"Bas" to Baz" Obituaries
From Geneva Gazette 24 February 1893
The death of Philander F. Bassett, a lifelong and
respected citizen of Seneca, is announced occurring Feb.
21st at his residence near Flint Creek. His age was about 70
years. He was a lifelong Democrat and active in the councils of
his party, as he was also
foremost in all good works for the benefit of his
town and fellow-men. He will be greatly missed in the circle of
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Polly Comstock Bassett, wife of Isaac
Bassett, died at her home in this village on Monday morning at the age
of 73 years. For some years she had not been strong, yet her death came
suddenly at last. Mrs. Bassett moved to Naples from West Italy eight
years ago. She was of a retiring nature and got out but little. Her
husband, one son, William, three sisters, Mrs. Ishmael Elwell and Mrs.
Andrew Teal, of West Italy, and Mrs. Darwin Donley of North Cohocton;
and one brother, John Comstock, of this village, survive her. In former
years she had been identified with the Methodist church at West Italy.
Rev. S. T. Harding, of the Baptist church, officiated at the funeral on
From Ontario County Journal 1 June 1877
Rushville, N. Y. - Died in this village on the
28th inst., Samuel Bassett, nearly seventy years of age.
Mr. Bassett had for a good many years been troubled with heart
disease. He had a severe attack of pneumonia this spring, and
from this he never recovered. The constitution which for nearly seventy
years had withstood disease, had at last to give up
and own death conqueror. Mr. Bassett, though not a member of
any church, had during the past winter expressed a strong hope in
Christ. We trust that he has now joined his brothers and sisters in
heaven. He was the last but one of a large family, three of whom have
died the past winter and spring. His funeral was attended by a large
number of friends.
From Geneva Gazette 6 February 1891
Henry Batchelder died at his home Monday morning last, aged 76
years 6 months and 2 days. The funeral took place Wednesday at
St. Francis de Sales Church. Mr. Batchelder has been a
resident of Geneva for the last 49 years. He
was born in Suffolk County, Eng. He was respected by all who knew
him, and his death will be mourned by a multitude of friends.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 May 1905
Nellie H. Batchelor, twenty years of age, died yesterday
at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Batchelor, No. 124
Andes avenue. The deceased was taken with pneumonia on April 29, which
resulted in her death. She was born in Bo'ness, Linlethgaushire,
and came to this country and city with her parents in 1889. She was a
member of the North Presbyterian church and was particularly active in
the Christian Endeavor society of that church. Besides her parents, she
is survived by three brothers, John Batchelor, physical director at the
Y. M. C. A. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; William C. Batchelor, general
of the Y. M. C. A. at Bellevue, Pa.; and Alexander R. Batchelor, of
city. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at two o'clock from
house, Rev. N. B. Remick, D. D., pastor of North Presbyterian church
officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 5 October 1894
Suicide of an Old Soldier - Martin V. Bateman, of Phelps, aged
fifty years, committed suicide some time during last Friday night by
hanging in his barn. His body was found
by Hiram Wilbur. The surroundings indicate that Bateman tied the
rope to a beam, slipped the noose around his neck, stepped upon a
barrel and swung off.
He left a note on a table in his house saying he intended
to hang himself. He leaves no family, his wife having died
several years ago. He was a member of General John
R. Murray Post, G. A. R.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 March 1910
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Thomas J. Bateman, one of Canandaigua's
prominent merchants, was found dead in a chair at his home in West
Gibson street shortly after noon yesterday by his wife upon her return
from church. He had evidently been dead but a few minutes. Coroner Dr.
A. W. Armstrong was called and it is said that he found evidence which
would indicate that the man had committed suicide. The gas jets were
open and the room was closed. Mr. Bateman had been in ill health for
some time and he was threatened with a nervous breakdown. He refused to
discontinue work at his store, however, until Thursday. He was born in
Ireland 52 years ago, but came to this country at an early age. For 25
years he conducted a bakery and grocery, which he conducted up to the
time of his death. Although he had been here but a short time he was
regarded as a progressive business man. He had served as a director of
the Chamber of Commerce since its organization. He leaves his wife, two
sons, William and Frank; and two daughters, Marguerita and Theoda, all
of this place.
From Geneva Gazette 2 June 1876
Fatal Accident at Canandaigua - Last Monday morning William
Bateman, a mechanic at work on the cornish of the new Union school
house, missed his foothold and fell a distance of fifty-five feet,
mangling the flesh and bones of his body. He lived about three
hours, a portion of the time sensible and suffering the most
excruciating pain. He fell from the same building twice before,
once twelve feet and once twenty-five feet, but was not seriously
injured thereby. His wife and child were recently summoned to
Ohio to bury
a grandfather, and are now hastily recalled to bury a kind husband and
father. He was a young man of excellent repute and his
misfortune is lamented by a large circle of friends.
