"Se" to "Sha" Obituaries
From Geneva Gazette 4 February 1881
John Seabury died on Monday last of consumption. He was a very
worthy man, and had earned universal good will by faithful military and
official services. He first enlisted in the navy and served one year on
board the war steamer Wyandotte, receiving an honorable discharge.
Coming to Geneva, he re-enlisted and joined the 16th Heavy Artillery,
from which he was subsequently transferred to the 1st Mounted Rifles
and again transferred to the 3d Provisional Cavalry. He served to
the close to the war, and received his second honorable discharge. He
returned to Geneva. A genial, good-hearted fellow, every one making his
acquaintance became his firm friend. He has been repeatedly elected
constable by flattering majorities. The current year he was Inspector
of the Board of Health. He was ever ready and faithful in the discharge
of duty. Post Swift G. A. R. loses a worthy member by his death.
He leaves a large family in indigent circumstances, who are
deserving objects of charity. May the bereaved widow and children
of the dead patriot never want for the necessaries of life.
From Ontario Republican Times 24 May 1861
Died in Naples, on Monday evening, May 20th, A.
T. Seacord, in the 38th year of his age. The deceased had been for
several years one of the leading merchants in Naples, and by close
application, good management and manly deportment, had not only
accumulated a handsome property which now goes to his bereaved wife and
child, but had also gained a place in the hearts of a large circle of
friends that can never be filled. His disease was consumption, and
through his protracted and painful illness, his firm reliance on his
Maker was not for a moment shaken, and his "dying bed was soft as downy
pillows are." He will ever live in the memory of a large circle of
mourning friends, and the Church and the community at large have lost a
worthy and exemplary brother and useful citizen.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 February 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - The remains of Edwin Seager, a former
residence of Phelps, were brought here for burial Monday. Mr. Seager
died at the home of his son, George Seager, at Rochester. He was 86
years of age and leaves three sons, Edwin, George and Charles of
Rochester, and one daughter, Mrs. John Gifford, of Phelps.
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1899
Phelps, N. Y. - Franklin Seager, one of the most esteemed
residents of this town and a prosperous farmer, died at his home about
three miles west of the village, of heart trouble, last Monday shortly
after midnight, aged 63 years. The deceased was born in Phelps and had
always resided here, following the occupation of a farmer. He had been
a member of the M. E. church for a long time and had acted as the
chorister for a number of years. Of late years, he had identified
himself with the Prohibition party and was deeply interested in its
success. A wife and three daughters survive; also a brother, Edwin
Seager, of Rochester. The funeral services were held yesterday
afternoon from the residence at 2:30, and interment was made in the
From Geneva Daily Times 25 October 1910
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah Seager, a resident of the Town of
Phelps for many years, died Monday at the home of Dr. and Mrs. William
Salisbury at Clifton Springs. She was seventy years of age. Surviving
relatives are two daughters, Mrs. Salisbury of Clifton Springs, and
Miss Gertrude Seager of Phelps. The funeral will be held at two thirty
o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the former home of the deceased west of
Phelps. Rev. William H. York, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church
will conduct the services.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 January 1911
Horace Seager, aged 88 years, 7 months, died last night at 10:15
o'clock after a six months' illness, at his home, No. 71 North street.
He is survived by three children, William Seager of New York, Ralph of
Geneva, and Mrs. Edward Youmans of Oneida; seven grandchildren; five
great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. A short prayer
service will be held at the house at 10 o'clock, Rev. A. E. Hall,
officiating. The remains will be taken on the 11 o'clock New York
Central train to Syracuse and the funeral will take place at 1 o'clock
from the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery,
From Geneva Daily Times 2 July 1908
Naples, N. Y. - Frank Seamans died Monday night at 8 o'clock, aged
55 years. He had been in poor health for four years and for the past
fourteen months was confined to his bed. He was born in Middling but
had live in Naples a good many years . He was a gentleman of exemplary
habits and much respected in the community. He was twice married, first
in 1880 to Victoria Such who died a number of years ago. His second
wife, who was Miss Manning, survives him.
From Ontario County Journal 14 December 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Lavinia Seamans, widow of the late Thos. W.
Seamans, died at the old homestead on Saturday last, aged 61 years. The
disease was consumption. She was born here, the daughter of Otis
Fessenden, deceased. Her husband died several years ago. The children
she leaves are: Mrs. Ida Holbrook of Rushville, Albert, William and
Mary Seamans of this village.
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1894
Naples, N. Y. - A sad death occurred here last week. Mrs.
Victoria Leech Seamans, wife of Frank A. Seamans, left her home on
Monday morning to go to Rochester, to submit to a surgical operation,
with but little fear of a serious result. But the operation proved
severe. It was made on Wednesday, and Mrs. Seamans did not recover from
the effects. She died that night. Her remains were brought home the
next day, and impressive funeral services were held on Saturday. Mrs.
Seamans was 43 years old, and had lived in Naples nearly all of her
life. She was an active Christian worker and very much esteemed.
From Penn Yan Democrat 23 August 1935
Died at Dixon Sanitarium, Geneva, Friday, Aug. 16th, Fred C. Seamans. He
leaves his wife, Mrs. Emma Seamans; one daughter, Mrs. James Loman of
Geneva; one son, Floyd, of Penn Yan. Funeral was held Sunday afternoon
at Geneva, Rev. Leon Swarthout of Manchester Baptist church,
officiating. Interment was in Sand Hill Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 13 December 1876
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Albert Searl died at his residence in this
place last week. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church on
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 3 November 1869
Mr. Edward Searle, living on Railroad Avenue, in this village,
met with a horrible accident, near Millport, last Wednesday, which
resulted in his death. He was the head brakeman on Conductor Wilson's
train, and when near Millport in some manner slipped and fell between
the two cars, the wheels passing over his left shoulder and the left
side of the head, crushing the parts in a
terrible manner. The brain and fragments of the bones were strewn along
the track for some distance; the clothes partly torn from the body. In
this mangled condition he was removed from the track and the fragments
gathered up and taken to the freight house. His remains were brought to
this village that night, and on Friday the funeral was attended at
Victor by many friends.
From Clifton Springs Press 17 February 1910
On Sunday morning, at his home in Victor, occurred the death of George Searle, Sr., for
many years an engineer on the New York Central Railroad. Mr. Searle was
64 years of age and is survived by his wife and three children.
From Ontario County Journal 2 February 1917
The death of Frank Searles, aged 62 years, occurred at his
home on Phelps street, on Saturday afternoon. He leaves a wife and
three sons, Captain Rose of the Salvation Army, conducted funeral
services at Ahrens & Breen's undertaking rooms on Tuesday.
Interment was in West Avenue cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 10 March 1893
Honeoye, N. Y. - Dewitt Clinton Sears, a lifelong resident of
Bristol, with the
exception of the last two years, died of pneumonia at his home in
Canandaigua on Wednesday, March 1, aged 75 years. Mr. Sears was well
and favorably known throughout the county. For years he had been a
successful farmer, engaging at one time largely in the hop culture. He
leaves many friends in this town who sincerely regret his loss. The
latter years of his life were saddened by the untimely death of Alice,
his youngest daughter, who, it will be remembered, was suddenly killed
by lightning while standing at an open door during a heavy thunder
storm. Himself and wife never fully recovered from the blow. Two
daughters by his first wife, Mrs. John Shay of Bristol, and Mrs. Will
Benedict of Rochester, and two children by the second, Harry C. Sears
and Mrs. Charles Knapp, both of Bristol, and his widow, formerly of
Richmond, and a sister of John G. Wilson, of this town, survive him.
The funeral services were held from his late home in Canandaigua on
Saturday, March 4. The interment was in the cemetery on the hill, now
From Lima Recorder 11 September 1941
Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor Sears, 72, mother of Clinton Sears of this
place, died Monday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anton Mendl, of
Rome, N. Y., after an illness of about one year. She had been a
resident of Bristol many years and was a member of White Star lodge, O.
E. S., Old Forge. Survivors include the husband, Henry W. Sears, Rome;
the daughter and son; four grandchildren; and and several nieces and
nephews. Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. yesterday in the
home of the son, here. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery, Bristol.
