From Geneva Daily Times 28 January 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - Edward Polee, a former resident of Phelps, met
horrible death while repairing a windmill on a farm near Macedon,
Tuesday. Mr. Polee was working at the top of the mill while it was in
motion. His clothes became entangled in the machinery and before he
could stop the mil or summon assistance, the unfortunate man was drawn
into the machinery and mangled to death. The body was removed to the
home of Mr. Polee's sister at Clifton Springs. Mr. Polee was about 60
years of age and leaves three sons and two daughters. While a resident
of Phelps Mr. Polee worked the Gates farm now occupied by Mrs. John
Riley, east of this village.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 August 1895
SICILIAN KILLED - While attempting to cross the tracks of the
Lehigh Valley railroad about a quarter of a mile west of the station at
6:30 o'clock yesterday morning, Antonio Polio, a Sicilian,
forty years of age, was instantly killed by train No. 8, an eastbound
passenger, as it was approaching the city. Polio, who is a newcomer at
Del Papa's colony in Torrey Park, had been "down in the hole," as the
long switch extends northerly from the station is termed, to make an
early morning call on an acquaintance, who lived north of the colony
proper. On making his return, instead of following the switch he went
out on the main track. When he reached the track a westbound freight
train was passing. He waited until it was out of the way and then
started to cross the tracks. Just as he got out from behind the
freight, the eastbound passenger dashed up. The engine, with its pilot
lifted the Sicilian squarely off his
feet, and hurled him backwards against the front of the engine. The
back of his skull was crushed in, all of the bones of his back and
shoulders were crushed and one arm was broken. The body was picked up
and brought to the station. Coroner Weyburn was called and upon viewing
the remains ordered the body moved to the city morgue. After making a
careful inquiry into the circumstances the coroner said that the death
accidental. Some of the Italians who saw the accident say that the
train neither whistled nor rang its bell. This is not surprising for
stepped directly in front of the engine, giving the engineer no chance
to warn him of the approaching train.
The deceased had been in this city only four months. Since his arrival
in this country he has been employed on a farm north of the city. He
has a wife and daughter in the old country. Shortly after the accident
yesterday, Coroner Weyburn notified Polis' only brother, who lives in
Schenectady. As no answer had been received up to noon today,
arrangements were made this afternoon for the burial of the body
in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 November 1909
Jay K. Pollok, aged 62 years, died last night at 9 o'clock.
Besides his widow he leaves four daughters, Mrs. John Stratton, Mrs.
Clinton Moore, Edith and Edna Pollok; and one son, Albert Pollok, all
of this city. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3
o'clock. Interment in Brookside Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1915
The death of Mrs. Mary E. Pollok, aged 57 years, wife of
William J. Pollok, occurred at her home on the Geneva-Canandaigua
turnpike yesterday morning, following an illness of 10 months. There
survive her husband; one son, Robert; her mother, Mrs. Martha J. Kipp
of Buffalo; two sisters, Mrs. H. E. Long, of Buffalo, and Mrs. Jason B.
Gates of Canandaigua; two brothers, Edmond G. Kipp of Gorham and C. A.
Kipp of Buffalo. The funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon.
Interment will be at Sand Hill cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1915
Phelps, N. Y. - Arising at one o'clock Sunday morning to care for
the fires, Mrs. Peter Pollot, residing four miles northeast of
Phelps, suffered an attack of heart failure which resulted in her death
ten minutes later. The deceased, who was 58 years of age, was born in
Philadelphia and had lived in Lyons and in Phelps for the last
thirty-one years. She is survived by her husband, seven sons, John,
Peter, William, Ambrose, Edward, Frank
and David Pollot, and one daughter, Miss Mary Pollot, all of Phelps;
a sister, Mrs. Peter Devalder of Manchester. The funeral will be held
morning at St. Francis Catholic church, the pastor, Rev. W. T. Madden,
conducting the services. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Henry Polmanteer died on Friday evening, aged 47
years. He had long been ill, and the cause was not well understood. An
autopsy disclosed the fact that nearly every vital part of the body was
diseased and that no medical skill could have much longer prolonged his
life. He leaves seven children, whose mother died six years ago; also
three brothers and two sisters. The Polmanteer family is one of the
most numerous about here.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1895
Naples, N. Y. - John Polmanteer, aged 67, died at his home in
Hunt's Hollow on Monday night of consumption. He leaves only his wife
and grandson, his children having all died before him. Two brothers are
residents of this town, and many relatives reside in Ingleside.
From Ontario County Journal 9 September 1892
Naples, N. Y. - Lewis Polmanteer died at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. S. Rigby, on Saturday. He was one of the large family of that name
residing in and around Ingleside, and had been until recently a
resident there. He was a prominent member of the Christian church and a
local preacher in this neighborhood.
From Ontario County Journal 27 March 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Martin V. Polmanteer died Wednesday morning, March
18, aged 65 years. He was one of the large family of that name whose
members are thickly settled in Naples and Ingleside. He leaves one
adult son, Gardner, of this place.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 July 1907
Naples, N. Y. - The burial of Mrs. Mary Polmanteer, widow
of Hunt's Hollow, in this town, took place
Saturday. She had lived 77 years in the town, and was a daughter of
Seymour Gillette. Since the death of her husband, her son, John, has
had charge of her property. She leaves, besides this son, two brothers
in Naples, William and Joel Gillette, and many nephews and nieces. The
burial, was in the Naples Cemetery, near the home of her childhood.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 22 December 1928
Naples, Dec. 21 - Wesley Polmanteer, 71, died yesterday at his home
in Hill street. He was the son of the late Joseph and Abigail Monz
Polmanteer, and was born June 21, 1857, in Ingleside, where he spent
his early life. He married Mrs. Hattie Semple Nov. 16, 1906, and they
came to Naples village where they have since resided. Besides his
widow, he is survived by a stepson, Harold Polmanteer of Naples.
Funeral from the home of Mr. and Mrs. William McGrew in Cross street at
2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1907
Naples, N. Y. - William Polmanteer, an old
resident of this vicinity, died Thursday at the home of a friend,
Mrs. B. O. Smith, where he had called for a little visit, and was
there taken ill. Mr. Polmanteer's early home was in Ingleside, where
he had numerous relatives and where his only son, Albert, now lives.
Recently he had made Naples his home. His age was over 80 years. He was
well-known throughout this entire section.
From Ontario County Journal 1 December 1905
Naples, N. Y. - William Polmanteer, the last of the large
family of his father, William Polmanteer, a sturdy pioneer, died on
Nov. 23, aged 89 years, having spent this long life on the farm, or a
portion thereof, of the extensive estate of his father in the south
part of the town. He was an honest, hard working man and good citizen.
His relatives are legion, for no name is more common in that section,
and all are descendants of the William of the early part of last
century. His son had three wives, all of whom he survived. Four sons
are living, Wallace and Ordese of Steuben County, and Sydney and Grant
From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs.
Amanda A. Pomeroy, widow of the late David Pomeroy,
died, from the effects of grip, at the home of her daughter, two miles
north of Manchester, Tuesday. She was 86 years of age and had been in
feeble health for some time. Mrs. Pomeroy was born in Cattaraugus
county in 1818, but spent most of her life in this vicinity. She is
survived by two daughters and one
son, Miss Josephine Pomeroy of Farmington, Mrs. Horace Sheffer
of New Salem and Theodore C. Pomeroy of Canandaigua. The funeral was
held in the Manchester Baptist church this morning at eleven o'clock,
conducted by Rev. S. Lane of Chapinville.
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - Daniel Pomeroy, a highly respected farmer
whose home is north of this village, was found dead in his bed
Wednesday morning. He had been in feeble health for some time but his
death was wholly unexpected and proved a great shock to his family. Mr.
Pomeroy was a soldier of the civil war and was incarcerated for a long
time in Andersonville prison, where he nearly lost his voice and ruined
his health. Heart failure was the direct cause of his death. He is
survived by a wife and daughter, besides a large circle of friends who
mourn his death.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 April 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Pomeroy, widow of Norton S.
Pomeroy, died yesterday at her home in the town of Canandaigua, north
of this village, after an attack of apoplexy. She leaves one
son, Theodore M. Pomeroy of Canandaigua, and two daughters, Mrs. C.
V. Newkirk of Canandaigua, and Mrs. William J. Invill of Rochester.
From Ontario County Times 13 January 1892
Bristol, N. Y. - Luther Pomeroy, a resident of the southern
part of the town, died Monday morning at 1 o'clock. Funeral services to
be held in the Universalist church, Thursday, at 2 p.m.
From Ontario County Journal 14 June 1889
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Maria Pomeroy died in this village
Sunday morning, June 9th, aged 57 years. The deceased was a most
excellent Christian lady and leaves a large circle of friends and a son
and daughter to mourn her loss. She was a sister of Mr. W. L. Case of
this place, Mr. Ed. Case of Penn Yan, and Hon. Chas. R. Case. The
remains were taken to Allen's Hill Tuesday for burial.
From Geneva Courier 14 May 1873
Mrs. Pomeroy, the wife of Peter Pomeroy, of
Gorham, who was present at the death of Mrs. Chapman and assisted to
lay her out, was taken ill almost immediately after and died in just
eight days after Mrs. Chapman.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1912
The death of Theodore E. Pomeroy occurred at his home on
Jefferson avenue on Monday morning, aged 65 years. Deceased was a
veteran of the Civil war. Besides his wife, he leaves three children,
Philip, Mary and Nellie Pomeroy of Canandaigua; and three sisters, Mrs.
