From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889
Alanson Carey, who lives east of Rushville on Dr. J. H.
Allen's farm, was found dead under an apple tree by Thomas Smith Friday
afternoon. He was lying on his face, one hand in his pocket and the
other under his body. A cut which penetrated the skull was found just
below the left ear. Coroner Beahan was notified and a jury was
Drs. J. H. and A. D. Allen made an autopsy. The verdict was accidental
death, caused by the kick of a horse.
From Ontario County Journal 26 August 1881
Mrs. Catharine Carey, who died at Centerfield in this town on
Tuesday, lacked only a few days of having lived 99 years. She was, at
the time of her death, probably the oldest inhabitant of Ontario county.
From Ontario County Journal 2 March 1894
Tuesday forenoon, Charles M. Carey, residing in the
southwestern part of the town, near the Bristol line, was with others
assisting in removing household goods. He was engaged in carrying a
large armful from the house to the wagon when his comrades saw him sink
to the ground as if in a faint. Going to his assistance, they arrived
just in time to see him draw his last breath. His lifeless body was
carried into the house and Coroner Hallenbeck was summoned. When the
Coroner had viewed the remains he gave the cause of death as heart
failure. No inquest was held. Carey was 46 years of age and leaves a
wife and five children in destitute circumstances.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 April 1907
Gorham, N. Y. - The burial of Mrs. Charles Carey,
whose death occurred at her home near Seneca Castle early in the
week, took place in the Gorham cemetery Thursday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 April 1907
Seneca Castle, N. Y. The funeral of Mrs. Zenana Cary,
aged 57 years, was held from her late residence near Seneca Castle
on Thursday of last week at 10 o'clock a.m., Rev. R. A. Farnam
Interment was at Gorham.
Canandaigua Chronicle 17 April 1907
Near Geneva, April 2nd, the death occurred of Mrs. Zenana
Carey, widow of Charles M. Carey. She is survived by an aged
father, three sons, George, Ira and Linwood Carey; and two daughters,
Miss Phoeba Carey and Mrs. James Smith, all of the town of Seneca. Her
surviving parent and children wish to extend their very sincere thanks
to friends and relatives for kindness shown in their recent bereavement.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - Harvey Carey, an old and prominent citizen of this
village, died at an early hour last Monday morning of old age, aged 82
years. The deceased, who had been a prominent business man of the place
in years past, had been in failing health for a long time. His wife
died several years since. One son, J. M. Carey, survives. The funeral
services were held last Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the
residence on Ontario street and interment was made in the Phelps
cemetery, Rev. A. J. Waugh officiating.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 27 February 1907
On Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, James, in Phelps
street, the death occurred of Mrs. Margaret Carey. The funeral
was held from St. Mary's church Monday morning and interment was in
From Geneva Daily Times 26 September 1907
The funeral of Mrs. Sara Carey, widow of the late Samuel
Carey, was held this afternoon at two o'clock from the residence on
North Exchange street. Mrs. Carey died Tuesday. She was 84 years old
one of the oldest residents of this city. Her home on Exchange street
been her residence for the past sixty years. Those who survive her are
one brother, one sister and two grandchildren, George M. Carey of
and Samuel Carey of this city. Rev. J. B. Hubbs, rector of St. Peter's
Episcopal church, officiated at the funeral this afternoon and burial
in Washington Street Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 6 December 1895
Burned to Death ! - Mrs. William Carey, a widow of
middle age, died early Wednesday morning last in terrible agony from
the effect of accidental burns incurred in the following manner:
She had put some wood in her stove oven to dry, and when removing
it had gathered it in her apron. It would seem that
some of the wood had taken fire which soon communicated to her garments
and burst out in a blaze. Before the flames were extinguished,
the upper part of her body was severely burned, and doubtless she
inhaled both flame and smoke. Her sufferings were excruciating
until relieved by unconsciousness and death -- the latter event
occurring about 4 o'clock next morning.
