"Ra" to "Rea" Obituaries
From Geneva Daily Times 22 March 1909
The funeral of John Racatore took place at 3:30 o'clock
this afternoon from the undertaking rooms of Yells Brothers in Main
street. A brief funeral service at which Rev. W. W. Weller officiated
was held at the rooms and then the remains were taken to Glenwood
Cemetery, where burial was made.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 January 1941
Horace Radcliffe, 64, of 67 Colt street, died Saturday afternoon at
his home following a long illness. Surviving are his wife, Helen T.;
one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Milliman; one son, Arleigh; two
grandchildren, Arleigh and Ronald Hilton of Geneva The funeral was held
this afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late home with the Rev. Frank S. Hewlitt, Ovid Presbyterian minister, officiating. Interment was in Union
Cemetery, Ovid. The bearers were George Franklin, Edward Carroll,
Robert J. Purdy, Charles Frantz, and James McGuire.
From Ontario County Journal 19 April 1895
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Sarah Ann Radley died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Jennie Peavey, in South Bristol, of consumption, on
Tuesday, April 9, aged 65 years. The funeral services were held from
her late residence on Thursday, the 11th, at 11:30 a.m., and at the
Congregational church, Rev. Mr. Day officiating, at 1 p.m. The
interment was in the Richmond cemetery, near H. H. Reed's. After the
burial Mrs. Reed kindly furnished a luncheon to the family friends.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 December 1912
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Evaline E. Rafter died at her
home in Clifton Springs Saturday evening. Besides her husband, she
leaves one daughter, Mrs. William Bondenbush of Bedford, Mass. The
funeral will be held from her late residence tomorrow afternoon at
1:30, Rev. V. A. Sage officiating. Burial will be in Orleans Cemetery.
From Phelps Citizen 12 December 1912
Mrs. Jas. Rafters, a former resident of this place, died in Clifton
Springs and was buried in the Orleans cemetery. She leaves her husband
and one daughter.
From Ontario County Times 12 December 1888
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Timothy Ragan died very suddenly at
his home Monday forenoon. He remained at home while the other members
of the family were attending a funeral, and upon their return was found
dead, he evidently having died from a shock.
From Geneva Gazette 7 September 1877
The Rev. John Raines, a well-known clergyman of the M. E.
Church, died in Canandaigua on the 3rd inst., in the 60th year of his
age. He had suffered for several years both from mental and physical
ailments. He leaves a widow and five sons--among the latter, George,
Thomas and John Jr., who have attained considerable and honorable
distinction in public life.
From Geneva Courier 4 June 1879
Mrs. John Raines, of Canandaigua, died on Friday last. Mrs.
Raines was a native of Geneva, and was the eldest daughter of Capt. A.
Wheeler, now of Willard Asylum. Mrs. Schoonmaker, of Seneca
Castle is her sister. Mr. Raines studied law in Geneva, and was
married here. One of their children born in Geneva also died
here, being buried from the new M. E. Parsonage, Mr. Raines father
being then the Methodist pastor here. Mrs. Raines was 89 years of
age. She was an estimable lady, and leaves many warm friends both
in and out of the church with which she was connected. She leaves
a husband and a number of children. Capt. Raines has the sincere
sympathy of the many friends of the family in his bereavement.
From Ontario County Times 22 December 1875
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. D. A. Rainsford died very suddenly
last Friday morning. He went to bed the night before feeling usually
well, but arose early Friday morning feeling unwell and died before
medical aid could reach him. He was buried at Miller's Corners Saturday.
From Victor Herald 5 February 1904
Mrs. Mary Jane Carpenter Rainsford, the widow of David Rainsford,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julia Rose, Tuesday night. Her
age was eighty years and five months. Mrs. Rainsford was a lifelong
resident of this town and most of her life was spent on the farm on
which she died. She had been ill for about a year, death resulting from
a cancerous trouble. One daughter, Mrs. Rose, and a son, David P.
Rainsford, of this town, survive. The funeral was held Thursday
afternoon at two o'clock at the home, Rev. Margaret A. Brennen, pastor
of the Universalist church, officiating. Interment in Mendon cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 May 1940
Arthur Ralston, 57, a veteran of the World War, died yesterday at
his home, 17 Seymour street. He leaves a son, Harold Ralston, with the
U. S. Army at Fort Douglass, Utah; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Nickason
and Mrs. Winfield Sawyer, Auburn.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 April 1907
The funeral of Mrs. Millie Ralston, who died Sunday night at
twelve o'clock at her home on Andes avenue, will take place tomorrow at
two o'clock from the house. Rev. J. B. Hubbs, rector of St. Peter's
church, will officiate and interment will be in Seneca Falls. The
deceased was 35 years of age and is survived by her husband, Charles E.
Ralston, and three children, Fred, 15 years old; Arlene, 8 years, and a
baby born Sunday; her mother, Mrs. Mary Siegfried, of Seneca Falls; a
sister, Mrs. J. T. R. Clarke of Kansas City, Mo.; and one brother,
Aaron Siegfried of Seneca Falls.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 August 1936
Mrs. Rose Anna Ralston, wife of Frank E. Ralston, died early this
morning at her home, 73 Andes avenue, after a very long illness.
Surviving are her husband, Frank E. Ralston; two daughters, Mrs. Anna
Starr of Auburn and Miss Bertha Ralston of Geneva; two sons, Frank G.
Ralston of Albany and Edward Ralston of Geneva; her father, James
Gregory of Cortland; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Ralston and Mrs.
Elizabeth Foley of Geneva, Mrs. Polly Byington of Sodus, and four
grandchildren. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock from her late residence on Andes avenue with interment in
Glenwood Cemetery. The Rev. Alexander Thompson of the North
Presbyterian church will officiate.
From Geneva Gazette 15 September 1882
Mrs. Charles H. Ramsey - This estimable wife and mother passed
away yesterday at noon after an illness of three short weeks, with
inflammation of the bowels. She leaves, besides her sorrowing husband,
four little children, the eldest only eight years of age, the youngest
a babe of eight months, and the latter lying at the very threshold of
the grave, afflicted with the same malady that has thus cut off the
mother in the very
prime of life. As a wife and mother her devotion to her children
and household was the beautiful and conspicuous rule of her life,
and the loss to those of her affectionate and ceaseless care is
only to be alleviated by the tender mercies of the Heavenly Father.
Mrs. Ramsey passed peacefully away, in perfect resignation, when told
by her attending physician, Dr. Dox, that her end was near; leaving a
fragrant memory to her family and friends of the domestic
virtues and personal graces which so eminently adorned her life.
The funeral services will be held on Sunday next at St. Peter's
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - Wednesday morning about 6:10 o'clock the
Lehigh claimed another victim, when Albert Randall, a man
about 40 years of age was instantly killed by a fast passenger train
known as No. 8, which was behind time and was running at the rate of
seventy miles an hour. Randall was employed at the ice plant of Swift
& Co., where all cars of meat that pass through this village en
route to eastern points are iced. This morning word was received that a
train would arrive and need icing about 6;30. Randall resides about two
miles west of this village and left his home about 6 o'clock; walking
on the railroad tracks. Just after entering the yard limits near the
Brewster crossing, it is supposed that he left the westbound tracks to
allow a freight train that was just starting for Buffalo to pass and
stepped directly in front of the Lehigh morning flyer. It is not
probably that Randall ever knew what happened to him, as he was thrown
a distance of over one hundred feet before his body struck the ground,
and at the inquest before Coroner D. A. Eiseline, it was ascertained
that every bone in the man's body was broken, although his body was not
cut or mangled. The engineer on the passenger train did not notice his
victim until his body was seen flying through the air after being
struck, as the steam from the engine on the passing freight train
completely hid him from view. At the inquest the railroad company was
exonorated from all blame and found the man's negligence was the cause
of his death. Randall leaves a wife and one child besides a mother and
several brothers and sisters.
