"Coo" to "Cor" Obituaries
From Geneva Daily Times 1 September 1896
Mrs. Catherine B. Cook, widow of the late Col. E. R. Cook, died at
Sodus Point on Sunday, August 30th. The remains will be laid by those
of her husband in Pulteney street cemetery at 10 o'clock tomorrow,
From Ontario County Journal 30 May 1890
Edward Cook, colored, of Clifton Springs, porter of the
Foster Hose company, was fatally injured at Phelps junction Wednesday
about one o'clock. He was riding on a flat car on a freight train when
the car he was on jumped the track and he was caught between that car
and the next one to it. He died within an hour after he was taken home.
The right leg was badly crushed above the knee and hip and from the
to the ankle of both legs, the flesh was torn completely away. Cook was
25 years old and unmarried.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 April 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Edward J. Cook occurred
suddenly at her home three miles southeast of Phelps Saturday
afternoon. Mrs. Cook had nearly recovered from a two weeks' illness
with pneumonia when her death came unexpectedly. An autopsy conducted
Sunday by Drs. W. A. and H. J. Q. Howe of Phelps revealed hypertrophy
of the heart as a contributing cause of her death. Mrs. Cook was 63
years of age. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William
Wright and was born in the city of Geneva. Mrs. Cook had lived in this
vicinity practically all her life. Surviving relatives besides her
husband are a son, George F. Cook of Oaks Corners, a daughter, Mrs.
Charles Peachey of Clifton Springs, and a brother, Frank A. Wright, of
St. Paul, Minn. The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at
2 o'clock at the Cook homestead. Burial will be at the Phelps cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 18 April 1883
Mrs. Eliza Cook, wife of the late Wm. F. Cook, died at her
on Geneva street this morning at half-past eight o'clock. She was
well known in this village, and was a member of Trinity Church for many
years. Her age was seventy-nine years.
From Geneva Gazette 20 April 1883
Mrs. Eliza Cook, the relict of the late Wm. F. Cook, died at
her residence in this village on the 18th inst. She was a native of
England, coming to this country and to Geneva with her husband about 25
years ago. She was a lady of culture and refinement, and endeared
herself to all with whom she became acquainted. She was an exemplary
and devout churchwoman, regular in her attendance at church services.
She lived and and died childless, and in fact leaves no kin of blood on
this side of the broad
From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1908
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth R. Cook, died Monday night
at the residence of her son, George L. Cook. Mrs. Cook had been ailing
for some time but was confined to her bed but ten days. Mrs. Cook was
born near Ross, Hertfordshire, England, Feb. 14th, 1829. She leaves six
sons and one daughter to mourn her loss, Rev. J. W. Cook of Gage, John
H. Cook of Syracuse, George L. of Seneca Castle, Albert Cook of Flint,
Clarence Cook of Stanley and Miss Eva Cook of Flint. Burial Sand
From Ontario County Journal 1 August 1890
George B. Cook died at his late residence in Gorham Monday,
July 21st. Funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon,
July 23d, the Rev. J. S. Niles officiating, who chose for the subject
of his discourse, the words recorded in Psalms 103 Chap and 15th verse.
Messrs. Robert Moody, Jas. Robson, Eugene Lewis, J. C. Crosier, J.
Covert and H. E. Johnson were the officiating pall bearers. The
deceased was born at Providence, R. I., October 17th, 1814, and with
his father came to Canandaigua in 1815 and in 1829 came to Gorham,
where he resided until his death, respected by a wide circle of friends
and acquaintances. In the year 1842, Feb. 15th, he was married to Miss
Mary Lamport, who with one son and three daughters, survive him. His
business career dates back for over fifty years, first as clerk,
subsequently engaging in the boot and shoe trade, at the discontinuance
of which he embarked in the grocery business, which he successfully
conducted for a term of years, when he bought out and succeeded S. M.
Whitaker in the drug and grocery trade, continuing in said business
until 1888, when declining health compelled him to retire, at which
time he disposed of his goods to his son, N. B. Cook, who succeeds him.
In his early political life he was a Democrat, and held the office of
Postmaster under Pierce's administration, until the organization of the
Republican party, whereupon he adopted its principles and in
consequence was removed and the late Henry Mott appointed his
successor. On Lincoln winning the presidency, he was again appointed
and held the office consecutively until 1883, when he resigned in favor
of his son, N. B. Cook, who was appointed his successor.
From Geneva Gazette 12 November 1817
DIED - In this village, on Thursday evening, 6th inst., in the
44th year of her age, Mrs. Hannah Cook, wife of David Cook,
Esq., and daughter of Preserve Riggs, Esq., of Mendham, New Jersey. She
had resided in this village about 22
years, was an exemplary and highly respected member of the Presbyterian
Church in this place, and died, as we trust, in the exercise of that
faith. Her last illness, which was long and painful, she bore with
Christian composure, resignation and fortitude. She has left a husband,
six children, and a large circle of other relations and friends to
lament her loss. Her funeral was attended last Lord's day by a very
large concourse of people.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 January 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of Henry Cook, a well-known
resident of this town, was held this afternoon from his late home near
Steele. Mr. Cook was eighty-five years of age and is survived by four
sons, William, Henry, Benjamin and Edward, also three daughters, Mrs.