The deceased was the widow of Wm. Carey, her husband having died of
consumption several years ago. She made her home with her
mother-in-law, also a widow, at 67 Exchange street. She was a
daughter of the late John A. Ide, and leaves surviving her two minor
sons. She was a communicant and quite regular attendant of St.
Peter's Church -- a faithful and affectionate mother, a sympathetic and
helpful neighbor. Such a tragic ending to an honorable and useful
life is saddening in the
extreme. Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 October 1902
Mrs. Lena Carl died early this morning, at her late home, four
miles west of Geneva, aged 77 years. The funeral will take place
at 10 o'clock Wednesday forenoon from the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Mary Hemminger. Interment will be in Number Nine cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 26 September 1890
JAMES CARNEY, one of our longest resident adopted citizens, died
very suddenly last Saturday morning of rheumatism of the heart.
He was taken ill while descending an outside stairway and fell a
few feet to the landing. A son went to his assistance, by whose
help he was enabled to ascend to his sitting room. In less than
five minutes he expired in his chair. Mr. Carney was a native of
county Latrim, Ireland, and emigrated to America upwards of forty years
ago. Of a family of seven, five survive -- three daughters and
two sons -- of which family Miss Fanny M., the well known modiste, is
the oldest. The funeral of deceased was held last Tuesday at St.
Francis de Sales Church.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 June 1910
Mrs. Mary A. Carney, wife of James F. Carney, died this morning at
12:20 o'clock at the family res, No. 173 Genesee street. The deceased
was 38 years old. Besides her husband, she leaves one daughter, Mary
Frances Carney, and her mother, Mrs. Mary Pike.
From Ontario County Chronicle 6 May 1903
On Wednesday night at the home of Mrs. John Curtice in Cheshire,
near here, occurred the death of Mrs. Charlotte Carpenter, who
has been a long time sufferer from cancerous growth in the stomach.
Deceased was aged about 59 years, and is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Curtice. She was the widow of Charles Carpenter, a former residence of
the town of Farmington, and was a member of the Baptist church and a
highly respected member of the community. The funeral was held from
Mrs. Curtice's home in Cheshire Friday. The interment was at Naples.
From Victor Herald 12 May 1894
Curtice Carpenter, an old and respected resident of Farmington,
died at his home in that town on Sunday last. Mr. Carpenter was born at
Olean, N. Y., May 18th, 1828; he came to Victor when a young man, and a
few years afterwards married Minerva Payne,
of Farmington, who with one son, Frank, of this village, survive him.
About eight years ago he met with a very severe accident by falling
a ladder, for a time it was thought he would not recover. He has been
an invalid ever since, part of the time enduring great pain. He was
a man of close observation and well-informed on the questions of the
day. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Copeland
From Ontario County Times 30 December 1874
Victor, N. Y. - George W. Carpenter, proprietor of the Covill
House died on Monday of last week. Funeral at the Universalist Church
From Geneva Gazette 12 June 1896
We chronicle with deep sorrow the death of Mr. Henry K.
Carpenter of Clifton Springs, which occurred last Saturday. For 23
years he had been an active merchant and leading citizen of that place.
His mother was an estimable Geneva lady, a daughter of the late
Gaius Clark who resided on Hamilton st. The deceased is survived
by a wife and three children.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 June 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary L. Carpenter, age 83 years, widow of the
late Dr. Elon G. Carpenter, died at noon yesterday at her home on
Church street. Mrs. Carpenter had been in failing health for a long
time. The deceased was born at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and had lived in the
village of Phelps for the past fifty years. Surviving relatives are a
son, Dr. Elon N. Carpenter, and a daughter, Mrs. A. H. Sanford, both of
From Victor Herald 3 November 1894
Platt Carpenter, an old resident of this town, died last
Saturday, aged 92 years. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Mary J.
Rainsford. The funeral service was conducted at his late residence
on Monday by Rev. Mr. Bard. The interment was at Honeoye Falls.
From Geneva Gazette 25 November 1881
Mr. U. Tracey Carpenter died in Clifton Springs last week. He was
married in Geneva, his wife (who still survives) being a daughter of
the late Gaius Clark, formerly residing on Hamilton st. In younger days
we enjoyed a quite intimate acquaintance with the deceased, and
esteemed him highly for his amiable qualities. A son, Mr. H. K.
