"Pr" to "Pz" Obituaries
From Ontario County Journal 1 June 1883
Rushville, N. Y. - Almon Pratt died at his home in Gorham May
28th, of blood poisoning from
a kidney trouble. His age was 70 years and 8 months. He carried himself
on a crutch and can for about 65 years, having been lame from a child.
The funeral was held from the house on Wednesday at
From Victor Herald 15 February 1907
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Angeline M. Pratt, widow of
the late David Pratt of this town, died at the home of her son, Charles
B. Pratt, Friday night. The deceased was past eighty years of age and
had been in feeble health for some time. Mrs. Pratt was born in Mendon
and was much respected in the community where she had resided all her
life. One son, Charles, at whose home she died, survives her. Her
funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. N. W. Bates officiating.
Interment was made in in the family lot in the Pioneer Cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 27 November 1908
Avery Pratt, believed to be the oldest resident of this vicinity,
died at his home in Chapin on Friday night last. He was 96 years, 1
month and 4 days old at the time of his death. Mr. Pratt was born in
Gorham and had spent the last fifteen years of his life at Chapin. He
had always resided in this county. Although having reached this great
age, he had retained his mental faculties remarkably well, and up to
within a year of his demise, had been able to attend to the duties
about his home. He was married to Mrs. Harriet Angel fifty years ago,
and was the last one of a family of ten, all of whom lived to be over
82 years of age. He is survived by his widow, one son, Elwyn R. Pratt
of Bozeman, Ohio, and one daughter, Miss Franc L. Pratt of New York.
The funeral services were held from his late home on Sunday
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 March 1904
Chapinville, N. Y. - The death of E. J. Pratt occurred at
his home March 24th, after several weeks of illness, the result of
pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the church Sunday at 2 p.m.,
in charge of the K. O. T. M. of which he was a member. Rev. F. A. Boyd,
former pastor conducted the funeral services. Mr. Pratt leaves besides
a wife and one daughter, an aged father and mother, and one sister,
Frances Pratt of New York and a half-brother, N. I. Angel of this
place; also two half-brothers in the west. Mr. Pratt was 37 years and 6
months of age. A large circle of friends and acquaintances mourn his
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 February 1901
Manchester, N. Y. - Elkana Pratt, who died at Clifton Springs on
Friday, in the 85th year of his age, was for 75 years a resident of
this village, his father moving here from Massachusetts at the
beginning of the nineteenth century, Elkana being born in a log house
about 20 rods from where the post office new stands; in the year 1817,
residing here until his wife's death some nine years ago. Since
that time he has resided with his son, Richmond, at Clifton Springs.
Pratt was an extremely large-hearted man and had the esteem and respect
of the whole township and he was especially beloved by children in whom
he used to take a great interest. Mr. Pratt is survived by three sons
and two daughters, Edwin E. and Kinsley, of this place, Richmond P. of
Clifton Springs, and Harriet S. of New York; besides a large circle of
friends who mourn his loss. The funeral was held at Clifton on Monday
at 10 o'clock, and the remains were brought here and placed in
From Geneva Daily Times 7 February 1910
Shortsville, N. Y. - Saturday morning about 8 o'clock Dr.
Frank R. Pratt of Manchester died suddenly at his home, in this
village, at the age of 43 years. Although he had been in ill health for
several years he was not confined to the house, and the end came
suddenly. The deceased was born in the village of Manchester and was a
son of Dr. and Mrs. John B. Pratt. He received his education at the
Canandaigua Academy, and after completing his work there, went to
Bellevue Hospital, New York city, where he received his medical and
surgical training. For five years he was a practitioner in New York
city, and at the time when ill health compelled him to give up his city
practice, he was one of the surgeons at the Harlem Hospital. He was a
member of the Canandaigua Lodge, F. and A. M. Dr. Pratt leaves his
parents, Dr. and Mrs. John Richmond Pratt; one brother, Dr. John H.
Pratt, and one sister, Miss Mary Pratt, all of Manchester. The funeral,
which will be strictly private, will be held from the home Monday
afternoon, and interment will be in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 January 1934
Rushville, N. Y. - Hubert A. Pratt, aged 75 years, died Jan.
17th at his home in Canandaigua after a long illness. He was born in
the town of Gorham and lived there for 60 years until he went to
Canandaigua to spend his declining years. Mr. Pratt is survived by his
wife and one daughter, Mrs. Howard Ward of Teaneck, N. J.; and one
granddaughter. The funeral services were held at the home in
Canandaigua Friday at 2 p.m., with burial in Woodlawn cemetery,
Canandaigua. The following former neighbors in Gorham served as
bearers, J. A. Paddock, Charles H. Green, Ira Gage, Thompson Gage and
Irving Stearns; also James Gates of Seneca Castle. Others from here who
attended the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Bay and Maurice
From Geneva Gazette 15 January 1869
ANOTHER OLD RESIDENT GONE - Mr. John Hooper Pratt died in Gorham
on Friday, the 8th inst., in the 74th year of his age. The
deceased came into the town of Gorham over 40 years ago, and located on
the farm where he died, being entirely new and almost covered with
timber. He immediately commenced building and clearing up his
farm, which he accomplished mostly by his own hands. Having been
more highly favored with
an education than was common among farmers' sons of that day, he was,
through life, a well informed, quiet and peaceful citizen, ever ready
to give his approval to any good cause, and conscientiously devoted to
the interests of the Church of Christ.
From Corning Evening Leader 15 September 1925
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Dr. John Richmond Pratt, one of the
oldest physicians and probably the oldest Mason in New York state, died
yesterday in Manchester, aged 99 years. For more than a half century,
Dr. Pratt had practiced medicine in Canandaigua and Manchester and was
one of the best known residents of Ontario county. He was born on March
2, 1828, on the spot where he died, the son of John and Sally Potter
Pratt, pioneers in this section. The log cabin which they built was on
the site now occupied by the Pratt homestead and it was there that he
had lived and practiced medicine since 1861.
From Ontario County Journal 20 March 1914
Following an illness of many months, the death of Mrs. Mary Pratt occurred
on March 12 at her late home in this village. The deceased, whose
maiden name was Lafler, was a native of Niagara county and was 71 years
of age. She married Elisha Pratt in Lockport on November 23, 1882. For
over thirty years she had resided in this community. She was a member
of the Congregational church and its pastor, Rev. R. C. Speer,
officiated at the funeral services which were held on Sunday afternoon.
Interment was in the Rushville cemetery. She leaves one son, ErvIng,
with whom she lived; a daughter, Bessie LeTrault; and two grandchildren
of Malta, Mont.; one brother, Herbert Lafler; and four sisters, Mrs. C.
H. Forsyth, Mrs. A. B. Carlton, Mrs. Jaspar Brown and Mrs. Emma B.
Baker, all of Lockport.
From Shortsville Enterprise 20 April 1916
The death of Mrs. Mary Hahn Pratt, wife of Dr. J. Richmond
Pratt of Manchester village, occurred at the family home last week
Thursday evening following an illness covering a period of several
months. Her age was 81 years. The deceased was a daughter of the late
Dr. F. B. Hahn, who was at one time a practitioner in Canandaigua and
later in Philadelphia. The survivors are her husband; one daughter,
Miss Mary J. Pratt; one son, Dr. John H. Pratt, all residents of
Manchester; two sisters, Mrs. James Jones of Water street, and Mrs.
Stanley C. Olmstead of Washington, D.
C., and one brother, F. D. Hahn of Brockport. The funeral services were
held from the family home on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, conducted
Bishop Israel, of Erie, Penna. The interment was made in the family
in Brookside cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 20 November 1891
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Mary Kingsley Pratt, wife of Elkanah R.
Pratt, died at her home in this place at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th inst.