Mr. and Mrs. Sears had been married fifty-five years and always spent
their winters with their son, Clinton, here in Honeoye.
From Livonia Gazette 1 October 1942
The funeral of Henry W. Sears, 81, was held at the home of
his son, Clinton, at Honeoye, Sunday, at 2:30. The Rev. Donald Legg,
Congregational church pastor, officiated. Burial was in Evergreen
cemetery, Bristol. Mr. Sears was born in Bristol, son of the late
Clinton and Laura Wilson Sears. He married Elizabeth Taylor, and for
many years they resided on the Sears homestead in Bristol valley. Mrs.
Sears died a year ago. Mr. Sears was a member of Eagle lodge No. 619,
F. & A. M., of Honeoye, and of the Niccolls Memorial Church at Old
Forge. Mr. Sears is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Anton Mendl of Rome;
one son, Clinton of Honeoye; four grandchildren, Anton and Beatrice
Mendl, Alden Sears and Mrs. Morgan Thistle of Rochester; also a niece,
Mrs. Alice Eldridge of Old Forge.
From Ontario County Journal 30 April 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - At his late residence, on Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, was held the funeral of Simeon B. Sears, who
respected citizens of this town. The
services at the house were as simple as the Methodist ritual can be
made. Passages of scripture were read by Rev. B. F. Hitchcock, followed
by a short prayer, which concluded the service. Mr. Sears was born in
Sharon, Conn., Sept. 6, 1816, and was one of eight children.
Forty-seven years ago this month, he came to Bloomfield and purchased
of Geo. Wright the farm upon which he has since resided. He leaves
besides a widow, one son and four daughters, Albert R. of East
Bloomfield; Mrs. Henry Brown of West Bloomfield; Mrs. Charles Easton of
Binghamton; Mrs. George N. Parmele of Canandaigua; and Mrs. Almira
Ellis of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 18 March 1910
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Vinson G. Sears occurred
aged 86 years, 6 months.
Mr. Sears was born in Sharon, Conn., and was the son of Dr. John and
Almira Gould Sears. He was the last to pass away of a family of eight
children. Mr. Sears had spent most of his life in East Bloomfield,
where he had a large number of friends and was honored and respected by
everyone. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Carrie Sears of this
place, and one son, William J. Sears of Creighdon, Neb. The funeral was
held from the house on Wednesday morning, Rev. W. D. Robinson
Journal 26 February 1875
Sudden Death - Col. Wm. Seavey is no more. Mr. S. was at
church Sunday evening looking in his usual robust health. He retired at
his usual hour, nine o'clock p.m. About one o'clock his
wife awoke and discovered he was not breathing right. Becoming alarmed,
she immediately seized a bell, and going
to the door, rung it furiously, in order to alarm the neighbors; but on
her return, and before aid came, he was dead.
Col. Seavey came to Victor in the year 1817; has resided in Victor all
this time. He was about 62 years old. The community loses a
prominent and much esteemed citizen. He has held many prominent
positions, and was always a popular and faithful officer. Those
who knew him best, loved him most. It is our privilege to say he
lived an upright life, and died an honest and respected man. He
leaves a wife and one son to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband
and kind father.
From Ontario County Chronicle 26 June 1901
Victor, N. Y. - The remains of Lafayette Seavy, of
New York City, were brought to this place for burial last Friday. His
death occurred in New York on Monday night. Mr. Seavy was formerly a
resident of this village and had a large circle of friends and
here. He was one of the finest landscape artists in this country and
made a specialty of stage scenery. Victor is indebted to him for the
drop curtain and stage settings in the new Town Hall, they being a gift
of Mr. Seavy to his boyhood home. He was about 59 years of age. He
a wife and one daughter, Miss Florence Seavy. The funeral took place at
St. Paul's Universalist Church at 11 o'clock. Interment was at Boughton
From Geneva Daily Times 17 February 1946
Mrs. Cora Sebring, 76, widow of Cornelius Sebring, formerly of of
Lodi, died Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles
Knight, Main street. Mrs. Sebring was a member of the Presbyterian
Church of Lodi. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Knight; one son,
Joseph B. Sebring; four grandchildren, Mrs. Paul Gates, Clarmont, N.
H., H. H. Charles and Ronald, with the Navy in the Pacific and Harold,
Geneva; a sister, Mrs. H. W. Burchfield, Ithaca. Funeral will be held
at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Bennett Funeral Home. Rev. Frederick L.
Harper, First Presbyterian Church, pastor, will officiate. Interment
will be in West Lodi Cemetery.
From Clifton Springs Press 7 September 1939
Mrs. Louise O. Sebring, 66, widow of Minor B. Sebring, died Sunday
in the Clifton Springs Sanitarium where she had been for five weeks,
after a fall in which she sustained a fracture of the hip. Surviving
are a son, Minor B. Sebring, Canandaigua; a daughter, Mrs. Frank J.
English of Phelps; and two brothers, Henry C. and Albert F. Bussey,
Phelps. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, with Rev. C. L.
Rosekrans officiating. Burial was made in Rest Haven cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 May 1908
Isaac Secor, a well-known and wealthy farmer residing about three
miles south of Gorham, was found hanging in his barn at an early hour
this morning. Secor had committed suicide and the body, it is believed,
was discovered within a short time after he had accomplished his
object. The only know reason for the suicide is that Secor's mind was
affected. It is said that he has had some trouble in settling his
father's estate and that this may have preyed on his mind. The dead man
was about 50 years of age. He is survived by his widow and several
children. Secor, it is said, owned the farm upon which he lived and had
considerable money besides. He was about as usual yesterday and
apparently feeling well. He went to bed at his usual hour last night,
but this morning about 4 o'clock it was discovered that he had left the
house. Members of the family went to the barn and there, hanging from a
pole, the body was discovered. It is supposed that Secor got up after 3
o'clock and that he immediately went to the barn, where he secured a
rope and fastened it to a pole which extended across the barn. After
fixing the rope about his neck, it is thought that he jumped from the
side of the haymow and strangled himself. The body was still warm when
found but life had been extinct for some time.
From Geneva Daily Times
8 January 1904
Gorham, N. Y. - Mrs. James
Secor died at her home at 11 o'clock last night aged
76 years. Mrs. Secor had a complication of diseases and had
been demented for a number of years. She leaves a husband and
one son and three daughters. Funeral Saturday at one o'clock from the
From Geneva Daily Times 10 July 1906
Andrew Sedam, aged 74 years, died Sunday of Bright's disease at
the City Hospital. The deceased for the past year has been living with
his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Bergen, of 16 Sherrill street. The body was
taken to Nunda for burial.
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1904
The remains of Mrs. Rebecca Richardson Seeber, sister of
Major C. A. Richardson, were brought here for interment in Woodlawn on
Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Seeber died at Phelps on Thursday, after a two
days illness from bronchial pneumonia, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Corliss McKenney, with whom she had resided for the past five
years. Mrs. Seeber had reached the advanced age of 88 years and for the
past seven years had been unable to walk, the result of an injury
sustained by a fall. Besides her daughter, she is survived by one son,
Charles Seeber, of Bath.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 October 1904
Carrie L., wife of James C. Seeley, died at 3:40 o'clock
yesterday afternoon at her home in East Geneva, aged thirty-eight. The
deceased was taken three weeks ago with typhoid, which with a secondary
cause of heart failure caused the death. The deceased had lived in the
Waterloo all her life and in the house where death occurred for
years. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Miss Anna
L. Seeley, and two brothers, Nathaniel A. and Charles F. Seeley. The
funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from the house,
Rev. J. B. Hubbs, D. D., officiating.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 December 1907
The death of Mrs. Evelyn C. Seeley, widow of the late
George H. Seeley, occurred last evening at about 8 o'clock at her
residence, No. 199 High street. Mrs. Seeley has been in her usual
health until a few days ago, when she was stricken with erysipelas. She
has been for many years
a communicant of the First Presbyterian church and has a large circle
friends in this city. She leaves one son, William F. Seeley of Boston. Burial
From Geneva Daily Times 5 August 1918
The funeral of Ira Seeley, who died Saturday, will be held
at the undertaking rooms of Devaney and Fletcher tomorrow afternoon at
3:30. Mr. Seeley is survived by his wife, one sister, Sarah Seeley, and
one daughter, Mrs. Hasbrok, of Rochester, The Rev. F. C. Neikirk will
officiate. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 July 1911
Isaac Lockwood Seely, a farmer residing a few miles west of this
city, on the Castle Road, died this morning at 6 o'clock. The From
deceased was born September 25, 1826, at South Onondaga, N. Y. He was
of the eighth generation descending from the family of Robert Seeley,
who came to this country from England with the Winthrop Colony in 1630
and later was one of the founders of the New Haven Colony. Both his
grandfather and great-grandfather were officers in the American
Revolution. Isaac Seely attended school at Onondaga Academy, Cazenovia
Seminary and Wesley University. He married in 1856 Julia Hastings
Dickinson. In 1864 they moved to Geneva and bought the cobble stone
house on Washington Street where they lived for two years, then
purchased the residence on Castle road where the family is now living.