From Victor Herald 25 August 1894
Abigail Merrick Bates, widow of Samuel Bates, was born in Pollet,
Rutland county, Vt., in 1803, and died at the home of her daughter in
East Victor, Aug. 13th. At the age of 20 years she married Samuel
removed to Syracuse, in this state, they subsequently removed to
and finally to Victor. For several years past she has lived at East
with her daughter, Mrs. Miles Edget. She leaves three children, Mrs.
of this town, one son, living at Clyde, Mich., and another daughter, at
Pontiac, Mich. At the age of 17 years, she united with the Methodist
and continued her connection there during her life. The funeral was
on Tuesday; services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Copeland. The burial
in the village cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Alanson Bates, for the past twenty-nine
years a well-known figure in Canandaigua's business section, was
attacked with apoplexy in front of the Canandaigua National Bank about
He was removed by kind friends to his home on Bemis street and soon
expired. He was aged 80 years and was born in Palmyra. During his
in Canandaigua, he had been employed as an expert in making and
boot and shoes for the various local dealers. He is survived by his
who is a bed-ridden invalid, and by a daughter, Mrs. Stella Morse of
and a son, Frank E. Bates of Canandaigua.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 June 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Joshua Bates, of Phelps, a veteran of the late
war, and a member of General J. B. Murray Post, G. A. R., died Friday
afternoon of heart failure, after a short illness, aged 71 years. The
funeral services were held at the home yesterday morning and interment
made at Seneca Falls. A wife and several daughters survive.
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1899
Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Bates, wife of Francis Bates, a lifelong
resident of this village, died at her home on Hubbell street at an
early hour on Friday morning. Mrs. Bates had been a great sufferer from
heart trouble for a number of weeks. The deceased was the daughter of
Samuel and Ann Nowlen Greenleaf, and was born in this village on June
22, 1829. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and five sons,
Misses Sarah Greenleaf and Mary G. Bates, Samuel G., of Syracuse;
Frank, James L., John N. of this village, and Edward F. of Nashotah,
Wis. The funeral was held from St. John's church on Sunday morning at 9
o'clock, Rev. C. J. Clausen and Rev. Charles Hayes, of Phelps,
From Canandaigua Chronicle 7 August 1907
Mrs. Rhoda Bates, widow of the late Alanson Bates, died at her
home in Bemis street, Sunday, aged 80 years. Mrs. Bates had been an
invalid for a number of years and her death was due to general
debility. She is survived by two children, one daughter in Palmyra, and
one son with whom she lived. The funeral was held from the Kennedy
undertaking rooms, Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. H. Skeels
officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 1 January 1873
Victor, N. Y. - Samuel Bates of East Victor, who was injured by
a stone thrown at him by his son about four weeks ago, died on Friday,
December 20. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at
Victor on Sunday following.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Willard W. Bates, a well-known
Canandaiguan, who has been ill for several months, took a walk near his
home on Gorham street Tuesday afternoon and was stricken with apoplexy.
He was taken home, but never rallied, and died the same night. He was
about 55 years old, and had for years been active at his business of
house painter. He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. John McDowell, his
aged mother, Mrs. A. T. Bates, and one sister, Mrs. Daniel Saunders.
From Ontario County Journal 30 April 1897
The funeral of Amanda J. Batterson, who died in
Canandaigua on Sunday, the 18th inst., was held in the church here on
Wednesday of last week, Rev. H. W. Jones officiating. Mrs. Batterson
had been a lifelong resident of this place until she moved to
Canandaigua a few years ago. She was a faithful wife and mother and a
From Ontario County Journal 25 April 1890
Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. Ida Batterson died at her residence here on
the 18th inst., aged 27 years. The funeral was held on Sunday, Rev. Mr.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 April 1905
William H. Batty, seventy-four years old, died at the City
Hospital Saturday night after undergoing an operation for strangulated
hernia. He was taken to the hospital Saturday morning from the home of
his daughter, Mrs. William Van Nortwick, on South Pulteney street. The
deceased recently came here from Corning to make his home. He is
survived by his wife, who resides at Corning, his daughter with whom he
lived and two sons, John and Thomas Batty of Hornby, N. Y. The remains
will be taken to Watkins tomorrow morning at which place the funeral
will be held at 10:30.
Burial will be in the Watkins cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1902
Frank Baumgart died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at his home,
11 Powers alley, aged 46 years. The deceased had been confined to
his bed with Bright's disease. Mr. Baumgart was born in Germany
and came to this country 11 years ago. He moved to this city eight
years ago. He was a devout member of St. Francis de Sales church.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Barbara Baumgart, by a son,
Charles Baumgart, and by a half-brother, Valentine Ochs, of Seneca
county. The funeral arrangements will be announced later. Burial
From Geneva Daily Times 4 February 1908
Mrs. Helena Baxter, wife of George Baxter of 584 Exchange street,
yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. She was 52 years old and was born in
Forty-four years ago she came to this country and to Geneva, where she
ever since. The deceased was a member of Trinity church. Besides her
she is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Erwin Pinkerton, Mrs. William
and Miss Elsie Baxter of this city, and Mrs. Carl Blutau of Rochester;
sons, Frederick and James of this city; one sister, Mrs. Anne Millard;
one brother, John Hill. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon.
