BROWN OBITUARIES



From Ontario County Journal 20 August 1909

Alfred L. Brown,
for many years a mason contractor here, died very suddenly at his home on the Geneva turnpike about 9:30 o'clock on Tuesday evening. Soon after he had retired for the night, Mrs. Brown discovered that he was ill, and before aid could be summoned he died. Heart failure was the cause of death. Besides his wife, deceased is survived by six sons, H. E. and W. J. Brown of Rochester; M. J. Brown of Penn Yan; and D. L., Elmer and Edward E. Brown of this village. One brother, William, of Hillsdale, Mich., also survives. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon and burial was in the West Avenue cemetery.



From Ontario County Chronicle 23 April 1902

West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Amanda Sears Brown,
wife of Henry C. Brown, died last Wednesday night after an illness of only a few days with pneumonia. Her life seemed to have been so indelibly linked with the life of the community that its severing reached the hearts of all classes of society. Mrs. Brown was born in Sharon, Conn., and came with her parents to East Bloomfield when a young child. Her whole life had been one of good works in all directions and has been spent in the towns of East and West Bloomfield. Beside her husband, she leaves three sons, Harry, Albert and Augustus Brown, all of West Bloomfield; Mrs. George N. Parmele and Mrs. Frank Ellis, of Canandaigua, and Mrs. C. C. Eastman, of Binghamton; also one brother, Albert R. Sears, of East Bloomfield. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Annis Ford Eastman, of Elmira, officiating.



From Geneva Daily Times 20 October 1904

Mrs. Anne Brown,
wife of John R. Brown of No. 22 West avenue, died last night at the city hospital of Bright's disease, aged thirty-eight years. The deceased was born in Ireland and came to this country and city in her early youth. Besides her husband she is survived by four daughters, Florence, Alice and Mary Brown, of Geneva, and Anne Brown, of Rochester; one son, Michael Brown of Geneva. The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Stephen's church. Burial in St. Patrick's cemetery.



From Victor Herald 9 May 1902

Richmond Mills, N. Y. - Arthur Brown died of pneumonia last Friday morning after a short illness at the age of 71 years. Mr. Brown was born in Killyleagh, County Down, Ireland, and came to this country over forty years ago. He leaves four sisters, Mrs. John Gibson, Mrs. Ann Morrow of Batavia, and Mrs. James Blair and Mrs. Hiram Clark of this place, and two brothers, William of Buffalo, and John of Allens Hill. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Hiram Clark, the Rev. John S. Brown, of Allen Hill, officiating.



From Ontario County Journal 5 June 1896

Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Bessie Brown
died at her home on Wednesday. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock.



From Ontario County Times 20 May 1868

Died, on the 9th of February last, Betsey Brown, relic of the late Warren Brown, in the 83d year of her age. The deceased came in early life, in company with some of the first settlers of the town of Bristol from Hartford, Conn. She was married in 1780, to Warren Brown, with whom she lived until his death on the 9th of July last. They together endured and overcame the privations and hardships incident to pioneer life, and lived to enjoy the fruit of their toil to a plentiful and peaceful old age.



From Ontario County Chronicle 11 January 1905

Ionia, N. Y. -
The funeral of C. H. Brown was held from the Methodist church on Sunday at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Nevilles officiating. In the death of Mr. Brown we feel a man of no mean ability has been taken from us. He was 42 years old and has lived here all his life. For the past few years he has devoted his time to real estate exchange and has always been known as a friend to every one; kind and obliging, he will be missed by neighbors, friends and the community at large. He leaves a wife and three children to whom the sympathy of all is extended. A delegation from the Lodge of Modern Woodmen of Honeoye Falls of which Mr. Brown was a member was in attendance at the funeral. The bearers were N. W. Dibble, W. F. Harvey, A. Prachel, R. C. Parrish, T. Little and James Brennan.



From Geneva Daily Times 2 October 1907

Shortsville, N. Y. - Calvin P. Brown of Shortsville, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of this place, died last night at his home, aged 83 years. The deceased was a well-known business man, having been one of the originators of the Empire Drill Company, formed over fifty years ago. He is survived by his widow and four daughters: Mrs. Adelia Sweeting of Jackson, Mich.; Mrs. Alden Bentley, of Owasso, Mich.; Mrs. Alida Goodrich of Ossining, N.Y.; and Mrs. Mary Bidwell of Shortsville; and also by six grandchildren. Death was due to a complication of diseases, mainly stomach troubles.



From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1891

Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mrs. Caroline L. Brown,
who had been spending the winter with her sister, Mrs. C. A. Allen, died last Saturday morning, aged 75 years. Mrs. Brown was taken with the grip on Monday, and this, with her heart trouble, was the cause of her death. The funeral was held Monday and interment made at Reed's Corners by the side of her husband.



