"Pid" through "Pl" Obituaries
From Ontario County Times 14 April 1875
Victor, N. Y. - On the morning of the 8th instant, Mrs. Mary
Pidrick, aged 73 years, died at the residence of her son-in-law,
Mr. Sidney Pim. The funeral was held at Rochester on Sunday, at the
church of the Good Shepherd at 2:30 p.m.
From Ontario County Journal 9 March 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Alexander Pierce died in West Hollow on Friday,
March 2, aged 77 years. His whole life has been spent here. He was a
brother to Oliver P. Pierce, also of this town. He leaves a wife, who
was Miss Huldah Jones, two daughters, and a son. The children all
From Geneva Gazette 2 September 1898
Another Soldier Dead - One of the first victims of the war from
Ontario County was Allen M. Pierce, of Co. B., Third New York,
who died of typhoid fever at Camp Alger, last Saturday. Young
Pierce, who was but 26 years of age, enlisted at Geneva, June 27, and
went with his company to the camp, where change of climate, camp life,
etc., resulted in his illness and finally his death. His remains
were taken to East Bloomfield Monday, and after services at the
Methodist church there, were brought to this village for interment in
Woodlawn cemetery. He leaves, besides his father, two
brothers, Harley and Ralph. The former, who was in the battle at
Santiago, had his gun and canteen struck by Spanish bullets, but
escaped injury, only to be stricken down with fever a few weeks later,
and he now lies dangerously ill at Wykoff Hospital at Montauk Point.
Deceased was a nephew of Layton Pierce, of this village. Canandaigua
From Ontario County Journal 25 December 1891
Andrew Pierce, who died at Clifton Springs last Saturday, in his
78th year, was, previous to 1877, a prominent business man of St.
He was president of the St. Louis & San Francisco railroad, and was
interested in other business enterprises. Since 1877 he had resided in
Clifton Springs and had done a great deal for the advancement of the
He was one of the founders of the Pierce library, was a trustee of the
Springs Sanitarium and a large stockholder in the Lisk Manufacturing
He leaves a widow, a son and three daughters.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 April 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Asahael Pierce, the last son of a pioneer of
the town, Jonathan Pierce, died Friday, aged 80. Deceased was a
bachelor. He was a famous shot and hunter in his day, with an eye as
keen as a hawk. With his thoroughbred hounds and his long rifle, he
captured scores of deer in Pennsylvania and western forest. A nephew,
Bryon Pierce and a
sister, Mrs. McDowel, survive.
From Ontario County Journal 1 May 1914
Naples, N. Y. - On Sunday evening occurred the death of Mrs. Augustine Fox Pierce, of
this town, after a long and painful illness. Mrs. Pierce was nearly 46
years of age and had spent her life in this vicinity. There survive her
husband, Byron E. Pierce; one daughter, Miss Florence Pierce; three
brothers James, George and Nelson Fox; and a sister, Mrs. Grover Hiler.
Funeral services were were held on Wednesday from the home.
From Naples News 23 February 1899
Again the dread messenger has come into our midst. In the death of C. Austin Pierce, he
takes from the happy fireside a loving husband and father, from the
community from the community an esteemed citizen, and from business
circles a faithful and proficient man. Mr. Pierce was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. Albert Pierce of South Bristol. His birth occurred July 3,
1863, In September 25, 1895, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah
M. Hewitt of South Bristol. He was a graduate of the Valparaiso Art
School, and was afterwards employed by the John R. White Jewelry Co., of
Rochester, and was sent to take charge of a branch store opened in New
York City. After a few years a change was made in the plans of the
company and Mr. Pierce decided to resign his position and resume his art
studies. His choice was the production of portraits and many fines
attest to his taste and skill. Three years ago the first of April, Mr.
Pierce moved to Naples and opened a photograph gallery in the Fox
building, where he proved his merit as an artist and gave promise of a
successful career in his chosen line of service.
Though a quiet man, his brief residence in our midst had won him
many warm friends and the respect of all who knew or met him. After an
illness of but nine days, and before many had learned of his sickness,
on Friday afternoon at half past five o'clock, he passed to be with God.
Tis sad to see so swift a flight from the from the prime of life, the
vigor of manhood, and the bloom of health, to the grave; but there is
joy in the thought that his sufferings in the flesh were brief and that
he, the husband, father, son, has gone to abide with the Father of us
Mr. Pierce is survived by his wife and one child, Mary Caroline; also by
his father, mother, and one sister, Mrs. Hiram Reed, of Canandaigua.
The funeral services were held from the home Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m.,
Rev. E. M. Smead, officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 12 March 1886
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. Dennis Pierce, of South Bristol, was buried on
Sunday. He was an old resident there and highly esteemed. The children
of his deceased daughter, the late Mrs. F. L. Clark,
who reside here, attended the funeral. Burial Coye Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Dr. W. A. White was notified Monday of the
death of Mrs. E. C. Pierce, a former Phelps lady, which
took place at the home of her son, George Pierce, at Washington, D.
C., Monday morning. Mrs. Pierce was the widow of the late Elisha
a well-known business man of this village, who died ten years ago. She
had been an invalid for several years, and had lived in Phelps until
two years ago when she went to Washington to reside with her son. Mrs.
Pierce was 83 years of age and is survived by one son, George, and a
who lives near Clifton Springs. The remains will be brought to Phelps
Wednesday for interment.
From Ontario County Journal 21 August 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Elisha C. Pierce, an old and prominent resident of
this village, died at his home on North Wayne street early last Monday
morning of old age, in the 86th year of his age. A wife, son and one
daughter, Mrs. R. G. Wright of Westfield, survive. The deceased had
been engaged in the hardware business in this place for a term of
years, and was succeeded in the business by his son, George, in company
with Earl Humphrey. The funeral services were held from the
Presbyterian church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Dr. Webb
officiating. Interment in the Phelps cemetery.
From Auburn Citizen 21 August 1924
Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bernard Farrant, 87 Franklin Street, Auburn, N. Y., August 20, 1924, Eliza Ann Pierce, widow
of William H. Pierce, formerly of Canandaigua, aged 65 years. Brief
burial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the home of the daughter,
Mrs. Farrant, with concluding services in Canandaigua at 2:30 p.m.
Burial will be in West Avenue Cemetery, Canandaigua.
From Naples Record 16 July 1870
Died, on Thursday morning, July 7th, Mrs. Elizabeth Pierce, wife
of Parley Pierce, of this place. She suffered much during the last two
years of her life, being palsied, helpless and deprived of speech and
sight; but had her children to watch over her night and day. She was a
faithful Christian and exemplified the beauties of religion to the last.
She was 82 years of age, and had been a faithful wife and mother for 65
years. She is mourned by a large circle of children, grandchildren.
great-grandchildren; the Church and many friends.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 February 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Elvira Pierce died at the home
of her brother, A. J. Tyler, Sunday night, aged 81 years. Her husband,
Otis Pierce, died 22 years ago. Mrs. Pierce who was born in Madison
county, came to Naples 70 years ago and had lived here since that time.
She was a member of the Methodist Church and much respected.
From Ontario County Times 25 February 1880
The sickness of Mr. Evelyn Pierce of Honeoye, mentioned in
last week's Times, terminated fatally on the 17th instant. The loss to
the community of a citizen so prominent and useful and long resident,
is very sincerely recognized. Evelyn Pierce was born in Moravia, Cayuga
county, N. Y., Oct. 2d, 1809. When 22 years of age he removed to
Honeoye with an older brother, Lyman Pierce, who there opened a store
of dry goods and other merchandise. The brother died five years
afterward, and Evelyn succeeded him in the mercantile business, which
he carried on very successfully for twenty-five years. He then sold his
establishment to Mr. Alfred Franklin, who had been a clerk in his
employ for several years. About that time Mr. Pierce was elected
supervisor of the town of Richmond, to which office he was regularly
re-elected during the seven following years. To other less prominent
official positions which he was called to occupy, he brought the same
care and faithfulness, and intelligent business skill, which had made
him successful as a merchant. In regard to matters of public policy and
principle, Mr. Pierce was strongly anti-slavery in his views and
convictions. He leaves behind him a name respected and esteemed by a
large circle of acquaintances and friends.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 September 1908
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Fanny B. Pierce, aged 86 years, died at the
home of her son, Frank G. Pierce, in this village Sunday afternoon.