Mrs. Pratt was born at Canandaigua in 1825, but had spent the most of
her life in this town. She was married in 1847, and had resided ever
since at the family homestead where she passed away. Five children
lived to manhood and womanhood, one son, Frank, dying nine years since.
The others all live in this vicinity, viz.: Richmond P. of Clifton
Springs; Kingsley and Edward E. of this place; and Harriet S., who is
teaching at present at the State Industrial School at Rochester. Mrs.
Pratt was a most estimable Christian lady, an earnest worker
and deeply interested in all efforts for the betterment of her fellow
She had been a member of the M. E. Church for many years and her place
never vacant at all its meetings when health permitted. She was a
of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society and a consistent and active
of the W. C. T. U. The latter organization expressed their appreciation
her worth by attending her funeral in a body and presenting a beautiful
tribute to her memory. Funeral services occurred from her late home on
morning. Her pastor, Rev. D. W. Hooker, paid an elegant tribute to her
Christian life. The interment occurred at the old cemetery, her three
and a grandson acting as pall bearers.
From Ontario County Chronicle 5 March 1902
Manchester, N. Y. - Merrick L. Pratt, one of the oldest residents
of the town, died at his home on Thursday evening, aged 87 years, 11
months, 19 days. About ten days before he contracted a bad cold which
rapidly developed into pneumonia, which caused his death. Owing to his
advanced age, his death was not unexpected. He was always a kind father
and his presence will be greatly missed. He is survived by four
daughters and one son, Albert M. Pratt, Mrs. A. P. Macumber, Mrs.
Julian Fish, Miss Hattie M. Pratt, all of this place,
and Mrs. J. Francis, of Orleans. The funeral was held from his late
Sunday afternoon, a retired Universalist minister of Gypsum,
officiating. The remains were placed in the old cemetery in this
village. Mr. Pratt will be greatly missed in the community, as he was
highly esteemed by all who knew him.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 5 July 1905
Rushville. N. Y. - On Thursday between the hours of 12 and 1
occurred the death of Reuben R. Pratt about two miles and a
half north of this village. Mr. Pratt was 76 years of age and had been
in poor health for several months. He leaves one son, Hubert Pratt, to
mourn the loss of a true and devoted father. The funeral services were
held at the house Saturday afternoon at 1:30. The remains were taken to
Seneca Castle for burial.
From Ontario County Journal 18 September 1896
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - The sad death of Mrs. Reuben
Pratt occurred on Wednesday of last week after a long and painful
illness. She will be greatly missed by her many friends in this
vicinity, and the bereaved husband has the sympathy of all. The funeral
was held at her late home on Friday of last week. Interment at
From Geneva Gazette 24 August 1883
Mrs. Susan C. Pratt - Died on the 19th inst. at the
age of 99 years. Her funeral services were held Wednesday
forenoon at the residence of her son-in-law, W. A. Herrick, Esq.
She was the wife of Harry Pratt, who emigrated from Hartford, Conn., to
Rochester in 1829. They attended the Brick Church in Rochester,
Mr. Pratt being an
elder for many years. Mrs. Pratt's maiden name was Susan
Cleveland, daughter of the Rev. Aaron Cleveland
of Norwich, Conn., and sister of the Rev. Charles Cleveland of Boston,
who, had he lived sixteen days longer,
would have attained the remarkable age of one hundred years. She
was an aunt of Bishop Cox of Buffalo, and great-aunt of the present
this State, Grover Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. Pratt had thirteen
children, of whom eight are now living; forty-eight grandchildren, of
whom thirty are now living; two great-great grand children both of whom
Including the husbands and wives, their descendants numbered one
hundred thirty eight, of whom ninety-five are living at the present
time. This was indeed a most remarkable family for
longevity. Mrs. Pratt has resided in Geneva the past four years
with her son-in-law Mr. W. A. Herrick. The remains of Mrs. Pratt
were taken to Rochester Wednesday and interred in the family plot in
Mt. Hope cemetery.
At the funeral (which was held in the Brick Church, Rochester) Rev. Dr.
Nelson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Geneva, officiated,
assisted by the Rev. D. Dickey. Six of the great-grandchildren
attended. The honorary bearers were Martin Briggs, J. W. Hatch,
J. Davies, Edward Webster, G. N. Storms and T. A. Newton.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 November 1904
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - The
funeral of Albert Preece, the farm hand who committed
suicide by jumping into a well at the farm of Henry H. Peck,
a short distance north of Whitney Corners, took place this afternoon at
12 o'clock from the house of his brother, John Preece. Burial in
From Ontario County Journal 19 February 1904
Joseph Preisinger, who died at his home on Coy street on Tuesday,
aged 42 years, was an industrious and quiet citizen. He was a tailor
before ill health caused him to retire. He leaves a wife and one son,
From Geneva Daily Times 7 September 1905
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Yesterday morning was held the funeral of Mrs.
Prendergast, aged 90 years. She is survived by two sons,
Thomas, of this village, and Richard of Lockport; also by four
daughters, Mary E., Margaret, Bridget and Mrs. Thomas Martin, of this
place. Burial Calvary Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 9 October 1811
DIED - In Phelpstown, on Saturday the 5th inst., of a
lingering complaint, Doctor Joel Prescott, aged 53 years. Dr.
P. is a native of Massachusetts, and removed to this county -- then a
wilderness -- 25 years ago,
and was consequently one of the first settlers. He was universally
esteemed in the town in which he resided, and had been for many
years Supervisor, and a Justice of the Peace. His loss is much lamented
by a large number of friends and acquaintances, and a Widow and six
Children in a particular manner have reason to feel the sting of death
in depriving her of an affectionate Husband and them of a kind Father.
From Penn Yan Democrat October 1928
Died at the S. &. S. Hospital, Friday, October 19, 1928, Fayette Presler, aged
73 years. Mr. Presler recently fell while picking apples at Ferguson's
Corners, fracturing his collar bone. He is survived by his widow and
two daughters. The funeral services were held at Gorham on Monday
afternoon. Interment in the Gorham cemetery.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 13 October 1929
Canandaigua, N. Y., Oct. 12 - Mrs. Frances E. Pressey, 55, wife of
Arthur L. Pressey, died at her home in West Avenue last night following
a long illness. She had lived in Canandaigua all her life, having been
born in Cheshire. Besides her husband, she leaves a son and daughter,
Donald Pressey of Canandaigua and Mrs. James Murrray of Cortland; also
her mother, Mrs. Ella Phillips; and a sister, Mrs. Clair Spafford of
Moravia. Funeral services will be held from the home Monday at 2:30
o'clock with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 26 August 1903
Victor, N. Y. - Charles Preston, one of Victor's best known and
well-to-do farmers, died at his home, about two and a half miles east
of this village, at a late hour Friday night. He had been in poor
health for several months and for the past few weeks his case was known
to be hopeless, cancer of the stomach having developed. He was the
owner of one of the best equipped and tilled farms in this locality.
Mr. Preston had live in Victor nearly all his life and was highly
respected by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He was 48
years old and leaves a wife and one son and daughter; also two
brothers, Garrett Preston of Lima, and Edgar Preston of Rochester, and
two sisters, Mrs. Harley Carter and Mrs. John Phillips.
From Ontario County Journal 14 February 1902
Canadice, N. Y. - Enoch Preston, of this place, died on Feb.
3, after a week's illness, of appendicitis. The funeral was held from
the house on Feb. 6, Rev. Sowers officiating. He leaves a wife; three
small children, the youngest being less than a year old; two sisters,
and four brothers, one of whom is David Preston, of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 28 February 1902
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Enoch Preston died on Sunday after an
illness of several weeks. Her death is particularly sad, coming only
three weeks after that of her husband. She leaves three small children
and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Meade, who reside at Andover.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 October 1906
The remains of George Preston, who was killed Sunday night at
Rotterdam, were brought to this city this morning on the 7:45 train.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at
9 o'clock from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Preston,
No. 11 East North street and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales
church. Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 18 October 1878
Orrin Preston, an old and respected citizen of Victor, died
Tuesday night, the 1st inst. He was sixty-eight years old. He had by
industry accumulated a competency, and had retired from
business. Two years ago he erected a fine residence on Rail Road avenue
in which he died. He not only left a good living for his
family, but an unsullied name which to his family is a fortune of which
they should be justly proud.