From Geneva Daily Times 30 August 1909

Shortsville, N. Y. - Charles E. Brown,
leading stockholder in the Shortsville Wheel Works, died at his home in this place of liver trouble from which he had been a great sufferer the past several months, 52 years of age. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Minnie Sheffer Brown, and four children, Edward, Ellsworth, Calvin and Martha, all of this village and one sister, Mrs. Eva Brown Pierson of Godrich, Mich. Burial Brookside Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 22 October 1897

Shortsville, N. Y. - 
The death of Charles W. Brown occurred at his home on High street on Thursday evening, from an attack of malaria fever. The deceased was about 49 years of age and was a son of Hiram L. Brown, from whose residence his funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The community mourns the loss of one of her best citizens for he was respected and beloved by all. He had served for some time as one of the magistrates of the town. He leaves, besides a wife and two children, Mable E. and C. Ernest, an aged father and mother; two brothers, Will of Baltimore, who was in attendance at the funeral, and Lester of this village; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Heath of this place, and Mrs. Vettie I. Sprague, who is engaged in missionary work in China. Rev. C. H. Lester conducted the funeral services and the interment was in Brookside Cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 10 December 1909

Gorham, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. Charles Brown, senior, occurred Monday at 5 o'clock at her home north of the village, after being confined to the house during the past three or four years, having been a great sufferer from rheumatism. She is survived by seven children, four sons and three daughters, John of Fairport, William, Charles and George of this place, Mrs. Charles Ferguson and Mrs. Frank Smalley of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Oscar Rolf of Benton.



From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1924

Mrs. Christensen Brown
, 68 years old, died Sunday evening at her home No. 18 Goodelle Terrace after an illness of five weeks. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Esleman of Rochester, Mrs. Clarence Tousey of Pittsford and Mrs. R. Frederick Clapp of Albany; one son, Stessen Alfred Brown of Dayton Oh. and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Alexander Thompson of the North Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment will be made in Lake View cemetery at Penn Yan.



From Geneva Daily Times 4 April 1910

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Cornelia Brown,
aged 80 years, died very suddenly at 6 o'clock this morning following an attack of grip. She leaves four children, Mrs. Mary Midwell, Mrs. Clara Bentley and Mrs. Adolph Wheating of Owosso, Mich., and Mrs. Myron Goodrich of Osinning, N. Y. She is also survived by six grandchildren. She was the last surviving charter member of the Shortsville Presbyterian church and was also a member of the Missionary Society and the Ladies' Aid Society of that church.

From Geneva Daily Times 5 April 1910

Shortsville, N. Y. -  Mrs. Cornelia E. Brown, widow of the late Calvin P. Brown, died at her home on High street at 6:30 yesterday morning. Mrs. Brown had been in poor health for several years, yet she was able to attend church and an occasional social function by being taken to them in a wheel chair until within a very few weeks. She tried to get out every pleasant day and it was during one of these outings the past week that she added to a cold she had contracted which developed into grip. Mrs. Brown was born in Oneida county Nov. 30. 1830. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Drummond, came to Palmyra when she was a young girl, and she was married to Calvin P. Brown 57 years ago. The latter died Oct. 2, 1907. Mrs. Brown was the last living charter member of the First Presbyterian church of this place. she was also a member of the Home and Foreign Missionary Society and was always interested in the welfare of every department of church work. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Adella Sweeting, Mrs Clara Bentley, Mrs. Mary Bidwell of Owosso, Mich., and Mrs. Alida Goodrich of Ossining, N. Y., besides six grandchildren, Calvin and Moreill Bentley of Owosso, Miss Cornelia Bidwell of Vassar College, and Misses Claradell, Katherine and Doris Goodrich of Ossining. The interment will be in Brookside cemetery.



From Geneva Advertiser 3 June 1902

Henry Featherly and his wife Nancy were among the first settlers in Geneva, but the year of their coming is not exactly known. Here they settled and raised a family of ten children, six sons and four daughters, and we believe all lived to mature years. The last to be taken was the youngest daughter, Elida, widow of Richard Brown, who died on the evening of May 30th, the very date of the death of her sister, Mrs. J. L. Brown, seven years before.  The funeral was held from her home on Exchange street Sunday afternoon at 3:30.  The bearers were W. G. Dove, D. E. Moore, Geo. Peel, J. Van Huben, H. F. Fox, P. T. Van Lew. The interment was in Glenwood.  Her relatives return thanks to the gentlemen who acted as bearers, to the young ladies who sang at the funeral, and to many friends who so kindly assisted during the last sickness and at the funeral.



From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1880

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Emma L. Brown,
relict of Mr. Theodore Brown, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Taylor, last Wednesday morning, aged 86 years. Funeral services will be held this (Friday) afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Her remains will be interred at the West Bloomfield cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 4 March 1910

The death of Mrs. Fannie Brown, wife of William Brown, Pleasant street, occurred on Sunday morning. The deceased had been in poor health for several months and heart trouble complicated with pneumonia caused the end. She was born in England 61 years ago, and for many years was a resident of Gorham. The funeral was held from the late home on Wednesday morning and the remains were placed temporarily in the vault at Woodlawn, with interment later at Gorham.



From Geneva Daily Times 16 January 1905

Mrs. Fleming C. Brown
died at her home, No. 24 Pulteney street, at 9 o'clock Sunday morning, after an illness of about six weeks. Deceased is survived by her husband. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the house, Rev. Dr. Remick officiating. Burial will be at Waterloo.