Until within two years Mrs. Pierce had resided on the large Pierce
farm, at the head of Honeoye lake. The destruction of her home for over
half a century by fire two years ago was a severe blow to her. Mrs.
Pierce's husband died 15 years ago. She leaves, besides her son Frank,
a son William of Honeoye, and a daughter, Mrs. Jessie Seamans of New
From Ontario County Journal 14 May 1897
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - A sad event happened in this place last
Saturday morning when Frank K. Pierce was found hanging from a
rope in the grist mill of Aaron Mather, where he was employed. He had
been a little nervous and out of his mind by spells, and took his own
life. He was well-known and liked, and has been a miller for several
years. He leaves a wife, one daughter, Bertha, and one son, Addison of
Rochester, who are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and
father. Funeral services were held at the house on Monday afternoon at
3 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Firgan officiating. His age was 55 years and six
From Ontario County Journal 5 March 1897
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Geo. Pierce died at her residence in
Canadice on Monday morning last at 11 o'clock. She was brought from the
hospital the Monday previous. The funeral was held on Thursday at the
Advent church in Springwater, and the remains were interred in the
Springwater cemetery. She leaves a daughter and a husband to mourn her
From Geneva Daily Times 5 July 1906
George Frederick Pierce, aged 20 years, died of typhoid
pneumonia yesterday morning at 6:00 o'clock, at the home of his parents
about five miles south of this city on the lake road. The deceased was
a graduate of Geneva High School this June but was unable to attend any
of the exercises owing to his illness. He is survived by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. George B. Pierce. The funeral will take place tomorrow
morning and burial will be at Phelps. The Rev. A. B. Temple of No. 9
From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1898
Canadice, N. Y. - On Monday afternoon last, the community was
shocked to hear that George O. Pierce had met death through an
accident, which occurred to him while working in the woods. He,
together with several other workmen, was engaged in felling trees in
Chester Richardson's woods, where he had taken a job of getting out a
quantity of lumber. He and the man with whom he was working, had sawed
down a large tree, which, in falling, had lodged in a smaller tree.
They then proceeded to saw down the smaller tree, without stopping to
cut a kerf in the opposite side. After sawing it partly off, it split
up the stump to a distance of ten or fifteen feet. It is supposed that
one of the splinters or a limb from the tree struck Mr. Pierce and
knocked him down. He fell upon his back and before any assistance could
be given, the broken tree fell, striking him squarely across his face,
smashing his head. Mr. Pierce moved to Canadice from Springwater about
one year and a half ago. He was an honest, hardworking man and a good
neighbor, whose untimely death will be greatly regretted by all who
knew him. He was a member of Springwater lodge, K. O. T. M., in which
order he held a beneficiary certificate of one thousand dollars on his
life. He leaves a mother, one sister, one brother and a ten-year-old
daughter, his wife having died about one year ago. Deceased was about
thirty-five years old. The funeral was held at A. C. church at
Springwater on Thursday, at eleven o'clock, Rev. Mr. Jackson
officiating. Interment took place in Springwater cemetery.
From The Naples Record, April 17, 1935, Page 2
Glancing Backward - Doings in Naples and Vicinity Thirty-Eight Years
Ago; We glean the following from the files of The Naples Record of
Died, in Naples, April 16, 1897, Miss Harriet Pierce, aged 22
From Ontario County Journal 14 January 1916
Bristol, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. James Pierce, of this place,
occurred on Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. V. R. Hurlbut, at
Canandaigua, where she had been ill the past four weeks, having been
taken suddenly ill while on a shopping trip to that city. Mrs. Helen Albro Pierce was
a daughter of David and Jane Albro of Bristol. She went to live with
Mr. and Mrs. Sardis Simmons at Richmond when 12 years of age, remaining
there until married to James Pierce in Oct., 1879, and had since
resided here. Seven children were born to them, Murray, who died in
1887; Mrs. Victor. Hurlbut, Mrs. George Clark, Mrs. William Keys and
Elmer Pierce of Canandaigua; Mrs. Frank Gilburt of Bristol, and Carl
Pierce of Ionia. She is also survived by her husband, 14 grandchildren,
and two sisters, Mrs. Byron Dawley of Canandaigua, and Mrs. C. F. Davis
of Rochester. Mrs. Pierce was 58 years, 8 months and 14 days old. She
attended the Universalist church here. There was a prayer at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Hurlbut, on Sunday, by Rev. G. L. Morrill, and
services at her late home at 2 o'clock, at which Rev. Flower
officiated. Burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
From Geneva Advertiser-Gazette 7 March 1893
Henry Pierce, who has made a home for many years with his son
south of the village, died there last Wednesday, March 1st, the funeral
occurring on Friday. Interment was made at Melvin Hill. The
old gentleman was formerly a printer, and worked with James H. Steer
and J. W. Neighbor at the old Courier office under the
management of William Johnson. He was a well informed old man,
genial and full of fun.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 19 September 1906
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Henry Pierce died suddenly at his home
last Wednesday. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs.
Adrian Brandow; and three sons, Frank, Edward and George.
From Ontario County Journal 31 January 1890
Henry S. Pierce, of the banking firm of Pierce & Williams
of this village, died at the Canandaigua Hotel last Friday morning
about one o'clock of inflammatory rheumatism, superinduced by the
influenza. He had been confined to his room since before the holidays,
but his condition improved after his first attack so that hopes were
entertained of his speedy recovery. It was only within about a week of
his death that his condition grew alarming. Inflammatory rheumatism
followed the influenza and from
the 18th inst. he lapsed into a comatose state from time to time. Last
week Wednesday evening about 8 o'clock, after conversing a short time
Judge Davy, of Rochester, and other friends, he became unconscious and
remained in that condition until his death Friday morning. Mr. Pierce
was in his
fifty-fourth year, was unmarried, and a brother and three sisters
him, one of the latter, Mrs. Bennett, residing in New York City.
From Ontario County Journal 10 November 1905
On Friday occurred the death of Mrs. Herslora Brown Pierce, at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Melvin Pierce, on the Cheshire road.
Mrs. Pierce had assisted in the morning work about the house and almost
without a moment's warning the death messenger came. She was born on
December 27, 1823, and was the daughter of Joseph Brown, a pioneer of
South Bristol. She was a woman of noble Christian character and the
influence of her quiet, unassuming life will long be felt in the hearts
of those who knew her best. Mrs. Pierce was a teacher for many years
and taught for some time in California, where her sister, Mrs. Ann
Morgan, the last of the family, now resides. Funeral services at the
home on Sunday afternoon were conducted by Rev. J. S. Ebersole, who
spoke from these words; "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith." The burial was in Evergreen cemetery at
Bristol, where she was laid at rest beside her husband, Josiah Pierce,
who died on August 8, 1902.
From Ontario County Chronicle 29 January 1902
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Huldah Pierce, aged 68, widow of the late
Alexander Pierce, was buried Saturday in the West Hollow cemetery,
having lived in that locality most of her life. She died at the home of
S. H. Lyons, a friend, who, since her husband's death had taken her to
his home and care for her. So drifted was the snow that on the way to
the cemetery the hearse was
overturned and considerable consternation ensued.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1916
The funeral services of Mrs. Ida Gilbert Pierce, whose death
occurred of heart failure on Saturday, were held at the home on
Adelaide avenue on Monday. Rev. George Wilson Scudder officiated. She
was a useful and loyal member of the Universalist Church and president
of the Universalist Ladies Aid. Many beautiful floral pieces from
neighbors and friends expressed the esteem in which she was held.