In 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Seely celebrated their golden wedding
anniversary. His wife died four years ago in February.
Mr. Seely held offices as deacon and elder in the First Presbyterian
church since 1868, still serving at the time of his death. He leaves
two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude S. Smith and Miss Grace Seely, of this
city; one son, Herbert D. Seely, of this city; one brother, Henry M.
Seely, of Middlebury, Vt.; two sisters, Mrs. M. H. Eddy of Middlebury,
Vt., and Mrs. D. H. Hiller, of New York City. The funeral will take
place Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the house. Rev. W. W.
Weller, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will officiate and
interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 February 1907
Mrs. Julia Hastings Seely, wife of Isaac L. Seely, passed away
last evening two miles west of Geneva. Mrs. Seely was born at
Charlemont, Miss., Aug. 10, 1823. She came of an old New England
family, Dickinson by name, that settled in Amherst, Mass. It was her
grandfather and great uncle who gave the ground for Amherst college.
Her family came to Onondaga Valley, N. Y., in 1842. She married on
Sept. 3, 1855, and in 1861 Mr.
and Mrs. Seely came to Geneva, living for two years in the cobblestone
house at the end of Hamilton street on the Pre-emption road and then
to the home which they have occupied ever since, celebrating their
wedding there last September. In 1866 she united with the First
church, and has always been a loyal and faithful member. Her husband
her and three children, Mrs. Gertrude Seely Smith, Herbert D. and Miss
Grace, all of Geneva. Also three brothers, Edward B. Dickinson of
Mass.; Frank N. of Skaneateles, N. Y. and Will H. of Syracuse, N. Y.
funeral will be held at the family residence on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
W. W. Weller will officiate.
From Geneva Gazette 24 July 1885
Three weeks ago tonight, Mr. Geo. Seelye suffered a slight
stroke of paralysis, from which he rallied, but on Monday following he
received a second shock which completely prostrated him. His great age
and general debility were against him, and on Saturday last, July 18,
he died, having been unconscious for several days. Mr. Seelye was in
the 76th year of his age and had resided in Geneva for nearly a half
century. We think that it was in 1833 that Mr. Seelye and his brother,
H. H. Seelye, established a dry goods and grocery business on Seneca
street, a little way west of the present site of the post-office, where
they remained for a few years, when they removed to a larger, more
commodious store about where J. W. Smith & Co.'s large dry goods
store is today. They transacted a heavy business and made money, the
partnership continuing for about twenty-five years, or until the death
of H. H. Seelye.
Mr. Seelye was ever prominent in village affairs and took an active
part in furthering its interests, and was considered one of the most
energetic and reliable business man in Western New York. His wife and
three daughters, Mrs. F. W. Prince, Mrs. John P. Vail and Miss Anna F.
Seelye, survive him. The funeral services were held on Tuesday
afternoon from his late residence on Genesee street, and were very
largely attended. The Revs. F. E. Cannon and Charles Scoon officiated.
Out of respect for their old associates in business, all the dry goods
store closed at 5 o'clock on the day of the funeral. The remains were
interred in the family plot in Washington Street cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 October 1904
George Henry Seelye died at his residence, 241 Washington street,
at 7 p.m. last evening. Mr. Seelye was born in Lansingburg, N. Y.,
September 23, 1833. When quite a young man he came to Geneva to enter
the employ of his uncles, H. H. and G. C. Seelye, who were engaged in
the drygoods business. After leaving Geneva, he was a prominent
drygoods merchant in Canandaigua for a number of years. In 1872 he went
to Adrian, Mich., and engaged in the same business for three years. He
then returned to Geneva and accepted the position of traveling salesman
for H. A. House & Son, of Troy, N. Y. This he continued for several
years, when impaired health obliged him to give up active business. In
November 1887, he was married to Evelyn Coleman Seelye, who survives
him. He leaves also one brother, Charles E. Seelye, of Rochester. The
funeral will be held at his late residence Sunday at
3 p.m. Rev. W. W. Weller, assisted by Rev. J. B. Champion, will
officiate. Burial will be in Washington street cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 June 1920
Mrs. Elizabeth Seibel, age 78, died at her home on 51 North Main
street, this morning at 6:15 o'clock. She is survived by two sons,
William and Harry; two daughters, Miss Elizabeth A. Seibel and Miss
Minnie Seibel, all of Geneva. The funeral will be held on Monday
afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. David H. Craver officiating.
Interment will be made in Glenwood.
From Geneva Gazette 27 November 1889
Charles L. Selleck, of Phelps, about 28 years of age, died
suddenly Friday morning last. He went home about 11 o'clock and
laid down upon the bed. About half an hour later his grandmother,
Mrs. L. Redfield, went to speak to him, but could not arouse him, and a
closer examination disclosed that he was dead. His death was due
to heart failure. Mr. Selleck was at one time connected with the
From Ontario County Journal 21 December 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Ada J. Semans, wife of Stephen C. Semans,
died of consumption at her home in South Bristol on December 13, aged
43 years. She was the daughter of the late Hiram Moulton of Cohocton,
and niece of Mrs. Hinckley of this village. She married some 22 years
ago, and had been an exemplary wife and mother. She leaves 10 children,
one but a few months old. Her mother and sister from Michigan were with
her during her last days. The funeral was held on Sunday, Rev.
Eugene Anthony officiating, and the burial was in Rose Ridge cemetery,
From Ontario County Journal 27 July 1906
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Dantsizen, widow of Franklin Semans, died
on Wednesday at the old farm home, where she had lived for 50 years.
Her age was 78 years. Her husband died a year ago, after a life of 60
years with this wife. She was born at Fort Plain, and married in Avoca
at the age of 17 years. She had been ill since March. Mr. Semans was a
beloved wife, mother, neighbor and friend, a true woman in every sense.
Two sons, E. T. Semans of New York, H. E. Semans of Naples; and a
daughter, Mrs. G. W. Bell of Rochester, and a granddaughter, Miss
Frances Deyo, who who was one of her family, survive her.
From Ontario County Journal 18 April 1913
Honeoye, N. Y. - William Senett died at his home last Friday
after a long illness, aged 64 years. He was the son of James and Mary
McClurg Senett and was born in Richmond October 14, 1849. In October
1872, he married Miss Eliza Bacon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip
Bacon. They have always made their home in this vicinity. Besides his
wife, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Irving Arnold of Bristol; Mrs.
William Ronan and Miss Caroline Senett, both of this place; one sister,
Miss Mary Senett of Richmond; two brothers, John Senett of Richmond and
James Senett of Bristol. The funeral was held at the house on Sunday
afternoon, Rev. Walter T. Hawthorne officiating. Burial was made in
Lake View cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 16 March 1894
Henry Senglaub, an old resident of Canandaigua, died at his home
on Antis street last Friday, aged 67 years. He had been an invalid for
several years previous to his death. He was a veteran of the late war
and was a member of the Company K, 2d N. Y. Cavalry. The remains were
interred in Woodlawn Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 4 October 1912
At his home on Main street south on Tuesday occurred the death of Henry Senglaub, aged
55 years. While Mr. Senglaub had been in poor health for several years,
the immediate cause of death was apoplexy, he having suffered a stroke
on Sept. 26. Mr. Senglaub was serving his sixth term as village
treasurer-collector, having been repeatedly elected on the Democratic
ticket. Deceased is survived by two sons, George N. and Frank; one
brother, William of this place. Five sisters also reside here, Mrs. F.