From Ontario County Times 18 June 1879
South Bristol, N. Y. - A solemn occasion has that of today been,
and not soon to be forgotten by the people of Bristol Springs and
vicinity, namely, the funeral services of Mrs. Almond Randall, who
of heart disease. Mrs. R. was a
woman in middle life, and the mother of six young children. Her
husband, who was tenderly attached to her, is well nigh frantic with
grief. He was alone with her when she died, and was in the act of
carrying her out of doors, where she could breath more freely, when she
expired in his arms. Very marked sympathy is manifested by all his
From Ontario County Journal 12 October 1917
The death of Almond A. Randall occurred at his home in
Bristol Springs on Sunday morning. He was born at Academy on September
2 1837, and had always lived in the vicinity. He was a veteran of the
Civil War, having served with Co. C, 15th N. Y. Vol. He leaves his
widow, Emma Steiner Randall; five sons, Frank and Guy Randall, of South
Bristol; Morris or Canandaigua and Clarence and Ralph of Rochester;
four daughters, Mrs. Lydia Fox, of South Bristol; Mrs. Minnie Packard
of Batavia; Mrs. Angie Barnes of Syracuse, Mrs. Ada Derickson of
Rochester; also several grandchildren. The funeral services were held
in the church at South Bristol on Wednesday, Rev. A. H. McKnight
officiating. Interment was to the Randall Cemetery at Covel Center.
From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1883
On Monday evening last, at about half-past seven o'clock, an
elderly man was seen to fall heavily on his face on the sidewalk in
front of Draper's bank, on Main street. It was thought that he had
slipped on the icy walk, and he was immediately carried into Dr.
Smith's drug store, where he gasped but once and expired. It was then
discovered that the unfortunate man was Alpheus T. Randall. It
at first reported that he had broken his neck in falling, but
this is not the fact. The cause of his fall and death was a stroke of
apoplexy. Mr. Randall was a mechanic, about 60 years of age. He
leaves a wife and three children, Miranda Randall and Mrs. George Soden
of Canandaigua, and John T. Randall, who lives in Buffalo.
From Shortsville Enterprise 2 March 1916
Mrs. Ann Randall, an aged resident of the town of Farmington,
passed away at her home in that town on Sunday morning at 1:30 o'clock
following an illness of four weeks with paralysis. Her age was 92
years, 11 months and 17 days. Mrs. Randall was born at Warwickshire,
England, on March 10, 1824, and became of resident of this country in
1835. She was married in March, 1852, to William Randall, who died in
October, 1896. They reared
ten children, all of whom are now living with the exception of one son,
Albert, who was killed by a Lehigh Valley train in 1903. She leaves to
children the memory of a faithful, loving mother. She was a member of
Church of England. The survivors are Mrs. Fred Knowles, of South Solon,
Ohio, (Mrs. Knowles has been prevented from being with her aged mother
her last sickness by her own serious illness); Mrs. Eliza Howland, of
Edward of Macedon; Walter and Frank of Canandaigua; Durfee, Herbert,
and John of Farmington; also twenty-one grandchildren and nineteen
great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial followed in South Farmington
From Ontario County Journal 2 October 1908
The death of Champlain L. Randall, a lifelong resident of
Academy, occurred at the Canandaigua Hospital on Wednesday morning. Mr.
Randall had suffered from a cancer for three years, and for the past
eight months had been cared for at the hospital. The remains were taken
back to the farm home where he was born, and where he always lived and
where he will be laid to rest today in the family burying plot. Mr.
Randall was 89 years of age and had never failed to vote until last
year when he was too feeble to get to the polls. He was a Republican.
He is survived by four children: Mrs. Betsey Knapp and Mrs. Francis
Huntley of Cheshire; Mortimer J. Randall, of Bristol Springs, and
Elbert H. Randall, who resides on the homestead. His wife died 12 yrs
ago. The funeral will held from the home this afternoon at 1 o'clock.
Rev. George F. Babbitt, pastor of the Universalist Church of Bristol,
From Geneva Daily Times 8 May 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - Charles Randall, who suffered a stroke of
paralysis about a month ago, died Thursday night. He was 57 years old
and is survived by a wife and daughter. The funeral will be held Sunday
afternoon at the Newark Presbyterian church and burial will be at
From Shortsville Enterprise 16 September 1915
Charlotte A. Jeffery, wife of Edward H. Randall, aged 61
years, passed away Sept. 3, at 11 o'clock p.m. at the home of her
daughter, after a lingering illness of nearly a year. She is survived
by her husband, Edward H. Randall; two daughters, Mrs. Robert
Spanganberg and Mrs. Harry Pickering, and one son, Herman Randall, all
of Palmyra; also seven grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Emma Herendeen
of Rochester; one brother, Charles Jeffery, of Farmington; one half
sister, Mrs. Thomas Relfe, and two half brothers, William and George
Jeffery, all of Wisconsin. The funeral was held at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Robert Spanganberg, on Monday, Sept. 6, Rev. J. L. Cann
officiating. The interment was in South Farmington cemetery. Many
beautiful floral tokens were presented in her memory. The deceased was
a member of the Palmyra Baptist church. She was beloved by all who knew
and associated with her in the home and community.
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1905
Bristol, N. Y. - Residents were shocked on Sunday morning to hear of the sudden death of Edson Randall. On
Saturday evening Mr. Randall seemed in his usual health. In the
morning, Mrs. Randall went to call him and found him dead. Dr. McDowell
was called and pronounced heart failure the cause. He had had previous
attacks. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Walton
officiating. The deceased was 50 years of age and is survived by his
wife, one son and one daughter.
From Fairport Herald 2 October 1918
Edward H. Randall, who had been in the Memorial hospital at
Canandaigua for the past few weeks, died in that institution Saturday
morning, Sept. 21, at 10:30 o'clock. He was the son of William and Anna
Allen Randall and was born in a log house on the Aldrich Brown farm on
February 4, 1853, and was 62 years old. His life had been passed in
this town and Manchester. He, for many years, had held the office of
town collector. He was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Jeffrey,
sister of Charles Jeffrey, of this village, who died in 1915. He is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert Spangenberg, of this town and
Mrs. Harry Pickering, of Macedon; one son, Herman Randall, of Palmyra;
two sisters, Mrs. Fred Knowles of Solon, Ohio, and Mrs. Henry Howland
of Manchester; and five brothers, Frank Randall of Canandaigua, Durfee
Randall of Victor, and Herbert, Wilkinson and John Randall, of this
place; and seven grandchildren. The funeral was held from the home of
his daughter, Mrs. Robert Spangenberg on Tuesday afternoon, conducted
by Rev. Hubbard, pastor of the Baptist church at Palmyra. Interment was
made in the South Farmington cemetery.
From Naples News 1 July 1936
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Elbert Randall died at her home
Sunday morning after a brief illness. The funeral was held Tuesday
afternoon with interment in the family plot near her home. She is
survived by two sons and two daughters, Gordon and Dewey Randall, Mrs.
Arthur Peck and Mrs. Elmer Standish; also five grandchildren, Mrs.
Myron Green of Bristol Center, Doris Standish, Randall Peck, Eleanor
Randall and Julia Randall.
From Ontario County Journal 12 March 1897
Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. Emma Randall, aged 77 years and three
months, died on Saturday morning, Rev. Post, of Bristol Center,
conducting the funeral services at the house on Monday. Her husband, C.
L. Randall, two sons and two daughters, survive her.
From Naples Record 8 February 1939
Frank C. Randall, 71, a lifelong resident of the town of South
Bristol and a former justice of the peace, died early Monday morning,
February 6 1939, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Travis, in
Bristol Valley. Mr. Randall was born on the Academy Tract on March 12,
1867. His parents were Almond and Lucy Crandall Randall. Until he
retired a few years ago, he engaged in farming. Mrs. Randall, the
former Miss Katherine Brink of South Bristol, died in 1929. Surviving
are one daughter, Mrs. John Travis of Bristol Valley; one son, Ira C.
Randall, of Bristol Springs; three sisters, Mrs. Angeline Barnes of
Rochester, Mrs. Minnie Packard of Batavia, and Mrs. Lydia Fox of South
Bristol; two brothers, Clarence Randall of Mendon and Maurice Randall
of Holcomb; ten grandchildren. Services will be held from the home of
Mrs. Travis at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. D. M.
Ratcliff, of the Naples Baptist church. Burial will be made in the
From Geneva Daily Times 16 October 1929
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Frank Randall passed away at her home at
Bristol Springs on Sunday, Oct. 13, after a long illness. Deceased was
the daughter of Jerome Brink and was born in the town of Italy, N. Y.,
Aug. 31, 1863, and was 61 years of age. Surviving are her husband, Mr.
Frank Randall; a daughter, Mrs. John Travis; a son, Ira Randall, all of
Bristol Springs, N. Y. A sister, Mrs. Eunice Chute of Salem, Oregon,;
and four brothers, Herbert trouble Brink, Emmett Brink, and Jerome
Brink, Jr. of Salem, Oregon, and Chester Brink of Rochester, N. Y.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 2:30, the Rev. Henry
Spurdle, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating and burial at the
From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1905
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Gay S. Randall, sixty-three years old, a
well-known resident of this town, died very suddenly at her home on the
Palmyra road in Manchester at 1:15 yesterday morning. She was
apparently in her usual
health until Monday afternoon, when she was stricken with apoplexy,
which caused her death. She was formerly Miss Estelle Mitchell, and was
born in Bristol Center. Since her marriage she has always
lived in Manchester, where her husband is a prominent business man.