Josephine Pomeroy of Mendon, and Mrs. John Latting and Mrs. Frank
Sheffer of Farmington. Rev. J. L. Benton, pastor of the Wesleyan
Methodist church, officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday
afternoon. Interment was at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 15 January 1892
Luther Pomroy, one of the leading citizens of the town of Bristol,
died at his home near Baptist Hill, last Sunday evening. He was in his
69th year, and he had been a lifelong resident of the town. He was
actively identified with the business interests of the town, and in all
his dealings, courteous and upright. He was a man of public spirit,
enterprise and energy. He was a member of the Methodist church at
Bristol Centre. He leaves a widow and four children: Mrs. Jason Evans
of Bristol, Mrs. S. Crouch of Rochester,
Miss Frances Pomroy of Bristol, and Andrew Pomroy of East Bloomfield.
From Ontario County Journal 8 April 1887
Gorham, N. Y. - Peter Pomroy, who for a
long time has been an invalid, and nearly helpless, died on Wednesday
of this week. With him the end has at last come, and death seemed a
blessing for it brought relief from those long sufferings, from which
there was no hope of recovery.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 February 1907
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - The old neighbors and friends of E.
Pool learned with sadness of his death on last Friday in
Canandaigua. He had been living with his grandson, Roy, the past few
years and has been failing in health for two years. Mr. Pool was nearly
76 years of age and was postmaster at South Bloomfield several years
previous to his removal to Canandaigua. He was a lifelong resident in
this community and was known as a kind father, a good neighbor and one
who was ever ready to assist a fellow man in trouble. He leaves a wife,
one son, William, of Canandaigua, and two daughters, Mrs. Roswell
Shirley of Honeoye Falls; and Mrs. Orestes Fletcher of Bristol. The
funeral was held at his late home Sunday, the Rev. L. T. Reed
officiating. The remains were brought to Bristol for interment, and the
Rev. L. D. Boynton officiated at the burial.
From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1909
The funeral of William Edward Pool, who died at his home
on February 4, was held from the Universalist church at Bristol, on
Monday at 1 p.m., Rev. George C. Babbitt officiating. Mr. Pool had been
ill for six weeks with complications following the grip. He was 39
years of age and had resided at Bristol and East Bloomfield previous to
coming to Canandaigua three years ago. Mr. Pool was a carpenter by
trade and was universally respected and esteemed. He leaves his wife,
three children, his mother, two sisters, Mrs. Rosewell Shirley and Mrs.
Orestes Fletcher, and one brother, Roy E. Pool.
From Ontario County Times 2 February 1881
William J. Poor, a printer of this village, died on Sunday,
suddenly, of gravel with which he had been afflicted for years. A wife
and three children mourn his death.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 29 March 1930
Holcomb, March 28 - Albert J. Pope, 74, died at his home Wednesday.
He leaves his wife, Cora Eggleston Pope; two sons, William G. Pope of
Utica and Frederick Pope of Rochester; and one daughter, Mrs. Frederick
Buell of Holcomb. Funeral services tomorrow at 2 o'clock.
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 25 October 1906
The body of Willard S. Pope who died Nov. 10th, 1895, and
was buried in Detroit, was brought here yesterday for interment in
Glenwood Cemetery. A monument erected in Detroit will also be brought
here to mark his final resting place. Mrs. Pope has had a home here for
several years, and here she will remain.
From Fairport Herald 27 October 1938
Mrs. Dora Popenhusen
died at her home in Farmington, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1938. She is survived
by three daughters, Mrs. Louis Schrader, Mrs. Fred Pegelow and Miss Lucy
Popenhusen; and one son Fred Popenhusen; also five grandchildren and
eleven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the home
tomorrow, Friday at 2 o'clock, and at the Friends church, at 2:30,
interment in North Farmington cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 14 August 1913
Joseph Popenhusen died at his late residence in the township of
Farmington on Saturday morning, after an illness of several months,
owing to strokes of paralysis, aged 65 years. He was born in Tiffin,
Germany, on March 2, 1848, and came to this country thirty years ago.
For the last twenty-eight years he had lived in the house where he
died. He leaves, besides his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Lewis Schrader
of Macedon, Mrs. Fred Pegelow, and Miss Lucy Popenhusen, who reside at
home, and two sons, Frederick and Edward W., of Farmington. He was a
member of the Lutheran church in that town, but for a number of years
had been an attendant at the Friends' church. The funeral was held from
the house on Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and at the Friends'
church at 3 p.m., Reuben Payne officiating. Interment was made in the
North Farmington cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 10 December 1890
A. D. Porter, of this village, suffered an attack of apoplexy early
Sunday morning and died on Monday night. The deceased was 80 years of
age and had been a resident of the village about 50 years. He leaves a
wife and two sons. His funeral will take place from his late residence
on Pearl street tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 15 December 1893
Mrs. Abbie S. Porter, late of 66 Pearl street, Canandaigua, died
at the resident of her sister, Mrs. E. H. Hopkins, at Penn Yan, Tuesday
morning, aged 72 years, of pleurisy. Mrs. Porter went to Penn Yan
several weeks ago to spend the winter with her sister, and was taken
sick last Thursday night. Dr. Frank P. Warner, her physician, of this
village, was called as counsel with her attending physician, Dr. Frank
Sampson of Penn Yan. Owing to the serious illness of her
brother-in-law, E. H. Hopkins, the funeral was held from the residence
of her sister, Mrs. Rachael Chapin, on Liberty street in Penn Yan,
Thursday. Interment at Lake View cemetery, Penn Yan.
From Ontario County Chronicle 9 March 1904
Naples, N. Y. - On Saturday morning occurred the death of Augusta
wife of William Porter. About two years since
Mrs. Porter was stricken with consumption and since then has been a
constant yet patient sufferer. However her condition was somewhat
improved last summer and hopes were then entertained, but this
improvement was only temporary. A few weeks since she was seized with a
heavy cold which resulted in her death. She leaves a husband and three
small children besides an aged father and mother and two sisters, Mrs.
Marvin Hatch and Mrs. Frank Cleveland. Universal sympathy is extended.
From Ontario County Journal 16 February 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Bills Porter, wife of Frank Porter,
of this town, died on Wednesday, Feb 7, aged about 58 years. She had
suffered greatly for two years with a cancer. Her husband, two
daughters, Mrs. George Seymour of Bristol and Mrs. Arthur String of
From Ontario County Journal 15 December 1916
West Hollow, N. Y. - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. Pierce, on Dec. 6, occurred the death of Mrs. Emily Porter, aged
88 years, widow of the late J. W. Porter. She is survived by five
children, Mrs. Samuel Tozer of Ithaca; Mrs. William Patch of
Prattsburgh; Mrs. Frank Dunton of Middlesex; Mrs. W. L. Pierce and F.
B. Ingraham of this place; also several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Mrs. Porter was a woman of sterling qualities and
was loved and respected by all. The funeral was held from the Pierce
home on Saturday, conducted by Rev. A. H. McKnight of Naples. Interment
was at Rose Ridge, Naples.
From Ontario County Journal 9 June 1916
West Hollow, N. Y. - On May 26, at her home in this place, occurred the death of Mrs. Frank Porter, aged
74 years. She leaves her husband, three sons, Bert and William, of
Naples, and Merton of Arkport; and several sisters. The funeral was
held at the home on May 29, Dr. J. H. France, of Naples, officiating,
with burial in Rose Ridge cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 28 February 1902
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - James A. Porter died at his home in
Clifton Springs on Tuesday morning, aged 80 years. He was a veteran of
the Civil war, having served in Company F, Ninth New York Artillery.
The deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters. The funeral
services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late
From Geneva Daily Times 8 January 1910
Naples, N. Y. - James O. Porter, a veteran of the Civil war, died
at his home at Boswells Corners in South Bristol, Thursday night, aged
77 years. He was a member of Bingham Post, No. 74, G. A. R. of Naples,
having served in Company K, 188th N. Y. V. I. He was born in Covington,
Pa., but had lived most of his life in this section. He leaves five
sons and three daughters, William Porter of Lima; John of Victory; Eric
of Michigan; Benjamin of Bristol Center; Duane of Holcomb, Mrs. Seymour
Case of Bristol Center; Mrs. Alice Nichols of East Bloomfield, and Mrs.
William Tuttle, who, with her family, resides at the home of her father.
From Ontario County Journal 13 March 1903
South Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. James O. Porter died at 10
o'clock on Tuesday night, after an illness of a few weeks. Mrs. Porter
was born in West Bloomfield on June 22, 1843, and was married in 1860.
Besides her husband, there survive eight children: William Porter of
Avon, Duane Porter of Hunts Hollow, Erick Porter of Buffalo, John
Porter of Bristol, Mrs. Seymour Case of Bristol Valley, and Benjamin,
Alice and Daisy Porter, of this place. The funeral services were held
yesterday morning with interment at Honeoye.
From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1885
Naples, N. Y. - Josiah Porter, aged nearly 80, died on Sunday
evening. He came here in 1828, and was one of our most honored
citizens, much of the time having held a public trust. He had been
gradually failing for eight weeks. He was postmaster here for eighteen
consecutive years. He died in the Christian faith, quietly, as one who
had gone to his rest. A very large number of relatives and friends
gathered at his funeral on Tuesday.