L. Smith, Mrs. William Rister, Mrs. William Boyle and Miss Rose and
Miss Jean Senglaub. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon,
Rev. H. L. Gaylord officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn. Village
President Turner and Trustees Madison, Linehan, Church, Hancock and
Sutherland were the bearers.
From Ontario County Journal 22 April 1910
On Monday evening occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Senglaub at
due to pneumonia and heart trouble.
Mrs. Senglaub was born in Germany 75 years ago and had resided here for
about 60 years. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. William Risser,
Mrs. William Boyle, Mrs. F. L. Smith, Miss Rose Senglaub and Miss
Jennie Senglaub; and two sons, Henry and William Senglaub, all of this
village. The funeral service was held at the home yesterday afternoon,
Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn.
From Shortsville Enterprise 26 November 1914
Mrs. Alice Elizabeth Sergent, daughter of Mrs. Alice Warfield, of
Littleville, died at the Iola Sanitorium, Rochester, on Thursday
afternoon, November 19, aged 31 years. She had been in poor health for
about five years, and had spent two years seeking treatment at the
Memorial hospital at Canandaigua and two years at Iola. Mrs. Alice
Elizabeth Sergent was born in Shortsville on January 26, 1883, her
parents being Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Warfield. She was educated at the
Shortsville High School and was a member of the First Presbyterian
church, of this place. She was married in 1902 to George Sergent. The
survivors are her mother, two children, Garnet E. of Shortsville, and
Lavina Alice, of Spencerport; two sisters, Mrs. James Johnson of
Cheshire, and Mrs. William O'Connell of Shortsville, and two brothers,
Lewis and Lyle Warfield of Shortsville. The remains were brought to
this village on Friday evening and the burial services were held from
the Stoddard undertaking rooms on Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev.
D. H. MacKenzie, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating.
The burial was made in Brookside Cemetery in this place.
From Ontario County Journal 8 August 1890
G. Clinton Servis, a prominent citizen of Naples, died of
consumption on Friday, aged about 70. He was a farmer and an artist,
many of paintings evincing real merit.
From Ontario County Chronicle 13 April 1904
Victor, N. Y. - Russell Allyn Servoss died at his late home east
of this village on Monday, April 4th, aged fifty years. The cause of
his death was blood poisoning brought on by a diseased toe. The
deceased had suffered with a corn on a toe and applied medicine, which
resulted in the poisoning. Amputation was finally deemed necessary, but
too late, however, to prevent the poisoning. Mr. Servoss is survived by
his wife. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon of last week at
the family home, Rev. Margaret A. Brennen officiating. Burial was made
in the South Farmington Cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 19 July 1928
The death of Mrs. Jane Sessions, relict of Thomas Sessions,
occurred at her home on the Allen Payne farm, in the township of
Farmington, at 8:10 o'clock on Friday evening last, at the age of 84
years. The deceased was born in Rochester on January 8, 1844, a
daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Dole Hayes. Early in life she
became an orphan and was placed in a home. At the age of seven years
she went to the Allen Payne farm to make her home and practically the
remainder of her life had been spent there. She was married to Thomas
Sessions on July 4, 1867, his death occurring on November 7, 1926. She
is survived by two sons, William Sessions, who resides on the home
farm, and Allen Sessions of Sodus; two daughters, Mrs. Cora Barry of
Batavia and Miss Anna Sessions of Avon; seven grandchildren, eight
great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services
were held from the South Farmington Chapel at 2:30 o'clock on Sunday
afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Leon L. Swarthout, pastor of
Manchester Baptist church. The remains were laid at rest in the South
Farmington Chapel cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1897
Phelps, N. Y. - Augusta, wife of Ralph Severance, died of
consumption at the home of Dwight Severance at Orleans June 14, aged 25
years. Besides the husband, a little daughter survives. The funeral
services were held on Wednesday afternoon.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 February 1924
Clifton Springs - Mrs. Caroline A. Severance, 85 years, widow of
the late William Dwight Severance of this village, died at her home
this morning about 1:30 o'clock after a long illness. She is survived
by one daughter, Miss Zella Severance; one granddaughter, Mrs. John
Sanderson, both of Clifton Springs; also two great-grandchildren. The
funeral will be held from her late residence Monday afternoon at 1:30
o'clock. Rev. Frederick Maunder, pastor of the Methodist church, will
officiate. Burial will be made in Whitney Cemetery, at Seneca Castle.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1910
Mrs. Frances A. Severance, wife of Chas. Severance of Phelps, died
at her home yesterday morning at 2:30. The deceased was born in Palmyra
63 years ago. She is survived by her husband and one son, Frederick C.
Severance of Phelps. The funeral will be held from her late home
Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Phelps Cemetery.
Rev. Mr. Newton, rector of St. John's church of Phelps, will officiate.
From Geneva Gazette 26 January 1894
Mrs. H. C. Severance died at her residence in Phelps on the 20th
inst., aged about 45 years. She was a daughter of Mrs. George
Alcock of Geneva. She had been
an invalid for many years, but of late showed such improvement as to
encourage her relatives and friends with hope of permanent recovery.
At the last, however, she had an attack of neuralgia which
suddenly reached the heart and terminated fatally. Deceased
leaves one child, a widowed mother, and two sisters. One of the
latter is Mrs. T. J. Sullivan of Cincinnati, who with all the others
named were present at the funeral last Tuesday.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 January 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah Severance, aged 88 years, died last
night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George VanDyne, in this
village. Her death followed a long illness due to her advanced age.
Mrs. Severance was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sholes, early
settlers in the town of Phelps, and was the last of a family of
fourteen children. She was born in Phelps and spent her entire life in
this community. Her husband, Charles Severance, died nearly fifty years
ago. Near surviving relatives are two daughters, Mrs. George VanDyne of
Phelps and Mrs. William Matthews of Geneva; and two granddaughters,
Mrs. Martin Knight and Mrs. Fred Everett of Geneva. The funeral
services will be held Thursday afternoon at the house at 2
o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. George A. Harvey, rector of
St. John's Episcopal church. Burial will be at the Phelps Cemetery.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 17 April 1867
Mr. L. Port Severance, for many years past clerk of the Franklin
House, Geneva, died suddenly last Friday morning. He was about fifty
years of age and unmarried.
From Geneva Gazette 10 February 1899
Ralph Severance of Orleans, this county, was found frozen to death
yesterday morning about a mile south of Phelps junction and by the side
of the railroad track. It is learned that he had arrived from the
west on the evening train and had essayed to walk home, but was
overcome by the intense cold and perished.
From Ontario County Journal 17 February 1899
Phelps, N. Y. - Ralph Severance, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight
Severance of Orleans, was frozen to death in attempting to walk from
the Central station at Clifton Springs to his home, last week Wednesday
night. The night was a bitter cold one, and he probably became chilled
and laid down in a snow bank at the side of the Northern Central
railroad, a short distance south of James Prichard's place. The section
men found Severance's body between 8 and 9 o'clock the next morning.
Coroner Archer was summoned, but an inquest was not deemed necessary
under the circumstances. The deceased was about 30 years old, a
widower, with one child, a young daughter. The funeral services were
held at his home last Sunday afternoon and were largely attended.
Interment was made at Seneca Castle.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 January 1908
Phelps, N. Y. - Jesse P. Severence, a widely known and highly
esteemed citizen of this community, died at noon yesterday. Mr.
Severence had been failing in health for several months but did not
relinquish his duties at the postoffice until last Monday night. Mr.
Severence was born in the village of Phelps 61 years ago and had lived
here all his life. Twenty-four years ago he was appointed deputy
postmaster under the administration of S. S. Partridge and had held
that position under each succeeding official until the present time.
His survivors are his widow and three daughters, Mrs. Frank Kless, who
resides at Clifton Springs, and Misses Grace and Helen, who reside at
home; also three brothers, Harry, Theodore and Charles, all of Phelps.
