"Gri" to "Gz" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 7 July 1899
Bristol Springs, N. Y. Mrs. Gribben, familiarly known as Grandma
Gribben, died on Sunday, July 2, at the home of James Barrett, Mrs.
Gribben being a daughter of the deceased. Mrs. Gribben was probably the
oldest person in town at the time of her death as her age was about 96
years. Her failure was gradual and she received all the care that kind
friends could bestow.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 June 1944
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza J. Gridley, age 87, died early Saturday
at the home of her grandson, Chester Gridley, after a long illness. She
two daughters, Mrs. Phebe Huff of Marion, and Miss Mabel Gridley of
one son, Vernon Gridley of Newark; one brother, Rev. J. L. Giffard of
Ind.; one sister, Mrs. George Weimer of Newark, five grandchildren; one
and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from her
home today at 2 p.m. with the Rev. R. Bell officiating. Burial in
Ave. Cemetery in Newark.
From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1897
Harrison Gridley, who died at his home on Gibson street Friday
last at 3:30 p.m., was one of the oldest of Canandaigua's business men.
He came here in 1857 and established the business which he has since
conducted. Deceased was born at Cazenovia in 1822. Death resulted from
Brights disease; deceased had been ill for several months. Mr. Gridley
is survived by a widow and one daughter, Mrs. J. G. Blue, of Waukesha,
Wis. The funeral was held from his late residence Monday. Interment was
From Geneva Daily Times 14 December 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - A general gloom spread over the village
yesterday when it was announced that the death of Alexander Grieve,
a prominent and highly esteemed citizen, had occurred. Although Mr.
Grieve's illness had
been of several months' duration, his death was not expected.
Complications of heart trouble and dropsy were the causes of the
termination of a useful and busy life. His death occurred at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. George D. Wood, where he had resided for several
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 April 1903
The people of Canandaigua were shocked early Monday morning to learn of
the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Alexander Grieve at
her home in Gibson street about 10 o'clock Sunday evening. Mrs. Grieve
had attended the Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, that
evening, and upon reaching her home after the service, she was in her
usual good health. She had laid aside her wraps and leaving her husband
in the living room, she went into her room. Almost instantly her
husband heard her fall, and rushing to her side he was horrified to
find that she was dead. Physicians were summoned, but their efforts
were of no avail as death was instant. Death was due to apoplexy. Mrs.
Grieve was widely known in Canandaigua and beloved by all who knew her.
By virtue of the prominence of the family and by reason of the fact
that she was seen at church in the evening, her death was a great shock
to all. Mrs. Grieve was a daughter of the late John Rannie of Palmyra.
She was born in London, Eng., about 60 years ago and came to this
country with her parents about 38 years ago. She resided in Palmyra
where she met and was married to Alex. Grieve. About twenty years ago
the family removed to this village, where Mr. Grieve is extensively
engaged in the manufacture of crackers. Besides a husband there survive
two daughters, Mrs. Geo. t. Thompson and Mrs. George D. Wood of this
village, and one sister, Mrs. William M. Smith, also of Canandaigua.
The funeral will be held from the family home at 2 o'clock this
Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. Arthur Dougall of the Presbyterian church
From Geneva Gazette 27 December 1826
DIED - In Geneva, on Thursday morning last, in the 53d year
of his age, Walter Grieve, Esq., Brigadier General of the 4th
Brigade, New York State Artillery. Gen. Grieve was a native of
Dumfrieshire, Scotland; he emigrated to the United States and settled
in this village about thirty-two years ago, having been one of its
first settlers; at which
period there were but three houses in the place. On Saturday his
were interred with Military honors, being attended to the grave by
of Artillery and Light Infantry, and Officers of Artillery and other
in uniform, and by a large concourse of citizens.
From Ontario County Journal 30 October 1896
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Elias Griffin, an old and respected
resident of this town, passed very quietly away at his home on Sunday
morning. He had been failing in health for the past two years and his
death was not unexpected. The deceased was 80 years of age. Besides his
widow, he leaves two children, Preston W. and Belle Griffin, both of
this town. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Mr.
Crowel of Rush, assisted by Rev. Newton Bates, officiated.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 November 1906
Patrick Griffin died suddenly shortly before noon today in
Moylan's saloon on Exchange street. Coroner A. L. Buckholz was summoned
and after investigating the case allowed Lynch Brothers, undertakers,
to take charge of the body. The body will be removed to the home of the
dead man's sister, Mrs. Mary Shean, widow of Joseph Shean, who lives
in the rear of 225 Exchange street. Griffin was about 42 years old.
