"Br" through "Bri" OBITUARIES
From Geneva Daily Times 28 December 1906
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Yesterday at Memorial Hospital, Leon
Brace, of Victor, who was operated on Wednesday for appendicitis,
died, aged 28 years. His case was a very serious one, and was delayed
so long that he was past aid. He leaves his father and mother, Mr. and
Mrs. Romaine Brace; a sister, Mrs. Charles Longyear; a brother, Romaine
Brace, Jr., and his wife.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 9 September 1874
Died at Canandaigua, Saturday, September 5th, 1874, Mary
Boughton Brace, relict of John Brace, in the 86th year of her age.
In the above notice we find another of the original settlers of Ontario
County has been gathered to her fathers. Mrs. Brace came into Western
New York a child of three years old in 1791, when the village of
Canandaigua contained but three houses, and when the wilderness of the
Genesee country extended throughout what is now known as Western New
York. Her father, Jared Boughton, in connection with the father of her
husband, Joseph Brace, purchased a large tract of land comprising what
now constitutes the flourishing and wealthy town of Victor. She and her
husband resided from infancy in this county, having been residents
therein for more than eighty-one years. She has left several children
surviving her, among whom is Justice H. B. Brace of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 10 March 1882
Victor, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Thomas Brace occurred
at the home of her son, Romain, last Tuesday morning. Her illness was
long and severe.
From Ontario County Times 17 May 1865
In Farmington, on the 2d of the 5th month, Thomas U. Bradbury,
in his fifty-sixth year. We can hardly realize that Thomas U. Bradbury
is no more, yet when we visit his late home, where he was wont to
such heartfelt and bountiful hospitality, we are sadly reminded that
indeed he is gone. He had rare and excellent business qualifications.
He seemed to comprehend by intuition the business transactions of life,
and with a versatility of talent which few men possess, could
successfully carry on at
the same time varied and extensive pursuits. It was in the social
relations of life that we knew him best. With remarkable conversational
powers and a
fund of humor, hopeful and looking upon the bright side of life, he
rendered himself endeared to his friends, and the better they knew him
the more they loved him. He was the kind patron and advisor of young
men struggling with adversity, always ready to lend them a helping
hand, and by this class many a tear will be shed as they remember his
many acts of kindness and his earnest solicitude for their prosperity
and success. A kind husband and generous friend, peacefully and
quietly, like one falling asleep, had passed to his
From Ontario County Times 22 January 1879
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Died on Saturday night last, Mrs.
Bradley, relict of the late Bani Bradley, in the 83rd
year of her age. She was an old resident, her late husband being one of
the earliest settlers of the town.
From Ontario County Journal 11 November 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Peck Bradley, widow
of Charles W. Bradley, died on Sunday morning from typhoid fever, at
the residence of her cousin, L. H. Brunson. Mrs. Bradley is the third
member of the family who has died from that disease within about two
months, her husband having succumbed to it on Sept. 2, and her older
daughter, Clara, on Sept. 17. Four weeks ago Mrs. Bradley came from
LeRoy to East Bloomfield, hoping a change and rest would be of benefit
to her, but on the second day after her arrival she was compelled to
give up, and became a victim of the dread malady. Mrs. Bradley was born
in this town on Apr. 5, 1851, and was the second daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Parmeno Peck. She is survived by two sons, William Peck and
Charles Louis Bradley; and one daughter, Eila Gauss Bradley; and one
sister, Mrs. E. A. Wright of Canandaigua. The funeral services were
held from the family's old home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
Rev. B. S. Hitchcock officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Jessie R. Bradley died
at her home, No. 11 Pinnacle avenue, Rochester, Monday, March 11th,
aged 33 years. Deceased was the wife of Will M. Bradley and a former
resident of this place. A husband and two sons survive her. The remains
were brought here Wednesday and funeral services were held at the
of Chas. Bradley at 11 a.m. There was a large attendance of relatives
and friends. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in
this sad bereavement.
From Ontario County Times 20 September 1876
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. L. G. Bradley died very suddenly of
apoplexy of the heart, at 1 o'clock last Wednesday morning. she had
been to Canandaigua Tuesday afternoon, and was, to all appearances, as
well as usual, and was engaged late at night getting ready for the
Sunday school picnic. She was a very energetic, industrious woman,
always ready to take hold and carry out every good work, an earnest
Christian, a devoted wife and mother, and a kind neighbor. She will be
missed by many friends in this place. The remains were taken to
Dansville for interment.