From Ontario County Journal 14 July 1882
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Orrin Preston, whose health failed
immediately after the death of her husband three years ago, and who has
been for the past year deranged, died at Cook's Asylum, Canandaigua.
She was brought by the friends to the M. E. church in this place,
Wednesday afternoon, where services were conducted by Rev. Geo. Coe, of
Frank street, Rochester.
From Penn Yan Democrat 20 February 1925
Died - At Stanley, Friday, February 13, Richard G. Preston, aged
84 years. He leaves six children: two sons, Frank Preston of Geneva and
Grove Preston of Stanley; four daughters, Mrs. Charles Moore of
Stanley, Mrs. John Moore of Canandaigua, Mrs. Albert Moore, also of
Canandaigua, and Mrs. Owen Melious of Stanley. The funeral was held
Monday afternoon from his late residence in Stanley and interment was
made in the Gorham cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 May 1904
William G. Preston, twenty-one years of age, died at 9:30 o'clock
last night at the
home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Preston, of the
town of Seneca. Besides his parents, he is survived by the one
sister. The funeral will take place at 1:30 Monday afternoon from the
house, Rev. A. B. Temple officiating. Burial will be in Gorham.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 May 1907
William H. Preston, thirty-three years of age, died last night
at 5:30 o'clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William
Preston of No. 11 East North street. The deceased was born in Troy and
came here sixteen years ago. He was employed as a mounter in the
Phillips and Clark stove works and was a member of the Mounters' Union.
The deceased is survived by one brother, James, and one sister, Mrs. W.
F. O'Malley, both of Geneva. The funeral will take place at 9
o'clock Saturday morning from the house and at 9:30 o'clock from St.
Francis de Sales church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 26 October 1900
Gorham, N. Y. - The sudden death of William P. Preston of
Stanley, occurred on Saturday night last, aged 58 years. He ate his
supper as usual and had not complained of feeling ill until after he
had taken his bath, when he seemed to suffer from severe pains in his
head. They terminated in the region of his heart and he soon expired.
Dr. Stevenson was called, but too late
to be of any help. Mr. Preston was a charter member of the Stanley
Lodge, I. O. O. F. Funeral services were held from his late home
Tuesday afternoon. The Episcopal minister of Geneva officiated. The
services were principally in charge of the Odd Fellows. One hundred
formed in line at their block and marched in a body to the cemetery,
where the usual I. O. O. F. burial rites were observed. The lodge gave
a beautiful floral piece (a shield) in honor of their dead comrade. He
leaves a widow and five sons.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 3 June 1874
Ira S. Price, for a long time connected with the New Bakery here,
died at his residence in Academy, Monday. His funeral, which took place
yesterday, was attended by a body of Masons from this place.
From Geneva Gazette 18 February 1876
John Price formerly of Flint Creek, died in Rochester on Wednesday
last of consumption, aged about 40 years.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger
22 April 1868
Joseph Price, an old and highly respected citizen of Geneva, died
in that village last Thursday, aged about 70 years.
From Ontario County Chronicle 17 February 1904
Naples, N. Y. - Joseph W. Price died at his home this morning at 1
o'clock. He was born at Havana, Schuyler county, in March 1818. He was
a worker in edged tools and in an early day made many of the axes and
forks used in this vicinity. He also planted one of the first vineyards
in Naples. He was an honest and industrious gentleman, and by his great
industry and economy had accumulated a good fortune. He leaves a wife
and three daughters, Mary Price of Naples, Mrs. Crosby and Mrs. Mattice
of Cohocton, N. Y.
From Ontario County Journal 31 January 1913
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Joseph Price died at her home on
Cohocton street on Friday evening, after a short illness with
pneumonia. She was Az'ra Cone, and was 83 years of age. Her husband
died several years ago, leaving her and their daughter alone at the
home place where they had since resided. There survives three
daughters, Mrs. James Mattice of Lent Hill, Mrs. Crosby of Cohocton,
and Miss Mary Price of Naples.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1906
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The death of Manley J. Price occurred
at his home in this village. Mr. Price had been ill for a long
time. He was 51 years old and had
been a resident of this village for the past forty-eight years. He
is survived by his wife and one sister, Miss J. Alice Price, of
The funeral services were held today.
From Ontario County Journal 10 November 1893
Chapinville, N. Y. - Thomas Price died at his home here last
Friday night, after a short illness. He had been a resident here
several years. He leaves a wife and three children, William H. Price,
Rock Falls, Ill.; Mrs. Henry Freer of Canandaigua, and one married
daughter in Michigan. He was in his 88th year. The interment was in the
Academy Tract cemetery last Sunday.
Academy, N. Y. - Thomas Price, who died at Chapinville, Saturday,
was a former much respected citizen of this place. He was buried on
Sunday by the side of his first wife in Academy cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 26 March 1875
Died at the home of his father in Geneva, Wednesday, March 10,
1875, of consumption of the lungs, Vincent Price, brother of J.
W. Price of this place, in the forty-fifth year of his age. He
came to Naples in '50 and learned his trade, living here nearly three
years; he has been engaged the most of the time
since polishing edge tools. He resolved last fall to leave the
business, as the doctors told him the steel dust was on his lungs; he
then came home intending to buy a farm in the spring. He was able
to ride or walk out till
a few days before his death. He was very ambitious, and had
no bad habits, and his death is a great blow to his aged father of
eighty-seven, and his brothers and sisters. Naples Record
From Geneva Gazette 17 February 1893
William Price, the oldest of the sons of the late Wm. Price (a
soldier of the war of 1812) died at the home of his brother, Charles,
last Wednesday morning, after a few days illness of pneumonia.
The deceased was one of the oldest of native born Genevans.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 April 1922
Benjamin Franklin Prichard, aged 80, died this morning at 7 o'clock
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hugh Humphrey, three miles east of
Phelps. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hugh Humphrey of Phelps
and Mrs. George E. Carhart of New York city; one brother, Dr. G. C.
Prichard of Phelps. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at two
o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Humphrey, the Rev. C. C.
McLean of Batavia officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. C. Wood of
Phelps. Interment will be made in Rest Haven Cemetery at Phelps.
From Geneva Gazette 24 March 1893
Last Monday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Dr. G. C. Prichard at
home in Phelps, after an illness of three or four weeks. She
was 52 years of age, and is survived by her husband, a son and
daughter. She was held in high and deserved esteem by the
community among whom she had spent the greater portion of her life.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 March 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of James Prichard, a well-known
farmer, occurred Saturday. Mr. Prichard had suffered a number of
strokes of paralysis during the past few years and was seized with
another last Tuesday which resulted in his death. He was 78 years of
age and is survived by one son, Earl, also Mrs. Crothers, B. F. and Dr.