Carpenter, is a prosperous merchant at Clifton.
From Geneva Gazette 27 March 1896
Suicide at Gorham - This village (Gorham) was greatly startled
Saturday afternoon by the report that Mrs. Albert Carr had
committed suicide, which proved to be true. Mrs. Carr resided at
the hotel with her son-in-law, Martin Bane. During the afternoon,
while Mrs. Bane and a domestic were calling upon neighbors, Mrs. Carr
hanged herself in the hall, where the girl found her after life was
extinct. Coroner Hallenbeck, of Canandaigua, was summoned, but he
deemed an inquest unnecessary. Mrs. Carr was about 60 years old and had
been in ill health some time. It is thought that her illness had
unbalanced her mind. Cor. Repos. Mess.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 25 April 1906
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Catherine Carr occurred
about 6 o'clock at the home of her son, George Carr. She
also leaves one daughter, Mrs. Emma McIntyre of Bradford, Pa. She had
been confined to her bed for some time and suffered much before her
death. She was eighty-one years of age. The funeral services will be
held at the home of Mr. Carr at 1 o'clock tomorrow and will be in
charge of Mrs. Lulu Wightman.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 January 1915
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Charles D. Carr, a
resident of Phelps for many years, occurred at 6 o'clock last night at
his home in Newark street. The deceased had been ill for the past year
as the result of a general breaking down of his system. Mr. Carr was
born at Flint,
N. Y., on June 4th, 1844. Surviving relatives are his wife, four
daughters, Mrs. Charles Schoemaker of Bridgeport, Canada; Mrs. E. O.
Fuller of Syracuse; Mrs. Charles Wiess, Mrs. Georgia White; and a son,
Charles Carr of Phelps; also a brother, George Carr; and a sister, Mrs.
Charles Durkee, both
of Seneca Castle.
From Geneva Courier 11 December 1861
Dr. Edson Carr, an old and much esteemed citizen of Canandaigua,
died in that village on the 29th ult. He was sixty years
of age, and had been a resident of this county since 1819.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 September 1906
Ellen A. Carr, aged 73 years, died last night at ten o'clock at
her home in Seneca Castle. Her husband, George A. Carr, is her only
survivor. The funeral will be held Thursday
afternoon at two o'clock from her late home. Burial will be in the
Whitney cemetery. Rev. Mr. Farnham, pastor of the Seneca Castle
church, will officiate.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 January 1902
Marrillas Carr died yesterday at the family residence at Flint
Creek, aged 81 years. The cause of death was general debility.
The funeral will take place from
the house at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Interment will be in
the Whitney cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 1 January 1909
In the passing of Northrup Carr, death occurred at the
home of his son, George, in this village, on December 23, Rushville
loses an esteemed citizen. In January, 1907, Mr. Carr suffered a stroke
of paralysis, since which time he had been in feeble health. At the
recent election he was carried to the polls that he might vote for the
Republican party, whose principal he had always supported. Since that
time he had gradually declined until death came as a release. He was an
earnest Christian and possessed a remarkably sweet and gentle nature,
which endeared him to a large circle of friends. On November 19, 1867,
he married Chloe Darling, and four sons blessed their union, three of
whom survive, George of this village, with whom he had made his home;
Edward of Newark, and Arthur of Pittsburg, Pa. The funeral services, at
which Rev. Harsey King officiated, were held from the residence
Saturday afternoon at two o'clock and his remains were laid at rest in
the Overacker cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 24 October 1879
Sudden Death - Last Wednesday evening about six o'clock, Roger
Carr, the well-known truckman, died after a few hours illness,
supposed of apoplexy. He was taken ill about 11 a.m. while unloading
lumber from his truck on Exchange st. He was conveyed home, and soon
relapsed into a state of helplessness and unconsciousness, passing
peacefully and painlessly away at the hour above stated. Mr. Carr was
aged about 70 years; a native of Ireland, but an adopted citizen of 40
or 50 years, the greater portion of which latter period he was a
resident of Geneva. He was known as a hard-working, law-abiding and
respected citizen, a kind and sympathetic neighbor. His wife and two
children (a son and daughter) survive. Their grief at this sudden
bereavement can well be imagined. The funeral took place this morning
from the church of St. Francis de Sales.