From Ontario County Times 2 September 1885
East Bloomfield Station, N. Y. - Mr. O. L. Bradley, for a long
time troubled with rheumatic lameness, but otherwise in good health,
partook of dinner with his usual appetite on Thursday last, and then
lying down, was found dead about three o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 29 April 1898
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. W. Clark Bradley occurred
Tuesday morning, after a long and painful illness. Mrs. Bradley
possessed a Christian character and was dearly beloved by all who knew
her. She leaves a husband, two daughters and one son, all of this
place. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock,
Rev. J. C. Glover officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 19 February 1909
William Bradt, who suffered a severe scalp wound by falling from
his wagon while driving to his home at Cheshire on Feb. 11, died at the
Memorial hospital on Tuesday night. He did not rally from the shock of
the injury. He was 62 years of age and had resided at Cheshire for many
years. His birthplace was Clifton Springs. He was a farmer by
occupation and owned 200 acres of land. He is survived by his wife, who
was formerly Miss Mary Barnes; two brothers and one sister. The funeral
was held from Academy church yesterday afternoon, Rev. J. S. Ebersole
From Ontario County Journal 23 July 1909
Andrew E. Brady, for 33 years a resident of this village, died at
his home on Chapel street on Wednesday morning, after a lingering
illness. Mr. Brady was 60 years of age and was born in the city of
Rochester. Previous to his last illness, he had been for 20 years an
employee of the New York Central railroad, and when no longer fit for
active service on the line, was made flagman and served at the West
Gibson street crossing for some time. He is survived by his wife, Ellen
Brady, and four sons, Capt. J. F. Brady, U. S. A., of San Francisco,
Cal.; Dr. William Brady of Elmira; Andrew, Jr., and Walter S. Brady of
Canandaigua. The funeral services will be held this morning at 9
o'clock with burial at Calvary cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 28 March 1862
Frozen to Death - The body of Charles Brady, an aged
Irishman, was found dead in a piece of woods near the village yesterday
morning. He had been
engaged in chopping during the day, and it is supposed imbibed too
freely of spirits, under the influence of which he
lay down and went to sleep -- proving to him an everlasting sleep.
He leaves a family. An inquest is to be
held today by Coroner Young.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 January 1904
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. James Brady died this morning, at
the family residence, corner of Crane and Stephens streets. The funeral
services will be held in St. Felix church, Wednesday morning conducted
by Father F. J. O'Hanlon. Burial in the Catholic cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 March 1894
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Lucy Brady, widow of the late Chas.
Brady, whose recovery was despaired of long since, passed quietly away
of Sunday morning, February 25, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. W.
Holcomb. Mrs. Brady had been a most patient sufferer from cancer, and
despite any care that could be bestowed upon her, life must have been a
burden and death a welcome relief. She leaves two sons and a daughter
to mourn her loss.
From Ontario County Chronicle 13 August 1902
Mrs. Patrick Brady, a lifelong resident of Canandaigua, died at
her home in Niagara street on Sunday, aged 68 years. Death was due to a
general breaking down of her health. The funeral was held from St.
Mary's church yesterday morning. She is survived by a husband and
From Ontario County Journal 14 November 1890
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Richard M. Brady died suddenly
Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, after an illness of only one day. He worked
as usual all day Monday about the house which he had lately purchased
and extensively repaired. Dick had worked very hard, and with cold upon
cold, was in a
good condition for the disease - cerebro-spinal congestion - to take a
firm hold. He leaves a widow and two small children to mourn their loss.
From Ontario County Journal 9 October 1885
Chapinville, N. Y. - Our citizens were pained to hear last Friday
morning that Mr. Edward Branch, living about two miles east of
here, had committed suicide by hanging himself with a strap in his
barn. "Ned" was a hard-working, steady man, and leaves a large circle
of friends to mourn his sudden death. He was buried at Canandaigua
From Ontario County Journal 27 January 1888
Cheshire, N. Y. - Charles Brandow, the young man whom we
mentioned in our items last week as accidentally shot, died Jan. 19.
Funeral services were held at the Academy church last Sunday, Rev. Mr.
Byram conducting the services. He leaves a wife and two small children
to mourn his loss and they have the sympathy of the entire community
in their bereavement.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1895
Honeoye, N. Y. - Aaron Bray, a lifelong resident of this town, was
buried on Monday morning. He died on Sunday, April 28, aged 85 years.
He leaves a widow and two sons, Fisher G. and John P. Bray.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 July 1907
Mrs. Julia J. Brayton, aged 92 years, died this morning at
about 5 o'clock at her home, No. 276 Castle street. She was born
in Cheshire, Mass., and came to this city 23 years ago. She is survived
by two daughters, Miss Olive E. Brayton and Miss Waity Brayton, both of
this city. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, and
Rev. W. K. Towner will officiate. Burial will be in Adams, Mass.
From Geneva Gazette 4 August 1871
The Threshing Machine Accident - Further particulars of the
shocking accident at Melvin Hill, resulting in the instant death of David
are giving by the Phelps Citizen: Mr. B. was
engaged feeding the threshing machine, (which was being run by the
steam engine built by Messrs. Babcock & Miller, of Phelps,) the man
whose place it was to see that the elevator was kept, had stepped aside
to get a drink of water, and Mr. Brazee's cry for some one to clear the
elevator, which had become clogged, was not heard, and in
an instant Mr. B. stepped over the feed-board, relieved the elevator,
and in stepping back he unfortunately set his foot down too near the
mouth of the machine and on some straw, and the soles of his boots of
course were glassy, he slipped down into the jaws
of the machine, breaking the concave in the fall, which admitted of the
teeth drawing his body in until the machine was brought to
a standstill. It was done in a twinkling, as it were, and
one limb was completely torn into shreds close up to the hip.