From Ontario County Chronicle 22 May 1901

Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Frances Brown,
wife of Dr. Edward E. Brown, died at her home on East Main street at an early hour Monday morning, aged 42 years. She had been confined to her bed for the past seven months, tubercular peritonitis being the immediate cause of her death. Besides a husband she leaves two sisters, Julia and Harriet Van Wormer, of Amsterdam. The funeral will be held from her late residence and the remains will be taken to Amsterdam tomorrow.



From Geneva Daily Times 20 February 1915

Captain Francis L. Brown,
aged 74 years, died at his home in Shortsville, at 5:45 yesterday afternoon. Captain Brown is well-known in this city, being the father of H. Lawrence Brown of Jefferson avenue. Captain Brown was a veteran of the Civil War, having been a member of Company D, 33d Regiment of New York Infantry, and afterward of Company L, 24th Regiment of New York Cavalry. In the spring of 1870, he studied law in the office of the late Judge Folger of Geneva, and was admitted to the bar in 1869. From that time he continued the practice of law until September, 1904, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. Besides the son residing in Geneva, he leaves five sons and two daughters; also twelve grandchildren. The funeral will be held from his late home in Shortsville at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. Donald MacKenzie, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be made in Brookside cemetery, Shortsville.



From Victor Herald 26 April 1901

Gaylord Brown,
who for many years was a resident of Victor, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary D. Bement, in this village, Monday, April 15th, after a lingering illness. Deceased was 83 years of age. He is survived by a widow and five children: Mrs. Mary D. Bement and Charles D. Brown of Victor; Isaac H. Brown of Penn Yan; George A. and Avery R. Brown of Hopewell. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at the house, Rev. S. G. Ayres, pastor of the Universalist church officiating. Interment at Boughton Hill Cemetery.



From Ontario County Chronicle 19 February 1902

Victor, N. Y. - George Brown,
a lifelong resident of Victor, died at his home in East Victor Thursday morning. He had been in his usual health only complaining during the past few days of not feeling just right and was sitting in his chair when death came to him suddenly, the members of his family finding him sitting there lifeless. The physician pronounced it a case of heart disease. Deceased was well-known in this community being a member of the firm of Bower Brothers, proprietors of the East Victor grist and cider mills. He was 54 years of age and is survived by a widow and two brothers, Tracy Bower and Norman Bower, both of Victor.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 February 1907

Victor, N. Y. - 
The death of George Brown occurred at his home in East Victor on Thursday evening last. Pneumonia was the direct cause of death, although Mr. Brown had been in feeble health during the entire winter. He is survived by his wife and daughter and son. The funeral was held on Saturday.



From Geneva Gazette 18 June 1880

George W. Brown,
formerly a liquor merchant of Geneva, died at his mother's residence near Oak's Corners on Saturday last of consumption. And on the same afternoon, his step-father, Mr. Leonard Wood, while mowing grass near the house, was stricken with paralysis or some sudden disease, and died in a few hours.  Both funerals were held on Monday last. We are without further particulars.



From Ontario County Journal 9 March 1888

Canadice, N. Y. - Harvey Brown
dropped dead last Thursday while returning from the Corners. He was apparently in usual health, and when only twenty rods from his own door death came instantaneously. Mr. Brown was 78 years old, and had lived in town over 60 years. His funeral was held from the church on Sunday -- Rev. J. P. Humphreys preaching from Job 14:10. A large family and an entire community mourn his death.



From Victor Herald 2 March 1900

Henry H. Brown, an aged and respected resident of this town, died at the home of Mrs. George D. Bement, Saturday, February 24. Mr. Brown was born in the county of Herkimer in June, 1811. In about 1850, he moved, with his family, to this town, purchasing the farm now occupied by Baldwin Green, afterward selling it to the present occupant, sometime in the '60's. He, then, built the house now occupied by Cornelius Daily, and resided there until within a few years. Since leaving there, Mr. Brown has made his home with Mrs. Bement. "Herkimer" Brown, as he was generally known, was overseer of the poor of the town of Victor for fifteen years or more, retaining the office just as long as his health would permit. He was always a staunch Democrat. Though many unfortunate incidents marred his life and business career, Mr. Brown was ever regarded as an honest, upright, fair-minded citizen. For the last few years he has been totally blind. The task of caring for him in his declining years was nobly borne by Mrs. Bement and her husband, lately deceased.



From Ontario County Times 26 October 1887

Shortsville, N. Y. -
Since our last writing this community has been made sad by the sudden demise of a most beloved member. The death of Mrs. Hester Brown, last Saturday evening, was a sudden shock to all except to the immediate relatives and friends of the family. Although intimate neighbors had noticed an apparent decline in health, yet her unselfish and uncomplaining disposition was such that few had been made aware of any real indisposition until within a few hours of the end. Her death was caused by pneumonia , and we are assured that the closing hours of her life were hallowed by a peaceful resignation to the divine will. The general expression of all who knew her is that they have lost a friend. Mrs. Brown was 69 years of age. She leaves a husband, Mr. H. L. Brown, and five children, to mourn her loss, of whom are Mrs. F. L. Brown, Miss Vietta Brown, C. W. Brown, of this place; and W. H. Brown of Baltimore; and Mrs. Clarence Heath, also of this place. The funeral services will be held from the family residence at 2 o'clock, and from the M. E. Church at 2:30, today, Rev. W. O. Carrier, officiating.