From Geneva Gazette February 26 1892
Wm. P. Carr, a well-known citizen of Clifton Springs who had
filled several important town offices, died Feb. 22, aged 73 years.
From Ontario County Journal 13 January 1911
At 9 o'clock on Wednesday evening occurred the death of Edward
Carrington, aged 43 years, of North avenue, following several
weeks' illness from jaundice and complications. Deceased is survived by
his wife, Mrs. Minnie Bawdey Carrington; two children, Edith and
Edward; and two brothers, Walter of Oregon, and William of Rochester.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
by Dr. Arthur Copeland of the Methodist church, of which deceased was a
From Ontario County Times 9 February 1876
"Died Jan. 9th, 1876, Polly Carrol, aged 106 years." The
above brief notice of the demise of one of our eminently worthy colored
citizens is all that has yet appeared in our village papers. One who
has known her worth for over half a century, deems a more extended
article in memoriam is due. A few desultory remarks are there penned.
Obituary notices, we are aware, are extremely flattering to the former
lives of the departed, and often bestow virtues and qualities of a
somewhat fulsome and untruthful character. Polly, Black Polly, was
generally a cognomen applied to her, was an honest, upright, correct
and a truthful female, and well-known in this community. Though her
Maker clothed her in a dark-hued skin, and through a long life she
walked in an humble sphere, yet Polly possessed a heart, soul and mind
far exceeding that of many individuals affecting superiority.
Appreciated by the many who knew her, she was loved for herself, and no
eulogy is required to keep fresh and green her memory. Polly was born,
and, as the expression is used, in the South, raised in
the State of Maryland before the present century; but precisely when
and where, or the year of her birth, she could never
exactly point out. 106 years ! -- a great age for her sojourn -- it may
be, possibly, is near the truth. That she was very aged was evident;
our elder residents well know that Polly appeared old when they were
young. Polly was blessed during her long life; till within a few years
of its close, with remarkable robust health.
She was born a slave, and placed by her master as soon as able to work,
among the field hands on his plantation. From her precocious growth and
intellect, she was able, at an early age, to cope with older hands. As
she increased in stature and strength, she became masculine in
appearance. Her master -- a Mr. Howard -- leaving Maryland at an early
day, brought his slaves, including Polly, to the growing State of New
York, and settled near Geneva, in this county. Slaves then were held in
this State the same as in the Southern States. Mr. Howard sold Polly to
Myron Holly, of Canandaigua, whose residence was on the east side of
Main street, next door north of the old Utica Branch Bank. About the
year 1815, Polly, taking great fancy for the family of the late Dr.
Richard Wells, then residing on Bristol street, a short distance west
of the "Sucker brook," plead with the good Doctor to purchase her from
Mr. Holly, promising, in her earnest manner, to be honest, faithful and
true, and also adding, with emphasis, "I don't chew, nor smoke, nor
snuff." The Doctor purchased her, and while owned by him, Polly became
a free woman by the prospective manumitting laws of the Empire State.
Being free to choose where and with whom to live, she resided some time
in the family of James Smedley, living with them on the west side of
Main street, not far from the lake. Working in various families as a
domestic, she gave general satisfaction; she really cared but little
for her freedom, and has said to the writer she had rather continue a
slave under a kind master, as had been her lot, than to shirk for
herself among the "nigger trash," as she forcibly expressed it -- a
streak of pride was in her composition, making her somewhat choice and
select in her companions and associates.