From Ontario County Chronicle 11 February 1903
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Julia Sutfing Porter died quite suddenly
at her residence in Rushville, Thursday, January 29, aged 58 years. She
is survived by a husband, Philetus Porter; a son, Joseph; a sister and
From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1907
Justin Smith Porter, Lehigh Valley tax agent
for New York state, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at his home,
No. 80 Sherrill street. Mr. Porter was born in Mendon and was 59 years
of age. He has resided in this city about four and a half years. The
deceased has been connected with the Lehigh Valley for the past
seventeen years. His first work was as real estate agent for the
company and he
was one of the principal men who secured the right of way for the road
when it extended west from Geneva to Buffalo in 1891. He remained as
estate agent until three years ago, when he was made tax agent for New
York state, a position he has since held. In this capacity, Mr.
dealings with the public have been actuated by a spirit of exceptional
fairness and by the tact with which he adjusted many knotty questions,
he has made many friends both for himself and the company he
represented. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, William
Porter, of Mendon, and Gilbert S. Porter, of this city; and two
daughters, Mrs. Meta L. Treat of Rochester and Miss Diana Porter of
this city. A short prayer service will be held at the late residence at
8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Rev. G. C. Baner will officiate. The
funeral service will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from his
residence in Mendon. Interment will be in Mendon.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 July 1910
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Mary J. Porter, widow
of Robert W. Porter, occurred in Buffalo at the home of her daughter,
Sunday. Mrs. Porter, before her marriage, was Miss Mary Dedrick of
Naples. She was born here seventy-five years ago. In 1855 she was
married to Robert W. Porter of this town, and this was their home until
the death of Mr. Porter in 1904. Of their seven children, five are
living. These are Mrs. W. H. Martin of Bluffton, Indiana; Mrs. W. J.
Lewis, Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Frenyear, all of Buffalo; and William G.
Porter of Sayre, Pa. One daughter, Mrs. S. C. Jaqua of Naples died this
year; and one son, George, several years ago. The body of Mrs. Porter
was brought to Naples today and the funeral was held today from the
house of her son-in-law, S. C. Jaqua.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 November 1906
Phelps, N. Y. - Nathan W. Porter, aged 77 years, died yesterday at
his home, two miles southwest of Phelps. He had been in failing health
for the past two years. Mr. Porter was born in the Town of Phelps and
lived here always with the exception of a
short residence in Michigan. He was a veteran of the Civil War, being
a member of the 38th N. Y. Vols. Besides his widow, he leaves one son,
Ellsworth Porter, of Clifton Springs, one stepson, H. C. Flood, and
two daughters, Mrs. Wallace Salisbury and Miss Olive Porter, of Phelps.
The funeral will be held at the Phelps Methodist church tomorrow
Rev. W. E. Doughty officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 21 October 1904
Naples, N. Y. - Robert T. Porter died at his home on Lyon
street early on Monday morning, aged nearly 70 years. He has been
prostrate and helpless about 18 months, the probable result of a wound
received at Gettysburg, shattering his left knee, eventually sapping
his vitality. He was a member of Company D, 126 N. Y. Volunteers, and
was a faithful and brave soldier. He was born in Naples and was the
second son of Henry Porter, deceased. About 1856 he married Miss Mary
Dedrick, of Naples, who, with six children, survives him. Mr. Porter
was a builder, and notwithstanding his disability, undertook
enterprises of considerable magnitude. The Presbyterian church, Naples;
the Bryant house, Wayland; the Schulz block, Cohocton; and many other
fine large buildings throughout the country were erected by him, but
five years ago he was obliged to retire from all active work. He was an
earnest patriot, a Republican from the organization of the party, and
was honored and esteemed. He was a member of the Bingham Post, No. 74,
under whose auspices the funeral was conducted on Wednesday afternoon.
Rev. C. G. Roop assisted in the service. He leaves five daughters, Mrs.
S. C. Jaqua and Ella Van Riper of Naples; Mrs. W. E. Lewis and Mrs.
Walter Douglass, of Buffalo; and Mrs. George Frenyear of Hamilton,
Ontario; and one son, William G. Porter, of Sayre, Pa. One son, George,
recently died in Buffalo. One brother, Thomas, of the 85th Regiment,
Company B., was also a martyr to his country, dying in the service.
From Ontario County Journal 29 March 1889
Naples, N. Y. - The remains of Mrs. Ruth Porter, one
of the oldest residents of this town, were brought here for burial. She
had been recently living with a son in Warsaw. She was the mother of
Henry Porter, another family intimately connected with the
growth of Naples. Thus rapidly are passing away the links which bind
present generation to the past.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 23 December 1928
Clifton Springs, N. Y., Dec. 22 - Ruth Eliza Porter, 88, who
celebrated her birthday Thursday, died Friday at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. A. O. Smith in West Main Street. She is survived by her
daughter, Mrs. A. O. Smith, with whom she resided; and one son,
Ellsworth Porter, also of Clifton Springs. Funeral from the home Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 9 July 1897
Naples, N. Y. - Naples oldest citizen has passed away, William
M. Porter who died Sunday, July 4th, aged 93 years. This old
patriot could not have chosen a more satisfactory day for his
departure. He was a soldier born and always full of love for his
country, yet his only service was in the ranks of the militia, of which
he was captain for many years. All but 10 years has been spent in
Naples, and the last 40 years on the farm where he died. At his
request, soldiers bore him to his grave, four veterans of the late war,
Edwin C. and Joel E. Yaw, James M. and Freeman French. He leaves three
sons, John W., Frank and Dwight, all of Naples, and two daughters.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 August 1929
ABRAM A. POST PASSES AWAY AT WATKINS
Abram A. Post, a well-known resident of the Canandaigua
between this city and Flint, died at the Glen Springs Sanitarium in
Watkins Glen this morning. He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Margaret Burns Post, two sons, Abram A. and Thomas, and one daughter,
Ann, twin of Thomas.
Mr. Post left Geneva about a month ago and went to Watkins, where he
has been reported
seriously ill. He was born July 26, 1876, on the Post homestead
then owned by his father. He was educated in Geneva, Penn Yan and
the New York Military Academy. For a year and a half he was
employed by the General Electric Company of Schenectady and later went
to Cuba, where he engaged in business for five years. Returning
to Geneva, he engaged in agriculture on the homestead and the broad
acres are well known among the horticulturists of the state for the
wide expanse of orchards. Mr. Post travelled extensively winters,
the cold months in tropical
climes, even going to Hawaii and the Philippines. He was
a firm believer in scientific farming and frequently conducted
along his own ideas. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, a
in politics and an attendant at the Episcopal church. Funeral
will be announced later.
Jackie Humphrey has donated
the following obituary for Dr. Abram Eugene Post Jr.:
Phelps Echo newspaper article found in Scrapbk 1981 - 17.6
for 1929 and
Word has been received of the death of Dr. Abram E.
Post, father of Mrs. Helen Ridley of Banta St., at the
advanced age of 85 yrs.
He was born at Saugerties and moved with his parents to Seneca
his boyhood. He graduated from Long Island Medical College in
and was located for years at Port Gibson and also at Geneva. He
affiliated with the F. and A. M., taking his first work at Phelps in
A member of the Methodist Church at Geneva, he was very active in
School work while there and assisted many worthy young men toward an
He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ridley, two grandsons, Arthur and Floyd
Ridley of Phelps, one great grandson Oliver C. Humphrey, one brother
Dr. A. W. Post of Tioga Center and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held at Curry and Corwin Funeral Home in Geneva on
Tuesday P.M. with the Rev. Raymond Huse officiating.
The burial was in Washington St. Cemetery. The bearers were
Spangler and Messieurs Frank Fairfax, George Flint, Fred Witter,
Henderson and William F. Durant.
Submitted by Jacqueline, (Mrs. Oliver C. Humphrey). Note that Dr.
Post's granddaughter, Ethel Ridley, sister of
Arthur and Floyd, married Maxwell Humphrey and was deceased when Dr.
From Clifton Springs Press 10 March 1910
On Monday occurred the death of Mrs. Ann Jeannette Post, at
her home in Port Gibson. aged ninety-four years. Her illness was but of
a few days' duration, death being due to pneumonia. Mrs Post was born
in Rennselaerville, Jefferson County, N. Y., April 6, 1816. She was
married to Henry Post, who died November 29, 1898. For many years she
has resided in Port Gibson, where she was a highly esteemed woman by
all who knew her. When fourteen years old, she experienced religion and
became a member of the Baptist church at Gypsum. She is survived by one
daughter, Mrs. Emma J. Bockoven, of Port Gibson, and three
grandchildren, Miss Lillian I. King and Mrs. George W. Wilson of this
village, and George H. Bockoven of Palmyra. Rev. Mr. Hamilton, of Port
Gibson will officiate at the funeral this afternoon and interment will
be made in Port Gibson cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 September 1918
Shortsville, N. Y., Sept. 19 - Mrs. Edward Post of Manchester died
early this morning at the home in State street. She was born near
Shortsville and was formerly Miss Mary Aldridge. She leaves besides her
husband, Edward Post, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Getman of Manchester; a
sister, of Chapin; and a brother, who lives in Ohio. The funeral will
be held from the home in State street Saturday afternoon.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 22 August 1906
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Eliza Wolvin Post, widow of Peter
Post, died at her home in State street, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. Her
death was not unexpected as she had been an invalid for the past three
years. She was born in Scipio, Cayuga County. She was the daughter of
Wm. and Elizabeth Hoffman Wolvin. She was married in Phelps in 1845 to
Peter post; they made their home in Orleans, moving to this village in
1867, where her husband died in 1874. She is survived by five sons and
their families: Frederick and Edgar Post of this village; Augustus Post
of Phelps; William Post of Rochester; and Dr. Frank Post of Garden
City, Kan.; and a grandson, Julian E. Fish of this village, son of her
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 April 1927
Manchester, N. Y., April 3 - Mrs. Eunice A. Post, 74, wife of Fred
H. Post, died today at the home of her son, Floyd Post, in Clifton
street, as the result of a stroke suffered late Saturday. She was born
in Manchester, daughter of David and Lucinda Lyke Bliss, and always
lived here. She and Mr. Post married December 25, 1871. For the last
thirty-five years she had been a practical nurse. She was a member of
the Methodist church and Missionary Society and of the W. C. T. U. She
leaves her husband, a daughter, Mrs. James Galbraith; a son, Floyd
Post, both of Manchester; seven grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren. Funeral from the home at 2 o'clock, Tuesday, Rev.
