and he served a short campaign as a military officer in the
service of his country at Sackett’s Harbor, in the fall of 1814.]
In June, 1805, I first visited that section of country and commenced
preaching in Hamilton. And on that or the following year at farthest, I
noticed Oliver Ackley, then a young man in
his minority, a very constant attendant at my meetings. I marked
his serious attention and the manifestly deep interest he felt
in the doctrine of God’s Universal grace. God had given him an
understanding to receive and a heart to feel and appreciate the
glorious truths of the Gospel. I soon formed a familiar acquaintance
with him, and a bond of sympathy and union was soon contracted which
intermission nor abatement until the shaft of death has separated us
for a short season. I was called to solemnize his marriage with
his first wife [Polly Gardner]—an excellent woman, with whom he
happily lived until she was removed from him by the messenger of death,
about seven years ago, and raised a large family of very respectable
children, most of whom survive, and have had the melancholy pleasure
of seeing a beloved father finish his course with joy, and beholding
his mortal remains deposited in their last resting place.
Although Mr. Ackley’s understanding was thoroughly convinced of the
truth of the doctrine, and he gave his support and all his influence to
its propagation, his heart was never imbued with its living spirit
until the extraordinary awakening in our
Society and vicinity in the year 1817—a circumstantial account of
which may be found in the Memoirs of my Life… He now made a public
profession, received baptism under my hand, and united with the church.
He had a natural talent for public speaking, and
he was faithful to improve it at our Conferences, and was soon
solicited to visit different neighborhoods and adjacent towns, and
hold meetings; and he was soon under regular engagements. I have
no data at hand by which I can determine the date of his letter of
fellowship, but it was probably about 1819. And shortly afterwards,
a meeting and a council were called in the town of Eaton, Madison co.,
where he was employing part of his time, for his ordination; and if
memory well serves me, Br. S[tephen] R. Smith preached on the occasion.
Mr. Ackley continued to itinerate and preach in that section of country
with universal acceptance and great success, until somewhere around the
year 1825, when he removed his family
into what we then called the Genesee country, and settled for a season
in the town of Hopewell. Since that time he has traveled much
in Western N. Y., and zealously, faithfully and successfully devoted
his time and talents to the promulgation of that truth which
constituted the ground of his hope, the sun of his life and the joy of
until the infirmities of age admonished him to moderate his zeal, and
circumscribe the field of his labor to narrower limits.
But his benevolent soul has forbidden him to be indifferent to the
needs of humanity—the sufferings of the poor, the groans of the sick
and distressed, the tears of the bereaved and afflicted, have always
excited his warmest sympathy. He has ever been the uniform friend of
the indigent, the sympathizing companion of the sick bed, and the
comforter of the mourner; and he has continued to hold himself in
readiness to attend the calls of the suffering within the compass of
his ability, either to administer material aid or spiritual
consolation. He has been, for many years, extensively known in
this section of the country; and his humility, his honesty and
integrity, his benevolence and charity have become almost
proverbial. He has conspicuously illustrated the practical
influence of the religion he professed in his daily life and
After the departure of his first wife, and remaining in widowed
loneliness for a few years, he married a second wife; and she has truly
proved a companion in faith, in hope, in zeal—a partner of his cares,
his labors, his joys and his sorrows. She married him with all
the tenderness of conjugal affection, bathed his fevered brow,
smoothed his pillow, and cheered and comforted him to the close of his
passage to his final goal.
It is the second time she has been left in widowhood, but she is not
without a stay and a comforter. She enjoys the presence of that God who
has promised to be the husband of the widow. May God sanctify
this bereavement, and fit and prepare her for all her further duties
and trials of life.
Geneva, July 2d.
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1886
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Allie Adams died last Tuesday
morning, aged 26. Deceased leaves beside her husband and two
children, a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at five o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1880
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Alvin Adams died last Monday at the
residence of his son-in-law, Mr. L. Andrews, of West Bloomfield, aged
84 years. His remains
were brought to this place for interment Wednesday afternoon.