Polly was married, at an early day, to a colored man, by the name of
Rerin Carrol. Previous to her marriage she was called Polly Howard, as
it was the custom among southern blacks or slaves to assume the surname
of their master. Rerin claimed to be connected by descent with the
white Carrols of Maryland. Perhaps he was, for he was not near as dark
colored as Polly. Children were born them -- some are yet living, while
others have gone to their final rest. She buried her husband at an
early day. Polly brought with her from Maryland strong church
principles, fastened in her mind from attending service with her
master's family, who was a staunch churchman. With religious zeal,
Polly would observe, for many years, the holidays and festivities of
Christmas and Easter, and essay on their recurring season to teach
their meaning to the children of the families where she resided.
Declining health and age beginning to tell upon her, she was most
generously and munificently provided for, by an open hearted Christian
lady of this place, with a home for life. Nominally a domestic, Polly
was permitted to go and come, to work or play, and with the freedom of
the house, do just as she pleased. Ever active, idleness was not in her
nature; her turbaned head, her shining, laughing face, would be seen
moving around the house industriously as she would say -- "putting
things to rights." Her character was of the positive kind --
plain matter of fact, and no humbug in anything she said or did;
conversation directly to the point; blunt in speech and plain spoken,
no one could misunderstand her meanings.
The latter part of her life was, as she became helpless, sick and
feeble, passed under the care of a faithful daughter, and the sympathy
and attentions of white neighbors was freely bestowed -- cheering and
comforting her in her declining years. Polly united with and partook of
the holy communion of St. John's Episcopal church, and when health
permitted enjoyed its ministrations within its sacred walls. Mourning
friends, colored and white, attended her obsequies, and the solemn and
impressive funeral service of the Episcopal church that she loved so
well, were used at her burial rites. Polly was one of those characters
who, like her predecessor in death, "Dick" Valentine, left an impress
and mark wherever she lived, and a pleasant remembrance lives with all
who knew her; though blunt and abrupt in her manner and speech, yet no
one took serious offence or became her enemy. Many trite and quaint
speeches of Polly could be told, but as this article, desultory and
written from memory, is long, I forbear. May she find rest in Heaven,
where color of skin, caste or distinction are unknown.
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 21 December 1905
George Carroll who died here last Monday morning, leaves surviving
one brother and two sisters, the last of a family of four or five boys
and two girls. They were all born in Geneva. One brother, Thomas, was
builder of the Hotel Carrollton in Seneca street. Another, Will, died
Wilmington, Del., some years ago. Christy, and Mrs. Martin Broderick
the sole survivors of the family here.
From Geneva Gazette 27 July 1894
Death From an Accident - Tuesday evening last Mrs. John
Carroll came to her death by a distressing accident. She
resided on Castle street, very near the creek, a vertical stone wall
along the creek bounder her premises on the south. Mrs. Carroll
was over 80 years old and almost helpless from rheumatism, supporting
herself on crutches in moving about the premises. On the occasion
referred to she ventured too near the stone, made a misstep or lost her
balance, and fell over into the creek. Help was instantly at
hand. But she
sustained injuries which proved fatal, death ensuing in about eight
minutes. The deceased leaves five children, three sons and two
daughters, viz.: Thomas, George, and Christy, Mrs. Martin
Broderick and Margaret, unmarried.
From Ontario County Journal 5 August 1910
The death of Mrs. Mary D. Carroll, widow of Patrick
Carroll, occurred at her home on Charlotte street on Tuesday, aged 56
years. Mrs. Carroll suffered a stroke of apoplexy on Saturday. She is
survived by two daughters, Misses Mary and Jennie Carroll, and one son,
William of this village; one sister, Mrs. Thomas Russell of Hyde Park,
Mass.; and one brother, Lawrence Dulligan of Rochester.
From Ontario County Journal 29 April 1892
Patrick Carroll, a well-known railroad man of this village, died
home Tuesday, of Bright's disease, aged 37 years. He was the man who
Edward Deacons, the murderer, of Mrs. Stone, of Rochester. At the time
the capture Carroll was on duty as night watchman of the Canandaigua
yards and was making the rounds when he found Deacons in a freight car.
was a prominent member of the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, and
a wife and two children.