Deceased was born in Bristol Center, the daughter of John and Victoria
Insse Gilbert, 55 years ago. She leaves her husband, Leighton Pierce; a
son, John Pierce; and a foster son, Ray FitzMorris of Buffalo.
Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 April 1903
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - J. A. Pierce, a highly respected resident
of this town, died at his home near Boswell Corners on Thursday of last
week, aged about 68 years. Funeral was held Saturday from his home.
Burial at Rose Ridge, Naples.
From Neapolitan Record 2 December 1880
James Pierce, who
has been a long but happy sufferer, departed this life Tuesday evening
at 7 o'clock, aged 68 years. His decease was expected yet sudden to the
friends. His disease was bronchial consumption from which he suffered
for months. He was born in Booneville, N. Y., in what is called the
"Black River Country," and came to this village when a young man. He
learned his trade of Timothy Griswold and until a few years ago has been
one of the leading mechanics and business men of the town. An active
life as a citizen in our midst covering a period of about fifty years,
has rendered him so widely and favorably known as to need no words from
us. The church of his choice, the M. E. Church, has lost one of its most
faithful and devoted members. He was constant and active at every means
of grace given by the church, and lived faithfully the cause he
advocated. His great faith carried him triumphantly over all troubles, a
long sickness and death. He leaves a widow and one
child, to more especially feel his loss, while the blow falls heavily
upon a large circle of sisters and brothers, their families, also the
children of his widow. He minutely gave all details for the funeral
services and burial, and they will be fully carried out. The services
will be held from the Presbyterian church tomorrow, Friday, at 10 a.m. by Rev. C. G. Lowell.
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1903
The death of James William Pierce occurred at his home on
Chapin street on Tuesday afternoon, after an illness which had confined
him to his house but a short time. Mr. Pierce was born in Canandaigua
63 years ago and spent most of his life here, being widely and
favorably known as a painter and decorator. Deceased is survived by his
wife, one son, Fred H. Pierce, of Sacramento; and two sisters, Mrs.
Cordelia Hartwell of Napa, and Mrs. Mary Hahn of San Francisco, Cal.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, and Rev. Dr.
J. Wallace Webb will officiate.
From Victor Herald 15 August 1902
Bristol, N. Y. - Last Thursday night, Josiah Pierce suffered
terminated in his death. The funeral was
held from his late home Sunday at 2 p.m., interment being made in the
Evergreen cemetery here. Mr. Pierce is survived by an aged widow and
one daughter, Mrs. Melvin Pierce.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Pierce, widow of J. Albert Pierce, died
at her home in South Bristol Wednesday at 6 a.m., aged 71 years, after
a brief illness. She had lived nearly fifty years on the farm where she
died, was an estimable lady and much respected. She is survived by one
daughter and one sister, Mrs. Love Standish, of Woodsville, N. Y.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 25 December 1907
Naples, N. Y. - The burial of Mrs. Mary Pierce of South
Bristol took place in Naples Friday, December 13th, Rev. C. C. McLean
of the Presbyterian church officiating. Mrs. Pierce was the daughter of
Perry and Lucy Holcomb and was born April 27, 1836. She was married to
James A. Pierce in 1857. They had one son, C. Austin Pierce, who was a
photographer in Naples for some years and died here in 1899. Also one
daughter, Mrs. Julia A. Reed, who with her husband and children had
been a widow since 1903. She was a teacher for some time before her
marriage and after her marriage moved with her husband to
Boswell's Corners where they lived for nearly fifty years. She was a
woman of great industry and economy as well as of high ideals and as
her life was passed largely in her home, she impressed these principles
upon her son and daughter and grandchildren. The devotion of her
daughter and family was very comforting to her in her declining years.
Of a large family of brothers and sisters, she is survived by only one
sister, Mrs. Love Standish of Woodville.
From Geneva Gazette June 1 1814
In Farmington, the 25th ult. NATHAN PIERCE, Esq., aged
years -- one of the earliest settlers of this country.
From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1900
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Oliver R. Pierce, of this
town, occurred at the home of his son, Francis Pierce, of Bristol, on
Friday, April 13. His age was 78. His life had been mostly spent in
that part of Naples known as West Hollow, and he was honored as a man
of integrity. His wife died some years ago, and in March, he lost his
brother, Alexander. He leaves, besides his son, Frances, two others:
William, who resides in the west and Warren, who occupies the old home
farm; also one daughter, Mrs. Charles Struble, of Honeoye.
From Ontario County Journal 9 February 1883
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. Otis Pierce died at his home in this town on
Monday. Mr. Pierce was of the pioneer type of men, a famous hunter in
his day, and a sturdy, straightforward, honest
citizen. Some two years ago he was sick a long time, but recovered
and worked hard last season, over-doing, and a return of his old
disease soon prostrated him. The funeral is today, Wednesday.
From Ontario County Journal 24 July 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Parley H. Pierce, an elderly and honored resident,
died on Friday evening, aged nearly 67 years. His younger brother,
William, died two years ago. There are now but three sisters left of a
family of nine, Mrs. William Wilson, Mrs. N. R. Holcomb and Miss Kittie
Pierce. The deceased leaves a widow and four children, Evelyn, Mrs.
Clara Lyon, and Miss Nora, of Naples; and Mrs. Charles Mumford of
Nunda. Many older people will remember the "Carolists," a male
quartette that concerted through western New York in the 50's, with
success. The singers were George C. and Henry Deyo, Parley and William
Pierce. A sister of Mr. Pierce who married S. L. Deyo, was one of the
finest sopranos in Ontario county. A large number of relatives and
friends mourn the death of this kind and beloved friend.
From Ontario County Journal 13 October 1882
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Sarah Pierce, relict of the late James
Pierce, died in this village on Tuesday, Oct.
10. She was past three score and ten. Several weeks ago she was
stricken with paralysis, and has been gradually failing since. Mrs.
Pierce was an excellent woman, for a long time a member of the M.
E. Church. She leaves two sons in this vicinity, John and William
From Ontario County Journal 14 March 1890
Mrs. Sarah Pierce, widow of the late Dennis Pierce of South
Bristol, an old lady of 78, was found dead in her bed Friday morning.
Coroner Wettling, of Naples, was summoned but did not deem it necessary
to hold an inquest, as the cause of her death was plainly heart
Her daughter, sleeping with her, had spoken to her two hours before,
she was all right.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 January 1933
Naples, N. Y. - Warren L. Pierce, aged 72 years, died at the farm
home at West Hollow, about five miles north of Naples, Monday morning.
Deceased was the son of the late Oliver H. Pierce and was a lifelong
resident of Naples. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Esther Ingraham
Pierce; and three sons, Earle Pierce of Canandaigua, Burnette and Floyd
Pierce of Rochester; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held from the home on Thursday afternoon at 2
o'clock and burial will be in Roseridge Cemetery, Naples.
From Ontario County Journal 7 December 1894
Honeoye, N. Y. - William Pierce, late of North Dakota, formerly of
this town, died on Monday, November 26. His remains reached this place
on Friday. The funeral services were held from Mrs. Pierce's on Sunday,
with burial at Rose Ridge, Naples, by the side of his daughter, Mrs.