The funeral will take place from his late home on South Wayne street
Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock and half an hour later at St. John's
Episcopal church. The services will be conducted by Rev. George A.
From Livonia Gazette 27 May 1937
The funeral of Fred Seward was held at the home at 1:30 and
from the Congregational church at 2 p.m., Monday, May 24. The Rev. J.
E. Hayes, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment was in Evergreen
cemetery, Baptist Hill. Mr. Seward passed away at his home at 10:30 on
Saturday. He was the son of Moses and Eliza Seward and was born in
Richmond, east lake road, eighty-three years ago. He is survived by one
son, John Seward, of Honeoye; five grandchildren, Mrs. Leighton Gilbert
of Bristol, Olive of Rochester, Clifton, Clairmont and Olive Seward of
Honeoye; one great-grandchild, Richard Gilbert of Bristol.
From Ontario County Journal 15 November 1889
Canadice, N. Y. - After weeks of terrible suffering death came,
and last Saturday Isaac F. Seward calmly closed his eyes on
all earthly scenes and passed to the great unknown. The deceased was
one whose breast was bared in defense of his country and who carried
the mark of rebel lead. He belonged to the G. A. R. Post at
Springwater, and was also a member of A. O. U. W. No. 361 at Canadice.
The G. A. R. boys acted as bearers, while No. 221 of East Bloomfield
and 361 of Canadice conducted
the exercises and accompanied the remains to Lake View cemetery at
Rev. E. J. Cook conducted religious service and preached a very
sermon from Job, 14th chapter and 14th verse. The deceased was 48 years
of age and had always been healthy until about a year ago when he was
sick with kidney and liver disease and medical aid was of no avail. A
and four boys mourn his loss.
From Naples Record 15 May 1901
Moses Seward, one of the oldest residents in this vicinity, died at
his home in South Bristol, on the 7th, aged 88 years. He had been very
feeble for some time, being totally blind and almost helpless. His aged
wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lyman, of Livonia, and one son, Fred, with whom
he lived, survive him. The funeral was held from his late home on the
9th, interment in Lake View cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 March 1919
The death of Mrs. Maude J. Seyba, wife of Otto J. Seyba, of
212 High street, foreman in the lathe department of the American Can Co.
plant, occurred last evening at 10:30 o'clock at the Geneva City
Hospital after an illness of two weeks with pneumonia. Mrs. Seyba, one
week ago last Monday, gave birth to a son after which pneumonia
developed. Previous to her last sickness, Mrs. Seyba had a very severe
attack of the influenza, from which it is believed that she never fully
recovered. Mrs. Seyba was a former resident of Chicago and Rochester.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Richard, Glenn and
her baby boy; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Sprague of Syracuse and Mrs. Aida
Walker of Rochester. The funeral will be held from Trinity Church
Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. C. M. Sills, D. D., rector of
Trinity Church, officiating and burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Times 3 February 1886
Bristol, N. Y. - Died, of paralysis, January 29, Mr. Charles
Seymour, aged 69 years. Mr. Seymour had been at work in the woods
that forenoon, ate a hearty dinner, and went eastward from his home,
and as he was passing the residence of R. W. Travis, he was met by his
sons, George and John Travis, who were drawing wood for Mr. Travis.
They had partially unloaded the wood and on looking up the road they
saw some object lying in the road. On going to it, they found it to be
the lifeless body of Mr. Seymour. He was conveyed to his home, some
half a mile distant, and Dr. Mallory of Bristol Center was immediately
called. On examination, he reported "that death was caused by a full
and complete shock of paralysis." Funeral from the Universalist church
today at 1 o'clock, Rev. F. B. Peck officiating.
From Ontario County Journal 20 October 1916
The death of Mrs. Emma Parks Seymour, aged 66 years,
formerly of Canandaigua, occurred at Shortsville on Wednesday. She had
been an invalid for several years. She leaves a daughter, Miss Bertha
Seymour, of Shortsville; and a sister, Mrs. Ursula Gaines, of Jackson,
Mich. The funeral services will be held at Woodlawn chapel tomorrow
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. George Wilson Scudder will officiate.
Interment will be at Woodlawn.
From Ontario Republican Times 6 August 1862
At Washington, May 15th, of fever contracted at Yorktown, Henry
Seymour, aged 20 years. His remains were brought home and buried
from the residence of his father, Pierpont Seymour, East
Bloomfield, N. Y., at sunset on the 17th of June, with suitable
On the following day the funeral services of B. (Benjamin) Peck, a
of the same company, whose death has before been noticed, and whose
remains were brought from Washington with those of Mr. Seymour, were
solemnized and while the places of business were closed, a most
sermon was preached in the Congregational Church, by the Rev. L.
in behalf of the friends of both of those young men, to a very large
Mr. Seymour was a young man of promise and a model soldier.
He is said to have preserved the neatness of the gentleman amid the
rough usage and squalor of camp life . His promptness at the call of
duty and his many amiable and soldierly characteristics endeared him to
his officers and companions in arms. He laid himself a willing
sacrifice upon the alter of his country at the call of duty and not
from a love of adventure or thirst for military distinction. He should
be remembered among those noble young men who have laid down their
lives for us. May a like spirit of
self-sacrifice be found among our young men, until the traitors are
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 7 February
We learn that a fatal accident occurred in the south part of the town
of West Bloomfield on Tuesday of last week. It appears that a farmer
named James Seymour, with three other men, were engaged in
cutting straw on a stack. The base of the stack had been eaten around
by the stock, and the top, which had been saturated by
rain, was frozen solid. Mr. Seymour's weight upon the edge of it,
combined with the high wind, toppled it over, burying him beneath a
frozen mass of over a ton's weight. Those present endeavored to remove
it off him, but found it impossible till axes were procured and it was
cut into pieces. In about ten minutes Mr. Seymour was extricated, but
he only gasped a few times, and almost immediately expired. He was
about thirty years of age and unmarried. He was universally esteemed as
an intelligent, industrious young man, and his sad death will be
mourned by a large circle of relatives and warm friends.
From Geneva Advertiser 1 March 1904
James O. Seymour, the old insurance agent and coal dealer, died at
his home on Washington street last Thursday morning, February 25th,
quite suddenly. He was taken home from his office on the Friday before,
with pains in the back, indicating kidney troubles, and he did not get
out of doors again. His age was 80 years. His wife died some twelve or
fifteen years ago, and his family of late consisted of two sisters and
niece, the latter the only
daughter of S. N. Anthony. Mr. Seymour was a member of the Presbyterian
Church, also of the Masonic fraternity, and withal was an honest,
conscientious man. He did not care much for business in his later
days, rather enjoyed a quiet life of ease and comfort with his family,
with whom he was out driving every pleasant evening in summer. Well,
this is all ended now -- only a tear to his memory.
From Ontario County Journal 8 January 1892
Naples, N. Y. - The death of Mrs. Louisa J. Seymour occurred
old, and died of heart
disease. Mrs. Seymour moved to Naples from Bristol last spring. She was
her husband, Chas. Seymour, having died six years ago. She leaves five
sons and one married daughter, Mrs. Packard, of Bristol. One son,
has lived in Naples for several years; two others have resided here
spring. The family was highly respected. Funeral services will be held
the Universalist church in Baptist Hill today and the remains will be
in the cemetery at that place.
From Ontario County Journal 4 September 1896
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock,
occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Seymour, wife of John Seymour,
an old and respected resident of this town. Her death was not
unexpected as she had been an invalid for more than three years. The
funeral was held Wednesday morning at St. Joseph's church. Interment at
Lima. She leaves besides her husband, two sons, D. W. Seymour of
Buffalo, and James of the place; and six daughters, Mary, Bridget,
Catharine and Lizzie Seymour, Mrs. Edward Duyer of Livonia and Mrs.
Maggie Courneen of Piffard.