Charles Haines of Geneva, Miss Ester Cook, and Mrs. F. G. Avery of
Buffalo. Interment was in Dobbins cemetery.
County Journal 1 November 1878
A man named
John Cook, living in the northeast part of the town, near O. C.
Chapin's, died very suddenly last Monday morning. He was engaged in
sawing wood and, feeling very faint and dizzy, went into the house,
where he died
before medical aid could be summoned. The deceased was a German 54
years of age.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 February 1904
Gorham N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Ann Cook died February 2 at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. George B. Tompkins, aged 88 years. The
funeral was held Friday at two o'clock from the residence. She leaves
two daughters, Miss Lida Cook and Mrs. G. B. Tompkins, also one son, N.
B. Cook, of Canandaigua. Interment was made in Gorham cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 May 1923
Mrs. Mary C. Cook, aged 82, died this morning at the home of
her son, John T. Cook, 159 Cherry street. Mrs. Cook has been a
resident of this city since 1891. She was born in St.
Clairsville, Ohio. She is survived by one son, J. T. Cook.
It is requested that flowers be omitted. The funeral announcement
will be made later.
From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1878
SUDDEN DEATH - Mr. Moses Cook, a prominent citizen of the place,
died very suddenly last evening, between five and six o'clock.
The cause of his sudden death was a stroke
of paralysis, he having partially recovered from a similar stroke about
a year since. He was sitting in his
chair at his residence, apparently in his usual health, and
suddenly fell to the floor dead. His sudden death is
a shock to the community. His age was about 60 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 April 1904
The funeral of Samuel Cook will take place at 2:30 o'clock
tomorrow afternoon from his home on Exchange street, Rev. J. B.
Champion of the First Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in
Gazette 31 May 1901
William Cook of Phelps was drowned in the outlet last Tuesday.
A favorite dog got in
the current and was in danger of being swept over a dam. Cook
jumped into the raging current, and although a good swimmer was soon
caught in the swirling waters of a whirlpool. A companion,
witness to the tragedy, was powerless to rescue him. His body was
recovered a few hours afterward. He was 25 years old, unmarried,
and a brother of Postmaster Cook of Oaks Corners.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 28 August 1872
Mr. William P. Cook, a well-known and highly respected resident of
Geneva, died in that village on Tuesday, the 13th inst. He was an
Englishman by birth, but came to this country twenty-one years ago,
since which time he has been a resident of our neighboring village.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the family residence on Hibbard
avenue, on Friday forenoon occurred the death of Wm. Cooke, after
illness of several years. The deceased had made his home in
this village for a long time and before his poor health overtook him
was well-known in the village and vicinity. The deceased is survived by
a son, William R. Cooke, of this village, his wife having died several
From Ontario County Journal 25 December 1891
Mrs. Cooley, widow of the late Albert B. Cooley, died at her home
in this village Wednesday morning. She was 74 years of age and eight
children survive her as follows: A. Eugene Cooley, Clarence Cooley, H.
Seymour Cooley and Miss Inez Cooley, of Canandaigua; Lyman E. Cooley of
Chicago; Mortimer Cooley of Ann Arbor, Ernest Cooley of Memphis, Tenn.;
and Mrs. Inez Nichols of Hastings, Michigan.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 April 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - From being poisoned in some way not
surely known at this time, Mrs. Barlow Baggerly, wife of Barlow
Baggerly, a farmer just south of this village on Pearl street, and Charles
lived in this village but was employed by Mr. Baggerly, died last
evening; and Mr. Baggerly is in a critical condition. A daughter, Norma
Baggerly, was the only one of the four that had dinner at noon
yesterday at the Baggerly home to escape poisoning. The family had
dinner at 12 o'clock yesterday as usual and Norma returned to school in
this village. She was not in any way affected by poison. Mr. and Mrs.
Baggerly and Mr. Cooley became violently ill shortly after dinner,
however, and during the afternoon Mr. Cooley was removed to his home on
South street in this village. He died shortly after 7 o'clock last
evening, and Mrs. Baggerly died about 8:30 o'clock. The dinner meal
consisted of tomato soup, pork, potatoes, bread and butter and corn
Mr. Baggerly is still alive today, although very ill. The physician
says he will recover. The only part of the dinner which Miss Norma
Baggerly did not partake of was the sauce on the pudding. The others
ate this sauce. Coroner Eiseline of Shortsville held an inquest today
and gave a verdict that Mrs. Baggerly and Mr. Cooley were victims of
accidental poisoning. It was brought out that the reason Miss Baggerly
did not eat the pudding sauce was because she disliked the vanilla with
which it was flavored. The remainder of the pudding which was not eaten
with the dinner was thrown out and eaten by the dog which was also made
From Geneva Daily Times 17 August 1907
Mrs. Cora Cooley, wife of Charles J. Cooley, of No. 176 High
street, died last night at 6 o'clock at the City Hospital. The deceased
was 29 years of age. She was born in Manchester, where she lived until
two years ago when she came to Geneva. Besides her husband, she is
survived by four children, Leo, Mable, Ethel and Herbert; one brother,
H. R. Smith of New York; one sister, Mrs. A. J. Schroeder of Washington
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Smith of Manchester. The funeral will
place at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon from the house on High street.