Mrs. Randall is survived by her husband, one son, Edson Randall, one
daughter, Miss Jennie Randall, and three grandchildren, Miss Mildred
Randall, Miss Cherrie Randall, and Courtney Randall. The funeral will
be held from the Randall homestead tomorrow afternoon. Burial
From Geneva Daily Times 28 December 1906
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Yesterday morning about 8 o'clock occurred
the death of George Thomas Randall, of Chapin street, a long
time and well-known citizen, who had been struggling against the
ravages of pneumonia for about a week past. Mr. Randall, who was born
in England about fifty-nine years ago, came to this country early in
life, his parents settling at East Bloomfield, and he lived there for
many years, pursuing the vocation of a farmer. About seventeen years
ago he came to Canandaigua and has since resided here. For about eight
years he was sexton of the village cemeteries. Mr. Randall was married
in 1874 to Marietta Cox, who survives him, with two daughters, Mrs.
Charles Moyer, of Shortsville, and Mrs. Albert Manley of Erie, Pa., and
three grandchildren, Dorothy A. Moyer, Kenneth Randall Moyer and
Mr. Randall was a member of the Maccabees, and also belonged to the
Congregational church. He was highly respected by a large
circle of friends in Canandaigua and vicinity, who will grieve to
learn of his death and who extend hearty sympathy to his family.
Mr. Randall had for so many years been caretaker at the old village
cemetery, burial is at Woodlawn.
From Fairport Herald 28 February 1917
Farmington, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Hannah Dyer Randall occurred
last week Tuesday morning about six o'clock in the home of Mrs. Minnie
Simmons of Canandaigua, with whom she had resided since last August.
Mrs. Randall was born in England on July 5, 1840, and was 76 years of
age. In 1850, when 10 years old, she, with a large number of the
Randall family, came to this country and settled in this town where she
had continued to reside until last fall, when she went to Canandaigua.
Mrs. Randall is survived by three sons, Orin J. Randall, Edward T.
Randall, and Harry D. Randall; and two grandchildren, Margaret and Leon
Romber, children of a daughter, now deceased, all of this town. The
funeral was held on Thursday afternoon of last week at 2 o'clock from
the South Farmington chapel. Interment was made in Brookside cemetery,
From Ontario County Chronicle 17 September 1902
Manchester, N. Y. - Herbert G. Randall died at his home on Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, aged 38 years, 18 days. The deceased returned
from Cleveland on Monday suffering from typhoid fever, which caused his
death. Mr. Randall was a general favorite among his many acquaintances,
his genial good nature and unselfish disposition being admired by all.
He is survived by a wife and three children, besides his parents,
brothers and sister, all residents of this place.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 28 June 1938
Manchester, N. Y. - Herbert W. Randall, 70, died in the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Sidney Matthews, in Farmington, Sunday. He was
born in Farmington October 10, 1867, and married Ida Pardee Feb. 23,
1893. His survivors are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Sidney Matthews,
Farmington, and Mrs. Lionel Schultz, Rochester; a brother, John,
Farmington; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m.
tomorrow in the South Farmington Chapel, with burial in South
From Shortsville Enterprise 13 August 1914
The death of James Randall, one of the best-known
residents of Farmington, occurred at his home in that township last
week Tuesday afternoon, resulting from a stroke of paralysis. He had
been ill for about two weeks. His age was 85 years. James Randall was
born in England during the year of 1829 and came to make his home in
the United States in 1851. His wife was formerly Miss Hannah Dyer, with
whom he was united about 55 years ago. Beside his wife, he leaves three
sons, Orrin J. Randall and Edward T. Randall, of Farmington, and Harry
D. Randall of Victor; also eleven grandchildren. The funeral obsequies
were held from his late home on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev.
Reuben Payne, of South Farmington Chapel, officiating. The interment
was made in Brookside Cemetery in this village.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 September 1903
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Margaret Randall died Friday evening at
her residence on Sheldon street, aged seventy-two years. Mrs. Randall
had been troubled with heart disease for some time. She was born in
Orange county, N. Y., her maiden name being Rednar. She was married to
William Randall on the 10th of October, 1852. They resided in this
county until 1864, when they moved to Michigan, coming back to this
place a year
ago. Her husband, one son, Charles, and one daughter, Mrs. Horace
Allen, both of this place, survive her.
From Ontario County Journal 29 May 1914
Rushville, N. Y. - As Edward Jaqua was driving to the village
from his farm east of here, about 6 o'clock on Thursday night, near the
old Lazerus place, he saw a man lying by the roadside, which upon
investigation proved to be the dead body of Myron Randall, a
neighbor. Coroner Dr. F. M. Chaffee, of Middlesex, was summoned and an
inquest was held before the body was removed to his home, which is
about a mile of the Lazerus farm. The verdict was death from heart
failure and it was thought that he had died only a few moments before
the body was discovered. Mr. Randall had been to the village during the
afternoon and was walking home, carrying a few parcels which had
purchased here. He was one of four children of Purdy and Betsey Randall
and was born 68 years ago. He had always lived in this community.
Forty-two years ago he married Mary Hoose and five children were born
to this union. The funeral services will be held from the residence
this afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. Bruce Pearce, of the Gorham Methodist
church, officiating. He is survived by his wife, three sons, William of
Ovid, Mich.; John and Charles of Rushville; a daughter, Mrs. Louise
Swartout of Stanley; and two brothers, Purdy D. of Chicago, and Ira
Randall of Rushville.
From Ontario County Journal 8 April 1887
Bristol, N. Y. - Mr. Norman Randall, died Thursday at his home
in the southern part of the town, aged 63 years,
and was buried at Bristol Centre, Saturday.
From Ontario County Times 20 April 1887
Bristol Centre, N. Y. - Another old resident has bone, N.
W. Randall departed this life March 31st, aged 63 years. Mr.
Randall has been a resident of Bristol for many years. His funeral was
largely attended by relatives and friends, many from out-of-town. The
funeral was at the church and was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Wheelock,
assisted by the Rev. Mr. Day of Honeoye. The services were most
impressive and solemn. The family have the sympathy of many friends in
this their hour of trouble. Mr.
Randall will be greatly missed as he was foremost in every good work.
He will be especially missed in the church and Sunday school. He died
as he had lived -- a good man. It seems very sad to lay away one who is
needed so much, but God's ways are not our ways.
From Shortsville Enterprise 9 March 1938
Orin James Randall, aged 65, entered into rest at his home in
Farmington on Friday evening, March 4, following an illness of several
weeks. Besides his wife, Vera, a son, Earl, and a daughter, Dorothy, of
Farmington; a daughter, Sibyl of Rochester; and a brother, Harvey
Randall of Farmington, survive. Altho a quiet, home-loving man, Mr.
Randall will be missed by man. Funeral services were held from the home
on Monday afternoon with burial at South Farmington Chapel cemetery.
Rev. L. L. Swarthout, pastor of the Manchester Baptist church,
From Shortsville Enterprise 19 October 1916
The death of Walter Randall, a well-known farmer in this
section, occurred at his home on the Latting road, southwest of this
Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock. His age was 61 years. Walter Randall was
native of the township of Farmington and a son of the late William and
Randall. He had always lived in this section and for the past 14 years
occupied the farm where he died. On December 14, 1883, he was married
Miss Lovisa Morris. The survivors are his wife; six daughters, Mrs. Ray
Newkirk and Mrs. Charles Brown of Canandaigua; Mrs. Edward Potter of
and the Misses Lula, Hilda, and Ruth Randall, who live at home; six
brothers, Edward Randall of Palmyra; Bert, John and Wilkinson Randall
of Manchester; Frank Randall of Canandaigua; and Durfee Randall of
Victor; two sisters, Mrs. Henry H. Howland of Manchester, and Mrs. Fred
W. Knowles of South Solon, Ohio. The funeral obsequies will be held
from the family home on Friday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Walter D. St. John,
of the Manchester Baptist church.