G. C. Prichard both of this village. The funeral was held this
From Geneva Daily Times 28 August 1906
Shortsville, N. Y. - James Prichard, a well-known resident of
the town of Farmington, died at his
home west of this village at half-past three o'clock on Monday
morning, at the age of 74 years and five months. He had been confined
to the house by illness for nearly a year. He is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Anna Eliza Gardner Prichard; three sons, William J. Prichard
and Ira S. Prichard, both of Farmington; Harrison U. Prichard of
Canandaigua; and five daughters, Mrs. Mary R. Gardner, Mrs. Clarabelle
Mrs. Anna L. Connelly, Mrs. Abigail Romeiser, all of Farmington, and
Mrs. Ellen M. Knapp of Rochester. The funeral will be held from his
home at two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, and interment will be made
in South Farmington Chapel cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 21 August 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Maria Prichard, wife of the late Dr. Tobias
D. Prichard, who had been a great sufferer for a long time with a
cancer of the tongue, died at her home, corner of West Main and
Franklin streets, last Sunday night, aged 61 years. The funeral
services were held from the house on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30
o'clock, Rev. M. Shaw, the pastor of the church of which she was a
member, officiating. Interment in the Phelps cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 March 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Asa B. Priest, a former attorney of this
place, died Thursday night at Willard State Hospital, where he had been
an inmate for several years. He was admitted to the bar in 1897 and
practiced until his affliction with mental trouble, in August, 1904,
when his condition
became such that he was confined at Willard. He was a graduate of
University, and several years ago was widely known as the best amateur
pitcher in this part of the state. His age was 37 years.
From Ontario County Journal 16 November 1894
Early last Friday morning occurred the death of John Whitcomb
Priest at his home on Chapin street, after nearly a year's
suffering from consumption. Mr. Priest was born at Lake George in 1830,
therefore being 64 years of age. He came to Canandaigua fourteen years
ago and shortly after became a partner in the milling firm of Smith
Bros. and Co., of which firm he remained a member until his death.
Beside his wife, he leaves surviving six children, Mrs. Frank Van Tyne,
Mrs. Jewett Canfield, Mrs. E. W. Thomas, Miss Mary Priest, John E. and
Asa Priest, all residents of this village. The funeral services were
held Sunday afternoon, Rev. D. D. Campbell officiating.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 14 February 1918
Canandaigua, N. Y., Feb. 13 - John E. Priest, one of Canandaigua's best known
citizens, died at his home about 9 o'clock this morning after a long illness. He
was 57 years of age and leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Hallenbeck,
and Miss Helen Priest, both of this city; and four sisters, Miss Mary Priest and
Mrs. Jewett Canfield, both of Canandaigua; Mrs. Frank Van Dyne, of Auburn, and
Mrs. Edward Thomas, of Syracuse. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3
o'clock with Rev. William H. Yard, Methodist pastor, officiating.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 27 December 1905
On Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Jewett J. Canfield, Pearl street, the death occurred of Mrs.
Mary Jane Smith Priest following a stroke of paralysis, which she
had suffered on the preceding Sunday. She had sustained two previous
strokes of paralysis, the first occurring about five years ago and the
second in New York about two months ago. Mrs. Priest had resided in
Canandaigua for upwards of 25 years, her husband, John Priest, whose
death occurred about ten years ago, having been a member of the firm of
Smith Brothers & Company. Mrs. Priest was a woman of sterling
Christian character, a devoted member of the Methodist church and
active in church and charitable work. She is survived by six children,
Mrs. Jewett Canfield, Miss Mary A. Priest, Mrs. Edward Thomas, John E.
Priest, and Asa B. Priest, all of this village; and Mrs. Frank VanDuyne
of Auburn. After a short funeral services held from her late home in
Bristol street at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, the funeral was held from
the Methodist church at 3 o'clock, Rev. Ward Mosher, rector of the
Methodist church here, and Rev. Dr. J. Wallace Webb of Elmira, a former
rector here officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 July 1902
Mrs. Joseph Primps died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. C.
DeMun, 100 Pulteney street, at 8:30 o'clock this morning, aged 70
years. Mrs. Primps had been afflicted with paralysis for six
years and during that time had sustained two strokes. The deceased had
resided in Geneva 50 years. She was a member of First
Presbyterian church. The deceased is survived by one daughter,
Mrs. DeMun, and by one son, Joseph Primps, Jr., both of this city.
The funeral will take place from the house at an hour Thursday
yet decided upon by the family. Interment will be in Glenwood
From Ontario County Journal 17 December 1915
The death of Mrs. Cornelia A. Prince, aged 69 years,
occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard A. Crego, on Sunday,
following an illness of five days with pneumonia. Deceased had resided
in Canandaigua for several years. Besides Mrs. Crego, there survive a
daughter, Miss Ora Prince, and a stepson, of Rome; also a grandson,
Robert Crego. The funeral services were held from the home on Tuesday
afternoon. Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiated. Interment was in Rome.
From Ontario County Journal 9 February 1894
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. John Pringle, of the town of Farmington, near
Victor, died last week Thursday, and was buried last Saturday in East
Bloomfield, where a brother of the deceased resides.
From Ontario County Chronicle 18 June 1902
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Pritchard, wife of James Pritchard, whose
was two miles west of Phelps, died there Saturday morning of heart
She was 67 years of age, and leaves a husband and one son.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 June 1910
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Ann Eliza Pritchard, wife of the
late James Pritchard of Farmington, and daughter of the late John and
Roba Gardiner, died at her home in that town at 3:30 o'clock Saturday
afternoon, at the age of 75 years. She had been ill for some months,
and death was due to tuberculosis. Mrs. Pritchard had lived for 45
years in the house where she died, and was always a resident of this
vicinity. A remarkable circumstance with regard to her life is that she
had never ridden on a steam or trolley car. Her husband died in August,
1907. The deceased leaves three sons and five daughters, William
Pritchard of Canandaigua; Ira Pritchard of Canandaigua; Harry Pritchard
of Farmington; Mrs. Mary Gardiner of Farmington; Mrs. Clara Yerkes of
Fairport; Mrs. Ella Knapp of Farmington; Mrs. Anna Conway of
Farmington; and Mrs. Abby Romeiser of Farmington. The funeral will be
held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the home, and interment will
follow in South Farmington Cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 20 March 1908
Daniel Pritchard, one of the oldest farmers of the town of
Manchester, who had been missing from his home since Saturday, was
found dead in his farm lot, by a party who had gone in search of him,
Tuesday afternoon. He was upward of 80 years of age, and had alone
since the death of his wife last summer.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 April 1908
Mrs. Caroline Probasco, aged 75 years, died at 5:30 o'clock this
at the home of her son, James Probasco, who lives about three and a
miles west of this city on the Castle Road. He is her only survivor.
funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the
Rev. H. I. Andrews of the Methodist church at Seneca Castle will
and burial will be at Butcher's Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 11 March 1898
Death of Charles Probasco - Charles Probasco, an old and respected
citizen of Phelps, but more recently of Rochester, died early Monday
morning at his late residence in that city. Deceased was born in
Sussex county, New Jersey, and had reached the
age of 92 years and one month. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. W.
C. Probasco, of Monroe Avenue, and Mrs. R. B. Guilford, of No. 143
Alexander Street, Rochester. The remains were brought to Geneva
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 1874
Christian Probasco, a pioneer settler of Ontario county, died at
his residence in the town of Seneca, on the 21st ult., aged 80 years.
He had lived in Seneca about sixty years, and was widely known and much
esteemed as an honorable and useful citizen.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 August 1907
Mrs. George Probasco, 72 years of age, died yesterday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. W. Hunt, of No. 106
Castle street. The deceased was born near Lyons and lived for the major
portion of her life in the Town of Phelps. She had lived in this city
for sixteen years. The survivors are two sons, Charles W. Becker of
Rochester and George Probasco of Geneva; two daughters, Mrs. Adelbert
of Phelps and Mrs. Hunt of Geneva. The funeral will take place at 3
tomorrow afternoon from the house, Rev. H. J. Owen of the First
Church, officiating. Burial will be in Washington Street Cemetery.
