Smith Obituaries "G" through "L"
From Ontario County Journal 28 February 1890
In West Farmington, February 15, Gain R. Smith, eldest son
of the late Jared Smith, aged fifty-nine years and ten months.
The surviving members of the family are a widow, a daughter, Maude,
a brother, Robert P. of Seattle, and three sisters, Mrs. J. T. Brown
of Canandaigua, Mrs. H. W. Gunnison of West Farmington, and Mrs. Thos.
L. Rose of Nebraska. Mr. Smith, although the owner of two or three
farms in Ontario Co., and successful in their management, was better
as a successful apiarist. In this work he had been engaged over thirty
years, more extensively perhaps than any other man in the state of New
York for the same length of time. During that period he made many
in hives and the necessary appurtenances of a first class apiary, but
he never desired to add any more to the numerous patents which are
inflicted upon the public. The deceased will long be remembered as a
genial, plain-spoken and liberal man and good neighbor.
From Ontario County Times 15 November 1876
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Geo. Smith died in this place on Saturday
last. She had been a great sufferer, having had a stroke of paralysis a
few weeks since. The funeral was held in the M. E. Church on Sunday
morning. The family have the sympathy of the community in this great
From Geneva Gazette 20 April 1883
GEORGE SMITH - This well-known citizen died on the 18th
pneumonia and general debility incident to old age. He was a
native of England, and a resident of Geneva for about 38 years.
His trade was that of a carpenter, and he enjoyed the respect alike of
his fellow-craftsmen and all within the wide circle of his acquaintance.
From Ontario County Journal 27 January 1911
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The funeral of George Smith was
from his late home on Tuesday afternoon, being conducted by Rev.
G. S. Spencer, pastor of the M. E. church, and burial was made in the
village cemetery with G. A. R. service, and Sons of Veterans for
bearers. Mr. Smith was born in this town 72 years ago. His death
occurred at the Bath Soldiers Home on Jan. 20. He had been at Bath for
the past eight months and while there had a bad fall that resulted in a
fractured hip and arm. He also had a number of strokes of paralysis and
had been ill for the past six years. He is survived by his wife and two
daughters, Mrs. Arthur Clark of Rochester, and Mrs. William Saxby of
this town. He is also survived by six grandchildren.
From Ontario County Journal 30 May 1913
Cheshire, N. Y. - The funeral of George D. Smith, who passed
away so suddenly on Friday last, took place so suddenly on Friday last,
took place from his home, one mile south of Cheshire, on Monday
afternoon and was conducted by Rev. William Searles. Burial was in Pine
Bank cemetery. Mr. Smith was a highly respected and prosperous farmer,
a good neighbor and kind friend, had lived in this vicinity nearly all
his 47 years, having come here with his parents when three years of
age. Deceased is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kimble Smith; one son,
Walter; his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith; a brother, Lester
Smith; and sister, Mrs. Will Reed of Auburn. The bereaved family would
thank neighbors and friends for kindness received.
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909
Stanley, N. Y. - The death of George Smith occurred on
Monday, at his home at Flint, after a brief illness from indigestion.
Mr. Smith had always lived in this vicinity, having conducted a crate
factory and repair shop for a number of years. The funeral services
were held from his late home yesterday at 11 a.m. His wife and two sons
survive. The burial was at Sand Hill cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 February 1909
The funeral of George G. Smith who died Monday took place
this morning at 11 o'clock from the Methodist church at Flint. Rev. Mr.
Ensign officiated and burial was Sand Hill. The deceased was a
prominent man in the town of Flint. He was 66 years old and leaves a
widow and two sons, George G. Smith, Jr. and Sheldon G. Smith.
From Victor Herald 3 March 1894
Geo. H. Smith, who was killed by a trolley car in Rochester in the
early part of the week, was brought to this village for interment on
Thursday. Mr. Smith was born in the stone house south from Brownsville,
in the town of Farmington, in October, 1817, most of life being spent
in that town, the later portion of which
he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was of quiet industrious
habits, and held in high esteem by neighbors and acquaintances. His
father, Wm. H. Smith, and his mother, Lydia B., were among the
old residents of the town of Farmington, the latter reaching the
age of 102 years. In the year 1839, the deceased married Abaline Smith,
daughter of Joshua Smith, who was his companion for many long years,
her death occurring about seventeen years ago, since which time he made
his home with his children. He leaves one son, Albert L., who lives in
Washington, D. C., three daughters, Mrs. F. L. Jameson of Phelps, Mrs.
John Adams and Mrs. Mary D. Bement of Rochester.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 May 1905
Naples, N. Y. - George P. Smith, a prosperous young farmer of West
Hollow, in this town, is dead at the age of twenty-six. A year ago he
was taken with a strange ailment and later underwent an operation
revealing a peculiar prostrate growth
almost unprecedented in the experience of the physicians. An autopsy
was held today to ascertain if possible the nature of the disease.
Mr. Smith was the son of Seymour L. Smith, of this village, who, with
his wife and one son, survive him.
Daily Times 10 October 1903
Rev. George W. Smith, Ph. D., a former resident of Phelps, died at
Rochester Wednesday. He was a graduate of the Auburn Theological
seminary and had charge of several large churches in the west. Dr.
Smith was forty-five years of age and is survived by his wife and
mother. The remains will be brought to Phelps for burial.
From Geneva Gazette 25 November 1898
Mr. George X. Smith who resides a short distance north of this
city, died very suddenly last Friday afternoon of heart disease, in the
81st year of his age. He leaves three sons -- Martin H., (ex-Post
Master and ex-Police Justice of Geneva and ex-County Clerk of Ontario),
Edward and Charles. The deceased was a lifelong resident of the
town, an industrious and prosperous farmer. He was a devout
member of the Presbyterian Church and ardent especially in mission work
in the field near his home. In all relations of life his character was
blameless. Although death came "as a thief
in the night", he was ready for the summons.