From Shortsville Enterprise 14 January 1915
William O. Randall, a former resident on the Lewis farm, just
of the village, and well-known to many of our villagers, died suddenly
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Horace Allen, in Canandaigua, last
afternoon, aged 88 years. He had been attending a picture theatre and
suddenly stricken ill while there. He immediately left for his
home and was dead within 15 minutes after reaching there. Acute
was the cause of his demise. Mr. Randall was born in Bristol on the 7th
April, 1827. Aside from 30 years passed in the state of Michigan, he
always resided in this county. He made his home on the Lewis farm for
years, and during October, 1913, left with his daughter to reside at
Beside Mrs. Allen, he leaves a son, Charles O. Randall, of Canandaigua;
sister, Mrs. E. E. Gardner, of South Bristol, and two brothers, G. S.
of Canandaigua, and Almon Randall of Bristol Springs. The funeral
were held from the Allen home on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
by Rev. D. H. MacKenzie of the First Presbyterian church, of this
The interment followed in Brookside cemetery in this village.
From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1912
Gorham, N. Y. - On Oct. 23, occurred the death of Mrs. Samuel Randolph at
her home south of the village. Had she lived until Dec. 20, she would
have been 72 years of age. Besides her husband, who is in feeble
health, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Martin of Academy and Miss
Gertrude Randolph of Geneva; one son, William of Rochester; and one
grandson and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Randolph's illness was of
short duration, death coming after 24 hours of intense suffering from
what is said to be ptomaine poisoning. She was a woman loved by all;
her religious life was one of extraordinary saintliness; her delight
was to do good to all; the Bible was her constant companion and
inspiration. Her sudden death has been a shock to the family who are
prostrated by it. Mrs. Randolph had been in her usual health until the
night before her death, when she was stricken down. Funeral services
were held at the house on Saturday, Rev. Bruce E. Pierce officiating.
Burial was in the village cemetery.
From Clifton Springs Press 2 October 1913
Mrs. Catharine A. Rankine, widow of James Rankine, died at her
home, one and one-half miles south of Clifton Springs on September 25,
death being due to Bright's disease. She had been in poor health about
five years. For many years she was a faithful and active member of the
Baptist church, having been converted at Salisbury at the age of 19
years, and remained a a member for seven years, when she took her
letter to Little Falls. In 1879 she, with her husband and family, moved
to Orleans, where she took her letter, and was a member until the
church was built at Clifton Springs, twenty-five years ago. She was
born at Little Falls, October 15, 1829, and was the daughter of James
and Elizabeth Hakes. She was married to James Rankine at Little Falls,
on December 27, 1849. She had resided at her home forty-one years. Her
husband died in November, 1888. She is survived by two daughter, Mrs.
R. D. Grimsley, who lived with her, and Mrs. L. P. Stauring, of Newark;
also four grandsons, W. R. Stauring of Phelps; O. J. Stauring of Rolfe,
Nebraska; V. L. Stauring of Newark; and Frank Grimsley of Clifton
Springs. The funeral services were held at her late home on Sunday
afternoon, at 3 o'clock, the Rev. S. M. Newland officiating. Burial was
made in Clifton Springs cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 25 November 1910
On Tuesday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Fannie Meek
Rankine, wife of the late Rev. James Rankine, D. D., for many
years rector of St. Peter's church in Geneva. Her age was 81 years.
Death was due to heart disease. Mrs. Rankine is survived by three sons,
Richard L. of Middletown, Conn.; DeLancey of Niagara Falls; and Harold
S. Rankine of Buffalo; and two brothers, William C. Meek of Geneva and
Richard L. Meek of Brooklyn. The funeral services will take place from
St. Peter's Memorial church this morning and interment will be in West
avenue cemetery here at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 September 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - A great shock was given the citizens of
Canandaigua yesterday afternoon, when it became known that George
Rankine, one of the best known musicians in Western New York, who
for over fifteen years has held the position as organist of the
Canandaigua Congregational church, had committed suicide in the
basement of the church by hanging. The affair was ll the more horrible
from the fact that the rash act was committed about five days ago, and
the body had been swinging from the rafters in the basement all that
time, and services were held in the church Sunday morning and evening
as usual, the congregation little dreaming of the ghastly fact that a
corpse was swinging beneath their feet. Mr. Rankine had stated on
Friday that he was going to the church to tune the organ, and that was
the last seen of him. As he had no family, he was not missed for a
couple of days and when he was, his friends and relatives were supposed
that he had gone on an automobile trip. This fact had apparent
confirmation because he had sent word to Miss Louise Newman telling her
that he was going away and requesting her to officiate in his stead at
the organ on Sunday. Finally, as he did not return, a search was
instituted and the police department was notified.
Chief of Police H. C. Beeman, learning that when last seen he had
secured the church keys to fix the organ, went to the church to see if
any trace of him there could be found. There was some suspicion that he
might have taken his life as he had been subject to fits of despondency
of late and had talked of going to a sanitarium for his health. The
search therefore was most thorough. Mr. Beeman found the body swinging
just over the boiler pit. Mr. Rankine had taken a window cord and
stepping on a chair secured it around a beam. Then kicking away the
chair he swung over the pit. Coroner F. P. Warner was called and will
render a verdict of death from strangulation as a result of hanging
while suffering from melancholia. The body was removed to the Kennedy
undertaking rooms. Mr. Rankine was a member of one of Canandaigua's
oldest and most highly respected families, being almost the last
descendant. He was unmarried but leaves a sister, Mrs. Robert T. Wilson
of Summit, N. J. He also leaves a number of uncles and aunts. The only
near relative living in Canandaigua is his aunt, Mrs. A. G. Coleman.
The father was John Rankine, a brother of Rev. James Rankine, deceased,
of Geneva. His mother, Mrs. Julia Wilson Rankine, died seven years ago.
Mr. Rankine was a talented pianist and organist, and had gained
considerable celebrity as a composer. He was a man of genial and
courteous nature and had many friends throughout this section. His age
was about 50 years.
From Geneva Gazette 1 February 1901
Obituary - James Lionel Rankine died at the home of his mother,
Mrs. James R. Rankine, in William street, at 2:20 o'clock yesterday
afternoon, aged 51 years. He had been in poor health for some
time and his death was not unexpected. Deceased was born Dec. 26, 1859,
in Owego. He was well known here and highly respected by all
those who had the good fortune of his acquaintance. A wife, three
children, his mother
and four brothers, William, Richard, DeLancey and Harold, survive.
The sympathy of a wide circle of friends is extended to the
The funeral will take place from St. Peter's church at 1:30 o'clock
Monday afternoon. Interment will be in Canandaigua, the burial
place of his revered father, the late Rev. Dr. James R. Rankine.
A week later the newspaper printed a correction
to his age; it was 42 years.
From Geneva Gazette 3 December 1880
Mr. John Rankine, a well-known and prominent citizen of
Canandaigua, died very suddenly in that village on Friday evening last.
He was about as usual on Wednesday and Thursday, but on Friday, about
one o'clock in the afternoon, he was stricken with apoplexy and died at
11 o'clock at night. Mr. Rankine was known all over the county of
Ontario, having held many important trusts as trustee of estates.
Indeed, he was to have appeared before the surrogate of said county on
the afternoon in which he was stricken down, to attend the final
accounting of an estate of which he was trustee. He was a man of large
physique and commanding presence; and had for many years enjoyed the
esteem and respect of all who knew him. He leaves a wife and two
children; a daughter, Mrs. Wilson, residing in New Jersey; and a son
living at home in Canandaigua. He was an older brother of Rev. Dr.
Rankine, rector of St. Peter's Church, Geneva. The latter, while
returning from the funeral of one of his parishioners, received a
telegram announcing the alarming illness of his beloved brother, and
hastening by first train to Canandaigua, was enabled to be at his
bedside in his dying hours.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 April 1901
Mrs. Julia G. Rankine, widow of the late John Rankine, died at
her home in upper Main street, in this village at an early
hour yesterday morning. The deceased was a daughter of the late Jared
Willson. She is survived by one son, George W. Rankine, of Canandaigua;
a daughter, Mrs. Robert P. Willson of Vineland, N. J.; a sister, Mrs.
Clara G. Coleman of Canandaigua; and one brother, Mark Sibley Willson
of California. The funeral will be held from the family residence
afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Phelps Citizen 25 September 1913
Mrs. C. A. Rankins died at half-past two o'clock this morning at
her home one and one-half miles south of Clifton Springs. She was born
in Herkimer county 54 years ago and came to this town to reside 40
years ago, settling on a farm in the southwest part of the town where
she contiued to reside until the time of her death. Her husband, James
Rankins, died 25 years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Richard Grimsley, who resides at home, and Mrs. L. P. Stauring of
Newark; also four grandsons, one of whom, William R. Stauring, resides
in this village. Interment will be made in the Clifton Springs cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 25 September 1901
A. F. Ranney, a prosperous farmer, living two miles west of
Phelps, died yesterday morning, of a complication of diseases. He was
more than sixty years a resident of the town, and was in his 80th year.