C. M. Sills, D. D., will officiate and burial will be made in Glenwood
From Geneva Daily Times 28 April 1896
The death of Jas. Baxter occurred at his home north of
Geneva Sunday morning after a sickness of about five weeks. The fatal
disease was pneumonia. He was aged 61 years and 6 months. He was born
England and came to this country about 42 years ago, the greater part
which time has been spent in and around Geneva. By trade he was a
but for the past 12 years he has been devoting his time to agriculture
has lived on his present farm about four miles north of Geneva in the
of Phelps for the past 9 years. Mr. Baxter has been a lifelong member
the Episcopal church and at his death was a communicant of St. Peter's
He is survived by his wife, two sons, Samuel and George Baxter; two
Mrs. Ellen Riggs and Kate Baxter, also two brothers and two sisters. He
also leaves a very large circle of friends who will extend their
to the bereaved family. The funeral will be held from the family
on Wednesday afternoon, April 29th, at 2 o'clock. Interment will be
From Geneva Courier 24 January 1855
Mr. John Baxter of this village, met with a sad accident on the
evening of the 16th inst. He was returning on the railroad track,
from a gunning excursion, and while crossing a bridge, fell between two
cross-ties, in attempting to step from one to the other. He struck his
head against the timbers fracturing his skull in a dreadful manner.
In this state, he managed to reach the house of Mr. Samuel Carey,
who gave him proper attention and was conveyed by him to his home.
He lingered in
great agony until Saturday night, when death came to his
relief. His funeral was attended at Trinity Church on Monday
afternoon by a large concourse of friend.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 April 1905
Mrs. Sarah H. Baxter, seventy-nine years old, died at her late
home, No. 398 South Main street, this morning at 10 o'clock from the
effects of a stroke of paralysis, suffered two weeks ago this morning.
The deceased was born in London, England, and came to this country in
her youth. She has resided in this city and vicinity for upwards of
fifty years. Her maiden name was Fairfax and she was a sister of the
late George Fairfax of this city. The deceased is survived by three
M. B. Cameron and Mrs. Francis K. Hardison of this city and Charles
of Rochester; also by five grand children and two great grandchildren.
From Geneva Gazette 11 October 1895
THOMAS BAXTER - born in East Cottingworth, Yorkshire, England,
August 25th, 1812, died in Geneva, October 8th, 1895, aged 83 years, 1
month 13 days.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 November 1903
William Baxter, a nurseryman who has been in the employ of William
Smith for fifty years, died at 8:30 o'clock this morning at his late
home, No. 447 Castle street, aged seventy-two years. Mr. Baxter went to
work Saturday as had been his custom for a half century. During
the morning he was taken with a severe chill. He went back home.
Symptoms of toxic poisoning developed and death occurred this morning
from toxemia. The deceased was born in Suffolk county, England, and
to this country when he was twenty-one years of age. On arriving in
country, he came directly to Geneva where he entered the employ of
Smith. Mr. Baxter grew up with Mr. Smith and his business and for years
has been one of his most trusted men. During the later years of the
Mr. Baxter has had charge of the ornamental tree department in the
nursery and also has had charge of all the repairs to the buildings of
the firm. Mr. Baxter was also one of the oldest Odd Fellows of
city. He was a past noble grand of Old Castle Lodge, No. 299,
Order of Odd Fellows, and was also a member of Ontario Encampment, No.
He was a communicant of St. Peter's church. He was survived by a widow
brother, John Baxter, who lives four miles southwest of this city, and
sister, Mrs. Sarah Fitton, of this city. Burial Glenwood
From Ontario County Journal 7 May 1909
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Charles Bayles, who for many years was a
resident of this town, died at the home of her son in Honeoye Tuesday.
Funeral and burial at East Bloomfield Thursday at 1 p.m.
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 June 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Charles M. Bayles died at his home in
this village yesterday afternoon, aged 62 years. In 1890 Mr. Bayles
moved here from Bristol and bought the grist mill on Michigan street,
which he continued to operate until the time of his death. He was a
veteran of the Civil war and a member of the A. O. U. W. He leaves a
widow, three sons, Charles, Lewis and Ellis, and two daughters, Minnie
and Mrs. Charles Page, Jr., all of this place; also two brothers, Frank
Bayles of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Richard of Fayette, N. Y.
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