From Ontario County Journal 30 December 1881
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The death of Pierpont Seymour, an
place, occurred on Wednesday
evening, Dec. 21. His death was very sudden, resulting from brain
fever. Deceased was born in Victor, Feb. 23, 1803, and was accordingly
79 years of age. For the past 40 years he has been a resident of this
place and will be remembered as the inventor of the Seymour Broadcast
Sower and Grain Drill which he manufactured for several years. He was a
devout christian and member of the Congregational church, where he was
a regular attendant. Funeral services were held at the late residence
of the deceased, Friday, Dec. 23.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 January 1897
Mrs. Sarah A. Seymour died at the family residence
at 6 o'clock this morning after a lingering illness of one year
duration. Bright's disease of the kidneys was the direct cause of
death. Mrs. Seymour was 68 years of age, she is survived by her
husband, Mr. J. O. Seymour and one sister, Mrs. A. W. Howard of this
city. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of all their
friends and neighbors in this their hour of bereavement. The funeral
will take place at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. Services will be
conducted by Dr. M. B. Remick at the house on Genesee street, after
which the remains will be taken by train to Syracuse where the
interment will be made at 2 o'clock p.m. in Oakwood cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 9 February 1913
Mrs. O. C. Packard and Ernest Seymour of this village attended the
funeral services of their brother, William F. Seymour, which
were held on Wednesday at Canandaigua, conducted by Rev. E. P. Wood,
pastor of the Universalist Church in that village. The burial was made
in Woodlawn Cemetery there. His death occurred at his home in
Canandaigua last Sunday night following a years' illness with heart
trouble. His age was 59 years.
From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1913
The death of William T. Seymour occurred at his home on
Telyea street, on Sunday evening, aged 59 years. He leaves a wife and
one daughter, Miss Bertha Seymour of Canandaigua; one sister, Mrs. Anna
Packard; and three brothers, Ernest of Shortsville, George of Naples,
and Benjamin Seymour of Rochester. Rev. E. P. Wood officiated at the
funeral services which were in charge of the local order of Odd Fellows
Wednesday afternoon. Interment was at Woodlawn.
From Victor Herald 18 April 1924
Mrs. Annie Hutchinson Shackleton, wife of Charles J. Shackleton of
West Bloomfield, died unexpectedly April 11th, aged 57 years. She was
born in the town of Mendon, August 9, 1967, where she resided until
1916, when they removed to their farm home, "Lane Ends," at West
Bloomfield. Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters,
Gladys and Beatrice of West Bloomfield and Mrs. Harold Bennett of
Clifton Springs; two grandchildren; a sister and three brothers. Funeral
services were held Sunday, and interment was made in the Mendon
From Ontario County Journal 18 September 1908
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - George Gardner Shaddock died
suddenly at the Soldier Home at Bath on Sept. 9, from heart trouble.
Mr. Shaddock was born in this town nearly 71 years ago, and when the
Civil war broke out, he, with five brothers, enlisted in the army. He
became a member of Co. M, No. 4 Heavy Artillery, New York Volunteers.
He saw actual service in every battle under General Grant, from the
battle of the Wilderness until the close of the war, when the six
brothers returned home. Albert, Henry and Benjamin reside in this town;
Cyrenus at Corning; Bruce at Seattle, Wash.; and Richard in New York
City. The remains were brought to this village on Friday and the
services were conducted at the grave in the Rural cemetery by Rev. Mr.
Berlin, of Honeoye Falls. The deceased leaves, besides his wife, six
children, Elmer, Bert and Mrs. Fred Pierce of Corning, William of Big
Flats; Mrs. Frank Meade of Holcomb and Hiland Shaddock of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 26 March 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Charles Shafer, a resident of the
southern part of the town of East Bloomfield, committed suicide by
drowning himself in his well last Monday night. He left home in the
morning to see a neighbor, and did not return before 5 o'clock in the
afternoon. Upon his return, his wife asked him to carry water for the
cow, which he consented to do. Going to the well, he was last seen
drawing up the bucket. A few minutes after, his wife went to the barn
in search of him, but could find no trace of his whereabouts. After
looking for some time, she at last discovered his cap near the well,
and the well curb removed. She at once called in some neighbors, who
found the lifeless remains in the well, head downward. Attaching a rope
to his legs, they succeeded in removing his body, and carried it to the
house. Coroner Partridge was notified, and an inquest was held on
Tuesday morning. The verdict of the jury was "that he came to his death
on March 22, between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m., by voluntarily plunging head
foremost into his well, located near his barn, while in an intoxicated
From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1900
The death of Mrs. Sarah A. Weast Shafer occurred at her home
on West Gibson street at an early hour on Monday morning. On Aug. 5,
Mrs. Shafer fell in her room and dislocated her left hip and owing to
her advanced years, she was unable to withstand the shock of the fall.
The deceased was 85 years of age, and had resided in this village since
a small child. She was the wife of the late Daniel Shafer, for many
years a prominent business man of this place. She leaves one daughter,
Miss Jennie Shafer. The funeral was held from her late home on
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev.
C. H. Dickinson, pastor of the church of which she had been a member
for many years.
From Ontario County Times 21 August 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Wm. Shafer died last Friday evening,
after enduring untold sufferings, leaving a stricken household,
consisting of a wife and three small children. The funeral and burial
were in Rochester, his former residence.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12 March 1918
Canandaigua, N. Y., March 11 - William A. Shamp, 70 years of age,
passed away at his home in the town of Hopewell, east of this city,
Saturday morning. He leaves two sons, Elmer Shamp and Paul Shamp, both
of Canandaigua; and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Beaver of Rochester. The
funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the
residence of Paul Shamp in West avenue.
From Victor Herald 25 February 1893
In the death of Francis Shank, Victor has lost one
of her most highly esteemed citizens. Mr. Shank, was born at
Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., in June 1818. The family for two generations
previous had lived there, his grandfather settled there about one
hundred and fifty
years ago. His father was one of the leading laymen in the Lutheran
and was one of the leaders in establishment of the reformed Lutheran
Mr. Shank spent the early part of his life in Schoharie Co. in
pursuits; about twenty five years ago he came to this county; he lived
in Canandaigua for a short time and finally came to this town where he
engaged in the coal and lumber trade with Mr. Conover. He retired from
active business several years ago and spent his time in looking after
his farm. In his business course he was retiring and unassuming and his
manner always pleasant and courteous, strictly upright in all his
dealings. He was married to Miss Mary C. Will in 1839, who died in this
town about three years ago. Two children survive them, Geo. M. Shank,
of this village, Mrs. J. P. Hathaway of Mertensia. One son, Irving,
died about five years ago. Mr. Shank made the profession of the
christian faith in early life and upon coming to Victor united with the
Methodist Episcopal church, where his kindly bearing, his deportment
ever that of a christian gentleman, and his steadfastnesss won for him
a large place in the affection and esteem
of his brethren. The illness which proved fatal was a surprise to him
he accepted the event when made fully known, not only with resignation,
desire. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the residence of his
Rev. H. W. Copeland of the M. E. church officiating. The remains were
accompanied by his son and daughter to Cobleskill where they rest with
his wife and ancestors.
From Ontario County Journal 13 March 1896
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of George M. Shanks was held
on Friday, March 6, at his late home on Maple avenue. Mr. Shanks was
born in Cobleskill, Schoharie county, in 1848. In 1865 the family moved
to western New York, and after living for a time in Canandaigua and
East Bloomfield, they moved to Victor. In 1879 he married Ida, the
youngest daughter of the late William Conover. In 1889 feeble health
caused him to withdraw from active business. The cause of his death was
Bright's disease, but it was not until a few months ago that he or
anyone was aware of that fatal disease. Mr. Shanks was a member of the
Presbyterian church here for many years, and was a faithful attendant
until his health failed. He died on Monday evening, March 2. Besides
his wife, he leaves three children, Carrie, Ethel and Arthur. Of his
father's family, he leaves only one sister, Mrs. Joseph Hathaway of
Farmington. The burial was at Boughton hill.