He is survived by a wife, four sons and one daughter, Mrs. Hamilton
McBurney, of Phelps.
From Ontario County Journal 13 April 1917
The death of Mrs. Margaret Ranney, aged 91 years, widow of
Robert Ranney, occurred at her home four miles southwest of
Canandaigua, on Sunday, following a week's illness with heart trouble.
Deceased was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to this country when
very young. Her husband died nine years ago. She leaves two sons, John
Ranney, Rochester, and William J. Ranney of Canandaigua; two daughters,
Mrs. Abner Smith and Mrs. William Pritchard of Canandaigua; 10
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Rev Guy L. Morrill
officiated at the funeral services on Wednesday afternoon. Interment
was in Woodlawn cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1900
Mrs. Anne M. Rannie died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.
Alexander Grieve, Chapin street, on Saturday, after an illness of ten
weeks. Mrs. Rannie was born in Devonshire, England, 84 years ago. She
had been in this country about 33 years. Two daughters survive her.
Mrs. Alexander Grieve and Mrs. W. M. Smith, Gorham street. The funeral
was held from the Grieve home on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The
services were conducted by Rev. John Q. Adams.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 May 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Antonette C. Ranney was
daughter, Mrs. Cline, yesterday
afternoon, Rev. E. L. Waldorf of the M. E. church officiating. Mrs.
Ranney was seventy-one years of age and had been a
life-long resident of Phelps.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 April 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Robert Ranney, a prominent farmer residing
about five miles north of the village of Canandaigua, died Friday
of a complication of troubles, from which he had suffered two or three
weeks. He was aged 77 years. He leaves a wife, two sons, William J.
of Canandaigua, and John Ranney of Rochester; and two daughters, Mrs.
Pritchard and Mrs. A. Smith of Canandaigua. Two sisters also survive,
Robert Johnson of Chapinville and Mrs. Ralph Petrie of Rochester.
From Victor Herald 1 August 1910
James Ransom, one of Victor's best-known residents, died at 8:30
o'clock on Friday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harris B.
Rowley, on East Main street, with whom he had resided for the past few
years. Mr. Ransom was the son-in-law of the late John Henry and Margaret
Snyder Ransom, and was born at Saugerties, Ulster county, on September
18, 1855. He came to this part of the state when a young boy, and for a
time resided at Pittsford before coming to this town. He retired from
active work as a farmer some years ago. His wife died several years ago.
Mr. Ransom was a liberal supporter of the Presbyterian church. He
leaves two daughters and three sons: Mrs. William J. Mann, Mrs. Harris
B. Rowley, both of this town; William of East Rochester, George of
Buffalo, and Raymond Ransom of Macedon. There are ten grandchildren.
There also survive three sisters and one brother: Mrs. Thomas Johnson of
Woodstock, N. Y., Mrs. Wilber Howland of this town, Mrs. M.
Knickerbocker of Pittsford, and Charles Ransom of East Rochester.
From Ontario County Journal 11 December 1896
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. James Ransom died suddenly at her home
in this town on Friday morning, aged 58 years. She had not felt well
during the night and arose very early and putting on a wrapper, lay
down on the couch and complained of a severe pain in the region of the
heart. Her husband gave her some simple remedy, and for a few moments
she seemed to rally, but this was followed by an entire collapse and
she passed away very quickly. Dr. Mead was summoned and pronounced the
cause heart disease. She leaves her husband, James Ransom, four sons,
Wm. B., Ray, and Allen Ransom of this town; and George of Rochester;
two daughters, Mrs. Mann and Miss Eva Ransom, of Rochester. The funeral
was held at the house Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. H. F.
From Ontario County Times 22 August 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. John H. Ransom, one of our most respected
citizens, died at his residence in this town on Friday night. Mr. R.
came to this place from the town of Pittsford some ten or twelve years
ago. He will be greatly missed in this community. The funeral was held
at the house on Sunday, the Rev. Mr. Ennis officiating.
From Ontario County Chronicle 7 November 1900
Victor, N. Y. - John Ransom died last Wednesday evening at the
home of his brother, James Ransom, of consumption, after an illness of
several months. Deceased was 48 years of age and leaves a wife and two
children. He was by profession a locomotive engineer.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1917
The death of Mrs. Alvira Rarrick, aged 73 years, occurred at the
home of her son, Frank Rarrick, Gorham street, on Tuesday. The funeral
services were held at the home yesterday afternoon with Rev. George E.
Finlay officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Naples Record 31 January 1884
Another one of the older inhabitants of our town and one of its most worthy citizens has gone. Joseph Rathbon
died at his home in Hunt's Hollow on Thursday night, January 24, 1884,
aged 82 years. For several years he has been crippled with rheumatism
and had been confined to the house, getting about a little by the use
of two canes. Mr. Rathbon came to this town forty years ago, from
Alleghany county. His wife was a Miss French, sister of Joseph and
James. All who knew the deceased, speak highly of his virtues. He had
no enemies. Three children survive him, one son and two daughters. He
was a member of the Baptist church of this village and when in good
health was a regular attendant upon its services. His pastor,
Rev. Mr. Cummins, officiated at the funeral, which was held at the
school-house in Hunt's Hollow at 2 p.m. on Sunday last, and the burial
was in the Hunt's Hollow Cemetery.
From Naples Record 16 January 1875
On Thursday, Mrs. Sally Rathbone, wife
of Joseph Rathbone, died very suddenly at her residence, at the head of
Hunts Hollow. Mr. Rathbone, while in the next room, heard her fall and
upon his entrance found her dead; apoplexy is the supposed cause. She
was a worthy lady, 68 years old, and leaves many relatives. The funeral
takes place this day at 1 p.m. from the Hunt Hollow school house.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 23 May 1917
Naples, N. Y., May 22 - At an early hour this morning occurred the death of Henry Rathbun, at
his home, a little distance from this village. He was the son of Joseph
and Sally French Rathbun; was born in Naples in 1843, and had always
lived here. He married Marion Lydiard, who with one daughter, Miss Rose
Rathbun, survives him. Funeral services on Saturday at 11 o'clock,
attended by Rev. C. C. Penfold.
From Naples News 20 May 1925
Mrs. Marion Rathbun died at her in Hunts Hollow Tuesday afternoon at the advanced age of 85 years. She is survived by her daughter, Miss Irene Rathbun, with whom she lived.
From Victor Herald 29 July 1904
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - John Rawlins, Jr., died at his home near
West Bloomfield Saturday morning, July 23rd, at the age of twenty-one
years. Death followed an operation for appendicitis performed Thursday.
The deceased was a very popular young man, and his untimely death is
regretted by a wide circle of friends. Surviving members of the family
are his father and mother, three sisters, Mrs. Daniel Menihan, Mrs.
Thomas Powers of Honeoye, and Miss Katie; and one brother, William, the
two latter residing at home. Funeral at St. Joseph's church, West
Bloomfield, Monday morning at ten o'clock, Rev. Fr. Fitzsimmons
From Ontario County Times 26 March 1879
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Charles H. Rawson died at his home in this
place on Sunday morning after a long sickness. Mr. Rawson was a young
man who was loved and respected by all; his character was above
reproach. Deceased leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.
The stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community in their
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 May 1910
Victor, May 19 - Mrs. Mary Eliza Hall Rawson, widow of the late A.
Porter Rawson, one of Victor's oldest residents, died late Wednesday
afternoon at her home on High street. She has been ill for the past
three months, and had not been able to leave her home since twelve years
ago, when she fell and broke her hip. The deceased was born at Sudbury,
Vermont, February 11, 1821. She leaves Mary, the widow of George
Searle; Miss Emma Rawson, who lived with her mother, and Mrs. Herman
Boughton, daughters, all of this town; also one sister and two brothers,
Mrs. Eliza M. Stebbins, of Seattle, Wash., and Henry and Charles Hall,
both of Battle Creek. The brother, Henry, was the first white child born
in Battle Creek. The pastor of the Presbyterian church, Rev. Frank W.