From Shortsville Enterprise 30 June 1911
Farmington, N. Y. - The death of Gideon Smith, one of the
oldest and most respected residents of this town, occurred at his home
on Friday night at 11 o'clock. Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident here,
having been born in Macedon on February 16, 1830, the son of Asa and
Anna Smith. He was united in marriage to Mary Clark, only
daughter of William and Anna Clark, of Macedon, in 1842. He was a
birthright member of Society of Hicksite Friends. Mrs. Smith passed
away September 27, 1896. The only near surviving relative is one
brother, George Smith of Macedon. The funeral was held from the home on
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
From Ontario County Journal 23 October 1903
Rushville, N. Y. - Dr. H. W. Smith died at his home in this
village early Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, aged 80 years. About five weeks
ago he had a slight stroke and since then has failed rapidly. Dr. Smith
was born in Italy and about 42 years ago, he moved to this village,
where with the exception of a few years, he had since lived. He had
practiced medicine for the past 45 years. He is survived by his wife;
and two daughters, Mrs. B. C. Barker, of this place, and Mrs. O. W.
Williams, of East Varick. The funeral was held at his late home
yesterday, Rev. E. A. Hazelton officiating. The burial was in Italy
From Geneva Daily Times 18 June 1917
The first Geneva young man to give his life in the service of his
country is Harold B. Smith, who enlisted in the navy in
Rochester some time ago, and died of pneumonia on Friday afternoon in
the Naval Hospital at Chelsea, Mass. The body will probably
arrive here some time today, and the funeral will be held Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of his father, Charles W. Smith, at
33 Dorchester avenue. Rev. Kenneth A. Bray, rector of St. Peter’s
church, will officiate. The young sailor will be buried with full
military honors. It was announced by Commander Walter Ball of the navy
recruiting station of Rochester, who will send down a detachment of the
Naval Reserves to pay the last honors at the interment which will be
made in Glenwood Cemetery. It is also expected that a military escort
from Company B, Third infantry, will attend the funeral. Harold Smith
enlisted in the naval service of the United States at Rochester on
April 17th, as an apprentice seaman, and was 19 years of age at the
time of his enlistment. He was stationed at Chelsea, where pneumonia
developed. Although his home was in Kendaia, he had lived in this city
for a number of years, and was night clerk at the Lehigh Valley freight
office for some time. Before enlisting, he was employed by the North
East Electric Company of Rochester, and lived with his uncle at 82
Sherman street in that city. He is survived by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles W. Smith, one sister, Mrs. Eva May Rorick of Willard,
three brothers, Darwin and Earl of Stanley, and Claud of Willard; and
his grandfather, Timothy Smith, of Kendaia.
From Geneva Gazette 22 September 1899
A FATAL ACCIDENT - Mr. Heman S. Smith Run Down by a Cyclist and
Received Fatal Injuries - Friday night last Mr. Heman Smith, who
home at the Geneva Hygienic Institute, was run into by David
W. Barron mounted on his bicycle. The collision occurred on the
driveway near the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Smith was
knocked down and evidently sustained very severe scalp injuries, for
they terminated fatally early Monday morning. The victim was
quite an elderly man and somewhat deaf. Barron says he steered
his wheel to pass Mr. Smith on the right but the latter swerved toward
curb directly in front as he reached him. He was thrown from
his wheel by the collision. Mr. Smith was picked up unconscious,
carried into Dr. DeLaney's office, and received prompt and unremitting
medical attendance, but the injured man never rallied.
The deceased was a younger brother of Dr. A. B. Smith, founder of the
Hygienic Institute. He it was who introduced the U. S. lumber and
veneer cutting machine in Geneva. He was a man of wide and varied
experience with special interest in useful patents that increased
products and cheapened manufactures. He was an interesting
conversationalist and possessed of many genial attributes. Old
acquaintances will miss him. This unfortunate affair was investigated
by Coroner Wright Monday forenoon. The testimony taken
corroborated the foregoing statement, upon which the Coroner issued a
death certificate and exonerated Mr. Barron.
From Ontario County Journal 22 September 1911
Stanley, N. Y. - Again death has entered this community and taken one of its oldest residents, Henry Smith, who
passed away Saturday. Mr. Smith had spent nearly all of his life in
this vicinity. He was a member of Sloane post, G. A. R. of Penn Yan,
and was 72 years of age. Funeral services were held from the Methodist
church of which he was a member on Monday. Four daughters survive: Mrs.
Libbie Deuel, Mrs. George Boyce of Stanley; Mrs. Edward Creque of
Highlands, and Miss Naome Smith of Geneva.
From Ontario County Times 11 March 1891
Port Gibson, N. Y. - Another of the oldest residents has passed away. Henry Smith died
at the home of his son, John L. Smith, last Sunday night, at the age of
eighty years. The funeral was held at the house on Wednesday.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 April 1916
Mrs. Henry Smith, aged 72 years, occurred this afternoon at 3:30
o'clock at the home of her son, Charles Rilands, of the Flint Road. She
leaves her husband and three children, Mrs. Charles Franklin and Edward
T. Rilands of Flint.
From Rochester Times Union 15 July 1925
Geneva, July 15 - Floyd Roe, 30, of this city and Herbert Smith,
28, of Phelps, were instantly killed at 2 o’clock this morning when the
machine in which they were riding was struck by a fast Pennsylvania
freight at Hall’s Corners. The men were on their way home after playing
at a dance at Orchard Park. Smith had been a resident of Phelps for the
past two years. Besides his wife, formerly Florence Gillian, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. George Gillian of Phelps, he leaves an infant daughter,
Ruth. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o’clock at St. Francis
Church, Phelps. The Holy Name Society will meet at the Smith home
Friday evening to recite prayers. Burial will be in Phelps.