Fanny Pierce Reed.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1894
Naples, N. Y. - On Saturday, at noon, William H. Pierce died
of two days. He was nearly 62 years of
age; born in Naples. He was the youngest of nine children of Parley
Pierce. There were five girls and four boys, of whom now only three
sisters and one brother survive. He married Mary, daughter of George
Culver and sister of Mrs. Lemuel Dunton of Canandaigua. He was of such
a genial disposition, with so many social qualities, that every one was
his friend. He was a fine singer, and thirty years ago was a member of
the popular club of male singers from Naples called the "Carolists,"
who concerted throughout the country with success. In later years he
had sung much during political campaigns and on patriotic occasions. He
leaves a wife and eight children, all of whom live at home except
Frank, who is in business in Canandaigua. Business places were closed
during his funeral on Tuesday.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 February 1908
Naples, N. Y. - William L. Pierce, aged 40 years, died Sunday
morning of paralysis. Mr. Pierce was a native of Naples, and had always
lived in town. He leaves a wife, who was Miss Lucy Muck, a mother,
three brothers, Frank Pierce of Canandaigua, George and Fred of Naples,
and three sisters, Miss Alice and Mrs. E. J. Haynes of Naples, and Miss
Mary of Mount Vernon, N. Y.
From Ontario County Journal 27 May 1892
Naples, N. Y. - On Saturday, in the forenoon, the remains of Wm.
or "Jack" Pierce, were placed in Rose Ridge. He was 55
of age, a farmer and vineyardist, and had lived here all his life. Was
well-known here as a very friendly, honest and correct man.
From Ontario County Chronicle 13 May 1903
Yesterday afternoon occurred the death of William R. Pierce, a
and a veteran member of the
fraternity of house painters and decorators. He is survived by his wife
and one son, Fred Pierce, of Sacramento, Cal. Deceased was aged 63
From Livonia Gazette 16 May 1890
John Pierpont of Allen's Hill died Wednesday night. The funeral will be held from the house today at 10 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1894
Honeoye, N. Y. - Lucius L. Pierpont died at his home near Allen's
Hill on Wednesday morning, April 18, at the age of 59 years. For
several weeks, the deceased had been suffering from an attack of
typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Pierpont was the last surviving member of the
family of Charles Pierpont, who was one of the early settlers of the
town of Richmond, having emigrated from the town of Litchfield, Conn.
The elder Charles Pierpont was a brother of John Pierpont, who was
Chief Justice of the State of Vermont. Deceased was born on March 17,
1835, and leaves a widow, a daughter, Mrs. Nettie W. Ester, of
Canisteo, N. Y., and a son, Frank E. Pierpont of Columbus, Ohio, to
mourn his loss. Mr. Pierpont was one of the most highly esteemed and
respected men of the town of Richmond. "With malice toward none and
charity for all," had been his life's motto. No death has occurred here
in years which has been more universally regretted or which has called
forth more sincere expressions of sorrow.
From Victor Herald 14 December 1906
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Died at Allen's Hill, December 7th, 1906, Sarah
aged seventy-two years. Mrs. Pierpont was born
in Londonderry, Vermont, December 8th, 1834, the eldest daughter of
Leonidus and Abigail Briggs Cornell Wilbur. In 1851, the family moved
to Richmond Centre, she following the vocation of a teacher until 1858,
when she married Lucius Leach Pierpont of this place, who died in
April, 1894. Upon her marriage she came here to live and for
forty-eight years has occupied the same house. There is only one
landowner in the neighborhood that was here at that time. She leaves
two children, Mrs. Nettie W. P. Estee of Buffalo, and Frank E. Pierpont
of Logan, O.; also three granddaughters. Of her father's family of six
children, three survive: Dr. L. F. Wilbur of Honeoye; Miss Fannie H.
Wilbur and Mrs. Ellen Ashley of this town. In her girlhood Mrs.
Pierpont united with the Congregational church at Honeoye and always
remained a member of that body. But she gave generously of her means
and aid of every sort to both of the churches here. She was a regular
attendant at church school and Sunday School until ill health forced
her to remain away. She was charter member of the Ladies' Aid Society,
a member of the Home Missionary Society, and a faithful worker in the
interests of the Library Association. In the early fall she went to
Buffalo to visit her daughter, was taken dangerously ill, and at her
earnest request was brought to her home here, about four weeks ago. Her
illness was distressing but "She knew in whom she trusted." The last
words she uttered were these, "God is good, God is just." Burial was
made at Honeoye.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 10 January 1906
Honeoye, N. Y. - Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, Sarah
Elizabeth Pierpont passed away, aged 83 years and six months. In a
few hours her husband, David A. Pierpont, aged 90 years,
joined her. Mr. and Mrs. Pierpont had often expressed a hope that they
might die together. They had been married 63 years. David A. Pierpont
was born in Middleburg, Vt., Nov. 19, 1815, and came to Richmond with
his parents in 1816. He had a good education acquired at the district
schools and the Canandaigua academy. In 1843 Mr. Pierpont married Sarah
E., daughter of Captain Joshua Phillips. He subsequently engaged in
milling and merchandising at Honeoye and in 1852 went to live on the
farm where they lived at the time of their decease. Mr. and Mrs.
Pierpont were liberal in educational and religious matters and attended
the Universalist church. Mr. Pierpont was deeply interested in politics
and in 1848-49 was elected supervisor of the town, being the only man
elected on the Democratic ticket. He was held in high esteem in the
town and county and had served his party in various ways. He was calm
and deliberate, a sound party adviser and in every way one of
Richmond's most highly esteemed citizens. Mr. Pierpont served his town
as supervisor seven terms, the last being in '89, '90 and '91. At one
time he came within a few votes of being elected senator, his opponent
being E. G. Latham.
Mrs. Pierpont was born in the town of Richmond on May 17, 1823. She was
a woman of noble character and endeared herself to all. Mr. and Mrs.
Pierpont were noted for their hospitality and kindness to their
neighbors and it will be hard to fill their places. They are survived
by a son, David O., a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Green, and a grandson,
Pierpont Green. The funeral services were held at their late residence
Tuesday and the interment was in Lake View cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1918
Harriet Eliza Sheffield, wife of Edward S. Pierson, passed
away at her home on Main street north on Wednesday night after a long
illness of a complication of diseases. Deceased was a daughter of Hiram
and Marie Herendeen Sheffield and was born in Manchester, October 27,
1842. On May 16, 1866, she was married to Edward Smith Pierson. Before
her marriage, she taught school in the Farmington district and was at
one time instructor in the State Industrial school at Rochester. She
was later superintendent of handicraft at the State School for the
Blind at Batavia, from which position she was retired on a pension in
June, 1915. Mrs. Pierson was a woman of great efficiency, wonderful
industry and tact in all ways. She was of kindly zeal and of wonderful
adaption to the work she had in hand. All admired and respected her for
her many good traits of character and for her tender regard for all by
whom she was surrounded.
Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Charles S. Humphrey
of Canandaigua, and Mrs. William P. Blanchard, of Ithaca; one son,
James E. Pierson, of Prescott, Arizona; one brother, Charles E.
Sheffield of Newport, Ore.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Mason of Manchester
and Miss Clara Sheffield of Batavia. There also survive 14
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private funeral services will
be held at the home this afternoon. Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord will
officiate. Interment will be in South Farmington cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 January 1908
Mrs. Rachael W. Pierson, widow of the late Rev. Job Pierson, died
yesterday afternoon in Atlantic City, where she, with her son, Samuel
D. Pierson, have been been spending several months and expected to
spend the winter, which has been their custom for many years. She was
87 years old. They moved to this city from Troy, where Mr. Pierson was
pastor in a Presbyterian church. Mrs. Pierson is the sister of the late
J. W. Smith and the late
S. E. Smith of the J. W. Smith Dry Goods firm. She leaves three sons,
Samuel D. Pierson of this city, John and Phillip Pierson, both of
Stanton, Mich. The remains will be brought to this city some time
tomorrow and the funeral will take place from the First Presbyterian
church Wednesday morning at
10 o'clock. Rev. W. W. Weller, pastor, will officiate and the remains
be taken to Troy for interment.