Howard G. Smith, minister of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial
in Brookside cemetery.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 7 December 1893
Port Gibson - Henry Post, aged
79 years, who had lived in this vicinity many years, died at his home
last Thursday. He was much respected on account of his sterling
integrity and kindness as a friend and neighbor. A devoted wife and two
daughters, Mrs. A. H. King, of Clifton Springs, and Mrs. Emma Bockoven,
of Palmyra, mourn the loss of a dear companion and father. The obsequies
were conducted Saturday by Rev. J. B. Sheerar.
From Geneva Gazette 2 October 1874
John Post, Esq., died at his residence in Geneva on Monday
forenoon last, after a long illness of consumption. The insidious
disease fastened upon him several years ago, and but for extraordinary
care of himself in his habits of life would doubtless have run its
fatal course much sooner. He spent the winter of '72-3 in the
genial clime of Florida and returned feeling much better and
encouraged. But the seeds of the fatal malady it seems had become
too deep-rooted to become entirely eradicated by medicine, climatic
or other means. Twas only a question of time when the vital
organs should yield to the destroyer who would not be shaken off.
Mr. Post was born in Seneca and spent his whole life up to
the last three years on the farm and within sight of the house wherein
he first saw light. He was the second son of the late Hon.
Abraham A. Post, and inherited his father's principles of honor and
integrity as well as a share of his princely fortune. The
deceased was the last representative of the old town of Seneca
in our Board of Supervisors, serving two successive years. In politics
he was a consistent and conscientious republican. When
his venerable father died the son was chosen in his stead a director
in the Geneva National Bank, which position he in turn held till
his death. Mr. Post leaves a wife and two children, who,
although long expecting this separation by death, are nonetheless grief
stricken over their bereavement. The funeral took place yesterday
from the house, Rev. Mr. Montgomery of the Universalist Church,
Rochester, officiating, and the remains interred in the family burying
From Geneva Daily Times 10 March 1905
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Wednesday
evening at 7 o'clock at his home on Kendall street, occurred
the death of Nicholas Post, aged seventy-six years.
He has been sick since the middle of December. His illness started with
the grip, but the direct cause of his death was heart trouble.
He is survived by one son, Mahlon Post of this village. The funeral
services were held at his late home this afternoon, Rev. V. A. Sage
officiating. Burial will be made in the Gypsum cemetery. Mr. Post has
always resided in this vicinity.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 November 1892
Last Monday occurred the death from pneumonia of Sarah, wife of Charles B. Post, at her home in Seneca, at the age of 42 years.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Sarah A. Post, for the past
sixteen years a resident of this village, died yesterday afternoon at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Gowing. Mrs. Post was born in the
Town of Manchester, December 25, 1830. About 61 years ago she united
with the Baptist church. On May 22, 1850, she married Aaron Post. She
leaves one sister, Mrs. Cairns, of Syracuse; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph
Gowing of Clifton Springs. Rev. V. A. Sage of the Baptist church will
conduct the funeral services Sunday afternoon.
From Shortsville Enterprise 25 May 1916
The death of William H. Post, a well-known resident of
Manchester village, occurred at his home in State street on Monday
afternoon at 2
o'clock, following a long illness. His age was 59 years. William H.
was a native of the township of Manchester, having been born on January
10, 1857. His parents were the late Peter and Eliza Wolven Post. When
10 years of age, Mr. Post removed with his parents to reside in
village, which place he had held as his residence, although for 23
he was employed in Rochester. He resigned his Rochester position in
owing to poor health. Mr. Post was married to Miss Flora B. Worden of
on June 24, 1886. Twelve years ago he joined Yonnondio Lodge, F. and A.
M. of Rochester, and later became a member of Hamilton Chapter, Royal
Masons, of Rochester. He was a member of the Manchester M. E. church
had always taken deep interest in the work of the church. Besides his
he leaves four brothers, Fred H. Post and Edgar D. Post of Manchester;
C. Post of Shortsville, and Dr. Frank A. Post of Delta, Col. The
services were held from the Manchester M. E. church on Wednesday
at 4 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Edward Jarvis, while
sermon was preached by the Rev. C. E. Hamilton, president of Cazenovia
The interment was made in Brookside cemetery in this place.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2 July 1938
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Cecilia Adelaide Potter, 88, widow
of James Potter, died here Thursday night in the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Wallace A. Seaman, North Main Street. She was born in Gorham.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Seaman and Miss Henrietta Potter,
Brooklyn; and seven sons, George, Canandaigua; Frank, Phoenix, Ariz;
John, Jesse and Grover, Manchester; Edmund and Earle, Farmington; also
38 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be
held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Seaman home with burial in West
From Geneva Daily Times 16 February 1904
Edward B. Potter died yesterday afternoon at his home on the
McKane farm, on
the Seneca Castle road, aged forty years. The deceased was
born in Bellona and has lived in this vicinity throughout his
life. For a number of years he had been in the employ of William Smith.
He was a member of Oceola lodge, I. O. O. F. of Hall's
Corners, and Seneca Rebekah lodge of this city. The survivors are his
widow and one daughter. The funeral will take place at
11 o'clock Thursday from the house, and at 2 o'clock from the Bellona
Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Bellona cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 March 1926
Flint, March 10 - Florence Elizabeth Potter, 63 years old, wife of
John B. Potter, died at her home here after a long illness. Besides her
husband, she leaves two sons, Irvin and Frank, both of Ithaca;
three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Bliven and Mrs. Jessie Winburn of Phelps;
and Mrs. Hattie Kransler of Flint; a sister, Mrs. Storey of Fairville;
a brother, William Graves of Clifton Springs. Funeral services will
take place from her home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon with Rev. R. S.
Chalmers of the Clifton Springs Baptist church officiating. Burial will
be made in Sand Hill Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 26 September 1890
Frank Potter, of this village, a moulder, employed at the
Ontario foundry on Ontario street, went to Bath with the excursionists
Tuesday, and on the return trip fell from the rear platform of a car
on the train between Bath and Hammondsport. William Orr and several
other Canandaiguans were on the car and an attempt was made to stop the
train. The bell cord was pulled but it was fastened to a brake instead
of the bell in the engine, so their efforts were unavailing. The
was appealed to but he turned a deaf ear to the story of the accident
and refused to stop the train. After the train reached Hammondsport,
of Potter went back and found his dead body on the track where he fell.
His neck had been broken and death had apparently been instantaneous.
remains were brought to this village Wednesday evening and it was
to hold an inquest. The deceased was a steady and worthy young man, and
his sudden and untimely death is peculiarly distressing from the fact
preparations were being made for his approaching marriage to an
young lady of Shortsville. He had purchased a portion of his household
From "Drug Trade Weekly," January 14, 1922.
Obituary. Died in Geneva,
NY, December 3d, Hazard Arnold Potter, M.D. He was born in Potter township,
Gates (sic; Yates) County, December 21, 1811 ; graduated in medicine at Bowdoin
College in 1835; practiced his profession a short time in Rhode, thence went to
his native place, where he practiced till 1853, when he removed to Geneva. He
was, during the war, surgeon to the 50th New York Volunteers. He was an
energetic worker, attained reputation as a surgeon for his successful trephining
of the vertebral column, operations for ovariotomy, and method of amputating at
the hip-joint. During the last four years, he has been a prominent advocate of
temperance, which cause he sustained with characteristic zeal. The immediate
occasion of his death was inflammation of the lungs.- Buffalo Medical and
Surgical Journal, December, 1869.
Thanks to Martha Magill for this contribution.
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1909
At his home on the east lake shore on Tuesday evening occurred the
death of James A. Potter, from blood poisoning, aged 60 years.
He is survived by his wife and nine children, Frank of Syracuse, John,
George, Jesse, Edward, Albert, Grover, Henrietta and Mrs. Wallace
Seamans. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
interment being in the West avenue cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 29 November 1928
Rounding out the ripe old age of 83 years, James K. Potter, of
Booth street, Shortsville, passed away at his home on Sunday evening,
following only a short illness. With his demise the last surviving
member of Herendeen Post, Grand Army of the Republic of Shortsville
passes into history. Mr. Potter was a son of the late William and Julia
Selover Potter and first saw the light of day at Machias, Cattaraugus
county, on August 13, 1945. He had resided in Shortsville for the past
58 years. He was three times married, his first wife having been Mahala
Stafford of Palmyra, to whom he was united in 1866.
Mr. Potter served throughout a large part of the Civil War, having
enlisted in Syracuse in January, 1863, when only 17 years of age, and
became a member of the
Eleventh New York Cavalry, Company D. His regiment for some time was
quartered at Seventh Street Camp, Washington, D. C., and formed the
guard doing duty at the White House. He frequently saw President
Lincoln, his trioop being guard for the President. It is said that while
attending school at Palmyra during his younger days, Mr. Potter was a
schoolmate of Admiral Sampson of the Battle of Santiago fame. He was
prominent in the activities of Herendeen Post and had held numerous
offices in that organization.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Jennie Bradshaw Potter of Shortsville; two sons, Frank
Potter of Buffalo and Charles Potter of Shortsville; also nine
grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at 1
o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. S. S. Pratt, pastor
of Canandaigua Methodist church. The interment was in Brookside
Cemetery. Members of American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary of the
Legion attended in a body.