From Ontario County Chronicle 12 February 1902
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Herman Smith died at the home of her
parents in Seneca Falls on Friday morning, aged 23 years. The deceased
is survived by a husband, who resides in this village, and one child.
From Ontario County Times 6 April 1892
Horatio C. Smith, a young business man of Clifton Springs, was
found dead in his store on Wednesday afternoon. He had been subject to
epileptic fits for many years. He was about 23 years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 28 May 1897
Naples, N. Y. - Hugh Smith died on Thursday, May 20. He was
an old man and a veteran of the Rebellion. He was a native of Yates
county, spent his young manhood in Steuben, but had been for 20 years a
resident of Ontario. He leaves a widow and two sons, Gifford of
Missouri, and Gaylord of South Bristol; two brothers, Henry and Daniel,
live in Naples; and one, George in Ingleside.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 March 1931
Geneva, March 3 - Mrs. Iola J. Ryder Smith, widow of Franklin R.
Smith, died today. She leaves two daughters, Edna M. Smith and Iola A.
Smith of Geneva; and three sons, Leon R. Smith of Geneva, and Harold F.
Smith of Fredonia, and Stanley E. Smith of Cooks Corners; a sister Mrs.
Louis T. Clark of Rochester. Funeral Friday at 2 o'clock from the home.
Burial in Glenwood Cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 September 1908
Naples, N. Y. - Ira Gardner Smith died last Friday, aged 59 years.
He was one of thirteen children of the late Simon Smith. He farmed on
an extensive scale. He was attached to the Methodist church, and was
much interested in the public good and was a sturdy Republican in
politics. He married Miss Lillie Wilbur of Naples, and leaves her and a
daughter-in-law, widow of his only child, Walter Smith. He leaves also
three brothers, John and Charles J. Smith, of Naples, and James E., of
Middlesex; two sisters, Mrs. Sharpsteen of Livonia, and Mrs. John E.
Spencer of Rochester, and a large number of nieces and nephews.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 April 1921
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Irene A. Smith died Tuesday morning at
her home in Mill street, Phelps, after an illness of several months.
The deceased was 72 years of age, was born at Pleasant Mount, Pa., and
had lived in Phelps for the past four years. Surviving relatives are a
son, Warren M. Smith of Phelps; four grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild. The funeral will be held at two thirty o'clock
Thursday afternoon at the house, Rev. C. J. Wood, minister of the
Phelps Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be in the Rest
Haven cemetery, Phelps.
From Ontario County Chronicle 7 May 1902
Isaac B. Smith, one of the best known residents of Canandaigua,
at his home in Upper Main street, early Monday morning, aged 70 years
9 months. For upwards of forty years the deceased was one of
leading business men, during which time he successfully conducted the
known China Hall. He enjoyed the confidence and esteem of the
Owing to failing health he was compelled to retire from business about
years ago. Mr. Smith was a sterling Democrat, had been trustee of the
and for years he was a member of the board of education. He was a
Mason, being a member of Canandaigua lodge F. and A. M., Excelsior
R. A. M., of Canandaigua, and of Cyrene Commandery K. T., of Rochester.
is survived by a widow, a daughter, Miss Josephine L. Smith, and three
J. Stanley Smith, of Punxsutawney, Pa., Frank A. Smith of Nashville,
and George G. Smith of Canandaigua. The funeral will be held this
and the interment will be in Woodlawn.
From Ontario County Journal 12 August 1892
Died at his residence on upper Main street, Friday morning, August
5, J. Hinman Smith. Deceased was born in the town of
Farmington in the year 1829. His father was Jacob Smith, an early
settler in the place. His mother was an Orthodox Friend or Quaker, a
fact which gave rise to the name "Quake," by which deceased was
popularly known. Mr. Smith, in his boyhood, attended school at the
Academy, and afterward entered the office of S. V. R. Mallory to read
in the law. In the year 1851 he went to Ballston Springs, and entered
the law school at that place. Two years afterward he was admitted to
practice in the Supreme Court. Strangely enough, after all his
preparation, he found the practice of law entirely distasteful to him,
and, except technically, never became identified with the Ontario
County bar. The only legal work which he performed in his life was as a
justice of the peace, in which office he served three terms, all twelve
years. In that position he proved that his ability would have entitled
him to success in the sphere, which, in his youth, he had marked out
for himself. Deceased was through his life as fond of his gun and rod
as was the hero of the legend of Sleepy Hollow. Finding little
satisfaction with conflicts with men, he could only be perfectly
content in the depths of deep forests, or beside the running stream,
where only nature found voice and the rivalry of humanity was nowhere
present. With Thoreau and Walton, he could there find perfect rest. He
spent many years of his life among the Adirondacks, in Michigan, and in
other places where the work of civilization had not entrenched too
deeply on the face of nature. A few years ago Mr. Smith married the
daughter of W. L. Stetson, and from that time his life was one of
domestic quiet and happiness. For years his mind has been largely in
the past and present, the disease which had fastened upon him
preventing any plans for the future. Bright's disease has several times
brought him near to death's door, and had accustomed him to look for
death with calmness with which he received its final message. The
funeral was held Sunday at the residence on upper Main street, Dr.
France officiating. After the services the remains were conveyed to the
town of Farmington, and interred in the Old Friend's cemetery, where
the remains of his mother and of many relatives are resting.