From Victor Herald 2 November 1900
News was received here, Wednesday, of the death, at his home in
Canandaigua, of Ansel L. Adams, a recent resident of this
town. The announcement was a great shock and surprise to Mr. Adam's
many friends for, while it was known that he was by no means rugged or
good health, his death was entirely unexpected. Only a few days ago he
was upon our streets greeting old friends with his accustomed geniality
and Victor people visiting Canandaigua, recently, have been pleased to
greet their former townsman as he stood near the depot, perhaps on the
watch for them. Ansel L. Adams was born in Connecticut in 1825, and
celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday last August. When quite young he
moved to Rochester and thence to Ohio. For many years he was employed
various railroads, a part of the time as baggageman between Buffalo and
and also as express messenger between New York and Buffalo. About
years ago he came to Victor and purchased a farm upon which he resided
last April, when he moved to Canandaigua. He was a cabinet-maker by
but had not worked at it for many years. Mr. Adams married three times,
last wife dying about nine years ago. Two children were born from the
marriage; one a son, who died at an early age and the other a daughter,
who has cared for her father in his declining years.
Bright's disease, which affected the heart, was the cause of death. The
funeral is to be held this afternoon and interment will be had in
Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua. The services are to be under the
auspices of Milnor Lodge, F. & A. M., of this village, of which Mr.
Adams was a member.
Besides the daughter, Mr. Adams leaves two brothers, Myron O. of Adams
and George H. of Canandaigua; and three sisters, Mrs. Hannah Horton of
Honeoye Falls, Mrs. Henry Bement and Mrs. Andrew Lane, of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Benjamin Franklin Adams, a
prominent farmer of this place, died shortly after midnight on Tuesday
morning, at the age of 73 years. Mr. Adams had been ailing for some
months, but, while his friends were anxious as to the condition of his
health, few thought that he was in any imminent danger, and the end
came suddenly. Mr. Adams died as many would wish to die, when the time
came, he lay down and went to sleep. He was born in the town of
Richmond, Sep. 19, 1823. At the age of 20 years, he removed to this
town and entered the store of Porter & Hough, where he was employed
as clerk for seven years. In 1851, he formed a partnership in the brick
store with Isaac Mitchell, which business he continued for about two
years. At the retirement of Mr. Mitchell, he formed a partnership with
Frederick Munson, remaining until the year 1855, when he purchased the
farm of L. S. Beach, where he lived until the time of his death. Mr.
Adams life had been a happy one, and there are few men in the community
to whom the ties of the family were more dear. In 1853, Mr. Adams was
united in marriage to Lucinda Gauss; to them have been born five
children: Mrs. Darwin Gibbs of Litchfield, Mich.; Mrs. E. L. Pardee of
New York city; Mrs. Charles Stoddard of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Heber E.
Wheeler of East Bloomfield; one son, Frank M. Adams, who resides on the
farm; and two brothers, James B. Adams of Geneseo; and S. M. Adams of
Hillsdale, Mich. Mr. Adams' second marriage was in 1874, to Miss Helen
Pardee Seymour, who survives him. His former wife died in 1872. The
funeral services were held at his late residence on Thursday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, and were largely attended by people from all parts of the
town to pay their last respects to the deceased. The Rev. M. Luther
Stimson, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated.
From Ontario County Times 17 January 1872
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Carrie Adams, wife of J. T. Adams, died
at her father's residence in Littleville, on New Year's morning. She
was a loved and respected member of our community, and the whole
village feel her loss deeply. Mr. Adams possesses the sympathy of all
who knew her, and is not alone in mourning her early death. She was a
true and earnest christian, and it is a consoling thought to us to know
that, though she has left us to pursue life's journey, she commenced,
with the new year, a brighter, happier and more blissful existence in
the home prepared for God's children beyond the river of death.
From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1910
Word was received here on Wednesday of the sudden death of Mrs.
Charlotte Lapham Adams at Lakewood, N. J. where she was spending
the winter, aged 65 years. The deceased is survived by two sons, Lewis
H., of Canaan, and Elbridge L., of New York City; one sister, Mrs. A.
B. Field of San Francisco, Cal.; and two brothers, Henry W. Lapham of
Naples, and E. Gerry Lapham of Rochester. The body will be brought to
her late home on Howell street this morning. The funeral will be held
from St. John's church at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Herbert L.