From Shortsville Enterprise 20 January 1916
Mrs. James K. Potter died at her home in Booth street at about
4:30 o'clock on Wednesday morning. She had been in poor health for the
twenty years and for the last week had been in a critical condition.
failure is given as the cause of demise. Her age was 71 years. Mrs.
was formerly Miss Mehala Stafford and was born in the town of
Manchester on April 27, 1844. Her parents were the late Permela and
Nelson Stafford. With the exception of two or three years spent in
Palmyra, when a young girl, her entire life had been spent in the
township of Manchester. Shortsville had been her home since 1906,
although living on a farm near here for
many years. She was united in marriage with Mr. Potter on June 23,
Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Frank Potter of Buffalo, and
Charles Potter of Hebron avenue; two brothers, Nelson Stafford of
and William Stafford of Akron, Ohio; also six grandchildren. The
services will be held from her late home on Friday afternoon at 2:30
conducted by the Rev. C. C. Reynolds of Waterloo. The burial will be in
the family plot at Brookside cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 26 June 1940
Jesse Potter, 51, of Manchester was fatally injured when his car
struck a tree in front of the home of William Marshall in State street,
Manchester, about 2:30 o'clock Monday morning. Potter, alone in the
car, was headed east and apparently had fallen asleep at the wheel
since the tracks of his car on the wet pavement showed that it had
suddenly swerved across the street and crashed into a tree. Noise of
the crash awakened neighbors, among them Deputy Sheriff Victor
Compbell. When they arrived on the scene, Potter was gasping for
breath, and Dr. Ludwig Mayer was called, but death came before the
Doctor arrived. Coroner Samuel F. Kutz of Clifton Spa later performed
an autopsy and it was established that death had been caused by a
Mr. Potter, a lifelong resident of Manchester and Canandaigua, is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Potter of Newark; three sons, Clarence
and Raymond Potter of Newark; one daughter, Miss Florence Potter of
Manchester; two sisters, Mrs. Wallace Seaman of Canandaigua and Miss
Henrietta Potter of New York City; six brothers, John and Grover Potter
of Manchester, Earl Potter of Canandaigua, Frank Potter of Phoenix,
Grover Potter of Buffalo and Edward Potter of Farmington. Funeral
services will be held this Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the
home of John W. Potter in State street, Manchester, conducted by Rev.
E. L. Kinner of the Methodist church. Burial will be made in West
Avenue Cemetery in Canandaigua.
From Shortsville Enterprise 20 January 1916
Shortsville residents are deeply affected over the death of one of
its best-known and best-liked citizens, John Wesley Potter, which
home in West Main street at 8:15 o'clock on Monday
morning. He had been ill for several weeks with bronchitis and la
he later developed pneumonia. His age was 65 years. John Wesley Potter
was born in Machias, Cattaraugus County, on September 29, 1850, the
son of the late William and Julia Potter. He received his education in
public schools of Machias and spent his early life assisting his father
on the farm. He removed with his parents to Palmyra and later to
Mr. Potter located at Holland, this State, about 30 years ago and for
years made his home at that place. He owned a farm there, but engaged a
man to conduct the same, his time being occupied in traveling for a
commercial house. From Holland he removed to the Parlor Village and
in the coal business with his brother, James K. Potter, they conducting
the coal yards now owned by the firm of M. E. & R. V. Hixson in
street. After dissolving this partnership, Mr. Potter still continued
that line of business, storing his coal at the Hosey yards in
Mr. Potter was twice married, his first wife being Miss Ella
of Holland. After her death, he was united in marriage on June 29,
with Miss Winifred Stevens, of Cherry Creek, N. Y., who survives him.
was a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows, which organization
the funeral services in a body and took charge of the remains at the
Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his loss, two brothers, James K.
of Booth street, and Eben Potter of Seneca Castle; two nephews, Frank
of Buffalo and Charles Potter of Hebron avenue, and one niece, Mrs.
Bounds of Rochester. The funeral obsequies were held from his late home
Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the burial following in Brookside
in this place.
From Shortsville Enterprise 1 December 1937
Mrs. Lena Elizabeth Potter died at her home in the township of
Farmington on Monday, at the age of 56 years. She is survived by her
husband, Earl Potter; one daughter, Miss Gladys Potter of Farmington;
three sons, Elton and Stewart Potter of Canandaigua; two sisters, Mrs.
Margaret Demhler of Pittsford and Mrs. Rose Nussbaumer of Palmyra; and
five brothers, Bernard Romeiser of Canandaigua, Peter Romeiser of
Niagara Falls, Jacob and Conrad Romeiser of Manchester, and Henry
Romeiser of Kansas. Funeral services will be held from her late home
this Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the South
From Shortsville Enterprise 30 August 1923
On Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock, from the home of Seldon Aldrich in Railroad avenue, was held the funeral of Mrs. Margaret McGarry Potter, conducted
by Rev. John J. Ganey, pastor of St. Dominic's church. The remains were
interred in St. Rose's cemetery, west of Shortsville. Mrs. Potter died
at the Homeopathic hospital in Rochester at 1:25 o'clock on Monday
morning. She had been confined to the hospital since last April, at
which time she fell and broke her hip. Her age was 84 years. Mrs.
Potter was born in Ireland on October 11m 1839, and came to this
country with her parents when but a small child. They located in the
township of Farmington and the larger part of her life had been spent
therein. During the past few years, she had lived with relatives at
Canandaigua and Rochester. She was twice married, her first husband
being Edward Laver of Victor, with whom she was united in 1858. He was
killed in action in the Civil War in 1861. She also lost her second
husband, Alfred Potter, in the same manner, his death occurring in
1865, the year of their marriage. The survivors are two daughter, Mrs.
Louis Ebert, of Shortsville, and Mrs. Cora Johnson of Rochester; also
six grandchildren ; and seven great-grandchildren; and one brother,
Thomas McGarry of Canandaigua.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 1 March 1905
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mary E. Potter, wife of John Potter, died at the
home of her father, J. J. Norgate, Saturday, Feb. 25, aged 37 years.
Mrs. Potter was born in the town of Richmond and was the daughter of
John J. Norgate and Mary Steel Norgate. In 1892 she married John
Potter. One daughter, May, was born to them. Mrs. Potter was a member
of the First Congregational church at Honeoye, and her beautiful
Christian life endeared her to all. Besides her husband and daughter,
she leaves a father and mother and two sisters, Mrs. Charles White and
Mrs. Fayette Huff, to mourn her loss. The family have the sympathy of
their neighbors and friends in their great sorrow.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 23
Last Thursday, Mrs. Orilla Potter, wife of James G. Potter,
was deposited in her final resting place. Her
age was 82 years. She was the mother of Dr. John W. Potter, Caleb B.
Potter, James D. Potter, Nancy Barnes, residing in Pike, Allegany co.;
Julia Ann, wife of John Sisco of Middlesex, and Parmelia Salisbury of
this village. Mr. James G. Potter is now in his 87th year and is still
hale and hearty.
From Ontario County Journal 27 February 1914
Stanley, N. Y. - The death of Robert Potter occurred at his
home near Flint on Saturday morning, after a brief illness from
pneumonia, at the advanced age of 92 years. Mr. Potter had been a
resident in the vicinity of Flint for a number of years. He was a
successful farmer, a kind and obliging neighbor and a man respected by
all. There survive three sons and four daughters, John and Frank, of
Flint, and Walter, of Hopewell; Mrs. T. D. Whitney of Flint; Mrs.
William Miller of Victor; Mrs. Alice Jewett of Stanley, and Miss Bessie
Potter, who lived with her father on the home farm. Funeral services
were held on Monday with burial at Sand Hill.
The Shortsville Enterprise 1 June 1916
The death of Walter R. Potter, a former well-known resident of
the Parlor Village, occurred at his home in the township of Hopewell on
Saturday noon last. His age was 61 years. Mr. Potter was born in the
of Seneca on April 2, 1855, a son of the late Robert and Zilah Potter.
the exception of one year passed in the State of Michigan, the deceased
had always made his home in Ontario county. He was a resident of
for several years and possessed many friends here. He removed to
to reside on a farm about a year ago. The survivors are his wife, Mrs.
Potter, one son, Arthur Potter, of Buffalo; two daughters, Miss Mabel
of Hopewell, and Mrs. William Brown of Shortsville; also seven
The funeral services were held from his late home in Hopewell Center on
morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Williams of Seneca
pastor of the Hopewell Center M. E. church. The burial followed in
cemetery in this village.
From Geneva Gazette 13 August 1897
Sad Drowning Accident - Last Friday evening, Watson G. Potter,
Jr., the 15-year-old son of Geneva's well known marble dealer, was
drowned in Flint Creek, near Seneca Castle. He made the trip to
that place on his wheel that same afternoon, and went to the creek to
bathe. That was the last seen of him while alive. He was
the guest of Mr. Cyrus Bray. As he had not returned at 7 o'clock search
for him was instituted and prosecuted all night long. Not until
next morning was his lifeless body found.