Every assistance possible was rendered by the attendants, but he
about three minutes after the accident, and did not speak a word.
He resided on Melvin Hill, and was about thirty years of age,
and leaves a wife and two interesting little girls to enter upon the
realities of life without the protection of a fond husband and devoted
father. Mrs. Brazee has the heart-sorrowing sympathy of the
community. She was not at home when the mangled body of her
was brought there, but the awful news was not long reaching her, and
then to go home realizing that its headlight had gone out forever was a
blow that well nigh dethroned reason. The deceased was
an honest, upright and industrious man, universally liked and respected
by every one that knew him.
From Geneva Gazette 23 August 1855
Killed By the Cars - An elderly man by the name of Brazee (father
Peter Brazee, a resident of Phelps) was run over and instantly
killed by the mail train bound eastward on Saturday evening last.
He was walking upon the track about two miles north of this
village, when the accident occurred. It is supposed that he was
laboring under a temporary aberration of wandering of the mind, to
which he was occasionally subject, as he was discovered by the engineer
to be facing
the approaching train, and he made no effort to get out of the way,
although the usual signal was given. Mr. B.
was a plain, honest farmer, universally respected by his acquaintances.
His remains were interred at
Gorham last Sabbath.
From Geneva Courier 13 June 1883
Mr. Judson Brazee, a farmer well known in Geneva, died at
his residence in the town of Geneva on Sunday last, aged 34 years 8
months and 26 days. He was ill but a short time.
From Ontario County Chronicle 5 August 1903
Mrs. Cornelius Breen, a well known and respected resident of the
town of Hopewell, died at her home early Sunday morning, aged 35 years.
Death was due to heart trouble. She is survived by her husband and
three small children.
From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1910
Death came as a welcome release to Jeremiah Breen at his
home on Main street south on Saturday. He had been ill for several
months. Deceased was born in Ireland 77 years ago, came to America 53
years ago and settled in Hopewell. He was a successful horseman and
farmer and as a breeder of fine horses acquired more than a local
reputation. He married Mary Costello of this town in 1862, who with
five of their ten children survives. They are Cornelius and Morris
Breen and Miss C. Mollie Breen of this village; Michael Breen of
Rochester; and Mrs. Frank Gillespie of Hopewell. Solemn high mass was
celebrated at the funeral services on Tuesday, Revs. Dougherty and
Masseth being assisted by Rev. James Kennedy of Aurora, and Rev.
Alexander McCabe of Stanley. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 August 1896
John Breen, who resides about five miles south
of this city, died of consumption, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock,
at the age of thirty-two years. Mr. Breen had been suffering for
some time past with the dread disease but it was not thought by his
friends that he was so near death. A wife, child and other relatives
are left to mourn their loss. The funeral services will be held Friday
morning at 11 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales church. Burial will be
made at St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 October 1906
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Patrick Breen, of Spangle street, in the
town of Hopewell, east of here, died Tuesday at the age of 33 years,
after a long illness. He was well-known among a large circle of friends
and acquaintances in this section. He leaves his wife, formerly Miss
Agnes Farrell, of Canandaigua; his mother, Mrs. Anna Breen, of
Hopewell; one brother, Morris Breen, of New York City; and four
sisters, Mrs. John B. Kennedy, of Flint Creek; Mrs. William Dannahe
of Bellona; Mrs. James Morris of Despatch and Miss Ella Breen, of
Geneva Courier 24 December 1873
In Geneva, James Brennan, a young man who grew up here,
was well-known and respected, died
on Friday morning of Consumption and was buried on Sunday. Mr.
Brennan had been a fireman and the fire department attended his
funeral. Mr. Brennan was aged about twenty-five years and leaves
a wife and child.
From Victor Herald 21 September 1895
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - John Brennan, aged 25 years and 10
months, died last Monday evening. The funeral was held at the St.
Bridget's church Wednesday morning, the Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 March 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Michael Brennan died of old age yesterday,
about noon, of old age at the home of his son, Michael Brennan of this
village, with whom he has lived for the past few years. He was born at
Temple Knowl, Kerry county, Ireland in 1834. When about twenty years of
age he came to America and made East Bloomfield his home. Here, for a
number of years, he was engaged in farming. He is survived by three
sons, Michael, who conducts a grocery store in this place; Timothy of
East Bloomfield, and T. M. Brennan of South Lima. Tomorrow morning his
remains will be taken to East Bloomfield for burial.
From Geneva Advertiser 2 June 1903
Poor Mike Brennan, known among the boys as "Officer"
Brennan, died at his home on North Exchange street last Wednesday
night, May 27th. At heart Mike was a
good fellow, but he had his spells, and these caused his fall,
as he had often been told would be the case. His faults will be buried
with him, and all will kindly remember his good points, his
faithfulness, his zeal, and his honesty to those who employed him. He
leaves a widow and two young children, a father and mother, brothers
and a sister, all very highly regarded and good neighbors.