Griffin has been quite a heavy drinker for several years past and was a
well-known character in police court. He had no home. Last night he
slept in an old wagon standing in the rear of Davidson's flour mill on
South Exchange street, and it is supposed that the exposure caused his
death. He went into Moylan's saloon early this morning, and at that
time was still shivering from the cold. Some one bought him a drink of
whiskey and Griffin then sat down
for a few moments, after which he went outside. He returned, however,
shortly afterward and resumed his seat. He went to sleep and nobody
paid any attention to him, until shortly after 11 o'clock, when some
one went to arouse him
so that access could be obtained to a trap door, it was discovered that
Griffin was dead.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 December 1903
Canandaigua, N. Y. - A death today that was particularly sad, was
that of Mrs. William Griffin, wife of the operating
superintendent of the Rochester & Eastern. Deceased was aged about
thirty-five years, and leaves a husband and three little sons, Carl,
Tom, and Melvin, aged nine, seven and four years, respectively. She
had been in poor health for some time, and her death was not
unexpected. Mrs. Griffin was a native of Canada. She had lived since
her marriage in Detroit, Mich., and in Vermont, where her husband had
been engaged, as here, in big railroading positions and they have lived
here but a short time. The funeral is to be held Wednesday afternoon
and the burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 9 July 1862
Sad Accident -
Edward Griffith, a son of Theodore Griffith, of East Bloomfield,
lost his life on Saturday, the 28th ult.,
by the accidental discharge of a gun. He had been out hunting and
on his return home in attempting to alight from
a carriage, the gun was discharged, both charges entering his breast
and killing him instantly. He was 19 years old.
From Ontario County Journal 6 May 1910
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Friday, the remains of Mrs.
J. C. Griffith, who died at her home in Buffalo, were brought here
for burial in the Rural cemetery. Mrs. Griffith, who was 73 years old,
was well and favorably known here, having resided in town for many
years. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Wilbur Copeland of
Alpine, and Miss Alice Griffith and Edward Griffith of Buffalo; also
one brother, Col. Edward Brady of Harrisburg, Pa.
From Ontario County Journal 19 August 1910
The death of Mrs. Jeanette Baker Griffith, widow of
William Griffith, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clyde
Taylor, at East Bloomfield on Wednesday evening, aged 65 years.
Apoplexy, with which she was stricken the day before, was the cause of
death. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Taylor, with whom she
made her home; Mrs. Richard Ward of Cresent City, Ill.; and Mrs. Waldo
Parrish of Ionia. One sister, Mrs. Rachel Stone of Bristol Center, also
survives. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William Griffith, aged 61 years, a
well-known resident of this place, died at his home, about two miles
north of the village, Saturday morning. He had been ill with
pneumonia about a week but was not considered dangerous until
Friday. The deceased was born in this town and had spent the greater
part of his life here. Besides a widow, the following children survive:
Mrs. Parish of Ionia; Mrs. Ward of the west, and Mrs. Clyde Taylor of
Ionia. The funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon
at 2 o'clock. Rev. B. F. Hitchcock, pastor of the M. E. church,
officiated. The services at the grave were conducted by the A. O. U. W.
of which the deceased was a member. The flowers were many and beautiful.
From Ontario County Journal 30 April 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Hattie M. Grimble, wife of
Edward Grimble, died on Tuesday, at her home in South Bloomfield, from
measles, at the age of 31 years. She was taken sick only a week ago,
and her decline was rapid. She was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John Nudd. She is survived by a husband and four small children. The
funeral services were held at the house on Thursday afternoon at 2
o'clock. Rev. C. J. Clausen of Canandaigua officiated.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 August 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral services of the late Thomas Grimes
of Clifton Springs took place this morning at the Catholic church
at Phelps. The interment was made in the Phelps cemetery. Mr. Grimes
died on Saturday morning at his home about one mile south of this
village after an illness extending over the past year. He suffered an
attack of pneumonia from which he never fully recovered. He was 42
years old and is survived by his wife and six children.
From 29 September 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - William, the eighteen-months-old son of Mrs.
Thomas Grimes, who resides west of Phelps who was frightfully
scalded by falling into a tub of boiling water a few days ago, died
Saturday. Within four weeks Mrs. Grimes has been bereaved by the death
of her husband and child. Other misfortunes have come to her by the
loss of a work horse and two cows since the death of Mr. Grimes.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 November 1903
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of David Grimsley
occurred Monday. Mr. Grimsley was born at Oxfordshire, England,
eighty years ago, and had been a resident of the town of Phelps for
the past thirty-five years. He is survived by four sons and two
The funeral will be held from his late home Wednesday afternoon. Burial
will be made at Plainsville.
From Victor Herald 30 November 1899
John Grinnell, an old and respected resident of this village,
died of pneumonia, after a short illness, on Sunday evening, at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Remer. Mr. Grinnell was born in the
town of Farmington 73 years ago. He afterward moved to Brownsville, and
conducted a general store there for many years. He is survived by a
brother, George Grinnell of Farmington, two daughters, Mrs. John
Stewart of Elbridge, and Mrs. Louis Remer of this place; and a son,
Frank Grinnell of Macedon.