From Victor Herald 9 June 1894

Miller's Corners, N. Y. -
The sudden death of Homer Brown cast a gloom around this part of the county. Last Thursday he was seen in apparent good health, and was at Victor on business. He lived on his farm about one mile northeast of the village, and was alone when found on Friday at his house by a neighbor, who had called to give him his mail, in an insensible condition. Circumstances indicated that he was stricken suddenly, and probably in the morning of Friday, as his fire had not been made as usual and his watch that he carried was found on the wall, and a kerosene can which he kept in the cellar was found at the top of the stairs, indicating that as the door into the cellar being open, that soon after taking the can up he was overcome. He was found in a semi-sitting and lying position with clothing on, on the edge of his bed. Neighbors all came to his assistance but could render him no earthly aid. Dr. Benham was telephoned at 6 p.m., and was not all hopeful of a recovery from the start. He died at ten o'clock p.m. The disease pronounced was apoplexy followed by paralysis. Deceased was 61 years of age. He was a peaceful man (and a good neighbor) inclined to benefit and do a favor to others, and is manner of living, as was his choice, indicated his quietude. He leaves a brother and two sisters. The funeral services were held at the residence and following to the M. E. church at 2 p.m. last Monday.



From Geneva Gazette 31 May 1895

Mrs. J. Lawrence Brown
died at her residence on Exchange street, nearly opposite the Catholic Church, yesterday afternoon after a brief illness.  She was we believe a native Genevan.  She is survived by three sisters -- Mrs. M. S. Davenport, Mrs. Wm. Thomas, and Mrs. R. Brown.  Her age we should judge to be about 60 years.  She was an aunt of Wm. H. Thomas, proprietor of the Brevoort House.



From Victor Herald 26 August 1893

Last Monday afternoon, James Brown, a man about 70 years of age, was found dead in the house occupied by Patrick Hayes, a short distance north of the village. Brown had been drinking quite heavily for several days and sometime in the forenoon Monday went to Hayes' house and laid down on the bed. He was seen about one o'clock by a man working near; at that time he was sleeping quietly and at four o'clock he was dead. He lay on his back and had died apparently without a struggle. Dr. Jackson was called but he thought it was one for the coroner to investigate and he accordingly notified that official. Coroner Hallenbeck came Tuesday noon and on making inquiries, thought the case did not demand an inquest so he granted a certificate of death. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning from St. Patrick's church. He leaves a wife and two daughters in Rochester, and one son, John Brown of this town.



From Geneva Daily Times 22 October 1910

Mrs. Jessie Harvie Brown,
widow of the late James Brown, died this morning at her home just east of Hall. She leaves six sons, Harvie J. Brown, David Brown and Frank Brown of Hall; William M. and James K. Brown of this city; Charles G. Brown of Newark, N. J.; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Newton of Benton; Mrs. Helen Hoose of Albion; and Mrs. Jennie Bush of Hall; three brothers, Colen Harvie of Geneva, John Harvie of Fulton and Peter Harvie of Cleveland, O.; two sisters, Mrs. John Baxter, Sr., of Geneva, and Mrs. Nellie Blake of Providence, R. I. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the res. Rev. A. B. Temple will officiate and burial will be in the Union Church Cemetery.



From Geneva Daily Times 15 June 1908

John Brown,
aged 87 years, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Bradley, of No. 40 Hallenbeck avenue. Mr. Brown had been a resident of Geneva for about ten years, having moved here from Hornell. The survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Thomas Bradley of this city, Mrs. Paul Haughy of Corning, Mrs. A. C. Fiscus and Mrs. J. F. Lawler of Buffalo, and Mrs. J. C. Kelley of Poughkeepsie; one son, John Bradley of Hornell; and one brother, William Brown of Buffalo. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 7 o'clock from the residence and at 7:30 from St. Francis DeSales church. The remains will be taken on the 8:34 train of the Pennsylvania division to Hornell for interment.



From the Christian Ambassador, Auburn NY, 7 Apr 1855

Death of Rev. John S. Brown

Br. Austin:-Perhaps you have learned before this, that Rev. John S. Brown, formerly of Perry, N. Y., and lately of Taunton, Mass., has passed to the spirit land.  He died at the residence of his mother and brother, in Richmond, N. Y., on Friday March 23.  His funeral was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends, at the same place, on Monday March 26th, when the writer of this made a short address and prayer.  Br. O. F. Brayton, of Lima, was present, but being an intimate friend of the deceased, he chose to be a mourner rather than to attempt to control his feelings by taking part in the service.