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1896
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William Brennan died at his home on
Tuesday morning, after a long illness, with consumption, at the age of
18 years. The funeral services were held from the St. Bridget's church
on Thursday at 10 o'clock. The Rev. Father Donnelly of Victor
From Shortsville Enterprise 8 April 1915
Thomas William Brethren, for eleven years a resident of the
township of Farmington, died at the home of is son, John Brethren, on
Saturday night. His demise followed an illness covering a long period,
and his age was 79 years. Mr. Brethren was born in England, but when 9
years of age went to
Canada to reside, where the greater part of his life was spent. He was
to Miss Ann Hopkins of Canada, and to the couple were born eleven
eight of whom are now living. The survivors are these children: John
of Farmington; Mrs. Effie Raddn, of Kingston, Canada; Harry Brethren of
Adams, this state; Mrs. Ruth Weston, Mrs. Lida Lambert, William,
Joseph, and Thomas Brethren, all residents of Rochester. The funeral
services were held from the Brethren home in Farmington on Monday
afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Donald H MacKenzie,
pastor of the Shortsville Presbyterian
church. The remains were taken to Rochester for interment in Riverside
From Geneva Daily Times 10 December 1901
Mrs. Deidrich Breuer died at the family residence, 486 Exchange
street, at 7:30 o'clock this morning, aged 54 years. Mrs. Breuer had
been ill nine weeks. She was a resident of Geneva for 35 years.
The deceased is survived by her husband and
several nieces and nephews. The funeral arrangements are yet
completed. Interment will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 April 1908
Mrs. Eliza Matilda Brewer, widow of the late John S. Brewer, died
7:30 o'clock last evening at the family home, No. 155 Genesee street.
was 83 years old and was born in New York. For 58 years she has lived
this city. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. I. Bonnett and
line missing) this city. She is survived by two brothers, Winfield
of Homer, N. Y. and Edward Huntington of this city. The funeral will
place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock from the house. Rev. C. E. Jewell
Rev. J. W. Webb will officiate. Burial will be made in Washington
From Ontario Messenger 5 April 1848
Mysterious Disappearance - Miss Emily M. Brewer, aged about 18,
left her residence at Miss Abbey's Millinery, in this village, on
Monday evening last, about 7
o'clock. She went to the Post Office at that time, since which no trace
of her can be found, although diligent search has been made.
She took nothing with her save the clothes she had on, and no cause can
be assigned for her disappearance. She wore a light plaid dress,
a black hood, and a red and black plaid shawl. Any aid in recovering
her, or information of her whereabouts, will be thankfully received by
her friends, either at Mr. I. Legore's or at Miss Abbey's.
P. S. We learn that her body was found on the Lake shore, near the old
Windmill, last evening, by some boys. It was partially covered with
sand and rubbish. No marks of violence were perceptible. A coroner's
inquest is to
be held this morning.
From Shortsville Enterprise 25 November 1915
The death of Mrs. Harriet Brewster, a well-known resident
of Manchester, occurred at her home in that village last week Wednesday
morning. Her age was 88 years. Mrs. Brewster was born in the town of
Farmington on October 20, 1827, and was a daughter of the late Allen
and Sophronia Payne. She was united in marriage with Nathan Brewster of
Manchester, during the year of 1845, and in 1879 came to Manchester to
reside, purchasing the place which had since been her home. The
survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Orlando Sunderland, of Manchester; one
brother, Judson E. Payne, of Hopewell, and three granddaughters, Mrs.
John O'Donnell of Buffalo; Mrs. Stuart Bennett, of this village, and
Miss Ruby Knapp of Manchester. The funeral obsequies were held from her
late home on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev.
Mr. Jarvis, pastor of the Manchester M. E. Church. The burial was made
in the Manchester village cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 September 1905
Victor, N. Y. - Irving Brewster, a young man residing in the
hamlet of Brownsville, about three miles northeast of this village, met
with a tragic death at a late hour Saturday night.
Brewster with some friends had been spending the evening in the
woods hunting coons and about midnight had finally located one in the
top of a tree. In order to get the animal as quickly as possible they
proceeded to cut the tree down. In falling it lodged in another and
young Brewster, in order to completely dislodge the tree, struck into
it again with his ax, the butt flew backward with great force, striking
him squarely in the chest, throwing him some distance and killing him
His companions at once summoned Undertaker Case of this village, who
called in the services of Coroner Hallenbeck of Canandaigua. The
after viewing the remains ordered them removed to his home, deeming an
inquest unnecessary. Brewster was 37 years of age and was much
respected. He is survived by his mother and a brother, Frederick E.
From Ontario County Journal 5 September 1879
Died, in Shortsville, on Wednesday,
Aug. 27, 1879, Stephen A. Brewster, aged 87 years.