From Ontario County Journal 18 March 1898
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Alexander Griswold, a man 50 years of
age, living in the southern part of the town, committed suicide by
taking morphine on Monday afternoon. He went into the house shortly
after noon from work and washed himself, telling his wife it was for
the last time. She gave no particular thought to the words. Griswold
then hitched up his horse and drove to Honeoye Falls, where he procured
some morphine, and returned to his home. He put the horse in the
stable, entered the house, going immediately to his room and locked his
door. This action startled his wife, and she sent her small son around
to look in the window. He found his father trying to take the cork out
of a small bottle, and not being able to do this, he broke the bottle.
Mrs. Griswold, becoming alarmed, sent at once for Dr. Sayre of Allen's
Hill, who lived a mile away. An older brother coming in, broke the door
open and found his father on the bed, still conscious. Mr. Griswold
told his son he had taken enough morphine to kill himself, and that if
that did not do it, he had more. Dr. Sayre arrived quickly and did
everything in his power to counteract the effect of poison. Mr.
Griswold died at about 9 o'clock. He leaves, besides his wife, nine
children, five boys and four girls, two of whom are married. Funeral
was held on Wednesday afternoon from his late home, with interment at
From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Fisher W. Griswold, a long-time resident of
Naples, was buried Sunday in the Lee cemetery, West River, close to the
farm where he spent his youth and early manhood. He was 86 years old.
death occurred Friday while on a trip to Hornell. For three years past,
since he left Naples, he had lived with his daughter, Mrs. Henry
of North Cohocton. Mr. Griswold, after he left his farm in Italy, was
with the staging and livery business for many years, with headquarters
at Naples. He inaugurated the 'bus line from the village to the
station in 1892. He had three wives, the first was a Miss Flint, of
Three daughters from this union survive him, Mrs. Gardner, Mrs. Frank
of Italy, Mrs. Litzendorf of Honeoye. He next married Mrs. Pollock of
and lastly Mrs. Frank Whitman of Naples. He sold his business in Naples
six years ago, having been an active man in various occupations for
From Ontario County Journal 28 September 1894
Naples, N. Y. - The death, by drowning, of George Griswold, aged
town to a high pitch of excitement. His body was not
found until nearly twenty-four hours after his death. He left his home
on Marks street Wednesday evening to come downtown and started to
return about 9 o'clock. He was not seen after that, but not much was
thought of his prolonged absence until Thursday afternoon, when search
began, and at 6 o'clock his body was found, about one-half mile below
Marks street in the creek. Coroner Wettling was soon at the spot, and,
summoning a jury, the work of investigation began and continued until
Friday at 3 p.m., when a verdict was reached as follows: That on his
way home from the village, while crossing Marks street bridge in an
intoxicated condition, he fell into the stream and was accidentally
drowned. Some believed that he had been robbed and pushed into the
stream, but no evidence whatever of this nature was obtained. The water
was very high, and he was apparently unable to contend against it. His
cap was washed ashore a few rods below the bridge, and the finding of
that led to the search down the stream. Griswold was an honest,
hard-working young man, on whom his parents and sisters depended
largely for support. It was not generally known that he was
intemperate, and it seems that he was not till recently. He was the son
of Sylvester Griswold. There is great sympathy for the distressed
From Ontario County Journal 11 October 1895
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary P. Griswold, relict of the late Alfred
Griswold, died at her home in this village Monday morning, October 7,
aged 84 years. Her early home was in Connecticut, and her maiden name
Mary Putnam Stanley, being directly descended from General Israel
Putnam. All of her six children survive her, and all were present at
the funeral Wednesday afternoon. She united with the Presbyterian
church in 1841, but was subsequently dismissed to the Methodist church.
Her children are: Mrs. C. E. Otto, Messrs. Edgar A., Henry L., and Fred
E. Griswold of this place; Mrs. Eveline Curtis of Auburn and Mrs. Addie
Curtis of Washington, D. C.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 August 1905
Naples, N. Y. - Yesterday morning at Willard State Hospital,
occurred the death of Moses Griswold, of this village. After
eighty-two years of a strenuous life, his daily tasks having been
regularly performed up to a year ago, he was taken ill and was recently
taken to the hospital for treatment. Mr. Griswold was a man of great
and endurance. He had resided here forty-five years, coming to Naples
from Yates county, where he married Miss Lydia Richardson, fifty-seven
years ago. His handiwork has left its impress in many places in our
and especially was in demand by horticulturists and fruit raisers. For
many years he was foreman of the great fruit farm of Dr. D. B. Seeley
Vine Valley, His wife survives him, also two daughters, Mrs. Martin
and Mrs. Frank Cleveland, of Naples; one son, Duane, of Dunkirk; two
Mrs. Babcock, of Olean, and Mrs. Hues of Michigan.