C. O. S. Keartan, acting rector of Trinity church, will officiate.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 June 1906
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Edwin Cooley died at her home east of
Cheshire Sunday, the 17th, at the age of 36 years. She was formerly
Miss Adelphia Hutchens. Besides her husband, she leaves her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Nodiah Hutchens, one sister, Mabel, and two small
children, Helen and Gerald.
From Ontario County Times 22 July 1885
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. John Cooley died on Saturday. The
funeral was held at his late residence Monday afternoon. Rev. Mr.
Backus officiated. He leaves a wife and four children. The remains were
taken to Canandaigua for interment.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1915
Lewis Cooley, of 16 Lafayette avenue, died suddenly at 1 o'clock
this morning of heart failure. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley returned Monday from
a sojourn of several months in Florida. Mr. Cooley seemed as well as
usual. Last evening Mr. and Mrs. Cooley and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. HItchcox
took supper at the first Methodist church and then went to the home of
Mr. Hitchcox on Pulteney street. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley left for their
home about 9 o'clock. About 1 o'clock this morning Mr. Cooley awoke and
complained of not being able to breathe and asked for a doctor. Miss
Alice Ormand, who lives near, was sent for also, but before the arrival
of the physician, Mr. Cooley was dead. He was born in Seneca county and
lived the life of a farmer in that county up to the time of his removal
to Geneva, about 18 yrs ago, when he retired. He is survived by his
wife, one daughter, Mrs. Albert P. Scribner, of this city, and one
brother. Funeral services will be held from the house Tuesday afternoon
at 3 o'clock, Rev. David H. Craver, of the North Presbyterian church,
officiating. Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1899
On Friday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Sackett
Cooley, widow of James S. Cooley, at her home on Gibson street.
Mrs. Cooley had been in delicate health for seven years, having then
suffered a stroke of paralysis, and since January had been confined to
her bed. She was born in Canandaigua, May 20, 1826, on the Sackett
homestead a few miles west of the village on the north road, and was
one of a family of eight brothers and sisters. In 1851 she married Mr.
Cooley and came to live in the home where she has ever since resided.
Two children survive her, Miss Harriet M. Cooley and Augustine S.
Cooley, both of this village; also a brother and sister, Frederick A.
Sackett and Miss Julia M. Sackett. The funeral services were held from
her late home on Monday afternoon, Rev. C. H. Dickinson, pastor of the
church of which Mrs. Cooley had been a member for over 50 years,
officiating. The interment was made at Woodlawn.
From Geneva Gazette 11 October 1889
A distressing accident occurred near Canandaigua Wednesday last at
the home of O. J. Cooley. Mrs. Cooley had been engaged
in making chili-sauce during the day, a pan of which she put in the
buttery to cool. Their youngest child, a baby
boy twenty months old, was playing around the house with a small cart,
and while Mrs. Cooley was out of doors the little fellow ran into the
buttery. As he
entered it, he stumbled, knocking the pan with its
boiling contents over on him. His right side was
horribly scalded, and although every effort was made to
relieve him, he died at 11 o'clock yesterday.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 31 July 1907
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza Ann Coomber, wife of Alfred
Coomber, died at her home three miles southeast of Shortsville, in the
town of Hopewell, at 8 o'clock on Wednesday morning, after a long
illness. She was the daughter of the late Roland Wadsworth, and was
born in the town of Hopewell 47 years ago. For the past five years she
has lived on the farm where she died. She was twice married. She is
survived by her husband, Alfred Coomber, and one daughter, Miss Mildred
Toning of Hopewell; by her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Wadsworth of
Shortsville; two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Benham of Hopewell; Mrs. Martin
Carney of Shortsville; and two brothers, Charles Wadsworth of
Shortsville and Carlton Wadsworth of St. Louis. The funeral was held
from her late home at 2:30 o'clock on Friday afternoon, Rev. H. I.
Andrews officiating and interment was in Chapman cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 March
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Charles Coon occurred
Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock. She had been confined to her bed for
seventeen weeks with heart disease, but seemed to be much better and
her death was very
sudden. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Geneva Gazette 21 August 1874
SHOCKING KEROSENE ACCIDENT - Spencer Coon falls in a fit with a Lighted
Lamp, and Fatally Burned !
Wednesday night the inhabitants residing about the corner of
William and Pulteney streets were alarmed by cries of fire.
Simultaneously agonizing shrieks were heard from the house occupied by Spencer
first south of corner of William st., east side of Pultney.