The funeral was held at the late residence of the deceased on
the following Friday. A large number of relatives and friends were
in attendance. The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. C. C. Thorne.
The deceased was well and favorably known in this vicinity, having
passed the greater part of his days in and about Shortsville. In early
life he was very energetic, and to a certain extent public-spirited,
though never caring for any prominent part in public affairs. He
was always ready and willing to give his assistance when needed.
His health had been comparatively good for one so far advanced in
until quite recently he received a paralytic stroke. Since that time
he had been failing rapidly and on Wednesday last death claimed its
own. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. A. Bronk, of Shortsville, and Mrs.
Dewite Newton, of Manchester, who have the sympathy of a large number
of friends in their deep affliction.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 6 January 1875
Shortsville, N. Y. - Death has again been in our midst, this time
striking down one of our oldest and most respected inhabitants, the wife
Stephen A. Brewster. She died on Sunday morning, December 27th,
at the age of 72. Mrs. Brewster, formerly Mrs. Buck, was born in this
county and has lived in this village sixty-three years. She came to
this place with her father, after whom the village is named, at the age
of nine, and has remained here since. To but few is it allotted to
reach the ripe old age of seventy-two, and to fewer still is it
vouchsafed to pass them in peace and harmony. For her, death is indeed
a crown of glory. During her long life she has been more
solicitous for the wants of others than her own. During sickness
and trouble she has been as a mother to us all, and none in this
community will be missed more than mother Brewster, as we all loved to
From Geneva Gazette 6 June 1890
PATRICK BRIAN who had been ailing for several weeks past, died at
six o'clock Wednesday evening. Mr. Brian was a well known
shoemaker, having had a
shop on Castle street for several years. He was identified for a
long time with the fire department, being a member of the old hook and
ladder company when it disbanded. The deceased was 55 years of
age, and leaves three grown-up children. The funeral services
took place this afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 26 August 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Bridger, who has been critically ill for
quite a long time, died at an early hour on Monday morning, aged 67
years. The deceased was the wife of the late George Bridger of this
place, and is survived by one son, a son and a daughter having died
several years since. The funeral services were held on Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence, West Main street, Rev. A. J.
Waugh, officiating. Interment was made at Newark.
From Ontario County Journal 16 September 1910
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William Bridgland died at his
residence here on Tuesday, after an illness of five weeks. He was born
Feb. 15, 1830, at Maidstone, England. He is survived by eight children:
W. G. Bridgland of Kansas City, Mo.; Charles F. Bridgland of Caledonia;
Mrs. Kate Burrow of Penfield; Mrs. Agnes Jacobs of West Walworth; Mrs.
Harriet Page, Miss Florence G. Bridgland, Walter T. Bridgland and Mrs.
Annie VanBurren of East Bloomfield. Twenty-one grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at East Bloomfield cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 26 January 1900
Mrs. Bridgman, widow of Geo. D. A. Bridgman, founder of the
Ontario County Journal, died suddenly of apoplexy at her home
in Canandaigua last Wednesday, aged 67 years. She is survived by
a son and daughter.
From Geneva Gazette 12 August 1881
Mrs. Abigail Briggs, an aged sister of Wm. H. Smith, proprietor of
the Geneva Bookstore, died on the 15th inst.
From Ontario County Journal 19 August 1881
Mrs. Abigail Briggs, widow of Artemus
Briggs, of South Bristol, died at her home in Geneva on Monday
of last week. She was well-known in the this part of the county
as a most exemplary woman and beloved for her amiable nature and
many excellent traits of character. Speaking of the death of Mrs.
Briggs, the Geneva Courier of last week says: "This venerable
man excellent woman, whose funeral is attended today, is the sister
of our fellow citizen, Mr. Wm. H. Smith." She died at his house, which
has long been her home, on Monday afternoon, aged 82 years. She expired
in the new room which thoughtful love had lately added to the dwelling
on purpose to provide more amply for her convenience and comfort. Older
by many years than her brother, the affection she had shown him from
was almost motherly, and to the wide circle of younger kindred, she was
an object of more than ordinary veneration. A niece had come with an
son from Mississippi, on purpose to visit her, and arrived only two or
three days before her death. For a number of years she has been too
to attend church, but her pastor has always found her most kindly
of his visits, and has been much impressed by the intelligence and
as well as the calm fervor of her piety. She was a humble, amiable,
wise, godly woman. She was ripe. She was ready. "Blessed are the dead
who die in the Lord."