From Ontario County Journal 3 June 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Sylvester Griswold, a resident of Naples for half
a century, was buried on Sunday. His age was 58. A wife and four
daughters survive him. The oldest is Mrs. Augustus Gordon, now of
Middlesex, recently of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Chronicle 19 September 1900
Phelps, N. Y. - Frederick Groat, Sr., was found dead in
his barn by his son, Edward, Saturday afternoon. Mr. Groat had suffered
a shock of paralysis some time ago which left him in very feeble
He was born in Germany 78 years ago, and had been a resident of Phelps
for the last 64 years. He is survived by a wife and six sons, William,
Edward and Adelbert, of this place; Fred, of Lyons; Charles of Newark,
and Henry of Rochester; also one daughter, Mrs. C. H. Tracy of
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Frederick Groat occurred
on West Main street yesterday noon. Death was the result of
a stroke of paralysis which she had suffered about two weeks ago. Mrs.
Groat was 76 years of age. She was born in Germany but came to this
country at the age of sixteen years and had been a resident of Phelps
for the past 45 years. Near surviving relatives are six sons, Charles
of Newark, Henry of California, Frederick, Jr., of New York, Edward of
Phelps, Adelbert and William of Rochester; and one daughter, Mrs. C. H.
Tracey of Rochester. The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock
Monday morning at St. Francis church.
From Ontario County Journal 7 July 1876
John Q. Groesbeck, a prominent and respected citizen of Gorham,
died at his home near Gorham village, on Monday evening, July 3d, aged
76 years. "Esquire" Groesbeck, as he was usually called, was one
of the oldest residents of the county, having come to Gorham, Ontario
county, on horseback from one of the eastern States when he was
years of age - nearly sixty years ago. His occupation for many
years was that of wagon maker, which he followed until
about twenty-five years ago, when he retired to his farm about a mile
west of the village. He was a modest, unassuming man, never
seeking position or prominence - but was honored for several years with
the office of Justice of the Peace. In politics, he was
a democrat of the Jackson school, and being a man of more than average
intelligence and a persistent reader, he was always well posted and
always ready to advance strong arguments in support of his opinions.
He has been quite feeble for several years, and for several weeks
preceding his death was in great pain, so that the grim messenger, long
anticipated, was not an unwelcome guest. Esquire Groesbeck had
reared a large family of children, some of whom have preceded him over
the river, and with his wife welcome him on the other shore. Two
sons and three daughters remain. Of the latter are Mrs. Homer
Millspaugh of Gorham, Mrs. J. R. Horn of Rochester, and an unmarried
daughter - Adelaide - all three of whom were present to minister to his
wants and smooth the transit from this life to the other. The
funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, and were
attended by a large concourse of people.
From Geneva Courier 12 July 1876
GORHAM - Died, in Gorham, N. Y., on the evening of the 3d, John Q.
Grosbeck in the 78th year of his age. Esquire Grosbeck was
among our most respected citizens, a pioneer of the town, and a justice
of the peace for many years. Few men among us can leave a better
reputation for a correct moral life, of one of a quiet, peaceful
character than he. A man of decided opinions, and very firm in
his convictions, he will be deeply lamented. He had been in poor
health for some years, and several times supposed to be near his
end. His daughter, Mrs. Thorne, from Rochester, was with
him several days and his sons in the west will be here.
From Ontario County Journal 22 September 1882
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Patrick Grogan died Thursday,
September 14th, aged sixty-four years. Funeral services were held on
Saturday at St. Bridget's church.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 April 1876
The wife of Mr. James Groom, of Academy, died very
suddenly last Thursday evening of dropsy of the heart, while engaged in
From Ontario County Journal 27 May 1910
James Groome, aged 80 years, a respected resident of the south
part of this town, died at the Canandaigua hospital on Wednesday
afternoon, following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at
Kennedy's undertaking rooms today, and burial will be beside his wife
and several children in the old Lucas burying ground south of Cheshire.
One son, D. Wells Groome, and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Coye; also two
sisters, Mrs. Mary Groome and Mrs. Amanda Clarke, survive.
From Ontario County Journal 23 July 1909
Cheshire, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. James Groome, who
passed away on Saturday morning after a brief illness, was largely
attended at the church on Sunday at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. S. Ebersole of
Canandaigua conducted the services. Mrs. Groome was born in this town
67 years ago and had spent the whole of her life in the immediate
vicinity. There are few homes here where she has not ministered in a
kindly manner in occasion of sickness and death. The aged and feeble
husband has the sympathy of all.