Gaylord officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 January 1908
The death of Corwin L. Adams of this city occurred last
evening at the family residence, 141 Washington street, after an
illness of two weeks, at the age of 60 years. Mr. Adams was the
youngest son of the late Rodney L. Adams, formerly owner and publisher
of the Geneva Courier. He was at one time editor and publisher of the
Trumansburg Sentinel. He returned to Geneva in 1898 where he has since
resided. He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Carrie J. Adams,
one son, Rodney B. Adams, and one brother, Oliver S. Adams of
Rochester. Burial Washington Street Cemetery.
From Victor Herald 5 September 1902
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Francis Sophia Adams, widow of the
late Gaius Adams, and one of our oldest residents, died Sunday evening,
after a long illness, at the age of eighty-seven years and six months.
She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. O. R. Wilmarth, of Ludington,
Mich., and Mrs. Edward Brown of Pembroke, N. Y. Funeral service were
held at her late home Tuesday forenoon, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 28 August 1907
Victor, N. Y. - This community was saddened on Wednesday to
learn of the death of Mrs. Freeman E. Adams, which occurred at
an early hour that morning, at her home two miles southeast of this
village. Pernicious anemia was the cause of death. she was born in this
town 60 years ago. She is survived by her husband and four daughters:
the Misses Viola, Florence, and Anna, of this town, and Mrs. Leona
Adams Hornberger, Phoenix, Arizona. One sister also survives, Mrs.
Martin Snyder, who resides west of this village, but is now with her
husband in Washington state on an extended Western trip. Owing to the
telegraph operators' strike it was impossible to get a message through
to the daughter at Phoenix, and she could not be notified until after
the funeral. Mrs. Adams joined the Presbyterian church in 1880 and was
always, while her health permitted, a faithful attendant. She was an
earnest Christian woman, lovable and kind of nature and possessed many
sincere friends. The funeral was held at the home on Friday afternoon
at 2 o'clock and burial was in the Boughton Hill Cemetery. Rev. Frank
W. Hill of the Presbyterian church officiated.
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1876
Mr. Gabriel Adams of Canadice met with a severe accident a few
days since. He was in his barn pitching hay with a horse fork,
and when the fork was directly over his head, the chain broke and the
fork dropped upon him, one of the tines entering his
head and penetrating to the brain. There was but little hope at
the time that his life could be saved, but at a later date there was
thought to be a possibility of recovery. By a line from a friend
in Canadice we learn that Mr. Adams died from his injuries on the 7th
From Ontario County Journal 29 October 1875
Died - In Victor, Oct. 20th, 1875, Geo. A. Adams, aged 73
years. Another pioneer has passed away; one by one they are
falling. Mr. Adams was born in Barkhemsted, Conn., Jan. 4, 1802.
From Barkhemsted he emigrated to Western New York, near the
vicinity of Rochester. He has been a resident of this town about
26 years. His occupation was that of a farmer while living here.
Until within the last few years, he owned one of the best farms in this
township, but as old age advanced he sold his farm and moved near the
village. He was a good citizen and a kind neighbor. In
politics he was a democrat. His health has been failing slowly
for the past year and for the last four weeks he has been confined to
his house. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church on Friday the 22d
inst. He was followed to
his grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives, who thus
testified to the love they bore him.
From Geneva Gazette 15 October 1875
A very sudden death occurred early Tuesday morning on Colt street.
Deceased is Mrs. H. E. Adams, wife of the sexton of the
M. E. Church. About half-past three A. M., she awakened her
husband, complaining of faintness and weakness of respiration. At
her suggestion he called in two neighbor ladies and then hurried for
and returned with a physician. The latter at once pronounced the
patient in a dying condition, and in a few moments she breathed her
last. For some weeks past Mrs. Adams had complained of pain in
the spinal column below her neck, and consulted two physicians in
regard thereto. Independently of the diagnosis of each other, both
pronounced her affected with congestion of the spine which threatened
to reach and produce apoplexy of the heart. Such therefore is
believed to be the cause of her sudden death. Deceased is a
native of Wolcott, aged 42 years,
and second wife of Mr. Adams. She was an attendant and devout
member of the M. E. Church, and zealously devoted to the temperance
cause -- in her humble way doing all in her power to advance the
precepts of Christianity and reform. Though death came suddenly
a thief in the night," it is believed the grim visitor found her
not wholly unprepared.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 October 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Helen Pardee Adams occurred
week Tuesday at the residence of Heber E. Wheeler.