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1889
Honeoye, N. Y. - Last Saturday evening, Dec. 29th,
at the residence of his brother-in-law, R. D. McCrossen, of Rochester, Cyrus
one of the oldest and best-known citizens of Honeoye,
passed away. Cyrus Briggs was born on the farm on which he has always
lived, November 18th, 1820. His father, Artemus Briggs, settled along
the shore of Honeoye lake early in the present century, and he and his
family have been identified with the history of this section for four
more years. The deceased was a man of sterling integrity and singularly
manners. His friends will always remember him as the genial companion
hospitable neighbor, having a smile and cheerful word for every one.
of his best known characteristics was sympathy with and enjoyment of
young people of his acquaintance. The youth were always welcome within
his doors, where they were always sure of having a good time. He took a
lively interest in public improvements, in the church and school. He
a successful business man, attending to his own affairs and believing
giving every man a fair chance. His death was not entirely unexpected
he has been suffering from an incurable disease for more than a year,
his visit to the city was for the purpose of getting relief, if
possible, through a council of physicians. Besides the many friends,
young and old, who mourn his loss, he leaves a widow, two sons, Zachary
and John, both of whom are married and living upon the old farm, a
brother, Jedediah, living in the same neighborhood and a sister, Mrs.
Huff, now residing at Jonesville, Mich. The funeral services were held
at the church at Honeoye, Wednesday, January 2d, at 11 o'clock, after
which his remains were interred in Lake View Cemetery, once a part of
the old farm.
From Ontario County Journal 6 October 1882
Naples, N. Y. - Another of our old residents died on Saturday
night, Sept. 30th, Mr. Daniel Briggs, brother of Judge Briggs
of Penn Yan. Mr. Briggs had been a strong, healthy man all of his life,
and had reached nearly four score years,
and so when a severe sickness came upon him he was unable to withstand
it. He was comparatively an uncultured man, but one of good judgment
and a close observer. At the the funeral the house was filled with
relatives, the family being a numerous one. He was buried in
Garlinghouse, where he had formerly lived.
From Victor Herald 1 December 1905
Died at Honeoye, November 22nd, Elihu E. Briggs, aged 70
years. Mr. Briggs was born in Bristol September, 1835, the son of
William and Nancy Briggs, and always resided in that town until last
spring when failing health rendered it necessary to leave the farm. At
the age of nineteen, he married Miss Emmeline Reed who died in 1869,
leaving four children, William and Frank, who reside in Canandaigua;
Helen, who married Constant Simmons and died and died several years
ago; Elnathan, who lives in Bristol. In 1870 he married Mrs. Ann
Johnson Beach, who died in 1884, having two children, Lewis and Ina,
both of whom live in Canandaigua; Ina the wife of Wilbur Tiffany. In
1885 he married Mrs. Lucretia K. Tiffany who survives him. He also
leaves eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Of his
father's family three survive, George of Bristol, and Elnathan
Briggs of Lima; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Hitchcock of East Bloomfield.
Burial was had at Baptist Hill.
From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1892
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Briggs, widow of the late Jedediah
Briggs, who died a little over a year ago, died of pneumonia early
morning, the 15th, aged 69 years. The funeral services, conducted by
Mr. Day, were held from her late home on Sunday at 12. The Briggs' had
forty years held proprietary interest of the Gideon Pitts, Sr., farm.
Pitts was one of the early settlers of this town, over a hundred years
He was the owner of a vast tract of land, extending across the Honeoye
and containing several hundred acres. The late Gideon Pitts was one of
sons. Every member of that once large family has passed away with the
of Hon. Hiram Pitts, of Washington.
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Eva Briggs, a lifelong resident of the town
of Bristol, died on Wednesday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Eli
Springstein, at Vincent. She had been in failing health for several
months. She was 54 years of age. The funeral will be held from the
Springstein home today at 1 p.m.
From Ontario County Journal 15 September 1893
Honeoye, N. Y. - After a months' illness, Ira T. Briggs, son
the late Leonard Briggs, died of typhoid fever on Friday evening,
September 8, aged 44 years. He leaves two children, both sons; one a
young man and the other about three years old. His wife died about two
years ago. The funeral services were held from his late home on Sunday
afternoon; a Baptist clergyman from Hemlock Lake, and Rev. Mr. Day
officiating. The burial was in the Richmond cemetery here.
From Ontario County Chronicle 2 April 1902
Naples, N. Y. - The funeral of the late Mrs. James S. Briggs was
Wednesday. The maiden name of Mrs. Briggs was Mary S. Scott. She
was born in Dresden, in 1841, married in 1860 and had lived in Naples
leaves her husband, two sons, Clarence Briggs of Mendota, Ill.; Arther
St. Paul, Minn.,; two sisters, Mrs. S. J. Merrill of West Cohocton;
of Rochester, and two brothers, Albert Scott of Geneva, and William of
From Geneva Daily Times 25 June 1906
John Briggs, aged seventy-four years, died at eleven o'clock this
morning at his home, No. 107 Wadsworth street. Mr. Briggs was born in
Quebec, Canada, but for the past nineteen years
has lived in this city. He was employed at the Phillips & Clark
stove works until about four years ago when his health failed and since
then he has not been able to work. Besides his widow, he is survived by
five sons, John, William and Henry, of Smith Falls, Canada, Thomas G.
and Howard J. Briggs of this city; and two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth
Stockwell, of Geneva, and Mrs. Hugh Helms, of Cleveland, Ohio. The
funeral arrangements will be announced later. Burial Glenwood
From Ontario County Times 23 April 1884
Bristol, N. Y. - Mary Ann Briggs, wife of Elihu E. Briggs,
and daughter of Phineas Johnson, died April 16. Funeral from the
Universalist church Friday last; sermon by Rev. S. M. Day of Richmond.