From Ontario County Journal 21 April 1876
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza Grooms, wife of James Grooms, died
very suddenly last Thursday with heart disease, at her home about two
miles west of here. Mr. Grooms lost two children last spring, and
now his wife is taken from him. He has the sympathy of the entire
From Geneva Courier 18 April 1877
Oliver H. Grow, father of Mrs. Mary J. Grow-Mills, died at the
residence of his son-in-law, Mrs. James Mills, on Sabbath P. M., April
15th. With the death of Mr. Grow we mark the loss of another of
the oldest and most respected inhabitants of this section of the
country. Mr. Grow was born in
the year 1790 and therefore at the time of his death had attained the
great age of 89 years. He was born in the State of Vermont where
he spent his boyhood and youth, coming to central New York in 1809,
after he had reached his nineteenth year. He lived for a short
time in Geneva, then went to Romulus in
Seneca county, where he engaged in teaching school. After leaving
Romulus, he went to Victor in this county, where
he married in 1813, and where he resided until within the past
year when he returned to Geneva to spend the remainder of his
He reared a large family of children, ten in all, but two of whom
survive him. Eight children and his beloved wife have preceded
him to the grave, but in all these trials of his faith, he maintained a
calm trust in his God. As a husband he was loving and devoted;
as a father, tender and indulgent; as a friend and neighbor,
and true. For more than forty years he led a Christian
life. He had the power of godliness in his heart; and it was
manifested in his honesty, patience, faith and constancy. He was
a good student of the Bible. He had read it through more than
thirty-five times, and was able to locate any verse of Scripture almost
soon as it was repeated. Even during the last year of his life,
when his eyes were dim, and his strength failing, he read his Bible
through three times. The word of God was his constant companion
and from its blessed pages he drew daily comfort. He lived by
faith in God, and in his death triumphed through the grace of his
Redeemer. His remains were taken to Victor for interment.
The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church of Victor,
Mr. Palmer of Penn Yan officiating. He has laid aside the
staff of the pilgrim, for the scepter of a king; and the cross of the
way-farer for the crown of the conqueror. "He sleeps the sleep
which God gives his beloved."
From Geneva Gazette 4 November 1864
Died, at Andersonville, Ga., in July last, Almon L. Guile, Sergeant
N. Y. V. Deceased was a brother of Mr. Geo. Guile and
formerly resided in this village; he was taken prisoner at Gettysburg.
Mr. Guile sustained his christian integrity till the last; he won
during his career the unbounded confidence of his officers, and on two
occasions bore dispatches through the rebel lines to detached portions
of the regiment voluntarily -- a task in the execution of which he
bravely bore his life in his hands. Mr. Guile ever firmly asserted and
held whatever he believed to be the right.
From Ontario County Times 29 January 1879
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Annie E. Guile died on Tuesday evening, at
the home of her father, Mr. Elisha Peck. A large circle of friends
mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the house on Friday
From Geneva Gazette 11 June 1880
Homer W. Guilford died at his residence on Genesee street on
Wednesday morning last. He had been an invalid, suffering from dropsy
and heart disease many years, incapacitating him for labor of any kind.
A fatal termination was not unlooked for at any time. The widow and
four children are left to mourn their great loss. Deceased was second
son of the late Rufus Guilford. His wife was a daughter of the late
Thos. Ottley of Seneca Castle. His
sons are Frank P., cigar maker of this place, Wm. H., telegraph
operator of Syracuse, and Frederick, a lad of 13; his daughter, Mrs.
wife of W. G. Leake of New York. The funeral of Mr. Guilford will take
place tomorrow at 2 o'clock p.m. from the house, and at 3 p.m. from
the M. E. church.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 February 1905
Mrs. Jane P. Guilford, seventy-seven years of age, died at her
late residence, 183 Genesee street, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday
afternoon. Mrs. Guilford had been a resident of Geneva for nearly fifty
years. Her husband, Homer W. Guilford, who died twenty-five years ago,
was a prominent dry goods merchant in Geneva. Deceased is survived by
one daughter, Mrs. Ella Leake, with whom Mrs. Guilford lived, and by
two sons, Frank P. Guilford and Fred R. Guilford, of this city. The
funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from her late home,
Rev. C. E. Jewell officiating. Burial will be in Washington street
From Geneva Gazette 28 September 1877
Died - in Phelps on the 24th inst., Mr. Rufus Guilford, aged
1 month. Mr. Guilford was formerly and for many
years an honored resident and farmer of this town, or of that portion
of it lying within the present boundaries of Seneca. He was born at
Conway, Vt., Aug. 22, 1800, and at the age of 24 moved west and located
at Orleans in this county, and engaged in the manufacture of cloth.
After remaining there three years he removed to Onondaga county
and engaged in farming. In a year or two he returned to Ontario
and bought and cultivated a farm a little south of Seneca Castle;
from thence he removed to the premises on the Castle road now owned
by Mr. Geo. W. Root, nurseryman, and built a spacious brick mansion now
occupied by Mr. R. About ten years ago Mr. Guilford sold this
farm and purchased and removed to another in Phelps, where he spent
the remainder of his days.