The first to enter was Dr.
W. F. Edington, who found Mr. Coon lying upon the floor, enveloped in
fire and smoke, shrieking out of pain. To
strip him of his burning clothes and remove him from the
room was but the work of a moment. Medical aid in the person of the
younger Dr. Eddy was immediately summoned, who rendered every aid in
his power, but the most that could be done was by administering opiates
to alleviate the sufferings of the poor victim.
The supposable cause of the accident is that Mr. Coon entered his home
when his wife was temporarily absent, took up the lighted kerosene
lamp, when he was seized with an epileptic fit (to which he was
occasionally subject) and in falling the lamp was broken, the fluid
spilled and instantly ignited, and he in a condition of unconsciousness
was enveloped in the flames. On examination it was found that his
left arm from the should down to and including the hand was burned
almost to a crisp. The fingers of his right hand also badly
burned, the nails and skin peeling off. His neck, breast,
abdomen, left thigh and buttock, and left side around to the spine were
burned. It was hardly expected that the victim could live two
hours, yet he lingered along with occasional lucid moments until 2
o'clock yesterday afternoon when he breathed his last.
Mr. Coon was born and reared in Geneva - by trade a tinner. At
one time he yielded to appetite for strong drink, but for three years
past or more, he had became a thoroughly reformed man, and an honored
member of the Good Templar and Odd Fellows fraternities, industrious
and frugal in habits, respected among his fellowmen and well beloved in
his family. In all circles where he was known, his sad, terrible
fate will cause the deepest gloom. He leaves a wife but no
children, an aged mother, a brother and sisters.
P. S. Since the above was written, we have heard another theory
of the accident, given by Mrs. Coon. She states that on Monday
night, Mr. C. brought home a can of Danforth's "non-explosive" fluid,
which at first lighting sent a blaze clear to the ceiling. She
was afraid of it and set the lamp aside, refusing further to use it.
Her theory is that on the fatal occasion, Mr. Coon being alone,
lighted this lamp, and that an explosion followed, shattering the
vessel to fragments as it was subsequently found; that he himself was
immediately saturated with and set on fire by the inflammable fluid,
from which he suffered such speedy and serious injury that he fell
insensible to the floor. Funeral will take place on Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Geneva Gazette 26 August 1892
Obituary - Theodore H. Coon died at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, after
a painful illness of several months. The deceased was born in
Geneva and had
he lived until today would have been just 53 years old. He was a
member of Company I, 126th Regiment, N. Y. V., and served until the
close of the war, and was a member of the G. A. R. until his death.
He was also a member of the A. O. U. W. and Royal Templars of
Temperance, and for many years a member of the M. E. Church. He
is survived by an aged mother, a wife, two daughters and one son, one
brother (Israel Coon, of Arizona) and one sister, Mrs. James Davie of
this place. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 2
o'clock from his late residence, No. 25 Geneva street.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 January 1915
John Cooney, aged 53 years, of Seneca Falls, formerly of this
city, who several weeks ago was injured by the tipping over of a load
of straw and as a result suffered paralysis from his waist down, died
yesterday morning. He was born in Ireland and had been a farmer and
nurseryman for several
years. He is survived by his wife, four children, Kathleen, John, Anna
and Thomas, all at home; three sisters, Mrs. A. Rogan, Mrs. M. Toole
Mrs. Garvey of this city. The body will be brought here Friday morning
the 8:40 New York Central and will be taken immediately to St. Francis
Desales church, where funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock.
Burial will be
made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1897
Mrs. Lawrence Cooney, of Canandaigua, died at her home in that
village last Saturday. The remains were brought to Geneva, on the 1:20
A. M. train today and interred in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 December 1895
The death of Mrs. Warren Cooney occurred this morning at
the home of George Trautman, in North Exchange street, at the age of 58
years. The funeral will be held at the home of his sister in Seneca
From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Cynthia Proper Coons, aged 72 years, died on
March 25, at her home in Gulick. She was the wife of William Coons and
her whole life had been spent in this vicinity. Her father was Meyers
Proper, one of the old settlers of Naples. Her husband, two sons,
George and John, and three daughters, Mrs. Purlee Wilbur, Mrs. Henry
Ingraham and Mrs. Wood, survive her.
From Ontario County Journal 17 February 1888
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah Coons died on Friday, Feb. 10, aged
81. She was the widow of Philip Coons, deceased, and was a very
estimable old lady.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1895
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah J. Coons, an old resident of Naples,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Barker, near Clifton
Springs, on Thursday of last week. Her remains were brought to Naples
for burial. She was the wife of Andrus Coons, and there are seven
married daughters and two sons living about here.
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Herbert Coons, a bride last spring, died at
the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackman, at Canadice,
last Thursday, aged 22 years.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 18 September 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. John P. Coons died at the home of her
daughter in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, September 13th, after a lingering
illness. Her early home was in Cohocton and her maiden name was Mary
Rowell. She married a Mr. Andrews and their home was in Michigan. After
the death of her husband, she came east to visit a sister in Naples,
and a year ago she was married to Mr. Coons. She went to visit her son
and daughter in Michigan a few weeks and died there. She is survived by
her husband, three children and her sister, Mrs. Harriet Garfield.