Hill, will have charge of the funeral service, which will be held
From Ontario County Times 10 January 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Norman Rawson, an old resident of this place,
a brother of our well-known townsman, Mr. A. P. Rawson, died in
Michigan one day last week. The remains were brought here for burial on
From Geneva Gazette 17 December 1869
Charles W. Ray of Phelps, who was injured on the 29th ult. by the
falling of a large pile of lumber upon him, crushing his poor body out
of all shape, lingered in dreadful agony till Wednesday, Dec. 8th, when
death put an end to his
sufferings. He was an intelligent, sober and
industrious mechanic, universally esteemed by his neighbors. He
leaves a widow to mourn her untimely bereavement.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 January 1930
John K. Ray, aged 76, of 10 Washington street, died last night
after a long illness. Besides his widow, Mrs. Jennie Ray, he is
survived by two sons, John E. Ray of Geneva, and William T. Ray of
Palmyra; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Coates and Mrs. Ethel Evans, both of
Geneva; one brother, Joseph Ray of Palmyra; a niece, Mrs. Dan Quinn of
Alexandria Bay; and several grandchildren. The funeral will be held
Wednesday afternoon from his late home, with F. M. Weston of the First
Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be at Palmyra.
From Ontario County Journal 27 August 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - John P. Ray died at his home one half mile south
of Allens Hill on Saturday morning, after a lingering illness, in the
69th year of his age. The funeral was held from his late home on Monday
at 1 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Burns, former pastor of Honeoye Congregational
church, of which Mr. Ray was a member, and who was visiting here,
officiating. The remains were taken to Livonia station for interment.
After moving here from his home farm in the western part of the town a
few years ago, he became a consistent attendant and faithful worker in
the Methodist church and Sunday school, holding the office of
superintendent and his loss is deeply felt. He was a member of the
Epworth League and of the board of education, and was a conscientious,
kindly, sympathetic Christian man, to whom no one in trouble ever
appealed in vain. The floral offerings were beautiful.
Those surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Clayton Stone, of
Livonia, and one son, Fred Ray of Cleveland, and one brother, George
Ray of Lima. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Case of Interlaken; Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
Case of Albany; Frank Case, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ray of Cleveland; Mr. and
Mrs. Clayton Stone of Livonia, Mr. and Mrs. George Ray of Lima, came to
attend the funeral. Mr. Ray was known throughout the county as a
successful wool grower, and his sheep furnished the wool out of which a
suit of clothes presented by Mr. Ray to former President McKinley was
From Naples Record 18 January 1873
Honeoye - Mrs. John P. Ray, daughter of P. P. Barnard, died very suddenly after but five days sickness.
From Ontario County Gazette 18 August 1882
Our readers will be pained to learn that Mrs. John P. Ray died
Thursday morning of last week, at the age of
35 years. Her health had been gradually failing for the past year or
more, but it was thought she was improving, therefore the blow came
with suddenness. She was the daughter of Noah Ashley, and a sister of
Mrs. John A. Reed. The funeral was held on Saturday at the house, the
Revs. Millham and Day officiating. Mrs. Ray was a very estimable lady,
and the entire community sympathize with the bereaved husband. Livonia
From Ontario County Journal 30 November 1888
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Lydia Ann Ray, mother of the
well-known wool growers, Ray Brothers, of Richmond, died at the
of her son, John P., on Sunday, Nov. 18, aged 73 years.
From Geneva Gazette 1 September 1893
Drowned in the Lake - Last Sunday morning quite early a colored
man named Moses S. Ray, (residence Pulteney st. near William)
was drowned in Seneca Lake near the old Long Pier. Donald
McIntosh, from his position in a small boat not over 50 feet distant,
saw Ray disrobe down to his undershirt and stockings, and descend to
the water's edge gradually by a hand below hand movement. He took
one souse and then crawled up on the pier. Mr. Chas. Furman was
another party who saw this proceeding. Meantime, McIntosh was
pulling shoreward, and for a moment or two his eyes were diverted from
the colored man. He and Furman proceeded to the spot, and
distinctly saw the man's body lying on
the bottom. Assuming that he was already dead they thought it their
first duty to notify the Coroner. Master Charley Parker was in
sight and he was sent in hot haste for that officer. Meantime
McIntosh and Furman grappled for the body and soon brought it to the
surface. Life was evidently extinct so no effort was made at
Ray leaves an invalid wife and three children. It is not
positively known whether the drowning resulted from suicide or accident
of cramps. Coroner Wright empaneled a jury, who, after listening to the
evidence, rendered a verdict simply that death resulted from drowning.
From Ontario County Journal 19 September 1890
Richmond, N. Y. - Saturday, the 13th inst., after years of
suffering, borne with the greatest degree of patience, occurred the
death of Wesley Ray, of Honeoye, aged 47 years. The funeral
held in the Congregational church at three o'clock Monday p.m., Rev.
Chase of Rochester, officiating, preaching a most comforting sermon
Ps. 23; 4. A feeling of universal sorrow pervades the entire community,
as was evidence by the attendance from all parts of the town. The
floral tributes were profuse and beautiful in appropriateness.
From The Holley Standard 5 February 1931
We read with deep regret of the death of one of our former townspeople,
William Rayburn of East Bloomfield, who died at the home of his youngest son,
Earl Rayburn, last week Monday, after a lingering illness of several months. The
funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, January 28, 1931, at the home of his son
Floyd Rayburn. Mr. Rayburn was well known here as he and his family owned and
ran a general grocery store and post office here for a number of years and lived
in the vicinity till they moved to East Bloomfield a few years ago. He is
survived by his wife; two sons, Floyd and Earl and three daughters, Maud, Emma
and Nellie, all of East Bloomfield, also several grandchildren, three brothers,
George, Edward and James Rayburn of the Redman Road and several nieces and
From Ontario County Journal 27 April 1917
The death of Alvin V. D. Raymer, son of Orson Raymer, of
North Gorham, occurred suddenly in Geneva on April 9. The deceased was
born in Gorham on June 25,1880, where he continued to reside until his
marriage in 1906, since which time his home has been in Geneva. Mr.
Raymer had recently placed his name upon the list with those in Geneva
ready to go forth in defense of their country. The deceased is survived
by his wife, Ruth A. Raymer; three children, Rupert A., Adrian H. and
Ivan W. of Geneva; his father, Orson M. Raymer, and one brother, Henry
W. Raymer, of Gorham. The funeral was held from his late home in
Geneva, and burial was in Hill Crest at Gorham.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1908
Mrs. Helen W. Raymer, aged 64, died this morning at 1 o'clock at
home in the town of Gorham. She is survived by her husband, O. M.
and two sons. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 1
Rev. Willard O. Bodell, pastor of the Universalist church of this city,
officiate, and interment will be made in the cemetery at Gorham.
From Phelps Citizen November 1933
Orson Raymer, 91, a former resident of Phelps, died Sunday night at
the home of his son, Henry Raymer, at Gorham. He leaves, besides his
son, Henry, 3 sisters, Mrs. Sarah Gurley of Hamilton, Mo., and the
Misses Emily and Frances Raymer of Phelps; 3 grandchildren and several
nephews. The funeral was held yesterday from the home of his son at
2:30 with burial in Gorham cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 27March 1908
Stanley, N. Y. - Mrs. Orson Raymer died suddenly at her home near
this village on Friday. The deceased was taken very ill about 10
o'clock on Thursday night and died at 1 o'clock on Friday morning, the
immediate cause of death being a stroke of paralysis. She had been a
resident here for many years. The funeral services were held from her
home on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The interment was in Gorham
cemetery. A husband and two sons, Henry and Alvin, survive.
From Ontario County Journal 13 August 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - Peter S. Raymer, a prominent citizen and an old
resident of this town, died of cancer of the stomach last week Thursday
after quite a long illness, aged 75 years. The funeral services were
held last Sunday. Three sons survive.
From Clifton Springs Press 6 June 1918
Mrs. Dorlesen Raymond, widow of George Raymond, died at her home in
this village Friday morning. She had been ill for a long time. Two
daughters, Mrs. E. J. Knauss and Miss Hattie Raymond survive her. Mrs.
Raymond was born in Seneca county in June, 1838, she therefore lacked
only a few days of being 80 years of age. She leaves a host of friends
who will sympathize with her two daughters in their loss. The funeral
was held at her late home Monday afternoon, Rev. P. H. Riegel of
Geneva, a former pastor, officiating. Burial was made in Clifton
From Naples Record 3 January 1917
On Wednesday evening, December 27, 1916, at the home of her son, John Walker, occurred the sudden death of Mrs. Elizabeth Raymond, aged
85 years. Since the death of her husband, she had made her home with
her son. The funeral was held Saturday at 1 p.m. Interment in Evergreen
Cemetery, Baptist Hill.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 11 April 1930
Phelps, April 10 - Evidently despondent because of ill health, Fred A. Raymond, 63,
a blacksmith, ended his life with a rifle this afternoon while alone at
his home in Pleasant Street. His body was found reclining in a rocking
chair drawn up beside the kitchen stove shortly before 6 o'clock by his
son-in-law, Emil Dhalle, when he returned from work. Mr. Raymond was
last seen alive a little after 3 o'clock by his daughter, Mrs. Dhalle,
at which time she left the home for a visit with a relative. Dr. J. H.