Mr. Guilford in early life gave
his heart to God and lived the life of a devout and conscientious
Christian, in full membership with the Presbyterian Church, and in that
faith passed away, triumphant over death in the
cheering hope of awakening to blissful immortality. It can be
truthfully said of Mr. Guilford that he never wronged his fellowmen.
We shall bear him in fragrant remembrance
as a valued friend and patron. Last Wednesday his remains
were brought to Geneva for interment beside those of wife and children
gone before. The ailment of which he died was dropsy.
From Geneva Advertiser 17 March 1903
William J. Guilford died at the home of his mother on Genesee
street last Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, aged 52 years and 3
months. He was an expert telegrapher, but losing his sight had to give
up his position in Syracuse and came home. The Syracuse Herald says
of the best men in the employ of the Western Union company.
He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer W. Guilford and is survived
by his mother, one sister, Mrs. Ella Leake and two brothers, Frank and
Fred, all residing here. He was never married. The funeral occurs this
afternoon at 3 o'clock from the
house. He was very patient through all his affliction, and it was very
sad to see him walking in the street guided by a friend, but he always
responded cheerfully to the greeting of his many friends.
From unknown source
Charles A. Gulick, Sr. age 86
Charles A Gulick, Sr. of Woodside died Sunday August 7, 2005, in
Westminster Health Center, Dover. He was 86.
Mr. Gulick was born August 6, 1919 in Greece, N. Y., son of the late
Harry S. and Bertha Alt Gulick.
He began his education in a one room schoolhouse before attending
Palmyra High School until age 15 when he left school to enter the work
Mr. Gulick worked nights for 45 years with the New York Central and the
Leigh Valley Railroad and for 25 of those years worked mornings picking
up milk from area dairy farmers for delivery to the milk plant.
He also worked for Garlocks in Palmyra and Gleason Works in Rochester,
He enjoyed gardening and was featured in the Delaware State News on
August 16, 1996, for growing a 9-foot tomato plant.
Mr. Gulick was a member of the Whatcoat United Methodist Church for 25
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Sarah
Copp; a baby son; four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years and caregiver, Mildred
E. Gulick; a son Charles A. Gulick, Jr. of Oseola, MO; six daughters
two sons-in-law, Mary Lou Bennett of Orlando, FL; Norma and
Williams of Oseola, MO; Virginia and Lynn Hurley, Dover, DE; Beverly
of Arizona; June Gulick and Barbara Lacasse of Chicopee, MA; 23
grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two
Services will be at 11 a.m. August 10, 2005 in the Pippin Funeral Home
119 West Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden-Wyoming, DE. Burial will be in the
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden, DE. Instead of flowers, the family
memorial contributions to the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 16 N.
St., Camden, DE 19934.
Charles A. Gulick lived outside Manchester and Shortsville for many
years. Submitted by June Gulick
who would welcome contact with acquaintances of Mr. Gulick.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 February 1898
William Gulick died at 5 o'clock this morning at his residence,
210 Genesee street, aged 78 years. The deceased was one of Geneva's
well known citizens, and had resided here for many years. He is the
father of Mrs. Caroline A. Stanish of this city. A son, Frank Gulick of
New York city, also survives him. Mr. Gulick had been in feeble health
for the past ten years. The funeral will take place from the late
residence, at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. Dr. A. W. Broadway,
pastor of the Methodist church, will officiate.
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1910
Manchester, N. Y. - Reuben Gulvin died suddenly at his home on
Wednesday morning. He has been in feeble health for some time. In less
than an hour after eating breakfast and while seated in a chair death
came. He was born 79 years ago in Kent county, England, and came to
Manchester in 1859. He was married in 1871 to Miss Maria Gulvin of this
village, who survives him. One daughter, Mrs. Albert Hawkes of
Manchester also survives. For over 14 years Mr. Gulvin carried the
Manchester mail to and from Shortsville. His obliging manner won
everyone for his friend.
From Ontario County Times 5 April 1876
A correspondent of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
communicates the following facts respecting the late Esther B.
Gunn, whose death was announced in these columns last week: "Mrs.
Gunn's 93d birthday occurred on the 14th day of January last and up to
within a few days previous to her death, her health and all her
faculties were good, and she was daily engaged in doing fine sewing and
household duties. Nearly three years since the writer had the pleasure
of meeting Mrs. Gunn, who was in perfect health, and upon that occasion
learned something from her in regard to her early advent to the Genesee
country which we append to this notice of her death.