From Geneva Gazette 27 April 1883
MRS. JULIA PROBASCO - This estimable lady, who passed away on the
was the relict of the late Christian Probasco, a veteran of the war of
1812-15, and for which patriotic service he was in the enjoyment of a
pension in the later years of his life, as also was the widow until her
death. She was the mother of a large family, who were intelligently and
affectionately reared, becoming respected and useful members of
society. Though in feeble health for a year or two past, yet
death came most suddenly and unexpectedly, she
being found by her daughter, Mrs. D. P. Tompkins, dead in her bed on
Sunday morning last.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 April 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Naples buried its oldest citizen Friday. Horatio
the last of his family, died April 3d, aged 94. For
seventy-five years the Proctors had lived in the same house in
Garlinghouse settlement. His father, Aaron, lived to be 63 years of
age. The mother was the first person buried in Garlinghouse cemetery in
1842, the father the next and a son David, the next. One daughter
married Rev. Sanford Wright and had twelve children grow to maturity.
She died a few years ago. None of the Proctor name is left. Horatio and
one brother were bachelors.
From Geneva Gazette 7 February 1879
Death of Mrs. I. W. Proctor - The widow of the late Isaac W.
Proctor died suddenly at the residence of her son, George W., on
Tillman street, Saturday forenoon last, aged 65 years. Her
illness was of but a few hours. She had suffered a little from
neuralgia and took treatment for it. Feeling returning symptoms
of this ailing Friday evening, just before retiring she took the usual
remedy, and requested that if she fell asleep she be not disturbed.
Quite late in the morning her daughter, Mrs. Geo. H. Myers,
(who resides just across the street,) called to see her. She was
informed of the mother's desire, and that she had not yet
arisen. Mrs. M., on gently opening the bedroom door, discovered
that the patient was breathing heavily and unnaturally, and became
alarmed thereat. On closer examination she was found to be
unconscious. Every effort of family, friends and physicians
called failed to restore her, and before twelve o'clock, she breathed
her last. It was pronounced a case of apoplexy. Mrs.
Proctor was well-known in a wide circle of friends as a devoted wife
and mother and kind and generous neighbor. Her funeral
took place on Monday last.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 November 1932
Shortsville - George Proechel died in the Thompson Memorial
Hospital in Canandaigua Friday morning. He was the son of Julius and
Katherine Bill Proechel and was born in Hornell Feb. 22, 1879. He was
married on Sept 6, 1910, to Loretta Belahunty. He conducted a meat
market in this village and then moved to Manchester where he has been
engaged in business for 17 years. He was the first chief of the fire
department and has acted in that capacity at Manchester for ten years.
He has also acted as chairman of the water board in that village for a
similar length of time. He is survived by his wife and a number of
other relatives, there being two daughters, Margaret at Geneseo and
Rheta of Gemena; two sons, George junior and Robert at Manchester; a
brother Harry at Wayland; and three sisters, Mrs. Fred Stein and Miss
Louise Proechel at Dansville and Mrs. Jacob Malter in Manchester. The
funeral will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from St. Dominic's church in
Shortsville with burial in Calvary cemetery at Canandaigua.
From Naples Record 16 April 1924
Eli Proper, aged 82 years, passed away on Friday, March 28th, 1924,
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Woodard, of Webster, N. Y., with
whom he had made his home for the past twenty years. He leaves to mourn
his loss two daughters, Mrs. Woodard, of Webster, and Mrs. Martha
MacDowell, of Honeoye Falls; twelve grandchildren and eleven
great-grandchildren. His wife passed away eight years ago. Both were
tenderly cared for during their long years of suffering by their
daughter, Mrs. Woodard, and family. The remains were taken to
Honeoye Falls, where the funeral services were held and burial was made
in North Bloomfield cemetery beside his wife.
From Naples Record 14 January 1942
Mrs. Emma Dedrick Proper, 96, of the Town of South Bristol, died on
Monday, January 12, 1942. She was one of the oldest women in Western
New York. Mrs. Proper was a daughter of the late Philip and Anna
Cornish Dedrick, and was born in South Bristol in August 29, 1845. She
is survived by one son, Emory Proper, of Boswell Corners, town of South
Bristol; one brother, Henry Dedrick of Syracuse; a granddaughter, Mrs.
Ray Lafler, of Middlesex. Service will be held from the Emory
undertaking parlors, in Naples, on Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Rev. J.
Wesley Babcock, of the Naples Methodist church, officiating. Burial
will be made in the West Hollow cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 23 February 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Another sudden death occurred early Monday morning
at Gulick in South Bristol. Mrs. Henry Proper was sleeping,
when she awoke, cried out, and was dead. Her daughter was by her side
but could do nothing. She had been a sufferer from rheumatism which had
been drawing nearer the vital parts, and it is supposed it reached the
heart. She was 69 years old and in ordinary health. There are nine
grown-up children, and are all living close by. Funeral services were
held on Wednesday afternoon at the West Hollow school house, conducted
by Rev. Mr. Anthony of this village. Later a post mortem confirmed the
opinion that the cause of death was heart disease.
From Ontario County Journal 8 July 1910
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Joseph Proper was
from her late home on Saturday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Hamblin
officiating, with interment in the Rural cemetery. Mrs. Proper was born
in Amsterdam, Holland, Oct. 16, 1850, and was the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Marinus DeSmith and came to this country when a child. She had
resided in this vicinity ever since. She was a member of the
Congregational church. Mrs. Proper is survived by her husband and three
sons, Elmer and Charles of this town, and George of Lock Berlin; and
two daughters, Mrs. Andrew Curry of Buffalo, and Mrs. Andrew Williams
of Honeoye Falls.
From Ontario County Journal 12 March 1875
Sudden Death in South Bristol - One day last week, Mr. and Mrs.
M. Proper, an aged couple, residing in South Bristol, received
a letter from their granddaughter in Bristol, announcing the death of
her child, and requesting them to come to attend the funeral. Mr.
Proper suggested that he had better go up back of the house and get a
small load of wood before starting for Bristol, and proceeded to do so.
He was gone from the house but a short time, and on his return
found his wife lying upon the floor dead. An examination had not
been made when our informant obtained these facts, but it was the
opinion that Mrs. Proper died of apoplexy, induced probably by the news
of the death of her great-grandchild. She was near 70 years of
age, and was very generally respected.
From Naples Record 22 December 1915
Louisa Proper died at the home of her daughter at Bloomfield on
December 11th, 1915, at the age of 78 years. She was the daughter of
Eleazer and Catherine Aldridge, and was the last of a family of eight
children. She was born in Bristol, and had lived most of her life in
Ontario County. In 1863 she was married to Eli Proper, and, had she
lived until the 20th, she would have been married fifty-two years. She
is survived by her husband, two daughters, thirteen grandchildren and
four great grandchildren. She lived with Mrs. Martha McDowell, of Rochester, and Mrs. Mary Woodard of West Bloomfield, and
tenderly cared for by them. She was ill just one week, sleeping and
growing weaker gradually until the Blessed Father took her to a world
of peace and happiness. She was a devoted member of the M. E. church. Funeral
services were held from her home on December 18, conducted by Rev.
Heath, pastor of the M. E. church. Burial at North Bloomfield.
From Fairport Herald 18 August 1942
Edward A. Prosser died at his home near Dead Man's Curve Thursday,
Aug. 6, aged 83 years. He is survived by his widow, Nettie Prosser;
three sons, Chester and Glenn and Leon of Alhambra, Calif.; 15
grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a brother, George of
Oswego. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. A.
C. Rehme of Victor officiating. Burial was made in Boughton Hill
From Geneva Courier 18 April 1883
Lyman Prosser, a well known citizen of the town of Seneca, died on
Monday afternoon, aged about 80 years. He leaves no family, his
wife having died a few years ago. He was a man of excellent
repute; was honest and fair; and he will be missed by many
friends. Mr. Prosser was for many years an exemplary member of
the Presbyterian Church of Castleton. The funeral took place at
two o'clock today.