Haslett of Phelps and Coroner L. P. Conley of Clifton Springs were
called. Mr. Raymond evidently had placed the muzzle of the gun against
his stomach and operated the trigger with his foot. The bullet passed
through his body and lodged in a suit of underwear that hung on the
back of the chair in which he was sitting. The physicians believe he
Mr. Raymond, who had been a resident of Phelps for the past 40 years,
was born at Horigan, N. Y. He had been in failing health for a long
time. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. John Dolzy and Mrs. Earl Dawson
of Shortsville, and Mrs. Emil Dhalle of Phelps; two sons, Clarence and
Leonard Raymond of Phelps; two sisters, Mrs. George Sprague of
Warrensburg and Mrs. Myron Lomb of Bolton Landing; and two brothers,
Archibald Raymond of Randall and Frank Raymond of Horigan.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 19 April 1924
Phelps, N. Y., April 18 - Mrs. Fred Raymond, of Phelps, died
yesterday morning at the Municipal Hospital in Rochester from quinsy
and tonsillitis. She leaves her husband; a daughter, Ruth, of Phelps; a
son, Learnard Raymond of Rochester; her father, R. S. Wright of Phelps;
two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Jackson of Geneva and Mrs. Carl Barbeck of
Rochester; and a brother, Charles C. Wright of North East, Pa. The body was brought to Phelps yesterday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 July 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At his late residence on LaDue avenue
in this village yesterday afternoon occurred the death of an old and
respected citizen, George Raymond. Mr. Raymond was born in
77 years ago. On August 10, 1862, he enlisted in the Forty-fourth
of New York State Volunteers, and saw three years of active service. He
was wounded on the head at the battle of Fredericksburg, and in the leg
at the battle of Chancellorsville. He served also in the following
battles: Antietam, Gettysburg, Rappahannock, Spottsylvania, Wilderness,
Cold Harbor and Petersburg. Mr. Raymond was captured by the
five days before the end of the war, and was discharged at Annapolis as
a paroled prisoner. Of four men who clung together during the way, Mr.
was the only one to return. These men all enlisted at Italy Hill in
county. Mr. Raymond was a member of Gordon Granger Post No. 7, G. A.
of this village. He was married in a log house at Macon, Mich.,
3, 1855. In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond moved to Clifton Springs, which
place has since been their home. At this time, Mr. Raymond was engaged
in carpenter work. He built the first two houses on Pleasant street,
for W. D. Atchley and the other for D. M. Wells. For several years
to 1900, he was janitor at the schoolhouse, since which time he and
Raymond have been very successful florists. On February 3, 1905, Mr.
Mrs. Raymond celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at
were present the Gordon Granger Post and Women's Relief Corps (of which
were active and honored members), relatives and friends. Mr. Raymond is
by his wife, and two children, Mrs. Edward Knauss of Clifton
and Miss Hattie Raymond of New York City; two grandchildren, Raymond
of Boston, Mass., and Joseph Knauss of Clifton Springs. One son, Leman
died about fourteen years ago.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1917
Bristol Valley, N. Y. - On Dec. 27, at the home of her son, John Walker, occurred the death of Jane Elizabeth Raymond. She
had been in her usual health until after retiring, when she was
stricken with apoplexy. It came very suddenly and perhaps was due in a
way to the death of a brother, which occurred on the previous morning.
The news was too great a shock for her advanced years. Mrs. Raymond was
next to the oldest of a family of seven children born to David and
Phoebe Whitmarsh; her brother, Rufus Whitmarsh, who died on Tuesday,
was next to the youngest. Mrs. Raymond was born in Bristol in1831 and
except for 30 years spent in Canandaigua, had always lived in this
town. Mrs. Raymond was twice married, her first marriage being to Hiram Walker, of
Rhode Island, in 1858. One child was born to this union, John Walker,
with whom she resided. The second marriage was to William Raymond, of
Canandaigua, who died some years ago. Mrs. Raymond was a Christian
woman, gentle and loved by all. She leaves to mourn her loss her son
and five grandchildren; also a sister, Mrs. Myra Bostwick. The funeral
was held from John Walker's on Saturday, Rev. Hugh Graham, officiating.
Burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 February 1898
Last night the members of Ark lodge, F. and A. M. met to arrange for
attendance at the funeral of John H. Raymond, who died
yesterday. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning. The members
of the Masonic body will meet at the hall in Seneca street, and march
from there to the late home of Mr. Raymond where the services will
take place. The burial will be in charge of the Masons and the solemn
Masonic rites will be said. After the funeral, the remains will be
to Farmer via the Lehigh Valley for interment. The Masonic bearers will
accompany the remains, as well as officers of the lodge. As yet the
of the bearers has not been definitely decided upon, and will probably
not be until tomorrow morning, when Master Conrad Welmes will announce
them. The Masonic lodges from Farmer and Trumansburg will also attend.
Mr. Raymond was 58 years old and was highly respected here.
From Ontario County Times 30 March 1892
Lehman C. Raymond, of Clifton Springs, who suffered the amputation
of a leg some months ago, never fully recovered from the effects of the
operation, and died last Saturday afternoon. He had been secretary of
the Citizens Hook and Ladder Company for a number of years.
From Ontario County Journal 6 August 1915
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Louis Raymond, aged about 44 years, who was kicked by a horse on July 2, while working for James Kaveny, died
on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Hospital. He sustained a broken knee
cap and was internally injured. His home was in Whitehall, but as work
called him here, he and his family moved to Reeds Corners in July.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons. Funeral services were held on
Tuesday morning in St. Mary's church in Canandaigua with burial at
From Geneva Daily Times 17 December 1897
Mrs. Martha M., wife of John Raymond, died
at noon yesterday after a brief illness, at the home of Wm. A. Smith on
Castle street, where she and her husband had been living for a time
with their daughter and son-in-law. The funeral will take place from
the house tomorrow, Saturday, morning. The Rev. Dr. A. W. Broadway of
the Methodist Episcopal church will officiate. The remains will be
taken by the 11 o'clock train to Trumansburg, where the interment will
be made. Mrs. Raymond is survived by her husband, one son, William
of New York and one daughter, Mrs. Wm. A. Smith of Geneva.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 March 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - The death of Mary Jane Raymond occurred
early Saturday morning at the home of her son, Fred Raymond, on Walnut
street, following an illness of several months as the result of a
paralytic stroke. Mrs. Raymond was 65 years of age. She was born at
Bolton Landing, this state, and had spent the greater part of her life
at that place. After the death of her husband, about a year ago she
came to Phelps to reside. Surviving relatives are four sons, Fred of
Phelps, Archibald of Sheldon Falls, William A. of Bolton Landing, Frank
J. of Hornicon; two daughters, Mrs. Myron Lamb of Bolton Landing and
Mrs. George Sprague of Chestertown; and one brother, Amos Palmer of
Bolton Landing. The funeral services were held this afternoon.
Interment was in the Phelps Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 July 1935
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Minnie A. Raymond, aged 68 years,
died Friday at Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, where she has been cared
for for a large part of the time that she has been confined to her bed
since suffering a stroke of paralysis over a year ago. She was born in
Seneca County, a daughter of John and Alminia Scott O'Neil, but has
lived practically all her life in this section. About 50 years ago she
married Moses A. Raymond, and their residence for many years has been
the farm at Deep Run on Canandaigua Lake. He died two years ago. Mrs.
Raymond leaves one daughter, Mrs. Clara Worden of East Rochester; one
son, Clarence Raymond of the town of Gorham; one sister, Mrs. Genevieve
Raymond of Rushville; and two grandchildren; and one brother, Bert
O'Neil of Canandaigua. The funeral services were held from the home in
Rushville at 4 p.m. Sunday with Rev. C. W. Lower, pastor of Rushville
Congregational church, officiating. Burial was at Rushville cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 29 July 1892
Another old residence has passed away. Last Saturday William D.
Raymond died at his home on lower Main street, at the age of 76
years. He was formerly a mover of buildings. The funeral took place on
Monday of this week.