Like other portions of the Genesee country, East Bloomfield was first
settled by New Englanders. Its settlement commences simultaneously with
that of Canandaigua. Early after the opening of navigation, the first
settlers in East Bloomfield left Schenectady, some of the men with
household furniture and stores in boats, but the most of the party upon
pack horses, following generally the Indian trails. Amos Brunson first
came to the town of East Bloomfield in 1793, from Berkshire, Mass.,
driving an ox team and being upon the road twenty-eight days. In
February, 1794, he moved his family to their new home in the
wilderness, arriving there on the 15th of February, by sleighs drawn by
horse teams. Mr. Brunson located upon a lot of land lying a short
distance west of Mud Creek, on the state road, and made improvements,
soon after opening a tavern for the accommodation of emigrants and new
settlers. When the family of Mr. Brunson arrived in East Bloomfield in
1794, there was one daughter named Esther, and it is of her that I am
about to write. At this time, Esther was in her girlhood, she being but
eleven years old. A brief interview with Esther (Mrs. Gunn) who was
ninety years old on the 14th of January last, presented to my mind one
of the best preserved women that I ever met. I found her in possession
of perfect health, her hearing and eyesight quite as brilliant as when
young, with an elasticity of step and straightness of form that would
put to blush many of the young ladies of the present day. Mrs. Gunn is
the widow of Linus Gunn, and the mother of Mrs. Steele, with whom she
now resides. From the hasty interview held with Mrs. Gunn, I learned
that her father drove the first team that passed over the Centerfield
road from Canandaigua going west. It was then a dense wilderness. This
was afterwards laid out as a state road, six rods in width, in the
summer of 1794. The surveyor's name was Rose. General Chapin and a Mr.
Elliott, of Onondaga county, were the commissioners, and they stayed at
her father's during their examination at that time. When the axemen
commenced chopping down the heavy timber, making the opening six rods
wide, it enabled them to see a long distance each way, and made a great
change in the appearance of their wilderness home. the line of the road
diverged to the north after leaving her father's house and passed out
at Frederick Toby's. Her father kept a public house for the
entertainment of travelers, and she well remembered that after the
death of General Chapin, the great lamentation that prevailed among the
early settlers over their great loss. Judge Hosmer of Avon came to her
father's on his way to the funeral of General Chapin, in a comfortable
sleigh with a fine pair of horses driven by a colored servant, and
tendered her father a seat in his sleigh to accompany him to
Canandaigua. Mrs. Gunn often saw Red Jacket, Farmer's Brother, and many
other prominent Indian chiefs and warriors, as they passed her father's
house on their way to and from their council fires and treaties.
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 September 1904
Lucius B. Gunn, formerly proprietor of the Canandaigua Hotel, and
one of the best known hotel men in Western New York, died Monday
morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ardelia Pittenger near
Centerfield at the advanced age of 83 years. He had been a sufferer
from paralysis for some time and his death was not unexpected. The
funeral services will be held Wednesday and interment will be in
From Ontario County Journal 5 December 1884
Mr. W. Porter Gunn, an old and well-known citizen of this place,
died very suddenly at the Canandaigua Hotel, Wednesday night, of
paralysis of the brain. Mr. Gunn ate a hearty dinner at noon on
Wednesday. Later in the day he sat down and apparently went into a
sleep. He soon fell from his chair, when he was immediately cared for,
and a physician being called it was found that he was seriously ill,
he died in the night. Mr. Gunn was for many years associated with his
brother, L. B. Gunn, in the management of the Canandaigua Hotel, but of
late years has not been engaged in any regular business. His age was
about 63 years. He leaves a wife and several grown-up children.
From Shortsville Enterprise 4 November 1915
The remains of Alfred M. Gunnison, of Phelps, whose death
was noted in last week's Enterprise, were interred in Canandaigua last
Thursday. Mr. Gunnison was born in Canandaigua and had spent the larger
part of his life there. He
He removed from Shortsville to Phelps during the month of August,
1914. He was first married to Miss Lucy Mink, of this village, who died
in 1903. His second marriage was with Mrs. Lillian Sanford on March 22,
1905, who survives him, as well as two children, Leon F. Gunnison, of
Elgin, Ill., and Mrs. Carolton Sanford, of Newark, and two brothers,
Frank Gunnison, of Canandaigua, and George Gunnison, of Sheldrake
From Ontario County Journal 13 November 1896
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Alvin Gunnison, one of the oldest
residents of the place, passed away last week Wednesday forenoon. She
had been a sufferer for a long time and her death was not a surprise.
She was well known in this place; not only that, but was loved and
esteemed by all who knew her. She has left to mourn her loss a son,
Dwight, who will miss a loving mother's care. He has the sympathy of
all the friends and neighbors in the community. Funeral services were
held at the residence on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. L. C.