From Ontario County Times 7 June 1882
Benjamin Pike, aged 55 years, who lived on East Phoenix street in
this village, dropped dead on Center street at an early hour Monday
morning. Coroner John H. Jewett was summoned and an inquest was held on
Tuesday. From the testimony of witnesses at the inquest it appears that
Pike was addicted to the use of intoxicants, and that he had been
drinking to excess for a month previous to his death. A week ago last
Sunday he had a slight attack of delirium tremens, but procured more
liquor on Monday and continued to drink until Sunday last. On Sunday he
stayed at home all day, and did not drink any. Towards evening he began
to feel faint and weak, and complained of his head. He slept very
little during the night and acted wildly, tearing his hair and clothes,
so that his wife became alarmed and sought shelter with the neighbors
at about 3 o'clock in the morning. Between that time and six o'clock
Monday evening, Pike called on Dr. Hawley twice at his residence on
Center street, saying that he felt as if he could not live, and wanting
something to quiet his nerves. On the occasion of his second visit, at
a little before six o'clock, Dr. Hawley, accompanied by Pike, started
for his office on Main street to procure some liquor. They had gone but
few steps when the latter sank to the sidewalk and almost instantly
expired. The jury rendered a verdict that Benjamin Pike came to his
death by excessive and continuous use of
From Geneva Gazette 14 January 1898
Another Railroad Victim
Geo. Pike, a resident of Phelps, was killed by the cars about a
mile east of Border City crossing last Friday night. He was
walking down the track bound for Waterloo. The mangled body was
taken to Phelps. The deceased was a native Genevan, son of
From Ontario County Journal 6 October 1899
Phelps, N. Y. - Valentine Pike, who had been ill for a long time,
died last Sunday, aged 78 years. An aged wife, one son and several
daughters survive. The funeral services were held from the residence on
Eagle street on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 4 April 1906
Sunday morning at the residence of his
step-son, Frank Henry, in Gibson street, the death occurred of William
aged 63 years, death resulting from pneumonia,
complicated with heart trouble. Mr. Pillow had been in ill health for
some time and had spent the winter in Florida in hopes of obtaining
some benefit from the climate. He returned here March 24, and within a
few days thereafter his condition became rapidly worse, culminating in
the attack of pneumonia and heart trouble which caused his death.
Mr. Pillow was a fruit and nursery man of more than ordinary experience
and capability, having been interested in that industry for a great
many years, and was also a shrewd and successful business man. As long
ago as 1868, he was engaged in the fruit business in Florida and made
very large shipments of strawberries from that state. He was also
interested in orange groves there from whence he was accustomed to ship
extensively to supply the Rochester market. In 1890 he went to Reed's
Corners and purchased a fruit farm from which he sent specimens of
plums and pears which won the bronze medal at the Paris Exposition. At
the Pan-American at Buffalo he was awarded a gold medal for the best
variety of fruits shown and at St. Louis he received a silver medal
also for the best variety displayed. For a number of years he has been
a member of the Western New York and New York State Horticultural
societies and has for a long time been an office holder of the Ontario
County Agricultural society.
Mr. Pillow was twice married, his second wife to whom he was united in
1891, having been Mrs. Harriett Henry, who survives him. He is also
survived, by one daughter, Minnie Louise Pillow of St. Augustine,
Florida, and two sons, James Partin Pillow of New York City, and
William H. Pillow, Jr., of Rochester, all children of his first
marriage. Funeral services were held yesterday forenoon at the
residence of Mr. Henry where he died, and the remains were taken to
Rochester, interment being in the Mount Hope cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 1 January 1904
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. S. E. Pillsbury, who
died on Sunday morning at the home of her son, Irving L. Pillsbury at
Holcomb, was held at her late home in this village on Tuesday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, Rev. Newton W. Bates officiating. Mrs. Pillsbury had been
in very poor health for some time and her death was not unexpected. The
deceased was 74 years of age. She leaves one son, Irving L. Pillsbury
of Holcomb. The interment was in the Rural cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 1 June 1887
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Ella Pimm, wife of Sid Pimm, Jr., and
daughter of Jerome Hill, died on Thursday morning after a lingering
illness. Funeral services Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 8 February 1905
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of Sidney Pimm, Jr., who died
at the Rochester Homeopathic hospital, January 29, was held at the home
of his sister, Mrs. Susie Childs in this village, last Tuesday
afternoon. Rev. F. W. Hill of the Presbyterian church officiated.
Interment was made in Boughton Hill cemetery. Mr. Pimm was born in this
town forty-six years ago and had spent his life here with the exception
of about fifteen years. The surviving relatives in this town are: two
children, Miss Vilma and Earl Pimm; father, Sidney Pimm, Sr.; one
sister, Mrs. Susie Childs; three brothers, Henry, Will and Frank Pimm.
From Ontario County Journal 27 February 1914
Victor, N. Y. - Sidney Pimm, one of Victor's oldest
residents, passed away on Feb. 13 at a Rochester hospital, where he had
been a patient for many months. Pneumonia was the cause of death. Mr.
Pimm was 81 years old and was born in Somersetshire, England. He first
settled in Rochester, where he learned the trade of a barber. Forty-six
years ago, he came to this place and opened the first barber shop ever
conducted here. He witnessed many changes in this township and was
associated with the early business men, all of whom have now passed
away. Mr. Pimm was twice married, in early manhood to Mary Ann Pidrick,
who died in 1886, and the following year to Mrs. Mary Van Ness of
Rochester, who died in 1910. The surviving children are Mrs. Susie
Childs, Harry and Frank Pimm, all of this village. There also survive
three grandsons, Earl and Elmo Pimm and Roy Childs, of this town, and
one sister, Mrs. Maria Bettridge of Clifton; and several nieces and
nephews. Rev. Williams, pastor of the Spencer-Ripley Methodist church
of Rochester, conducted the services and interment was made in Mt. Hope
cemetery in Rochester.
From Geneva Gazette 4 March 1881
Mrs. Mary Pinckney, formerly of Phelps, died in Newark, N. J.,
last Sunday. Her remains were conveyed to Phelps for interment, which
took place last Wednesday. Her age
was 72 years.
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 October 1903
Charles Pirrett died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Nellie Reddington, West Gibson Street. He was 78 years of age and Mrs.
Reddington was his only surviving relative.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 August 1905
Chester G. Pitkin, 79 years of age, died at 10 o'clock this
morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert S. Childs,
of No. 91 Lafayette avenue. The deceased has been in ill health for
the last two years. He was born in Main, Broome county, N. Y., and
after residing at Orleans and Newark came to this city sixteen years
ago. Since his residence here he has been employed at the works of the
Geneva Preserving Company. He was a Civil War Veteran, having served
as a private in Company K, of the Second New York cavalry. The deceased
was a member and regular attendant at the First Methodist church.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 May
Mrs. Chester G. Pitkin, who has been confined to the house with
consumption since last fall, died at the family residence, 91 Lafayette
avenue, at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, aged 71 years. Mrs.
Pitkin was born in Broome county. From there she came to Orleans,
Ontario county. After retiring from farm life, Mr. and Mrs.
Pitkin went to Port Gibson and from there to New York. They came
to Geneva in 1889. The deceased is survived by her husband, one
daughter, Mrs. Albert Child of this city; one sister, Mrs. Moore, of
Phelps; and a brother in California. The funeral will take place
at the late residence of the deceased at 1:30 o'clock Saturday
afternoon, Rev. C. E. Jewell officiating. Interment will be at
From Geneva Courier 9 October 1878
FATAL ACCIDENT - A YOUNG MAN FALLS FROM A TREE
Sad death of James Pitt of Seneca - The funeral today A sad
accident occurred in the town of Seneca on Monday afternoon
about three o'clock, resulting
in the death of Mr. James Pitt.