From Geneva Gazette 3 January 1890
Another Old Patron Gone - We chronicle with unfeigned sorrow the
death of the venerable John Proudfit of Stanley, which occurred
Dec. 27th at the great age of 90 years and 10 months. Deceased
was born in Hopewell, York Co., Pa., Feb. 28, 1799. Of a family
of ten children one brother and three sisters survive him, of whom the
youngest is 80 years old. He possessed a remarkably good memory
which did not fail him until within a few
weeks of his death. He could recall and portray
scenes and incidents that transpired when he was a
lad of ten years, and distinctly remembered when No. 9
church was first organized. He had been a professor of religion
and devout Christian for seventy years. He was a patron and
reader of the Gazette from early manhood, and we count him
among our very first patrons and cheering supporters. Several
children survive him, of whom Charles H. (the Stanley Post Master) has
remained at or near the old homestead and comforted the aged patriarch
in his declining years. The deceased was buried in the beautiful
cemetery at Gorham last Sunday by the side
of his wife who was laid at rest nearly ten years ago.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1906
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Ella Prouty died on Monday evening at
her home in this village, at the age of 63 years. Her maiden name was
Ella Launt and she was married in her youth to James Lyon. Her last
companion was William Prouty, who died some ten years ago. Two sons,
James and Charles Lyon, of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Mrs. Otto
Winters of Naples; and one young adopted son, Fred Prouty, of Naples,
From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1888
Naples, N. Y. - On Tuesday another young wife and mother
was carried to the tomb. Mrs. Fred Prouty who died on Sunday,
aged only 18 years. This is another sad case and excites much sympathy.
She left a little boy about six months old, a young husband and a
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 4 February 1874
The many friends here of Mrs. Wm. Prouty of Naples, regret
to hear of her death at that place. The deceased has a mother and
sister here, and formerly lived near this village. The funeral takes
place tomorrow, Tuesday, at Cheshire.
Ontario County Journal 24 July 1891
Mr. William Prouty, who died at N. B. Weaver's Friday last at the
ripe age of 90 years, was a grand good old man. In his earlier manhood
he was a very industrious farmer, of good habits and his principles
correct. He was always kind and indulgent to his wife and children and
children to the extent of his fortune. Mr. Prouty was a kind
neighbor and left an example worthy of emulation by his children. He
two sons and two daughters and numerous grandchildren to mourn his
He sacrificed one son to his country's cause, Stephen, who was as brave
a soldier as wore the blue uniform. His remains were buried in the
cemetery by the side of his wife, who died several years ago.
From Ontario County Journal 27 September 1895
Naples, N. Y. - William Prouty died Tuesday, September 24, at the
age of 61. Mr. Prouty was a native of Bristol, coming to Naples 22
years ago to engage in harness making. For the last 15 years he had
been very useful as a veterinary surgeon. He leaves a wife, four sons
and one daughter. Funeral services were held Thursday.
From Geneva Gazette 6 August 1869
John Prue, an aged colored man, who for the past thirty years
or more has led an industrious life in Geneva, after having ran away
from a master in Kentucky, died at his home last Wednesday night.
The old man has often told us that his life in the north was not
near so pleasant as were his years passed in the South.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 February 1907
William C. Pruner, aged 43 years, died this
morning at 4:00 o'clock at his home, No. 24 Evans street. Death
was caused by valvular heart disease. The deceased has been a resident
of this city for the past twelve years. He was a member of the Iron
Moulders Union and of the Knights of the Maccabees, No. 292. He is
survived by a widow; three sons, Frank, William and Lester; one
Ila; his mother, Mrs. Mary Pruner; one sister, Mrs. Mary Parks, of
two brothers, Frank of this city and Charles, of Syracuse. The funeral
will be held Saturday afternoon at one o'clock from his late residence
and at 1:30 o'clock from the First Methodist church. Interment will
be in Southwick cemetery near Junius.
From Ontario County Journal 25 March 1910
On Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock occurred the death of William
Pruner, aged nearly 52 years, at his home on Bristol
street. Death was due to heart trouble. Mr. Pruner had been confined to
his home for some weeks, but was thought to be improving. Besides his
wife, Mrs. Mary Pruner, he leaves his mother, Mrs. Susan Pruner of
Rochester; two sons, Frederick W. and Howard L.; two daughters, Misses
Bertha P. and Hazel E., all of this village. One sister, Mrs. H. T.
Cowles of Rochester; five brothers, Frank, Charles and Harry of
Rochester; Clarence and John of Dansville; and a half-brother, Alfonso
of Seattle, Wash. also survive. The funeral will be held from the home
this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Dr. Herbert L. Gaylord of St. John's
church will officiate.
From Ontario County Journal 14 May 1915
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Austin Pulver occurred at
his home in this village on the evening of May 4. Mr. Pulver was in his
79th year, and been feeble during the past year or more, having
suffered with hardening of the arteries, which, together with
rheumatism, resulted in his death. The deceased was a farmer until
several years ago, when he removed from the farm, a short distance from
the village, on the Hall road, where he had resided for many years, to
this village. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Rosetta Stokoe;
one son, Edward Pulver; one brother, William Pulver; two sisters, Mrs.
C. H. Johnson and Mrs. A. M. Phillips, and two grandchildren, Earl
Thompson and Luella Pulver, all of whom reside in or near Gorham. The
funeral was held from the home at 2 o'clock and from the Methodist
church at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. Rev. Bruce Pierce, pastor of the
church, officiated. Burial was in the local cemetery.
From unknown newspaper
Mrs. Elizabeth Pulver died at her home in Garlinghouse on Sunday,
May 1, 1921, aged 69 years. She leaves four children: Mrs. Frank Miller
of Hemlock; Mrs. Jay Wheat and Aaron W. Pulver of this place; and
Martin Pulver, who lived with her; and several grandchildren; also one
brother, Perry Bartholomew of North Cohocton. Many other relatives and
friends also mourn her loss. The funeral will be held from the home on
Wednesday, May 4, at 2 p.m., conducted by her pastor, Rev. Marshall M.
Shaut of North Cohocton. Burial will take place at Rose Ridge cemetery,
Naples, beside her husband, who passed away several years ago. Six of
her nephews will act as bearers. Mrs. Pulver's sudden death was a great
shock to the community, as she was ill only one day. The children have
the sympathy of their many friends in the loss of their mother. The
church and Sunday school have lost one of their most faithful members,
as she was always present at the services when able.
From Ontario County Journal 9 August 1901
Gorham, N. Y. - Early on the morning of Aug. 1, this community was shocked to hear of the sudden death from apoplexy of Frank D. Pulver, at
his home on Dewey avenue. Although a great sufferer from rheumatism for
a long time, he had been in his usual health and arose at five, as was
his custom, and prepared the wood ready for the fire. Just at what time
his death occurred is not known, as his wife did rise until 6:30, and
when going into the kitchen, was horrified to find his dead body on the
floor. A physician was summoned, but life was extinct. Funeral services
were held from his late home on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Frank
Shultus, assisted by Rev. J. E. Wilson, conducting the services. Mr.
Pulver had always lived in or near this village. He was an esteemed
citizen, honest and upright. A wife and one son, Loren, are left; also
an aged mother, two brothers, William and Austin; and three sisters,
Mrs. C. H. Johnson, Mrs. A. M. Phillips, all of this place, and Mrs. M.
Lester of Greenville, Mich. He was 57 years of age. The following acted
as bearers: William Valentine, M. E. Bain, William Dickerson, William
Crego, Albert Youngs and Dr. Charles Compton. Interment was made in
From Ontario County Journal 11 April 1919
Henry W. Pulver, aged 60 years, was stricken with apoplexy while
driving a team of horses on North Pearl street on Tuesday, and died
before medical aid could reach him. He fell from his wagon while
engaged in hauling gravel for town highway repair work near Woodlawn.