Br. Brown was taken sick with bleeding at the lungs, and also, with a severe difficulty of the bowels, about the first of August last.  Convinced that he had overtasked himself, he left Taunton, the Society there kindly consenting to such an arrangement in the hope that he would soon return to them again with restored health, and came to visit his friends in Western New York.  He did not at this time, it is presumed, fully realize the danger of his situation; at least he was not willing to place himself under the care of a physician, believing that a proper attention to diet, daily exercise in the country air, and a brief respite from mental labor, would be sufficient to give the system its wonted tone.  It soon became evident, however, that disease had taken a fast hold of him, that his system had nearly lost its recuperative energies, and that nothing but the most active and skillful means could bring permanent relief.  In view of these facts, he was, at last, induced to visit the “Water Cure” establishment at Elmira, N. Y.  A regular course of hydropathic treatment finally overcame the bowel difficulty, I believe, but the lungs successfully resisted all human skill.  Though he rapidly declined in strength and flesh, he maintained his usual cheerfulness, punctually observed the physician’s orders, took daily exercise in the open air, and left no means untried which could possibly assist nature to repair its loss.  As we might reasonably expect from one naturally so amiable as Br. Brown, from one whose spirit had been thoroughly disciplined in the Christian virtues, he never complained.  Warmly grateful to his physician, and to all his friends, for every favor conferred, he lost none of his child-like trust in God.  Indeed, as the outward man perished, the inner man was renewed day by day.  He seemed anxious to dispel the fears of his friends.  Still, his appearance, his conversation, the heavenly serenity and tenderness which pervaded his mind, told but too plainly that he was fast nearing the eternal shore. Oh, how kindly and affectionately he spoke of his Society in Taunton—of the Sabbath School, the Bible Class, and especially the Conference meetings there, all of which seemed so nearly after his own heart.  He prayed often for the devoted flock he had left, and thanked God that although he [w]ould see them no more in this world, he [w]ould meet them all face to face in Heaven. He did not also forget his friends in Perry, among whom he labored very successfully, for eight years.  To all who shared this friendship, he left some tender token of his generous sympathies.

When the fact was no longer doubted that his life was drawing to a close, he left the “Water Cure,” and arrived at the residence of his mother, two or three days previous to his death.  Richmond was the place of his birth, and he desired that it should be the place of his death.  Here, therefore, among the hills that cradled his childhood, and where he wandered in youth, here, surrounded by sisters and brothers, watched and nursed by the same dear mother who rejoiced at his birth thirty-eight years ago, to the very month; here, under the ministering love of his bosom companion, he breathed his last. It is not in the power of my pen to paint that parting scene.  Like the sun which looks brightest at its setting, the spirit of our brother grew more radiant as it approached the final moment…  He passed away as he had lived, a Christian.  He urged his devoted wife, who had never left him for a single hour during his sickness, his mother, sister and brothers, not to mourn for him; for said he, “I am happy.  I shall soon meet my friends in heaven.  I trust in Almighty God and his son.” Thus he conversed till death came gently…

The duty of laying before the denomination a more ample history of Br. Brown’s life and character will devolve on some abler pen than mine; but I wish here to express my conviction that one of the purest and one of the most talented ministers of the Restitution has just taken his leave of us.  Like goodness and true greatness, everywhere he did his work quietly—but he did it.  He was a warm, generous friend, an affectionate husband, a sound theologian, an able preacher, and a practical Christian.  Few preachers have succeeded in getting around them a greater number of friends, or have left the world with a better name.

J. H. T. [Rev. James H. Tuttle]
Rochester, March 27, 1855

This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists



From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1893

The death of Mrs. John T. Brown occurred at the family residence on Dungan street yesterday morning, caused by fatty degeneration of the heart. Mrs. Brown, who was over sixty years of age at the time of her death, was a daughter of Jared Smith of Farmington.



From Ontario County Chronicle 26 November 1902

Ionia, N. Y. -
The remains of Joseph F. Brown, who for many years was a resident of this place, were brought from Phelps yesterday morning to this place for interment. Mr. Brown was born in 1825 in the town of East Bloomfield and in 1859 came to this village, and here remained until ill health compelled him, about three years ago, to leave here. Since then he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Edgar French, of Phelps. Besides his daughter, he is survived by a son, Homer Brown, of Michigan, and one sister, Mrs. Daniel Dawley of Holcomb.



From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1909

Mrs. Julia Brown,
aged 87 years, a faithful member of the Baptist church, died on Friday. Funeral services were held in the church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. S. Ebersole officiating. The aged colored woman had long been an invalid and was cared for by the church. She leaves no immediate relatives.



From Ontario County Chronicle 10 December 1902

Farmington, N. Y. - Levi A. Brown,
a lifelong resident of the town of Farmington, died at his home in that town on Monday, December 8, aged 90 years. He was born January 10, 1813, on the place where he died. The Brown homestead was originally bought for 25 cents per acre. He was educated in the common and select schools and had followed the occupation of a farmer throughout his life. On July 2, 1834, he married Lorano B., a daughter of Ezekiel and Sarah Aldrich of Farmington. His wife died on Sept. 6, 1902, aged 85 years. On July 2, 1902, they celebrated their 68th anniversary. Both were members of the Orthodox Friends Church, and were highly respected by the community in which they lived. They are survived by a grandson, Milton A. Smith, of Farmington, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. H. M. Reynolds of Palmyra. The funeral will be held from his late home Thursday afternoon at one o'clock.