Mr. Smith, during his long life in this place, had by his generous
sympathies and kindly heart, become widely known and liked. The young
men, with whom he best like to be, will long remember the man and his
good-natured eccentricities. Beside the wire, three sisters and a
brother survive the deceased.
From Ontario County Journal 6 August 1886
Gorham, N. Y. - James Smith was buried
on Thursday, July 24. He died at the advanced age of 86. He had been
blind a number of years. Not a known relative living; not a
mourner at his funeral.
From Ontario County Journal 17 August 1888
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mr. James Smith, for
many years a resident of our village, died after a short illness
August 6th. The funeral services were observed at his late residence,
Wednesday, August 8th.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1898
Lehigh train 208, which is due here at 10:49 o'clock, ran down a
buggy containing two men, at the crossing one mile west of Manchester.
One of the men, James Smith, was killed outright. His
companion, a Mr. Ryan, was rendered unconscious but soon recovered.
Smith resided in Victor, where he conducted a saw mill. Ryan was in his
employ. The latter resided at Bristol. The engineer of the fatal train
saw the buggy approach the track, but believed the men had ample time
to cross. Ten seconds later Smith lay dead at one side of the track,
while Ryan lay at the other in a dazed condition. The buggy was
completely demolished. The horse escaped without injury. The train was
brought to a standstill and backed to the crossing. The bleeding corpse
of Smith was placed
on board, while a score of sympathetic passengers surrounded Ryan
in the effort to revive him. On regaining consciousness, Ryan made
known the identity of himself and his ill-fated companion. Just before
reached the crossing, he said, they had conversed with regard to
crossings. Then Ryan saw the train bear down on them. The next he knew
was when picked up by the train hands and placed aboard the cars.
Smith is survived by a wife and two children. His only apparent
injuries consisted in several bad wounds about the head; his body was
apparently sound. The corpse of Smith, and his bruised but living
companion, were brought to Manchester where an inquest will be held.
From Geneva Courier 14 September 1898
Mrs. Smith, widow of the late James Smith, the
victim of last weeks
cyclone, north of the city, was taken to the Geneva Hospital Friday
afternoon. Her condition is very serious. The funeral of
Mr. Smith was held from the Union church, near the scene of the
cyclone, Friday morning. Rev. Mr. Maier of Oaks Corners
officiating. The attendance was very large, many being unable to
gain admittance to the church. The interment was made at Oaks
From Geneva Gazette 28 September 1900
The funeral of Judge James C. Smith will take place this afternoon from St. John's Church, Canandaigua. His sons and nephews will act as pall bearers.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 August 1902
James W. Smith died at the family residence, 18 Andes avenue, at
10:50 o'clock this forenoon, aged 41 years. The deceased had been in
poor health for 14 weeks. Death was the result of a relapse from
a severe attack of typhoid fever. Mr. Smith was employed as talisman at
the Central-Hudson freight house for over ten years. Just
previous to his illness he was employed at the patent cereals works.
The deceased was a member of the Fraternal Mystic
Circle. Besides his wife, he is survived by a little daughter,
Louisa Smith, by his father, William Smith of this city, and by a
brother, George Smith. The funeral arrangements are not yet completed.
Burial Glenwood Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 7 August 1896
Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. Jane Smith, aged 53 years, died the 29th of
July. Her husband, Robert Smith, survives her. The funeral was held at
the church on Friday, the 31st, Rev. H. Wyse Jones of Canandaigua
From Ontario County Journal 8 August 1899
Mrs. Jane Smith, wife of Alfred Smith, of this town, died at
Canandaigua on Saturday noon, of pneumonia. The deceased was 72 years
of age. She was born in Wegtownshire, Scotland, and came to this
country in 1849. She was twice married, her former husband being Robert
Houston. Five children survive her: Mrs. Agnes Dusenberry of Michigan;
Mrs. Margaret Hooker of Kansas; Mrs. Fannie Wehrling of Macedon; James
Houston of Victor; and Robert Houston of Shortsville. The funeral was
held from the family residence on Monday at 12 o'clock, Rev. H. H.
Hoffmire of Manchester, officiating. Interment was made at Manchester.
From Ontario County Chronicle 5 February 1902
Mrs. Jane Curtis Smith was taken from her home in Naples, four
weeks ago, to Willard Hospital. She had not recovered from the effects
of crawling through a stream of water on her hands and knees on one of
the coldest nights of the winter. She lived till last Monday, and her
remains were brought home for burial Wednesday. She had lived her
entire life, sixty years, in Naples, and had been a woman of great
usefulness. She leaves two sons, Truman and David Curtis, besides one
daughter, Mrs. Bert Blanchard, all of Naples.
From Ontario County Chronicle 16 January 1901
Mrs. Jane Halstead Smith, wife of the Hon.
William H. Smith, died at the family residence in Gibson street,
Monday morning, aged 67 years. She had been ill for several months.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three children, William H.,
Jr., of Paris, France, Mrs. Frank H. Stark of Tomahawk, Wis., and Miss
Harriet Smith of Canandaigua. Funeral will be held from the family
home at 10 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 9 March 1883
Jared Smith, an old resident of
Farmington, died on Tuesday, and was conveyed on Thursday
to his last resting place in the Friends' burying ground. He and his
brother married sisters. All four are now lying in
the same cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 4 August 1882
The sad death of Mrs. Jared Smith occurred at Canandaigua
last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Brown. Mrs. Smith had
been a resident of Farmington for many years, and had several children
settled there. She was well-known and highly respected in the community
where she lived as well as in this place. The funeral was held from the
old homestead in Farmington on Friday of last week.