From Ontario County Journal 5 April 1895
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Esther M. Razey, who was stricken down with a
paralytic stroke on Sunday, March 4, March 4, died the next Sunday. She
was 55 years of age, and was the second wife of N. R. Razey, who
survives her. Her maiden name was Brayton, and her early home was in
Dansville. One son, Deyo Razey, two stepsons, James L. and D. R. Razey,
and an adopted grandson, O. Fay Razey, survive her. The funeral was on
From Geneva Daily Times 26 November 1904
Mrs. Eunice E. Rea, one of
the oldest residents of the city, died last night at 7
o'clock at her home, No. 330 Main street. The deceased was in her
ninety-third year. Although in declining health for the past year, she
was able to be up and about the house, and was able
to participate in her Thanksgiving dinner. Yesterday morning she
showed indications of a general breaking down, which resulted in her
death last evening. The deceased was born in Vermont, September 21,
1812. After a short residence in New York, she came to this city sixty
years ago. For many years she ran a millinery store. She was a
communicant at Trinity church and in earlier life was active in parish
She is survived by one brother, Enos Brown of Jacksonville, N.
Y. Although her children are all dead, she is survived by seven
grandchildren: Charles B. Guile of Geneva, Miss Frances L. Guile of
L. H. Seymour of Canton, O., Fred A. Guile of Union Springs, Dr. B.
C. Guile of Penn Yan, Mrs. Fred Vreeland of Union Springs, Dr. W.
F. Steer of Cleveland, O. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock
Monday afternoon from the home of her grandson, Charles B. Guile,
No. 324 Washington street, Rev. Charles M. Sills, D. D., officiating.
Burial will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 25 March 1898
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Albert Read, aged 26 years, died at her of
consumption Thursday evening, March 17. The funeral services were held
at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Green, Sunday at 11
a.m., conducted by Rev. E. A. Baldwin. She leaves a husband and little
daughter, aged two years. Her death was very sudden although her long
illness was known to be fatal.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 April 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Thursday noon occurred the death of one of
Rushville's oldest and highly respected citizens, Austin Read. Wednesday
of this village all day, trimming apple trees
and was in the best of spirits. When he returned home late in the
afternoon he complained of not feeling well and retired at an early
hour. When the doctor came he pronounced it acute pneumonia. But little
hope was given the family for his recovery. He suffered intensely until
Thursday noon when death released him. He was one of thirteen children
born to Joshua and Betsey Read and was a grand-nephew of Jasper
Parrish. He was born in Italy Hollow Aug. 30, 1827. While teaching
school at Niles, Michigan, he met Miss Elizabeth G. Irwin, whom he
married Nov. 5, 1851. To them were born five children, three of whom
are living. He received his early education at Mr. Murray's Select
School in Penn Yan and later in Maiden Lane School in the same place.
He was a charter member of the Baptist church of Potter and a loyal
worker and supporter in its interest. For thirty years he was the
Sunday School Superintendent of this church.
He proposed the Farmers' Reliance Insurance Co. and for twenty-eight
yrs was its vice-president and one of its directors. Six of the present
directors were bearers at his funeral. He resigned his position because
of poor health and advanced age. After he was married, he returned to
this state and began housekeeping on the farm where he was born. Five
years were spent there. Then they moved to their farm south of this
village and lived here until about three ago when they moved to this
village. The funeral services were held this afternoon at 1 o'clock at
the house and at half past one at the Methodist church, Rev. Harvey
King officiating. Burial at Nettle Valley. He is survived by his wife,
two daughters, Mrs. Frank D. Lane of Fowlerville, Mich., and Miss C.
Maude Read of this village; and one son, DeForrest Read of this place.
Out of the family of thirteen, two sisters remain, Mrs. Frank Snyder
Wright of Niles, Mich., and Mrs. Jeanette Irwin of Buchanan, Mich.
From Geneva Gazette 18 February 1870
Melancton S. Read, an esteemed farmer of this town, died on
Tuesday last, after an illness of some two months, terminating in
paralysis. He was born and raised, and lived all his days in
Seneca, had at various times filled several local offices,
faithfully and creditably, and as a kind and upright citizen in all
relations of life, and enjoyed the highest
respect of neighbors.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 February 1937
The funeral of Mrs. Angelina Reale, wife of Antonio Reale,
who died Saturday, was held this morning at 8:30 o'clock from the home
of her son, James, 91 Genesee street, and 9 o'clock at St. Francis de
Sales church with solemn requiem mass. The celebrant was the Rev. Irwin
Sullivan of Seneca Falls with the Rev. William O'Brien as deacon and
the Rev. John Healy as sub-deacon. Interment was in St. Patrick's
Cemetery with Father Healy officiating. The bearers were Carl Zeoli,
Carmen and Sullivan Reale, Samuel DiMaria, Patrick Chester, Henry,
William and Albert Zeoli.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 May 1942
Struck and dragged about twenty feet beneath a locomotive on a Rochester-bound New York Central passenger train, Antonio Reale, aged
80, of 91 Genesee street, was instantly killed at about 7:30 o'clock
this morning near the point where the end of Jackson street intersects
the railroad property. According to information gathered by
investigating police, the aged man apparently ran down a bank leading
to the railroad tracks and into the tracks in front of the approaching
train without realizing the train was near. His body was badly
mutilated. Coroner Frank H. Snyder was summoned to the scene by police
and after a brief investigation, expressed the opinion a badly
fractured skull was the direct cause of death. He ordered the body
removed to the Devaney funeral parlor and announced he would probably
hold an inquest in the near future. The train was No. 3, which leaves
here daily at about 7:30 o'clock and was in charge of Conductor Bert
VanHuben of Rochester. Chief of Police R. W. Morris, Sergeant Antonio
Gigliotti and Patrolmen James Handlan and Earl Knowlton went to the
scene and investigated.
Mr. Reale is survived by one son with whom he resided; three daughters,
Mrs. Anthony Pannitte, Mrs. Jennie Zeoli and Mrs. Michael DeMaria, all
of this city; seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 March 1919
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The funeral of William Reals, Sr., of
this village, was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Episcopal
Church, Rev. Dr. S. H. Adams officiating. The deceased was eighty-four
years of age and died on Friday, March 14th, at the Soldier's Home at
Bath. He was a veteran of the Civil War and is survived by his widow,
Mrs. William Reals. three sons, George of Rochester, William Reals,
Jr., of this village and Louis Reals; also two daughters, Blanche Oak
of Lyons, N. Y., and Cora of Locke, N. Y.
From Victor Herald 30 March 1906
Oscar F. Reamer was struck by the westbound New York Central
express, due here at 4:40 yesterday afternoon, at a point near the
brick yard north of Canandaigua, and died within a few minutes from the
injuries inflicted. His body was thrown seventy-five feet by the
swiftly moving train but he still breathed when the train crew reached
him. He died before the train reached this station. Mr. Reamer was
eighty years of age and had failed mentally of late. His home was with
his daughter, Mrs. A. W. Gilbert in Canandaigua. He slipped away from
the house during the day and wandered onto the railroad track. He was
quite deaf and did not hear the train. A search was being made for him
when the accident occurred and hearing that an unidentified man had
been killed, Mr. Gilbert telephoned to Victor and furnished the clues
which led to the identification of Mr. Reamer. Undertaker Case had
charge of the remains here. The skull was crushed and nearly every bone
in his body broken. Mr. Reamer is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Max
Rubenstein of Holcomb, where the family formerly lived; and Mrs.
Gilbert; and one son, Edmund Reamer, of Kansas. The remains were sent
From Geneva Daily Times 16 February 1897
Margaret Reardon died at her home on Tillman
street, this city, at 3:50 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the
age of 62 years. Dropsy is said to be the cause of death. Miss Reardon
is survived by her brother, Patrick. The funeral will take place at
9 o'clock tomorrow morning from St. Francis de Sales church.
From Geneva Gazette 14 January 1898
Death of Patrick Reardon - This well known citizen died at an
early hour Wednesday morning at his rooms on Tilman st., of kidney
trouble, aged about 60 years. He is the last of his family, a
favorite maiden sister having died about a year ago. "Patsey" was a
well known character in the sporting world, having been for a while a
bookmaker at the Gloucester racing tract near Philadelphia. His
experience was that usual with his fraternity, sometimes "ahead of the
game," at other times, "out". But he was lucky enough to acquire
and hold a snug real estate property in Geneva and to provide
handsomely for his mother and sister during their lifetime. He
was a man of abstemious habits to the verge of total abstinence.
Of amiable disposition, he got through the world without a scrap
of any nature. We have known him from early boyhood and bear this
cheerful testimony to his amiable character. His funeral took
place today. Burial St. Patrick Cemetery.
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