From Ontario County Journal 4 February 1887
Naples, N. Y. - Lorentus Coons, adopted son of Wm. Coons of this
place, died of consumption a few days since. He was a soldier and had
just completed a pension claim which could scarcely have failed of
being allowed. He leaves a wife who will complete the claim.
From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1887
Naples, N. Y. - Philip Coons, aged 80 years, died on Wednesday
morning, at his residence two miles out of the village. He had lived in
town more than sixty years, and was an honest and
upright citizen. He leaves a large family of children, all in middle
From Ontario County Journal 14 October 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Rhoda Coons, relict of Stephen Coons, died at
Naples on Sunday, Oct. 9, aged 56 years. She was the mother of Mrs.
Lillie Stone, Misses Mary and Herbert Coons, all of Naples; and the
sister of Charles Baldwin, now of Springwater. Her stepfather, Philip
Brand, lives at Academy.
From Ontario County Journal 27 August 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Robert Coons, an old and well-known citizen
farmer, died on Aug. 21 at his farm home. He was 79 years old, the last
of a family of nine stalwart brothers and sisters, who came to Naples
in their youth. Their children are numerous, and many reside in this
vicinity. Robert had no children of his own, but leaves two men whom he
brought up, adopting one, A. M. Coons, when he was a new born infant;
the other was William Lee of this town. Mr. Coons was the champion
wrestler of this vicinity, when that sport was indulged in on all
public days. He was a good citizen.
From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1891
Naples, N. Y. - William Coons died at his home in Naples, July 21,
aged 82 years. He was one of a large family, who came from Eastern New
York at an early day and settled in and around Naples and helped to
transform the rough hillsides into fertile farms.
From Ontario County Journal 24 July 1874
Farmington - On Monday last the remains of the late Anson K.
Cooper were brought to this, his native place, for interment.
His death occurred in Canandaigua, on the 18th inst. Anson
was the youngest of four brothers who were among the first volunteers
late war, and served until its close, one only receiving a
slight wound. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Mr.
Borden of Victor, who spoke so tenderly, sympathizingly, the few words
of comfort that may be said at the open grave of a friend. There
the shadows lie thickest -- the angels of Hope and Peace fold their
wings above the coffin
lid, and are silent. Faith alone can point the way from the
darkness of the grave to the glad sunlight beyond.
From Geneva Courier 22 July 1898
Mrs. Eliza Cooper of Phelps died on the 16th inst. of heart
disease, aged 67 years. She is survived by two sons and three
From Geneva Gazette 18 September 1891
James R. Cooper, a blacksmith of Phelps and a prominent
resident of that place died at Goshen last Friday morning of
consumption, aged 60. The deceased and his wife were visiting
relatives in Goshen. The body was brought to Phelps Saturday
afternoon and the funeral held at the Methodist Episcopal Church Monday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. A wife, son and two daughters survive
From Geneva Daily Times 19 September 1895
John Cooper died at his house on the Geneva and Waterloo road on
Sunday morning at 3 o'clock. Death was caused by paralysis. The
deceased was born in Pennsylvania and was 72 years of age. He leaves a
wife and a family of grown-up children. The funeral will be held from
the house at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 14 October 1910
Joseph Cooper, aged 42 years, formerly of this village, but for
several years has occupied a farm at South Bloomfield, was stricken
with heart failure on Wednesday evening while driving homeward from
Canandaigua. Mrs. Ellen Thompson of Centerfield, hearing a heavy
treading in her dooryard about 7 o'clock, investigated and found a team
of horses wandering about aimlessly. In the corner of a fence nearby a
wagon was found, and in the dim lantern light, neighbors who had been
called were horrified to find the body of a man that proved to be
Cooper, partly in the wagon and partly upon the fence. He was dead and
at first it was supposed that the man had broken his neck in a runaway
accident. Coroner Armstrong, hearing the general report that the man
had died from accident, was surprised to find, upon making an autopsy,
that the neck had not broken, but that a heart seizure had caused
death. Cooper was in the village on Wednesday afternoon and started
home with a potato digger tied behind his wagon. He was subject to
severe rheumatic attacks, and had been ill for several days. It appears
that Cooper's team had carried their dead master for some distance and
might have reached home without accident had not an automobile sped by,
causing the horses to leave the road and collide with a fence. The
remains were brought to the Curtis undertaking rooms. Cooper is
survived by his wife and six children. They are: Mary, Helen,
Margarette, John, Joseph and Charles.
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1894
Mrs. Mary J. Cooper, widow of the late Captain Cooper, died at her
home on upper Main street last Sunday morning, aged 61 years. There
survive five sons: Marshall, Frank, LaFayette and Sherman of this
village, and Anson of North Petersburg, Pa.; and two daughters, Miss
Rose Cooper and Mrs. Norman Foster of this village. Funeral services
were held Tuesday morning.