From Geneva Gazette 21 April 1899
DEATH OF A GENEVA LANDLORD - Thomas Carroll Passes Away - The
owner and proprietor of the Carrollton Hotel died this morning a little
before 8 o'clock of consumption, which dread disease had been gnawing
at his vitals for several years. He built and equipped the hotel which
bears his name and he has conducted it since it first opened about two
years ago. He leaves a wife and three children. He was born in
Geneva and both his parents are dead. Two sisters and two
brothers survive him. Before building and opening the Carrollton
he conducted for a short time the old Mansion House on the same site,
also the Pre-emption Park hotel. He was quite well known as a
turfman and owned by turns several good track horses. He enjoyed an
extensive acquaintance and the esteem of all. The funeral
arrangements had not been perfected when the GAZETTE went to press.
A faithful Catholic he will of course be buried with all the
solemn observances of that church.
From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1910
Stanley, N. Y. - This community was shocked on Monday night to
learn of the sudden death of Charles Carson, a prominent
farmer, who resided near this village. Mr. Carson suffered a slight
shock a few weeks ago, but had recovered and seemed to be in his usual
good health until Sunday, when he suffered another shock about 5
o'clock p.m. and passed away at 10 o'clock the same day. A wife and two
sons, Bert of this place, and George of Rochester, where he has a
position as conductor on the Lehigh Valley railroad; also one brother,
George of Rushville, and two sisters survive. Mr. Carson was the
youngest son of William Carson, one of the early settlers of this
region. He was a kind and obliging neighbor and a man loved by all who
knew him. His age was 62 years. Funeral services were held from his
late home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. A. B. Temple, pastor of the
Seneca Presbyterian church, officiated. Interment was at No. 9. Mr.
Carson was also active in grange work, being for a number of years a
member of the Seneca Grange No. 284.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 February 1896
Mrs. Eliza S. Carson of High street, who was suffering from
pneumonia, died at two o'clock Sunday afternoon. The deceased was 82
years of age, and lived with her niece, Miss Arnold. She came from the
town of Seneca to Geneva with her husband about fifteen years ago, and
was left a widow three or four years later. She was a native of Gorham.
Her first husband was Joseph Means. She
leaves no children. The funeral will be held from the home at 10
o'clock Wednesday morning, the Rev. A. B. Temple of Seneca, to
remains will be taken to the town of Seneca for burial.
From Geneva Gazette 18 January 1889
Obituary - JAMES M. CARSON - We announce with sincere sorrow the
death of another old friend and lifelong patron. James M. Carson
departed this life at his home near Stanley, Thursday, January 3d, aged
nearly 74 years. Mr. Carson had long been an extreme sufferer
from cancer, which appeared on his face, and at length reaching his
stomach terminated fatally. Amid all his bodily suffering, up to
the time of our last interview with him, he never lost his natural good
humor and exuberance of wit. He was ever the same genial,
good-natured, interesting conversationalist. He lived and died as
we verily believe without an enemy, for surely 'twas not in his warm
heart to give cause for enmity. He was a kind, generous,
sympathetic neighbor, and dearly beloved as he was affectionate in the
family circle. To those bereaved we extend sincere
condolences. The deceased was buried in the churchyard cemetery
at No. 9.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 June 1912
The death of Mrs. Mary E. Carson, wife of Justice of the
Peace James S. Carson, occurred at the family home in West Main street
on Sunday afternoon at one o'clock, after an extended illness due to a
general breaking down of the system. Her age was 65 years. Mrs. Carson
was born in the township of Farmington on April 3, 1847, and was a
daughter of the late Charles and Mary Jeffrey. The larger part of her
life was passed in Farmington and for the past ten years had made her
home in the Parlor Village. For three years she resided in the State of
Nebraska. The survivors are her husband, three sons, Edward Carson of
Hemet, California; Sidney Carson of Canandaigua and Henry Carson of
Farmington; also several grandchildren. The funeral obsequies were held
from the family home on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Frank
E. Eden, pastor of the Baptist church at Manchester, officiating. The
interment followed in the South Farmington Chapel cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 10 October 1883
Death of Robert Carson - Robert Carson died at the family
residence, High street, on Saturday afternoon, in the seventy-fourth
year of his age. He had been ailing for years, and for three
months had been very ill, without any hope of recovery. Hence his
death was not at all unexpected. The funeral services took place,
partly in Geneva and partly at Seneca Presbyterian church, of
which Mr. Carson was for nearly all his adult life a
leading member. The services at the residence here, at ten
o'clock yesterday morning, were conducted by Rev. Dr. Nelson; and the
sermon at Seneca church, at noon, was preached by the pastor, Rev. A.