From Geneva Gazette 30 June 1876
Mr. Peter Shanley, a
groceryman and boarding house keeper on Main st., died on Monday last,
aged 36 years. He was taken ill June 19 with a gathering in the head,
festering and discharging from the ears, which continued for two or
three days and then stopped. The affection determined thence to the
brain, causing death. His funeral took place from the Catholic Church
From Geneva Daily Times 3 April 1908
The sudden death of Thomas Shanley occurred last evening
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Matthew J. Rogers, of No. 78 Colt
street. The deceased
was one of Geneva's oldest citizens, having resided here for over sixty
He was 83 years old and was born in County Sligo, Ireland. After coming
this country he located at Waterloo, later moving to this city, where
conducted a grocery store. He was prominent in local Democratic
and for many years, under the old village government, occupied the
of street commissioner. For many years Mr. Shanley had been one
the trustees of St. Francis de Sales' church, which office he held up
the time of his death. He resided at No. 214 Main street. The survivors
four children, two sons, Edward and John Shanley, and two daughters,
Matthew J. Rogers and Miss B. Shanley, all of this city, and one
half-brother, John Shanley, of London, Ontario. Burial St.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 September 1906
William Shanley, aged 59 years, died this morning at his
residence, No. 24 North Exchange street. The cause of death was
bronchial pneumonia. He is survived by three sisters, Mary, Ellen and
Rose, all of this city. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at
8:30 o'clock at the house and at 9 o'clock at St. Francis de Sales
church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
From Geneva Courier 4 March 1885
SUICIDE AT STANLEY - A Young Girl Kills Herself with Rat Poison
Anna Shannon, daughter of John Shannon of Stanley, died suddenly on
Monday afternoon, at half past two under circumstances which makes it
reasonably certain that she had swallowed a part of a box of rat poison
"death on rats," which she had purchased that morning. The
postmortem examination will be made today.
The circumstances make the case one of very sad interest. The
girl was about 15 years of age, and bright and sunny in her manner and
disposition. On Monday morning, she went to the store of J. F.
Kilner at Stanley, where she was in the habit of trading on account of
her father; and asked for a box of "Rough on Rats;" the brother of the
proprietor said that "Rough on Rats" was not stock; but they had "Death
on Rats." The girl asked if it would answer the same purpose in
killing rats? Being answered in the affirmative, she took the
goods, and went to the house of Thomas Gibbons, where she was
working. In the course of the morning, she complained of illness;
and her employers asked her if she would
go home, near by; which she did. At or about noon, Dr. Allen who
was in the neighborhood was called; and administered a remedy for
biliousness, which her symptoms indicated. She gave no one
information that she had taken poison; and early in the afternoon she
That suicide was premeditated, is evident from the fact that she
her little sister, on Sunday evening, that that was the last time she
ever sleep with her; and gave her clothing, and some ornaments to the
one. At the time of the purchase nothing unusual was observed in
demeanor; and on her way, while having the poison in her possession,
met one of her companions and chatted lightly, and pleasantly.
We have heard some explanation of causes for her act; they do not
involve the girls integrity, nor necessarily account for her
self-destruction. We prefer to wait for the official
From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1889
This morning, Dr. J. A. Shannon, was found dead on a couch
in his residence on Main street. Last evening about eleven o'clock he
was taken from a cell in the police station, where he had been placed
for fast driving on Main street and causing the accident elsewhere
reported, to his home. He was in a critical condition from protracted
drinking, and a physician was called. Dr. Shannon had been in the habit
of taking morphine pills, and it was noticed that a bottle which had
lately been full of these pills was empty. He retired last night on a
couch in his room, and this morning when Mrs. Shannon went in to see
how he was, she was horrified to find a lifeless body. Coroner Beahan
was at once summoned, and he impaneled a jury to inquire into the case.
It is said that before leaving the cell at the police station, Dr.
Shannon had become excitable and quite wild. He
had been told by his driver, Hall, who was also in the station house,
he had killed Mrs. Husbands, and that completely upset him. He had been
heavily for several weeks. His death will be a sad blow to Mrs.
and the deepest sympathy of the entire community will be with her and
children in their affliction.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 June 1905
James Shannon, 76 years of age, died at
6 o'clock last night at his home in Stanley. The deceased is
survived by seven sons, John, James, William and Edward, of Henrydale,
N. Y., Joseph of Elmira, Frank and Lawrence of Stanley, and three
daughters, Mrs. Patrick Heenan, Mrs. Joseph Windall and Miss Margaret
Shannon, all of Stanley. The funeral will take place Monday morning
at 10 o'clock from St. Theresa church, Stanley. Burial will be at
From Ontario County Journal 5 May 1893
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Friday the remains of Joseph
Shannon, son of William Shannon, were brought to this place, where
the funeral was held the following day from the family residence, Rev.
C. J. Clausen of Canandaigua, officiating. Mr. Shannon's death occurred
at the residence of his brother, William, in Rochester, Thursday of
From The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, New York, July 9, 1973
Mrs. Mary Shannon
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Mrs. Mary Shannon, widow of James Shannon, formerly
of Stanley, died yesterday in College Park. She is survived by a
daughter, Lorena; and by several nieces and nephews. Services
will be held Wednesday in College Park.
Many thanks to Kerry
(Miles) Patrick for this donation.
From Ontario County Chronicle 7 January 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y., Jan. 4 - At his home in this village on
Friday night, William Shannon died, aged 72 years. Mr. Shannon
has been a resident of this town for more than forty years. He leaves,
besides his wife, three sons and two daughters, William, Jr., John,
Anna and Mrs. Charles Wilkes of Rochester, and Edward of Waterloo, Iowa.
From Lima Recorder 13 January 1933
Mrs. Bessie Sharp, aged 47 years, died at her home in Bristol on
Sunday, Jan. 8. She is survived by her husband, Erbin Sharp; six sons,
Elmer, Charles, Frank, Benjamin, Ervin, and Richard. Funeral services
were held from the Burton undertaking rooms, Honeoye,, at 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, the Rev. J. E. Sweet, officiating. Interment was in Lake
View cemetery, Honeoye.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1905
John Sharpe died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles H.
Belding, No. 175 Genesee street, Saturday evening after an illness of
several weeks. Mr. Sharpe was seventy-six years of age and had lived in
Geneva about fourteen years. He was the father of E. W. Sharpe of this
city. A short funeral service was held at the house at 8 o'clock this
morning, Rev. C.
E. Jewell officiating. The remains were taken on the 8:40 New York
Central train to South Onondaga, Mr. Sharpe's boyhood home, for burial.
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 May 1903
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Hanna Sharpsteen died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Alice Bacon, in Richmond, Saturday morning, aged 75
From Canandaigua Chronicle 7 March 1906
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Agnes Maude Bavis Shaw, wife of
Daniel Shaw, died at her home, Sheldon street, at an early hour Monday,
Feb. 26. She had been ill for several months with pulmonary
tuberculosis. Mrs. Shaw was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bavis of
Palmyra, and was born in that town about 27 years ago. She had been a
resident of Shortsville for eight years. She is survived by her
husband, three daughters, Rose, Ruth and Marguerite; and five brothers,
Fred, Burt, George and James Bavis, all of Palmyra; and Bruce Bavis of
Shortsville. The funeral was held in St. Dominic's Catholic church at
10 o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. Father Henry of Clifton Springs,
officiating, and interment followed in Clifton Springs cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 18
Albert A. Shaw died at his home on Grove street yesterday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Mr. Shaw was stricken with pneumonia two
weeks ago. And although he had been critically ill, a change for the
better occurred on Sunday, and hopes for his early recovery were
entertained. His death, however, was sudden. Mr. Shaw was twenty-seven
years of age, and was born in Groton, Tompkins county. He came to
Geneva two years
ago and engaged in the insurance business. Later he became junior
member of the firm of Buchholz & Shaw, grocers, but at the time
of his death he was employed at the Phillips & Clark stove works.
Last December Mr. Shaw was married to Miss Bertha Buchholz, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Buchholz. Beside his wife, he is survived by
his father, W. H. Shaw, of Groton, five sisters, Mrs. Stephen Parker of
Cortland, Mrs. Grant Halladay, Mrs. Earnest Van DeBogart and Mrs.
Earl Moe, all of Groton, and Mrs. E. N. Dixon of Philadelphia. He also
leaves three brothers, Lyman E. Shaw of Groton, H. B. Shaw of North
and J. W. Shaw of this city. Mr. Shaw was a member of the Moravia
I. O. O. F., and a delegation from that organization will attend the
which will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30. Burial Glenwood
From Geneva Daily Times 1 May 1899
Mrs. Catherine Shaw, of West Avenue, died at 3 o'clock this
morning, aged 42 years. Death was due to consumption. The deceased is
survived by her husband, Charles A. Shaw; and one son, Charles Shaw.