From Ontario County Journal 26 April 1889
Captain Minerd W. Cooper, who was a familiar figure on the lake
years ago as the commander of the steamer Canandaigua, died at his home
in this village last Saturday at the age of 60 years, 9 months
and 11 days.
Ontario County Journal 17 June 1892
Manchester, N. Y. - Peter Cooper
illness was mentioned last week, died at 11:30 Saturday night, at the
age of 85 year. His funeral was attended from the Baptist church on
Monday at 3 p.m., Rev. Mr. Long officiating. Mr. Cooper was one of the
oldest citizens of the place, and had outlived all of his immediate
family; three grandchildren only surviving him; one of whom, Louis
Bement, of Clifton Springs, caring for him during his last days. He was
a quiet, peaceable man, respected by all.
From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1897
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Philander N. Cooper occurred
village on Saturday evening, after a long and painful illness
from cancer. He had not been able to take nourishment of any kind for
several weeks and death was to him a release, for he held a "Title
clear to mansions in the sky," and died rejoicing in that hope. The
funeral obsequies were held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon,
Rev. C. H. Lester officiating. The remains were placed in the receiving
vault in Brookside Cemetery.
From Victor Herald 11 January 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William Cooper of South Bristol, was
found dead in a deep ravine just back of Millers' Point, last Friday.
It is supposed that Cooper died from exposure. He was buried on Monday
From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1895
James, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coppenger, died
yesterday morning at his home on North street. The deceased was
twenty-one years of age. He was
a young man of exemplary character and was a favorite among a large
circle of young friends and acquaintances. Mr.
and Mrs. Coppenger are having their measure of sorrow. Only last
October, they suffered the loss of another son, Patrick.
Consumption was the cause of both deaths. The funeral will
take place at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning from St. Francis de Sales
From Shortsville Enterprise 3 September 1914
The death of John W. Copping, of High street, which
occurred about 8 o'clock last week Wednesday night, removed the second
Shortsville veteran within a period of two days. The first veteran to
be summoned to the great beyond was Jeremiah Brott, whose demise
occurred the previous Tuesday morning. Mr. Copping was one of
Shortsville's oldest and most highly-respected residents. His age was
80 years and he had been an invalid for many months. John W. Copping
was born in Faversham, Kent county, England, on January 12, 1834. In
early manhood he came to the United States and chose Marion, Wayne
county, as his first abiding place, which place of residence he
continued for many years. During the month of November, 1857, he was
united in marriage
with Miss Sarah Garlock, a resident of Marion, whose demise occurred on
April 19, 1900. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Copping answered
his country's call and enlisted in the 160th New York Volunteers at
Marion. He was mustered out of service after a period of three years
and three months. For several years he acted as postmaster at Marion.
He came to Shortsville to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Harry
MacDowell, almost ten years ago. He was a member of the Marion M. E.
Church, of Marion Grange, of Marion G. A. R., and of Herendeen Post, G.
A. R., of Shortsville.
The survivors are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Benjamin F. Beach of
Williamson, Mrs. Harry F. McDowell of Shortsville, and Wellington
J. Copping of Fruitland; one grandson, Leon B. Beach of Williamson, one
great-grandson, Benjamin F. Beach, 2nd, of Williamson; three brothers,
George Copping of Pasadena, Cal.; Edwin Copping of Delphos, Kas.;
Charles Copping of Walworth N. Y., and two sisters, Mrs. James Hall of
Williamson and Mrs. Edwin Hope of Walworth. The funeral services were
held from the McDowell home on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. D. H. MacKenzie, pastor of the Shortsville
Presbyterian church, and assisted by the members of Herendeen Post. The
burial was made in the family plot in the Marion cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 September 1896
The death of Michael Coppinger occurred at 10 o'clock last
night at the home of the family on North street, after a brief illness
since Friday, at the age of fifty-seven years. The intense grief caused
by the loss of three sons within a few years is thought to have been
the cause of his death. He has been a resident of Geneva for the past
thirty-one years, and was highly esteemed by
those who came in contact with him. He is survived by his wife and
daughter, Margaret Coppinger, who will have the sympathy of friends
in their sorrow. Three brothers of the deceased reside in Boston. The
funeral services will be held at St. Francis de Sales church at 9:30
o'clock Thursday morning and interment will be made in St. Patrick's
From Geneva Daily Times 14 February 1911
The funeral of Mrs. Maria Corcoran will take place tomorrow
morning at 7 o'clock from her late home, No. 133 LaFayette Avenue, and
at 7:30 o'clock from St. Francis DeSales church. The remains will
be taken on the 8:35 Penn division train to Penn Yan for burial.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 March 1913
The death of Mrs. Harriet Corey, relict of Spencer A.