From Victor Herald 12 September 1902

The death of Mrs. Lorana B. Brown, wife of Levi A. Brown, occurred at the home of her grandson, Milton Smith, in Farmington, Saturday, September 6th. The deceased was eighty-five years of age and had spent most of her life in the vicinity of Farmington. She is survived by her husband. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.



From Ontario Repository & Messenger 11 August 1869

On Sunday last, the steamer Ontario being at the dock, where she had been receiving some repairs, took a small party on an excursion to Seneca Point. On the return trip, when nearly opposite Black Point, one of the passengers, Lorin H. Brown, undertook to draw a bucket of water, an act which requires considerable dexterity when the steamer is under full headway, and which he had been warned was a dangerous experiment. The sudden and strong resistance of the water as the bucket filled, drew his arm against the slide which fastens the gangway guard, on the bow of the boat, opened it and precipitated him over the side into the water. In falling, he threw out his arm and caught a young boy named Charles Lyon, drawing him into the water also. The alarm was instantly given, and the boat was backed to the place where the accident happened. A pole was extended to young Lyon, and he was drawn on board, but Mr. Brown, either from inability or some injury, seemed unable to swim, and went down. Capt. Standish had tied a rope to his waist and jumped into the water to attempt Brown's rescue, but when he reached within some eight or ten feet of him, he went down for the last time. Mr. Brown was about twenty-five years of age, and had resided here but a short time. He had recently purchased a billiard saloon, and had a contract for sprinkling the streets. The accident occurred near the middle of the lake, the water at this place being very deep, and it may be some time before the body is recovered. Unfortunately, the steamer had neither small boat nor life preservers on board, as is required by the law, and but very limited facilities of any kind for rescue in case of accident; and we hear frequent expressions of censure against the officers and owners of the boat for their inexcusable negligence in that respect.



From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1905

Canandaigua, N. Y. -
Yesterday the remains of Mrs. Lucretia Brown, were brought here from Willard, where she died Tuesday, aged about 76 years. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Alice Morgan, of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. H. C. Pierce, of Canandaigua.



From Ontario County Chronicle 18 May 1904

Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Lurana Brown,
widow of the late Oliver Brown, died of bronchial asthma after a short illness May 3, at the age of 76 years. Mrs. Brown was born in Springwater and was one of a family of ten children, eight of whom are living. She leaves five children to mourn her loss, Frank Brown, of Three Rivers, Mich.; Mrs. John Walker of Wayland; George Brown, Charles Brown and Mrs. George P. Reed of Honeoye. Mrs. Brown had lived near or in Honeoye for 50 years and the relatives and friends have the sympathy of the entire community.



From Ontario Messenger 19 December 1855

SUDDEN DEATH - Mr. Luther Brown,
an old and highly respected citizen of this village, died suddenly on Monday afternoon last. As we are informed, he was out in the street, and feeling somewhat ill, stepped into Cheney's Drug store and procured some medicine; and as he was entering Mr. Dunham's store for the purpose of preparing it with sugar to take, he staggered and fell. He was carried into the store, and immediately expired. His age was about 64.



From Geneva Gazette 24 July 1847

Died, in Seneca, on the 17th inst., Mrs. Mary Brown, aged 63 years. The death of Mrs. B. we learn took place as follows:

Having attended a lecture preparatory to a communion session in the church at No. 9, of which Rev. Mr. Topping is pastor, in walking to her carriage, being a corpulent woman and somewhat disposed to dropsy of the chest, by a misstep, or some other cause, fell to the ground. She rose, however, and with some trifling assistance, placed herself in the carriage, but expired ere she had proceeded but a few rods.



From Geneva Daily Times 18 August 1905

Naples, N. Y. -
The death of Mrs. Mary Brown occurred Wednesday. She had been steadily declining for some weeks as a result of paralysis. Mrs. Brown was the widow of John Brown, was 76 years of age and had been a resident of Naples for six years, residing when young in Canadice and later in Livonia. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Bailey, in this village. Three sons also survive her, Scott and George of Naples, and Edward of Hemlock Lake. The burial will be in Livonia.