B. Temple. Among those present at the services were two sons of
the deceased, Dr. Matthew R. Carson, of Canandaigua, Superintendent of
the Institution for the Blind in New York.
Robert Carson moved to Geneva about three years ago, from the town
Seneca, in Ontario County. He was one of the most noted and most
respected citizens of that town. He was a prominent member of the
Seneca church; among the foremost in every important movement. He
attended regularly the services of the church; he was always at the
prayer and social meetings; he was superintendent of the Sabbath
school; and his voice was often heard. We hear from those who
best, that he was possessed of somewhat unusual ability as a speaker;
and that it was very interesting to listen to him on any
occasion. He was a great student of
the Bible; and his speeches were filled with Bible quotations, which he
had a very happy faculty of using with effect. His efforts as a
speaker were not confined to church meetings, and they were always
felicitous and thoughtful. He spoke on a variety of topics; and
was, though not at very
frequent intervals, a writer for the press. Mr. Carson, was a few
times made a candidate for office; but being a
Democrat, in a town where the majority was against him, his friends had
to be content to give him the honors of nomination.
Mr. Carson leaves a name unsullied, and a reputation without
blemish. His father
was one of the sturdy pioneers of this region, having emigrated from
Ireland to this country in 1789, first settling in Maryland, and then
in Seneca in 1800; in which latter place he bought a tract of land and
cleared it; the same that is now owned by one of his sons, Jas. M.
Carson. He (the father) lived to be 96 years of age; so that his
son, now deceased, for most of his life was known as Robert Carson, Jr.
Only two sons of Mr. Carson, the deceased, are now living, of four in
all. The two besides those mentioned, were Wm. Orton Carson and Thos.
A. Carson. The former was a graduate of Hobart '62; and the
a student of Hobart, class of 1865, and also a doctor of Medicine, died
1880. Mr. Carson married twice. He first married Rebecca Rippey, a
sister of Thos. G. Rippey, of Halls; with her he lived over forty
His second wife (now his widow) was Mrs. Eliza Means, of Seneca, widow
of Joseph Means. The remains were buried
in the church yard of Seneca church, of which he was for so many years
elder. He did not hesitate to go; but expressed himself, as
gladly, anxiously waiting.
A good man has gone to his reward.
From Ontario County Times 14 January 1880
In another column will be found a notice of the death of Dr. T.
A. Carson, which occurred at home in Hall's Corners on Saturday,
the 3d instant. Dr. Carson was a brother of Dr. M. R. Carson of this
village, and Dr. J. C. Carson, assistant physician at Willard Asylum,
and his death is the cause of sincere regret to a large circle of
relatives and friends in this vicinity. A correspondent writes as
follows concerning the life and character of the deceased:
After passing his boyhood days upon his fathers farm and at school, he
was prepared at Canandaigua Academy for college, and entered Hobart in
the class of '65. At college he was a close and diligent student,
standing well up to the head of his class, a part of the time leading
it. While in attendance during his junior year, his heart became so
greatly in sympathy with the suffering soldiers at Gettysburg, that he
gave up his college course, and enlisted under the U. S. Christian
Commission and was placed upon duty to assist in the care of the sick
and wounded in the hospitals at Gettysburg. He was afterwards
transferred to Washington and the front, and continued in this service
about one year. Upon his return home he began the study of medicine,
and after a very thorough course of study, graduated from the college
of physicians and surgeons in New York. He first located himself in
practice at Hall's Corners, but shortly afterwards removed to
Scottsville, Monroe county, where he established a successful practice.