Corey, occurred at the home of her mother, Mrs. Bridget Phipps, in this
village at 7:45 o'clock Wednesday morning, aged 55 years. She had been
in failing health for the last four years, and for the past year had
been confined to her bed. Her demise was occasioned by a disease of the
spinal cord. Mrs. Corey was born in the town of Farmington on November
9, 1857, and was a daughter of the late David and Bridget Phipps. Her
entire life was passed in this vicinity. She was married to Mr. Corey
on December 26, 1887, his death occurring on February 19, 1904. She was
a charter member of Shortsville Hive, L. O. T. M., and was a past
commander. She leaves her mother, Mrs. Bridget Phipps, four sons,
Charles E. Corey and Ray W. Corey of Rochester, and Ira A. Corey of
Victor; one daughter, Mrs. Edward Knowles of Palmyra; four sisters, the
Misses Margaret and Emaline Phipps of Shortsville; Mrs. William Knauss
of Clifton Springs; Mrs. Samuel J. Diets of Bloomington, Ill.; and one
brother, David W. Phipps of Shortsville. The funeral services will take
place from the family home in Railroad avenue on Saturday afternoon at
two o'clock, conducted by Rev. D. H. MacKenzie, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church. The burial will be made in the family plot in
From Ontario County Times 26 January 1870
Shortsville, N. Y. - Yesterday I attended the funeral of one of
oldest members of our community, that of Mr. Jas. F. Corey, who
this town (and a large share of the time in this village,)
1816. He was nearly eighty years of age.
From Geneva Gazette 29 December 1893
Mrs. Jane Corey died at her residence on Main street, Dec. 26,
aged 81 years. She was an old resident of Geneva -- everybody
knew her and she knew everybody. Her late husband, Joseph Corey,
was a soldier in the war of 1812-15, received a land grant and a
pension for life by reason of such honorable service. At his
death the pension was transferred to his widow which she enjoyed and
appreciated as great help towards her support in her declining years.
She leaves one son, a poor, afflicted man, totally blind from
youth, deformed, and partially deaf. The one distinguishing trait
in Mrs. Cory's character was her absorbing devotion to this afflicted,
-- his constant companion at home and wherever he went, his faithful
and affectionate provider during all the long
years of his utter helplessness. Poor fellow ! How he will
miss this faithful, devoted mother. The funeral of Mrs. Cory took
place yesterday; Rev. J. P. Foster officiating, and who
the last hours of the venerable woman. With her death her pension
lapses. What a pity that such stipend cannot be transferred to
her wholly dependent son. To him is left a comfortable brick
house, but the income from its rental will scarcely be adequate for his
From Ontario County Journal 26 May 1893
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Moses S. Corey, at the age
of 77, occurred May 19. But for a tumor of cancer, he bade fair to live
out the century. He was of a hardy race, a great worker and successful
farmer. A widow and seven children survive him.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 11 December 1907
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Phoebe Corey, who had passed a
long life time in this village, died at her home on Tuesday morning of
last week after a short illness. She was 84 years of age and had lived
in Shortsville over seventy years. Her birth place was in Dutchess
county and her maiden name Birdsall. About sixty years ago she became
the wife of James Corey, who died eight years ago. Their daughter, Anna
Corey, died when but 16 years of age, and their son, Spencer A. Corey,
died about four years ago. Mrs. Corey leaves one brother, William
Birdsall of Washington, D. C.; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper of
Ohio; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ella Harbertson of Syracuse, Mrs. Ira
Smith of Skaneateles; and five grandchildren, Charles Corey, Mrs.
Edward Knowles, Roy Corey and Ray Corey, all of this village; and Ira
Corey of Victor. The funeral was held from the Shortsville Episcopal
church at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Harvey, rector
of the Phelps Episcopal church officiating. Interment was in Brookside
From Ontario Messenger 14 July 1852
FOUND DEAD - Last Monday week the lifeless body of Simeon
Corey was found by the road side near the residence of Allen Webb
in Farmington. Coroner Royce of this village held an inquest over the
body, and the testimony elicited showed that Corey was a man in
intemperate habits, that at the time of his death, he had been drinking
freely, that he was about 60 years of age, had no permanent place of
residence, and leaves no family. The substance of the verdict was he
came to his death by the excessive use of intoxicating liquors.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 February 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - The funeral of Spencer A. Corey was
held yesterday at the M. E. church, conducted by the K. O. T. M.
Seventy-eight knights and sixteen ladies of the Maccabees were in line.
The bearers were Frank Huntoon, Adam Flack, Finley Chisholm, Clinton
Ballard, Harry Forshay, Eugene Haggerty. Rev. Ernest L. Waldorf of
Phelps was the officiating clergyman. The great profusion of flowers
testified to the esteem in which Mr. Corey was held among his fellow
From Ontario County Journal 1 July 1898
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. H. E. Cornford died of heart disease at
her home in this village, Friday afternoon, after a long illness. The
funeral was held from the house on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev.
I. B. Hudnutt, officiating. She leaves a husband and two children.
From Ontario County Journal 18 November 1881
Naples, N. Y. - A young wife died near here, on Saturday last, Mrs.