From Geneva Gazette 28 January 1829
Died on the 24th inst., Major Jarvis L. Smith, aged 38
years. Major Smith held the office of magistrate of the town of
Seneca for a number of years, and discharged his duties with benefit
to the people and credit to himself. He has left a wife and five
to mourn the loss of an affectionate and provident husband and father.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1893
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Jerusha Smith, widow of the late Philetus
Smith, died November 9 after a lingering illness, aged 71 years. The
funeral was held from her daughter's, Mrs. Charles R. Simmons, where
she had been for the last few months. Rev. Mr. Nye, of Allen's Hill,
officiated. Mrs. Smith was a very respected and charitable woman, and
will long be held in loving remembrance by those who knew her best.
From Geneva Gazette 9 January 1828
DIED - In this village, the 4th inst., of typhus
fever, Major John Smith, Jun., aged 40 years, a native of
Gloucester, Mass., and for several years past a resident of this
He promised a vigorous constitution which promised long life, but
his sudden exit admonishes us of the transitory nature of all earthly
things. He has left a wife and four young children to mourn the loss of
an affectionate husband and kind parent.
From Geneva Gazette 17 January 1890
Mortuary - MR. JOHN SMITH - For many years proprietor of the
boarding house at the corner of Main and William streets, died quite
suddenly and most unexpectedly on Tuesday night last. Very few
indeed knew that he was dangerously ill, so recently had he been seen
in our streets, apparently in usual health. He had been for many
years slightly crippled with rheumatism, rendering the aid of a cane
very helpful in walking. Possibly this rheumatic difficulty
reached his heart and produced this suddenly fatal result.
Deceased was the youngest of four brothers of whom
William, Thomas and Edward are the older and surviving brothers and so
extensively engaged in nursery and
fruit culture. All were born in England, but in
early boyhood accompanied their parents to America. Of them all
the deceased was the least favored by fortune, but his business ever
afforded him a competency. His life was above reproach, and he
enjoyed the respect and good will of all acquaintances. A widow
and one son survive him. His age was nearly 62 years. His
funeral will take place at his late residence at 3 o'clock this
From Geneva Daily Times 1 February 1909
John Smith, a prominent resident of Oaks Corners, was found dead
in bed by his wife this morning. Mr. Smith retired last night feeling
about as well as usual. The members of the family did not hear any
complaint from him during the night. This morning he failed to get up
at his usual time and upon investigating to learn the cause, the
members of the family were shocked to find that he had died some time
during the night. Undertaker Yells of this city was called and informed
of the death. Mr. Yells called Coroner Buchholz on the case and after
reaching the place, Coroner Buchholz called Dr. Howe of Phelps. After
an examination of the body Dr. Howe decided the death was due to heart
failure with acute indigestion as the cause. A certificate of death
giving this as the cause was then granted by the Coroner. Mr. Smith was
62 years of age and a well-known resident of Oaks Corners. He was born
in Ontario, Wayne county, and the survivors are his widow, one brother,
Joseph Smith of Fairport; one sister, Mrs. J. W. Osborne of
Canandaigua; three nieces and one nephew. Although the time of the
funeral has not been definitely decided upon it is expected that it
will take place from the house at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and
from the Presbyterian church at Oaks Corners at 2:30 o'clock. The
funeral will be Masonic. Rev. J. B. Hubbs and Rev. Mr. Harvey will
From Geneva Daily Times 3 January 1910
Shortsville, N. Y. - John Smith died at his home in Chapin, at
9:45 o'clock yesterday morning, aged 77 years. He was one of a family
of fourteen children and was born in Columbia county, N. Y. For
forty-two years he had lived in this vicinity, being a farmer. His
wife, formerly Miss Katherine Wheeler, of Columbia county, died seven
years ago. Mr. Smith had a stroke last Thursday night, from the effects
of which he died. He had been a resident of Chapin for thirty-five
years. He leaves two sons, Freeland W. Smith of Chapin and Levitt E.
Smith, of Canandaigua; two brothers, George Smith of Cheshire, N. Y.,
and Alfred E. Smith of Hopewell; and four sisters, Mrs. Lany Bowdy of
Canandaigua, Mrs. Susan Baldwin of Schaghticoke, N. Y., Mrs. Elizabeth
Van Dyke and Mrs. Rebecca Snyder of Philmont, N. Y.
From Ontario County Journal 6 March 1903
Chapinville, N. Y. - Mrs. John Smith died at her home in this
village on March 5, after several weeks of intense suffering. Mrs.
Smith came here to reside about 28 years ago. She is survived by her
husband and three sons, Freeland and Levitt, of this place, and Lincoln
of Auburn; also several grandchildren. The funeral services were held
at the church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. F. A. Boyd officiating. The
interment was in Shortsville.
From Newark Union 30 January 1897
The death of John L. Smith took place at his home at Port
Gibson at 9 o'clock yesterday morning after a year's illness and
suffering with sciatic rheumatism. Deceased had been a most highly
respected resident of Post Gibson a large part of his life. He was a
member of the Palmyra Baptist church. In politics he was an honored
republican. He married Miss Laura Short, who survives, as well as four
children as follows: Mrs. J. F. Martin of Newark, and George W., Seneca
H. and Grace F., all of Port Gibson. Deceased was one of those few men
who numbered every one as a friend and possessed no enemies. The
funeral services will be held at the church at two o'clock Monday.
Interment will be made in the Port Gibson cemetery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 July 1901
John P. Smith, a well-known person of this village, died on
Monday at the home of his father, Thos. Smith, in Bristol street, aged
33 years. Death was due to dropsy. He had been ill but a week. Besides
his parents, the deceased is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth
Sweeney of Buffalo; and Misses Julia and Maud Smith, of Canandaigua,
and a brother, Lawrence Smith of Canandaigua.