She was born in Sharon, Conn., February 26, 1829. Some years after the
family moved here and she had lived here ever since. She was married to
Charles Seymour June 5, 1855. Mr. Seymour died in 1876. Later she was
to B. F. Adams, who died March 29, 1897. She is survived by four
and two sisters, Frederick Pardee of California; Walter of New York;
of Palmyra, N. Y.; Dr. E. L. Pardee of this town, and Mrs. James
of Battle Creek, Mich., and Mrs. Enos Pomeroy, of Ann Arbor, Mich. The
funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1908
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nat.
Squier, on Kendall street in this village, occurred the death of Mrs.
A. Adams, on Thursday evening. Mrs. Adams was born in the
Benton, Yates county, and was seventy-six years old. She has been a
of this village off and on, for the past three years. Mrs. Adams is
by her daughter, Mrs. Squier of Clifton Springs, and three sons, Isaac
Adams, Edward S. Adams and David D. Adams, of Penn Yan. The funeral
will be held at the home of Mrs. Squier on Monday morning and the
will be taken to Penn Yan for burial, where services will be held at
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903
Mrs. Jessie D. Adams died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Crofut,
Upper Main street, Saturday, aged 51 years. Death was due to a
complication of diseases. The funeral was held from her late home
From Ontario County Journal 5 December 1884
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. John Adams died at the residence of
his son, A. T. Adams, Wednesday morning, aged 90 years, 1 month and 14
days. He came to this town 89 years ago from Massachusetts with his
parents; was a pensioner of the war of 1812. Funeral services will be
held Friday at 1:30 p.m., at the residence of A. T. Adams.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 October 1915
The death of John Quincy Adams, one of the best-known
farmers in Manchester township, occurred at his home, northeast of this
place, last Friday morning. His age was 73 years. John Quincy Adams was
born on August 27, 1842, in the township of Manchester and his entire
life had been spent therein. He was a son of the late Charles and
Phoebe Tibbitts Adams. His grandfather was one of the original settlers
of the township. He was married on December 23, 1868, to Miss Ella
Lawrence of Manchester, by the Rev. Benjamin Swyck, also of Manchester.
He was formerly a school teacher, having taught in the townships of
Manchester, Hopewell and Farmington. He joined the Baptist church at
Manchester 44 years ago and was one of the oldest living members. For
more than 30 years he was a deacon in this church. He was also a member
of Manchester Grange and for 10 years was its chaplain. The survivors
are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Elsie Pentz of DuBois, Pa.; Mrs.
Jennie Olick of Rome, N. Y., and Mrs. Charles Sweet of Manchester; five
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, Henry T. Adams of
Montana, and a cousin, Adelbert Adams of Farmington. The funeral
services were held from his late home on the Howland road on Sunday
afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and from the Manchester Baptist church at
2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. D. St. John, pastor of the
church. The bearers were Henry Howland, A. J. Latting, George Warner,
John Dewey, Roy Macumber and C. G. McLouth. The interment was made in
Brookside Cemetery in this place.
From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1909
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mariette McKinney
Adams, widow of Edson Adams, occurred at her home in this village
on Friday morning, May 28. Mrs. Adams, who was 83 years of age at the
time of her death, was for 60 years a resident of this town. She was a
member, and, as long as health permitted, a regular attendant of the
Congregational church. Since her husband's death 17 years ago, she had
been gradually failing in health and had for the past nine weeks been
confined to her bed. Mrs. Adams is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. E.
Babcock, of Middletown, Conn.; three sons, Charles of Mt. Morris, John
of Morency, Mich., and Frank Adams of Gorham, and one grandson, William
E. Adams, of this place. The funeral which was private was held from
the late residence on Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 October 1909
Mrs. Mary E. Adams, widow of the late Corwin L. Adams, died this
morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family residence, No. 141 Washington
street. Her death comes as a shock for she was ill but a short time.