She was greatly beloved by those who knew her
best. Her early decease is certainly sad. She was buried with her
little babe on Sunday at Rose Ridge.
From Ontario County Journal 24 January 1896
A sad death is that of Mrs. Alphee Cornish, which occurred
Tuesday, of typhoid fever. Six small children survive her.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 January 1915
Naples, N. Y. - Emmor Cornish, died yesterday morning, at the age
of 59 years, at the family home. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Marian Rowley and Marie Cornish, and one son, Maynard, all of Naples.
From Ontario County Times 9 November 1881
Naples, N. Y. - Died on Friday, Nov. 4th, at her husband's
residence in South Bristol, Mrs. Emmor Cornish, after a brief
illness. She was beloved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed
from her home. The family circle is now broken for the fourth time
within a few months.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 January 1905
Shortsville, N. Y. - One of the oldest residents of this village, Mrs.
Corrigan, died Tuesday evening after a short illness.
Mrs. Corrigan was the wife of the late John Corrigan, and came to the
United States from Ireland fifty-four years ago. Since the death of her
only child, Matthew, many years ago, she has lived all alone, contrary
to the wishes of her relatives, who would have willingly shared their
home with her. She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Catherine Curry of
Seneca Falls; Mrs. Judith Hurley of London, Canada; Mrs. Julia Sullivan
of Belmont, Iowa; Miss Ellen Condon of Jackson, Mich.; and one brother,
James Condon, of Jackson, Mich. The funeral was
held from St. Dominic's church this morning, and the burial was in
the Catholic cemetery in Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 February 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - Our people were startled Friday morning to
learn of the demise of Pen Corry, who died early that morning
of pneumonia, after being sick only a few days. He was a lifelong
resident of this place, his father and grandfather also having lived
here over half a century.
From Geneva Courier 14 January 1880
Death in Canandaigua - Jacob Corson, an old and respected
citizen of Canandaigua, died in that village on Friday. He was 77
years of age, and leaves a widow, three daughters and one son, Oscar
H., who is
a resident of Chicago. One of the daughters has been housekeeper
at the Brackett House in Rochester for some time, and deceased was an
old friend of Mr. William Hildreth. The funeral took place on
Monday morning at 10 o'clock in Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 December 1903
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - W. Corson died at his home on Main street
last evening of heart disease. He is survived by his wife. Deceased was
prominent in the affairs of the community.
From Geneva Gazette 21 April 1871
ANOTHER OLD SETTLER GONE - Sudden Death of Wm. Cortleyou, Esq. - Our
shocked to hear on Wednesday morning last of the death of
Wm. Cortleyou, Esq., one of our oldest as he was one of our
most highly esteemed citizens. His taking off was singularly
sudden and unexpected. The afternoon previous he walked our
streets in seeming health and strength. No change, no symptom of
the approach of the dark messenger were manifest on retiring at night
to his couch. About midnight his wife was awakened and alarmed by his
heavy breathing. She aroused him, inquiring what was the matter.
He replied, saying that he could not turn over, could
not even stir. A physician was speedily summoned, but his skill
was of no avail. Mr. C. without further utterance sank into an
unconscious state, and in about twenty minutes
thereafter breathed his last.
Mr. Cortleyou was in the 78th year of his age, and had resided in
Geneva more than fifty years. It
is a long time since he was in active business, possessing such a
competence that he was enabled to live at ease. He was ever a
welcome guest in social circles, well-read and well-informed, having a
good memory, was firm in his convictions, and ever ready with sound
argument to defend his positions. His democratic friends would
often have been glad to place him in official station, but no
persuasion could induce him to accept. To the world he lived a
blameless life before God and man, though not, we believe, in communion
with any church.
The only immediate relative who survives him is his suddenly
wife, who has the heartfelt sympathy of our whole community in her
affliction. The funeral of Mr. Cortleyou will take place at the
Presbyterian Church tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at half-past 2
From Ontario County Journal 21 February 1890
The death of Mrs. Mary L. Corwin, wife of Sheriff Irving
Corwin, which occurred at the Sheriff's residence in this village
Monday after only a short illness, draws out the deepest sympathy of
all the citizens of Ontario county. During her brief residence here,
she had won her
way to the hearts of many friends who will join with the bereaved
in mourning her loss. The funeral services were held yesterday at
Phelps from the M. E. Church of which the deceased had been a
consistent member for many years. Besides her husband, she leaves one
daughter, aged seventeen, to mourn her untimely death.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 June 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Melintha
Clara Corwin occurred on Saturday at her home near this village.
Mrs. Corwin was 54 years old. She was born in Marcellus, N. Y. Burial
will be made in Geneva.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 July 1897
Edwin R. Cory died at an early hour this morning, at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. J. Clough, who reside in the block above the
Crescent laundry. The deceased was 59 years of age. Death was due to
a complication of diseases. The deceased had been blind ever since he
was 3 months old. Three years ago his mother died, and since then he
has been without relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Clough have been very kind to
the old gentleman and have taken care of him since his mother's death.
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