From Fairport Herald 26 January 1933
Farmington, N. Y., Jan. 24 - The funeral of Mrs. John T. Smith was
held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from her late home. Burial was
made in the South Farmington cemetery. Sarah Aldrich Smith was born in
Farmington March 3, 1864, in the same house where she passed away. Mrs.
Smith had been in very ill health for a long time and died on
Wednesday. She leaves her husband, John T. Smith, and one son, Raymond
Smith, both of this place.
From Ontario County Journal 10 October 1913
Naples, N. Y. - John W. Smith, a well-known resident of
Naples, and for several years of Middlesex, died on Monday after
several months illness. He was one of the large family of Simon and
Martha Smith, who reared 13 children, of whom now only three are
living, Charles J. of Naples, James E. of Weiser, Idaho, and Mrs.
Margaret Sharpstein of Livonia. He was 66 years of age. At the age of
21, he married Miss Franelia Cramer, of Naples, who survives him. He
was a successful farmer, a strong Republican, an honored citizen, a
good neighbor and friend. Four children live to revere his memory, Mrs.
Nellie Sheehan of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Harriet Rackham of Naples,
born in Middlesex, Lyman and Maurice Smith of Naples. He was a working
member of the Methodist church. The funeral was held at the home on the
Atlanta road on Wednesday, his pastor, Rev. A. J. Chamberlayne,
officiating. Burial was in Rose Ridge cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 July 1905
Joseph Smith, seventy years of age, died
at 4:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home two miles north of the
city on the Carter road. The deceased was born in Washington county,
New York, and came to this section of the state forty-five years
ago. He was a member of the First Methodist church of this city and
earlier in life was one of the trustees. The deceased is survived by
his widow, two brothers, Benjamin Smith of Shaftsbury, Vt., and Martin
Smith, of Rossville, Kansas, one sister, Mrs. A. G. Frisbie of this
city. The funeral will take place from the house Tuesday afternoon at
two o'clock, Rev. C. E. Jewell, pastor of the First Methodist church,
will be in Glenwood cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 12 December 1890
Dr. Joseph T. Smith, of this village, a physician and surgeon of
high reputation and a gentleman highly respected for his manly
qualities, died at his home on Chapin street at 9:30 o'clock Tuesday
diabetes. He had suffered from the disease and had for a long time been
resigned to the death he anticipated at most any time. The deceased was
born in the Town of Farmington, Ontario County in 1824. He adopted
as a profession and after graduating from the Jefferson Medical College
in Philadelphia, he soon attained a high reputation as a physician and
surgeon. For a number of years he carried on a very successful drug
in this village and in 1886 was elected trustee of the village. He was
66 years of age and is survived by his widow and a nephew, Mack S.
Cashier of McKechnie & Co's bank. The funeral services will be held
this afternoon at 2 o'clock and the remains will be taken to Buffalo
there cremated in accordance with Dr. Smith's wishes.
From Ontario County Times 25 February 1880
On Thursday morning, the body of a young woman was found in Seneca
Lake, near the Geneva steamboat landing, which was subsequently
identified as that of Julia Smith, who had been missing from
her home for some days previously. She was about twenty years of age,
and had, since the death of her mother, fifteen years ago, made her
home with the family of her uncle, John Wilder, a farmer, living four
miles west of Geneva. The cause of her suicide is unknown.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 March 1905
Mrs. Julia Smith, aged 45 years, died at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. William Stowell, on Wadsworth street, at noon today. She is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. F. Cook of Pittsford and Mrs. William
Stowell of this city; also by two sisters, Mrs. John Wagner and Mrs.
Adolph Wagner of Wilkesbarre, Pa., three brothers, John Nodolsky of
Chicago; Rudolph of Wagner, Mass., and Adolf of Germany. Burial St.
From Ontario County Journal 12 March 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Juliaette Smith, after a long
and lingering illness, died at her home here on Wednesday, March 3, at
the age of 84 years. The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon
at 2 o'clock, the Rev. M. L. Stinson of the Congregational church
From Canandaigua Chronicle 5 September 1906
Mrs. Katherine Royce, wife of Lewis M. Smith, died at her
home on Arsenal Hill Sunday morning, after an illness of two weeks due
to blood poisoning, aged 61 years. Mrs. Smith had been a active member
of the Baptist church for a great many years. She is survived by her
husband, one brother, William Royce of McKeesport, Pa.; one son,
Harrison A. Smith of Canandaigua; one step-daughter, Mrs. James
Douglass of Canandaigua and two step-sons, Chapin H. Smith of Buffalo,
and Dailey Smith of this village. The funeral will be held from the
home this afternoon at one o'clock, Rev. J. Scott Ebersole will
officiate. The interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 March 1945
Mrs. Laura S. Smith, aged 74, of 30 Seymour street, died at Geneva
General Hospital this morning after a long illness. Surviving are her
husband, Arthur Smith; one daughter, Mrs. Florence Covert of Penn Yan;
one son, Charles Millard of Geneva, R. D.; three sisters, Mrs.
Clarabell Zimmermann of Geneva, and Mrs. Emma O'Loughlin of Providence,
Rhode Island; grandchildren; and and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral rites will be held from the Corwin Funeral Home, Monday
afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Lincoln H. Wadsworth, pastor of First
Baptist church, will officiate and burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 20 September 1912
The funeral of Mrs. Levina M. Smith, aged 80 years, whose
death occurred at her home on Center street on Saturday night, was held
on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Guy L. Morrill officiated at the funeral
services and the remains were taken to Reeds Corners for burial. One
son, Arthur S. Smith of Canandaigua, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary
Washburn of Stanley, survive.