It was discovered face downward in water scarcely six inches
deep. Evidently he was prostrated in an epileptic fit to which he
was subject and fell in the water while unconscious. The body was
embalmed and brought to the saddened home from whence the funeral took
place last Monday afternoon. Coroner Wright took cognizance of
the case in so far only as to decide that a jury inquest was
From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1900
Shortsville, N. Y. - The citizens of this village were startled on
Friday of last week to hear that William Potter had committed
suicide at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. A. Burton, with whom he
had been living for some time. He was about 80 years of age, and had
been in poor health for some time. It is supposed that during temporary
insanity, he committed the rash act. The funeral was held on Sunday
from Mr. Burton's home, Rev. A. W. Greene officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 August 1907
William A. Potter, age 56 years, died yesterday at the
home of his father near Flint. He is survived by one brother and three
sisters. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at two o'clock
from the house. Rev. Byron C. Showers, pastor of the Methodist
church at Flint will officiate and interment will be at Sand Hill.
From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1894
Shortsville, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Wm. Potter occurred
in this village on Friday, April 13, after an illness of
two days. She leaves an aged husband, two sons and one daughter, three
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, besides a large number of
friends, to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held from the
resident on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. E. J. Lavis officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1896
Naples, N. Y. - After a protracted illness, Mrs. Catharine S.
Pottle, widow of the late Hon. Emory B. Pottle, died on Monday
evening, aged 68 years. The deceased was the daughter of Michael
Maxfield and sister of Hiram Maxfield, of this place. Another sister
was the first wife of Samuel H. Torrey, deceased. Mrs. Pottle had been
most devotedly cared for during the years of invalidism by her only
daughter, Miss Elizabeth, assisted of late by her daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Margaret Pottle of Buffalo. Her illness was attended with great
suffering. Three sons survive her, W. L. and Frank M. of Naples, and
Harry of Buffalo. One son, Fred M., recently died in Buffalo. Funeral
services were held on Thursday.
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1891
Naples, N. Y. - In the death of Hon. Emory B. Pottle, on
April 18th, Naples suffers the loss of one who has been more thoroughly
identified with the town, in what pertains to its best good, than any
other citizen of that place. Others have done well, but, taking into
account Mr. Pottle's long life spent here, his strong intellect, good
judgment and untiring industry, there is no doubt but that he has had
more to do in molding the minds of his fellow townsmen than any other
one man. A brief sketch of his life will doubtless be read by most of
the Journal readers with interest.
Mr. Pottle was born in Naples, on the farm which has always been in the
family, July 4, 1816, an only child of Loring and Betsey Pottle. His
mother was daughter of Capt. Edward Kibbe, a noted pioneer of Naples.
blood flowed in the veins of both families, and Mr. Pottle inherited a
a country which has made him of national reputation. He was ambitious
an education and made the most of the schools of his town, and was also
to attend the Penn Yan Academy two years. When twenty years old he
law with Robert Flint, in Penn Yan, and a short time in Canandaigua
Sibley & Worden. At 22 he began his law practice in Springfield,
with Judge Logan, but failing health compelled his return to Naples,
he soon decided to make this town his permanent home. He had already
his spurs as an orator in his maiden speech on July 4th, 1836, at the
church on the square; and now, taking an active part in politics as a
he was soon known to the country around as a keen debater, a sarcastic
opponent and a captivating orator. He was honored in his own town with
nearly all of its higher offices, and in 1847 was sent to the assembly.
He married that year Catherine, daughter of Judge Maxfield, and bought
a fine place in the village and settled there. He was prominent in the
organization of the Republican party, and had now become so popular
that in 1856 he was elected to congress by a large majority, and
re-elected in 1858 from the counties of Ontario, Yates and Seneca.
There he made his impress as a determined opponent of slavery and
secession, and was one of the mighty little band that stood firm
against the encroachments of the South, thus incurring the hatred of
that section and putting his life in danger.
Mr. Pottle, all of this time, was gaining a reputation as a lawyer, and
was also managing a large farm. He had become much interested in fine
sheep, and in 1867 was made secretary of the National Wool Growers' and
Woolen Manufactures Convention, held in New York city, and he was one
of three who framed a
tariff bill, acceptable to both producers and manufacturers, which
a law. He was president of the Ontario Agricultural Society for one or
years, and of the State Grape Growers' Association for several years.
was the first extensive grape grower in Naples, realizing at one time
for the product of six acres of Isabella grapes. He was always
interested in agriculture, and a friend of the laboring man. Mr. Pottle
was not only a popular and able speaker on national subjects; he had a
literary taste and was fond of poetry and science, and later he gave
interesting lectures and readings before the Academy students of Naples
on Byron and Shakespeare, and some of a historical character.
He was interested too in all educational, church and reform matters,
and his voice has been heard many times in earnest advocacy of
temperance and morality. He was the pride of the town as a speaker, and
could be relied upon in any emergency, and in social gatherings his
varied information and superior conversational powers made him the
center of attraction. His last public appearance as a speaker was on
our centennial anniversary, July 4, 1889, when he delivered the
admirable address reviewing the history of the town.
Mr. Pottle's home life was delightful. In 1852 he bought the place
where he died and made it one of the most complete residences in the
county. There he resided with dignity, yet with exceeding kindness,
holding the affection of his family in an unusual degree. His wife,
four sons and one daughter survive him. At the funeral on Monday all
business ceased and schools were closed. He died in the calmness of the
Christian faith, which he had professed for many years.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 January 1910
Naples, N. Y. - William L. Pottle died at his home Saturday night
at 10 o'clock, aged 63 years. He was born in Naples and had lived
nearly all his life here. He held a clerkship at Albany while Cleveland
was Governor and was custodian of the dies at Washington under
Cleveland's first administration. Mr. Pottle was a gentleman of
pleasing address and had many friends. He is survived by his wife and
one son, Emory B. Pottle, the author, now in Italy; also one brother,
Henry Pottle of Buffalo, and a sister, Elizabeth Pottle of Naples. Burial
From Phelps Citizen 12 March 1925
Arthur Pound of Geneva died suddenly last Wednesday morning at the
Summit Stove Works at the age of 49 years. He was formerly of Phelps.
Besides his wife, he leaves three daughters and two sons, Mrs. William
Peterson of Oneida, S. D., Olive E. and Leona M. Pound, all of Geneva;
and two sisters, Mrs. Nathan Marr of Port Byron and Mrs. William
Blainsdell of Albany. Burial was in Rest Haven cemetery on Sunday.
From Ontario County Journal 4 September
Victor, N. Y. - At his residence near this village, last Friday
morning, unexpectedly passed away Mark W. Powel, in the
seventieth year of his age. Mr. Powel came from Penn Yan to Victor
fifteen years ago and engaged in an extensive manufacturing industry
requiring the expenditure of large means in perfecting the necessary
plant and sagacious capabilities in successfully conducting the
business. He was a man of extensive information, good legal knowledge
and practically learned in civil engineering.
Making no denominational professions, he strictly followed and
strenuously advocated the golden rule in life -- do as you would that
do to you. Politically a Republican, he fearlessly advanced the
principles he believed to be right. As a friend never furthering
dissension, but always counseling harmony, he accomplished much good,
and in kind and generous ways succored many people. Monday afternoon
brief services were held at the house, Rev. Albert S. Bacon
officiating, the interment taking place in the village cemetery. His
wife and sons,
Mark T. Powel of Canandaigua, and Frank H. Powel of Victor, comprise
the remaining family.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 February 1924
Canandaigua - The death of Mrs. Agnes M. Powell, wife of
George W. Powell, of 93 Gorham street, this city, occurred yesterday
afternoon. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. R. D. Kean of Geneva, and one
sister, Mrs. W. J. Reid of New York City. The funeral will be held from
the home tomorrow afternoon and will be private.
From Ontario County Journal 8 February 1918
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Ann Powell, wife of George Powell,
died at the home in Gorham on Monday, after an illness of nine weeks.
She was born in England on March 18, 1847, coming to America 49 years
ago. She is survived by her husband and three daughter, Mrs. Loren
Pulver, of Gorham; Mrs. Harry Swartout of Hall, and Mrs. Joseph
Patchett of Geneva.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 November 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Coroner Hallenbeck was summoned to Reed's
Corners Wednesday to investigate
the sudden death of Mr. Augustus Powell, an aged resident of
that place. He decided that death resulted from natural causes.
Deceased is survived by eight children.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 11 July 1906
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Mrs. Ellen Powell died at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Myron Jones, on Wednesday evening, July 4, after
a prolonged illness. She leaves eight children, besides grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and two aged sisters. The children are: Mrs. Olive
Yerkes, Mrs. Myron Jones, Mrs. Lotta Nicket and Mrs. Dora Sherman, of
Syracuse, Mrs. Susie Brink of Italy; and John, Norton and Alonzo Powell
of this place. The funeral was held in the Congregational church Friday
afternoon and interment was in the Reed's Corners cemetery beside her
husband, Augustus Powell, who died about ten years ago.
Evangelical Magazine & Gospel Advocate, Utica NY, Sat. 13 Dec 1834
[a Universalist newspaper]
DEATHS. In Victor, on the 15th ult., EUNICE POWELL,
consort James Powell, aged 60 years. The deceased, according to a
verdict of a jury of inquest, in a state of mental derangement,
terminated her existence by suicide, and was found suspended by a
handkerchief on the morning of the 16th. She had for some weeks
previous been laboring under severe indisposition, and had through life
sustained an unblemished reputation. A very large concourse of
people assembled on the Sabbath, the 16th ult., at the Universalist
church, where the funeral was attended and a discourse delivered by the
writer from Ezek. xxxvii:3. May God in his infinite mercy
abundantly bless all who have under this extraordinary calamity been
called to mourn, and especially remember the aged companion and the
sorrowing children of the deceased.