Coroner Harry M. Smith stated that death was due to natural causes and
not from injuries received in the fall. There survive his widow and a
son and daughter, Milo J. and Miss Viola M. Pulver of Canandaigua; and
one sister, Mrs. William Hill of Buffalo. The funeral services will be
held at the home on Main street south this afternoon at 2
o'clock. Rev. W. H. Yard will officiate and interment will be in
From Ontario County Journal 3 June 1887
Gorham, N. Y. - James M. Pulver, a merchant at Stanley, died on
May 31, aged 37 years. He had been sick for some time with inflammatory
rheumatism, but was thought better. The disease went to his heart. The
funeral services were attended
at the Methodist church in Gorham, of which his wife is a member. Sad
that one in the strength of manhood, active in business, a loving and
loved husband and father should be thus stricken down.
From Ontario County Times 8 June 1887
Gorham, N. Y. - The funeral of Mr. J. M. Pulver, of
Stanley, was held from the M. E. church June 2, Rev. A. B. Temple
officiating. Mr. Pulver was one of Stanley's most prominent merchants
and citizens, having conducted the grocery and dry goods business for
the past three years in the store formerly occupied by Mr. Edward
Lawrence. He was upright in all his dealings and highly esteemed by all
who knew him. He leaves a wife and little daughter to mourn the great
loss of a kind father and affectionate husband. The bereaved family
have the sympathy of all in this their sad affliction.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 28 March 1877
Gorham, N. Y. - We have to record the sudden death of Esq. Pulver
on Tuesday afternoon, the 20th instant, nearly sixty-four years of age.
He was supposed to be improving, was at least more comfortable and
entertained hopes of soon being out, when in a moment he passed away
almost without another warning. James Madison Pulver was born
in Kinderhook, Columbia county, N. Y., in April, 1813. In 1819 his
parents came to reside in Gorham, and here he passed the remainder of
his life. In his youth he taught a District School, and in an eminent
manner has been the creator, under Divine Providence, of his own
fortune. In 1835 he was married to Miss Lydia Snyder, by which marriage
they have had four sons and four daughters. Their sons are in this
community, two of them farmers, perhaps we should say three, and one is
a merchant. His eldest daughter married Thomas Stokoe, 2nd, but died
some years since. Another married Dr. Lester, who resides in Michigan,
one married our thriving citizen, C. H. Johnson, while the youngest
remains unmarried at home.
Esq. Pulver early won the confidence of his fellow citizens, who put
him in places of trust, Supervisor of his town, Constable and Justice
of the Peace. His acute judgment in legal questions, promptness in the
discharge of his duties, won for him a high place as a business man in
our community. His funeral was attended on Saturday, the 24th instant,
from the Baptist church .
From Geneva Daily Times 16 October 1908
Gorham, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Lydia Pulver took place
on Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Johnson, with
whom she had made her home during the past several years. Mrs. Pulver
was 92 years of age. Her maiden name was Lydia Snyder and she was the
daughter of William Snyder, and together with a large family of
brothers and sisters, was reared on a farm near this village. In early
life she married James Madison Pulver and came to Gorham to reside,
they being among the early settlers of the village. Several years ago
Mrs. Pulver received her second sight when she was able to read and sew
without the aid of glasses, but as she grew more feeble, she lost it
again. Notwithstanding the deprivations of her feebleness, however, she
always wore a smile and greatly enjoyed meeting her friends, with whom
she would cheerfully converse and with whom she seldom failed to leave
a helpful and inspiring word. Up to almost the last she was able to
converse intelligently and cheerfully, and ever looking on the bright
side, bore her suffering without murmur. About two years ago Mrs.
Pulver began to grow weak from effects of cancer from which her
suffering increased until death came to her release. She was the mother
of eight children, four boys and four girls, of whom Austin and William
Pulver, Mrs. C. H. Johnson and Mrs. A. M. Phillips, of Gorham, and Mrs.
Dr. Lester of Greenville, Mich., survive her. She also leaves eight
grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Austin Buckelew, and one
half-sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, both of Dexter, Mich.
From Ontario County Journal 23 February 1912
Naples, N. Y. - Willard Pulver died suddenly at Willard
asylum, where he had been for a number of years, on Sunday. The remains
were brought here, where his wife resides, for burial. He is survived
by a wife, two sons, Martin and Aaron Pulver, of Naples; two daughters,
Mrs. Frank Miller of Hemlock and Mrs. Emmett Wheat of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 24 January 1919
Gorham, N. Y. - William Pulver died suddenly at his home here on
Monday. He had been in poor health for some time. He was the son of
James Mattison and Lydia Snyder Pulver and was born in Gorham, where
most of his life was spent. He was early identified with the business
life of the village, and conducted a drygoods and grocery store for
many years. He is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter, J.
Albert Pulver of Gorham; and Eugene and Miss Lena Pulver of Rochester;
two sisters, Mrs. C. H. Johnson and Mrs. A. M Phillips of Gorham.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 May 1897
At the age of 70 years 2 months and 5 days, Mrs. Mary Pumpfrey died
her home on Reed street yesterday morning, May 13th. The funeral
will take place from her late home at 10 o'clock Saturday.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 October 1903
Edward Purcell died at 8:45 o'clock yesterday morning at his late
home, No. 36 West avenue, aged 58 years. The deceased was born in
Ireland and came to this country forty years ago. He
has resided in this city for six years. Edward H. Purcell of
this city is only survivor. The funeral will take place at 9 o'clock
tomorrow morning from St. Francis de Sales church. Burial will follow
in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1881
Canadice, N. Y. - Mr. John Purcell, an old resident of this
town, died the 15th ult. Deceased was a very nice man, and will be
missed among the prominent men of town. He leaves two daughters to
mourn his death.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 August 1904
Edward Purcull died this morning at 7 o'clock at his home, No. 36
West avenue. He was forty years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 13 July 1906
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Juliaetta Purcell, one of the oldest
residents of this town, died at the home of her son, I. S. Purcell, at
Richmond, on July 3. Mrs. Purcell had lived with her two sons, Smith,
of Richmond, and Orrin, of this town, for many years. About four and
one-half years ago, Orrin, the younger of the two, died, and since that
time she had lived most of the time at his late home. Left a widow
fifty-one years ago with these two sons, she faced life's battle alone,
with the help of her God. When the call came for troops in '61, Orrin
bade adieu to mother and brother and marched to the front. Army life
was too severe for his years and not having an over-strong
constitution, he came home broken in health, fighting for his life
against that dread monster consumption. He warded off the blow till
December, 1901, when he answered the final roll call. The life of Mrs.
Purcell all through this half century was that of a faithful, trusting,
christian mother, always where she was most needed, cheerful and sunny,
she was truly a mother in Israel, She passed the three score and ten,
then the four score post on life's highway and lacked less than two
years of the four score and ten mark. An unusual circumstance connected
with Mrs. Purcell's death is that her only child is 70 years of age.
The funeral was held from the home of her son on July 5, Rev. A. H.