Our correspondent writes
as follows: James Pitt, son of Mr. Wm. Pitt of this town, has worked
on the farm of Mr. Robert Carson. While picking apples he stepped
from the ladder upon a limb and holding to a limb above him, endeavored
to pick some fruit which he otherwise could not reach. The limb
on which he was standing being decayed broke off, and he fell to the to
the ground, a distance of about twenty-four feet, striking upon his
head and breast. He crept a short distance toward the house, but
was unable to reach it. Mrs. Carson seeing him lying upon the
ground went to his assistance, and a physician was sent for, but he
breathed his last before medical aid could be obtained. He lived
about twenty minutes after the accident. The deceased was a young
man, nineteen years of age, unmarried, quiet, modest and steady.
He was respected by all. His family have the sincere sympathy of
the community in their sad affliction. The funeral takes place
from No. 9 church this afternoon at 2 p.m.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 15 August 1933
Gorham, N. Y., Aug. 14 - Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Mariam Pitt, 30,
who died in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, Saturday morning. She
is survived by her husband, Edwin Pitt; an infant son, Frederick; her
mother, Mrs. Jennie Scofield; and a brother, Edgar M(illegible) of
Rochester. Burial was in Gorham Cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 14 September 1935
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William Pitt, 51, died here yesterday in
his home in West Gibson street, following an illness. For years he
served as turnkey at the Ontario County jail and later conducted a meat
market in East Bloomfield. Surviving are the widow; four daughters,
Mrs. Minnie Compton of Perrysburg, Pa, Mrs. Ida Hazell of Rushville,
Mrs. Leon Henry and Mrs. Hamilton C. Smith of Canandaigua; three sons,
Earl D. Pitt of New York City, Thomas Pitt of Gorham and Fred M. Pitt
of Canandaigua; two brothers, Edward of Sacramento, Calif., and David
Pitt of California; two sisters. Mrs. Hannah Fake and Mrs. Fannie
Burgess of Gorham; and 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Woodlawn Chapel.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - News comes from East Bloomfield of
the death there yesterday of one of the oldest residents of that town,
Mrs. Ordelia Gunn Pittenger, aged 92 years, who had been
for over a week, following a stroke of apoplexy. Mrs. Pittenger was the
last of a family of eleven, and was a sister of Lucius B. Gunn, whose
death occurred a few years ago. She lived nearly all of her life in
Bloomfield, coming there from Michigan. She was the daughter of the
Benjamin Gunn. A daughter, Miss Sarah Gunn, is the only surviving
From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1878
Victor, N. Y. - Died, Mrs. Tyler
Pittenger. She was 33 years old; was born in Victor. She
leaves a husband and two children and a host of friends to mourn
her loss. Two months ago she was the picture of beauty and health, and
has been one of those amiable dispositions that attracted friends from
all classes. She died as she lived, without a murmur or complaint.
From Ontario County Journal 8 May 1903
The death of David Benton Pitts occurred at his home, north
of this village, on Saturday morning, after a long illness. The
deceased had been a resident of this town for 20 years, having come
here from Richmond. He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Emily
Pitts, and eight children. Mr. Pitts was 51 years of age. The funeral
was held from his late home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. C.
J. Clausen officiating. The interment was in Woodlawn.
From Geneva Gazette 13 August 1828
Died, on the 29th ult., suddenly, Gideon Pitts, Esq. of
Richmond, aged 62 years. Mr. Pitts was one of the pioneers of 1792, and
among the earliest settlers of this county. A resident of 36 years
among our our citizens, and the stations he has filled, as a member of
our state legislature, and an efficient magistrate, has impressed us
with feelings of respect for his talents and virtues. His townsmen and
neighbors esteemed him more for theoretical and practical experience as
an agriculturist, than for the highest duties of legislator and
magistrate. Few are the number of these aged pioneers who remain to
enjoy the fruit of their labors.
From Ontario County Journal 29 June 1888
Gideon Pitts, of Richmond, aged 81, one of the most prominent
and highly respected citizens of Ontario county, died at his home in
Honeoye last week and concerning him a correspondent writes as follows:
The town of Richmond, Ontario county, has just lost by death its most
distinguished citizen, Gideon Pitts. On the 20th day of May, 1788, two
brothers driving two yokes of cattle arrived at the foot of Honeoye
Lake and pitched their tent for the night. They were Gideon and William
Pitts, sons of Capt. Peter Pitts, of Taunton, Mass., who had served as
a soldier through the Revolutionary war. the next day they found
patches of land that had been cleared by the Indians and they at once
to plows they had brought with them and commenced turning over the rich
soil for corn. Here they settled, and when the time came to erect
counties and townships the section where they lived was named
Pittstown, and so remained
for years, when it was gradually divided and changed to the towns of
Canadice, Livonia and a part of Conesus. The elder brother, Gideon,
a family of nine children, of which his namesake, just deceased, was
second, being born in 1807. He always lived in his native town, was a
farmer and raised a family of five children, all of whom came home and
during the closing hours of his life. He had but one son, Gideon, now a
lawyer and banker in Alton, Kan. His oldest child, Mary, became the
of Frederick Douglass, of Washington, a few years ago. Her father was
originally a Whig, then an early, original Abolitionist, supporting
G. Birney in 1844. He was foremost in enterprise, public spirit and
citizenship, at the same refusing all official positions. He was the
man to introduce fine wool merino sheep into his town. Of the original
family of nine children, Hiram the oldest, now eighty-five years of
is the only survivor. He was appointed during Lincoln's administration
to a position in the treasury department in Washington, which he still
holds, hale and energetic after a quarter of a century of constant
attended his brother Gideon's funeral on Wednesday last, which was held
at the old family residence in the village of Honeoye.
From Ontario County Journal 7 April 1882
The death of Miss Hannah Pitts, which occurred at her home
near Honeoye, at the age of seventy-six years, removes from our midst
the last of a family of four brothers and sisters, grandchildren of
Capt. Peter Pitts, one of the earliest settlers
of this town. The record of this family in all their relations to
is one of which we are justly proud.
From Ontario County Journal 1 April 1892
Honeoye, N. Y. - Died, on Tuesday, March 22, at 11 a.m., at the
residence of her daughter, Mrs. Frederick Douglass, at Anacostia, near
Washington, D. C., Mrs. Jane Wells Pitts, widow of Gideon
Pitts, aged 78 years and 18 days. For a few days before her death, it
had been supposed that
she was improving. Later telegrams, however, gave but little hope of
recovery. On the day preceding her death, her daughter, Mrs. S. D.
left for Washington, only to learn upon her arrival Tuesday noon that
one hour before her mother had passed to the spirit land. Mrs. Short
for home that same evening, reaching here Wednesday P. M. Mrs.
and Misses Jennie and Eva Pitts, the other daughters, with the body of
mother, reached town Thursday P. M. The only son, Gideon W. Pitts, of
Iowa, who had been at the bedside of his mother, and upon her rallying,
had left for his home in the west, also came on Thursday. On Saturday
11 o'clock the funeral services were held from the Congregational
Rev. Mr. Day taking for his text Judges 5:7, "A Mother in Israel". The
was in Lake View Cemetery by the side of her husband, whom she had
for nearly four years. A singular fatality has been connected with the
family, of which Mrs. Pitts was a member, viz: The mother, two brothers
and four sisters have all died in past years during the month of March.
Eveline M. Briggs, widow of John G. Briggs, is the only survivor.
From Ontario County Journal 9 October 1896
Canadice, N. Y. - Died, at 12:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 2, after
several months' illness, Mrs. Libbie Phillips Pitts, wife of
Wm. R. Pitts, aged 38 years. The funeral services were held on Sunday,
Oct. 4, from her late home at 2 p.m., and from the Congregational
church at 3 o'clock, Rev. H. J. Orelup of Bristol, assisted by Rev. Mr.