K. T. [Rev. Kneeland Townsend]
This contribution was kindly donated by Karen Dau, Rochester NY
Archivist, NY State Convention of Universalists
From Geneva Daily Times 3 July 1906
Mrs. Harriet M. Powell, aged 84 years, died last night at 10:00
o'clock at her home about five miles south of this city. She is
survived by her husband, William Powell, and one nephew, W. F. Black,
of the town of Geneva. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon
at 3:00 o'clock. The Rev. A. B. Temple, of Number Nine Presbyterian
Church, will officiate and burial will be at Bellona.
From Shortsville Enterprise 12 April 1912
Farmington, N. Y. - Hiram B. Powell, for many years a highly
respected member of this town, died at the home of his daughter at
Victor on Friday morning last. His demise was occasioned by Bright's
disease from which he had suffered for many months. His age was 79
From Geneva Daily Times 15 November 1907
Rushville, N. Y. - Joseph Powell, 73 years old, who was taken to
the Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, last Monday, was operated on for
appendicitis and died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning. M. W. Fisher
brought the body back to his old home, which he had just sold, that he
might take life more easy. The funeral services were held today, the
burial taking place at No. 9
Church, Seneca, where his father and mother are buried. He leaves three
daughters and four sons: George of Dundee, Charles and Wesley, living
California, Frank at home; Mary and Lizzie at home, and one daughter,
Theodore Knapp at Potter Center. He also leaves two brothers, George at
Gorham, and Charles at Bellona.
From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1904
Rushville, N. Y. - The oldest person in this community died on Friday night, aged 101 yrs. He was Joseph Powell, who
had been living with his son, Joseph Powell, Jr., some three miles
south of here, for the past three months. He was born in England. His
wife, aged 97 years; and three sons, survive him. The funeral was held
on Monday at 11 o'clock at the Little Church near Gorham.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - The sudden death of Mrs. Mary A.
Wilson Powell occurred at her home near Reed Corners on Friday
morning of heart failure. She was one of the oldest residents of the
town of Gorham, being born on the Wilson homestead, one mile east of
Wilson Corners, on January 28, 1828, and was one of the ten children of
James and Hannah Wilson. Only one survives, John R. Wilson of Gorham.
In 1854 her marriage to William Powell took place and to them three
children were born, one dying in infancy. Mr. Powell died in 1862. Mrs.
Powell's death occurred one week later than that of her sister, Mrs.
Edith Underhill. She is survived by two sons, Delbert W. and George W.
Powell of Reed's Corners, and nine grandchildren; one brother, John R.
Wilson of Gorham; one nephew, James Lewis of Gorham, and a niece, Mrs.
Theoria Bain of Seneca Castle. The funeral was held from the
Congregational church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Dr. John McColl
officiating. The burial was in the Reed cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 27 September 1878
Gorham, N. Y. - We hear that Mr. Phillip Powell, a farmer
in the western part of this town, went out to work after dinner last
Saturday, without having complained of feeling unwell, and dropped dead
in his field. Mr.
Powell was about sixty-five years old.
From Ontario County Journal 10 May 1889
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Sarah G. Powell, wife of Hon.
Shotwell Powell, of South Bristol, died Thursday morning, the
2d inst. of pneumonia, after a week's illness.
From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Ontario has lost another honored and valuable
citizen in the person of Hon. Shotwell Powell, who died at his
now owned by his son, Israel, in South Bristol, on Friday, June 19, at
the age of nearly 88 years. Until stricken with paralysis in March
last, Mr. Powell was apparently in full possession of his faculties,
appearing like a well kept man of 75. He was of the Society of Friends,
and was a true type of integrity and gentleness peculiar to that sect.
He was born in Dutchess county, coming to Ontario about 1844, and
assuming from the first a prominent position in society and politics.
He was one of the founders of the of the Republican party and was sent
once to the assembly by them in 1858 and '59. He was a pronounced
anti-slavery and temperance advocate. He invested $16,000 in Virginia
lands, in order to found a colony free from the blight of intemperance
and kindred souls. He was a good and true man and has gone to receive
his reward. Two sons, Thomas J. and I. M. Powell, and a daughter, Mrs.
W. E. Lincoln, survive him. Rev. Cornell of Macedon, an eminent
preacher of the Friends, officiated at the funeral, Monday, which was
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 6 July 1906
Mrs. William Powell died at her home on the lake road south of
Geneva last Monday, July 2d, aged 84 years. She and Mr. Powell had been
married 54 years, and all that time was passed on that farm. He was
ever an industrious, hard-working farmer and his wife was indeed a
helpmeet in every sense. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. Mrs.
Powell was a sister of Mrs. Black, mother of W. F. Black. Mr. Powell is
now left entirely alone in his old age, being past the age of 85 years.
We believe he had disposed of the farm some time ago, being no longer
able to do the work upon it.
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1918
The death of Mrs. Alida M. Power occurred at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Rowley, in Victor, on Monday morning,
following a long illness. She was one of four daughters of Gideon and
Sara VanDenberg Shaw and was born August 27, 1838. On Jan. 22, 1862,
she was united in marriage to M. H. Sibley Power of Farmington.
Fourteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Power retired from farm life and had
since resided in Victor. Ten years ago Mrs. Power became totally blind.
Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Rowley of Victor,
and Mrs. A. B. Parmele of Canandaigua, also two granddaughters, Miss
Gladys Rowley and Miss Margaret Parmele; and one sister, Mrs. S. W.
Seavey, of Mamaroneck. The funeral services were held yesterday. Rev.
Frank W. Hill, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Victor, officiated.
Interment was at the village cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 July 1902
Shortsville, N. Y. - People here were shocked to hear of the
sudden death of Allen Power which occurred at the home of
James Gillis last Tuesday noon. He had been in his usual good health
until the hour of his death which was due to heart disease. His son,
Allen, was on the lake shore at the time, he being the only immediate
member of the family left. He is also survived by two brothers and two
sisters. He was an upright, honorable, industrious man, and respected
by all. He had been a resident of the village for 18 years. He was aged
about 47 years.
From Ontario County Times 23 April 1890
Shortsville, N. Y. - Our community was startled last Thursday morning by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Allen Power. She
been complaining somewhat all winter, but her health was such as
not to seriously alarm her physician or friends, and up to the day
preceding her death, she was engaged as usual about her household
duties. In the evening, she was taken suddenly ill and Dr. J. R. Pratt
was summoned and stayed
until after the birth of a child, when he left about midnight thinking
her as comfortable as could be expected. In a few hours, however, she
was taken with a chill and spasms, followed one after another until
they ended in her death as above stated. The sad event comes all too
sudden upon her immediate family and neighborhood, where she was best
known and appreciated. Mrs. Power's mother, who resides at Groton, N.
Y., was summoned and she arrived on the noon train, accompanied by a
younger daughter. A short service was held at the house Saturday
morning, when the husband and friends accompanied the remains back to
her childhood home. Mr. Power has the sympathy of our community in this
time of severe affliction. With his little two-years-old son, he is
left to struggle on under what now seems like an insupportable burden
of grief. His mother died only a few months since.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 November 1907
On Nov. 4th occurred the death of Andrew T. Power at
his home in Farmington. He was the father-in-law of Mrs. Grace Rose
of this city. The deceased was 90 years old and was a pioneer, and
formerly one of the largest land owners of this town, where he spent
life. He died in the house in which he was born. His survivors are two
and one daughter.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1916
Mrs. Esther Foster Power, aged 84 years, widow of William Power,
passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Johnson, Gorham
street, yesterday morning, following a long illness. There survive one
daughter, Mrs. Jesse Barnes, of the Seneca Point road; one son, Fred P.
Power, of Dubois, Pa., and two sisters, Mrs. John Johnson and Mrs.
Martha Parmele, Gorham street. The funeral services will be held at the
late home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Livingston L. Taylor
will officiate. Interment will be at South Farmington cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 16 September 1903
Wednesday night at her home on Prospect street occurred the death
of Mrs. Hester L. Power, wife of Morey Power, aged about 67
years. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John M. Stokoe of this
place, and Mrs. Lewis H. Herendeen of Farmington, and Mrs. Herbert
Wiley, of Victor; and one son, Luke Power of New York; her husband,
Morey E. Power of this place; and three brothers, John Berry of
Bristol, and Joseph and William Berry of this place; one sister, Mrs.
O. M. Hitchcock of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 8 October 1915
The death of Morey A. Power occurred Friday morning after a
long illness, aged 78 years. Deceased had been a residence of
Canandaigua for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, one son, Luke W.
Power, of New York City; by three daughters, Mrs. L. D. Herendeen of
Farmington, Mrs. Herbert Wiley, and Mrs. John M. Stokoe of this city;
and by two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Wisner and Dewitt
Power, of Canandaigua, Mrs. Gillam of Oregon and Sibley Power of
Victor. Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiated at the funeral services on
Monday. Interment was at Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1901
Morey E. Power died at his home in Buffalo on Monday and his
remains were brought to this village for burial. The funeral services
were held at the home of his father, M. A. Power, Prospect street, on
Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Fred T. Galpin officiating. Deceased was
formerly a resident of this village and removed to Buffalo about seven
years ago. He had been poor health for some years past and death was
due to consumption. Besides his wife and four-year-old son, he is
survived by his parents, one brother, Luke, and three sisters, Mrs.
John Stokoe, Mrs. Herbert Wiley and Mrs. L. D. Herendeen of Canandaigua
and vicinity. Deceased was nearly 40 years of age.
From Ontario County Chronicle 27 March 1901
Farmington, N. Y. - Truman C. Power, a lifelong
resident of this town, died at his home at an early hour Monday
after a lingering illness, aged 55 years. He is survived by a wife,
a father, Andrew P. Power, a sister, Miss Metta Power, and two
George P. Power and William C. Power, all of Farmington.