From Livonia Gazette 3 August 1917
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Oren Purcell died at her home here
Saturday of last week at the age of 83. She had been sick for about two
years. Death was a welcome visitor to the invalid, for many times
during the long illness she had expressed a desire to leave this home
for the one above. There are two daughters, Mrs. Howell Hayward and
Miss Mae Purcell; and one son, Wells, all of Canadice. The funeral was
held from her late home Monday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Bucher
officiating, and the interment was in the Canadice Valley cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 27 December 1901
Canadice, N. Y. - After one of the hardest fights for life, last week Wednesday morning Orrin Purcell, aged
61 years, passed peacefully to the beyond. For several years his life
had been a constant warfare against consumption, and all that medical
skill could do was done without avail. He, who bared his bosom for his
country, marched, fought and died as only a hero can die, mourned by
all who knew him, an example of patient, sublime suffering. Mr. Purcell
was a member of Co. K, N. Y. Mounted Rifles, and had never been strong
since his return from the army. A devoted christian husband and father,
his loss will be felt by the entire community. An aged mother, aged 87
years, a wife, two daughters and one son have the sympathy of all in
their sore affliction. Rev. P. P. Sowers officiated at the funeral at
the home of the deceased, and the remains were placed in the Canadice
From Canandaigua Chronicle 21 November 1906
Manchester, N. Y. - Tuesday, Nov. 13, occurred the death of Jennie,
wife of A. M. Purdy, aged 56 years, at her home in this
township, three miles north of the village. She had been an invalid for
some time. Besides her husband, she is survived by two children, Miss
Lila who lives at home, and Charles, who is a student in the Rochester
Theological seminary; also pastor of the M. E. church in Marion. She
has also three step-children, Mrs. Etta Griffin of Clifton Springs,
Jno. Baker of Jordon, and Rev. Allison Purdy of Iowa. The funeral was
held at her late home Friday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Rugg, a speaker of the
orthodox Friends society, assisted by Rev. S. S. Pratt, of this
village, officiated. Mrs. Purdy was universally considered, in the
highest sense of the word, a beautiful woman. It was a privilege to
From Geneva Gazette 17 November 1899
Death of Mrs. S. L. Purdy - Mrs. Josephine B. Purdy, wife of
Stewart L. Purdy, died at her home, corner of Pulteney and Milton
streets, last Friday night, of cancer. Her funeral took place
Monday last at the house at 10 o'clock, and from the Memorial
Presbyterian Church, Bellona, at 3 p.m. She is
survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. H. B. P. Wrenn, of St.
Louis, Mo., and Miss Susan H. Purdy, of this city, and three sons, Dr.
J. S. Purdy, of Seneca Falls, Joseph S. L. Purdy, of Lima, and Frank A.
Purdy, of this city.
From Ontario County Times 23 November 1881
Canadice, N. Y. - John Pursell, for many years a highly respected
citizen of Canadice, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. George
Higgins in Springwater, on the 15th inst. at the age of seventy-five.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 April 1905
Charles E. Putnam, a milkman, of No. 6 Worthington avenue,
committed suicide at 6 o'clock this morning by hanging himself in his
barn at No. 136 Washington street. It is believed that the deed was
committed in a fit of despondency caused by business cares. Mr. Putnam,
who was twenty-six years of age, arose this morning as usual at 5
o'clock and went from his home over to his barn to feed the horses. He
then returned to his home
for his breakfast which had been prepared in his absence by his wife.
He sat down to his breakfast at 5:40 and being a quick eater, he
finished before 6 o'clock. At breakfast he talked with the various
members of the household and on leaving for the barn the second time,
he appeared to be perfectly calm. As he did not return to the house for
his milk bottles within the customary time, his wife suggested to her
father, George Rackham, who lived with them, that he go to the barn and
see if Charles was ill. Following out her suggestion he went to the
found both of the doors fastened on the inside. He forced an entrance
after finding everything as usual on the ground floor, he went upstairs
into the mow. Here he was shocked by finding his son-in-law hanging
from a rafter by a short noose about his neck. Following his first
impulse, he cut the man down to see if he was still alive. Finding that
he was dead, he ran and notified the family and dispatched a messenger
to the coroner, H. D. Weyburn.
The deceased was born at Byron, New York, and lived at the Keuka
college until he was married five
years ago to Eliza Rackham of Middlesex. From that time until
they came to this city in the winter they lived with her parents at
Middlesex. He was a member of the Free Baptist church at Middlesex.
Since he has been in the city he has attended the First Methodist
church. The deceased is survived by his widow, little daughter, mother,
Mrs. V. E. Putnam and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Merritt. His
mother and sister reside at Keuka. A brief service will be held at the
home on Monday morning at 9 o'clock, after which the body will
be taken to Middlesex, where the funeral services will be held at the
Free Baptist church.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 27 January 1922
Canandaigua, January 26 - The death of Charles L. Putnam
occurred at his house several miles southeast of this city about 10
o'clock last night as a result of heart trouble. Mr. Putnam had
suffered a slight stroke of apoplexy some weeks ago. Mr. Putnam is
survived by his wife and two sons, Edward Putnam, of Hall and Harry
Putnam, of Geneva. The funeral is to be held from the family home on
Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. George E. Finley, pastor of
the Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be made at Reed's Corners.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 April 1916
Hall, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Cynthia M. Hall, aged 31 years, occurred this morning at her home in this village. She is survived by her husband, George E. Putnam; four
children, Helen, Dorothy, Spencer and Robert Putnam of Hall; her father
and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Pease of Ovid; two brothers, Monroe and
Leon Pease; four sisters, Hazel, Frances, Mary and Verna Pease, all of
Ovid. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at
the house, Rev. A. B. Temple of Number Nine church officiating. Burial
will be in Number Nine Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 July 1936
Mrs. Elma L. Putnam, wife of Harry Earl Putnam, of 55 Lyceum
street, died this morning at the Geneva General Hospital after a long
illness. She was 45 years of age. Surviving are her husband; one
daughter, Ruth Gertrude; two sons, Charles Henry and William Harry; and
her mother, Mrs. Clara Megaffee of Geneva. The funeral will be held at
2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at her late residence with the Rev.
Shields T. Hardin of the First Baptist church officiating. Interment
will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Canandaigua.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 December 1929
Mrs. Gertrude Elizabeth Putnam, aged 71, died Saturday night at 11
o'clock at the home of her son, Harry E. Putnam, 55 Lyceum street,
following a long illness. She leaves two sons, Edward Putnam of Geneva;
three sisters, Mrs. I. T. Lewis and Mrs. E. B. Henry of Canandaigua,
and Mrs. Robert Bigham of Reeds Corners; and two brothers, William
Megaffee and Emory Megaffee of Canandaigua. A prayer service will be
held tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 o'clock from the home of her son,
Lyceum street, and a funeral service at the Baptist church at Reeds
Corners at 2 o'clock with Rev. Fred T. Drewett officiating. Interment
will be at Reeds Corners.
From Ontario County Times 7 December 1881
Canadice, N. Y. - James S. Putnam, whose sickness was noticed
recently, died on the 1st inst., and was buried on Saturday, the
funeral being held at the M. E. Church, with services conducted by Rev.
S. Mills Day, of Honeoye. Mr. Putnam was sixty-three years of age, and
had been a resident of this town over forty years. He leaves a widow,
who has the sympathy of her neighbors and many friends. The deceased
was highly esteemed, conscientious and upright, had held the position
of Commissioner of Excise and was Overseer of the Poor at the time of
From Geneva Gazette 5 February 1875
Joseph C. Putnam, an old resident of Honeoye, died very suddenly
on the 23d ult. He started from home on an errand, but before
proceeding far was seized with severe pains or cramps in the stomach,
sought shelter at a near neighbor's, lay down on a couch, and in a few
moments passed away. He formerly represented his town in the
Board of Supervisors, and served for several years as Justice of the
From Geneva Daily Times 28 February 1902
Mrs. Mary Putnam died yesterday at the family residence in
Stanley, aged 79 years. Mrs. Putnam fell and dislocated her hip a
week ago. A few days later she contracted pneumonia. The
deceased was born in the Town of Seneca and had lived there all her
life. She is survived by two sons, George A. Putnam, of Seneca,
and C. S. Putnam of Stanley. The funeral will take place from the
house at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Interment will be in
Number Nine cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 6 November 1903
Gorham, N. Y. - Joseph Pybus committed suicide by hanging
himself from an apple tree in his orchard at an early hour on Saturday
morning. His body was discovered by his daughter just after day break.
It is supposed that he left the house shortly after midnight. Mr. Pybus
had been a cripple from rheumatism for several years, and despondency
over is condition was probably the cause of his suicide. He was 73
years of age, and well-known and respected in the community. He leaves
a wife, two daughters and three sons, John Pybus of Canandaigua,
Charles and Erant Pybus of Gorham.
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