Browne officiating. Burial was in the village cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 October 1903
At her home on upper Main Street early Sunday morning occurred the
death of Mrs. Fred Gunnison, aged 36 years. Death was due to
typhoid fever. She leaves, besides her husband, several children. The
funeral was held yesterday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 17 June 1910
From his late residence on West Gibson street on Monday last, was
carried to Woodlawn the remains of one of Canandaigua's best citizens, George
The funeral services, largely attended, were in
charge of his pastor, Rev. Arthur Copeland of the Methodist Episcopal
church, assisted by Rev. Ward Mosher of Newark and Rev. J. S. Ebersole.
A delegation of the Methodist Brotherhood marched behind the casket to
the cemetery, where he was buried with the full ritual services of his
church. George L. Gunnison was born in the town Feb. 14, 1830, and died
here June 10, 1910. The eighty years of his career have not been marked
by any pretentious, but by a uniform life of labor and devotion to duty
in every place and condition he was called by Providence to fill. He
was married December 15, 1853, to Jane A. Tiffany, a woman of beautiful
spirit and character, who bore him three sons, all living, Frank and
Fred of Canandaigua, George H., Secretary of the Y. M. C. A at Jersey
Shore, Pa. Mrs. Gunnison died on September 18, 1905, and since, the
life of Mr. Gunnison was one of much loneliness and waiting the call to
reunion. Industrious thrifty, Mr. Gunnison acquired a fair share of
property. In a nature deeply religious, he found in the Methodist
church a home which he loved and loyally and liberally supported to the
end. As one of its officers for over 35 years, he was faithful in the
discharge of duty, punctual and regular in attendance upon all the
public services, and always foremost in all things pertaining to its
prosperity. In his home he was at his best, kind and patient, and even
in sickness endeavoring to avoid making himself burdensome to any about
him. He was a lifelong Republican in politics. As an intelligent,
honest and capable man and patriot, he loved and served his day and
generation. He had many friends among all classes, and he leaves this
rich legacy of a good name and an unsullied record.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 September 1905
At her home in West Gibson street, Sept. 18, occurred the death of Mrs.
wife of George L. Gunnison, aged 71
years. Mrs. Gunnison is survived by her husband, George L. Gunnison;
and three sons, George, Jr., Frank N. and Fred M. The funeral was held
From Victor Herald 6 October 1899
On Tuesday night of this week occurred the death of Mrs. Sila
A. Gurley, at the home of her son, Dr. James F. Draper, in this
village, where she has resided for many years. Mrs. Gurley was the
daughter of Dr. James and Lucy Post and was born in White Creek,
Washington county, this state, in June 1807. In 1823, she married Dr.
Philip N. Draper. To them
two children were born, James F. and Maria Lucy. The latter lived to be
but 10 years of age. The husband lived only a short time after their
dying in Manchester, this county, in 1827. Mrs. Draper again married in
1831 to Dr. Royal Gurley. Four children were born from this union, one
and three daughters. Of these Mason J., of this village, and Mrs. E. E.
Fletcher of Lake Lyndon, Mich., survive, and Mrs. Mary Humphreyville,
of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Maria Shumway, late of St. Paul, Minn.,
away several years ago. Dr. and Mrs. Gurley moved to Michigan in 1834
he died in 1845. Mrs. Gurley had been a resident of this town for
years. Being feeble in health, she was unable to mingle much in society
and lived a quiet life, but was always happy, and kind to those who
in contact with her. In her early life she attended the Methodist
but since living in this village, when able, she attended the
Church. Mrs. Gurley's death was caused from a general wearing out. She
not a sufferer from disease. The funeral services will be held this
at 2 o'clock from her late residence, Rev. H. F. Ellinwood, officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 7 May 1909
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William Gurnee, night clerk in the New
York Central freight office, Canandaigua, was found dead in bed at his
home here on Saturday. He was aged about 41 years. He had not been in
his usual health for some months, but had kept at work and lately had
felt better. He worked the night before as usual, returning that
morning at 7:30 as was his custom. He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Peter Gurnee, with whom he lived. Mr. Gurnee had hurried to his home,
thinking he would take the 8:40 train for Rochester. He went at once to
his room to prepare for the trip. When he did not come down, his
parents thought that he had decided to remain at home. Near noon his
mother, going to his room to call him, was horror stricken to see him
lying on the bed dead. Dr. Wheeler, who was called at once, pronounced
it a case of heart failure. Mr. Gurnee was a member of the Masonic
lodge of Canandaigua. The funeral was held at the family home on
Tuesday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. H. C. Rafter, a
former rector of St. Peter's church, now of Salamanca.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 March 1910
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Guyett, aged 66 years, died
at the home of her sister, Mrs. Willard Shepard, on Saturday after a
long and painful illness. She was the widow of a Civil war veteran who
died in Buffalo several years ago, and her body was taken there
yesterday for interment. She leaves one son, Albert Guyett, and another
sister, Mrs. Nelson Ross, both of Honeoye.
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