From Ontario County Journal 22 June 1894
Cheshire, N. Y. - Lawrence Smith died last Monday from
consumption, aged 46 years. He was a respected citizen and neighbor.
The funeral took place at the Union church, Wednesday, Rev. W. H. Ward,
the pastor, officiating. The interment took place in the cemetery at
From Geneva Daily Times 8 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Lee B. Smith, a prominent farmer of
Bristol, committed suicide yesterday afternoon at his home near
taking strychnine. He was alone in his own house, which is situated
on the premises with that of his mother, when he swallowed the poison.
He then made his way to his mother's home, where he fell on the steps
in great agony. He lingered about an hour, dying about 3:30 p.m.
B. T. McDowell of Bristol was summoned and viewed the remains. No
was considered necessary. Smith was about 36 years of age, the only son
of the late William Smith, who left to his son and his wife his large
hop farm, one of the most productive in Western New York. Smith had
a heavy drinker for some time, and it is thought despondence over his
led him to take his life. He leaves his wife and one child, who had
at the former's home in Cuba during the winter. In the meantime, Smith
had been staying with his mother.
From Ontario County Journal 25 April 1884
Another of the old residents of East Bloomfield has passed away. Leonard
died at the home in which he had resided for some forty
years at 12 o'clock Monday night, aged seventy-four. Mr. Smith was a
prominent member of the Congregational church, and at the
time of his death was clerk and treasurer of the society, positions
which he had filled for a long time in the most acceptable manner. He
was an active worker and liberal contributor in all church and society
matters. His wife survives him, their only child having died when quite
From Ontario County Times 23 May 1888
Shortsville, N. Y. - Leonard Smith, of Manchester, died at his
home, on Salt street, at 1 p.m. Sunday. The remaining members of his
family are a wife and four children. Mrs. William Booth of this place
is a sister of the deceased.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1878
Sad Case of Suicide - Our village was thrown into no little
excitement early yesterday morning by the rumor, afterward confirmed,
that Mrs. Lewis M. Smith, residing on lower Main street, had
committed suicide by hanging herself. The circumstances are as follows:
Mr. Smith arose and dressed himself at about quarter before five
o'clock yesterday morning, and remarking to his wife that he "did not
feel very well, and would take a little walk," went out and
walked down to the lake and back, being gone about half an hour. When
he returned he went to the kitchen door, on opening which he was
horrified to find his wife before him hanging by the neck from a string
fastened to a joist overhead. Mr. Smith, shocked and horrified, ran
from the house, uttering piercing shrieks. His cries were heard by
several neighbors, among them Mr. Charles Fisher, his next neighbor,
and Mr. Myron Newman, directly opposite, who, with others, immediately
came to his assistance. Mr. Fisher at once raised the body so as
to release the strain upon the string, while Mr. Newman cut the string,
and thus her remains were lowered to the floor. The body was yet
warm, though life was extinct. Charles Fisher, Jr., who was also
present, then went to inform deputy Coroner Hulse, and he also called
Dr. Carson at once. After deputy Coroner Hulse had viewed the body, it
was taken in charge by neighbors and friends. There is no doubt,
from facts in the knowledge of her relatives and intimate friends,
that Mrs. Smith was laboring under a temporary aberration of mind
when she committed the deed. Mr. Smith first noticed indications of
last Sunday while conversing with her. She appeared well on
and attended the usual prayer meeting at the Baptist church Wednesday
evening, but wore an every-day work dress to the church, which was
quite unusual with her. The circumstances indicate that Mrs.
Smith got up soon after her husband went out to walk, and dressed
herself with usual care, as if she was going about her usual household
duties, and it is not probable that her mind became affected until she
the back kitchen in which the deed was committed. Here she found
a stout tarred string, called marlin, which she doubled and then
to the joist overhead. Making a slip noose in the other end, she
stood in a chair, and leaning over with the string around her neck, was
soon strangled to death. When first discovered her feet were just
resting on the chair, and her and her body in a slanting position.
Mrs. Smith was 41 years of age, of a naturally pleasant and cheerful
disposition, and all her circumstances and surroundings forbid the supposition that she could have been in her right mind when
she thus ended her existence. She leaves three children - a daughter
about 16 years of age, and two sons of about 12 and 8 years. The
bereaved family and relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of a large
circle of warm friends and neighbors. Mrs. Smith was a sister of
Drs. F. C. and J. A. Hawley of this village. The funeral of deceased
will be held on Sunday next.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 May 1909
Mrs. Lillian W. Stacey Smith, aged 38 years, died suddenly
yesterday afternoon at the residence of Adelbert G. Powers, No. 288
Castle street. Mrs. Smith had been ill for about two years with attacks
of heart trouble, but it was not thought to be of a serious nature.
Yesterday afternoon she became suddenly unconscious and died soon
after. Mrs. Smith was formerly Miss Lillian Stacey and was the oldest
daughter of the late William and Ellen Stacey, one of the prominent
families of this city. She was born in this city and lived here until
she was married. Recently she had made her home here with her mother,
Mrs. Ellen Stacey, who survives her. She also leaves one sister, Miss
Hannah Stacey, of this city and Boston. The funeral will take place
tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the late home on Castle street.
The service will be for the members of the family only. Rev. C. M.
Sills, D. D., will officiate and burial will be made in Glenwood
From Canandaigua Chronicle 30 May 1906
Saturday morning at the home of Charles
H. Caple, in Chapin street, the death occurred of Llewellyn L. Smith,
of the milling firm of Smith Brothers and Company, after
an illness of several months duration from a complication of diseases.