Day, officiating. Mrs. Pitts was the daughter of the late Van Tine
Phillips of Bristol, and had made her home in this place ever since her
marriage. She was greatly beloved by her friends, and no one was her
enemy. Her long sickness was borne with courage, patience and
resignation. Not until the morning of her death did this brave woman's
spirit fail. Her funeral was largely attended by friends and relatives
from the adjoining towns. Her husband and little son mourn the loss of
wife and mother. The burial was in the beautiful Lake View cemetery
adjoining the village.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle of October 31, 1896; Page
Thursday, D. B. Pitts, of Canandaigua, received notification
of the death of his brother, Perez R. Pitts, of Abilene, Kansas, formerly of
Richmond, Ontario County. Deceased met his death in a tragic manner, being
caught in a shaft in a flouring mill and whirled to his death. He was aged 43
From The Naples Record of November 4, 1896
-The entire community was saddened upon hearing on Thursday
of last week of the terrible death, by accident, in a flouring mill at Abilene,
Kansas, of Perez R. Pitts, formerly of this town. The event occurred the
previous evening. Mr. and Mrs. Pitts had only the past summer spent several
weeks in Honeoye cementing old-time friendships, and the death of this one
comrade, in the very prime of life, brought sadness to many hearts. All
sympathize with his afflicted family. His age was 43 years.
Actual death date was October 28, 1896.
Many thanks to Jim Reed for this contribution.
From Dansville Express 28 June 1929
Friends and acquaintances of Silas W. Pitts, 87, veteran
salesman of New York state, were shocked to learn of his death which
occurred at his home at Clifton Springs Monday following an attack of
meningitis. Mr. Pitts had been a familiar figure in the printing houses
of this section for over a half century, having been in the employ of
the J. & F. B. Garrett Paper Company of Syracuse for 58 years. He
was born at Medina, N. Y., September 25, 1842, and at the age of 19
years enlisted in the Seventeenth New York Light Artillery, an
independent battery, of which he was top sergeant for service in the
Civil War. Although engaged in many battles during the war, he was
wounded but once, having had his cheek badly torn by debris hurled by
an exploding shell. Following the close of the war he traveled
throughout the west for three years as salesman for Dr. Hicks pills and
plasters, and in 1871 entered the service of J. & F. B. Garrett
Company, paper jobbers, where he remained until his death. Mr. Pitts
was four times married, his last wife having passed away only a short
time ago. He is survived by two grandchildren residing at Youngstown,
Ohio. Funeral services were held at Clifton Springs Wednesday afternoon
and burial was made in Clifton Springs cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 17 June 1881
Wm. Pitts of Stanley, a man aged from 65 to 70 years, died very
suddenly on the 14th inst., supposed of heart disease. He was
prostrated in a field near his residence, and conveyed home in a
semi-conscious condition. He rallied for a
few hours when a relapse came on and he continued to sink until he
expired. He was a butcher by calling, had extensive dealings with
farmers and found honorable in all transactions with his fellow-men.
From Ontario County Journal 23 September 1892
Manchester, N. Y. - Orin Pixley, one of our oldest residents, died
at his home a little north of this place on the 11th inst., in his 83d
year. He had been a resident of the town for about 70 years, and a
member of the Baptist church nearly as long. His wife died about ten
years ago and for the most of the time since then, he has led a lonely
life, being cared for by a few kind neighbors and church people. At the
last he was confined to his bed for several weary months, and it was a
relief to know that he had at last been called to the higher life. His
funeral was held from the Baptist church Monday afternoon, his pastor,
Rev. E. C. Long, preaching an appropriate sermon from John 14:1. He was
laid to rest beside the wife of his youth in the old cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 16 January 1938
Geneva, N. Y. - Mrs. Anna Clements Place, Buffalo, a former
resident of Geneva, died Friday after a short illness. Surviving are
her husband, two sons, Daniel Clements, Auburn, and Stephen Clements,
Geneva; and one daughter, Mrs. John Hastings, Jr., Geneva. Funeral
services will held at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in a funeral home at 394 South
Main St., and at 9 o'clock in St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will
be made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 25 November 1885
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Frances W., wife of Giles C. Platt, who
in this village on Sunday afternoon, the 10th inst.,
was for several years a patient sufferer from the dread disease that
brought about her death -- cancer. For nearly a year past, she had been
confined to her bed and her sufferings became so acute that her
constant prayer was for death to end her pain. In life she was an
active, energetic, consistent Christian lady, and no one doubts her
triumphant entry into the peaceful glory of her Heavenly Father's
kingdom. The funeral was held last Tuesday afternoon at her late
residence on Main street, and was attended by many friends, aside from
the Royal Templars of Temperance and Post Herendeen, G. A. R., both of
which organizations attended in a body. On Wednesday morning her
remains were taken to her former home at Union Springs, N. Y., for
interment. She leaves a husband, daughter, father and mother to mourn
her untimely departure, all of whom receive the heartfelt sympathies of
the community in their hour of bereavement.
From Geneva Gazette 19 November 1880
Mr. Isaac Platt, one of the oldest citizens of Geneva, departed
from this life Oct. 31, 1880, at the great age of 95 years. He was of
English ancestry. In 1638 Richard
Platt, of Hertfordshire, England, on account of firm religious
convictions, left his native land, and came to New Haven, Conn.
A son of his crossed Long Island Sound, and became one of the early
settlers of Huntington, L. I. Here Isaac Platt, the subject of
this memoir, was born in 1785. He remained at Huntington until
his marriage. Soon after this he removed to the city of New York. In
1828 he came to Western New York, and in 1836 he settled in Geneva.
Mr. Platt was interested in building the present Methodist
Episcopal Church in this village in 1840, and was one of the first
Trustees. For about 40 years he was engaged in business as a Dry Goods
Merchant, at first, and during the early part of his business life,
in or near New York; but subsequently for several years in Geneva.
Though not very demonstrative in his political preferences, yet
he always had opinions of his own, and was firm and conscientious.
During the long period of 72 years, he faithfully cast his vote, until,
some two years since, when he was laid aside by illness and the
infirmities of age. He had lived under the administration of all the
Presidents of our Republic, and had voted at every presidential
election since that of President Madison.
During his life many wonderful inventions
had come into use, in all of which Mr. Platt exhibited an intelligent
interest, often making them the subjects of conversation; such as the
first Steamboat on the Hudson and on Long Island Sound;
the first Steam Rail Road between Albany and Schenectady, and the
first Canals in the State. He was one of a party of gentlemen who
visited the City of New York to witness the operation of the first
stove in use there. In his later years he lived much in the memories of
past, as the aged are usually accustomed to do, and looked hopefully
into the future where he expected to meet the loved ones who had gone
on before. His life, not remarkably eventful in his own personal
was throughout the life of a Christian gentleman, possessing the
and the respect of all. As might have been expected, the closing scenes
were serene and full of hope.
Since 1874, Mr. Platt had his home with his son-in-law, Mr. J. M.
Soverhill, where he died. In 1875 he
was bereaved by the death of his beloved companion, with whom
he had lived in happy wedded life for 65 years. Precisely 20 years to
the day after they celebrated their golden wedding, Mr. Platt
died. Only two of their seven children survive: Mr. A. D. Platt,
formerly a resident of Geneva, but now of New York city, and Mrs.
Mary Soverhill of this village. At Mr. Platt's funeral, Rev. Messrs.