Although a great lover of medical study, the practice itself was
distasteful to him, and he removed and joined in partnership in the
drug trade with Mr. A. G. Bassett of Rochester. His health soon failed
him after his removal to Rochester, and he was obliged to retire from
business. He returned to Hall's Corners about five years ago, where he
has since resided, being unable from ill health to engage in any
occupation. Dr. Carson was a young man of an excellent Christian
character and lived a life of which no one ever had cause to complain;
a heart fully of sympathy for the sick and suffering, honorable, and
upright to his friends and neighbors in all his dealings, kind and
devoted to his family, and loved and respected by all his friends and
acquaintances. During all his long and distressing illness he was
hopeful that his health would be eventually restored, but understanding
the nature and uncertainty of his disease, he bore it patiently and
without a murmur. The anxiety and sorrow occasioned by his little
daughter's death last summer added much to his physical sufferings, and
no doubt greatly hastened his death.
From Ontario County Journal 3 March 1893
Entered into rest February 20, Mrs. Caroline M. Carter, aged
The sister of L. B. Gunn of Canandaigua, she was born in East
Bloomfield October 29, 1809, and always lived within a radius of a mile
from the place of her birth, until four months ago, when she went to
live with her daughter, Mrs. Asa B. Peck, in Honeoye Falls. At the age
of 21, she was married to William Carter. God gave them three children,
Harley P. Carter, now living in Mendon, N. Y.; Jane S., now Mrs.
Hutchinson of Richmond, Ind., and Martha A., now Mrs. Peck of Honeoye
Falls. Mrs. Carter was for some years a member of the M. E. Church, and
since 1860 of the East Bloomfield Congregational Church. An invalid
during the past nine years, she had great patience to bear her physical
suffering, and manifested a sweet, firm trust in her Redeemer. The
funeral services were held at Honeoye Falls, February 23, and that
which belonged to earth was laid to rest beside her husband in the
cemetery at East Bloomfield.
From Ontario County Journal 26 April 1895
The remains of Mrs. Eliza Carter, colored, who died at
Geneva on Friday, from injuries received by jumping from a second story
window, were brought to Canandaigua for burial on Monday. The deceased
was 45 years of age, and a daughter of William Binks, formerly a
well-known barber here.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 August 1906
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Newton Carter, who was
considered the oldest inhabitant of the town of Phelps, occurred at the
home of his daughter, Miss Jennie Carter, three miles east of this
place yesterday afternoon. Mr. Carter had been ill since last December
with blood poisoning and gangrene and a few days ago the malady was of
such a nature that his foot was amputated above the ankle. The deceased
was born at Kent, Conn., 95 years ago and came here in 1874. His wife
died in 1868. Mr. Carter had not been actively engaged in business
since coming to Phelps although he was interested
in agricultural pursuits and at times cared for several acres of land
on his daughter's farm. His survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Jesse
Barlow and Miss Jennie Carter of Phelps and one son, Cassius, of Kent,
Conn. Mr. Carter was a member of the Presbyterian church. The remains
will be taken to his former home, Kent, for burial.
From Ontario County Journal 18 March 1881
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Wm. Carter, an old and highly
respected resident of this town, died last Saturday morning of typhoid
pneumonia, having been confined to his bed about one week. Funeral
services were held at the Congregational Church Monday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 18 May 1894
Honeoye, N. Y. - Daniel Cary, about 55 years of age, was mangled
by an infuriated bull on Tuesday, May 8, so that he died a short time
after. He had been told not to go near the animal, but, taking a
pitchfork in hand, attempted to drive him from the pasture. No one saw
the accident, but when found his ribs, legs and nose were broken. The
funeral was held from his late home at Smith Purcell's, on Thursday,
Rev. Day officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 February 1897
J. Marshall Cary, a respected citizen of Phelps, died Monday, aged
83 years. He had resided in Phelps for over 60 years and celebrated the
golden anniversary of his marriage ten years ago.
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