During his illness of the past winter, Mr. Smith had been several times
been considered to be at the point of death but finally recovered
sufficiently to be moved to the Clifton Springs Sanitarium, but while
there his condition again became worse and he was moved to the home of
Mr. Caple, one of his business partners, where his death occurred as
noted. He was sixty-eight years of age at the time of his death.
Mr. Smith was born in Auburn in 1838 and at an early age entered the
employ of an Auburn milling firm. At the age of 17 he went to Bath
where with his brother-in-law, John W. Priest, he conducted a mill
owned by Judge Cook of that place. Later he returned to Auburn and
thence to Sodus Center where for a short time he conducted a mill, but
later went to Throopsville, a small town north of Auburn. He was also
engaged for short intervals in the milling business in Red Creek, Wayne
County, and Skaneateles from which later place he came, when with his
brother, Lucas Smith, he bought the Littleville mill which the brothers
conducted for five years. After this he ran a mill in Chapinville for
eighteen months and from Chapinville he went back to Auburn where with
Mr. Priest he conducted a mill which they rented for a year. The
brothers then bought this mill and ran it for three years when they
sold out and Mr. Smith conducted a mill in Waterloo until coming here,
where he and his brother bought out the milling business of Abel
Richmond, which has always since been conducted under the firm name of
Smith Brothers and Company. Shortly after the brothers took up this
business, Mr. Priest came here and entered the firm as a partner. The
business established here by this firm has grown to very large
proportions and is noted for the excellence of the products
manufactured. Mr. Smith has always been regarded as one of the leading
business men of the town and has always been interested in all that
tended to the best interests of the community. In his business
relations he was upright and honorable and probably no man who was ever
in business in Canandaigua enjoyed to a greater degree the confidence
and esteem of those with whom he was brought into contact.
He was a member of the Church of the Disciples, but as there is no
organization of that denomination in this village, he attended other
local churches and was liberal in support of religious and charitable
societies. His funeral took place Monday afternoon from the
Presbyterian church,Rev. Louis M. Sweet officiating, and was largely
attended. Mr. Smith was three times married, his first wife having been
Miss Juliette Price of St. Anne's, Ontario, whom he married in 1857;
and by whom he had one son, L. L. Smith, Jr., who survives him. His
second wife was Mrs. Sarah Bacon Beeman, whose death occurred in 1902,
and his third wife, Mrs. Anna Christie Smith, who survives him.
From Ontario County Chronicle 8 June 1904
At his home on Chapin street at 10:15 Thursday night occurred the
death of Lucas Smith, one of Canandaigua's oldest and most
respected inhabitants, at the age of 79 years. Mr. Smith was a member
of the firm of Smith Bros. & Co., but retired from active
participation in the affairs of the firm about 15 years ago on account
of ill health. He was born in Cayuga county and became interested in
the milling business at an early age. In 1867 he, with his brother
Llewellyn L. Smith, came to this section, conducting a flouring mill
for seven years in Littleville. They sold out in 1874 and Lucas Smith
came to Canandaigua and entered into a partnership with Abel Richmond.
In 1879 the Richmond and Smith mills were burned but the partners at
once erected the present fine plant on Mill street. In 1881 Llewellyn
Smith bought out Mr. Richmond's share in the business and the firm of
Smith Bros. & Co. was formed which has developed one of the finest
businesses of the kind in this vicinity and has always maintained a
high reputation for upright and fair dealing.
In 1845 Mr. Smith married Miss Lucy Wheaton of Auburn. Three children,
two daughters and a son, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, all of whom
died. About fifteen years ago Mrs. Smith also died and in 1892, three
years later, Mr. Smith married Mrs. Anna Cooley of this place who
survives him. Three sisters of Mr. Smith, Mrs. Maria Hitchcock and Mrs.
Adalina Chambers of Auburn and Mrs. Mary J. Priest of this village, and
one brother, Llewellyn Smith also survive. Mr. Smith was active in
church and philanthropic work, being liberal in his views and always
willing to give needed aid to every deserving cause. The funeral of Mr.
Smith was held Saturday afternoon at his late home on Chapin street and
was very largely attended, the floral offerings also being numerous and
beautiful. Rev. J. Scott Ebersole of the Baptist church and Rev.
Arthur T. Dougall of the Presbyterian church officiated. The remains
were interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.
From Ontario County Journal 23 October 1891
Mrs. Lucas Smith, of this village, who left Canandaigua about
three weeks ago with her husband for the west where the latter hoped to
recover his health, died suddenly at Hayes Center, Nebraska, Saturday.
of her death was a terrible shock to her relatives and friends for she
apparently in good health when she left home. The funeral services at
Baptist church were very highly attended.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 February 1908
Mrs. Lulu F. Smith, widow of the late Charles W. Smith, died
yesterday morning at her home about three miles north of this city on
the Carter Road. She was 46 years old. About two years ago the
deceased's son died, and in October last her husband passed away. She
leaves one daughter, Miss Edith L. Smith, and one brother, Edward A.
Palmer. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
from the home. Rev. C. E. Jewell will officiate
and interment will be made in the family burying ground on the farm.
From Ontario County Journal 10 June 1892
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Benjamin Smith, of this place, mourns the
of her mother, Mrs. Lydia Smith, for whom she has been caring
several weeks, and whose death occurred at the home of her son, Porter
Smith, in Farmington, at an early hour Monday morning. She was also the
of Mrs. W. H. Warfield of Canandaigua, and Stephen W. and Albert Smith
Farmington, and was a most estimable woman.
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