From Ontario County Journal 24 October 1890

Vine Valley, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Brown, of Shortsville, died last Saturday at her brother's, A. H. Ladew. Mrs. Brown was 29 years of age. She has a twin sister. She had only been confined to her bed a little over a week.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 6 February 1907

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary J. Brown,
widow of the late Hiram L. Brown of Shortsville, died at the home of her daughter near Walworth, at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning, from peritonitis. She was about the house on Monday, although not feeling quite as well as usual and death came very suddenly. Mrs. Brown was born Dec. 22nd, 1820, in the town of Seneca, and her maiden name was Miss Mary Jane Bonker. Most of her early life was spent in Newark and later she taught school successfully in that town, and in Spuyten Duyvil. Her first husband was A. J. Barhite, at one time postmaster in Shortsville, who died at their home in Fairville in 1885. In September 1888 she was united in marriage with Hiram L. Brown of Shortsville, whom she survived by six years. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alma Billings of Walworth, and one brother, Henry Kipp of Shortsville; four grandchildren, Frank Billings of Jamestown, N. D.; Mrs. Charles Burnett of Walworth;Fred Billings of Manchester Center; and Ray Billings of Walworth; two great-grandchildren, Laura Burnett of Walworth and Kenneth Billings of Manchester Center; three step-daughters, Mrs. Nora Doan of Norwalk, Conn., Mrs. William P. Sprague of Kalgan, North China, Mrs. Clarence Heath of Shortsville; and two stepsons, Francis Leicester Brown of Shortsville, and William H. Brown of Havre de Grace, Md. The funeral was held from her late home in Walworth at ten o'clock on Friday morning, followed by a short service in the Presbyterian church in this village, at three o'clock in the afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Seymour C. Ferris. Interment was in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.



From Ontario County Journal 4 March 1881

Victor has lost another of its oldest residents in the person of Mrs. Millicent Brown, aged 84. Her husband, Mr. Henry Brown, died some years since. Her two sons, Thaddeus and Henry, survive her. Rev. Thomas Borden conducted the funeral services, which were held at the family residence, about a mile south of the village.



From Geneva Daily Times 29 August 1910

Mrs. Minnie Ansley Brown,
wife of George Brown, who resided on the Tuttle Farm near Number Nine church, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. T. F. Tallman, about one mile south of Seneca Castle. The deceased had been slightly indisposed for several weeks and was taken on Thursday of last week to the house of her sister for a rest. While being taken to the home of Mrs. Tallman, she became very ill and Dr. Selover of Stanley was summoned. She was discovered to be in a critical condition and gradually grew worse and the end came yesterday afternoon. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom are living; the youngest being only two months and the oldest 18 years. Besides her husband and eight children, she leaves her mother, Mrs. Ansley; one sister, Mrs. T. P. Tallman; one brother, Leon Ansley. The remains were taken to her own home today and the funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Penn Yan.



From Ontario County Times 19 May 1875

On Thursday evening of last week an accident occurred to a party of young men in a sail boat, on Seneca Lake, near Geneva, which resulted in the death of one of the number. After closing the store, seven clerks in the employ of the Slocum Bros., started for a sail on the lake. The party had been out some time when they noticed a wide seam in the bottom of the boat, through which the water was rapidly coming in. At this discovery, they immediately tacked and headed for the nearest shore, but before they could reach it, the boat filled and sank, capsizing as it went under. All clung to it except Myron J. Brown, who deserting the boat, struck out for the shore. After he had got some distance from the boat, the others noticing that his efforts were growing weaker, called to him to come back. He endeavored to do this but sank before he could reach the boat. A large New Foundland dog which had accompanied the party left the boat and attempted to save the unfortunate man; but reached the spot a moment too late. Those remaining on the wreck were finally taken off by several boats which came to their relief and reached the shore in safety. The deceased, was a young man of excellent qualities and was a general favorite among his acquaintances. He had lately come to Geneva from Niagara Falls. He was about twenty-one years of age and leaves a wife and infant boy.



From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1882

Orland Brown
died near Cheshire on Thursday last, of consumption, leaving a wife and three small children. He was a member of the 25th Separate Company Infantry.



From Ontario County Journal 6 January 1911

Another hard-working farmer, known not too well in life, but a faithful tiller of the soil and conqueror of the forest, has come to the end of his years of steady toil, in the Western part of the town, leaving earth respected by his fellow men and loved by those who knew him best. Scott Sylvester Brown of West Hollow, who passed away January 1st, at his home, aged 59 years. He had been ill some two weeks when he succumbed quickly to typhoid fever. His early home was in Livonia, the son of John and Mary Everett Brown, and one brother, Edward, still remains. He came to these parts and married a daughter of David M. Smith, a farmer of South Bristol. Together they aided in clearing up the wild lands and were happy with their six children, when the dear wife and mother left the home to go before. He later married Miss Elizabeth Proper of West Hollow. She had one child and the children, with the widow, survive him. He stayed until several of the first sons had grown to be able, in a sense, to take his place. There are also left a brother, George Brown of Naples, and another, Edward Brown; and one sister, Mrs. Albert Bailey of South Livonia, to mourn his departure. The funeral was Wednesday with interment in the Rose Ridge cemetery at Naples, the West Hollow pastor, Rev. Huckell, officiating.



From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1895

Phelps, N. Y. -
The funeral services of the late Mrs. Sophia Brown were held from the Baptist church  last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Her pastor, Rev. Mr. Chapman, officiated, assisted by her former pastor, Rev. L. Bailey of Geneva. The services were very impressive and affecting. The deceased had a large circle of true and warm friends. The interment was made in the Phelps cemetery.