The funeral will take place Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St.
Francis de Sales church.
From Ontario County Times 12 November 1884
Victor, N. Y. - The funeral of Mrs. Gideon Shaw, who
the Presbyterian church on
Monday. She was a faithful member of that church for many years, and
now rests in hope of a glorious resurrection. She leaves a husband, one
son, and four daughters.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 30 January 1922
Phelps, January 29 - Mrs. Harriet J. Shaw, sixty-eight years
old, widow of Nathan Shaw, died shortly after midnight last night at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Caves in South Wayne street after an
illness of several months. Mrs. Shaw, who was a daughter of John and
Barbara Marvin Kester, was born near Memphis, N.Y., on January 11,
1854, and had lived in Phelps for the last thirty-four years. Surviving
relatives are a daughter, Mrs. Caves; a son, Fred Shaw, of Phelps; two
sisters, Mrs. Rosina Thomas and Mrs. Henrietta Swin, both of Memphis;
five grandchildren and one great grandson. Funeral services will be
held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Caves home. Rev. R. H.
Crane, pastor of the Phelps Baptist Church officiating. Interment will
be in Rest Haven cemetery, Phelps.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 7 May 1923
Entered into rest, Sunday morning, May 6, 1923, at the family residence at West Henrietta, Mrs. Mary A. Shaw,
wife of Fred F. Shaw, aged 62 years. Besides her husband she leaves one
son, Charles F. Shaw, of Berkeley, Cal.; two daughters, May L. Shaw and
Mrs. Emma S. Kimball, of this city; one brother, William Tabolt, of
Turin, N. Y.; four sisters, Mrs. George Lewis, of Sacketts Harbor, Mrs.
Nana Van Atta, of Whitesboro, N. Y., Mrs. George Grey, of Oriskany, N.
Y. and Mrs. Orin Yates, of Utica, N. Y.; and two grandchildren. Funeral
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from St. Luke's Lutheran Church at
West Henrietta. Interment at Brininstool cemetery.
From Shortsville Enterprise 16 July 1936
The death of Mrs. Mary Ann Shaw, well-known and respected
Shortsville resident, occurred suddenly at the home of her son, John J.
Shaw, in Park Place on Friday afternoon. She was 78 years of age. Mrs.
Shaw was born in Shortsville, on September 10, 1857, daughter of the
late James and Elizabeth McGar Barrett. Practically her entire life had
been spent in the village. She was well-loved by all who knew her and
her passing takes from the village another of the old-time residents
who had watched the village grown from the merest hamlet to its present
flourishing condition. The survivors are two sons, John J. Shaw of
Shortsville, and Frank Shaw of Cleveland, Ohio; also a number of
grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday morning at 9:30
o'clock from St. Dominic's church, of which she had been a faithful
member, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. John E. Napier. The remains
were laid at rest in the family plot at St. Agnes cemetery, west of
From Phelps Citizen 12 December 1918
After a long period of failing health and many weeks of patient suffering, Nathan Shaw passed
away on Tuesday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joel Caves,
in South Wayne street in this village, aged 70 years. Mr. Shaw was the
oldest son of Nathan and Laura Evans Shaw, and was born on January 14,
1848, at Peru, in the vicinity of which his early life was passed. On
January 5, 1871, he was married to Harriet J. Kester at Weedsport, and
32 years ago came to Phelps, where he has since resided. He was a
member of Sincerity Lodge, F. & A. M., and of the local Tent of
Maccabees. He enlisted in the Civil War and was stationed at Camp
Seward at the close of the conflict. Besides his wife, he leaves a
daughter, and son, Mrs. Joel Caves and Fred Shaw, both of Phelps; five
grandchildren, the oldest of whom, Captain Stuart S. Caves, is now
stationed in France; and one brother, John Shaw of Rowe, S. D. The
funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Caves on
Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and interment will be in Rest Haven.
From Ontario County Journal 11 January 1878
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Last Sabbath, the funeral of Mrs.
Sarah Shaw, relict of the late Isaac Shaw, was attended from the
Congregational church. A large number of people gathered there to
witness the last solemn services the living can render to the dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw came to this
town in an early day, and located on a farm three-fourths of a mile
west of this place, where they remained until the occurrence of the
death of Mr. Shaw, some nine or ten years since. During the time
of her widowhood, Mrs. Shaw has lived in the families of
her three children, one of whom - Norman B. - now resides upon the home
estate. The other two - Addison and Almira - live in Rochester.
Mrs. Shaw had lately lived with her daughter, at whose home
she died. Her age was 77 years.
From Ontario County Journal 7 July 1911
At her home in the town of Gorham on Wednesday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Sarah J. Shaw, wife
of Norman B. Shaw, aged 68 years. Death was due to apoplexy, Mrs. Shaw
having suffered a stroke the previous Friday. Besides her husband,
there survive four sons, Dudley of Cohoes, Alfred and Irving, who live
at home, and Hiram of Gorham. A sister, Mrs. Joseph Francisco, of this
village, and a brother, Artemus Lincoln, of this town, survive. Funeral
services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon and Rev.
W. H. Skeels, of Ithaca, will officiate.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1 June 1915
Canandaigua, N. Y., May 31 - Abram Shay, for many years a resident
of the Academy Tract in the southern part of the town of Canandaigua,
died at 7 o'clock last evening in the his home, aged 76 years. He was
born in New Jersey on July 2, 1838. He came to this county forty-one
years ago and had continued to live here since. He leaves two sons,
William and Fred Shay, both of Academy. Mr. Shay was a veteran of the
Civil war having served with the Army of the Potomac and fought at
Fredricksburg. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the late home and at 3 o'clock from the Academy Church with Rev.
Charles W. Pusey, Congregationalist minister of Bristol Center
officiating. Interment will be made in Academy cemetery.
From Naples News 14 December 1928
David A. Shay, 74 years old, former supervisor for the town of
Italy, and well-known retired farmer, died Tuesday morning at his home
in Mechanic street. He was the son of the late Robert F. and Margaret
Charlesworth Shay, and was born December 18, 1853, in the town of Italy
where he spent the greater part of his life on a farm. He married Miss
Mary Geer, of Italy, December 12, 1878. They moved to this village in
May 1916. Mr. Shay took an active interest in politics, being a staunch
Democrat. He held the office of supervisor in the town of Italy for
three years and served as inspector of election in that community for
many years. He was a member of Middlesex I. O. O. F. Lodge for many
years, and transferred his membership to the Lodge here in Naples about
three years ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, George
W. Shay and Charles M. Shay, of Italy; and five grandchildren, one of
these being Miss Margaret Wolvin who has made her home with her
grandparents. Funeral services will be held from the home at one
o'clock Thursday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. C. R. Wolcott. Burial
will be in the Italy Valley Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 June 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Herbert Shay, aged about 24 years, died
Tuesday at his home in Academy, a few miles south of Canandaigua, after
an illness of two weeks with typhoid fever. He was a young man of
excellent character and leaves a large circle of friends. Last February
he was united in marriage to Miss Pfenniger, of Reed Corners, who
survives him. He also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abram Shay, and
three brothers, William, Charles and Frederick Shay, all of Academy.
From Ontario County Journal 1 January 1915
The death of Mrs. Mary Shay occurred at her home yesterday
morning, following a long illness from which she had been confined to
her bed but a week. She was born in New Jersey, Feb. 8, 1845, and had
lived in the vicinity where she died 41 years. On Dec. 17, 1863, she
was married to Abram Shay, who, with two sons, Fred and William Shay,
survive. There also survive four brothers and one sister, William, of
New Jersey; Edward of Academy; Johnson J. of Clifton Springs; Cyrus
Monks of Bristol Center, and Mrs. L. Randall of Manchester. Rev.
Charles W. Pusey will officiate at the funeral services at Academy
church tomorrow at 12 o'clock. A short prayer service will be held at
the home at 11 o'clock.
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