A large circle of sympathizing relatives and friends followed her
remains to their last resting place in Evergreen cemetery, Bristol.
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1896
Bristol, N. Y. - On Wednesday, April 15, occurred the death of Mrs.
Briggs, wife of William Briggs, aged 81 years. The funeral
was held from her late home Friday afternoon, the Rev. H. J. Orelup
officiating. Mrs. Briggs was held in the highest esteem by all and was
dearly loved by the members of her family. Beside a feeble husband,
four children, W. Nathan Briggs of Lima, Mrs. Curtis Hitchcock, Elihu
and George Briggs of Bristol, a large number of grandchildren, several
great grand-children and one great-great grandchild, survive.
From Ontario County Times 7 December 1887
Bristol, N. Y. - Entered into rest, on November 30, Nancy L., daughter
of Wm. W. and Nancy Briggs, aged 32 years, 1 month, and 17 days. She
leaves her aged parents, three brothers, Elihu E., George W. and
Elnathan G. Briggs; two sisters, Mrs. G. A. Andrews and Mrs. Curtis
Hitchcock; one child, Georgie; and a large circle of other relatives
and friends to mourn her loss, who followed her remains to their last
resting place in Evergreen Cemetery, in Bristol. Funeral services at
the Universalist church on Saturday. Rev. G. A. Cole officiated.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 11 April 1906
Wednesday at the home of L. M. Smith on Arsenal Hill, where he had
been staying temporarily, the death occurred of Nathan Henry Briggs
of Cheshire, aged 66 years. Death resulted from an attack of apoplexy
with which he was stricken Tuesday afternoon. Deceased was a veteran of
the Civil War, having enlisted in Company B, 85th New York Volunteers,
on August 26, 1861, and he remained a member of this company until
honorably discharged June 7, 1865, after having completed nearly four
years of service. Mr. Briggs was one of the Union soldiers who suffered
the horrors of Andersonville, having been confined therein for a term
of nearly eighteen months. He was a member of Charles R. Lilly Post, G.
A. R. of Cheshire. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Adelaide
and Florence, and three son, Charles, George and Louis, all of
Rochester. Immediately after his death the remains were removed to
Kennedy's undertaking rooms in Bristol street, from whence the funeral
was held Friday afternoon, Rev. J. Scott Ebersole, pastor of the
Baptist church, officiating. The remains were placed in the vault at
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 September 1902
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Phoebe Briggs, wife of David Briggs, died
Wednesday after a long sickness with cancer, aged 54 years. She was the
daughter of Elijah Arnold and had lived most all her life at
Garlinghouse. She leaves a husband, one son, Myron Briggs of Avoca, and
two daughters, Mrs. William Springstead and Mrs. Byron King. She was
From Ontario County Journal 3 December 1897
Bristol, N. Y. - The funeral of William Briggs, aged
years, was held from the residence of his son, Elnathan Briggs at
Lima, where Mr. Briggs had made it his home for the past year. The
interment was in the Evergreen cemetery at Bristol. Mr. Briggs was a
highly respected citizen and a lifelong resident of this town. He
survived his wife but two years.
From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - Thomas Brightman, an old resident and prominent
farmer of this place, died at his home, about two miles northeast of
the village, last Friday morning, after an extended illness, aged 64
years. A wife, six sons and two daughters survive. The funeral services
were held from the residence on Monday afternoon at 12:30, Rev. A. J.
Waugh officiating. The remains were taken to Rochester for burial.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1915
Phelps, N. Y. - Edward R. Briglin, aged 78 years, died of
pneumonia yesterday morning at the home of his son, Jesse E. Briglin,
in West Main street. Mr. Briglin was born at Prattsburg, N. Y.,
September 28, 1836. Fifty-six years ago he moved to the Milton Warner
farm, a mile and a half west of Orleans, and 35 years ago he became a
resident of the village of Orleans, where for a number of years he
conducted a produce business, and was a Justice of the Peace of the
town of Phelps. He came to this village with his son last fall.
Surviving relatives are his wife, one son, Jesse E., and a sister,
Miss Fannie Briglin, all of Phelps. The funeral services will be held
Thursday, Rev. J. A. Nasmith,
pastor of the Baptist church, conducting the services.