From Victor Herald 1 March 1907
While talking with a man at his barn at about noon on Friday of
last week, William E. Power of Farmington was suddenly
stricken with heart disease and died with a few moments. The deceased
was a lifelong resident of Farmington and about seventy years of age.
He was highly esteemed by his townsmen. Mr. Power leaves his wife, a
son, Fred, of Canandaigua, and
daughter, Mrs. Ida Barnes. Two brothers, Edward of Canandaigua, and
Andrew of Farmington, also survive.
From Victor Herald 3 July 1903
The death of Carrie Redfield Powers of Farmington, a woman
well-known and respected in this region, occurred at her late home
Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Powers had reached the age of 42 years and 9
months when the end came from diabetes. Besides her husband, George P.
Powers, she leaves her invalid father, Henry Redfield, two
step-children, Frank D., who is at home, and Mrs. John A. Graham,
residing in Rochester. The funeral was today at 2 p.m. from the house.
Interment in Friend's cemetery, South Farmington.
From Ontario County Journal 23 April 1897
Naples, N. Y. - Edward Powers died on Thursday, April 15, aged 62
years. Mr. Powers had been for many years the keeper of Rose Ridge
cemetery, and was the well-known grave digger of the town. He had been
a strong, hardy man. He was born in Ireland, and had lived in Naples a
quarter of a century or more. He leaves a widow and seven children.
From Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 14 November 1929
Naples, Nov. 13 - Mrs. Julia Daly Powers, 85, died at the home of
her daughter in North Main Street last evening. She was born in
Currabegh, County Cork, Ireland, Aug. 5, 1844. She was married to
Edward Powers in 1862 and came to the United States a year later. The
family resided in New York City, Saratoga, Clayville and Lowsville
until about 1875 when they settled in Naples and have since resided
here. She leaves these children, Mrs. Claude Lafler, with whom she
resided; Mrs. Dan Pfenning, Mrs. Frank Eckrick, Mrs. Edward Schlinker
and John R. Powers of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellis of Utica
and Mrs. Markareta Trainor of Hartford, Conn. Funeral at St. Januarius
Church at 10 o'clock Friday.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 27 January 1869
Another horrible accident occurred at the Depot in this village last
Monday afternoon. Patrick Powers, an employee of the New York
Central Road, in attempting to jump from a platform car while in
motion, slipped and fell immediately in front of the baggage room, his
head striking just outside the iron rail but so near that the outer
edge of the car wheel struck and crushed his skull, killing him
instantly. He had been in the employ of the company for many years, and
was a sober and industrious man. He was
about forty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and several small
From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1908
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Phoebe Powers, aged 90 years, passed away
Wednesday at the residence of her son, S. L. Powers. She was born at
Newfane, Niagara County, September 9, 1818, being the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Levi Stratton. When 22 years of age she married John Wesley
Powers, and the greater part of her life had been spent in Middlesex
and this vicinity.
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Susie Karnes Powers, wife of Guy Powers,
died at the City Hospital at Rochester, on the night of Jan. 28, death
resulting from an operation which she underwent on the preceding day.
The deceased was 31 years of age and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Taylor Karnes of Middlesex. Her remains were brought to the home of her
parents and the funeral services held there on Monday afternoon at 2
o'clock, Rev. Andrews of the M. E. Church, officiating. Besides her
husband and parents she leaves one brother, William.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 18 November 1931
Thomas Powers of West Bloomfield entered into rest at the Genesee
Hospital Monday, November 18. He is survived by his wife, Margaret
Rollins Powers and five children: Mary of Buffalo, Margaret of
Rochester, William of Canandaigua, John and Thomas of West Bloomfield;
one brother, William Powers of East Bloomfield; one sister, Mrs.
McWhorte of Rochester; one grandson, Robert. Funeral services Thursday
at 3 p.m. from St. Joseph's Church, West Bloomfield. Burial in St.
Rose's cemetery, Parma NY.
From Ontario County Journal 20 November 1914
Rushville, N. Y. - Thompson S. Powers, a veteran of the
Civil war, died on Sunday night in this village, after a brief illness
of apoplexy. He was the oldest son of John and Phoebe Stratton Powers,
and was born 72 years ago last February, on the farm now owned by Oscar
Taylor. Forty-four years ago last October he married Maria Horton and
four children were born to this union. He enlisted in the Civil war in
1861, going to the front with Company C, Eighth New York Cavalry, and
was wounded in battle. He served three years and three months, engaging
in some of the bloodiest battles of the war. He was in the Battle of
Gettysburg reunion a year ago. He was a member of Hayes Post, G. A. R.,
in Middlesex. Mr. Powers was a lifelong resident of this community and
since he had retired from farming, he and his wife had resided in this
village. He was a member of the Rushville M. E. church and a member of
its official board. He is survived by his wife of this village; three
sons and one daughter, Guy Powers of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada; John of
Middlesex, Earl of Rushville, and Mrs. George Duell of Cheshire; also
two brothers, Samuel L. and J. Wesley Powers, both of Rushville. The
funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday, Rev. J. J.
Edwards officiating. Interment was in Rushville cemetery.
From Geneva Advertiser 26 May 1903
Dr. Wm. Fred Powers died at his home in Stanley last Tuesday
19th, after a long and painful illness, from which he knew and told his
friends at the outset that there was no hope.
His age was about thirty years. He studied medicine in the Buffalo
College from which he was graduated about three years ago. Shortly
afterwards he married an estimable young woman of Wiscoy, Allegany
County, and he settled down to practice and a reputation, and was doing
well, bought a nice home and settled down to it. One
child was born to them. He had before marriage been operated on
twice for abscess, and when he was seized with illness again, and was
confined to his bed, some four months ago, he told his friends he knew
it was his last sickness, and so it proved. He was a son of A. G.
of the town of Geneva and grandson of the late W. G. Powers, who paid
the expense of his college education. The funeral was held last
afternoon, and the remains were taken to his wife's home for interment.
A bright promise was before him, but Death ends it all. Besides his
wife and child, he is survived by his father and mother, two sisters,
Mrs. Bartholomew of Geneva and Mrs. Lawrence of Sayre, Pa., and one
brother, Harry T. Powers of South Dakota.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 May 1910
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Thomas Powles, a full-blooded Oneida
Indian and a veteran of the Civil War, died Wednesday afternoon at his
home on the "Point." He was 79 years of age. Death was due to a
complication of heart disease and kidney trouble with which he had been
afflicted for several years. Powles was born on the Onondaga
Reservation, south of Syracuse, and was the son of a chieftain. In 1862
he enlisted with 21st Regiment, New York Volunteers, and served as a
member of that company until the close of the war. He was a resident of
Canandaigua for over 25 years, during which time he followed the
occupation of basket maker. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Vine
Powles of this place and Howard of Chicago, and four grandchildren.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 January 1904
Mrs. Sarah Poyneer - Maria, widow of William N. Poyneer, died
morning at her home, 320 Main street; aged eighty.
The deceased, who had been in feeble health since August, had been
confined to her bed for two weeks. Bright's disease was
the cause of death. Mrs. Poyneer was born at Dresden, in which
place she resided until she came to this city thirteen years ago. She
is survived by one daughter, Miss M. Belle Poyneer. The
funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Sunday from her late home. Burial
will follow in Greenwood cemetery. Rev. C. E. Jewell of First
Methodist church will officiate.
(Burials of A. Maria, William, and Belle are listed in Index to
Geneva NY under name of Poysner.)
From Geneva Advertiser 20 March 1894
Suicide in Geneva - That was a ghastly find made by Mrs. William
on Sunday afternoon at a little after five o'clock, and
one that threw her neighborhood into most intense excitement. The
Poyneers' home is the west half
of the double brick house on Colt street, a few rods east of Main.
Going to the outhouse at that hour, Mrs. Poyneer was horrified to
see the body of her husband suspended by a rope, the knees bent, for
there was not height enough
in the outhouse for him to commit the act standing upright. He
had taken a small clothesline and thrust it through a sort of half-moon
ventilator, fastening it so that it would not give way, made a noose in
one end, adjusted about his neck, and then bent forward and thus
strangled himself. She quickly gave the alarm, and sent for Chief
Kane who was the first man on the ground. The body was still warm
and Dr. Blaine was hastily called, but when he arrived the man was
William Poyneer was aged about 65 years, and leaves a wife, son and
daughter, the latter of his children only being at home. He was
formerly employed at the Steam Bending Works, but when the business
depression struck there last summer he lost his place. Then for a
few weeks he found employment at the Experiment Station which lasted
until November, since which time he has had no employment. The
only source of income was the wages of his daughter, employed at Fowle
& Klopfer's bakery. Added to these troubles, the family had the
grip last fall. All these ills led to extreme despondency, and
there is no doubt that he was so worn upon that rather than be longer
out of work, he preferred eternal rest, and took it in the manner
We have often thought that rather than reserve pity and sympathy for
persons after they are dead, it would be better to show some of it
while they are alive. There are many odd jobs about every rich
man's home through which a laboring man
can earn a few shillings or a few dollars, and this would be a God-send
to certain poor but worthy families. We don't happen to know how
Mr. Poyneer voted in 1892 or at any other time, but we should like to
see the man who can
look down into that poor dead face with grim satisfaction and remark,
"Possibly he wanted a change!". There has been too much
of that, and the next man who uses the expression is entitled more to a
rope than was poor Mr. Poyneer. These are tough times -- hundreds
of people are out of employment -- one man told us yesterday that he
had not earned a pipe full of tobacco in four
months -- and their condition should be ameliorated rather than
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