From Shortsville Enterprise 13 January 1916

The death of Mrs. Susan Brown, widow of George Brown of Victor, occurred at the home of her son, Marion S. Brown, in Manchester village at 9:15 o'clock on Sunday morning. Her age was 66 years. The deceased was born in Castleton, Canada, and was a daughter of the late Henry and Elinor Rafferty. She located in this State when but 17 years of age, and at the age of 19 years was united in marriage with Mr. Brown. Since locating in this State, she had resided in Ionia, Marion, Cohocton, Victor and Manchester. Besides her son, Mr. Brown, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ella Guest of Victor; one sister, Miss Mary Callaghan of Cohocton, and two grandchildren. The funeral obsequies were held from the Brown home in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Edward Jarvis, pastor of the Manchester M. E. church. The interment was made in the Boughton Hill cemetery at Victor.



From Ontario County Chronicle 12 June 1901

Last Thursday occurred the death, after a long illness, of T. F. Brown, one of the oldest residents of this place. Deceased was born in Hebron, Washington county, in 1810. He came to this place in 1835, and has resided here ever since. He has been retired from active business for a long time, having at one time been the leading florist and seedsman here. Deceased is survived by a widow, one son, George Brown, and one daughter, Mrs. Erastus Green, of this town.



From Geneva Daily Times 3 March 1915

Mrs. Teresa Brown,
wife of Patrick Brown, of 31 Elmwood avenue, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at her home. She was the daughter of the late William Hamilton and Helen Lucy Bigelow, of Rochester. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. John Quinn, Miss Helen Teresa Brown and Miss Elizabeth Bigelow Brown, all of this city; also one brother, William Bigelow of Corning; and one sister, Mrs. (can't read) of Towanda, Pa. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Stephen's church. Interment will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.



From Ontario County Journal 23 June 1882

Victor, N. Y. -
The funeral of Thaddeus Brown, who died last week, was held Sunday afternoon at the residence of his brother, Henry Brown. Services were conducted by Rev. E. E. Peck. Music was furnished by the glee club. A large number of friends attended the services and followed the remains to the Boughton Hill cemetery.



From Geneva Courier 29 July 1874

Death of an Old Resident
- On Saturday morning last our citizens were startled by the announcement of the death of our fellow townsman, William F. Brown; this sad event although somewhat sudden was not unexpected for he had been suffering from a disease for several months past which his physicians said could not but terminate fatally.

Mr. Brown was born at Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1804 in the bonds of that former curse to our country, slavery, and was therefore at the time of his decease in his seventieth year.  His early years were spent in the place of his nativity, yet he was still in the bonds of oppression, which indeed oppressed him sorely and which his free spirit could not patiently endure, and he worked incessantly to procure his own freedom and those who were dear to him.  Finally his labor was crowned with success and he procured his own freedom as well as that of his sister and nephew, but tiring of the south, he journeyed northward, and located at this place in 1850.  With James W. Duffin, lately deceased, as a partner, he opened a barber shop in this place, in which business they continued until the former gentleman emigrated to Hayti, when Mr. Brown embarked in a new enterprise, that of hacking, which by his uniform courtesy and kindness, has been built up into the profitable and lucrative business it now is. Owing to failing health, he was obliged to seek less laborious work and transferring his hacking business to his sons, he again had recourse to his former business and which he has carried on unaided until prostrated by this, his last illness.

Mr. Brown connected himself with the church some fifty years ago and has been a member of the Methodist Church of this place since 1850.  Mr. Brown by his affable and courteous manners has won hosts of personal friends who will lament his decease though he has been gathered unto his Father's mansion in the fullness of a good old age. He has ever proved himself a pleasant and genial neighbor and a kind and indulgent father. He leaves surviving him a widow and five children, to whom the sympathies of the community will be tendered in this their affliction. His funeral was attended from the M. E. Church on Monday afternoon.



From Ontario County Journal 1 September 1893

Naples, N. Y. -
The death of Wm. H. Brown, who was stricken with paralysis a week ago or more, occurred on Friday last. He leaves four children, Mrs. J. T. and Miss Mary Brown of Naples, E. E. Brown of Lima, Mrs. J. A. Stacy of Gorham, all of whom were present at the funeral service, which was held at Gorham on Sunday last at the home of his daughter.



From Geneva Advertiser 3 September 1901

Mrs. Wm. T. Brown
died at her old home on Castle street last Friday, aged about ninety years.  She has been a long resident of Geneva, outliving her husband by more than a quarter century.  He was formerly a hackman, one of the first in Geneva, and laid by of his earnings enough to establish the home where they have lived for more than fifty years.  She is survived by four sons and two daughters, Harrison of Washington, Albertus Brown, a Pullman car porter with headquarters at Boston, a favorite with Adelina Patti, whom he has attended in many of her tours, Mrs. Hardenburg of Lockport, and Miss Louise Brown, who never left her mother's home; which will always be a comforting remembrance. The funeral will be held from the M. E. Church this afternoon at 3 o'clock.



From Ontario County Journal 13 April 1894

Shortsville, N. Y. -
Another of Shortsville's old residents has gone to her rest. Mrs. Hattie Browne died at her home on West High street Tuesday morning. She had been in poor health for a long time. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.



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