From Palmyra Courier 1 August 1917, p. 1
FATALLY INJURED DIVING - Thomas Edward Briglin, aged
16 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Briglin who reside in Phelps,
was fatally injured while bathing Sunday afternoon in the Canandaigua
outlet near Clifton Springs. In making a dive the young man, who, it is
said, was unacquainted with the stream at that point, landed in shallow
water and struck his head against a rock. He was rendered unconscious
but was rescued from drowning by John Neary of Clifton Springs, who
into the stream after him. Briglin was taken to the Sanitarium at
Springs where he was attended by Dr. Conley. In the course of an hour
so he revived only to lapse again into a state of unconsciousness. A
examination disclosed a fracture in the spinal column just below the
of the skull and a wound in the head. Pneumonia also developed on
and he died Monday night at 10 o'clock. The young man was born October
29, 1901, at Orleans and had lived in Phelps for the last six years. He
is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Briglin, two sisters,
and Margaret, and a brother, Donald, all of Phelps.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 August 1903
Mrs. Rhoda Brignall, 78 years of age, died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Charles Wood, 33
Dorchester avenue, yesterday evening. Mrs. Brignall had been
an invalid for a long time having been confined to her bed for nearly
two years and her death was due to old age. She was born in England and
came to America at an early age. She married William Brignall
and had passed the greater part of her life at Junius coming to this
city several years ago to make her home with her daughter. She
is survived by five daughters and three sons. These are Mrs. Ella
Bentley of Clyde, Mrs. Hannah Snyder of Phelps, Mrs. George Barringer
of Junius, Mrs. Charles Wood of Geneva, Robert Brignall of Junius,
Harrison of Waterloo and Wesley Brignall of South Wales. One sister,
Miss Mary A. Gayton of Cleveland, Ohio, also survive. The
funeral will be held at the house, No. 33 Dorchester avenue, at 10
o'clock Wednesday afternoon and at the West Junius Methodist church at
3 o'clock. The burial will be at West Junius.
From Victor Herald 16 February 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Wednesday morning occurred the death
of Mrs. Mary Brindid, at the age of 80 years and 3 months. She
had been helpless for over a year and confined to her bed, the result
of a paralytic shock. Funeral services were held at her late home
Friday afternoon, the Rev. W. D. Robinson officiating. Her husband,
John Brindid, died over two years ago. She leaves two brothers, Henry
and Samuel, besides a number of nephews and nieces to survive her.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909
Cheshire, N. Y. - The death of Jerome Brink occurred at
his home in the southwestern part of the town on Tuesday evening, after
a long and painful illness. The surviving members are his aged wife,
five sons and two daughters. Deceased was a soldier and will be buried
in the soldiers' lot at Pine Bank cemetery this afternoon. He was 70
years of age.
From Ontario County Times 11 February 1874
Victor, N. Y. - Sunday morning we were informed of the death of Mr.
Bristol, aged 66 years, long a resident of this town.
From Shortsville Enterprise 22 June 1916
The death of Andrew Brizee, a well-known and respected
resident of Farmington, occurred at his home in that township on Friday
morning, following a lingering illness. The survivors are his wife, and
a brother, Adelbert Brizee, of East Syracuse. The funeral services were
his late home on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Palmyra Courier 30 October 1918, p. 4
DIED IN FARMINGTON - Mrs. Carrie Rose Brizee, widow of the late
Andrew Brizee of Farmington died in that place on Thursday of last
week, aged 62 years. She was a daughter of Henry Rose and she had
always lived in Farmington.
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1878
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Philip H. Brizee, of this place, died very
suddenly at her home on Railroad St., last Monday afternoon. She had
been sick for some time with consumption, but had been able to be about
the house until within a very few days, and no one thought that she was
in any immediate danger. She leaves a very large circle of
friends and relatives to mourn her death.
From Ontario County Times 14 April 1875
Died, at the residence of her father, in Hopewell, on the morning
of the 26th of February, 1875, Cornelia H. Brizzee, wife of
Andrew Brizzee, and daughter of Dr. J. Pratt, aged 27 years, in hope of
a glorious immortality in Heaven. . . . Cornelia was a sincere friend
and ever ready to sympathize with the sick and afflicted. She firmly
believed she should meet her dear little daughter, Minnie, who died on
the 10th of November last, in "that land of pure delight where saints
From Geneva Gazette 15 November 1878
Died, in Hopewell on Sunday, Oct. 27, Cornelius Brizzee, aged
years. Mr. Brizzee was an early settler in this town, and was
a man against whom we have never heard one word of adverse criticism.
From Ontario County Journal 25 January 1895
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Cornelius C. Brizzee, who has been sick
for over a year, died at his home on East Main street Sunday afternoon,
aged about 70 years. The funeral services were held at his late
residence Wednesday afternoon, and the interment was at Sand Hill
cemetery, near Flint Creek.
From Ontario County Journal 20 December 1889
Hopewell, N. Y. - The sudden death of Mrs. Joseph Brizzee of
street, has cast a feeling of gloom over the whole community.
She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and will be missed not
only in the home circle, but in the neighborhood, church and Sunday
school, where she had long been a teacher. She had not been sick very
long, and it was supposed she was gaining, when, on Sunday last, she
had a sinking spell and never rallied. Her only child now lies in a
critical condition with the same disease, typhoid fever. The doubly
afflicted husband has the heartfelt sympathy of those who know him.
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