Although she had not been in her usual health, she was not confined to
the house and was out yesterday. This morning about 5 o'clock she was
taken seriously ill and rapidly grew worse until the end. She was 61
years old, was born in Canandaigua; but with the exception of a few
years, she had resided in this city almost her entire life. She was an
active worker in the First Presbyterian church and was a member of the
Woman's Bible Class. She leaves one daughter, Miss Carrie J. Adams; one
son, Rodney B. Adams; one brother, Joseph C. Burrill, and one sister,
Mrs. S. Friedlander of Minneapolis, Minn., who has been visiting her
sister for the past two weeks. The funeral will take place Friday
afternoon at 3 o'clock from the house. Rev. W. W. Weller, pastor of the
First Presbyterian church will officiate and interment will be in
Washington Street Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 29 June 1864
We are pained to hear that Lieut. Oscar M. Adams, of Co. K,
148th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., who was mentioned in a former issued of
this paper, has since died. His wounds were not at first considered
dangerous, and his friends were in no degree prepared to hear that they
had proved fatal. Indeed, the last that was heard from him prior to the
receipt of the telegraphic dispatch announcing his death was to the
effect that he was able to walk about the Hospital, and would soon be
well again. Lieut. Adams, before entering the military service, was a
resident of East Bloomfield. He was a young man of excellent character,
highly respected among his many townsmen, and in the army earned for
himself the reputation of a brave and accomplished officer, while his
ardent patriotism and genial disposition earned him the warm friendship
of all with whom he was associated.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 April 1909
Naples, N. Y. - M. Tip Adams died at his home Sunday of pneumonia,
aged 69 years.
From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1890
Captain W. W. Adams, an old and respected citizen of Victor,
died there last Monday, aged 84 years. He had an attack of the grip,
resulted in congestion of the lungs. He was formerly a seafaring man,
had lived in Victor the past 50 years. He leaves a widow and five
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 11 May 1905
Died, in Rochester, May 4, 1905, Mrs. Carrie Adriance, nee
Crittenden, formerly of Phelps, aged 63 years, daughter of the late
Israel Crittenden. The remains were brought to Phelps for interment.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marshall of Medina and Mrs.
Gregory of Rochester. Two
brothers and three sisters remain of her own family, one of whom is
C. Boyd of Oaks Corners.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 March 1873
We learn that on Sunday last, between the hours of one and two p.m., Horace
aged about 38 years, son of George H. Adsit, an old
resident and respectable farmer on the road leading from Gypsum to
Phelps village, about one and a half miles northeast of Clifton
Springs, was found suspended by the neck, by means of a rope attached
to the timbers in the upper story of his father's barn. When discovered
and cut down, Adsit was quite dead. No particular cause is assigned as
for his self destruction, but the presumption is that he was slightly
deranged at the time of committing the rash deed.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 August 1906
Mrs. Bridget Ahern, aged 79 years, died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Kirby, No. 48 Middle street, at 1:45 o'clock
yesterday afternoon. The cause of death was general debility. She is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. Peter Skinner of Phelps, Mrs. James
Guinan and Mrs. Thomas Kirby of Geneva, and one son, Michael Ahern of
Lyons, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Kennedy of Buffalo. The funeral will
be held Monday morning at 8:45 from the home and 9:15 from St. Francis
de Sales church. Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Lydia Aiken, the last of a large family
closely identified with the Naples history, died last week. She was
also the last 1812 pensioner in this vicinity. The whole family of nine
children now lie together in the Hunt's Hollow cemetery of this town.
when a girl, was Lydia French.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 October 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Relatives and friends learned yesterday of
the death at Rochester State Hospital Monday night of John P.
Aikens, aged 58 years, a well-known resident of this village, who
had been at that institution for several months. The remains were
brought here yesterday and the funeral services were held at the home
on Center street this afternoon under Masonic auspices, he having been
a long time member and officer of the local lodge. He was also a
veteran of the Civil War -- one of the youngest to go out from this
section. He was a member of the 16th Heavy Artillery, and was connected
with the local G. A. R.
post. Besides his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Libbie Bailey and Mrs. Mary
Bartliff, both of this village, survive.
From Victor Herald 30 September 1893
Hon. Stephen H. Ainsworth, a well-known citizen of West
Bloomfield, died on the 20th inst., at the age of 84 years. He was
one of the wealthiest and most respected men in that town. He began
life as a poor boy and made a success of whatever he undertook. For
many years he was an extensive grower of nursery stock, and it was here
that he accumulated a considerable property. He was a friend and
of the late Seth Green, who is known as the father of fish culture in
this country. Mr. Ainsworth took a great interest in all public
in his town. In 1860 he was sent to the legislature from the western
district of this county, and always took a lively interest in the
of the Republican party. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs.
R. M. Peck, of West Bloomfield.
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