Brownlee and Buck officiated, and he was buried according to the
impressive forms of the Methodist Church, of which he had been so long
From Geneva Daily Times 3 July 1905
Rushville, N. Y. - The funeral of Reuben R. Platt, who
died Thursday at the home of his son, Hubert Platt, north of this
village, at the age of 76 years, was held from the house
From Geneva Daily Times 16 February 1904
Mrs. Sherman Platt died yesterday afternoon at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Frank Roe, of 48 Avenue E, aged sixty-one. The deceased
had lived in this city for two years. The funeral will take place at 2
o'clock Thursday afternoon from the
house, Rev. George Cross Baner of First Universalist church
officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 25 March 1885
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Aaron Plimpton died at his late
residence, in the south part of the town, last Friday night. Although
in poor health for a year past, he was not confined to his room until
within a couple of days before his death. A telegram announcing the sad
event was sent to his daughter, who was married but two weeks' since,
and whose home is in Michigan.
From Geneva Gazette 15 April 1892
Another Tragedy in Ontario County - has been added to the long
list recorded in the past few years. Saturday last at noon the
16-year-old wife of Galen Plimpton of East Bloomfield was
found dead in her room from a pistol shot. The discovery was
first made and reported by her husband, who is twelve years her senior.
They had been married about three months. It is generally
known that their brief married life had not been a happy one.
Plimpton it seems was intensely jealous of his young wife, and
evidently without cause. He had accused her of unfaithfulness,
and she took the accusation so deeply to heart as to move her to
self-destruction. Nevertheless at first Plimpton was suspected of
committing the deed, and was placed under arrest and lodged in
Canandaigua jail. The finding of a brief letter written by the
deceased would seem to establish the fact of suicide, and free the
of responsibility for the deed other than unjust accusation.
The letter reads:
"I have been true. God knows that I have been true. Be sure
that I am dead before you bury me."
A correspondent of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle gives
When Mrs. Plimpton was found she was lying on her face with her left
hand under her, and her right rested on her back. Her dress
was opened and turned back and her right hand was slightly burned by
powder. The body was lying at the foot of the bed and the
revolver at the head. Plimpton is about five feet six inches in
height, with a smoothly shaven face, which bears the marks of
dissipation. He is in the murderer's cage in jail, which during
the last three years has contained John K. (ink mark), the murderer of
of Geneva; Frank Fish, who killed Jack Cullinan, of Canandaigua; Frank
L. Lamont, the slayer of Frederick Leach, of Canadice; and Daniel
Cameron, who killed Patrick Welch, near Geneva.
The coroner's jury rendered a verdict in this case last Wednesday.
The jury finds that Plimpton and his wife did not live happily
together, by reason of his unfounded jealousy, and abuse and cruelty to
her; but are unable to say whether the deceased killed herself, or was
killed by her husband or by some person to the jury unknown, but
recommend that Plimpton be held to wait the action of the grand jury.
He had been released but was again placed under arrest.
Another note has been found written by the deceased in which she
"Darling Gale -- When you receive this I will be where you cannot
continue to torture me. God knows I have been true to you."
From Geneva Gazette 20 May 1892
No indictment was found by the late grand jury against Galen
Plimpton, of West Bloomfield, held on a charge of murdering his young
wife, and he has been discharged from custody. The theory seems
to be generally accepted that the deceased committed suicide.
From Neapolitan Record 14 April 1881
Honeoye - John Plimpton died
at his residence on Lake street on Friday, April 8th, in the 86th year
of his age; the Funeral service was held Monday at West Bloomfield and
his remains were interred in that village.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 May
Mrs. Elizabeth E. Plowe died
this morning at the family residence in South Main street,
aged 65 years. Mrs. Plowe had been suffering from a cold but
nothing serious was apprehended. Yesterday afternoon her
condition developed into a severe attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Plowe
was ill only 10 hours. The deceased came here from Constableville
about two years ago. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H.
J. Knickerbocker and Mrs. Frank Cram of this city; William Plowe of
Rochester; Michael Plowe of Waterloo; George Plowe of Dodgeville,
Edward Plowe of Booneville, and Daniel Plowe of Constableville; and by
one brother, George S. Salsman of Seneca Falls. Short funeral
services will take place from the house at 4 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon. Rev. Dr. J. B. Hubbs will officiate. The remains
will be taken to Constableville Monday morning where the regular
funeral service will take place from St. Paul's Episcopal church
at 4 o'clock.
From Victor Herald 12 October 1906
On the seventieth anniversary of his birth, Monday, October 1st,
occurred the death of Peter H. Plumb, a respected and lifelong
resident of the town of Farmington. Mr. Plumb was born on the farm on
which he died, only the highway separating the place in which he was
born from the house in which his last hours of life were spent. His
parents, William and Mary Hartman Plumb, also died upon the same farm.
Of Mr. Plumb, one who knew him well says: "Peter H. Plumb spent his
boyhood days and mature years among us and his life is read as an open
book. He was a kind, indulgent parent, a good citizen and neighbor,
upright and fair in all his dealings with his fellow men, and willing
to assist in any act which would benefit them. A few years since he met
with an accident which no doubt hastened his death, a fall from which
he never fully recovered. In the last two years he became quite feeble
and kind and willing hands ministered to his every want. He is survived
by his wife; one son, Lanson W. Plumb of Rochester; one daughter,
Genevieve, who resides at the family home, and an adopted daughter,
Carolyn. The funeral was held from the home, Thursday, Oct. 4th, the
services being conducted by the Rev. Lorren Stiles in the absence of
Mr. Plumb's church, Rev. Harry Witham. It was largely attended by the
friends and neighbors of the deceased. The Perinton choir sang. A good
citizen has gone."
From Ontario County Journal 3 June 1892
On Friday night last, Orville Plumb died at the home of
Volney Plumb, on Bristol street, aged 71 years. Mr. Plumb had been
on the lake in the afternoon, and on his return stopped in to see his
who is employed as clerk in the Tracy House, and he then complained of
ill. He was told to go home and lie down, which he did. A grandson soon
the house and on approaching Mr. Plumb noticed that he was unconscious.
aid was summoned, but life was found to be extinct, the physician
that the cause of his death was heart failure caused by over exertion.
Saturday the remains were taken to Schuyler Lake, the former home of
for interment. Two sons, Volney of this village, and Orville L., of
Lake, survive him.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 August 1930
Oaks Corners, N. Y. - William Howland Plumb, aged 70, died suddenly
at his home late yesterday afternoon following a stroke. Besides his
wife, he is survived by one daughter, Florence; two stepsons, Clarence
and Edwin Ditmars of Oaks Corners; three brothers, Robert J., Almond H.
and Watson S. Plumb, all of Rochester; and one sister, Mrs. Howard
Judson, also of Rochester. Funeral services will be held Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his late home with the Rev. Van Arsdalen
officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 5 May 1893
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Zilpha R. Plumb died of consumption at Dr.
L. F. Wilbur's on Wednesday, April 26, aged 65 years. Her remains were
taken to Holley. Orleans county, her former home, for the funeral
services and burial. Her only child, a daughter, Miss Zaneta Plum, of
Holley, and a nephew, David Salisbury of Rochester, reached town on
Wednesday evening, remaining overnight and leaving the next morning.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 August 1907
The funeral of Robert J. Plumstead took place this afternoon
at four o'clock from the undertaking rooms of DeVaney & Fletcher.
The local Cigar Makers' Union attended in a body and the bearers were
selected from its membership. Rev. C. O. S. Kearton, acting rector of
Trinity church, officiated and burial was in Glenwood Cemetery. Mr.
who was 66 years of age, was found dead in bed at the Willard State
Sunday morning and the remains were removed to this city yesterday. For
eleven years he had been a member of the local Cigar Makers' Union. He
survived by two sisters, Mrs. K. Cook, of Chicago, and Mrs. L. Dutcher
Philadelphia, and two brothers, R. D. Plumstead of Lowell, Mass., and
Plumstead of Sayre, Pa.
From Livonia Gazette 15 April 1881
John Plymton of Honeoye, a man eighty-five years old, who has been sick for some time past, died on Saturday. The funeral was held Monday.
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